Carlos Carmona or Tiago to replace Yaya Toure? Continuing AC Milan rumours about Ibra? Our ongoing series of reports following stories and outright rumours in the transfer market is back, in a Monday-sized brief edition this week. As always, please keep in mind that some of these reports are more grounded in reality than others. Tell us which of these rumors seems most [or least] likely to you in the comments.
According to the Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is checking out Chilean International Carlos Carmona (23), who currently plays for Serie B side Reggina in Italy. As Barcelona recently sold Ivory Coast International Yaya Toure (27) to Manchester City, they need to strenghten the defensive midfielder position. Barcelona already want Cesc Fabregas, curently on duty with eight other blaugrana players with the Spain National Team, but his qualities are more of an offensive art than defensive. Javier Mascherano (26) has also been previously linked with Barcelona, but he seems more interested in joining his former coach Rafael Benitez in Inter Milan. As a result, Barcelona have begun checking out Carlos Carmona, who has played his two last seasons for Reggina. Carmona can, according to the Italian sports website tuttomercatoweb.com, switch clubs for between 2 and 4 million Euros.
They also claim that Valencia recently rejected Barcelona’s offer for their left winger Mata (22).
Barcelona is also said to be interested in Juventus midfielder Tiago (29), who played 5 months on loan for Atletico Madrid before the World Cup. The Portuguese International is worth 6 million Euros, but Juventus could lower the price slightly to 5 million or 5.5 million Euros.
Inter Milan’s chairman, Massimo Moratti, was interviewed by the Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, where he had much to say about his former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic:
“I am satisfied with last year’s swap with Barcelona. We signed a very talented hardworker like Samuel Eto’o in exchange for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The deal ceratinly worked for Inter as Eto’o had a great season and contributed to our wonderful treble while “Ibra” did not do too well, especially in the Champions League. However, I am not criticizing him – I still remember how decisive Ibrahimovic was for Inter in the past. We won three Serie A titles when he was at Inter. …. I read that Ibrahimovic will most probably leave Barcelona soon. I wish him the best for his next challenge elsewhere. I heard that our city rivals of AC Milan are interested in him, so I really hope they do not sign him. In fact, they would become more competitive with Ibrahimovic. Plus, I invested a lot when I agreed to let him move to Barcelona last summer and if he will become an AC Milan player my investment could turn against Inter. It would be as if I allowed it to happen and that is not good business.”