The rumour mill giveth, and the rumour mill taketh away. This morning, it was taking; dashing the hopes of Liverpool fans who thought the club had a shot at landing Christian Pulisic in January. Now it’s giving a young star back; a new player to build hype and hope around and, in the end, to likely lead to nothing. So it goes.
Niklas Süle has been tenuously linked with Liverpool before. He’s also been linked with Chelsea. The 21-year-old is a rising star centre half for Hoffenheim, an imposing, technically refined presence at the back. He’s a player who would likely start straight away for either English club, and he’s still got plenty of potential.
And, in response to a recent round of rumours linking him with a move to one of the Milan giants, the Frankfurt-born defender was quick to dismiss the talk, calling a move to Serie A a clear step backwards for a player plying his trade in the Bundesliga. The Premier League, on the other hand? He’d consider a move there.
“Milan and Inter?” asked a dubious Süle when the possibility of moving to Italy to join one of either AC or Inter Milan was put to him earlier this week. “I know my agent was contacted, but in my opinion a move to Italy wouldn’t make any sense. Milan and Inter have lost the magic which distinguished them.
“In the past they had great players and the clubs’ names have weight. And it’s a beautiful city; the fans are passionate. But the clubs are in decline. Going to one of them from the Bundesliga would be a step back, as for years they’ve been struggling to qualify for Europe. I would prefer the Premier League.”
None of which means Liverpool or Chelsea are about to buy him, of course, but already the rumour mongers in England are spinning his shunning of a Serie A move into a push to join one of the two Premier League sides previously linked with him, something fans should be ready for as the January window looms.