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July 31, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/31/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Fabio Aurelio is back at Anfield.© Getty Images

23.30 BST: That's it for tonight, join us again for more fun tomorrow.

23.29 BST: Sami Khedira will join Real Madrid after passing his medical. The Real website read: "The players is in perfect health. All the tests we performed confirmed that he is great shape and quite the athlete. He is eager to fulfil his dream of playing for Real Madrid."

22.42 BST: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he wants to keep Jack Wilshere at the club for the new season. "I think I will keep him [this season]," Wenger told Sky Sports News. "He can play on the flank or in the middle, deeper or wider as well. He should get a few games."

21.34 BST: Liverpool have confirmed they have re-signed Fabio Aurelio after the defender put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the club. We know they are desperate for full-backs, but surely that's cheating?

21.24 BST: Diego Forlan has moved to end talk over his future. “I am very happy at Atletico Madrid and have three years left on my current contract so I will be definitely staying," he told reporters.

20.36 BST: West Ham manager Avram Grant has dismissed reports that the club could sell midfielder Scott Parker, despite interest from Tottenham.

20.02 BST: We thought it looked like Luke Young was going to Liverpool, but evidently that's not going to happen so Mark Hughes is keen to sign him and Paul Konchesky will move to Anfield instead.

19.38 BST: Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to end speculation over his future once and for all.

19.04 BST: Massimiliano Allegri does not believe David Beckham will return to AC Milan. ''I do not think so,'' said Allegri, who replaced Leonardo earlier in the summer, after the Emirates Cup draw with Arsenal. ''David is now recovering from very bad injury at that age it is very difficult to come back. But it has been a great pleasure for us to see him today.''

18.29 BST: It's not only a problem in England, have a read of what Demetrio Albertini has to say about Italy. “There are far too many foreign players plying their trade in Serie B, Lega Pro or the Primavera leagues,” he told Repubblica.it. “They form a stop cap over the growth of our own young players.''

17.48 BST: Cardiff boss Dave Jones has said that Michael Chopra is happy at the club, despite the striker claiming he was'' well hacked off'' the other day. "Chops is happy here, but, like everyone else, he wants to see people come in. I've spoken to his agent a lot over the last week and he is happy for Chops to stay here,'' he said. "Why would I want sell one of my best players unless it's a knock-out punch?''

17.16 BST: Angel Rangel has informed Swansea he wants to leave the club to make the move to the Premier League, with Blackpool (and presumably Roberto Martinez's Wigan) interested in landing him.

16.58 BST: Chelsea are continuing to pursue Brazilian pair Ramires and Neymar, but Blues owner Roman Abramovich is unwilling to pay more than £20 million for each player.

16.45 BST: Spartak Moscow have signed Espanyol centre-half Nicolas Pareja for an undisclosed fee. Pareja said: "It is a step forward in my career, because I am going to a league that is growing and to a top club playing in the Champions League next season. It is a challenge."

16.36 BST: Reader Jonathan Yeoh offers up a rumour that we haven't heard mentioned anywhere else yet:

"Just heard that Nigerian forward, Ikechukwu Uche, is looking for a move to a London club. Preferably Arsenal or Tottenham because of Champions League football."

16.25 BST: Lazio are closing in on Sao Paulo midfielder Hernanes, with Biancocelesti director Igli Tare currently in Brazil thrashing out a reported €13 million deal.
Lazio ave already snapped up Javier Garrido from Manchester City and Uruguayan midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez, with President Claudio Lotito confirms “Lazio will make more summer signings.”

16.13 BST: Dutch champions FC Twente have announced the double signing of Roberto Rosales and Nacer Chadli. Venezuelan right-back Rosales arrives from Belgian outfit AA Gent for a fee reportedly around the 3 million euro mark, while attacking midfielder Chadli has been acquired from AGOVV Apeldoorn.

16.09 BST: Ipswich boss Roy Keane is hoping to complete the capture of Sunderland goalkeeper Marton Fulop in the next 24 hours.

15.41 BST: Reader Steve is one of a number of you who think that Rafael Marquez's move to the New York Red Bulls is a done deal, and he adds a few more names linked with moves to the MLS:

"Rafael Marquez is expected to be announced for the New York Red Bulls any day now. There are also rumors that Geovanni, Luis Garcia, Vukic, and Nuno Gomes have spoken with MLS about signing on, with Gomes specifically linked with the New England Revolution. At this point though the latter rumors are just that, and unsubstantiated to my knowledge. Marquez to NYRB is a done deal, though."

15.25 BST: One player going nowhere is Kieran Richardson, who has signed a new deal with Sunderland - keeping him at the Stadioum of Light until 2013.

15.16 BST: Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez has been released by Barcelona, a year before the end of his contract, with New York Red Bulls expected to clinch a deal for the Mexico captain in the near future.

15.02 BST: AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri is reportedly lining up a bid for Sampdoria’s £12 million-rated midfielder Andrea Poli.

14.26 BST: Story in from our newshound Harry Harris who has been informed that Manchester City are planning a mass clearout of players, with Roberto Mancini desperate to trim his bulging squad ahead of the new season.

13.43 BST: Le Parisien is reporting that Juventus defender Jonathan Zebina could be on his way to PSG. The 32-year-old Frenchman has played in Italy for 12 years, since leaving Cannes in 1998 and could be available on a free transfer with Juventus thought to be negotiating his release.

13.13 BST: Celtic may try to hijack Rangers' bid to land 23-year-old St Etienne defender Yohan Benalouane, accorsing to the Scottish Sun.

12.54 BST: The Telegraph says Benfica would consider taking Robinho on loan if Manchester City agreed to pay a portion of his wages.

12.48 BST: Barcelona forgotten man Aleksandr Hleb could be on his way out of the Nou Camp, with Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Sunderland and West Ham all interested in acquiring the Belarsuian midfielder's signature.

12.26 BST: Chile midfielder Jorge Valdivia has returned to Brazilian side Palmerias from UAE sie Al Ain after two successful years in the Gulf.

12.16 BST: Mario Balotelli's protracted move from Inter Milan to Manchester City has taken up plenty of column inches over the past few weeks, but reader Mikl Em believes there could be an alterior motive:

"Anybody else wondering if the Balotelli move is really just a very elaborate and expensive PR gambit to help make Adebayor seem more level-headed and mature?"

12.06 BST: Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi has revealed he would welcome a move to Serie A champions Inter. The Italy international told Corriere dello Sport: “I am very happy at Villarreal and owe them a great deal. However, I could never say no to a side like Inter. My phone is always on."


11.48 BST: Bayern Munich boss Louis van Gaal has revealed that the club are looking to offload some of their striking options. With Ivica Olic, Thomas Muller, Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez on the books, he is says he is operating with a surplus: "Even if I play with two strikers, I still have two too many. We need to sell rather than buy."

11.17 BST: Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia has been linked with an £8 million transfer to Juventus. Unsurprisingly, the player once labelled Charles "Insomnia" by then boss at Newcastle Joe Kinnear, said: “It’s a club I could not easily refuse.”

11.00 BST: Roque Santa Cruz looks to be on his way out of Manchester City, with Stoke favourites to land him in an £ 8 million deal. But the Paraguay striker said: "This is my home. I hope I can stay, but it depends on Manchester City. I hope this is not my last game here but, for now, what I have been told is that they [the negotiations] are on a standstill and that I have to go back to Manchester."

10.52 BST: Wigan Athletic are in pole position to sign Chelsea FC striker Franco Di Santo, having beaten off competition from Bolton, Feyenoord and FC Twente, according to Click Lancashire.

10.50 BST: L'Equipe are reporting that Nancy right-back Jean Calve is on trial at Blackpool and will play in the Premier League newcomers friendly against Bristol City on Saturday.

10.45 BST: A little fact for you on that last story: Genoa were the first Serie A club to sign a Japanese player back in 1994, when Kazuyoshi Miura joined them. Fascinating stuff.

10.41 BST: Genoa are stepping up their interest in Japan World Cup star Yashuito Endo, according to Datasport. Luca Toni and Miguel Veloso have already signed for the Rossoblu this summer and Endo could be set to join them in a £2.5 million deal from Gamba Osaka - who he has played for since 2001.

10.37 BST: Reader Joe will be happy with this one - Freddie Ljungberg has joined Chicago Fire from MLS rivals Seattle Sounders. The midfielder's former club will get a pick in the 2011 or 2012 draft as part of the deal. Read the details here.

10.03 BST: Over the next hour we will keep you up-to-date with the latest from the European press. Starting with Corriere dello Sport reporting that Manchester City could use Robinho as a makeweight to convince Inter to put an end to the long-protracted Mario Balotelli saga.

09.59 BST: Of course remember to add your own comments and opinions on the speculation, and of course any gossip that you may have heard. Reader Joe has sent in some of the biggest MLS transfers of the summer:

"Alvaro Fernandez from Uruguay's World Cup squad has signed for Seattle. Nery Castillo has joined Chicago on loan. Giancarlo Maldonado, the Mexican league's top scorer from a few years ago has joined Chivas USA. Mista has signed for Toronto."

09.52 BST: Mesut Ozil has hinted that a move to Spanish side Real Madrid could be on the horizon, with the Germany starlet expected to leave Werder Bremen before the end of the summer.

09.32 BST: Firstly, we will bring you a round-up of all the latest news and gossip from the English press:

Daily Mail: Roy Hodgson is weighing up a £10 million bid for Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour, to replace the outgoing Javier Mascherano at Liverpool. Roma midfielder Ricardo Faty will be flown in for a trial with Blackburn, who are eyeing a £1 million bid for the Frenchman. Two of Arsenal's youngsters have been targeted by lower league clubs, with Hull eyeing a loan move for Mark Randall, while Southampton want Emmanuel Frimpong on a short-term deal.

The Mirror: Jon Stead's proposed £250,000 move from Ipswich to Blackpool has fallen through after he failed to agree personal terms with the Premier League new boys; Middlesbrough have slapped a £1 million price tag on Mido's head - much to the striker's dismay. Ajax are interested, but unwilling to pay that amount and the hot-headed Egyptian is threatening to sit out the last year of his contract in protest; Nottingham Forest reserve goalkeeper Paul Smith has been transfer listed; Arsene Wenger says Cesc Fabregas will stay with the club for another five years. We're not so sure...

The Sun: Aston Villa want £30 million for the James Milner, but City are only prepared to pay £24 million, and are struggling to find a middle ground; West Ham have turned down a £9 million bid from Stoke for striker Carlton Cole, New Fulham boss Mark Hughes is attempting to hijack Tottenham's bid for City striker Craig Bellamy - who played under Hodgson at Eastlands, as well as for Blackburn and Wales.

09.30 BST: Good morning all and welcome to another day of transfer rumour and speculation - maybe even some confirmed moves!

July 30, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/30/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Sami Khedira has agreed a move to Real Madrid© Getty Images

16.42 BST: AS reports that Sevilla have targeted Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero. With Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria arriving at the Bernabeu, Granero’s chances could be limited this season.

16.32 BST: Our man in Belgium reports that Dieumerci Mbokani is officially off to AS Monaco for a fee rumoured to be around €7 million. He will be the third Standard striker to leave over the summer, after Igor De Camargo (Borussia Monchengladbach) and Milan Jovanovic (Liverpool). Standard look headed for a clear-out of most of their high profile players. Sevilla have also said they want Steven Defour, after they expressed interest in Axel Witsel.

16.25 BST: Swiss side Sion have decided against signing former wonderkid Freddy Adu. Adu, now 21, spent loan seplls with Belenenses and Aris Thessaloniki last season but has failed to progress as expected after making his MLS debut at the age of 14. He currently represents Benfica.

16.16 BST: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier has couched his pursuit for Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra firmly in the terms of a relationship drama by telling Football365.fr: “It’s complicated.” Perhaps there is a rival love interest for the France international.

16.01 BST: Are Barcelona backing down in their Cesc Fabregas pursuit? Camp Nou official Josep Maria Bartomeu says they will "respect" Arsenal's wish to keep the player and that no further talks are planned. Is this the end of the story? Probably not, no.

15.44 BST: L’Equipe reports Rennes right-back Rod Fanni has agreed a three-year deal with Atletico Madrid and that the French defender will cost the Spanish club in the region of €5 million. The headline writers in the Spanish press will enjoy this deal no doubt.

15.36 BST: Sky Italia are reporting that Manchester City have agreed terms with Mario Balotelli on a deal worth a reported €3.5 million a year. Now the two clubs must agree on a fee.

15.26 BST: FC Twente have confirmed that defender Ronnie Stam has joined Wigan on a three-year deal. The Dutchman has cost in the region of £2.5 million.

15.14 BST: After capturing Javier Garrido from Manchester City, Lazio have also announced the signing of Uruguay international Alvaro Gonzalez. The 25-year-old joins from Nacional after a three-week trial.

14.55 BST: Famed Italian transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti claims Jose Mourinho is interested in recruiting Juventus striker Amauri this summer. “Mourinho likes Amauri. Real are missing Raul, and Amauri figures in this perspective,” Bronzetti told Sky Italia. “He is less of a goalscorer than Milito, but Mourinho likes him.”

14.41 BST: Here is our report on David James' move to Bristol City. It is an unfolding story, so we will be bringing you more as we get it. Let us know your thoughts using the comments form below.

14.31 BST: BREAKING NEWS! The current holder of England's No. 1 shirt, David James, has signed for Championship club Bristol City!

14.20 BST: Panathinaikos and Lyon have agreed a fee for Jean-Alain Boumsong and the player has passed a medical. Boumsong will cost the Greek club €500,000.

14.11 BST: The website of the Daily Mirror is reporting that David James has turned down interest from Sunderland and Celtic in order to sign for Bristol City on Friday. It is an interesting move for the man who ended the World Cup as England's No. 1.

13.55 BST: Charles N’Zogbia says he will be permitted to leave Wigan if a decent offer arrives this summer. “When I came here, I was in a period where I wanted to relaunch myself,” N'Zogbia told L'Equipe. “Today I'm at Wigan but if tomorrow a good club with great aims contacts me, I am open. I have talked about it with my bosses. They won't put a spoke in the wheel.”

13.47 BST: Portuguese paper A Bola claims Sporting midfielder Miguel Veloso has agreed a four-year contact with Genoa and could be presented as the club’s new signing as early as Monday. He joins international colleague Eduardo at the Serie A side.

13.31 BST: Here are those quotes in full from Arsene Wenger. So, Gunners fans, who should the club bring in? Serdar Tasci? Per Mertesacker?

13.06 BST: Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are in the market for at least one new defender. The Gunners boss said: "We are still on the search because at the moment we only have three centre backs and we have seen last season you needed five. I believe we need at least four because we have some other players who can fill in this position but overall we are still on the search."

12.53 BST: Mediaset reports that while Manchester City have offered the 19-year-old Mario Balotelli €3 million a year to move to Eastlands, his agent is demanding €3.8 million. Not bad for a teenager, eh?

12.35 BST: Here is the full story regarding Ronaldinho's likely contract extension at AC Milan. Is he still capable of cutting it at the top level?

12.27 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Wigan have announced the signing of FC Twente defender Ronnie Stam, who was recently called up for Netherlands. It's getting a bit busy today, isn't it?

12.24 BST: Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has been a busy boy today (see 10.32), and now he has confirmed that Liverpool have targeted Christian Poulsen as a possible replacement for Javier Mascherano.

12.15 BST: Ronaldinho’s brother and agent has hinted that the player is ready to see out his playing days at AC Milan by signing a new contract until 2014. Roberto de Assis told Corriere dello Sport: “There will be no problems. The signature? There is no hurry, this is just a formality.”

12.03 BST: Real are also being linked with Mesut Ozil of Werder Bremen and Marca have managed to track him down on holiday in Spain. However, the playmaker was unwilling to discuss his future, saying: "I'm not talking about Real Madrid for the moment."

11.54 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Stuttgart have announced they have reached agreement with Real Madrid regarding the transfer of Sami Khedira. Sporting director Fredi Bobic said: "We can understand the desire of Sami to work for Real. We wish him every success in his new challenge in Madrid."

11.48 BST: Maicon’s agent has reiterated that the Inter Milan defender wishes to join Real Madrid over Manchester City. Antonio Caliendo said in Mundo Deportivo: “Manchester City is very interested in signing Maicon, but Real Madrid always occupies first position.” Real feel a transfer fee of €28 million is excessive at present.

11.36 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Lazio have completed the signing of Manchester City left-back Javier Garrido. He replaces Aleksandar Kolarov, who of course has already joined City.

11.28 BST: With Liverpool poised to sell Javier Mascherano to Inter, Mediaset reports that Roy Hodgson will sign Juventus and Denmark star Christian Poulsen as his replacement. It seems a tidy fit to us, so expect to hear more about this deal in the next few days.

11.13 BST: Today's obligatory Mario Balotelli update comes courtesy of the player's agent Mino Raiola, who says a deal will be done, but all parties must remain patient for the moment. Get on with it already.

11.07 BST: West Bromwich Albion are on the brink of signing Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. He will cost the promoted club in the region of £1.5 million.

10.51 BST: Celtic have targeted free agent Timo Hildebrand as a potential replacement for Artur Boruc. Hildebrand is available following his release from Hoffenheim and told Bild: "Celtic are interested and that is very interesting for me."

10.45 BST: Liverpool youngster Dani Pacheco has been winning rave reviews for his performances at the European Under-19 Championship, and the forward has revealed Xabi Alonso has advised him to join Real Sociedad this summer.

10.39 BST: The Daily Record is the bible of all things Scottish football and they claim on Friday morning that Celtic are at an “advanced stage” of talks as they look to sign midfielder Aiden McGeady to Spartak Moscow for £9.5 million. McGeady would prefer to go to the Premier League but his English suitors - including Aston Villa, Sunderland, Everton and Birmingham - are reluctant to go above £7.5 million.

10.32 BST: Here is an in-depth look at the comments from Juve general manager Beppe Marotta, who talks Dzeko, Diego, Krasic, Giovinco, Pazzini and Marquez.

10.21 BST: The Manchester Evening News this morning reports that Manchester United are leading the chase to sign Germany World Cup star Mesut Ozil. There are plenty of sides interested in him, will the playmaker end up at Old Trafford?

10.03 BST: Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho could well be heading to Real Madrid this summer and Cristiano Ronaldo hopes his international colleague arrives at the Bernabeu. He told AS: “We talk a lot. Ricardo is a great player, but the reality is that Madrid has only made three additions. The president is the right person to answer that.”

09.50 BST: Mido was also expected to join Ajax but the striker claims Middlesbrough are causing problems and holding up the transfer. "Middlesbrough are doing their best to force me out because they don't want to give me my financial dues," Mido told FilGoal.com. “It's not the first time for them to do that. They have done it before with several players such as Mohamed Shawky, Gaizka Mendieta and Jimmy Hasselbaink. But I will not be like them, I will not give up my rights."

09.41 BST: Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reports Ajax and AZ Alkmaar have come to an agreement that will see prolific striker Mounir El Hamdaoui join the Amsterdam club. A price was agreed late on Friday night apparently.

09.32 BST: We have an update on the Sami Khedira story with AS reporting that Stuttgart are holding out for €14 million while Real Madrid are only willing to offer €10 million for the Germany midfielder. It is believed that Real and Khedira have already come to an agreement.

09.20 BST: Yet another Barcelona player has spoken of their desire to see Cesc Fabregas move to Camp Nou. Today, it is the turn of Carles Puyol but the defender believes Fabregas will stay at Arsenal for another year, very much against his will.

09.14 BST: Harry Redknapp has defended his pursuit of Scott Parker after West Ham released a strongly-worded statement to ward off interest in their captain. Wasn't it West Ham who made the offer public in the first place? Anyway, Harry is also hoping to sign Craig Bellamy this summer, no surprise there...

09.08 BST: A Twitter account purporting to be Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland's has just declared: "Staying in Manchester!" This could mean one of three things: Ireland has been told he will be part of the City squad this season, the midfielder is signing for United, or the account is fake and it's a load of rubbish.

08.53 BST: Swansea have confirmed they have rejected a bid from Blackpool for their right-back Angel Rangel. Swans boss Brendan Rodgers told the club's official website: "An offer has come in to the chairman from Blackpool for Angel. But it has not been accepted. The situation is under control and I am due to have a meeting with Angel. I want him to stay and there is an offer of another contract on the table for him."

08.35 BST: Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann has criticised the club's transfer policy this summer. It's pretty strong stuff. Come on Didi, give it a rest, City are the only club keeping this transfer blog running!

08.24 BST: The headline in Catalan daily Sport this morning is 'Final Summit'. The report, written by friend of Soccernet Didac Peyret, details how Cesc Fabregas will return to London this morning following a holiday in Greece and will tell Arsene Wenger that he wants to join Barcelona.

07.55 BST: A quick round-up from the tabs to whet your appetite.

Daily Mirror: Spurs will offer Bentley, Jenas and Keane for Villa's Ashley Young, City to land Milner for £28 million, Luke Young wants to join Fulham, Mark Hughes wants to take Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Roque Santa Cruz.

The Sun: Carles Puyol says it's clear Cesc Fabregas wants to join Barca, Ajax have put a £20 million price tag on defender Gregory van der Wiel, Arsenal are considering a move for PSV midfielder Ibrahim Afellay.

Daily Mail: City are locked in talks with Inter over the fee for Mario Balotelli, Xabi Alonso is advising Liverpool starlet Dani Pacheco on his future, Mark Schwarzer is desperate to join Arsenal.

07.35 BST: Just to kick us off, there's a bit of an update on the Robinho situation. Full paper round to follow shortly.

July 29, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/29/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Has the Luke Young deal fallen through?© Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight. Another day of transfer gossip and rumour for you tomorrow.

23.43 BST: West Brom are closing in on the signing of Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, as Matt Duke will likely take the gloves at the KC next season.

22.45 BST: Robinho will head back to Manchester City after being told that his loan agreement with Santos will be terminated. The news has been confirmed after Soccernet broke the story on Monday night.

22.17 BST: Tottenham's John Bostock is annoyed. Why? Because he's not getting enough first-team chances because of foreign investment! "Some of us have been given first team chances. For instance, Everton's Jack Rodwell has been given a few and he has taken them,'' he said. ''But bits and pieces here and there is not really enough. We look at the foreign contingent over here and it's blocking us. It's frustrating - and it's especially hard when you don't feel like you are given a chance."

21.29 BST: Former Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has been appointed on a two-year contract to become the successor to Roy Hodgson at Fulham.

21.15 BST: Despite words from coach Didier Deschamps this week saying the club have no money to buy players, there are still reports that Olympique de Marseille are attempting to make a deal for Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino, who wants to move on.

20.28 BST: More from Zlatan, this time on David Villa. ''He's a great signing. I'm happy he's here because he is one of the best in the world,'' he said. ''We will be stronger and we'll have more opportunities to win.''

19.59 BST: Fernando Torres' transfer valuation has been downgraded by Chelsea to such an extend that any potential move to the Bridge is virtually dead. A well placed source told ESPNsoccernet: “Chelsea would take Torres, but not for big money any more. Maybe £30 million, no more, but not big money.''

19.45 BST: Dynamo Kiev striker Guilherme won't be moving to CSKA Moscow after talks over a move fell through.

19.06 BST: Inter Milan have made their move for Javier Mascherano, but Liverpool have slapped a £25 million price tag on the head of the Argentine World Cup captain. A well placed source told ESPNsoccernet on Thursday: “Inter want Javier, and have begun the process of trying to buy him. But Liverpool are holding out for a lot of money and want the best deal they can get. Inter don’t have the kind of money Liverpool want unless they can get a massive fee from Manchester City for Mario Balotelli.”

18.27 BST: Ramires has begged Benfica to resolve his transfer saga and release him to his “dream move” to Stamford Bridge. "I have dreamt of playing in the Premier League and now to have the opportunity to play for the best team in the Premier League and for a club with so much history - it would be my dream,'' he said.

18.08 BST: Paddy McCourt has agreed a two-year extension to his current deal with Celtic.

17.59 BST: Emiliano Insua is set to join Fiorentina. Personal terms are believed to have been agreed and only a signature is left...

17.30 BST: Lyon defender Jean-Alain Boumsong is on the verge of sealing a move to Greek side Panathinaikos after landing in Athens this afternoon.

17.27 BST: The Hull Daily Mail understands Boaz Myhill is set to make a £1.5 million move to West Brom tomorrow.

17.17 BST: Carlo Ancelotti seems to think Mario Balotelli to City is a done deal at €35 million and that it's good business all round.

16.55 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to draw a line under the rumours and committed his future to “the best club in the world” after having been linked with AC Milan, Manchester City and various other clubs. “I’m a Barca player and I shall remain a Barca player," he said. "[Pep Guardiola] told me I’m important for him, and from now, what I have to do is keep working hard to maintain his confidence. Those rumours have not affected me because I have no doubt that I want to stay here. I’d rather take the rumours as a compliment."

16.45 BST: Catania have signed 22-yeard-old former Argentina Under-20 midfielder Alejandro Dario Gomez from San Lorenzo.

16.33 BST: In managerial news, Mark Hughes is set to be confirmed as the new Fulham boss in the next couple of hours.

16.20 BST: Diego Milito was linked with a move to Real Madrid earlier this summer but he's happy at Inter now. "I'm happy," he told Inter Channel, "happy to be here with my team-mates. I'm delighted to be back and to start getting back to work. I can't wait (for the new season)."

16.10 BST: Violanews.com seems to think Arsenal could offer €10 million plus Gael Clichy for €18 million-rated Juve midfielder Felipe Melo. Hmm.

16.02 BST: The confusion over Inter defender Maicon's future reigns with Real Madrid and Manchester City apparently battling it out for his rather expensive signature.

15.55 BST: Cesc Fabregas gives the latest on his love triangle here.

15.50 BST: David Beckham “has no interest in leaving the Los Angeles Galaxy” and has had no contact with West Ham, according to his spokesman.

15.44 BST: Juventus starlet Giovinco would definitely be up for a move to Arsenal by the sounds of things. Agent Luca Pasqualin told the Sun: "I have heard of contact indirectly regarding Arsenal but I have not received direct contact from the club.
"We are waiting to see who is formally interested, because he will definitely be leaving Juventus this summer. If the interest of Arsenal is concrete, Giovinco would be interested because Arsenal are one of the top clubs in Europe. If I hear of something directly from Arsene Wenger or a representative from Arsenal, we would put all our attention on to the situation."

15.33 BST: Monaco have now agreed a deal to keep Zenit defender Sebastien Puygrenier on loan.

15.26 BST: Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson, released by Wigan, is said to have begun talks with French side Sochaux.

15.16 BST: Bild gives us the 'truth' on Mesut Ozil. The Germany and Werder Bremen playmaker is, of course, out of contract in a year and reports have claimed Real Madrid have agreed a pre-contract. That talk is all lies, apparently. His fee is €16 million, but while the likes of Tottenham and Sevilla are said to be interested, he'll only join a club with a realistic chance of winning the Champions League, which means Barcelona, Madrid and Manchester United are options. Bild says Arsenal and Manchester City are also in the mix but hasn't told us whether he'd consider them realtic contenders.

15.05 BST: Juan Roman Riquelme has committed his future to Boca Juniors by signing a four-year deal, and his agent has told Sky Sports News that he got tired of waiting for West Ham to make him a proper offer.

14.50 BST: Manchester City target James Milner is back with the Aston Villa squad after the World Cup and, if no news is good news, it's good news for Villa fans. "I have got really no more news," Martin O'Neill said on the club's official website. This transfer window will burst into life any second now.

14.35 BST: Carlo Ancelotti says Chelsea were never close to signing Mario Balotelli, who's set to join City in the near future. He added in La Stampa: "City have spent the most in Europe and they will be fighting for the title."

14.26 BST: Juventus starlet Sebastian Giovinco’s agent says it's a shame he's set to leave the club amid interest from Parma and Bari. Andrea D’Amico said: “It’s a shame that you sacrifice such an important player because he doesn’t figure in the team’s plans. Giovinco hasn’t had the continuity that other young players have had. If I were Del Neri, I’d start with the youngsters, but the coach has other ideas."

14.22 BST: Ipswich boss Roy Keane has confirmed striker Jon Stead could be on his way to Blackpool.

14.10 BST: Sky Sports News claims Liverpool's bid to sign Luke Young has collapsed as the Aston Villa full back does not want to move his family north.

14.03 BST: Lancashire Telegraph says Brian Laws wants to bolster his squad with loan signings from the Premier League, and Chelsea's Jack Cork could be set to return to Turf Moor for a spell.

13.58 BST: Writing in the Evening Standard, Spain-based journalist Graham Hunter says Cesc Fabregas is expected to tell Arsene Wenger he wants to join Barcelona at a meeting on Friday. As Wenger already knows that and Barca don't appear to have the free funds to pay the market price for the Arsenal captain, the news that he won't hand in a transfer request suggests it will be of little consequence.

13.50 BST: Phil Neville says Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta should stay at Everton. “We want them to stay and that’s the bottom line. The manager and fans obviously want them to stay," he said in the Liverpool Echo. “If we keep everybody together these boys can win silverware at this club and that’s what they should remember.”

13.45 BST: Paraguay defender Paulo Da Silva expects to stay at Sunderland. He said: "I also know that there have been some proposals, that some offers arrived at the club for me, but I think that the club doesn't have in mind letting me go as the league is about to begin, but if an offer arrives and it's something useful for the club and for me, then maybe we'll have some talks."

13.28 BST: Mainz have apparently agreed the fee and personal terms for 20-year-old AC Milan striker Dominic Adiyiah, but the club’s general manager, Christian Heidel, seems a little confused as to whether they're actually buying him. “We are not putting ourselves under any pressure,” he told Kicker. “He is one of several options. We still have to consider whether we want to sign a young striker or rather an experienced player."

13.22 BST: going back to Belgian news, reports in recent days have suggested Birmingham are keen to sign Moussa Dembele from AZ Alkmaar. Apparently AZ haven't included him in their Europa League squad and he doesn't look set to play any official games, so seems he's almost certainly off somewhere.

13.11 BST: Another update - of sorts - on the Balotelli to City situation. Roberto Mancini's been asked what's going on and told Sky Sports News: "I don't know at this moment." Asked if he was optimistic over the deal, he said: "Yeah, yeah. Sure." Thrilling stuff.

13.09 BST: Our man in Belgium says the word over there is that Sevilla want Standard Liege duo Sebastien Pocognoli and Axel Witsel, while Standard are after Sevilla's Belgian midfielder Tom De Mul.

13.00 BST: Tottenham's interest in Spartak Moscow 'keeper Stipe Pletikosa is well known, but his agent claims Celtic want him on a season-long loan deal. "Stipe has a definite offer from Tottenham," Marko Najetilic said in the Daily Record. "However he knows all about Celtic and that would be something of real interest to him. But there has been no official offer made by Celtic to me. We hope to have agreed his next move within the next 72 hours. It could be an interesting couple of days."

12.55 BST: Reports from Italy suggest Mario Balotelli could complete his move to City within hours.

12.50 BST: We told you a few days ago that City had ordered Robinho to return, and Roberto Mancini has now said: "The situation is that Robinho will finish his contract with Santos. After that he will stay in Brazil for another week, play for the national team and after that he will return to Manchester City."

12.38 BST: Spurs are said to be interested in Micah Richards, but it seems Roberto Mancini is not looking to sell him.

12.35 BST: Portuguese daily A Bola reports that Ramires may decide to stay at Benfica for another season, rather than moving to Chelsea for £20 million this summer. That would be a bit of a blow to Carlo Ancelotti, who has targeted the Brazilian as a replacement for Michael Ballack.

12.30 BST: Celtic have announced the signing of Israel midfielder Beram Kayal. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract after completing his move from Maccabi Haifa, subject to final paperwork.

12.28 BST: Birmingham keeper Colin Doyle has linked up with League One side Plymouth on a week's trial. The 25-year-old played 45 minutes of last night's friendly clash with Hereford.

12.25 BST: Mido could be denied a return to Ajax, though, as the Dutch club have so far failed to agree terms with Middlesbrough. "There has been no financial agreement between both clubs until now," Mido told FilGoal.com. "The deal could fall through. I'm staying at Middlesbrough until further notice."

12.15 BST: Ajax’s Miralem Sulejmani remains a target for West Ham United. The Hammers have failed with one offer for the striker but Sulejmani says a deal could still be on. “I wait now and I focus on Ajax,” Sulejmani told Voetbal International. “The clubs and my manager are working on it.”

12.03 BST: It is expected to be a busy summer for Inter and Dirk Kuyt and Javier Mascherano remain targets for former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. The Nerazzurri will also lose Maicon to Real Madrid and Corriere della Sera reports they will target Manchester United’s Patrice Evra as a replacement. That would mean Javier Zanetti moving to right back.

11.53 BST: Reports in Spain suggest Carlos Marchena of Valencia - the player who has never tasted defeat in over 50 caps for Spain - will come in as Godin’s replacement at Villarreal.

11.37 BST: AS reports that Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Villarreal for defender Diego Godin, but they only hold 50% of his rights. The Uruguay star’s agent, Paco Casal, holds another 30% and Atleti canot reach agreement with him. However, Rennes right-back Rod Fanni has turned down Sunderland and West Ham in order to pursue his dream of a move to the Vicente Calderon.

