Mandzukic to Atleti; Sanchez deal soon
While football fans around the globe watched Germany dominate Brazil in the World Cup semifinals, a scant few made moves on the transfer front. The latest news and rumours from Transfer Talk are here; we still managed to dig up some juicy ones.
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.
22:37 BST If you believe some reports floating around the European media then Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is on his way to one of Fiorentina or Athletic Bilbao.
The player's agent, however, is adamant that is not the case, insisting that his client Arteta is happy at the Gunners.
"I haven't heard from any clubs," Inaki Ibanez told Radio Blu. "What are the chances of him leaving? He's the captain of Arsenal, he is an Arsenal player and he's happy here. He also has a contract for another year."
22:23 BST Volyn Lutsk midfielder Michael Babatunde seems rather keen on a move to Sunderland and has urged the club to sign him.
"I have received several offers from different places, but I'm interested in the one from Sunderland," the Nigeria international told www.sl10.ng. "They have contacted my agent, and we will see how it goes from there."
Over to you, then, Gus Poyet.
22:03 BST Diego Ribas has landed in Istanbul for his unveiling as a new Fenerbahce player...
The Brazilian, who spent the second half of last season at Atletico Madrid on loan, is joining on a free transfer after his Wolfsburg contract expired.
21:49 BST Press Association Sport reports that Newcastle remain hot on the trail of Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, although they have not yet tabled a fresh bid.
Reports from France on Wednesday evening suggested the Magpies had made an offer of 12 million euros for the 24-year-old.
However, according to Press Association Sport sources, that is not the case, although the club's interest in the player is ongoing.
21:31 BST Benfica duo Joao Filipe and Joao Virginia are attracting interest from a whole host of Premier League clubs, Sky Sports claims.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all interested in Filipe, a 15-year-old winger, and Virginia, a goalkeeper of the same age.
Benfica have offered the pair new long-term deals -- but have yet to reach an agreement with either player -- and they are now preparing themselves for offers from the English sides.
21.03 BST It seems Alexis Sanchez, according to reports, is on the verge of completing his move from Barcelona to Arsenal... And now the Chile international's hairdresser has confirmed the player is leaving the Catalan club...
"Alexis Sanchez came in to say 'goodbye' today. Over the last three years we've had the pleasure of cutting his hair, and we'll greatly miss him," the local hairdresser posted on Facebook.
20.12 BST Another of the Premier League's new boys have been busy securing the future of one of their players today, with Burnley's Scott Arfield signing a fresh three-year contract with the Clarets.
"I'm delighted to have extended my deal with the club as this is where I want to be playing my football under this management," Arfield told the club's official website. "We had a great year last season and this is a club going in the right direction so I'm made up to be a part of that."
19.32 BST Some details for you on that deal...
Official: Besides a transfer fee of maxiumum 2M, Barcelona will get a % of a future sale of Jonathan dos Santos by Villarreal #fcblive- barcastuff (@barcastuff) July 9, 2014
Giovani dos Santos, meanwhile, has already welcomed his younger brother to the club...
19.24 BST: DONE DEAL! Villarreal have confirmed the signing of Jonathan dos Santos from Barcelona. The 24-year-old midfielder, who had struggled to break into the first team at the Camp Nou, will link up with his older brother Giovani.
¡Bienvenido Jonathan dos Santos! Acuerdo de traspaso con el @FCBarcelona_es ¡Se presenta mañana 20.15 a puertas abiertas en El Madrigal!- Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) July 9, 2014
19.16 BST Some more news emerging from Serie A coming up next... Tuttosport claims Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella is set for a return to city rivals Torino, with a deal all but done.
Quagliarella will sign a three-year contract and replace Ciro Immobile, who joined Borussia Dortmund last month.
18.55 BST Here is that full story for you now on David Nugent signing a new two-year deal with Premier League new boys Leicester City.
18.37 BST More for you now on Mehdi Benatia, whose club Roma have, according to the Guardian, set a July 21 deadline for the sale of the defender.
Manchester City are believed to be after the centre-back but would prefer Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, meaning they have yet to make the Italian club an offer.
