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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 22, 2014

Hummels Man United hype, James arrives

With Diego Costa moving to Chelsea and Jose Callejon remaining at Napoli, Atl├ętico Madrid continue their search for a goalscorer. A Fernando Torres return may be the solution for Los Rojiblancos.

Our latest installment of Transfer Talk brings you all the gossip, rumour, speculation and news from the football transfer market world. It's on again.

Top picks: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has a 16 million pound move in the works for Germany defender Mats Hummels, who currently calls Borussia Dortmund home, according to the Daily Mirror. Elsewhere, Real Madrid have finally unveiled James Rodriguez as their player following a big-money switch from Monaco. 

 

22.45 BST Right folks, that concludes another busy ol' day of Transfer Talk. Loic Remy to Liverpool is one move we expected to be tied up tomorrow, we'll be back before you know it with Wednesday's edition. 

22.22 BST It looks like someone is going to have to make way in Real Madrid's midfield this summer, but who?

22.04 BST Liverpool are pursuing a deal to sign Atletico Madrid defender Javi Manquillo on a season-long loan, sources have told ESPN FC.

21.38 BST Today has been dominated by James Rodriguez's big-money move to Real Madrid, but where does he fit in at the Bernabeu? Michael Cox examines the Colombian star's potential role for Los Blancos.

21.33 BST Loic Remy is having his medical with Liverpool in Boston, where the Reds are preparing to begin their preseason tour. 

21.09 BST According to Sky Sports NewsHull are in talks with Stade Rennes over a potential deal for defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.

20.24 BST VIDEO - Two eager supporters rush onto the Bernabeu pitch to hug Madrid's new No. 10 James Rodriguez at his official unveiling. 

20.18 BST The most expensive signings of all time - Real Madrid do love to splash the cash! 

By signing Colombian superstar James Rodriguez, Real Madrid has 4 of top 5 transfer fees ever. (via @ESPNMag) pic.twitter.com/CVmq5egfZ4

20.01 BST James Rodriguez has been officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player, with the classic "posing with dignitaries" and "kicking balls into the Bernabeu crowd" all part and parcel of the event.

19.10 BST Wilfried Zaha is one of the Manchester United players expected to fall victim of Louis van Gaal's axe. But the ex-Crystal Palace forward appears confident of proving his worth, telling the club's official website: "There's a nice vibe, everybody's working hard and we're looking forward to the new season. Going to Cardiff [on loan] was a really good experience for me. I managed to get quite a few games under my belt at Premier League level, which was good, and I feel like I've come back a better player."

18.53 BST Stoke boss Mark Hughes on Bojan: "Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact that he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club itself. He's desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and we're pleased to be able to offer him that platform." Read the full story here.

18.33 BST VIDEO - DaMarcus Beasley in talks with MLS over return to United States. 

18.18 BST DONE DEAL! Quite a coup for Stoke City as they confirm the arrival of Bojan Krkic from Barcelona. 

17.49 BST Reports from Spain suggesting a major U-turn on the Xavi to New York City FC story. Apparently the Barcelona midfielder has actually now agreed to stay at Camp Nou for another season after meeting with new boss (and former teammate) Luis Enrique. Read the full story here.

17.38 BST DONE DEAL! As per Harry Redknapp's masterplan for Premier League survival, Steven Caulker will partner Rio Ferdinand in QPR's defence after completing his move from Cardiff City. Rs owner Tony Fernandes confirmed the news. 

17.30 BST Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola expects American teenager Julian Green to remain with the German champions for the 2014-15 Bundesliga season instead of being loaned out in search of more playing time. Read the full story here

17.24 BST Reports in Spain claim that Deportivo are interested in Colombia striker Teofilo Gutierrez after their pursuit of Bojan was unsuccessful.

Head coach Victor Fernandez is desperate to bolster his attack ahead of Depor's return to La Liga and says he wants to bring in about "nine or ten players" to boost their chances of survival. 

