There’s no north London derby today (not sure if you heard?) but there’s always transfer nonsense. ALWAYS.
Here’s a round-up of some of the rumours that caught our eye this week.
Goal.com reports that Arsenal have informally approached the former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker after his contract with Atletico Mineiro was terminated by mutal consent. The 33-year-old moved to Brazil in the summer after calling time on his third spell at Atletico Madrid. While it’s pretty obvious we’re in the market for a striker, this one feels like it would be a last resort short-term fix if the other irons in fires go cold. It’s probably nonsense. Plus he’s a total prick.
Leicester’s Belgian midfielder is out of contract in 18 months time and Brendan Rodgers is aware they may need to cash in next summer. According to Ben Jacobs of CBS, Arsenal are ‘actively considering’ a move for the 24-year-old although it’s more likely to happen at the end of the season rather than this month. Can’t say we’d complain, we’ve always been fond of midfielders with FA Cup winning goals on their CV.
Matteo Guendouzi / Sead Kolasinac
Marseille have an obligation to buy the midfielder when his current loan deal ends but that could be complicated by a two-window transfer ban that L’Equipe reports has been dished out following an investigation into their recruitment of Senegal star Pape Gueye. It’s likely that the French club will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport but a decision could take several months. We’re not entirely sure if this will affect Guendouzi but it could. It does sound like they won’t be able to sign Sead Kolasinac on a free, so it’s not all bad news for the Stade Velodrome outfit.
Not sure the poo-o-meter is really relevant here.
Udinese have confirmed they are in the market for a centre-back adding fuel to the rumour linking Pablo with a move to the Stadio Friuli. Apparently, Valencia are also monitoring the Spaniard’s situation.
We saw a story that said Juventus wanted Thomas Partey in exchange for the Brazilian and we laughed out loud.