Roma, therefore, want Benatia's future sorted as soon as possible, and have set a deadline that falls on the day both sides start their preseason tours.
18.05 BST We've spoken briefly today about Divock Origi, with Tottenham apparently trying to hijack Liverpool's move for the Lille striker... Well, the man himself has told the Liverpool Echo that he is undecided on his future, while adding he has a number of offers on the table.
You can read the full story right here.
17.40 BST Goal.com say Arsenal are considering a move for Brazil international Bernard as Arsene Wenger targets a second marquee forward signing of the summer.
The 21-year-old forward is reportedly keen to leave Shakhtar Donetsk despite joining the Ukrainian champions last summer.
Shakhtar value Bernard at around the 20 million pound mark and Wenger is believed to be keen on making a move as Arsenal put the finishing touches to the capture of Alexis Sanchez.
17.25 BST Premier League newboys Leicester City have announced that former England striker David Nugent has signed a new two-year deal at the club.
The 29-year-old scored 20 league goals to fire the Foxes to promotion last season and admits that he is looking forward to testing his ability in the Premier League.
"I'm delighted to have signed for two years and I'm really looking forward to testing myself with the rest of the squad in the best league in the world," Nugent told the club's official website.
17.20 BST It was only a matter of time, wasn't it? That familiar rumour linking Arsenal with Salomon Kalou has resurfaced, with The Daily Star reporting that it will cost the Gunners five million pounds to secure his services from Lille.
The Ivory Coast international scored 16 goals for the Ligue 1 side last season and it is understood that Arsenal are his preferred destination, despite interest from Roma, Monaco, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton.
17.10 BST More now on the news that we brought you earlier regarding Diego Alves' contract extension at Valencia.
Speaking at a news conference to announce the new contract, Alves insisted he was always willing to stay at Valencia, despite lengthy negotiations over a new deal, and said the arrival of new owner Peter Lim had no bearing on his decision. Full story here.
17.00 BST Antoine Griezmann has put a number of European clubs on alert after he rejected the offer of an improved contract at Real Sociedad.
The 23-year-old has two years to run on his current deal but AS say that the San Sebastian outfit could cash in on the France international this summer rather than lose him at a cheaper price next year.
Griezmann has a buyout clause of 30 million euros which could tempt the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, PSG and Monaco.
16.45 BST West Ham United have announced that French midfielder Alou Diarra has left Upton Park after two years at the club.
ALOU DIARRA: West Ham United and Alou Diarra have reached a mutual agreement to terminate the midfielder's contract with immediate effect- West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) July 9, 2014
16.40 BST Dusan Tadic hopes he can be part of a new chapter in Southampton's history, with manager Ronald Koeman close to bringing more fresh faces to St Mary's.
Tours striker Andy Delort is said to be on Koeman's radar as well as Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, who could be seen as cover for wantaway Dejan Lovren, who is determined to leave for Liverpool.
"I heard the club has a history, and I watched them last year and they played really good football," Tadic told Southampton's official YouTube channel.
"I hope me and Southampton are going to have a good future.''
16.30 BST L'Equipe says Wolfsburg have identified Atletico Madrid's out-of-favour midfielder Joshua Guilavogui as the ideal candidate to replace Luis Gustavo should the Brazilian leave the Bundesliga side this summer.
The 23-year-old Frenchman has struggled to settle at the Vicente Calderon since moving from Saint-Etienne last summer and returned to Les Verts for the second half of the season on loan.
Marseille are also believed to be interested in Guilavogui who is free to leave Diego Simeone's side for around 12 million euros.
16.15 BST Leeds United have confirmed the signing of former Italy Under-21 goalkeeper Marco Silvestri.
The 23-year-old arrives at Elland Road on a four-year contract after Leeds agreed an undisclosed fee with Chievo.
"Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things. We are delighted to welcome him to Leeds," head coach David Hockaday told the club' s website.
16.05 BST Milan are closing in on the signings of France defender Adil Rami and Croatia full-back Sime Vrsjalko, according to beIn Sports pundit Matteo Bonetti.
