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July 31, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/31/2011

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.


Pjanic could be persuaded to leave Lyon© Getty Images

23.59: That's all the time we have today, we'll be back in the morning.

23.02: Fernando Gago could leave Real Madrid to join Boca Juniors on loan, says his agent.

22.41: An early titbit in the Daily Mail says Arsenal want to sign Matt Jarvis from Wolves. Surely not unless Samir Nasri goes?

21.47: AS Roma are believed to be considering a bid for Arsenal striker Mourane Chamakh

21.47: Quotes from Arsene Wenger on transfers: Wenger said: "We try to strengthen the squad, we worked very hard on it, but I have no name today.''

21.31: Daniel Taylor from the Guardian tweets: "Spoke to Valencia-based journalist today, feeling over there is Juan Mata not keen on Tottenham and waiting for Arsenal to trigger release clause."

20.37: Valencia president Manuel Llorente insists they are still working on a deal for Real Madrid youngster Sergio Canales. However, he was guarded over the future of Juan Mata. "[Canales] is an issue we are actively working on, and when news develops we will announce it," he said. "Mata is in Lisbon and he is still our player. I think he will remain here, as we have not received anything. Those who want to stay in Valencia will do so and those who want to come here will come."

20.30: Sounds to us like Wesley Sneijder really wants to sign for Manchester United. His quotes tonight: "What will happen? We'll see. There is always a chance that something will happen, but we will see. As you can see, I'm still here. I'm always happy. I'm a happy guy. I'm just happy to train every day with my colleagues and to train every day and to play my game for the fans. I've played in many competitions. I started in Holland, then played in Spain and now the Italian league, and I'm still here. We will see what happens but I'm happy here.”

19.42: Diego's agent says the player is hankering for a move from Wolfsburg to Atletico Madrid: "A player like him will be great for Atletico; he has quality and I think he can adapt really well to [Gregorio] Manzano's scheme. Diego is thrilled with the idea," Djair da Cunha told AS.

18.53: Burnley have had an offer accepted by Preston North End for Republic of Ireland international Keith Treacy.

18.18: Roma are today being linked with midfielder Marko Marin, who currently plays in his homeland of Germany for Werder Bremen.

17.44: Ridiculous story in the Leicester press that they will try to sign David Beckham on loan in January. First of all, he won't have a contract to be loaned from. Secondly, there will be almost every Premier League club after him.

16.58: Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has told talkSPORT that he is still looking to strengthen his squad. He told the All Sports Show: “We had 12 senior players leave the club in the summer, I’ve never been a situation where 12 players have left the club in the summer, it’s so many. I obviously knew that when I came in but you’ve still got to fill gaps with experienced players.

16.21: Having snubbed the chance to join Newcastle it seems Jermain Defoe could be bound for Fulham. Reunion with Martin Jol beckons.

16.12: Update from Chelsea's Ron Gourlay: ''We will probably look at one or two players who maybe need to go out for development, who need football games. I mean loans and there won't be much more activity than that. I need to sit down with Andre and have a look at things later in the week."

15.37: Twitter Talk: Reports suggesting that everything is agreed for Valencia's Juan Mata to join Arsenal. €22m fee and terms. Just waiting for player to decide his future.

15.12: Roma have been busy in this window so far and are now being linked with a move for Marseille's wantaway midfielder Lucho Gonzalez.

14.54: Why Samuel Eto'o turned down an €80m move to Anzhi? "The Russians aren't playing in the CL. My objective is to win that trophy again," he said.

14.20: BREAKING: Blackburn have agreed a fee with Dundee United for David Goodwillie.

14.12: Chelsea are weighing up another move for Luka Modric. But Andre Villas-Boas is the key, as he may want to spend the cash elsewhere.

13.32: Russia striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has admitted his days at Tottenham may be numbered with the current influx of forwards at Harry Redknapp's disposal. '‘I feel comfortable here. But we have five strikers: myself, Crouch, Defoe, Keane and Van der Vaart. Someone will be sold or go on loan,'' he said.

13.07: Mancini admits he could let SWP leave the club. "Shaun was born in Man City, he is an important player for Man City," said Mancini after the game. "For me, it's difficult to put him on the bench. A player like Shaun deserves to play every game because he's a strong player. But now, we have so many players it's not easy for him. I need to speak with him in the next days. It's difficult because Shaun is a good guy."

Oh and SWP was born in Greenwich, London.

12.37: Swansea have agreed a £2 million fee with Newcastle for Wayne Routledge, according to reports.

12.16: Could Juve's Amauri be off to France? "Marseille are one of many teams that are interested in signing him. They have asked information about Amauri, but have yet to their interest in the player concrete," his agent was quoted as saying by Calciomercato.it.

12.07: Claudio Marchisio has told Gazzetta dello Sport he would welcome Giuseppe Rossi with ‘open arms’ at Juventus. “I have spoken with Giuseppe on the telephone; it would be nice to have him here. I would welcome him with open arms,'' he said. "However, it will be the club who makes the evaluation - anyway I am convinced that a top player in that role will arrive.”

11.43: Villarreal are reportedly lining up an £8 million bid for Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta, who could be keen on a return to Spain.

11.29: Corriere dello Sport say that Fiorentina Sporting Director Pantaleo Corvino has set the price for Riccardo Montolivo: €10 million.

11.21: Jussi Jaaskelainen appears frustrated at the inactivity from Bolton over a new deal, with a source telling The People: "Jussi is unhappy. He's in the last year of his contract and nothing is happening about a new deal." Manchester City and Stoke are now on alert.

11.09: Diego Forlan says Sergio Aguero should have joined Chelsea instead of Man City. "It was no real surprise to see him leave," Forlan told The People, "but I thought it would have been to a different club. Chelsea's game and squad are more suited to his style. And of course I am a Manchester United fan, so his decision to move to City is also painful for me."

10.44: Shane Long admits he would have to consider a move to West Ham United, but insists he would be happy to stay at Reading. Long told the Independent on Sunday: "West Ham are a big club, so it would definitely be something for me to think about. But I wouldn't be that disappointed if nothing happened and I stayed at Reading.''

10.21: Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci is reportedly the subject of an €8m bid from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg.

09.58: Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley hopes a deal can be reached to bring Craig Bellamy to Celtic. Wales international Ledley told a number of Scottish newspapers: ''I'd love for Craig to come to Celtic. He has been at the club before, knows what it's all about and would be a fantastic signing. I've played with him for the national team and he has an incredible desire to win. Craig also brings the best out of his team-mates. Craig would do very well at Celtic if some sort of deal was sorted out.''

09.34: Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro: "If Real Madrid or any other club [that has approached Neymar] decides to meet his buy-out clause, we have no other option but to report them to Fifa for approaching the player without our permission. Negotiations have been stalled and won't be re-opened."

09.14: Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected claims that he is nearing a deal to bring Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United. ''Absolute nonsense,'' said the Scot. ''I have never discussed him. There is nothing new.''

09.05: Liverpool could be set to bid around £15 million for Newcastle's Luis Enrique and Birmingham defender Scott Dann.

09.02: Papers, papers:

Sunday Mirror: Manchester United have told Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder that he won't get a move to Old Trafford unless his wage demands fall. Stoke City have joined the chase for highly-rated Motherwell winger Jamie Murphy... Bolton are looking to sign Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, on a season-long loan deal again.

The People: Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will increase the club's offer to Tottenham for midfielder Luka Modric to around £40m... Spurs are plotting a swap deal for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora with Peter Crouch going the other way.

09.00: Tottenham yesterday confirmed their interest in Juan Mata, but they could move for Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic if they can't get the Spaniard.

July 30, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/30/2011

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.


Gary Cahill is attracting interest from top clubs© Getty Images

23.00: Dead as a dodo tonight on the transfers front. We'll be back in the morning.

21.07: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out a summer move to Norwich for youngster Henri Lansbury. He said: "Henri Lansbury is in a situation where I believe he will make a career and at the moment it is a bit congested for him but I believe he has the talent to play for Arsenal Football Club. I have to give him a chance at some stage and as quickly as possible. I believe in him. Honestly, if I believe he will not play this season or has no chance to compete for a position I will tell him and let him go."

20.42: Mourinho was also clear about the future of Karim Benzema, who was linked with Arsenal in several of this morning's newspapers. He said: ''There is no speculation. He is not for sale, no chance.''

20.30: Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid are not in talks to sign Emmanuel Adebayor, despite the Manchester City striker watching the pre-season victory over Leicester. Asked if he was looking to seal a permanent deal for Adebayor, Mourinho said: ''No. He is here because he is our friend and he belongs to us. He is one of us. It doesn't matter if he is playing at Real Madrid or Manchester City or another club, he is one of us.

Mourinho added: ''If he comes he comes, if he doesn't it doesn't matter. We will all know by August 31st who is in and who is out and where they are playing. But today he came as a friend and he is always welcome.''

19.38: James Dall at the Emirates tell us that Wenger has confirmed both Nicklas Bendtner and Emmanuel Eboue are close to leaving Arsenal.

19.30: Harry Redknapp has confirmed Tottenham's interest in Juan Mata. ''The chairman has been dealing with it," said Redknapp after Spurs' pre-season friendly win at Brighton on Saturday. "He is a player we like, obviously, so do Arsenal, so do a few other clubs, but where it's all at I don't know. He's a player I went and saw when England played Spain Under 21s and I thought he looked fantastic. Whether anything happens I wouldn't be sure, the chairman is the only person who has been dealing with those transfers."

18.59: Las Palmas teenager Alejandro Rodriguez will join Inter Milan according to reports, snubbing European champions Barcelona.

18.38: Juventus are busy in the news today, now linked with Lyon's Michel Bastos by Tuttosport.

18.30: Update on Jonathan Spector. Leeds United are also hoping to sign him and also bring in Keith Andrews on loan from Blackburn.

17.59: Lyon midfielder Ederson is being tracked by Cagliari.

17.44: Lyon are determined not to sell Miralem Pjanic. "Miralem will not leave Lyon as I rely on him. And I don't even think the club have received offers for him," said boss Remi Garde.

17.09: Jonathan Spector is close to a deal with Birmingham. He was released by West Ham last month.

16.46: Fiorentina are weighing up a bid for Juventus goalkeeper Marco Storari.

16.33: DONE DEAL: Roma have officially completed the signing of Maarten Stekelenburg. The former Ajax goalkeeper has passed a medical and signed on the dotted line. He has cost €6 million plus €2 million in add-ons.

15.58: Swansea are closing in on a move for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge and expect to complete a £2 million deal next week.

15.45: David Gill says Manchester United may not sign anyone new, especially not Wesley Sneijder. "We didn't progress that one. I'm not doing anything on anything at the moment, so they [potential deals] are all currently dead. But the important point is that you never know. I've been around in football long enough to know things change quickly. Somebody may become available and we can say at that point we are interested."

15.23: Malaga are still looking for a few new players, and Raul is the latest to be linked. Imagine him and Ruud Van Nistelrooy up front together!

15.02: As West Ham's Sam Allardyce continues his attempts to bring back Bolton circa-2006; a call may be going out to former Mexico striker Jared Borgetti.

14.59: Twitter talk from @DavidGoldWHU: ''Joey O'Brien is now a West Ham player''.

14.48: Juventus striker Vincenzo Iaquinta will have to wait to see what his future holds. "There is all of August to understand what Iaquinta's future will be," agent Andrea D'Amico told Calcionews24.com. "I know the player wants to remain with Juventus as he is under contract there. But, if the club call us and tell us he is on the market then we will move in relation to that. I don't think he will be short of offers in any case."

14.30: Milan are waiting to renew their interest in Mario Balotelli, hoping Manchester City will release him on loan with an option to buy for €15m if his battle with Roberto Mancini means he can't hold down a place in the side.

14.04: Sven-Goran Eriksson wants to bolster his striking lineup. "We want two players for every position and we have that with defenders and midfielders now," he told the Leicester Mercury. "We hope to get the same for the strikers, so we hope one or two more will come in.

13.48: Wigan boss Roberto Martinez keen to reinvest N'Zogbia cash: "We're all disappointed to lose a player like Charles N'Zogbia, who has been fantastic for Wigan Athletic over the last two years and who we feel has grown as a player in that time too,'' he said. ''Now is the time for him to move on to a club who have matched the market valuation for him and allow us to move on, reinvest and take our football club onto another level."

13.34: A trio of Premier League clubs are reportedly chasing Birmingham right-back Stephen Carr. Stoke, Wolves and top-flight newcomers QPR are all thought to be interested in the former Republic of Ireland international.

13.19: Antonio Cassano has again been linked with a move away from Milan, and Palermo are now in the race for his signature as they have some cash floating about.

12.55: Roland Juhasz has urged Anderlecht to sanction his move to Rangers after insisting he needs a new challenge.

12.19: New Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini is bullish over his top players this summer. "50 days ago we were talking about Wesley Sneijder now we talking about Eto'o," Gasperini told the assembled press in Dublin. ''Again the reality is Wesley is here and Samuel is here and we are here to play a tournament. We are here to finalise our preparations for the new season.

"Inter are a big club and at the moment Eto'o and Sneijder belong to us. That means it's a big enough club for them to be here and a big enough club to keep them. The choice will be up to the president but at the moment they are with us and that means they can stay."

12.11: Argentinian striker Mariano Pavone won't be joining Blackburn. "We couldn't reach an accord over the question of money and now I will look at other clubs," he told Argentinian newspaper Ole.

11.45: Roma's Mirko Vucinic is attracting attention from England with Man Utd and Tottenham keen on the forward. But reports in Italy suggest Juventus are set to sign a deal with him.

11.24: Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has revealed that a €43 million deal has been completed for midfielder Javier Pastore to join Paris St Germain.

He adds to RMC: ''I spoke with Leonardo. I think this afternoon it will be an official communication on the website of PSG. It is between €42 and €43 million. Pastore is happy. I advised him to go to Paris because it is the most beautiful city in the world and I think the PSG will become one of the best clubs in the world with Leonardo and the Prince of Qatar.'' Read more

10.47: Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann seemingly wants to move to Atletico Madrid. "I [have] thought a lot about it. I [have] had time. I [have] chosen but it's my president [that] will decide," he told L'Equipe. "Atletico are a great club, very popular. I want to grow alongside players like Diego Forlan and Diego Costa."

10.35: QPR are keen to tie up a loan deal for Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha. Neil Warnock told The Mail Online: “We are a bit thin on full-backs at the moment, so we are looking in that area.”

10.16: But Steve Kean is already set to complete his first signing this summer after revealing he is on the verge of bringing Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic to Blackburn.

10.01: Blackburn want Dundee's David Goodwillie, as Rangers have another bid rejected by the club.

09.42: Corinthians are to return for Carlos Tevez according to marketing director Luis Paulo Rosenberg. ''You can expect us to go after him again," he told Bloomberg. ''I think [our offer] was €5 million [too low]. But we would still have to deal with Tevez; we did not [get] to because we still needed to reach a settlement with the City.''

09.30: Real Madrid youngster Sergio Canales' bid to revive his ailing career could be about to be given a boost with Valencia reportedly ready to take him on loan.

09.13: Celtic manager Neil Lennon hopes to contact Manchester City over the
availability of striker Craig Bellamy, but admits money may be a stumbling block.

09.05: Diego looks like he's going to move to Atletico Madrid. "There is an official offer [from Atletico Madrid]," Diego told Kicker. "We have had contact with other clubs, but Atletico is a concrete option. I don't want to be at Wolfsburg any longer."

09.02: A paper round-up:

Daily Mirror: Man City winger Adam Johnson could be on his way to Everton as he wants to play regular football rather than warm the bench behind David Silva. Big-spending Championship side Leicester are to bid £4m-plus for Birmingham striker Cameron Jerome.

The Sun: West Brom have signed Birmingham keeper Ben Foster on a season-long loan. Notts Forest are ready to make a £2m move for Newcastle’s Wayne Routledge and Stoke's Carl Dickinson looks like he might move to Watford for £600k. Leicester are planning to make a fourth bid for Bristol City’s Nicky Maynard.

09.01: Bolton boss Owen Coyle has said 'put up or shut up' over Gary Cahill. ''"We know they have the interest, but if somebody is going to back that up, then do it - put your bid in, or if you don't, leave the kid alone and let him get on with his football. I think that is only fair for everybody,'' he said.

09.00: An early line suggests that Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are watching Wigan's James McCarthy with a close eye. The midfielder could really hurt Wigan if he left, but it would be hard for him to turn down some of England's top clubs.

July 29, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/29/2011

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 City swoop for Juan Mata as well?© Getty Images

17.30 Closedown Quite the mad rush at the end, there, as Wenger's comments made for great reading. Be sure to join us tomorrow for more things of a transfer nature.

16.52 This way for the full story on Wenger talking Fabregas, Nasri, Mata and Jagielka.

16.31 Plenty of quotes emerging from Wenger's press conference. Stay with us as we bring you a full story on what the Frenchman has had to say.

16.23 Via Twitter: Arsene Wenger expects any business to be done "sooner rather than later".

16.10 talkSPORT claim Liverpool are monitoring young Tranmere defender Danny Holmes.

15.55 DONE DEALS Stockport County have signed midfielders Ryan McCann and Euan Holden, and forward Sam Sheridan.

15.47 Peterborough United have agreed a fee with Wolverhampton Wanderers for the permanent transfer of midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, according to the Evening Telegraph.

15.35 The Birmingham Mail reports that West Brom have not been in contact with Birmingham over Liam Ridgewell since having a £1 million bid turned down earlier this month.

15.15 Here's the full story on Genoa closing in on goalkeeper Frey, a man who has long-been linked with Arsenal.

15.04 Celtic boss Neil Lennon is said to be keen on signing Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy on a loan deal.

14.46 Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita has agreed personal terms with Swansea and will undergo a medical next week.

14.15 Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez could join AC Milan, according to his agent. Click here for the full story.

13.51 Sky Sports is reporting Manchester City are still monitoring Samir Nasri at a time when contract talks have stalled with Arsenal.

13.28 Genoa have confirmed that they will soon complete their capture of Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

13.03 Guillem Balague on Twitter: "Mata and Liverpool: Liverpool DID think of him and knew it would cost around 20m euros. But went for Downing. Now not interested."

12.57 For the full story on Bendtner's future, click here, while our story on Campbell can be read here.

12.44 Sporting Clube de Portugal sporting director Carlos Freitas has dismissed reports Nicklas Bendtner is set to join.

12.28 Joel Campbell's agent has told ESPNsoccernet there is "nothing official" regarding reports the Saprissa striker has joined Arsenal.

12.17 Reports continue to link Anderlecht’s Lucas Biglia with a move to Arsenal. Biglia is a 25-year-old defensive midfielder and is said to be valued at around £7 million.

12.04 Courtesy of @Jon_LeGossip on Twitter: "Rumours in Italy suggesting that Marseille are interested in Juventus' Amauri."

11.52 ADO Den Haag winger Wesley Verhoek has confirmed he wants to join Rangers. Read the full story here.

11.42 Carl Ikeme has been given the chance to earn a permanent move to Middlesbrough after being handed a trial at the Teesside club.

11.26 Ben Foster is set to join West Brom from cash-strapped rivals Birmingham City on a season-long loan, according to the Birmingham Mail.

11.02 DONE DEAL: So much for the rumours involving Blackburn; Schalke have signed striker Ciprian Marica, a fortnight after his contract at Stuttgart was cancelled.

10.50 Everton defender Sylvain Distin has told the Liverpool Echo: "We have to wait and see who is going to come and go. Hopefully none of the top players will leave, but I think we definitely need to strengthen our team a bit."

10.39 Goal.com is reporting that Carlos Tevez's representative, Kia Joorabchian, held talks with Inter Milan's sporting director on Thursday over a possible transfer deal for the want-away Manchester City striker.

10.35 Blackpool have accepted a bid from QPR for striker DJ Campbell as Hoops boss Neil Warnock plots for life in the Premier League.

10.25 The Lancashire Telegraph has reaffirmed the Daily Mirror's report that Romania international Ciprian Marica is being targeted by Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean.

10.18 Many of you on the comments are pointing out that Phil Jagielka has apparently already joined Arsenal, according to Wikipedia. It's worth flagging that almost anyone can merrily edit away on Wikipedia, meaning that a change of status there is far from gospel a deal is done.

10.12 For the full story on Rossi's future, click here.

09.48 Giuseppe Rossi's agent has told Sky Sport Italia: "Villarreal have taken him off the transfer market." Rossi has recently been linked with a move to Juventus.

09.29 Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas on Daniel Sturridge's future: "Daniel deserved above all to come back to this club and have this pre-season with us. 'This is the group where he belongs and he has shown the quality he showed at Bolton when he went there.

"He has a natural ability and amazing physical qualities and I think he is showing that what he did in Bolton is enough to make a point for us in Chelsea, and that's why we are evaluating all situations. He is a great prospect, I have no doubt about it and we will make a decision soon and inform Daniel on his situation, but I think he has shown a lot of his qualities and he has shown enough capacity to be in this environment and this squad."

09.25 Michel Bastos could stay at Lyon as Juventus have failed to meet the club's €15 million asking price. Bastos told L'Equipe: "If I stay, I know I will have a very important role." Lyon have offered him a new deal with his current contract set to expire in 2013.

09.14 Marca is reporting that Sergio Canales could be set to join Valencia on loan from Real Madrid.

08.58: As best we can work out from reports in Costa Rica, someone said he's joined Arsenal but Joel Campbell has denied it, although he's hinted a move might be in the offing. So, no agreement yet but negotiations have resumed and it's expected he will indeed be moving to the Emirates.

08.40: DONE DEALS Bolton have announced the signings of Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears from Burnley on three-year deals.

08.34: Sticking with the Arsenal theme, there are reports Costa Rica starlet Joel Campbell has agreed to join the Gunners after all. More when we get it.

08.17: We brought you the news in yesterday’s blog that Ben Foster and Scott Dann will be leaving Birmingham, and acting chairman Peter Pannu has now confirmed it. “When we talk about offloading players, we will consider players on Premier League wages as this is not a sustainable scenario for an npower Championship club,” he told the club’s official website.

08.09: Charles N'Zogbia is having his medical at Aston Villa today.

08.00: Arsenal completely dominate the transfer gossip in the national papers this morning. Most seem to think Arsenal are going to sign Juan Mata after a day of claim and counter-claim yesterday over the Valencia winger, but The Independent has the most interesting line on the situation.

The Independent: Arsenal fear Manchester City could hijack their move for Valencia star Juan Mata as he “fits the profile of the versatile attacking midfielder” Roberto Mancini is looking for.

Daily Mail: Manchester City stars Nigel De Jong, Vincent Kompany and Micah Richards are unhappy with their contract offers after Sergio Aguero landed a £200k deal, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are on alert as James McCarthy’s contract talks with Wigan have broken down.

The Sun: Arsenal hope to seal a £34 million double swoop for Juan Mata and Phil Jagielka, Carlos Tevez’s representative will hold talks with Inter today over a £40 million switch.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal last night agreed a £17 million fee for Juan Mata and made an improved £13 million bid for Phil Jagielka, Blackburn are in talks over free agent Ciprian Marica,

The Guardian: Arsenal look set to sign Juan Mata and Phil Jagielka but Everton are demanding at least £18 million for their centre-back.

Daily Star: Arsenal are ready to call off talks with Barcelona over Cesc Fabregas but are still keen on Eden Hazard.

Daily Telegraph: Arsenal have offered Everton £15 million for Phil Jagielka.

July 28, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/28/2011

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.


Sneijder: Waiting for a bid to come.© Getty Images

23.59 That's all folks, more of the same with Mata, Pastore and the other sagas tomorrow.

23.24 Doncaster Rovers have re-signed youngster Ryan Mason on-loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

23.07 A report from Mundo Deportivo claims Atletico Madrid have had their first offer for Daniel Osvaldo rejected by Espanol. That's the trouble with getting €45 million for a player, all the other teams know you have cash to spend.

22.57 Arsenal's Arsene Wenger ready to move for Phil Jagielka and Juan Mata this week. Mata will cost £13.5 million and Jagielka could be around the same as Everton rejected a £12m bid for him last year.

22.10 Oh dear. Maurizio Zamparini: "Those stories are false (re PSG). The agent of [Javier] Pastore travels to London on Friday to speak with Chelsea." On Calcio Mercato, Pastore says he knows nothing and is on holiday. Saga continues...

21.47 The lawyer of centre back Gabriel Milito (30) has travelled to Barcelona to discuss the player's situation and ask for a free transfer with Independiente interested.

21.29 You have to give them credit. Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala want to try and tempt Inter's Samuel Eto'o into joining them with a €20 million-a-year contract.

20.47 Reports suggesting that a deal for Javier Pastore to join PSG is done. More when we hear confirmation...

20.36 Possibly not transfer related, but US coach Bob Bradley has been sacked and could be on the lookout for a new job in England.

19.45 Rangers have failed with another offer for Roland Juhasz, who extended his contract with Anderlecht last season. ''We received a second bid from Rangers today which is way below our valuation,'' a club spokesperson told STV. ''Rangers know our valuation for the player and they haven't met it.''

19.24 West Brom are keen on signing Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell and will hope to pick him up on a cheap deal after the Blues' relegation.

19.01 Sven Goran Eriksson is now turning his attention to another former England midfielder. He wants Owen Hargreaves to prove his fitness at Leicester and that could be a great deal if he manages to stay fit.

18.26 DONE DEAL: Ligue 1 newcomers Dijon have completed the free transfer of Japan international Daisuke Matsui from financially-stricken Grenoble.

18.20 For the full story on Aguero's move to Eastlands, click this way.

18.15 DONE DEAL: Aguero has indeed signed for Manchester City. The Argentina international has inked a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

18.10 BREAKING: Atletico Madrid have confirmed they have reached agreement with Manchester City over the sale of Argentina striker Sergio Aguero.

17.59 Reports in France are gathering pace that reported Chelsea target Javier Pastore could also be on the brink of joining PSG.

17.57 DONE DEALS: PSG have confirmed the captures of Salvatore Sirigu and Mohamed Sissoko from Palermo and Juventus respectively.

17.48 Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike looks set to join Spartak Moscow from Fenerbahce'.

17.40 DONE DEAL: After we reported a move was in the offing earlier, Palermo have now confirmed the sale of Salvatore Sirigu to PSG.

17.35 Germany international David Odonkor has been handed a trial by Scottish champion Rangers after being released by Spanish club Real Betis.

17.27: Tuttosport says Juventus are in talks to sign Fenerbahce's 30-year-old centre-back Diego Lugano, who’s currently polishing a Copa America winners’ medal after Uruguay’s triumph.

17.25: AS believes Real Madrid have rejected an €8 million bid for Lassana Diarra. They want €20 million, apparently, and have already rejected €12 million from Juventus.

17.06: Calciomercatonews.com touts one of those swap deals that never really happen. Spurs are apparently making David Bentley, Robbie Keane and Niko Kranjcar available for a swap deal with Roma as they attempt to beat Juventus to the signing of striker Mirko Vucinic. Whether Roma would want Bentley and Keane to be part of their revolution is a matter of some doubt.

17.03: Sky Sports News sources say negotiations over Juan Mata have begun between Arsenal and Valencia in the last hour. Unless Sky’s source is Mata’s dad, things just got credible again.

16.57: Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has apparently signed for Paris St Germain for €4 million on a four-year deal.

16.52: Striker Darren Bent believes winger Charles N'Zogbia will be “a fantastic signing” for Aston Villa. “It's been a bit crazy and we've lost two fantastic players,” he said. “If N'Zogbia comes, that will be a fantastic signing for us.”

16.36: DONE DEAL Inverness have announced the signing of Owain Tudur Jones after Norwich released the Wales international midfielder from his contract.

16.31: The Press Association says Nicklas Bendtner is closing in on his £9 million move to Sporting. He was photographed in Portugal and is expected to push through the formalities of his move over the weekend.

16.25: Andrei Arshavin has talked up CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev, who’s been linked with a move to Arsenal. It actually seems like he’s talking about his potential influence on the Russian national team, but it can go in here anyway.

"I think Alan is the most talented young footballer from Russia," he told Sovsport.ru. “I hope he can develop as a player and he will be the key member of the national team."

16.21: Skysports.com says Newcastle have rejected Birmingham’s loan bid for Nile Ranger.

16.15: Sky Sports News says Arsenal want to wrap up the signing of Juan Mata before the weekend. If you’ve been reading the blog throughout the day, you’ll probably have raised eyebrows at this point, but we have no idea if they’ve actually spoken to someone at either club or are basing this on the now doubtful Marca story yesterday.

16.10: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has rubbished talk he’s prepared to sell centre-back Michael Turner. "There are players we'd like to move on, but Michael definitely does not fall into that category," he told the Northern Echo. "I think we all know who I'm talking about - Nyron Nosworthy, Matt Kilgallon and George McCartney all need to go and play somewhere.”

16.07: John Obi Mikel says Chelsea must face the challenges of their big-spending rivals head on.

Quoted in the London Evening Standard, he said: “It will be tough to win a trophy this year, I think this will be the toughest season Chelsea will have. Everywhere teams are spending money or getting better, but Chelsea are tough, too.

“We know we need to improve but the most important thing is that we know we can improve. We should not be afraid.”

15.59: Arsenal are apparently afraid they’ll be priced out of a move for 17-year-old Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

"A few days ago I talked with some of my friends from Arsenal," Zagreb director of sport Zoran Mamic told 24sata. "I told them that Mateo is in good form, that he is playing good. They said that is very good for us, but bad for them. They say that Arsenal can't join this 'dance of millions' for him. They rate Kovacic very highly but are also afraid that he will be too expensive for them soon."

15.51: Palermo's director of sport, Sean Sogliano, last night said the club “received interesting offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea” for Javier Pastore, but president Maurizio Zamparini has gone all coy again.

"The only thing that is certain is that he is going abroad," he told Radio Radio. "We are in the decisive days now and I think Pastore is just one of a few world-class players, but I won't say where he is going, even under torture. The offers are between €40 million and €50 million.”

15.42: Paul Scholes has said he doesn’t think it’s much of an issue replacing him - “I haven’t been the type of player people are talking about for the last four or five years” - but has given his thoughts on the links with Luka Modric, Samir Nasri and Wesley Sneijder.

“The ones who have been linked all look like they are capable of playing for United, but there are no guarantees,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “You could sign Sneijder for £35 million-£40 million and it might not work out. He went to Real Madrid and it didn’t quite work out for him there, so you just don’t know.

“The three linked the most with United are all great top players. Of the three Modric, when we’ve played against him, has been the one I have been most impressed with.”

15.32: Inter technical Marco Branca has played down his holiday meeting with Carlos Tevez. "There has only been one meeting and it was completely by chance and very pleasant," he said. "It was on a beach, but I've been back here for a while now and there will be no follow-up."

On Casemiro and Lucas, he added: "Inter has not made any official approach for either of the players. They are very talented players, with great qualities and they are young. I don't think Inter is the only team interested in them, but we haven't open talks for either of them."

He also said Maicon is not leaving despite Jonathan’s arrival.

15.24: Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has a 50% chance of joining Fiorentina, according to his agent. Full story here.

15.07: El Mundo Deportivo is again going with the old story that Cesc Fabregas is going to ask Arsene Wenger - or his ‘sport dad’, as they seem to want to call him - for a move to Barcelona. Perhaps he should just ask Barcelona whether they’re going to make an acceptable bid instead and we might not have to keep writing about it all every day.

14.54: Milan transfer official Ariedo Braida has kept to the party line on Kaka - “I think it is improbable” - but says they could sign their ‘Mr X’, whoever that might be, just before the window closes. “In the past there has often been suspense about our signings right up until the transfer window closes,” he said. “We’re hopeful that we can do the same again.”

14.47: Newly promoted Ajaccio have completed the double signing of Brazilian striker Ilan and Sedan wideman Damien Tiberi. Ilan has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further season and returns to Ligue 1 after an 18-month absence, having spent the latter half of the 2009-10 campaign on loan at West Ham before returning to his homeland with Internacional Porto Alegre.

He has been without a club since parting company with the latter in December. Tiberi, who can operate anywhere up the left flank, has signed a three-year deal

14.37: Reader comment from Joseph danladi:

"Wenger knows he needs players. He knows he has to buy. What he wants is right prices for players, in sporting and finacial sense and beneficial to the Club in the long run. I agree with him. If Mata, Cahil, Samba etc fall within the wage category then Wenger should buy. Otherwise he should go for the likes of Lucas Biglia who can b effective without breaking d team's wage structure and d soul of d team. Go on Wenger. Kudos. Up Gunners."

14.32: There are constant rumours in England that Karim Benzema could be on his way out of Real Madrid, despite Jose Mourinho saying he’s definitely not for sale and constantly banging on about how he doesn’t have enough strikers. Here’s some more quotes from Mourinho to help put the rumours to bed: “Today, Karim thinks about football the way I do. He has what it takes to produce a good season. He is much better than this time last year. I have succeeded in converting him.”

14.23: A week ago, we brought you the rumour that Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari could join Real Sociedad. You’ve all no doubt been on tenterhooks all week but we can now finally report, via the Spanish press, that Sulley’s decided he doesn’t fancy it.

14.11: Ibrahim Afellay’s not been at Barcelona long but the Daily Mirror said this week that Spurs want him. Afellay has now said in AS: “I'm aware through the papers and the talk that comes from England. People call you and ask about it. Rumours are part of football and you have to be able to live with them.

“At the moment, I'm only focused on Barcelona. Of course I want to play as much as possible this season. The season is long and we'll all have our chances."

13.57: DONE DEAL Michael Johnson has signed for Leicester City on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City.

13.51: David Dunn reckons Blackburn will finish in the top half if they add some new faces. “If we keep strengthening, get a few more players in, maybe a midfielder and a striker, there's no reason why we can't finish top ten,” he said.

13.38: Sky Sports News says Scott Dann is “100% certain” to leave Birmingham and he could go to Chelsea if they fail to get a work permit for Slobodan Rajkovic, but Liverpool are also in the mix. The channel also says West Brom will hold talks with Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster in the next two days.

13.22: @SkyGraemeBailey tweets: “Atletico Madrid reported to have included a clause in Aguero's deal to Man City that means he can't be sold to Real for two seasons.”

13.11: Atletico Madrid midfielder Diego Godin has taken Spanish citizenship, freeing up a space on the overseas quota for a new signing. That in turn could allow Atleti to pursue a move for Espanyol's Argentinian striker Pablo Osvaldo, who has been mooted as a possible replacement for the Manchester City-bound Sergio Aguero.

13.00: Perhaps this will cheer up the Arsenal faithful. @101greatgoals tweets: “Bendtner is on his way to Sporting. Dane is to be presented during Saturday's friendly with Valencia (Correio de Manha)”

12.53: Gooners’ excitement of yesterday’s claims that Arsenal are on the verge of signing Juan Mata is now little but a faded memory. @GuillemBalague tweets: “It is false that the family of Juan Mata (his dad is agent) has travelled to London to talk to English clubs”

12.50: The Daily Mirror says Aston Villa are “stepping up their efforts to offload Carlos Cuellar” - presumably to Rangers - with Alex McLeish keen to bring in Alan Hutton from Spurs. Cuellar is said to be on £60,000 a week, which is a startling reminder of Martin O’Neill’s wage-bill legacy.

12.40: Steven Defour didn't play for Standard Liege in last night's Champions League qualifier against FC Zurich and spent the evening in the stands cheering on his team-mates. He's therefore available to play for another team in the competition this season, and De Standaard seems pretty sure he's definitely off. Sporting are said to be leading the race.

12.30: The Times thinks Arsenal will make an improved £13 million bid for Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka. They’ve seen one of £10 million turned down already.

12.26: Juventus don’t seem to be doing too well on the marquee signing front. They had been expected to sign Giuseppe Rossi, but director general Beppe Marotta said: “We’ll try to sign him, but over the last few hours it has emerged that Villarreal have the intention of keeping him. If Rossi doesn’t arrive then we’ll take a look around.”

12.20: The chances of Nikola Kalinic - the ‘Future of Croatian Football’ - playing for Blackburn again “look impossible”, according to agent Tomislav Erceg. “It is a bad situation for Nikola,” he said in the Lancashire Telegraph. “We have our fingers crossed something will happen in the next couple of days but we just don't know.” Dnipro are leading the race for his services.

12.09: @pablo_zabaleta tweets: “Hi every1!! Great to see Aguero as new Man City player. I wish the best for him! Good luck Kun!!”

12.07: Marseille coach Didier Deschamps is unsure of his chances of keeping midfielder Lucho Gonzalez at the club but says: “While he is here, I will use him.”

11.59: Hmm. Super Deporte seems to think Juan Mata's father may have fed the story of Arsenal being on the verge of a deal to Marca in order to aid contract negotiations with Valencia. Arsenal might not even want him, apparently. This type of thing is the reason journalists get accused of making things up.

11.54: Yesterday, Marca announced that Arsenal were on the cusp of signing Valencia’s Juan Mata. However, local paper Super Deporte is saying that both the club and the player insist they haven’t even had an offer yet.

Valencia sporting director Braulio Vazquez told the paper: "I hope that he will stay with Valencia and I think he'll do just that. We have not received any offers for him so far. However, we have a back-up plan in case he leaves. That's not just the case for Juan though. We have a plan like that for every player. We have to be prepared if something happens.”

11.43: Peter Houston has praised Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson for standing firm in his £2 million valuation of striker David Goodwillie. Blackpool and Rangers are interested.

11.40: Wigan fans hoping for a new signing to replace Charles N’Zogbia may be disappointed as it sounds like Roberto Martinez is simply hoping Victor Moses becomes the player he was expected to be when he signed from Crystal Palace in 2009-10 season.

“Charlie has left a big hole in our team but that vacancy is a big opportunity for Victor and maybe a couple of other players to step up,” he told the Wigan Evening Post. “Victor is a different kind of player to Charlie but has the same quality that sets players like that apart from the rest.”

11.33: And on the subject of Vucinic, Roma's ever-present sporting director, Walter Sabatini, says: “I need just three minutes to reach an agreement. That’s how long it took me to find a deal with Leonardo over the sale of Jeremy Menez to Paris SG. Vucinic has clearly asked us to leave and we will satisfy his request.”

11.31: Roma could move for Villarreal striker Nilmar to replace exit-bound Mirko Vucinic, according to reports in Italy.

11.25: Not the first time we've heard this rumour, but Goal.com says Inter Milan are awaiting Manchester United's move for Wesley Sneijder before pressing ahead with their attempts to sign Carlos Tevez.

11.11 Oldham Athletic have completed the loan signing of Stoke City midfielder Matthew Lund.

10.37 Milan have ruled out bids for Cesc Fabregas, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Kaka. Story here.

10.25 Tottenham midfielder Nathan Byrne has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan.

10.15 Liverpool have confirmed that Martin Hansen has joined Bradford City on an emergency loan on their official website.

09.59 Real Sociedad midfielder Antoine Griezmann, wanted by Liverpool to join their phalanx, has expressed his desire to join Atletico Madrid. “I have given it a lot of thought in Tignes. I had time,” Griezmann told L’Equipe.

09.57 Real Mallorca are looking into the possibility of signing either former Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic or former Aston Villa striker John Carew. Both players are available on free transfers, says Real's official website.

09.56 Nikola Kalinic’s Blackburn Rovers future was left in limbo last night, says the Lancashire Telegraph.

09.50 Preston North End are close to finally completing a deal to bring Iain Turner to from Everton, suggests the Lancashire Evening Post.

09.36 Blackburn defender Chris Samba has denied quotes which implied that he was seeking a move to Arsenal in order to play in the UEFA Champions League. "The declarations about me are totally false - never said that. I'm a Rovers player and will never mention other clubs - it's disrespectful. Not happy right now," he tweeted. You wouldn't like to see him angry.

09.24 Juventus have confirmed that they have accepted an offer from Paris SG for Momo Sissoko, reports Football Italia. "I can confirm that we did reach an agreement with PSG director Leonardo,” Juve official Beppe Marotta stated. “We have given the okay, but now it’s up to the player to agree terms. We’re waiting for the deal to be finalised.”

09.04 Sky Sports suggests Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani's proposed move to Fiorentina has fallen through.

08.58 South Africa striker Bernard Parker has completed his move home to Kaizer Chiefs from FC Twente.

08.50 Absa Premiership club Kaizer Chiefs are expected to announce the transfer of Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona to German Bundesliga outfit TSG Hoffenheim

08.43 Meanwhile, Owen Coyle suggests that Bolton are yet to receive any offers for Gary Cahill and that the defender will have to remain focused for the moment. "I know there is interest from other clubs, nothing concrete in terms of offers, but all these elite clubs know he is an outstanding player so we will have to wait and see what happens with that," he told Sky Sports News.

08.40 Bolton have called off their interest in Barcelona forward Jeffren Suarez.

08.39 Manchester United are considering a move for 26-year-old Wolfsburg midfielder Diego, say an unlikely-sounding Insidefutbol.

08.37 The Blues are also set to make a final take-it or leave-it £30 million offer for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, 25, says The Daily Star.

08.36 Chelsea have made an improved bid of £20 million for 18-year-old Anderlecht forward Romelu Lukaku, says the Daily Mail.

We begin with the latest on Wesley Sneijder. Inter Milan insist Manchester United have not made contact with them, but admitted that every player has his price.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia following the announcement of the Serie A fixtures for next season, Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolillo was quizzed about Sneijder's situation.

"Are Manchester United still after Sneijder? We haven't seen or heard from anyone - that's a story I've heard from you," he said "Is Wesley definitely not for sale? I don't think there's anything that can't be sold, it all depends on the price."

THE SUN: Chris Samba has stunned Blackburn by pleading: Let me join Arsenal. Also: Manchester City took their spending to new heights by signing Sergio Aguero in a deal that will cost a staggering £90 million.

DAILY MAIL: Sergio Aguero will become the most expensive player in Manchester City`s history today. Also: Arsenal are closing in on the £17.5 million signing of Juan Mata from Valencia.

DAILY STAR: Chelsea are set to make a final £30 million offer for Luka Modric and will tell Tottenham: Take it or leave it.

DAILY MIRROR: Sergio Aguero completed the second-biggest move in British history - and fired Manchester City into the title race. Also: Arsene Wenger is closing in on a £15million deal for Juan Mata - paving the way for Cesc Fabregas to go to Barcelona.

THE GUARDIAN: Sergio Aguero has arrived at Manchester City to complete his club-record £38m transfer from Atletico Madrid.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sergio Aguero will today complete his £35 million move to Manchester City.

DAILY EXPRESS: Argentina striker Sergio Aguero has become Manchester City`s latest superstar signing. Also: Christopher Samba last night issued a 'come and get me' plea to Arsenal.

July 27, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/27/2011

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.


Samir Nasri could see out his contract. © Getty Images

23.55 Closedown: That's your lot, dear readers. Expect Aguero to be signed and sealed tomorrow.

23.45 The Daily Mail says Chelsea have returned to Anderlecht with an improved £20million bid for teenage striker Romelu Lukaku while Everton are weighing up an ambitious loan move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson.

23.30 Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung is poised to sign a new deal at Old Trafford after being offered a two-year contract extension, according to the Guardian.

23.22 Sid Lowe on Twitter: "Lots of questions on Juan Mata and Arsenal. The interest is genuine but I think it depends on other deals. Don't know if it will happen."

22.52 Inter chief executive Ernesto Paolillo: "Are Manchester United still after Sneijder? We haven't seen or heard from anyone. Is Wesley definitely not for sale? I don't think there's anything that can't be sold, it all depends on the price."

22.28 Leicester are closing in on a deal for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson, according to reports.

22.00 For the latest on Chelsea and PSG target Javier Pastore, click here.

21.29 Palermo “will make a decision in the next few days after receiving interesting offers from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea” for Argentine playmaker Javier Pastore.

21.14 Read what Aguero Tweeted, right here.

20.51 Sergio Aguero has just said on his Twitter account: "I'm already a player of City. Happy to be at this club in this city. Thank you all for the welcome and reception!"

20.39 Still no official confirmation that Aguero has joined Manchester City. It should be announced in the next 24 hours, but that is about as specific as it gets.

20.16 Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has told Wales Online: "We have agreed a fee [for Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita]. But, while we feel we are close to securing his signature, there is still a long way to go. We will speak to the player and his agent over the next 24 to 48 hours regarding personal terms.

"Hopefully we can finalise the deal because Leroy has been one of Brendan's (Rodgers) main targets since he took over as manager here a year ago. He has plenty of quality, strength, commitment and experience for someone who is still only 26 years of age.''

19.49 Sky Sports is reporting Huddersfield Town have made a bid for Bournemouth's Anton Robinson.

19.24 (Overdue) DONE DEAL: Nottingham Forest have finally completed the signing of veteran midfielder George Boateng.

19.04 DONE DEALS: Maxi Moralez has sealed a move from Velez Sarsfield to Atalanta, while Siena have landed Emanuele Pesoli.

18.44 "Liverpool is a massive club and I'm grateful to be part of it," Jordan Henderson has told www.liverpoolfc.tv. "It probably hasn't sunk in properly yet."

18.37 Twitter talk: Michael Johnson loaned by Manchester City to Leicester City, say the runes. It makes sense as Sven gave the future Colin Bell his head at Eastlands.

18.35 DONE DEAL: Bolton have completed the signing of Nigel Reo-Coker on a free-transfer two-year deal.

18.16 "Players like Pastore, Alexis Sanchez, Ganso and Eden Hazard are all important and everybody wants them, but when you want players like these, it is always hard," Leonardo, PSG's Sporting Director tells Yahoo Sport France. "I have a great relationship with Palermo president Zamparini. There is no logic in the transfer market, but we must take things step by step."

18.00 Manchester City's Twitter feed is the place to be right now. Pics aplenty of Aguero there.

17.56 A car with blacked-out windows arrives at Eastlands, a renta-crowd behaves in the way all fans must legally behave as a signing rolls in and the cameras are on. Aguero: it's on. £40 million the price.

17.24 BST Roma have made an approach for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa, according to the Football Italia website. "I know that Roma are interested in Douglas Costa and have made the first steps to sign him,” Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu is quoted in the article. "Nothing official has been done yet, but I’d prefer to keep him in the squad because he is young, only 20 years old, and had a great start to his time with us."

17.15 BST Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic is undergoing a medical at Blackburn Rovers, according to Sky Sports News. He'll be Steve Kean's first major signing of the summer if the deal goes ahead. Kean has been talking up the club's ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League today..

17.08 BST BREAKING NEWS Nigel Reo-Coker has reportedly joined Bolton on a free transfer, signing a two-year deal. The midfielder was released by Aston Villa at the end of last season. More to follow on that one when we get it...

