Di Maria to United; Benatia to Bayern
We don't want to cause alarm here, but there are just TWO WEEKS before the window closes.
Top pick: Manchester United are ready to go all out for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria in a deal which could cost the club 100 million pounds in transfer fees and wages.
- Bayern Munich are leading the race to sign Roma centre-back Medhi Benatia as Pep Guardiola seeks a defensive replacement for the crocked Javi Martinez.
- Alexis Sanchez's countryman Eduardo Vargas is reportedly in talks with Arsenal over a potential loan move.
- Juventus and Liverpool are preparing to battle it out for the signing of Monaco talisman Radamel Falcao.
- Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella is confident that in-demand Colombia star Juan Cuadrado will stay at the club this season.
23.00 BST That's all we've got time for folks but we will be back with you in no time at all. This time in two weeks, the transfer window will be over!
22.33 BST Strange one here. Earlier, Torino striker Alessio Cerci announced the following on Twitter: "Agreement reached with Atlético. Thank you Torino and all the fans for everything."
But the tweet was deleted and he has since claimed that he did not tweet anything about his move to Madrid, insisting that when it was posted he had been playing on his PlayStation with teammate Rubén Pérez, who confirmed as much. Puzzling.
22.15 BST Right, back we are after Chelsea's 3-1 victory at Burnley. And here's the story you've all been waiting for.
Argentina World Cup defender Federico Fernandez is on the brink of joining Swansea for a reported seven million pounds from Napoli. That one should go through on Tuesday. Worth waiting for?!
Real Madrid have spent over 100 million euros on Colombia star James Rodriguez and World Cup winner Toni Kroos, and Simeone has given a dig at the Los Blancos hierarchy for their nonchalant approach to spending.
"We've brought in seven or eight players for 95 million, they've spent 95 million on two," he said, as reported by AS. "There is a little difference. But this club has always had this creativity.
"We're forming the group, but the group isn't made up of the 11 who play, but with the 18 or 20 who are available."
16.15 BST Barcelona are prepared to allow Cameroon international Alex Song leave the club on a free loan after failing to receive any permanent offers matching his eight million pound asking price.
The former Arsenal midfielder has been told that he does not feature in Luis Enrique's plans for the forthcoming campaign and the player has set his sights on returning to the Premier League.
The Telegraph reports that Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United are all interested while Cesare Prandelli hopes to bring the 26-year-old to Galatasaray.
16.05 BST The agent of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar is in London to negotiate a severance package with Queens Park Rangers.
The former Inter shotstopper is currently at odds with the Premier League newboys and has already agreed personal terms with Portuguese champions Benfica as they look to fill the gloves left by Jan Oblak.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says that the player's agent is in advanced talks with QPR and a deal is expected to be completed within the next week.
15.55 BST Roma will attempt to sign Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic should Medhi Benatia or Mattia Destro leave the club this summer.
Benatia has been strongly linked with a move to Bayern Munich and Manchester United over the past few days while Tottenham technical director Franco Baldini has contacted the Italian capital outfit regarding Destro's availability.
Calciomercato.com says that the Giallorossi would reinvest any money from a deal into bringing Jovetic back to Italy but Roma director of football Walter Sabatini hopes to negotiate a loan deal rather than stumping up the 22 million euros that the English champions are demanding.
15.40 BST Andreas Weimann's goal gave Aston Villa a winning start to the new Premier League season, but it was his defensive colleagues who deservedly stole the headlines. ESPN blogger Kevin Hughes assesses Paul Lambert's new-look defence.
15.35 BST Southampton and Newcastle United have reportedly sent scouts to Slovenia to file a report on Maribor star Agim Ibraimi.
The Slovenian champions face Celtic in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off on Tuesday and all eyes will be cast on the Macedonia international winger.
Ibraimi, 25, spent last season on loan at Italian side Cagliari and Sky Sports say that Maribor will find it difficult to keep hold of him should a Premier League club make a suitable offer.
15.25 BST DONE DEAL! Werder Bremen have confirmed on their official website that Turkish midfielder Mehmet Ekici has joined Trabzonspor for an undisclosed fee.
