Transfer Bits & Pieces: Alexis Sánchez Plus What Else Is Happening At The Top Six?

Posted: January 23, 2018 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfers
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Will the Arsenal fans soon be chanting his name?

Stubborn Old Man, having persuaded Henrikh Mkhitaryan to assist in baling out the slowly sinking good ship Emirates, is still looking to add to his squad. Anyone handy with a bucket will do!

Reports have it that Ivan Gazidis is currently in Dortmund looking to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabon international should be available for around £53million and would be a direct replacement for Alexis Sánchez as he is also quite good at disrupting the dressing room when the mood takes him.

He could turn out to be an excellent signing for The Gunners but would surely signal the end of Olivier Giroud’s time at Arsenal.

Already behind Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order the Frenchman would drop down even further with the arrival of a new man.

Meanwhile, up in Liverpool, a new goalkeeper is required.

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Is Edin Dzeko about to become understudy to Álavaro Morata?

Chelsea are being linked with Edin Dzeko. The former Manchester City player would be available for around £30million which, in truth, seems quite expensive for a player who will be 32 years-old in March.

Still, that appears to be the norm in today’s inflated transfer market and, with Álvaro Morata blowing more cold than hot at present, it could turn out to be a good deal.

Quite what Michy Batshuayi makes of it all would be quite interesting to know!

And Liverpool still need a new goalkeeper.

Having made Loris Karius his number one, in an obvious response to Simon Mignolet, yet again, questioning his manager’s decisions in the press, it is time for the Belgian to be sold and somebody world-class brought in.

As previously reported in this fast-paced, forward thinking publication, Jan Oblak, Alisson or Jack Butland will shortly be making their debut between the sticks for Jürgen Klopp’s merry men.

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Is Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred about to become Manchester City’s Fred?

Manchester City don’t really need to sign anybody but they will do. Why? Because they can, so there! Of particular interest at the moment is Fred. A not-very-Brazilian-sounding Brazilian, he is seen as the long term replacement for Fernandinho, who has just signed a fresh contract.

His new deal runs until 2020 so can that be turned into a selling point for Fred? Of course it can. For the next two years City can still expect to get a half decent fee for Fernandinho and this will have also been part of their thinking when extending his current deal.

So all Fred has to do is perform better than his Brazilian soon-to-be team mate and the transition will take place almost unnoticed.

Liverpool haven’t signed a goalkeeper yet.

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Alexis Sánchez – Finally a Manchester United player!

At last! It’s happened! Alexis Sánchez has finally signed for United. All we need now is the usual stuff, you know, the picture with the shirt, the corny comments about always having wanted to play for United and how this is a dream come true.

Maybe even a video of him at an empty Old Trafford mixed in with footage of him playing a piano! No, on second thoughts, that would be too much!

We would also quite like to know why United just sat back and allowed him to go to Arsenal in the first place. The Gunners bought him, unopposed, four years ago for £35million from Barcelona.

Louis van Gaal had just taken over from David Moyes at the time so this would have been quite a marquis signing but, as with a few others, they missed the boat and Ed Woodward went on to sign Angel Di Maria, (wow, that was the right choice wasn’t it?)

Have we mentioned that Liverpool need a new goalkeeper?

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Harry Kane – A target for Real Madrid?

Harry Kane has stated, categorically, that he is quite happy to stay at Tottenham Hotspur, “as long as we win trophies”. So Spurs fans can expect to see their record goalscorer looking for a one-way ticket to Barajas airport pretty soon.

The problem is that Daniel Levy places more importance on building a new stadium to attract and house more supporters than he does on providing his manager with the funds required to pay his players the going rate and buy new ones, which would actually attract more supporters!

Maybe it’s a case of “once bitten, twice shy” after Andrés Vilas-Boas basically wasted the money received for Gareth Bale and Levy certainly wouldn’t want a repeat of that embarrassment!

So Mauricio Pochettino will just have to make do and join Carlos Carvalhal at the sardine shop until Levy sees a return on his investment in a new home, which could take a while.

And finally. Liverpool, apparently, are in the market for a new goalkeeper. Now who would have believed that?

 

 

 

 

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