17.01 BST More from Dimitar Berbatov's agent, who is determined to make it absolutely clear the striker is not for sale this summer. "I don't want to comment on what the newspapers write, these are just words," Emil Dantchev is quoted in an article at the Sky Sports website. "There is only one truth: Berbatov is a Manchester United player...and he will not leave before the end of his contract. I repeat: Berbatov will stay at Manchester." The Bulgarian's contract has one year left to run.

16.52 BST Milan Jovanovic's agent is confident the player will complete a move from Liverpool to Anderlecht before the summer is over. "Milan will definitely come to Anderlecht," Dejan Veljkovic told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. "We are talking again and everything looks good: the sporting aspects, financial, contributions. We are still a few solutions (away) but there is movement."

16.44 BST Cesc Fabregas is waiting for the right time to have a one-to-one discussion with Arsene Wenger, in which the Arsenal midfielder will make one last plea for a move to Barcelona. That's another nugget courtesy of Spanish newspaper Marca.

16.35 BST Juan Mata latest. According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the Valencia midfielder is "a step away" from completing a move to Arsenal. They say the buy-out clause in his contract is set at €20 million, but it might be possible for the Gunners to get him for €15m.

16.28 BST Carlos Tevez, who else. The want-a-way Manchester City striker will reportedly join Inter Milan if they can match City's £40 million asking price. That's according to the Daily Star anyway.

16.12 BST New Rangers signing Dorin Goian remained positive despite his team's 1-0 Champions League qualifying defeat to Malmo at Ibrox. "My first impression is very good. I like the stadium and the people," he said. "It's the first game I have seen here but I like it very much. We had a bad score but in the second game we will do better and we hope to win in Sweden." He added, "I came here to a big club, a big club in Europe with a big history and, for me, it is a step forward and I am honoured to be a Rangers player.''

16.01 BST Javier Pastore latest. Club president Maurizio Zamparini has told Sky Sports Italia, the Palermo midfielder is "just hours away from sealing a deal”. PSG are said to be favourites to land him, with Chelsea an outside bet. The 22-year-old Argentine has also be linked to Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid this summer, amongst others.

15.50 BST Tottenham continue to be linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba. With Arsenal also said to be keen, Rovers' resolve could be seriously tested in the next few days.

15.40 BST Manchester United and Barcelona are rumoured to be fighting it out for the signature of Brazilian teenager Adryan. Flamengo are reportedly asking for £16 million for the 16-year-old, who's been compared to Kaka and could yet be the natural heir to Neymar in the 'Brazilian wonderkid to Premier League speculation' category.

15.31 BST Southampton have reportedly put a £1 million price tag on midfielder Jason Puncheon. According to Talksport.co.uk, Saints are demanding a cash-only deal after manager Neil Adkins confirmed Puncheon was no longer in his plans. QPR manager Neil Warnock tried to negotiate a part-exchange involving defender Kaspars Gorkss, but Southampton turned it down. West Ham and Millwall have also been linked with a move.

15.22 BST DONE DEAL American midfielder Anton Peterlin has signed a one-year deal at League One Walsall. The 24-year-old was released by Plymouth at the end of last season. Peterlin spent three weeks on trial at Walsall, where he impressed manager Dean Smith. "He has a decent pedigree and played at this level last season. I think he will prove to be a very useful acquisition," Smith said.

15.12 BST PSG director of football Leonardo on the club's search for a new goalkeeper (see 14.47 BST below). "We are studying all the possibilities, but we want to bring in players who especially believe in the project. In Paris, we want to create joy and emotion. And in the 10 days since I've been here, I feel that we are following the right layout. We have recruited five significant players already. But we currently lack a goalkeeper - that has become our priority.''

15.05 BST Swansea have reportedly had a £1.75 million bid for Leroy Lita accepted by Middlesbrough.

14.57 BST Porto striker Hulk has reportedly been subject to a staggering €80 million bid from an unnamed European club. The 24-year-old striker signed a new five-year deal at Porto in May, but has been linked to the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and AC Milan this summer. His agent Teodoro Fonseca says the offers have come flooding in. "I would be lying if I said no proposals have emerged to sign Hulk," he told Portuguese media. "I think the highest bid was 80 million, but Porto did not even want to negotiate." When asked which club had put in the massive bid, Fonseca said, "I cannot reveal that. But it is not hard to see because there are only three or four clubs who are able to present those kind of numbers for a player."

14.47 BST Paris Saint-Germain are being linked with a move for Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu. According to a report at the Football Italia website, the Italian international will be offered a four-year deal worth €1.2 million a season. PSG have been rather busy since their takeover by Qatar Sports Investments in June. Most recently, they confirmed the signing of Milan Bisevac from Valenciennes.

14.38 BST DONE DEAL Santi Cazorla has completed his move to Malaga. No fee has been announced for Cazorla but reports in Spain suggest Malaga will pay around 20 million euros, which would be a club record.

14.31 BST Milan Jovanovic was said to be struggling to agree terms with Anderlecht, but it appears a deal is now close. Agent Dejan Veljkovic said: "Milan will definitely go to Anderlecht. We are talking and everything looks good. There are still a few more issues to iron out, but we are making progress."

14.13 BST El Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona will sign a defender or a forward if they fail to reach an agreement with Arsenal over Cesc Fabregas.

14.01 BST Brazilian central midfielder Fernandinho has agreed a new five-year contract at Shakhtar Donetsk.

13.43 BST Ole says that Inter Milan sporting director Marco Branca has already had talks with the agent of Carlos Tevez, Adrian Ruocco, as the Serie A side try and secure a deal.

13.32 BST Wigan owner Dave Whelan has told the Wigan Evening Post that he will offer star striker Hugo Rodallega a new contract to ward off suitors.

13.21 BST Tottenham are said to be confident of beating Manchester United to the signing of Roma's Mirko Vucinic.

13.15 BST DONE DEAL: Hibs have signed former Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday forward Junior Agogo.

13.04 BST We've just found another report claiming AC Milan are close to agreeing a deal for Cesc Fabregas. Will take that story from someone at Telelombardia Antennatre with a huge crunch of rock salt.

12.52 BST Dimitar Berbatov's agent says there is no chance his player will leave Manchester United this summer. “The player will remain at Manchester United until the end of his contract,” Emil Danchev said.

12.35 BST Barcelona are keen on Boca Juniors striker Sergio Araujo, 19. The player told Sport: "I am very happy that a club of their size is interested in mke at such a young age. I have to be patient. My agent told me of Barcelona's interest and he told me to wait."

12.23 BST Sky Sport Italia tell us that Juventus have agreed a fee with PSG for the transfer of Momo Sissoko to the Ligue 1 club.

12.10 BST The Express & Star says Birmingham's Ben Foster will join West Bromwich Albion later on Wednesday.

12.06 BST Stevan Jovetic has pledged his future to Fiorentina: "My desire is to continue wearing the Viola jersey and to win as much as possible with this club.”

12.06 BST Reports from Argentina say that Carlos Tevez could now be loaned to Inter Milan for the 2011-12 season.

12.01 BST Orlando Pirates are reportedly ready to offer Benni McCarthy a way back into football.

11.43 BST Reports in the Lancashire Evening Telepgraph say that Blackburn have taken a major step forward in their pursuit of Radosav Petrovic after the Serbian midfielder told his club he wants to move. A fee of £3 million, plus add ons, has been accepted by Partizan Belgrade.

11.37 BST Ligue 1 expert Matt Spiro tweets that Michel Bastos is linked with Spurs in L'Equipe. Lyon want to sell but asking price of €15m has put Juventus off.

11.26 BST Here's our latest update on the Sergio Aguero deal.

11.04 BST Aguero has just written on Twitter: "Just landed in Manchester to finalise the details of the move to City. Everything is fine! In a while I'll tell you more."

10.59 BST WBA midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has revealed he was wanted by both Bayern Munich and Fiorentina ... but chose to stay at the Hawthorns. He told the club's official website: "I heard about teams like Fiorentina and Bayern Munich being interested in me. But now is not the right time to go."

10.53 BST Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray does not believe Leroy Lita is certain to accept a move to Swansea, saying: "We have agreed a fee with Swansea. It doesn't mean much. I've had a good chat with him. He has a chance to play in the Premier League and good on him. His talent has earned him that chance. If he comes back then I'm sure he will work hard to get in this team."

10.43 BST Nottingham Forest defender Luke Chambers has confirmed he is talking to the club about a new contract. Cardiff have seen a bid rejected this summer.

10.30 BST Milan Channel says that AC Milan will try and take Kaka back to the club on a free transfer.

10.26 BST Paris Saint Germain have made an improved €40 million offer for Santos starlet Ganso, according to L'Equipe.

10.13 BST BREAKING NEWS: Sergio Aguero has arrived in Manchester to complete his move to Manchester City.

10.02 BST Santos sporting director Pedro Luiz Nunes Conceicao has revealed Real Madrid are unwilling to pay Neymar's release clause and insists his club will not negotiate.

09.57 BST La Nazione reports that AC Milan have now made an official €6 million offer Riccardo Montilivio of Fiorentina.

09.51 BST Our friends at ESPN Star say that Spanish press reports that Lassana Diarra could be close to leaving Real Madrid after being absent for training on Monday.

09.42 BST Duncan Castles of the Guardian says that Man City will block any supposed interest from Chelsea in Adam Johnson.

09.28 BST Atletico Madrid boss Gregorio Manzano told Cope on Tuesday night that the Aguero to Man City deal is almost complete: “It does look like this long-running issue will be resolved in the coming hours. It is at an end.

“I have asked the players to focus on Thursday’s game. Unfortunately Kun will not be there. I had hoped that he could have chosen a better, more professional way to leave and shown more love to the club.”

Full ESPNsoccernet story can be found here.

09.15 BST BREAKING NEWS: Marca reports that Juan Mata will sign for Arsenal in a €15 million deal. Tottenham could make a late bid but that's the only thing preventing it being a done deal.

Not much new around in the newspapers this morning, though there is a line in the Daily Star about Samir Nasri.

The Star claims that Nasri has accepted that Arsenal will not allow him to move on this summer, so he will now stay at Emirates Stadium for this year until his current contract expires - allowing him to move on for free.

Let's take a look at the rest of the gossip:

The Sun: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is preparing a dramatic swoop for Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe if he fails to land Mevlut Erdinc ... West Brom are weighing up a club-record bid for Reading striker Shane Long to match West Ham's £8 million offer ... Spurs' Andros Townsend says he would love a second loan spell at Millwall ... Norwich manager Paul Lambert has told six of his players to find new clubs ... Bolton hope to land Nigel Reo-Coker on a three-year deal. The Trotters also want Burnley duo Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears for £3 million before moving in for Liverpool striker David Ngog ... Blackpool want Dundee United striker David Goodwillie, 22, to replace QPR-bound DJ Campbell.

Daily Mail: Wolves are considering a loan move for Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson ... Swansea have agreed a £1.75m fee for Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita ... Liverpool have watched Shane Long to assess the hype around the Reading striker ... Sunderland are weighing up a cut-price move for West Ham striker Frederic Piquionne ... Stoke defender Andrew Davies, 26, has joined Crystal Palace for training ahead of a possible move.

Daily Mirror: Tottenham are closing in on a shock move for Barcelona’s Dutch attacking star Ibrahim Afellay ... Steve Kean claims he is fighting hard to keep Chris Samba at Blackburn as Arsenal continue their interest ... Blackburn rebel Nikola Kalinic is ready to sign for Dnipro – after being spotted in Ukraine last night ... Kean is ready to make Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic his first signing of the window in a £2m deal today ... Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants Leeds winger Robert Snodgrass to fill Charles N’Zogbia’s boots ... Birmingham are struggling to pay their bills and could be forced to sell more players to survive ... Kenny Dalglish is prepared to play a waiting game to land Jose Enrique on the cheap.

Daily Express: West Ham are weighing up a second bid for Reading striker Shane Long ... Wigan are ready to hijack Peterborough’s move for Derry winger James McClean.

July 26, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/26/2011

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.


The Manchester clubs are said to be interested in Douglas Costa © Getty Images

23.00 Closedown: The Aguero story is sure to dominate tomorrow morning so join us then.

22.54 Liverpool are close to signing young Albacete striker Nacho, according to La Tribuna de Albacete. The Spanish striker was recently on trial with Liverpool's Under-18 squad.

21.58 Barcelona midfielder Xavi has reiterated his wish to see Cesc Fabregas move to the Nou Camp from Arsenal this summer.

21.30 Malaga have agreed a deal with Villarreal to sign midfielder Santi Cazorla, subject to a medical.

21.15 Aguero to fly in tomorrow...for a £38 million deal.....

20.50 Speculation rife that Sergio Aguero is headed to Manchester City.....

19.27 Thibaut Courtois has suggested he would be happy to spend up to three years with Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea. "I would like to stay here. I want to focus on having a good season and then it would be great to stay two or three years here,'' he said at his Atletico presentation."

18.33 Roma striker Mirko Vucinic's agent claims to have held preliminary discussions with Manchester United regarding a transfer.

18.02 Swansea City are keen on a move for Middlesbrough striker Leroy Lita, say Talksport.

17.26 QPR have made a bid for wantaway Southampton winger Jason Puncheon and offered defender Kaspars Gorkss in exchange, Press Association Sport understands.

17.12 The Maarten Stekelenburg saga continues. After Ajax played a dead bat to rumours of an imminent deal with Roma. "I am left with a very good feeling after the past couple of days. It's clear that Roma are willing to go far to sign Maarten ahead of the new season," Rob Jansen, the goalie's agent, told his corporate website.

16.51 Celtic have announced that Mexico international Efrain Juarez has joined Real Zaragoza on a season-long loan.

16.28: Blackburn boss Steve Kean is hopeful Chris Samba will be staying put. "We're trying to keep Chris and the fact that he's a couple of months into a new five-year contract shows we were showing commitment to Chris,” he said. “There have been no bids at all for Chris at this stage.”

16.14: Skysports.com says Celtic want West Brom starlet Donovan Daniels.

16.05: RAC1 says Cesc Fabregas could give up cash to help Barcelona meet Arsenal’s asking price. He’ll meet with Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis soon enough apparently.

15.56: DONE DEAL Ipswich have signed Jay Emmanuel-Thomas from Arsenal on a three-year deal.

15.54: Wing-back Lukasz Piszczek has extended his contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2016.

15.45: St Etienne want Bordeaux playmaker Wendel but have so far failed to agree a deal. Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud told L'Equipe: "St Etienne proposed a swap deal, but we are not interested."

15.25: Dimitar Berbatov has given the Press Association an interview and though he was evasive about his future - he said talks over a contract extension are a “personal thing” - he doesn’t seem to want to go anywhere.

“Manchester United is the top,” he said. “Smaller clubs might be able to match Manchester United with the way they play, with their organisation, everything, but Manchester United are at the top. Where can you go from there? Only down. Maybe Barcelona. At the moment, I don't see anything else. If you go somewhere, it is a big step down.”

15.19: Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel has dismissed talk he is on his way out of the club. "It's just rumours," Van der Wiel told Onside.dk. "There are always a lot of rumours about me and none of it is true, so I really don't know what to think. I'm just focusing on playing for Ajax this year, and then next year there is the European Championship. Then we will see what happens.”

15.04: DONE DEAL Ipswich have confirmed they have secured a season-long loan deal for Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale.

15.02: Derry City winger James McClean is attracting interest from Wigan. “The club and Peterborough had agreed a package but it has broken down due to personal terms,” Derry chairman Philip O'Doherty told the Derry Journal. “Wigan, even though they haven't made a formal offer, are interested and being kept up to date by the agent.”

14.47: PSG have revealed they will pay Roma €8 million for Jeremy Menez and a further €1 million if they qualify for the Champions League this season.

14.37: DONE DEAL Cardiff have signed striker Kenny Miller from Bursaspor for a fee believed to be in the region of £1 million.

14.32: Skysports.com says Birmingham have made an enquiry about Newcastle striker Nile Ranger.

14.19: Theirry Henry won’t be leaving New York Red Bulls on loan. “I won’t be playing in Europe again,” he said. “I’m done with Europe. I had my career over there and was lucky enough to win everything with the national team and at club level. I respect what David [Beckham] did in terms of playing in Europe with AC Milan, but I am where I am right now and where I’m happy to be.”

14.08: Sport says Barcelona are looking at Brazil forward Leandro Damiao, who had been a target for Spurs.

14.02: UPDATE: Alberto Aquilani's name is still on the Liverpool website, he just doesn't have a squad number. The rumour came from an Italian paper yesterday, apparently, but it's groundless by the looks of things.

13.51: Santi Cazorla looks to be moving on very soon. "I’m one step away from signing for Malaga. This afternoon or in a few hours it could be done."

13.44: Bayern Munich say midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is going nowhere. Boss Jupp Heynckes said: "Bastian Schweinsteiger is held in high regard at this club. A year ago he was playing on the same level as players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta. He is not for sale."

13.33: West Brom are hoping striker Peter Odemwingie will follow the example of key midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, who has signed a new three year contract.

13.17: Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers remains confident Nathan Dyer will sign a new deal as he enters the final 12 months of his current contract. He told the South Wales Evening Post: "Hopefully we can find an agreement on a new contract because Nathan is not a player we want to lose."

12.57: Mexico Under-17 striker Marco Bueno is set to arrive at Liverpool next month with a view to signing what may well be a five-year contract. His current club Pachuca held a meeting with the player and his parents yesterday to agree arrangements, with the youngster reportedly due on Merseyside sometime between August 10 and 12 to begin training with the reserves.

"A pre-contract with the parents and Bueno was signed to be sent to Liverpool," vice-president Andres Fassi told El Universal, "so we are accepting the 10-day trial and the conditions, if the English decide to keep him."

12.47: Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says the evaluation of the squad’s weaknesses is ongoing but it sounds like they may ramp up their transfer activity shortly. “We have 15 more days before Stoke and 31 days before the market closes,” he said. “On that front we are pretty happy and in August I think we will take the decisions that we need to take for us to be ready for the first day of the season.”

12.34: It appears Liverpool have agreed to sell Alberto Aquilani to Fiorentina and the player now just has to agree personal terms. Story here.

12.17: Sky also reports that Wigan want Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez, who plays for Hercules. N’Zogbia, meanwhile, is to return from his holiday in Dubai to talk to Villa on Friday.

12.10: Sky Sports News’ sources in Spain say Sergio Aguero likes City’s contract offer and the deal could be done within days.

11.59: Leicester could sign St Etienne midfielder Gelson Fernandes. "The two clubs are in discussions about a deal," agent Marcel Schmid told skysports.com. “Sven Goran Eriksson is a big admirer of Gelson having worked with him at Manchester City and he would like to work with him again.”

11.48: Dani Pacheco looks likely to leave Liverpool. “Quite simply, if they don’t give me more opportunities, I am very clear that I want to leave. Above all, I want to play and if I have to leave to do that then there will be no problem.

“Malaga got in contact with Liverpool to inform them they wanted to buy me, but Liverpool didn’t contemplate a transfer, only a loan. Nothing more. Some day I would like to return home.”

He added that a return to Norwich is “another option” after a successful loan spell last season.

11.41: Inter Milan goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi thinks Wesley Sneijder is staying put. “He has a great amount of enthusiasm and he doesn’t seem to be a player who wants to leave the club,” he said.

11.27: Alberto Aquilani is reportedly seeking a €1.5 million golden handshake to leave Liverpool as Fiorentina close in on a deal.

11.15: Twitter talk They’re incorrigible. @Carles5puyol tweets: "On the bus with Gerard Pique, thinking about the next joke we'll pull on Cesc."

11.04: ESPNsoccernet has been told there are still complications over the Cesc Fabregas deal. Full story here.

10.58: James Forrest is ready for the battle for his place at Celtic. The 20-year-old winger said: “A loan was never an option. Celtic is where I was brought up and I don't want to leave here. I don't want to give up that easy.”

10.43: Juventus goalkeeper Alexander Manninger could join Serie B side Sampdoria or Celtic. “Sampdoria are an option, while there is also the possibility that he could join Celtic,” agent Franco Granello said.

10.32: ESPNsoccernet correspondent @andybrassell tweets: “Kun Agüero off to London with his agent tomorrow to seal his (5-yr) deal with Manchester City, says this morning's @marca”

10.24: Our man Harry Harris has spoken to a source of his own and, as several readers had already suggested, it appears Lucas is in fact staying at Liverpool. Full story here.

10.16: Marek Hamsik recently gave an interview in his native Slovakia talking about how he was ready to step up and join AC Milan. As that move isn’t happening, he’s now said: “I love Napoli, I love the Neapolitans, I love the city. I never thought about leaving.” Of course not.

10.04: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew appears to think Jose Enrique could stay put despite blasting the club’s board on Twitter: "I want him to stay, he's a good lad, but this didn't reflect well on him. It was a mistake, he knows it and so do I."

09.54: Former France striker David Trezeguet is ready to return to play in his native country after leaving Spanish club Hercules. He told L'Equipe: “I made a point with my family about my situation. The conclusion is that it may be time for me to return. Today I want to return to France.”

09.42: Alex McLeish is relishing the prospect of finally being able to work with Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia. “He is an exciting player and someone I've admired for quite a while,” he said. “I'm pleased we've managed to agree a fee and hope we can reach agreement with Charles as soon as possible.”

09.33: Wolves boss Mick McCarthy insists striker Kevin Doyle will not be affected by speculation linking him with a move away from Molineux. “Kevin is old enough to realise that speculation counts for nothing,” hey said. “It makes for good reading in the summer when there is nothing else to write about, but he continues doing his job and nothing fazes him.”

09.29: Are PSG the latest dupes in Palermo’s attempts to get silly money for Javier Pastore or is their interest real? We’re not sure, but Palermo sporting director Sean Sogliano insists it’s true. “The French club’s interest in Pastore is real,” he told Sportitalia. “The possibility that the player could transfer to Paris is one that does exist. Leonardo is very interested in such an option.”

09.13: Manchester United and Manchester City are tracking Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa, according to his agent Cesar Bottega. Full story here.

08.57: While there’s talk Lucas is on his way, it appears Joe Cole may be staying at Liverpool. "There has been no firm interest in Joe and he is determined to prove he still has what it takes to play at the top level," a source told Goal.com. "He has had a good conversation with Kenny and they both agreed that he didn't perform well last season but still has the talent and desire to be a success at Liverpool.”

08.46: The Mirror claims Nottingham Forest could snap up former Hull centre-back Anthony Gardner on a free transfer.

08.43: Nedum Onuoha is unsure whether he has a long-term at Manchester City but wants to stay put. He said in The Sun: "I'd love to stay and fight and, until someone tells me to jog on, then I'll keep trying."

08.37: And here's what we have from today's papers.

The Sun: Lucas could be on his way out of Liverpool, Tottenham want £9 million for 30-year-old striker Peter Crouch amid interest from Newcastle, James McFadden could return to Everton on a free transfer, Newcastle want Wayne Bridge to replace Jose Enrique, Bolton hope to sign David Ngog for £3 million.

Daily Mirror: PSG are battling it out with Chelsea for £44 million Javier Pastore, Manchester City are looking at Stoke back-up goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen following the sale of Shay Given, Aston Villa are keen on Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton, Everton were beaten in the race to sign Andy Lonergan from Preston by Leeds United.

The Guardian: Galatasaray are close to sealing the £4 million signing of Emmanuel Eboue.

Daily Mail: Newcastle are hoping Liverpool or Arsenal make a bid for Jose Enrique after his rant against the club, Wigan could sign Motherwell’s Jamie Murphy to replace Charles N’Zogbia, Bolton are to complete the signing of free agent Nigel Reo-Coker.

The Independent: Manchester City were last night close to completing the £38 million signing of Sergio Aguero.

08.20: Good morning and welcome to the blog. We'll have the full paper round-up with you soon enough, but for now we'll kick off with the claim in The Sun that Lucas Leiva could be leaving Liverpool.

A source told the paper: "Lucas only signed a new deal in March and was voted Player of the Year by the fans, but the word is he is leaving and that will shock a lot of people, especially after he played so well last season."

July 25, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/25/2011

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.


David Beckham feels Wesley Sneijder would "fit right into a Manchester United team". © Getty Images

23.00 Closedown: That's it for the night but there's plenty still bubbling under.

22.57 Twitter talk from Racing Post's Mark Langdon: "N'Zogbia won't sign for villa just yet because he is still on holiday. Season starts in under three weeks, why is he still in Dubai. #odd"

22.37 Fulham keeper and recently married man David Stockdale is expected to complete his loan move to Ipswich after a delay with paperwork. Town are also

22.12 According to reports on Setanta in Ireland Fulham have made a £1.5 million move for Liverpool midfield outcast Christian Poulsen.

21.46 Twitter talk Ajax and Roma have agreed a €6m fee for the transfer of Dutch international goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg on a 4-year deal.

21.32 Sevilla have denied that an agreement has already been struck to bring in Giovani dos Santos.

21.19 Liverpool striker David N’Gog is now hot favourite to arrive at the Reebok and could become the fourth Trotters signing to be completed this week, say the Bolton News.

20.49 Fernando Gago wants to rejoin Boca Juniors, says his agent. He will even take a paycut.

20.24 Leeds United have completed the signing of Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a three-year contract.

20.15 Sir Alex Ferguson doubts whether he will sign any more players before
Manchester United face their "noisy neighbours" in the Community Shield at Wembley next month. "We lost five players in their 30s this summer,'' said Ferguson. "That helped finance the three younger players - Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David de Gea - I have brought to the club.
At this moment, I can't see another addition. The type of player we might have been looking for is not available."

19.28 PSG this evening made it a trio of signings as they confirmed the arrival of Serbia defender Milan Bisevac from Valenciennes. The 27-year-old, who counts Red Star Belgrade and Lens among his former clubs, joins on an initial three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

19.15 Ranges have signed defender Dorin Goian from Palermo subject to a work permit and international clearance, the Ibrox club have confirmed.

18.35 Juventus and Bayern Munich are at loggerheads about the signing of Arturo Vidal, who joined the Old Lady when Bayern claim he had made a deal to join them. 'Apparently, Rummenigge relied on less conventional channels, I’m really sorry for him and Bayern. They missed a good chance, both in the transfer market and in their communication: silence would have been preferable" says Juve sporting director Giuseppe Marotta.

17.45 Tottenham defender Bongani Khumalo has joined Reading on loan until the end of the season.

17.39 Cesc latest: Barcelona's sporting vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is confident the club still have plenty of time to secure the signing of Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. That's a warning for you.

17.22 Twitter talk: Adam Marshall, friend of some here at ESPN, has this to say: "Reports in Italy say Alessio Cerci is finalising his move to Man City #mcfc."

17.03 Fulham have confirmed the signing of Palermo midfielder Pajtim Kasami for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old Switzerland Under-21 international has signed a four-year deal which ties him to Craven Cottage until 2015.

16.58 Former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is currently training with Lyon and could sign for his old club as a free agent, says France Football.

16.27 Reports claim Arsenal youngster Jay Emmanuel-Thomas could join Ipswich this week for a fee in the region of £1 million.

16.17 DONE DEAL: Fulham have confirmed the signing of Pajtim Kasami on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

16.12 Roma are prepared to offer €8 million to Ajax in an effort to complete the capture of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, according to Sky Sport Italia.

16.03 You can read the full story on Gabbidon's switch to QPR here.

15.51 DONE DEAL: Marquinhos has joined Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta from CSKA Sofia on a three-year contract.

15.36 DONE DEAL: QPR have confirmed the capture of former West Ham defender Danny Gabbidon on a one-year contract.

15.21 Leeds are poised to wrap up their third summer signing after resuming talks with Preston North End goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, according to the Yorkshire Post.

15.11 Via the comments, Sahil says: "Aston Villa's impending signing of N'Zogbia should mean that Wigan are going into the tranfer market for a winger. They should sign up Jeffren for 5 mil from barca!"

14.57 Owen Coyle has distanced himself from rumours that Bolton are set to secure the signing of Barcelona winger Jeffren.

14.43 Further PSG news as reports claim Milan Bisevac will also join from Valenciennes this week.

14.30 Peterborough centre-back Ryan Bennett and winger Tommy Rowe have signed contract extensions at London Road.

14.10 DONE DEALS: PSG have unveiled Blaise Matuidi and Jeremy Menez as two new summer signings.

13.58 Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas is a big-money transfer target for Manchester United and Bayern Munich, according to the teenager's agent. Read the full story here.

13.31 Sky Sports is reporting Queens Park Rangers are to sign Danny Gabbidon after he impressed on trial.

13.17 DONE DEAL: St Johnstone have signed former Dundee United striker Francisco Sandaza.

13.00 DONE DEAL: Wolfsburg have completed the transfer of midfielder Christian Trasch from Stuttgart for a reported €10 million fee.

12.55 Lazio are hopeful of signing Juan Vargas from Fiorentina, according to Corriere dello Sport.

12.49 Rangers have agreed a fee with Palermo for central defender Dorin Goian.

12.37 "If by the end of August we haven't got four or five players in who can come in to the side and improve us, I will be very disappointed," Stoke manager Tony Pulis has told the club's official website.

12.25 Fulham have completed a £3.5 million deal for Palermo youngster Pajtim Kasami, according to reports in Italy.

12.12 Steven Defour's future at Standard Liege could become clearer this week if he plays in their Champions League qualifier against FC Zurich, according to talkSPORT.

11.48 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has told the Journal: "I am confident we'll get at least one, and maybe two, big players in here."

11.36 Reports suggest Arsenal wing-back Emmanuel Eboue is close to signing for Galatasaray.

11.25 Juan Mata looks set to stay at Valencia despite speculation that he could join Arsenal or Liverpool. Club president Manuel Llorente has told Superdeporte told: "The decision is clear and money will not change our position. Valencia will not sell to any club that wants to buy Mata."

11.10 Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has warned Swansea over the pursuit of duo Leroy Lita and Marvin Emnes.

11.00 You can read the full story on N'Zogbia's proposed move to Villa right here.

10.45 BREAKING: Aston Villa have agreed a £9.5 million fee with Wigan for midfielder Charles N'Zogbia.

10.36 Ajax boss Frank de Boer has confirmed his interest in signing experienced Russian striker Dmitri Bulykin. Full story here.

10.24 Aston Villa have resumed talks with Wigan over signing winger Charles N'Zogbia and are close to agreeing a fee, according to the Press Association.

10.06 DONE DEAL: Adelaide United have signed Ukrainian Evgeniy Levchenko on a one-year deal.

09.56 Sky Sports is claiming Arsenal have made an enquiry to Wigan about Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy.

09.44 Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay on summer transfers: "There are more to come."

09.38 The Daily Star is reporting Stoke are considering a double swoop for Tottenham's Wilson Palacios and Peter Crouch.

09.26 Blackburn co-owner Venkatesh Rao has told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Money is not a problem, the problem is miscommunication and the rumours have led to this situation, for which I am very sorry. We want to run it as a company, very systematically. On spending, we are very much meticulous and we want to do it positively.

09.13 And here's the story on Allardyce's warning for Spurs over their interest in Parker.

09.01 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is hopeful that he can tie up a deal for Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero this week. Full story here.

08.50 For the full story on Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claiming that he has been trying to persuade Arsenal's Samir Nasri to join the club all summer, click here.

08.45 More from the Daily Mail as West Ham boss Sam Allardyce warns Tottenham over Scott Parker. He said: "It is a worry that Spurs might wait until the last minute. So if Harry (Redknapp) is listening, or anyone at Tottenham, watch out, don't be waiting that long because you won't be able to do it."

08.39 The Daily Mirror: Birmingham boss Chris Hughton is stepping up his bid to sign Newcastle United’s Nile Ranger after being hit by a striker crisis.

08.29 The Daily Mail: Newcastle are waiting to hear if Paris St Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc will agree to a move after the clubs agreed a £7 million deal in principle ... Leeds have revived their interest in Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and agreed terms over a £150,000 deal ... Blackburn Rovers are interested in Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic, whose mooted deal with Vitesse Arnhem has fallen through.

08.19 The Daily Star: Joey Barton could yet sign a new contract at Newcastle ... Chelsea may offer Daniel Sturridge plus £27 million to Tottenham Hotspur in a bid to land Luka Modric ... Sergio Aguero is on the brink of completing a £39 million switch from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City ... Alberto Aquilani and David Ngog will both leave Liverpool.

08.12 Also in the Sun: Former Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith could be handed a contract at Orlando City, while Patrice Evra, never one to mince his words, has urged Arsenal's Samir Nasri to join him at Manchester United.

08.05 So, Inter Milan's Sneijder, of course daily linked with Manchester United. And, despite manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisting there will be no more signings at Old Trafford this summer, David Beckham has piped up. He told the Sun: "Sneijder is such a talented player. He's a great guy and I'm sure he'd fit right into a Manchester United team. He could do a job there, without a doubt."

08.00 Good morning. How's it hanging? Bit groggy? It is Monday, after all. Anyway, before your head slumps into your bowl of Shredded Wheat, let us perk you up with some transfer chatter. First up, Wesley Sneijder...

July 24, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/24/2011

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.


Jack Rodwell's development stuttered last season © Getty Images

23.56: That's all we've got time for tonight, but we'll back again in the morning with the latest from around the globe, so join us then for more unfettered speculation.

23.49: Wolves midfielder Karl Henry is pleased the club is being linked with Jay Spearing and Thomas Hitzlsperger. “I know the gaffer is working hard to bring in a couple of names and I hope another midfielder comes in who makes me up my game," he told the Express and Star.

23.41: Santos coach Mauricy Ramalho likes to tell Neymar every few days that he should join Barcelona instead of Real Madrid, and he’s just done it again. “I think Neymar’s style would be better suited to Barcelona than Madrid,” he told AS. “Madrid play very tactical football and Neymar would suffer there because he likes to play with freedom.”

He added: “I talk a lot with him and he says he wants to play in the Club World Cup, but then you know that things can change quickly in football.”

23.26: Rio Ave president Antonio Silva Campos says midfielder Julio Alves is on his way to Atletico Madrid. "This is one of the best deals ever for Rio Ave,” he said.

23.12: Reader coment from Yoma, who believes Sir Alex when he says he's finished his summer shopping spree.

"Why does Sir Alex feel like he can stop shopping now? His CM options are: Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson, Cleverly, Gibson, Pogba. What combination of these midfielders provides him with the quality he will need to face the likes of Barcelona/Real Madrid/Inter Milan? This might work for the EPL, but against the best teams in europe, its just not good enough."

22.42: Jose Enrique doesn't sound like he's going to be hanging around at Newcastle too much longer as he's had a right old go at the board. Story here.

22.21: Benfica centre-back Luisao, 30, says he might leave but doesn’t sound all that bothered either way. "I have been at Benfica for eight years and there are times in which opportunities should be given to younger players," he said. "If I stay, it will not be against my will."

21.53: Reader comment from Matt: "Diego would be a great player for Atletico Madrid in La Liga. However, I have to wonder why Arsenal doesn't make a play for him considering he would fill the central playmaking void that would be left behind by the possible departure of Fabregas."

21.50: We seem to recall Alberto Aquilani’s agent saying the midfielder would definitely be staying at Liverpool a few days ago, but that no longer appears to be the case with Fiorentina seemingly still interested. "Aquilani is still a Liverpool player,” Franco Zavaglia told the Adnkronos agency. “We need to talk to them to see what their plans are for the new season and then we will see. We are evaluating the situation with both parties before we make any decision."

21.37: Goal.com UK claims Arsenal do indeed want Santi Cazorla, having switched their attentions from Juan Mata, but the move will apparently be dependent on whether Giuseppe Rossi leaves as Villarreal don’t want to lose both.

21.22: The Independent on Sunday believes Chelsea have been encouraged by Harry Redknapp’s comments on Friday, when he said he would have to “wait and see” what happens with Luka Modric. Chelsea are apparently ready to bid £35 million this time but would be reluctant to offer any more.

20.58: France international Jeremy Menez is expected to be confirmed as a Paris St Germain player tomorrow after being given permission to speak to the club by Roma.

20.33: Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has - again - said that he doesn’t want to sell Neymar: "We have no interest in selling Neymar. Real Madrid might be willing to pay the buyout clause, but it all depends on the player. We are sure of his will to be world champion with Santos. We hope to fulfil his contract here."

19.56: Atletico Madrid are said to be keen on Wolfsburg outcast Diego.

19.36: Manchester United and Bayern Munich have both shown interest in Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas, apparently. Agent Wagner Ribeiro told Terra: "Lucas was approached earlier this year by Manchester United and Bayern Munich."

19.21: France Football believes Lyon could make a move for former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, who is available on a free transfer after leaving relegated Monaco.

19.00: Sky Sports News believes Blackburn are still very much the forerunners to sign Mariano Pavone. Swansea have already denied they want him.

18.42: Manchester United are being linked with a move for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic, who has been heavily linked with Spurs of late. Sounds highly dubious to us given the number of strikers already at Old Trafford.

18.15: Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has told Sky Sport 24 that PSG’s new sporting director has been in touch about signing Pastore too. Story here.

18.11: You’ll probably be aware of the odd Bojan Krkic deal - Barcelona having to buy him back in two years unless Roma pay another €28 million - but the striker isn’t treating it like a glorified loan. Story here.

17.48: Sabatini has also rubbished claims Roma could part with midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who has just one year left on his contract and has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester City. “Daniele is not subject to negotiations, as he has never and will never be on the market,” Sabatini said. “We are in talks over the renewal and will not begin any process with other clubs. He is not for sale.”

17.29: On that note, Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has indicated in Corriere dello Sport that Palermo’s claims they’re in the race for Pastore are nonsense. "He's a very special player, but he will not move to Roma this summer," Sabatini said. "I have already said it before that Roma have made a big coup on the transfer market. [Erik] Lamela can do for Roma what Pastore has done for Palermo in the past two seasons."

17.20: Sky is also reporting that Chelsea's interest in Javier Pastore might not be quite as clear cut as suggested, and that Palermo are trying to drive the price up by claiming a move is in the pipeline.

17.17: Slight update on the Aguero situation: Sky Sports News says Aguero and his agent have been talking over the personal terms of his City move while he stays in Argentina.

16.59 Update on Tevez, from earlier. "At no time did he discuss retiring with the Manchester United management and Mr Ferguson has not mentioned this at any time before,'' a spokesman for Tevez said. ''In fact Carlos feels he is capable of playing for a further eight years and though he has been in the form of his life, he feels he is only going to get better in the coming years.''

16.51 Sunderland's Steve Bruce has been a busy man this summer already, but now he could turn his attention to loan deals. "We would go down the route again if needs be," Bruce said. "I'm happy with the size and balance of the squad at the moment, though. People tend to forget we had four or five loan players last year who played a big part for us.''

16.41 Tottenham's hopes of sealing a deal for Diego Forlan could be scuppered by the fact that he wants £160k a week in wages apparently.

16.24 Do you think Roberto Mancini is winding Mr Wenger up here after the Arsenal boss took exception to him naming Samir Nasri as a target? Similar quotes to a week ago when talking about Sergio Aguero, but then lists three Arsenal players: ‘'Aguero is a good player, like Samir Nasri, like Cesc Fabregas, like Robin van Persie - there are a lot of good players in England.’'

16.10 Joey Barton has played down the chances of him leaving Newcastle this summer. The 28-year-old former Manchester City midfielder was linked in the Sunday Times with a possible move to Manchester United, the latest of several clubs to be tipped to bid for Barton. He wrote on Twitter: ''Nice to be linked with some big clubs today but I honestly don't want to leave Newcastle. Thanks but no thanks. I will most likely leave Newcastle at end of season, when my contract expires and I am no longer employed. Its [sic] out of my hands.''

15.34 The player may want to go to the Premier League, but Southampton manager Nigel Adkins wants to keep a hold of teenage starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. "I keep saying it, we have to control the controllables," Adkins told the club's official website. "Alex is a great player who worked very hard and excited the crowd. He came through our system and we are trying to do right by him and develop him and do right for the club.

15.25 Adel Taarabt still keen on a move to PSG, but also happy to stay if he has to. "Would it be a disappointment if I didn't join Paris? Of course because I want to come," he said. "In England I will make more money but Paris, it's the capital of France. If I explode there, it can be extraordinary.

"For my President [QPR president Flavio Briatore], the case is over. I'm sick of it, it's lasted two months. I want to go to Paris, but if it is not resolved this weekend, it no longer will be. But you know, in London, I am good and a great season in the Premier League awaits me."

15.14 Middlesbrough are lining up a move for Arsenal starlet Rhys Murphy, according to reports.

14.59 Comments from Arsenal’s £12 million target Phil Jagielka suggest he won’t be leaving Everton. "With the gaffer making me captain it is an added responsibility,’’ he said. ‘’I'd like to think that if any of the young lads have any issues or need anything on or off the pitch they'd come and see me. There are a few of us in that category and it's a role I'll be looking to do as often as possible."

14.47 ESPNsoccernet reader Brannon says:

''I may be one of the few Everton fans that believe it would be a huge mistake to sell Rodwell. Sure, we have Fellaini, but Fellaini this summer went on record to call Everton a second tier club. Doesn't really sound like a guy who wants to be there anymore. Regardless of how much money he gets in a new contract. Fellaini has had just as much trouble staying healthy as well. I would like to see Everton sell Fellaini and keep Rodwell. There is a reason SAF wants Rodwell.''

14.42 Sergio Aguero has missed Atletico's training session, opting to stay in Buenos Aires instead and try and force through a move to Man City.

14.03 Martin Petrov is hoping for a big season with Bolton and is looking to earn a new deal at the Reebok Stadium. ''Even though I still live in the same city, I changed clubs and it takes time to get settled. But I enjoy it here because I don't have a problem with anybody," he said. "I'm in the last year of my current contract and I want to give all my best for the club. I want to enjoy my football, score more goals and help the team win."

13.38 SWP staying at Man City if he can. "It was hard for me last year when I was left out of the FA Cup final team,'' he said. ''I thought it might be the end, but I'm not one to give up. I would love to earn a new contract. I want to stay here beyond the end of this coming season. Since reporting back for training I have really got my head down and given 100%. I haven't spoken to the manager, but it has gone well for me and I will never give up on City."

13.07 Craig Bellamy claims he is only looking for a permanent move away from Manchester City this summer. "To be honest, I don't want to go on loan again because where would I go after that?" he said. ''A permanent move would be the best option for me. If not, I expect to stay the whole year at City. I'll obviously do very little. I won't be involved with the manager and the first-team."

12.59 Arsenal not in for Motta, as agent Dario Canovi told Tuttomercatoweb.com: “Thiago Motta will not leave Inter. He has chosen to remain at Inter, and as far as I am aware there have been no offers, neither from Arsenal nor from any other club.”

12.34 Roma striker Jeremy Menez is moving closer to a move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to L'Equipe.

12.16 Valencia's Ever Banega has calmed the nerves of his fans by committing his immediate future to the Spanish side, despite interest from Inter Milan. "I will stay in Valencia. Happy," the Rosario born midfielder stated on his Twitter account.

12.08 Fiorentina's Juan Manuel Vargas is attracting the attention of Villa and Everton as they continue to struggle with Wigan over the £10 million valuation of Charles N'Zogbia.

11.47 Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes that the club have to spend some of the £35 million received from the sale of Andy Carroll on another top striker. ''I would be surprised if they did not go out and spend some more money,'' he said. “I hope that they do because they had a decent season on their return to the Premier League.''

11.33 American teenager Villyan Bijev has agreed terms this weekend with Liverpool, according to a report from Californian news channel KMPH Fox 26. The striker has starred for his club, Cal Odyssey, and holds Bulgarian citizenship through his father.

11.16 Cardiff have clinched the signing of Scotland striker Kenny Miller from Turkish side Bursaspor. ''We are just waiting on a bit of international documentation,'' manager Malky
Mackay told the club's official website. ''We've agreed the fee, we've agreed his terms and the medical has been passed. He's been training with us and he has gone up this weekend to collect some stuff
and bring his family down.''

10.53 Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that Carlos Tevez wasn't signed by United because he said he was going to quit in four years' time. "Tevez told us he was only going to play for four more years," he said. "If we had signed him on a five-year contract knowing that he was going to quit in four, there would have been no re-sale value for us." Read more

10.48 Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay says that the club will sign two new players ''in the next eight to 10 days" as they continue to be linked with bids for Luka Modric and Javier Pastore. "From our activity in the market place in the past, if the coach feels there is a player available that can strengthen our team then we almost definitely go into the market place. We will have at least two signings in the next eight to 10 days," he said. Read more

10.29 Arsene Wenger says he wants a new defender, so reports in the Daily Mail they are set to hijack Chelsea's bid to sign Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku look a little wide of the mark.

10.24 Former AC Milan attacker Dejan Savicevic has claimed that Cesc Fabregas is not as good as two players who currently ply their trade in Italy. "Fabregas? For me, Pastore and Hamsik are stronger players," Savicevic told Radio Sportiva. "Fabregas is a good midfielder, but he does not have the change of pace."

10.09 Costa Rican starlet Joel Campbell will not be drawn on transfer talk just yet. "Arsenal is a topic I do not want to talk about at this moment as I am focused on the Under 20 squad and then we will look at what happens," he said.

09.55 Update on yesterday's Pastore story: Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche has claimed it's 'very probable' that Javier Pastore will join Chelsea. "It's very probable that Pastore will go to Chelsea, but I think there are other top-level teams who are after the player," Micciche told Radio Sportiva. "He wants a big club and there are advanced talks with very important teams. His agent [Marcelo Simonian] is working very well, and if someone pays the right money then we will be happy to sell him. If not, we will keep him."

09.41 Kaka says he is staying at Real Madrid. "I always said I wanted to stay and I want to play for Real Madrid and convince," he is quoted as saying by Marca. "My friends have always helped me, the technical staff, the club. I always knew there would be much speculation, but I spoke to the club and with the coach and he was tranquil.''

09.27 Midfielder Nigel de Jong has revealed that contract talks with Manchester City have broken down. ''There's no update on my contract because talks have stopped,'' he told The People. ''Maybe something will happen again when the season starts, but at the moment it is a little frustrating for me''. Read more

09.15 Our main story is Sir Alex saying that he won't buy any more new players. You can probably ignore the story in the Times today then, that links them with Newcastle badboy Joey Barton.

09.05 A paper review for you:

Sunday Mirror: Nine clubs want £5m-rated Leeds marksman Max Gradel... David Stockdale will decide this week whether to join Leeds or Ipswich on a season-long loan deal from Fulham.

