Transfer Talk August 21: Berbatov, Eduardo and Adam Johnson
With just 10 days to go until the transfer window SLAMS shut, here’s the best of today’s tittle tattle from the papers.
Incredibly, Dimitar Berbatov is still at Manchester United. Despite Fergie being pretty clear that he has no use for the Bulgarian, he is still knocking around Old Trafford with a massive ‘For Sale’ sign stuck to his back.
However, it seems an Old Lady is about to come to the rescue (settle down Wayne). Serie A champions Juventus are in the market for a striker and the Irish Sun are reporting that they will take Berba for the knock-down price of €6.5million. With wages in the region of €100k a week he is still a pricey player but at just 31 he surely deserves another shot at a big club.
In other striker news, former Arsenal forward Eduardo is being linked with a move back to London. The same paper reports that Fulham fancy the Croatian to replace Clint Dempsey when the American finally packs his bags and walks away from Craven Cottage. At a reported €9m, Eduardo won’t come cheap from Shakhtar Donetsk, who he has been playing pretty well for since leaving the Gunners.
And in ‘that’s a bit mad Ted’ news, the Sun also reckon that Martin O’Neill is about to spend an eye-watering €32m to bring a trio of Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher and Martin Olsson to the Stadium of Light. We like Johnson (who is valued at just €12m in this deal) but Fletcher, despite his obvious abilities, is a risk with his injury record, especially at those prices.
By the way, the Mirror reports that Spurs, Liverpool, Everton and Newcastle all want Johnson too so a good old fashioned bidding war could be about to kick-off for the England winger.
And in other deals that are all but done, apparently, Victor Moses will move from Wigan to Chelsea, Andy Carroll will go from Liverpool if a club offers €25m (that’s a big if) and Emmanuel Adebayor will switch to Spurs permanently after his personal terms were sorted at last.
Finally, in bits of news that you may or may not care about, Liverpool’s Jay Spearing may be off on loan to Bolton, Royston Drenthe may be back in the Premier League with West Ham and Stoke may be about to shock the world by bringing in Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone and Maurice Edu from Rangers. On reflection, maybe that news is not so much shocking as mildly interesting.