Just two fresh(ish) pieces of transfer news dotting about the place today.
Sebastian Larsson’s future is looking increasingly blurry as both Italian giants Napoli and FA Cup finalists Hull City have been credited with interest in the Swede. The link to Napoli seems more concrete and widespread, though there would be obvious ties between Seb and Steve Bruce – the man who brought him to Wearside.
Whilst this news doesn’t rubber stamp his exit it certainly does make staying a little more implausible. It is true that Larsson earmarked his desire to stay in England, which obviously keeps us in the frame, this increasing interest puts him in a very decent bargaining position. In such a position you wouldn’t suspect he is looking to accept a pay freeze or cut to stay at the Stadium of Light and with so much emphasis clearly on our wage-bill last summer, an improved offer from us seems unlikely. Hull don’t mind shelling out the daft contracts (Shane Long is reportedly on £40k a week!) so a move there happen if the interested is true.
As I’ve alluded to a few times previously there would be mild disappointment with Seb departing, but on my part that is more to do with yet another hole to plug in an already depleted squad. Larsson was excellent towards the back end of last season, but not someone I’d lose a great deal of sleep over.
Santiago Vergini’s signing looks all but confirmed with suggestions he could be signed as early as this week. That is excellent news for probably one of the most rapidly improving players. With more time, surely he can only get better as he adapts more readily to the physicality and speed of the Premier League, not to mention the English lifestyle and culture.
What makes this even better news is that the reports suggest he would cost just £500k to secure on a permanent deal, which is obviously a steal in this transfer market and it’s these low-cost deals which we will probably see a couple more of before 2014/15 kicks off.