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Chelsea to move for Adebayor, Juve to bid £15m for Dzeko, Spurs and United eye up eight players between them...

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Every so often a transfer rumour comes up on the inside rail to catch everyone by surprise. We think Emmanuel Adebayor moving to Chelsea would fall firmly under that category.

The Daily Mirror bring us the news that Jose Mourinho is considering a loan approach for the striker this summer. The Daily Express also claim it as an 'exclusive', but give the game away by publishing their story an hour after the Mirror.

The evidence given for the likelihood of a move is that Jose Mourinho signed the Togo striker on loan when at Real Madrid.

1) That was four years ago, and therefore a very different Adebayor
2) That also seemed really weird at the time
3) That was only a short-term loan, not a season-long deal as mooted here.

Adebayor has scored 18 league goals since May 2012 and two in 808 minutes this season. Let's not pretend this would work out well.


A suggested move from Edin Dzeko to Juventus has been lingering for a while, but the Daily Mirror have cemented such whispers with some beefy claims. 'Italian giants Juventus will launch a £15m bid for Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko this summer,' they say.

It surprised us to realise that the Bosnian is now 29, and he has never truly felt like a first-choice striker at Manchester City. A move to Serie A would seem to fit, and could see him link up with Carlos Tevez again.

With Wilfried Bony likely to move ahead of Dzeko in the queue next season and another striker probably likely to arrive too, now might be the best time for the striker to move onto pastures new. Does he fancy winning the Serie A title for the next three years?

Finally, the Mirror also add the line that City have been scouting PSV Eindhoven's Dutch full back Jetro Willems, but face competition from Real Madrid.


Sticking with the Daily Mirror now, who do no more than tell us what we already knew about Manchester United's likely summer transfer business.

'Borussia Dortmund's World Cup-winning defender Mats Hummels remains Van Gaal's top defensive target' - Yep, we've heard that before.

'Manchester United are continuing to monitor Aleksandar Dragovic ahead of a potential summer bid for the Austria defender' - That has been mooted previously, although the Mirror do add in a transfer fee of £12m and interest from Arsenal and Roma as extra information.

'United are confident of landing Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne this summer, as well as Roma's Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman' - Yes indeed.

'Holland team-mate Memphis Depay is also on their radar' - And again.

Still, nice to have it all in one place.


Shopping in Portugal has provided missed returns for Tottenham. For every Pedro Mendes and Eric Dier there is a Ricardo Rocha and Helder Postiga.

That doesn't seem to have put off Mauricio Pochettino, however, who is reportedly aiming to sign three players from the Primeira Liga this summer. WARNING: These rumours are from the Daily Express.

The trio in question are Anderson Talisca, Eduardo Salvio and Rafael Silva. The first two of those play for Benfica, whilst Rafael Silva plays for Sporting Braga.

We're not going to dismiss all of the potential signings, but must point out that Chelsea have recently been linked with a £35m move for Anderson Talisca. Are Spurs really likely to fork out that sort of cash on one player?


Vincent Kompany has branded his Manchester City critics 'predictable'... Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has refused to allow his non-internationals any downtime during the break, arranging a friendly with Motherwell and fielding seven first-team players, including the returning Lee Cattermole... Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew will make QPR striker Charlie Austin his No 1 summer target... West Ham are tracking Mainz midfielder Julian Baumgartner as a potential replacement for Alex Song...

Phil Jones and Chris Smalling could be heading for the Manchester United exit as the club are yet to open talks over new deals... QPR will demand £2m for goalkeeper Rob Green, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea should Petr Cech leave the club this summer... Liverpool will turn their attentions elsewhere after failing in a move for Fiorentina goalkeeper Norberto Neto, who is out of contract in the summer but expected to join Juventus... Borussia Monchengladbach will make a summer bid to tempt Burnley striker Danny Ings to the Bundesliga.

Strootman is a cripple. Mind you so is Falcao as well, you can never have too many. Equality and all that stuff.
- redfred

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