The Mill has changed, man. It was not all that long ago that a trawl through the day’s tabloid tittle-tattle might bring news of a new transfer target for Burton Albion or who Gillingham could be looking at bringing in. Wondering about Morecambe’s summer spending plans? This was the place to be. Well, sometimes. OK, once. But not now. These days it’s all about the big boys. Indeed it’s all about the biggest boys.
And today’s red-top rumours are a case in point. If you’re not at the top of the football food-chain then you’re not getting a look in. PSG, for example are confident of sealing a £25m move for Wayne Rooney in the summer. And they also want Nani to take their Old Trafford spending up to £40m. Former PSG director Michel Moulin said: “I announce to you from trusted sources: Rooney to PSG is done. He will be there next season.”
Next up, the big beasts of Chelsea and Manchester City. They’re both keeping tabs on Mario Gómez, just in case they miss out on Edinson Cavani. In unrelated news the Mill is keeping tabs on a washboard and pail just in case it misses out on the Super Turbo Washer-Dryer Deluxe with built-in teasmaid
André Villas-Boas is ready for a long-term relationship with a full-back and Benoît Assou-Ekotto doesn’t fit the bill. Internazionale’s Alvaro Pereira currently tops the shopping list, just ahead of Real Madrid’s Fábio Coentrão. Tottenham are also taking a look at Napoli central defender Federico Fernández, who has been on loan at Getafe.
In Premier League talent drain news Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen are to go toe-to-toe over Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and Barcelona want Swansea’s Michel Vorm.
And in not-too-subtle-angling-for-a-move news, Senegal and Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyaté says he’d be happy to join Arsenal.
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