17.16 BST From the Camp Nou to the Britannia Stadium: Catalan journalist Gerard Romero says that Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic has agreed a four-year contract with Stoke City and will play alongside former La Masia teammate Marc Muniesa in the Premier League next season. 

17.10 BST Sky Sports says that a number of Premier League and Championship clubs are keeping tabs on Nigerian midfielder Nosa Igiebor.

The 23-year-old was one of the bright sparks during Real Betis' relegation campaign last season and is reportedly keen on a move away from Spain, with Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv thought to be leading the chase. 

17.00 BST Will James Rodriguez's arrival at Real Madrid pave the exit for Isco? BBC journalist Mike Keegan says that Manchester City hold an interest in the 22-year-old playmaker but they are unlikely to make a move during this transfer window because their foreign quota is already full. 

16.50 BST Liverpool are firm favourites to sign Lille forward Divock Origi, his father Mike has confirmed. The 19-year-old Belgian met with Brendan Rodgers earlier this month and is now prepared to move to the Merseyside outfit after the Reds agreed an initial fee with the Ligue 1 side of six million pounds -- which could rise to 9.5 million with various add-ons. Read the full story here

16.43 BST ESPN's very own James Dall says that Alexis Sanchez is only part of the solution for Arsenal if they are going to challenge on all four fronts next season. Read his article here.

16.36 BST Nottingham Forest have announced the loan signing of Crystal Palace defender Jack Hunt until the end of the year. 

16.30 BST Reputed Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says that Udinese midfielder Roberto Pereyra will be a Juventus player next season after the two clubs agreed an initial 1.5 million euro loan with view to a permanent 11 million euro transfer. 

The 23-year-old Argentine will undergo his medical in Turin on Thursday with Danish defender Frederik Sorensen going the other way. 

16.20 BST Wales Online says that Swansea left-back Ben Davies is expected to be announced as a Tottenham player in the very near future after images surfaced on social media of the 21-year-old training with Spurs at their Torono training camp. 

Swans goalkeeper and Davies' teammate Michel Vorm is also believed to be having a medical at the North London outfit today, while Gylfi Sigurdsson is close to heading the other way after agreeing personal terms. 

Ecuador international winger Jefferson Montero is also expected to be announced as a Swansea player in the imminent future and all four deals should be announced before the weekend. 

16.12 BST DONE DEAL! Newcastle have allowed French midfielder Sylvain Marveaux to join French cup holders Guingamp on loan until the end of the season. The 28-year-old midfielder made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies during the 2012-13 campaign but struggled to establish himself in Alan Pardew's plans last term.  

16.04 BST Reports in Italy claim that Juventus could decide to make a move for another striker after new signing Alvaro Morata suffered a knee injury during his first training session which ruled him out for up to 50 days. 

Managing director Beppe Marotta is reportedly looking for a short-term loan option, with Liverpool forward Fabio Borini and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on his radar. Both clubs are rumoured to prefer a permanent deal however so Juventus could instead turn their attentions to wantaway Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri who has also attracted interest from Monaco. 

However, one man who will not be heading to Turin this summer is Tottenham winger Erik Lamela who has announced his intentions to stay in London and fight for his place after a disappointing maiden campaign. 

15.49 BST The Daily Star reports that Mario Balotelli is demanding a 100,000 pound weekly salary as he eyes up a move to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is said to be keen to rotate his striking options next season but Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani insists that no bid has been made for the Italy international.

With Robinho already set for the exit door at Milan, new coach Filippo Inzaghi is carefully assessing his options. "If he leaves then we will need a replacement because the centre-forwards are him and [Giampaolo] Pazzini. However, I believe that he will remain here," he said.

15.39 BST Manchester City have no interest in signing former Chelsea star Didier Drogba, according to Press Association Sport. Manuel Pellegrini's side had been linked with a move for the Ivory Coast international following his release from Galatasaray -- but those reports are believed to be wide of the mark. Read the full story here

15.33 BST New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says the club are prepared to sell record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo. The Italian striker arrived at St. Mary's from Roma in a 15 million pound deal last summer but spent the second half of the season on loan at Juventus after a training ground bust-up with Jose Fonte.

