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Jul 15, 2014

Vidal 'not-so-soon', Valencia to West Ham

The transfer merry-go-round has already started as FC's Shaka Hislop explains, with Toni Kroos' future at Bayern Munich under question as Real Madrid reportedly are inquiring of the attacking midfielder's services.

The World Cup is over, alas. But we've got a little something in the Transfer Talk blog to take the sting out of that post-tournament hangover. Transfer news and the reassurance that the Premier League season starts in a scant 32 days...

22.55 BST: Although today's transfer blog is winding down, Wednesday's Transfer Talk is just around the corner.

22.29 BST: There's still a long way to go yet in the transfer window but nonetheless we have compiled the best Premier League deals thus far.

22.10 BST: We'll bring you a comprehensive round-up of Wednesday's British newspapers in the coming hours, but for now here's a sneak peek, with Arsenal seemingly offered some hope of landing Germany star Sami Khedira.

21.33 BST: It looks like Newcastle fans can look forward to another arrival, although ESPN FC writer Julien Laurens is not sure about the touted fee.

20.51 BST: Inter Milan have announced the signing of Yann M'Vila from Rubin Kazan. Read more.

20.28 BST: Vidal update, from the Guardian's Jamie Jackson...

19.48 BST: Patrick van Aanholt is to leave Chelsea this summer, reports Sky Sports.

19.20 BST: Now, we're trying not to jump to conclusions here, but Antonio Conte has just left Juventus, whose key midfielder Vidal has been linked with Manchester United. Full story.

18.45 BST: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed talks between the Bundesliga champions and Real Madrid over a transfer of World Cup winner Toni Kroos. Full story.

18.24 BSTDani Alves said he will meet with Barcelona manager Luis Enrique with the hope of determining where his future lies with the Catalan club. Full story.

18.02 BST: Lazar Markovic to Liverpool is signed, sealed and delivered.

17.47 BST: United States midfielder Jermaine Jones hopes a productive World Cup will translate into a move to America's Major League Soccer. Bundesliga veteran Jones, 32, is a free agent after completing the last few months of his contract with Turkish club Besiktas.

"Of course, we'll try to find a way that I can play in MLS but now is not my step, it is the step of MLS, they have to give me what I want," Jones said in an interview with Fox Sports. "I showed them that I'm good in shape, that I can help the league to grow. Now it's MLS' step and I will wait. [I'm a free agent], so we'll see if we can do something."

17:30 BST Feyenoord have confirmed that Netherlands international defender Bruno Martins Indi will join Porto on a four-year deal. Could that pave the way for Eliaquim Mangala to join Manchester City?

17:23 BST Mathieu Debuchy's move from Newcastle to Arsenal is set to be confirmed 'imminently', sources have told ESPN. The imminent arrival of Feyenoord and Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat means Newcastle will now allow Debuchy to leave for Arsenal, with the 28-year-old having already agreed personal terms with the north London club.

Debuchy will join Alexis Sanchez as the second high profile signing of the summer, with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis telling supporters last week that he is working on several transfers ahead of the new Premier League season.

17:15 BST Chelsea fans, the wait is finally over. Diego Costa has finally completed his transfer from Atletico Madrid, signing a five-year contract with the club. The Spain international bagged 36 goals in all competitions last season, helping Atletico to a first La Liga title in 18 years and a place in the Champions League final.

"I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining," Costa told Chelsea's official website.

"I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea."

17:06 BST AS in Spain says that Real Madrid have today agreed a deal with Monaco for James Rodriguez. Colombia's World Cup star has recently admitted that it is his dream to play for Los Blancos and that could soon become a reality after the European champions launched a bid of 70 million euros plus Brazilian midfielder Casemiro for his services. Monaco are reportedly demanding 80 million euros for Rodriguez's signature.

16:55 BST John Obi Mikel could be set for a summer exit from Chelsea after the club offered his services to a number of Serie A teams. Reports in Italy say the Nigeria international is free to leave Stamford Bridge if the club receive an offer in the region of six million euros. 

