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Analysing the Transfer Gossip 17/04

There’s always plenty of transfer talk throughout the season. So how much of it makes sense, and how much of it is just rumour?

Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas is interested in signing 20-year-old Porto winger Christian Atsu, to whom he gave a debut during his time in charge of the Portuguese club. Everton and Sunderland are also keen on the winger, who will have just a year left on his contract by the summer and has an £8m buy-out clause.


Full story: Daily Mirror

What’s the story? Three Premier League clubs, two of which are looking towards Champions League Qualification want to pay a truly ludicrous amount of money for someone who has made 7 starts, 6 of which he has been substituted off in…?
Does it make sense? See above. This is so bizarre.
Is the price right? Would you want to pay £8m for someone who hardly ever sees the field…in Portugal?
Will it happen? 0/10 – Not a cat’s chance

Paris Saint-Germain director of football Leonardo insists the club have not made an offer for Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney but admitted that Manchester City’s Samir Nasri and Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle are on their radar.


Full story: the Independent

What’s the story? Hmmm. Where does Nasri fit? Cabaye is clearly a good option as he ran riot in France before moving to England and PSG do have a whole deep in midfield next to Verrati which I imagine, considering Cabaye is French, they would like him to fill. Nasri though?
Does it make sense? Cabaye makes perfect sense. Nasri is an odd one because PSG don’t really need him. They play a rapid tempo attacking style with three quick players behind the focal point of Ibrahimovic.
Is the price right? PSG can afford anything really so £20m a piece.
Will it happen? 7/10 – Cabaye: Newcastle are hard to buy from, see Andy Carroll. 5/10 – Nasri: I don’t see how he fits what PSG need.

Newcastle could be interested in re-signing Andy Carroll when his loan deal at West Ham expires at the end of the season. However, the Magpies are only willing to pay £10m for the 24-year-old – £25m less than Liverpool bought him for two years ago.


Full story: Daily Mirror

What’s the story? Carroll is finding form at West Ham who can’t afford him, perhaps he can re-light the flame at Newcastle.
Does it make sense? I’m not sold that he fits Newcastle’s system. They’ve moved towards a more fluid, passing system than the one he thrived in.
Is the price right? £10m would be great value. He should reach nearer £12-17m given his nationality, age, position and potential.
Will it happen? 7/10 – Carroll is as good as gone and Toon would be a good home.

Chelsea are close to sealing a £20m deal for Brazil defender Dede, who the Blues believe can be John Terry’s long-term successor. The Vasco Da Gama centre-back, 24, has also been watched by Liverpool and Manchester United.


Full story: Daily Express

What’s the story?
Chelsea desperately need centre backs as profiled here. Dede is the elite defender in South Ameria right now with a physique for England. Chelsea have recently bought Piazon, Oscar and Wallace from Brazil.
Does it make sense? Yes. Dede is tough and good on the ball, exactly what Chelsea need.
Is the price right? £20m is too high but Brazil is becoming ever harder to buy from.
Will it happen? 7/10 – Chelsea could sign him regardless of who is manager

Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 25, could return to former club Porto in the summer, with Sir Alex Ferguson attempting to bring Colombia star James Rodriguez, 21, the other way.


Full story: the Daily Telegraph

What’s the story?
Interesting. Anderson has shown glimpses of potential but never really strung it together like he did when starring at Porto. Rodriguez is a fabulously talented, goal scoring and most importantly, consistent winger.
Does it make sense? Yes, plenty. Port need something extra in midfield which Anderson could offer and United are aching for consistent wide play.
Is the price right? £10m and Anderson would make the notoriously tough negotiating Porto sit up and think.
Will it happen? 8/10 – It makes so much sense.

Southampton have launched a bid to sign 24-year-old Belgium winger Radja Nainggolan from Cagliari.

Radja Nainggolan

Full story: Daily Mail

What’s the story? Nainggolan is not a winger. How can this have not been researched? He’s a box to box action central midfielder. There is nothing about him that suggests winger. Nothing that a Wikipedia search, never mind actually, you know, watching him, wouldn’t immediately correct. However, for what he actually is, he would make a lot of sense for Southampton.
Does it make sense? Yes. If Saints move towards a 433 shape then the grit and drive of Nainggolan would nicely compliment Cork and Schneiderlin.
Is the price right? He’d be expensive, somewhere in the £10m range. But you’re getting a player who could take the league by storm like his fellow Belgians.
Will it happen? 7/10 – I like this fit.

Arsenal will make a formal offer to Sunderland at the end of the season to sign their Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 25.


