Not content with their long flirtation with Leandro Damiao, Spurs are now making nervous eye contact with his fellow Brazilian Bernard.
Bernard follows in the path of his fellow Brazilians Alan, Jonathan and Fred, in eschewing a flashy nickname and instead taking a moniker that sound likes it belongs to a member of a WW2 RAF squadron member. The Atletico Mineiro attacking midfielder is notable for being one of the brightest young talents in Brazilian football and at just 5ft 4” tall, he’s also one of the shortest.
Demba Ba’s dream move to Chelsea could be about to turn sour, if that is, you believe the word on the grapevine.
Jose Mourinho apparently wants to shake up his striker options. With the prospect of selling Fernando Torres for a decent fee about as likely as Real Madrid swooping for Carlton Cole, Ba could be the striker that is sacrificed.
Come and get me
Everyone wants to play in France these days, unless of course they don’t play for Paris St Germain or Monaco.
The Lille forward Salomen Kalou has admitted that he would love to return to England and will surely be of interest to any club that are looking to sign a player that is perfectly happy to sit on the bench for most of the season, as long as his wages are paid on time.
Ominous news comes from Arsenal, with their striker Nicklas Bendtner claiming that he is in talks with “five or six clubs regarding a permanent transfer”.
The news will surely send a silent shudder down the spine of any fan of a club in the market for a slightly below-average forward. Bendtner, who once claimed to be one of the best young strikers in the world, failed to score a single goal for Juventus last season.
Signed, sealed, delivered
He’s probably too modest to say so, but Thibaut Courtois really is the best young player in his chosen position. However, Chelsea have decided they don’t need the goalkeeper... for this season at least.
It was yesterday confirmed that Courtois will remain at Atletico Madrid for a third season, in what is fast becoming the longest loan spell in history. If Chelsea aren’t careful, the Belgian international will soon consider Madrid rather than West London to be his home, like a library book with no desire to return to the shelves.
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