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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Aug 3, 2014

Chicharito to go to Juventus?

Could Javier Hernandez follow Patrice Evra to Turin?

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: Arsenal are prepared to rival Manchester United for the signing of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, Juventus eye up a move for Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and Jose Mourinho says that one more foreign player will leave this Chelsea this summer though it will not be Fernando Torres. 

22.55 BST That's it for tonight, but our Monday morning newspaper review is just around the corner.

22.29 BST Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is hoping to add to his squad this week. "There are plenty of things going on and I'm looking forward to things happening in the next few days, so it's all positive," Poyet told the Shields Gazette. "I think we have a great chance [of signing players], a great chance. People are going to be surprised, which is great. It's all positive. We've had a few things that before we knew it they didn't work. But I'm hoping there's going to be some good news over the next two or three days."

22.10 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will not be signing Mario Balotelli this summer.  "I can categorically tell you Mario Balotelli will not be at Liverpool,'' Rodgers told a news conference on the eve of Liverpool's game against Manchester United in Miami. "In my last press conference I was asked a question about Mario Balotelli and I talked about what a talent he was and what an excellent player he was. And the next day it was wrote as if we were signing him. I just gave my perception of him as a player. It shouldn't be transmitted in to us signing the player.''

21.37 BST We're still waiting to find out where Ronaldinho will end up as he searches for a new club. But it seems that club will not be New York Red Bulls. Sporting director Andy Roxburgh told Big Apple Soccer: "Nobody has ever approached us. We haven't been approached by anybody mentioning Ronaldinho. And the name suddenly comes at us and the answer is 'no'."

20.57 BST So we still don't know where free agent Samuel Eto'o will go next after leaving Chelsea this summer. However, the press officer for the Cameroon national team, Raphael Nkoa Tsanga, has given us a cryptic clue on Facebook. He said: "A legend of Cameroonian football is set to join one of the great European clubs in the next hours. Million dollar question : Who is he? Two possible destinations, Serie A and the Premier League. To help you, he holds the record for most African Player of the Year awards,"

20.22 BST Full quotes in now from Roberto Martinez, and it's a winger he's targeting. He told the club's official website: "We are looking for a wide player that is going to help us in a position that we need to strengthen going into the season. We are going to take as long as we need but hopefully it will be earlier rather than later." Everton are close to tying up a deal for Belgian teenager David Henen who would be seen as a player for the future.

19.44 BST Here's the full story on Keylor Navas hitting the big time at Real Madrid.

19.31 BST Everton boss Roberto Martinez, speaking after Sunday's 1-1 draw against FC Porto, has revealed his is looking for one more first-team addition before the transfer window closes.

19.06 BST DONE DEAL - European champions Real Madrid have completed the signing of Costa Rica's World Cup hero Keylor Navas on a six-year deal. The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who leaves Levante for the Santiago Bernabeu, was a star performer as Costa Rica reached the quarterfinals in Brazil.  A statement published on Real's official website on Sunday evening read: ``Real Madrid CF and Levante UD have reached an agreement over the transfer of Keylor Navas, who will be tied to the club for the next six seasons. The player will be presented on Tuesday, August 5, at 1pm (local time) in the Bernabeu's royal box." The fee is believed to be 10 million euros.

18.42 BST Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Lazio are closing in on Aston Villa central defender Ron Vlaar -- and so eager are cash-strapped Villa to sell they have dropped their asking price from 10 million euros to seven million euros. He has also attracted interest from Southampton.

18.09 BST The story today was that Joshua Guilavogui was set to leave Atletico Madrid for Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, but reports in Spain from AS suggest Arsenal are going to gazump them. A Bola agrees, saying that Arsene Wenger has shelved his interest in Real Madrid's Sami Khedira to sign Guilavogui. However, the paper's claims that Santi Cazorla could go the other way seems far fetched.

17.30 BST Goran Pandev is holding out for a move to Fiorentina after being told that he can leave Napoli this summer.

Reports in Italy claim that the Macedonia international striker has received offers from Olympiakos and UAE side Al Jazira but he is not interested in leaving Italy and believes he can still perform at the highest level in Serie A.

17.20 BST West Bromwich Albion coach Alan Irvine says he still hopes to bring some more faces to The Hawthorns this summer despite six new arrivals. 

The Baggies boss broke the club's transfer record by signing Nigerian striker Brown Ideye and he is now targeting wingers before the season kicks off in a fortnight's time.

"We're still looking for players in wide areas," he said.. "You can see we've got some lads having to play out of position -- like Craig Gardner and Graham Dorrans -- not because I want them to play out of position but because that's where we are at the moment.

"Everyone knows we didn't have any full-backs and any wide players at the beginning when I first came in. We've now got a better full-back situation but even there we're still a bit light."