John Obi Mikel has reportedly been told that he can leave Chelsea if the club receive an offer of six million euros

16:43 BST Tottenham, Wolfsburg, Juventus and Roma are among the clubs tracking Monaco midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco whose contract is set to expire next summer. The Belgium Under 21 international struggled to establish himself in Claudio Ranieri's lineup last season and it remains to be seen whether he is part of new coach Leonardo Jardim's plans. 

Carrasco is not the only Monaco player attracting attention from Europe however as L'Equipe also says that Mounir Obbadi is on the verge of joining Hellas Verona on loan with view to a permanent transfer. 

16:31 BST ESPN understands that Liverpool are pushing ahead with their pursuit of Alberto Moreno following Iago Aspas' loan move to Sevilla. The 22-year-old remains Brendan Rodgers' first-choice left-back target but Liverpool are reluctant to meet the Andalusian club's 20 million pound asking price. Read the full story here.

16:21 BST Benfica have confirmed to the Portuguese Stock Exchange that they have sold 50% of Lazar Markovic to Liverpool for 12.5 million euros (in case you were wondering, the other half of the player is owned by a third party). Liverpool are expected to confirm the deal this evening.

16:15 BST Spanish journalist Kike Marin, who was one of the first to successfully break the Alexis Sanchez to Arsenal story, says that talks between Arsenal and Sami Khedira have stalled after the player's agent asked for too much money. He also says that Real Madrid have not yet received any players for the World Cup winner. 

16:07 BST South American journalist Juan Arango says that Fiorentina have won the race to sign Argentina international defender Jose Maria Basanta. The Monterrey captain helped the Albiceleste to keep clean sheets against both Switzerland and Belgium, consequently attracting interest from the Viola who have now activated his 3.5 million dollar release clause. 

15:56 BST Reports in Italy say Stephan Lichtsteiner is prepared to commit his future to Juventus after the club rejected an offer from Paris Saint-Germain. The Switzerland full-back had been linked with a move to the French champions which could have seen promising playmaker Adrien Rabiot go the other way, but it now seems that the 30-year-old -- who has one year remaining on his existing deal -- will sign a two-year contract extension.

15:42 BST Ligue 1 side En Avant De Guingamp have announced the signing of Ivory Coast international Benjamin Angoua. The 27-year-old joins the club on a free transfer after his contract at Valenciennes expired and he will wear the No.3 jersey. 

15:30 BST Besiktas president Fikret Orman has confirmed that the Turkish club have successfully negotiated a deal for Chelsea misfit Demba Ba. The Senegalese striker has struggled to hold down a starting place at Stamford Bridge since moving from Newcastle in January 2013 and looks set to be pushed further down the pecking order with the imminent arrival of Diego Costa. The Daily Mail say the fee is expected to be in the region of eight million pounds. 

"Demba Ba is an excellent player," Orman said. "We have been in talks with Chelsea for a long time over bringing him to Istanbul. Talks are ongoing. Chelsea initially wanted 10 million for Ba but we have negotiated a price we are happy with. We'll tell the media once the final deal is done."

15:18 BST Over to Germany now where Freiburg have completed the signing of Germany Under-19 international Marc-Oliver Kempf. The highly-rated defender joins for an undisclosed fee from Eintracht Franfurt.

15:10 BST DONE DEAL! Espanyol have announced the signing of Ecuador international Felipe Caicedo. The former Malaga and Levante striker joins on a free transfer after his contract expired at UAE outfit Al Jazira following the arrival of Mirko Vucinic. 

15:03 BST Reports in Portugal suggest that Porto defender Rolando has handed in a formal request to the club to to terminate his contract. The 28-year-old centre-back, who spent last year on loan at Inter, is attempting to force his way out of the club as he believes that the club has not paid him bonuses that he is due.

14:56 BST Deportivo La Coruna have joined Stoke City in the race to sign Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic. The newly-promoted Spanish side have already captured former Barca hotshot Isaac Cuenca this summer and coach Victor Fernandez is believed to have contacted Bojan in an attempt to lure him to the Riazor. 

14:50 BST Sky Sports claims that Manchester United have taken highly-rated Benfica starlets Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia on trial. Winger Filipe, who has been dubbed  the "the next Cristiano Ronaldo", and goalkeeper Virginia are considered two of the best young talents to emerge in Portugal in recent times. 

