EPL Transfer News: Arsenal Interested But Chelsea Favourites To Land Enforcer Etienne Capoue From Toulouse
The French Ligue 1 is becomming well known for producing some of the best prospects around, so it is with no surpsie that both Chelsea and Arsenal are once again scouting the top tier of French football in the shape of Toulouse holding midfielder Etienne Capoue.
The 24-year-old is a French International old fashioned enforcer who is known for his tough tackling, break up play and physical presence. Having featured regularly for the French youth teams, he has recently stepped up to the senior squad making 4 appearances.
Chelsea are chasing Everton's Marouane Fellaini, but it is thought they want more muscle in midfield and could well be about to bring in both players. Fellaini and Capoue are both tall, hard battling players who offer commitement and desire, something the Blues have been missing at times this season and visibly want to add that kind of personnel.
According to the French press, Chelsea are expected to tie up the signing of Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, within 72 hours, meaning that the Belgium International will be a Blues player by early next week.
There has been various reports around the British, French and Belgium media suggesting that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is prepared to fork out the £25 million needed to activate a release clause on Fellaini. The latest report suggests that the deal will be completed sooner rather than later.
Fellaini has been wanted by The European Champions for two seasons now and it was expected that he would be joining the London club at the end of this season, but it seems that Abramovich and his Chelsea officials are desperate to tie up a deal during this months transfer window, that will see Fellaini join a struggling Chelsea side.
Former Chelsea forward Nicolas Anelka could well be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain, after training with the club this week and recieving an individual one-on-one coaching session, according to TransferNewsCentral.com.
The 33-year-old Shanghai Shenhua striker has just finished a season in the Chinese league scoring 3 goals in 24 matches, alongside another former Blue, Didier Drogba. It has been widely reported that Anelka now wants to move away from China, with a potential move to France, or back to the Premier League, with Queens Park Rangers showing interest.
The former French International began his footballing career at Paris Saint-Germain as a youth player between 1996-1997 before joining Arsenal in a big money move the following year. He returned to PSG from between 2000-2002, making over 40 appearences for them during his second stint with the club.
According to reports via AS, Manchester United are undertaking a number of scouting missions tracking Raya Vallecano forward, Leo Baptistao. Ferguson apparently watched the youngster in his sides impressive 3-1 vicory over Getafe.
The 20-year-old youngster has been causing a storm over in Serie A this season, potentially earning him a big money move to one of Eruope's top clubs, including interest from Athletico Madrid, Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool.
Having scored 6 goals in 17 matches this season, he has nailed down his starting role with the club whilst continuing to impress footbal coaches and pundits alike. Having been set back by injuries early in his young career, he has now come out shining and set for a good future ahead.
Manchester United are finally closing in on securing the signing of the young England International Wilfried Zaha, according to The Daily Telegraph. The publication suggests that a £12 million deal will be completed this week.
It was initially thought that Zaha was on his way to Tottenham after United took a bit of a back seat in the deal, but the paper claims that privately, the deal has been secured already between both clubs and will be officially announced soon.
The deal would apparently see an agreement involved, meaning that Zaha will be a United player officially, but he will be loaned back to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season, because the London club want to keep the striker for the remainder of the season for their own promotion push.