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Jul 7, 2014

Roma complete Cole deal, Xavi moving

The ESPN FC crew review some of the biggest transfer rumours and share their opinions on the potential moves.

22.5 BST Another day, another dollar -- or a few million of them here and there. That's all for this Monday but we'll be back soon enough. Fear not. 

22.36 BST It seems Liverpool are close to giving up on their push for Alexis Sanchez to be included in a deal with Barcelona for Luis Suarez.

21.58 BST Southampton are closing in on FC Twente's Dusan Tadic for of a fee in the region of 15 million euros. Saints boss Ronald Koeman surprising no-one with his decision to swoop for a player from the Eredivisie. 

21.06 BST Manchester United target Thomas Vermaelen says he is uncertain about his future at Arsenal. READ MORE

20.39 BST FULL STORY on Juan Bernat's move from Valencia to Bayern Munich, and the BAVARIAN VIEW from our blogger Susie Schaaf.

20.19 BST Espanyol president Joan Collet has admitted to frustration at Real Madrid's stalling regarding goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, who is a reported target for Arsenal. READ MORE

19.45 BST Vitesse Arnhem have confirmed that Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore has joined them on loan again for the 2014-15 season. Vitesse technical director Mo Allach said: "We are delighted that Bertrand has joined us again. He is familiar with our work and playing style and his personality has impressed us."

19.22 BST Reports in Spain suggesting that Monaco have slapped an 80 million euro price tag on Colombia's World Cup star James Rodriguez. Probably not a bad idea. 

19.01 BST It's been a while since we talked about Luis Suarez, so here's a short update from the BBC's Ben Smith. 

18.38 BST Right, this is the last you'll hear on Ashley Cole today. Maybe. Our Roma blogger Julian De Martinis reckons the left-back will be an excellent addition for last season's Serie A runners-up. READ MORE. 

18.28 BST No modern transfer would be complete without a selfie and Cole has obliged. We'd have preferred to see him do the Harlem Shake.

18.10 BST The last two Englishmen to play in Serie A were David Beckham (AC Milan) and Jay Bothroyd (Perugia). Think we all know which one Cole is out to emulate...

18.00  BST DONE DEAL! Ashley Cole is now officially a Roma player, joining the Giallorossi on a free transfer.

17.40 BST DONE DEAL! Steve Bruce has boosted his Hull City squad by agreeing a deal for Tom Ince.

The England U21 international has signed a two-year agreement with the Tigers after his contract expired at Blackpool.

Due to the player's age, Blackpool are due a compensation fee for the player and if this cannot be agreed between the two clubs, it will be decided by a tribunal.

17.30 BST Roma have completed the signing of midfielder Salih Ucan from Fenerbahce.

The 20-year-old joins on a two-year loan deal with view to a permanent 11 million euro transfer.

Former England and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole is also expected to finalise his move to the Giallorossi this evening.

17.25 BST Humam Tariq, aptly nicknamed the 'Iraqi Messi' could be on his way to Celtic, according to The Scotsman.

Al Ahli say they are considering an offer for the 18-year-old midfielder who already has 15 international caps to his name.

Al Ahli's Romanian manager Cosmin Olaroiu said: "We have received a formal offer from Celtic. We travel to a training camp in Germany this month. During that time, we will sit down and assess Humam's situation and decide whether we will accept the offer from the Scottish club."

17.10 BST Vitesse Arnhem have confirmed that Chelsea's 18-year-old midfielder Bertrand Traore has rejoined the club on a season-long loan.

The Burkina Faso international made 12 appearances for the Eredivisie outfit this season, scoring three goals. 

17.05 BST Manchester United are set to rival Valencia for the signature of Benfica midfielder Enzo Perez, according to O Jogo.

The 28-year-old was named the Primeira Liga Player of the Year this season and is currently on international duty with Argentina at the World Cup.

Perez is currently valued by Benfica at 25 million euros and has recently expressed his happiness at the club. 

16.55 BST Inter are reportedly on the verge of signing Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M'Vila.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the long-term Arsenal target is expected to fly to Milan in the coming days once the two clubs agree a fee.

16.40 BST There is some tragic news coming out of Spain where it is being reported that Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano has passed away at 88 years of age. Story here.