15.20 BST Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti admits that he does not know whether Angel Di Maria will remain at the club beyond the summer transfer window.
The Argentine winger is expected to be involved in Real Madrid's Spanish Supercopa first-leg tie with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday though reports in the English press today claim that Manchester United are determined to seal his signature as part of a 100 million pound package.
"I don't know what Di Maria has decided," Ancelotti said. "But I know that he's training and that he could help us in tomorrow's match. Until August 31 it will continue the same way and after that everything will be cleared up and things will return to normal." Read the full story here.
15.10 BST Inter are prepared to cash in on Fredy Guarin just five months after tying him down to a new contract.
The Colombia international was extremely close to signing for Juventus in January while he has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham this summer.
Tuttosport says that the Nerazzurri are prepared to compromise on their 18 million euro asking price as they are desperate to free up funds for Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino and Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany.
14.55 BST Sunderland strikers Steven Fletcher and Connor Wickham will not leave the club in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window, according to Gus Poyet. Read the full story here.
14.45 BST DONE DEAL! Newly-promoted La Liga outfit Eibar have completed the signing of Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng on a free transfer.
The 31-year-old moved to Rayo Vallecano in June upon the expiry of his Fulham contract but Los Franjirrojos were so unimpressed with his fitness that they agreed to terminate his deal without him playing a single game.
A statement on Rayo's official website read: "Rayo Vallecano and Derek Boateng have reached an agreement for the termination of the contract between both parties. The player will play for SD Eibar. From the club we wish him well in this new phase of his career."
14.35 BST Reports in France claim former French international defender Anthony Reveillere is close to joining Bastia.
The 34-year-old is available on a free after his contract with Napoli expired in June and he is expected to sign for Claude Makelele's side within the next 72 hours.
14.25 BST Should Carlo Ancelotti be concerned by Real Madrid's poor pre-season form?
ESPN blogger Rob Train says that the success of Los Blancos' transfer policy will be determined in the early weeks of the La Liga calendar. Read his article here.
14.20 BST Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson says that he hopes to sign decorated Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso before the club's trip to Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
The former Real Madrid and Inter man is celebrating his 34th birthday today and has previously admitted that he would like to test himself in the Premier League before hanging up his boots.
"The Cambiasso situation is something we will try accelerate in the next week. We can only work at the rate that the other parties involved want to work at. We will have to wait and see," Pearson told the Leicester Mercury.
However, one man who is expected to be included for Saturday's clash against Chelsea is Marseille right-back Rod Fanni who is undergoing a medical at the club today.
14.10 BST Napoli are rumoured to be closing in on a loan deal for Manchester United misfit Marouane Fellaini.
Napoli and Man United have reportedly agreed a 1 year loan deal for Fellaini. Napoil to pay €4M for the loan, with the option to buy (GdS)- Serie A News (@TransfersCalcio) August 18, 2014
14.05 BST Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Edin Dzeko will sign a new contract with Manchester City. Read the full story here.
14.00 BST Hull City manager Steve Bruce is plotting to reinvest some of the funds from Shane Long's sale into Bayer Leverkusen defender Philipp Wollschied.
Bruce has been searching for a new centre-back all summer and has turned his attentions to the five-million-pound-rated German after growing frustrated in his attempts to sign Tottenham captain Michael Dawson.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are confident of completing a deal for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham and hope to convince the Black Cats to sell with an offer of six million pounds plus Glenn Murray.
13.50 BST Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella is confident that in-demand Colombian star Juan Cuadrado will remain at the club this season.
The 26-year-old winger has been strongly linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona this season but neither club appear to be playing ball with the Serie A club over their 40 million euro asking price.
Montella told La Nazione: "I have never thought of losing Juan. He's been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future."
13.40 BST Derby County have made an offer to take Stoke City's Ryan Shotton on loan.
The versatile 25-year-old has been told that he can leave the Britannia Stadium outfit this summer but Mark Hughes would prefer the player to leave on a permanent deal so that he can reinvest the funds.
The Stoke Sentinel says that Leicester City, Burnley and a number of Championship clubs have registered an interest in Shotton, while Stoke are also looking to offload Brek Shea, Cameron Jerome and Honduras international Wilson Palacios.
