Currently needing no new introduction, it's another round of Transfer Talk: player news, rumours, gossip and so much more.
Arsene Wenger has today confirmed Thomas Vermaelen is highly likely to leave Arsenal after receiving a bid from Manchester United. Wenger confirmed there was also interest from abroad, amid rumours Barcelona are in town to negotiate a deal, and would rather sell his club captain to a club not in the Premier League. Vermaelen is said to be in a position where leaving the club has now become inevitable.
22.58 BST: And that's all from us for today, but we will be back before long with the best of the rumours from the papers.
22.57 BST: It certainly seems that Thomas Vermaelen will be joining either Barcelona or Manchester United, but which club he's most likely to join appears to change hourly.
Arsenal centre back Vermaelen is close to joining Barcelona. Deal would already have been done if Man Utd wouldn't have intervened. [catr]
- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 7, 2014
22.49 BST: Gus Poyet has told Sky Sports News that Sunderland are "working on" a deal for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini and are willing to "wait for him" but said there is a limit to how long they are prepared to wait.
22.15 BST: Tottenham could be set to add U.S. international DeAndre Yedlin to their ranks,
- Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) August 7, 2014
22.09 BST: Crystal Palace or Hull are set to sign Cork full-back Brian Lenihan, the Daily Mail reports.
21.33 BST: Napoli boss Rafa Benitez doesn't seem massively confident a deal for Marouane Fellaini will be done.
"He has a contract with Manchester United, so at the moment I'm thinking about improving our players," he told Sky Sport Italia, according to Football Italia.
21.11 BST: A little more on the claims Javi Garcia is off to Zenit -- the Daily Mirror says the Russian side will pay Manchester City 12.5 million pounds for his services.
20.41 BST: Bayern Munich are close to completing the signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who should prove a very handy deputy for Manuel Neuer.
- FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 7, 2014
20.32 BST: Burnley boss Sean Dyche is refusing to comment on his interest in Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury but admits he is desperate to add to his squad.
"It's annoying sometimes because there's things you want to get pushed through and they drag and drag and drag, and we've had that on a few different situations," he said. "The only over-lying marker that usually gets any deal done is money, we all know that. We will put good resources into certain areas and certain deals, but there is a limit. The club's future is important, not just the immediate future on the pitch."
20.01 BST: Everton manager Roberto Martinez has indicated that there is no guarantee of any further summer signings as hopes fade regarding a loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu. Story here.
19.31 BST: Stoke manager Mark Hughes has revealed his hopes of landing Oussama Assaidi from Liverpool on a permanent basis have "gone cold." Story here.
19.20 BST: Aston Villa could be close to signing Valencia full-back Aly Cissokho...
Aly Cissokho is NOT part of Valencia's evening training. Expected to sign AstonVilla for €3M (Dani_Merono) pic.twitter.com/SLPVWuF5pV
- Michael Jacobsen (@VCF_Nordic) August 7, 2014
18.59 BST: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal were never close to signing Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira this summer. "We were never close to signing him because Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have quite a few offensive box-to-box players," Wenger said on his club's official website.
18.32 BST: BREAKING! Landon Donovan has announced that he is retiring at the end of the season. Story here.
After careful deliberation, I have decided that this will be my last season as a professional soccer player https://t.co/UuxXkXlYi1
- Landon Donovan (@landondonovan) August 7, 2014
18.24 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland have re-signed Estudiantes defender Santiago Vergini on loan. Story here.
- Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 7, 2014
18.02 BST: DONE DEAL Arsenal have confirmed that Johan Djourou has completed his move to Hamburg. Story here.
- Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 7, 2014
17.43 BST: Former Malmo boss Stefan Hansson was recently quoted by Tuttosport as saying Zlatan Ibrahimovic was keen to return to Juventus, but it appears he didn't actually say that...
Stefan Hansson to @SportExpressen: "What they hell are they (Tuttosport) doing? Whole story is distorted. We last spoke 8 or 9 years ago."
- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 7, 2014
17.30 BST: Read the full story here on Robinho's fairytale return to his first club Santos.
17.27 BST: Juventus remain hot on the heels of Fiorentina's Stevan Savic according to Tuttomercatoweb -- although it has reported that AC Milan's Cristian Zapata remains a target if they can't land the Serb.
17.22 BST: Sochaux's loss is Nice's gain. Presumably to cover the departure of David Ospina.
- OGC Nice (@ogcnice) August 7, 2014
17.20 BST: West Brom had been favourites to sign six million euro-rated Parma forward Jonathan Biabany but now face competition from Stoke City and West Ham according to the Express.
17.15 BST: Inter teenager Ibrahima Mbaye has hit out at his club through his agent after claiming he would move to Genoa so that he does not "waste time." The 19-year-old joined Inter two years ago but has yet to play a senior game and his agent Beppe Accardi told Sky Sport Italia: "Obviously we are honoured that Genoa are interested in him. Surely it is better to go and play for a large club like them than to stay at Inter and waste time."
17.08 BST: Well, Manchester United are getting a bit ahead of themselves it seems. An exclusive from the Daily Star claims Louis van Gaal wants to put Arturo Vidal through a stringent medical BEFORE they get round to agreeing a fee with Juventus. Apparently personal terms have already been sorted out with a 182,000-pound-per-week contract on the table for the Chilean.
17.03 BST: Udinese have decided against signing a new striker to replace Antonio Di Natale and have instead chosen to clone him! Or at least according to boss Andrea Stramaccioni, that is what he would like to do. He told reporters: "We are trying to clone him! Seriously, he is really important to this team." Obviously they're not actually trying to clone him but are certainly delighted at his decision to delay his retirement for one more year.
17.00 BST: Should Medhi Benatia leave Roma then Gazzetta dello Sport say Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas could be the one to replace him. Apparently Roma would be willing to sell Benatia but only if their 35 million euro price tag is met. Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are all interested.
16.57 BST: Another done deal!
- Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 7, 2014
16.53 BST: Confirmation that El Hadj Ba of Sunderland has joined SC Bastia on loan.
- Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) August 7, 2014
16.49 BST: Manchester United are set to make an official bid for Juan Cuadrado on Friday according to reports from Italy. It will likely be way short of the 50 million euros Fiorentina want for him but a bid is said to be forthcoming nonetheless.
16.45 BST: Surely David Beckham isn't coming out of retirement...
Hearing the new player the LA Galaxy will announce today is NOT Sacha Kljestan, and that it's a much bigger name. Hmm...
- Doug McIntyre (@DougMacESPN) August 7, 2014
16.38 BST: Read the full story here on Rafa Marquez' move to Hellas Verona.
16.35 BST: Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi has told Parma fans not to worry that star midfielder Marco Parolo has moved on and won't be replaced. He told RTL 102.5 that a 'quality midfielder' will be bought to fill the void.
16.29 BST: Just minutes ago we said all it needed was a signature. And here is the picture of Robinho returning to Santos, where it all began for him.
Robinho is back. Pic via Felipe Takashi. pic.twitter.com/5NBFDzwKJ5
- Lucas Sposito (@LucasSposito_) August 7, 2014
16.22 BST: Talking of Monaco, according to the Express, the French club are going to challenge Liverpool for the signing of Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi. Even though Inter confirmed there has been no ocntact with anyone about the Argentine.
16.15 BST: Le 10 Sport are reporting Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda isn't in any rush to leave the club but understands they are trying to reduce the wage bill. His high wages have meant he is one of the first on the 'for sale' list and it is said Monaco are interested in the French international's services.
16.09 BST: It's the transfer that has been done for ages but isn't actually done yet. But apparently it will be completed.
About Mangala. The info i've got is this: He made his medicals this week, and now the hold up is because of the 3rd party ownership.
- Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) August 7, 2014
16.05 BST: The list of midfielders Napoli are after is now four strong. Their first choice is a four million euro loan of Marouane Fellaini with a view to a larger fee being paid in a year's time. Then we've got the back up option of Liverpool's Lucas Leiva. And the final two who are very much 'last resorts' are Malaga's Ignacio Camacho and Jose M'Poku of Standard Liege.
15.59 BST: No bid for Arturo Vidal yet, or so say our sources. Read the full story here.
15.51 BST: Robinho is but signature away from signing for Santos according to his agent. Speaking to UoL Esporte Marisa Ramos said: "It 's all right.. Everything is ready, we're just missing the signature." The Brazilian is set to sign on a loan, free of charge, such is AC Milan's desperation to get him off the wage bill.
15.46 BST: A done deal in Ligue 1 too!
- FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 7, 2014
15.42 BST: Le 10 Sport claim PSG will have to sell one or both of Ezeqiuel Lavezzi or Javier Pastore in order to fund a move for Angel Di Maria. Admittedly owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has today said PSG are out of the running with the asking price for Di Maria too high but with funds coming in from sales, that situation could change quickly.
15.37 BST: And a done deal in the Championship too.
- Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 7, 2014
15.33 BST: There had been tentative talk of John Stones' future being away from Goodison Park but... apparently not.
BREAKING: John Stones signs new five-year deal at Everton. pic.twitter.com/ep5WblpkuY
- Everton (@Everton) August 7, 2014
15.33 BST: Tuttomercatoweb are claiming an exclusive with Benfica ready to sell Franco Jara to Braga. However the young Argentine is said to be considering his options with interest from other leagues also rife.
15.24 BST: Edinson Cavani has reportedly had offers from Liverpool and Arsenal but is yet to make up his mind about his immediate future. In an interview with El Telegrafo in Uruguay, Cavani's agent Claudio Anellucci said: "There has been much interest in the player during the last six months. I can confirm that Cavani heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal."
15.17 BST: Crystal Palace fans are going to be disappointed to find out striking legend Andy Johnson will not be returning to Selhurst Park. An exclusive from the Croydon Advertiser has quoted chairman Steve Parish as saying that bring back AJ was a pipe dream they had a year ago. And it is no more.
15.11 BST: Sunderland have been handed a huge boost in their bid to sign Valencia's Jonas after Deportivo La Coruna pulled out of signing the Brazilian winger. Super Deporte claim the Black Cats are now in pole position and negotiations should be easy with Valencia looking to get a fee for their player before his contract runs out next July.
15.05 BST: Inter Milan and Porto are said to be just two million euros apart in their valuation of Rolando. Apparently everything else is confirmed and in place except the total fee Porto will be paid for the Brazilian.
15.00 BST: West Ham have given up on trying to sign 3 million pound rated Peter Crouch from Stoke City and will now rival Frankfurt for the signature of Hugo Almeida. The Evening Standard claims the Portuguese is now the No.1 target to replace Andy Carroll who has been sidelined with yet another injury.
14.56 BST: Leeds transfer plans over the coming weeks revealed by boss David Hockaday.
#lufc DH on potential signings before Sat "We have 2 or 3 targets, but whether it happens now or next week we'll have to wait and see"
- West Yorkshire Sport (@WYSDaily) August 7, 2014
14.50 BST: Southampton are set to find out whether they have been successful in their attempts to lure Sporting Lisbon full back Marcos Rojo to the south coast today. According to O Jogo, Saints have made another bid worth more than the 12 million euros they offered previously in the hope of signing the Argentine.
14.43 BST: Remember Lucas Barrios? He scored a bucketload of goals for Borussia Dortmund before they got REALLY good and then his career petered out a little? Well the Paraguayan is set to sign for Montpellier according to Midi Libre, with Spartak Moscow ready to sell.
