Roy Hodgson has apparently decided to get rid of Glen Johnson after all, and has set his sights on Russian right back Alexander Anyukov to replace him.
After the Liverpool boss’ very public criticism of Johnson’s form, it was thought the England right back would be on his way out of Anfield come January, and despite club press releases to the contrary, it looks as though the relationship between player and manager is beyond repair.
The Daily Mail has reported Hodgson’s interest in Anyukov, who currently plays for Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg. The 28-year-old is a very experienced professional, including 54 caps for his country, and may bring a bit of stability to Liverpool’s back line.
Anyukov is valued by his club at around £10m, which Liverpool would hope to recoup from Glen Johnson’s transfer.
And where will Johnson go? Well, the Spanish media have a theory on this one, although it does need to be taken with rather a large pinch of salt: fichajes.com claims that Real Madrid are interested in bringing Johnson to the Bernabeu. This is Real Madrid managed by Jose Mourinho, the same Mourinho who was the first to realize Johnson was not all that great, when he took over at Chelsea and very quickly dropped the right back before selling him to Portsmouth.
I don’t think anyone outside Spain really sees Jose wanting him back again.
However, there is also talk of Juventus making an offer in January, which sounds far more sensible.
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