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On The Move
Posted by ESPNsoccernet Staff on 08/02/2012

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.

Could the Van Persie saga finally be resolved? © PA Photos

23.59 BST: That's it for tonight. The transfer blog will be back in the morning.

23.23 BST: The Guardian reports that Santi Cazorla has undergone his medical and Arsenal are poised to announce his signing from Málaga,

22.40 BST: Lorient midfielder Alaixys Romao has admitted that he has heard rumours linking him with West Brom, but insists he is focussed on his current side.

22.20 BST: Sky Italia reporting Lucas Moura to Inter Milan for €32 million is an agreed deal. Nothing from Brazil on it though. We just have to wait and see on this one.

21.54 BST - DONE DEAL: Juan Manuel Insaurralde will now play in Russia, joining Spartak Moscow from Boca Juniors.

21.44 BST - DONE DEAL: Eduardo Salvio has made his move from Atletico Madrid to Benfica permanent, signing a five-year deal.

21.10 BST: Everyone seems to be watching the Olympics tonight. Very quiet in transfer land.

20.21 BST - DONE DEAL Heidar Helguson has left QPR to join Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.

20.11 BST Liverpool's decision to leave Dan Agger out of their game against Gomel has fuelled speculation the defender could leave. "He is not injured in any way," Per Steffensen told Politiken. "Only the club and the manager can answer to why he is not in the squad."

19.48 BST Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has signed a new contract to run until the summer of 2015.

19.31 BST Seems there's good news for Arsenal fans - Santo Carzola has allegedly tweeted "I'm new @Arsenal player." - whether @SCazorla12 is a valid account is another matter.

19.02 BST And more from the Turkish club is breaking tonight as they claim they have opening talks with Juventus to sign Milos Krasic.

18.51 BST - DONE DEAL Wigan formally announced the signing of Real Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis for €5.5 million, a story we exclusively brought you yesterday.

18.29 BST Everton have confirmed they are in discussions with Fenerbahce regarding a transfer of Joseph Yobo to the Turkish club.

18.02 BST Joshua John has left FC Twente to Nordsjaelland on loan.

17.31 BST Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has cast doubt on the chances of the club signing Lucas Moura from Sao Paulo. Inter sporting director Marco Branca currently in Brazil but Moratti told Sky Sport 24: “Holding an interest doesn't mean you're willing to accept certain terms. Branca's not there to finalise anything. The situation is ongoing. We'll see."

17.14 BST L’Equipe reports that Lille have rejected Newcastle’s latest offer for Mathieu Debuchy and plan to keep the France right-back for another year.

16.57 BST Lance! claims Santos are in talks to sign Juan Roman Riquelme, who is a free agent after leaving Boca Juniors. How he'd fit into a team with Ganso is uncertain, so perhaps the Brazilian will be off.

16.36 BST - DONE DEAL: Manchester City have sold winger Vladimir Weiss to Pescara for an undisclosed fee. The Slovakia international made just four first-team appearances and only one in the Premier League. He spent the last two and a half years on loan at Bolton, Rangers and Espanyol.

16.33 BST: West Ham are reported to have entered the chase for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva, who is wanted by Blackburn.

15.51 BST: Winger Stephen Brogan, on trial at Southend, could sign for the Essex club permanently if club and player can reach an agreement. Shrimpers manager Paul Sturrock said: “We’ll have talks with him and his representative and see what kind of figures are being mentioned.”

15.22 BST - DONE DEAL: Dundee have bolstered their ranks with the addition of former Falkirk striker Mark Stewart as they prepare for a return to the Scottish top flight. They could also bring former Aberdeen defender Davide Grassi to the club.

15.04 BST - DONE DEAL: Cambridge United have signed 22-year-old striker Sam Smith from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Lincoln for an undisclosed fee. He has agreed a 12-month contract with an option for a further 12 months.

