Football transfer rumours: Alexandre Lacazette to Atlético Madrid?

Tom Davies on 14 January 2020

It’s difficult to imagine Thomas Müller’s spindly legs careering in and around penalty areas crashing in goals for anyone other than Bayern Munich or Germany, but at the Theatre of Dreams they’re imagining it nonetheless. Yep, Manchester United are interested in bringing the 30-year-old striker to Old Trafford and the Sun reports he could be tempted to leave the club he has been at since the age of 10. Müller fell from favour under Niko Kovac and, though he is likely to get more game time under Hansi Flick, he is open to a move. With his contract expiring in June 2021, Bayern might be tempted to cash in.

Arsenal, meanwhile, could face a battle to keep Alexandre Lacazette as Atlético Madrid are reportedly making eyes at him as a fall-back, should their bid for Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani fall through. By way of recompense, claims the Daily Mirror, Atléti may chuck Thomas Lemar Arsenal’s way, though the former Monaco player has also been linked with Tottenham. It’s all so confusing.

Spurs of course are in all of a kerfuffle over Harry Kane’s long-term hamstring woes and José Mourinho wants two strikers to replace their invaluable injured one. They’re queuing up for the chance to fit into José’s swashbuckling plans too. Milan and Poland’s Krzysztof Piatek is one who has been offered to Spurs, Christian Benteke, would you believe, is another, while last season’s unlikely Champions League specialist Fernando Llorente could also be open to a return to Spurs from Napoli. In midfield, Tottenham’s gazumping of West Ham over Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes – on an 18-month loan deal – looks set to be confirmed

Aston Villa might also try to bring Benteke back from Crystal Palace on loan to shore up what is turning into a frantic survival bid. Also in Villa’s sights, apparently, are Michy Batshuayi of Chelsea and Arsenal’s loan market star Eddie Nketiah. Napoli’s José Callejón has also been mentioned in dispatches.

Roma are prepared to ask Xherdan Shaqiri whether he really wants to ride that Premier League champions wave with Liverpool or prefer a bit more actual game time with them in Serie A. The Giallorossi are also keen on the Internazionale winger Matteo Politano but Calciomercato reports that should that bid fail – Milan and Napoli are vying with them over the 26-year-old Italian – then Shaqiri could be Roma’s man.

Now that Chelsea are in the transfer market again, talk over their young starlets going elsewhere is inevitably picking up. The 20-year-old midfielder Tariq Uwakwe has been strongly linked with a loan move to Derby though the Daily Mail reports Hull and Swansea might have something to say about that: both are also prepared to take on Uwakwe on an 18-month loan deal.

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