Transfer rumour mill: January 24

CHELSEA’S decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United is part of a plan to land Everton’s 20-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley.

MANCHESTER UNITED striker Wayne Rooney, also linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, wants to stay at Old Trafford and the club are set to discuss a new contract with the England international.

CHELSEA and ARSENAL look set to be frustrated in their pursuit of Jackson Martinez, 27, as the striker will sign a new deal at Porto.

CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho wants to use some of the funds from the sale of Mata to bring in Real Sociedad’s France Under 21s wide midfielder Antoine Griezmann, 22.

MANCHESTER UNITED are monitoring Inter’s Colombia international midfielder Fredy Guarin, 27, after his swap deal with Juventus’ Mirko Vucinic fell through. Inter are thought to be interested in taking United striker Javier Hernandez in exchange.

MANCHESTER CITY are hoping to bring in another defender before the transfer window closes, with Porto’s France international Eliaquim Mangala and Bayern Munich defender Dante – also believed to be a target for Manchester United – on their radar.

ARSENAL will make a last-ditch effort to buy Schalke’s 20-year-old midfielder Julian Draxler now rather than risk getting caught up in a summer bidding war.

LEICESTER CITY goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is a £3.5m target for Italian side AC Milan.

EVERTON’S loan move for striker Lacina Traore, 23, could be in jeopardy after his Monaco team-mate Radamel Falcao suffered a knee injury.

LIVERPOOL are closing in on the signing of winger Mohamed Salah after agreeing a £10m fee with Basel for the player.

French side EVIAN have emerged as contenders to sign Fulham’s Derek Boateng.

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3:35pm Fri 24 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

l know the late jack Walker bought Blackburns premiership title with his own money but he was a Rovers supporter from a very early age so he has every right to fulfill his dream but what l cannot tolerate is the way Abramovich just buys up all the best young talent around and stops other clubs in their tracks from trying to compete with him and his club.if you look at Chelsea and city they have no limit to their spending and l think its high time the governing body cracks down hard on this only the rich can compete saga,,,its nowhere near a level playing field and its bleeding the game dry,
l know the late jack Walker bought Blackburns premiership title with his own money but he was a Rovers supporter from a very early age so he has every right to fulfill his dream but what l cannot tolerate is the way Abramovich just buys up all the best young talent around and stops other clubs in their tracks from trying to compete with him and his club.if you look at Chelsea and city they have no limit to their spending and l think its high time the governing body cracks down hard on this only the rich can compete saga,,,its nowhere near a level playing field and its bleeding the game dry, noddy57

12:41am Sat 25 Jan 14

kenbro says...

Another problem Noddy is that these billionaires in their frenzy to sign any player they want have jacked up the transfer fees and wages. This trickles down to all the other teams who are forced to pay over the top wages to keep their best players. Apart from the top big teams, the high wages bill puts a lot of clubs close to being in financial trouble.
Mediocre players now think they are worth 30,000 a week. Just like the mercenaries who have gone through Ewood. They walk away with millions and our club gets deeper in debt. Of course, our horrendous management hasn't helped, but wages, on average, are too high for the smaller clubs to sustain. Unfortunately I can't come up with a solution. It's a free market, poorly controlled, and open to abuse.
Another problem Noddy is that these billionaires in their frenzy to sign any player they want have jacked up the transfer fees and wages. This trickles down to all the other teams who are forced to pay over the top wages to keep their best players. Apart from the top big teams, the high wages bill puts a lot of clubs close to being in financial trouble. Mediocre players now think they are worth 30,000 a week. Just like the mercenaries who have gone through Ewood. They walk away with millions and our club gets deeper in debt. Of course, our horrendous management hasn't helped, but wages, on average, are too high for the smaller clubs to sustain. Unfortunately I can't come up with a solution. It's a free market, poorly controlled, and open to abuse. kenbro

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