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Jul 25, 2014

Vidal 'not going to Manchester,' Mangala 'da man for City

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens contends that Marquinhos could be used as a makeweight to buy Angel Di Maria.

Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga sides are touring the world prepping for the start of club season, fanning the transfer fires with more rumour, gossip and news about what teams need and who's going where. Transfer Talk, of course, has them all ...

Top picks: Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal says he has not considered his future at Juventus and is yet to talk to new manager Massimiliano Allegri amid reported interest from Manchester United, Barcelona have turned their attentions to signing Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen after being told by Paris Saint-Germain that Marquinhos is not for sale, and Didier Drogba re-joins Chelsea on a one-year contract. 

22.56 BST: That's all for tonight, but we'll be back before long with a brand new (maybe) set of rumours for your enjoyment (or otherwise).

22.41 BST: It seems Ronald Koeman has confirmed Dejan Lovren is leaving while addressing the local media.

22.39 BST: Everton midfielder Leon Osman remains hopeful that Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku will return to Goodison Park after impressing on loan last season.

"It would be good to have Romelu back -- we know the quality he's got," he said, according to the BBC. "There might be a bit more to do to get him back here but it would be great if he could come back in time to play in the game."

22.32 BST: Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, asked about Dejan Lovren's transfer to Liverpool, has told Sky Sports News: "We have to wait."

On whether he expected it to go through, he added: "I expect everything ... because I know the possibilities of the biggest clubs in England."

22.23 BST: AC Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has said Mario Balotelli is "99.9 percent" certain to stay at the club but refused to rule out a move for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell. Read more here.

22.09 BST: Manager Rudi Garcia has ruled out the possibility of Kevin Strootman leaving Roma for Manchester United. Story here.

21.53 BST: Surely not more transfer misery for Southampton? ESPN FC correspondent Kevin Palmer thinks Morgan Schneiderlin could be next to go.

21.22 BST: Here's one from our friends at AS.com: Angel Di Maria is losing patience with Paris Saint-Germain and could start talks with Manchester United, according to RMC.

21.20 BST: Could Real Sociedad star Antoine Griezmann be the latest player to join Atletico Madrid as the Spanish champions rebuild? La Sexta seems to think so.

20.59 BST: AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani is saying Mario Balotelli is staying, but we'll see. This one seems to change direction every few days.

20.28 BST: Queens Park Rangers have recalled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar from his loan spell at Toronto FC. But are they selling him or will he fight for his place at the West London club? Story here.

19.30 BST: DONE DEAL! Chelsea have confirmed that Patrick van Aanholt has joined Sunderland on a permanent transfer. Story here.

19.13 BST: Manchester United announce some details on the Bebe deal...

18.54 BST: Roma boss Rudi Garcia has dismissed any suggestion Kevin Strootman could leave the club this summer, saying: "Strootman is a Roma player and will stay with us this season."

18.39 BST: ANOTHER DONE DEAL Benfica have announced the signing of Bebe from Manchester United. Story here.

18.31 BST: DONE DEAL! Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Fraizer Campbell. Story here.

18.21 BST: Dejan Lovren's move from Southampton to Liverpool is on the brink of being finalised, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC. Story here.

17.53 BST: It's pretty clear that Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina is on his way to Arsenal -- Arsene Wenger is talking about it like it's a done deal. "You know at the start Szczensy will be the No. 1, then again we'll be down to performances and, if Ospina shows that he is better, he will play," he said. More from Wenger here.

17.30 BST Borussia Dortmund are on the verge of signing 18-year-old striker Carlos Strandberg from Swedish outfit BK Hacken for 1.5 million euros, according to BILD

Jurgen Klopp is looking to bring some young talent to Westfalenstadion and has identified Strandberg, dubbed the "Swedish Balotelli", as a star for the future.

Dortmund have been busy in the summer window, having already purchased forwards Ciro Immobile, Adrian Ramos and Ji Dong-won. 

17.20 BST Hannover have strengthened their squad by signing attacking midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake from relegated Nurnberg. Read the full story here

17.15 BST DONE DEAL! Chelsea have confirmed that Didier Drogba has re-joined the club on a one-year contract.

The 36-year-old, who scored 157 goals in 341 appearances for the Blues in his first spell, signs on a free transfer following the expiry of his Galatasaray contract.

Drogba told the club's website: "It was an easy decision - I couldn't turn down the opportunity to work with Jose again. Everyone knows the special relationship I have with this club and it has always felt like home to me.

