Barry Glendenning on 15 April 2019
Paris Saint-Germain travelled to Lille on Sunday hoping to chalk up the win that would secure them the French title, but instead left the Stade Pierre Mauroy with their tails wedged firmly between their legs. Thomas Tuchel’s men ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 hiding, PSG’s heaviest defeat in 19 years, and it was no surprise to see Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé among the goals. With 19 to his name already this season from his position on the right wing, the 23-year-old is a player in big demand and Lille’s chairman, Gerard Lopez, has said his departure this summer “is certain”. His destination is not yet known, but both Arsenal and Manchester United are among several European heavyweights understood to be extremely interested in securing the services of a player likely to cost up to £50m.
United are also monitoring the progress of Moussa Dembélé, the 22-year-old former Celtic striker who has scored 14 goals for Lyon since engineering a move to France last summer. Tabloid reports over the weekend suggest United are ready to cool their interest in Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as they would rather his more experienced PSG counterpart Thomas Meunier.
Few high profile footballers seem more content with their lot than Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, but the Daily Express reckon he could treble his earnings with a move elsewhere. With the 27-year-old’s contract due to expire at the end of next season, he is in no particular rush to sign a new one and apparently has admirers in Manchester United and Real Madrid. Should Tottenham decide to cash in on their diminutive Dane rather than let him leave for nothing next summer, he could cost potential suitors the thick end of £100m.
Arsenal have emerged as surprise candidates to make what the Mail are calling a “shock move” for Tottenham central defender Toby Alderweireld, who is also the subject of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. In slightly less contentious news, it has been revealed that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has let it be known that he will not be inking a new deal with the Bundesliga club, in a state of affairs that is likely to pique the interest of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. With 14 goals to his name this season and just one year left on his contract, the lightning fast 23-year-old is also being courted by Bayern Munich. Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Dortmund’s teenage Swedish striker Alexander Isak is turning heads, specifically those of recruitment bods at Chelsea and Real Madrid.
And finally, out of contract this summer and likely to head for the Anfield door marked “exit”, Daniel Sturridge may move to Leicester City for a reunion with Brendan Rodgers, who was his boss at Liverpool during the striker’s most prolific spell.