Category: Italian

Opinion: Liverpool interest in another potential £50m+ deal raises big question marks over Klopp

Liverpool are alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal in the hunt for Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to Calcio Mercato.

What’s the word?

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have impressed so far in the Premier League, avoiding defeat in each of their opening eight matches to sit joint-top of the standings alongside Chelsea and Manchester City – with a huge title fight on the cards.

The Reds have shown their financial strength in recent windows with the signings of Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson, with reports from Calcio Mercato suggesting they could splash the cash once again the snatch Piotr Zielinski from Napoli.

Zielinski, regularly linked with Arsenal, has a whopping £57.1m release clause in his contract but the Italian side are looking to secure the Poland international to an extension which could lead that figure to double.

A good signing?

With Adam Lallana and James Milner in their 30’s, suggesting their time at Anfield could come to a close, it is not surprising to see Liverpool in the hunt for further midfield additions. However, the club have splashed plenty of cash in this area in the past year.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Naby Keita have all moved to Merseyside during the past 18 months and it is not entirely clear where Zielinski would fit into the side – particularly as his expensive fee suggests he would demand being one of the first names on the teamsheet.

At 24, Zielinski has plenty of time to develop into an incredible asset for the Reds but his arrival could be detrimental to the aforementioned trio that Klopp has recently brought to the club and would raise questions about Liverpool’s long-term transfer strategy.

Opinion: Pellegrini must avoid same old West Ham mistakes and forget about reported target

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied that the club are interested in signing Roma’s Edin Dzeko in January, as quoted by Football.London.

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Despite spending in excess of £100m in the summer, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are struggling for form and have lost five of their eight Premier League matches so far this season – suggesting another fight near the foot of the table lies ahead.

While Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson have shown signs of developing an exciting attacking line, the lack of a recognised centre-forward has been an issue and has led to reports that the Hammers are eyeing Roma’s Edin Dzeko.

However, quoted by Football.London, Pellegrini has denied eyeing a reunion with a player he managed during the pair’s time at Manchester City.

What was said?

“I cannot answer you about the amount of payers who are coming in to West Ham. At least you can talk about five or six players, lots of players want to be here and are linked to West Ham. I know him very well but we are not thinking about him at the moment.”

Should they move?

Dzeko may boast 50 Premier League goals from his time with Manchester City but, at 32, he is well into the twilight years of his career and signing the Bosnia and Herzegovina international would echo the Hammers’ previous mistakes in the market.

Javier Hernandez was signed last summer from Bayer Leverkusen, another striker who boasted a decent record from his previous stint in the Premier League but has struggled to establish himself as the leading man at the London Stadium.

West Ham could encounter similar problems by signing Dzeko and should be eyeing a younger, more exciting forward if they are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks.

Opinion: Emery's transfer plan will have 2016 Wenger signing fearing for his Arsenal future

Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella has stated he is pleased to be linked to big clubs amidst reported interest from Arsenal, he told Sky Italia via Metro.

What’s the word?

Unai Emery is on the hunt for January additions for his Arsenal squad and the need for a new midfielder has been increased by the seemingly imminent departure of Aaron Ramsey, with the Gunners withdrawing their contract offer.

The Gunners have been named alongside the likes of Juventus and Liverpool as holding an interest in Cagliari’s 21-year-old midfielder Nicolo Barella, who featured for Italy’s senior squad twice during the international break.

Quoted by Sky Italia via Metro, the young starlet has admitted he is pleased to be linked to ‘big clubs’ but is focusing on the task currently on hand with Cagliari.

What was said?

“I’m not the one who sorts out the transfers. It’s the agents, presidents and clubs who do that. I only think about Cagliari and to stay up in the league. We’ll see about the rest. The interest from big clubs is pleasing and makes me proud. It means I’m doing the right things.”

Could it happen?

Arsenal’s chances of signing a midfielder in January look set to hinge on whether Emery decides to cash-in on Ramsey in the mid-season window or whether he will allow the Wales international to leave at the end of the season for nothing.

Either way, Barella is not necessarily a direct replacement for the 27-year-old as he is a more defensive-minded player and the links should leave Egyptian international Mohamed Elneny fearing for his future at the club.

Elneny is yet to feature in the Premier League this season as his three appearances have come in the Europa League and EFL Cup.

'Him and Arnie up top', 'Yes please' – Lots of West Ham fans urge club to sign £22.5m-rated ace

According to Calciomercato, West Ham United have joined the race for Roma forward Edin Dzeko, who is currently being linked with a return to the Premier League.

Indeed, The Mirror recently reported that Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City were all closely monitoring Dzeko’s situation at Roma.

The 32-year-old scored 72 times in 189 appearances for Manchester City between 2010 and 2015, and has also been a regular scorer during his time at Roma.

Indeed, the forward has managed 78 goals for the Italian giants, but his contract expires at the end of next season, which has led to speculation of a potential exit.

West Ham are believed to have joined the hunt for the experienced striker, and their club’s supporters have been reacting to the news on social media.

Dzeko – valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt – has more than proved himself in the Premier League, and it seems that the majority of West Ham fans want their club to secure his signature.

A selection of the best Twitter reaction can be seen below:

Opinion: Mauricio Pochettino should avoid making transfer call that would damage Harry Winks

Roma are eyeing a swoop for Porto midfielder Hector Herrera in January as they look to beat Tottenham in the hunt for his services, according to Corriere Dello Sport via CalcioMercato.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing changes to his Tottenham midfield ahead of the likely loss of Mousa Dembele next summer when his contract comes to a close, and a number of potential targets have been touted in the press.

One of those is Porto’s Mexico international Hector Herrera, also a target for North London rivals Arsenal, but Correire Dello Sport via CalcioMercato states both Premier League sides could miss out in the hunt to Serie A outfit Roma.

The Italian club’s president James Pallotta has given the club the green light to swoop for the 29-year-old in January, where a bargain deal could be secured as Herrera’s contract with Porto is due to expire at the end of the season.

Should Spurs be concerned?

While Herrera’s experience could prove to be beneficial as a replacement for Dembele, Spurs should really be aiming a lot higher than the Mexico international if they are to bring an end to their long wait for trophies.

The 29-year-old would not necessarily slot straight into a midfield role in Pochettino’s side as the Lilywhites have the likes of Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Harry Winks and Luke Amos at the club, so pursuing another target would be a better move.

With a number of strong options, a better choice for Spurs would be to swoop for a young talent who can develop behind the scenes at White Hart Lane while earning small tastes of first-team action, allowing someone like Winks to thrive in Dembele’s absence.