Transfer News Today: Arsenal Set To Splash Record £50m on Cavani


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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has denied the Liga champions are in discussions with AC Milan over a deal for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, but has not ruled out a move for the former Rojiblancos captain. Cerezo said: “There is no Torres deal, but that doesn't mean that it's not going to happen. Until the transfer window is closed there is always the possibility of bringing a player in. We're going to do our best in competing for all three trophies this season.”

Good move? Torres has scored only one Serie A goal since joining the San Siro side on a two-year loan from Chelsea in the summer. In desperate need to kick start his career, returning to the place where it all started could be the best move he could make.

 

Mario Man-zukic?

Manchester City could launch a surprise £25million bid for Atletico Madrid striker Mario Manzukic in January.

Good move? Atletico will not want to lose former Bayern Munich striker Mandzukic, who has filled the large shoes of Diego Costa reasonably well since the summer. Even if Torres returns home, City will have their work cut out making this one happen.

 

London bound?

Arsenal have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, whose relationship with Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is at breaking point.

Good move? Arsenal will have to cough up around £50million for Cavani, a huge price to pay for a player who wouldn’t be able to represent another club in the Champions League until next summer. Cavani would offer the firepower Wenger wants to add to his squad, but would be another big-money risk for the Gunners.

 

Loan ranger

Jermain Defoe is in London eyeing a potential move to Queens Park Rangers.

Good move? Defoe is desperate to end his MLS misery after his move to Toronto FC quickly turned sour. While Defoe had a decent return of 11 goals in 19 MLS games, but after manager Ryan Nelson was sacked, the former Spurs star featured in only three of Toronto’s final 16 league games and club president Tim Leiweke said he didn’t expect Defoe to play for the club again. QPR boss Harry Redknapp has signed Defoe twice before; at Spurs and Portsmouth.

 

Wandering star

Former Liverpool and England striker Emile Heskey has joined Bolton Wanderers on a short-term deal.

Good move? At 36 years of age, Heskey is a stop gap while Bolton find a long-term solution. But his experience, something Trotters manager Neil Lennon clearly values given his recent acquisition of another 36-year-old striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, could come in handy as Bolton look to break into the Championship play-off places. But he'll have to sharpen up his finishing...

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