16.35 BST The Chronicle say that Arsenal could offer squad players to Newcastle on loan as part of the deal for Mathieu Debuchy.

Arsenal are reportedly reluctant to meet the Magpies' 12 million pound asking price for the France right-back and hope to lower the fee by sending Carl Jenkinson or Joel Campbell on a season-long loan in return.

16.30 BST Nuremberg have completed the signing of 20-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Alessandro Schöpf.

16.25 BST Manchester City have confirmed that 18-year-old midfielder Marcos Lopes has joined Lille on a one-year loan deal.

The Portuguese forward is highly rated by City officials who believe that he will benefit from regular football abroad.

Lopes told Manchester City''s official website: "I feel very happy to have signed because it is a new step in my career and it is a good opportunity for me to develop as a player. I hope to get much stronger next season, and I'm really looking forward to getting started.

"It is very important for me to play in a professional league for the first time, and it is important for me to experience what it is like to play in that environment."

16.15 BST Ronald Koeman is eyeing up Colombia defender Pablo Armero to replace Luke Shaw at Southampton.

Armero impressed during Colombia's run to the World Cup quarter-finals and already has Premier League experience, having been on loan at West Ham this season.

The Mirror say that Napoli are demanding 5 million pounds for his signature.

16.05 BST More from Bayern Munich now on their newest signing Juan Bernat...

16.00 BST Reports in Italy claim that the agent of Torino winger Alessio Cerci has flown to Spain for talks with Atletico Madrid.

The Italy international racked up 13 goals and 10 assists in Serie A this season and could leave the Granata for 12 million euros.

Torino president Urbano Cairo was seen meeting with Milan director Adriano Galliani on Sunday but he described talks regarding Cerci as "casual".

15.50 BST Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen admits that he does not know where he will be playing his football next season.

The Belgium defender has just one year remaining on his Gunners contract and has been linked with a move to Manchester United as Louis van Gaal bids to boost his defence.

"I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season. All my attention went to the World Cup. I will see when I talk with Arsenal," Vermaelen is quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen admits that he is unsure whether he will be playing for Arsenal next season.

15.35 BST A DEAL OUT OF THE BLUE! Bayern Munich have confirmed the signing of left-back Juan Bernat from Valencia for a fee believed to be in the region of 10 million euros.

The 21-year-old Spaniard has agreed a five-year deal with the German champions and is expected to be a rotation option with David Alaba. 

15.25 BST Goal.com say that Samuel Eto'o could join Ashley Cole at Roma next season, with the Italian capital outfit set to meet the Cameroon striker's representatives this afternoon.

Giallorossi coach Rudi Garcia is believed to be a long-term admirer of the 33-year-old striker who was released by Chelsea earlier this summer.

The former Inter Milan forward did not score during Cameroon's World Cup campaign but could be tempted back to Italy by the prospect of Champions League football.

15.15 BST West Ham have reportedly won the race to sign free agent Diego Poyet on a five-year deal, according to The Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old Uruguayan midfielder, son of Sunderland manager Gus, came through the Charlton academy last season where he made 23 appearances and was named the club's Player of the Year. 

It is believed that he has already passed a medical at West Ham and is expected to complete the move within the next 24 hours. 

15.00 BST Fiorentina have signed attacking midfielder Octavio on a season-long loan from Botafogo, the Italian club have announced on their website.

The 20-year-old, who spent time on loan at Brazilian side ABC earlier this year, could sign on a permanent deal at any time during the loan.

14.50 BST Sky Sports say that Arsenal are among several Premier League clubs tracking the progress of Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

The 23-year-old is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers outside the Premier League and Arsene Wenger is keen to recruit a deputy to Wojciech Szczesny following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski earlier this summer.

Liverpool and Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the Forest goalkeeper though the Championship side are determined to hold onto Darlow as they look to build a squad capable of achieving a return to the Premier League.

14.40 BST Roberto Martinez loves a loan deal. This time, the Everton manager is targeting a swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Demba Ba who looks set to be pushed further down the pecking order with the imminent arrival of Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge.

