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On The Move
June 30, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/30/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Will Baines follow Joleon Lescott from Everton to City?© Getty Images

23.59 A quiet end to the night, but it is surely to be busy on Friday with all those contracts now expired and the international transfer window open.

23.50 After being linked with a move for Liam Ridgewell earlier, it is now said that Fulham want Leeds' Max Gradel but there will be no deal for Eidur Gudjohnsen.

22.51 Both Wigan and West Brom will seek talks with free agent Julio Arca, who will leave Middlesbrough.

22.15 DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Antonio Rosati has joined Napoli from Lecce and could be playing Champions League football this season.

21.45 First it was Denilson and now Tomas Rosicky offers Arsenal fans more good news - he is set to stay too! Rosicky told iDNES.cz: "I don't want to go somewhere where I would have it easier and where even the ordinary life would be easier for me. I want to achieve something with Arsenal."

21.22 DONE DEAL: Japan defender Yuto Nagatomo has completed a permanent move to Inter. He moves from Cesena.

21.05 The Guardian claims Man City no nothing of an advanced move for Samir Nasri, but the Gael Clichy transfer is on.

20.51 DONE DEAL: Coventry sign Joe Murphy after his contract at Scunthorpe expired.

20.40 Santos midfielder Ganso played a cool game at a Copa America press conference, with a move to AC Milan surely on the cards: "AC Milan are a great team, Italian football is attractive. Perhaps I'll think about playing in Europe later. Now, my mind is completely on Copa America."

20.29 Udinese have snapped up centre-back Danilo Larangeira from Palmeiras on a five-year deal.

20.29 Sporting Lisbon's Nacho Novo is being linked with Bolton. He once played for Rangers.

20.10 Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan insists he is not thinking about leaving his club this summer."I have two years left on my contract,'' he told ESPN. "There are rumours that the club are looking to ship me out, but I'm relaxed - I have two years left on my contract and I aim to fulfil that.''

20.06 Veteran striker Hernan Crespo has signed a one-year contract extension with Parma, the club have confirmed.

20.04 You can read our story on Man City's supposed interest in Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri right here.

20.01 Claudio Anellucci, the agent of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, has told Radio Sportiva the player will not join Manchester United. "This is the time of year when it is normal to hear talk of transfers to big clubs for astronomical fees,. The majority of the time there is nothing to them, as is the case with regards to a possible move to Manchester United for Edinson."

19.58 Marseille will challenge Liverpool and Schalke for the signing of Nolan Roux.

19.52 DONE DEAL: Portugal striker Nuno Gomes has joined Braga on a one-year contract.

19.43 Reports suggest that Barcelona president Sandro Rosell will travel to South America to visit Alexis Sanchez to make sure the club's move for the Chile international is not derailed. Udinese claim the deal is dead.

19.35 Sporting Lisbon say Eric Dier will spend next season on loan at Everton, after he was at Goodison Park for the second half of last season.

19.22 Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has slammed Italy Under-17 goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini for joining Man United. "Of the 150 players that have decided to go abroad, no-one has been able to earn a place in the first team," he claimed.

19.12 Velez Sarfield midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, a target for Inter Milan and Napoli, says he wants to play for Arsenal. "I would love to play for Arsenal, it would be a dream for me. God willing it will happen!" he said on Twitter. That's if it is him on Twitter.

19.01 Rumours that DJ Campbell will only sign for a Premier League club. That means he could join QPR over West Ham.

18.56 Former Blackpool defender Rob Edwards has joined Barnsley on a free transfer.

18.45 Reports claim that both West Brom and Fulham want to sign Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham City.

18.33 Lille have continued their summer recruitment drive by signing Auxerre midfielder Benoit Pedretti on a three-year deal on Thursday. Lille have already signed Czech defender David Rozehnal, Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and France midfielder Dimitri Payet.

18.14 Genoa have revealed that they rejected the chance to sign French goalkeeper Sebastien Frey after being offered him by Fiorentina.

Genoa sporting director Stefano Capozucca told firenzeviola.it: “It was the Viola club who offered us the player and not his agent. However, at the moment, we don’t need a player like Frey as we already have an excellent goalkeeper in Eduardo.”

18.02 DONE DEAL: It's a busy day for Sunderland, Craig Gardner has now signed for the Wearsiders from Birmingham.

17.59 More on the Clichy rumour from one of our readers, Anthony:

"According to french medium Canal+, which is usually very reliable, Gaël Clichy WILL join Man City for a fee close to 9M€. That's pretty good for Arsenal considering how awful he has been the last two seasons..."

17.46 Martin Jol says he won't be trying to bring David Bentley to Fulham, saying: "There have been various players that have been linked with us that are not true, and that includes him [Bentley] as well."

17.38 Sky Sports News reporting that Gael Clichy is close to completing a move to Manchester City.

17.25 No decision has yet to been made on the future of Vincenzo Iaquinta - who has been linked with moves to Napoli, Roma, Tottenham and Zeni - at Serie A side Juventus. “At this moment in time there is nothing concrete with anybody,” agent Andrea D’Amico told Sport Mediaset.

17.08 French club Marseille have announced they have reached an agreement with Bordeaux for the signing of former Liverpool and Bayern midfielder Alou Diarra.

16.40 Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino has taken a swipe at manchester Manchester United and the "false illusions of English sirens" for convincing Under-17 keeper Pierluigi Gollini to leave the club.

16.22 Arsene Wenger has urged Arsenal’s fans to be patient as the club's transfer activity will increase at the end of July. “We are in a waiting period, everybody is waiting to see the other [club's] moves,” he told Alsace TV.

16.06 David Healy has signed a new one-year contract at Rangers and is determined to show manager Ally McCoist what he can do after an injury-hit season last term.

15.44 Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin says centre-back Emir Spahic, who was strongly linked with Arsenal last summer, can leave."If we get an offer from abroad, we'll consider it but we won't let him go for less than €2 million," he said.

15.29 Chile coach Claudio Borghi has told Barcelona the time has passed when Alexis Sanchez could travel to Spain to sort out his proposed transfer and Barca must now come to the Copa America to talk to the Udinese winger.

15.11 South Korea international Ji Dong-won has become Sunderland's second signing in as many days after completing his move from Chunnam Dragons. Full story

14.57 Guiseppe Rossi's agent, Federico Pastorello, claims the striker will not be leaving Villarreal for the Camp Nou. "The chance of Rossi joining Barcelona is over. He can still join another top club, or stay at Villarreal," Pastorello said.

14.28 The agent of Arsenal midfielder Denilson has played down speculation linking him with a move to AC Milan. "Are Spanish and other Italian clubs chasing him? Currently there are no negotiations," Gerardo Santiago said. Full story

14.10 Midfielder Benoit Pedretti, Lille's fourth new signing in two days, has expressed his delight at completing a move to the Ligue 1 champions. "This season promises to be particularly exciting with Champions League football to come," he said.

13.51 Schalke have overtaken Liverpool in the race for highly-rated Brest striker Nolan Roux and will lodeg a bid imminently, according to L'Equipe.

13.30 Sky Sports reports that QPR have bid £1.25 million for Blackpool striker DJ Campbell.

13.16 Uzbekistan international Odil Ahmedov claims he is attracting interest from Arsenal. "If I move to Arsenal, it will be a success not only for me, but for the whole Uzbek football," Ahmedov told RIA Novosti. Full story

13.00 Il Corriere dello Sport claim Adriano Galliani's recent trip to France was to negotiate a deal to sign Arsenal's Samir Nasri. The AC Milan vice-president made a similar trip in 2008 in order to secure the signing of Mathieu Flamini.

12.40 Lille claim that the Gunners are yet to make an offer for Gervinho. "We know that Gervinho is keen on Arsenal. For the moment, there has been contact, but we have not received a concrete offer yet."

12.27 Manchester City are planning a £20 million bid for Arsenal star Samir Nasri after missing out on Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez, according to talkSPORT.

12.10 Bologna have asked Juventus about the availability of Danish Under-21 international Frederik Sorensen, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

11.55 The agent of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero met with representatives from Manchester United and Manchester City on Wednesday, according to Spanish newspaper AS.

11.33 Anderlecht remain convinced Chelsea are still keen to sign Romelu Lukaku but have warned they will need to offer "a serious sum". Full story

11.10 Jaguares striker Antonio Pedroza has claimed he will sign for Tottenham on a free transfer this summer. "I can announce that my transfer to Tottenham has been arranged," Pedroza said. Full story

10.54 Lille manager Rudi Garcia expects Eden Hazard will still be at the Ligue 1 champions next season despite interest from PSG. Garcia told L'Equipe: "I wouldn't understand a transfer to PSG. It seems a lot more interesting playing Champions League football with the French champions."

10.38 Hull City have completed the signing of veteran striker Dele Adebola on a free transfer from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

10.20 AC Milan have ruled themselves out of the race to sign Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. Vice-president Adriano Galliani told the club's official website: "Fabregas will not join us because he will join a different club".

10.04 Alberto Aquilani insists he will return to Liverpool with "great enthusiasm" after failing to secure a permanent move to Juventus. Full story

09.40 AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani insists there is "zero possibility" the club will make a massive offer for Napoli star Marek Hamsik. Full story

09.25 Chelsea have had a £4 million bid for 19-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois rejected by Belgian champions Genk, but the Gunners are expected to return with an improved offer.

09.14: Fiorentina have confirmed the signing of right-back Romulo from Cruzeiro. Italian reports claims that the club paid around €2.5 million for the 24-year-old.

08.57: West Brom anticipate finding out in the next 24 hours if they have been successful in their bid to sign midfield duo David Vaughan and Zoltan Gera.

08.50: Liverpool owner John W Henry wrote on Twitter: "Speculation on players shouldn't include those of a certain age. We are not going to be successful by merely filling short-term needs at LFC." So no Wayne Bridge then...

08.38: Birmingham sign Rooney! Oh wait, it's only former Inverness striker Adam Rooney on a two-year-deal.

08.36: Defender Angel Rangel has committed his future to Swansea after agreeing a new three-year deal.

08.25: Getafe have announced the signing of AC Milan defender Michelangelo Albertazzi on a season-loan move.

08.14: Neymar has told Brazil team-mate Dani Alves at the Copa America: "I don't know anything about Barcelona. I will play for Madrid next season." Read more here.

08.10: An odd one, of a player actually moving AWAY from the Middle East and back to Mexico. Al Ain appear set to sell 2009-10 Pro-League topscorer Jose Sand to Mexican outfit Club Tijuana.

08.04: Some paper gossip for you:

The Independent: Actually, City don't want Baines at all. They want Arsenal's Gael Clichy and can get him for as little as £7m. City won't pay £17m for Gary Cahill though, so Arsenal could triumph there.

Daily Mirror: Tottenham are making Mexican striker Antonio Pedroza Whitham their first signing of the summer window... Fulham manager Martin Jol has dismissed suggestions he is planning to add Ajax striker Mounir El-Hamdaoui to his squad.

The Sun: Man City will bid £20m for Baines... Cesc Fabregas is nearing the end of a three-year wait to rejoin Barcelona for £32m... John W Henry has insisted Liverpool will not be rushed into overpriced transfers. And Stoke have had a £3million bid for Carlton Cole turned down by West Ham.

08.00 Hello all, and welcome to another day of transfer joys. Some early gossip seems to suggest that Everton are under siege from Man City for their left-back Leighton Baines. Although why he would want to play second fiddle to Alex Kolarov is beyond us...

June 29, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/29/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could Arsenal lose both Fabreags and Nasri in the near future? © Getty Images

00.00 And that's all we've got time for today - here's hoping that we can wake up tomorrow to find that one of Sanchez, Fabregas or Pastore might have actually moved on to a new club. Be sure to join us on Thursday for more transfer blog action.

23.58 And finally for today, Niko Kranjcar's agent insists his client's future is in the hands of Tottenham.

Adrian Aliaj told firenzeviola.it: "At this moment I cannot comment on any market rumours, it is for Tottenham to decide whether the player leaves or not. I read a lot of news about him in newspapers, but his future is in the hands of the English club. Niko has a contract with Tottenham, and then I cannot say if he wants to stay or not. Certainly his priority is to play with more regularity."

23.38 19-year-old Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claimed that Chelsea want him long-term successor to Petr Cech,

Coutois said: "Many teams have shown an interest in me, but the most concrete offer came from a top team in England. Everybody knows which one. Chelsea did an interesting offer to my agent and said they want me because they see me as a successor to Petr Cech. It’s nice they have so much confidence in me, and maybe they could loan me back to Genk, to begin with. We are talking about it now with the Genk board.

"He still has a contract here for three years, and we are happy with Genk. It was youthful exuberance on his part, and I will reprimand him for that."

23.23 MLS side Toronto FC have signed veteran German midfielder Torsten Frings and Dutch striker Danny Koevermans.

23.03 Keep the comments coming in everyone. Jake has been bemoaning the lack of action from Stamford Bridge, where the focus has been on the manager and not any new players in recent days:

"These past 3 days have been the least active Chelsea have been in the history of the Abramovich era its amazing i've heard about zip, zero, zilch, nada come on Chelsea let's get it together and make some bids for players like Sanchez, Coentrao, Falcao/Aguero, Modric/Sneijder."

22.44 Fulham boss Martin Jol has dismissed reports linking him with a swoop for Ajax striker Mounir El Hamdaoui, insisting he is happy with the options at his disposal. Jol said: "Mounir is a very good player, one of the best finishers I’ve seen, but as the situation is now, I’ve got four strikers."

22.28 Marca claims Real Madrid are looking to sell Lassana Diarra to help fund deal for Benfica full-back Fabio Coentrao, with the Frenchman thought to favour a move to Manchester United. Galatasaray and Juventus have reportedly already offered €15 million for him.

22.12 Belgian international goalkeeper Jean-François Gillet is close to a move to Bologna. Gillet's current club Bari were relegated from Serie A but Gillet stood out and attracted interest from several Serie A clubs. If he makes the move, Gillet will join countyman Gaby Mudingayi, who has played in Serie A for six years and at Bologna for three.

22.01 After five years in England, Ivory Coast defender Abdoulaye Meitehas returned to France with newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Dijon.

21.38 Cesc Fabregas says he is "optimistic" about moving to Barcelona this summer. Does anyone else feel like they've been here before? Full story here.

21.20 Wantaway Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe is keen on a move to Benfica, according to his agent Sigi Lens.

"Benfica are a big team and the Portuguese league is strong and competitive," Lens said in Marca. "This is what a footballer always likes."

21.00 Barcelona have made a 'definitive' offer for Alexis Sanchez. Does that mean the saga is close to coming to an end? There are fingers crossed around the ESPNsoccernet office tonight. Full story here.

20.48 Jack Wilshere has given his backing to Connor Wickham's move to Sunderland, saying on Twitter: “Good move for Connor Wickham by the way! He needs prem football now! Great prospect for England”

20.36 AC Milan have loaned 20-year-old defender Michelangelo Albertazzi to Spanish club Getafe. Albertazzi has played for italy and Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-20 level but is yet to make a Serie A appearance for the Rossoneri.

20.19 Fiorentina have signed Brazilian full-back Romulo from Atletico Paranaense.

20.01 Marseille have announced that they have agreed terms with Bordeaux over the transfer of Alou Diarra and that they expect to tie up a deal in the next 48 hours.

19.45 It's been a busy day for Lille; first they signed Dimitri Payet for £9 million from Saint-Etienne and now they have added veteran Czech Republic defender David Rozehnal and Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to their ranks from Hamburg and Hapoel Tel-Aviv respectively.

19.26 Blackpool have made their first signing of the summer, with Bojan Djordic arriving from Hungarian club Videoton. The 29-year-old is a former Manchester United youth player, who we seem to remember was pretty decent on Championship Manager back in the day.

19.14 Anderlecht will pay €2.5 million for Club Brugge's Venezuelan ace, Roland Vargas, who will take the place of the much missed Mbark Boussoufa. Galatasaray and Benfica were also interested but Vargas chose to go to Brugge's arch-rivals instead. He will be presented to the fans tonight but due to injury will not play before October.

18.59 The agent of highly-rated Argentina forward Javier Pastore has confirmed that Palermo have received a €50m bid for the player. "It's true there's a club that wants him at that price," Marcelo Simonian said.

18.30 Birmingham have signed former Inverness striker Adam Rooney on a
two-year-deal. Rooney, 23, was a free agent after his contract with Inverness expired at the end of last season.

18.13 Reported Arsenal target Eden Hazard, who said earlier it would be a "dream" to move to the Emirates, now wants to leave Lille to join nouveau riche French club PSG, according to L'Equipe.

17.32 Scottish champions Rangers have made a formal bid for Dundee United striker David Goodwillie, according to reports.

17.17 A Barcelona spokesperson claims the Spanish giants have made a "definitive offer" for winger Alexis Sanchez, who Udinese value at €50 million. Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE the spokesperson said: "We are waiting for a response from Udinese ... we will not change the parameters indicated."

16.46 Lyon midfielders Ederson and Miralem Pjanic have dismissed reports linking them with a moves to Lazio. "I want to stay and develop with Lyon," Ederson said. "The club has already approached me to discuss a new deal," Pjanic added..

16.22 AC Milan defender Massimo Oddo has hinted that the club may make a move to sign Napoli's Marek Hamsik. "I don't know if he will join Milan, but he is an excellent player and is really liked by our coach," Oddo said.

15.44 Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has brushed aside reports that Manchester City are interested in signing Ezequiel Lavezzi. "This story makes me laugh," he said. Full story

15.34 Marseille have completed the signing of defender Nicolas N'Koulou from recently-relegated Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million.

15.20 Rangers say they are close to agreeing a contract extension with David Healy. The Northern Ireland international, 31, endured an injury-interrupted spell at Ibrox last term but has apparently done enough to earn a new deal under boss Ally McCoist.

15.05 Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to make a £10 million bid for QPR ace Adel Taarabt. The Morrocan forward has also attracted attention from Arsenal and Chelsea.

14.47 Roy Hodgson is bullish over Youssouf Mulumbu. He said: ''Youssouf has a long contract that has to be respected - and he has given no indication that he plans to break that commitment. Talk of a transfer is just fantasy at the moment. It will be difficult for anyone to take him. Mulumbu will not go, at least not for another year.''

14.32 Ajax manager Frank De Boer has expressed his hope that Jan Vertonghen will stay in Amsterdam. "There is nothing concrete in terms of interest from other clubs for Jan, Gregory van der Wiel and Maarten Stekelenburg," De Boer said. "Of course it would be a pain if this did come just before the transfer deadline. I therefore hope all three will stay on and realise we are building something good at Ajax."

14.13 They might have given up on Alexis Sanchez, but reports emanating from Italy suggest Manchester City are extremely close to completing a deal for Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci.

14.09 DONE DEAL: Sunderland have signed Connor Wickham on a four-year deal from Ipswich. For around £8 million, possibly rising to £13 million.

14.03 Former Blackburn Rovers and Everton striker Francis Jeffers will train with Accrington Stanley in the hope of winning a deal with the League Two club.

13.59 Barcelona have agreed a two-year contract extension with highly-rated youngster Thiago Alcantara. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this summer, is now tied to the European champions until June 30, 2015 while his new contract has a buy-out clause of 90 million euros.

13.55 RC Genk are reported to have refused 4 million euros offers from both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur for their young goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois.

13.34 More from our man in Belgium, Wim Van Walle: "Axel Witsel was the only player absent for training at Standard yesterday. 'Private matters' are quoted but with the well-known interest from AC Milan and now Lazio also mentioned by Gazzetta, that looks more than slightly like a cover-up."

13.25 Aston Villa reportedly want to sign Real Madrid youngster Sergio Canales on a season-long loan. Hmm.. Madrid or Birmingham? Tough choice.

13.06 Former AC Milan defender Oguchi Onyewu has raised the stakes after vowing to give ''200%'' following his move to Sporting Lisbon. Onyewu, who previously had a loan spell in England with Newcastle and also spent time at FC Twente, told the club website following his unveiling: ''In every team that I have played, I have always given 200% and I will do the same for Sporting.'' And we thought giving 110% was overdoing it.

12.57 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo believes Atletico Madrid newboy Silvio has what it takes to shine in La Liga. "Silvio is one of the best full-backs around in Europe," Ronaldo told Marca. "He is very strong physically and is always dangerous going forward."

12.40: Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard is set to become the new coach of the Saudi Arabia national side, according to reports.

12.26: If you've not been on the main site for a while, you may have missed that David de Gea has finally completed his Manchester United move, which is right here.

12.10: QPR striker Rob Hulse has turned down a move to Millwall, according to his agent. Matt Buck said: "With Millwall, if the situation changes, we told them we would keep them informed like anybody else, but his whole 100% focus is to get back, work hard in pre-season, work hard in the friendly games and prove he is worth that place [in the 25-man squad]."

11.53: PASTORE NEWS Interesting update on Palermo star Javier Pastore. Club president Maurizio Zamparini said: “There is only a 10% chance that he will stay with us. At the moment he is in Argentina preparing for the Copa America and his agent is evaluating three or four offers - but none from Italian sides. I can also confirm that a foreign club made me a €50m offer yesterday.”

11.36: From Wim Van Walle, our man in Belgium: “L'Equipe claims Eden Hazard would be interested in a move to Ligue 1 new rich boys PSG, who are prepared to spend over 30M Euros, plus player Melvut Erding, to get their man. OSC Lille have repeatedly stated that their prize asset is going nowhere for less than 40M, and that they certainly wouldn't sell to a Ligue 1 rival. Another possible catch is Hazard's contract, which runs up to 2015.”

11.22: Catania have denied they are in talks to sign Juventus forward Jorge Martinez. “Unfortunately the player didn’t have a brilliant year in the Bianconero shirt and I’m convinced that he would recover his skills at Catania. Pietro Lo Monaco said: “Unfortunately the player didn’t have a brilliant year in the Bianconero shirt and I’m convinced that he would recover his skills at Catania. We are very attached to him, but there are absolutely no discussions going on with Juventus for Martinez.”

11.01: Marca says Barcelona and Arsenal have expressed an interest in signing Juan Mata to the player’s agent, and now Tottenham have joined the race for his services. Valencia are demanding €25 million for the Spain Under-21 star.

10.52: Santos coach Muricy Ramalho believes Barcelona are the “right” team for Neymar. Chelsea, Manchester City, Anzhi and, of course, Real Madrid are all understood to have had offers accepted, but Ramalho said: “He’s a top star, a player who can improvise. You never know what he’s going to do - he’s unpredictable. Mourinho, though, is very tactics-based - focusing on not letting opponents play and closing the space. I have doubts about how well it would work out with Real Madrid.”

He added: “Imagine Messi and Neymar together...”

10.43: Tuttosport reports that Inter want to sign River Plate starlet Erik Lamela following the Argentinean giants’ relegation.

10.26: More positive news for Gooners: Goal.com believes Arsenal will sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill within days.

10.14: Defender Angel Rangel has committed his future to Swansea after agreeing a new three-year deal.

10.00 SANCHEZ UPDATE Roberto Mancini claims Manchester City have ended their interest in Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez. “I have spoken to Sanchez and he told me that he was available to join us,” Mancini told Sky Sport Italia. “However, we then ended our interest. We pulled out of the race to sign the Chilean after our last offer was tabled.”

09.58: Sky Sports reports that Craig Gardner will hold talks over a move to Sunderland on Wednesday.

09.46: As well as rejecting PSG and Zenit, Emmanuel Adebayor has also dismissed talk of a move to Blackburn. "I say thank you to PSG for thinking of me but for all the respect I owe them, I will not go there,” he told The Patriot. "At Real, I got a taste for what it's like winning a trophy. I can only go where we play to win a trophy or win the championship and not to play mid-table. It is clear that I will not (win trophies) at Zenit or Blackburn.”

09.42: The Press Association understands that new Villa manager Alex McLeish is stepping up his attempts to sign a proven goalkeeper with Shay Given amongst the targets on his radar. Brad Friedel left for Spurs earlier this summer.

09.29: Celtic manager Neil Lennon will reject any approaches for captain Scott Brown as he bids to tie the midfielder to a new contract. The Scotland international is out of contract at Parkhead next summer and has attracted interest due to his strong displays last season.

09.21: West Brom expect to find out in the next few days whether midfielder Zoltan Gera will be rejoining them. Gera is a free agent after his contract with Fulham finished at the end of last season.

09.15: Derby have confirmed the signing of Scotland international forward Chris
Maguire from Aberdeen.

09.08: France international Dimitri Payet is looking forward to a “new adventure” after completing his £9m move to Ligue 1 champions Lille from St Etienne. The 24-year-old forward put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Tuesday night.

08.49: AS claims Valencia are interested in Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon as a replacement for Joaquin. Pedro Leon is said to be desperate to prove himself at the Bernabeu.

08.38: Niko Kranjcar says he’s being priced out of a move away from Tottenham.

“I was surprised, definitely, by the price the owner has given me,” he told Sportske Novosti. “The figure of between 10 and 15 million rules out any interested parties from the start.”

Asked what currency he was referring to, he said: “It changes between pounds and euros [laughs]”

He added: “[Dynamo Kiev] contacted Tottenham and the conversation ended when they told them the price. It was the same with all the other clubs, but I won’t name the others as it would be wrong.”

08.29: If you're yet to visit the main site, you might have missed Keisuke Honda talking up a move to Juventus, which is right here.

08.26: Steven Gerrard is apparently happy to see Charlie Adam linked with Liverpool, although he doesn't sound altogether convinced: “We have a lot of good midfielders here. For example, I think Lucas Leiva was our best player last season, but whoever I play with, it’s not a problem.”

08.22: Good morning and welcome to the blog. There's not too much gossip about this morning and a lot of it is related to yesterday's Neymar revelation, but here's a round-up of the other bits and pieces in the papers.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal could lose Samir Nasri as well as Cesc Fabregas as Manchester United prepare a £20 million bid, Didier Drogba is keen on a move to Galatasaray and the Turkish giants will make a new bid shortly, David de Gea will complete his move to Manchester United by Friday.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa will buy Manchester City outcast Shay Given for £5 million, City have bid £6 million for Partizan Belgrade defender Stefan Savic after giving up on Gary Cahill.

The Sun: Arsenal are ready to spend £8 million on Inter goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, Chelsea will block any Real Madrid bid for Michael Essien, Emmanuel Adebayor has rejected a move to PSG, Chelsea remain hopeful of signing Neymar despite four other clubs - including Real Madrid - having bids accepted.

June 28, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/28/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Wayne Bridge could be heading to Anfield © Getty Images

23.45 Right folks, that's all we've got time for right now but join us from 0800 BST on Wednesday. David De Gea still hasn't been fully confirmed at Manchester United so that should rumble on once again.

23.23 Everton and Fenerbahce are close to finalising £4 million deal for Joseph Yobo. "I think a result can be achieved in a few days," Everton chairman Bill Kenwright said.

23.08 Spanish side Real Betis have completed the double signing of Jefferson Montero and Javier Matilla from Villarreal to help them on their return to the Primera Liga.

22.40 Sporting Lisbon have signed defender Oguchi Onyewu from AC Milan on a free transfer. The USA international has penned a three-year contract.

22.01 Inter Milan will unveil new coach Gian Piero Gasperini next Tuesday. Gasperini has penned a two-year deal with the Nerazzurri and will succeed Leonardo.

21.23 Manchester City target Hulk will not leave Porto even if an offer of €70 million is tabled, the player's agent has revealed.

20.59 QPR striker Rob Hulse has no intention of leaving Loftus Road and wants to establish himself as a force in the Premier League, according to the player's agent.

20.19 Sunderland have been very busy today and it seems Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner will head to the Stadium of Light for transfer talks on Wednesday.

19.56 Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham will have a medical at Sunderland on Wednesday, according to the latest reports.

19.08 Maicon's agent Roberto Calenda says he client will not be re-joining former coach Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Calenda said: "At the moment there are no negotiations taking place. Maicon has an important contract with Inter and he will remain there."

18.48 Keep your comments coming in everyone. Here's one of the most comprehensive reader comments to have been sent from Dwizmo:

"Fabregas will leave for €35m or so to Barca, that's practically a given at this point if you believe the papers. Now if that happens, let's bring in Mata to replace him and bring over Malouda from the Bridge as he has been told he is excess fat in the new look Chelsea. Samba to shore up the back end, Clichy gone, Arshavin gone, Cahill if we can get him. Bring in Gervinho to see if he can fare better than Chamakh did. That's a good "new-enough" look Arsenal for the upcoming campaign!! "

18.34 Bolton defender Zat Knight says that Shaun Wright-Phillips is keen to join him at the Reebok Stadium.

Knight told the Bolton News: "I always talk to Shaun and he's a very good friend of mine. And speaking to him, he'd love to come to Bolton. He's at that age now where he needs to be playing first-team football week in, week out. I think he hasn't played regularly for the last two seasons. It's about playing football and then the rest will come.

"If he had to take a pay cut then I think he would do, because he could progress at Wanderers and then something else could happen. But he's a fantastic player and if people like that want to play here, then it shows how far the club has come."

18.10 Michael Essien's agent Fabien Pivateau insists the Chelsea midfielder will not be shipped out of Stamford Bridge this summer.

Pivateau said: "There's absolutely no chance of Essien leaving Chelsea. It is not true that the club's new coach Villas-Boas wants to release Michael. In fact the new coach knows Essien very well having worked at the club before and he knows what Michael can do for the club.
Michael is also focused on staying at the club because he has a very good relationship with the team's supporters, the new manager and the club owner. He is not leaving."

17.52 Robert Pires has rejected an offer from Ligue 1 newcomers Evian-Thonon according to l'Equipe. The veteran Frenchman is out of contract having been released byAston Villa but has signalled his intention to find a new club and continue playing.

17.31 Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has confirmed that Dimitri Payet will move to French champions Lille after the two clubs reached an agreement. Payet had been a target for Liverpool, but Galtier was quoted by AFP as saying: "It's not a surprise as both of us have spoken about it. Dimitri, Lille and Saint-Etienne have found an agreement."

17.16 Hoffenheim have signed teenage attacking midfielder Michael Gregoritsch from Austrian top-flight outfit Kapfenberger SV on a four year deal, though he will return to them on loan next season.

16.57 DC United have signed veteran playmaker Dwayne De Rosario from New York Red Bulls in a part-exchange deal that saw Dax McCarty head in the opposite direction.

"We signed one of the best players MLS has ever seen in Dwayne De Rosario," DC United coach Ben Olsen said. "In order to gain a quality piece we gave up a quality player in Dax McCarty, but we feel that De Rosario is a game-changer that will help us in our push for playoffs."

16.44 Real Betis have signed Villarreal midfielder Jefferson Montero on a season-long loan.

16.29 Could Florent Malouda be the first casualty of Andre Villas-Boas' new Chelsea regime? The Daily Star says the France winger has been told he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.

16.12 Sport.es reporting Real Madrid have offered Arsenal €50m for Cesc Fabregas.Now that's a potential spanner in the works if ever we've heard one.

15.56 Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has confirmed he expects Joseph Yobo's transfer to Fenerbahce to be sealed imminently. Full story here.

15.40 David Trezeguet's agent Antonio Caliendo says that Napoli are in "pole position" to sign the former Juventus striker because they can offer him Champions League football.

Caliendo told Radio CRC: "Napoli are in pole position and this I can say with great certainty because not all teams play the Champions League. This competition has a great attraction for a player the level of Trezeguet."

15.29 Michael Essien's agent Fabien Pivateau insisted his client is going nowhere this summer. Speaking to African football website www.MTNFootball.com, Pivateau said:
''There's absolutely no chance of Essien leaving Chelsea. It is not true that the club's new coach Villas-Boas wants to release Michael.''

15.15 Darren Ferguson admits Manchester United midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe would be a quality signing for Peterborough United. “I have seen Ryan in action and he is a very good player,” Ferguson revealed. “But I don’t even know if Manchester United are going to loan him out anywhere.''

15.02 Guti on Neymar: "As a player, I love him. I don't know if he can adapt to real Madrid. He's young and has to mature, but he's very talented and could be at Madrid for many years. As a player, I love him. I don't know if he can adapt to Real Madrid. He's young and has to mature, but he's very talented and could be at Madrid for many years."

14.38 Skysports.com reports that Galatasaray captain Lorik Cana wants a return to the Premier League. The same Lorik Cana of whom Steve Bruce said when he left Sunderland: ''He had a desire to return to Europe. Turkey is nearer to Albania, where his family and roots are, and it is much easier for him to see them on a more regular basis - I think this was a major factor for him.''

14.26 Real Madrid are going to send director general Jose Angel Sanchez to Brazil to try to persuade Neymar to change his hairstyle and his behaviour ahead of a potential move to the Bernabeu. Emmanuel Adebayor said earlier this week he shaved his bonce for his loan move, claiming: "This haircut is more appropriate for an institution like Madrid. I'm doing everything possible to integrate." Hair today, gone tomorrow.

14.19 Brescia president Gino Corioni has confirmed Lazio are closing in on the signature of Panagiotis Kone.

14.03 Former Arsenal player Perry Groves tells talkSPORT: “If he [Cesc Fabregas] signs for Barcelona, I don’t think any Arsenal fan will moan. We’ve had him for eight years. We got him for nothing. We’re going to sell him for £35million. He’s not up there with the Arsenal greats. He’s a very good player, he’s been an excellent player for Arsenal, but you wouldn’t put him up there with Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp.”

13.56 Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists Marek Hamsik will only be allowed to join AC Milan at the right price. "When I say that Hamsik is not for sale I mean it. However, if an offer that you cannot turn down arrives, we will listen to it,'' he said. "If anyone wants to sit down at my very expensive table, they can go ahead and do it. If the offers are similar to the value of the player we can discuss it.''

13.49 However, Birmingham have NOT accepted Stoke's £16m bid for Dann and Jerome. What they think the pair are actually worth does not bear thinking about...

13.46 Ipswich Town have reportedly accepted Sunderland's £13m bid for their 18-year-old striker Connor Wickham.

13.29 More on the Aguero-to-Juve story and Bianconeri striker Fabio Quagliarella has take the unusual step of claiming he would welcome the arrival of a player who would most probably replace him in the starting XI.

Quagliarella said: “Great champions are always welcome. Aguero falls into the category of great players. All clubs would want somebody like him and all players would like to perform alongside him."

13.17 Marseille have confirmed they would be keen to sign Didier Drogba if they are able to cut their squad. Marseille president Vincent Labrune: "The question is whether in terms of salary, I do not mean the transfer, Marseille have the means for four years to pay Didier Drogba," Labrune told La Provence. "I answer 'yes', but we cannot afford 11 Didier Drogbas. So is it possible? Yes, but in the case of departures."

12.56 Wolfsburg playmaker Diego has revealed he is in contact with several clubs over a "dream move" to the Premier League. "I prefer not to mention the names of clubs out of respect for the managers and the owners, but it's true that there is contact with some clubs in England," he said. "Of course I will give these offers special attention because it's my dream to play in the Premier League.

12.45 Ghana international Samuel Inkoom is attracting interest from England. "Yes, it's true, Tottenham and West Ham and other English sides want to sign me, but at the moment I'm a player of Dnipro and will leave my agent to sort that out for me," the full-back is reported to have said by MTNfootball. "I will be going back to Ukraine and then I will decide what to do next."

12.39 Apparently, Blackburn offered a 'derisory' £2m for Robbie Keane. Remember he cost Liverpool £20.3m less than three years ago. That's what a spell at West Ham can do to a player's valuation.

12.32 West Ham defender Lars Jacobsen, 31, is soon to be out of contract and he told Ekstra Bladet: "It's not just up to me, but the right offer hasn't arrived yet. I hope things will sort themselves out soon. I don't fear being without a club - I'll find one soon - although I don't think I'll go back to Denmark."

12.24 Meanwhile, Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham welcomes the arrival of new players this summer as he insists the club has to be looking to move forward. ''In this division, you have to bring in new players just to stand still,'' he told The Sentinel. ''If Ryan Shawcross or Robert Huth were to get injured at the start of the season then we would be short of central defenders.

''The last thing we need is not to have that position covered. It is all about the team. We are competing in Europe as well as hoping to do well in the Premier League, so we need a bigger squad.''

12.19 Stoke have apparently bid £16m for Birmingham duo Cameron Jerome and Scott Dann. Seems a bit steep.

12.15 Possibly the best headline of the day so far. 'Kean keen on Keane', that's Blackburn's boss, wanting to sign Tottenham's out of favour striker.

12.07 Paraguay midfielder Cristian Riveros is in talks with Turkish club Kayserispor over a season-long switch.

12.00 David de Gea in Twitter land: ''Have been invited by MANU to see the club and the city with my family and to be given an offer.''

11.58 Former Atletico Madrid winger Paulo Futre believes Aguero is unlikely to join Real Madrid. "It is very hard to imagine Aguero moving to Real Madrid," Futre told El Mundo Deportivo. "There still exists a huge rivalry with the Atletico fans and they would not like to see the transfer materialise.''

11.55 Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted that working under manager Antonio Conte is key to his decision to move to Juventus.

11.44 El Mundo Deportivo claims Alexis Sanchez has told Udinese that he will only leave for Barcelona and would reject offers from Chelsea and Manchester City.

11.43 FSV Mainz 05 have agreed a deal to sign Julian Baumgartlinger from Austrian club FK Austria Vienna.

11.30 Spurs will offer four players in exchange for Gary Cahill - Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton, say Click Lancashire.

11.20 Sergio Aguero's representative has confirmed there is a 'concrete' chance the Atletico Madrid forward will join Juventus. Story

11.10 Blackpool have had no bids for Charlie Adam, say Sky Sports. Hang on, he's been signing for Liverpool every day of the last fortnight.....

11.04 Twitter talk from @barcastuff: "As a possible alternative for Sanchez, Barcelona are interested in Man United winger Nani (23), who could be put for sale by his club."

10.59 Bolton Wanderers are preparing a £6million double bid for Benfica winger Rodrigo and Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams, says The Bolton News.

10.45 Federico Macheda has revealed he wants to stay in the Premier League after his ill-fated loan stint with Sampdoria.

10.40 Panathinaikos forward Djibril Cisse has expressed his desire to join Lazio this summer. There's a blast from the past.

10.28 Manchester City are chasing Montenegro defender Stefan Savic, say Shoot. He currently plays for Partizan Belgrade.

10.22 Santos have confirmed five clubs have agreed to pay Neymar's €45 million release clause. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Man City and Anzhi Makhachkal are reported to be the teams. We're hoping for the last of those.

10.07 Shocking news: Lionel Messi has reiterated that he would not consider a move to Real Madrid and says he would only leave Barcelona for a return to Argentina.

10.05 Bill Kenwright has told Turkey's press that Josepth Yobo will indeed return to Fenerbahce on a permanent deal. Simple reason: "I have had no other bids."

09.35 Sporting are set to sign USA defender Oguchi Onyewu from AC Milan, according to reports.

09.15 Juan Mata NOT going to Arsenal: "I want to win a trophy with Valencia next season,” Mata told SuperDeporte. “I've not planned anything different as I've a contract until 2015.”

09.13 Twitter Talk: @barcastuff says: A transfer of Cesc won't be finalized until after thorough medical tests, with Barcelona worried about the player's many injuries.

09.04 The rumour mill is turning, as Cesc Fabregas was left out of promotional material for the launch of Arsenal's new away kit. He is, of course, on holiday, but there could be something in it.

08.58 Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci's agent claims Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs showing an interest in the Germany international.

08.45 Craig Gardner is set to end his 18-month spell with Birmingham in the next 24 hours and complete a £5 million move to Sunderland.

08.35 Arsene Wenger has had his say about the transfer market and his hopes for the future, writing it all to a fan in a letter. Read it here.

