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Blog - Transfer Talk

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

More Vidal to United rumours, Griezmann a wanted man

Top picks: Manchester United are prepared to offer a mouthwatering 50 million euros to Juventus for Chilean midfield maestro Arturo Vidal, at least according to Tuttosport, while Monaco and Tottenham are set to battle it out for Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann. Barcelona have agreed a 20 million euro deal with Valencia for French defender Jeremy Mathieu.

Right, everyone, that concludes another busy ol' day of Transfer Talk. We'll be back before you know it with Wednesday's edition.

21.45 BST DONE DEAL! Paris St. Germain have done it again, securing the services of in-demand Serge Aurier from FC Toulouse.

Given the obvious issues of Financial Fair Play, PSG announced that would welcome the 21-year-old Ivorian defender on loan for the 2014-15 season with an agreed buy option in place for next summer. Take that, Platini. Aurier impressed for the Ivory Coast at the 2014 World Cup despite Les Elephants' failure to escape the group stage. Last season, Aurier was named to Ligue 1's team of the season with six goals and six assists.

21.25 BST DONE DEAL! More big news for Major League Soccer and the U.S. national team as the Houston Dynamo announced the signing of DaMarcus Beasley as a Designated Player. Beasley was acquired with Houston's No. 1 MLS allocation ranking but in accordance with club and league policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

As is all the rage these days, Beasley couldn't resist a speedy photo for social media:

20.25 BST DONE DEAL! Minor moves in Serie A: Brazilian defensive midfielder Ze Eduardo has joined Cesena after four so-so seasons with Parma. The 22-year-old spent much of his Parma career out on loan but will be looking to help the Cavallucci Marini (the Seahorses) stick around in the Italian top flight after winning promotion from Serie B in 2013-14.

Also, remember defender Davide Astori? Once reportedly scouted by David Moyes during the final weeks of his time as Man United manager, the 27-year-old centre-back has signed a new three-year deal with club side Cagliari. Best of luck to him.

20.15 BST DONE DEAL! Tottenham Hotspur have two new signings to boost their hopes for the upcoming Premier League campaign. Those signings?

Also mentioned in the Spurs news: Gylfi Sigurdsson is heading the other direction and joining Swansea on a permanent deal. The Icelandic midfielder previously enjoyed the 2012-13 season on loan at Liberty Stadium, scoring seven goals in 18 Prem appearances.

19.30 BST Re. our 18.15 BST post, in case you hadn't guessed already, the new man with New York's newest team will be Frank Lampard. The 36-year-old will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. local time at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, after which he will participate in a youth football clinic.

19.00 BST DONE DEAL! Lyon have completed the signing of Cristophe Jallet from Paris Saint-Germain. The 30-year-old leaves PSG after five seasons with the club.

18.15 BST New York City FC, which begins play in MLS next season, will announce a 'major player signing' on Thursday. The strong speculation is that the name of the man is question is Frank Lampard.

17.45 BST On the back of the news that DaMarcus Beasley is set to return to Major League Soccer, the Washington Post's Steven Goff suggests that the United States veteran is set for the Houston Dynamo, although he has since added that the deal is not done yet.

17.25 BST ESPN FC's Paris Saint-Germain blogger, Jonathan Johnson, relays news from a French journalist concerning the Ligue 1 champions' interest in Angel Di Maria

While PSG hope for a permanent deal, Financial Fair Play considerations mean that a loan with an agreement to buy outright later may be the way forward. 

17.10 BST DONE DEAL! FC Basel have announced the signing of 2010 Champions League winner Walter Samuel. The 36-year-old joins the Swiss champions on a free transfer after his contract expired at Inter earlier this summer. 

17.05 BST Italian media outlet Corriere dello Sport reports that Napoli have made an enquiry for Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez. Rafa Benitez has identified a central midfielder as a priority in the summer window and has already lodged a bid for Bayer Leverkusen's World Cup star Christoph Kramer.

