BALOTELLI AND BORINI OUT?
It seems that Mario Balotelli spell at Liverpool is about to come to an end – though La Gazzetta claim that the Reds will still pay half of the Italian’s wages when his loan move to AC Milan goes through later this week.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Ben Ransom has tweeted: ‘Talk of Borini exit to Inter premature. While I understand it’s his preferred destination, only Fiorentina & Sunderland have enquired #LFC.’ Ouch.
ADEBAYOR TO WEST HAM: THE RETURN
Things are getting pretty desperate at West Ham with Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate and Andy Carroll all injured. And what do you do when you get desperate? Call Tottenham about Emmanuel Adebayor, of course.
‘It is believed the deal could even see Spurs pay some of the player’s £100,000-a-week wages – a shift from the north Londoners’ refusal to subsidise Adebayor playing for their rivals eight months ago,’ says the Daily Mirror.
NEYMAR WOULD MOVE TO MAN UNITED…NEXT YEAR
This one is running and running. We’re not bloody having it though. It very much suits Manchester United for the world to think that they could sign somebody of Neymar’s standing (even though they have never signed somebody of Neymar’s standing) and the latest cab off the rank is Jamie Jackson in The Guardian, who claims that the Brazilian is ‘open to moving to Manchester United from Barcelona’.
Jackson continues: ‘United are attempting to land the Brazilian before 1 September but there is a long-term strategy to pursue him, with the club believing the transfer may be more likely next summer.’ Apparently he ‘is attracted by the size and history of United and the chance to play in the Premier League’. Oh and the chance to play with Chris Smalling.
UNITED STILL WANT BALE
Well, of course they do. This was in Friday’s gossip and Sky Sports bod Bryan Swanson is claiming the same on Sunday night.
‘Manchester United remain interested in Gareth Bale but they have yet to make a formal bid to Real Madrid, according to Sky sources,’ he says. What’s that…Manchester United definitely in the market for world-class players? It’s not their fault that they can’t do the deals this summer…
DE BRUYNE PREFERS BAYERN
Last week we were getting a tad aroused at a forward line of Sergio Aguero, David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne, but it seems that the Belgian does not share our excitement because – according to Bild, at least – he would prefer to move to Bayern Munich rather than return to England and join Manchester City.
But as our friends at 101 Great Goals put it: ‘It’s worth remembering, however, that Bild have a poor working relationship with De Bruyne at the moment, after the news outlet got the player to say he was staying at Wolfsburg last week.’
Adnan Januzaj on loan. And what’s more, the Liverpool Echo claims that they ‘believe they can secure the youngster on loan for the season’ despite the Belgian currently being in Manchester United’s starting line-up. He is one of three players Roberto Martinez is looking to sign in the next week, with River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori close to a £5.5m move and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian play-maker Bernard back on the radar as Andriy Yarmolenko drops off.
You mean just signing Tom Cleverley really wasn’t enough, after all?
AND THE REST
Saido Berahino is edging closer to a £20million move to Tottenham after being left out of West Brom’s match-day squad for their Sunday loss to Chelsea…Mark Hughes has warned Norwich target Jonathan Walters that Stoke may keep him until his contract runs out next summer as their row threatens to turn ugly…Championship side Leeds are hoping to complete the signing of Watford striker Fernando Forestieri this week after agreeing a fee of around £3million…AC Milan GM Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club are in talks to bring Mario Balotelli in on loan from Liverpool…Crystal Palace are ready to relaunch a move for Charlie Austin, but only if Queens Park Rangers lower their £15million valuation…
…Manchester United have offered £2m for Odds BK’s teenage winger Rafik Zekhnini…Former West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has poured cold water over reports suggesting he could replace Dick Advocaat as Sunderland boss…Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed the club is on the verge of signing Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado on loan from Chelsea…Southampton’s refusal to sell Victor Wanyama to Tottenham could cost the club £213,000 a week. The midfielder is valued at £18m and has two years on his contract.