Premier League - Papers: Chelsea want Busquets

Tue, 09 Nov 09:03:00 2010

In the last few seasons we have been inundated by rumours of Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid trying to poach the Premier League's top stars.

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Therefore, it is quite nice to see the shoe on the other foot for once, as Chelsea are linked with one of the stars of the Barcelona team who also played a key role in Spain's victory at the World Cup.

Most Blues fans will probably be slightly disappointed to learn that it is not Xavi or Andres Iniesta, but rather Sergio Busquets although the 22-year-old is still a top quality player who played every minute of Spain's successful World Cup campaign.

According to the Daily Star, Chelsea are preparing a 20m bid for the player, although considering they already have Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel and Ramires, you could say they are not exactly lacking in defensive midfield options.

Chelsea are in the papers for another big reason too; according to the Guardian they are in talks to quit Stamford Bridge, their home for the last 105 years, in favour of a new 60,000-seater stadium just down the road at Earls Court.

The proposed new stadium would be on the site of the Earls Court exhibition centre which will be demolished after it hosts the volleyball at the London 2012 Olympics.

Going elsewhere, and reports in the Independent state that Liverpool's new owners are looking to try and commit Pepe Reina and Fernando Torres to the club.

The Spanish duo are believed to have agreements in place that they will be allowed to leave Anfield in the summer for a 'reasonable' fee if the team fails to qualify for the Champions League.

The Mail reports that Arsenal will look to pounce for Reina in a 20m deal if the keeper sees his future away from Anfield.

There is lots of hype floating around about Wednesday's Manchester derby already, and Carlos Tevez has admitted that he would have loved if Wayne Rooney had joined him at Manchester City before signing a new deal at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

One man who is set to leave the Red Devils though is reserve team coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who should be named as the new manager of his former club Molde later today. (Mirror)

Blackburn, Liverpool and Tottenham are all tracking Stuttgart striker Pavel Pogrebnyak according to the Daily Mail. The Russian nearly joined Blackburn two years ago from Zenit St Petersburg before a late hitch in the deal.

Fulham made an unsuccessful bid for Aston Villa's Luke Young during the summer but are set to make a fresh bid for the right-back in January (Mail) and John Carew is also set to be axed by Villa after his public spat with Gerard Houllier.

Finally, some transfer gossip involving children. Arsenal are ready to give a trial to 16-year-old Israeli midfielder Omri Altman who has been on trial at Liverpool; despite his age, the youngster has already broken into the first team at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

While, Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal for 15-year-old Norwegian midfielder Mats Moller Daehli who plays for Stabaek.


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