Tuesday 20th August transfer news – as it happened!
OK then, one final post. Liverpool have just made this announcement:
Aly Cissokho today joined Liverpool on a season-long loan switch from Valencia, subject to the completion of paper work – and afterwards the full-back spoke of his pride at having signed for a ‘legendary’ club.
Time to wrap up. It’s been a very interesting day. Spurs have moved ahead of Liverpool to sign Willian and may be in the process of getting Erik Lamela from best mens canada goose jacket Roma too. Chelsea are set to test Manchester United’s resolve on holding on to Wayne Rooney with a third bid. It has been a very quiet day for Arsenal with no news on Yohan Cabaye but then they have that Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce tomorrow to think about as well. I’ll be back with more transfer news tomorrow morning. Bye for now.
Jerome Zoutman writes from South Africa: Just a question – Any news regarding a possible move of Luka Modric from Real Madrid to United?
Answer: I’ve written this before and I’ll write it again. I don’t think there is any chance Modric will join United – and I am not sure how serious United’s interest in him was. Modric has only been at Real for a season and he will look to push on this season. It was his dream to join Real so he is not going to give up after one season.
Blackburn’s Morten Gamst Pedersen could well join FC Copenhagen, who have had a disastrous start to the season, in the next week. Danish paper BT says that FCK have been in contact with the player.
Told you, all the big transfer news here, in one place.
A few transfer snippets from L’Equipe: The Troyes defender Fabrice N’Sakala has joined Anderlecht and Deportivo La Coruña has terminated the contract of the Portuguese central defender Zé Castro.
An email from Greg Aston reaches me with the following question:
Ajax’s Viktor Fischer to Villa? There seems to have been a bunch of chatter on Twitter about this, have you heard anything?
Interesting one. Now I think that Fischer is a brilliant player from what I have seen, possibly even better than Ajax’s other supremely talented Dane, Christian Eriksen. I don’t think Villa will be able to sign him though, I think he is set on staying at Ajax – or joining a club playing in the Champions League.
Not a transfer but couldn’t resist including this tweet. Anyone surprised? Gattuso banned for his first Serie B game as coach of Palermo. Bless him. Joe Jordan available for comment?
It is easy to forget – amid all this transfer mayhem – that there are some pretty important games in the Champions League tonight. Milan are at PSV – here are Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng looking too cool for school at the Philips Stadium – and Lyon are playing best place to buy a canada goose jacket Real Sociedad. And tomorrow, of course, Arsenal face Fenerbahce. Those results could have a huge bearing on the clubs transfer activities.
Just in: Chelsea to test Manchester United with third bid for Wayne Rooney.
Like I said yesterday, I can’t see Manchester United signing Samuel Eto’o, it would go completely against their transfer policy. I think he would do really well at Chelsea with Oscar, Hazard and Mata creating the chances. One place he would do equally well would be at Liverpool, where Coutinho, Suarez and Aspas would lay on chance after chance for him. Come on Brendan (R) and Ian (A), do it!
At last an update on Samuel Eto’o, whose agent Claudio Vigorelli, is supposed to be in London today to sound out how keen Chelsea and/or Manchester United are on signing the Cameroonian. There is still hope for Inter, though, as Vigorelli told Sportmediaset: « At the moment there is a 30% chance of Eto’o returning to Inter. »
Inter, meanwhile, have confirmed that Ishak Belfodil will not leave the club in this transfer window.
Ah, Matthew Jones has all the answers today (I hope his workplace thinks the same). He writes:
Shakhtar, Shakhtyor or Shakhter (depending on transliteration from different languages) means miner in some Slavic languages.
Oh dear. Celtic have gone a goal down away to Shakhter Karagandy. Follow the latest here with Ian McCourt.
Another question for you dear readers. Why is it Shakhtar Donetsk with an A in Ukraine and Shakhter with an E in Kazakhstan? And what does it mean anyway?
Seven hours of hard graft for me on this blog today and still Simon Kiely seems unimpressed with my failure to grasp the Peszko deal. He emails:
« Slawomir Peszko will play for FC Cologne on loan from Parma this season, which is slightly confusing as I thought he’d just joined Parma from FC Cologne. » I think that’s called a ‘sale and loan back’ right?
