Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s press meet and Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski’s wish to return to Germany were the highlights of the transfer market on Friday.
Anzhi Makhachkala’ s Willian was close to a move to Tottenham having already passed a medical with the north London club ahead of a £30m move. But, a late bid from Chelsea on Thursday night – said to be worth £32m – saw Mourinho attempt to hijack the deal and bring the 25-year-old to Stamford Bridge.
“I think he’s already made his decision,” Mourinho admitted. He followed the comment by nodding in the affirmative when asked if that was a move to Chelsea.
He added: “I don’t like to speak before time because football can be crazy. I know what the player wants, so in this moment we cannot hide. That is a possibility.”
Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is all set to join Bundesliga club Schalke 04 on loan as the German international looks to get more playing time in the build-up to next year’s World Cup in Brazil.
The former Bayern Munich marksman who is under contract with the Londoners until 2014 has struggled to break into Arsene Wenger’s starting line-up. “Podolski is a great guy who will really suit Schalke. It would be brilliant,” said former international Gerald Asamoah who recently moved to Schalke from Greuther Furth.
Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil after it became clear that the midfielder could leave the Spanish club given the imminent transfer of Gareth Bale from the London club. Ozil is valued at £38million.
United would look to take the talented midfielder from Real, with manager David Moyes keen to recruit a creative spark.
While Ozil would be the marquee signing, the Old Trafford board are craving to show the club can still attract top players without Sir Alex Ferguson.