SANCHEZ TO MONACO?
Are you thinking that signing a 28-year-old for £45m and giving him £300,000 a week does not sound like a very Monaco thing to do? Because that’s what we are thinking after seeing The Sun claim on their back page that ‘MONACO are set to test Arsenal’s resolve by making a £45million bid for wantaway Alexis Sanchez’. It sounds like a massive pot-shot (and took two people to write) but it is at least interesting.
We would prefer to get our French-flavoured Arsenal gossip from L’Equipe, who claim that the Thomas Lemar deal is by no means dead in the water because a) he wants to join Arsenal and b) they want to replace him with Lyon winger Rachid Ghezzal.
LIVERPOOL LINKED WITH BENJAMIN ANDRE
This one comes from a new source – Britanny-based newspaper Le Telegramme. They claim that Liverpool are expected to make a £15m offer for Rennes midfielder Benjamin Andre. Who is Benjamin Andre? Well, he is a 27-year-old former France Under-21 midfielder who plays in central midfield. He’s definitely not Naby Keita but he may well be the cheap option until Keita can leave RB Leipzig next summer.
No one has ever heard of Benjamin Andre, so don't lie, and pretend you watch the French league like you did with naby keita
— joe devlin (@joedevlin7) August 4, 2017
101 Great Goals claim that Benjamin Andre made 329 interceptions last season for Rennes. Lord knows where that figure came from; the actual figure is 74.
CHELSEA MOVE FOR VAN DIJK
According to the back page of The Times, ‘Chelsea are preparing to challenge Liverpool for the signature of Virgil van Dijk by offering Southampton £50 million plus add-ons’. It sounds like a good deal for all concerned, with the Dutchman currently training with the kids at Southampton, who are understandably reluctant to do business with the Reds.
According to the pretty reliable Matt Hughes, Chelsea are confident of getting the deal done before the start of the new season.
Virgil van Dijk since joining the Premier League:
338 aerial duels attempted
253 aerial duels won
74.8% success rate
Beast in the air. ? pic.twitter.com/5Kk2bHCsw6
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 4, 2017
AND THE REST
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes the club must sell winger Gareth Bale if they are to sign Monaco’s 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe…Tottenham are interested in Genoa forward Giovanni Simeone…Sunderland are set to sell 29-year-old winger Jeremain Lens after agreeing a £4.5m fee with Besiktas…Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Trabzonspor…Watford have made an enquiry about Liverpool’s 25-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno…Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is interested in signing 19-year-old Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.