Liverpool have lined up Diego Godín as potential replacement for Manchester City target Daniel Agger, Manchester City reject a whopping bid for Mario Balotelli, Manchester United eye Malaga full-back Eliseu, Wolves play hard-ball over Matt Jarvis and Juventus look to beat Tottenham and Manchester City in the race for Fernando Llorente’s signature. All these and much more in our daily transfer round-up.
Diego Godín to replace Daniel Agger at Anfield?
Metro reports Liverpool have earmarked Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godín as replacement for Daniel Agger.
THT Verdict : Possible. The Anfield club have become somewhat of a sanctuary for Uruguayan internationals these days and Godín may well join his international team mates Luis Suárez and Sebastián Coates. A figure of £10 million has been quoted which should not be a stumbling block.
But the deal essentially hinges on Manchester City meeting the £27 million transfer price slapped on Daniel Agger by Liverpool. City are still some way off from meeting the valuation as of now. In case the deal does go through, Godín with his ball playing abilities ticks all the right boxes for being an ideal replacement for the Danish international.
City turn down a £40 million bid from PSG for Mario Balotelli
According to a number of media outlets, Manchester City have rejected a mega bid of £40 million pound for Italian striker Mario Balotelli amidst manager Roberto Mancini’s threats to quit if the striker is sold.
THT Verdict : Unlikely. PSG have dislodged City as the top dogs in the transfer market in this window. But this may still be a deal beyond their reach. While coughing up an even more staggering bid after the initial rebuff should not be a problem for the French club, City will loath to lose Balotelli after his exploits in Euro 2012.
In a summer characterized by numerous frustrations in the transfer market, Mancini’s quit threat, if true, should not come as a shocker. During recent weeks, in a number of interviews, the Italian manager has vented his ire at City’s sporting director Brian Marwood for failing to land any of City’s primary transfer targets this summer. With City losing ground in the battle for Robin van Persie, holding onto temperamental yet talented Balotelli does make footballing sense.
Manchester United eye Malaga utility man Eliseu
According to Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has turned towards the Portuguese international Eliseu to bolster options in defence.
THT Verdict : Unlikely. Eliseu is a versatile player who can operate in both full-back positions as well as in more advanced role of a left winger. Traditionally, Sir Alex does have a penchant for utility players and Eliseu would be following in the footsteps of Phil Neville and John O’Shea at Old Trafford.
With nearly three-quarters of transfer window elapsed, cover at left full-back position is still sorely lacking within United squad, a fact admitted by Ferguson himself. Focus till now has been on acquiring players in more attacking role such as van Persie and Lucas Moura. However, with an impasse being reached for the former with Arsenal and PSG agreeing a deal for the latter, Ferguson will do well to turn his attention towards a cover/replacement for the increasingly erratic Patrice Evra. Talks of a move for Leighton Baines have cooled off and Eliseu represents a much cheaper alternative. Whether the interest from United is genuine or not will be revealed soon enough.
Wolves reluctant to sell Matt Jarvis on cheap
Wolverhampton Wanderers have informed West Ham United that winger Matt Jarvis will cost them nothing less than £10 million.
THT Verdict : Likely. This may be a classic case of a Championship club trying to wriggle out the best deal for their star player before the inevitable occurs. Jarvis in an attempt to further his career as a Premier League player has handed in a transfer request. Newly promoted West Ham had an offer of £6 million upfront and £3 million in add-ons rejected with Wolves refusing to budge till their ‘valuation is met’.
The 26-year-old, who last season failed to reproduce his glorious form from 2010-11, represents a quality signing to the London club bidding to strengthen their squad in order to secure Premier League survival. With no other apparent suitors for Jarvis in the fray, the deal should be struck sooner rather than later.
Juventus moves into pole position for Fernando Llorente’s signature
According to talkSPORT, Juventus are ahead of Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City in the queue for Atletic Bilbao’s front-man Fernando Llorente.
THT Verdict : Likely. Undeterred by the recent turmoil, the Old Lady are pressing ahead with the move for the highly rated Spanish international Llorente. On his part, the player is said to have made up his mind on moving to new pastures this summer. Juventus after having given up on van Persie, are poised to offer an increased bid to Bilbao after an initial bid in the region of £14 million got rejected.
The news will come as a blow to the English duo Spurs and Manchester City, both of whom were thought to have been interested in bringing over the 27-year-old to Blighty. For Spurs in particular this would represent another bitter failure in their attempts to add a world-class striker to their ranks.
Other Rumours Floating Around
- Luka Modrić will seek talks with Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas amidst concerns that his chances of securing the dream move to Real Madrid are diminishing with each passing day.
- Brendan Rodgers plan to launch a mega transfer fee by hoping to secure Adam Johnson, Nuri Sahin and Clint Dempsey.
- Fiorentina have expressed interest in signing Mexican Giovanni dos Santos from Tottenham.
- Torino want to sign former Real Madrid winger Royston Drenthe, who spent the last season at Everton.
- Romelu Lukaku has joined West Bromwich Albion on a season long loan from Chelsea.
- Stoke City have signed Dynamo Kiev defender Goran Popov on loan.
- Former Liverpool youth team player Alou Diarra has joined West Ham United from Marseille for a deal worth £2 million.