What would the world be without football transfer rumours. A drab one for the tabloids for certain. Barca manager Pep Guardiola again finds himself being linked to a move to England with multi-millionaire Roman Abromovich convinced that the 41-year-old Catalan is the man for his club, Chelsea. How he intends to pursuade Guardiola to leave his childhood club? By making sure that Guardiola doesn’t have to worry about money come retirement. According to Daily Mail, the Russian businessman will offer Guardiola a contract worth £40 million over four years. With that offer, Guardiola could become the highest-paid manager in football.
As if we don’t have enough of Chelsea already (if Barca and Chelsea overcome Milan and Benfica respectively, it sets a repeat of the 2008-09 Champions League semi-finals), another rumour doing the rounds is that the London side’s defender David Luiz could be coming to FC Barcelona. The Catalan club is ready to offer £35million for the Brazilian, who they think is the heir apparent to the ageing Barca captain Carles Puyol. One curly-haired centre-back makes way for another one? This news, mind you, is another Daily Mail exclusive.
Meanwhile, Cadena Ser has reported that Real Madrid can stop bothering as the Brazil forward Neymar is on his way to Barcelona as the reigning Club World Cup champions have already paid a “£9.3m deposit with the £27.2m outstanding balance due” when the Santos player arrives in the summer of 2014.
You think this is the end of transfer rumours. You’re wrong. Valencia left-back Jordi Alba, who looks likely to make it into Vicente del Bosque’s starting 11 at Euro 2012, is also linked with a move to Barca. Again. With Abidal getting a liver transplant and Adriano being injury prone, Barca priortise signing a left-back this summer and Alba who was let go by Barca as a 15-year-old could be making a return. The 22-year-old player reportedly already has an advanced agreement with the club where he came as a nine-year old. But his agent Vicente Flores was quick to dismiss the rumour and labelled it “ridiculous“, a word that befits the first two transfer stories at least. Guess who also wants Alba? Chelsea, but obviously.
What do you think of all these transfer rumours? Legit or ridiculous. Share your thoughts in the comments.
Source: Daily Mail, The Guardian