The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is closed, but click here for all the deals and keep track of who has joined the big boys. And Transfer Talk will continue to scour the world’s media and set correspondents loose to see what’s on the agenda for the summer.
Maddison avenue opens up for Spurs
With Christian Eriksen reluctant to commit his future to Spurs, the Daily Star claim that Leicester’s James Maddison could be the club’s replacement of choice.
The former Norwich star has been little short of sensational at the King Power so far this season and is the jewel in Leicester’s crown. The same could be said for Eriksen at White Hart Lane, or Wembley, or wherever Spurs are planning to play in the next couple of months.
Eriksen’s contract expires at the end of next season and the Dane is apparently in glacial mood when it comes to re-negotiating his next payday. Spurs’ interest in Maddison is nothing new, with the North Londoners having had an interest in Leicesters’ creative spark since his days at Coventry.
Arsenal are targeting Belgian winger Leandro Trossardto boost their attacking options this summer, according to football.london.
The 24-year-old is enjoying a breakout season at Genk, where he has scored 12 goals in 22 games so far this term.
Trossard has received a couple of call-ups for the Belgium senior squad, but is yet to win his first cap.
Fiorentina forward Federico Chiesa is being monitored by some of Europe’s biggest clubs, according to Calciomercato.
The Italian outlet reports that Manchester united, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and inter Milan are all interested in the in-form 21-year-old, who has scored seven goals already in 2019.
The Italy international, who is the son of Enrico Chiesa — one of Serie A’s top strikers in the 90s — is valued at €60m by his club.
The Sun has a picture exclusive story it claims strengthens the links between Mauricio Pochettino and the Real Madrid job.
The tabloid has published images of the Tottenham manager leaving a “swanky” London restaurant via the back door, just minutes after Bernabeu legends Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham.
There is no evidence that Pochettino was there to meet the pair, or that they spoke while at the venue, but it’s certainly one to set tongues wagging.
Marek Hamsik’s proposed move from Napoli to a Chinese club, believed to be Dalian Yifang, has been put on hold after the Serie A club claimed irregularities over the payment of the transfer fee.
Hamsik, 31, seemed to say his goodbyes to the Napoli fans during their 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Saturday, while he was given a send-off meal by his teammates on Tuesday night, but he has continued to train for the Azzurriwhile the transfer formalities were being dealt with. However, Napoli said in a tweet on Wednesday evening that the move has now been suspended.
“The club has decided to suspend Marek Hamsik’s move to China because the payment methods proposed for the agreed sum fail to adhere to what was previously agreed,” read the tweet.
Real Madrid are canny operators — and having poached Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last season, they’re now putting in place another plot to lure the Belgian to the Bernabeu.
The Daily Mail report that Madrid are planning to launch the “Courtois Plan” in order to ensure that Eden Hazard bids farewell to Stamford Bridge this summer — and are prepared to offered players like Isco or Marco Asensio as sweeteners to encourage Chelsea to lower their asking price.
It sounds clandestine, the sort of thing that Winston Churchill would sanction amid a fog of cigar smoke in the Cabinet War Rooms in the early 1940s, but essentially it’s simple. By offering one of their star players they can keep the price down, keep Chelsea happy and hasten Hazard’s departure.
Madrid know that bringing Hazard will cost considerably more than the £35 million they shelled out on the Belgian keeper last summer but having done business with Chelsea before, they will know they can do it again.
Ceaseless negotiators Madrid are confident that their cunning thinking can help turn Hazard’s La Liga dreams into a reality. And, frankly, end one of the longest-running transfer sagas in recent history.
That said, The Sun claim that any plan might be pointless anyway, with the paper reporting that Neymar could spoil everyone’s fun with a move to the Bernabeu that would leave Hazard licking his wounds and counting his cash — £300,000 a week for a new Chelsea deal to be precise.