There’s never a dull day in rumourville at this time of year and today is no different, with transfer yarns involving Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all taking intriguing new turns.
Sami Khedira 7/4 to be a Real Madrid player on 02/09/14
Arsenal remain 9/20 favourites to house Khedira come the close of the silly season, but their reported interest in William Carvalho has muddied the waters somewhat.
Speaking yesterday Talksport ‘transfer guru’ Warren Haughton played down the Gunners’ interest in the German World Cup winner as a deal for Carvalho becomes a more realistic possibility.
While the Portugal international is understood to have a £35m release clause in his contract at Sporting Lisbon, the Guardian suggest sources in Portugal believe he could be attained for £24m.
Oddly, enough it’s exactly the same fee Real Madrid are thought to be demanding for Khedira.
Marco Reus 3/20 to be a Borussia Dortmund player on 02/09/14
Just two days after it was reported that there was no chance that Reus would be leaving Borussia Dortmund, new revelations suggest the deal could be back on, with Liverpool among his leading suitors.
German publication Bild have debunked suggestions that the BVB man’s release clause is around £30m, suggesting instead the more palatable sum of £19.8m.
However, the Metro report the release clause doesn’t come into effect until next summer, meaning that, while the winger has refused to cut a new deal that obliterates the caveat, there is little pressure on Die Schwarzgelben to cash in now.
Arturo Vidal 7/4 to be a Manchester United player on 02/09/14
While, in some circles, it has been suggested that quibbles over Juventus’ valuation of their central-midfield dynamo are frustrating United, his national team coach Jorge Sampaoli has other ideas.
The Chile boss instead fingers fears over the knee injury that hampered the Chilean throughout the spring of 2013/14 and the World Cup as the cause of the hold up.