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Blog - Transfer Talk

Hart in City battle, Atleti want Witsel

ESPN FC's Raf Honigstein gives the latest on Toni Kroos' potential move to Real Madrid.

Don't worry, World Cup football is almost back with the semifinals on July 8 and 9. In the meantime, whet your appetite with another rousing edition of Transfer Talk.

22.57 BST: Right folks, that's a wrap for today but we'll be back for more transfer news, rumours and gossip tomorrow. See you then.

22.44 BST: Eduardo da Silva has said goodbye to Shakhtar Donetsk fans with a letter on the club's official website. The former Arsenal striker, who has been linked with a move to Flamengo, wrote: "I have always felt and appreciated your support. From the first minute of my debut you made me feel like one of the Shakhtar family and for this I will always be grateful."

22.30 BST: Meanwhile, former Liverpool player-turned pundit Stan Collymore has had this to say...

22.19 BST: ALEXIS SANCHEZ UPDATE! More for you now on Alexis Sanchez as AS are reporting that a deal between Barcelona and Arsenal has been done. The Gunners are apparently paying 34.6 million euros plus add-ons for the Chile international's signature, while the paper claims the transfer is to be announced on Wednesday. Watch this space...

22:02 BST: Roma have had a busy few days of late, having wrapped up deals for both Ashley Cole and Salih Ucan, and Xherdan Shaqiri could be next to join the Serie A outfit. According to Sky Sport Italia, the Rome club have begun negotiations with Bayern Munich over the Switzerland international, who is believed to cost in the region of 20 million euros.

21:08 BST: Liverpool are close to completing their next transfer of the summer, if Mais Futebol are to be believed. The Portuguese website claims Benfica midfielder Lazar Markovic has booked a flight to England for Wednesday, when he will sign a contract with the Reds. The Premier League side are apparently set to pay Benfica 25 million euros for the Serbian's services.

20:40 BST: After enjoying a successful spell on loan at Everton last season, Gareth Barry has signed a three-year deal with the club, having left Manchester City last month following the expiry of his contract. "When you are on loan, it is never the same as being a signed player," Barry told the club's official website. "I was really settled last year -- but now I am an official Everton player and it feels really good."

20:33 BST: DONE DEAL! Everton have done their first bit of business of the summer...

20.03 BST: Former Manchester United youngster Joe Dudgeon has signed a new one-year contract with Hull City, the Tigers have announced. Dudgeon, 23, who joined the club from United in 2011, is looking to get his career back on track having been plagued in the past by a knee problem. "This is a fresh start now and I want to show everybody that I still want to be here and I want to play," he said.

19.34 BST: ALEXIS SANCHEZ UPDATE! We've had a fair bit of talk today about a certain Alexis Sanchez, and we've now got another development... According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are very confident of signing the Chile international for around 30 million pounds, with the forward preferring a move to the Gunners over Liverpool or Juventus. If that is not enough for Arsenal fans, Sky Sports also reports that Mathieu Debuchy will join the club from Newcastle within the next 48 hours for around 10 million pounds.

19.15 BST: Talking of done deals, according to Bild, Mario Mandzukic to Atletico Madrid is all but sealed. The German newspaper claims that the Bayern Munich striker is set to sign a five-year deal with the Spanish champions, while the transfer fee is reported to be in the region of 22 million euros.

18.45 BST: DONE DEAL! Roma brought in one left-back yesterday in Ashley Cole and have now made room for him by shipping out another in Dodo. The 22-year-old has moved to Inter Milan on a two-year loan at a cost of 1.2 million euros. However, they will likely have to stump up a further 7.8 million euros as the deal includes an obligatory buy-out clause of that amount, which will be activated after Dodo's first game for the club.

18.20 BST: While we're at it, here's the full story on West Ham's signing of Diego Poyet from Charlton Athletic...

18.02 BST: We told you a little earlier that Southampton have snapped up Dusan Tadic from Twente... Well, you can read the full story on Ronald Koeman's first signing as Saints manager right here.

17.30 BST: Tottenham are set to launch another bid to sign Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest. The young defender is highly sought after with Forest rejecting a bid of £4 million from West Ham just last week. But Spurs are going to test the Championship club's resolve with a £5 million bid according to the Daily Mail. Forest told the Hammers they weren't selling and we'd imagine they'll tell Spurs the same.

