By Alex McMahon
Transfers continue to flow in one of the busiest windows ever
With less than two weeks until the beginning of the new Premier League season, England’s biggest clubs have been active in the transfer market. In last week’s edition, we discussed Chelsea’s bid for Everton central defender John Stones and took a look at Angel di Maria’s proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain. This week, we evaluate the latest incoming at Old Trafford as well as another ex-Barcelona player that has moved to Stoke City. With over a month until the transfer window slams shut, supporters should expect plenty of deals in the coming weeks and we will keep you updated on all the biggest rumours and transfers in the sport.
Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero has signed for Manchester United
The 28-year-old, who has played 62 times for his country, joined the English giants on a free transfer from Sampdoria earlier this week. Romero is a competent goalkeeper and will be more than happy to replace David de Gea – should the Spanish shot stopper make the move to Real Madrid – or play second fiddle for a season in place of Victor Valdes, who could well be looking for a transfer of his own. The Argentina goalkeeper impressed Louis van Gaal at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, saving two penalties against the Netherlands en route to the final of the competition, and is an excellent addition to United’s squad.
Despite interest from Chicago Fire, Didier Drogba has agreed to join Montreal Impact
The Chelsea legend, who scored the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final, will transfer to MLS side Montreal Impact. The striker joins fellow Premier League stars Steven Gerrard – who scored on his MLS debut just a fortnight ago – and Frank Lampard, who is yet to play his first game for New York City FC. Chicago Fire were favourites to sign Drogba but the 37-year-old opted to move to Canada and could play a crucial role in the latter part of the MLS season. Drogba’s new side travel to Lampard’s NYCFC on Saturday and are currently priced at 5/2 to pick up all three points in their clash.
Stoke City have signed Ibrahim Afellay on a free transfer
The ex-Barcelona winger has joined the Potters on a free transfer after Barcelona decided to part ways with the 29-year-old. Afellay is a Champions League winner and Mark Hughes’s side now obtain four winners of Europe’s elite club competition – more than both Arsenal and Liverpool. The Dutchman will bring pace and energy to the midfield and could contribute with a few goals for Stoke throughout the campaign. The Potters are the ‘perfect model’ for newly promoted clubs to follow and Afellay is the latest signing as they continue to rebuild and develop a new style of football at the Britannia Stadium.
Sampdoria want Mario Balotelli but believe Liverpool’s asking price is too high
The Italy international has fallen out of favour at Anfield and is looking for a route out of the club this summer. Sampdoria, who finished 7th in Serie A last season, are reportedly interested in the striker but are not willing to meet Liverpool’s estimated value for the 24-year-old. The Reds have revealed that Balotelli is free to leave the club in the coming months but it appears that Liverpool shall remain firm on their asking price. Due to Sampdoria’s high interest in Balotelli, there is a good chance that the Italian side will pay the money for the forward as they seek to compete for a place in Italy’s top six this campaign.
Will Drogba be a success in the MLS? Will Liverpool accept a lower bid for Mario Balotelli? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!