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Transfer news: Thiago to Liverpool, Coutinho to Tottenham

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In the latest transfer news Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move to Liverpool, while Philippe Coutinho could be heading to Tottenham.

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Starting at Liverpool, it is believed Thiago is ready to leave Bayern Munich and has just one year left on his current contract.

According to Bild, Thiago, 29, has broken off contract talks and wants to play in England and the Spanish international is wanted by Liverpool, among others.

It is believed he would cost around $54 million and the sudden change in contract stance from the composed central midfielder has come as a surprise.

Do Liverpool need him? They could certainly do with a bit more composure in central midfield but they do have Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and James Milner as options already.

Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita have battled injuries, while Fabinho’s form would mean spending this much on Thiago wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

This signing would also go against the model of Klopp generally buying younger players but he did spend big on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson who weren’t that young. If a player of Thiago’s quality becomes available, you have to take a look at the deal. Adding a central midfielder isn’t a priority for Liverpool but he would certainly add something slightly different.

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Switching from Liverpool to London, and it appears Coutinho could be heading back to the Premier League.

Numerous reports, including this one from The Independent, states that Coutinho or Nelson Semedo could be offered to Tottenham in exchange for Tanguy Ndombele.

Reports in France say that Ndombele, Spurs’ record signing, doesn’t want to play for Jose Mourinho but the Spurs coach insisted that isn’t the case.

Ndombele hasn’t featured for Spurs since the restart and has battled injuries in his debut Premier League season and has been criticized by Mourinho.

As for the potential swap deal, Semedo may be an upgrade on Serge Aurier at right back but only just. As good as Coutinho is, he may have quite a battle on his hands with Dele Alli, Giovanni Lo Celso and Erik Lamela in the central attacking areas.

Coutinho for Ndombele is a no-brainer as the Brazilian playmaker will not be staying a Bayern Munich beyond his loan. Barcelona don’t want the 28-year-old former Liverpool star either and this would be a good deal for everyone concerned.

Coutinho has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and others but it appears Tottenham are now the frontrunners.

Transfer news: Almada to Man United; Coutinho keen on PL

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In the latest transfer news Man United have been linked with a move for Thiago Almada, while Philippe Coutinho is keen to head to the Premier League and Arsenal is a possible destination.

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Starting with Man United, it appears they are planning for alternatives when it comes to signing winger Jadon Sancho.

According to the Manchester Evening News, young Argentine winger Thiago Almada is a target for Man United, so too are David Brooks and Rabi Matondo as they may not splash over $130 million to sign Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

There is no doubting Sancho’s ability but given the financial situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, even a club in a healthy financial state like Man United will have to cut their cloth accordingly. This is where Argentina youth national team star Almada comes in.

Almada, 19, has become a star for Velez Sarsfield in Argentine and Man United are one of many European clubs waiting to make their move. Per the report, Almada is a back-up option for Man United and right wing is a position they want to strengthen in.

Given Daniel James’ up an down first season at Man United, this position is the only one of their attacking slots which needs attention. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes clearly have the other slots locked down but more competition and quality out on the right will be key for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Now, James may develop and his pace is a huge asset and he’s still very young. That said. Almada would slot in to Solskjaer’s philosophy of buying young, hungry players to add to his squad.

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Switching to London, where Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have all been linked with a move for former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian playmaker has been on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona this season and it is safe to say he will not be staying at Bayern on a permanent basis. Where next?

Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, told talkSPORT that his client is keen on heading back to the Premier League.

“We’re still waiting until the season finishes before we start talking about anything in terms of transfers,” Joorabchian said. “I’ve always said he loved to play in the Premier League, he enjoyed his time at Liverpool very much. If the opportunity arises to come back to the Premier League, whether it be this year or in the future, he’s definitely looking at that.”

There you have it. If that’s not a ‘come and get me plea’ to Premier League clubs, I don’t know what it is.

