TO PARIS FOR COUTINHO?
If it feels like we have been here before, it is because we have been here before. PSG failed in what now looks like a pretty pathetic £22.5m move for Philippe Coutinho in the summer, but are now having major regrets about not going higher.
‘PARIS INSISTE SUR COUTINHO’ is the headline in French magazine Le 10 Sport, but we suspect that they can INSISTE all they like because there’s not a chance that Liverpool will sell unless there really is loopy money on the table. And that might mean PSG need to double that summer offer.
TOTTENHAM LOVING THAT ISCO BEAT
‘Tottenham are crazy for Isco’ is the wonderful headline in Marca, who claim that such is the ‘craziness’ of Tottenham’s love that Daniel Levy could move for the Spaniard in January rather than compete with Arsenal, Manchester City and his old club Malaga next summer.
‘Given Pochettino’s interest in the player, the club’s chairman Daniel Levy is considering making a bid in January, in order to avoid the increased competition for his signature that waiting until next summer could entail,’ it says here.
BONUCCI IN, FABREGAS OUT
Apparently Juventus are willing to sell defender Leonardo Bonucci to Chelsea for a fee somewhere north of £50m if Cesc Fabregas is thrown in as a sweetener. The Sun claim that Fabregas is seen as a long-term replacement for Andrea Pirlo (though at 29 we are not sure how long term those plans can be).
Although Antonio Conte is keen to keep hold of Fabregas (it says here), he is rather more keen to buy a very good defender that is worth about 17 Gary Cahills.
AND THE REST
Borussia Dortmund are ready to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the end of the season and that will interest pretty much every club in Europe…Manchester United are “kicking themselves” for not putting a sell-on clause in Burnley defender Michael Keane’s contract…The Hammers could offer midfielder Michail Antonio, 26, a second new deal within a year following his impressive start to the season…Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra rejected a £7m move to Sunderland in the transfer window.