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.
A ruling in Portugal could mean that all players there become free to buy themselves out of their contracts with a fee based on their current salary. That would mean United being able to sign Sporting Lisbon’s Nani for less than Â£2 million rather than the Â£20 million the club want.CaughtOffside Says: Fantastic news for Tottenham and Manchester United. Also terrible news for Tottenham and Manchester United as about a dozen other clubs are probably going to be in for him now.
Tottenham’s Wayne Routledge, currently on loan at Fulham after spending last season on loan at Portsmouth, will ask for a more permanent decision on his future from Martin Jol this summer.
CaughtOffside Says:Wayne, or Waynesy to his friends, has had a bit of a weird Premiership career. If you ask any Spurs fan, they’ll tell you they should never have loaned him out and can’t understand why he’s not at least a backup to Lennon. But if you ask anyone else who he actually has played for, you’ll hear stories of chronic inconsistency and a lack of tracking back. If he’s been loaned out this much with so few wingers in Tottenham’s squad, we can’t see him ever having a place there.
Lyon are ready to sell Abidal for around Â£7 million and Arsenal are expected to come in for him at the end of this season.
CaughtOffside Says: Gasp! A player over 18 linked with Arsenal. Abidal would recreate the Cole-Clichy situation on the left for the Gunners and surely solve all their ills. Or none of them.
Newcastle boss Roeder wants to sign Wes Brown from Manchester United and plans to use Nicky Butt to help lure him away.
CaughtOffside Says: Tales of seasons with no medals and no top class European football will surely woo Brown. He’d get to play a bit more, after all, and put himself in the shop window for England selection – a bit like Titus Bramble.
Bolton are eyeing a double summer swoop for Liverpool’s Harry Kewell and Wigan’s Henri Camara.
CaughtOffside Says: Kewell was inevitably linked to Bolton, and while Sam could probably weave his magic for ailing ‘Arry somehow we can’t see the Aussie agreeing a move to the Reebok. Camara, on the other hand, has proven himself a good Premiership player and would do well either partnering or replacing Nicolas Anelka.
Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie is a summer target for Sheffield United.
CaughtOffside Says:Lee Hendrie’s claim to fame is still looking too much like Robbie Williams.
Birmingham are set to make a bid for Fulham defender Zat Knight.
CaughtOffside Says: Oh, shame. They were doing so well…
Lyon’s Florent Malouda has ruled out a move to Chelsea, saying there is too much uncertainty over boss Jose Mourinho’s future.
CaughtOffside Says: Someone needs to tell Malouda that you go to Chelsea to earn shedloads of cash, not play for Jose Mourinho. Because if that’s not true then they’re going to be in a bit of trouble if this rumoured row with Abramovich comes to a nasty conclusion in the summer.
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