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With the World Cup done and dusted, activity in the transfer market is on the uptick and the Transfer Talk blog has all the latest news.
23:00 BST As always folks it has been a pleasure; look forward to more of the same tomorrow.
22:22 BST DONE DEAL! Roma have confirmed the 22 million euro arrival of Juan Manuel Iturbe from Hellas Verona.
Per @elconfidencial Real Madrid have an agreement with Monaco's James Rodriguez. But move can only go ahead if PSG sign Angel di Maria.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 16, 2014
20:46 BST DONE DEAL! Valencia have confirmed that have completed the capture of 20-year-old Andre Gomes from Benfica, subject to the midfielder passing a medical.
20:12 BST West Ham, Stoke and Southampton are among the Premier League clubs considering a swoop for offer for Livorno's Brazilian striker Paulinho, according to the Serie B club's president. Paulinho scored 15 goals in Serie A last season but could not prevent Livorno's relegation.
19:39 BST VIDEO - Mathieu Debuchy's Arsenal move is imminent.
19:05 BST Our Juventus blogger Mina Rzouki ponders what the future holds for the Old Lady under Massimiliano Allegri.
18:44 BST: It's all gone a bit quiet in Liverpool's hunt for a new striker, with tentative approaches for Romelu Lukaku and Wilfried Bony seemingly falling on deaf ears. But the Daily Express has something for Reds fans to get excited about -- Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette is apparently on Brendan Rodgers' radar.
18:08 BST VIDEO - ESPN FC's Janusz Michallik gives his take on Keylor Navas' likely move to Real Madrid.
17:51 BST DONE DEAL! Udinese have signed teenage midfielder Jakub Jankto from Czech side Slavia Prague on a five-year-contract. The 18-year-old had not yet played a league game for Slavia.
17:30 BST Arsenal are expected to complete the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle tomorrow, according to the Evening Standard. Following the arrival of Netherlands right-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is anticipated to be a 10 million pound deal.
Arsene Wenger also hopes to beat Chelsea to the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira while Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina and Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo also remain transfer targets.
17:26 BST ESPN blogger Julie Laurens says that he expects Monaco playmaker James Rodriguez to complete his dream move to Real Madrid this summer. Read his article here.
17:17 BST The transfer of Fabio Quagliarella to Torino is a done deal, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The 31-year-old striker struggled for playing time at Juventus last season following the arrivals of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente but now hopes to reignite his career across town where the Granata will be playing Europa League football.
Juventus are expected to receive three million euros for Quagliarella and they could now pursue their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, having seen Mirko Vucinic already leave the club.
17:06 BST Sky Sports says that West Ham have offered New Zealand international Winston Reid a new long-term contract. The 25-year-old centre-back has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United in the past year but Sam Allardyce is desperate to keep him at Upton Park as he prepares for the new Premier League campaign.
17:00 BST Reports in Italy claim that Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel is edging closer to joining Inter on a season-long loan deal. The Chile international's agent Fernando Felicevich is believed to be flying into Milan this evening in an attempt to complete personal terms.
16:50 BST "If the Reds go backwards next season it won't be because they lost Suarez, it will be because they didn't invest the money wisely enough." Do you agree with what ESPN bloggers Steven Kelly and David Usher have to say on Liverpool's decision to sell Luis Suarez? Read the article here.
16:40 BST Juventus and Fiorentina are exploring a deal which would see Mauricio Isla and Stefan Savic swap clubs. Gianluca Di Marzio says that Antonio Conte had not been keen on the deal but it could be back on following his resignation last night.
16:30 BST DONE DEAL! Mainz have completed their second signing of the day, wrapping up a deal for Greece international Stefanos Kapino. The 20-year-old goalkeeper joins from Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee, expected to be in the region of 2.5 million euros.
16:20 BST Liverpool are plotting a swoop for Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann as they prepare for life without Luis Suarez. The Mirror says that Brendan Rodgers is keen on the France international but faces stiff competition from the likes of Monaco for his signature.
Griezmann scored 16 goals in La Liga last season but he will be allowed to leave the San Sebastian outfit if his 30 million euro release clause is activated.
16:10 BST Queens Park Rangers and Hull City have joined Middlesbrough in the race to sign Chelsea's highly-rated defender Kenneth Omeruo. The Gazette says that the Nigeria international is keen to return to Teeside but could be tempted by the prospect of Premier League football.
