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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 26, 2014

Origi set for Reds; Di Maria choice

ESPN FC's Mark Donaldson discusses the transfer drama surrounding Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria.

Transfer Talk heads into the weekend, but the football moves don't stop for a holiday, so here's the latest batch of news and rumours. Refresh this page all day for updates as they happen...

Top picks: Divock Origi will be presented by Liverpool on Monday; RMC says Angel Di Maria has turned his attentions to joining Manchester United after growing frustrated in Paris Saint-Germain's pursuit but MARCA claims that a deal to the French champions could be completed next week. Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Southampton defender Calum Chambers, while there are question marks over Edinson Cavani's future at PSG after he failed to board their flight to Hong Kong. 

22.59 BST: That's all folks, joins us again tomorrow for more of the same.

22.36 BST: Louis van Gaal is a busy man. While his team are busy destroying everyone in their wake in preseason, he wants a new winger, namely Angel Di Maria. And he's willing to pay Real Madrid 45 million pounds according to the Daily Star.

22.07 BST: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says that France international Antoine Griezmann could give his side plenty more options up front. The 23-year-old forward is set to join the Rojiblancos after a 30 million euro deal was reportedly agreed with Real Sociedad and, speaking ahead of Sunday's match against MLS side San José Earthquakes, Simeone said: "He's a very good player. He is very quick and can give us a lot of options in attack." Read more

21.06 BST: Andrew Robertson is close to completing a move to Hull City from Dundee United. "We've got an agreement in place, the boy's travelling down tomorrow with his representatives,'' Steve Bruce told Sky Sports. "We think he's an exciting player, he's had a meteoric rise and we think he's going to be a really, really good player, so let's hope we can get it over the line.''

21.03 BST: Pepe Reina, who will be back at Liverpool this season and fighting for a first team place with Simon Mignolet, wants to end his career at Cordoba according to his father Miguel. So says AS.com

20.20 BST: Juilo Cesar has rejoined QPR after a loan spell with Toronto FC, say mlssoccer. He'll be back in the Premier League next season.

19.38 BST:

19.18 BST: Claude Puel, Nice manager, tells Sky Sports News that his side have sold goalkeeper David Ospina to Arsenal. Puel said: "It is confirmed, yes. At 25 years old it is important for him to experience another championship, so it is a fantastic move for him. I think he can take the No. 1 spot at Arsenal because his qualities are very, very strong. He is very good with his feet, with his arms, and he knows soccer. He is a very, very good player." Read more

18.52 BST: Steve Bruce on Carl Jenkinson: "I had a conversation with Arsenal about four or five weeks ago to see if it was possible. And apparantly so, it might be. We'll look at that situation but we haven't had confirmation from Arsenal."

18.45 BST: However, they have apparently sealed a move for Belgium striker Divock Origi.

18.39 BST: Liverpool may not complete the signing of Loic Remy until after the weekend. The Frenchman was meant to have joined on Thursday, but problems over his paperwork will see his signing delayed.

17.30 BST L'Equipe reports that Rayo Vallecano are the favourites to sign Chelsea forgotten man Gael Kakuta on loan.

The 23-year-old French winger has spent the last three-and-a-half years away from Stamford Bridge, enjoying spells at Fulham, Bolton, Dijon, Vitesse and most recently Lazio.

However, other reports in France speculate that he is in fact set to join La Liga side Elche on loan.

17.20 BST Toulouse have announced the signing of versatile 21-year-old defender Marcel Tisserand from Monaco on a season-long loan.

17.10 BST ESPN correspondent Miguel Delaney gives his assessment of each Premier League club's transfer activity so far. Do you agree with his rankings? Read his article here.

17.00 BST Napoli's relentless search for a central midfielder continues, with Standard Liege starlet Paul-Jose M'Poku the latest man to be linked with a move to the Serie A outfit.

Rafael Benitez has drawn up a five-man shortlist including Javi Garcia, Lucas Leiva, Mario Suarez and Ignacio Camacho but M'Poku's ability to also play out on the left wing makes him an attractive proposition for the Spanish coach. 