"My desire to win is still the same and I look forward to the opportunity to help this team. I am excited for this next chapter of my career."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho added: "He's coming because he's one of the best strikers in Europe. I know his personality very well and I know if he comes back he's not protected by history or what he's done for this club previously. He is coming with the mentality to make more history."

17.05 BST Some more good news for Liverpool fans now as it is reported that the club are edging closer to finalising deals for Loic Remy and Divock Origi

16.55 BST Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has said the chances that Arturo Vidal could leave the club are "remote." Read the full story here.

16.45 BST BREAKING: Liverpool finally look to have got their man, with a number of media outlets reporting that the Merseyside club have agreed a deal with Southampton to sign Croatia defender Dejan Lovren.

The 25-year-old will undergo a medical over the weekend and will surpass Glen Johnson to become the most expensive defender in Liverpool's history.

16.37 BST Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina has bode farewell to his Nice teammates, according to the Nice Matin.

The 25-year-old impressed for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup and it seems destined that he will now sign for Arsenal in the coming days. 

16.30 BST Is the King about to return to Stamford Bridge? Sky Sports say that Didier Drogba is set to re-join Chelsea on a one-year deal following the expiry of his Galatasaray contract.

Didier Drogba looks set to be re-united with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

16.25 BST Reports in France claim that Monaco and Manchester United are preparing to battle it out for Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan.

The Turkey international is rumoured to be one of the names on Louis van Gaal's shopping list and it could come down to which side offers the highest wages, with the Spanish champions valuing Turan at around 20 million pounds.

16.16 BST New Juventus signing Roberto Pereyra, who signed on loan from Udinese earlier today, will wear the No.37 jersey. 

16.10 BST Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina admits that it is unlikely he will be able to fulfil a dream return to Spain this summer.

Reina spent last season on loan at Rafael Benitez's Napoli but the Italian side said they would not pursue a permanent move, allowing the 31-year-old to join up with Liverpool on their pre-season tour of the USA.

"All the big Spanish teams are covered in my role," Reina said. "I see it as very difficult to return to Spain. It's normal though that over the years you want to return to where you came from, so we'll see."

"I have a contract to respect with Liverpool. I'm training well and I am perfectly fine with my team-mates."

16.00 BST The first Genovese derby battle of the season is set to take place off the field as Genoa and Sampdoria are both in the hunt for Inter Milan defender Hugo Campagnaro, according to reports in Italy.

The former Napoli defender was one of Walter Mazzarri's first signings as Inter coach last year, although he failed to hold down a regular starting berth for the Nerazzurri. Read the full story here.

15.53 BST Manchester City have denied that they have signed FC Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala despite a video being released on the club's official website showing the player arriving for a medical. Read the full story here.

15.43 BST Sky Sports says that Mexican side Pachuca have turned down an offer from Chelsea for highly-rated winger Jurgen Damm. The 21-year-old previously enjoyed a two-week trial at Manchester United and can represent either Mexico or Germany. 

Pachuca vice-president Andres Fassi said: "I believe that Jurgen has to achieve some important goals in Mexican football. He has to establish himself first, seek the possibility of being in the national team and then, as he is young, there will be opportunities to leave when the time is right.

"He still has much to do at Pachuca. He needs to meet certain objectives. We thought that [when Chelsea made the offer] it was not the right moment for him to leave."

15.30 BST DONE DEAL! Hellas Verona have completed the signing of Brazilian striker Nene.

The 30-year-old, who scored five goals in 23 Serie A games last season, joins the Gialloblu on a free transfer following the expiry of his Cagliari contract.

15.18 BST Swedish publication Blick says that Liverpool are in poll position to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri after lodging an 18 million euro bid.

The Switzerland playmaker, who scored a hat trick against Honduras at the World Cup, is determined to play regular first team football next season and his pleas have attracted interest from a number of European clubs, notably Juventus and Monaco.

Bayern Munich director of football Matthias Sammer has stated that Shaqiri is an important player for the club's future but the Bundesliga champions could be tempted to cash in if they receive a suitable offer. 

Reports in Switzerland say that Liverpool have stepped up their interest in Bayern Munich playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri.

15.04 BST Everton are hoping to beat Southampton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Saint-Etienne to the signing of AIK's highly-rated Sweden winger Nabil Bahoui, according to Sky Sports

Roberto Martinez is looking for attacking reinforcements following the loan returns of Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu -- and the Spanish coach has identified the 23-year-old as a potential bargain.

