MAHREZ FOR ARSENAL?
Okay, this is the ‘news’ in its entirety from Italian gossip merchants calciomercato (put through Google Translate). Quite why an Italian website would know so much about an Algerian player leaving one Premier League club for another is not really clear…
‘Riyad Mahrez is a new player of ‘ Arsenal . According to collected exclusively by the editors of Calciomercato.it , Arsene Wenger has torn the ok of Leicester and the French-Algerian playmaker, among the leaders of the Premier historic victory in 2016. A soon to be announced transfer.’
The Daily Mirror do claim that ‘Arsene Wenger is ready to pursue his interest in Riyad Mahrez with Monaco determined to keep Thomas Lemar’.
LIVERPOOL’S PRICE FOR COUTINHO IS…
£87m, according to the Daily Mirror. Well, we say the Daily Mirror but really we mean French TV station Telefoot, who made this claim on Sunday. And why Telefoot? Because PSG apparently made an enquiry for the Brazilian and were told that the price was pretty sodding steep. Barcelona are also interested in the Liverpool man, though whether they rate him highly enough to break their club transfer record is another question.
KEITA WANTS LIVERPOOL MOVE
According to the Sunday Times, ‘Naby Keita is set for talks with RB Leipzig over his future with Jürgen Klopp’. They claim that the Guinea midfielder wants to move to Liverpool and particularly wants to sign a £130,000-a-week contract. RB Leipzig have put a £70m price tag on his head but they could possibly compromise if the player himself applies some pressure.
But according to The Sunday Times, Liverpool ‘are likely to make a structured pitch, inclusive of add-ons, around that threshold’. Which will shatter the club record set when they paid £35m for Andy Carroll. Keita himself will meet with RB Leipzig chairman Oliver Mintzlaff to plead his case.
AND THE REST
Chelsea will hope to make a breakthrough in their bid to sign Juventus’ Brazil left-back Alex Sandro, with negotiations planned on Monday…Chelsea boss Antonio Conte faces a battle to sign any of his defensive targets. Manchester City are interested in Roma’s Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, Barcelona are keen on Juventus and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, and Juve have also made a fresh attempt to persuade Sandro to sign a new deal…Manchester City keeper Claudio Bravo wants Arsenal forward and Chile team-mate Alexis Sanchez to join him at Etihad Stadium…Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry is poised to be confirmed as an Aston Villa player on Monday…Tottenham Hotspur have made a second offer of about 30m euros for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Adrien Silva.