Transfer Talk: Reus to Spurs, Mata on the way out and just the seven midfielders and Cavani on United’s radar
Transfer rumours are best taken with a pinch of salt, but you’d want industrial quantities of sodium chloride to go with some of the gossip in today’s papers, which is a tad fanciful to say the least.
As has been the case this month so far, the most interesting rumours concern Manchester United, who, according to the Daily Star, have given David Moyes £150 million to spend and boy does he plan on spending it.
PSG’s Edinson Cavani is top of Moyes’ wish list although that move may depend on Wayne Rooney’s future at the club, while the net has been cast far and wide in their search for badly needed midfield reinforcements.
To that end, the Star are suggesting that Juan Mata, Arturo Vidal, Ross Barkley, Adam Lallana, Miralem Pjanic, Hernanes and Lucas Moura are all on the manager’s shopping list, along with a pint of milk, a loaf of bread and a left back to replace Patrice Evra, who could be on his way out in the summer.
That left back, according to the Mirror, could be Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno, with prime target, Everton’s Leighton Baines, set to sign a new deal with his current club, as was the case with another target, Atletico Madrid’s Koke, in recent days. Wilfried Zaha, meanwhile, is apparently desperate for a loan move to Cardiff which will only be sanctioned if David Moyes is satisfied with the fitness of recent injury victims Ashley Young and Nani.
One man not mentioned in that rather large group of midfielders was Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus, who has been linked with United but is now attracting interest from Spurs according to the Sunday Mirror.
Nearby in North London, Arsenal want Mirko Vucinic to provide much-needed back-up/support to Olivier Giroud according to the Daily Mail, but while Arsene Wenger only wants him on loan, Juventus want to sell him and they want £10 million for the 30-year old too.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have once again been linked with a long-term target in Mohamed Salah according to The Sun today, but a fee of £16 million might put them off, Wes Hoolahan is back on Aston Villa’s radar according to the same paper, while Sam Allardyce has given up hope in his pursuit of giant Monaco striker Lacina Traore, who would form arguably the most intimidating partnership in the Premier League with Romelu Lukaku and ensure even more use of the word 'beast' around Goodison Park if Everton follow up on their interest.