The Hectic Gossip

Date published: Monday 13th January 2014 9:04

The Hectic Gossip

The response to Manchester United’s impressive financial results is the suggestion that money will be spent this summer, with the Daily Express saying that David Moyes ‘could be given anything between £150m-£200m more to make the squad he inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson “competitive” again’.

“It’s fair to say we are focused on strengthening the squad,” said executive-vice-chairman Edward Woodward. “We aren’t afraid of moving in the market in a way we perhaps haven’t seen in recent years.”

No names are mentioned by the Daily Express or The Sun but both agree that there could be an unprecedented £150m spend this summer. The big teases. The names of Tottenham pair Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele have been mentioned on the interweb so we’ll just throw those out there with a ‘yep, could make sense’.

‘Tottenham are chasing Ajax and Holland defender Joel Veltman,’ says the Daily Mirror, who claim that Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan have also shown interest in the 22-year-old centre-half who made his debut for the Dutch national side in November.

But Ajax do not want to sell, with director of football Marc Overmars saying recently: “I will fight to keep Veltman. We don’t want him to go. He is a massive talent and players have been leaving this club too early in their careers. Veltman is a sensation. We never expected him to make such an amazing breakthrough at top level. But that’s down to the work of Jaap Stam. Joel gets defensive lessons from the biggest of all defenders. Jaap has been working on him really hard with individual coaching at Ajax.”

Here we sodding go again. ‘Chelsea defender David Luiz is top of Barcelona’s wanted list again as they prepare for the summer transfer window,’ says the Daily Mirror for perhaps the 427th time. But Barcelona may struggle to get their man as a) Luiz has become a key part of Jose Mourinho’s squad and b) Barcelona could only value him at £22m, which is nowhere near enough for the 26-year-old fun-bucket.

Lukas Podolski has told Arsenal fans he is going nowhere…Manchester City could go back in for Porto midfielder Fernando this summer despite being knocked back by him in January and seeing him sign a new contract…Barry Ferguson is poised to be named as Blackpool’s new manager after receiving support from his playing squad…Roberto Mancini, now manager of Turkish side Galatasaray, is considering going back to Manchester City to try to sign defender Matija Nastasic…Bolton are furious after being blocked by the Premier League in their bid to sign West Brom left-back Goran Popov on loan…Guly do Prado is set to leave Southampton this summer with no sign of a new contract on the table…Charlton hope to sign Blackburn striker Leon Best on loan for the rest of the season…Inter Milan and their new owner Erick Thohir are looking to raid the Premier League for reinforcements, with Nemanja Vidic and Erik Lamela the top targets…Coventry are lining up a move for Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd this summer…Arsenal are watching Wolfsburg attacking midfielder Maximilian Arnold, 19, who has a buy-out clause of about £8m.

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