Thursday 14 December 2017

Transfer gossip – Man United continue £140m Neymar pursuit while Ivanovic poised for Chelsea exit

Neymar is regarded as one of the best players on the planet
Neymar is regarded as one of the best players on the planet
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Here is your round-up of transfer speculation as Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to make his first signing while former Man United striker Javier Hernandez is a wanted man.

Man United 'ready to agree' £140 Neymar deal

Okay, we have been here before.

Manchester United’s hugely ambitious efforts to sign Barcelona superstar Neymar were the subject of much ridicule when they surfaced in the final days of last summer’s transfer window and now French paper Le 10 Sport are reporting that the Old Trafford club will pay his £140m release clause to sign him next summer.

It is hard to believe Barcelona will get to the point where they allow one of the jewels in their crown to leave the Nou Camp, even if the crazy money United are reportedly willing to pay to sign the 23-year-old gives some credence to a possible deal.

We at find it hard to believe this transfer will become a reality and the concern for United fans must be that their club is still attempting to complete impossible transfers when more realistic targets could be snapped up this month.

Ivanovic off to Italy?

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic has had a miserable season and now there are suggestions that his time may soon be up at Stamford Bridge.

Ivanovic was booed by sections of the Chelsea crowd as he was viewed as one of the players who under-performed ahead of Jose Mourinho’s sacking as Blues boss, with AC Milan and Inter Milan linked with a bid to sign the veteran defender in the Daily Mirror.

Ivanovic’s contract at Chelsea is due to expire this summer and it is hard to imagine he will be offered a new deal on current form, so this move could happen if the Blues can find a suitable replacement.

Meanwhile, Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Alex Teixeira could become a high profile signing for Chelsea in the coming weeks, with fresh reports claiming the long-time target of the Stamford Bridge club may be ready to complete a move this month.

Klopp set to complete first Liverpool signing

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic is has flown into England as he prepares to complete a £5.1m move to Liverpool.

Grujic looks set to be Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager, but he will not play any part in the club’s plans this season as he will return to Red Star for the rest of this campaign as part of the deal.

At the age of 18, Gurjic is one for the future at Liverpool and the club’s fans will be hoping that more immediate fixes for the team’s problems will be unveiled by Klopp this month.

Yet former Liverpool and Ireland striker John Aldridge has claimed Klopp may struggle to make the signings he wants this month.

“If there is a player that Klopp really fancies and he wants to try and put his own stamp on the club, then I would expect him to spend a few quid in the next month,” Aldridge wrote in his Sunday World column.

“However, making big-money signings mid-way through the season is always something of a risky game as you often end up with players the selling clubs don’t really want.

“Liverpool fans will point out that we signed Luis Suarez in a January transfer window, but gems like that are not easy to come by.”

Javier Hernandez 'not for sale'

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will not be going anywhere in this transfer window and his club his club have insisted they will not sell the Mexican at any price.

Arsenal have been heavily linked with a move for Bayer Leverkusen Hernandez in recent days, but he looks certain to remain at Leverkusen in this transfer window as FIFA rules state that his appearances for Manchester United at the start of this season will rule out the prospect of playing for a third club this season.

That will not stop the speculation that Hernandez could make a move back to the Premier League next summer, with the striker who goes by the nick-name of Chicharito bagging his 19th goal of a productive first season at Leverkusen on Saturday.

Yet Leverkusen’s Sporting Director Rudi Voller has stressed that his club will not sell their star striker.

“We are a football club and it is important that we are successful,” stated Voller.

“Chicharito has played a big part in our success so far, through his style of play, through his goals. That’s why we brought him here. In the first half of the season, everything has worked out fine.

“It’s easy to reject offers when you are in a position in which you don’t need to sell. We are in such a position. We will keep the players we want to help us achieve our goals.”

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