LIVERPOOL EYEING ETO'O
It's in a hell of a lot of newspapers so there's a whiff of truth about this one. Apparently, Liverpool are discussing former Chelsea man Samuel Eto'o as a potential candidate as the club look to bring in a new striker. It's by no means at the offer stage but it looks like the 33-year-old might be an option after discussions about Radamel Falcao (who is expected to join Real Madrid) and Wilfried Bony (who is considered too expensive at £19m and wage demands of £100,000 a week) came to nought.
ARSENAL'S QUEST FOR A DEFENDER...
...could lead them to Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes, according to the Daily Telegraph. Howedes can play right across the back four or even in midfield, so that certainly sounds like a viable option. There's no talk of a price though we're going to throw the figure of £14m in there just because we can.
The other option could be Daniel Agger, with The Sun claiming that not only are Arsenal preparing a £10m bid; they are expecting to get him. Poor Agger was reportedly in tears last week because he is so desperate to leave Liverpool and actually, you know, play some football.
BENATIA TO CHELSEA
It's a Daily Star exclusive so grab yourself a big handful of salt but they claim that 'Chelsea are set to land £30m Roma central defender Mehdi Benatia'. Sounds pretty unequivocal, right?
'Benatia, 27, is also being chased by Manchester United, but Chelsea are ready to seal the deal this week ahead of their first game at Burnley on Monday,' they claim, despite Jose Mourinho very publicly saying that they have finished with their business for the summer.
They claim that Benatia will be a replacement for David Luiz, which makes us think that they have forgotten about the arrival of Kurt Zouma.
AND THE REST
Sunderland want at least £7m for striker Connor Wickham after rejecting a £5m bid from West Ham...Stoke have offered £5m for Norwich winger Nathan Redmond...Swansea are rushing the £8million Federico Fernandez transfer deal through in time for their Manchester United opener...Esteban Cambiasso's Leicester City move is on with the midfielder ready to accept a two-year deal...Salomon Kalou has alerted Everton and Tottenham after being told he is free to leave Lille...
...Galatasaray are pondering a £28million double bid for Arsenal pair Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski...Leicester are reportedly ready to 'break the club's transfer record' to finance the transfer of Troy Deeney from Watford...Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to forget about signing Sami Khedira...Manchester City striker John Guidetti is wanted by Feyenoord...Southampton have agreed terms with Steaua Bucharest defender Florin Gardos...Kolo Toure is set to leave Liverpool for Turkish side Trabzonspor in a £1.5m deal...Olympiakos are planning a bid to re-sign Fulham's Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou on loan...
...Wilfried Bony's wage demands of £100,000 a week are dissuading clubs from making a bid for the Swansea striker...WBA are monitoring Alex Barrera, the Sporting Gijon midfielder...Leeds United are close to a deal for Giuseppe Bellusci, the Catania defender...West Ham have expressed an interest in Stoke striker Peter Crouch...Sunderland are interested in signing Micah Richards from Manchester City...Celtic have taken Manchester City teenage defender Jason Denayer on a season-long loan.
Imagine going to Fortnum and Mason, buying yourself the finest piece of chateaubriand and foie gras, leaving it in the fridge for dinner the next evening, only to find that very next day your wife has fed it to the dog and replaced it with an Iceland Horse meat Lasagne. That's essentially what Rodgers and his committee are attempting to do in replacing Suarez with Eto'o.- uncle monty