By Alex McMahon
There is less than three weeks until the transfer window slams shut
As the autumn edges ever closer, so does the closing of the transfer window. Some clubs have already completed their transfer business already while others have work to do if they are to enjoy a positive campaign. In last week’s edition, we discussed Rafael da Silva’s move to Lyon and evaluated Gonzalo Higuain’s possible transfer away from Napoli. In this latest blog, we consider Arsenal’s search for a world class striker and take a look at Nicolas Otamendi’s future. For the complete collection of transfer articles throughout the summer window, click here.
Arsenal are interested in a move for Benzema but refuse to overpay for the striker
The Real Madrid forward remains Arsene Wenger’s number one target in the transfer window but the Gunners boss is adamant that they will not overpay for the Frenchman. Benzema is one of Europe’s deadliest attackers and the 27-year-old ticks all the right boxes to succeed in the Premier League. However, Arsenal are not willing to meet Real’s valuation of the striker and Los Blancos are keen for Benzema to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu. There is potential for a deal to be done, but Arsenal cannot afford to be patient and must pay Real what they want if they are to get their man.
Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi has been linked with a transfer to both Manchester clubs
The Argentina centre-back is one of the best defenders on the planet and, for a long time, looked destined to sign for Manchester United this summer. However, Valencia announced that they are yet to receive a formal offer for the 27-year-old and reports have suggested that United’s biggest rivals are ready to compete for his signature. While the 13-time Premier League champions are no slouches in the transfer market, Manchester City’s owners could give Manuel Pellegrini a blank cheque if they are serious about pursuing Otamendi. At this moment in time, it’s difficult to suggest where Otamendi will be playing his club football next season.
Chelsea are on the verge of signing Augsburg left-back Abdul Baba Rahman
Jose Mourinho’s side are extremely short of defensive players and the Ghana international will be a welcome addition at Stamford Bridge. Baba Rahman has impressed during his early career and, according to reports, both Manchester City and Arsenal enquired about the full-back in 2012. However, the current Premier League champions are set to sign the left-back for an estimated fee of around £25 million. Although this may seem a lot for a 21-year-old, Baba Rahman has the potential to slot in as Chelsea’s starting left-back for at least the next 10 years.
Manchester City have made a bid of £45 million for Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne
The 2013-14 Premier League champions have been linked with a move for Kevin de Bruyne since June and it now looks likely that City will get their man, although they may have to fork out a little more than their opening offer of £45 million for the Belgian star. De Bruyne won the Bundesliga Player of the Year last season and attracted attention from Europe’s elite clubs but Manuel Pellegrini’s side are on the verge of making their second big money move of the summer. The 24-year-old failed to make the cut at Chelsea but has matured since leaving Stamford Bridge last January. Barring a major U-turn, it won’t be too long before De Bruyne makes his Premier League return but in a Manchester City shirt.
Spurs are looking to sign both Saido Berahino and Javier Hernandez in the coming weeks
With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor on their way out of the club, Tottenham Hotspur are aiming to secure the services of West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez before the transfer window shuts. At the moment, Harry Kane is Tottenham’s only real threat up front and Mauricio Pochettino will be desperate to bring in at least one of these stars in the next few weeks. Most Spurs fans would opt for Berahino over Hernandez purely based on last season’s form and the fact that the West Brom star is five years younger than the Mexican striker.
Do you think that Tottenham will sign two strikers before the transfer window closes? Will Manchester City be busy on transfer deadline day or will their business be finalised prior to September? Let us know your thoughts!