The transfer dominoes are tumbling again, knocked over this time by Thomas Vermaelen’s move from Arsenal to Barcelona.
Short on centre-backs, the Gunners must now reinvest some of the £15m they received for the Belgian in a replacement and, according to widespread reports, there’s one man at the top of Arsene Wenger’s shopping list.
As sure as grass is green and the sky is blue, it looked as though the inky Dane was certain to sign for Barcelona this summer, but their snaffling of a left-sided centre back in Vermaelen has surely scuppered his hopes of a Catalunyan switch.
Arsenal could still provide him with an Anfield escape route, with Wenger keen on filling the Verminator void with a seasoned Premier League pro.
Competition for his signature could well be stiff, though, with Tottenham also thought to be keen on the £12m-rated stopper.
Angel Di Maria – even money to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
For reasons unfathomable to the rational thinker, Real Madrid want rid of the Argentine winger, but after Paris Saint-Germain pulled up in the one-horse race for his scrawl, a price of 3/5 says he’ll see the summer out at the Bernabeu.
However, according to reports in the Daily Star, Manchester United have picked up where PSG left off and are mulling over a £50m bid, with Louis van Gaal stating at the weekend that his side lacks a wideman of Di Maria’s high standard.
Kevin Strootman – 27/5 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
Yet more transfer natter involving the Red Devils comes in the form of Kevin Strootman, who was something of a teacher’s pet in Van Gaal’s Netherlands team.
Currently recovering from the knee injury that prevented his participation in the World Cup, it doesn’t look as though he’ll be leaving current club Roma this window, or so odds of 2/25 indicate.
Apparently confused as to the time of day, the Evening Standard have this morning reported that the Old Trafford club are still mulling over the possibility of reinforcing their midfield with the Dutch all-rounder, though, so don’t discount their huge odds to sign him.