It is that time of the year again, when newspaper reporters get bored and start making up stories. Some of these stories have some truth in them and some not so much. Here I will look at some of the stories that might just happen this summer.
One of the longest running sagas of the summer is likely to be Petr Cech’s ‘will he won’t he join Arsenal’. The Czech Republic international looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, but boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t want him to leave for rivals Arsenal.
Jose just can’t seem to let go of the veteran ‘keeper. The fact that he could strengthen a main title rival is probably the main reason for the former-Real Madrid bosses’ reluctant to let him leave for north London.
The noises coming out of both clubs and in the media seem to suggest that this deal will happen, but agreeing a fee may delay it while.
Somebody that Mourinho is reported to want at the Bridge next season is Cameron midfielder Alex Song. Recent reports suggest that the Blues are set to rival Manchester City for the £5million signing of the Barcelona midfielder.
The defensive midfielder spent last season on-loan at Premier League West Ham, where he impressed in the first half of the season, before in keeping with the rest of his team his form went down the pan.
Song would no doubt be a decent squad player for Chelsea and City and fits into the suddenly important ‘home-grown’ category, because of his spell at Arsenal in the early part of his career. West Ham are also interested in signing Song on a permanent basis, but would be entering a gun fight with a knife by competing with City and Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Liverpool are believed to be eying up Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca, after reportedly being put off by the £32.5million clause in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke’s contract.
Bacca is currently away at the Copa America with Colombia, but is unlikely to feature again after having a fracas with Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar.
At club level he was pretty effective at finding the net for Sevilla last season, scoring 21 times as the Andalusians retained the Europa League trophy and finished fifth in La Liga. Bacca may prove pricey at £21.5million though, especially for a player who will be 29 in September.
The Spanish club have already insisted that they are not interested in selling Bacca and that any interested club would have to activate the clause in the striker’s contract.
Manchester United also look set to do their shopping on the continent this summer, as the Red Devils are being linked with a swoop for Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Sky Sports are claiming that the 30-year-old is on United boss Louis van Gaal’s summer wishlist. Schweinsteiger started just 15 games in the Bundesliga for the Bavarians in an injury-hit campaign. United are believed to be looking at bringing in a new central midfielder to add numbers and quality to their engine room.
Will Petr Cech join Arsenal in the near future?