The Premier League fixture list came out today, and has certainly ramped up the excitement for the new season; but sadly for all the football fans out there, there’s still a long way to go before a ball is kicked once again. Okay, so the Confederations Cup is currently on, but that barely counts. If you’re desperate for the season to start, read on for a football fix that will tide you over (at least for a few minutes).
It’s just a Mata of time
Please forgive the truly appalling pun, it’s been a long week, but nevertheless, it was only going to be a matter of time before the rumours started circulating around Juan Mata’s future at Chelsea, for the simple reason that he is a world class player who could strengthen almost any team on the planet. The word on the street is that Mata has fallen out with new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho (can’t say I’m surprised) and fancies a move to Barcelona, who in turn quite fancy having Mata in their squad. A £30m bid for the Spaniard is being touted, but it’s difficult to predict whether this one has legs or not.
Edison Cavani and his plethora of options
Napoli striker Cavani is one of this summer’s hottest properties, and it’s rumoured that Man City, Madrid, Chelsea, and pretty much anyone else who’s got money is after the Uruguyan. Madrid currently appears to be the most likely destination for the South American star, with Real reportedly weighing in with a £55m bid to secure their man.
Man United to add some Spanish skill to the middle of the park
United have been after a midfielder since Roy Keane’s retirement, and the suggestion is that they’ve found the man that they’re after in Spanish Under-21 midfielder Thiago Alacantra. Alacantra played a starring role in Spain’s Under 21 Championship win and it is believed that £15m big could be enough to tempt the youngster to Old Trafford.
Higuain and Arsenal: a match made in heaven?
Ever since Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain confirmed that he was planning to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, there have been rumours aplenty about where he’ll end up. Arsenal have emerged as a likely destination, and given that they have a reported £70m warchest this summer, this one could actually be a goer. Arsenal need a prolific striker to be the main man in North London, and Higuain certainly fits the bill.
Isco and Pellegrini to reunite at the Etihad
Man City’s new manager is of course Manuel Pellegrini, and ever since the Chilean took over in Manchester speculation has been rife that Spanish superstar Isco is also on his way to the Etihad. City have already signed Jesus Navas, so signing Isco too would certainly seem to be an indication that they’re planning on being a whole lot more attacking next season. Watch this space.
– Man Utd’s Bebe to Sporting Lisbon
– Inter’s Guarin to Tottenham
– Sevilla’s Luna to Aston Villa
– Arsenal’s Koscielny to Barcelona
– Tottenham’s Villas-Boas to Paris St-Germain