The Spoiler’s “available in the transfer window” XI
Eleven players who’ll probably all end up at Man City in January
With just 23 days left until the big day, footballers all over Europe are champing at the bit to leave their current employers behind, in search of
lots more money fresh opportunities elsewhere. Here’s eleven stars who are likely to change clubs in early 2009, conveniently arranged into a football team in their own right…
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus, linked to Manchester City)
Juve say they want to keep their star keeper but Buffon says they should cash in if they receive a ridiculous offer. Good news for Joe Hart’s England hopes then.
Wayne Bridge (Chelsea, linked to Manchester City)
Bridge is still behind Cashley Cole in the Chelsea pecking order and Mark Hughes wants to build a world class team. With this vision in mind, one would expect that left backs Michael Ball and Javier Garrido won’t be playing much longer.
Pascal Chimbonda (Sunderland, linked to Lyon)
The man who put in a transfer request just minutes after Wigan’s last game of the season in 2006 seems ready to jump ship again. As Sunderland battle relegation, Chimbonda again proves he has an impeccable sense of timing.
Federico Fazio (Sevilla, linked to Arsenal)
Arsene Wenger has admitted his defence lack height and could sign 6’5 Fazio to shore up his backline. You’ve got to note Wenger hasn’t got the best nose for defenders despite his skill at spotting young attacking talent. Sol Campbell and William Gallas developed psychological problems and the less said about Pascal Cygan, Phillipe Senderous and Igor Stepanos the better.
William Gallas (Arsenal, linked to Paris St Germain)
Gallas is unhappy at the Gooners after being stripped of the captaincy following his scathing outburst on his teammates. Although Wenger would rather keep the defender, it might be best to let Gallas get his own way – after all, the Frenchman reportedly threatened to score own goals for Chelsea if they refused to sell him.
Zoran Tosic (Partizan Belgrade, almost certainly going to Man United)
Touted as the long-term replacement to Ryan Giggs (wasn’t that meant to be Nani?), Zoran Tosic could also be accompanied to Old Trafford by 17-year-old teammate Adam Ljajic who is dubbed ‘the Serbian Kaka’.
Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, linked to Spurs)
Tottenham wouldn’t cough up enough in the summer but will be hoping the credit crunch has hit the Russian side, who might agree to a reduced fee. And wheeler-dealer ‘Arry knows how to save a bob or two.
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan, linked to Manchester City)
Would a player top of the league in Italy want to exchange sunny Milan for a winter in Manchester? If he does go, we’re sure he’ll do it it for the ‘challenge’ rather than the money. Like Robinho.
Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, linked to Arsenal)
Liverpool couldn’t offer him enough in the summer but since he’s been one of their best players this term, Rafa has said the club plans to keep him. Either that or he’s trying to hike the price up.
David Villa (Valencia, linked to Manchester City)
Sparky is determined to bring in a world class player to play alongside Robinho and is said to have offered £60 million for Villa. After all, you get what you pay for; City scrimped and spent a paltry £19 million on Jo in the summer and he has scored just 3 goals.
Michael Owen (Newcastle, linked to Chelsea, Liverpool)
Owen’s contract expires in the summer and Newcastle might decide to cash in before he walks for nothing. Chelsea could do with another striker as Drogba’s long term future is uncertain and Di Santo’s quality remains unproven. A move to Chelsea could also convince Capello to recall Owen to the England side.