Vrsaljko will join Milan in a deal from Genoa which sees Alessandro Matri go the other way on loan, while Slovenia midfielder Valter Birsa is also heading for the San Siro exit.
Latest Milan updates: Rami buyout nearly complete. Birsa loaned to Chievo. Matri says yes to Genoa swap for Sime Vrsaljko- Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) July 9, 2014
16.00 BST U.S. international John Brooks has reportedly switched agents, as rumours of a possible departure from Hertha Berlin gather speed. Full story here.
15.50 BST Iago Aspas' Anfield nightmare could be about to come to an end, with The Daily Star claiming that Sevilla are preparing an offer for the Spaniard.
The 26-year-old joined Liverpool in a 7.7 million pound deal last summer but has since struggled to make an impression for Brendan Rodger's side, scoring just once in 15 appearances.
Aspas could be brought in by Sevilla as a replacement for the in-demand Carlos Bacca or to simply add competition to the Europa League holders' attack.
15.40 BST Sky Sports journalist Amy Lewis has tweeted that Swansea have launched a bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney.
Garry Monk has already secured the services of former Lyon striker Bafetembi Gomis but with Michu's departure to Napoli imminent, Swansea are further seeking to lift the goalscoring burden off the shoulders of Wilfried Bony.
We're told Swansea have bid in excess of £5m for Watford striker Troy Deeney. More on #SSN- Amy Lewis (@SkySportsAmy) July 9, 2014
15.30 BST L'Equipe reports that Porto have agreed a deal in principle to sign Algeria international Yacine Brahimi.
The 24-year-old Granada midfielder impressed during the Fennec Foxes' World Cup campaign and has attracted interest from a number of European clubs, including Roma, Everton and Tottenham.
15.20 BST Chelsea have announced the signing of 19-year-old attacking midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split.
Pasalic has represented Croatia at Under-21 level and was named in his country's 30-man provisional World Cup squad.
"I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player," he told Chelsea's club website.
"I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career."
15.10 BST Nigeria midfielder Michel Babatunde claims Sunderland have contacted his agent with regards to signing him.
The Journal says that the 21-year-old, who currently plays for Ukrainian side Volyn Lutsk, is keen for a move to the Premier League.
"I have received several offers from different places, but I'm interested in the one from Sunderland," he said.
Manchester City misfit Jack Rodwell and Cardiff's Jordon Mutch are also on Gus Poyet's radar.
It is also reported that Emanuele Giaccherini is determined to stay and fight for his place at the Stadium of Light amid interest from Galatasaray.
15.00 BST Louis van Gaal is prepared to give Manchester United outcasts Anderson and Bebe one final opportunity to salvage their Old Trafford careers, according to The Manchester Evening News.
Bebe, 23, hasn't played for United since a 1-0 win over Crawley in the FA Cup in February 2011 while Anderson spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina.
Both players are expected to be involved in Manchester United's preseason tour of the United States where they will have the chance to impress their new manager.
14.55 BST Lazio will not be tempted to cash in on Miroslav Klose following his record-breaking goal for Germany last night.
The 36-year-old forward struck the 16th goal of his World Cup career in the 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil to surpass Ronaldo in the all-time charts.
"Now we have a champion who has scored the most goals in World Cups," said Lazio president Claudio Lotito.
"In order to receive offers for a player, he must be placed on the market and Klose is not for sale."
14.45 BST West Ham will probably have to raise their bid for Yevhen Konoplyanka to 15 million euros to activate his release clause if they want to sign the Ukraine winger.
The Hammers have bid 12 million euros for the 24-year-old but Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk are expected to refuse, a source told ESPN FC. Full story here.
14.35 BST Almeria have confirmed the arrival of attacking duo Quique and Teerasil Dangda.
Quique impressed in the lower tiers of Spanish football last season, scoring 24 times for Guadalajara while Thailand international Dangda, who once had a trial at Manchester City, joins from Muangthong United.
14.20 BST DONE DEAL! Aston Villa have announced that Danish striker Nicklas Helenius has returned to Aalborg following an unsuccessful spell at Villa Park.
