Manchester City have been linked with a host of strikers in today’s newspapers. They are ready to trigger the £18m buyout clause for Alvaro Negredo… or alternatively they are ready to sign Fred from Fluminese…. but then if they wake up in a different mood, they might instead decide to buy Oscar Cardozo from Benfica instead.
So basically the consensus seems to be that Manchester City will sign a not quite top class striker this summer. Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to just who that man will be.
West Brom have come up with a great, cost-effective method of having a very good striker in their team every season. Basically they wait until Chelsea buy far too many expensive strikers and then realise that they can’t play all of them at once.
That’s when the Baggies pounce with an offer to loan one of these strikers, to leave one less selection headache at Stamford Bridge. Last season they managed to recruit Romelu Lukaku and this season could see them bag a certain Demba Ba, who might well be wishing that he’d simply stayed at Newcastle.
Chelsea have slapped in a £45m bid for the Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan international has a £52m buyout clause, but Chelsea are hoping that their offer will be near enough to the mark to tempt the Italian outfit.
Napoli will probably argue that considering Chelsea happily paid £50m for Fernando Torres a few seasons ago, that their £52m valuation is actually a pretty fair one.
Boy for sale, he’s going cheap
Once upon a time Darren Bent was one of the most wanted hitmen in the Premier League. Both Spurs and then Sunderland paid £16.5m for his services, before Aston Villa splashed out £24m to bring the England striker for Birmingham.
Now Villa are ready to flog Bent for just £8m, but are said to still be waiting for a single bid. Newcastle, Fulham, Crystal Palace and Hull are said to be the Premier League also-rans who are considering whether it’s worth one last punt on this dead horse.
Signed, sealed and delivered
Much like West Brom, those clever folk at Swansea seem rather adept at persuading clubs to loan them international footballers, rather than having to pay for them.
Yesterday they signed the Netherlands midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a second season-long loan from Villarreal. De Guzman scored eight goals for the Swans last season, but it seems that Villarreal would rather just lend him out like a library book, rather than have him cluttering up their shelves at home.
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