Real Madrid target another Tottenham star
Other teams’ contracts mean next to nothing to Real Madrid. When the world’s richest team wants a player, money is often no object, and lately Real have had their eye on Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The European champions have sent scouts to watch Spurs’ 22-goal star Harry Kane three times this season, according to the Daily Mail, and they won’t be deterred by the new 5½-year contract that Kane signed just over a week ago.
Tottenham are intimately familiar with Real’s negotiating tactics, of course, having sold both Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy did not make it easy on Real when they went after the 100 million-euro man Bale, so Real’s scouts may be keeping an eye on the 21-year-old Kane for the future, and not this summer.
A long-term plan for the young 21-year-old Kane would make sense, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo now on the wrong side of 30. But Kane has also said he’d like to stay with Spurs for life.
Man United already choose De Gea’s replacement
David De Gea may have opened contract talks with Manchester United on Monday, according to his agent, but the Red Devils aren’t taking any chances in case talks fall apart.
Plans are already underway to bring Hugo Lloris over from Tottenham should Real Madrid convince De Gea to replace Iker Casillas, the Express reports.
Tottenham have asked for 25 million pounds for the French No. 1, but they also might like to hang on to a goalkeeper of his caliber should they qualify for the Champions League next season.
Arsenal swoop for young Frenchman
Arsene Wenger loves to keep his eyes on his home country, and the current Arsenal squad features five Frenchmen: Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Flamini and Francis Coquelin.
Coquelin, 23, has featured steadily in the past month as a substitute, and the Mirror says the longtime Gunners boss now has his eye on another French prospect: Valenciennes’ 16-year-old phenom Dayot Upamecano.
The centre-back reportedly all but signed to Manchester United last month, with Inter Milan also supposed to be interested, but now the starlet looks destined to head to the Emirates.
Liverpool target the Iberian peninsula
Arsenal aren’t the only Premier League club looking abroad for new talent, as Liverpool are targeting two players from the Western Hemisphere who play in Europe.
Argentina international Eduardo Salvio is on Brendan Rodgers’ radar, according to reports in Portugal, though the Reds would face a challenge in getting a work permit approved for the midfielder to move from Benfica.
Permission might be a little easier to obtain for Liverpool’s other target, Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is keen to move to a club where he might actually get in a match, according to the Express. Ochoa’s regular appearances for Mexico should eliminate any concerns that the Home Office might block a move to England.