We're so close to the start of the football season we can almost taste it. For now, though, we're in full-on transfer mode ...
Top picks: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal hints that he may not buy any more players this summer, Newcastle close in on the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk forward Facundo Ferreyra, while Frank Lampard is on the verge of a shock return to the Premier League.
Completed deals: Tottenham sign 20-year-old English defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon, Everton announce the signing of 18-year-old defender Brendan Galloway, and Romulo joins Juventus on a season-long loan from Verona.
22.43 BST LAMPARD UPDATE - Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told a news conference that Frank Lampard will be training with the club from Wednesday. It seems that loan deal from New York City FC is ON!
22.11 BST Barcelona drew 1-1 with Nice on Saturday and right now Luis Enrique is doing his post-match news conference. He just stated: "It's great news that Xavi is staying. He's really doing well, both physically and mentally. He played a great half. We continue working on transfers, some positions should be strengthened, the club knows it, we're not in a hurry. Xavi to stay the whole season? That's what I would like, that the players who start the season stay until the end."
21.40 BST Championship newcomers Brentford are hoping to have a crack at getting into the Premier League, but they are in danger of losing their best players to the vultures. Manager Mark Warburton has branded a bid from Wigan -- managed by former Brentford boss Uwe Rosler -- as "unacceptable." He said: "I'm concerned about his welfare -- he's gone away for a couple of days to get his head straight. A bid is only a bid when it's realistic. When it comes in an unsettles a player -- that's unacceptable. There's been a second bid which is totally unacceptable."
21.06 BST DONE DEAL Marseille have announced that Mathieu Valbuena has completed his move to Dinamo Moscow for an undisclosed fee. It has been reported that the Russian club have shelled out seven million euros for the France international. Marseille said on their official website: "He fought with all his abilities, his assets: they became his strength, his trademark. For all those moments shared, Mathieu deserves thanks. Good luck..."
20.34 BST Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on reports that he has made enquiries to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira. "What is enquire for you," he responded to a question about whether he had contacted Real Madrid about Khedira. "I dont know. If I read the newspapers, he is available."
20.11 BST An update on the situation with Ezequiel Schelotto, the Inter Milan winger who is attracting interest from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman. The player's agent, Bruno Carpeggiani, told FCInter1908.it: "We are waiting for the negotiations to continue. Yesterday, I met with [agent] Claudio Vigorelli, who is mediating for the English club, and I can say the situation is active. It could end tomorrow or maybe nothing will be done, I can't say at this moment because we are also waiting for Inter."
19.46 BST Reports in Italy suggest that Valencia have lodged an official offer for Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi. A bid of six million euros has reportedly been made.
19.04 BST Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is looking to bolster his defensive line in the next few weeks, but said he may only make one more signing before the transfer window closes. Full story.
18.32 BST Colombia captain Mario Yepes might be 38 but he still thinks he has time to play in the UK before hanging up his boots, even saying there are clubs interested. His agent Gino Culbertson told Sky Sports: "I am already talking to several clubs who have shown an interest in Mario. Mario is keen to finish his career in the UK and with his experience and undoubted talent he would be a valuable addition for anyone."
17.25 BST West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has identified Stoke City forward Peter Crouch as the ideal candidate to replace crocked targetman Andy Carroll.
The Hammers boss had hoped to convince free agent Samuel Eto'o to move to Upton Park but the Cameroon international's wage demands meant that no deal could be agreed.
Crouch has spoken of his desire to stay and fight for his place at Stoke despite the arrivals of Mame Biram Diouf and Bojan this summer, but The Daily Star says that Mark Hughes is prepared to let the 33-year-old leave for a fee of just one million pounds.
17.10 BST Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted he would consider moving back to Manchester United if he were ever to leave Real Madrid.
"I was 18 years old [when I joined], I won everything there, the people treat me like a God there so I appreciate that and in the future, nobody knows." Read the full story here.
16.55 BST Benfica are hopeful of tying up a deal for Uruguay full-back Jose Gimenez, according to O Jogo.
The 19-year-old impressed for the South American nation at the World Cup and Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone could sanction a loan move to the Portuguese champions as he is determined to provide Gimenez with valuable first-team experience.
