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Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 07/26/2012

ESPNsoccernet's On the Move transfer blog is where you will find a hearty round-up of all the rumours and signings during the summer transfer window. Get your teeth into what's below to find out which player(s) your club are being linked with today.

Also, you can always check the full list of completed deals in England and the SPL by clicking right here.

Dzeko: An alternative to Van Persie? © PA Photos

23.34 BST Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle has said the club is not considering offers for Stevan Jovetic. Juventus apparently bid €25 million, and Chelsea were strongly linked earlier in the summer, but Della Valle said: “I spoke to Jovetic and told him he is off the market for numerous reasons. I hope he understood that.

“He is so young and has such a long career ahead of him that it is important he stays in Florence for a while. Jovetic has to remain with us for at least another year and I hope many more. He is one of the few genuine European talents, so it’s only right that he stays.”

23.07 BST Paul Pogba is due to undergo his Juventus medical on Friday morning, according to Sky Sport Italia.

22.54 BST Leandro Damiao has scored for Brazil’s Olympic side tonight, but it seems AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has no intention of paying his asking price. “As soon as you score five goals in Brazil, you're suddenly worth €25 million,” he said. “Their valuations are exaggerated."

22.49 BST The Tottenham and Wood Green Journal has an exclusive with former Spurs star Chris Waddle in which he backs the club’s refusal to back down over Luka Modric. “Tottenham are doing the right thing,” the ESPN pundit said. “Daniel Levy’s handled it really well over the last couple of years with his players – he’s not given them away. If they want to sulk and sit in the reserves I think Tottenham are big enough now to accept that and say, ‘Well, until we get your fee you either play or sit in the reserves and rot’. Manchester City did it with Tevez and it’s about time these clubs follow that lead."

22.08 BST Thiago Motta, 29, has suggested he would be happy to return to Inter Milan at some point. "If I can come back someday, I would be happy, but now I'm thinking only of PSG," he said on Sportal.

21.34 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich have completed the signing of Robert Snodgrass from Leeds United on a three-year deal. Story here.

21.15 BST Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano has agreed a contract extension until 2016. Story here.

21.02 BST You'll find the full story on Cahill's move here.

20.38 BST: DONE DEAL New York Red Bulls have confirmed the signing of Tim Cahill from Everton.

20.30 BST Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini on Santi Cazorla: "“To sell him for €20 million would be to give him away." Story here.

19.49 BST Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to Roma. "I've always enjoyed it here, right from day one," he told Record. "I have no reason to leave - I'm happy.”

19.00 BST The London Evening Standard says Chelsea have upped their bid for Victor Moses to £9 million, although Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been adamant he wants £10 million.

18.31 BST Thiago Alcantara’s dad, Mazinho, has denied rumours AC Milan have made a loan offer for the midfielder and told COM Radio: “Thiago is under contract until 2015. Hopefully he can stay there for many years and finish his career at Barcelona. At Barcelona, Thiago has been treated very well.”

17.58 BST Getting irritated with the constant flip-flopping over the state of Manchester United’s bid for Lucas Moura? Today’s take on events comes from Sao Paulo director Adalberto Baptista, who says it’s dead. "There are no negotiations going on," he told ESPN Brasil. “Everybody knows that we got an offer for him and rejected it. It's also known that Lucas doesn't want to leave. The only person keeping the expectations alive is his agent. The decision is final."

17.38 BST We mentioned a few days ago that Werder Bremen were keen to sign Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne on loan, and they've now confirmed a deal is close. Story here.

17.12 BST La Repubblica believes Manchester City are going to make a €20 million offer for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi.

16.30 BST There's a suggestion that Inter Milan could release goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who has been linked with Spurs and Arsenal.

15.49 BST - DONE DEAL: Goalkeeper Grant Adam, a former Rangers and Airdrie player, has joined St Mirren after a trial spell. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year contract.

15.16 BST: Blackburn defender Martin Olsson has handed in a transfer request, his agent has said. With Rovers’ pre-season so far shaping up to be as unhappy and divisive as much of last season proved to be, that’s perhaps not entirely surprising.

15.00 BST: There’s high excitement in Ipswich, as ever, where Paul Jewell says he is determined to keep defender Aaron Cresswell at Portman Road. “We bought him, we developed him and I have told him that, if we get an offer that we have to consider, then we will consider it. But we do not encourage any offers," he said.

14.55 BST - DONE DEALS: Barnet have completed the signing of defender Jonathan Fortune, a free agent who spent time at Exeter last season, while Tranmere have signed Wycombe goalkeeper Jason Mooney on a one-year contract.

14.51 BST: But while Kightly might be going, Kevin Doyle isn’t: he says he wants to stay and help Wolves in their attempts to get straight back to the top flight after last season's dismal relegation.

