Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Tevez to Atletico, Mandzukic to Manchester United
The first two pieces of gossip involve Atletico Madrid as the La Liga side look to chop and change their strikers. According to their own manager Diego Simeone, Atleti are in talks with Argentine striker Carlos Tevez about moving to the Vicente Calderon. Tevez, 31, started last Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final for Juventus but the Italian champions lost 3-1 to Barcelona. Simeone has since told Spanish newspaper AS that officials at Atletico are talking to Tevez’s agent about joining the Spanish side who finished third in La Liga last season and reached the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. The former Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham United forward has never played for a Spanish club so far in his career and his presence alongside the likes of Antoine Griezemann would suit Atletico’s style of a rapid counter-attacking team perfectly. Tevez has scored 50 times in 95 outings for Juve since joining the Italians in 2013 from Man City. Surely linking up with his Argentine compatriot Simeone would be a match made in heaven...
[ RELATED: Monday’s transfer gossip ]
What about the player moving out of Atletico? Well, the Sun newspaper in the UK have dedicated their entire backpage to Mario Mandzukic and claim the Croatian international is on his way to Manchester United. Mandzukic, 29, has only spent one season at Atletico after arriving from Bayern Munich last summer and despite scoring 20 times in 48 appearances, he ended the 2014-15 campaign without a goal in 11 matches. It is believed United want Mandzukic to freshen up their attack and with Robin van Persie’s future uncertain, Radamel Falcao returning to AS Monaco on loan and Javier Hernandez not fancied at Old Trafford. That could leave Louis van Gaal short in the strikers department. Mandzukic arrived at Atletico for $30 million last summer and they will want to recoup most of that transfer fee to let him go just a year later.
Another played United have been linked with is Southampton and England right back Nathaniel Clyne. The 24-year-old defender has just one year left on his current deal at Saints and has been stalling over a new deal with the Premier League outfit. Liverpool have already had a $15 million bid for Clyne turned down by Saints but now the Daily Express claim that United are to renew their interest in the speedy full back after missing out on Dani Alves. Clyne has been a regular for Southampton since signing for them in 2012 on their arrival back into the PL. He also made his debut for the English national team last season and is expected to be first-choice for Roy Hodgosn’s side for years to come. United played Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia at right back for most of last season after Rafael suffered injuries and was left out of the team by van Gaal.