With Manchester City missing out on the Premier League title this season, expect a boatload of transfer rumors between now and the end of the transfer window with the club being linked with several major players worldwide.
Manchester City to sign Eriksen and Cavani — The Guardian
While there’s no doubt that City need to strengthen their squad, most newspapers will be licking their chops at the prospect of running transfer gossip stories about so-and-so heading to the Etihad.
The most recent rumor is regarding Christian Eriksen and Edinson Cavani being linked with City. But is this fact or fiction?
Christian Eriksen is a 21-year-old attacking midfielder who plies his trade with Ajax. The gifted footballer has been the target of several clubs in the past one to two seasons, and will likely move this summer.
With Manchester City expected to clear house this summer — with midfielders such as Samir Nasri, Scott Sinclair and David Silva at risk for being jettisoned — Eriksen would fit in well with City’s side, and would give them a much-needed edge to try to win back the Premier League title.
Up front for City, the club may decide to clear house with their strikers too — with Carlos Tevez and Edin Dzeko at risk of being sold. That clears room for star striker Edinson Cavani to give City a much-needed spark up front. Unless, of course, Cavani decides to join Paris Saint-Germain as has been rumored this week.
FACT OR FICTION?: Manchester City should be interested in signing both Cavani and Eriksen. Whether they will or not is another matter entirely. Fact.
Other transfer rumors:
FACT OR FICTION?: There’s no doubt that Frank Lampard is interested in other options if his career at Chelsea is coming to an end, and that he likes the United States after touring and holidaying here in the past. At 34 years of age, MLS would be an attractive proposition for Lampard to finish his career. Fact.
FACT OR FICTION?: Arsenal are always rumored to be interested in transfer signings, but when the transfer window opens, their activity is usually pretty limited unless there’s a last minute scramble like we saw during the summer of 2011. While Arsenal and Liverpool both need to strengthen their goalkeeping situation, I don’t see Iker Casillas as a likely signing. Both clubs should hire a younger goalkeeper who can grow with the club. Fiction.
Fulham to pip United to £4m Asmir Begovic — The Guardian
FACT OR FICTION?: With Stoke City having already signed Jack Butland, where he’ll join the Potters this summer, the path is clear for Asmir Begovic to leave Tony Pulis’s side for a bigger club. While Fulham will need cover for the aging Mark Schwarzer, and someone to give David Stockdale competition for the number one jersey, I don’t see Begovic making a sideways step from Stoke to Fulham. The only way for Begovic is up. Whether it’s Manchester United or another club (such as Arsenal), the future looks bright for the 25-year-old Bosnian goalkeeper. Fiction.
Radamel Falcao and Joleon Lescott to Manchester United — The Guardian
FACT OR FICTION?: Who wouldn’t want Radamel Falcao on their team as a star striker? While Manchester United supporters are licking their chops at the prospect of Falcao in their side, I don’t see it happening. They’ll be pipped by a club who are willing to pay silly money — someone like Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid or Barcelona. As for Joleon Lescott joining cross-town rivals, there’s no way that would happen. Lescott’s performances for Manchester City have taken a turn for the worse after moving from Everton. And his defensive lapses are far too prevalent for him to find a place in this United side. Fiction.
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