Liverpool target Clint Dempsey next; Arsenal and Spurs battle it over M’Baye Niang. The latter are also said to be closing in on Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, after the club confirmed an offer from England. Newcastle target, Mathieu Debuchy, is still keen on leaving Lille and finally, Manchester City are lining up a move for Everton’s Jack Rodwell.
Liverpool Target Clint Dempsey
After the latest capture of Joe Allen, Liverpool are rumoured to be making a move for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey. The Cottagers have slapped a price tag of £10 million on the midfielder but the Liverpool are looking to offer Charlie Adam as part of the deal with the hope of bringing down the asking price.
THT Verdict: Maybe. Liverpool’s only other target, who could walk into the same role as that of Dempsey, is Nuri Sahin. The Real Madrid midfielder has reportedly attracting plenty of interest from Arsenal. Unless the Reds have a completely different target in mind, which the media is unaware of, it looks like Dempsey is their best bet.
The only glitch here is the asking price of £10 million. Having paid £15 million for 22-year old Joe Allen, Liverpool will be reluctant to pay £10 million for a 29-year old Dempsey. Including Charlie Adam as part of the deal makes sense, since the midfielder is unlikely to fit into Brendan Rodgers’ plans for next season. This could also bring down the asking price for Dempsey and Fulham could do a good piece of business in bringing in a player like Adam.
Arsenal and Tottenham Chase M’Baye Niang
M’Baye Niang has caught the eye of several top clubs across Europe – Manchester City and AC Milan being the top ones. However, the Caen forward had been invited to train with Arsenal but is now reportedly under the radar of Tottenham, who are ready to overtake their rivals in the race for the 17-year old French international’s signature.
THT Verdict: Maybe. Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and knows how to bring in young talent at the club, having done so with the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. Niang has built quite a reputation for himself and will be a difficult one to catch, but lack of movement from other clubs could tip the balance in Tottenham’s favour.
Also, with the deal to bring in Adebayor still hanging in the balance, Spurs would feel good about having a striker like Niang in their ranks. The forward definitely has the physicality and pace to cope in the Premier League, although it will take time for him to get acclimatized to the nature of the game in England.
Spurs Closing in on Yann M’Vila?
It is reported that Tottenham (Yes. Tottenham, again!) are the frontrunners for Yann M’Vila’s signature, after the club’s chairman confirmed that a concrete offer from England has arrived.
THT Verdict: Likely. M’Vila has been monitored by several English clubs in the recent past – the strongest interest being from Arsenal; but manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out any move for the midfielder owning to the depth of midfield he has at Emirates.
“No. We wait for Diaby and Wilshere. When he is fit, Diaby is the first name on the French team sheet.” – Wenger when asked about a possible interest in Vila.
Hence, it is most likely that Spurs are in pole position to sign the Rennes midfielder. With an aging Scott Parker, an injury-prone Jermain Jenas, Tottenham will surely welcome Yann M’Vila to add further strength to the central midfield area. If the club manages to retain the services of Luka Modric, then putting out a midfield duo of Modric and M’Vila is sure to make some noise at the Lane.
Debuchy Firm on Lille Exit
Inter Milan and Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy remains adamant on leaving Ligue-1 side Lille, after the club received and turned down bids from both the interested clubs for the player. Newcastle are now said to be leading the chase for the defender, provided Lille are interested in doing business.
THT Verdict: Likely. It is not too often nowadays that we see a club have its way with a player. Players make themselves indispensable to the club through fame and fortune. Sooner or later, Lille will have to give in and let Debuchy depart the club.
The defender has spent eight years with the club so there is no doubt that, at 26, he is looking for a new challenge on foreign soil. Newcastle have grown a liking for French talents as is evident from the plethora of players from Les Blues featuring in the first team squad itself. It will be an ideal destination for Debuchy, given that he will have the support of his teammates and settling in would not be much of a trouble as a newcomer in England.
Jack Rodwell under Manchester City Radar
According to the Mirror, Manchester City are lining up a move for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell; but Everton have set an asking price of £20 million for the England international.
THT Verdict: Likely. This transfer is likely because of two reasons – first, David Moyes has been made to work with a shoestring budget for quite some time now, which doesn’t allow him to venture into the market for reinforcements. Receiving £20 million for Jack Rodwell allows the gaffer to walk out, scout and come back with quality additions to the squad.
And secondly, Manchester City have the money for this purpose. Although UEFA’s FFP Regulations mandate that a club spend only how much it earns, it is safe to say that the purchase of the stadium’s naming rights and winning the Premier League last season has put the Manchester City in good stead in this transfer window.
Other Rumours Floating Around
- Arsenal are looking to offer Nicklas Bendtner in an attempt to prize Philippe Mexes away from AC Milan.
- QPR are ready to make a move for former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas.
- Wolves and Middlesbrough are believed to be among the other clubs looking to land Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.
- Sporting Lisbon have confirmed the capture of Zakaria Labyad from PSV Eindhoven.
- Cash-strapped Malaga have allowed Joris Mathijsen to join Dutch side Feyenoord on a three-year deal.
- Blackburn are close in to clinching their ninth signing of the summer in the form of Diogo Rosado as confirmed by Steve Kean.