Diego Simeone is believed to be keen to retain hold of Suarez and that could force Benitez to turn his attentions to Manchester City midfielder Javi Garcia who could leave the Etihad to make way for the arrival of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala

17.00 BST Hull City manager Steve Bruce is lining up a move for Cameroon international defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik after missing out on Tottenham captain Michael Dawson.

The Tigers boss is desperate for defensive reinforcements ahead of the new campaign, aware that his current squad could struggle with the rigours of Europa League football. 

Sky Sports says Bruce has identified the Rennes centre-back as the ideal candidate to bolster his defence though Costa Rica full-back Cristian Gamboa is expected to snub Hull to sign for West Bromwich Albion. 

16.50 BST The agent of Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili says that his client is being eyed up by a number of European clubs after impressing for Switzerland at the World Cup. 

The 28-year-old had been linked with a 4.5 million euro move to Sevilla but it now appears that Milan and Valencia are leading the chase. 

"We are close with two clubs, one Italian (Milan) and one Spanish (Valencia)," Giovanni Branchini informed Estadio Deportivo

16.40 BST The Daily Mail says that Arsenal have taken Serbian wonderkid Mladen Micanovic on trial. The 17-year-old midfielder, who currently plies his trade in his homeland for FK Javor Ivanjica, will train with the Gunners before they decide whether to plump for a permanent deal. 

Micanovic is expected to command a transfer fee of around 100,000 pounds, with Inter also interested in his signature. 

16.30 BST Jeremy Mathieu has arrived at Barcelona's headquarters to finalise his 20 million euro move from Valencia. 

16.25 BST Real Madrid have reached an agreement to sign Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, AS reports. Navas, who is on holiday in his native Costa Rica, has already begun preparing for life at the Santiago Bernabeu by sending goodbye messages to his Levante teammates.

Madrid's director general, Jose Angel Sanchez, was due to fly to Los Angeles to join the club's pre-season tour on Wednesday, but has delayed his journey to finalise the eight million euro signing of the 27-year-old. Read the full story here

16.15 BST Borussia Monchengladbach have today welcomed new signings Yann Sommer and Fabian Johnson to the club. Swiss goalkeeper Sommer joins the Foals from FC Basel while USA international defender Johnson joins on a free transfer following the expiry of his Hoffenheim contract. 

16.05 BST Roma coach Rudi Garcia insists that both Mehdi Benatia and Adem Ljajic will stay at the club this summer despite strong speculation linking them with a move away from the Stadio Olimpico. 

Manchester City and Bayern Munich were rumoured to be interested in Moroccan defender Benatia while Ljajic was said to be unhappy about the lack of playing time he received towards the end of last season. 

"Benatia is under contract with Roma and will play with Roma. The club talks with all the players, not just with him. Benatia will remain in Rome," Garcia told reporters. "The first aim for me is to keep the major players, and Adem Ljajic is one of them."

15.55 BST Nicklas Bendtner never fails to entertain, does he? Talksport says that the former Arsenal forward is still without a club after contract talks broke down with Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Bundesliga club were keen to bring the Denmark international to Germany but Bendtner is reportedly reluctant to lower his wage demands and seeks a salary similar to the 52,000 pounds-a-week he received at Arsenal. 

15.45 BST Swiss media outlet Blick says that FC Basel have agreed a deal to sign 2010 Champions League winner Walter Samuel. The 36-year-old centre-back is expected to complete a free transfer to the Swiss champions in the coming days after his contract expired at Inter earlier this summer.

15.35 BST Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that neither Mats Hummels nor Marco Reus will be sold this summer. 

Manchester United and Barcelona have both been linked with bids for World Cup winner Hummels while Liverpool are rumoured to be preparing a big-money offer for Reus. 

"Both of them are staying," Klopp maintained. "What I say cannot apply forever, of course, but I can't see any tendency that either of them, during this transfer window, might get the feeling they would prefer to be elsewhere." Read the full ESPN story here

15.25 BST Reports in Italy suggest that Inter have turned their attentions to signing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez after failed bids for a number of targets. 