Here’s a blast from the past for Spurs fans (and anyone else for that matter):
You’ve got to feel a bit sorry for Reto Ziegler, who has been sent out on loan from Juventus AGAIN. He joined in 2011 and has still to play for the Turin club. He’s played for Fenerbahce (twice) and he’s played for Lokomotiv Moscow (once) since joining Juve. And now he is off to Serie A newcomers Sassuolo Calcio on a season-long loan. Good luck to him, I always had a soft spot for him (in a kind of Erik Edman or Alex Manninger way).
Latest from Kicker in Germany: Polish international Slawomir Peszko (who spent part of last season on loan at Wolves) will play for FC Cologne on loan from Parma this season, which is slightly confusing as I thought he’d just joined Parma from FC Cologne. Hmmmm, maybe some kind reader can tell me what’s going on there.
Daniel Agger’s agent, Per Steffensen, has told Danish website bold.dk that the quotes in Spanish paper Sport, where the Danish defender was quoted as saying he would not leave Liverpool were « made up ». Steffensen said: « I have spoken to Daniel and he says he has not spoken to any journalists. The quotes are simply just made up. »
Steffensen did not say whether Agger would consider a move away from Anfield, and there is no reason to think that he wants to, but it is slightly baffling for a paper to make up quotes about how much a player likes his club.
Let’s see if we black friday 2013 canada goose sale can contact the journalist at Sport to get some clarification on this.
I am still awaiting confirmation from Liverpool that Aly Cissoko has joined on a season-long loan although it appears that the defender has completed his loan move and has even trained with the rest of the squad today. It could be a case of Liverpool supporters adopting a « We don’t need Willian cause we’ve got Aly » siege mentality but I must say that I think that Liverpool will make one significant signing this window. They clearly have money to spend if they think it is good value for a player. But do they have plan B, C or D, as José Mourinho claimed Chelsea have earlier today?
Some Manchester United supporters seem unimpressed that I said that Real were a better team than United. Ric Blank emails:
What’s the evidence for that? Purely interested as you gave that as a de facto reason for ronnie not leaving madrid for United. I think he’ll sign a new deal at Real because he doesn’t want to live in England. But to claim categorically real are better than United when they were outplayed in the recent tie is a big, big call. Real were poor last season. United weren’t. Interested in your thoughts
Answer: It was based on the players at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal, as simple as that. But I am fully aware that football isn’t always as simple as that.
A sobering thought from a Spurs fan on this
emotional potentially productive day. Simon Ravenscroft writes:
Spurs fans may be excited at the prospective arrival of expensive players like Willian and Lamela, but this doesn’t take away from the fact that Bale’s departure (which seems increasingly likely) will be a huge loss. It’s very rare for new arrivals from abroad to settle quickly into the pace and style of the Premier League, and with so many new faces, Spurs could struggle for a while to find a good rhythm. Hope it goes more smoothly than that, but it throws a lot more back up in the air in terms of team performance this season. Bale staying put would still be preferable.
Good point Simon, well made. It is an interesting question. Will Spurs be better than last season if all these players join and Bale leaves? In my opinion, yes, and they won’t be so reliant on one player (who could always get injured) but it may take all the new players a while to settle and they may lose ground at the start of the league.
Arsenal, surely, will have to move in the market soon, especially with Arsène Wenger confirming that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be « out for a while ».
« The difference from Saturday is that Oxlade-Chamberlain is out for a while with a knee problem, » Wenger said on Arsenal Player. « Everybody else should make it. There’s a final decision (on Wednesday) but Sagna and Gibbs should be available, » said Wenger. « Nacho Monreal is back and will travel. »
More news from Germany: Hamburg could throw defender Dennis Aogo out of their squad after he took a flight to Mallorca the morning after the embarrassing 5-1 defeat against Hoffenheim. HSV coach Thorsten Fink (used to love him as a player) mightily unimpressed and may not elt Aogo go. Piece in Bild here (and I presume Malle-Flug just means a flight to Mallorca, right?) He has 12 caps for Germany and is not a bad player at all (although this may more canadagoosesalesus make a few clubs think twice before signing him).
