Football Transfer Rumors
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to LA Galaxy?
Alexis Sánchez’s step to Manchester has encouraged LA Galaxy the time might be right to renew their case in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with someone telling ESPN that a deal is “the farthest along it has ever been” and now could possibly take place fairly very soon. In Spain, El Confidencial report that superagent Jorge Mendes is trying to make a Cristiano Ronaldo-David de Gea swap deal happen, although unhelpfully United believe that a goalkeeper in his prime should be worth considerably more than an ageing Portuguese winger.
The Monaco midfielder Fabinho has issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Premier League sides who were interested in him in the summer, a group that includes both Manchester clubs. “My time with Monaco has been good, but I feel my time here is coming to an end.”
Newcastle have sent high-level staff members to the Czech Republic and hope they will come home with two signatures inscribed upon the papers in their leatherette briefcases. Viktoria Plzen’s Michael Krmencik, a 24-year-old who has scored 16 times in 20 first-team appearances this season, is their top target and could possibly be secured for ₤ 10m, but they also hope to sneak a deal for the Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. They are just one of eight top-flight clubs– including Everton, Brighton and Burnley– said to have had scouts at the KCom Stadium on Saturday to watch Jarrod Bowen on the wing in Hull’s 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest, and desire to pip Liverpool to the signing of the 24-year-old Gremio striker Luan, who might cost around ₤ 17.5 m.
Watford may have switched managers during the transfer window but they haven’t changed transfer targets: Sunderland’s Didier Ndong continues to be the apple of the Hornets’ eye, although they wish him on loan with a possibility to buy in the summer, an idea Chris Coleman rejected time ago. Stoke have been actually advised to pay ₤ 16m if they really want to sign Galatasaray’s Senegalese midfielder Badou Ndiaye, having had a bid for ₤ 2m less than that rejected. Remaining firm on the asking price of one of their players is Arsenal, who will happily sell Olivier Giroud to Chelsea– still on the hunt for a striker as their move for Roma’s Edin Dzeko wobbles– but not for a penny less than ₤ 35m.
Crystal Palace would like to make three signings before the window closes on Wednesday, beginning with Burnley’s Ashley Barnes– who they wish to tempt south with an ₤ 11m bid– before moving to the Lille defender Ibrahim Amadou and Jake Livermore.
West Brom would certainly use the money raised for a bid for Watford’s Troy Deeney, for whom they are “lining up an ₤ 18m bid”. West Ham’s Diafra Sakho, looks likely to move to Rennes for ₤ 9m, while André Ayew could also be on his way out of the London Stadium, with Swansea having decided that, what with the Wilfried Bony thing having gone so thrillingly well, buying back former strikers is a jolly good idea and are thus busily peeling ₤ 18m in used fivers from their bulging wallet.
Finally Joe Hart would also seem to be actually heading out: the Times records that he will “push to end his loan deal” before the transfer window closes, having already spent the last 10 league games kicking his heels on the touchline, and look for standard, or indeed any, football elsewhere.