13.30 BST Bayern Munich honorary president Franz Beckenbauer believes Borussia Dortmund will not be able to keep attacker Marco Reus beyond the summer of 2015.
The 25-year-old Germany attacker can reportedly trigger a release clause in his contract next summer, which Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly revealed is just 25 million euros.
Dortmund are reluctant to allow Reus to follow in the footsteps of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, and have said that they want to convince him to stay by a mix of finances and emotions for his hometown and club.
"When you can get a player of his class, you have to try everything," Beckenbauer told BILD. "It's understandable that Dortmund don't like the Reus discussion. But the amount of his release clause will not have been the biggest secret. Quite possibly every interested club was aware of it.
"Should Reus not join FC Bayern in 2015, he will probably move to an international top club. Dortmund will hardly be able to keep him."
13.15 BST Chelsea have confirmed that 21-year-old midfielder Josh McEachran has joined Dutch feeder club Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan.
13.10 BST Norwich City are on the verge of signing versatile 32-year-old defender Carlos Cuellar on a free transfer.
13.00 BST Atletico Madrid have tabled a 2.5 million euro bid for Serbian wonderkid Luka Jovic, according to AS.
The 16-year-old striker has already represented his nation at under-19 level while he holds the record as Red Star Belgrade's youngest ever goalscorer.
The Spanish champions are currently scouring young talent across Europe as part of a long-term project but Red Star insist they are determined to retain hold of Jovic despite the club's financial concerns.
12.50 BST Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has taken advantage of his relationship with former Real Madrid colleague Jose Mourinho to secure the signing of Chelsea's highly-rated forward Patrick Bamford.
The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Derby last season and will join fellow Blues loanee Kenneth Omeruo at the Riverside for Boro's promotion-chasing campaign.
Chelsea's Patrick Bamford is undergoing his medical ahead of loan switch to Middlesbrough. Has been a long chase for Boro but worth it.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 18, 2014
12.40 BST Manuel Pellegrini admits that he expects FOUR players to leave Manchester City before the transfer window closes.
Long-serving defender Micah Richards is one of those who has fallen out of favour at the Etihad Stadium while Serbian defender Matija Nastasic is equally desperate for a move away from the club in search of regular first-team football.
Swedish striker John Guidetti has been told that he is surplus to requirements while Scott Sinclair is free to leave after being given just a handful of opportunities since his estimated eight million pound switch from Swansea City two years ago.
"Matija [Nastasic] needs to play. We already have important players here, with [Martin] Demichelis, [Vincent] Kompany, [Eliaquim] Mangala and [Dedryck] Boyata," Pellegrini said, as reported by The Sun.
"So we will see in the next few days what happens with Nastasic. He is an important player but he has offers and I think the best thing for him is to play.
"He [Richards] wants to play more. He had a contract to renew but didn't want it. We have three or four players extra. Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti are also important players but I don't like to have so many in the squad."
12.30 BST Germany international Christoph Kramer insists he will make up his own mind where he plays next season, saying the "modern human trafficking" business of football will not rule him.
The 23-year-old is intent on fulfilling the remainder of his loan deal with Borussia Moenchengladbach, although he is not so convinced he will return to Bayer Leverkusen when it expires next summer.
"My situation is clear: Leverkusen have sent me on loan to Gladbach and I'm delighted with the way things are," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I can't wait for the season to start. I don't know what will happen in a year's time, but I'm the kind of person who likes surprises."
Kramer has been linked with a move to Napoli all summer, but while being flattered by their interest -- and revealing another Serie A club had made enquiries -- he says he does not particularly fancy a move to Italy.
"It's not only Napoli -- Juventus have been asking after me too," he said. "I do follow Italian football a bit now, but I still believe that the Premier League and the Primera Division are more attractive than Serie A, and that's without mentioning the Bundesliga, where I'm very happy."
12.15 BST Sevilla coach Unai Emery is expected to make unsettled Valencia midfielder Ever Banega his eighth summer signing.
The Argentina international has struggled to settle at the Mestalla since being run over by his own car in 2012 and was farmed out on loan to Newell's Old Boys in January.
