VICTOR FOR THE VICTORS
How are Liverpool going to replace their forward trio? Spend lots of money. Or at least that’s what RAI Sport journalist Ciro Venerato (via Area Napoli) claims.
Napoli were thought to be close to completing an £80million move for Victor Osimhen, but Venerato says Liverpool are still in the mix. In fact, he claims Liverpool CEO Peter Moore is ‘pushing’ for the club to sign the 21-year-old.
The Nigerian international scored 13 goals and claimed five assists in Ligue 1 this season, which has also caught the attention of Tottenham, who – like Liverpool – have said they won’t spend much this summer. And yet, Sports Mole claim they are ‘weighing up a late bid’ for Osimhen; they are going to ‘hijack’ Liverpool’s move. Hmmm.
ARSENAL ‘CONFIDENT’ OF WILLIAN DEAL
Willian wants to stay at Chelsea, but if not, he wants to stay in London. Arsenal are said to be keen. The Brazilian has had a great season for Chelsea, at least if you look at the numbers. Nine goals and seven assists in the Premier League is a good return, and Frank Lampard has said he wants to keep him at the club. He certainly won’t want him to leave for a rival.
But the 31-year-old wants a three-year deal and Chelsea are reticent to offer such a long-term contract because footballers are useless over the age of 30.
He has reportedly turned down the advances of David Beckham’s Inter Miami, but ESPN Brazil claim Arsenal are ‘optimistic’ of their chances of signing Willian on a free transfer at the end of the season. A player of his Premier League pedigree for nothing would be an absolute no-brainer.
Porto midfielder Danilo has made no secret of his love for the Premier League, and Mikel Arteta in particular. He told Stats Perform News:
“(Arteta) is doing a really, really, good job there. He is a really good coach and Arsenal play very good football. The style…I think I can fit there (at Arsenal). Of course, I like to be here in Porto, to be here in my country, but I want to be in a better league like the Premier League.”
Very keen. And Porto will let the Portugal international leave for £36million, according to Portuguese outlet Jornal de Notícias (via Sport Witness). The real problem with Arsenal may be creativity, but a ‘new Vieira’ would be welcomed with open arms, if they can stump up the cash.
AND THE REST
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