Everton yesterday confirmed a deal for Bosnia midfielder Muhamed Besic while they retain an interest in Lukaku and Anderlecht youngster David Henen

14.52 BST L'Equipe says that Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena has rejected the opportunity to join Dynamo Moscow as he sets his sights on a move to Spain.

The two clubs had agreed a seven million euro fee for the France international but the player rejected a lucrative contract offer.

Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is a keen admirer of the playmaker and could now decide to lodge a bid.

14.42 BST Spanish journalist Jose Luis Sanchez says that Arsenal's attempts to lure Sami Khedira to the Emirates Stadium are not dead in the water just yet, with the midfielder demanding an annual salary of nine million euros. 

Sanchez claims that if Arsenal do not meet the German's wage demands, he will see out the remainder of his Real Madrid contract before leaving on a free transfer next summer. 

14.30 BST Reports in Italy claim that Inter are exploring the possibility of signing Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca. The Colombian joined the Andalusian side last summer, scoring seven goals in 16 appearances en route to winning the Europa League. 

The Nerazzurri are targeting a new striker following the release of Diego Milito and hope to tempt Sevilla with a bid of 14 million euros plus Ruben Botta and Zdravko Kuzmanovic

The La Liga outfit are believed to be reluctant to sell Bacca though he does have a release clause of 30 million euros.

14.18 BST Someone call the transfer police because we have reports of a hi-jacking. Marca says that Atletico Madrid are attempting to scupper Liverpool's deal for Belgian forward Divock Origi as Diego Simeone is desperate to bring in attacking reinforcements following the departures of David Villa, Diego Costa and Adrian.

The Merseyside club have agreed a deal with Lille to sign the 19-year-old and all that remains is the player's signature. However, Simeone has not given up hope just yet and could match Liverpool's bid at the eleventh hour. 

14.06 BST DONE DEAL! Juventus have announced that Argentine midfielder Roberto Pereyra has joined the club on a 1.5 million euro loan deal from Udinese.

The Italian champions have the option to purchase the 23-year-old outright at the end of the season for 14 million euros, payable over three years, with a potential further performance-related bonus of 1.5 million. 

13.57 BST Manchester United have started to look at central defensive options beyond Mats Hummels as they are not confident of landing the Borussia Dortmund man, according to ESPN FC sources at Old Trafford.

13.50 BST Goal.com claims that Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told Netherlands winger Memphis Depay to stay at PSV for another year.

The 20-year-old, who scored twice at the World Cup in Brazil, has been courted by Tottenham this summer, resulting in PSV slapping an 18 million pound price tag on the youngster.

However, a private conversation with the Reds boss may convince Depay to stay in the Eredivisie for another season while United consider a potential future deal. 

13.40 BST Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is set to complete a move to Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.

The 19-year-old has made a big impact in his debut season at the Stade de la Route de Lorient, making 29 appearances to catch the eye of the Ligue 1 runners-up. And Rennes have confirmed that the young Parisian's move to the principality is imminent.

"Monaco is gaining momentum in France and worldwide,'' Bakayoko told Rennes' official website. "This is a good thing. This is a new challenge.

"It is true that I leave after a steep rise after only one professional season at Stade Rennais. I was right here but it happened naturally."

13.30 BST Guardian football editor Marcus Christenson has shed some light on Nicklas Bendtner's search for a new club, explaining the reasons why he failed to agree terms with Bundesliga side Eintracht Franfurt. 

13.20 BST Valencia have put Argentina left-back Marcos Rojo at the top of their summer shopping list, according to reports in Portugal

It is speculated that the La Liga side view the 24-year-old as the ideal replacement for Jeremy Mathieu who departed the Mestalla to join Barcelona yesterday. 

Los Che have also targeted Basel centre-back Fabian Schar while River Plate's Colombian talent Eder Alvarez Balanta is an alternative option.

13.09 BST Italian newspaper Tuttosport says that Milan have turned their attentions to signing Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell after failed pursuits for Alessio Cerci, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Juan Iturbe.

The Serie A side are reportedly hoping to take advantage of Arsenal's interest in Mario Balotelli and are prepared to accept 10 million euros plus Campbell for the Italy striker.

12.58 BST Chievo have announced the signing of 32-year-old centre-back Alessandro Gamberini from Napoli on a two-year contract with an option for a third year.