The 28-year-old then failed to report to pre-season training on time, resulting in the club giving him a leave of absence until his future was resolved. 

"He was too late," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent. "The decision of the board was to allow him not to come back. We have to look for opportunities for him to play in a different team."

Koeman also confirmed that the club had received no bids for Croatian defender Dejan Lovren but hinted that he would be allowed to leave should they receive a suitable offer. 

"He said he would like to go, we will wait for the bid, but if there is no bid we will continue. I know the situation," he added.

15.23 BST Mathieu Valbuena's agent has denied the Marseille midfielder is on his way to Dinamo Moscow, despite Russian media claims. Read the full ESPN story here.

15.17 BST The Independent claims that Arsenal have wrapped up a 3.5 million pound deal for Nice goalkeeper David Ospina. The 25-year-old impressed for Colombia at the World Cup and has reportedly penned a four-year deal with the North London outfit.

Arsene Wenger had hoped to complete the move before Arsenal's tour of the USA but the player is still on holiday and will therefore join up with his new teammates on their return. 

15.08 BST Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm is expected to be Mauricio Pochettino's first signing as Tottenham manager. The Netherlands shotstopper, who saw his place at Swansea come under threat following the arrival of Lukasz Fabianski, will be in London later today to have a medical after agreeing a three-year contract. 

15.00 BST Where did it all go wrong for Andre Santos? Was it the moment he criminally decided to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time? Or was it when he decided to stop defending?

Globo Esporte is reporting, rather alarmingly, that the former Arsenal left-back has mutually agreed to terminate his contract with Brazilian side Flamengo following a recent incident where he was attacked by the club's fans due to a string of poor performances. Left-back, anyone?

14.50 BST Good news for Roma fans: Mehdi Benatia has announced that he is not leaving the club despite speculation linking him with a move to Manchester City and Bayern Munich. Read the full story here

14.40 BST Could Fredy Guarin be on his way out of Inter? Talksport says that Wolfsburg are preparing a fresh bid for the Colombia international after failing to lure him to Germany before the World Cup. 

Despite signing a contract just last season, Inter are prepared to cash in on the 28-year-old if their 12 million pound valuation is met. Chelsea are also rumoured to be interested.

14.30 BST Manchester United have been linked with a move for Edinson Cavani this summer amid claims he is unhappy at being played in a wide position to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Although the Uruguay forward remains coy as to as to whether he would be open to a transfer this summer, he has hinted that Paris Saint-Germain are unwilling to let him go. Read the full story here.

14.22 BST Celtic have turned down a bid from Southampton for 26-year-old goalkeeper Fraser Forster, according to BBC Sport Scotland. New Saints manager Ronald Koeman is determined to reinvest some of the funds from the sales of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Rickie Lambert in a new goalkeeper but Celtic have no interest in letting the England international leave. 

14.12 BST The Shields Gazette says that Newcastle are having trouble offloading French midfielder Sylvain Marveaux due to the player's wages. The 28-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Guingamp and Montpellier but neither Ligue 1 side can afford to accommodate his salary. 

Marveaux is available for transfer after falling out of favour at St James's Park but the Magpies may have to subsidise his wages if he is to leave this summer. 

13.57 BST The big story of the day is that Real Madrid have announced the signing of James Rodriguez on a six-year contract. Read the full ESPN story here.

13.45 BST Wigan Athletic have confirmed that they have agreed a deal with Manchester City to loan Wales international midfielder Emyr Huws. The 19-year-old is highly thought of at the Etihad Stadium and impressed on loan at Birmingham City last season, scoring twice in 17 appearances. 

"He is a silky left footer, versatile, who can dictate play with his passing, but who does not shy away from the physical demands of the Championship," Latics boss Uwe Rosler told the club's website.

