Just to make sure that footballfortheday isn’t totally overrun by that little thing happening in South Africa, we’re gonna stick to our guns and give you this week’s edition of Transfer Thursday. If you’ve been watching, we haven’t missed a column yet!
This week I didn’t even know where to start. Normally, it’s pretty easy to follow the latest and greatest wheelings and dealings across Europe. But this week it seems that every paper has their own little story. No one’s come out and grabbed the headlines just yet, and you just get the feeling that everything going down at the moment is pure garbage. Everyone’s just waiting for Mancini to make his move, or something like that…
According to the (sic) reputable source of news, the Daily Mirror (although it’s still better than that other paper – News of the World), the men at the Catalans are admitting to last season’s transfer errors. The swap deal with Internazionale (their real name is so much sexier) seems to have favoured the Italians, accentuated by the Champions League semi final between the clubs. Ibrahimovic seems to look like another failed signing in Dimitar Berbatov, and he sure reminds me of him. Over and again, the big Swede seems to miss golden opportunities and his lack of lethal finishing seems to have cost him his place for next season. Apparently, Barcelona are itching to broker an auction between Chelsea and Man City. It seems difficult to imagine, considering that both these clubs have outstanding forwards on their books. But when you’re talking about Man City, anything’s possible. If Chelsea really are in for Torres, then I doubt they’d be interested to get into a bidding war with the limitless financial backing that Man City seem to have at their disposal.
Barcelona will be eager to “get rid” and start afresh, but really, this particular story seems a little stretched. < 50% on this one.
Last week, we brought you news about Sir Alex and his search for a replacement for the red haired Paul Scholes. This week, we continue to spread the rumours with fresh links to a Spaniard, Mikel Arteta. Fresh from missing out on travelling to South Africa, Arteta apparently still sees it fit to demand more than the “measly” 45,000 pounds a week that he earns at Goodison. He’s spent the majority of the year on the sidelines and despite showing his class once again late in the campaign, may struggle to squeeze a lot more dosh out of the bargaining table. Nevertheless, Man United seem keen to snap up the wizard and he may still fit under their strict wages cap that is enforced. In another upside, Man City don’t seem interested in this particular deal (yet…), so at least there won’t be needless inflation of the signing fee.
It’s always difficult to predict the wily Ferguson, but it does seem that he needs some fresh midfield talent, with many of his other supposed replacements seemingly not up to scratch. Arteta looks to have the goods. Everton will be desperate to keep their man, but this one could just come off. 75% chances here.
Even though it’s always fun to follow the big money, it’s worth mentioning Birmingham, who after all are a top half club nowadays. Carson Yeung seems to have made available quite a pot of gold for McLeish, and it seems that he’s about to spend the lot. Apparently Ben Foster will be a direct replacement for the fantastic Joe Hart, but that’s old news already. Next up for the Blues is the crafty Wigan talent in N’Zogbia. N’Zogbia has been a crucial element in an otherwise poor Wigan side and a move to a bigger club could be on the cards. Wigan could easily be tempted to turn a nice little profit on this one. I wonder if he’ll be willing to move on already, however, having only just arrived at the Lactics.
Passthesugar will slap a 50% label onto the trade.
Daniele De Rossi
Bloody hell, just piss off already mate. And to all you other clubs out there: he’s not gonna leave.. you get it? The notoriously stubborn and difficult to sign de Rossi has yet again popped up – this time Roma have rejected a 38 million pound bid for midfielder. Personally I’ve hardly seen him play, but by the reports of certain colleagues, and with a quick glance at Wikipedia, it seems that he fits the bill to be included on the Arab’s lengthy shopping list. If Manc really want a quality midfielder, maybe they should chase a player who can’t break it into the starting 11; think Diarra or Gago.
This whole write up has stemmed from a publication known as La Stampa. With a quality name like that it’s gotta be 100% accurate.
In what is set to be one of the biggest transfer moves of the summer, unwanted and left out Bardsley is set to snub Sunderland to join the Hawthorns and passthesugar’s beloved Baggies. West Brom have reportedly offered the princely sum of 1.2 million for the defender who will look to shore up their back four. He’s one of a group of players to be owned by glamour club Man United, but quickly be shipped off on loan deals all over the shop. Most recently, Bardsley got a bit of karma, after being second choice behind the on loanees Hutton and Mensah at Sunderland.
Bardlsey will become one of the hottest properties in England this time next year, after helping West Brom to a miraculous top 6 finish. (think Michael Turner at Hull – just more) Crazier things have happened… well not really, but anyway here’s to dreaming. 80% it’ll come off
Just a footnote: In a revolutionary move, Tottenham and Chelsea showed off some of their finer “for sale/loan” talent yesterday with a training park showdown between the two clubs. Apparently they held a roll call for every manager in the land from 10th spot in the top flight and lower. I wonder what this will do for the players morale. Anyway, hopefully di Matteo was watching a bloke with the last name of Rose very closely.