European rumour roundup: Sako! Sakho! Sakho! - football

European rumour roundup: Sako! Sakho! Sakho!

European rumour roundup: Sako! Sakho! Sakho!

With European football’s silly season in full swing, it can be a challenge to discern between an accurate report and fraudulent speculation. Here’s a glance at the week in transfer talk, covering marquee moves both possible and phony.
Deulofeu ditches Camp Nou for Sarri safari
If Gerard Deulofeu was useless at Barcelona before the holidays, Philippe Coutinho‘s transfer paired with Ousmane Dembele‘s return to fitness have sealed the former Everton man’s fate in the infantile stages of 2018. In steps Napoli, whose pursuit of attacking help has linked the Partenopei with both Deulofeu and Bologna‘s Simone Verdi, and with Barcelona looking to dump some wages as whispers of FFP concerns become muffled groans, the Spaniard would be wise to dart to Italy for the tutelage of Maurizio Sarri.

Odds this move happens: As likely as Sarri is to reach for a Marlboro Red when Deulofeu sends a cross into Row Z. Probable.
Portuguese annexation of Wolves includes Silva Nuno Espirito Santo has shaped Wolves into Premier League promotion faves with a squad that features seven fellow Portuguese players, and if the ex-Porto boss has his way, it could be eight before the window slams shut. It seems absurd that AC Milan would want to ship Santo’s former pupil Andre Silva to England’s second tier just months into a five-year deal, but with super-agent Jorge Mendes managing the striker’s matters after a summer of currying favours for the West Midland’s side, talk of a 34-million bid may not be as baloney as initially thought.

Odds: Seems implausible, but if it comes out that Li Yonghong bought I Rossoneri with Monopoly money and IOUs scrawled on cocktail napkins, anything could happen.
Sako! Sakho! Sakho!
Diafra Sakho needs West Ham and David Moyes’ Glaswegian patter like he needs advice for betting on ponies, and with a failed summer switch to Rennes in the rearview, the Senegalese striker could swap Stratford for cozy Cr... view: 0
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