The season might almost be over, but the crazy season of rumors and transfers is only just beginning. Milan have all but wrapped up the title for a few weeks now, so the focus has really been more on who joins and who leaves Serie A for the 2011-12 campaign—here are some of the latest. The list isn’t exhaustive, and I look forward to you adding the latest news you may have seen or read.
Muntari has apparently not shown enough promise to warrant a permanent deal at Sunderland. His 80,000 a week might have been a stumbling block in this case. But it would seem awfully strange for a player not deemed good enough for a mediocre Sunderland to be plying his trade in one the best teams in Serie A. Time for Marco Branca to step up and do some wheeling and dealing.
This Tottenham Hotspurs star has been unlucky to not have played more this season. But the Spurs loss might well prove to be Serie A’s gain. His agent has been quoted as saying that Roma, Juventus and Lazio are all interested. He would most certainly be a welcome addition to any of these teams as the Croatian’s skills are without doubt top notch.
Now the latest from the never-ending rumor mill that is becoming Carlos Tevez’ apparent transfer from Man City: Massimo Moratti has said that Inter are not interested in the player. There is never any smoke without fire and given the lack of form of both Milito and Pandev, Inter have to be on the lookout for a third striker to join up with Eto’o and Pazzini. This transfer should cost Inter anywhere in the region of €35-40 million.
AC Milan’s Vice President has admitted that he is a fan of Porto’s Brazilian striker Hulk. Given the season that he and the rest of the Porto squad have had, no one would be surprised. Milan have four strikers already—one has to wonder what a fifth is needed for?
Both Juventus and Aquilani want the move to Turin to be finalized. Yet it seems that the lack of agreement over the transfer fee will see this move be scuppered. Liverpool are holding out for a fee equal to the near 17 million they shelled out for the Italian two seasons ago. This one may end up being an out or an in come the transfer season.
Though it is a bit early and this is just a rumor, the possibility of Essien playing in Milan’s midfield is scary for the rest of Serie A. The player himself has denied the reports. However, his performances for Chelsea have faded a bit this past season and the Blues may well look to cash in on him before it is too late.
The veteran Dutch midfielder will become a free agent this summer. When asked about his future, he said "My future is uncertain—the club has not made me an offer. It's still early to say whether I will stay or I will leave.” If Seedorf were to leave Milan and in the process leave Serie A, his skills even at his age will be sorely missed.
Some papers in Italy, along with super agent Antonio Caliendo, who was Milito’s former agent, seem to be suggesting that Inter may look to swap one Argentine striker with another—Milito making way for Tevez and both men swapping clubs. Though given Milito’s woeful form this season, City would demand cash plus Milito for the services of Tevez.
This is one story that takes new twists every day. Sneijder has said that he is happy at Inter for the moment but has not ruled out a move to the Premier League in the future. Yet some reports seem to suggest that the Dutchman is ready for a new challenge as early as the coming season. If Sneijder were to leave Inter, expect a big name signing heading the opposite direction, with Nani being the bookies’ favorite.
News to make everyone happy:
Whether you support Juve, Inter, Milan or any club in Serie A, the news of Del Piero’s one-year contract renewal has to be good news. He is one of the good guys in the game and this represents the chance to see him on the pitch for possibly his last season.