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Around the Premier League - 7/31/11

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As we wait to see what AVB and company do in reaction to Pastoregate it seemed a good time to take a look at what the rest of the Premier League is being linked with.  The big move of the week happened in Manchester, as Sergio Aguero completed his move to Manchester City.  Former teammate Diego Forlan seems to think his style would have been better suited to Chelsea, and I tend to agree that his unique blend of skills will be somewhat wasted under Mancini.

Aston Villa have lost a pair of wingers to Liverpool and Manchester United and the void was fairly obvious yesterday.  New manger Alex McLeish will have a new toy available to him when he returns to England, as the club have finally wrapped up their signing of Charles N'Zogbia.  N'Zogbia is a nice buy for the Villians, and I like the overall skillset he brings to the table more than that of the outgoing Stuart Downing.  If the Villians can find a way to replace Ashley Young I think they'll be a much improved side (yesterday's showing aside).

Arsenal have been the heart of the rumor machine for much of the summer.  In actual news, promising young winger Jay Emanuel Thomas has been allowed to move to Ipswich for a very minimal fee.  I really rate JET highly, and I think this move will likely be a mistake down the line.  The injury bug has also been biting hard at Arsenal.  Youngster Conor Henderson is out at minimum six months, and his own tweets would imply it's going to be the season.  Abou Diaby will also miss the start of the season as he recovers from ankle surgery.  If Cesc or Nasri are sold, depth is going to be a big issue in the midfield there early on.

Manchester United have been linked to several Pastore type players this summer as they look to replace Paul Scholes in their midfield.  Rumor was circulating that a deal for Wesley Sneijder was close, but Alex Ferguson quashed them yesterday.  I'd be fine with United pouncing on Sneidjer, as he's exactly the type of player I want to see Chelsea stop buying (guys at their peak value, likely to start declining soon).  I'm not on the "buy Modric" bandwagon, but I'd rather overpay for Modric than spend big on a 27 year old Sneidjer.

While Modric leaving Spurs would leave a big hole, the club seem to be moving proactively to replace him.  'Arry has confirmed that Tottenham are indeed interested in Valecia's Juan Mata, which should if nothing else see his price escalate for Arsenal.  This move makes no sense to me, as having Mata, Bale, and VdV on the pitch at the same time would be a glut of very similar players positionally.  Spurs should be focusing on actual strikers and guys to help keep the ball away from the keeper in my opinion, they are plenty talented on the wings and in the attacking midfield department.

Blackburn look like they are closing in on a move for midfielder Radosav Petrovic.  This would be an absolutely exceptional move, as Petrovic is a very good player.  I could see them making an absolutely huge profit off of this move next summer (like serial crusher huge).

West Brom seem to be closing in on the temporary addition of Ben Foster to plant in net.  Foster would certainly be an upgrade for them as they fight to stay up again.

Swansea managed promotion due in large part to former Chelsea player Fabio Borini.  After Borini departed for Italy, Brendan Rodgers appears keen to replace him with Leroy Lita.