A FORMER World Player of the Year, a Real Madrid ‘Galactico’ no less, who cost £56m last time he moved – could Kaka be the midfield menace that both Manchester United and Arsenal are angling for this transfer window?
With the imminent transfer of Spurs’ Gareth Bale to Real, and the news that Mesut Ozil is staying put, Brazilian attacker Kaka has made it clear he wants to leave Spain, and soon.
The news has put top clubs around Europe on alert, and despite the rumours that AC Milan is a likely destination, it’s clear that two of the Premiership’s big boys, Manchester United and Arsenal, could do with his services.
Since joining Old Trafford, David Moyes has been linked, albeit sometimes ridiculously, with a parade of talent – Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Marouane Fellaini, Luka Modric, Cristiano Ronaldo, even Bale.
What is clear from these rumours is that Moyes is in the market for a midfielder.
And at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger recapturing Mathieu Flamini, while a solid piece of business, is not the sort of transfer activity that the fans crave after a similar summer of disappointment.
With Kaka out of favour, hankering for a move from Real Madrid, the player should be within both’s budget, and there’s time to do a deal – could the Premier League have a new star player in the coming days?
THIS season, more than any I can remember anticipating, is a hard one to call.
The top three teams from last season, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, all have new men at the helm.
Arsenal underperformed last season – but then, Arsenal have underperformed for a good few years now – while Spurs and Liverpool could both be facing up to life without their star men next season.
I can’t see any other team seriously breaking into the top four, but which of these six elite squads will is a hard call.
There’s my disclaimer out of the way.
But neck on the line I find it hard to see past Mourinho’s Chelsea for the title.
His team has a strength in depth matched only by Manchester City, with some real creative talent in the form of Hazard, Mata and Oscar – plus if anyone can hit the ground running it’s the Special One, a manager adept at settling into new clubs, with the benefit of having been here and done it before.
It’s this that gives him the edge over Pellegrini’s star-studded legions of Manchester City, who I’m placing second come May.
Last season, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal gave themselves a mountain to climb, and they climbed it admirably during the second half of the season. If they come out of the traps in the same form as they finished last time around, I can see them overhauling David Moyes and Manchester United’s defending champions, who’ll have to settle for fourth place.
Liverpool and Spurs I see missing out, without the depth in their squad to maintain a season-long campaign – although I will tip the Lilywhites’ new boy Roberto Soldado for the Golden Boot.
Tomorrow, I’m going to have a look at the other half of the table and predict who’ll be relegated…
ARSENAL and Chelsea should pip Spurs to the Champions League places for next season, say surfers of this site.
A few days ago, Goaltastic posted a poll to ask which of the three sides currently contesting the two Champions League berths alongside Manchester United and Manchester City should miss out.
And after a huge number of votes in just a couple of days, an overwhelming majority (61.98 per cent) feel that Tottenham should finish fifth, rather than Arsenal (18.23 per cent) and Chelsea (19.79 per cent).
Of course, the reality of the situation may not match the results of the poll – but whatever happens it should be an exciting run in this season.
CHELSEA, Arsenal and Spurs are currently locked in one of the closest races in Premier League history.
Sadly for the trio, it’s not the title at stake, but to secure Champions League football.
Anyone who says that Germany has now eclipsed England and Spain as the top league on the continent should cast an eye at the strength of the squads vying for third and fourth places – with World Class talents like Juan Mata, Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Eden Hazard, Santi Cazorla, Jermain Defoe and more facing off for the right to represent England over the next few weeks.
And sadly, one of these squads – all of which could arguably challenge for the European crown next season – will miss out.
It’s a hard one to call – but you can vote for who you think should miss out with out vote below…
ANOTHER Spurs match, another win dragged from the jaws of disappointment by Gareth Bale.
The Welsh flyer scored an exocet-like strike from range at the death tonight – after scoring earlier in the match – to see off a spirited West Ham away from home 3-2.
They now sit above London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal in third place in the Premier League.
Is there any player this year that has single-handedly pulled their team up the table as Bale has done, and with such style as well?
It surely has echoes of Robin van Persie for Arsenal last season, and arguably Bale has more importance to Spurs than Van Persie to Man Utd, Messi to Barcelona, Ronaldo to Real Madrid etc.
Getting Champions League football will be one hell of an achievement for Andre Villas-Boas, given the strength of competition from the likes of Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool this season – but by god, keeping hold of Bale will be a bigger battle this Summer.
SPURS star Gareth Bale has found the perfect place to display his Boxing Day ball – on top of his Christmas tree.
The flying Welshman scored a hat-trick in a 4-0 festive win over Aston Villa, securing the ball, and as a result he spruced up his home, tweeting: “Thought I’d give this pride of place.”
JERMAINE Jenas is moving back to Nottingham Forest from Spurs on loan.
The midfielder was born in the city and started a career which took in England, Newcastle United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Forest.
And today a club source told Goaltastic: “Nottingham Forest can confirm Jermaine Jenas is to return to the Club on an emergency loan from Tottenham Hotspur.
“The 29 year old year midfielder started his career at The City Ground, scoring four goals in 33 appearances as a Red.”
SPURS striker Emmanuel Adebayor has offered to pick up the tab for fans who bought a replica shirt with his name and number before he changed it.
Adebayor had been listed as number 25 in lists submitted to the Premier League – but he then changed to the vacant 10.
He said: “I am very proud that Spurs fans want to have my name and number on their shirt and I didn’t want them to be inconvenienced by this change.
“Therefore, I’m very happy to cover the cost to enable those fans to exchange their shirts – for an Adebayor 10!”
NOW the dust has just about settled on an extremely active Transfer Deadline Day, it’s clear there’s been some cracking business done.
It was such a blast, I propose that next summer they let people negotiate football transfers for a whole month or maybe more…
Anyway, to mark some of the best deals that were struck by Premier League clubs on the very last day of dealing – despite nobody picking up the dream partnership of Heskey and Owen – here’s my Transfer Deadline Day Deals XI –
GK – Lloris (Spurs)
DEF – Maicon (Man City), Nastasic (Man City), Oviedo (Eve)
MID – Hernandez (Swansea), Adam (Stoke), Dempsey (Spurs), Mbia (QPR), Sinclair (Man City)
ATK – Berbatov (Fulham), Ramirez (Southampton)
THE fact Clint Dempsey is after a move away from Fulham is no secret.
First Aston Villa agreed terms only to be rebutted earlier today, then Liverpool tried to strike a deal – but now it seems Spurs are set to land the American attacking asset.
The rumours are that a deal has already been struck and a superfast medical is being arranged as we race towards the 11pm deadline…