08.20 Fulham manager Martin Jol and winger David Bentley could be a match made in heaven as both have a spikey history with Spurs. However, Atletico Madrid are also monitoring the Englishman in case he fancies a move to Spain.

08.05 Reports from Alexis Sanchez transfer saga... a new party has entered the fray and that club is... Chelsea. So Manchester City and Barcelona have a fight on their hands.

08.02 Paper gossip for you now:

Daily Mirror: Barcelona says they have rejected a £27 million offer from Chelsea for striker David Villa... Sunderland have agreed a £13m fee with Ipswich for striker Connor Wickham.... and more Arsenal guff with £15m rated Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Arturo Vidal ready to replace Cesc Fabregas.

The Sun: Spurs have stepped up their interest in Germany defender Serdar Tasci... Liverpool will throw in a couple of their top kids in a bid to sign Charlie Adam... and Arsenal have been told they must cough up at least £23m to land Juan Mata.

08.00 Morning, and to kick the day's gossip off, we have some rumours that Liverpool are about to end their left-back search with a bid for West Ham's Wayne Bridge. So, presumably, the search will continue again in January.

June 27, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/27/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Could Manchester United sign Thiago Alcantara? © Getty Images
23.55 Right folks, that's all we've got time for right now but join us from 0800 BST on Tuesday - expect De Gea to sign and maybe Fabregas to go. Exciting times.

23.39 Sticking with the Daily Mail and it says that Wilson Palacios is about to tie up a £14 million move to PSG, and adds that Spurs are considering offering Bolton a remarkable four players - thought to be Sebastien Bassong, Robbie Keane, Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton - in a bid to get defender Gay Cahill to White Hart Lane.


23.28 Stoke's interest in Carlton Cole has been pretty constant over the past 12 months and now the Daily Mail thinks they are ready to offer £3 million - a fee that West Ham would likely deem laughable.

23.05 Galatasaray are weighing up a €10 million bid for Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay according to AS.

22.46 Ghana captain John Mensah says he would be happy to stay at Lyon if he is guranteed more playing time. The injury-prone defender has been on loan at Sunderland for the past two seasons but with Remi Garde now in charge at the Stade Gerland, Mensah is hoping there may be a future for him in France.

“Lyon is a great club and if they are prepared to give me enough playing time then why not, I will play there because I have a running contract with them,” Mensah said. “They have given me up till June 30th to report. For now, there are no concrete offers on the table so I have to return to France to see what happens.”

22.29 Lorient have signed out-of-contract PSG teenager Adama Toure, with l'Equipe reporting that the Mali midfielder has signed a one-year contract with an option to extend for another two.

22.12 New Birmingham boss Chris Hughton admits he is going to have a fight on his hands holding on to players for the new Championship season.

Hughton said: "What I would like is to have as strong a squad as possible but I am realistic enough to know that some players will want to move on, some players will have Premier League options and we have to make sure that if they take those options that we use [the transfer fee generated] wisely."

21.55 Remember you can follow us on Twitter - @ESPNsoccernet is the place to go for your Tweeting needs - and keep using the comment tool below to have your say. One of our readers, Tyler, shares the opinion of most of us at ESPNsoccernet HQ regarding the rising valuations of players across Europe:

"100 million euros for Cavani?!?! I understand he is a good forward but the price tags being put on players is becoming outrageous."

Couldn't agree more.

21.36 According to German newspaper Express, PSG and Lyon are interested in USA international Michael Bradley.

21.10 Sticking with Barca and, according to Sport, the Catalans are interested Internacional attacking midfielder Oscar. Apparently Barca have been following the 19 year old for the past four years.

20.56: Sergio Busquets says Cesc Fabregas' long-protracted transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona has "never been so close" to being completed. Who do we think next from Team Catalonia to speak publicly about the transfer?

20.43 Celtic are set to complete a move for young Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, who is the brother of Inter Milan's McDonald Mariga. He is expected to cost £1 million from Belgian side Germinal Beerschot and says he can't wait to link up with the Hoops.

"I am extremely excited, Celtic is a legendary club," Wanyama told skysports.com. "I am looking forward to this, I have had a great time with GBA, and I look forward to the next chapter of my career at Celtic."

20.22: It's the one you've all been waiting for: CSKA Sofia have signed Romania international Ianis Zicu on a three-year deal from FC Timişoara.

20.06 L'Equipe says Dimitri Payet has chosen to join Lille, rather than PSG. Saint-Etienne and Lille are expected to agree a €12 million deal for the midfielder shortly.

19.48 Real Madrid have completed the signing of precocious Lens defender Raphael Varane on a six-year deal. Full story here.

19.28 Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of Portugal defender Silvio from Sporting Braga on a five-year contract. Full story here.

19.10 Schalke are set to release former Rosenboif midfielder Anthony Annan, leaving the Ghana international in search of a new club.

18.56 Rangers boss Ally McCoist is keen to discuss David Weir's future as the veteran defender tries to decided whether to finak retire at 41.

McCiust said: "We've not spoken yet. David's views will be as important as anything so I want to speak to him and see how he feels, see what he wants to do, what he feels he can do. There will be part of David that will want to start his coaching as well so we will just need to wait and see what he wants to do. We will have a chat, it's not a problem."

18.44 Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has rejected an approach from Newcastle for letf-back Neil Taylor and the Swans suprem insists the youngster is staying in Wales.

A statement on the Swansea's official website reads: "We recognise Neil as a young, talented Welsh player that has an important role to play at this club. We brought him here from Wrexham and have helped nurture his development.

"He adjusted very well to the Championship last season and we look forward to seeing him play a big role as we enter the Premier League. That is why we have rejected Newcastle's bid. We have a big challenge ahead in the Premier League, but together we can maintain the progress made by this club over the last few years."

18.22 Despite hving earlier dismissed reports that Fabio Cannavaro would be leaving Al Ahli for QPR, the UAE side's chief executive Ahmad Khalifa Hammad appeared to pave the way for his departure after outlining transfer plans that would seem to leave the Italian surplus to requirements.

Hammad said: "We have signed two Brazilians [Grafite and Jaja] and will sign two more foreign players - another foreigner and another for the one Asian player allowance. This is already in process."

That would leave no room at the club for Cannavaro.

18.03 Sticking with Italy and the agent for AC Milan's Urby Emanuelson has denied speculation linking his client with a move away from the San Siro - with Sao Paolo and Napoli reportedly ready to swoop.

Brian Berkleef said: "Urby is not interested in joining other clubs. There isn't any truth to the rumours of him joining Napoli. Emanuelson has a contract with Milan and he wants to stay there for many years to come.

"Urby has a great relationship with his teammates and his coach, and nobody has ever talked to us about a possible departure".

17.50 Another club president with a wildly inflated opinion of how much one of his players is worth. Step forward Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis, who says that Edinson Cavani is worth €100 million amid reports that Manchester United are considering a bid.

"They would have to revoke my president's licence if I sold Cavani for less than €100m," he told Radio Marte. "Plus, he would have to be annoyed as he is not worth that little. He is worth much more than what those in England have been writing."

17.34 Keep your comments coming in everyone. We've had one from Chris regarding the rumour that Giovani Dos Santos is finally on his way out of Spurs.

"If this Gio Dos Santos rumour is true, it once again shows the short-sightedness of 'Arry's vision. This will be another Adel Taraabt situation, an under-valued player shipped out before being given a chance then flourishing elsewhere. This kid was incredible for Mexico in the Gold Cup last week, he could link up well with Kyle Walker for Spurs. Sigh."

17.26 Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni has revealed that a proposed move to Liverpool broke down earlier this month because the Reds wanted him to take a 60% pay cut and he was unwilling to do so.

Doni told Il Tempo: I have only received an official offer from Liverpool. But I could not accept those conditions. I would have had my salary cut by 60%."

17.09 Lille forward Pierre-Alain Frau is on the brink of moving to Caen according to France Football.

16.59 Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger says he is "very pessimistic" about the chances of Jerome Boateng joining the Bavarians from Man City as the two clubs continue to argue over the defender's price.

"Jerome Boateng insists on a move to Munich because he sees it as an outstanding opportunity," Nerlinger said, before adding that Bayern are "by far are unwilling to pay" the fee suggested by City and suggesting he was "very pessimistic that the transfer will be made."

16.45 France Football suggests that Marseille are looking to offload Andre-Pierre Gignac only a year after his €18 million arrival from Toulouse. Poor form and injuries have blighted the striker's first season with l'OM.

16.33 AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani may have insisted on Friday that the Rossoneri aren't interested in Napoli playmaker Marek Hamsik, but the Slovakian has hinted that he could be tempted by a move to the San Siro. Hamsik said: "It's hard to predict when I will leave Going to Milan would be a big step in my career as I am still young and I have not won anything,"

16.18 Lazio defender Stephan Lichtsteiner is set to be unveiled as a Juventus player after completing a €12 million move. Full story herehttp://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/930660/lichtsteiner-lined-up-for-juventus-move?cc=5739.

15.46 Both AS and Marca suggest that Raphael Varane's signing for Real Madrid is imminent. Manchester United missed out on him, and he will leave Lens for a foreign club, as PSG were also lurking.

15.40 Alexandre Pato has no intention of quitting AC Milan. The Brazil international has been linked with a move to Napoli in an exchange deal that would send Marek Hamsik the other way. Pato said: "I want to become a symbol at AC Milan and be an important player in the history of the club. I have a contract until 2014 and I will not leave Milan for any other club. I would like to remain here as long as possible until they get fed up with me."

15.15 Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has rejected a move to Genoa. Genoa offered 5 million euros plus either Giandomenico Mesto, Abdoulay Konko or Robert Acquafresca in exchange, according to Calciomercato.it.

15.06 BREAKING: David De Gea is having a medical for Manchester United, and so confirm Atletico. Looks like United tried to get prying eyes blocked but failed, judging by this photo.

14.53 Real Betis sporting director Vlada Stosic has revealed an offer has been rejected for 29-year-old Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana. "We said no because we think Achille has a higher value in the market," he said. Newcastle, Tottenham, Everton, Wigan, Marseille, Lille and Galatasaray have all been linked.

14.32 BBC Sport's Dan Roan says Arsenal may be willing to sell Cesc Fabregas. A senior Arsenal official has told him so.

14.31 Napoli have decided against making a move for 19-year-old River Plate attacking midfielder Erik Lamela. Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis told Marte Sport Live: "It'll take a lot of hard work to sign him and I’m not sure it is worth investing the kind of figures needed. If the player came here for nothing then we could talk about it, but he’s a player who only has potential, and sometimes potential doesn’t turn into reality."

13.58 Napoli star Marek Hamsik has revealed he is eager to secure a move to AC Milan this summer.

13.19 Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is talking up the Cesc Fabregas deal. "It would be a major boost for the team," he said. "I don't know whether it will take a long time, but what I do know for certain is that he wants to return to his boyhood club." Asked if Fabregas' arrival would mean a move for Thiago, he added: "They're not incompatible. On the contrary."

13.11 El Mundo Deportivo reports that Chelsea have had a €30m bid for David Villa rejected. Barcelona have absolutely no intention of selling him, apparently, despite persistent reports in the English press.

13.05 David De Gea is set to arrive at Manchester United this week, say the Daily Mail. It was hardly a leap of faith to suggest so.

13.02 Lazio right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner has had a medical at Juventus and is set to complete a 10 million euros move shortly.

12.51 DONE DEAL: Leicester City have completed the signing of former Crystal Palace midfielder Neil Danns. He was a target for Rangers.

12.40 Ajax have told Mounir El Hamdaoui he is free to leave the club, and talksport say Martin Jol wants the striker at Fulham.

12.32 Roma are linked with Ajax and Holland keeper Maarten Steklenburg by insidefubol.

12.13 Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has told midfielder Giovani dos Santos and veteran striker Robbie Keane that they are no longer a part of his future plans at White Hart Lane, say The Epping Forest Guardian.

12.09 The MEN also reports that Manchester City will reject Aston Villa's attempts to take James Milner back to Villa Park.

11.46 The Manchester Evening News claims Manchester United want Arsenal to hold onto Cesc Fabregas so they can press ahead with a £20m bid for Samir Nasri.

11.33 GHANAsoccernet.com says Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and AC Milan are battling it out to sign Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, but Bayern are favourites as the player would prefer Germany should he leave Stamford Bridge.

11.26 Gazzetta dello Sport claims Lazio and AC Milan are considering a bid for Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel.

11.07 Chelsea can have Galatasaray attacker Arda Turan for just 8 million euros - but that deal would include Didier Drogba, say The Daily Mail.

10.54 New Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren has confirmed he wants to speak to Robert Earnshaw and Guy Moussi about new deals. Both are out of contract this month.

10.44 Zenit St Petersburg have signed Genoa and Italy right-back Domenico Criscito.

10.40 Charlie Adam is widely expected to become a Liverpool player some time today.

10.24 Lucio is linked with a return to Bayern Munich, according to Insidefutbol.

10.07 Denilson is headed for an Arsenal exit and can be purchased on E-Bay...

09.58 Al-Ahli have denied that QPR will sign Fabio Cannavaro and claim that reports of his departure have been greatly exaggerated.

09.50 Bayern Munich have taken Japanese striker Takashi Usami on loan from J.League side Gamba Osaka.

09.33 The Daily Mail tip Raul Meireles for the Anfield exit door. Odd that the PFA Fans' Player of the Year will be allowed to go but it seems likely to happen.

09.20 The Bolton News says Bolton are going to launch a £6 million double bid for Benfica's Rodrigo and Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams.

09.15 Bild is suggesting Jens Lehmann's Schalke comeback is now unlikely to happen.

09.08 Newcastle United remain confident of signing left-back Neil Taylor, reports The Journal.

08.32 Palermo star Javier Pastore has claimed his agent is in talks with Barcelona.

08.21 Sochaux midfielder Ryad Boudebouz may not quit the Ligue 1 side, despite confirming discussions with English side Liverpool. "Liverpool are a big club and there has been contact," the attacking midfielder told L'Est Républicain. "But I have to take my time, see the [Sochaux] president, discuss things through."

08.00 Arsenal fans might well be a bit miffed if United sign Thiago after reports he could be involved in a part-exchange deal for Cesc Fabregas, but there's some more positive gossip for Gooners: both the Daily Mail and The Sun are reporting that Arsene Wenger has made a big bid for Valencia starlet Juan Mata (read about that here) while Gervinho is still pushing for a move to the Emirates this summer (more on that here).

07.56 Good morning and welcome to the Monday blog. We'll have a full paper round-up with you soon enough, but to kick off we have the report in the Daily Mail that Manchester United have made a "strong enquiry" for Barca wonderkid Thiago and in the Daily Mirror that it is a rather stronger £15m bid.

June 26, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/26/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Gareth Bale could consider his options if Luka Modric leaves© Getty Images

23.29: That's all folks, but join us again tomorrow for more of the same.

23.02: Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish wants to replace Ashley Young with someone who can feed Darren Bent in the same way. "He [Bent] needs the right service because he's on the shoulder all the time he's ready to make the runs. You just need the people to supply the ammunition for him. Young is an international player and had a good relationship with Bent. They looked for each other so we have to find a replacement," he said.

22.00: Sergio Ramos' agent has said that quotes attributed to him claiming his client "merits better treatment" at Real Madrid, are false.

21.19: With River Plate relegated, can we expect a host of young Argentine stars in the Premier League and elsewhere in Europe? Stay tuned...

20.52: Do we get points for the weirdest transfer story of the day? Think about a player least likely to go to Bayern Munich....

Did you guess Tranmere Rovers striker Dale Jennings? No? well, according to the Independent, Tranmere will be paid £500,000 up-front by Bayern, with the potential deal rising to £1.5 million. And he'll play alongside Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben. Odd.

19.44: St Etienne have taken Florent Sinama-Pongolle on a year-long loan from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon.

19.21: Jamie O'Hara getting a bit carried away with Wolves' transfer targets. Jonny Evans and Paul Konchesky are reportedly on manager Mick McCarthy’s wishlist, and O'Hara said: “Am I encouraged by the players we are after? Definitely! Even at looking at what players they’ve been linked with, they’re top class players.''

18.24: Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Simeone has had his say on the Sergio Aguero transfer saga: "Other than Messi, no player is indispensable. I am fed up with the idea that when someone wants to go from one club to another, that you have to let him go," he said. "However, the club should get as much money as is possible to benefit them."

17.47: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has to sell before he can buy, as he said: "There is nothing happening in the transfer market. I need to sell four or five players to bring in funds. The chairman has made it clear we need to move a few players before we can start doing any business. I keep seeing us linked with this player and that, but unless we reduce our squad numbers we will stay quiet in the market."

17.27: Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini, who seems to be talking to the media an awful lot at the moment, has told TeleRadioStereo that Mirko Vucinic is “very bitter” and added: “The affection of fans is required for all players, especially for someone like him because he feels this low esteem.

“If, on his holidays, Mirko finds the necessary serenity to be a Roma player he will make us win many games. If this does not happen, he will be a player on the market.”

17.16: Transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti believes AC Milan will indeed sign Ganso from Santos. There was a lot of nonsense surrounding this the other day when Ganso said he was dreaming of a January move to Milan, then Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said they wouldn’t sign him as things stand due to non-EU limitations in Serie A, and then Ganso denied saying he was dreaming of a January move to Milan.

Still, Bronzetti still seems convinced. "We hope Milan sign Ganso,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “When Galliani names a player, he doesn't just do it for the sake of it. I think there will be no problems."

17.00: The People says Fulham are keen to sign Jeffren from Barcelona and it could be a goer. The 23-year-old was apparently offered to Udinese as part of a part-exchange deal for Alexis Sanchez, and Jeffren sounds like a man who’s coming to realise he might be surplus to requirements.

"I want to stay at Barca, I love this club a lot, but if the club doesn't count on me, we'll think about it,” he said. “Of course I was hurt by the press reports about me being a bargaining chip, but that's history now. We'll see what happens."

16.42: Blackburn are yet to bid for Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse. Agent Guido Nickolay told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Blackburn watched him about ten times last season and I have seen the scout, but as yet we have not heard anything official.”

16.30: And just to continue the theme: PSG director of sport Leonardo apparently wants to sign Marco Borriello from Roma. The Giallorossi just completed a deal to sign him from AC Milan, but apparently he’s up for sale.

16.13: PSG are seemingly bidding for everyone now they've got the money for it, but Nicolas Anelka doesn't plan to return. Asked about reported interest from PSG, he told Canal +: "My home is in London, in England."

16.03: Thiago Alcantara, who made some remarks earlier this month about not knowing where his future lies, has told A Bola: "I don't want to leave Barcelona."

15.56: Switzerland midfielder Blerim Dzemaili has confirmed he'll be joining Napoli from Parma.

15.42: Arsene Wenger is hopeful Gael Clichy will stay at Arsenal as he enters the final year of his contract. "We have started talks with Gael and want him to stay," he said in the Daily Star Sunday.

15.29: You can read more about the Alvarez business here.

15.03: It appears Roma had a pre-contract agreement to sign Ricky Alvarez from Velez Sarsfield for €15m but have pulled out, leaving Arsenal and Inter to bid for his services. The Arsenal deal is apparently done, according to Palermo, but that may well not be true.

14.27: The world of gossip seems to be all coming together over the last half hour or so. Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport claim Lionel Messi is pushing for Sergio Aguero to join Barcelona.

14.11: ...and City are again favourites to sign Sanchez. More here.

13.53: El Mundo Deportivo reckons Barcelona have grown tired of Udinese and their silly demands for Alexis Sanchez, so will let Manchester City buy him for silly money and turn their attentions to Sergio Aguero, who had been touted about for a similarly silly €45m but will apparently be cheaper than Sanchez.

13.48: These quotes are a couple of days old now, but we only just found them, so we figured this might be a good place for them. Velez Sarsfield president Fernando Raffaini told ESPN Radio en Rivadavia that he was ready to sell Ricardo Alvarez for “financial peace of mind”. He added that there were several serious offers, hinting at Arsenal and Roma, and said things were at an advanced stage but said: “Everything will depend on the will of the player.”

13.30: Marca claims Villarreal are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Udinese defender Cristian Zapata.

13.15: Celtic manager Neil Lennon will aim to convince sought-after duo Emilio Izaguirre and Beram Kayal to sign new deals during the upcoming tour of Australia. More here.

12.55: Mirko Vucinic will not be joining Blackburn unsurprisingly. More here.

12.32: We mentioned earlier that QPR are supposed to be keen on octogenarian defender Fabio Cannavaro following his release by Al Ahli, and there are quotes to back it up: "I have not yet decided when I will retire." They don't really back it up very well at all, to be honest.

12.22: Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko is apparently talking to Liverpool, Newcastle, Lyon and Inter. More here.

11.51: West Brom are eager to sign Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea, according to the Sunday Mercury. It remains to be seen whether Andre Villas-Boas intends to keep him around, and Bolton would surely be favourites to take him if he is allowed another loan spell.

11.25: Sergio Ramos is being linked with half of Europe, and it appears he's not too happy with the way he's been treated at Real Madrid. More here.

11.09: AS says Real Madrid are keen to sign 16-year-old Ivorian striker Souleymane Coulibaly from Siena. He’s the ‘new Didier Drogba’, apparently, although as Romelu Lukaku has practically trademarked that tag, it’s probably better to call him the ‘new Romelu Lukaku’.

10.48: Gabriel Tamas’ agent claims the West Brom defender is close to signing for Lazio.

10.38: Le Parisien claims Paris St Germain are ready to pay Palermo star Javier Pastore’s €50m asking price. Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid have all been linked with the Argentina international.

10.25: Corriere dello Sport claims Manchester City are interested in Samuel Eto'o. The striker recently said he wanted to play in the Premier League. Inter have indicated that they don't have any intention of selling him, while reports also claimed he'd be following Leonardo to PSG. Who knows where he'll end up? At Inter with an improved contract most likely.

10.04: It's a very gossipy Sunday indeed, particularly in the Mirror. Enjoy!

Sunday Mirror: Gareth Bale will demand a transfer if Luka Modric is sold by Tottenham, Aston Villa are plotting a £14m bid to bring James Milner back from Manchester City, Arsenal could sell Cesc Fabregas and use the funds to offer Samir Nasri a lucrative new deal, Jack Wilshere will be offered a new long-term contract, Newcastle are looking to hijack Sunderland’s bid to sign Darron Gibson, Andre Villas-Boawill ask former mentor Jose Mourinho for Real Madrid right-back Sergio Ramos, Liverpool will make a shock £20m move for Spurs winger Aaron Lennon.

Mail on Sunday: Manchester City will bid £38m in a bid to beat Barcelona and Chelsea to Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, Bayern Munich are ready to bid £20m for Manchester United star Nani, Spurs will make Luka Modric the best-paid player in their history to keep him at the club, Aston Villa have told Stewart Downing to hand in a transfer request if he wants to join Liverpool.

News of the World: Andre Villas-Boas has already spoken to Alexis Sanchez about a possible transfer, QPR could sign 37-year-old Fabio Cannavaro after his release from Dubai club Al Ahli, Tottenham are still keen on David Beckham.

Daily Star Sunday: St Etienne defensive midfielder Blaise Matuidi wants to join Arsenal but Arsene Wenger will not meet his £13m asking price, Roma are prepared to spend £20m on Gael Clichy, Liverpool are ready to pay £28 for Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing.

Sunday Times: Raul Meireles is on the transfer list at Liverpool after a dispute over an expected payrise agreed when he joined the club on reduced terms last summer, Cesc Fabregas will take a pay-cut to join Barcelona.

09.48: To kick us off this morning, we have the Sunday Mirror's big exclusive that Gareth Bale will leave Tottenham if Luka Modric leaves. Full round-up to follow shortly.

June 25, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/25/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Stewart Downing will likely hand in a transfer request to Aston Villa© Getty Images

23.59 You know where we'll be tomorrow, yes, right here and there will be some more transfer gossip for you to enjoy.

23.17 DONE DEAL: Socceroos midfielder Neil Kilkenny has sealed a switch from Leeds United to fellow Championship club Bristol City.

23.09 Youssouf Mulumbu says he wants to stay at West Brom, but it's not convincing. "Every player has a price, if two clubs agree a fee there is nothing you can do,” he said. "For me, I am still a West Brom player. Any club who wants me needs to convince them to sell me. I am ambitious and want to play at the top level all the time."

22.21 More movement on Sergio Aguero to Juve. Giuseppe Marotta, who is Juve's sporting director told Gazzetta Dello Sport: "We will probably meet with Aguero's agents in the middle of next week. He is a great player - young but already with a lot of experience. It is our objective to sign him - we really like the player."

22.02 One would imagine, after THAT free-kick for Spain's U21 European Championship winners, Thiago's value has gone up by a few million if Barcelona do decide they want to sell.

21.01 Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko is in demand, according to his agent. “The link with Lyon is serious, but it is not the only one,” he said. “There are also negotiations with Liverpool, Newcastle and Inter. Things should seriously move next week.”

19.59 Jason Roberts has been speaking about Blackburn skipper Chris Samba: "I'm sure the club will do everything in their power to keep him, but Arsenal's a big challenge and a big club and you would understand if he wants to go and play Champions League football as much as it would be an issue for us. I'm sure we're going to work hard to keep him. It's a big draw,'' he said.

19.16 St Etienne are closing in on the loan signing of striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

18.30 Manchester United striker Joshua King is having his loan to Borussia Monchengladbach postponed because of a groin injury. "We will have to see how long it takes for [King] to return from injury and whether it makes sense to loan him," sporting director Max Eberl told the club's official website.

17.44 Dutch newspaper TC Tubantia has Nottingham Forest interested in Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi. Scchteve McClaren looking to ease his transition?

17.02 Neil Lennon is expected to make a new offer for Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster before Celtic head off on their pre-season tour of Australia.

16.44 Barca starlet Thiago is attracting plenty of interest and the list of clubs appears to be growing. As well as Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Roma, Tottenham and Malaga have also sent their scouts to watch him in action for Spain U-21s. Any deal, though, will surely depend on Barca securing the signature of Cesc Fabregas this summer.

16.19 Schalke have announced that Gerald Asamoah has ended his 12-year spell with the club and is yet to make up his mind over his future.

15.51 Roma striker Mirko Vucinic is not going to be going to Blackburn as his agent said: "Even though Blackburn are very respectable, I think that Mirko deserves a much bigger club."

15.35 Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra insists that he has no intention of leaving Ibrox this summer. He told the Daily Record: "I have not negotiated with any club. I am on holiday with my family and there has been no offers for me. I will be back early next month for pre-season training with Rangers."

14.44 Sky Italia report that Juventus have agreed terms with Sergio Aguero. No deal with Atletico Madrid yet. A saga that make take a while yet.

14.38 AC Milan have signed midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy from Genoa and sent German Alexander Merkel in the opposite direction.

14.35 Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari is at loggerheads with his agent after the midfielder rejected a proposed bumper move to Turkey to play for giants Galatasaray, say our pals at Ghanasoccernet.

13.48 St Etienne are closing in on the loan signing of striker Florent
Sinama-Pongolle from Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

13.36 Wolves in for Jonny Evans? So say the Daily Mail though we can't see it happening here.

13.28 Liverpool are expecting to clinch a deal for Charlie Adam this weekend, unless Aston Villa delay proceedings by turning negotiations into a bidding war.

13.18 Juventus general director Giuseppe Marotta has denied that the club have an interest in signing Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung.

12.12 Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there is 'no chance' that he will join Russian side Zenit St Petersburg this summer. "If I have to go to Man City, I will do that with pleasure and if I have to stay in Madrid, I will stay with pleasure," Adebayor told Boss FM. "What is important is I want to play. "But I want to make it clear there is no chance of me going to Zenit. I love the country but I don't think I can see myself playing in Russia.

12.11 Macclesfield Town have added a second new face to the squad for the coming season as 22 year old midfielder Scott Kay, once of Manchester City, signed a one-year deal with the club.

12.01 Bordeaux star Alou Diarra's move to Marseille looks imminent after coach Didier Deschamps and club president Vincent Labrune came to an agreement over a deal for the player.

11.58 Rangers manager Ally McCoist is closing in on the signing of Neil Danns but insists he will not pay over the odds for Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar.

11.23 Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has confirmed his interest in former Derby County and West Brom midfielder Giles Barnes, once a much-vaunted player but now a free agent.

11.10 Arsenal want Chris Samba, Gary Cahill and a left-back to replace Gael Clichy, say the Express.

10.32 Sunderland look set to sign Craig Gardner from Birmingham City, which looks a decent signing to these eyes.

10.17 Celtic full-back Emilio Izaguirre claims he is being targeted by Manchester United.

10.00 A round-up of the rumours in Saturday's papers:

THE TIMES: Liverpool expect to secure the signing of Charlie Adam in the next 48 hours, with Stewart Downing also moving to Anfield in deals totalling about £24million.

DAILY MAIL: Cesc Fabregas will head to Barcelona on holiday next week and may never return to play for Arsenal again.

DAILY EXPRESS: New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish will have to rebuild his squad without all of the £20million Manchester United have paid for Ashley Young.

THE SUN: Arsenal are set to make an £11million swoop for the new Cesc Fabregas - Argy midfielder Ricardo Alvarez.

DAILY STAR: Roberto Mancini is set to turn to The Hulk in a bid to add some extra muscle to Manchester City's title hopes next season.

DAILY MIRROR: Stewart Downing is ready to hand in a transfer request as he attempts to force through his move to Liverpool.

June 24, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/24/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Barcelona are reported to have had a £27 million bid for Cesc Fabregas turned down© Getty Images

17.30 Closedown: That's it for the day. Back on Saturday for more rumours, gossip and flagrant speculation. Arsenal might even buy someone...

17.23 Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath has revealed Brazilian midfielder Diego can leave the club. The relationship between club and player has been strained in recent months and came to a head on the final day of last season when Diego stormed out of the
team hotel after only being named on the bench for a key encounter with Hoffenheim.

17.12 Big news: Macclesfield Town midfielder Lewis Chalmers has become the latest player to commit to a new season at the Moss Rose by putting pen to paper on a one year deal, say their official website.

16.45 West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson to Bursaspor looks like a move that could be on. An odd one but that club are stockpiling some talent.

16.34 Getafe have confirmed the signing of former Deportivo La Coruna midfielder Juan Rodriguez.

16.23 Palermo want Ricardo Alvarez but think they may miss out.
"We are very interested in Alvarez," Zamparini told Corriere dello Sport. "But it will be difficult to bring him to Palermo considering that there are other clubs like Arsenal and Malaga interested in him."

16.10 Tuttomercatoweb report that Alberto Aquilani is likely to return to Liverpool as Juventus are unwilling to pay his €10m asking price.

16.09 Manchester United will not be offloading Nani following Ashley Young's
£17million arrival at Old Trafford, says the Press Association's Manchester man Simon Stone.

16.00 Joaquin move to Malaga confirmed. Story

15.41 DONE DEAL: Portsmouth have completed the signing of Jason Pearce from Bournemouth.

15.00: We weren't entirely sure whether Milan were holding out hope of signing Cesc Fabregas after Allegri's comments earlier, but Galliani has kindly made things rather more clear. “Fabregas is not even a dream because we have never thought about him,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “There is zero possibility of seeing him at Milan." He also ruled out Marek Hamsik and Riccardo Montolivo.

14.56: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has played down talk that Santos star Ganso could be on his way to the San Siro: “He’d like to join us in January and we’d like that too, but he’s a non-EU player, so the rules have to be changed first. We hope that the non-EU restrictions are altered.”

14.26: There's been talk that Spurs are ready to sell Sandro, but he doesn't sound like a man expecting to leave. "We can return next season as a stronger team," he told Hotspur magazine. "We have proved that we can live with the best and the talent in the squad is definitely good enough to fight for the title."

He added: "I believe I am well adapted for the characteristics of the English game because football here is for a tough and strong type of person. I think I have done well so far and can only improve with time."

14.09: Athletic Bilbao president Fernando Garcia Macua will make Mikel Arteta his number one target if he is re-elected, apparently.

14.04: Hulk's agent says any journalist that has written that Chelsea are close to signing the Porto striker is a liar. Given that Porto are only letting players leave for the amount stipulated by their release clauses and that Hulk's stands at €100m, we're inclined to suspect he is indeed going to stay. More here.

13.48: The highly-reliable Press Association reports that Newcastle have not had any bids for Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez. Barton was again linked with Arsenal this morning.

13.35: OFFICIAL Malaga have announced that they have agreed to sign winger Joaquin from Valencia.

13.21: On Barcelona's interest in centre-back Thiago Silva, Allegri added: "Barcelona are not the only side who want him. He’s one of the best defenders around, two or three levels above the rest, but he extended his contract just a month ago." Given that they've attempted to sign Thiago Silva, Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas in recent times, it makes you wonder how much toner ink Barca have been saving.

13.19: Do AC Milan want Cesc Fabregas? Er, we're not sure. Massimiliano Allegri said: “We’ve not just discovered Fabregas this morning. Having lost Andrea Pirlo, Milan need a player of important technical qualities. There are two months of the market left and Adriano Galliani knows perfectly what this side is missing. If a player arrives then he will have an important value and will certainly be Milan level.”

13.11: A Barca report with implications for several teams in Marca. Apparently, Barcelona will move for Juan Mata and Giuseppe Rossi if they fail to find an agreement with Udinese for Alexis Sanchez, but Juventus are also keen on Rossi.

13.05: Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, 20, is flattered to be linked with the likes of Roma, Valencia and Getafe but told RAC1: "I'm feeling very comfortable at Barcelona and I'm not listening to any other offers. I'm still very young and have a contract for another year."

12.48: Valencia winger Juan Mata is said to be keen to join Liverpool, although they're yet to make an offer and Manchester City have already made an approach. A source close to the Spain Under-21 starlet told Goal.com: "While they are not playing in Europe next season, that would not be a hindrance, because Liverpool is a club with a big tradition. I can say that so far there has been no formal contact or offer from the club.

“Mata has offers on the table from Premier league teams that are in the Champions League next season. For now, he just wants to focus on the national team in Denmark at the moment but as soon as that is over he will consider his future."

12.26 Park Ji-Sung has stressed that he wants to remain at Manchester United after his recent remarks about moving on. Park said: "It would be honour for me to keep playing for Manchester United. I have nothing to say about any transfer rumours - I just want to stay at Manchester United." Full story here.

12.15 Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has advised his former club to sign compatriot Neymar. Carlos said: "Real Madrid should do whatever it takes to sign Neymar. He's a great player and I feel like he's ready to make the move to Europe. He needs to leave Brazil to fulfil his huge potential."

12.06 Velez Sarsfield's Ricardo Gonzalez is the subject of interest from Arsenal and Malaga according to Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who says his club will miss out on the attacking midfielder. Full story here.

11.59 There's a rumour floating around Twitter that Aston Villa want to sign Shay Given as replacement for Brad Friedel, who left the club for Spurs earlier this month.

11.41 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has warned clubs interested in Javier Pastore that he is worth more than €50 million-rated Alexis Sanchez. Full story here.

11.28 The Express & Star is tipping Wolves to make a bid for Manchester United defender Jonny Evans. The arrrival of Phil Jones has pushed Evans down the pecking order, though Mick McCarthy can expect some competition for the Northern Irishman's signature from Sunderland.

11.14 Napoli have signed Italian midfielder Marco Donadel on a four-year contract, the Serie A club confirmed today. Full story here.

11.01: AC Milan target Ganso has outlined his ambition to win the Club World Cup with current club Santos before sealing a move to the Rossoneri next January. Full story here.

10.50 The Blackpool Gazzette says that Liverpool have tabled a £10 million for captain and playmaker-in-chief Charlie Adam.

10.35 Lille have snapped up Montenegro defender Marko Basa on a four-year deal from Lokomotiv Moscow. Basa, who joins former coach at Le Mans, Rudi Garcaia, said: "I join an ambitious club and I'm happy to be reunited with Rudi Garcia, a coach who helped me improve a lot."

10.18 L'Equipe is reporting that Marseille have emerged as favourites to sign wantatway Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Reader comment from Jay Pak: "David De Gea will follow for £19million and £30million-rated Wesley Sneijder is uppermost on the Reds' wanted list, while Luka Modric is a back-up target if a move for the Dutchman fails to materialise."

09.54: There have been a few queries about Gervinho's move to Arsenal, and ESPNsoccernet correspondent Andy Brassell tweets: "L'Equipe's have negotiations on Gervinho's Arsenal move continuing, but AFC hesitating to pay full whack for man out of contract next summer."

09.34: Marca reports that Real Madrid will talk to Santos about Neymar in the next few days. Neymar is apparently keen to move to the Bernabeu but wants to win the World Club Cup in December first, although Santos will likely have to beat Barcelona to do so. Regardless, Santos have insisted throughout that they won't negotiate over Neymar and that any club that wants him needs to pay his €45 million buy-out clause.

09.29: Anderlecht starlet Romelu Lukaku has passed his exams, you'll be happy to hear, and is now free to focus on his move to Chelsea. De Standaard in Belgium says Anderlecht may now train behind closed doors as there's likely to be a fair bit of press intrusion in relation to his future otherwise.

09.16: Read more about angry Felipe Melo and his career as a bargaining chip for Raul Meireles here.

Reader comment from adzmanz: "Does Spurs really want to cash in Sandro? He has been brilliant in the second half of last season - even better than palacios. what on earth does harry think to sell of the upcoming star in the team? I believe he can do better next season. I hope harry will keep him."

09.01: Antonio Valencia isn't worried by the prospect of Ashley Young competing for his place. "I do not fear his arrival," he said in The Sun. "Under Alex Ferguson, everyone will get their chance in United's key matches. I have two seasons left at United and I am convinced I will fulfil those - and maybe a few more years, too."

08.53: Eden Hazard has been linked with Real Madrid, Arsenal and Paris St Germain this summer, but Lille don't want to sell. More here. With Gervinho still set to join Arsenal, the Ligue 1 champions are apparently loath to allow any more key players to depart.

08.41: Most of the papers are carrying the Fabregas bid rejection news, but here’s some of the other gossip of the morning.

Daily Star: Arsenal have told Barcelona to “come back when they are serious with a proper offer and we will consider it”, QPR could rescue Tal Ben Haim from his Portsmouth hell.

Daily Mirror: Liverpool have told Juventus they can have Raul Meireles for £13.5m after turning down a swap deal involving Felipe Melo, Spurs are considering allowing Sandro to join Villarreal for £12m, Blackburn will make a £12m bid for Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse.

The Times: Arsene Wenger is prepared to bid for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, Malaga and Lazio are in for Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez.

Daily Mail: Arsenal are back in talks to sign Velez Sarsfield midfielder Ricardo Alvarez, West Ham could make a bid for Tranmere starlet Dale Jennings after Bayern Munich made an approach.

Daily Telegraph: Andre Villas-Boas may look to keep Didier Drogba at Chelsea even if Falcao signs from Porto.

Daily Express: Chelsea remain very keen on Neymar but will not meet his €45m buyout clause.

08.32: While we're awaiting the paper round-up, you can read all about Alexis Sanchez - or the 'new Cristiano Ronaldo' - and his ever-escalating value here.

07.50: Right, time to take a hearty look around the papers, we'll have a round-up for you shortly.

07.47: Next up is the latest chapter in a story that feels Tolkien-esque in length: Alexis Sanchez's protracted departure from Udinese. Bianconeri owner Giampaolo Pozzo has claimed the in-demand winger could cost up to £44 million.

Pozzo said: "Is £44m too much? No, it doesn't seem enough, I have no doubt that if he stayed with us for another year he would be worth even more than that. He's the best player of his generation. He's like Cristiano Ronaldo when he was 22. We know when we have a diamond - Alexis Sanchez is one."

