Transfer Talk

Robbie Keane to Newcastle, Madrid target Wigan winger, Arshavin agrees Arsenal deal

The latest transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies

Robbie Keane

Transferland hasn’t been too hectic over the last 24 hours (the BBC ran the same ‘Cudicini to Tottenham’ headline from 2pm yesterday until 10am this morning), but some surprise links and saga twists have crept along in the past few hours…

Robbie Keane to Newcastle

After finding himself somewhere between the kitman and the programme sellers in Rafa Benitez’s estimation, Robbie Keane would almost certainly welcome a move away from Anfield. The Metro, who have never struck us as fine purveyors of transfer rumours in the past, claim Newcastle will swoop for the Irishman after Michael Owen’s inevitable summer departure.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter:
It’s hard to see where else Keane could go in the Premier League, and St James’ would be a perfect place for Keane’s resurrection. Liverpool would have to swallow a lot of pride though, as Newcastle would pay nothing near the £20m fee they coughed up not so long ago.

Luis Valencia and Javier Saviola switch-a-roo
Last month it was rumoured that Real Madrid were willing to offer up to £15m for Wigan’s right winger, but the uncertainty caused by Calderon’s departure from the Spanish giants means they are not overly keen on spending big. Instead, the Spanish press say they may offer some sort of swap with Javier Saviola.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Wigan have already refused Madrid’s advances, and this swap doesn’t really seem to sweeten the deal. Saviola, meanwhile, is being chased by Portsmouth and Newcastle.

Andrei Arshavin to Arsenal
Spanish rag Marca and The Daily Mail both claim that Arsenal have agreed a £15m fee with Zenit for the baby-faced striker, and must now only agree personal terms (including a rumoured £20,000 per week pay cut on his humble £100,000 per week earnings). Sky Sports News, however, claim that Arsenal have denied reaching an agreement. Confusing stuff.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter:
Can this saga go on much longer? Let’s hope not. And would Arshavin really be earning that much with Zenit? The Commies wouldn’t like that.

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