13.37 BST Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is eager to bring Fernando Torres back to the Vicente Calderon but faces several financial hurdles if he is to do so.

The Daily Mail claims that the Spanish champions have offered 12.5 million pounds for the 30-year-old -- a figure that is 7.5 million below Chelsea's valuation-- while Torres is also reluctant to to take a pay cut from his estimated eight million pound annual salary.

Chelsea are rumoured to have offered Romelu Lukaku to Atletico to aid their search for a striker to partner new signing Mario Mandzukic but Simeone is believed to be exploring alternative options. 

13.23 BST Samuel Eto'o could be in line for a return to Serie A with Roma, Napoli and Juventus all showing an interest in the Cameroon international, who is out of contract after leaving Chelsea.

All three could offer the 33-year-old Champions League football this season, although the player might instead favour a return to Inter Milan, with whom he won the Champions League in 2010, even though they will only be playing in the Europa League this season.

Juve's interest hinges on whether or not they can reach an agreement with Chelsea for Romelu Lukaku while Roma are not necessarily on the lookout for a new forward, unless Gervinho decides to leave.

13.10 BST BREAKING: Real Madrid have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Monaco for the purchase of James Rodriguez. The Colombia playmaker has signed a six-year contract and will be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu at 19:00 BST today. 

13.06 BST Sky Sports reports that Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers are among the clubs interested in former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Javier Saviola. The 32-year-old Argentine is a free agent after he agreed to mutually terminate his contract with Olympiakos.

The player's agent Christian Otero confirmed: "We have come to agreement over Javier's contract and he is now a free agent and available to talk to other clubs. He has always wanted to play in Britain and that ambition remains, and we are fielding a number of enquiries from the UK."  

13.00 BST Chelsea newboy Mario Pasalic says he is excited at the prospect of testing his abilities in Spain after agreeing to move to Elche on loan earlier today: "I wanted to play in La Liga and my coach [Jose] Mourinho thought the best thing for me was to come to Spain to play against big teams.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity with Elche. I've come here because I believe I can be an important player and help the club have a good season.''

12.54 BST Former Barcelona defender Marco Muniesa says that the chances of Bojan joining him at Stoke City next season are at 50:50. The 23-year-old striker has failed to fulfil his potential on loan at Milan, Roma and Ajax over the past three seasons but Muniesa hopes that he can get his career back on track at the Britannia Stadium.

"I have spoken with him. I said that everything is ok here... team-mates, training and football," Muniesa is quoted as saying in the Stoke Sentinel. "Also, to play in the Premier League will help you grow as a player and is a nice experience."

12.44 BST West Bromwich Albion have announced that goalkeeper Ben Foster has signed a new long-term contract at the club. The 31-year-old England international was an integral member of Albion's squad last season as he collected both the Supporters' and Players' Player of the Season awards. 

"He's a great personality, a great character and leads by example," head coach Alan Irvine told the club's website. "This is a magnificent signing for the club. Ben is one of the best keepers in the country."

12.36 BST North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham have joined Milan and Roma in the race to sign Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa, according to The Daily Mail. The 23-year-old Brazilian is one of six players who refused to return to Ukraine amid the country's political insecurity and a number of European clubs are now queueing up in anticipation of his potential exit.

"We want to stay at the club but we need to be able to work without being put at risk," he said. 

12.26 BST Liverpool's summer spending is set to soar with Loic Remy and Dejan Lovren both reportedly close to finalising moves to Anfield. ESPN blogger David Usher gives his take on why the club won't follow Tottenham's mistakes last year. Read his article here

12.17 BST Manchester United are reported to have upped the ante for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal with an improved bid of 43 million euros now on the table, according to Italy's Tuttosport

The 27-year-old Chilean has been a key player for the Bianconeri for the past two seasons, but the Serie A champions may show less reluctance to sell should the offer rise to 50 million.

