Berbatov has angered bosses of Fiorentina while Arsenal will ask for Dzeko as makeweight in any City deal for Walcott. West Ham refuse to give up on Carroll, De Jong on Milan’s radar and City step up Maicon pursuit. All these and much more in our transfer daily transfer round-up.
Berba burns bridges at Florence
If there is one club where Dimitar Berbatov will most definitely not be plying his trade anytime soon, or ever for that matter, it is Fiorentina. The club, who believed they had a deal for the striker all tied up, minced no words while accusing other clubs (Juventus and Fulham) of ‘reckless and arrogant actions’ and stated that the Manchester United forward was not worthy of the club. Juventus, on their part, refused to acknowledge any willful misconduct and further indicated that Fulham are presently in pole position to land the 31 year old Bulgarian.
THT Verdict: A slow burner this one. While it had become evident during the latter half of previous season that Berba’s days at United were numbered, the player and the club has taken their own sweet time in finalizing his next destination. A move to Juventus, the reigning Serie A champions, would surely have been the most exciting option from pure footballing perspective but Berba seems to prefer Fulham for family reasons.
Arsenal plan a Dzeko-Walcott swap
The Walcott exit rumours are simply refusing to go away. Even after it was reported in some quarters that the latest round of talks between Arsenal and the player representatives have ended on an amicable note, the Metro nevertheless reports that the North London club are still exploring options for off-loading the England winger who has only an year left in his current contract. One such option is a swap deal with Manchester City involving striker Edin Dzeko.
THT Verdict: Unlikely. Even though Arsenal may well be forced into selling Walcott if talks sour in the next day and half, the big Bosnian heading to Emirates does not look like a probable scenario. Bear in mind, the Gunners in Olivier Giroud already possess a frontman quite similar to the Bosnian striker and Mancini would loathe to lose a critical squad player so late in the transfer window, especially with Sergio Agüero ruled out for a few more weeks at least.
West Ham refuse to give up on Carroll
West Ham United are preparing one final offer for England striker Andy Carroll after receiving encouragement from Carroll’s club Liverpool in this regard. The Daily Mail reports that the possible deal is likely to kickstart a domino effect in the market, with Liverpool planning to spend the Carroll fund on completing the deals for Walcott and Clint Dempsey from Fulham.
THT Verdict: Maybe. An initial loan deal, to be made permanent if the club survive in the Premier League, should suit the 23 year old even if it is not to his hometown club Newcastle. Early signs indicate Carroll is a peripheral figure in Brendan Rogers’ scheme of things and shifting him would make sense in terms of creating space for new recruits like Walcott and Dempsey in the squad and the wage bill.
Milan chase De Jong
AC Milan are in touch with Manchester City over an £8 million move for Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong. According the Daily Mirror, City may hold out for £10 million but might ultimately relent given the fact that talks over a new contract for the player has hit a wall.
THT Verdict: Likely. Arrival of Jack Rodwell means City already have their bases covered in terms of replacement for the Dutch hard man whereas Milan could do with a number of new signings post quite a few high profile departures over the summer.
City step up Maicon pursuit
If De Jong does head from Manchester to Milan, a player he might pass by heading in the opposite direction is Maicon as per the Guardian. With only an year remaining in the player’s contract, Internazionale would be willing to do business at a price less than £5 million.
THT Verdict: Possible. City manager Roberto Mancini has worked with the Brazil left back before and is a confirmed admirer. However, with quality right backs in Pablo Zabaleta and Micah Richards already in City’s payroll, whether they really need the Brazilian is a pertinent question.
- Manchester City are close to signing Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic for £12 million with Stefan Savic heading in opposite direction
- Celtic are planning a sensational swoop for Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero
- Aston Villa have got Lazio’s Mauro Zarate on their transfer radar
- Everton are rivaling Stoke City for Liverpool’s out of favour midfielder Charlie Adam
- French striker Loic Remy is being courted by London clubs Chelsea and Tottenham
- Bayern Munich have signed Javi Martinez from Athletic Bilbao after meeting his buyout clause of €40 million
- Julio Cesar has completed his move from Inter to QPR
- Esteban Granero of Real Madrid has signed for QPR
- AC Milan has signed Bojan Krkic on a season long loan from AS Roma