Not very many days to go before window shuts down, and today’s round up seems to suggest that a few deals are set to go through or have been completed already while a few others are decidedly set to stretch limits of patience. Nuri Sahin to Arsenal, the Cassano-Pazzini swap, QPR’s defender chase and more at TheHardTackle’s daily transfer roundup.
Nuri signing for Arsenal
Having rejected a move to Spurs in exchange for Luka Modric earlier this summer, Nuri Sahin held out for a better option. And the Turkish midfielder seems to have settled for Arsenal. It looks as though playing Champions League football may have been his priority. The deal had hit a snag as Madrid included a fixed £14m buy-out clause early on but both sides have agreed upon a compromise. Latest news has confirmed that all parties have reached an agreement and the former Dortmund sensation shall unite with Arsene Wenger.
TheHardTackle Verdict – Nothing is confirmed until the clubs confirm it individually, however, this is a move that is likely to go through.
Stamford Bridge, Cesar’s Palace
Cesar Azpilicueta is finally set to arrive at south London for a fee in the region of €7 – €8m. If French sources are to be believed, Azpilicueta could be announced as a Chelsea player as early as Wednesday or Thursday. Marseille president Vincent Labrune and sporting director Jose Anigo arrived in talks for London on Tuesday and everything went down as smooth as fine wine from Provence. The fact that the player hasn’t been included in Marseille’s Champions League squad for their game on Thursday is evidence of his departure from the Stade Velodrome.
TheHardTackle Verdict – Signed and sealed. It is just a matter of time before Chelsea unveil the Spaniard.
Ain’t Christmas, but who is up for a Carroll?
Andy Carroll’s current predicament bears resemblance to his pony tail. Frequently questioned, frugally praised and continually hanging in the balance. Having fleeced Liverpool of £35m in January 2011, Mike Ashley and his band of merry men have now decided to alleviate some pain by taking the forward back on loan. They’ve also decided to play very fair this time around by offering an eye watering £12m fee to sign him permanently at the end of the season.
TheHardTackle Verdict – Likely to happen only if Newcastle significantly raise the permanent signing fee. Besides, Liverpool are not exactly banging in the goals at the moment. And imagine having a £35m player on the bench, baffling.
Cassano and Pazzini swap shirts
For clubs claiming to be rivals, AC Milan and Inter Milan don’t exactly seem to indulge in too much of Machiavellian antics in order to disrupt the enemy. If anything, their supposedly well-disguised concern for each other has seen both the Italian clubs wrap up yet another swap deal. The ultras in Italy don’t really look as if they care either. It’s routine, it’s cool. This is a deal that is done. Giampaolo Pazzini is all set to replace Ibrahimovic for Milan
, and Antonio Cassano signs for the sixth club of his career.
TheHardTackle Verdict – It is hard to understand whom this deal exactly benefits, while Pazzini has a bit more age on his side, Cassano is undoubtedly the better player. Time will tell, as it always keeps saying it will do so.
QPR make clean sheets a priority
Clearly spooked after a 0 – 5 drubbing by Swansea city at home, QPR have now decided to add more defenders to their roster. Not content with having signed the illustrious Jose Bosingwa, the Loftus Road club are intent on proving they are the bee’s knees by signing another ex – Chelsea player in Ricardo Carvalho. That is not just it. In their hunt for London based defenders, they also want to cash in on a potential Andre Villas Boas goof up and have bid £9m for Spurs defender Micheal Dawson.
TheHardTackle Verdict – Should Mark Hughes secure both Carvalho and Dawson, there is no doubt that QPR’s defence will be strengthened. There is interest in Dawson from Sunderland and Stoke, but barring last minute hitches, QPR do look set to grab Carvalho.
Other Rumors Going Around
- Tom Huddlestone on loan to Stoke City
- Artur Boruc might be on his way to QPR.
- Chelsea have submitted a record 177th bid for Cavani.
- Eduardo Da Silva denied any knowledge of interest from Fulham.
- Sunderland have targeted Clint Dempsey and Adam Johnson. O’Neill is close to getting his first eleven in place and the principled man that he is, he won’t rotate.
- Chelsea might look to sign Metallist Kharkiv’s Taison if the Hulk deal fails.