11.31 BST: After signing Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid, Owen Coyle is still hoping to bring in further signings at Bolton. “I’m always looking to improve and I’m not finished yet,” Coyle told the Bolton News. “It’s easy to say there will be two or three new signings - but what I can say is that I’ll look to add a couple more before the end of the month.” Spain Under-19 star Rodrigo Moreno is a target, even though he is expected to seal a move to Benfica, while Nicky Hunt should join Bristol City and Jlloyd Samuel is reported to be close to a move to Newcastle.

11.19 BST: Both Chelsea and Juventus have been linked with a move for Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul but the Dutchman has signed a new four-year contract. "I am delighted to commit my future to Newcastle United,” Krul said. “Hopefully I can fulfill my dream by becoming the future number one goalkeeper as well as getting into the Dutch national team squad.”

10.55 BST: It remains to be seen if Tasci will join Arsenal, but Stuttgart will certainly lose Sami Khedira by the looks of things as sporting director Fredi Bobic has confirmed the player wants to move to Real Madrid this summer.

10.49 BST: The agent of Germany international Serdar Tasci says the Stuttgart defender has "huge respect" for Arsenal. Do we expect him to be turning up at Emirates Stadium any time soon? The Gunners could do with a new centre back after Sol Campbell turned then down.

10.36 BST: Avram Grant has reiterated that he wishes to retain Scott Parker after Tottenham failed with a bid for the West Ham midfielder on Wednesday.

10.24 BST: There is a brilliant story in Sport this morning that details how Eric Abidal returned to pre-season training with Barcelona unaware that his defensive colleague Dmytro Chygrynskiy had been sold back to Shakhtar Donetsk! “When I arrived on Monday I asked for him, because I did not see him,” Abidal said. “I imagined that he was injured.”

10.07 BST: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs have all been linked with Germany World Cup star Mesut Ozil but Werder Bremen are yet to receive any formal interest. General manager Klaus Allofs said in AS: “We do not have any offers for Ozil.”

09.54 BST: It wouldn’t be a transfer blog without an update on the Cesc Fabregas situation and Mundo Deportivo gets all excited by the news that the midfielder will finish his holiday in Greece and return to London on Thursday. Sport further claims he will hold talks with Arsene Wenger about his future on Friday, and it appears it will be down to the player to declare he is determined to move to Camp Nou. But will he risk attracting the anger of Arsenal fans, even though he may yet remain in North London for another year?

09.35 BST: Here's a bit more from Roberto Mancini's interview regarding Mario Balotelli. “We are looking for a striker and he is one of those we are tracking,” he told Corriere dello Sport. “Good players are good wherever they play and he is capable of proving himself in England, but for now he’s an Inter player.”

09.27 BST: Mainz are still considering whether to recruit Ghana international Dominic Adiyiah from AC Milan. A deal has been reached with the club and player but Mainz are now debating whether to push the move through.

09.09 BST: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has told AS that Ricardo Carvalho is one of the “best” players in his position in the world. Carvalho has already said he wants to join Real this summer and has been given permission to leave Chelsea, so it appears a deal could be done.

08.46 BST: West Brom have been accused of trying to sign Eric Djemba-Djemba at a knockdown price by claiming the move from Odense broke down on medical grounds.

08.30 BST: USA star Landon Donovan has revealed he is weighing up his options for a move to Europe. “We have had transfer interest and we will have some time to think about it and see where it goes. There is interest from a number of teams," he told Reuters.

07.41 BST: Thiago Silva's agent says that Real Madrid want to sign the Milan defender - but the asking price of €25 million could be a sticking point. Paulo Tonietto said: "Barcelona? Only speculation, but there is interest from Real Madrid, who is dealing directly with Milan. A Madrid manager came to ask about the situation of Thiago, and I told him that apart from being flattered by the interest of a team like Real, he has a contract until 2013 and is at ease in Italy. I do not know if Milan will accept, it does not depend on me or Thiago. It's a deal that is developing between the two presidents."

07.15 BST: Another day, and another few dollars will be spent in the transfer market no doubt. Let's take a look at Thursday morning's paper talk:

The Sun: West Ham accuse Spurs of trying to destabalise Scott Parker ... Sir Alex: We don't need to spend ... Beckham to make decision on West Ham ... Bristol City want David James ... Man United are chasing Anthony Annan ... Arsenal track Germany's Serdar Tasci ... Besiktas eye John Carew.

Daily Mail: Spurs to bid £4 million for Craig Bellamy ... Rafa to raid Liverpool for Kuyt ... West Ham boss Avram Grant wants free agent Laurent Bonnart.

Daily Mirror: Liverpool set to bid for Villa's Stiliyan Petrov to replace Mascherano ... Young's Liverpool move in doubt over Villa pay-off ... Galatasaray want Blackburn's Vince Grella ... Coventry lead the chase for Marlon King as he leaves jail ... Blackpool in talks with Jon Stead ... Stoke want Jonathan Walters from Ipswich.

Daily Star: Wigan make £7 million record bid for Chile World Cup striker Humberto Suazo ... Chelsea hope to sign Ramires by the weekend.

Guardian: Parker wants to hear Tottenham offer ... Garrido set to leave Man City for Lazio in £2.5m deal ... Stoke line up move for City's Santa Cruz

Independent: Promoted trio struggle to bring in reinforcements.

July 28, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/28/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Raul has signed for Schalke © Getty Images

23.59 BST: Right folks, the rumour mill appears to have ground to a near standstill for the day, but fear not - in just seven hours we will be back with another packed day's worth of gossip, speculation, and of course a few actual transfers. Join us then!

23.53 BST: There have been fewer and fewer mentions of Manchester United in this transfer blog as Sir Alex Ferguson has show reluctance to make any new signings. But many of you, including Adam Abikan , can't understand why Fergie has been so quiet:

"I am a Manchester United fan and I don't understand why we are not involved in the transfer market. Smalling and Hernandez alone cant bring back our title!"

23.48 BST: One player not going anywhere is Stephen Carr, who appears set to sign a new two-year deal with Birmingham.

23.44 BST: Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy will be the subject of a cheeky £4 million bid by Spurs, according to the Mail. Harry Redknapp is reportedly looking to take advantage of the fact that City are looking to sell the Welshman in a bid to trim down their squad.

23.36 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Scott Parker is keen to listen to what Spurs have to say despite West Ham angrily rebuffing Harry Redknapp's approach for their captain.

22.18 BST: Coventry manager Adrian Boothroyd has said he is happy to talk to Marlon King when he is released from prison next week but insists there are no plans in place to offer the disgraced striker a contract.

21.51 BST: Bad news for AC Milan fans as vice president Adriano Galliani says he does not believe the Rossoneri will make any new signings this summer. Slightly better news is that Gennaro Gattuso appears to have agreed to stay at the San Siro.

21.24 BST: Juventus were expected to strengthen this summer after a torrid 2009-10 season, but reader Jvefan10 has been left disappointed by the Bianconeri's apparent unwillingness to dip into the transfer market:

"Juventus need to stop fooling around and sign someone. It was hoped that the new board would bring about change to the club but everything so far seems very reminiscent of the Secco and Gigli transfer seasons."

21.10 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson refused to directly comment on whether Aston Villa defender Luke Young will be moving to Anfield. Hodgson, who appeared riled when also asked about Maxi Rodrigiez's future, said: "They are not playing tomorrow."

20.38 BST: It's that time of the evening when the rumour mill is turning a little more slowly, but there is still some action, with Sunderland believed to have completed the signing of Argentinian full-back Marcos Angeleri from Estudiantes on a three-year deal.

20.13 BST: Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has been lined up for a return to Brazil with Flamengo in a swap deal that would see Kleberson return to Europe with Greek side Panathinaikos, according to the Mail.

19.59 BST: L'Equipe is reporting that Mali midfielder Modibo Maiga has signed a four-year contract with FC Sochaux. He becomes the club's third signing of the summer, arriving from Le Mans for a fee of around 2.5 million euros.

19.45 BST: Rafael Marquez' official website says he is to leave Barcelona after seven years with the club, with the Mexico captain likely to link up with former Barca team-mate Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls in the next few days.

19.28 BST: Raul has spoken of his desire to add to his medal collection with Schalke, after completing his move from Real Madrid.

19.17 BST: The Scottish Sun claims that David James proposed move to Celtic could be hijacked by Bristol City, with Robins boss Steve Coppell reportedly ready lo launch a last-ditch bid for the England goalkeeper.

18.52 BST: Raul's move to Schalke remains the biggest definitive deal of the day, and despite his astonishing record with the Merengues, reader RedPhil believes that the Bernabeu dressing room may now be a better place without the striker:

"I think that Real Madrid might actually play like a team now that Raul's gone. Why do you think Spain has gone from talented to world champions? He might be good, but he's probably annoying."

18.44 BST: Lazio have made an offer for highly-rated midfielder Hernanes from Sao Paulo, according to the player's agent, while Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito insists the capital club are “a step away" from a deal for Manchetser City left-back Javier Garrido.

18.10 BST: Aberdeen have completed the signing of former Celtic and Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley.

18.07 BST: Mario Balotelli looks increasingly likely to join Manchester City, but Jose Mourinho has warned that the striker could prove a problem.

18.05 BST: Le Parisien says Lyon defender Jean Alain Boumsong could join Panathinaikos on a free transfer. West Ham and Hamburg are also said to be interested.

18.00 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that Tottenham are keen on Germany starlet Mesut Ozil, but Werder Bremen sporting director Klaus Allofs told Bild: "I don't know anything about that. There is currently no offer for Mesut." Asked if there had been any approach, he added: "Enquiries don't mean anything to me because I have no idea if the clubs are serious or not."

17.50 BST: Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira's agent believes a move to Real Madrid could be moving closer for the Germany international.

17.43 BST: Datasport in Italy says Arsenal have offered €6 million for goalkeeper Federico Marchetti but Cagliari want €9 million. The Daily Mirror seems to think Wenger's still after Mark Schwarzer, though.

17.25 BST: Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies is still keen on signing Aston Villa left back Nicky Shorey. "If Nicky Shorey does not get a Premier Division club and there is a possibility that we can do something, either on loan or permanently, he remains an option," he told the Nottingham Evening Post.

17.20 BST: Marseille's Hatem Ben Arfa may not be joining Newcastle, but his agent has suggested there's been interest from the Premier League. “Some concrete offers have come in from British and German clubs who showed real interest in my client,” Frederic Guerra told Calciomercato.it. “The Italian sides have so far only made some enquiries.” AC Milan and Parma are said to be the Italian clubs.

17.01 BST: Mexico winger Andres Guardado has returned to training with Deportivo La Coruna and insists he will be staying at the club. “I don't have any offers or any urge to leave,” he said. “If any offer comes in, the president will tell me, but I'm relaxed and my head is focused on Deportivo this season.”

16.47 BST: A comment from reader Tim Herb.

Since I started really following European soccer in high school, my favorite player has been Raul. I've loved watching him dominate La Liga, but was sad to see him benched in favor of Benzema. He's obviously still a class player, and will do wonders at Schalke as they look to make a run for the Bundesliga crown. I equate it to the Henry move, because they've both got a lot of football left in them.

16.31 BST: Lille defender Aurelien Chedjou has penned a one-year extension, keeping him at the club until 2014.

16.28 BST: West Brom are rumoured to be interested in Stoke's James Beattie - who seems certain to be on his way out of the Britannia.

16.23 BST: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk could leave Bayern Munich and sign for Steve McClaren's Vfl Wolfsburg.

16.19 BST: West Brom have decided not to loan out New Zealand international striker Chris Wood for the time being, though that may change if the Baggies strengthen up front,

16.12 BST: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's agent has reportedly rubbished stories that Premier League clubs have bid for the Milan striker.

16.08 BST: It's been a quiet afternoon in the transfer world, and we've had lots of comments on the future of Per Mertesacker, so here's the thoughts of Jens:

I'm a Werder supporter since kindergarten, and a big fan of Per Mertesacker, but I think that he would not fit the Arsenal squad. I mean he's a gifted centre back, but he might be too slow for the Premier League...

15.44 BST: Chelsea have moved to quash rumours over Didier Drogba's future. ''Didier will be a Chelsea player next year. Didier is under contract,'' chief executive Ron Gourlay said. ''The thing about this time of year is we always get (this). For our players to be in the news - it's normal. But Didier Drogba will be a Chelsea player next year.''

15.26 BST: Could Antonio Cassano be about to leave Sampdoria? Reports coming out of Italy suggest he will not accept a pay cut in talks over a new contract.

15.09 BST: Everton striker James Vaughan could head back to Derby County for another loan spell.

14.56 BST: The Daily Mail thinks that Celtic could be about to make a move for Valenciennes' Ivory Coast left back Siaka Tiene.

14.44 BST: James Henry has completed a permanent switch from Reading to Millwall.

14.36 BST: Martin O'Neill seems to think James Milner might just stay with Villa, but there are no guarantees: "The latest stage of play seems to be Man City feel as if they have gone as far as they want to but we will wait with baited breath on that one. But I think obviously the overriding opinion of all Villa fans is that they would love James to stay at the football club. But as I speak here now at this minute, my honest opinion, I cannot guarantee that but we will see."

14.31 BST: USA striker Jozy Altordore reportedly has plenty of options for the new season. Ajax, Besiktas, Fenerbahce and two English clubs are said to want to sign him.

14.24 BST: Diego seems certain to stay with Juventus with the player insisting he has no plans to leave just days after the club announced he was not for sale. He told his official website: "I am well at Juventus and I want to remain here until the end of my contract. A player like myself would never offer himself to other teams. I am focused on my team, Juventus. And I want to give the fans plenty of satisfaction."

14.18 BST: Sevilla have confirmed that there have been no bids for striker Luis Fabiano, who has already committed his future to the Spanish club. "The situation is very simple for Luis Fabiano: there are no offers for him, and we want to keep him," Monchi told Calcionews24. "Sevilla and Fabiano have a strong bond, and it's difficult that this will be put into discussion."

14.13 BST: Swindon have made a second bid for Celtic pair Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis having seen their opening offer rejected. Manager Danny Wilson refuses to give up on the duo, with a deal believed to be in the region of £250,000 knocked back, although he acknowledges he must have one eye on potential targets elsewhere to ensure the Robins do not lose out.

14.07 BST: Chelsea have confirmed that boss Carlo Ancelotti will be handed more transfer funds if the Italian coach asks for them. Ancelotti has so far made just one major summer signing with the acquisition of Yossi Benayoun from Liverpool for £5 million.

14.01 BST: It looks like Milos Krasic may not be joining Juventus as quickly as we thought. "I don't know anything. If there was something new then they would have called us and told us," he is quoted as saying on Calciomercato.it. "Juventus are now in Dublin and so I don't know if they have spoken to CSKA, but no signs mean I cannot say, I think we cannot wait too much longer."

13.56 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport suggests that Inter Milan will offer £15 million plus Sulley Muntari for Javier Mascherano.

13.47 BST: The agent of New York Red Bulls forward Macoumba Kandji has told Soccernet that Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have both shown an interest in his client. Kandji - who joined the Red Bulls from Atlanta Silverbacks, initially on loan, in September 2008 - impressed in two recent friendlies against the Premier League sides, scoring and claiming an assist as the MLS side surprisingly defeated City on July 25.

13.40 BST: Newcastle boss Chris Hughton says the club will not be signing St Etienne's Yohan Benalouane, Olympique Marseille midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa or Chelsea full-back Patrick van Aanholt. "With Sol [Campbell] coming in, the focus is unlikely to be on a central defender now," Hughton told the Shields Gazette. "There's nothing in Benalouane. Arfa's a name that has come up more than anybody recently. It's a name we know, but it's unlikely. He [van Aanholt] did really well for us, but we're not looking into that one."

13.32 BST: Leeds United are set to offer a contract to Alex Bruce, son of Steve, after his release by Ipswich Town.

13.16 BST: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is playing down his interest in signing Chelsea utility player Michael Mancienne on a permanent basis - at least for the time being. He is reported to have asked for a transfer and McCarthy said: "I guess people should ask their (Chelsea's) manager Carlo Ancelotti whether we should read anything into the transfer request. If I was reading anything into it, I suggest he wants a transfer! But that's the first I've heard about it. I'm not looking at signings at all at the moment."

12.50 BST: Jon Stead has reportedly turned down the chance to move to Bristol City in a loan switch from Ipswich Town. While fellow Town player Kevin Lisbie is wanted by Millwall on a temporary deal.

12.45 BST: Another twist in the Maicon transfer saga. Some news agencies may be reporting that a fee has been agreed, but Corriere dello Sport says that the Brazilian defender wants too much money to play for the Spanish giants.

12.37 BST: Corriere dello Sport believes that FC Copenhagen's Oscar Wendt is interesting Bologna.

12.31 BST: Reports in the North West suggest Blackburn could be interested in Man City misfit striker Jo. Big Sam will hope that he produces the form from his loan spell at Everton.

12.25 BST: Middlesbrough have completed a deal for Tarmo Kink who has the spent the last few weeks on trial at the Riverside. He moves for an undisclosed fee from Hungarian side Gyori ETO.

12.22 BST: Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has maintained that the French club cannot sign anymore new players this summer due to the current financial climate. He said: "It's the economic reality, lots of clubs are suffering. You have to adapt. Of course I'd prefer to have all the players so that we can quickly start working together.

12.17 BST: Blackpool are ready to smash their transfer record - twice - by making club record bids for a couple of players. Manager Ian Holloway revealed: "I offered more money than I have ever done in my whole career – and I've been a manager for 14 years and have bought some decent players. We smashed our record yesterday with a couple of offers. That sums up what we are trying to do."

12.11 BST: Roma sporting director Daniele Prade has ruled out a move for West Ham's Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami. "He is a strong player, we like him, but we have not made any offer to West Ham," Prade told Sky Italia. "Our priorities are a defender and a left winger. We are okay elsewhere."

12.08 BST: Reports in the North East are suggesting that Marton Fulop's move from Sunderland to Ipswich could break down as the Black Cats are frustrated with the length of time the deal is taking.

12.01 BST: West Brom's move for former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba has fallen through after the player reportedly failed a medical. A statement released by the club on their official website read: "West Brom have decided not to pursue their interest in Odense midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba."

11.49 BST: Manchester City's links with some of Europe's top-rated young talents continue with reports from Italy that Fiorentina say they have turned down a €30 million offer from Manchester City for Stevan Jovetic.

11.43 BST: Another snippet from the Daily Mirror, with the paper believing that Marseille could turn to Roque Santa Cruz if Manchester City decide to sell.

11.40 BST: Mesut Ozil has been linked with a move to the Premier League, but now Marca says that Real Madrid may want to add the Werder Bremen player to their bulging midfield ranks.

11.36 BST: Arsene Wenger has once again reinforced Arsenal's position that Cesc Fabregas is not for sale at any price, having turned down an approach from Barcelona. ''It is only noise [the interest from Barca]," he said. "In our job we have to deal with what we can master. What we cannot influence is not to worry about.''

11.29 BST: The never-ending story of Sami Khedira's move to Real Madrid goes on. Can't he just sign? Now AS claims that Stuttgart have finally agreed a fee for his transfer to La Liga.

11.26 BST: Eidur Gudjohnsen spent the second half of last season on loan at Tottenham and now he could be heading back to the Premier League. The Daily Mirror thinks that both (managerless) Fulham and Birmingham City are interested

11.21 BST: Standard Liege are hoping to bring winger Tom de Mul back to Belgium from Sevilla.

11.17 BST: West Ham have turned down a bid for Scott Parker from Tottenham Hotspur and the east Londoners have adopted a militant stance on the midfielder's future. "I made a promise that I would not sell Scott and I will not, for any amount of money, break that promise to the West Ham supporters," co-owner David Sullivan said. "Scott is not for sale at any price, to anyone. West Ham supporters, for far too long, have had owners that sell their best players and promise one thing and do another."

11.12 BST: Tuttosport reports that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Mauro Camoranesi could be about to swap clubs. That's a deal between Juve and Milan.

11.05 BST: Benfica could also be losing a key centre back as David Luiz has been linked with Real Madrid. But Jose Mourinho has hinted a deal may be unlikely this summer. “There was a little conversation,” Mourinho told TVI. “There are prices that are prohibitive and desires that must be respected.”

10.59 BST: Porto defender Bruno Alves has been linked with the likes of Chelsea in recent months but A Bola reports that the Portugal international will be joining Russia’s Zenit St Petersburg for €23 million.

10.54 BST: Newcastle United have confirmed the signing of former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell on a one-year contract. "At this stage of my career I couldn't have wished for a better move,'' he told the club's official website. ''To join a club such as Newcastle United, with its proud tradition, heritage and magnificent support, is absolutely tremendous for me."

10.43 BST: It seems that Nicolas Budisso is desperate to leave Inter. He told Tuttosport: "I will continue to train with them because I am a professional, but I don't want to stay in Milan, it's a choice I made long ago. Now my future is in the hands of Inter, Juventus and Roma. The Juventus interest is a great honour for me."

10.39 BST: France Football reveals how free agent Francois Clerc, who has been linked with West Ham, is attracting interest from Liverpool and Stoke City. Palermo and Sampdoria are also keen on the full back who left Lyon at the end of last season.

10.31 BST: Corriere dello Sport suggests Juventus have set a deadline of seven days in which to sign striker Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg. If they fail to sign the Bosnia international, they will redouble their efforts to land Milos Krasic from CSKA Moscow.

10.25 BST: Schalke coach Felix Magath has revealed on the signing of Raul: "It's great news for FC Schalke 04, I am pleased that we have succeeded in such an exceptional footballer and world-class striker switching to the Bundesliga for Schalke 04. He will be an inspiration. His qualities will help us. His commitment is a crucial step in our efforts to strengthen the squad for future tasks, and to restructure. I look forward to working with this good professional."

10.21 BST: In Mundo Deportivo, Euro 2008 winner Marcos Senna welcomes the news that Barcelona could be interested in signing him as a replacement for Yaya Toure. “For me it is an honour and a dream that Barca think of me,” said the 34-year-old.

10.15 BST: According to the Manchester Evening News, Sir Alex Ferguson has identified the ‘new Peter Schmeichel’ in Aalesunds goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard. The player’s agent, Michael Stensgaard, said: “Anders has been playing at a very high level for a long time now and that has been noticed around Europe. He absolutely has the ability to play in the Premier League”.

10.06 BST: Steve Bruce has played down suggestions that he is hoping to sign Stephen Ireland from Manchester City this summer. Bruce told the Sunderland Echo: "Terrific player and someone that anybody would be interested in. But, like Craig Bellamy at City, he'd be a very expensive proposition, both in terms of wages and a transfer fee, and we have to prioritise.”

09.59 BST: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has suggested that reports he is interested in Carlton Cole are wide of the mark. “We will see what happens,” he told the Stoke Sentinel. “I’m just glad no-one is linking us to the players we want.”

09.51 BST: Raul has reportedly signed a two-year deal with Schalke. More on that when we get it.

09.46 BST: Marca also believes another German international could be arriving at the Bernabeu. They report Real are working on the signing of Mesut Ozil. We have heard this story before, but the twist is that Real may be happy to wait until next summer, when the playmaker is out of contract.

09.31 BST: Spanish daily AS reports Sami Khedira has agreed his move to Real Madrid. The Germany international is out of contract at the end of the season so Stuttgart are looking to cash in now.

09.17 BST: Our reader Fabio gives us his perspective on the news that Liverpool are hoping to tie up a deal for Luke Young:

"I think the reason behind Luke Young's transfer is the versatility he has. He can play as a left back. And as known to many, Glen Johnson has been suffering injuries for months. Young can act as a decent back-up as well. We shall see how Roy strengthen the squad."

09.11 BST: FC Twente midfielder Theo Janssen is hopeful of reaching an agreement on a new deal with the Eredivisie champions. ''If my current contract runs until 2012, this (new contract) will probably be my last so it should be good,'' he told NUsport. ''I expect we will get an outcome tomorrow.''

08.39 BST: Arsene Wenger has spoken again about the Cesc Fabregas situation. "There are still noises from Barcelona - but that is all it is," he told The Sun. ''In our job you don't worry about things you cannot control. We are very happy with Cesc at the club. He is a very important and is our captain. We have worked very hard with him."

08.25 BST: Despite his error against the USA, Fulham was Rob Green to replace Mark Schwarzer if he decides to move to Arsenal.

08.19 BST: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed his interest in signing former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba. ''Eric has come over to talk to us but we haven't got anything to announce yet. It's ongoing and we hope there will be a resolution soon. He's had a good couple of years in Denmark,'' he said.

08.12 BST: Espanyol hope to persuade cash-strapped Liverpool to part with Argentina winger Maxi Rodriguez.

07.55 BST: Everton defender Leighton Baines says that he wants key pair Steven Pienaar and Mikel Arteta to commit their futures to the club. "They are among our better players and a key part of what we are looking to do. We want to keep our better players to give us the best chance of success,'' he said.

07.36 BST: Brescia president Gino Corioni claims that Marek Hamsik - who he sold to Napoli for €5m - is now worth ten times that. "A side allegedly made a €30 offer for the player, but the president responded by saying he would not have sold him for €50m,'' he said. ''He is the best player in the world without the ball at his feet because he always goes into the right positions.''

07.15 BST: Daily Mail: Chelsea have been told they must stump up £33million to sign top defensive target David Luiz from Benfica. Cheick Tiote is an Ivorian international at Dutch club FC Twente, but his club have rejected a move from West Brom. Leeds striker Luciano Becchio coud leave Leeds. Queens Park Rangers are set to make a bid for Reading winger Jobi McAnuff. West Ham have offered midfielder Scott Parker new contract worth £20m over five years.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal turn to Germany star Per Mertesacker to solve their defensive crisis as Sol Campbell gets ready to sign for Newcastle. Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is trying to sign Manchester City misfit striker Jo in a bargain deal. Nigel Clough is ready to battle Bristol City and Burnley for Wigan striker Jason Scotland.

Daily Star: Fernando Torres is set to stay at Liverpool after telling Roy Hodgson of his plans. James Milner's deal to Manchester City has been put on ice, as the club look to sell Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland and Roque Santa Cruz. West Brom winger Chris Brunt has signed a new contract.

The Sun: Arsene Wenger is lining up a £5.5 million bid for Italy World Cup keeper Federico Marchetti. West Brom may have to pay off defender Abdoulaye Meite to seal his £500,000 exit. Barcelona's debts of £369 million may hinder any move for Cesc Fabregas, despite their recent loan.

07.00 BST: Morning all, a few early ones before the paper round-up. We have Luke Young possibly on his way to Liverpool for £2.5 million - although why they want another right-back is anyone's guess - and Carlos Tevez has issued a plea to Fernando Torres to join him at Manchester City.

July 27, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/27/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Is Luke Young set to join Liverpool?© Getty Images

23.59 BST: Following that late flurry of activity, it's time to bid you all goodnight. Join us tomorrow for more news and gossip from around the globe.

23.57 BST: The Daily Telegraph says Arsenal had a £10 million bid for Phil Jagielka rejected in June and are now likely to make an improved bid as Sol Campbell's off to Newcastle.

23.48 BST: ...and just to update that one, the Daily Mirror says he was left out of Villa's touring squad today ahead of the potential move.

23.42 BST: Well, that's not what Liverpool fans wanted to hear. The Guardian says they've agreed a £2.5 million deal with Aston Villa for Luke Young. Young's been told he's not needed at Villa Park, Liverpool have a lack of full backs and Roy Hodgson tried to sign him for Fulham, so it's entirely possible it's true.

23.18 BST: Espanyol have completed the signing of Real Mallorca right-back Felipe Mattioni. Mattioni, 21, has signed a five-year deal.

22.35 BST: Mancini wants to fight for his future at Inter, according to his agent. “He is an Inter player and he’ll give everything he has in order to demonstrate, with his skills, that he is worthy,” agent Roberto Calenda told Sky Sport Italia. “We do have offers, he is always a wanted player, but for now he is working hard for Inter. Inter did well to sign him in the first place because half of Europe wanted him, including the Liverpool side of Benitez.”

21.20 BST: Goal.com UK reports that Tottenham want Luis Suarez, Craig Bellamy and Micah Richards this summer. Suarez has said he'd like to join Spurs, while Bellamy and Richards could find themselves surplus to requirements at Eastlands as Roberto Mancini tries to trim his senior squad to 25. Harry Redknapp told Soccernet Bellamy's wages would probably be prohibitive, though, while Mancini has said he wants to keep Richards.

21.15 BST: Inter president Massimo Moratti has said Mario Balotelli is "not essential" and admitted they want to raise transfer funds for fresh targets. "You have to sell the player who is in demand, not the one you want to sell but no one wants," he told Sky Italia. He also suggested Dirk Kuyt could be a target as, asked about the Liverpool man, he said they're looking for someone effective for the team rather than a star player.

20.55 BST: Marca claims Real Madrid and Manchester City are battling it out for Benfica defender David Luiz. City have apparently had a €33 million offer rejected, with the player's release clause apparently standing at €50 million. For his part, David Luiz seems keen on a move to the Bernabeu, saying: "I'd like to play with Kaka."

20.35 BST: Bologna have confirmed they have signed Rene Krhin in a co-ownership deal with Inter Milan, with youngster Lorenzo Paramatti going the other way. United, Chelsea and Liverpool were said to want Krhin. More here.

20.24 BST: Interesting report in El Mundo Deportivo. While not quite admitting the Cesc Fabregas move is dead (they claimed he has a "secret agreement" with Barca), they're now suggesting Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna could join. He's 34, has one year left on his contract and therefore would cost about €2 million, apparently.

20.04 BST: Following up on the unsubstantiated John Utaka stuff below, here's some quotes from the Portsmouth attacker: "My manager is looking into the offers before him. We have had Sunderland, Fulham and Bolton and some clubs in Germany. I would like to stay in the Premier League. It is quick, aggressive and direct and there are loads of goals every week and, yes, the money in England is also good."

19.45 BST: Sticking with Forest, midfielder Chris Cohen has played down talk he might join Bolton. "A lot of that's paper talk and not true," he told Sky Sports News.

19.41 BST: We mentioned an Express story earlier about Forest defender Kelvin Wilson going on strike to force a move to Celtic. Forest boss Billy Davies says it's nonsense: "It would be difficult for him to go on strike when he's carrying an injury because he can't play anyway."

19.27 BST: Real Mallorca have announced the signing of midfielder Jonathan de Guzman from Feyenoord on a free transfer.

19.06 BST: Wesley Sneijder's agent has again rejected talk the player wants to leave Inter. "This is one of those years in which everything is beautiful and perfect. It's difficult that Wesley will forget everything that has happened this year," Soren Lerby told Calcionews24.com. "He has made history and everyone is happy for that. His future is with Inter. There are no doubts or problems about this."

18.47 BST: Israel midfielder Biram Kayal has taken a step closer to joining Celtic after flying into Glasgow today with his agent to finalise his transfer from Maccabi Haifa.

18.35 BST: Portsmouth have signed Stoke defender Ibrahima Sonko on a season-long loan. More here.

18.19 BST: The Mirror seems to think Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne is a target for Sporting. That'd be a turn up.

17.30 BST: Real Sociedad have confirmed their interest in signing Liverpool's Dani Pacheco, most likely on a loan deal.

16.33 BST: Mario Miele, the agent of Kevin-Prince Boateng, says that both Liverpool and Everton are interested in signing the Portsmouth player.

16.27 BST: Fiorentina have suggested that they are having troubled agreeing personal terms with Emiliano Insua. Could the move break down? "We have an agreement with the English club, but we have to find an understanding with the player in terms of wages," he said on Quotidianopuglia.it. "We cannot guarantee him the figures that he gets at Liverpool." More here.

16.21 BST: Burnley have completed the signing of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant for an undisclosed fee.

16.11 BST: Edgar Davids appears keen to resume his playing career after training with former club Ajax. The 37-year-old has not played professionally since leaving Ajax in 2008, attracting interest but never agreeing terms with both Vitesse and Leicester City.

15.44 BST: Roy Hodgson has confirmed Javier Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool this summer, However, the Reds boss is hopeful that Fernando Torres will be staying at Anfield.

15.11 BST: Giorgio Chiellini says he never considered leaving Juventus this summer. "I am happy to stay and help the team become great again," said the defender. "I never felt up for sale." More here.

14.55 BST: Reader Eli gives us his considered view about Liverpool’s summer activity so far. But as for his extended metaphor, it’s like pulling teeth...

"As a Liverpool fan I'm getting more and more concerned with the hole at Left-Back and could care less about what happens with Torres. If he wants out let him go, if not, keep him. Many fans have praised Insua and Arbeloa but the Reds haven’t really had a solid presence at the position since John Arne Riise left in 2008. I’m excited about the new squad but anxious about that cavity in the back line getting bigger. Hopefully Hodgson’s willing to provide a permanent filling, as opposed to the temporary fillings of the past; otherwise I fear the team will need a root-canal in order to get back to the Champions’ League!"

14.42 BST: Both La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere della Sera believe that Inter Milan and Real Madrid have agreed a fee for the transfer of Maicon.

14.39 BST: The Daily Mail also claims that Maxi has been told he has no future at Liverpool and could be sold to Espanyol.

14.34 BST: Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies says he does not want to sign Jay Simpson on loan from Arsenal.

14.27 BST: The Middlesbrough Evening Gazette reports that Boro misfit Mido has completed a free transfer move to Ajax.

14.19 BST: The Daily Mail claims that both Marseille and Juventus are ready to take Emmanuel Adebayor off Manchester City's hands.