Manchester United fan Rob Edwards emails (more in hope than expectation (I think).
Just wondering if any of your worldwide experts at the Guardian could offers odds on Ronaldo returning to United in the wake of the (possible) Bale deal? The rumours have persisted all summer. And United fans need a bit of positive news on the transfer front after the Fabregas/Fellaini/Baines nonsense.
Answer: No chance. I just don’t think he would want to go back. Not because he doesn’t like United – rather the contrary – but because Real are a better team at the moment.
The one and only Raphael Honigstein has emailed with the latest news from Bavaria:
The full-back Diego Contento, who was linked with a move to Liverpool in early August, will not be allowed to leave Bayern. This is what the Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Eichin had to say today: « We have just received a clear message from Bayern that they are not letting him go. » Local paper Kreiszeitung is now wondering whether Werder will go for John Arne Riise, who has been told he can leave Fulham.
Here’s Italian football expert Paolo Bandini on what could be happening with the Roma delegation in London. Are the in the UK to negotiate a possible sale of Marco Borriello to West Ham and/or Erik Lamela to Spurs? Here is what Paolo has to say:
Interesting. Can’t imagine why Sabag would say that canada goose coat 1000 [that they are not in London to negotiate with Spurs] unless it is true. Tottenham have definitely made inquiries for Lamela but this would suggest they’re a little less far along than some had assumed. Interestingly I spoke to Rudi Garcia back when Roma were tuning up for their US tour. The only thing he would tell me then about his transfer plans was that he wanted at least one new forward. I guess you could say they got that with Gervinho, but if Osvaldo, Borriello and Lamela were all to go, you’d expect that he would want more coming in the other direction.
Roma will be happy enough to let Borriello go – he’s been out on loan for the last couple of years, and his contract is a bit bigger than they’d want for a squad player. Lamela I have no idea. In their shoes I wouldn’t authenitc canada goose outlet store in gta with discount price sell unless the fee was very high, because he’s a rare player with huge potential and they don’t really have anyone else like him in the squad but Franco Baldini has great relationships with the club and will know the realities of Roma’s finances better than anyone I don’t think he would be making inquiries unless he thought there was a realistic chance to get the deal done.
James Riach has finally woken up and contributed to the live blog, having been asked to do so for more than 24 hours. He’s been at the Chelsea press conference at Cobham today.
Jose Mourinho remains confident that Chelsea can still sign one more key player before the end of the window. He would not reveal if a third bid for Wayne Rooney would be made, and admitted that he has a plan B and plan C should the Manchester United striker remain at Old Trafford.
« Nothing has changed, » said Mourinho. « We trust a lot in our project. But we have conditions to try and improve our team with one more player and we will try until the end.
« We have plan B and C. Don’t ask me names because it is difficult to speak about players from other clubs. I agree with what Pardew was saying yesterday, that the transfer window goes too far, into the third and fourth fixture of the season. I agree that it’s too much but it gives everybody a chance to be in the market while we are still winning or losing points. »
Asked why it is important to keep making bids for players even if previous offers have been rejected, Mourinho added: « It is the same reason why other clubs do the same with our players. When you think that you’d like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way, you try because nobody forbids you to try. Of course the players’ owners can do exactly what we did with David Luiz and Barcelona. It’s simple. »
This is interesting. The Italian news agency, Ansa, which I’d say is trustworthy, has just published an article saying that the Roma delegation in London is not in the UK to discuss the possible transfer of Erik Lamela to Spurs but instead that of Marco Borriello to West Ham. Here is the piece (although it looks like it still needs a bit of subbing, this piece). Where is Paolo Bandini when you need him?
And here is our Merseyside correspondent Andy Hunter explaining Liverpool’s thinking over Willian
Liverpool are resigned to defeat in the pursuit of Willian, which is a good job having been out-bid by Tottenham and with the Brazilian reportedly undergoing a medical in London. The Anfield club were first to move for the midfielder following news of the budget-slashing at Anzhi Makhachkala and had made good progress on a £30m deal by the weekend, albeit without taking his signature for granted having missed out on Henrik Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa. That caution was well-placed when Spurs arrived with a better offer to both Anzhi and the player. Liverpool refused to go above their initial valuation and Willian is White Hart Lane bound as a result.