A return to Liverpool seems unlikely, while it also seems unlikely that he will head back to Barcelona permanently. Chelsea and Arsenal would seem like a good fit, and although Tottenham have plenty of fine attacking talents, would Coutinho start ahead of Dele Alli, Son or Lucas Moura? Chelsea have a lot of young attackers in his position but with the futures of Willian and Pedro seemingly elsewhere, there could be a spot in Frank Lampard’s attack for Coutinho.

Arsenal seems like the best fit here. Mikel Arteta is building a new team and needs quality and experience to add to his young but talented players. What a loan move to Arsenal for Coutinho would mean for Mesut Ozil remains to be seen but having Coutinho, Ozil, Nicolas Pepe and maybe Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette around would be an absolutely bonkers attacking lineup. That said, the latter two seem likely to leave and that could actually pave the way, financially, for Coutinho to arrive on loan.

There’s a very, very good chance that Coutinho returns to the Premier League in the next six months.

Transfer news: Jimenez, Coutinho to Arsenal; Higuain to Wolves

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The latest transfer news has linked both Raul Jimenez and Phillipe Coutinho with moves to Arsenal, while Gonzalo Higuain has been linked with Wolves and Newcastle.

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First up, Arsenal are once again front and center as Raul Jimenez has been linked with a move to the Gunners, as both Man United and Real Madrid are said to be chasing the Mexico star, along with a bunch of other teams. Because, well, he’s Raul Jimenez.

Per a report from Tuttosport in Italy, Jimenez is said to be valued at $70 million, which seems a little low even though he’s 29 years old. Juventus and Barcelona are also said to be interested in the Mexican striker but how could Arsenal afford him?

If they offload Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (who has one year left on his current contract) this summer then it’s possible. Add in that Alexandre Lacazette could also be leaving Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will have two big earners off the wage bill and will need some attacking reinfrocements.

Jimenez has said he’s happy at Wolves for now and even though he is a hero at Molineux with 39 goals in 88 games in all competitions over the last season, this summer would be the perfect time to cash in and try to replace him before transfer fees fall too drastically.

Talking about that, a report from the Daily Express claims that Wolves are interested in signing Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus.

Okay, Wolves fans probably aren’t going to be overjoyed with this given the fact that Higuain struggled badly during a loan spell at Chelsea. However, in the right system he can still deliver goals and the 32-year-old has scored 303 goals in 630 appearances throughout his career.

Higuain holding the ball up and getting on the end of crosses from Diogo Jota and Adama Traore makes sense. He’s similar to Jimenez, but less mobile, and even though Newcastle are said to be interested in Higuain, it appears Wolves would be the frontrunners for the Argentine striker and he would be a good back-up option to Jimenez if he does stay at Wolves. River Plate and a potential move to MLS are also options for Higuain.

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Rounding off the transfer news, Arsenal are said to be in talks with the agent of Philippe Coutinho, Kai Joorabchian.

Coutinho, 27, is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona but the Bavarian giants will not be spending big to sign him permanently. That is where Arsenal come in as a report from Le 10 Sport says that Mikel Arteta wants to add Coutinho on loan.

Per the report, Arteta is keen on Coutinho being central to his rebuild of the Gunners and if he’s available on loan, it may be his best option of regular minutes in the Premier League. A return to Liverpool seems very unlikely, while Chelsea are reportedly interested but they have a host of attacking options and Frank Lampard seems to prefer his younger stars.

If the finances align, Coutinho to Arsenal is a very good deal for everyone. He can rip it up in the Premier League and if it is a loan deal, what do Arsenal have to lose here?

Transfer Rumor Roundup: Chelsea monitoring Aubameyang, Coutinho to Everton

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A pair of high-profile transfers are being discussed in Premier League circles as another week of the coronavirus shutdown comes to a close.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract situation at Arsenal has been a hot-button topic of late, given the amount of uncertainty surrounding his future with the club. Aubameyang is scoring in bunches at Arsenal, one of the few bright spots for the Gunners this season, bagging 17 goals in 26 Premier League appearances so far this campaign before the shutdown. That has demand for his services high, and with his contract expiring in the summer of 2021, Arsenal has to make a decision fast on his future to avoid his value plummeting or even worse, him leaving on a free transfer.

