Gossip: Reds eye £44m Williams, Bellerin on Barca

Matt Stead

LIVERPOOL WANT WILLIAMS
A ‘blockbuster move’ is how The Sun report it, and the claim is that Liverpool want Athletic Bilbao forward Inaki Williams. Considering he is rated at £44million, it’s perhaps a fair description.

The report comes from Spain, with Mundo Deportivo saying that Jurgen Klopp and his side are ‘desperate not to miss out’ on the 22-year-old forward.

Williams has a release clause of £44.6million in his current contract, so will not come cheap. He made his international debut for Spain in May, and he has scored 16 goals in 67 games for the Bilbao first team. In a nutshell, he’s pretty good.

 

BELLERIN UPDATE
Good news for Arsenal fans: Hector Bellerin isn’t leaving.

If you don’t believe us, take it from the man himself. He was asked by German outlet DW-TV whether he would consider moving to Barcelona. His response?

“If Barcelona contact me right now? I won’t pick up the phone.”

So there you go. What he would do if they fax him we do not know.

 

FAB CHASE (PROBABLY NOT)
Why stop with the transfer updates on right-backs there? We know that that’s all you came here for.

According to the Daily Star, Manchester City want Fabinho. You might have heard of him; Manchester United were reportedly interested in signing him this summer. The Monaco defender is rated at around £15m.

It will likely be dubbed as a devastating blow by some – it probably already has been – but United probably won’t be that bothered. Plus, the 22-year-old explained how he “felt good” in France just this past week, and that he is “an important player in one of the best teams in the league”. So yeah.

 

AND THE REST
Cristiano Ronaldo is stalling on a new contract at Real Madrid because he is holding out for a longer deal…Gareth Bale is also said to be in no rush to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu…Inter Milan are interested in Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta and would like to get a deal done in January…Everton are plotting a potential January move for Sporting Lisbon’s star defender Ruben Semedo…Chelsea scouts will run the rule over potential January transfer target Ben Gibson on Saturday when Middlesbrough travel to the Emirates to face Arsenal…Tony Pulis has revealed that Saido Berahino will be offered a new deal, despite confirming the forward has been placed on a special weight-loss programme…Chelsea want to sign highly-rated defender Alessio Romagnoli in January – but Milan will snub their advances…Chelsea are close to agreeing a new contract with Dominic Solanke after the England Under-21 striker lowered his wage demands.