The 23-year-old, who made six appearances for Villa last term, scoring one goal in the FA Cup third round tie against Sheffield United, joins the Danish champions on a season-long loan deal.
14.15 BST Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has asked his scouts to file a report on Hearts defender Jordan McGhee and Dinamo Bucharest winger Dorin Rotariu, according to The Journal.
The Black Cats are desperate to add a new centre-back to their ranks and have highlighted McGhee, 17, as a potential star of the future.
Nottingham Forest youngster Jamaal Lascelles, who has been closely tracked by both Arsenal and Tottenham, is a more expensive target.
Sunderland are also hoping to complete the permanent signing of Fiorentina full-back Marcos Alonso while attempting to offload defender Modibo Diakite.
14.00 BST Porto and Colombia striker Jackson Martinez admits that he is unsure where he will be playing his football next season.
The 27-year-old, who has been the highest goalscorer in the Portuguese league for the last two seasons, has a further two years to run on his Porto contract but has attracted interest from a number of top European clubs including Arsenal and Liverpool.
"Right now, I don't know what will happen," Martinez told Colombian radio station La FM.
"There is interest from some clubs, something that is perfectly normal when a player is performing well, but I always have to take into account the fact I am under contract and I have to respect it. Only time will tell what will happen."
13.45 BST DONE DEAL! Olympiakos have confirmed the signing of Swiss midfielder Patjim Kasami from Fulham.
13.35 BST Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain has quashed speculation linking him with a move away from Napoli this summer.
In light of comments by Lionel Messi that Higuain would prove a good fit at Barcelona, the 26-year-old, who scored 17 goals for the Partenopei in Serie A last season, insists he is content with life in Italy.
"I am really grateful to Leo [Messi] for his kind words but I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy," he told www.tuttomercadoweb.com.
"The Partenopei club [Napoli] has always treated me very well since I arrived there."
13.25 BST Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is eyeing a 75 million pound swoop for World Cup stars Angel Di Maria and Mats Hummels, according to The Guardian.
Real Madrid are said to be open to the prospect of selling Di Maria as they attempt to raise funds for Monaco's James Rodriguez.
Hummels, who began his professional career under Van Gaal's tutelage at Bayern Munich, is understood to be a more difficult proposition however and Borussia Dortmund are reluctant to sell the 25-year-old.
Marouane Fellaini, Nani, Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa are among those who Van Gaal may consider offloading in a bid to finance the deals.
13.15 BST Malaga have confirmed the signing of Venezuela international Roberto Rosales on a three-year deal.
The 25-year-old right back joins the La Liga side on a free transfer after his contract expired at FC Twente.
13.05 BST Valencia have informed Barcelona that they will not budge from their 20 million euro asking price for French defender Jeremy Mathieu.
AS says that Luis Enrique is a long-term admirer of the 30-year-old who offers good versatility with his ability to play at left-back or left-wing but that he is reluctant to bid over 15 million.
12.55 BST Hibernian have rejected two bids from Swansea City for striker Jason Cummings, according to The Scotsman.
The highly-rated 18-year-old netted 30 goals for the Easter Road side's Under-20 team last season although his two goals in the first leg of the play-off against Hamilton were not sufficient to save Hibernian from the drop.
12.50 BST It appears that it may be a case of one in, one out at Real Madrid however as Marca also reports that Alvaro Morata is on the verge of finalising a 22 million euro move to Juventus.
The 21-year-old is expected to travel to Turin over the next couple of days to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a four-year contract
Real Madrid are understood to have inserted a buy-back clause into the deal, estimated to be in the region of 35 million euros.
12.40 BST Toni Kroos will become a Real Madrid player as early as next week, says Marca.
The Bayern Munich midfielder, who scored twice in Germany's 7-1 World Cup semi-final thumping of Brazil last night, is expected to join the Santiago Bernabeu outfit in a 25 million euro deal after failing to agree a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions.
Real Madrid CEO, José Ángel Sánchez, travelled to Munich to finalise the agreement with Bayern on Monday and Kroos is predicted to earn six million euros a year.
