Today’s Transfer Rumor Roundup focuses on two Premiership clubs that promise to spend big, as well as a third that could join them. We’ll also take a look at one player who went from franchise cornerstone to someone who could leave in January, as well as Tottenham’s continued quest for a new goalkeeper. Finally, we’ll reveal why one player turned down a move to Juventus, and it has nothing to do with money!
AC Milan Back in for Gallas?
After ruling out a transfer for the former Arsenal skipper, AC Milan have done a 180 and are interested in acquiring William Gallas to shore up their defense. His price is thought to be £6 million or so.
Analysis: Gallas needs a change of scenery, and Tottenham might not be far enough for him. Ronaldinho, Kaka, Inzaghi, Sheva, Beckham, Pirlo, Gattuso, and now Gallas. Those are a lot of big egos for one club.
More Names on Spurs’ Keeper List
Spurs are interested in Chelsea’s Carlo Cudicini and Reading’s Marcus Hahnemann as possible solutions to their goalkeeping woes.
Analysis: Cudicini was once one of the top goalkeepers in the Premiership, and I’m surprised he’s stayed at Chelsea for as long as he has. We’ll see if he jumps at the chance to be a starter again. As for Hahnemann, he played well last year despite seeing his team go down to the Championship. Still, at 36, he probably isn’t the long-term answer.
Aston Villa Get £18 Million To Spend
Aston Villa owner, Randy Lerner, has pledged £18 million so that the club can sign a striker. Wigan’s Emile Heskey and Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz have been identified as the club’s top targets, although Henrik Larsson is a possibility.
Analysis: This could be Villa’s year to break into the top 4, so they have to go for it. John Carew’s been hurt, so they definitely need another proven striker to play alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor. Heskey has always been more of a facilitator rather than a scorer, so he could make Agbonlahor, Barry, Sidwell, and Milner better, but he won’t contribute goals himself. Santa Cruz seems to want to go to Manchester City, but he’d probably have a better situation at Villa, where there’s less competition and there’s the possibility of Champions League football next season.
Capel to Spurs or City?
Tottenham and Manchester City have been linked with Sevilla left-winger Diego Capel, who has indicated that he would consider a move away from his club. His price-tag looks to be about £12.6 million.
Analysis: Once again, it’s Spurs and City as the two clubs have seemingly decided to start printing their own money. He’d be a good addition to both clubs, particularly City, who have been unsettled on the left.
Schweinsteiger’s Girlfriend to Determine Destination?
Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has blamed Bastian Schweinsteiger’s girlfriend, Sarah Brandner, for vetoing a move to Turin.
Analysis: Talk about being whipped. Then again, if you had a girlfriend that looked like this, then you’d listen to her, wouldn’t you?