Big spenders PSG are set to rival Chelsea for the signature of Porto winger Hulk after the Blues reached a deadlock with the Portuguese club over a possible transfer involving the player.
PSG, owned by the Qatar Investment Authority and managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, are believed to be willing to match Porto’s asking fee of £40m for the player and could steal him from right under the nose of the European champions. The Londoners’ interest in the Brazilian star is well documented but Porto’s evaluation of the player at £40m is said to have put off the deal. The Blues have already spent close to £40m this summer over two players Eden Hazard and Marko Marin, the former joining them from Lille for an astonishing £32m.
Roman Abramovich is attempting to build his squad around Fernando Torres and get some quality young players this summer. With Financial Fair Play due to be introduced shortly, the Russian billionaire is skeptical about meeting Porto’s demands. Although the 25 year old is keen on a move to the Stamford Bridge, the deal is nowhere near completion as many would imagine it to be.
Chelsea have now turned to Polish defender Lukasz Piszcsek to fill in the vacancy left by the departing Jose Bosingwa after losing interest in Gregory Van der Wiel and facing tough competition for Mathieu Debuchy.
Chelsea continue their transfer activity in a desperate attempt to reshape an old and aging squad and are considering Piszcsek as an option for the right back slot. Bosingwa was released following their Champions league win and their Serbian defender Ivanovic is keen on playing in his more preferred central defensive role in the coming season. After a host of names have been linked, the Dortmund defender looks the most viable option for the Blues.
Poland coach Franciszek Smuda had earlier mentioned a possible deal involving the talented defender to Real Madrid although the club played it down. With reported interest from the Spanish champions, it is going to be interesting to see if Chelsea can compete with Madrid’s spending power. Their Russian owner has already shelled out £40m this summer over two players, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin and the possibility of a £40m deal involving Porto striker Hulk is still doing the rounds.
Will the Blues be able to prize away the 27 year old from Dortmund?
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel is likely to be at the center of a three way tug of war after Napoli entered the race against United and Liverpool to sign him this summer.
The 23 year old was expected to pen down a new contract at his club which would include a higher buyout clause but the talks ended in a deadlock. The player’s agent Louis Laros had earlier confirmed the interest of plenty of clubs in Europe and it was believed the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Liverpool are heading the race.
The highly rated Dutch young star netted 6 goals in 13 appearances for the Lions in the Europa Cup last season and caught the eye of plenty. Napoli, who are set to lose their talismanic midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi to PSG, are keen to fill in the vacancy left by the Argentinian with the Sporting striker. Although it won’t be a like for like replacement, Napoli officials have faith in his versatility and are confident that he would be able to adapt into an attacking midfielder’s role.
The contract situation can only prove advantageous for the clubs in question but it is going to interesting to see if Napoli manage to steal a march on the English duo.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has been given time until the end of this month to secure a deal to Liverpool by his club Hoffenheim.
The 22 year old midfielder created a huge impact during the second half of last edition of the Premier league when he joined Swansea on loan. Sigudrsson looked set to complete his move to Swansea for a club record fee of £6.8m but the departure of their former coach Brendan Rodgers to Liverpool brought the negotiations to a standstill. Apparently, the Icelandic international is now keen on reuniting with Rodgers and Hoffenheim are willing to let him move.
“Gylfi Sigurdsson will not be with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim for the start of pre-season,” said a statement on the club’s website. He has, after consultation, obtained a prolonged holiday until 30 June.
“The club wants the 22-year-old to continue to secure a future in the Premier League.”
It was widely reported that Rodgers wanted to bring Sigurdsson to Liverpool upon his appointment but the reasons why the club hasn’t followed up on his wish raises serious question marks over the extent of control over transfers that Rodgers is going to enjoy at the Merseyside club.
Markus Babbel, former Liverpool player and currently coach of the Bundesliga club, echoed the sentiments of his club but stressed that Sigurdsson won’t be given time beyond 30 June.
“Gylfi wants to stay in England and is in negotiations there,” he said. “Thus it makes no sense for both sides for him to return to Hoffenheim, perhaps only for a few days.
“If, by the deadline on June 30, he has done nothing then he will return to his pre-season with us. We have agreed this with him.
Manchester United have turned to Barcelona’s highly rated young star Thiago Alcantara amidst growing speculations over a possible move for Luka Modric to Old Trafford.
United are keen on adding quality to their midfield which has been pretty ordinary last season and the 21 year old Spaniard could be an ideal addition to their squad. With question marks still hanging over Darren Fletcher’s fitness and no concrete return date yet, Sir Alex Ferguson is considering all options. Alcantara who featured on quite a few occasions for the Catalan giants last term, is unsure of his future at the club after Pep Guardiola decided to quit following their ignominious exit from the Champions League.
Paul Scholes has decided to put pen to paper a year’s extension and Fergie is very keen on finding a possible successor this summer so that the new signing could have ample time to adjust to the English game and learn from the likes of Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Brazilian midfielder Anderson is also set to leave the club after failing to make a mark ever since he made his move from Porto. However, Tito Vilanova is believed to be a strong admirer of the young star having worked with him closely at the academy and wouldn’t be interested in letting him leave Camp Nou.