Summer sales get going with barely a bargain in sight
Sunday 17 July 2011
With the new Premier League season a month away, there still promises to be several major transfer moves before kick-off on 13 August. Here we look at some of the biggest possible deals.
1. Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
Is it going to happen? Manchester United want Sneijder to replace the retired Paul Scholes but are unwilling to match Internazionale's valuation and pay more than £35m or meet the midfielder's wage demands of around £190,000-a-week. Deal seems dead right now but the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not ruled out signing him.
What happens now? Much will depend on whether Inter will accept less and Sneijder relents on his wage demands.
Is he worth it? Yes. One of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
2. Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid)
Is it going to happen? Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, went public with his desire to sign the Argentina forward yesterday. Mancini sees Aguero as the ideal replacement for Carlos Tevez. Aguero said this week that he did not see his future at Atletico Madrid and would welcome a move to England. Aguero has been a long-time Chelsea target but they have gone quiet on any deal since signing Fernando Torres last January.
What happens now? City will match the £38m release clause in Aguero's Atletico contract.
Is he worth it? Yes. At 23 he is already an exceptional player.
3. Luka Modric (Tottenham Hotspur)
Is it going to happen? Tottenham have said that the Croatia midfielder is not for sale but it is not unusual for clubs to say that as it helps bump up the price. However, in this case, Spurs, who have rejected a £27m bid from Chelsea, are refusing to change their stance.
What happens now? Modric wants to leave, so it depends on whether Chelsea come back with a bid to tempt Spurs but that is growing increasingly unlikely.
Is he worth it? Had a cracking season but it is debatable if he's worth more than £27m.
4. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
Is it going to happen? Tevez will leave City, no question, and seems destined to return to South America with former club Corinthians as the striker wants to be closer to his children in Argentina. City have turned down a £37m bid from the Brazilian club who yesterday offered £40m. City are holding out for £50m.
What happens now? Corinthians appear to be Tevez's most likely destination and they are willing to pay a big transfer fee for him.
Is he worth it? He's an exceptional player and brings so much to a team.
5. Scott Parker (West Ham United)
Is it going to happen? Villa have offered £7m for Parker. Chelsea have enquired about a one-year loan deal as a short-term replacement for the injured Michael Essien but are unwilling to pay a full transfer fee for their 30-year-old former midfielder.
What happens now? Villa set to get their man with funds given to the West Ham manager Sam Allardyce to rebuild his squad.
Is he worth it? Was excellent for West Ham last season with his displays earning him an England recall, so yes.
6. Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
Is it going to happen? After a relentless three-year pursuit by Barcelona, it seems inevitable that this summer Fabregas will finally leave despite Arsène Wenger's strong desire to keep the midfielder.
What happens now? Barcelona have had bids of up to £35m rejected but will be back.
Is he worth it? Terrific player, no doubt, but can be injury-prone.
7. Juan Mata (Valencia)
Is it going to happen? The Spain midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham after a sensational season for Valencia. If Arsenal or Tottenham sell Samir Nasri or Luka Modric then it is a possibility.
What happens now? It's a case of wait and see but expect there to be lots of interest if Arsenal and Spurs do decide to sell their big players.
Is he worth it? Clever left winger but Valencia want £20m so expect Arsenal or Spurs to drive down the price.
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