Category Archive: Transfer Rumours
Today’s tell-all hasn’t seen many better exits than Poldi’sWith a huge cloud of uncertainty continuing to hover over the Emirates, Arsène Wenger went some way towards clarifying matters with his revelation that the ongoing soap opera surrounding the club’s contract negotiations with disaffected star players Alexis Sánchez and Mesut Özil have been put on hold until the summer. Sánchez is expected to leave come season’s end, while there are some among Arsenal’s support who wouldn’t mind seeing Özil go with him. The Germany international is believed to be the subject of interest from Fenerbahce. While he is keeping his cards close to his chest, the general consensus seems to be that Wenger is staying put and will sign up for at least one more year and may try to bring the Turkey international Arda Turan to north London as a replacement for his Chilean playmaker. Two years into a five-year deal since joining Barcelona from Atlético Madrid, Turan is valued at around £25m and various papers are saying the notoriously parsimonious Wenger is ready to offer exactly that to get the 30-year-old from Istanbul into an Arsenal shirt. Related: If Arsène Wenger stays we can expect a comedy of analogy errors | Marina Hyde Continue reading…
Today’s fluff is scrounging a liftHome, says the Mill from beneath a pile of crisp packets, nail clippings and loose change in its hovel, is definitely where the heart is. Therefore no one should be remotely surprised that Wayne Rooney has decided 13 years at Manchester United was basically an extended gap year and, before he morphs into the character Tim Key plays in the sort-of funny E4 comedy of that name, he’s shedding the henna tattoos and coming back to Everton for home cooking and lifts everywhere. Apparently there is a will on all sides to make it happen, and United might even waive a transfer fee; someone should probably check that Ronald Koeman realises Rooney isn’t 18 anymore.But perhaps Rooney is simply part of a trend towards a simpler life, a rejection of the jobbing footballer’s fernweh. Jermain Defoe returning to West Ham is not a rumour for the creatively-minded but would be on the cards if Sunderland went down and, like Rooney, he might be allowed to head back where it all started without so much as a penny switching between the clubs’ bank accounts. Related: Football transfer rumours: Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton? Continue reading…
Today’s tittle-tattle is counting its changeDon’t worry, readers, this isn’t going to be another Mill about Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley. But what will Ronald Koeman do with the spare change – reportedly £60m and £30m – come the summer if his star pair leave? Top of the list is Villarreal’s Cédric Bakumbu, a renowned Beatles fan, who will make his way from the Yellow Submarine to Liverpool for only £25m. Some people might hold reservations about the DR Congo striker – who has found the net only five times in 26 appearances this season – replacing the Premier League’s top goalscorer but remember, Everton have Steve Walsh as director of football and chief scout, so have no fear Toffees, you’re onto a winner! Related: Bastian Schweinsteiger joins Chicago Fire from Manchester United Related: Olivier Giroud: Arsenal players want Arsène Wenger to stay on Continue reading…
Today’s tell-all is over the moon Try as they might, Liverpool fans just can’t make those Philippe Coutinho-to-Barcelona rumours go away, as the name of their Brazilian playmaker continues to be mentioned in conjunction with a switch from Anfield to Camp Nou. Although Barcelona’s sporting director Roberto Fernandez has stated he expects Andrés Iniesta to stay at the Catalan club once his current contract expires in the summer of 2018, his employers are believed to have identified Coutinho and PSG midfielder Marco Verratti as potential long term replacements for a 32-year-old who has given no indication that he is particularly interested in inking a new deal. Meanwhile in Manchester, Pep Guardiola will attempt to tighten up the most porous defence he’s ever been forced to work with by making a ridiculous offer to Juventus for their centre-half Leonardo Bonucci. Weekend reports suggested City are also confident they can lure Lionel Messi to the Etihad on the back of Barcelona’s apparent reluctance to meet the Argentinian’s wage demands. Along with Chelsea, City are also ready to turn their money-cannon in the direction of Turin in the hope of power-hosing Juventus with enough money to convince them to part company with Kingsley Coman, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich and will stay there if the German champions get their way. Related: Pep Guardiola: Manchester City draw with Liverpool ‘one of my happiest days’ Related: Secrecy over contract will do little to silence Arsène Wenger’s detractors | Paul Doyle Continue reading…
