Some juicy little nuggets have come out as the evening comes to a close on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
Nemanja Vidic left a much-criticized Premier League defense last season for Inter Milan, and now Italian publication Calciomercato claims Liverpool will attempt to bring the Serbian back to England. It’s said that it will cost Lucas Leiva in a swap deal. Would the Anfield set support the swap?
Ilkay Gundogan has been oft-linked with Manchester United this window despite being a young and important part of Borussia Dortmund. Why? Well because Dortmund wants him to sign a contract extension soon — his current deal runs through 2016 — and he hasn’t gone for it. The 24-year-old could likely have his choice of landing spots, with Arsenal also interested again.
Manchester United has also been linked with Dutch superstar Kevin Strootman, but the AS Roma man has again poured cold water on the Red Devils.
“I signed for five years here,” he told Sky Italia.
“I’ve only played for six or seven months [due to injury]. I want to play, help the team, this is important to me. I’m not talking to other teams.”
It’ll be weird to see Aaron Lennon anywhere but Tottenham, but it seems he’s on his way out of White Hart Lane. Everton is said to be in the driver’s seat for his services, but Stoke, Sunderland and his hometown Hull City are said to be interested, as is Tony Pulis (but we told you that last week).
And Swansea boss Garry Monk has spoken up on what it will take to get striker Wilfried Bony from Wales to Manchester City:
“But, in terms of money, Wilfried has to be up there. You look at guys like Romelu Lukaku and the money they went for. Compare their contributions with Bony’s, it’s pretty much a no brainer.
“I think the club is very clear on what he is worth and I can see why the club are holding out for the figure they are holding out for. If they haven’t quite met that valuation, and that’s what the situation must be, otherwise I am sure the deal would have been done, Huw will wait for it and quite rightly so. I assure you Bony is worth it.”
Lukaku cost $42 million, and that move has yet to be electric for Everton. Is Bony closer to a sure thing (especially given Man City’s service providers)?