MORENO FANCIES MADRID…
…or to be more exact, Alberto Moreno’s agent says that his player would quite fancy a move to Real Madrid. Wouldn’t we all, squire.
Last week, Marca linked Real with a move for the Liverpool left-back in January, and Moreno’s agent Javier Moya was hardly going to pour cold water on those rumours. We’ve all got Christmas to pay off.
Speaking to Spanish radio station Radio 4G:
“If Real Madrid were to make an offer that would make him really happy, but Liverpool would have to take the first step.
“If a team as important as Real Madrid were to speak with us and Liverpool were satisfied with the operation, we would talk. Inquiring about an important player is logical, that is normal. Important teams from Spain and other places are asking. It’s difficult.
“Everyone knows the importance of Real Madrid but Liverpool have five European Cups.”
And Real Madrid have ten, if we’re counting.
MANCHESTER UNITED ENTER AUBAMEYANG RACE
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is European football’s hot property. Bayern Munich might be taking the p**s again in the Bundesliga, but the Gabon international has scored 17 goals in 14 league games. Chuck in seven Europa League goals and you have Europe’s top scorer.
The Daily Mirror claim that Manchester United have watched Aubameyang several times this season, which we suspect goes for every big club in Europe with money to spend.
They also mention Aubameyang’s price tag of £42m, which seems about right given his record and age (26). Dortmund paid £9m for him in July 2013.
Yet his AC Milan who should be feeling the most dim. They loaned him out four times before selling him for £1.2m to St Etienne in January 2012. He never even played a game for them.
ARSENAL WANT JAMES McARTHUR
Yeah, we’re not buying this one. Here In The City (us neither) make the claim that Arsenal will look to sign Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur in order to solve their defensive midfield issues. Stop laughing.
Even they describe any potential move as a ‘shock’. Given that Wenger has recently only spent big money on statement signings, it’s be more than a shock.
It must be said that McArthur has been in fine form this season for Palace, but he’s already 28. Is this really the answer to Arsenal’s problems?
AND THE REST
Liverpool to open contract talks with Simon Mignolet… Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is in the last year of his deal and Inter want to sign him… Newcastle United want to sign 1860 Munich striker Rubin Okotie in January… Gary Neville’s odds of becoming the next Fulham manager have dropped dramatically… Jack Grealish, 20, stayed behind for extra training on Tuesday in a desperate bid to win over new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde… Porto and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, has said he is open to a move to Major League Soccer.