12.30 BST Reports in France speculate that Marco Verratti's agent is to meet Paris Saint-Germain officials on Thursday as Real Madrid seem intent on ramping up their interest in the Italy international.
Verratti's representative is expected to meet PSG deputy sporting director Olivier Letang with a view to discussing the midfielder's stature within the club.
With former PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti a known admirer of Verratti's talents, Madrid are set to tempt the French champions with a 40 million euro bid.
12.15 BST Bayern Munich have today unveiled Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode. The pair join on free transfers after their contracts ended at Borussia Dortmund and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.
"I can get even better at Bayern and win even more titles," Lewandowski told the media.
12.05 BST Ligue 1 side Bastia have announced that they have agreed a deal with Anderlecht for Belgian right-back Guillaume Gillet.
The 30-year-old, who has made 20 appearances for his country, will join on a season-long loan deal with view to a permanent transfer.
Guillaume Gillet, capitaine d'Anderlecht, arrive à Bastia ! Logan Bailly va lui être mis à l'essai. #acorsicavince- SC Bastia (@s_c_bastia) July 9, 2014
12.00 BST The Metro says that new Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has identified Germany talent Julian Draxler as the perfect candidate to boost his side's top four ambitions.
The Argentine manager wants to build a hungry, young and technical side and it is believed that Tottenham will test Schalke's resolve with an opening bid of 17 million pounds.
Draxler, a long-term Arsenal target, snubbed a move to the Gunners in January and recently admitted that he wants to play in Germany for at least one more year.
11.50 BST Newcastle manager Alan Pardew remains hopeful of making Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella his fourth summer signing.
With Siem De Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez already in the door at St James' Park, The Journal says that a Newcastle delegation has now flown to France in an attempt to clinch the deal.
Newcastle are also interested in Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette while Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Gael Bigirimana could all leave the Magpies on loan.
11.40 BST Valencia have confirmed that goalkeeper Diego Alves has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.
11.35 BST Charlton Athletic have announced that former Reading, Burnley and Middlesbrough defender Andre Bikey has joined the club on a free transfer.
"He's got experience of this league and we're very happy to sign him," manager Bob Peeters told the club's website.
11.30 BST DONE DEAL! Fulham have confirmed the signing of Greek left-back Konstantinos Stafylidis from Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long loan deal.
The Cottagers have an option to sign the 20-year-old permanently at the end of the loan agreement.
11.25 BST However, it is not all good news for Atletico Madrid fans as Sky Sports journalist Graeme Bailey says that the club have been unsuccessful in their attempts to bring Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back to the Vicente Calderon.
Diego Simeone has now identified Benfica's Jan Oblak -- who kept 21 clean sheets in 28 games last season -- as his No.1 target.
Atletico have also seemingly given up hope of bringing Thibaut Courtois for another loan and have targeted Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) July 9, 2014
11.20 BST BREAKING: Speaking at Bayern Munich's press conference this morning, sporting director Matthias Sammer has confirmed that the club have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for Croatia international striker Mario Mandzukic.
"We've reached an verbal agreement with Atletico, and Mario Mandzukic has also reached a verbal agreement. So, even with nothing signed yet, I can all but confirm the transfer. We thank Mandzukic for his performances at FC Bayern."
11.15 BST Roma have been busy in the transfer window so far and that looks set to continue as gianlucadimarzio.com claims that the Giallorossi are set for talks with Bayern Munich regarding the purchase of Xherdan Shaqiri.
Switzerland's World Cup star is determined to play regular first-team football and is available to leave the Bundesliga champions for 20 million euros.
Liverpool remain keen on the 22-year-old after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez.
11.05 BST Juan Carlos Paredes may not be the only Ecuadorian on the move. The Metro says that West Ham are in poll position to sign 25-year-old forward Enner Valencia who scored all three of his nation's goals at the World Cup.
Sam Allardyce is desperate to win over the Upton Park faithful and hopes to bring an exciting brand of football to the club with deals for Valencia and highly rated Dnirpro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Both players are reported to be available for 12 million pounds and have attracted interest from a number of European sides.
