Pellegrini wants Angel Di Maria at Manchester City, while AC Milan look at Diamanti as a possible trequartista. We bring you the Transfer round-up of the day.
Robert Lewandowski set to spend another season with Borussia Dortmund
Even before Bayern Munich announced their surprise signing of Mario Götze earlier this year, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski was heavily touted to leave Borussia Dortmund over the summer. Manchester United’s interest in Lewandowski was no secret but ever since Bayern have expressed their awe of the Dortmund attacker, speculation has been rife that he would make the switch domestically. The latest statements from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke suggest that he will in fact stay at Dortmund for one more season, and leave in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer since his contract ends then.
THT Verdict: Lewandowski’s departure from the Signal Iduna Park seems inevitable. The player seems keen on moving to another club while his list of suitors is never going to disappear. What seems most surprising here is that Dortmund are willing to let the player leave for free next summer, thereby forgoing a possible 25 million Euros. As good as Lewandowski may have proven himself to be, letting go of such an exorbitant sum seems disastrous. Watzke’s statements might seem incredibly bold but also hugely ridiculous, and this is could be the biggest folly that Dortmund are going to commit in the years to come.
The big question here is whether Pep Guardiola would really want to add Lewandowski to his roster in a year’s time. Granted more success at Bayern, it seems unlikely that Guardiola will see Lewandowski as a necessity at Bayern. Mario Mandzukic is just a versatile an attacker and knowing Guardiola, the implementation of the false 9 is highly possible. Lewandowski’s departure is a guarantee but his next destination is going to be a mystery for a considerable while longer.
Manuel Pellegrini wants Angel Di Maria at Manchester City
The current Malaga coach, who is set to leave the club this June, is yet to confirm that he will take over at Manchester City but all that remains is a confirmation. With everything almost set between Mauel Pellegrini and Manchester City, the whims and wishes of the Chilean are being brought into the picture, with Angel Di Maria being a figure that Pellegrini is key to add to his arsenal. With City’s transfer budget seemingly endless, Pellegrini will undoubtedly see the Argentine winger as a more plausible arrival this summer.
THT Verdict: When dealing with clubs where the winds of change are blowing and money talks, basing the authenticity and reality of transfer rumors is an incredibly difficult job. There is absolutely no doubt that Manchester City would be able to match almost any price tag that Real Madrid might place on Di Maria but given that Madrid’s new coach is yet to be announced, the sale of any player at all seems unlikely for a while.
City’s attacking midfield unit is already star studded and unless there is some cleaning out, Di Maria’s arrival seems an uncertainty. Most comfortable on the right side, Di Maria shouldn’t have too many troubles in ousting the likes of James Milner and Samir Nasri. For now this seems an unlikely transfer but ruling it out, especially when sides like City and Madrid are involved, would be taking things a little too far.
AC Milan look at Alessandro Diamanti as a possible trequartista
Silvio Berlusconi recently stated that he’d like to see Max Allegri revert to the 4-3-1-2 formation at Milan and their recent interest in Diamanti comes as no surprise. The Italy international has been a key figure in Bologna’s mid table endeavors over the past couple of seasons and his call-ups to the national team are proof of his ability. Given his valuable experience and suitability to Milan’s new system, it is rumored that the Italian giants are setting up a bid of around 10 million Euros.
THT Verdict: With buzz of Kevin Prince Boateng and Robinho’s departures out of the San Siro, it seems a certainty that Milan will add an attacker or two to their roster. Their interest in Diamanti is not new news as the Adriano Galliani was lurking around for the player’s signature even last summer. He will be an incredibly useful addition to this somewhat toothless Milan midfield and also give it some much needed variety. The likes of Mathieu Flamini and Sulley Muntari are hugely one dimensional, and greatly lacking in vision. Diamanti will provide the midfield with a more attacking outlook and help bridge the gap between attack and midfield.
Berlusconi’s interest in youth, not just young women, is no secret, especially after the acquisitions of Mario Balotelli, Riccardo Saponara and Stephan El Shaarawy. With age not in favor of Diamanti, Milan may well try to bring down the price to somewhere around 8 million Euros. The arrival of Diamanti is very likely but knowing Galliani, a long drawn transfer saga ending in disappointment can’t be ruled out.
Other Transfer Rumours
- AC Milan are interested in signing Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez
- Jose Mourinho is rumored to be keen on bringing Xabi Alonso to Stamford Bridge
- After Dani Carvajal’s success at Leverkusen, the Germans are looking to add Martin Montoya to the team.
- Juventus continue to inch closer to signing Angelo Ogbonna