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.
Chelsea are closing in on Sevilla’s 25-year-old Brazilian right-back Daniel Alves, with Tottenham’s Pascal Chimbonda the plan B.CaughtOffside Says: This is clearly the new “Hargreaves to Manchester United” story, seemingly “on the cards” for years but never coming to fruition. We reckon Chelsea are a cert to sign a new right back before the end of the summer, though, so if Roman decides to splash out one last time…
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate will resume talks for Alan Smith when United get back from Asia.
CaughtOffside Says: Never going to be a goal getter, but Smith would make any non-Big Four side better with his attitude, workrate and teamplay. But despite the links away we really see Smith in a United shirt next year.
Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez is on the verge of capturing Republic of Ireland B international striker Roy O’Donovan from Cork.
CaughtOffside Says: And thus Fulham fans get the words they’ve been waiting to hear.
Real Madrid are pondering a move for Michael Ballack.
CaughtOffside Says: Despite many people thinking he was a lazy pile of toss, Mourinho seemed pretty happy with Ballack’s contribution last season. We don’t see Chelsea letting him go if for no other reason than they don’t need to, and strengthening a Champions League rival won’t be high on the list.
Tottenham have joined West Ham in showing interest in Newcastle midfielder Kieron Dyer.
CaughtOffside Says: Is there any better fit for a talented but insanely unlucky, injured midfielder than Spurs and West Ham right now?
Everton boss David Moyes has offered Wigan Â£4m plus a squad player for defender and lifelong Toffees fan Leighton Baines.
CaughtOffside Says: David Nugent was the last player to profess an undying love for Everton, and he ended up at Portsmouth because Everton either wouldn’t pay Preston’s asking price or dilly dallied about for too long. We’re not holding our breath on this one…
Mikael Silvestre has snubbed a move to Newcastle because he refuses to play with Joey Barton, who beat the living hell out of his friend Ousame Dabo in training.
CaughtOffside Says: We like to think of footballer’s as sport-playing robots sometimes, but it’s nice to hear that having someone beat the living hell out of your mate is a good reason not to play football with them even at a professional level. Although you’d think a real man would sign for Newcastle just to get some back.
Arsenal new boy Eduardo da Silva, who signed from Dynamo Zagreb in July, has had his request for a work permit turned down by the Home Office.
CaughtOffside Says: Oops. Although there’s about a 145% chance this will get overturned on appeal, Wenger has been burned before on work permits.
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