10.55 BST Sky Sports claims that Watford are closing in on the signing of Ecuador right-back Juan Carlos Paredes.
Paredes played every minute for his country at the World Cup and has refused to report back to training with his club Sporting Barcelona as he attempts to push through the move.
"The negotiation with the English club is almost closed and we are only missing a few defining details," confirmed Sporting Barcelona president Francisco Hidalgo.
10.45 BST Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier has told Foot Mercato that it is his dream to move to the Premier League.
The Toulouse star had been strongly linked with a summer move to Arsenal but it appears that Arsene Wenger has instead turned his attention towards Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy.
Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco are both interested in the 21-year-old who is expected to command a fee in the region of 12 million euros.
"To play in England is my dream, but sometimes dreams do not come true," he said. "If PSG and Monaco are interested, one does not ignore them."
10.35 BST Liverpool are prepared to listen to offers for Brazilian defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to The Daily Mail.
The 27-year-old struggled to find a regular spot in Brendan Rodger's lineup last season due to the emergence of Jordan Henderson and the recent signing of Emre Can is expected to push him further down the pecking order at Anfield.
Napoli and Inter are both interested in Lucas but both clubs would prefer a loan with view to a permanent deal.
10.30 BST Estadio Deportivo says that Sevilla have stolen ahead of Swansea in the race to sign Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic.
The Ferencvaros star was one of the highlights of the Zmajevi's disappointing World Cup campaign and has a release clause of just three million euros.
Besic is believed to be interested in a move to the Europa League holders who are also exploring a deal for Atalanta's Chilean international midfielder Carlos Carmona.
10.20 BST New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will allow Old Trafford favourite Patrice Evra to leave the club as he admits that he cannot guarantee him regular first-team football.
The Daily Mail says the current Netherlands boss is likely to allow the France left-back to join Juventus in a 2 million pound deal.
10.10 BST Fresh from landing Chris Baird on a free transfer, West Bromwich Albion are now exploring a deal for Australia left-back Jason Davidson, according to The Birmingham Mail.
The 23-year-old defender, who played in all three World Cup Group B games for his country, has already held talks with Albion over a potential move after his contract expired at Dutch side Heracles earlier this summer.
Fulham's Kieran Richardson remains an alternative option for Alan Irvine's side.
10.00 BST Esteban Granero. Remember him? Well, Mundo Deportivo say that the former Real Madrid star is willing to take a pay-cut as he desperately seeks a move away from Queens Park Rangers.
Harry Redknapp hopes to convince the Spaniard to play in the Hoops' battle for Premier League survival next season but Real Sociedad are keen on luring him back to Spain.
Elsewhere, Villarreal remain confident of tying up a deal for Barcelona talent Jonathan dos Santos who is open to a move to the Madrigal where he would reunite with his brother Giovani.
09.50 BST Galatasaray president Unal Aysal has revealed Wesley Sneijder has a release clause set at 20 million euros amid reported interest from Manchester United.
Sneijder told the media last month that he would find it difficult to resist an offer to play under Van Gaal at Old Trafford and Aysal admits Gala could not prevent him leaving if his release clause is met. Full story here.
09.40 BST Reports in Italy say that Roma coach Rudi Garcia is close to conceding defeat in his attempts to persuade Mehdi Benatia to stay at the club.
The Morocco international was seen training on his own at the Giallorossi training complex yesterday, amid rumours that a move to Manchester City is imminent.
Benatia is said to be angry at sporting director Walter Sabatini, who has hampered his dream move to the Premier League by slapping a 63 million euro price tag on the centre-back.
09.35 BST Nicklas Bendtner alert! After being released by Arsenal this summer, it appears that the enigmatic striker could be on the move, with The Mirror claiming that Aston Villa are leading the race for the Denmark international.
Eintracht Frankfurt have reportedly offered a three-year contract to Bendtner but it is understood that he would prefer to stay in England.
Should Bendtner move to Villa Park, he will reunite with former Gunners teammate Philippe Senderos who agreed a deal with Paul Lambert's side earlier this summer.
