Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Football transfer rumours: Joe Hart to be replaced by Asmir Begovic?

Today's rumours are Careless Whispers.
Asmir Begovic: Manchester City-bound?
Bob the Builder, the Spice Girls, Mr Blobby, Benny Hill, Rage Against The Machine ... they've all been Christmas No1, an achievement that looks set to elude poor old Joe Hart this year. The England keeper is set to feature for Manchester City against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday evening, but his days at the Etihad, very much like an advent calendar (though without the nasty chocolate), are numbered.
Because Manuel Pellegrini isn't bothered as much about his Christmas No1 as he is about his No1 in January. And his new No1 is going to beAsmir Begovic, according to the Mirror. City will offer Stoke £15m and a loan of Hart until the end of the season to make the Bosna and Herzegovina international Another Brick In The (Defensive) Wall.
Manchester United will have to fork out £20m if they want Benfica'sNemanja Matic to bolster their midfield. The former Chelsea man has had the price tag "slapped" on him, which can come keen on a cold morning. That's Too Much for David Moyes, who is willing to offer £15m. United are also keen on Atlético Madrid midfielder and vegetable-extract-based carbonated drink Koke, but they will face competition from Milan and Liverpool.
Former next-big-thing Diego has made a classic tabloid 'come-and-get-me plea' to Arsenal and Southampton. "I know there is interest from Premier League clubs. I have heard one of them is Arsenal," said the Reet Petite (it sort of works if you say it in a Yorkshire accent) Wolfsburg midfielder, presumably in a whiny, pleading tone of voice, as the words themselves seem more statement than plea. He's out of contract in the summer and Wolfsburg are quite keen for him to Stay Another Day.
"Can We Fix It?" wonder Tottenham. "Yes, we can! If we sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata in January," replies Andre Villas-Boas.
Somewhat ironically, Cruzeiro midfielder Everton Ribeiro says he wants to move to Liverpool. "That's My Goal," said the 24-year-old. "I Have A Dream. It's Always On My Mind. Don't You Want Me?" he added as those in attendance edged towards the exits.
And that's that for the tittle-tattle today. Hallelujah.
The Guardian

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