CHELSEA WANT GRIEZMANN TOO
Thank the lord for Antoine Griezmann; he is keeping this gossip column a little bit busy in desperate times. There has already been plenty of talk about Manchester United wanting the Frenchman (and being very prepared to break the world record again) and now the Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law – who is well connected at Stamford Bridge – claims ‘Chelsea will rival any attempt by Manchester United to prise Antoine Griezmann out of Atletico Madrid in future transfer windows after watching him for the last two years’.
Law claims that Chelsea still have money in their budget for a striker after balking at the prices of Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata, and may be prepared to spend £84m to match the release clause of Griezmann, especially as a return to Atletico Madrid for Diego Costa could be part of any deal.
HART GRANTED ‘CONSIDERATE’ EXIT
As a sign of goodwill towards their double title-winning goalkeeper, Manchester City are said to be prepared to lower their asking price for Joe Hart to a ‘considerate’ amount, as well as paying him £9m as part of a severance package. The Sun claim that ‘Hart has three-years left on his £120,000-a-week contract and is owed £17.8m – around half of which City are willing to pay’. Hart is currently on loan at Torino.
In other City news, the Daily Mail claim that ‘Yaya Toure has not given up on his Manchester City career – and is aiming to spend the rest of the year proving himself to Pep Guardiola’. His agent has hinted that he would be looking to sign a pre-contract agreement in January but the Mail claim to know better: He is determined to prove Pep Guardiola wrong, it says here.
AND THE REST
AC Milan are hoping to take the Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fàbregas to San Siro in January, along with Real Madrid’s Croatian midfield maestro Mateo Kovacic…Kilmarnock are considering a move for former Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra…Reading manager Jaap Stam has revealed that Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan failed a medical with the Championship club…Watford striker Odion Ighalo has said he turned down the chance to join Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG for £37.5m.