By Alan Duffy
Transfer Balls: Rounding up the day’s football tittle-tattle so you don’t have to…
Angel Ascends To Paris
The Telegraph, via a piece in the Sun, reports that Angel Di Maria could set for a loan move to PSG in the summer. The Ligue 1 giants had their hearts set on Memphis Depay, but with Manchester United securing a deal for the Dutch striker, Laurent Blanc’s side will look to Di Maria instead.
The Argentine cost Man Utd £60million in the summer but has been inconsistent in his first season in the Premier League. With Depay coming in and PSG apparently ready to offer £6million for the loan deal, Louis van Gaal might be tempted. Although, one doubts the likelihood of this one really.
Spurs All Over Alderweireld
Eager to rebuild his squad after a disappointing season, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is, according to the Mirror, eyeing a move for Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian defender has been in superb form during his loan spell with the Saints and now Spurs want to bring him to White Hart Lane on a permanent deal.
The Saints do have an option to buy the 26-year-old outright for £6.8million, but with Atletico able to buy that out for just £1.5million, the Spaniards may look to sell to the highest bidder this summer, with a number of Premier League heavy-hitters reported to be interested. This one does look a reasonable possibility.
Kondogbia On Course For Premier League
Sylvain Headed For South Coast
Premier League new boys want to sign Everton veteran Sylvain Distin, according to the Express. The 37-year-old centre-half has not been in Roberto Martinez’s plans this season after a major row between the two. Since then, the Frenchman has appeared for the Toffee’s U21 side but is now, unsurprisingly, eager to move away.
The Cherries are in need of some top-tier experience ahead of their Premier League debut, and while at 37, Distin is no spring chicken (in fact he’s the oldest outfield player in the top flight by 10 clear days!), his nous would surely be a great asset for Eddie Howe’s squad. File this one under ‘definite possibility’.
Cavani Links Up With Old Lady
PSG striker Edinson Cavani has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer. However, the Mail reports that the Uruguayan is now headed for Serie A champions Juventus, where he’ll team up with Carlos Tevez in what will be a tasty strike-force.
PSG are waiting to finalise a new deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and once that’s been rubber-stamped, Cavani will be free to leave. Forced into a wide berth by PSG boss Laurent Blanc, the former Napoli hitman is eager to return to a central striking role and to emerge from under the shadow of Zlatan, with Juve the perfect destination.
The best/worst of the rest: