Currently sidelined with ankle-knack that will keep him out of action until January, the future of central midfielder Mousa Dembélé at Tottenham remains shrouded in uncertainty. With his contract due to expire next summer, the Belgian had been linked with a move to China during the last window but stayed put. This morning in the Sun he is described as being “wantaway”. It seems Mauricio Pochettino might want him to go away too, if the manager’s recent lament about the number of players he was forced to leave out of his Champions League squad due to the homegrown player rule is anything to go by. Juventus and Inter are both rumoured to be interested in the 31-year-old, who might, given his current condition, struggle to pass a fitness test during the next window.
Dembélé isn’t the only player looking for a fresh start, with Alexis Sánchez believed to be more determined than ever to end his Old Trafford purgatory after failing to make the bench for Manchester United’s laboured win over Young Boys in the Champions League. While his manager was going all Paul Simenon from The Clash with a crate of plastic water-bottles, the £500,000-per-week star was kicking his heels in the stands, apparently pondering a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Whether or not the French champions want him remains to be seen.
With just three cameo appearances for Chelsea under his belt this season, midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi is eager to get more game-time and may go to Germany to get it. Bayern Munich are reported to be interested in signing him in January, while the teenager is holding out on signing a new deal with Chelsea due to his frustration over a lack of first team opportunities. “For me it is not easy to put him in the starting XI,” said his manager, Maurizio Sarri. “Maybe on the bench in the Premier League there was Moses or Pedro so it is difficult to not put them on the bench. I will try to find the space for him.” Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal are also monitoring Hudson-Odoi’s situation.
Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke has found match minutes even more difficult to come by and has failed to kick a ball in Liverpool’s first team in any competition this season. Jürgen Klopp has suggested the striker will be sent out on loan in January and Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and West Ham are all hoping to get him on board. Given his close friendship with Klopp, Huddersfield boss David Wagner may well get first dibs.
Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré will be reunited with his former boss Marco Silva if the Everton boss gets his way, while Newcastle are ramping up their interest in Atlanta United’s Paraguayan international midfielder Miguel Almiron. And finally, the word from the south coast suggests the days of manager Mark Hughes may be numbered, as Southampton are rumoured to have been sounding out former QPR and Leicester manager Paulo Sousa behind his back.