Man City transfer business update, and Defoe to Barca?
The weekend round up
Whilst the rest of the nation spend their Sundays attempting to counteract the effects of binge drinking, or nervously dry puking at the prospect of another Monday morning, some hardened football hacks are working around the clock digging up news about transfers. Here’s what we learned over the weekend:
According to the Mail on Sunday, Fernando Torres is being closely monitored by the robed men at Manchester City. Convinced that he’d be unwilling to forsake Champions League football - should Liverpool’s worst nightmare come true - they’re ready to pounce with a £50 million offer.
Obviously this all depends on whether Mark Hughes (should he last the course) can steer his side into the top four. Which, on current form, he can’t.
Torres isn’t the only player tightening Man City trousers either, as they look set to hurl millions of pounds at Franck Ribery and Gennaro Gattuso during the January transfer window.
According to The People, Chelsea are also on the periphery, winking at the pair, with Ancelotti particularly keen to become reacquainted with his bearded Italian pal.
Elsewhere, the News of the World revealed that Man City are also considering a £20 million move for the Sevilla winger, Diego Perotti.
Ryan Babel – having been reportedly “blanked” by Benitez ever since he hurled his toys from his pushchair – could be Bayern-bound in January, on a loan deal, with view to a permanent move in the summer.
And the word from The Express is that Jermain Defoe has whet a few Barcelona appetites of late, especially since he fired in a fiver just the other weekend.
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