However, The Daily Mail say any potential deal could be complicated by the Senegal striker's 80,000 pounds weekly salary.

Everton still harbour hope of tying up a permanent deal for Romelu Lukaku while Martinez could use his ties with Barcelona to land promising striker Adama Traore on loan.

14.25 BST Stop what you are doing! Ronaldinho could be heading to the Premier League. Yes, the real one.

That's according to the Stoke Sentinel who say that the Brazilian magician could join the Britannia Stadium outfit. No doubt he's attracted by their exciting brand of attacking, free-flowing football.

14.20 BST DONE DEAL! Melbourne Victory have completed the signing of experienced French defender Matthieu Delpierre on a one-year-deal.

The 33-year-old won the Ligue 2 title with Lille in 2000 before securing a Bundesliga triumph with Stuttgart in 2007.

"Matthieu is a proven performer with experience at the highest level against some of the best strikers in Europe, so we know he has what it takes to be successful in the A-League," said coach Kevin Muscat.

14.10 BST Carlo Ancelotti has warned Arsenal and Manchester United that it will take a significant offer to prise Germany midfielder Sami Khedira away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Marca say that even if Toni Kroos does complete a transfer to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich, Khedira remains an integral part of the Italian's plans for next season.

Khedira's current deal expires next summer but he is rumoured to be happy to sign a new contract extension with the Champions League holders.

One man who does appear to be on his way out of the club however is Casemiro, with Real Madrid willing to listen to offers for the Brazilian. 

Arsenal and Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their respective pursuits of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

14.00 BST The Mirror say that Swansea City have won the race to sign Ecuador's exciting World Cup left winger Jefferson Montero.

West Ham and Sunderland were also linked with the pacey Monarcas wideman but it is Garry Monk's side who have reportedly met the Mexican club's four million pound valuation.

13.50 BST Wigan Athletic have announced that the contracts of five senior players have expired.

Chile international Jean Beausejour is one of those to depart the DW Stadium, along with Stephen Crainey, Markus Holgersson, Jordan Mustoe and Adam Buxton.

13.45 BST Malaga have today confirmed the free transfer of Ivory Coast left-back Artur Boka from Stuttgart.

The 31-year-old leaves the Mercedes-Benz Arena after eight years at the club, where he won the Bundesliga title in 2007.

13.35 BST Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla says that Newcastle have identified Daryl Janmaat as the ideal candidate to replace Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy.

Newcastle are believed to have agreed a deal in principle with Feyenoord for the Netherlands full-back, beating Napoli and Manchester United to his signature.

13.25 BST Could a La Liga star be on the verge of signing for Juventus? According to AS, Alvaro Morata could be on his way to the Italian champions.

The player's agent, Juanma Lopez, confirms that negotiations are well underway and that a deal is "edging closer".

However, the two clubs are struggling to agree a fee with Juventus only willing to pay half of Real Madrid's 30 million euro asking price.

13.10 BST Burnley are wasting no time in the transfer window and Sean Dyche's side have made former Republic of Ireland international Steven Reid their fifth summer signing.

The 33-year-old signed for Burnley on a free transfer following his release from West Bromwich Albion and joins Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor at Turf Moor ahead of the Clarets' return to the Premier League.

 "Steven is a very strong minded professional and he has had years in the Premier League so he has that bit of experience and know how," Dyche told the official website.

12.55 BST Fox Sports say that Sydney FC are exploring the possibility of bringing former Juventus striker Amauri to the A-League as they close in on their replacement for Alessandro Del Piero as the club's marquee player.

Elsewhere, Perth Glory are hoping to confirm the signing of former Socceroos forward Richard Garcia this week while New Zealand international Michael McGlinchey is in the middle of a transfer furore as he has been pictured training with Wellington Phoenix despite being contracted to Central Coast Mariners.

12.45 BST Remember Luis Garcia, the Liverpool-loving, sangria-drinking Spaniard who once scored that infamous 'ghost goal' against Chelsea? 

Well, Sky Sports say that the 36-year-old has decided to come out of retirement to become the marquee player for Atletico de Kolkata ahead of the franchise's participation in the inaugural Indian Super League.

12.35 BST Ever wondered what happened to Freddy Adu, the Ghana-born American hotshot who was once famously dubbed 'the next Pele'?

