Good morning all. As the clock ticks down on the European summer transfer window the action is beginning to heat up as both buyers and sellers get desperate to make deals.
I will discuss the prospects of some American transfer targets later this morning. For now, let’s focus on the big-money comings and goings in the European market:
Real Madrid to offer $76M for Villa
With Robinho set to make a move to Chelsea, Real Madrid’s desperation to find a replacement has led them to push Valencia one more time for Euro 2008 Golden Boot winner David Villa. Real Madrid is reportedly set to make a take-it-or-leave-it offer of $76 million for Villa, a figure undoubtedly financed by the impending Robinho sale.
Will Valencia budge? The club’s president is reportedly unwilling to part with either Villa or Silva after promising to keep both as part of his presidential bid. That said, can he really turn down the astronomical figure being tossed around now?
Shevchenko returns to Milan
Two years after leaving long-time home AC Milan for a big-money move to Chelsea, Andriy Shevchenko has completed his return to Milan. After two failed season in the EPL, can he recapture his old form? More importantly, will he be able to earn a starting spot with the Brazilian trio of Kaka, Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato in the forward mix alongside Filippo Inzaghi?
Berbatov a Tottenham reserve?
The lengthy Dimitar Berbatov transfer saga has taken a new twist, with Tottenham threatening to drop Berbatov to the reserves until a team (read Manchester United) pays Tottenham’s set price for him.
Can you say negotiation ploy?
Considering Tottenham has lost two games to start the season can the Spurs really afford to try and play hardball? Look for a deal to be completed before the transfer window. Tottenham can’t keep an unhappy Berbatov around and it needs the money from his sale to try and grab a striker before the window closes.
Here are some other transfers and loans that have been recently completed or are set to be completed:
- Philippe Senderos to AC Milan (loan)
- Milan Baros to Galatasaray
- Rivaldo to Bunyodkor (no, really)
- Anton Ferdinand to Sunderland
- Rolando Bianchi to Torino
- Vincent Kompany to Manchester City
- Nery Castillo to Real Betis (loan)
Which of these transfer moves stands out for you? Which makes the least sense?
Share your thoughts below.