Welcome to the Fresh Football gossip column. Each week (or maybe slightly more regularly) we will review the gossip, give our thoughts and then pick out the best tweet from the fans for each rumour.
Tottenham and Liverpool are in a two way battle for West Brom forward Saido Berahino (Independent)
Berahino clearly has talent, but a lot of Liverpool fans seem to be worried about his £20million asking price. Because he is young and English, his price will be doubled. He’s clearly got potential, but as the tweet below shows, some Liverpool fans really don’t want to see Berahino arrive – perhaps after some bad experiences with over-priced Englishman before.
Really hope Liverpool don’t sign berahino
— Harry (@harrydow) January 5, 2015
Chelsea could sign Manchester City defender Micah Richards for free in the summer (Guardian)
Richards is on loan at Fiorentina but his contract at Manchester City expires at the end of the season. Able to play at right or centre back, Richards versatility would be very useful for Mourinho and I’m sure the player would jump at the chance to sign him. It seems the Chelsea fans would be fairly happy with the addition too.
I think Chelsea signing Richards is a good option. He’s free, only 26, homegrown and can play RB/CB. We could do a lot worse.
— ⠀ (@ImJustThtNigga_) January 6, 2015
Liverpool have lost out to Inter Milan in their bid to sign Xhederan Shaqiri (TalkSport)
Liverpool fans will be gutted if this happens. After they were beaten to the signings of Willian and Alexis Sanchez, they can’t afford to miss out on another big name winger. Shaqiri is a quality player, available for a very good price. Rodgers will be under pressure if he doesn’t get this one done.
I’ll be gutted if Inter get Shaqiri and we don’t.
— Jai Griffiths (@JaiGriffiths17) January 4, 2015