Gossip: Pulisic, Griezmann, Lukaku, Keita

Date published: Saturday 15th April 2017 9:44

TOTTENHAM AIMING TO PIP LIVERPOOL TO PULISIC
The Daily Mail tell us on Saturday morning that Tottenham’s chief scout Steve Hitchen was in Dortmund on Wednesday to watch Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Christian Pulisic.

Until now, Liverpool were the Premier League club considered most likely to sign Pulisic, but Tottenham have now expressed an interest in his signing. The 18-year-old American has already appeared for the US national team, and is considered a huge prospect by Dortmund.

The details in the Mail are pretty vague, but we’re told that Hitchen was in Germany and was impressed by what he saw. Whether that means Spurs will meet Dortmund’s presumably lofty asking price is another question entirely.

 

MOURINHO WANTS GRIEZMANN AND LUKAKU
To The Sun now, and an exclusive by Ken Lawrence. We do wonder why Neil Custis hasn’t got this Manchester United exclusive, but hey.

Lawrence claims that Jose Mourinho wants Antoine Griezmann and Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United. Sorry Ken, but you really can’t call that an exclusive. Both of those names have been linked with United repeatedly over the last six months.

‘Mourinho is also determined to turn Ibra into the new godfather of Old Trafford,’ Lawrence also writes. We’re not quite sure what that means, but it seems to constitute Zlatan Ibrahimovic signing a new contract.

Let’s face it: If United don’t get into the Champions League, the chances of signing Griezmann are slim. Even if they do, the chances are less than 50/50.

 

THE DAILY EXPRESS ARE TALKING RUBBISH AGAIN
‘Barcelona are reportedly preparing for life after Neymar, with a move to Manchester United possible this summer. Jose Mourinho is said to want the Brazil superstar as a marquee signing and United could match his £170million release clause.’

Told you…

 

NABY KEITA IS LIVERPOOL PRIORITY
There are certain journalists you listen to when they talk about transfers, and The Times’ Paul Joyce is one. When he says he has information on Liverpool, it’s genuine.

With that in mind, Joyce says that, as well as Virgil van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig. The midfielder has been linked with Liverpool on a regular basis over the last few months after impressing during his first season in the Bundesliga.

Keita joined from RB Salzburg last summer, and has been Leipzig’s best player in their surprise achievement since promotion last season. They will not challenge Bayern Munich for the title, but should qualify for the Champions League.

 

AND THE REST
Chelsea are reportedly willing to up their bid for Andrea Belotti to £55m but are reluctant to meet the Torino star’s £85m release clause in full… Barcelona want former Brighton and Watford manager Oscar Garcia to replace Luis Enrique… Franck Kessie, the Atalanta midfielder, is “listening to all offers” ahead of the summer transfer window, his agent has said… Everton are prepared to match their transfer record as they close in on Real Sociedad striker Willian Jose… Chelsea are eyeing Porto striker Rui Pedro… Arsene Wenger has told Alexis Sanchez he will not be held to ransom by the forward’s wage demands.


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