It’s the off season in the world of football which can only mean one thing. The summer transfer window is poised to open. It’s a time where budgets are forgotten and big clubs break their banks to acquire the services of the world best footballers and this transfer window is no exception with deals and agreements already being made.
It is now official that Jesus Navas will be in the line-up at the Etihad. The 27 year old spent his whole life at Sevilla and feels that it was time to move on, and with a Champions League spot, the offer was too good to refuse for the aging Spaniard. After stellar seasons at Sevilla and representing Spain in both the Euro Cup and World Cup, Navas shone and European clubs took notice. It seems that the feeling is mutual, with the sky blues happily paying the £15 million asking price.
With players coming in, spots in Man City’s first eleven are becoming harder to find. This pressure to perform is being felt by Carlos Tevez and it seems that a move seems inevitable for the Argentine international. Since the move to the Etihad, his sparkle seems to have disappeared and Man City is becoming less and less patient with the forward. A move from City is the best option for both parties and it seems for Juventus as well. Tevez is poised to join Juventus for a mild £10 million with bonuses also agreed. Many believe that Tevez provides the same skill level as Gonzalo Higuain for half the price.
After the unveiling of Carlo Ancelotti as the new manager as Real Madrid, it seems that Real will do anything to get one over their Spanish rivals Barcelona; this also means to outdo them during the transfer season. It seems that 21 year old Spaniard Isco is the man for the job. The Spanish giants offer was too good to refuse and for the next 5 winters Isco will be wearing White at the Bernabeu for £28 million. Isco is labelled as Europe’s best young talent at the moment. After an unbelievable season for Malaga during both La Liga and the Champions League and also for Spains Under-21’s scoring threegoals in the final championships.
Neymar. It’s the name on everybody’s lips. The football star played his entire career at Santos and it’s time to move on and move forward with his career and Barcelona is the place for him to do that. Neymar had recently gone on record saying that Barcelona was his number one preference, and the feeling was shared for the Catalonian giants. Although the 21 year old Brazilian is said to be as good as Pele, the package to bring him to Catalonia wasn’t cheap, costing Barca approximately €100 million Euros but the actual transfer was valued at €57 million. Now only time will tell to see whether it will all be worth it and to see how he copes with the transition into European football.
Manchester United has had some spectacular signings over the years but that was under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson. With the emperor gone, it’s up to David Moyes to impress the red devil fans across the globe. Moyes has made strengthening his midfield a priority, something that Ferguson never got around to. The number one target for Moyes is Barcelona’s youngster Thiago Alcantara. The 22 year old Spaniard has not been impressed with his appearances for Barcelona and a move seems unavoidable with Manchester United in a prime position to land the youngster. It seems that Manchester are willing to offer the youngster £120,000 per week and an offer of somewhere in the region of £20 million plus personal agreements.
Arsenal is locked in a bidding war for Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine has asked to be sold after a spell at the Bernabeu, and Arsenal and Juventus are front runners to land him. Real president Perez has claimed it will cost the desiring team £25.5 million to obtain the Argentines services. With Juventus signing Tevez it seems that Arsenal are favourites to land the striker.
Liverpool seem to be busy with signings as they look to improve their current spot on the ladder hoping for a top four position in the coming season. They look to their latest signing which has now been confirmed, Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for £6 million to help them achieve that Champions League spot. The 25 year old Spaniard was involved in more than 50 per cent of the La Liga clubs goals, scoring twelve goals himself and hopes to continue that form for Liverpool.