14.39 BST: Looks like Chilean international Mauricio Pinilla is a Genoa player. He's in love apparently.
Sono ufficialmente un giocatore del @GenoaCFC ❤️��
- Mauricio Pinilla (@pinigol51) August 7, 2014
14.35 BST: Aston Villa are apparently very close to signing former Liverpool full back Aly Cissokho from Valencia for 2.5 million euros. Super Deporte claim the deal has gone as far as the Frenchman only needing a medical before it can be confirmed. Happy days for Villa fans.
14.29 BST: Dani Osvaldo getting in on the 'bash Southampton' hype that's been going around.
- F.C. Internazionale (@Inter) August 7, 2014
14.25 BST: O Jogo and Nigel Pearson look set for a scrap as one claims Leicester have made a seven million euro bid for Islam Slimani of Sporting Lisbon. The other says he knows about nothing of the sort.
14.15 BST: Arsenal target Julian Draxler has claimed he needs to play well in order to get a move from Schalke to one of Europe's elite clubs. The 37 million pound man is also wanted by Tottenham Hotspur but has told Bild: "I did not play like 20 clubs were ready to pay this sum for me last season. I have to become attractive to big clubs again."
So he knows he is good then...
14.09 BST: Remember that 17-year-old kid who joined Lazio and nobody believed he was a teenager? Well he, Joseph Minala, is set for a loan move from the club, most likely to Serie B's Bari according to Gianluca Di Marzio. However, it is thought the young winger is stalling on a move to see if he can join a Serie A club as he hopes to make next year's African Cup of Nations tournament.
14.02 BST: What is is with the Ferdinand's and blue and white hoops!? Apparently Anton Ferdinand is having a medical at Reading. Not weeks after his elder brother Rio joined QPR.
13.58 BST: Apparently Manchester City's Javi Garcia is set to sign for Zenit St Petersburg... today!
13.52 BST: River Plate have been under siege with regards to player sales and one that does not look like ending any time soon is the transfer of Eder Balanta. Sources in Argentina suggest a 7.5 million euro bid from Galatasaray has been rejected. There were reports in Italy that Lazio had seen a 4.5 million euro bid accepted but that seems unlikely with the news a higher bid has been rejected.
13.45 BST: Serie A minnows Sassuolo have asked Juventus if they could loan Marco Storari while their own goalkeeper Gianluca Pegolo gets over his long-term injury. Gianluca Di Marzio claims Juve don't want to let him go but should the back-up goalie want to be No.1 elsewhere, they would not stand in his way.
13.41 BST: St-Etienne are chasing Evian's Daniel Wass. The 25-year-old is available for transfer but the fee, in the region of two million euros, is said by L'Equipe, to be a stumbling block because it is over the odds. Evian will owe former club Benfica a portion of any future deal.
13.36 BST: Lots of media outlets all over Europe are reporting Arsenal lead the race to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. Apparently the German club are willing to sell now so they don't lose him to Bayern Munich in a year's time for his 32 million euro release clause. Dortmund however remain confident they can agree a new deal with the German international.
13.31 BST: After confirming Arsenal had received an offer for Thomas Vermaelen from Man Utd, Arsene Wenger went on to say...
Wenger again on Vermaelen: " We have offers from abroad and ideally i would rather sell him to a club abroad."
- Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) August 7, 2014
13.27 BST: DONE DEAL! Liverpool youngster Rafael Paez has officially joined Bologna the club's website has confirmed!
13.25 BST: Swansea City are still trying to get Federico Fernandez from Napoli. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Premier League club have offered ten million euros but Napoli don't want to sell. Discussions are set to continue over the next few days.
13.21 BST: Another player being linked with Monaco. And guess what!? He is an attacking midfielder. It is Inter Milan's Ricky Alvarez.
13.16 BST: Spurs' French centre back Younes Kaboul could be on his way to Lazio according to reports. Kaboul, who has played only 14 games in the Premier League in two years because of injury, is said to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane with the impending arrival of Mateo Mussachio at the club said to be imminent.
