Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has rejected claims of a move to England and insists he’s happy at the Bernabeu despite not getting much playing time. Real signed Illarramendi for £34m from Athletic Bilbao in 2013.
Hiking the price up? Perhaps. Illarramendi is a talented central midfielder but is stuck behind the likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric at Madrid. He might have to leave for the sake of his career.
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Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Jay Rodriguez as the England forward nears full fitness, and the Reds could make him their fourth signing from Southampton in the past year.
The others haven’t been great. True, but Rodriguez has shown tremendous promise. A move in January would be a surprise though.
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Fall From Grace
Remember the Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato of AC Milan? Well his stock has now fallen so far that he’s been offered to QPR by current club Corinthians.
Oh dear, will he go? Probably not, but it is a sign of just how bad things have got for him. He used to be good!
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Neto In Nets?
Arsenal are monitoring the Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto as doubts persist over Wojciech Szczesny’s long-term future at the club and David Ospina’s claims to be long-term No. 1.
Smoking in the showers again? No, but Szczesny’s stock has fallen since that incident. Neto was linked to Liverpool earlier this month and looks to be a good prospect.
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No Talking About Kevin
Despite being a dead ringer for Prince Harry, Kevin De Bruyne has no intention of returning to England, with the former Chelsea winger rejected moves to Arsenal and Manchester United to stay at Wolfsburg.
Good player. He is, and it would be great to see him back in the Premier League, but he hardly set it alight in a Chelsea shirt and so his reservations are understandable.
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