Another day, another transfer round-up for you. One which doesn’t include Kieran Tierney because he’s now so far removed from gossip that each update is a story in itself.
Let’s start with:
Solly March and Lewis Dunk
According to Teamtalk we’ve made enquiries to Brighton and Hove Albion over both players. March is 24 and a one-club man, making his debut for the Seagulls back in 2013. He’s a left-sided midfielder who scored six Premier League goals last season.
Dunk is a thing you can do with a biscuit, but also a footballer. Like March he’s spent his entire professional career with Brighton, and alongside Shane Duffy has formed a powerful central defensive combination which helped them avoid relegation last season. He has one England cap to his name.
We’re pretty sceptical of anything that comes from Teamtalk as an exclusive, even if these days they don’t make you phone up and spend a fortune for news which turns out to be complete shite.
We’ll go high on the Poo-o-Meter for this one.
A central midfielder for Rennes, the 25-year-old played in both games against Arsenal in the Europa League last season. In fact, he scored the opener in the first leg in France, cracking home a rebound from a free kick.
Was that enough to put him on our radar? Estadio Deportivo seem to think so, but there’s also interest from Chelsea, Sp*rs, Liverpool and Manchester United, which makes it sound like there’s an agent linking his player with all these top clubs to drum up interest from potentially more realistic suitors.
According to Calciomercato, AC Milan are stepping up their interest in our little Uruguayan. New head coach Marco Giampaolo, who worked with Torreira at Sampdoria, is eager for a reunion, which on paper looks like reasonable foundations for the speculation.
What doesn’t make sense is the way that Ivan Gazidis is apparently trying to get a deal done. It’s said our former CEO will offer a laughable €5-8 million for a two-year loan deal with an option to buy at the end of that.
Honestly, the man deserves a YouTube compilation of his transfer clangers. If Raul and Vinai even consider replying to that they should be put in the stocks outside the Armoury on the opening day of the season.
A poo so large it makes us ill thinking about it.
According to a publication that rhymes with Bun, ‘Unai Emery will ask the Arsenal board to break the bank’ for the Crystal Palace winger. There’s little to no substance to the story which also includes Ray Parlour urging Emery to ‘push the boat out’ for the 26-year-old.
This story really should have died the moment Hazard bagged his second goal in Baku. There’s no way we’re dropping mega money on an established Premier League player unless we start selling our crown jewels. Would you rather have Zaha over Auba? That would most definitely be a risk.
Having aborted an attempt to sign the PSG midfielder in January to pursue Denis Suarez, it’s now suggested that we could take a second look at the France under-21 international. According to Football.London, the Ligue 1 champions have put a £13.5 million price on his head – significantly less than they were asking for six months ago – because he now only has one year left on his contract.
Apparently, RB Leipzig are also keeping tabs on the player. He could be an interesting option but it doesn’t feel like he’s high up our list right now.