Category: La Liga

"There may be offers based on those rumours" – Family member discusses Arsenal target's future

James Rodriguez’s foster father admits that the attacking midfielder’s future remains up in the air, per Marca.

Rodriguez is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but reports, from outlets such as The Independent, have asserted that Arsenal are interested in securing the Colombia international on another short-term deal this month.

What’s the word?

Rodriguez is at the centre of something of a tug of war right now.

Per The Independent, Arsenal are interested in securing his signature as they bid to bolster their chances of qualifying for the Champions League.

The Independent also claim, however, that Real are interested in signing both Christian Eriksen and Eden Hazard this summer, deals that could leave Rodriguez surplus to requirements.

There is also a suggestion, per that report, that the player could be sent to Spurs to smooth over the potential signing of the Denmark international.

And, the player’s foster father, Juan Carlos Restrepo, admits that his son’s future remains up in the air amid interest from England.

“He is comfortable in Munich,” Restrepo told Marca.

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“I don’t have news about it, but there may be offers based on those rumours coming from England.”

He added: “Real Madrid are one of his loves, but unfortunately he had to look at a different course. However, that does not mean that he doesn’t love Los Blancos, an institution that allowed him to enjoy beautiful moments.

“Inside his heart, given that he is a fan of Real Madrid, he will contemplate the possibility of returning.

“Real Madrid own his rights and I imagine that if he has good performances then his return would be possible.”

Rodriguez may not hold the cards

Though he may think that he has a decision to make, the choice may eventually be out of his hands.

If Real secure the signings of Eriksen and Hazard there is little room in the club’s squad for another crafty playmaker.

A move to either Spurs or Arsenal would be bold and offer a chance for him to prove his worth in the Premier League, but, again, he may not get the final say.

If Real do want to include him in a part-exchange deal for Eriksen, thus minimising the monetary cost of any transfer, he may well have to smile, nod and pack his belongings.

The Colombian would then have the chance to prove Real wrong, and fill the void left by the brilliant Dane at the new White Hart Lane.

After all, it is about time that the 27-year-old started delivering on the potential he showed at the 2014 World Cup, when he earned himself his dream move to the Bernabeu.

Opinion: Arsenal fans must temper expectations as club close in on January signing

Arsenal are hopeful of completing a deal to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona by the weekend, as per The Mirror.

The Gunners want to sign the 25-year-old on loan, and progress has been made as they attempt to finalise their first acquisition of the January transfer window.

What’s the word?

The Mirror claim that Suarez has been identified as a potential replacement for Aaron Ramsey, who could move to Juventus this month instead of in the summer if the Barcelona man is brought in.

Barcelona signed Kevin-Prince Boateng from Sassuolo in a surprise deal on Monday, as reported by BBC Sport, leaving Arsenal with a seemingly clear run at signing Suarez this week.

And quotes from Barca boss Ernesto Valverde, as reported by The Mirror, suggest players could leave.

He said: “We are happy with the squad but there are always possibilities for departures for those who maybe do not feature as often.

“Those players could stay here and we would be happy or they could leave in search of more opportunities, we will evaluate all possibilities for them. We work internally and there is a lot of planning involved of which I am a part, but we will see how the market progresses.”

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Suarez, who can play in central midfield and on either flank, has played just 17 minutes of La Liga football this season across two games, against Espanyol and Levante.

Expectations high

Suarez, with his 17 minutes of league football behind him, is expected to come in and replace Ramsey, who has bafflingly been allowed to leave.

The Welshman, by comparison, has 20 Premier League games under his belt this season, totalling 888 minutes, and has scored two goals and provided six assists – as per Whoscored. He will be a key player for Juventus.

There is, then, some pressure surrounding the 25-year-old, despite him never really being given a major chance at Barca. He has been at the club since 2016, and in three years has played 46 La Liga games.

Of course, one could argue that the likes of Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are hard to dislodge from a starting XI, but Arsenal fans would do well to temper expectations surrounding the potential signing.

Suarez will take some time to get up and running, and this deal should certainly be regarded as a punt.