17.05 BST Wolfsburg's seemingly endless quest to sign a new striker has encountered a new hurdle as Mattia Destro has declared that he has no intention to leave Roma despite the Bundesliga club's offer to double his wages.

The Wolves were unsuccessful in attempts to bring Alvaro Morata and Romelu Lukaku to the Volkswagen Arena and had hoped to tie up a 30 million deal for the 23-year-old forward.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Joshua Guilavogui is expected to finalise a move to Wolfsburg in the coming days while Gianluca Di Marzio says they could also pursue a move for Monaco starlet Anthony Martial

16.50 BST Speaking to BT Sport reporter Darren Currie during Monaco's Emirates Cup encounter with Arsenal, coach Leonardo Jardim insisted that Radamel Falcao would definitely be playing his football at the Stade Louis II this season.

The Colombian striker has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid but Jardim has made it clear that the 28-year-old is not for sale. 

16.45 BST Juventus are eyeing up a bid for Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas, according to reports in Italy.

The Greece centre-back impressed during the World Cup and is reportedly one of the top names on Massimiliano Allegri's wishlist. 

However, Olympiakos' 16 million euro asking price could prove a stumbling block, with the Bianconeri valuing the 23-year-old at around six million.

Fiorentina's Stefan Savic and Manchester City's Matija Nastasic remain alternative candidates and any arrival is likely to pave the way for Angelo Ogbonna to leave the club.

16.30 BST How will Barcelona's new signings fit into Luis Enrique's system? ESPN blogger Francesc Tomas takes a look at a new era at the Camp Nou. Read his article here

16.20 BST Real Madrid will assess the fitness levels of Radamel Falcao before deciding whether to make a bid to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

The Colombian striker made his first appearance for Monaco yesterday since a cruciate ligament injury ruled him out of action in January and is in line to start against Arsenal in the Emirates Cup this afternoon. 

Falcao has been strongly linked with a return to the Spanish capital though any deal may hinge on whether they can offload Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain. 

16.10 BST Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has pledged his future to the club despite reports linking him with a transfer away from Germany.

The Gabon international netted 16 times during his maiden campaign for Jurgen Klopp's side though fell out of favour towards the end of last season. 

Newcastle have been linked with a move for the former Saint-Etienne star but the player insists he is happy at BVB.

"I am under contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 2018. I never wanted to leave and I am not out to leave the club," he is quoted as saying in The Chronicle.

"There has been no one trying to lure me away from Dortmund. That's a fact. I have heard all of the rumours, the interest from Italy and so on. Honestly, that is of no interest to me."

16.00 BST Colombia's marauding World Cup centre-back Mario Yepes has turned down an offer from Sampdoria to sign for Argentine side Independiente.

The 38-year-old centre-back was expected to announce his retirement after the World Cup but he rolled back the years with some impressive performances in Brazil and is now a free agent following the expiry of his Atalanta contract. 

15.50 BST Southampton coach Ronald Koeman is plotting a raid for Manchester United's unsettled stars as he desperately searches for attacking reinforcements ahead of the new season.

Javier Hernandez, Wilfried Zaha and Ashley Young are all on the Dutchman's shortlist while Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar and Celtic duo Virgil van Dijk and Fraser Forster remain defensive targets. 

The Daily Mail also says that Wolfsburg have turned their attentions to signing Shinji Kagawa after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, while Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis wants to bring Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to Selhurst Park. 

15.35 BST Diego Lopez is on the verge of joining Monaco on a three-year deal after being forced out of Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper was determined to stay and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu but was told that he does not feature in Carlo Ancelotti's plans next season due to the imminent arrival of Costa Rica World Cup star Keylor Navas.

It marks a sour end to Lopez's Madrid career, with AS reporting that he is refusing to negotiate his severance package with the club, demanding the full 12 million euros for the remainder of his contract.  

15.25 BST Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is plotting an audacious 45 million pound double swoop for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Swansea striker Wilfried Bony, according to The Mirror.

The Argentine coach is determined to deliver on his promise that he can return Spurs to Champions League football and is prepared to make full use of the club's transfer budget.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman has slapped a 27 million pound bid on Schneiderlin while Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he is prepared to let Ivory Coast international Bony leave if the club receive a sizeable offer. 

15.10 BST Could Mario Balotelli make a shock return to the Premier League? Reports in Italy claim that the enigmatic striker could be on his way to Liverpool as a replacement for Luis Suarez.

Brendan Rodgers lavished praise on the enigmatic striker earlier this week and Sport Mediaset says that Milan are prepared to listen to offers between 18-20 million euros.

