By Alex McMahon
With a month until the Premier League begins, transfers are starting to flow
Transfer season is well underway and plenty of Europe’s top clubs are getting their business done as early as possible before the upcoming campaign. In last week’s edition, we discussed Nani’s move to Turkish side Fenerbahce and the rumour that Xherdan Shaqiri was to join Stoke City this summer. This week, we take a look at the biggest rumours and deals taking place across the continent, including yet another player linked with a move to Anfield this summer.
Manchester United are set to announce the signing of Torino full-back Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian will become Manchester United’s second signing of the summer after the club agreed a fee with Torino for the full-back. The 24-year-old, who played for Italy in the 2014 World Cup, is rated highly by many respected journalists and the 13-time Premier League champions are set to secure his services for an estimated fee of £14 million. Manchester United fans have welcomed the move after Louis van Gaal was forced to select winger Antonio Valencia in the right-back role for the majority of last season.
Toby Alderweireld has officially joined Tottenham Hotspur from Atletico Madrid
The Belgian will join fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen at White Hart Lane after Spurs pinched the defender from Southampton. According to reports, Saints will press charges after Tottenham hijacked their deal for the 26-year-old but many are suggesting that Ronald Koeman’s side missed the deadline to sign Alderweireld on a permanent basis. The Belgian’s versatility will come in handy for Spurs this year and he can play anywhere along the back four. In Alderweireld, Tottenham are getting an exceptionally competent defender who will help bring some stability to an unreliable defensive unit.
Liverpool have been informed that Christian Benteke is available for £32.5 million this summer
The Aston Villa striker was sensational throughout the second half of last season and has attracted attention from Europe’s elite clubs. Liverpool have been active in the transfer market already this summer but have been linked with a move for the Belgian as they attempt to push for a top four finish this term. The 24-year-old netted 11 goals in a ten-match spell towards the end of the campaign and there’s no doubt that he would be a top player at Anfield. The Reds may opt to look elsewhere due to Benteke’s expensive release clause but will certainly consider a move for the Belgian in the coming months.
Yohan Cabaye could team up with former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace
The France international has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Paris Saint-Germain line-up and, with the European Championships taking place next summer, Cabaye may be looking for a place to showcase his skills on a weekly basis. The two worked together at Newcastle United before the Frenchman moved to his native land and it is reported that the Eagles are set to pay a club record fee of £13 million for the 29-year-old. The midfielder would be an exceptional coup for Palace as they look to improve on last season’s 10th placed finish.
Manchester City have warned Roma that they will have to pay £20 million for Edin Dzeko
Manuel Pellegrini’s side will consider selling Edin Dzeko this summer but only if a club is willing to splash out £20 million on the striker. It looks likely that Raheem Sterling will make the transfer to the Etihad Stadium in the coming weeks and the Bosnian may be looking for a move elsewhere in order to secure regular first-team football. The 29-year-old remains a potent threat in attack but with the likes of Aguero, Bony and Sterling in the squad, Dzeko would arguably be City’s fourth choice attacker.
Will Benteke become Liverpool’s eighth signing of this transfer window? Can Tottenham challenge for a top four spot with a Belgium duo of Alderweireld and Vertonghen in defence? Let us know your thoughts below!