Mail on Sunday: Turkish side Galatasaray have bid £4m for Arsenal's Emmanuel Eboue... Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he expects striker El-Hadji Diouf to leave before the end of the summer. Arsenal will this week increase their £12m bid for Everton's 28-year-old defender Phil Jagielka.

The Sun: Roberto Mancini is set to land super striker Sergio Aguero for £38 million at Manchester City. Arsenal are making plans to bring in Villarreal's Santi Cazorla in case they lose Cesc Fabregas... Neil Warnock wants to offer England striker Peter Crouch a dream return to QPR.

09.00 The morning starts with news that Everton could be ready to sanction a £20 million move for Jack Rodwell, to whoever stumps up the cash.

July 23, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/23/2011

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.


Sergio 'Kun' Aguero is expected to complete a move to Manchester City in the next couple of days. © Getty Images

23.37 Well that's all we have time for tonight, and it's been a fairly quiet one. But check back tomorrow when the Sunday newspapers are sure to dish up some outlandish transfer rumours.

23.25 The agent of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley claims the USA star would like to play in Italy, amid interest from Napoli. "Several important Italian clubs are interested in my client," Alberto Faccini told Radio Crc.

22.42 Anderlecht have warned Chelsea that they are in no hurry to sell their highly-regarded Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku.

22.00 Bolton are poised to sign Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles after Burnley accepted a bid, believed to be in the region of £3 million, for the duo. Full story

21.25 File this one under 'unlikely' but reports suggest that Manchester United a preparing a £20m plus player bid for Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell.

20.55 Inter Milan's new signing Emiliano Viviano could miss the entire season after the goalkeeper suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

20.16 Real Betis' Achille Emana wants to return to France. The 28-year-old midfielder, who left Toulouse in 2008, told Canal+: "The staff know very well if there is an opportunity, I will grab it."

19.18 Roma's Jeremy Menez is set to quit the club's training camp to complete an €8m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, according to reports in France.

18.49 The agent of Wolfsburg defender Simon Kjaer has dismissed rumours he is close to a move to Juventus. Mikkel Beck told Ekstra Bladet: "Simon is one of the most important players at the club. Therefore, we are expecting him to play for Wolfsburg this coming season."

18.07 Rangers manager Ally McCoist will step up his attempts to bolster his squad ahead of next week's Champions League qualifier against Malmo after watching his side held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts in their Scottish Premier League opener.

17.36 Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out any further signings for the club during the current transfer window. The Bundesliga side have spent €41m on new players this summer.

16.47 Inter Milan target Ever Banega insists he has no plans to leave Spain. "I will stay in Valencia. Happy," the Argentina international wrote on Twitter.

15.59 There is light at the end of the Javier Pastore-shaped tunnel. Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says that offers from Chelsea, Man City and Roma will be evaluated on Tuesday.

15.38 Charles N'Zogbia says he will not strike to force Wigan to sell him after they turned down a £9 million bid from Aston Villa. How very noble!

"Me, strike? Not at all," said N'Zogbia. "Come and see me at Wigan, you will see that I train every day. If they want any more it is for the club to decide. It is not for me to demand a transfer.

"There was an offer from Villa, which Wigan refused. [But] I have not been offered a contract extension by the club. It has been two and a half years. I have given enough."

15.11 L'Equipe is claiming that Roma striker Jeremy Menez is on his way to PSG in an €8 million deal.

14.38 Inter Milan have bid €15m for Valencia's Juan Mata, according to Spanish newspaper Sport. Could that prompt Arsenal to make a concrete offer?

14.16 Roma have released the complex details of Bojan's transfer from Barcelona, with the Catalans able to buy the striker back for €17m in 2012.

“A.S. Roma announce a contract with Barcelona to buy player Bojan Krkic Perez for €12m, to be paid before July 1 2013. As part of this agreement, Barcelona have an exclusive option to buy back the player at a cost of €17m in 2011-12 or €13m in 2012-13, to be paid in two instalments on January 31 and May 31 2014.

“This option to buy back is mandatory for Barcelona for the second season, but includes a counter-option for Roma to maintain rights to his sporting performances. Roma’s option is to be taken up by June 20 2013 for another €28m to be paid in three instalments on July 1 2013, January 31 2014 and July 31 2014.

“As for the player, he has agreed a four-year contract which expires on June 30 2015 worth €3.2m for 2011-12 and 2012-13, then €6.3m from 2013-14 to 2014-15, in addition to individual performance-related bonuses.”

So, is everyone clear about that then?

13.57 A rumour doing the rounds on Twitter is that Manchester City may make a surprise £1 million move for AC Milan's 20-year-old striker Luca Scapuzzi.

13.42 We've just come across a story right out of the Dale Jennings-to-Bayern school of surprise transfers as Ajax coach Frank de Boer has revealed that the Dutch champions are close to securing a deal for former Aston Villa midfielder Harry Forrester, who was released by the club in May.

13.29 Wigan owner Dave Whelan has been discussing the possible sale of Charles N'Zogbia: "I would love to keep him, he is a great lad and a fantastic player, but everything being as it is we have to be sensible and if we get a decent offer, and Charles wants to go, as usual I will honour what the player wants and let him go.

“Villa are not the sole bidders, there are another couple of clubs who are desperate to sign him. It depends how much they can pay up front, because we have got to re-spend that £10million this season just to replace Charles.”

13.12 Roma have completed the signing of Argentina left-back Gabriel Heinze from Marseille.

12.58 Juventus have completed the signing of Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal on a five-year deal. The Bianconeri paid 10.5 million euros for the Chile international and there is thought to be further add-ons totalling €2.5m should Vidal help drive the club to future success.

12.47 Nikola Kalinic's agent has been left fuming at the conduct of Backburn Rovers after claiming the club have flatly refused to discuss the possible £6 million sale of his client to Ukrainian side Dnipro. FULL STORY HERE

12.32 Keep the comments coming everyone - Alex was pleased to hear news of Adel Taarabt staying at QPR, despite not being a QPR fan:

"I'm delighted to hear Taraabt will be staying at QPR. He looked quality in the Championship and I'd love to see a flair player like him in the Premier League. Yes he might be impestuous and inconsistent, but I'm not a QPR fan, so if it doesn't work out, it doesn't affect me ;) From a neutral's point of view though, I'd love to see him do well."

12.18 Both Sky Sports News and talkSPORT claim that former West Ham and Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is in talks with Bolton. But the Trotters don't wear a claret-and-blue kit? Surely Burnley would make more sense...

12.05 BREAKING NEWS QPR have announced that star playmaker Adel Taarabt is staying at the club. FULL STORY HERE

11.58 Remember, you can get your comments in using the tool below and that's exactly what malvern chiweshe has done, having his say on Andre Villas-Boas' siftly-softly transfer approach thus far at Chelsea:

"Villas-Boas has been sensible so far. Chelsea do not require major changes. The capture of Romeu is understandable and l think one more signing either Modric or Moutinho then we can compete. l hope when the season starts he will play people on merit as l believe most of our regular starters like Lampard, Terry and Drogba are past their best."

11.46 talkSPORT is reporting that Spurs will finally make a concrete £13m offer for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic.

11.32 Former Bari boss Eugenio Fascetti has told Antonio Cassano he must leave AC Milan for Fiorentina to improve his prospects of playing for Italy at next summer's European Championship. FULL STORY HERE

11.16 PSG should wrap up the signings of Milan Bisevac from Valenciennes and Blaise Matuidi from Saint-Etienne by Monday at the latest, though La Parisien reports they need to up their bid for QPR star Adel Taarabt from 10 to 13 million euros.

11.07 Santos coach Muricy Ramalho says in interview with AS that he expects Neymar to still be playing for the club come December's Club World Cup in Japan.

10.58 Marca reckons that Atletico Madrid will sign Pablo Osvaldo from Espanyol for €20 million as soon as Sergio Aguero's proposed transfer to Man City goes through.

10.44 Napoli midfielder Jose Ernesto Sosa appears certain to join Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv after Estudiantes confirmed they had failed in a bid to land him. Metalist were the only other club in for him, according to his agent.

10.35 Inter Milan are set to step up their interest in Carlos Tevez, with the Nerazzurri making an initial loan offer with a fixed end-of-season buyout clause, says Corriere dello Sport.

10.28 Moving out around Europe now and Porto have completed the signing of Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro from Santos. The fee is believed to be €9.6m and he has signed a five-year contract with the Portuguese champions.

10.15 Right, time for a round-up of the English newspapers, usually excellent value for rumours.

The Sun: Neil Warnock is keen to bring Peter Crouch back to QPR in a £6m deal - though he would be asked to take a massive wage cut; Cardiff City will complete a move for Bursaspor striker Kenny Miller before the weekend is out; Rangers have made a £500,000 bid for Palermo centre-back Dorin Goian.

Daily Mail: Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham is still a potential goer, though it will likely only be on laon; Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu and director Raul Sanllehi are in London to put forward a £33.5m offer for Cesc Fabregas; Liverpool outcast Milan Jovanovic is the subject of interest from Saudi Arabia club Al-Shabab Riyadh.

Daily Mirror: Barca will oflload a number of young players to Premier League clubs to fund a new swoop for Cesc Fabregas; Alex McLeish will turn to Spartak Moscow winger Aiden McGeady if he fails to land Charles N'Zogbia; David Moyes is willing to sell Jack Rodwell but will fight tooth and nail to keep Phil Jagielka at Goodison Park.

09.57 Staying with the Blues - Barcelona defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu looks to be on his way to Stamford Bridge after the two clubs agreed a fee, thought to be around £5m, for the Spain Under-20 starlet. FULL STORY HERE

09.46 Over at Chelsea, Didier Drogba has indicated he wants to sign a new deal and fight for his place in Andre Villas-Boas' starting line-up. FULL STORY HERE

09.35 Meanwhile, City boss Roberto Mancini has been bemoaning his lack of overall control at Eastlands, suggesting he wants to wield the same sort of power Sir Alex Ferguson does at Manchester United. FULL STORY HERE

09.28 A quick scan around the English press tells us that hype is building about Sergio Aguero's proposed move to Manchester City, with most news outlets predicting Kun may sign before the end of the weekend.

09.20 Happy Saturday everyone! It may be the weekend but that doesn't mean we are planning to cease and desist our coverage of the weird, wacky and rarely wonderful world of football transfers.

July 22, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/22/2011

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.


Tevez: Holiday blues? © Getty Images

17.45 CLOSEDOWN That's it from the transfer blog today. Be sure to join us again tomorrow for all the latest on this summer's moves.

17.35 Read the full story on Wenger's comments regarding Nasri and on the fitness/future of Fabregashere.

17.29 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told the club's official website: "The position at the moment [with Fabregas] is a 'no comment' situation because there is no movement at all."

17.25 It’s widely reported Udinese are keen to bring in Tottenham’s Giovani Dos Santos as a replacement for Barcelona-bound Alexis Sanchez.

17.10 Sky Sports News is claiming that PSG have made an £8.7 million bid for QPR's Adel Taraabt.

17.01 DONE DEAL Fiorentina have officially signed Cagliari midfielder Andrea Lazzari on a co-ownership deal.

16.42 DONE DEAL: Juventus have officially loaned Felipe Melo to Galatasaray, with the Turkish club holding an option to buy the Brazilian for €13 million.

16.34 Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has admitted to making an approach to Notthingham Forest for defender Luke Chambers.

16.16 Thomas Hitzlsperger has held talks with Wolves, according to the Express & Star.

15.45 Talks to bring Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster to West Brom are expected to continue over the weekend, according to the Birmingham Mail.

15.19 Tottenham manager Redknapp has said Sergio Aguero gets "three or four times above what our top player earns" and is "way out of our level". The Atletico forward must be on quite the salary. Now, I wonder which could match or better such terms...

14.57 DONE DEAL: Sporting Lisbon have signed Diego Capel from Sevilla on a five-year deal.

14.30 Speculation suggests talk of a swoop for Spanish legend Raul by Blackburn is wide of the mark.

14.06 Lovely stuff regarding the Courtois loan deal. Atletico have confirmed the agreement, yet, remember, Chelsea have not even as yet officially confirmed the capture of Courtois on a permanent deal. Just lovely.

14.04 DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Thibaud Courtois has joined Atletico Madrid on loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season.

13.58 DONE DEAL: Ghana international John Paintsil has signed a three-year deal with Leicester City.

13.53 Marca says Pedro Leon could be back at Getafe again next season just a year after he left for Real Madrid in a €10 million deal. He's apparently rejected PSG, Liverpool and Valencia this summer.

13.47 Calcio Mercato says the meeting between Tevez and Inter technical director Marco Branca yesterday was no accident. Inter apparently want an attacking quartet of Pazzini, Eto'o, Milito and Tevez.

13.41 Rangers manager Ally McCoist is hoping to make more new signings over the next 48 hours. He has confirmed that Romanian international Dorian Goian, Anderlecht's Rolan Juhasz and Rabiu Afolabi of Salzburg are all on his radar.

13.28 QPR boss Neil Warnock has poured cold water on suggestions his club are planning a swoop for Tottenham Hotspur striker Peter Crouch. The full story can be read here.

13.11 Bologna midfielder Gaby Mudingayi looks destined for Fiorentina. The player's agent, Federico Pastorello, said: "I have read this in the newspapers but honestly there has been no contact with Lyon and PSG. For now, only one club has shown any interest in Gaby, that is Fiorentina."

12.43 Freiburg striker Papiss Cisse has expressed a desire to secure a move to the Premier League. "I would like to go to England," he told France Football.

12.25 DONE DEAL: Brest have signed France Under-21 full-back Tripy Makonda from Paris St Germain.

12.02 Manchester City could make a decisive move for Alessio Cerci of Fiorentina within the next 72 hours, according to reports in Italy.

11.56 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini insists his club will only accept cash offers for playmaker Javier Pastore, ruling out the possibilty of a deal involving an exchange.

11.43 El Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is in London with a double-objective: to present a fresh offer for Cesc Fabregas and to finalise the sale of Oriol Romeu to Chelsea.

11.32 Brazilian defender Lucio is set to sign a two-year contract extension with Inter Milan. "I am very happy," Lucio told Corriere dello Sport. "Inter are a great club and I feel very happy here. I know can still win a lot of trophies with this jersey."

11.20 DONE DEAL: @sidlowe on Twitter states: "Bojan officially goes to Roma. Things finally moving." A fee in the region of €12 million has been agreed between Roma and Barcelona, who have inserted a buy-back clause into the deal.

11.16 Steed Malbranque wants to remain at Sunderland, despite speculation he could leave Wearside this summer. He told the Journal: "I am very happy at Sunderland - I do not want to leave this club."

11.03 If Peter Crouch decides to join QPR from Spurs, he take a massive wage cut of around £70k-a-week first, say the Fulham Chronicle.

11.00 Busy day at Blackpool: They've signed 'Whispering' Bob Harris from Queen of the South.

10.56 Wenger on those two players who really don't look like staying at Arsenal: ""In the case of Fabregas, he is torn between Barcelona, where he grew up, and Arsenal, where he has been educated. It's not financial. Nasri is the same - they both love the club and are very happy with us."

10.50 Emmanuel Eboue has reportedly agreed to join Galatasaray but Arsenals €6 million asking price may be a stumbling block.

10.45 Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes he needs to sign three new players regardless of whether Carlos Tevez stays or goes. Aguero leads that list without doubt, but the next two remain something of a mystery.

10.41 Blackpool have signed midfielder Barry Ferguson on a two-year deal from Birmingham City. He'll succeed Charlie Adam, when years ago Adam was supposed to succeed him at Rangers.

10.22 Sky say Matt Taylor is undergoing a medical at West Ham ahead of his proposed move from Bolton. Jay Jay Okocha and Henrik Pedersen are lined up too...

10.17 Twitter talk: Felipe Melo's loan from Juventus to Galatasaray is completed, and Arturo Vidal is signing autographys in Turin, according to Adam Digby, @adz77

10.16 Aston Villa striker Darren Bent believes Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia would be a "fantastic" signing for the club.

10.10 Swansea City are being linked with Real Betis striker Mariano Pavone after the Argentinian's proposed move to Blackburn Rovers fell through.

10.04 Benjani has left Blackburn Rovers after failing to agree new terms with the club.

10.02 Nikola Kalinic is determined to leave Blackburn this summer, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

09.58 Birmingham are considering a swoop for Doncaster striker Billy Sharp, according to the Birmingham Mail.

09.46 Roma must increase their offer if they wish to sign Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, say the Amsterdam club. They initially bid 5 million euros.

09.32 According to both the Daily Mirror and Sun newspapers Stoke City are lining up a move for former Liverpool midfielder Momo Sissoko.

09.26 Romelu Lukaku's agent, Christophe Henrotay, has confirmed a third-party investment group are looking to sign the striker, which would prevent him playing for a Premier League side following the Carlos Tevez affair. "If the [prospective] new owners want him to go to Tajikistan, he can always refuse to go, but if they said he could go to Real Madrid, he'd do so happily," Henrotay said in De Standaard. "He'll always play where he feels happy."

09.16 Milan Jovanovic's agent, Dejan Veljkovic, says a move to Anderlecht remains likely despite interest from a host of other clubs. "Anderlecht is still our priority," he said in De Standaard.

09.10 Juan Mata on that Arsenal talk: "I cannot control the rumours about me. If there is an offer for me, then Valencia will be the first people to know about it and they should value it."

09.09 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted his admiration for Anderlecht's teen sensation Romelu Lukaku but played down the likelihood of making a move for the Belgium striker.

09.08 Spain's Sport says Chelsea and Barcelona have finally agreed the terms of Oriol Romeu's move to Stamford Bridge. The Blues had been extremely reluctant to accept a buy-back option, but Barca get their way and the clause will stand for two years, apparently.

Carlos Tevez - who else - dominates the back pages with some rather unflattering pictures of his summer holiday in Sardinia, where he is carrying the timber from his favourite pair of Mancunian restaurants and that Copa America flop. He's pictured with Marco Branca, the Inter director of football, and that's sent the tabs into paroxysms of speculation. Should Inter buy Tevez, then is Sneijder up for sale. The day after Alexis Sanchez ended a summer of speculation, then Tevez reignites another flame.

Here's a selection of the picks from the UK press:

DAILY EXPRESS: Carlos Tevez's fractious relationship with Manchester City has become so bad manager Roberto Mancini has been unable to even talk to the striker.

DAILY STAR: Everton have laughed off Arsenal's bid to land Phil Jagielka on the cheap... Carlos Tevez is still expecting a stampede for his signature.

DAILY MIRROR: Roberto Mancini says he can't even get hold of Carlos Tevez to discuss the Manchester City striker's future.

THE INDEPENDENT: Chelsea were last night closing on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu.

July 21, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/21/2011

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.


Valencia have revealed they are ready to part company with Juan Mata at the right price © Getty Images

23.35 Well that's all we have time for today, but be sure to check back for another fix of transfer talk tomorrow.

23.29 Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic will arrive at Roma for a medical on Friday, according to Sky Italia. He could train with his new club on Saturday.

23.16 Genoa have made a move for Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino, who is contracted to the Tuscan club until 2013, according to Sky Sport 24.

22.45 Blackpool have finalised the captures of former Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson and Queen of the South's Bob Harris.

22.24 Portuguese club Benfica have joined Italian duo AC Milan and Juventus in the race to sign Torino defender Angelo Ogbonna, according to La Stampa.

21.54 Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims want-away Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has held talks with Inter Milan's technical director Marco Branca.

21.15 Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has urged teenage winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has been strongly linked with a summer move to Arsenal, to spend another year at St Mary's.

20.57 Inter Milan defender Lucio will end the uncertainty surrounding his future by signing a new deal at the San Siro, according to his agent Sandro Becker.

20.15 The agent of Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has ruled out a return to Italy for the 19-year-old. "Federico is with Manchester United and he is very happy in England," Giovanni Bia said.

19.49 Norwich have confirmed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton on a season-long loan deal. Full story

19.35 Barcelona have agreed a deal to sign Alexis Sanchez from Udinese, subject to the winger passing a medical on Monday. Full story

19.08 Valencia might be willing to part with Juan Mata for the right price but it seems the player doesn't want to go and has again insisted he is happy to remain at the Mestalla.

18.16 Rangers have signed USA international Alejandro Bedoya on a pre-contract agreement subject to a work permit, the Ibrox club have confirmed.

17.54 West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has admitted his interest in bringing goalkeeper Ben Foster to The Hawthorns and the Black County club are in talks with Birmingham.

17.30 Rangers have now confirmed they have agreed to sign left-back Lee Wallace from Hearts for £1.5million, subject to passing a medical. Full story

17.10 There a rumours circulating that Chelsea are close to signing Barcelona B defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu. Apparently there are only a few bits and bobs to tie up before securing the 19 year old.

16.29: Stoke are reportedly ready to bid €8 million for Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko, but they face competition from Hamburg, who are apparently offering €6 million.

16.24: Reader Joshua asks: "Question for Soccernet Staff. If Arsenal want Phil Jagielka why don't they offer Bendtner and a little cash in exchange? Wouldn't that be a win/win for both clubs?"

Exchange deals never seem to happen for whatever reason, but that one would certainly make a lot of sense unless Bendtner wants to join a club that will be competing for silverware.

16.22: Pablo Forlan, Diego’s dad, says his son is happy to stay at Atletico Madrid but added: “Some of the people in charge of the club have failed to give Diego the treatment he deserves, and I don’t understand why they seem to be against the idea of keeping champions at the club.

“I don’t understand why De Gea, Simao and Ujfalusi went - they were great players. I say this with all due respect, but it seems like they don’t want a great team. As Diego’s father, I want them to aspire to be a good club.”

16.11: Stefano Okaka is surplus to requirements at Roma but his agent is confident he’ll sort something else out. “I’ve had a lot of interest in Stefano and believe that, by the close of the transfer window, we’ll have something resolved,” he told ForzaRoma.info. “It’s one year until his contract expires, but I hope this will be dealt with by the end of August. There’s no lack of offers.”

16.07: Sky Italia says the Alexis Sanchez deal will be announced tonight. It sounds like Barca and Udinese have agreed a fee and the player has agreed terms, so it shouldn't take much longer.

16.01: It seems Liverpool will most certainly be drowning in a sea of central midfielders come the new season. “Aquilani will definitely stay at Liverpool,” agent Franco Zavaglia told Radio Mana Mana. “Alberto has gotten over his ankle problem and has all the qualities he needs to regain his place in the national team and do well in the Premier League.”

15.54: Blackburn are awaiting a response from Junior Hoilett after the 21-year-old was offered a new contract. “I had a great talk with his mum and dad in Toronto,” Steve Kean said. “He has since received an offer of a very good healthy contract and the signs are that is progressing well.” Hoilett has one year remaining on his current deal.

15.42: Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey’s agent is to discuss a move to Genoa today.

15.29: Arsenal have been rebuffed in their bid for Phil Jagielka it seems, but reader Ian thinks they should be looking abroad for their new centre-back.

"The loan signing of Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos by Werder Bremen should pave the way for Arsenal to pick up Per Mertesacker. He's available on the cheap, as his contract expires next year. 6 million pounds is the price being tossed around."

15.27: Looks like Denmark defender Simon Kjaer will be staying in Germany. "No proposals have arrived from Roma or Juventus and I know Wolfsburg are relying on Kjaer,” agent Mikkel Beck told Calcio Mercato. “I think he will stay with Wolfsburg.”

15.20: Sky Sports News is also reporting that Arsenal have had a bid for Phil Jagielka rejected in the last 24 hours.

15.15: Adel Taarabt is prepared to stay at QPR if his PSG switch falls through. “We're talking with Paris Saint-Germain, but nothing is done,” he told BBC Sport. “We're very close, but if no deal is reached then I will play for QPR in the Premier League.”

15.07: St Johnstone have signed striker Cillian Sheridan on loan from CSKA Sofia until January. He spent time on loan there in 2010 while he was still a Celtic player.

15.04: Palermo boss Stefano Pioli gives us our daily briefing on Javier Pastore. “There is still no certainty with regard to Pastore,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll have to design a side with or without him.”

14.50: Hoffenheim sporting director Ernst Tanner has revealed Ghana striker Prince Tagoe could be on his way despite Partizan Belgrade seeing a €1 million bid rejected. “It is very likely that Prince will still leave us,” Tanner said. “This can happen in the next few days, but may drag on for several weeks.”

14.32: Benni McCarthy has been training with Ajax Cape Town and is not ruling out the possibility he will sign up with the club. Full story here.

14.24: ‘Sources close to the deal’ have told A Bola that Liverpool are ready to pay the €20 million release clause to sign Uruguay international Alvaro Pereira from Porto. He can play at left back or left midfield.

14.19: Werder Bremen have signed Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos on a season-long loan from Genoa. The deal, which also includes an option for the Bundesliga side to make the move permanent next summer, was completed today after the player met Werder general manager Klaus Allofs at the team's pre-season training camp in Donaueschingen.

14.09: Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour has announced on his website that he won't be joining Lokomotiv Moscow "for personal reasons". He says his future remains uncertain, but La Dernière Heure believes Porto are now likely to sign him as a replacement for Joao Moutinho. Does that mean Moutinho's on his way to Chelsea?

14.02: Daniele De Rossi is apparently demanding Roma give him a pay-rise amid interest from Manchester City. "Manchester City are ready to offer Roma €23 million for De Rossi and can give him €9 million per annum over four to five years," a ‘source close to Roma’ told Goal.com. "De Rossi is aware of Mancini's interest. He wants economic and technical guarantees from Roma for him to stay.”

13.55: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told Bild that Arturo Vidal has gone back on a promise by agreeing to join Juventus. "He has broken his word, but as a South American player's agent was involved I had no great hope. Their words usually mean something else.''

13.47: It’s Blackburn gossip day. Skysports.com says striker Nikola Kalinic has handed in a transfer request.

13.31: DONE DEAL Benfica have announced the signing of 33-year-old Spain left-back Joan Capdevila. He's signed a two-year deal and has a €20 million release clause.

13.19: Getafe are set to beat Wigan to the signing of Hercules striker Nelson Valdes. "My agent is dealing with these things but what I can confirm is that I want to play in Spain and not in another country," the Paraguay international said in AS.

13.13: Hearts have accepted a bid from Rangers for defender Lee Wallace.

13.07: Alberto Aquilani is reportedly prepared to accept a pay-cut to seal a move to Fiorentina.

13.01: Roma defender Cicinho is hopeful team-mate Daniele De Rossi will remain at the club next season. "We all hope he remains," he said. "He is a great player and a wonderful person."

12.53: Gazzetta dello Sport says Gabriel Heinze is on his way to Roma to sign a one-year deal.

12.41: Uh oh. Goal.com is reporting that “a group of third party investors have joined the race to sign Belgian teenager Romelu Lukaku”. That can only be beneficial for the young man.

12.36: Tottenham are, according to Football Italia, reportedly now ready to bid for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic.

12.19: Charles N’Zogbia is reportedly ready to go on strike to seal his move to Villa, but Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is standing firm on his £10 million valuation. “Aston Villa are still offering £9 million and I want £10 million,” he told Goal.com. “They offered nine, and I said 'No thanks, you will have to make it 10 and then you can talk to him'. Other clubs are interested so there is no way I will be going down to £9 million.”

12.12: QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt is meeting with Paris St Germain sporting director Leonardo right now, according to Sky Sports News.

12.01: Corriere dello Sport says Inter are interested in signing Carlos Tevez again but City want money rather than Wesley Sneijder. There was talk Tevez already failed to agree terms with Inter, and it’s not clear whether his family would fancy living in Milan, but don’t shoot the messenger.

11.57: On Sunday, Ganso apparently told Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva that he will only leave Santos for AC Milan and is willing to wait. He might be waiting quite a while by the sounds of Galliani's quotes earlier.

11.53: Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi’s representative, Federico Pastorello, is apparently set to travel to Spain today to finalise the details of his move to Juventus.

11.44: RMC reports that Paris St Germain are closing in on the signing of Blaise Matuidi from St Etienne.

11.41: ...and Andoni Zubizarreta has been photographed meeting Alexis Sanchez' agent. The finish line is in sight.

11.38: Sport says Pep Guardiola had lunch with Cesc Fabregas to talk about the Barca project in spring 2010 and they have been in contact by phone ever since, which sounds awfully like tapping up.

11.30: The Premier League clubs battling Blackburn for Pavone are, according to skysports.com, Liverpool, Fulham and Swansea.

11.26: Gsp.ro says Blackburn, Schalke and Marseille are keen on Romania striker Ciprian Marica, who is a free agent after leaving Stuttgart. Apparently he was in Munich to negotiate with Rovers. The 25-year-old had his best years to date with Shakhtar Donetsk.

11.22: We had some of this last night, but here's a little more: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says they are not interested in signing Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo or Santos midfielder Ganso. "There are no negotiations in place to sign Montolivo," he said. "Milan does have a vacant place for a non-European player but it's not Ganso."

11.19: The Lancashire Telegraph thinks Blackburn's attempts to sign Mariano Pavone could end in failure with several other English clubs in the mix.

11.16: You'll never guess what Pedro's been asked about at a press conference. "Cesc? Of course we'd like him to join us soon, but it's a complicated situation and it doesn't depend on us," he said.

11.10: Real Sociedad are reported to be keen to sign Inter Milan midfielder Sulley Muntari.

11.00: TV3 says Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu is in London for a fourth meeting with Arsenal about you-know-who.

10.57: FC Groningen managing director Hans Nijland insists his club will not be signing out-of-contract goalkeeper Piet Velthuizen.

10.51: Carlos Tevez looks to be in a bit of a quandary after his move to Corinthians collapsed, but Kia Joorabchian reckons he'll be just fine. Full story here.

10.40: Geert Arend Roorda looks set to stay at Heerenveen next season after talks over a move to Belgian side Standard Liege broke down.

10.34: Roma are still trying to secure a deal for Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, his agent has confirmed. Rob Jansen, quoted in Voetbal International, said: “The negotiations are still very difficult. The clubs are still far apart, but today we continue to negotiate in Amsterdam. Ajax has no set deadline.”

10.24: Twitter talk ESPNsoccernet journalist @andybrassell tweets: “Lucho González's agent was on RMC last night claiming 4 clubs (2 Eng, 2 Ita) are speaking to him. Only 1 of 4 CL-qualified; one of Eng ones”

10.19: Reports in Spain say Alexis Sanchez will move to Barcelona today.

10.15: Harry Redknapp reckons both Manchester clubs are still eager to sign Luka Modric. "Everyone wants Luka,” he told The Sun. “Just ask Alex Ferguson what he thinks of him, ask Roberto Mancini at Manchester City - they all want him. He could play for Barcelona. Luka wants the chance to win things and he is ambitious. All I'll say is that we are too at Tottenham.”

10.00: We've had plenty of BBC stuff this morning, and just to keep things Beebed up, we'll bring you a series of interesting Chelsea-related tweets from 5 Live reporter Ian McGarry .

"On Aguero: #CFC bid for him last summer. He didn't want to leave Atleti. They then spent £50m on striker in Jan who was not manager's choice"

"#CFC have made an offer for Lukaku of around £10m + add ons. Possibility the player will stay with Anderlecht until Jan or longer on loan."

"AVB priority is to buy a left sided attacking midfielder at top in 4-3-3. Lukaku is investment for future. Modric seen as left side middle 3"

09.56: Arturo Vidal is set to leave Bayer Leverkusen for Juventus. Full story here.

09.49: Twitter talk The BBC's philmcnulty tweets: "Everton, as stated by @MattLawExpress have indeed rejected £10m bid from Arsenal for Jagielka. Offer turned down last summer was £12m."

09.44: Fabricio Coloccini doesn't seem to think his Argentina team-mate Carlos Tevez will be too keen on a move to another European club. "Carlos is thinking about his family and nothing else," he said in The Sun. "He needs to be back in South America or at least close to his kids in Argentina. It has been so difficult for him to continue while they live so far away from him. I know if I was in his situation, I too would find it very hard to cope."

09.33: Read all about Romelu Lukaku keeping his options open here. You might want to note that the quotes are from December, so it's actually not quite as interesting as it would have been if he'd said this, say, yesterday.

09.22: The ever-reliable BBC seem to be getting involved in a lot of transfer talk lately, and here is what they have had to say about the goings-on at Eastlands.

"Manchester City are hoping to finalise the signing of Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero despite the collapse of Carlos Tevez's move to Corinthians. BBC Sport understands no deal has been struck yet but negotiations are progressing smoothly."

09.13: Sky Sports News says Anderlecht are valuing Romelu Lukaku at just over 20 million. We presume that's £20 million rather than €20 million, but we can only guess.

09.07: Inter boss Gian Piero Gasperini praised Wesley Sneijder after the 4-1 friendly victory over Cremonese yesterday. Inter adopted a 3-4-3 formation and there had been suggestions Sneijder wouldn't fit in to the new coach's tactical plans, but Gasperini said: “Sneijder does very well in the centre and was the freshest player on the park. Seeing him play with such hunger is encouraging, as he’s doing what we need right now.”

09.05: Fulham left-back John Arne Riise says some Liverpool fans wanted him back at Anfield. "I've heard people say they haven't really replaced me but that is not my concern," he said. "If they wanted me back they could have made an effort. I know a few of the fans wanted me back."

08.51: Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diouf has been linked with a move to Blackpool but he said: "I never heard anything about that. I am here. People are just saying things. I have to know before anyone else. It is not a big deal. I am confident I can play at Manchester United."

08.40: And here's the big paper round-up, with the Daily Star winning the award for most sensational story of the morning as they claim City want to sign both Aguero and Sneijder.

Daily Star: Manchester City are lining up an £80m double bid for Sergio Aguero and Wesley Sneijder, Alberto Aquilani is still likely to leave Anfield but Liverpool will not sanction another loan deal, Chelsea are desperately trying to beat City to the signing of Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

Daily Mail: Inter Milan want Manchester United to put their money on the table if they want Wesley Sneijder, Manchester City have told Carlos Tevez he must report back for training after his move to Corinthians collapsed, Birmingham have made former England goalkeeper Ben Foster available for loan for £1 million.

The Sun: Carlos Tevez remains determined to leave Manchester City, Harry Redknapp has told Luka Modric to be patient while Spurs look to fulfil their ambitions, the Arsenal board is putting pressure on Arsene Wenger to start spending.

The Guardian: Manchester City plan to sign Sergio Aguero even if Carlos Tevez cannot secure a move, Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor is close to sealing a move to Championship side West Ham.

Daily Mirror: Blackburn are trying to sign Raul from Schalke, Romelu Lukaku remains open to interest from Spurs and Arsenal despite Chelsea finally making a bid, Carlos Tevez could be frozen out at Manchester City with Sergio Aguero set to join, Cesc Fabregas has begged Arsene Wenger to let him join Barcelona, Daniele De Rossi has put City and Chelsea on alert after stalling on a contract renewal at Roma.

Daily Telegraph: Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia is ready to go on strike to force a move to Aston Villa.

08.18 Good morning and welcome to the blog. We'll have a full transfer round-up with you soon enough, but for now you can read about how Valencia are ready to part company with Juan Mata. Full story here.

July 20, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/20/2011

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.


Wantaway Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor is yearning for a reunion with Jose Mourinho but will it be Harry Redknapp who offers him an Eastlands exit? © Getty Images

23.40 Well, that's all we have time for tonight but be sure to check back tomorrow morning when there is certain to be more on Man City's interest in Sergio Aguero and, you never know, Alexis Sanchez might actually sign for Barcelona.

23.21 Wolfsburg want €15 million from AS Roma for Danish defender Simon Kjaer, according to Tuttomercato. The former Palermo player apparently wants to return to Serie A.

23.06 The Sergio Aguero rumours are beginning to snowball with numerous UK newspapers opting run with the notion that he is Manchester City's number one target. The Daily Star even claim that City are lining up an £80 million double swoop for the Argentina international and Wesley Sneijder.

22.51 Turkish giants Galatasaray have signed Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera from Lazio in a deal worth £6 million.

23.38 - Twitter talk AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has ruled aout a move for Santos star Ganso. "There will be a place for an non-European Union player but it will not be Ganso," Galliani said.

21.50 Dutch club AZ Alkmaar have confirmed the signing of USA striker Jozy Altidore from Villarreal on a four-year contract. Full story

21.39 Despite being linked with a €20m move to Paris Saint-Germain, Lazio director Igli Tare claims “there has been no formal offer for Mauro Zarate.”

21.13 The BBC are reporting that Rangers have failed to re-sign Kenny Miller after Bursaspor rejected their bid and accepted a higher offer from Cardiff City.

20.55 Dubai club Al Ahli have made a surprise offer for Inter Milan defender Lucio, who only has one more year to run on his contract, according to Sky Sport24.

20.07 Roma director Walter Sabatini has flown into Amsterdam to negotiate a deal for Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, Sky Italia reports.

19.40 The Javier Pastore transfer saga contniues to rumble on with Palermo coach Stefano Pioli resigned to losing the playmaker, who has been linked with nearly all of Europe's top teams. "....we cannot have any guarantees that he will be a future part of the squad for at least another 10 days," Pioli told Radio Radio.

19.10 Highly-rated duo Ganso and Neymar will not leave Santos before the Club World Cup, according to director of football Pedro Luiz Conceicao. "We feel 100% secure and have total faith that the squad we currently have will stay, at least until the end of the year," he said.

18.40 Despite the sale of Carlos Tevez falling through, Sky Sports claim that Manchester City are to enter formal negotiations with Atletico Madrid over Sergio Aguero.

18.09 Manchester City striker Jo has completed an his move to Brazilian side Internacional. Full story

17.43 Chelsea have put in a bid for Anderlecht's 18-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, according to the BBC. Full story

17.32 Liverpool forward Milan Jovanovic appears to be edging closer the exit at Anfield with a return to Anderlecht looking likely. Full story

17.21 A bit more news on Arturo Vidal's proposed move from Bayer Leverkusen to Juve from sporting director Rudi Voller: "An agreement between Bayer and Juve has not yet been reached, but it is very near." Full story

17.11 Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor has flown home from the club's pre-season tour of America in order to seal a move to West Ham.

16.56 Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed the signing of 21-year-old forward Yuki Otsu from J.League side Kashiwa Reysol on a three-year contract.

16.45 More from Fulham boss Martin Jol: "I am happy with the business we've done so far but, as you know, we've lost six or seven players. We need a couple of players to get a very good young squad."

16.33 Il Corriere dello Sport reports that Wolfsburg may be tempted to part with Simon Kjaer if Juventus lodge a €10m bid for the Denmark centre-back.

16.24 Villarreal are said to have made a €12m offer for Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino.

16.18: DONE DEAL Arsenal have now officially confirmed that Denilson has joined Sao Paulo on loan.

15.59 Marca says Atletico Madrid have now given up hope of retaining Sergio Aguero, and have lined up three potential replacements: Falcao (who has just signed a new deal with Porto including a €45m release clause), Giuseppe Rossi or, more likely, Espanyol striker Pablo Osvaldo.

15.43 The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed Liverpool have 800 central midfielders. The local Wolves paper, the Express & Star, says Mick McCarthy is looking to sign Jay Spearing on loan, which would help ease the congestion.

15.28 Cardiff have emerged as favourites to sign Scotland striker Kenny Miller from Bursaspor after the Turkish club told Rangers to up their offer if they want to take him back to Ibrox.

15.17 A near sure-fire way of getting one of your comments published is by appealing to our love of sarcasm. Good work Justin:

"I find the news that Steve Kean has made "two sizeable bids" positively delightful. No doubt Venky's have given him another whopping 5 mil to run wild in the market with."

15.06 Marco Materazzi ended his contract with Inter a year early after being told he wasn't in Leonardo's plans, but the 37-year-old centre-back is now talking up the chances of an alternative role at the San Siro.

"Leaving Inter a year early was not my decision," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Leonardo betrayed me. I don’t know the real reason why Leonardo wanted me out. I never caused any trouble when I didn’t play.

"If I don’t find a new club by the end of August then I already have an agreement to return to Inter to work alongside player scout Piero Ausilio."

15.00 Left-back Jose Angel Valdes has completed his €4.5m move from Sporting Gijon to Roma and says he snubbed Barcelona. “It’s true that Barcelona came in for me, but Roma showed a desire to take a gamble on me," he said.

14.54 Nicolas Anelka's not planning to leave either. "I still have a one-year contract with Chelsea and want to give my best to the team in all competitions," he said. "I can still play an important part for the team."

14.52 Ashley Cole flirted with the idea of joining Real Madrid last summer, but he's now convinced he'll never leave Stamford Bridge. "I want to end my playing career with Chelsea," he said. "There are still many more years of football in me and I want to be part of Chelsea as this is the club that can pose a threat to all the big names in the game at all levels."

14.46 Panathinaikos have taken Al-Sadd winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie on a season-long loan. They'll have the option to buy the former Arsenal and Portsmouth man if he impresses.

14.41 Drogba and Malouda set to play together at newly-promoted Ligue 1 club Dijon in 2011-12... That's Freddy Drogba and Lesly Malouda, brothers of famous Chelsea duo.

14.32 Keep the comments coming folks, we've had a cracker here from Dipen Patel. It's a collector's item - an impassioned defence of Liverpool's forgotten man Alberto Aquilani:

"I'm tired of people referring to Alberto Aquilani as a £17m flop. People must bear in mind that when he joined Liverpool he was still months away from recovering from a serious injury. Add adapting to a new country and you can understand his slow start. Hes a great player on form and is worth giving a chance over a full season. Looking at the liverpool squad, apart from Suarez there are no flair players. Lots of British grit, but that wont win you many european trophies. If Aquilani does come right he'll give Liverpool that X factor they are lacking. Give him a chance!"

14.17 Earlier we noted that Bolton had been linked with a £5m bid for Barca starlet Jeffren Suarez. One club who have confirmed they are NOT chasing him, however, is Fulham. Cottagers Martin Jol said: "There's no interest. He's a good, young player on the fringe of their first-team but he's not on our list."

14.02 Borussia Moenchengladbach have signed Japanese forward Yuki Otsu on a three-year deal from Kashiwa Reysolvon. The Bundesliga side's director Max Eberl remarked that Otsu "left a good impression as a trial player".

13.51 Tiago has signed for Atletico Madrid already. That was quick as Juventus only just announced his departure. The Portugal midfielder was on loan at the Vicente Calderon last season.

13.40 Mauro Boselli looks certain to end his unhappy spell at Wigan to return to former club Estudiantes this weekend. Big shame for the striker, who was prolific in Argentina but became one of the Premier League's biggest ever flops after a shocking season following his £6m move last summer.

13.29 FULL STORY on Daniel Sturridge's intention to fight for his first-team place at Chelsea.

13.16 It appears Uruguay hotshot Edinson Cavani is staying at Napoli for the time being after his agent revealed no offers have been put forward for the striker. Claudio Anellucci told calciomercato.it: "What about the interest from Manchester United? I have not had any contact with any Italian or foreign clubs. These are just rumours circulating, there is nothing true."

13.02 Juventus have terminated the contract of former Chelsea midfielder Tiago, who has been tipped to move to Atletico Madrid.

12.53 Monaco have been focusing most of their attention on holding onto players after their relegation from Ligue 1 last season, but they have now brought in Eric Mareste from Troyes to help their bid for promotion back to the French top flight.

12.41 Fulham manager Martin Jol has announced that Czech Under-21 international Marcel Gecov has joined from Slovan Liberec for an undisclosed fee.

12.29 Juventus are closing in on the signing of Bayer Leverkusen's Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to reports in the Italian media. Bayern Munich had previously looked certain to sign him.

12.26 Barcelona midfielder Xavi has defended his recent remarks about Cesc Fabregas, insisting he was only acting in the interest of the Arsenal captain. FULL STORY HERE

12.14 Not for the first time, Harry Redknapp has described Luka Modric as irreplaceable and reiterated his desire for the Croatia playmaker to stay at Spurs.

Reknapp said: “If he eaves we are in trouble. He’s such a good player, we have to keep Modric.”
We need Luka to stay because he is irreplaceable, a top, top player, great professional and great boy, and we really need to do our best to keep him at the club.

"We need to keep our best players, we can’t afford to lose our best players, that's for sure. When he came out there today he made such a difference to us. He is such a fantastic player; he gets on the ball and makes us play. He and [Rafael] van der Vaart are real quality, we need them for sure."

12.01 Deportivo Saprissa's highly-rated Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell is still the subject of interest despite passing up an Arsenal offer, according to Joachim Batica, a FIFA agent working as an intermediary for Deportivo.

Batica said: "He has lost a great opportunity. From the outside he seems to be passing up the best opportunity of his life, but I still don't know how the matter will end. I will do my best to give Joel other opportunities. I will continue working to see if there is any chance of re-opening negotiations.

"There is also an offer from Fiorentina for Campbell. Joel is aware of the offer and is discussing it with his family. It is a good deal, both from a sporting and economical perspective. There is also strong interest in France for Joel."

11.52 Daniel Sturridge has told Sky Sports News he is prepared to fight for his place in the Chelsea first-team next season.

11.42 The Liverpool Echo reports that Fiorentina will make an approach for Anfield outcast Alberto Aquilani in the next few days. But a stumbling block could arise in the form of La Viola wanting to take him on loan for a year before completing a deal, as the Reds are keen to offload the £17m flop immediately.

11.35 Sevilla forward Diego Capel is on his way to Sporting Lisbon, with the La Liga club's coach Marcelino Garcia Toral confirming his exit: "Capel was an important football player for Sevilla but a deal has been reached.'' Sevilla are thought to be keen on bringing Giovani Dos Santos to the Ramón Sánchez.

11.27 More news coming from Ewood Park as Steve Kean says he is hopeful of soon adding to his Blackburn squad, revealing "two sizeable bids" have been lodged.

11.14 Keep the comments coming in, we think reader Ryan would fit in well in the ESPNsoccernet office if his cynicism regarding transfers is anything to go by:

"That Moratti quote from Sneijder... just reminding us all he's still there? There seems to be a hell of a lot of pimping going on from Italian bosses, in particular with Pastore. It's getting tiresome. Still, hope Fergie's taking the punt on Wes...."

11.07 Blackburn boss Steve Kean says he has not yet received any bids for Chris Samba - who was heavily tipped to join Arsenal at the end of last season. FULL STORY HERE

10.56 Sunderland defender Titus Bramble wants to see former Wigan team-mate Charles N'Zogbia join him at the Stadium of Light. FULL STORY HERE

10.48 Inter Milan chief Massimo Moratti reiterates that he wants to keep hold of Wesley Sneijder. Moratti said: "I hope he stays. At the moment it seems to me there are many voices and little money."

