ERIKSEN EXIT IMMINENT
Let’s be honest, it’s hardly been a vintage January. And the final week isn’t shaping up much better. But at least one of the sagas of the inter window appears to be reaching its conclusion…
It looks like Christian Eriksen will finally join Inter Milan in the coming days after the Italians agreed to meet the £16.7million demand that Daniel Levy has been making all along.
The Guardian reckons Eriksen will rake in £260,000 a week at Inter with bonuses pushing his weekly wage towards £320,000 a week.
BARCA IN FOR CHELSEA STRIKER
Inter also appear to be sniffing around Olivier Giroud once more after going cold on another veteran striker.
Reports this week suggested that Antonio Conte was eyeing Fernando Llorente as an alternative to the Chelsea centre-forward but talks between Inter and Napoli have stalled, leaving Giroud as their priority once more.
But The Independent suggests Inter have company. Similarly to reports of their late interest in Eriksen, it seems Barcelona could be willing to make a late swoop for Giroud as they seek cover for Luis Suarez.
ARSENAL TARGET HEADING TO JUVE
Arsenal have been disappointingly-yet-unsurprisingly quiet this month, despite Mikel Arteta acknowledging at the turn of the year that he was ‘obligated’ to strengthen in particular areas.
The Gunners have been looking at PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa with a view to paying a small fee now or readying a Bosman move for the summer. But numerous reports say they’ve been beaten to the punch by Juventus.
The Serie A champions are said to have negotiated a swap deal for Kurzawa that would see Mattia De Sciglio move to Paris.
GUNNERS CONTINUE LEMAR TALKS
Arsenal continue to be linked with Thomas Lemar.
Atletico Madrid are trying to shift the winger who Diego Simeone says has failed to live up to expectations since joining from Monaco for £52million. RMC Sport says Arsenal and Atletico are continuing talks over the France international but no agreement is yet close.
According to the Daily Mail, The Gunners are also said to be talking to Gabriel Martinelli’s agent about tripling the young striker’s wages to £30,000 a week – roughly a tenth of what Mesut Ozil cotinues to take home.
MAN UTD SPINNING TOWARDS DRY JANUARY
What of Manchester United? What brazen PR bullsh*t is spinning its way out of Old Trafford this morning?
Very little, aside form reports in the Daily Mail that United are looking to recruit more scouts as they look to give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at least the summer transfer window to stamp his mark on this squad. All United seem to have done over the last couple of years is recruit scouts. Any danger of the club acting on any of their recommendations?
Those already patrolling the touchlines in United bench jackets have reportedly forwarded the names of Islam Slimani, currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester, and Odion Ighalo, the former Watford striker who has been playing in China for the last three years.
Textbook stuff from Ed Woodward. Put it out there that United are looking at hugely underwhelming strikers so that it’s actually a relief for supporters when come Friday, they sign no one.
AND THE REST
AC Milan are still holding out for £30million for Spurs target Krzysztof Piatek… Roma are interested in ex-Man Utd winger Adnan Januzaj… United will make one last attempt to treble Angel Gomes’ wages… West Ham could make a £21m bid to sign Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek… The Hammers have also offered £12million for Nottingham Forest right-back Matty Cash… David MOyes is also in talks with Amiens striker Serhou Guirassy… Villa remain keen on Christian Benteke… Liverpool are looking to sign Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder Rafael Brito from Benfica.