Victor Valdes won’t be joining Liverpool, Chelsea want William Carvalho and have found Carlo Cudicini’s natural successor, and ‘several’ Chinese clubs are interested in signing John Terry…
VALDES CAN LEAVE – ON ONE CONDITION
Victor Valdes can’t – and probably won’t ever – get a game at Manchester United. Of course, the Spaniard can console himself with the No 1 jersey in the Frozen Out XI.
With Valdes falling out of favour (to say the least) with manager Louis van Gaal, the Daily Mirror claim that the 33-year-old is free to leave the club. There’s just one condition however: He cannot join another Premier League club.
What that basically means is he can’t join Liverpool. The Reds were interested in Valdes before he joined Manchester United in the summer, and have been linked with the former Barcelona man in the last couple of weeks. According to John Cross however, Van Gaal will not sanction a sale if a Premier League club are his only suitors. Cross says that Valdes has been sent to Coventry in the meantime, so perhaps the League One side need a back-up.
BLUES TARGET CARVALHO
Not Ricardo, but that would be hilarious (and understandable at the minute). No, the man in question is William Carvalho. Or, to give his full name, Arsenal and Manchester United target William Carvalho.
Anyway, this comes from the Metro (sorry), who credit their source as Tuttomercatoweb (sorry). The following is the story from the Italian website in all its glory:
The defensive midfielder of Sporting Lisbon, William Carvalho, is entered in the sights of big European clubs. Between Paris Saint Germain, Liverpool and Chelsea, there are many teams interested in the performance of the median, which expires in June 2018.
Which roughly translates to: ‘This player is good so big European clubs are tracking him.’
You’ll note there’s no mention of Arsenal in there, but that doesn’t stop the Metro saying Chelsea ‘will rival Arsenal’ for his signature. SEO, after all.
CHELSEA TARGET BACK-UP KEEPER
Forget Magnus Hedman and Lenny Pidgeley, there’s a new contender for the ‘Carlo Cudicini invitational Chelsea back-up ‘keeper’ role. And that man is a World Cup winner, no less.
The Guardian are reporting, along with pretty much everyone else, that Chelsea are set to sign 33-year-old shot-stopper Marco Amelia. The Italian is a free agent after a four-year spell at AC Milan and then short stops at amateur club Rocca Priora and Serie B Perugia, and has been identified as ideal cover for Asmir Begovic.
Begovic has been relatively impressive since filling in for the injured Thibaut Courtois, and with 21-year-old Jamal Blackman, who has no appearances for the Blues thus far, their first-choice cover for the Bosnian, Amelia could be drafted in on an emergency deal. The ‘keeper was a part of Italy’s 2006 World Cup-winning squad.
CAPTAIN, LEADER, CHINA
It looks like time is finally running out for John Terry at Chelsea. If he can’t get in Jose Mourinho’s side in this state, then he probably never will again.
The 34-year-old is out of contract come the summer, and is attracting more and more interest from Turkish club Fenerbahce. However, John Cross at the Daily Mirror believes China is the most likely destination for England’s brave lion.
Cross reveals that Terry has had ‘several offers’ from Chinese clubs (as yet unnamed) for if/when he leaves Stamford Bridge, and that the Chinese Super League, in their quest to sign big-name players, have the funds to accommodate the former England captain.