13.12 BST: Montpellier are keen to offload midfielder Benjamin Stambouli according to L'Equipe. Apparently the only interested party so far is St-Etienne but no offers have yet been made.
13.07 BST: A total legend returns to European football! Rafa Marquez in Serie A for Hellas Verona!
- Hellas Verona FC (@HellasVeronaFC) August 7, 2014
13.04 BST: Yet more on the Liverpool in for Radamel Falcao saga from Bloomberg's Tariq Panja.
Re Falcao - understand Liverpool had made an inquiry a week or so ago and were told he's going somewhere else. Showed ambition at v least.
- tariq panja (@tariqpanja) August 7, 2014
13.00 BST: Sport Witness doing what they do best, seeing right through these transfer rumours and finding the truth in them!
Die Welt do not say Arsenal are leading the race for Reus, despite The Metro saying so.
- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 7, 2014
They say Arsenal are in the race, one of the club's interested.
- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 7, 2014
12.56 BST: PSV and AJax are set to do battle for not only the Eredivisie title but also the signature of Lazio forward Alvaro Gonzalez. La Repubblica say the Uruguayan is contracted for another three years but could be available for transfer if Lazio fall sort of cash re-building their squad.
12.51 BST: L'Equipe link half of Europe with Monaco. Names today go something like this: Wesley Sneijder and Xherdan Shaqiri are possible prospects. Douglas Costa and Alex Teixeira are more likely prospects. And apparently Nicolas Gaitan is being negotiated as you read. It's like a who's who of available attacking talent in Europe.
12.45 BST: Lille have opened the exit door for Salomon Kalou wide open after deciding his wages are way too high for the club. L'Equipe report even Champions League qualification would not mean Kalou's wages could be met and it is said the Ivorian fancies a move back to the Premier League.
12.38 BST: Right, so. The Memphis Depay to Spurs deal. Yesterday they'd made a bid but it got rejected because it was too low. Then it was reported in the evening that a ten million euro bid plus Nacer Chadli deal had been accepted. But it hadn't. Now the Evening Standard are reporting Spurs are set to up their bid to 15 million euros after Chadli rejected the exchange and wants to fight for his place at Spurs.
12.34 BST: That's competition for Parfait Mandanda of Charleroi, not Marseille's Steve Mandanda.
- BeNeFoot (@BeNeFoot) August 7, 2014
12.30 BST: Liverpool. Again. This time it is reported the Reds have sent scouts to run the rule over Bayer Leverkusen wonderkid Julian Brandt. The Express claims Brendan Rodgers spotted the talent at a youth tournament and wants to sign the kid on a permanent deal before he gets too expensive.
12.22 BST: Here we go again. Klaas Jan Huntelaar is on the radar of Spurs and Liverpool but is considering offers from Turkey. The Metro say the Dutchman is weighing up his options and could depart Schalke this summer if the right offer comes in.
12.15 BST: And rumour of the day goes to... The Evening Standard who have claimed Juventus have instructed English-based agents to 'explore through informal channels' whether Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is available for transfer. I mean... what?
12.10 BST: Dani Alves' future at Barcelona looks pretty secure at the moment with boss Luis Enrique telling a media conference: "Alves is a Barcelona player and a very good one. I know him well and for now he is with Barcelona. I am delighted with his presence in the team."
12.03 BST: Reports are already emerging that Real Madrid are touting Angel Di Maria about to other clubs. The Daily Star are saying Manchester United are set to offer sixty million euros to land the Argentine now that PSG have pulled out of the running for his signature.
11.56 BST: The future of Inter winger Ezequiel Schelotto is still up in the air as Tuttomercatoweb report the Argentine is in talks with Parma about a move. However, it is though Southampton are also still interested and could counter any deal being made.
11.52 BST: Hertha Berlin have denied reports they are interested in signing Fulham striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.
