Transfer Deadline: EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga Transfer Tracker
With the transfer deadline approaching, this article will track and opine on the latest transfer rumours involving English Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga clubs.
This transfer tracker includes: Theo Walcott's contract situation, the White Hart Lane revolution, a €50 million bid, a €40 million bid, a Manchester United outcast finally let go, Real Madrid's search for a right-back and Joey Barton's new-found love for Marseille.
Theo Walcott's Arsenal Contract Situation
According to Jeremy Wilson at The Telegraph, Theo Walcott's refusal to sign a contract extension could lead to Arsenal selling him. Liverpool have asked the Gunners about the possibility of signing the speedster, and Manchester City may also submit a bid.
Walcott's gripe with Arsenal is being forced to play as a winger. People often forget that he came to the club as a forward. He knows the club won't pay him £100,000 per week and will sell him now as opposed to letting him go on a Bosman.
Don't be surprised if Walcott resents Arsène Wenger because the Frenchman hasn't lived up to his promise:
The boss has always promised me I will get a chance to play up front, so it’s been six years and if I just keep on scoring and doing well, I’ll maybe get a chance up front with Robin. I’m not demanding anything, but I’m giving the boss something to think about.
That was last year, and now Walcott's demands are giving Wenger some food for thought. The signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski may have pushed Walcott over the edge.
Liverpool would give Walcott a legitimate chance of starting as a No. 9 because Luis Suárez's finishing has deteriorated and Fabio Borini is still in the process of acclimating to Premier League football.
If Walcott signs for City, then he's a money-grubber.
André Villas-Boas' White Hart Lane Revolution
With Moussa Dembélé set to sign for Tottenham Hotspur, André Villas-Boas has his eyes on Lyon's Hugo Lloris.
According to Kevin Palmer at ESPN FC, Spurs are in position to complete the £12 million signing of French international goalkeeper Lloris.
Dembélé fits into Villas-Boas' philosophy because the Belgian is versatile, presses and can dribble and provide through balls.
It's getting to a point where he is so wasteful in front of goal that his tackling is more important to the team.
Manchester United players can attest to that fact, as they endured nine tackles from Dembélé in the 3-2 win over Fulham.
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Dembélé's signing essentially means tot ziens, Rafael van der Vaart.
Lloris should be a lock in the Spurs' starting XI for years to come, thus ending the Premier League career of the seemingly ageless Brad Friedel.
Lloris surprisingly won the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year when Salvatore Sirigu was the better keeper.
If anything, the likes of Ali Ahamada, Steeve Elana and Stéphane Ruffier performed just as well as Lloris.
Javi Martínez Bayern Munich-Bound
Kicker reported that Athletic Bilbao's Javi Martínez passed his medical at Bayern Munich.
Martínez, who played the large majority of his games as a centre-back last season, is not worth €40 million as a defender.
However, if Jupp Heynckes starts Martínez in midfield, then the €40 million transfer fee makes more sense.
Martínez is one of the most productive ball-winners in Europe. He can control the midfield and is also a creative outlet.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Martínez would likely be the best defensive midfield partnership in Europe.
A Club Is Willing to Pay €50 Million for Hulk, and It's Not Chelsea
According to Harry Harris at ESPN FC, Zenit St. Petersburg are willing pay Porto €50 million for Hulk, thus ending Chelsea's pursuit of the Brazilian.
When Chelsea refuse to sign a player based on the transfer fee, then you know that player is overpriced.
Porto's "show me the money" approach to negotiating Hulk's departure is looking like it will pay dividends.
Dimitar Berbatov Finally Granted Manchester United Exit
Berbatov's misery was extended when the club triggered a clause in his contract that prevented him leaving on a Bosman.
United did this to gain control over where Berbatov ended up. Selling him to Fiorentina makes more sense than allowing him to leave for free to a rival Premier League or UEFA Champions League team.
On Saturday, Vincenzo Montella played the useless Adem Ljajić, a former United target, up front—so clearly, Fiorentina need a centre-forward.
Stevan Jovetić carried the load (again), but imagine the Montenegrin magician working in tandem with a genius in Berbatov. It could be as entertaining to watch as Rui Costa and Gabriel Batistuta.
José Mourinho's Latest Signing Could Be Mathieu Debuchy
J.L. Calderon at Marca believes Real Madrid will bid €12 million for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy.
Debuchy will add that extra attacking dimension down Real's right flank, something Álvaro Arbeloa lacks.
Debuchy is Ligue 1's undisputed best right-back and performed admirably during Euro 2012.
Manchester City: What UEFA Financial Fair Play Regulations?
Jamie Jackson at guardian.co.uk reported that Swansea City rejected Manchester City's £6.2 million bid for Scott Sinclair.
Roberto Mancini will send £12 million and Stefan Savic to Fiorentina for centre-back Matija Nastasić, according to BBC Sport.
Swansea need to coax City into submitting a £12-15 million bid for Sinclair. It's up to City's management to resist forking out an inflated transfer fee for someone who'll just warm the benches.
Savic is worthless, but how can City submit a £12 million bid for Nastasić?
Stéphane Mbia and Joey Barton Heading Opposite Ways?
Even though Mbia has more impact as a midfielder, he did help Nicolas N'Koulou make the transition from a Ligue 1 standard player to one of the league's best centre-backs.
The most interesting facet of the deal is how Barton ties in. The two deals might not be directly related, but since QPR are handing Barton to Marseille, the French club seem willing to deal Mbia the other way.
Barton could have issues breaking into Marseille's first XI. Benoit Cheyrou is a pivotal part to Élie Baup's team, and Charles Kaboré is a better tackler than the Englishman.