The beast that is transfer related gossip, news and rumours must be fed. Today, a Premier League managers' special to whet your appetite ahead of the start of the season.
TOP PICK - Brendan Rodgers has told the world he has 'money to spend' on a world class striker amid reports he is chasing Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Marco Reus. Liverpool have also confirmed the arrival of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla.
- Arsenal and Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow in the race to sign Edinson Cavani after Zlatan Ibahimovic picked up a muscle injury during PSG's match against Bastia today leaving the French champions short of world-class options up front.
- Roma officials are said to be in London thrashing out a 30 million pound deal with Chelsea over the sale of Medhi Benatia. They are also looking to get Spurs to pay 25 million euros for Mattia Destro and want to meet Man City representatives about Stevan Jovetic.
- Bayern Munich are after a new defensive player and have targeted Raphael Varane of Real Madrid, Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid and surprisingly a cut-price deal for Sami Khedira, according to reports in Spain and Germany.
22.50 BST: That's it for today, but you can be sure there will be plenty of rumours in Sunday's UK newspapers.
22.13 BST: Crystal Palace caretaker Keith Millen insists the club will continue to go for their transfer targets despite the loss of manager Tony Pulis. "We have identified all summer the areas we need to strengthen but for whatever reason it's not happened,'' said Millen. "Tony knew what players he wanted and the club do. The new manager who comes in, in two weeks he's got to know which players he wants. It's not ideal if a club chooses them -- you need a manager to choose new players.''
21.22 BST: A update now on Alessio Cerci, and press reports now claim that a deal worth up to 20 million euros has been agreed to take the player from Torino to Atletico Madrid.
20.40 BST: Alberto Moreno is pretty enthusiastic about his move to Anfield. Here's what he told the official Liverpool website: "I spoke with Xabi Alonso, Pepe Reina and Alvaro Arbeloa, and they told me this is a spectacular club whose fans follow it in a very special way.
"They all told me I can grow a lot here as a footballer as this is a massive club. I'm very happy to be joining a club as big as Liverpool. I hope to give my best and do all I can to help."
20.20 BST: Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer has been consistently linked with a move to QPR, and Sky Sports has reported that the two clubs have now agreed an eight million pound fee. Fer, who scored for Netherlands in the World Cup, came on as a substitute in the Canaries' 3-0 win over Watford at Carrow Road on Saturday.
19.12 BST: Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, whose newly-promoted side took an opening day point in a fine 2-2 draw at home to Everton, said he was still keen to sign ex-Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso and stressed that striker Chris Wood, linked with Wolves, "is staying here."
18.55 BST: Paul Lambert's not too thrilled with Southmpton manager Ronald Koeman after he voiced an interest in bringing Villa's Dutch defender Ron Vlaar to the south coast. Speaking after his side's win at Stoke on the opening day of the Premier League season, Lambert said Koeman was " talking out of turn about other players" and added: " You've got to have a bit of respect for other clubs and other managers."
18.30 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester United could be interested in making a move for central defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma.
18.10 BST: Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Alberto Moreno, using Twitter to announce the arrival of the Sevilla left-back.
- Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 16, 2014
17.34 BST: Manchester United legend Paul Scholes watched on from the sidelines as his former side slumped to a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea and claimed United are in desperate need for new signings if they are to progress this season. He said: "Van Gaal knows now that he needs players but I think he probably knew that beforehand and he knows it more than ever now. We definitely needed players from the start, whether he being at the World Cup was a factor doesn't matter."
17.27 BST: Sampdoria are considering a move for Benfica defender Lisandro Lopez but any move is dependant on what happens to captain Luisao according to Sky Sport Italia. The Brazilian has been the subject of interest from Juventus but if he remains at the Portuguese champions then Lopez will be allowed to leave for Serie A in a season-long loan deal.
17.21 BST: But that 10% doubt will definitely give Spurs and Man Utd hope...
PSV coach Phillip Cocu, "i am 90% sure that Depay stays with PSV." (via @FOXSportsnl )
- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) August 16, 2014
17.19 BST: Five minutes before they kick off their Premier League season!? Multi-tasking from Arsenal. Juve and Roma also interested.
- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 16, 2014
17.13 BST: Porto coach Julen Lopetegui has spoken about the Jordy Clasie situation and said he doesn't know anything about the deal and questions should be directed at the president. In typically non-committal fashion, Lopetegui said he was there to coach the players he is given and is happy with his squad.
