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Chelsea eye Falcao, Toon track Debuchy, Feghouli to United?
When Premier League clubs are in need of some creativity they often go looking abroad. And according to the latest batch of transfer rumours that’s exactly what Chelsea, Manchester United and Newcastle are planning. Reports suggest the Blues are set to bid big for Atletico Madrid striker Falcao, that United are tracking Valencia playmaker Sofiane Feghouli and the Toon hope to conclude their pursuit of Lille’s marauding right-back Mathieu Debuchy. Will these deals go through? The Life’s a Pitch team discuss.
“In terms of interest, 10 out of 10,” says the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield on Falcao. “Chelsea have seen first hand what Radamel Falcao can do in the Super Cup defeat in Monaco. He is a phenomenal talent and a prolific striker and if you look at Chelsea’s squad – as illustrated in the Capital One Cup victory over Wolves – they only have Fernando Torres, really, as an out-and-out striker. At some stage that auction [for Falcao] will start and if Chelsea really want him they could get him.”
But the People’s Tom Hopkinson doubts that Feghouli is a serious target for Man Utd at this stage. “Like any of the top clubs when Man Utd are looking to strengthen – particularly in such a key area – they’re going to have a list of five, six, seven or eight players that they’re going to scout. Whether Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to bring in someone who’s got a little bit more experience than Feghouli, I would suspect that that is the case. He’s got Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, so I don’t see this one going too much further. I’d give it a two or three out of 10.”
And even though Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias has said the club have been priced out of a move for French star Debuchy, reports of their interest continue. “This is one that won’t go away,” says Tom’s colleage at the People, Janine Self. “Everyone expected something to happen before the transfer window closed. I’m sure that Newcastle are keeping close tabs on him. [But] if he does well for France over the next few months and continues to do well for Lille his price will go up. Lille, I think, will lose him. Whether it’s to Newcastle, I’d say six out of 10.”
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