Chelsea sign Hulk, Liverpool boss Rodgers to raid Swansea
Blues fork out £38m for Porto striker, Arsenal target Yann M’Vila crocked in friendly
IT'S a headline writer's dream, first Eden Hazard announced he was heading for Chelsea and now it seems he will be playing alongside Hulk at Stamford Bridge, after the Blues agreed a fee of £38m for the Porto striker. The Guardian reports that the deal is all but done with the finer points of the player's personal terms and his medical the only things yet to be finalised.
The paper says that Roman Abramovich has managed to get Hulk on the cheap. Apparently Porto were demanding at least £48m for the player, but in the end they settled for the paltry sum of £38m. However, that does mean that Abramovich will have forked out £70m on the Hulk/Hazard combo, and if the pair team up with Fernando Torres next season the Blues will be fielding a front three with a combined value of £120m.
The Premier League's other big spenders, Manchester City, are yet to match Chelsea's spree, but they have been linked with Bologna playmaker Gaston Ramirez - according to his agent at least.
The Uruguayan has caught the eye with his performances in Serie A this season and is being linked with a move to pastures new.
"I can confirm that Juventus and Manchester City have contacted me to show an interest," said Ramirez's representative Pablo Betancourt, according to Football 365.
New Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is going to waste no time in sprucing up the Anfield dressing room and set to raid his former club, Swansea City, for talent according to most of the papers. Among his targets are £10m-rated youngster Joe Allen, who had been linked with Arsenal. The midfielder made a big impression last season and is top of Rodger's hit list according to the Daily Mail, which also claims the Northern Irishman will try to sabotage his own deal for Gylfi Sigurdsson, set up while he was still manager of the Swans, and lure the Icelandic midfielder to Anfield.
The Mirror claims Rodgers has designs on Ashley Williams and Scott Sinclair as well as Sigurdsson.
And if Rodgers wanted to know what life is all about at Liverpool, he is about to find out as the Anfield club square up to their old rivals Manchester United in a fight over two Mexicans.
Goal.com reports that both clubs are interested in Pachuca duo Marco Bueno and Hector Herrera. Striker Bueno, who is just 18, has already trained with Liverpool and the Reds are said to be after his 22-year-old team mate, Herrera, who is a holding midfielder.
However, club officials at Pachuca have now confirmed that United are also interested in the pair.
Earlier this week we reported that Yann M'Vila had put his proposed move to Arsenal on ice so that he could show off at Euro 2012 and earn himself a bigger transfer fee. Well, the French midfielder may well be regretting that decision this morning after he was stretchered off in France's warm-up game against Serbia.
His participation in the tournament will now depend on the outcome of a scan on his ankle. If he is ruled out Arsenal could find that his fee has dropped a few million.
In the meantime there is good news for Gunners from Spain, where it is being reported that Carlos Vela is set to make his stay at Real Sociedad permanent. The Mexican misfit spent last season with the Basque club after failing to find a niche at the Emirates. Now, after 12 goals in 36 appearances for Real, he is set to stay, according to Infosport.