Transfer News Today: Chelsea reach agreement with La Liga star?

Today’s rumours see Manchester United splashing more cash, Chelsea signing a super striker, Liverpool bringing in a Portuguese and a Spurs midfielder staying put


Forum chatter


After signing Juan Mata, Manchester United will continue their spending spree with a move for Southampton’s teenage full-back Luke Shaw.

Why it will happen

Left-back is a crucial area for United to improve on as Patrice Evra begins to look his age and Alexander Buttner isn’t good enough, and Shaw would certainly fit the bill for David Moyes.

Why it won’t happen

The Saints would command a huge fee for Shaw, who has become one of the most highly-rated young players in the Premier League, and after splashing out on Mata United might opt to wait until the summer to spend again.


Tabloid gossip


Chelsea have reached a verbal agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of their top scorer Diego Costa in the summer.

Why it will happen

The Blues obviously need a top class forward, and Costa certainly fits the bill. The Brazilian-born Spanish national has shone in La Liga this season and looks made for the Premier League.

Why it won’t happen

Having made his desire to switch nationality so clear, Costa could opt to stay in Spanish football, with a good World Cup perhaps leading to a straight fight between Barcelona and Real Madrid for his services.


Switching targets


Having missed out on the Chelsea-bound Mohamed Salah, Liverpool have switched their attentions towards central midfielders Saul Niguez (pictured centre) of Atletico Madrid and Benfica’s Andre Gomes.

Why it will happen

They look somewhat short in the centre of the field currently, and so the Reds would be wise to bring in one of the two young talents. Gomes could be cheaper and more likely.

Why it won’t happen

Niguez, currently on loan at Rayo Vallecano is highly-rated by clubs in the Champions League, whilst Benfica don’t want to lose Gomes having just sold Nemanja Matic to Chelsea.


Staying put


Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby will be staying at the club after his girlfriend confirmed she was moving to London.

Why it will happen

Holtby obviously feels at home at Spurs, and the midfielder is willing to keep working hard and impress boss Tim Sherwood as he looks to earn a place in the team. Spurs also don’t want to send him back to Schalke as that could lead to Arsenal signing Julian Draxler.

Why it won’t happen

He might be based in London, but Holtby could still leave Spurs on loan in order to gain more first-team football. Fulham and West Ham would surely be keen.

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