Mauricio Pochettino has trumpeted the impact of his “plan B” at Tottenham Hotspur, which features a rejigged midfield, and warned established names such as Eric Dier that they are not guaranteed starting places. The manager switched from his usual 4-2-3-1 to play 4-1-4-1 before the international break and Spurs enjoyed wins over Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.
Leeds have an option to buy the Swedish defender for around £10 million less than that figure.
Zaza has not been a roaring success since his loan move from Italy.
The Villa owner is hoping to see Villa Park in full voice.
Slaven Bilic has denied that West Ham United are planning to send Simone Zaza back to Juventus in January following the on-loan striker’s underwhelming start to life in England.
The dynamic has changed in Ronald Koeman’s relationship with Pep Guardiola over 26 years but his first impression of a room-mate who became a revered midfielder and manager at Barcelona holds firm. Normal. It was not Guardiola’s football intelligence and obsession that set him apart at Barcelona, for example, but his choice of car.
As weeks go, Christian Benteke’s has already been exceptional.
Arsène Wenger knows better than most how suddenly the negativity in modern football can grip. “It is a virus that travels very quickly and goes very slowly,” the Arsenal manager said. Few opponents have triggered it quite so readily in recent years as Swansea City and Wenger sees the visit of the Welsh club to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon as a defining moment for his team.
The much-maligned Spaniard wanted Bale to play further up field long before he started to.
Bob Bradley was honest enough to admit “there will be sceptics” among the Swansea fanbase and beyond.
Antonio Conte has admitted Chelsea are unlikely to secure his first-choice targets before Wednesday’s deadline as the club face up to the reality that the landscape of the transfer market has changed radically in the wake of the latest Premier League broadcast deal.
Tottenham take on Liverpool in the Premier League this afternoon.
Crystal Palace have rejected an approach for winger Wilfried Zaha from Tottenham Hotspur.