Bayern Munich Planning £7m Park Ji-Sung Bid, Chelsea Offered Gonzalo Higuain

By Chris Wright

Massive election. Here’s the round up…

Rumour No. 1: Champions League finalists Bayern Munich are said to be preparing a £7 million bid for Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung.

The German side have apparently recognised that United are ‘approaching a transitional period’ and hope to tempt them into parting with Park to help fund their overhaul.

The 29-year-old Korean is contracted at Old Trafford until 2010 and has only this week stated that he would like to finish his career at the club, but Bayern are hoping to coerce United into selling by offering a considerable mark-up on the £4 million they payed PSV for Park five years ago.

Rumour No. 2: According to reports in a number of newspapers this morning, Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain for €40 million (or £34 million in old money).

However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is said to be reluctant to place a bid for the Argentine forward due to the ridiculously high fees that his agents will receive should a transfer go through.

Therefore, Abramovich will only seriously consider a move for Higuain should he fail in his bid to sign Fernando Torres from Liverpool.

The Best of the Rest: The agent of AC Milan defender Thiago Silva has dismissed the speculation linking the Brazilian with a move to Chelsea.

Manchester United will risk waiting until Wayne Rooney returns from the World Cup to open contract negotiations with the England striker.

Bayer Leverkusen have signalled their interest in signing Serbian winger Zoran Tosic from Manchester United. The 23-year-old has spent this season on loan in the Bundesliga with FC Köln.

Arsenal are tracking £10-million-rated Dinamo Kiev defender Pape Malickou Diakhate.

Tottenham are considering a move for Ivorian forward Amara Diane, who currently plays for Qatari club Al-Rayyan.

Johan Elmander looks set to leave Bolton this summer with AS Monaco, Lille, Bordeaux and Marseille all said to be keen on bringing the Swedish ‘striker’ back to the French league.

West Ham are planning a £17 million move for Shrewsbury striker Tom Bradshaw. (I assume this is just a typo on the BBC Sport website, but we are talking about West Ham here…)

Blackburn are the latest Premier League side to join the race for Cardiff’s Welsh midfield star Joe Ledley.

Birmingham and Bolton have both enquired into Fulham defender Paul Konchesky‘s availability.

Bolton are also plotting a £3 million move for Stoke outcast James Beattie.

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  1. Wise John says:

    Chelsea Summer 2010

    Higuain will only be considered after Aguero, Pato, Torres and Suarez, (Villa is now all but at Barca)

    Out; Deco, Ballack, Joe Cole, Belletti, Ferreira, Anelka, Kalou

    Igor Akinfeev should be brought in to replace Cech in the near future (they can fight for the top job over the next 12 months or so until Cech leaves).Akinfeev is better that Delac, though Delac is one for the future. Roman is close to CSKA and Akinfeev, Dzagoev and Doumbia are both being lined up for potential futures at Stamford Bridge (Tomas Necid, Vagner Love and Milos Krasic are also possible movers on the CSKA–Chelsea axis)

    For Deco forget Hamsik unfortunately he seems Inter bound (but he’d be ideal if he changed his mind…). Pjanic really stood up during the CL but RM have been after him since he sent them out. Dzagoev is a Chelsea fan, and part of CSKA’s Chelsea factory. David Silva will probably end up staying in Spain, as good as he’d be he is not the most likely of the group. Kaka is also possible if part of a swap with RM for Ashley Cole. Kaka is also possible but unlikely.

    Contractually Ballack is still up in the air, he’s been linked with Liverpool (not happening), Inter (maybe), Bayern (most likely). If he goes Schweinstiger is the obvious replacement. Matic will have a role to play but we need a true replacement for Michael as Matic won’t be truly ready for a few years yet.

    Joe Cole is all but gone. Front runner Angel di Maria aside, the options boil down to Miroslav Stoch, Gai Assulin and Thaigo Alcantara both of whom’s availability depends on what happens at Barcelona transfer wise (regarding Cesc), the man from their cross town rival’s, Javi Martinez is another option. Hatem Ben Arfa is an unlikely signing, but would be great as would Diego Perotti and Joao Moutinho.

    Neven Subotic and David Luiz have all been mentioned, with Luiz (alongside Bruma) is probably the best option to replace Belletti and Ferreira. Darijo Srna, Juan Manuel Vargas and Dani Alves are all possible movers but unlikely ones. Giorgio Chiellini would be a great signing, unlikely but with Carlo around you never know.

    For Anelka, the clear front runner is Aguero. Pato seems destined to one day join Chelsea, Milan are desperate not to loose him for next season the likely outcome will be Pato signing this season and being loaned back to Milan, whilst Aguero/Suarez come in this year. Finally there is Luis Suarez who is in if Citeh outbids us in the race for Aguero. Villa and Torres are possible but unlikely.

    As for Kalou there are several options, Moussa Dembele a highly talented and strong physical forward, who fits in well with our style of play. Though potentially outclassed by rising stars Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore any of those three would be good signings. There is also Neymar. Romelu Lukaku is a must! Seydou Doumbia’s move to CSKA moves him into Abramovich’s orbit.

    For youth signings, Uruguay’s Urreta should be a 2012 priority signing. Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku should also be key targets. Lukaku in particular must not be allowed to slip through our fingers.

  2. Doucet says:

    I love how chelski fans think there entitled to pato….. It’s not going to happen he’s there till 2013-14 and AC will nortvlet him go

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