Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Liverpool all involved.
The past 24 hours have seen Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal linked to Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma. This is of course, added to the previous links to Liverpool, Manchester United and Napoli.
The 19-year-old defender certainly has made a name for himself this year and has gone strength to strength as each month passes by, it was only last April when the French national side manager Didier Deschamps tipped him to be a future captain of the national team. So, he definitely has something about him - but where would he be best suited?
I think Liverpool are already well covered in the central defensive department, and adding anymore, especially for 8 figure sums is just not cost effective.
Manchester City are in need of a new centre-back, so perhaps it's a possibility for him to move there. Then again, I don't think their current youth policy has been the best advertisement for young players looking to kick on with their career. They already have Matija Nastasic and Dedryck Boyata in their ranks, so he may not get the attention he needs to push on.
Manchester United and Chelsea are already well stocked in this area and their situations don't really call for a youth central defender, especially Manchester United, who have already gone down this route with Smalling and Jones.
So that leaves Arsenal. I don't think it's any mistake that he would definitely be best suited to a move to the Emirates, with a strong French connection there and a good training set-up then I'm sure he would do well.
I just don't see why Arsenal in the current run they are in would take up this type of signing, especially when that money could be spent on someone that could push them over the line at the end of the season.
Gerrard's injury has come at possibly the worst time for Liverpool as they set-up to face Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea over the Christmas break.
It's been well documented that fans have been split over the past few months over Steven Gerrard's input into the team, and whether he was dining out on past glories.
However, I feel that when the realisation sinks in, just HOW important Gerrard still is to the Liverpool team then there will be a few fans left with egg on their faces.
It's going to be interesting to see how they do without him, but I would be surprised if anyone at the end of his injury would say leave him out of first team duties.
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