Monday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Man City’s big De Bruyne bid, more Kane to United speculation


It’s been a busy start to the week for Premier League teams in the transfer mill.

West Brom has confirmed the club-record purchase of Venezuela’s Salomon Rondon, while Joey Barton is reportedly having a medical at Upton Park.

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And Xherdan Shaqiri is close to a move to Stoke City, if Bayern Munich sees fit to let Inter Milan sell him. Everton and Newcastle are lurking in the background.

The Daily Mirror, as usual, is tossing a baited line into the pool of transfer gossip, tabbing Manchester United, once again, as a suitor for Harry Kane. United held Spurs scoreless on Saturday, and now may be looking to snap up Tottenham’s big fish with “discreet enquiries” for the 22-year-old Englishman. It’s just not happening, right? Right?

The same publication cites Tuttosport in Italy as putting United and Arsenal as rival combatants for both Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze and Schalke’s Julian Draxler. The latter is often linked with Arsenal, and World Cup hero Gotze could certainly be looking for a more regular run.

Remember Martin Odegaard and his whimsical journey to choosing a new home with Real Madrid? Well, he just may prefer a loan away from Real rather than spending a season with the reserves in Segunda B.

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Man City is going in hard for Kevin De Bruyne. The former Chelsea man, now at Wolfsburg, is said to be the subject of a $70 million dollar offer from the Etihad Stadium outfit. Here are the words of De Bruyne’s agent, from Sky Sports:

“We are waiting to discover whether any agreement has been reached between the clubs. That is for the clubs to decide, and not for us. There is no medical planned at this stage, and he is happy at Wolfsburg.”

Wolfsburg’s managing director, Klaus Allofs, has previously said he expects De Bruyne to stay but Sky sources understand an offer for the player has now been made.

That could potentially be a huge injection of youth to City’s attack.