Rumour Reel: Liverpool want Inaki Williams, Arsenal interest in M’Baye Niang?
Holly Thackeray | 21 October 2016
Coral’s rumour reel
Come and get your next round of Coral’s rumour reel, where Premier League transfer gossip comes hot off the press. On today’s menu, we consider if Liverpool want Inaki Williams and whether there’s Arsenal interest in M’Baye Niang.
So, dig into our latest offering, including a side dish of uncertainty over the futures of several Manchester City stars…
Liverpool want Inaki Williams?
Our leading rumour for Friday morning, is the whisper that Liverpool are looking at Athletic Bilbao attacker Williams.
Senegal will play in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, after finishing top of their qualifying group thanks to three goals from a certain Sadio Mane. The adaptable forward’s January absence could therefore become a problem for Reds coach Jurgen Klopp, who may be looking to bring in some back-up over the winter transfer window.
Which is where Williams could come in, according to reports. The Bilbao forward is flexible enough to play anywhere across the frontline, with pundits even suggesting that, instead of a Mane replacement, Klopp could see the Spain-born starlet as his next Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It’s questionable, as we said in Thursday’s rumour reel, that Liverpool require another attacker. But, speedster Williams could be too good to miss out on, with the prospect of the 22-year-old linking up with Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino et al a tantalising prospect.
Arsenal interest in M’Baye Niang
Elsewhere in the world of football, Arsenal are said to be scouting AC Milan net threat Niang, with tabloids claiming that although Arsene Wenger could make a move in January he may have to wait until summer.
With the French forward valued at around €35m by the Rossoneri, who are striving for a top three spot in Serie A, this could be a blockbuster move by the Gunners.
Wingman Niang, 21, has scored three and assisted as many for AC in the league this season.
Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany braced for Etihad exit?
While, as for Manchester City news, it’s all about potential exits this morning. Inter Milan are tipped to make a move for ageing right back Pablo Zabaleta in January, though it is rumours about Aguero and Kompany which catch the eye.
Papers are speculating that Argentina scoring sensation Aguero, who was left on the bench for the Champions League battle with Barcelona, could be allowed to leave in the summer.
While, Kompany could also face the axe as, despite reportedly being fit the Belgium centre back has not yet been fast-tracked back into the City squad.