Gossip: De Vrij, Zaha, Malcom…

Date published: Tuesday 20th February 2018 8:34

It doesn’t matter how many times Wilfried Zaha says that he is happy at Crystal Palace. There will always be those who link him with a move away from the club. To be honest, you can fully understand why.

The Daily Mirror’s Adrian Kajumba reports that Tottenham are eyeing up a summer move for Zaha, despite already signing Lucas Moura in January. Moura looked pretty good against Rochdale, and could be a bargain if he finds focus.

Kajumba also writes that Spurs face stiff competition from Chelsea and Manchester City for Zaha, and that the winger would cost more than £50m.

Zaha’s argument is that he is already paid £100,000 a week at Palace and his happy there as long as they remain in the Premier League.


It’s hardly much surprise, given that Bordeaux aren’t very good, Malcom is very good and the Brazilian is currently having to endure being managed by Gus Poyet, but the player is going to leave this summer.

Poyet admits that he was slightly shocked not to lose Malcom in January, but that he has little hope of keeping beyond the short-term. Bordeaux are eighth in Ligue 1, but even European qualification would be unlikely to sate the Brazilian given the big clubs that are circling.

“He is a special player who can win matches on his own.” Poyet said.

“He is often double-marked because his talent is that special.

“In January we were nervous because we almost lost him to the Premier League.

“We must prepare for this because sooner or later he will leave.”

Roll on July.


Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij looks likely to leave the club this summer. And that’s according to the club’s sporting director, not any Tom, Dick or Antonio on the street. And boy did he waffle on.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for De Vrij, with Manchester United and Manchester City also credited with interest.

“Lazio have withdrawn the proposal we made for a new contract to De Vrij,” Igli Tare told Mediaset Premium.

“We are withdrawing for reasons that we will explain later on. It was a choice made after many months of negotiations, but there is also a limit to how things went.

“He has been an exemplary professional and we thank him for that as well as what he’ll do until the end of the season. He gave a lot to the club, just as we gave a great deal to him, but our paths will divide in June.”

Ok Igli, thanks for the information. What’s that? You still haven’t finished? Oh.

“It’s a matter of fairness. This is not the opportune time to give the reasons for this decision, but we had to give a response and we gave it this evening.”

Igli? IGLI?

“It is better to look forward, as Lazio are a side who have grown in recent years and will continue to grow, because we certainly do not lack players.”

“It’s not an issue of him agreeing terms with other clubs, but of being fair in negotiations.”

IGLIIIII? We get it fella.

“We did things the right way, but things changed at the last moment. We no longer wish to continue along this path. The only thing certain is that in the world there are no lack of players.”

Thank God for that.


I fought through barren wastelands and sharp thicket just to find the three things above. If you think there is any left over, you’re a bloody dreamer.

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