Category: La Liga

Opinion: West Ham should sell Arnautovic in January and replace him with 24-goal forward

West Ham United should sell Marko Arnautovic in January and replace him with Celta Vigo’s excellent centre-forward Maxi Gomez.

What’s the word, then?

Arnautovic has been in fine form for West Ham this season, scoring five times in 10 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.

The attacker is believed to be unhappy at the London Stadium, however, and his refusal to commit himself to the Hammers during the recent international break will be a concern to the supporters.

There would certainly be life after Arnautovic if he moved on, however, and the London club should look to sell if they can recoup the £20m that they paid for him.

Arnautovic will be 30 next year, and the capital outfit should be looking for a striker who could lead their line for the next three or four years.

Gomez has been in wonderful form since arriving at Celta, and it would be some coup if Manuel Pellegrini’s side managed to secure his signature.

Just how good can Gomez become?

Very good, potentially excellent. The 22-year-old arrived at Celta from Uruguayan outfit Defensor Sporting in the summer of 2017, and the centre-forward has proved to be a fine addition for the La Liga club.

Indeed, Gomez has managed 24 goals and nine assists in 49 appearances for Celta, including six goals in 10 La Liga appearances this term.

Tottenham Hotspur have recently been credited with an interest, and West Ham would certainly not get a free run at the South American.

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Celta are believed to have paid just £3.5m for Gomez in May 2017, which is some deal. That price will have obviously increased, but the Hammers showed in the summer that they are prepared to spend to reach their goals.

Losing Arnautovic would be a blow at the mid-point of the season, but replacing the Austrian with one of the most exciting young forwards in European football would be excellent business.

Football Manager 2019: The 16 Real Madrid wonderkids you need to sign right now

Since the release of Football Manager 2019 on November 2nd, we here at Football FanCast have taken it upon ourselves to explore the plethora of additions that have been made to this year’s edition.

Control your club’s training like never before with the new enhanced training features and learn how to become a master tactician with the inclusion of the most modern football philosophies in the game today. These new features will help you grow your entire squad from the youth levels all the way up to the first team and hopefully elevate players from your academy to become the homegrown legends they were always meant to be.

After giving Santiago Solari a contract until June of 2021, it is clear that Real Madrid is entrusting their new Argentinian manager with the development of young talent that at the Spanish giants.

With seemingly endless amounts of different paths for the club to take, your Football Manager skill will be tested to see if you can meet the astronomical demands that come along with managing at a club like Real Madrid…

Skilful attacker: La Liga ace would be perfect January arrival for Tottenham

Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is reportedly keen to join Arsenal in January, but Tottenham Hotspur should swoop for a player who would be perfect for them.

The Chalkboard

According to AS, Suarez is keen to join Arsenal in January, despite interest from the likes of Chelsea and AC Milan.

The 24-year-old scored three times in 27 appearances for Barcelona last season, but has not played a single minute of La Liga football for the Spanish champions this term.

Indeed, Suarez’s only football this season has come in the Copa del Rey, and it is thought that he will seek a move away from Camp Nou in the January transfer window.

Arsenal appear to be in the driving seat, but Suarez would be the perfect arrival for Tottenham due to his ability to play in a number of different positions.

The Spaniard is also unlikely to command a huge transfer fee, which will certainly appeal to club chairman Daniel Levy, who is under pressure to spend.

Suarez could light up Tottenham

Capable of playing in central midfield, on the left and indeed on the right, Suarez would be very attractive for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Indeed, Suarez has managed six goals and 10 assists in 64 first-team games for Barcelona, and is the type of player who would relish linking with the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen in the positions behind Harry Kane.

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The Spaniard could also play in a three alongside the likes of Harry Winks and Eric Dier, and has the technical skills required to thrive in matches where Tottenham dominate the ball.

Smart, skilful and with an eye for a pass, Suarez is perfectly suited to the Premier League, and would provide Pochettino with a different option to the likes of Erik Lamela and Son Heung-min.

Suarez does not turn 25 until next year, and could turn out to be a very, very clever signing by Tottenham if they take the plunge.

Not a chance: 46% of Liverpool fans polled warn Klopp to avoid big-money move for in-demand star

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has plenty of attacking talent in his ranks, but for some reason the creative spark has been missing for the Reds this season.

On paper, everything is going swimmingly for the team as they sit second in the Premier League table, two points adrift of leaders and reigning champions Manchester City.

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the top flight, but the performances on the pitch have left little to be desired.

The front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have struggled to recreate the scintillating form that earned them plenty of plaudits last season.

Now more than ever Philippe Coutinho’s absence is being felt due to the lack of creativity behind the attacking trio.

According to a recent report in The Sun, the Merseyside outfit are prepared to break a club-record fee to sign Barcelona ace Ousmane Dembele.

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The 21-year-old has been linked to a handful of high-profile clubs due to his disciplinary issues, but he has only been at Camp Nou since last year.

After the speculation emerged, we asked you if the price tag was too high, and the outcome is a tight one, but a large number believe that he is not worth the amount of money being reported.

Splashing the cash on exciting talent would be the best decision Liverpool have made yet – agree?

On paper, everything is going perfectly for Liverpool as they sit second in the Premier League table, two points adrift of leaders Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp’s team remain unbeaten in the top flight, but they have lacked a creative flair on the pitch.

Liverpool certainly have the players to cause serious damage to defences, but they have not quite clicked just yet.

In order to solve that problem, it seems that a high-profile figure at Barcelona is being targeted.

According to The Sun, the Merseyside outfit are prepared to set a new club-record fee by offering £85m for Ousmane Dembele.

The 21-year-old is in his second season at the Camp Nou, and he has certainly shown in glimpses that he has the potential to become a world-class star.

However, there have been concerns over his discipline, which has seemingly resulted in Dembele not getting regular game time.

Liverpool’s current most expensive footballer is defender Virgil van Dijk, who signed for the club in a £75m deal in January.

Considering how vital the centre-back has become to Liverpool, would spending £85m on Dembele be justified?

Let us know by voting below.