CHELSEA WANT CAVANI
Will Edinson Cavani ever move to the Premier League? Or is he simply a social experiment, designed to test the reactions of fans of English clubs each time they are ‘set to sign’ him?
The latest story on the Paris Saint-Germain striker comes from the Daily Mail. Matt Barlow brings the news that Chelsea want the Uruguayan – if Antonio Conte becomes manager. Considering that same outlet has told us the Italian has ‘agreed a deal in principle’ and is ‘already preparing to take charge’ over the past fortnight, surely it is no longer a case of ‘if’?
Cavani, who scored against Chelsea in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie a couple of weeks ago, is almost certain to leave Paris this season after playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a little too long. Having just turned 29, it’s difficult to see how the forward would justify the likely mammoth price tag.
Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is an ‘alternative’, Barlow tells us, while there is ‘little prospect’ of the Blues signing Paul Pogba from Juventus. The French midfielder prefers a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid. Wouldn’t we all?
MONEY CAN BUY YOU STONES AND LAPORTE
Antony Kastrinakis brings us the exclusive that Manchester City want to ‘sure up’ their ‘defense’, which is hilarious.
The Sun’s continental man tells us that City are interested in both Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao, and John Stones of Everton. They’ve both been linked with City for around a season now. ‘Exclusive’.
Laporte has a release clause of £40million and Stones will cost at least £38million, Kastrinakis tells us. Both have been widely reported before. With captain Vincent Kompany growing more injury prone in his later years, City chiefs are willing to back Pep Guardiola in his plan to sign two young central defenders to form their future pairing.
Included in the story is a passing mention of that fact that the club want ‘five top-class signings’. So nearly half a new team then?
Time for some Google Translate. German outlet Kicker informs us that interest in Omer Toprak ‘has awakened on the island’. Manchester United ‘are in the courtship’ of the Bayer Leverkusen central defender, along with Bayern Munich.
Kicker goes on to tell us that there is ‘rarely a grade of defender’ similar to Toprak’s level in England, and that the Turkish international is ‘arousing desires’. My goodness.
Toprak, 26, has just over two years remaining on his contract in Germany, and has been with Leverkusen since 2011. He also isn’t Daley Blind or Michael Carrick, so United signing him would make some sort of sense. He is, after all, an actual central defender who is not still at school.
AND THE REST
Barcelona are preparing a £15million summer bid for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez…Steve McClaren expects to be axed by Newcastle in the next 24 hours…McClaren has pleaded with an aide of Mike Ashley, the Newcastle United owner, not to be sacked…Crisis talks are taking place at Newcastle with directors debating whether to sack McClaren and whom they might replace him with, with David Moyes and Rafael Benitez possible candidates…McClaren is expected to be told on Monday he has been sacked as Newcastle United head coach, with owner Mike Ashley keen to move quickly to secure the services of David Moyes, though Nigel Pearson’s name has also been mentioned…Remi Garde is likely to be sacked for failing to turn around Aston Villa’s disastrous campaign – but he could beat the Midlands club to the punch by resigning first.