Transfer News Today: Chelsea 'agree' £49million deal for Cavani

Forum chatter

Who will be the first Newcastle signing of the Joe Kinnear era? Well there is plenty of speculation linking Ivory Coast striker Wilfried Bony with a £12million move to St James’s Park. The Vitesse Arnhem striker had been heavily linked with a move to West Ham, but Sam Allardyce has cooled his interest since landing Andy Carroll, opening the door to Allardyce’s former employers to make a swoop. Just remember, folks, Joe Kinnear can open the door to any manager in world football. Anyone!


Tabloid speculation 

Barcelona are keeping a close eye on developments between Wayne Rooney and Manchester United. Rooney will discuss his future with United boss David Moyes later this week, but should talks break down, Barca (30.00 to sign Rooney) are expected to join Chelsea and Real Madrid in the race to sign him.

A source told The Sun: “Rooney is precisely the type of attacker that would fit perfectly into the system. Defence starts from the front at Barca and Rooney works harder than anyone. His first touch, movement, control and vision are phenomenal and if he comes on the market then the club are certain to try to sign him.”


The Daily Bale

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has once again insisted that Gareth Bale will remain at White Hart Lane next season. Real Madrid’s pursuit of the 23-year-old is probably the worst kept secret in football, and Villas-Boas is certain his star man will stay.

"The chairman said that we are not open to offers, whatever they are, and that the player will stay," the Spurs boss said. "In football anything can happen, but these are the guarantees given to me.”

Bale is still a very reasonable 1.60 to stay at Spurs.

Come and get me

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a £17million deal with Barcelona to bring midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford. David Moyes has been chasing Alcantara since his Everton days and the United boss is on the verge of landing his man, subject to a medical and agreeing personal terms. 

In talks

Chelsea have reportedly agreed a £49million deal with Napoli for striker Edinson Cavani. The striker, who has proved less than convincing for Uruguay in the Confederations Cup, had been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, with Manchester City baulking at Napoli's valuation of the striker. But Chelsea have not flinched at the price tag and, according to Naples radio station Radio Marte, Napoli will sell to Chelsea for just under the value of his buyout clause.

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