The 28-year-old said he was looking forward to working with new manager Stale Salbakken, adding: “He's got some fantastic experience in his career. He'll have new ideas which he'll be getting across to us and we'll all get used to each other.

“In the Championship, you do win more games and get that confidence back again. You can hopefully be closer to the top, and the fans and players enjoy it more.”

14.41 BST: Stoke are reported to be interested in making a move for Wolves winger Michael Kightly, who is coming to the last year of his current Molineux contract.

14.31 BST: Bologna winger Gaston Ramirez is holding talks with an unnamed Premier League club after arriving in London, his agent has confirmed. Read more here.

14.15 BST: Michael Laudrup has been a busy man since taking over at Swansea. He is looking to Spain once more, with talks over Getafe's Venezuelan striker Miku taking place, various sources say.

14.12 BST: Portsmouth have shipped one of their big earners off the wage bill with David Norris agreeing a move to Leeds United, subject to a medical.

14.03 BST: Argentine striker Matias Suarez, who had been briefly linked with Arsenal, is reportedly set for a €15 million move to CSKA Moscow.

13.53 BST: In Italy, TMW are reporting that Inter and Palermo have agreed a €4 million deal that will see Emiliano Viviano become a Palermo player on a permanent basis.

13.43 BST: Fulham midfielder Alex Kacaniklic has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a further year, meaning he could stay at Craven Cottage until summer 2015.

13.26 BST: AC Milan are in talks with Kaka over a possible return to the San Siro, the player's representative in Italy has confirmed.

13.25 BST: Vitor Pereira says Premier League transfer targets Hulk and Joao Moutinho are very much part of his Porto plans for the new season.

13.24 BST: Roberto Mancini has vented his frustration at Manchester City's lack of activity in the transfer market, claiming the Premier League champions must strengthen their squad if they are to retain their crown.

Mancini is growing impatient that there have been no new signings, hinting that they are in danger of missing out on Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, who has said he will not pen a new contract at Emirates Stadium.

13.02 BST: Lyon defender Cris says he is keen to stay at the club – despite the president Jean-Michel Aulas telling Le Progres he wanted to get rid of “pharaohs and dinosaurs” including the defender. There’s charming. But Cris said: “I have told the coach [Remi Garde] that I want to stay and continue working together.”

12.52 BST: Martin O’Neill says defender Michael Turner is close to completing his move from Sunderland to Norwich. Turner has undergone a medical at Carrow Road, and O’Neill confirmed: “Negotiations are taking place at this minute with Norwich.

"He's been given permission, Michael, to go down and speak to them, and so we're just waiting to find out what will happen. Norwich have been very keen and a fee has been agreed. But we're just waiting to hear from Norwich and from Michael."

12.46 BST - DONE DEAL: Bristol City have signed former Nottingham Forest winger Paul Anderson on a free transfer. The 24-year-old has signed a two-year deal at the Championship club, whose manager, Derek McInnes, said: "He has his best years ahead of him and we've beaten a number of other clubs to his signature."

12.14 BST: Bristol Rovers are set to sign defender Garry Kenneth, who is available on a free transfer after seeing out his contract at Dundee United.

11.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Accrington Stanley have signed winger Aidan Chippendale, who was released by Huddersfield Town, on a one-year deal following a successful trial.

11.37 BST: Former Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton striker Akpo Sodje, a free agent after leaving Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda, is in training with Preston with a view to a move.

11.35 BST: Winger Gaston Ramirez looks set to leave Bologna amid reports that his agent is in talks with an unnamed Premier League club. The Uruguay international, 21, is thought to be a target for both Tottenham and Liverpool.

10.57 BST: Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor is poised to join Turkish club Besiktas and has undergone a medical in Istanbul. McGregor, who is expected to sign a two-year deal, left Rangers after declining to transfer his contract to the Scottish club’s newco.

10.48 BST: Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo says he believes new signing Oscar will be a big hit at Stamford Bridge, telling the club's official website: "He is a fantastic player, one of the youngest to push through to the Brazilian national team, and he will be a fantastic signing for us."

10.27 BST: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed to ESPN that his club have lodged a £4 million bid for Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis.

Latics manager Roberto Martinez added Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie to his squad last week and hopes to follow that up with the capture of Ramis, who has interested Sunderland, Aston Villa and Swansea.

10.20 BST: Reports from the middle of the Portsmouth crisis suggest that Greg Halford could be on his way to Nottingham Forest, Erik Huseklepp may be heading for Brann and David Norris is set to join Leeds. Liam Lawrence is thought to be a target for two clubs.

09.55 BST: Paul Dickov's Oldham are reported to have agreed a deal to sign former Scunthorpe defender Cliff Byrne. The 31-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving Glandford Park earlier this summer.