Sport Mediaset says that the 22-year-old could be available for as little as five million euros.

16.45 BST Some big news now on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku with reports that Wolfsburg have emerged from the shadows to steal into poll position for his signature.

The Bundesliga side signed Kevin De Bruyne from Chelsea in an 18 million pound deal in January and they could be about to sign his Belgium teammate for a similar figure.

Will Everton or Juventus respond? 

16.30 BST It's been a quiet day on Transfer Talk but we can bring you news of a done deal in Portugal. 

Sporting Lisbon have confirmed via their Facebook account that they have signed 20-year-old French defender Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr from Lyon on a six-year contract. 

16.10 BST Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri says that Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a 65 million euro deal for Angel Di Maria.

15.50 BST The agent of Swiss full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner says that the player is hopeful of signing a new deal at Juventus despite a breakdown in contract negotiations. Read the full story here

Lichtsteiner hopes to sign a new Juve deal despite being linked with a summer move to PSG

15.30 BST ESPN blogger Joseph Walker says that Fernando Torres is not the right man for Atletico Madrid to rebuild their attack. Read his article here on who could be a better option for Diego Simeone's side.

15.15 BST Everton boss Roberto Martinez hopes to bring Monaco striker Lacine Traore back to Goodison Park, according to The Times.

The Ivory Coast international made just two appearances for the Toffees last term, scoring once, but his loan spell was curtailed by injury.

Club Brugge's talented winger Maxime Lestienne has also been offered to Everton, though Sunderland and Swansea hold an interest in the 22-year-old.

15.00 BST Southampton are believed to be lining up a bid for Aston Villa's World Cup star Ron Vlaar as they plan for life after Dejan Lovren.

The Croatia centre-back is expected to finalise a move to Liverpool this weekend and Ronald Koeman has targeted Dutch compatriot Vlaar as the perfect replacement.

Vlaar impressed during the Netherlands' route to the semi-finals in Brazil and the 29-year-old has been strongly linked with the likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Roma. 

14.50 BST A host of European clubs have been put on alert after Juventus revealed that Angelo Ogbonna could leave the club just one year after joining from Torino.

The 26-year-old struggled to establish himself in the Bianconeri lineup last season and his lack of playing time ensured that he missed out on Italy's World Cup selection.

Sport Mediaset says Juventus have already targeted Manchester City's Matija Nastasic and Sampdoria's Shkodran Mustafi as his replacement and will accept offers between 10-12 million euros. 

14.40 BST Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson is a man in high demand, with four Premier League clubs interested in taking the 22-year-old on loan.

Jenkinson had hoped to take advantage of Bacary Sagna's transfer to Manchester City but the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle United and the imminent arrival of Southampton starlet Calum Chambers appears to have pushed him down the Arsenal pecking order.

Sky Sports says that West Ham, Swansea, Sunderland and Hull are all interested in taking the former Charlton man on loan, with Arsene Wenger keen for Jenkinson to get some regular first-team experience. 

14.20 BST Sport says that Victor Valdes could reunite with former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champions are looking for a new goalkeeper to challenge Manuel Neuer for the No.1 spot and they have turned their attentions to the Spain international after missing out on Real Madrid bound Keylor Navas.

The 32-year-old was due to join Monaco on a free transfer earlier this summer but a troublesome knee injury, which ruled him out of the World Cup, meant that he failed his medical.

14.00 BST Juventus have joined Real Madrid and Everton in the race to sign Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium international has struggled to earn a starting place at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho and the arrivals of Diego Costa and Didier Drogba appear to have pushed him ever closer to the exit door.

AS says that Juve CEO Beppe Marotta has begun negotiations with the Blues over a 25 million euro transfer while Real Madrid are also monitoring the situation in case they cannot finalise a deal for Radamel Falcao. 

However, Everton still retain hope of bringing the 21-year-old back to Goodison Park and midfielder Leon Osman hopes that the club can tie up an 18 million pound deal before his testimonial against Porto on Aug 3. 