17.25 BST: We'd known about it for a while but it has been announced. Poyet signs for West Ham. Diego, not Gus.

PIC: @diegopoyet7 is officially a West Ham United player. http://t.co/FN4BAxQq1X #WelcomeDiego pic.twitter.com/SiQjCYSoQB

17.23 BST: Fulham fans would be forgiven for being a tad worried about signing a Greek for a hefty fee. Kostas Mitroglou has hardly set the world alight (albeit he has barely played) since his £12 million move from Olympiakos in January. And now the Mirror claim the Cottagers are about to spend £9.5 million on Bayer Leverkusen defender Kostas Stafylidis. Brace position Fulham fans, brace position...

17.20 BST: Former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo is set to join Espanyol according to TalkSport. The Al-Jazira striker is said to want to rescind his contract with the Emirates club before joinging Espanyol on a two year deal.

Felipe Caicedo has inherited Christian Benitez's No. 11 shirt for the World Cup.
Felipe Caicedo is desperate to join Espanyol and will buy-out his contract with Al-Jazira to make the move happen.

17.13 BST: El Mundo Deportivo claim Esteban Granero's ill-fated stay in West London with QPR is set to end and he is willing to take a huge cut on his wages in order to secure a move. Granero has not settled at all since arriving at Loftus Road and amid interest from Real Sociedad, is willing to take 50% cut in his wages to join.

17.09 BST: West Ham duo Modibo Maiga and Alou Diarra have been left out of the first-team squad which has travelled to France for a pre-season training camp and are set to leave the east London club during the summer. West Ham will be keen to recoup some of the money they forked out for the duo, around £8 million, as they look to bring in several more signings.

17.04 BST: AND IT'S DONE!

25-year-old Tadić signs a four-year deal and joins from Eredivisie side @fctwente. Welcome to #SaintsFC, #SaintDušan! pic.twitter.com/Ac6GfHBgWb

16.59 BST: Villareal have announced the sale of French striker Jeremy Perbet to Turkish Super Lig newcomers Istanbul Basaksehir for an undisclosed fee.

16.52 BST: ALMOST DONE DEAL! Southampton have signed FC Twente midfielder Dusan Tadic on a four year deal. Just waiting for the official Twitter confirmation because, you know, that's how things are usually done these days!

16.48 BST: QPR are interested in signing Ronaldinho. Really. I am speechless... But after a bit of research, basically this rumour has been made up by somebody somewhere as a joke. Not one report has the original speculation, all citing 'reports suggest.' We can put this out of our mind now. Wow.

16.42 BST: South American journalist Juan Arango weighs in on the Keylor Navas transfer saga. And he is spot on.

I strongly doubt that Pep is going to put Manuel Neuer on the bench or Keylor is going to go to Bayern to sit. We'll see.

16.35 BST: No idea why this causes such excitement but we've got an update on the future of Nicklas Bendtner. Now considering he is widely panned by the media (at least in the UK) for, well, not being all that good, he is wanted by an awful lot of clubs. This time ' a source close to the player', as reported by the BBC, has said his Danish friend will be signing a deal by the end of this week amid interest from England, Spain and Germany. Incredible.

16.29 BST: It looks like Dejan Lovren's move to Liverpool is edging closer and closer as the Daily Express reports Southampton have lined up a replacement in Bruno Ecuele Manga. The Lorient defender would be available for less than £10 million and with the sale of Lovren at around the £25 million mark, Saints will make a tidy profit on this deal. Everton are also supposedly interested.

16.20 BST: Brace yourselves Crystal Palace fans. Jonny Williams, probably more well-known as Joniesta, is being touted for a move from the club. The fan favourite was loaned out when Tony Pulis was appointed last year and it looks like the midfield sensation will have little to no future at Palace if he stays under Pulis. There is just a complete contrast in styles. And that has prompted former Selhurst Park favourite Jonathan Parr to encourage his new club Ipswich, who loaned Joniesta last season, to bring him in on a permanent deal. 

Parr said: "I spoke to Jonny Williams, who was here on loan last season of course and he couldn't speak highly enough of the club. Maybe I can get him to join me. I'll give it a go. It could be fun!"

16.13 BST: A rehash from a few days ago I believe but L'Equipe are reporting Monaco are set to bid for Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko.

16.05 BST: They're the only ones running it AGAIN today but Cheshire Today seem to think the Mehdi Benatia deal from Roma to Manchester City is nearing completion for around £30 million. But... didn't we already know that?

16.00 BST: End of story?!? Probably not...

Sky Italia are reporting that Juventus have told #MUFC that Arturo Vidal is NOT FOR SALE #JuveNews #ExhaleMyBianconeroFriends

15.54 BST: Sao Paulo have announced the short-term loan of new Orlando City signing Kaka. Click the link and see a gallery of training pics from the Brazilian club's website.

15.45 BST: Rejoice Leeds United fans, there is life after Ross McCormack yet! Chairman Massimo Cellino has announced the signings of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from Chievo and midfielder Tommaso Bianchi on four and three year deals respectively.

