Weekend transfer rumor roundup: Kante, Pjanic, Pogba, (another) Canadian to West Ham
The transfer rumor mill is churning out tales at an almost unprecedented pace, even for Premier League standards.
That’s not unexpected, as we’ve noted given the wild manager turnover in the past six months. From Chelsea to Man City, Liverpool to Man Utd, players will be changing locations.
And let’s not forget clubs who’ve kept their manager: Leicester City had been tabbed to hold onto Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante but looks set to lose both (at least according to the mill). Vardy is said to have his release clause triggered by Arsenal, while Kante could wind up at Chelsea. However, Bein Sports reports that the Frenchman has decided to wait until after the Euro.
West Ham United could reunite manager Slaven Bilic with 33-year-old Canadian midfielder Atiba Hutchinson. The 75-times capped Canadian has been in Europe since 2003, and played under Bilic at the player’s current club: Besiktas.
From Sky Sports, quoting his agent:
Former Toronto FC man and fellow Canadian mid Doneil Henry is also a Hammer.
Marc Bartra is leaving Barcelona for Borussia Dortmund, but there could be a big name arrival at Camp Nou. Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic could see his buyout clause met by Luis Enrique’s La Liga champions, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Hold on, though, because the Manchester Evening News says Manchester United is keen on the 26-year-old wizard. Pjanic has 68 caps and 11 goals for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has led Serie A in assists in each of the past two seasons.
Pep Guardiola has reportedly removed one player from his wish list and added another. Paul Pogba is reportedly no longer on the mind of the new Manchester City boss, though Arsenal outside back Hector Bellerin. The idea isn’t new, but it sounds just as silly as it did the first time it came up.
The Liverpool Echo quotes Gianluca Di Marzio as saying the Reds are looking into Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi. He was tipped for a Premier League move around the January window, and the 21-year-old Dutchman scored 11 goals in the Eredivisie this season.