"It would be good to have Romelu back," Osman is quoted as saying in The Telegraph. "We know the quality he's got. 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."

WANTED: Juventus, Real Madrid and Everton have all registered an interest in Romelu Lukaku.

13.30 BST Reports in Italy claim that Inter are preparing to offer Fredy Guarin to Manchester United in exchange for Javier Hernandez.

Nerazzuri coach Walter Mazzarri is desperate for a new striker following the release of Diego Milito and he has identified the out-of-favour Mexican as a potential candidate.

However, Inter are reluctant to meet United's 15 million euro asking price for Hernandez and hope to tempt the English side into a deal by including Colombia international Guarin. 

13.00 BST Dimitri Payet insists that he is determined to stay and fight for his place at Marseille after snubbing an offer from Swansea City.

The Ligue 1 side had agreed to sell the 27-year-old for a fee of seven million euros but Payet prevented the transfer, declaring that he had no intention of joining the Welsh side.

"With all respect due to Swansea, I want to stay at OM," Payet told L'Equipe. "I said no to my agent right after the first contact. I told the president from the start that I want to stay. Despite that, the press still says that I'm hesitating.

"If a bigger club had shown interest in me, I would be gone by now. But I had an average season and you should do more to be coveted. In football, you can never say never, but I feel like I'll stay at Marseille, 100 per cent."

12.40 BST Arsene Wenger is licking his lips in anticipation as he plans a fresh raid on Barcelona's La Masia academy. After snapping up highly-rated German midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis, Mundo Deportivo claims that the Gunners boss is now eyeing up Cameroon talent Andrey Onana.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper was personally recommended to Wenger by trusted scout Francis Cagigao and could be tempted to move to North London as he already finds himself behind a string of players for the No.1 spot at the Camp Nou. 

12.30 BST Eurosport Turkey says that West Ham are plotting a swoop for Portuguese international Hugo Almeida.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has stated the need for a new striker -- despite the arrivals of Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia -- following the news that Andy Carroll will be sidelined for up to four months with an ankle injury. 

Almeida, 30, is currently considering his options following the expiry of his Besiktas contract. 

12.20 BST The agent of Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva says that his player is happy to stay at the Serie A club despite ambitions to play in the Champions League.

The Italy international has been linked with a number of European sides this summer but Biancocelesti president Claudio Lotito is reluctant to let the 27-year-old leave.

"Two or three offers arrived, but Lazio resisted so far," Federico Pastorello is quoted as saying on gianlucadimarzio.com. "He's ambitious and it's normal, he'd like to play in the Champions League but he never said that he wants to leave Lazio.

"How much is Lotito asking for him? A lot, more than €30M, maybe it's a way to say that he's not up for sale. As for now Lotito resists to the requests, we'll see in the future."

Italy international Antonio Candreva is unlikely to leave Lazio this summer despite his ambitions to play in the Champions League.

12.10 BST Could Angel Di Maria finally be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain? MARCA says that the player's days are numbered at Real Madrid and that a deal could be announced as early as next week.

However, there is a catch. PSG cannot afford to splash the 65 million euros on Di Maria due to UEFA's FFP regulations and must first raise funds by selling Argentine duo Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore

The 26-year-old will reportedly put pen to paper on a five-year contract at the Parc des Princes, with a salary of 8 million euros AFTER tax per season -- almost double what he currently earns. 

12.00 BST Reports in France claim that Nicolas Anelka is in talks with Standard Liege over a possible one-year contract.

The 35-year-old is currently without a club following his controversial quenelle gesture at West Brom last season but he could join the Belgian side who offer the potential prospect of Champions League football.

11.55 BST The fax machines must be busy at Southampton because the transfer offers keep rolling in. The Mirror says that Cardiff City have identified Portuguese defender Jose Fonte as the ideal replacement for the recently-departed Steven Caulker.

Saints have reportedly turned down a 3.25 million bid from the Bluebirds for Fonte as coach Ronald Koeman battles desperately to keep his first-team members at the club. 