Los Che coach Nuno Santo has informed Banega that he is not part of his plans for the new season and AS says that Sevilla hope to rejuvenate the 26-year-old's career after agreeing a 2.5 million euro fee.
12.05 BST Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has revealed he turned down "bigger" financial offers in order to secure his preferred move to Merseyside. Read the full story here.
12.00 BST Barcelona and Sao Paulo have reached an agreement for the transfer of Brazilian right-back Douglas Pereira.
The 24-year-old is yet to win an international cap for Brazil but the Catalan club have identified him as a long-term replacement for Dani Alves, with MARCA claiming that he will join next summer when Alves' contract expires.
The eight million euro deal for Douglas is likely to end Barcelona's interest in Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado as the Spanish giants are reluctant to meet the Colombian's 40 million euro price tag.
11.50 BST Reports in France claim that Cardiff City defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine has a medical scheduled for today with Saint-Etienne.
The versatile 24-year-old joined the Bluebirds from Rennes last summer but now looks set for a return to France on an initial season-long loan after being identified as a primary transfer target by ASSE coach Christophe Galtier.
However, the Ligue 1 side face a fight to keep hold of Turkish striker Mevlut Erding, who has been linked with a seven million pound switch to Queens Park Rangers.
11.40 BST Former French international full-back Rod Fanni is poised to join Premier League outfit Leicester City.
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson is eager to add some experience and depth to his squad as they bid to stay in the English top flight and has been alerted to Fanni's availability after the right-back was told that he was not part of Marcelo Bielsa's plans at Marseille.
France Football claim that the 32-year-old will travel to England today to undergo a medical at the club while Pearson still retains an interest in signing decorated Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on a free transfer.
11.30 BST Manchester United are lining up a bid for Milan defender Philippe Mexes should they fail to land Roma's Medhi Benatia.
Louis van Gaal is desperate for another centre-back to strengthen the Red Devils defence following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, and with just two weeks left in the window, time is running out.
Benatia remains the club's primary target but with Bayern currently in poll position to seal the Morocco international's signature, The Express says that United could turn to Mexes who would be available for a cut-price fee as he has just one year left on his Rossoneri contract.
11.20 BST Leeds United have confirmed that goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has left the club after two years at Elland Road.
BREAKING: We can confirm that Paddy Kenny has left the club by mutual consent. The keeper made over 70 appearances for the club #lufc- Leeds United FC (@LUFC) August 18, 2014
11.15 BST Bayern Munich are set to enter the transfer market again with the Bundesliga champions after a replacement for injured Spain international Javi Martinez. Which names are on Pep Guardiola's shortlist?
11.05 BST Bulgarian journeyman Valeri Bojinov is reportedly undergoing a medical at West Ham United after impressing on trial at the Hammers.
Sam Allardyce has publicly declared his desire for another striker following the long-term ankle injury sustained by Andy Carroll in pre-season and the 28-year-old could fit the bill for the east London side.
Bojinov has Premier League experience after an ill-fated spell at Manchester City though he has more recently been finding the net in the second tier of Italian football and back in his native Bulgaria for Levski Sofia.
Valeri Bojinov started trials with West Ham this morning http://t.co/YLYo4Ze2e6- Rostislav Chanev (@rostislavchanev) August 18, 2014
10.55 BST DONE DEAL! There aren't too many brothers who play for the same team these days. However, the Oriol twins have achieved just that, with Edu signing a one-year contract with the Tangerines today.
The 27-year-old winger joins up with his brother Joan at Bloomfield Road after moving from AEL Limassol in Cyprus and could make his debut for the club against Brentford tomorrow.
Can they follow in the Neville's, De Boer's, Da Silva's and Altintop's footsteps?
10.40 BST Sky Sports News viewers will be all too familiar with Harry Redknapp rolling down his car window to provide some juicy transfer gossip on deadline day and the Queens Park Rangers boss is expected to perform his biannual ritual once again this summer.
QPR lost their opening Premier League match to Hull City at the weekend and Redknapp admits that he is still in the market for several players as he looks to boost his squad numbers to cope with the rigours of top-flight football while the future of France forward Loic Remy remains a mystery.
