MESUT AND TIE
Our player to watch in the Premier League this weekend is a man in demand. Mesut Ozil is being courted by Barcelona, but he is reportedly hoping for a rather shorter journey when his Arsenal contract expires in the summer.
Turkish outlet Sabah claim to have spoken to Fenerbahce officials, who harbour unrealistic intentions over signing the German international. They report that Ozil has returned with a simple response.
“Thanks for your offer but I really want to stay in the Premier League,” Sabah report Ozil to have said. “Manchester United have a huge offer for me, I’ll probably be transferred there.”
So there it is. Ozil is off to Manchester United to reunite with Jose Mourinho. The coward.
THE FELL GUY
In comes one world-class footballer, out goes another. According to Le10Sport, Paris Saint-Germain are considering making a move for Marouane Fellaini.
In fact, the French outlet go one further. They claim that PSG have made ‘a concrete approach’ for Fellaini, who they consider a ‘high-level’ midfielder, and a potential replacement for Thiago Motta.
It is added that Fellaini being a free agent is ‘particularly important’ to comply with FFP measures, and the Belgian will be offered a four-year deal to move to Paris. Good for him.
It is pretty much commonly accepted opinion that Don Balon is as reliable as candyfloss in a tornado, and yet anything the Spanish website registered in London reports is rehashed to death in the English media.
On Thursday, Don Balon were kind enough to tell us that ‘everything indicates’ Gareth Bale will not be at Real Madrid next season. The Welshman has played just five La Liga games this season due to injury, the only cure to which is obviously to move clubs and probably countries.
Manchester United and Bayern Munich have shown an interest, Don Balon add, but another possible suitor is thrown into the mix. ‘The last team to appear on stage has been nothing more and nothing less than Arsenal,’ they report.
It is added that Bale ‘has some doubts’ over joining Arsenal, the crux of which is that he used to play for local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, a club founded in September 1882, and who are most commonly referred to as either ‘Tottenham’ or ‘Spurs’.
Every day is a school day, folks. Don’t forget that.
Don Balon conclude by saying that Bale ‘would not look bad with the red shirt’. Lovely fashion advice to round off the usual transfer bull.
AND THE REST
Liverpool have made contact with PSG over a January loan move for Germany midfielder Julian Draxler, 24… Former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has turned down an approach from West Brom to speak to them about the vacant manager’s job… Stoke, West Ham, Everton and Southampton are interested in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo. The 28-year-old moved to Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai in January… Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 29, wants to extend his stay at Manchester United and has not ruled out playing until he is 40… Crystal Palace will rival West Ham for the signing Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter, 27, in January… France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, has admitted he could leave Manchester City in January… Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, has given no indication he still wishes to leave Leicester City, said manager Claude Puel.