Transfer news: Gossip verdicts on Fabregas talks and United's Pellegrini rumours

Monday, November 19th, 2018 12:05pm

By Stuart Harlow @lovesportradio

Transfer gossip is back to bring you all the Premier League gossip from Monday's papers, analysing the biggest stories so that you don’t have to.

AC Milan eye January Fabregas move

AC Milan are considering recruiting Cesc Fabregas to solve their growing injury crisis, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato.

Fabregas, 31, joined Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2014 returning to the Premier League having made his name at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger.

However, he has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri and has yet to start a Premier League game this season.

And the Calcio Mercato report claims Milan are interest in doing a deal for Fabregas in January - although there are still concerns over how much Chelsea might want for him and the wages he will inevitably command.

Love Sport verdict: It's hard to see what Fabregas offers Sarri's Chelsea at this point other than a League Cup alternative to Jorginho. We don't think he would actually trust him to do the job if the Italian were to get injured. The wages are a problem though as few Italian clubs will see value in matching Fabregas' Premier League wages. He will have to choose regular football or top, top money. The latter is much easier to accept.

United to lure Pellegrini from Roma

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claim Manchester United are hoping the offer of a doubled wage will be too much for central midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini to resist.

The Red Devils are reportedly ready to activate the 22-year-old's £25million release clause and met with Pellegrini's agent in London on Saturday.

Roma's director of football Monchi will be loathe to let the Italy international go though, having already sold Radja Nainggolan and Kevin Strootman in the summer.

Instead, the Italian club will offer Pellegrini a new contract which significantly increases the release clause.

Love Sport verdict: That sort of money for a midfielder is pocket change at United these days, so it would be a risk-free punt for the club and would also represent a purchase for the future. Pellegrini started at Roma but was sold to Sassuolo, where he was so good that Roma bought him back two years later. He also appears to have the physicality to work in the Premier League, although Serie A does not often produce players who find the transition easy.

Arnautovic will not talk about move

Marko Arnautovic has reportedly failed to extinguish the flames of rumours linking him with a move away from West Ham.

Arnautovic's brother and agent Danijel cast doubt on Marko's future at the London Stadium by talking up his desire to win a trophy 'maybe the Champions League' at the beginning of the international break.

And the forward was inevitably quizzed about the story after setting up the winner for Austria in a 2-1 win over Northern Ireland.

"I don’t want to talk about it. I am concentrated on West Ham," Arnautovic said.

“We have a big game against Manchester City on Saturday and I am only thinking about this game and the following games and what is being said is not my business.

“My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances and that is what I want to do.”

Love Sport verdict: Having your brother as your agent is a risky business, not least because he is much harder to sack, although if Arnautovic the player really does want a move away, then his bro deserves a pay rise. West Ham could hardly be more aware of how highly thought of their striker is - but he is perhaps too valuable to them to let him go without an adequate replacement lined up.

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