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Man Utd close on Schneiderlin, City move for Pogba, Shaqiri to Stoke?

Transfer Talk is back for another day of wheeling and dealing as the rumours and gossip continue to spread.

Morg the merrier

What might Morgan Schneiderlin cost? Reports suggest the Frenchman will leave Southampton for around £25 million -- and that money will be paid by Manchester United, according to reports by both the Star and the Mirror.

Schneiderlin stayed put on the south coast as a stream of Saints players left last summer, but he won't be doing the same this time.

The Frenchman, who joined the Saints from Strasbourg in 2008, has also been linked with Arsenal and Tottenham -- but it's United who are "closing in," according to the Mirror.

The Star reports that talks "are ongoing and should be completed soon," claiming United have tracked Schneiderlin for six months and made a move when it became clear they were unlikely to land Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Man City take lead in Pogba race

There has been a fair bit of talk from Manchester City about how they needed to improve after last season, and bringing in Paul Pogba from Juventus wouldn't exactly be a bad start to that process.

A report in the Sun says City are "close to winning the £60 million battle" for the France international, once of Manchester United, and claims boss Manuel Pellegrini feels he has seen off competition from United, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

It adds that City are hopeful a deal for the 22-year-old star can be tied up before they make another attempt to pry Raheem Sterling from Liverpool.

Bear this in mind, though: Only a few days ago, Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta said Pogba had told the club he would not be leaving in the summer.

But in surely not unrelated news, the London Evening Standard notes that Chelsea have opened talks with their Brazil international midfielder Ramires.

Those talks? Well, they're about a new contract -- and the Standard says they're designed to ward off anticipated interest from ... Juventus, as they prepare for Pogba's departure.

Iborra could find Nou employment

Barcelona are interested in bringing Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra to the Camp Nou, Marca reports. It quotes a Radio Marca journalist as saying coach Luis Enrique had "asked for" the player and that "[Barcelona president Josep] Bartomeu is trying to make it happen."

If the deal goes through, the 27-year-old would be the second player to arrive from Sevilla this summer and would follow in the footsteps of Aleix Vidal, who signed earlier this month.

But there's a caveat here: Iborra, a former Levante player, is implicated in the Levante-Zaragoza case over alleged match-fixing and could potentially be banned for two years.

Shaqiri all Stoked up

Xherdan Shaqiri, another reported Liverpool target, is moving closer to a switch to ... Stoke, according to a report by the Sun.

It reports that Potters boss Mark Hughes is prepared to pay Inter Milan £9 million for the Switzerland international, who had been a target of his while a Bayern Munich player during the January transfer window.

Then, Shaqiri opted for Italy instead -- but that hasn't gone swimmingly, meaning he could now be ready to swap the San Siro for the bright lights of the Potteries.

And if he does, that could spell the end of Stoke's drawn-out pursuit of Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk's Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Mings dynasty

Premier League first-timers Bournemouth will smash their transfer record to smithereens by paying £8 million to land Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings, the Guardian reports.

The Cherries are reported to have agreed personal terms with the highly rated left-back, who joined Ipswich from non-league Chippenham Town less than three years ago. And what did he cost then? £10,000, that's what.

Tap-ins

- Tottenham could soon be welcoming another new defender, according to the Daily Telegraph, which reckons Belgium international Toby Alderweireld is on the brink of arriving from Atletico Madrid. It says the two clubs are close to agreeing a fee.

- With Petr Cech on the brink of leaving Chelsea, Stoke's Asmir Begovic is thought to be high on Jose Mourinho's list of goalkeeping targets. But hold on a moment, Jose -- Tim Sherwood might be coming to thwart you, according to a report by the Daily Mail, which says FA Cup finalists Aston Villa have made inquiries.

- While we're on the subject of goalkeepers, the Daily Mail (among many others) has had a go at reading the the tea leaves of Real Madrid's pursuit of David De Gea through the medium of the property market. The paper reports that De Gea has put his house up for sale. But what could it mean? Anyway, it's a nice house with a lovely kitchen.