16:00 BST Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero could be on his way to the Premier League. BBC Sport say that the 24-year-old, who plays for Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, is expected to arrive in Wales for a medical with Swansea City later this week.
Montero played in all three of Ecuador's games at the 2014 World Cup and enjoyed spells in Spain with Villarreal, Levante and Real Betis earlier in his career.
15:50 BST Sassuolo appear to have pulled off an almighty coup by beating Juventus and Milan to the signing of Genoa full-back Sime Vrsaljko. Gianluca Di Marzio says the 22-year-old Croatia international is expected to sign a long-term contract with I Neroverdi in the next 48 hours after the clubs agreed a fee in the region of 6.5 million euros.
15:40 BST Sevilla have completed the signing of goalkeeper Mariano Barbosa from Las Palmas on a two-year deal. The 29-year-old impressed during Las Palmas' bid for promotion last season and he is expected to provide a challenge to Beto for the No.1 spot.
15:30 BST Speaking at Massimiliano Allegri's first press conference as Juventus coach, CEO Beppe Marotta confirmed that Manchester United target Arturo Vidal was happy at the club and was not for sale.
There had been speculation that Antonio Conte stepped down as Bianconeri coach yesterday due to disputes over the board's transfer policy but Marotta was adamant that Vidal would not be leaving.
Marotta, Juve CEO: "Vidal is our player, big clubs asked for him but he'll stay and he's happy here. We've never put him up for sale" #MUFC- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2014
15:20 BST The Daily Star says Everton boss Roberto Martinez has identified Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca as the man to spearhead his side's top four charge next season -- but only if the club fail to re-sign Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker's future remains unclear at Chelsea and it is believed that Everton would have to splash nearly 20 million pounds on Lukaku, thereby spending their entire budget.
Bacca, who appeared for Colombia at the World Cup and scored 21 goals for Sevilla last season, is considered to be a more affordable target and could leave the La Liga outfit if Everton meet president Jose Castro's 14 million pound asking price.
15:09 BST Roma have today unveiled new signing Urby Emanuelson. The former Ajax, Fulham and Milan player will wear the No.82 shirt and says he will fight for the starting left-back role.
15:02 BST Millwall have announced the signing of striker Ricardo Fuller on a free transfer.
14:55 BST Sky Sports News says that Monaco striker Emanuele Riviere has successfully passed his medical at Newcastle. The 24-year-old, who scored 10 goals in 30 Ligue 1 games last season, is expected to complete his six million euro transfer to the Magpies later today.
Emmanuel Riviere passes medical at Newcastle - more details on #SSN- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 16, 2014
14:46 BST BREAKING: Just hours after confirming the departure of Filipe Luis to Chelsea, Atletico Madrid have announced that they have agreed a deal to sign Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak on a six-year deal. The coveted 21-year-old, who helped Benfica to a domestic treble last season by keeping 21 clean sheets in 28 matches, will fill the void left by Thibaut Courtois who returned to Chelsea following his loan spell.
14:36 BST Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has quashed speculation linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid, insisting that he is determined to stay and fight for his place.
Rumours surfaced in the English press earlier this week that Negredo may be sacrificed to make way for the arrival of Eliaquim Mangala as a result of Manchester City's breach of Financial Fair Play regulations -- but Negredo insists that he is "very happy and settled" at the champions.
"I don't want to leave City, I'm very happy and settled here," he is quoted as saying in The Guardian. "I had a difficult end to the season and that's why there's been a lot of talking. But I've been very happy from the first day I arrived."
14:23 BST Kolo Toure could be on his way out of Liverpool, with The Daily Mail reporting that Trabzonspor are preparing an offer. The 33-year-old Ivory Coast international has just one year remaining on his current deal and could be pushed further down the pecking order should Liverpool manage to negotiate a deal for Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren.
14:12 BST Goal.com says that 2010 World Cup winner Joan Capdevila has agreed to join Indian Super League franchise North East United FC. The 36-year-old defender considered retirement after his contract expired at Espanyol earlier this summer but is excited about the prospect of promoting Indian football.
"India is a huge country and it should be a privilege for me to be a small part in popularising this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India," he said.
Fellow Spaniard Luis Garcia will also be plying his trade in the Indian Super League after he agreed a deal last week with Atletico de Kolkata.
