Liverpool’s latest transfer target isn’t just good, he’s marvellous. He’s literally Marvelous.
Today’s Mirror claims the Reds are set to launch a raid for the Club Brugge midfielder Marvelous Nakamba, who would be the best-named player to walk the hallowed corridors of Anfield since the club released Pegguy Arphexad in 2003.
But is he actually marvellous at playing football? Apparently yes, according to the Mirror, which says the 23-year-old has caught Jurgen Klopp’s eye with a “series of superb performances” since joining Brugge from Dutch side Vitesse in the summer.
Nakamba is described as a “Zimbabwean power house”, although it’s unclear what this means exactly or whether it is a good thing. (Would Zimbabwe’s most powerful man Robert Mugabe also fit the criteria of a “Zimbabwean power house”, for instance?)
Marvelous is also described in the same article as a “Belgian powerhouse”, so it’s difficult to know what to make of it all. Let’s just hope Liverpool buy him anyway, and we can work out all the details later.
Could Herrera be the new Iniesta?
In even better news for Klopp, the Express claims that Barcelona are set to ditch their attempts to sign Philippe Coutinho and steal a player from Manchester United instead. Perfect.
The player in question is Ander Herrera, the Red Devils midfielder whose current Old Trafford contract comes to an end in the summer.
Admittedly, he is a very different kind of player to Coutinho, but Barca boss Ernesto Valverde apparently loves him and views him as a “long-term successor” to Andres Iniesta.
And yes, Herrera is also a rather different kind of midfielder to Iniesta. Hmm.
There is also the small matter of Herrera’s one-year-contract extension option, which the Manchester Evening News says United can trigger at any point between now and the end of the season – thereby keeping the player at Old Trafford for at least one more year. Spoilsports.
Another player who might not be moving to Spain after all is Harry Kane, who the Mail reports has expressed a desire to be a “one-club man” and never leave Tottenham. Let’s quote him on that in a few years’ time.
Kane could soon be joined at Wembley by Ross Barkley, who the Mirror says is still on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar. The Spurs manager is set to “step up” his pursuit of the Everton midfielder due to the club’s injury problems in midfield. But surely the rise of Winks and Sissoko means they don’t need him anymore?
Elsewhere, Arsenal’s attempts to sign AC Milan’s 21-year-old forward Andre Silva could be scuppered by interest from Barcelona (Sun), the Gunners will rival Chelsea and Manchester City for 17-year-old Brest winger Lenny Pintor (also Sun) and in-demand Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he will not “run away” from Turf Moor if offered a more exciting job (Guardian). Obviously not, he’d drive.