Friday, June 22, 2018

From Bolasie to Benteke the latest transfer rumblings

England defender John Stones looks set to move to Manchester City before the Premier League kick-off

England defender John Stones looks set to move to Manchester City before the Premier League kick-off

Now that Paul Pogba’s move to Manchester United has been complete, we can switch our transfer attention elsewhere and other teams attempts at world domination, or at least surviving the Premier League.

We all know that Pogba’s move to Old Trafford will top the bill, but here are a few other rumours that are floating around like a bad smell at the moment. Here is a pick of a few of them:

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace to Everton)

It looks like the Toffees have finally woken up and according to the Guardian have had a bid of around £18million rejected by the Eagles, who are hoping to recoup slightly more for the 27-year-old this summer.

The winger has made 79 appearances for the Eagles, scoring just five times. At times he can be unstoppable and at other times he can be invisible. If you look up mercurial in the directory there is a picture of Bolasie next to it.

Everton have had a problem filling the left-wing position. The Toffees are likely to go back with an improved bid for the winger in the future. I doubt we have heard the last of this story.

Christian Benteke (Liverpool to Crystal Palace)

In the same report, the Guardian claim that any fee received for Bolasie will be put towards a Palace bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke. The Reds paid £32.5million to sign the Belgium international from Aston Villa last summer.

However, he does not really fit into Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and it seems obviously that he was going to be linked with a move away this summer. Klopp himself has even stated that it would be best for Benteke to move on.

Benteke has proven in the past with Villa that he can thrive in the Premier League with the right service and could do well at Selhurst Park. It seems that Liverpool are hoping to recoup their whole outlay. This deal definitely looks like it hinges on Bolasie being sold for big money.

Lamine Kone (Sunderland to Everton)

It seems like Everton boss Ronald Koeman has been asleep this summer and has only just woken up. The Daily Mail claims that the Toffees boss has offered the Black Cats £18million for the French centre-back.

Sunderland do not want to sell the 27-year-old, but Black Cats boss David Moyes is reportedly looking to take players in exchange for the big defender. The report from the Mail suggests that Kone is already on Merseyside, as he is that confident a deal will be finalised.

The signing of Kone would inevitably lead to John Stones making his big money move to Manchester City. This seems like a sensible move from the Toffees considering their woeful defensive displays last season.

John Stones (Everton to Manchester City)

Stones has been linked with a big money move to the Citizens for much of the summer. The deal would seem a step closer if Everton signed Kone. The two clubs are likely to negotiate a deal.

In a bizarre twist to the story the young centre-back has been named in City’s Champions League 21-man squad for their play-off against Steaua Bucharest. UEFA seems to know something that everybody else does not.

Following his performances last season the majority of Evertonians will not be that sad to see the back of the 22-year-old, especially if as expected he is replaced by an actual defender.

A fee has not been revealed, but it is unlikely to be the £50million that has been bandied around the internet in recent weeks. Rumours include that Eliaquim Mangala will be included in the deal or even Wilfried Bony.

This story is likely to be cleared up in the next 24 hours, as both clubs look to plan out their futures.

Jonny Evans (West Brom to Arsenal)

Gunners in signing a defender shocker! Well for boss Arsene Wenger and the clubs wallet. The club from north London are injury-ravaged in defence and according to the Daily Mirror it is Evans Wenger will turn to rescue them. God help them!

The 28-year-old is understandably keen on the move, but the majority of Gunners seem unconvinced by the clubs attempts to ‘ahem’ improve their defensive options. The former Manchester United is believed to be valued at £15million.

Will there be a high-profile move before the Premier League kick-off?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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