"Sign him" – Loads of Arsenal fans react as La Liga man is left out

Barcelona announced via their official club Twitter account on Wednesday morning that midfielder Denis Suarez had been omitted from their 18-man squad to face Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night, and Arsenal fans have been quick to react to the news.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the 25-year-old throughout this January transfer window, and reports in The Mirror on Tuesday suggested they were keen to seal a loan deal for the Spaniard by the weekend.

Now the La Liga giants have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng – as reported by BBC Sport – who has replaced Suarez in the party to face Sevilla, an exit may have just moved a step closer to happening.

While the one-cap Spain international has been in and around the squad in recent weeks, he still has only featured for a total of 257 minutes this season, as per Transfermarkt, and would surely fancy his chances of playing more regularly in the Premier League with Unai Emery’s side.

Should he end up arriving at the Emirates Stadium, the versatile player, who can feature in central midfield or on the wing, would likely be competing with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi for a spot in the starting XI – with The Mirror claiming Suarez’s arrival would see Aaron Ramsey leave this month.

Arsenal supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the latest update, and while one said “welcome to Arsenal Denis Suarez”, another said “Arsenal please sign him ASAP”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

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Worrying news for Tottenham as major club reportedly eye cut-price deal for key man

Real Madrid’s chances of signing Christian Eriksen from Tottenham Hotspur in a cut-price deal have reportedly been boosted, with AS saying that sources close to the player believe he could be purchased for between £50million-£75million as he has just 18 months remaining on his contract.

What’s the word?

AS previously reported that Spurs had told Real that Eriksen would cost €250m (£219m) in a bid to ward off their interest. However, Real have continued to track the 26-year-old, and are monitoring developments surrounding his contract closely.

According to the new AS report, Real hope that they can leverage the fact that, at the end of the 2019-20 season, Eriksen could choose to leave on a free transfer, leaving Spurs without any compensation for one of their best players.

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As a result, Real are said to believe that a transfer could cost up to £75m but no more, which is roughly half of what Barcelona paid to sign Philippe Coutinho – BBC Sport reported that the Brazilian cost Barca £142m when he joined the club from Liverpool.

AS reports that the La Liga giants see similarities between the two deals and hope to convince Levy to cash in this summer.

Spurs must act now

Time is running out for Spurs to keep Eriksen.

The Daily Mail claimed at the beginning of January that the club are determined to tie Eriksen down to a new deal, with Spurs ready to more than double his current £70,000-per-week wages.

However, it appears that the Dane is very aware of his own worth as this transfer saga continues.

Real have the capacity to offer wages that Spurs cannot dream of; the North London outfit, then, would do well to listen to Eriksen’s demands and bend over backwards to ensure he sticks around.

The club have not signed a new player since January of last year and, if they are to continue selling players – Mousa Dembele has moved to China this month – they could well reinvest that money into putting together an attractive contract offer for the Dane, instead of bolstering the squad.

He knows he is worth it and so do Spurs. The problem facing Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino is that Real Madrid do too.

"Genuinely sad", "Fantastic business" – These Chelsea fans react to impending departure

Atletico Madrid are poised to sign Alvaro Morata from Chelsea on an initial loan deal with an option to buy the player for £48.5million, per Goal.

The Spain international has, according to the aforementioned report, acquiesced to a pay cut should the option to buy be confirmed at the end of the season.

Morata has struggled in the Premier League, scoring just 24 goals in 72 games for the Blues since his move from Real Madrid in 2017.

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Chelsea broke their transfer record to sign Morata, paying £60m, according to BBC Sport.

However, they are now set to allow him to leave the club, opening the door for them to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.

Goal claim that Chelsea have already struck an agreement with Juve to secure Higuain’s signature, with the Argentina international also set to move on loan.

The merry-go-round, the report states, will be completed by AC Milan – the club where Higuain is currently on loan – signing Krzysztof Piatek from Genoa for a fee of £35million.

And several Chelsea fans have reacted with joy at the news of Morata potentially leaving the club, while others have expressed their sadness that he was never able to capture his best form at Stamford Bridge.

Check out how Chelsea fans on Twitter have reacted to the news below…