It’s nearly August! I’m sure you all know what that means: not only does the new football season start this month, but the transfer season starts to get extremely silly, as managers and clubs start to panic about the lack of players they’ve brought in; or do their very best to balance the books after an early summer spending spree. There’s been plenty of gossip this week, and some of the figures being bandied around are pretty eye watering. So hold tight, and enjoy this weeks rumour mill.
Fall back at the Emirates for unsettled Rooney
Rooney, Rooney, Rooney. You’ve read his name in the rumour mill so many times this summer that the word is no doubt indelibly printed on your brain. Despite David Moyes’ less than convincing statements regarding United’s determination to retain the services of their attacker, it still very much appears that Wayne Rooney wants out of Old Trafford, and this week Arsenal re-emerged as possible contenders for the 28-year olds signature. Rooney is thought to prefer a move to Stamford Bridge to work under Jose Mourinho, but it is now thought that he would rather move to the Emirates to stay at Old Trafford; meaning that if he doesn’t get his Chelsea move, there is still a very good chance that Rooney will be on his way.
Spurs to pay full whack if they want a decent striker
One of the other recurring plots of the summer has been Tottenham Hotspur’s search for a new striker; and given that at White Hart Lane they only have the frankly rubbish Emmanuel Adebayor and the hit-and-miss Jermaine Defoe, it’s not hard to see why. Spurs boss Villas-Boas has given up on Barcelona starlet David Villa, and has turned his attention to Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Negotiations are apparently at quite an advanced stage, but it now appears that Spurs will have to pay at least £26m to land their man, a good £6 or £7m more than they were hoping to pay. Whether Daniel Levy is prepared to break the bank to sign Soldado remains to be seen, and we could yet see Spurs shopping in the bargain bucket again on August 31st.
Remy to leave Harry’s sinking ship
Loic Remy had a number of destinations to choose from when he signed for QPR in January. In the end he opted for the club that were prepared to pay him the most. No surprise there then. Nevertheless, it was a move that backfired quite considerably with QPR offering a pathetic attempt at a relegation battle as they headed back to the Championship. Now Remy wants out (and presumably QPR would be delighted to get the Frenchman off their wage bill). So where could he be off to? West Ham are a club well known for paying inflated wages for average players, and the rumour is that Remy could be on his way to East London to join up with fellow high-earner and Liverpool reject Andy Carroll.
A curious bid and a smoking accusation
The Suarez saga is another story that has rumbled on all summer, and the speculation is showing no sign of abating following a frankly baffling bid from Arsenal for the unsettled Uruguayan. The Gunners bid £400000001 (Yeah, that’s 40 million and one) for Suarez on Tuesday, a bid that was rejected by Liverpool and resulted in Liverpool owner John Henry taking to the Twitter airwaves to query what the management were smoking at the Emirates. Clearly Henry believes that Suarez is worth far more, but it’s hard to see many clubs taking a punt at that price on a player with such a checkered past.
Second season syndrome sufferer to surrender
Now that is alliteration at its very best…Sorry, got a bit carried away there. The second season syndome sufferer is none other than Everton forward Nikica Jelavic, who – after a bright start in his first season at Goodison Park – only managed to find the net 7 times in the league last season, which is not exactly prolific for the player who is supposed to get you most of your goals. It now appears that the Croatian may have had enough, and Hamburg have been mooted as the team to take Jelavic off Roberto Martinez’s hands. Martinez has already secured the services of Ivory Coast striker Aroune Kone for next season, leaving Jelavic somewhat surplus to requirements, so this could be a move that works out well for all parties.
And some other rumours:
– Juventus striker Quagliarella to Norwich
– Evian forward Sagbo to join Hull
– Didier Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge as player/coach
– Swansea’s Ashley Williams to fill defensive gap at the Emirates
– Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner heading to West Brom