Stanley Accrington scours the sports pages for football tittle-tattle so you don’t have to …
After seeing former favourites Luka Modric and Gareth Bale being poached by Real Madrid in recent seasons, Tottenham fans will not be happy to hear that manager Mauricio Pochettino and midfield sensation Dele Alli are once again on LaLiga’s radars – only this time it’s Barcelona.
The Mirror report Barca have joined Real in a bid to sign the 20-year-old midfielder, who would cost upwards of £70m – not a bad return on the £5m they shelled out to sign him from MK Dons. Meanwhile, the Star believe with Luis Enrique likely to quit the Nou Camp at the end of this season former Espanyol manager Pochettino is their top target to replace him – this is despite Pochettino signing a new five year deal last season.
At Manchester United, the Victor Lindelof will-he-or-won’t-he transfer saga may be back on, reports the Mirror. They report the 22-year-old’s hometown club Vasteras have agreed to re-negotiate the Swede’s sell-on clause down from the original 20%, which could see Benfica sell for £38m this month.
Staying at United, Gazzetta Dello Sport report former Old Trafford favourite and current Juventus left-back Patrice Evra was left out Juventus’ squad for their match against Bologna, sparking rumours the 35-year-old could be about to rejoin United or Valencia. If that were to happen, Goal.com says Matteo Darmian could be heading the other way, while Calcio Mercato says the Italian giants could move for Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic or City’s Gael Clichy, who will both free agents in the summer.
It looks clear that Jack Wilshere will not be at Bournemouth after the end of this season – but he may not be at Arsenal either. That’s if the People are to be believed. With only 18 months left on his current deal, the former England man could become the centre of a tug-of-war between Everton and Manchester City, who could both make a move for the midfielder in the summer.
Meanwhile, on Hot Football Manager Gossip, two managers are beginning to feel the heat. The Sun report that West Ham have told Slaven Bilic he has two games to save his job following the Hammer’s humiliation in the FA Cup against City. The Express report it is actually Watford boss Walter Mazzarri is facing the axe unless he can turn things around, with some players reportedly unhappy with his training tactics.
Meanwhile, Antonio Conte wants to manage for another 10 years (Telegraph), Man City will go in for Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte again, despite his £55m buyout clause (Mirror) and Sam Allardyce has joined the race for Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe (Sun)