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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Find out what club is crazy enough to sign Bellamy, who Samir Nasri is being linked with these days and why Emmanuel Adebayor feels a move to Blackburn would be beneath him.

Adebayor would prefer to stay at Real Madrid rather than join Blackburn.
Adebayor would prefer to stay at Real Madrid rather than join Blackburn.

IT’S THE NEWS Liverpool fans have been dreading all season. With seemingly no clubs interested in signing him, Alberto Aquilani has said he will return to the club this summer.

In conjunction with Spanish players seemingly being in fashion these days, Arsenal and Tottenham have joined the queue to sign Valencia winger Juan Mata. Apparently Aaron Lennon or Theo Walcott just aren’t fancy enough anymore.

Man City, meanwhile, are intent on sticking with good, old boring-but-reliable Premier League stars – Samir Nasri is the latest player being linked with the club, in a move that cynics would suggest is entirely designed to upset neighbours United, who have also been heavily linked with the player.

Meanwhile, their want-away striker Emmanuel Adebayor has said he would rather sit on the bench than take a drop in wages and sign for Blackburn, claiming he prefers “winning trophies” to relegation dogfights. And who could blame him quite frankly?

The sickeningly rich club are also set to make another rather unspectacular signing, with Everton left-back Leighton ‘the new Wayne Bridge’ Baines, within their sights.

In other news, Craig Bellamy may be on his way to Celtic. Seriously, would anyone really want Bellamy at their club? For all his undoubted talent, he’s surely more trouble than he’s worth. Neil Lennon has enough to worry about without someone attacking him with a golf club.

The considerably more mild-mannered Roman Pavlyuchenko is also looking to move. The player has picked up the uncanny habit of playing better than Peter Crouch despite hardly ever being picked ahead of him. Pavlyuchenko will be moving to Russian team Anzhi Makhachkala, who bear the distinction of having the most unpronounceable name in European football.

Finally, Andrey Arshavin, who is prone to saying eccentric things, perhaps more so than he is prone to putting in decent performances, has (shock, horror!) said another eccentric thing. Apparently, he thinks Arsenal’s new away jersey will make their players look like jockeys. On that note…

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