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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Pochettino, Eriksen, Griezmann, Vilhena and more

Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that the Tottenham transfer policy will not change which allows us to evaluate stories a little easier. That would make the news that some incorrectly interpreting Spanish media reports to say Spurs have won the chase for Algerian striker Islam Slimani, to be nonsense. None of the reports have said that or implied that, merely that we are one of the clubs interested and we would be at the figures quoted.

Christian Eriksen has named Harry Kane as one of the best strikers in Europe and Rafa Benitez is having further talks with Newcastle United after our game against them this weekend. Harry, of course, won the Premier League Golden Boot, not bad for a one-season wonder.

As reported here a while ago Ousmane Dembele is joining Borussia Dortmund on a 5-year deal. Makes all those Liverpool fans giving it some look stupid. If you read all the reports and looked at the situation logically there was never any other outcome.

A “happy” Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he is “close” to extending his contract with Atletico Madrid. That should put to bed the silly Manchester United stories. Why would someone leave a team in the Champions League Final and in the Champions League next season for a side in the Europa League and who has only managed to qualify for the Champions League once in the last three years?

Tonny Vilhena is a player we have been linked to and Inter Milan have pulled out of talks with Feyernoord over the player. The 21-year-old (22 next January) is a Dutch central midfield who is out of contract at the end of June. Naurally there are plenty of clubs interested and as with every player available right now, Leicester City have been mentioned. as have WBA, Southampton, and Arsenal. AC Milan are in discussions but with ownership changes nothing will be settled quickly.

Inter Milan have offered Vilhena a 5-year contract worth £625,341 (800,000 EUR- US$905,040) wages plus bonuses but the players agent is asking for more. That is about £12,025-a-week (15,384 EUR - US$17,404).They gave him 7 days to agree to the terms and he hasn't done so although Italy is said to interest him.

Inter Milan and Liverpool want to sign 23-year-old (24 in October) River Plate striker Lucas Alario. Inter officials  recently met his representatives to discuss a possible move. Italian clubs, unlike Premier League clubs, can sign players with third party ownership. These are plenty of match fixing allegations in Italy, but not in England, does third-party ownership have a hand in that, who knows.


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