07.42: Let's kick things off with Cesc and the story appearing across the English media that Barcelona have had a verbal £27 million offer for the Arsenal skipper turned down. Full story on that one here.

07.40 BST: Hello everyone and welcome to today's transfer blog, hope everyone is set for another rollercoaster day of speculation and done deals. Ashley Young signing for Manchester United was the biggest story on Thursday but will Friday yield an end to the Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez sagas? Probably not.

June 23, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/23/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Ashley Young is believed to be on the brink of signing for Manchester United.© Getty Images

23.59 That's your lot tonight, more of the same tomorrow..

23.48 Adrian Mutu has finally completed his move from Fiorentina to Serie A rivals Cesena. Someone has seen fit to give him another chance; hopefully he takes it.

23.33 Eric Abidal is not going anywhere... "His wish is to continue at Barcelona and end his career as a Barca player," said his agent.

23.02 Rui Costa has said at the official presentation of Nemanja Matic: "Coentrao is a player of Benfica and there is nothing more to say about that." So no Real Madrid move yet then.

22.46 Paris Saint-Germain president Robin Leproux has confirmed Inter coach Leonardo is poised to become the club's sporting director.

21.50 Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says that the club have yet to receive any bids for star player Charlie Adam. Liverpool are credited with the most interest and, given he'll be plying his trade in the Championship next season, it shouldn't be long before one is made.

21.02 Napoli have exercised their option on Edinson Cavani and signed him outright. They will pay Palermo 16 million euros over four years.

20.24 Sky Sport Italia claiming that Juventus are speaking to the agent of Bayer Leverkusen's Arturo Vidal this evening. Napoli also like him.

20.18 Zenit are looking for a new defender and Italy's Domenico Criscito is on the list. "I can tell you that Zenit are looking to strengthen the squad, as we have already said before. Criscito may be one of our targets," manager Luciano Spalletti told RIA Novosti.

19.28 Celtic have failed to sign keeper Fraser Forster from Newcastle. “Newcastle have said at the minute he is not for sale but we will pursue that avenue further if we can,” manager Neil Lennon told BBC Sport.

18.39 French champions Lille have made a signing from Lokomotiv Moscow. "The Montenegrin defender Marko Basa has officially joined LOSC for a four-year duration. He will be wearing the Lille colours until 2015," read a statement.

18.20 Wolves chief Jez Moxey is toughening up his stance on transfers as he said: "We have got feelers out to a number of clubs - so we either start getting serious now or we move on. We are now telling clubs to make a decision. We need to get things done and what we're saying is 'if you don't want to do business, we'll forget it and move on."'

17.41 Rangers defender Steven Whittaker has rejected a ''substantially improved'' new contract amid continued interest from Turkish club Bursaspor, according to his agent.

16.42 Lyon full-back Aly Cissokho's agent met with officials from Manchester City on Monday, say France Football. He'll cost upwards of £20 million.

16.12 Aston Villa are set to join the bidding for Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, say Skysports. Celtic are reported to have agreed a fee with his current club, Belgian side Germinal Beerschot, ahead of a transfer.

15.54 Swansea's audacious move for Marcos Senna is in choppy waters as Villarreal want to keep him. "We would like him to stay, although we know that the player is free to accept the best offer," general manager Jose Manuel Llaneza said. "This weekend he will be in Spain and it's time to talk and see what can be done."

15.38 Manchester United, Tottenham and Juventus are all thought to be interested in signing Lassana Diarra, but agent John Williams says his client is happy at the Bernabeu. "Contrary to what is being said, Lass does not want to leave Real Madrid," Williams told talksport. "He has two years left on his contract and is feeling well in Madrid. I have not opened negotiations with any club in either England or Italy, but if there is a great offer then we'll study it." The last bit, is of course, the key to it all.

15.28 Celtic have made a bid for Newcastle reserve Fraser Foster, said boss Neil Lennon. "Newcastle have said that he is not for sale at the moment but we will pursue
that avenue further if we can," said the red-headed one

15.22 Kaiserslautern have confirmed the signing of Greece Under-21 international Konstantinos Fortounis for an undisclosed fee.

15.05 New Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has made Scotland winger Craig Conway his first signing. He was out of contract after leaving Dundee United.

14.59 Carlos Vela will remain at Arsenal this summer, according to the player's agent. Story

14.43 West Brom have again been forced to insist key players Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu are not for sale. Story

14.27 PSV Eindhoven defender Abel Tamata has signed a new three-year contract at the Philips Stadion.

14.10: Ashley Young has signed for Manchester United from Aston Villa in a deal thought to be worth around £15 million. The winger has signed a five-year contract with and becomes United's second summer signing after Phil Jones joined from Blackburn earlier this month. Full story here

13.36:Bolton are set to offer Zimbabwe Under-23 striker Matthew Rusike a trial at the club and he is currently trying to gain a visa to enable him to travel to England.

13.19: Kaiserslautern have signed teenage attacking midfielder Konstantinos Fortounis, widely considered one of Greek football's hottest prospects.

13.01: Parma have acquired half the sporting rights of Italian midfielder Sebastian Giovinco from Juventus in a deal worth €3 million.

12.43: Former Liverpool forward Djibril Cisse will only join Lazio this summer if the club can offload one of its strikers.The Italians have held talks with Panathinaikos about signing him but the deal is on hold.

"He will only arrive if one of our strikers leaves," Lazio president Claudio Lotito told Corriere dello Sport. "We have seven strikers in our team so he would be a replacement if one of them leaves."

12.22: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has revealed that Uruguay striker Diego Forlan is looking for a move back to the Premier League. Cerezo said: "Diego will decide what happens, but it looks like his first choice will be England." Full story here

12.03: Folha de S. Paulo in Brazil claims agent Pini Zahavi made a €35 million bid for Neymar on behalf of Chelsea on Friday. It's about the same as Real Madrid's offer, apparently, but Santos are holding out for the full €45 million release clause.

1148: Tranmere Rovers manager Les Parry has confirmed Bayern Munich have made an undisclosed offer for teenage striker Dale Jennings. Parry said: "I'm not too sure how close it is, but it's moving along. It's not just paper talk, they have put a bid in.

"They're keen to get him over there and it's a great move for the lad. I've spoken to him and he's interested. Who wouldn't be? If you look back at the number of young players who have had the chance to go abroad to one of the giants of Europe, there's very few English players who have done that. It's a fantastic opportunity for him."

11.23: Barcelona remain ahead of Man City in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez according to Udinese owener Giaanpaolo Pozzo. "Barcelona are ahead of City," Pozzo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "But the player has not expressed a big preference between the two clubs. Of course, we will consider his opinion. The deal is not done because there are still details yet to iron out."

11.06: Marco Borriello has joined Roma on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell at the club last season. A statement from Roma read: "Roma announces it has exercised the clause to acquire the sporting rights of Marco Borriello. For this permanent acquisition, Roma will pay AC Milan €10 million."

10.48: Spanish defender Carlos Cuellar has appeared to move a step closer to a return to Rangers, with Villa admitting they are happy to sell him. The Midlands' club want £3 million for him, but the Gers have opnly offered £1.5 million so far. Full story here.

10.32: Jerome Boateng is trying desperately to push through a move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich. He's actually already agreed a four-year deal with the Bavarians, despite no fee being agreed as yet between the clubs. Full story here.

10.18 The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that Roma are going to attempt to hi-jack Blackburn's bid to lure Jermaine Jones to the club from Schalke on a permanent basis.

10.02: We're still waiting on news of the completion of Ashley Young's £15 million move to Man Utd. United striker Michael Owen was pleased to hear of the winger's signing yesterday, writing on Twitter: "I see Ashley Young has undergone a medical today. Let's hope everything goes well as he would be a great signing for us."

09.49: Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo says the club will complete the signings of Bordeaux midfielder Alou Diarra and Monaco defender Nicolas Nkoulou in the next few days.

09.33 Liverpool may give up on trying to land Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing as they are apparently interested in a £13.5 million for St Etienne's Dimitri Payet instead.

09.14 Europa League hotshot Falcao has said he would be keen on following Andre Villas-Boas from Porto to Chelsea. The Blues would have to shell out €30 million for his services though. Full story here.

09.03: Marca has gone big on the Copa Libertadores with 'The King Neymar' as its headline and references galore to the fact he will likely be joining Real Madrid.

08.53: Lens defender Raphael Varane has signed for Real Madrid, according to the French club's president Guy Martel. The teenager had also reportedly been the subject of interest from Man Utd. Full story here

08.50: Looking around Europe now and AC Milan have announced they have signed Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alberto Paloschi on a permanent basis from Genoa.

08.43: Plenty of talk about Neymar in the wake of his goalscoring performance in Santos' Copa Libertadores win last night. talkSPORT reckons that he will snub interest from Chelsea to go to Real Madrid and Pele has advised the young forward to do just that as the Premier League is apparently too rough.

08.20: Let's kick things off with a scout around the English press:

The Sun: Manchester City are on the verge of signing Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho for £20 million; Inter Milan have given up on signing Carlos Tevez because his wage demands are too high; West Brom have stressed that star striker Peter Odemwingie is not for sale; Chelsea will demand £5 million for highly-rated young left-back Ryan Bertrand.

Daily Mirror: Chelsea are set for a £70 million summer clearout with Andre Villas-Boas apparently looking to move on Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka, John Obi Mikel, Michael Essien, Florent Malouda and Salomon Kalou, Alexis Sanchez will NOT sign for City and is holding out for a move to either Man Utd or Barca - in fact he rejected the chance to come to England for talks at Eastlands; Liverpool are still hopeful of signing Arsenal full back Gael Clichy and he is keen on a £5 million move, despite the Gunners not wishing to sell to a Premier League club.

The Metro: Ipswich striker Conor Wickham will snub Sunderland as he is holding out for a move to Liverpool or Arsenal; Man City are back in with a chance of Alexis Sanchez as Barca starlet Jeffren has rejected the chance to join Udinese as part of a deal for the winger.

08.15 BST: Hello everyone and welcome to what is sure to be another action packed day in the transfer blog. We're expecting Ashley Young's transfer from Aston Villa to Manchester United to be completed today after he was reported to have undergone a medical yesterday.

June 22, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/22/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Chelsea target Falcao has a €30m release clause © Getty Images

23.24 Closedown: Final snippet: Raphael Varane is to sign for Real Madrid from Lens. President Gervais Martel told Lens supporters that Varane - who has just 23 Ligue 1 matches under his belt in a season that saw the club relegated - had met with Real coach Jose Mourinho and the deal is done.

22.33 United States forward DaMarcus Beasley has joined Puebla, the Mexican club have announced.

22.28 Douglas Costa, a player linked with many in the Premier League, has his eyes on Serie A. "Roma and Napoli are two great teams and they have great history and fans," Costa told Calciomercato. "Us footballers always have the ambition to play for important teams like these."

22.26 Argentine striker Oscar Trejo has joined Sporting Gijon on a four-year contract from Real Mallorca.

21.22 The Sun says that Charles N'Zogbia is upset about a hoax that claimed he was joining Liverpool.

20.47 Pele, Santos legend, and much else besides, says that Neymar should go to Real Madrid. £Going there is not just about the money, but also that the Santos president accepts selling him," Pele told AS. "He did not want to sell Neymar until after the 2014 World Cup, but I would advise him to move to Real Madrid."

20.45 Parma have taken up the option to buy out 50 per cent of Sebastian Giovinco's contract from Juventus following a successful loan spell. Juve wanted him back, he wanted to stay at Parma.

19.50 According to the Transfer Tavern, "German giants Bayern Munich are on the verge of a sensational £30m bid for Manchester United’s Nani". Right...

18.20 Keiren Westwood and Sebastian Larsson will become Sunderland players on July 1 after terms have been agreed, the club has confirmed. Both are free agents after ending their contracts at Coventry and Birmingham respectively.

18.18 -AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club will sign Genoa midfielder Stephan El Shaarawy to a loan deal this season.

17.54 Steve Kean has told Talksport that he as Blackburn boss does not have to sell Chris Samba to anyone as he has signed a new deal. Then there's this gem on the subject of Phil Jones: "It was difficult with Phil because he got the opportunity to go to Manchester United and he wanted to play Champions League football now and we’re not there yet. However, I’m sure we will be in the next three or four seasons.”

17.30: Sam Allardyce has confirmed West Ham's wantaway players are likely to be on their way, but they're yet to receive any offers. "The speculation is around Rob Green, Carlton Cole and Scott Parker, and at the moment we haven't had any concrete bids for those players," Allardyce said. "We will probably look at moving some of the players on because their desire is to play in Premier League. From a financial point of view, it suits us as well because the drastic loss in revenue is what we all have to face."

17.17: And rather more conclusively, The Sun has a picture of him at Bridgewater Hospital. The paper says it'll be a £20m deal with a four-year deal worth £100,000 a week.

17.14: TWITTER TALK: Redissuefanzine reports that Ashley Young is having a medical at Old Trafford.

16.55: AC Milan have officially bought out Genoa's co-ownership stakes in Kevin-Prince Boateng and Alberto Paloschi.

16.28: Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink feels Andre Villas-Boas is going to need some heavy investment this summer. "Chelsea need new blood and they need younger blood," he said. "They need a number 10, they need wingers, they need players who can beat other players, who can create."

16.08: Slightly testy sounding quotes from Barcelona on the sale of Bojan to Roma. “There is a Roma offer for Bojan, but we are still studying and evaluating it,” spokesman Toni Freixa told the official Barca website. “It’s unlikely Roma can say talks are finished when they are still being considered."

15.49 Tottenham Hotspur look set to sell Jermaine Jenas to Turkish side Fenerbahce, who are willing to pay £5 million for the England midfielder.

15.39 Queens Park Rangers are keeping tabs on Fulham striker Andrew Johnson, according to The Times.

15.24 Manchester United goalkeeping target David de Gea has warned not to take his reported move to Old Trafford as read. "If the press were to be believed, there would only be two or three players left [at Atletico Madrid] next season," De Gea said.

15.11 Tottenham midfielder Wilson Palacios is on the brink of a £12 million move to Italian side Napoli, according to the Daily Star.

14.52 Inter Milan's sporting director Marco Branca has bemoaned the 'crazy' transfer market that has seen his side pull out of the running for both Carlos Tevez and Alexis Sanchez. Full story

14.34 Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists he will fight to get the best price for Liverpool, Sunderland and Newcastle target Charles N'Zogbia this summer. Full story

14.02 Michel Bastos’ agent is hopeful that Juventus can agree a deal with Lyon to sign the Brazil international in the coming days. “Lyon and Juventus are both tough negotiators,” Emmanuel De Kerchove told Tuttosport. “I’m optimistic, though, and I think something will be decided by the end of this week.”

13.43 AC Milan won't be snapping up Chelsea striker Didier Drogba if he is forced to leave Stamford Bridge due to the expected arrival of Falcao, insists Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani.

13.21 Wolves will sign goalkeeper Dorus De Vries on a three-year deal from Swansea upon the expiry of his contract on July 1, the midlands club have confirmed.

13.02 Argentina striker Mauro Zarate wants to remain at Lazio next season despite being strongly linked with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico. ''I have chosen to remain at Lazio,'' said Zarate to Corriere dello Sport.

12.36 Bolton Wanderers are refusing to move from their £4 million valuation of goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who is a target for Wigan. Full story

12.23 Juventus have announced the permanent signings loan quartet Alessandro Matri, Fabio Quagliarella, Simone Pepe and Marco Motta in deal worth €35 million over a three-year period. Full story

12.03 Blackburn striker Benjani Mwaruwari claims he will return to Ewood Park for another season despite his contract expiring at the end of last season. The former Zimbabwe international revealed he has been offered a new 12-month deal by Rovers boss Steve Kean and is in the process of completing the formalities of the paperwork.

11.50 SPL champions Rangers have confirmed that they have made a formal transfer bid to bring Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar back to Ibrox

11.24 K-League side Chunnam Dragons claim that South Korea forward Ji Dong-won is set to seal a transfer to Sunderland. Asian media suggest the fee will be £2.2 million.

11.11 Liverpool are reportedly weighing up bid for St-Etienne winger Dimitri Payet following collapse of the Sylvain Marveaux deal, but they are unwilling to pay the £11m asking price for the 24-year-old.

10.45 Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel will weigh up all options before deciding whether to sign Arsenal winger Ryo Miyaichi on another loan deal.

10.32 Jose Antonio Reyes is to stay with Atletico Madrid after spurning the advances of Turkish club Galatasaray, the Spansih club have announced.

10.25 Juventus want to include Vincenzo Iaquinta in a deal to sign Napoli forward Fabio Quagliarella on a permanent basis, Tuttosport reports.

10.15 West Brom have said they are not considering the sale of striker Peter Odemwingie, despite reported interest from Arsenal. Full story

10.00 AS Roma's sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed the Serie A side are in negotiations with Barcelona to sign Bojan Krkic. "We had a deal with the player and last night reached an agreement with the club too, " he told Sky Italia.

09.48 Sunderland have launched an £10 million bid for Ipswich teenager Connor Wickham, but according to the Daily Mail, it is doomed to failure as the youngster is prepared to hold out for a more glamorous move to Liverpool.

09.30 Blackburn's £6 million striker Nikola Kalinic is ready to quit Ewood Park this summer. "Nikola is contracted to Blackburn but there are a lot of clubs who we believe would want him," Kalinic's agent Tomislav Erceg said. Full story

09.15 Dinamo Kiev want to sign Tottenham's Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar but manager Harry Redknapp is delaying his response just in case Luka Modric joins Chelsea, according to reports in the Serbian press.

09.03 USA midfielder Michael Bradley has said that he understands Aston Villa's decision not to sign him to a permanent deal. Full story

08.55 West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie has turned his back on a dream move to Arsenal - claiming they have offered him “peanuts” for a salary, the Daily Star reports.

08.45 Sunderland appear to have fended off Aston Villa's late effort to hijack Seb Larsson's transfer. The free agent wil have a medical at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday morning.

08.30 West Brom are facing competition from Italy in their bid to bring their former midfielder, Zoltan Gera, back to the Hawthorns, according to his representative. Full story

08.15 Raphael Varane has snubbed a move to Manchester United and will instead sign for Real Madrid, according to the Daily Express. The Lens star, 18, met with Madrid bosses last week and has told his agent he prefers the Spanish club to their English rivals.

08.00 FC Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas already has one butt cheek in the vacant managerial hot seat at Chelsea so attention has now turned to the players that are going to follow him to Stamford Bridge. Europa League record-goalscorer Radamel Falcao is top of the list in all the newspapers and with a €30million release clause in his contract there is not much Porto can do is if the Blues come calling.

New Chelsea boss Villas-Boas will be handed £80m to rebuild the team, according to The Mirror and top of his list, just behind Falcao, are Porto's Joao Moutinho and Santos's Brazilian teenager Neymar.

The Daily Star, however, claim that it is Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o, who has indicated he wants to quit Italy, that will be heading to Chelsea to replace Didier Drogba in a £12 million deal.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim that Barcelona are ready to make a shock £27.5 million raid for Chelsea defender David Luiz - just five months after he joined the Blues for £21.3 million.

The Daily Express go with a story that Nicklas Bendtner is set to be offered a way out of Arsenal by Borussia Dortmund, although the German side want to pay less than the £12 million asking price.

June 21, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/21/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Barca will not pay more than €40m for Cesc Fàbregas© Getty Images

23.47: Unwanted Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor could be offered an Eastlands exit by Zenit St Petersburg, who have show an interest in the Togo frontman according to The Guardian.

23.32 One of the stranger transfer rumours we've heard this summer, the Daily Mirror reckons that West Brom goalkeeper Scott Carson will be the subject of a £2 million bid from Turkish side Bursaspor. Well, they went for Kenny Miller so anything's possible...

23.26 More from the Daily Mail, which suggests that Liverpool are considering a surprise £6.5 million bid for Brest striker Nolan Roux, who is also thought to be interesting Schalke and Marseille


23.05 German daily Bild says that Borussia Monchengladbach's USA midfielder Michael Bradley won't be moving to Aston Villa permanently.

22.39 Sunderland are determined to beat Liverpool to the signing of highly-rated teenage striker Conor Wickham, according to the Daily Mail. The Wearsiders have reportedly upped their bid for the Ipswich frontman to £10 million.

22.18 Catalunya Radio says Barca striker Bojan has agreed to move to Roma for 10 million euros after he returns from Euro Under-21 action with Spain, though the European champions will apparently keep a buy-back option.

21.43 Atletico Madrid and forward Jose Antonio Reyes have rejected the advances of Galatasaray, who have also bid for his Rojiblancos team-mates Tomas Ujfalusi and Diego Forlan.

"After the meeting which the player had on Tuesday in Seville with his agent, Mariano Aguilar, and the Atletico sporting director, Jose Luis Perez Caminero, all parties have agreed to decline the offer of Galatasaray, so the player will remain part of Atletico Madrid's first squad for the next season," a statement issued by Atletico read.

21.21 Cesena have announced on their official website that they will not follow up their interest in Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu.

21.05 Yeovil boss Terry Skiverton has urged fans to advise him on possible transfer targets. he has welcomed suggestions on Twitter, saying that the club "can't afford a scouting system" and encouraging "amateur scouting". http://es.pn/jTiyeN

20.53 Andy Cole's 16-year-old son Devante has signed a three-year contract with Manchester City. Cole Jnr is a striker like his dad and has been with the club for several years.

"Devante joins us as a scholar and he will go into the Under-17 level next season - a group of players we are quietly optimistic about," City academy chief Mark Allen said. "We'll be pushing them forward next season and developing them further and I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot more of him and a lot of the other lads in the near future."

20.21 Cagliari goalkeeper Federico Marchetti is keen on a move to Lazio and has verbally agreed to join the capital club according to his agent Giuseppe Bozzo.

"I can say that there is strong interest from Lazio, an interest which is reciprocated by Federico," Bozzo told Sky Sport Italia. "Now we have to transform this interest in a contract. We are pleased by the interest of Juventus and other clubs, but we have given word to Lazio's president Claudio Lotito."

19.58 Aberdeen are looking to bring Man City's Colombian reserve goalkeeper David Gonzalez to the club on a six-month loan deal.

19.35 Sport Bild is reporting that Bayern Munich are ready to turn to Barcelona defender Gabriel Milito as a cheaper alternative to Jerome Boateng. Milito will reportedly cost in the region of €6 million, while Man City are currently asking for €20 million for Boateng.

19.18 Real Madrid midfielder Royston Drenthe has pleaded ignorance when asked whether he is on his way to Benfica as part of a deal to brign Fabio Coentrao to the Bernabeu. Drenthe told Voetball International: "I don't know anything. I'm not thinking about this."

18.49 Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni has been linked with a move to Fulham and he says he is keen to test himself in the Premier League. Kameni told skysports.com: "Nothing is done yet, but things can move quickly in football, as you know. I want to experience another league and I have some contacts in the Premier League."

18.28 David De Gea has played a straight bat when asked about a move to Manchester United. De Gea told AS.com: "Manchester United are a great club and being associated with them is a great compliment for me, but Atletico are also great."

18.00 Twitter talk: Darren Tulett of CanalPlus in France, says this: "Hearing #mufc agreed a fee with #PSG for Berbatov. Doesn't mean deal is near. But shows both clubs' intentions." Note: CanalPlus once owned PSG.

17.55 West Ham centre half Manuel da Costa has been linked with a move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow, say The East London Advertiser.

17.40 Lens president Gervais Martel claims he has rejected bids of over 10million euros from foreign clubs for teenage defender Raphael Varane.

"Paris St Germain have made me an offer, that is probably the worst kept secret around," he told Radio Monte Carlo. "A second club is also interested in him, but he isn't necessarily guaranteed first-team football there either. The asking price is around 10million euros (£8.9million). Certain big overseas club have offered more, but I quickly shut the door on them!" That would rule out Manchester United and Real Madrid, then.

17.22 DONE DEAL: Leicester City have agreed to sign Huddersfield Town right-back Lee Peltier for an undisclosed fee.

16.52 DONE DEAL: Midfielder Sebastien Roudet has joined Sochaux on a three-year deal from relegated Lens.

16.35 Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has revealed that Manchester United youngster Joshua King is set to join the club on a one-year loan deal. "United presented very extensive contract work because they care intensely about their players and would like to stay in constant contact with us," Eberl said.

16.26 Barcelona-based sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claim that Real Madrid are willing to use Kaka as a makeweight to get a deal done with Santos for Neymar.

16.18 France Football are reporting that 23-year-old Brest striker Nolan Roux is close to agreeing a deal with Liverpool.

16.12 Antonio Cassano's agent says there is "no possibility" of the AC Milan striker joining Napoli in an exchange deal for Marek Hamsik.

15.58 Turkish newspaper Aksam claim Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari has agreed to join Galatasaray after agreeing terms with the Serie A club.

15.35 New Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish could raid his former club Birmingham to sign goalkeeper Ben Foster and centre-back pairing Roger Johnson and Scott Dann.

15.15 Liverpool youngster Nikola Saric is delighted to be on his way to Hajduk Split after "three years of pure hell at Anfield," according to the Bosnian-born striker's father.

15.00 Dundee United manager Peter Houston has confirmed Rangers have made an enquiry about David Goodwillie. But he believes the £2 million asking price for the striker could prove to be too expensive for the Scottish champions.

14.44 Swansea have made an offer for Poland goalkeeper Grzegorz Sandomierski, according to a spokesman at the player's current club Jagiellonii Bialystok. The 21-year-old won the Polish Cup last season.

14.31 New Fulham boss Martin Jol was presneted to the media today and told the waiting press pack that hoped to bring in "four or five" new signings this summer.

14.04 FC Utrecht have turned down a bid from PSV Eindhoven for midfielders Kevin Strootman and Dries Mertens. Utrecht technical director Foeke Booy insists it will take more than the amount offered by PSV - thought to be around €10 million - to prize two key players away from his club.

13.34 Some more on PSG's reported interest in Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbaotv form this morning, Canal+ claim that the French club have made an official €12m bid.

13.25 Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen wants to extend his contract with the club despite being second choice behind Asmir Begovic, according to manager Tony Pulis. Full story

13.13 Porto striker Hulk has hinted he could follow Chelsea target Andre Villas-Boas to the Premier League. "If there is a good opportunity for me and for the club, a transfer could take place," the striker said.

12.59 Newly-recruited Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is gearing up for showdown talks with wantaway winger Stewart Downing, with the manager admitting "we certainly don't want to lose Stewart". Full story

12.47 France Football claim that the agent of Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho has met with Manchester City officials to discuss a move to the Premier League.

12.16 Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan, who definately wasn't put up for sale by email, denies specultaion linking him with a move away from Sunderland, declaring he is "fully committed" to Black Cats. Full story

12.01 Brazilian defender Lucio is hoping to sign a two-year contract extension with Inter Milan. "I want to remain at Inter but with the condition that my contract is extended until June 2014," Lucio told Gazzetta dello Sport.

11.30 Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Barcelona is "80% done", Udinese representative Quique Pina has told Cadena COPE. "Right now Barcelona just have to iron out a few details, but it's practically done," Pina said. Full story

11.22 AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini is confident that he will stay at the San Siro despite the fact that his contract expires next summer. “It is my intention to remain at this club and extend my agreement with Milan,” he told the Corriere dello Sport. Full story

11.03 Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o is set to meet his soon to be former boss Leonardo in Paris to discuss a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

10.39 Manchester United transfer target Raphael Varane says a move to Old Trafford would "please" him. The young Lens centre-back added: "They are a team that is one of the very best in the world."

10.15 Roma may want to buy Gael Clichy but the Arsenal defender would prefer a move to Liverpool. Unfortunately the Premier League club have not offered enough money, report The Times.

10.06 Wolves have now completed the signing on Jamie O'Hara from Tottenham. The midfielder joins for a reported £5 million fee and has signed a five-year contract. Full story

10.00 Everton defender Joseph Yobo has ruled out a return to Goodison Park as he wants to make his loan spell in Turkey permanent. “My future is with Fenerbahce,” said Yobo. Full story

09.40 Defensive midfielder Rasmus Lindgren has left Ajax to join Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg on a free transfer. Meanwhile, forward Derk Boerrigter's return to the Amsterdam ArenA from RKC Waalwijk has been finalised.

09.32 Barcelona's negotiations to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez have broken down and now Manchester City are back in pole position to sign the Chile international, according to the Daily Star.

09.14 New Roma boss Luis Enrique wants to sign Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy in a £7 million deal, according to reports in Italy.

08.55 Tottenham, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus are all hoping to sign £17 million-rated Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo, claim the Daily Mirror.

08.45 Wolves are set to finally complete the permanent signing of midfielder Jamie O'Hara from Tottenham within the next 24 hours. the deal will be worth £5 million.

08.25 It's the transfer that just won't go away: Cesc Fàbregas to Barcelona. The Arsenal skipper is again being linked with a move to the Spanish giants and "is doing everything he can to come," according to club president Sandro Rosell.

"[Pep] Guardiola knows the values of players and Cesc's is less than €40million. Barcelona will offer less and if they don't accept, then he won't come. Pep knows the club is not well-off in terms of money," Rosell told Catalan station TV3 . Full story

Tuesday morning's newspapers are focused on Aston Villa and new manager Alex McLeish who, despite being unveiled only yesterday, will have to make some big transfer decisions with Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish refusing to give up on his pursuit of Stewart Downing (Daily Mail).

The Scottish boss will also make a move to bring Nigel Reo-Coker back to Aston Villa after the 27-year-old midfielder was released by the club at the end of last season, according to the Daily Mirror.

Chelsea are not happy with just poaching Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas they also want to bag star striker Falcao in a £40 million raid on the Europa League winners, report The Sun.

And Paris St Germain are preparing a £10 million bid for Dimitar Berbatov, according to the Daily Star. They want the Manchester United striker to be their marquee summer signing.

June 20, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/20/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Manchester City and Manchester United miss out on Sanchez© Getty Images

23.29 Evidently someone has been reading out blog, as promising young goalkeeper Jan Sebek has opted against extending his contract at Chelsea and has left the club. Evidently clearing the way for Mr Courtois (see 19.07).

22.47 The usually excellent French news daily L'Equipe has some guff for you. Apparently Inter are offering 30 million euros for Kaka... despite the numerous denials from recent weeks and the fact he would hardly cut his ties with AC.

22.23 Alex McLeish wants to hold on to Stewart Downing now he's got the job at Aston Villa: "No chance do we want Stewart Downing to go. We certainly don't want to lose Stewart," McLeish told talkSPORT. ''He's a top player. I need to see what Stewart's thinking when he comes back because I know that he made some comments when he was away on England duty.''

22.04 Cat. Out. Of. Bag. Porto defender Alvaro Pereira wrote on his Facebook page before taking it down: ''The coach [Andre Villas-Boas] is going to Chelsea. It's a big loss for us, but we will still be a very strong team.''

21.23 Busy night for coaches, Claude Puel has left Lyon and Luis Enrique is in at Roma. However, nothing on Mr Villas-Boas as yet.

20.54 Kasper Schmeichel this evening expressed his surprise and ''great disappointment'' after Leeds accepted an offer from Leicester for the goalkeeper. ''At the end of the season Leeds United and I both made a commitment to honour the last year of my contract and try to win promotion with Leeds United,'' he said. ''Therefore it is with great disappointment that I have learned that Leeds United have accepted an offer from Leicester.''

20.11 Santos president Luis Alfaro Ribeiro has revealed Real Madrid have enquired about the availability of star forward Neymar. ''It is not just Madrid; a lot of other clubs in Europe have been calling us,'' Ribeiro told a press conference. ''It is no surprise - it would be strange if they didn't want him.

''If they pay the buy-out clause of 45million euros and the player wants to go, there is nothing we could do.''

19.58 Twitter talk: Manchester City are hopeful of scuppering Barcelona's deal with Alexis Sanchez. They are still in talks.

19.35 Inter president Massimo Moratti has some good news for his club's fans. "What I can say is that I have spoken to Maicon, Sneijder and Eto'o and they have all told me they want to continue with us," Moratti said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

19.07 Young Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claims Chelsea are chasing his signature. "It's wonderful that they [Chelsea] have such confidence in me and see me as the successor of Petr Cech," Courtois told FM Brussel. "Chelsea has a great sporting level and I can grow at ease for a few years until I reach the first team. This will not happen in a year or two, but three, four or five years. I might as well develop myself quietly."

He added: "No matter what happens, I'll play again next season in the Genk jersey. Maybe I'll stay two years, it will depend on how I develop here. Then we'll see if I will be lent to an English team."

18.26 Rubin Kazan defender Cristian Ansaldi wants to join Portuguese side Benfica. "I want to leave Rubin, I’ve already said that more than once. Of course, I would like to move to Benfica. It would be an excellent next step in my career," he is quoted as saying by Sports.ru. "Benfica are a wonderful club that wins titles and usually are a considerable force in the European cups.''

17.59 Espanyol striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is in demand according to his agent. "Atletico Madrid and Tottenham like him, but it is early to speak of a transfer," Dario Decoud told calciomercato.it. "It is true that the two clubs (Inter Milan and Juventus) like the player and I can reveal that there have been contact with them.

"Osvaldo would like to return to Italy and Inter Milan and Juventus are two great teams. Now Pablo is on vacation and from July we will know more."

17.22 Lokomotiv Moscow will sign Inter Milan striker Victor Obinna, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, after finalising a four-year contract. "We have agreed a contract with Victor as a free agent," the Russian outfit confirmed. "The agreement with Obinna is for four years."

16.59 Raphael Varane's future is set to be tied up in the next few days, with Arsenal and Man Utd interested. "Given the clubs involved, it would be very hard to stop him [from moving]," Lens president Gervais Martel told La Voix du Nord. "I hope this will be finalised in the next 48 hours - I have just spent four hours on the phone, and there are many things to settle."

16.34 AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has ruled out a move for Jeremy Menez, but could still be active in the window: "It [Milan's transfer market] is not yet closed, but half-closed. Menez? No, absolutely not," he said.

16.18 Twitter talk: Press Pass pal Gabriele Marcotti has this: "Jeffren's dad currently meeting with with Udinese officials. If they agree, will be Jeffren + cash for Alexis Sanchez." Looks like Barcelona still lead that chase...

16.12 NEARLY DONE DEAL: Kaspar Schmeichel is likely to join Leicester City from Leeds United. He'll join old Manchester City boss Sven Goran Eriksson at the Foxes.

16.03 DONE DEAL: Former Czech international defender Tomas Ujfalusi has joined Turkish giants Galatasaray on a two-year deal from Atletico Madrid.

15.51 Twitter talk: Seb Larsson is strongly rumoured to have signed for Sunderland. As he's available on a free and he's Seb Larsson it looks like it may be true.

15.40 Joseph Yobo says that his "future is with Fenerbahce". Now for Everton and the Turkish club to agree a valuation....

15.26 Giuseppe Rossi's agent says a move to Barcelona is imminent for the Italy striker and has not ruled out the possibility he will stay at Villarreal for another season. "Barca have never offered 30million euros for Rossi," the player's agent, Federico Pastorello, Gazzetta dello Sport. "They have offered less and Villarreal demanded more."

14.36 In facing the 'world's media' as manager of Aston Villa for the first time, Alex McLeish says the Ashley Young deal is a "fait accompli". Which deal you may ask, but we have an inkling which. Looks like the Manchester United move is still on.

14.34 Quiet spot there - not much doing, so that signals to us that something must be cooking. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is refusing to give up hope of persuading Spanish full-back Jose Enrique to remain on Tyneside, say Sporting Life. Can't see him staying, somehow and neither could Joey Barton last week.

13.09 For Belgian Friends: Wim Van Valle, our man on the ground over there, says: "RC Genk's chairman is fed up with the (Kevin) De Bruyne to Anderlecht via Chelsea thing. He said maybe they could change the deal around and have De Bruyne and (Romelo) Lukaku at Genk, which I find hilarious of him.

12.42 Juventus are still keen to sign Sergio Aguero from Atletico Madrid this summer even if they face competition from across Europe for the Argentina international. Story

12.35 Reported Manchester United target Shinji Kagawa has opened talks over a new deal with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund. Story

12.24 Blast from the past: Former Manchester United starlet Bojan Djordjic, these days 29 and hirstute, is set to join Blackpool.

12.17 Here are those quotes: Giampolo Pozzo:"For us it is difficult to keep players like him. We are waiting for an offer that has not yet arrived. He would love to go to Barcelona, he ​​would form a strong partnership with Messi, but Sanchez is worth 50 million. If it were the other teams like Inter. or Real Madrid they would pay that figure to buy him. The agreement does not exist yet, there is no signature." Thanks again, Adam.

12.10 Twitter talk: Our friend Adam Digby (@adz77) says that quotes from Udinese's president suggest the Sanchez deal is far from done.

11.51 With news that Newcastle are out of the N'Zogbia chase, the Sunderland Echo suggests that Steve Bruce now leaves the chase for the boy Insomnia.

11.50 Arsenal are still keen on Chris Samba. Anuradha Desai, of Blackburn Rovers owners Venkys, told the Sun: "We don't want to let Chris go. I'm confident that we can keep him and I hope he'll stay. I know he has an ambition to play for Arsenal but I hope we can keep him for another year at least and prove our own ambition."

11.39 Another to join the Newcastle exodus is Leon Best, says The Journal.

10.57 Chile coach Claudio Borghi will allow Alexis Sanchez to leave La Roja's training camp ahead of the Copa America in order to sign for Barcelona. Story

10.38 "Carlos Tevez is set to stay and lead Manchester City to title glory," says a presumptious MEN, who have spoken to Kia Joorabchian.

10.30 Andre Villas-Boas is to be Chelsea manager, say reports from Portugal.

10.05 Spurious? It looks so from the outset. Would Barcelona really sell David Villa to buy Cesc Fabregas? The Daily Mail, and other less worthy publications say they might. Chelsea and Manchester City would be the destinations, they say. Neck out here - cannot see this happening.

09.51 Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung believes he doesn't have long left at Old Trafford and would consider a move to another club in the next couple of years. Story

09.50 Newcastle United may face competition in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erding after Lille chief Frederic Paquet hinted he is considering making a bid for the Turkey international. Story

09.49 The future of England striker Jay Bothroyd is yet to be decided despite reports he is set to sign for Queens Park Rangers, according to the player's agent. Story

09.29 Elsewhere in the MEN is the suggestion that Inter Milan are still after Carlos Tevez, but that City are not interested in Samuel Eto'o as a makeweight or otherwise.

09.27 Wes Brown may well be the hardest man in all the town, with ginger hair beware but that town may be Liverpool, as Everton lead the list of potential suitors to United's invisible man, say the Manchester Evening News.

09.08 People's champion of the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire Danny Wilson has returned to former stamping ground Swindon to secure Lescinel Jean-Francois for Sheffield United.

08.57 The Journal in Newcastle suggests that Alan Pardew does not want Charles N'Zogbia any more. A question of attitude and desire, apparently.

08.34 The first signs of the McLeish revolution are upon us, and there is a familiar look to them. After those links with Craig Gardner, the Daily Mirror suggests that Scott Dann and Ben Foster are next on the list.

08.29 Manchester United will find out in the next 48 hours whether Lens defender Raphael Varane will join them, say Sky Sports. They face competition from Real Madrid and the not inconsiderable pulling power of Zinedine Zidane.

08.24: Let's begin with tales from Fleet Street, and it looks like the Alexis Sanchez saga is expected to be completed. Indeed, Udinese have just confirmed it. Still, plenty of other players to talk about. Here's a taste:

THE GUARDIAN: Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham Hotspur to show Luka Modric that he can realise his ambitions with the north London club.

DAILY MIRROR: Manchester United and Manchester City are anxiously awaiting a decision on top target Alexis Sanchez today - as Barcelona made an increased bid for the star.

