Lewandowski to Liverpool, Simeone to Chelsea, Herrera to Barca, eternal love…
LEWANDOWSKI TO LIVERPOOL
It might just be a classic case of 2 + 2 = 5, but the Sunday Mirror are claiming that Robert Lewandowski’s future could lie away from Bayern Munich, and that Jurgen Klopp is interested in bringing the striker to Liverpool.
Firstly, of course he bloody is. Lewandowski is one of the world’s most in-form strikers, having scored 16 goals this season for Bayern Munich. It would be more odd if Klopp said that, actually, he was fine without Lewandowski.
‘Suggestions persist that Bayern boss Pep Guardiola remains unconvinced,’ the story says. ‘A move to Real Madrid or Barcelona has been suggested in recent weeks, but neither club are in the market for a striker and Klopp’s arrival at Anfield could be the key.’
Guardiola is probably leaving Bayern Munich next summer anyway, we’re not sure that he is unconvinced and we’re not sure Lewandowski would fancy missing out on the Champions League. It’s a big hmmm from us for now.
CHELSEA TO REPLACE JOSE WITH SIMEONE
After being given a vote of confidence by Chelsea, reports in the Daily Mirror suggest that Diego Simeone is already being lined up as a replacement.
They use reports in Portugal which suggest that Mourinho is aware that there is a succession plan in place for his potential departure, which seems entirely normal.
Simeone is the logical choice to replace Mourinho, having achieved wonderful things at Atletico Madrid. However, it would cost an eye-watering amount to get him out of his Atleti contract. That includes a £15m buy-out clause.
BARCA WANT ANDER HERRERA
The rumours of Barcelona interest in Ander Herrera have been hanging around for a while, but the Daily Mirror push it out again. They say that Barca could push for the signing in January.
That would make a degree of sense. Herrera has again failed to get regular football under Louis van Gaal this season – much to the frustration of supporters – and Rafinha’s injury at Barcelona leaves them short in midfield. Arda Turan is able to play from January onwards after their ban on registering players ends.
You couldn’t blame Herrera for wanting the move, either. It’s not nice watching Wayne Rooney do his thing from the bench.
THE MOST OBVIOUS RUMOUR EVER
It’s Sam Allardyce at Sunderland. It’s Kevin Nolan on a free transfer. He had him at Bolton. He had him at Newcastle. He had him at West Ham.
It’s like Lady and the Tramp, Casablanca, Brief Encounter and Harold and Maude all rolled into one. Football’s eternal love story.