Saturdays are always busy for football rumours – I assume they put more effort in on a weekend as more people laze around all day reading it. Anyway, I’ve done the hardwork so you don’t have to, and here’s the stories from the day so far:
The Daily Mail blast off with a £100million claim for Arsenal, suggesting that now Arsene Wenger has signed his new contract he’s going to go on a spree that involves Karim Benzema, Loic Remy and Lars Bender. Then we have the Adam Lallana to Liverpool saga, with the Anfield outfit making a last offer to Southampton for Lallana for a staggering £25million. Lets hope its not another Stewart Downing or Andy Carroll.
The Daily Express go with a story suggesting that Manchester City have told Real Madrid that it will take an offer of £85million plus to get Sergio Aguero whilst also running a story about the Adam Lallana bid from Liverpool. Valencia are also mentioned in a story that suggests that they will beat Liverpool and Everton to the signing of Thorgan Hazard from Chelsea. Managerless Southampton are going to miss out on Murat Yakin with the former Basel man heading to Spartak Moscow. Vlad Chiriches of Spurs is going to be used as a pawn in their attempt to sign Fiorentina’s Stefan Savic.
The Daily Mirror go with a story about Arsenal, similar to that of the Daily Mail, but replacing Bender with Mario Mandzukic. Lucky Arsenal. There’s then the obligatory “Lallana to Liverpool” story. Lescott, currently at Manchester City, has seen the West Ham deal fall through, with QPR lurking in the background. Harry up to his old tricks again? Some more good news for Liverpool as it looks like Ian Ayre has been told he can’t go on holiday until all their transfer dealings have been done, as they look to tie up the deal for Alberto Moreno sometime this week. Finally, we have Lampard, who suggests he’s going to retire if Chelsea don’t offer him a new contract. Oh, and Southampton are fighting off transfer bids for 9 of their players… How must those other 2 feel?
The Guardian seem a little short on football stories, unless I’m looking in the wrong place. Liverpool (I know I know) to offer big money for Lallana, McDermott leaves Leeds, Joey Barton blames his sexist comments on the fact he was nervous and Arsene Wenger is staying at Arsenal until 2017.
The Daily Star have a few stories today. Koke is happy at Atletico Madrid and therefore won’t be moving to Manchester United or Barcelona. They also have a bizarre story whereby they suggest that David de Gea has recommended that Manchester United sign Barcelona! Newcastle are also close to signing Remy Cabella from Montpellier… What is it with Newcastle and french players? Fernando Torres refuses to quit Stamford Bridge, Lampard is ready for retirement as it looks more and more likely that he won’t be offered a new contract by Chelsea, and Michael Owen chips in on why Liverpool are right to sign Rickie Lambert from Southampton. Cheers Mikey, you boring bastard. Whilst on the subject of Liverpool, they seem to be back in for Chelseas Ryan Bertrand.
The Times probably have some stories, but I’m not paying to subscribe to news that I can find on other sites for free, so last but not least – the Daily Telegraph. Once again, there’s a story about £25million and Adam Lallana to… you’ve guessed it… Liverpool. Rickie Lambert is set to have his medical. Torres still bleating on about how his move to Chelsea destroyed Gerrard, and not that it destroyed his own goal scoring ability. McDermotts buggered off again from Leeds. Wengers signed his new contract to make more history at Arsenal. Newcastle have had a £6million bid turned down for Cabella but are closing in on Perez (who’s not French!) who was set to join Swansea in January.
That about covers it. I could do all the local papers but I’d be here all day, and I have to take my eldest daughter swimming at 12:15.
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