Several of England and Europe’s top clubs already being proactive with their summer transfer plans. Who’s making bids and trying to seal a few deals before the window officially opens?
Liverpool Make £15m Bid for Valencia’s Silva
Liverpool have made a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £15m to Valencia for winger David Silva. (The Mirror)
Analysis: I was expecting Liverpool to make a bid for Silva before too long, but with some superior offers likely to come in (which Valencia no doubt hope for), Rafa might be left hoping and praying that the lure of Liverpool is too much to resist.
Rafa to Move for Forlan?
While Silva may be far from a certainty, Liverpool could be set to land Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan in a cash-plush-Lucas Leiva swap. The former Manchester United man has already reportedly agreed terms with Liverpool, but the stumbling block could be the fee. (Tribal Football)
Analysis: You have to wonder where all these funds are going to come from, but Liverpool could do to add another prolific striker, and Forlan’s been just that since he moved to Spain. The capper on the deal, at least for Liverpool fans, could be seeing Lucas be sent on his merry way out of Merseyside.
Manchester United to Sign Brazilian Center Back
Manchester United have agreed a £5.4m deal for Corinthians center back Dodo. The 17-year-old Brazilian youth international has a Portuguese passport, so he should have no problems being able to make his way to England. (Daily Mail)
Analysis: All Fergie needs now is one more Brazilian center back, and United could have an all-Brazilian backline in just a few short years. I’m sure he’s already got his eye on that other center back, so it won’t be long.
Blackburn Interested in Barcelona’s Krkic
Blackburn have reportedly made quite the ambitious attempt to bolster their front line, putting forth a loan offer for Barcelona starlet Bojan Krkic. (Daily Mail)
Analysis: Bojan may well go out on loan to get regular first-team opportunities next season, but I think there’ll be better offers than Blackburn.
Wigan’s Bruce Expects Valencia to Leave
Wigan manager Steve Bruce has resigned himself to the fact that he could lose star winger Antonio Valencia in the summer, with Real Madrid and Manchester United both heavily interested in the Ecuadorian. (Sky Sports)
Analysis: Well, he may lose Valencia, but the sizable fee that he stands to receive for him will be more than enough to make several quality additions to his squad for next season.
Tottenham After Fulham’s Schwarzer
Tottenham and Aston Villa are both being linked with Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who has been a huge reason why the Cottagers have Europe in their sights. (Daily Mail)
Analysis: I don’t see them letting him go, or him wanting to go just to compete for a starting spot, when he already has one more than assured where he is.
Werder Bremen Star Diego Inks with Juve
According to the agent of Werder Bremen star Diego, the Brazilian playmaker signed a five-year deal with Juventus last week. (Sky Sports)
Analysis: You always have to wait on the official confirmation for these such things, but I do think it’s only a matter of time before this one’s official, much to the disappointment of Bayern Munich.
Sao Paulo Look to Seal Ronaldinho Deal
Brazilian side Sao Paulo are looking to make a quick deal for AC Milan’s Ronaldinho, as they’ve made contact with his brother/agent about a potential move. A sweetener to the deal for AC Milan could be Sao Paulo defender and Rossoneri target Joao Miranda. (Tribal Football)
Analysis: Things haven’t quite panned out as well as Ronnie would’ve hoped when he spurned Manchester City for Milan, but will he take the same route that Ronaldo and Adriano have to rejuvenate their caeers? It’s certainly not a bad idea.