• Multiple reports have Arsenal bidding $10M for Mikel Arteta of Everton. Solid move for them and Toffees where he was never quite the right fit.
Some updates here across the board:
• Sky Sports reporting that Fulham are going to secure the services of CONCACAF superb star Bryan Ruiz out of FC Twente for $10.6M. That would be the largest transfer for Fulham in at least 3 years (Andy Johnson) and perhaps one of the top two or three all-time at The Cottage.
• Your guess as good as ours on Clint Dempsey. I have no problem eating crow if the lone, single, only, exclusive, whatever-it-is report on Dempsey to Arsenal comes true and it was filed by the broken clock that is Goal.com. Will gladly do it publicly.
That said a Dempsey buy would be out of character for the London side.
• MLS Soccer’s Greg Seltzer nailed a few reports. Eric Lichaj would have been Leeds bound if not for a hip problem that may keep him out of action for up to four months. Maurice Edu had a couple of relocation packages turned down and remains at Rangers.
Ah the transfer day deadline looming yet again.
A fast-paced day of footie rumors where 1% of all dreams come true.
You add the rumors and deals below. We’ll put them up here with a note.
» Joe Cole rumored (multiple reports) to QPR
The skinny: Yes that sounds just about right these days.
» Per Mertsacker to Arsenal (multiple reports)
The skinny: Don’t think this gets done. Or does it? A needed move by the Emirates; but what’s the fee?
» Dortmund turn down Arsenal bid for young sensation Mario Götze
The skinny: $25M doesn’t get it done. Tells you just how valuable in this market climate that kid is.