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.
Queens Park Rangers could exploit Aston Villa’s failure to land a manager to replace Alex Mcleish by swooping for goalkeeper Shay Given.
In today’s Daily Telegraph it is suggested that Rangers boss Mark Hughes has named Given as his number one transfer target as he looks to rejuvenate his squad who narrowly avoided relegation in their first season back in the Premier League.
Hughes’ interest in Given won’t come as a shock to many after the Republic of Ireland keeper was signed by Hughes whilst at Manchester City and Given himself was an outspoken critic of his sacking by the Premier League winners.
In a move that could see more clarity on the Fenway Sports Groups plans for post-Dalglish Liverpool, Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is set for talks in Boston on Thursday according to the Daily Mail.
Wigan gave Martinez permission to discuss the vacant Liverpool job last week however it is believed the talks scheduled for Thursday will be the first between the clubs owner John Henry and the Spaniard, as they look set to create a new path in Liverpool’s future with a young manager.
The Merseyside club have been knocked back in their attempts to speak to several managers though the Daily Mail reports that Martinez is John Henry’s preferred choice.
Shinji Kagawa has confirmed he has held talks with Manchester United in the UK this week after speculation intensified last week.
Sir Alex Ferguson was in attendance at the German cup final between Bayern Munich and Kagawa’s Borussia Dortmund. Kagawa was a goal scorer in a 5-2 victory for Dortmund to top off an impressive campaign for the German champions.
According to reports, notably the Daily Telegraph, Kagawa has confirmed he has met with the Red Devils supremo: ‘It was good that I was able to meet him in person and talk, I want to think hard before making my decision’.
Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp has apparently come to terms that, with 12 months of his contract remaining, it may be difficult to convince the 23 year old Japanese international his career would be best served with the Bundesliga club.
Kagawa has been selected for international duty when Japan take on Azerbaijan later this month.
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.