Thursday, 30 May 2013

TRANSFER BATTLES: Gareth Bale, Fabregas, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas, Mark Hughes, Cavani, Pellegrini

English clubs join the chase for £80m Bale

The Tottenham star is attracting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, while Paris Saint-Germain are also in a position to move for the winger.

The fact that all five clubs are able to spend big could mean that although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is ‘fighting a losing battle’ to keep Bale, he will be able to command a huge fee for the 23-year-old, with the bidding war could drive the price up to around £80m.

Real Madrid, who are looking to respond to Barcelona’s signing of Neymar, are currently in pole position, particularly with Spurs keener to sell abroad than to direct rivals and the paper quotes Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett talking about what an ‘honour’ it would be if the Spanish giants moved for him.

The Daily Star goes a step further and says that Real Madrid have even set a deadline for the completion of the deal – June 15.

They also suggest the fee might be some way lower – at more like the £60m mark.

Benitez wants to wreck City and Chelsea transfer plans by keeping £60m Cavani at Napoli

Edison Cavani (in blue)
New Napoli coach Rafa Benitez is desperate to keep hold of Edinson Cavani this summer and will hold crunch talks with his star striker to try to convince him to stay at the club for one more year.

Cavani, 26, has been a long-term target for Manchester City and underlined his reputation as one of the most prolific forwards in Europe by scoring 29 goals in 34 league games for Napoli.

Chelsea are also interested in the star but believe a £50m transfer fee is too much, given that his wage demands are £250k a week.

Benitez and De Laurentiis
Last week, Napoli challenged City to back up their interest in Cavani by offering Edin Dzeko in a £60million player-push-cash deal for the prolific Uruguayan.
The Italian club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has been outspoken about City in the past, flew into London on Monday and instructed his sporting director Riccardo Bigon to open negotiations with the Premier League club.
City are ready to agree a £50m deal – £30m-rated Dzeko plus £20m in cash – but Napoli want nearer £60m and De Laurentiis says it is time to put up or shut up.

City and United to battle it out for Fabregas with Barca ready to let ex-Arsenal star leave

Manchester United and Manchester City are competing to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Barclays Premier League next season.

New United manager David Moyes is considering a bid for the £25million-rated midfielder after being made aware of Barcelona’s willingness to sell the former Arsenal skipper.

But in an intriguing sub-plot, City have been notified of the Spain midfielder’s availability and are also interested.

Arsenal have first option, as part of the deal that took Fabregas to the Nou Camp, but Moyes is a long-time admirer of the 26-year-old and even made efforts to take him to Everton on loan during Fabregas’ early days at Arsenal.
Liverpool clinch signing of Celta Vigo star Aspas after agreeing £6m fee for hitman

Liverpool have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £6million with Celta Vigo to sign 25-year-old striker Iago Aspas.
Aspas - who will play in relegation-threatened Celta's final game of the season against Espanyol on Saturday - will fly into Liverpool next week to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical.
Aspas has attracted interest from Swansea and Valencia but Brendan Rodgers has moved quickly to beat off competition for the striker, who has netted 12 goals in La Liga this season

Rodgers was keen to add to his striking options with Luis Suarez's ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic ruling him out of the start of the next campaign, leaving Daniel Sturridge and Fabio Borini as the club's only remaining frontmen.

Like his new team-mate Suarez, Aspas, whose £8m valuation was reduced due to his side's precarious league position, is no stranger to controversy. He recently received a four-match ban for headbutting Deportivo defender Carlos Marchena.

Suarez admits it would be difficult to turn down Real offer

Luis Suarez has cast fresh doubt over his Liverpool future after saying he would find it hard to turn down a move to Real Madrid.
Suarez, serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, claimed in an interview on Uruguayan radio that the criticism he has faced from the English media may force him to move.
The 26-year-old said: ‘Liverpool want me to stay, but it would be difficult to say no to Real Madrid.

‘I have a family who are also suffering and it has gone beyond the limit.

'I am not prepared to keep on putting up with the English journalists. I have fought too hard since I was a child to get to where I am to let some journalists batter me in an unfair way.

'They don’t judge me as a player, only for my attitude. They speak about me like they have known me all my life. I have a wife and a daughter and I am not prepared to keep on putting up with the English press.'

Liverpool insist Suarez is not for sale, and given that he signed a four-year deal last summer, they expect him to stay.
Mark Hughes appointed Stoke City manager

The former Wales, Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss has taken over at the Britannia Stadium after fellow Welshman Tony Pulis left the club.

He will be formally unveiled today.

Former Manchester United striker Hughes, 49, has been out of work since November, when he was sacked by QPR after a tough 11 months in charge.

Pulis left the Potters by mutual consent after seven years in charge last week.

A Stoke City fan staged a ‘Hughes out’ protest before he was even appointed. A fan, who spoke to the BBC and wanted to be known only as 'Carl', spent £50 on a sign which he put on the back of his van before parking the vehicle outside Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
The sign reads simply: 'Hughes Out!'

"It is not just me," said Carl to the BBC. "It is the thoughts of 90 per cent of Stoke fans. Security made me move on from the Britannia so I drove around.

"I parked on motorway bridges and people were beeping their support at me and taking photos.

"He is not a long-term appointment, look at his track record, but it looks as though he is going to be appointed anyway."

Protests at new managers are increasingly common. '#MoyesOut' trended on Twitter on the same day that David Moyes was appointed Manchester United manager. Roy Hodgson suffered similar treatment when he took the England job.

Pellegrini talks of verbal agreement with City

Pellegrini was first linked with the Manchester City job long before it became vacant and although speculation has intensified since Mancini's sacking, with Malaga's season not yet over no deal has been confirmed.
But speaking on Spanish TV station Canal Sur, Pellegrini said: "I have a verbal commitment with them and I wait for their move. As of yet, I have not signed a contract."
The 59-year-old Chilean has already confirmed he will leave Malaga at the end of the season with the club's grand ambitions of recent years run aground amid financial problems which will see them banned from European competition next season.

Pellegrini added: "It is true that Manchester City has shown much interest in me to be their coach and I have had conversations with them.

"There should be no problem, but until things are signed I cannot say it is done."


  1. kolo toure agreed to join on mondae, he said he wants 2 liv on tuesdae.. Suarez is a racist mahn

  2. lool.. r u shittin me the fuck, that guy wasted N12,500 on that

  3. So Wenger won't bid for fabregas?