CHELSEA WANT TELLES
Having sold Filipe Luis back to Atletico, Jose Mourinho suddenly needs a new back-up left-back. Preferably somebody young enough to be happy biding their time and waiting for a first-team chance. Cesar Azpilicueta is the b*llocks.
The Daily Mail report that Chelsea have approached Galatasaray over the availability of Alex Telles, a 22-year-old Brazilian.
With Augsburg holding out for £15m for Abdul Baba Rahman, Telles would certainly be a more budget option. Still, he’s pretty handy.
WISDOM TO NORWICH
Andre Wisdom is destined to never play regularly for Liverpool. Having been loaned out to Derby in the Championship in 2013/14, he went to West Brom last season but only started 22 league games.
Now it looks like he is off out on loan again, this time to Premier League newbies Norwich. That’s according to the Daily Mail.
Wisdom looked okay at West Brom, but he’s going to end up at a club towards the bottom of the Premier League, isn’t he?
AARONS TO ARSENAL
This gossiper is already more than convinced that Rolando Aarons is going to be a bloody star, and the Newcastle winger is already generating whispers of a potential move.
The Daily Express claim that Arsenal want to take advantage of the uncertainty over Aarons’ new contract by bringing him to the Emirates. Because Arsenal need another central midfielder.
Aarons still has two years left on his Newcastle deal. He surely won’t be going anywhere until he gets some more first-team football under his belt?
NO NEW CENTRE-HALF FOR UNITED
‘#mufc are not expected to look elsewhere for a centre-half should Ramos stay at Real. LvG happy with options. #mufc interest in Ramos was because a) he’s world class and b) the DdG situation, not because LvG felt pressing need for another centre half.’
That’s the tweet from the Mail’s Mike Keegan, who has clearly had the nod from Old Trafford – as did the Manchester Evening News – that Nicolas Otamendi was never a target.
So what are those options? Daley Blind, Jonny Evans, Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Michael Carrick, Paddy McNair and Tyler Blackett. The emphasis is on quantity, clearly.
NO BID FOR BERAHINO
This was West Brom’s official tweet on Tuesday morning: ‘Ok, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That’s it. Carry on everyone #wba.’
We are not massively fond of the whole ‘hey mate’ style of the tweet, but at least it’s all pretty clear.
That’s the simple headline on the front page of Spanish newspaper Super Deporte on Tuesday. The ‘Nico’ in question is of course Nicolas Otamendi, who is said to be keen on staying at Valencia rather than joining Manchester United.
With Sergio Ramos also set to stay in Spain with Real Madrid, where does that leave Manchester United’s pursuit of a commanding centre-half? With Daley Blind, that’s where.
Update: The Manchester Evening News claim that ‘Manchester United will NOT move for Nicolas Otamendi this summer’. They believe that United ‘are being used to ramp up interest in the Valencia player’. The MEN also claim that Nicolas Gaitan is not on Louis van Gaal’s list. So who is?
LAMELA TO PORTO
We are willing to believe that Tottenham would send Erik Lamela on loan to Porto, but we are struggling to accept that arch-negotiator Daniel Levy would agree a £5.3m option to buy for a player who cost £30m in the summer of 2013. But that’s what Portuguese newspaper Record are claiming.
With Vlad Chiriches set to join Napoli, Lamela’s exit would leave Spurs with only Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen from the famous splurge of 2013.
PEDRO IS AWFUL CLOSE
Well, well. The consensus across the media in both England and Spain is that Pedro will become a Manchester United player as a) he is keen to make the move and actually play some football and b) United are willing to meet his £22m release clause. As they are set to receive roughly double that amount for Angel Di Maria from PSG (when they stop playing silly beggars over the fee), that seems like something of a bargain.
Is Pedro the player with “speed and creativity” that Louis van Gaal was talking about this week? He certainly has both. Does that mean that Ashley Young will lose his place? Is this starting to smell like a title challenge from United?
WOLFSBURG: WE DON’T NEED MONEY
We keep being told that Manchester City want Kevin de Bruyne and are willing to pay £50m but Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs said: “We are not a selling club, we don’t need the money. And in the project of Wolfsburg we want to compete one day with Bayern Munich and you need these kind of players.”
But De Bruyne himself says: “I don’t know where I will play next season. I just have to train well and make sure that I am fully fit. We will then see what happens. It is always something special when big clubs show an interest in you. Of course, I am thinking about it.”
ARSENAL ‘NO’ TO SAINTS ON CHAMBERS
‘Arsene Wenger has knocked back Southampton’s move to re-sign Calum Chambers on loan,’ says Arsenal fanboy and Daily Mirror football writer John Cross. The Saints are said to be one of several Premier League clubs who have enquired about Chambers, who fell so far down the Gunners’ pecking order last season that he did not even make the bench by May.
AND THE REST
Tottenham will launch a £10m bid for West Brom striker Saido Berahino in the next 48 hours but there could be a snag with the Baggies valuing him at £20m…Newcastle are ready to up their bid for Charlie Austin if they receive assurances on his injured shoulder…West Brom are hopeful of landing Bosman Abou Diaby and have held preliminary talks with fellow free agent Bakary Sako…Montreal Impact have confirmed the signing of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba…
…Napoli have moved to beat Fiorentina to Tottenham Hotspur defender Vlad Chiriches…Southampton are trying to sign QPR defender Steven Caulker on loan with view to an £8million permanent deal…Manchester City have negotiated a £10.25m compulsory purchase agreement in the season-long loan deal Stevan Jovetic is set to sign with Inter Milan…Burnley are facing a fight from Nottingham Forest to sign their midfielder Henri Lansbury…League One Coventry City are set to sign 18-year-old Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong on a long-term loan deal.