Date of publication: Monday 6 January 2020, 8:37
TRAIL OF TRAORE
While the gossip column should point out that practically anything described here should be taken with at least two tubs of salt, extra help is recommended for this exclusive 90MIN.
They claim that three clubs – Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool – want Adama Traore. City “asked Wolves to keep them informed” about his future. Liverpool “are also interested”. And it caught Barca’s attention by being very fast and developing a final product.
Wolves are aware and in control of the situation. “They will not consider selling” for an offer of “not less than £ 70 million”. And since Middlesbrough is really silly and didn’t negotiate a sell-on clause when Wolves signed it, the Premier League team is entitled to every penny.
Somehow, we can’t see Jurgen Klopp making Traore Liverpool’s second most expensive player ever. Or City breaking the club record to sign it.
SMILE OF CHELSEA
The reason why the French website FootMercato should know so much about Chelsea’s relocation plans is a mystery, but they seem unsure of what they report. Hungry for shopping in the summer, The Blues will celebrate this month.
They want Moussa Dembele from Lyon, with Olivier Giroud a possible burden after refusing an offer of € 40 million (34.2 million pounds).
They “appreciate” Wilfried Zaha, with a weekly stipend of £ 200,000, “plus numerous benefits” on offer.
“They would also pay attention to” Josh Maja from Bordeaux and Timo Werner from Leipzig.
They are in the queue to sign Jadon Sancho, but they know “it will be necessary to leave a big check” to convince Borussia Dortmund to let go.
“They would seriously consider making an offer” for Isco.
They could offer € 70 million (£ 59.8 million) to sign Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.
They will likely extend Willian’s contract.
They probably won’t renegotiate Pedro; Fenerbahce, Aston Villa and West Ham would be interested, with Villa among those also chasing a loan for Michy Batshuayi.
They could sell Marcos Alonso to Inter or Atletico Madrid.
They could also sign Papy Djilobodji on a busy day after failing to bring someone else because this is Chelsea.
At least they are not looking for Merih Demiral. Goal.com says Juventus are “unwilling to let him out this month” despite intense interest from afar.
Arsenal, Leicester and Borussia Dortmund were linked to the midfield, which made only one appearance in all competitions under Maurizio Sarri from the start of the season to December 10th. He has since started and impressed in all four games ‘started to gain the manager’s trust’.
Dortmund have already offered € 40 million (£ 34.2 million) for the 21-year-old, with Leicester initially making a “significantly lower” offer before matching the money the German team put on the table.
Arsenal hasn’t made any offers for Demiral yet, instead it deals with indecent thoughts of Jerome Boateng. But they cleverly cut out the middle man and targeted the middle halves that Leicester wants instead of letting the foxes mark him and then quadruple his worth.
However, in both cases Juventus will not let him go. Back to the drawing board, people.
AND THE REST
Barcelona emerged as the pioneer in signing Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo, despite both Chelsea and Manchester United holding talks on Spain’s 21-year-old striker … Juventus are hoping to sign Argentine striker Mauro Icardi from Inter, despite Paris St-Germain having an agreement to sign the 26-year-old for £ 59.7 million at the end of the club loan spell … Newcastle United English striker Dwight Gayle, 29, has been linked to the promises to promote Preston league … Newcastle wants to sign Olivier Giroud on loan for the rest of the season, but Chelsea have told them they won’t leave the striker unless they can bring a replacement … Meanwhile, Chelsea he wants any club to want to borrow English midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan to pay 29- £ 110,000 per week a year … Watford joined Everton in the race for sign Carlisle Jarrad Branthwaite’s 17-year-old English striker … Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder is planning a move to r French CFR Cluj striker Billel Omrani, 26, this month … The defender Burnley Englishman Ben Gibson, 26, is attracting the interest of the German teams Eintracht Frankfurt and Cologne … Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson wants two forwards in the January transfer window.