3 days left before the transfer season ends, and all the tabloids seem to be working overtime.
Here’s the latest on Tevez, Trezeguet and Mido.
The Sun is in rare form today. They’re linking Tevez with Arsenal, saying that Arsenal will launch a 17 mil bid for the Argentine. Goes totally against what we’ve been talking about Arsenal, especially when you see the wealth of attacking talent at their disposal. Arsenal’s needs lie in the defensive and midfield departments – Tevez is not going to Arsenal, not if Chelsea and Manchester United can do anything about it.
There is, however, still a good chance that Arsenal may actually sign someone in the next 3 days. The Mascherano trail has gone quiet, but considering that he has met with Arsenal officials after the Zagreb game last week it is possible that Arsenal made a renewed offer for him. Mascherano will cost at least 16 mil, and with Reo-Coker also linked to Arsenal you have to wonder whether Wenger will spend so much money on one player when he could get two quality players from the Premiership itself (Gallas and Reo-Coker).
After being linked to Torres, Tevez and Adriano, this link with Trezeguet is embarrasing. A 10 mil deal is reportedly in the offing with United having already met with Trezeguet’s agent and made an offer to Juventus.
Now I know that Trez scored 29 goals in the Serie A and CL last season, but why is Manchester United going for Trez? With the form Saha is in, you can’t expect him to sit on the bench – strikers need long runs in the side to hit their form, so how will Trez and Saha fit in together? Saha’s understanding with Giggs and Ronaldo is the product of almost an year’s worth of hard work in training – are we going to wait that long for Trez to click?
Then there’s the issue of Manchester United’s transfer budget – we should have enough for a midfielder and a a striker, but do we have the 27 mil for Hargreaves and Trez? I’d rather get Hargreaves here, and if Trezeguet is coming to Manchester United I hope that Ferguson has Haestad or Reo Coker lined up as well.
Update: Sky Sports says that United tabled a 17 mil offer (fkn kiddin, right) and that Juve are saying that Trez isn’t going anywhere. Bloody well hope so.
The Guardian says that Tottenham have reached an agreement with Roma over Mido, and that for 3.4 mil plus defender Rodrigo Defendi, Mido should be a Tottenham player (again) by Wednesday.
Mido should conclude the move in London today or tomorrow, subject to a medical and personal terms, before flying to Egypt to prepare for a weekend international against Burundi. In fact it was his international team coach who first revealed that Mido will be travelling to London to sort out footballing matters before linking up with the team on Wednesday.
Cheap transfer, good value for goals. But Tottenham’s biggest problem (the left wing) is still unsolved – if they go into September without signing a left-sided player who will they use to plug that gap? Robbie Keane?
Tottenham are also after Steed Malbranque, although from what I’ve been hearing over the weekend Steed is heading towards West Ham, not Tottenham.
3 days to go, and then we’ll be done with this mess.