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Man City to bid £45m for John Terry, Tottenham target La Liga striker Fernando Llorente

The latest transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies

John Terry

John Terry to Manchester City
We laughed this one off during the January transfer window, but the Daily Mail are today suggesting that the Citizens are lining up a £45m bid for Chelsea’s captain. This is apparently corroborated by The Sun, who have spotted Mark Hughes and John Terry at the same holiday resort in Dubai. Evidently, it is no coincidence that two men associated with football are simultaneously taking a break at Jumeirah Beach, the luxury resort where you can’t take two steps without bumping into a Premiership star.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Even if City do offer a reported £180,000-a-week package, we can’t see it happening.

Yaya Toure to Manchester Utd
The aforementioned Daily Mail also bring the news that Barcelona’s treasured defensive midfielder could soon be joining his older brother Kolo in England. Apparently, Fergie is interested in seeking out a replacement for Owen Hargreaves, whose knee problems are threatening to end his career.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Toure recently signed a contract extension at Barca, something he probably wouldn’t have done if he wanted to leave.

Fernando Llorente to Tottenham
Harry Redknapp is said to be keen on a move for the Athletic Bilbao hitman, and may offer up to €15m for his services. It is understood Llorente is a third choice target behind Peter Crouch and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who are deemed too expensive.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Fed up of seeing their homegrown Basque talent poached away, Los Leones have put a 30m buy-out clause in Llorente’s contract. Suddenly, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar doesn’t seem too expensive…

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