Reports in Spain claim that Barcelona have targeted the Arsenal club captain Thomas Vermaelen to be their latest defensive acquisition following the signing of Valencia’s Jeremy Mathieu.
Belgium’s Vermaelen – who has fallen down the pecking order at the Gunners following the success of the partnership between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny – had been linked with a move to Manchester United, but could now make the dream switch to Catalonia.
Our view: Barca boss Luis Enrique appears to be looking for short-term solutions to last season’s defensive issues, and Vermaelen would certainly provide that for a season or two at least. This move would be more glamorous than the switch to United would be in the current climate, and he’ll doubtless look to pursue it.
Barcelona are 6.50 to win the Champions League
Tabloid Speculation I
Defender Vlad Chiriches, who only signed for Tottenham last summer, could be set for a quick exit and a move to Serie A giants Roma, but only if the Italians match the £7m Spurs paid Steaua Bucharest for the centre-back last year.
Our view: Defence was hardly a strong point of Tottenham’s game last season, and new boss Mauricio Pochettino must surely have a new arrival lined up if he is willing to let the Romanian leave.
Spurs are 4.50 to finish in the top four this season
Tabloid Speculation II
Manchester United have again been linked with another of new boss Louis van Gaal’s Dutch World Cup stars, with 20-year-old Memphis Depay lined up for a move to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven.
Our view: Depay was a useful impact substitute for the Netherlands in Brazil, scoring against Australia and Chile after coming off the bench. He is raw, but could prove to be a long-term replacement for the likes of Nani and Antonio Valencia.
United are 5.00 to win the 2014/15 Premier League title
Everton are close to finalising a deal for the Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic, with the 21-year-old joining the team on their pre-season trip to Thailand to finalise talks.
Our view: Besic, who plays for Ferencvaros in Hungary, impressed at the World Cup, and should add a welcome dose of youth to an Everton midfield featuring the ageing legs of Leon Osman and Gareth Barry.
Everton are 15.00 to win the FA Cup in 2015
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero has become Swansea City’s sixth signing of this transfer window, with the 24-year-old penning a four-year deal in South Wales after leaving Mexican club Morelia.
Our view: Quick and tricky, Montero possesses the abilities to be a real surprise package in the upcoming season, and he could become a key man for the Swans following the loss of Michu and likely departure of Pablo Hernandez.
Swansea are 3.00 to finish in the Top 10 this season
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