Football transfer rumours: PSG ready to cut Edinson Cavani loose?
Barry Glendenning on 21 September 2017
Leon Goretzka is a Schalke midfielder in demand, what with his contract due to expire next summer. According to Bild, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal are all interested in securing his services, but the player himself would rather play for Bayern Munich or Barcelona.
Wounded by the cruel insinuation in Wednesday’s Mill that they spend too much time sizing up creative midfield scamperers when yet another creative midfield scamperer ought to be snake-belly low on their list of priorities, Arsenal have hit back by getting themselves linked with Marseille left-back Christopher Rocchia instead. Just 19, the defender is in the final year of his contract and appears to be dilly-dallying over inking the new three-year deal the club’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has offered. Borussia Dortmund are also reported to be interested.
The Gunners are also reported to be mulling over a move for Fulham tyro Matt O’Riley, who is just 16, but already a regular for Fulham Under-23s and has made three appearances in Slavisa Jokanovic’s senior team already this season. A central midfielder, young baba O’Riley has got antennae twitching in scouting departments the length and breadth of the UK and has previously been linked with Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. Your clucking, sanctimonious Mill can’t help but feel a developing player of his tender years might be better off staying where he is for the foreseeable future.
While they’ve finally moved into their spanking new Wanda Metropolitano stadium, Atlético Madrid are still eager to procure a belligerent, scowling Brazilian striker to house in it. Goal.com suggest they may be about to finally rescue Diego Costa from his ongoing Chelsea sabbatical by negotiating a loan move for their former striker that would spark into life when their transfer embargo ends in January, with a compulsion to make the deal permanent next July. In the meantime, the sulking striker would return from self-imposed exile in Lagarto and train with Diego Simeone’s team until they’re officially allowed to sign him.
Costa’s return may be hastened by the pressure he is under to get his footballing affairs in order, as Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has warned him he will not be considered for selection for his adopted national team unless he is playing at club level. “It’s rather complicated that a guy who doesn’t train and doesn’t play can be with us, but that’s all it is,” said Lopetegui. “He wasn’t ready to play with us [in recent World Cup qualifiers], that was the reality and what we had to deal with. That is the reason why he wasn’t with us. He needs to train and play in order to be considered.”
Having clashed antlers with Neymar over the kick of a ball from 12 yards, Edinson Cavani may be cut loose from the Paris Saint-Germain herd. Reports from Spain say the French club have offered the striker to Real Madrid, while Chelsea, Everton and Napoli are staying tuned to see what happens next. And finally, Eden Hazard will not be going to PSG any time soon, unless of course our information is incorrect and he decides to go to PSG some time soon.