According to reports in England, Liverpool are also keen on the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder with the potential for a bidding war between the two Premier League sides, which could benefit Juve.

12.10 BST What's this? Arsenal are interested in signing a player from Manchester City? The Daily Mail says that Arsene Wenger has identified out-of-favour centre-back Matija Nastasic as his No.1 defensive target should captain Thomas Vermaelen leave the club. 

The Serbia international was watched extensively by Arsenal scouts during his time at Fiorentina and Wenger could rekindle his interest in the 21-year-old if Manchester City finalise a move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.

However, any deal will also hinge on the future of Vermaelen who has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford following the arrival of Louis van Gaal. The Belgium centre-back is out of contract next summer and Wenger could decide to cash in on the 28-year-old now rather than lose him on a free.  

11.56 BST Recent Chelsea signing Mario Pasalic has joined La Liga side Elche on loan. The 19-year-old midfielder, who was named in Croatia's provisional World Cup squad, moved to the Blues earlier this summer from Hajduk Split but head coach Jose Mourinho believes the player will benefit from a spell of regular first-team football. 

11.46 BST DONE DEAL! Leicester City have broken their  transfer record by signing Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa for a fee in the region of eight million pounds. The 27-year-old Argentine made a big impact since joining the Seagulls from Almeria in January 2013, scoring 26 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions.

Foxes boss Nigel Pearson told the club's website: "He has adapted extremely well to the English game in a relatively short period of time and I'm sure he will have a great deal to offer us in the Premier League."

11.37 BST Spanish newspaper AS says that James Rodriguez has undergone his medical at Real Madrid. The Colombia playmaker, who won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup, is expected to finalise his estimated 80 million euro move from Monaco later today. 

11.30 BST Alvaro Negredo's metatarsal injury could salvage his Manchester City future, with The Mirror claiming that the English champions will now look to sell Javi Garcia in order to make room for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala

Manuel Pellegrini has highlighted the need for a new centre-back but City will need to sell one foreign player in order to adhere to UEFA regulations. Negredo had been a transfer target for Atletico Madrid but his injury, which has ruled him out for two months, means that the club could now take advantage of Napoli's interest in Garcia.

11.20 BST Sampdoria have confirmed the signing of Spanish midfielder Jose Campana from Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee.

The former Spain Under-21 international struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at Selhurst Park, finishing last season on loan at Nuremberg. 

11.10 BST What ever happened to Florent Malouda? Well, The Daily Mirror says that the former Chelsea star could be set for a return to the Premier League. Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is keen to add some firepower to his attack and believes that the 34-year-old can bring the necessary quality and experience to help the Foxes avoid the drop. 

The former France international has one year left on his Trabzonspor contract but the Turkish club are reportedly keen to cut their wage bill and would be willing to part with Malouda as a result. 

Meanwhile, Leicester are expected to complete the eight million pound signing of Brighton striker Leonardo Ulloa later today while they have also expressed an interest in Sporting Lisbon forward Islam Slimani who impressed for Algeria at the World Cup. 

10.58 BST Catalan newspaper Sport says that Manchester United have made a bid of 35 million euros plus add-ons for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. The Colombia international has been touted by Barcelona as a potential long-term replacement for Dani Alves, whose contract runs out next summer.

With Barcelona unaware whether they will be allowed to make signings in future transfer windows due to their suspended FIFA ban, Sport says that the club's board are now preparing an offer similar to that of Manchester United's -- though Fiorentina are believed to be holding out for a fee in excess of 40 million.  

10.45 BST Newcastle and Southampton have both expressed an interest in taking Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry on loan, according to The Daily Mail. The 19-year-old German winger is highly thought of by Arsene Wenger who may decide to sanction the move in order to give Gnabry some valuable first-team experience in the Premier League. 

10.35 BST Sky Sports says that Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is currently undergoing a medical at Swansea ahead of a 10 million pound move -- with Michel Vorm preparing to head the other way. There is no mention of Swansea left-back Ben Davies at this stage. 

