Monday, 5 August 2013

Transfer Titbits: My Take On This Window's Rumours In No More Than 100 Words
Bale: Being touted for a truly ridiculous price. To turn down £85 million is beyond arrogant. For a player who scored roughly half the goals Ronaldo did when he moved for £80 million, Daniel Levy should have bitten Florentino Perez’ hand off. Seems as though his heart is in a move to Madrid and his sale would be more than sufficient to pay for Tottenham’s squad reinvestment. Keeping him at Spurs just makes everyone involved unhappy. Should test himself on a bigger stage and see if he really is as good as his fans make out.

Likelihood of Move: 6/10                                                       

Will start the season at: Real Madrid
Suarez: Potentially a sideways move come the end of the season. Club don’t want to sell, Wenger won’t buy for a ridiculous price. Not a typical Arsenal signing (poor attitude) which makes it seem even more unlikely. If he turns his back on a club which supported him through being clearly guilty of using racist language (rightly or wrongly) he has no idea how good he really has things at Liverpool. Real Madrid a far more realistic and attractive move, given the sale of Higuain. That however is probably dependent on the capture of Gareth Bale.

Likelihood of move: 4/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Liverpool
Rooney: Wanting to leave the Theatre of Dreams for the second time. United far too shrewd to sell domestically unless an unbelievable price is offered. Chelsea’s pursuit makes for an exciting chat around the water cooler on Monday, but realistically not going to happen. Would only be sold abroad and those with enough financial clout can buy better players anyway.  Would be better off settling down and working hard to regain and win trophies for his club, if you can’t find the challenge you want at Manchester United, you’re very unlikely to find it anywhere in the world of football.

Likelihood of move: 1/10                                                       

Will start the season at: Manchester United
Fabregas: Heart torn between trying to make it at his boyhood club the second time round and taking a fantastic opportunity to be playing regular top level football again. At a crossroads in his career, hang on one maybe two years and Xavi will retire, giving him the first team role he craves. Leave now and become the lynchpin of one of Europe’s biggest forces at Old Trafford. Loyalties to Arsenal should nip this one in the bud however, making the move seem more unlikely the longer it drags out. Unlikely to betray his past and himself.

Likelihood of move: 3/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Barcelona
Remy: Makes sense for him and the club. Redknapp says he doesn’t want players whose heart’s aren’t in it. Loan deal possible with the club expected to return to the Premier League, with surely no shortage of takers for a striker who, at times, impressed last season and showed genuine goal-scoring ability with some sensational finishes. Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle all linked at various times throughout the window, but with acquisitions of Sanogo and Soldado, the latter seems the obvious option to add to the ever-swelling French contingent at St. James’ Park.

Likelihood of move: 9/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Newcastle
Defoe: Genuinely surprised to see his name thrown in the transfer mixer this summer. A reliable 10-15 a season premier league goal-scorer, surely the perfect back up/partner to marquee signing Soldado at Spurs. To hear of interest then from Aston Villa when they already have the impressive Benteke, promising Weimann and Agbonlahor to play with, seems misplaced. Also desperately needed at White Hart Lane to deal with the inevitable decline in form of Adebayor now he has nothing to prove having earned a permanent contract. AVB surely too clever to let 
him go on the cheap, or at all.

Likelihood of move: 2/10                                                            

Will start the season at: Tottenham Hotspur
Bent: Not my favourite player, but one that somehow scores goals. Whenever he plays he seems to get a chance here or there and his record in the Premier League can’t be argued with. Frozen out at Villa due to a youthful revolution under Paul Lambert, will prove no doubt an astute signing for a bottom half of the table team. Palace, Fulham and Newcastle all linked, if the price is right could be at Palace, Newcastle seem to favour other targets, but Fulham could create an interesting partnership teamed with the mercurial Berbatov.