THE TIMES: Harry Redknapp has put the onus firmly on Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, to stick to his word and not sell Luka Modric "at any price".

DAILY STAR: Alex McLeish's first move at Aston Villa will be to go head-to-head with Manchester United and Liverpool for £12million-rated Charlie Adam.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Barcelona appear to have won the race with Manchester City and Manchester United to sign Alexis Sanchez.

June 19, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/19/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Chelsea have apparently bid big for Atletico star Sergio Aguero© Getty Images

23.59: That's it for another day of rumour and counter rumour. Join us again on Monday.

23.36: Diego Forlan appears to have ended Galatasaray's hopes of signing him. He told a press conference: "I have said it, and I repeat that I have two more years on my contract with Atletico and I plan to see it out, because I am very happy at the club and in Madrid."

23.02: Talk that there could be a swap-style deal in the process which will see Peter Crouch and Asamoah Gyan change clubs. First, Sunderland will spend £15m on Crouch before the second transfer takes place.

22.41: Big talk that Barcelona and Udinese have agreed a €38 million fee for Alexis Sanchez. Chilean newspaper La Tercera stated the player's agent Fernando Felicevich had "concluded a pre-accord for a four-year (contract) for $US4.4 million."

20.59: There's an odd rumour on Twitter that Spurs will sign Glen Johnson from Liverpool.

20.31: DONE DEAL: Stephan El Shaarawy will move from Genoa to AC Milan for a fee in the region of €7.5million plus a half share of German midfielder Alexander Merkel, who will move to Genoa for next season.

19.49: Inter striker Goran Pandev has moved to quash speculation over his future. "I'm staying with Inter this summer no matter what! I have a contract untill 2014 and right now you can stop with the rumours about my leaving. Even if I ever leave Inter, it won't be for other Italian club," he told Nova Makedonija.

19.45: Former West Ham loanee has left Inter and joined Locomotiv Moscow, or so says his agent. "Obinna has signed a four-year contract with Locomotiv and he has passed his medical in Moscow," his representative in Nigeria Tony Adele said. He turned down Galatasaray. Did Obinna see the racist banners aimed at Peter Odemwingie?

19.18: Reports that Standard Liege defender Daniel Opare wants a move. “Every footballer want to progress. I have a dream to go to a much bigger league like England, France or Germany,” Opare said. It is said that Lyon, Lille, Spartak Moscow, Sunderland and Wolfsburg are tracking him.

18.55: Chelsea and England Under-21 full-back Ryan Bertrand could spend next season on loan at Wolves.

18.41: Inter Milan are said to have offered €8m for San Paolo star Casemiro, an 18-year-old central midfielder.

18.38: But Sevilla do hope to sign Giovani from Spurs. "It is certain that we have spoken with the player (dos Santos) and we interest him, but he is not a unique target for the squad," said Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido "I have made it clear that Sevilla will not pay €8million for the player even without knowing if [Frederic] Kanoute will stay with us."

18.31: Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido has rejected reports that Real Madrid will come in to re-sign Alvaro Negredo by exercising an option on the player. "In the last conversation we had with Real Madrid, they told our director general that they didn't intend to use the re-buy clause," del Nido said. "The player has also said publicly that he doesn't want to leave Sevilla. I don't think there is a chance he won't be a Sevilla player in the coming seasons."

18.24: Reports have linked Valencia winger Vicente Rodriguez with a free transfer move to Blackburn Rovers. Newcastle or Swansea.

18.06: O Jogo claims that Almeria playmaker Pablo Piatti could be headling to Benfica in a €7 million deal.

17.51: Domagoj Vida has left Bayer Leverkusen and signed for Croatia Zagreb.

17.42: Galatasaray have begun talks with Atletico Madrid defender Tomas Ujfalusi over
a possible transfer, the Turkish giants have confirmed.

17.26: Luciano Zauri may stay with Lazio after returning from a season-long loan with Sampdoria. “Rome is the ideal city for me,” Zauri told Radio Sei. “I would love to stay here, but only in the right conditions and I do believe those exist now."

17.11: Will Gabriel Obertan leave Manchester United to join Lille on loan? His quotes to France Football are far from clear: "I will not be loaned to Lille, for now. I should know if Manchester wants to loan me and if they want to [loan me] to Lille. For now, I do not know."

17.00: La Tercera in Chile says Alexis Sanchez will cost Barcelona over $54 million (€37.7 million) and that he’ll sign a four-year deal worth $4.4 million (£3 million) a year. No wonder they can’t afford Rossi anymore.

16.43: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce intends to give Cristian Riveros the chance to prove himself after a disappointing debut season. "I haven't given up on him, not at all," Bruce told the Sunday Sun. "We know he is a good player - we saw that at the World Cup when Paraguay got through to the quarter-finals - but I know from past experience that Latin American players take time to settle in when they move to England.”

16.22: Ghanasoccernet.com claims Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng has headed to England in search of a move to the Premier League despite his club agreeing a fee with Dnipro. Apparently West Brom have offered £4 million but Dnipro agreed to pay £7 million. Sunderland and Stoke City are also said to be interested.

16.13: Hercules winger Kiko Femenia says he is on the verge of joining Barcelona. The 20-year-old said: "The truth is that the transfer is near. Barca is my dream and of course I will go there soon. Hopefully everything is resolved soon.''

16.06: And on that note, A Bola in Portugal is claiming Madrid are offering €25 million plus Royston Drenthe for Coentrao. We believe that would make the total package worth around €22 million.

15.45: Marca believes Real Madrid will tie up the signing of Fabio Coentrao from Benfica in the next few days.

Reader comment from Nick from Rochester: "For Barca, I'm still unsure on the merits of sanchez. He's young and inexperienced on the big stage (champs league) and seems to cost a whole lot of euros (30m)! That leaves Barca with 15m to spend (according to some reports although they can also double-dip into next years?)on other players.Why not a defender, Thiago Silva, throw in jeffren or maxwell with the cash and we have a kid who could take over for Puyol! Thiago seems to be nervous about the arrival of fabregas and I agree. Thiago has the makings to be more of a "iniesta" while Fabregas is heir apparent to Xavi. So work with thiago, mold him into a finely-tuned midfield maestro, reassure cesc one day he will return home, keep winning titles, and watch as fabregas' value drops year-by-year as his contract runs out. After 2014 world cup xavi will retire(barring any injuries =X) and oh look at that fab's contract has run out. Free transfer?! say it ain't so!"

15.26: Another rumour courtesy of Sid Lowe on Twitter: Barcelona probably won't sign former Leeds teenager Elliot Kebbie. "A final decision yet to be made but that's the way it's leaning," he adds.

15.16: Cadena Ser is claiming Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to sign former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. It seems extremely unlikely - if for no other reason than he is one of Real Madrid’s most important players - but it’s an entertaining rumour nonetheless.

15.09: Former Germany international Christian Pander has completed his move to Hannover from Schalke. Story here.

15.02: Sport says Barcelona B striker Jonathan Soriano could head to Udinese as part of the Alexis Sanchez deal. We had the rumour yesterday that Udinese were looking at part-exchange options.

Reader question from TomTom: "Does Carlos Komeni's transfer to Fulham mean Schwarzer is on his way out?"

You'd have to assume so, if the Kameni link is true. Perhaps Arsenal will move for Schwarzer again to provide competition for Szczesny.

14.53: We discussed the question of how Barcelona were going to afford Alexis Sanchez, Giuseppe Rossi and Cesc Fabregas earlier. The answer? They can't, it seems, as Rossi's agent is no longer expecting his client to move to the Camp Nou. More here.

14.24: While Carlos Tevez is apparently convincing his family to move to Manchester, Corriere dello Sport claims the plot for a swap deal with Samuel Eto’o is gathering pace. Eto’o has revealed he’s keen to play in the Premier League and City were in for him when he left Barcelona, while Tevez can hang around with a few Argentineans at Inter rather than sitting in his house in England not bothering to learn English.

14.02: Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni could be on his way to Fulham, according to Sport.

13.47: Grafite has left Wolfsburg to head to Dubai. More here.

13.21: A tweet from journalist Sid Lowe adding weight to a story we're already pretty sure of while raising doubt over another: "Reports from Chile suggesting Sanchez to Barça done. Where does that leave Rossi?" Barca apparently had a €27m bid for Rossi turned down last week - they won't be able to afford Sanchez, Rossi and Fabregas without significant sales, certainly.

13.14: Roma are also keen on Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy, apparently. He’s only got a year to run on his contract and isn’t quite what he used to be.

12.59: Bologna goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, co-owned by Inter, wants to join the Roma revolution. “It’s true that Roma want me and I have already told those who are taking care of these things that I’m happy to join them,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

12.48: Blackburn know Chris Samba wants to join Arsenal but still expect to keep him. More here.

12.30: Rangers have failed in their bid to sign Israel international Tomer Hemed as he has decided to join Real Mallorca.

12.08: It's looking more and more likely that Carlos Tevez will be staying at City. More here.

11.50: Diego Maradona says son-in-law Sergio Aguero will be staying in the Spanish capital. “Sergio will continue in Madrid, at Atletico or wherever," he said in AS. Presumably a clear sign he’ll be joining Getafe any day now.

11.39: Barcelona have made contact over Cesc Fabregas. More on that one here.

10.53: Here's that full Redknapp story, and a bloggy bonus for you here: Redknapp has also played down talk Jermain Defoe could be on his way to Arsenal. “I didn't see that,” he said of such speculation. “I couldn't see that one happening.”

10.25: Harry Redknapp's said several clubs have been in for Modric. "Chelsea are not the only club that have been in for him," he said. "There have been other clubs - top, top clubs -but if Tottenham are looking to go anywhere we can't be selling Luka."

09.53: Also in the News of the World there's the claim that Manchester United are in for Real Madrid's Lassana Diarra.

09.25: Hello, good morning and welcome to the Sunday blog. As ever, there's plenty of gossip in the English national press, with the claim that Chelsea have bid big for Sergio Aguero the tastiest morsel.

Daily Star Sunday: Chelsea last night launched a £50m bid for Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero, Malaga are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and will offer him a tempting last payday.

Mail on Sunday: Barcelona have despatched Josep Maria Bartomeu and Andoni Zubizarreta to London in their bid to sign Cesc Fabregas, Manchester City have signed Andy Cole’s son, QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt could be on his way to Newcastle for £10m, free agent Seb Larsson will snub Villa and Arsenal to join Sunderland.

Sunday Mirror: Manchester City will let Carlos Tevez return to Boca Juniors on a free transfer in 2013 if he agrees to stay at Eastlands in the meantime, Chelsea could face a point deduction as Spurs are considering reporting them over their pursuit of Luka Modric, Alex McLeish will be given £40m to spend at Aston Villa.

News of the World: Sunderland have offered £10m for Ipswich starlet Connor Wickham, Spurs will reject any transfer request from Luka Modric.

People: Arsenal could move for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton, Liverpool and Arsenal are keen on Birmingham centre-back Scott Dann.

Sunday Times: Jose Mourinho is eager to take Spurs midfielder Sandro to Real Madrid, Chelsea have joined the race to sign Alexis Sanchez, Samir Nasri is holding fire over his future.

June 18, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/18/2011

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Sylvain Marveaux was expected to join Liverpool before reported medical problems© Getty Images

23.59 That's your lot for tonight, so join us again in the morning for more of the same.

23.31 Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is another hoping to make the breakthrough at Old Trafford. Probably going to be a bit crowded on the bench though.

23.23: Brazilian striker Grafite has left Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, to join Dubai based outfit Al-Ahli on a two-year contract. Wonder if money played a part?

23.12: Danny Welbeck has revealed Sir Alex Ferguson has promised he will be given the chance to prove he can become a Manchester United regular next season.

23.06: Neymar getting a little touchy when asked about a possible move. "I already explained that I have nothing to say about other teams,'' he snapped at a journalist. "There is nothing about Real Madrid. I am a Santos player and I am playing in the Copa Libertadores final for Santos. That is what I care about." We'll see how much he cares about Santos once the Copa is done.

22.53: Alberto Gilardino seems happy enough at Fiorentina: ''At the moment, I am feeling really good in Florence,'' he said. "Next year is an important year because of Euro 2012 and it is important that I must continue playing with some sort of continuity, which is the reason why I joined this club three years ago."

22.02: Lucio's agent Alessandro Lucci claims that his client is happy at Inter but wants to know who the next coach is going to be. He told Sky Italia: "His will is to remain at the club, but he wants to see what developments occur first (in relation to the head coach). We have opened negotiations for the renewal of his contract but Lucio is a player who is liked by many clubs.''

21.06: Juventus are known admirers and reports have emerged that suggest Lyon's Michel Bastos is on his way to Turin this summer.

20.25: He may want to join Man Utd, but Shinji Kagawa also seems happy to stay in Dortmund for the time being. "We have already had an initial conversation with Dortmund director of football Michael Zorc,” Kagawa's agent Thomas Kroth told Bild. “Both parties are interested in a longer-term contract.”

19.48: Man Utd defender Wes Brown is in demand now that it is obvious he won't be making much of an impact at Old Trafford. Sunderland have already made a bid, but now Aston Villa are keen to snap him up.

19.12: More from 'Arry Redknapp: ''It's a happy thing to have a player like Luka Modric, who has suddenly turned into a £50 million, £40 million player and everyone wants him. We're lucky we've got him and we aren't selling him, that's what the chairman says and that's good enough for me.''

18.27: Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann won't be leaving for Barcelona. "It's pleasing to see that a club like Barca are interested in me. That means I'm doing things well. I can confirm that some directors from Barca have called my agent, but I'm not leaving," he was quoted as saying in Sport.

17.49: Swansea City are close to a swoop for former Spanish international Marcos Senna, as his agent Eli Coimba said: "The negotiations are going very fast and could be closed earlier than expected.”

17.29: Everton's Marouane Fellaini has insisted that he will move on in search of Champions League football, claiming the club are not at the right level for him.

17.22: Hamburg winger Jonathan Pitroipa could be on his way out of the club. "I would like to leave HSV," he said in Bild. "I can't see any future here. I just want to play regularly again." Rennes are said to be interested but he'll cost €5 million.

17.12: Marca claims Cesc Fabregas remains Pep Guardiola's top target but that Barca may well fail to get their man once more. Wenger's hit upon the idea of refusing to speak to Barca and waiting for them to grow impatient and give up, so it may be up to club president Sandro Rosell to go to London and demand a meeting.

16.46: And the reason they are looking for a replacement is because Sanchez will travel to Barcelona to sign a contract on Monday. Apparently he rejected the higher wages on offer at Man Utd and Man City to join the Spanish champions.

16.44: Reports in Italy and South America claim Udinese will buy €8m-rated Pablo Piatti from Almeria to replace Alexis Sanchez. The Argentine has an italian passport.

16.26: Kuban Krasnodar vice-president Ivan Peronko has confirmed the Russian club are keen to sign Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu. “I will not hide that we are interested in Mutu,” he said.

16.13: AC Milan have said they’ve given up on signing Kaka, but apparently they haven’t. Tuttosport says they’re worried Inter will sign him so they’re looking into it again.

15.58: Reports have suggested Lassana Diarra is on his way out of Real Madrid, but his agent John Williams told Marca: "Lass is on holiday, but he is not trying to open up a cold war. The player wants to make it clear that he respects the club and there is no conflict."

15.36: With Barcelona currently in negotations with Udinese for Alexis Sanchez, Sport is reporting that the Italians want a few players in the mix. Bojan, Thiago and Oriol Romeu are apparently not an option because of their wages and, presumably, because Bojan's off to Roma. The offer on the table will apparently stack up to about €35m anyway when they work out all the add-ons and player-exchange issues.

15.24: Tuttosport believes Juventus have a whopping €130m budget and will meet with Sergio Aguero, Alexis Sanchez and Lassana Diarra over the next week.

Reader comment from Dip asking about talk of an Eto'o-Tevez swap: "Is there any truth to the Eto'o and Tevez swap? I'm a city fan and would love to see that move done. Tevez doesnt want to be in Manchester any more and well for Eto'o, he's won titles in italy and spain, and he can definitely bring that winning spirit with him to city! ctid"

It would certainly make sense for all concerned, but player swap deals are so rare that it's almost certainly not going to happen.

15.09: Roma are confident that they'll sign Bojan in the next few days. More here.

14.40: QPR boss Neil Warnock isn't too worried to see legend-in-his-own-mind Adel Taarabt talking up his hopes of a move to one of the Premier League’s top clubs this week. More here.

14.18: Santos are peeved by reports Real Madrid have all but completed the signing of Neymar and warned interested parties they must contact the club directly or there'll be a FIFA complaint to deal with. More here.

13.55: Jack Wilshere, of Tottenham's arch-rivals, has a cracking attempt at stirring the pot. He tweets: "Don't see all the fuss about Modric wanting a move..he has done welll at #Spurs but he needs to play #champions league! #inmyopinion"

13.27: It appears Barca starlet Thiago might be backtracking on his remarks about potentially leaving the club this summer. "I didn't choose the right words," he said.

13.23: According to Marca, former Spain Under-21 winger Pedro Leon has rejected a double-your-money offer from Liverpool as he wants to prove himself at Real Madrid. Spurs, Bayern, Valencia and Villarreal are set to get the same answer if they bid, too, by the sounds of things.

13.03: Sevilla have confirmed that Frederic Kanoute has decided to stay with the club. More here.

12.53: Bolton boss Owen Coyle is still trying to convince Daniel Sturridge to have another loan spell at the Reebok Stadium and says it's important that he's getting regular games at this stage in his career. More here.

12.31: Some fairly unrevealing quotes from Palermo star Javier Pastore on his plans: “My future will be decided after the Copa America. I will talk with president Maurizio Zamparini and my agent, then we’ll work out what to do.”

12.17: New Atletico boss Gregorio Manzano has said he would rather Sergio Aguero stated put but intends to spend every last euro of his transfer fee on a suitable replacement. "If Aguero leaves, it has been agreed the money will be spent on bringing another player of his level to the club," he told Mundo Deportivo.

11.55: Giuseppe Rossi's agent has confirmed that Barcelona's last bid for the Villarreal striker was rejected. "We do not know the figure of the proposal, but we know it is insufficient for the expectations of Villarreal," Andrea Pastorello told ONA FM.

11.37: It seems Kyle Walker knows a bit about the way Spurs operate. Daniel Levy's official statement seems to suggest Chelsea dobn't have a prayer of signing Modric. More here.

11.23: Spurs full-back Kyle Walker on wantaway Luka Modric: "Hopefully Spurs is not a selling club and keep hold of him and keep moving forward."

11.04: Barcelona starlet Thiago has revealed he is not sure whether he will still be at the club next season. More here.

10.38: Dimitar Berbatov wants to stay at Manchester United, but the club haven’t offered him an extension to his current deal, according to his agent - make of that what you will. More here.

10.23: The Times claims Arsenal have rejected a £5m bid for Gael Clichy as Liverpool look to find a solution to their long-standing left-back problem.

10.10: Goal.com Latin America reports that Barcelona are keen on Brazil Under-20 midfielder Casemiro. They’ll offer €5m for the Sao Paulo man, apparently.

09.52: Celtic are keen on signing Israel striker Omer Damari, according to his
international team-mate Beram Kayal.

09.43: And here is the full round-up of gossip from England’s finest newshounds.

The Times: Chelsea have raised their bid for Luka Modric to a very slightly less ridiculous £25m.

The Sun: Real Madrid are willing to pay Neymar’s €45m release clause and will beat Chelsea to the Santos star’s signature, Sevilla want to sign Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini.

Daily Mirror: Chelsea have been warned they could miss out on Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku as other clubs show interest in the £20m-rated teen, Blackburn are set to miss out on Roma striker Mirko Vucinic as he’s likely to join Juventus.

Daily Mail: Samir Nasri is seeking showdown talks with Arsene Wenger as his future at Arsenal remains in the balance.

Daily Express: Real Madrid are set to hijack Manchester United’s bid for Lens youngster Raphael Varane.


09.22: The round-up is still on the boil, but for now you can read all about Marveaux's move to Newcastle here.

09.05 Good morning and welcome to the Saturday blog. We'll be bringing you a full round-up of the newspaper gossip shortly, but for now we have the news that Newcastle have beaten Liverpool to the signing of Rennes midfielder Sylvain Marveaux - more to follow there - and Luka Modric revealing he wants to move to Chelsea. Read all about Modric here.

June 17, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/17/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Dimitar Berbatov could be part of a Luka Modric swap deal© Getty Images

17.01 Plenty of deals still cooking - Sanchez etc - but we are closing up for the day. Join us on Saturday for more of the same. Goodbye for now.

16.34 Senegal international striker Demba Ba has joined Newcastle United, signing a three-year-deal at St. James' Park.

16.21 Lucio may be headed for the Inter Milan exit door, according to Football Italia. Lucio needs time to enjoy his summer holiday and prepare for the Copa America,” revealed agent Sandro Becker. Inter are shedding staff rather fast.

“Everyone knows he received a proposal from Malaga, but his strong desire is to play in a top European competition.

16.06 Bolton manager Owen Coyle concedes he will have a difficult job hanging on to Gary Cahill this summer but insists the club will not be short-changed if they
decide to sell the defender.

16.03 Samir Nasri is quoted in the Arsenal magazine: "Earlier in the season I spoke with the boss and we said we would talk during the summer, which is what we are going to do." Still one to watch, we think.

15.43 Twitter talk: A chap by the name of IntheKnow99, and make of his name what you will, says that Manchester United have no interest in Alexis Sanchez, and that Udinese are using their name to drive up the price. Hmm.

15.37 DONE DEAL: Werder Bremen's general manager Klaus Allofs says the club has signed defender Lukas Schmitz from Bundesliga rival Schalke.

15.00 AC Milan assistant Mauro Tassotti has given his view on the Antonio Cassano to Liverpool rumours. “I would suggest to Antonio that he stays here with us," her told the Milan Channel. "He knows what we all think of him here – we class him as a great champion. The amount of games he plays next season depends on him.”

14.27 Twitter talk: BBC's David Ornstein: "Oxlade-Chamberlain update - I'm realiably informed Southampton have received no bids or even inquiries for the player #saintsfc #afc #lfc"

14.24 Arsenal have failed in a bid to try and swap Denilson for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa, a player once coveted by Manchester United. "Shakhtar said no," Cesar Bottega, Costa's agent said."‘They are not interested in Denilson, and would only want money."

14.05 Deeds transfer news: Blackburn owners Venky's have signed David Dunn's house.

14.02 Manchester City assistant coach Attilio Lombardo has signalled that Manchester City are stepping up their interest in Alexis Sanchez. "He is an excellent player for any big club in Europe," Lombardo told Il Friuli. "This season he has often proved to be one of the best in the Italian championship. He is a very fast player, a great champion, with a great personality and touch of the ball. I repeat, it would be a major boost for any team."

14.01 DONE DEAL: France midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has joined Malaga from Lyon.

13.24 Twitter talk: The Guardian's Manchester correspondent Daniel Taylor says: "A few to cross off - #MCFC not after Modric, Varane, Sneijder; #MUFC no desire to take on #LFC for Charlie Adam."

13.19 Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to sign West Ham United striker Demba Ba, who arrived on Tyneside on Thursday to begin negotiations.

13.11 DONE DEAL: Danny Graham has signed for Swansea for £3.5 million from Watford, he has just announced on his Twitter page.

12.58 Abdel Taarabt has big ideas. "I love the London clubs very much," Taarabt told Football365.fr "I do not hide the fact I find Chelsea a turn on, although I would prefer to play regularly at QPR to being on the bench for a season at Chelsea. Now, if they told me I'd play 20 games per season, I think I'd be very tempted."

12.42 DONE DEAL: Birmingham have completed the signing of Senegal international Morgaro Gomis following his release from Dundee United.

12.30 Sky Sports say Stoke City have opened negotiations regarding a deal for Scott Dann. Liverpool, Aston Villa and Arsenal may have their interest piqued there.

12.16 Wim Van Walle, our Belgian snout tells us: "RC Genk youngster Kevin De Bruyne no longer excludes playing for Anderlecht next season, provided the move is part of a construction involving Chelsea. "Chelsea would be a fantastic move," De Bruyne said, "but I need to be certain I actually play as well. Chelsea cannot guarantee that but Anderlecht can. It could then be a good springboard for my career. I have to look at all the options with the club and my agent, but if I can progress, I hope Genk will allow me."

"The Chelsea / Anderlecht connection may also involve Romelu Lukaku, in which case Chelsea could loan out De Bruyne as make weight for a Lukaku transfer."

12.00 Ajax will offer Nicolai Boilesen a new contract to head off interest from Manchester United and Barcelona, say Talksport.

11.35 Juventus has completed the free transfer of midfielder Michele Pazienza, says the club's official website. He was available after ending his contract with Napoli.

11.15 Ricardo Gardner has turned down a move to West Ham, says his agent. Other sources suggest he's failed a medical.

11.00 Ben Foster is wanted by Alex McLeish at Aston Villa. He doesn't play for England these days as he wants to concentrate on his club career.

10.50 DONE DEAL: Malaga have confirmed the signing of Holland international Joris Mathijsen from Hamburg for an undisclosed fee.

10.47 Rumours that Didier Drogba may be for the off from Chelsea may well be nixed by the news that Roman Abramovich attended the striker's wedding, and according to ghanasoccernet.com 'officiated' the ceremony. Who knew that Roman was ordained to carry out such duties?

10.36 Our friends at ghanasoccernet.com say that

10.31 More on Varane: L'Equipe suggest that Zinedine Zidane - now sporting director - will use his star power to tempt the youngster to Real Madrid.

10.13 Zenit St Petersburg want Bayern Belgian Daniel Van Buyten, say Inside Futbol. That one has to be true.

09.49 Sporting Lisbon have denied that the club has made an offer for want-away Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. Full story

09.16 Udinese defender Cristian Zapata claims he is close to agreeing a deal with Liverpool. The moustache could soon be back in fashion on the Kop.

09.00 Manchester United target Raphael Varane insists that he will leave only leave Lens for a club that can offer him regular first-team football.

We all thought that Chelsea were the leading lights in the race of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, but now widespread reports in the Friday press claim that Manchester United have joined the battle.

And if you believe some of the press, then United will offer Dimitar Berbatov a return to White Hart Lane as part of the deal.

Now, this could be 2+2=45 with United wanting a midfielder, Spurs needing a striker and Berbatov an ex-Spurs man.

The Guardian has the link to United, but it is the Daily Star which brings Berbatov into the equation.

But the Daily Mail claims it will be Man City who bid £30 million.

Now for a round-up of the rest of the morning's speculation and lies....

The Sun: Aston Villa will make a £10 million move for Birmingham keeper Ben Foster ... Ricardo Gardner's move from Bolton to West Ham has collapsed after the defender failed a medical ... Man United target Raphael Varane says he is not keen on moving clubs just to sit on the bench ... Everton, Swansea and Norwich are fighting it out for the signature of £3million-rated Craig Mackail-Smith of Peterborough ... Spurs are keeping tabs on Mexican Erick Torres, 18, who replaced Javier Hernandez at Chivas ... Ritchie de Laet has joined Norwich on loan from Manchester United ... Swansea are set to pull off a sensational coup by luring Spanish great Marcos Senna ... Arsenal are hot on the heels of German whizkid Samed Yesil ... Stoke will bid £12million for Birmingham's Scott Dann.

Daily Mail: Douglas Costa's agent says Arsenal have been rebuffed in a bid of cash plus Denilson for Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder ... Coventry goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will complete his free transfer to Sunderland on Friday ... Liverpool will press to sign Stewart Downing from Aston Villa ... Bolton will not go for Manchester United defender Wes Brown despite being resigned to losing Gary Cahill.

Daily Star: Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for Antonio Cassano ... Barcelona have cooled their interest in signing Cesc Fabregas over his price tag ... Demba Ba is on the verge of joining Newcastle while the Magpies have put Leon Best up for sale ... Adel Taarabt wants a move to the "Big Four", with Chelsea named.

The Guardian: Liverpool have moved closer to signing Sylvain Marveaux on a free transfer after the French midfielder underwent a medical on Merseyside.

Daily Express: Arsene Wenger is on the verge of completing his first major signing of the summer, which could boost his bid to persuade Samir Nasri to stay at Arsenal.

Independent: Manchester United have bid €10.5m (£9.2m) for the French central defender Raphaël Varane.

June 16, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/16/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Sneijder may move on this summer. © Getty Images

We'll start with a rumour from the Daily Star, which claims that Manchester United are about to step up their long-running interest in Inter Milan's Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

The rag claims United are ready to offer £35 million to the Serie A side. And who knows, maybe Inter can then use than money to pip Barcelona and both Manchester clubs to Alexis Sanchez?

Sneijder has not committed himself to Inter, so United could be ready to pounce.

23.53: And, to conclude the blog for this evening, we'll give you some severely overdue Arsenal gossip. It seems Emmanuel Frimpong, who was out for eight months last year with cruciate ligament damage, has got the hump about his lack of first-team opportunities. “Cardiff and Charlton have made enquiries and my understanding is that they’re very serious about me," Frimpong said. "If I’m not going to get regular play at Arsenal, then what is the point in staying there? I definitely move on and my career with Arsenal will be over.”

23.45: Yet more Arsenal gossip. Aftonbladet, of Sweden, is reporting that Samir Nasri wants to be made Arsenal’s highest-paid player if he’s to stay put. We’re not really sure what the Sweden link might be, but don’t shoot your humble messenger.

23.42: Diego’s dad has dismissed talk his son could quit Wolfsburg for Botafogo. "Diego will stay at Wolfsburg,” Djair Cunha told Folha. "At the moment, we are not thinking about returning to Brazilian football. We have a goal of continuing in Europe for a long time.”

23.34: Bosnian defender Senad Lulic has joined Lazio from Young Boys on a five-year deal. “A dream is coming true,” he told Lazio Style Radio.

23.27: Sport is reporting that Barcelona have offered Villarreal €17 million upfront for Giuseppe Rossi with a further €10 million in add-ons, but Villarreal are holding out for a nice, round €30 million. There’ll be another meeting soon enough, apparently.

23.21: Paris St Germain are reportedly interested in Roma’s Jeremy Menez, with doubts over his future increased by the arrival of coach Luis Enrique.

23.09: It's become Arsenal gossip night. There’s some talk of Samir Nasri joining AC Milan in Italy, but frankly it sounds quite speculative. Footy Bunker also says Arsenal are “seriously considering” a bid for Samuel Eto’o. In light of Eto’o’s Premier League talk today, and Wenger’s failure to sign Karim Benzema, that would actually make sense, but we’ll await something a little more concrete on that, too.

22.46: Interesting one here. The agent of Shakhtar Donetsk star Douglas Costa claims Arsenal offered them Denilson and some cash for his client. “Shakhtar said no, because they are not interested in Denilson and would only want cash,” agent Cesar Bottega told calciomercato.com.

22.27: Rumours are emerging that Arsenal are looking to sign Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

22.18: Wow. Galatasaray have confirmed they're in negotiations to sign Diego Forlan, Jose Antonio Reyes and Tomas Ujfalusi from Atletico Madrid, while Sulley Muntari's agent says they've made a "great offer" for his client. More on all that here.

21.42: Nicklas Bendtner’s dad has confirmed Sporting made an offer for his over-confident son. "I know that Sporting have made a concrete offer to Arsenal for Nicklas, but I do not know if they accepted it,” he told Sporten.dk. “I do not know any details about the offer."

21.11: According to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Alan Pardew is “closing in on a double deal for Bayer Leverkusen’s Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta and Saint-Etienne’s highly-rated Blaise Matuidi - while Demba Ba is expected to be unveiled by the end of the week”.

20.52: Midfielder Michele Pazienza has completed his move from Napoli to Juventus on a free transfer, signing a three-year deal.

20.34: Christian Trasch has rejected a new deal at Stuttgart and Schalke, Wolfsburg and Bayer Leverkusen could now make a move for the utility man.

20.02: QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has confirmed he would be keen on a move to Chelsea or Arsenal if he was given assurances over first-team football. "It's currently what I'm trying to achieve,” he said.

19.35: Leggo claims Lazio will listen to offers for Mauro Zarate and Juventus could be set to swoop.

19.17: The Evening Standard also claims Spurs are demanding £45m for Luka Modric - but won’t sell to Chelsea at any price.

18.59: From the London Evening Stadard, we have the claim that Arsenal are holding out for £12m for Nicklas Bendtner amid interest from Sporting, Borussia Dortmund, Besiktas and Hamburg.

18.41: Chelsea chief exec Ron Gourlay has promised there will be “two or three” players coming in this summer.

18.14: Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos has earned himself a 12-month contract
extension. He originally joined on a two-year deal from AEK Athens at the start of the 2009-10 season and written into that agreement was an option for a further year and Press Association Sport understands Kyrgiakos has qualified for that having played the required number of matches last season.

17.52 Gabriel Heinze has left Marseille formally. What next for him?

17.35 The latest salvo in the Cesc Fabregas affair is some grand-standing from Barcelona president Sandro Rosell. "Last year we offered €40 million, a year has passed, it is clear that this year his value is less," he said. "I don't know what will happen with Cesc, but in the case that we were interested, we won't go mad and pay over the top.''


17.14 Sanchez latest: An adviser to Udinese says that offers have come in from Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan. "The offers have all come from these clubs," said Udinese's transfer consultant Stefano Antonelli to Sky Italia. "We don't want to create a bidding war, but he is the big name on the transfer market at the moment and everyone wants him." Yes, we believe them. Of course Udinese do not want a bidding war.

17.06 More Chelsea: Our informed sources tell us that Neymar is going to cost too much at £41 million for them. There is also the possibility he will stay with Santos, if they win the Copa Libertadores because he will want to face Barcelona in the Club World Cup - it's a big deal in Brazil, see.

16.31 Rangers have snubbed a third improved bid from Bursaspor for Steven Whittaker.

16.17 Looks like Jose Enrique will leave Newcastle. Quotes just in from Alan Pardew: “[Enrique] has Champions League aspirations and he is waiting to see whether anyone who has qualified for that competition is willing to come in for him,” Pardew revealed. “That is his right and there isn’t much more we can do about it."

16.01 We're just hearing that Guus Hiddink has told Roman Abramovich that he should buy Arda Turan from Galatasaray ahead of his move into the Stamford Bridge hotseat.

15.54 Galatasaray are hoping to sign Sulley Muntari from Inter.

15.40 Bojan Krkic's agent has confirmed the player could be about to move to Roma on loan. "I do not think there will be problems between the Giallorossi and Barca to agree. The formula will be more [than] likely a loan with the right of redemption. Bojan really likes this destination," he said.

15.31 We're hearing that Gervinho's move to Arsenal in a £10.5 million deal from Lille is all but a done deal. Confirmation imminent.

15.26 Now Everton have apparently joined the race to sign Wes Brown.

15.21 Brazilian duo Pedro Botelho and Wellington Silva are expected to leave Arsenal to join Levante on loan for the season.

15.11 West Brom are tracking Getafe's Derek Boateng and also want Shay Given on a season-long loan deal.

15.05 Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has branded Chelsea's reported £22 million bid for Luka Modric as "ridiculous" and insisted the Croatian star is going nowhere.

14.47 Here's our story on Real Madrid youngster Jaime Navarro being set for a trial at League One outfit Leyton Orient after Cristiano Ronaldo encouraged him to try his luck in England.

14.16 Confirmation that Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is hopeful he can soon make goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi's loan spell from Bolton a permanent one.

14.03 DONE DEAL: West Ham confirm sign of Kevin Nolan. His statement on their website rather overuses the word 'massive'.

1349 BST Wes Brown is said to favour a move to Bolton Wanderers with his exit from Manchester United a near certainty.

1341 BST Skysports.com comes up with the predictable and lazy story that Alex McLeish would like to sign Scott Dann for Aston Villa. See what they've done there?

1322 BST Roberto Martinez now seems more hopeful of signing Ali Al Habsi permanently. He says: "Obviously it's in the best interests of all parties to come to a resolution as soon as possible, and we hope that is the case."

1251 BST France Football reports that Sevilla want to sign striker Youssef El Arabi from Caen.

1240 BST Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o has revealed that he could leave the San Siro and join a Premier League side during the summer transfer window. "I am currently considering my options," he told Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport. "I have one month to decide as to whether I want to stay put or choose to move to the Premier League."

1231 BST After the released list we linked up earlier surprisingly featured Wolves defender Jody Craddock, the club have said on Twitter: ""Don't read anything into inclusion of Jody Craddock on list of released players. Just procedure from league. He is being offered new deal."

1209 BST Wolfsburg sign Poland international Mateusz Klich from Cracovia in a £1.3 million transfer.

1155 BST PSV sporting director Marcel Brands has claimed that it is doubtful Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes will return to the Dutch giants this summer.

1149 BST The full list of free agents, players released from Premier League clubs, is out and can be read right here.

1141 BST Real Madrid youngster Jaime Navarro is set for a trial at League One Leyton Orient - following advice from Cristiano Ronaldo.

1130 BST Celtic captain Scott Brown insists he has no plans to quit Parkhead despite reported interest from Newcastle United.

1121 BST There have been no offers for Alberto Gilardino, according to his agent Beppe Bozzo.

1112 BST Now Newcastle are being linked with Switzlerand international Tranquillo Barnetta. He could be one for your fantasy team next season.

1110 BST L'Equipe is clamining that Manchester United have offered £9.2 million for Lens defender Raphael Varane.

1106 BST Joey Barton has told talkSPORT that he doesn't want to leave Newcastle but will probably be forced out. "I was told they weren’t going to offer even 1p a week more. I was a bit taken aback. but that’s football. I believe in my ability and if Newcastle don’t think I’ll play past 29 then more fool them and I’ll go and ply my trade elsewhere. Nothing would mean more to me than to do it at Newcastle but, if that’s not the case, so be it."

1054 BST Here's a comment just in from Drew:

Liverpool linked with ANOTHER central midfielder? Whatever happened to addressing positions of need, like defensive depth and a lack of width? I'd be happy with a deal for Park, though--we need to increase our presence in the Asian markets, and he's a fine player.

1041 BST Luke Modric's agent thinks £22m is not enough for his player. "Luka is happy at Spurs but if an offer came in that was acceptable to the club and player, we would be willing to discuss it," Nikky Vukan said. "In my opinion, £22 million is a valuation that is too low for the player.

0959 BST Denmark midfielder William Kvist has moved from Copenhagen to Stuttgart on a four year deal.

0942 BST An Arsenal source claims that the club are closing in on Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba.

0923 BST Fernando Gago's agent claims Liverpool would be "a perfect club" for the Real Madrid midfielder to continue his career after being told he is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu. Read the story here.

0915 BST Bebe has completed his exit from Manchester United, but only on a season-long loan to Besiktas rather than the mooted £2 million deal. How he will be missed!

Let's round up the rest of the morning's rumours:

The Sun: Barcelona hope to win the race for Alexis Sanchez ... Santos insist they will not sell Neymar ... Didier Drogba is holding out for a better contract offer ... Spurs and Liverpool have both been snubbed by German star Marko Marin ... Wigan flop Mauro Boselli is wanted by French club Nice ... Matt Mills is set to snub Wolves, Stoke, Blackburn and Swansea and sign a new contract with Reading ... Spurs, Fulham and Blackburn are fighting it out for £7million-rated Espanyol midfielder Javier Marquez ... Seb Larsson could make a sensational return to Arsenal - four years after being dumped by Arsene Wenger ... Stoke are set to lose out to Galatasaray in the race for ex-West Ham striker Victor Obinna ... Liverpool are planning a £9million bid for Sao Paulo attacking midfielder Lucas, 18.

