HERE ARE THE good, the bad, and the unlikely football moves being talked about today…
Liverpool have made contact with Manchester City in regards to a transfer for out-of-favour goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to reports from Italian publication Tuttosport. The England Number 1 was forced out of the Etihad club in the summer as incoming boss Pep Guardiola completed a move for Barcelona’s Claudio Bravo, sending Hart to Serie A to spend the campaign with Torino. Hart is a wanted man in England, however, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool reportedly keen to secure a deal for the €12 million-rated (€15 million) goalkeeper.
Manchester City are willing to listen to offers for Sergio Aguero, Yahoo reports. Aguero’s future has long been the subject of speculation, and the striker’s recent meeting with Pep Guardiola in a Manchester restaurant served only to fuel the rumours. Guardiola has since claimed the Argentine himself requested the dinner and that no contract details were discussed, but fans are far from convinced.
Not one but two Chelsea goalkeepers could be on the move. Thibaut Courtois is reportedly plotting a summer exit to Real Madrid, while the club want £12 million (€14m) for Asmir Begovic, having turned down Bournemouth’s £10m (€11.5m) bid.
Cristiano Ronaldo will not see out his Real Madrid contract with Florentino Perez keen to sell the Portugal international in 2018-19, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon. The 31-year-old signed a new five-year deal back in November, designed to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2021 when he will be 36. However, Perez apparently has no desire to allow him to see out his current deal and plans to sell him 12 months down the line to China, where he will command an astronomic transfer fee and play before finishing his career in MLS.
Liverpool target Mahmoud Dahoud is now being monitored by La Liga giants Barcelona ahead of a potential summer move, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo. Jurgen Klopp has a long-standing interest in the 21-year-old midfielder, and the Syrian-born star has just 18 months to run on his current deal at Borussia Monchengladbach, meaning the Bundesliga club may be forced to sell.
In other Liverpool-related news, Lucas Leiva is being linked with a move to Inter, having struggled to earn a place in the Reds’ starting XI for much of this season.
AC Milan remain in talks with Everton regarding a loan move for Gerard Deulofeu, but are refusing to pay a fee for the former Barcelona winger, according to Sky Sports. The 22-year-old attacker has been told by Toffees boss Ronald Koeman he is free to leave the club, but only on a temporary basis, after falling down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
Out-of-favour Man United player Ashley Young, who is rated at around £10m (€11.5m), is contemplating a move to China, with Shandong Luneng set to offer him £16m (€18m) net in salary over three years.
Retro Deal of the Day: Chris Sutton to Blackburn
In July 1994, Chris Sutton became the most expensive player in English football when he joined Blackburn from Norwich for £5m.
Sutton would go on to live up to his price tag, forming a formidable partnership with Alan Shearer known as ‘SAS’.
In his first season at the club, Sutton helped Blackburn win their first league title since 1914, managing 15 goals in 40 appearances.
In total, he would score 47 goals in 130 appearances for Rovers, before joining Chelsea for £10m in 1999 — twice the fee of his previous transfer.
Yet it never worked out for the English striker at Stamford Bridge, as one goal in 28 league appearances suggests.
However, after one ill-fated year with the Blues, Martin O’Neill made Sutton Celtic’s record signing, and he would go on to become an important member of the team, playing an integral part in several memorable occasions at Celtic Park, both domestically and in Europe.
After 63 goals in 130 appearances for the Scottish side, Sutton had brief spells at Birmingham and Aston Villa before retiring.
Sutton managed Lincoln between 2009 and 2010, before quitting for “personal reasons“. He was declared bankrupt in 2014 and has since earned a living as one of British football’s more controversial and distinctive pundits.
Additional reporting by Goal
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