Andi Foster takes a look at transfer rumours concerning Swansea City, Sunderland, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Well it’s all kicked off. Chelsea have finally completed the signing of Schurrle and City have decided that spending £53m on one player is a bit too much (whilst also being close to making a mindboggling loss on Tevez). Liverpool have made a number of (potentially) quality signings (already spending the money from Suarez’s probable sale and the comparable pittance they recovered from the sale of Carroll), Arsenal have signed no one despite the “war chest” available and Wycombe Wanderers have set an example to the rest of the footballing world thanks to the way they have spent their summer so far. But what else is being talked about? What moves are the gossip sites talking about and could any of them actually happen?
It’s a well known bit of information that Swansea are looking for a goalscorer (isn’t everyone?) to compliment and to take some of the burden off last season’s bargain signing – Michu. This week - Vitesse Arnhem’s in-demand forward Wilfried Bony has been strongly linked with a move to the Swans – and if they can pull off a move for him it would certainly be a coup for the club (especially given the other clubs that are reportedly in the hunt for his signature). But there have also been whispers that the price being mentioned (£10m) might well push Swansea out of the market. Personally – I don’t think that will be the case. But there is certainly going to be a fight for his signature.
Mendy is a young French left back who has represented France at every international level up to Under 19’s. He is out of contract next year and has been linked with a number of clubs since making his breakthrough into the Le Havre first team. The Arsenal reports do suggest genuine interest and I’ve heard from some fairly well connected people that there is some - but I would be surprised if Arsenal shelled out £5m (or more) for him – especially given his contract expiry date and with two left backs in Gibbs and Monreal already on the books). You could argue that following Arsenal’s youth cull that they will be on the look out for younger players (very much true – they are), but even then it would be a costly rebuilding process if they started paying fees like that. The only way that Mendy joins Arsenal now is if a smaller fee is agreed or if Wenger has a plan to use one of the other left backs further up the pitch (not beyond the realms of possibility).
Please note that I’ve managed to write a whole section on Arsenal and their left backs without mentioning the walking disaster that is Andre Santos….
Make no mistake about it – the Sunderland first team squad next season will look very different to the team that finished the last one. Di Canio is making changes and that has already been indicated by Mignolet leaving the club in a £9m deal. Sessengnon is another player who (despite being a fan favourite) has long expressed a desire to return to France. With offers from PSG and Monaco unlikely however – there are very few French clubs that could tempt Sunderland with the right kind of deal. Marseille have been mentioned as a possible destination – but even then it would largely depend on them coughing up the reported £8m fee (and it’s also worth noting that when a similar fee was mentioned for Gervinho - Marseille said that they couldn’t afford a deal – having said that though – maybe that was just them being polite).
So basically, Sessegnon is very likely to leave the club (along with half of the first team) although the chances of his destination being France are unlikely. Sunderland could always loan him somewhere….but that just seems a little pointless.
It shouldn’t take a genius to work out that the chances of Suarez still being at Liverpool next year are slim. And whilst publically Liverpool will be firm in their determination to keep hold of him, the chances are that behind closed doors they will be working out how to get the best price for their prized asset. Enter ManchesterCity and Real Madrid. City won’t cough up the asking price for Cavani and feel that they have a better chance in looking at Suarez. City could easily offer a deal to tempt Liverpool into talking, but could they offer a deal to talk Suarez into staying in Blighty? I’m not so sure. Madrid could well pop up (IF they fail to land Bale) as an interested party as well – especially with the imminent departure of Higuain. But Suarez is going to have to be very careful - because there are only a handful of clubs that can afford his asking price and if no suitable offers materialize Suarez is going to find himself in trouble with the Liverpool fans (especially if his flirting with other clubs continues). What I still haven’t figured out though is if Madrid want Higuain off the books and if City (as reported) are in the hunt for a striker……does anyone else see the connection?