Scott Murray on 22 January 2019
Rumours of players staying put are never that exciting, we know that. You come here for big-money talk, hot gossip of signings emerging from the leftfield. But we can’t just play to the gallery, and the top line today concerns Eden Hazard, who is now thinking of signing a new contract at Chelsea, perhaps buoyed by the impending arrival of Gonzalo Higuaín.
Manchester United won’t satisfy your crazed lust for fresh meat either. They’re mainly concerned with tying down both Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial to new deals, you see, with the pair willing to talk now the gaff has been decontaminated. Scott McTominay has already put pen to paper on a spanking new contract as well, upping the current feelgood factor at Old Trafford to 11.
Unai Emery is desirous of shovelling 2014 World Cup star Mesut Özil out of the door at Arsenal, like that’s breaking news. He’d like to replace him with 2014 World Cup star James Rodríguez, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid. Such is progress.
Bayern are more interested in young British talent these days, anyway. As well as maintaining their interest in Chelsea starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, they also want Manchester City’s 18-year-old Welsh striker Rabbi Matondo.
Harry Kane might be jiggered at the moment, but Tottenham Hotspur still can’t be bothered with Vincent Janssen. He could join Burnley in a £15m deal. Another striker leaving the capital without fanfare: Aboubakar Kamara of Fulham, who is off to Turkey to join Yeni Malatyaspor, pursued by a still-livid Claudio Ranieri on a bear.
Everton are interested in Reims defender Bjorn Engels, so won’t be particularly pleased to hear that he’s started banging on about how much he loves Arsenal. It’d be a dream move, is what he’s saying.
And Sunderland striker Josh Maja may swap a promotion push for a relegation scrap by joining Cardiff City. He just needs the Bluebirds to double down on their current £2m offer, and it’s on.