Udinese v Palermo 18th placed Palermo visit 12th placed Udinese in the Serie A game week 29 fixture this Sunday. Udinese have amassed 33 points with a season record of 9 wins, 6 draws and 13 losses. Palermo are on 15 points with a season record of 3 wins, 6 draws and 19 losses. Latest […]
Roma v Sassuolo 13th placed Sassuolo visit second placed Roma in the Serie A game week 29 fixture this Sunday. Roma have amassed 62 points with a season record of 20 wins, 2 draws and 6 losses. Sassuolo are on 31 points with a season record of 9 wins, 4 draws and 15 losses. Latest […]
Barcelona v Valencia 14th placed Valencia visit second placed Barcelona in the La Liga game week 28 fixture this Sunday. Barcelona have amassed 60 points with a season record of 18 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses. Valencia are on 30 points with a season record of 8 wins, 6 draws and 13 losses. Latest […]
Deportivo La Coruna v Celta de Vigo 12th placed Celta de Vigo visit 15th placed Deportivo La Coruna in the La Liga game week 28 fixture this Sunday. Deportivo La Coruna have amassed 27 points with a season record of 6 wins, 9 draws and 12 losses. Celta de Vigo are on 35 points with […]
Sporting Gijon v Granada 18th placed Granada visit 19th placed Sporting Gijon in the La Liga game week 28 fixture this Sunday. Sporting Gijon have amassed 18 points with a season record of 4 wins, 6 draws and 17 losses. Granada are on 19 points with a season record of 4 wins, 7 draws and […]
Atletico Madrid v Sevilla Third placed Sevilla visit fourth placed Atletico Madrid in the La Liga game week 28 fixture this Sunday. Atletico Madrid have amassed 52 points with a season record of 15 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses. Sevilla are on 57 points with a season record of 17 wins, 6 draws and […]
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Mainz 05 v Schalke 04 11th placed Schalke 04 visit 12th placed Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga game week 25 fixture this Sunday. Mainz 05 have amassed 29 points with a season record of 8 wins, 5 draws and 11 losses. Schalke 04 are on 30 points with a season record of 8 wins, 6 […]
Borussia M’gla v Bayern Munchen First placed Bayern Munchen visit ninth placed Borussia M’gla in the Bundesliga game week 25 fixture this Sunday. Borussia M’gla have amassed 32 points with a season record of 9 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses. Bayern Munchen are on 59 points with a season record of 18 wins, 5 […]
Dundee v Celtic First placed Celtic visit eighth placed Dundee in the Premiership game week 29 fixture this Sunday. Dundee have amassed 30 points with a season record of 8 wins, 6 draws and 14 losses. Celtic are on 26 points with a season record of 26 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses. Latest form […]
Today’s fluff is full of ecstasy and fireIt’s going to be a busy summer for Mauricio Pochettino, who has not only been personally placed on the managerial shortlist at Paris Saint-Germain – though it will only matter, says the Mirror, “if they decide to change manager this summer”, and anyway the Mail insists that Tottenham “will fiercely fight off” any interest, but it has also drawn up a brief £60m shopping list for his current employers. There are only two names on it: Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha and Everton’s Ross Barkley, valued at around £30m apiece. But an attempt to buy the Espanyol goalkeeper Pau López for £2.5m has come to nought. Spurs are also monitoring the 25-year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune, who moved to Spain from Manchester City for £1.3m last summer, has an £8.7m release clause and is also being watched by Arsenal.Another day, another rumoured destination for Romelu Lukaku, whom the Sun exclusively reveals is a target for Manchester United. José Mourinho is apparently “willing to pay around £60m for the hitman”. Meanwhile Everton’s interest in Fraser Forster – even if they may sign Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford or Leicester’s Kasper Schmeichel instead – has forced Southampton to seek alternative goalkeepers, with the Mail saying they “will consider a bid for Joe Hart”. Related: Pep Guardiola set for Manchester City clearout with 18 players at risk Continue reading…
Today’s rumours are snuffling for trufflesThe Mill skipped merrily into work this morning. Spring is in the air, it is true, but most of all today was going to be an absolute doddle. All we had to do, we reasoned, is chuck a few Monaco players into the mix and link them with everyone else before the big fish get all indignant about someone else nibbling at their slice of whatever pie it is fish eat and hoover them all up this summer. Related: Football transfer rumours: Romelu Lukaku on his way back to Chelsea? Related: A very modern transfer: Ousmane Dembélé and the missing release clause Continue reading…
