Arsenal sign £10m defender, Spurs chase Villa star, Kaka’s Madrid move confirmed
The latest transfer news, gossip and damned lies
Thomas Vermaelen to Arsenal
Yesterday reports were circulating that Professor Wenger had splashed £10m on the Ajax defender, something The Daily Mail confirm this morning. Now it’s reportedly just a case of agreeing personal terms.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Scout Tony Adams has said he is ‘not ready to be an Arsenal player’ and is not a transfer target, so on that basis, we can almost certainly say that Vermaelen has become a Gunner.
Ashley Young to Tottenham
David Bentley has never held much influence in the court of Harry Redknapp, and as such will be offered to Aston Villa for Ashley Young, with £8m thrown in to sweeten the deal, say The Sun.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: The winger-for-winger swap could happen, but Chelsea and their large chequebook are also said to be interested in the talents of Mr Young.
Kaka to Real Madrid
Milan and Madrid are keen to drag out the €65m deal for as long as humanly possible, but Spanish papers Sport and AS today splash with the news that the Brazilian has officially signed for Spain’s second best team.
The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Spanish football journalists aren’t going to winning any truth telling contests anytime soon, but we believe Silvio Berlusconi was only stalling on the deal thanks to an election campaign. Now that is over, Kaka can formally leave the Italian capital.