Category: La Liga

Opinion: Daniel Levy will be left biting his nails for the whole season after Real Madrid report

Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the season, according to Marca.

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Julen Lopetegui’s ill-fated spell at the Santiago Bernabeu looks set to be coming to a close after Real Madrid’s latest defeat on Saturday against Levante raised the pressure significantly ahead of this weekend’s El Clasico.

It seems highly unlikely that the former Spain boss will remain in charge for the clash against Barcelona and Marca report a departure could be imminent, with current Real Madrid B manager Santiago Solari in-line to take charge.

However, Tottenham could be set for a major blow as it is also stated Los Blancos will eye a change next summer if things do not work out under Solari, and have placed Mauricio Pochettino at the top of their shortlist for their next long-term boss.

Will he move?

Pochettino has regularly been linked with a move to join the European champions and the remainder of the season could be set to have a huge impact on the future of the Argentine boss, as Spurs enter a crucial period.

The Lilywhites are due to move to a new stadium imminently but it remains to be seen if they will be hit by financial restrictions like arch-rivals Arsenal a decade ago, which is a huge concern as the squad is already short of significant depth.

On top of this, a stern battle lies ahead this season to secure a top-four spot and Pochettino would be likely to seek a move if Spurs do not qualify for the Champions League, while he could find it difficult to turn down an approach anyway as he approaches his fifth year in North London.

'Welcome to LFC' … These eagle-eyed Liverpool fans are convinced major transfer is on the cards

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to the Premier League numerous times, but so far he has stayed loyal to the Spanish club.

Liverpool have not been suggested as potential suitors for the France international, but it is likely that he would be warmly welcomed if a surprise move was made.

On Twitter, some supporters have jumped to conclusions after spotting a video of Griezmann in training.

Plenty of Liverpool fans claim that the attacker, along with Ousmane Dembele, copied one of Roberto Firmino’s goal celebration during a training session with the France national team.

The Liverpool forward has reacted a handful of different ways after finding the back of the net, but one of his celebrations involves him pretending to fire off guns and completing a karate kick.

In a video that has gone viral on Twitter, Griezmann and Dembele can be seen trying their luck, which has led some Liverpool fans to suggest that a major signing could be in the works.

Opinion: Emery must put faith in Reiss Nelson instead of trying to sign attacker for second time

Arsenal are reigniting their interest in Malcom and have opened talks with Barcelona regarding a January deal, according to Sport.

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Unai Emery strengthened his Arsenal side significantly in the summer but his additions largely focused on the midfield and defence, which has left the Gunners short of options in the wide positions of their attacking line.

A failure to replace Alexis Sanchez after his departure to Manchester United has been evident but the North London side are ready to rectify that issue in January by moving for Barcelona’s Malcom, according to Sport.

Arsenal were amongst the club’s interested in the Brazilian earlier this year before missing out to the LaLiga champions but an exit for £44m is on the cards with the 21-year-old earning just 25 minutes of action in the league so far.

A good addition?

With Arsenal in the hunt for an exciting and young winger, the possibility of landing Malcom in January will raise optimism and the Gunners could jump at the opportunity to sign a target they missed out on back in January.

However, questions will be asked about Malcom’s long-term suitability for the Gunners if they finance an eye-watering deal as Arsenal have seen Alex Iwobi impress, while young starlet Reiss Nelson is excelling on loan with Hoffenheim and looks set for a solid future in North London.

With Emery’s side still needing to be strengthened in other positions, a better option may be to recall Nelson from his time in the Bundesliga prematurely and utilise the funds that would be spent on Malcom in different areas of the squad.

Opinion: Tottenham and Levy are in a great position despite latest worrying transfer report

Barcelona are ready to join arch-rivals Real Madrid in the market for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, according to Mundo Deportivo via SportWitness.

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Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Harry Kane showed his worth on international display for England in the thrilling 3-2 victory over Spain and it seems to have increased interest in the signature of the Tottenham striker.

Consistently linked with Real Madrid, Mundo Deportivo via SportWitness state that Barcelona have also joined the hunt as they eye a replacement for 31-year-old Luis Suarez, who has shown signs of decline after scoring ‘only’ 25 La Liga goals last term.

Kane, six years Suarez’s junior, is seen as the ‘ideal’ recruit for Ernesto Valverde’s side but a crippling wage bill means the Catalan giants may struggle to match Spurs’ hefty asking price for the England captain.

Will he stay?

Harry Kane’s future is very difficult to predict and a lot likely hinges on how Tottenham manage to do this season, as they balance an imminent stadium move with a stern battle to fight for honours and secure a top-four finish.

A lack of Champions League football next season will increase the chances of Kane jumping ship and a failure to win a trophy could do the same. With Spurs potentially suffering financial implications after moving home, it is a testing time for the club.

However, Kane’s huge valuation provides a stumbling block for Barcelona as they would struggle to match that figure and Real Madrid may also face problems if they push ahead for a move as it is difficult to see Los Blancos signing both Kane and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – and the latter is easier to secure due to his contract situation.

Opinion: Tottenham must learn lessons and avoid trying to sign attacker for the second time

Tottenham are keen on signing Malcom from Barcelona in January just months after his move to Catalonia, Sport reports.

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Mauricio Pochettino elected not to sign a single player during the summer transfer window but his stance has changed ahead of the January window, as he seeks recruits to bolster his Tottenham squad ahead of the fight for a top-four finish.

Further depth is required in the final third and Spanish outlet Sport states Spurs are keen on snatching Malcom from Barcelona just months after he sealed a lucrative switch to the La Liga champions from Ligue 1 side Lille.

The 21-year-old, who the north London outfit reportedly tried to sign in January of this year, has earned just 25 minutes of playing time since his transfer in the summer and Ernesto Valverde could cash-in if an acceptable offer is lodged for the services of the Brazilian talent.

A good signing?

The possibility of Malcom leaving Barcelona in January is pushed by his lack of playing opportunities as he has to fight with the likes of Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Munir for first-team opportunities.

If he was to leave the Camp Nou, Malcom would surely push for first-team assurances and Tottenham cannot necessarily offer that as he joins a squad that already boasts Son-Heung Min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela – all of whom have proved their worth this season.

The report adds Malcom will cost at least £44m, which would be a club-record fee for Tottenham, and splashing that much on a player who would not necessarily immediate improve their first-team is a questionable move.