10.36 Catania have snapped up young Spanish winger Keko after his release from Atletico Madrid. The 20-year-old, who has represented Spain at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level, played on-loan with Cartagena and Girona last season.

10.25 Real Madrid have definitely agreed on a 45 million euro fee for Brazil striker Neymar, according to Marca. But apparently the clubs are at odds over when the player should sign - Real want him now but Santos want to hold onto him until January.

10.16 Mario Balotelli reckons Man City can cope without Carlos Tevez if/when he leaves Eastlands. FULL STORY HERE

10.07 Robin Hackett's Nottingham Forest-inspired jig of delight is back on show in the ESPNsoccernet office as the Championship side confirm that midfielder George Boateng has become the latest player to join Shteve McClaren's City Ground revolution.

09.58 Remember, you can get your comments in using the tool below and you can also follow us on Twitter - @ESPNsoccernet is the place to go. Reader MVPXanadu thinks he can see what will happen if Emmanuel Adebayor signs for Spurs:

"Can't wait for the North London derby where Adebayor will score and run the whole pitch to celebrate in front of the Arsenal supporters (for the second time)!"

09.46 L'Equipe reports that Malaga are still working on bringing Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla to the club, with discussions between the two clubs apparently scheduled to happen today.

09.38 Steven Defour has been heavily linked with Lokomotiv Moscow but comments from his coach at Standard Liege, Jose Riga, have led to increased speculation that he could follow former team-mate Axel Witsel to Portugal instead, with Sporting tipped to make a move. Riga said: "I think he will leave. Not to Moscow but somewhere which is familiar to Standard..."

09.24 And the Lazio exodus may continue as France Football says PSG are closing in on striker Mauro Zarate. Apparently the nouveau riche Ligue 1 outfit have bid between 17 and 18 million euros for the Argentinian, who if he stays at the Stadio Olimpico will face competition from new signins Djibril Cisse and Miroslav Klose.

09.12 Galatasaray have captured Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera from Lazio on a five-year contract.

09.01 One of the summer's ongoing transfer sagas looks to be drawing to a close as Barcelona have reached an agreement over the signing of Chile winger Alexis Sanchez, according to the son of Udinese club owner Giampaolo Pozzo. FULL STORY HERE

08.55 Let's move onto Europe now, and Porto have beaten rivals Bennfica to the €13m signing of highly-rated Santos full-back Danilo. FULL STORY HERE

08.46 The paper round-up brought news that Liverpool have offered a trial to Mexican wunderkind Marco Bueno, and they are apparently looking to sign the 17-year-old Pachuca striker on a five-year deal. FULL STORY HERE.

08.35 Southampton teen prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says he is keen to seal a move to one of the Premier League's big clubs. He said: "I've heard Arsenal are in for me and to join a top-four club is what I hope for". FULL STORY HERE

08.20 Right, now it's time for our customary sweep around the English press:

The Sun: Mario Balotelli says he wants Carlos Tevez to stay at Man City but is also not particularly bothered if the Argentinian ends up leaving the club; Aston Villa and Spurs are both chasing Lyon's Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, though they are in competition with Lazio for his signature; Mark Noble says West Ham have "got to make five or six signings - good quality signings" if they are to bounce straight back to the Premier League,

Daily Mail: Stoke are keen on Spurs striker Peter Crouch and will bid £10m bid for the England international; precocious Mexican striker Marco Bueno - cue "the new Javier Hernandez'" tags - has been offered a 10-day trial at Liverpool; Sir Alex Ferguson says he would have understood if Dimitar Berbatov had left Manchester United in the wake of him being dropped from the Champions League final squad.

Daily Mirror: Man City boss Roberto Mancini has been planning for the new season without Carlos Tevez and will probably strip him of the captaincy if he does not leave; Bolton are about to pull off a coup by signing Barca starlet Jeffren Suarez for £5m; Swansea have had a bid of £1.8m for Newcastle’s Wayne Routledge accepted, though Nottm Forest are also in the hunt.

08.10 And before we take a look around today's papers, Our featured picture above relates to the news that Harry Redknapp is keen to bring Emmanuel Adebayor back to London. The Togos striker had ane xcellent scoring record against Spurs for Arsenal, so we're not sure how well he would be received at White Hart Lane...FULL STORY HERE

08.05 Hello everyone and welcome to what is sure to be another action-packed day of the summer transfer window.

Let's start things off with the news that Carlos Tevez's proposed move to Corinthians has COLLAPSED! We really wish Carlos would just leave now and stop prolonging the agony of Man City fans and the rest of us. FULL STORY HERE.

July 19, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/19/2011

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.


Manchester City want assurances from Corinthians that they will actually be able to pay a £39 million transfer fee for Carlos Tevez. © Getty Images

23.59 That's it for tonight. Brace yourselves for another exciting day of Tevez drama on Tuesday.

23.46 Some late reports coming in that Carlos Tevez's move to Corinthians will not go ahead because the Brazilian club do not have a downpayment of £8.7 million. But if they don't even have that.....

23.33 A big money signing for FC Porto has just slipped in. They have signed Santos midfielder Danilo for €13 million. The right-sided player's arrival means Jorge Fucile will head to Serie A. Porto told their stock exchange: "Porto come to inform that it has reached an agreement with Santos for the acquisition of the sporting rights of athlete Danilo Luiz da Silva. This agreement sees the payment of a fee of €13m."

23.16 Reports reaching us that 17-year-old Mexican striker Marco Bueno is to have a trial with Liverpool ahead of a possible move. Trying to copy Man United?

22.52 Rangers boss Ally McCoist hopes to complete a deal to re-sign Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar well before the weekend.

22.27 An update on Schalke and Liverpool target Nolan Roux now, who is refusing to train with his club, Brest, in order to win a move away. "Nolan is still a Brest player, but he is not training with the rest of the team," said Brest coach Alex Dupont. "We can't just wait for something to happen so we are trying to find solutions."

21.29 The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Liverpool will not be making a move for Aly Cissokho.

21.14 Tottenham and Aston Villa are reportedly considering a bid for Lyon midfield maestro Miralem Pjanic.

20.52 Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo: “I’ve received an offer from Europe that will vastly improve my salary. We’re finalising the details.”

20.43 Barcelona have confirmed that Jeffren can leave the club this summer. "We are working with his agent and we will look for the best place for him to continue his career," said Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

20.24 Remember Sylvain Wiltord? We told you he was in talks with Nantes well now he's signed a one-year deal with the French club.

20.12 French champions Lille have announced the signing of free agent Laurent Bonnart after he left relegated Monaco.

19.59 Catania have formally signed Atletico Madrid and Spain Under-21 international winger Keko on a permanent basis.

19.43 As expected, Robert Acquafresca has completed his transfer from Genoa to Bologna on loan with an option to buy half his contract.

19.31 Big waste of money here for Juve as they formally terminate their contract with Tiago Mendes, who cost them 13 million euros.

19.22 Goalkeeper Carlos Kameni will not be moving from Espanyol to AS Roma after the player failed to agree personal terms with the Serie A side.

19.08 Flamengo are said to be close to signing Amauri from Juventus.

19.01 Marcos Arouca is set to join Fiorentina, according to his agent. The midfielder is valued at six million euros by his club, Santos.

18.43 Barry Ferguson's still in talks with Blackpool over a move to the seaside.

18.24 Liverpool have sold misfit defender Chris Mavinga to Rennes for an undisclosed fee.

17.59 Chelsea captain John Terry rates Luka Modric as a "world-class player" and would welcome the Tottenham midfielder at Stamford Bridge.

17.41 Steven Davis has signed a new five-year contract with Rangers, ending any specualtion of a move away.

17.27 Wayne Routledge says he does not know if he will be at Newcastle next season, even though Swansea have had a bid accepted. "People I honestly have no idea yet where I will be playing my football next season," he wrote on Twitter. "It's frustrating but all I can do is train hard, get my fitness up and take each day as it comes! And when I know, so will you!"

17.02 Former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has signed for Greek Super League side AEK Athens on a two-year deal.

16.49 Belgium youngster Paul-Jose M'Poku has left Tottenham and returned to former club Standard Liege.

16.38 Sir Alex Ferguson has tipped Tom Cleverley to follow Danny Welbeck into the England squad and confirmed neither player will be leaving Manchester United on loan this season.

16.30 Sir Alex Ferguson says Darron Gibson has been left in limbo after suitors Sunderland 'moved the goalposts'. Fergie said: "From what I can gather, they gave him an offer and then changed it."

16.20 Brest chairman Michael Guyot says the club will not allow striker Nolan Roux to leave unless their €8 million valuation of the player is met. Bundesliga side Schalke have been linked with the 23-year-old, as have Marseille and Liverpool.

16.12 Manchester City are demanding that Corinthians increase their Carlos Tevez bid to £47 million, bring forward the first of the four agreed instalments and provide a bank guarantee to show they have the funds for the transfer. Full story

15.59 Atletico Madrid have completed the signing of Spain Under-21 striker Adrian Lopez. He played for relegated Deportivo La Coruna last season. Full story

15.38 Arsenal appear to have failed in their bid to sign Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell. Arsenal had been expected to tie up a £900,000 deal for Campbell, who plays for Deportivo Saprissa, but it is thought a rival club has offered superior terms. Full story

15.32 Hannover defensive midfielder Manuel Schmiedebach has no interest in signing a new contract this summer and wants to see how the club start the season before making a decision. Full story

15.21 Villarreal have agreed a deal for Osasuna attacking midfielder Javier Camunas. Full story

15.08 Liverpool reserve goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi has joined Championship side Hull on loan after signing an extended contract at Anfield. Full story

14.59 - Twitter talk: Italian journalist Alfredo Pedullà says AC Milan and Genoa are talking about a move for Sao Paulo attacking midfielder Lucas.

14.44 Icelandic striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has signed for AEK Athens. The 32-year-old was available on a free transfer.

14.37 QPR manager Neil Warnock insists any move for trialist Danny Gabbidon is at an early stage. Full story

14.22 Belgian goalkeeper Stijn Stijnen has rejected the chance to go on trial at Celtic. He's still without a club after leaving Club Brugge in February following his anonymous internet postings on the club's message board. Full story

14.12 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims a top European club made a €45m offer for Javier Pastore on Monday. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Malaga have all linked with the playmaker. Full story

13.58 Swansea City have had an increased bid of £1.8 million for Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge accepted and a re close to completing the deal, reports the Daily Mail.

13.40 Another Santos star set to stay? Ganso on his future: "I don't know what's happening yet. I have to talk to the board, but my thinking now is to stay with Santos.''

13.34 Could it be the end of another transfer saga? Returning home following Brazil's elimination from the Copa America, Neymar told journalists: "I'm staying at Santos." He said he would reveal his future when he landed, so let's just hope that's it. Full story

13.25 AC Milan statement: “A.C. Milan announces that it has sold, on a temporary basis, Rodney Strasser to US Lecce.”

13.13 Pep Guardiola says Arsenal have agreed to negotiate over the sale of Cesc Fabregas but insists Barcelona's priority is a forward. Full story

12.57 Watford have signed Scotland striker Chris Iwelumo from Burnley, for a reported fee of £500,000. Iwelumo, 32, has signed a two-year deal and leaves Turf Moor after just 12 months. Full story

12.38 Atletico Madrid want to sign Brazilian playmaker Diego from Wolfsburg, according to AS. The former Juventus player has also been linked with a €10m move to Fiorentina.

12.25 Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin has revealed he would be interested in a move to Paris St Germain. He said: "I told him [the coach] that in the case of a good offer being received, I was keen to leave." Full story

12.12 Defensive midfielder Guy Moussi has signed a new three-year deal with Nottingham Forest. He was out of contract at the end of June and had been linked with Everton and Wigan.

12.01 Lazio president Claudio Lotito says there have not been any offers for Argentina forward Mauro Zarate despite links with Paris St Germain. Full story

11.50 - Twitter talk: European football journalist Andy Brassell says Nantes trialist Sylvain Wiltord, scorer of superb goal in a friendly defeat against Brest on Monday, looks set to sign one-year deal with club.

11.30 FC Twente striker Marc Janko claims to have turned down an approach from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. "I am not interested. It is dangerous there and you would have to live with bodyguards on the street," he told Voetbal International. Full story

11.11 Liverpool will not be following up their interest in £9 million-rated Lyon defender Aly Cissokho and will look elsewhere for a left-back, according to the Liverpool Echo.

11.00 Maicon is unlikely to leave Inter Milan this summer, according to his agent. The 30-year-old defender had said he would discuss a potential move to Real Madrid following the Copa America. Full story

10.55 Rumours abound that Fiorentina are likely to make a move for Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who is reportedly unhappy with the valuation put on him by Spurs.

10.42 Milan Jovanovic held discussions with Anderlecht in Brussels on Monday. De Standaard says he is also due to speak to Lille, a Greek club and Al Shabab.

10.35 Brazilian striker Maycon Carvalho Inez has signed a one-year deal with the Melbourne Heart. Full story

10.17 Blackburn Rovers transfer market inactivity has put Hugo Pavone’s move in doubt with the Argentine striker still waiting to be given the green light to complete his Ewood Park switch, despite being a free agent.

10.08 Napoli star Marek Hamsik has revealed he is content to stay at the club despite expressing an interest in joining AC Milan earlier this summer. Full story

09.53 AC Milan as set to make a cash plus player bid for Fiorentina Riccardo Montolivo, who was recently stripped of the captaincy at the Tuscan club, according to il Corriere dello Sport .

09.33 Chelsea are intending to send new goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on loan to Atletico Madrid next season. Courtois, 19, is set to join Chelsea from Genk after Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he was undergoing a medical at Stamford Bridge. Full story

09.14 Abola report that Juventus are looking to offload Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo, with Corinthians, Santos, Paris Saint Germain and Galatasaray all mentioned as possible destinations.

08.55 Chelsea are making a late bid to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal, according to The Mirror. The Chile international, who scored against Mexico in the group phase of the current Copa America finals, had been close to joining Juventus and has also been linked with Arsenal.

08.42 Roberto Mancini says he expects to make a bid for Sergio Aguero in the next few days as Manchester City prepare for life after Carlos Tevez. Full story

08.30 It is being widely reported that Blackburn Rovers have made a £7 million move to sign CSKA Moscow Japanese star Keisuke Honda.

08.15 More form Manchester United and manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that for now, a deal for Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder remains some way off. “There’s nothing on the horizon at the moment, so we carry on with the players we’ve got,” said the United boss.

08.00 Manchester United are believed to be tracking Brazilian midfielder Paulo Henrique Ganso and could be set to launch a £25million bid for the Santos player, according to Metro.

The Carlos Tevez transfer Saga rumbles on in this morning's newspapers. The deal was on and then off in the space of a few hours on Monday and today the The Times claim that the saga is dragging on because Manchester City want assurances from Corinthians that they will actually be able to pay a £39 million transfer fee before they sanction the transfer.

According the The Sun: The parties were on Monday night trying to thrash out the smallprint before Brazil's transfer window shuts on Wednesday. But if Corinthians cannot prove they have the funds, the deal may collapse. Negotiations look like they could go down to the wire.

One of the other ongoing saga's of the transfer window, Cesc Fabregas' possible return to Barcelona, could also finally come to close this week, according to The Independent. Barca are expected to make an offer to Arsenal of around £35 million, their third bid of the summer, which it is anticipated will finally prompt the endgame of the long-running transfer.

The Daily Mirror claim that Tottenham are going to make a cheeky bid for former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor but he wants his current club Manchester City to help fund the deal. Spurs boss Redknapp is keen to do a deal and there have been discussions between the clubs - although any transfer is dependent on reaching agreement on his wages.

July 18, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/18/2011

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.


Corinthians have bid in excess of £40m accepted to pave way for Argentine's City exit © Getty Images

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

23.42 Bolton are attempting to get Barcelona's Jeffren over to their training camp in the USA in a bid to persuade him to sign for them on loan.

23.11 DONE DEAL: Arsenal midfielder Denilson has signed for Sao Paulo on a season-long loan. "I am very pleased to return. I want to help Sao Paulo become Brazilian champions," Denilson told Lancenet. "I have returned because of my family and Sao Paulo. This is the club where I was raised, where I started, who have a very beautiful history. I am realising a dream."

22.47 The Portuguese clubs continue to look for new talent, as Joan Capdevila is being lined up as Fabio Coentrao's replacement at Benfica.

22.23 Lyon have told their supporters to expect little in the way of transfer market activity this summer. "There will not be much movement," said Bernard Lacombe, an advisor to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. "We are looking for an extra defensive midfielder to provide competition for Maxime Gonalons, as well as a central defender.''

22.09 Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to join AEK Athens and bring some joy to Greek football when he completes a medical on Tuesday. Expect that one to be finalised tomorrow.

22.04 Former West Ham United midfielder Valon Behrami is obviously a Scott Bakula fan, claiming: "[Alberto] Aquilani to Fiorentina? He has excellent qualities. With him I'm sure we could make a quantum leap."

21.19 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers tonight confirmed that midfielder Joe Allen has signed a new contract with the club. He told BBC Five Live: ''Joe is fantastic. He is a player who at a lot of clubs would not be deemed big enough or strong enough. I was aware of his talent (before joining Swansea last summer), but, while he is not at the same level, he is that Xavi or Iniesta type of player.''

20.58 Here's a bit of a shock. Sevilla winger Diego Capel is poised to join Sporting Lisbon for 6 million euros. ''It all happened so fast. He will travel tomorrow [Tuesday] to Portugal and will be presented in Lisbon on Wednesday. He will sign for five years," Capel's uncle Carioca Capel told Maisfutebol.

20.27 Jonathan Woodgate has admitted he snubbed interest from elsewhere to continue his career with Stoke. ''I decided to go for a fresh challenge and spoke to Tony Pulis a few times," Woodgate told The Sentinel. "He sold me the club. There were a few other clubs interested, but Stoke are in the Premier League, they reached the FA Cup final and got into Europe."

19.54 Bayer Leverkusen managing director Wolfgang Holzhauser says Arturo Vidal could join Juventus ."I can affirm that we are talking with Juventus about Vidal," he is quoted as saying by Tuttomercatoweb. "It's now seemingly certain he will not be playing in Germany next season."

19.34 DONE DEAL: Aston Villa have completed the signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given on a five-year deal and will unveil their new player on Tuesday. Read more

18.56 DONE DEAL: Tottenham have announced the signing of highly-rated Ivorian teenager Souleymane Coulibaly from AC Siena. Read more

18.21 Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says it is time to forget about signing Inter Milan's Wesley Sneijder. ''Forget it,'' he said. ''We are looking at some things but I am not so sure Sneijder will be easy to get.''

18.10 Harry Redknapp fears for Spurs if they lose their top players. He said: "We have to show the ambition to keep these players, your Lukas, your Rafas, your Gareth Bales. If he [Modric] goes, he weakens us and if you start to letting your best players go who knows where we will finish up."

17.57 David Suazo is training with Cagliari in the hope of sealing a permanent deal with the club.

17.45 Twitter talk from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny: ''As some of you may know I won't be wearing no 53 this season. My new twitter name will be @13Szczesny13''. Manuel Almunia still has No. 1 shirt, so will the Gunners be getting a new first-choice keeper when he moves on?

17.29 Journalist Everardo Herrera, who broke news about Arsenal's interest in Joel Campbell, now confirming he'll have a medical tonight.

17.08 Former France international Ousmane Dabo has announced his retirement at the age of 34, after a succession of injuries. Dabo, capped three times by his country, has been at New England Revolution since February but managed just three appearances for the MLS outfit.

16.58 Actually, no! Ganso's agent has spoken out, claiming: "We are not interested in PSG's petrodollars. Ganso wants to play in Italy with AC Milan. He wants to play against the likes of Inter, Roma and Juventus and he is fascinated by the Italian league. In the next few weeks we will meet with Milan directors to see if the transfer can happen."

16.56 Fiorentina's Riccardo Montolivo is being linked with Milan, as the Italian champions also look to get a discount on a deal for Palermo's Javier Pastore. Surely that means an end to their pursuit of Ganso, no?

16.34 DONE DEAL: Nottingham Forest have signed Fulham's Jonathan Greening on a three-year deal. Read more.

16.30 Swansea midfielder Joe Allen has revealed he is close to agreeing a new deal with the Premier League newcomers.

16.15 DONE DEAL: Jerome Boateng has completed his move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich.

15.56 Blackburn's owners hope to sign a midfielder and a striker before the transfer window closes.

15.42 DONE DEAL: Defender Antonio Amaya has left Wigan after signing a three-year contract with Spanish side Real Betis.

15.27 BREAKING: Corinthians have issued a statement denying that a deal has been agreed with Manchester City for Carlos Tevez.

15.16 Eidur Gudjohnsen has arrived in Athens to sign to a two-year contract with AEK, according to sections of the Greek media.

14.58 Valencia star and reported Arsenal target juan Mata has been talking to Lasprovincias about the speculation surrounding his future:

“It is true that teams have been linked with me but this is a good sign that I am playing well. Despite all the rumours, I have to stay calm and step away from all the speculation. I am well aware of the rumours but this is not the first summer I have had to deal with this so they do not worry me. My aim now is to make sure I am ready for the start of the new season and keep improving as a player. I want to win more trophies.”

14.45 We mentioned earlier that Denilson was heading back to his homeland on loan and the Brazilian midfielder has told Arsenal's official website why he is going to Sao Paulo.

Denilson said: "I will be playing in Brazil next season as I felt that this is a good opportunity for me to play regular first-team football. I move away with sadness because I have so many friends at Arsenal and everyone has always been so supportive towards me."

14.24 There are not many things that would prompt ESPNsoccernet's Robin Hackett to dance around the office with glee, but the Nottingham Post reporting that Jonathan Greeing has signed for Forest has done just that.

14.10 Giuseppe Rossi could complete his transfer to Juventus this week. "They just have to make Villarreal the right offer," his agent, Federico Pastorello, told Sky Sport 24.

13.41 Malaga sporting director Antonio Fernandez has confirmed his side's heavy summer investment is almost finished but insists they remain on alert in case of something "very special".

13.31 TalkSPORT is claiming that Marseille could make a late move to hijack Adel Taarabt's transfer from QPR to Paris St-Germain.

13.27 Wolves manager Mick McCarthy has told the Express & Star: "I'm delighted with the squad as it is now. But we’ll continue to look and something may come up. We’ve got the possibility of loan deals as well."

13.16 New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy are hoping to convince Chelsea to let Nicolas Anelka leave on a free transfer even though he has one year remaining on his contract, according to the London Evening Standard.

13.07 West Brom boss Roy Hodgson: "There are a couple of major targets that I have identified and would like to see the club sign. For me, it’s the sooner the better on them."

13.00 Juicy rumour this one, as the Manchester Evening News' website reports that Arsenal prospects Ignasi Miquel and Henri Lansbury could be used as bait to tempt Bolton to part with Gary Cahill.

12.53 Newcastle United youngsters Ryan Donaldson and Sammy Ameobi are set to go out on loan this season, the Chronicle reports.

12.45 The Birmingham Mail reckons Aston Villa are paying Manchester City £3.5 million for Given's signature.

12.30 In response to King Benty 9, who asks: "Why isn't there an update about Shay Given passing his medical today?" - reports claim Given will indeed finally complete his move from Manchester City to Aston Villa in the next 24 hours.

12.10 DONE DEAL: Blackpool have signed Liverpool reserve-team midfielder Gerardo Bruna on a permanent deal.

12.04 Riccardo Montolivo's future at Fiorentina is further in doubt after the midfielder was stripped of the captain's armband.

11.49 Sky Sports News is reporting Wigan have rejected a bid from Aston Villa for winger Charles N'Zogbia.

11.41 BREAKING: Michael Kightly has signed a new one-year contract with Wolves.

11.40 Steve Bruce insists Liverpool have made no indication that they want Lee Cattermole, despite ongoing speculation over the midfielder's future. Full story here.

11.25 West Brom defender Nicky Shorey has rejected talk of a move to Nottingham Forest. He said: "I don't know where that came from. As far as I'm concerned I haven't heard anything and it’s just paper talk." Hmm, Baggies boss Roy Hodgson recently stated: "I'll be very sad if Nicky comes banging on my door because he wants to leave West Bromwich Albion to go to Forest."

11.15 Click here for the full story on Gervinho officially joining Arsenal, while it's this way for the full story on Thibaut Courtois undergoing a medical at Chelsea.

11.08 Nedum Onuoha has vowed to prove that Roberto Mancini was wrong to leave him out of Manchester City’s North American tour, says the Manchester Evening News.

10.53 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is mystified by reports linking Lee Cattermole with Liverpool. Bruce told the Journal: "I don't know where that has come from. It's news to me."

10.33 Juventus director general Beppe Marotta will be looking to sell 11 players before the transfer window closes, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

10.10 DONE DEAL: Arsenal announce that Ivory Coast international forward Gervinho has finalised his switch from Lille, joining the club on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

10.00 Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is confident Marek Hamsik will be plying his trade at the club next season. Arsenal are interested, according to one report, although Napoli's €100 million asking price might be a sticking point.

09.47 Rangers are on the brink of walking away from their protracted bid to sign David Goodwillie from Dundee United, according to the Daily Record.

09.40 Don't forget you can have your say on the all the transfer goings-on via the comments section of this blog. We will publish the best quips throughout the day.

09.36 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas on Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois: "At this moment he is having a medical but has not yet agreed personal terms".

09.16 Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke believes Joe Cole still has a "big contribution" to make at Anfield.

09.02 QPR forward Adel Taarabt is on the brink of completing a transfer to Paris St Germain after being left out of his club's pre-season tour to finalise the move.

08.56 Arsene Wenger is hoping to end the ongoing transfer speculation surrounding captain Cesc Fabregas by pursuading the Barcelona target to stay at Arsenal. Full story here.

08.51 The Express: Manchester City want to talk to Carlos Tevez directly to make sure he has not had second thoughts about leaving.

08.41 The Daily Star: Adel Taraabt has moved a step closer to his QPR exit after the he was left out of the club’s pre-season trip to Cornwall and Italy to finalise a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

08.35 The Daily Mail: Cesc Fabregas will meet Arsene Wenger to plead with his manager to let him rejoin Barcelona ... Everton are weighing up a bid to take Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on loan ... Blackpool are closing on a deal for Manchester United's Mame Biram Diouf ... Liverpool left-back Chris Mavinga hopes to complete his £1 million move to Rennes on Monday ... West Brom are considering a move for West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

08.26 The Sun: Shaun Wright-Phillips wants to remain at Manchester City ... Arsenal have made a £900,000 bid for Deportivo Saprissa striker Joel Campbell ... Nikola Kalinic has a future at Blackburn, according to manager Steve Kean ... Roberto Martinez wants Leeds' Robert Snodgrass to replace Aston Villa-bound Charles N'Zogbia.

08.18 The Daily Mirror: Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero is prepared to take a pay cut to join Manchester City ... Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas could play for the club against Cologne on Saturday ... Newcastle want Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on loan ... West Bromwich Albion will hold talks with the former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves this week ... Bolton want Barcelona star Jeffren Suarez.

08.09 Before we wade deep in the newspaper speculation, some quotes from Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis for you: "We don't conduct our business in public. I don't intend to put my voice into the mix. Arsene has been very clear and explicit on all of those subjects. I'll leave the voice of Arsenal to be his."

08.00 Good morning. How was your weekend? Niceties out of the way, let's talks football transfers. Carlos Tevez hogs the headlines this morning, and you can find out why right here.

July 17, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/17/2011

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.


The Fabregas saga rumbles on © Getty Images

23.01 Closedown: It's been a day when there's been actual football played - Women's World Cup and Copa America - and so transfers have been taking a back seat. They will be back on Monday though.

21.56 The Premier League and Serie A are the likeliest destinations for Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez, the player's agent Federico Simonian has told Goal.com.

20.53 Arsenal outbid for player shocker: Joel Campbell's father, Humberto tells La Nation. “We got another very good offer from one of the great English teams, which is just as interesting in sporting terms to Arsenal, but also more economically. I will meet now with my wife and together we will make the decision whether to sign with Arsenal, the other club, or wait for something else.”

19.44 A day on from John Henry's championing of Alberto Aquilani, he continues to be linked with Fiorentina.

18.54 Hamburg general manager Frank Arnesen has confirmed that the club have signed Per Ciljan Skjelbred after his deal with Rosenborg ended.

18.34 Pique has joined in the Cesc debate: "Barcelona and its players have always spoken with respect. Any player would suffer when there is so much talk about his future and when you don't know where you will play next term. It's not disrespectful to say this out loud" I know what the situation is like. We should leave Cesc alone and show patience. There's still plenty of time to complete his proposed transfer. It doesn't help to talk about it all the time." Well, quite.

18.30 Wycombe Wanderers starlet Jordan Ibe is reportedly interesting Manchester United. The Mirror claims United boss Sir Alex Ferguson wanted the 15-year-old watched this weekend.

17.55 Aston Villa are fighting off competition from Juventus for the Peru's Copa America star Juan Vargas, claim Tuttomercattoweb.com.

17.40 Manchester United striker Mame Biram Diou is set to join Blackpool.

16.35: The Daily Mirror reports that Arsenal have signed Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell from Deportivo Saprissa.

16.17: Pajtim Kasami is the subject of a £3 million bid from Fulham. Palermo are yet to respond to the offer.

15.52: Portugal goalkeeper has turned down the chance to move to the Premier League and has instead signed for Benfica after falling down the pecking order at Lazio.

15.30: Sao Paulo's Casemiro wants to play in Europe in Serie A. He told Corriere dello Sport: "I feel ready to play in Serie A as well as other European Leagues," he said. "I often speak to Coutinho, but not just about Inter. I know that the Nerazzurri and Roma have asked after me, but you’d have to talk about these matters with my agent."

15.16: Chelsea boss will decide on the future of Daniel Sturridge after his performances on the club's pre-season your of Asia.

14.57: Sky Sports is reporting that Everton are to try and sign Nicklas Bendtner on loan from Arsenal.

14.10: It's a quiet afternoon on transfers, sure it will hot up.

13.30: The Mancheter Evening News reports that Juventus could be about to make a bid for Man United striker Dimitar Berbatov.

12.43: Rangers skipper Davie Weir, 41, has signed a new one-year contract for the Ibrox club.

12.17: Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, says Real Madrid and Barcelona are fighting over the player: "The exact situation is as follows: Barcelona want him next year and will pay next year, Madrid want him now and are prepared to pay now.. The main problem is that the kid (Neymar) wants to play in the Club World Cup against Barcelona, and Santos are using their force to make him choose Barca."

11.49: Real Madrid's Sergio Canales does not fancy playing in the Premier League. Canales, linked with Everton, Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers, told AS: "I would prefer to stay in Spain. I want to get as many minutes as possible and if it isn't at Real Madrid it will be with another club."

11.43: And now we'll link you up with the story of Johan Cruyff and Cesc Fabregas.

11.31: Here's the story on Dutch coach Bert Van Marwijk backing Wesley Sneijder's move to Manchester United

11.07: Riccardo Montolivo wants to leave Fiorentina, the club have confirmed. Fiorentina director of sport Pantaleo Corvino told Sportmediaset:
"We have been clear with Montolivo. I asked his agent if he wanted to continue with us, but the response was that a decision has been made."

11.00: Looks like Harry Reknapp will not be signing Scott Parker. Redknapp said: "If you take into account the fee of around £8m, signing on fees and wages you're talking about a £30m deal,. There is no way the club would sanction a deal for a 30-year-old who would have no resale value at the end of his contract."

There's a shortage of big transfer news this bright and breezy Sunday morning, but there's still something about Cesc Fabregas' move to Barcelona of course.

This time it's the turn of ex-Barca great Johan Cruyff to have his say, and he's fallen on the side of the Gunners and wants his former side to meet the asking price.

Cruyff was quoted in the Sunday Mirror as saying: "Arsene Wenger looks after their interests and it is Arsenal who control the situation. Cesc signed for many years and now he has to play for them. If Barcelona want him, they have to pay for him."

Let's round up the rest of the morning's news:

Sunday Mirror: Wesley Sneijder has been told to join Manchester United – by the Dutch national team coach ... Carlos Tevez is set to quit ­Manchester City this week, with €51m Sergio Aguero replacing him ... Everton are considering a move for Marseille star Lucho Gonzalez after the player let it be known that he wanted to quit France ... Swansea City have made an £1 million offer to Nottingham Forest for goalkeeper Lee Camp ... Manchester United are chasing Brazilian starlet Paulo Henrique Ganso – the midfielder dubbed the new Kaka ... Carlton Cole turned his back on a move to Stoke after the club wouldn’t offer him the same wages as striker Kenwyne Jones ... Striker Mauro Boselli has travelled with Wigan on their pre-season tour of Sweden, but still hopes to move to Estudiantes ... Luke Modric has not handed in a transfer request ... Adel Taarabt moved a step closer to his QPR exit after being left out of the club’s pre-season tour ... Park Ji-sung has been stunned by close-season stories claiming he is set to move on ... Roman Abramovich will make the final decision on whether or not to sign West Ham’s Scott Parker next week.


The People: Arsenal have made a last-ditch attempt to keep Cesc Fabregas out of Barcelonas clutches ... Tottenham will not be bullied into selling Luka Modric – and may even report Chelsea for tapping up the wantaway Croatia playmaker ... Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson has ex-England star Emile Heskey in his sights ... Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray wants to take keeper Brad Jones back – in a loan swoop on Liverpool ... Chelsea are ready to make a final £22million bid for Anderlecht strike sensation Romelu Lukaku ... Bolton boss Owen Coyle has had a £5million bid for Barcelona’s young winger Jeffren Suarez ­accepted ... Liverpool could be set to make a £10 million move for Lee Cattermole ... Big-spending Malaga want to take striker Roque Santa Cruz from Manchester City ... Blackburn boss Steve Kean wants Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez ... Neil Warnock is launching an ambitious bid to bring Peter Crouch back to QPR ... Emanuel Eboue is being offered an escape route from Arsenal by Galatasaray ... Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew wants to sign Wayne Bridge – whether Jose Enrique goes or not ... Fulham have been given the chance to re-sign their former midfielder Steed Malbranque ... Wigan are lining up free agent Julio Arca to replace Charles N’Zogbia.

The Mail on Sunday: Andres Villas-Boas says what will be will be over Luka Modric ... Aston Villa have moved ahead of Chelsea in the battle for Scott Parker ... Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has vowed to stay at White Hart Lane ... WBA are moving closer to Owen Hargreaves ... Man City manager Roberto Mancini appears to accepted that Carlos Tevez will leave ... Wesley Sneijder’s glamorous wife Yolanthe could hold the key to breaking
the deadlock in his proposed £35 million move to Manchester United.

Star on Sunday: Man CIty are ready to spend almost £86 million – on three players who are already at the club ... Wigan want Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson on loan ... Shaun Wright-Phillips' Manchester City career has been thrown a lifeline by boss Roberto Mancini ... Malaga are going head-to-head with Corinthians of Brazil in the £50 million battle for Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez.

Sunday Express: and Arsenal are going head to head in a battle to snap up Anderlecht teenage striker Romelu Lukaku ... Sir Alex Ferguson still believes he can sign Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder for £30million.

July 16, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/16/2011

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.


Sergio Aguero: Seen as a natural replacement for Carlos Tevez at Manchester City © Getty Images

22.27 Closedown: Join us on Sunday morning for the tittle tattle from the Sunday tabloids, or at least what's left of them. Until then.....

22.13 Hardy perennial David Weir has signed a new deal to stay with Rangers. Arsenal had been linked.....

21.45 West Brom could meet with Owen Hargreaves as early as next week as they continue their interest in the former England international.

21.44 According to Le Parisien, Liverpool have agreed a fee with Lyon for left back Aly Cissokho.

21.19 Sport Lisboa e Benfica officially announce the signing of Argentine International and former Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay.

21.13 Former Sunderland and Marseille midfielder and Albania international Lorik Cana is to join Lazio from Galatasaray with goalkeeper Fernando heading Muslera in the opposite direction.

20.53 Twitter talk: @Futbol_Mercado suggests that AC Milan and not Inter lead the chase for Javier Pastore, which may act against the Sneijder bandwagon....

20.27 QPR kids Troy Hewitt and Michael Doughty could be sent out on loan to offer them a chance of first-team football, suggest Sky Sports.

19.32 Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says the Blues will not wait forever in their pursuit of Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and have other players in the pipeline. "I would prefer not to comment," he said when asked about links with Modric and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker. "You know what the situation is, it is public. You can understand the position that the club has taken. At the moment we are scanning the market for everything and not just those two players. [Modric plays in] one of the positions we are looking to strengthen."

18.47 Reports claim Birmingham City midfielder Barry Ferguson is on his way to Blackpool. This rumour has been doing the rounds for much of the afternoon on Twitter. Nothing official, as yet.

18.38 Giuseppe Rossi's agent has told Corriere dello Sport "there are some things to finalise, but negotiations are at an advanced stage" with regards a move from Villarreal to Juventus.

18.12 Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas will look to other midfield targets should the club fail in their pursuit of Tottenham's Luka Modric.

17.45 Lazio are preparing a €12 million offer for Lyon midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to Corriere dello Sport.

17.16 Damien Comolli on new Liverpool signing Stewart Downing: "He can score, he creates a lot, he can deliver a lot of assists so he was the missing link that we didn't have and that's why we were eager to get him."

17.03 It is reported that Chelsea have paid around €9 million (£7.9 million) for the signature of Courtois.

16.35 Wesley Sneijder has conducted a lap of honour and said goodbye to his Inter Milan team-mates post today's training session, according to a reporter who works for Inter's TV station.

16.26 To read the full story on Wenger's criticism of Mancini over the Italian's declaration that he wants to sign Nasri, click here.

16.10 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised Roberto Mancini after the Manchester City boss openly admitted to his interest in Samir Nasri.

15.38 BREAKING: Chelsea sign goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Genk on a five-year deal.

15.15 West Ham could lose out on the signing of Eidur Gudjohnsen to AEK Athens, according to reports emanating from Greece. It is claimed the 32-year-old forward, who underwent a medical at West Ham on Thursday, has been offered a two-year contract by AEK.

14.52 DONE DEAL: Brighton have signed Romain Vincelot from Dagenham & Redbridge on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

14.24 It is rumoured that Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is readying a £30 million bid for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, according to the Metro.

14.00 Liverpool owner John Henry on Twitter: "One missing link last year: Acquilani (sic). Put the ball near Ngog and the goal and it's going in. Too much talk of them somewhere else."

13.54 Javier Pastore has said he will leave Palermo only “for a big club and the opportunities I couldn’t have here.”

13.46 Rangers have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for defender Carlos Cuellar.

13.16 This way for the full story on Denilson's potential loan move back to his former club.

12.49 Stoke City striker Ricardo Fuller is eager to sign a new deal with the club. He told the Sentinel: "Of course I would like to stay. I have been here five years, this is my home, and I would love to finish my career here." Fuller's current contract expires next summer.

12.44 Discussing Tottenham striker Robbie Keane, Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni told the Express & Star: "Robbie is talking to two Premier League clubs and it’s important that he goes to one of them and plays." Blackburn and West Brom are reportedly the two clubs involved.

12.37 Sunderland are resigned to missing out on landing Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia after Aston VIlla emerged as favourites to land his signature, according to the Evening Chronicle.

12.23 DONE DEAL: Brighton have re-signed Newcastle winger Kazenga LuaLua on a six-month loan deal

12.00 Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, whose future is the subject of speculation, has been named in the starting XI for the club's pre-season match against Hangzhou Greentown.

11.41 ESPNsoccernet understands Corinthians' second bid for City striker Tevez is €40 million plus €4 million in add-ons.

11.20 Arsenal midfielder Denilson looks set to join former side Sao Paulo on a season-long loan deal, according to ESPN Brazil.

11.15 Blackburn are lining up an ambitious £12 million move for CSKA Moscow's Keisuke Honda, according to the Daily Mail.

11.06 The Mirror links Aston Villa with a host of players following the sale of Stewart Downing. Apparently manager Alex McLeish will be allowed to reinvest the whole £20 million in new recruits, with Charles N'Zogbia, Shay Given, Scott Parker and Alan Hutton all alleged targets.

11.01 Goal.com believes that Tottenham are in the hunt for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic after opening talks with the Italian club. Spurs are willing to pay £15 million, although the report states Roma want nearer £17.5 million.

10.58 In relation to Mancini's comments regarding Aguero, the Daily Mail reports that Corinthians have made a second offer for Tevez, thought to be £40 million. City, though, are said to want nearer £50 million.

10.56 The Sun says Arsenal have lodged a £14 million bid for Anderlecht teenager Romelu Lukaku. The striker has been strongly linked with Chelsea, seen as a future Didier Drogba.

10.53 In other transfer gossip, the Mirror suggests Chelsea are to make a third offer for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, in the region of £30 million. Will that be enough to twist Spurs' arm?

10.44 And of Arsenal's Samir Nasri, whose contract expires in 12 months, Mancini said: "Samir is under contract with Arsenal. Also for Samir it depends on many things. I hope that this player can arrive before the end of the month.'' Read the full story here.

10.35 When asked if Manchester City are likely to make a bid for Aguero, Roberto Mancini said: "It is probably yes. I think in this moment we only have to wait." Mancini seemingly sees Aguero has the ideal replacement for the want-away Carloz Tevez.

10.30 Good morning and welcome to our On the Move transfer blog on this drizzly Saturday. There are some juicy stories doing the rounds today and ESPNsoccernet will bring you each and every one, starting with news on Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero...

July 15, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/15/2011

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.


Charles N'Zogbia is determined to leave Wigan © Getty Images

18.10 Well that's all for today folks, but be sure to comeback tomorrow for plenty more transfer talk.

18.01 We finish up Friday's transfer blog with a claim from new AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes that he turned down Real Madrid to join the Serie A Champions. “It was my choice, as I could’ve joined Real Madrid this summer. In the past I chose Roma ahead of Manchester United," Mexes said.

17.47 Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren is considering a move for Sunderland striker Oumare Tounkara after watching him in a pre-season friendly.

17.16 Liverpool have signed goalkeeper Alexander Doni from Roma, the Premier League club have confirmed on their website. Full story

17.01 Barcelona target Cesc Fabregas has been "kidnapped" by Arsenal, according to a Catalan mayor. "We want him to come right away, he is experiencing a kidnapping," Estanislau Fors i Garcia is quoted as saying in Sport.

16.46 Blackburn Rovers are ready to make a £12 million bid for CSKA Moscow's Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda, according to reports.

16.30 QPR boss Neil Warnock has told talkSPORT he’s surprised by the lack of transfer funds given to him his summer – but is still confident he’ll have a squad equipped for Premier League survival. "I thought I’d have a few millions, if I’m honest. I was disappointed but it’s not the end of the world," Warnock told Talksport.

16.18 Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany is reportedly set to secure a wage rise to £135k after an impressive season from the Belgian.

16.08 Bayer Leverkusen are eyeing a move for Manchester United's Polish goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak as a replacement for injured stopper Rene Adler, according to Poland's Fakt.

15.47 Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote insists he is going nowhere amid speculation that Chelsea are lining up a transfer bid. Tiote, who signed a new six-and-a-half-year deal in February, told the Evening Chronicle: "I am a Newcastle player and I will do my job in Newcastle."

15.31 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini claims there is a "99%" chance that playmaker Javier Pastore, who has recently been linked with AC Milan, will leave the club ... but only if the €50 million asking price is paid.

15.17 Jozy Altidore has just tweeted that he has agreed to move from Villarreal to AZ Alkmaar. "To my amazing fans, I have agreed to terms to join AZ! Thanks for all the love and the hate it's all making me better!," he wrote on his @jozyaltidore1 account.

15.11 Liverpool striker Dani Pacheco will not be going on loan to Coventry as the move has collapsed. Coventry manager Andy Thorn said: "We thought we had him in the bag but these things happen."

14.52 Blackburn have agreed terms with Argentine striker Mariano Pavone, who will sign a three-year deal with the Premier League club during the weekend, the player's agent said on Friday.

14.36 QPR boss Neil Warnock has admitted it is unlikely the club will be able to keep star player Adel Taarabt at Loftus Road, saying it is tough to hang onto players "once their head is turned".

14.18 - Twitter talk Jozy Altidore's move to AZ should be finalized today, according to SI.com senior editor Jen Chang. The deal will probably be a loan unless Villarreal's asking price of €7 miilon comes down dramatically.

14.00 West Bromwich Albion are reportedly holding contract talks with last season's player of the year Youssouf Mulumbu with Italian side Fiorentina showing an interest in the midfielder.

13.47 Alex McLeish believes out-of-favour full-back Stephen Warnock has "staked his claim'' to be part of the future at Aston Villa with his attitude in pre-season training.

13.34 Fulham manager Martin Jol has revealed he will allow defender Carlos Salcido to leave the club if he receives the right offer. Jol said: "Our second XI is not good enough yet. If we don't get the right deal for Salcido he will stay."

13.20 - Twitter talk Spain-based journalist Sid Lowe doesn't believe Liverpool will be signing Valencia winger Juan Mata. "There have been so many LFC-Mata questions over the summer ... Signing of Downing ends that possibility, sadly."

13.08: Chelsea have confirmed midfielder Josh McEachran has signed a new five-year contract while full-back Ryan Bertrand has signed a new four-year deal.

12.53 The agent of Barcelona winger Ibrahim Afellay has dismissed reports linking his client with a move to Serie A. "There has been no contact with Juventus or Lazio,'' Rob Jansen told Calciomercato.

12.39 Argentine striker Fernando Cavenaghi has been released by Bordeaux and is expected to return to his formative club River Plate after seven years in Europe.

12.22 Juventus are negotiating with Villarreal over the signing of Giuseppe Rossi, the player's agent has confirmed. "We hope that the deal will be completed soon," Federico Pastorello told Tuttosport. Full story

12.17 Brazilian defender Jonathan has completed his switch from Santos to Inter Milan for an undisclosed fee. "I'm delighted to have this chance to ply my trade here and show what I'm capable of," he said.

11.58 Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is enthusiastic about the possible arrival of Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez and believes he would add further quality to the La Liga champions. Full story

11.41 Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given after agreeing a fee with Manchester City, according to Sky Sports.

11.23 QPR boss Neil Warnock has warned Adel Taarabt and Kieron Dyer that they will be in direct competition for one place in his starting XI.

Warnock said:"Kieron’s pace would be ideal for that role, and in truth, with all the speculation – I thought Adel might be moving. But he’s keen to get started again, and so for the time being I have two excellent players who can fill the gap.