Likelihood of move: 8/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Fulham
Eriksen: Yet another promising youngster from Ajax’s famed youth academy. Apparently clever having turned down advances from big clubs before, will realise the competition with Coutinho at Anfield could be fierce and therefore less than ideal for his own development. Man Utd appear to be entering the fray having missed out on other targets, but interest there still only at a very early stage. Depends if the wealth and glory of the Premier League turns his young head.

Likelihood of move: 4/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Ajax
Fellaini: Probably hoping his old manager Moyes will take him to Old Trafford following an impressive showing last season. Not what Utd fans are crying out for, but at least a decent signing in midfield which could appease the fans until next summer. Arsenal also reportedly interested and arguably an ideal signing for Arsene Wenger’s side, stocked with creativity and quality, but missing a bit of bite and nastiness, at times needed in the world’s most physical league. With a reported £25 million price tag, Mr. Wenger could do a lot worse. Moyes’ signing of last resort.

Likelihood of move: 5/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Everton 
Modric: Logically a good move for Man Utd.  Fits the bill as the creative midfielder the fans are desperate for and not getting playing time at Real Madrid. Seems the type who could be tempted by a lucrative offer, but may also try and stake a claim where he is, given the age of Alonso and uncertain future of Sami Khedira. The arrival of Illaramendi for a huge fee suggests otherwise, perhaps making him the English Champions’ most viable and sensible target. Could be put off by being a 2nd choice target, though may be sold to fund Bale.

Likelihood of move: 5/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Real Madrid
Heitinga: Rumoured to be keen on a move away from Goodison Park,  the Dutch defender will not have been pleased by the signing of Antolin Alcaraz. A solid defender who does his job and doesn’t make headlines, could be the ideal candidate to inject some much needed pace in to the backline of West Brom, who will want to build on last season’s progress, while holding concern over the age of McCauley, Olsson and new signing Lugano. Given his wish to play and Everton’s worldwide links, would not be a surprise to see him alongside Yobo in the Turkish league with Fenerbahce or Galatasaray.

Likelihood of move: 7/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Not Everton
Ince: Having turned down an £8 million move to Premier League newcomers Cardiff, one suspects his dad and now manager has told him to hang on for a big offer. Whether it will come before the season starts or not is the big question. With old club Liverpool allegedly regretting the decision to sell him, Stewart Downing’s non-productive days at Anfield could be numbered before the season starts. Likely to be bought in the January window after more impressive showings in the championship.

Likelihood of move: 8/10                                                              

Will start the season at: Blackpool

Chamakh: Rumoured to be close to joining Crystal Palace. Arsenal fans will be dancing in the streets the second it becomes confirmed.

Likelihood of move: 10/10                                                       
Will start the season at: Crystal Palace
Honda: Consistently impressive in international tournaments, its a surprise no-one in Europe has made a significant bid to sign him before. With his contract soon to expire at CSKA Moscow, both Benfica and AC Milan are interested. Word on the wire says he fancies the latter, and a move to the San Siro could be good for both. Shirt sales for cash strapped Milan and big club experience for Keisuke. AC to make it official on a Bosman transfer in January.

Likelihood of move: 8/10                                                             

Will start the season at: CSKA Moscow
Agger: With Barcelona reportedly on the look out for a new centre-half this season, and with interest in both Thiago Silva and David Luiz already rebuffed, the Dane's name is the next to be thrown into the Catalan's hat. Whilst dependable, perhaps not quite of the quality the Blaugrana usually recruit, so promoting the likes of Marc Bartra could be more fruitful. That said, hard to see him turning down a move if the bid came in.

Likelihood of move: 5/10

Will start the season at: Liverpool


  1. Other big names that could be worth a mention:

    Odemwingie, Scott Sinclair and Kalou

  2. The fault there is 'big names' haha. Odemwingie to Al Nasr will happen, Scott Sinclair will stay at City to keep up their homegrown quote for European competition and can't see Kalou going to West Brom as Lille are usually at least a Europa league side.