LAMELA TO MILAN
It seems that the only club in Europe who will be spending money this January are AC Milan, and they were in London this weekend to talk to the agents of various players on the fringes of Premier League clubs. One of the players on their radar – according to CalcioMercatoWeb – is Tottenham winger Erik Lamela, who is probably no longer in Spurs’ first-choice line-up when everybody is fit. The signing of Moussa Sissoko and the emergence of Son Heung-Min has pushed Lamela to the fringes of the team.
Lamela did start on Saturday against West Brom but was hauled off and replaced by his South Korean teammate before Tottenham scored their equaliser; he may well jump at the chance to join Inter Milan for £22m in January.
CESC TO MILAN
Never mind that AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella dismissed a move for Cesc Fabregas because he does not have the same “characteristics” as injured midfielder Riccardo Montolivo, talk of the Spanish midfielder joining the Italian giants will not go away. According to Tuttosport, Fabregas has already held talks with Milan, whose executives watched Chelsea take on Leicester on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
Will this baby be born in Italy?
Another baby is on the way, and this time it's a boy ? I couldn't be any happier ? I hope everyone is feeling as blessed as I am today. pic.twitter.com/hM4YzGkrBc
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) October 16, 2016
UNITED KEEN ON COLEMAN
Everton are bracing themselves once again with Manchester United reportedly interested in signing full-back Seamus Coleman this January.
According to the Irish Independent, Jose Mourinho was planning to make a move in the summer but decided to strengthen other key areas instead. However, he is now ready to make the right-back slot his number one priority in the winter window.
Antonio Valencia is apparently only viewed by Mourinho as a ‘stand-in’ option, while Italian Matteo Darmian is set to be moved on in January after finding first-team opportunities with the Red Devils severely limited.
Monaco’s Fabinho is said to be Manchester United’s first choice but, with fees of around £40million being quoted for the Brazilian, a deal for Coleman, who recently turned 28, may be easier to negotiate.
AND THE REST
Jose Mourinho could renew United’s long-standing interest in Everton and Republic of Ireland right-back Seamus Coleman…Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus are targeting 19-year-old Porto and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves…Juventus will offer Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci a new contract to fend off interest from Chelsea…New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce wants Jordan Rhodes.