Arsenal and Chelsea are locked in a battle to capture the 15 year old wonderkid goalkeeper Mile Svilar, with fellow Premier League side Manchester United also said to be interested in his signature, as reported by the Daily Star.
Svilar is the son of former Yugoslavia keeper Ratko Svilar, and is considered to be a talented young prospect.
Despite the fact that Ratko confirmed to the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the player is on the cusp of signing professional terms with Anderlecht, where he has begun his career, there are suggestions that he could yet make a move to one of the Premier League giants.
Ratko himself has said that all three of the English sides mentioned in this article have expressed an interest, with Arsenal specifically hoping to bring him in for a trial.
He said: “He was at Chelsea. And Manchester United also enquired. Everyone wants him.
“We already have an agreement with Anderlecht, even though he can’t sign a contract until his 16th birthday.
“Nowhere would be better for him, he is beautifully guided. From his 20th birthday, we’ll see. It’s not just talent and luck, it is also hard work.”
Given Ratko’s successes, Svilar should be something of a prospect, and his father has also suggested as much.
He added: “I was 1.84 metres, he is already 1.85 metres and looks like he is 20. And according to a bone scan he will be 1.92 metres.
“But in any case Mile has the same style of goalkeeping and also my speed.”
Manchester United have suffered a blow in their chase for Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, after the Portuguese international declared that he was not interested in a move away from the Madrid club, as reported by the Daily Star.
The club are very keen to bring the forward back to Old Trafford, and have supposedly earmarked a £60 million sum to facilitate a transfer for the player.
There is other interest in bringing him back to the Premier League, with Chelsea said to be a side who are potentially interested in him, although manager Jose Mourinho has denied any from the Stamford Bridge club.
Further interest exists elsewhere in Europe, with Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint Germain also said to be keen on his signature.
However, the sensation has denied any interest in a move, and has said that he is focused on his future at Real.
He said: “It’s nothing important, what’s important is Madrid. On a personal level, things are going well and I want to help this shirt. I don’t see a need to talk about things outside the club.
“It’s all speculation, speaking about my future… My future is Madrid. I’m happy. The season is going well and I’m not talking about my future, it doesn’t make sense.”
Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan has heaped praise on Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois, calling him one of the world’s best, as reported by the Daily Star.
This season has seen Courtois replace Chelsea stalwart Petr Cech in net for the Stamford Bridge club.
Courtois’ reputation has developed over the last few seasons, when he spent three years on loan with Spanish club Atletico Madrid.
The goalkeeper was part of a spell of immense success at the side, with the Madrid club winning the Europa League, the Super Cup, the Copa del Rey and La Liga over his time with the team.
The La Liga win was particularly exceptional, given the relative resources of Atletico compared to their divisional rivals Barcelona and local rivals Real Madrid.
With the Belgian stopper now plying his trade back in the Premier League, Guzan, who plays for Chelsea’s next opponents Villa, has praised Courtois heavily.
He said: “He’s someone who I believe is one of the top five goalkeepers in the world.
“Thibaut’s resume is outstanding. His accolades for the past few seasons at Atletico speak for itself, with Belgium too.
“He’s only 22 so these things are unbelievable. He’s a top, top keeper and someone Chelsea sees their future with.
“There’s nothing better that having the confidence of the manager and coaching staff.
“You want to be dependable and the guy the lads look to if an opposition player gets through the defence.
“You want them thinking that you’re going to come up with the goods and make a save at the vital time. You want that responsibility.
“You relish that opportunity to be number one – be the guy that’s going to hopefully help the team. That’s what it’s all about.”