09.18 BST: Reports in Yorkshire suggest that Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass has passed a medical at Norwich and could finalise a move to Carrow Road today. The Canaries tabled an improved offer, thought to be of around £2.5 million, after having an earlier bid rejected.

09.10 BST: Here’s a turn-up for the books – the Daily Mail reports Robbie Savage has offered to come out of retirement and play for Rangers, for free, in the Scottish Third Division.

The 37-year-old former Welsh international, now a media pundit, took to Twitter to write: “On a serious note, if Rangers are struggling for players I would come out of retirement and play for nothing... could do a job in scot div 3! It would be a privilege to play for a great club ... only retired a year ago.”

09.00 BST: Here’s another take on the Van Persie saga: the Star says Arsenal are ready to make him stay in North London until the January transfer window.

The report says refusing to sell the striker in the summer “would send a strong message to fans that the Londoners have had enough” of losing key players.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood stressed that the Gunners would not allow Van Persie to depart on the cheap, saying: “He is a world-class player and we don’t want to give him away. If he is determined to leave, that is up to him, but giving him away is not on our agenda.

“To be honest, I do not understand him at all. I understood Cesc Fabregas wanting to go home to Barcelona last summer. I had sympathy with that. But I thought Robin was happy at Arsenal, especially after the season he had with us.”

08.55 BST: Staying with matters Eastlands, City have announced that skipper Vincent Kompany has signed a new six-year contract. It is the longest deal handed out by the Premier League champions in their recent history, and the 26-year-old Belgium international defender said: "Hopefully in the future I will have a bigger impact than I already have.

"There are so many more trophies to win at this club - that is why it makes it so special. It is good to know that I can be at City for another six years. It is a compliment that the club feels so highly of me."

08.45 BST: Juventus could abandon their attempts to sign Robin van Persie if the issue is not resolved quickly and instead turn their attentions to Manchester City’s Edin Djeko, the Mirror says.

Although signing Arsenal skipper Van Persie remains Juve’s priority, the club's general manager, Guiseppe Marotta, has indicated that could change if the issue drags on.

Van Persie has been reported as being keen to move to the Italian side, but is also interesting both Manchester United and Manchester City. Earlier in the summer, the Netherlands international said he would not sign a new contract at the Emirates. His existing deal has a year left to run.

08.40 BST: First “come and get me” plea of the day – it’s from Kafoumba Coulibaly who, the Sun says, is interesting Fulham, Aston Villa and Norwich. The 26-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder said: “Hopefully, Nice will accept a bid for me.”

08.38 BST: Chelsea could face competition for Marseille fullback Cesar Azpilicueta, who says Roberto Di Matteo isn’t the only person interested in signing him.

The Sun quotes the Spain Under-23 international as saying: “It is flattering when you have clubs such as Chelsea interested, but there are other clubs interested too.”

08.30 BST: Who could have predicted that Chelsea completing the signing of a player called Oscar might spark a flurry of ‘Oscar winners’-type headlines? But it has. Oh, it has.

The Blues’ active summer in the transfer market shows no sign of losing momentum, and they have now shelled out around £67 million to further maintain the marvellously competitive and well-balanced nature of the Premier League.

The Sun reports: “Oscar has been signed on a long-term deal by the European Champions after a deal was concluded with his Brazilian club Internacional.

“The 20-year-old playmaker, who underwent a medical at a private hospital in West London last week, was not planning to complete his move until his Olympic commitments were over.

“But the deal was rushed forward by Chelsea after a work permit was obtained yesterday for the young man who destroyed Stuart Pearce’s Great Britain team in a pre-Olympic warm-up match last Friday.”

Oscar (around £25 million) joins Eden Hazard (£32 million from Lille), Hazard’s brother, Thorgan, (£2 million from Lens) and Marko Marin (£7 million from Werder Bremen) as a summer arrival at the Bridge.


Posted by Michael on 07/26/2012

A shame that the RVP saga has come to this, but I have no sympathy for him. Arsenal have been so patient with him the past eight years, yet for some reason he feels the club is holding him back from trophies - even though he hasn't been fit for half the time. No man is bigger than the club. Arsenal should do what's best for Arsenal, and not let one player, however good he is, dictate matters.

Posted by Mankwat Nisa on 07/26/2012

This is a good sign - the signing of young and talented midfielders.Chelsea will win back to back Champions Leagues.

Posted by Paul on 07/26/2012

@ Mankwat Nisa: No team has ever won back to back UCL titles. Not even the great Barca teams of the past five years or the great Real Madrid teams of the late 90s/early 2000s. Chelsea have no hope of going back to back. On another note, I wish RM would just pay up the £35-40m for Modric and we can get on with replacing him.

