Monday, 20 April 2015

Rodgers wants Man United discard Falcao to solve Liverpool's woes?


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Radamel Falcao
As the summer window draws ever closer, the transfer rumours and gossip continue to spread ...

United striker discussing Anfield switch?

Radamel Falcao was handed a rare start to impress for Manchester United on Saturday, but the striker failed to make much of an impact as Louis van Gaal's side slipped to defeat at Chelsea.

A permanent transfer to Old Trafford looks increasingly unlikely for the Monaco loanee, and the Express reports that the Colombia international's agent Jorge Mendes has begun negotiation with United's bitter rivals Liverpool over a deal.

Falcao has been repeatedly linked with a move to Merseyside as his sorry season has worn on, and with Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini all destined for the Anfield chop this summer, a trio of sales could open up funds for a full-time move. If you're wondering, Metro puts Falcao's purchase figure at around £25.1 million.

Whether Falcao's stratospheric wages would open up a huge can of worms regarding Raheem Sterling's contract situation could create a whole new saga in itself -- Radamel is the transfer rumour gift who just keeps on giving.

Belgian players are swiftly becoming the most sought-after names at Old Trafford: United have Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj in the first-team squad, are supposedly after Christian Benteke, and the Mail now reports that Louis van Gaal's scouts were in attendance to watch 19-year-old Club Brugge striker Obbi Oulare score against Anderlecht this weekend.

United may face a battle to sign the forward if they decide to move for him, with representatives from Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and Everton thought to be in attendance. Still, with Falcao's future looking to be elsewhere, the imposing Oulare could well have a first-team role should he sign for the Red Devils.
Aussies after Crouch

Will the A-League be seeing "The Robot" celebration next season? It's quite possible, with the Daily Telegraph quoting Newcastle Jets owner Nathan Tinkler as saying: "I've spoken to Peter Crouch's management and we're trying to talk him into coming out to Australia with his family for a playing stint at the Jets."

The former England international only just signed a new Stoke contract in January, but a move Down Under may prove tempting for Crouch and his family.

While he's not quite Alessando Del Piero, Crouch's charisma and finishing ability -- most recently displayed in the Potters' 2-1 win against Southamptonon Saturday -- would go down a storm. All you can do is hope, Jets fans...


Peter Crouch could soon be strutting his stuff in the A-League.
Saints plotting swoop for Magpies
Southampton have seemingly grown tired of being a feeder club in the transfer market, and the Mirror reports that the Saints have targeted Newcastle as catharsis.

The paper suggests that Dutch coach Ronald Koeman is interested in adding compatriots Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat to his squad at St Mary's, robbing the Magpies of two key players.

Krul is nearly certain to leave St James' Park as Newcastle fall woefully short of his expectations, while Janmaat has done enough in his debut Premier League campaign to earn a move to a club with loftier ambitions.
Arsenal to boot out Wellington?

Arsenal fans eagerly awaiting the eventual arrival of Wellington Silva may be disappointed, with the Mirror reporting that the 22-year-old could be offloaded despite finally earning a work permit.

Silva was signed from Fluminense for £3.5 million in 2011 but has been out on loan ever since in order to obtain a permit via a European passport, which came through this month.

Brahim Sterling
With the permit secured, the Gunners could now be set to sell the Brazilian on after a strong loan spell in La Liga at Almeria, with Sevilla and Malaga both reportedly interested in a transfer.

One player who could be on his way to north London is Hector Moreno, withvarious British newspapers picking up on reports from Spain that the 27-year-old Mexico defender is keen on leaving Espanyol for the Gunners ahead of Manchester United.
Tap-ins

- Fulham are eager to tie England under-21 goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli down to a new deal, according to the Mirror. The paper suggest that Chelsea are keen on the 22-year-old as a potential homegrown back-up to Thibaut Courtois should Petr Cech move on this summer.

- Sources told ESPN FC earlier this month that Chelsea will target West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell if Filipe Luis departs this summer, and the Express reports that £20 million would be enough for the Hammers to consider letting the 25-year-old leave for Stamford Bridge.

- The Star is the latest paper to report that Memphis Depay will join Manchester United for £25 million this summer -- that deal looks all but done.

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