Transfer Latest – Napoli are front runners to acquire Real Madrid starlet Jose Callejon. Everton are closing in on Barcelona B striker Gerard Deulofeu. Swansea agree deal for Ivory Coast striker, Wilfried Bony from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem. Sunderland sign USA striker Jozy Altidore.
Napoli are frontrunners to acquire Real Madrid starlet Jose Callejon
Jose Callejon is heading towards a medical at Napoli. It is strange that when Real Madrid invest so much on youngsters from around Spain, they are unwilling to give a player like Callejon one last chance to prove his worth. Callejon scored 20 league goals in 78 games for Madrid since returning from Espanyol in 2011. The 26-year old has been used by Mourinho when he fell out with a few of the Madrid players last season. He featured in 30 La Liga matches and found the back of the net 3 times and assisted 6. In Champions League and Copa del Rey, he scored 2 each. The best aspect of the player is his versatility – he can play as a right winger, left winger, centre forward and at times also as a right back. With Cavani gone, Napoli can certainly do well with a player of such versatility. Napoli finished second behind Juventus last season and there Callejon can expect regular exposure to Champions League and feature as a first team player in the domestic league – thereby trying to strike a claim for a berth in the Spanish national team. Callejon is a combative player, who often fouls; his speed and penchant to keep the ball on the ground also draws fouls from opponents. He has a liking for the uncanny long balls which are usually accurate. A mega deal for Cavani and in return only 10 million Euros for Callejon seems to be shrewd business for Napoli.
Everton are closing in on Barcelona B striker Gerard Deulofeu
Barcelona starlet has been a subject of interest for many clubs in Europe – youth, pace, skill, discipline and relatively low wage makes him the perfect candidate for mid-table teams and Everton are most likely to secure the consent of Barcelona for a season long loan. Everton needs creativity and at a shoe-string budget, Deulofeu looks to be the best bet. However, still unproven at the top division of Spain, there is a chance that the deal may backfire. The Barca youngster loves to have the ball at his feet and have a go at defenders. He can easily go past 4-5 defenders in Liga Adelante but how will he cope against the stronger and more experienced defenders of the Premier League is a matter of concern. His decision making is also a matter of concern and when he can easily pass and move ahead without the ball at his feat, he loves to move ahead with it. This might lead to losing the ball and a quick counter attack.
The talented youngster scored 18 goals in 33 games for Barca’s ‘B’ team in the Segunda Division last season. And the new Everton boss, Roberto Martinez has a love for flair and his insistence might see the deal go through.
UPDATE: Everton have successfully signed Deulofeu on a season-long
Swansea agree deal for Ivory Coast striker, Wilfried Bony from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem
Michael Laudrup has picked up a very decent option in the final third of the pitch – Ivory Coast marksman, Wilfried Bony. The young strikers is perhaps a reminiscence of a young Didier Drogba, however, it will be a stretch to predict similar impact that the former Chelsea man had on the Premier League. However, for Bony, what perhaps gives him an edge over Drogba is his versatility. He can play as an attacking midfielder or a second striker. With Laudrup, at the helm, a player as versatile as Bony will certainly add to Swansea’s potency in the coming season.
Bony, Swansea’s most expensive player in history, priced at 12 million Pounds, will take charge of Swansea’s offense alongside super signing Michu, who took the Premier League by storm, last season. Bony, often touted as the ‘new Didier Drogba’ eventually made out of the shadow of the legendary striker after the 2013 Cup of Nations in South Africa. After the international tournament, Bony scored for 10 consecutive matches for Vitesse and only Lionel Messi bettered that, for some time. Language is also not an issues as Bony is extremely comfortable, communicating in English. In 2007, Liverpool refused to sign a young Bony and today, after some disastrous transfers in the form of Andy Carroll, may rue their chances. A link up with Michu can be a real headache even for biggest clubs in England.
Sunderland sign USA striker Jozy Altidore
The Black Cats have signed Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, for 6 million Pounds. Altidore is best remembered for his brilliant spell at Alkmaar, where he scored 38 goals in 67 appearances. It is his chance to prove his mettle at yet another top league. The American international becomes Paolo Di Canio’s 6th signing after Vito Mannone (from Arsenal), Valentin Roberge (from C.S. Marítimo), Modibo Diakité (from Lazio), Cabral (from FC Basel) and David Moberg Karlsson (from IFK Göteborg). A new look Sunderland will certainly challenge the big guns of England alongside Swansea for a shot at Europe’s premier competitions.
Altidore broke in to the International football scene at a young age and became USMNT’s (United States Men’s National Team) youngest ever scorer at just 18 in a game against Mexico. He is still remembered by Sunderland fans when he head-butted Alan Hutton in a relegation survival game for Hull City. He has worked hard on his timing-the-run and has gelled well with his teammates at Alkmaar – so much that Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf selected him as a part of their ‘Team Of The Season’. In the words of Steve Bruce, Jozy Altidore is “built like a horse.” He has the physique to go toe-to-toe with the biggest of defenders in the Premier League. And despite being right-footed, he can score with his left and is good in the air. Di Canio has perhaps pulled out a coup.