Gossip: Griezmann grief; No sleep till Boleyn?

Date published: Saturday 1st September 2018 8:46

Whispers are always sparse after deadline day. They tailed off after the Premier League window closed but now with the deadline in the rear-view mirror for European and Football League clubs too, the well has run almost completely dry this morning. It seems even the agents are having a breather before the January rumours begin to spread so you’ll have to excuse us for beginning with a line around a move that didn’t happen three years ago…

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was set to join Slaven Bilic’s West Ham from Atletico Madrid in 2015 but the Mexico centre-forward never showed up at Upton Park. Reports at the time suggested he overslept and missed his flight to London, which is a nice story, isn’t it?

Only, Jimenez  claims it’s just a scurrilous rumour. Before Wolves face West Ham today, the 27-year-old has attempted to set the record straight, insisting he wasn’t throwing out Zs when he should have been in the air. Apparently, West Ham wanted him on a loan deal whereas Benfica were willing to pay hard cash for a permanent transfer. So he moved to Portugal instead.

Which is a far less interesting story, but it’s all you’re getting.


You want more? Sheesh…

All we can offer rumours of discontent at Atletico Madrid? The saga around Antoine Griezmann’s future over the summer didn’t reflect well on anyone involved and the fall-out is apparently starting to bite.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atletico had to offer Griezmann a ‘stratospheric’ deal – one that puts him among the five best-paid players in the world – to convince him to turn down Barcelona and now his team-mates all want a piece of the action. Starting with Jan Oblak.

Liverpool and Chelsea were among the clubs who considered paying the keeper’s €100million buyout clause but they both went for slightly cheaper options. Now, Oblak is demanding a pay-rise to reflect his status at Atletico and one that at least puts him on the same scale as Griezmann.

Oblak is said to be at the front of the queue outside the chairman’s door, but he’s certainly not alone.

Manchester United are yet to agree a deal to keep Anthony Martial at Old Trafford… West Brom failed in a record £15m bid for Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack…Everton rejected a late £25m bid from RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman…Watford owner Gino Pozzo has rejected a £125m offer for 35.7% of the club from New York-based Prolific Media Holdings.

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