He told chievoverona.it: "Chievo flattered me, showing me a lot of love, and so I agreed to wear this shirt with a lot of enthusiasm.

"I have a special relationship with Dario Dainelli that goes beyond football. There is respect and true friendship between us and I'm happy to have him as a team-mate again."

Chievo also announced that Kamil Vacek has been transfered to Sparta Prague, where he played last season.

12.48 BST Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas admits that he is very close to finalising a move to Real Madrid.

The 27-year-old will challenge Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez for the No.1 spot at the Santiago Bernabeu after his 10 million euro Levante release clause was activated.

"I would like to be able to say it already, but it is something that I don't know yet," Navas is quoted as saying in Marca.

"It is close, we hope that in the next week everything is finished so I can rest easy and my family can too and I can tell everyone about my new house. Soon there will be a time to tell you all about my situation."

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas says that he is close to becoming a Real Madrid player.

12.39 BST ESPN blogger Simon Curtis discusses the curious case of Eliaquim Mangala. Read his article on the Manchester City transfer target here

12.35 BST Talented Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold insists there is no rush to make a move to one of Europe's biggest clubs, claiming that he is focused on gaining more experience in the Bundesliga.

The 20-year-old playmaker has netted 10 goals in 36 Bundesliga appearances since breaking onto the scene as an 18-year-old, attracting interest from a number of English and Italian sides.

"Of course the likes of Juventus and Arsenal are clubs you dream about as a child. But I am on just 36 Bundesliga appearances. If I was on 150, then it might be different," he told kicker-Sportmagazin

"I am a player of Wolfsburg and I am happy to be a part of this team."

12.26 BST Napoli have today unveiled Michu to the Italian media following his loan move from Swansea City. 

12.22 BST Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed reports that the club are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund full-back Lukasz Piszczek, insisting he is happy with the depth and versatility of his current squad.

"We have Dani [Carvajal] and [Alvaro] Arbeloa. Also, Kroos and James can play in different positions" Ancelotti told reporters in Los Angeles. "They know that they have the position at the centre of the pitch. We don't need Pisczek. That doesn't mean he's not a good player. In this position we are already complete."

12.16 BST Fiorentina have now confirmed on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Monterrey to sign Argentina defender Jose Maria Basanta.

The 30-year-old will travel to Florence to agree personal terms and undergo a medical in the coming days after the Tuscan side activated his 3.5 million dollar buy-out clause.

12.12 BST Former USA prodigy Freddy Adu, who was once famously dubbed the 'new Pele', has joined Serbian side FK Jagodina.

It marks the 25-year-old's tenth club in ten years -- a career which has so far seen him play in Portugal, France, Greece, Turkey and Brazil.

Adu, who last appeared for the USA national team in 2011, had been on trial at Stabaek and AZ Alkmaar earlier this summer but failed to earn a contract.

A statement on the club's website said they were delighted to welcome Adu to the club and lauded him for his reputation on the computer game Football Manager.

12.00 BST The Daily Express claims that Atletico Madrid are targeting an audacious swoop for Premier League duo Santi Cazorla and Javier Hernandez.

Having seen Diego Costa, Adrian and David Villa all depart the Vicente Calderon, Diego Simeone is in the market for attacking reinforcements and hopes to snap up both players for 15 million pounds each.

The Spanish champions last night unveiled Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic to the fans following his move from Bayern Munich.

11.49 BST Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collinson is hoping to put his injury problems behind him and impress Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp.

The 25-year-old was released by The Hammers earlier this summer but is currently training with QPR where he hopes to earn himself a contract.

"If I come here and do well, then you never know what can happen but I'm also just trying to get myself fit," he told Sky Sports

"We'll just see how it goes, If I do well in a couple of games then you never know. But, if not, then I will have at least got some fitness and maybe some games and everyone is aware of my situation."

11.40 BST German club RB Leipzig have today broken the 2. Bundesliga transfer record by signing 20-year-old Belgian winger Massimo Bruno from Anderlecht for nine million euros.

The 20-year-old will not play in Germany for the forthcoming campaign however as he has been loaned out to Red Bull Salzburg. 

11.35 BST Argentina World Cup goalkeeper Sergio Romero has earned himself a move to Benfica, according to Record

The 27-year-old spent the majority of last season on the bench at Monaco after being loaned out by Sampdoria but a string of impressive performances in Brazil attracted attention from a number of European clubs, with Benfica emerging triumphant. 

