Ben Fisher on 1 May 2018
The precursor to any proper transfer is a good strop, right? Max Meyer has got the wheels in motion, kicking up a fuss about the Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel, to the point where he has been banished from training. The Bundesliga club’s manager, Domenico Tedesco, is frustrated things have turned sour but one man who is delighted is Jürgen Klopp, who fancies adding him to his Anfield attacking armoury. Better still, the 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer, although they may have to fight off Arsenal to secure his services.
Worried a £20m bid for Joe Allen might not reflect Wolves’s true financial clout, they are planning a club-record transfer that really would make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take note. Nuno Espírito Santo – himself a former goalkeeper – is said to have the eyes for Jack Butland, and the club are reportedly ready to splash out the big bucks – £35m to be precise – to land the Stoke City shot-stopper.
Top of the bill in manager tittle-tattle is news that Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca is reluctant to show his hand for the Everton job given that he fancies a crack at replacing Arsène Wenger at Arsenal. The first job for any new chief at the Emirates is to tie down Jack Wilshere, with the club open to the idea of bulking out his contract in a bid to stave off Everton and Wolves.
In the NorthEast, with Chris Coleman sent packing, Sunderland are hunting high and low for a new man and have come up with the idea that former striker Kevin Phillips would be perfect. The 44-year-old, who scored 116 goals in 210 league games for the now League One club, is currently a coach at Derby.
Elsewhere, Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City will make the “right decision” about Joe Hart’s future, with the goalkeeper unlikely to stick around playing second-fiddle at West Ham United. Meanwhile, City and Liverpool are set to fight it out for Norwich City’s James Maddison but the Championship club want in excess of £30m for their man, an England Under-21 international.