Walter Mazzarri is desperate for a new striker following the departure of Diego Milito but he has been unsuccessful in attempts to lure Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Morata and Stevan Jovetic to the San Siro. 

Hernandez met up with his United teammates at their pre-season camp in Los Angeles today but It is speculated that new Reds boss Louis van Gaal is content to let the Mexico international go for the right price. 

15.15 BST West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is considering making an offer for Monaco striker Lacine Traore after Andy Carroll sustained an ankle injury during the Hammers' pre-season tour of Australia. 

Carroll's West Ham career has been littered by injuries so far, with this latest incident again throwing his long-term fitness into question. The Daily Mail says that despite signing Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia, Allardyce is weighing up his attacking options and could plump for the 6ft-8in Ivory Coast striker who is also wanted by Everton.

15.05 BST Europa League holders Sevilla have announced the signing of Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Lyon for a fee in the region of 5.5 million euros. However, it is a case of one in, one out at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Italian midfielder Tiberio Guarente, who spent last season on loan at Chievo, has joined Serie A newboys Empoli on a one-year contract. 

14.50 BST Edinson Cavani has been strongly linked with a transfer away from Paris Saint-Germain this summer but the Uruguay international has today given the strongest indication yet that he intends to stay at the French champions. 

14.40 BST DONE DEAL! Fulham have announced their second signing of the day, bringing in Moroccan midfielder Adil Chihi. The 26-year-old joins the Cottagers on a free transfer after his contract expired at Cologne earlier this summer. 

14.30 BST The Metro says that Arsenal could swoop for versatile Catania full-back Gino Peruzzi following the club's relegation from Serie A. Arsene Wenger is reportedly a long-term admirer of the Argentine but chose not to make a bid when he left Velez Sarsfield last year. 

Arsenal reportedly want to take Peruzzi on a one-year loan with view to a permanent deal, but the Italian side would prefer a cash sale.

14.17 BST DONE DEAL! Sassuolo have pulled off an almighty coup by fending off the challenges of Juventus and Milan to sign Sime Vrsaljko from Genoa. The 22-year-old Croatia international joins I Neroverdi for a fee in the region of six million euros. 

14.05 BST Reports in France claim that Toulouse defender Serge Aurier has successfully completed his Paris Saint-Germain medical. You can read more on his move here

13.50 BST Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri insists that he is open to a move away from Bayern Munich this summer but recognises that he must honour his contract at the Bundesliga side. The 22-year-old is currently on holiday following his World Cup exploits but Tuttosport reveal that his future could lie away from the Allianz Arena.

"I'm on holiday and I don't yet know what will happen, my brother's taking care of my future. The only thing that is certain is that I have a contract with Bayern Munich until 2016," he said.

"We'll soon see. Juventus? There's not been any contact with the Bianconeri and I've not been informed of any from Liverpool and Monaco either. Certainly Juve could be a good option and the same goes for Monaco and Liverpool. Juve are a great club -- who wouldn't like to play for them? I'm a Bayern player, but I wouldn't see the Bianconeri as a step back in my career."

Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has refused to rule out a summer move to Juventus, Liverpool or Monaco.

13.38 BST Bojan has joined up with his new teammates in Germany after finalising his move from Barcelona to Stoke yesterday evening. The 23-year-old forward is Mark Hughes' fifth summer signing after Mame Biram Diouf, Phil Bardsley, Steve Sidwell and Dionatan Teixeira.

13.30 BST Fiorentina have confirmed on their official website that four players have left the club. Highly-rated Brazilian striker Ryder Matos Santos has joined Spanish outfit Cordoba on a loan deal with 19-year-old centre-back Saverio Madrigali and 21-year-old Ghanaian midfielder Amidu Salifu moving temporarily to US Città di Pontedera and Modena respectively. 