The Rossoneri hierarchy are desperate to add a pacey winger to their ranks and hope to reinvest the funds from Balotelli's sale in Paris Saint-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi or Torino's Italian star Alessio Cerci

Mario Balotelli has endured a dry spell for Italy, but he's not gotten the support he deserves.
Milan are reportedly prepared to sell Mario Balotelli to Liverpool for a fee of just 18 million euros.

14.55 BST The Lancaster Telegraph says that Blackburn Rovers midfielder Ruben Rochina is in Spain ahead of a proposed move to Granada.

The 23-year-old has already passed a medical with the La Liga outfit and will pen a four-year contract tomorrow. 

14.45 BST Are Benfica about to lose another of their star players? Having already lost Rodrigo, Andre Gomes, Jan Oblak and Ezequiel Garay this summer, BT Sport says that Manchester United target Enzo Perez is close to joining Valencia.

The World Cup runner-up is expected to join the La Liga side in a 20 million pound deal and will reportedly undergo a medical tomorrow. 

14.35 BST Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg, Joan Capdevila, Luis Garcia and David Trezeguet have all committed their future to the inaugural Indian Super League next season.

ESPN blogger John Duerden assesses whether these 'marquee players' can have a positive impact on India's football scene. Read his article here

14.30 BST DONE DEAL! Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of Kyriakos Papadopoulos on a season-long loan from Schalke,

The Greek international defender will wear the No.14 jersey at the BayArena as he looks to put his recent injury troubles behind him.

"His speed, tackling and heading ability, and especially his determination to win make him a very interesting player," Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller told the club's website.

"With Kyriakos Papadopoulos, we have increased our quality in defence. Now we are well equipped in all areas of the team and prepared for the tasks ahead."

14.15 BST Angel Di Maria could be officially named as a Paris Saint-Germain player next week, if reports in Spain are to be believed.

Mundo Deportivo says that the French champions have agreed to pay 75 million euros plus a further five million in incentives for the Argentine winger.

However, PSG are aware that they must adhere to UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations and will pay Real Madrid 10 million euros to take him on a season-long loan before purchasing him outright in 2015.

Reports in Spain claim that PSG have reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the purchase of Angel Di Maria.

14.00 BST Spanish journalist Kike Marin says that Liverpool are closing in on the signing of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.

The Merseyside club are expected to agree a fee of under 20 million euros with the Europa League holders but performance-related bonuses mean that it is likely to rise above that figure over time.

13.50 BST The Feyenoord exodus looks set to continue with reports emerging that Netherlands international Jordy Clasie is desperate to leave the club.

The Eredivisie outfit have already sold Daryl Janmaat, Bruno Martins-Indi, Stefan De Vrij and Graziano Pelle this summer -- and Portuguese newpaper O Jogo says that Clasie could be the next to jump ship.

Clasie's agent has confirmed that his client is keen for a move abroad, with Porto and Fiorentina both interested.

13.35 BST ESPN blogger Chris Atkins says that new Newcastle signing Facundo Ferreyra is worth a gamble up front and that his goal-scoring instincts would add value to any Premier League team. Read his article here

13.20 BST Netherlands winger Memphis Depay says that he is open to the prospect of leaving PSV this summer.

The 20-year-old scored twice at the World Cup and his impressive performances for the Oranje have attracted interest from a number of big European clubs, including Manchester United and Tottenham. 

"I did my time at PSV but if nice clubs from big leagues ask, of course I will think about it," Depay said, as reported in The Sun.

"There is lots of interest but it is an option to stay. I understand that fans want me to play well this season in Eindhoven, but ultimately I'm the one who decides how my career will look and no one else."

13.10 BST News has reached us of a surprising transfer in Germany where Schalke centre-back Kyriakos Papadopoulos is on the verge of joining Bayer Leverkusen on loan.

The Greek defender is hoping to get his career back on track after an injury-laden spell at the Veltins-Arena.

13.00 BST Former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Gary O'Neill says that he is signing for Norwich on a free transfer.

"I've been in talks with them for a couple of days. It's looking good, it's basically all done. We just need to sign things," he told talkSPORT

"My last two seasons in the Championship have earned promotion -- the first with West Ham and QPR last year. So it's two from two, so I'm looking to make it a hat-trick this year if we get things sorted at Norwich."

12.55 BST Valencia are certainly not afraid to splash the cash this summer and the La Liga side are now believed to be plotting a move for Sampdoria's World Cup winner Shkodran Mustafi.

The 22-year-old German defender has made a meteoric rise since he was released by Everton two-and-a-half years ago and has been strongly linked with a move to Juventus.

However, Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Mustafi's agent has already met with Valencia representatives regarding a potential 10 million euro deal. 

