Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger is reportedly plotting a shock bid for Chelsea front man Fernando Torres. This is easily the most outlandish Arsenal transfer rumor so far this summer, but the unlikely sounding move actually makes a lot of sense.
Sportsdirectnews.com reports that Wenger will attempt to beat La Liga giants Barcelona to snare Torres. This comes after earlier reports from The Daily Mirror, suggesting Barca want to seal a £17 million deal for Torres and use him as an impact substitute.
The Sportsdirectnews.com report quotes an unnamed source within the Gunners, who apparently states Wenger's admiration for Torres. It is true that Wenger has been a fan of Torres since the striker plied his trade for Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is targeting younger and cheaper alternatives to Everton's £23 million-rated midfield destroyer Marouane Fellaini. The Gunners chief is instead rumored to be working on deals for youngsters Gilbert Imbula and Bernard Malanda-Adje.
This rumor seems typical of Wenger. Rather than pay the hefty price tag attached to one player, the Frenchman is trying to acquire multiple players for similar value.
That policy may enrage some Arsenal fans, but it is fiscally prudent. Reports in The Daily Mirror suggest Wenger is put off by the £23 million demanded for Fellaini.
While that is reasonable, Wenger knows his current Arsenal squad still needs greater power in the middle. Another report from The Mirror indicates that Guingamp prodigy Imbula is Wenger's target and he is working on an £8 million deal.
Reports have emerged from Portugal in the last 24 hours that suggest a deal has been agreed between Manchester United and Benfica for the Argentina international defender, Ezequiel Garay, in a deal which could be as high as £17m.
Garay was originally one of Sir Alex Ferguson`s targets last years, but the deal never really got off the ground, however, despite being on holiday, David Moyes has asked United`s deal-makers to finalise the terms for the defender to finally arrive at Old Trafford. Whilst the transfer window does not officially open until 1st July, most clubs will have their deals in place, just having to complete the formalities after that official date.
The Argentine defender is currently away on international duty, with a blockbuster clash against Colombia on Friday night. Negotiations have been going on in the background for months, but have been complicated by the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and the third party ownership of the player, something which is prevalent in South America; this inevitably delays deals.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella may experiment with his side against Guatemala after a tough week of FIFA World Cup qualifying.
Sabella has seen his team complete a scoreless draw against Colombia and a 1-1 stalemate versus Ecuador in the past week and could consider Friday's friendly international with Guatemala as the perfect opportunity to test new combinations.
It may be time for Sabella to try some of the more inexperienced members of his squad before Argentina, who sit top of South America's World Cup qualifying standings, take on Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay in September and October.
Argentina have not won in three matches, having claimed three successive draws in CONMEBOL's World Cup qualifying group, and have generally struggled in front of goal in their past two games.
With Lionel Messi having come off the bench against both Colombia and Ecuador, Argentina struggled to produce shots on target against the other two members of the top three in CONMEBOL.
Only till a few days back, Robert Lewandowski was primed to join European champions Bayern Munich over the current summer transfer window.
However, with Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc stating that the Poland international won't be allowed to move to the club's arch-rivals, English champions Manchester United have re-emerged as the favorites to secure the services of Lewandowski.
Wayne Rooney is expected to leave Old Trafford in the transfer season and bookies expect David Moyes to replace the England international with Dortmund's in-form striker.
Bayern Munich were 'consistently regarded as the favorites' to sign Lewandowski, but with Dortmund adamant not to sell their prized asset to their domestic nemesis, United are now the frontrunners (2/1), ahead of Chelsea (8/1) and Arsenal (10/1).
The Red Devils are ready to increase Lewandowski's salary from £2million a year to nearly £4.7million a year if he joins them.
Furthermore, United have now been told they can have the Polish star if they offer £25.5m.