Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rumour Roundup: August 28th, 2013

Hello everyone. We're finally getting into the business end of the transfer window, with 9 days to go before it slams shut, meaning this is your second last Rumour Roundup of the year. I will, however, feature a general transfer window roundup the day on the Monday following the end of the window, so look forward to that.

Done Deals:
Chelsea has confirmed that it has agreed terms with Anzhi for the transfer of Willian, subject to a work permit hearing. The winger had reportedly completed a medical with Tottenham Hotspur, when Chelsea became involved and offered more in both transfer fee and wages, with the reported fee believed to be around €37 million.

Spartak has completed the transfer of Anzhi central defender Joao Carlos for an undisclosed fee. Carlos made his Spartak debut alongside Salvatore Bocchetti in the club's 2-1 loss to Amkar on Sunday.

Looking Likely:
According to the Daily Mail, Samuel Eto'o will follow Willian to Chelsea as part of the deal for the Brazilian. Jose Mourinho managed Eto'o at Inter Milan and is not believed to rate Chelsea's current forwards, having played a strikerless formation against Manchester United on Monday.

Spartak midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov could make a move to Rubin in a bid to gain playing time, via Russian Football News. Bilyaletdinov joined Spartak from Everton in January 2012, yet has only played 24 league matches in that time, scoring 4 goals.

CSKA is on the verge of signing Botafogo striker Vitinho for a fee of €10 million, as reported by the Ledger Enquirer.

If is to be believed, Alan Dzagoev could be set for a move to Tottenham. The London based club are reportedly interested in Dzagoev as a partial replacement for the departing Gareth Bale, with Roma's Erik Lamela also believed to be coming in. No price has been quoted, however my estimate is around €25 million, however this could decrease if reported CSKA target Emmanuel Adebayor is included in the deal.

Low Chance:
Zenit has declared that forward Hulk is not for sale, amidst interest from Tottenham. The English club was reported to be interested for around €35 million, well short of Zenit's €46 million asking price. Hulk is believed to be eager to put his spell in Russia behind him and link back up with his manager at Porto, Andre Villas-Boas.

Spartak's move for Toby Alderweireld appears to have failed after the club signed Joao Carlos. Alderweireld is believed to be interested in a move to the English Premier League, and has been linked with North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal in recent weeks.

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