Another busy day in the transfer market, so let’s not waste any time.
First up, there are reports today that Manchester City are apparently ready to spend a ridiculous sum of £14 million on Portsmouth defender Younes Kaboul. Roberto Mancini is keen to add a defender or two to the ranks at Eastlands, however at £14 million I honestly feel City would be wasting their money.
Admittedly, Kaboul has been one of Potsmouth’s top performers this season but that really is nothing to boast about considering the fact they are currently sitting rock bottom of the Premier League table. I would much rather see City put £14 million towards signing someone like Yaya Toure than go for Kaboul.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has today told his players to handle the ball if they are about to go down injured. His comments come after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Everton, where the visitors almost capitalised when Denilson was down injured.
Wenger had this to say : “I said to Denilson: ‘If that happens, you have to commit a handball.’ I’m very serious. If you go down, and there hasn’t been a foul, you cannot ask Everton to stop their counter-attack. At least put your hand on the ball and it’s a free-kick.” Despite the fact it’s against the rules to handle the ball, I would have to agree with Wenger’s thinking. Yeah, you might get a yellow card for deliberate handball but at least you’re not conceding a goal.
Finally, Stoke City have this evening confirmed that they are interested in bringing Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy to the Britannia Stadium. The Dutch striker has been strongly linked with a move back to the Premier League in recent days with reports claiming a six-month loan deal may be on the cards. Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham are reported to be interested in the 33-year old, however Stoke are the first club to openly admit an interest.
Stoke chairman Peter Coates had this to say today : “We’re interested in pursuing it and we’ll see where we can get with this. We’re going to see if there’s a way of doing a deal. You never know. It could be a loan deal. The key thing is whether Ruud himself would be keen to come.” I think the answer to the last question maybe a resounding no from Van Nistelrooy himself, but we’ll have to wait and see.