Sunday, June 24, 2018

Galatasaray rubbish Berbatov rumours; Madrid want €10m for Joselu

Turkish Super League giants Galatasaray S.K. have rubbished reports linking Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov with a £5 million move to the Türk Telekom Arena, the Daily Mail understands.

“There have been some reports in the media that Dimitar Berbatov will be transferred to our club,” read the club’s official statement.

“The club would like to declare that there is no transfer and no attempt has been made in that regard.”

After finishing as the joint top goal scorer in the English Premier League in 2010-11, Berbatov made just five league starts for the Red Devils last term. To state the obvious, the 31-year-old wantaway forward was, as they say, ‘out-of-favour’.

To this day, Berbatov is Manchester United’s record signing after joining the Red Devils for £30.75 million from Tottenham Hotspur in September 2008.

The Bulgarian netted 1o goals and two assists in 24 appearances (14 starts) in all competitions for the Reds in 2011-12.

Premier League newcomers West Ham United and French super club Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Berbatov in recent weeks.

Now then, will Manchester United cut ties with their record signing this summer?

Madrid want €10m for Joselu

La Liga champions Real Madrid are seeking €8-€10million (£6.2m-£8.2m) for the services of 22-year-old forward Joselu, according to Sky Sports.

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are potential suitors for the young striker, but they are not willing to meet Los Blancos’ transfer fee demands.

“A transfer fee of €8-€10m for a third-tier player is absolutely inexplicable,” Hoffenheim boss Markus Babbel told Deutsche Presseagentur.

“This is too much. The deal is off. We are still interested, of course. But we are initially bailing out of this. Should Real Madrid be happy with less than that (fee), they are welcome to give us a phone call.”

Joselu is signed through June 2014, but appears likely to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in favour of first-team football.

At the moment, he is behind the likes of Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order, and rightfully so.

Will Joselu move to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena this summer?

Wolves swoop for Doumbia

Wolverhampton Wanderers have won the race for Tongo Doumbia after agreeing to a season-long loan for the midfielder, Sky Sports reports.

Wolves beat bitter Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion to Doumbia, making Stale Solbakken’s third summer signing that much sweeter.

“I am delighted we have managed to sign Tongo who will bring some more quality to the squad,” Solbakken told Wolves’ official website.

Wolves were relegated from the Premier League last season, and will play their league football in the English Championship next season as a result.


Shawn Etemadi



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