Evening Report: January 9
Alvaro Morata, Thibaut Courtois, Yaya Toure, Pep Guardiola and more...
Tottenham and Arsenal have been left on red alert after Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata opened the door on a January move to the Premier League.
Carlo Ancelotti had previously dismissed any chance of Morata leaving the Bernabeu in January, but the 21-year-old has since revealed that he is growing increasingly frustrated with his bit-part role at the club.
The news comes at a good time for Arsenal especially, who have just allowed young striker Chuba Akpom to leave the club on a one month loan deal to League 1 leaders Brentford.
Coupled with the recent injury to Theo Walcott, it leaves the Gunners with just one fit striker going in to the game against Aston Villa on Monday night.
Another disgruntled player in La Liga is Chelsea’s on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who has called on Jose Mourinho to make a decision on his future at the club in the coming days.
Courtois has grown in to one of the finest goalkeepers in the world during his time at Atletico Madrid but could still face playing second fiddle to Petr Cech should he return to Stamford Bridge next summer.
Atletico are understandably keen to hold on to the Belgium No. 1, while the player himself would rather leave Chelsea for another season than face a spell on the bench.
David Moyes received a timely boost after sneaking on to the shortlist for the Premier League’s Manager of the Month award for December.
Manchester United have recently suffered three successive defeats for the first time since 2001, but showed terrific form towards the end of last year, winning six games in a row in all competitions.
Another Manchester-based figure up for an award is City midfielder Yaya Toure, who is outright favourite to be named African Player of the Year for a third successive time.
The ceremony takes place in Lagos, Nigeria tonight with Didier Drogba of Galatasaray, and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel also competing for the prize.
Finally to Germany where Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has paid homage to Pep Guardiola, claiming the former Barcelona manager has made the Bavarian outfit even better.
Bayern reached near-perfection last season, winning an unprecedented treble under Jupp Heynckes, but Schweinsteiger believes Guardiola has taken them to the next level describing him as “incredible”.