"He [Remy] didn't want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it's a club in the top seven I don't think he'll go," Redknapp said, as reported by the BBC.
"We're looking to get one or two midfielders in and maybe a front man as well because we need a bit of cover there. You need four strikers in an ideal world."
10.30 BST Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said Arturo Vidal is like a "lion in a cage" as he waits to return to the field. Read the full story here.
10.20 BST Borussia Moenchengladbach wonderkid Sinan Kurt has turned his back on the club by stating his intentions to play for Bayern Munich.
The 18-year-old youth academy player had been part of Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre's plans for the upcoming season but it seems that he could now be plying his trade in Bavaria instead.
The Foals' sporting director Max Eberl had accused Bayern Munich of tapping up Kurt and the situation looks to get even stickier, with the player reportedly under contract until 2016.
Kurt told BILD: "My decision to Bayern stands. I'm convinced that the transfer will take place soon."
10.10 BST Celtic are on the verge of signing enigmatic Ghana winger Mubarak Wakaso.
The Buoys board are desperate to push the deal through before tonight's deadline ahead of the Champions League play-off against Maribor and The Daily Record says that the Scottish champions have agreed a one-year loan deal with Rubin Kazan, with view to a permanent 2.5 million pound transfer.
The news is likely to come as a relief to the Parkhead outfit as they missed out on Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome, who is expected to join Norwich City in a two million pound deal instead.
10.00 BST Manchester United target Marcos Rojo has apologised to Sporting Lisbon for refusing to train in an attempt to force a move. Read the full story here.
09.55 BST Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has set his sights on landing Uruguay World Cup midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez.
The 29-year-old played in all four of his country's matches in Brazil and The Mirror says that Lazio are demanding around eight million pounds for his signature.
Gonzalez would add some valuable versatility to the Saints patched-up squad and Koeman himself has told the club's supporters that they can expect more new signings this summer.
"We are still looking to sign one or two more players including a winger," he said.
09.45 BST Barcelona hotshot Gerard Deulofeu is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a season-long loan switch to Europa League holders Sevilla.
The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Everton last season and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique feels that a spell of regular first-team football in La Liga will be beneficial to both the player's development and the Catalan club's long-term interests.
09.35 BST Swansea provided a resolute defensive display against Manchester United at the weekend to earn their first ever league win at Old Trafford.
However, that has not stopped manager Garry Monk from splashing the cash on a new centre-back, with Napoli's Federico Fernandez set to join the Welsh club in an estimated seven million pound deal.
Fernandez impressed for Argentina en route to the World Cup final in Brazil and the 25-year-old is currently undergoing the final hurdle of his medical ahead of penning a long-term contract.
Argentina defender Federico Fernandez is undergoing final part of his medical at Swansea today. @SkySportsNewsHQ- Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) August 18, 2014
09.25 BST Good morning football fans, we hope you enjoyed the weekend's action. Our first story this morning comes from Italy where Milan appear to have conceded defeat in their pursuit of Torino winger Alessio Cerci.
The Italy international played a leading role in helping the Granata to achieve European football for the first time in 21 years last season and has been told that he can leave Giampiero Ventura's side for 20 million euros.
However, the Rossoneri board are reluctant to spend such a large sum on one player and Atletico Madrid now look destined to take the 27-year-old to the Spanish capital.
GdS: Milan have backed out of the race to sign Cerci (they have informed Torino about it as well). Pandev is still a target for Milan.- AC Milan News (@Milanello) August 17, 2014
Di Maria for 100 million pounds
Wow. Are Manchester United about to drop £100M on Angel Di Maria? Not literally, as that would be silly and incredibly dangerous. But that's the package, to include a transfer fee and wages, that they're plotting for the Real Madrid man, according to the back page of the Daily Mail . It's a huge wedge and a sign Louis van Gaal is not impressed with what he has seen at Old Trafford in his short tenure.
The reporter of the story, Ian Ladyman, is well connected at United, and word from Spain suggests Di Maria will be allowed to leave Madrid this summer. Paris Saint-Germain have ruled themselves of the running, as the Argentine international is too expensive for them. But such a whopping deal hasn't put United off, apparently.
The report also suggests Van Gaal wants a defender and a holding midfielder. Time's ticking ...