17.07 BST: Liverpool and Arsenal have been dealt huge blows in their hopes of signing Edinson Cavani from PSG. Both had been mooted for big money moves for the Uruguayan but an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic early in PSG's match against Bastia today sees the French champions desperate to keep hold of their star striking options.
16.59 BST: Reports in Italy are suggesting Napoli could sign Marouane Fellaini for the season for as little as seven million euros including the big Belgian's wages. Apparently Manchester United are willing to accept a three million loan fee but Napoli would have to stump up his four million euros-a-year wages.
16.50 BST: Both Rayo Vallecano and Eibar are in talks with AC Milan over signing Didac Vila according to Gianluca Di Marzio. However his wages are proving a stumbling block with the player demanding one million euros a year.
16.41 BST: Feyenoord set to lose out on Hakim Ziyech to FC Twente it would appear.
FC Twente agree deal with Heerenveen for Hakim Ziyech, but Feyenoord also on the mix, and set for talks with the midfielder.
- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) August 16, 2014
16.36 BST: And a DONE DEAL from this morning!
TRANSFER: We can announce that Damia Abella has officially signed for the club on a permanent basis and could make his debut today. #UTB
- Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) August 16, 2014
16.32 BST: Some more reaction about transfers at Manchester United following their defeat to Swansea earlier today.
Vidal would be a "world class" signing, but rather unlikely to move anywhere at this point. Di Maria is brilliant but do Man Utd need him?
- Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) August 16, 2014
Depending on the outcome of the Rojo situation, still a chance Man Utd might revive their interest in Spurs centre-back Jan Vertonghen (1/2)
- Tor-Kristian Karlsen (@karlsentk) August 16, 2014
16.24 BST: Real Madrid are set to severely reduce the price they currently have on Sami Khedira in order to convince Arsenal he is worth signing. Los Blancos were reportedly only going to sell at 25 million euros but are now expected to accept bids of up to ten million euros less than that.
16.15 BST: Valencia are keen to sign Enzo Perez and push through a 25 million euro deal with Benfica in the next few days according to Tuttomercatoweb. The Argentine is all but gone from the Stadium of Light and with funds arriving from Peter Lim's buying of the Mestalla club, several signings are expected in the coming weeks.
16.05 BST: As it turns out, Marco Reus was never heading to Atletico Madrid despite the reports yesterday. Colchoneros CEO Miguel Angel Gil Marin confirmed the club never made a bid and told reporters: "Reus has never been on Atletico's agenda and his profile does not fit with what the team currently need."
15.58 BST: Earlier today the Express reported that Manchester United were going to make a last ditch attempt to sign Medhi Benatia from Roma for 25 million pounds. Following their 2-1 defeat today and the general defensive shambles that ensued during the game, that story must have a lot more truth in it now.
15.46 BST: Swansea's soon-to-be official signing Federico Fernandez has sent the people of Naples a message while on his way to sign a contract in Wales. The Argentine international said: "Ciao Napoli. Yes ciao, because it is not goodbye forever! It cannot be, because it is difficult to stay away from a city like this. A city where I found love and happiness straight away, that gave me so much, which I tried to give back with the best of myself on the field and off. A thank you from the heart to this magnificent city, to all its warm inhabitants, thank you to SSC Napoli and its magnificent fans. Thank you to everyone."
That's a nice touch.
15.41 BST: The Chelsea youngster could do with some first-team football to continue his development.
Aitor Karanka has confirmed to the BBC Middlesbrough in talks with Chelsea to try & take striker Patrick Bamford on loan to The Riverside.
- Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 16, 2014
15.35 BST: Rumour yesterday. Official today.
- Blackpool FC (@BlackpoolFC) August 16, 2014
15.30 BST: Manchester United just got beat 2-1 by Swansea at home in the opening match of the Premier League season, if you hadn't heard, with many blaming the lack of signings as a large contributing factor. However, Louis Van Gaal is not worried. Read the full story here.
15.20 BST: Disappointing news for Burnley. An omission from the starting line-up would be an admission Wigan might want to sell!
- Phil Cadden (@pjcadden) August 16, 2014
15.06 BST: Roma aren't just in London to sell Medhi Benatia. No no no, apparently Walter Sabatini has landed in the English capital to sell the Moroccan, buy Stevan Jovetic and get 25 million euros from Tottenham for Mattia Destro. Italian reports say Sabatini is extremely hopeful of a fruitful visit to London and that all the deals will be pulled off.