Romero will replace Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak who recently left the Portuguese champions to join Atletico Madrid. 

11.25 BST Millwall have announced that former Everton forward Magaye Gueye has joined the club on a free transfer.

The 24-year-old has penned an initial one-year deal with the Championship club, with the option of a further 12 months.

11.15 BST Gus Poyet hopes to make Chelsea left-back Patrick van Aanholt his fourth signing of the transfer window. The Black Cats boss has admitted his frustration at the lack of new faces at the Stadium of Light this summer but hopes to sign "two or three" players by the end of the weekend.

Poyet is determined to sign a new left-back following Marcos Alonso's return to Fiorentina and the BBC says that Van Aanholt is on the verge of joining the Tyneside outfit after impressing on loan at Vitesse over the past two-and-a-half seasons.

11.05 BST Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, according to Mundo Deportivo. 

The Catalan club are keen to sign another centre-back -- despite Jeremy Mathieu moving from Valencia -- and have targeted the unsettled Belgian after growing frustrated in their attempts to lure Marquinhos from Paris Saint-Germain.

It is rumoured that Arsene Wenger would prefer to sell Vermaelen abroad and with only one year left on his current deal, Vermaelen could be available for a cut-price fee.

10.55 BST Sky Sports says that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen to tie up a deal for 17-year-old talent Kelechi Iheanacho when the club returns from their US tour.

Iheanacho impressed the City hierarchy by scoring in the 4-1 friendly win over Sporting Kansas City and the club are determined to arrange a work permit for the Nigerian forward when they return to England.

"Kelechi is just 17 years old and he's a very important player for us in the future," Pellegrini said. "He has demonstrated what he can do in the future. It depends on the way he takes this profession, but I think he's a good talent."

10.45 BST Arsenal fan favourite Freddie Ljungberg has announced that he is coming out of retirement to play in the inaugural Indian Super League. 

The 37-year-old confirmed the decision on his Twitter account, saying that he wanted to share his knowledge and experience of the Premier League.

Ljungberg is the third marquee player to announce his move to India, following ex-Liverpool star Luis Garcia and 2010 World Cup winner Joan Capdevila.

10.36 BST Paris Saint-Germain have warned Barcelona off making an approach for Marquinhos, declaring the Brazilian as non-transferable.

Reports in Spain speculate that the Catalan club are seeking another centre-back despite signing Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia -- but PSG say that the 20-year-old has a big part to play in the club's future.

Speaking in Thursday's press conference about PSG's newest recruit Serge Aurier, head coach Laurent Blanc said: "He will be part of PSG for the next three to four years along with Digne, Verratti and Marquinhos."

10.25 BST Real Sociedad have confirmed the signing of Argentine goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli as a replacement for new Barcelona man Claudio Bravo.

The 22-year-old, who played at Estudiantes last season, arrives on loan after Real Sociedad after the Basque club agreed a deal with Uruguayan side Deportivo Maldonado who own his sporting rights.

10.16 BST Ghana international striker Asamoah Gyan has quashed reports linking him with a return to Europe by signing a new four-year contract with Dubai-based side Al-Ain.

The 28-year-old has scored over a century of goals for the Boss since his arrival in 2011, winning back-to-back league titles.

"I am very happy to extend my contract here until 2018 and I thank the club's board, management and all the fans for their support," he told Asamoahgyan3.com moments after sealing the deal.

10.07 BST DONE DEAL! Hannover have announced that Japan international Hiroshi Kiyotake has joined the club from Nurnberg for an undisclosed fee.

The Bundeliga club announced that the 24-year-old has signed a four-year contract and will join up with his teammates today before attending their training camp in Bad Radkersburg.

"We are pleased and happy that Hiroshi Kiyotake has decided, despite several other offers, to join Hannover 96," sporting director Dirk Dufner told the club's website.

"Kiyotake is just 24 years old, his development is therefore not complete. Nevertheless, he has made ​​a sustained impression in his first two Bundesliga years and in the Japanese national team."

09.55 BST Roma coach Rudi Garcia is desperate to end the club's 14-year wait for a Scudetto and the Giallorossi have again been busy in the transfer market, agreeing deals for THREE players.

