Transfer Talk: Alexis Sanchez to Liverpool and Nigel de Jong to Manchester United
A slightly slower day on the transfer hamster wheel as the press digests a weekend of sensational World Cup action.
There is a distinct whiff of ennui about today’s transfer rumours, with the papers seemingly unwilling, or unable, to rustle up much in the way of juicy new material for us. In fairness, with all the top-class actual football on every day the tangential world of transfer rumours is hard to muster any passion for.
However, we signed up for a daily transfer round-up and by God we’re not going to let you down.
Quite a lot of today’s stuff is spun off from yesterday’s ‘Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool for Spain’ story.
The Star say that any move which would send Suarez to Barcelona would have to include Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez moving the other way. He’s not a bad replacement, but would that appease Liverpool fans?
The Mail also follow up on the story, saying that Real Madrid and Barca are prepared to get into a £100million 'tussle' for the Uruguayan’s services. That’s a pricey tussle.
Away from Suarez it is slim pickings. The Star reckon that Louis van Gaal is going to bring a Dutch midfielder with him to Old Trafford but it isn’t going to be one of the sexy ones. Instead, enforcer Nigel de Jong, once of Manchester City of course, is being lined up for a £6m switch from AC Milan. He would certainly bring some bite to a toothless midfield.
Elsewhere, Belgian goalscorer Davock Origi is linked with a £6m move to Spurs in the Mirror, the same paper reports that Michael Dawson could be leaving the Lane to move to Hull and Swansea seem to have pipped Newcastle to the signature of Bafetimbi Gomis, according to most papers today.
Finally, on the managerial front, the Sun says that Steve Bruce fancies a go at managing England. We’re guessing Steve hasn’t seen much of the World Cup so…