This morning we are going to take a quick look around Europe to see which transfer rumors have surfaced.
With plenty of big money deals already flying around, and new managers building their squads hurriedly behind the scenes, this summer is set to see plenty of transfer activity.
Let us begin.
The race for Christian Benteke is heating up as several clubs aim to sign Aston Villa’s 22-year-old Belgian international striker. Tottenham have offered Jermain Defoe plus cash for Villa’s top scorer, while Atletico Madrid have put in a $37.5 million bid. It seems as if these offers may be too good to turn down for Benteke, who has been extremely quite in the press on his future. But should he stay in the EPL or move abroad? A step up to Spurs or maybe even Arsenal would be a good move in my book, Benteke is made for the EPL and with better service, he should score plenty more goals, wherever he plays next season. (The Mirror)
Despite Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge, John Terry‘s time in West London could be coming to an end. The Chelsea captain is rumored to be subject of a $12 million bid from mega-rich AS Monaco, where former Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri is in charge. Many thought Mourinho’s return would see 32-year-old Terry return as a regular for the Blues, but it could be the opposite. And oh yeah, Terry was spotted in Portugal yacht-shopping today, just a coincidence? A luxury yacht would be more at home in Monaco than on the River Thames. Perhaps. (Telegraph)
Meanwhile Mourinho has already angered Arsene Wenger by hijacking Arsenal’s bid to sign Fiorentina’s Stefan Jovetic. The new Chelsea boss has wasted no time identifying targets, and the $35 million rated forward is top of Mourinho’s wanted list. The Montenegro striker has been tracked by Arsenal and Manchester United, but the 23-year-old would be a great signing for Chelsea. Where would he fit into their vast array of attacking talents? Your guess is as good as mine. (The Times)
Elsewhere Argentinian winger Ignacio Scocco has been linked with a moved to Sunderland. The 28-year-old Al-Ain player has been looking to move away from the United Arab Emirates and could get his wish as Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio overhauls his squad this summer. He spent last season on loan at Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina, scoring 27 goals in 36 games. Sunderland were woeful in front of goal last year, scoring just 41 in 38 games, so his attacking intent excite fans. The only stumbling block could be his $90,000 weekly wage. (Sunderland Echo)
Edin Dzeko could be joining Mourinho at Chelsea too, as the 27-year-old Manchester City striker is just the type of player Chelsea’s new manager is looking for. Dzeko has found himself often coming off the bench at City, but with his tall powerful frame and impressive hold up play, he could resemble something similar to Didier Drogba in his prime. With Chelsea taking Dzeko they would step aside from the race for Edinson Cavani, to sweeten the deal for City as they’ve been chasing Napoli’s Uruguayan forward intently. (Daily Star)
In Spain, reports this morning have Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain joining Arsenal. Newspaper AS say that Tottenham, Liverpool and Juventus are also interested but Arsenal are in the driving seat for the 25-year-old Argentinian forward. He has recently stated his intent to leave Madrid this summer for a fresh challenge and Arsene Wenger certainly needs a proven goalscorer to help his young Gunners squad push on to challenge for the EPL title next season. Is Higuain the missing piece in the puzzle for Arsenal? (AS)