Klopp plans audacious June raid for Gunners star
JURGEN Klopp is eyeing an audacious swoop for Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, while Manchester United target Malcom has admitted he wanted to move in January.
That and more in another edition of Rumour Mill!
LIVERPOOL WANT WILSHERE
Liverpool are eyeing an audacious swoop for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, if the English international rejects a new deal at The Emirates.
The Sun report that the Gunners have offered Wilshere an extension on his deal, although the updated terms would involve the injury prone star taking a pay cut on his £90,000 (AU$160,000) a week wages.
The 26-year-old remains locked in talks with his current employers, however, the report suggests Jurgen Klopp is ready to match Wilshere's current salary to lure the star to Anfield for free in the summer.
The German is thought to be a big fan of the midfielder, and is keen to reunite him with former teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - who he poached from The Emirates last summer.
Klopp reportedly sees Wilshere as a perfect replacement for Emre Can, who is in talks to secure a bosman summer switch to Juventus.
Liverpool legend Phil Thompson has stated a belief that the resurgent star would be a hit at Anfield, stating: "I would take him at Liverpool - he's got that much ability. I've always been a great lover of him."
MALCOM ADMITS HE WANTED JANUARY MOVE
Brazilian winger Malcom's name appeared consistently in the column inches throughout January as he was linked to the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United.
However, Bordeaux refused to grant the wide man a move, and the 20-year-old has now admitted he wanted to leave the club.
"It's my dream to progress in my career," he said, as quoted in Telefoot.
"I spoke to the president, he told me that he knew it was my dream, but that he needed me. I told him he could count on me until the end of the season, I will do everything to help Bordeaux finish in the top six in Ligue 1."
WENGER SHUTS DOWN SONG TALK
Alex Song has been seen at Arsenal's training ground of late, prompting questions over whether the midfielder could be re-joining the club.
Arsenal are thought to be short a defensive midfielder, and at 30 years of age, Song shapes as a potentially decent addition to an undermanned Gunners midfield unit.
When asked about the potential for the Cameroonian to re-sign at The Emirates, Arsene Wenger shut the talk down immediately, stating the move was "absolutely no chance."
GIROUD REVEALS SNUBBED INTEREST
Olivier Giroud has revealed the identities of the three other clubs who expressed interest an interest in his signature, prior to the Frenchman joining Chelsea on deadline day.
"I had an offer from Dortmund, but they wanted a loan. Sevilla were interested, Roma contacted my agent. But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made," Giroud told Telefoot.
The 31-year-old also revealed what lured him to Stamford Bridge: "The choice was pretty clear and obvious once I knew that (Antonio Conte) wanted to work with me. I know that he likes me, that he appreciates how I play. I hope we will work well together."
Giroud could make his Chelsea debut when the Blues take on Watford on Tuesday morning.
'I'D RATHER PLAY IN PL THAN WITH MESSI': DEULOFEU
New Watford winger Gerard Deolefeu has claimed that he'd rather play in the Premier League than with stars like Lionel Messi.
The Barcelona loanee has just begun his second stint in England's top flight, having spent time at Everton in the past.
Deulofeu is targeting a World Cup spot and is keen to enjoy sustained game time at Vicarage Road.
"I'm not a player who wants to stay on the bench or not be in the squad. When I joined Barcelona I knew Neymar was in the team. Then he goes and in comes Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. So my solution is to come here and regain my confidence," Deulofeu said.
"I have to play more minutes for my options for the national team. And I enjoy the style of the Premier League."
"Maybe La Liga has better players with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, but this league is special. In La Liga and Italy, you don't see the smaller teams beating the big teams as often as it happens here. We saw Bournemouth winning at Chelsea in the last week. That's why the Premier League for me is different."