Well, you're in luck. After globetrotting his way around the world, the 25-year-old is currently undergoing a trial at AZ Alkmaar where he hopes to earn a place in Marco van Basten's side. 

12.25 BST DONE DEAL! Ligue 1 club Evian Thonon Gaillard have completed the signing of 25-year-old left-back Jesper Juelsgaard from Danish side FC Midtjylland on a three-year deal.

12.20 BST Manchester United have released their new Chevrolet kit this afternoon. Marouane Fellaini, Shinji Kagawa, Patrice Evra and Javier Hernandez have been linked with moves away from Old Trafford but all four players feature in the club's official photoshoot. 

However, the likes of Nani, Wilfried Zaha and Ashley Young are nowhere to be seen. Could this suggest that they are on their way out of the club? 

12.10 BST Barcelona have officially unveiled new signing Claudio Bravo. The Chile international goalkeeper has agreed a four-year contract after the Catalan side agreed a 12 million euro fee with Real Sociedad. 

Bravo will rival fellow signing Marc-Andre ter Stegen for the No.1 spot and has a buy-out clause of 40 million euros.

12.00 BST Sources have told ESPN that the transfer of Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero to Manchester City is imminent. 

Malaga owner Abdullah N Al Thani tweeted late last night that the Argentine was not for sale but it seems that the two clubs have now come to an agreement.

It is also understood that Manchester City have no interest in Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexis Sanchez.

11.50 BST It's all happening today! Juventus have announced that Kingsley Coman has joined the club from Paris Saint-German after agreeing terms on a five-year contract.

The 18-year-old midfielder became PSG's youngest ever player when he made his Ligue 1 debut at the age of 16 in February 2013 and is renowned for his pace, long-range shooting ability and unique vision to dictate the game.

11.45 BST DONE DEAL! West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Northern Ireland international Chris Baird on a free transfer. 

The 32-year-old has penned a one-year deal and becomes Albion's third acquisition of the summer window, joining Joleon Lescott and Craig Garnder at The Hawthorns. 

"Chris is a player with vast Premier League and international experience who reads the game well and has good positional sense," said new West Brom coach Alan Irvine.

"He can play in several positions and his versatility effectively makes your squad bigger."

11.35 BST ESPN understands that Liverpool are edging closer to signing Benfica talent Lazar Markovic and Lille youngster Divock Origi.

Markovic, 20. who has played 12 times for Serbia, is expected to join within the next week in a 20 million pound deal while Belgium international Origi will be loaned back to Lille as part of an agreement which could rise to 9.5 million pounds.

Brendan Rodgers still remains confident of tying up deals for Southampton defender Dejan Lovren and Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno as he looks to boost his squad ahead of Liverpool's return to the Champions League. Full story here.

Anfield bound: Benfica talent Lazar Markovic is expected to finalise his transfer to Liverpool within the next week.

11.25 BST Some more Arsenal news now as The Telegraph also claim that Arsene Wenger has renewed his interest in Bayer Leverkusen holding midfielder Lars Bender

The 25-year-old, who was forced to miss Germany's World Cup campaign with a thigh injury, is seen as the ideal long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta and Wenger remains confident of landing his man despite seeing a 19 million pound bid rejected last summer. 

Arsenal are also closing in on Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy but are unwilling to meet the Magpies' 12 million pound asking price.

11.15 BST Arsenal fans, brace yourselves. The agent of Alexis Sanchez has begun following several Arsenal players on Twitter. Is that a sign that the Chile international's move is getting closer? Make of that what you will. 

11.10 BST Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic is wanted by a host of European sides after a string of impressive displays at the 2014 World Cup.

Sky Sports say that Sevilla are leading the chase for the 21-year-old midfielder who currently plies his trade in Hungary for Ferencvaros.

Everton, Swansea and Sunderland are also keen on Besic who has a release clause of just two million pounds. 

11.00 BST DONE DEAL! Aberdeen have completed the signing of 25-year-old striker David Goodwillie on a free transfer after he was released by Blackburn Rovers this summer. 

