All eyes on Ochoa, Vargas bids adieu
The World Cup rolls on and so too diligently does Transfer Talk with the latest player and mananger news, rumours and moves from the world's top club teams.
All eyes on Ochoa
After his showstopping performance against Brazil in the World Cup, Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa is getting looks all around on the transfer market.
Ochoa, who blew up Twitter after his performance against the hosts, is a free agent after his contract expired with Ligue 1's Ajaccio. According to his agents, there is interest in Ochoa from at least 20 teams. Among the most prominent? Barcelona, PSG, Arsenal and Liverpool.
But El Tri's stalwart between the posts isn't paying much heed to the current rumours, telling Sky Sports, "I am staying calm, as there are options and there is a lot of time for analysing which is the best."
No surprise Memo and his El Tri teammates aren't concerned about where they'll be playing club ball next year. They need a win or draw against a good-looking Croatia team to make it to the round of 16.
Van Gaal a busy man
Transfer Talk dug up a few good Manchester United rumours today. TalkSport are reporting on several players who've piqued the interest of incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal. A quick look at the wish list goes something like this: Enzo Perez, Benfica; Sami Khedira, Real Madrid; Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund; Daryl Janmaat, Feyenoord; and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich.
Now if Van Gaal can just stop dominating Group B play at the World Cup with the Netherlands, he can get back to the task at hand at Old Trafford.
Vargas bidding Napoli adieu
Stars are born in the World Cup, and that seems to be the case for Napoli's Chilean forward Eduardo Vargas. The 24-year-old was part of his country's impressive win over Spain in Group B, scoring the first goal for Chile. Vargas played last season on loan to Valencia. But with his contract up, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez seems uninterested in keeping Vargas around. The Mirror reports he could go for as little as 9 million pounds. Premier League and La Liga suitors, get in line.
Jack Rodwell's Manchester City contract is up and an old coach in a new place would like to bring him along. Alan Irvine, who just took over at West Bromwich Albion, worked with Rodwell when he was an assistant to David Moyes at Everton.
"Jack is a very good player. He has had some injuries but he was a Rolls-Royce as a kid," said Irvine in a report in The Mirror. Rodwell only started seven games for City this season and is ready to go somewhere he'll feature. Everton and Newcastle United have also expressed interest in the 23-year-old.
Kaka to MLS via Sao Paulo
The long-running rumour about Kaka leaving AC Milan and joining new MLS franchise Orlando City FC for their debut season now has some teeth. Sources close to the player told ESPN Brazil that a deal is imminent, with the Orlando Sentinel citing sources on their end as well.
Sao Paulo's president confirmed a deal is almost done that would see the 32-year-old Brazilian play in Brazil through December on loan before starting with Orlando, who won't play their first MLS game until March 2015.