Football Transfer Window Roundup 8/9/11
Teams are sending money back and forth all throughout the summer as the transfer window remains open, but the early weeks in August are typically a slow period on the football calendar. There hasn’t been too much for fans to get excited about lately, but as always, the rumors will fly as the summer heats up. And of course, with the deadline approaching, there’s always the possibility of deals approaching at the last hour.
Perhaps one of the bigger moves of the past few days has been Chelsea engineering the signing of Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku. The Blues have paid a reported £20 million for the player, who they view as the eventual successor to Didier Drogba. The 18-year-old doesn’t have a ton of experience and is coming from a smaller club, so it will take some time for him to adjust to the Premier League. That said, his talent is undeniable, so Chelsea may have gotten a steal here.
Another young player on Chelsea’s radar is Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic. The 22-year-old Serbian has turned heads with his rock-solid displays for Dortmund’s back line, along with his aerial prowess. At this point, the club have simply registered their interest, but they’ll have to fend off Liverpool if they want the signature. It’s also possible that Subotic sticks with a strong Dortmund side that has already begun its Bundesliga campaign.
Staying with Chelsea for a moment, the Blues reportedly still want Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric – quite badly in fact. The team has had two bids rejected thus far, of £22 million and £27 million – yet the club appears to be ready to make a third offer of an undisclosed amount. Some believe that the Spurs will reject that too, as they’ve repeatedly said Modric is not for sale.
That said, Tottenham apparently has a backup plan in place if Modric does end up leaving. The team is said to be very interested in midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who plays for Lyon in France. Again, Lyon says Pjanic is not for sale, but we all know how quickly that changes when one team offers to send money.
The two big names of the summer transfer window continue to remain in a holding pattern. The only update on the recent “Cesc Fabregas to Barca” saga is that Fabregas is reportedly willing to give up nearly £4 million in bonuses in order to play for the Spanish squad. Whether that speeds up the glacial pace at which this seemingly-inevitable transfer is moving remains to be seen.
In other news, Wesley Sneijder is almost assuredly going to Manchester – it’s just a matter of whether he’ll play for City or United. Both teams have been heavily linked with the Inter star, and recent comments by the player suggest that Inter is listening intently to all offers, despite previous reports that the deal was dead.
In smaller transfer news, Michael Bradley, the son of the recently-fired U.S. National Team coach Bob Bradley, has been linked with a move to Italian Serie A side Bologna. Bradley was loaned to Aston Villa last season but failed to catch on with the first team, and now it appears as if Borussia Monchengladbach are looking to end their relationship with the American national midfielder. Bologna is reportedly willing to send €5 million via international wire transfer for the player.
Finally, Arsenal has yet to make a big signing in the transfer window, but that could end soon if a deal for Germany international Per Mertesacker goes through. The Werder Bremen player says that his club has told him they are considering offers from all teams, with Arsenal reportedly out in front.