16.40 BST DONE DEAL! Palermo have announced on their official website that they have confirmed the signing of Morocco defender Zouhair Feddal from Parma.
The 25-year-old joins the newly-promoted Sicilians on a one-year loan deal with view to a permanent transfer, after impressing on loan at Siena last season.
16.30 BST Brazil international defender Dede says he is flattered by reports linking him with a move to Juventus.
The 26-year-old centre-back was part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's preliminary World Cup squad and was a key member of Cruzeiro's title-winning squad last year.
"I read in the papers that Juventus were interested and it is certainly very pleasing and flattering," he told Radio Brasil.
"However, I am very happy at Cruzeiro. I feel everyone has confidence in me here, but I am keeping my feet on the ground."
16.20 BST Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has turned his attentions towards signing Manchester United misfit Shinji Kagawa after conceding defeat in his pursuit of Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla.
The Japan international joined United from Borussia Dortmund for 12 million pounds in 2012, but since then he has failed to reproduce the excellent form he demonstrated at the Westfalenstadion.
The Daily Star says that Louis van Gaal could allow Kagawa to depart Old Trafford this summer after admitting that he too many players who play in the No.10 role behind the striker.
16.05 BST Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has confirmed that Mauricio Isla will join Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan.
The Chile international saw his No.33 shirt taken by new signing Patrice Evra earlier this week before Juventus announced the transfer of Romulo from Hellas Verona earlier today, effectively signalling the end of Isla's Bianconeri career.
"The deal can now be considered concluded. Isla will be in England tomorrow to undergo medical examinations with QPR," Marotta said.
15.50 BST When will it end for Southampton? The Daily Telegraph says that Artur Boruc could be the next man to leave St. Mary's with Bayern Munich planning a surprise swoop for the Polish goalkeeper.
The Bundesliga champions are seeking a reliable deputy to Manuel Neuer for the season ahead and they have reportedly already made discreet inquiries as to whether the 34-year-old would be interested.
Boruc has just one year remaining on his current Saints deal and Ronald Koeman could be tempted to cash in on the goalkeeper this summer as he plots a bid for Celtic's Fraser Forster.
15.40 BST Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says he has all but given up on trying to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy. Read the full story here.
15.30 BST Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri says that Diego Lopez could be on the move to Monaco, with Real Madrid expecting to announce the signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the coming days.
Carlo Ancelotti faces a goalkeeping headache ahead of the forthcoming campaign and it seems that Lopez could be the man to make way, with Navas battling Iker Casillas for the No.1 spot.
Real Madrid's Diego Lopez close to join Monaco- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 2, 2014
15.20 BST Corinthians forward Paolo Guerrero is close to joining Newcastle United, according to reports in his native Peru.
The former Bayern Munich star has netted 19 international goals in 49 caps and would be the first Peruvian to play for the Magpies since Nolberto Solano.
15.10 BST Morocco international Younes Belhanda is on the verge of a move to Turkey, despite joining Dynamo Kiev from Montpellier just last summer.
L'Equipe says the 24-year-old is unsettled in Ukraine due to the hostile political situation in the country and he is expected to join Besiktas on a three or four-year contract.
15.00 BST ESPN blogger Rory Smith assesses whether or not Premier League spending is a detriment to the England National Team's development. Read his article here.
14.50 BST Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has reiterated his desire to keep Arturo Vidal at the club despite reports that Manchester United have stepped up their efforts to sign the Chile international.
"We have already said Vidal is not on the market, but what the player wants is decisive. Vidal has never said he wants to leave and Juventus would only sell him if he wanted to leave," he said.
Marotta also ruled out a move for free agent Samuel Eto'o but says the club are still active in the transfer market.
"With all due respect for the champion, he does not represent the profile we are looking for. The squad is more than competitive, but our market is not closed yet. We still need to do something in defence and attack."
14.40 BST Milan remain hopeful of bringing Adel Taarabt back to Italy, despite refusing to pay the winger's buy-out clause.
The Moroccan impressed on loan at the Rossoneri last season and has stated his desire to return to the Italian club despite Queens Park Rangers' promotion to the Premier League.
