Following on from the rapidly spreading rumours about Mesut Ozil, there is still speculation about more big names to join the club.
Now that the Gareth Bale transfer has gone through, the Real Madrid fire sale will start, and along with Kaka to Milan looking likely, the aforementioned Ozil leaving - hopefully to Arsenal (though rumours remain about PSG and Man U), it seems the club are still open to shopping both Di Maria and Benzema, with the former looking the more likely to leave, for perhaps 25m. That said, the Madrid press poison pen campaign against Benzema seems to having an effect, with the player being whistled and booed again today by his own fans, despite two goals and two assists in three games.
Even Ancelotti weighed in criticising the striker.
“Today one thing was very clear, Benzema was whistled a bit, while Di Maria was applauded by whole stadium,”
“The fans look closely at the players. It’s a very clear sign for everyone that hard work is applauded.”
As well as reporting the Real Madrid potential departures, Jeremy Wilson at the Telegraph also mentions Palermo’s Abel Hernandez in his headline, before completely failing to mention him in his article! Indeed, the only reference I can find to the young Uruguayan on the internet, is to interest from Roma and Napoli and reiterations of the recently relegated club’s determination to keep him, though against his wishes. If it happens, it will be a relatively cheap signing for a speedy skilful player full of potential but almost as raw as Sanogo in certain areas of the game. Needless to say, we’ll keep following this one.
According to Le 10 Sport, Newcastle have received another bid for Cabaye, but it has not yet been revealed who – Arsenal? PSG? Another unexpected suitor? Certainly, some are assuming that the bid is from North London, but again, it’s wait and see time!
The other speculation doing the rounds is a potential loan deal for Demba Ba from Chelsea, but not only is that unlikely, but also I cannot find any evidence beyond the usual collection of dubious ITK’s on twitter etc.
Obviously there are other outlandish claims regarding Marco Reus, Rooney, Suarez and others, but we’ve heard all them before….
Anyway, tomorrow will be a marathon, and all these questions will eventually be answered! Strap yourselves in….