Barry Glendenning on 7 February 2019
Tottenham are worried that mild-mannered Dane Christian Eriksen might leave for pastures new in the summer and have inked the name of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison on their Big Whiteboard O’Potential Replacements. Real Madrid are interested in Eriksen, but only if Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard – a man who changes his mind more often than the Rumour Mill changes its socks – decides he’s not all that fussed about moving to the Spanish capital after all. Should Hazard decide he’s finally had enough of life at Stamford Bridge, Real will have to stump up £100m but may try to fob Chelsea off with Isco or Marco Asensio as makeweights in any deal. Chelsea, for their part, may rescue Philippe Coutinho from his Barcelona purgatory by offering him a return to the Premier League. They may also struggle to hold on to their Brazilian winger Willian, who is reported to be unhappy with the way his latest contract negotiations are going and could hightail it to Paris Saint-Germain.
That little green blob inching its way down the left flank of Arsenal’s radar represents 23-year-old Genk winger Leandro Trossard, who Football.London reckon will cost around £20m should his employers decide to cash in on him this summer. Further south in Bournemouth, Eddie Howe and Asmir Begovic are rumoured to have fallen out over the former’s decision to drop the latter and play famously holy goalie Artur Boruc between the sticks instead. Not content with his place on the bench, Begovic may agitate for a move elsewhere come season’s end.
Fed up with people questioning the nerve of his players when their recent inability to beat mid-table sides could legitimately be put down to a lack of strength in depth in the absence of the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp wants to stockpile several as yet unidentified defenders this summer. Up the road at Old Trafford, Manchester United are thrashing out new deals for Ander Herrera and Ashley Young while simultaneously plotting to bring in 19-year-old Benfica starlet João Félix, a player who has also turned heads at West Ham and Real Madrid.
Hirving Lozano remains on PSV’s books despite prompting no end of speculation about potential moves to more high profile clubs with several eye-catching performances for Mexico at the World Cup. Reports from Italy say the 23-year-old winger may move to Napoli in the summer in exchange for £30m. Lozano has previously been linked with Arsenal and Barcelona. Seven years his junior, Lozano’s PSV teammate and fellow midfielder Mohammed Ihattaren has attracted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter. A whole host of the usual European big guns are also training their sights on Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, whose father Enrico will be familiar to gentlemen of a certain age who watched him banging in goals for Sampdoria, Cremonese, Modena, Parma, Fiorentina and Lazio on AC Jimbo’s Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 back in the day.