The latest transfer rumour involving a part-exchange that almost certainly won’t happen, involves Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben.
Bayern’s new boss Pep Guardiola is the brother of the football agent Pere, who represents Suarez. Guardiola clearly has the connections and the money to make the deal happen, but would he want to take a risk on a player like Suarez when Bayern are already pretty handy at football?
It’s been reported that Jose Mourinho has whopped in a £35m bid for Hulk - the sort of money for which you’d expect to able to assemble the entire Avengers.
Hulk almost joined Chelsea last season, but instead went to Zenit - a move which has gone somewhat sour. The Brazil striker can play centrally and on the right of a 4-3-3. Only slightly less muscular that his comic book namesake, the signing of Hulk would signal Mourinho’s desire to bulldoze his way to the Premier League title once again.
Come and get me
It seems that Leandro Damiao is as bored with this whole ‘Damiao to Tottenham’ talk as we are.
The Brazilian international has decided to take the initiative by getting his blabbermouth agent to confirm that Damiao would be willing to join Spurs, despite their continued dedication to missing out on the Champions League by the slimmest of margins.
Having taken advantage of Liverpool’s massive reduction sale with a fee of just £15.5m for Andy Carroll (rrp £35m), West Ham have just the matter of agreeing the tousle-haired striker’s wages.
The Hammers are apparently willing to pay Carroll £100,000 a week for the next six years. When you consider that over the last six years Carroll has scored a whopping 52 goals (averaging 8.66 goals a season - with almost half of them scored in the Championship), then it becomes evident as to just why West Ham are willing to pay the big man a salary of over £5m a year.
Signed, sealed, delivered
Fulham yesterday confirmed the signing of the Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenberg, leaving Arsenal fans everywhere scratching their heads as to why they didn’t sign him, before experiencing a quiet moment of realisation that another summer was going to pass without Arsenal signing any of the players that they actually need.
It’s an excellent signing for Fulham, who have a curious habit of only ever signing excellent goalkeepers. Stekelenberg has 54 caps for Holland and follows his Dutch predecessor Edwin van der Sar and Mark Schwarzer, as the custodian of the Fulham goal.
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