Liverpool are believed to be moving closer to the signing of Swansea midfielder Joe Allen. The Welsh international is currently on duty with Team GB (9/1 To Win Olympic Football Gold) at the Olympics but Brendan Rodgers has long been keen on re-uniting with his former charge at Swansea and Liverpool (5/2 Top 4 Finish) are now believed to have activated the £15m release clause in the 22-year-old’s contract, with personal terms likely to be agreed after London 2012.
Chelsea’s bid to sign Brazilian wonderkid Oscar is at an “advanced” stage according to the president of his current club, Internacional. The 20-year-old midfielder has reportedly agreed personal terms with the Blues (9/2 To Win The Premier League) and awaits only a work permit to complete the move. Giovanni Luigi said: “The situation is very advanced, but not finalised yet. Oscar has to get his work permit.”
Reports in Russia suggest Rubin Kazan are nearing a deal to sign Newcastle striker Demba Ba. Ba (40/1 Top Premier League Goalscorer) was in sensational form last season for the Magpies and Alan Pardew has been quick to dismiss any speculation over Ba’s future, but news of Newcastle’s interest in re-signing Andy Carroll have led to rumours about a move for Ba. The Senegal man has a £7m release clause in his contract that Kazan are rumoured to have met.
AC Milan are believed to have renewed their interest in Manchester City (5/4 To Win The Premier League) striker Carlos Tevez. The Italian giants were heavily linked with the Argentine in January, during the January transfer window last season, but a move never materialiased and the exiled Tevez returned to his club. It was thought he had settled his differences with the management at the Etihad but reports in Italy now suggest Tevez’s agent Kia Joorabchian has met with representatives of AC Milan to discuss a move.
Thierry Henry could be heading back to the Emirates for another loan deal with Arsenal (9/2 To Finish In The Top 2). The 34 year old revealed when quizzed that he will return to arsenal at some point, and admitted that a coaching career is attractive. Henry said: “I would like to go back to England with Arsenal for sure. I’ve not yet spoken to Arsene about it so I don’t know what capacity I could go back in. Who knows what might happen in the future?”