"When I met Kieron it was all about him wanting to play again and prove past injuries were behind him. Money didn’t even come into the reckoning. And you can call it one of those manager inklings if you like – but I could see myself getting on well with him."

Taarabt v Dyer - We wonder who would be the preferable option for most QPR fans...

11.12 The Lancashire Telegraph reports that Blackburn are looking to tie up deals for Argentinian striker Mariano Pavone and Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu before they go on tour.

11.01 We're anticipating sighs of disappointment all round as we reveal that
Wolves midfielder Kevin Foley has signed a four-year contract extension at Molineux. Massive.

10.49The comments continue to flood in and SEAscouser believes Liverpool should keep hold of their fringe midfielders:

"As a Liverpool supporter, I quite like the current glut in our midfield. There are rumors today on both Cole and Aquilani and I hope both prove untrue. The recent Guangdong match revealed both are still highly valuable players possessing unique arsenals that will be useful during the long season. Get Poulsen out, surely, but I'd pause before letting these two go, and with them, the deepest, most diverse midfield in the league."

10.34 Blackburn are chasing Freiburg's Papiss Demba Cisse, but Schalke are favourites to sign the prolific striker, who netted 22 Bundesliga goals last season.

10.23 Juventus are considering a £7m swoop for Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov, according to that most reliable of sources - the Daily Star. Make of that what you will.

10.18 Everton talisman Tim Cahill says he is unworried by the club's lack of new signings.

Cahill said: "I focus on the good things, such as the players that we have got. We’ve got a lot of players now on long-term contracts. The good thing we have done is keeping a good core of lads, and people need to understand that is a big, big investment by the club.

“Bringing in players is not something that concerns us as players, we have to just focus on being ready for the start of the season. If new players come in then fantastic, but if they don’t then it won’t be down to us.”

10.07 Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has appeared to suggest that left-back Jose Enrique will not be leaving for Liverpool, as the Spaniard is keen to play in the Champions League.

Pardew said: "The noises coming out of Jose's camp are that he wants to get a new club playing Champions League football. Unfortunately we can't offer him that but that seems to be his focus. Hopefully that will change but we've offered him a massive contract which he does not want to sign, so it's a difficult position."

10.00 Stuttgart have signed Mexico defender Francisco Javier Rodriguez from PSV, ending the 29-year-old centre-back's three-year spell in the Netherlands.

09.51 Lazio are believed to be chasing Barcelona defender Gabi Milito, though getafe have emerged as favourites to sign him, says Gazzetta dello Sport.

09.42 talkSPORT reckons Tottenham are weighing up a £5 million bid for Switzerland European Under-21Championship star Xherdan Shaqiri, who currently plays at FC Basel.

09.39 You can also get your comments into us using the tool below. That's what Jim did, lamenting Arsenal's lack of signings:

"Arsenal are still not stepping up their signing of a world class or inspirational player!!! What are they doing? Look! Liverpool got the many good players they wanted! Man Utd have also signed some good players and maybe even Sneijder!

So who are we waiting for Mr Frenchmen!? I think its another goner season for us right before it even started! Metersacker, Augero, Pastore and maybe Hugo Lloris would be good for us next season and we're all ready to rock!"

09.31 Remember you can also keep up to date with the latest news and gossip on Twitter - follow us at @ESPNsoccernet for all your Tweeting needs.

09.25 Despite his agent consistently staying he is staying at Liverpool, Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that Alberto Aquilani is "a step away from Fiorentina". Just how big that step is remains to be seen!

09.19 Lucio is set for crunch talks with Inter Milan on Saturday, as the two parties look to thrash out a new deal. The Brazil defender's contract is due to expire next summer and he wants an extension to 2014, though Inter are reportedly only willing to offer a one year deal. Bayern Munich are thought to be waiting in the wings to bring him back to the Bundesliga.

09.14 Corinthians have revealed that Juventus have a £45 million bid on the table for Carlos Tevez. Full story here.

09.08 Back to Spain and Sport reckons that things are a touch quiet on the Cesc Fabregas front this week (Xavi v Wenger spat aside) because Barcelona want to tie up a deal for Alexis Sanchez this week before focusing all their attention on the Arsenal skipper. We've got that to look forward to then!

09.02: A quick Premier League interjection here - A West Ham insider has told ESPNsoccernet that QPR are yet to make an official approach for Carlton Cole.

08.49 AS is reporting that Neymar has reached an agreement with Real Madrid on a six-year contract worth five million euros per season.

08.41 Let's keep the Iberian flavour going and move to Spain, where it seems Atletico Madrid remain at risk of losing striker Sergio Aguero to city rivals Real. Kun has been chatting away again, and has blatantly angled for a move to Los Blancos.

Aguero said: "I would not play in Racing, but Madrid... I want to leave and I made it clear, I am of Independiente, not Atletico...If I told you that I will continue at Atletico would be lying, I will not stay. I have no idea of ​​the clubs, but it is Spain and England that attract me"

08.36 Staying in Portugal and Benfica captain Luisao has been tipped to depart the club for Paris St-Germain, though the Parisians will have to pay up the centre-back's €20 million release clause. A touch expensive for a 30-year-old we tend to think.

08.32 Portuguese daily A Bola reckons Porto may try to hijack Benifca's move for highly-rated young Santos full-back Danilo.

08.30 Let's turn our attention to Europe now...

08.10: A quick paper review for you:

The Metro: Adel Taarabt's agent says he is heading out of Loftus Road; Aston Villa are looking to follow up Stewart Downing's move to Liverpool by beginning talks over bringing Joe Cole to the club.

The Sun: Newcastle fear Chelsea will make a £10m bid for midfield enforcer Cheik Tiote; Harry Redknapp is resolutely insisting that Luka Modric will be a Tottenham player next season (eyebrows raised all round); Aston Villa are keen on Scott Parker and will try to prise him away from Chelsea's grasp.

Daily Mirror:: Carlton Cole called off his £4.5m move to Stoke because he sae chairman Peter Coates question his injuy record on TV; Aston Villa will bid £7m for Scott Parker once Stewart Downing is sold to Liverpool; Genk and Chelsea have have agreed a £5m fee for teenage goalkeeper Thibault Courtois; Everton, QPR and Aston Villa are keen on signing Real Madrid's Sergio Canales on loan;

08.00: Charles N'Zogbia is the subject of interest from Aston Villa. In fact, the cash flush side have thrown £10m Wigan's way to try and get the winger to join them.

July 14, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/14/2011

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.


Luka Modric is determined to leave Spurs © Getty Images

23.30 Well that's all for tonight, but be sure to come back tomorrow for more transfer news.

23.29 Our final transfer snippet of the day comes from The Guardian, who claim that Sunderland are trying to hijack Charles N'Zogbia's move from Wigan to move to Aston Villa.

23.14 Fiorentina skipper Riccardo Montolivo has rejected another contract offer from the Serie A side. Honorary club president Andrea Della Valle said: "I don’t really want to speak about Montolivo. It seems like I am being taken for a ride."

22.49 Swansea defender Neil Taylor has signed a new four-year deal with the Premier League newcomers, the club have confirmed. Full story

22.20 Carlton Cole's proposed £4.5 million transfer from West Ham United to Stoke City has collapsed, according to The Guardian.

21.54 Big-spending French club Paris Saint-Germain have joined the race to sign Santos star Ganso after putting together a €30 million deal, according to Lancenet.

21.18 Scottish champions Rangers have failed with a £400,000 offer for Espanyol defender Raul Rodriguez. "The bid Rangers made for Raul was insufficient," Espanyol sporting director Ramon Planes told STV.

20.28 Prolific Porto striker Radamel Falcao has put an end to speculation linking him with a move to Chelsea by signing a new four-year contract with the Portuguese champions. Full story

20.00 Espanyol striker Dani Osvaldo says he is happy to stay at the Barcelona-based side and claims he would like to captain the Catalan club in order to show his commitment to the team.

19.40 Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan insists he wants to stay at the Spanish club but believes strike partner Sergio Aguero should be allowed to leave the Vicente Calderon if he wants to. Full story

19.00 Borussia Dortmund insist they have no interest in signing Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner. "We have never been interested," Dortmund's press officer Josef Schneck told Sporten.tv2.dk. Full story

18.35 Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra could enter into talks over a new contract, according to director of football Gordon Smith.

18.24: A bid is expected to go in for Charles N'Zogbia from Villa as soon as Downing passes medical at Liverpool. The price is rumoured to be around £10 million, but Dave Whelan may want more...

18.15: Juventus are still keen to land Lyon's Michel Bastos and talks are continuing for the Brazilian.

18.07: Oldham have completed the signing of defender Zander Diamond on a one-year deal. We hear he's a real gem!

17.59: Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni's transfer to Liverpool will be completed on Friday, according to the player's agent. "Everything is okay with Liverpool," Doni's agent Ovidio Colucci told asromanews.it. "We are returning to Rome to sign the final documents. The deal will be finally completed tomorrow and Doni will be back at Liverpool on Sunday to be available for [Liverpool manager Kenny] Dalglish."

17.51: Yuri Zhirkov says he has not talked to Dinamo Moscow about a possible return to Russia. “I haven't talked to anyone from Dinamo,” Zhirkov told Sovetsky Sport. ''Chelsea is the primary option for me, while Russia is the secondary one.”

17.44: Worrying stuff from AW at Arsenal. “I don’t think we are weak defensively but we are an offensive team,'' he said. “Sometimes that exposes our defenders a bit more than other teams.” Doesn't sound much like he'll be adding a new defender this summer.

17.15: Espanyol director of sport Ramon Planes says Carlos Kameni will move to Roma shortly. "The talks are not closed, but there should be developments on this [Kameni's move] within 24 to 48 hours,'' he said.

16.52: Geovani Dos Santos is also being linked with Udinese and Valencia after making it clear that he does not fancy a return to Tottenham this summer.

16.44: Our AC Milan man Matteo Bonetti says: ''Allegri mentions Montolivo's name in a heaping praise on the Fiorentina player. I think it'll either be Riccardo or Javi Pastore for us.''

16.38: Peru international Raul Ruidiaz is the subject of interest from Udinese, Villarreal, and Sevilla.

16.27: Twitter Talk surrounds Sneijder deal... @Darren_Can claiming: ''#MUFC have been / are in for Sneijder. Difficult to agree a deal like I've always said.''

16.16: Jonathan dos Santos is close to joining Zaragoza, say reports. Barcelona would receiving around one million euros.

15.58: Former Liverpool goalkeeper Sander Westerveld is attracting the interest of Ajax Cape Town.

15.51: An update on ludicrously ambitious Russian side Anzhi. An official statement from the club reads: "Anzhi football club officially declares that the information that appeared today in the Brazilian media regarding Santos midfielder Ganso is not true. Ganso is undoubtedly an outstanding talent, but the nonsense expressed in figures that we had allegedly offered to Santos and the player should remain the responsibility of the Brazilian media or the agents that disperse this myth."

15.41: Federico Macheda is determined to prove himself at Old Trafford after his Sampdoria loan spell. He told the Manchester Evening News: "When you leave Manchester United, go somewhere else and come back, you realise how different it all is. It is better to work really hard and I hope to stay here."

15.34: Benni McCarthy, who was paid to leave West Ham because he was so fat, is training with Ajax Cape Town to get fit and try to secure a move to another club.

15.27: Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley is keen to move to Serie A, apparently. His Italian agent, Paolo Alberto, says Bologna are interested and added on Goal.com: “Bradley would like to play in Italy. His advisor is his father and they would be happy.” He had a less than successful loan spell at Aston Villa last season.

15.21: Reader comment from Kevin: "I think Sneijder will end up at Old Trafford, but not in the next day or so like some are reporting. Inter have a trap door in their comments of, 'We'll Never Sell!... unless we get a big offer.' Fergie is busy commenting that they don't need the player. It's a typical jostle in the hopes of getting a better price for both clubs. Pastore has already said he wants to move in Italy but has ruled out most clubs besides Inter. Inter will need assurances that if they do sell Sneijder that Pastore won't be off to Real or Chelsea. Inter need that confidence they can replace Sneijder immediately with Pastore and they will, it just doesn't happen overnight to hammer all the details out."

15.13: Pardew has also revealed Charles N’Zogbia is likely to be leaving Wigan any day now, but he won’t be returning to Newcastle. “I am told that Charles has got an imminent move, so I don't think that will be us,” Pardew said. Aston Villa are thought most likely after the departure of Ashley Young and Stewart Downing.

15.08: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew isn’t a fussy man. “I don't really want to mention names, but all strikers who are available, we are keeping a close eye on,” he said.

14.58: Unlike Macheda, Nicky Butt doesn't have to worry about what he says, and he seems to think United definitely are trying to buy the Netherlands star. “They are prepared to spend a lot of money to get Sneijder but it will be worth it because he really is a top-drawer player and he will make a huge impact at Old Trafford if the transfer comes off,” Butt told Goal.com.

14.50: It seems that if you Googled “nike football wesley sneijder” yesterday you had some reference to it on the Middle Eastern Nike website, but we can't find anything now. It's mostly likely just a mistake. Federico Macheda tweeted yesterday, though, saying he hoped to see Sneijder at Old Trafford soon before writing "can i not say that?" and then deleting both comments. These things rarely mean anything and it certainly seems wages haven't been agreed even if a fee has, but the deal does seem distinctly possible at this stage.

14.45: Apparently the Nike website has Wesley Sneijder down as a Manchester United player. We'll have a look and see if we can find the page in question...

14.38: Michael Dawson appears to be rather underplaying the size of the Luka Modric problem. He told Sky Sports News: "This time of year there are always going to be rumours and Luka's been linked with Chelsea. We are all friends with Luka, we have got great team spirit amongst the players and we want to keep that together. The chairman has come out and said no one is for sale so that's great."

14.32: Evander Sno has signed for Genoa. The former Celtic midfielder suffered a heart attack while playing for Ajax reserves in September last year.

14.27: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants some filthy lucre if Marek Hamsik - who has attracted the interest of AC Milan and Manchester City - is to leave. “The indecent proposal would have to be of €100 million, otherwise he will be staying here,” he said.

14.17: Goal.com says Manchester United have agreed a £35.2 million fee for Wesley Sneijder but the player's £200k wage demands are putting them off. United don't want to pay more than £170k apparently. Mind you, Sir Alex Ferguson told ESPN that United don't even want him - watch the video here.

14.14: BREAKING NEWS Eidur Gudjohnsen is having a West Ham medical. He nearly went there during Gianfranco Zola's time and was more recently at Fulham.

14.13: Comment from reader Mats: "Impressed with Blackburn. Having failed at their attempt to secure relegation last season, they're now bringing in men who have experience at it if your rumors are right - Mongongu from Monaco and Pavone who did Real Betis, then went on loan to River Plate so he's two in two seasons. With that experience they ought to pull it off this time."

14.10: Juventus will make a €12 million bid for Lyon midfielder/left-back Michel Bastos, according to Corriere dello Sport. Lyon apparently want €16 million for the 28-year-old.

13.59: El Mundo Deportivo says AC Milan and Manchester City are interested in Barcelona left-back Maxwell.

13.47: Axel Witsel has signed for Benfica, and you can read all about it here.

13.31: Chelsea have reached an agreement with Genk over goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. More here.

13.10: Real Madrid will sign Emmanuel Adebayor now and Neymar in January, Marca says.

13.04: BREAKING NEWS Patrick Vieira has retired from football and become football development executive at Manchester City.

13.01: More from AS, and it shows a year is a long time in football: QPR and Everton are apparently battling it out to sign Sergio Canales. Luckily for the Real Madrid flop, who wants to stay in Spain, he has the more attractive option of joining a potential Spanish revolution at Roma.

12.49: Ludicrously ambitious Russian side Anzhi are apparently trying to sign Ganso now. Roberto Carlos was encouraging Neymar to join him there the other day, but reports from Brazil claim they’re now trying to sign his Santos team-mate instead and will offer €40 million. Santos are thought to be holding out for €50 million, though, as that’s the release clause.

12.41: Hmm. Footy Bunker reckons Liverpool are going to try to sign Gonzalo Higuain. The Daily Telegraph then put that at the top of its web gossip round-up, and now AS is running ‘Liverpool want Higuain, according to British press’ as its banner headline.

12.36: 12.36: Spurs defender Bongani Khumalo could be heading on loan to Rangers. Full story here.

12.31: Stewart Downing has arrived at Liverpool's training ground. Kenny's still en route from Malaysia apparently, but he'll be on hand to provide the personal touch before long.

12.27: John Paintsil is a free agent after leaving Fulham but says he’s 98% certain he’ll be staying in England. He told TV3: "It's my first choice and we are close to that but I want everything signed before I talk about it. I have loved my time there so far."

Paintsil lost his place at Fulham after scoring three own goals and, apparently unaware of William Gallas’ past, added: “No one goes on the field and says, 'I am going to score an own goal'.”

12.17: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson said he wasn’t sure about Owen Hargreaves’ fitness, and it now appears he may not be going to Leicester either. Sven Goran Eriksson told the Leicester Mercury: “It is difficult that he wants to come to the Championship and I am not sure he is 100% fit at the moment, so right now it is on ice.”

12.12: QPR have been linked with a move for Wigan winger Victor Moses, but the player told the Wigan Evening Post: “As far as I’m concerned, I’m still here, I’m happy here, I’m enjoying myself here and I want to stay here for as long as I can. It’s a great club to be at, there’s a real family-feel to the place, and I’m really settled here.”

11.56: Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu would rather join Blackburn than Ligue 1 champions Lille, apparently. Agent Christophe Mongai told the Lancashire Telegraph: “He would like to join Blackburn Rovers. There have been a lot of clubs interested in him but, yes, he wants to come to Blackburn and the Premier League. We can’t say anything has been sorted yet but we hope it will be soon.” A fee of £2.5 million has apparently been agreed for the 22-year-old.

11.50: The Manchester Evening News believes Inter are “firm favourites” to sign Javier Pastore, which is why they’re willing to cash in on Sneijder.

11.47: Here's the full Aquilani story.

11.37: It appears the whole Eto’o business might become a bona fide saga after all. To recap: Eto’o said he’d like to play in the Premier League, then apparently went to discuss a pay-rise with Inter president Massimo Moratti, then said he’d never thought of leaving. Agent Claudio Vigorelli has now told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Inter are not going out and looking for offers and neither is Eto’o, but nothing is to be excluded in football.”

11.30: Alberto Aquilani could well be battling for his place at Liverpool next season alongside Charlie Adam, Raul Meireles, Lucas, Jay Spearing, Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Christian Poulsen, Joe Cole and probably someone else we’ve forgotten. “I really do think that Aquilani will be wearing the Liverpool shirt next season,” agent Franco Zavaglia said on Football Italia. They really do need to sell a central midfielder soon.

11.24: Sport says Benfica have given up on signing Barcelona B forward Jonathan Soriano because of his €3 million asking price.

11.15: Former Chile boss Marcelo Bielsa is expecting Alexis Sanchez to join Barcelona in the near future. "He is not a Barcelona player yet, but I believe he will be very soon," Bielsa said. “I'm happy for him and for Barcelona. I think they mix very well, although Alexis would mix well with any club - and even more so at Barcelona."

11.07: According to Sky Sports News, Spurs want Scott Parker but they're unlikely to sign him. He's on 80k a week and would cost £8 million and, although there's talk of a loan deal, Spurs are not expecting any favours after the whole Olympic Stadium business. As a result, Chelsea and Villa look more likely destinations.

11.04: Bayern say the fee won't be disclosed but chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's official website: "There were intense negotiations and it it took a long time to conclude the agreement, but we have reached a satisfactory conclusion."

10.58: It appears the Boateng medical is on the Bayern official website, so we can certainly take that one as true.

10.54: Reader comment from D.G.Ducci: "And in the Brazilian press, the 'Tevez affair' goes on. According to more than one source, the deal is not sealed between Man City and Corinthians due to a difference in the expected time for the four instalments to be payed. Corinthians wants to pay for Tevez in four annual instalments, while Man City wants to receive them each six months."

10.52: BREAKING NEWS Sky Sports News says Jerome Boateng is off for a medical at Bayern today. Well-placed confidence from Jupp Heynckes 22 minutes ago.

10.45: Lazio winger Pasquale Foggia is a target for QPR, according to his agent. Marco Sommella told La Lazio Siamo Noi: "We're looking for a team. We'll have to see what the market can offer us. There was the Cesena option given that their coach wanted him and now there is this QPR opportunity.” Foggia, 28, has been capped three times by Italy.

10.30: Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes remains hopeful Jerome Boateng will join from Manchester City this summer. “I’m confident,” he told Bild. “Manchester City can’t play with 35 players. I don’t think they’re going to continue to be so stubborn.”

10.26: And here's the full story on Modric.

10.21: Roma - having sold John Arne Riise to Fulham - could bring in free agernt Gabriel Heinze, according to France Football. They were said to be in for Emiliano Insua but his compatriot would likely be a cheaper and more experienced option.

10.09: Reader comment from Shane: "So now that Liverpool have agreed fees for Henderson, Adam, and Stewart Downing, should we expect:
a.) To continue to have no negotiating power in buying the players we want and continue to pay whatever price the club throws out? and
b.) Any more purchases of note? At the rate of capturing players we've been linked with at the highest possible price, is Enrique next for 25M? Who follows?"

10.02: Kenny Dalglish is set to head to Liverpool's Melwood training ground to tie up the Stewart Downing deal, apparently.

09.49: BREAKING NEWS Harry Redknapp insists Luka Modric will not be sold despite his transfer request. More to follow...

09.48: Gazzetta dello Sport says Bayern Munich want Roma striker Mirko Vucinic.

09.32: El Mundo Deportivo believes Arsene Wenger is trying to force Cesc Fabregas into submitting a transfer request so the player, rather than the club, looks bad. This blogger’s suspicion is that he’s actually just trying to get a respectable transfer fee, but that’s no more than an uninformed guess.

09.21: Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini said yesterday that Daniele De Rossi would be offered a new contract and he has underlined the fact that he’s not for sale. “De Rossi’s sale is not on the agenda,” he said. “I cannot weaken the side. By selling De Rossi and then bringing in Javier Pastore or anyone else, I would still be weakening Roma.”

09.11: As a note to the masses of confused readers referring to yesterday's 'Told you so' headline in relation to Sneijder joining United, it was a reference to The Sun saying exactly that and suggesting it was a done deal. It appears there is still, at the least, work to be done on that front.

08.58: Pepe hopes fellow Brazilian Kaka stays at Real Madrid, as it appears he will. Pepe told the club’s official website: "Kaka is a great player. I hope things turn out well and that he can help us. He will be very useful to us and he can bring much to the team.”

08.44: It appears the Modric story was not quite as exclusive as certain papers hoped. Here's the full round-up:

Daily Mail: Luka Modric submitted a written transfer request on Wednesday night, Wesley Sneijder has agreed £190k wages with Manchester United in a £35 million deal, Real Madrid aim to hijack Chelsea’s Falcao bid with a £26 million offer, Roma want Pablo Zabaleta but City won’t sell, Stoke want Bolton midfielder Matt Taylor.

The Sun: ‘Croatian sources’ say Modric is to hand in a transfer request and will more than triple his wages if he joins the Blues, Patrick Vieira will join Manchester City’s coaching staff, Fulham midfielder Jonathan Greening has agreed to join Nottingham Forest.

Daily Mirror: Wesley Sneijder has agreed to join Manchester United and could sign within 48 hours, Aston Villa want to sign Scott Parker for £7 million in addition to Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas. The paper also carries the Modric story citing a ‘source close to the player’.

Daily Star: Manchester United are prepared to use Nani as bait to land Wesley Sneijder as Inter are digging their heels in. United are prepared to offer £200k.

The Guardian: ...and another paper - a broadsheet no less - is saying Modric handed in a transfer request on Wednesday.

Daily Telegraph: Something about Modric handing in a transfer request.

The Independent: The Modric thing.

08.22: Meanwhile, Harry Harris has spoken to a Manchester United insider and it appears Wesley Sneijder's exorbitant wages are a bit steep, so it appears that move is unlikely. Full story here.

08.19: Good morning. The paper round-up will be with you soon, but for now, the Daily Mail and The Sun are both running with the big news that Luka Modric handed in a transfer request as he looks to force through a move to Chelsea.

July 13, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/13/2011

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.


Sneijder: The Sun wot won it, they say. © Getty Images

23.59 That's all for tonight, so join us again tomorrow.

23.30 Paul Faulkner, Villa's chief executive, told the Guardian: "I can confirm that we have reached an agreement with Liverpool following an improved offer received earlier today and the submission of a formal transfer request by Stewart Downing, and have subsequently given them permission to speak with the player. We believe there are replacements available in the market who can strengthen our squad ahead of the coming season, and we are in discussions as such. We are also working hard to conclude a deal for a goalkeeper who we believe can also strengthen the side."

23.16 Blackpool face a battle to hold on to Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who has attracted interest from Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers as well a host of the club's Championship rivals, according to the Guardian.

22.45 BREAKING: Liverpool have announced they have agreed a fee with Aston Villa for winger Stewart Downing. This way for the full story.

22.22 The Guardian is reporting that West Ham want £4 million for the loan of Scott Parker to Chelsea.

22.12 Jose Angel Valdes is poised to complete his €4.5 million transfer from Sporting Gijon to Roma. The full-back is to ink a five-year contract.

21.27 Matt ponders via the comments: "Pretty sure this is just a rumor but I read that Arsenal might be trying to offer Bendtner and £12 million to Borussia Dortmund for Neve Subotic. It just seems like a bit of a stretch though."

21.00 DONE DEAL Benfica have concluded the signing of Belgian star Axel Witsel on a five-year deal.

20.46 This way for the full story on Aguero reaffirming his desire to leave Atletico this summer.

20.19 Sergio Aguero looks destined to leave Atletico Madrid after telling ESPN: "I will not return to Atletico, it is clear." More to follow.

20.02 DONE DEALS: AEK Athens have signed Greek international goalkeeper Dimitris Konstantopoulos and Icelandic defender Elfar Freyr Helgason.

19.40 It is being reported that Roma have lodged £6.5 million bid for Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta. Malaga have also been mentioned as an interested party.

19.29 DONE DEAL: Atalanta have signed defender Stefano Lucchini from Sampdoria.

19.01 Talk is gathering pace that Manchester United have sent some delegates to Milan to discuss the potential signing of Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder. This has yet to be confirmed, but we could have more on this later. Stay tuned.

18.32 Arsene Wenger on Samir Nasri post his outing against a Malaysia XI on Wednesday: "We have to live with that (the speculation) and you could see when he [Samir] played that he wasn't disturbed by that."

18.06 Reports claim Arsenal midfielder Denilson was an unhappy bunny after being substituted having only playing 20 minutes of the Gunners' 4-0 friendly match win over a Malaysian XI. He was brought on at half-time and upon being replaced allegedly stormed down the tunnel.

17.55 Raul Meireles when asked if he would still be a Liverpool player this coming season: "Of course."

17.35 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is not chasing reported transfer target Robert Green. "We haven't spoken to Robert," he told Sky Sports. "He's obviously a fantastic keeper but he wasn't one that we've spoken about."

17.25 Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso has signed a new contract that will keep him at Villa Park until 2014, the club have confirmed.

17.11 Romania striker Ciprian Marica has left Stuttgart after having the final year of his contract cancelled. Full story

16.52 AC Milan may have denied they are trying to sign Javier Pastore but the Palermo playmaker says a switch to the Rossoneri would be very appealing. "I like AC Milan. They won the league title and have big ambitions," Pastore told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I think I can say that I will not play for Palermo next year."

16.35 Forgotten Liverpool forward Milan Jovanovic in on the brink of a return to Belgian football after holding talks with Anderlecht. Jovanovic told Foot Magazine: "My wife adores Brussels and is pushing me to return to Belgium ... I am still buzzing after my meeting with Anderlecht in Qatar."

16.20 Newcastle United have now officially confirmed thay have not received any offers for Cheik Tiote, amid reports Chelsea were snooping around the midfielder.

15.55 Premier League new boys QPR have signed former England midfielder Kieron Dyer on a one-year deal, the Loftus Road club have confirmed.

15.44 Swansea are lining up a move for Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp, according to Sky Sports. The Swans are on the look-out for a new keeper after losing Dorus de Vries.

15.27 Ousmane Dabo has warned Carlos Tevez he will not succeed in a battle of wills with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini. Dabo, who worked under the City boss at Lazio, said: "Mancini won't be bullied by anyone, that is for sure."

15.09 Benfica have agreed a fee to sign Roma-target Axel Witsel from Standard Liege. The highly-rated youngster is expected to sign a five-year deal with the Portuguese club.

14.46 The latest Barcelona player to speak about Cesc Fabregas' potential transfer to Barcelona (yawn) is Xavi, who says he spoke to the Gunners skipper in Ibiza and "he was suffering because he wanted to come". Full story

14.26 Rangers defender Steven Whittaker feels Kenny Miller would be a success if he returns to the club this summer. Full story

14.12 Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed Daniele De Rossi will be offered a new contract. Full story

13.46 New York Red Bulls have signed out-of-contract Hamburg goalkeeper Frank Rost. The 38-year-old had played in the Bundesliga for the past 18 years. "We are extremely pleased that Frank is joining us in mid-season," said New York sports director Erik Soler.

13.30 Is Raul Mereiles to stay at Liverpool? "Of course," the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Year told a press conference.

13.11 QPR are set to complete the signing for former England international Kieron Dyer, according to manager Neil Warnock.

13.08 West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has confirmed that consider Scott Parker could be sent out on loan next season. Sullivan said: "He'd like to play in the Premier League but he accepts that if we can't get the right fee, he'll be playing in the Championship next season." Chelsea, most obviously, are the prime club to be linked.

13.04 Juventus are set to beat Liverpool to the signing of Argentine winger Diego Perotti from Sevilla, say Talksport. He was seen as a back-up plan if the Stewart Downing deal does not happen.

12.44 Roma are closing in on the signing of Espanyol goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

12.37 Tranmere striker Dale Jennings has completed his dream move to German giants Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee, despite that aforementioned injury.

12.34 Sources at Newcastle United insist there has been no contact from Chelsea amid suggestions the Blues have made an inquiry about Ivory Coast midfielder
Cheick Tiote after a report in London's Evening Standard suggested he is seen as a replacement for Michael Essien.

12.28 Striker Mariano Pavone is having a medical at Blackburn. A free transfer, he's the player who scored and missed a penalty as River Plate got relegated.

11.51 The Fulham Chronicle says that QPR are ready to complete a £1.25 million move for DJ Campbell of Blackpool.

11.45 David Stockdale seems set to stay as Mark Schwarzer's number two at Fulham. Swansea wanted him but chairman Huw Jenkins said: "We've made enquiries there. It doesn't seem there's anything on the Fulham side that they want to make a deal happen, so it's looking unlikely that that's going to happen."

11.26 AS Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu is close to completing a £2.5 million move to Blackburn, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

11.17 The delay in Tranmere's Dale Jennings signing for Bayern Munich is that the medical showed up a need for a hip operation. He will be out for months buy Bayern are set to go ahead with the transfer.

11.11 Leggo again reports the rumour that Chelsea want Roma vice-captain Daniele De Rossi.

10.55 DONE DEAL: John Arne Riise has returned to the Premier League with Fulham. It is believed they have paid AS Roma a fee in the region of £2.5 million.

10.47 Reports suggest there is a three-way battle for Helsingborg striker Alexander Gerndt. West Brom, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham are all thought to be considering a move for the player.

10.39 Roma have warned clubs interested in Mirko Vucinic that their asking price will go up from Thursday. ``We have granted him (Vucinic) his wish to listen to eventual offers that arrive but Juve has not stepped forward so far. I can say that until tomorrow afternoon, Vucinic's price will be the same as it is now, but after that he will cost more," said sporting director Walter Sabatini.

10.22 AZ Alkmaar coach Gertjan Verbeek wants to sign three new players. "We currently have eighteen league-quality players," he told the club's official website. "The rest are still short. Behind the scenes we are working hard to get three more boys. This is about a right-back, a right winger and a striker."

10.15 Partick Thistle have agreed a new loan deal for Hearts defender Conrad Balatoni. He played for Partick last season too.

10.03 AC Milan are not in the race to sign Javier Pastore from Palermo after it was reported a Serie A side is in the race for his signature. Club administrator Adriano Galliani: "Pastore? The Italian club which [Palermo president Maurizio] Zamparini refers to is not AC Milan,''

09.48 DONE DEAL: Wolves have pulled off a coup by signing Roger Johnson from Birmingham for around £7 million.

09.37 Inter Milan technical director Marco Branca insists the Italian giants have not received any official offers for Wesley Sneijder.

09.32 DONE DEAL: Paul Konchesky has signed for Leicester now, ending his Liverpool nightmare.

09.21 DONE DEAL: QPR have signed Jay Bothroyd on a free transfer after he left Cardiff at the end of his contract.

09.06 BREAKING: The King Power Dome will welcome the talents of Paul Konchesky after Leicester City agreed a deal with Liverpool.

09.00 Napoli have completed the signing of midfielder Mario Santana from Fiorentina on a free transfer.

08.58 Everton are desperate to sign Wigan Athletic winger Charles N'Zogbia but are having to raise the funds needed through sales, say Click Lancashire.

08.53 Well, here's a turn-up. Against all-known recent stuff - Ferguson admitting that United will struggle to sign Wesley Sneijder and that Inter director Marco Branca says the Dutchman is not for sale, then The Sun claim that they told you so, Sneijder will indeed be heading to Manchester United. No quotes, but they are sure it's happening...

Here's a selection of the day's themes, with Carlos Tevez leading the charge to make his own claim for being the most tedious saga of the summer. Sorry, did I say that, I meant interesting.

THE SUN: Emmanuel Adebayor has agreed to return to Manchester City training on Monday - even though he remains devastated by the club's treatment.

Also: Manchester United were close to sealing the £35million transfer of Wesley Sneijder. Spurs are spiralling towards another crisis - with Michael Dawson the second big-name star consider his future.

DAILY MAIL: Carlos Tevez suffered further frustration over his Manchester City future last night after a £37million bid from Corinthians was rejected by the club's board. .

DAILY MIRROR: Jose Mourinho is poised to hijack Corinthians' bid for Carlos Tevez.

Also: Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola says he is "optimistic" about landing Cesc Fabregas.

DAILY STAR: Manchester City insist they have not received a single bid for captain Carlos Tevez.

THE GUARDIAN: Carlos Tevez's hope of returning to South America with Corinthians is on hold after Manchester City rejected the Brazilian club's 40million euros (£35 million) offer for their influential captain.

THE INDEPENDENT: Manchester City were last night heading towards a rejection of Corinthians' improbable 40million euros (£35.3million) bid for Carlos Tevez, with comments from a director of the Brazilian club heightening anxieties that they will simply not be able to pay for the striker.

July 12, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/12/2011

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.


Corinthians' £35 million bid for Carlos Tevez has been rejected by Man City © Getty Images
23.59 Right folks, that's all we've got time for today, but be sure to return at 0800 BST on Wednesday for developments on the Carlos Tevez saga...maybe the Luka Modric saga...or maybe the Alexis Sanchez, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas, Javier Pastore or Sergio Aguero sagas. We can but hope.

23.41 Inter Milan have completed the €5 million signing of Santos right-back Jonathan, reports Globoesporte.

23.28 The Daily Mail claims that Wigan are chasing West Ham midfielder Pablo Barrera. We think that Roberto Martinez didn't watch too much of the Mexico international in action last season, as he was average at bet in his first Premier League season.

23.16 It will be interesting to see if Corinthians return with a new offer for Carlos Tevez as their president Andres Sanches suggested that the Brazilian club would not go any higher.

Sanches said: "I have made an offer which I think City cannot refuse, and we will not raise it further. If they ask for that [£50m], they will keep him."

23.01 LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham says playing for Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho would be a "dream," according to Sports Illustrated. Cue "Beckham eyes Real return" headlines all round.

22.44 Udinese striker Antonio Di Natale has conceded that Alexis Sanchez is likely to follow Gokhan Inler and Christian Zapata out of the club this summer.

Di Natale said: "Two big players left in Zapata and Inler, and maybe even Sanchez [will leave] too, but the club have always shown they can move wisely and with competence on the transfer market."

22.29 Kenny Miller's disappointing spell at Bursaspor could soon be coming to an end, with the striker tipped too return to Rangers. Bursaspor's director of transfers, Erkan Kamat said: "There is something on Miller's mind regarding his family.

"It is difficult for him because his family is in Scotland. He is in Turkey. In a few days' time we will see what happens. I am meeting Kenny tomorrow but, for the time being, Kenny Miller is a
player of Bursaspor and will continue to be a player for Bursaspor. I will have to make a plan. I can't say anymore just now. But I will meet Kenny tomorrow, and then we will have a clearer picture.''

22.17 Middlesbrough midfielder Didier Digard has moved to Nice on a three-year deal.

22.04 We've got a comment here from Joey S. , who is lamenting QPR's lack of transfer activity:

"Can someone explain to me why QPR are not spending to stay in the Prem? I have waited for them to reach the top flight for years assuming their billionaire owners would splash for top players, adding another elite squad to the league...what am I missing here?"

England international (well...one-cap wonder) Jay Bothroyd signed for QPR today, so at least that's something!

21.51 Rumours abound as to who Man City would buy if they ever manage to sell Carlos Tevez. Some of the names we've continued to hear include Sergio Aguero, Mario Gomez and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

21.37 Jose Mourinho on Real Madrid's tranfser options according to Marca: "Neymar is Santos player, Aguero an Atletico one. Maybe the closest is Adebayor, who has played here six months."

21.20 Marca is predicting that Barcelona and Udinese are about to close the deal for the transfer of Alexis Sanchez in the next few hours. Watch this space.

21.06 Marseille's Senegalese defender Leyti N'Diaye has been sent on a season-long loan to newly-promoted Ligue 1 outfit AC Ajaccio. He has played with them twice on loan before and becomes their sixth new arrival of the summer.

20.58 Atletico Madrid have signed Brazilian international defender João Miranda on a free transfer from Sao Paulo.

Miranda said: "I'm only thinking of giving my all in order to stay here for as long as possible," he said. "As a defender, I'm quick and have technical ability and can fit into any style of play."

20.42 Fiorentina have announced that Federico Masi has joined Bari in a co-ownership deal.

20.35 Joseph Yobo's agent has told KickOffNigeria.com that the defender has rejoined the Everton squad for pre-season training but is still hopeful of pushing through a move to Fenerbahce.

John Shittu said: "We are hopeful that we can conclude the transfer as soon as the issues in Turkey are sorted out. Joe is keen on joining Fenerbahce and the club really want him, as the manager said a few days ago. The only problem is that nothing can be done because the president is not available at the moment.

"We are looking at all options to make this deal happen, and if it means we have to do another one-year loan deal to Fenerbahce, that is what we will do."

20.18 Skysports.com is reporting that Standard Liege midfielder Steven Defour will snub interest from the Premier League and sign for Lokomotiv Moscow.

20.01 Reports in the French presssuggest that Marseille are ready to make a move for Benfica's Paraguay forward Oscar Cardozo, though it seems the general opinion is that l'OM will be unable to meet the Portuguese giants' valuation.

19.50 Your comments are still flooding in and DanTheMan has had his say on the Tevez transfer saga:

"I get that Tevez is a workhorse who has a nose for goal, but $50 million?! When you sign Carlos you are not sure if he will like your city, your management, your location (he won't like unless your stadium is in his backyard), etc. Not a city supporter complaining for him leaving, actually a Juve fan crying out against the new transfer market fees, with $50 million buying the good players, not just the top few players."

19.44 Full story here on Manchester City rejecting Corinthians' £35m bid for Carlos Tevez.

19.34 Roy Hodgson has outlined his transfer plans at West Brom, saying: "It could be as many as five or six players coming in, all of whom would be great acquisitions, and the total outlay hopefully won't break the bank.''

19.21 BREAKING: We understand that Man City have rejected a £35m bid from Corinthians for captain Carlos Tevez because they are holding out for a £50m fee.

19.07 Birmingham defender Roger Johnson is expected to put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Wolves on Wednesday morning.

18.58 Highly-rated young striker Emmanuel Riviere has joined Toulouse from Saint-Etienne in a deal thought to be worth around 6 million euros.

18.45 Birmingham City have prised defender Steven Caldwell away from his brother Gary after completing the signing of the 30-year-old Scotland centre-back from Wigan on a two-year contract.

18.36 talkSPORT reckons that Real Madrid will be happy to let midfielder Lassana Diarra leave the club for around £15m, with TJuventus, ottenham and Manchester United thought to be keen on the Frenchman.

18.28Keep the comments coming in everyone; Gino G (a relation to 1996 UK Eurovision entry Gina G?!) is preaching to the converted here at ESPNsoccernet with a stark assessment of the transfer market:

"I am really tired of clubs insanely overpricing their players. It is just ridiculous. People like Neymar, Pastore, N'Zogbia, Alexis Sanchez, and now Luka Modric are not worth however much the clubs are asking for them. It is ruining the football transfer market as more and more clubs are doing it."

18.14 Full story here on Inter Milan saying Wesley Sneijder is not for sale.

18.02 Kaiserslautern are closing in on Hapoel Tel-Aviv striker Itay Shechter, who would join former team-mate Gil Vermouth as the second player to move to the Fritz-Walter-Stadion from the Israeli side should a deal be completed.

17.51 Inter Milan do not plan to enter the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal. Inter chief Marco Branca said: “Arturo Vidal is not part of our strategy. We’re keeping an eye on various situations, but already have many midfielders considering the coach will play with only two or three in the middle.”

17.38 Inter Milan new boy Luc Castaignos has expressed his delight at joining "the best club in the world''. Full story

17.34 West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admits he may finally need to spend to bring in his next batch of transfer targets - such as Robert Green and Shane Long (Reading). Full story

17.19 Arsenal have offered a trial to Serbia U19 international Nenad Lukic after watching the Lokomotiv Plovdiv winger during his country's Euro Championship qualifying fixtures, according to the Daily Mail.

17.01 Real Madrid have now confirmed that Sergio Ramos and Pepe have extend their contracts. Ramos has agreed a six-year-deal and Pepe a five-year deal. Full story

16.51 - Twitter talk Real Madrid defenders Sergio Ramos and Pepe have signed new contracts to keep them at the Santiago Bernabeu.

16.35 Inter Milan technical director Marco Branca says reported Manchester United target Wesley Sneijder is not for sale.... unless the club receives a "mega-galactic'' offer for his services.

16.25 Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka could be heading to the MLS to join David Beckham at LA Galaxy or Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls if he is deemed surplus to requirements by Andre Villas-Boas, according to La Parisien.

16.07 Arsenal winger Theo Walcott says: "We just want to get the season up and running - if players come or go we will just have to live on."

15.39 Andrew Little admits he has thought about getting out of Ibrox in order to kick-start his Rangers career. ''I have been keen to go out on loan for the last two and half years,'' he said. ''I feel as if I need 30 to 40 games a season. At the same time I want to play for Rangers and I want to play here. So if my chance comes I want to be here to take it.''

15.27 Asked if he would still be a Liverpool player this coming season, Raul Meireles replied: "Of course."

15.18 Belgium international midfielder Axel Witsel's dad has quashed reports from Portuguese newspaper, Record that an 8m euros deal with Benfica was done. He said: "There is no truth in this at all. Axel is in training with his team mates at Standard."

15.01 Udinese sporting director Fabrizio Larini has expressed surprise at claims from Spain that Alexis Sanchez will join Barcelona today. ''I cannot confirm those reports,'' Larini told Tuttomercatoweb.it. ''I will meet with Udinese owners tonight and we will see what happens. Eventually, they will be the ones to give the news. These are long negotiations and considering that Sanchez is playing in the Copa America, there is no need to resolve the situation immediately. We cannot forget that earlier this summer the media had already confirmed Sanchez's move to Barcelona and in the end it was not true.''

14.42 Update on Carlton Cole. Potters chairman Peter Coates told Sky Sports News: ''We have agreed terms with West Ham, that's done. Now it's a case of can we agree terms with Carlton?''

14.31 Spurs boss Harry Redknapp says that Chelsea's bid of £27 million for Luka Modric is way under valuation. Read more here.

14.29 Napoli have signed Uruguay centre-back Miguel Angel Britos from Bologna. No word on whether he wore a lion mask to his unveiling though.

14.21 Wigan look to be about to part company with Antonio Amaya who never managed to break into the first team at the club. Real Betis are ready to swoop.

14.06 BREAKING: Djibril Cisse has joined Lazio on a permanent deal.

13.56 Fiorentina could give Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani the chance to return to Italy next season, according to talkSPORT. But they would still have to stump up at least £15 million.

13.45 Leyti N'Diaye has rejoined Ligue 1 newcomers AC Ajaccio on loan from Marseille.

13.41 Anybody in for Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Rene Adler is set to be disappointed as he will undergo knee surgery tomorrow.

13.33 BREAKING: Stoke have had a bid for West Ham's Carlton Cole accepted by the club.

13.13 Feyenoord's Leroy Fer won't be staying at the club. "I have been very clear; I will not sign a new deal, even if I don't find a new club this summer. It would be in Feyenoord's best interest if they sold me to Twente now," he told NUsport.

13.08 Sierra Leone's AIK Solna strikers Teteh Bangura and Mohamed Bangura are both attracting the attention of Liverpool apparently.

12.49 Hamburg have confirmed their interest in Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner but fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have quashed speculation they are chasing the striker.

12.25 Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker has admitted he would be tempted by a move to the Premier League. The towering centre-back has been linked with Arsenal.

12.11 Djibril Cisse is undergoing a medical in Rome on Tuesday as he closes in on a move from Panathinaikos to Lazio.

12.00 Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho fuels talk of a swoop for either Neymar or Sergio Aguero, telling the club's official website: "In my opinion, and in that of everyone, we are missing one more man, one more attacker."

11.45 Swansea's battle to hold on to defender Neil Taylor, a target of Newcastle United, looks set to be referred to a Premier League arbitration panel, according to WalesOnline.

11.26 DONE DEAL: Spain Under-20 international Isco has become the latest signing for big-spending Malaga.

11.12 Reports claim Liverpool left-back Paul Konchesky is set to seal a move to Leicester.

11.10 Celtic manager Neil Lennon is to bring in Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa on trial. Lennon said: "Harry Redknapp was raving about Pletikosa so we'll have a look at him.''

10.56 Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar has told Sportske Novosti: "One thing is certain, if Tottenham sell Luka Modric, I will stay. However, if Luka stays, I will probably be loaned out somewhere."

