Transfer Round-Up: 12th June 2015

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho wants 3 signings this summer, according to The Daily Mirror. The self-appointed Special One is concerned that his title-winners might rest on their laurels if the club don’t bring in some competition for first-team places before the 2015-2016 season kicks off. The Portuguese manager has specified that he wants a striker to replace the departing Didier Drogba, a midfielder and a defender.

The Mirror thinks one of those players could be Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, with Mourinho reportedly ready to sanction a move for the 27-year-old hit-man who has been plying his trade in Serie A recently.

Meanwhile the Daily Star is suggesting that Chelsea’s pursuit of Radamel Falcao could be hijacked by Liverpool. The Colombian frontman didn’t have the best of seasons at Manchester United, but that hasn’t stopped Jose Mourinho from showing some interest in him. Mourinho has beeb quoted as saying “If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it”, suggesting that he feels the deal is already as good as done.

Manchester City

The Sky Blue team from Manchester have fired the first shot in the war to sign Raheem Sterling, offering Liverpool £30 million for the England winger according to Oliver Kay from The Times. Liverpool want more like £50 million, especially when they take into account the fact that the Reds need to pay about 20% of any fee they receive to QPR, as the London club developed the player.

Signing Raheem Sterling could just be the start of a summer rebuild, say The Daily Mirror, with City’s chief Khaldoon Al Mubarak vowing to initiate a squad overhaul in order to take the club to the next level. That could include the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus for a mouth-watering £58 million.

Pogba and Sterling join Kevin De Bruyne on City’s wishlist, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to sign the ex-Chelsea midfielder from Wolfsburg. Pellegrini is unwilling to pay the £35 million that Wolfsburg want for the Belgian, though, so don’t expect this deal to be wrapped up any time soon.

 Arsenal

 Rumours persist that Arsenal want to sign Jackson Martinez from Porto, with the striker having scored 28 goals in 38 appearances for the Portuguese side last season. That’s according to the Telegraph, who say that AC Milan have dropped out of the race to sign the Colombian, putting the Gunners in pole position for his signature. The player’s agent has said that he expects a deal to go through in the next few days.

The Express think that Arsenal are also favourites to sign Gonzalo Higuain, not Manchester United as rumours had previously suggested. That’s because Napoli’s former star Jose Alberti has come out in the press saying that he’s “90% sure” his former team’s player will sign for the Gunners. Whoever he signs for, there’s little doubt that he will leave Napoli after the club missed out on the Champion’s League this year.

Manchester United

The first big piece of news for Manchester United fans is the club’s confirmation of the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. The winger has come in to the club for £25 million, apparently favouring Manchester United over Liverpool. The 21-year-old has stated that he hopes to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo and become a United legend in the coming years.

Louis Van Gaal is reportedly looking at bringing in Joao Moutinho from Monaco, if he can stave off competition for the midfielder’s signature from Chelsea, Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg. Monaco need to balance their books this year and would happily get Moutinho’s £50,000-per-week wages off their hands, especially if it meant receiving the expected £28 million fee they’ve slapped on the 28-year-old.

The Manchester Evening News are saying that the Red Devils are ready to test Tottenham’s resolve over Harry Kane, with United preparing a big money offer for the player who shot Spurs to 5th last season. Tottenham don’t intend to let Kane go, and the England striker has shown no desire to leave White Hart Lane, but we all know money talks, so if United want him and Daniel Levy thinks the offer is good enough, a move shouldn’t be ruled out.

Spurs

 All of the talk in the close-season has been about Christian Benteke joining either Liverpool or Chelsea, but The Daily Mirror reckon Tottenham could yet enter the race. Nacer Chadli has come out in the press in favour of his Belgian compatriot joining him at Spurs this summer, with the winger saying “I hope it’s going to happen”. Whether Spurs fancy spending £32 million, Benteke’s rumoured release clause, on the striker remains to be seen.

Spurs have received something of a blow in their pursuit of Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula after the midfielder’s agent confirmed the under-21 international would rather move to Valencia than to White Hart Lane. Spurs had hoped to land Imbula for about £12 million according to the International Business Times.