14.13 BST: Le Parisien reports that Fenerbahce have offered €16 million for Rennes striker Asamoah Gyan after having an initial bid of €12 million rejected.

14.07 BST: Juventus' ultras are said to be determined to force Mauro Camoranesi, Christian Poulsen and Fabio Grosso out of the club.

14.04 BST: Crystal Palace manager George Burley has again insisted that he will fight to keep highly-rated right-back Nathaniel Clyne at the club - despite interest from Birmingham City.

13.49 BST: Cagliari have now officially confirmed Federico Marchetti wants to leave. "Cagliari Calcio take note of the fact that Federico Marchetti has expressed his wish to leave due to his declaration with the press," a statement read. "The club will do everything to make him content. Should Marchetti really have to leave Cagliari, then the regular keeper will be Agazzi. Cagliari aren't looking for another keeper."

13.34 BST: Bolton Wanderers have sealed the signing of Marcos Alonso from Spanish giants Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee. Coyle told the club's official website: "He is an exciting young player who has undoubted quality and he will bring that into our mix. I think that we have a real talent on our hands. He isn't the finished article yet - he's a young player making his way - but you don't get through at Real Madrid without having a bit about you."

13.22 BST: Mick McCarthy has warned Wolves defender Greg Halford he faces being sold if he fails to impress during pre-season. Halford moved from Sunderland to Molineux 12 months ago in a £2 million deal.

12.56 BST: Hamburg have declared that Marcell Jansen is not for sale. "We have not heard anything either from Liverpool or from Marcell's agent,'' revealed the club's director of sport Bastian Reinhardt to the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper. "We have absolutely no consideration to sell him.''

12.31 BST: Reports in the North East suggest that Sunderland will not be making a move for Man City's Stephen Ireland.

12.11 BST: Tarmo Kink was recently on trial at Middlesbrough and his parent club, Hungarian team Gyori ETO, hope that Gordon Strachan will decide on making a bid by the end of the week.

12.06 BST: Michael Tonge, out in the cold at Stoke City, is ready to join Derby County. "I enjoyed my time there (at Derby) and played quite a few games," he said. "I would definitely look at it with being there last season. With not being from the Derby area, I didn't realise before just how well supported the club were. They've got a great stadium and great training facilities, and I'm sure they'll be looking to push on next season."

12.01 BST: The Daily Mirror is tipping Manchester City to offer Shaun Wright-Phillips to Aston Villa as a makeweight in their move for James Milner.

11.55 BST: Corriere dello Sport is tipping AC Milan to make a move for Mahamadou Diarra, who seems surplus to requirements at Real Madrid.

11.49 BST: Grafite, linked with a move to Russia, expects to stay with Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg. He told Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung: "I think I am going to stay on. I am under contract with VfL Wolfsburg and I like being at the club. Still I have not yet spoken to the manager. I need to know his point of view on my situation."

11.42 BST: John Utaka, a player Portsmouth are desperate to get off the wage bill, is said to be interesting Blackburn Rovers. A fee of £1 million is being mooted, but we think Big Sam should offer half that.

11.31 BST: Dieumerci Mbokani could be the next player to leave Standard Liege, bound for former Ligue 1 giants Monaco.

11.25 BST: Milos Krasic is being tipped to make his long-awaiting move from CSKA Moscow to Juventus before the weekend.

11.17 BST: Arsenal are now being linked with Federico Marchetti of Cagliari as a replacement for Manuel Almunia. Sport Italia quotes Cagliari president Massimo Cellio as saying: “The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal.”

11.15 BST: Blackpool could be about to hand a trial to Sunny, who is on the booked of Valencia.

11.11 BST: Manchester United supremo David Gill has again insisted that money is there for Sir Alex Ferguson to spend if he wants it. "The money is there if we believe there is a player who can improve what we believe is a very good squad," he told the Manchester Evening News. "The team has been together for a number of years and done very well. In order to improve it a player has to be of a very high quality."

11.06 BST: An update on Hatem Ben Arfa, with Newcastle confirmed as one of the club's interested: The player's agent, Frederic Guerra, is quoted by tuttomercatoweb: "Newcastle are not the only club interested in him, there are also three German clubs and other French clubs. We have seen Milan four times; in the last conversation they said to me that the player was of interest, but they can't do the business at this time. As an agent, I couldn't ask the reason. The player doesn't have a problem with clubs to choose from and hasn't got a problem with Marseille letting him go."

11.01 BST: No end in sight to the Nicolas Burdisso transfer saga as Roma continue to be linked with the Argentina international. "Nico is unhappy about this situation and he is unhappy with Inter as they have never called. The same with Roma," his agent, Fernando Hidalgo, told Tuttosport. "Roma promised us a tranquil summer, instead in three months they have never sat at the table with Inter. It's not true that myself and Burdisso were ready to speak with [Massimo] Moratti. It has to be Inter that decides what they want. I don't want to play any more games. They have played with him, and that has lacked respect."

10.58 BST: Over to Tuttosport with Sergio Aguero linked with a move from Atletico to Inter as part of Rafa Benitez's big-spending summer.

10.54 BST: Bolton defender Andy O'Brien has admitted he may need to leave the club in search of first team football.

10.46 BST: More from Gazetta dello Sport , which is claiming that Inter and Real Madrid have now agreed a fee for the transfer of Maicon. The fee is said to be €28 million fee add-ons.

10.42 BST: Marca thinks that Dani Pacheco, who will face England for Spain Under-19s later today in the semi-finals of the Euros, could be heading to Real Sociedad.

10.36 BST: Roberto Mancini has admitted that Craig Bellamy may not make Manchester City's 25-man squad for the new Premier League season. Stephen Ireland, City's Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season, is also at risk. Under new rules introduced this season, on September 1 Premier League clubs must name a squad of 25 players to represent the club until January.

10.33 BST: Barcelona have announced that Brazilian centre-back Henrique will spend this coming season on loan at Racing Santander.

10.27 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport claims that new Inter Milan boss Rafael Benitez will have a transfer war chest of €160million to spend before the end of the transfer window. Just think how much rubbish he could buy with that!

10.14 BST: France Football reports that Manchester United are tracking Sochaux's teenage midfielder Yven Moyo.

10.10 BST: Jean-Alain Boumsong, who has revealed he does not want to move to Greece, has been linked to West Ham United by the Daily Mirror.

10.06 BST: Wigan Athletic are believed to be interested in signing FC Twente full-back Ronnie Stam.

09.52 BST: The Daily Express is claiming that Nottingham Forest's Kelvin Davis is going to go on strike to get his move to Celtic. Hmm, do they mean Kelvin Wilson, who acutally does play for Forest? Kelvin Davis is a goalkeeper who plays for Southampton.

09.49 BST: More talk that Mark Schwarzer will move to Arsenal very shortly, with Manuel Almunia headed for Osasuna.

09.36 BST: Great story here in the Guardian's gossip section! They claim that Jose Mourinho will make a move for Carlton Cole! In fairness he was always a fan when manager of Chelsea.

09.34 BST: West Brom's preparations for the new season have been given a lift by the news that influential winger Chris Brunt has signed a new three-year contract.

09.31 BST: More news from the North East, this time Sunderland. Steve Bruce is closing on a new loan for John Mensah, an intelligent signing, while Marton Fulop is off to Ipswich. Bruce is also still keeping a close eye on David James' situation.

09.25 BST: Rangers boss Walter Smith is trying to sign centre-back Bongani Khumalo and striker Katlego Mphela. They were both in South Africa's World Cup squad. They face a fight, though, with Tottenham wanting Khumalo and Birmingham in for Mphela. "They are the right type and I think they could enhance our squad," Smith told the Daily Record. The Mamelodi Sundowns duo could cost £2 million.

09.23 BST: The agent of Marcell Jansen, a left-back who plays for Germany, has played down reports he will move to Liverpool and insists he is happy at Hamburg.

09.16 BST: More reliable tittle-tattle from Spain, and El Mundo Deportivo. The paper claims that there is a "secret agreement" is place and Cesc Fabregas will move to Spain by the end of next month. Hmm.

09.09 BST: Big news from the big man! Soccernet understands Sol Campbell is having a medical at Newcastle United and is set to sign for Chris Hughton's side.

08.43 BST: Celtic have completed the signing of striker Gary Hooper from Scunthorpe. He is reported to have cost £2.4 million, which sounds an awful lot to us.

08.29 BST: Casting our eyes abroad, it appears Atletico Madrid have made a €9 million offer for Wolfsburg star Zvjezdan Misimovic. That is according to Madrid-based daily AS.

07.55 BST: Fernando Torres continues to be linked with a move to Chelsea or Manchester City but Jamie Carragher is "sure" the striker will be remaining at Anfield.

07.30 BST: Here are the stories making the headlines across the English press this morning...

The Telegraph: Roberto Mancini expects to be reunited with Inter Milan forward Mario Balotelli any day now, but City are currently unwilling to match his demands for £3 million-a-year wages. Not bad for a 19-year-old. Once the Balotelli deal goes through, Inter are expected to offer £25 million for Javier Mascherano after the midfielder asked to leave Anfield.

Daily Mirror: Tottenham and Manchester United are believed to be fighting it out for Germany star Mesut Ozil, though we reckon a move to Spani is more likely. Mario Balotelli has turned down more money from Manchester United in order to work under Roberto Mancini again. Meanwhile, Tottenham have emerged as possible suitors for West Ham midfielder Scott Parker, though the Hammers want at least £15 million.

The Sun: The Premier League will closely monitor Chelsea’s bid for Ramires as Kia Joorabchian - the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham - owns 50% of the player. Liverpool are looking to up their efforts to sign PSV’s Mexico international Carlos Salcido as they seek a solution to their problems at left back.

Daily Mail: Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted to Osasuna. The Spaniard has been told he is no longer automatic first-choice by Arsene Wenger. Sunderland, Fulham and Bolton are all fighting to sign John Utaka, despite his minimal impact for Portsmouth last season.

07.10 BST: Good morning. We will be guiding you through another day of transer gossip and taking a look at the morning's newspapers in a few minutes, but just to whet your appetite, The Guardian reports this morning that Chelsea will sign Benfica and Brazil midfielder Ramires later this week. He will cost in the region of €20 million.

July 26, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/26/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Javier Mascherano is set to depart© Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's all for tonight, perhaps some movement on Balotelli or Mascherano tomorrow? We shall see...

23.27 BST: Arsenal and Everton target Jan Vertonghen has told Goal.com that he wants to move to the Premier League, but only after spending one more year in the Netherlands.

22.33 BST: Kevin-Prince Boateng's agent has revealed that talks with Genoa over a proposed move have stalled. Liverpool, Everton and also Besiktas are rumoured to be keen.

22.14 BST: More reports emerging over Ronaldinho's stay at AC Milan. We know he's not leaving for goodness sake!

21.32 BST: Lyon Director Bernard Lacombe has made it clear that left-back Aly Cissokho is not leaving this summer. “I know nothing about this whatsoever,” he told Calcionews24.com. “The player is not on the transfer market and we are counting on him for the future. He is a player who we value and one who has just renewed his contract.”

21.15 BST: And another EXCLUSIVE, Javier Mascherano has been told he can leave Liverpool after talks with the club on Monday night.

21.00 BST: ESPNsoccernet has learned that Manchester City have demanded British record signing Robinho return to England on August 5 to sort out his future at the club.

19.59 BST: Sevilla striker Luis Fabiano insists he is going nowhere this summer, despite speculation linking him with a host of clubs. ''During my time at the World Cup I was very calm because I knew that I was going to stay at Sevilla,'' Luis Fabiano told the club's radio station. ''Much was said but nothing true.''

19.33 BST: England youth international Connor Wickham is attracting attention from the big boys and Liverpool are prepared to fight Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for his signature.

19.12 BST: Hamilton have confirmed the signing of former Bury left-back David Buchanan. The 24-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Premier League club after his Gigg Lane contract expired.

18.57 BST: Another Liverpool rumour shattered as Gilberto Silva won't be going to Anfield. His agent has played down talk linking the Panathinaikos man with a move back to the Premier League.

18.32 BST: Gokhan Inler's agent, Dino Lamberti, has said the midfielder will stay at Udinese for at least another season, despite reported interest fron Napoli. "There are journalists who want Inler at Napoli, but not the club itself," he told Radio Gol.

18.01 BST: Javier Mascherano has not even left yet, but the search for his replacement is already well underway. The latest to be linked is Portugal midfielder Tiago.

17.45 BST: Real Madrid have been cleaning house, and Guti has now put pen to paper on a deal with Besiktas... at last!

17.23 BST: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has ruled out adding former Real Madrid captain Raul to his strikeforce, but admits that he could be interested in a move for Sevilla hitman Luis Fabiano.

17.05 BST: A source has told ESPNsoccernet: “There is no doubt that the one Mancini would like is Torres, but as he has already made it clear if he does leave Anfield, it would not be for City, then Dzeko is the man.'' Wonder where that puts Balotelli in the pecking order?

16.33 BST: It looks like Rafael van der Vaart will not be heading to England. He claims to have been misquoted and he insists he will be staying with Real Madrid. He told: De Telegraaf: "I'm determined to stay at Real Madrid. I want to stay here and succeed at Real. It's a shame that the English press has misquoted me. They've written things that are simply not true."

16.21 BST: Here's a comment on Liverpool from Benjy:

Liverpool need to do everything they can to keep Torres happy and put to bed the long saga of "will he stay or will he go?". From a football standpoint, a healthy Torres is one of the premier strikers in the world and can be a huge part of bringing cups to Liverpool. From a financial perspective, surely the owners must know that the club loses some value and some prestige if they lose their (arguably) best player. The powers that be have kept Reina and Gerrard and now need to focus all energy on Torres. Also, can LFC please just buy a left back and end that speculation as well?

16.09 BST: Striker Rob Hulse is again being linked with a move from Derby County to Blackpool. Ian Holloway still has Francis Jeffers on trial too.

15.41 BST: Aston Villa have held what the club describe as "amicable" talks with Manchester City target James Milner and the midfielder will be a member of Martin O'Neill's squad for a pre-season tournament in Portugal.

15.33 BST: And on the West Ham front, we have quotes from Nice chairman Gilbert Stellardo about striker Loic Remy: "West Ham? Remy is definitely interested,'' he told L'Equipe. "Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal? I have heard about their interest but I have had no contact. The only clubs I have talked to are West Ham and Fenerbahce."

15.33 BST: West Ham manager Avram Grant hopes to add more players to his squad before the start of the season. "The squad is not complete yet, we told the players we want to make the squad as strong as we can,'' Grant told the club's official website. "Even if the club are limited with money, because we are in debt, we know what we are doing and we know we want to do."

15.21 BST: Premier League clubs are said to be tracking Argentina prospect Mikhail Colombo, who is 16 and has an Italian passport. He's on the books of Independiente.

15.14 BST: Anderlecht have revealed that Czech Republic midfielder Jan Polak is heading to Galatasaray.

14.56 BST: Hoffenheim have sent midfielder Franco Zuculini on loan to Serie A with Genoa for the season.

14.49 BST: Reports coming out of Lancashire tell us that Wigan and Newcastle United are locked in battle to sign high-rated youngster Tom Cleverley on loan from Manchester United. He was superb with Watford last term,

14.41 BST: Darren Ambrose looks set to sign a new contract with Crystal Palace despite interest from former boss Neil Warnoc at QPR.

14.32 BST: There seems to be a lot of interest in Juve striker David Trezeguet but his agent says no offer has been accepted. Antonio Caliendo told Tuttomercatoweb.com: "Trezeguet is part of [coach Luigi] Del Neri's plans. And one offer from the USA and two from Turkey have been rejected. One was from Fenerbahce, and the other was a mega-galactic offer from Trabzonspor. In any case he has a contract with Juventus and he intends to respect that."

14.19 BST: Interesting quotes here from Raul. He says a move to England is possible so maybe he won't go to Schalke? "The German team is interested in me and I have had very deep discussions with them,'' he said. "In a few days I will know whether I'll be going to the Bundesliga, but there are other teams that are also interested. What is clear is that my future lies in Germany or England,''

14.04 BST: Here's an email from Tabeeb:

Sir Alex, what are you doing? Why aren't you buying anyone else?? The only players you bought are the Mexican guy and Chris Smalling. Chelsea, Liverpool and City your rivals are spending money like crazy. Why don't you?? City already spent 77 million. And we do not have all we need to win the Premier League.

14.04 BST: Millwall have agreed a fee with Reading to sign winger James Henry.

13.59 BST: Coventry City have signed Everton striker Lukas Jutkiewicz for an undisclosed fee. He was on loan at Motherwell last season.

13.44 BST: You're not going to believe this. The Daily Star carries quotes from Royston Drenthe with the Real Madrid full-back stating he has signed for Liverpool. Now, where did they get those quotes from? Yes, his Facebook status. From 11 days ago. On a fake Facebook account, it seems. The Star quotes: "I will soon be joining Liverpool. I hope I will have a good season with my new club," And less reputable websites are running the story as fact.

Check this out: Facebook account

13.24 BST: Arsenal are now being linked with Bolton defender Gary Cahill. Who will be linked next?

13.13 BST: Raul has bid farewell to Real Madrid following 16 years at the Santiago Bernabeu, but says he will always remain loyal to the club which gave him his chance as a 17-year-old. Raul is expected to sign for Bundesliga club Schalke and the striker says the
time is right for a new challenge.

12.52 BST: The agent of Mario Balotelli, Mino Raiola, has rubbished reports that the player has signed a five-year deal with the club, and insisted that the deal will not be completed in the next few days.

12.51 BST: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has ruled out making any bids for Phil Jagielka, James Milner or Ashley Young.

12.44 BST: Here's more silly Liverpool rumours, with the club linked to Wigan Athletic left-back Maynor Figueroa and Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe. Stories in Holland say Wigan have accepted an offer of £5 million.

12.39 BST: Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne could be ready to leave the club. “I’ve been at Chelsea since I was a kid and I’d love to break into the first team, but it’s hard for any young player knowing how much quality they’ve got,” said Mancienne. “I’ve had two seasons on loan at Wolves and had regular games and really enjoyed it. Now I want to be settled at one club.”

12.31 BST: Could Juventus be ready to offer Christian Poulsen to Liverpool in a bid to sign Dan Agger from the Anfield club? That's what the Daily Mail thinks.

12.19 BST: Wolfsburg striker Grafite has been linked with a move to Russia with Rubin Kazan.

12.09 BST: More from Corriere dello Sport with the paper claiming that West Ham's Valon Behrami is prepared to wait to win a move to AS Roma. He is surplus to requirements at Upton Park.

12.06 BST: Now, we usually know our onions in the football world, but alledged Arsenal target Serigne Mbodj is a new name to us. He plays for Tromso in Norway and is a defender from Senegal.

12.03 BST: Corriere dello Sport says that Juventus want Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City and they will also be keeping hold of Diego.

12.01 BST: Hull City have been thwarted in their attempts to sign Martyn Waghorn on loan from Sunderland.

11.59 BST: Dutch paper De Telegraaf says that Ajax will sign Mido on a free transfer from Middlesbrough.

11.55 BST: Marseille's Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew, tracked by Premier League clubs, is wanted by Stuttgart. "He is one of those players that had a great run at the recent World Cup," boss Christian Gross told Stuttgarter Nachrichten. "I could well imagine him being a player that would do well for VfB (Stuttgart)."

11.51 BST: Kieran Richardson is set to sign a new contract with Sunderland.

11.48 BST: Could Arsene Wenger be about to bid £12 million for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku? No, we don't think so.

11.42 BST: Spanish paper AS is reporting that Vfb Stuttgart's Sami Khedira is to reduce his wage demands in order to win a move to Real Madrid.

11.31 BST: The Daily Mail is reporting that Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez will turn down both Sunderland and Fulham in favour of a move to La Liga.

11.12 BST: Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano met up with new manager Roy Hodgson for the first time this morning after returning to pre-season training. Maybe we'll find out more on his future, San Siro or Anfield?

11.07 BST: Celtic have completed the signing of Mexican international Efrain Juarez, who joins the club on a four-year deal. He has finally received the work permit he needed to complete the move from UNAM Pumas.

10.54 BST: Newcastle have been tracking Hatem Ben Arfa this summer, but reports now suggest that Milan could move in to take the Marseille player on loan.

10.47 BST: Aberdeen have made a double signing this morning, snapping up Scott Vernon and Yoann Folly. They also hope to complete a deal for Lee Hendrie.

10.32 BST: Scunthorpe's Gary Hooper has arrived in Glasgow to complete a move to Celtic.

10.20 BST: Belgian centre-back Jan Vertonghen says he wants to spend another season in the Eredivisie with Ajax before moving to the Premier League,

10.14 BST: Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier believes a clearer picture will emerge within eight days regarding their bid to lure Bordeaux captain Alou Diarra to Stade Velodrome.

10.06 BST: South Korea winger Lee Chung-Yong is not entertaining thoughts of leaving Bolton Wanderers this summer, despite suggestions that Liverpool retain an interest in the player.

10.02 BST: New Bolton Wanderers signing Marcos Alonso, who has moved from Real Madrid, cannot wait to get started at the Reebok. "I was impressed that Bolton watched me in the reserves and wanted me for a long time. "I could have gone to Benfica, but felt they only wanted me as part of the deal for Angel Di Maria."

09.53 BST: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has reiterated his desire to sign Mario Balotelli, but does not expect a quick conclusion to the saga.

09.43 BST: Crystal Palace boss George Burley is hoping to tie up loan deals for a couple of Premier League players - Nile Ranger of Newcastle United and Ryan McGivern from Manchester City.

09.31 BST: WBA and Bristol City are said to be ready to fight Burnley for the signature of Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Lee Grant.

09.19 BST: Sam Allardyce has insisted he has no intention of selling Brett Emerton. He has been linked with a move to Galatasaray. "It's been frustrating for Brett, but I think this season is going to be the one where he will show his full potential again," said Allardyce. Emerton added: "I have two years left on my contract and I intend to finish them."

09.16 BST: Sebastian Larsson is concentrating solely on regaining his first team spot at Birmingham even though his long-term future is still to be finalised at St Andrew's.
Larsson is yet to resolve his contract situation although Blues have taken up the 12-month option on his current deal.

09.12 BST: Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra has admitted he could still leave the Ibrox club before the transfer window closes.

09.06 BST: Martin O'Neill is anticipating "great interest" in Ashley Young before the close of the transfer window, while the future of James Milner could become clearer following talks between player and manager on Monday.

08.57 BST: One of those mysterious sources in The Sun is claiming that Real Madrid still want Ashley Cole: "Talk surrounding Cole coming here is not confined to the media. Mourinho wants people with experience and confidence and Ashley fits the bill."

08.37 BST: Monday's Gazzetta dello Sport claims Mario Balotelli has agreed to join Manchester City and that he held a goodbye party in Milan over the weekend. €35 million is the price for the Inter Milan wonderkid.

08.31 BST: Stephen Ireland will not even be in Manchester City's squad next season, according to reports on Monday, but he still hopes to prove himself to Roberto Mancini.

08.10 BST: Harry Redknapp has ruled out a move for Real Madrid great Raul, which is good of him, as the forward will join Schalke later today. "Raul is a great player at Real Madrid, but I wouldn't think he would be a player we would bring to Tottenham," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "Financially, I don't think it would be possible to do a deal like that." But he does want to sign three players.

07.40 BST: Here are the big stories from the morning's papers...

The Guardian: Stephen Ireland has been told he may not make Manchester City’s 25-man squad next season. The midfielder, named City’s player of the season for 2008-09, is attracting interest from Galatasaray and could be available for £8 million.

The Independent: With Jonathan Woodgate still some way from fitness and Ledley King also struggling at present, Tottenham could move for Everton defender Phil Jagielka. However, Arsenal have also been linked with the £15 million-rated defender.

Daily Telegraph: Newcastle are on the verge of signing Marseille playmaker Hatem ben Arfa on loan. Wolfsburg are also interested but Ben Arfa’s agent believes the player may yet remain at Stade Velodrome.

The Sun: Cesc Fabregas will meet Arsene Wenger this week in a bid to find some clarity about his future and whether he will be allowed to return to Barcelona. James Milner will hold similar talks with Martin O’Neill on Monday after telling Aston Villa he wants to join Manchester City.

Daily Mirror: Blackpool have joined Sunderland in the race to sign Danny Welbeck on loan from Manchester United. Blackburn are poised to sign Brazilian defender Henrique Haygnner Celestine from Pacos de Ferreira of Portugal. Finally, David Ngog’s wage demands are proving problematic for West Brom, Newcastle and Bolton, all of whom hope to sign him on loan.

07.27 BST: We will now take a quick look at what stories are making the headlines in the British press...

07.15 BST: Godd morning, transfer fans. The big news this lovely Monday morning is that Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has expressed an interest in Fernando Torres. Do they have any chance of luring him from Anfield though?

July 25, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/25/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Will Craig Bellamy be one to go? © Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's your lot for today, hopefully there'll be a big transfer to get our teeth into tomorrow.

23.15 BST: Liverpool and Tottenham target Taye Taiwo won't be leaving as Marseille boss Didier Deschamps wants him to stay. "There is no Taiwo case to answer," Deschamps said. "I have given my position and we will not be shooting ourselves in the foot. It would not be logical to sell him.''

23.05 BST: David James will be visiting Glasgow for a look around the club and possible signing talks with Celtic on Monday. Watch this space.

22.48 BST: Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud says that he has no plans to let Alou Diarra or Yoann Gourcuff leave the club. Not surprising really since the club lost Laurent Blanc at the end of last season...

22.25 BST: Liverpool are looking to £6 million-rated Danish international Christian Poulsen to replace wantaway midfielder Javier Mascherano.

22.13 BST: West Ham are leading the chase for Loic Remy according to these quotes from Nice chairman Gilbert Stellardo. "West Ham? Remy is definitely interested," he told lequipe.fr. "Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal? I have heard about their interest but I have had no contact.''

21.42 BST: Cristian Ledesma could be set to sign a new contract with Lazio if negotiations go well.

20.44 BST: More on Mr Fabregas, as Catalan sports daily Sport reckons he has agreed terms on his move to Barcelona. He will sign a five-year deal and will receive €7 million per season. Just one problem... Arsenal don't want to sell him.

20.10 BST: Real Madrid have officially confirmed that Bernabeu legend Raul is to leave the club and will hold a farewell press conference on Monday. Schalke are the favourites to get his signature.

19.11 BST: Ronaldinho won’t be leaving AC Milan this summer after the club’s vice-president Adriano Galliani made it clear that the Brazilian is not for sale. He also said that Milan are done in the transfer market... so no Dzeko deal then.

18.13 BST: Barcelona let Yaya Toure go to Man City, so now Spanish reports reckon they will try and get Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna as a replacement.

17.17 BST: He was brilliant at the World Cup and Liverpool really do need a full-back, so it makes sense that PSV and Mexico defender Carlos Salcido would be attracting attention from Anfield - which he is.

16.46 BST: Roma striker Julio Baptsita is on the verge of joining Olympiacos, according to Sky. 'The Beast' needs a new home as he has failed to impress since his days at Sevilla.

16.27 BST: Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba (remember him?) could be set for a move to West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer from Odense Boldklub. That would be an interesting one, although you have to wonder what Roberto Di Matteo sees in him.

16.22 BST: Marca is reporting that Atletico Madrid will sign Diego Godin from Villarreal this week.

16.13 BST: Midfielder Mariano Bogliacino has signed a loan with deal Chievo, moving across from Napoli.

16.05 BST: Schalke coach Felix Magath has again said how much he wants Raul at the club. He told Bild: "The Spanish forward [Raul] will be a sensation in the Bundesliga. He would be an important player for us and give a lot to the team."

15.51 BST: Could Roma pip Juventus to the signing of Inter Milan's Nicolas Burdisso? That's what reports in Italy are suggesting.

15.34 BST: The agent of Roman Pavlyuchenko is expecting the player to remain at Tottenham Hotspur, claiming that Harry Redknapp sees him as an important member of his first-team squad.

15.05 BST: Manchester City will have to offload around 12 players before the transfer window closes at the end of next month - otherwise they will be left with players they are unable to play. New Premier League rules state that a club must submit a squad of 25 players on September 1, and only those players will be eligible to be named in a matchday squad. Clubs can supplement that list with an unlimited number of players aged 21 or under, but in Manchester City's case they are currently well over the 25-man limit.

14.22 BST: We've just received a comment from James Maada Kpaka on Arsenal:

Arsene Wenger should realy be looking forward to signing at least 2 defenders, a high profiledstriker and an attacking midfielder to upgrade the Arsenal squad and get a chance of winning a major trophy this season.

14.22 BST: Roman Pavlyuchenko's does not believe his player will leave Tottenham this summer. "Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is not going to let Roman leave, he is necessary for Harry Redknapp," he told the Daily Star Sunday.

14.14 BST: Liverpool are being linked with Conor Wickham, who has been tipped by our very own Richard Jolly to be in England's squad at the 2014 World Cup finals. He's a teenage striker with Ipswich Town.

14.09 BST: Burnley have agreed a fee with Sheffield Wednesday for goalkeeper Lee Grant, believed to be in the region of £1 million. The Owls face a winding up order in two weeks over an unpaid tax bill of £550,000.

13.31 BST: Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta does not believe the Spanish champions will be able to sign Cesc Fabregas this summer and will instead have to wait 12 months to get their man - and it's all because of the Arsenal fans.

13.19 BST: CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has revealed he is eager to move to the Premier League, with Russia team-mate Andrei Arshavin trying to persuade him to move to Emirates Stadium. Akinfeev, 24, told the Daily Star Sunday: "Arsenal and Manchester United are two of the very best clubs in the world. If both of them are going to be looking for keepers this summer - or even the next summer - then of course I am interested."

12.49 BST: Guti has officially left Real Madrid after 15 years and looks to be headed for Besiktas. It's the end of an era.

12.42 BST: Rafael van der Vaart has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Premier League clubs ahead of the new season. He told the Daily Star Sunday: "I have heard of the interest from Liverpool and Chelsea - and that is very flattering. If either of them were willing to offer me first-team football, I will be honest that it would be very hard for me to not listen to what they had to say."

12.21 BST: Rangers manager Walter Smith is looking to add three players to his squad but is wary of making more mistakes in the transfer market.

11.43 BST: Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp claims he does not intend to spend big this summer as the club prepare for their first Champions League campaign.

11.19 BST: Michael Mancienne is believed to have handed in a transfer request as he looks to leave Chelsea.

11.14 BST: Celtic manager Neil Lennon has confirmed the club are close to deals for Scunthorpe striker Gary Hooper and Israel midfielder Biram Kayal.

11.06 BST: West Ham co-owner David Gold has again suggested the club could offer David Beckham as career swansong at the club, and help them win the race to move into the Olympic Stadium.

10.56 BST: Young Spurs defender Kyle Walker could go out on loan to Blackpool.

10.41 BST: Rangers boss Walter Smith says he wants to push the boat out with three new signings.

10.20 BST: On to the papers then, so what's filling the gossip columns?

News of the World: Spurs will hihack Manchester City's move for Villa midfielder James Milner while they also want Ashley Young and Luis Fabiano ... Andres Iniesta says Arsenal fans have convinced Cesc Fabregas to stay at the Emirates ... Man City will have to sell 12 players by the end of next month to comply with the Premier League's new 25-man squad rule ... Arsenal want Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg ... Chelsea could move for Gregory van der Wiel ... Mahamadou Diarra is ready to quit Real Madrid ... Andre Ayew is too expensive for WBA ... West Ham will move for Francois Clerc ... Birmingham eye Clyne and Dembele ... Sunderland and Everton are interested in Danish striker Nicki Bille Nielsen ... Wigan, Blackburn and Stoke are all trailing 24-year-old Marseille striker Mamadou Samassa.

Mail on Sunday: Jose Mourinho has begged Real Madrid's directors to bid £30 million for Steven Gerrard ... Arsenal will bid £15 million for Phil Jagielka ... Lyon lead West Ham and Arsenal in the race for Loic Remy ... Everton will break the bank to keep Mikel Arteta.

Sunday Mirror: Martin O'Neill could quit Aston Villa if Ashley Young is sold ... Wenger and Fabregas set for showdown talks ... Ancelotti blocks Real move for Ashley ... Stoke want Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Daily Star Sunday: Man United will go in for Karim Benzema again ... Russia goalkeeper Igor ­Akinfeev has told Arsene Wenger he wants to join the Gunners ... Celtic's £1 million bid for Kelvin Wilson turned down ... Rafael van der Vaart is ready to move to England.

Sunday Express: West Ham exit for Carlton Cole and Scott Parker.

Independent: Villa want Ireland plus cash in exchange for £25 million Milner

The People: Roberto Mancini has £100 million to spend in just 20 days ... Hodgson targets Forlan to replace Torres at Liverpool ... Craig Bellamy edges closer to move to Tottenham ... Hammers in shock Ronaldinho link ... Juventus have offered former Chelsea midfielder Tiago Mendes to Liverpool.

10.00 BST: Welcome back to the transfer blog. Very shortly we'll be going through all that nonsense in the Sunday tabloids.

Let's start, though, with some stories from a glorious website called Soccernet.

Roy Hodgson has given the clearest indication yet that Fernando Torres could be heading out of Liverpool by suggesting the player has a long-standing gripe with the club. Hodgson said: "Unfortunately, I cannot do much more. His beef is with the club and not me."

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has again insisted that Ashley Cole is not for sale, claiming the left-back is "the best player in his position in the world".

