After getting over a bit of light transfer fantasy, we’re back to the real business.
The world of Premiership transfer gossip is full of nonsense, but some nonsense is more interesting that the other nonsense. Speculation is rife as the papers, websites, and message boards 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.
Arsenal are closing in on a Â£2m deal for Legia Warsaw and Poland keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
CaughtOffside Says: No matter who Arsenal sign, he’ll never be Jens Lehmann.
Wigan and Middlesbrough are set to fight it out for Monaco striker Mohamed Kallon this summer.
CaughtOffside Says: Kallon partnered Ronaldo at Inter, and many thought he would blossom into his heir. He didn’t, obviously, and is currently on loan to an Egyptian club. But he’s athletic and probably worth a, very cheap, punt.
Newcastle defender Titus Bramble is close to joining Portsmouth from Newcastle on a free transfer.
CaughtOffside Says:Is this good news? He’s free, which is good. But he’s also Titus Bramble. Not really the man you bring in to either shore up or improve your defensive capabilities. Then again, it could cement Harry Redknapp’s reputation for getting the most out of average or struggling players.
Jose Mourinho wants both Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack replaced this summer.
CaughtOffside Says:Unsurprising, but unlikely to happen given they were probably “suggested” to Mourinho by the powers that be for non-footballing reasons, and the powers that be probably haven’t changed their mind.
Barcelona pursuit of Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko could open the door to Samuel Eto’o moving to London at the end of this season.
CaughtOffside Says: A pretty poor deal for Barcelona. Lose a world class striker in his prime, get in an aging player low on confidence. If Chelsea throw another 20 million into the mix, then maybe. Just because they paid over the odds for Shevchenko, doesn’t mean someone else has to.