Moyes eyeing key Juve pair, Xavi to join New York City FC, Matic closes in on Chelsea and De Bruyne signs for Wolfsburg, plus other rumours...
Tabloid speculation I
Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Italy at the weekend to watch Juve – and hold talks to sign Arturo Vidal and re-sign Paul Pogba, it has emerged.
Why it will happen: Vidal and Pogba will be flattered by Moyes’s willingness to fly out and watch them play. It is suggested United would offer £40million for the pair.
Why it won’t happen: Juve are unlikely to sell two of their top stars for that kind of price.
Tabloid speculation II
Xavi has emerged as a target for New York City FC, a club partnered with Manchester City. New York are determined to bring in Xavi in time for the start of the 2015 season.
Why it will happen: Xavi will be 35 in March 2015 and the opportunity to be the marquee signing at a club with big ambitions will be tempting. City director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano both know Xavi well from their days at Barcelona.
Why it won’t happen: His Barca contract expires in 2016 and, unless they sign another playmaker, his evergreen class may still be needed at the club.
Chelsea are getting ever closer to re-signing Nemanja Matic from Benfica for £21million – the very player they let go in the same deal that saw David Luiz join Chelsea in 2011.
Why it will happen: Matic, one of the standout performers in the Portuguese league, was not let go not by Jose Mourinho, but by Carlo Ancelotti - and the Portuguese clearly rates him.
Why it won’t happen: Chelsea’s hierarchy may have some issues with spending £21million on a player deemed surplus to requirements just three years ago.
Signed, sealed, delivered
The impending Matic deal means Wolfsburg will announce the £17million signing of playmaker Kevin de Bruyne from Chelsea imminently. The 22-year-old Belgian has failed to nail down a place in the Chelsea matchday squad under Jose Mourinho and he's desperate for regular football ahead of the World Cup.
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