Friday 22 September 2017

Transfer round-up: Pep Guardiola's bid to bring Andres Iniesta to Man City while Arsenal up ante for Turan

Guardiola with Andres Iniesta at Barca
Guardiola with Andres Iniesta at Barca

Could Andres Iniesta be about to depart La Liga and arrive in the Premier League?

That's the tantalising prospect discussed across a few newspapers and websites this morning, but what are the chances?

The Spanish legend had a fantastic relationship with Pep Guardiola during their successful partnership at Barcelona and now the two forces could be about to team-up again at Manchester City.

Italian outlet Calciomercato says that Guardiola is keen to work alongside the midfielder again. Iniesta has one year left on his current deal at Barca and is yet to agree a new contract.

Calciomercato report that Guardiola has contacted the 33-year-old to try and persuade him to link up at the Etihad, where he would hope to deliver a similar level of success again.

Guardiola and Iniesta won three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues during a four-year spell at the Nou Camp.

While a move for Iniesta appears to be in infancy, Dani Alves is edging closer to signing on the dotted line at City.

Alves' agent is said to have held talks with Juventus earlier this week about cancelling his contract in Italy to enable him to leave on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old, according to the Mail, wants to become reunited with Guardiola again and will look to fill the void left by the departures of Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna.

If Juventus lose their veteran right-back, they could look to Manchester United's squad for a replacement.

The Sun reports that Italy defender Matteo Darmian has been identified as the ideal candidate to succeed Alves in Turin, and United would be willing to let him go as he is not a guaranteed starter at Old Trafford.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are preparing for life after Diego Costa by making a serious enquiry about prolific Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

According to the Mirror, the Pole is unsettled in Bavaria and, after scoring 30 goals as Bayern won the Bundesliga title, would represent a masterstroke in the transfer market if the Blues were to secure his services. Spain international Costa claims he has been told by boss Antonio Conte that he is not in his future plans.

The Mail reports that West Brom are ready to reject an improved £15 million bid from Leicester for defender Jonny Evans. The Northern Irishman was reportedly the subject of an opening £10m offer, an initial approach that was actually made before the Foxes landed Harry Maguire from Hull for £17m.

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Former Barcelona forward Christophe Dugarry says he does not think Marco Verratti is good enough to play for the Catalans.

The Italian playmaker has been linked with a switch to the Nou Camp from Paris St Germain but Dugarry said: "I'm surprised, because Verratti is anything but a great player. He's a good player, but what has he done? Every six months he appears in the media asking for a raise." Ouch.

Branching out

Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has purchased a number of horses in a bid to conquer Royal Ascot as well as the Premier League. Nice day for it too.

What this space?

Arsenal have bid £26 million for 30-year-old Arda Turan, according to Marca. Although the odd fan is sceptical about that Arsene Wenger will make any transfer dealings from here on.

Telegraph.co.uk

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