14:00 BST BREAKING: Juventus have officially confirmed the appointment of former Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri. Read the full story here.
13:54 BST Inter striker Mauro Icardi insists that he has no intention to leave the Nerazzurri despite reports linking him with a move away from the club. The 21-year-old Argentine has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions Atletico Madrid who are attempting to bring in attacking reinforcements following the departures of Diego Costa, David Villa and Adrian.
"Atletico? Why would I ever leave Inter? I am a key player here and I want to do well wearing the Inter jersey," he told Corriero dello Sport.
"I had my phone switched off during my holiday and didn't read any papers. I never even considered leaving Inter."
13:47 BST With the World Cup now behind us and the Premier League set to kick off a month today, ESPN blogger John Brewin gives his verdict on the transfers that have happened in England so far. Read his article here.
13:40 BST Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is set to join Real Madrid after the European champions agreed to meet the release clause in his contract. The signing of Navas -- who excelled at the World Cup, conceding only twice as his side reached their first-ever quarterfinal -- would mean strong competition for Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez.
However, the latter could be set for a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu with Napoli and Monaco potential suitors. Read the full story here.
13:30 BST Real Madrid's signing of Germany midfielder Toni Kroos is getting closer and closer, with the player himself telling AS that he will be in Madrid "in the next two days".
Although the deal is yet to be made official, it is believed that the World Cup winner will move to the Santiago Bernabeu after Real Madrid agreed a fee in the region of 25 million euros with Bayern Munich. Kroos is currently on holiday in Mallorca.
13:20 BST Despite no official announcement from Chelsea, it appears that Demba Ba has now completed his move to Besiktas.
13:10 BST ESPN's very own James Horncastle has given his verdict on Roma's bid for Verona winger Juan Iturbe, insisting that a five million euro deal for Monaco's Belgium Under-21 international midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco would prove a shrewder alternative.
28.5m plus Romagnoli for Iturbe. I like him. But at that price? 5m for Ferreira Carrasco a better value option- James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 16, 2014
13:00 BST Reports in Italy suggest that Fiorentina will look to replace Juan Cuadrado with Hector Herrera should the Colombia international leave. The former Udinese winger has been heavily linked with a move to both Barcelona and Bayern Munich in recent weeks after a series of impressive performances at the World Cup.
Should Cuadrado leave, Viola boss Vincenzo Montella is expected to fill his void with Mexico midfielder Herrera who is valued at around 15-20 million euros by Porto.
12:49 BST Spotted: Manchester United misfits Bebe and Anderson have been seen driving in to the club's training ground this morning. But could they be on their way out? New coach Louis van Gaal is expected to arrive at Carrington this afternoon for the first time and it is believed that he will make decisions on several players' futures in the coming days.
Manchester United's Bebe and Anderson arrive at Carrington. (photo via Martin Rickett/PA Wire) pic.twitter.com/oxLAuwE9kG- ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 16, 2014
12:42 BST One of Costa Rica's World Cup heroes, Bryan Ruiz, is on the verge of signing for Olympiakos. Gianluca Di Marzio says that the player, who was released by Fulham earlier in the summer, is likely to ignore the advances of Palermo and Besiktas by agreeing a deal with the Greek champions.
12:35 BST Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has confirmed that the club have made a bid for Valencia defender Jeremy Mathieu but refused to give specifics on the deal. Valencia have demanded 20 million euros for the French centre-back who can also operate on the left-hand side of defence and midfield.
Meanwhile, Zubizarreta also admits that Bojan is expected to leave the club in the near future, with Deportivo and Stoke both battling to sign him on loan.
Zubizarreta: "Bid for Jeremy Mathieu? We're working on a transfer. We made a bid, but I cannot give further comment." #fcblive- barcastuff (@barcastuff) July 16, 2014
Zubizareta (sports director): "Bojan? We discussed his situation with his agent. We hope to find a solution soon, that'd be best for both."- barcastuff (@barcastuff) July 16, 2014
12:30 BST It's all happening at Chelsea this lunchtime. Besiktas have just tweeted a welcome message to Senegalese striker Demba Ba ahead of his proposed move to the club.
Hoş geldin Demba Ba! @Dembabafoot- Beşiktaş JK (@Besiktas) July 16, 2014
12:25 BST BREAKING: Atletico Madrid have confirmed on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of Filipe Luis. The Brazilian left-back is expected to travel to London within the next 48 hours to undergo a medical at the club.
