Reports from the North East are suggesting that Newcastle United are losing a battle to secure the signature of highly-rated Ajax defender Jan Verthongen.
The Belgian international has impressed throughout the Eredivisie season in the Netherlands, becoming a key figure in the championship heading to Amsterdam.
The Northern Echo report that Newcastle United face stiff competition from A.C. Milan, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Harry Redknapp’s North London outfit were believed to have agreed a substantial with Ajax. However, Verthongen is believed to want to play in the Uefa Champions League, which Spurs will now be unable to provide in the coming season.
NUFC boss Alan Pardew has been tracking the Belgian defender for sometime but is believed to be looking at other targets.
Fernando Torres has done little to dampen increasing speculation over his future at Chelsea FC.
Speaking to Guillem Balague of The Times and Sky Sports, Torres expressed his deep disappointment at being left out of the starting XI of the Munich UCL final showpiece.
Speaking candidly, Torres states: ‘I’ve felt like they treated me in a way that I didn’t expect because the role I’ve had this season is not for me nor is it the one I expected to play when I came here’.
Torres will join his Chelsea team-mates on a celebratory open top bus tour in the West London area today (Sunday) and will be meeting with Chelsea officials later in the week.
There are believed to be a number of suitors in the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Serie A of Italy.
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers has turned down the opportunity to talk to Liverpool over the vacant managers position at Anfield.
It was revealed in the morning papers that Rodgers was one of 12 managers that Reds owners wanted to interview following the sacking of Kenny Dalglish this week, however in a statement on the Swansea City website, Rodgers confirmed that he is not interested in discussing the deal:
“Swansea City can confirm that an approach from Liverpool FC to speak to manager Brendan Rodgers was officially received by club chairman Huw Jenkins this morning.
“The club is pleased to confirm that Brendan has declined the current opportunity to speak to the Anfield club about the vacant position.”
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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez could make an Anfield exit, with a move to Spain looking a possibility for the Uraguyan international.
Suarez, 25, has been a controversial figure in the Premier League since moving from Ajax a year and a half ago, scoring 15 league goals, but also spending a long period suspended after being found guilty of racial comments against Man Utd’s Patrice Evra.
The Daily Mail suggests that with the recent sacking of the supportive Kenny Dalglish, Saurez will take the opportunity to move to Spain, where has always wanted to play.
Luka Modric has hinted he sees his future away from Tottenham Hotspur but will put on hold any talk of a transfer until his participation in Euro 2012 with Croatia is over.
A year ago the saga of Modric’s proposed move to Chelsea was one of the longest-running of the summer, with Spurs eventually winning the day and keeping the midfielder at White Hart Lane in the face of incessant Chelsea interest. But the 26-year-old has suggested he is itching to play at a level higher than that currently offered by Tottenham, but will delay any discussion until later in pre-season.
Modric said: “I will decide about my future after the Euros. I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests.” Tottenham may yet be part of next season’s Champions League as, after finishing fourth in the Premier League, they must now wait on the outcome of the Champions League final on Saturday.
Ordinarily fourth place would be good enough for entry into the competition at the play-off stage, but if Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich then they would receive the last qualification spot awarded to England, pushing Tottenham into the Europa League and, the Telegraph suggests, Modric towards the exit.
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