January 16th, Transfer Talk.Posted: January 16, 2011
Today saw the first derby in a while that Yakubu hasn’t been an Everton player. He said goodbye to the Merseyside outfit and hello to life in the Championship with Leicester City, also scoring on his debut for them yesterday in a 1-1 draw away to Preston North End.
Another player Everton fans (probably) won’t see lining up for their team again is Steven Pienaar. The eccentric winger wasn’t even included in the squad today as his move to either Chelsea or Tottenham looks inevitable at this stage. A bid of 3 million pounds has been accepted from Chelsea anyways, but it still isn’t sure where he’s heading. There have been rumors about him wanting away before and it looks like they’re being put into affect now.
Pienaar would definitely be a better signing for Chelsea than Tottenham. Chelsea are in free-fall and don’t have great strength in depth in their squad. Tottenham already have two fantastic wingers who deserve their place in the starting eleven.
Edin Dzecko is the latest huge name to move to the blue side of Manchester as the Eastlands side look at (again) re-bolster for a title challenge. The Bosnian was previously linked to many Italian giants, Juventus mainly, as well as Inter and AC Milan.
As is old news now, David Beckham has gone on loan to Tottenham Hotspurs. Spurs also admitted their interest in Everton skipper Phil Neville.
Liverpool’s Jovanovic looks like he’s now going to Trabzonspor, after an ineffective few months on Merseyside.
Antonio Cassano is now an AC Milan player. The Italian superstar is in the peak form of his life, or was, before having a fight with the Sampdoria owner and not being allowed play for a few months. But he has brought his new game to Milan and has already chipped in with three assists in a total of forty-five minutes of football.
Cassano is a replacement for Ronaldinho, who has returned to Brazil to play for Flamengo.
Roma talisman Francesco Totti has admitted to being “sad” at the club he has played for since 1992. This has opened the possibility for him to move for who would be only the second club of his professional career, although there haven’t been any sides linked with him.
Fiorentina have agreed a sum of €4 Million for West Ham’s Valon Behrami.
Luis Fabiano’s agent has said the Brazilian “is available for €12m, with Juventus and Inter both interested.” Fabiano was heavily linked with a move to AC Milan the past two summers although this move looks dead in the water now.
All Inter needed was a new manager. Their squad is strong enough to compete. Since the appointment of Leonardo they’ve won all four games they’ve contested in, and they’ll improve in the second half of the season.
Atletico Madrid have been big movers in the transfer market for Spain. They’ve acquired former city rivals Real Madrid winger Juanfran from Osasuna. The rojiblanco have also let go of Simão, who moved to Besiktas of Turkey.
There’s been rumors of Ruud van Nistelrooy returning to Real Madrid. Manager Mourinho believes that Los Blancos need an out and out front man. Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has also been linked with the capital club for a while now.
Barcelona have strengthened their squad even further with the signing of Ibrahim Afellay. The winger moved to Cataluña from PSV Eindhoven.
Shamrock Rovers have been the most active in the close season in the League of Ireland. They’ve signed Gary McCabe, Stephen O’Donnell, Karl Shepard and Ciarán Kilduff already. They’ve also lost Danny Murphy who returned to Cork City.
Former Bohemians player Conor Powell has signed for English club Colchester United. Player of the Year 2009 and 2010 Paul Keegan has signed for Doncaster Rovers. Killian Brennan is having talks with Rochdale, and if that move breaks down, he has also been linked with Sligo Rovers, while Rafael Cretaro seems to be on his way back to the Bit O’ Red.
Dundalk already signed Jason Byrne and Mark Quigley from Bohs, and manager Ian Foster means these signings as a signal of intent to push for European positions next season.
St. Patrick’s Athletic’s American wide man Ryan Guy is set to leave the Inchicore club and return to his homeland. He currently doesn’t have a club yet but will more than likely sign for an MLS side soon.