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Football transfer rumours: Kyle Walker on his way out of Tottenham?

Today’s fluff will show you in spring it’s a treacherous thing

Elephantine-memoried readers will know that we have featured rumours concerning Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho before. In February 2014 we said he might go to Manchester United, and in August to Chelsea for £35m. In November 2015 he was on his way to Arsenal, in May 2016 to newly-crowned league champions Leicester City or United again, and that October Arsenal were linked once more, while this January he was being monitored by Liverpool. And all the while he has remained in Lisbon, waiting for the right suitor to come along. Well now he’s being linked with West Bromwich Albion so, William, how about it? According to the Sun Tony Pulis himself watched him play against Benfica a couple of weeks back, and is mulling over a possible £30m bid – that’s thirty million pounds, comfortably more than double the Baggies’ current transfer record, which stands at a Nacer Chadli-shaped £13m – to snaffle him away from Arsenal and Liverpool, who continue to idly monitor him.

The Sun have details of the £50m-rated offer that it says is going to swing the fight for Virgil van Dijk in Chelsea’s favour, and which will allow Southampton to both bank a barrowful of cash and land a replacement centre-back, all in one canny manoeuvre. The Blues are willing to hand over the 21-year-old Danish defender Andreas Christensen, currently completing his second season on loan at Borussia Mönchengladbach, as part of the deal, while Van Dijk has decided to snub Arsenal’s £150,000-a-week contract offer in favour of signing for a side that occasionally wins trophies.

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