Sportingo.com’s Mark Apostolou continues his relentless assault on rounding up the transfer rumours of the day, from rubbish to real.
Well, Super Sunday has been and gone, and the unusually weak performance by one of those on show, Petr Cech, has apparently not halted interest from Arsene Wenger. The Chelsea keeper summed up his exploits against Arsenal refreshingly by admitting: “They had one corner, I made a mistake and they were 1-0 up.” (Daily Mail). And now the usually reliable keeper may become the subject of an audacious bid by the Gunners.
Speculation about Arsenal’s efforts to sign a big-name keeper recently linked Celtic stopper Artur Boruc to north the Emirates. Now it appears that Wenger wants Cech and is hopeful that a Chelsea without Jose and six points from the top may not be such a tempting proposition for the former Rennes man.
God only knows what the fee would be for probably the best keeper on the planet but with Arsenal’s bank balance well and truly swelled since the move to their new stadium, it seems that money may be no object if Wenger wants 25-year-old Cech. Personally it’s a move that I can see actually happening. There is always the stumbling block of the west London side not really being up for selling top talent to their rivals, and that may stand in the way of this deal.
Juande Ramos has started well at White Hart Lane but there is no doubt he will try to bring in his own players sooner rather than later. And depending on which newspaper you read, by far the most eye-catching player on the Spurs boss’s wish list is Manchester United’s Portuguese talent Nani (Daily Star).
The first rumour involves a straight swap for Sir Alex’s favourite Tottenham player Dimitar Berbatov, which would be convenient as the Bulgarian seems to have a scowl on his face whenever he is in action. However, should such a deal not work out, Ramos still reportedly wants the 21-year-old winger, who has impressed at Old Trafford since arriving in the summer.
Daniel Levy will have to break the Spurs transfer record, however. A fee in the region of £20m has been mentioned for the former Sporting Lisbon player, who cost United around £14m eight months ago. Will this deal actually happen? Or more likely, is it all in the deluded brain of a tabloid hack? Nani will not be joining the White Hart Lane ranks, of that I am relatively certain – after all, Damien Comolli was already beaten for his signature in the recent past.
Portsmouth’s good form this season has brought many of their talents to the attentions of the ‘bigger’ clubs; the latest to attract attention is Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari, who is the latest on Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool wish list (Daily Mirror).
Apparently, the 23-year-old former Udinese man will be a target should Rafa not secure the £17m needed to make Javier Mascherano a permanent feature at Anfield. The Muntari move could well happen. While Pompey are indeed riding high, it would be hard for him to turn down the deal – and the estimated £14m cost would be slightly less than the fee for Mascherano.
Chelsea boss Avram Grant wants to bring in one of his former Maccabi Haifa charges to Stamford Bridge and is planning a £15m bid for Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Daily Express).
The west London outfit need proven goalscorers, anyone who watched their game against Arsenal on Sunday can see that. However, Yakubu has proved an instant success at Everton, scoring 11 goals in 15 starts. Such a deal would be more likely if Everton were handed a player plus cash for their £11m summer signing. Much like Muntari at Portsmouth, it may prove hard for Yakubu to resist a move to a Champions League level side, so this is a deal that could well happen.