Daily Star: Fernando Gago's agent claims Liverpool would be the perfect club for him ... Blackburn will bid £12m for Emmanuel Adebayor ...Roberto Martinez thinks Wigan are bring priced out of a move for Ali Al Habsi ... Leeds want to re-sign the released Jonathan Woodgate ... Samir Nasri wants a £6m pay deal to stay with Arsenal ...Man United will bid £12m for Charlie Adam ... Jose Mourinho is plotting a bid for Edin Dzeko.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal want Jermain Defoe ... Blackburn want Roma's Mirko Vucinic and Amauri of Juventus plus Aston Villa's James Collins and Birmingham's Roger Johnson ... Maxi Rodriguez will lead the summer exodus from Liverpool ... Manchester City have been backed to beat Manchester United to Chile sensation Alexis Sanchez by his club, Udinese ... Stoke are ready to test Sunderland’s resolve to keep Asamoah Gyan – and launch a £10 million bid ... Newcastle want to sign left-back Stephen Warnock from Aston Villa ... Liverpool are in danger of missing out on keeper target Alexander Doni after refusing to match his wage demands ... Birmingham are prepared to reluctantly sell Craig Gardner ... Swansea have made a sensational swoop for Sidney Govou.

Daily Mail: Bayern Munich are showing interest in Chelsea defender Alex ... Newcastle want West Ham striker Demba Ba and St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi ... Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen is wanted by Galatasaray ... Ajax have launched a bid for Crystal Palace starlet Nathaniel Clyne ... Chelsea are interested in Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara but his future could hinge on the Spanish club's pursuit of Cesc Fabregas ... Sunderland hope to make South Korean striker Ji Dong-won, 20, from Chunnam Dragons their first signing of the summer in an £850,000 deal ... Swansea are leading the race to sign Spurs central defender Steven Caulker, 19, on loan ... South Korea striker Park Cho-young, 26, is ready to snub offers from Paris St Germain and Lille to join Liverpool. Monaco want £5.3million.

Daily Express: Tottenham will not pay £10m for Scott Parker.

June 15, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/15/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Alexis Sanchez is attracting interest from most of the European elite©Getty Images

23.01 Plenty of developments this evening, then, and more to come on Modric, Sanchez and Gervinho. One piece of talk we think we have a good steer on is that Kevin Nolan will sign for West Ham, and the deal is all but done. A fee of around £4 million, we hear. That allows us to keep you hanging for tomorrow. Join us then. Good night.

22.50Twitter talk: Arsenal have put money down on the table at last for some unknown called Gervais Yao Kouassi. Oh, right, it's Gervinho...

22.45 So, Chelsea are open for business though seemingly without a coach in place. Here's the story.

21.55 Some talk that Chelsea have had a £22 million bid for Luka Modric turned down. More when we know it.

21.44 Sanchez latest: Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club have started negotiations with Udinese for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez.

21.43 Former Chelsea and Barcelona full-back Juliano Belletti has joined Brazilian club Ceara until the end of the 2011 season.

21.11 Bojan Krcic looks likely to link back up with Luis Enrique, his former Barcelona coach, at Roma, according to his agent. I don’t think there would be any problem between Roma and Barcelona in reaching an agreement. He likes this transfer," Zoran Vekic told Eurosport. "The most likely scenario would be to arrive on loan with an option to buy at the end of the season.”

20.48 Charles N'Zogbia is back on Newcastle's radar for one of the oddest returns since Bobby Ewing and Dallas, say the Mirror.

20.33 Former Ipswich Town captain David Norris, currently unattached, has agreed to join Championship rivals Portsmouth.

19.57 Bebe's move to Besiktas has been confirmed to the Turkish stock market. We do not expect to see him at Manchester United again.

19.26 Arsenal Brazilian duo Wellington Silva and Pedro Botelho have opened talks with Levante over potential loan moves this summer.

18.23 Benfica have parted company with 34-year-old Nuno Gomes. The Lisbon club decided not to offer the striker a new deal after he played just 42 games in the last three years.

18.08 Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are keen to sign Chelsea defender Alex after failing to agree a fee with Manchester City for defender Jerome Boateng, according to the BBC.

17.45 Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin has rejected an approach from both Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, according to the German international's agent. Full story

17.22 Bordeaux midfielder Wendel has expressed his desire to remain with the club and earn a new contract. "I want to stay. It's a club where I feel good and I've spent some good times," he told L'Equipe.

16.59 Juventus midfielder Mohamed Sissoko is flattered by interest from Real Madrid but claims he is happy with the Turin side. "It's fantastic, but I still have two years on my contract at Juventus - a club I have great respect for," he told Marca. Full story

16.46: Raul’s agent has dismissed reports the forward could leave Schalke to join Besiktas. "There is not any possibility of Raul going to play in Turkey with Guti," Gines Carvajal told Eurosport. "He’s very happy in Germany and after next season he will decide if he will continue playing another year at Schalke or say goodbye.”

16.43: Skysports.com is reporting that Norwich are close to signing Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet on loan.

16.28: That he’s going to join Manchester United is pretty much an open secret, but we’ll consider this gossip nonetheless: David De Gea is flattered by the claims he will be Edwin van der Sar’s replacement. "The fact they are thinking of me as a replacement for such a great goalkeeper is something I like,” he told Gazzetta, "but it's necessary to keep fighting and working hard because we are only at the beginning and to reach that level there is a lot more to be done.”

He also said he supported Barcelona in the Champions League final - albeit “without any special euphoria” - presumably in an attempt to play hard-to-get.

16.21: ...and on that subject, Nasri's agent, Alain Migliaccio, has stressed that his client is still open to an extension on his Arsenal deal. "I want to clarify that there has been no break with the Gunners over the contract renewal and we should meet again soon with Arsene Wenger,” he told calciomercatoweb. "Before listening to other teams, we need and we want to talk with Arsenal."

16.16: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the prospect of the likes of Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy leaving on a Bosman next summer: "We try to avoid the situation where valuable players are allowed to run down their contracts but we also try to avoid the situation where spending runs to unsustainable levels.

"Sometimes those two things are inconsistent and you need to make a judgement call and draw a line. We do that as well as we can and better than most."

16.08: Roma goalkeeper Doni has rejected a move to Liverpool, according to reports in Italy.

15.51: Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour could make a surprise move to Spartak Moscow, according to his agent. "The negotiations are being conducted with one of Spartak's top managers," agent Paul Stefani told Sovetsky Sports. "I believe the deal may be completed successfully, because my client is ready to move to Spartak."

15.31: One of Sergio Aguero’s agents has dismissed claims talks are underway over a move to Juventus. “We have not met anyone,” Hernan Reguera told AS. “We have not been in Italy and neither has anyone else.

“We are currently in Argentina working on his future. It is clear that Kun is eager to play Champions League football next season. However, it will not be a decisive factor in the decision on his future. We are currently considering his options and many factors play a role in his decision."

15.09: Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal is desperate to move to Bayern. "There is now an official offer from Munich,” he told Bild. "I absolutely want the clubs to reach an agreement."

14.40: Former Wigan defender Andreas Granqvist has left FC Groningen to join Genoa in a €2m deal.

14.34: Bild reports that Bayern Munich are keen to sign Chelsea centre-back Alex, but only if they fail to prise Jerome Boateng from Manchester City.

14.21: Striker Grafite, 32, will meet with Wolfsburg boss Felix Magath this week before deciding on whether to make a move to Dubai-based club Al Ahli.

14.01: Former Italy international Nicola Legrottaglie would welcome a move to Queens Park Rangers this summer. The 34-year-old was not offered a contract extension at AC Milan and confirmed he has held talks with QPR to join the London outfit as a free agent.

13.51: Lazio president Claudio Lotito insists that Juventus target Stephan Lichtsteiner is not on the market. Reports in Italy claim that Juve are close to acquiring the Switzerland international, who is under contract with Lazio for a further season. However, Lotito told Gazzetta dello Sport: “The player is not on the market.”

13.34: Joey Barton is fuming at the news Kevin Nolan’s being sold off to West Ham and it appears he, Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez may be following him out of Toon. Barton wrote on Twitter: “Great player, leader, captain, person, trainer and mostly a friend for life. Devastated to see him SOLD! #mejoseandjonasnext”

13.26: Rangers boss Ally McCoist hopes to sign Israel striker Tomer Hemed by the end of the week. The 24-year-old is out of contract at Maccabi Haifa and looks set to become McCoist's first signing.

Reader comment from Miles: "Having watched Sanchez, I believe Sir Alex will play him as a Messi-type player, with his silky skills on the ball and his effortless ability to get around players. Will Man Utd play the Barcelona style next season (You know the saying 'If you cant beat them, JOIN THEM). In Sir Alex We Trust."

13.12: The Daily Express is reporting that Arsenal have made an enquiry over Lille star Eden Hazard. He’s been linked with the Gunners for a very long time indeed, of course.

12.56: Interesting indeed. Amid all the speculation that Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero could join arch-rivals Real Madrid, new coach Gregorio Manzano seems to be quite happy about that. "It is better that he goes to Madrid for €45m than to another team for €25m," Manzano said in El Larguero. "You always have to look for the best value in the market."

12.30: Sky Sports News is reporting that Kevin Nolan has rejected a new contract at Newcastle and is now having a medical with relegated West Ham. Big Sam's done a fine job on this one, it seems.

12.20: Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn today moved to dismiss speculation that striker Asamoah Gyan has been offered for sale. In a statement, Quinn said: “The suggestion that we have spoken to an agent to sell this player on our behalf is embarrassing to all concerned. I hope our fans would be smart enough to realise that this is probably some other club or outside agent's way of attempting to destabilise our relationship with one of our players.”

12.08: And here is that Fabregas story in full.

11.59: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has closed the door on Real Madrid midfielder Kaka returning to the San Siro outfit in the near future. “I'm 100% certain that he will not return,'' Galliani said to Gazzetta dello Sport. “He will not join us even on loan because the problem is his high wages.”

11.47: BREAKING NEWS (of sorts) Cesc Fabregas has insisted no decision has been taken over his future. More to follow...

11.28: Liverpool winger Maxi Rodriguez could be on his way back to Argentina after admitting he has always wanted to return to boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.

“When I left here, I knew I was coming back,” Rodriguez told Argentinian newspaper La Capital. “The president (Guillermo Lorente) called me and I said yes. Now it depends on the contract I have in Liverpool, maybe that can be loosened a little.”

[Reader Seba has highlighted an error in the president's name from the translation we took. We thank you, sir.]

11.24: Palermo have signed defender Mauro Cetto from Toulouse on a three-year deal. The 29-year-old Argentinian was out of contract at the Ligue 1 club, allowing him to complete the move to Serie A as a free agent.

11.05: Craig Gardner may be a lifelong Birmingham fan but, asked whether he could be on his way this summer, said: “I don't know. It's a difficult one. I'm unsure exactly what is happening behind the scenes and what the board are thinking. Where are we going, what are we planning to do? I don't know.

“At the end of the day, like every player, you have to think of your career. Everything is up in the air at the moment.”

10.48: Thiago Silva's agent has denied his client wants to leave AC Milan this summer. Reports in South America had strongly linked the Brazil international with a potential move to Barcelona, but his agent Paulo Tonietto told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Thiago Silva is happy at Milan.”

10.36: Mateja Kezman’s agent reckons his client would be perfect for a stint in Australia. “Kezman is the perfect marquee player for the A League,” agent James Hardy told FourFourTwo. “It is not going to be easy [to get Kezman to Australia] - he has interest from all over the world. However. if we can bring him here the benefits for Australian football would be astronomical.” Kezman recently left Hong Kong club South China.

10.09: Goal.com France believes Monaco forward Park Chu-Young wants to join Liverpool despite offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Lille.

09.52: Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says he’s keen on Spurs misfit Giovani dos Santos but warned ‘Arry not to expect his coffers to be significantly boosted. "We are keen on Dos Santos, yes, but we won't pay any price for him,” he said. “Any deal must be reasonable."

09.39: Ever Banega could be set to leave Valencia for Italy or England. Agent Mono Romero: "Without naming names, I can say that there's a club interested in Serie A and one in the Premier League. Both are very interested, but they'll have to deal with Valencia." Inter are the Italian team, apparently.

09.13: Marca claims Inter have offered €30m for Kaka. His dad was spotted around AC Milan HQ the other day, but insisted Kaka is staying at Madrid.

08.57: Roma director of sport Walter Sabatini insists Marco Borriello will be staying at Roma. “I only said he was a ‘problem for Roma’ because he is a great player and nobody can guarantee anyone a regular spot in this team,” he said. “He is a Roma player and will remain a Roma player.”

08.26: And here's the full round-up from today's papers:

The Sun: Manchester United are looking to sign Alexis Sanchez for £27m, Chelsea have been told Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore will cost £44m, Sergio Aguero is set to join Juventus.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal will spend £30 million to pacify the fans, Sunderland have sent out an email saying Asamoah Gyan is for sale, Liverpool need to pay £20m to land Stewart Downing, Blackburn and Juventus are fighting it out to sign Roma striker Mirko Vucinic.

Daily Mail: Newcastle are set to sign Switzerland international Tranquillo Barnetta from Bayer Leverkusen and could also beat Sunderland to Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner, Wes Brown is set to reject Sunderland and Bolton and Blackburn could now move in, Tottenham are looking to sign Brazil striker Leandro Damiao by the end of the week.

Daily Telegraph: Chelsea will find out next week if they can sign Neymar without having to pay his €45m buyout clause.

The Guardian: ...but apparently Real Madrid are set to take advantage of Chelsea’s dithering and sign the player (although he has denied he’s joining Real Madrid).

08.14 Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday blog. To kick us off, we've got a report in The Sun claiming Manchester United chief executive David Gill has headed off to meet Udinese's owner over the signing of Chile winger Alexis Sanchez. Full paper round-up to follow.

June 14, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/14/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


This is a zone with little to no mention of Alex McLeish ©Getty Images

23.30 That's it for today on the rumour mill. Be sure to check back in the morning for another fix of transfer tittle tattle.

23.03 Spanish midfielder Pablo Aimar could be heading back to La Liga after a three-year stint in Portugal with Benfica. Atletico Madrid are ready to make bid for the playmaker, according AS.

22.20 Gamba Osaka midfielder Takashi Usami has agreed to join Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in the summer, according to a report in German newspaper TZ.

21.32 Serie A champions AC Milan have turned goalkeeper Marco Amelia's loan from Genoa into a permanent deal. Milan defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos heads in the other direction.

21.00 Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna confirms what we all know: Cesc Fabregas wants to join Barcelona. "I can say it’s true that Cesc wants to go to Barca," he said. "At the moment, however, he is still Arsenal’s captain."

20.06 Santos striker Neymar has denied rumours that he is set to join Real Madrid. "There is nothing [with Real Madrid]. Today, nothing will take me out of Santos," he said.

19.25 Tottenham are 'locked in talks' with Internacional in their pursuit of Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao, according to talkSPORT.

18.42 AC Milan defender Thiago Silva has revealed he spoke to Barcelona about a potential move, but says any deal depends on the two clubs reaching an agreement. "I have had contact with people from Barca,'' he said. Full story

17.45 Lorient midfielder Yann Jouffre has signed a two-year contract extension with the Ligue 1 club. The 26-year-old had reportedly been attracting interest from Nantes.

17.02 Valencia have signed former Spain Under-21 international Dani Parejo from Getafe on a five-year contract believed to be for 5 million euros.

16.42 Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston tells the Blackpool Gazette that Liverpool are indeed in for Charlie Adam, but it is also suggested that he is driving a hard bargain for a player with only a year left on his contract at a place he does not want to stay.

16.37 Struggling with this one, to be honest, but Il Corriere dello Sport suggest that AC Milan want Bastian Schweinsteiger, the choice of title-winning manager Massimiliano Allegri. He signed a new deal in January, saying he would not leave Bayern because he liked the toilets. True story.

16.35 Il Corriere dello Sport reports Juventus are considering moving for Sergio Aguero as their chase for Carlos Tevez is at an end.

15.53 Everton to move for the loan signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales, according to Mirror Football. An odd link but it is said Jose Mourinho is no fan of the youngster, and would let him go as a result.

15.14 Swansea are lining up a bid for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand, say Setanta.

14.58 Leeds prodigy Elliott Kebbie has turned down the offer of a scholarship at Elland Road in favour of a switch to Barcelona. The 16-year-old winger spent eight years at the Leeds academy at Thorp Arch but relocated to Spain with his mother earlier this summer after spending time at Barcelona's La Masia training site. Manchester United wanted him, it is said, but Leeds were hardly going to let him go there, were they?

14.39A reader comment on the PFA's Fans Player of the Year. "What is with the rumors of Meireles being for sale? He was an integral player last year, and selling him off would be one of the worst possible moves Liverpool could make," says Aaron. "I find it hard to believe that Kenny doesn't fancy him. Please tell me this is all just make believe stuff." One to look out for.

14.36 Argentina midfielder Mario Santana will play for Napoli next season, according to his agent after his Fiorentina deal expired.

14.19 Radio Marca claims Juventus have made enquiries with Sevilla about Alvaro Negredo's asking price.

14.10 Twitter talk: Jason Roberts "Woken up to more Ipswich Tweets and rumours. I can confirm that I have not spoken to anyone from Ipswich or Blackburn about this!" The reason he has only just woken up is that he is in Grenada. Jack Wilshere, you have no such excuse.

14.06 Marca claim Neymar to Real Madrid is almost done for about 40 million euros. Tread carefully as ever with that one, and considering the source.

13.43 Want Javier Pastore? It'll cost you. Palermo have set their price at 50 million euros.

13.39 Spurs are set to loan out central defender Steven Caulkner. "We think Caulker's got a great future, but I would be happy to loan him out," said Harry Redknapp. "He played at Bristol City last year on loan, did really well and had a great season for them. And I know Swansea want him - but so do Norwich and there are a couple of clubs in there."

13.28 The National claims that Wanderers have "opened discussions on the transfer of winger Martin Petrov to Major League Soccer".

13.23 Jerome Boateng is off to Bayern Munich if Manchester City accept the bid they want. "It is true that I have agreed with Bayern on a four-year deal. Now it is up to Manchester to make it work. At the moment they are making things a bit difficult," Boateng told Kicker. "It is about the position. Bayern want me as a central defender. That is also an advantage for the national team. My dream is to have a starting spot within a year, hopefully at Bayern, and then I want to win the European Championship." Thanks to those who pointed out it was Jerome and not Derek.

Philip Lahm signals a note of caution: "Things are not up to Jerome or Bayern Munich, Manchester City will have to agree in the end. At this point in time I do not know what might happen," he tells Bild. "I am unable to make a prediction on this, we simply have to wait and see."

13.19 Developments: OK, Alexis Sanchez is joining Manchester City for 33 million euros and Vladimir Weiss, say Corriere Dello Sport. Oh, hang on, Sky Italia say Udinese are to meet Manchester United in Barcelona to discuss the deal. Are those developments? Sort of, I suppose.

12.21 A Gervinho replacement? Lille have announced the capture of 21-year-old striker Ronny Rodelin from Ligue 2 Nantes.

12.10 Twitter talk: Darren Can:"Neymar to Madrid is not official yet. But numerous media outlets are suggesting the deal is done. 5 year contract."

12.06 Ajax are hoping to resume talks with AZ Alkmaar this week over the signing of striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.

12.00 Gervinho will not be going to Newcastle, say the Shield Gazette. "The Gazette understands that far from reports claming that Gervinho doesn’t want to move to Tyneside, the truth is that United aren’t sold on the striker."

"The club have met Gervinho to discuss a potential move, but he did not impress senior figures at the club in those initial discussions."

11.56 Eidur Gudjohnsen is not wanted by Swansea City, says the South Wales Evening Post.

11.52 Deals aplenty at Sunderland, says local rag the Sunderland Echo. Ji Dong-Won and Darron Gibson’s moves are close to completion, while Wes Brown and John O'Shea are in talks. Seb Larsson and Keiren Westwood are set to arrive on a free while Craig Gardner and Charles N'Zogbia are both wanted too. That suggests a rather large wage bill for a club significantly geared in terms of player salaries. So expect some big earners to go too.

With free transfers Keiren Westwood and Seb Larsson both likely to go through and striker David Ngog set to agree to move from Liverpool, boss Steve Bruce can hope to have five new recruits in the very near future.

11.34 Gervinho is in talks with Arsenal, according to Lille. There's a player linked with all and sundry so the end of this particular saga would be extremely welcome.

11.29 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has confirmed his interest in Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erding. "Erding has always been on our radar. He's a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment," he said.

11.08 Here's a man who knows much about transfer double-dealing and his views on the Alexis Sanchez saga. Luciano Moggi, of Calciopoli itself, says Udinese are bluffing when they say they want to keep Sanchez. "Pozzo is bluffing when he says that Udinese want to hold on to Sanchez. In reality, he is just trying to spark a bidding war between the interested clubs," Moggi told Tuttosport. "Inter and Manchester City are the two most serious candidates to lure Sanchez away from Udine. I believe that Inter lead the chase ahead of the English side."

10.41 Spurs want Pablo Daniel Osvaldo but Espanyol say he will cost 20 million euros.

10.34 Italy international Amauri is wanted by two clubs in the Premier League, according to his agent. Juventus don't wish to keep him, it seems. Napoli and Lazio are more likely and there is always the possibility that English clubs are being used to keep the Serie A pair honest, so to speak.

10.27 Roma's Mirko Vucinic is up for sale, according to his agent. “If Juve are interested in Vucinic, they must speed things up, in which case we will be willing to discuss,” he told Tuttosport.

10.17 Reader comments from Ben in Australia: "As always a lot of Spurs rumours. With regard to Luka i'm suprised that he's leaving given he signed a new contract not 6 months ago and in doing so expressed his interest to stay at the Lane. He's also a fan favourite and given the fan loyalty to him i'm suprised that he's all of a sudden had his head turned by the likes of Chelsea and United. Getting Drogba is a short sighted move, he's 33 now. I'd think Sturridge (21) who is younger and showing promise would be a better makeweight in a deal for the Spurs engine room. At least that way we can build to the future. I'll be quite annoyed if we let Luka go at all though to be fair. We can say goodbye to any hope of making the top 4 next season if we do. Not what we need given the talk of building we Spurs fans have heard all year."

10.13 That Frank Arnesen has a clear policy at Hamburg with the news that Jeffrey Bruma is off to Hamburg on loan to Chelsea. Blues fans will look on with interest at the Bundesliga next season and perhaps see what they could have won.

09.53 Claims that Barcelona would sell David Villa to fund moves for Cesc Fabregas and Giuseppe Rossi have been roundly dismissed.

09.48 Ba is also wanted by Sunderland, Newcastle and Everton while Thomas Hitzlsperger is not wanted by Sam Allardyce, says HH. Story

09.34 More on Ba from Harry Harris: "West Ham offered Ba a new £50,000-a-week contract plus a £500,000 signing on fee to commit himself to the east London club, but instead the striker invoked a get out clause linked to the clubs relegation." Story to follow.

09.23 Demba Ba set for Newcastle, say The Times, a well-connected. However, they say, there is likely to be a row about agents fees - expect to hear that mantra-ed all summer.

09.06 To reiterate quotes from the other day, Michael Essien will not be joining Real Madrid, according his agent. "He regularly has Jose Mourinho on the phone because they know each other well and have got on with each other since Jose was in charge of Chelsea,” Fabien Piveteau told The Sun.

"But Real Madrid has never really appealed to him - Michael will stay at Chelsea, where he has another four years left on his contract.

08.56 Gunners fans were not exactly assured by a Q&A session last night with chief exec Ivan Gazidis it seems, and a link with another teenage defender is hardly likely to soothe those trophyless hackles. The Gunners lead the chase for left-back Alexander Milosevic, 19, who plays for Swedish side AIK Solna, say The Sun.

08.48 As ever, the Daily Mail's eggcup runneth over with flagrant speculation. Alexis Sanchez to City, they say, though the suspicion is the agent wants more glamour for his client. Charlie Adam will cost £10 million - taking that Liverpool Moneyball into the stratosphere, and Sunderland want Craig Gardner for £5 million for Birmingham. If you ask us, £10 million for him and Gibson with the Henderson cash is a rather good deal.

08.42 Shock horror, The Sun says Ronaldo does not want to go to Manchester City. Elsewhere in the supersoaraway, we have news that Younes Kaboul is to leave Tottenham for Marseille while Luka Modric is set to go to Chelsea for £130,000 a week. The Daily Mirror has the added line that Didier Drogba will be used as a makeweight in that deal, while also suggesting that last year's bore-off - Cesc to Barca - is back on for a £35 million fee. They also say that the Gunners must fight Spurs for Chris Samba.

08.30 The big news in England is a transfer of managers between two clubs in the purported 'Second City' - but we won't be touching that story here. No, we're interested in football players. Couple of tabloid selections to begin before we pick through the rest:

THE TIMES: Cesc Fabregas will reiterate his desire to join Barcelona this summer and is prepared to go public with his intentions should Arsenal once again block his move back to Spain.

DAILY STAR: Manchester United have failed in a bid for Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil.

June 13, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/13/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


England U21 Phil Jones will play for Manchester United next season. ©Getty Images

23.50: A final line before we shut up shop for the night. Chelsea are going to bid for Neymar again on Saturday, according to a report in Brazil, but - as we know - Santos are insisting they pay the €45m release clause.

23.44: Arsenal chief exec Ivan Gazidis knows the club must get busy in the market but thinks it would be foolish to over-react to the end-of-season slump. More here.

23.18: Galatasaray have apparently joined the race to sign Inter midfielder Sulley Muntari. Sunderland aren’t in the mix but Napoli and Sevilla could also be competing for the Ghana international.

22.49: Iker Casillas on Sergio Aguero and the possibility of a controversial switch: “I do not think it would be comfortable or easy to make a move in the Spanish capital and go from Atletico Madrid to Real Madrid. Everyone would love to have him on their team. He’s a target for many great clubs. Right now, Aguero is one of the three or four players who are a little bit better than the rest in football.”

22.04: Our man Harry Harris understands Chelsea haven't made a decision either way on Neymar after being told they will have to pay his €45 million release clause to prise him away from Santos. More here.

21.32: Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but neither move seems too probable at the moment and his agent is now touting him to Roma. "Roma would be priority if they were to make an offer," Rob Jansen told Radio Radio. "He would be perfect for Luis Enrique's new team. He is good with his feet too. Stekelenburg is one of the best in Europe and he is an important player."

20.37: Inter may or may not be in the mix for Napoli star Marek Hamsik. Asked on Radio Crc about the club’s interest in the player, CEO Ernesto Paolillo replied with some health and safety advice: “You have to climb the steps with caution or you risk stumbling."

He did, though, suggest that Diego Milito could be used as a makeweight without resorting to metaphor: “I will not exclude swap deals with Napoli, but I would rather not respond. Everything depends on what offers arrive and whether things suit the club."

20.00: Liverpool will hold talks with Blackpool star Charlie Adam later this week, according to Sky. Presumably they’ll then step up their attempts to sign three more central midfielders just to make extra sure the position is covered.

19.46: AS reports that Eric Abidal is set to sign a two-year extension to tie him to Barcelona until 2014.

19.27: Getafe midfielder Derek Boateng is happy to stay at the club despite reported interest from Dnipro. “I’m in no rush to move,” he told Joy FM. “I have a contract with Getafe.”

19.08: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has denied Manchester City have bid big for Slovakia star Marek Hamsik. “It’s just the same old story,” he said. “I have not received any offer for €40 million for Hamsik.”

18.42: Kaka’s dad has been spotted at AC Milan’s Via Turati headquarters but it seems he’s still not willing to stoke the flames of gossip. “Ricardo is not leaving Real Madrid,” Bosco Leite said.

18.20: Managerial gossip Sky Sports News says Aston Villa have been in touch with arch-rvials Birmingham about the Alex McLeish situation. The former Scotland boss has resigned but it appears this could get very messy indeed.

18.04: Just to add to Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo's quotes from earlier, he rates Manchester City as the most likely destination at present. "If Sanchez were to leave then I would give City the highest percentage [to sign him] as English football is rich and it knows how to value young talent," he said. We presume he meant "over-value".

17.37: Ipswich boss Paul Jewell insists they've had no bona fide offers for Connor Wickham. "There's been no bid for him," he said. "We've had enquiries, but enquiries don't mean anything. I could ring up Barcelona and enquire about Lionel Messi, but it doesn't mean I'll get him." More here.

16.55: We pretty much had this earlier, but now the quote seems to reveal that Sir Alex had been having another crack at signing Mesut Ozil. "We thank Manchester United for their interest but Ozil is fine in Madrid and has no intention of leaving," Ozil's agent, Reza Fazeli, said.

16.38 Wigan chairman Dave Whelan does not expect want-away winger Charles N'Zogbia to be at the club next season. "There is quite a lot of interest in Zoggy," Whelan said. "As long as we get the right fee, we're going to let you go."

15.59 Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo claims he has not received one decent offer for star forward Alexis Sanchez, despite the Chilean international being linked with Inter, Barcelona and Manchester United. “We have received no valid offers for Sanchez,” Pozzo said. “The right request has yet to arrive." Full story

Comment from Ramnik Dhar: I think Phil Jones was needed more by a team like Arsenal, Man Utd already have some great defenders.

15.13 Manchester United have confirmed the capture of England Under-21 defender Phil Jones on a five-year deal after agreeing an undisclosed fee with Blackburn Rovers. Full report

15.01 The lack of a manager has not prevented Chelsea handing a new one-year contract to backup goalkeeper Hilario. The 35-year-old made just one appearance last season - against Manchester United in the Community Shield.

14.44 Napoli's Michele Pazienza will undergo a medical at Juventus on Thursday, according to his agent. The midfielder has already agreed terms with Juve and will become their third signing of the summer, following the captures of Andrea Pirlo and Reto Ziegler.

14.22 Lille chief Frederic Paquet insists Gervinho will not be sold to a French rival, but he could head to the Premier League, where Arsenal and Liverpool have shown an interest. "PSG recently enquired about Gervinho ... we do not wish to sell him to a French club. He could join an English side, or he could stay with us."

14.04 Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club is struggling to persuade Jose Enrique to sign a new contract. "At the moment, it looks like he doesn't want to deal with us," said the Toon boss. Full story

13.50 Bolton boss Owen Coyle has reportedly tabled a £4 million bid to bring Benfica's young Spanish star Rodrigo Moreno back to the Reebok. However, the Portuguese club want £6 million for the Brazil-born forward.

13.32Wolves have made a move to sign Reading skipper Matt Mills, with manager Mick MCarthy is eager to seal a deal for the Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom target.

13.15 Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic is not interested in a move to Liverpool because he wants to represent the German champions in the Champions League next season. "Neven will not be leaving Dortmund this summer, I am certain," said his agent.

13.00 On loan striker Federico Macheda will not return to Sampdoria next season as reported in the Italian press and will stay at Old Trafford. "Macheda will remain at Manchester United," the player's agent Giovanni Bia insists.

12.30 St Etienne president Roland Romeyer insists that only a bid of Euro;15 million will Arsenal and Liverpool target Blaise Matuidi away from the club. Full story

12.29 Liverpool are still being linked with the same five players: Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy, Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing, Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, Ipswich forward Connor Wickham and Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Comment from Richard Benkahla: What about Liverpool this morning? Any news on new signings?

12.09 Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic is eager to return to the Premier League following Blues' with either Everton or Manchester City. "I've adapted to the style of play and it suits me perfectly," he said.

11.43 Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is closing in on a deal to sign out of contract Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Kieren Westwood, which could mean either Craig Gordon or Simon Mignolet leaving the Stadium of Light.

11.22 100-year-old AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi could be on his way to Serie A rivals Fiorentina, according to Italian media outlet Diretta News. La Viola are in the market for a new forward because Alberto Gilardino is expected to leave.

Comment from Glenn Irwin: First and foremost Arsene Wenger should try and re-sign the nucleus of our team, Nasri and Fabregas, then build around them. It's all well and good bringing in new faces but you have to have the base there to build on.

I'm tired of all the here say, and rumours, if we are interested in a player or a few, do whatever it takes to get them, rather than hinting at it and letting others get on the bandwagon.

We do need to rebuild, we don't need wholesale changes, just a few. We need experience. Come on Arsene, give the long suffering fans something to cheer about, get us some silverware.

10.51 However, Gianliugu Buffon has given Juve some good news. He told Gazzetta dello Sport: "Conte called me and told me important words that left me feeling involved in the plan. I'm convinced singular players will help the team and the team will help singular players. I think next season we could do good things. Officials have learnt to acknowledge me better. So, there are no doubts over my future: I stay at Juve at 100%."

10.39 Sebastian Giovinco’s agent claims that the midfielder will be at Parma next season, despite new Juventus coach Antonio Conte's desire to bring him back to Turin. Andrea D'Amico told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "At the moment, the plan is to continue with Parma, unless there are any major breakthroughs between both clubs.''

10.19 Sulley Muntari is mulling over a move to Napoli, after Sunderland claimed they could not afford to keep him in England.

09.59 Roma have made an offer to sign Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez from Bologna, according to the player's agent. ''The interest from Roma is there and we will meet with them this week,'' Ramirez's agent Vincenzo D'Ippolito said to Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.47 Stoke chairman Peter Coates has dismissed speculation that Ryan Shawcross will leave the club this summer. "We see Ryan's future at Stoke City. He is a very good young player and I expect him to be at Stoke next season,'' he said. ''I think with Ryan and Robert Huth we have two of the best centre-backs in the Premier League, and we don't want to change that."

09.40 Mesut Ozil will not be leaving Spain, as agent Reza Fazeli is quoted by Marca as saying: "Özil is very happy at Real Madrid.." The German international emphasised this by adding: "I do not move from Madrid."

09.24 Arsenal have reportedly agreed a deal worth £12m for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and will announce the signing soon.

09.15 Newcastle new boy Yohan Cabaye expects to be the first of many new players to arrive at St James' Park. "I am the first recruit but I have discussed things with manager Alan Pardew and I know others will follow. The directors have assured me on this point."

08.54 Reports in Italy claim that Manchester City will make an official approach for Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, but they will have to pay around €35 million.

08.38 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers, who is already attemting to sign Marcos Senna, is eyeing Barcelona B's 30-goal striker Jonathan Soriano and Boro hitman Marvin Emnes, acording to The Sun.

08.22 Newcastle United are hoping to snap up West Ham's Demba Ba before he signs for Everton after missing out on PSG-bound Kevin Gameiro, according to the Daily Mail.

08.00 Arsenal's Samir Nasri is making waves in Monday morning's UK newspapers with the Daily Mail claiming that majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is ready to open his chequebook to keep contract rebel at the club, while Metro claim the Gunners are ready to listen to offers in excess of £25 million for the 23-year-old.

Either way, the consensus seems to be that if Nasri does go he will not be sold to another Premier League club - bad news for Manchester United but good news for Bayern Munich, who have been sniffing around the player.

In other news, Everton ready to make a second attempt to sign attacking midfielder Sergio Canales on loan from Real Madrid (Daily Mirror) and fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla could also be heading to Merseyside, the midfielder is reportedly on his way to Liverpool.

June 12, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/12/2011

Welcome to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Ronaldo has clearly heard tales of £400k-a-week at City. ©Getty Images

22.33 Late rumour to close the shop after a long and lonely day for this scribe. It is said that Liverpool have agreed a fee with Blackpool for Charlie Adam. £10 million the fee, says Twitter - where else - so expect that to break tomorrow. There's one to tide you over until the morning comes. Goodbye for now.

22.03 Even more Twitter: Falcao, wanted, and quite rightly too, by many clubs across Europe, says he wants to stay at Porto. He tweeted: ""Stay calm about all the news. We all have dreams, but before thinking about them, they will stay with me at FC Porto."

21.35 More Twitter: News thin on the ground, but there's news and speculation that Manchester United will buy Argentine midfielder Pato Rodriguez. Says @intheknow99: "Figure I have been told is £9.7m (precise, I know!). #MUFC currently working on work permit paperwork, using "exceptional talent" rule."

20.31 The much-mentioned Eden Hazard is now linked with Barcelona. And he's rather happy about that news. He told El Mundo Deportivo: "Barca? Can I even get into their team? It's an honour to be linked with the best team in the world but I have nothing else to say. It is great to hear news like that."

19.51 Twitter talk: Some discussion of Arsenal being linked with Keisuke Honda of CSKA Moscow. He was excellent at the World Cup last year so it's an interesting move, though may signal defeat in their hopes of keeping Fabregas or Nasri.

18.59 More Birmingham stuff: Scott Dann is very much for sale, and Sky Sports and their sources suggest that Arsenal have joined the hunt alongside Liverpool. He's a Merseysider and doesn't speak French, Spanish or Polish so a move to Anfield looks likelier.

18.27 Barcelona are set to add to their midfield glut by siging Hercules youngster Kiko Femenia, who will only cost a 10 million euro buy-out clause. No sign of Hercules saying that the clause is not a release clause and that they want more money...indeed, he will only cost 4 million euros.

17.15 Demba Ba is linked with Newcastle, via Twitter talk, but doubts supposedly remain about his ability to pass a medical.

16.41 Manager movements: Billy Davies quits Forest and Steve McClaren is in talks. And now we are told that Alex McLeish has quit Birmingham City. We await confirmation of the latter.

16.28 More on Sneijder. First Guus Hiddink denies that he has been in talks with Chelsea about becoming the club's new manager, or told the Blues to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter. Then, the player himself says that: "Only God will decide where my future lies." Clearly thinks a lot of Guus, then.

16.02 DONE DEAL: Paris Saint-Germain have by completed the signing of France striker Kevin Gameiro from Lorient on a four-year deal.

15.54 Two Spurs player widely expected to move on from White Hart Lane are Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko. Both are making noises about staying, and the cynical would suggest a loyaly bonus is at the forefront of their thinking. Crouch: "Of course I'm happy where I am. It's a great club and, in my opinion, it's on the up."

Pavlyuchenko's agent Oleg Artemov:""Roman wants to stay at Tottenham. In a couple of weeks I plan to meet the management of the club. We will discuss his future. Roman has a Spurs contract and we want to prolong it. We will not even consider any other offers yet."

15.15 Corriere dello Sport says Didier Drogba is wanted by AC Milan, which seems almost plausible.

15.05 Bernie Mandic is back. That's the hirstute man who represented Harry Kewell at the time of his infamous move to Liverpool from Leeds United, the man who mistook the word 'nada' for 'doo-dah'. Anyway, his client looks likely to be returning to Australia and the A-League. "Every club that has expressed an interest in Harry has been told exactly the same thing at all times," Mandic told the Sydney Morning Herald. "(We've told them,) 'You are welcome to make an offer but keep in mind that the next move Harry makes will not be to a club offering the best financial offer. The key to any deal is the environment for his family."

13.50 Bad news for Chelsea? Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, has stated that if the Santos striker was his son, he would want him to play for Real Madrid. He told AS: "If he was my son, I would want him at Madrid. They are the best club in the world; they have no equal. It's the maximum a player could want. I know their president [Florentino Perez] well; he is a serious and passionate man." This was the chap that said Neymar was as good as Messi last week.

12.53 Not much in the way of reputable sources on this one, but Mikel Arteta is linked with a return to Spain with Valencia. Odd one, as Valencia are even skinter than Everton.

12.31 Paris Saint-Germain's petro-dollars will sign French striker Kevin Gameiro from Lorient for €11 million fee, according to L'Equipe.

11.51 Our man Harry Harris says the Jones deal is done, and it will cost Manchester United £20m. Story here.

11.26 Tottenham are prepared to go to war with Manchester United and Chelsea over Luka Modric, say The Mirror.

11.06 Bayern Munich are in the Samir nasri hunt, say the Mail on Sunday. That may be better for Arsene's mood if he thinks he might lose his 'Little Prince' to Manchester United instead.