12:21 BST The Daily Star says that Milan are hopeful of completing a swoop for Manchester United winger Nani. New United boss Louis van Gaal, who arrived in Manchester today, is in the process of overhauling his squad ahead of the new season and is prepared to allow the Portugal international to leave as he plans a raid for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.
Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha could also face the wrath of Van Gaal who will take charge of his first Premier League contest, against Swansea, in exactly one month.
12:12 BST Roma look set to further compound Juventus' misery by hijacking their deal for highly-rated Verona winger Juan Iturbe. The 21-year-old Argentine, aptly dubbed 'the new Messi', was expected to tie up a deal with Juventus representatives yesterday but the deal broke down at the last moment, shortly after Antonio Conte stepped down as coach.
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says that Roma are now in poll position to land Iturbe after agreeing a 30 million euro fee with Verona.
12:02 BST New Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has admitted that it is up to Xavi whether he wants to remain at the Camp Nou next season. The 34-year-old midfielder is currently contracted to the Catalan side but Luis Enrique says that he will not stand in Xavi's way should he wish to leave the club and pursue a new challenge in the MLS.
.@LUISENRIQUE21: "We have spoken with Xavi and we are waiting for his decision" (1/2)- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
.@LUISENRIQUE21: "He is still under contract and he remains a reference point for the squad" (2/2)- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta also confirmed that the club are in the market for a new centre-back but admitted that their search was proving difficult.
Zubizarreta: "80-90% of the top European clubs are looking for a centre half" #fcblive (1/2)- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
Zubizarreta: "There's not a lot of movement in the market for that position, but we are continuing to work at it" (2/2) #fcblive- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
11:54 BST Gus Poyet has turned his attentions to signing USA international defender Matt Besler, according to the Sunderland Echo. The Black Cats boss is desperate to strengthen his defence ahead of the forthcoming season though has already failed in bids for Ashley Williams and Kurt Zouma.
Fulham are also rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old centre-back who is valued at around three million pounds by MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City. Cagliari defender Davide Astori remains an alternative option for Sunderland but they face stiff competition from a number of Italian sides.
11:45 BST Demba Ba has landed in Turkey! The Chelsea striker is expected to sign a four-year deal worth two million euros-per-season with Besiktas later today.
11:40 BST Barcelona have confirmed that winger Cristian Tello has joined Porto on a two-year loan deal.
Tello to go out on loan to Porto: The Catalan winger will have a two year loan deal with the Portuguese side pic.twitter.com/wUg0jOA8S2- FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2014
Official: Porto will pay to loan Tello, buy option included, Barcelona can block buy option and can get Tello back after one season #fcblvie- barcastuff (@barcastuff) July 16, 2014
11:34 BST Filippo Inzaghi is looking to further bolster his Milan defensive ranks with the signing of Zenit left-back Domenico Criscito. Having already signed Adil Rami and Alex, Gazzetta dello Sport say that Criscito would be available for a fee in the region of 12 million euros. However, Milan could include Cristian Zapata or Philippe Mexes to lower the fee.
Other reports in Italy suggest that Inzaghi is more intent on strengthening Milan's attack, with Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura at the top of his list.
11:23 BST L'Equipe says that Cameroon international midfielder Landry N'Guemo has agreed to join Standard Liege. The 28-year-old is expected to join the Jupiler League runners-up on a free transfer after his contract expired at Bordeaux.
11:12 BST DONE DEAL! Hellas Verona have confirmed that Moroccan midfielder Mounir Obbadi has joined the club on a season-long loan deal from Monaco.
11:06 BST Feyenoord are targeting Wolfsburg striker Das Bost as a replacement for Graziano Pelle, according to WAZ. The Eredivise club are believed to have accumulated almost 23 million euros in transfer fees for Pelle, Daryl Janmaat and Bruno Martins Indi but they are in desperate need of new players ahead of the Champions League third qualifying round.
Wolfsburg could be prepared to sell the Dutch striker but only if they can sign a replacement, with Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku topping the list.
10:54 BST Hungarian midfielder Szabolcs Huszti has completed a move from Hannover 96 to Changchun Yatai, the Bundesliga side has confirmed. The 31-year-old, who scored 10 Bundesliga goals in 30 appearances last season, only had a year left on his existing contract and had been eyeing a move to China for quite some time.
