A look at the latest transfer rumours – today’s teams in question are Man City, United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Villa and Newcastle.
Manchester City in for Amauri
Manchester City have been linked with the likes of Michael Owen and Nicolas Anelka to play up front in the last few weeks; this time it’s Amauri, currently playing for Palermo in Serie A. Amauri has been in decent form for Palermo over the last few seasons, and it seems Sven has noticed this has he looks to raid the Italian club.
Amauri is not the only player Sven wants though; Manchester City has also been linked with a move for Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano, who did well with the national side at the last World Cup. Bresciano for me would fit into the Premiership without a problem; while Amauri is hardly a weakling when you look at his size.
Chelsea’s Shevchenko back to AC Milan?
This rumour started a month after Shevchenko moved to Chelsea for around £30 million; it has only gotten stronger as he failed to make a mark and show what he was capable of in England. Now Italian super agent Enzo Bronzetti has said that a move might finally take place, ruling out Milan’s interest in Leo Messi but stating that perhaps Shevchenko would return.
Whether Abramovich would be happy to let him leave is another matter, but as Shevchenko has not done as well as he was expected too, perhaps it is the right time to let him go. With Drogba’s outburst of how he wants to leave the club too, perhaps a massive January or summer revamp will be in order for Chelsea.
Portsmouth interested in Jonas
Although Portsmouth had a £2.5 million bid turned down during the summer for Real Mallorca winger Jonas Gutierrez, it appears that they will be back in for the player- this time with a fee of £7 million being mooted this time around. Portsmouth are apparently interested in a January swoop for the Argentine international as they look to bolster their squad; they will have quite a few players off to the African Cup of Nations. Gutierrez was also linked with Liverpool in the summer, and due to his size should have few problems adapting to the physical side of the league.
First it was Mourinho; now Didier Drogba wants to leave the club. The Ivorian striker was unhappy at the departure of his manager, and hinted at discontent, talking about how “damage is big in the dressing room”. Drogba’s comments have made it quite clear that he wants to leave Chelsea, saying that he would go even if both Ronaldinho and Kaka came to the club.
The striker should have his choice of destinations, with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan being linked in the past; some papers have sneakily linked him with neighbours Arsenal in a cut price deal. Chelsea have plenty of money to replace the forward should he leave, and will be after the likes of David Villa and Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Chelsea are also supposed to face competition from Inter Milan for the signing of Rafael Van der Vaart, who they were linked with a few days ago in a January move.
Aston Villa in for Dica
Next up for the rumours is Aston Villa, who have been linked with Steaua Bucharest striker Nicolae Dica. Aston Villa were apparently interested in Dica during the summer, and will renew their transfer bid either in January or next summer. Dica is capable of playing in midfield, but generally plays up front, and has also been the target of Greek side Olympiakos who are supposed to have already made a bid for him.
With the amount of money in the Premiership and the transfer budget promised by new owner Randy Lerner, should Aston Villa manager Martin O’Neill decide he wants the player then they will have no problems outbidding the Greek side.
Newcastle United’s Martins to Italy?
Most of the transfer rumours these days have a player joining the Premiership; this one is different however as it links Newcastle United striker Obafemi Martins with a move away. Martins has been linked with the Serie A, with Fiorentina, Lazio and Palermo all rumoured to be interested. Martins has developed into Newcastle’s premier striker over the last few months, and considering that they paid around ten million pounds to lure him to Tyneside, it would take a pretty high fee to make him leave.
Whether Newcastle can afford to sell him is another matter, with Owen’s constant injuries and Alan Smith’s failure to show consistent form since his move from Manchester United. The Italian clubs are supposed to be in for a January swoop, but this does not seem likely with the African Cup of Nations coming along, and a summer move looks more realistic.
More Transfer Rumours:
- Thierry Henry wouldn’t mind moving to the MLS at some point in the future; Luis Figo is considering it. If those two players made the move, an increase in popularity would be almost guaranteed.
- Mexican striker Carlos Vela will join Arsenal in January. Vela is owned by Arsenal, but was not allowed to play in England due to work permit issues; it seems that those have finally been resolved and he will join the club when the transfer window opens. How happy that will make current benched striker Nicolas Bendtner is yet to be seen.
- Liverpool will not sell Peter Crouch. The lanky forward was linked with a move away from the club after not getting a lot of games this year; Benitez has said that will not be the case.
- Manchester United were fairly happy with their trial of Carlos Tevez’s brother Miguel; they will be looking at signing the player on a permanent deal.
- Bolton are interested in bringing back Chris Coleman from Real Sociedad to the Premiership. Bolton of course just sacked Sammy Lee after a run of poor results.
- Van der Vaart tells Chelsea to wait for him; the midfielder does not want to leave Hamburg for the Premiership yet, but will consider it at the end of this season.
- AC Milan are leading the race to sign Ronaldinho, beating off interest from Chelsea. Chelsea have the money to finance the deal, but Milan are looking at a player swap for Kaka.
- Last but not least, Middlesbrough and Chelsea set to battle it out for the transfer of Danish youngster Simon Kjaer. Kjaer plays as a centre half for FC Midtjylland, and was the subject of a £500,000 bid from Real Madrid in the summer. Kjaer currently plays for the Denmark U19 team, and is tipped for great things by those close to him.