John Ashdown on 27 September 2018
Tottenham manager Martin Jol has been handed £30m to spend and is eyeing up Louis Saha! Barcelona are planning to spend £35m on Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, and are also keen on Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson! Sir Alex Ferguson wants Michael Essien, Lyon’s £15m-rated midfielder, and will offload Kleberson to Benfica! Southampton manager ‘Arry Redknapp is ready to spend £2.5m to bring in Jason Euell!
Ah, Memory Lane. Swimming in the nostalgia of the early noughties can be a nice pastime for an hour or two before you remember there were Avril Lavigne records and Rob Schneider films lurking there. But the hot chat this morning is that James Milner wants to turn the clock back to 2004 and rejoin Leeds United at the end of the season, as long as Marcelo Bielsa’s side get themselves into the Premier League.
Arsenal are getting all hot under the collar at the thought of Ismaïla Sarr. The “Rennes wonderkid” would cost somewhere in the region of £50m but the Gunners are at the head of a queue that also includes Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus.
There may well be a Aaron Ramsey-shaped hole to fill at the Emirates next season, with the midfielder’s contract talks stalling like a 1979 Trabant with 100,000 miles on the clock. Chelsea and Lazio are hovering with intent
Brighton’s Davy Propper is a target for Sevilla. So there’s that.
Southampton want Richmond Boakye to invigorate their attacking options in January. The Ghana striker, once on Juve’s books, is on loan at Red Star Belgrade from Jiangsu Suning because modern football. Mark Hughes, fun-loving renegade that he is, also fancies making a move for Lille winger Nicolas Pépé.
Éder Militão is a green blob making a soft blipping noise on Everton’s radar. It’ll take £17m to prise the Brazil defender from Porto.