Arsenal are chasing after Fellaini and Rooney, with SOME intent
Rumours have been persisting for some time now regarding a sensational move for Wayne Rooney from Manchester United to Arsenal. The Gunners boss has already stated his admiration for the Old Trafford striker and when quizzed about a possible move for the former Everton man, said that ‘it would be hard to turn him down’. Only adding fuel to the fire, Arsenal boss Ivan Gazidis, when asked if Arsenal could afford a €20 million-plus deal plus €200,00-a-week wage for Rooney, has gone on the record saying
Of course we could do that. We could do more than that.
We have a certain amount which we’ve held in reserve. We also have new revenue streams coming on board and all of these things mean we can do some things which would excite you.
If Arsene thinks signing big names is the right thing to do, yes. The fact is this year we are beginning to see something we have been planning for some time, which is the escalation in our financial firepower.
Rooney, as clarified by Sir Alex at the end of last season, has already asked to leave Old Trafford this season and could be a potential transfer target for other top flight clubs should he become available. Meanwhile Arsenal have gone ahead and activated the release clause in Fellaini’s contract making a stunning €26 million bid. Fellaini has been a transfer target for Chelsea for a long time too, but the Gunners seem to have stolen a march over their London rivals this time around.
THT Verdict: Fellaini Likely, Rooney a little less so. Arsenal at last seem ready to splash the cash, the transfer kitty supposedly running into over a Hundred million Euros, much to the delight of their fans. The Gunners have gone eight years without a trophy and seen their top players leave the club regularly ‘citing a lack of ambition’. For Arsenal and Wenger, this might just be the time to get things right. It is no secret that Arsenal have failed to replace their iconic captain and midfield general Patrick Vieira since his departure in 2005 and Fellaini with his strong build and immaculate passing might just be the player that could fill in the Frenchman’s shoes. With Jose Mourinho, now in charge at Chelsea, not seemingly making Fellaini a priority signing and with the release clause activated, this move could well go through.
On the other hand, Wayne Rooney represents more of a dream move for Arsenal. Even though the English international had a relatively average run in the last season, there has been enough proof of his abilities down the years in the Premier League, and who better than Arsenal to vouch for it, after the famous goal in 2004 that he scored against them in Everton’s colours. With star players leaving the club regularly, a possible big money transfer such as that of Rooney will surely galvanize the club and fans alike. This is however very much in the speculation zone right now and it will be some time before any clarity emerges on this one. Not unlikely, but not very likely either.
Chelsea targeting the trio of Hulk, Jovetic and Cavani
Jose Mourinho’s return after six years has raised the spirits and hopes at Chelsea and as is the case in every season, the Blues are being rumored to be making a move for everyone and their dogs. But out of that cluster of numerous possible transfers, the trio of Cavani, Hulk and Jovetic has emerged as Mourinho’s primary target for Chelsea this season. In the case of Edinson Cavani, the Londoners have already had the first bid of 40 million Euros rejected, after the Napoli president confirmed Chelsea’s interest. Meanwhile Hulk too has fanned the flames by stating
If I said there wasn’t anything in it, I would be lying.
Stevan Jovetic also remains on Chelsea’s radar, alongside City’s Edin Dezko.
THT Verdict: Cavani Likely, Jovetic and Hulk Unlikely. Edinson Cavani and Stevan Jovetic enjoyed fruitful seasons with their respective clubs; the former having his best season with Napoli so far. Hulk’s form too gradually improved at Zenit and there remains no doubt of his ability. The doubt however, especially in the case of Hulk, lies in the fact that Chelsea simply do not have the positions to play him in, an embarrassment of riches that comes along with Abramovich’s purse.
Eden Hazard and Oscar enjoyed successful debut seasons while Juan Mata has gone on to become Chelsea’s best player over last two seasons. Victor Moses, with Ramires at times, has served as an able deputy for the trio but it might not be possible to keep Hulk happy while waiting on the bylines or for that matter any of the current trio. Jose Mourinho’s preference for players of a strong build is not his best kept secret but it would be a big gamble indeed to sideline one of the players proven in the Premier League, which will be inevitable should the transfer move for Hulk materialize. With the Special One admitting his willingness to start things over, he would be more inclined to work with what he has, and he has some pretty special talent at his disposal. In the view of above, Hulk’s transfer going through looks unlikely.
On the other hand, the intent with which Chelsea are pursuing Edinson Cavani seems to be a game clincher in the current situation. Fernando Torres was in fine form towards the end of last season but he has already shown his ability to go AWOL for months on end while still playing on the pitch. It remains unclear how much faith Mourinho and the Club management have in Torres but if the persistent rumors are anything to go by then the way forward certainly looks clear. After having failed to bring in Falcao, Cavani was the natural choice and this might just be the end of Torres’s time at Chelsea. In the backdrop of the above, and Mourinho’s statement that he views Romelu Lukaku in his plans for Chelsea this season, a transfer for Jovetic looks rather unlikely. He seems to be a back-up plan at best at this time.
Juventus ramp up interest in Jovetic and Tevez
Italian Champions Juventus are looking to add firepower to their ranks up front with increased interest in Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic and Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez. Juventus have not enjoyed the best from their strikers, with a misfiring front line often compensated for by a reliable midfield. The lack of force upfront proved costly in Europe last season and Juventus will want to amend that before the start of next season. Juventus’s players have welcomed the possible transfer move, with leonardo Bonucci stating
Jovetic showed with the Fiorentina shirt he is able to make a difference, he would be welcome at Juventus
THT Verdict: Stevan Jovetic seems to be Juventus’s primary transfer target this season. The Bianconeri have been looking at various striking option for some time now. Last season they signed Nicklas Bendtner but the Dane failed to make his mark in Serie A. Lack of force up front showed in the biggest of competitions and Jovetic could be just the player Juventus have been looking for. He has plied his trade in the Seria A for four seasons now and has attracted widespread interest from around Europe. The one hindrance that Juventus are likely to face is Fiorentina’s reluctance to sell their best player to their bitter rivals. The Stolen Scudetto and Roberto Baggio’s famed transfer from Fiorentina to Juve are well documented and could well pose an obstacle to the champions transfer plans. In that scenario, transfers for Tevez and Higuain could well be made. In fact, Juventus seem to have already made their move in the case of the former as a contingency plan.
Manchester City snap up Fernandinho
Manchester City unveiled their first signing of the season, Brazilian Fernandinho who moved from Shakhtar Donetsk for 34 million euros.
THT Verdict: Credit must be given where it’s due and Manchester City certainly have earned themselves that. Fernandinho was one of the best midfielders in the Champions League last season, running the show for Shakhtar against more fancied teams such as Chelsea, Juventus and Dortmund. With his pace and eye for a pass in the middle of the park, a 34million fee could prove to be a bargain. And a holding midfield duo of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho will be a frightening prospect for any Premier League team, to say the least.
Other Transfer Rumours doing the rounds
- Barcelona seem to have made PSG’s Thigao Silva their primary transfer target this season.
- Great rivals Dortmund and Schalke are reportedly after Barcelona’s academy graduate Tello.
- Newcastle United’s Yohan Cabaye has fuelled speculation for possible move after indicating his interest in playing for Manchester United.
- Alongside Juventus, Liverpool and AC Milan too have joined in the race for Carlos Tevez. Milan’s CEO Galliani stated that he would be disappointed if Tevez joined the Bianconeri.