BALE BACK TO TOTTENHAM?
Thanks to Google Translate for this from Don Balon: ‘Manchester United and Chelsea have already tried many times to sign him. But for the Welsh it would be very special to be able to return to the ranks of a Tottenham in which, after all, jumped to stardom as a footballer.’
Indeed it would. But do Tottenham really have the money to bring back Gareth Bale? Well, perhaps if they sold that fella who plays up front…
KANE AND ERIKSEN FOR BARCA?
Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernández watched Real Madrid and Tottenham draw 1-1 on Tuesday night – probably because it was the biggest game of the night and because Real Madrid are their title rivals, but Mundo Deportivo have seen into the mind of Fernández and decided he was there to watch Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. The former has long been linked with Madrid and the latter with Barcelona as an alternative to Philiipe Coutinho.
Meanwhile, Don Balon – of course – claim that Ronaldo does not want Real Madrid to sign Kane as he loves playing with Karim Benzema and does not want to see the Frenchman pushed aside.
LAPORTE SPEAKS ABOUT CHELSEA
Athletic Bilbao centre-half Aymeric Laporte was asked directly about Chelsea interest this summer by L’Equipe and he said – according to Sport Witness: “I can’t say, it’s confidential.”
Their take is the following: ‘This new level of coy isn’t what Laporte has normally done in the past, so it’s not unreasonable to take something from it. There’s every chance Chelsea interest was genuine, Laporte turned them down, but doesn’t want to burn the Stamford Bridge.’
Their guess is that Laporte would cost around £58m and he would be open to a move because he is unhappy with a lack of French recognition because he is playing for a lowish-profile club in Spain.
AND THE REST
Inter Milan are tracking Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz…Juventus have joined Barcelona and Manchester City in the race for 22-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl…Newcastle and Stoke have sent scouts to watch 19-year-old striker Nordine Ibouroi…Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has dismissed rumours that West Brom and Wolves target Benik Afobe, 24, may be allowed to leave the club in January…Crystal Palace have increased their interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.