14.45 BST: Confirmation of that Didac Vila story: Valencia have cancelled an agreement with AC Milan for the loan of Didac Vila after the left-back failed a medical.

Vila, 23, had been due to sign a season-long loan deal, with Valencia having the option to make transfer permanent. However, Los Che discovered a pelvic injury during medical tests and have called the deal off despite Milan waiving the loan fee.

14.27 BST is of the belief that Robin van Persie is buoyed by talk of new signings at Arsenal. The website says the Gunners players are “well aware” that Santi Cazorla is on the way, that Van Persie is also pleased by the apparent pursuit of Nuri Sahin, and that his body language has changed in training. Make of all that what you will.

14.14 BST Left-back Didac Vila has reportedly returned to Milan after failing a medical at Valencia. Perhaps Silvio Berlusconi and co will claim that it's "like a new signing".

14.02 BST Milan sporting director Ariedo Braida, asked about the progress of the Kaka deal, said that it is "the million dollar question". He pointed out the wage deal is still an issue but added: "Kaka made history with AC Milan and of course we would be happy to have him back with us."

13.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Chelsea have confirmed that Kevin De Bruyne has joined Werder Bremen on a season-long loan deal.

13.19 BST: Peterborough say they have turned down an offer from an unnamed club for striker Paul Taylor, who is on the transfer list after failing to agree a new London Road deal.

Manager Darren Ferguson said: “We've had a bid for Paul, but nowhere near what we require. It's not near our valuation, so we'll wait and see what happens.”

Meanwhile, and in a similar vein, Wolves have rejected a bid from Stoke for winger Michael Kightly.

13.01 BST: Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets says he would welcome a move for Arsenal's Alex Song by the Catalan club.

Seydou Keita's departure for Chinese club Dalian Aerbin earlier this summer has left a gap in Barca's midfield, and Busquets believes Song, whose contract at Arsenal expires in 2014, could provide healthy competition for places.

12.53 BST - DONE DEALS: The Roma coach Zdenek Zeman has continued the reshaping of his squad by signing Italy international left-back Federico Balzaretti from Palermo and Paraguayan right-back from Deportivo Maldonado.

12.47 BST: Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Paul Scharner could sign for Bundesliga new boys Eintracht Frankfurt after joining them on trial with a view to a permanent contract.

12.25 BST: Wigan are reported to have completed the signing of defender Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca on four-year contract. No confirmation from the club as yet.

11.51 BST: More on Neymar: the Brazil star will not move to Europe until at least 2014, according to Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro.

Persistent rumours have suggested that Neymar, currently starring at the Olympics, has already agreed to join Barcelona by next summer at the latest. However, Ribeiro predicted that the £60 million-rated player would not leave Santos before his contract ends in two years time.

"It is impossible for Neymar to leave Santos before 2014," Ribeiro told Catalan sports daily Mundo Deportivo. "When I sign a contract I fulfil it, and the player wants to do the same.

11.51 BST: Tranmere are reported to be on the brink of signing winger Joe Thompson - a long-term transfer target - from Rochdale.

11.43 BST - DONE DEAL: Winger James Baxendale has become the latest in a string of players to arrive at League One Walsall. He joins on a free transfer from Hereford.

11.39 BST - DONE DEAL: Former Torquay United forward Chris Zebroski has left Bristol Rovers to become a Cheltenham Town player, signing a two-year contract.

11.37 BST: More from Spain, and one to keep an eye on: Marca reports that Santi Cazorla has been given permission by Malaga to travel to London today. That mooted move to Arsenal may just be getting closer...

11.31 BST: Reports are suggesting that Arsenal are quoting a lower price to Juventus for Robin van Persie than they are to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

11.09 BST: Burnley are in negotiations with Doncaster over a move for midfielder Brian Stock, who wants to leave Rovers after their relegation to League One.

