Arsenal pursue Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez, Diego Costa set for surprise loan destination

Sport360 staff 14:35 30/08/2017
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Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up on. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?

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LUCAS VAZQUEZ

According to Diario Gol, Arsenal are in pursuit of the Real Madrid winger who, despite being an important option under Zinedine Zidane, is low in the squad pecking order. With Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Marco Asensio among the players ahead of him, Vazquez’s route to the Madrid first-team is blocked, and Arsenal could offer a solution.

RATING: 3/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Zidane values squad depth, and last season having a quality ‘B’ team that could step in while some of the big stars were rested was crucial to Madrid’s league and European successes. Vazquez was an important part of that, and there’s no reason for Madrid to do things any differently this season.

The young Spaniard has not reached the status of James Rodriguez or Alvaro Morata of being too good to constantly be on the bench, so the club will not be under pressure to sell him. And if the desire is more first-team minutes, is an Arsenal side which has Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette, Danny Welbeck, and Olivier Giroud in its ranks really the place to be?

DIEGO COSTA

A shock contender has emerged to land the wantaway Chelsea striker on loan for the first half of the season. The Sun is reporting that Atletico Madrid will sign Costa, then loan him to fellow La Liga side Las Palmas until January, when Atletico’s transfer ban is over.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Atletico have pulled off the exact same move once this summer – they signed Vitolo from Sevilla, then loaned him to Las Palmas – so it’s not inconceivable that they could do the same with Costa, even considering the fact that he’s a much more high-profile player than Vitolo.

Costa is desperate to join Atletico and the club, too, wants to secure the return of its former star striker, so whatever they can do to make that happen, they will.

JUAN FOYTH

Spurs’ move for the 19-year-old Estudiantes defender is nearly complete, says The Guardian. PSG were also said to be interested in Foyth, but it seems Spurs have gotten their man, for an £8million fee.

RATING: 9/10

SPORT360 VERDICT: Foyth is a player Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has been tracking all summer, and defensive depth is looking like a priority for the squad this season. Tottenham have already wrapped up a club-record move for Davinson Sanchez, and, after offloading Kevin Wimmer to Stoke, signing Foyth along with Sanchez would give them two central defenders to step in for, and challenge, the established pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

With the latter reportedly in the midst of difficult contract negotiations with the club, there’s no doubt that Foyth, and Sanchez, have also been earmarked as potential replacements if and when the veterans are sold.

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