Arsenal face Walcott Dilemma while Tottenham signs Dembele from Fulham. Spurs are also said to be lining up bids for Dzagoev and Moutinho. Chelsea to make one final attempt to sign Schurrle while Julio Cesar arrives at QPR. All these and much more in our transfer daily transfer round-up.
Arsenal Face Walcott Dilemma
With rumours emanating from the Emirates Stadium that Theo Walcott has turned down the latest contract offer on table, Arsenal are faced with an all too similar situation of having to decide whether to sell the England winger now or risk losing him for free next summer. Among Walcott’s suitors, names of Liverpool and Manchester City feature prominently.
THT Verdict: Maybe. Even though, admittedly, losing Walcott in a manner so similar to Robin van Persie’s departure in the same summer will irk Wenger greatly, the truth is that in the six years that have passed since his move from Southampton, Walcott has failed to establish himself as a definitive first choice in the Arsenal team. This coupled with the fact about Arsenal’s trend of cashing in on players rather than losing them on free makes Walcott’s exit a no-brainer.
Both City and Liverpool would excite Walcott as his choice for next destination and plenty of time still remains in this window for either of the club to strike a cut-price deal for the winger. In an ideal world though, Gunners fan would be hoping that Walcott signs a new deal and further disruption to the playing squad is averted.
Fulham Accept Dembele Bid From Spurs
Fulham have granted permission to Moussa Dembele to talk to Tottenham Hotspur, after the two London clubs agreed on a fee for the Belgian midfielder.
THT Verdict: This may prove to be one of the outstanding signings of the season with Dembele being brought in to fill the big Luka Modric shaped hole in the Spurs midfield. The Belgium international was in inspired form all through last season and it was inevitable that one of the bigger clubs would have come in for him this summer.
As proved by his display at Old Trafford in the weekend, Dembele has a number of arrows in his armoury such as exquisite passing range, tackling abilities and a burst of pace which can leave defenders trailing. For Spurs to acquire a player who was linked to top clubs like Manchester United and even Real Madrid this represents a major coup.
Spurs after Moutinho & Dzagoev
While Dembele may be the latest to come in through the doors at White Hart Lane, he may well not be last in this window. Following the sale of Luka Modric and possible departure of Rafael van der Vaart to Hamburg, the manager André Villas-Boas has stepped up his attempts to bolster his midfield options. Russian playmaker Alan Dzagoev has emerged as the latest midfield target for Spurs while Villas-Boas refuses to give up on his summer long pursuit of compatriot João Moutinho.
THT Verdict: Both Dzagoev and Moutinho had impressive Euro 2012 campaigns for their respective countries and at 22 and 25 respectively, have the age on their side. Capturing both will send out some statement of intent to the Premier League competitors and may also signal end of Scott Parker’s White Hart Lane career.
However, with the deal for Hugo Lloris in the pipeline and a third striker needed to be added to the squad, not to mention the signing of Dembele, completing both the deals might be too much of a stretch.
Chelsea prepare a final bid for Schurrle
According to the Guardian, Chelsea may make on final offer to Bayer Leverkusen to sign the versatile forward Andre Schurrle.
THT Verdict: Maybe. Chelsea have been interested in signing the young, talented German international in this transfer window, but the Bundesliga club has resisted previous bids citing lack of replacement (s) as an answer. The situation has still not changed, and it’s unlikely Leverkusen would sell the player now, with even lesser time remaining to sign his replacement. That said, an offer over £20m will certainly make them think twice. As far as Chelsea’s perspective is concerned, they have signed Victor Moses to play either out wide or serve as cover up front, so the signing of Schurrle isn’t a pressing need as of now. However, if Liverpool come in for Sturridge, who’s in the last year of his contract, the situation can change.
Julio Cesar Confirms QPR Switch
Julio Cesar has confirmed his move from Inter to QPR.
THT Verdict : It is a big coup for Queens Park Rangers. QPR have been one of the most active clubs in England in this transfer window. The Brazilian will bring lot of experience and stability at the back. He is expected to displace Robert Green from the number one position. The Englishman made a horrendous mistake in the last match and Mark Hughes has dipped into the transfer market once again.
Cesar leaves Inter after seven seasons at the Italian club where he made 228 appearances. The Brazilian has said in an interview –
“I am a bit surprised, but I am delighted to have been given the opportunity by QPR to come to London, learn English and play in the Premier League. It all started during my summer vacation, when Inter suggested that I reduce my salary. No player in my situation would have done that – I am not a hypocrite and I can talk openly about this. It became a tough situation for both parties. I then spoke to my representative and I thought this was a good choice.“
Inter legend Gianluca Pagliuca called Cesar to be the best keeper in the world back in 2009 and he has been one of the most consistent performers in the Inter squad over the past few seasons. QPR have certainly struck gold in this deal.
- Manchester United are ready to offload Wayne Rooney next summer for £40 million
- AS Roma has lined up Giuseppe Rossi as a replacement for Milan bound Bojan Krkic
- Dimitar Berbatov’s agent is due in Florence to secure a deal for the Man Utd striker to Fiorentina, but Juventus may try to land the Bulgarian
- Real Madrid are hoping to make a late bid for signing Lille fullback Mathieu Debuchy, a Newcastle target
- Real Betis and Malaga are interested in taking Roque Santa Cruz off Man City’s hands
- Brazilian striker Hulk is set to switch from Porto to Zenit St. Petersburg in a deal rumoured to be worth €50 million
- Juventus have signed Palermo custodian Rubinho on a free transfer
- Real Betis have completed the signing of defender Damien Perquis from Sochau.
- Arsenal have released Henri Lansbury to Nottingham Forest for a fee believed to be in excess of £1 million