Saturday 3rd February 2018
If Florentino Perez isn’t busy, quietly slipping into north London with a suitcase containing £175m in used fivers will see him depart with Harry Kane, 24. Tottenham are prepared to do the deal but only if Real Madrid keep quiet about it. No, never happen…
While Perez is at it, he can stop off in Manchester and pick up David De Gea, 27. Manchester United will sell if Gareth Bale, 28, is left behind…
…which is just as well since De Gea is one of four goalkeepers Real Madrid are looking at. The other three are Thibault Courtois, 25, of Chelsea, AC Milan stopper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 18, and Jan Oblak, 25, of Atletico Madrid.
Arsène Wenger was a specialist in failure according to Jose Mourinho but Ronaldo Koeman is about to adopt that mantle. He’s the new Netherlands coach and will be announced next Friday.
Wenger believes selling Alexis Sanchez, 29, to Manchester United was a mistake; Arsenal should have taken the £60m from Manchester City in the summer…
…but keeping Mesut Özil, 29, was a good move, even at £350k per week. It’s cheaper than finding a replacement, he reckoned.
Chelsea have long been linked with Radja Nainggolan, 29, but he thinks he might spend the rest of his career with Roma. Roman Abramovich says think again…
And Little Pea was off in January. Javier Hernandez, 29, told West Ham that he was headed for the door marked “Do one” due to a lack of first-team football.