Barry Glendenning on 26 February 2018
The future of Robert Lewandowski has become the subject of much speculative chitter-chat in recent days, after the Bayern Munich striker dispensed with the services of his longtime agent Cezary Kucharski and jumped into bed with Pini Zahavi instead. Lewandowski, 29, has spent the thick end of a decade in Germany but his change of representation has prompted no end of talk that he’s ready to leave Bayern Munich and try his luck elsewhere. Real Madrid has been mentioned as one possible destination, while Zahavi’s close relationship with Roman Abramovich means the Polish international is also being linked with Chelsea. More accustomed to snapping up talent than letting it go, Munich is rumoured to be the next destination of Malcom, the Brazilian winger unsuccessfully courted by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in January.
Liverpool are believed to be interested in Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to The Times, but will have to take a number and wait in line for their turn to woo the Brazil-born Italy international, who is also wanted by Manchester United. José Mourinho is believed to have identified Jorginho as a potential replacement for Michael Carrick, who is not getting any younger. Focused on trying to win Napoli’s first scudetto in 30 years, the player insists he is happy at the club and in no rush to leave, but may be moved on to help finance a summer move for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira. With Emre Can looking likely to go to Juventus this summer, Liverpool are eyeing up potential replacements and have decided Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook fits the bill. The 21-year-old, who captained England to Under-20 World Cup victory last year, has a long-term admirer in Jürgen Klopp and could find himself the subject of a £20m bid this summer.
Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in June and free to talk to foreign clubs, a state of affairs Milan hope to take advantage of by securing the 29-year-old South Korea captain’s services on a free transfer. Cash-strapped Milan are also hoping to bring Pepe Reina to the San Siro for nowt once the Napoli goalkeeper’s contract expires come season’s end. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is unwilling to offer Reina a new deal of more than 12 months but in the event of his expected departure he will replace him with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.
Spurs are hitching their skirts in the direction of Sheffield United’s Wales international striker David Brooks and will bid £10m for the 20-year-old in the summer. Elsewhere in north London, Arsenal are making overtures to Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli, but will have to fight off interest from Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus. And finally, Chelsea and Barcelona are among an array of clubs keeping tabs on £25m-rated 19-year-old Caen winger Yann Karamoh, who is quietly impressing on loan at Inter.