Falcao in Juve link
Far be it from Transfer Talk to tell a respected European heavyweight how to do their transfer business, but surely Juventus require a centre-back rather than a star striker? Well, Massimiliano Allegri isn't returning our calls. Instead, he's focusing on Radamel Falcao. The Monaco man has been linked with a move away from the Principality this summer -- curiously, on loan -- and Liverpool are among the interested teams. But they face a find to land the prolific Colombian because La Gazzetta Dello Sport believe Allegri and Juve are in the hunt. Predictably, Juventus aren't alone in their admiration of the Colombia star, and with Liverpool lurking, the Express reckon Brendan Rodgers would have to meet the player's 200,000-pound-a-week wages to get him to Anfield.
Bayern join Benatia battle
Medhi Benatia has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, but the Roma centre-back could snub the Premier League pair and join Bayern Munich. The Bundesliga giants need to sign a defender after Javi Martinez was ruled out long-term, and Pep Guardiola has confirmed as much.
Martinez's bad news could also scupper Chelsea and United's hopes of signing Benatia, with Bayern Munich technical director Michael Reschke in talks with Roma over a transfer, according to Sport1. As we saw in Sunday's Transfer Talk, United were reportedly in for talks with the Roma man, but the tables have turned. There's just two weeks until the window closes, and Van Gaal has gaping holes in his squad.
Arsenal to sign Vargas on loan
Alexis Sanchez could yet have a new friend at Arsenal, if La Tercera come good on their latest story. The word is Arsene Wenger is close to tying up a loan deal for Napoli's Eduardo Vargas, who starred alongside Sanchez for Chile at the World Cup. Wenger says he could yet be busy in the final days of the window, and this move suggests he's not entirely happy with his attacking options just yet. Vargas has been at Napoli since 2012, but if this one goes through, it'll be his third loan spell since he joined the Serie A side.
What's happening with Cuadrado?
Along with the likes of Benatia and Falcao, Juan Cuadrado has been a staple of the transfer window so far, and there's more stories about the Fiorentina winger, this time from SPORT in Spain. Barcelona are keen on the Colombian, but they might be forced to shelve their pursuit. The report suggests Barca are getting twitchy regarding financial fairplay and might be forced to drop their interest, as he is not a viable option for the La Liga giants. That leaves Cuadrado in limbo, while Douglas Pereira is apparently a cheaper, more FFP-friendly option. SPORT believe so, anyway.
ALL-TIME HIGHEST TRANSFER FEES
1) £85m Gareth Bale -- Tottenham to Real Madrid, Sept. 2013
2) £80m Cristiano Ronaldo -- Man Utd to R. Madrid, June 2009
3) £75m Luis Suarez -- Liverpool to Barcelona, July 2014
4) £71m James Rodriguez -- Monaco to Real Madrid, July 2014
5) £59.7m Angel Di Maria -- Real Madrid to Man Utd, Aug. 2014
6) £56m Kaka -- AC Milan to Real Madrid, June 2009
Rojo to United -- Nani and Anderson the other way
Following Saturday's desperately poor performance at home to Swansea, United are expected to be busy this week sorting out their many problems. Chief among those is the situation in defence, and Van Gaal says he knows what he needs to do in the market. As we have seen from Transfer Talk's lead item on Di Maria, a defender is also on the LVG shortlist. Sporting Lisbon's Marcus Rojo is one of his targets, though issues over third-party agreements have made the transfer rather messy.
Portuguese newspaper Record believe the deal is edging closer, though, and Nani or Anderson could return to Portugal as part of the transfer. That link takes you to Record's paywall, but you get the gist of what they're saying.
Benfica is Cesar's palace
Rob Green is the Queens Park Rangers No.1, and Julio Cesar doesn't fancy sitting on the bench, while Harry Redknapp wants to shift him from the wage bill. Add these components together, and it's fair to say The Daily Mail's claim regarding Benfica's interest seems pretty concrete. Cesar earns a reported 100,000 thousand pounds a week for his troubles, and with QPR committed to sensible spending this time around in the Premier League, the Brazil goalkeeper will be let go in order to save some cash.