10.49 Rangers manager Ally McCoist is considering a move to re-sign Kenny Miller for what would be a third spell at Ibrox for the striker. Full story here.

10.39 This way for the full story on Zapata's move to Villarreal.

10.25 Javier Pastore has told Sky Italia: "If I left Palermo, I would like to remain in Italy. I have played in Italy for the last two years and feel very comfortable there. If I leave Palermo it will be to join a stronger team. I know Palermo president (Maurizio) Zamparini speaks to my agent. I am calm."

10.14 Will Vebert wonders via Twitter: "How can there be no bids for Juan Mata, a player that has already won the World Cup at 23 and led his country to U21 glory?"

10.02 DONE DEAL: Marius Stankevicius has moved to Lazio from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee and has penned a three-year contract with the Roman outfit.

09.43 Don't forget you can have your say on the latest transfer rumblings via the comments section of this blog or on Twitter @ESPNsoccernet.

09.40 DONE DEAL: Cristian Zapata has joined Villarreal from Udinese, the Italian club have confirmed. Zapata had been linked with a move to Liverpool.

09.36 Wolfsburg midfielder Diego is being linked with a move to Fiorentina, according to Football Italia. The Brazilian failed to shine during his previous stint in Serie A, when he played for Juventus.

09.30 Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov on Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given: "Shay is one of the best keepers in the league and, if he comes to us, it will be a great signing for us. He's got European experience and Premier League experience so what else do you need?"

09.14 More on the aforementioned Greening to Nottingham Forest link, apparently the fee involved could be £600,000. Meanwhile, Forest boss Steve McCLaren has reflected on his summer plans: "I may have to stay here instead of going to Portugal with the team. That for me is a first in my career. I want to be with the team. But my most important job at the moment is to ensure I assemble a squad that can compete for promotion with the top six in this league."

09.02 Some Scottish hearsay now as the Daily Record reports Ally McCoist will consider offering Kenny Miller a sensational third spell at Rangers.

08.46 Fenerbahce have failed in their bid to land Everton defender Joseph Yobo on a permanent deal, according to the Liverpool Echo.

08.40 Alay Shukla has got in touch via Twitter, stating: "I believe LFC should step up their interest in Aly Cissokho as he is very devastating going forward." The Lyon left-back has indeed been strongly linked with the Reds.

08.38 The Daily Star says Roma are lining up a £12 million bid for Tottenham's Sandro. The player's agent is quoted as saying: "Roma is close to Sandro. If they buy him it will be an excellent signing for Roma." Sticking with Roma, and Chelsea are apparently keen on the impressive Daniele De Rossi.

08.32 The Metro is reporting that Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole could be offered a chance to reignite his career at German club Hamburg. Decent rumour, that one.

08.24 The Daily Mail claims Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is targeting Chelsea defender Alex, although he will face competition from Bayern Munich for the Brazilian's signature ... a swap deal between Blackburn and Tottenham is also mooted, but the Daily Mail reckons Sebastien Bassong and Robbie Keane will be offered to Rovers as Spurs aim to land Samba ... while interest is mounting in Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Celtic all linked.

08.17 The pick of the Daily Mirror's rumours include suggestions that Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe could be used in a swap deal involving Blackburn defender Christopher Samba. The paper also says that Chelsea will consider turning their attention to former Blues flop Scott Parker following the news that Michael Essien is sidelined for up to six months.

08.13 The Sun has plenty of other gossip for us to get our teeth into, including claims that Liverpool are to up the ante in their quest for Aston Villa's Stewart Downing ... Arsenal will bring in "Mexico whizkid Carlos Fierro" for £2 million ... West Brom boss Roy Hodgson will look to land Reading striker Shane Long for £8 million ... Villarreal are the latest club to be linked with Wigan's Hugo Rodallega ... Swansea are looking to acquire the services of free agent Eidur Gudjohnsen ... while Nottingham Forest are keen on Jonathan Greening.

08.07 Moving on to another of this summer's transfer sagas: Wesley Sneijder. The Sun, claiming the report as an exlusive, suggests Manchester United are poised to bring the Inter Milan midfielder to Old Trafford for £35 million - an in vogue figure it seems this morning.

08.04 Pretty much all the papers are running with the alleged Corinthians bid for Tevez, said to be in the region of £35 million. The Telegraph goes as far as to suggest Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero is already being lined up as a £40 million replacement.

08.00 A very good morning to you. This page will shortly bring you a comprehensive round-up of the newspapers' backpages, with much attention on Manchester City's Carlos Tevez. Remember, you can have your say on the all the transfer rumorus via the comments section of the blog or via Twitter @ESPNsoccernet.


July 11, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/11/2011

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 are looking to bring in a new midfielder© Getty Images

23.00 Closedown: Plenty to go off this evening, with Modric, Nasri, Sneijder all bubbling. Back in the morning.

22.36 Fergie on a Paul Scholes replacement: "How do you replace somebody like Paul Scholes? It's very difficult. If you bracket four of the best midfield players in the world he'd be alongside Xavi and Iniesta and then you take your pick. In my mind he's one of the top four players in the world. How will we overcome it? Maybe the next few weeks will help us overcome it. Maybe somebody will emerge out of the youth team or one of the young players ermerge, and then we carry on."

21.58 More on Nasri from Ferguson: ""Maybe he has to stay at Arsenal too. That's a possibility."

21.52 Nasri latest: Sir Alex Ferguson on Samir Nasri rumours, speaking in Boston: "No, I don't think he's coming to United. I think he's agreed to go elsewhere."

21.50 Bayern want Chelsea's Alex, say Bild.

21.48 Malaga may sign Wolfsburg outcast Diego, according to Globoesporte.

21.32 Chelsea have submitted an improved bid of £27 million for Luka Modric as they try to force through a deal. That's a £5 million increase of their opening £22 million bid.

21.22 Reports from Brazil suggest that Corinthians, a former employer, have bid £35 million for Carlos Tevez. From Twitter: "EXCLUSIVO: #Corinthians faz proposta para recontratar #Tevez". We'll see.

20.54 Roger Johnson on his move to Wolves to Sky Sports News: "We're halfway there. It wasn't an easy decision, I enjoyed my time at Birmingham but relegation half made the decision for me. I want to be in the Premier League and I'm sure everyone can appreciate that. But I enjoyed my time at Birmingham."

20.43 Pedro has joined the Barcelona rota of their players mentioning their club's targets in saying that he wants Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez signed soon. "Alexis is a great player. If the club has focused on him then it means he will be able to help us a lot,'' he told radio station RAC-1. "If Cesc and Sanchez can come then we will all be very happy."

20.18 Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a proposed move to Liverpool.

19.44 Tottenham have completed the signing of former Barcelona youngster Cristian Ceballos.

19.20 Quotes from Wesley Sneijder to Vanity Fair, of all sources: "Of course, if the club decides to sell, I'll go where they tell me to go, but I would be sad to leave. My wife and I are happy in Milan, and I would miss Inter, but that's football. When Real Madrid sold me to Inter, at the time I wanted to stay in Spain."

19.01 DONE DEAL: Portsmouth have signed defender Greg Halford from Wolves on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

18.49 Kaiserslautern have signed Israeli forward Itay Shechter from Hapoel Tel Aviv on a four-year contract.

18.29 Gokhan Inler was unveiled by Napoli in a tiger mask, which is novel.

18.26 Twitter talk: Raphael Honigstein, German football freelancer of some note, tweets that Nicklas Bendtner is headed to Borussia Dortmund.

18.06 Redknapp was also quizzed on claims that Chelsea could lodge an improved offer later today. The Spurs boss admitted the decision whether to accept is up to chairman Daniel Levy.

18.05 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has denied claims that Luka Modric trained separately from his team-mates today in light of his desire to join Chelsea.

18.00 Napoli have seemingly ended their interest in Bayer Leverkusen's Arturo Vidal after landing Gokhan Inler from Udinese today.

17.47 WalesOnline is claiming around eight clubs are vying for winger Wayne Routledge's signature.

17.34 Rangers boss Ally McCoist: "I'd hope we might have news on the transfer front in the next 24-48 hours."

17.19 Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra has not travelled with his team-mates for their pre-season tour of America, sparking speculation over his future at the Spanish giants.

17.05 DONE DEAL: Nice have confirmed the signing of Argentina left-back Fabian Monzon after the club reached an agreement with Boca Juniors.

16.55 It is being strongly reported that Borussia Dortmund are close to securing the signature of Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

16.48 Free agent Danny Webber is having a trial with QPR in a bid to prove his worth to manager Neil Warnock.

16.29 DONE DEAL: Leeds United have completed the signing of former Portsmouth midfielder Michael Brown.

16.11 Sky Sports News claims that Chelsea are to submit a second offer for Tottenham's Luka Modric later today.

15.44 The Chronicle also reports that Celtic are weighing up a move for Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

15.40 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, speaking to The Chronicle, on his hunt for a striker: "We are still looking hard for a striker, and we have got our eyes on every striker who is available at the moment. But they have to be the right fit for this club. There is a certain genre they have to fit into. And we will be striving for them to fit into that category."

15.32 This way for the full story on Stoke's capture of Woodgate.

15.08 DONE DEAL: Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Jonathan Woodgate on a one-year deal.

14.50: DONE DEAL: Former Brazil midfielder Ze Roberto is set to end his career in the Middle East after signing a two-year deal with Qatar's Al Gharafa as a free agent.

14.47 DONE DEAL: Fulham have confirmed Hungarian goalkeeper Csaba Somogyi has signed a one-year-deal with the club following a successful trial.

14.25 Why can't all press conferences be like this? Napoli have unveiled Gokhan Inler as their new player, while the midfielder kept the waiting journos in suspense by wearing a lion mask. Watch the weird unveiling on YouTube here.

14.15 The father and agent of Barcelona's Jeffren Suarez has named Sevilla as one of the potential suitors for the winger. "It's possible that an important club like Sevilla are interested and there is a possibility that they've already been in touch with Barcelona to ask about his availability," Efren Suarez was quoted as saying in Sport.

14.06 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on Nicklas Bendnter and Manuel Almunia: "Both of them are possible departures."

13.55 Zoltan Gera on his proposed return to West Brom: "There was a chance of me staying at Fulham but I had already made a verbal agreement with West Bromwich Albion."

13.33 Valencia president Manuel Llorente: "Juan Mata is not for sale. We have not received any offers for the player. The news that appears in the media is just rumours."

13.15 QPR manager Neil Warnock has said today: "Jimmy Bullard is one of a number we are talking about. We need strikers and centre-halves. We need a number of positions filling."

12.50 Liverpool midfieler Alberto Aquilani's agent, Franco Zavaglia, has told Tuttomercatoweb.it: "His future for the time being is at Liverpool. The player will remain there. With Fiorentina there are no negotiations in place, I have not even been approached by them. They are just rumours."

12.25 Arsenal have confirmed they have agreed a deal to sign Ivory Coast international Gervinho from Lille, subject to "a regulatory process''.

12.21 Gokhan Inler is reportedly on the verge of sealing his switch from Udinese to Napoli.

12.06 Carlton Cole's proposed £6 million move from West Ham to Stoke is in the balance after talks over personal terms stalled, according to the London Evening Standard.

11.58 The Sentinel reports that former Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate could join Stoke City as early as today, subject to a medical, of course.

11.36 Sky Sports News claims Swansea are closing in on a £1.5 million swoop for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge.

11.15 Wolves are closing in on Roger Johnson after opening talks with the £7 million-rated Birmingham defender, according to the Express & Star.

10.52 Roma have no intention of selling striker Mirko Vucinic this summer, according to club sporting director Walter Sabatini.

10.21 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Javier Pastore: "There are five clubs keen on Pastore and one of them is Italian. It's not Napoli or Juventus. There is a 99% chance that Pastore will leave."

10.15 Panathinaikos forward Djibril Cisse hopes to complete his permanent transfer to Lazio this week.

10.04 Arsenal boss Arsenal Wenger on Cesc Fabregas: "Cesc loves the club and hopefully we will manage. We know that this story for Barcelona has gone on for years now, we have to close that and focus on the season, hopefully with Cesc Fabregas." Full story here.

09.54 Micah Richards has denied recent reports over alleged contract demands, telling the club's official website: "I notice that one (newspaper) was claiming this weekend that I was demanding £100,000 per week before I sign a new contract at City. That is nonsense. They don't know what has been said, offered, or asked for, so instead they just make up a figure which makes everyone think that I am being greedy. It's annoying but I suppose it goes with the territory these days."

09.46 AC Milan's budget has been "hit hard" by the news that president Silvio Berlusconi's company has been levied with a massive €560 million fine. Milan have been linked with a big-money move with Napoli's Marek Hamsik, althugh this switch could now be in jeopardy.

09.41 Rangers boss Ally McCoist is determined to keep defender Madjid Bougherra, whos future is the subject of conjecture after he entered the final year of his contract. McCoist told the Daily Record: "I'd rather have Madjid here this season than lose him now."

09.21: Aston Villa have not received any bid from Arsenal for winger Stewart Downing and remain determined to keep the player.

09.11: Ignasi Miquel is not in Arsenal's squad for tour of Asia, with reports suggesting he will move to Bolton on loan as part of their deal for Gary Cahill.

08.59: Manchester United’s Darron Gibson proposed move to Sunderland has broken down after the player was unable to agree personal terms.

08.51: Wigan playing hardball over Charles N'Zogbia. Chairman Dave Whelan said: "I see some players being sold for £20m or £30m and Zoggy's better. We’ve had bids but they’re nowhere near our valuation."

08.32: Roberto Carlos has revealed he is trying to convince Neymar to shun Chelsea and Real Madrid in favour of a shock move to Russia. ''I told him about Anzhi's project and about the terms Suleyman Kerimov is ready to offer,'' he said. ''He really could sign for us, because no other club has an effect on Neymar like Anzhi! Now everthing is up to him.''

08.26: Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Swedish teenager Kristoffer Olsson. "I can confirm that the transfer is close to being sealed. I won't comment on any sums, but of course we are happy with the deal," IFK Norrkopings sporting director Tony Martinsson told Fotbolldirekt.se. "We are pleased, but of course we would have preferred to have seen Kristoffer stay in Norrkoping and evolve to a first-team player. He wanted to take this chance and we will not stand in the way."

08.16: Porto’s Rolando, 25, wants to be reunited with his old boss Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea. He said: “I loved working with Villas-Boas at Porto. If he wants me, he has my number.”

08.05: Some more paper gossip:

The Daily Mirror: Newly-rich Paris St Germain will offer Chelsea £9million to get rid of Nicolas Anelka... Tottenham are moving ahead of rivals Arsenal in the race for Blackburn captain Chris Samba - but they will have to pay £12million. Bayern Munich want a £12million deal for Chelsea’s Brazilian defender Alex.

The Sun: Arsenal and Liverpool are told they’ll have to pay £20m for Stewart Downing... West Brom and Roy Hodgson are ready to offer Owen Hargreaves a chance to rebuild his career. Liverpool and Aston Villa will have to fork out at least £20million for Charles N’Zogbia, which seems a bit steep. Alex McLeish will make his move for £6 million Scott Parker this week.

08.01: Chelsea are looking for someone to replace Michael Essien after his recent knee injury, and are looking at FC Porto's Joao Moutinho, according to the Sun

08.00: Morning all, and Mr Wenger says Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri will be staying at Arsenal this season. Gervinho has also signed for the club.

July 10, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/10/2011

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.


Are Arsenal looking at hijacking Liverpool's bid for Stewart Downing? © Getty Images

23.35 Well that's all for today, but join us again for more of the same tomorrow.

23.22 - Twitter talk: Liverpool are considering offloading fans' player of the year Raul Meireles to Inter Milan or Juventus.

22.55 Arsenal are close to completing the signing of 16-year-old Swede Kristoffer Olsson. IFK Norrkopings sporting director Tony Martinsson told Fotbolldirekt.se: "I can confirm that the transfer is close to being sealed."

22.25 Ipswich have signed Lee Bowyer on a free transfer after the former England midfielder opted to leave Birmingham City.

21.57 - Twitter talk: "I'm happy at FC Porto. I want to win more trophies here," says Hulk, via Portugoal.net.

21.32 Real Madrid's new signing Fabio Coentrao turned down a lucrative offer from Chelsea in order to join Jose Mourinho's side, according to AS.

21.00 AS Monaco goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier is a target for French-rivals St-Etienne and Paris Saint-Germain, according to L’Equipe.

20.38 Manchester City transfer target Samuel Eto'o has committed his future to Inter Milan. "When the president speaks, I can only say yes," the former Barcelona star told Inter Channel. Full story

20.07 The general manager of Bundesliga side Hannover, Jorg Schmadtke, denies his club are set to sign AC Milan's Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah.

19.46 - Twitter talk: Reports in France suggest that Paris Saint-Germain are looking to complete the signing of Nicolas Anelka as soon as possible, offering €8m.

19.04 Cologne are reported to be interested in AC Milan midfielder Rodney Strasser.

18.40 Sasa Papac admits he would love to be reunited with Carlos Cuellar in the Rangers defence. "He is a very good player. We know how he can play after his great season with us before.''

18.27 Ex-Juve chief Luciano Moggi tells Radio Sportiva: "[Sergio] Aguero is not the big name or champion who can resolve the problems of a team. Mind you, neither is Giuseppe Rossi."

18.05 Atletico Madrid will make a move to sign 20-year-old Barcelona midfielder Thiago if Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas arrives at the Camp Nou, according to Marca.

17.45 Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani, who spent last season on loan at Juventus, may get his wish of staying in Serie A as Fiorentina are preparing a bid, according to Sky Sport Italia.

17.27 SPL champions Rangers have opened transfer negotiations with Spanish club Espanyol over a deal to sign defender Raul Rodriguez. Full story

17.03: Manchester City have denied Bayern's claims that they're refusing to negotiate over Jerome Boateng and say the issue is purely about valuation. Story here.

16.54: Marca expects Atletico Madrid to make an offer to sign Thiago Alcantara on loan for at least one season if Barcelona sign Cesc Fabregas.

16.37: Asamoah Gyan is not looking to leave Sunderland this summer. Story here.

16.27: OFFICIAL Real Mallorca have completed the signing of defender Gianni Zuiverloon from West Brom.

16.17: Disgraced Juventus director general Luciano Moggi isn’t letting his lifetime ban from football get in the way of slagging off his former club’s key transfer targets. “Aguero is not a big name or a champion who can resolve the problems of a team,” he told Radio Sportiva. “Mind you, neither is Giuseppe Rossi.”

He also cast his critical eye over Roma new-boy Erik Lamela: “Roma have several interesting players, like Lamela. He does what he wants with the ball at his feet, so would be excellent in a circus. How he does on a playing field in Serie A is another matter.”

16.03: Tottenham have already made contact with Lyon over Miralem Pjanic, according to The People.

15.48: OFFICIAL Arsenal's highly-rated young Brazilian forward Wellington has rejoined Levante on a season-long loan deal.

15.36: It seems Eden Hazard has no desire to leave Lille this summer. Story here.

15.14: Arsenal and Manchester city are both said to be keen on Jan Vertonghen, but Ajax have revealed it'll cost them over €20 million if he does move on. Story here.

14.53: Liverpool are going to have to get rid of a few central midfielders this summer, but Steven Gerrard expects Lucas Leiva to remain a key part of Kenny Dalglish's plans. Full story here.

14.27: OFFICIAL Kevin Phillips has joined Blackpool on a free transfer from Birmingham after agreeing a one-year deal with the option for a further year.

14.11: Aston Villa are in advanced talks with Tottenham over full-back Alan Hutton, according to skysports.com. Harry Redknapp is apparently planning to make Kyle Walker a key part of his plans this season.

13.57: OFFICIAL Ze Roberto, 37, has joined Qatar-based Al Gharafa after his contract at Hamburg expired. He’s signed a two-year deal.

13.42: Sticking with the West Brom theme, Skysports.com says they’ve made an enquiry for West Ham’s Jack Collison.

13.33: West Brom won't be offering Jonathan Woodgate a contract, but Roy Hodgson wants to keep Nottingham Forest target Nicky Shorey. Story here.

13.11: We had mention of a rumour that AC Milan wouldn’t be signing their mysterious ‘Mr X’ anymore because of money problems, and vice-president Adriano Galliani has now pretty much confirmed it. Silvio Berlusconi’s Fininvest company has been ordered to pay €560 million in damages and Galliani said: “It is something that hits the owners of Milan very hard, as the club is owned by Fininvest.”

He added: “Milan are absolutely a complete and very competitive squad. We’ll see what happens, but the team is fine as it is.”

12.56: And more on Chelsea: the Sunday Express thinks Javier Pastore is their back-up plan if they fail to land Modric.

12.48: Chelsea are considering a move for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, after Michael Essien’s serious knee injury. De Rossi is out of contract next year.

Reader comment from Matt: "The other day I read a report that talked about how Werder Bremen couldn't afford to resign Mertesacker to an extension at this time. So why isn't anyone talking about him? He would be a great addition to many clubs and seemingly fits Arsenal perfectly given that they need a huge strong centerback."

12.34: Marca says Barcelona are only offering €26 million for Alexis Sanchez. Ho hum. Udinese are apparently demanding at least €35 million, and publicly they’ve said they want €50 million. This one’s going to run until the end of August, isn’t it?

12.07: Explosive quotes from Luka Modric on Daniel Levy and his determination to join Chelsea this summer. Full story here.

11.49: Yesterday we had the news that Lassana Diarra was one of the players Real Madrid left at home for their trip to the US as he’s not needed. Today’s Marca tells us that Lass actually was in Mourinho’s plans, but the player doesn’t fancy being a back-up and said he wanted to stay in Europe.

11.29: Thiago Alcantara is one of the few Barcelona players who probably doesn’t particularly want Cesc Fabregas to join, but he’s saying he doesn’t mind. “Since I arrived at Barcelona there has always been a lot of competition and there always will be,” he said. “Whoever comes will come.”

11.06: Rumours are circulating again that Barcelona are on the verge of signing Alexis Sanchez. What will we write about in this blog without hourly updates from the Udinese owner and his son?

10.55: Juventus are hopeful they will sign Giuseppe Rossi this summer. Full story here.

10.36: BREAKING NEWS Sky Sports News says Arsenal have made contact with Aston Villa over Stewart Downing. Perhaps not time to worry too much, though, Arsenal fans, as he's apparently still more keen on a move to Liverpool.

10.19: Another one from The People: Frank Arnesen is now trying to take Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole to Anfield. Having already signed most of his Chelsea failures, he’s now seemingly trying to take the ones who failed at a different club. Does this man ever do any actual work anymore?

10.14: Twitter Talk @joncarterESPN: "Another Madrid misfit linked with #afc Wenger ready to bid £12m for midfielder Esteban Granero? Could be better spent on Pjanic..."

09.55: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has again played down the club’s chances of signing Marek Hamsik. "If [Napoli president Aurelio] De Laurentiis says €40m will cover their costs then there is no chance of seeing Hamsik at Milan," Galliani told Sportmediaset.

09.32: Summer just doesn’t feel like summer without an array of Barcelona players talking about how much they want to see Cesc Fabregas back home. “We have always said what we think of him,” Andres Iniesta told Sport. “If he comes he will help us to make the step up in quality. I have spoken with him on many occasions and he could achieve his desire to come."

09.20: Hello, blog fans. The papers seem certain that Samir Nasri will be off to Eastlands, and Arsenal fans may well be less than pleased to hear Stewart Downing touted as a possible replacement. Meanwhile, there's not a lot of transfer gossip in the final ever edition of the News of the World.

Mail on Sunday: Arsenal will try to sign Stewart Downing as Samir Nasri prepares to complete a £25 million move to Manchester City, Manchester United are set to sign Wesley Sneijder, Manchester City are poised to bring in Sergio Aguero, Sunderland have pulled out of the deal to sign Darron Gibson.

The People: Manchester City have yet to receive an offer for Carlos Tevez but are scouting Neymar, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Sergio Aguero at the Copa America, Chelsea could re-sign Scott Parker after Michel Essien’s knee injury, PSG have made Nicolas Anelka their No. 1 target.

Sunday Mirror: Inter will meet on Tuesday and agree to sanction the sale of Wesley Sneijder to Manchester United, Luka Modric will be handed a big pay-rise to £80,000 to keep him happy at Spurs, Barcelona are confident they’ll tie up a deal for Cesc Fabregas this week … and yesterday’s Goal.com exclusive that Real Madrid will offer £25m plus Karim Benzema or Gonzalo Higuain for Carlos Tevez.

News of the World: Sunderland are keen to re-sign Danny Welbeck this season, Vincent Kompany is set to replace Carlos Tevez as Manchester City captain.

Sunday Times: Samir Nasri will double his wages when he completes a £22.5 million move to Manchester City.

July 9, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/09/2011

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 Samuel Eto'o be on his way to Eastlands? © Getty Images

23.30 Well that's all for today, but join us again for more of the same tomorrow, when the Sunday newspapers are sure to provide us with some outrageous transfer speculation.

23.24 Portuguese newspaper O Jogo claim Chelsea and Real Madrid target Radamel Falcao is ready to sign a new contract with FC Porto.

23.07 Bayern Munich have been priced out of a move for Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng and have turned their attention to Chelsea centre-half Alex instead, according to Sport1.

22.41 Stephen Ireland has his sights on rebuilding his Aston Villa career under new manager Alex McLeish and becoming "an important player'' for the midlands club.

22.25 Fulham's back-up goalkeeper David Stockdale is willing to go out on loan to get first team football and told Teamtalk a possible move to Swansea "would suit me down to the ground".

21.40 Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are favourites to sign Barcelona's 23-year-old forward Jeffren after talks with Valencia broke down, according to Sport.

20.54 AC Milan are considering a move for Barcelona left-back Maxwell, according to French newspaper L'Equipe.

20.15 Barcelona striker David Villa has repeated his wish to see Spain team-mate Cesc Fabregas join him at the Nou Camp next season. Full story http://es.pn/rfSsw0

19.51 Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has admitted the club are negotiating moves for Carlton Cole and Jonathan Woodgate. Full story

19.30 Celtic have confirmed the signing of Victor Wanyama on a four-year contract following their successful appeal to the Scottish Football Association over his work permit on Friday.

19.18 Wigan Athletic striker Hugo Rodallega has revealed that Arsenal are among the clubs chasing his signature. Full story

19.00 - Twitter talk: Liverpool-bound USA U17s international Marc Pelosi: "I've been told Guardiola said if you don't go to Barcelona, then the second-best place to develop is Liverpool"

18.32 Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner are in talks with unnamed clubs about a summer transfsers, according to the BBC.

18.14 Sergio Busquets seems to think Barcelona will be fine without Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Neymar et al. "I don't know if we need more players or not," he said. "I think we have a very good squad that can be competitive this season."

17.52 Roma defender Nicolas Burdisso is claiming Argentina team-mates Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Pastore could join the club. "Pastore and Higuain? Maybe," he told Sky Sport 24. "Apparently they’ve been in contact with Roma. If they did join, I’d be happy, because that would mean we were improving."

17.39 OFFICIAL Palermo have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan winger Ignacio Lores Varela from Defensor Sporting Club. "I am happy to be a new Palermo player. It's a great thrill for me," Lores Varela told MediaGol.it.

17.22 Calcio Mercato says AC Milan may not be signing are marquee player after all - they’ve run short of cash apparently.

17.10 Hercules striker David Trezeguet, 33, has rejected two offers from Brazil, according to his agent. “Two Brazilian clubs have come with specific proposals for him, but we’re not considering them because we have better alternatives,” Antonio Caliendo told Radio CRC.

16.57: Twitter talk @robbiemustoe: “Real Madrid must be appealing to Carlos but he's only saving 90 mins on the long flight to see his girls so I guess he'll pass on the move.”

16.50: AS also thinks Jose Mourinho still wants Emmanuel Adebayor at Real Madrid. Apparently City have significantly lowered his price tag since the end of the season as they’re quite patently desperate to sell him.

16.34: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is keen to sign Rob Green or Ben Foster after their respective relegations with West Ham and Birmingham. "There are good goalkeepers available right now in the sense that they don't want to play in lower divisions," Hodgson said in the Daily Star. "You'd be talking about Foster and Green in that regard. If anything, we have a barrage of suggestions and possibilities."

16.25: ...and from the same story, it's claimed Madrid could still sign Emmanuel Adebayor as well. City must be shaking with excitement. Perhaps Madrid will make a bid for Craig Bellamy, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz and Wayne Bridge, too.

16.22: Here's another massive Manchester City rumour: Goal.com is claiming Real Madrid have offered €28 million cash as well as (yes, as well as) Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema for Carlos Tevez. If this is true, it'll be worth keeping your ears open for the sound of Roberto Mancini snapping Jose Mourinho's hand off.

16.13: Freiburg coach Marcus Sorg is hopeful Papiss Cisse will still be at the club come September. "Every day increases the chance that he stays with us, so we all work as if there'll be no change," he said. Blackburn were thought to be interested.

16.02: Pen hasn't been put to paper yet, but River Plate starlet Erik Lamela will be a Roma player next season after a €12 million fee and a five-year contract were agreed. More here.

15.52: Germany ‘keeper Tim Wiese has pretty much confirmed that he’ll be off when his Werder Bremen contract expires next summer. "It looks like I will leave next year," Wiese told Bild, which is little surprise since Werder Bremen already said they can’t afford to offer him an extension.

15.36: Real Madrid have decided they’ll be flying off to Los Angeles without Lassana Diarra, Sergio Canales, Pedro Leon and Royston Drenthe. It appears this is a less than subtle hint about the club’s need for their services and they’d be well advised to use the time to find alternative employment.

15.29: Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes remains confident of signing midfielder Arturo Vidal despite Bayer Leverkusen insisting they won’t sell to a Bundesliga rival. "It's not that clever to keep a player who has one year remaining on his contract and is determined to go," Heynckes said. "Vidal assured me that he wants to join Bayern, that he´s totally behind this decision. If it won't work now, it'll work next year.”

15.24: Carlton Cole's transfer to Stoke still looks a long way off after he flew out to Switzerland with the rest of the West Ham squad for a six-day training camp.

15.15: Are we returning to the days of ‘The Bank of England Club’? Sunderland have already signed John O’Shea, Wes Brown, Connor Wickham, Craig Gardner and Ji Dong-Won this summer, but they’re apparently lining up a £14 million bid for Liverpool misfit Alberto Aquilani.

15.09: Twitter talk Journalist Raphael Honigstein feels Chelsea could consider a move for Werder Bremen star Marko Marin. In response to questions on the subject, he tweeted: “CFC might well look at him, but he's certainly not a Modric type. small, tricky winger”

14.54: Barcelona forward Jeffren could be spending next season on loan by the sounds of things, with Fulham and Liverpool both having been linked.

"It'll be difficult to stay at Barca next season,” he told El Dia. “I will analyse the offers I got and choose the one that's best for me. I talked with the coach and he wants me to have playing time at another team for a year and then maybe return. I'd prefer to continue in the Liga. If that's not possible, I'd like to play in the Premier League next season.”

Reader comment from Jake: "Heard from the Metro that Pepe is set to agree a new deal with Real Madrid so no Chelsea move for him, But Chelsea might be able to solve there winger problem by signing Angel di Maria who is upset about not getting a new deal and possible signings of Neymar and Aguero, Sounds like a good move for my Blues."

14.43: Goal.com claims Newcastle have given up on Mevlut Erding after failing with their £7.5 million bid for the PSG striker. All down to wage demands, apparently.

14.35: Neymar's agent, Wagner Ribeiro, suggests his client will be off to the Bernabeu. "The preference of the child [Neymar] at the moment is Real Madrid," he said. "We're not talking about the economic side - for that matter there is no problem. We have to do the best for the boy, so you can make two dreams: the first being a world champion with Santos and make history, and the second dream is go to Real Madrid."

14.27: Saint-Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi has suggested he would happily join Paris St Germain. “It is a great club that can attract any player,” he told La Parisien.

14.21: Arsenal have confirmed Samir Nasri will be going on their pre-season tour to Asia.

14.18: Valencia are said to be interested in signing Mexico winger Andres Guardado from Deportivo.

14.14: River Plate starlet Erik Lamela is about to join Roma and has tweeted his goodbyes to the club’s fans: “I love you all. I thank you for the support you’ve always given, helping me grow day by day. I will never forget you.”

13.53: Theo Walcott’s passed on some hearsay about Jens Lehmann joining Thierry Henry at New York Red Bulls. “I've heard a rumour that Jens might have joined them - I don't know if that's true,” he said.

Reader Chris gives us his thoughts on the Arsenal situation: "It seems like Wenger is hoping to hold on to the core of Arsenal for one more shot at trophies with the idea that if they win something this season, it will be easier to sway Nasri to re-sign and Cesc to not leave for Barca. At this point, it might be his only chance not to implode the squad."

13.43: Harry Harris has been speaking to a man who's had a lot to do with the Neymar bidding, and it appears Barcelona are trying to beat Real Madrid to his signature by saying they'll wait till January to complete the deal. Full story here.

13.26: Time for our daily briefing on Udinese’s attempts to wangle as much money as possible out of Barcelona for Alexis Sanchez. “There is a request from Napoli for Sanchez, but right now we’d prefer to conclude the talks with Barcelona,” Gino Pozzo - son of owner Giampaolo - told Gazzetta dello Sport. “Next week we have a series of meetings planned and we’ll see what happens. It is a more complex negotiation process because there are other players involved in the transfer.”

13.12: Corriere dello Sport says Samuel Eto'o met with Inter president Massimo Moratti on Friday, and it's probably about a pay-rise. Could his apparently interest in playing in the Premier League be a ruse to secure money? Surely not.

12.42: Interesting tweet from Cesc Fabregas. He's missing the Arsenal pre-season tour of Asia due to injury, but these don't sound like the words of a man about to sign for Barcelona: "Im sorry to all the fans in Asia that I wont be on the tour. After just returning from Indonesia I know how special u all r. Ill make it up." Full story here.

12.30: There was talk that Malaga had already made a €35m bid for Wesley Sneijder, but it appears there are no concrete offers for the Inter star just yet. Full story here.

12.14: Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers says he is looking to add another three or four players to his squad following yesterday's signing of goalkeeper Jose Moreira from Benfica. “It is certainly not uncommon for clubs to be well into their pre-season plans and then sign players, which could well be the situation for us,” he added. “I'm happy with the way things are going.”

11.58: If the last update is even remotely true, City fans might need to worry. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is unhappy with City's refusal to discuss the sale of Jerome Boateng and has warned that they could be kicked out of the Champions League if they carry on like this. Full story here.

11.38: The Mirror has a story - which appears to actually be based on reports from elsewhere - that Manchester City have bid £78 million for three players: reports in Italy say City have agreed a £23 million fee for Samir Nasri, Atletico Madrid have apparently received a £37 million bid for Sergio Aguero, and City are apparently in talks with Inter over an £18 million deal for Samuel Eto’o. We’ve had a lot of that before, but it does make you wonder exactly what UEFA is saying to City at their meetings about Financial Fair Play.

11.20: Twitter talk @ian_holyman: "L'Equipe reporting Dortmund are ready to offer €10m for Sochaux's Marvin Martin. Not sure they'll get him for that."

11.07: Where is Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega going to be playing next season? He has no idea by the sounds of it, although he’d like to join Arsenal.

"I like playing and I have many teams where I could play but for now my future is with Wigan,” he told Goal.com US Latino. “I have a year left on my contract, but I [would] go to another team if the opportunity arises, and, well, I've always liked Arsenal.

"There are many teams interested, it's true. Villarreal, Sevilla, Arsenal also have [had] some interest, Everton of England, but it all is speculation.”

10.45: John Arne Riise has arrived at Fulham for his medical ahead of an expected switch from Roma.

10.35: OFFICIAL: Turkish club Eskisehirspor have signed Kris Boyd from Middlesbrough on a free transfer. Story here.

10.15: In the paper round-up, we told you about rumours Sunderland want Jermain Defoe and could be willing to let Asamoah Gyan go to get him, as well as the fact they want Charles N'Zogbia. It appears you wasted precious seconds reading all that. Read all about how Steve Bruce will only accept a 'wonder bid' for Gyan here.

10.07: Sky Sports News believes Samir Nasri has verbally informed Arsene Wenger he wants to leave, but it appears he will be joining the club on tour this weekend.

10.02: Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren wants to sign eight players after seeing a number of players depart an already small squad this summer. “We’ve lost nine and we’ve acquired Andy Reid - we’re eight players short,” he told the club’s official website. “The sooner they come in then the better for me, the team, the fans, the club, for everybody.”

09.50: Roy Hodgson expects Peter Odemwingie to sign a new deal at West Brom and is hopeful of bringing Zoltan Gera back to the club. More here.

09.38: Wigan flop Mauro Boselli is desperate to secure a return home after a miserable year in Europe. "I've spoken with my wife and family and the best thing for me would be to return to Argentina,” he said in The Sun. “I've told my agent that the priority is Estudiantes." We seem to recall Juan Sebastien Veron, of all people, told him moving to the Premier League was a good idea.

09.30: Also, for those who've not yet visited the main site, Arsene Wenger is insisting he'll battle to keep both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. Full story here. Will he really fight to keep Fabregas or is he just driving up the price? Let us know using the comments form.

09.27: Hello and welcome to the blog. Manchester City could be ready to spend bigger than ever after sorting out the Etihad stadium rights deal, and the most exciting news from today's papers is the Daily Mail's claim that they are closing in on both Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero and Inter's Samuel Eto'o. Apparently the Eto'o deal is no longer a swap with Carlos Tevez and the Cameroon star is keen on the move.

Daily Mail: Manchester City are set to spend £55 million on Sergio Aguero and Samuel Eto’o, Arsenal have told Barcelona that Cesc Fabregas is theirs if they pay £35 million, Sunderland are preparing an £8 million bid for Jermain Defoe and could be willing to sacrifice Asamoah Gyan to get their man, Liverpool flop Milan Jovanovic has held talks with Anderlecht about a return to Belgium, West Brom will make a £6 million offer for Birmingham ‘keeper Ben Foster.

The Times: City are expected to make an approach for Aguero next week after agreeing their sponsorship deal.

Daily Mirror: Tottenham could beat Real Madrid to 16-year-old ‘new Didier Drogba’ Souleymane Coulibaly as they prepare to offer Siena £2 million, West Ham striker Carlton Cole is set to join Stoke, Fulham want 27-year-old Mexico striker Aldo De Nigris, Sunderland are in the race for Wigan winger Charles N’Zogbia, Blackburn are struggling to reinforce after Standard Liege star Axel Witsel opted to join Benfica.

The Sun: Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all keen on 18-year-old Lokomotiv Plovdiv midfielder Nenad Lukic, Shay Given will take a £25k-a-week pay-cut to join Aston Villa, West Brom want to sign Jack Collison from West Ham, QPR are struggling to agree a loan deal for Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard because of his wage demands.
 
Daily Star: Darron Gibson won’t get the £40k-a-week he is requesting to join Sunderland and will have to drop his demands to make the switch, Swansea are on the verge of signing Benifca ‘keeper Jose Moreira in a £500,000 deal.

July 8, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/08/2011

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.


Have Leicester been convinced by Hargreaves' fitness videos? © Getty Images

17.30 That's all for today, join us again for more of the same tomorrow.

17.29 Bayer Leverkusen will not accept an offer for Arturo Vidal from any club inside of the Bundesliga. Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt told 11freunde.de: "We are showing our rivals understanding for trying to land our best players. Anyway (general manager) Rudi Voller, (executive) Wolfgang Holzhauser and I have an agreement. And that is that we will not sell Arturo Vidal to any club from the Bundesliga.''

17.25 West Ham United want former striker Alessandro Diamanti's registration at Brescia suspended by the Italian Football Federation. A statement from West Ham read: "Due to the failure of Brescia to pay the latest instalment fee, West Ham have asked the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) to suspend the player's registration and requested that the national association and FIFA impose sporting sanctions until the matter is resolved."

17.22 Thiago Silva has revealed he could have joined Inter. ''Inter made an offer for me, but then their interest went cold," he told UEFA.com. ''Then Leonardo called me and I decided to join Milan.''

17.08 Barcelona have signed Kiko Femenia. A statement on the club's official website on Friday afternoon read: "The new Barcelona B player has passed his medical exams at the Hospital of Barcelona. The medics gave Femenia the all-clear and he will join the squad of Eusebio Sacristan [Barcelona B coach]."

16.51 New Juventus full-back Reto Ziegler: "There is a strong team here. We have many champions. We all want to win and I want to celebrate plenty of success with Juventus."

16.21 Jose Mourinho is happy with Real Madrid's transfer action so far this summer and believes Los Blancos will be able to close the gap on Barca with the new additions, according to Marca. They would say that.

16.02 Not sure what to make of this one but Goal.com is reporting that Barcelona are lining up a €50 million swoop for...Gareth Bale. We're here to be proved wrong but the word 'improbable' springs to mind.

15.47 MASSIVE stroy now - Danny Shittu has signed a new one-year deal with QPR. Groundbreaking stuff.

15.23 Dynamo Kiev have signed Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Sochaux in a €9 million deal.

15.06 Amauri hopes to remain at Juventus after returning to the club this summer following a successful six-month loan spell at Parma. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move to Parma, AC Milan and Palermo, but his agent insists the player wants to stay in Turin and prove himself to new coach Antonio Conte.

14.57 Celtic have won their case for Victor Wanyama to be awarded a work permit following an appeal to the Scottish Football Association. The independent four-man panel endorsed the Kenyan international's application, which is now expected to be rubber-stamped by the UK Border Agency.

14.43 Reports in Spain suggest that Kaka will not be leaving Real Madrid this summer and that a rigorous training programme has been put in place to get him back to full form and fitness ahead of the new season.

14.29 Liverpool have tied highly-rated defender John Flanaghan down to a new long-term deal as reward for his excellent performances for the club last season.

Reds diector of football Damien Comolli said: "The first thing everyone will say is he deserves it because he did so well for us towards the end of last season. Flanno had a long time left on his current deal but we felt it was the right thing to do, to reward him for what he's done.

"His attitude is absolutely terrific. As you see him on the pitch - committed, dedicated, the intensity of his game - is what he's like off the pitch. He's very professional, he knows how to look after himself and who to listen to, and I think that's why he's improved so quickly.

"He's only 18-years-old and he's still got so much room for improvement in every area of his game - but he's already very good going forward, technically he's very sound. I'm sure in two years' time we'll talk about him having made even bigger progress.

14.18 Robbie Fowler is about to move to Thailand with Muang Thong United and John Duerden has examined the motivating factors behind the Liverpool legend's decision.

14.01 Big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala have tabled a €24 million bid for Lazio striker Mauo Zarate, according to Il Corriere dello Sport.

13.46 Micah Richards’ contract extension talks with Manchester City are believed to have reached a stalemate, though the England right-back is keen to stay at Eastlands.

13.32 Tuttosport suggesting that Juve might give up on Sergio Aguero and turn their attentions to Villarreal hotshot Giuseppe Rossi.

13.21The comments have been flooding in and there's one here from Stinky, who thinks Barca may give up on Alexis Sanchez:


"With Pedro's new contract extension I doubt Barca'll step up their interest in Sanchez and probably focus on bringing in Fabregas. Maybe Sanchez will stay. Im thinking Pastore will end up staying too. Depends on their Copa America performances."

13.06 Chris Smalling has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester United. Full story here.

12.52 Sergio Aguero's Atletico Madrid captain Antonio Lopez says he hopes the Argentina striker can be convinced to stay at the Vicente Calderon.

Lopez said: "Every team wants a guy like Kun (Aguero). I've played with very few players of his quality. Right now he is an Atletico Madrid player and we await him with open arms. I'm sure that there is not going to be any sort of problem with the fans."

12.34 Simon Kjaer's agent has denied that Roma have been trying to prose him from Wolfsburg. Mikkel Beck told TMW: “They are just rumours. I haven’t had any contact with Italian clubs at all. My client has a long contract with Wolfsburg [until 2014], he’s happy there and he’s keen to start the new season. I would say that there is no chance that Simon will be moving clubs this summer.”

12.17 Gael Clichy has reve+aled he snubbed Liverpool to join Man City.

"With Liverpool contacts have been very serious," Clichy told L'Equipe. "I had phone calls with Damien Comolli, I knew him for a while. Indeed, there was AS Roma too, with a nice project and an exciting proposition. But I wanted to stay in Premier League.

"I like football here and the state of mind. Moreover, City offered me the opportunity to play again Champions League. I don't know if it will be the case during the next two seasons, but next term I will play in it. Money? I would have earned almost the same at Liverpool. The defenders' wages don't evolve a lot.

"I can understand people believe money has been a key factor. It is not the case. Man City is a big club, with a big team, an ambitious club which wants to shine in any competition. Was I fed up to not win any trophy at Arsenal? No. I don't know if City will win anything, and maybe Arsenal will win the title next term. But I believe City has better weapons."

12.04 West Brom have confirmed they have opened talks with midfielder Zoltan Gera about a return to the Hawthorns. But any deal will be subject to Gera proving his fitness after undergoing surgery on an ankle problem yesterday.

11.52 Celtic winger Niall McGinn has signed a season-long loan deal at Brentford. The Northern Ireland international was left out of Celtic's squad for their pre-season tour of Australia and he has moved to the League One club to increase his chances of regular football.

11.41 Now what are we missing today? That's right...an Alexis Sanchez story. fear not though, because Gino Pozzo, the son of owener Giampaolo Pozzo has been talking about the Chilean, as well as the futures of Cristian Zapata and Gokhan Inler.

“The Sanchez situation is a delicate one,” Pozzo stated. “The deal involves other players, but he’ll cost around €50m and that is why Napoli and Inter are not very close to his signature.
We’ll now just wait for Barcelona to make their next move. Zapata to Villarreal is almost done. As for Inler, there is only Napoli. A final decision will be made by Monday.”

11.28 USA midfielder Jermaine Jones will not be joining Blackburn on a permanent deal and is returning to Schalke. Schalke general manager Horst Heldt told Bild: "There is no doubt Jones will come back to us and will return to training on July 22."

11.12 Bayer Leverkusen will only accept top dollar for in-demand Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. Arsenal and Bayern Munich are among a host of clubs rumoured to be interested but Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt told 11freunde.de: “We are showing our rivals understanding for trying to land our best players.

"Anyway (general manager) Rudi Voller, (executive) Wolfgang Holzhauser and I have an agreement. And that is that we will not sell Arturo Vidal to any club from the Bundesliga. In terms of a bid from a club outside Germany, there is an acceptance limit in terms of the financial aspect. Still we have yet to receive such a bid for this player."

