Transfer Talk

Chelsea poach Russian sensation, Fergie swoops for talented English midfielder

The latest gossip, rumours and damned lies

Fabian Delph

Tired of reading about how much Harry Redknapp adores Jermain Defoe? While the Spurs gaffer struggles to be reunited with his former love, here’s the most important transfer news being spread on the rumour vine…

Yuri Zhirkov to Chelsea
According to The Daily Mail, Big Phil has agreed to sell Wayne Bridge to Manchester City for £12m, and will spend the funds bringing CSKA Moscow’s Yuri Zhirkov to the Bridge. He can play left back or left wing, and is known in his home country as “the Russian Ronaldinho” (presumably for his dribbling skills, rather than weight problems and nightclub addictions).

Spoiler truth-o-meter:
If Bridge goes, then there’s no reason why Scolari won’t “bring something different” to his squad. There will be competition, however, as Barcelona, Juventus and two other Premiership sides are interested in his signature, according to his agent.

Fabian Delph to Manchester Utd
The young Leeds Utd midfielder has attracted £6m bids from Arsenal and Fulham (and a rejected bid from Newcastle), but Sir Alex has stepped in with a deal that could be worth up to £10m based on appearances and trophies. Manchester Utd have also promised Leeds two of their youngsters on loan as part of the deal.

The 19-year-old is destined for top flight football, and provided The Sun didn’t completely fabrictae this story, Manchester Utd will be the best option for him and Leeds.

David Villa to Manchester City
The Euro 2008 star has been linked to the blue side of Manchester for many months, and Valencia’s dire financial straits are pushing the La Liga side closer to a sale. Valencia’s sporting vice-president Fernando Gomez Colomer insists the offer would have to be “exorbitant”, and there’s probably only one club in the Premiership willing to make an offer of that nature.

Spoiler truth-o-meter
: El Guaje is the jewel in Valencia’s crown, but after being refused credit by the lenders, the Spaniards will almost certainly sell the likes of David Villa, David Silva and Morientes. As La Liga’s second top scorer, David Villa would prove very helpful in City’s attempts to pull away from the danger zone.

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