14.52 BST: Olympiakos looking to rebuild their squad. Also looks like Kostas Mitroglou may not be returning to Piraeus.
Guarani and Paraguay 22 year old striker Jorge Benitez has arrived in Athens to pass a medical and complete his move to Olympiacos
- Greek Football (@greekfooty) August 16, 2014
14.40 BST: Marseille are set to sign Alef dos Santos Saldanha on loan from Brazilian Division 2 side Ponte Preta according to L'Equipe. Apparently Marcelo Bielsa wants the Brazilian on loan because the club's chances of signing Nantes striker Papy Djilobodji has dwindled.
14.27 BST: After interest from Monaco, Benfica and Wolfsburg, it is now Sporting Lisbon's turn to court Lorient striker Vincent Abubakar, according to L'Equipe. However, with the French club demanding ten million euros at least for their front-man, it is unlikely the Portuguese giants will be able to afford him.
14.20 BST: Despite the intense transfer gossip surrounding him Marco Reus starts and captains Borussia Dortmund today.
- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) August 16, 2014
Reus starting as captain for Dortmund. Did nobody tell Jürgen Klopp he was sold to Atletico yesterday?
- Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) August 16, 2014
14.08 BST: Rest assured, Real Madrid will bid for at least one more player before the end of the window.
Ancelotti: "We're not looking to make any more signings" http://t.co/RofZxLYIek
- AS English (@English_AS) August 16, 2014
13.55 BST: Former Aston Villa midfielder, who didn't enjoy a good time of it in England, Jean Makoun is set for a move to Al-Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates after his current club Rennes decided to part with his services. According to L'Equipe the midfielder is resigned to leaving after a poor display against Lyon last week.
13.42 BST: Sevilla aren't bemoaning the loss of Alberto Moreno and have instead already begun their search for a new left back. According to Marca, that man is Dinamo Kiev's Benoit Tremoulinas who wants to leave Ukrainian football. It is thought a bid of around five million euros will convince the Ukrainian club to sell.
13.30 BST: Napoli are said to be the only team interested in signing Sampdoria's young Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Samp had been talking to Valencia about a sale but that has not materialised and so Rafa Benitez' side will now go after the Sampdoria man.
13.10 BST: Stoke City trying to steal the Premier League opening fixture's thunder a bit! But we're glad they did on this blog!
Stoke City have completed the season-long loan of Victor Moses from Chelsea #scfc
- Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 16, 2014
13.06 BST: Barcelona's pursuit of Juan Cuadrado may be coming to an end...
Ataide Gil Guerreiro (vice president Sao Paulo): "We're waiting for a draft contract regarding Douglas. Transfer fee will be 6M." [via uol]
- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 16, 2014
12.59 BST: Arsenal are still hopeful of signing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon according to Tuttomercatoweb who say the Gunners have been quoted some 30 million euros in order to secure his signature.
12.38 BST: Porto are all set to sign highly rated Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie for a bargain nine million euros according to A Bola. The Feyenoord captain was left out of the squad owing to a 'minor injury' but it now appears the Dutch international is set for a move to Portugal. The newspaper claims the head of the supporters trust, below, has good connections and broke the news last night.
- Ron Smit (@RonFSV) August 15, 2014
12.30 BST: Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has admitted he would 'really like' to have Ron Vlaar in his Southampton squad amid talk Aston Villa are bracing themselves to lose their captain. He told the Daily Mirror: "He's a perfect addition to every group and a real leader. I would really like to have him at Southampton."
12.21 BST: Arsenal are said to already be in talks with Olympiakos about signing Greek international Kostas Manolas. Read the full story here.
12.14 BST: Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United's protracted pursuit of Arturo Vidal from Juventus looks set to end with the club apparently now after Fredy Guarin instead. According to the Daily Star United's Dutch boss has lost patience with signing the Chilean and will move to sign the Ecuadorian from Inter Milan instead in a 15 million pound move.
12.06 BST: The Sun have once again linked Hull City with a four million pound move for Tottenham's Michael Dawson. However the Hull Daily Mail are sceptical about the switch and have claimed Steve Bruce is more likely to spend the 12 million pounds from the Shane Long sale on Sunderland's Steven Fletcher.
