The world of Premiership transfer rumours 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 gossip weâ€™ve read in the papers and around the netâ€¦ and if you have any thoughts, pop em in the comments.
Barcelona have made Chelsea captain John Terry one of their priority transfer targets in the summer.CaughtOffside Says: As long as Mourinho is at Chelsea, none of his key players are going to even want to go anywhere. We’re not sure what the heck he does in training, but the likes of Terry, Lampard and even Shevchenko these days seem simply enamored with him.
Sir Alex Ferguson will try to lure Eidur Gudjohnsen from Barcelona to Manchester United for Â£8m in the summer.
CaughtOffside Says:There’s an exact kind of striker that Ferguson loves. Drops deep, good passer, keeps play moving. Sheringham did it, Rooney does it, Larsson did it, and Gudjohnsen is in the same vein. He’s not particularly highly rated by the Nou Camp faithful as far as we can tell (one Spanish bloke who wouldn’t stop talking to us during El Classico), so this one is quite realistic.
Cristiano Ronaldo has told Real Madrid and Barcelona he is not interested in leaving Manchester United.
CaughtOffside Says:Wahay! Won’t stop the speculation though. But more Ronaldo in the Premiership is a good thing.
Reading manager Steve Coppell has joined the chase for Spanish defender Cesar Navas.CaughtOffside Says:The true sign of a club and manager ready for the Premiership is what he does in the transfer market with all that new found dosh. It’ll make or break Reading’s second season. Navas is a good start.
Barcelona striker Javier Saviola says he would like to move to England if Barca do not renew his contract beyond the summer. Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Portsmouth are all reported to be on the alert.
CaughtOffside Says:If there’s one thing Andres D’Alessandro and Carlos Tevez did, it was show Premiership watchers that little Argentinians could do a great job in the league. Saviola is a similarly nippy little fella and, while a long way from the Next Maradona hype, when on form he’d slot into almost any of the Premiership sides nicely.
Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Chris Brunt looks set to join Manchester City for Â£2m in the summer.
CaughtOffside Says: If anyone knows if he’s any good, please let us know. And probably Stuart Pearce too.
Tottenham are looking at Sporting Lisbon’s 20 year-old flying winger Nani
CaughtOffside Says:The “Next Cristiano Ronaldo” they/we call him. Fast, tricky, they seem to produce these guys like eggs at Sporting (Ronaldo, Quaresma, Nani in just the past few years). Tottenham STILL lack a true winger, and Nani is comfortable on either side.
Portsmouth are monitoring Titus Bramble’s improvement and may make a move in the summer.
CaughtOffside Says:Even if Titus Bramble has improved, that only brings him to “appalling”. And as the saying go, “Form is temporary, being utter toss is permanent”.
Read more Newcastle transfer rumours on the Newcastle section.