11.50 BST: It's been close for weeks. O Jogo seem to think it could happen sometime soon!
Enzo Perez very close to Valencia transfer, say O Jogo.
- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 7, 2014
11.44 BST: Juventus outcast Simone Pepe is set for an exit and Tuttomercatoweb claim a deal will be struck with any one of Cesena, Atalanta or Sampdoria for the winger's services.
11.39 BST: Reports in AS say Real Madrid are relying on PSG to sign Angel di Maria in order to finance an big move for Monaco's Radamel Falcao. Unfortunately for them, PSG have said di Maria is too expensive and Monaco have said Falcao is not for sale. Looks like a no-goer.
11.33 BST: Several reports in Italy suggest Chelsea are still looking to sign Mehdi Benatia from Roma. Will cost them big bucks though with 35 million euros being quoted.
11.30 BST: Well that spells the end of that rumour then.
West Ham target Vedad Ibisevic has signed a new three-year deal at Stuttgart.
- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 7, 2014
11.25 BST: SURELY NOT! We've all written so many words about all the different twists and turns the Angel di Maria saga has taken! And now it is off!
Al-Khelaifi: "We spoke with Real Madrid about the possibility of signing Angel Di Maria, but it was too expensive."
- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 7, 2014
11.22 BST: Monaco have identified Galatasaray's Dutch midfield maestro Wesley Sneijder as the man they want to replace James Rodriguez, according to France Football.
11.19 BST: TRANSFER DEAD ALERT! Apparently there were rumours yesterday that Liverpool wanted to sign Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan. Well an agent Letterio Pino told Sky Sport Italia: "Neither I nor Abian Morano, his agent, we have never had contact with the English club." Put to bed then.
11.15 BST: Doesn't look quite as delighted as he did before the World Cup. David Luiz' official unveiling a PSG.
- 1970 PSG (@1970_PSG) August 7, 2014
11.13 BST: Napoli are hoping to sell Goran Pandev this summer according to Il Mattino with the Macedonian's contract set to run out in a year's time. Apparently he is a fan of Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli but has not ignored interest from Fiorentina and AC Milan.
11.08 BST: I mean... I don't really know what to say about this. Apparently Arturo Vidal has told teammates he wants to join Manchester United. This is getting tiresome.
11.02 BST: Liverpool's rather boring pursuit of Alberto Moreno looks set to be over after Sevilla sporting director Monchi declared the player will be playing for Seville in the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff. Quoted in Estadio Deportivo, he said: "He is training very well, preparing for a big game. Beyond that the club has no reason to think otherwise that he will continue in Sevilla and play in the cup final in Cardiff."
10.57 BST: Sampdoria have identified several targets to replace Shkodran Mustafi who joined Valencia yesterday. According to reports in Italy, Napoli's Miguel Britos is their number one target but also have an eye on Inter's Hugo Campagnaro, AC Milan's Cristian Zaccardo and free agent Aleksandr Lukovic.
10.50 BST: Lazio have been preparing for the loss of Antonio Candreva by declaring an interest in Bologna's 4 million euro rated Greek midfielder Pangiotis Kone according to Il Messagero. However any deal for Candreva would cost the buying club some 30 million euros and so it is thought Lazio will be able to hold on to the Italy international for at least one more season.
10.43 BST: Juventus are waiting on responses from Manchester United, PSG and Manchester City after tabling bids for Javier Hernandez, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Stevan Jovetic respectively. Reports suggest Juve want an initial loan bid on Hernandez worth two million euros and a purchase option of six million euros. Lavezzi's deal is similar with a two million euro loan deal for a season with a purchase option of 13 million euros. And finally, Jovetic again is going to be a two million euro loan with a view to paying 15 million euros for a permanent deal.
10.36 BST: Roma are set to rival Spurs and West Ham for the signature of Ukrainian winger Yehven Konoplyanka. The Dnipro winger is said to be about to leave this summer and Tuttomercatoweb have claimed the Italian giants are set to make a twelve million euro offer for his services.