11.45 BST Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims he turned down the chance to sign England left-back Luke Shaw because his wages were financially irresponsible. Read the full story here

11.35 BST Alberto Aquilani could be the next big name heading to the MLS, with Sport Mediaset claiming that New York City FC are keeping tabs on the Italian's contract situation. 

The former Liverpool, Roma, Milan and Juventus midfielder is unhappy that Fiorentina have offered him 1.5 million euros-per-season wages, a 300,000 euro cut from his current deal which expires next summer. 

Chelsea all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard and 2010 World Cup winner David Villa have already joined the MLS franchise who will play their first league match in March 2015. 

11.25 BST Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla says that the fans can expect a title challenge this season after the Gunners ended their nine-year trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup in May.

The Spain international has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid this summer and while he admits that the Diego Simeone's side are an inspiration, he says that he is committed to helping Arsenal win their first league title in 11 years. 

"I have high hopes. The signing of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy shows that the club is building a team to challenge. Hopefully we can lift at least another trophy this campaign", he told MARCA

"I'm expecting a very open title race. City are the reigning champions; United are going to strengthen in a big way and, since they aren't in Europe, will be able to focus on the league; Chelsea have made great signings like Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas, Thibaut Courtois and Didier Drobga, while Liverpool have proven they are contenders.

Atletico are a good example to follow. They had an incredible season last time out. A lot of people don't appreciate how hard it is to win the league when you're up against Barça and Real Madrid."

11.15 BST Mundo Deportivo says that Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos is excited at the prospect of joining Barcelona, despite Laurent Blanc insisting that he was not for sale.

The 20-year-old Brazilian joined the French champions from Roma in a 32 million euro deal last season but faces a challenge for a starting place at the Parc des Princes following the arrival of David Luiz.

Barcelona completed the signing of Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia earlier this week but director of football Andoni Zubizarreta remains hopeful of tying up a deal for Marquinhos, even if it means signing him initially on a loan agreement.  

11.05 BST More now on Edinson Cavani's failure to board Paris Saint-Germain's flight to Hong Kong.

11.00 BST Real Madrid will turn their attentions to signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao once they have finalised a deal for Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

Carlo Ancelotti has only Karim Benzema and Jese as his two strikers following the departure of Alvaro Morata to Juventus, but the Italian coach seeks a third option to help the European champions challenge on six fronts next season.

The Colombia striker has made it no secret that he would one day like to play for Real Madrid and his agent Jorge Mendes negotiated James Rodriguez's transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this week.

Spanish newspaper AS says that Real Madrid will offer to take Falcao on loan from Monaco for a fee of 12.5 million euros -- covering one of the principality's annual installments to Atletico Madrid -- with view to a permanent 33 million euro payment next summer. 

10.30 BST DONE DEAL! Bastia have announced the signing of Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old joins Claude Makelele's side after impressing at Ligue 2 outfit Lens last season. 

10.20 BST Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out a move for crocked Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

 The Manchester United manager coached the 24-year-old in his role as Netherlands boss -- handing him the captaincy -- and would have taken him to the World Cup if it wasn't for a cruciate ligament injury he sustained in March.

"I never say anything about individual players -- it's my vision that we have to be about the team and not individual players. Other players, not at Manchester United, I can't judge -- I am not there," he told reporters at Manchester United's training base in Denver.

"Strootman I can judge, but he has been injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It's not so easy to come back out of an injury, so we'll wait and see."

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he will monitor the progress of Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

10.00 BST The Edinson Cavani saga rumbles on. Despite reports this week that the Uruguayan was seemingly happy to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, Le Parisien says that Cavani failed to board the club's flight to Hong Kong this morning as scheduled.

Laurent Blanc revealed in a press conference earlier this week that Cavani would travel with the squad from Paris but it now appears that he fly out straight from South America on his own accord. 

09.30 BST Let's spare a thought for Southampton fans this morning. Having already lost Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw this summer, there could be FOUR more Saints marching out of St. Mary's. 

