Colm Hayes is here to bring us the latest transfer news from the past seven days. It has been a big week in the Premier League, with high profile departures and arrivals involving England’s top clubs.
Arsene Wenger has once again capitalised on a big-name Premier League player making a move to La Liga by bringing Alexis Sanchez in the opposite direction. In a deal reportedly worth £35m, Guillem Balague has tweeted it is in fact an initial fee of £27.5m plus £2.3m in objective-based payments. Balague is a man who has his fingers on the pulse of Spanish football and is generally spot on regarding these matters.
Quite a deal then for Arsenal, who look set to follow it up with the signing of Mathieu Debuchy for a fee in the region of £8m. The Gunners are also being heavily linked with Loic Remy and Sami Khedira. The latter has allegedly rejected a new deal at Madrid, according to The Star. It looks set to be an extremely busy summer for the Emirates club.
And it looks as though Sanchez’s move to London was the only snag holding up a certain Luis Suarez’s transfer to Spanish giants Barcelona, where he has been officially confirmed as a player today. This represents a huge blow to Liverpool’s ambitions for the season, but they themselves have been busy enough in the transfer window.
The latest player likely to make the move to Anfield is the silky Serbian Lazar Markovic, with a medical expected to take place as early today. He could be quickly followed through the door by Belgian bruiser Divock Origi. Most reports suggests Origi would be loaned straight back to Lille for the season, and Talksport’s claims that Liverpool are hot on the trail of Wilfried Bony only serve to reinforce this idea.
However, the Merseyside club would do well not to fall into the ‘Tottenham trap’ by trying to replace Suarez with multiple different players. We all know how well that worked out for Spurs last season. Other players linked to the club include Karim Benzema, Jackson Martinez and Antoine Griezmann.
Now that the Netherlands have crashed out of the World Cup, the man with the massive cojones can put his considerable talents to use on reviving the fortunes of a certain Mancunian club. Louis van Gaal is now said to want Wesley Sneijder at Old Trafford, but to be fair at least half the Dutch squad have now been linked with United. I daresay fans of the Red Devils would be less than impressed if they all turned up in Manchester and began producing the sort of display we saw against Argentina on Wednesday.
The Star are reporting that United have began negotiations with Arturo Vidal, a player long linked with the club. With Patrice Evra longing to move in the other direction, it seems the clubs will have to decide on whether he is included in the deal, with Nani already being used as a makeweight according the Express.
In further interesting news for United fans, Marca have today reported that Argentina ace Angel Di Maria has agreed a £150,000-a-week salary with the Manchester club in what would be a huge step toward a deal. The figure touted for the Real Madrid man is around the £40m mark, and it remains to be seen how this would impact United’s pursuit of Vidal who represents a similar cost..
Di Maria has showcased his ability to play in a Van Gaal-preferred three-man midfield during the World Cup and with United yet to reap any transfer fees themselves, it could be a case of one or the other for the Old Trafford club.
Speaking of powerful midfielders, former United player Paul Pogba caused a stir yesterday when he was seen in an area of London only a stone’s throw from Stamford Bridge. Rumours that José Mourinho was spotted in disguise leaving a trail of sterling-loaded suitcases from Harrods to the stadium are as yet unconfirmed.
Onto East London and Big Sam’s World Cup watch has ended up with the Hammers’ chasing the excellent Ecuadorian Enner Valencia. The Times report that West Ham will face stiff competition from AC Milan and Sevilla for the £12m-rated forward.
League Champions Manchester City have been suspiciously quiet so far this transfer window, with another relatively small-money move wrapped with the signing of Malaga keeper Willy Caballero for around £6m. A man who now looks likely to stay at the Etihad is Alvaro Negredo, with Atletico Madrid no longer interested in the Spanish hitman after they completed a deal for Croatian sensation Mario Mandzukic.
This deal also means one Romelu Lukaku will not be moving to Madrid, with the Express reporting that Wolfsburg are looking to land the Chelsea striker. The Citizens do look certain to add a centre-back to their squad in the near future, with an alleged deadline of 21 July set by Roma to sign the monstrous Moroccan Mehdi Benatia while the Daily Star have previously reported Porto have accepted a City bid for the ferocious Frenchman Elaquim Mangala. It is still early days however and it would be surprising not to see the blue side of Manchester land at least one marquee signing before the window shuts.
Colm Hayes, Pundit Arena.