Italian defender Davide Astori will move to the club on an initial two million euro loan with view to a permanent five million euro transfer while highly-rated Paraguayan forward Antonio Sanabria joins from Barcelona after spending part of last season at Sassuolo due to Roma reaching their EU-limit. Read more on both these transfers here.

USA defender DeAndre Yedlin will also move to the Italian capital from Seattle Sounders in a five million dollar deal but will stay with the MLS club for the remainder of their league campaign. 

09.45 BST Dundee United have finally conceded defeat in their attempts to retain hold of talented left-back Andy Robertson. The BBC says that Hull City have agreed a fee of two million pounds plus add-ons with the Scottish side, fending off the advances of West Ham.

Robertson was named the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year in 2014 and is already a Scotland international having made his debut against Poland in March. 

09.37 BST ESPN correspondent Miguel Delaney takes a look at the transfer market food chain and where the major European clubs feature. Read his article here

09.32 BST Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could be set for a return to France with RMC reporting that Bordeaux are interested in securing his signature.

The 25-year-old centre-back has struggled to find his feet in England since moving from Montpellier in January 2013 and Alan Pardew is open to the prospect of him joining the Ligue 1 side on loan. 

09.25 BST Fiorentina look set to add a World Cup runner-up to their ranks, with Mexican side Monterrey announcing that defender Jose Maria Basanta had agreed a move to Italy. 

Basanta made two appearances in Brazil and FIFA says that the 30-year-old Argentine will move to the Viola after his 3.5 million euro buy-out clause was activated.

Basanta will join compatriots Gonzalo Rodriguez and Facundo Roncaglia at the Tuscan club, who were fourth-place finishers in Serie A last season.

Arturo a United no-go

It's been a while since we talked about Arturo Vidal. OK, it's been only 48 hours, but that qualifies as "a while" for Transfer Talk. More importantly, we have it on very good authority that Vidal will not be playing for Manchester United. In fact, the Chilean midfielder currently tied up with Juventus told the world himself.

Vidal was stopped in the Turin airport on his way home from holiday, where he essentially said I'm not going to United, but I don't know my future with Juventus, and I need to talk to manager Massimiliano Allegri. So in short, as it was aptly put in Gazzetta dello Sport, the doubts remain.

ESPN FC TV's Julien Laurens gives us the latest.

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens discusses Arturo Vidal's current status with Juventus and if he will remain with la Vecchia Signora for the 2014-2015 season.

United are not the only rumoured landing spot for Vidal, who is set to talk with Allegri on Monday. Liverpool, strapped with a bulging transfer coffer from Luis Suarez's departure, are said to be having a look. Arsenal have shown interest too.

Check back after the weekend on this one.

Hammers seeking Carroll replacement

With the Hammers' Andy Carroll out four months with torn ankle ligaments, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says his side are looking for another striker to help on the attack, according to a talkSPORT report.

The news is tough for Hammers fans and Carroll, who's played in just 16 games since making his move over from Liverpool last summer. West Ham have signed both Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia this summer.

"We have to bring in another striker and we're working on it now to buy one, or loan one, or both," said Sullivan. "You can never have enough strikers and really with Andy gone we haven't got enough."

Mangala takes Man City physical

Or did he? A video leaked on the Manchester City website seems to show Eliaquim Mangala, currently with Porto, having a medical. The video, however, was subsequently taken down, according to PA Sport.

For his part, Mangala said, "I am here to help the team win titles, the league, the cup and the Champions League. I am ambitious and this is why I am here."

But, according to City, the 23-year-old French defender is NOT there to sign a contract because City say no deal has been done. Mangala made the trip to Brazil with France's World Cup team, but he did not feature in the tournament.

Does all of this sound like one of the worst-kept secrets of the transfer season so far? Leaked videos, hacked websites, confirmations, denials -- all right in the Transfer Talk's wheelhouse.

Chelsea Cech in

This one is part recycled rumour and part keeper query. The Mirror are reporting that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is not happy that his status as the Blues' starter is in jeopardy with on-loan Thibaut Courtois returning from Atletico Madrid. Mourinho said yesterday that he wanted to keep both players on the team next season, but it seems Cech wants to be guaranteed some kind of playing time. This one has serious development potential as neither of these top-tier goalies wants to be a backup.

You've heard it before here, we'll say it again as both the Mirror and the Sun are saying that Didier Drogba is headed to Chelsea on a one-year deal to play for former manager and mentor Jose Mourinho. We've had this one all along, and it seems like all that's left is to get pen to paper.