Manchester United signs deal with Lewandowski, PSG rubbish Ashley Cole rumour while Tottenham Hotspur are eyeing a move for Malaga striker. AC Milan close to signing Niang ahead of Arsenal. Tottenham and Liverpool vie for Atsu. All these and much more in our daily transfer round-up.
Manchester United Close To Signing Robert Lewandowski
According to reports, Manchester United have signed a deal with Dortmund for Robert Lewandowski.
THT Verdict : According to reports in Italy, Manchester United have completed a deal with Borussia Dortmund that would allow the Polish striker to join them next season..
It is believed that Jurgen Klopp wanted to hold to the striker for one more season as he would require some time to find a suitable replacement. Back during the Euro, Poland manager revealed that Robert Lewandowski is heading towards Manchester. Dortmund came out and rubbished those claims, but now it seems that Lewandowski will be finally joining the Red devils next season.
Chelsea, Juventus and Lokomotiv Moscow are also interested in the striker, with Chelsea reportedly already having tabled bid which was rejected. Maik Barthel, representative of Lewandowski,said “Unofficially there are offers from English top clubs. We respect the contract situation in Dortmund and don’t want to take part in speculation. A £13million transfer fee is not suitable.“
It seems that Lewandowski saga has only began.
Carlo Ancelotti Rubbish Ashley Cole Rumours
PSG are reportedly interested in signing the English left back Ashley Cole.
THT Verdict : PSG were linked with a blockbuster move for Ashley Cole. The Chelsea left-back who is entering the final year of his contract is yet to pen down a new contract at Stamford Bridge. But Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished those rumours saying –
“The transfer window is over for us… The club did a good job. All the news from England [about Cole] are just rumours.”
Cole is reportedly happy to stay at Chelsea but is also said to be looking for a new £200,000-a-week contract. Many believe that his high wage demand might be stumbling block in regards to his future at the club. Many European club are likely to keep a close eye on his contract situation, though it looks highly unlikely that Cole would leave Chelsea this summer. But next season the situation might change is a new contract is not signed by the England international.
Tottenham Hotspur Eyeing A Move For Salomon Rondon
According to Mirror, Tottenham are planning a raid on cash-strapped Spanish club Malaga with a bid for their 22-year-old striker Salomon Rondon.
THT Verdict : Malaga are in deep financial trouble and Tottenham are trying to get a bargain deal for their striker Salomon Rondon. Spurs are short in number at the front presently. Their move for Emmanuel Adebayor has failed to materialize due to the high-wage demands of the former Arsenal striker.
Tottenham have reportedly grown frustrated with Adebayor and are planning to look elsewhere. Malaga have financial problems of their own as they are trying to sell their way out of trouble. Santi Cazorla is already on his way to Arsenal, while they are expected to sell a few more.
Rondon would be a good buy for Spurs but their valuation of the Malaga striker could hamper their move. Malaga wants £20m for the youngster while Spurs value him at £5m. It looks highly unlikely that the Spanish club would listen to any offer at such a low price. Meanwhile Spurs have also reportedly reignited their interest in Leandro Damiao. The Brazilian striker is the first choice for the London club, Rondon at Spurs looks unlikely at the moment.
AC Milan Topples Arsenal In The Race To Sign M’Baye Niang
According to reports in France, M’Baye Niang have flown to Italy to hold talks regarding a possible move to the Italian club.
THT Verdict : Arsenal were close to signing the forward from Caen after he impressed in the trials at the London club. Caen though were reportedly unhappy with the payment structure that the Gunners were offering. They are now open to interests from other clubs, while Manchester City and Tottenham are also said to be interested in signing the Frenchman.
Milan though, looks to be the favourites at the moment as the club and the player are reportedly in advanced talks. Niang impressed Milan in the training grounds. The Italian club have come under criticism from some quarters of the fans, who are frustrated with their transfer activities this summer as they sold their prized assets to PSG. Milan are looking to build for the future as they look to bring in young players at low wages to maintain their budget.
The Rossoneri are the front-runners at the moment to land the in-demand youngster. A likely deal to go through in a weeks time.
Tottenham And Liverpool Track Christian Atsu
According to reports from Portugal, Liverpool have joined Tottenham in tracking Porto attacker Christian Atsu.
THT Verdict : Andre Villas-Boas, who brought Atsu into the first team from the youth ranks of the Portuguese club is planning a raid on his former club to sign the highly rated youngster. Atsu spent last season on loan at Rio Ave and also made his first International appearance for Ghana, scoring in the process.
Liverpool are also reportedly tracking the Porto forward as well. Porto will be reluctant to let go of their prized asset this season. The Portuguese side have made a name for selling their players to bigger European clubs. But Atsu is yet to make play an integral role in the first team. He might leave the Portuguese club, but this might not be the season to do so. That is unless, Porto receive an offer of significant value.
Other Rumours Floating Around
- Ivorian international left back wing and midfielder Emmanuel Eboué (29) has been targeted back by Fiorentina.
- Inter and Juventus are planning to make the swap bringing Italian international striker Giampaolo Pazzini (28) to Bianconeri, with Italian forward Fabio Quagliarella (29) joining Nerazzurri.
- Already tracked by Malaga, Valencia, Wolfsburg, Fiorentina and Inter, Uruguayan international midfielder Walter Gargano (28) has been targeted by Galatasaray as well.
- Currently about to leave Genoa on a full basis, Italian right back wing and winger Giandomenico Mesto (30), according to rumours collected in exclusive by TuttoMercatoWeb.
- After having released Federico Balzaretti to AS Roma, Palermo management are ready to make an attempt for signing Italian defensive jolly Federico Peluso (28) from Atalanta.
- As announced on their official website, Portsmouth resigned their deal with English striker David Kitson (32).
- 20-year-old forward Valentin Viola has left Racing Club de Avellaneda to sign for Sporting CP.
- AS Roma 22-year-old left back José Angel Valdes Diaz will play on loan for 11 months at Real Sociedad.
- Hercules have signed on loan for one season the defender of Atletico Madrid, Leandro Cabrera.
- Sporting Kansas City have signed from Barcelona the midfielder Oriol Rosell.