Now this comes from Don Balon, and for that we can only apologise. But it is a Monday in late September and gossip is incredibly thin on the ground. They claim that Real Madrid are very keen indeed on Dele Alli and that Dele Alli is rather keen on Real Madrid too. Which is nice.
Thanks to Google Translate, we have this: ‘In the offices of the white feud already work in the formula to get the signing of the greatest promise of English football. The idea that Florentino likes most is that of an exchange with Mateo Kovacic, player in whom he does not have much faith deposited.’
Mateo Kovacic is currently injured with a pretty serious knee injury so we cannot help thinking that Tottenham might not be keen on this deal.
ARSENAL EYE DEFENDER
And that defender is apparently Harold Moukoudi of Le Havre. Arsenal are said by The Sun to be in a four-way battle with Nice, Bordeaux and Red Bull Leipzig for the 19-year-old defender, currently playing in the second flight of French football.
According to The Sun, ‘The Gunners are keen to bolster their defensive options as Per Mertesacker is set to retire at the end of the season.’
DE GEA NOW HAPPY TO STAY
Manchester United are apparently about to open talks with David De Gea about a new contract, and they are confident that the Spaniard is ready to sign. After years of Real Madrid tugging at one of his giant goalkeeper gloves, De Gea is said by The Independent to be ‘now feeling even more comfortable in Manchester, and greatly enjoying his time at the club, so would be open to a new deal’.
De Gea’s current deal expires in 2019 so Manchester United would be very vulnerable to losing him next summer on a cut-price deal, unless they throw all of the money at him now.
AND THE REST
Real Madrid will offer forward Marco Asensio a new contract containing a world-record release clause…Manchester City are ready to offer winger Raheem Sterling a new deal…Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto…West Ham are considering a January move for defender Francesco Vicari