10.30 BST Borussia Monchengladbach have confirmed on their website that striker Peniel Mlapa is on the verge of joining Nuremberg after training with his new teammates this morning. The two clubs have agreed a fee for the Togolese-born German forward who is expected to put pen to paper this afternoon. 

10.25 BST Former Barcelona star Juan Roman Riquelme has left Boca Juniors after six years, but his exit could ultimately help the club move on. Read Sam Kelly's piece on the Argentine playmaker's move here

10.17 BST Lille striker Salomon Kalou did not join his teammates at their pre-season training camp in Austria as planned on Monday. The former Chelsea forward, who will now only fly in on Thursday, is tipped to leave the northerners with Besiktas joining the race to sign him. 

The Ivory Coast international has announced his intentions to leave the Ligue 1 side, with the Premier League his preferred destination. 

10.10 BST West Bromwich Albion have now confirmed that Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has joined the club on a season-long loan deal. The England Under-21 international will wear the No.2 shirt at The Hawthorns after he successfully completed his medical. 

Albion head coach Alan Irvine told the club's website: "I've spoken to Brendan Rogers, who I've known for a very long time and who I trust implicitly. He said Andre would do a good job for us. That was reassuring."

10.05 BST Radamel Falcao says he retains faith in Monaco's progress towards becoming a European football superpower despite the impending sale of James Rodriguez.

"I believe in Monaco's project," he told a news conference on Monday. "I want to play the Champions League, and we're going to strengthen our squad to do that." Read the full story here

10.00 BST Roma defender Medhi Benatia has joined the Serie A club on their pre-season tour of the USA and ruled out a move away from the Italian capital this summer. The Morocco international had been linked with a switch to Manchester City and Bayern Munich but he is now resigned to staying at the Stadio Olimpico. 

"I'm staying here, definitely," Benatia told Roma fans eager for news as the team departed the city's Fiumicino airport on Monday.

Roma defender Medhi Benatia has ruled out a summer move to Manchester City or Bayern Munich.

09.53 BST But the business doesn't end there for Liverpool as Spanish newspaper AS reports that Brendan Rodgers' side have pipped Arsenal to the signing of Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo. The 20-year-old Spaniard is keen to play regular first-team football next season, an option which he no longer sees possible at Arsenal following the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy.

Manquillo's place at Atletico is likely to be taken by Zenit defender Cristian Ansaldi. Diego Simeone favours a defender who can play on both flanks -- following the departure of Filipe Luis to Chelsea -- and the Argentine appears to be the ideal candidate. 

09.45 BST The FA says that Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is on the verge of joining West Bromwich Albion in a season-long loan deal. The England Under-21 international impressed on a similar deal with Derby County next season and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers believes that a full season in the Premier League will help to develop his potential. 

"West Brom have been a rising club for the last few years in the Premier League, he'll go there and it will be another chance for his education and development to continue," said Rodgers.

09.33 BST ESPN blogger Jonathan Johnson says that Tottenham are the only side who have made a bid for in-demand Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann this summer. Could the France international move clubs before the end of the transfer window? Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco and Liverpool are all rumoured to be interested. 

09.25 BST It's very rare to hear of a swap deal in the Premier League these days but it seems that Tottenham and Swansea are about to buck the trend by exchanging Gylfi Sigurdsson for Ben Davies. The BBC reports that Spurs midfielder Sigurdsson has flown back from the club's pre-season training camp in Seattle to finalise a return to the Liberty Stadium, where he enjoyed an impressive stint in 2012. 

Swansea left-back Davies, 21, will signal Mauricio Pochettino's first signing as Tottenham boss and goalkeeper Michel Vorm could also make the move to White Hart Lane in the near future. The Swansea exit door is still slightly ajar for Pablo Hernandez to sneak out of as well, with the Spanish winger rumoured to be close to agreeing a switch to Al Arabi in Qatar. 

