Chelsea have been warned not to chase young Brazilian star Lucas Moura until after the 2014 World Cup.
The 19-year-old winger has attracted the interest of several top clubs but there appears to be a bid of £ million for the player according to the Daily Mail, but the players agent Wagner Riberio has told Roman Abramovich personally not to bother as the player has no intention to leave at this time.
‘Lucas doesn’t want to go,’ Ribeiro told ESPN Brazil. ‘He doesn’t want to leave Brazil before the 2014 World Cup.
Demba Ba has been a revelation since he joined Newcastle on a free transfer last summer, but members of the Newcastle camp have always been concerned by the £7 million buy-out clause in his contract. The Guardian is today reporting that Ba has refused to renegotiate this contract, leaving the buy-out clause in, and making him a cheap target for top sides including Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea are another team linked with the Senegalese striker, as he could provide a back up option to Fernando Torres.
Ba netted an impressive 16 goals last season; however the majority of these were scored at the start of the season before the arrival of his fellow country-man Papiss Cisse. This dip in goals in the second half of the season may prove just enough to keep him at Newcastle for at least another season.
Tottenham are looking to bring West Brom defender Jonas Olsson to White Hart Lane, in a £3m deal, reports the Mirror.
Spurs had a number of defensive injury problems last season, with Michael Dawson and William Gallas missing large parts of the season, and Ledley King effected by his ongoing knee issues.
The Sweden international has recently admitted his interest in a move away from the Hawthornes: “I’ve been here for four years now and perhaps it is not wise to become to rooted in one place.”
Tottenham have also been heavily linked with a move for Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen.
Manchester City will begin to spend money in order to stand the best chance of retaining their newly acquired Premier League title and the Daily Mail reports that Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez is on the radar.
Martinez usually operates as a defensive midfielder for the La Liga side though according to the Daily Mail, City are keen to link him up with Vincent Kompany in the heart of defence, somewhere that he can also play. The 23-year-old has impressed in his sides recent Europa League and is thought to have attracted interest from a host of European clubs.
The Spanish International will not come cheap, with a fee of around £25million being suggested it could see City pull out of the deal to sign Eden Hazard.
With the departure of Didier Drogba, Chelsea are looking for a striker to relieve some of the pressure on Fernando Torres, and the Daily Mail has today reported that Porto star Hulk is the man they want to do this.
Chelsea have been linked with the Brazilian over the last few transfer windows, however it was previously believed that the club would have to meet the strikers whopping £80 million release clause. It is now reported that the striker is much more open to a move to the Premier League, and a bid of around £35 million could be enough to prise him away from the Portuguese club. The striker boasts an impressive 21 goals in 38 appearances for his club this season, and could provide a long term solution to the departing of Didier Drogba, especially with rumours about Torres’ happiness circulating.
A transfer rumour that has certainly come out of left-field is that Wolverhampton Wanderers influential midfielder Matt Jarvis is wanted by Champions League side Udinese.
New Wolves manager Stale Solbakken faces a task to keep hold of his better players and The Mirror are reporting that the Italian side have sounded out Jarvis as a potential transfer target and could well move this summer as he contemplates playing in the Championship after a spell in England’s top flight.
Jarvis would only be the third English player in the last 10 years to make the move to the move to Italy after David Beckham and Jay Bothroyd played for AC Milan and Perugia respectively .
It has already become one of the more interesting transfer deals of the summer, despite the fact that the 21 year old playmaker only finished his season last week. Today’s Telegraph reports that Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all agreed deals to sign the Lille man.
Chelsea may have emerged as late front runners due to their recent success in the Champions League and Hazard’s wage demands, reported to be around £200,000 a week. United and City are apparently less willing to make him one of their clubs highest earners when he is still far from a fully established talent. Hazard has declared that he will announce his future after Belgium’s friendly this weekend, however he also promised the same after Lille’s last game of the season, so it remains to be seen if that will materialise.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has approached Everton intent on brokering a deal for England left-back Leighton Baines.
The 27-year-old will shortly travel to Euro 2012 has emerged as one of David Moyes’ most influential signings and it is common knowledge that he has attracted interest from Manchester United in recent times though it remains to be seen if this move will have an impact on current United left-back Patrice Evra’s position within the squad.
The Mirror report that the deal is in the region of £12million and its thought that Bill Kenwright may be willing to sell in order to give David Moyes money to strengthen the Everton squad.
The Guardian has today reported that Adebayor is in talks with Tottenham and Man City to make a permanent switch to the London club, following his loan there last season. It is no secret that Adebayor does not feature in Mancini’s plans, and so the striker is looking to move after impressing Harry Redknapp. The striker could provide a long term solution to the problem of finding a top quality striker to allow Tottenham to compete with the elite clubs.
The only stumbling block in the deal will be Adebayor’s wage demands. He is rumoured to be collecting around £175,000 a week, and this is beyond any of Tottenham Hotspurs’ top earners, and with a strict budget being enforced at Spurs it is unlikely that they will be willing to meet this current contract.
Despite constant speculation linking them with a move for Robin Van Persie, it seems that Juventus feel that the Dutch striker may have already partially agreed a new deal with Arsenal. Their attention, according to the Daily Mail, has turned towards Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko. The big striker has found his appearances at Eastland’s limited this season, mostly making late shows from the sub’s bench.
If Juventus were too come in with a bid, their status of unbeaten champions of Italy may provide some cause for Dzeko to consider his future, especially if they could offer him a starting place every week. However, Juventus are expected to be involved in a lot of activity in this summer’s transfer market, to strengthen their squad for next season’s Champion’s League campaign, and so it remains to be seen if a bid will materialise in the coming weeks.