Gossip: Stones, Varane, Austin, Valdes

Date published: Tuesday 15th September 2015 8:50

Chelsea want Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes, John Stones is a Real Madrid target (of course he is), and Newcastle are willing to pay £15million for Charlie Austin in January…


Victor Valdes is understandably frustrated at Manchester United. Now entering the autumn of his career, the Spaniard is forced to look on as David de Gea does his thing.

Quite why Valdes would choose to join Chelsea in his pursuit of first-team football, goodness only knows. The Independent claim that Jose Mourinho wants Valdes to provide instant back-up to Asmir Begovic, with Thibaut Courtois injured for two months.

In order for Valdes to leave United before the January transfer window opens they would have to cancel his contract, presumably paying him in the process. Is that really going to happen in order for them to help Chelsea out?

The most salient advice would be not to take your transfer rumours from CalcioMercato.com.


Oh the Daily Star, how we admire your transfer cojones. They manage to have direct sources at some of the world’s biggest clubs, and today give us the inside track on a whopping potential deal.

The paper claim that Real Madrid will look to buy John Stones from Everton should they decide to sell Raphael Varane to Manchester United.

It’s all so gloriously unlikely, but you have to admire their chutzpah. We particularly like the ‘if they sell Varane’ bit. It’s a big if.


Given that they look completely toothless so far this season, it isn’t a surprise to learn that Newcastle intend to go back in for Charlie Austin in January. The nagging question is why they didn’t do all they could to get the deal over the line in the summer.

It’s the Daily Express that report on the claim, mentioning a £15m fee. That’s pretty expensive for a player out of contract within six months.

However, The Sun out a spanner in the works by claiming that Austin would instead prefer to see out his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer. He would certainly increase his earning potential that way.



Hull boss Steve Bruce is ready to let Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady move to the Premier League in January… Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that Joe Hart is now the best goalkeeper in the world… Blackpool have signed former Burnley and Huddersfield Town striker Martin Paterson… Derby County are ready to hand Johnny Russell, 25, a lucrative new contract… Chelsea have denied a training ground bust up between John Terry and Diego Costa… Arsenal are interested in Anderlecht’s 18-year-old Youri Tielemans… Ricardo Vaz Te is training with West Brom and is hoping to earn a deal at the club.

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