LALLANA TO TOTTENHAM
Well, well. The Sun have taken time out of their Louis van Gaal diary to give us a very different exclusive, namely that Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign Adam Lallana from Liverpool this summer.
The Sun claim that Pochettino has told Daniel Levy to make a £20m offer for Lallana, who he worked with successfully at Southampton. Given that Liverpool paid £25m for the England international, it would seem strange for them to accept a loss.
Lallana has also started 36 matches this season, and seems an ideal player for Jurgen Klopp’s high-intensity style. However, with reported Liverpool interest in both Mario Gotze and Marco Reus, perhaps Lallana is in danger of being forced out of the first team.
Also, whose position does he take in that Tottenham midfield?
UNITED TO GET AN AUTO-MATIC HIGH
Nemanja Matic wants to leave Chelsea and will snub reported interest from Juventus in the hope of joining Manchester United. That’s according to the Daily Mail.
The Mail say Matic would prefer to stay in England despite interest from Italy, and wants to follow former manager Jose Mourinho to Old Trafford, should the Portuguese coach be appointed this summer.
That’s all very well, but it’s not quite how it works, fella. If you’re holding out for a Manchester United move, it might be worth checking to see if they want you first. Because you’ve been rotten for large swathes of this season.
And yes, that is a S Club Juniors reference in the headline. Sue me.
WEST HAM TO MAKE £25M BENTEKE BID
To the Daily Mirror now, and another player who could be leaving Liverpool for £20m+. Can’t help thinking that supporters might be a little happier with this one.
Having paid £32.5m for Christian Benteke and promptly watched him look less at home than an elephant in an igloo, Liverpool are almost certain to cut their losses on the Belgian this summer. The Mirror claim that those losses may only be £7.5m, with West Ham close to making a £25m bid for the striker.
The Mirror also report West Ham interest in Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette. That cheap rent at the Olympic Stadium sure does have its benefits.
AND THE REST
West Ham will offer Theo Walcott regular first-team football in a bid to lure him away from Arsenal…Arsenal are in discussions to sign Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez, 25, who is valued at £40m, and midfielder N’Golo Kante, 25, who is available for £20m…LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, has reiterated his intention to return to Liverpool “sooner rather than later…Arsenal have made an offer for Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding…Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, is close to agreeing a move to the Chinese Super League, where he will earn £12m a year, making him one of the highest paid players in the world…Aston Villa have been scouting Hajduk Split’s Bosnia midfielder Tino-Sven Susic, 24, who may be available for a fee of £4m…Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 34, says he will reveal his next move “soon”, having been linked with a move to Manchester United.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen, 26, is happy to wait until the summer for his future to be decided…Lazio say midfielder Lucas Biglia, 30, is not for sale after the £15m-rated Argentine was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United…Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick says Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason, 24, is the “sort of player” the club need to sign…Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam believes team-mate Jack Butland, 23, will go on to play for one of England’s “big” clubs…Tottenham midfielder Erik Lamela, 24, is keen to stay at the club for another year after finally earning a regular starting spot this season…Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 25, has told friends he is prepared to reject lucrative offers from the Premier League to stay at the La Liga club. The Frenchman has been closely monitored by Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City.