Sneijder, Downing, and the Top 7 EPL Transfer Rumors Right Now
As preseason has officially started, the transfer window has picked up steam drastically this week as clubs scramble to start locking up their primary targets for the summer.
Two major transfers look to be nearing completion today, while one EPL veteran looks to make his return to England. Several other players are set to be on the move abroad after worthy stewardship's on the British Isle.
There still look to be some big money transfers in the following weeks but today has seen the foundation for a possible big move be built up...
Jerome Boateng to Bayern Munich
Manchester City's German defender Jérôme Boateng has had his eyes and heart set on a move to Bavaria's FC Bayern Munich since the open days of the summer window after a personally unsuccessful first season in England. To his disappointment the move seemed to have completely broken down.
However, the signing of Arsenal's Gael Clichy for the citizens appears to have prompted the move to go through as the Daily Mail have reported that a £10 million fee has been agreed to allow the player to move back to Germany where he once enjoyed success with Hamburg HSV.
Boateng only made 24 appearances for Manchester City across all fronts, and in hopes of keeping his place on the German national team for the 2012 European Championships, he truly wants to make the switch.
Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa
With the news of Stewart Downing having officially moved on to Liverpool, Aston Villa now have lost two of their most creative players. Alex McLeish is quickly turning to his first choice replacement, Wigan Athletic's Charles N'Zogbia.
The former Newcastle United player is being priced at £9 million as the Latics look to incite a bidding war between Aston Villa and Everton. The £36 million that the Villains have hauled in with the sale of both Ashley Young to Manchester United, and Downing to Liverpool should be more than enough for McLeish to at least begin to rebuild his squad.
N'Zogbia has made 90 appearances for Wigan and scored 18 goals, and his wide play could be a welcomed addition to the attack, as youngster Marc Albrighton will most likely be thrust ever more into the spotlight and be in need of a counterpart in the wide areas.
John Arne Riise Seals Fulham Switch
A Liverpool legend during his time at Anfield, John Arne Riise, the rocket-footed Norwegian left back was a powerful presence in the EPL from 2001-2007 in a Reds Uniform. Riise made 339 appearances during his first years in England, scoring 30 goals for Liverpool.
He made the move to AS Roma in 2008-09 and made 133 appearances for the Wolves scoring nine goals in his three years.
It was announced officially today that Riise has completed a £2.4 million switch to Fulham. He will fill the boots vacated by short term Liverpool wannabe left back Paul Konchesky, and I must say he is of a different level than the now Leicester City man.
Another sticking point for Riise is that he will be joining his brother Bjørn Helge Riise, whom has been a Cottager since 2009, but failed to become a first choice player under Roy Hodgson or Mark Hughes, and the arrival of his older brother could propel him to fight harder under his new boss.
The signing of Riise could be one of the deals of the season, and I expect him to be a solid addition to Fulham this season.
Jose Enrique Set for Tug-of-War Between Arsenal and Liverpool
Liverpool and Arsenal are now set to battle it out over Newcastle United left back Jose Enrique according to the Daily Mirror. Liverpool recently missed out on the signature of Arsenal's Gael Clichy as he made the switch to Manchester City, and the Gunners were equally disappointed.
With that said they both appear to have their eyes fixed on a move for the Toon's Spanish defender. Enrique was believed out of his element in his first EPL season in 2008-09 when the Magpies were relegated, but a season in the Championship, and then last year's return to the top flight seem to have seasoned him very well.
It remains to be seen whom is the true front runner, but it is believed that it will take an offer of at least £8 million for his move to be considered.
Emmanuel Adebayor to Spurs or Real Madrid
Togo International Emmanuel Adebayor was prolific in England from 2005-09 as the leading man for Arsene Wenger's attack at Arsenal. The striker made 143 appearances scoring 63 goals and providing 21 assists in that time frame.
He then opted for a pricey transfer to suddenly rich Manchester City, and while his first season saw him score 14 goals in 31 games, his second season saw him confined to the bench until Jose Mourinho threw him a lifeline from Real Madrid of all places.
You would think that was a loan dream come true as Adebayor left the hollowing affect of the now name Etihad Stadium for the legendary Santiago Bernabeu. During his 22 game spell for Real Madrid he produced eight goals, including two in the UEFA Champions League.
His time in Spain looks to have proven that he still has his attacking ability of old. It now appears that Mourinho could be back in for his services on a permanent basis according to the Daily Mail, but Tottenham are looking to make an attempt to hijack his move to Madrid in hopes of making him return to England and take up the mantle of Spurs in the North London Derby.
Stewart Downing Completes Switch to Liverpool
At the age of 27 Stewart Downing has already been a Premier League experienced player since 2003 when he broke into the first team at Middlesbrough after making his way through their fabled youth academy.
Since then he has made 279 EPL appearances between Boro and then Aston Villa, where he made 79 appearances scoring 11 goals. Although he had two more years remaining on his contract at Villa Park, he looks to be finally making his wanted switch to Liverpool after the two clubs reported to have agreed a fee for the England winger on Wednesday July 13, 2011.
Some doubt that Downing is worth the fee paid for him, but I believe he will be more successful than others, mainly because he already has a playing relationship with many of his now squad mates, and because he was bought by a manager that wanted him specifically.
It appears Kenny Dalglish has a plan for his new look Liverpool, and it will be interesting to see how the additions of Downing, Adam and Henderson to the mix will play out.
Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United
Wesley Sneijder is the next high profile player that could be on the way to join Sir Alex Ferguson's rebuilding Manchester United. Speculation has been mounting for days, and the possibility of the 2010 UEFA Club Midfielder of the Year moving to the Red Devils is interesting to say the least.
It has been true that United have had good midfield play in the last few season, but the retirement of Paul Scholes and the possible impending retirement of Ryan Giggs has seen the United midfield reduced by class and skill dramatically.
Their appears to be an offer of around £35 million on the table for the Netherlands midfielder, and it has been widely discussed that his skills could help United edge closer to having the ability to catch Barcelona in Europe.
The addition of Sneijder could prove a very shrewd move as he has been on top of his game since joining Inter Milan in 2009. He helped lead the rebirth of the team at the top under Jose Mourinho before he left for Real Madrid, and his presence could add a new dimension to the Old Trafford attack.
However, despite all the rumors, Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to squash the rumor early Friday morning via the Red Devils website ManUtd.com.