15.41 BST: Cagliari have announced the signing of not one, but TWO Inter Milan players. Defender Simone Benedetti has signed a permanent deal with the club while striker Samuele Longo joins on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent transfer.

15.35 BST: It's not often Brits leave these shores for new footballing pastures. But Ashley Cole's move to Roma has clearly inspired others. Gateshead's Josh Walker has taken a huge step out of his comfort zone and has signed for Indian champions Bengaluru in the I-League. I'm not joking. He has been labelled their 'marquee' signing and completes their quota of four foreign players. "I am very excited to start this chapter of my career with the champions of India," Middlesbrough's former England U20 captain told his new club's website.

15.28 BST: Swansea City may have already signed Lukasz Fabianski, Bafetimbi Gomis and Marvin Emnes, but boss Garry Monk has no intention to stop there. With the news the club are close to signing Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic, Monk added: "Hopefully I would like to get two or three more in just to add to the quality and the strength of the squad." Should be a fun summer for the Swans fans.

15.22 BST: Remember that year when Fulham got to the UEFA Cup final and lost to Atletico Madrid spearheaded by Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero? Fulham's right back that season was John Pantsil. And while the manager, Roy Hodgson, is now managing England, the right back has just signed a deal to play for Martizberg United in South Africa. And good luck to him.

15.15 BST: Sunderland and Stoke are set to fight it out for Marseille's Rod Fanni. The big defender could be available for as little as £3 million after Newcastle turned down the opportunity to sign the Frenchman.

15.09 BST: REAL MADRID DEALT UNUSUAL BLOW IN TRANSFER WINDOW! No, seriously! Usually footballers can't wait to profess how they have always supported Real Madrid and it would be a dream to play there etc etc. OK, James Rodriguez has already done that but he has also now professed his loyalty to Monaco by saying in El Mundo Deportivo he wants to stay at the French club. Lets see how long that feeling lasts. 

James Rodriguez will be staying put for at least one more year at Monaco.

14.56 BST: Some updates from ESPN FC's own Jonathan Johnson on the Serge Aurier to PSG rumours.

Serge Aurier to @footmercato: "I have heard of PSG's interest. They are a very good club, one of Europe's best. They are in the top 8." #PSG

14.51 BST: Wonderfully admirable from Athletic Bilbao but makes the life of a transfer blogger that little more difficult!

14.50 BST: Everyone else may be leaving Atletico Madrid but Marca have today reported Brazilian centre back Miranda, isn't going anywhere. Relief at last.

Miranda: "Don't worry, I'm staying" http://t.co/hnbjTJmShZ pic.twitter.com/x3XpXLh9IC

14.43 BST: DONE DEAL! Apologies for being a bit late to the start with this one but young Botafogo midfielder Octavio has signed for Fiorentina in a one-year loan deal with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

14.40 BST: Highly rated Cagliari central defender Davide Astori could be on his way to Lazio according to Il Tempo. The capital club have agreed a four-year deal with the Italian who will cost £1.2 million. All that remains is the approval of Claudio Lotito, the Lazio president, to finalise the transfer.

14.32 BST: This is funny. Thanks to Sport Witness for clearing this ridiculous rumour up. Yaya Toure to Man Utd? Please.

14.30 BST: The Inter revamp continues as Tuttosport claim the clearing of the old guard will carry on with the sales of Walter Samuel and Esteban Cambiasso who are both headed for Sampdoria.

Walter Samuel could be joining compatriot Esteban Cambiasso on his way out of Inter Milan.

14.22 BST: Amid reported interest from Barcelona for the services of former Real Madrid man Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine has moved to confirm he has no intention of leaving Napoli. Read the full story here.

14.15 BST: Pablo Armero has been in the headlines recently after having a go at Rafa Benitez for not rating him and then for dancing like a pro when Colombia came home from the World Cup in widespread celebration. After linking himself with a move to Arsenal or Liverpool, the Colombian has now been mentioned in the same sentence as Udinese according to tuttoudinese.it.

14.08 BST: Liverpool's Danish defender Daniel Agger is being forced out of the club and touted with a move abroad. The Dane barely featured under Brendan Rodgers last season and was touted for a move to Barcelona but it is thought the Spanish giants have turned down the chance to sign him. El Mundo Deportivo say the Catalan giants have cooled their interest due to the player's recent injury record.

14.00 BST: This could get a touch bitter. Wolfsburg are chasing some big names and were today rejected by Alvaro Morata according to the Spaniard's agent. Juanma Lopez told Kicker, "Wolfsburg are without a chance. Alvaro wants to join Juve. Hopefully, the transfer will be done within the next one or two days." The same report reckons Wolfsburg will now go after Romelu Lukaku or Divock Origi.

