Transfers are like dominoes. When a player is sold, someone usually needs to be signed to replace them, otherwise you end up playing Jonjo Shelvey up-front. This usually creates a string of transfer deals between several clubs for players of similar abilities (making the whole thing seem rather pointless, really) and, if the papers are to be believed, the generous wheel of Manchester City’s transfer bargaining will begin to turn with a move from Bayern Munich for Dortmund’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (Sunday People).
This, in turn could lead Dortmund to turn to Manchester City’s inexplicably unloved Edin Dzeko (Sunday Mirror), from which will follow a move from City for Aston Villa’s Chritian Benteke (Sunday People).
Benteke will reportedly cost the thick end of £20 million and quite why Man City would want to get rid of their only aerial threat and replace him with a slightly less-good one is beyond us, but as Benteke looks to be single-handedly keeping Villa’s heads above water this season, and it is that sort of spirit that will prove attractive to the club should they want to perhaps win a couple of matches in next season’s Champions League.
David Moyes, the man who famously qualified for the Champions League with a central midfield partnership of Lee Carsley and Leon Osman, is finally being linked with top clubs after 11 years performing minor miracles at Everton.
The Sunday Mirror reports: “The Toffees boss Moyes has yet to commit himself to Goodison Park past the end of the season and is now on Chelsea’s shortlist of new managers.”
Moyes, who in the summer of 2011 was memorably given a transfer budget of £0, has also been mooted by the Mirror as a replacement for the increasingly desperate-looking Roberto Mancini, but not the increasingly relaxed-looking Sir Alex.
“But the Scot may be tempted to see if the City job becomes available before making any decisions about his future. Manchester United have ruled out a move for him as he has virtually no Champions League experience.”
Victor Moses – remember him? He’s been on Africa Cup of Nations duty for Nigeria, silly, and he’s been tearing it up for the Super Eagles.
The Chelsea attacker’s man-of-the-match performance in the Cup of Nations final helped Nigeria defeat Burkina Faso in the final.
Despite the winger being written-off by many at the start of this season as a bit-part in a Chelsea squad that had gone playmaker-crazy, he’s been keeping the likes of Marko Marin and Florent Malouda out of the Chelsea first team.
Is Leeds United up for sale again?
The club’s recent takeover may not have yielded the cavalcade of transfers that many fans probably expected, but one consortium has had a bid turned down to take a majority share in the club, just two weeks after it had been sold.
GFH Capital last night revealed that it had received a bid for a majority stake in Leeds United amid growing speculation that the club is up for sale again.
The Dubai-based firm, which bought Leeds less than eight weeks ago, confirmed that several offers of investment have been tabled since its takeover in response to claims that a Yorkshire-based consortium are looking to acquire a controlling interest in United.
GFH Capital is offering shares in the Elland Road club in return for a substantial cash injection and a group of local businessman are understood to be vying for a 51 per cent stake.