Gossip: Hazard, Vardy, Sane, Lukaku

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2015 10:49

Eden Hazard is off to many different places, Vardy to Spurs or Liverpool, Arsenal eye Sane, Lukaku to PSG


Well it’s been a while, but guess which old friend just walked through the door looking worse for wear. Oh yes, it’s ‘Eden Hazard to PSG’.

The Sun go with a massive splash that the Chelsea player could be tempted to move to Paris by their £75m offer. We’re told that PSG were ready to move for Hazard before he signed his new deal, and that his uncertainty at Chelsea could clinch it.

It is worth remembering that Hazard said last year that he didn’t want to go back to France to play because he has already won everything there. It’s also worth remembering that none of the French papers have this story, despite all having close links to PSG. So don’t get too excited.

The Daily Star do their own thing, saying Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and Manchester United all eye Hazard. We’d be more surprised if they weren’t interested.


Suppose it was only a matter of time before Jamie Vardy’s name started to get mentioned with a move. The Leicester striker has become only the eighth player to score in seven consecutive Premier League games. It’s a fair effort.

The Daily Mirror claim that Tottenham are considering a move for Vardy in January, impressed by his form this season. However, they also say that Leicester valued him at £15m in August, so that must have risen by at least £5m since.

ESPN add their own information, saying that Liverpool are also interested. Given that Vardy is 28, it just doesn’t make sense. Why would you buy a player at the absolute peak of his value with no viable resale value?

That the two clubs would scout Vardy is perfectly logical. That they will make bids anything close to Leicester’s asking price is not.


Both the Daily Star and Daily Mirror are running with the news that Arsenal are targeting a move for Schalke winger Leroy Sane. Only the Star call it an exclusive, but we’re going with them because the tagline is so ridiculous:

‘Arsene Wenger is going nuts over trying to sign £11-million-rated German wonderkid Leroy Sane who has already said “No” to Liverpool and Tottenham.’

Now Wenger doesn’t seem like a man to ‘go nuts’ over anything, so this Sane must be the business. He’s scored seven goals in his last nine games for Schalke, and is tipped to break into Joachim Loew’s Germany squad soon.

As for that £11m, given that Sane only signed a new five-year deal in July we’d be surprised if he was that cheap.


The rumours linking Paris St Germain with Romelu Lukaku have been carrying on for months, with agent Mino Raiola doing little but fan the flames.

Now it’s the Daily Star who take up the baton. They say Everton are already scouting South America and Europe for a replacement (rather than just a team-mate?) and that PSG would pay £40m for the forward.

Given that this is such significant information from a presumably reliable source, it’s weird that the Star only give the story four lines on their website. Almost as if it’s likely to be complete hogwash.  


Eddie Howe says he tried to sign Harry Kane four years ago when he was manager of Burnley… Alan Pardew accused Claudio Ranieri of goading his players… Arsenal want to hand Arsene Wenger a new deal and then persuade Patrick Vieira to replace him… Liverpool want to sign Mario Suarez from Fiorentina in January… Tony Pulis says that Saido Berahino is overweight… Swansea want Burnley defender Michael Keane… Tottenham have stepped up their interest in £10million Belgium international striker Laurent Depoitre.


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