13.50 BST: New Galatasaray boss Cesare Prandelli has targeted Sunderland playmaker Emanuele Giaccherini. The Sunderland Echo claim the 29-year-old who only signed for the Mackems last season in a £6 million deal has been targeted by the former Italy manager who is a huge fan of the winger. However the report also suggests Giaccherini is keen to stay at the Stadium of Light after only showing glimpses of his potential.

This could be the last time Emanuele Giaccherini celebrates with his Sunderland teammates after interest from Galatasaray has surfaced.

13.42 BST: Ecuador's Enner Valencia has made no secret of using the World Cup as a shop window to tart himself to the big clubs in Europe. And it would appear it has worked after L'Equipe reported clubs from all over the continent are keen. Porto, Sporting Lisbon, Sevilla, Valencia, Fiorentina, Napoli, Tottenham, Everton, West Ham, Newcastle, Augsburg and Hertha are all said to be thinking about an offer. Now, it just needs to come to fruition for the Ecuadorian hitman.

13.36 BST: Porto are no strangers to the South American market and the potential profits it holds. Just ask them about Falcao, James Rodriguez and soon Jackson Martinez. All bought at a pittence and sold for huge fees. So when they go after a player from Club America and he's called Raul Jimenez, we should probably take notice. Well, that is exactly what is happening as they battle it out with Lyon for the £6 million rated Mexican. Probably a safe bet he'll be worth more than £20 million in three years time...

13.30 BST: Despite relegation last year, many would be hard-pressed to argue against David Marshall of Cardiff City being voted goalkeeper of the year. And such form has seen the Scottish international rewarded with interest from Southampton, according to the Daily Mail, who are prepared to bid £8 million in order to secure his services.

13.24 BST: Cheeky cheeky Daniel Levy! The Telegraph claim the Tottenham supremo, who is currently presiding over his favourite time of year, tried to offer Gylfi Sigurdsson in return for Ben Davies and Michel Vorm of Swansea City. But failed. Swansea fancy Davies to be valued at £10 million alone while if Vorm is to be included in any deal, the Lilywhites will have to significantly increase their current bid.

13.14 BST: When I heard West Ham wanted to sign Mathieu Valbuena from Marseille, I have to say I scoffed at the proposition. Well West Ham's ambition shows no signs of abating after Sky Sources claim the Hammers have now made a £12 million bid to sign highly rated Ukranian winger Yehven Konoplyanka. He was wanted and almost signed by Liverpool in January for nearly £20 million. How times change...

Sky Sources: West Ham have made a £12m bid for Dnipro star Yevhen Konoplyanka. #whufc

13.07 BST: What a shock!!! Rumours about Klaas Jan Huntelaar leaving Schalke for the Premier League appear to be wide of the mark... Or so says Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt who told the club's official website he has received no contact from Liverpool about a move. He said: "Most recently, I've read that Liverpool FC should have interest in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Liverpool, Klaas-Jan and also his adviser have not contacted us. And we also have no interest in selling the player."

We can almost guarantee that won't be the last we hear of Huntelaar this transfer window.

13.01 BST: Claims from TalkSport suggest Swansea City are closing in on the signing of Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic from Ferencvaros. Their £4 million offer has reportedly been accepted and a three-year deal is soon to be signed.

12.55 BST: Newcastle are acting quickly to replace outgoing full back Mathieu Debuchy and have made a £5 million bid for Juventus defender Mauricio Isla according to Tuttosport.

12.48 BST: Tottenham and Manchester United's hopes of signing Memphis Depay took a blow today after PSV manager Philip Cocu told Voetbal International the player should remain in Holland for one more season. He said: ""I let Memphis know that it would good for him to have another year here. He has only one full season behind him. I think you need a certain foundation before making the next step. That is independent of the qualities that a person has. Therefore, he must stay at PSV at least one more year."

12.43 BST: PSG have long been advised (not officially) by many a journalist to stop going after the big name defenders and just sign Serge Aurier on a cheaper deal from Toulouse. Well it appears Laurent Blanc has come to his senses and has even called the Ivorian to persuade him to join the champions. Toulouse have an offer from Monaco to consider as wall but are hoping to sell the defender abroad.

PSG are chasing highly-rated and available-cheap Toulouse defender Serge Aurier.