Today’s fluff has a monkey on a donkey in the fifthEven the most optimistic of Everton fans probably knew that Romelu Lukaku wasn’t going to stick around at Goodison for a July and August of inglorious Europa League qualifiers. Having rejected a new contract offer from Everton, the joint-top Premier League goalscorer looks certain to leave Merseyside this summer, with ol’ muckers Chelsea waving their hands frantically in the Belgian’s direction with wads of cash and a contract promising to turn him into the next Michy Batshuayi. Maybe if Romelu is really good in training, he could be loaned out to West Brom in January. And the cycle continues. It’s the only thing keeping the Mill in a job. Related: Romelu Lukaku stuns Everton with decision to reject new contract Continue reading…
Today’s rumours have no tipsManchester United embarrassed themselves in defeat on Monday night with the smallness of their thinking but Stamford Bridge could soon be visited by representatives of a club that often embarrasses itself in victory. Barcelona are said to be ready to send a delegation to London with orders to dive and mewl until they get an agreement for the purchase of César Azpilicueta. But fresh from shouting down José Mourinho, icy-eyed berzerker Antonio Conte is confident of standing up to the Catalans better than most referees do.And once he’s chased away Barça, Conte will turn his attentions to wooing Bayern Munich’s wünder-winger Kingsley Coman, with whom he previously worked at parent club Juventus. But another of Coman’s former bosses is also keen on rekindling an old relationship, as Pep Guardiola wants the young Frenchman at Manchester City. Bidding will start at £52m and who knows where it will end. Related: Gary Rowett appointed as new Derby County manager Continue reading…
Today’s fluff came to town like a midwinter storm The potential transfer claxon is sounding at the Etihad this morning after Joshua Kimmich, versatile German ace and former Pep Guardiola protégé, declared of his current situation at Bayern Munich that “I’m not satisfied with it and I want to change it”. The 22-year-old has completed 90 minutes of league action only once since the start of December, starting seven of the 11 games he has been fit for on the bench and remaining on it three times. Manchester City are now, the Mirror declares, “on red alert” and preparing a summer splurge. Meanwhile Bayern could steal a midfielder away from England, and Arsenal in particular, with the former Bavaria bench-warmer Ottmar Hitzfeld declaring the German giants “certainly have Granit Xhaka on their radar” because he is “always a topic for current top clubs”, presumably because he is currently stranded at a former top club. Related: Derby County sack Steve McClaren for second time in under two years Continue reading…
Antonio Conte is demanding a huge £200 million transfer budget this summer as he aims to turn Chelsea into genuine Champions League contenders next season. According to The Sunday Times, the Italian will use money available as leverage before committing his future to the club. But who exactly is he going to target with a […]
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Tottenham set a club record of nine successive Premier League home wins when they beat Everton at White Hart Lane last Sunday. Next up, they face League One opposition Millwall in the FA Cup. With Harry Kane in fine form up front, supported by a defensively-solid team behind him, it’s hard to see past anything […]
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Dimitri Payet caused a storm in January when attempting to force a transfer away from West Ham United by going on strike. Despite the Hammers being desperate to hold on to their star player, the Frenchman’s move away from his former employers was inevitable and he rejoined his former club, Marseille, on January 30th. After remaining quiet […]
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This weekend’s Premier League programme is cut down considerably thanks to FA Cup quarter-final action, but there are still four cracking ties lined up. We’ve had a scan of the sub-plots and come up with the first in our series of storylines to keep an eye on: Will Liverpool finally follow up one win with […]
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After losing five of their past seven matches, four of the last six by at least two goals, Arsenal are officially struggling. The Gunners botched progress to the Champions League quarters for the seventh season on the spin when going down 10-2 on aggregate to Bayern Munich, and are in a fight to hold onto […]
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