11.55 BST: Emmanuel Frimpong. If only he spent more time on the training pitch than making rap videos he might still be at Arsenal. But after being released by Barnsley this summer, the Ghanaian midfielder flew to Sturm Graz in Austria to try and secure a deal. But he couldn't do that either and remains a free agent.
11.49 BST: Valencia are set to sell Ever Banega for just two million euros according to Sportmediaset.it. According to the report former clubs Newell's Old Boys and Boca Juniors are keen but Sevilla remain favourites to sign the Argentine international.
11.40 BST: He has scored a hattrick in every tier of the Football League and will now have the chance to score one in the MLS. Good luck Robbie Earnshaw!
- Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) August 15, 2014
11.33 BST: Atletico Madrid are apparently looking to bring in attacking midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow as a replacement for Diego who left for Turkey earlier this summer. According to AS, Atleti see Jurado as an affordable acquisition who knows the club well having played for them between 2006 and 2010.
11.28 BST: Manchester United fans may just get a little excited about what we're about to tell you. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, United are in talks with Sporting Lisbon about sending Nani on loan to the Portuguese club. No more misplaced hope about his potential. No more crosses into the stands. No more aimless runs into blind alleys. That is surely something to cheer, no?
11.20 BST: Bayern Munich losing Javi Martinez to a long term knee injury always meant the rumour mill was going to start turning in that part of Germany. And that is exactly what has happened with AS reporting the German champions are set to go after Raphael Varane or Diego Godin as a replacement. In the same article, they also cite Sport Bild who say Sami Khedira is a possible replacement for Martinez and would cost the club a lot less.
Guardiola in the market for a right-sided defender
- Raphael Honigstein (@honigstein) August 16, 2014
11.13 BST: Spurs' pursuit of Morgan Schneiderlin is apparently at an end according to Ronald Koeman. He is quoted in the Daily Star as saying the French midfielder has accepted his fate and will now happily remain at the south coast club this season. He said: "Finally he has accepted the situation. You can see his quality and that is why we didn't sell Morgan, because he is a fantastic player."
11.04 BST: Not that there was ever much doubt about his Barcelona future anyway but...
Official: Barcelona player Javier Mascherano (30) will sign his contract renewal until 2018 on Tuesday 26 August #fcblive
- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 16, 2014
10.59 BST: Atletico Madrid have made a 16 million euro bid for Torino forward Alessio Cerci which AC Milan have yet to match. According to AS, the Italian giants are Cerci's preferred destination but have so far yet to stump up the cash to land him, something which is causing boss Pippo Inzaghi extreme annoyance.
10.51 BST: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew would rather see Hatem Ben Arfa stew in the reserves than allow him to possibly harm the dressing room atmosphere. Quoted in the Sunderland Echo, Pardew was asked about Ben Arfa and said: "I don't want to comment on those players at the moment. When you seen teams that win trophies, it's obvious you need a group of players who not only have the quality and physical prowess, and more importantly have the spirit, because you can see great teams who fail when they don't have that. I will not allow anything to alter that spirit. I'll ensure it remains as it is."
10.40 BST: Italian sports journalist/attention seeker Alfredo Pedulla has claimed Roma officials are in London discussing with Chelsea the 30 million pound transfer of Medhi Benatia to Stamford Bridge. Given Benatia has said he wants to stay at Roma and Chelsea saying they're not interested in any more signings, this would be a real surprise if it were true.
10.32 BST: The Brazilian's enormous wages and misguided stay at QPR may finally be over!
Today's O Jogo reckons Júlio César could finally be on his way to Benfica. If QPR were to let him go for nothing, wage compromise possible.
- Andy Brassell (@andybrassell) August 16, 2014
10.24 BST: More on Yaya Toure and Manuel Pellegrini says the Ivorian is happy at Man City. Read his full comments here.
10.17 BST: Norwich City want to bring Kris Commons from Celtic. The Express are reporting that the Scottish champions are braced for a four million pound bid and the player would be open for a move should Celtic not make it into the Champions League.
10.05 BST: Yaya Toure will not be offered a new deal according to the Guardian which has fuelled speculation about his future. The Ivorian was hilariously not happy because Man City bosses forgot his birthday last year and angled for a move away. But at 31 years old and gargantuan wages, nobody was willing to bring the African footballer of the year to their club.