09.10 BST There's some big transfer news from Asia this morning where the confederation's Foreign Player of the Year, Muriqui, has transferred from Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande to Qatari side Al Sadd.

The Brazilian forward was a key component of Marcello Lippi's side -- helping them to three consecutive Chinese Super League titles -- but the recent acquisition of 2006 World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino made him seemingly surplus to requirements. 

08.55 BST: The Dejan Lovren saga rumbles on. Ronaldo Koeman says Southampton could sell him to Liverpool but the price would have to be right and they haven't received any bids lately. Full story here.

08.34 BST: Sky Sports News is reporting that Cardiff defender Steven Caulker is having a medical at Queens Park Rangers today.

08.11 BST: Could Barcelona finally sign Valencia's Jeremy Mathieu and end their long search for a new defender this week?

Don't believe the Hummels hype

At least don't believe the hype around newly-minted German World Cup champion Mats Hummels going to Barcelona. Instead, the Mirror are reporting that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has a 16 million pound move in the works for Hummels, who currently calls Borussia Dortmund home. 

Not so fast says BVB  boss Jurgen Klopp, though, who says that both Hummels and teammate Marco Reus will still be with Dortmund for the upcoming Bundesliga season, particularly at the type of money being suggested.

"Did they also say 20 million euros?" asked Klopp. "When papers mention such numbers you know it's garbage."

Which midfielder should Real Madrid sell this summer?

Xavi says adios to Barcelona, hola NYC

We've heard for a while now that Xavi would join a long list of stars and supporting cast leaving Barcelona as Luis Enrique steps in to begin his rebuilding process at the Catalan club. Victor Valdes, Carles Puyol and Cesc Fabregas are also on that list with Xavi, as is Alexis Sanchez, who was sold to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. Incoming Luis Suarez makes a dent in Barca's transfer coffers, but also gives them a terrifying trio on the attack with Neymar and Lionel Messi.

The exciting news for MLS fans, according to the Daily Mail, is that his new home might be the Big Apple. Xavi would ostensibly join Frank Lampard and David Villa at NYC FC, though the report says it's unlikely he'll do a spell with Melbourne like Lamps and Villa are rumoured to be lined up for.

NYC FC don't begin MLS play until the 2015 season, meaning if Xavi signs with the club he'll be playing somewhere else in the interim.

Front line getting crowded for Chelsea

With the latest rumour mills making a Didier Drogba return to Chelsea sound more and more like a sure thing, Transfer Talk wondered what would come of Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge. The Spain international was kicked around, thrown under the bus and flat-out blamed at times by Jose Mourinho for Chelsea's lack of punch up front.

All of that would lead one to believe that Torres might opt for a new home a little closer to home for a team he used to call home: Atletico Madrid. That would all make sense since Atleti just sold star striker Diego Costa to Chelsea and were originally keen on Torres -- who earned the nickname "El Nino" in his first go-round with Atletico -- for their 2014-15 La Liga campaign. 

Now with Demba Ba off to Beskitas, talkSPORT are reporting that Torres might just stay put for this year, or at least until Mourinho gets tired of boxing the poor man's ears in the press after each match.

Beasley's new, old sweet home

It's been a long time since U.S. national midfielder-turned-defender DaMarcus Beasley called the MLS home -- 10 years to be exact. Back in 2004, the young U.S. star called the Chicago Fire home before taking his talents to Europe and Dutch side PSV Eindhoven.

Now the Chicago-Sun Times is reporting that the 32-year-old, who's enjoyed a national team resurgence under Jurgen Klinsmann, is coming back to the Fire following his departure from his previous club side Puebla in Liga MX.

Fire technical director Brian Bliss said there are some obstacles to making the move, particularly because as a returning national team player, Beasley must go through allocation order before signing on with a club. Currently, the Fire are sixth in the order, behind Toronto, Columbus, Dallas, D.C. United and Vancouver.