Another barn-storming weekend of Premier League action is over, and more is to come in a couple of days with a full top-flight card in the offing, so you may have missed one or two interesting transfer murmurs while the goals were raining in.
If that’s the case you’re in luck, as we’ve run down the best and worst from the Saturday and Sunday rumour mills. You’re welcome.
Everton midfielder James McCarthy has been turning heads since starring for Hamilton in his mid-teens, and Roberto Martinez sanctioned the Ireland midfielder’s £1.2m move to Wigan in 2009, before making him the Toffees’ second-most expensive player ever, at the time, in a £13m switch 18 months ago.
With that in mind, when the Mail say ‘Arsenal are willing to open the bidding at £16million’ for his services, they should be taken literally. If he does go it will be for much closer to the £28.5m Manchester United paid Everton for Marouane Fellaini.
Swansea’s Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in the Star is a belter of a link, but that particular red top does like to run with a rumour regardless of its veracity, so fans of the Premier League champions shouldn’t start salivating yet.
In other Citizens news, Valencia’s Luis Gaya is the latest left-back they’re supposedly in for.
Arsenal have been ‘reportedly’ buying Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings for a while now, and Sky Sports’ Adam Bate has run with a rather cloying story about what a great young fellow the centre-half is:
“Tyrone Mings isn’t your average footballer. In fact, there are times when the Ipswich defender seems to be on a one-man mission to confound the assumptions surrounding his profession.”
Touching, but is he actually any good Adam?
Considering Manchester United and Liverpool haven’t swapped a player for over 50 years, the Reds picking up on-loan Real Madrid forward Javier Hernandez from the Red Devils seems unforeseeable, but Spurs and Arsenal’s alleged interest in the player should be taken seriously.
United clearly have no problem doing business with the Gunners, having let fellow striker Danny Welbeck head to the Emirates over the summer, and Mauricio Pochettino’s men are crying out for the kind of raw pace Chicharito is famed for, so a north London switch may well be on the cards.