Sat 4th Aug – Man Utd and Chelsea prominent in today’s transfer gossip columns
Manchester United have received some good news in the Lucas Moura transfer tale as Sao Paulo rejected the recent rumours which suggested that Inter Milan were close to snapping up the 19 year old. The club’s vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus was quoted saying this by the Mirror: “I’m not aware of this. We only negotiated with Manchester United, but their offer was not good enough.” The Brazilian is busy at the Olympics with Brazil and his future will be sorted out only after the games.
Ashley Cole has been the poster child for spoilt modern day mercenary footballers, but even then there is no doubting his place amongst the best defenders in the world. Chelsea have seemingly decided to focus on the former as ESPN report that the 31 year old could be allowed to walk away from the club for free next summer, akin to their treatment of similar high wage-earners Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack. The left-back might stay if given a £200k-a-week contract claims the report as PSG continue to monitor the events closely.
The Daily Star believe that Tottenham will continue their summer spending by splashing £12.5m on Russian star Alan Dzagoev. The CSKA attacker made his name at the Euros this summer and Andre Villas-Boas understandably wants to light up White Hart Lane with his talents.
Salomon Rondon has chosen Rubin Kazan ahead of Tottenham claim the Metro as Malaga have reportedly agreed upon a £12m transfer with the Russian club. Arsenal beat Spurs to another Malaga star Santi Cazorla and they are about to miss another item from the garage sale as the 22 year old striker looks set to jump to the Russian league.
Lille’s game of cat and mouse with Newcastle over Mahtieu Debuchy hasn’t amused either the Magpies or the player himself. The long-term right-back target for Newcastle saw his dream move to Tyneside blocked again this week after Lille rejected yet another bid. The disgruntled Frenchman shared his frustrations with L’Equipe as he said: ‘I called the president and left him a message. I do not understand. One day I said I’m not leaving because I have no replacement. One day, this is because the supply is insufficient to Newcastle. One day, the coach who is blocking me.”
Newcastle United have set their hearts on signing Frenchman Jeremy Toulalan from Malaga reports the Mirror as the Magpies become the latest English side to arrive at the Malaga fire sale.
Championship dwellers Wolves have played hardball with Premier League clubs trying to pry their players away and the stance was highlighted by The Sun as they report that they have turned down Fulham’s £4.5m bid for Matt Jarvis. The Midlands side have used the same tactics to frustrate Sunderland, who are prepared to go up to £11m for Steven Fletcher, although Wolves are holding out for a cool £15m instead.
The above mentioned duo of Sunderland and Fulham are after another attacker claims The Sun, with West Brom’s Peter Odemwingie a £4.5m target. Odemwingie was quick of the traps at the Hawthorns before enduring a disappointing campaign last time around and the Baggies are willing to offload the 31 year old.
The Daily Star report that Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim will be saved from his Portsmouth nightmare by West Ham, who are reportedly interested in the former Chelsea full-back.
Michael Laudrup has continued to raid the Spanish leagues for players as the Daily Star report that Swansea had made a £4m bid for Getafe’s Venezuelan International Miku.
Manchester United have tied down keeper Anders Lindegaard until 2016 after the Danish International signed a new four-year contract. The 28 year old has been a tremendous number two for Sir Alex Ferguson, even pushing David de Gea to 2nd spot for an extended period last season. He was extremely happy after putting pen to paper on the new deal as he told the club’s website:” I’m very pleased to have signed a new contract. I’m glad and proud that the manager has shown the confidence he has in me by giving me a new deal.”