Ajax manager Frank de Boer has dismissed reports linking Toby Alderweireld with a move to Tottenham in January, but suggested that a transfer could happen before next season.The 23-year-old has been touted as a possible target for Andre Villas-Boas for some time, with the Portuguese signing the defender’s former team-mate Jan Vertonghen in the summer.
Now with Gallas and Michael Dawson both seemingly coming to the end of their time at White Hart Lane, the ex-Porto boss is reportedly keen to re-launch his interest.However, the Dutch champions’ boss insisted that his man would remain in the Netherlands this season, but seemed more willing to allow the Belgian to seek a switch afterwards.
“That’s maybe something for next year,” De Boer told reporters. “I think he’ll end this season at Ajax.
“We’re very happy with him and don’t want to let him go in the winter, unless it’s a super transfer [fee] , but I don’t think that will happen.”
The asking price for the Belgium international is believed to be around £8 million, but Spurs also reportedly face competition from a number of other English clubs, including Liverpool, Newcastle and Southampton, as well as interest from abroad.
The player is understood to prefer a move to the Premier League, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany and Marouane Fellaini just part of growing Belgian presence in England.
Villas-Boas may also have the upper hand, with former club team-mate Vertonghen and national colleague Moussa Dembele both plying their trade with the Lilywhites.
Mino Raiola, the agent of Paris Saint-Germain attacker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, has stressed that his client could play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo without any problems.
The Real Madrid star was recently linked with a move to PSG, and even though the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has stressed there has not been any contact yet, Raiola believes that Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo could form a lethal partnership.
“I am confident that Zlatan and Cristiano could achieve great things together at Paris,” Raiola was quoted as saying by Le Parisien.
“Great players never have any problems to play together. At Barcelona, Zlatan never had any problems to feature alongside [Lionel] Messi for example. [Pep] Guardiola was the problem at Barca.
“Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG is just a hypothesis for now, but thinking about it is already extraordinary. I believe that it’s a realistic possibility. A year ago, it would have been crazy, but not now.”
The flamboyant agent then went on to stress that Ibrahimovic is thoroughly enjoying life at PSG.
“He is feeling very well in Paris and at PSG. I have never seen him this happy before. Ligue 1 is a quality league, and those who say it’s too easy for Zlatan are wrong.”
The towering attacker has netted 12 goals in 12 appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s men so far.
Tottenham have confirmed that Jermaine Jenas has extended his loan deal with Nottingham Forest, and will remain at the City Ground for a further two months.
The midfielder initially returned to his former club on a one-month loan in September, in an effort to get his career back on track following a six-month spell on the sidelines with a ruptured Achilles.
The former England international has been used mainly as a substitute during his spell in the Championship, but has seemingly impressed Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll.
The 29-year-old scored an audacious chip in the 4-1 victory over Barnsley last Saturday, and can now look forward to an extended stay in his home town.
He will now be available for selection for the match against Millwall at the weekend, when seventh-placed Forest will look to extend their five-match unbeaten run and break into the play-off places.
Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has dismissed rumours the Ligue 1 giants have approached Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
La Gazzetta dello Sport suggested earlier this week that the capital club have set their sights on the Portugal international and were willing to pay up to €100 million for the forward, but Al-Khelaifi has made it clear there is no truth in the report.
“Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player, but he’s under contract with Real Madrid. I have not spoken with anyone at Madrid,” the PSG president was quoted as saying by AFP.
Les Parisiens were previously linked with the former Manchester United man after the 27-year-old revealed his unhappiness with life at Madrid earlier this season, but Al-Khelaifi then denied any concrete interest in the player.
Ronaldo has a contract with Los Blancos until the summer of 2015.
Arsene Wenger has stated that he wants Theo Walcott’s future at Arsenal sorted before Christmas, with the England international’s contract set to run out at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has been in turmoil recently, with his position in the team under threat thanks to the arrivals of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, as well as the re-emergence of Gervinho as a first-team regular.
Walcott has stated before that he wants an opportunity in the centre of the team’s attack – something promised to him by Wenger – but he has not yet received that chance and is free to talk to other teams in January if the there is no change in circumstances.
Wenger told reporters: “There is urgency [in resolving his future]. I want it resolved by Christmas.
Arsenal face a tough task this weekend with a trip to Old Trafford after their sensational 7-5 win over Reading in the Capital One Cup, and Wenger revealed that they are still without key players Wojciech Szczesny, Kieran Gibbs, Abou Diaby and Gervinho, while insisting that there will not be a repeat of the infamous 8-2 result from last year.
He added: “Reading was an irrational game. Some of the players still have heavy legs. [There will be] no Wojciech [Szczesny], no Gibbs, no Diaby as well. Gervinho is out for three weeks.”
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