Bayern Munich midfielder Hamit Altintop has revealed that next season could be his last with the club should he not manage to make the breakthrough into the first team.

July 24, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/24/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Are Man City making a final offer for James Milner? © Getty Images

23.45 BST: That's it for tonight, but we'll be back with you again on Sunday.

23.31 BST: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is closing in on the signing of Real Madrid’s Marcus Alonso Coyle told Sky Sports News: "We are trying to get a little bit closer to bringing in Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid. It's not quite 100% but we are well down the road with it and I would hope that by the start of the week we can conclude that."

23.04 BST: A signing? At this time on a Saturday night? Why not! Sunderland have completed the signing of Argentinian full-back Marcos Angeleri from Estudiantes for an undisclosed fee.

22.12 BST: It's very quiet on the transfer front tonight, so here's a comment we've received from Jeremy:

I would be more than happy to let Carvalho scutter off to Madrid, especially if his fee helps led fund the David Luiz deal. Ricardo was a good servant but nearing his sell by date.

21.27 BST: Some early chatter ahead of Sunday's papers, with the Mail on Sunday claiming Arsenal will bid £15 million for Everton's Phil Jagielka.

20.39 BST: Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is still not certain that Fernando Torres will stay with the club. He said: "I'm afraid the only person who can give you the type of details you require is [managing director] Christian [Purslow]. It would be wrong of me to say too much."

20.07 BST: Neil Lennon has confirmed he will hold talks with David James. "He's hopefully coming up on Monday to have talks and look at the place and
we'll take it from there,'' Lennon told Sky Sports News.

19.51 BST: Spanish club Hercules are believed to be weighing up a bid for Sunderland reserve stopper Marton Fulop.

18.54 BST: Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins has confirmed that Gary Hooper will join Celtic next week.

17.27 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that David James will have talks with Celtic on Monday.

17.10 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Mario Balotelli ended Saturday's training session with Inter early and that it could be the last time he trains with the club. A move to Manchester City looks ever closer for the talented Italian.

16.41 BST: De Telegraaf details how Ajax’s move for AZ Alkmaar striker Mounir El Hamdaoui has stalled. The two clubs agreed a fee but the player’s wage demands have proved excessive, forcing the Amsterdam club to call a halt to talks.

16.17 BST: The agent of AC Milan midfielder Rino Gattuso has told Skysport 24 that Olympiakos are interested in signing his client this summer. Next week could be vital in determining his future as talks are planned with vice-president Adriano Galliani.

15.56 BST: Sampdoria sporting director Sergio Gasparin has denied reports that Antonio Cassano has signed a new contract with the Serie A side. “There is no meeting scheduled with Cassano and his agent,” said Gasparin. “There is definitely no rush to renew his current contract.”

15.36 BST: It appears reports linking Keisuke Honda with a move to AC Milan may have been wide of the mark as the CSKA Moscow star's agent claims there has been no contact with the Italian club.

15.20 BST: Federico Macheda’s agent has denied the young striker could be on the way out of Old Trafford this summer. "All the voices that have been going around are false," Giovanni Bia told Calcionews24.com. "Federico is held in incredible esteem by Manchester United and so he will not go, in fact he cannot wait for the new season.”

15.05 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Manchester City have now completed the signing of Aleksandar Kolarov. Here are the full details.

14.56 BST: Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik says he would be happy to sign a new deal with the Italian club: "I have a contract here and I am happy to be playing for Napoli. I have not signed my contract yet, but there are no problems. I am aiming high with this shirt."

14.47 BST: Sky Sports News are reporting that Aleksandar Kolarov has now completed his move to Manchester City and signed a five-year deal at Eastlands. We will bring you official confirmation as soon as we have it.

14.20 BST: This deal has been bubbling under for a while but it has now been confirmed that Atletico Madrid have signed left-back Filipe Luis from Deportivo La Coruna.

14.02 BST: Corriere dello Sport claims Barcelona president Sandro Rosell is interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to Camp Nou. He better hurry up though, as Manchester City are believed to be close to a deal for the Italian prodigy.

13.31 BST: Marca reports that Barcelona do not have any need for Brazilian defender Henrique for the coming season so he is expected to rejoin Racing Santander. Racing president Francisco Pernia said: “Negotiations are well advanced.” Alexander Hleb is also expected to be on the way out of Camp Nou.

13.05 BST: Marca suggests that German World Cup star Mesut Ozil is set to be the subject of a transfer battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona. That will be good news for Werder Bremen. Who will surely benefit from an auction between the two clubs. Barca’s interest in Ozil is growing as their bid for Cesc Fabregas continues to stall.

12.56 BST: Mundo Deportivo also pushes the boundaries of believability by claiming that just a few days ago, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez attempted to convince Fabregas to sign for Real Madrid! Apparently he fears years of Barca domination if they sign the Arsenal skipper. Sounds suspect to us.

12.50 BST: As for the ongoing Cesc Fabregas saga, Mundo Deportivo claims the midfielder is “willing to do anything” to secure his dream move to Barcelona. It is also reported he will soon travel to London for talks with Wenger, although none of these claims are backed up by any concrete quotes.

12.42 BST: Felipe Melo has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but the midfielder says he has no intention of leaving Juventus this summer. "I want to remain with Juventus," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I really want to do well with this shirt. This year will be my revival year."

12.27 BST: Celtic target Biram Kayal's agent says the player has rejected interest from Galatasaray and FC Twente as he is so keen to move to the SPL club.

12.02 BST: David Ngog has been linked with a move to West Brom but the striker says he has no intention of leaving Liverpool this summer.

11.42 BST: David James is a free agent following his release by Portsmouth and although he has expressed an interest in joining Celtic, it appears Sunderland are ready to sign the England international.

11.22 BST: We have the full story of Ricardo Carvalho's desire to join Real Madrid. Chelsea fans, would it be sad to see him go, or is his time up? Let us know using the comments form below.

11.01 BST: Juventus showed late interest in Aleksandar Kolarov but it appears as though the Serbia international will be joining Manchester City and Roberto Mancini is 99% confident of completing the deal.

10.42 BST: It appears as though Ricardo Carvalho's time at Chelsea could be coming to an end as the defender has made clear he wants to join Real Madrid this summer. He told AS: "If there was a possibility to sign with Real Madrid, I would go there right now swimming or running."

10.27 BST: Corriere dello Sport claims Juventus may target Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor as an alternative to Edin Dzeko should their bid to sign the Bosnian striker fail.

10.08 BST: It seems as though Gonzalo Higuain has taken a leaf out of the Barcelona book of how to unsettle a player, claiming this morning that Ashley Cole will join Real Madrid and that the Chelsea man would suffer less intrusion into his personal life in Spain. Naughty.

09.42 BST: Here is a quick round-up of the stories making the headlines in England this morning...

Daily Mirror: Tottenham are targeting Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, but Harry Redknapp is also eyeing Shaun Wright-Phillips and Craig Bellamy of Manchester City. The paper also claims that Liverpool are ready to cash in on Javier Mascherano by selling him to Inter Milan this summer.

The Independent: Manchester City are confident they will sign Aleksandr Kolarov from Lazio despite late interest in the left back from Juventus.

The Telegraph: James Milner will be the subject of a £24 million bid from Manchester City but the cash-rich club are adamant it will be a ‘final offer’ and they will not match Aston Villa’s £30 million valuation.

Daily Mail: Having won the race to sign Benfica midfielder Ramires ahead of Manchester City, Roman Abramovich is also hoping to sign David Luiz from the Portuguese club. The defender could cost around £27 million.

09.24 BST: Just a quick line from Germany where Schalke are confident of securing the signing of Raul, Real Madrid's all-time record goalscorer. That would be a real coup.

09.00 BST: Welcome to another busy morning of transfer speculation. We will be taking a quick look around the newspapers in a second...

July 23, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/23/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


£25 million for Mascherano? © Getty Images

18.30 BST: Time to close off the transfer blog for another day, but just before we go, here is the full story of Vidic's decision to sign a new contract with Manchester United. Remember to come back tomorrow for more transfer gossip.

18.10 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Nemanja Vidic has agreed terms on a long-term contract. More to follow...

18.04 BST: Here is the full story of Albert Riera's move to Olympiakos. Liverpool fans, does this news leave you short in midfield?

17.48 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Olympiakos have confirmed the signing of Liverpool winger Albert Riera on a four-year deal.

17.43 BST: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he wants first-team football if he is not loaned out this season. Wilshere impressed with Bolton last season but says: "I just want to play. I haven't spoken to the boss yet, so I'll speak to him and see what happens."

17.24 BST: Roma coach Claudio Ranieri admits his attempts to sign Nicolas Burdisso on a permanent basis could be scuppered by Inter's financial demands. "Burdisso? If Inter continue with the amount they are asking for, I'm afraid we cannot afford him," Ranieri said. "They must come down to a reasonable request, taking into account that they did not even include him in their Champions League squad last season."

17.08 BST: New Juve boss Luigi del Neri has admitted that he may sell Brazilian playmaker Diego. The tactician is known to favour a 4-4-2 formation, meaning he may have little need for the former Werder Bremen star. “Here, no one is unsellable," Del Neri said. "If I must keep Diego, Diego must be a striker. It doesn't seem to me like there is much better around."

16.50 BST: As promised, here is Harry Harris' story on Ramires choosing to join Chelsea over Manchester City. A £20 million deal looks imminent.

16.25 BST: Portsmouth might be under a transfer embargo, but they have been given permission to sign three new players in order to take them up to a squad of 20. "The Football League is working with the club to help it reduce its wage bill," a Football League spokesman told the Portsmouth News. "As part of this process, it has given the club permission to bring in replacement players on a case-by-case basis."

16.11 BST: We're told by our very own Harry Harris that Brazil midfielder Ramires will be joining Chelsea this summer. More on that later.

15.46 BST: Real Betis striker Mariano Pavone will spend the next season at River Plate, after the two clubs arranged a one-year loan deal.

15.39 BST: Sao Paulo have rejected a bid from Lazio for midfielder Hernanes.

15.25 BST: Four, yes FOUR, Premier League clubs are interested in signing Arsenal's Mikael Silvestre. No idea why though.

14.55 BST: Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud says the club have not received any bids for playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, though he insists Manchester City were interested in the France international. “For now, I have not received any bids,” he told RMC. "I think that before the start of the World Cup, Manchester City were very hot on him."

14.35 BST: We mentioned earlier that Maicon had spoken of his interest in joining Real Madrid this summer, and now we can bring you the full story.

14.20 BST: Graham Dorrans was the subject of interest from West Ham this summer but signed a new contract with promoted West Brom. The Scottish midfielder says his head was never turned. “I am delighted that it’s sorted out and I can look forward to getting the season started,” he said. “But my mind was always focused on starting the season here anyway because I was contracted here."

13.58 BST: Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck admits he may be forced to go out on loan this season. Sunderland have already shown an interest. "My main aim is to be part of the first team set-up but I am happy to go on loan if the manager wants me to. I just want to keep playing games and improving."

13.37 BST: Click Lancashire reports that Marseille are willing to offer £8.5 million for Wigan Athletic midfielder Charles N’Zogbia. The former Newcastle man has also attracted interest from Sunderland and Birmingham this summer.

13.24 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Wigan have formally completed the signing of Hamilton midfielder James McArthur. The Scot joins his former SPL colleague, James McCarthy, at the DW Stadium.

13.18 BST: Manchester City may be signing left-back Aleksandr Kolarov from Lazio, but Wayne Bridge is happy to fight for his place in Roberto Mancini's side. An offer from Liverpool could change all that though...

12.55 BST: Marcos Angeleri is free to begin his Sunderland career after resolving his outstanding passport issues, the Sunderland Echo reports. The defender is now available for the club’s pre-season campaign after obtaining an Italian passport.

12.41 BST: Harry Redknapp has reiterated that he wants to sign a new goalkeeper for Tottenham, with Stipe Pletikosa the man in question. "That's a possibility, we're looking to take a loan there. I've got Gomes and I've got Carlo, which is good, but the young lad David Button is going out on loan so I feel we need three 'keepers."

12.27 BST: The Journal reports that Newcastle United expect to complete the loan signing of Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley when he returns from his club's pre-season tour of the USA.

12.12 BST: Celtic have made a move for Israeli international midfielder Biram Kayal.

11.57 BST: It appears Albert Riera's arrival in Athens for talks with Olympiakos has sparked a mini-riot. Crazy. Mind you I think Darius Vassell got a similar reception...

11.43 BST: Stoke boss Tony Pulis has denied suggestions that he is considering an offer for Middlesbrough midfielder Gary O’Neil. "It's agents and other people talking about Gary," he said. "There's been no contact between the clubs." Pulis has also denied holding an interest in Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega.

11.27 BST: Portuguese daily A Bola believes Benfica’s Ramires is close to joining Chelsea. The newspaper reports that Portuguese football was always a stepping stone to the Premier League for the Brazil international. Kia Joorabchian, the man who brought Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to West Ham, is believed to be at the centre of negotiations.

11.17 BST: In the Dutch press, Chelsea technical director Frank Arnesen has told AD that two Premier League clubs are rivalling Feyenoord for the possible loan signing of Franco di Santo, who spent last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers.

11.01 BST: Here is the full story regarding Titus Bramble's move to Sunderland. Are you surprised by the deal? Let us know using the comments form below.

10.50 BST: According to France Football, Spartak Moscow have made a €20 million offer for Lille forward Gervniho, who impressed at the World Cup with Ivory Coast. However, the player may hold out to see if interest from Liverpool, Inter Milan or Manchester City materialises into a concrete offer.

10.39 BST: Corriere dello Sport carries quotes from Ronaldinho’s agent in which he states definitively the forward’s future lies with AC Milan. LA Galaxy are strong suitors, but Ronaldinho’s brother and representative, Roberto de Assis, says: “The bond that has been created with the Rossoneri is beautiful.

10.24 BST: One man in demand this summer is Benfica midfielder Ramires after he caught the eye for Brazil during the World Cup finals in South Africa. A number of Europe’s top teams are interested and the player told Sport: “To me it would be a dream to play in a team like Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea.” Manchester City are also believed to be suitors as they continue their quest to sign every midfielder in world football.

10.03 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Titus Bramble has signed for Sunderland from Wigan on a three-year deal.

09.57 BST: Staying with the Catalan press, and Sport reports Barca flop Alex Hleb will be allowed to return to the Premier League this season. The former Arsenal midfielder is available for €5 million and is interesting around five English clubs.

09.40 BST: Mundo Deportivo are keen to underline that Cesc Fabregas remains Barcelona’s No. 1 target this summer, but if Pep Guardiola fails to get his hands on the Arsenal captain, then the paper reports Germany’s World Cup star Mesut Ozil will be their second choice. Bordeaux’s Yoann Gourcuff and Juventus playmaker Diego are other names in contention.

09.33 BST: Raul may have been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur but it appears the Real Madrid legend is destined for the Bundesliga. Speaking in Marca, Schalke coach Felix Magath said: “I am convinced that Raul will end up playing for Schalke 04 next season.” Reports in Germany say Raul has already signed a two-year deal with the club.

09.16 BST: Marca reports that Atletico Madrid are on the brink of signing Luis Filipe from Deportivo. The Brazilian left back will arrive in the Spanish capital on Friday to undergo a medical.

08.58 BST: Under the headline ‘Bye Bye Balo’Gazzetta dello Sport reports Manchester City and Inter Milan have agreed a fee of €35 million for talented young forward Mario Balotelli. These kind of reports have been floating around for a few days now, so caution must be exercised for the moment, but Inter are believed to be looking at Dirk Kuyt and Diego Forlan as replacements.

08.52 BST: Although Maicon is the defensive priority for Real, Jose Mourinho may also attempt to prise David Luiz from Benfica as they seek a new centre back. Ricardo Carvalho is an option, though at 32 he may be too old, while AC Milan’s Thiago Silva and Porto’s Bruno Alves are also under consideration.

08.38 BST: Maicon has been the subject of a transfer tussle between Inter Milan and Real Madrid this summer, but the right back has made clear where he believes his future lies. “I want to go to Madrid,” he says in AS. “It would be a dream come true. I’ve had Mourinho has a coach and I would like to work for him again.”

08.21 BST: Angolan international Gilberto has been released by Egyptian giants Al Ahly after eight seasons at the club. The Egyptian champions are only allowed a quota of three foreign players in their squad and have opted for new recruit Mohamed Ghaddar instead of Gilberto. Ouch.

08.13 BST: Having decided not to continue his career in League One, Franck Queudrue is set to join Greek side Panionios.

07.57 BST: New Zealand international striker Shane Smeltz has returned to A-League club Gold Coast United after a breakdown in his transfer to Chinese club Shandong Luneng.

07.51 BST: Mathieu Flamini - remember him? - could be set to join Aston Villa for £4 million as they weight up a swoop to take him away from AC Milan.

07.38 BST: Benfica and Brazil midfield star Ramires will reportedly decide in the next 24 hours whether he will join Chelsea or Manchester City this summer. Presumably the clubs get some say though.

07.21 BST: Javier Mascherano is ready to walk out on Anfield and link up with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan. Reports suggest he will cost as much as £25 million.

07.02 BST:The Daily Star: Arjen Robben says that Liverpool are a real force to be reckoned with now that they have Joe Cole. West Ham are set to seal a £19 million deal for Loic Remy and Milton Caraglio next week. Tony Pulis wants £1.5 million for James Beattie after knocking back a loan bid from Blackburn.

The Daily Mirror: Manuel Almunia is being left out of the Arsenal squad, so Arsene Wenger will step up his bid for Fulham's Mark Schwarzer. Nemanja Vidic will get a pay hike of £90,000-a-week to fend off interest from Real Madrid. Marseille are set to bid £8 million for Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia. Stoke are considering blowing £12 million on Carlton Cole. Teenager Marcos Alonso (of Real Madrid) is set to sign for Bolton for £2.2 million.

The Guardian: Fulham are targeting Sven-Goran Eriksson as their new boss now that Martin Jol has been forced to stay at Ajax. Sol Campbell is set to stay at Arsenal for the coming season after reportedly accepting a one-year contract from Wenger.

Daily Mail: Southampton are looking to sign Benjani on a free, while Nottingham Forest have rejected a £400,000 offer for Nathan Tyson from the Saints.

07.00 BST: Morning all, time for a round-up of some paper gossip for you.

July 22, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/22/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


James Milner has had his head turned. © Getty Images

23.59 BST: A quiet Thursday night here at Soccernet Towers. We'll be back in the morning will the next batch of transfer talk.

23.26 BST: Nemanja Vidic's agent insists there has been no contact from Real Madrid: "Real Madrid? So far the Spanish club has not contacted us," Silvano Martino told Itasportpress.it. "The player is on holiday in Mallorca and he is thinking about next season with Manchester United. It is difficult for him to leave England even if with the market open anything can happen."

22.57 BST: Filipe Luis has signed for Atletico Madrid, subject to a medical. He moved from Deportivo La Coruna in a deal reputed to be worth £9.2 million.

22.31 BST: More from Real Madrid's Emilio Butragueno. With Raul on his way out this summer, he told Eurosport: "For us he is more than a symbol, he is part of the club’s history, of the badge. He is an example for all, for the youth and future generations. We left any decision with Raul, so he could decide what is best. All we want is that he knows the debt we will always owe him."

22.09 BST: Aston Villa, of course, would need a replacement for James Milner. And the early whispers are that Martin O'Neill will head on back to Celtic to sign Aiden McGeady.

21.41 BST: Roberto Mancini appears ready to make a new bid for James Milner after Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill confirmed the player wants to join Manchester City. "If we have this chance [to sign Milner] I think we can take him, but we must wait now," Mancini said.

21.21 BST: The father of Brazilian wonderkid Neymar is a little angry that Santos rejected Chelsea's £20 million offer on Tuesday. "Santos just said 'no' before even talking with us," he told Lancenet. "Why would they do that? They must listen to Neymar to know what he has to say about it."

20.57 BST: And now a less-than-exciting update to the Mario Balotelli tale. Inter chief Massimo Moratti has said: "At this moment there are contacts with Manchester City, but we must find an agreement that satisfies both us and them."

20.49 BST: Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno seems to be hedging his bets over the Maicon saga. "What has to be done is to continue shoring up the squad and it's not necessary this has to be achieved with super-famous players," he told Radio Marca. "What we need is to constantly increase our competitiveness."

20.37 BST: Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has now completed his move to AEK Athens. Contrary to reports on lesser media outlets, it was signed and sealed today.

20.19 BST: Israeli International defender Dekel Keinan is expected to sign for Blackpool on Friday.

20.06 BST: Stoke City are poised to make a £14 million offer for West Ham's forgotten England striker Carlton Cole. Soccernet can exclusively reveal that Stoke are contemplating lodging a bid of £9-10 million up front plus a further £4 million worth of add-ons, which will be based upon their success with Cole in the side.

19.51 BST: Here's an email we've just received from Alex:

I am a Yanks fan, and I agree with Harkes 100%, but Man City isn't the place for Donovan. Everton, Aston Villa, or Liverpool would be good options though.

19.35 BST: Landon Donovan must grasp the opportunity to return to the Premier League should the opportunity arise, according to former United States captain John Harkes. Harkes, who played in the top flight for Sheffield Wednesday and Derby, said: "Obviously it depends on what he wants as an individual but if the opportunity presents itself for him to take that challenge he needs to do it now."

19.29 BST: We're hearing reports that Chievo Verona have completed the signing of Mariano Bogliacino from Napoli.

19.25 BST: West Bromwich Albion could offer a contract to Geroge Boateng, who is a free agent after being released by Hull City last month.

19.22 BST: Here's a story not to believe from the Daily Star. The paper claims that Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is more likely to leave the Emirates after he was, er, left out of last night's friendly against Sturm Graz.

19.11 BST: It seems that Andranik Teymourian, one time of Bolton and, so we are told, on the books of Fulham last season has turned down the chance of an extended trial back in Lancashire with Blackburn Rovers.

19.06 BST: We're hearing that Spanish winger Albert Riera has landed in Greece as he looks to end his Liverpool nightmare with a move to Olympiakos.

18.47 BST: Wolfsburg are confident that star names Edin Dzeko and Zvjezdan Misimovic will remain at the club, with managing director Dieter Hoeness quashing all rumours linking them with transfers.

18.22 BST: Motherwell have demanded Cardiff settle a "substantial'' overdue instalment of the transfer fee due for defender Paul Quinn.

17.41 BST: Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be joining the club's fierce rivals, Real Madrid, the player's agent Mino Raiola has confirmed. ''I have never spoken to Madrid or about a possible swap with Kaka. I don't know anything about this issue,'' he told COM Radio. ''Zlatan has a contract with Barca and he wants to show his quality when he is at 100%. Ibra is totally focused on the team and is anxious to start the season as a Barca player.''

17.32 BST: Juventus have yet to seal a deal for Milos Krasic and now the CSKA Moscow star is attracting attention from Atletico Madrid.

17.07 BST: Liverpool are reportedly prepared to offer Nabil El Zhar and Damien Plessis as a part of the deal to sign Nice striker Loic Remy.

16.37 BST: Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson intends to send striker Danny Welbeck and midfielder Tom Cleverley on loan to Premier League clubs in the coming season.

16.24 BST: Wigan have completed the signing of Paraguay defender Antolin Alcaraz, after he was granted a work permit.

16.13 BST: Ally McCoist admits he is excited by Brett Holman - but insists Rangers are not close to signing the Australia striker. ''I saw him a couple of times at the World Cup over in South Africa and he was a player who impressed me,'' he said. ''He came on and took his goals well but there has been no contact made at all between ourselves and his club with a view to him getting him involved with us.''

15.54 BST: Midfielder Benoit Pedretti says that he will remain at Auxerre, despite interest from abroad, and has targeted a return to the France squad.

15.38 BST: Roy Hodgson admits he will have to spend wisely as he looks to reshape his Liverpool squad on a restricted budget this summer.

15.19 BST: Veteran full-back Gianluca Zambrotta has signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan, as his previous deal had been set to expire next summer.

15.08 BST: Newcastle may have landed Dan Gosling earlier, but boss Chris Hughton has denied he is looking to sign Raul, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sol Campbell and Benjani this summer.

14.59 BST: Asamoah Gyan says that three different clubs - of which Fenerbahce are definately one - are interested in signing him this summer. "I am aware that three clubs have made contact with Rennes," said the Ghanaian. ''However, I am not going to war with my club. For me, everyone has to be happy and make sure they get the best deal possible.''

14.43 BST: Hatam Ben Arfa's agent is keen to get his client a move as he hasn't made many friends at Marseille. The French midfielder has been offered to Newcastle, Liverpool and Everton.

14.33 BST: Palermo have rejected a €25 million offer from Real Madrid for Javier Pastore. Club president Maurizio Zamparini said it was rejected immediately and thinks the midfielder will head to Barcelona.

14.11 BST: Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has predicted a grim future for Anatoliy Tymoschuk at the Bundesliga club and advised him to consider a transfer. ''Tymoschuk's prospects are not very bright,'' he told kicker magazine. ''(Bastian) Schweinsteiger is in the form of his life, (Mark) van Bommel is the captain. It looks tough. If a player doesn't play or doesn't have bright prospects then I would leave if I were them.''

13.52 BST: South Africa defender Bongani Khumalo has claimed he is on the brink of earning a trial at Tottenham. ''It would be a dream,'' he said. ''I have always wanted to play in England and obviously in the Premier League and it would be a dream to move to Tottenham - and if it happened, it would be up to me to make sure it works.''

13.36 BST: Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has promised not to get into a ''war'' with French star Alou Diarra and would not stand in the midfielder's way if he wants to move to Marseille - providing the French champions pay the release fee of 7.75 million euros.

13.29 BST: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has pleaded with the club's fans to give prospective new signing Titus Bramble a chance to prove himself. Incredible. He hasn't even signed yet and is already being criticised - not without good reason, mind.

13.17 BST: Oh dear, silly season is now fully upon us. Kaka and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are reportedly ready to swap clubs. El Mundo Deportivo claims Mourinho wants Ibrahimovic as a replacement for Karim Benzema, while no doubt Kaka would fill the void before Cesc Fabregas arrives next year. Don't expect this one to happen.

12.56 BST: Slovakia striker Robert Vittek has sealed his move to Ankaragucu from Lille. The 28-year-old, who spent six months last season on loan with the Turkish club, scored four goals at this summer's World Cup to put himself in the spotlight.

12.40 BST: Martin O'Neill claims that James Milner wants to leave Aston Villa for Manchester City this summer and says that he can go, but only for the right price.

12.36 BST: Nothing like knowing you aren't wanted, so Inter defender Ivan Cordoba has advised Mario Balotelli to leave the San Siro this summer. "Balotelli is having tantrums and he doesn't know what to do," he told Mediaset. "You can't understand what he wants. I advise him to find himself another team so he can rediscover his motivation."

12.31 BST: Juventus are busy (certainly in the papers anyway) and look set to renew their interest in Lazio left-back Aleksandar Kolarov, who is almost ready to sign for City.

12.21 BST: Inter Milan are considering a €20 million bid for Diego Forlan, if they sell Mario Balotelli to Manchester City. The Uruguay striker has also been linked with Juventus in recent weeks, but Atletico Madrid say they won't be selling him.

12.09 BST: Nottingham Forest are rumoured to be interested in taking Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on loan, but Newcastle could go back in for him after he spent time on loan with them last season.

12.01 BST: Juventus striker David Trezeguet would like to play in the United States before the end of his career, according to his agent. ''For the time being he will not move from Juventus because the coach (Luigi Del Neri) needs him,'' Antonio Caliendo told Radio Monte Carlo. ''We have received several offers and the one the player likes most is that of the New York Red Bulls. There he will meet up with (Thierry) Henry.''

11.34 BST: Schalke coach Felix Magath says he is confident of signing Real Madrid legend Raul this summer, even though Besiktas are also in the hunt for his signature. ''Raul has shown in every moment his interest in signing for our team and we believe he will arrive, be it in days or weeks,'' Magath said in quotes published by Marca.

11.06 BST: Dan Gosling has joined Newcastle United from Everton. That's on a free deal after an Evertonian admin cock-up. One small thing is that he has a cruciate knee injury, continuing a long Toon tradition of signing injured players. Here's the Soccernet story.

11.02 BST:
Some Liverpool-related intrigue now as Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is set for Anfield, with Ryan Babel heading the other way as part of the deal. So proclaim Il Corriere dello Sport.

10.46 BST: Tears on Wearside as Nyron Nosworthy exits stage left to Sheffield United on loan for a season. That terrace anthem to the tune of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" will have to be mothballed for a year.

10.21 BST: Nemanja Vidic's future is one of the big imponderables if you are a Manchester United fan. In fact, not much to ponder if you consider that Sir Alex was hardly convincing when asked about the Serb in the aftermath. The Guardian carry the report.

10.06 BST:
A shot in the dark? Mezut Ozil to be chased by Manchester United, say the Manchester Evening News. This is based on the supposed breakdown of talks with Werder Bremen. We thought Fergie was happy with his squad.

09.51 BST:
Unsurprising transfer news of the summer? Leicester City are to let Yann Kermorgant leave. Kermorgant is infamous for the fluffed penalty that denied the Foxes promotion. He's no Sebastian Abreu.

09.48 BST: Everton fans rest assured. Mikel Arteta's agent says it is going to be difficult for Sevilla to land the midfielder without handing over some serious cash.

09.45 BST: No less an authority than London free-sheet/tramp's bedding The Metro suggests that Arsenal have given up their chase for Everton defender Phil Jagielka because he'd cost too much.

09.36 BST While Rangers are offloading the likes of Danny Wilson, Celtic are spending big, or big-ish as the SPL dictates. And new boss Neil Lennon is setting his sights on even more to follow, as our Soccernet story says.

09.05 BST:
Heavy rumours that Wayne Bridge could the man to fill that left-back spot for Liverpool. He and Glen Johnson could form a lesser-spotted former Chelsea partnership on Merseyside and with Joe "Scouse and Proud" Cole also on the scene it could be one big reunion on Melwood. The Mirror carry that line.

08.45 BST: The need for a left-back is paramount for Liverpool and they are being linked with Maynor Figueroa of Wigan. The Latics meanwhile eye PSV Mexican Carlos Salcido, a stand-out player from the World Cup in this observer's opinion. The Mail take that line.

08.34 BST: Inter Milan have opened talks with Liverpool's Javier Mascherano, say The Guardian.

08.22 BST: Chelsea are linked with yet another Brazilian and a rather useful one too. Well, he's better than Felipe Melo. Ramires is the man they're after to play in central midfield. The Daily Mail run that one and £20 million is the price.

08.05 BST: Rumour stuff from the tabloids now. Roy Hodgson has sent scouse hearts-a-quiver with his admittance that he is still to convince Fernando Torres to stay at Liverpool. That's in The Sun. West Ham are set to buy a much-wanted Ajax striker and it's not Luis Suarez. Miralem Sulejmani is the man linked in the Mirror. The Star says David "Jameo" James is off to Sunderland.

08.05 BST: Amusement for all as Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has complained about the prices that his nouveau riche club have been charged for the likes of Mario Balotelli.

08.00 BST: Time for another day on the transfer treadmill. What world of wonder awaits in a market that just may be springing into life.

July 21, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/21/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Donovan could be set for a Premier League return. ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: And that's it for today. Where will Landon land? Can Fulham manage to manage Martin? Join us again for more tomorrow.

23.39 BST: Doubts surround the future of Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.. again. Roy Hodgson said after their friendly game: "Christian Purslow has been talking to Fernando Torres for the last two days so I think there has probably been lots of words from Fernando Torres but I haven't actually spoken to him.''

22.54 BST: Lazio have made an offer for Sao Paolo midfielder Hernanes, according to the player's agent. Around £8 million is believed to be enough to lure the Brazilian away.

22.35 BST: Earlier we said he could be going to Celtic, now it could be Sunderland. With Craig Gordon breaking his arm and Martin Fulop expected to leave the Stadium of Light, will David James be turning up at the Stadium of Light?

22.23 BST: The agent of Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng says there has been no contact from Genoa over a possible move to the club. "We are still waiting a call off Genoa, probably this week we have an appointment with the leadership of Rossoblu club,'' Mario Miele said. ''Last week we talked with management of Genoa for what concerns the employment of the player. As I understand there isn't the agreement between Genoa and Portsmouth".

21.01 BST: Napoli striker German Denis could be left up in the air after an injured foot could scupper his move to Udinese.

21.01 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has said he will stay at the Bernabeu and fight for the place under Jose Mourinho. "I will work hard and fight for my spot on this squad," he told the club's website.

20.06 BST: Manchester City look set to continue their summer spending spree as manager Roberto Mancini revealed that he is trying to sign USA international Landon Donovan. More on that later.

19.23 BST: Barcelona have handed 'B' defender Andreu Fontas a one-year extension to his deal, meaning he'll be staying at the Nou Camp until 2012.

19.00 BST: Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen believes he will forge a robust centre-back partnership with new signing Laurent Koscielny. ''I didn't know Koscielny before but I have seen him in training,'' he said. ''He is a good defender, he puts pressure on the attackers all the time and he is tight with his marking.''

18.46 BST: Santos' Neymar will have the final say on his future, according to his agent Wagner Ribeiro. "Today, I'm going to have a meeting with the boy's parents and also with a senior manager at Santos, Pedro Luiz Nunes Conception,'' he told the SporTV television channel. ''But the more important [aspect to] this story is the will of the boy. If he says he wants to leave we will talk with the president [Luis Álvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro] and Pedro Luiz. Hence, we must also talk to the investor to negotiate with Chelsea."

