With Isco spurning Manchester City and completing his move from Malaga to Real Madrid, and Carlos Tevez moving to Italy with Juventus, then it appears the transfer merry-go-round has started to take off.
Manchester United have just had a £12 million bid rejected for Leighton Baines, in what will be the start of bidding and negotiations. Baines is a person who will not move away from the North West, so Old Trafford seems his most likely destination. £12 million is just a starter bid and I expect both teams to agree on somewhere in the region of £18 million. Hopefully, once Baines leaves that will give us a better chance of getting Fellaini, if that deal was ever going to happen.
Mancheste City have already confirmed the signings of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho, but the most interesting Brazilian signing for me is the £17 million purchase of Paulinho to Tottenham. From what I’ve seen, Fernandinho is a really good player but overall, Paulinho is the more accomplished and complete footballer, and Manchester City bought the wrong man. Unfortunately, this means Tottenham have him and that’s bad news for us.
Tottenham have signalled their intentions and are strengthening appropriately. We continue to be linked with the likes of Higuain, Rooney (well, not anymore) and Fellaini but haven’t brought in a single player yet.
If the Higuain deal doesn’t materialise next week, then surely it never will. It’s been 5 weeks since we’ve been linked and despite his dog confirming a “deal is close” we’re none the wiser. With Isco joining Real, Tevez going to Juventus and Ancelotti being appointed Real manager, surely things will be advancing much quicker now.