BAYERN AND PSG BATTLE FOR COLEMAN
They may have won the battle to keep hold of John Stones despite Chelsea fluttering their £30million eyelashes, but could Everton be in danger of losing a different defender ahead of Tuesday’s deadline?
While Saturday brought news of interest from Paris Saint-Germain in Seamus Coleman, Sunday brings reports of Bayern Munich’s advances. This comes from the Daily Star, who claim an EXCLUSIVE on their belief that the German champions are lining up an £18million bid for the right-back.
‘The Daily Star Sunday understands that Coleman has been on Bayern’s radar since the January transfer window,’ the piece continues. Did the Daily Star Sunday understand this before the Daily Mirror and Metro both ran it on their websites in mid-February?
It seems highly unlikely that Roberto Martinez would fight so hard to keep Stones before letting Coleman leave with days of the transfer window remaining. We’ll mark this one down as a firm ‘no’.
MAHREZ ON ARSENAL RADAR
Another EXCLUSIVE from the Daily Star here. When Daniel Storey discussed Arsenal’s need for an elite striker, did he have Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez in mind?
Yup. The man topping the Premier League scoring charts after four goals in as many games is headed to the Emirates, according to Mr. Paul Hetherington. The in-form 24-year-old would be available for just £5million.
It just isn’t going to happen. That won’t stop Hetheridge of course, with quotes from Wenger after his side’s 1-0 win over Newcastle used.
The article reads: ‘Wenger regards him as one of the most exciting talents in the Premier League and, on the chances of signing Mahrez, said: “I can’t predict what will happen. I am optimistic and we’re working on it.”
Expect he obviously didn’t say anything of the sort in relation to Mahrez. This was the response given by the Frenchman when asked of Arsenal’s overall transfer aims. Tuesday can’t come soon enough.
HERNANDEZ FREE TO LEAVE
Big old claim from the Sunday Telegraph’s Chief Football Correspondent Jason Burt here. Apparently, Javier Hernandez has been told he is free to leave Manchester United.
One of just three senior strikers and the main back-up to Wayne Rooney, it does appear incredibly unlikely that Louis van Gaal would be so open to letting the Mexican go. Burt goes on to say that United ‘do not now expect’ to sign a striker, but are still willing to let Hernandez go.
According to Burt, the ‘final straw’ for Van Gaal was Hernandez’s performance in the Champions League play-off against Club Brugge, where he missed a penalty.
Burt reports that the club may make a final bid for Southampton’s Sadio Mane – of course, not a striker – but Van Gaal is happy to enter the season with midfielder Marouane Fellaini, wingers Memphis Depay and Adnan Januzaj and 18-game James Wilson as striking competition for the struggling Rooney. Utterly bizarre.
Bayer Leverkusen have emerged as the frontrunners for Hernandez’s signature, with the Germans keen to replace new Spurs signing Son Heung-min.
BEST OF THE REST
Chelsea have begun a move to sign Zenit St Petersburg defender Ezequiel Garay…Tottenham are considering a move for one-time Brazilian wonder-kid Alexandre Pato…Paris St Germain have offered Dutch international Gregory Van der Wiel to Everton in a £20million part-exchange deal for Seamus Coleman…Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is set to join Southampton in an £11.5m deal…Leicester are making an audacious bid to land Bayern Munich and Brazil defender Dante…Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is resisting a late move for Bayern Munich centre-back Dante because he has concerns about Brazilian players fitting in with his philosophy…West Ham United are considering a late move for Hull City striker Nikica Jelavic.