POCH SET TO SIGN DUO THIS WEEK
Tottenham are set to go from the Premier League’s thriftiest club to the biggest spenders this week if there is any truth in the whispers coming from The Mirror.
Having already chucked up to £73million at Tanguy Ndombele and Jack Clark, Mauricio Pochettino is set to complete the revamp of his midfield with the signings of Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon.
Now Real Betis have signed Nabil Fekir, they are prepared to sanction Lo Celso’s exit for around £54million to £60million. Betis were looking for £68million though Spurs are said to have found a compromise and a deal is ‘imminent’.
Sessegnon will come cheaper, with the Fulham teenager expected to cost £20million plus add-ons, despite the Cottagers hoping to pull in closer to £40million.
SPURS DUO SET TO STAY
If Pochettino was planning for the exit of Christian Eriksen, it seems he need not have bothered.
The Spurs playmaker quite fancied a move to Spain but the offers have not been forthcoming. Barca’s interest only every seemed cursory while Real Madrid seem more determined to faff about with Paul Pogba. Atletico Madrid have also been linked but Marca claims their preferred target is James Rodriguez.
So it seems Eriksen is likely to start the season at Spurs. Similar might be said of Toby Alderweireld. The centre-back has a clause in his contract that he can leave for £25million but the deal must be done by Thursday. Roma are said to be keen but The Telegraph reckons the Belgium defender would serve a move to the Italian capital.
BALE WANTS ‘VERY HUGE’ OFFER TO LEAVE REAL
Yes, Spurs have gone a bit mental but not so daft as to meet Gareth Bale’s demands to leave Real Madrid.
The Wales star, who already earns close to £600,000 a week, is reported by Sky Sports to be looking for wages ‘on par with the world’s top players’. Has he checked his bank balance lately?
The story goes further. Bale, as we know, is settled in Madrid and content to play golf all week unless he gets a “very huge and special” offer from elsewhere. Presumably that would have to come from China, with Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan both interested in a deal.
Tottenham have explored the possibility of bringing the 30-year-old back to north London but since Bale is looking for an offer that would “come close to making him the highest-paid player in the world” it seems unlikely that Daniel Levy wasted too much time looking at the numbers.
The former Southampton star’s stubbornness may deny Pogba his dream move, with AS claiming that Real will only move for the Man Utd midfielder should they rid themselves of the burden of Bale’s wages.
UNITED EYE JUVE STAR
‘Juventus are willing to sell Paulo Dybala to Manchester United providing their demands are met,’ reports the Daily Mail, showing a reassuring grasp of how transfers work.
Apparently, those demands involve a fee in the wonderfully vague region of £70-90million. And the story goes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will make a move should United sell Romelu Lukaku and/or Pogba.
United would have competition, though, with PSG and Inter both keen on Dybala but the Argentina star would prefer to avoid joining Juve’s Serie A rivals. Maurizio Sarri doesn’t seem too arsed whether the attacker stays or goes. Apparently, his plan is to turn Dybala into a goalscorer in a similar fashion to how the former Napoli boss transformed Dries Mertens, but the prospect of spending the proceeds from any sale also appeals to Sarri.
AND THE REST
Maurizio Sarri wantS Danny Rose at Juventus… Barca will open talks with Lionel Messi over a new four-year deal… Harry Maguire is no closer to a Leicester exit… David de Gea is set to sign a six-year contract and wants to become captain… Aston Villa have agreed an £8m fee with Kasimpasa for Trezeguet… Arsenal are still way off Crystal Palace’s £80m valuation for Wilf Zaha… Wolves will bid again for Olympiakos defender Pape Abou Cisse… West Brom are closing in on QPR right-back Darnell Furlong.