Category: Italian

Opinion: Pochettino must move quickly to land £18m-rated winger for Tottenham

Inter Milan are the latest club to rival Tottenham Hotspur in the hunt for PSV Eindhoven ace Steven Bergjwin, according to De Telegraaf.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham have not caught the eye as they have in recent years, struggling in the Champions League and not performing at their best in their Premier League campaign thus far on the back of a quiet summer.

Pochettino looks prepared to bolster his squad in January but securing prime targets could be an increasingly difficult task, with PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergjwin attracting increasing interest across the continent.

De Telegraaf reports Inter Milan have joined Tottenham in the hunt to land the 20-year-old, who is also being eyed by Manchester United and Liverpool.

What can he offer?

Spurs have seen their squad depleted by injuries in the build-up to the international break and the suggestion seems to be that they do not have the depth capable of coping with a vast amount of losses.

Fortunately, their forward lines have largely escaped punishment but a lack of depth beyond Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura in the wide positions is evident as injury to one of the trio would leave Spurs with big problems.

20-year-old Bergjwin could, therefore, be a solution to Pochettino’s potential woes but PSV are likely to hope for a bidding war that will see a fee for Bergjwin rise above his £18m valuation from TransferMarkt and Spurs should move swiftly if they are to win the chase.

We don't need him: 48% of Liverpool fans polled urge Klopp not to sign three-goal ace

One of the biggest problems that Liverpool had in Wednesday night’s defeat to Champions League opponents Napoli was that they struggled for creativity.

Jurgen Klopp’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were not at the races, while the midfield trio failed to find a way through.

Philippe Coutinho’s departure in January was not heavily felt at the time due to the scintillating form of Liverpool’s attacking stars.

However, the team’s midweek performance in Naples has led some to suggest that Klopp requires a creative spark.

As reported by Goal, Liverpool tried to sign Piotr Zielinski from Udinese in 2016 but moved for Georginio Wijnaldum instead due to cost.

Zielinski has since moved to Napoli and he made a cameo appearance against the Reds in midweek.

So far this season, the 24-year-old has scored two goals in nine outings in all competitions and we asked you whether Liverpool should revive their interest in the midfielder.

A small majority are keen on the idea, but there is a large group of fans who are not convinced by Zielinski’s quality.

15-goal star is the creative spark the Liverpool desperately need – agree?

Liverpool have been having a fine season, but they hit a bump in the road on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were beaten 1-0 by Napoli in their second group game of the Champions League, and nobody connected to the club could admit that they were hard done by.

The team set up to dig out a result in Naples, but they struggled to carry out the task as there was a lack of urgency and accuracy on the ball.

The Reds’ front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane failed to pose a threat and not a single shot on target was registered.

Lorenzo Insigne secured all three points for the Italian side, who stifled Liverpool’s threat in attack and midfield.

It has led many fans to question the creative options that the club currently have in the middle of the park.

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, who made a cameo appearance on Wednesday night, was linked with a move to Anfield in 2016, according to Goal.

The report claims that Liverpool ended up signing Georginio Wijnaldum instead as the price for Zielinski while at Udinese was rising.

The midfielder has been at Napoli for the past two years and has made 103 appearances in all competitions, scoring 15 goals and creating 10 assists.

This season he has netted twice in nine outings, but would he add quality to Klopp’s team?

Let us know by voting below.

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Chelsea are not exactly struggling on the pitch this season given that they remain unbeaten in all competitions.

However, there is an area of the pitch that could do with an upgrade as Maurizio Sarri’s current options are not hitting the right notes.

Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are the two main strikers at the manager’s disposal, but neither are setting the world alight.

In fact, the pair have scored just one goal between them since the season kicked off.

For Chelsea to be a force across the board, they need a proven goalscorer who can be relied upon to contribute to the goal effort.

Inter Milan star Mauro Icardi is certainly one who the Blues should be looking at either in January or at the end of the season.

On Wednesday night, the 25-year-old scored the winning goal in a 2-1 triumph over PSV Eindhoven in a Champions League Group B encounter.

Mauro Icardi stats v PSV

As well as finding the back of the net, Icardi was a nuisance up front as he peppered the goal with attempts and was heavily involved in the final third.

The Argentina international produced more shots than the rest of his teammates, but was also strong in the air.

Only Ivan Perisic won more aerial challenges than Icardi over the course of the match.

The striker’s contract at the San Siro does not expire until the summer of 2021, so if Chelsea were to make a move they would have to stump up a hefty amount of cash.

The talented star is certainly one to keep an eye on for Sarri if Morata and Giroud continue to misfire.

Opinion: Pellegrini would leave West Ham fans confused with big decision on 6ft 1in ace

Italian side Atalanta are eyeing a January move for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, according to CalcioMercato.

What’s the word?

After fighting back from a slow start to the season, Manuel Pellegrini has started to reap the rewards from his £100m spending spree but further changes are anticipated in future windows, although not all the deals will be incoming pieces of business.

CalcioMercato states that Serie A side Atalanta are eyeing a January swoop for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang, whose first-team chances may be limited this season following the signings of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez.

However, the 6ft 1in Obiang has featured four times in the Premier League and has been a useful asset for Pellegrini but Atalanta will hope to lure him back to Italian football, where he previously played for Sampdoria, with the offer of more regular opportunities.

Should they sell?

Obiang may not always be one of the first names on the teamsheet, or even in the matchday squad, but midfield is a position where Manuel Pellegrini cannot afford any further setbacks as his depth is already stretched.

Injuries to summer signings Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have left the Hammers’ ranks in the middle of the pitch looking significantly depleted heading into a busy stage of the season, and Obiang will be more valuable than ever.

It is also worth noting that the Hammers have not lost any of the three Premier League matches where Obiang has started, with the Spaniard featuring in the victories over Everton and Manchester United either side of the goalless draw with Chelsea.