There have been a few emails asking me about Asmir Begovic and if he is going to leave Stoke City and – luckily for us – here is Stuart James with the latest on the goalkeeper:
Stoke City are determined to do everything in their power to hold on to Asmir Begovic for a minimum of another season. The Midlands club have not had an offer from Arsenal as yet this summer and they are hoping it remains that way between now and the end of the transfer window. Begovic, the 26-year-old former Portsmouth goalkeeper, was outstanding against Liverpool on Saturday and is known to be one of the players that Arsenal have scouted over the last year. Liverpool also looked closely at Begovic but opted to sign Simon Mignolet from Sunderland instead.
Although there is an acceptance at Stoke that every player has their price and that it is inevitable someone like Begovic will move on to a bigger club eventually, the board want to give Mark Hughes every chance to succeed – in that sense they feel that it would be counter-productive to sell their biggest asset at a time when the manager has only just got his feet under the table.
Should a substantial offer come in for Begovic from one of the leading clubs – and there is some buy canada goose parka ottawa surprise, as well as relief, among the hierarchy at the best canada goose jacket womens Britannia Stadium that a bid has not been tabled during the last few months – Stoke would hope to persuade the goalkeeper to stay on for another season.
In other Stoke news, the club are still pursuing a deal for can you pick the most expensive canada goose parka the Queens Park Rangers winger Junior Hoilett, although it would be fair to say that it is not the most straightforward transfer.
Ewan Murray, who seems to prefer golf these days, checks in with this email on Celtic:
Celtic’s champions League playoff, starting tonight in Kazakhstan, has wider implications for Neil Lennon’s transfer hopes. Lennon are keen to add a striker after the sale of Gary Hooper but have so far been rebuffed in attempts to land Alfred Finnbogason from Heerenveen and Teemu Pukki from Schalke. Clearly, Champions League group stage involvement would make Celtic a more attractive proposition for potential recruits.
If you want a break from all the transfer activity, why don’t you ask our Manchester correspondent Jamie Jackson a question in his webchat on the opening weekend of the Premier League? You can find the webchat here.
Ibrahima Mbaye and Alfred Duncan are the two players Livorno have signed from Inter (a defender and a midfielder) while Saphir Taider is expected to sign a four-year-deal with Inter later today.
David Hytner emails in with the latest Spurs news and it looks like it could be one of their best transfer days ever:
Tottenham are trying to take Erik Lamela from Roma. Franco Baldini knows all about the £25m-rated attacker, having previously worked at Roma and Andre Villas-Boas is also an admirer. Tottenham are really pushing the boat out, with Willian close to joining for £30m.
So much happening. Livorno have signed two players from Inter and Bologna’s Saphir Taider is in Milan for a medical at Inter but first, as promised, are Jonathan Wilson’s thoughts on the transfer window:
I think the whole transfer market is a scam that is kept spinning by mutual interests: – agents love it because it makes money – players love it because it makes money – managers love it because it gives them an excuse – fans love it because it gives them the chance to dream – media loves it because it fills space – even club owners/directors love it because some make money and others get to strut about feeling important
The only losers are the actual clubs and perhaps the integrity of football itself – if that isn’t too quaint a term. Most clubs would do just fine by slowly phasing out transfers, promoting youth and making one or two buys a year to plug gaps. But they’re all too terrified to do it because they’d look so silly if they failed.
Phew. I am exhausted. Too many transfers for one man to deal with. So let’s all read this excellent piece by Jonathan Wilson on Willian, the man of the day. And when you have done that I will post a Jonathan Wilson « outburst » on the transfer window (or has he launched a « stinging attack » – or both? I don’t quite now, it was too much to deal with), saying that it is destroying the integrity of football. He may have a point.
