Soccervoice – Sunday Paper Talk – Week 44, Rumours and Gossip, Erik ten Hag, Louis Suarez and Florian Wirtz …

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Erik ten Hag is still under pressure at Man Utd. The 1-0 win vs. Fulham yesterday with a late stoppage time goal from Bruno Fernandez will ease the situation, but still everything is not at a perfect place still. The Rasmus Høylund £72million transfer from Atalanta is questioned, as an option of a 2nd striker should be looked at in January.

Erik ten Hag’s strict methods are also being questioned at Manchester United, with his handling of Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire under scrutiny. Ten Hag is thought to be “on thin ice” at United after their worst start to a season in 61 years.

Zinedine Zidane has ruled himself out of the running for the Manchester United job before pressure on Erik ten Hag started. A return to management for Zidane will be at a club where winning trophies are possible and patience to get there is also part of the plan. He also says he wants to be fluent in the language he is supposed to use, and understanding English is not enough as his talking is not at a level he would prefer to be in charge of such a massive project.

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has said that the club are “very confident” that, despite interest from Manchester City, Eberechi Eze will sign a new contract. Everton are renegotiating the terms of their deal with Tottenham that would oblige the Toffees to pay £10m if Dele Alli appears for the club seven more times.

After a bust-up with the Montpellier manager, ex-Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has quit the club. Luis Suarez is on his way to Inter Miami, being in great goalscoring form for his club Gremio in Brazil, so far 17 goals in 37 outings for his new club, joining from Nacional in December 2022.

Bayer Leverkusen young exciting midfielder Florian Wirtz is said to be a target for Liverpool. The 20 year old German international is one of the most exciting prospect in Bundesliga and with Jurgen Klopp as The Reds manager we would not rule out this move to happen. Man City are also in the loop as the attacking midfielder who also can operate on the flank would be regarded as a player to potentially replace Mo Salah.

Real Madrid issue official statement in regards to the rumours spread about a possible Kylian MBappe joining them in January. No talk in place to see that signing happen, but still no one would rule out a move for the French star to happen in the future. MBappe is in January free to speak to any club outside France and with his contract ending in June next year, all eyes are on him signing for Real Madrid and taking over Luka Modric’s number 10 shirt, as the Croatian also is at the end of his contract. At 38 years of age, he is not believed to get a new offer at his current club.

Manchester United will be in search for new players in January with Gabriel Barbosa being top of the list. The 26 year old Flamengo forward has been in good form this term netting 20 goals in 55 games over all competitions so far.

Real Madrid is said to be eager to sign Reece James from Chelsea. James (23) is the ideal man to bring in to replace Dani Carvajal.

Everton are wanted by a mystery Indian group who are waiting on American 777 Partners bid failing. The club is also trying to negotiate a deal with Tottenham regarding Dele Alli with a potential £10million move to happen after 7 more games.

Patson Daka and Kelechi Iheanacho are two players that could see their Leicester careers ending in January. Daka is currently not in much contention, only beeing fielded twice this season, both players will be leaving for AFCON in January, representing Zambia (PD) and Nigeria (KI). Leicester is said to be interesting in a deal for Man Utd forward Amad Diallo, also showing interest in the summer.







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