Gossip: Cavani, Giroud, Gotze, Sule

Date published: Monday 21st March 2016 10:13

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OLD LADY FANCIES GIROUD
Don’t we all?

Juventus clearly like what they see at the Emirates Stadium. After being linked with a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez on Sunday, reports on Monday claim they will target another Gunner.

That man in question is the handsome one, Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in 30 Premier League games this season, but just two in 2016, both coming against Liverpool in January.

It’s a record Juventus admire, obviously. Not quite enough to make him their first-choice transfer target, according to Tuttosport, but enough to make him a back-up – as always. The Italian newspaper report that Juve want to sign Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, but that if they fail to sign one 29-year-old striker, they will turn to another in Giroud. It’s a foolproof plan.

 

SUPER MARIO
This Mario Gotze to Liverpool thing is actually happening, according to many a British newspaper. And when they’re basing their claims on the words of Jan Aage Fjortoft, you know it’s true.

The Daily Mirror, The Metro, Eurosport and the Daily Star carry this story, including the following Fjortoft tweets on lovable chubster Gotze’s continued struggles at Bayern Munich.

And that’s the transfer update. The Mirror brands Fjortoft a ‘Bundesliga insider’; the Star go one further and label him a ‘top expert’. Not one of those sh*te experts, a ‘top’ one. But not a ‘top, top, top’ one. Sorry, Jan Aage.

 

LIVERPOOL WANT DEFENDER
We finish with a line on Liverpool, who are searching for a defender, according to Bild. They must have seen the same game we all did on Sunday at St Mary’s Stadium.

The German newspaper links Hoffenheim centre-half Nicklas Sule with a move to Anfield. The 20-year-old has played every minute of Hoffenheim’s Bundesliga season thus far, which is not the greatest reflection of his work considering they are third from bottom and only four sides have conceded more goals.

But Sule has one redeeming factor: he is not Martin Skrtel. He also played alongside Roberto Firmino for a couple of seasons in Germany, and, according to the Daily Mirror ‘is believed to be a towering presence in the air’. He is 6’4″.

 

AND THE REST
Atletico Madrid are losing their battle to persuade Saul Niguez to sign a new contract, with English clubs including Manchester United offering the midfielder more money than Los Rojiblancos can afford to pay. The 21-year-old will cost more than 40million euros…Pep Guardiola has been told to forget about taking any Bayern Munich stars with him to Manchester City…Aston Villa are set to sack Remi Garde, with former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson the leading candidate to replace the Frenchman…The FA are making a last-ditch bid to try to stop Arsenal starlet Alex Iwobi committing his international future to Nigeria…Derby are scrapping it out with a host of Championship clubs to snap up German hitman Simon Terodde in the summer…QPR could perform a U-turn by and throw Junior Hoilett a shock lifeline.

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