The Viola have also confirmed that Paolo Rozzio has completed a permanent transfer to AC Pisa 1909.

13.18 BST Arsenal signing a Barcelona youth player...now where have we heard that before? 

The Daily Star claims that Arsene Wenger has raided the Catalan giants once more, this time for 15-year-old German midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis who has been dubbed "the new Xavi". 

The former Frankfurt youngster has been capped for Germany at Under-15 and Under-16 level and will join Arsenal's Under-18 side for the start of the new campaign. 

13.08 BST Reports in Italy claim that Torino have slapped an 18 million euro price tag on winger Alessio Cerci. The 27-year-old Italy international bagged 13 league goals last season as the Granata secured European football for the first time in 21 years.

Milan and Monaco are the two sides most eager for Cerci's signature though the Serie A outfit are reluctant to splash out more than 12 million. 

12.58 BST Watford have told Leicester City that they must break their transfer record for the second time this summer if they want to sign striker Troy Deeney.

Nigel Pearson is targeting more firepower on the Foxes' return to the Premier League and has already signed Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton for eight million pounds.

However, The Daily Telegraph claims that Watford are demanding 10 million pounds for Deeney who has also attracted interest from Burnley, Swansea and Queens Park Rangers. 

12.45 BST The Daily Star reports that Arsenal have switched their attentions to Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Sami Khedira.

Arsene Wenger's attempts to land a defensive midfielder have been frustrated so far this summer as the Gunners failed to meet Khedira's wage demands while Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin is rumoured to prefer a move to rivals Tottenham where he will have the chance to join up with Mauricio Pochettino again.  

Arsenal have reportedly had a 24 million pound bid turned down for Portugal international Carvalho, with Sporting holding out for the 37 million pounds that it will take to activate his release clause. 

Arsenal have reportedly turned their attentions to William Carvalho after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Sami Khedira.

12.33 BST Chelsea are hoping that Monaco's interest in Fernando Torres will force Atletico Madrid to raise their offer. The Blues reportedly turned down a 12.5 million pound bid from Diego Simeone's side earlier this week for the Spanish striker who is available to leave Stamford Bridge if his 20 million pound price tag is met. 

Monaco, aware of Real Madrid's interest in Radamel Falcao, are prepared to reinvest some of the funds from the sale of James Rodriguez into a new forward and The Express says that new coach Leonardo Jardim has identified Torres as a potential candidate. 

12.22 BST New Real Madrid galactico James Rodriguez has urged the club to pursue a move for his Colombia compatriot Radamel Falcao. Rodriguez excelled as Los Cafeteros' main man at the World Cup in Falcao's absence and believes the striker would prove a good fit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking at his introductory press conference, Rodriguez said: "He has not said anything to me and it's not really for me to talk about, but Falcao is a great goalscorer and could play here. It is up to the club."

However, Real Madrid would need to sell players first in order to avoid a breach of Financial Fair Play regulations, with Angel Di Maria the most likely to be sacrificed should Los Blancos plump for Falcao. 

12.10 BST Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet is confident he can complete the signing of Fabio Borini -- despite the striker's apparent desire to stay at Liverpool. 

The two clubs have agreed a 14 million pound fee but the 23-year-old Italian flew out for Liverpool's tour of the USA after his agent Marco De Marchi said he wanted to fight for a first team place at Anfield -- despite the signing of Rickie Lambert and the imminent arrival of Loic Remy. 

"It's up to Fabio. We have been clear, everything is fine, there's no doubt about his connection with our club and me and him get along fine, so there is no reason for it not to happen," Poyet told the Sunderland Echo.

12.00 BST Could Frazier Campbell be about to move to his sixth different Premier League club? Sky Sports say the England one-cap wonder is having a medical at Crystal Palace today after the club agreed a fee with Cardiff City. 

