Transfer Talk: Luiz to PSG, Arsenal bringing Cesc back
Rumours, gossip, transfer news and signings from all of the top European clubs. It's Transfer Talk time.
PSG interested in £50 million of David Luiz
He may bear a passing resemblance to Sideshow Bob from the Simpsons, but clearly "shaggy-haired Brazilian" David Luiz has impressed big-spending PSG with his efforts for Chelsea this season. Indeed, the Daily Telegraph report that they have moved to seal his signature for 40 million pounds but, by the time the negotiating is done, it could reach as much as 50 million pounds according to Sky Sports News.
Luiz, 26, who will be heading to Brazil to play for his country on home soil this summer, joined Chelsea from Benfica for 21 million pounds in 2011. If he does decide to move to Paris then he would become the most expensive defender in the world. PSG would also surely be in danger of annoying UEFA with their financial fair play rules coming in to force, but they are pretty confident over the whole situation.
Arsenal: We're bringing Cescy back
This is a rumour to get Arsenal fans excited. According to The Mirror, Arsene Wenger is keen to pursue a deal to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium just three years after he left for Barcelona.
Fabregas has enjoyed mixed fortunes at the Camp Nou and is apparently open to a return to the Premier League just 12 months after he was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United. It's thought that the Old Trafford outfit will renew their interest in the midfielder, but Arsenal have first refusal on their former captain and could secure his signature for around 35 million pounds.
Bernard interest building
Another name on Arsenal's wish list is Brazilian winger Bernard, who is seeking an exit route from Shakhtar Donetsk. The social unrest in Ukraine has prompted a number of the league's top players to look for transfers this summer, with Bernard one of the most sought-after targets.
The 21-year-old pipped Paris St-Germain's Lucas Moura to a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad and would command a fee of around 19 million pounds. Arsenal expressed an interest in the youngster before he joined Shakhtar last summer and The Mirror claims they could now be rivalled by Liverpool in a transfer tug-of-war.
By now you will have heard that Manchester United have ended their interest in Toni Kroos, with Louis van Gaal supposedly keen to focus on fixing the club's defence. It's widely accepted that United need reinforcements at the back following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and possibly Patrice Evra depending on the outcome of talks over extending the left-back's contract.
The Daily Mail has put two players at the top of van Gaal's list of targets and both happen to be in Holland's preliminary squad for the World Cup. While Feyenoord centre-back Bruno Martins Indi cropped up in the United gossip earlier in the week, his teammate Daryl Janmaat is a new name to look out for. The 24-year-old right-back has won 13 caps for the Netherlands and was a key member of the Feyenoord team that finished runners-up to Ajax in the Eredivisie.
Hair today, gone tomorrow
It's fair to say that Marouane Fellaini's first season at Manchester United has been, erm, not good, and The Daily Express reports that the Belgian could now be offloaded for a knock-down fee.
In the halcyon days of last summer, when United were still champions and David Moyes was full of optimism, the 27 million pound acquisition of Fellaini looked like it could potentially solve the club's midfield problems. But how wrong we all were.
It has been a nightmare year for the 26-year-old and it seems he may follow Moyes out the exit door for as little as 15 million pounds. That would represent a significant loss for United, but the Express says senior officials at the club would "privately concede they may have bought a dud," and are happy for Fellaini to leave at the first opportunity. Ouch. Brazilian duo tipped for MLS
Kaka and Robinho could be set to join Mickey, Goofy and friends in Florida if incoming MLS club Orlando City have their way. The Lions, whose crest wouldn't look out of place on the front of an '80s rock ballads album, will join MLS in 2015 and are eyeing these two big-name signings to celebrate.
The club's Brazilian majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva has been dropping hints about a move for Kaka for some time, but Robinho's name has also been thrown into the ring following his omission from Brazil's World Cup squad and AC Milan's failure to qualify for Europe.
Apparently the Rossoneri are keen to shift two of the highest earners at the San Siro, leaving the door open for Orlando City to swoop in. The Guardian says that Milan are "motivated sellers," which may also stimulate interest from elsewhere in Mario Balotelli and Stephan El Shaarawy.
- Paul Lambert insists he won't sell Aston Villa's star players this summer but, considering owner Randy Lerner has put the club on the market, the manager may not have a say in the matter. There have been various reports linking Christian Benteke with Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal, and it's thought that a bid of around 25 million pounds could tempt Lerner to cash in.
- Transfer cliché bingo is well underway after Manchester City were issued the first "hands off" warning of the summer. The Blues' interest in Mehdi Benatia has been swiftly rebuffed by Roma boss Rudi Garcia, who says the Moroccan is going nowhere. "[Miralem] Pjanic's contract renewal is a signal. We will keep our players and reinforce," Garcia told L'Equipe. "Benatia has four years left on his contract and no release clause. He will remain with us next term." Well, that's City told.
- We had forgotten about Scott Sinclair until we turned to The Daily Mail's story that claims the winger is close to leaving Manchester City. The 25-year-old was tipped for international stardom when he moved to the Etihad Stadium two years ago, but his career has since hit a brick wall. Southampton are reportedly prepared to offer Sinclair a second chance in the Premier League and will bid around 3 million pounds for his services.
- Claudio Pizarro is expected to agree to a one-year contract extension at Bayern Munich, which would take the striker into his ninth season at the club over two spells. The Peruvian scored 10 goals in the Bundesliga this season -- as many as Franck Ribery and Mario Gotze -- and will be required as backup to Robert Lewandowski, with Mario Mandzukic on his way out at the Allianz Arena.