Liverpool’s failure to meet Aston Villa’s asking price for Christian Benteke has allowed both Chelsea and Manchester United to muscle in on negotiations, with both ready to go closer to the asking price of £32.5m.
Where will he go? United might end up being the perfect destination for him with Radamel Falcao gone and Robin van Persie likely to follow, but this saga could run and run.
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Firm-ing Up Interest
One of the reasons that Liverpool have turned their attentions away from Benteke is because they’ve taken the lead in the race to sign United target Roberto Firmino according to reports in Brazili.
Is he any good? The Brazilian is a skilful player in the mould of the Reds’ schemer Philippe Coutinho, and both of those could be an incredible proposition if paired together.
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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is ready to break the Mackems’ transfer record to sign Newcastle target and Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum from PSV Eindhoven.
Good move? It would be. Wijnaldum is a goalscoring midfielder who seems perfectly suited to the Premier League, and he’d be a fine addition.
Sunderland are 6.50 to finish in the top 10 in 2015/16
Following his loan move back to Sporting Lisbon last season, Portuguese winger Nani is set to sever all ties with Manchester United this summer and move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.
It’s about time. Yeah, it probably is. David Moyes inexplicably gave Nani a new contract when he took over at United in 2013, but the 28-year-old really needs a move away.
United are 5.50 to win the Premier League in 2015/16
Not So Pleased To Michu
Spanish forward Michu – once the darling of Swansea City – is set to exit the club for just £4m this week following last season’s disappointing spell on loan at Napoli.
It started so well. It did. He was excellent in his first season at the club but quickly went downhill and a move to Spain looks likely.
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