Anelka tells Pogba to join Chelsea or Real, Man United tracking Gundogan
With the January transfer window firmly in the past, all eyes are on the developing summer market. With that in mind, here are the latest and greatest rumours and tidbits.
Anelka joins the Pogba debate
Game by game, week by week, Paul Pogba's star keeps rising, and along with it go the rumours the 21-year-old will soon be leaving Juventus.
Teammate Alvaro Morata spoke out on Tuesday and said the star midfielder "is happy at Juve with the rest of us," but the whispers just won't go away.
Former France international Nicolas Anelka has weighed in on the debate, according to the Daily Express, and said Pogba should join either Chelsea or Real Madrid.
"Paul technically knows everything, and he has the qualities to play anywhere," said Anelka, who spent four years at Stamford Bridge and a year at the Bernabau. "My preference is for him to join Chelsea, who have very strong players and the financial power of [Roman] Abramovich. Also Real Madrid, who are one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the greatest. He would grow a lot under Carlo Ancelotti."
The paper reported it'll take an eye-watering 80-million-pound bid to prise the young star from the Old Lady's grasp.
United eying Gundogan
Ilkay Gundogan has already turned down two new contracts at Borussia Dortmund, but the club are hoping the third negotiation is the charm. German outlets reported Wednesday that Gundogan is nearing a decision to follow Marco Reus and extend his time at the Westfalenstadion.
Should he decline, however, Manchester United will be ready to make an offer come summer, the Metro reported. With the midfielder's contract set to expire in July 2016, Dortmund could be forced to sell this summer, lest they lose Gundogan for nothing a year later.
Just this week, United boss Louis van Gaal lamented his side's lack of balance in the centre of midfield. Adding Gundogan could go a long way to addressing that issue.
West Ham lining up Big Sam replacements
It looks as though Sam Allardyce's turbulent time in charge of West Ham United will come to an end in the summer. With the manager's contract expiring at the end of the season and his relationship with the club and its fans often strained, West Ham have already begun the process of searching for his replacement.
The Daily Telegraph reported the East London club are sounding out the availability of former Hammer and current Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic -- not for the first time -- and Real Sociedad manager David Moyes. According to the Telegraph, Moyes is happy in Spain just months after his move, but a double-your-money wage packet could be enough to persuade the former Manchester United boss to return to England.
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Spurs open Eriksen talks
Tottenham might take the first steps towards tying Christian Eriksen to a new, long-term White Hart Lane contract this week, according to Calciomercato.
Although Eriksen's current deal runs until 2018, the Italian website reported Spurs want the 23-year-old Denmark international to sign an extension to ward off potential interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Atletico Madrid this summer.
The attacking midfielder has become one of Spurs' most important players this season, having scored 11 goals in all competitions with a number of late strikes to boost the club's chances of Champions league qualification -- a target which could decide Eriksen's long-term future at the club.
The player's agent Martin Schoots is reportedly in England this week and could meet with the club for preliminary talks at White Hart Lane on Thursday, as Spurs take on Fiorentina in first leg of their Europa League round-of-32 tie.