11.02 Liverpool linked with Silvestre? Surely not, oh, it seems Catania have claimed that Liverpool are interested in their Argentine defender Matias Silvestre, say Itasportpress. Villarreal linked too. Mikael remains at Werder Bremen.

10.56 The Phil Jones saga is an odd one, with The Mail on Sunday suggesting he's off to Liverpool for £22 million but many others saying the deal is all but done to Manchester United for £20.5 million. Meanwhile, the player himself must concentrate on playing for England U21 v Spain on Sunday evening.

10.30 Let's begin with a quick round-up from our friends of Fleet Street:

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Manchester City executives are due to fly out tomorrow in an effort to clinch a deal for Udinese's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, their main summer transfer target.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Cristiano Ronaldo is demanding a huge £400,000 a week to join Manchester City. Also: Arsene Wenger is confident Samir Nasri will stay at Arsenal...Kenny Dalglish's £80million Liverpool revolution is set to continue with the capture of Southampton whizzkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Manchester United's sensational summer spending spree is being funded by Qatari money, it was claimed and Arsenal are involved in a £10million battle with neighbours Tottenham for Ivory Coast striker Gervinho.

THE PEOPLE: Sir Alex Ferguson is on a £125million spending spree - with Inter Milan midfield star Wesley Sneijder next on his hit list.

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Manchester United's multi-million pound signing of teenage defender Phil Jones from Blackburn Rovers lies in tatters this morning.

NEWS OF THE WORLD: Roman Abramovich will give Guus Hiddink a £150million war chest and tell him: Make Chelsea champions of Europe.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: The Turkish FA are threatening to report Chelsea to FIFA, if Guus Hiddink breaks his contract to engineer a return to Stamford Bridge.

June 11, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/11/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Javier Pastore could be on his way out of Palermo this summer. ©Getty Images

22.35 We are closing the blog after a long day. Back in the morning for the usual Sunday glut of transfers and hopefully something approaching a resolution to the Phil Jones question.

21.48 Manchester United are widely linked with Pato Rodriguez of Independiente. The last player they signed from that club was none other than Diego Forlan.

21.40 Santos say they have not received any offers for Ganso so far, amid reports that AC Milan want the attacking midfielder. “The situation is the same: Santos have not received any offer from AC Milan for Ganso so there is no deal,” Santos Sporting Director Pedro Luis Nunes Conceicao told Calciomercato. “If Milan want to make a bid to Santos, it is simple. At the moment we have not received any offer.”

21.19 Hmm, this is tomorrow's back page of the Mail on Sunday. That tells a different story. Liverpool bid £22 million? This is getting silly now.

20.54 Twitter talk Paul Smith of the Sunday Mirror suggests that the Phil Jones deal is done.

19.33 Twitter talk from deep-voiced Eurosport doyen Tim Capel: "Interesting potential transfer #QPR's #Tarabt is interesting #RubinKazan." Interesting indeed.

19.20 It's not a player, but a manager instead. Simon Grayson of Leeds United is now the heavy favourite of the race to be Aston Villa manager. Grayson played for Villa too, so it's a possibilty, though an underwhelming one too.

19.12 Birmingham City are putting Roger Johnson on the market, say Talksport, who have spoken to his agent Phil Smith, who says he has been told to find a suitor.

18.20 Someone else not moving anywhere is Lukas Podolski, who says he does not want to go to Roma and will stay at FC Cologne. "It's a fact that I'm getting offers all the way through the past season, but I do not really consider them," he told German newspaper Express. "I still have two years left to run on my deal and my ambition is to see it out."

18.09 A Facebook page purporting to be from David De Gea suggests that he has signed for Manchester United. Hmm, strange preparation for Sunday's U21 game against England. Rat smelled again.

17.46 Inter Milan and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has dismissed reports linking him with Manchester United and won't be going to Roma either. He's staying at Inter. "Roma have tested the waters with me, they were really interested," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "But I decided to stay at Inter until 2014, which is when my contract expires.
"So, the story is closed. I'd like my name to disappear from the pages of transfers. No Roma, no Manchester United, no nothing. Now I want to beat (new Italian champions) AC Milan and win back the Scudetto. Also, I'd like to win the Champions League again."

17.16 More on the Phil Jones saga. Blackburn are now questioning how Manchester United knew he had a £16 million release clause and want more money to prevent a complaint to the Premier League, says newshound Harry Harris. Story

16.58 Turkish club Besiktas have confirmed they are in negotiations with Manchester United over the possible transfer of out-of-favour forward Bebe. Full story

16.18 More Manchester United gossip: The Premier League champions will face a battle with Serie A champions AC Milan for the signature of Arse4nals' Samir Nasri, according to reports in Italy.

16.01 Manchester United may have to pay more than £16 million for Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones due to a release clause in the defender's contract.

15.24 Michael Essien has handed manager-less Chelsea a boost by declaring his intention to stay at Stamford Bridge next season. Full story

15.05 Gunners defender Johan Djourou has urged manager Arsene Wenger to sign up Lille star Gervinho, insisting: "He has all the ingredients to play for Arsenal." Full story

14.19 Barcelona and Udinese officials will meet on Tuesday to discuss the increasingly protracted transfer of Chile winger Alexis Sanchez, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

13.44 England U21 defender Michael Mancienne says his decision to quit Chelsea and join Bundesliga side Hamburg will make him a better player.

13.24 Rangers manager Ally McCoist will hold talks over the weekend with regards to making Israel international Tomer Hemed his first signing. Full story

13.00 Premier League newcomers Swansea have opened transfer talks with Spain's Euro 2008 winner Marcos Senna. Full story

12.39 Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson, who is a transfer target for Sunderland, says he would be willing to quit Old Trafford if he does not start playing more regularly.

12.19 Javier Pastore insits he never said he wanted to quit Palermo amid interest from Manchester City and Chelsea. Full story

11.48 Juventus could be willing to exchange defensive midfielder Felipe Mello for his Lassana Diarra, his Real Madrid equivalent, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

11.05 Newcastle United have turned down a "derisory" offer from relegated West Ham United for Kevin Nolan.

11.04 Tottenham and Manchester City (who seem to be very busy) could join Arsenal and Newcastle United in the race to sign Lille forward Gervinho.

10.44 Liverpool have made a £5 million bid for Arsenal defender Gael Clichy as the Frenchman only has a year to run on his current contract. Full story

10.20 Manchester United forward Bebe will spend next season on loan at Besiktas with a view to completing a £2 million move to the Turkish club. Full report

09.54 Man City have also made a late bid to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez before he seals an expected move to Barcelona - putting together a bid worth £26 million, according to Sky Sport 24.

09.30 Arsenal's attempt to sign Lille striker Gervinho in a £10 million deal could be derailed at the last minute by Man City, who, according to the Daily Mail, have offered the 25-year-old a "huge" salary.

09.00 It's the Manchester City and Chelsea show in Satyurday morning's UK newspapers as the two clubs are reportedly going head to head in the battle to sign three different players this summer.

The big-spending Premier League duo are set tussle over the signing off Palermo's Javier Pastore after the Argentine striker admitted he is on the move, according to Metro. Meanwhile , Talksport claim the duo are both eyeing a move for Atletico Madrid's Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, but will have to wait until July to make their move.

Chelsea have also made a cheeky enquiry into the availability of City skipper Carlos Tevez after the £50 million-rated striker told an Argentinian TV show he didn't enjoy his life in Manchester.

June 10, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/10/2011

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Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy could be out of the door. ©Getty Images

17.20 Right folks, that's all we've got time for today but join us again from 0900 BST on Saturday for more transfer news and gossip from the world of football.

17.10 Rangers have rejected a bid from Bursaspor for Steven Whittaker. Gers boss Ally McCoist says he has no intention of breaking-up his squad.

16.50 Bojan's agent Zoran Vekic says the Barca striker could be on his way to join former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique at Roma.

Vekic told Radio Mana Mana:“Bojan to Roma? It’s a match made in heaven. I see this as a perfect marriage."

16.23 Former Newcastle striker and Championship goalscoring star Michael Chopra has moved from Cardiff to Ipswich.

16.01 Real Mallorca have reportedly agreed terms with Atletico Madrid’s Juan Valera and Sevilla’s Alejandro Alfaro, though nothing has been agreed yet between the clubs.

15.40 Despite saying last week that a move to Chelsea would be completed on Monday just gone, Romelu Lukaku now insists he is in no rush to decide on his future.

Lukaku said: "Hello all, I read a lot in the paper about me these days. Some journalists try to sell information they don't always know about. Please know that my current and only focus is ... passing my exams.

"After that I'll have some holiday and will start the pre-season with RSCA (Anderlecht). I'll keep you all posted...thank you for your understanding."

15.15 We had someone joke earlier that DJ Campbell would be better for Arsenal than Gervinho. Well here is a window of opportunity for the Gunners. The Blackpool strike rhas told Ian Holloway he wants to leave Bloomfield Road.

Campbell said: “I had a conversation with the manager and told him how I felt. He understands.
He knows that at my age, with what I achieved during the season, he can’t really stand in my way. It’s not about money - I’m a human being with ambitions.”

14.59 Sergio Aguero has told TyC Sports. "It makes me happy that a coach like Mourinho speaks well of me, him just as much as other coaches." We reckon speculation linking him with Real might just increase after that...

14.32 Here's the full story on Manchester United closing in on Aston Villa's Ashley Young.

14.18 Marlon King has signed for Birmingham but Coventry are furious as apparently he had agreed to stay with them. Full story here.

13.40 in-demand Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour will not be making any decision on his future until after his summer holiday, according to agent Paul Stefani

Stefani said: "The player has several major offers but he is now on holiday. When he gets back we will discuss his future with Standard. Until then we can do more."

13.16: The Sunderland Echo says Johan Cabaye is due on Tyneside to complete his £4.8 million switch to Newcastle United from Lille. Former Magpies defender Olivier Barnard compared Cabaye to Kieron Dyer. That'll be the kiss of death then.

13.08 Stoke and West Brom reportedly interested in Bolton midfielder matt Taylor. A fee of £1.5 million could be enough to prise him away from the Reebok Stadium.

12.51 Montpellier have signed Cameroon full-back Henri Bedimo on a four-year contract from relegated Lens.

12.30 Sunderland are going to use some of the cash from the near £20 million transfer of Jordan Henderson to bid for Peter Crouch, says Goal.com. Apparently the Wearsiders will offer £10 million for the Tottenham striker.

12.16 Javier Pastore says he is now reasy to leave Palermo. He is quoted on Fox Sports-Del Plata as saying: "I think that the moment has come to leave Palermo."

12.07 Sky Sports News reporting that Ashley Young will sign for Manchester United from Aston Villa when he gets back from holiday.

11.57 Keep the comments flooding in, reader monaal is relishing the prospect of an Arsenal exodus:

"Loving the torture of arsenal fans this summer! Clichy to Liverpool, Fabregas to Barcelona, Nasri to Manchester United and Diaby saying he likes the Tottenham shirt more. What's next? Wenger to QPR? Haa!"

11.46 Man City defender Jerome Boateng has outlined his desire to join Bayern Munich. He joined City from Hamburg on a five-year deal 12 months ago but already has his sights set on a move back to the Bundesliga.

Boateng said: ''I would like to go to Munich. On my side everything is clear. I have already told Roberto Mancini that I want to play in central defence and not at full-back. Bayern have indicated I will play in the centre. To play there regularly is important for me because I will have a better chance of playing in the national team.''

11.39 Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo has revealed that his preferred destination, should he leave Turin, would be Spain. The Brazil international played for Mallorca, Racing Santander and Almeria between 2005 and 2008. Melo said: "England would be a last option. I really want to return to Spain."

11.22 Rennes goalkeeper Nicolas Douchez has agreed to join PSG on a three-year contract.

11.13 Bayern Munich teenager David Alaba has signed a two-year extension to his contract at the Allianz Arena until June 2013.

Bayern sporting director Christian Nerlinger said: `"We are very pleased to tie such a young and talented player to the club long-term. In the coming weeks we will decide together David's short-term future and what is best for all parties.''

11.01 The Northern Echo reckons Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is stepping up his pursuit of South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won from K-League outfit Chunnam Dragons. Apparently he will cost £1 million.

10.51 Parma may not be keen on Sebastian Giovinco leaving for Juve (see 10.17) but Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte is persisting in his interest according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

10.39 It's the summer months which means it's time for Barca players to start talking about Cesc Fabregas and how they want him to come to Camp Nou. Cue Gerard Pique:

"I hope to see him in a Barca shirt. I know his family are lifelong cules (Barca fans) and I would be thrilled to see him return."

It begins....

10.24 Peterborough goalkeeper Joe Lewis says he is happy to stay at the club:

“Everyone knows that I want to play at the highest level, but playing in the Championship next season certainly wouldn’t damage my career in any way. Until anything solid or concrete comes along from elsewhere I will remain a Peterborough player and continue to be 100 per cent committed to the club."

10.17 Parma have reiterated that Sebastian Giovinco will be staying at the club next season, despite continued interest from Juventus.

Parma sporting director Pietro Leonardi said: “We’ve said it in every language that we know. Giovinco will be ours and will play with us.”

10.03 Remember to get your comments in using the tool below. That's what shyamalsantra did and the hilarity of this means we're putting it up here:

"I think DJ Campbell is a better player than Gervinho."

Superb.

09.45 Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has resigned himself to leaving Old Trafford this summer. "I haven't spoken with Alex Ferguson," he said. “He has told me nothing. He never tells me anything. I don't know if I can stick it any more.”

09.26 Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro won't be moving to Newcastle: "I'll think about my future in the coming days,” he told RMC Sport. "It will be Paris or Valencia. The two clubs are very good. I will calmly make my decision over the next days.''

09.12 Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, is keen to bring in Tottenham's Peter Crouch, if he can manage to prise him away from Spurs. Big changes expected, then, at the Stadium of Light.

08.55 Nikkan Sports quote Keisuke Honda saying he wants to quit CSKA. ''It's unbearable, I can't stay.'' PSG and Man City on alert... Full story here

08.41 Gianluca Zambrotta has told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Milan should buy Marek Hamsik. He stated: "Marek Hamsik would fit in very well at Milan. I would love to see him join the team. He has already shown at Napoli that he is a player who can make the difference.''

08.32 Sergio Aguero has said he will not make a decision on where his future lies until after the forthcoming Copa America. "A decision about a possible transfer elsewhere will be made when the Copa America is over," the Argentina forward told Canal 7. "At the moment, I don't know anything about what will happen."

08.18 Interesting quotes from Luka Modric, which suggest he could be on his way out: "I'm a Tottenham player and will be in London on July 7 to begin preparing for the season," he was quoted as saying. "But I want to say that transfers could occur later. In England it is often the case they happen on the last day of the transfer period, August 31. So it is pointless to worry about anything now. "If my situation changes after the start of preparation it would not be a problem."

08.13 More encouraging Arsenal news as Wenger is reportedly in talks with defenders Gary Cahill and Chris Samba and Lille duo Gervinho and Eden Hazard.

08.07 A quick paper round-up reveals some interesting gossip:

Daily Mirror: Southampton's £12m-rated winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be confirmed as a Gunners player on 1 July... But Manchester United are planning a £10m bid for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri who will be a free agent in 12 months time.

The Sun: Martin Jol wants to make unsettled Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan his first signing at Fulham... and Robbie Keane could also be on his way to Craven Cottage. Manchester United goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak has resigned himself to starting life at another Premier League club as United close in on David de Gea.

Daily Mail: The president of the Uzbekistan Football Federation says Arsenal want to sign national team captain, midfielder Odil Ahmedov... Everton are prepared to sell Joseph Yobo and Yakubu to raise money to make a bid for Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia. And Ashley Young is poised to complete his transfer to Manchester United before the weekend, when he gets married.

08.00 Early news from Arsenal as Gael Clichy is apparently the subject of interest from Liverpool according to the Guardian. £5 million is the fee mooted, which seems a little small for an established international, although he does only have one year remaining on his contract.

June 9, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/09/2011

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Falcao has attracted attention in Europe. ©Getty Images

23.57 That snippet, currently causing a bit of a ruckus on blessed Twitter, is our final gambit of the day. Back tomorrow for more fun. Good night!

23.52 Jones is valued at £25 million by Rovers, rather than the £16 million Manchester United believe they have triggered. Looks like a case of smoke and mirrors, and we think the deal will be done. Harry Harris has the Story here.

23.23 News reaches us of a hold-up with the Phil Jones deal.

23.12 Liverpool want Gael Clichy, according to Friday's Times.

22.42 Twitter talk: Eurosport Tim Caple, he of a wonderfully sweepingly deep voice has this snippet from the U20 tournament in France: "transfer business done today in #Toulon #Colombian right back #Arias who will play in the final v France signs for 5 years at #Sporting."

22.27 David Trezeguet has a "50 percent" chance of playing for Napoli in the 2011-12 season, his agent, Antonio Caliendo has told wonderfully named Naples-based radio station Kiss-Kiss.

21.46 Jordan Henderson on his, well, massive move. He told Liverpool's website: "I'm over the moon, overjoyed to be here and I'm really looking forward to it. I was flattered to know Liverpool were interested in me and, once I knew, it was a massive decision for me to make but also a massive opportunity. Obviously it's hard to leave your local club. I'm a Sunderland lad, I've supported them all my life. But I'm really looking forward to the future now and obviously this is a massive opportunity for me. I'm really excited by it."

21.13 Rat well and truly smelled, as someone purporting to be Nasri's agent, an AlainMigliaccio (trying to work out what that is an anagram of), has this to say: "Samir Nasri and Arsenal FC regret to announce that they failed to agree contract terms due to irreconcilable differences. My client would like to thank Arsenal fans for their support and hopes they understand that his motivations are not financially motivated. Samir has not yet made a decision regarding where he will play in future but he hopes that it will enable him to further his progress. to allow him to compete at the highest level befitting his talent. Thank you all. Arsenal FC have informed me that they will make their own statement early tomorrow morning. Thank you AM." Hmmm.

21.12 Barcelona want to sign Boca Juniors striker Sergio Araujo, say Argentine radio station La Red.

20.41 Twitter talk: Rumours of a Nasri announcement at 9pm BST. We'll see.

20.08 DONE DEAL: Jordan Henderson's move to Liverpool is done, for £16 million. No news on David N'Gog though. Story

19.06 Wesley Sneijder is the centre of some of the summer's speculation, but his latest statement suggests he may yet stay with Inter Milan. "There is a family atmosphere at Inter and there are all the ingredients to aim high," he told the Corriere dello Sport. "Milan is marvellous, picturesque and full of elegance. I love it. At the moment I am very happy here and I don't see why I should leave." We can think of a couple of reasons, and money would lead them, but he may yet get a role with the Milanese Tourist Board.

18.00 Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has signed a contract with Ligue 1 champions Lille, taking his leave of Israeli football.

17.32 Jerome Boateng wants to quit Manchester City after a mixed year there. "I want to join Bayern. They are number one in Germany and amongst the top six clubs in Europe," the defender told Kicker. The issue of price remains though, and Bayern are way off City's valuation at the moment.

17.27 Marlon King to add goalpower and no little notoriety to Birmingham City's cause next season, say Sky.

16.49 Martin Jol is expected to step up his pursuit of international goalscoring sensation Robbie Keane in the next couple of days.

16.28 Sky Sports reporting tha Samir Nasri is now Manchester United's top transfer target and that the club will be focusing much of their attention on trying to lure him away from Arsenal.

14.09 Real Madrid midfielder Ferndo Gago would "love" to return to Boca Juniors, according to his agent Marcelo Lombilla, but the Argentinian's future lies in Europe. Lombilla said: "Gago is dying to play for Boca, but right now it is not possible. Until [Real Madrid coach Jose] Mourinho resumes his activities then we do not know what will happen.
It is not serious, however, to say that he will go free [to Boca] when in Europe there is interest from at least three teams."

15.40 Carlos Tevez may not be Manchester's biggest fan but the City PR machine is in overdrive. David Silva says: "I am very happy in Manchester. This year we won a title, we go through to the Champions League and, sure, next year will be better."

15.19 It would seem that Napoli may offer Liverpool a chance to get Alberto Aquilani off their books. The midfielder's agent has opened up the possibility of a move to the Partenopei, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

15.01 The Twittersphere is suggesting that Arsenal are in talks with Eden Hazard. You can follow us - @ESPNsoccernet is the place to go.

14.47 Keep the comments coming in folks. Francis has sent one, outlining his thoughts on what the summer holds for Chelsea:

"It would be great if chelsea bring Lukaku, Neymar and Sneijder/Modric to the bridge! Presently, I think we need to strengthen the attack and midfield. That's where we have trouble. And of course a great manager like Hiddink to put the icing on the cake."

14.23 Here's an unexpected rumour from Tuttosport: Juventus in the hunt for Arsenal's Theo Walcott. Not sure what to make of that!

14.05 Harry Redknapp says Peter Crouch is staying at Tottenham. When asked whether he will leave, Redknapp said: "I doubt it. Crouchy is a good player. I like him.
He is a great lad and I love him as a fella. He is not one I'm looking to shift. We are looking to bring a striker in but he is not one of those that we are looking to sell if we can help it.''

13.59 It's the one you've all been waiting for: Turkish side Kayserispor are closing in on the signing of Ghanaian right-back Seth Konadu. Thank you Ghanasoccernet.

13.47 BST: Sunderland are keen to take Danny Welbeck on loan from Manchester United for another season but Everton are keen on a loan move too, says the Metro.

13.34 BST Juventus have agreed a deal with Lazio for the signing of full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner, according to the player's representative. Full story here.

13.12 Bayern Munich have had a reported offer of €10 million for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal rejected, according to Leverkusen's director of football Rudi Voller, who told Kicker: "Our principle is that Arturo is too important to us and we want to keep him in any case, whether the offers come from Munich or Napoli, they are not high enough to force us into a rethink."

12.55 Bojan's agent Zoran Vekic says Udinese are in talks with Barcelona over a possible move to Serie A. The striker is likely to be used as a makewight in any deal for Alexis Sanchez, though he has also been linked with Roma, now managed by former Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique.

Vekic told asromanews.it:: "For the time being there is nothing official. I know that Barcelona and Udinese are in talks but I don't know the exact details, if it is money or an exchange. With regards to Roma, I have been a friend of Luis Enrique for the past 20 years.
But in the past few days we have never spoken about Bojan so I believe this is just rumours.''

12.35 Manchester United goalkeeper Thomas Kuszczak has issued Sir Alex Ferguson with an ultimatum in France Football, never really a good idea. He said: "For me it is very clear: either I play in goal for Manchester United, or I leave the club...[Sir Alex] did not say anything. He tells me nothing. I do not know what to think. I have some suggestions: we will see."

12.21 Former Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers winger Jamel Johnson is on trial with Mexican club Pachuca, according to MLSsoccer.com.

12.10: Egyptian international Ahmed Elmohamady has completed a permanent move to Sunderland after a successful season on loan in the north east.

12.01 Sky sources reporting that Ashley Young's representatives are in talks with Manchester United.

11.52 Not quite a transfer story but our favourite one of the day. Usain Bolt says he could play for Man utd when he stops running.

11.35 Palermo have rejected an offer from Tottenham to sign Uruguay international Abel Hernandez, according to the player's agent Vincenzo D'Ippolito, who said:
"It's true. But for the time being I know (Palermo president Maurizio) Zamparini has
turned down the offer, although I do not know what the figure was. If indeed it was 10million euros then it would be considered too low as the value of the player in the market is of 20million euros. The transfer market has just started so we will see what happens.''

11.33 Gokhan Inler says he has yet to agree personal terms with Napoli ahead of his estimated €20 million move from Udinese.

11.25 Skysports.com suggesting Utrecht's Netherlands international Kevin Strootman could be on his way to the Premier League. The midfielder
is reportedly interesting new Fulham boss Martin Jol, with the player's agent saying: "Kevin would be interested to play in the Premier League, like any player would. I believe he has the qualities to play in England and be a success in the Premier League."

11.14 Samir Nasri reportedly wants to be made Arsenal's highest paid player alongside Cesc Fabregas if he is to stay at the club. Nasri wants £110,000 apparently, which is what Fabregas is believed to be on.

11.04 Another Atletico player who seems to want out is defender Diego Godin, who says that he quite fancies a move to Chelsea. He said: "For Chelsea to still be interested in having me is an honour and means I must be playing well. Who would not want to play there? To do so would be a step up".Full story here.

10.57 AS reporting that Real Madrid may offer Lass Diarra and Alvaro Negredo (who they must first buy back from Sevilla) as part of any deal for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero.

10.44 Maxwell's agent Mino Raiola has dismissed speculation linking the Barcelona left-back with AC Milan, saying: “There is nothing to clear up regarding the future of Maxwell. He plays for Barcelona, he is happy in Barcelona and he will remain at Barcelona.”

10.37 Remember that you can have your say using the tool below. That's what Felix is done, we hope Monsieur Wenger is listening:

"Arsenal FC have started their unequal archetectural design for failure - Arsene Wenger stop ur micro economics and go macro! Buy big players that can deliver the coveted silverware - Falcao, Hulk (Both of Porto) should be targets. Kindly redeem your image and put Arsenal back to where they belong."

10.22: Lazio have confirmed that Germany striker Miroslav Klose has signed for the club. Full story here.

10.04 Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani was spotted in a Milan restaurant talking to a representative of River Plate starlet Erik Lamela last night.

09.46 Full story on Santos wanting £41 million for Neymar.

09.42 Romelu Lukaku is hoping to finalise his move to Chelsea on Saturday when his agent is meeting Anderlecht general manager Herman van Holsbeeck and a Blues delegation to thrash out terms of the £20 million deal.

09.36 Sticking with Japanese players, national team coach Alberto Zaccheroni has been encouraging them to move to Europe. Gamba Osaka midfielder Yasuhito Endo said: "I've heard all about Italy from the coach. "I leave those things up to my agent but I'm not the only one getting that sort of advice from the coach. He wants us to be playing at the highest club level." Full story here

09.26 PSG set to be given a &euro50 million transfer kitty from their new Qatari owners, with Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa and CSKA's Keisuke Honda on their radar acording to France Football.

09.05 The Metro reckons that Chelsea are winning the race with Manchester United to bring Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder to the Premier League, with his wife reportedly keener on a move to London than Manchester. She wouldn't be the first!

08.56 Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley will leave Swansea, saying the "time is right for a new challenge". You'd think a "new challenge" would be playing in the Premier League...

08.52 Coventry striker Marlon King is having a medical at Birmingham this morning, reports BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

08.45 Benfica are set to seal a €2.4 million deal for Argentina winger Enzo Perez, according to Ole.

08.23 Marca suggests Neymar could be on the way to Real Madrid because his agent - Wayne Ribeiro - is the man who took Robinho to the Bernabeu. Quite why they would want to risk repeating that experience is beyond us.

08.13 New Fulham boss Martin Jol will raid his old side Ajax for Morocco international Mounir El Hamdaoui.

08.05 A paper round-up for you:

Daily Star: Swansea preparing to swoop for Spain international Marcos Senna on a free transfer from Villarreal; Harry Redknapp is lining up a fresh bid for Germany defender Serdar Tasci from Stuttgart; John Heitinga may leave Everton ins earch of Champions League football.

Daily Mail: Man Utd will sign Ashley Young within the next 48 hours; Juventus are set to pull the plug on making Alberto Aquilani's loan move from Liverpoool a permanent one; Arsene Wenger tried and failed to hijack Spurs' bid for Brad Friedel; Newcastle rejected a £3 million bid from West Ham for Kevin Nolan and want at least £6 million.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal may have missed out on Phil Jones, but Gary Cahill from Bolton is worth £15m and Chris Samba from Blackburn at £12m could ease their defensive pain... United are also set to capture Ashley Young from Aston Villa after talks over his new deal stalled.

The Sun: Chelsea have been told they will have to break the bank to sign wonderkid Neymar - £41m! Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng, 28, is a £5m target for Sunderland, Stoke, Newcastle, Wigan and Bolton. Birmingham will demand big money in the shape of £14m for their central defender Roger Johnson, while they want £8m for Cameron Jerome and Bolton will have to up their £5m bid.

08.00 Morning all, and welcome to another day of transfer tattle. First up, it's Falcao at Porto and he's said he could be tempted by a move away from the club with Arsenal and Spurs interested.

June 8, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/08/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.

With Jordan Henderson headed to Anfield, making it a combined £55 million for him and Andy Carroll - there's 'Moneyball' for you - and David Ngog adding to Sunderland's phalanx of quite good strikers, it falls to us to get with the gossip to check on the next big move of this most silliest of seasons. Once that cash is spent, then the market may begin to open up.


Hernandez is one move that will not be happening. ©Getty Images

23.59 And that's it for tonight. Join us again on Thursday morning.

23.36 Auxerre defender Cedric Hengbart is quoted by the Daily Star as saying he is being tracked by Stoke, Blackburn, QPR, Werder Bremen and Hannover but he wants to play in England.

23.02 Reports in Ireland suggest Everton will win the race to sign Reading's Shane Long.

22.40 Reports in Lancashire say Seb Larsson, a free agent after leaving Birmingham, will turn down Blackburn and sign for Sunderland.

22.35 It's a quiet night in the world of transfers, but we are told by Sky Sport24 that Miroslav Klose has agreed to join Lazio now and will have his medical on Thursday.

21.52 Man City youngster John Guidetti has agreed terms with FC Twente, according to De Telegraaf, and he could complete a move to the Eredivisie on Friday.

21.11 Preston, Rochdale, Yeovil and Bristol Rovers are all said to want to sign David Gonzalez on loan from Manchester City.

20.47 This morning Gervinho said he might stay with Lille. When that's now changed. He told Sky Sports: "I have made my mind up," he added. "I will soon meet the club and let them know, but they understand my feelings that I want to prove myself in a top league in Europe. My agents are moving things as I want, people know where my future lies, it is in England."

20.32 More quotes from Kaka on staying with Real Madrid. He told Jornal da Tarde: “Frankly, my wish is to stay. Before I came to Brazil, Mourinho and the bosses at Madrid told me to spend a quiet holiday ahead of the pre-season. They knew there would be lot of speculation because there have been rumours ever since I arrived [at Madrid]. But I really want to stay and I will stay.”

19.51 Lille midfielder Youhan Cabaye should finalise his move to Newcastle his week, as reported in The Journal.

19.45 Could Marcos Senna be playing for Swansea City next season? He's the latest player to be linked to the Premier League newcomers.

19.33 With Luis Enrique to take over at Roma, the talk is he will try and bring Bojan over from Barcelona. But the player wants to prove himself at Barca despite being offered around clubs.

19.21 Giuseppe Rossi is still flattered by the link with Barca. "Seeing my name associated with a great club like Barcelona obviously has a certain effect on me. At the end of the day we need to see what's real and what isn't," he told Radio Kiss Kiss. "Are Barcelona my first choice? We'll wait and see what happens."

19.07 Voetbal International reports that Hector Moreno is set to leave AZ for Espanyol.

19.01 Liverpool are thought to be pondering a move for Scott Dann after being beaten to Phil Jones by Manchester United.

18.44 AP reports that Barcelona have a transfer kitty of £45 million.

18.44 Catalunya Ràdio claims that Cesc Fabregas has agreed to join Barcelona. We've heard that one before somewhere.

18.35 Steve Bruce has confirmed exclusively to ESPNsoccernet that Sunderland have launched a £12 million combined bid for three Manchester United players.

18.12 Sounds like John O'Shea could be the third Man United player Sunderland are after.

18.01 Talk of Roma's Jeremy Menez moving to Milan seem a bit premature. He is likely to hold talks with new boss Luis Enrique first. "I read so many stories that he already has a deal with Milan, but the truth is that he is happy at Roma and does not want to leave here," His agent, Kevin Menez, informed Radio Mana Mana.

17.44 Chris Burke has joined Birmingham City on a free transfer from Cardiff City.

17.31 Morrocan striker Mounir El Hamdaoui, once on the books of Tottenham, is interesting Fulham. He scored 19 in 38 games for Ajax last term. Martin Jol the obvious link. A fee of 4.5 million euros is touted.

17.23 Kaka says he wants to stay at Real Madrid. "I did not match my expectations, as well as those of the media and fans. I hope and expect to do great things at Real Madrid. It's all about confidence. And contrary to what has been said, Mourinho has helped me a lot," he is quoted as saying by AS.

17.01 Sunderland are reported to be bidding for THREE Manchester United players, including Wes Brown and Darron Gibson.

16.46 Leeds chairman Ken Bates will not rule out the possibility of Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith returning to Elland Road. "Alan Smith returning to Elland Road would be a very popular move, but we have to be careful because unfortunately over the last few seasons Alan's had a pretty poor injury record and one thing we can't afford to do is sign somebody who is not fit to play,'' he said.

16.36 Celtic's Efrain Juarez, who has been linked with a host of clubs, has told The Daily Record: "The truth is I have told my agent that while I am in the Mexican team for this tournament, there will be no transfer talk.''

16.04 Another Real Madrid bench-warmer is keen to move on. Argentine centre-back Ezequiel Garay wants first-team football according to his agent, Ricardo Schlieper. "Ezequiel (Garay) is happy in Madrid but wants to play," Schlieper said in As. "That is why he accepts leaving (Real) Madrid whether it be on a loan or permanent deal.''

15.44 Valencia are reportedly considering raiding relegated La Liga outfit Deportivo La Coruna for the services of Mexican international Adres Guardado.

15.28 Liverpool reject Alberto Aquilani won't be going to AC Milan anytime soon. ''I can say that I am not aware of any interest from AC Milan," said Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia to Gazzetta dello Sport. "They are just rumours and we have had no contact with Milan.''

15.12 AZ Alkmaar CEO Toon Gerbrands is happy to talk to Ajax over the sale of Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, but only if the Eredivisie champions meet their price. ''We always have coffee ready if they want to talk," the AZ chief told Voetbal International. "However, they know the amount which we are open to talks. They think our demands are too high at the moment. No hard feelings, but that means that the deal is off."

14.51 German champions Borussia Dortmund have insisted Japan star Shinji Kagawa is not for sale after he claimed he would love to play for Man Utd. Dortmund general manager Michael Zorc said: "It's not a topic for us, Kagawa is not for sale. Our ambition is to extend Shinji's contract early. When he returns from his holidays, we will discuss everything with him in peace."

14.47 Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has completed his transfer to Bayern Munich after passing a medical today. The 25-year-old flew into Munich this morning to complete a deal that ties him to the Allianz Arena for five years.

14.41 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is eager to bolster his squad with the signings of Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan and Blackpool striker DJ Campbell according to reports.

14.28 Arsenal fans, lift your heads, none other than Liam Brady says the club are in for a busy summer: "There will be a lot of business done this year and I think we will be spending a bit more money than we have done in past seasons. I think Arsenal will spend this year," he told talkSPORT.

14.05 Reports have suggested that Phil Jones spoke to Arsene Wenger last night, but opted to join Man Utd instead. Is Wenger losing his powers of persuasion?

13.55 Real Madrid wanted to sign Brazilian starlet Neymar in 2005, but were unable to complete a deal. "I know the president [Florentino Perez] wanted to sign Neymar in 2005, when he trained for 10 days at Valdebebas," agent Wagner Ribeiro told Cadena COPE.

13.42 Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo insists Alexis Sanchez will only leave this summer if the club receive an offer they cannot refuse. ''Despite everyone wanting him (Sanchez); I have confidence in the possibilities that he will continue to wear the Udinese colours next season,'' Pozzo said.

13.23 QPR's Italian adviser Gianni Di Marzio has revealed the offers are flooding in for Hoops star Adel Taarabt. "Many clubs have asked for the player, he is an absolute champion, he is definitely on the same level of the greats," Di Marzio told Calciomercatonews.

13.12 More on Phil Jones' proposed move to Manchester United. The Blackburn Rovers defender is currently undergoing a medical at the Premier League champions, according to Sky Sports.

13.02 Harry Redknapp has announced the number of targets he wants for the coming summer: "I want Daniel [Levy] to go out and get three fantastic players now to come in," Redknapp told Sky Sports News. "You have to keep improving if you want to keep anywhere near those [top] teams. I certainly feel we need three players of real quality if we are going to compete with those teams otherwise it will be very difficult."

12.50 Chelsea will be upping their interest in Ajax starlet Christian Eriksen this summer and are sending a scout to the European Under-21 Championship to check his progress.

12.42 Inter Milan could be priced out of a move for Alexis Sanchez and are instead turning their attention to Porto star James Rodriguez.

12.30 Phil Jones will surely soon be trending as more rumours suggest he has actually signed for Man Utd. Could be all made up, but @pdauction and @AndyMitten bring us: ''Phil Jones' mum has just advised he has signed for United for 18mil this am. Not made up I can assure you.''

12.13 Former Russia coach Dick Advocaat thinks that Andrei Arshavin should play more of a role at the club. “One of his problems is that he plays 20 minutes per game. Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger uses him as a player who can be fielded in the second half and who can refresh the game," Advocaat told Sport-Express. Zenit have been linked with a bid for the forward, but Arsenal are adament they will keep him.

11.59 Twitter rumours suggesting that Blackburn's Phil Jones is having a medical at Liverpool are somewhat off the mark, perhaps people are confusing him with Jordan Henderson?

11.48 Peter Odemwingie is set for new contract talks at West Brom, while the club are also closing in on the signing of Japan international goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima.

11.38 Lazio are moving closer to the signing of free-agent Miroslav Klose and, as we brought you a few days ago, one of his main reasons for joining the club is because he likes the colour of the kit!

11.25 BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal sign a defender and it is no less than Carl Jenkinson, of Charlton Athletic. We've looked him up for you and he's 19, 6' 1" who plays for Finland's U-21 team. His mum is Finnish, see.

11.19 Niall Quinn has his say on the Henderson deal. "Jordan is a credit to himself, his family and Sunderland's Academy and everyone here wishes him the very best for the future," the chairman told Sunderland's website. "I am pleased that we got the deal to a level that we felt was right for our club. We know the areas that need strengthening and the type of player we need in order to progress and the job of bringing those players to the club is continuing at a pace."

11.16 Twitter: Joey Barton offers a rather more expressive but no less considered view: "How much for Henderson?????"

11.14 Twitter: Magic Mike Owen has his say on the burgeoning transfer market. "I'm guessing there could be plenty of transfer action this summer. Liverpool could be busy while Man City and Spurs normally are," Tweets themichaelowen. Thanks for that, Mike.

11.09 Steve Kean's caper continue with his statement that he wants Roque Santa Cruz back at Blackburn. He was good in training, supposedly. Manchester City may want cash for him, but they will struggle as he has not scored a goal in 18 months. That's a million pounds for every month of the fee they paid, er, Blackburn for him.

11.02 Palermo have confirmed a double signing. Hungarian midfielder Adam Simon and defender Eros Pisano arrive from Haladas and Varese respectively.

10.48 One player who won't be competing for that packed Liverpool midfield is Alberto Aquilani, a Rafa Benitez folly if ever there were. And it seems he is bored of waiting for Juventus to sign him after a loan spell there. Corriere dello Sport say Milan have revived their interest in a man prematurely hailed as Il Principe by the Anfield faithful.

10.36 A Bola, suggest that Benfica are to report Real Madrid to UEFA for 'tapping up' of Fabio Coentrao, who is contracted until 2016.

10.32 USA midfielder Jermaine Jones would like to go back to Blackburn Rovers, after a successful-ish spell there on loan last season from Schalke. "It was a good time for me at Blackburn. Now I need to look at what happens," Jones told The Sun. "My team in Germany have told me to come back but my agent knows what I want. I've been talking with Steve Kean and he needs to talk to the owner." Story

10.19 Reader comments: Raghav ruminates: "Alan Smith should help bring back Leeds to the premiership. He owes it to the fans."

