As the attention of the world focuses on the FIFA World Cup that is set to begin in the next couple of hours, the transfer market is also experiencing its fare share of unorthodox yet exciting transfer rumours and deals that are expected to make the league very competitive in the new season.
After signing a two-year deal with Italian champions Inter Milan, Rafa Benitez has already stated that Liverpool players Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt are primary for the Nerazzurri.
According to Benitez, a 33 million Pound bid will be enough to land both players at the San Siro and if that is not enough, the Spaniard is set to bid another 35 million Pounds for Manchester City’s Argentinean striker Carlos Tevez.
In my opinion, Tevez’s deal is the one more likely to go through. After losing out on a Champions League spot to Tottenham Hotspurs, Tevez is keen on joining a club that can guarantee him European action.
Inter’s arch rivals AC Milan are also in the market shopping for players who can end the trophy drought that they have experienced these last 3 years. Milan’s main target is Luis Fabiano. The 29 year old had been linked with the Rossoneri last summer after dazzling the world with his goal scoring abilities during the Confederation Cup but the Diavolo were not ready to pay the 30 million Euro price tag placed on his head.
Although Fabiano has said that he would love to play with fellow compatriots, Pato and Ronaldinho in Milan, Sevilla President Jose Maria Del Nido ahs rejected the Rossoneri’s latest offer.
Milan are said to have offered Sevilla an unknown amount of cash plus Dutch striker Huntelaar in return for Fabiano but Sevilla has said that anything short of a 20 million Euro bid will not be accepted.With the club still yet to name a replacement for sacked coach Leonardo, the club is set to be very active in the next two months.
AS Roma on the other hand unveiled their first signing Adriano on Wednesday and if the number of fans who turned up for the ceremony was anything to go by, then the Brazilian can be assured of tremendous support from the capital club.
In Turin, things are not too rosy for Juventus. Juve players Del Piero, Trezeguet, Melo and Diego have all been linked with a move away from the club after the Bianconeri produced one of their worst league performances in recent years to finish the season in 7th place and out of a Champions League spot.
It remains to be seen if all these rumours will amount to anything, however, one thing is for sure, this transfer window will witness some of the most expensive spending in Italian history.
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