Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea fight over Dutch teen Bazoer
Young PSV defender to tour the three clubs' facilities, Arsenal eye QPR's Adel Taarabt
THE BATTLE to sign Dutch teenager Riechedly Bazoer is hotting up after the 16-year-old defender swanned into England to meet and greet his suitors and take a look at the facilities they are hoping to woo him with.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all expressed an interest in making an offer for the youngster, who has come through the ranks with PSV Eindhoven. Now that he has come of age the Dutch club are offering him a three-year contract, but Bazoer has decided to take a look at what he can get elsewhere before deciding on his future.
Goal.com reports that he visited Premier League champions Manchester City at the weekend and was given a guided tour of the facilities at the Etihad. Next on his English grand tour will be Stamford Bridge and the Emirates. Once he has cast his eye over all three he will reflect on his options and make a decision in the next fortnight, says the website.
The English clubs do not face competition from giants in Spain and Italy because young Bazoer only speaks Dutch and English.
Arsenal are in line to make a "shock" move for Queen's Park Rangers winger Adel Taarabt. According to the Mirror, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will swoop for two more frontmen in January after growing exasperated at the lack of composure from summer signing Olivier Giroud.
First choice for Arsenal is Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha although the £15m asking price may prove a problem for the Gunners, who apparently value the England Under-21 winger at around half that figure. The Mirror claims that Palace believe they can start a bidding war among the Premier League big boys, such is Zaha's reputation these days.
But as well as Zaha, it's also reported that the 23-year-old Taarabt has also caught Wenger's eye since his move to QPR from Tottenham. The fact that the Gunners appear to be chasing the Moroccan wideman will increase speculation that Theo Walcott is destined to leave the Emirates in the New Year.
Could Lippy Liverpool striker Luis Suarez be on his way to AC Milan? Yes, according to Caughtoffside.com, who claim that the South American is the target of an "ambitious" move by the Italian giants.
The 25-year-old Suarez has been the subject of numerous transfer rumours in recent months, with Barcelona and Inter Milan both featuring prominently, but now it appears AC Milan are closing in for the kill. The Serie A side have struggled to find a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic following his summer move to Paris Saint-Germain, and Suarez is reported to be top of Milan's New Year wish list.
But with Liverpool short of strike power themselves, it would seem only a huge offer – considerably more than the £23m the Reds paid to Ajax in 2011 – could persuade them to sell their prize asset.
The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea have agreed a £4.4m fee with Fluminense for talented teenage full-back Wallace. The mononymous defender will become the fifth Brazilian in the Blues' squad after the London club won the race to his signature, beating Juventus, Inter Milan, Udinese and Napoli.
The Standard says that back in 2010 Chelsea bought a 40 per cent stake in the player as part of the deal to allow midfielder Deco to join Fluminense on a free transfer. Having monitored Wallace's progress ever since, the Blues are now convinced the 18-year-old has what it takes to make the grade in the Premier League.
Fluminense coach Abel Braga recently said Wallace "has an extraordinary future ahead of him" and tipped him to graduate from the Brazil Under-20 squad to the senior side in time for the 2014 World Cup.
Finally Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has told reporters that unsettled striker Emmanuel Adebayor is still very much in his thoughts. Describing the 28-year-old Togolese frontman as "one of the greatest strikers in the world", Villas-Boas dismissed speculation that he could offload Adebayor come the New Year.
"Certainly there is no interest in selling or loaning [him]," replied the Spurs gaffer when asked about Adebayor's future at the Lane. "Sooner or later he is going to be back in the squad." ·