Transfer News Today: Man United Close In On £30m Valencia Defender


Sold-ado?

Tottenham may choose to offload £26million striker Roberto Soldado to Bayer Leverkusen, who have expressed interest in a loan deal.

Will this happen? Leverkusen are reportedly interested in a loan move with the option to sign the Spaniard permanently – and that’s the only way Spurs will offload their misfiring striker. Soldado has fallen down the pecking order since the emergence of Harry Kane this season, with the Spaniard scoring only 15 goals in 18 months at White Hart Lane.

 

Double Trouble

Manchester United are preparing a double bid for Barcelona defenders Dani Alves and former United man Gerard Pique.

Sounds ambitious, right? Yes, but don’t bet against it. People thought United wouldn’t land Angel di Maria but managed it last summer, and the recent arrival of goalkeeper Victor Valdes could grease the wheels for this deal to happen. Louis van Gaal is looking to release Darren Fletcher, Anders Lindegaard and Tom Cleverley this month.

 

Tabloid speculation

If Manchester United fail in their audacious bid to land Alves and Pique, they will turn their attention to Valencia’s central defender Nicolas Otamendi.

But wasn't their bid was rejected? Yes, United had a £27m bid rejected last week, but are expected to up their offer to £30m for the Argentina international and former Porto star. Super Deporte, a newspaper close to Valencia, have suggested United will have to pay closer to £38m – the value of his buyout clause - if they want to land him in January.

 

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Schurrly not?

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle looks increasingly likely to leave Stamford Bridge this month, with Wolfsburg leading the chase.

How much will he cost? Chelsea believe Schurrle’s value has gone up since he arrived at the club and are demanding £30m - £12m more than they paid for him. Wolfsburg are hoping they can get him for £23m but Borussia Dortmund are also interested.

 

The New Defoe

Toronto have completed the shock signing of Juventus striker Sebastian Giovinco, who will try to fill the shoes of Jermain Defoe at the ambitious MLS outfit at the end of the Serie A season.

A good move? For Toronto, yes, but you have to wonder why an international in the prime of his career has moved to an inferior league to double his wages. A real head scratcher.

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