Milan's stance is complicated by Robinho's position at the club but Vincenzo Morabito, the FIFA agent who brokered Taarabt's move to the San Siro, says he expects a deal to materialise towards the end of the transfer window.
"In my view Milan evidently wanted to avoid spending the money for the buy-out," Morabito told Tuttomercatoweb. "I think there's still a chance of seeing him with a Rossoneri jersey. It can be finished off in the last week of August when QPR realise they have no other options.
"At that stage, they could consider another loan. The club tried offering him up in England, but despite a good season there wasn't much interest in him."
14.25 BST Trabzonspor have released a statement to the stock exchange confirming talks are underway with Benfica regarding the transfer of Oscar Cardozo.
The 31-year-old Paraguayan forward has scored 73 goals in 126 appearances for the Portuguese champions and is expected to join the Turkish side in a 5.6 million euro deal after turning down the advances of West Ham and Leicester City.
14.15 BST Alan Irvine hopes to bolster his West Bromwich Albion attack with the signing of Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany.
The 26-year-old was inspirational in Parma's top-six finish last term, contributing six goals and seven assists in Serie A.
Tuttomercatoweb says that the Baggies have offered five million pounds for his services though they face stiff competition from the likes of Inter, Milan, Roma and Juventus.
14.05 BST Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha is determined to fight his way into Louis van Gaal's plans despite agreeing terms with three Premier League clubs.
The 21-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the Reds' lineup since joining from Crystal Palace last summer and had an ill-fated loan spell at Cardiff City at the end of last season.
The Mirror says that Zaha has agreed terms with West Ham, Queens Park Rangers and former club Palace ahead of a potential loan move but he will only make the move if Van Gaal deems him surplus to requirements for the forthcoming campaign.
13.55 BST Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has highlighted Italy international Mattia De Sciglio as a future Real Madrid right-back.
The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest talents in Italy though his Milan career has been plagued by injury so far.
Ancelotti could make a move for De Sciglio if Alvaro Arbeloa leaves the Eurppean champions this summer but Marca claims De Sciglio is determined to stay at Milan for the meantime as he looks to improve his game and gain further experience in Serie A.
13.45 BST Could the Mathieu Valbuena transfer saga could finally be about to come to an end? After weeks of uncertainty and speculation, L'Equipe says that the France playmaker arrived in Russia yesterday to undergo a medical ahead of a proposed seven million euro switch to Dinamo Moscow.
West Ham and Queens Park Rangers had both shown an interest in the 29-year-old but it seems that Dinamo Moscow have finally managed to convince Valbuena to put pen to paper on a lucrative three-year deal.
13.35 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club have rejected a bid from Trabzonspor for Kolo Toure, insisting that the Ivory Coast international has a big part to play next season.
The 33-year-old has a year left on his current deal after signing from Manchester City on a free transfer last summer and Rodgers says that Toure's experience is crucial to the squad, despite his lack of game time towards the end of last season.
"Kolo has been an incredible player. We brought him in because he is a winner, an authentic winner," said Rodgers, talking at a news conference on Liverpool's pre-season tour of the USA.
"He's someone who doesn't play every single week but when he does play, he plays very well. Every day of his life in training, he gives his all."
13.25 BST After missing out on Romelu Lukaku, Wolfsburg have stepped up their efforts to sign Roma striker Mattia Destro.
The Italian capital outfit have been active in the transfer market but they risk falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations unless they also sell.
Bild says that Wolfsburg are preparing a 22 million euro bid for the 23-year-old who scored 13 goals in just 20 Serie A games last term.
13.05 BST Borussia Monchengladbach are on the verge of signing highly-rated Paraguayan forward Jorge Benitez.
Kicker says that the Foals have agreed a deal with Guarani for the 21-year-old who is already in Germany to undergo a medical.
12.50 BST Galatasaray president Unal Aysal says that Joel Campbell will stay at Arsenal this season after he was knocked back in his attempts to sign the Costa Rica forward.
The 22-year-old impressed on loan at Olympiakos last season before catching the eye at the World Cup as Los Ticos reached the quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.