11.52 BST Iker Casillas is prepared to rip up his Real Madrid contract and join Arsenal on a free transfer. Well, that's at least according to Spanish media outlet El Confidencial who say Arsenal will offer the 33-year-old a lucrative deal at the Emirates Stadium and the No.1 spot ahead of Wojciech Szczesny if he takes advantage of a clause in his contract.

Casillas' position has come under threat from Diego Lopez over the past 18 months and Real Madrid's imminent signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas could push Casillas out of the Santiago Bernabeu exit door.

However, reports in England and France claim that Arsene Wenger is expected to announce the signing of Nice and Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina next week, which would surely rule out any potential move for Casillas. 

11.39 BST The Herald Sun reports that former West Bromwich Albion and Hull City midfielder Robert Koren is on the verge of joining Melbourne City as the club's international marquee player.

David Villa will play for the A-League side until December when he jets off to brother club New York City but Managing director of City football services Brian Marwood says he wants to build the team around another star player.

"Clearly we've spoken to a number of a people and we're not going to deny that we've spoken with Robbie," Marwood said. "I think it's important that we have the right kind of characteristics both on and off the field (in a marquee player).

"We don't want players coming to the club and thinking it's a final pay day or it's a few months in the sun in a beautiful city, that's not what this club is about."

11.27 BST Xavi alert! Sport360.com claims that newly-promoted side Fujairah are plotting an attempt to lure the 2010 World Cup winner to the United Arab Emirates. The 34-year-old is believed to be in the process of negotiating a pay-off from Barcelona, ending a 23-year association with the club, as he seeks a new challenge abroad. 

Fujairah have been active in the summer window, also agreeing a deal for Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia

11.15 BST Malaga have agreed to sell Portuguese wideman Eliseu to Benfica, according to DiarioSUR. The 30-year-old is due to undergo a medical in his homeland but must first negotiate personal terms with the 2014 Europa League runners-up. 

11.10 BST Roberto Pereyra is set to become Massimiliano Allegri's third signing as Juventus coach with a fee reported to have been agreed with his current employers Udinese.

The 23-year-old midfielder is due to undergo a medical in Turin today before joining on an initial one-year loan, although that move will be made permanent next summer.

He would follow the arrivals of Alvaro Morata, Patrice Evra and Kingsley Coman at the Serie A champions, but that would not necessarily mean an end of their summer spending, with Bayern Munich star Xherdan Shaqiri next on the shopping list. 

11.00 BST What's this? Barcelona have finally signed a new defender? 

The Catalan club have confirmed on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Valencia for versatile Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu. The 30-year-old, who is capable of playing centre-back, left-back and in defensive midfield, will sign a four-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee of 20 million euros. 

10.55 BST Real Madrid assistant coach Paul Clement believes his former club Chelsea have signed Atletico Madrid's best player in Filipe Luis but warned that Diego Costa is "not Didier Drogba yet." Read the full story here

10.52 BST DONE DEAL! Arsenal have confirmed that German midfielder Thomas Eisfeld has joined Fulham for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old signed for the Gunners from Borussia Dortmund's academy in January 2012 but only made two competitive first-team appearances.

10.43 BST Chilean outlet El Mercurio says that Newcastle United are weighing up an eight million pound bid for out-of-favour Juventus wideman Mauricio Isla. The 26-year-old was an integral figure of Chile's impressive World Cup campaign and is rumoured to be keen to follow compatriot Alexis Sanchez to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Gary Medel is close to finalising his move to Inter after the Serie A side agreed a fee with Cardiff City. The defensive midfielder is currently in Italy where he will soon undergo his medical. 

10.32 BST Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has hinted the club have not yet finished in the transfer market, with a move for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala still expected, while several fringe players could leave.

"I don't think the squad is complete yet but we have six weeks before the transfer window closes," Pellegrini said. "Perhaps there is the option to bring one or more players in or maybe one or two will leave our squad but there is time for us to consider what is best for our team."

