Paper Round: Chelsea target Mauricio Pochettino with five players set to leave Tottenham
Chelsea want to pinch Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, while a host of players are being linked with moves away from Spurs. It’s Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Blues in for Poch
Chelsea want to poach Mauricio Pochettino from Tottenham, the Sun reports. The Argentine has raised doubts over his future at Spurs, and revealed he will hold crunch talks with chairman Daniel Levy regarding their transfer policy. In the meantime, it’s claimed Chelsea will look to entice the Tottenham boss over to Stamford Bridge.
Paper Round’s view: Not going to happen. Okay, well never say never, as Chelsea would be able to hand him a mighty pot of gold, but this is not a match made in football heaven. Anything but. It’s difficult to see Pochettino going anywhere but Real Madrid should he actually leave – but it seems more likely he’ll work things out with Levy. Only time will tell.
Five leaving Spurs?
Paper Round’s view: Llorente and Sissoko, fine, but Dembele? It’s bizarre to consider the idea of wanting to let the Frenchman go, but perhaps someone could enlighten us. Rose and Alderweireld, meanwhile, are trickier circumstances, but so long as Spurs refuse to budge on their rigid wage structure, then the closer these two are towards the White Hart Lane door, or should that be Wembley.
Max wants full power
Paper Round’s view: Just as Allegri plays down reports of a move away from Juve, he’s roped back into the rumour mill. It’s all down to the size of the gamble Arsenal are looking to take. Allegri is low-risk, current leading candidate Mikel Arteta is high-risk, despite his affiliation with the club. No doubt Arsenal will continue to take their time of this decision. The biggest they’ve had to make for 22 years.
Allardyce out, Silva in?
Paper Round’s view: The atmosphere is toxic at Goodison Park, and away from home too, with Everton fans making their feelings clear at West Ham on the final day of the season. Everton clearly need someone with forward-thinking ideas, though their squad couldn’t half do with an overhaul. Too much deadwood.