Milan have also registered their interest in Campbell, who could make his Arsenal bow in the Emirates Cup this afternoon.
"Yes, I want him for our team," Aysal admitted. "But Arsene Wenger wants to keep him in the squad this season and benefit from him. Nothing's happening at the moment. Wenger won't allow this transfer."
12.40 BST DONE DEAL! Juventus have completed the signing of Romulo from Hellas Verona after he successfully passed his medical earlier today.
The versatile 27-year-old joins the Italian champions on an initial one million euro season-long loan with view to a permanent six million euro transfer which will be automatically activated if he plays in over 60% of the Bianconeri's games this season.
Romulo becomes the fifth new face at the Juventus stadium this summer following the acquisitions of Kingsley Coman, Patrice Evra, Alvaro Morata and Roberto Pereyra.
12.30 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lavished praise on Milan striker Mario Balotelli, hinting that he could be the man to replace Luis Suarez at Anfield.
The Northern Irish coach is also hopeful of adding Spanish full-backs Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno to his squad and hopes to finalise both deals in the coming days. Read the full story here.
12.20 BST Milan misfit Robinho could be on his way to Asia, with La Stampa reporting that he has been granted a visa to sign for a club in Dubai.
The Brazilian's exit will free up space on Milan's non-EU quota and Filippo Inzaghi could turn his attentions to Valencia's Algerian midfielder Sofiane Feghouli, Monaco's Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos or Arsenal's Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell.
The Rossoneri retain an interest in Torino winger Alessio Cerci though the Granata insist that he will not be sold for less than 18 million euros.
12.05 BST Harry Redknapp is prepared to offer Jordon Mutch a return to Premier League football, with Queens Park Rangers readying a five million pound bid for the 22-year-old midfielder.
Mutch was part of the Cardiff City squad which got relegated from the English top flight last term though he was the Bluebirds' top league scorer with seven goals.
The Mirror says that QPR have pipped Sunderland to Mutch's signature while they are also confident of landing Juventus wideman Mauricio Isla on loan.
11.55 BST Could Bayern Munich be about to break Borussia Dortmund hearts again?
Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze have both departed Westfalenstadion for the Allianz Arena in the past two seasons and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to rule out a move for BVB star Marco Reus.
The 25-year-old cruelly missed out on Germany's World Cup winning campaign due to an ankle ligament injury and he will be able to leave Jurgen Klopp's side for just 35 million euros next summer due to a clause in his contract.
"I like to give myself a year in advance to make transfer decisions," the 58-year-old told Bild. "But this cannot be done in the football of football any more.
"In the past we have tried to clarify our transfers early, but today the philosophy is different."
11.45 BST Aston Villa defender Antonio Luna is on the verge of joining Serie A outfit Hellas Verona on loan.
The Spanish left-back fell out of favour at Villa Park towards the end of last season and was left behind for the club's tour of the USA, with Enda Stevens preferred.
Aston Villa defender Antonio Luna is set to join Verona on loan. #AVFC- Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 2, 2014
11.35 BST Former Milan striker Alexandre Pato is prepared to risk the wrath of Rossoneri supporters by signing for fierce rivals Inter.
The 24-year-old Brazilian struck 63 goals in 150 games for Milan during a five-and-a-half year spell before moving back to his native Brazil.
Inter are prepared to offer 10 million euros for Pato but Jornal do Brasil says that Corinthians are holding out for a higher fee.
11.25 BST Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal is determined to stay and fight for a place at Arsenal, despite reports linking him with a move away from North London this summer.
Monreal joined Arsenal from Malaga in January 2013 but he has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Gunners lineup.
Mundo Deportivo says that Athletic Bilbao are interested in signing the 28-year-old but Monreal has no intention of making a return to La Liga just yet.
11.15 BST The Guardian says that Newcastle United are on the verge of their seventh summer signing after agreeing, in principle, a 1.6 million pound loan deal with Shakhtar Donetsk for Facundo Ferreyra.
The Argentine striker refused to continue playing for Shakhtar because of the political instability in eastern Ukraine and could join the Magpies on a permanent 6.4 million pound deal at the end of the season should he impress Alan Pardew.
