From the probable, to the possible, to the ‘here we go again,’ here are some of today’s top transfer rumors.
Inter Milan have reportedly contacted Manchester City in regards to a move for playmaker Elano, who has been a huge part of the Manchester City’s early-season push into the top four. With Figo due to retire at the end of the season, the 26-year old Brazilian is the man Inter have targeted to replace him. Whether or not Manchester City would actually let him go is another story, giving how big of an impact he has made in such a short time, both as a scorer and a creator.
Fiorentina defender Tomas Ujfalusi is a target for several clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham. The 29-year old Czech international’s contract runs out at the end of this season, and he has refused an extension thus far. He is also reportedly in the sights of Juventus, Inter Milan, and Sevilla, the last of which appears to be the favorite for his signature, if he does decide to leave his current club. Ujfalusi has played in more than 300 games in his career with Czech side Sigma Olomouc, Hamburg SV, and Fiorentina, and has made 64 appearances for the Czech national side.
Surprise, surprise! Portsmouth are looking at yet another African attacker. This time it’s Lens midfielder/forward Razak Boukari, who could be the object of a January bid by Portsmouth. The 20-year Boukari, who was born in Togo but is an Under-21 international for France, has made 11 appearances for Lens this season. It’s not the first time he’s been linked with Premiership clubs, as he was linked with Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham last year before his move to Lens, and he was also linked with Arsenal earlier this year.
The Daily Star reports that Aston Villa may make a double swoop for former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen and Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte.
Gudjohnsen has been riding the pine for the most part at Barcelona, and has said he wants to leave, with Aston Villa one of the sides queuing up to get him, with Villa owner Randy Lerner already having authorized a bid. Newcastle and Manchester City are both said to be chasing him as well.
As for Hoyte, Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill has reportedly been monitoring the 23-year old for several months, and in the summer, the Daily Mail and other news sources said that Villa were going to make a bid for him. With his first-team opportunities scant at Arsenal, a move might be good for Hoyte, since the 18-times capped Under-21 international would have full opportunity to catch Fabio Capello’s eye if he gets regular first-team football.
According to the Daily Mirror, Juventus will make an official bid for Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko in January. After being a prominent part of Rafa Benitez’s squad in his first two seasons in England, he’s only made a handful of appearances for Liverpool this term, and needless to say, isn’t too pleased about it. A move to Juve would reunite the Malian international with former manager Claudio Ranieri, who he played with in his last season at Valencia (2004-05). However, Inter are in the discussion as well, as they’re in need of midfield reinforcements, so stay tuned.
In my last transfer roundup, I said that Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra could soon be on his way out, due to a lack of playing time since a summer move from Chelsea, and now it appears that he could be making another move within London, as Tottenham could table a bid for the 22-year old in January.
You can’t have a transfer roundup without a little Manchester United news. According to news reports, Manchester United could be looking at bringing in Henrik Larsson for another three-month spell, after his success stint at the club in the second half of the 2006-07 season. Larsson has six goals in the UEFA Cup for Swedish side Helsingborg, and with Manchester United weighing up their options up front, he could be an inexpensive and reliable short-term acquisition. However, Helsingborg could be a little reluctant to let the 36-year old go this time around, as they’ll be taking part in the UEFA Cup round of 32 in February.
And lastly, things are ever-changing in the potential future of one Nicolas Anelka. After it looked like Chelsea were all set to snap up the Bolton striker in a 10 million GBP January deal, it seems that Manchester City have other ideas, as they’re supposedly looking to trump Chelsea’s bid by another 2 million, in an attempt to secure another forward after the signing of Nery Castillo and after missing out on Inter’s out-of-favor and out-of-shape Adriano, who instead will be with Brazilian side Sao Paulo on loan for the remainder of the season. Tomorrow, Anelka will be linked with a sensational swap deal with Didier Drogba and 25 pounds of assorted cheeses. The saga continues…