18.15 BST: Heiko Westermann insists he joined Hamburg in the hope that they will play him in his preferred position as a centre-back. "I did not have any perspective for a regular place in the Schalke team in my favourite position,'' he explained to the Revier Sport newspaper. "Therefore, I wanted to change clubs. Things are different at HSV. In Hamburg, they were looking for a central defender. I think that I can show off my strengths well here.''

17.51 BST: Olympiakos expect to sign winger Albert Riera from Liverpool later this week. “Unless there is a major surprise then he will be our player,” Lienen told reporters. “He is a great player who has proven his worth both at club level and for the Spanish national side.” He will cost four million euros intially.

17.42 BST: Massimo Oddo has ended speculation over his future to sign a new contract with Milan, which will run until the summer of 2012.

17.25 BST: And now it is complete. Danny Wilson has signed a three-year deal with Liverpool after passing his medical, the club have confirmed. He said: "This is a massive challenge for me. This is one of the best leagues in the world and I will be playing for one of the biggest teams in the world."

17.11 BST: Sky Sports News are reporting that Danny Wilson has passed a medical at Liverpool as he completes his move from Rangers.

17.06 BST: Tottenham forward Roman Pavlyuchenko is being linked with a move to Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

16.47 BST: Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy has joined Sheffield United on a season-long loan.

16.30 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk have completed the signing of Eduardo from Arsenal on a four-year contract. The fee is believed to be £6 million.

16.27 BST: Marseille have reportedly turned down the chance to sign Guti, who is on the search for a new club.

16.21 BST: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed how Miroslav Klose turned down two approaches from unnamed Premier League clubs to fight for his place with the German champions.

16.07 BST: Ajax have called a halt to talks with Bayern Munich regarding the transfer of Netherlands international Gregory van der Wiel. A deadline for the successful conclusion of negotiations passed at noon local time on Wednesday and the Amsterdam club issued a statement that read: "Ajax and Bayern Munich are no longer in talks about Gregory van der Wiel."

15.55 BST: Interest is set to build in Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour, who is edging closer to full fitness after missing the whole of 2009-10 season. His agent has again talked up interest from Man United and also claims Man City, Liverpool and Arsenal are watching on. Paul Stefani said: “Sir Alex is always interested in Steven ever since he sent him the letter when he was struggling with injury. He is interested but we have to wait for an offer to be validated."

15.41 BST: Crystal Palace have signed free agent goalkeeper Lewis Price.

15.30 BST: Ipswich are being linked with a move for Sunderland's out-of-favour goalkeeper Marton Fulop, who controversially spent the last three games of last season on loan at Manchester City.

15.21 BST: Here's a funny one. Gazzetta dello Sport have decided to run a story which was floating around in the British press at the weekend, namely that both Inter Milan and Real Madrid will fight it out for Patrice Evra. Er, no.

15.14 BST: Bad news for those Arsenal fans hoping that Arsene Wenger will sign a goalkeeper. The agent of one of the players they've been linked with, Udinese's Samir Handanovic, has told Tuttomercatoweb.com: "Handanovic will not be moving. Arsenal have decided not to spend money to buy a goalkeeper."

15.11 BST: Marcus Berg's loan move to PSV Eindhoven has now been completed. He switches across from Hamburg,

15.05 BST: Nottingham Forest striker Joe Garner has moved to Huddersfield Town on loan for the first half of the season.

14.57 BST: More links for Newcastle United now, again coming from France, namely Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini and Marseille forward Hatem Ben Arfa.

14.49 BST: Manchester City's Faroe Islands international goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen has signed a new one-year contract with the club - and promptly moved to League One side Tranmere Rovers on loan.

14.40 BST: It looks as though West Ham missed out on the chance to sign Miralem Sulejmani on loan from Ajax. Boss Martin Jol blocked the move, and it's a decision the player is far from happy about: "I really don't understand why Jol has vetoed the move. It looks like he's trying to ruin my career. I was looking forward to relaunching my career at West Ham. Their manager sees me as a big talent and I'm keen to make a fresh start elsewhere," Sulejmani told AD.

14.24 BST: David James will now definitely be on the move, with Portsmouth withdrawing their offer of a one-year contract. James was stalling on the offer as Pompey remained in administration but they have now taken the contract off the table. He was linked with Celtic earlier today.

14.17 BST: Leo Beenhakker, now in the corridors of power at Feyenoord, says he wants to take Chelsea striker Franco di Santo to the Eredivisie club. And who could blame them after he did so well on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

14.11 BST: Maicon's agent has demanded an apology from Inter Milan for apparently negotiating his client's transfer to Real Madrid without the knowledge of the defender.

14.05 BST: Reports in France are linking Newcastle with a move for Lens' teenage midfielder Nacim Boukhelifa.

13.46 BST: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy has now been told he must sell before he can buy anymore players. So far he has snapped up Stephen Hunt, Steven Mouyokolo, Steven Fletcher and Jelle Van Damme.

13.30 BST: Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios has told Ole he is a target for Napoli and Manchester City.

13.12 BST: Arsenal may be interested in CSKA Moscow striker Keisuke Honda, but Liverpool aren't. Asked if Arsenal and Liverpool were interested, his agent told Sport.co.uk: “Liverpool have not been in contact regarding him.” Make of that what you will.

13.10 BST: Barcelona sporting director Javier Bordas seems to be having trouble recalling Cesc Fabregas from loan. “The thing that is missing is Arsenal wanting to sell the player and at the moment they do not want to sell him," he said in the Daily Mirror. "It seems it isn’t a problem with the price - simply that Arsenal are very unwilling to sell him at all.”

13.05 BST: Spurs are tracking 15-year-old Sporting winger Armindo Bangna Bruma, according to the Daily Mail.

12.55 BST: West Ham co-owner has again said Scott Parker will not be leaving the club despite reports of interest from Aston Villa. “Nothing has changed,” Sullivan said. “Aston Villa will not have enough money to tempt us to sell Scott Parker. He really is not for sale.”

12.50 BST: Heiko Westermann has completed his move to Hamburg. More here.

12.30 BST: Sevilla are apparently willing to pay up to £9m for Mikel Arteta. Clearly there's no way Everton will sell at that price (remember the Lescott saga last summer?) and the player’s representative, Inaki Ibanez, said: “They (Everton) are asking for a lot of money, so it is difficult for Mikel to exit the club.”

12.22 BST: West Ham have agreed the £4.5 million signing of 22-year-old Argentine striker Milton Caraglio from Rosario Central, but the deal is still in the balance as the player has an offer from Italy.

12.00 BST: Maicon's agent, Antonio Caliendo, has been speaking about the Inter defender's future again and claimed City have shown interest. "Inter are talking about deals without his consent," he said. "The player only wants one thing: respect. Manchester City? They're the first team to have expressed an interest in him, but I have to stress that the most likely outcome is that he will stay at Inter."

It's also been claimed that Real Madrid have issued a take-it-or-leave-it €22m bid, but Caliendo said: "Ultimatum from Madrid? We dont know anything about this, but it would be disrepectful."

11.55 BST: Sport claims Alexander Hleb wants to stay at Barcelona despite interest from Manchester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland.

11.52 BST: Skysports.com claims Newcastle have reached an agreement for Dan Gosling, who is a free agent after leaving Everton.

11.50 BST: West Ham have made Nice an acceptable offer for Loic Remy, but our man Harry Harris has learned that Arsenal could yet nip in. More here.

11.42 BST: Gazzetta claims Mario Balotelli's talks with Manchester City have stalled because the Inter striker is playing for time. United and Chelsea are said to be interested, so Balotelli naturally might want to bide his time, although it appears the problem rests with the fact City don't want to pay him €4.5m a season.

11.40 BST: The Spanish press claims Juve's Felipe Melo could head to Real Madrid - as mentioned earlier - in a swap deal with Royston Drenthe.

11.20 BST: Inter Milan have signed Genoa defender Andrea Ranocchia but will be loaning him back and only owning some of him. Find out all about the ins and outs of the deal here.

11.05 BST: Here is the Cole and Degen stuff.

10.50 BST: Good news, Liverpool fans. Joe Cole has completed his medical and has signed a four-year contract at Anfield.

10.35 BST: Freddie Ljungberg could leave Seattle Sounders this summer. More here.

10.33 BST: Roy Hodgson has confirmed Philipp Degen will be allowed to leave Liverpool.

10.30 BST: Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has signed a new long-term contract before heading off on loan to Lorient. The loan deal is believed to part of the agreement that saw Laurent Koscielny join the Gunners.

10.25 BST: Sportske Novosti reports that Eduardo has passed a medical at Shakhtar Donetsk and will complete his move from Arsenal today.

10.03 BST: Reader Kris doesn't think Xavi and co have done a lot wrong.

I don't see it being too big of a deal with what the Barca player's are doing to try and convince Cesc to go. I mean they are all spanish, they share that bond in football (especailly after winning the WC) and they would know it's something Cesc desires so why not help him make the decision by showing him that they want him at Barca as much as he wants to be there himself. Sure I see why Arsenal fans would be upset by this but I just don't see it being as wrong as people make it out to be.

10.01 BST: Stevan Jovetic has told Barcelona he wants to stay at Fiorentina.

09.55 BST: Titus Bramble is apparently on the verge of joining Sunderland. More here.

09.36 BST: Silvio Berlusconi insists Ronaldinho and Thiago Silva will be staying at AC Milan. More here.

09.25 BST: El Mundo Deportivo is also suggesting Barca could still go for Werder Bremen star Mesut Ozil.

09.16 BST: El Mundo Deportivo says Zlatan Ibrahimovic may not stay at Barcelona after all. It acknowledges that he's not too highly thought of in England but says Carlo Ancelotti remains a big fan and a move to Chelsea isn't out of the question.

09.12 BST: Marca says Real Madrid have made a €22 million take-it-or-leave-it offer for Inter defender Maicon.

09.10 BST: Reader Nick certainly isn't too happy about Barca players meddling in the Fabregas affair.

I am a staunch Arsenal fan,ironically Barcelona is the only other club that come a bit close to Arsenal in my heart.But talking about the Fabregas serga,i seriously think the Barca players are only good on the field of play but when it comes to conducting themselves as pple of class they fall short.From,puyol,to iniesta,to casillas and the list is endless and now Xavi.A player is under contract with another club and yet Xavi can come out to say this the player is only on loan,what insolence?That is disrespect in the highest degree.By this show of lack of respect from barca and their so-called classless star players,If i were in charge at arsenal i will make sure i sell the "ALMIGHTY" Fabregas to any club that offers the highest payment,then we'll see how well barca will do against Real Madrid in a bidding war....barca players pls leave player signing issues to those in charge and learn to be humble and respectful

09.05 BST: Atletico Madrid have again said they have no intention of selling Diego Forlan to Juventus. "There is nothing from Juventus," Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said. "No-one has contacted us. There is absolutely nothing. We will not sell him."

09.00 BST: Is David James off to Celtic? Seems like a definite maybe. More here.

08.57 BST: German website 4-4-2.com says Inter, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich want Croatia international Darijo Srna.

08.55 BST: Calcio Mercato reports that Inter will look at signing Dirk Kuyt, Lukas Podolski, Giuseppe Rossi or Diego Forlan if Mario Balotelli leaves.

08.51 BST: Reports in Spain claim Real Madrid could consider a bid for Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo. His efforts against Netherlands, you will remember, helped Brazil to a quarter-final exit at the World Cup.

08.50 BST: Roman Pavlyuchenko has denied reports he'll be heading to Portuguese side Sporting. More here.

08.45 BST: And here's an array of stories from the morning's press.

Daily Mirror: City are in talks to sign Benfica midfielder Ramires for £30 million, Liverpool want £6 million for David Ngog, Roy Hodgson is now going to work on convincing Fernando Torres to stay at Anfield after Steven Gerrard pledged his future, Jose Mourinho is lining up a reunion with Ricardo Carvalho at Real Madrid, West Ham are set to sign defender Francois Clerc from Lyon.

The Sun: Arsenal will tempt Mark Schwarzer with a player-coach role, Tottenham and Newcastle are in the race for Real Madrid legend Raul, West Ham's bid for Tal Ben-Haim has stalled because of a groin injury.

Daily Mail: Manchester City believe they have reached a deal to sign Mario Balotelli for £23 million, Sunderland are set to land Titus Bramble for £5 million, Blackpool are leading the race for former West Brom midfielder Robert Koren.

The Independent: Newcastle want midfielder Mahamadou Diarra but he'll be staying at Real Madrid.

08.16 BST: Right, time for a scout around the morning's newspapers...

08.15 BST: One player certainly not moving to Spain is Ashley Cole, according to Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, who says the defender would still face scrutiny over his private life in La Liga.

08.05 BST: Barcelona have been attempting to strike a more conciliatory tone with Arsenal in recent days, having angered the Gunners with their bullish approach, but what is this we spy this morning? Oh yes, Xavi saying that Fabregas is only "on loan" at Arsenal. We can't see that helping.

08.00 BST: Good morning, transfer fans. So what is in store for us today? We may see Eduardo leave Arsenal and Aleksandr Kolarov join Manchester City, but one thing is certain: Cesc Fabregas will again be making headlines.

July 20, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/20/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Chelsea are after the 18-year-old Neymar. ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: And that brings the curtain down for tonight. Join us again in the morning.

23.51 BST: Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is now being linked with a move for Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho. Isn't he a bit old?

23.46 BST: A comment here from Damian:

I think if Marseille really do agree to sell Taiwo, that would be a huge mistake and why he is second to Heinze is a mystery in itself.

23.32 BST: Titus Bramble, a star of football blooper videos, could be on his way to Sunderland from Wigan, to be reunited with Steve Bruce.

23.25 BST: More chatter from Wolfsburg boss Steve McClaren who is now said to be keeping an eye on Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta.

23.11 BST: It has now been confirmed that Preston have turned down a third bid for goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan from Premier League side West Brom.

22.57 BST: Former Blackburn Rovers youngster Jemal Johnson could be heading for MLS. MK Dons have given permission for him to have talks with DC United.

22.44 BST: Liverpool winger Albert Riera is attracting interest from Olympiakos.

22.35 BST: Another Daily Mail story, which claims that Lukas Jutkiewicz will join Coventry City on loan from Everton.

22.31 BST: The Daily Mail says that Steve McClaren has failed in a fresh bid to take Craig Bellamy to Wolfsburg on a season-long loan.

22.24 BST: Everton could hand a trial to 18-year-old Dutchman Bob Schepers.

22.01 BST: La Parisien is reporting that Marseille have already begun scouting for a replacement for Taye Taiwo, who has been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. He is behind Argentine full-back Gabriel Heinze in the pecking order at the Ligue 1 club.

21.22 BST: A comment from a Liverpool fan, named Adha The Kop 1987, who clearly wants a new striker:

"Come on Huntelaar move to Anfield n give a new impact for liverpool dream tittle."

21.09 BST: Over in Spain, ElSevilla.com claims that Sevilla want Mikel Arteta from Everton but the asking price, £14 million, is too high. The player’s agent, Inaki Ibanez, said, "They ask a lot of money right now is very complicated Mikel out of there."

21.05 BST: It is being reported that West Brom have had a third bid turned down for Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

20.59 BST: Meanwhile, free agent Steve Finnan, of Fulham, Liverpool and Portsmouth fame, is being linked with Ipswich.

20.51 BST: Tottenham target Connor Wickham is trying to ignore talk of a big money move to the Premier League by saying he wants to stay with Ipswich Town. Wickham, however, has confirmed he will be staying at Ipswich, He told the East Anglian Daily Times: "I’m looking forward to staying with Ipswich, and nothing has changed."


20.16 BST: Midfielder Matthew Etherington has signed a new four-deal with Stoke. The 28-year-old said: "It's been a fantastic couple of years for me here, so I was more than happy to sign a new contract. It's taken time to sort out, but these things do."

19.28 BST: D.C United’s 17-year-old midfielder Andy Najar is apparently heading to Arsenal at the end of the year for a trial. He will head to the Emirates at the end of the MLS season.

18.55 BST: It's been confirmed. Rangers have accepted a bid of £2 million (rising to £5 million) for Wilson from Liverpool.

18.29 BST: Rangers fans look away now, defender Danny Wilson (one of the club's hottest prospects) is on the verge of a move to Liverpool.

18.22 BST: Wolves are keen on St Etienne midfielder Guirane N'Daw on a season-long loan - but must sell before they bring players in.

18.11 BST: Santos have claimed on their website that 18-year-old winger Neymar is not for sale and that they have rejected a bid from Chelsea.

17.46 BST: Olivier Kapo will leave Wigan this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by manager Roberto Martinez. "I just want to play football at this stage in my career," he said.

17.33 BST: Derby have not received an offer for Rob Hulse from Premier League newcomers Blackpool. Derby boss Nigel Clough said: ''We have had no contact from Blackpool. There seems to have been speculation about Rob since we arrived at the club. In January he was going, then again in the summer. It has been every transfer window.''

17.29 BST: Getafe are looking at bringing in a new striker, with Adrian Colunga or Dani Guiza the two names at the top of the shopping list, according to Marca.

17.11 BST: Athletic Bilbao are looking to tie down Javi Martinez to a new deal after the midfielder impressed for Spain at the World Cup.

16.47 BST: Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios claims he is attracting interest in Europe. "I still have four years on my contract," he said in an interview with Spanish newspaper Ole. "However, they say that Milan, Fiorentina, Manchester City and Napoli would like to buy me."

16.42 BST: Palermo are keeping close tabs on Brazil midfielder Hernanes. Lazio and Milan are also interested, but it will take a €10million offer to prise him away from Sao Paulo.

16.34 BST: Liverpool fans can celebrate now. Joe Cole has passed his medical.

16.19 BST: Globoesporte claim that Chelsea have bid €20 million for Santos star Neymar having had an earlier bid of €15 million turned down.

16.04 BST: Feel free to ignore this one, but reports are suggesting that Real Madrid want to swap Kaka for Ashley Cole. Nonsense of the highest order.

15.39 BST: AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi has spoken out about the situation at the San Siro, and Ronaldinho in particular. "I have a personal agreement with him. He will be at Milan even after he stops playing,'' he said.

The president also stated that he has rejected a bid from Spain for his star centre-back, Thiago Silva. "We have had offers from Real Madrid but we turned them down," he claimed. "We have a squad of players that costs us quite alot, but we want to continue winning.''

15.17 BST: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is apparently being frustrated in his attempts to sign a central defender after various targets fell off the radar. Surely he can pick up a Honduran international for less than £1 million? He's done it before!

15.06 BST: Schalke boss Felix Magath has confirmed Germany defender Heiko Westermann is set to join Hamburg for around £6.5 million. "The paperwork is still missing the signatures, but I expect this will go through in time,'' he said.

14.53 BST: Chelsea midfielder Deco has spoken of his desire to return to his native Brazil to win the league title and the Copa Libertadores. Although he's not actually left Chelsea yet.

14.45 BST: One of the Premier League's ''major clubs'' has joined the chase for Nice striker Loic Remy. With Spurs and Liverpool already in for him, that only leaves a few, but whoever it is, he is sure to leave. "A major club from the Premier League have contacted me about Loic," agent Frederic Guerra told Sky Sports. ''I have a meeting with the club tomorrow [Wednesday] and we will see what happens. Whatever happens Loic will be leaving Nice this summer and he has his heart set on England."

14.37 BST: According to Bild, Real Madrid are keen to swap Rafael van der Vaart for Bastian Schweinsteiger. Not ones to jump on the bandwagon, Real, but a deal for Sami Khedira as well could see the two Germany World Cup stars reunited.

14.24 BST: USA international Jonathan Bornstein has agreed to sign for Mexican side Tigres UNAL on January 1.

14.22 BST: Inter full-back Maicon could be moving clubs within 24 hours as Real Madrid plan to make Inter one final offer, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

14.10 BST: An intriguing swap deal could be in the offing as Juventus are ready to offer Diego and Christian Poulsen for Hamburg pair Eljero Elia and Dennis Aogo. Don't count on it happening though.

14.02 BST: Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu has been explaining why he is on the brink of signing Arsenal striker Eduardo: "We wanted to buy Eduardo before he moved to Arsenal. Not everything went his way last season, but he is still a player of very high quality, a real marksman. Yes, he had a serious injury, we are aware of the risk, but at the same time we realise he can give a lot to Shakhtar. We expect a lot from Eduardo."

14.00 BST: According to Belgian paper Het Laatste Nieuws, Edgar Davids could be in line for a sensational return to playing with Lierse. The midfielder has been out of the game for two years but, at 37, could be considering a comeback.

13.55 BST: France Football reports that Bayern Munich are taking a keen interest in Paris Saint Germain’s highly-rated defender Mamadou Sakho. However, the player is believed to be holding out for a move to Arsenal, if at all possible.

13.44 BST: The agent of Milos Krasic has told Correirre dello Sport the player has a “large offer” from Fenerbahce but remains committed to Juventus. Manchester City have also been linked with the winger and his chances of moving to Juve will disappear if the Turin club instead sign Edin Dzeko as their non-EU player this summer.

13.34 BST: Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew was named on the shortlist for the Best Young Player award at the World Cup finals, and he seems keen to stay on at Marseille and prove himself in France. Ayew spent last season at Arles Avegnion. “At some point Marseille did not give me a fair chance, but I took that as a motivation and worked hard. Now the club wants me again so we will see,” Ayew told KickOffGhana.com. “I simply want to make sure I have a good season after a good World Cup.”

13.30 BST: According to Tuttosport, Atletico Madrid have entered the race for Sebastian Giovinco. The Juventus midfielder is expected to leave Turin and has also been linked with Bari, Parma and Olympiakos.

13.28 BST: Sam Allardyce will give midfielder Andranik Teymourian a further chance to impress on loan with Blackburn Rovers. The Iranian midfielder played in a 3-0 win at Southport at the weekend and could feature against Preston on Tuesday night. Teymourian is available on a free transfer after leaving Fulham and originally came to English football when Allardyce signed him for Bolton in 2006.

13.22 BST: Alexandr Bukharov joined Zenit from Rubin Kazan on Monday but the striker says he could have been linking up with Steve McClaren. "I had different offers other than Zenit’s one," he told Sport Express. "But Zenit is stronger than Wolfsburg for example that also showed interest in my services. And moreover St Petersburg club had the biggest and objective interest."

13.05 BST: The agent of Fiorentina ‘keeper Sebastien Frey has denied that his client could be joining Aston Villa this summer. "Aston Villa has never spoken with Fiorentina for Frey," Giovanni Branchini told violanews.com. "I think they are the usual rumours of someone who likes to say these things without having evidence.” Frey’s future has been the subject of speculation following Fiorentina’s decision to sign Artur Boruc from Celtic.

12.56 BST: Our reader georgewongtzewen has his say on Eduardo's imminent move to Shakhtar Donetsk.

"Well, good for Eduardo, moving off to Shakhtar would be a good move for him. Perhaps a new life there will help him to regain back his confidence after breaking that leg. Besides, I can't see him getting ahead of the pecking order now with Chamakh in the team. Sad to see him go though, we was such an explosive player before the injury."

12.48 BST: We have been keeping an eye on this one on the blog and it now appears as though Atletico Madrid are poised to complete the signing of Deportivo left-back Filipe Luis. "We believe there are only a few details left to be sorted out," Depor president Augusto Cesar Lendoiro said on arrival at a Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) meeting in Madrid this morning.

12.45 BST: AC Milan have formally confirmed the signing of Genoa's Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. Is that a decent deal for the Rossoneri? Does it mean Thiago Silva is more likely to join Real Madrid?

12.27 BST: Here is the full story regarding Gerrard's commitment to Liverpool. Reds fans, you must be pleased with this piece of news. It's been a good couple of days and Anfield. Send us your thoughts using the comments form below.

12.07. BST: BREAKING NEWS! Steven Gerrard has committed his future to Liverpool after a summer in which he was linked with Real Madrid. More to follow...

12.04 BST: Here are the full quotes from Roy Hodgson detailing how Inter Milan are yet to make an offer for Javier Mascherano.

11.54 BST: Regarding possible departures from Inter, Rafa Benitez says he is unaware of the fates of Maicon and Mario Balotelli. He said: “I repeat: I am not the one in control of the market. Anyway, one player doesn’t make a team and Inter have many strong players.”

11.39 BST: Roy Hodgson has flatly denied that Liverpool have had any contact from Inter regarding the possible signing of Javier Mascherano. Quotes to arrive soon...

11.31 BST: The agent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again stated that his client will not be leving Barcelona. "He has a contract with Barca and he wants to show his value 100%," Mino Raiola told Italian website calcionews24.com. "He is focused and he wants to start the season in style with Barcelona." With Manchester United and AC Milan reportedly interested, it remains to be seen whether those words will prove to be correct.

11.25 BST: As promised, here is Slaven Bilic's confirmation that Eduardo will be joining Shakhtar from Arsenal. He never really recovered from that horrendous injury, did he?

11.14 BST: Croatia manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that Eduardo will be joining Shakhtar Donetsk from Arsenal, we will have the full story with you shortly. Arsenal fans, let us know what you think using the comments form below.

10.52 BST: A report in the Sunderland Echo suggests Steve Bruce is ready to make an offer for Wigan defender Titus Bramble. The former Newcastle defender could be a target as Sunderland’s interest in Sol Campbell is cooling, while target Hekko Westermann appears to be joining Hamburg.

10.44 BST: Whispers in Italy suggest Lazio left-back Aleksandr Kolarov will be officially confirmed as a Manchester City player today. The Serbian is expected to move for a fee in the region of £17 million.

10.31 BST: Real Madrid playmaker Rafael van der Vaart is a target for his compatriot, Louis van Gaal, at Bayern Munich, according to AS. Van der Vaart turned down the chance to join Bayern last summer but could now link up with Arjen Robben and Mark van Bommel at the Bundesliga club.

10.15 BST: AS reports Real Madrid have stepped up efforts to sign Maicon from Inter Milan. It was claimed on Monday that Real have given themselves 48 hours to complete the signing and it is believed that several conversations took place between the two clubs and Maicon’s agent, Antonio Caliendo.

10.02 BST: It appears as though Eduardo's time at Arsenal has come to an end as the striker has not travelled with the club for their pre-season tour to Austria. Expect that move to Shakhtar Donetsk to be announced any time soon.

09.56 BST: Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo believes Barcelona are taking a more tactful approach in their efforts to sign Cesc Fabregas, having seen an all-out assault fail to bear fruit. It is believed that Barca will abandon their attempts to sign Fabregas if they cannot sign him prior to their tour of Asia in early August. Sport adds that Barca are not throwing in the towel just yet.

09.43 BST: Portsmouth are not expecting an imminent decision from Portuguese defender Ricardo Rocha on whether he will sign a new contract with the relegated club. “We have made an offer to Ricardo and are just waiting to hear,” administrator Andrew Andronikou told the Portsmouth News. “Initially there was a flurry of phone calls and e-mails. Since then it has gone a bit quiet. It's going to be an August decision for him. He is going to try to do his best to see what is around and then come back to us.”

09.27 BST: Daniel De Ridder has made little to no impression during his time in English football and now says he will only stay at Wigan if he is promised first-team football by Roberto Martinez. "I would love to stay here at Wigan, but only if I am playing regularly," said the former Birmingham 'star'.

09.22 BST: Manchester City have now rejected suggestions that they are looking to sign Didier Drogba. Director of communications Vicky Kloss said: "We can categorically state we have no interest in signing Didier Drogba and any suggestion of an approach is entirely without foundation,"

08.55 BST: A quick transfer round-up from what's in the English papers this morning...

The Sun: Panathinaikos have stepped up their bid to sign Arsenal defender William Gallas, Manchester United are back on the trail of Germany starlet Mesut Ozil, Celtic are closing in on a £2m deal for Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence.

Daily Mail: Cesc Fabregas will look to force a transfer to Barcelona, Real Madrid could be set to sell Kaka and Rafael van der Vaart, Sunderland are interested in Wigan defender Titus Bramble, Inter have put a £34m price tag on Mario Balotelli.

Daily Mirror: David James could be set to sign for Celtic after Portsmouth withdrew their player-coach offer, Martin Jol will look to sign Robbie Keane when he completes his switch to Fulham, West Ham are after Argentine striker Milton Caraglio.

08.35 BST: A slightly belated good morning. To kick us off, we've got news on Manchester City's interest in Didier Drogba here and Sir Alex Ferguson playing down talk he'll make new signings here. Full paper round to follow shortly.

July 19, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/19/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Joe Cole: Heading to Anfield. ©Getty Images

23.59 BST: That's all for today. More transfer fun begins again in the morning, join us then.

23.27 BST: Lazio and Manchester City have reportedly agreed to terms over defender Aleksandar Kolarov. You have to feel for poor old Wayne Bridge though, don't you?

22.54 BST: Ashley Young has revealed that he could be ready to sign a new deal at Aston Villa. May have slightly missed the boat now Joe Cole has moved to Liverpool, but always nice to know you're wanted.

22.03 BST: Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is after Israeli defender Dekel Keinan. "Hopefully Dekel will get his work permit in the next couple of days," he told the Blackpool Gazette. "He'll be able to take part in the other games here in Devon."

21.22 BST: Milos Krasic might be getting bored waiting for his move to Italy, according to his agent. ''For now we have no news from Juventus,'' Vlado Borozan said. ''The player would be happy to come to Italy. He is also wanted by Fenerbahce, who continue to press on.''

20.41 BST: Sami Khedira impressed at the World Cup and could now be on his way to Real Madrid. German newspaper Bild quotes Stuttgart president Erwin Staudt as saying: "We have information that there is interest. Contacts between a foreign club and our sports management have emerged.''

19.58 BST: Juventus playmaker Sebastian Giovinco will leave the club in the summer, according to his agent, as he has not been guaranteed first-team football ahead of the new season.

18.44 BST: He won't get much of a game with David Silva ahead of him in the pecking order at Manchester City, so winger Vladimir Weiss could be set to go to Serie A with Sampdoria on loan.

18.05 BST: Rob Edwards has signed a new one-year contract with Premier League new boys Blackpool.

17.35 BST: Galatasaray have signed Colombian attacker Juan Pablo Pino from Ligue 1 side Monaco for an undisclosed fee.

17.12 BST: He may have hair like Carles Puyol, but Fiorentina ace Stevan Jovetic is attracting a lot of attention and now Manchester United are being linked with the forward. We wonder if that is because he ripped Liverpool apart last season?

16.50 BST: It's not strictly a transfer, but AC Milan goalkeeper Christian Abbiati has extended his contract until June 2013.

16.46 BST: Wolves and Celtic have both been linked with Stoke midfielder Liam Lawrence and the player admits he could be leaving the club before the close of the transfer window. “My agent has had another couple of calls and so it is still going on,” Lawrence told the Stoke Sentinel. “Something could be happening in the next couple of weeks.”

16.42 BST: It looks as though Marton Fulop's time at Sunderland is running out. Despite Craig Gordon's latest injury, the Hungarian has been left behind to play for a second string side against Berwick Rangers while the senior squad travel to Portugal. Surely he will be off any time now?

16.39 BST: Our reader Evan believes Joe Cole's move to Anfield is a real statement of intent for Liverpool.

"Liverpool's acquisition of Joe Cole is excellent news. At a time when many are questioning whether Liverpool are fading, the likes of Joe Cole arriving at Anfield will encourage the likes of Gerrard, Torres and co to see the manager/club has intent to compete. Whilst having limited funds, quality players out of contract must be sought with earnest. Well done, Roy!"

16.32 BST: Mark Schwarzer has been a target for Arsenal this summer but Jonathan Greening certainly hopes he remains at Fulham ahead of the new season. “Mark’s one of the best ‘keepers I’ve ever played with,” Greening told the Fulham Chronicle. “His quality’s there for all to see and he was a big part of our European campaign last season. He’s a massive player and we must do all we can to keep him.”

16.20 BST: Norwegian defender Krister Wemberg has joined SPL side Rangers on trial. The 18-year-old currently players for FK Moss in his home country’s second tier but has now travelled to Scotland to impress Walter Smith.

16.04 BST: Here is the full story regarding Borja Valero's move to Villarreal. It sounds like a good deal for all parties concerned, doesn't it?

15.43 BST: Blackpool are hoping to complete the signing of Israeli defender Dekel Keinan in the next couple of days. Keinan has completed a medical with the promoted club and now needs a work permit to complete his move from Maccabi Haifa.

15.21 BST: West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that midfielder Borja Valero has joined Villarreal on a season-long loan, with a view to a permanent move. Valero spent last season on loan at Real Mallorca.

15.06 BST: Liverpool fans, let us know what you think about the news Joe Cole has signed for the Reds by using the comments form below.

15.01 BST: Former Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie is in talks with Aberdeen about a possible move to the SPL, the club have confirmed. The 33-year-old has been out of contract since leaving Derby at the end of last season.

14.40 BST: It has been confirmed that Joe Cole has signed for Liverpool on a four-year deal. The midfielder turned down offers from Tottenham and Arsenal to become Roy Hodgson's first signing at Anfield. Here's the full story.

14.21 BST: Sami Khedira was reported to have signed for Real Madrid but the player is adamant no deal has been done yet.

13.55 BST: Roma forward Mirko Vucinic has been linked with Manchester City on occasions but is adamant he will not be leaving the Giallorossi this summer. He said: “They are only rumours. I am fine here. It's my fourth year in Rome. It's a beautiful place that also makes you grow.”

