Dzeko to AC Milan, Spurs for Ramirez and Stekelenburg?
Of all the great windows in the world, none are currently greater than the transfer window. It may not be stained glass, it may not even be an actual window. It’s just a figurative window, but one which leads seamlessly to the latest batch of rumours. Names like Maarten Stekelenburg, Roma, Ramírez, Spurs, Bologna, Dzeko, AC Milan and Man City have been swirling around like leaves in an autumn breeze. Luckily the Life’s a Pitch panel is on hand to sweep them up and assemble them into some kind of order. It is then customary for them to give each rumour a mark out of 10 – 10 being a certainty, zero being a fantasy.
It’s a Spurs-heavy discussion, but kicking things off is Jason Burt of the Telegraph, who has chosen to focus on all this talk about Edin Dzeko packing up his various scrubs and lotions and heading off to AC Milan – home of fashionable outfits. “He needs to play,” begins Jason assertively. “He’s not first choice at Manchester City, he’s clearly unhappy there, and they’re not particularly happy with him. I think they’d bite Milan’s hand off for £22m, and I think a lot of people would like this one to happen, but I’m not sure about it. Six out of 10.”
A very small silence ensues, then David Walker of the Sunday Mirror takes his cue. Might the Uruguayan midfielder Gastón Ramírez be on his way to Spurs? “It’s an intriguing scenario – he’s a quality midfielder. Tall, elegant, left-footed, he really can play. The scouting pool has one concern, which is whether he can reach the Premier League standard having played in Serie A where the tempo is a lot slower. I’ll give it a six.”
Last of all, it’s the turn of Tom Hopkinson of the People, who responds to the speculation that Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg will also be Tottenham-bound. “It’s a key signing for Spurs to get a keeper this summer,” insists Tom. “Friedel only has a year left on his contract, and Stekelenburg is a great keeper, so I’d give this a good chance of happening. I’d give it an eight or nine.”
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