Category: Italian

Makes no sense: Tottenham must not entertain move for 30 y/o that could impact Sissoko – opinion

Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan according to Italian media outlet Tuttosport, via Sport Witness.

The winger was linked with Arsenal throughout the January transfer window but the aforementioned report claims that Perisic instead wanted to move to Spurs.

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BBC Sport claimed in January that Arsenal had targeted a loan move for Perisic, though they ended up only signing Denis Suarez from Barcelona at the turn of the year.

However, the report Tuttosport article, via Sport Witness, claims that he was instead holding out for a move to Spurs.

Perisic is said to have a desire to play in England and a move to the north London outfit is in the pipeline.

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And Tuttosport, via Sport Witness, also claim that either Moussa Sissoko or Serge Aurier could move the other way to lower the price of a transfer in the summer.

Perisic has struggled for form in Serie A this season, scoring three goals in 20 Serie A appearances, while providing two assists.

Steer well clear

This is not what Spurs need.

They have Son Heung-Min on the left flank, while Christian Eriksen can also play there, and a deal for Perisic just doesn’t make sense.

He is 30, isn’t in the best form, and including Sissoko in a deal would do more harm than good to the Spurs squad.

The France international has been in superb form for Tottenham this season and is one of the first names on the club’s team-sheet right now.

Allowing him to head to Italy in return for an ageing winger makes no sense whatsoever.

Arnautovic replacement? West Ham should be relieved they failed with bid to sign 27y/o – opinion

West Ham had a €40million (£35m) bid rejected for Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata last month, per Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Hammers were keen to strengthen their strikeforce in January and identified a number of striking targets, with Di Marzio claiming Zapata was the subject of an offer.

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The Hammers endured an intriguing January transfer window.

Marko Arnautovic was the subject of a major bid from China and the majority of the month was spent with the Hammers making preparations in case the Austria international forced a move.

A loan bid for Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi on transfer deadline day fell through – he eventually joined Crystal Palace – while a reported pursuit of Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez bore no fruit.

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Di Marzio claim that the Irons were also interested in a move for Zapata, who has scored 21 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions this season.

However, an offer worth €40m was snubbed by the Italian side, who are currently fifth in Serie A.

Zapata, who has won five caps for Colombia, is seen as integral to the side’s push for potential Champions League qualification, per the report, and thus they decided to retain his services.

Arnie the key

West Ham needed Arnautovic to leave if any deals were going to be done.

The Austrian was valued at £40m by the Irons and they did not pluck that figure out of thin air.

Football FanCast understands that the number was built around securing a replacement, with the majority of the money set to be reinvested into the squad.

Instead, Arnautovic ended up sticking around and, as a result, there was little money for the club to invest.

This bid for Zapata, then, would have been speculative and the club should be relieved that it was rejected.

Opinion: Tottenham may have received boost they need in bid to sign long-term Sanchez partner

According to an interview with Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet, via HITC, Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen has confirmed that he would be interested in joining Tottenham Hotspur in the summer.

The Independent reported in January that Spurs were lining up a £35million bid for the centre-back, though no move materialised, but Andersen has given the north London outfit hope that the transfer could happen this summer.

What’s the word?

Andersen has missed just one game for Sampdoria in Serie A this season, through suspension, and has made a total of 23 appearances in all competitions.

The defender signed a new contract in November, amid reported interest from Inter Milan.

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However, he says he is open to a move away from the Italian club and name-checked Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

He told Ekstra Bladet, per HITC: “It’s hard to say [which is my favourite league]. England, Spain or Italy. But it comes mostly to the club, which must have a good plan for me, and it must make sense in the long term.

“I have to take the right steps at the right times. So I don’t really care if it’s Tottenham, Inter or Atlético Madrid.”

Spurs currently have Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez at centre-back, but there is a clause in Alderweireld’s contract allowing him to leave the club for £25m in the summer.

Replacement plans

Spurs appear to be making plans for Alderweireld’s departure.

The Belgian has been a stand-out performer for the club but it looks as though his time in north London is coming to an end.

Vertonghen, too, is 31, approaching the twilight of his career.

Andersen fits the profile of Mauricio Pochettino signings – he is just 22 and has played for Denmark at various youth levels.

He is yet to play for the senior side, but Spurs have a history of crafting young prospects into top-level international footballers.

Andersen could be the next to thrive under the Argentine.

'We don't need him', 'Yes please' – Loads of Liverpool fans react to big-money transfer story

According to La Repubblica, Liverpool recently offered €70m (around £61m) for Napoli attacker Lorenzo Insigne, but were knocked back by the Italian club.

Insigne has found the back of the net on 11 occasions in 27 appearances for Napoli during the 2018-19 campaign.

According to La Repubblica, the Merseyside outfit approached Napoli over a move for Insigne, with a £61m offer on the table.

However, it is understood that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will not consider selling the Italian for anything under €150m (around £131m).

That is an awful lot of money and it would be a surprise to see the Reds return with an offer of anywhere near the price that is being quoted.

Liverpool fans have been on social media offering their views on the situation and it would be fair to say that a number are not in agreement.

Indeed, whilst some would take Insigne for that price, others feel that it is too much. And there are also those who are refusing to even believe the transfer report.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:

"Still baffled why we let him go" – These West Ham fans react to loanee's standout moment

West Ham loanee Edimilson Fernandes has been in good form for Fiorentina this season.

The midfielder was on the scoresheet at the weekend as his side earned a 1-1 draw with Udinese in Serie A.

Per Transfermarkt, he has laid on two assists and one strike in 19 games thus far this season. He has played a total of 48 games for the Irons.

Fiorentina sit ninth in the Italian top-flight, just five points behind AC Milan in fourth.

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West Ham, meanwhile, have been struggling recently under Manuel Pellegrini, losing their last three games in all competitions, including a humbling loss to AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup.

They face Premier League leaders Liverpool on Monday, aware that a win would move them level on points with eighth-placed Watford.

Many fans are baffled as to why Pellegrini does not have Fernandes to call on, insisting that he should not have been sent out on loan, with some wanting the club to attempt to integrate him into the first-team from next season.