It’s the broadsheets that seem keenest to talk about Chelsea’s transfer activity this week, starting with The Guardian. The chosen paper of the metropolitan elite are suggesting that Arda Turan could be on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer. Despite interest from Paris St. Germain, the Turkish whizz’s agent, Ahmet Bulut, said, “Arda intends to leave Spain this summer and his will is to play in the Premier League. That is where he wants to take his career at this time”.
The same paper also think that Antoine Greizmann could be joining the Turk in heading to London as part of a £35 million + Mohamed Salah deal. The two of them are keen to swap Atletico Madrid for the bright lights of the English capital, and Mourinho could use them to bulk out the squad and release people for other transfers.
The Mirror, for example, think that Jose Mourinho could use Oscar as a makeweight in any move Chelsea make for Juventus’ midfielder Paul Pogba. This is even more likely if Chelsea are able to bring in Turan. French international Pogba could cost up to £70 million this summer and is attracting interest from all of the major players, including Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid. Yet Chelsea could have a lead on them all given that Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has already admitted he is a big fan of 23 year old Brazilian Oscar.
Manchester City’s pursuit of Raheem Sterling doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of abating, with the Sky Blues considering making another offer in the region of £40 million for the Liverpool winger. The Manchester Evening News feel that City can get Sterling for less than the Merseyside club want, given their recent acquisition of Firmino for 1899 Hoffenheim.
The MEN also claim that last year’s Premier League runners up are close to signing the Turkish youngster Enes Unal. The striker is currently on the books of Bursaspor, but City are ready to make a move for the talented 18 year old before anyone else does. Turkish media outlets are suggesting that Batur Altıparmak, Unal’s agent, has said, “An agreement in principle has been reached. Bursaspor have given Enes permission to join Manchester City and undergo a medical. We are in contact with the club”. Keep your eye out for this one developing further soon.
Meanwhile TalkSport have used the word “desperate” regarding Man City’s pursuit of ex-Chelsea playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. The 23 year old has been one of the stand out performers in the Bundesliga over the last year, and City are keen to bring him to The Etihad in order to get themselves back in the title race after a disappointing season last year.
Sticking with TalkSport, the world of motor mouth radio reckons that Arsenal face competition from both Liverpool and AC Milan in their pursuit of Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain. The striker scored 18 goals in the Serie A last season and both Arsenal and Liverpool hope to add goals to their front line moving forward. The 27 year old Argentine is one of Wenger’s top targets, so the Frenchman won’t be keen on the idea of a club offering him the chance to stay in Italy next season.
And TalkSport also think that Arsenal are hoping to bring in another player from Serie A in the form of Napoli’s left back Faouzi Ghoulam. The Algerian wants to leave Napoli after they failed to make it into the Champion’s League and could cost the Gunners something in the region of £10 million.
The Guardian are reporting that Real Madrid are currently lining up replacements for Sergio Ramos, who is Louis Van Gaal’s top target this summer. The defender is the subject of a £30-£35 million bid from the Red Devils, and Real are keen to keep them onside in order to ensure the smooth passage of David De Gea to Spain.
The Daily Telegraph feel that Manchester United are going to join Liverpool in the race for the signature of Carlos Bacca from Sevilla. The The Colombia striker will not be allowed to leave the Spanish side for less than his £21.5 million release clause, so United will feel they may have the financial clout to stop Liverpool from beating them to his signature as they did with Firmino from Hoffenheim.
And Morgan Schneiderlin is preparing to leave Southampton in the coming days, according to TalkSport. The defensive midfielder has been linked with a host of clubs, and Manchester United are believed to be leading the way for his signature. It will be interesting if a player leaves Southampton and doesn’t sign for Liverpool.
The Guardian claim that Manchester United may not have it all their own way over the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin, though, as Tottenham could enter the race to sign him before the whole thing is finally decided.
Meanwhile The Metro are saying that Schneiderlin isn’t the only player that United and Spurs are set to go head to head over, with Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri due to be the subject of a £10.6 million bid from both clubs.
And maintaining the links with other stories, The Telegraph are saying that Spurs are closing in on the signing of Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld. Atletico had tried to entice Chelsea to take the defender as part of a deal for Filipe Luis, but Tottenham’s London rivals aren’t keen on him, leaving the way clear for Spurs to step up their pursuit. Southampton, where Alderweireld spent least season on loan, are also interested, but it’s believed the 26 year old Belgian would rather partner Jan Vertonghen in the Spurs defence.
It’s been a big week for Liverpool, with their Chief Executive Ian Ayre flying out to Chile – where the Copa America is taking place – in order to complete the signing of Roberto Firmino from 1899 Hoffenheim. The Brazilian will move to Anfield for around £22 million, rising to £29 million with add-ons.
And the Reds haven’t stopped there, with The Express, amongst others, reporting that Liverpool have had a £12.5 million (£10.5 million with a further £2 million depending on his progress) offer for Nathaniel Clyne accepted by Southampton. The defender will become the 4th player to move from the South coast to Merseyside, following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren.
