David Silva is busy helping Spain attempt to win the World Cup for the first time, but whether he returns from South Africa after this weekend or the following one, it won’t be as a Valencia player.
While Silva is making the switch from La Liga to the Premier League, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard could be set to do the opposite sometime in the next couple of weeks.
Also, it’s not very often that multiple American players are mentioned in one transfer roundup, but that’s the case today, as a trio of American stars are being linked with moves to new locales.
City Complete Silva Signing
Manchester City have pulled off their first big signing of the summer, nabbing Valencia winger David Silva for a fee of £27m. Silva, who had also been the subject of serious interest from Chelsea, has inked a four-year deal with City. (The Mirror)
United Swoop For Ninis
Also according to the Mirror, Manchester United could be set to land promising Panathinaikos midfielder Sotiris Ninis in a £9.6m deal. Inter, Roma, and AC Milan have also been linked with the Greece international.
Manchester City Ponder Donovan Deal
Landon Donovan’s impressive performances during his Everton loan spell and in the World Cup haven’t gone unnoticed, as Manchester City are considering a move for the American star. (The Mirror)
Hammers Make Neymar Offer
West Ham have made a £16m offer for highly-rated Santos star Neymar. The 18-year-old striker is also a target for Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester City, who have first refusal on the wonderkid after doing business with the Brazilian club for Robinho earlier this year. (Daily Mail)
Birmingham Bid For Bobby
Fulham have rejected a £6m offer from Birmingham City for striker Bobby Zamora. However, the Blues, who are reportedly offering a four-year deal worth £50k per week, are set to make an improved bid. (The Mirror)
Wigan Sign Boselli
Wigan have signed Argentine striker Mauro Boselli from Estudiantes La Plata for a reported £5.8m. (Metro)
Bolton Close On Real Youngsters
Bolton are close to landing a couple of Real Madrid prospects. Wingback Marcos Alonso and striker Rodrigo Moreno will be spending the season on loan at Bolton, who will have the option of signing the duo permanently for £5m. (Daily Mail)
West Brom Land Piquionne
A couple of days ago it looked like Fenerbahce were all set to sign Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne, but it looks like West Brom are now in pole position. The newly-promoted Baggies are set to hold talks with the French striker after having an offer of more than £1m accepted by Lyon. (The Mirror)
Real Line Up England Duo
According to the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are set to go hard after Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard and wrap up their spending for the summer before Jose Mourinho officially takes over as manager in two weeks.
Real have already made it known to Chelsea that they’re interested in the England left back, who played for Jose Mourinho for a little over a season, and a bid of around £25m is forthcoming.
Meanwhile, Real have already made a £20m bid for Gerrard, but they could try to force Liverpool’s hand with an improved offer for their captain.
Inter Target Godin
Inter Milan are weighing up a move for Villarreal center back Diego Godin. (Transfer Market Web)
Rossoneri Eye Caceres
AC Milan are considering a move for Barcelona defender Martin Caceres. Caceres spent last season on loan at Juventus, and Milan would like that option as well, but Barcelona are looking for a buyer for the 23-year-old right back. (Goal.com)
Napoli In For Inler And Dempsey
Napoli could make an offer of €7m plus Argentine striker Germain Denis to Udinese for midfielder Gokhan Inler. (Transfer Market Web)
Napoli are also interested in bringing an American touch to the club, as they’re looking at Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey and Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore. (Goal.com)
Sol Set For Celtic Switch?
Free agent defender Sol Campbell went to Scotland to meet with Celtic officials as he decides where his future lies. Arsenal have offered Campbell a one-year deal to remain at the club, while Celtic have offered a two-year deal worth £30k per week. (The Mirror)