10.50 BST BREAKING: Galatasaray have named Cesare Prandelli as their new coach.

The 56-year-old resigned as Italy manager after the Azzurri failed to make it past the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and he will fly into Istanbul this evening before holding a press conference tomorrow afternoon. 

Cesare Prandelli has been named as the new Galatasaray coach.

10.45 BST Some more news from Germany now where we have news of two more confirmed signings.

Augsburg have completed the signing of Slovenian attacker Tim Matavz, 25, from PSV Eindhoven on a five-year-deal while former Germany international Mike Hanke says he is embarking on "the greatest adventure" of his career as he joins Chinese outfit Guizhou Renhe.

10.35 BST One of the World Cup's standout performers could be on the move this summer. That is according to WAZ who report that Manchester United have made an offer for Wolfsburg's Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez.

With Luke Shaw already in the Old Trafford door, that could spell the end for Patrice Evra. Wolfsburg are also reportedly prepared to sell Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo for the right price as they look to reinvest the funds in a striker. 

10.25 BST We have a done deal, ladies and gentleman! It comes from Switzerland where FC Basel have confirmed the signing of Japan international striker Yoichiro Kakitani from Cerezo Osaka on a four-year contract.

The 24-year-old failed to find the net at the 2014 World Cup but has managed five goals in 12 international appearances.

"I am looking forward to my new club and the fans of FC Basel 1893. It is for me a great honour to be allowed to go to the FCB," Kakitani told the club's website.

"You give me the chance to fulfill my dream and be able to play football in Europe. My goal is to integrate myself as quickly as possible to the team and to do my best for the club."

10.15 BST Ashley Cole has landed in Rome! Despite reports that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was attempting to hijack Roma's bid for the 33-year-old, it now seems that Cole is about to follow in David Beckham's footsteps by playing in Serie A.

10.05 BST With Hull City preparing for its first ever season of European football, Steve Bruce is already actively looking to strengthen his side.

Having already completed deals for Jake Livermore and Robert Snodgrass, the Tigers boss is now hoping to land a four million pound deal for Tottenham captain Michael Dawson, according to The Sun.

Bruce is also interested in Costa Rica wing-back Cristian Gamboa who could be tempted away from Rosenborg for a fee of three million pounds.

09.55 BST Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku admits that he has a big decision to make regarding his long-term future.

The imminent signing of Diego Costa could restrict the Belgium international's playing time at Stamford Bridge next season, with both Everton and Atletico Madrid waiting in the wings.

"I want to go on holiday first and rest with my parents and then we will see," Lukaku is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "It depends what is the best for me, where the most ambition is and where is the best place for me to do develop as a young player.

"I'm still 21 but I think I'm experienced enough. I've played a lot of games and scored a lot of goals, now I want to win titles and be one of the best."

09.45 BST Benfica, Wolfsburg and Marseille are all monitoring the situation of French midfielder Joshua Guilavogui.

The 23-year-old, who moved to Atletico Madrid from Saint-Etienne last summer only to return on loan to Les Verts in January, is not part of Atleti coach Diego Simeone's plans, say football365.fr.

09.35 BST Angel Di Maria could become the most expensive sale in the history of Spanish football this summer with AS reporting that the Argentina international would be allowed to leave Real Madrid for 60 million euros.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are the frontrunners for the 26-year-old's signature but Arsenal, Manchester City and Monaco are also interested.

Real Madrid are determined to cash in on Di Maria as they plot a raid on Monaco for the double signing of James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao

Real Madrid are prepared to sell Angel Di Maria as the La Liga side plan to reinvest the funds in Monaco's James Rodriguez.

09.25 BST Harry Redknapp is up to his old tricks again. This time, the Queens Park Rangers boss is planning to bring Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson to Loftus Road.

However, Sky Sports News say that the Hoops have had an opening bid rejected by the Dutch champions. 

09.15 BST As Dejan Lovren plans his escape route from St Mary's, Southampton are exploring the market to see who they can replace him with. 

L'Equipe say that Ronald Koeman's side has identified Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele-Manga as a potential candidate. However, the Saints face stiff competition from the likes of Lazio and Borussia Monchengladbach who are both keen on the Gabon international. 