Here are two interesting takes on Fabio Quagliarella, who may well be about to join West Ham. First, from the Guardian and Observer’s Paul Wilson, who is a fan, and has some good inside information:
Fabio Quagliarella would be a great signing for West Ham. He was one of Italy’s best performers in the last World Cup, not that the competition was particularly strong in South Africa. He’s lost his international way somewhat since, but he is still only 30, which makes him relatively young for a Big Sam signing. He could be the latest in a line that stretches back to Youri Djorkaeff and Jay Jay Okocha. Allardyce has always been fond of sniffing out genuine quality to help refute suggestions that his teams are basic and functional, and mentioned his pretty decent record of overseas one-offs when asked recently whether Kevin Nolan was his best-ever signing. Probably not, was his answer.
West Ham fan, Duncan Smith, meanwhile, is less sure:
Isn’t Quagliarella the epitome of a scorer of great goals rather than a great goal scorer? I don’t think he’s ever topped 20 can you wash a canada goose jacket in the washer in a season in his whole career. Whilst I’d enjoy watching him play, and always worry when he was against my team, Wham are surely better off spending what must be a considerable sum including wages elsewhere?
Andy Hunter has more Martínez quotes:
Roberto Martinez has described Manchester United’s joint £28m bid for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines as “a waste of time” and claimed he does not anticipate another approach from the Premier League champions. United made what Everton labelled a “derisory and insulting” offer for the prized pair last Thursday and have not dropped their interest.
But asked whether he expects another bid from David Moyes’s club, who currently value Fellaini below what Everton paid for the midfielder five years ago, the Everton manager said today: “No. I mentioned after the start of the campaign, I don’t agree with having the window open while the games are going on and the games are official.
“From my point of view, when there’s anything to tell our fans, I’ll be the first one to tell them if there’s any players coming in or going out. I think as a club we made it very clear that the whole issue was a bit of a waste of time and the fans need to be aware of that. But my focus is West Brom, just working towards that. I’m not going to be going on about speculation and talking about possible transfers because I think that time is over.”
Our very own Paul Wilson has emailed in with the following update on Manchester United’s pursuit of Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini:
The Everton manager, Roberto Martínez, has just branded Manchester United’s bid for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini « a waste of time ». Which it probably was, if he is referring to the now infamous derisory offer of a couple of days ago. But Martinez was careful not to suggest any improved offer would be a waste of time. Everton cannot really afford to take that position.
Potentially big news about Gareth Bale and Real Madrid. Sky Italia is reporting that the two clubs have agreed a deal of £93m for the Welshman and that the transfer may be concluded today!!! And why would Sky Italy know this, you may ask, and that is a fair point – although it has to be said that they reported that Pep Guardiola was joining Bayern Munich long, long before anyone else. So they have been right before.
Let’s talk about West Ham then. According to reports in Italy they have stepped up their efforts to sign Fabio Quagliarella, who I think would be an excellent purchase. The club are reportedly prepared to offer the Italy striker the same wages as he is on at Juventus and the player prefer West Ham to Sunderland or Norwich, because he wants to live in London. Only problem at the moment is that the clubs have not agreed a deal yet. West Ham want to loan him initially while Juve want to sell. West Ham have also been linked with move for Marko Arnautovic again but I can’t see that happening.
The former Bolton forward Johan Elmander should join Norwich City tomorrow after the English club agreed a deal with Galatasaray, acc to NTV Spor. That’s not a bad signing, if I may say so myself as a Swede. He will work his socks off and could link up well with Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
Besiktas and Benfica have both inquired about taking Manchester United’s full-back Alexander Büttner on loan for the season but according to this piece in Voetbal International, the player’s agent says that David Moyes is not contemplating letting Büttner go, not even on loan. May be a problem for player, as his agent tells VI, because it is a World Cup year.
Raúl has been talking about Gareth Bale. The former Real Madrid player is on the front of today’s AS saying that ‘Bale is a brilliant player but he is overpriced’ (via espcore). Raúl clearly doesn’t know who Daniel Levy is…
Several sources now saying that Willian is in London for a medical at Spurs, including the legendary Gianluca Di Marzio. He is rarely wrong.
What can be added to Manchester City’s chase for a defender before the transfer window is that reports in Spain say that Atlético Madrid have rejected a €1.5m offer from City for Demichelis and that they want €5m. Not sure there has been an official bid but that is what is being reported in Spain.