Ferreyra made eight appearances for the Ukrainian champions last season, scoring six goals.
11.05 BST Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is seeking defensive reinforcements in the summer transfer window and has identified fellow Argentine Mateo Musacchio as his top priority.
The 23-year-old centre-back has been heavily linked to Barcelona in recent times and Villarreal are demanding 21 million pounds for his signature.
The Mirror says that Tottenham are reluctant to meet the Yellow Submarine's asking price and are planning on testing their resolve with a 16 million pound opening offer.
10.55 BST Dynamo Kiev midfielder Miguel Veloso says he is eager to return to Serie A, amid reports that Fiorentina are preparing a bid.
The volatile political situation in Ukraine has already resulted in some players refusing to return to the country and a number of European clubs are hoping to take advantage in the transfer window.
"I have already expressed my desire to leave, but it doesn't only depend on me. It is also down to the common sense of the Dynamo Kiev President," he told Tuttomercatoweb.
"I very much like Fiorentina, as it's a great squad full of real champions, but there are other clubs interested in me who could meet Dynamo's requests. Everyone knows what I want and I hope it can come true."
10.45 BST Could Marouane Fellaini be on his way out of Manchester United? La Stampa says that Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has made the Belgium midfielder his No.1 target following the departure of Valon Behrami to Hamburg.
Manchester United are hoping to recoup 16 million pounds for Fellaini but Benitez hopes to persuade the club to part with the 26-year-old on a season-long loan with view to a permanent deal.
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and Lokomotiv Moscow's Lassana Diarra are alternative targets while Benitez is prepared to let Blerim Dzemaili and Goran Pandev leave the club.
10.35 BST Ronald Koeman says that Saphir Taider will move to Southampton as part of the deal which sees Pablo Daniel Osvaldo join Inter on loan.
The Algeria midfielder will become Saints' fourth summer signing after Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Ryan Bertrand, while Nerazzurri duo Ezequiel Schelotto and Hugo Campagnaro have also been strongly linked with a switch to St. Mary's.
"Taider brings quality and we need that. We need competition in the squad as well and that will be good," Koeman said.
"We hope to bring in maybe two or three players this weekend, and then we'll have two weeks to prepare ourselves in the best way to play well against Liverpool."
10.25 BST Everton boss Roberto Martinez has raided MK Dons by signing teenage defender Brendan Galloway for an undisclosed fee.
The England youth international became Dons' youngest ever first-team player when he made his debut against Nantwich Town in November 2011 aged just 15 and has been touted as a star of the future.
"It means an awful lot to me coming to such a great Club," Galloway told Everton's official website. "I'm now looking forward to learning off some of the more senior players -- the likes of Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.
"I've been watching them for years now and they're great professionals, great players -- players who have been there and done it. That's a big thing for me to be able to learn off guys like that."
10.15 BST Mauricio Pochettino has made Eric Dier his third signing as Tottenham manager. The 20-year-old English defender joins Spurs on a five-year contract after the club agreed a fee in the region of four million pounds with Sporting Lisbon.
Dier has been a regular at England youth level and enjoyed a spell on loan at Everton in 2011.
10.05 BST Louis van Gaal has stunned Manchester United fans by claiming that he may not sign any more players this summer.
Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have joined United's ranks -- with Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen also strongly linked with moves to Old Trafford -- but the former Netherlands coach says he is impressed with what he has seen of his squad during the club's pre-season tour.
"We still have a month to go [before the end of the transfer window] and we are winning. Maybe we don't need other players," van Gaal told a press conference at the Michigan Stadium. "First I want to see the players who I have and give them an honest chance."
09.55 BST Juventus expect to wrap up the signing of Brazilian-born Italian midfielder Romulo today.
The versatile 27-year-old earned a call-up to Cesare Prandelli's preliminary World Cup squad after impressing at Verona last season and is currently undergoing a medical in Turin ahead of a proposed eight million euro transfer.
It looks like a case of one in, one out at Juventus however, with Chile international Mauricio Isla reportedly close to a season-long loan switch to Queens Park Rangers.
