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Transfer news: Koulibaly to Liverpool, Jimenez to Juventus

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The transfer rumor mill continues to hum along despite the window not opening for some time.

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That’s not a surprise with a lot of contracts expiring at the end of the month and some teams’ new knowledge of their fate for next season.

Koulibaly to Liverpool

A Virgil van Dijk-Kalidou Koulibaly partnership at Liverpool is a monstrous and imposing idea, but the Reds so far have only offered a discount bid on the Napoli star.

Reports out of Italy say the Reds sent a $67 million offer to the Coppa Italia champions, but that Napoli remains steadfast in their $112 million asking price.

Recently linked to Manchester United and even Newcastle if a takeover happens, Koulibaly is a massive talent.

He turned 29 on Saturday and has a contract in Naples through 2022-23. Koulibaly has 33 Senegal caps and 235 appearances for Napoli after beginning his career with Metz and Genk.

Jimenez to Juventus

Wolves’ big price tag on Raul Jimenez seems likely to turn most teams off the 29-year-old Mexican, but that won’t stop teams from circling the Molineux.

A report out of Italy says Juventus would love to woo Jimenez to Turin but that his $65 million price tag is a bit too much.

Jimenez broke Wolves’ PL single season scoring record with his 14th goal of the season in Saturday’s defeat of West Ham.

It should be noted that Jimenez has little reason to want to move with Wolves still holding the chance to qualify for the Champions League via the league route or a Europa League title.

He’s having a career year with a number of players who also look set to stick around under boss Nuno Espirito Santo. But we’re here to bring the rumors, just in case.

Vertonghen to Roma, Smalling to Roma

Longtime Tottenham Hotspur center back Jan Vertonghen has been a steady part of the club’s return to top four prominence.

He may be looking to help AS Roma steady its ship in Serie A, according to Sky Sports.

Vertonghen, 33, has made 311 appearances for Spurs since arriving from Ajax in 2012. He’s been linked with a return to the Amsterdam set or Inter Milan prior to the Roma report.

The 118-times capped Belgian could play alongside fellow PL mainstay Chris Smalling, as Roma’s reportedly ready to buy the loan star off Manchester United after one more loan campaign.

Vertonghen: Free agents coveted during coronavirus pandemic

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Jan Vertonghen has discussed his future at Tottenham and it is safe to say the Belgium defender is keeping his options open.

Very open.

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Speaking to Belgian TV channel Play Sports, Vertonghen (who has a contract at Tottenham until July 1) revealed he has had several offers from clubs across Europe and believes he will be a man in demand when the summer transfer window opens.

“I want to sign with the right club. It could be Spurs, or another club,” Vertonghen said. “I really want to continue at top level for a few more years and I would like to play European football next season. Since January, a number of clubs have come forward with serious proposals.

“The Spanish and Italian leagues are the most obvious for the time being, but I will keep all options open. I’m free, of course, and many clubs don’t have the money to do transfers. Transfer-free players like me are even more coveted in the coronavirus crisis.”

He does have a very, very good point.

Finances are taking a battering across the world, not just in soccer, but it is quite clear clubs are no longer able, or willing, to pay huge transfer fees for new players. That means the likes of free agents Vertonghen, Pedro, Ryan Fraser, Adam Lallana, Willian and Olivier Giroud will be in demand when the summer window opens.

Vertonghen, 32, seems to have run his course at Tottenham and he’s had a fine eight seasons with Spurs. Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem to rate him and it seems as though he’s lost pace by the bucketload almost overnight. He has previously been linked with a move to Inter Milan and his former club Ajax.

Being out of contract this summer is a risk but it is expected players will sign short-term monthly deals to see them through until the end of the 2019-20 season instead of their contracts ending on the usual July 1 deadline.

Vertonghen has a few more seasons left in the tank but his time at Tottenham is almost certainly up.

Vertonghen’s family robbed at knifepoint in London

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Masked burglars held Jan Vertonghen‘s family at knifepoint during a Tuesday robbery in London.

Fortunately no one was injured, according to police. A number of items were stolen from Vertonghen’s home in a terrifying evening for his wife and children.

Vertoghen was in Germany on UEFA Champions League duty, where Spurs were eliminated from the competition.

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Spurs and police are encouraging anyone with information to contact them, as the criminals left before authorities arrived at the scene.

“We have been supporting Jan and his family through this terribly traumatic time,” a Spurs spokesperson told the BBC. “We encourage anyone who has any information to come forward to help the police with their investigation.”

There are few words to describe the heinousness of the act and harrowing nature for anyone let alone children.

The 32-year-old defender with 118 Belgian caps has appeared 311 for Spurs after making 220 for boyhood club Ajax from 2006-2012.

Transfer rumor roundup: Eriksen, Vertonghen in demand; Mane to Madrid?

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A roundup of all of Wednesday’s biggest transfer rumors, including those involving Premier League clubs…

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With six months now remaining on his Tottenham Hotspur contract, speculation over Christian Eriksen‘s future has once again begun. The Danish playmaker is widely expected to leave Tottenham in the summer, and a number of the world’s biggest clubs — including, but certainly not limited to, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus — have already been linked. Now, Inter Milan have reportedly entered the race to sign the 27-year-old.


Speaking of Spurs players now in the final six months of their contract, Jan Vertonghen will be out of contract this summer and there have been few, if any, reports of negotiations over a new deal. As such, Napoli and Ajax are each reportedly interested in signing the 32-year-old at a heavily discounted price this month.


Real Madrid have reportedly reached out and made contact with the representatives of Liverpool winger Sadio Mane. Los Blancos would be looking for a mega-bucks transfer this summer.


Frank Lampard has played down reports that Chelsea have placed Wilfried Zaha atop their January shopping list. The Crystal Palace winger has reportedly been on his way out of Crystal Palace for years now, and Chelsea is just the latest club linked with the 27-year-old. However, Lampard says Zaha is “not in our plans.”


Moise Kean hasn’t yet delivered the good since arriving at Everton from Juventus this summer, leading some to speculate that the 19-year-old Italian could leave Goodison Park in short order. Instead, reports out of Merseyside indicate that the Toffees have no interest in losing Kean following the appointment of fellow Italian, Carlo Ancelotti, as the club’s new manager.

Tottenham chairman Levy willing to sell inside Premier League

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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy says it pretty straight-forward when it comes to Christian Eriksen or any other perceived wantaway.

“We are honestly not scared to trade with our rivals.”

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Levy told The London Evening Standard that there isn’t a universal tone and tenor to the cases of players who may want to leave North London.

Christian Eriksen’s rumored departure has been a long-running saga. Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld have also been mentioned as players who may want out.

“My view is really simple. For a player to sign a new contract, not only have the conditions got to be right but the player has got to want to do it. It is up to those players whether they want to stay at Tottenham and we’ll see. I don’t want to comment on ­individual players too much. I actually think it is unfair. Every circumstance is different. There may be a player who wants to stay, there may be a player we don’t want to stay.”

Levy said he’s not expecting the club to be active in the January transfer window. He says Jose Mourinho has been very clear that he’s happy to evaluate the talent already at the club.

Tottenham will like its chances of collecting points over the festive fixtures, especially if it can pass Chelsea with a win on Sunday

Spurs’ festive fixtures [ All 39 PL matches ]
Dec. 22 – Spurs v. Chelsea
Dec. 26 – Spurs v. Brighton
Dec. 28 – Norwich City v. Spurs
Jan. 1 – Southampton v. Spurs

Spurs then face Middlesbrough away in the FA Cup before a visit from Liverpool. If those five league matches go well, will Mourinho and Levy look to the market?