Wayne Rooney denies transfer request, Arsenal quoted £30m for Jovetic, City in talks on Cavani and Benitez to Stoke...
THIAGO FOR UNITED?
We're taking this with a massive pinch of salt because the fella who wrote The Sun's 'Thiago for United' story lives in Sheffield and doesn't even speak a word of Spanish. He is a Manchester United fan, mind, so it may well be just wishful thinking. Or he may have seen a translated copy of Marca.
Well, here goes - The Sun claims that new United boss David Moyes is weighing up a £15m bid for Barcelona midfielder Thiago, who they of course describe as 'a possible replacement for the retired Paul Scholes'. They even quote a 'Catalan insider' as saying: "He's not happy because of his lack of playing time and wants to go to a club where he'll get regular first-team football."
VERMAELEN FOR SALE
Well, well. The Sun believes that Thomas Vermaelen is available from Arsenal for just £5m - which could well be the bargain of the century if he can rediscover his form from two years ago. They say that the Gunners are willing to let the Belgian leave, with the priority being to hold on to in-form French defender Laurent Koscielny, who is a target for Bayern Munich. There's also talk of Arsenal being interested in Swansea's Ashley Williams, who is available for £12m. Vermaelen out for £5m and Williams in for £12m? Are you sure, Mr Sun?
PSG IN £100M ROONEY DEAL?
Obviously they're not going to actually pay £100m for Wayne Rooney, but the Daily Mirror have done that 'add the fee to the wages' thing to come up with a conveniently round figure. So what's the breakdown? PSG will apparently pay £40m for the England striker (which Manchester United will presumably accept with unbridled glee) and then pay him £15m a year AFTER TAX. That will put him on the same wages as Zlatan Ibrahimovich apparently.
RAFA AND TORRES TO NAPOLI?
Tell Chelsea fans that Rafa Benitez and Fernando Torres are a 'dream team' and you may hear a few rude words but the Daily Mirror claim that Italian club Napoli are eyeing that pair with a view to world domination. Benitez, who has also been linked with PSG, 'can now have the Naples job if he wishes' and he may persuade Torres to join him.
Napoli will have plenty of cash to spend this summer if they sell Edinson Cavani to Manchester City for £50m. Some of that may go back to City for Edin Dzeko but a fair whack (how much would he cost now?) may well be sent to Stamford Bridge for the Spaniard.
AND THE REST
Darren Bent has been told he can leave Aston Villa...Stoke are completing a shortlist of targets to replace Tony Pulis with Roberto Martinez, Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Mark Hughes all under consideration...Newcastle are not prepared to pay Liverpool the £15m transfer fee agreed with West Ham for Andy Carroll...Real Madrid are preparing to approach Jupp Heynckes about the possibility of replacing Jose Mourinho...Motherwell manager Stuart McCall is holding talks with Sheffield United...
...Liverpool are bracing themselves for Bayern Munich to step up their interest in Luis Suarez...Doncaster manager Paul Dickov will raid his old club Oldham for Jose Baxter and Lee Croft...Bolton have snapped up Blackpool skipper Alex Baptiste...Leeds boss Brian McDermott wants to team up again with Reading old boys Kevin Doyle and Stephen Hunt...Tottenham could revive their interest in Leandro Damiao...Hull are launching a bid to sign free agent Maynor Figueroa...West Brom have released winger Jerome Thomas and defender Gonzalo Jara...Brighton will consider a move for Tim Sherwood should current boss Gus Poyet leave in the summer...
...Alan Pardew has been given the green light to carry on as Newcastle manager by owner Mike Ashley...Sunderland want £2.25m for striker Ji Dong-Won...Norwich are to step up their interest in Chris McCann following his release from Burnley...Arsenal midfield starlet Josh Rees is a target for Middlesbrough...Andy Carroll wanted to return to Liverpool but Anfield bosses axed the idea because of his wages...Tottenham are ready to launch a £36m double bid to bring Leandro Damiao and Roberto Soldado to White Hart Lane...Liverpool are poised to win the race to sign Barcelona teenage prodigy Sergi Canos.
@Synergy - he's played in the more advanced Iniesta role for Barca quite a few times but he's shone brightest when playing in the deeper Xavi role. That's generally where he plays.- jm