13.45 BST: The Liverpool Echo says Everton have confirmed they rejected an offer from Arsenal for Phil Jagielka six weeks ago. The club maintain they have received no further bids, despite reports that a new offer is being prepared by the North London club.

13.28 BST: Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel has been linked with Bayern Munich this summer but Louis van Gaal has hinted that he is no longer interested in the Netherlands international. When asked whether Philipp Lahm will play at left or right back this season, Van Gaal told Kicker: “I think right.” When asked whether that meant Van der Wiel is not under consideration, he replied: “That tells you.”

13.10 BST: L’Equipe believes Newcastle United are taking an interest in St Etienne defender Yohan Benalouane. However, West Ham, Sevilla and Rangers are also reported to be interested in the 23-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of the season.

12.53 BST: Tottenham were hoping to recruit Brazil's top scorer at the World Cup finals, Luis Fabiano, but he has hinted he may be prepared to stay at Sevilla this summer. Who should you sign instead, Spurs fans?

12.49 BST: More news from Europe where Genoa have agreed a fee with Lazio for the sale of striker Robert Acquafresca. He was on loan at Atalanta last season and leaves after Genoa signed Luca Toni.

12.42 BST: After making a couple of poor puns on the Liverpool and Blackburn stories, I think I better steer clear on this snippet: German club Mainz have signed Christian Fuchs on loan from Bochum, with an option to make the deal permanent next year.

12.34 BST: Sky Sports News reports West Ham are still struggling to agree terms with former Argentina star Juan Roman Riquelme, which could allow Birmingham to sneak in and sign him. Blues are also in talks to sign Chile striker Humberto Suazo.

12.30 BST: Some big news reaches us from Anfield where Liverpool have appointed Sylvan Richardson as their new masseur. So why the excitement? It turns out Richardson is a former member of Simply Red! "They have been giving me a lot of stick," he told the club's official website. "Especially Sammy Lee. I am a professional producer and musician but I was always interested in medicine, and when I left the band in 1987, that's the path I went down." We know money's too tight to mention at Anfield these days, but surely they could have found someone more qualified to handle Liverpool's stars?

12.23 BST: The Italian press report that Roma’s Ricardo Faty, who is out of contract next summer and available for just €1 million, is attracting interest from Blackburn, West Ham and Olympiakos. To be honest, having sold Benni McCarthy last season, Rovers could do with another Faty.

12.17 BST: Our reader Dan has his say on Liverpool's activity in the transfer market...

"If Liverpool can complete the signing of Joe Cole and Loic Remy, they will just need a left back to complete their signings. But who can they find on a limited budget? I'm kind of hoping Mascherano is sold soon so we can use the funds to get a class player."

12.14 BST: Mesut Ozil has been attracting plenty of interest after his World Cup performances but Werder Bremen remain hopeful of keeping the playmaker this summer.

11.44 BST: Meanwhile, north of the border, promoted Spanish club Hercules have made an approach for Celtic striker Georgios Samaras.

11.39 BST: In other Premier League news, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says the club's deal to sign Paraguay World Cup star Antolin Alcaraz is watertight.

11.31 BST: Here is the full story of Pep Guardiola's comments on Cesc Fabregas.

11.29 BST: Corriere dello Sport has more on the Ronaldinho situation, with both Flamengo and LA Galaxy looking to sign the Brazilian star. Although he has only one year left on his contract, AC Milan are demanding €10 million and a bid of that value will see him leave San Siro.

11.15 BST: The speculation also continues regarding Mario Balotelli, with Gazzetta dello Sport claiming the forward is holding out for an offer from Manchester United before contemplating a move to their rivals, Manchester City. It is expected that City will match Inter’s €35 million asking price on Monday.

11.11 BST: Now we turn to Italy and the news, reported in Tuttosport, that Wolfsburg may be prepared to swap Edin Dzeko for former Werder Bremen playmaker Diego. Juve hope a deal can be done for the striker, who is also attracting interest from Manchester City, and could offer the Brazilian and €15 million to land Dzeko.

11.02 BST: Pep Guardiola has been speaking about his pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and the Barca coach seems to suggest that a deal may not be done this summer, as Arsenal are reluctant to do business. "I think bringing in Cesc will cost a lot," Guardiola said at a press conference on Monday. "We want him to come, but if Arsenal don't want to negotiate, he won't come."

10.46 BST: Barcelona-based paper Mundo Deportivo claims Atletico Madrid are on the verge of signing Deportivo full-back Luis Filipe. The Brazilian has not travelled with his team-mates for a pre-season training camp in Switzerland. €12 million sounds like a decent price for a player who missed out on the World Cup due to injury.

10.39 BST: The speculation surrounding Rafael Marquez’s future has been pretty persistent in recent weeks but it appears we are close to a resolution with the player saying “I want to continue playing in the United States, Mexico or where I have the opportunity.” That is the cue for Sport to declare Marquez will join Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls in “a matter of days”.

10.26 BST: In Barca’s new age of austerity, their pursuit of Cesc Fabregas aside of course, they have targeted Bordeaux’s Alou Diarra and Marseille’s Charles Kabore as they seek a replacement for Yaya Toure. According to Mundo Deportivo, financial requirements mean that Javier Mascherano is no longer a target.

10.07 BST: Arsene Wenger said that the Cesc Fabregas story has come to an end after Arsenal’s pre-season victory over Barnet, but the Catalan press don’t see it that way. Mundo Deportivo claims Arsenal have set an asking price of €60 million for their captain, and that Barca want to offer €40 million. The paper reports president Sandro Rosell will fly to London on Tuesday and that a compromise deal of around €50 million could be reached.

09.58 BST: Over in the other Madrid-based daily, Marca, the agent of AC Milan defender Thiago Silva claims Real Madrid have shown an interest in his client. “He is a personal interest of Jose Mourinho who tried to sign him when he was at Inter Milan,” said Paulo Tonietto.

09.48 BST: Schalke coach Felix Magath has been praising Real Madrid star Raul, who will leave the Bernabeu this summer. Magath says Raul will be “at the heart of my game.” The report in AS claims Raul has agreed a two-year deal that will see him earn €4 million a season in the Bundesliga.

09.34 BST: AS also reports quotes from an interview Stuttgart’s Sami Khedira has conducted with Kicker in which he denies a deal has been done to take him to the Bernabeu. “There is still no agreement with Real Madrid,” he said. “The interest makes me happy, but I have to think about it.”

09.23 BST: We now turn our attention to the Spanish press with AS reporting that Real Madrid have set a deadline of two days to see if it will be possible to sign Brazilian right-back Maicon from Inter. Real are reluctant to pay his €35 million asking price.

09.10 BST: Here is the full story regarding Tottenham's interest in Stipe Pletikosa. Would he be a good signing, Spurs fans? Let us know using the comments form below.

08.47 BST: Just a quick update on the Eduardo situation before we have a look around the European papers. Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti reports on Monday morning that the the striker could fly to Ukraine on Tuesday or Wednesday to complete his move. However, Wenger is understood to be reluctant to allow Eduardo to leave the club.

08.35 BST: Here are the best bits from the newspapers in England on Monday morning:

The Sun reports Liverpool want a decision from Joe Cole this week after offering him £90,000 a week to move to Anfield. However, Tottenham and Arsenal remain in the hunt for the former Chelsea midfielder. The Cole link is in most of the morning’s papers.

However, the Daily Mirror report that Harry Redknapp is instead fluttering his eyelids at Manchester City forward Craig Bellamy and hopes he can sign the Welshman in a £3 million deal, now that City have signed David Silva. Wigan are trailing Chelsea’s Franco Di Santo, while prolific rumour-mongerer Alan Nixon also brings us the news that Wolfsburg are looking at Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan.

Over at the The Guardian, Redknapp is looking to sign a fourth Croatian to join Vedran Corluka, Luka Modric and Niko Kranjcar, with the Spurs boss admitting there is “every chance” he will sign Spartak Moscow’s Stipe Pletikosa.

The Daily Mail, meanwhile, carry the story that Eduardo could be joining Shakhtar Donetsk for £6 million in a story that is a rehash of that which emerged in Croatia on Sunday. The paper reports that Shakhtar are also considering Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo and Ajax’s Luis Suarez. Meanwhile, Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is reported to be a target for new Inter manager Rafa Benitez.

Richard Dunne is apparently the lead protagonist in Aston Villa’s attempt to sign Robbie Keane, according to the Daily Express, with the defender “urging” Martin O’Neill to sign his Republic of Ireland team-mate. The same paper claims Sol Campbell will shun interest from Arsenal, Sunderland and Celtic to sign for Newcastle United this summer.

Finally, the Daily Star claims Arsenal will offer as much as £18 million to sign Everton defender Phil Jagielka. Given how much Manchester City paid to sign the inferior Joleon Lescott last summer, that sounds like decent business to us.

08.16 BST: We also have some breaking news this morning with West Brom confirming that Scottish midfielder Graham Dorrans has signed a new contract at the Hawthorns. West Ham made an offer for Dorrans earlier in the summer.

08.14 BST: A couple of things to look out for today... Francis Jeffers, he of the 100% strike rate for England, is on trial at Blackpool and could be returning to the Premier League. Also a current Arsenal striker in Eduardo is believed to be on the bring on joining Shakhtar Donetsk. We will run through the papers in a minute.

08.00 BST:Good morning and welcome to our transfer blog as we guide you through another day of speculation and intrigue, and hopefully a few proper deals as well.

July 18, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/18/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Thierry Henry would understand if Cesc Fabregas moved to Barca ©Getty Images

22.10 BST: Schalke boss Felix Magath believes Raul would welcome a move to the club. “He would come here because it he seeks a challenge to do well in the Champions League again. He wants to play and score goals."

21.40 BST: David Trezeguet is staying at Juve next season despite fresh interest from Greece, Turkey and Qatar, according to his agent.

21.30 BST: Apparently Real Madrid want AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, but the player says he's not interested in the move. More here.

21.03 BST: Ronaldinho has apparently sacked his staff at his villa in Varese, and that's fuelled the talk he's off to LA Galaxy or Flamengo. Sky Sport 24 says AC Milan's Adriano Galliani will be holding a meeting with the player and his agent on Monday.

20.55 BST: Is Aleksandar Kolarov joining Manchester City? Lazio boss Edy Reja doesn't know, and he's getting more than a little tired of the whole thing. More here.

20.35 BST: Maicon had looked certain to stay at Inter this summer, but then his agent talked up Manchester City's interest on Friday and now he's saying Real Madrid might want him again. More here.

20.10 BST: Nice striker Loic Remy - a target for Liverpool, West Ham and Tottenham - is to hold talks with his club on Monday. More here.

19.42 BST: Rangers boss Walter Smith wants to add two or three new players to his squad this summer. More here.

19.20 BST: A spot of managerial gossip. Sky Sports News claims Fulham are in talks with Ajax over compensation for manager Martin Jol.

18.52 BST: Sticking with the News of the World, West Ham are reportedly looking at the prospect of signing Partizan Belgrade midfield enforcer Radosav Petrovic.

18.27 BST: Former Barcelona midfielder Gai Assulin, 19, is to go on trial at Blackburn, according to the News of the World.

17.58 BST: Hull won't be offering a contract to Swiss defender Zlatko Hebib, according to the Hull Daily Mail. Hebib, 19, has been on trial at the KC Stadium.

17.44 BST: Diego Forlan has spoken on his future again and, again, it looks likely he'll be staying with Atletico Madrid. “I have a three-year contract, I am happy, I feel very much for the club and intend to stay here,” he told Launch.

17.18 BST: Sky Sports News claims Francis Jeffers will train with Blackpool next week with a view to a deal.

16.42 BST: Real Madrid could be set to let Royston Drenthe join Juventus on loan, according to reports in Italy.

16.10 BST: Newly-promoted Hercules are looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the new La Liga season; they are on the verge of signing Matias Fritzler on a season-long loan deal from Argentine side Lanus.

15.56 BST: Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs has re-iterated that the club is bracing itself for offers for highly-rated Germany starlet Mesut Ozil. Allofs said:
"I can already think that we will have offers in the next few weeks or just before the transfer deadline from a number of clubs. If something concrete comes, we have a duty to talk to Mesut and his advisors and to see what they want."

15.35 BST: Almeria youngster Pablo Piatti claims that Juventus are tracking him. The 21-year-old Argentine said: “I spoke to my agent about a few of the offers that arrived during the summer, but there was nothing concrete. However, for a player like me it is satisfying to look around and take into consideration proposals from clubs as important as Juventus.”

15.25 BST: Reader Christian Oyibu has been following Real Madrid's transfer developments carefully, and reckons that 'the Special One' had enough quality in the existing squad without the need to bring in the likes of Angel Di Maria:

"I think Jose Mourinho should work with the players he met at Real Madrid for one season before spending money on players, because I believe that real madrid have what it takes to rule the world of soccer again. Kaka, Ronaldo, Ramos, Alonso etc are world class players."

15.08 BST: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has told Croatian Soccer Report that he is on the verge of bringins Spartak moscow's Croatian stopper Stipe Pletikosa to White Hart Lane.

14.39 BST:Sochaux have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Rennes for the transfer of midfielder Stephane Dalmat, and they will become the 31-year-old's 11th club.

14.28 BST: Juan Roman Riquelme had been linked with a move to Europe after being released by Boca Juniors, but it seems as though the playmaker will be returning to his former side. He wants to return to the Argentine giants, and the club's new manager Claudio Borghi is keen to re-sign him.

14.14 BST: Israeli giants Maccabi Haifa have completed the signing of Argentine defender Ignacio Canuto from Argentinos Juniors.

13.19 BST: Real Zaragoza have confirmed the signing of former Argentina goalkeeper Leo Franco from Galatasaray. The 33-year-old has played in La Liga for Atletico Madrid and Real Mallorca in the past.

12.46 BST: AC Milan will not allow Ronaldinho to leave this summer unless any interested club makes an offer of at least €10m. Despite the risk of losing him on a free transfer in 2011, Milan are not willing to sell him this year for nothing or even a nominal fee. LA Galaxy and Flamengo are reportedly ready to swoop.

12.34 BST:We mentioned earlier that Jose Mourinho was looking at AC Milan defender Thiago Silva as a potential defensive acquisition for Real Madrid. But the Rossoneri player has underlined that he’s committed to Milan, saying: “I don’t have any intention of leaving Milan right now. I’m very happy, I’ve adapted well to life in Italy and I hope to have an excellent season.”

12.19 BST: Inter Milan striker Diego Milito is confident that Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will be joining him at the Giuseppe Meazza this summer. Milito said: “We are very excited about Mascherano joining us at Inter.”

11.54 BST: One of the most ridiculous rumours we have heard today is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Fulham. The Mail on Sunday claim that it could happen because new Cottagers manager Martin Jol has the same agent as the Barcelona striker. We have our doubts.

11.38 BST: Despite Arsene Wenger saying that he wanted to draw a line under the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga, former captain Thierry Henry has now had his say, admitting that he doesn't envy the decision facing the current skipper about whether to leave the Gunners for Barcelona.

10.59 BST: Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that Jose Mourinho is considering which of four centre-backs he wants to bring in to strengthen the Real Madrid defence. They are Benfica's David Luiz, Porto's Bruno Alves, AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic. Moving Sergio Ramos to centre-back is also an option, to make way for the €30 million signing of Maicon.

10.11 BST: Parma have revealed their interest in taking Luca Cigarini back to the club from Napoli. Sevilla remain favourites to sign the midfielder - who moved to Napoli for €11 million last summer - but Parma president Tommaso Ghirardi told Mediaset: “I'd like to have Cigarini here again. He hasn't been given the space that he needs at Napoli to express himself. He would definitely have that space with us. If he wants to come back here then we will wait for him.”

10.02 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Liverpool are considering making a bid for Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen. The Danish international is an enforcer in the mould of Javier Mascherano - who could be set to leave Anfield for a reunion with former boss Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan.

09.52 BST: Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that the club will end up paying €17 million for former Palermo striker Edinson Cavani. De Laurentiis said: “We paid €17m for Edinson – €5m for his one-year loan, then another €12m which will be payable to Palermo over the space of four years.

09.41 BST: Benfica and Sporting Lisbon have been tracking Lille's Polish international Ludovic Obraniak, according to L'Equipe.

09.31 BST: Of course, one of the biggest stories on Saturday was Emiliano Insua's move from Liverpool to Fiorentina, but it has not been welcomed by Liverpool fan Vincent:

"I'm a huge Liverpool fan but this story of Insua leaving has hit me hard, let's be realistic he was the only outstanding player last season and letting him go would be a mistake."

08.30 BST: Here's what the English press are talking about on Sunday morning:

News of the World:http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/sport/football/ Liverpool have offered Joe Cole a £90,000-a-week three-year contract; Roy Hodgson has told star pair Steven Gerrard and striker Fernando Torres that they have two weeks to decide whether they wish to stay at Anfield; Ipswich have told Arsenal and Spurs that they will have to shell out £10 million in order to prise highly-rated teenage striker Connor Wickham from Portman Road.

Sunday Mirror:http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/ Carlo Ancelotti insists that Chelsea have no plans to sell Ashley Cole to Real Madrid; Everton have rejected a £14 million offer from Arsenal for centre-back Phil Jagielka, but they may listen to a £16 million bid; Newcastle are ready to offer Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra a Bernabeu exit, as the Mali captain is not in Jose Mourinho's plans.

Sunday Express:http://www.express.co.uk/football Manchester United are prepared to offer forward Dimitar Berbatov as part of a deal to capture Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm; Nicky Butt is interesting Premier League new boys Blackpool; Newcastle will beat Celtic to the signing of former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell; Robbie Keane will open talks on a potential £6 million move from Spurs to Aston Villa; Marseille are lining up an audacious £12.5 million bid for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.

08.15 BST: Hello all and welcome to another fine day of transfer rumour and speculation (as well as some legitimate deals too!). Remember, feel free to add your thoughts and comments below.

July 17, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/17/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Fiorentina have agreed a fee for Emiliano Insua ©Getty Images

23.58 BST: That's all for tonight. Thanks for joining us and come back tomorrow for more of the same.

23.54 BST: The Sunday Express says Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up a bid for Philipp Lahm. It also suggests he might be about to sell Dimitar Berbatov, which doesn't seem too likely given his comments below (23.23).

23.51 BST: The Mail on Sunday claims Barcelona will make a take-it-or-leave-it offer of £40 million for Cesc Fabregas. Arsenal, presumably, will leave it.

23.48 BST: Portuguese paper Record says Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all want Benfica's Brazil international Ramires. He may cost €30 million, though, so don't hold your breath on that one.

23.40 BST: The News of the World also says Real Madrid could move for Patrice Evra if the Ashley Cole bid fails. Apparently Evra's house is up for sale and that could mean he's off, although you'd have to think Evra would need Jose to firm up his interest a bit before selling his house.

23.35 BST: The News of the World is claiming Liverpool have offered Joe Cole £4.7 million a year as they look to outbid Spurs. That's £90k a week, and they're apparently offering a signing-on fee, too.

23.25 BST: Omar Bravo is leaving Chivas de Guadalajara to join Kansas City following the expiry of his contract. The 30-year-old Mexico striker has spent the vast majority of his career in Guadalajara but had a short stint in Europe with Deportivo La Coruna in 2008-09.

23.23 BST: There's been plenty of talk about Manchester United trying to sign Mario Balotelli, but comments from Sir Alex Ferguson after the friendly victory over Celtic seem to suggest he's happy with his current crop.

"Berbatov got man of the match and I think he deserved that, no question. His performance was excellent. In the second half he produced some fantastic moments. It underlines the one great factor - the class he has. You cannot take that away from him, no matter the criticism. It doesn't come from our camp. When we see a performance like that we know we have the right player."

He added: "We are happy with the strikers we have got. I think we have really good talent in the striking department with Macheda, Welbeck and Diouf. Hernandez is also joining us so that is a good area and a good future for us."

23.00 BST: El Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona are out in France monitoring the talent available. A midfielder is thought to be high on the agenda, with the sale of Yaya Toure and the bid for Cesc Fabregas now seemingly doomed for this summer.

22.55 BST: Another Germany international linked with Real Madrid is Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, with Marca suggesting he could arrive if Raul departs. Asked about the situation, though, his representative, Oliver Mintzlaff, said the player was on holiday and only focusing on recuperating following the World Cup.

22.40 BST: It's not transfer gossip as such, but West German World Cup winner and former Real Madrid star Gunter Netzer has warned Sami Khedira he shouldn't rush into a move to the Bernabeu.

"If Jose Mourinho has singled him out, a move to Real Madrid should be very appealing for Khedira," he told Bild. "Mourinho is the only man in charge. That would put Khedira in a very good position.

"Other than that, Real Madrid have lost a lot of their appeal. It's a club full of problems, and the chaos of the last year has shown once again that tradition doesn't equal trophies. There were, and are, many expensive but unhappy players, which Khedira should bear in mind."

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he wants to sign Khedira.

22.25 BST: Supersport.com claims Real Zaragoza have signed 33-year-old Argentine goalkeeper Leo Franco from Galatasaray.

22.10 BST: Blackburn striker Jason Roberts believes clubs are looking at him but will leave it to Sam Allardyce to decide his future. "I think there are some situations happening, but I leave that to the club," he said. "I'm happy to continue here if that's the case. If not, I'll move on."

20.58 BST: Seems Lukas Podolski won't be leaving Cologne despite reports of interest from Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus. More here.

20.45 BST: According to the Sun, Nemanja Vidic wants to quit United to join Real Madrid in an £18 million deal. It's not the first time we've heard this, but whether that makes it more or less plausible is up to you.

20.30 BST: Napoli have confirmed the signing of striker Edinson Cavani from Palermo.

20.20 BST: Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou has been frustrated in his efforts to sell Kevin-Prince Boateng. "Boateng did excellently in the World Cup," he told the News. "If we do not get £5m-£6m there is something terribly wrong in the transfer market. The problem is there are people trying to rip us off.

"His agent has shown the club no respect whatsoever and the club is showing no respect back. He has even told me we should let Boateng go on the cheap because it would allow us to get rid of him and be to our benefit."

20.10 BST: It seems Arsene Wenger's not expecting Mark Schwarzer to join the club, while William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre are definitely moving on. More here.

19.45 BST: Roy Hodgson has given his thoughts on reports Joe Cole is on the verge of joining Liverpool. Read all about it here.

19.20 BST: More big news - Carlo Ancelotti insists Ashley Cole is going nowhere, and said Chelsea don't need Fernando Torres. More here.

19.05 BST: BREAKING NEWS! Fiorentina have agreed a fee with Liverpool for defender Emiliano Insua. More here.

18.45 BST: Arsene Wenger says the Cesc Fabregas speculation "has to stop" as he's going nowhere. More here.

16.52 BST: Mario Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, claims Manchester City and Manchester United are not the only clubs looking to sign the Inter Milan striker. "I have had contact with a few teams," Raiola said. "The papers keep talking about Man Utd and Man City. I will keep the names of the others to myself. Are Chelsea keen? Why not?"

15.57 BST: Mexico international Efrain Juarez has agreed a four-year contract with Celtic and met up with his new team-mates in the United States on Saturday.

15.34 BST: Reader TATA believes that a Netherlands international could provide a boost to Liverpool's attack:

"Liverpool should not sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea. AC Milan are now interested in Podolski, thus Klass Jan Huntelaar will be facing a strong competition, so Liverpool should sign Huntelaar to partner up front with Torres."

15. 31 BST: Some of you may remember former Jamaica international Deon Burton plying his trade in the Premier League with Derby County. He's been playing for Charlton the last couple of years but has now moved on to ... Azerbaijan. Burton has signed a two-year deal with Gabala - the team managed by Arsenal legend Tony Adams.

15.19 BST: Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko is set to go on a season long loan to Championship side Portsmouth.

14.56 BST: Earlier, we mentioned that Sunderland were reportedly interested in moves for Danny Welbeck and Chris Eagles. But Wearsiders' assistant Eric Black has ruled out a swoop for Burnley midfielder Eagles, telling the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have no interest in him." It doesn't get much more clear cut than that.

14.40 BST: Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino could be set to leave the club after La Viola sporting director Pantaleo Corvino admitted: “I cannot really say that Gila is not for sale. Of course we won't go around offering his services to other clubs. But really it is up to him. If he is happy in Florence then no problem, otherwise we will see…”

14.32 BST: Lille president Michel Seydoux insists it is up to him, anod only him, whether Gervinho leaves the club - amid reported interest from the English Premier League.

13.57 BST: Palermo have completed the signing of Argentinian defender Santiago Garcia from Rosario Central. "I have joined a great team who had a great season last year to qualify for the Europa League, it is a dream for me,'' Garcia said.

13.42 BST: Chris Hughton is confident that Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper will be staying at the club, despite reports of interest from Celtic. Hughton said: "He was in very good form last season, he was one of our big players, and we look forward to him having a good Premiership season."

13.36 BST: Juventus playmaker Diego insists that he is not going anywhere and revealed he is determined to prove his worth at the Bianconeri. He said: "I want to stay at Juve and this is clear."

12.56 BST: Reader Aadithya believes that even if Chelsea sign Fernando Torres, boss Carlo Ancelotti must not end his spending there:

"Torres alone won't be sufficient for Chelsea. They definitely lack creativity and strength in the midfield. Signing 1 or at least 2 more strong midfielders is essential."

12.46 BST: Borussia Monchengladbach's Algerian forward Karim Matmour is being courted by Ligue 1 side Sochaux, according to L'Equipe.

12.41 BST: The Mail are reporting that Sunderland are stepping up their efforts to sign Portsmouth goalkeeper David James.

12.12 BST: Reader Brad has updated us on the latest transfer news coming out of New Zealand, with a couple of the All Whites' World Cup players apparently attracting Premier League attention:

"News from the New Zealand front. According to multiple media companies, Fulham are rather interested in striker Shane Smeltz, although no further details have been disclosed, and The Gunners are looking at defender Winston Reid, who scored the famous equaliser against Slovakia, but again, no more has been heard."

12.06 BST: Sunderland assistant Eric Black has revealed that the Wearsiders are interested in Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland, though he admitted that the player's reported £60,000-per-week wages could prove a stumbling block. Black said: "It would be wonderful to bring a player like Stephen Ireland to the club. I think everybody is aware of how good a player he is, but we have a certain level of salary, which his probably exceeds."

11.51 BST: Udinese have not yet received a bid from Arsenal for goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, according to the player's agent Federico Pastorelli. But the Slovenian stopper would certainly consider a move to Emirates Stadium amid reports that he will be leaving Udinese soon. Pastorelli said: "It is quite clear that to move away from Udinese it would have to be a top club, and I would say there are only eight clubs who he would want to sign for, and Arsenal is a top club."

11.47 BST: Reader adamu umaru has suggested what can only be described as a fairly controversial potential transfer for Manchester United:

"Come on Fergie, Robinho would be a good player for United - he can do what Ronaldo did, even if it was just a loan move."

11.45 BST: Remember to let us know your thoughts on all the speculation and deals, and feel free to add any rumours that you have heard below.

11.37 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Guti appears to be moving closer to a move to Besiktas, after admitting he would be happy to work with former Merengues boss Bernd Schuster. Guti told Marca: "I continue to be a player of Real Madrid. It is true that I have received an interesting offer from Besiktas in Turkey and the truth is that it is a place where I want to go, especially because of Schuster."

11.24 BST: Our man in the know, Harry Harris, has been informed that Chelsea are considering a £25 million bid for Brazilian teenage sensation Neymar, in a deal that would see the Santos player become the moste expensive teenager in world football.

10.47 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he is not leaving Barcelona and laughed off rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea or Manchester City.

10.33 BST: Rennes have agreed a deal to transfer United States defender Carlos Bocanegra to St Etienne, the Ligue 1 club have announced.

10.31 BST: Jose Angel Crespo has been released by Sevilla and will joining Serie B side Padova, according to L'Equipe. Crespo, 25, played on loan at Racing Santander last season.

10.27 BST: Reports in Italy claim that Fiorentina are moving closer to completing a deal for Liverpool full-back Emiliano Insua.

10.20 BST: Roma have managed to put the required £4 million funds together to buy Inter Milan defender Nicolas Burdisso.

10.17 BST: Taking a look around Europe now; the Itlian press believe Juventus are in the frame to sign World Cup Golden ball winner Diego Forlan, though Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo said that the Bianconeri "haven't made us an offer yet”.

10.11 BST: A couple of other stories lurking around, the Independent are reporting that Chelsea have demanded at least £30 million from Real Madrid if the Spanish giants want to buy Ashley Cole, while Lazio have said they have yet to receive an official bis for Aleksandar Kolarov, according to the Express.

09.55 BST: Right then folks, we've had a little scout around the papers, so here is the latest transfer news and speculation from the British press:

Daily Mail: Steve Bruce could be making it an ex-Manchester United love-in at Sunderland if he is successful in bids for Danny Welbeck and Chris Eagles.
• Spurs could use Giovani dos Santos as a makewight in a £4.2 million deal for Sporting Lisbon forward Yannick Djalo.
• Zenit St Petersburg are trying to rush through a deal for Porto defender Bruno Alves, with Manchester United ready to swoop should should Nemanja Vidic leave the club.

The Mirror: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is ready to sell Robbie Keane to Aston Villa - to finance a £5 million move for Craig Bellamy.
• Manchester City remain keen on a move for Mario Balotelli after Inter Milan claimed they have rejected a £20.8 million offer for the teenager.
• Bolton will have first option on Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere should the Gunners be willing to send him out on loan again.

The Sun: Chelsea preparing a massive £50 million bid for Fernando Torres, with Liverpool thought to have turned down an initial £40 million approach last week
• Nemanja Vidic ready to quit Manchester United and move to Real Madrid in an £18 million deal.
• Tal Ben-Haim has taken a £7,500-a-week pay cut to sign a four-year contract with West Ham
• Arsene Wenger is winning his battle to keep Cesc Fabregas after Barca president Sandro Rosell admitted his £29 million summer move for the Gunners captain is close to collapse
• Steve Sidwell to join Fulham in £2 million deal from Aston Villa.

July 16, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/16/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.


Ronaldinho: Coming to America? ©Getty Images

18.30 BST And the Hammers have snapped up Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne as well! Two in one go! Join us again tomorrow for more transfer fun.

17.22 BST Mexican winger Pablo Barrera has completed his move to West Ham. "I am very happy to sign for West Ham United and have been really taken by the reception I have received from the players and the manager," he told the club's official website. "I have had a great welcome."

16.41 BST Barcelona have confirmed on their official website they have agreed to terms with Adriano and will pay Sevilla €9.5 million for the Brazilian defender, as long as he passes a medical on Saturday.

16.26 BST West Ham United have apparently agreed a deal to sign Portsmouth defender Tal Ben-Haim. Pompey administrator Andrew Andronikou revealed earlier this week that the Hammers were interested in the Israel international.

16.17 BST Genoa coach Gian Piero Gasperini has played down the club's interest in signing Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng from Portsmouth. "For me, Boateng is not at the top of the list," Gasperini said.

16.11 BST Liverpool are sniffing around Bayern Munich defender Danijel Pranjic again, according to reports in Germany. The Croatian international was linked with a "dream move" to the Reds last summer but signed for Bayern when Liverpool's interest waned.

16.00 BST According to reports in Spain, Real Madrid are prepared to pay €10 million plus Royston Drenthe for Stuttgart's German international Sami Khedira.

15.51 BST Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy has joined SPL giants Celtic on a three-year deal, the club have confirmed. Republic of Ireland international Murphy struggled to command a regular place at the Stadium of Light in recent seasons.

15.36 BST Lyon's Brazilian defender Cris won't be going anywhere this summer as club president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed he is set to offer fresh terms to the centre-back.

15.13 BST Roy Hodgson has reiterated that Liverpool have no intention of selling Fernando Torres after holding talks with the Spanish striker. "He is not for sale and we don't welcome any offers for him," the Liverpool boss said.

14.55 BST Manchester United full-back David Gray has joined Darren Ferguson's Preston North End on a free transfer. The 22-year-old has signed a two-year deal.

14.32 BST Mick McCarthy has denied receiving a bid from Arsenal for Kevin Doyle and says the striker will be staying at Wolverhampton Wanderers, barring a huge offer.

14.25 BST Lazio president Claudio Lotito has revealed that contrary to reports his club are not close to agreeing the transfer of Aleksander Kolarov to Manchester City. "Right now Aleksandar is a Lazio player and there is no agreement with Manchester City because I have not received a written offer," Lotito said.

14.18 BST Former Derby County and Charlton Athletic striker Deon Burton has signed for Azerbaijan side Gabala, who are managed by former Arsenal captain Tony Adams.

14.00 BST Sunderland assistant manager Eric Black has confirmed the Black Cats are interested in Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck on loan.

13.41 Barcelona are in talks with Sevilla wing-back Adriano after the two clubs reached a preliminary agreement on a transfer fee of €13.5 million. The 25-year-old Brazilian is discussing personal terms with the Spanish champions.

13.21 BST Sunderland have given forward Daryl Murphy permission to thrash out a contract with Celtic after the two club's agreed a fee on Thursday.

13.07 BST Real Salt Lake owner Dave Checketts expects MLS rivals LA Galaxy to sign Ronaldinho from AC Milan. "I would imagine that this guy's coming to L.A. and you'll all recognize who he is," Checketts told US radio station KALL 700 Sports. When asked if he was talking about Ronaldinho moving to MLS, Checketts said: "I think he might".

