Frank Lampard quits Chelsea and the Daily Mail are now suggesting that they are in for Cesc Fabregas to replace him. Luis van Gaal has also mentioned to the press (though I don’t know what) that he was close to taking the Tottenham job because he loves their white shirts and Jimmy Greaves. Arsenal are looking at PSG striker Jen-Christophe Bahebeck whilst PSG are looking to swoop for Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea for £15 million. With West Ham and Aston Villa showing interest in Joleon Lescott, Portland Timbers have now come into the fray, offering £1.2 million a year to the chap to play for them and Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in Aleksandar Kolarov from Manchester City.
From the Express, we have the story about Cesc going to Chelsea, the fact that Rickie Lambert is finally back home at Liverpool after 17 years, van Gaal and his “nearly joined Tottenham” moment and Manchester City being adamant that Sergio Aguero is staying where he is despite interest from Real Madrid. Yossi Benayoun is on his way to Maccabi Haifa, Marco Verrati is set to reject Manchester Untied whilst United and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic has had offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona AND Atletico Madrid. Adam Lallana is going to have to hand in a transfer request to force a move to Liverpool or one of his other suitors, Chelsea are now showing an interest in Koke and Real Sociedad slap a £25 million price tag on Antoine Griezmann who Arsenal and Chelsea are showing an interest in.
Daily Mirror – Atletico Madrid fans aren’t happy at being linked with Roberto Soldado from Tottenham, so have set up an online campaign to show how much they don’t want him. Rickie Lambert is living the dream after being signed by Liverpool for £4 million. Lineker insists that Wayne Rooney isn’t a World Cup untouchable whilst Bobby Charlton says he MUST be in Englands team as he is class. Sunderland and Tottenham are set to battle it out over Ever Banega for £5 million. Arsenal and Manchester United have backed away from signing Cesc Fabregas, leaving Chelsea in pole position to sign him. Gaston Ramirez is the newest Southampton player set to leave… yup – that’s right… Southampton. Bonys move to somewhere could be expensive, with a £19 million boy out clause being touted around.
The Guardian have a story on a £30 million surprise move by Chelsea for Cesc Fabregas whilst Rickie Lambert tells us how his mum and dad cried because he’s returned to Liverpool.
From the Star, we have Harry Redknapp weighing in on the Lampard story, suggesting Chelsea have made a mistake. Wolfsburg are the latest in a long line of teams to stake an interest in Chelseas young striker Romelu Lukaku. Hull are planning to swoop for Ryan Bertrand from Chelsea and Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille and Thibaut Courtois has held talks with Jose Mourinho about his Chelsea future.
There are a couple more papers, but they all seem to be covering the stories above.