10.30 BST: AC Milan have emerged as favourites to sign Real Madrid's outcast goalkeeper Diego Lopez after CEO Adriano Galliani supposedly thrashed out a deal with opposite number Florentino Perez. Gazzetta dello Sport say the actual transfer is worth 'next to nothing' according to Perez but a sticking point could be the player's wage demands. Milan have offered 2.5 million euros per season but Lopez is said to want around four million euros for three years.
10.23 BST: That's how you open a press conference. Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sign Tom Adeyemi from Birmingham City as he looks to get Cardiff up at the first time of asking.
- Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) August 7, 2014
10.21 BST: So errr, apparently the Bath Chronicle have some kind of insider knowledge at Arsenal after they claimed today that the Gunners are set to make a loan offer to Shakhtar's Douglas Costa. The report claims after cooling their interest in Porto's Juan Quintero the Gunners want to make the 20-year-old Brazilian their next signing.
10.17 BST: Marseille outcast Andre Ayew's search for a new club has taken him to Merseyside according to L'Equipe. The Ghana international wants a move to Liverpool but may have to settle for Newcastle after his 300,000 euros per month salaray has already put off the likes of AC Milan and Napoli.
10.13 BST: West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has given an interview to West Ham's official website claiming they are still actively pursuing three strikers. No names though...
10.07 BST: West Brom's search for a striker is not ending at Jonathan Walters. According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Baggies are going to offer six million euros to Parma for Jonathan Biabany when they visit the Midlands to play Aston Villa at the weekend.
10.04 BST: Stoke City have slapped a three million pound asking price on the head of striker Peter Crouch. No doubt he's still good, but three million for a 33 year old is a bit much, and the Stoke Sentinel expect any deal to be agreed at slightly less than the amount Mark Hughes wants.
09.59 BST: More from the Radamel Falcao saga now as Monaco claim the striker is going nowhere. Read the full story here.
09.52 BST: Insult to injury folks. Poor Hatem Ben Arfa, who has been banished to the reserves amid the slinging of veiled insults between he and Alan Pardew, has now had his No.10 shirt taken from him. He will now be No.26. If that doesn't mean he is leaving the club...
09.50 BST: QPR have made a two million euro bid for Guingamp midfielder Younousse Sankhare according to L'Equipe.
09.45 BST: Looks like we can put to bed any more rumours about Marco Reus' immediate future.
. @Welt's speculation about AFC and Reus is about next summer. There is no "race" to sign him now. He won't leave this month.
- Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) August 7, 2014
09.42 BST: West Brom are set to make a move for Stoke City stalwart Jonathan Walters according to the Express and Star. The Baggies have been keen to add to their striking department and see the Potters' front man as an ideal candidate.
09.37 BST: Mohamed Diame of West Ham wants a move to a club challenging in the top six of the Premier League. And so naturally the Brentwood Gazette's report that the Senegalese is close to joining relegation rivals QPR should come as no real surprise really.
09.32 BST: Erm, what?
It's not yet done. Falcao is between Liverpool and City but the former quite a bit in the lead to land the player. What a coup it would be
- Mina Rzouki (@Minarzouki) August 6, 2014
09.26 BST: Manchester City have made available Matija Nastasic for transfer. The young Serb was tipped to be a defensive star for years to come but has found it difficult to settle at City and is now expected to depart, according to the Express. Arsenal are said to be on red alert but interest from Inter Milan, Galatasaray and Juventus could trump their claim on the Serb.
09.22 BST: Aston Villa are set to play hardball with Lazio, Manchester United and Southampton over the transfer of Ron Vlaar. The Daily Star say Lazio are still owed three million pounds from the transfer of Libor Kozak last summer and so want to negotiate a cut-price deal. Saints are also interested but Vlaar's advisers are said to be ushering the Dutchman towards a move to Italy rather than the south coast.