It is understood that Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren will undergo a medical at Liverpool this weekend ahead of a 20 million pound transfer while 19-year-old defender Calum Chambers looks set to follow in the footsteps of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by moving to Arsenal for a fee between 7-12 million.

The Gunners also retain an interest in midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin but Southampton coach Ronald Koeman is determined to keep hold of the France international and has slapped a 27 million pound price tag on his head. 

Former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino hopes to lure Schneiderlin to Tottenham however, and he has also targeted Jay Rodriguez as the man to spearhead his Spurs attack next season.  

Di Maria playing off Manchester United, PSG

Angel Di Maria is getting so frustrated that a move to Paris Saint-Germain is taking so long that he has threatened to join Manchester United instead if things don't move along, according to French radio reports

Real Madrid are after 57 million euros for the Argentine, but PSG's financial fair play penalties make that a little unrealistic for the French giants.

The Sun report the Red Devils have an opportunity to swoop in, but United also have concerns -- not with the transfer fee, but with Di Maria's wages.  But there remains hope that the 26-year-old could lower his 6.5 million-pound demands as he looks kindly on United -- and not so kindly on PSG.

A decision is imminent, says the Express.

Barcelona in for Arsenal's Vermaelen

Mundo Deportivo broke the news on Friday that Barcelona would look to bring in Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen to shore up their clutch of centre-backs. Jeremy Mathieu has already joined the Catalan club, but with a possible Marquinhos move from PSG looking less and less likely, Barca have closed their eyes and thought of England.

Vermaelen gave up starts to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season, and he's looking to get away to somewhere he can play regularly -- somewhere like Manchester United, reports The Sun. But Arsene Wenger won't let him go without a fight, or at least a replacement, as he's asked for a swap of Chris Smalling or Phil Jones.

For Barcelona, Vermaelen would be a much cheaper option than Marquinhos. And should Vermaelen stay out of Spain? Next on Barcelona's list would be Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen. Something about those Belgians...

Who will be the odd man out, Iker Casillas or Diego Lopez?

Real say 'Do us a favour and quit'

Real Madrid find themselves with too many goalkeepers. With Costa Rica's Keylor Navas all but signed, they now must figure out what to do with Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez

Real are not about to kick out either man, and they'll both have the chance to compete for the top spot -- but if one of them were to bow out and ask for a transfer? That would solve Real quite a headache, and so Los Blancos might be hinting its time to shove off, reports Spanish newspaper ABC.

Here's a hunch. It won't be Lopez who goes. He's said in the past he worked hard to get to Real, and he "will not throw away all this work." Lopez would be sold, but Casillas is free for whomever wants him, says ABC.

Atletico move on Griezmann

It's fairly apparent that Atletico are looking to spend some cash. Reports of Javier Pastore and Javier Hernandez abound, and now we can add French winger Antoine Griezmann to that list, according to Marca.

The 23-year-old is apparently the target of some of Europe's biggest clubs, says the Spanish daily, and whether you believe Tottenham fits that description, the fact is Atletico are willing to spend more. Tottenham's offer was reportedly 20 million euros; Atletico could offer 30. But special tax laws could force them to pay an extra seven million on a bid of that size, so there's hope for Spurs yet.

Other bits to watch today

• If Tottenham are considering where to splash the cash, they have a decision to make, with Southampton saying Morgan Schneiderlin will cost more than the 27 million pounds that sent Luke Shaw to Man United, according to The Guardian.

• Southampton have really had it with players leaving, but that hasn't stopped Arsenal from putting in a "substantial bid" for defender Calum Chambers.

• Queens Park Rangers have set up a deal to bring in Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena for seven million pounds, but they'll have to fend off Dinamo Moscow, says the Mirror.

• Stoke City's move for Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi is about dead because of crazy wage demands, says the Daily Star.

• A whopping 15 suitors are dying to take winger Christian Atsu off Chelsea's hands after his impressive World Cup for Ghana, reports the Mirror. West Ham, Aston Villa and Everton are among those looking to add the 22-year-old on loan.