10:46 BST Turkish club Besiktas have confirmed on their official website that they have begun contract negotiations with Demba Ba. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to offload the Senegalese striker and it is believed that the clubs have agreed a fee in the region of eight million pounds.
10:39 BST Bobby Zamora, who scored the goal to send Queens Park Rangers into the Premier League, has signed a new one-year contract with the club.
"I'm pleased to be fit again now with another chance to prove myself in the best league in the world," he said.
10:35 BST Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes to deal Arsenal a huge blow in the transfer market after the Blues joined the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. ABC says that Mourinho has personally contacted the World Cup winner to speak to him about his future.
Mourinho has a close relationship with Khedira, having signed him for Los Blancos in 2010 from Stuttgart and it now appears to be a battle of persuasion as Arsenal's German World Cup stars attempt to convince Khedira to pick the Emirates over Stamford Bridge. This could get ugly.
10:26 BST Atletico Madrid have identified Napoli forward Jose Callejon as the perfect candidate to support new signing Mario Mandzukic up front next season. Marca says Diego Simeone is keen to recruit a wide forward -- after the sales of David Villa, Adrian and Diego Costa -- and that Callejon fits the bill.
Callejon is reportedly open to a return to the Spanish capital where he is determined to win trophies but Napoli are reluctant to sell the 27-year-old and would demand a figure much higher than the initial 20 million euros that the Spanish champions are prepared to offer.
10:15 BST Rio Ferdinand is edging closer to signing for Queens Park Rangers. The 35-year-old centre-back, who was released by Manchester United earlier in the summer, is reportedly keen to move back to London and reunite with Hoops manager Harry Redknapp who coached him as a teenager at West Ham.
Redknapp told Talksport yesterday that he was hopeful of tying up a deal for Ferdinand and also expressed an interest in Tottenham captain Michael Dawson.
Sources telling us that QPR meeting with Rio Ferdinand today to continue discussions about him joining next season- Amy Lewis (@SkySportsAmy) July 16, 2014
10:06 BST Schalke's sporting director Horst Heldt has warned off clubs interested in Leon Goretzka, saying the young midfielder is not for sale at any price. The 19-year-old was part of Joachim Low's preliminary World Cup squad and made his international debut against Poland in May.
"Leon has got the quality and potential to play for a top club in Europe, only we're planning his future here with us," Heldt told Sport Bild magazine. "He is not for sale at any price."
9:57 BST Ashley Cole has told Roma to go out and buy Samuel Eto'o to strengthen their attack this season. The England international was officially presented as a Roma player on Tuesday, and he said he would welcome former Chelsea teammate Eto'o in a side being built to mount a challenge for the Scudetto.
"I've heard the rumours from London and all I can say is that I know he's a great player and a top goalscorer," Cole said at a news conference in the Italian capital. "If he were to come, I'd be delighted."
9:50 BST Ever heard the famous idiom 'it runs in the family'? Well, Mario Gotze's younger brother Felix has joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund. Read the full story here.
9:45 BST Napoli are hopeful of tying up a deal for Swansea star Michu within the next 24 hours. Reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says the clubs have finally managed to agree an initial loan fee of 1.25 million euros with view to a permanent 7.5 million transfer.
Rafael Benitez's side are also targeting a loan deal for Liverpool anchorman Lucas Leiva while they could pursue their interest in Bayer Leverkusen's 15 million euro-rated World Cup winner Christoph Kramer.
9:40 BST DONE DEAL! Mainz have wrapped up the signing of Chile defender Gonzalo Jara. The 28-year-old signs a two-year deal with the Bundesliga side and joins on a free following his release from Nottingham Forest.
9:32 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to make an improved offer for Swansea left-back Ben Davies after an initial bid of 8 million pounds was turned down by the Welsh side.
The Merseyside club's desire to land Davies has been increased after negotiations stalled over the transfer of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. Read the full story here.
9:25 BST Freiburg have completed the signing of Serbian defender Stefan Mitrovic from Benfica. The 24-year-old centre-back, who spent part of last season on loan at Real Valladolid, is expected to be a replacement for Matthias Ginter who is likely to complete a move to Borussia Dortmund in the coming days.
