transfer news, rumors, Coutinho to Aston Villa, Declan Rice to Manchester United, Adama Traore to Wolves
A Barcelona star is ready for a Premier League reunion, but it is at a club firmly entrenched in the midfield squad.
Manchester United know their midfield engine room is in desperate need of an upgrade and they have set their sights on one of the best in English football to improve the squad.
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Antonio Conte also has his eyes on a Wolves forward who has yet to score a goal or assist this season.
Here are the latest transfer gossip in the football world in the latest edition of the RUMOR MILL.
COUTINHO SET FOR SHOCK PL REUNION
Philippe Coutinho’s money transfer to Barcelona from Liverpool didn’t quite work out as the Brazilian would have hoped.
A lack of form coupled with a string of major injuries, including a knee injury that kept him sidelined for the second half of the 20/21 season, have Barcelona looking to recoup some of the 268million. Australian dollars he spent on the 29-year-old. .
As opportunities under Xavi appear limited, Coutinho has been forced to consider options elsewhere to maximize his playing time during a World Cup year.
It looks like he has found the perfect match in the form of Aston Villa.
Air sports is one of several media reporting that Coutinho is approaching a loan change which would see him reunite with Steven Gerrard, the couple enjoying a brief time at Liverpool together when Gerrard was in the twilight of his time with the Reds.
It looks like a deal for Coutinho would be an 18-month loan with Barcelona also wishing to insert a purchase obligation clause, but Villa is hesitant.
Gerrard prefers a 4-3-2-1 formation and Coutinho could fit into one of two attacking midfield points where he caused a lot of damage to Liverpool, cutting from the left and landing a curved shot from the wand which is his right foot.
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RICE, BABY RICE
Manchester United have had their fair share of English defensive midfielders who exude quality and class, but have sorely lacked a player in that mold for some time.
But it looks like the Red Devils have lined up their number one goal for the summer to close that gap in the form of West Ham skipper Declan Rice, reports talk about sport.
However, the Hammers are not keen on letting their star man go for less than A $ 188million, such is his importance to the team and the fan base.
The former Chelsea youth product has grown steadily stronger under Moyes and has made numerous appearances for England over the past three years, including a central role in the Three Lions’ run to the final of the Euro.
TALE EYES UP WOLVES BEAST
Spurs coach Antonio Conte has had a good start to life at the club, but as is always the case in football, there is always room for improvement.
It looks like the Italian has spotted a major area of concern, which is Tottenham’s lack of quality up front at right-back.
Emerson Royal arrived from Barcelona this summer but didn’t offer much in attack.
At Chelsea, Conte revolutionized Victor Moses – a winger by trade – into a full back and was very successful.
According to athleticism, the Spurs boss wants to accomplish the same transformation for Wolves winger Adama Traore.
The speedster has provided an outlet for Wolves’ counterattacks in previous seasons but failed to register a goal or assist this season as the Midlands club have scored the second fewest goals in the league.
The report also claims that Matt Doherty, who Spurs signed with Wolves, could be used as a carrot in the deal.