12.36 BST: Chelsea's ongoing battle with Atletico Madrid to sign Filipe Luis 'on the cheap' looks set to continue. Atleti may be resigned to losing their left-back but they won't let him go for a penny less than his £19 million release clause. And yet a report in the Metro claims Chelsea have upped their bid to just about £15 million. Someone at Chelsea needs to check their maths because as far as I can work out, that is still £4 million less than the asking price. Looks like this one is going to rumble on.

12.30 BST: Arsenal's long term target Lars Bender is subject to more interest from the Gunners as they seek a defensive midfielder. Bayer Leverkusen are reluctant to sell after tying the German international down to a long-term contract but the Daily Mail claim a bid will be forthcoming. The report also says if Arsene Wenger does not land his number 1 target he will go for either Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton or Real Madrid's Sami Khedira.

12.23 BST: Marseille have stepped up their interest in this blog's favourite club (it's not, it's just they're keeping us very busy) Atletico Madrid's Javi Manquillo according to AS. The French club are set to beat the likes of Betis, Getafe and Elche to the full-back's signature as a £2 million deal is thrashed out.

12.17 BST: Read the full story here on Alexis Sanchez opting NOT to join Liverpool.

12.12 BST: Middlesborough's search for a new striker continues in the Belgian league. It may take a little longer to conclude though!

12.08 BST: A blow for Liverpool, Spurs and Everton as TalkSport say Granada have begun talks with Porto about the sale of star man Yacine Brahimi. The Algerian won many admirers at the World Cup and it is said a £6.5 million fee can lure him away from La Liga. And it looks like the Portuguese giants are leading the chase.

11.59 BST: Chelsea's pursuit of Marcos Rojo has apparently made big news in Portugal, or so say Sport Witness. The Blues will be desperate for a replacement to fill the rather large void at left back, vacated by a certain Ashley Cole.

11.52 BST: Lyon have announced Guinea striker Mohammed Yattara has signed a two-year deal to keep him at the club following a successful loan spell with Troyes last season.

11.46 BST: Two updates from Gianluca Di Marzio on Inter Milan's transfer activity. First, Real Madrid, who had been happy to loan Casemiro have now asked for £12 million which Inter have stepped away from. It is too much for them but are hoping to remain negotiation for the player. And secondly Inter are very close to signing Gary Medel from Cardiff City for around £10 million.

11.40 BST: Everybody's favourite goalkeeper from the World Cup Guillermo Ochoa wants to stay in France. Doesn't seem to want to given the rejected contract offers.

11.36 BST: Firstly, decent signing by Aberdeen getting David Goodwillie in. Secondly, great banter from the Dons too.

11.31 BST: Oh wow! Probably the transfer story of the day! Celtic could be in the running to sign 39-year-old Alessandro Del Piero on a free transfer. The Italian legend almost signed for the Bhoys two years ago and having seen his contract at Sydney FC run out has asked Ronny Deila to give him a call according to the Scottish Sun. Speaking to the paper he said: "Two years ago it was interesting and it would be interesting again. If we could talk then great. If you want I'll give you my phone number and you can pass it on! Celtic are a great team and I have always enjoyed playing in Scotland, so who knows? I know the league has changed with Rangers not being there, but they will be back soon enough. Celtic are also a club that could be in the group stage of the Champions League which is good. Sometimes to get there you just need a little bit of luck. Or experience."

Look how happy Del Piero is about the possibility of going to Scotland! It is on the cards...

Watch. This. Space.

11.28 BST: Who knew just how powerful Twitter would become. It is now being used by Lucas Leiva to wrangle himself a move from Liverpool to Napoli. The Brazilian has removed that he is a Liverpool player from his profile and UNFOLLOWED the Reds' official Twitter account. Put your claws away a Lucas!

Napoli are said to be interested in the player with Liverpool looking at a possible loan deal.

11.23 BST: Respected journalist Graham Hunter tweeted a few things yesterday regarding Angel Di Maria's proposed move from Real Madrid. Here is his take on the saga.

11.20 BST: Read the full story on Willy Caballero's move to Manchester City now. Also for your pre-lunch perusal, Lottar Matthaus tells reporters that Toni Kroos is the right fit for Real Madrid and that Bayern Munich will miss him. Read it here.

11.14 BST: Well summed up by ESPN's own Alex Shaw...

Oof. Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu: "I'd rather play for @stokecity than Real Madrid." http://t.co/rQxWXN2rmj

11.09 BST: Manchester United are being far more tactful this summer than last. A report in the Daily Star has suggested Utd officials are going to go directly to Mats Hummels' representatives to see if the German is interested in a move before publicly hounding Borussia Dortmund about a transfer. Given the embarrassment had at the hands of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera (last summer) I'm sure Ed Woodward doesn't want a repeat performance this year.