09.40 BST Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is hoping to bolster his strike force with Uruguayan compatriot Abel Hernandez. The 23-year-old helped fire Palermo back into Serie A last term with 14 goals and The Daily Star says he is itching for a move to the Premier League.
Southampton are also interested in Hernandez though Palermo coach Giuseppe Iachini is determined to keep him in Sicily.
09.30 BST DONE DEAL! Greek champions Olympiakos have completed the signing of Spanish defender Alvaro Botia from Sevilla for an undisclosed fee. The former Barcelona centre-back fell out of favour at the Andalusian outfit and spent last season on loan at Elche.
The arrival of Botia could pave the way for Kostas Manolas' exit, with Valencia expressing a keen interest in the Greece international.
United to welcome Mats?
The idea that Liverpool would help Manchester United obtain a star name seems preposterous, but it is claimed that Brendan Rodgers will let Tiago Ilori join Borussia Dortmund -- paving the way for Mats Hummels to move to Old Trafford.
While Hummels' dad previously claimed talk of a move to United was "nonsense," it appears there could yet be something in this. Ilori, fed up at not featuring for Liverpool, is eager for first-team football and The Daily Mail reckons Rodgers will oblige.
That would then allow United to make their move for Hummels, with Ilori plugging the gap in the Dortmund defence for a year on loan.
Lamps returning to England
Many suspected that once Frank Lampard had signed for New York City FC, who don't start their MLS campaign until March of 2015, he would join NYCFC teammate David Villa on a short-term loan at fellow Manchester City-owned club Melbourne City.
According to multiple reports, Lampard will join up with Manchester City itself until he returns to New York for preseason training. The Guardian reports that the England international declined City's offer to move to Australia.
Lopez leaving Madrid
That's what Real Madrid-friendly newspaper Marca are claiming.
Diego Lopez is set to be frustrated this season amid suggestions that Iker Casillas will usurp him as the Madrid No. 1, and in fine transfer window tradition, clubs are now on "RED ALERT."
Among those said to be interested are Monaco, while Marca curiously link Chelsea with the goalkeeper, too. Maybe Jose Mourinho just doesn't fancy Thibaut Courtois, or could Petr Cech be up for the chop?
Navas move almost done
Perhaps Lopez is off because Keylor Navas, the World Cup hero for Costa Rica, is close to moving to the Bernabeu?
Cazorla in Atleti link
We can understand why Atletico Madrid are after Santi Cazorla -- he's pretty good, for one -- and there is talk that Arsene Wenger is after Colombian star Juan Quintero.
There have been murmurs regarding Cazorla's future this summer and if Wenger does manage to land Quintero, Atleti could make their move for the Spaniard. AS claims Cazorla is just one of a string of names linked with a move to Spain, with Fernando Torres also in the mix.
The Arsenal boss has since denied interest in Quintero, but when has a manager's quote on transfer speculation really meant that much?
Anyone remember "I wouldn't sell them a virus"?
Milan want Campbell
Another player potentially heading for the exit door at the Emirates is Joel Campbell, who shone for Costa Rica at the World Cup. Now, Transfer Talk doesn't want to tell Wenger how to do his job, but we thought Campbell might be good for a first-team place this season.
He might not get the chance, though -- as The Daily Telegraph says that AC Milan are ready to run the rule over Campbell at this weekend's Emirates Cup.
Ronaldinho to Red Bulls?
The Brazilian magician has parted company with Atletico Mineiro, and much to the annoyance of QPR and Stoke fans -- and indeed the Premier League -- Ronaldinho doesn't look like he's moving to England after all.
It must have been a tough choice between Stoke and New York but he's made the agonising decision to switch to the Red Bulls, according to reports.
Everton in for Atsu
Fresh after smashing their transfer record with a 28 million-pound move for Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Martinez is set to raid Chelsea again.
This time it's Christian Atsu, who has been linked with a switch to Goodison on loan. Martinez (or is that Bill Kenwright?) loves a loan deal and after the success of Gerard Deulofeu last year, Everton hope Atsu's the man to add some thrust in attack.
The Liverpool Echo thinks it's on as Martinez continues to look for improvements.