Today we take a look at a familiar defender that two Premier League clubs are fighting for, a potential transfer between Chelsea and Liverpool, the latest attacking talent on Tottenham’s radar and a striker in talks at Stamford Bridge...
West Ham and Newcastle will do battle in January to secure the services of Christopher Samba from Dynamo Moscow.
Why it will happen: Samba was one of the Premier League’s top defenders during his time at Blackburn and both West Ham and Newcastle are in need of defensive reinforcements.
Why it won’t happen: Samba was terrible at QPR last season and at 29 he might well be past his best. Dynamo Moscow would be looking for a substantial fee for a player that they only signed in August.
With Jose Enrique ruled out until February, Liverpool are poised to make a bid for the Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand.
Why it will happen: Chelsea have played Cesar Azpilicueta out of position to cover for the injured Ashley Cole. Does Jose Mourinho trust Bertrand?
Why it won’t happen: Chelsea have already let seen one talented English talent blossom on Merseyside, in the form of Daniel Sturridge. Do they want to risk lightning striking twice, while also helping a potential rival?
Tottenham are ready to make a £20m bid in January for the Basel attacker Mohammed Salah.
Why it will happen: Spurs’ Sporting Director Franco Baldini watched Salah during Basel’s victory over Chelsea. Tottenham have been monitoring the player since his performances against them in the Europa League last season.
Why it won’t happen: Salah is employed as a wide attacker for Basel. Do Spurs really need to spend more money in this position when they already have the likes of Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Aaron Lennon, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andros Townsend on their books?
Chelsea are said to be negotiating a transfer with the agent of the Porto striker Jackson Martinez. He will cost the Blues £33m.
Why it will happen: Jose Mourinho would clearly like to add a quality striker to his squad, allowing him to ship out the unwanted Demba Ba.
Why it won’t happen: £33m sounds a lot for a 27-year old unproven outside of Portugal. His record at Porto is very good, but his goals per game statistics at Champions League and international level suggest that he might be a flat-track bully.
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