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Arsenal and Liverpool knocked back in chase for 24-year-old – reports

Arsenal and Liverpool have both been dealt a blow in their chase for Martin Montoya after the player’s agent denied speculation linking him with a January move to the Premier League.

His agent Juan Carrasco says there is no opportunity for a move in January, despite the fact that Montoya has not played a single league game while on a season-long loan at Inter Milan.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with moves for the 24-year-old on a permanent basis.

Carrasco told Mundo Deportivo: “He will stay at Inter until next June.”

Would it work?

Inter Milan are not exactly on top form in Serie A, although they are currently fourth in the table.

Given the relative standards of the Italian league and the Premier League, it would be weird for Montoya to struggle to get into Inter’s side and yet be a valuable option for either Liverpool or Arsenal.

Liverpool have Nathaniel Clyne to call upon, comfortably one of the better right-backs in the Premier League.

Arsenal have a huge selection of options at right-back, including first choice Hector Bellerin, former Newcastle United star Mathieu Debuchy and youngster Calum Chambers.

Neither side are clearly in need of a defender to play on the right side, and neither would benefit from an Inter cast-off.

It is difficult to see why a move for Montoya would work.

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Even beyond the simple fact that Montoya would not slot into either side, The Mirror recently reported that Jurgen Klopp is not interested.

That should be enough to kill this particular rumour dead, given only Liverpool should maybe consider signing him, possibly, as backup.

It seems like a complete non-starter, which it is in reality.

Montoya to Arsenal or Liverpool? This rumour’s dead.

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Man Utd and Euro giants chase £70m Chelsea ace – reports

In what must stand as one of the least likely rumours of the weekend, Manchester United have apparently entered the race for Eden Hazard.

Yes, that Eden Hazard. Yes, the one who plays for Chelsea.

According to the Daily Star, Man Utd are looking to take advantage of Hazard’s rift with Jose Mourinho to bring him to Old Trafford. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City are also thought to be preparing bids.

It’d cost them £70 million to take him away from Chelsea.

Would it work?

Is this even really a question?

Of course Hazard would improve pretty much any team he played for, at least as long as his manager is not Jose Mourinho in the middle of a sulk.

He’s one of the world’s best attacking players, and was integral as Chelsea won the league last season.

Given Manchester United are currently marooning Anthony Martial out-wide, it would make incredible sense for the Old Trafford club to have Hazard as an option and move the talented young French star to the middle, where he is most effective.

Real would see Hazard as a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who it cannot be forgotten is over 30.

Barcelona could add Hazard to an already devastating front line.

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However, it’s absolutely ludicrous to think Chelsea would let Hazard join a title rival.

He’s their best player by a long way, despite his current feud with Mourinho.

It seems incredibly unlikely that Roman Abramovich would sanction his sale, and he’s more likely to get rid of Mourinho before the Belgian is allowed to leave Stamford Bridge.

Given Chelsea’s current form, that seems all the more likely.

No chance.

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