Transfer rumours of the Day; 13th July 2016
After the Euro Final clubs have been extremely busy in trying to get signatures from their prime targets. The rumour mills are churning and it promises to be an exciting next few weeks. Here are the top transfer rumours of the day.
Fabregas to reunite with Mourinho?
After 3 summers of pining for Cesc Fabregas, it seems that United are back in contention to sign the Spanish playmaker. The ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star could become surplus to requirements as new Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, looks to overhaul his midfield.
Fabregas signed for Chelsea, from Barcelona, in 2014 for a sum of 27 million pounds. He was one of the driving forces behind Chelsea’s romp to the title in 2014-15. He had the highest number of assists for Chelsea, despite having a below par second half of the season.
This problem has plagued Fabregas since his Barcelona days. One of the major reasons given by Barcelona for his departure was the fact that Fabregas tended to fade away in the latter stages of the campaign.
New Chelsea boss Conte is said to want more steel and energy in his midfield and it is unsure whether Fabregas fits into his plans. This could be similar to what happened to Juan Mata under Mourinho. The 2 time Chelsea player of the year was pushed out, in spite of being a crowd favourite.
Luckily for Fabregas, he still retains a healthy relation with Mourinho. With a deal for Pogba, still far from done, Mourinho might turn to a familiar face to reinforce his midfield.
Hull City and Chinese clubs tug of war over Robson-Kanu
Wales hero Hal Robson-Kanu has no dearth of admirers, it seems. Hull City manager, Steve Bruce, revealed that the club are holding talks with the free agent. Kanu left Championship club, Reading, after his contract expired at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Kanu, who primarily plays as a winger, played a starring role for Wales in the recently concluded UEFA Euro. He scored the winner for Wales against Slovakia. He then went on to score in Wales’ historic quarter final win over Belgium.
However, Hull City are set to face stiff competition from clubs in the Chinese Super League. The 27 year old is said to have been offered a weekly wage of 100,000 pounds from various Chinese clubs. Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are said to be keen to sign him.
Henry can get new coaching role
After parting ways with the Arsenal under 18s team, Henry is being offered coaching roles from other clubs. Provisional talks have been held with a couple of clubs and there are rumours of an offer from a national team.
Henry was informed by Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger that he would have to drop his media duties with Sky Sports, in order to work towards his UEFA pro licence as coach. This was after Henry had already been offered a job by academy head, Andries Jonker.
Henry is said to be determined to prove Wenger wrong. He remains confident about his ability to fulfil his commitments to his 4 million pound Sky Sports contract as well as work towards his coaching badges.
Henry had offered to work with the Arsenal u18s for free. Alternatively, he had wanted to work with Arsenal’s strikers one day a week. Both offers were rejected by Wenger, who was adamant that Henry would have to work full time in either capacity.
The clubs to have held talks with Henry are West Ham United and Watford. Sky are said to have no issues with Henry taking up a coaching job. The Frenchman becomes the latest in a long line of former Arsenal players, opting for other pastures after being ignored by Arsenal.
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