13.01 BST Zenit have entered into negotiations with Porto over the possible transfer of Portugual international Bruno Alves, according to Russia's Sport Express. The 28-year old defender would cost about €15 million.

12.50 BST Abola report that Sporting Lisbon want to sign Giovani dos Santos from Tottenham Hotspur. The £8.6 million forward has had loan spells at Ipswich and Galatasaray.

12.42 BST West Ham United are poised to confirm the signings of Lyon striker Frederic Piquionne and Mexican World Cup star Pablo Barrera.

12.05 BST Inter Milan have rejected a €25 million bid from Manchester City for striker Mario Balotelli, a well placed source told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

11.45 BST Sandro Rosell believes it is far from certain that Cesc Fabregas will arrive at Camp Nou this summer as Arsenal feel "hurt" by the conduct of Barcelona, who are adamant they will not pay more than the market price for the midfielder.

11.37 BST Spanish daily AS report that Barcelona are considering making a move for Sevilla's highly-rated defender Adriano Correia. The Brazilian left-back has made 210 appearances for Sevilla, scoring 19 goals.

11.26 BST Fulham defender Brede Hangeland says he is ignoring speculation that Roy Hodgson could attempt to bring him to Liverpool this summer.

11.15 BST Lyon forward Frederic Piquionne, who spent last season on loan at Portsmouth, is set to return to England and is undergoing a medical at West Ham, according to Sky Sports.

11.00 BST Nice's in-demand striker Loic Remy claims he has the choice of joining Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

10.34 BST Despite operating under a transfer embargo, Portsmouth have agreed a loan deal for Stoke City defender Ibrahima Sonko.

10.20 BST Want-away Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady would be a top addition to the Aston Villa squad, according to ex-Bhoy Stiliyan Petrov. "We have special players here at Villa already like Stewart Downing, Ashley Young and Gabriel Agbonlahor - and Aiden would come into that category," said Petrov.

10.09 BST Kevin Thomson has become the latest in a succession of SPL players to join Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough, having completed a £2 million switch to the Championship club.

10.06 BST £20 million of Chelsea's reported £50 million bid for crocked Liverpool star Fernando Torres will be based on appearances due to his awful injury record.

09.56 BST Madrid zoo have reportedly contacted the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen regarding the transfer of Paul the psychic octopus, but have had their move rebuffed.

09.49 BST Manchester City have slapped a £10 million price tag on midfielder Stephen Ireland, amid interest from Sunderland. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce said: "He's a good player, I like him. But whether I can afford him or get him is another matter."

09.37 BST American striker Jozy Altidore looks set to leave Villarreal after the club announced they are willing to listen to any offers, according to usatoday. Altidore spent last season on loan at Hull City and would like to return to the Premier League.

08.50 BST Olympiacos, Wolfsburg and Saudi Arabia side Al-Ahli are all interested in signing AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, according to the player's agent.

08.30 BST Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is ready to make an £8 million bid for 23-year-old Dinamo Zagreb striker Mario Mandzukic.

08.00 BST Italian sports Daily La Gazzetta dello Sport reports Manchester City are prepared to offer &euro30 million for Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli, although owner Massimo Moratti is not keen to let the Italian youngster go.

The Sun report that Brazil striker Luis Fabiano has told Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp to 'come and get me' after originally saying that Spurs were smaller than his current Seville side. "I must admit it's only in the last few weeks I have understood just how big Spurs' ambition is," Fabiano said.

The Daily Mail lead their transfer round-up with the news that Manchester City will take their summer spending to £75 million after splashing out £17 million on Lazio left-back Aleksander Kolarov.

Meanwhile, in the other half of Manchester, United defender Nemanja Vidic could be on his way to Real Madrid. "We have requested some time from Manchester United to think about things," Vidic's agent Paolo Fabbri told the Daily Mail.

The Daily Star is a bit thin on the transfer front but does report that Long-serving Newcastle United keeper Steve Harper has snubbed a move to Celtic to stay at St James Park. “I have waited years for the opportunity of first-team football with Newcastle United in the Premier League so I’m not going to turn my back on it now," Harper said.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has joined the race to sign French striker Loic Remy, according to The Mirror. Hodgson will splash out £12 million to bag the Nice player ahead of West Ham United and Tottenham.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph claim that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has matched Tottenham's £7 million offer for highly-promising Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham.

July 15, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/15/2010

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here.

23.53 BST: Right then folks, another day of transfer speculation and actual moves has come to a close. But join us again tomorrow for all the latest from the Rumour Mill.

23.48 BST: Roma defender Phillippe Mexes has blasted speculation linking him with a move to Juventus. A rather angry Mexes said: "I am not a sell-out. I have been here at the club for seven years."

23.14 BST: West Ham's target Loic Remy insists he has not agreed a move to the Hammers yet, and the Nice striker revealed that he would actually prefer to move to a "prestigious club like Liverpool". He said: "Nothing is done, [but] no matter where I play, I work and I earn my place."

23.09 BST: Real Madrid look set to unveil Pedro Leon as their latest addition on Friday, with the Getafe winger preparing to move to the Bernabeu, subject to a medical.

23.07 BST: Estonia winger Tarmo Kink has been linked with a move to Middlesbrough from Hungarian top-flight side Gyori ETO FC, and he seems rather happy about the speculation. "I've heard about the interest from Middlesbrough but we haven't signed any contract and I didn't attend any medical check," he told Nemzeti Sport. "There's quality football in England so I'd like to sign there, no matter if it's the second division.

22.47 BST: A transfer of the managerial variety now; well, a non-transfer really. Former Brazil boss Luiz Feipe Scolari had been linked with a possible return tot he Selecao hotseat, despite only just agreeing to become manager of Brazilian side Palmeiras. He was unveiled left open the possibility of taking charge of Brazil again in the future, but insisted that he was "committed to Palmeiras."

22.39 BST: Morocco defender El Amin Erbate has signed a one-year contract with newly promoted French first division side Arles-Avignon. As you can tell, the transfer news is beginning to dry up somewhat!

22.18 BST: Arsene Wenger may have already brought in a couple of players this summer to bolster Arsenal's ranks, but reader David Tousi believes the Gunners boss should not rest on his laurels yet:

"Why don't Arsenal invest in someone like Mertesacker for their defence? I saw his name come up once or twice in Arsenal's transfer rumors but not recently. He seems to be the perfect piece to complement Vermaelen. Also, I, like most Gooners, would like to see Arsenal transfer in a new goalie. Is Schwarzer really the best bet? I think Eduardo would have been a much more complete goalkeeper for our future. Isn't there any great goalie to bolster the Arsenal defence?"

21.40 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Lazio have accepted a £17 million bid for the Serbia international Aleksandar Kolarov. That would mean that City have already spent £80 million this summer. It's also pretty bad news for Wayne Bridge - it's really not been a great year for him.

21.32. BST: Dynamo Kiev centre-back Pape Diakhate insists there is no deal in place for him to move to Ligue 1 side Lille. He told L'Equipe: "I have not been approached by Lille. I do not want to mention this rumor out of respect for them. If one day this happens, I will tell you."

20.55 BST. Fantastic comment here from reader Doug C on Paul the octopus. This one made us chuckle:

"Oracle Paul should make the move to Spain for two reasons. First, his safety in Germany is in question, as the fans there threatened to eat him after their World Cup exit. Second, a move to Madrid would come with a lavish tank upgrade that is well deserved for the world's most famous cephalopod."

20.13 BST: Thierry Henry has been officially unveiled as a New York Red Bulls player, claiming that he has moved to the MLS to win silverware. He said: "I can assure you I have come here to try to win, that is the most important thing. I am a competitive person and I'm sure the boss can put a team out there to do it."

19.58 BST: Celtic are set to complete a £1.5 million deal for Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy. Hoops boss Neil Lennon, spekaing from the club's pre-season base in canada, confirmed the move: "We are pretty close with Murphy from Sunderland. If we can get it done, he will come over here [to Canada]."

19.42 BST: One of our readers, Leche, is not too keen on the idea of Manchester United signing Mario Balotelli and believes Sir Alex must explore some alternative attacking options:

"United need to do something to increase their attacking options. Not necessarily a striker either. I'd love to see Giuseppe Rossi return. Or someone like Alexis Sanchez or Marek Hamsik... Either way, the thought of signing Mario Balotelli makes me cringe. City can have him."

19.11 BST: Chris Eagles' move to Rangers has broken down, after the Burnley midfielder failed to agree personal terms with the reigning Scottish champions. Apparently the move was "not in his best interests".

19.03 BST: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel is not going anywhere himself, but insists that even if any of his team-mates (i.e. James Milner) move on, the club will be able to cope. He said: "If someone does go, and someone does come in, you can count on the fact that a good player will have left and a good player will have come in."

19.00 BST: Paul the psychic octopus has been linked with a move to Madrid Zoo. The match-predicting mollusc is in demand, with Berlin Zoo also reportedly in the frame for his signature. But the Spaniards are prepared to offer Germany's Oberhausen Sea Life Centre "whatever they demand" to seal the deal. I kid you not!

18.53 BST: Manchester City have reportedly warned Spurs off making a bid for Micah Richards. A City club source said: “Micah is a key part of Roberto’s plans and is part of the future at City. He will be going nowhere.”

18.41 BST: Reader Herman Diaz believes it's time for Carlo Ancelotti to overhaul Chelsea's striking options:

"Chelsea should revamp its attack and sell Anelka & Drogba who are both on the wrong side of 30. Dzeko and Balotelli would be an ideal striker duo for Chelsea and if anyone can make that happen its Abramovich."

18.25 BST: As the day moves on, the gossip is waning - but one to keep yopu ticking over here: Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce has handed a trial to Iranian midfielder Andranik Teymourian, a player he once signed for Bolton. Teymourian was recently released by Fulham and played last season on loan at Barnsley.

17.39 BST: Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko won't be going anywhere. "Last year was very difficult due to injuries for the team, but this is the past now. It's a new season and we are ready to have a great campaign," he explained to tuttojuve.com. ''For now I'm at Juventus, I'm very happy. This is a great club and I hope to stay here."

17.29 BST: Marca reports that Real Madrid playmaker Guti will join Besiktas in Turkey. It is claimed that he will earn €5 million over two seasons, and that Besiktas president Yildirim Demiroren is so desperate to land Guti that he will personally fund €1.5 million of the player’s wages.

17.18 BST: Rafael Marquez has been linked with a move in recent weeks with teams including New York Red Bulls, Juventus and Villarreal interested. Now reports suggest that Italian side Genoa could also be interested in the Barcelona man.

17.04 BST: Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has confirmed that striker Edinson Cavani will join Napoli if he can agree personal terms with the club. "I'm sorry to strengthen a direct competitor,'' he said. ''But Cavani absolutely didn't want to stay in Palermo because there were unfortunately a couple of unpleasant incidents, and we promised to sell him." We wonder what that was all about...

16.44 BST: Lazio’s Aleksandar Kolarov could be set to move to Manchester City. The Serbian is one of the best left-backs around and it has been claimed that the English club have offered around €19m for his services.

16.30 BST: Portugal international Fabio Coentrao says he "adores" playing for Benfica and will only leave the club this summer if a "big offer" arrives.

16.16 BST: Another comment has just come in on, yep, Liverpool. Jonathan Yeoh says: "Liverpool shouldn't really be selling anyone! Let alone Insua. He has had a relatively better season than the others. And they have no more known left-backs other than Phillip Degen who was lousy on his debut."

16.04 BST: Associated Press are reporting that Ajax have confirmed a firm bid from Bayern Munich for right-back Gregory van der Wiel.

15.47 BST: Here's a comment we've just received from Doug C: "I don't see how Chelsea can gamble on Torres at this time. Why would they fork over upwards of £60 million to Liverpool for a striker who hasn't proven he can remain healthy? They already have Drogba and Anelka, so a striker isn't exactly their most urgent need. Meanwhile they're losing several midfielders and a couple key defenders, all of whom will likely need to be replaced."

15.36 BST: Anthony Annan has his heart set on a move to the Premier League. The Rosenborg player told Sky Sports News: "I am keeping my fingers crossed, but I don't know the future yet. I am still playing and the transfer market is not over yet. I am just hoping one or two things happen before the close of the transfer market and just hoping good things will come out of that. I think if I have opportunity to play there [England] I would be very grateful. If not Germany, Italy, Spain, everywhere. I think I will be ready to play over there. My agent knows what's going on and I will have a meeting with him and discuss what is happening with my future."

15.25 BST: Yet again Papa Bouba Diop's move to AEK Athens has been confirmed - but not by Portsmouth! In an interview on aek.gr he said: "I wanted to leave Portsmouth. I had already spent six years in England and wanted to try a new perspective. I talked to the president, who called me and told me how much he wanted me to move to AEK."

14.53 BST: Didier Deschamps is being very coy on talk of a move for CSKA's Japan World Cup star Keisuke Honda. “Who? Oh, Honda! I thought it was a motorcycle you were speaking about! And then? I must comment on that? The most important names are the ones I have in my head,” he said.

14.31 BST: Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic says he is ready to snub interest from Barcelona and sign a new deal with the Italian club. Jovetic said: "In Florence I am very well and I hope to extend my contract soon."

14.22 BST: Madrid confirmed today goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has signed a new one-year contract. The Pole's previous deal with the Spanish giants expired this month.

14.14 BST: "Insua is Argentine," emails Perry, presumably in reference to Insua being homegrown. A homegrown player is one who has been in England for three years below the age of 21. So Insua is indeed homegrown.

14.08 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed talks are in progress to sign Sokratis Papastathopoulos but denied they are working on a deal for Edin Dzeko.

14.05 BST: Brazil midfielder Ramires seems to fancy a move away from Benfica to a bigger club. He told Record: "My agent has told me that a number of clubs are interested in signing me, but this didn't surprise me. We all know that the World Cup is the perfect stage to prove your worth. I don't know the names of the clubs that are after me, but it would be a dream for me to play for a big club such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Chelsea."

13.52 BST: West Ham boss Avram Grant has been speaking about potential new signing Pablo Barrera, telling Sky Sports News: "He is more of a winger and he can play on either side. He is a very good player and is good for the vision of the club. We are trying to bring in players of a good age and develop them. He's a good player."

13.41 BST: According to completely unsubstantiated reports elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are fighting it out for Ipswich teenage Conor Wickham. It is claimed Spurs had a bid of £5 million rejected and have now upped their offer to £8 million.

13.26 BST: West Ham's bid for Nice striker Loic Remy has stalled over details of the transfer fee and instalment payments. An insider told Soccernet: "The Hammers are a long way from completing any deal as they need to be careful how they spend with £100 million of debt."

13.02 BST: Now an email on the Mario Balotelli story, this one coming in from Aadithya, though there is no proof of his comment: "It seems Chelsea have also joined the race to sign Balotelli.They have made a bid around of 30 million euros. Now i guess he's not only Manchester bound!"

12.56 BST: An interesting twist from north of the border now, as there are reports that Jimmy Bullard will sign for Rangers on loan after spending most of the summer linked with Old Firm rivals Celtic.

12.44 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has been spouting forth on the club’s transfer business and has denied that a deal for Wolfsburg’s Edin Dzeko could be possible. “There is no negotiation,” he told Lega Calcio. Galliani is also adamant that Ronaldinho will not be leaving Milan this summer, despite suggestions he has already agreed a contract with Flamengo.

12.41 BST: Confirmation of that exciting news from Wigan, they have now signed Ali Al-Habsi on a season-long from Bolton.

12.37 BST: Yes, you guessed it, another Liverpool comment. This time from Pete: "Insua is a hot prospect but by now he should already perform better. If Insua goes and Hodgson brings Hangeland in where would Carra fit? Agger and Hangeland could link up well as they're both Scandinavians. Carragher could play left-back and I can't see him dropping out of the first 11."

12.31 BST: Here's an exciting one. Wigan are being tipped to sign reserve goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi from Bolton Wanderers.

12.29 BST: A quick change to a story from earlier in the day as Vfb Stuttgart have denied Sami Khedira has signed from Real Madrid. "There is still no contact between Real Madrid and VfB Stuttgart," media spokesman Oliver Schraft told Deutsche Presseagentur. "That the transfer will be finalised in the next few hours is something we can clearly rule out." Khedira's agent Jorg Neblung added: "There will be no big news regarding Sami in the next two to three weeks, as Sami is on holiday over these weeks."

12.25 BST: Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca has refused to rule out a move for Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano. "I can say that he is a great player," Branca said. "There are good players that we can take and others that cannot be taken. It depends from the requests of the clubs."

12.13 BST: Yet more Aston Villa news now, with reports in Croatia linking Martin O'Neill with Anas Sharbini and Mario Mandzukic. Midfielder Sharbini is seen as the new Zvonimir Boban, the man who captained Croatia to third place at the 1998 World Cup.

12.10 BST: Franck Queuedrue - remember him? He's now on trial at Peterborough United. How the mighty have fallen.

12.02 BST: Nicky Shorey is set to leave Aston Villa this summer and is said to favour a move to another Premier League club rather than dropping into the Championship.

11.56 BST: According to A Bola, Aston Villa are leading the chase for Sporting forward Yannick Djalo and are ready to pay €6 million to secure his signature. Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle are also interested in the player though. His team-mate, Miguel Veloso has been attracting interest from Genoa but Sporting will only let the midfielder leave for €14 million.

11.50 BST: Yet another message on Liverpool, this time from Kenneth Obisike, who tells us: "I am a big fan of Liverpool. Liverpool needs a serious overhaul. We need at least four top buys before the new season kicks off. Gyan of Ghana will not be a bad choice to strenghten the forward. I just hope Hodgson makes the right decisons and things turn favourably. In spite of his poor performance at the World Cup, Torres remains one of world's best forwards. Up Liverpool!"

11.48 BST: Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller has indicated he would be happy to remain at the club for the rest of his career. "For me it is most important that my personal development continues," Muller told Sport Bild. "I have the perfect conditions for that at Bayern and, if I continue to get better, it means that Bayern are also successful."

11.44 BST: Fabio Coentrao certainly caught the eye with his performances for Portugal at the World Cup, but the left-back is content to remain at Benfica for another year at least, despite interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. He told O Jogo: “If I stay one more year it will be good for me. I love to be at Benfica.”

11.41 BST: AA Gent star Roberto Rosales is attracting interest from both Ajax and FC Twente, but the Belgian club are adamant the wide man will not be leaving this summer. Manager Michel Louwagie told Het Laatste Nieuws “Rosales is not for sale."

11.37 BST: According to De Telegraaf Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt could be a target for Inter Milan. Rafa Benitez was always a huge admirer of Kuyt during his time at Liverpool but with Samuel Eto’o playing out wide on the right for Inter under Jose Mourinho, where would Kuyt fit in?

11.32 BST: Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims Real Madrid are hoping to sign Ozil and unite him with Germany team-mate Sami Khedira, who is poised to join the Spanish side in a €10 million deal in the coming hours.

11.26 BST: An interesting development from Germany where Werder Bremen boss Klaus Allofs has admitted to Bild that the club may consider selling Mesut Ozil this summer after his superb performances at the World Cup finals. Ozil is out of contract in 12 months' time and Werder may look to cash in now. Allofs said: "We would like to extend Mesut medium or even long term. But is this not possible and if it results in another situation, we have to deal with it."

11.24 BST: Austrian striker Erwin Hoffer has joined Kaiserslautern on a season-loan deal from Serie A side Napoli.

11.21 BST: France Football details how William Gallas is attracting interest from Hamburg after the expiration of his Arsenal contract. The defender could be a replacement for Jerome Boateng following his move to Manchester City, although Paris Saint Germain and Panathinaikos are also interested.

11.18 BST: According to L’Equipe, Liverpool midfielder Damien Plessis is attracting interest from Portuguese giants Benfica. The midfielder had an eye-catching debut against Arsenal in April 2008 but has made little progress at Anfield. A move to France is also a possibility.

11.14 BST: Another comment now coming in from Teng Kiat, again on Liverpool: "Insua was rubbish last season, Liverpool might as well let him and Mascherano leave, and use the funds to bring in new players. Schweinsteiger can play on the wings or as an attacking midfielder, so it wouldn't be a problem. Though Real do seem to have a surplus of central midfielders. On another note, will United sign someone already?!"

11.10 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Napoli have signed Edinson Cavani from Palermo. The Uruguay striker had been attracting interest from Tottenham after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup but it appears he will be remaining in Serie A for next season.

11.07 BST: If Juve do fail to land Dzeko, then Corriere dello Sport reports they will attempt to sign Diego Forlan, who was named the best player at the World Cup following his performances for Uruguay. As he holds a Spanish passport, Forlan would not take up a non-EU slot in the squad and Atletico Madrid could be tempted to do business at €20 million.

11.04 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport claims Edin Dzeko has told Wolfsburg that he wants to join AC Milan, and to hold out for an offer from the Rossoneri. Both Juventus and Manchester City are already in talks to sign the striker who top scored in the Bundesliga last season.

11.01 BST: Corriere dello Sport believes AC Milan have struck a deal for Genoa’s highly-rated defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos that will see the Greek move to San Siro on loan, with a view to a permanent move.

10.55 BST: Celtic have not shut the door on a deal for Jimmy Bullard
despite expressing frustration with his demands. Bullard`s loan move from Hull collapsed after the midfielder demanded money on top of his wages - which reportedly would have taken his weekly income to £75,000.

10.51 BST: Another day, another Barcelona player singing the praises of Cesc Fabregas. Not that Barcelona want the player, do they? "He (Fabregas) is a great player that would add a lot to the team," said Sergio Busquets. "But we have to respect that he is owned by another club that is not Barcelona, that he is an Arsenal player and, for the time being, there's nothing to be done.'"

10.47 BST: Mundo Deportivo reports that Barcelona are targeting Spain midfielder Javi Martinez as a replacement for Yaya Toure. As well as attempting to recruit Cesc Fabregas, Barca need another defensive midfielder to complement Sergio Busquets. However, Martinez has a release clause of €30 million and Athletic Bilbao are unwilling to sell.

10.44 BST: Barcelona’s versatile Mexican Rafael Marquez has been linked with a move to join Thierry Henry in New York, as well as both Villarreal and Juventus, but he has told Mundo Deportivo he does not mind where his future takes him. “I have no idea or know where I am going,” Marquez said. “I’m happy if I stay or go.”

10.40 BST: Fiorentina are reporting that they have completed the signing of Artur Boruc from Celtic. No news from Celtic on that yet though. A statement from the Serie A side read: "Fiorentina announces it has completed the permanent transfer of Artur Boruc after a successful medical from Glasgow Celtic.''

10.36 BST: West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed his interest in David Ngog. He told the club's official website: "Yes, he is a player we are interested in, but most clubs wait until the end of July and the beginning of August before deciding on which players they might loan out."

10.31 BST: Burnley have confirmed they have accepted a substantial bid from Rangers for winger Chris Eagles.

10.22 BST: Celtic boss Neil Lennon believes winger Aiden McGeady wants to leave the club this summer. Aston Villa, led by former Bhoys boss Martin O'Neill, is said to be interested.

10.20 BST: And now a comment coming in from Casper: Any news on Sebastian Giovinco? He looks certain to leave Juventus, but the only club I heard has made an approach is Bari. I can not believe that a talent like Giovinco, does not attract more interest from bigger clubs than that!

Well, Casper, the player's agent insists he needs to be playing first team football this coming season but so far Bari appear to be the only club seriously linked.

10.14 BST: The Independent claims that Manchester City will offer Robinho to AC Milan. Surely they have had enough of Brazilian forwards with suspect temperaments?

10.10 BST: And now another comment on Liverpool from Milad: "Liverpool already have a shortage of homegrown talent in the first team, and are now seemingly letting a solid homegrown player in Insua leave as well. With the new rules regarding homegrown players in place, the Reds might have to fill up their squad with Melwood trainees for years to come ... things just get worse and worse, don't they?"

10.06 BST: Spanish daily AS claims Bastian Schweinsteiger’s agent has instructed Bayern Munich to listen to offers from Real Madrid for the Germany midfielder. Schweinsteiger, who enjoyed a superb World Cup, is also a potential replacement for Michael Ballack at Chelsea and his buyout clause is set at €55 million. Would Real purchase both of Germany’s holding midfielders, given they have a plethora of players in that position already?

10.02 BST: Marca reports that Real Madrid have secured the signing of Stuttgart midfielder Sami Khedira. He looked impressive in Germany’s run to the World Cup semi-finals and has been spotted in the Spanish capital. The fee has been put at €10 million as Khedira had only one year remaining on his contract in the Bundesliga.

09.57 BST: Rangers hope to complete their first incoming transfer for almost two years after holding talks with Burnley winger Chris Eagles.

09.44 BST: Another snippet from the newspapers now with the Daily Express claiming that Spurs are to step up their chase for Man City striker Craig Bellamy. Both City and Spurs will play in the New York Football Challenge shortly so talks can be stepped up.

09.41 BST: A comment has come in from Alex, who tells us: "I'm a Liverpool fan. Aurelio and Dossena have left. If Insua goes, who's going to play left back, Danny Agger? Doesn't strike me as the best of solutions."

09.30 BST: Remember to send us your thoughts and comments at the bottom of this page.

09.19 BST: Impressive young Netherlands defender Gregory van der Wiel is the subject of an approach from Bayern Munich, his club Ajax have confirmed.

09.06 BST: More on the David Ngog story now, with the player's agent saying the player has no intention of leaving the club on loan. And fellow Liverpool striker Krisztian Nemeth, 21, is also keen to stay at the club.

08.57 BST: Inter Milan technical director Marco Branca says Manchester United and Manchester City have a "very strong" interest in Mario Balotelli. Gazzetta dello Sport claims directors from United met with Balotelli's agent, Mino Raiola, on Monday in Amsterdam and also reported that they had tabled €35 million bid, and there have been reports City are set to hold a meeting this week.

08.15 BST: We'll start the day by taking a look at the morning's newspaper gossip.

Everton are in fear of Mikel Arteta being stolen from them by Manchester City, reports the Daily Telegraph. And, of course, they are also tracking Aston Villa's James Milner. The paper also states that West Ham are close to signing Loic Remy for £12 million from Nice. But according to RMC, Tottenham have stepped up their interest in Remy.

Meanwhile, it is said that Chelsea believe they are in a strong position to block any interest from Real Madrid in Ashley Cole.

Despite Fernando Torres' thigh injury, the Daily Mail still thinks that Chelsea will step up their interest in the Liverpool striker. And Emiliano Insua is expected to join Fiorentina by the weekend.

Also in the Daily Mail, Steve Bruce is hopeful of taking Danny Welbeck from Manchester United and Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City. But he has given up on free agent Sol Campbell. The paper links Man United with Germany captain Philipp Lahm.

There's not much around today with the Open golf taking place at St Andrews. Even the Daily Star has to resort to insisting Bolton boss Owen Coyle will not bid for Tyrone Mears from former club Burnley.

The Sun claims that Hull City goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, who probably had just one good game in the Tigers' relegation season, will stay at the club even though West Brom and Spurs are said to be interested. And it seems David Ngog of Liverpool would also turn down a loan move to the Baggies.

Also in The Sun, Birmingham are said to have bid around £1.25 million for Crystal Palace wonderkid Nathaniel Clyne. But an offer of £500,000 plus add-ons up to £1.25 million will surely not be enough. And Inter Milan's Nigeria international Victor Obinna is willing to join Stoke City from Inter Milan, while the Daily Mail says Stoke want Middlesbrough's Gary O'Neil.

The Daily Mirror believes that West Ham are attempting to sell free-kick specialist Alessandro Diamanti and Radoslav Kovac to Olympiakos. Aaron Mokoena is being linked with both West Ham and Bolton.

July 14, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/14/2010

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Thierry Henry has moved to New York Red Bulls. © Getty Images

2330 BST: And that's your lot for tonight. More of the same tomorrow, when no doubt another former great will decide to head over to the States for some sunshine and fun.

2326 BST: Real Madrid midfielder Guti is set to join Besiktas, according to a report in Hurriyet. Ricardo Quaresma is already there, so the Turkish side are bringing in quite a bit of talent this summer.

2246 BST: Bari have completed the signing of Juve midfielder Sergio Almiron. Reports suggest they will pay 5 million euros over three years.

2225 BST: Brazilian outfit Fluminense are set to conclude a deal to sign Juliano Belletti after agreeing terms with the former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back. The 34-year-old is available on a free transfer after being released by Chelsea at the end of last season.

2118 BST: Juventus defender Zdenek Grygera looks set to be heading back to Ajax after a poor season. Reports suggest the Old Lady could be set to sell him this summer.

2040 BST: It's official. David Silva is a Manchester City player. We knew it would happen... but now it has after he passed a medical.

1952 BST: Valencia midfielder Ever Banega is reported to want Liverpool to make a move for him, according to Las Provincias.

1918 BST: Rangers manager Walter Smith believes Kevin Thomson's impending move to Middlesbrough is right for both player and club. ''There are two sides to the Thomson deal in that he is going into the last year of his contract and, from the player's point of view, Middlesbrough can maybe offer more long-term security than he can have here,'' he said.

1816 BST: Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has no plans to sell Taye Taiwo, despite reported interest in the Nigeria defender from Tottenham. ''He is here and will be here until the end of the season,'' Deschamps told La Provence. ''He is under contract for another year. We have an interest in prolonging it so that he is not free in 2011. I need him, especially as a replacement would cost me more money. I count on him.''

1728 BST: Jon Harley, once of Chelsea fame, has joined the revolution at Notts County, He was released by Watford at the start of the month.

1659 BST: Wolfsburg have signed Brazilian midfielder Cicero on loan for the upcoming season, with an option to buy the player next summer. The 25-year-old, who spent the last two seasons in the Bundesliga on loan at Hertha Berlin from Brazilian club Tombense, went through his first training session with the Wolves this morning.

1653 BST: Another Blackpool story now, and manager Ian Holloway has revealed he is trying to sign four players who helped the club achieve promotion to the Premier League last season. Everton full-back Seamus Coleman, strikers Stephen Dobbie from Swansea and DJ Campbell from Leicester, plus Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan, all impressed in loan spells at Bloomfield Road last term.

1628 BST: Juliano Belletti has returned to his native Brazil with Fluminense after being released by Chelsea. The 34-year-old right-back must has not yet passed a medical but is expected to end his eight-year self-imposed exile from Brazil. It is believed that former Chelsea team-mate Deco will join Belletti at Fluminense in the near future.

1623 BST: Steve Sidwell has reportedly been told by Aston Villa that he is free to find a new club, and is set to make a decision on his future. Wigan, West Ham and Fulham are all thought to be in contention to sign him.

1610 BST: David Silva has been in Manchester today, completing his medical ahead of a £24 million move to Manchester City. When we get official confirmation of that deal we shall let you know.

1605 BST: If Blackpool want to stay in the Premier League they are surely going to have to add to their current squad of 16 players. Well, they seem to have got the ball rolling, with Israel international Dekel Keinan set to sign on a free transfer from Maccabi Haifa.

1557 BST: Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari had been tipped to leave Inter Milan this summer, but he has unequivocally rejected these claims - insisting that he has no desire to leave the San Siro to return to England."I'm staying," he told GTV. "I have two years remaining on my contract. I love the city, the club and I'm sure about staying."

1548 BST: The biggest news of today has been Thierry Henry's move to New York Red Bulls. Soccernet's Tom Adams thinks it could be a bigger coup for the MLS than David Beckham. Read Tom's thoughts on the transfer here. Do you think it is a good move for Henry?

1545 BST: Anderlecht starlet Romelu Lukaku has been linked with Chelsea lately, but his club insist he will be staying with them until he is 18. Lukaku, 17, put some pictures on Facebook earlier this summer of him visiting Stamford Bridge and Didier Drogba has reportedly asked him to consider joining the Blues, but Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeech told the Mail: "We have a very good relationship with Romelu's father, and he is as keen as we are for him to finish his schooling here."

1538 BST: Reader pazi wali has some transfer advice for new Liverpool boss Roy Hodsgon:

"Liverpool should try and sign a striker so we don't rely on Torres all the time. There are too many midfielders and selling Mascherano will not be a bad idea - we have Lucas, Aquilani, Maxi, Gerrard. Hogdson should make a quick decision."

1527 BST: Parma have formally announced the signing of Espanyol midfielder Fernando Marques.

1509 BST: Denmark winger Dennis Rommedahl has joined Olympiakos from Ajax on a free transfer - signing a two-year deal. Rommedahl scored one of the best goals at the World Cup with a fine individual effort against Cameroon and though the 32-year-old is not quite as fleet-footed as in his prime, he believes he can guide his new club to the Greek title. He said: "I know that Olympiakos must reclaim the championship. That is why I'm here. I know that Olympiakos is the biggest club in Greece."

1503 BST: Reader Aadithya is hoping that talks today between Kaka's father and Real Madrid could open up the door for a Premier League switch:

"It seems Kaka's father who also is his agent, has been in talks with Real Madrid. As a Chelsea fan I could only hope that it would be about Kaka's previously much-hyped move to Stamford Bridge."

1455 BST: With Papa Bouba Diop on his way to AEK Athens and David James yet to sign a new contract, Portsmouth look set to lose Tal Ben-Haim too. The Israeli defender is reportedly one of Pompey's highest earners and the club are desperate to slice him from their wage bill. "Hopefully we can tie that one up in the next day or two," administrator Andrew Andronikou told the Portsmouth News.