Here’s an update from Jamie Jackson, our Manchester correspondent, on Manchester City’s option after Vincent Kompany’s injury last night:
With Vincent Kompany out for maybe two weeks or longer, according to Manuel Pellegrini, because of the groin injury he suffered in Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Monday evening, this should concentrate minds even more on the recruitment of a central defender. As Matija Nastasic’s availibility for Sunday’s trip to Cardiff City in the balance as he recovers from an ankle problem and Micah Richards out for « weeks » due to a pulled hamstring, the manager may have only Joleon Lescott fit as a recognised first-team operator in the position, with the fringe player Dedryck Boyata also offering a choice. Real Madrid’s Pepe is the player City continue to pursue with Martin Demichelis of Atlético Madrid also on his radar. Pellegrini’s emergency options run to Javi Garcia and Gareth Barry.
Even the players are joining in the Willian antics. Excellent. Here is Sandro retweeting a post from a fan asking him to pick up the Anzhi ace from the airport (spotted by the talented people at 101greatgoals.com).
I know you are all waiting on any developments on a possible move for Johan Elmander from Galatasaray to Norwich City but you have to be patient (and the same goes for Adem Ljajic’s transfer to Milan from Fiorentina – which the Spanish press seem to think has already gone through) as I don’t have any updates at the moment.
One player who is not leaving his club is PSG’s talented Italian midfielder Marco Verrati, who has extended his contract with the French champions until 2018. He is only going to get better and is a perfect example of how a young player can still be a good signing for a club that has all the money in the world.
Here is Daniel Agger talking to Spanish paper Sport (and this is my best translation – and please let me know if I’ve got some of it wrong): « Barcelona are obviously a big club, but I have never thought about leaving Liverpool, unless they want to sell. Everyone at the club are an integral part of my life. I. I have a YNWA tattoo. Frankly I don’t mind if we don’t finish in the top four, I love the club as if it were my own family, »he said.
Well, how about that, no wonder Brendan Rodgers made him vice-captain.
Daniel Agger has been speaking to the Spanish press apparently. Good or bad news for Liverpool? Quotes coming up in a minute or so.
What else is new? Well, reports in Spain say that Iker Casillas will look to leave Real Madrid in December if he does not play enough games while the Ajax defender, Toby Alderweireld, who has been linked with a move to Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham this summer, may now join Zenit after the Russian joined Spartak Moscow in the race to sign the 24-year-old.
After that early excitement, why not have a read of today’s Rumour Mill by John Ashdown, which mentions the prospect of Gareth Barry joining Everton on loan (not a bad move, one might think) and Arsenal being linked with everyone from Paul Pogba to Micah Richards.
Let’s catch up with some non-Willian stuff then. But it’s still more Spurs! Italian media have reported that Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini have flown to London today (look, here he is with a suitcase in his hand, it must be true!) to negotiate with Tottenham over the transfer of Erik Lamela but the feeling is that the Serie A side aren’t as keen to sell as they were before offloading Pablo Osvaldo to Southampton.
Well, if Spurs have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Willian then it is a great day for the London club and Brendan Rodgers will be most upset. He – like Henrik Mkhitaryan – is a great player and Jonathan Wilson has been writing a piece on the Brazilian which will go up later today? Does this mean that Gareth Bale is off to Real Madrid? Not necessarily but there were reports in Spain last night that a third Real offer for the Welshman is underway (£80m + Fabio Coentrão) in the next 48 hours.
Here is the piece in Sport-Express (for those of you who speak Russian). I don’t, so I am none the wiser really. And there were reports last night in Brazil that Willian was negotiating with Liverpool. So I think we will have to wait a bit longer before we say that it is a done deal. Spurs may be in the driving seat but it’s not over yet.
My friends at RussianFootballNews say that Sport-Express are 95% certain to be right, they are normally very good on transfers.
And what a start to our transfer blog today! Reports in Russia say that Spurs have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Willian. Will bring you updates on that story in the next few minutes.
Good morning and welcome to day two of the Guardian’s live transfer blog. Today, we have been told, Willian is flying to the UK to conclude a deal with either Tottenham or Liverpool while – I am sure – there will be updates regarding the possible moves of Yohan Cabaye, Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini.