Jacob Steinberg on 4 January 2019
Fresh from completing the transfer of Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea are ready to go back into the market to buy another winger. After all, it’s not like they have an English tyro in the club’s academy waiting to make his name in the first team. Callum Hudson-Odoi? Never heard of him. Bayern Munich have made a £30m offer for him, you say? Good one.
Now we’ve established that there is no such thing as Callum Hudson-Odoi, we can return to the business of Chelsea adding another expensive foreign winger to their squad. Hirving Lozano, available for £36m from PSV Eindhoven, is the candidate to move to Stamford Bridge. You might remember the Mexican winger starring at last summer’s World Cup. He also looked good in the Champions League. But the Mill tips him to be loaned to Valencia in January 2020.
Speaking of players who could be off to Spain, Álvaro Morata is a target for Sevilla. The Chelsea striker could also be followed out of the door by Gary Cahill, who could be bound for Fulham, but Cesc Fàbregas will not be allowed to join Monaco until Maurizio Sarri has a replacement for him. The Mill suggests Jonjo Shelvey. Because it would be funny.
Now that Liverpool’s unbeaten run is over, Jürgen Klopp wants to sell most of his squad as punishment. Adam Lallana is off to Fenerbahce and Nathaniel Clyne is a loan target for Bournemouth and Cardiff.
Mario Balotelli could leave Nice for Newcastle. The Italian is exactly the kind of hard-working striker who would flourish under Rafa Benítez. Definitely. No problems there. A match made in heaven.
Paris Saint-Germain are set to outbid Barcelona for Ajax starlets Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs De Ligt.
While Juventus are likely to win the race to sign Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, Mesut Özil has no plans to leave the north London club, even though he has fallen out of favour under Unai Emery. The Mill would take a similar view if it was on £350,000 a week for doing nothing.