11.01 Craig Bellamy outlines his plans, which don’t appear to involve playing too much under Roberto Mancini at Man City.

"At present I expect to go back there and stay the whole year,” Bellamy said. "And if Mancini is still there I'll probably do very little. Obviously I won't be involved with him and the first team. If they pay me the final year of my wages, then I'm sure I can go wherever I want. In that case my first option would be Cardiff."

10.52 Roma target Bojan Krkic says a decision has been made on his future but refused to reveal where it lies.

The Barca striker said: “People have been discussing my future for days. At the moment I still can’t say anything, but we’re certainly very close to the right moment. I was nine when I first dreamt of playing for Barcelona and it is an objective that I will have forever. However, this is not only dependant on me and there are other marvellous roads to go down, roads full of dreams.”


10.46 Thiago Motta's agent insists the Italy midfielder wants to stay at Inter Milan next season and has not turned down a move to Arsenal.

Daniele Canovi told Gazzetta dello Sport: "The player has never turned down an offer from Arsenal. He wants to remain at Inter and if the coach (Gian Piero) Gasperini wants
him, he will continue to wear the Nerazzurri colours.''

10.33 Lazio coach Edy Reja hopes his club will soon complete the signing of
Panathinaikos forward Djibril Cisse. The Serie A outfit has held talks with Panathinaikos to sign the France international but the deal remains on hold, with Lazio still having to offload a
striker.

"It would be a great signing,'' said Reja. "I call Cisse ''the beast`` for how he moves on the pitch.
I hope he arrives but, before that, we need one for one of our forwards to leave.


10.21 Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani wanted to remain in Italy next season but received no suitable offers, according to his agent.

"Alberto's thoughts were to stay in Italy, but this was not possible,'' Aquilani's agent Franco Zavaglia said to Radio Sportiva. "He had a positive season (at Juventus). I don't know if in this market there will be the possibility for him to return to Italy and it's a shame that our players are forced to go and play away from Italy.''

10.15 Remember, you can follow us on Twitter - @ESPNsoccernet is there for all your Tweeting needs - and also use the tool below to send in your comments. Let's start the ball rolling with Suarez (Luis?!) on Liverpool:

"With the arrival of Charlie Adam,I'm wondering who is going to be offloaded by Liverpool in midfield. We've got Gerrard, Maxi, Lucas, Meireles, Spearing, Henderson, Aquilani, Joe Cole and Poulsen. I'm guessing that Joe Cole and Poulsen will be leaving soon and Gerrard should transform himself as a forward to assist Suarez, Kuyt and Carroll."

10.09 Starting to feel a bit like the Benfica show this last hour, but Ezequiel Garay's agent has claimed the defender will definitely quit Real Madrid to sign for the Portuguese giants. Full story here.

10.02 Nouveau riche La Liga side Malaga are reportedly ready to rival Chelsea and Man Utd by making a €35m bid for Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder.

09.58 DONE DEAL: England Under-21 international Jack Cork has joined Southampton from Chelsea on a permanent deal.

09.46 More from Portugal and A Bola quotes a representative of Brazil Under-20 left-back Alex Sandro as saying the Santo youngster is "very happy with the interest of Benfica", who are reported to be interested in signing him as Fabio Coentrao's successor.

09.32 Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel is on the brink of an €8 million move to Benfica from Standard Liege, though Blackburn have also made a move according to Derniere Heure.

09.23 DONE DEAL: Sunderland have signed former Blackpool winger David Vaughan on a free transfer. He turned down a new deal at Bloomfield Road and becomes the Wearsiders' ninth signing of the summer. Full story here.

09.11 Another titbit from France Football - apparently Schalke are planning a swoop for Monaco's South Korea striker Park Chu-Young, who has also been linked with Lille.

09.01 Moving onto the European press and France Football says that Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho is on his way to Liverpool after Man City dropped their interest in him to sign Gael Clichy.

08.52 Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli believes the club have done well to secure their top two transfer targets this summer, and revealed there will be much more movement before the transfer window closes in 54 days. Full story here.

08.43 Aston Villa are prepared to part with £5 million for Spurs right-back Alan Hutton, says the Metro.

08.35 Maxwell and Eric Abidal will be used by Barca as makeweights in a deal for Cesc Fabregas, according to the Metro.

08.20 Let's have a scout around the English press for their latest pearls of transfer wisdom.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa will bring Charles N'Zogbia in to replace outgoing winger Stewart Downing; Stoke are prepared to mee the £6.3 million buyout clause in Olympiakos and Greece defender Vasilis Torosidis' contract; Dynamo Kiev are keeping tabs on Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic, though Rovers want £6 million.

Daily Star: Southampton have dismissed Arsenal's £6 million bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of hand as they are looking for at least £12 million for the talented youngster; Spurs may be keen to keep Luka Modric, but they are already eyeing up a potential replacement of sorts in in Hajduk Split's Croatia Under-21 international Ante Vukusic; Blackburn are keen on £3 million-rated Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu.

The Sun: Espanyol will encourage Tottenham's interest in striker Pablo Osvaldo, but only if they show willingness to part with £20 million; Niko Kranjcar has baulked at Spurs' £12 million asking price for him as he looks to push through a move to Fiorentina; this one has appeared before - Chelsea stepping up interest in Genk 'keeper Thomas Courtois; Norwich want Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury to return to the club, but in a permanent £2 million deal this time; Aston Villa are ready to wrap up the £4m signing of Shay Given.

Daily Mirror: Arsenal are ready to part with £15m for Juan Mata, though they want him to play alongisde Samir Nasri; Blakburn's owners Venky's ready to put their money where their mouth is and give Steve Kean £8.5m to sign FC Copenhagen striker Dame N'Doye; Neil Warnock will try to tempt West Ham striker Carlton Cole into a move from East to West London; Aston Villa are now favourites to sign Scott Parker from the Hammers.

08.08 Let's kick things off with a story doing in the rounds this morning that former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves could be handed a lifeline by his former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson, who is now managing Championship side Leicester City.
Full story here.

08.05 Hello everyone and welcome to what is sure to be another action-packed day of transfers, as clubs frantically scramble to get deals done so they can relax at the weekend. Will Samir Nasri leave Arsenal? Will Javier Pastore leave Palermo? Will we finally be able to report any progress in the deals for either of these players? Probably not.

July 7, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/07/2011

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.


Juan Mata can leave Valencia for over £21m. © Getty Images

23.58: And that's all for tonight. With Wes Brown, John O'Shea and Charlie Adam all having completed their moves today, there's hope for us all that transfers will actually be happening amid the speculation this summer. Join us again tomorrow morning as we hope that the Gervinho saga, at the very least, will be resolved.

23.55: Leicester boss Sven Goran Eriksson always had faith in Owen Hargreaves during their time with England, and it appears the former Manchester United star's YouTube videos could prompt a reunion.

“I saw his videos, and if he wants to come here I will open the door and stand and wait for him in the door!" Eriksson said. “He’s been very unlucky in recent years, but if he’s close to what he was, he is a fantastic football player. I haven’t spoken to him for a while - maybe I should. It’s difficult to know what he wants to do when he’s been away for a long time.”

23.31: The Daily Mirror says West Ham flop Pablo Barrera could join Real Zaragoza on a year-long loan.

23.10: OFFICIAL Liverpool have signed Charlie Adam. Full story here.

Reader comment from jdw, who doesn't fancy Malaga's chances of snapping up Wesley Sneijder from Inter: "The Malaga stuff is a hoot. Yes, they do have a new money mark for an owner. But Sneijder at his age isn't leaving Inter to go play in obscurity in Malaga no matter how much weekly € salary they throw at him.

"Malaga will end up with a bunch of players like RVN whose best days are behind them, or overpaying for speculative talent. They also are getting into the game far too close to the roll out of the Fair Play rules, and that 28K stadium along with their other low revenue steams are going to make their attempts to keep their books straight laughable."

23.05: Sport claims Swiss side Neuchatel want Barcelona striker Keirrison on loan and will pay his wages in full, and the player appears quite keen. He was once one of the most sought-after players in South America.

22.56: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is refusing to discuss the possibility Craig Bellamy will be heading back to Wales.

"Right now Craig's a Man City player with time left on his contract so it would be disrespectful of me to talk about players from other football clubs,” he told BBC Wales. "You won't find me talking about speculation about people who are signed to other clubs. I wouldn't like other managers talking about my players in terms of what they're going to do with them. Once people are signed and they're at a football club, great, but up to that point we'll try and be as respectful as possible."

Bearing in mind Manchester City would be delighted to offload Bellamy, Mackay is possibly being a little too decorous.

22.32: Santos coach Muricy Ramalho has said pretty much exactly what he said about a week ago: Neymar ought to join Barca instead of Madrid. “We know that Barcelona's style is similar to our own,” he said. “The other style, Real Madrid's, is more tactical. I think that a club where he would really fit in would be Barcelona, because of their playing style.”

21.54: Fulham boss Martin Jol has confirmed John Arne Riise is heading to the club for a medical. More here.

21.52: Seydou Keita, 31, wants to leave Barcelona if Cesc Fabregas arrives, apparently. There’s claims he’s told his agent to find him a club where he can play regular first-team football. AC Milan are said to be interested.

21.35: It appears Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay may have joined Benfica. "He will play for Benfica," agent Ricardo Schlieper told Maisfutebol. “Everything has been settled. He signed a contract on Wednesday, I was in Madrid and he received the paperwork in Santa Fe, where he was with the national team. It is a four-year contract.”

21.29: Lazio winger Stefano Mauri is staying put, according to agent Tiziano Gonzaga. “There are no doubts about it, Mauri will remain with Lazio,” he told Radio Mana Mana.

21.15: Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko’s agent, Bacary Sanogo, said last month that his client was talking to many, many clubs. Recent reports have linked him to Manchester United, but now another Sissoko agent has popped up to tell Calcio Mercato that’s it’s all fibs. “It’s not true at all,” Frederic Guerra said.

20.47: Marca says Kaka is refusing to leave Real Madrid and that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really mind letting him hang around the place. Milan, Inter, Chelsea and Manchester City were all said to be interested, but Kaka only has eyes for Madrid.

20.28: Agent-in-the-know Ernesto Bronzetti has added a bit of weight to the talk of a Malaga bid for Sneijder, although it does take the form of a “bloke down the pub told me” rumour. "A friend of mine who has a restaurant chain, including one near Malaga which is run by his brother, confirmed to me that he learned from Malaga's executives they had made an offer of €35 million for Sneijder," Bronzetti said. "He told me that tonight there will be another meeting in this restaurant, located four to five kilometres outside Malaga, and this time the player's agent should be present."

20.25: Remember when Manuel Pellegrini said he never wanted Real Madrid to sell Wesley Sneijder to Inter? Apparently he still fancies coaching him for a bit, despite now being in charge of Malaga: Sky Italia says Malaga are ready to offer €35 million. Pellegrini is going to have to be mightily persuasive with Manchester United seemingly also keen.

20.18: OFFICIAL Leicester have completed the signing of defender Matt Mills from Reading. About £4 million, apparently.

20.11: According to Calcio Mercato, though, Pastore could actually be on his way to AC Milan. Apparently Adriano Galliani is well aware that Palermo aren’t going to get the €50 million they want and the Milan vice president is waiting for the right moment to start negotiations. Anzhi Makhachkala and Malaga are also said to be interested, but Pastore doesn’t fancy a move to those two.

20.03: Napoli are apparently now in the race for Palermo money-spinner Javier Pastore as well as Udinese cash-cow Alexis Sanchez. Well, it actually sounds like they registered their interest three weeks ago, but it’s the first this transfer blogger has heard of it. Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini told Radio CRC: “I don’t know if they are still keen as I haven’t spoken to Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis for a few weeks. However, I do think that their interest is concrete seeing as they asked me for him just 20 days ago. If one of their three front players leave – Edinson Cavani, Hamsik or Lavezzi – then they would need an alternative.”

19.58: The full story of Sergio Aguero's dad making confused comments about his son's future is right here.

19.43: OFFICIAL Jack Cork, linked with Nottingham Forest earlier today, has left Chelsea to join Southampton. The 22-year-old midfielder joins for an undisclosed fee.

19.27: Reading have warned any suitors for Shane Long - Newcastle apparently among them - that they won’t let him go on the cheap. “We've had offers for the player, but nowhere near the levels that are going to tempt us to do business,” director of football Nick Hammond told The Reading Post.

19.15: Tranmere boss Les Parry says 18-year-old forward Dale Jennings is likely to be a Bayern Munich player before the weekend. “Dale flew over to Germany last night,” Parry told the club’s official website on Thursday. “He’s having a medical and discussing personal terms today and travelling back tonight. If everything has gone well it should be signed tomorrow. I believe they want him over there by the end of the weekend as they are going away on a pre-season camp somewhere.”

Reader comment from James: "Barcelona are broke, want to bring in 4 players, can't afford any of them straight out, and keep offering lower bids with makeweights or strings attached. It's getting sad. The 45M is now 43M, with no additional sales yet. With Arsenal, they want more than the UEFA mandatory 700K from Toral and Bellerin, and they want that added to the bid for Fabregas (won't happen). They supposedly also want to make an 8M payment up front with more payments spread out over several years...also won't happen because they were late in paying for Henry and Hleb. For Sanchez, they want to throw in marginal players and also not pay full value up front, and Udinese dont' want that either."

18.44: Emiliano Insua could finally secure a move away from Liverpool as Roma are loitering with intent, according to agent Rodrigo Vilarino. "Insua is liked by the Giallorossi, but at the moment the situation is on stand-by," he told Calcio Mercato. “I don't know his price. It depends on the Reds."

18.20: MORE BREAKING NEWS John O'Shea has completed his move to Sunderland on a four-year deal. Full story here.

18.08: BREAKING NEWS Sky Sports News reports that Fulham have agreed a fee with Roma for John Arne Riise.

18.02: Sergio Aguero’s dad has made comments suggesting his son won’t actually be going anywhere. "He will play with Atletico Madrid and he has two years to run on his contract," Leo Aguero told La Red.

17.47: Udinese owner Giampolo Pozzo, in his hourly briefing on Alexis Sanchez, says Barcelona are nowhere near signing him because “the economic conditions to close the transfer do not exist”.

"The only thing that is keeping this up is that Sanchez, obviously, has his reasons to move and join Barcelona, but there is nothing concrete now, and we are still very far [from agreeing a deal]," Pozzo said.

17.38 Fulham are said to be closing in on the capture of former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise, for a fee in the region of £2.5 million. Riise joined Roma from Liverpool in 2008.

17.36 Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has confirmed that striker Kris Boyd is in talks with Turkish club Eskisehirspor over a proposed move.

17.23 Tottenham confirm what most already knew: "Jonathan Woodgate has not had his contract renewed by the club following its expiration at the end of June."

17.10 Sky Sports News is claiming Arsenal are yet to receive a formal bid for Samir Nasri despite Manchester United's alleged enquiry into the availibilty of the midfielder.

17.02 DONE DEAL: Bulgaria striker Valeri Bojinov has joined Sporting Lisbon on a five-year contract from Parma.

16.41 DONE DEAL: Dunfermline have strengthened their squad with the loan signing of Hearts right-back Jason Thomson.

16.15 Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been quizzed on speculation linking Cesc Fabregas with a move to Barcelona. The Swiss defender said: "We want to be successful so we don't really get distracted by this. If he [Fabregas] goes, he goes."

16.09 Goal.com's Wayne Veysey claims that Manchester City are in talks to sign Atletico Madrid forward Sergio Aguero on the proviso that a buyer is found for Carlos Tevez.

16.00 An update on Sunderland as reports gather momentum that John O'Shea and David Vaughan are close to agreeing deals, following today's capture of Wes Brown.

15.56 DONE DEAL: Rennes have confirmed the signing of Jonathan Pitroipa from Hamburg on a four-year contract.

15.32 Harry Redknapp on Chelsea target Luka Modric: "The kid is a bit confused at the moment and it's not been easy for him."

15.14 This way for the full story on Kevin Doyle's future at Wolves.

14.47 Wolves boss Mick McCarthy on striker Kevin Doyle being linked to Arsenal: “What I can tell you is that Doyle loves it here."

14.39 Blackburn have made an official approach for Monaco defender Cedric Mongongu, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

14.35 The Newcastle Chronicle reports that Newcastle are still hopeful of landing Swansea's Neil Taylor.

14.24 This way for the full story on Liverpool closing in on the capture of Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni.

14.14 Liverpool reserve-team defender Stephen Darby has joined League One side Rochdale on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old, whose last first-team appearance of six came almost 12 months ago, spent much of the previous campaign on loan at Notts County.

14.01 DONE DEAL: Wes Brown has completed his move from Manchester United to Sunderland. Reports claim he has penned a four-year deal on Wearside.

13.48 Some news now which may interest Chelsea fans, as Porto striker Falcao is quoted in AS as stating: "We are talking about renewing with FC Porto...the idea is to increase it [the release clause]." Looks like he will not be joining Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea.

13.43 Roma could look to bring in Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg as Alexander Doni nears his move to Liverpool. Doni is expected to complete his switch to Anfield within the next 24 hours.

13.33 DONE DEAL: Federico Fernandez has left Estudiantes to sign for Napoli. The fee is believed to be in the region of €3 million.

13.22 Palermo goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu could become a transfer target after turning down the Serie A club's contract offer.

13.10 Nottingham Forest have made an approach to Newcastle for winger Wayne Routledge, according to reports.

12.55 Argentine midfielder Ricardo Alvarez flew into Milan to complete his £10 million move to Inter on Thursday and declared it was "a dream come true" to sign for the Nerazzurri.

12.29 Potential blow for Liverpool in their reported pursuit of Stewart Downing. Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish has said: "Downing's performances last season were top drawer. That's why he's not for sale. The club don't want to sell him."

12.10 The Birmingham Mail reports that Birmingham are lining up an offer for free agent Steven Caldwell.

11.42 Parijat has gotten in touch via the comments, wondering: "Are there any reports of Arsenal being any closer to signing Gary Cahill, Christopher Samba, or Phil Jagielka? Without a strong defensive back-line, I find it hard to truly believe in Arsenal's title chances. Also, is the Gervinho deal expected to go through today?" Gervinho is supposed to be sealed in the next 48 hours, probably on Friday. Lord knows with regards defenders.

11.22 Sky Sports News is reporting that Reading have accepted a bid from Leicester in the region of £5 million for captain Matt Mills.

11.05 Liverpool have confirmed 18-year-old defender Andre Wisdom has put pen-to-paper on an extension to his contract.

10.52 Celtic manager Neil Lennon believes it is unlikely Craig Bellamy will arrive at Parkhead for second spell but has not given up hope of signing Norwegian striker Erik Huseklepp. Full story here.

10.46 Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore is being linked with a switch to AZ Alkmaar. The former Hull City loanee has struggled to make an impact at Villarreal.

10.41 Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has insisted Fulham midfielder Clint Dempsey is not a target of the Serie A club. He said: "He will not arrive."

10.31 "A number of things must happen for a deal to come off," Bolton manager Owen Coyle has said regarding a possible transfer for Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

10.27 You'll likely already know that Cristian Zapata is heading for Villarreal, and not Liverpool as reported in the press. Nonetheless, worth noting that Zapata is the bee's knees on Football Manager, not that that means all too much though.

10.14 Ghana international Jonathan Mensah is rumoured to be set to join newly-promoted French side Evian after passing a medical. Mensah, 20, spent last season on loan at Spanish side Granada from Udinese.

09.57 Some further information on financial figures changing hands, this time regarding Stefan Savic, who is Manchester City bound. The Manchester Evening News says City will pay Partizan Belgrade an initial £6 million which could rise to £9 million. The paper also believes City have got one over on Arsenal, who had the defender on trial in 2010.

09.50 The Liverpool Echo reports that Adam will be joining Liverpool from Blackpool for a £8.5 million fee. The newspaper also claims Aston Villa and Tottenham were keen on the midfielder.

09.43: Charlie Adam passes medical at Liverpool. So the Reds are even closer to adding another central midfielder to their ranks.

09.41: Birmingham are tracking Steven Caldwell. Presumably as a replacement for Scott Dann and Roger Johnson who may not be at the club for much longer.

09.40: Reports are suggesting that West Ham are interested in signing Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole on a season long loan deal. Would be a bit of a stretch though...

09.36: Gazzetta have found a pic of a six-year-old Ricardo Alvarez wearing an Inter shirt. So Arsenal never really had a chance did they?

09.35: Twitter Talk: @SkyGraemeBailey: Big spending Malaga, are been linked with mega money offers for Carlos Tevez and Javier Pastore...

09.32: Newcastle are willing to spend £7 million on Reading striker Shane Long apparently... and could even offer Leon Best in part-exchange.

09.29: Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta is attracting the attention of Hamburg (surprise, surprise) and Fulham are also reportedly keen to bring him back to the club on loan.

09.09: BREAKING NEWS: Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is heading to Thailand to play for Muang Thong United, according to the club. "He agreed to play with Muang Thong United as a forward," team manager Ronnarit Suewaja told AFP on Thursday. "I'm confident that Thai football will improve as a famous player like him agreed to join us."

09.06: AS report that Barcelona’s latest ploy to try and snare Cesc from Arsenal is to offer Maxwell as a makeweight in the deal.

09.02: Santos midfielder Alex Sandro has been the subject of an 8.5 million euro bid from Benfica, according to L'Equipe.

08.52: Demba Ba sets himself a target of getting to double figures this season at Newcastle and also described his new team-mates as "some cool dudes".

08.43: Jeffren is still attracting attention as he will probably not get much of a run in Barcelona's side when Alexis Sanchez arrives. Valencia are the latest to be linked as they prepare for the departure of Juan Mata.

08.39: More medical news as River Plater's Erik Lamela has arrived in Italy ahead of his Roma deal.

08.34: John O'Shea is having a medical at Sunderland right now. So expect his deal to be completed soon.

08.26: Arsenal legend Ian Wright feels it is a worrying sign when a player like Gael Clichy feels the club is not good enough for him anymore and says Arsenal are becoming 'a feeder club' for Man City.

08.10: Javier Zanetti wants Inter Milan to move to sign Carlos Tevez. "Tevez for Inter? If it were me I would try right now. But you will hear important news in the coming days," Zanetti said at the Copa America tournament. "Carlos is the kind of player any football club would want to have on their team. We are at the beginning of the transfer window and maybe we will produce some surprises."

08.03: A bit of paper gossip for you to start off:

The Sun: Manchester City are in advanced talks with Sergio Aguero over a £35m move... Roberto Martinez has made a £3m bid for Getafe striker Adrian Colunga... West Brom are looking to hand Austrian Jurgen Macho a Premier League return and Stoke are ready to up their bid for Carlton Cole to £6m to fend off QPR’s interest.

Daily Mail: Karim Benzema is the man to turn everything around at Arsenal and is being linked with a £27m move, with Madrid looking to fill the gap with Carlos Tevez... Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren wants Dutch midfielder Bolo Zenden, presumably to help him lose that Dutch accent of his. Stoke are lining up central defender Jonathan Woodgate after he rejected a pay-as-you-play deal to re-sign with Tottenham.

08.00: Morning all, and as Samir Nasri is linked with a £20 million move to Manchester United, Juan Mata is attracting attention again. Arsenal could replace one £20m star with another, but Tottenham are also keen to land the Spain U-21 man.

July 6, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/06/2011

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.


Arsene Wenger reportedly defiant in face of strong interest in Samir Nasri © Getty Images

23.59: And on that belated bombshell, we're shutting up shop for the night. We'll be back in the morning, desperately hoping for an end to at least one of the ubiquitous transfer sagas. Join us then.

23.54: One that slipped under the radar from earlier: Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni could be joining Liverpool by the end of the week.

“In the next 36 hours we will know something definite,” Doni's agent Ovidio Colucci said (at about 1500 BST). “Liverpool are interested in Doni and there is the agreement between the two clubs and with the player. Doni is in Italy right now.

“We just have to ratify certain details with Roma. If the deal is completed, Doni will join Liverpool on a free transfer and will sign a two-year contract. Doni is very happy with the chance to go to Liverpool and play in the Premier League.”

23.43: Rangers boss Ally McCoist on his bid to take Carlos Cuellar back to the club: “I’ve made clear he’s a player I’d like to see back at Ibrox, but he’s under contract with Aston Villa.”

23.34: Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Barca may be able to sort out the Alexis Sanchez business by offering Jonathan Dos Santos to Udinese as a part-exchange. That would certainly make more sense than Napoli buying him. It's also claimed that Barca won't sell Bojan to Roma till they get Sanchez. Let's hope something happens very, very soon.

23.22: Skysports.com reports that Bolton are keen to sign Seb Hines from Middlesbrough. The 23-year-old can play at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder.

23.04: Hmm. It appears Napoli have joined the race for Alexis Sanchez. More here.

22.58: Parma have confirmed they are close to a swap deal that would see Valeri Bojinov join Sporting and Jaime Valdes head in the opposite direction.

22.47: O Globo in Brazil believes Real Madrid could soon tie up a deal for Neymar, but the youngster won't move to Spain till after December's Club World Cup. We give that one four out of five for probability.

22.41: Twitter talk German journalist Raphael Honigstein tweets: “plenty of people keep asking about Schweinsteiger to ManUtd. It's a non-starter. zero chance.”

22.28: Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has confirmed the signing of Hercules youngster Kiko Femenia. The versatile 20-year-old, who will be incorporated into the Barca B side for next season, will cost an initial €2m rising to a possible €3.5m.

22.20: Ludovic Guily wants to stay at PSG after his contract expired last week, according to agent Sebastien Riera. "The situation has not evolved since last week, but we are patient,” he told Goal.com. "The priority is to stay with the club."

21.45: Lille chairman Michel Seydoux, reacting to press reports his club have rejected a €40 million Inter Milan bid for Eden Hazard, has repeated that the Belgium starlet will stay put and added: "We are not going to talk about this for 175 years. I get the impression not even Eden knows about all that is said and written about him."

21.22: Reader futbolgenius has pointed us in the direction of a Daily Mail article suggesting the Gervinho deal is in fact done - or close enough anyway - and will be announced tomorrow. That is the usual way of things following a medical, so we don't doubt it.

21.17: Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar’s agent, has confirmed Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the clubs willing to meet the forward’s €45 million release clause, but the player wants to stay put till January at least. "Real Madrid and Barcelona told Santos they're willing to pay the buy-out clause and made us an offer too,” Ribeiro said. “We'll discuss it with the player after the Copa America but he wants to stay and play the Club World Cup." Nothing we didn’t already know, really.

Reader question from Josh: "Im watching the women's world cup and the announcer just reported Arsenal signed Gervino. Any truth to that statement?"

He's had his medical, but there's been no announcement of the deal just yet. It won't be far away.

21.01: What is it with Pepe Reina and the Cesc Fabregas saga? Having helped Fabregas to very publicly don a Barca shirt last summer, the Liverpool goalkeeper has now told EFE: "Cesc wants to join Barca. That's what he has always said. I hope everything ends well for him. Both clubs should give in a bit now, but if doesn't happen, it shouldn't be a problem. They will treat him the same in Arsenal."

20.38: About six hours ago we brought you the news that Gareth Barry could be on his way to Napoli as part of the Ezequiel Lavezzi deal, but it turns out England's finest will not be heading to Italy after all. Who'd have thought? More here.

20.18: Goal.com Italia claims Inter will accept a €20 million offer for 29-year-old right-back Maicon. Real Madrid are said to be interested once more.

19.53: ...and there we have it. Daniel Levy says Modric understands that he's going nowhere. More here.

19.40: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has dismissed some frankly odd rumours of a move to Manchester United. More here.

19.28: Luka Modric has now, apparently, left White Hart Lane. Hopefully there'll be news of some sort emerging soon as a result.

19.09: Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta says there are no developments on the Cesc Fabregas front. He said: "Things have not changed. Much calm is needed in this operation in order to attend to events." Ho hum.

18.51: Luka Modric has arrived at White Hart Lane for talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over his future.

18.37: Gianluigi Buffon doesn’t mind whether Juventus sign Sergio Aguero or Giuseppe Rossi. He said: "I don't have a preference between Aguero or Giuseppe Rossi. The most important thing is that someone really wants to play for Juventus and wants the best for the team.

18.22: Sky Sports News understands Wes Brown is now undergoing his medical at Sunderland.

18.20: Juventus have enquired about Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi, according to the player’s agent. Federico Pastorello told Studio Sport: "Juventus have asked for information and this is normal as Giuseppe is a top player, but I cannot confirm that Juventus want him. In fact, the only thing that is certain today is that Rossi has a five-year contract with Villarreal which he signed with satisfaction in February."

18.12: Neither Newcastle nor Reading are commenting on talk of a part-exchange deal involving Leon Best and Shane Long.

17.43: OFFICIAL: Norwich have signed winger Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee subject to relevant paperwork being completed. Full story here.

17.38 Luka Modric on his future: "Today I have a flight to London and tomorrow I start training. I have an appointment to meet the chairman, but we will see. Anything is possible.''

17.24 Brazilian defender Andre Bahia has joined Turkish side Samsunspor from Feyenoord on a three-year contract. Bahia said: "I will sorely miss this club and this city.
It will take time to get used to being (at Samsunspor) after all those years at Feyenoord. But for me personally it is important that I can be of value. "

"Samsunspor have a beautiful and large training complex and the structure of the club seems to be very well in order. The club is ambitious and wants players to obtain more. After talking with the coach I have a good feeling."

17.01 Atletico Madrid say they are confident of keeping Sergio Aguero despite him handing in a rather public transfer request in May. Full story here.

16.45 According to Sky Sport Italia , Roma have won the race to sign highly-rated River Plate teenager Erik Lamela, ela, ela, for €12 million. Apparently the midfielder has signed a five-year deal that will see him net €1.5m a year in wages

16.27 Former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid midfielder Maniche has left Sporting Lisbon and is now free to find a new club.

16.08 Glen Johnson has signed a new contract with Liverpool. Full story here.

15.59 Rangers have confirmed the signing of Spanish midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz from Almeria for an undisclosed fee.

15.40 Benfica have moved to appease fans upset at Fabio Coentrao's departure by signing another player who they will probably sell on for a tidy profit in a couple of years. Argentina winger Enzo Pérez has arrived from Estudiantes and said: "I'm at great European club. I want to do my best and become part of the club's history. It's my first experience outside my country. Benfica have many Argentinian players and I know most of them personally, so I hope to adapt fast."

15.23 Sevilla have confirmed a deal to sign Bosnia-Herzegovina captain Emir Spahic on a three-year contract from Montpellier, the Primera Division club announced today.
The 30-year-old defender is due to arrive in Spain today before undergoing his medical tomorrow morning.

15.05 Keep the comments coming in, quite a few have been having their say on Charlie Adam, including Danny:

"How many central midfielders do Liverpool need? Have they sold anybody yet? Where is the left back they NEED, the wingers they NEED?"

14.57 DONE DEAL: Charlie Adam has signed for Liverpool. Full story here.

14.52 And to completely contradict the earlier comments from Roberto Mancini's agent about Ezequiel Lavezzi, the Napoli star's agent has completely denied speaking to Man City. We know that someone is lying, unfortunately working out which of two agents is not telling the truth is like trying to tell the Da Silva twins apart.

Anyway, here's what Lavezzi's agent said: “We have never spoken to Manchester City. If the right offer did arrive, then we could talk it over with Napoli. At the moment an offer has not come in, but that would be a fairly normal event, considering the talent of the player.

“If an important bid is received, then the Napoli President will decide, along with us, whether or not to evaluate these new proposals. I have an excellent rapport with President Aurelio De Laurentiis and am not working to take Pocho away from Napoli.”

14.30 Sunderland fans, do you remember Christian Riveros? You may recall a Paraguayan midfielder failing to live up to expectations last season: that's him. Riveros is determined to put a very poor campaign behind him and has moved to Turkish side Kayserispor on a year-long loan in a bid to prove that he is still the player who impressed at last summer''s World Cup.

14.19 Roberto Mancini's agent has reveaeld that Manchester City have been in talks with Napoli for months about a deal for Ezequiel Lavezzi. And Giorgio De Giorgis even claimed Gareth Barry could be involved in a part-exchange deal.

De Giorgis told Radio CRC: "Manchester City's interest in Lavezzi could be a reality. (City) has been negotiating for the past few months with Napoli, regardless of Tevez's situation. City has spoken to Napoli about Pocho (Lavezzi). But 31million euros for Lavezzi, I think it's excessive.

"However, to find a player who is ready like Pocho is, it's not easy. Manchester City could include a player in the deal, but I don't know what player could interest Napoli. The only one could be (Gareth) Barry, who is an England international and does not have a high salary."

14.05 The drums, the drums beat towards that Sneijder to United move we all forgot about. Manchester United assistant-boss Rene Meulensteen has claimed that he "could not think of a more ideal player for our team'' than Wesley Sneijder. "The new Paul Scholes doesn't exist, just as a new Roy Keane has never emerged, but Sneijder would fit perfectly here,'' Meulensteen told Voetbal International. "I cannot actually think of a more ideal player for our team."

14.02 Mauro Zarate wants to remain at Lazio next season, according to his agent. "(Manchester) City like Mauro but I don't know if he is on their wish list," Giuseppe Bozzo told Corriere dello Sport. "When I went to Spain to talk to Atletico Madrid, I discussed other players but not Mauro. He is not on the market and has not asked for a transfer." First we have heard of City being interested or indeed Zarate moving on but every agent uses them in negotiations.

13.50 Valencia have signed Argentine midfielder Pablo Piatti from recently relegated Spanish club Almeria.

13.34 Luka Modric will meet Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for talks on his future on Thursday, manager Harry Redknapp has revealed. "I believe Daniel is meeting Luka tomorrow," Redknapp told the London Evening Standard. "It's difficult when crazy sums of money are being bandied about but we need to keep Luka and all our best players if we are to improve." He's off, then...

13.16 Joao Moutinho won't be joining AVB and Falcao (...) at Chelsea. "It is good to see my name associated with a great club, but it is also true I am already at a great club, FC Porto, where I will continue to work," Moutinho told O Jogo.

12.56 Niko Krancjar isn't exactly going cheap. £10 million for a player who rode pine all season, and started just two matches. Story

12.50 Another Gunners target gone: Sevilla have announced the signing of Emir Spahic, a Bosnian defender from Montpelier. Arsene Wenger wanted him last year but signed Laurent Koscielny instead...

12.46 Twitter talk: Inter have officially signed Ricky Alvarez from Velez. They have signed 90%, will buy the other 10% after 80 appearances by Alvarez.

12.42 Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique is said to be on the shortlist of Barcelona - according to reports in Catalonia, say The Chronicle.

12.35 Thiago Motta's agent has told the Corriere Della Sport there is little chance of him leaving Inter Milan, ruling out a move to Arsenal that was trumpeted in The Sun this morning.

12.23 Stefan Savic has signed for Manchester City on a four-year deal.

12.06 Twitter Talk: Owen Hargreaves has been seen at Portman Road. He is a free agent, but could he be set for a new career as a fitness coach after those videos yesterday?

11.49 Chelsea are the latest club to get on the Samir Nasri train... they have made an enquiry for the French midfielder according to reports.

11.40 Gervinho is set for a medical at Arsenal this morning, so a deal is edging closer for the man Kolo Toure described as a new Samuel Eto'o.

11.30 New Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has challenged midfielder Fabian Delph to start living up to his £6 million price tag. McLeish said: "I think it's time for Fabian Delph to show the reason why Villa invested a decent sum of money on a very young player.''

11.21 Valencia have completed the signing of winger Pablo Piatti on a five-year deal from Almeria for an undisclosed fee.

11.11 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris intends to stay with Lyon for next season. He told L'Equipe: "I'm not interested in leaving. I don't want to venture into something unstable." Lloris has been regularly linked with a move to Arsenal.

10.54 Stoke are close to agreeing a fee with Birmingham for Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome but chairman Peter Coates admits personal terms may still be a stumbling block.

10.51 DONE DEAL: Spartak Moscow have confirmed the signing of Holland midfielder Demy de Zeeuw from Ajax on a long-term contract.

10.46 According to reports, defender Wes Brown is due at Sunderland today ahead of a proposed switch from Manchester United.

10.35 The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that Blackburn Rovers will not allow Nikola Kalinic to leave the club for less than the £6 million fee they paid Hajduk Split back in 2009.

10.31 DONE DEAL: Cardiff City have confirmed that Robert Earnshaw has returned to the club. The striker, who started his career at Cardiff, was a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of the last season.

10.18 Nelson Dire has written in via the comments section of the blog, stating: "It would have been easy for Arsenal to let Nasri go if Cesc was settled. Compared to Wilshere, Ramsey, Diaby, Rosicky,Song and Arshavin he is better for the central attacking position. Even if Arsenal were to get Xavi & Iniesta to replace Cesc & Nasri, it would be prudent to give them time to settle."

10.05 Werder Bremen general manager Klaus Allofs admits the club cannot afford to offer goalkeeper Tim Wiese a new contract. The 29-year-old's current deal runs out next year and he maintains he wants to remain at the club.

09.47 Velez Sarsfield have confirmed the sale of Ricardo Alvarez to Inter Milan for a fee of £10.6 million. Arsenal had of course been linked with the midfielder.

09.43 The London Evening Standard is claiming that Arsenal and Livepool will do battle for the signature of Newcastle left-back Luis Enrique.

09.37 The Liverpool Echo is linking Everton with a swoop for Derry City's James McClean. West Ham United and Blackpool have previously been mooted as potential suitors for the 22-year-old midfielder.

09.29 DONE DEAL: French striker Sidney Govou has secured a return to his homeland after agreeing to join Ligue 1 newcomers Evian from Panathinaikos.

09.16 Of Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing, it is widely reported his club will accept an offer nearer the £20 million mark, Liverpool having reportedly seen a £15 million bid knocked back.

09.11 Ricardo Alvarez looks set to seal his transfer from Velez Sarsfield to Inter Milan today, with the alleged Arsenal target set to fly into Italy before penning a five-year contract.

09.05 talkSPORT is claiming that Joe Cole could be used as a makeweight in a deal for Aston Villa's Stewart Downing, the former having endured a torrid debut season at Liverpool.

09.00 This way for the full story on FC Porto striker Falcao being linked with a move to Chelsea. "There is a club that I dream to play for. They are foreign but I do not want to say who it is now," said Falcao.

As has been in vouge of late, the most eye-catching transfer tittle tattle surrounds Arsenal in this morning's newspapers.

The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal are to dig their heels in over Samir Nasri, suggesting that not even a £25 million offer will be accepted, despite the Frenchman being in the last year of his contract. Nasri has been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United. The Sun, however, suggests City will get their man, on a £150,000-a-week contract, too.

The Metro, meanwhile, quotes QPR boss Neil Warnock as indicating that Adel Taarabt, who has been linked with affluent side PSG, with a switch to Arsenal. Warnock said: "As far as his talk of wanting to go to Chelsea or Arsenal, I know he has a lot of friends at Arsenal."

Now let's take a look at the full round-up of the paper gossip:

The Daily Star believes Manchester United will turn their attention to Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger should the club fail in their attempts to sign either Nasri or Tottenham's Luka Modric ... City boss Roberto Mancini apparantly wants Didier Drogba, David Villa and/or Sergio Aguero ... Falcao is keen on joining Chelsea, the Porto striker is reportedly available for £26.5 million.

The Daily Mail says West Brom target Shane Long will not be allowed to leave Reading for less than £10 million ... Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan could return to Udinese, although they face competition from Tottenham, Real Madrid, Fiorentina and Zenit St Peterburg ... Juventus are eyeing Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel.

The Daily Mirror thinks Liverpool will turn to Valencia’s Juan Mata if they fail in their pursuit of Stewart Downing. The Reds are thought to have had a £15 million bid for Downing rejected by Villa.

The Sun believes that new Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish will bid £3 million for Tottenham right-back Alan Hutton ... Blackburn have been priced out of a move for Schalke midfielder Jermaine Jones, who is valued at £10 million ... Swansea are favourites to land Fulham keeper David Stockdale.

July 5, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/05/2011

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.


We're all waiting for a DONE DEAL for Cesc. © Getty Images

2359: That's it for tonight, join us again tomorrow.

2357: Werder Bremen goalkeeper Tim Wiese would be willing to talk to Wolfsburg. "If Wolfsburg make an offer, we will need to talk about it," the German international told Bild.

2317: Kolo Toure has high praise for Gervinho. “Gervinho is very skilful, he’s young, swift and technical,” Toure said. “I call him the next Samuel Eto’o. He merits being Cote D’Ivoire’s player of the year and I hope he will roll out another brilliant season. I pray he joins a club where he could express his talent the more to the world.”

2257: Juventus are readying a €21 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Arturo Vidal, sports daily Triunfo suggests.

2226: Rough translation of Marcos Senna's Twitter post means he is not joining Swansea: "I decided to accept the proposal of the Villarreal family and I thank Roig for his confidence,'' he said.

2220: Aston Villa have rejected a second offer from Liverpool for Stewart Downing according to ClickLiverpool. £15million is not enough!

2215: Tottenham's Gio Dos Santos is unclear about his future at the moment, but will make up his mind soon: "I still don't know where I am going but thank God things are going well now and I have some offers," he said in the Hackney Gazette. "I will have to wait and see which is the best one."

2149: Diego Forlan says that the club want him to leave: "They are the ones who do not want me to continue and we should come to a good agreement because I have two more years on my contract and I plan to see them out if something that really interests me does not come," he told Punto Pelota after Uruguay's 1-1 draw with Peru on Monday.

2103: Bojan still cagey about his future: "This is a bittersweet feeling, reaching this point is not easy, but someday it would have to happen," he told the Spanish press. ''I feel privileged for all I have done at the age of 20, for breaking through Barca's youth ranks and for all I have left to do. I have not spoken with Luis Enrique, but I know he is interested in me and it is an honor there are teams interested in my services."

2049: Twitter Talk: AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato is on a list of alternative options in case Barcelona can't sign Udinese attacker Alexis Sanchez.

2032: Sunderland boss Steve Bruce told ESPNsoccernet on Tuesday evening: “Yes, it looks good, we are very close, Wes [Brown] is travelling up for talks and we hope to also speak with [John] O’Shea. I would say we are inches away.”

2017: Swansea want Fulham's goalkeeper David Stockdale and have made a bid... but doubt they will want to let him go.

1942: Sven pounces again. David Nugent has signed for Leicester on a three-year deal.

1941: Inter Milan director Marco Branca believes the club can keep hold of Maicon: "We have no intention of selling our big players. Maicon will be staying as we expect no big offers to arrive," Branca told Sky Sport Italia.

1928: Getafe president Angel Torres claims his club made an unsuccessful bid to sign Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic. ''We spoke with Barcelona about Bojan and Montoya. For Bojan we offered 10million euros, but he had already committed himself to Roma and to (new Roma coach) Luis Enrique. He also would like to play in European competition. We also asked about Montoya for a possible loan or transfer but Guardiola wants him for the first team. It's going to be difficult,'' he said.

1848: Manchester United have confirmed that young forward Nicky Ajose has joined Peterborough on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

1841: Reports that West Ham have received a bid from an English club for ''one of their star players''. Take a guess who that might be... Our bet is on Scott Parker and Tottenham.

1829: Roma are keen on signing Danish defender Simon Kjaer from Wolfsburg, as they look to bolster their squad.

1807: Valencia have agreed to rescind the contract of former captain David Navarro.

1801: Ally McCoist, who is expected sometime soon to announce Spanish midfielder Juan Manuel Ortiz as his first new signing since becoming Rangers boss, told RangersTV that he hopes a new deal with Steven Davis will follow. ''Hopefully Steven Davis will follow Allan [McGregor] and Steven [Whittaker]. I don't want to tempt fate but contract negotiations are continuing with Steven and his representatives and I would be very hopeful that we could get something organised with Steven as well.''

1737: Twitter Talk: Liverpool have reportedly made a bid for Spanish winger Santi Cazorla. Would be a player that fits the bill - i.e. a winger - but you have to wonder if Kenny can get the best out of him.

1724: Lazio president Claudio Lotito insists he would listen to offers for Mauro Zarate: "Zarate is not on the market, but it is clear that if a top offer was to arrive it would be considered," Lotito told the press.

1701: Sochaux have secured the signing of promising young full-back Sebastien Corchia from Le Mans.

1630: Pavel Pogrebnyak's agent says he could be set to join Sunderland. "They are one of the clubs who approached us concerning Pavel," Oleg Artemov told Sovetsky Sport.

1602: After a battle for an acceptable fee, reports are coming in that Everton could accept a €4 million offer from Fenerbahce for Joseph Yobo.

1544: DONE DEAL: Bayer Leverkusen have completeed a deal for one-time Blackburn goalkeeper David Yelldell for an undisclosed fee. He moves from MSV Duisburg as competition for Rene Adler.

1529: Reports in Italy are linking Juventus with a surprise swoop for Chelsea's John Obi Mikel.

1511: DONE DEAL: Lazio have completed a deal for goalkeeper Federico Marchetti from Cagliari for €5 million.

1500: Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini was n ot very clear when it came to the future of Wesley Sneijder. Does this mean he stays or goes?

I have no doubt that Sneijder is a great player. It's difficult to know what can happen in the next 50 days of the transfer market. Inter want to become even stronger. Two years ago (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic left the club but the team was strengthened and became even stronger. Wesley's situation does not worry me. In recent years, Inter have made fewer mistakes in the transfer market than other clubs and have made the best choices. Hence, I can only be optimistic.

1445: The Liverpool Echo reports that David Ngog is on the verge of a move to Aston Villa. The paper claims Villa will sign Ngog and Chris Mavinga (who?!) for a combined fee of £5 million.

1432: Pedro has signed a new contract with Barcelona which keeps him at the club until 2016, but the main point is an increase in his buyout clause from €90m to €150m.

1421: DONE DEAL: Fabio Coentrao has completed his move from Benfica to Real Madrid. Here's the statement from the Portuguese club:

Sport Lisboa e Benfica, in agreement with the terms of article 248 of the stock market values code, informs that it has reached an agreement in principle with Real Madrid CF for the complete transfer, total sporting and economic rights of the athlete Fabio Coentrao for the value of €30m.

The aforementioned agreement will be formalised as soon as the player concludes the medical examinations he will be undertaking with the consent of Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and a working contract between the player and Real Madrid FC agreed.

1359: DONE DEAL: Gennaro Bracigliano joined Marseille on a free transfer from Nancy.