11.00 BST: Leeds are in talks to sign Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who cost the Seagulls a record £2.5 million when he arrived from Peterborough last summer. It is reported that the Seagulls are prepared to let him move on and that Leeds’ Ross McCormack could move to the south coast as part of the deal.

10.22 BST: Newcastle have tabled a new and improved bid for Lille's France international full-back Mathieu Debuchy. The Magpies are thought to be offering £6 million this time – and that should please Lille president Michel Seydoux, who had earlier said: "Our price is £6 million, because he is a quality player and we need to find a good replacement."

10.18 BST: By the banks of the Thames, in the shadow of that Michael Jackson statue, Fulham manager Martin Jol continues to work on his plans for the new season. Jol is reported to be chasing Huddersfield’s outlandishly prolific striker Jordan Rhodes and Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin.

10.01 BST: Stand by for some departures from Swansea: boss Michael Laudrup says he needs to trim his squad, explaining: “If you have 25 players, you have to leave out seven every time - and that's too many. If you are always one of the seven, after three months you will say: 'What am I doing here?'”

09.56 BST: In Barcelona, transfer news continues to swirl around Neymar. But Santos president Luis Alvaro Ribeiro has told Mundo Deportivo: "It not possible that Neymar will leave Santos before 2014 He is a phenomenon, after his displays at the Olympics among the top three players in the world.

"He is happy here, and earns the same wages here as he would in Europe."

09.19 BST: Anzhi Makhachkala’s Brazilian star Roberto Carlos has announced his retirement. He will now become a director at the Russian club.

09.11 BST: Still in Spain – reports in AS say Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho wants “Luka Modric or nobody” and that Nuri Sahin, who has been linked with Arsenal, would not be able to leave ton loan until Modric had arrived from White Hart Lane.

09.01 BST: In Spain, the Malaga situation rumbles on, with matters appearing no closer to resolution: something that will keep both Spurs and Arsenal on their toes.

Striker Salomon Rondon, who has been linked with Spurs, said: "We must not throw more wood on the fire. We will keep training and not make any rash decisions but, if the situation is not fixed, then it is normal that players would leave."

He said Santi Cazorla, apparently edging ever closer to a move to Arsenal, "would be a big loss for Malaga - he's a great player."

As ever with matters Malaga, it seems, watch this space.

08.56 BST: Arsenal players other than Van Persie linked with moves – help, shock, horror. Here’s the Express: “Arsenal outcasts Marouane Chamakh and Alexandre Song could both be set for moves to Europe, according to reports.” Chamakh, it says, could be off to Fiorentina.

08.53 BST: Wolves have told Sunderland to dig a little deeper if they want to sign striker Steven Fletcher. The Star says the relegated Molineux club want no less than £12m, but Sunderland have so far offered £10 million.

08.50 BST: Meanwhile, to Cardiff. Amongst all the Olympic football taking place there, Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay has been quietly lining up some business, the Mail reports: he’s going to sign striker Heidur Helguson from QPR on a free transfer and “remains keen” on bringing Team GB’s Craig Bellamy back to the club.

08.47 BST: The Tottenham revolution will continue with the signing of a goalkeeper, the Mail predicts.

The paper says Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Roma’s Maarten Stekelenburg, who joined the Italian club from Ajax in a £5 million deal last summer but has failed to settle – but there could be a disagreement over Roma’s £8 million valuation of the player.

08.45 BST: The Mirror’s on form this morning, with both a "stunning" and a "sensational" worked into the opening three paragraphs of this stunning and sensational story. It goes like this:

“Manchester City are lining up a stunning £35million move for Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain.

“City boss Roberto Mancini is currently locked in a three-way battle with Manchester United and Juventus for Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.

"But executive Brian Marwood is championing a move for Argentine striker Higuain instead - which would still count as a sensational coup for the Premier League champions.”

08.40 BST: Ah, Robin van Persie and Juventus – hold on just a moment, says the Mirror, which has been keeping an eye on off-field developments.