11.05 BST: LUIS SUAREZ UPDATE! There is going to be a delay unfortunately. Liverpool are not happy at losing out on signing Alexis Sanchez and are taking it out on Barcelona. Not entirely fair given it was Sanchez' and not Barca's decision that the Chilean would not go to Anfield. Anyway, according to a report in the Independent, Liverpool are so bitter they have decided they want £75 million for their Uruguayan shoulder-muncher and not the £63 million being mooted as the agreed fee a few days ago. 

Does anyone actually know what Suarez' release fee actually is?

11.00 BST: More from the Spanish champions Atletico as they chase Alessio Cerci from Torino. Reports yesterday suggested the Italian's agent was in Madrid to discuss a deal but Atleti apparently don't want to pay more than £15 million despite the attacker's £20 million valuation.

10.51 BST: Brutal Silvio Berlusconi has told new boss Pippo Inzaghi he must sell before he buys. Deals for Torino's Alessio Cerci and Genoa's Sime Vrsaljko are said to be all but finalised but the Milan supremo has told his manager and Adriano Galliani, the club must sell to buy. According to Gazzetto dello Sport, a meeting between the three at Berlusconi's house saw the former Italian president tell Inzaghi he must sell Alessandro Matri, M'Baye Niang and Robinho before any deals can go through.

10.45​ BST: Ageing full-backs are all the rage in Italy. First Roma revive Maicon's flailing career. Then Ashley Cole signs for the capital club yesterday. And now reports from Gazzetto dello Sport and Tuttosport claim Juventus are close to signing Manchester United veteran Patrice Evra. Apparently Evra's representatives are due in London today to speak to United officials to persuade them to allow him to move despite penning a one-year deal at Old Trafford just a few months ago. The Frenchman is said to want the move so he is guaranteed first-team football with a Champions League club, two things United can't offer given the signing of Luke Shaw.

10.40​ BST: Arsenal target Federico Marchetti has seen interest from AC Milan rise in the past few days. The Lazio goalkeeper is said to be close to joining The Rossoneri in a £7.5 million deal to be paid in three installments according to Il Messagero.

10.37 BST: Joe Hart must be starting to sweat. Willy Caballero signs from Malaga.

10.35 BST: Looks like Southampton might be losing another one of their stars. And Morgan Schneiderlin will be spoiled for choice as to where he goes. Lucky boy.

10.30 BST: Arsenal fans jump for joy, I tell you, jump! Alexis Sanchez has agreed to join the club according to tuttomercatoweb. Barcelona and Arsenal have apparently agreed a fee too. It's all done! Except, obviously, the announcement and the fact this is clearly just a rumour. Still a lot of interest from Juventus.

10.26 BST: This whole Arturo Vidal thing is getting rather confusing. In a nutshell, there have been reports he wants to go but Juventus don't want to sell. There have been reports he doesn't want to go but Juve do want to sell. There have been reports Manchester United have offered huge pots of gold which Juve have turned away but are open to negotiationg. And most recently there were reports Vidal was enquired about by Utd some weeks ago but there has been nothing since. Confused? Yes I am too.

No Arturo, we don't really know what is going on with your future either.

Well the latest report from the Metro seems to think Manchester United have ploughed on with negotiations with Vidal's agent behind Juventus' back even though the Gazzetto Dello Sport reported the Bianconeri told Utd, hands off. It's like a soap opera.

10.20 BST: Mark Hughes is an ambitious man and fair play to him for that but trying to sign Eduardo may have been an ambition too far. According to a report in the Stoke Sentinel, the former Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk striker is set to join Brazilian side Flamengo on an 18-month deal.

10.16 BST: Another frustrated Chelsea youngster with a supposedly big future is Bertrand Traore. The Burkina Faso international spent last season on loan at Vitesse Arnhem and is set to return to the Dutch club as Chelsea have no room for him in their first team. Chelsea have now loaned seven players to Vitesse in the last 12 months: Traore, Wallace, Lucas Piazon, Patrick van Aanholt, Christian Atsu, Gael Kakuta and Sam Hutchinson.

10.11 BST: Tottenham are set to make an ambitious raid on Chelsea for £20 million striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian has told the club he wants to leave on a permanent deal and the Metro claim Spurs are seriously considering weighing up a bid. However, given the clubs' fractious relationship and Lukaku's desire to play in the Champions League, this one might not be as much of a goer as is being suggested.

Romelu Lukaku has demanded a transfer from Chelsea and claims he wants to play for a Champions League club, putting half of Europe on alert in the process.

