Deadline day: Arsenal offload strikers, City & Spurs spend big
The latest rumours on the final day of the summer transfer window
THE MOST exciting day of the football season is upon us as the transfer window eases shut and TV reporters and fans congregate in carparks up and down the country to speculate on which players might be going where in the final few hours of the summer sales.
• Arsene Wenger has been promising to ditch his misfits all summer, and with hours left on the clock he finally appears to be fulfilling his promise. First up Nicklas Bendtner has been photographed outside a clinic in Italy and will sign for Juventus this afternoon for a fee of around £5m. Juve director Beppe Marotta said: "'He has talent and ability. Potentially a great player, one that has almost never been able to prove it." Arsenal fans would agree with the last sentiment.
• Another misfiring forward on his way out of the Emirates is Park Chu-Young, who is off to Celta Vigo for the rest of the season. The Korean forward arrived unexpectedly at Arsenal last summer in a £6m deal. His departure is less of a surprise after six appearances and a solitary goal against Bolton in the League Cup. Park must have known his time was up, though, Goal.com reports: "Recently Park suffered the indignity of losing his No.9 jersey to new signing Lukas Podolski, and was relegated to the No.30 shirt."
• The third of Arsenal's triumvirate of unwanted front men, Marouane Chamakh, could also be heading out of the Emirates this afternoon. Metro reports that La Liga side Malaga and Turkish outfit Besiktas have both made offers to take the striker on a season-long loan. They are offering to pay his wages and compensate Arsenal with a cash payment for not having his peculiar haircut brightening up the place. Sounds like an offer Wenger shouldn't refuse.
• It's all go at Spurs where there are reports that French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is on his way to the club from Lyon, while Andre Villas-Boas has also reportedly had a £22m offer for Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho accepted. On the way out are Danny Rose, who is off to Bolton for the season, Rafael van der Vaart who is set to rejoin his old club Hamburg, and Giovani dos Santos, who has joined Real Mallorca for an undisclosed fee.
• Unsurprisingly Manchester City managed to scrounge together a few million from under the sofa before the transfer window closed and have opted to spend some of it on Inter Milan full back Maicon. The 31-year-old has been with the Italian club since 2006 and played under Roberto Mancini until he left the San Siro in 2008. The price has not been divulged but is believed to be around £5m.
• Also arriving at the Etihad this summer is Scott Sinclair of Swansea in a deal worth as much as £8m. A surprise addition to the squad is veteran goalkeeper Richard Wright, once of Arsenal and Everton, who signed up as third choice keeper at the club. Defender Matija Nastasic is also expected to sign on before the window closes.
• But the now-obligatory big money deadline day deal looks as though it will be for Spanish midfielder Javi Garcia, who is said to be joining City for £24m from Benfica, according to the Daily Mail. He is being bought in as cover for the now departed Nigel de Jong who has signed for AC Milan.
• Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov has finally brought his days of misery at Manchester United to an end and rejoined his old Spurs manager Martin Jol at Fulham, for an undisclosed fee. He has joined on a two-and-a-half year deal from United and appeared pleased to be back in London, telling the world: "As soon as I was aware of Fulham's interest my decision to join was an easy one to make. I'm impressed with the set up here and the people have made me feel welcome. There is a close and personal feel around the Club and I can’t wait to get started."
• There has been little news about Arsenal's move for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien since it was first mooted early this morning. However, Arsene Wenger has not denied that he made an inquiry for the player.
• Could Berbatov be the replacement for wantaway Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, who has been linked with Liverpool all summer? This morning it emerged that Aston Villa had entered the race to sign him and the Daily Mail reported that the two clubs had agreed a £7m fee for the 29-year-old forward. However, Dempsey has turned down the chance to move to Villa Park and is still holding out for Liverpool. Will they come in for him?
• His older brother may be making a big impact in the Premier League, but Chelsea have decided to loan out Thorgan Hazard for the season. The youngster, who was signed by the Blues from Lens in France this summer, will head back to his homeland of Belgium to get first team experience. He has signed with Zulte Waregem, reports Sky Sports.
• Suggestions that Sunderland are trying to muscle in on the Dempsey deal have been bolstered by the news that Fulham have signed Black Cats winger Kieran Richardson, who has joined the Cottager for an undisclosed fee. ·