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Friday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Benzema, Ozil, Di Maria to Arsenal, Fellaini to Manchester United

Aug 30, 2013, 8:02 AM EDT


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has told Roberto Martinez that he wants to leave the Toffees, as Manchester United continue to monitor the Belgian internationals situation. Fellaini, 25, has already been the subject of two bids from David Moyes and with his latest revelations United could well come in for a third and final bid before the transfer deadline.

And another Everton player is still rumored to be heading to United, as England left back Leighton Baines could be included in a double swoop by former Everton manager Moyes. The deal for Everton’s prized assets could reach $54 million as United are expected to table to a bid today but would Baines be a regular for the Red Devils? With Patrice Evra still in fine form at the age of 32 it’s hard to see Baines coming straight into the starting lineup ahead of the French veteran.

Arsenal are still planning to strengthen their side as the transfer window comes to a close, with manager Arsene Wenger aiming to bring in three Real Madrid stars. Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil have all been targeted by the Gunners but there’s one snag: it all hinges on Madrid’s deal for Gareth Bale being done before the deadline. Spurs are dragging their heels on the Bale deal so that their North London rivals can’t plan to bring in three top internationals from Madrid. The deal to bring all three to the Emirates would cost a whopping $105 million and would silence all the doubters that Wenger has had throughout a summer of transfer struggles. Can it be done?

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Can Arsenal really seal a triple swoop for Benzema, Ozil and Di Maria?

On a smaller scale, Arsenal have also bid for St. Etienne midfielder Josuha Guilavogui after putting in an offer of $12 million. The 23-year-old is a holding midfielder, which raises a few eyebrows after Wenger only added former Arsenal stopper and fellow Frenchman Mathieu Flamini yesterday. But French international Guilavogui can also play at center-back and this move could considerably strengthen Arsenal’s options in midfield and defense.

Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry could be heading to Merseyside, as Everton aim to tie up a season-long loan deal for the 32-year-old. Barry hasn’t featured for City this season and his time at the Etihad appears to be over. Roberto Martinez could see Barry as a cheap replacement if Fellaini does move to Manchester United however one stumbling block is that Barry’s wages of $180,000 per week is way out of Everton’s wage structure. A compromise must be met.

And another player Martinez is aiming to attract to Goodison Park is one of his former Wigan players, James McCarthy. The Republic of Ireland international dazzled under the Spanish coach at the DW Stadium and could be reunited with Martinez at Everton. A bid is about to be tabled and McCarthy could be another direct replacement for Fellaini. Would Everton fans be happy with that? The 22-year-old midfielder is crafty and diligent in the engine room but may struggle to replicate Fellaini’s goalscoring threat.

As for City, their need for a new central defender has become abundantly clear in recent weeks and Pellegrini has his eye on FC Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. The 22-year-old French international has a $60 million buy-out clause in his contract and Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United have all been following his progress closely. Maybe City will spend big one more time before the window slams shut, the Citizen’s could certainly do with some defensive reinforcements.

FC Schalke are set to sign AC Milan attacker Kevin-Prince Boateng to boost their Champions League hopes this season. Boateng, 26, was born in Berlin but represents Ghana at international level and can operate across midfield and attack. The former Hertha Berlin, Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder has shone in recent seasons at the San Siro but a move back to the Bundesliga seems like a done deal. Schalke’s marquee addition could see them surprise plenty of people in the Champions League this campaign.

MORE: Tuesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup, Lamela and Chiriches to Spurs, Fellaini to United

MORE: Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup, Mata to Spurs, Ozil to Arsenal

  1. some1kj - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    It is clear why Tottenham’s cheesy chairman is delaying Bale’s transfer to Real Madrid…. He is trying his best to block & deny Arsenal any chance of trading Benzima, Ozil, & DiMaria from Real Madrid. Such transfer of talent to Arsenal would limit or diminish any chance of Tottenham qualifying for Europe’s CL for 2014.

  2. toggablogga - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    real Madrid are selling nobody and Man United are not signing anybody.

    • 77cjh77 - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      i didn’t realize you worked for madrid and man u. and you’re wrong. madrid might not sell those 3 players to arsenal, but they’ll sell someone before the window is up. same with united. might not sign baines and fellaini, but they’ll make another signing or 2

    • 77cjh77 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      you were saying?

  3. toggablogga - Aug 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Real Madrid won’t sell anybody worthy of keeping and United as I’ve said don’t want anymore rejection!! Ferguson will take over control of transfers if Moyes fails another attempt.

    • 77cjh77 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      you were saying? ozil and fellaini?

  4. futbolista8 - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Moyes has been wretched this transfer window, of the new managers in Europe he has been the worst. Nothing but one wild goose chase after another, Alcantara, Fabregas, low offer rejected for Fellaini and Baines. If you compare his production to Mourinho, Pellegrini, Guardiola, Villas-Boas, then you realize just how weak and impotent Moyes has been. The only positive for United fans is that we started with a strong team and are not rebuilding like our rivals are. We just need to bring in 2 midfielders and we can still challenge for the Premier League title and the Champions League. But, if Moyes brings in no one after Monday then we are probably going to lose the title and have problems finishing above 3rd or 4th. With all of these players Tottenham have brought in it is difficult to say how good they will be.

    All we know for certain is that Moyes should not be involved in transfers. Sir Alex should be put back in charge of them. Moyes might still be competent enough to run the team and pick the rosters, but when it comes to doing business he is a pathetic and clueless man.

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