09.05 BST Could Manchester United be about to make another big move in the transfer window? That appears to be the consensus in France where Football365.fr claim Louis van Gaal plans to bolster his attack with the signing of Uruguay talisman Edinson Cavani.

However, 'El Matador' would not be available on the cheap and it could take as much as 66 million euros to prise him away from Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United are willing to include some players in the deal to lower the fee, with Patrice Evra closest to the exit door at Old Trafford.  

8.55 BST: Bild report that AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi is worried the club won't get a fair transfer fee for Mario Balotelli this summer following the striker's below-par showing at the 2014 World Cup.

Balotelli scored just once, in the 2-1 victory against England, as the Azzurri crashed out of the tournament in the group stage.

8.45 BST: Manchester City looked set to sign Malaga goalkeeper Willy Caballero according to widespread reports over the weekend. The 32-year-old would provide back-up for Joe Hart following the sale of Costel Pantilimon to Sunderland.

However, Malaga owner Abdullah N Al Thani has had something to say on the matter.

8.20 BST: Southampton are already planning on spending some of the money the sales of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana have generated with two goalkeepers, David Marshall of Cardiff and Fraser Forster of Celtic, both being considering by Ronaldo Koeman, according to the Daily Mail

5:45 BST: After watching his home country of France lose out at the World Cup, seems Arsene Wenger is ready for a Bender. A Lars Bender that is, according to the Mirror. The French Arsenal manager is looking to keep up his summer spending spree and the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is the current apple of his eye. Though he has many from what Transfer Talk can tell. Wenger is still willing to bankroll 35 million pounds worth of deals for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez and Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy, who turned in a solid World Cup for France.

2.45 BST: DONE DEAL! Melbourne Victory have confirmed the signing of 33-year-old French defender Matthieu Delpierre to a one-year-deal.

The former VfB Stuttgart captain moves Down Under after a brief stint at FC Utrecht in the Netherlands this past season.

A good, old-fashioned hijacking

We've got visions of Brendan Rodgers bundling Ashley Cole in a Ford Cortina in a car park at Gatwick airport, just as the departing Chelsea left-back prepared to fly to Rome. That's because The Daily Express say Liverpool are planning to "hijack" Roma's move for the left-back.

Cole has other options too, with Liverpool just one of many potential suitors.

United step up Vidal chase

Gianluca Di Marzio is what the cool kids like to call #ITK (hashtag optional), which means "In The Know," and the Sky Italia journalist believes Manchester United's pursuit of Juventus' Arturo Vidal is heating up. ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti confirmed that Juventus are willing to move him if the price is right.

Di Marzio's transfer stories are translated on his website, and this one suggests Louis van Gaal is pushing for the Chilean midfielder.

Yet there's a glitch -- and a big one at that. Serie A champs Juventus do not want to sell. Your move, Louis ...

Xavi to Lekhwiya?

Michael Laudrup has wasted no time in trying to stamp his mark on Lekhwiya, the Qatari team he surprisingly joined a few weeks ago. Laudrup wants to sign Barcelona maestro Xavi, which will be welcome news for the Spaniard, as Marca say Al-Arabi and El-Jaish have cooled their interest.

We can't help but think he should be playing in a stronger league, though ...

Juve try to scupper Arsenal move for Sanchez

The gossip columns have linked Arsenal with Alexis Sanchez for some time now -- with some reports suggesting Arsene Wenger is confident he can seal a deal for the Barcelona man.

But hold on a sec, Arsene -- Juventus are in town. Ambitious Antonio Conte wants a piece of the action, and Tuttosport say the player's representatives are due to discuss matters on Monday. Intriguingly, Juventus are also linked with Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

Are they planning on spending cash received from a potential Vidal sale?

Suarez talk, naturally ...

We thought we were on the home straight with Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona, but there could be some delay. That's because Liverpool are still keen on having the aforementioned Sanchez included in the deal -- though the Chilean is a wanted man across Europe, according to the Daily Mail.

Wake us up when it's all over ...

Bits and Bobs

- Southampton fans,don't click this link because you'll end up sad.

- Looks like Benfica's Lazar Markovic is on the move. Find out where here.

- Big news at Real Madrid, as J-Rod appears to be on the move.