Full story: the Independent

What’s the story? Mignolet was top of my shortlist to solve the Arsenal keeper crisis. I’m glad people take notice.
Does it make sense? It makes perfect sense. No more worrying about the keeper position for the next 10 years.
Is the price right? It depends if Sunderland stay up. £12-15m if they do, half if they don’t.
Will it happen? 6/10 – Arsenal fans would love it. It make sense. But since when does that make a difference to Arsenal policy?

Stories collected by the BBC Gossip Column

Analysing the Transfer Gossip 23/03 – Saturday Special

There’s always plenty of transfer talk throughout the season. So how much of it makes sense, and how much of it just rumour?

Manchester United want to sign Benfica’s Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 26, for £15m.


Full story: Daily Mirror

What’s the story? Manchester United have been linked with various defenders including Garay in the past. The Argentine has been in stellar form during Benfica’s unbeaten season.
Does it make sense? Not massively. I’m not convinced Garay would be a great fit for the Premier League, but having said that he would be useful for them in Europe where his comfort on the ball would come in handy.
Is the price right? £15m is about what it would take but it’s a fair chunk of change.
Will it happen? 5/10 – He just doesn’t fit in the Premier League but Ferguson has his heart set on the big eared cup so he might make a luxury move in pursuit of that. Plus, Ferdinand might be on his way.

Super-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are showing interest in Manchester City’s unsettled midfielder Yaya Toure, 29.


Full story: Daily Mail

What’s the story? Anzhi have lots of money. This would be the acid test of Yaya’s motivations. Sure, they could offer him unparalleled wages but his agent is saying it’s not about the money. We shall see.
Does it make sense? This makes much more sense for City than Chelsea or Real. If they sell him to Russia they can get more money and easily say that he’s gone just for the money. They wouldn’t lose face. I don’t get why Yaya would want to do this but money is a powerful thing.
Is the price right? This is the big question. Anzhi could look at Yaya as a statement of intent signing, in the same way that City did when he moved there, and pay a huge fee. There’s no reason for City to take less than £35m.
Will it happen? 7/10 – I can picture this. Anzhi are in a rush and Yaya could do for them what he has done for City.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will reject all offers for French playmaker Yohan Cabaye, 27.


Full story: Daily Mirror

What’s the story? The big boys will be circling around Cabaye who has been the epitome of consistency since moving to Newcastle. There’s no question that he’s their key player so if Newcastle, and Ashley specifically, are serious about competing then they have to find a way to keep him.
Does it make sense? Well here’s the thing. Obviously football wise they really need to be keeping him but their recent success in the transfer market has been founded on buying cheap, selling high, buying cheap to replace.
Is the price right? If Arsenal or Chelsea come in offering £12-15m it will be hard for them to turn down. Anything more than that and it will be impossible.
Will it happen? 3/10 – I think he’ll stay. What is in Newcastle’s favour is that there are plenty of player’s in Cabaye’s position on the market in Europe right now at a lower cost. Mind you, he is the known package which explains the premium.

Tottenham have been warned that Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo, 26, is “virtually non-transferable”.


Full story: talkSPORT

What’s the story? Osvaldo plays as the lone man up top for Roma and has all the physical assets that Premier League clubs desire. He’s a real target man, a box dweller.
Does it make sense? I don’t think so. Osvaldo isn’t exactly a prolific scorer, he’s only got 11 in the league this year. As a hold up man he’s a good fit but Spurs really need goals more than hold up. They have had trouble putting teams away and have dropped silly points, especially if Bale doesn’t win games for them. They’d be better off pushing for Higuain or Cavani.
Is the price right? Well considering that he is described as ‘virtually non-transferable’ it’s going to be a lot. A minimum of £15m is just too much for what Spurs need. Osvaldo is perfect for Roma which will increase the price yet further.
Will it happen? 1/10 – this just doesn’t fit Spurs’ recent buying profile. The days of over paying for players seems to be behind them.

Everton have sent their scouts to run the rule over Real Mallorca and Israel striker Tomer Hemed, 25.


Full story: Daily Mail

What’s the story? Everton need attacking help, the lack of consistent production up front has hamstrung them in their pursuit of the top 4.
Does it make sense? He’s cheap enough and offers a good physical presence but Everton have that type well covered. He’s only got 8 goals this year in Spain, albeit in a struggling Mallorca team. Perhaps, like Michu, he could be better suited to success in England.
Is the price right? He won’t cost much, maybe £3-4m.
Will it happen? 6/10 – Moyes, if he remains, is constricted by his budget and has to look for these kind of flyers.

Stories sourced by the BBC Gossip Column

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