It is also believed that Ian Ayre might try to tie up deals for both Carlos Bacca and Salomon Rondon whilst he’s over in Chile. The Independent feel that the Reds are keen to bolster their attack with moves for the Sevilla and Zenit St. Petersburg forwards. They are both thought to be more financially viable options for the Merseyside club than Christian Benteke, given that Villa seem determined to force anyone that wants him to meet his £32.5 million release clause. Bacca should be available for around £21 million and Rondon is likely to set Liverpool back by around £15 million.
With Morgan Schneiderlin due to leave Southampton imminently, The Express reckon that the Saints will replace their defensive midfielder with Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula. The 22 year old, who has been labelled ‘the new Patrick Viera’, will cost the South coast club in the region of £15 million. Having already replaced the Liverpool bound Nathaniel Clyne with Cedric Soares, Saints are keen to ensure they have a replacement lined up before allowing Schneiderlin to leave.
The Mirror have reported that Saints have made their third signing of the summer in the form of Maarten Stekelenburg. Ronald Koeman was keen on bringing in a new ‘keeper given that Fraser Forster is due to miss most of next season with a serious knee injury. Stekelenburg has come in on a season long loan from Championship side Fulham. He joins the Spanish striker Juanmi and the Portuguese defender Cedric Soares at St. Mary’s.
The Daily Mail have reported on Swansea’s signing of the Swedish goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt. The 26 year old has signed a three year deal with the Welsh club for an undisclosed fee from Heerenveen. Lukasz Fabianski will remain Gary Monks’ first choice stopper, but with the departure of both Gerhard Tremmel and David Cornell this summer it was important for the Swans to bring in back up to their number one.
Meanwhile The Metro feel that Swansea are desperate to bring in some attacking options during this transfer window. Since the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, Swansea have struggled to put the ball in the back of the net, with Bafetimbi Gomis being something of a disappointment. The Metro aren’t naming any particular names, though, so expect this one to run and run.
Whilst most places believe Liverpool, United and Arsenal are going to do battle for Xherdan Shaqiri, The Guardian are reporting that it will be Stoke who will release him from his tough time at the San Siro. The Swiss winger has only played for Inter Milan since January, but it is believed that Stoke could offer him a £9 million escape route.
The Stoke Sentinal feel that Shaqiri isn’t the only high end target that the Potters are going for this summer, with Yevhen Konoplyanka also on their radar. The Ukrainian winger’s contract is due to expire this summer and a host of clubs are expected to go for him.
Goal.com think that Crystal Palace are close to stealing in in front of Swansea for the signature of Ola John from Benfica. John has two years left on his contract with the Portuguese club, but they could look to cash in on the player who has been capped by the Netherlands.
The Hull Daily Mail, meanwhile, are suggesting that Alan Pardew’s Palace are chasing the Tiger’s midfielder Dame N’Doye. The Eagles want to bring in some new attacking blood and feel that N’Doye could be just the ticket.
The Toffees have signed Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent deal, according to the BBC. Deulofeu enjoyed his loan spell on Merseyside in the 2013-2014 season, and has now moved there permanently from Barcelona for £4.3 million. The 21 year old can “still develop into one of the game’s outstanding young talents”, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez.
The Liverpool Echo are saying that Everton are yet another team that fancy their chances of bringing Xherdan Shaqiri to the Premier League. Shaqiri has been linked with more clubs than Katie Price has had husbands, so don’t be surprised if this particular deal doesn’t come off.
The Express have two bits of transfer news to do with West Ham doing the rounds this week, with Alex Song reportedly opting for the Hammers over Chelsea and Marseille’s Dimitri Payet also ready to link up with Slaven Bilic. Song was on loan at Upton Park last season and apparently impressed Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese misery guts willing to pay £5 million to Barcelona for him. The ex-Arsenal player would rather head back to the land where they’re forever blowing bubbles, however, and Barca are meant to be that keen to get him off their books that they’re willing to drop their £5 million price tag in order to see the deal through.
Dmitri Payet is reportedly in London for a medical, with the winger expected to cost the Hammers something in the region of £11 million from Marseille. The 28 year old has been capped 15 times and the French club are reluctant to let him leave. However a statement on their website claimed that West Ham have offered him a contract worth £21.3 million over six years and that they were simply unwilling to match that amount of money for the forward.
From bubbles to Baggies now, and reports in The Guardian suggest that the Midlands club are willing to smash their own transfer record and pay big bucks in wages in order to entice the one time Chelsea striker Demba Ba to join their ranks. The 30 year old forward seems an odd choice to go all out for, but Tony Pulis is considered to be the poor man’s Mourinho so perhaps he thinks Ba already knows how to play as a 9th central defender.
