In the week that England drew with Scotland and Germany eased past Portugal, Aston Villa had a bid for Emile Smith Rowe rejected, and AC Milan considered a new captain.
These are the most-read news and features of the week from Last Word on Football.
Most-Read Football News and Features From The Week Beginning June 14th
AC Milan ‘Consider’ Making Simon Kjaer Captain After Life Saving Actions
In the aftermath of Christian Eriksen’s collapse on June 12, 32-year-old Kjaer noticed Eriksen’s partner was on the sidelines looking distraught, and rallied his teammates together to form a human protection ring around Eriksen whilst the medical staff worked away.
Kjaer showed tremendous leadership and has earned plenty of respect as a result of his life-saving actions.
As a result, reports claim that Kjaer’s domestic club, AC Milan, are considering making him their captain for the new season.
Valerian Ismael in Talks for West Brom Managerial Role
West Brom are reportedly willing to meet the £2 million release cause that would allow Ismael to leave Barnsley and move to the Hawthornes.
West Brom have already had talks with former Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder and former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner who decided to take the managers job at Swiss side Young Boys.
Neither options were appointed with Ismael now emerging as favourite for the job.
West Brom will be hoping that talks progress well and that he can take the Baggies one step further than Barnsley and back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Emile Smith Rowe Bid Rejected by Arsenal
Aston Villa have already been quick in the summer transfer window, bringing in Emilano Buendia from Norwich City in a club a record deal and they want to continue adding to their numbers.
Dean Smith wants to add Arsenal player Emile Smith Rowe to his ranks, but a bid said to be in the region of £25 million has been rejected with the North London club having no intention of selling the player.
Smith Rowe impressed in 33 appearances for Arsenal in the 2020/21 Premier League season and his status as a homegrown player is also important and another reason why Mikel Arteta is keen to keep onto a player who he sees having a long term future at the club.
The Managerial Circus is Slowly but Surely Damaging Tottenham Hotspur’s Future
After talks with Gennaro Gattuso were called off following a huge fan backlash on social media, there is quickly becoming a chaos endangering Tottenham Hotspur’s future as the search for a new manager drags on.
When Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy took the decision to sack Mourinho, it was arguably as large a gamble as appointing him in the first place. He was hired to replace Mauricio Pochettino who had taken Spurs to regular top four finishes and Champions League football on a tight budget.
When Mourinho was fired with just days to go before the League Cup final against Manchester City in April no one could have envisaged that over two months later Spurs would still be looking for his replacement.