We have another round of transfers to catch up on. Lets get right into it.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Rumors were flying all around as to the landing spot for Eto’o, but Serie A turns out to be the destination. There were talks of heading to the US and MLS, but Sampdoria convinced the striker to come to Italy. As if getting the Cameroon international wasn’t good enough, the club ended up getting him on a free transfer.
Lucas Silva/Martin Odegaard
I guess Real Madrid really is the dream club. They continue to rake in heaps of talent with no regard for money whatsoever. Lucas Silva is a 21-year-old midfielder who has been on Real’s radar for quite awhile. He is making the move to Madrid for a rumored 14 million euros. We all knew about Odegaard, and as we predicted, he is headed to the Bernabeu. His price was 4 million euros, while also providing his dad with a coaching gig.
The Tottenham back line was getting pretty crowded with the addition of DeAndre Yedlin, and Naughton decided he wanted to play his football elsewhere. The suitor ended up being Swansea City, picking up the back for a fee of around 5 million pounds. At 26, he is heading into the prime of his career.
The Portugese forward has been at Sporting CP on a season-long loan, but questions are raising as to where he will be next season. Nani has expressed that Manchester United still have plans for him, but it would be shocking for him to break into that starting lineup. He is 28, so his time to make a big impact is limited. Other rumors suggest that United are trying to sell the 100,000 pound a week winger. If United don’t find a suitor for Nani, expect them to get rid of Falcao’s huge salary.
At 20 years of age, Raheem Sterling sure seems like he has been in the spotlight for awhile. His contract is nearing its end, and clubs are beginning to sniff a bit of doubt. Liverpool reportedly offered him a new contract with a 70,000 pound a week wage that he turned down. Many believe that Sterling wants at least 100,000 a week to stay at Anfield. Chelsea have reportedly prepared a bid to lure the English starlet this summer. With Luis Suarez already gone, and Steven Gerrard heading to LA at the end of the season, I would expect Liverpool to give Sterling everything he wants. Or they begin a long slide to the bottom of the table in the Premier League.
Teams Want Them
Everyone wants the former Golden Boy from France. He is 21-years-old and scoring some extraordinary goals for Juventus. Manchester United let this kid go to Juventus back in 2012, which some say was the biggest mistake in Sir Alex Ferguson’s career. Juventus sure isn’t letting Pogba go unless it is for an astronomical figure. The leaders with cash are Manchester United and Chelsea, but I really doubt Pogba heads anywhere. Between Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter Milan, I really see a resurgence of interest and competition in Serie A.
Cavani has allegedly asked PSG to lower their asking price in order to speed up a move away from the French capital. Between clashing with the manager over training, or being booked for his goal celebration, its safe to say Cavani wants out of Ligue 1. As for who wants him, that list is interesting. Manchester United and Arsenal are said to have interest, but I’ll give the nod to Arsenal, considering United don’t need any high-money forwards.
The young Dutchman has been lighting up the Eredivisie this season, continuing to add to his value after a successful World Cup under Louis van Gaal. Word is LVG wants him at Old Trafford, but Tottenham have also thrown their hat in the ring. Tottenham probably need to sell a few wingers to make room for Depay. Considering he already knows LVG from the Dutch national team, I foresee a move to Old Trafford for Depay.