The world of Premiership transfer gossip is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Speculation is rife in the likes of the Mirror, Daily Mail, Times, Sun andâ€¦ errâ€¦ Tribal Football all do their best to predict and/or completely make up the future.
Hereâ€™s our opinion on the Premiership transfer rumours weâ€™ve read in the papers and around the netâ€¦ and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce wants to bring ex-Chelsea midfielder Jiri Jarosik back to the Premiership from Celtic.CaughtOffside Says: Jiri was dubbed the “White Vieira” when he arrived, because he was tall and tackled people or something. We didn’t think he looked that bad when playing for Chelsea or Birmingham, so might well be one of those ‘top players’ that Pearcey thinks will save his job.
Manager Glenn Roeder said he would be shocked if Michael Owen was not playing for Newcastle next season.
CaughtOffside Says: Michael seems like a relatively loyal, grounded bloke who just wants to be loved and paid a shedload. So we agree, Mickey’s picked up a bit of silverware already from Liverpool and we fancy him to end up trying to become a Toon legend with the years he has left.
14 year old Bolivian David Suarez revealed he was surprised to hear of interest from Chelsea.
CaughtOffside Says: At just 14, he’s probably more Arsene Wenger’s type (easy now), but Suarez is meant to be the dogs’ against other kids without pubes. Although the fact that things are getting so competitive that kids who are only just starting to develop physically are having their entire futures decided for them is a little unnerving.
Arsenal could be set to make an offer for Roma defender Matteo Ferrari, who was on loan at Everton last season.
CaughtOffside Says: Defending isn’t really the main problem, but apparently Wenger knows…so… what’re you gonna do?
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce has admitted that Nicolas Bendnter will go back to Arsenal this summer.
CaughtOffside Says: Plenty of “Nicolas Bender” jokes coming his way, then. But he’s done a fantastic job for Birmingham and, as mentioned above, any player who might be that goal-getter for Arsenal would be welcome.
Arsenal have told Birmingham they will have to pay Â£4million to land midfielder Fabrice Muamba permanently next season.
CaughtOffside Says: Surely Arsenal should let Muamba and Abou Diaby compete a bit to see who won’t be the next Patrick Vieira? Jokes aside, both players have shown good promise to at least add that bit of bite to Arsenal’s midfield that 5’8 playmakers just struggle with. Give him a chance, we say.
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce still hopes to entice Sylvain Distin to stay at the club rather than leave on a free transfer in the summer.
CaughtOffside Says: No chance.
Aston Villa striker John Carew has been promised the club will launch a summer spending spree to strengthen the squad with Craig Bellamy and Steve Sidwell possible targets.
CaughtOffside Says: Didn’t realise that Carew was also Director of Finances and Scouting at Villa Park, not that anyone didn’t know there was more US currency on the way. Sidwell is O’Neill’s kind of player, and of course everyone will harp on about how he’s the right man to get some discipline into Craig Bellamy. Good moves, both of em.
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