The Merry-go-round 2
Second lot of transfer shenanigans for everyone. Over the last couple of days I’ve heard stories of Baines to United and David Villa to Spurs, but I’ve gone for a couple of smaller but potentially useful deals.
Having said that, I started with one of the good old sagas that no window could go without.
Luis Suarez; Liverpool – Real Madrid.
If he goes, good riddance. I am one of the anti-Suarez brigade, I have to say.
Suarez has cost Liverpool more than he has helped. He’s missed something stupid like 25 games for Liverpool and Ajax due to lengthy bans.
For all his stupidity, everyone who hates Suarez like I do will have to accept that he is a ridiculously good player though, saying otherwise is idiotic.
The question I ask is whether he is worth the baggage, and when he was suspended towards the end of last season it became obvious that Liverpool don’t need him if they play Daniel Sturridge through the middle.
Sell Suarez, buy a couple of top quality replacements, something they’re already doing, and Liverpool could be back in the Champions League places.
Yohan Cabaye; Newcastle – Newcastle.
Best piece of business Newcastle can do this season is keep hold of Cabaye.
He’s been integral to the import of hundreds of French players to St James’, not the mention the fact that he is without a doubt their best midfielder.
Put Ben Arfa in the same crucial bracket for Newcastle, without those two they could be in even more trouble this year, especially with the clown Kinnear back on board.
A striker and a centre back probably needed, but equally important to keep the key players from the last couple of seasons.
Cabaye is a devastating passer when he’s given the opportunity, and can also hit some decent long rangers, particularly free kicks.
Callum McManaman; Wigan – Everton.
As much as everyone loves to hate McManaman for that tackle, he tore Man City apart in the FA Cup final.
Making Gael Clichy look like Per Mertesacker in the pace department, McManaman proved a key part of a massive cup upset, and with Wigan now playing in the Championship he must be attracting some suitors.
Pace, skill, the ability to play on either flank and be equally as effective, he would be a great foil for the likes of Jelavic and Fellaini for Everton.
While he does look like he has a somewhat petulant nature at times, he does have youth on his side and a cool head like Roberto Martinez could continue to work wonders with him.
Speaking of Martinez Everton also have the ex-manager factor going their way, as well as the player being a Mersey lad. Hope to see him back in the Prem next season.
Nani; Man Utd – Arsenal. £8.5m
It seems inevitable he will be leaving over the summer, which I think would be a huge shame.
I am a fan of Nani, on his day he is as unplayable as anyone. Don’t even get me started on that Madrid red card.
Only thing is his day doesn’t come around as often as we United fans would like. With Arshavin out the door and the likes of Valencia, Young and even Giggs or Kagawa to compete with at Old Trafford, Nani might fare better out on the Gunners’ wing.
Frankly I think the £8.5m fee floating around is a bargain, and he would give Arsenal some proper width on the left, rather than having Podolski play out there.
The Wishlist! Filipe Luis; Atletico Madrid – Everton
The second of my wishlist picks is not about Man United, but it is dependant on them.
Assuming that these Leighton Baines to United rumours are true Everton will be after a new left back to fill a huge hole in the defence.
Filipe Luis is a very able replacement. I have seen quite a lot of him, Atletico being my favourite Spainsh team, and I’d love to have him in the Premiership.
He can defend, a good quality in a defender, but he can always make chances down the left hand side. Hes also not bad at a set piece, although he rarely gets to show this with Falcao and Diego ahead of him in the queue.
If they could get him for less than the Baines fee it would be a great piece of business for Martinez.
Have a nice day, bang bang! – Cactus Jack