09.17 BST: Jose Mourinho wants to pinch Adrien Rabiot from under the noses of Europe's elite, according to Marca. The French midfielder refuses to sign a new deal at PSG with it running out in twelve months time and a host of European clubs have offered him deals to join. However, PSG have so far resisted the urge to sell in the hope they can convince the classy midfielder to extend is deal.
09.14 BST: And a touch more from Monaco as outgoing defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin's transfer to Saint-Etienne is set to be put on hold because the player missed his flight.
09.10 BST: Monaco appear to be collecting veteran Premier league strikers as Foot Mercato 365 report they want to join the forces of Dimitar Berbatov with former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o.
09.06 BST: Despite persistent rebuttals Barcelona have apparently had a 40 million euro offer for PSG's Marquinhos again turned down by the French champions. Sky Sport Italia are reporting the Catalan's refuse to give up on the Brazilian and hope PSG will buckle under the pressure of FFP.
09.03 BST: Alexandre Lacazette has insisted he is fully focused on Lyon for the coming season despite speculation he could leave the seven-time Ligue 1 champions, meaning Newcastle are likely to miss out, according to RMC Sport.
09.00 BST: Here's one from last night that people may have missed!
- Valencia CF (@valenciacf_en) August 6, 2014
07.00 BST: Which United States MLS players are headed for Europe and where might they land? The ESPN FC TV crew breaks it down following the MLS All-Stars improbable win over Bayern Munich.
Vermaelen prefers Man United
United manager Louis van Gaal has underlined his club's need to sign defenders this summer after the departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.
Now it sounds like they've moved back into pole position to acquire the services of Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is bracing for a move. Barcelona made a 10 million-pound bid for the 28-year-old Belgian, but a Sky Sports report says Vermaelen wants to stay in the Premier League and would fancy a move to Manchester United.
His current manager, Arsene Wenger, is on the record saying Arsenal are prepared to deal with filling the sizable void a Vermaelen departure would leave in their defence. And United clearly have the cash in hand to outbid Barcelona at that price, with Van Gaal rumoured to be readying a 12 million-pound bid to bring Vermaelen to Old Trafford.
City in good Kompany
Looks like Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini are sold on Vincent Kompany. Sun Sport are reporting that the Belgian and City captain is set to ink a new six-year deal worth 65 million pounds to replace the deal Kompany signed in 2012. The new contract would see Kompany earn 200,000 pounds per week.
This report comes on the heels of news that City are close, but not at 100 percent, on a deal for Eliaquim Mangala, despite a leaked video from two weeks ago indicating that the deal might have been all but done. The French defender, currently with Porto, would set Pellegrini's club back 40 million euros and be the squad's biggest transfer signing of the season.
A happy Kompany alongside a new arrival like Mangala would certainly be a good starting point for the side's Premier League title defence.
Agger begging to go
Thursday's Mirror is reporting that Liverpool's Daniel Agger is literally begging to leave Anfield and Brendan Rodgers.
- Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) August 6, 2014
Valencia trust in Mustafi
Residing in the done deal file, German international Shkodran Mustafi has completed a move from Serie A side Sampdoria to Valencia in La Liga.
The defender signed a contract on Wednesday that will keep him with Valencia until 2019. He will undergo a medical on Thursday morning before being formally unveiled.
Kljestan linked with MLS Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, with rumours swirling they are set to announce the arrival of Sacha Kljestan on loan from his Belgian club side RSC Anderlecht -- though we're questioning this one a bit as the Galaxy midfield is already pretty crowded.
The report says that a move last Tuesday -- trading Kofi Opare to DC United for their spot at third in the MLS allocation order -- in part signals Bruce Arena's intent to move for Kljestan.
Kljestan would essentially be a fourth designated player for the Galaxy in addition to Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Landon Donovan. But the American's on-loan status helps the Galaxy circumvent the league rule limiting DPs to three per team.