Category: Italian

Opinion: Jurgen Klopp must give promising 22-year-old a chance and take him under his wing

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should keep hold of Marko Grujic this season following reports from Goal that the club recently rejected an offer from Torino.

What’s the word?

Liverpool are no longer permitted to bring in new players, but members of the first team can still be poached.

Grujic has been a fringe player ever since he moved to Anfield from Red Star Belgrade in 2016.

The 22-year-old spent half of last season on loan at Cardiff City, but at the moment, his future – for the 2018-19 campaign at least – is uncertain.

According to Goal, the Reds have turned down a loan bid from Serie A side Torino, who have proposed a permanent deal for next summer with a fee in the region of £9m.

The report claims that Grujic is a favourite of Klopp, who believes that the Serbian could be a star of the future, but all indications are that he will move on in some capacity before the end of August.

Why not keep him?

The Merseyside outfit have many midfield options following the acquisitions of Fabinho and Naby Keita in the summer.

Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana are all available to Klopp, which means that Grujic is low in the pecking order.

However, the midfielder has not had a genuine chance to prove his ability in a Liverpool shirt, so perhaps he could be used in this season’s cup runs.

If the former Red Star player, who has scored 10 professional goals in his career, has waned by Christmas, then the club should consider a short-term loan.

'Don't rate him', 'Hope he comes back' … These Arsenal fans split on transfer report

When Bernd Leno was bought by Unai Emery in the summer transfer window, questions arose about who out of Arsenal’s current crop of goalkeepers was going to leave.

Petr Cech started last weekend’s Premier League opening 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, which suggests that Leno is second in command.

David Ospina used to be second choice, but the new arrival pushed the Colombian further down the pecking order.

With the offer of first-team football seeming unlikely at the Emirates, the 29-year-old – valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt – looked elsewhere.

The shot-stopper has agreed to join Serie A outfit Napoli on loan, with The Guardian reporting that there is an option to buy for the Italians.

In reaction to this news, some Arsenal fans are hopeful that Ospina will return once Cech eventually leaves the North London outfit.

Others, though, would prefer the Colombian to completely call time on his Arsenal career, which has spanned four years.

'Absolute madness' – Lots of West Ham fans are furious with decision on 6ft 3in ace's future

West Ham United announced on Monday afternoon that midfielder Edimilson Fernandes had left the London Stadium to join Fiorentina on loan.

Fernandes joined West Ham from FC Sion in August 2016, and made 32 appearances in all competitions during his first season with the London club.

The 6ft 3in midfielder also appeared on 16 occasions for the Hammers last term, and had been expected to feature under new head coach Manuel Pellegrini this season.

However, it was revealed at the start of this week that the Swiss had made the move to Serie A outfit Fiorentina, where he will spend the 2018-19 campaign on loan.

The news has not exactly gone down terrifically well with the West Ham fans, with many baffled as to why their club have allowed the midfielder to depart.

Indeed, the Hammers looked short of movement in midfield during their 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, and Fernandes is certainly a player who can get around the field.

A selection of the Twitter reaction from the West Ham supporters can be seen below:

'Sounds like a deal' … These Liverpool fans think transfer swap for £54m-rated star is perfect

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is unlikely to find his way back to the number one spot at Liverpool, but whether he ends up staying at Anfield remains to be seen.

The Belgium international was Jurgen Klopp’s first choice between the sticks up until January when Loris Karius took over.

Unfortunately for the young German, he suffered a fall from grace when he made two costly errors that led to defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in May.

It became glaringly obvious that the Merseyside outfit needed a new keeper, and they managed to get one in the form of Brazilian international Alisson.

Now, Mignolet has dropped to third choice following the departure of Danny Ward, but it seems that the shot-stopper could get lured away before Thursday’s transfer deadline at 5pm.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Napoli have turned their attention to a possible move for Mignolet.

After these reports emerged, some Liverpool fans proposed a swap deal that would see Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly move the other way to Anfield.

Opinion: 88-cap midfielder not good enough to make an impact on West Ham's season

West Ham United are pondering a move for Fiorentina midfielder Carlos Sanchez before the transfer window shuts on Thursday, according to The Mirror’s transfer blog (August 6, 20:00).

What’s the word?

Even though Manuel Pellegrini has already brought in eight new players in this window, it seems that the Chilean coach wants more.

The Hammers have limited time to get more deals over the line, and it appears that a defensive midfielder is on their radar.

The Mirror’s transfer blog (August 6, 20:00) stated that Sanchez is a late target that the East London outfit are pursuing.

The 32-year-old joined Fiorentina permanently last year following a loan spell from Aston Villa, where he spent two years of his career.

Is Sanchez good enough?

The midfielder did not set the world alight while playing for Villa, and at Fiorentina he was loaned to Espanyol in January for half of the 2017-18 campaign.

Sanchez has played in a variety of leagues, but he has minimal experience playing at the top level.

West Ham may not be fighting for Champions League football just yet, but they need a reliable figure to take charge deep in midfield.

Sanchez would not be heading to the London Stadium on the back of a decent World Cup as he was sent off and gave away a penalty while representing Colombia in Russia.

Perhaps Pellegrini would be able to work his magic on the 88-cap international, but the manager would be taking a big risk.