Benfica are reportedly desperate to tie both teenagers down to long-term contracts and have already rejected the advances of Barcelona for Filipe. 

14:37 BST It seems that a big name could be leaving Juventus in the coming days. Could it be Paul Pogba? Arturo Vidal? Guess again. Gazzetta dello Sport says that city rivals Torino are close to securing a deal for Fabio Quagliarella as they look to fill the void left by new Borussia Dortmund man Ciro Immobile.

Quagliarella is rumoured to have agreed terms with the Granata -- who will be playing in the Europa League next season -- but the clubs have not yet agreed on a sum, with Torino's 2.8 million euro offer slightly short of Juventus' valuation. 

14:25 BST Remember the days when Valencia were serious Champions League contenders? Well, the La Liga side are on the verge of an expensive double signing after the club's president announced that Benfica duo Andre Gomes and Rodrigo were on their way to the Mestalla.

Both players played significant roles in Benfica's Treble triumph last season but are owned by Peter Lim, who is expected to complete his takeover of Valencia in the very near future. 

14:12 BST Burnley have confirmed the signing of former Middlesbrough forward Lukas Jutkiewicz for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old signs a three-year deal at Turf Moor after ending last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers where he scored seven goals in 20 games. Jutkiewicz will now join up with his fellow Clarets newboys Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Marvin Sordell for the pre-season training camp in Austria.

14:00 BST Tottenham's hopes of signing Loic Remy have been complicated by the fact the Queens Park Rangers striker has two buyout clauses, reports The Daily Telegraph. Spurs had been hopeful of tying up an eight million pound deal for the France international but it has now been revealed that sum is only for clubs who qualified for the Champions League.

If Mauricio Pochettino wishes to land his man, he would have to offer 11 million pounds as this would activate the clause for clubs who finished fifth and sixth in the Premier League last season. 

Tottenham are also rumoured to be plotting a bid for former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song as they are prepared to allow Sandro to leave for Napoli or Zenit should they receive the right offer.

13:45 BST QPR manager Harry Redknapp is confident of finalising a deal for Rio Ferdinand, insisting the former Manchester United defender is keen to move to Loftus Road.

The 35-year-old, who has won six league titles, two League Cups, one Champions League and a Club World Cup, left United after his contract was not renewed at the end of last season.

Redknapp told talkSPORT on Tuesday: "He arrives back today so I am going to meet him and hopefully we can get it sorted.

"He has not been difficult to deal with. He wants to play and he is not expensive.

"He wants to come and play at QPR now so hopefully we can get it done.''

13:35 BST Manchester United's fringe players are waiting anxiously to discover their fate as The Guardian reports that Louis van Gaal is set to make immediate decisions on their futures. 

Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, Javier Hernandez, Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher, Ashley Young, Bebe and Anderson could all face the wrath of the enigmatic Dutch coach who will meet his United players for the first time tomorrow. 

13:23 BST DONE DEAL! Udinese midfielder Alexander Merkel, who spent part of last season at Watford, has joined Swiss side Grasshoppers on a season-long loan deal.

13:18 BST Sky Sports say that Southampton have offered Jay Rodriguez a new five-year contract as they look to put a halt to the Saints exodus. The 24-year-old striker is currently recovering from an ACL tear which ruled him out of the World Cup and has two years remaining on his existing deal. 

13:08 BST Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has given the biggest indication yet that he could leave the Bundesliga champions after tweeting a response to the club's sporting director Matthias Sammer who claimed that he was a player for the future. Liverpool are interested in the Switzerland star who netted a hat trick against Honduras at the World Cup. 

12:55 BST The Daily Star says that Stoke City are ready to meet Liverpool's asking price for Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi. The 24-year-old impressed on loan at the Britannia Stadium last season but the Potters were initially reluctant to stump up the seven million pounds requested by the Merseyside outfit.

However, with the start of the season only a month away, Mark Hughes is desperate to bring some new faces in the door as soon as possible and also hopes to seal an ambitious swoop for Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic.

12:42 BST Newcastle United have completed the signing of Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord. The 24-year-old right-back has penned a six-year contract after the clubs agreed a fee in the region of 7.5 million euros. I guess it won't be long until Arsenal confirm the Mathieu Debuchy signing, then. 

12:30 BST Former Arsenal and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has been officially unveiled by Roma today. The 33-year-old will take the No.3 shirt at the Stadio Olimpico and becomes the first English player to play in the Serie A since David Beckham.

12:19 BST DONE DEAL! Getafe have confirmed the signing of Karim Yoda on a free transfer. The 25-year-old joins the La Liga side after his contract expired at Romanian Liga runners-up Astra Giurgiu.

12:11 BST French midfielder Yann M'Vila has joined Inter on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan with view to a permanent 9.6 million pound move. The 24-year-old trained with his teammates for the first time today after successfully passing a medical.

12:01 BST Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain, Sami Khedira to Arsenal, James Rodriguez to Real Madrid? ESPN blogger Sid Lowe gives his verdict on the latest Spain-related transfer news.

11.54 BST France World Cup star Mathieu Valbuena is contemplating whether to sign for Dinamo Moscow after Marseille accepted a 7 million euro offer for the playmaker. The Russian capital outfit finished fourth in the league last season and hope to lure the 29-year-old to the club with the prospect of Europa League football.

La Provence claim that Valbuena would prefer a move to Spain though Sevilla have pulled out of the race due to wage issues.

Mathieu Valbuena is set to leave Marseille this summer, with Dinamo Moscow the most likely destination.

11:42 BST Lyon attacker Alexandre Lacazette has emerged as a potential successor to Luis Suarez at Liverpool, according to football365.fr. The 23-year-old narrowly missed out on France's World Cup squad after impressing in Ligue 1 last season where he scored 15 goals. Lacazette, who is also a target for Newcastle, is expected to command a transfer fee of over 20 million euros.

11:34 BST Despite being heavily linked with moves for Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy and Atletico Madrid's Javier Manquillo, The Daily Mail says that Arsenal are eyeing up a bid for a third right-back in the form of Southampton youngster Calum Chambers.

Arsene Wenger is believed to have tracked the 19-year-old for some time and is reportedly willing to offload Carl Jenkinson as a result. Should Arsenal move for Chambers, Saints boss Ronald Koeman could request the loan of Gunners starlet Serge Gnabry while Liverpool's Martin Kelly is a potential replacement. 

11:20 BST Ligue 1 side Evian have signed Denmark international forward Nicki Bille Nielsen from Rosenborg for an undisclosed fee. The 26-year-old has agreed a three-year contract at the Parc des Sports after scoring 24 goals across two seasons with the Norwegian club.

He told Evian's official website: "I'm very happy. This is a great opportunity and a fresh start for me. I think this is the perfect place for me to play football and for my family to have a good life. I will give everything on the pitch, for my team-mates and for the club. I can't wait to get going."

11:11 BST The Daily Star says that Roma are weighing up a bid for Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar. The Netherlands centre-back impressed at the World Cup, inspiring Louis van Gaal's side to the semi-finals and had been speculated to link up with the Dutch coach at Manchester United. 

Aston Villa have already added Philippe Senderos to their defence and are currently exploring a deal for Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng who impressed on loan at Sunderland last season. 

11:03 BST ESPN blogger Richard Jolly takes a look at how World Cup performances can affect a player's transfer value. Read his article here

10:57 BST Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz looks set to become Burnley's sixth summer signing. The 25-year-old impressed on loan at rivals Bolton during the second half of the season, scoring seven goals in 20 league appearances and will challenge Sam Vokes, Danny Ings and Marvin Sordell for a starting place up front for the Clarets in the Premier League. 

10:46 BST Manchester United fans, listen up. Chile international Arturo Vidal has been speaking to a newspaper in his homeland where he admits that while he is open to a move to the Premier League, he is equally happy to stay at Juventus. 

The 27-year-old has a contract with the Old Lady until the summer of 2017 but the Serie A champions could be tempted to cash in on their midfield star should United stump up a large sum. Can Louis van Gaal work his magic?

"I am not thinking about where to go next. I just want to enjoy my holiday here in Chile with the people I love. We will see what happens when I get back to Italy," Vidal told Chilevision.