The Birmingham Mail are busy suggesting that Tony Pulis could look to further protect his defense with the addition of defensive midfielder Ben Reeves from MK Dons. The 23 year old is reportedly the subject of a £1 million bid from the baseball hat wearing gaffer at The Hawthorns.
The Foxes have this week confirmed the signing of Robert Huth on a 3 year deal, according to The Daily Mirror. The chest stomping, tub-thumping 30 year old enjoyed a successful spell on loan at the King Power Stadium last season, helping to keep Leicester in the Premier League when they looked doomed to relegation at Christmas.
And The Mirror feel that he may not be the only player that makes the trip from the Potteries to the East Midlands, with Steven Nzonzi also like to join his ex-Stoke team mate in the Foxes’ dressing room come the start of next season. Reports suggest Nigel Pearson could lodge a £7 million bid in the coming days for the midfielder.
Steve McClaren is hoping to bolster his Newcastle defence with the signing of Richard Keogh from Derby, reports The Guardian. The £4 million rated central defender is high on the new Geordie boss’ wish list, though he could face competition from both Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.
Meanwhile TalkSport are suggesting there could be a battle to wear famous number nine shirt at St. James’ Park should Newcastle succeed with their attempts to get Queens Park Rangers to drop their asking price for Charlie Austin. Papiss Cisse is currently the Geordie’s number 9, but if Austin arrives for anything like the £15 million QPR want for him then he’ll doubtless be expecting to put the iconic shirt on his own back – after all it’s the number he wore playing for the Londoners when he smashed in all of the goals that attracting attention from the North-East in the first place.
The Black Cats are going to reignite that famous North-East rivalry with Newcastle by going head to head with the Geordies over the signature of Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven, according to The Independent. Sunderland have reportedly tabled an £11 million bid for the Dutch midfielder in an attempt to steal a march on their arch rivals in the race for his signature. The 24 year old was named the Eredivisie player of the season last year – ahead of his former teammate and new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay.
Meanwhile the Sunderland Chronicle think that the Black Cats could also face a battle over the signature of Italian centre back Davide Astori, as Schalke are also keen on the defender.
Finally, The Daily Mirror are reporting that West Ham have rejected a bid from Dick Advocaat’s team for Stewart Downing. The England winger is surplus to requirements at The Boleyn Ground due to the imminent arrival of Dmitri Payet. Sunderland have reportedly offered £5 million for Downing but West Ham want more.
The Birmingham Mail reckon that Asmir Begovic is Tim Sherwood’s number one target this summer. The cockney gaffer is keen to bring in fresh blood in the goalkeeping position after using both Brad Guzan and Shay Given last term. Begovic has spent 5 and a half years in the Potteries but is likely to move on and Villa seems his most likely destination. He will cost the Villains about £10 million if they manage to persuade him to head to the Midlands.
The biggest change that could be due at Villa this season may well be in the ownership, however, with The Birmingham Mail suggesting that the American tycoon Josh Harris could be looking to buy out his countryman Randy Lerner’s stake in the club. Harris is worth around £2.1 billion and is the owner of both the NBA team Philadelphia 76ers and NHL side New Jersey Devils.
It’s been a big week for Bournemouth this week, with the Cherries having already signed ex-Everton centre back Sylvain Distin on a club record £40,000 a week. The 37 year old has joined Eddie Howe’s team after the Blues let his contract run out at the end of last season.
They have also beaten Aston Villa, Newcastle and West Brom to the signature of Ipswich Town’s left back Tyrone Mings. The 22 year old is 6 ft 5 and has impressed during his time at Ipswich, causing Bournemouth to break the bank in order to bring him in for a rumoured £8 million.
The Mirror feel that Watford are planning to invade Spurs for not one but two different players this summer. First up the Hornets are closing in on the signing of Etienne Capoue, with the Frenchman apparently telling friends he’s preparing himself to join to the newly promoted club in the coming days. The fee has yet to be finalised but it is thought that Tottenham want to recoup as much of the £11 million they paid for him as possible. Secondly they reckon that he’s going to be joined at Watford by Paulinho. The Brazilian has disappointed during his time at White Hart Lane and Spurs wouldn’t mind getting him off their books as soon as possible.
The Mirror are like Watford-watch this week, and they are reporting that the club are hoping to bring in Genoa’s Argentinian winger Diego Perotti. The 26 year old isn’t overly keen on a move to Vicarage Road, but they are hoping to persuade him by doubling his £15,000 a week wages. The Mirror reckon the Hornets have already had a £7 million bid accepted by the Serie A club, but late interest from Valencia could cause them problems.
The Canaries have already signed both Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu from West Bromwich Albion, and they’re now hoping to add Dynamo Kiev’s Dieudonne Mbokani to their list according to The Metro. The striker is reportedly the subject of a £5.5 million bid from Norwich. He would know someone at Carrow Road should he sign up for the brightest looking team in the Premier League, as he also plays for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just like Mulumbu.