Finally, Calcio Mercato, the Italian media outlet, is suggesting that Daniel Levy has already been in Italy to meet with Juventus’s sporting director Fabio Paratici over the potential signing of Fernando Llorente. The striker is contracted until 2017, but he is in high demand, with Rafa Benitez rumoured to be keen to take him to Real Madrid as a backup striker.

Liverpool

 The Telegraph reckon that Brendan Rodgers is ready to do battle with Jose Mourinho over the signature of Radamel Falcao. The Colombian under-performed Manchester United this season and his wages of £275,000-per-week are prohibitive to say the least.

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With the Reds likely to get rid of Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Ricky Lambert, they’ll need to bring in at least one more striker to work alongside Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and the recently signed Danny Ings. Rumours persist that Liverpool will try to get Christian Benteke to come to Anfield this summer, but the Metro think that the Merseysiders could yet bring Carlos Tevez back to the Premier League.

Liverpool have already rejected a £30 million bid from Manchester City for Raheem Sterling, but the likelihood is that the England winger will move on this season. If that’s the case then the Reds will need to bring in a replacement and plenty of media outlets are saying that they are close to agreeing a deal for Mateo Kovacic. In fact, the Express have reported that Liverpool have already had a £16.6 million offer accepted by Kovacic’s club Inter Milan. None of the trusted Merseyside journalists, such as Tony Barrett at The Times, are reporting this, though, so maybe take it with a pinch of salt.

Southampton

 CaughtOffside.com are reporting that Southampton are hoping to bring in former Arsenal man Alex Song as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin, should the French international decide to leave St. Mary’s to join Manchester United.

The same website reckons that Southampton are prepared to do battle with Arsenal over the signature of Sevilla’s midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. The 25-year-old has a release clause of £22 million and he caught the eye with some top performances in La Liga last season.

Finally, The Daily Mail are saying that Saints are ready to do battle with Stoke City for Sporting Lisbon’s defender Cedric Soares. The Portuguese youngster would be seen as an ideal replacement for Nathaniel Clyne, who looks to be off this summer with both Manchester United and Liverpool keen on the 24-year-old.

Swansea

 The first big bit of news for the Welsh club concerns the confirmation of the signing of Andre Ayew on a free transfer from Marseille after his contract with the French club ran down. It’s one hell of a coup for the Swans, bringing Ayew in for nothing on a four-year-deal. The Ghanaian international scored 10 goals for Marseille last season and can play anywhere across the front line.

Meanwhile The Daily Mirror reckons Ayew could just be the first striker Swansea bring in, not the last, as the Welsh club hope to add Loic Remy to their ranks this summer, too. The French striker is already being chased by Southampton and Crystal Palace, with Chelsea willing to let him go for a nominal fee.

Stoke

 Sticking with The Daily Mirror, this time for news about Stoke, with the paper claiming that the Potters are hoping to keep hold of Victor Moses. Moses disappointed at his loan spell with Liverpool during the 2013-2014 season, but was impressive for Stoke last season. Stoke are hoping that they can either get him on another season long loan or else buy him outright, but their Chief Executive Tony Scholes knows it depends entirely on whether Mourinho will let him go.

The Mirror also say that Stoke are keen on bringing in Yevhen Konoplyanka, with the Ukrainian being a free agent this summer. He is also wanted by Sevilla, but Stoke are refusing to baulk at his £100,000-per-week wages, instead the Potters are willing to offer more than Sevilla, making Konoplyanka their highest paid player ever.

Crystal Palace

 Alan Pardew is hoping to beat both Southampton and Swansea to the signature of Chelsea’s French forward Loic Remy. The 28-year-old is disappointed with the amount of starts he got at Stamford Bridge last season and is ready to move on if Jose Mourinho will let him.

