By Chris Rowland.
The Germans have a colourful phrase for it:‘ Toranschlusspanik” – literally, the panic of doors closing. Well we could be excused a spot of Toransclusspanik this week, with alleged transfer targets disappearing faster than Wayne Rooney’s popularity. Following the Henry Mac near-miss and our apparent failure to lure Shaqiri from the reigning European champions, Arsenal have now ‘jumped ahead’ of Liverpool and Spurs in the ‘race’ for Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Bernard (apologies for outbreak of transfer jargon there), currently of Atletico Mineiro, Sporting Lisbon’s young central defender Ilori is headed for PSV Eindhoven or Valencia, Liverpool and Spurs target Jackson Martinez is staying at Porto, former target Kevin Gameiro is replacing Man City-bound Negredo at Sevilla and Ryan Bertrand can’t be tempted from Chelsea’s pay packet.
Here’s a list of media targets who’ve appeared in these articles and who have already moved somewhere else:
Delofeu (Everton –loan)
Dede (moved within Brazil)
N’Koulou (moved to Zenit or Anzhi)
Raul Albiol (Valencia)
Navas (Man City)
David Villa (Atletico Madrid)
Chadli (Spurs, today, July 26)
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