DE JONG FOR DE UNITED
There was a point last week when this gossip column remarked that Nigel de Jong was one of only three or four Dutch favourites of Louis van Gaal not to be linked with Manchester United. Now that's no longer the case after gossip which may have started in England with the Sunday People or in Italy with Tuttosport but has now gathered pace in the Daily Star. The figure would be £6m and the result would be United finally having the hard b***ard they have needed since Roy Keane swore his way to Celtic.
SANCHEZ + £56M = SUAREZ?
Does that sound like a fair deal? The Daily Star are claiming that 'the £25million-rates Chilean has been excellent in the World Cup and the Nou Camp giants want Liverpool to accept a package of £56m plus Sanchez for Suarez'. It would certainly give Barcelona the advantage over Real Madrid, who are also said to be ready to move for Suarez, who - according to the Sunday Times at least - wants out of Anfield.
Sanchez is also apparently wanted by Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Manchester United.
AND THE REST
Stoke are eyeing an £8m move for Livorno striker Paulinho...Arsenal and Liverpool are on alert after Swansea lined up a possible replacement for Wilfried Bony in Bafetimbi Gomis...Barcelona are no longer interested in Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala...Chelsea misfit Victor Moses could be on his way to West Brom...Tottenham are eying a £6m move for Lille's Belgian teenage striker Davock Origi...New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has targeted £8m striker Graziano Pelle, who was prolific under him at Feyenoord...Hull have targeted Tottenham central defender Michael Dawson...Carlos Vela will not return to Arsenal and has signed a new deal with Real Sociedad...QPR have made enquries for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier...West Ham are hoping for a breakthrough in talks with Nice over left-back Timothee Kolodziejczak.
I'd consider a straight swap, Messi for Suarez but be an acceptable gamble (and it would be a gamble - Messi's relatively poor form this season could be the beginnings of a decline) but I'd rather keep Suarez. Hopefully Suarez meant it when he said he doesn't want to leave and will come out and say it again after the World Cup.- Triangler