10.06 BST: After an excellent World Cup for the United States Men's National Team (official name) defender Matt Besler has attracted interest from around Europe. And according to Kicker, Bundesliga club Freiburg are very interested in signing the defender from Sporting Kansas City in the MLS.

10.01 BST: I told you there would be loads of Atleti news coming up. First Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak is close to signing after performing a no-show at Benfica's pre-season training. AS say a £16 million deal is close to being finalised. The same paper also claim Atleti will tie up a deal for Mario Mandzukic of Bayern after baulking at the £30 million asking price set for Alvaro Negredo at Manchester City.

And it is not over yet. Atleti have also offered £25 million plus Leo Baptistao for Verona's Juan Iturbe who had been close to signing for Juventus just last week. The AS back pages working over-time.

9.57 BST:  Alvaro Morata is close to a move to Juventus from Real Madrid according to AS. 

9.52 BST: There'll be plenty more Atletico Madrid updates this week with players expected to be coming and going. One such player we haven't heard much from is Christian Rodriguez. He spoke to El Pais in Uruguay and said, "Today what I want is to play. I was Liga champion and a finalist in the Champions League, but when you do not play, the taste is different. I feel that this trophy was not as deserved as I did not play."

9.46 BST: It's going on in Germany. Freiburg sporting director Klemens Hartenbach says "there are situations in which things can happen that have previously been ruled out," according to an interview in Badische Zeitung. Firstly, Borussia Dortmund have made one final offer for Matthias Ginter. And Freiburg are talking to Benfica's Stefan Mitrovic over a deal to replace the outgoing Ginter.

9.41 BST: Just because this is an incredible fact.

9.40 BST: DONE DEAL! It has finally happened. The fee may be undisclosed but it is widely being reported as in the £10 million region.

9.38 BST: In not quite so high profile Bayern Munich news, reserve goalkeeper Lukas Raeder has left the club on a free. According to TZ, he is set to join Vitoria Setubal in Portugal.

9.35 BST: It is getting to crunch-time for the Toni Kroos transfer to Real Madrid. According to TZ, Bayern Munich have withdrawn their contract offer to the midfielder who wanted to earn the same amount as Philip Lahm and Thomas Muller, believed to be around the £10 million mark. Claims in Spain clearly suggest the deal with Los Blancos is all but done with the Spanish giants offering him huge wages.

9.30 BST: Former Newcastle man Luuk de Jong, who might have been holding out hopes of a permanent deal with the Magpies following his loan and to join his brother Siem at St James' Park, is still set to leave Borussia Munchengladbach. But not for the bright lights of the north-east of England. According to Bild, he will sign a deal with PSV Eindhoven today with the fee believed to be somewhere between £5 million and £6 million.

9.24 BST: A quick update from Germany now as our man Stephan Uersfeld has told us Hertha Berlin and AZ Alkmaar are in a dispute over midfielder Roby Beerens. Hertha are unwilling to pay over £1.5 million while Alkmaar claim that is not enough for their man. Sporting director Michael Preetz told Kicker the Dutch club need to make a decision this week of "Otherwise, we will look elsewhere." He also confirmed the German club would not be signing Askhan Dejagah because he is too expensive.

Askhan Dejagah won't be returning 'home' any time soon according to Hertha Berlin because he is too expensive.

9.21 BST: Almost two done deals for Inter Milan with our man in Italy, Ben Gladwell, reporting Yann M'Vila of Rubin Kazan and Dodo of Roma are set to join on one-year loan deals. The announcements are expected later today.

9.17 BST: Fiorentina just can't seem to catch a break at the moment. They're being pillaged for Juan Cuadrado but don't want to sell and now Alberto Aquilani's agent has told the press that talks over a new contract are on ice. Bad times to be a Viola fan...

9.10 BST: And finally our updates from Ian Holyman end with the news Olympiakos love French football. Or so it would seem. They've already signed Eric Abidal from Monaco and have decided to sign former teammate Delvin Ndinga from the French giants on a three-year deal following a successful loan spell last season. But it does not end there, oh no, with the news Mathieu Dossevi of Valenciennes has also joined the Greek Champions, as announced on his Twitter account (I am Greek and this roughly translates as " I am extremely happy that I am an Olympiakos player").

You'd think that was enough but no, according to footmercato.net, Dossevi will be joined by teammate Arthur Masuaku in Piraeus too. 

9.07 BST: In case you were asleep or doing something more interesting with your Monday evening, Manchester City announced the loaning out of promising young midfielder Marcos Lopes to Lille on a one-year deal. If you don't speak French, we promise this translates as "he's joined"... or thereabouts.

9.05 BST: Marseille may be about to lose talisman Mathieu Valbuena to La Liga but what they'll lose in goals they're hoping to shore up in defence. The French giants are looking to bring in Norwegian international Vegard Forren from Molde.