While contract extension talks are rumored to begin in the summer, there’s not much wiggle room and Arsenal could find themselves looking to sell if things don’t go as planned. According to a report by ESPN FC senior writer James Olley, Chelsea has kept tabs on Aubameyang’s contract situation and could be among the litany of clubs that make a play if the Gunners can’t come to terms with the Gabon international.

The Blues have been extremely public about their search for a striker with talismanic frontman Tammy Abraham injured, despite the presence of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi. They courted a number of strikers this past winter, including Lyon lead man Moussa Dembele, then-AC Milan goalscorer Krzysztof Piatek, and Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic. They are reportedly in for Dembele this summer as well, but at 23 years old and with three seasons remaining on his contract, he could be a pricey addition compared to Aubameyang who is peaking late and in a much more flexible contract situation.

Olley’s report reinforces the understandable belief that Arsenal could use a sale of Aubameyang to finance a club overhaul given that the Gunners have not made the Champions League in some time, with club executives repeatedly drumming the narrative that missing Europe’s top competition is affecting their bottom line. Could Aubameyang be enticed by a move across London rather than across country borders? Chelsea will likely have to contend with a number of other suitors, reportedly including Barcelona and Inter Milan.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona and Everton have forged a good relationship over the past few years and that is set to pay off as the Toffees now appear to be leading the chase for the Brazilian playmaker. While Coutinho flopped hard at Barcelona since joining from Liverpool in 2018, he has recovered some of his value on loan at Bayern Munich this season. Still, it appears that Bayern do not wish to make the deal permanent and Barcelona wishes to move on, opening an opportunity. Enter Everton, who surprisingly has reportedly jockeyed into a lead role for the former Liverpool star.

The report states that Everton would take Coutinho on a loan with an obligation to buy. The two clubs have done deals in the recent past, with Andre Gomes, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne all heading to Merseyside in recent years. In addition, Coutinho would have a Brazilian international to work with up front in Richarlison, which could add intrigue to the deal for Coutinho.

Sport says that while Barcelona hopes to recover the $97 million they paid for Coutinho over two years ago, the club understands that in the current climate that may not be possible, and therefore could potentially lower their price to as low as $81 million. The report also mentions that Liverpool is uninterested in bringing Coutinho back to Anfield, paving the way for Coutinho’s ultimate heel-turn for Reds fans.

Transfer rumor roundup: Coutinho to Chelsea; English lessons for Werner?

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A roundup of the biggest transfer rumors involving Premier League clubs on Wednesday…

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Philippe Coutinho is hardly struggling to find work these days, but he’s unquestionably struggled to find a consistent home and club to play for since leaving Liverpool in 2018. On loan to Bayern Munich (from Barcelona) this season, the 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder is already in search of his next step. According to reports, Chelsea are seriously interested and even rumored to be close to signing Coutinho.

Timo Werner is widely expected to leave RB Leipzig this summer after racking up 27 goals and 12 assists in 36 games across all competitions (thus far) this season, and it would appear he expects he’ll be heading to England. That’s based on a report that he’s taking English lessons, adding further fuel to the long-burning fire that Jurgen Klopp will bring his compatriot to Anfield. Also rumored to be interested in the 24-year-old? Chelsea.

Speaking of the Blues, it sounds as if Frank Lampard could oversee a full-on squad rebuild this summer. Jorginho has recently been linked with a move to Juventus, where he would reunite with previous Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, though Chelsea will reportedly offer the 28-year-old a new contract in an attempt to keep him in west London.

Don’t be surprised if Real Madrid are uncharacteristically quiet in the transfer market this summer, due to the severe financial hit the club is experiencing amid the coronavirus shutdown. As such, Gareth Bale will reportedly remain in the Spanish capital next season despite constant rumors that he would be leaving after another round of discontent with manager Zinedine Zidane. Bale had most frequently been linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, among others.