1338: DONE DEAL: Everton have agreed a season-long loan deal for teenage defender Eric Dier.
 
 He also spent the second half of the last campaign at Goodison.

1322: QPR boss Neil Warnock has admitted he is likely to lose Adel Taarabt, who wants to move home to France. "He is missing his family in Marseille," Warnock told the London Evening Standard. "If we get a big offer from a club in France that obviously gives him a chance to be closer to them. That would be a big pull."

1307: News from our man Andy Brassell on Twitter: "Jeremie Aliadiere signs 1-yr deal with Lorient, w/option of 3 more." Remember him?

1256: Sky Sports is reporting that Martin Jol is hoping to sign John Arne Riise for Fulham. You'd think they'd had enough of the other Riise.

1246: talkSPORT have dredged up a very old story, claiming Spurs will move for Joe Cole if Luka Modric is sold.

1224: Looks like Swansea could miss out on Barcelona B forward Jonathan Soriano. He was being linked with a move to Wales, but they have been unable to agree a deal with the Catalan giants. "Nothing has been concluded," Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post. "We were prepared to offer the player an opportunity to join our squad in our first season in the Premier League, but we were not happy with the terms of the deal."

1215: Huddersfield winger Anthony Pilkington is said to be interesting Premier League clubs, and he could make the step up during this window. Norwich are in pole position.

1212: Chelsea, Hamburg's feeder club, could see another of their young players head over to Germany, this time Gael Kakuta being a target. "I have a contract with Chelsea until 2015," he said. "I know Frank Arnesen well and he has been good to me. I am not aware that he wants me in Germany."

1210: Firm words from Spurs striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who has ruled out a move home to Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala. "I don't even know who needs [this gossip], who's doing it all, who's writing it," he said. "It's all untrue that I'm going to continue my career at Anzhi. It's obviously total rubbish."

1202: DONE DEAL: Hasan Salihamidzic has joined German club Wolfsburg on a one-year contract after leaving Juventus last week.

1156 Martin Jol will be sending some of Fulham's younger players out on loan for first team experience.

1141 DONE DEAL: Luis Aguiar (Dynamo Moscow) and Diego Rubio (Colo Colo) have both signed for Portuguese outfit Sporting Lisbon.

1136 More extensive quotes now from Kun Aguero, confirming an offer from Juventus. "I am aware of Juve's offer but only when the Copa America is over will my future destination be known. There are negotiations going on with the Italian club but I don't know how many millions they have offered for my services. These are things that only my agents know. My only focus right now is on the Copa America."

1121 Jan Vertonghen will not be leaving Ajax this summer. He told his club's website: "I don't have a reason to leave. For as it looks now I stay another year in Amsterdam. I want to play in the Champions League and that is possible at Ajax. I want to play Champions League and become champions again."

1111 Sky Sports is reporting that Luka Modric is set to meet Spurs chief Daniel Levy today to discuss his future.

1103 No shock here, with Milan Jovanovic told he is not wanted by Liverpool and is set for a move to Greece. Jovanovic is quoted as saying: "I got the paper from Liverpool that I am free to search for a new club. Up to now, I still haven't received an official offer from Olympiakos, but I am looking forward to hearing their plans."

1052 It is being rumoured that Man City will demand £50 million for Carlos Tevez or he goes nowhere. Sounds like he goes nowhere.

1044 Sheffield Wednesday have signed defender Julian Bennett on a two-year deal after he left Nottingham Forest.

1039 Pablo Piatti looks set to join Valencia. Almeria have accepted an offer for their attacker.

1026 Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley has called on the club to sign his Wales team-mate Craig Bellamy, who appears to be surplus to requirements at Manchester City.

1021 Here's the full story on Fabio Coentrao's impending move to Real.

1019 Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero is hopeful that his protracted departure from the Vicente Calderon will be finalised after the Copa America, though he admitted his destination remains unknown.

1005 Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn believes John O'Shea could agree to move to Wearside. "We are in there trying hard for John and will see if something can unravel. We feel it is getting closer," Quinn told the Irish Daily Mirror.

1000 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini says Javier Pastore will stay put unless a transfer is completeed within the next two weeks. "The only Palermo player that is in the market is Pastore," he said. "The situation must be resolved in the next 15 days, otherwise, the player will remain with us."

0959 Lorik Cana is eagerly anticipating the next chapter of his career ahead of a proposed move from Galatasaray to Lazio. Cana is set to undergo a medical in Rome on Tuesday with a view to signing a five-year contract at Lazio.

0951 It looks like Fabio Coentrao is on the verge of signing for Real from Benfica. Our Goofle translating skills tell us that Real will pay €25 million plus the loan of Garay and perhaps the transfer of Royston Drenthe. He has agreed a four-year contract earning him between €2 million and €2.4 million-a-season.

0935 Stefan Savic is reportedly now having his medical ahead of a move to Manchester City. The defender would switch from Partizan Belgrade.

0900 DONE DEAL: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has completed a move from AZ Alkmaar to Ajax.

With Gael Clichy now a Manchester City player, is the ship is beginning to sail on the Gunners title hopes?

The Guardian claims that Cesc Fabregas will today formally underline his desire to leave the club and move to Barcelona. No great surprise, but it's a watershed day nonetheless. Barca have had a bid of £27 million rejected, and hopefully they'll quickly up that to £35 million to put us all out of our misery.

And the Sun confirms that Arsenal are close to accepting they will not get £40 million for the Spain international.

The Gunners continue to dominate the transfer tittle-tattle, though, with the Daily Mirror claiming that, unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger would prefer to sell Samir Nasri to a foreign club than to an English rival. Inter Milan are touted as a possible destination.

The Daily Express reports that Roberto Mancini has urged Man City to make an immediate bid for Arsenal contract rebel Samir Nasri to beat off rivals United. A fee of £20 million is mentioned.

Let's take a look at the full round-up of the paper gossip:

The Sun: Liverpool will go back in for Newcastle's Jose Enrique after missing out on Gael Clichy ... Stoke have entered the chase to sign Manchester City outcast Craig Bellamy ... Scott Dann is again linked with Chelsea ... Aston Villa will make an improved offer of £4 million for Shay Given ... Asamoah Gyan is to have talks with boss Steve Bruce about his Sunderland future ... Villarreal are ready to end Brazilian midfielder Denilson's misery at Arsenal ... Nigel Reo-Coker's move to WBA has stalled.

Daily Mail: West Bromwich Albion are ready to rekindle their attempts to sign Andy Johnson and head off interest from Leicester and Queens Park Rangers ... Saint-Etienne have put a £13.3 million tag on midfielder Blaise Matuidi who is attracting interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Newcastle ... Everton are interested in £250,000-rated Derry City winger James McClean ... Steve Bruce is planning to step up his bid to meet Manchester United's John O'Shea, as he bids to attempt to persuade O'Shea. Darron Gibson and Wes Brown to move to Wearside ... Blackburn are interested in signing Parma’s Spanish midfielder Fernando Marques ... Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is set to loan Jake Livermore and Bongani Khumalo to Rangers.

Daily Mirror: Newcastle have lodged a fresh £7 million bid for PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc ... Manchester City are closing in on the £7 million capture of defender Stefan Savic ... Andre Villas-Boas is eyeing up a move for Real Madrid defender Pepe as the first brick in his Stamford Bridge revolution ... Stoke, Everton, Blackburn and Sunderland want Craig Bellamy.

Daily Star: Harry Redknapp has urged Daniel Levy to splash the cash on Giuseppe Rossi to make ­Tottenham title contenders ... Benjani's future at Blackburn has been thrown into doubt after he failed to fly out to a pre-season training camp ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he faces an uphill battle to hang on to Jose Enrique.

Daily Express: Wolves could move for Hearts defender Lee Wallace after calling off their pursuit of Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand ... Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic is certain to join the St Andrew’s exodus, with former club Racing Santander and Malaga leading the chase.

July 4, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/04/2011

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.


Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has been linked with a surprise £12m move to Arsenal © Getty Images

23.00 Closedown: Another manic monday once Tevez had played his hand. Back for more tomorrow. Only 58 days to go of the transfer window...

22.52 Twitter talk. Or at least that not on the subject of the blessed Carlitos, is that Ricky Alvarez, an Arsenal target all summer, is headed for Inter Milan and is having a medical on Tuesday.

22.16 Here we go again: "It is with great regret that I have to inform Manchester City of my wish to leave the club," yes, that's Carlos Tevez.

21.59 Veteran Burnley defender and club captain Graham Alexander has left the club by mutual consent. He's 39 and played over 1,000 matches in his professional career. He also takes a mean penalty.

21.38 Ajax have signed young Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson from AZ Alkmaar for an undisclosed fee.

21.35 The Birmingham Mail claims Shay Given is top of Villa’s wish-list to replace record-breaker Brad Friedel who left for Tottenham in May.

20.54 Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping success on the pitch will persuade the likes of Jose Enrique and Joey Barton to stay at Newcastle United.

20.38 Gael Clichy has spoken of his ambitions at new club Manchester City."There is no limit at Manchester City," he said of his new club's ability to lift silverware. "Of course, you have to be realistic but there is no limit. Where they have come from in three years is phenomenal. And I want to win things."

20.08 Bizarre Blackburn link with Luis Fabiano, say the Daily Mail. A year ago, he was returning from the World Cup, having been Brazil's leading scorer.

19.57 Spanish utility player Juan Manuel Ortiz is reportedly at Murray Park holding signing talks with Rangers. The 29-year-old, who is currently contracted to Spanish side Almeria, normally plays on the right of midfield but has featured in various positions during his career.

19.54 Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp described Chelsea's offer for Luka Modric as "farcical" as he reiterated his stance that the Croatia midfielder is not for sale. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Redknapp said: "I was surprised by the figure. It's a farcical bid. If they're going to make an offer, make an offer, but £22million for Luka Modric is ridiculous."

19.11 Auxerre have signed Israeli striker Ben Sahar, once of Chelsea, on a one-year loan from Espanyol, with an option to make the deal permanent.

18.33 Marseille have announced they have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper Gennaro Bracigliano from Nancy. The 31-year-old is expected to serve as a back-up for first-choice Steve Mandanda.

18.15 Striker Youssouf Hadji is hoping for a summer move away from Nancy and insists he is "open to all'' offers for his services.

18.03 Kaiserslautern have confirmed the signing of Dorge Rostand Kouemaha on loan from Club Brugge.

17.41 DONE DEAL: Sean St Ledger moves to Leicester from Preston for an undisclosed fee.

17.29 Sounds like Gael Clichy's move to Man City from Arsenal has just gone through.

17.11 DONE DEAL: Ali Al Habsi has signed for Wigan Athletic from Bolton Wanderers for a fee in the region of £4 million.

16.43 Rafael van der Vaart believes team-mate Luka Modric's desire to leave Tottenham is not motivated by money. "Luka and Bale don't play for money - they play to win something," He told Sky Sports News. "If they have to go to another club it's their decision."

16.27 Tottenham have announced England Under 21 internationals Danny Rose and Kyle Walker have both signed contraction extensions with the club. Full story

16.19 Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is 90% certain that Argentina playmaker Javier Pastore will leave the Serie A club. Zamparini told GR Parlamento: “I think there is a 90 per cent chance that he will leave because that is the player’s desire when you consider the clubs who want him.”

15.50 Fiorentina striker Alberto Gilardino has confirmed he would be interested in securing a move to England or Spain if he cannot extend his current contract. Full story

15.38 Spanish newspaper AS claim Barcelona are negotiating with Fenerbahce over the transfer of left-back Andre Santos. Fener have already dropped their asking price from €16 million to €13 million.

15.18 Giuseppe Rossi's agent has told Tuttosport the Villarreal striker would be open to a move to Juventus and could become the new Alessandro Del Piero. Full story

15.04 Sochaux's young defender Sebastien Corchia claims that Bayern Munich are chasing his signature but his Ligue 1 club have yet to receive a concrete offer.

14.50 Real Madrid new boy Nuri Sahin cannot wait to get started for his new club and is confident he will be a regular in Jose Mourinho's line-up. Full story

14.31 Blackburn are interested in signing Parma midfielder Fernando Marques on loan according to reports in Italy. The Spaniard made 13 appearances for Parma last season after joining from Espanyol.

14.23 Leeds manager Simon Grayson has confirmed former Liverpool and Real Madrid goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek is on the club's transfer radar. Grayson said: "He's on a list of players in that position who are available and might be a proposition." Full story

13.50 France midfielder Alou Diarra has signed for Marseille from Bordeaux. The 29-year-old is reported to have agreed a three-year contract with OM after four years with Les Girondins, during which time he won the Ligue 1 title in 2009. Full story

13.45 Feyenoord have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven over the transfer of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to the Philips Stadion.

13.30 Wigan Athletic have arranged a press conference for 15.00 BST on Monday where it is expected that Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi will be unveiled as a new signing.

13.23 Bolton boss Owen Coyle says the club have not received an offer from Arsenal for defender Gary Cahill, despite Arsene Wenger's rumoured interest in the England centre back. "There has been nothing concrete," says Coyle.

13.10 Bayern Munich sporting director Christian Nerlinger claims the squad has "no weaknesses" yet has vowed to continue with the club's summer recruitment drive. Full story

12.57 Feyenoord have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven over the transfer of midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum to the Philips Stadion.

12.44 Striker Nikola Zigic looks set to become the latest high-profile player to
leave Birmingham following their relegation from the Premier League. His agent Milan Calasan said: "The only thing that is sure is that Zigic is going to leave Birmingham this summer.''

12.35 Central Coast Mariners starlet Mustafa Amini has been snapped up by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Full story

12.25 Manchester United have accepted a reported £300,000 bid from Peterborough for 19-year-old striker Nicky Ajose, according to Sky Sports News.

12.11 Goalkeeper Allan McGregor and defender Steven Whittaker have agreed new long-term contracts at Rangers, the club have confirmed. Full story

12.10 Jonathan Pitroipa looks set to complete a move from Hamburg to Rennes in the next few days.

12.02 Stoke manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that his side have made a bid for Birmingham defender Scott Dann, but are still waiting to discover whether or not it will be accepted. Full story

11.54 Bayern have had much more joy with 18-year-old Tranmere striker Dale Jennings, who has been allowed to discuss personal terms with the Bundelsiga side. "Bayern have made us a very good offer for Dale and we don't want to stand in his way of making this incredible move," Tranmere manager Les Parry told Eurosport.

11.45 German newspaper TZ claim that Bayern Munich are preparing a final bid for Manchester City's Jerome Boateng. Club officials will convene to put together the offer and if it's rejected will look elsewhere for a new defender.

11.29 It appears the Gael Clichy to Manchester City deal is edging ever closer. The Arsenal defender is reportedly in a private hospital in the north west of England undergoing a medical. Full story

11.15 Chelsea defender Ashley Cole says he's happy at Stamford Bridge and he won't be leaving to join ex-Blues boss Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. "Never even thought about it," Cole told Sky Sports News. "I had issues before where I thought about it, but this season I have been fine."

11.00 Well, we mamanged to get to 11 o'clock with mentioning Alexis Sanchez but we can go no further. Reports in Spain, and particulalrly in Sport, claim Barcelona and Udinese want to close the deal for the winger before Chile's first game at the Copa America at 01:45 BST on Tuesday.

10.37 Oman goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is on the brink of leaving Bolton for near neighbours Wigan, where he was on loan last season, amid reports the clubs have agreed a fee of £4 million.

10.29 Everton will not cash in on highly-rated midfielder Jack Rodwell in order to raise transfer funds this summer, the Liverpool Echo reports. Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have all been linked with the 20-year-old.

10.15 Marseille coach Didier Deschamps has told France Football that his club have not received any offers for reported Arsenal target Mathieu Valbuena.

09.57 More on the Gael Clichy to Manchester City rumours. Sky Sports News report that the Arsenal defender is set to undergo a medical at Eastlands.

09.41 Barcelona are keeping themselves busy in the transfer window and are eyeing a move for Shakhtar Donetsk centre-back Yaroslav Rakitskiy, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

09.26 Thomas Hitzlsperger could be set for a surprise return to Aston Villa on a free transfer from West Ham. However, Stoke, Fulham and Blackburn are also keen on signing the German midfielder, according to The Sun.

09.10 Chelsea's Florent Malouda insists he will stay at Stamford Bridge and see out the remainder of his contract, despite being linked with a summer move to the Serie A. Full story

08.51 Stewart Downing will tell new Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish that he wants to leave the club amid reports he wants to seal a £20 million move to Liverpool, according to The Sun.

08.30 Tottenham are leading the race to sign Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao from Internacional and are hoping to further boost their attack with the capture of Roma forward Mirko Vucinic, according to The Times.

08.15 Arsenal have been linked with some unexpected transfer targets so far and Monday is no different with Arsene Wenger reportedly lining up a £12 million bid for Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, according to the Daily Mirror.

Apparently, Doyle is high on Arsenal’s hit-list of transfer priorities and Wenger wants him to spearhead a new-look Gunners team that will have a British spine.

The newspapers are full of more Arsenal tittle-tattle with the Daily Mail suggesting that Manchester City are set to complete a £27 million double swoop to pilfer defender Gael Clichy and midfielder Samir Nasri.

The Daily Telegraph agree that Nasri is on his way, but do not say to where, and claim that although Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas will return to Arsenal for pre-season training he will not be there at the start of the new campaign, he will be at Barcelona.

In even more Arsenal news, the club have reportedly set their sights on Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given. However, they will face stiff competition from relegated Italian side Sampdoria, according to the Daily Mirror.

July 3, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/03/2011

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.


Roberto Mancini has been busy listing potential targets © Getty Images

23.59 That's all tonight, join us again tomorrow for more of the same.

23.56 Ganso's price might have dropped a bit after that performance for Brazil... he's got a few games to turn it around though.

22.47 He may not have played a game in Brazil yet, but Galatasaray have announced they have scheduled a meeting with Sao Paulo for striker Luis Fabiano.

22.23 L'Equipe reports that Inter have recently contacted Eden Hazard's representatives about a potential move to Italy.

21.54 Danny Ward, a 19-year-old striker, is set to be handed a chance to stake his claim for a place in Bolton's first-team plans after being included in their pre-season tour party.

21.19 Mark Schwarzer is reportedly feeling happy at Fulham again, a year after seeing a dream move to Arsenal collapse. Gunners are still in for a backup goalkeeper this summer though.

20.24 Nolan Roux is set to leave Stade Brest with Schalke, Marseille and Liverpool all showing interest in the France Under-21 international. He will cost £8 million though.

19.58 Napoli are busy boys at the moment trying to keep hold of Marek Hamsik, but they are edging closer to the signing of Gokhan Inler apparently.

19.12 Nicklas Bendtner linked with a move to Benfica, according to Portuguese newspaper 'Record'.

19.02 Swiss star Blerim Dzemaili has joined Napoli, saying: "I really wanted Napoli, here there's an important project and an ambitious club.''

18.37 Ghana starlet Jonathan Mensah has played down a move away from Udinese but admits he would be interested in a switch to France. "Udinese have been very good to me and I am very happy to be at this club," he said. "Football can be a strange workplace, though, and you can move any time two clubs agree terms. I have heard about a French team being interested in me. Nothing is done at the moment."

17.40 Irish goalkeeper Shay Given has reportedly turned down a potential move to West Brom, with the 35 year old keen to seal a transfer to Aston Villa.

17.26 Getafe have confirmed the signing of highly-rated Real Madrid winger Pablo Sarabia on a five-year deal, though Los Blancos will retain a buy-back option for the teenager.

17.07 Inter Milan defender Maicon has hinted he could be set to move to Real Madrid, claiming that he will speak about a transfer after the Copa America tournament. "I am happy at Inter, but we will speak about Real Madrid and Inter after the Copa," he is quoted as saying by Il Corriere dello Sport."I want to win a trophy with Brazil and this is my only objective right now."

16.57 Wolves winger Matt Jarvis has insisted he remains committed to the club despite strong rumours linking him with a move to Aston Villa. Jarvis said: "I'm still working really hard to make sure I'm staying at Wolves. This will be my fifth season and I've enjoyed every minute of it. Personally, I'm looking to play in the same amount of games as last season and play as consistently well as I did last time.''

16.43 West Ham defender Herita Ilunga has confirmed he would like to play top-flight football again, "I'm aware of the speculation," he told skysports.com. "Nothing's done at the moment. I want to play in the top division. West Ham's a friendly club and I'm very happy to play for them, but you never know in football."

16.29 Shinji Kagawa says he has heard nothing from Man Utd as yet, as he told De Western: "I can only say that I've found a wonderful spot at Borussia Dortmund, where I can play football. I feel comfortable here. I know about [interest from United] only from the newspapers. When I watch the Champions League, we see great clubs. If you play well and consistently, it opens up a lot of opportunities."

15.39 Keep the comments coming in folks; Tim has had his say on Everton:

"How long is it going to take for Everton to unload Yobo and Yakubu? I'm tired of reading rumours;we need to sign some players with that money!"

15.23 Werder Bremen have signed 29.year-old Nurnberg defender Andreas Wolf on a two-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year.

15.01 Newcastle are ready to spend £7.5 million to sign PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc according to the News of the World.

14.45 Catalan daily Sport is reporting that Fulham are set to launch an €8 million bid for Barcelona youngster Jeffren Suarez, while Liverpool and Valencia are also believed to be weighing up an offer.

14.28 Former Manchester United and Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze is set to join Bologna, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

14.06 From @barcastuff on Twitter- Ivan Zamorano (ex-Madrid): "Sanchez would fit in perfectly at Barca. I already imagine him playing with Villa and Messi up front."

13.52 Tuttosport is reporting that PSG want to sign AC Milan defender Luca Antonini, though the 28-year-old is keen to stay at the San Siro.

13.36 Chinese Super League leaders Guangzhou have reportedly smashed the country's tranfer record to bring Fluminense midfielder Dario Conca to the club in a $10 million deal.

13.13 Sir Alex Ferguson may have thrwon in the towel in the race to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, but he is ready to step up his interest in Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric, according to the Mail on Sunday.

12.56 Newcastle United star Joey Barton has quashed rumours of a reunion with former Toon boss Sam Allardyce, who is currently in charge of West Ham.

Barton wrote on Twitter: "Why would I drop down a league when I can more than hold my own in the Premiership? What benefit would it give me? None. I play this game to play against the best week in, week out."


12.38 Daniele De Rossi is staying at Roma according to the club's director of sport Walter Sabatini. “I will not weaken the squad by selling De Rossi,” Sabatini told Sky Sport Italia. “He said many times that he wants to stay and so we will certainly reach an agreement.”

At least he's not slapped a €100 million price tag on his head, could this mean the tide of ridiculous price tags is finally turning?

12.19 Reports in Italy suggest Inter Milan have beaten Arsenal to the €12m signing of Velez Sarsfield playmaker Ricky Alvarez.

12.04 Be sure to get your comments in using the tool below. That's exactly what Mubarak Ahmad did, giving us a rather in-depth look at what the Gunners need to do in the transfer market this summer:

"Isn't it obvious Arsene? Sell Nasri and Fabregas for £25 million and £35 million respectively. Use that cash to purchase Pastore for £45 million and another £15-20 million for Ganso. This deal is gonna be off the hook. I'm sure most Arsenal fans would agree with me. And use whatever else you've got piled up in the cash armoury to but Sakho from PSG, Capoue and Sissoko from Toulouse and Hazard from Lille. We have to get rid of Bendtner, Diaby, Almunia and Rosicky for next season! Priority UNO!"

11.57 Samir Nasri is desperate to win silverware and has appeared to suggest that he will look to do just that elsewhere if Arsene Wenger doesn't strengthen Arsenal's squad. Full story here.

11.39 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to bring Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy back to Upton Park, according to the News of the World.

11.18 Southampton boss Nigel Adkins insists the club has yet to receive any offers - whether form Arsenal, Man Utd or otherwise - for midfield starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Full story here.

11.01 Staying in Italy and with Juventus; apparently AC Milan have been tipped to make a €20m move for Bianconeri midfielder Claudio Marchisio after giving up on the idea of signing Marek Hamsik.

10.38 Gazzetta dello Sport says Juventus are ready to step up their interest in Sergio Aguero, and also claims that Alex Manninger, Zdenek Grygera, Marco Motta, Fabio Grosso, Momo Sissoko, Tiago Mendes, Felipe Melo, Luca Toni, Vincenzo Iaquinta, Jorge Martinez and Amauri will ALL be released by the Bianconeri.

10.19 Marca reckons that Andre Villas-Boas wants Real Madrid defender Pepe to be his new defensive rock at Chelsea, and that the Blues are willing to pay him 5 million euros a year to make it happen.

10.00 Moving around Europe now and Portuguese newspaper A Bola reckons Andre Villas-Boas is going to try to hijack Fabio Coentrao's proposed move to Real Madrid, despite the Benfica left-back insisting time and again that the Bernabeu is his preferred destination.

09.45 Right, time to take a look around the English press:

Sunday Mirror: Arsenal set to spend £20 million on Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing; Newcastle have slapped a £4 million price tag on Joey Barton; Lazio will swoop for West ham defender and legendary Real Madrid bench-sleeper Julien Faubert.

News of the World>: Juventus and Valencia are lining up £14 million bids for Dimitar Berbatov; the Bulgarian's Man Utd team-mate John O'Shea on the verge of completing a £3m move to Sunderland; Liverpool will buy Newcaste's Jose Enrique after losing the race to sign Gael Clichy; Real Madrid's move for Fabio Coentrao has collapsed, paving the way for Chelsea to step in.

Sunday Express: Gael Clichy will complete an £8m move to Man City on Monday, with Arsenal trying to bring in Bolton defender Gary Cahill; Chelsea have shown an interest in Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez, who would cost around £10 million; Bolton may offer Robbie Keane a White Hart Lane exit route; Swansea may take young left-back Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea.

Sunday Times: Man City defender Nedum Onouha is heading to Blackburn in a £6m switch; Scott Parker has rejected a £10m move to Turkish giants Fenerbahce; but rivals Galatasaray are in pole position to sign Andrei Arshavin for £13.5m from Arsenal; Hulk has rejected the opportunity to move to Man City and has committed himself to Porto for another five years.

09.35 To start the day off, Roberto Mancini has sent the transfer rumour mill into overdrive by listing several Serie A stars who have earned his admiration. The Man City boss has provided enough with enough entries for the next few hours, but we will just stick it all in one for you:

"I like Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani," Mancini said. "I like Javier Pastore a little less. Then, when I think of Udinese, I can think of Pablo Armero and Mauricio Isla. And I must say Antonio Di Natale. It's a pity that he is now getting on in years."

09.30 BST Happy Sunday everyone, the day of the week when some of the most ridiculous and speculative rumours are released into the press in a bid to bulk up those heavy Sunday newspapers.

July 2, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/02/2011

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 targets Nasri and Modric © Getty Images

With boxing, cricket and tennis going on we're a bit stuck for plausible headline news on Saturday morning. But we're going to lead on the Daily Mail's story that Chelsea could join the race for Samir Nasri!

23.59 Right folks, we're signing off for the day, but let's leave you with this from Cristiano Ronaldo, talking about a reported approach from Man City:

"It’s flattering to be offered like £20m a year - it’s very good, but I spoke to my agent and I think it’s better to stay in ­Madrid because this year we’re going to be the best. This ­season we are going to be a big force. Jose Mourhino is staying at Madrid so I stay. If he went to Chelsea then I would have left. I would have gone to Manchester City. But now he’s staying, I’m ­staying.”

23.11 Is the reported Arsenal exodus going to be even worse than expected? The Daily Mail reports that Theo Walcott is a shock target for Chelsea.

22.56 Lyon midfielder Ederson says he is “still in contact with Lazio".

“A while back I had practically signed for Lazio,” the Brazilian told the French media. "At the last moment things didn’t come together the way they were supposed to. I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club, but my agent is still in contact with Lazio.”

22.30 Brazilian midfielder Cicero has returned to his homeland after three years in a bid to resurrect his career. After loan spells in Europe at Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg, Cicero has signed for Sao Paolo on a two-year contract from Tombense.

22.01 Mexico's Gold Cup hero Aldo De Nigirs has claimed he is the subject of interest from an unnamed European club.

De Nigiris said: "There is a very advanced negotiation with a European team that is interested in me. They have seen me in action during the Gold Cup and have sent a proposal to Monterrey.
I can't say the name of the team, the only thing that I can say is that it belongs to a very important European league, one of the most important ones.

"It's a team that has the chance to play in the Europa League next year. I can't say the name of the team because I have been asked not to. In the next days I will be having a meeting with the board members of Monterrey, but they have already said to me that there will not be any problem in letting me go."

21.45 Newly-promoted Ligue 1 side Evian-Thonon-Gaillard are interested in 20-year-old Ghana defender Jonathan Mensah (that's not Lyon centre-back John Mensah). He is owned by Udinese but spent last season on loan at Spanish side Granada, helping them achieve promotion to La Liga.

21.24 Full story here on Santos starlet Danilo saying he will consider a switch to Benfica.

21.03 Algeria striker Karim Matmour has moved from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Eintracht Frankfurt in a deal thought to be worth around 500,000 euros.

20.49 The Daily Mail says Sunderland are favourites to sign Manchester United defender Wes Brown as they have offered the 31-year-old a four-year deal.

20.33 Sticking with Benfica and Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha is reporting that Fabio Conetrao walked out on Benfica training today after bust-up with coach Jorge Jesus. Real Madrid on red alert.

20.18 Highly-rated Santos starlet Danilo has not ruled out a move to Benfica, despite speculation moutning that he is ready to snub the Portuguese side to either stay at Santo or hold out for a bigger club.

Danilo said: "Benfica is a good club to start with in Europe. But it must be something irresistible, taking into account everything I want. I would stay here without a problem. But if it is a good deal for all parties, I see no problems that could hinder my departure."

20.02 Here's the full story on Wigan's interest in Shaun Wright-Phillips.

19.50 Sunderland have signed 19-year-old forward Roarie Deacon on a one-year deal after he was released from Arsenal The youngster netted four goals in 16 reserve games for the Gunners last season.

19.31 Dani Alves on Neymar: "If I had the money, I'd sign him for Barca because he's one of the best players in the world at the moment. I want my friends close. I have a very special relationship with Neymar and if I could advise him, it would be to be next to me and not against me."

19.09 Palermo president Zamparini says it is "90% certain" that Javier Patore will leave the club and said that Roma could be a possible destination. "We'll see...It all depends on the bid Roma make. With the right offer, Pastore could go to Roma," Zamparini said.

18.51 Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has revealed that the Latics are interested in signing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Whelan said: "It's true that we are interested in Shaun Wright-Phillips and I am sure that he would love it at Wigan because in Roberto Martinez we have a great manager. We would certainly like him to come to Wigan but we don't know what he wants in terms of wages. There is a long way to go, but Roberto does fancy bringing him to Wigan."

18.32 Wolves winger Matt Jarvis insists he is fully focused on pre-season with Wolves, amid reports that Aston Villa want him as a replacement for Ashley Young. Full story here.

18.18 Arsene Wenger has assured Arsenal fans he has a transfer plan in place this summer, but like a poker match he is waiting for the right time to play his hand.

"Currently, everyone is standing still," Wenger said. "Everyone expects everyone else to make the first move. Everyone holds on to their cards, hoping for the major transfer. Nobody blinks until late July, early August. Then we will analyse the gaps in each team. But I am very active on the phone."

17.58 Toulouse have signed Turkey striker Umut Bulut on a three-year deal from Trabzonspor. Bulut said: "My dream has always been to play in one of Europe's top leagues, such as Ligue 1. When the club and the coach started showing their interest, I didn't think twice about coming here...I'm delighted to have signed."

17.37 Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross insists he has no plans to leave the club amid reported interest from Tottenham and Liverpool. Full story here.

17.19 Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has joined Mexican club Puebla from Panathinaikos on a one-year contract. Puebla president Ricardo Henaine said:
"He [Luis Garcia] is a great player, an international player and there has been a great effort from the board to bring the player to the club. It gives us great satisfaction as he will strengthen the team," the president told the club's official website.

17.01 FC Groningen have signed teenage Ajax striker Suk Hyun-Jun from on a free transfer. Groningen technical manager Henk Veldmate said of the South Korean:"He had several options, but Suk thinks he can aid his development here. He understands Dutch really well and that's quite impressive for an Asian player. "

1645: Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa has suggested there will be no move to Manchester United for him this summer. "I can only say that in Dortmund I have found a wonderful place to play football and I just feel comfortable here," Kawaga told Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung.

1627: DONE DEAL: Ivory Coast international Thierry Doubai has signed a five-year deal with Udinese, moving from Young Boys.

1617: L'Equipe thinks Montpellier defender Emir Spahic could be heading for Spain, and FC Sevilla.

1559: Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi is set to join Hull City on loan.

1540: We're hearing reports that the reason Arsenal have yet to sign Gary Cahill is that Nicklas Bendtner has turned down Bolton. He was to be part of a player-plus-cash deal.

1451: Emmanuel Adebayor says he will be happy to wait until the final day of the transfer window to secure a full transfer to Real Madrid.

1421: Celtic could move for Norway striker Erik Huseklepp again after he turned the Bhoys down in favour of Bari in January.

1402: Early reports from France that Andre Ayew has signed a new contract with Marseille, ending speculation about a move away.

1345: Sport believes Fulham have made an offer of 8m euros for Jeffren of Barcelona and it is very much on.

1334: Barcelona and Victor Sanchez have mutually agreed to cancel the midfielder's contract, the European champions have announced. Barca have retained the right to buy back Sanchez until the 2012 winter transfer market, as well as a percentage of any further transfer payment.

1322: Marek Hamsik has effectively told Napoli he wants to quit Naples for AC Milan. "It would be a professional development, so I cannot promise Napoli anything," he told Gazetta dello Sport. "They [Milan] are one of the most successful clubs in the world."

1307: Besiktas have signed Portugal international Manuel Fernandes from Valencia. The 25-year-old midfielder has agreed a three-year deal with the Turkish side.

1238: Bordeaux have announced the signing of Cameroon midfielder Landry N'Guemo on a Bosman after he left Nancy.

1235: DONE DEAL: Inter Milan have signed 14-year-old Ghana star Samuel Darko Appiah from Italian minor outfit ASDC Fiume Veneto-Bannia for an undisclosed fee.

1231: Charlie Adam has told the Liverpool Echo that there is no movement on a transfer to Liverpool just yet, saying: “I go back to Blackpool on Monday and that’s the way it is. Everybody knows the situation. The club have met with Liverpool but that’s as far as it has gone."

1211: BBC Wales Sport says that Swansea are hoping to sign Barcelona B striker Jonathan Soriano

1159: Bolton are said to be interested in Robbie Keane.

1153: Neymar has reiterated he does not want to leave Santos: "I have a contract that I intend to honour," he told Corujao do esporte.

1149: The Sunderland Echo reports that the Black Cats have signed Roarie Deacon after the 19-year-old was released by Arsenal.

1131: Dundee United manager Peter Houston has advised striker David Goodwillie to move to the English league if the opportunity arises rather than go to Glasgow.

1120: Time to start off our rolling transfer wire then, and let's start by sending you to our story on Nasri's link to Chelsea.

And it's all Arsenal, Arsenal, Arsenal this morning.

The Daily Mirror says Nasri will officially ask to leave the Gunners this week, and that will trigger an immediate bid from Manchester United.

On to Cesc Fabregas then, and there's a very spurious story on Sky Sports that Real Madrid could, maybe, possibly, make a counter bid for the player against Barcelona. All sounds a bit of a non-starter.

Back to the Daily Mirror, which claims Barca are only prepared to pay around £8.5 million as the first payment in a deal for Fabregas, with the rest paid over time.

Staying with spurious, and the Daily Star thinks Robin van Persie could well hand in a transfer request if the players who are sold are not adequately replaced.

The Sun thinks under-fire midfielder Andrei Arshavin could be sold to Galatasaray, a fee of £13.5 million is mooted. And the same paper thinks Wayne Bridge will join Newcastle if Gael Clichy signs for Manchester City.

There's more....

Arsenal were thought to be in pole position to sign Bolton's Gary Cahill, but now the Daily Mail think Andre Villas-Boas could make the centre-back his first signing for Chelsea.

The Daily Mirror links Arsenal and Chelsea with a late move for Scott Dann. More nonsense. The Guardian seems more on the money by suggesting he will sign for Sunderland this week, following the same route as Craig Gardner from Birmingham to Wearside.

Okay, let's round up the rest of the rumours:

The Sun: Southampton have not received any bids for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ... Espanyol want Vladimir Weiss on loan from Man City ... Chelsea have accepted a £750,000 offer from Southampton for Jack Cork ... Liverpool and Tottenham want 16-year-old Caen player M'Baye Niang ... Villa have been told to double their £2.5 million offer for Shay Given

Daily Mirror: Scott Carson has signed for Fenerbahce ... Wigan have joned Bolton in the race to land Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips ... Joseph Yobo is ready to boycott training at Everton to force a move to Fenerbahce ... West Ham have accepted a £10 million bid from Fenerbahce for Scott Parker - but the midfielder is refusing to go to Turkey.

Daily Mail: Aston Villa will bid £5 million for Scott Parker as Spurs lose interest ... Liverpool are ready to compromise with Roma goalkeeper Doni over his wages ... Stoke are poised to enter the bidding with Sunderland for Manchester United defender Wes Brown ... Swansea are interested in Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio. The 27-year-old is rated at around £3 million ... Rennes are ready to sign West Ham left-back Herita Ilunga.

Daily Express: Chelsea have been told they will have to pay £18 million if they are to land Anderlect’s Romelu Lukaku.

July 1, 2011
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/01/2011

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.


John O'Shea: Really?? Arsenal??© Getty Images

17.29 That's your lot for today, people. Do enjoy the rest of your Friday, and do join us again tomorrow for yet more goings-on in the world of football transfers.

17.12 DONE DEAL: Borja Valero has joined Villarreal from West Brom on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee. The Baggies paid £4.7 million to Real Mallorca for his services back in August 2008, but he struggled to settle at the club.

17.06 Jake has got in touch via the comments, musing: "Chelsea better snap up Pastore fast becuase once Madrid or Juve or Barca come in Zamparini will raise the price to over 50 million when he probably is only worth 20-30 million max and then Chelsea will get into dreaded bidding wars which we don't want becuase of FFP."

16.53 Luis Suarez has been quoted as admitting he dreams of playing for Barcelona. The Liverpool forward reportedly told Don Balon magazine: "If Guardiola wants me, I want to play for Barcelona." Apparently, Suarez's agent is the brother of Pep Guardiola.

16.37 Gabriel Tamas' proposed move from West Brom to Lazio has stalled, according to the defender's agent.

16.26 Looking to the North West now, and the Liverpool Echo reckons Phil Neville is close to signing a new contract at Everton, with the defender - and serial Twitterer, mind - keen to see out his career at Goodison Park.

16.22 The Birmingham Mail is reporting that Carlos Cuellar could stay at Aston Villa, despite speculation that he could return to Rangers.

16.15 DONE DEALS: Peterborough have brought in Manchester United youngsters Ryan Tunnicliffe and Scott Wootton on loan.

16.10 Porto's Hulk has played down reports suggesting he could be reunited with Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea. The forward said: "To leave Porto now? I am signed for another five years and my future is there."

16.02 DONE DEAL: Genoa have confirmed the capture of Kevin Constant after they reached an agreement with Serie A rivals Chievo.

15.57 Nicolas Burdisso has claimed that Argentine compatriot Javier Pastore has told him he wishes to join Roma. "Javier is a truly extraordinary player, but he told me he really wants to play for Roma," said Roma defender Burdisso.

15.49 A few juicy-ish transfers from Italy just announced...

15.32 With Roma reportedly closing in on the signing of Sporting Gijon left-back Jose Angel this surely all-but confirms that Arsenal's Gael Clichy is bound for Eastlands, not Italy.

15.14 French giants Paris Saint Germain have made an €11m bid for QPR's Adel Taarabt, stealing a march on Chelsea and Arsenal, according to Sky Sports News.

14.50 Borussia Dortmund have signed talented youngster Oscar Gastecki from Western Illinois University on a three-year contract. The 20-year-old defender said: "I could not be happier. [It is] a dream come true."

14.35 Roma are on the verge of signing Jose Angel Valdes from Sporting Gijon, says Giallorossi sporting director Walter Sabatini. “The deal should be completed either later today or tomorrow at the latest," Sabatini said.

14.00 Juventus remain determined to sign Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero but ex-Bianconeri Alessio Tacchinardi is not sure they should: “The club are targeting a top player this summer. However, I’ve played against Aguero and he isn’t one."

13.33 DONE DEAL: Stephan Lichtsteiner has completed his move from Lazio to Juventus. He has put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with the Old Lady.

13.27 DONE DEAL: Nuno Gomes has joined Braga on a free transfer. The midfielder's contract at Benfica, where he spent 12 years, expired at the end of last season.

13.21 "Does Keiren Westwood's transfer to Sunderland mean Arsenal might bid for Craig Gordon?" wonders TomTom via the comments section of this blog.

13.15 Whispers are circulating that Aston Villa are keen on Wigan winger Charles N'Zogbia. Would make sense, what with Ashley Young having departed and Stewart Downing also facing an uncertain future. No official confirmation of this rumour, mind.

13.10 Swansea City coach Brendan Rodgers, has confirmed he has spoken with Marcos Senna. He said: "A deal is still a long way off, but we are attempting it."

13.06 Edinson Cavani's agent has played down talk the Uruguay international could sign for Manchester United this summer. "This is the time of year when it is normal to hear talk of transfers to big clubs for astronomical fees," Anelucci told Radio Sportiva. "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."

13.01 DONE DEAL: Andy Reid has agreed personal terms with Nottingham Forest, the club have confirmed. The midfielder is to pen a two-year contract with his former club.

12.44 Gossip for you now, as Atletico Madrid are linked with Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. The Spaniard has majorly fallen out-of-favour at Emirates Stadium and an exit would surprise few. Atletico are of course seeking a replacement for David de Gea. Ouch.

12.32 Panic over Arsenal fans, it seems John O'Shea is not joining the Gunners. Sunderland are apparently set to seal his signature from Manchester United.

12.22 Seems it is only a matter of time before Gokhan Inler joins Napoli from Udinese after his current club confirmed only personal terms need agreeing.

12.03 Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher expects further arrivals at Anfield following the capture of Jordan Hernderson. He told the Liverpool Echo: "I'm sure it will kick off over the next few weeks and hopefully we'll get a couple more new faces in. It's only the start of July and with pre-season getting going next week I'm sure things will soon start moving."

11.36 Lille remain determined to keep hold of key player Eden Hazard, who has recently been linked with a move to PSG, the Parisian club now boasting wealthy owners.

11.21 Another Santos player subject of the rumour mill, and this time it is Ganso, the highly-rated midfielder. It is being speculated that Ganso could be open to a switch to Italy.

11.00 This way for the full story on Neymar.

10.52 And so the Alexis Sanchez story rumbles on as Udinese indicate the Chilean could indeed remain at the club. "There are no definite agreements regarding Sanchez," sporting director Fabrizio Larini told Gazzetta dello Sport. "If no agreement is reached, we would be happy (to keep him)."

10.33 More on Neymar: Santos President Luis Alvaro Ribeiro no longer believes he will be sold this summer, insisting the teenager will remain at the club 'for many more years'.

10.18 Reports are emerging that Brazilian star Neymar will be remaining at Santos, despite strong speculation that he was set for a move to one of Europe's giants.

10.13 Diego Forlan has distanced himself from rumours that he could leave Atletico Madrid this summer, stating: "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." Forlan has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

10.11 Blackpool midfielder Andy Reid is having a medical at former club Nottingham Forest, according to reports.

09.56 Lille star Gervinho claims he is on the verge of sealing his move to Arsenal, but has hit out at one of his new team-mates. "Do not compare me to [Marouane] Chamakh. I'm going to Arsenal to play and be in the action. I'm not going there to sit on bench," he said. Full story

09.43 AC Milan target Marek Hamsik may have told Tuttosport he "wants to move to a big club" but Corrierre Dello Sport doubt whether the Rossoneri have the funds to buy the Napoli star.

09.28 Liverpool coach Steve Clarke has hinted that the club may pick up a few potential stars from the Copa America. "There's a lot of talent in South America," he said.

09.17 Bolton have made their first signing of the summer after Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley agreed a four-year deal.

09.12 Sunderland also confirmed their fifth summer signing after goalkeeper Keiren Westwood signed a three-year deal.

09.04 DONE DEAL: Birmingham winger Sebastian Larsson has formally completed his move to Sunderland after signing a three-year deal.

08.52 Rumours in France have linked the big-spending PSG with the likes of Kaka, Dimitar Berbatov and Samuel Eto'o, but QSI's Nasser Al-Khelaifi maintains he wants the stars of tomorrow.

"They are great players, footballing legends, but more than anything we want the new Messi," he added. "We don't want to sign Lionel Messi, but we want to invest in the big stars of tomorrow from all over the world, including France."

08.39 Bayern Munich are reportedly ready to increase their offer for Manchester City's Jerome Boateng as they look to land their third signing of the summer.

08.34 Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker admits the team are desperately short of players for the coming Bundesliga season and says they need to buy ''fit'' stars.

08.23 Chelsea defender Jeffrey Bruma has completed his expected move to Hamburg on an initial one-year loan deal.

08.12 Having joked that the clubs interested in Javier Pastore came from Iceland, Palermo president Maurizio Zamperini has admitted both Chelsea and Juventus are two of the four who have made a move to sign his player.

07.52 Swansea have agreed a deal with Tottenham which will see defender Steven Caulker join the Welsh club on a season-long loan. Read more

07.48 Newcastle have confirmed the signing of teenager Mehdi Abeid from French side Lens. Read more

07.47 Some paper gossip:

The Sun: Owen Coyle will make Swansea’s Darren Pratley his first summer buy at Bolton... QPR are set to complete the £1.25m capture of striker DJ Campbell from Blackpool... Norwich are on red alert after Huddersfield star Anthony Pilkington demanded a transfer. Meanwhile, Danny Wilson is the latest Liverpool rookie to be used as bait in their bid to sign Charlie Adam.

Daily Mirror: Chelsea have offered £45m for Palermo playmaker Javier Pastore, according to his club... Arsenal may offer Henri Lansbury or Ignasi Miguel in part exchange for Gary Cahill. Tottenham will sell two of Robbie Keane, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe, before moving for Fernando Llorente.

07.45 Morning, and it's Arsenal all over the place at the moment. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is again linked with a move, while the surprise of the window so far could be a Wenger move for United defender John O'Shea.