Sabtu, 28 Januari 2012

Today's (Jan 29) Biggest Transfer News

Four days now remain in the transfer window as some big transfers rumors are starting to happen which makes fans wonder if they are true or not. This window has still lacked big transfers as only Gary Cahill's move to Chelsea and Papiss Demba Cisse's move to Newcastle have really been huge transfers with the big time clubs. As Sir Alex Ferguson deals with another young player having contract issues, here are today's biggest transfer headlines which includes some big time players involved.

Real Madrid CB Pepe could be headed for Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking at offering in trouble centerback Pepe to Chelsea in exchange for the Stamford Bridge side's Brazilian centerback David Luiz. This is a huge surprise as Pepe has been very good for Real Madrid but has gotten in a lot of trouble for some stupidity on the field while David Luiz has not played well at all for Chelsea since he moved to Stamford Bridge from Benfica last January. David Luiz could be a better fit in Madrid as Luiz came up through Portugal which is very similar to the Spanish La Liga so a move to Real Madrid could allow him to thrive. I don't understand why Jose Mourinho would even be interested in David Luiz as he has not proven that he can play in a top league like the Premier League since his success hasn't translated over from Portugal. David Luiz would probably love the opportunity to leave Stamford Bridge for a fresh start at the Santiago Bernabeu as the pressure of the criticism he has faced in London has been unshakeable and a move to Madrid would take off that pressure. Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas would see a move for Pepe by only giving up David Luiz a steal of a deal as Pepe is one of the best centerbacks in the world despite the controversy he has made recently. Andre Villas-Boas would also love the fact that he wouldn't have to pay a transfer fee to sign the Portuguese international. Pepe would immediately be a starter beside Pepe which would take pressure off of Gary Cahill, and Pepe and John Terry would form the best pair of centerbacks in all of the English Premier League.  However, the disapoointing fact for all Chelsea fans is that Jose Mourinho doesn't want to do this move till the summer because of Real Madrid's La Liga and Champions League hopes being very promising.

Liverpool is interested in signing Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin, and Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios.
Reports have revealed that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has offered Liverpool's disappointing striker Andy Carroll for want-away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez. Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini rejected the offer but this is a sign that Dalglish is looking at finding that elite striker to put beside Luis Suarez when he returns from his supsension. Tevez is returning to Manchester City so the price tag of 25 to 30 million euros will have to be met as they no longer have the pressure of trying to seel a striker who is AWOL. However, including Andy Carroll in a deal for Argentinian Carlos Tevez could make his price around 15 to 20 milliom euros as Carroll would probably willing to move to the Premier League leaders. Andy Carroll has been a major disappointment at Anfield as Liverpool has constantly been linked with selling Carroll to other Premier League clubs like Newcastle in a deal for Demba Ba. Carroll needs a breath of fresh air as he has not been able to refind the form that he had at Newcastle that allowed him to make his 35 million euro move to Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish has now showed his ambitions with his move for Carlos Tevez as Liverpool want to win both the League Cup and the more prestigious FA Cup. Tevez has been looking for a move away and the chance to be apart of Liverpool's cup runs as apart of the starting 11 will be hard for Tevez to pass up if Dalglish agrees a fee with Roberto Mancini. However, I do not think this deal will happen as Liverpool will not want to go after someone with the will to just quit if he isn't happy. Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios is a more realistic target as he is looking for a move away from City due to a lack of playing time. Barrios is a very good striker and could be a great steal for around 10 million euros as he could be that goal scorer that they have been looking for since Luis Suarez was suspended. A move to Liverpool makes sense for Barrios also as he would get the chance to get tons of playing time for a club that has the chance to win both the League and FA Cup. If Dalglish goes after Barrios, then I think Barrios will end up signing at Anfield as a move makes sense for both sides. Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin also has some interest from Liverpool as the chance to play in the Premier League will definitely intrigue him as his current side will probably not be in Europe in the near future. This doesn't make sense for Liverpool as it would send a message that the club has given up in summer signings Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson. I still think Downing and Henderson can both refind their form and that Marko Marin would not be much better than either one of them if they hit their form. This move could happen but it really doesn't make sense to me that a move like this would actually happen as Liverpool is loaded with wingers.

Tottenham has been offered Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao for 20 million euros. Tottenham is also interested in Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic.
Reports have revealed that Premier League title chasers Tottenham have been offered Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao for 20 million euros by his current club in Brazil Internacional. Paris Saint-Germain are plotting a 30 million euro move in the summer for Damiao but Internacional have told Harry Redknapp that he can have Damiao for 20 million euros right now or the previously 30 million euros in the summer. The opportunity to sign Damiao has interested Redknapp and he definitely should ask chairman Daniel Levy for the money to get this deal done as Damiao has the potential to be a truly elite striker. A move for Damiao could also allow Redknapp to sell Russian want-away striker Roman Pavlyuchenko as Russian sides Anzhi and Spartak Moscow are both targeting a move for him. Damiao would also love the opportunity to be a part of a Premier League title chaser like Tottenham who will probably make a return to the Champions League next season if they keep up their current form. It is a surprise that Internacional would be willing to sell him for less now but it makes sense because their season doesn't start til the spring. I think this move will get done because it is to good of an opportunity for Spurs manager Harry Redknapp to pass up. However, if the move for Damiao falls apart, Tottenham's backup plan could be Wolfsburg's 25-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic as Harry Redknapp has been monitoring Mandzukic's situation and are now preparing to make a move before the deadline for the striker. Tottenham could bring in both Damiao and Mandzukic as Redknapp may try to win the Premier League and the FA Cup. A move for Mandzukic along with Damiao would show Tottenham's true ambitions to become the best team in London including being better than rivals Chelsea and Arsenal. Mandzukic would probably be interested in a move to White Hart Lane as he could get a shot to play in the Champions League while he wouldn't have a shot at even playing in the Europa League if he stayed at Wolfsburg. A move for Mandzukic makes sense but it could come down to whether Redknapp wants the Croatian or Damiao as Tottenham will probably only have the money to sign one of the strikers.

Transfer Roundup
Stoke City has had a bid rejected for Blackpool's star winger Matt Phillips as Ian Holloway wants to keep him in their push for promotion back to the Premier League. Phillips has been targeted by multiple Premier League clubs as he has become one of the most promising players in the Championship. Stoke City may revisit a bid for Phillips in the summer if Blackpool do not win promotion as Phillips will probably want to get back into the Premier League.
QPR manager Mark Hughes is targeting moves for the Tottenham duo of winger Steven Pienaar and CB Sebastien Bassong, and Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega. Rodallega seems very realistic as Mark Hughes seems close to agreeing a deal with Wigan and with the striker to bring him to Loftus Road by the deadline. Aston Villa and Fulham may try to steal Rodallega from QPR but I think Rodallega will definitely end up at Loftus Road by the transfer deadline. I also think a deal for Bassong is also realistic as Tottenham and QPR are only a million euros apart in their valuations of Bassong, and the centerback is desperate for a move away from White Hart Lane and is interested in going across London. Bassong has the potential to be a steal of a signing as he all the talent to help steer QPR from any sort of relegation trouble. However, I am not convinced that a deal for Pienaar will get worked out as Tottenham still want the South African for depth. Mark Hughes wants him but he may have no choice but to pay the amount that Tottenham wants if he really wants to sign Pienaar. I do not think QPR will sign the South African in this window.

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