In today’s swap whispers, A Blue Monday awaits us in
Far be it from the gossip mill to pretend to know what’s going on in the head of Roman Abramovich, but it is claimed that the Russian owner of Chelsea is ready to replace Frank Lampard if, after yesterday’s humiliation against Manchester City, he doesn’t bring his team into shape quickly.
The Athletic reports that the 42-year-old coach’s job is “under serious threat” and that Chelsea have “begun exploring alternative plans to replace Lampard if the current slump continues.” However, they do not go so far as to speculate about who could take over the post should Abramovich pull the trigger.
With their client still under contract at Tottenham Hotspur until June 2024, in an effort to hold the money-grabbers at bay, Harry Kane’s “people” have begun informal negotiations with Daniel Levy to extend his contract.
The installation of Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain is suspected to have made the Spurs leadership anxious and they want to avoid their star striker from turning his head to prevent the French champions or anyone else.
Dele Alli, who is still out of favor with Jose Mourin, continues to be linked to the transfer to the French capital, and his former boss is believed to have already had talks. PSG are still hoping to permanently sign Everton striker Moise Kean on loan, with a £ 31 million transfer fee under negotiation.
L’Equipe, the French sports paper, reports that William Saliba is ready to take a drastic pay cut in exchange for the ability to leave Arsenal on loan. The 19-year-old French defender, who under Mikel Arteta did not make a single appearance, is longing for a temporary return to his former St. Etienne club.
It is also said that Dutch club PSV Eindhoven has already asked about a potential loan.
It was also possible to unload David Luiz, Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Calum Chambers in January to save a big chunk of the club’s wage bill.
Steve Bruce is looking to support the midfield of Newcastle United and has named Hamza Choudhury of Leicester City as a possible reinforcer; Brendan Rodgers said he would in the coming weeks determine the future of the midfielder. Leicester wants to sign Turkish defender Ozan Kabak from Schalke, third in the table after yesterday’s win over Bruce, but will have to fend off competition from Milan, Crystal Palace, Manchester United and Tottenham to get the 20-year-old for £ 25 million.
Liverpool FC, which still needs a central defender, has been associated with a move for Kabak but, for unclear reasons, has cooled their interest.
The Birmingham Mail notes that Aston Villa has its eye on winger Emi Buendía of Norwich City, but in the current transfer window it is impossible to carry him to Villa Park. Buendía, who has already scored seven goals this season, including his weekend winning goal against Barnsley, is also the target of Arsenal’s long term interest. As Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Leeds are reportedly interested in the 26-year-services, old’s QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng is a man in demand.
Finally, West Brom boss Sam Allardyce, once described as a “sincere, forward-speaking, intelligent man,” by Brexit party leader Nigel Farage, has fallen prey to karmic irony and the new rules that came into place after Britain’s recent exit from the European Union. He said of his January recruitment push, “I’ve already found three players who were in a position to come here, and they’re not allowed,” “It’s a disgrace.”