Transfer News Today: Mata swap deal with Inter Milan?

Today we examine the future of Joleon Lescott, Arsenal’s striker problems, a swap deal involving Chelsea and a transfer between two Premier League clubs...

Forum Chatter

Joleon Lescott’s agent has claimed that Besiktas are interested in signing the Manchester City defender.

Why it will happen: Lescott only has six months remaining on his contract and is now able to arrange a free transfer with any interested clubs.

Why it won’t happen: Lescott’s agent is just getting word out regarding Lescott’s availability, in the hope that Manchester City will offer him another contract, or another Premier League side will make a move.

Tabloid Speculation

Arsenal are rumoured to be ready to offer £2m to Fulham for the former Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov.

Why it will happen: Arsenal currently have Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner injured, leaving them desperate to bring in another striker.

Why it won't happen: Fulham are fighting for their lives and are unlikely to want to sell their best player for a modest fee.

Swap Shop

Jose Mourinho will let Juan Mata leave Chelsea and Inter Milan are preparing a swap deal involving Fredy Guarin.

Why it will happen: Guarin is a Chelsea target and Mourinho clearly doesn’t rate Mata.

Why it won’t happen: Swap deals involving two highly rated and expensive players are notoriously difficult to pull off. 

In Talks

Sam Allardyce has claimed that West Ham are in talks to sign Everton’s John Heitinga.

Why it will happen: West Ham are experiencing injury problems in defence and need reinforcements. Heitinga is struggling to get a game at Everton and will want to move to cement his place in Holland’s World Cup squad.

Why it won’t happen: Heitinga has been linked with a move to Serie A and that may well appeal more to him than a relegation battle with West Ham.

Bet now on West Ham to be relegated at odds of 2.50

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