1448 BST: Mauro Camoranesi's agent has revealed that his client has yet to enter into any talks with Olympiakos, following claims that a potential move from Juventus had brooken down. Agent Sergio Fortunato told Calciomercato.it: "I will meet Giuseppe Marotta later to discuss the player's future. Olympiacos? I never had any contact with them, therefore I cannot say whether there was a offer or not."

1430 BST: Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Japan international Shinji Kagawa on a three-year deal from J-League side Cerezo Osaka. He appeared a little bit concerned about the physicality of his first training session, but insisted: "I think that I will adapt to it very quickly and also establish myself in the team."

1421 BST: The Times is reporting that Manchester City have given a trial to the son of Dirk Benedict, the former star of popular 80s TV show The A-Team. Roland Benedict, 20, whose father played Face in the show, has been training with City's development squad. I pity the fool.

1416 BST: Spain's Sport newspaper is claiming that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez fancies making Germany World Cup star Thomas Muller his latest galactico. Muller won the Golden Boot in South Africa after scoring five goals and providing three assists.

1406 BST: Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez will not be going anywhere, according to club president Giampaolo Pozzo. Sanchez is considered one the hottest prospects around after some scintillating displays for Chile at the recent World Cup and had the 21-year-old had been linked with the likes of Roma and Manchester United. But Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Alexis will return to Udine and will remain here. Next season will be the year of his consecration."

1401 BST: Rangers are believed to have made an offer for Burnley midfielder Chris Eagles. The former Manchester United trainee was one of the Clarets' most consistent performers last season and the Gers are looking for some midfield reinforcements after letting Kevin Thomson leave for Middlesbrough.

1357 BST: With doubts persisting about Owen Hargreaves' ability to ever play another match for Manchester United, Raul Meireles is being suggested as a potential defensive midfield successor, with Porto - a club who certainly no how to turn a transfer profit - reportedly ready to cash-in on the Portugal international after some impressive World Cup displays.

1351 BST: We reported earlier that Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Lille forward Gervinho - but it looks like the Ivory Coast star is staying put after sending out a message to his current club's fans. He said: "I'll play with Lille next season. This is my first year. I still have two years of my contract [to run]. Do not panic. I had good times last season and still have good things to come."

1347 BST: With a history of signing once great international strikers (see Michael Owen, 2009), Manchester United are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for former Real Madrid captain Raul. Michel Salgado is also reportedly still trying to convince Blackburn to hijack Schalke's move for the striker.

1341 BST: Juventus forward Sebastian Giovinco is on Bari's radar as they look to build on a solid first season back in Serie A. The highly-rated Italy Under-21 international found first-team opportunities hard to come by at Juve last season and the draw of a regular starting berth may see him cut his losses and move on.

1328 BST: Sevilla technical director Ramon Rodriguez expects striker Luis Fabiano to stay at the club this season. Fabiano has been linked with moves to AC Milan, Manchester United and Spurs recently, but Rodriguez told Itasportpress: "The heart of our striker Fabiano lies here with us at Sevilla. AC Milan have not made a bid and nor have any other clubs."

1317 BST: The full story on Thierry Henry's move to New York Red Bulls is here.

1310 BST: Udinese defender Cristian Zapata could be open to joining Arsenal this summer, according to his agent."It's nice to hear that Arsenal are interested in the player," Massimo Italiani told calciomercato.com. "For several years now, Zapata has been linked to prestigious clubs and that means that he is doing things well.

1307 BST:BREAKING NEWS: Thierry Henry has signed for New York Red Bulls. We had expected this one to happen for a while but it has now been confirmed by the MLS club. He has signed a "multi-year" deal and will make his debut against Spurs. Tasty.

1305 BST: The agent of Serbia winger Milos Krasic says CSKA Moscow are keen to sell the player to Manchester City, rather than his preferred destination of Juventus."I am not in Russia or in Italy but travelled to Moscow to discuss Krasic's move to Juventus with CSKA," Marko Naletilic told Championat.ru. "The problem is simple - Manchester City are offering more money to CSKA and they want to sell to the English club. Milos just wants to play in Turin".

1218 BST: William Gallas is a free agent after leaving Arsenal, but he is unlikely to be offered a deal by a Tunisian club, after the country's dentists criticised him for calling their professional ability into question. Gallas refused to be treated by local doctors for toothache during France's pre-World Cup training camp. "We are in the process of taking the necessary steps to take the French player to court for damaging the image of dental surgery in Tunisia," Adel Ben Smida, president of the Tunisian dentists' union, told AFP. What a pain in the...tooth.

1211 BST: And doing little to quell speculation about Huntelaar's departure is AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, who told Sky Sport 24 that the Rossoneri are looking to sell the Dutchman to make room for Cologne striker Lukas Podolski's arrival. Galliani said: "Podolski will arrive only if one condition is met and that is the transfer of Huntelaar to the (English) Premier League, which would then open a few paths from a financial standpoint."

1203 BST:Voetbal International details how AC Milan striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been attracting interest from Sevilla, Marseille and Fenerbahce. After returning from holiday, Huntelaar will speak with the club to determine their plans for him, but it appears very likely he will leave San Siro.

1148: BST Portuguese daily Record claims Sporting’s chances of signing Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid are receding due to financial concerns. The Lisbon club are struggling to guarantee funds for the transfer and may have to turn to alternative targets.

1139 BST: Egypt striker Emad Meteb will undergo a medical with Standard Liege on Wednesday before joining the Belgian club on a free transfer from Al Ahli. His arrival was delayed after his airplane broke down on Monday. "We are finally here in Belgium after facing a lot of setbacks," agent Nader Shawki told FilGoal.com. “We headed to Liege right away and Meteb should undergo a medical on Wednesday morning."

Reader ugoo steve anarado believes that Arsenal still need to make more signings if they are to challenge for silverware next season:

"I really appreciate Arsene Wenger's efforts in recruitment this summer but he needs to do more. We need more defenders, a goalkeeper - maybe Nigeria's Enyeama. And he must not allow Fabregas to leave."

1123 BST: Ajax right-back Gregory van der Wiel, who impressed for Netherlands in their run to the World Cup final, will join Bayern Munich for €20 million, according to Elfvoetbal. It is reported the player will complete his move in the next day or two and that Ajax will replace him with FC Twente’s Ronnie Stam.

1110 BST: Mundo Deportivo believes that Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic is a target for Barca this summer. The 20-year-old could perform on the left of the Barca attack and is under consideration by sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. Strangely, but accurately, Mundo ends its report by saying Jovetic is “physically similar to Brian May, legendary guitarist of queen.”

1106 BST: The full story on Nelson Valdez talking up his chances of a move, with Sunderland in the frame, is here.

1100 BST: Ronaldinho's agent (and brother) Roberto de Assis has dismissed speculation linking the Brazilian with a return to his homeland with Flamengo. "Ronaldinho has never expressed a wish to leave Milan," De Assis told Gazzetta dello Sport. "In fact we have an agreement with Milan to review his contract in the autumn."

1054 BST: According to Football365.fr, Marseille have identified Germany star Miroslav Klose as a potential recruit as they look to improve their attacking options. Both West Ham and Rubin Kazan have shown interest in the striker who, although prolific at international level, has struggled to make an impression with Bayern Munich of late. Marseille are also in talks to sign Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra.

1039 BST: Despite signing Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, Fiorentina are not planning to offload veteran stopper Sebastien Frey, who has reportedly interested Arsenal. "The arrival of Boruc doesn't change anything," Viola administrator Sandro Mencucci said. "Sebastien is not for sale and Fiorentina does not wish to see him leave."

1034 BST: Corriere also details how representatives of Manchester United met with Mario Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, in Amsterdam on Tuesday. Apparently, Federico Macheda has also been urging his Italy Under-21 team-mate to choose United ahead of Manchester City.

1025 BST: We touched on it yesterday but now Corriere dello Sport claims AC Milan will definitely move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic if they offload Ronaldinho to Flamengo. However, the Spanish press are reporting Manchester United are also interested in the Barcelona striker.

1017 BST: The Times are reporting that Manchester City pair Robinho and Craig Bellamy are expected to lead an £80 million exodus from Eastlands, with AC Milan in the frame to sign the Brazil international.

1013 BST: Catalonian newspaper Mundo Deportivo says Barca have set a deadline of Friday for ‘Operation Cesc’, meaning that if they receive no encouragement from Arsenal before then, they will pursue other targets and return for the Gunners captain next season instead.

1002 BST: Wolves striker Stefan Maierhofer has been told by Mick McCarthy that he is free to leave the club, Maierhofer signed for £1.8 million from Rapid Vienna last summer but started just one game in the 2009-10 season.

0955 BST: Everton boss David Moyes says that Steven Pienaar is not available to leave at any price. The playmaker may have struggled to perform in South Africa, but Moyes says: "We are not listening to offers for him, and he is not going to be sold, because we don't want to sell him." Seems like Pienaar will still be a Toffees player next season then.

Reader Craig O'Toole has become a little concerned about Sir Alex Ferguson's lack of action in the transfer market:

"I am getting very worried for the new season as I think Fergie has to invest in the team soon!!! Has everybody forgotten about unsettled star Karim Benzema?(BARGAIN )I have read Fergie is trying to sign Mario Balotelli but i hear he has a attitude? And creative/attacking midfielder would be nice. (Gourcouff/Ozil/Schweinsteiger)?. Bummer about Sneijder, would have been great!!!"

0943 BST: New Fiorentina boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is thought to be considering a €4 million raid on Inter Milan for former team-mate Ivan Cordoba. The Colombian centre-back made 26 appearances for Inter last season but played second fiddle to Lucio and Walter Samuel and may be willing to move for the offer of first-team football.

09:35 BST: Fabio Cannavaro looks to be the only member of his family moving this summer, as brother Paolo wants to sign a new deal with Napoli. The Partenopei captain is keen to sign a new contract with the club, according to his agent. “I will this week meet with the Napoli directors and discuss an extension to Paolo’s contract,” Gaetano Fedele told calciomercato.it.

0930 BST: David Trezeguet has been linked with a move away from Juventus recently, with Napoli and Valencia rumoured to be lining up bids for the French striker. But Trezeguet has moved to quash the speculation by saying: “I don't want to leave at all.” That seems like a pretty clear statement of intent to us.

0925 BST: L'Equipe are also reporting that new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has his eye on Lille forward Gervinho, though the €12 million that the Reds are thought to be prepared to part with does not meet the reported €15 million asking price for the Ivory Coast international.

0912 BST: More of a European focus now, and L'Equipe are reporting that Marseille left-back Taye Taiwo could be on his way to either Tottenham or Atletico Madrid. The Spanish side have reportedly had a €5 million bid turned down, meaning that Spurs may now move to try to convince him to leave the reigning French champions.

0845 BST: Right, having trawled through the English press, here is some of the biggest transfer news from this morning.

The Sun: Arsenal will have to cough up £4 million if they want to prise Mark Schwarzer away from Fulham; Chelsea still keen on Germany midfielder Sami Khedira but have pulled out of the race to sign Mesut Ozil as he is almost certainly Bayern Munich bound; Roy Hodgson planning to offer £6 million for Monaco's South Korean striker Chu-Young Park; Kevin Thomson expected to seal a £2 million move to Middlesbrough.

The Mirror: Owen Coyle hoping to complete signing of Real Madrid left-back Marcos Alonso; Simeon Jackson has moved to Norwich in a £600,000 deal from Gillingham; Steve Bruce has made a second bid to bring Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez to Sunderland for £4.2 million.

The Mail: Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf is wanted on loan by French side Sochaux; Portsmouth expecting an answer from David James on contract extension in the next 24 hours; Hull keen on Martyn Wagner from Sunderland - he impressed on loan at Leicester last season; Lens targeting West Brom's Abdoulaye Meite for £400,000; Lecce planning a £1 million swoop for Liverpool reserve Krisztian Nemeth.

The Star: Chelsea will rival Manchester United and Manchester City for the signing of in-demand Inter Milan tearaway Mario Balotelli; West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is weighing up a move for experienced Premier League strikers Jason Roberts and James Beattie; Panathinaikos in the running to sign West Ham defender Manuel Da Costa if the Greek side fail to capture William Gallas.

08:36 BST: One more for you - Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has told Soccernet that there is no truth in rumours that he will move for Manchester City pair Craig Bellamy and Shaun Wright-Phillips. "Why would I be going for Shaun, when I have Aaron Lennon?" Redknapp said. Fair point.

08:30 BST: A round-up of all the latest paper talk is coming up soon, but first an update on the continuing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona saga. The Arsenal captain seems to still be sitting on the fence on this one and is not committing either way, saying: "I think now the less said about the subject much the better". But he insisted that people should not read to much into him being forced to wear a Barcelona shirt in Madrid on Monday.

08:15 BST: Hello everyone and welcome to day three of the transfer blog. Prepare yourselves for another day of rumour, speculation and, of course, some actual signings too!

Let's start with the story that Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has revealed he would like Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole to play in front of him at the Bernabeu next season. Fresh from winning the World Cup, Casillas said that Cole is "best left back in the world" and suggested that the appeal of a "clean break" from England may tempt him into a reunion with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho.

July 13, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/13/2010

Will Luis Fabiano be coming to England? © Getty Images

It seems the transfer rumour mill has ran its course tonight. But there is sure to be huge amounts of gossip in the morning so make sure you check back here to get your early dose of tittle-tattle.

22.57 BST Bari have stepped up their pursuit of want-away Juventus starlet Sebastian Giovinco despite the midfielder rejecting the club's initial approach. Bari sporting director Guido Angelozzi said: "Both the coach and I like Giovinco as a player, but this is not enough. It will depend on him and Juventus, and we are working on this."

22.02 BST Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will only allow striker Andy Keogh to join Doncaster Rovers on a permanent deal. "There's no chance of him going out on loan. What would be the benefit to us?" he said.

21.34 BST Everton starlet Jack Rodwell said he always intended to commit his future to the club. "When these questions were getting asked (about my future) I always knew I was going to sign a new contract," the 19-year-old told Liverpool Echo.

20.39 BST Corriere dello Sport claim Roma are interested in boosting their growing Brazilian contingent by signing Flamengo defender Juan. The Brazilian is out of contract at the end of December and is currently free to talk to other clubs.

19.25 BST Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson wants to poach Brede Hangeland from former club Fulham as he looks to shore up the Reds' defence.

19.01 BST: Lazio will not give up on trying to sign Portsmouth and Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, according to tuttomercatoweb.

18.25 BST: There have been plenty of rumours that Arsenal could allow Eduardo to move on this summer, but it appears he's going nowhere. More here.

18.10 BST: It might still be on: David Trezeguet’s agent, Antonio Caliendo, has told Calcio Mercato his client is keen on a move to Napoli. “At the moment, there’s no news regarding negotiations,” he said. “I’ve already said I think David would be ideal for Napoli. The important thing is that there is a desire for the move to go through. Money will not be a problem.”

18.00 BST: Ryan Giggs has not ruled out the possibility that he will end his career in the MLS but has suggested he may be too old. "Being in America you have a great lifestyle, good for raising a family," he told USA Today. "The play is getting better. I still have a year left with Manchester United. After that maybe [but] maybe I will be too old." More here.

17.27 BST: The Daily Mail reports that Bundesliga side St Pauli could be set to offer Sol Campbell a £70,000-a-week contract.

17.16 BST: Voetbal International claims FC Twente are having a look at Gent defender Roberto Rosales.

16.57 BST: Lecce coach Luigi de Canio has expressed an interest in Liverpool's highly-rated striker Krisztian Nemeth.

16. 46 BST: We have a sizeable transfer confirmed from France where Paris Saint Germain have signed winger Nene from Monaco for a fee of €5.5 million.

16.42 BST: Getafe sporting director Toni Munoz says he hopes that Pedro Leon will be allowed to join the club on loan next season after he completes his move to Real Madrid.

16.24 BST: Birmingham City have handed a new six-month deal to striker Garry O'Connor. The Scot struggled with injury last season but has been given another chance to impress by Alex McLeish.

16.18 BST: Our reader lavictoria has this to say on the Cesc Fabregas situation:

"I think Cesc was just a bit frustrated when he said he'd move. Now he probably realized that he'd have the same fate in Barca as in World Cup - warming the bench. I think Cesc actually still loves Arsenal. Why should he dedicate the World Cup win to Arsenal if he doesn't?"

16.15 BST: Andres Iniesta may not have pulled that Barca shirt over Cesc Fabregas' head on Monday night, but the midfielder is desperate to see his Spain team-mate in the club's colours next season.

16.09 BST: Inter Milan forward Victor Obinna, who represented Nigeria at the World Cup, has said he would be interested in a move to Stoke City this summer. That would be a very handy signing indeed...

15.55 BST: Reports in Belgium suggest that Liverpool are interested in Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour. This is, of course, the player who once received a personal letter from Sir Alex Ferguson during a spell out injured. Good luck with that one Roy.

15.40 BST: Steve Bruce has admitted he is looking for a new striker at Sunderland, but if Martyn Waghorn does leave the club it will only be on loan. The Black Cats have been linked with Napoli’s Ezequiel Lavezzi and Humberto Suazo of Chile, amongst others.

15.23 BST: Here is the full story of Bayer Leverkusen's signing of Denmark Under-19 international Nicolai Jorgensen.

15.15 BST: Martin O'Neill has been speaking about Manchester City's interest in James Milner and has conceded he may struggle to keep the midfielder if he does decide to leave Eastlands.

15.05 BST: This just in from Serie A: Bologna have signed 'keeper Cristiano Lupatelli from Cagliari.

14.56 BST: Sky Sport Italia claims Real Madrid could make a surprise swoop for striker Mario Balotelli. Jose Mourinho had a difficult relationship with the player during his time at Inter but he is a talent and a half. We already know both Man City and Man United want him as well...

14.41 BST: Portsmouth midfielder Papa Bouba Diop has joined AEK Athens on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Diop has been playing in England ever since joining Fulham in 2004.

14.31 BST: An interesting snippet of news reaches us from Brazil where Ronaldinho has reportedly agreed terms with Flamengo. The Brazilian club must now agree a deal with AC Milan if they are to nab the forward.

14.12 BST: L'Equipe claims Zenit could allow defender Sebastien Puygrenier to return to Monaco on loan next season.

14.06 BST: Bolton have been linked with a move for Tyrone Mears but Owen Coyle is adamant he won't be going in for his former player at Burnley. Coyle told the Bolton News: “There has been no offer for Tyrone and there won’t be one." However, Chelsea forward Franco di Santo and Portsmouth's David Nugent are both possible targets.

13.42 BST: Stoke are closing in on the signing of goalkeeper Carlo Nash after he flew out to join Tony Pulis' side on their pre-season tour of Austria. Pulis told the Stoke Sentinel: “I’ve said all along we need three goalkeepers, and three goalkeepers is what we now have."

13.28 BST: Reader Jay has his say on Mario Balotelli's future, and advises the young forward to choose Od Trafford over Eastlands:

"If Balotelli Leaves Inter to join either City or United, then he should choose United. Man City already have some top class strikers like Tevez, Bellamy, Adebayor and Santa Cruz. They don't need strikers. Man United have some top class strikers but Fergie has expressed interest to buy another striker to play alongside Rooney. Balotelli would be a good addition to the side."

13.25 BST: We have a confirmed transfer from the Bundesliga where Bayer Leverkusen have signed striker Nicolai Jorgensen from Danish side AB.

13.14 BST: Stefano Okaka's agent has now confirmed the striker is keen on a return to Fulham, where he spent last season on loan from Roma. Full story here.

12.51 BST: Oh, and now Middlesbrough's attempt to rob the SPL of all its talent has seen them agree a deal for Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson. That's according to Sky Sports News. You couldn't make it up.

12.49 BST: We have breaking news from the SPL where Celtic defender Stephen McManus has become the latest high-profile member of the Scottish league to move to Middlesbrough. He joins Kris Boyd, Willo Flood, Barry Robson, Chris Killen, Scott McDonald and Lee Miller at the club after agreeing a permanent deal following his loan move last season. Expect an offer for Ally McCoist any time now.

12.44 BST: Promotion to the Premier League brings with it increased global exposure and it appears Blackpool are high on agents' lists this summer as they look to find alternative employment for their clients. As manager Ian Holloway explains: "I feel like a gold prospector. One of them may be a lump of gold but most won't be. I'm being serious when I say we've had thousands, not hundreds, of players recommended to us by agents."

12.24 BST: Paris Saint Germain president Robin Leproux has refused to rule out a move for free agent William Gallas, though in fairness he hasn't exactly ruled it in either. PSG are also determined to keep Stephane Sessegnon, who has been linked with Tottenham. Leproux told France Football: "He can have a great season for us."

12.08 BST: There has been a lot of talk about Edin Dzeko this summer but Juventus have now confirmed they are in talks with Wolfsburg to sign the striker. Given that Manchester City are also circling, they have quite a task on their hands.

11.49 BST: Another World Cup veteran, Italy’s Mauro Camoranesi, could be on the move with Tuttosport reporting that the midfielder could be swapping Juventus for Olympiakos.

11:43 BST: Here is the full story on Mascherano's potential move to Inter Milan, and it doesn't make pretty reading for Liverpool fans.

11.38 BST: Andre Ooijer may have been good enough for Netherlands to take to the World Cup finals, but he is currently without a club after being released by PSV Eindhoven. That may be about to change as De Telegraaf says the 36-year-old is poised to join Cypriot side AEK Lanarca. Incidentally, their technical manager is former Manchester United ‘legend’ Jordi Cruyff.

11.25 BST: Javier Mascherano's agent has left Liverpool in no doubt that his agent wants to join Inter Milan this summer. Walter Tamer said: "If it was up to Mascherano, the negotiations (with Inter) would be very easy." Full story to follow...

11.21 BST: French newspaper La Provence says Spurs are ready to make a formal approach for Marseille and Nigeria defender Taye Taiwo. It's not as if they already have two left backs already, is it? What do you mean, Gareth Bale and Benoit Assou-Ekotto?

11.16 BST: It appears Asamoah Gyan's World Cup exploits for Ghana have caught the eye of Fenerbahce, with L'Equipe reporting that the Turkish giants have made a €12 million offer for the Rennes striker. Just don't put him on penalty duty.

11.09 BST: Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport believes Juventus may sacrifice Brazilian playmaker Diego if it helps them to recruit Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. Diego was tremendous at Werder Bremen prior to joining the Bianconeri last summer.

11.05 BST: Corriere also details how AC Milan may consider a move for German World Cup star Lukas Podolski if they fail to land their primary target, Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Clearly the Rossoneri have turned a blind eye to his performances in the Bundesliga in recent seasons.

11.01 BST: Italian daily Correire dello Sport reports Napoli are closing in on the signing of Parma's Cristiano Lucarelli, who spent last season on loan at former club Livorno. This suggests their interest in David Trezeguet is waning significantly.

10.57 BST: Italian website Calciomercato reports that Roma striker Stefano Okaka is keen to return to Fulham after spending a spell on loan with the Cottagers last season.

10.50 BST: Sticking with the Catalan press, Sport claims Guardiola has decided against making any offer for Manchester City striker Robinho. The same paper says Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola will also discuss the future of another of his clients, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, when meeting with Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson this week. Finally, Rafael Marquez could join Thierry Henry in moving to MLS side New York Red Bulls.

10.46 BST: Mundo Deportivo also reports that Pep Guardiola will sign his new contract at Barcelona by Thursday at the latest.

10.45 BST: More on Cesc Fabregas in Catalan daily Mundo Deportvio, who claim Barca will adopt a conciliatory tone with Arsenal in order to repair the clubs' relationship, before going back in for the midfielder. I'm not sure the actions of Pique and Puyol last night will help that aim.

10.40 BST: Okay, so it's not transfer related, but Marca does have a very funny video of Alvaro Arbeloa almost falling off Spain's open-top bus yesterday! It's worth the wait.

10.34 BST: Time for a quick look round the European papers...

10.30 BST: Mario Balotelli has been linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United and it appears the Inter bad boy is flattered by the transfer speculation. Will he be coming to the Premier League? Let us know using the comments form at the bottom of the page...

10.15 BST: With the World Cup having finished, I think it is now officially silly season. Sky Sports News have just claimed that AC Milan are attempting to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham. Really??

10.01 BST: If Liverpool could choose one of their former employees to bring back to Anfield, we suspect they might pick World Cup winner Xabi Alonso, but you can't always get what you want. Instead, it is striker Djibril Cisse who says he would fancy a return.

09.52 BST: Steven Gerrard has been linked with a move to Real Madrid all summer but now the Spanish club's transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti claims the player's age has put Real off a move. Here is the full story.

09.49 BST: Inter Milan and AC Milan may be interest in NK Maribor’s Luka Krajnc but the Mail reports that Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is also ready to swoop for the 15-year-old prodigy.

09.41 BST: Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has clearly been watching the World Cup closely as the Daily Mail reports he is considering a move for USA midfielder Michael Bradley, who impressed with some commanding performances in South Africa.

09.32 BST: The Daily Mirror claims Newcastle are determined to keep Steven Harper out of the clutches of Celtic as the Glasgow club seek a new goalkeeper following the news that Artur Boruc has agreed a move to Fiorentina.

09.25 BST: Our reader Reds fan has this to say about the Cesc Fabregas situation this morning. The media twisting a player's words? Surely not?

"Fabregas will stay at Arsenal. His statement 'I am really proud to have been an Arsenal player' has been misunderstood or the media have turned it around on him (like thousands of other stars/celebrities). He meant that he was proud to have been given the opportunity to play in the Arsenal first team. If he was leaving would it bother him if he was wearing a Barcelona shirt. I doubt it."

09.20 BST: The Times, meanwhile, reports that Dan Gosling has agreed a four-year deal with Newcastle and the deal will go through smoothly if Everton do not appeal against the Premier League decision to release the player from his contract.

09.15 BST: There is an interesting snippet in the Daily Star who have procured pictures of Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku wearing a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge. The Belgian is one of Europe's most talented youngsters but Chelsea insist he was at the club as part of a normal stadium tour open to the public.

09.12 BST: After being presented with 'the best pic you'll see all year' on the club's official website on Monday, Liverpool fans have further reason to be cheerful today with Real Madrid's transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti adamant the club will not make an offer for the 30-year-old Steven Gerrard as he is too old.

09.04 BST: It looks as though Eduardo will be leaving Arsenal this summer and according to the Daily Mail, Turkish giants Besiktas have joined Valencia and Aston Villa in the hunt for the striker who suffered such a horrific injury in 2008.

09.01 BST: Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko is very much in demand this summer and he has told his employers he wants a move away from the club in order to further his career. “I feel I have to take a leap in quality and play for a big club,” he says in the Daily Mail. Manchester City are known to be interested in the prolific Bosnian.

08.55 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that James Beattie has been told not to travel with the Stoke squad for their pre-season tour to Austria. Presumably memories of Tony Pulis’ (alleged) naked headbutt incident are still a bit raw. Blackburn and West Brom are apparently unwilling to fork out £1.75 million at the moment though. Stoke meanwhile, want to sign Gary O’Neil from Middlesbrough and could swap Liam Lawrence.

08.15 BST: In another snippet of news, Cesc Fabregas has been pictured wearing a Barcelona shirt! Okay, it's not quite in the Paul Ince mould, as the midfielder was ambushed by the dastardly duo of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique, but we suspect it won't go down too well with Arsenal fans. Let us know what you think using the comments form below.

08.00 BST: Good morning and welcome to our live transfer blog. We will be taking a scout through the morning papers in a second but before we get started, we bring you the news that Harry Redknapp has told Soccernet he would be open to the possibility of signing Luis Fabiano.

July 12, 2010
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/12/2010

City and United apparently both want Mario Balotelli © Getty Images

We'll be keeping you as up-to-date as possible on the latest transfer talk in On The Move. You can read up on all the Latest Transfers and then follow the developing stories in our constantly updated transfer blog here:

23.00 BST: That's all from the transfer blog today. Join us tomorrow for more transfer news and gossip.

22.44 BST: Bayern Munich are in the hunt for a left back, but it seems they're running into dead-ends for now. Find out why here.

22.27 BST: Corriere dello Sport claims Bologna have joined the race to sign Rosenborg midfielder Anthony Annan. The likes of Manchester United and Lyon are said to be monitoring the player after his impressive World Cup performances for Ghana.

22.10 BST: Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Mario Balotelli would excel at Manchester United and even suggested he'd like him at Chelsea. He's also dimissed talk - again - that Kaka could be heading to Stamford Bridge. More here.

21.45 BST: There are rumours Wolfsburg could be looking to bring Juventus midfielder Diego back to the Bundesliga.

21.35 BST: Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed they are hoping to tie up a deal for defender Dekel Keinan. Keinan, 25, plays for Maccabi Haifa and Israel and is currently on trial at Bloomfield Road.

21.10 BST: Palermo have revealed they have made a bid for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva. More here.

20.40 BST: Harry Redknapp has given ESPNsoccernet the latest on his attempts to sign free agent Joe Cole. More here.

20.10 BST: Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has pledged his future to the club. Arsenal had been linked with a bid but Doyle told the Birmingham Mail: "I am very happy here at Wolves. It doesn't mean you are not ambitious and want to play at the highest level, but I am happy here and have enjoyed every minute of it."

20.00 BST: Barcelona have confirmed striker Keirrison will be joining Santos on loan next season. More here.

19.45 BST: Interesting comments from David Villa. He says Fernando Torres might well want to leave Liverpool, but added that Manchester City aren't an option and Chelsea look the most likely destination. Barca are also said to be in the running. More here.

19.15 BST: BREAKING NEWS: Celtic have agreed to sell Artur Boruc to Fiorentina subject to the goalkeeper passing a medical. Full story here.

18.35 BST: Il Corriere dello Sport claims Liverpool are taking a look at Sampdoria's Giampaolo Pazzini as a potential Fernando Torres replacement. Given that Torres is injured, though, it's pretty much certain that he'll be staying until January at the very least.

18.15 BST: According to transfer expert Ernesto Bronzetti, Real Madrid aren't planning to make an offer for Steven Gerrard this summer as president Florentino Perez thinks he's overpriced for a 30-year-old. “It’s true that Real want a player like Gerrard, but not the player himself,” he added. “Perez doesn’t want to know as the player is 30. It’s also worth noting that Liverpool have asked for €70m.”

18.00 BST: Real Sociedad are unlikely to sign Manchester City striker Jo. club president Jokin Aperribay said: "It's not a closed case but it's complicated for him to come to Real now and we are working on other alternatives because the possibilities of that negotiation being successful are very, very scarce."

17.25 BST: Paul Scharner could be set to join Liverpool, according to his agent. Read more here.

17.15 BST: Le Parisien claims Bayern Munich are tracking Marseille starlet Andre Ayew, who enjoyed an impressive World Cup with Ghana.

17.10 BST: Lorient have continued their summer recruitment drive with the signing of promising youngster Remi Mulumba from third division Amiens.

16.42 BST: Rafael Benitez has spoken about the possibility of signing Javier Mascherano from Liverpool but not really said all that much. "Inter have had their eyes on all top-level players for some time. We know Mascherano well, but that responsibility is down to the president and Branca." Make of that what you will.

16.40 BST: Arsenal will not be signing Yoann Gourcuff from Bordeaux this summer. Even Lyon seem to think he's a bit overpriced. Read more here.

15.40 BST: Cesc Fabregas has given a massive hint that he is ready to stay at Arsenal next season. Read more here.

14.33 BST: Accoridng to Italian publicaion Corriere dello Sport Valencia midfielder Ever Banega is being lined up by Liverpool as a replacement for Inter Milan-bound Javier Mascherano.

14.07 BST: Mario Balotelli's agent has confirmed that Manchester United and Manchester City are in the race to sign the Inter Milan striker.

13.20 BST: Stuttgart have not received a bid from Real Madrid for midfielder Sami Khedira, according to the club's sporting director.

11.45 BST: Celtic have confirmed the signing of Wales international Joe Ledley from Cardiff City on a four-year deal.

11.13 BST: Nice striker Loic Remy is hopeful of completing a move to West Ham United sooner rather than later.

10.54 BST: German World Cup star Mesut Ozil has pledged his future to Werder Bremen amid interest from a number of Europe's top clubs.

10.15 BST: According to Cittaceleste, Lazio and Genoa are thrashing out a co-ownership deal for Kevin-Prince Boateng.

09.58 BST: Atletico Madrid are pondering a swoop for Arsenal's Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

09.30 BST: England Under-21 international Dan Gosling is on the brink of joining Newcastle United after agreeing a four-year deal with the newly-promoted Premier League club.

09.00 BST: Fulham are set to make a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart but any approach will be rebuffed, claim the Daily Mail.

08.30 BST: Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao could be on his way to Chelsea as a potential replacement for Real Madrid-bound Ashley Cole, according to The Sun.

08.15 BST: The Daily Express report that West Brom are keen to sign Swedish striker Marcus Berg from Hamburg, although the German side are demanding a "substantial" fee, and Liverpool forward David Ngog.

08.00 BST: Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko is the latest player to top Manchester City's wanted list, according to the Daily Telegraph. A player-plus-cash deal involving Roque Santa Cruz could be one option for the £34 million striker.

July 10, 2010
Posted by Dale Johnson on 07/10/2010

The transfer rumour mill will return on Monday, July 12.

But you can catch up on all the big transfers from our columnists. Jon Carter has a round-up of the Top Ten transfers into the Premier League.

And Andy Brassell selects his Top Ten transfers from around Europe.