09.25 BST Some more news from Germany where BILD reports that Hertha BSC have agreed terms with AZ Alkmaar for the signing of the 26-year old forward Roy Beerens. The transfer fee is believed to be in the region of 1.5 million euros and is expected to be announced today.
Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen fringe player Kostas Stafylidis is set to join Fulham, BILD reports. The 20-year-old left-back has agreed a loan move with the Cottagers with view to a permanent transfer.
09.15 BST It appears that Atletico Madrid have finally found the man to replace Chelsea-bound Diego Costa. BILD says that the Spanish champions have agreed a 22 million euro move with Bayern Munich for the services of Croatia international Mario Mandzukic.
With Robert Lewandowski set to be unveiled by the Bavarian side this morning, Mandzukic has been informed that he is surplus to requirements by Pep Guardiola and now looks set to join Diego Simeone's side.
09.01 BST: AS expects Cristian Tello to seal a loan to Porto, where he will team up with his former Spain U21 boss Julen Lopetegui, although talks on the move have gone on longer than expected as various details are hammered out.
08.47 BST: The Daily Express claims Tottenham are trying to hijack Liverpool's move for Lille forward Divock Origi. The report claims Spurs officials will meet with the Belgium international today.
08.36 BST: Swansea striker Michu has been reported to be close to a move to Napoli for a long time now. The BBC says that talks are taking place, but Napoli want a loan and Swansea want a permanent deal, so we'll have to wait and see if this deal will ever actually happen.
CONCACAF keepers good to go
We've seen numerous players raise their club-level stock with impressive performances at the World Cup -- James Rodriguez, Divock Origi and Juan Cuadrado come to mind. But two goalkeepers in particular really made their case in Brazil.
Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa first got on the radar with his clean sheet and amazing saves versus host nation Brazil in the group stage. His strong play continued against Netherlands in the round of 16, even though his El Tri side were eliminated by the Dutch. Ochoa now says in a MediaTiempo.com report that he'll reveal his club fate -- he's currently a free agent, as his contract with Ligue 1 side Ajaccio expired last month -- in a little more than a fortnight.
"Everything depends on the team and what they present," said Ochoa, who noted he has interest from a number of clubs in Europe. "But where I go, I will go confident, happy and, of course, with the intention of playing."
Kaylor Navas of Costa Rica also looks set to take his show on the road from La Liga side Levante, where he allowed just 43 goals in 37 matches on his way to the goalkeeper of the year award. A recent kicker report says Bayern Munich are interested in Navas' services as a backup for No. 1 Manuel Neuer, as we mentioned yesterday. La Liga champions Atletico Madrid are also said to be taking a look at Navas, as Diego Simeone might need to replace this past season's No. 1, Thibaut Courtois, whose long spell on loan from Chelsea has come to an end.
Sanchez happening today?
Transfer Talk has reported this every which way but loose, but this time it seems an Alexis Sanchez move from Barcelona to Arsenal could happen as soon as today. AS.com has a report with some specifics, including a rumoured 36.7 million-pound transfer fee, a four-year deal for Sanchez and incentives that could earn the Chilean striker as much as 3 million extra pounds next season. It seems Arsene Wenger might win over his counterparts at Juventus and AC Milan, who were also said to fancy Sanchez's services.
QPR might say au revoir to Remy
Speaking of Wenger (he's had a busy summer in the Transfer Talk pages), the Daily Mirror is reporting that the Arsenal boss is this close to bringing countryman Loic Remy to the Emirates from Queens Park Rangers. Remy netted 14 Premier League goals for Newcastle during his season-long loan from QPR, and he featured as a substitute for Les Bleus during their quarterfinal run in Brazil. The move would set Arsenal back a reported 8 million pounds.
Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri raised his flag as a catalyst for everything his team did in their quarterfinal run at the World Cup. The Bayern Munich midfielder looked electric in Brazil and scored one of the tournament's most cracking of goals against Honduras. Now GianlucaDiMarzio.com has joined the chorus of voices reporting that Roma have jumped in the mix, alongside Liverpool, to lure Shaqiri from Bavaria. Pep Guardiola's club have put a 20 million euro price tag on any potential move.