Transfer Talk: Sterling to Real Madrid, more on Balotelli to Arsenal and Spurs want Depay
Another bumper Sunday of transfer tattle, all rounded up in a neat little bow for you.
The big news this morning was the Sunday Times tale on Luis Suarez’s immediate future. Time will tell if Duncan Castles’ piece is on the money but with Suarez in red-hot form in Brazil, demand for the striker will only increase.
Away from Suarez, it is one of his Liverpool team-mates that is the other big name in the papers. Raheem Sterling has, according to the Sunday Mirror, fallen into the sights of Real Madrid and they are ‘plotting a swoop’ for the 19-year-old. However, fear not Liverpool fans, as the paper goes on to say that Carlo Ancelotti would like to monitor Sterling for another year and perhaps make a move next summer.
In other Liverpool news, the Sun reckon the club have cooled their interest in Adam Lallana as they don’t reckon he’s worth the £30m the Saints want.
Away from Anfield, the transfer news is dominated by players who are strutting their stuff in Brazil like Suarez. Mario Balotelli’s move to Arsenal could be a step closer as the Star report that Arsene Wenger is meeting Super Mario’s agent this weekend. Could be for a coffee, but the Star reckon it is to discuss a £25m transfer for the Italian striker.
Another World Cup goalscorer, Ecuadorian Enner Valencia, is under the radar of Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle after rattling in three in two games, say the Express while Ivory Coast full-back Serge Aurier is also in demand.
L’Equipe say that Swansea and QPR want the Toulouse man but the Star say he has already signed up for Arsenal, for a fee of £8m.
And in great news for headline writers everywhere, the wonderfully named Memphis Depay, who has been very exciting for Holland, could be off to Spurs, according to the Mirror.
Finally, the most ‘tenuous link to a transfer rumour we’ve ever seen and that is saying something’ story of the day is the one in the Mail that runs with Paul Pogba playing Football Manager as Chelsea with himself in the club’s midfield beside Frank Lampard.