Eriksen to Madrid on a free? | Wolves to tie up deal for Vallejo? | Paderborn in for Palaces Riedewald?
Having made excitable noises all summer about how lovely life would be in Spain at a big club like, say, Real Madrid, Christian Eriksen could be forgiven for feeling a bit down in the dumps as he continues to ply his trade under the slate grey skies of north London. But, if he can hang on just one more season, it looks like the sparky Tottenham playmakers Spanish dream could come true. You see, it says here that Madrid would rather save themselves bucketloads of cash by allowing Eriksens contract to run down and nab him on a free transfer on 1 July 2020.
It would still make little sense, mind, given they already have Eden Hazard around to provide some creative juice in the No 10 role but were talking about Madrid here, who once bought a very different type of Dane, Thomas Gravesen, to add unnecessary mayhem to their midfield. Getting Eriksen on a free would be the financially sound thing to do, though, the kind of prudent approach you wouldnt normally expect from Los bombastic Blancos.
Which is why, they could still end up keeping up appearances by making a huge offer for Paul Pogba in January. Especially if the Manchester United midfielder refuses to sign a new contract. And none other than Sergio Ramos has been plumping up the cushions and beseeching Pogba to come and join him at the Bernabu, where he can live a life of luxury. I think Real Madrid always has the door open for good players such as him, he cooed. For me, Pogba is one of the great players.
Meanwhile, Spurs are keen on beefing up their striking options for that inevitable stage in the season when Harry Kane tweaks his ankle and spends six weeks on the treatment table. The back-up option they like the look of is Vedat Muriqi, who scored for Kosovo in their 2-1 win over Czech Republic at the weekend. Hes scored two in three games for Fenerbahce this season and will be in action against England at St Marys, where excitable Spurs scouts will make up a healthy chunk of the attendance.
Wolves are hopeful that they will be able to tie up a deal for on-loan defender Jess Vallejo in the summer after learning that Real Madrid have deemed him surplus to requirements at the Bernabu and would take what they can get for him. And Paderborn really want to borrow Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald. Having got the knock back in the summer, the Bundesliga club will be furiously banging on the Selhurst Park gates in January in the hope of getting him on loan till the end of the season.
Oh, and Claude Puel has been linked with a return to management at Sporting. Were not sure Lisbon could handle the excitement.