The website London24.com is reporting that Palace are keen to being in Yohan Cabaye from PSG, if the Frenchman decides to make a return to the Premier League. Cabaye has struggled to settle in France after his £20 million move from Newcastle and is also a target for Arsenal as well as his former club in the North-East.

 Everton

 The Blue half of Merseyside have already released Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, according to the Liverpool Echo, so rumours have emerged that they could join Aston Villa in the race to sign Micah Richards.

The Echo have also said that Everton face a battle with West Ham for the signature of Dmitri Payet. The French winger has impressed at Marseille and could be the subject of a £7 million bid from the Toffees.

 West Ham

 The Hammers this week confirmed that Slaven Bilic will take over from Sam Allardyce as their manager. Bilic is keen to improve the West Ham squad, and the Leicester Mercury is reporting that he plans to try and tempt Esteban Cambiasso from Leicester City.

Meanwhile The Daily Mirror are claiming that West Ham are after Andre-Pierre Gignac. The 21-year-old striker scored 21 goals in 37 league games for Marseille last season and is a free transfer. West Brom have already made contact with the Frenchman’s representatives, so West Ham could have a battle on their hands.

West Brom

 As we’ve just said, if you read the info on West Brom, The Daily Mirror are reporting that West Brom have already made a lucrative offer to Andre-Pierre Gignac in an attempt to lure him away from other Premier League clubs and get him to play for the Baggies.

Meanwhile the Birmingham Mail is saying that West Brom are keen on Chelsea’s young striker Patrick Bamford. The 21-year-old still has 2 years left on his contract but has been reluctant to sign an extension to his deal at Stamford Bridge.

Leicester

 Other than trying to keep Esteban Cambiasso out of the claws of West Ham, the only really rumours around Leicester this week are that they are keen to sign Gareth McCauley from West Brom. The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer but Tony Pulis is keen to keep him and has offered him a new contract. He used to play for Leicester though, so that could sway him.

Newcastle

 The big news for Newcastle fans this week is the confirmation that Steve McClaren has taken over from John Carver as their manager. He’s apparently been given a £50 million transfer kitty to get Newcastle back into the top 8 and to target a cup win if possible.

The Independent reckon that McClaren plans to target Charlie Austin from relegated QPR, and that Andy Carroll could be on for a shock return to the North-East. They could also look to bring in Malaga’s Juanmi. The 22-year-old has a £5.5 million release clause in his contract.

Sunderland

 The Black Cats have agreed a deal to keep Wes Brown at the Stadium of Light until June 2016, according to The Daily Mail. The 35-year-old’s contract extension was one of the first decisions that Dick Advocaat made after being made the Sunderland boss for another year.

The Sunderland Echo say that Adam Johnson’s potential legal problems mean that Sunderland will be targeting a left winger this summer. So far there are no significant names linked with the club, so keep your eye out for developments in this area.

Aston Villa

 If you believe every news outlet you see then it would appear as if Micah Richards is signing for about 10 different clubs, but The Daily Mail are convinced he’s going to knock all of them back in order to sign for Tim Sherwood’s Aston Villa. The Mail say the England right back will sign on a free from Manchester City.

Bournemouth

 The Hull Daily Mail are saying that Bournemouth are going to make an offer for Hull City’s £5 million rated midfielder Tom Huddlestone. The Mirror, meanwhile, think that the Premier League new boys might make a surprise bid for Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert. The Reds are keen to move on their tall forward and Bournemouth are hoping to take advantage of that fact.

 Watford

 The only real news for Watford fans this week is that Tottenham want £10 million for their midfielder Younes Kaboul, should the London club continue with their interest in the 29-year-old defender.

Norwich

 The last club we look at in our transfer round-up is Norwich, and it’s just as well given there isn’t much to say about Delia Smith’s club. The Birmingham Mail reckon that the Canaries are willing to make an offer to former West Brom midfielder Yousouf Mulumbu after the midlands club allowed him to leave.

Edp24.com have confirmed that Norwich have already added Graham Dorrens to their books, so if Mulumbu does sign then he’ll be able to join his former Baggies partner in the middle of the park for the Canaries.