Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Latest football news, transfer rumours, done deals and updates:

Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post - a transfer news update. There have been a lot of rumours flying around in the past week or so, and some done deals have been confirmed across Europe. 

So without further ado, let me begin:

NEWS UPDATE: English defender Rio Ferdinand, who was formerly of Manchester United for the past 12 years publicly stated to the media yesterday that if he had not come back to a team in London, he would have retired from club football.

He also said that he was happy to stay at United, but new manager Louis van Gaal did not have him in his immediate plans for the season, meaning he had to be replaced.  

ALMOST COMPLETE: Liga BBVA champions Atletico Madrid have confirmed that they are set to sign Real Sociedad and France winger Antoine Griezmann for a reported fee of £18million pounds, pending a medical set to take place in the comng days.

NOT FOR SALE: Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed that his key striker Wilfried Bony is not for sale, and only an "astronomical bid" could prise him away from The Swans.
Key: Bony has been confirmed as a player not for sale - from manager Garry Monk.
Surprise: Michu joined Napoli on a loan deal last week, no more departures for The Swans?
ENCOURAGING WORDS: Daniel Sturridge has said that he can fill the gap left by the sale of fellow striker Luis Suárez, who has joined Barcelona pending FIFA's approval after his four-month ban finishes.

SAS: They combined perfectly to make one of the most deadliest strike partnerships ever.
Big blow: The Reds will miss their talisman, but they still have Sturridge!
Lead the line: Sturridge has said he can help replace Suárez, who is set to join Barcelona.
INJURY NEWS: Manchester United full-back Rafael is struggling with a groin injury, and has left the club's USA tour for further treatment on the problem which was suffered last Friday during a training session. 

FRESH RUMOUR: Aston Villa are poised to make an enquiry to complete a loan deal for Chelsea winger Victor Moses, who has rarely featured for The Blues since his £9million pound move back in 2012. 

Another loan? Moses was at Liverpool last season, but only scored 2 goals in 22 appearances

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS: West Ham, Southampton, Swansea and Hull are among some Premier League clubs interested in Arsenal's right-back Carl Jenkinson.
The 22-year-old has been a bit-part player for The Gunners in the 2013-14 campaign, and due to Chambers' arrival it seems that he will be third choice full-back if he decides to stay.

Hull have made a £3million pound offer for him, West Ham and Southampton both want him on loan deals but his future is uncertain. 

DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed a deal to re-sign former legendary striker Didier Drogba, on an initial one-year contract deal. It is thought that Didier could become a Chelsea coach after his second spell finishes.    

RUMOUR: Manchester United defensive midfielder Marouane Fellaini is reportedly unsettled by talk of a move, and his agent is set to speak with Italian club Napoli in the coming days of a potential move to the Serie A. 

That would be a surprising deal, seeing as Fellaini joined United back on deadline day of last season and has struggled despite being played out of position.   

Remember this? Fellaini joined on deadline day, with David Moyes in charge
NEWS REPORT: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has officially confirmed that teenage left-back Luke Shaw has returned from World Cup duty with England un-fit, and he has been given a special fitness training programme to get him to peak levels before the start of the season in a fortnight.
Luke is currently on the club's USA tour.

RUMOUR: Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has a busy few weeks ahead of him. According to reports Barcelona are ready to make a bid for the Belgian centre-back, but he has publicly said that he is happy to stay where he is at Spurs. 

FRESH RUMOUR: Tottenham have reportedly confirmed their interest in Southampton duo midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and forward Jay Rodriguez, and are set to sign both players. 

Spurs' new manager Mauricio Pochettino worked well with both men in the past when he was Southampton manager, who knows? 

DONE DEAL: Arsenal announced the signing of Southampton teenage full-back Calum Chambers for a reported transfer fee of £12million pounds, which is set to rise to around £16million in the future based on performance and appearances for the club. 

It's a good signing for The Gunners, and Chambers has the potential to be a long-term investment, at the club for many years to come.

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