Football transfer rumours: Cristiano Ronaldo or Adama Traoré to Spurs?
Cristiano Ronaldo is unsettled. We know this because he asked to sit on the Juventus bench against Udinese on Sunday night, and thus must want a transfer.
Not so, say Juventus manager Max Allegri and Pavel Nedved, these days a Bianconeri suit, though one who retains his Patrick Swayze mane. Both say the great man just didn’t feel fit enough to start a game (in which he came on to score a header that would have been the winner had it not been ruled out by VAR).
That’s that? No, this is the Rumour Mill, silly, and therefore we must consider all possible destinations, ranging from Sporting Lisbon, his alma mater, to Tottenham. Yes, Tottenham, where Daniel Levy might well have been looking at those pictures of Diego Maradona in a Spurs’ Holsten-era kit and thinking this might actually work. After all, Gareth Bale spent last season at Spurs in an arrangement though that ended up lacking the romance it had been hoped for.
As it is, there are other pressing concerns for Levy, namely the Harry Kane affair. That nears its final week with the suggestion being that Manchester City are preparing a bid – whatever preparing a bid means – for the Spurs and England skipper, who came on at Wolves on Sunday for a few minutes and got booked for, rather ironically, time-wasting. More of that tale throughout this week as we career towards that dread moment when the transfer window SLAMS SHUT.
The Nuno connection at Tottenham has introduced the idea that their new manager, two wins to the good, fancies linking up with a former Wolves charge, Adama Traoré, to add speed, skill and more speed to the Spurs wing. Other Spurs links include Kvicha Kvaratskhelia of Rubin Kazan and a swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and the Bayern Munich midfielder, Corentin Tolisso. It would be a shock to see Ndombele play any part for Tottenham this season, and he may be involved in a deal including Lyon’s Houssem Aouar which may return him to his former club.
Beyond the business at Tottenham, what else is there? Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes, wanted by everyone, will cost €35m to whoever will pay it. He’s a longstanding target for Manchester United, who want a midfielder but who are also looking at Rúben Neves of Wolves, though don’t want to pay the £40m he would cost. Camavinga also interests Paris Saint-Germain, and that means United may not be able to compete on the teenager’s wages.
Camavinga is seen as a ‘new Paul Pogba’ while the old Paul Pogba is being linked with Real Madrid, as he has been for some years. The old Paul Pogba has previously been reported to be heading to PSG at the end of his United contract, which has one year left to run.
Chelsea have started the season in rare form, but their business may not be done. As ever at Stamford Bridge, there are decks of unwanted players to clear. Tiémoué Bakayoko is set for another Milan loan, while Davide Zappacosta will join Atalanta on an initial loan with view to a permanent move. Ike Ugbo is set for Belgian club Genk while Malang Sarr may join Bologna on loan. The removal of that quartet will apparently make room to buy defender Jules Koundé from Sevilla.