"I am already at a great team like Juventus. That's why it will not be a problem if the option of Manchester United falls through."

10:36 BST Over to Serie A now where Hellas Verona have announced the signings of two new players. The Gialloblu have acquired full rights for Romulo after the Italy international midfielder impressed on loan from Fiorentina last season while 20-year-old defender Mattia Valoti has joined from Milan after failing to register a senior appearance for the Rossoneri

10:25 BST DONE DEAL! Charlton Athletic have made Romanian striker George Tucudean their seventh summer signing. The 23-year-old joins on a three-year deal from parent club Standard Liege. 

10:14 BST What do Esteban Cambiasso, Nicklas Bendtner and Didier Drogba all have in common? That's right, they're all free agents. ESPN correspondent Nick Miller takes a look at the best XI available on a free transfer.

10:07 BST Keep your eyes pealed at the airport! Sky Sports News say that Luis Suarez has arrived in Barcelona to finalise his big money move from Liverpool while Netherlands defender Daryl Janmaat has arrived in Newcastle to complete his transfer from Feyenoord. It looks set to be a busy day of transfers today. 

9:55 BST Manchester City accept that they will have to sell one of their foreign stars if they wish to complete a deal for Porto's highly-rated centre-back Eliaquim Mangala.

The Daily Mail says that Atletico Madrid target Alvaro Negredo and Napoli target Javi Garcia are the players most in danger of being sacrificed as the club are forced to abide by their restriction of overseas players following a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations.

The Premier League champions remain optimistic of finalising a 32 million pound deal for the 23-year-old who has been identified as a long-term defensive partner for Belgium international Vincent Kompany.

Mangala's reportedly ready to join Man City though the competition in defense gives him pause.
Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is edging closer to a 32 million pound move to Manchester City.

9:40 BST Liverpool fans, rejoice! Here is the first picture of Lazar Markovic holding up the famous red jersey. The Serbia international attacker is expected to be officially unveiled by the club today after agreeing a 25 million euro move from Benfica. The 20-year-old will be the fourth summer signing at Anfield after the arrivals of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can. 

9:30 BST Lyon are expected to complete the three million euro signing of Paris Saint-Germain right-back Christophe Jallet in the coming days. L'Equipe says that the 30-year-old has agreed a three-year deal with Lyon who look to fill the void left by Miguel Lopes who returned to Sporting Lisbon after his loan spell.

Jallet's departure will consequently allow long-term Arsenal target Serge Aurier to join PSG from Toulouse in a deal estimated at around 10 million euros. 

9:20 BST Hull City manager Steve Bruce has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Tottenham defender Michael Dawson. The Tigers boss identified the 30-year-old as the ideal candidate to bolster his defence ahead of the new season but admits that he has been unable to strike a deal with the North London club.

He said: "It's stalemate with regard to Michael and, at the moment, we are probably as far away from a deal as we can be. He's Tottenham's captain with time left on his contract. It's difficult, but it's something we've had a nibble at. We'll see if it happens."

9:15 BST Wesley Sneijder could be set for another big payday, with football365.fr reporting that Monaco are eyeing up the Dutch playmaker as they prepare for a return to Champions League football.

Despite the fact that his contract runs until 2016, the former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter midfielder will be allowed to leave Galatasaray for 20 million euros as coach Roberto Mancini aims to reduce their payroll. 

7:17 BST: Former Arsenal player Nicklas Bendtner doesn't seem to be in the mix for an Eintracht Frankurt move, according to Kicker. The former Arsenal player was in Brazil covering the World Cup for Danish TV, which seemed to somewhat limit his time to chat about a playing future in the Bundesliga. That led Frankfurt boss, Thomas Schaaf, to say of negotiations: "We are not getting anywhere, thus we have to focus on other things."

6:37 BST: We had Yacouba Sylla on loan and heading east from Aston Villa to Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor yesterday. Now rumours are stirring up that Villa's Paul Lambert is set to sign South Korean Ki Sung-Yueng, despite his team's disappointing showing in Brazil. The Mirror says that Ki will come on board for a nominal fee from Swansea and help Lambert fill his need for an experienced holding midfielder to allow Joe Cole a free role behind the striker.