Mangala's reportedly ready to join Man City though the competition in defense gives him pause.
Manchester City expect to complete the signing of France international centre-back Eliaquim Mangala from Porto this summer.

10.20 BST Sunderland and Crystal Palace are interested in signing midfielder Morgan Amalfitano from Marseille for two million euros, L'Equipe reports.

Amfalitano, 29, found the net four times while on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season. On Saturday he scored one goal and made another after coming on for the second half in Marseille's 4-1 friendly win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Elsewhere, L'Equipe says Sporting Lisbon are interested in signing Chelsea's forgotten man Gael Kakuta. The French forward is entering the last year of his contract and is allowed to leave Stamford Bridge after spending the last three-and-a-half years on loan.

10.10 BST DONE DEAL! Mainz have announced that Serbian playmaker Filip Djuricic has joined the club on a season-long loan from Benfica.

The 22-year-old has struggled to establish himself at the Portuguese champions since moving from Heerenveen last summer but Benfica hope a spell of regular first-team football will help him to rediscover his best form. 

10.00 BST DONE DEAL! Porto have confirmed the signing of Algeria international Yacine Brahimi from Granada in a deal worth an estimated 6.5 million euros.

The 24-year-old midfielder joins new recruits Cristian Tello and Casemiro at the Estadio do Dragao after penning a five-year contract and has a release clause of 50 million euros. 

9.52 BST Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has warned the vultures circling Ron Vlaar that the Aston Villa captain is not for sale. Southampton and Queens Park Rangers have both registered an interest in the Netherlands international but Lambert is determined to hold onto the 29-year-old defender who played a leading role for Louis van Gaal's side at the World Cup.

"We will be talking with him in due course about extending his deal and we are confident those talks will be positive," Lambert told The Birmingham Mail.

"Ron has always said that he is really happy here -- and has done nothing to suggest anything has changed. None of this speculation is coming from him, or anyone connected with him. We aren't selling. It is as simple as that."

9.43 BST RMC suggests that Monaco could use the money they got from the Rodriguez move to sign a host of internationals. There has already been contact with Wesley Sneijder, according to the French radio station, while Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann and Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin are also on their radar.

German newspaper BILD has linked the prinicipality outfit with a move for Arsenal's World Cup winner Lukas Podolski while reports in Italy claim Torino winger Alessio Cerci is another name on Leonardo Jardim's shopping list.

9.33 BST Paris Saint-Germain are expected to land the signature of Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier by Friday at the latest. Negotiations with representatives of Aurier, 21, are ongoing but both Le Parisien and L'Equipe report that a deal worth between 8-10 million euros is imminent.

Christophe Jallet, 30, is set to join Lyon to make way for Aurier and PSG will receive between 1.5-2 million euros for the former Lorient full back, who is entering the final year of his contract in the French capital.

9.20 BST New West Bromwich Albion coach Alan Irvine has been busy in the transfer window, smashing the Baggies' transfer record with the signing of Nigerian striker Brown Ideye as well as bringing in five further additions.

But The Daily Mail says that he isn't prepared to stop just yet with Costa Rican duo Cristian Gamboa and Yeltsin Tejeda next on his shopping list.

BIG STORY: Arturo Vidal to Manchester United makes too much sense not to happen, right? First, they're in desperate need of a central midfield general. Second, Antonio Conte left Juventus amid suggestions of a disagreement in the club's direction. Third, United kindly allowed Patrice Evra to move to Turin despite signing him up to a contract only in May.

So, will it happen? Well, Juve-friendly newspaper Tuttosport reckon so and said United are ready to offer an eye-watering 50 million euros to get this one done.

That might not be a problem, though, as executive vice chairman Ed Woodward said United can break the world transfer record if they want to.

5.56 BST: Austrian international Marc Janko is in the box seat to replace Alessandro del Piero as Sydney FC's new marquee player for the upcoming A-League season, according to reports.

Sky Blues manager Graham Arnold has said:  "There's a good chance (of it being Janko) -- but there are three or four others that are in the mix."

