Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is seemingly very close to signing Joe Cole on a free transfer. Having left Chelsea after finding that the club were unwilling to offer him the type of contract that he wanted Joe Cole has been linked with Manchester United, Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Juventus, Internazionale and AC Milan. As a free signing Joe Cole would fit perfectly within Liverpool’s budget restraints and offer able support in the creative department now that Yossi Benayoun has left.
Real Madrid are apparently working on the finer details of Sami Khedira’s switch to the Bernabeu. Sami Khedira’s current club Stuttgart are holding out for a couple more million euros but it appears the midfielder has made it clear he wants to join Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and so it has become a case of when, and not if, he joins the whites. The fee is rumoured to be around 15 million euros. Jose Mourinho has confirmed his interest and fondness for the player, emphasising the need for his team to have a box-to-box midfielder of Khedira’s ilk.
Wolfsburg appear to have been successful in their attempts to hold off Manchester City in their pursuit of the clubs star striker Edin Dzeko. New Wolfsburg manager Steve McClaren has made it clear since he was appointed manager that he did not want to sell the striker and the club would only contemplate a deal if a ridiculous offer arrived. Manchester City were unwilling to go beyond a set price and it appears the club is now set to look for another striker somewhere else.
Juventus have yet to begun their customary summer transfer spree but they are being linked with a plethora of players in the Italian press. Rumours are circulating that the gigantic club from Turin are close to signing Mesut Ozil, Diego Forlan and Yoann Gourcuff. Of course not all of these rumours can be true but it is quite apparent that the club are not satisfied with the impact last summers major signings Felipe Melo and Diego had at the club. The two Brazilians, especially Diego, arrived at the club with huge reputations but ended up consistently failing to live up to the hype created.
Tottenham are still being linked with Luis Fabiano of Sevilla and Brazil fame. The pacy attacker scored and performed well for Brazil at the 2010 World Cup but did not quite manage to live up to the standards set by former Brazilian attackers like Ronaldo, Bebeto, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Romario. Fabiano has a consistent goal scoring record for Sevilla in La Liga and it is said his current club will command a fee approaching 15 million euros for his signing. The likelihood of Tottenham pursuing the deal will probably depend on how they fare in their Champions League qualifier and whether the rumoured Aston Villa interest in their current striker Robbie Keane materialises.