Manchester City Move Closer To Signing Nasri

According to BBC, Manchester City have agreed a fee of 23 million for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri and a move is said to materialize soon.

THT Verdict: Samir Nasri’s ‘title ambitions’ are getting closer to fulfillment. Its now a matter of catching the costliest flight to Manchester and booking the costliest hotel before he signs the costly contract at The Etihad. He will be greeted by Gael Clichy, fellow Frenchman, former Gunner, distinguished and costly bench-warmer at the City of Manchester, also with ‘title ambitions’. The Ballon D’Or is now just a few passes away. Watch out!

Steve Bruce Targets Kranjcar

The Sun is reporting that Sunderland boss Steve Bruce intends to make Tottenham midfielder Kranjcar his next signing of the season.

THT Verdict: Likely. The Croat has struggled to find a place in the first team under Harry Redknapp and before time runs out, would want to make a switch to greener pastures. Steve Bruce has done well this transfer window to build a formidable squad and acquiring Niko’s services would certainly instill a bit more creativity in the Sunderland midfield now that Henderson has departed.

Enrique Edges Closer To Liverpool Move

News coming from the social networks is that Newcastle have agreed a fee of 5.5 million pounds for Jose Enrique from Liverpool. The left-back has been under the Reds’ radar for quite sometime now.

THT Verdict: A very good signing in terms of age, quality, premier league experience and price. Enrique boasts of highly impressive statistics from last season and if observed closely, he is on par or better than Evra, Cole, Baines and Clichy in several key areas of defense. Surely a very shrewd signing by Comolli and Dalglish if this news is to be believed.

Aquilani Speaks Out on Future

El Principino has finally broken the silence on his future. The player claims that he is more than happy to stay at Liverpool but remains open to the possibility of a move if a suitable club comes knocking.

THT Verdict: Aquilani has performed well for Liverpool in the pre-season games and also put on an impressive performance against Spain in the recent friendly. Going by these performances, it would only be right for Dalglish to give the player a chance. Kenny has always been open to the idea of giving chances to all players in the squad – young and old and so far he hasn’t got a chance to see what Aquilani can bring to the table for Liverpool FC.

Stoke Set Sights on Barton

The Potters join the line of suitors for Joey Barton after the player was released by the club for his criticism of the management.

THT Verdict: Tony Pulis is determined to build a strong squad for the upcoming season and with a solid defense already in place, bringing in someone like Joey Barton into midfield should complete the pack for Stoke. A team that plays highly a physical game, Barton should have no qualms fitting in if Stoke manage to bag the player.