11/07/2010 – Sunday Transfer Talk

11 07 2010

Liverpool have slapped a £100m price tag on Spanish striker Fernando Torres ahead of the World Cup final between Netherlands and Spain.

Torres will be told he will have to put in a transfer request if he wants to leave Liverpool and will only be allowed to join Chelsea if they stump up £70m.

But Chelsea are growing increasingly confident they can sign Torres for about £50m.

Liverpool may have already lined up a replacement for Torres, with new boss Roy Hodgson apparently in talks with Wolfsburg for their £30m-rated striker Edin Dzeko.

Another possibility is that Hodgson will bring in £15m Nice striker Loic Remy.

If Torres is to leave Anfield, Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan could be signed from Rennes for about £20m.

Other strikers linked with Liverpool today are David Trezeguet and Peter Crouch.

Hodgson may also need a replacement for midfielder Javier Mascherano, who is set to tell Liverpool he wants to quit, possibly to reunite with ex-Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.

New Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is set to raid former cub Chelsea to sign left-back Ashley Cole.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will hold face-to-face talks with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in South Africa and offer £50m for midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

West Ham have beaten off competition from Tottenham and Espanyol to sign Mexico winger Pablo Barrera from UNAM Pumas.

Manchester United boss has insisted he has not bid for Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder or Werder Bremen midfielder Mesut Ozil.

Sunderland will make a late bid to sign Dan Gosling from under the noses of Newcastle and West Ham. Gosling is available on a free transfer after leaving Everton.

West Ham have entered the race to sign centre-back Sol Campbell, who is also wanted by Celtic and Sunderland following his departure from Arsenal.

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard will have to take a £15,000-a-week pay cut to join Celtic on loan as the Scots cannot afford his £45,000-a-week wages.

Aston Villa and England striker Emile Heskey is being lined up for a move to Celtic with winger Aiden McGeady possibly going the other way.

Villa boss Martin O’Neill is also confident of landing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane and Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland.

Meanwhile, Villa midfielder Steve Sidwell is set to join Fulham in a £3m deal.

Liverpool are in talks with free agent versatile former Wigan star Paul Scharner.

Fulham are also planning to bring in striker Eidur Gudjohnsen after his contract talks with Tottenham stalled.

Arsenal missed out on signing goalkeeper Eduardo after taking too long to make their move and the Portugal international joined Genoa.

Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas will snub a move to Aston Villa after vowing to stay and fight for his future.

Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is set to reject interest from Arsenal and Tottenham to sign a new £55,000-a-week deal to stay with the Toffees.

Arsenal are poised to sign Real Zaragoza’s 18-year-old defender Diego Torrellas.

Tottenham believe they can win the race to capture £20m-rated Brazil striker Luis Fabiano from Sevilla.

West Ham and Birmingham are competing to bring ex-Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires, who is a free agent after leaving Villarreal, back to the Premier League.

The Hammers are also hoping to re-sign defender George McCartney, who they sold to Sunderland in 2008.
Stoke will rival Liverpool with a £7m bid for Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa.

Alexandre Pato will not be joining his former manager Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea – the striker says he wants to stay at AC Milan.

Midfielder Joe Cole could leave England after telling his agents to look into La Liga or Serie A openings following his exit from Chelsea.

Spurs midfielder David Bentley could be offered a way out of White Hart Lane by Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill.

Ajax tell Manchester United to put in an offer for 23-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez who is rated at around £35m.

AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has hinted at moving to the Premier League, saying Dennis Bergkamp is his idol and that English football would suit his game.

And Huntelaar is believed to have been offered to Aston Villa, having previously been made available to Manchester City and Tottenham.

West Ham are lining up Portsmouth midfielder Marc Wilson as a possible replacement for Scott Parker.

Fulham will name ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson as their new manager this week.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has signed a new three-year deal to stay with the club after turning down a £3m-a-year tax-free offer to manager Dubai side Al Ahli.

England manager Fabio Capello is pressing on with plans to shake-up his backroom set-up, with Stuart Pearce and Ray Clemence set to be axed. The Italian will also demand the introduction of a winter break in English football.

Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik is poised to make a £30m offer to buy a 35% stake in West Ham.

Arsenal’s teenage midfielder Jack Wilshere is seeking assurances from manager Arsene Wenger over how much he will play in the first team next season.

Jose Mourinho will be able to leave Real Madrid for free at the end of each year of his current contract, making him available to take over at Old Trafford should Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson be ready to retire.

Shay Given could be out in the cold at Manchester City after Roberto Mancini re-signed Stuart Taylor and welcomed Joe Hart back from his season-long loan at Birmingham City.

The odds on Englishman Stuart Baxter swapping his role as Finland coach for the manager’s job at Fulham have been slashed even though he is not thought to be under consideration.

Leicester City are on the verge of a multi-million-pound buyout by an Asian consortium.

Holland’s World Cup star Wesley Sneijder, a recent convert to Catholicism, has revealed that part of his routine in South Africa involves praying with his girlfriend on the telephone and before every match in his room.

Ex-Liverpool defender and boot designer Craig Johnston is not happy with the Jabulani ball, saying it has encouraged “pre-historic football” during the World Cup.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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