09.52 BST: Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra is a target for QPR but will have to take a 50% wage cut to join Harry Redknapp's side. According to the Mirror, Lokomotiv Moscow are looking to ship his 80,000 pound per week wages off the club's books and would be willing to offload the Frenchman for free if he was willing to leave.
09.45 BST: Liverpool have been given encouragement in their pursuit of Marco Reus after Atletico Madrid claimed they are not interested in the Borussia Dortmund forward. The German club want to keep Reus and are putting together a new deal but are wary that Bayern Munich can buy him for just 25 million euros next summer should a new deal not be sorted out. And Brendan Rodgers is keen to take advantage of the situation according to the Mirror.
09.37 BST: New Burnley signing Stephen Ward has told reporters he could not turn down the opportunity to play in the Premier League again after rejecting a move to Brighton at the last minute. Wolves defender Ward had been expected to sign a contract at the Amex Stadium yesterday but made a last minute U-turn when he found out Sean Dyche wanted him.
- Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) August 15, 2014
09.25 BST: Amid interest from Fiorentina in Italy, Mikel Arteta has remained calm about his future despite having one year left on his current Arsenal contract. However after being crowned club captain at the Emirates, Arsene Wenger has told reporters he firmly expects his 32-year-old dressing-room leader to sign an extension on his contract within the next 12 months.
09.17 BST: So... Robert Snodgrass and Barcelona!? No, not now, but the Scottish international has revealed he was offered a trial at the Nou Camp in 2006 after performing well in the European Youth Championships that year. Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Snodgrass said: "It all happened very suddenly," he said. "It started when I was playing in a tournament in Scotland that also featured a team from Spain called Real Valladolid. They were interested but then we played Spain and they thrashed us 5-0. That put paid to it."
09.10 BST: Gus Poyet has said he needs three more signings at Sunderland before the transfer window shuts. Fabio Borini remains top of the Mackems boss' wishlist at 14 million pounds according to The Chronicle. He also wants to bring in a defender and a midfielder but has told reporters he doesn't expect the club to sign Bruno Zuculini or Micah Richards from Manchester City.
03.30 BST: With Paris Saint-Germain seemingly out of the mix for the services of multi-talented midfielder Angel di Maria, Manchester United have moved into pole position to acquire the Argentine and Real Madrid player. Monaco are also keen, but would almost surely lose out to United in any kind of bidding war. Real Madrid's 60 million pound asking price may adjust downward as this scenario plays out, making it even easier for Louis van Gaal to bring Di Maria to Old Trafford.
We save the good stuff for first
Liverpool are remaining ambitious and Brendan Rodgers has told the world that "the money is there" to bring a world-class striker to Anfield. Colombian Radamel Falcao and Uruguay's Edinson Cavani are top on Rodgers' wish list and he says they'll pursue them right up until midnight on deadline day.
- Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) August 15, 2014
Appetite for trophies at Emirates
Arsenal's 2013-14 season ended with the Gunners picking up an FA Cup win over Hull City. Arsene Wenger's bunch then kicked off their 2014-15 campaign with a 3-0 Community Shield win over defending Premier League champions Man City. No trophies in nine years and then two in four months -a trend Arsenal will no doubt want to continue - and so the Metro is reporting that Wenger is ready to move for Dortmund's Marco Reus, Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and Edinson Cavani of Paris-Saint Germain in a bold 100 million pound triple deal.
Replacing Pulis at Palace
Here's a transfer bit from the sidelines. Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is the leading candidate to replace Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace according to the Daily Mail. Pulis, who left in a shock turn of events at Selhurst Park just two days before the season kicked off, helped Palace avoid relegation last season despite being mired at the bottom of the table at the New Year. Apparently he'd become frustrated during the transfer window that saw his top targets slip through the net ahead of the impending Premier League season.
Despite the manner of Sherwood's tenure at Tottenham last season, early reports suggest he is the favourite to take over at Selhurst Park.
Moses moving on to Stoke
The writing was on the wall last season for Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses. The 23-year-old Nigerian fell out of favour with Jose Mourinho and was shipped out of Chelsea for an underwhelming loan spell at Liverpool last season. Now the Daily Mail is saying Moses is set to move to Stoke City on loan for next season.
Moses must still undergo a medical before the deal can be finalized. Even if it goes through before the weekend, Moses won't be available for Stoke's season opener against Aston Villa.