Transfer Talk

Barcelona lead the race for Andrei Arshavin

All of today’s transfer gossip, rumours and damn lies

Andrei Arshavin

Before Euro 2008, Manchester City and Everton were leading the chase for the fashion student/amazing footballer. Unfortunately he revealed himself to be world class and now looks like making a dream move to Barcelona, who have made a formal approach. His agent claims there have already been five offers for his signature, and the price being bandied around is currently £10m.

The Ronaldo saga latest
He may be acting like a spoilt brat, but Ronaldo is a man of principle. Accordingly, he has kindly agreed to pay Manchester Utd the courtesy of showing up for pre-season training in exchange for his £120,000-a-week wages.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Come on papers, try harder than this to find a story

Peter Crouch to Arsenal
The Daily Mirror have been doing their homework and decided that Arsene Wenger, famous for his cautiousness with money, will match the eight-figure valuation for a benchwarmer at a club they finished above.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Unconvinced

Or…Crouch and Yossi Benayoun to Tottenham
Slightly more convincing than the Arsenal story, but are Spurs really going to go from spending big on world class players to poaching Liverpool rejects for over-inflated prices?

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Slightly more feasible but unlikely

Emmanuel Adebayor to Milan
The reason Crouch was linked to Arsenal in the first place was that Adebayor’s agent Vincenzo Morabito said that it was 70/80% certain the striker was off to Milan, but that Arsenal wanted to sign Crouch, Mario Gomez or Roque Santa Cruz first.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Still not sold on the story

Andy Johnson to Wigan or Sunderland
It appears the glamorous role of super-sub for a UEFA Cup side just simply isn’t enough for AJ anymore. Wigan are ready with £8 million but Sunderland, as always, are willing to outbid with £10 million.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: He may look to move on

Dave Kitson to Fulham
It’s rumoured that Roy Hodgson will pay £2.5 million. We certainly think he would be a good fit there.

The Spoiler Truth-o-meter: Mutually beneficial move

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