A Serie A star had a “dream” of moving to Tottenham blocked, but a deal could still happen, while Juventus plot an Arsenal raid – both in all the latest Transfer Gossip.
MALINOVSKYI HAD TOTTENHAM TRANSFER DREAM
Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi hoped his dream of moving to Tottenham would come to fruition late on in the summer transfer window, a report claims.
Spurs enjoyed a stellar few months in the transfer market, snapping up a host of impressive signings. The likes of Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison have all impressed so far.
In fact, Tottenham remain unbeaten six games into the Premier League season under manager Antonio Conte.
But leading up to Thursday evening’s transfer deadline, there were suggestions of an eighth player signing for Tottenham. And reports claimed that Ukraine international Malinovskyi was a firm target for Conte.
However, Atalanta president Antonio Percassi blocked his exit – at least for this summer.
Indeed, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Malinovskyi’s “dream was to join Spurs” until Percassi said no. Nevertheless, Romano adds that the situation remains “open” for the next year.
Malinovskyi’s contract expires next summer, so there is every chance the 49-cap international moves elsewhere as a free agent next summer.
He will be free to talk to clubs outside of Italy from January onwards and set up a summer move.
Turning 30 next May, Malinovskyi may well feel that next summer is his best chance to get a dream move to the Premier League.
And should Spurs remain his ideal next destination, they would only have to pay his wages – if he refuses a new Atalanta contract, that is.
For now, though, Malinovskyi’s focus will be on maintaining Atalanta’s strong start to the season following three Serie A wins and a draw from four games.
GABRIEL JESUS WANTED BY JUVENTUS
Juventus plan to rekindle their interest in Arsenal centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes next summer, a report claims.
The Serie A giants went after the Brazilian this summer amid Matthis de Ligt’s transfer to Bayern Munich. In the end, Juve signed his fellow Brazilian Gleison Bremer from Torino.
However, he is a right-footed option – one of four Juventus centre-backs whose right foot is their strongest.
As a result, Tuttosport claims that the Turin club have made a left-footed centre-back an urgent priority for the upcoming transfer windows.
And Juve still believe Arsenal’s Gabriel could do a solid job for them. The 24-year-old has impressed at the heart of Mikel Arteta’s defence, forming a strong bond with Ben White.
Following 35 Premier League appearances last season, Gabriel has played every minute in the league this term.
Arsenal have kept two clean sheets and conceded four goals to start the campaign, with five wins from five notched.
Should Juve come forward with interest next summer, Gabriel will then have two years left on his contract. As a result, tying him down to fresh terms before then may be in Arsenal’s thinking.
TRANSFER GOSSIP – GIROUD ALLAYS CHELSEA, LEAO FEARS
AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud has insisted that he had no concerns for Rafael Leao’s future after Chelsea’s interest.
The Blues were one of the busiest clubs on transfer deadline day, sealing two arrivals in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Denis Zakaria.
Both deals were announced after midnight on Thursday evening following a hectic day at Stamford Bridge.
And a reported £69million bid for Milan’s Portugal forward Leao failed, as Chelsea just opted to add Aubameyang and Sterling to their attack in the end.
Nevertheless, former Blues man Giroud has claimed he had no concerns about the interest in his current team-mate.
“I was not worried about him. I knew he would remain here,” the France star said after Leao scored twice – Giroud getting the other – in a 3-2 Serie A win over city rivals Inter on Saturday.
Chelsea’s capture of Aubameyang had been in the works for some time. However, the signing of Switzerland midfielder Zakaria was a last-minute arrangement.
The move came after Chelsea failed with a £43million bid for Ajax’s Edson Alvarez.