After last weekend’s Champions League final and Championship playoff final, there are no more significant matches to be played until the start next season.
Every club and manager now know what division and what competitions they will be playing in and so the transfer window activity is well under way.
The biggest story so far is that Rademel Falcao looks to be on his way to newly promoted French side Monaco, which is all but a done deal according to the Sun. That is a major blow to Chelsea who had been interested in signing the Colombian for months. It is also bad news for Aston Villa as Atletico Madrid have identified Christian Benteke as the man they want in to replace Falcao.
Real Madrid need a superstar
The other big names this summer certainly include Gareth Bale, whose agent appeared on Spanish TV station Marca saying that if Real Madrid wanted to sign the Welshman, then they would be open to discussions. Madrid are under big pressure to make a major signing in this window after rivals Barcelona won the race to secure Brazilian superstar Neymar. The Mirror say that any move for Bale though would prompt a response from both Manchester sides and Chelsea that could see Bale’s price pushed up to a point that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy cannot turn down.
Luis Suarez is another man that could be on his way to the Bernabéu after complaining on Uruguayan radio that the British press are trying to hound him out of the UK. Whatever he has done wrong in the past, Suarez is one of the best strikers in Europe right now and would be a major loss to Liverpool.
Fàbregas could return to England
One man that may be leaving La Liga for England is former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fàbregas if the Mail have got it right. They report that both the Manchester clubs are ready to test Barcelona’s resistance with bids. If Fàbregas does end up in Manchester it will be a bitter pill for Gunners fans to swallow, although it does seem as though Arsene Wenger has his targets identified with QPR goalie Júlio César and Martin Skrtel possible new faces at the Emirates according to the Mirror and Express respectively.
Chelsea’s returning boss Jose Mourinho will undoubtedly be given money to spend, but his first job could be persuading Brazilian David Luiz not to follow Rafa Benitez to Napoli. The Express say that the Spaniard has made the defender his number one target at his new club.
Fellaini staying at Goodison
Elsewhere in the Premier League, if Roberto Martinez is to be the new Everton boss he has had an instant boost according to the Mirror. They say that Belgian powerhouse Marouane Fellaini has committed his future to Goodison to end any transfer speculation. And Talksport say that Newcastle are in a battle with Liverpool to land AC Milan’s Bojan Krkic, who was once labelled ‘the new Lionel Messi’ at Barcelona.
There is a brief roundup of today’s newspaper reports, so decide for yourself what you believe and what you don’t. The drama will continue over the next three months. If the Sun is correct and Rademel Falcao has joined Monaco then that leaves Robert Lewandowski and Edinson Cavani as the two hottest available strikers left in Europe. Neither even got a mention in today’s papers but expect the Premier League giants to be in the hunt when there is some movement.