5:03 BST: DONE DEAL - Australian side Brisbane Roar have added some help to the attack for their upcoming 2014-15 A-League season. Albanian striker Mensur Kurtishi moves to Brisbane on a one-year contract after playing professionally in Austria, UAE and Macedonia among other countries. 

Roar head coach Mike Mulvey has seen Kurtishi in training several times since joining the side and thinks he'll fit in just fine with his new team.

"He's clicked well with the other players and it's clear that he understands our system and the way we want to play football," Mulvey told footballaustralia.com.au

"Mensur is a proven goal-scorer with an excellent goals-to-game ratio and we're confident he'll enjoy it here in Brisbane, both on and off the field."

4:36 BST: So long Sami. It appears that Sami Khedira's possible Arsenal move could be a casualty of economics, according to the Mirror. Arsene Wenger was said to be interested in moving the German international midfielder over to the Emirates. But the asking price after Khedira's solid World Cup -- even though he missed the final with an injury in warm-ups -- would make him the highest-paid player on the Gunners at 150,000 pounds per week.

That would put Khedira ahead of the newly-signed Alexis Sanchez and his German teammate Mesut Ozil, who are both making in the neighborhood of 130,000 per week. 

Even with this deal seemingly going south, Arsenal are still expected to sign a pair of right-backs this week with France international Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle and Atletico Madrid youngster Javier Manquillo rumoured to be on their way to join Wenger's side.

Vidal not so soon?

You might think Manchester United's new 750 million pound kit deal with Adidas verges on the egregious; Transfer Talk isn't one to judge, but it appears that United aren't keen to come across as easy meat in the transfer market. They're clearly keen to push through a deal with Juventus and Chile's indefatigable Arturo Vidal, but the Mirror says that it won't be that easy.

Juventus are seeking 34 million pounds and Louis van Gaal's new club has to be mindful that their new stash needs also to be distributed elsewhere; a move for Real Madrid's Angel di Maria may be among those in the offing.

The Star has plenty more on this, telling us that the kit cash will be invested post haste -- with Vidal, Di Maria and German star Mats Hummels, who was linked with an Old Trafford move earlier in the week, likely to be lured by United's polyester-fuelled millions. Van Gaal apparently hopes to lure them all to Old Trafford safely in time for the imminent new Premier League season.

Lazar quest

Meanwhile, stories of Liverpool splashing the cash are now bread and butter to these pages -- with Lazar Markovic through the door for 20 million pounds, the floodgates have (re?)opened, with as many as five more signings set to follow. The report claims that left-backs Alberto Moreno and Ben Davies are both being targeted, and mentions Jay Rodriguez and Loic Remy as alternatives to striking target Wilfried Bony. Whatever happens, we don't particularly want Liverpool to stop. We've got bills to pay.

Rolling the dice for Stones?

The Express has the news that Everton's John Stones is in demand -- hardly surprising after a great first season on Merseyside -- and that Spurs, who may lose Jan Vertonghen to Barcelona, are sizing the defender up as his replacement. Hard to see why Stones would switch what is effectively like for like, but with Spurs this inactive in the window nothing would surprise at this point.

Hammers strike again

West Ham have been busy enough already in this transfer window, signing Aaron Cresswell, Mauro Zarate and Cheikou Kouyate, but the Mail confirms that Ecuadorian World Cup star Enner Valencia is about to join Sam Allardyce's new-look side after taking a medical. With a spring as high as he showed in Brazil, he should fit right in.

Counting the Kostic?

Toni Kroos' imminent move to Real Madrid is making the headlines in Germany -- although they have rather more important things to enjoy over there at the moment -- but the Bundesliga transfer wheel keeps on turning regardless. Bild says that Filip Kostic, of Dutch side Groningen, is in line to join Stuttgart as a replacement for outgoing winger Ibrahima Traore, and that the Serbian, who is just 21 and scored 11 Eredivisie goals last season, could go for 3 or 4 million euros. The problem? Sporting Lisbon, FC Porto and PSV Eindhoven are also keen, so Stuttgart may have to work some negotiating magic to pull this one off.

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