LOOKMAN, YOU’RE GOING NOWHERE
The future of Ademola Lookman has been discussed for much of the summer, with RB Leipzig clearly very keen to sign the winger on a permanent deal. The stumbling block has been the price tag, with the English premium seemingly applying to players leaving the Premier League for abroad. Funnily enough, foreign clubs aren’t willing to pay that premium.
So you have a player like Justin Kluivert leaving Ajax for Roma for a fee of £15.8m, but then Everton demanding £25m for Lookman. Kluivert is capped at senior international level and has Champions League experience. Lookman is almost two years older, hasn’t come close to an international call-up and has managed four Premier League starts. He’s obviously an excellent prospect, but the figures don’t make much sense to Leipzig.
Unsurprisingly, Lookman could be left at Everton after the window closes. That’s fine, but it would be a massive shame if he then failed to get regular first-team minutes. He needs those to develop.
OH YEAH, MARKOVIC HASN’T LEFT YET
It’s European transfer deadline day – doesn’t it come round quicker every year? And there’s nothing like European transfer deadline day to make you realise that Lazar Markovic is still a Liverpool player.
Not for much longer. The Daily Mirror today report that Markovic will be loaned out to PAOK Salonika on Friday. Liverpool had made it pretty clear that they were happy for the Serbian winger to leave on a permanent deal if they got a decent fee, but that hope seems to have been dashed.
Instead, Markovic will move to Greece on a season-long loan deal. There’s something pretty wonderful about him joining PAOK two days after they were knocked out of the Champions League,
TWO MORE TITLE WINNERS SET TO LEAVE LEICESTER
The Leicester City title exodus is almost complete. Jamie Vardy’s suspension against Southampton meant that Leicester’s starting XI contained just one outfield player who was a regular in the title-winning season, captain Wes Morgan.
It now looks like another two players from that season might depart on deadline day, joining Football League clubs on loan deals that will then be made permanent. The Leicester Mercury report that Andy King and Danny Simpson will both leave.
Speaking on Thursday, Claude Puel offered an update on the futures of both players:
“There is a possibility that some players could find another project and I want to respect my players, knowing their fantastic feeling with Leicester.
“We have to respect this and them, and to help them find a good project to help them continue, with a good feeling and good quality in their career.
“That is important and we will see if it is possible or not to support them and help them, because we have to respect these men.”
Simpson and the King leaving together. It’s like 1936 all over again.