Sundays mean one thing: Sunday papers. Sunday papers mean one thing: transfer gossip – lots of it.
The Rumour Mill
Both the Sunday People (which is linked with the Mirror) and yesterday’s Mail Online claim that Frank Lampard is to reopen talks with Chelsea over a new contract, just a day after becoming the second-highest ever goalscorer for the Blues.
The People also reports that Manchester City have placed a bumper £45m bid for Edison Cavani from Napoli – leaving Mario Balotelli‘s future at the club in the balance. AC Milan are said to be interested in the Manchester City troublemaker, but will not make a move until the summer.
The Sunday Mirror says that Arsene Wenger is interested in a number of players – most notably Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, who the Gunners value at £8m.
Luka Modric could be on his way back to the Premier League, also according to the Mirror. The former Tottenham midfielder has failed to break into the Real Madrid team since his move in the summer.
QPR are relying on the law of averages to get a bit of experienced firepower in their squad, according to the Metro. The club have apparently opened talks with no less than six players: Nicolas Anelka, former Chelsea striker; Loic Remy, of Marseille (and with Newcastle also interested in him); Tim Cahill, who moved from Everton to New York Red Bulls in the summer; Robbie Keane, of LA Galaxy; Yannes M’Vila, who has also attracted attention from Arsenal; and Mohammed Diame, from London rivals West Ham. The paper understands that he expects Cahill and Keane to come on loan during the MLS off-season.
Liverpool have hit a snag in negotiations with Blackpool over midfielder Tom Ince, according to the Mail on Sunday. The two clubs cannot agree a fee, with Brendan Rogers’ side’s offering of £4m being quite a way below Blackpool’s £6m asking price.
The paper also believes that Tottenham Hotspur will make a £10m move for Wilfried Zaha. It is understood that Spurs are willing to loan the talented winger back to Crystal Palace until the end of the season.
The Star on Sunday believes that Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor‘s future is in doubt. The club will listen to offers.
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This article was first posted on January 6, 2013