A World in motion
With the World Cup all done and dusted, Tom McDermott looks at a few of the deals that could be completed in the coming weeks.
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Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward says that the club has the funds available to prevent the top players choosing La Liga ahead of the Premier League.
Chilean international Vidal has been linked with United since the transfer window officially opened earlier this month.
Despite conflicting reports in the UK and Italy the Juventus midfielder is still tipped by many to join Louis van Gaal’s revolution at Old Trafford and add some much needed steel to the Red Devils’ engine room.
Vidal is widely regarded as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in world football and his tenacity, ability to score and range of passing could help propel the former Premier League Champions into a Champions League spot at the very least.
The former Colo-Colo man had surgery three weeks before impressing for Chile at the World Cup and if van Gaal can conclude the deal it will send out a message to United’s rivals that they mean business on and off the pitch this campaign.
You just wonder if Brendan Rodgers will turn to Luis Suarez’s international teammate to replace him at Anfield.
The Uruguay international is reportedly unsettled in France with current club PSG and is believed to favour a move to the Premier League. His current deal has four more years to run but a bid of around £40million is expected to do the trick.
Cavani has the ability to play through the middle on his own and also in a wide forward role, something which will appeal to the Liverpool manager. All the talk around Anfield is that Rodgers will spend the Suarez money on a least one “star” name, so why not Cavani?
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelafi dismissed speculation about Cavani’s future in January but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the main man at the Parc des Princes these days and the prospect of spearheading Liverpool’s pursuit of domestic and European honours could well appeal to the striker.
This one could go all the way to deadline day and he might not leave for Liverpool. Cavani IS open to a move away this summer though so don’t be surprised if he arrives at another title chasing side.
Many of the papers this week claim that Jose Mourinho is ready to make a move for former striker Didier Drogba.
Even though Lukaku qualifies as a home grown player this season, the arrival of Drogba would cast serious doubt over the Belgians future at the club.
Lukaku has previously had two successful loan periods at West Brom and one more recently at Everton.
A member of the Belgium World Cup squad, the giant striker would be more than capable of performing for a side who are competing in the Champions League.
Can then Roberto Martinez persuade him to help Everton challenge again or does he have his sights set higher?
Mourinho’s decision to sell Juan Mata last season shows that he is not frightened to offload big names if he thinks it benefits the team.
Because of this, it’s probably time Lukaku’s representatives looked for a permanent deal rather than a third loan move and what better way to boost your squad than having a powerful marksman leading your line who can only improve in the coming years.
There will be a number of teams around Europe who would be interested in him so you’ll have to be quick Roberto if you want to tie this one up…
Toure’s agent, Dimitri Seluk, shocked the blue half of Manchester days after they claimed their second Premier League title when he said that Toure would consider a move away from the Etihad this summer.
It’s taken Toure a while to dismiss the rumours but did describe them earlier this week as “disappointing”. So what do we make of the Seluk’s remarks?
No doubt that at 31 years of age Toure probably has one more big deal to consider. Unfortunately for him he is tied to the club until 2017 and you only have to look across Manchester at United to understand how hard it is to find a midfielder of such calibre.
Manuel Pellegrini is well aware of Toure’s importance to his side and he also knows that despite the money they would receive, Toure is almost impossible to replace.
If Toure did leave keep an eye on Ross Barkley’s future at Everton. The England international is interesting both Manchester clubs but as it stands expect Yaya to stick it out for one more season at least.
Verdict: No deal