Paper Round: Lionel Messi opposes Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann move out of fear for Luis Suarez
Lionel Messi is worried about what Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona would mean for Luis Suarez, while Daniel Sturridge has been told he’s going nowhere in January. It’s Tuesday’s Paper Round.
Suarez over Griezmann, says Messi
Paper Round’s view: It’s no surprise to see a player showing loyalty towards a team-mate, let alone lending your support to them over the purchase of a rival player. It’s difficult to see where Griezmann would fit in at Barca without Suarez’s position coming under threat, but at this point in time it feels as though it’s not a conundrum they need to solve. They’re racing clear in La Liga, there’s no need to rock the boat.
Sturridge going nowhere
Paper Round’s view: From a selfish point of view for Sturridge, a move away is essential if you want to force yourself back into the England reckoning. A selfish point of view if you’re Klopp, however, would tell you that the squad needs players like Sturridge, particularly with Champions League football post-Christmas (all-but confirmed) and the likelihood that injuries will deplete the team.
Schalke in for Ozil
The competition for Mesut Ozil’s services has stretched into Germany, with Schalke said to be interested in signing the Arsenal midfielder. Ozil began his career at Schalke before moving to Werder Bremen, though the head of Schalke’s supervisory board, Clemens Tonnies, told Kicker that any move is unlikely to happy next summer.
Paper Round’s view: More performances from Ozil like the one we saw on the weekend means the list of suitors will grow and grow. It’s becoming tiresome to see him linked with a different club every week, but it’s clear nothing will be resolved until January at the very least, so this one will continue to rumble on.
Richarlison interest goes global
Watford winger Richarlison is a rumoured target of Tottenham and Arsenal, and now the Brazilian is attracting from China, the Mirror reports. The 20-year-old only joined Watford from Fluminense for £11m in the summer, but having scored five goals already for the Hornets amid a string of impressive performances, Chinese clubs are said to be monitoring his progress
Paper Round’s view: You have to feel for clubs of Watford’s stature. They take the gamble on a player from South America and when it appears they have unearthed a gem, the bigger clubs supposedly come knocking. China has a proven record of attracting players from South America, but a move closer to Watford seems more likely. However, it would be worth seeing if he can continue to perform for the remainder of this season and into the next campaign.