“Robin van Persie could be ready to snub Juventus as their coach Antonio Conte is facing a lengthy ban over match-fixing related allegations levelled against him,” the paper says.

It reports: “Carl Thomas, who is assistant to the Arsenal striker's agent Kees Vos, posted on Twitter that Conte's predicament was "hardly the advert" to convince RvP to sign for Juve.”

Conte is accused of failing to report alleged match-fixing in two games during 2010-11 when he was coaching Siena. His proposal to strike a plea-bargain deal that would see him suspended for three months was rejected by the Italian Football Federation. He will now have to submit a new offer or face a sports tribunal, and could face a long ban.

08.30 BST: AC Milan chief Adriano Galliani will meet Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in New York to negotiate a deal for Kaka, he has said.

Kaka has been heavily linked with a move back to the San Siro after spending a six-year spell there earlier in his career.

"I will speak with Florentino Perez in New York," Galliani told Sky Sport Italia. "It will be very hard for us to sign Kaka because of his high wages, but he is a player who is part of our history."

08.20 BST: Chelsea just can’t stop spending, or attempting to, can they? The Sun reports that the Blues have had an offer for Marseille right-back Cesar Azpilicueta rejected.

The paper says Chelsea offered £5 million, but the French club are holding out for an £8 million deal – and the Londoners are likely to increase their offer in the next few days.

In other Stamford Bridge developments, Romelu Lukaku has said he would only consider a loan move to one of their Premier League rivals, the Sun reports.

The 19-year-old Belgian striker has been targeted by Fulham as a loan signing with a view to a permanent move. He said: “What I learned last season is positive. Training with great players improves you. Now I must play. In a few weeks, we’ll see what happens.”

08.10 BST: Maybe, just maybe, the long, rainy summer of Robin van Persie speculation could be drawing to a close. After weeks of stories linking the Arsenal skipper with all sorts of places – but mainly Juventus, Manchester City and Manchester United – it seems, according to one agent, that the destination has been decided.

Netherlands international RVP has one year left to run on his Emirates deal, but earlier in the summer announced that he would not sign a new one. Cue transfer frenzy.

But now... Fabio Parisi, who has no connection with an RVP deal (he represents Tayo Taiwo) reckons this:

“I think Juventus have had a signed contract with Van Persie for some time, locked away in a notary's desk," he is quoted as saying in the Italian media.

"It is just my opinion, but I think there is an eight out of ten chance the Dutchman will join the Bianconeri. Juventus want to win, and he is considered the ideal addition to achieve that."


Posted by capicua11 on 08/02/2012

As much as I hate to say it, RVP doesn't fit in with how Man U do business and what they need. He would take away from the younger players Man U already have. Man City would love to add him to their ranks, but Juventus might be his only hope at the moment.

I hope that Man U will get a backup/replacement for Evra. They're a team that looks to the future, but they need to make sure they have cover in case Evra's form dips or he is injured. Baines would be good, and I hope SAF is thinking about how to make sure there is cover for every position, especially the back four.

Posted by stephen on 08/02/2012

RVP is not Arsenal's only asset - there are guys better than him, like Poldoski and others. So let him go and rememember he shone only last season.

Posted by Mathew on 08/02/2012

RVP is a world class player - the most perfect destination for RVP is Man United.

Posted by louis on 08/02/2012

Arsenal don't need RVP - Podolski can easily replace him.

Posted by joshua on 08/02/2012

United do not need RVP (although I would like him to be there) because we have a few good strikers and young ones to develop. What United need is some defenders, and maybe a defensive midfielder as well.

Posted by Thomas on 08/02/2012

I would love to see a Rooney and RVP combination up front - such versatile and skilled players that it would be, in my eyes, the world's strongest and deadliest attack.

Posted by Alex Awalo on 08/02/2012

RVP can score 40 Premier League goals if he has a strike partnership with Wayne Rooney.

Posted by Donal on 08/02/2012

It would be an amazing statement from United if they bought Van Persie, and I for one would love to see him arrive at OT, but considering he is about to turn 29 this month and would could £20mil + I wonder if that money would be better spent on a younger target. Cavani or Falcao would maybe cost andother £10-15 million, but they are considerably younger. In saying that, if we get RVP I doubt any United fan won't be licking their lips at the prospect of seeing him and Rooney.

Posted by Matthew on 08/02/2012

RVP should stay at Arsenal because they are the ones who gave him his big break. If he wants to win trophies, Arsenal might have a chance with these new signings.

Posted by Dalas on 08/02/2012

I would like to see Baines, Moura and Victor Wanyama at Old Trafford this summer.

Posted by mutto twalibu on 08/02/2012

I don't think Van Persie can shine again at another club like he did at Arsenal. Fitting in at another club, he will take time to adjust.

Posted by gisto on 08/02/2012

Tired of RVP transfer stories. If he wants to leave, he should be allowed to. No player is bigger than the club. We've had better players in the likes of Henry and Wright.

Posted by Markizio on 08/02/2012

I believe Higuain is a much better fit for Man City than RVP, to be honest. He's only 24 and was one of the top scorers in La Liga, only starting 18 games but scoring 22 goals. He's clearly a threat in front of goal, and given the games and possible link-up with Aguero/Tevez, there will be great chemistry and fluidity up front. He may be more expensive than Van Persie, but Man City have the money, and he isn't so injury prone.

Posted by Chris (Sydney) on 08/02/2012

If Arsenal allow Alex Song to leave, that would be a travesty. Without him, RVP would not have scored as many goals last season.

Posted by biniam on 08/02/2012

RVP Is easly replacable he is only star last season guners will be strong after him

Posted by biniam on 08/02/2012

RVP Is easly replacable he is only star last season guners will be strong after him

Posted by sajo manase on 08/02/2012

How many important players have left since Wenger has been in charge? Let RVP go - he will be replaced by others.

Posted by aturinde ivan on 08/02/2012

Don t wonder seeing RVP joining Manchester united , vanpersie as a prayer loves Manchester united and if joins man u , he can score as many goals because rooney is there to feed him balls

Posted by dk on 08/02/2012

Here’s the Express: “Arsenal outcasts Marouane Chamakh and Alexandre Song could both be set for moves to Europe, according to reports.” Never believe a source that would consider Alex Song an 'outcast'.

Posted by Adam on 08/02/2012

Stop with all the "let him go!" stuff. RVP is free to go, but as he's under contract Arsenal are in the right to get the best deal for them in any transfer. Even if they agree he's become a distraction, it does Arsenal no good to hand him to Abu Dhabi Athletic for two Twinkies and meat pie.

Posted by ezekiel amigo on 08/02/2012

It's ok if RVP feels like leaving, he should just go and leave way for some other guys/players to fit in his chance.we have many players just but to quote,Charmark was on form when RVP had injury but when he came back charmark was kept on bench till he lacked even form of play. so to me for sure is just to let RVP go and we purchase more of Full backs and maybe another striker and defensive midfielder then we are done.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2012

I would lk to see lucas moura at old traford.

Posted by qwobity on 08/02/2012

As a Tottenham fan, I'd rather have Steklenburg than Julio Cesar despite the price difference.

Posted by Charles erabor on 08/02/2012

I think united shouls grab d opportunity of rvp pair with wr.its europes biggest pair.but for city i think gonzalo higuain is better,age wise.for chelsea,one tested striker,seasoned deffender for right and center back,will perfect the team.

Posted by Jay on 08/02/2012

Funny how people from both sides of Manchester seem to think they have a right to Van Persie. Last time I looked, he still had a year to go on his Arsenal contract - so pay up or shut up. He will be playing in Italy or at the Emirates next season.

Posted by Brett on 08/02/2012

Man City needs another Striker? haha! Never get Higuain. What a joke

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