There hasn’t been a lot of transfer movement so far, to the chagrin of some Italian managers, but that is partly down to the European Championship, and also the fact there is less money available to the majority of managers, but there is some news floating around and it’s time to have a little look at how things are panning out.
Arsenal look to have made some advances with players in, and links to Nuri Sahin and Santi Cazorla have emerged. Sahin would be a good addition to their midfield, although a loan move is currently being discussed, and the fact he is being linked also suggests there are still major concerns over Jack Wilshire in the long term. Cazorla is currently unsettled at Malaga, and a long-term target for Arsene Wenger but a price tag of close to £20m would possibly prove prohibitive.
Their neighbours Spurs are still battling to get a deal done with Adebayor, but it emerged from a few sources this week that Luka Modric has agreed personal terms with Real Madrid, which should help move things along generally at White Hart Lane. The departure of Steven Pienaar back to Everton is the final nail in that mistaken transfer coffin, and once Modric is gone we can expect to see a bid for Joao Moutinho take shape. One little rumour heard was that Spurs would discuss the transfer of Charlie Adam after their game against Liverpool, but that seems far-fetched.
Chelsea already have Eden Hazard, Marko Marin and Oscar in to bolster their attack, but may make a move for a striker, although it is looking increasingly unlikely that man will be Edinson Cavani of Napoli as he seems destined to stay in Italy. Falcao of Madrid is a possibility, as remains the entirely un-green Hulk from Porto, but there is a chance they’ll view Torres and Sturridge as options and choose instead to buy Victor Moses from Wigan as a reserve. He looks to have moved a step closer to the exit at the JJB after talks with the club in the last two days, and Chelsea may have rivals for his signature.
United are allegedly very keen on Robin Van Persie, maybe to sooth Ferguson’s ego after losing out on so many targets in recent times, but I feel that deal has some way to go. Joe Allen may move, but not to Liverpool, who are keen instead to revive their interest in Bologna striker Gaston Ramirez. As with all gossip columns there is an excellent chance I’ll be proved wrong on every one of these, but it would be nice to see a bit of cash change hands for the fans.