LIVERPOOL IN FOR ALEX TEIXEIRA
Well, well. The conventional wisdom was that Chelsea were the only club in for Alex Teixeira, but we bring you interesting news. Interesting news via lovely man Tony Barrett.
Liverpool have made a €32m offer for Alex Teixeira but Shakhtar Donetsk are seeking closer to €50m for the attacker.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) January 21, 2016
So there you go. What does that bid say about Daniel Sturridge’s place at Liverpool, given Jurgen Klopp’s public backing of Christian Benteke?
UNITED WEIGH UP CAVANI BID
That’s the claim from ESPN, who have reliable sources within Old Trafford. They believe that Manchester United are considering making a move for the Paris Saint-Germain striker in a bid to increase their threat in front of goal.
The report also says that Edinson Cavani is keen on a move, which doesn’t surprise us one little bit. The Uruguayan has regularly been played out of position in Paris and has largely failed to impress whenever he has operated as a central striker this season.
Cavani has scored ten league goals in 17 matches this season, but it’s hard to judge his record on those numbers given PSG’s domestic domination. Laurent Blanc’s side are 21 points clear after 21 matches, having dropped six league points since March 15, 2015.
ASTON VILLA TO SIGN VIDIC
It’s a line that sounds like good business for Villa until you look at Nemanja Vidic’s recent history. The central defender hasn’t played a league minute this season, and has just left Internazionale by mutual consent.
The suspicion is that Vidic’s legs have gone, hence why Villa have been offered a chance to sign him on a free deal. The Serbian would be better off going to MLS, rather than being made to look foolish in the Premier League. Tarnished legacies and all that.
PEDRO TO LEAVE CHELSEA?
After a wonderful debut away at West Brom, Pedro’s Chelsea career has nosedived before plateauing at a fairly miserable level. He has started the club’s last few games, but only due to Eden Hazard’s injury. The Spaniard was removed at half-time against Everton.
The report comes from David Woods in the Daily Star, the paper’s chief football writer. It claims that Chelsea are not wanting to let Pedro go during the January transfer window, but are considering a summer exit for the £21m signing. It mentions Valencia and Villarreal as possible destinations.
With Kevin de Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah all failing to impress, Chelsea don’t mind struggling to integrate a wide player.
AND THE REST
Spurs have entered the race to sign Alvaro Morata… Chelsea flop Papy Djilobodji has undergone a medical ahead of a loan move to Werder Bremen… Fiorentina want to sign Mauro Zarate from West Ham… West Brom are demanding £30 million for Saido Berahino… Paris Saint-Germain are showing an interest in Chelsea striker Diego Costa… West Ham United are confident of completing a loan deal for Nigeria international Emmanuel Emenike to ease the club’s striker crisis… Victor Valdes has has been offered an escape route from Manchester United with Standard Liege ready to take the goalkeeper on loan until the end of the season… Chelsea did not secure a sell-on clause when negotiating Romelu Lukaku’s move to Everton… Southampton are on the trail of Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi.