Steve Bruce is back in the Premier League and if you believe the rumours (we don’t), he’s ready to splash the cash on some expensive elderly stars, just as he did at Sunderland.
The player supposedly in Bruce’s cross-hair is the Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, who was frozen out by Paul Lambert last season. Whether Hull are in a position to pay Given’s wages looks likely to be the stumbling block.
Borussia Dortmund may have lost Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich, but they may well have a replacement up their sleeve, in the form of the Ajax attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
What’s more, the rumour mill is spinning the line that the talented Denmark star is available for just £10m. It has long been thought that the 21-year old would make a move to the Premier League this summer, but it seems that the Bundesliga is growing more attractive by the day.
Come and get me
Tottenham don’t want to sell Gareth Bale and the player himself doesn’t seem the type to speak out and try and engineer a move. So that’s the end of the story for this summer, right?
Wrong. Bale’s intrepid agent Jonathan Barnett has been jabbering on Spanish TV, stating that he and his player would have to listen to any offer from Real Madrid. A 10% cut of the type of wages that Bale would be paid in Madrid is a powerful motivation.
Many thought that Juventus could have done even better than their quarter-final finish in the Champions League, if they had a top class striker within their ranks.
Next season they may have two. Having grabbed Fernando Llorente on a free transfer back in January, it now looks like they could add Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain to their ranks. According to Higuain's agent (and we all know how reliable and honest agents are) the deal is 70% done. Whether this is any more than 25% true is something we will only find out in due course.
Signed, sealed, delivered
Despite not being any good at defending for quite some time, the former Porto and Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho has secured a move from Real Madrid to Monaco on a free transfer.
The 35-year old Carvalho clearly has a really good agent, who was smart to point the aging Portuguese centre-half towards a club, that are basically signing any player they have ever head of, like a 14-year old playing Football Manager.