A slow news day yesterday, so we’ll get through the blog nice and quick so you can go for that morning jog.
Chelsea looked fairly pony against a well-coached Brighton side. They came out 3-1 victors, but I don’t think they were worthy of the win. Frank’s side looked fairly lethargic, the football was slow, and his mega signing Kai Havertz looked, well, not £80m worth of talent. They’ll get better… but I’m happy to be a knee-jerk reactor right now. RUBBISH. Liverpool will make mincemeat of them if they play like that on Sunday.
Wolves dealt with Sheffield United inside two minutes. They’ve spent some money this window, so expect them to be a menace this season. It’ll be interesting to see if Chris Wilder can keep the magic going in season two. It’ll be even more interesting to see if Nuno can move Wolves closer to the top 4 he’s striving for.
On the transfer front, things seemed to nudge along a smidge.
The hottest rumour is that we’ll be signing the Icelandic keeper who played for Dijon last season and dropped the second-worst save record in the league. Inaki likes him and apparently coached him back in the day. Hopefully, there’s some data that backs the decision to go here, but look, I’ll take it over spending half the Martinez fee on Brentford’s keeper.
There’s been a lot of Torreira smoke. The fee ranges from about £21m to £24m. Some are calling it a 2 season loan. Others are saying cash upfront. Hopefully, if the deal is sealed, it’s enough for the financial powers that be to release the funds for Houssem Aouar. The Morrocan magician is in the squad for Lyon’s game against Montpellier, so at least he’s getting fit.
Matteo G has rejected a move to Villareal. I cannot understand why?
According to Nick Ames, Kolasinac has decided to stay and fight for his place. We’ve been here before. That means no one has been able to match his massive salary demands, so he’s going to see out the final year of his deal. A bit of a blow. He’s not up to it at Arsenal and it would have been nice to send him packing to Germany, but here we are. Don’t give average players massive deals is the learning.
West Ham, in a total mess, is offering Arsenal £5m for a year of Rob Holding. That does not seem like it’s about the happen if Arteta’s noises about the centre back are to be believed… but, we do have about 10 centre backs we could offer instead? Karen, let’s talk!
There really isn’t much else to talk about, so I’ll leave it there. See you tomorrow.
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