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Have Monaco shut the door on Tottenham’s move for Kamil Glik?



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According to reports surfacing from France over the course of Tuesday afternoon, Tottenham have allegedly joined the race to sign experienced Monaco defender Kamil Glik over the summer window.

L’Equipe have claimed that the north London side are one of many Premier League teams to have shown interest in the 29-year-old Polish international, with boss Mauricio Pochettino keen on him.

But it is thought that Monaco wouldn’t allow Glik – who is under contract at the French outfit for another three years – to leave easily, with Tottenham needing to meet their high financial demands.

What does the 29-year-old have to offer at White Hart Lane?

Big, strong and sturdy at the heart of defence, Kamil Glik has all of the attributes necessary to become a huge success in the physical nature of the Premier League and boost Tottenham’s squad.

After being at Serie A side Torino for five years, before his switch to Monaco last summer, where he was made captain towards the end of his spell, there is a born sense of leadership and control on the pitch.

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Part of this comes from his commanding stature, standing tall above most athletic forwards, at around six-feet and four-inches, and his aerial domination alone would lend him perfectly to English football.

Strong and determined in the tackle, the 29-year-old isn’t afraid to break up play – albeit slightly cynically at times – if required, and if he can rein in the rash challenges he become a real all-rounder.

Despite this tendency it’s been his impressive and mature performances in the recent Champions League campaign that have caught the eye, leading Monaco on their surprise run to the semi-final stage by battling past Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City and inspiring them right from the back.

What will appeal to Pochettino most – on top of his gritty physicality – is the intrinsic ability to consistently score goals that Glik has for a centre-back, netting six times last season for Monaco.

This Ligue 1 tally, added with a Champions League group stage goal, trumps both Jan Vertonghen’s and Toby Alderweireld’s return from last season and suddenly adds another threat in an offensive way.

Monaco are unlikely to let a player of his quality leave easily though, and there’s no guarantee that Glik would get guaranteed first-team action at Tottenham either, but he would undoubtedly be a top asset.

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Tottenham have been slow off the mark so far this summer with no new arrivals, but the addition of Glik could be a signing that really benefits their squad heading into the new campaign. Pochettino may be keeping a close eye on him – and there’s no denying that he would fit in extremely well – but Monaco’s financial demands, allied with wanting to keep him, could see this move falter.

Will is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, specialising in the art of sports. Long-time suffering Northampton Town fan who once saw us win a league title. Find him on Twitter - @96PearsonW.


Should Monaco’s Thomas Lemar opt for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal?




With just hours left of the summer transfer window, Monaco’s Thomas Lemar has a decision to make. The Daily Mail claim that Arsenal have made a £90 million offer, whilst the London Evening Standard say that Liverpool are still prepared to pay over £70 million for the 21-year-old.

Goal claimed this morning that Lemar has made it clear to Monaco that he wishes to move to Anfield, but now with the choice of Merseyside or the Emirates, he will have to choose between Liverpool and Arsenal.

In the short term, the most obvious factors would suggest that Liverpool would be the better move. A squad full of young players signing improvements seems a much happier place to be than Arsenal, who are seeing an exodus of their key talent after the departure of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Alexis Sanchez potentially following in his footsteps.

The Reds also boast Champions League football this season, something that the Gunners cannot. It is hard to see why Lemar would abandon a Champions League campaign with Monaco to join Arsenal, who are far from certain to qualify next season either, even if they do sign Lemar.

The lure of playing under Jurgen Klopp may be more appealing than Arsene Wenger too. Whilst Wenger is a popular figure in France, he lacks the energy and the track record of having developed players in recent years that Klopp has. It was a key part of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s move, and Lemar may be thinking along the same lines.

With Liverpool yet to match Arsenal’s bid, it seems that he may not even have the choice. Monaco are clearly prepared to hold out for a high price, and if the Gunners meet that then it will put huge pressure on Liverpool to match the £90 million bid. If they refuse to do so, Lemar may well opt to stay at Monaco and pursue a move in January or next summer if he doesn’t want to drop out of the Champions League.

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Is Monaco’s Thomas Lemar good enough to replace Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal?




Arsenal have revived their interest in Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar as they eye up potential replacements for Alexis Sanchez. The Daily Mail say that the Gunners have launched a £90 million bid for the Frenchman.

The role of replacing the Chilean would be a huge weight upon the 21-year-old’s shoulders, particularly after just one season at the very highest level. However, he has already shown in his short career that he will not shy away from a challenge. His fine form for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed that much.

Lemar is very much a player of a similar mould to the current Arsenal number seven. Both players have immense technical ability and love to dribble with the ball. Lemar’s pace and drive down the flanks is one of his biggest assets and few full-backs know how to handle his trickery.

He is also a good deliverer of the ball. His crossing is almost unrivaled in Ligue Un, and with centre forwards like Alexandre Lacazette, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck feeding off his chances in the middle, he could become a prolific assister for the Gunners.

Like Sanchez, Lemar is also capable of playing in a number of different roles. Usually, again like the Arsenal man, he plays on the left wing or left hand side of a front three. However, he can also play on the right or behind a central striker. At times he has even featured as a centre forward.

With youth on his side, some could easily argue that by signing Lemar to replace Sanchez, the Gunners would only be replacing the former Barcelona man with a younger version of himself. Lemar has many of the same attributes and will look to one day reach the level of consistency and quality that Sanchez has produced, and if he can then he will more than justify a £90 million fee.

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Three possible destinations for Liverpool’s Divock Origi before the transfer deadline

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It is looking increasingly likely that Divock Origi will be on the move before the transfer deadline. Liverpool are making significant moves to strengthen their current squad and that could provide an opportunity to the Belgian, as it is clear he needs regular first-team football. That is unlikely to come at Anfield, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a long-term future with the club. If he does well elsewhere, he will return as an improved player and force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans. Here are three possible destinations for the 22-year-old:


The Telegraph report that the Belgian could be included as part of the deal to sign Monaco attacker Thomas Lemar. The Ligue 1 champions are interested in the Liverpool striker and the Reds could use that to help them land their priority attacking target. If this was where Origi landed, it could potentially be a permanent deal.

This would be an exciting move for the striker and offer him the opportunity to play regularly in a Champions League team. Monaco have remodelled themselves as the club for young players to develop and earn moves to the top of the European game. This summer has underlined that. If Origi moved to the Stade Louis II, he would get regular starts and play in a team that would allow him to express himself.

Inter Milan

The report linked above mentions that Inter Milan are interested in the forward and this would provide an interesting option for Origi. It does look like the club are set for a good season under Luciano Spalletti. The sale of Stevan Jovetic means they need to sign another striker to provide competition for Mauro Icardi.

Serie A is a league that Origi has never played in and it would be a positive learning experience if he was to join Inter Milan. They play an exciting brand of attacking football and create lots of chances, which would give him the opportunity to score goals. However, he would be playing second fiddle to Icardi and he might struggle for regular game-time.

Newcastle United

There is plenty of Premier League interest in Origi, but the most appealing option could be Newcastle United. He would get the opportunity to play under Rafa Benitez and would be the main man in the team, starting nearly every game. The stadium and support could also play a part in convincing the Belgian to move north.

It is well known that Benitez wants to make signings before the deadline and the Mail report they are ready to sell Dwight Gayle to raise much-needed funds. This would only happen if they manage to source a replacement and the Chronicle report the club have an interest in Origi. If the Magpies did pull the deal off, it would be a huge coup for them on their return to the top-flight.

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