LUCAS MOURA TO MAN UNITED
‘JOSE MOURINHO is desperate to land top target Lucas Moura this month,’ says The Sun, but there is a catch: PSG want any loan deal to come with the guarantee of a £40m deal in the summer, but United may well be reluctant to agree to such a deal, especially as the club are reportedly angry with Mourinho over his spending complaints.
Lucas has previously been a target for both United and Mourinho (when he was at Real Madrid) so this looks like a no-brainer. The Brazilian winger has played only 71 minutes of Ligue Un football for PSG this season. He has spoken to at least one Chinese club but would obviously prefer to join Manchester United.
MAN UNITED WANTED LASSANA DIARRA!
What an odd career Lassana Diarra has had. His list of clubs reads Le Havre, Chelsea, Arsenal, Portsmouth, Real Madrid, Anzhi, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Al Jazira…and now it looks certain that PSG will be added to the list after advanced negotiations between the French midfielder and the likely French champions.
But the devil of this story is in the detail with SFR Radio in France claiming that Manchester United, AC Milan, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe were all also interested in Diarra, who played under Jose Mourinho at both Chelsea and Real Madrid.
ALEX SANDRO TO CHELSEA…FINALLY
‘Chelsea are ready to push through a £50m January deal for Juventus full back Alex Sandro,’ according to the Daily Mirror. It seems that the Italian club are ready to do business, having lined up Bayer Leverkusen’s Brazilian Wendell as his replacement. Of course, no transfer story is complete without the caveat that Manchester United are also interested.
Imagine how annoyed Mourinho will be if Chelsea start spending striker prices on full-backs too.
My thoughts on what Chelsea Needs
•A LB (Alex Sandro)
•A LEFT FOOTED RW (Bailey/Mahrez)
•A CM if Recalling Loftus-Cheek back from loan is not possible (Lemar/Goretzka)
What Chelsea Doesn’t need
•Any Player from The Italian League!
— Chelsea FC Fan Club (@ConteBlueArmy) January 2, 2018
AND THE REST
Fenerbahce could make a move for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud this month…West Ham remain interested in signing Stoke City and Wales midfielder Joe Allen…Everton will attempt to complete the signing of Besiktas and Turkey striker Cenk Tosun on Wednesday…Newcastle have told 28-year-old midfielder Jack Colback and right-back Jamie Sterry they can leave St James’ Park…Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi is poised to join Charlton on loan.