Drogba set to depart, Liverpool chase Man City star and Arsenal’s latest midfield target
The latest gossip, rumours and damned lies
There’s just one more day until the transfer window is flung open, and a stroppy Ivorian is dominating the headlines amidst talk of a name-and-shame session at Chelsea HQ…
Didier Drogba to leave Chelsea
According to sources at The Daily Mail, Big Phil held a 45-minute clear-the-air session at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground yesterday, where many “key players” cited Le Drog as the principle reason for dressing room disharmony. After votes were counted, Didier Drogba was nominated to be evicted from the Big Chelsea House in January.
Spoiler truth-o-meter: With each passing day, Drogba’s future at Chelsea gets shorter, and it will probably be best for everyone if he runs off into the sunset with his lover Jose.
Mikel Arteta to Arsenal
Ever since Professor Wenger suggested he may defy his usual practise of spending absolutely nothing in the January window, the Gunners have been linked to every midfielder under the sun. Despite the strong Andrei Arshavin links, The Guardian believes Mikel Arteta will plug the Fabregas-shaped hole in exchange for £12m.
Spoiler truth-o-meter: It’s clear that Arsenal wish to bring in a midfielder, and Arteta would be a cheaper alternative to Arshavin, who has no Premier League experience and a mercenary attitude that would make Robinho proud (“It has always been my dream to play for Tottenham/ Barcelona/ whoever pays the wages”).
Elano to Liverpool
After being given limited first team opportunities by Mark Hughes this season, the 27-year-old Brazilian has attracted interest from Lazio and AC Milan for a loan deal. Rafa Benitez, however, is said to be ready to put £6m on the table for his services.
Spoiler truth-o-meter: With out-of-favour Ryan Babel said to be on his way out (possibly to Juventus), Elano would be a perfect replacement.