The England international has struggled for game time since moving to Stamford Bridge last year from Leicester City and is poised for an exit before Thursday’s transfer deadline – although it would require a domino effect in the market.
According to The Mirror, Chelsea are only prepared to sanction a departure for the 28-year-old if they land a replacement this week – which leaves Manuel Pellegrini sweating as he must wait for two deals in Europe to be pushed through.
The key to everything appears to be World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric, who is considering his future at Real Madrid after being presented with an intriguing offer from Italian giants Inter Milan – and AS now state he is ready to push for an exit.
If that deal were to go through, then Inter would then be ready to approve Matias Vecino’s move to the Premier League where Maurizio Sarri wants the 26-year-old Uruguay international to forge a partnership with his main summer recruit Jorginho.
The Evening Standard stated last week that Chelsea had opened negotiations for Vecino but a deal could hinge on whether Inter manage to bring Modric to Serie A – and West Ham are right at the bottom of the pile in terms of who’s deal is the priority.
Things get much more interesting when you consider the fact that Chelsea and West Ham only have until 5pm on Thursday to complete their respective signings, whereas Inter have until the end of August to thrash out a deal with Real Madrid.
“I’m delighted to be a Chelsea player and can’t wait to get started. It has been a long journey to get here but I am very happy and am looking forward to helping the club win more trophies.”
Perhaps that is why another report from The Mirror indicates West Ham are in negotiations to sign former Aston Villa man Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina, likely considering the 32-year-old as an alternative to Drinkwater in the market.
It then begs the question as to whether West Ham would push for a Drinkwater move late in the window if the services of 80-cap Colombia international Sanchez are already secured as that deal, along with the imminent capture of Lucas Perez from Arsenal, would take the Hammers total number of summer recruits into double figures.
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou clearly has no future at Tottenham Hotspur if Mainz deal goes ahead
Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly ready to let Nkoudou go on loan.
It appears Tottenham Hotspur are ready to let Georges-Kevin Nkoudou leave the club on loan before the end of the month. According to Sky Sports, Spurs are ready to let the winger join Bundesliga side Mainz until the end of the season.
However, Nkoudou has recently shown what he is capable of. The 23-year-old had a brilliant pre-season as Tottenham won the International Champions Cup. He was named man-of-the-match in the penalty loss to Barcelona, in which he scored. He also found the net against AC Milan in a 1-0 win. His form this summer was electric and led many to believe might have a chance at Tottenham this season.
So the fact he is being loaned out probably suggests one thing. Nkoudou has no long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur.
Even after an impressive pre-season and with Tottenham thin on the ground the young Frenchman has been told to pack his bags and head elsewhere.
This may only be a temporary deal, but it appears the precursor to a more permanent Tottenham exit.
Five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium
There’s a lot to look forward to if you’re Spurs fan.
So put aside all your disappointment, for the time being, if you’re a Spurs fan, and take a look at the positives: the fact your club is about to be playing its football at one of the world’s most impressive sport set-ups.
Here at The Boot Room, we have found five interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Tottenham’s new stadium.
1. It will be the largest football club stadium in London
The new Spurs stadium will be the largest football club stadium in the English capital, with a total capacity of 62,062, surpassing fierce rivals Arsenal‘s Emirates Stadium which holds 59,867.
It had been initially planned for the stadium to only hold 60,000, but an updated layout and seating scheme have meant that the capacity has increased.
Just imagine those European nights in North London this season; will some great new memories be made?
2. 10-year NFL agreement
Perhaps the most surprising of the facts is that Spurs’ new stadium will also be the home of NFL in London, with the North London side agreeing to a 10-year deal to host NFL games, with the first taking place on October 14th.
The stadium has facilities already in place for when the American Football sides visit the UK including; four dressing rooms dedicated to the NFL and a media suite.
3. Retractable pitch
The stadium will be the first in the UK to have two different pitches inside one bowl; a real turf football pitch and an artificial surface underneath.
Is this something we’ll see more football clubs incorporating into their stadiums in the future? Or merely a bonus for the Spurs team to benefit from.
4. Skywalk stadium tour
The new stadium will feature a “skywalk”, an attraction for tourists and visitors to the stadium to use and participate in as an alternative to the stadium tour.
The skywalk will allow visitors to climb the exterior of the stadium giving them an unparalleled and unique view of the pitch.
A world first for any football stadium; the new setup will have a microbrewery inside for fans and visitors to enjoy during their visit.
Visitors to the stadium will be able to enjoy a selection of local craft beers created and brewed in partnership with Tottenham and the fans.
Away days to Spurs will be a lot more fun in coming seasons.
Two years after Jurgen Klopp phonecall Liverpool are not missing out on Ben Brereton
Liverpool wanted the young striker, but he is now struggling for football at Nottingham Forest.
When Ben Brereton burst onto the scene at Nottingham Forest it was widely welcomed by Reds fans. The talented teenager had an excellent 2016-17 with Forest and, despite his struggles in front of goal last term, still had another productive season.
It led to plenty of reports of Premier League interest, including from Liverpool.
As reported by The Sun, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reportedly looking into the signing of Brereton back in the winter of 2017.
The report claimed that after impressing Klopp in an FA Youth Cup game against Liverpool in 2016 the German called Forest academy chief Gary Brazil to ‘personally enquire’ about his services.
Liverpool were again linked with him that summer before the talented youngster signed a new contract at the City Ground.
But, fast forward 18 months and Liverpool fans will probably feel they are not missing out.
The striker can no longer find his way into the Forest matchday squad, after the arrivals of Lewis Grabban and Hilal El-Arbi Soudani this summer.
It has even led to Blackburn Rovers trying to sign him on the final day of the transfer window.
Of course, he is still young and has a bright future in the game. But Liverpool will surely feel he is perhaps not at the level needed to make it at Anfield after his recent struggles.
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