Football rumours: Sol Campbell to manage Oxford United?
Topics Sam Allardyce says he needs the hassle of trying to repair Everton The Fiver: the Guardian’s take on the world of football Reading between the lines, it’s a mess. Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid? Nah, nothing to see here. Actually, maybe there is. “I’m not interested in those rumours; out of respect I don’t want to say anything because this happens every year,” said the Bayern Munich striker this week when asked about the prospect. That’s not quite a denial and, bearing in mind that in the past he has been entirely candid about his intentions, his sudden coyness may in fact be revelatory. Reading between the lines, it’s on! But who will be Real Madrid’s manager in the summer? The smart money now appears to be going on Joachim Löw, who may be in the market for a fresh challenge if he wins the World Cup again with Germany. Then again, he may figure he has a cushy gig where he is and can do without the hassle of managing on a day-to-day basis, especially not at the Cirque du Real.Manchester United are still on the hunt for a reliable centre-back and their sights are narrowing on Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij. The bad news for them, and the good news for the Italian club, is that Chelsea and Liverpool also fancy the Dutchman so there could be a dizzying bidding war when the transfer window re-opens.Marco Silva is preparing for war of another kind, as the ex-Watford boss is said to be consulting with legal experts to see about getting the lolly he believes he is owed following his sacking at Vicarage Road. Sol Campbell hopes to become the new manager of Oxford United and has held talks about the matter with the League One side. The vacancy created at Barnsley by the defection of Paul Heckingbottom to Leeds, meanwhile, could be filled by Grant McCann, an eventuality that would, of course, then leave a vacancy at Peterborough United. Read more Reuse this content features Leicester are said to have the hots for Patrick Roberts, the slinky forward currently shining at Celtic. But given that the 21-year-old belongs to Manchester City, with whom Leicester do not appear to be on the best of terms, we may be back to talking about things that aren’t going to happen. West Ham are also said to be keen on Roberts but, as we said, he’s 21 so it’s at least 15 years too soon for him to join them. But perhaps the waters are not, in fact, so choppy between Leicester and Manchester City. Leicester and Mahrez appear to have smoothed out their differences, at least, with reports this morning claiming that the Algeria international has made peace with his employers and declared himself ready to face Manchester City on Saturday. Sometimes the gossip is all about what’s not going on. And boy, have we got no news for you. Thomas Lemar to Liverpool? No, not happening. Having bid a gazillion pounds for the Monaco schemer a few months ago, the club have reportedly lost interest in him and begun exploring other targets instead. Gareth Bale to Arsenal? Nope, nary a mention anywhere. Makes you wonder, eh? Riyad Mahrez to resume playing for Leicester? Or to be allowed to leave in the summer? Nothing is certain on that front, as the player and his employer appear to be locked into fundamentally different understandings of their relationship. Word is the forward had the impression that he would be allowed to go in January if another club bid more than £50m for him, which Manchester City did, whereas Leicester’s view was nothing of the sort. Common ground is elusive and there’s still no telling how it’ll play out. Rumour mill Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Twitter Football