Arnold went on to list a number of high profile European stars that Sydney FC have held talks with: "All the players we are talking to, or have spoken to -- Shola Ameobi, Guillaume Hoarau, Bobby Zamora, Louis Saha, Eduardo -- we are talking that style of player to play up front."

4.51 BST: Everton have confirmed they are in talks to sign teenage forward David Henen from Anderlecht.

Manager Roberto Martinez said he is looking to bring the 18-year-old to Goodison Park.

... But Bild backs up Klopp's comments

Well, what d'you know? Just a day after SPORT in Spain suggested, quite remarkably, that Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels was on his way to Old Trafford for a ludicrously low price of 20 million euros, the whole thing has been scoffed at.

First, Jurgen Klopp called the idea "garbage," and now German paper Bild said even with an increased offer, there's "zero percent" chance of the Germany defender leaving.

And that's that.

Summer transfer window roundup

- Premier League: Team-by-team ins and outs
- Transfer Centre: All the done deals
- Marcotti: Mind-boggling transfers
- Delaney: What did we learn on deadline day?
- Horncastle: European transfer grades
- Smith: Transfers more important than the game?
- Macintosh: We worship goals, not balance sheets

Costa Battle

Not Diego -- he's been snapped up by Chelsea -- but Douglas Costa, who currently plays for Shakhtar Donetsk.

The two fighting it out for the forward are supposedly Arsenal and Tottenham, who both admire the 23-year-old. The Daily Mail said owner Rinat Akhmetov will do all he can to keep Costa, but that won't deter the Premier League giants from trying.

For more on how the ongoing conflict is affecting Shakhtar, step this way.

Monaco want Griezmann ... but so do Spurs

It's hard to have too much sympathy for mega-rich Monaco in the wake of James Rodriguez's 63 million-pounds exit to Real Madrid, but fans seeking some more flair may yet be in luck.

The Ligue 1 side want Antoine Griezmann as his replacement, but Tottenham are in the running, too. Mauricio Pochettino is a fan of the Real Sociedad man -- who wouldn't be? -- which means Spurs could have another battle on their hands to land a target.

Griezmann is said to be close pals with Hugo Lloris, according to The Evening Standard, but will that be enough if it comes to a bidding war?

Arsenal agree Ospina deal

While one Colombian stole all the headlines on Tuesday with his big move to Real Madrid, another was set for a switch, too.

David Ospina is heading to Arsenal for a snip at 3 million pounds, according to The Guardian.

The Nice keeper had a fine World Cup and will push Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 spot this season. Elsewhere in that report, there's some chatter that Arsene Wenger wants either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling if Manchester United press ahead with their move for Thomas Vermaelen.

Nacho Man and Santi for Atleti

It has been a largely positive summer for Arsenal so far with the news of Ospina's imminent arrival adding to the feel-good factor generated by Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy joining, too.

But is there a cloud or two on the horizon? We're not sure whether Arsenal fans would be happy with this, but Santi Cazorla is being targeted by Atletico Madrid.

That's the scoop in The Daily Telegraph, who said Cazorla can leave if they receive a decent enough bid.

Nacho Monreal is also on Diego Simeone's wanted list, although his exit is unlikely to trigger too many tears.

Where's Xavi off to?

There seems to be some confusion as to where Barcelona maestro Xavi is heading to. In one corner, we've got Marca, who claim he's all set for New York City FC.

In the other, SPORT suggest he's happy to stay put for now.

Rodgers the loan arranger

Brendan Rodgers is going on a mad trolley dash through the summer sales, and his eagerness to spend, spend and spend again shows no sign of abating.

So who is next in his sights? It's Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquillo, sources told ESPN. Rodgers, mindful of the fact he hasn't signed a player for -- checks watch -- five minutes, is ready to make his move for Manquillo on loan. For yet more Liverpool gossip, check here for the latest on Divock Origi.