Gossip: Ronaldo (yawn), Pique, Subotic, Alaba

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2016 10:20

Paul Pogba

THE SAME RONALDO STORY YOU’VE READ FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS
Having been told for several weeks that Cristiano Ronaldo had made it perfectly clear that it was either Rafa Benitez left Real Madrid or he did, the Daily Telegraph are now saying that both will happen. Well of course.

In fairness, Matt Law is normally good on his transfer stuff, but you’ll forgive our cynicism over the 1,498th different ‘Ronaldo to Manchester United’ story of the last few months.

Law says that United stand a far better chance of signing Ronaldo than Bale, which is interesting given that yesterday they gave us ‘11 reasons why United could sign Bale’. You’ve changed, Telegraph. You’ve really changed.

 

CITY TO SIGN ALL THE PLAYERS
It’s less than 24 hours since Charlie Wyett in The Sun told us why Pep Guardiola wanted to end up at Arsenal or Manchester United as an alternative to Manchester City, but Shaun Custis in the same paper has an ‘Exclusive’.

Not only does Custis believe that Guardiola will end up at City, he also knows the four players that Guardiola will target. That’s mightily impressive given that he hasn’t even signed a deal yet.

Those four players are Gerard Pique, Paul Pogba, David Alaba and Lionel Messi, which really is pretty startling. You’re ‘Exclusively’ predicting that City will spend £300m on four players. Eeesh.

We’d forgotten just how much we hate the transfer window.

 

LIVERPOOL TO SIGN SUBOTIC
Something a little more realistic now, with the Daily Mirror’s report that Liverpool are talking to Borussia Dortmund about a loan deal for Neven Subotic.

They do say that Jurgen Klopp wants a new defender in place for Friday’s FA Cup game against Exeter, which seems incredibly unlikely. The best they’ll get is Tiago Illori, whose loan at Aston Villa has been cancelled. That went well.

As alternatives to Subotic, the Mirror say that Internazionale’s Andrea Ranocchia is an option, as is Joel Matip, whose Summer Bosman move could be brought forward with a smallish transfer fee.

 

ARNAUTOVIC TO PSG
Marko Arnautovic has been pretty great this season, but that’s the main problem with signing players with high-profile former clubs. As soon as they start playing very well, many will remember their previous employers with such fondness that they will inevitably aim to get back to that level.

There isn’t necessarily any problem in that, of course, but Mark Hughes will be sorry to lose his forward. Arnautovic is reportedly subject to interest from Paris St Germain (that seems a little strong), and has a buy-out clause that could see him leave this summer.

 

AND THE REST
Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland, with the 25-year-old already in the north-east of England for a medical… Crystal Palace and Bournemouth want to sign Steven Caulker… Norwich have put a £15m price on winger Nathan Redmond… Manchester United have failed in their new move for Sadio Mane after being told by Southampton that he’s not for sale… Lyon accepted a £22 million bid from Newcastle United for Alexandre Lacazette but the striker has rejected the chance to move to St James’ Park.

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