Category: La Liga

Smart business: 27-year-old target would help Arsenal reach a higher gear

Arsenal have made contact with Real Madrid over the potential loan signing of James Rodriguez this month, as per The Independent.

The Gunners are keen to strengthen their squad this summer and have explored the possibility of recruiting the Colombia international, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich.

What’s the word?

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has admitted that there is little money for Arsenal to spend in the January transfer window, accepting that the club are likely to be restricted to loan signings.

According to The Guardian, he said on January 10th: “We cannot sign permanently.

“We can only loan players. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now. I cannot say more.”

Rodriguez is set to return to Madrid at the end of the season, but Bayern are not averse to allowing him to move to a new club on loan now, according to The Independent.

Arsenal and Napoli are both interested, with Real set to sell up in the summer, having spent £71million to sign him on the back of his excellent performances at the 2014 World Cup, as per BBC Sport.

Real are interested in signing both Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen in the summer, from Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur respectively, according to The Independent, and that will leave Rodriguez surplus to requirements.

However, the report claims that the club could potentially send the 27-year-old to Spurs instead in order to smooth over their mooted bid for Eriksen.

One man’s trash is another’s treasure

Arsenal fans can be forgiven for expressing their reservations over this transfer window when Emery revealed there was little money to spend. However, the acquisition of Rodriguez would go a long way to placating the baying hordes.

It has become clear that Emery does not believe Mesut Ozil can play a key role in his system, so the signing of the Colombian would help the Gunners click into a higher gear, where there is creative support for their two potent front-men – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

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A six-month loan deal could potentially come with an obligation to buy, too, and that could prove to be a very smart piece of business for the club.

Supporters will hope this one gets over the line.

442oons | Barcelona try to sell Coutinho to Man Utd

Is Manchester United’s Phil Jones set to be used as a makeweight in a deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho? Only in the minds of the guys at 442oons.

In their latest hilarious video, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi take the former Liverpool man on a tour of Europe’s top clubs in an attempt to get rid of him.

There’s Klopp on a guitar, Marcus Rojo in a bin and Daniel Levy as you’ve never seen him before all in the video above!

Be sure to check out more videos from 442oons here.

'Believe it when I see it' – Loads of Tottenham fans react to huge update on target's future

According to ESPN, Barcelona are prepared to sell attacker Malcom this month if they receive a bid in excess of the £36m that they paid for him last summer.

Italian giants Roma were seemingly on the verge of signing Malcom last summer before Barcelona swooped to land the Brazilian at the final moment.

It would be fair to say that the 21-year-old has struggled to make his mark in Spain.

Malcom has shown flashes of his quality, but is down the pecking order when it comes to playing alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the final third of the field.

News that Malcom could be available this month has attracted the attention of the Tottenham Hotspur fans.

Indeed, Spurs have previously been linked with the attacker and now the club’s supporters have been commenting on the situation on social media.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:

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Not again: Tottenham must move quickly to avoid Bale repeat

Tottenham are running the risk of losing Christian Eriksen in the summer, according to AS.

The Denmark international has yet to sign a new contract and, with his current deal expiring in 2020, Real are hopeful a deal can be struck to take him to Spain.

What’s the word?

Eriksen has been dragging his heels over signing a new contract, with talks currently at an impasse between the two parties.

The Dane currently earns £70,000-per-week and is looking to double his wages in London.

However, Spurs are still operating within a strict wage policy and it has been reported that there is now “little chance” of a deal being reached.

AS quote Eriksen’s agent, Martin Schoots, who is remaining coy on links with the Spanish giants.

He said: “I would prefer not to comment on issues of contracts and transfers, Christian would like to focus on his football, it was his concentration, along with his football qualities, what has taken him to this very high level, we will see what the future brings.”

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Spurs, of course, have seen key players leave for Spain in the past.

Luka Modric joined Real Madrid in a £30million deal in 2012, while Gareth Bale briefly became the most expensive player in world football in 2013, as he joined Los Blancos for £85m.

Spurs dare not repeat previous mistakes

Tottenham must move quickly to tie Eriksen down.

The playmaker, at the age of 26, is approaching his peak, and is a key member of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. In fact, it could be argued that, other than Harry Kane, Eriksen is the club’s most important player.

He has been in a rich vein of form recently, too, providing nine goals in his last 10 games, be they goals or assists.

Real, of course, are right to be interested; Modric, the Ballon d’Or winner, is approaching the twilight of his career and Eriksen appears a ready-made replacement.

But Spurs hold the cards. They have broken the bank before, handing Harry Kane a deal worth £200,000-per-week, ripping up their wage policy in the process. Dele Alli, too, is reported to now earn £100,000-per-week.

At the very least, Eriksen deserves parity with those two, and Daniel Levy would do well to quell any fan discontent by keeping the midfielder around, and showing that Spurs have shed the tag of being Real’s feeder club.

Opinion: Levy's reluctance to spend big in January means move for 21y/o attacker is very much on

Tottenham are lining up a loan move for Barcelona flop Malcom, per the Daily Star.

Spurs are scrambling to find a replacement to Harry Kane, who sustained an injury against Manchester United, and have identified the Barca winger as a potential acquisition.

What’s the word?

Kane sustained an ankle injury in the 1-0 loss to United, but has yet to have the issue assessed, due to swelling around the area.

There are reportedly fears that he has sustained ligament damage, and with Son Heung-Min on international duty and Mauricio Pochettino left with Fernando Llorente as his only fit senior striker Spurs are searching for forward reinforcements.

Malcom has been on Spurs’ radar before, with the club scouting him prior to his move from Bordeaux to the Camp Nou.

Barcelona eventually paid £36.5million for the Brazilian, but he has struggled to make a significant impact in Spain.

Malcom has made just five appearances this season in La Liga, and Spurs are now considering a loan bid to take the 21-year-old this month.

Levy unlikely to spend

Daniel Levy is seemingly reticent to spend big money in January, having failed to add a single player to Tottenham’s squad in the summer.

A loan move is not free, of course, with Spurs likely to have to subsidise Malcom’s wages.

But the departure of Mousa Dembele to China is set to free up some funds, and a move for the Brazilian is a logical, if risky, one.

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Malcom has yet to prove himself in Spain and there is no way of knowing how he would adapt to Premier League football.

But the deal may be on Levy’s radar, with the club able to lure a marquee signing to London at a minimal cost.

Plus, it would do the world of good to Pochettino, who is desperate for forward options, particularly if Kane is ruled out for a significant period of time.