Today’s tittle-tattle warns of Barcelona and Real Madrid’s respective ambitions to monopolise the world’s supply of left-sided centre-backs and goalkeepers in one of the most nefarious transfer schemes of all time.
Scaremongering is low on the agenda at bwinbetting HQ, but this evidence is hard to deny:
The Verminator’s Arsenal days are edging ever-closer to Vermination, with Los Blaugrana currently engrossed in a tug-of-war with Manchester United over the Belgian stopper.
Barca have a £10m bid on the table, but Old Trafford is believed to be his preferred destination.
Should the Gunners accept United’s £15m opening gambit, Luis Enrique and his Catalan recruitment troop will have to turn their focus to other targets, of which there are plenty.
The Daily Mirror reports that the Dane made a tearful plea to Liverpool to accept the Nou Camp club’s bid for him, such his desperation to relocate to northern Spain.
It is alleged that the 29-year-old fears he won’t win his place back in the Reds’ side (which he almost certainly won’t with this attitude) following the arrival of Dejan Lovren and has begged Brendan Rodgers to allow him to leave the team that’s valued at 11/1 to win the Premier League.
The paper also moots that this will clear a path for Vermaelen to join the Red Devils, though given Barcelona’s evil aspirations, we wouldn’t be so sure.
With their biggest foes snapping up all the southpaw centre-halves, Los Merengues plan to hoard the globe’s elite net-minders.
They hope to cash in on Cech’s demotion to the Chelsea bench, but not content with that, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are also hoping to prise away his usurper Thibaut Courtois.
To be denied the number one jersey by the same bloke at two clubs in the same summer can’t be good for Cech’s self-esteem, which casts plenty of doubt on this already dubious double-deal, but should they leave the Belgian be, snaring his understudy isn’t impossible.