10.01 Reader comments: Alvin plays provacateur: "i dont see what Henderson have done to deserve his 20mil transfer fees apart that his english. he have a good(not great)one season in BPL, thats it. the money could have better been spend on Ashley Young though he probably isn't interested in joining a club which is not playing in the champions league."

09.57 More Newcastle: Gervinho, linked with several clubs, some in better shape than the Toon, has spoken of the potential of life beyond Lille, the French champions who currently employ him. "There is always a choice to make.I have one year left on my contract and I am still in discussions with Lille. One thing is sure, either I extend my contract now - or I go," he said in stating the bleeding obvious. Lille is a very good project that would interest a lot of people." Clear as mud, then.

09.41 Alan Smith can leave Newcastle, say widespread reports and he is most linked with a return to Leeds, as suggested by that fake Twitter account a month or so back.

09.40 Ashley Young's move may have to wait until after his other big deal this summer - he's getting married in Hertfordshire on Saturday. Will the future Mrs Young keep Fergie waiting?

09.22 Brighton boss Gus Poyet says winger Elliott Bennett is set to sign with Norwich City.

09.19 Samir Nasri has moved to reassure Arsenal fans with this Tweet: "I just want tell you don't listen (to) the newspaper and the rumours I will let you know if something happen." Reassured, Arsenal fans?

09.13 Charles N'Zogbia: "Fighting relegation battles like I’ve done this season is not my favourite option." He continues to be linked with a return to Newcastle, who are getting rid of their two best players in Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton....

09.11 Gennaro Gattuso may well be headed for the Milan exit but he is surely headed for more storied clubs than Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala, with whom he has been linked, and has turned down.

08.51 David N'Gog has been rated as being worth £7 million, to widespread incredulity in this office at least.

08.34 Sunderland confirm a deal is in place for Henderson. Story

The Daily Mirror suggest that the Hendo cash will be spent on Birmingham pair Craig Gardner and Roger Johnson, as Seb Larrsson joins on a free, while Liverpool want to add to their own midfield group with their continued interest in Charlie Adam, say The Guardian. Stewart Downing is in the mix too for them, to add to another Aston Villa departure in Ashley Young, widely reported to be having a farewell meeting with Randy Lerner to tie up a move to Manchester United which will start at £16 million.

United are also linked with Phil Jones of Blackburn across many schools of thought while The Sun has the heartening news that Javier Hernandez will stay at Manchester United in the face of interest from Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid.

"I'll owe a great debt to Sir Alex for bringing me to Europe. My dream has not changed," says my favourite vegetable.

Young centre-backs are much in demand and Gary Cahill is wanted by Arsenal and Manchester City, say The Sun.

June 7, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/07/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Jordan Henderson has had an impressive season. ©Getty Images

2359 BST: That's it for tonight. We'll be back in a matter of hours for more fun and games in the transfer market.

2349 BST: The Times agree that a £20m deal has been done, with medicals to take place on Wednesday. This one will develop quickly.

2341 BST: The Press Association claims the Jordan Henderson-David Ngog deal could go through on Wednesday, no one else appears to be so confident.

2322 BST: Have Spurs really bid £10m for Moussa Dembele? And if so, have Fulham really rejected it? Doesn't sound right.

2243 BST: Samir Nasri has hardly put Arsenal fans' minds at rest on Twitter: "I just want tell you don't listen (to) the newspaper and the rumours - I will let you know if something happens."

2217 BST: Could Newcastle make a move for Sevilla midfielder Romaric? Reports in Spain suggest so, though other reports claim he has already committed his future to Trabzonbspor.

2201 BST: Sevilla are determined to hang on to Diego Perotti, who has been linked with a move to the Premier League. "He is not for sale. Clubs in England and Italy have called us to ask about him," said president president Jose Maria Del Nido. "But our answer remains the same. He does not have a price because we do not want to sell," he added.

2031 BST: Miroslav Klose is being linked with a return to Werder Bremen.

1956 BST: Jeffren Suarez has told Cadena Ser he has been approached by Liverpool about a summer move.

1949 BST: Elliott Bennett will next week complete a £1.5 million move from Brighton to Norwich City.

1940 BST: The Daily Telegraph thinks Roman Abramovich will spend £70 million on bringing Neymar, Alexis Sanchez and Luka Modric to the club.

1902 BST: Luka Modric's agent has ruled out a move to Manchester United. "Luka will not go to Manchester United and he will also stay at Tottenham because I know that president Daniel Levy will not let him go," Mario Mamic was quoted as saying.

1851 BST: Everton are the latest club who are believed to have joined the race to sign Charlie Adam from Blackpool.

1829 BST: Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has again insisted his stars are not for sale. "We are not selling Luka, we are not selling Gareth and we are not selling Sandro," he said.

1817 BST: Osasuna have signed former Spain Under-21 international Marc Bertran on a free transfer from Tenerife. The 29-year-old defender has signed a three-year contract with a with a buy-out clause of six million euros.

1726 BST: Lorient midfielder Morgan Amalfitano is to join Olympique Marseille on Thursday.

1706 BST: Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta will remain at the club amid reported interest from Roma, according to his agent Andrea D'Amico. Iaquinta had been tipped to be involved in a swap deal that would see Marko Vucinic move in the opposite direction. But D'Amico said: "Vincenzo to Roma for Vucinic? No. I have nothing regarding this. I have faith he will still be a Juventus player. He was out for some time because he was injured, but when he was fit he was hardly ever on the bench."

1651 BST: Martin Jol says he has already outlined the players he would like to bring to Fulham. Jol said: "It is too early to say I know a lot about the squad I inherited, but I enjoy watching Fulham...Yesterday we had a good conversation about players and where we can try to strengthen and get one or two quality players in."

1621 BST Danny Graham has signed for Swansea from Watford for a fee of £3.5 million. "Danny has also spoken to Brendan (Rodgers) at length. He is thrilled to conclude the deal and is looking forward to the challenge of Premier League football with Swansea,'' chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed.

1619 BST Caen striker Youssef El Arabi wants to move to England, but has yet to receive an offer for either Wolves or Stoke. "If an offer came for me from a good team and my club get what they want, I will be off, I love the Premier League," he said.

1608 BST Paul Lambert is being realistic over his transfer plans. "I also know that come January time I will have to maybe strengthen again," he said. "The club have been great, the board have been great. They know the current group need a hand, but we will never go out and do what Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United can do."

1554 BST Javier Pastore says he's happy to stay at Palermo for the time being, but is looking to move on. "For the time being I will stay in Palermo. It is a club where I feel very comfortable. If a good offer comes in for me and the club, we will look at it together and if it turns out it is my time to move, I will do it happily. I'm extremely grateful for everything the club and the fans have given me," he revealed.

1518 BST David Trezeguet is leaving Hercules. "I have been working for the rescission with Hercules and now we are looking towards the future," his agent Antonio Caliendo told Sky Sport Italia. "There are other clubs aside from Napoli interested in the player. There are windows which are being opened around Europe."

1509 BST Schalke general manager Horst Heldt says Jens Lehmann could be part of the club's future. He told dpa: "We always said that we want to hire a second goalkeeper if Manuel Neuer leaves. There are various scenarios and Jens Lehmann is a part of it."

1459 BST Norwich striker Steve Morison has revealed his joy at sealing a move to the club. The Wales international told Canaries Player: "It's fantastic, I'm over the moon. I'm really looking forward to it and it'll be good to get my head down and concentrate on the job ahead.''

1437 BST Arsenal have been hit by the news that Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the market for £15 million. Not quite what they wanted to hear when they were looking to snap him up for around half that.

1416 BST Theo Walcott says he is fearful that Samir Nasri may leave Arsenal this summer. "I don't like getting involved in people's careers," Walcott told Sky Sports News. "We need to keep hold of our best players - but it's up to Samir, it's his decision. He had a great season, he showed people what he can do. He's a very important player to Arsenal and we'll see what happens in the summer."

1400 BST Clubs are lining up to sign Inter's Brazilian defender Maicon, as the right-back wants to move on from Italy this summer. Real Madrid have always maintained an interest, but Manchester City would surely be in the mix as well if a price could be negotiated.

1343 BST Sam Allardyce has played down reports that West Ham could move for Joe Cole or El Hadji Diouf. "There has been a lot of speculation about players coming in or leaving the club, but I'm not aware of any bids," said Allardyce. "It's quiet this time of the year because everybody, like myself, is on holiday and things start up again in July. At the moment transfer activity is at a minimum."

1321 BST Hull City are closing in on the signing of Leicester defender Jack Hobbs. The 22-year-old had previously failed to make the grade at Liverpool.

1255 BST ESPNsoccernet reader Solomon says:

''I hope Liverpool are serious about the signing of Charles N'Zogbia. He would be a good signing for us next season.''

1252 BST Dutch defender Ron Vlaar won't be joining Tottenham as he has signed a new deal with Feyenoord until 2014.

1241 BST Tottenham defender William Gallas believes he has proven Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was wrong in letting him leave the Emirates Stadium. "Arsene Wenger made his decision and I believe he made a mistake because when you look at Arsenal this season, something was missing from their team," he said.

1222 BST Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea has revealed when he will decide on his future, with rumours of a move to Man Utd edging ever closer. He told Sky Sports: "I will only speak about my future after the end of the Euro Under-21s. Right now my challenge is to help the Spain team, but generally my desire is to play at the top and to improve day to day."

1200 BST @rioferdy (Rio Ferdinand) has cleared up some confusion over the earlier Nasri quotes: ''My quotes about Samir Nasri are not recent(not that the papers let u know this)I spoke about him was waaaaay before any speculation started.''

1156 BST Liverpool are in talks with Roma to sign Brazilian goalkeeper Alexander Doni, according to the player's agent. ''I spoke to the club (Roma) yesterday and they confirmed they are holding talks with Liverpool to reach an agreement regarding the transfer of Doni,'' Doni's agent Ovidio Colucci. ''Once an agreement is reached betwen the two clubs, we will begin negotiating personal terms with Liverpool.''

1136 BST Out of contract Galatasaray star Lucas Neill is thinking about the World Cup in 2014 as he ponders his next move: ''I'll discuss it with the manager, talk about the options and which ones he may be able to give me some opinions on,'' he said. ''I see this as a new challenge for myself again. I need to pick the right one because my goal is to be fit and playing well for the World Cup. Some of you might think I might be too old, but I want to be part of that plan.''

1114 BST Good news for QPR fans as Heidar Helguson has signed a new one-year contract with the club that means he will be there next season.

1101 BST Rangers manager Ally McCoist has refused to give up hope of persuading Madjid Bougherra to remain at Ibrox. "Hopefully we can get all the boys signed up on new contracts, including Madjid. He is a player I definitely want to keep at the club,'' he said.

1046 BST Aberdeen's Craig Brown wants to sign former Rangers star Gavin Rae, but admits he may not choose to join the side. "We can certainly offer him regular football, but we must be realistic," Brown told the Daily Record. "He can't throw away the chance of a really good deal at this stage of his career."

1026 BST Fulham fans look away now... you may have got Martin Jol, but you look like you may lose Clint Dempsey. The 28-year-old told reporters: "Right now, I'm thinking about Europe and playing in the Champions League. That's a goal for me - everyone wants to play at the highest level."

1011 BST Rio Ferdinand has praised Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri as the Frenchman mulls over whether to stay in London, or try for a move to Manchester. "Samir Nasri is an excellent player who has a good technique and a huge amount of talent. And he scores goals,'' he said. "For me, he is one of the best players right now. I think he even won the title of best French football player at international level.''

0957 BST In a case of pots and kettles, Felipe Melo has slammed some of his Juventus team-mates for not being worthy of the shirt. "Juventus have no other choice but to buy real champions in order to bounce back from last season. The current team has many limitations and the fans are well aware of that," Melo told Lancenet. ''There are two or three players who have been heavily criticised by the fans because they did not meet expectations. They are not worthy of the Juventus jersey and are not good enough to fight for the title."

0944 BST Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has again said Javier Pastore will leave if any club offers €50 million for him. "How could anyone turn down €50m cash for Pastore? I never saw such an offer," he was quoted as saying to Il Giornale. "Do you think if they put that money on the table, that I would throw it away?"

0933 BST Reports are suggesting that Newcastle have told Alan Smith that he can leave the club for free this summer and that midfielder Kevin Nolan has rejected a new contract.

0925 BST Charles N'Zogbia will be leaving Wigan this summer: "Now they know that I want to sign with a bigger club, with bigger goals who can play in Europe and also help me with France,'' he said.

0916 BST Aston Villa have been given more time to decide about signing United States midfielder Michael Bradley on a permanent basis because of their managerial situation.

0904 BST Zoltan Gera remains tight-lipped over whether he will be returning to West Brom - but admits he still loves the club where he spent four years before moving to Fulham. The Hungary international said: ''I don't want to talk about my future as yet as there is a lot to sort out. ''There is nothing more I can say about that at the moment. But it is correct to say I enjoyed my time at West Brom. They gave me my chance in English football.''

0856 BST Breaking manager related news... Martin Jol has been appointed as the manager of Fulham. The Dutchman was linked last summer, but now that Mark Hughes has left the path was clear for him to join.

0854 BST Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa has admitted he would be interested in a move to Old Trafford. "If I get a formal offer, I'll be strongly interested in listening to what they have to say," Kagawa told Nikkan Sports. ''The Premiership is one of the leagues I want to challenge. If it is Man Utd, I'll be still more eager to go and try how much I can do there."

0839 BST Korea skipper Park Chu-Young does not know of any impending move to Tottenham. "I don't know any story coming out from England,” he said. ''What my agent says is the only credible things. But I've not heard any negotiation ongoing from him."

0828 BST Benfica have denied that they have an agreement with Real Madrid over defender Fabio Coentrao. "Fabio Coentrao is a player of Sport Lisboa e Benfica,” read a statement. “Unlike the news that came out in some media, fuelled, as always, by ‘sources’ with no name and no face, there is no kind of agreement with Real Madrid. The player's release clause is €30 million and the potential interested parties know that."

0819 BST Guus Hiddink apparently has started to pick targets before he's picked out a manager's chair at Chelsea. He wants Inter star Wesley Sneijder from under the noses of Man Utd.

0812 BST Premier League new boys Swansea have confirmed Newcastle United have made an undisclosed bid for Wales left back Neil Taylor.

0805 BST A quick paper round-up for you:

Daily Mirror: Carlos Tevez hates Manchester and will never go back, but it will cost Real Madrid or Barcelona £100m and £250k a week in wages if they want to buy him... Slightly less will bring Ashley Young to Man Utd in a £16m deal, but what that means for Nani and Antonio Valencia is up for debate.

Daily Mail: An £8m battle for 24-year-old Lille striker Gervinho is underway and it involves Arsenal and Man City... but no amount of money is enough for Man Utd to sell Javier Hernandez to Real Madrid this summer.

The Sun: Phil Jones, 19, is interested in a move to Man Utd or Arsenal and has a £16m release clause in his contract. Former Gunner Lass Diarra is looking at Tottenham now, as he looks to move on from Madrid.

0800 BST Morning all, and it's another day of transfer tattle for you. First on the agenda is Jordan Henderson's impending move to Liverpool which the Guardian value at around £18 million. Probably means the end of Joe Cole at Anfield too. Sunderland will spend the cash on Danny Welbeck, Darron Gibson and Wes Brown, but everything could be mixed up if Harry Redknapp decides he'd rather have Henderson than Cole at Spurs.

June 6, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/06/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Kaka will not be heading to the San Siro. ©Getty Images

23.03 Time to close down for the evening, and the big news has been Placido Domingo's transfer from the world of opera to FIFA. We expect the news from tomorrow to be Guus Hiddink-central.

22.32 Twitter talk: From "intheknow99" "What the apparent Henderson interest does show is that the club appear to have cooled on Adam... #lfc". So, where now for Charlie?


22.19 A report in the Guardian suggests that Samir Nasri will wait to see who Arsenal sign before deciding if his future belongs with Arsene Wenger. It's looking like Nasri, rather than Cesc, could the Gunners saga of the summer.

22.07 Twitter talk: Sky Sport Italia report Liverpool have agreed a fee for Roma goalkeeper Doni. At 31, he looks a reserve. They missed out on Brad Friedel and Brad Jones looks destined for the exit.

21.59 Comment from Mateo Jarquin: "Any update on the rumor that Juan Mata would join Liverpool from Valencia? The idea of Suarez and Mata playing behind Carroll upfront is absolutely mouthwatering! Don't know about Bojan at Liverpool though..."

21.35 Midfielder Axel Witsel will cost more than AC Milan are so far prepared to pay, says Standard Liege vice-president Luciano D'Onofrio

20.54 DONE DEAL: Norwich sign Steve Morison from Millwall, to complete a meteoric rise from Stevenage Borough in the Conference to the Premier League in just two years. Well done, him. Story

20.48 Frank Arnesen really is earning his corn as Hamburg director of football, by signing players from, yes, Chelsea, where he was previously engaged. To follow Michael Mancienne and Jacopo Sala, Hamburg have now signed Gokhan Tore.

19.20 Liverpool lead the race for Jordan Henderson and hope to complete his signing before England U21's fly to Denmark, according to a few sources.

18.17 More Wigan with the news that Roberto Martinez is considering giving Mauro Boselli another go, now that the Argentine is back from Genoa. He was shipped to Italy after a decidedly underwhelming start to his Wigan career.

18.01 Charles N'Zogbia returning to Newcastle seemed as likely as The Eagles reforming, but then again "Hell Freezes Over" and the Daily Mirror suggests that Wigan will expect £9 million for a player who could not have been more explicit about his desire to quit the Toon. Mind you, he was targeted on the last day of the transfer window with the Andy Carroll cash so this does look to have legs after all.

17.43 One man sure to be in the mix for transfer talk is the blessed Carlos Tevez. The Manchester Evening News has launched a petition to keep a man who has done no favours for the city's tourist board at Eastlands. "Welcome to Manchester and please stay," as that banner should perhaps now read.

17.27 Twitter talk suggest that Sulley Muntauri is linked with QPR but that he's playing the straight bat of saying he's an Inter player.

16.01 Udinese president Franco Soldati says Barca are favopurites to land winger Alexis Sanchez: "There are some English sides looking at Sanchez, as Manchester City and United have been tracking him all year. So have Barcelona, and at this moment they are the favourites ahead of Juventus." Full story

15.26 Reading manager Brian McDermott has admitted he would be unable to prevent striker Shane Long joining a Premier League club if one came calling. The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with Wolves and SPL giants Celtic.

Comment from Zach: Really now, why would Young want a move to Merseyside if he always talks about Champions League football? Liverpool aren't in any European Cup!

14.50 Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has denied reports linking Real Madrid midfielder Kaka with a move to San Siro. "These are all lies,'' Moratti said. "It's absolutely not true.''

14.37 Fiorentina and Benfica target Eduardo Salvio will not be sold for less than €15 million, according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo, who wnats to keep hold of the forward.

13.51 Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has admitted that he could one day return to Anfield, although the former Reds' star was talking to Liverpoolfc.tv at the time. "I have my red passion there and if circumstances arrive, why not?” the Spaniard said. “It could be a possibility.”

Comment from Ran: I love Coentrao but as a Madrid fan I don't want him. Marcelo has grown and developed so much that replacing him in the starting XI would be a real slap to the face and would emphasize everything that's wrong with our club. We should buy players out of necessity instead of buying them just because we have the money.

13.15 Wolves negotiations over the permanent signing of Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara are "ongoing" but are optimistic of completing the deal in the next few days. Full story

12.47 Everton defender Leighton Baines is attracting a lot of interest from Manchester City and according to so far unsubstantiated reports Arsenal have also joined the queue to sign the England left back ... this might be entirely based on the fact that Gael Clichy is struggling to agree a new contract at the moment.

12.36 Newcastle United are about to dip into their £35 million Andy Carroll farewell fund to sign Swansea defender Neil Taylor in a cut price deal, according to reports.

12.21 Swansea have now had their £3.5 million club record bid for Watford striker Danny Graham accepted.

12.10 Tenuous but interesting transfer news: Ousted Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will take a one year sabbatical before returning to football management.

12.04 Bayern Munich have confirmed Germany striker Miroslav Klose will leave the club at the end of the month after talks over a new deal broke down. Full story ... Although Everton fans should not get excited if this morning's reports are to be believed.

11.43 AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ruled out a reunion with former Inter coach Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. "I feel as though I have found my place at Milan," Ibrahimovic told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I have no intention of moving."

11.17 Far-fetched reports that Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara could be part of a swap deal for Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas have been scotched by starlet's dad. "My son stays at Barcelona. They have a contract," said Thiago senior.

11.01 Madjid Bougherra has admitted he wants to quit Rangers and return to the Premier League, but he will only walk away from the Scottish champions with the blessing of boss Ally McCoist. Full story

10.51 Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummingge believes his club can strike a deal to sign former Hamburg defender Jerome Boateng from Manchester City. "I believe that there is a chance that we will come to an agreement," Rummingge said.

10.35 Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik is flattered by the interest shown in him by AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri, but insists he is going nowhere. "I am very happy at Napoli and I want to reiterate this,'' he said. Full story

10.12 Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill has declared his yet-to-be decided club future lies in Europe - and will lean heavily on the advice of national coach Holger Osieck for his next move. Full story

10.07 Spanish newspaper AS claim that Real Madrid will complete the signing of Benfica's Fabio Coentrao 'within days' for a fee of €22 million.

09.45 Newly-promoted Swansea City are set to break their transfer record to sign £3.5 million striker Danny Graham from Watford.

09.35 Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez is attracting interest from several of Europe's top sides but there is no doubt about his preferred option. "Barcelona would be a splendid destination," the Chile international said. Full story

09.17 West Brom are hoping to sign their former midfielder, Zoltan Gera, who is available on a free transfer from Fulham, and manager Roy Hodgson has held initial talks with the 32-year-old. Full story

09.10 Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has pledged his future to the managerless club. "They (the fans) don't need to worry about me," Bent said. "I'm tired of moving around."

08.59 Scott Parker insists he does not know where he will be playing his football next season following West Ham United's relegation. He said: "It's out of my hands, out of my control, really, isn't it? We will see what happens." Full Story

08.45 Charles N’Zogbia can leave Wigan for £9 million, but only for a club that will be playing champions League football this season, say the Daily Mirror.

08.30 Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has paid a visit to Caen’s Moroccan striker Youssef Al-Arabi and is keen to sign up the 24-year-old, according to the Daily Mail.

08.00 The rumblings about Ashley Young's future at Manchester United or Liverpool ... and erm Aston Villa ... continues to occupy the newspapers on Monday morning. England's saviour is set for talks with Villa chief Randy Lerner to clear things up.

And sticking with Young-suitors Liverpool for the moment, the Kenny Dalglish inspired revolution is also looking to scoop up Barcelona's unwanted 20-year-old striker Bojan (Daily Mail), although the Reds will have to battle for the Spaniard's signature with Arsenal ... Liverpool have made a new £18.5 million bid for Sunderland's 20-year-old midfielder Jordan Henderson (Daily Mirror) ... Meanwhile, Joe Cole looks set to head out of the Anfield door to join Tottenham.

Comment from Chris: How could Spurs be looking to cut their wage bill AND sign Joe Cole? This rumour makes no sense - they could've had him on a free last year but balked at his wage demands. If he is willing to take at least a 50% salary cut I could see it happening...but why would he do that?

Spurs are eager to cut the wage bill and will off load Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane to QPR (Metro). The newly promoted club are reportedly eager to snap up everybody’s castoffs with Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue also linked with a move across London.

In other news, Everton's bid to sign Bayern Munich and Germany striker Miroslav Klose will fail (talkSPORT) and Nicklas Bendtner says he will "100%" leave Arsenal this summer (Daily Mail).

June 5, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/05/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Jole Cole could move to Spurs © Getty Images

Joe Cole was hailed as the great Messiah after the World Cup finals, with Steven Gerrard claiming the midfielder could offer more than Lionel Messi. Yes, we sniggered too. Well now it seems as though he will head back to London with Spurs, which will net a nice £3 million profit.

Cole has become marginalised at Liverpool and was always likely to leave this summer, and the Mail on Sunday believes he will be reunited with Harry Redknapp - his old manager from West Ham.

2356 BST: Right everyone, I'm afraid that's all we've got time for today, but join us from around 0800 BST on Monday for a brand new week of transfer trials and tribulations.

2325 BST: Ashley Young is dreaming big ahead of crunch talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner about his future.

Young said: "I've always had the belief I can play at the highest level...I want to test myself at World Cups, European Championships and the Champions League. As a kid you always want to play in the best competitions. As a kid I wanted to play in the Champions League - and hopefully one day I will."

2300 BST: Some of the stories from Monday's papers sneaking through now and the Daily Mail is reporting that Bolton have rejected a £3 million bid from Wigan for goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi as they are holding on for £5 million.

2249 BST: Bologna goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano says he would consider a move away from this club, amid reported interest from Genoa and Roma.

The custodian, who is part-owned by Bologna, said: "Bologna and Inter need to talk, but I think a solution can be found," he said. "If an important opportunity should arise, I hope to take it, especially as that would allow Bologna to bring some money in... I am aware that clubs like Roma and Genoa are interested. I am prepared to move on loan if needs be.

2230 BST: Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund have signed midfielder Ivan Perisic from Club Brugge for a fee believed to be in the region of € 5 million.

2200 BST: Nice have signed former France midfielder Camel Meriem from relegated Arles.

2132 BST: Lille have slapped a 17 million euro price tag on the head os striker Gervinho, according to the News of the World. The likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle, Everton and Arsenal have all been linked with the Ivory Coast star.

2058 BST: IpswichTown are keen on signing Sunderland defender Nyron Nosworthy according to the Northern Echo.

2023 BST: It may not surprise you to hear that Scott Parker's West Ham future is in some serious doubt. The midfielder is keen to stay in the Premier League and when asked if he must stay in the top flight to keep his England place, Parker replied: "Oh yeah, for sure. That where everyone wants to play, in the Premier League, and I'm no different. I'm sure he'll [Sam Allardyce will] give me a call and we'll go through things."

1958 BST: Reports in the north east are suggesting that Sunderland are making enquiries about Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner. He may be a tough one to prise away from St Andrew's though as he is a boyhood Blues fan.

1930 BST: Peter Odemwingie looks set to be offered na 'double your money' deal to stay at West Brom, with the Baggies reportedly ready to up the striker's wages to £42,000 a week.

1902 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has dismissed reports linking him with a reunion with former Inter Milan boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and insisted he is committed to AC Milan. He said: “I want to stay with Milan for another three years.”

1816 BST: Barcelona youngster Jonathan Dos Santos has no desire to leave Camp Nou, despite struggling to assert himself on the first team.

He stold Sport: "I play at the best team in the world and have a contract for one more year. It is very difficult to break into the first team, but the club rate me and I do not want to leave Barcelona."

1758 BST: Malaga's new-found ambition appears show no bounds. Marca reporting that they are planning a swoop for Inter Milan's Lucio. Ambitious.

1722 BST: Andrea Pirlo would be keen on Italy team-mate and reported Barcelona target Giuseppe Rossi joining him at Juventus, "Giuseppe Rossi to Juventus? That would be great. He is an excellent player as he has shown in the past couple of years," Pirlo was quoted as saying by Il Corriere dello Sport. "I hope that he will join a great club this summer."

1653 BST: Reader Tony makes his feelings on the possible transfer of Joe Cole to Spurs very clear indeed. Don't think he's the midfielder's biggest fan:

"Harry can go now if he is planning to burden us with the likes of Cole, Levy needs to tell him we want to improve not shell out on players over the hill by a long way, ask any Pool supporter who has had the privilege of paying his wages for the last year."

1648 BST: Hardly earth-shattering this one, but Wigan defender Steve Gohouri has agreed a contract extension until 2013.

Gohouri's agent Rui Alves said: " We are delighted with Steve's new contract with Wigan. Roberto and (Wigan chairman) Mr Whelan are fantastic people and this team deserve to be in the Premier League."

1611 BST: Manuel Neuer has told Schalke they should not sign Jens Lehmann: "I have to be honest. I do not think that it would work out well if he joins Schalke," he told Bild.

1514 BST: Bari striker Erik Huseklepp is said to be on the radar of Stoke boss Tony Pulis.

1412 BST: Bolton and QPR are in for Nile Ranger, who will leave Newcastle this summer.

1406 BST: The National claims Tottenham Hotspur will sign South Korea striker Park Chu-young from Monaco for £5.3 million.

1347 BST: Wigan's improved bid of £3 million for Bolton's Ali Al Habsi has been rejected.

1333 BST: Axel Witsel could be heading to Serie A after AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani confirmed the Standard Liege player is on their radar. "In the last days there has been a contact with Standard Liege's officials for Axel Witsel," he told Sky Italia.

1328 BST: Keisuke Honda on recent transfer speculation: “CSKA are in the Champions League so staying is not a bad option. But I do want to test myself at a higher level if the opportunity arises. My preference is still to play Spain."

1321 BST: Man City are said to be preparing a cash plus player deal to sign Everton's Leighton Baines.

1314 BST: FC Sevilla are the latest team linked with wantaway Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

1308 BST: Aston Villa will sell reserve keeper Brad Guzan.

1251 BST: The Daily Star Sunday thinks Roman Abramovich will try and take Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea in a £60 million deal.

1229 BST: Spurs are said to want Birmingham centre-back pairing Scott Dann and Roger Johnson.

1212 BST: Here's the story on Samir Nasri refusing to committ to Arsenal.

1205 BST: West Brom manager Roy Hodgson hopes to hold on to Peter Odemwingie. He said: "I'm confident of keeping our top players, including Peter. They have contracts and the club are not keen on selling."

1203 BST: Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima is being linked with West Bromwich Albion. He currently plays for Belgian club Lierse SK.

1145 BST: Samir Nasri to French TV on Man United link: "Let's find out if the interest is true first, then we'll talk about it."

1132 BST: Reports in France claim Newcastle will complete the signing Lille winger Gervinho this week.

1122 BST: Free agent Kieron Dyer is wanted by Middlesbrough.

1113 BST: It looks like Spurs will miss out on Giuseppe Rossi, with Villarreal goalkeeper Joan Oriol revealing he is set on a move to Barcelona. "Rossi wants to go to Barcelona," Oriol told COM Radio. "He hopes [that] everything goes well and that he will be wearing the Azulgrana colours next season."

1110 BST: Riccardo Montolivo thinks it is unlikely he will leave Fiorentina for AC Milan this summer.

1106 BST: West Brom's Peter Odemwingie is the latest striker to be linked with Arsenal.

1105 BST: Carlos Tevez says he has been told he can leave Man City if he wants to.

1100 BST: Comment from Bill here on Spurs' interest in Joe Cole:

I don't know where joe cole is gonna play in our team! We have so many midfielders it's unreal! We need to be looking at buying new strikers not midfielders and a left back ie Leighton Baines!

Here is a review of all the morning's speculation.

News of the World: Kevin Nolan's contract talks have stalled and he could now leave.

Sunday Mirror: Man City and Man United both want Wesley Sneijder ... Spurs to make new bid for Giuseppe Rossi ... Leicester want Carl Ikeme from Wolves ... Liverpool are tracking Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho ... Villa says Fabregas deserves move to Barca ... Celtic want Craig Bellamy back ... Stoke want Liverpool midfielder Christian Poulsen ... Swansea to sign Matthew Mills from Reading for £3m ... Newcastle are set to ­complete the £1m signing of ­Swansea’s Neil Taylor ... Queens Park Rangers are preparing a double swoop for Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Keane ...

The People: Inter plot £50m Fabregas raid ... Palermo want £44million for Javier Pastore after snubbing a bid from Chelsea ... Liverpool, Spurs, Arsenal, Man City and Man United chasing £15m Phil Jones ... Manchester United and Barcelona are going head-to-head for Chilean star Alexis Sanchez ... Spurs will make a take-it-or-leave-it ­£14 million offer for Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo ... Liverpool will offer Jordan Henderson four times to wages to beat Man United to his signature ... Arsenal have signed Barca kid Hector Bellerin ... Steve Bruce is trying to find the funds to sign Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe ... Arsenal will look to resign Seb Larsson ... Matt Taylor is a target for Stoke and West Brom ... Kenny Miller will quit Bursaspor ... Newcastle United and Sunderland want Craig Gardner ... Stoke City want Caen’s Morocco international striker Youssef Al-Arabi ... West Brom will sign Andy Johnson for £3 million and Zoltan Gera on a free transfer ... Sunderland’s Nyron Nosworthy, 30, is in talks with Ipswich, Crystal Palace and Reading ... Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is to sign 14-year-old Jerome Sinclair from West Brom ... Demba Ba's wage demands are putting off Everton, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Daily Star Sunday: Barcelona are set to steal Manchester City target Alexis Sanchez from under their noses ... Keisuke Honda has played down talk linking him with a move to Liverpool or Manchester City ... Napoli and Inter Milan are interested in QPR star Adel Taarabt ... Harry Redknapp is set to step up his bid to snare Stoke star Ryan Shawcross and will offer Sebastien Bassong as a makeweight.

Sunday Express: Man City are ready to launch a £40million bid for Gareth Bale.

June 4, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/04/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Ipswich's Connor Wickham © Getty Images

2358 BST: Right that's all we've got time for today I'm afraid folks, but join us tomorrow as the Sunday papers undoubtedly provide us with some juicy gossip! Take care.

2228 BST: Madjid Bougherra has told Rangers he won’t be at Ibrox next season, according to the Daily Mail, which claims the defender will invoke Article 17 of FIFA’s regulation for the Status and Transfer of players. It states that a player who is aged 28 or over can buy himself out of his contract two years after the deal was signed.

2158 BST: Mainz defender Christian Fuchs is on his way to Champions League semi-finalists Schalke, Kicker is reporting. Apparently the left-back has asked his club to consider offers and he is believed to have a release cause in his contract of just under €5 million.

Kicker reports that Fuchs has urged the club to release him, which could be made possible due to a release clause in his contract of just under . Rumours were abound during Austria's recent European Championship qualifiers with Germany that a move is close; however, there are still some details to be ironed out.

2124 BST: The Daily Express is reporting that Ashley Young is set for crunch talks with Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner regarding his future, as speculation intensifies that the midfielder will join Manchester United.

2046 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has confirmed the Rossoneri "are talking with Standard Liege" about the transfer of midfielder Axel Witsel.

1946 BST: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani's future is set to be decided in the next two days, according to his agent Franco Zavaglia.
"Juventus have first refusal on the player,” Zavaglia told Radio Radio. “They have made a commitment with me and with Liverpool. We will have to wait for the next two days and then we will see what decision to make."

1859 BST: Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Sebastian Larsson, according to his agent. Per Jonsson told Fotbollskanalen: "He wants to stay in England. He loves it there. There are three or four clubs in England that are very interested.” Blackburn is one of them, absolutely."

1829 BST: Tottenham will make an improved offer of £12 million for Internacional's Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao after having an opening bid of £10.5 million turned down, reports Goal.com.

1759 BST: Bayern Munich are in talks with Gamba Osaka over the signing of teenage striker Takashi Usami, according to the J-League side.

1730 BST: Barcelona are looking at Boca Juniors striker Sergio Araujo, despite Real Madrid having a right of first refusal on the youngster, according to Goal.com. It's thought the teenager would cost in the region of € 5 million.

1658 BST: Valencia have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves from relegated Almeria on a four-year deal. Alves said: “It’s a dream to sign for a great European team, and one that is going to play in the Champions League."

1601 BST: Palermo defender Cesare Bovo is being suggested as a possible replacement for Philippe Mexes at Roma. "Who they get as their new coach matters. If it is Delio Rossi then yes, Bovo may arrive [at Roma]," his agent, Franco Zavaglia told Radio Radio.

1523 BST: Former Arsenal midfielder has signed for Gremio. He left Panathinaikos at the end of the season.

1516 BST: AS reports that Pedro Leon has been told he is free to leave Real Madrid.

1507 BST: QPR are said to want to sign Jermaine Jenas on loan from Spurs, but he would surely have eyes for a bigger club. They are also linked with Galatasaray's Australian duo Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill.

1502 BST: L'Equipe links Monaco striker Park Chu-Young with Liverpool and Bolton.

1451 BST: Andreas Beck wants to leave Hoffenheim and sign for Juventus.

1444 BST: Despite having no manager, Aston Villa are still being linked with Mouhamodou Dabo, a French midfielder who plays for Sevilla.

1430 BST: Thiago Silva, the AC Milan player, wants his club to sign Ganso before anyone else does. “I have read that the deal has come to a stop. I have read that he may arrive in December, but that’s no good, Ganso must be taken now. This is the right time."

1421 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Swansea have made an improved bid of £3.5 million for Watford striker Danny Graham, top scorer in the Championship last season.

1402 BST: Everton have been linked with a bid for Lorient defender Ecuele Manga. "I am delighted with all this attention on me," Manga told skysports.com. "I have a contract until 2014 but Everton is a fantastic club and I would be delighted to even be considered for their team."

1321 BST: Manchester United are being linked with young AS Roma striker Gianluca Caprari.

1316 BST: Here's the story on Harry Redknapp praising Scott Parker again in his Sun column.

1302 BST: Reports coming out of Spain say that Alexis Sanchez has chosen to join Barcelona.

1241 BST: Fenerbahce are expected to make the loan agreement for Everton's Jospeh Yobo into a permanent transfer next week.

1229 BST: Fulham have signed Tom Donegan from Everton. The 18-year-old will be part of the Cottagers' development squad.

1207 BST: Reports claim that Chelsea will spend 3.5 million euros on Belgian International Kevin de Bruyne. The 19-year-old currently plays for Genk.

1141 BST: Liverpool have been tipped to start the bidding with Blackburn for the versatile Phil Jones. Arsenal are also interested. £15 million is quoted by the Daily Mail.

1120 BST: Some news sources are suggesting Ipswich want £15 million for Connor Wickham, not £10 million as stated in the morning's papers. Liverpool are linked.

1111 BST: Leicester City are being linked with Shay Given, surely there's no way he will drop into the Championship.

1100 BST: We're off and running with our live blog. We think it might not be too busy today, but we've been saying that for two weeks now.

We start today with news from the Independent, which reports that Liverpool's summer spending spree is set to continue with an £8 million for young Ipswich striker Connor Wickham, who has been dubbed the new Shearer no less.

The paper reports that Liverpool have tabled the bid, but the Tractor Boys are determined to hold out for £10 million.

Let's take a look around all the other speculation.

The Sun: Liverpool will bid £15 million for Charles N'Zogbia ... Harry Redknapp talks up Scott Parker ...David Villa wants Cesc Fabregas at Barcelona ... Pepe Reina is committed to LIverpool ... Andrei Arshavin does not want to leave Arsenal ... QPR have been given the green light to sign Jimmy Bullard ... Norwich will sign Bradley Johnson.

Daily Star: Arsenal could make a shock move for Tottenham's Jermain Defoe.

Daily Mail: PSG are ready to bid £12 million for Dimitar Berbatov ... sale of Palacios is key to Scott Parker deal for Spurs ... Newcastle to bid £5 million for Shane Long ... Sergio Aguero will snub Chelsea to stay in Spain ... Liverpool hope to sign Jordan Henderson by Wednesday.

Daily Mirror: Spurs want Vucinic from Roma ... El Hadji Diouf would join Big Sam at West Ham ... Denilson is desperate to leave Arsenal ... Wigan, Bolton and Stoke want Stephen Warnock.