Marseille are looking at Norwegian international Vegard Forren as they seek to stiffen their defence.

9.00 BST: Our man in France Ian Holyman has updated us on a few of the rumours flying around across the Channel. And first of his nuggets is that Monaco are interested in CSKA Sofia prodigy Ivaylo Chochev, 21, who is also being pursued by Palermo of Serie A.

8.19 BST: A-League side Brisbane Roar have beefed up their squad, announcing two new signings todayJamie Young returns to Queensland after plying his trade in the lower leagues of the UK for more than a decade, while Daniel Bowles his signed from fellow A-League club Adelaide United.

Later Chelsea

Hot on the heels of the Ashley Cole to Roma news -- which involves a 113,000 pounds-a-week pay cut, according to Tuesday's Sun -- the Daily Mail says another Chelsea pensioner could be about to join him. Samuel Eto'o has lucrative offers from China and Turkey to consider, but he'd rather keep things interesting and return to Italy, where he has already spent two fruitful years with Inter Milan. What's more, he's willing to follow Cole's lead and lower his salary to a mere 3 million pounds to push things through.

How might that affect another Chelsea striker? Maybe not much. The Mirror says that Romelu Lukaku won't stomach another season on loan and instead wants to be playing Champions League football for a club at which he is permanently under contract.

Who's Man City keeping?

Joe Hart might have to set his sights elsewhere soon. Willy Caballero, the Argentinian goalkeeper, has touched down for a medical at Manchester City. The Manchester Evening News has pictures of him, well, walking, while the Guardian notes that Cabellero was signed by Manuel Pellegrini from Malaga and will not have arrived at the Etihad to be an also-ran. Any false moves of the type that let Costel Pantilimon in this past season, and Hart might face a far sterner task in getting his place back. Caballero was first linked with City a year ago -- slightly predictably, or so it seemed -- and now Pellegrini seems to have gotten his man.

Do you play football? Then Arsenal wants you

Arsenal, whose will-they-won't-they sagas make them firm favourites of any self-respecting transfer blog, seem about to move disappointingly early this time out, with the Guardian on the case again and reporting that their fee for Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy will be a very precise 7.9 million pounds. That one should go through pretty quickly -- Debuchy is even breaking his holiday to see this through, which always sounds a more dramatic step than it is. The fun might not end there; a loan move for Costa Rica sensation Joel Campbell might water that fee down a little. Carl Jenkinson won't be used as part of the deal, though -- the same article says Newcastle have been offered one-time footballer Micah Richards to fill their right-back void but would rather plump for Daryl Janmaat or Ricardo van Rhijn.

With the price looking right and both sides keen on a move, it seems Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal from Newcastle is almost a done deal.

And the Gunners might be in business again very soon indeed. Their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez is not exactly hot off the press, but more recent news is that things might get a little more straightforward now. The Liverpool Echo says Sanchez has been swayed by the capital's bright lights, and Brendan Rodgers' side is resigned to seeing him at Emirates Stadium next season.

There's yet more -- kind of. Arsenal are among those that have been linked with Fiorentina and Colombia wide man Juan Cuadrado, but his club insist they are yet to receive any offers. However, their sporting director, Daniele Prade, doesn't sound overly optimistic about keeping his man and said in Tuttosport that, "We will do our best to make him stay with us".

Atleti like Alex Witsel

They might not quite have lived up to their billing at the World Cup, but Belgians still seem to be all the rage. Marca claims that Atletico Madrid are courting Axel Witsel, the midfield dynamo whose last action in Brazil was to volley a late half-chance over the bar against Argentina. It says Atleti would like him to complete their lineup in the centre of the park for next term -- and that they're in for his Zenit teammate, left-sided Argentinian player Cristian Ansaldi too. The prognosis? Mixed: Witsel cost Zenit 40 million euros and would not come cheaply this time either, while Ansaldi is said to be settled in Russia and would not be receptive to a proposed loan.

Neymar who?

In a parallel dimension, Neymar's back injury doesn't matter all that much to Brazil. Stepping in is one-time wunderkind Alexandre Pato, still just 24, and he slaloms past Per Mertesacker and Mats Hummels at will to remind the Brasileiros that he can be their darling too. In this particular time and place, though, Pato's career has hit the skids; he isn't in the World Cup squad and can be found whiling away his time agonisingly near to the action as a player with Sao Paolo. But is the ex-Milan forward's star back on the rise? Corriere Dello Sport says he is dreaming of a return to Italy -- and there is a chance he might get his wish, with former enemies Inter apparently sniffing around.