The winter transfer window closes next week. With that, the rumours that have flooded otherwise reputable publications will subside for at least a few weeks. It’ll be a welcome respite.
But while the window remains open, we’d be remiss not to highlight the news and notes from this week in transfer innuendo.
Anelka to Juventus
It’s a marriage of convenience. The Old Lady wanted Didier. Instead, they get his less talented friend. The 33-year old has been linked with several clubs over the past few weeks including QPR (makes sense), West Ham (they know better) and PSG (that’s a stretch). The Shanghai Shenhua striker heads to Italy as a stop gap, as Juve wait for Fernando Llorente to arrive in the summer.
Coutinho to Liverpool
Liverpool are on the other end of a steal for a change. Brazilian midfielder Philipe Coutinho will leave Inter Milan for the Merseyside in a £8.5m deal according to the BBC. Southampton joined in on the bidding–relationship with the new manager–and Liverpool were rejected twice, but Brendan Rodgers won out in the end. The Mirror’s Serie A ace Mina Rzouki says the 20-year old is ‘like a Ferrari.’ Hyperbolic praise is the new plague. In all seriousness this is another positive step for Liverpool.
All of Ligue 1 to Newcastle
A variation of the image above has been making the rounds this week. Yes, in 2006 Alan Pardew made some candid comments about the future of English football and Arsenal’s makeup. Rather than laugh at his change of tune, AP should be applauded for embracing the inevitable. When did changing your mind–for the better– became a bad thing? Newcastle will need all the help they can get, who cares where the players are from.