Daily Express: Aston Villa will sign Ben Foster to replace Brad Friedel

June 3, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/03/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Brad Friedel: An actual, real transfer!© Getty Images

1700 BST That's all your transfer tattle for the day. Make sure to tune in tomorrow for all the best gossip and done deals.

1657 BST The Toffees are also being linked with Nottingham Forest's Guy Moussi, who is a free agent and wants to leave for a move to the Premier League.

1645 BST Lorient defender Ecuele Manga has revealed he is delighted to be linked with Everton. "I am delighted with all this attention on me," Manga told skysports. "I have a contract until 2014 but Everton is a fantastic club and I would be delighted to even be considered for their team. I love the passion at Goodison Park. But like I said, it is only paper talk and neither I nor the club have been approached."

1606 BST Oh look, Hamburg (sorry, I mean Chelsea B team) have signed another one with the help of Frank Arnesen. Italy Under-19 international Jacopo Sala has signed a three-year contract with the Germans after passing a medical. ''Jacopo is a player with a future,'' Arnesen told Hamburg's official website. ''He has played for all the Italy youth teams and has excellent technical and physical attributes.''

1550 BST Brazil defender/midfielder Michel Bastos is the subject of interest from Juventus and Inter, according to his agent Emmanuel Kerchove. ''I confirm the interest from Inter in Bastos, but the Bianconeri [Juve] have moved first, and they have presented a concrete offer," he told Calciomercato.it.

1536 BST Osasuna defender Nacho Monreal is being lined up as a replacement for Real Madrid target Fabio Coentrao at Benfica. AS claim he has a buy-out clause set at €12 million, but that the club value him at only €7 million.

1514 BST Marlon King has verbally agreed a contract with Coventry City.

1458 BST Manchester United intend to retain Federico Macheda next season, according to the player's agent. "As far as I am aware, Manchester United intend to keep Macheda," he told Radio Mana Mana. "They don't want to loan him out again."

1446 BST And one from our Dutch expert @TotalFootballNL, Ernst Bouwes: ''Michel Preud'homme (FC Twente) is in talks with Olympique Lyon.''

1427 BST Arsenal kid Benik Afobe says he has not ruled out returning to Huddersfield on loan, but is keen to play in the Championship. "Championship football would be the next step for me though and obviously Huddersfield can't offer me that, so I'd have to reassess my options and most importantly see what Arsenal want me to do," he said.

1405 BST Exclusive from our very own @JohnnyDuerden on Twitter: ''Talked to Lee Chung-yong's agent. Said Lee will not be leaving Bolton this summer despite links to Liverpool.''

1349 BST Brett Ormerod has signed a new one-year deal with Championship-bound Blackpool. The 34-year-old striker featured in 19 Premier League games last eason, scoring once.

1346 BST West Brom have signed Billy Jones from Preston on a three-year contract.

1344 BST A host of clubs are keen on knowing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's future, but only one seems bothered about Brest striker Nolan Roux... Schalke.

1329 BST Man Utd starlet Nicky Ajose is being linked with a host of clubs including: Millwall, Barnsley, Doncaster and newly-promoted Peterborough, while his former manager at Bury - Alan Knill - would also like to take him to Scunthorpe.

1320 BST The race for Klose goes on, as Trabzonspor chairman Sadri Sener claims the Turkish side are keen. He told Turkish newspaper Superlignews: "We are making progress in the negotiations we have with (Miroslav) Klose. We are doing everything we can to see him join us. A striker of his calibre would be a great boost for us in our upcoming UEFA Champions League campaign."

1245 BST BREAKING NEWS: Wigan have offered £3 million for Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who they had on loan last season.

1236 BST ESPNsoccernet reader Dinesh says:

''Man Utd need not buy too many players. But they are definitely lacking the character in the midfield. Infact it has been such since Roy Keane and Nicky Butt left. Wesley Sneijder would be perfect though Ferguson may not want to sign a star player after the blunder of Veron.''

1235 BST Stoke boss Tony Pulis has revealed he would have snapped up Paul Scholes if he had chosen to continue his career somewhere other than Man Utd. "If he'd been available, there's no question I'd have been interested in taking him," he told The Sentinel. "I think there would have been quite a few of us in the Premier League wanting to take someone of his experience and quality.''

1228 BST Germany international Torsten Frings is apparently keen on joining Rangers in the final years of his career. Frings can only get better, eh?

1216 BST Frank Arnesen really earning his bread at Hamburg, by choosing former Chelsea as his main scouting network. Now he wants defender Jeffrey Bruma, 19, to join on loan. Arnesen told the club's official website: "Jeffrey Buma is on duty with the Netherlands actually. Afterwards we will meet and talk about it. We will look each other straight in the eye. We will decide what is best for Jeffrey Bruma and Hamburger SV."

1203 BST Exciting news for Arsenals fans... Jens Lehmann is staying in the game! Stuttgarter Zeitung reports the 41-year-old will join Schalke to replace Manuel Neuer.

1144 BST A bit of a tenous one, but Liverpool are hopeful Sunderland will compromise on their asking price of £18 million for Jordan Henderson and also want to add £12 million worth of Phil Jones from Blackburn to boost their squad. Surely they need to sell before they buy. At least that may mean they don't want Cattermole after all.

1125 BST Steve Bruce is ready to offer Manchester United duo Wes Brown and Darron Gibson a way off the Old Trafford bench at Sunderland. He's still got a bit of cash to spend after the Bent deal, and those two appear ready to tread a well-worn path.

1108 BST West Brom are close to completing the signing of Preston midfielder Billy Jones. The 24-year-old had talks with the Baggies yesterday and is expected to sign today subject to completing a medical.

1059 BST Everton are shooting amourous glances at Miroslav Klose, as the German mulls over what to do this summer. And it helps he's available on a free.

1055 BST Newly-recruited West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has admitted strikers Demba Ba and Carlton Cole are likely to leave the club, while he says talisman Scott Parker's future at Upton Park is "difficult".

1042 BST Argentinian goalkeeper Esteban Andrada, 20, will join Barcelona from Lanus. He told Ona FM: "My agent has told me that I will be a Barcelona player within one or two weeks. I never even imagined that the best club in the world would show an interest in signing me. I felt very flattered when they first showed an interest in me about three months ago. Victor Valdes is a great example for me."

1029 BST Malaga could be an interesting story this summer, having landed Ruud van Nistelrooy they now want Jeremy Toulalan. "Toulalan is a player who we like a lot and we are very interested in signing him. We hope that we will soon reach an agreement. The ball is in the player's court now," said Malaga's Jose Carlos Perez.

1013 BST Last week, the error-prone Gomes was linked with a return to PSV. Seems a certainty now.

1000 BST BREAKING NEWS: Tottenham have signed goalkeeper Brad Friedel from Aston Villa on a two-year deal.

Manager Harry Redknapp said on the club's official website: "Brad is a top goalkeeper of real quality who has great experience. It is good to have three such experienced top goalkeepers at the club in Gomes, Carlo [Cudicini] and now Brad and it means we have competition for places particularly with the number of games we will hopefully face next year both domestically and in Europe as well."

0954 BST We said yesterday that Liverpool were keen on Jordan Henderson, now they are apparently also keen on Lee Cattermole. Maybe they think they can calm him down?

0946 BST Alberto Aquilani's agent believes the on-loan Liverpool midfielder's future could be decided in the next 24 hours, with both Juve and AC Milan keen on him. "All season Juventus have always given me the necessary guarantees that they want to keep Alberto," Franco Zavaglia told Tutto Juve. "The next 24 hours will be decisive. Any eventual economic agreements will follow after Juventus make their decision."

0926 BST Genoa have alerted clubs to the availability of their star defender Domenico Criscito. ''The boy will certainly leave," Rossoblu President Enrico Preziosi told Radio Kiss Kiss. "He's been at Genoa for some time and it is only right that he moves on to a different club.''

0913 BST Chelsea may opt to keep hold of him, but Bolton boss Owen Coyle has admitted he will try and bring Daniel Sturridge back to the club on loan next season.

0911 BST ESPNsoccernet reader Ramana Balla says:

''I think the best thing for Chelsea to do is to have a player plus deal with Real with Mourinho desperate to sign an experienced striker. As he has seen Drogba closely he might sign him. I feel Chelsea have a comparatively aged strike-force, so it would be ideal to sell Drogba to Real. In return they should demand Real to give Benzema plus cash.''

0903 BST Former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder Liam Miller has joined Perth Glory on a two-year deal. ''I'm thrilled to be heading to Perth,'' Miller said. ''I have heard a lot of wonderful things about the city of Perth but football is the most important thing.''

0853 BST Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has made his feelings clear over what the club need to do this summer. "In order to improve our side, we need players who can make the difference. We have already changed many aspects and I do not think that disrupting the whole situation would be right," he said on the club's official website.

0834 BST Adam Johnson has urged club captain Carlos Tevez to remain a Manchester City player. "He carries us sometimes with his goals and his drive," said Johnson. "He is probably the best player I have played with.

0825 BST Internacional have turned down a £10.5 million offer from Tottenham for striker Leandro Damiao. Club president Giovanni Luigi said: “It was the first concrete offer we’ve had. I told them that I didn’t want to sell now. I think they’ll return with a new offer. I advised them that he will only leave at the end of the year and for a far greater fee.”

0815 BST Staying on the Madrid bandwagon, Jose also said: "He's [Fabio Coentrao] a great player. I like him for his versatility, his ability to play all over. Players of his type are always welcome, especially at a club as demanding as Madrid."

0808 BST Some news emerging that Sergio Aguero wants to stay in Spain. Real Madrid are obviously favourites, but Jose Mourinho is not going to sell his current strikers to make way: "Both Benzema and Higuain are not for sale. We have talked about this and all agreed that they should stay at Real Madrid,'' he said.

0802 BST Now, some paper gossip:

The Sun: Arsenal have told Real Madrid the bidding for Cesc Fabregas starts at £54 million, and that goes for Barcelona too. However, Madrid have told Man City they will not pay £12.5 million for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Daily Mail: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain's dad, Mark, wants his son to join Arsenal from Southampton as quickly as possible, while QPR are prepared to double the wages of Wales striker Steve Morison to keep him out of the clutches of Norwich.

0800 BST Morning all, and welcome to another day of transfer tattle. To get you started, we have the BREAKING NEWS that Norwich have made an improved offer of £3.5 million for Leeds' Robert Snodgrass. Although that has been rejected apparently.

June 2, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/02/2011

Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between June 1 and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.


Sergio Aguero would prefer to remain in Spain © Getty Images

00.01:Right that's all we've got time for today, but be sure to join us for a flurry of activity on Friday.

23.50: Wilson Palacios' protracted move to Napoli appears to be stalling. "Wilson interests us a lot,'' the club's sporting director Riccardo Bigon told Tutto Napoli. "But negotiations have stalled for now.

"Tottenham are ready to sell him outright, but they want a lot of money in order to let him go.
I've spoken with his agent as the player is currently on holiday. Everything should become clearer in seven to 10 days' time. Let's wait and see what happens.''

23.38: Comments are still flooding in and Phil has give a good little summary of Aston Villa's current situation:

"Looks like it could be wholesale changes for Aston Villa. Reo-Coker out already, Young and Downing makings noise to leave. Gerard Houllier gone.

Now Bradley staying even after not playing much on loan. Could be a very young midfield with Albrighton, Delph, Bradley, and Bannon. Solid with Bent up front. Now to figure out the whole of the defense.."

23.28: Another one from the Daily Mail, which reports that talks between Antonio Valencia and Manchester United over a new contract have hit a stumbling block over image rights.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1393682/Antonio-Valencia-Manchester-United-deal-hits-snag.html#ixzz1O9zDJe1r


23.15: A 'WORLD EXCLUSIVE' (capital letters and all) from the Daily Mail , which says that Liverpool are set to complete a double swoop for Blackburn defender Phil Jones and Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson, costing £30 million.

22.30: Genoa, Sampdoria, and Bologna are all keen to sign talented young Macedonian goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic, according to tuttomercatoweb.

21.57: In-demand Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez talking up a move to Camp Nou. Sanchez told Futbol: "Barcelona would be a splendid destination.The interest of great clubs in me makes me proud. It means I am doing well. I want to progress, play and win important trophies and to do this you need to play for the most prestigious clubs. Therefore I hope to have this chance."

21.29: Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has joined Gremio until the end of 2012 season, ending a nine-year exile from his native Brazil. The 2002 World Cup winners says he "couldn't be more motivated''.

21.01: Robbie Fowler may not be playing in the A-League next season, but former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder Liam Miller is reportedly in talks about a move to Perth Glory.

20.51: One of our readers, Dan, outlines his vision for a new Arsenal strikerforce:

"I think Arsenal should swoop on either Benzema or Higuain if they are truly available. I think Van Persie is better suited as a CF playing behind a ST. He likes to roam all over the field and having either Real ST would benefit. I would like to see a solid CB that is good in the air and can read the game. I think Vermaelen being back is the biggest addition we could of got."

20.44: As you may have noticed, things seem to be winding down in the world of transfers at the moment. The ESPNsoccernet team are still on the search though, fear not!

20.18: Ivory Coast midfielder Didiker Zokora has signed a four-year contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor, who have paid Sevilla €6 million for his services.

19.46: Norwich have agreed terms with Millwall striker Steve Morison. The dream Morison-James Vaughan partnership is a step closer to becoming a reality.

19.29: Reports from the Twittersphere suggesting that Aston Villa have completed the permanent signing of Michael Bradley from Borussia Monchengladbach for a fee of £5 million. Hope Mark Hughes is a fan of his!

19.09: Reports in Turkey suggesting that Galatasaray are weighing up a shock move for Gianluigi Buffon, with their president Unal Aysal reportedly saying: "We are in contact with Juventus." Apparently Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey is their second choice. I'll believe that one when I see it.

18.54: Keep your comments coming in folks; one reader, Kan, is not the first person to question Mourinho's sanity this year, This time, with regards to his transfer policy:

"Higuain available for sale at 15M. Benzema unsure in Mourinho's plan and Adebayor return to Man City. What is in Mourinho's mind ?"

18.47: Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has revealed the club are ready to sell Domenico Criscito this summer.

Preziosi told Radio Kiss Kiss: “The boy will certainly leave. He’s been at Genoa for some time and it is only right that he moves on to a different club. A switch to Napoli? It has been discussed, but I don’t see a great amount of interest from the Azzurri for Mimmo. As far as I am concerned, I am ready to negotiate and people know where I am.”

18.30: Villarreal have signed veteran Valencia goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez.

17.30: Cristiano Ronaldo, unsurprisingly, would be happy to see Portugal team-mate Fabio Coentrao join him at Real Madrid. "I've spoken to him about it," he said. "Fabio is a great player and of course I'd like to have him on my team."

17.18: Genoa have announced that Italy defender Domenico Criscito, 24, will be on his way, with Inter, Milan and Juventus possible destinations. “The boy will certainly leave,” president Enrico Preziosi told Radio Kiss Kiss. “He’s been at Genoa for some time and it is only right that he moves on to a different club."

17.07: Toulouse captain Mauro Cetto, who has been linked with Montpellier and St Etienne, says he has still not made up his mind where he wants to play next season. He told L'Equipe: "The end of the season was long and difficult. I will take some holiday days and hopefully make a decision in the course of next week. For me today it's 50-50 between France and abroad.''

16.56: Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is to leave Lazio after failing to agree a contract extension. “If president Claudio Lotito now doesn’t find a solution for him then he will leave in 2012, at the end of his contract, on a free transfer,” agent Daniel Fonseca told La Repubblica.

16.44: El Mundo Deportivo has claimed Arsenal have told Real Madrid to open the bidding for Cesc Fabregas at £50m. Quite why they’d tell them to ‘open the bidding’ at that price isn’t clear, unless they plan to reject the amount they told them to offer.

"How much would you like?"
"Start the bidding at £50m."
"How about £50m?"
"No."

Regardless, unless he wants a decapitated pig’s head thrown at him, we presume Cesc will just wait for Barca to bid, whenever that might be.

16.35: There has been talk floating around the football gossip-sphere for a while of Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester with either United or City. It always sounded highly unlikely and it appears we won't be seeing that weird claw celebration thing in the Premier League again any time soon. "I’m happy at Real," he said. "I want to win more titles for the club. I’m settled at Real Madrid and I have no intention of moving."

16.29: CECH ISSUES QUIT THREAT. Yes, you heard right: West Brom full-back Marek Cech could quit the Hawthorns. "I will have to fight for a place in the starting line-up," he told the Birmingham Mail. "We'll see how it all ends, whether I stay or go."

16.16: Marca seems to be treating Aguero's remarks as a sign he's ready to join arch-rivals Real Madrid, incidentally.

16.05: Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley, out of contract this summer, has denied he has already agreed a move to Bolton. "The new rules are you can't sign a pre-contract agreement," he said. "I don't know where that story has come from. I'm an honest person and if I'd signed a pre-contract I'd tell you."

15.56: Seems Sergio Aguero may not be bound for the Premier League. We mentioned earlier Sport's claim that he has been offered to Barcelona, and he has now said: "The English league is good, but I'd prefer to stay in Spain." He added that he has "no preference" over his next club. Several Italian sides have also been linked.

15.49: Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini claims Juventus want midfielder Gokhan Inler. He told Radio Mana Mana: “A lot of clubs are interested in Inler and that includes Juventus.” Inler had been due to join Napoli but failed to agree personal terms.

15.33: Sport says Cesc Fabregas still wants to join Barcelona but, like a shy teenager at a school dance, will wait for them to make the first move. Arsene Wenger has said Barca haven’t been in touch yet this year, and there are real doubts over how much they’d be prepared to pay for a player they quite clearly don’t need at this point.

15.20 The Express & Star reckons West Brom are leading the race to sign Wales international midfielder David Vaughan on a free transfer from Blackpool. Rest assured that we will try to find some sexier gossip shortly.

15.11: Zat Knight believes Bolton desperately need to invest this summer. He told the Bolton News: “The players have been fantastic but I do believe it’s time for a revamp. We have to go into next season stronger and hopefully the chairman does stick to his word and bring players in because we have got a small squad. There were times when we couldn’t even fill the bench. We need a bigger squad with better, more experienced players.”

14.50: The Lancashire Telegraph says Blackburn have received no approach for Chris Samba despite Arsenal being strongly linked with the centre-back.

14.30: Sky Sports News is reporting that Swansea have made a £3m bid for Watford striker Danny Graham.

14.28: The Liverpool Echo claims Juventus have so far offered just £6m to make their loan deal for Alberto Aquilani permanent. His agent said yesterday that he’d happily join AC Milan if no agreement is reached.

14.00: Gonzalo Higuain’s dad has played down talk of a move away from the Bernabeu. “A lot of clubs like my son,” Jorge Higuain told Tuttosport. “Juventus are one of the most important sides in Europe, but nobody has spoken to us about them. We are honoured by their interest, but Gonzalo wants to remain in Spain with Real Madrid.”

13.43: Ruud van Nistelrooy has expressed his delight after agreeing a move to Malaga. “Throughout my career I have been with many clubs and have shared a dressing room with world-class players,” Van Nistelrooy told Marca. “I feel very proud and happy to be here.”

13.26: El Mundo appears to have done a bit of talking to the man on the street, too, and the fans apparently want Barca to sign Rossi, Aguero, Gareth Bale and Hulk. Presumably not all of them, as that would likely bankrupt the club. The fans are also keen to see Cesc Fabregas arrive, but only at the right price. Which is not particularly likely.

13.22: El Mundo Deportivo claims Atletico Madrid have offered Sergio Aguero to Barcelona as they fear Real Madrid will make an offer. There was some talk that his contract has an anti-Real Madrid clause, but it seems Atleti have managed to worry themselves silly regardless. Barca, for what it's worth, are apparently undecided, what with Giuseppe Rossi's expected arrival.

13.12: Schalke have signed 22-year-old goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann from eintracht Frankfurt to replace Manuel Neuer.

13.08: Nicklas Bendtner has underlined his determination to leave the Gunners.

“I have decided 100% that I must leave Arsenal,” he told sporten.dk. “I’ve considered this for a long time and was quite clear when I arrived at my decision. It doesn’t feel particularly strange to not know what my future holds - I’m quite calm and confident that I’ll be fine at a new club.

“I’m fully focused on Saturday’s game for now, because it is incredibly important, but after the international is over I may focus more directly on my future [but] I am sure I could easily go on holiday without having to panic about it. I’m looking to relax, mentally, after a season that was not what I hoped for or expected.”


12.56: Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, has rubbished talk Chelsea have made a fresh bid for his client. "This is all speculation from Britain. It is absurd," he told Brazil Marca. "In August Santos, refused a proposal of €35million. How is that Roman Abramovich would now offer €26 million? It makes no sense and makes me laugh."

12.36: Wolves have confirmed Marcus Hahnemann won't be getting a new contract having lost his place and is now available on a free transfer.

12.25: A belated piece of rumouring from this morning: the Daily Mail seems to believe Gonzalo Higuain will be available for £15m. It would certainly be surprising if he was up for sale with Mourinho still seemingly looking to add to his attacking options, but the paper says Arsenal, Spurs and City are on alert.

12.05: An agent by the name of Riccardo Sarti had claimed Lukas Podolski was about to leave Cologne to join Roma, but it appears that's not even close to being true. “There are always offers, but I don’t know anything about that," Podolski said. "I will be staying at Cologne. The club is my future, whether as a player, a coach or club president.”

11.50: Marca believes Real Madrid's negotiations with Benfica over Fabio Coentrao have evolved significantly and that €22 million appears the likely fee.

11.45: According to the Press Association, sources at Sunderland are insisting "Jordan Henderson is simply not for sale, and certainly not at the £13 million fee quoted in some reports".

11.40: Talk is rife that Yuri Zhirkov's going to be leaving Chelsea, and he's now claimed that he was fit to play in the run-in but the club's doctors wouldn't let him. More here.

11.18: Adriano Galliani has rubbished claims Javier Pastore could be AC Milan-bound. "We are not interested," he told Gazzetta. "He is a playmaker and we are looking for a left midfielder." Chelsea have apparently had a bid rejected. Read more here.

11.00: 'Bayern-Schock!" is Bild's way of telling us that Manchester City - "the filthy rich sheikh club," as the paper puts it - are demanding €20m for Jerome Boateng. Bayern apparently want another defender to partner Holger Badstuber, but City have publicly declared that he's not for sale, and are now refusing to let him leave on the cheap.

10.49: We mentioned earlier that nouveau riche PSG might want SWP, and Le Parisien says Dimitar Berbatov is also under consideration. He did tell a Bulgarian paper yesterday that he's not planning to leave, but Sir Alex may have other ideas. Le Parisien says he'll cost between €15m and €20m and wants €91,000 a week. One to keep an eye on, perhaps.

10.36: Inter are, apparently, set to improve their red card tally with a bid for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi. As De Rossi seems to be linked with a move away every single summer, we'll await further developments before getting too excited about that one.

10.20: Marlon Harewood could be on his way to League One side Notts County. He cost Villa £4 million a few years back, but at the age of 31 it appears his top-flight career is over after being released by Blackpool. More here.

09.48: Giuseppe Rossi is a player linked with many clubs, including a spurious Twitter link with Tottenham but his current paymasters, Villarreal, have admitted that the player is for sale. Barcelona are linked most heavily. Story

09.29: Manchester City coach Attilio Lombardo has revealed that the club are ready to give up on their chase for Alexis Sanchez, who is wanted by just about everyone but seems likely to stay in Serie A. Lomabardo may not have made himself too popular with City officials by further revealing to Radio Crc that the club have a long-standing interest in Napoli's highly-rated trio of Edinson Cavani, Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

09.16 Wilson Palacios is set to fire long shots over the bar for Napoli, as the Italian club beckons for the Honduran and if Spurs accept £7 million for him. Story

09.11: Samuel Eto'o is now looking to dictate Inter Milan's transfer policy, La Gazzetta dello Sport says. "Why don't we attempt to sign Kwadwo Asamoah from Udinese?" Eto'o reportedly asked the club's directors after last Sunday's Coppa Italia win over Palermo.

09.06 Mick McCarthy, fresh from an unprecedented feat of staying up twice in a row, says none of his stars is for sale. Matt Jarvis and Kevin Doyle are stars, supposedly. More here.

08.42 Hold on to your hats, Gunners. Arsene Wenger has admitted he needs to buy some players: "We need to improve the size of our squad. We need a bigger variety in the height of our players. We need to be more capable of fighting against some characteristics than we have been this season." More here.

So that means some big players. Peter Crouch and Brede Hangeland it is then.

08.38: Non-transfer news: Liverpool's Daily Post says that Everton will NOT be buying Joey Barton and Jay Bothroyd.

08.34: David De Gea and girlfriend Edurne are looking at houses in Manchester, Spanish publication Terra says. May I recommend Crumpsall.

08.25: Ruud Van Nistelrooy looks set to join Malaga. Back to Spain and a nice villa on the coast for him.

08.19: Time to round up the transfer gossip of the last few hours. Sunderland's Jordan Henderson is much discussed, in the Guardian and the Mail specifically, and you can read a bit about that here. Another midfielder in Jack Rodwell is linked with Arsenal, as is Sylvain Distin, the latter of which seems barely credible. And newly-rich with Qatari petrodollars, Paris St Germain want Shaun Wright-Philips, it says here...

June 1, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 06/01/2011

Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku says he is expecting to complete a reported £18 million move to Chelsea at by next Monday.


Romelu Lukaku has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe over the past 12 months.

23.59 BST: That's it for the first day back on the transfer blog. There's still three more months of rumour and counter claim to go. Back tomorrow!

23.43 BST: We're hoping than Gonzalo Higuain signs for someone soon as this story could be one of those summer-long affairs. Now he's being linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

23.29 BST: Is Arsene Wenger about to dip his toe in the French market once again? Lorient midfielder Morgan Amalfitano could be on his radar.

23.02 BST: Liverpool are said to be weighing up a £13 million bid for Sunderland's Jordan Henderson. That sounds a bit, er, Paul Konchesky.

22.31 BST: Could Manchester City be about to make a move for striker Sebastian Ribas? France Football thinks the Dijon player is on their radar. Not really a sexy name, though?

2141 BST: Benoit Pedretti has joined Ligue 1 champions Lille from Auxerre.

2059 BST: Liverpool are prepared to send reserve goalkeeper Peter Gulcasi out on loan for the whole of next season.

2013 BST: Ralf Fahrmann will be Neuer's replacement at Schalke after he rejoined the club at which he started his career on a free transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt. The 22-year-old has joined on a four-year contract.

1943 BST: There could be a three-way tussle for Auxerre defender Cedric Hengbart, with Sky Sports claiming that Newcastle, Blackburn and Wigan all want to sign him.

1912 BST: Bayern have also confirmed the signing of one of Neuer's former Schalke team-mates, Brazilian right-back Rafinha, from Genoa.

1849 BST: Jose Bosingwa has reportedly asked to leave Chelsea after falling out of favour.

1811 BST: We have a confirmed transfer! It's just a shame we've always known all about it. Bayern Munich and Schalke have officially agreed a deal for Manuel Neuer.

1719 BST: Darren Bent says he wants Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to stay at Villa. ''I've been in both of their ears trying to convince them (Young and Downing) to stay,'' he said. ''They are two top, top players and, if we can hold onto them next season, it will be fantastic.''

1655 BST: Nancy midfielder Julien Feret is being linked with Schalke. They wanted a fox in the box, but had to settle for a Feret.

1613 BST: Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that he turned down a "major offer" for Argentina starlet Javier Pastore because the Rosanero are holding out for a higher bid.

"Chelsea was a club that we had a major offer from," Zamparini said. "But it did not reach the minimum figure that we set for a player of his quality. If someone wants to buy Pastore, the price is €50 million (£44 million). There are five or six clubs also interested, including Man City and big clubs from Spain and Italy but so far there has been nothing from them."

1558 BST: Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal's sixth trophyless season in a row and believes that only minor changes are needed at Emirates Stadium.

"It's something that's easy to correct," Wenger said. "We need to improve the size of our squad. We need a bigger variety in the height of our players."

1533 BST: David Trezeguet and Amauri linked with moves to Parma in the Italian press.

1519 BST: Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed just over an hour ago that there was a meeting taking place at a "hotel in downtown Milan" between Juventus chief Beppe Marotta and Gino Pozzo to discuss the possible transfers of Gokhan Inler and Alexis Sanchez to the Bianconeri.

1509 BST: Remember you can follow us on Twitter - @ESPNsoccernet is the place to go.

1507 BST: The comments are still flowing in so keep up the good work. Liverpool fan Ben believes a few tweaks can see Kenny Dalglish's side dominate next season:

"This is going to be a great summer for football transfers. As a Liverpool fan, I really hope they make some serious additions to the squad. 2 or 3 marquee signings are needed to turn last year's 6th place finish into a potential domestic treble. "

1502 BST: Busy day for Marca, also claiming that Barcelona are keeping tabs on AC Milan defender Thiago Silva - though the Rossoneri will expect €25 million and possibly Maxwell in exchange for the Brazilian.

1451 BST: Pepe Reina has stressed - for perhaps the 30th time in the past six months - that he doesn't want to leave Liverpool. "I am happy at Liverpool," Reina told Marca. "It is true we have had a great end to the year, but we have to keep growing.
I am very happy and so is my family. I've never wanted to go." Do you think he's happy?!

1440 BST: Bayern Munich are chasing Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng but will need to stump up €20 million to bring him to the Allianz Arena, according to Bild.

1431 BST: Benfica left-back Fabio Coentrao has re-iterated that Real Madrid is the club he wants to join if he leaves Portugal, though he claimed that Manchester United and Barcelona have shown an interest in him.

"I know that Manchester United and Barcelona are interested in me," he said. This is special for me and makes me think that I am doing well as a player. They are two big teams with the best players but if Real Madrid show an interest they will be my first option."

1428 BST: Darren Bent has his say on Ashley Young and Stewart Downing: "They are two top players and I hope we can hold onto them but I've tried to forget about the Villa situation. After the Switzerland game it's time to think about it - but while I'm here I just want to focus on England and just get selected.''

1359 BST: Ruud van Nistelrooy is on his way to La Liga side Malaga, according to AS. The Spanish daily is reporting that former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker will sign a one-year deal some time today,

1349 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists his future lies at AC Milan. He told Gazzette Dello Sport: "Will I be staying at Milan? Absolutely. I believe in the project. Winning the league has been an important step in the right direction."

1333 BST: Full story on Dimitar Berbatov pledging to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United.

1317 BST: Dimitar Berbatov says he will stay and "fight" for his place at Man Utd, despite labelling his Champions League exclusion "embarrassing.

"I will remain at United. I will fight for my place and I will fight for title number 20," he told Bulgarian newspaper 24 Chassa."If I was a man who gave up easily, I would never be here in the first place - starting July 4, everything begins all over again - my personal fight to be in the first team, and for United to win more titles."

1311 BST: Robbie Fowler is not going back to A-League side Perth Glory next season and says he is returning to England for family reasons. It would seem coaching badges will be on the cards for the Liverpool legend. Full story here.

1303 BST: Manchester United fan Rodgers Munjokodi thinks he has identified three players who will improve the Red Devils next season:

"Man Utd should bid for Young, Modric and Nasri. The 3 big names can turn the fortunes of Man Utd for the better. United should be at the same level with Barca next season."

1259 BST: Marseille playmaker Lucho Gonzalez has told the club he wants to move on, though l'OM are not expected to let him go for any less than than €13million.
Marseille chief Jean-Claude Dassier told L'Equipe: "Lucho, who is under contract until June 2013, has to find a solution before the end of June. Then, the doors will be closed."

1245 BST: Hardly a shock this one, but Lionel Messi says he never wants to leave Barca. Messi said: "I cannot see myself ever playing in any club shirt apart from Barcelona's." I can almost hear the sighs of disappointment from around Europe.

1236 BST: A potential fairytale story now to warm the footballing cockles. Four years ago, Steve Morison was plying his trade in the Conference with Stevenage. Now, he looks set to complete a remarkable ascent from non-league football to the Premier League.

Norwich have already had a bid worth £2.5 million rejected by Millwall on Tuesday, but will probably be willing to meet the Lions' £3 million asking price. Brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?!

1228 BST: Liverpool are keen on Monaco's Cameroon international winger Benjamin Moukandjo, according to the Daily Mirror.

1215 BST: Feyenoord are desperate to keep hold of on-loan Arsenal midfielder Ryo Miyaichi, with the Dutch giants' technical director Martin van Geel revealing he is waiting to hear back from the Gunners.

"We would love to have him here on loan for a year," Van Geel told Voetbal International. "Arsenal know we are good for him. Now we can only wait for their answer."

1209 BST: Big news for ESPNsoccernet's Robin Hackett. Nathan Tyson has rejected Nottingham Forest's offer of a new contract and will leave the club.

1203 BST: Still loads of comments coming in and scottiej3315 has outlined what he feels needs to happen at Real Madrid this summer:

"I like Real's current philosophy of buying younger players, but why are non of them spanish? I would like to see Real bring in Cesc Fabregas. He is quality in the midfield and that is what is needed in order to beat Barca. Also I'd be happy if they sell Benzema or Higuain to buy Fernando Llorente. Mourinho likes a bigger striker and he has the technical ability to succeed at Madrid."

1159 BST: Yuri Zhirkov is ready to end his time at Chelsea with a move back to his native Russia. Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow are favourites to land the left-sided player. Zhirkov said: "Unfortunately at Chelsea I hardly had any proper match practice last season. I want to play, not sit on the bench."

1142 BST: Monaco striker Park Chu-Young becomes the first of what will surely be a host of players looking to jump off the sinking ship of the relegated principality club.

"There is no more reason to remain in Monaco. We will pursue a transfer," said Park's agent.

1138 BST: New Juventus manager Antonio Conte is keen to make Franck Ribery his first signing, according to Il Giorno. It also claims that Juve president Andrea Agnelli is supporting a move for the Bayern Munich star and that Ribery's friend Luca Toni will be used to convince him to join the Bianconeri.

1122 BST: Plenty of debate about who can replace Paul Scholes at Man Utd around today. The ESPNsoccernet Press Pass team discuss Luka Modric's credentials

1112 BST: Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay has been named as a Benfica player on Argentina's squad list for the Copa America. Simple mistake or do they know something we don't?!

1101 BST:Full story on Giuseppe Rossi's agent saying that the Villarreal striker could be on his way to Barcelona for €25-€30m.

1049 BST: Full story on Miroslav Klose saying he is keen to move to Lazio. Apparently the food in Rome and the club colours are among his reasons. Excellent priorities.

1042 BST: BIG NEWS: Giuseppe Rossi's agent says the Villarreal striker is in talks over a move to European champions Barcelona, according to AS.

Federico Pastorello is quoted as saying: "We are talking with Barcelona and Rossi would love to play for the club. His price-tag is between €25 million and €30m."

1036 BST: Bordeaux have tied promising striker Cheick Diabaté down for a further two years, until 2015, in a bid to put off his reported suitors from the Premier League.

1028 BST: Robinho tells Neymar and Ganso that a move to Spain or Italy would be most beneficial for them. Anyone else think that could have something to do with his horror spell at Manchester City? Full story here. And for those of you who don't know who Neymar is, his profile is here.

1024 BST: According to sport.co.uk, Wolves and Coventry are set to swap goalkeepers with Keiren Westwood heading to Molineux and Marcus Hahnemann heading in the other direction to the Ricoh Arena.

1020 BST: Pascal Chimbonda has been released from QPR so one of football's most nomadic players is on the lookout for ANOTHER new club. He's fast turning into the new Steve Claridge!

1012 BST: Remember to keep your comments coming in. We've had plenty of Arsenal fans in contact so far but hidden in among them is Spurs fan Joey, who is hoping his chairman spends this summer:

"I wish Daniel Levy would dig deep into his pockets "once again" and get us FALCAO, or actually I wouldn't mind Hulk also. Tottenham really need to get rid of Crouch or Pav and sign a forward that is capable of producing magic."

1005 BST: Full story on Michael Owen's new deal.

1001 BST: BREAKING NEWS - Michael Owen signs new one-year Manchester United deal. Owen said: “I’m delighted to have agreed a one-year extension to my contract. To play alongside so many great players, under an exceptional manager, and in front of so many incredibly passionate supporters, is a real inspiration. I can’t wait for next season to start."

0955 BST: Arsenal should "easily" receive a fee of around £12 million for Nicklas Bendtner, according to his agent (who also happens to be his dad!). Full story here.

0946 BST: Remember, we'd like to hear your opinions, comments and even any rumours you may have heard on the grapevine - just send them in using the tool below.

That's exactly what Emma did, she's had her say on Arsenal:

"I hope Arsene Wenger will sign player, I mean quality player that can fill all the holes left open since the 'Invincibles' disbanded, so that Arsenal fans smile for the first time in six seasons!"

0940 BST: Here is Romelu Lukaku's profile, The Anderlecht teenager is one of Europe's most highly-rated strikers.

0939 BST: Full story on Romelu Lukaku saying he is close to Chelsea move.

0926 BST: Benfica striker Javier Saviola is being linked in Portuguese newspaper A Bola with a move to Abu Dhabi club Al-Jazira, who are managed by former Argentina international Alejandro Sabella.

0913 BST: Arsene Wenger insists Barcelona have made no contact about a move for Cesc Fabregas and the Arsenal boss says he is hopeful of keeping hold of his captain. Full story here.

0901 BST: Aston Villa pair Ashley Young and Stewart Downing have been talking up their desire to play in the Champions League. Both have been linked with moves to Liverpool, while Young has also been linked with Man Utd. Full story here

0850 BST: Atletico Madrid claimed last week that Juventus were the only club to have shown a concrete interest in Sergio Aguero, but Marca is now claiming that Juve have a comprehensive back-up plan should they miss out on Kun. Apparently, the Bianconeri are keeping tabs on Lass Diarra, Garay, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain.

0840 BST: On to some stories from around Europe now, starting wiht Italy, where it would appear German (international) scoring sensation Miroslav Klose could be on his way to Lazio.

Klose told Golmania: "Let’s say that I am evaluating some offers and Lazio are among them. My wife and I have been to Rome on vacation and it is a fantastic city. The food is wonderful, too. I was close to Lazio in January, but Bayern wanted money that they weren’t prepared to pay. Now I am in charge of my own destiny.

0820 BST: Let's kick things off with a scout around the English papers:

Daily Mail: : Robinho has called on Neymar to join Barcelona and not Chelsea, should the opportunity arise; Fulham have had a £10million bid for Espanyol's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo rejected as the Primera Division side are holding out for closer to £17 million.

Daily Express: Wayne Rooney has urged Manchester United to make some major signings to try to close the gap on Barcelona; Reading are fighting off interest from Celtic for star striker Shane Long.

Daily Mirror: : Sir Alex Ferguson has made Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric his chief transfer target as part of a £50 million summer overhaul at Man Utd; Bayern Munich are the side most interested in Nicklas Bendtner and are willing to pay £12 million for him; Romelu Lukaku believes he will complete a £18 million move to Chelsea at some point in the next six days.

The Sun: Michael Mancienne completes his £3 million move to Hamburg; Nicklas Bendtner wants to leave Arsenal and his agent insists clubs won't be put off by his £10 million price tag - "Nicklas has the qualities to live up to this sum," he said; Liverpool and Chelsea will be asked to stump up £12 million if they want to land defensive midfielder Vurnon Anita, 22, after he signed a new contract with Ajax; Jimmy Bullard has issued a come-and get-me plea to Norwich,

0805 BST: Welcome back to On The Move, ESPNsoccernet's comprehensive transfer blog. Between today and September 1, we will be keeping you up to date with all the latest gossip and speculation from the world of football, as well as the actual completed transfers of course.

Here's looking forward to a great summer!