Category: La Liga

Opinion: Tottenham should forget about signing unnecessary £44m addition in January

Tottenham could splash a club-record fee to land Malcom from Barcelona in January, according to Sport via SportWitness.

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Mauricio Pochettino is braced for a busy transfer period in January in a situation that could be the polar opposite of the summer window when Tottenham failed to add a single new addition to their squad in North London.

Targets are starting to be identified ahead of the mid-season window and Sport via SportWitness claim that Tottenham could offer Barcelona €50m (£44m) for the services of Malcom after his difficult start to life in Catalonia.

The Brazilian starlet arrived from Bordeaux in the summer but has earned just 25 minutes of LaLiga action for Ernesto Valverde’s side, raising the possibility of a departure when the window reopens.

Could it happen?

Tottenham certainly need additional depth in their attacking areas in the quest to get their Champions League campaign back on track and ensure they remain above arch-rivals Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish but these reports should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.

Neither Pochettino or Tottenham have a record of splashing the cash on a single player in the transfer market and it is difficult to see that changing in January, especially as the club could be restricted by financial implications after their stadium move.

On top of this, there is no guarantee Malcom would earn regular minutes at the club amidst competition with the likes of Son Heung-Min, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela – and £44m is a monstrous sum for a squad player.

Opinion: Klopp must prepare to fend off rivals in hunt for sensational £100m transfer

Liverpool and Chelsea have been put on alert amidst a suggestion that Real Madrid could sell Marco Asensio, according to Marca via The Mirror.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have caught the eye this season by standing undefeated in their opening nine matches and reports suggest there is a chance of a deal that would set the Premier League alight in January.

According to Marca via The Mirror, Real Madrid are prepared to sell Marco Asensio if his asking price of £100m is met in January and that news has led to Liverpool, along with Chelsea, being placed on alert ahead of the mid-season window.

Asensio was tipped to shine following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer but has struggled for form in Real’s woeful start to the season and his future is up in the air with the Spanish giants eyeing major additions of their own.

Should Liverpool move?

Signing Asensio would be a major statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League and Europe, while it would be an addition that would provide a further boost to Jurgen Klopp’s embarrassment of riches in the attacking third.

Capable of playing as an attacking midfielder or in a wide role, Asensio’s versatility would be extremely valuable for the Reds as they look to fight on all fronts but his huge asking price, as well as the likelihood of facing competition from their rivals in the hunt for his services, make this deal difficult to predict.

On top of this, Julen Lopetegui’s uncertain future in the Spanish capital suggests a managerial change is on the cards soon and this could provide Asensio with a new lease of life. However, Klopp must be prepared to go all-out if his services do become available.

Opinion: Tottenham cannot let key Pochettino favourite leave in 2019

LaLiga champions Barcelona are eyeing a shock swoop for Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier, according to TeamTalk.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s fine performances in charge of Tottenham have attracted plenty of interest in recent years and another member of his squad has emerged as a target for a European giant, as they prepare a raid next year.

According to TeamTalk, Spanish champions Barcelona were impressed by Eric Dier’s performance for England in the recent 3-2 victory over Spain in the UEFA Nations League and are considering a move for the former Sporting Lisbon man.

The report stats Barcelona scouts have been told to keep a close eye on the 24-year-old as they eye a move for the versatile ace, who they believe can provide cover in defensive midfield and at the heart of their back-line.

Should Spurs sell?

Tottenham would be able to command a hefty fee for a sale of Dier and the 24-year-old is a player that could certainly be deemed as more expendable than the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min but an exit in 2019 would be disastrous.

The Lilywhites are already braced for the exit of Mousa Dembele at the end of his contract next year and losing Dier in the same window would leave Spurs in desperate need of midfield additions to fill the role in front of the back four.

Dembele’s exit will already leave Spurs in the hunt for midfield additions and the risk of losing Dier is significant as Pochettino would have to spend heavily to fill the void he would leave in the squad, which the club may not be able to afford with the financial implications of their stadium move.

Opinion: Unai Emery must scrap Arsenal move for Malcom and sign exciting Argentina ace instead

Arsenal are readying a move to sign Barcelona winger Malcom on loan in January, according to Sport.

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Unai Emery’s Arsenal have started the campaign in fine form, winning nine consecutive matches across all competitions at the time of writing, but there is still further room for improvement within the Gunners’ squad.

Emery is on the hunt for additions in January and Spanish outlet Sport says Arsenal have enquired to Barcelona about the possibility of taking Malcom on loan in January after his slow start to life in Catalonia has seen him on the fringes of Ernesto Valverde’s squad.

Inter Milan and Tottenham are also expressing interest in the 21-year-old Brazilian who moved to the Camp Nou in the summer from Bordeaux after attracting attention from a host of clubs across Europe, including that of the Gunners back in January.

Worth pursuing?

Arsenal are short of options in the wide positions of the squad, with only Alex Iwobi standing as a senior recognised winger amongst Emery’s ranks, but signing such an expensive addition on loan would be a questionable move.

Despite his lack of opportunities this season, Barcelona would not be willing to conclude a loan deal unless it was financially appealing to the club and Arsenal, who have limited funds available as it is, would be better to prioritise a permanent addition.

Boca Juniors ace Cristian Pavon, who continues to be widely linked with the Gunners, would be a solid recruit for Arsenal and would bolster the side for the long-term, rather than the temporary bonus that Malcom would provide.

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.