Harry Kane loves Cristiano Ronaldo. He asked for CR7’s shirt after Tottenham’s recent match against Real Madrid and later described the four-time Ballon d’Or winner as his “role model”, saying he would frame the shirt and put it in a highly visible part of his house, such as the downstairs toilet. Lovely stuff.
But does Cristiano Ronaldo love Harry Kane? It seemed that way when the pair swapped sweaty garments and tenderly embraced at the Bernabeu last month. But it turns out the Portuguese forward has just been humouring Harry all along. According to today’s Mirror, Cristiano doesn’t love Kane at all.
In fact, he believes the Tottenham striker is “overpriced” and will attempt to “stop” Kane’s potential move to Madrid.
Is it up to him? Not officially, but Ronaldo will reportedly “use his considerable influence” at the Bernabeu to scupper the move.
He thinks Real should target Chelsea’s Eden Hazard instead, which would conveniently allow Cristiano to move into the centre-forward position that is likely to be vacated by the misfiring Karim Benzema.
That way, Cristiano could score more goals, which in turn would provide more opportunities to take off his top in celebration, which is the most important thing.
Watford duo in demand
Meanwhile, Spurs are allegedly considering bringing in Watford’s 20-year-old Brazilian forward Richarlison to provide some back-up for Kane in their attack. The Mirror says Tottenham scouts have been “regulars” at Hornets matches this season, and they weren’t there to watch Heurelho Gomes.
Another wanted Hornet is manager Marco Silva, who the Sun says has been approached by Everton. However, Watford have unsurprisingly rejected the approach for the man they appointed in the summer, meaning the Toffees would need to fork out a “large compensation package” to get him to Goodison Park.
Ozil set for La Liga switch?
Atletico Madrid have contacted Mesut Ozil and offered him the chance to move to La Liga at the end of the season, claims the Sun.
Diego Simeone’s side are prepared to pay the Arsenal contract rebel £200,000 a week plus a “huge signing on fee”, although this is still some way short of Ozil’s rather optimistic salary demands of £330,000 a week.
Ozil could serve as a replacement – of sorts – for Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez, who the Manchester Evening News says has been targeted by Manchester United.
The 22-year-old Spain international has a £134m release clause in his contract, which is rather expensive, but the Red Devils may try to use Ander Herrera as a “bargaining tool”.
Elsewhere, United’s loaned-out Belgian right-back Andreas Pereira wants to quit Old Trafford and make his move to Valencia permanent (Express), West Ham have been given “fresh hope” of signing midfield target William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon in January (Sports Illustrated) and Jurgen Klopp will be sacked in the summer if Liverpool don’t win a trophy or qualify for the Champions League (Star). Yeah, then maybe they can get Brendan Rodgers or Gerard Houllier back.