Posted by mike on 07/26/2012

@paul: Yes it's true that no club has won the Champions League back to back in its current format, but Real Madrid, AC Milan, Internazionale, Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Bayern Munchen, Ajax and Benfica have all won the European Cup back-to-back in its previous format.

Posted by Alain Barbeau on 07/26/2012

News of Kaka going back to AC Milan - why can't Ferguson look at bringing him to United? He can still be an impact player.

Posted by Dre on 07/26/2012

Brendan Rodgers likes players that posses the ball, penetrate and attack the goal, so what about Gio Dos Santos, who has been rotting on the Spurs bench? I'm sure he would produce much more than Downing, Henderson, Shelvy, Spearing and Andy Carroll. He has the necessary speed and dribbling abilitity to do a good job on the left side of a front three.

Posted by juwe edwin on 07/26/2012

The Chelsea summer signings are great ones - but I'd like them to top it with the signing of a prolific striker and right back.

Posted by Will on 07/26/2012

I feel horrible for Mancini. I mean, City have only spent about £1 billion in the last few years. Nobody should have to work under these conditions.

Posted by ashaka efe on 07/26/2012

Arsenal can win the Champions League this coming season.

Posted by Ken on 07/26/2012

Haha Arsenal can win the Champions League and Chelsea will win back to back is hilarious, Chelsea still have holes at right back and on the right wing who will play there? I hope LFC is in for Gaston Ramirez maybe it's some sort of surprise that Brendan Rodgers has been going after.

Posted by Obi Davis on 07/26/2012

Wat is Chelsea doing about securing a top striker? Enough of d signings, less the club decides to bring in a profilic striker... I repeat a "profilic striker" not just any kind.. Nuff said, tumbs up to my darling team.

Posted by Matt on 07/26/2012

I'd love to see Liverpool pick up Gaston Ramirez. Surely Rodgers has to have his hand in the market for a winger or two after the departure of Kuyt and Maxi, and Ramirez would be a real catch. Any hope the presence of Suarez and Coates at the club will work in Liverpool's favor on this one?

Posted by bcad on 07/26/2012

How is nobody looking at prying Adam Johnson from Man City, such an amazing talent being wasted on the bench. And such a shame to stunt his growth for the England national team...

Posted by Valerie on 07/26/2012

Denis Stracqualursi, of Everton cult status, is headed to San Lorenzo in Argentina after receiving interest from Bologna earlier in the summer. This coming from reports out of Argentina.

Posted by Chally on 07/26/2012

Sir Alex should do anything possible to bring RVP at OLD TRAFFORD,because we don't want to loose the premiership to City in the same manner as we did last season on goal differences,so we need more strikers for more goals and iam sure that Robin Van Persie together with Rooney can get all the goals we need in any circumstances to win back the premier league trophy next season

Posted by Teerav on 07/26/2012

agreed bcad Always thought Adam Johnson was a talent being was wasted on the City bench.

Posted by martin on 07/26/2012

liverpool should go for diego of wolfsburg,dempsey and adam johnson

Posted by Moc on 07/26/2012

16 midfield players in Chelsea to do what and they want more. Too much money can be a problem. Do you see an European champion with little respect

Posted by Lo Sbandato on 07/26/2012

If they're really looking for top dollar for him, how would holding out to RVP until January help? He'd likely be cup-tied for any CL team, and with that and only 6 months left on his contract, there'd be no rush to get him in January. Arsenal sells now, or never sees a return on their investment.

Posted by Justin Nezich on 07/26/2012

Chelsea need a big strong striker before the start of the prem. They looked abysmal in Philadelphia last night against the mls all stars, they could not move the ball beyond the midfield. Lukaku does not flow with Chelseas offense yet, he needs at least another year or two. Come on Roman another big striker and a right back that can move up the field

Posted by adam on 07/26/2012

why not liverpool just sign two youngsters like Gerrard Deulofeu from barcelona and ganso from santos then buy two strikier like kevin mirralls as a replesment for dirk kuty and david villa as a replesment for maxi rodgeriez and why not gaston ramirez...

Posted by Justin Nezich on 07/26/2012

Chelsea need another goalie to back up cech. Turnbull showed the world once again how scary bad he actually is in goal. Theres gotta be a goalie out there ready to step in, I know courtois is still at athletico madrid and not quite ready.

Posted by Aneesh Chandoke on 07/26/2012

again what I feared happened. :(
Malaga won't sell cazorla for 15m and wenger won't pay more than that.another sad end for the gooners.

Posted by peter munjenge on 07/26/2012

arsenal is greater than has made many gr8t players even better than RVP.wenger shld let him go and we wil win this year.

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