MALCOM IN MIDDLE OF THREE CLUBS
The Malcom in question is the Bordeaux winger who has scored seven Ligue Un goals this season and thus is said to be worth £45m, and the three clubs in question are Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United, though it is Arsenal who are said to be the favourites to sign the 20-year-old.
Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte say that Tottenham made an earlier approach for Malcom but offered only £30m, while, and ‘the talks with United did not encourage the attacker’s agents’, which we are guessing might mean that they did not give the impression that the Brazilian would be a starter at United. So Arsenal remain the favourites, and the signing of Malcom could allow Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal for Manchester City.
RAFINHA FOR ARSENAL?
Okay so this is based on one line in Sport, but what a line (translated by Google)…
‘Finally, as Catalunya Ràdio has advanced, Arsenale Wenger’s Arsenal would be another club that would have contacted Rafinha to strengthen its team in this winter market.’
That is ‘backed up’ by a report on Don Balon (exactly) saying that Rafinha could be a replacement for Mesut Ozil. They say that Celta Vigo and Inter Milan are also interested but, there are suggestions that Rafinha would prefer a move to the Premier League.
‘Manchester City have held further talks with West Bromwich Albion over Jonny Evans as the runaway Premier League leaders compete with Arsenal for the Northern Ireland defender,’ says the Daily Telegraph. They are yet to make an offer but there are suggestions that anything over £20m would be enough to convince the Baggies, who have accepted that the former Manchester United man will not sign a new contract.
What an unlikely trailblazer.
AND THE REST
Everton have joined the race to sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott…Tottenham have begun informal discussions with midfielder Dele Alli…Crystal Palace could complete the signing of Senegal striker Diafra Sakho from West Ham by the end of the week…Huddersfield have agreed a £14m deal with Norwich to sign winger Alex Pritchard…Hearts are set to sign Manchester United left-back Demetri Mitchell on loan…West Ham have been told that they will have to pay £15m for Bournemouth and Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter.