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Arsenal move for Manquillo; Suarez signs

A rest day in World Cup world, but there's plenty going on as Transfer Talk brings you the latest news, rumours and transfer gossip from around the globe.

22.45 That brings Transfer Talk to a close for another day but don't worry yourselves too much - as our round up of tomorrow's paper rumours will be coming up in Saturday's blog very soon indeed!

22.21 It seems a certain Arsenal youngster is looking forward to playing with Alexis Sanchez.

22.07 BST Remember when Jeffrey Schlupp was on trial at Man United and tipped as the next best thing? Well he won't be going anywhere soon as he's just penned a new contract with newly promoted Leicester City.

21.12 BST New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman does not know what will happen with striker Dani Osvaldo after he failed to report back for preseason training, while he has also admitted the future of wantaway defender Dejan Lovren remains up in the air. Read the story here.

20.47 BST Here's the full story of Newcastle's move for Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.

20.09 BST DONE DEAL - Alex Baptiste has moved from Bolton to Blackburn on a season long loan.

19.05 BST One player who could be heading out of Aston Villa is midfielder Yacouba Sylla. Turkish club Kayseri Erciyesspor are said to be in talks about a season-long loan.

18.46 BST This seems to be turning into the Yann M'Vila blog tonight but now we have confirmation. It seems the M'Vila to Inter deal is pretty much done but will not be formally announced until it is confirmed by Rubin Kazan. Read more here

18.11 BST After announcing the intended signing of Yann M'Vila, Inter Milan have also confirmed their interest in bringing in Cardiff City's Chile international Gary Medel.

18.05 BST Roma have confirmed that Urby Emanuelson has signed a one-year deal with the option for a second.

17.30 BST This one has been rumbling on for a while but it has finally been confirmed that Yann M'Vila is now an Inter player.

The long-term Arsenal target and former France international is to join from Rubin Kazan on a one-year loan deal with view to a permanent move. Still awaiting complete confirmation though.

17.25 BST Egypt international centre-back Ahmed Fathi has travelled to London for a trial at Arsenal, the defender's club Al Ahly confirmed.

The 29-year-old centre-back spent six months on loan at Hull during the 2012/2013 Championship campaign, and could be offered the chance of Premier League football should he impress Arsene Wenger.

Al Ahly issued a statement on their Facebook page, which read: "Ahmed Fathi is set to travel to England on Friday to undergo a trial period at Arsenal Football Club in preparation to sign him if he has a successful trial, and so Fathi will be unavailable to participate in Al Ahly's game against Smouha in the semi-final of the Egypt Cup next Monday."

17.20 BST It's all happening now! Roma have been active in the transfer market as they seek to close the gap on Italian champions Juventus next season and the Giallorossi have just confirmed that Urby Emanuelson has joined the club on a free transfer after his contract expired at Milan.

17.15 BST DONE DEAL! Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Kieran Richardson from Fulham on a two-year deal.

The former Manchester United man becomes Paul Lambert's third summer signing, joining Philippe Senderos and Joe Cole at Villa Park.

Could Nicklas Bendtner be next?

17.05 BST Newcastle fans, brace yourselves! ESPN correspondent Julie Laurens says that the club have agreed a deal to sign Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella.

Alan Pardew is desperate to add some creativity to the Magpies' midfield following the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January and Cabella now appears to be the man to fill the void.

The 24-year-old scored 14 times in 37 Ligue 1 appearances last season and is expected to join Newcastle for a fee in the region of 12 million pounds.

16.55 BST CNN Latin American reporter Diego Bustos has tweeted that Manchester United have agreed a 150,000 pound-a-week salary with Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

Reports in the Spanish press this week have suggested that Real Madrid are prepared to sell the Argentina international in order to raise funds for Monaco's James Rodriguez and Bustos claims that the clubs are close to agreeing a deal.

16.45 BST Atletico Madrid appear to have won the race to sign Mexico's World Cup hero Guillermo Ochoa, according to L'Equipe.

The 28-year-old is a free agent after his contract expired at Ajaccio last season and has reportedly chosen to join the Spanish champions over a number of Italian sides.

16.30 BST Roberto Martinez says he is chasing a deal to bring Lacina Traore back to Everton, but has played down hopes of signing Romelu Lukaku again. Read the full story here.

16.25 BST Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani says that Robinho could be set to join Kaka at new MLS franchise Orlando City.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward has been told by new coach Filippo Inzaghi that he is surplus to requirements at the club next season and is free to leave if the club receive the right offer.

"Robinho wants to go to the American MLS. The negotiations with Orlando have begun. They want Robinho, but we're not close to concluding the deal," Galliani told the club's official website. 

"The relationship with Robinho remains excellent though and it is just one of the many negotiations that are ongoing."

New signings Michelangelo Albertazzi, Michael Agazzi, Jeremy Menez and Alex were presented to the media at Casa Milan earlier today.

Robinho could be the next big star heading to the MLS, with Orlando City eyeing up the Brazilian forward's signature.

16.15 BST As ESPN told you earlier, Fiorentina are on the verge of signing Australian midfielder Josh Brillante from Newcastle Jets. Read the full story here

16.05 BST DONE DEAL! Augsburg have strengthened their attack for the coming season with the signing of Caiuby Francisco da Silva from FC Ingolstadt on a four-year contract.

The former Wolfsburg striker racked up 134 Bundesliga 2 appearances for Ingolstadt and MSV Duisburg, netting 27 goals.

"It's great to be given the opportunity by FC Augsburg to play in the Bundesliga again and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," the 25-year-old Brazilian told the club's website.

15.55 BST Stoke City are planning a swoop for Barcelona striker Bojan, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

A product of the prestigious La Masia academy, Bojan became the club's youngest-ever player at 17 years and 19 days but has since struggled to fulfil his potential, spending time on loan at Milan, Roma and Ajax.

Hughes is seeking to add pace to his forward line and hopes the presence of full-back Marc Muniesa, a former teammate of Bojan, can help lure the striker to the Britannia Stadium.

15.45 BST New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman admits that he is delighted with the signing of Serbia playmaker Dusan Tadic and says that a deal "is close" for Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle.

The Dutch coach, who spoke at his first official press conference today, also confirmed that Daniel Pablo Osvaldo is back at the club but will be training on his own.

15.40 BST Sky Sports says that West Ham are exploring the possibility of taking Chelsea starlet Christian Atsu on loan.

The 22-year-old winger, who featured for Ghana at the World Cup, joined Jose Mourinho's side from Porto in September but was immediately loaned to feeder club Vitesse.

West Ham have already bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Mauro Zarate while they have lodged further bids for Ecuador's World Cup star Enner Valencia and Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka

15.30 BST Portuguese champions Benfica have confirmed the signing of highly-rated 18-year-old striker Victor Andrade from Santos.

It marks an emotional return to the Estadio do Luz for the Brazilian who was on the club's books when he was 12 years old.

"I want to score goals and help the club to win titles," he said.

15.20 BST Charlton Athletic have made Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson their sixth summer signing.

The 23-year-old joins Tal Ben Haim, Yoni Buyens, Igor Vetokele, Franck Moussa and Andre Bikey-Amougou at the Valley after his contract expired at AZ Alkmaar.

15.10 BST Atletico Madrid are the latest club to express an interest in Udinese teenage sensation Simone Scuffet.

The 17-year-old goalkeeper has been dubbed the 'next Gianluigi Buffon' in Italy after establishing himself as the Zebrette No.1 last season with a series of precocious displays.

15.00 BST Yann M'Vila is on the move. Could it be to Arsenal? Could it be to Liverpool? Guess again. The tough-tackling Rubin Kazan midfielder is currently undergoing a medical at Inter where he is expected to sign on a one-year loan deal with view to a permanent deal.

14.50 BST Italian journalist Nicolò Schira says that Juventus are eyeing up Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen as they seek a defender of international calibre.

Vermaelen has found himself behind the likes of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal pecking order and has recently admitted that he is unaware of where he will be playing his football next season.

Manchester United are also rumoured to be interested in landing the Belgium centre-back.

14.40 BST DONE DEAL! Middlesbrough have confirmed the signing of former Spain Under-20 international striker Kike for a fee in the region of 3.5 million pounds.

The 24-year-old registered 23 goals and nine assists for Real Murcia in the Spanish second tier last season.

14.25 BST The Chronicle says that Sunderland have rejected Newell's Old Boys initial 1.75 million pound bid for wantaway forward Ignacio Scocco.

The Argentine signed for the Black Cats from Internacional in a 3.2 million pound deal in January but has only made six appearances for Gus Poyet's side since. 

14.05 BST Having already wrapped up deals for Joe Cole and Philippe Senderos, Aston Villa are hoping to complete a hat trick of signings with the purchase of Fulham's Kieran Richardson.

The former Manchester United man is currently undergoing a medical at the club and the deal is expected to be finalised over the weekend.

13.55 BST West Bromwich Albion fans, listen up! Belgian media outlet Sudpresse claim that Hannover left-back Sébastien Pocognoli is currently undergoing a medical at The Hawthorns.

Pocognoli has been capped on twelve occasions for Belgium and narrowly missed out on Marc Wilmots' 23-man squad for Brazil.

West Brom have been looking to fill the left-back role after Liam Ridgewell signed for Portland Timbers earlier in the summer and it seems that Alan Irvine has now found his man.

13.45 BST The Express says that Tottenham, Everton and Newcastle are locked in a three-way battle to sign Manchester City misfit Jack Rodwell.

The 23-year-old has made just 16 Premier League appearances since his 12 million pound move from Merseyside in 2012 and has been further pushed down the pecking order at the Etihad with the arrival of Fernando. 

13.35 BST Everton are in talks to bring Ivory Coast striker Lacina Traore back from Monaco on a season-long loan. Read the full story here

Roberto Martinez is desperate to add more players to his squad as he prepares for Europa League football next season and told the club's website that Bryan Oviedo, Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone are all on the comeback from long-term injuries. 

13.25 BST Colombia legend Carlos Valderrama has told MARCA that he believes James Rodriguez would be a success in Spain, adding that Real Madrid are not "too big" for him.

The 22-year-old Monaco playmaker was one of the stars of the World Cup and is currently leading the standings for the competition's prestigious Golden Boot.

"Great players cost a lot, and he's a great player. He's an eight or ten-year investment and the club that buys him won't regret it, whoever buys him will get their money back," he said.

"He's got a long time in him. He's a great buy and will solve a lot of problems."

13.15 BST Lazio techical director Igli Tare says that the club are confident of tying up deals for Feyenoord defender Stefan De Vrij and Cagliari's Davide Astori.

De Vrij has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United following a series of impressive displays for Louis van Gaal's Netherlands side at the World Cup.

However, Tare insists that there has been no contact between the English club and the player, who allegedly has his heart set on a move to the Biancocelesti.

"Many things have been said and written about De Vrij and his transfer to United but this is not true," Tare revealed.

"His agent has said clearly that he has never been to Manchester to meet with the English club. De Vrij's will is to play in Lazio. (Davide) Astori wants to come too, and we're talking with Cagliari to find an agreement."

13.05 BST Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says that the fee agreed between Liverpool and Barcelona for Luis Suarez is 81 million euros.

13.00 BST Can Liverpool finish in the top four without Luis Suarez? Brendan Rodgers has issued a statement on the club's official website assuring supporters that Liverpool will continue to challenge for honours next season.

"I am confident we will improve the team further and will be stronger for this coming season, when we will be competing on all fronts; domestically and in the greatest club competition in the world, the Champions League," he says. 

"If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual. I hope our supporters continue to dream and believe that we are moving forward and with continued improvement and progression, together we will bring the success we all crave and deserve."

12.50 BST Barcelona have also confirmed the signing of Luis Suarez via their Twitter. The 27-year-old will travel to Spain early next week to undergo a medical and sign a five-year contract.

12.45 BST Luis Suarez admits that it is with a "heavy heart" that he has decided to leave Liverpool to begin a new challenge in Spain.

The Uruguay international has released a statement thanking the fans for their support over the years but admits that a move to Barcelona is a dream come true.

"Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city," he explains. "But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season.

"I am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.

"Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."

Luis Suarez scored 82 goals in 133 appearances for Liverpool during his four-year spell, winning the League Cup in 2012.

12.35 BST BREAKING: Liverpool fans, look away. The Merseyside club have just released a statement to confirm that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club to join Barcelona.

A statement on the club website reads: "Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.

"We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.

"Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future."

12.30 BST Sunderland manager Gus Poyet hopes to bring Liverpool striker Fabio Borini back to the Stadium of Light after his impressive loan spell at the club last season helped the Black Cats to avoid the drop.

The Daily Mail says that Poyet is prepared to offer eight million pounds for the 23-year-old who scored ten goals for Sunderland in all competitions en route to being named the club's Young Player of the Year. 

Liverpool could be tempted to cash in on Borini as they look to finalise moves for Divock Origi, Lazar Markovic and Wilfried Bony. 

12.20 BST With money in the bank following the big-money departure of Ross McCormack to Fulham, Leeds United are reportedly set to reinvest some of the funds in Sassuolo centre-back Jonathan Rossini and Catania forward Soulemayne Doukara.

12.15 BST claims that Newcastle United have had a 4.7 million pound bid for Netherlands international Daryl Janmaat rejected by Feyenoord.

The 24-year-old right-back has been touted as the ideal replacement for the seemingly Arsenal bound Mathieu Debuchy but the Eredivise side are demanding a further four million pounds for his signature.

Should the Magpies fail to wrap up a deal for Janmaat, they could turn their attentions to Manchester City's Micah Richards while they also remain hopeful of sealing the purchase of Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella

12.05 BST Marco Reus could be keen on a move to Manchester United after seeing his hopes of a dream move to Barcelona shattered by the Catalan club's inevitable capture of Luis Suarez.

The Express says that the Borussia Dortmund star, who was forced to withdraw from Germany's World Cup squad through injury, is furious with the Spanish side for not following up their interest in him and cannot comprehend why he has been overlooked.

Reus informed Manchester United officials that he had previously preferred a move to the Camp Nou and it now remains to be seen whether Louis van Gaal's side will rekindle their interest in the 25-year-old.

11.55 BST Reports in Italy claim that Fiorentina have joined Milan, Juventus and Sassuolo in the race to sign Genoa's highly-rated full-back Sime Vrsaljko.

The 22-year-old made two appearances for Croatia at the World Cup and is valued at 7.5 million euros by Il Grifone

It is understood that Fiorentina have offered 4 milion euros plus ownership of Facundo Roncaglia, and also Ryder Matos on loan, for the services of the defender. 

11.45 BST Charlton Athletic have confirmed the arrival of Israel defender Tal Ben Haim on a free transfer. 

The former Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City defender becomes the Addicks' fifth summer signing, following Yoni Buyens, Igor Vetokele, Franck Moussa and Andre Bikey-Amougou.

11.40 BST The Evening Standard says that Tottenham are ready to challenge Liverpool for the signing of Swansea striker Wilfried Bony.

The Ivory Coast international, who bagged 27 goals for the Welsh side in all competitions last season and a further two for his nation at the World Cup, has been identified by new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as the ideal candidate to fire the North London club back into the top four.

Pochettino is rumoured to be preparing an 18 million pound bid for Bony, which leaves the future of White Hart Lane misfit Roberto Soldado in doubt. 

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony is the subject of a tug of war between Liverpool and Tottenham.

11.25 BST DONE DEAL! Genoa have confirmed on their official website that former Italy international striker Alessandro Matri has joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Milan.

Genoa marks Matri's fourth club in just over a year: the 29-year-old moved from Juventus to Milan last summer for 11 million euros before a poor run of form with the Rossoneri saw him end the season on loan at Fiorentina.

Matri's arrival at the Luigi Ferraris comes within 24 hours of Alberto Gilardino's confirmed exit to Guangzhou Evergrande.

11.15 BST Levante vice-president Tomás Pérez has told Costa Rica channel Teletica that World Cup star Keylor Navas will be joining Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga champions activated his 10 million euro buy-out clause.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper was one of the standout performers of the World Cup -- inspiring Costa Rica to the quarter-finals -- and will rival Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for the No.1 spot at the Allianz Arena. 

"He is going to one of the best teams in Europe. For sure he will enjoy playing there. And he will provide tough competition for his teammate Neuer," Pérez said.

"We are happy for him because I think that he deserves it as a person and as a player, he has earned it. He has had a phenomenal year and we hope that it will improve his career."

Atletico Madrid had also registered an interest in Navas but it seems that the La Liga champions will now turn their attentions to Benfica sensation Jan Oblak or free agent Guillermo Ochoa, who impressed for Mexico at the World Cup. 

11.05 BST Erik Lamela could be on his way out of Tottenham after just one season, according to

The Argentine winger joined from Roma last summer to become Spurs' record signing but has since struggled to settle in England, with a string of injuries curtailing his involvement at the club.

It is believed that Lamela can leave White Hart Lane for a fee in excess of 25 million pounds but no offer has yet been made, despite reports that Milan have approached him.

10.55 BST PSV are set to end Luuk de Jong's Borussia Monchengladbach nightmare after agreeing a 5.5 million euro fee for the 23-year-old.

De Jong, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle, became the Bundesliga club's record signing when he joined for 12 million euros from FC Twente in 2012.

BILD says that De Jong will undergo a medical in Eindhoven today with the deal expected to be announced on Monday.

10.45 BST If anybody would like to take Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli this summer, they would have to stump up 100 million euros, according to the Serie A club's president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.

The Napoli president told La Gazetta dello Sport that is the value of the Argentina international's release clause and said he is determined to hold onto the 26-year-old, who netted 24 times for the Partenopei last season.

"Did you think I would be so stupid as to let him get away? I'd say nobody's going to get Higuain. He's ours and we're going to hold on to him tightly," he said.

"From day one, his contract has had a release clause of 100 million. He's our pride and joy. He's in the [World Cup] final and he's going to score against Germany.

"We've already sorted our defence and now we need two more players for the other zones, just as [coach Rafael] Benitez has requested."

10.35 BST Liverpool have stepped up their interest for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, with both clubs set to begin negotiations over a fee.

The Ivory Coast international, who scored twice at the World Cup, has been identified by Brendan Rodgers as the perfect man to partner Daniel Sturridge next season as Liverpool prepare for life without Luis Suarez.

10.25 BST AS says that Barcelona are concerned by the lack of interest in Alex Song who is not considered to be part of Luis Enrique's plans for next season.

The Cameroon international has struggled to establish himself in the Barcelona starting line-up since moving from Arsenal in 2012 and must now be prepared to take a pay-cut.

Inter, Everton and Manchester United are all rumoured to be keeping tabs on the 26-year-old but no offer for the 15 million euro-rated midfielder has yet been made. 

10.15 BST Fiorentina have agreed a deal with Newcastle Jets for the ransfer of Socceroo midfielder Josh Brillante, subject to a medical.

The 21-year-old was named Newcastle Jets' Player of the Year for the 2013/14 campaign, having excelled as both a central midfielder and right full-back.

"I'm very excited to be joining Fiorentina and I'm looking forward to the challenge ahead," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian.

"I've had an amazing couple of years at the Jets and I'm very thankful that I came to a club like Newcastle who develop young players and give them an opportunity."

10.05 BST Adrian Lopez looks set to follow Diego Costa and David Villa out of Atletico Madrid after the player agreed to move to Porto.

The 26-year-old has failed to fulfil his potential at the Vicente Calderon since joining from Deportivo in 2011 and made just four league starts under Diego Simeone last season.

AS in Spain say that the player will undergo a medical at Porto today, with the fee expected to be in the region of 11 million euros. 

09.55 BST Jan Vertonghen's agent claims that a number of European clubs have expressed an interest in the Tottenham defender but refused to confirm whether Barcelona are one of them.

Vertonghen has been touted as a potential candidate to replace Barcelona legend Carles Puyol and the Belgium international has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane following Tottenham's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

"Several teams are interested in Jan," Nakhli told Het Nieuwsblad. "I cannot confirm or deny whether Barcelona are one of them.

"Tottenham is not a small club. It's too soon to give them an answer. Several clubs have registered their interest in Jan. We'll see."

09.40 BST L'Equipe report that Newcastle United are set to swell their French contingent with the arrival of striker Emmanuel Riviere.

The pacy forward, 24, is under contract with Monaco until 2017, and is also being pursued by Stoke City.

However, the Magpies are confident of wrapping up a deal for the Ligue 1 star in the coming days as Alan Pardew looks to fill the void left by Loic Remy.

09.30 BST Lars Bender to Arsenal? Not so, according to Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller who has told Kölner Stadtanzeiger that the club have completed their transfer activity for the summer, with no more players set to join or leave the BayArena.

Bender has reportedly been identified as Arsene Wenger's ideal long-term candidate to replace Mikel Arteta in front of the Arsenal back four, but Voller insists that he is not prepared to listen to offers for the Germany star. 

"Unless something extraordinary happens, we will not be doing anything," Voller said. 

"Firstly, there is no offer from anyone. Secondly, Lars wants to stay here. And moreover we have not signed [Hakan] Calhanoglu in order to sell Bender. We have high goals."

09.15 BST DONE DEAL! Asian Champions League holders Guanghzou Evergrande have pulled off a huge coup by landing 32-year-old striker Alberto Gilardino in a five million euro move from Genoa.

The deal sees Gilardino reunite with former Italy boss Marcelo Lippi with whom he won the World Cup with in 2006 and former Bologna teammate Alessandro Diamanti.

"I had the opportunity to play abroad in December, in Canada, but I refused because I dreamed of the playing with the Azzurri again," Gilardino said. "This dream has now passed and I've set myself a goal to learn a new culture of life and football in China."

09.00 BST Tony Pulis performed what many might call a football miracle when he kept Crystal Palace in the Premier League last season and the Eagles boss has rewarded one of his stars, Marouane Chamakh, with a new two-year contract.

The Moroccan striker joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer, scoring six goals in all competitions last campaign.

"The adventure here is not over. We've had a good season and built something really, really strong. I hope that will continue," Chamakh said.

7:28 BST: Though his Brazil side are down and out for the top spot at the World Cup, Selecao defender Luis Gustavo is a name that is popping in the transfer gossip columns. Bild are reporting that AS Monaco have interest in the Wolfsburg defender, whose buyout clause is valued at 35 million euros and stipulates that he can only go to a top European side. Not sure where Monaco fits in to that bit of fine print, but they are playing in the 2014-15 Champions League, which is more than a number of traditional European heavyweights can say.

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6:21 BST: We've heard that Feyenoord and Southampton have reached an agreement for the transfer of Graziano Pelle. The two teams are speaking and hope to have an agreement as soon as today on the 8 million-pound move to Southampton. Pelle has reportedly agreed to the offer from Saints' boss Ronald Koeman and both teams are trying to get pen to contract papers.

Jilted, but bouncing back

Transfer Talk experiences mixed emotions when a big move goes through. On the one hand, we were right to follow this one to its conclusion. On the other, we're left slightly bereft; did Alexis Sanchez and Arsenal -- Arsenal of all people -- have to leave us so soon? We're not quite sure what we did wrong, but we'll just have to look elsewhere for our kicks now. Or will we? For it's at Arsenal that we'll get our fun to begin with.

They're in for a right-back -- another one. The Mathieu Debuchy deal still seems sure to go through, but reports from AS in Spain suggest that Javi Manquillo, the 20 year-old from Atletico Madrid, will join on loan with an option to buy after the Gunners gazumped Marseille. The Spanish Under-20 international is hot property, and this move makes it likelier that Carl Jenkinson will make a move elsewhere in the Premier League, probably on a loan of his own. Have Newcastle decided to take him in exchange for Debuchy after all?

Wilfred goin'?

Liverpool missed out on Sanchez, of course, but are they about to complete a hat trick of attacking signings? Brendan Rodgers isn't content with the likely signings of Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic; Friday's Daily Mirror back page runs with a story claiming that he wants Swansea's Wilfred Bony for a cool 19 million pounds. Chuck the already signed Rickie Lambert into the mix and that's a pretty startling revamp up front at Anfield.

Drog reunited?

We all know what impact Didier Drogba had at Chelsea. The Ivorian striker has gone down in history as one of the best Blues to ever pull on the shirt, but could he be about to return to Stamford Bridge? After relatively unsuccessful stints in China and Turkey, a move to Qatar may not be where he wants to go next, so the Daily Mail says that Jose Mourinho is ready to make him an offer to become player-coach in SW6.

Thorne to run free?

Lower down the Premier League, West Brom face a battle to hold on to young midfielder George Thorne -- even though it is a Championship side that wants him. Upwardly-mobile Derby took Thorne on a fruitful loan last term and he has since requested to leave The Hawthorns, but the Birmingham Mail says new boss Alan Irvine is holding firm on his and fellow want-away Craig Dawson's futures for now.

Urbane Urby?

Roma aren't hanging about this summer and, having wrapped up the signings of Ashley Cole and Salih Ucan, next in line is Dutch utility man Urby Emanuelson. Tuttosport reports that the ex-Fulham loanee will join from Milan in a two-year deal that contains an option for a third. It develops the tale, informing us that Emanuelson arrived in Rome at 19.30 local time "dressed in jeans, t-shirt and a black beret with a visor." These things just don't get past the Italians.


There's another interesting morsel from Tuttosport, too. Alessio Cerci, the Torino and Italy winger who was linked with Man City and Arsenal a while back after a tremendous season that saw him score 13 goals in Serie A, is in considerable demand. AC Milan are known admirers but, according to the slightly cryptic Torino president Urbano Cairo: "He is of interest not only to the Rossoneri but to several clubs."

Rais the roof...

Some Algerian news for you now. Le Buteur says that the Fennec Foxes' goalkeeper, Rais M'Bolhi -- who raised eyebrows in Brazil with his long-distance punching -- is likely to leave Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia for a somewhat bigger challenge. Clubs in Turkey and France are in for the 28 year-old, as well as a host of English sides, FC Porto and Benfica -- but only Philadelphia Union have offered him concrete terms so far. So start the clock: his agent says he'll decide his future within 72 hours.