9:15 BST Arsenal's quest for a fourth World Cup winning musketeer received a huge boost this morning after Real Madrid accepted a fee in the region of 25 million euros for Sami Khedira. With only one year remaining on his contract, Marca says Los Blancos are prepared to offload the World Cup winner as they look to raise funds for Monaco's James Rodriguez.
However, there is a potential stumbling block for Arsene Wenger's side, with the player demanding an annual salary of seven million euros which Arsenal are yet to agree to. Will Wenger stump up the cash?
5:54 BST: 27-year-old midfielder Graeme Dorrans has signed a new three-year deal to stay at West Bromwich Albion according to The Herald Scotland. The Scotsman has been with the Baggies since 2008.
5:44 BST: The front page of Marca today is reporting that Costa Rica's World Cup star Keylor Navas will be joining Real Madrid.
Navas was in excellent form in goals for Levante last season, and then backed it up with a series of heroic performances for the Ticos in Brazil.
This move will surely increase the speculation around the futures of Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez -- with Lopez recently linked with moves to Napoli and Monaco.
3:37 BST: DONE DEAL!!! Macedonia's Ivan Trichkovski fell out of favour with his former Belgian squad Club Brugge. But the striker has found a new home with Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates, according to MacedonianFootball.com.
He'll reunite with Ivan Jovanovic, who coached the 27-year-old earlier in his career. Trichkovski spent the last year on loan to Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro League and is meant to replace Brazilian attacker Eder Luis.
James out, Griezmann in?
The biggest bubbling deal of Tuesday involved James Rodriguez, whose World Cup exploits don't really need too much introduction. AS, the international sports site, is convinced that an agreement is in place between Real Madrid and James, with current club Monaco resigned to his departure. Not that they're going to go quietly -- they've got a replacement lined up, and it's a pretty handy one. Antoine Griezmann, the French winger who had an outstanding season with Real Sociedad and a good first World Cup, too, is the man in their sights -- and, if both deals go through, Monaco would still make a hefty profit.
Cry me a Riviere
It seems that there could be another exit from Monaco imminently: recent reports strongly linking Newcastle with their striker, Emmanuel Riviere, have been stood up by our very own Julien Laurens, although he isn't entirely convinced about the fee.
Juve don't have better things to do?
Juventus have been as bright and breezy as ever in this transfer window, but Tuesday's news that manager Antonio Conte has left the club might be expected to slow things down instead. Not necessarily: Tuttosport has been keeping a close eye on the situation of Verona's excellent 21-year-old Argentine forward, Juan Iturbe, who has returned to Italy while the two clubs negotiate for his signature. Arriving in Rome at 5:30 p.m. local time, he left the airport "wearing a T-shirt with the image of Muhammad Ali." The level of sartorial analysis embedded in Italian transfer stories remains a thing of wonder.
Fueling the fire?
In fact, could Conte's departure spark a Benny Hill-style transfer chase among some of the Premier League's finest? The Daily Star sagely points out that it might not do the causes of clubs soliciting Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba too much harm -- with Manchester United and Chelsea, respectively, bound to have pricked their ears up at the newfound instability in Turin.
Chelsea slow off the Mark
Lazar Markovic looked content enough when posing with a Liverpool shirt for the first time on Tuesday, but could -- should? -- the 20-million-pound Serb have ended up at Stamford Bridge instead? The Telegraph notes that Chelsea, amid a complicated ownership situation that the article outlines, opted out of an arrangement to sign him that was made when he joined Benfica from Partizan Belgrade last summer. Markovic was even, apparently, shown around Chelsea's facilities last year. He might have one or two points to prove when Liverpool and Chelsea lock horns at Anfield on Nov. 8.
News of a possible Serbian exit from the Premier League, now. The Sun says that Manchester City will look to move on defender Matija Nastasic once the long-awaited transfer of Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is sealed. It seems a bit of a surprise, as Nastasic is still just 21 and experienced well beyond his years, but a return to Serie A appears in the cards for a player originally signed by former City boss Roberto Mancini.
Meanwhile, here's a club that could do with some transfer rumours -- any transfer rumours. Championship side Blackpool have only eight players currently on their books, the Blackpool Gazette points out, and rumours on Tuesday evening suggested that this figure might now be down to six. Either way, manager Jose Riga might have to lower his sights to five-a-side football with the season's big kickoff just three and a half weeks away.