12.45 BST DONE DEAL! Newcastle United have completed the signing of Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The 23-year-old Argentine striker joins on a season-long loan -- with view to a permanent transfer at the end of season -- after refusing to report back to Ukraine due to the hostile political situation in the country.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew told the club's website: "Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio [Coloccini], and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle.

"This is a player who has played at the top level and is highly-regarded in Argentina. He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United."

12.35 BST Cardiff City have rejected a five million pound bid from Queens Park Rangers for midfielder Jordon Mutch.

The 22-year-old impressed during the Bluebirds' debut campaign in the Premier League last season and was their top scorer, contributing seven goals. 

The Chronicle says that Sunderland manager Gus Poyet could make a fresh bid for Mutch after having a 3.5 million pound bid rejected last month while Everton are on the verge of wrapping up a season-long loan deal for Chelsea's Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu.

12.25 BST Chase the Bony! Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says that the club will not stand in Wilfried Bony's way if a "top Champions League club" (sorry Tottenham fans) makes a sizeable offer for the Ivory Coast international.

Liverpool were strongly linked with the 25-year-old former Vitesse striker earlier in the summer and could reignite their interest after Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy failed a medical.

"Wilfried Bony is a fantastic professional," Jenkins told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. "If a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him.

"There are no issues with Bony. He's a great guy to have around the club. As much as we want players to stay with us for a number of years, we have to be open."

12.15 BST Atletico Madrid centre-back Miranda has committed his future to the Spanish champions by insisting he will not be following Diego Costa, Filipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea.

The Brazilian defender was surprisingly left out of Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad after a stellar season in Spain and is free to leave the Vicente Calderon if his 30 million euro release clause is activated.

However, Marca says the 29-year-old has been convinced by Diego Simeone to stay for at least another season and help Atleti try to defend their La Liga crown. 

Miranda has rubbished reports that he will leave Atletico Madrid this summer

12.00 BST Javier Manquillo will undergo his Liverpool medical on Monday after the Merseyside club finally agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the 20-year-old right-back.

Manquillo will move to Anfield for a two-year loan period should he successfully pass his medical (unlike Loic Remy) although Liverpool have the option to make the deal permanent or cancel the arrangement at the end of this season.

The Telegraph also claims that Brendan Rodgers is hopeful of tying up a 16 million pound deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno within the next week though Pepe Reina and Lucas Leiva are no closer to leaving the club.

11.45 BST DOUBLE DEAL! Fiorentina have confirmed on their official website that two players have joined 2. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

Centre-back Marvin Compper, 29, returns to his native Germany for a fee believed to be in the region of 500,000 euros while highly-rated Croatia international Ante Rebic joins on loan after expressing his desire to play regular first-team football.

RB Leipzig have been active in the transfer market this summer and broke the 2. Bundesliga transfer record by signing talented Belgian winger Massimo Bruno from Anderlecht. 

11.35 BST Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits that he must allow one foreign player to leave this summer as the club have already filled up their foreign quota.

However, that man will not be Fernando Torres as Mourinho says that it is vital to have three strikers with different qualities if Chelsea are to seriously challenge for the league title.

"Up front we need three strikers and we have three strikers. Torres will not leave. Their different qualities are very important," he told the club's website.

"We do need one player to leave because we have 18 foreign players and you can only have 17. We must make that decision between me, the board and the player involved.

"It will be a tough one because our squad is stable. It has the right numbers."

Jose Mourinho insists Fernando Torres will not be leaving Chelsea this summer.

11.20 BST Southampton are the latest club to express an interest in signing Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

New Saints boss Ronald Koeman has made it no secret that he is in the market for a new No.1 and he has already been denied in his efforts to sign Celtic shotstopper Fraser Forster.

The Stoke Sentinel says that Southampton are keen to tie up a permanent deal for Butland, 21, but Mark Hughes has no intention of letting him leave the Britannia Stadium this summer as he will provide vital competition to Asmir Begovic. 

However, the versatile Ryan Shotton and American winger Brek Shea have both been told they can leave the Potters this summer, either on loan or on permanent deals.

11.10 BST Newcastle are preparing to raid their fierce Tyneside rivals Sunderland for the second time this summer.

After signing Jack Colback on a free transfer, Magpies boss Alan Pardew has turned his attentions to Black Cats striker Connor Wickham who enjoyed a resurgence towards the end of last season.

Sunderland coach Gus Poyet has grown frustrated by the 21-year-old's contract negotiations and has issued him an ultimatum to sign or be sold. 

The Daily Mail says that Pardew is keen to add a new striker to his squad and hopes to agree a cut-price deal for Wickham, though West Ham are also interested. 

Could Connor Wickham follow Jack Colback to Newcastle?

11.00 BST It's Chico time! Swansea's Spanish star Chico Flores could be in line for a surprise reunion with former boss Michael Laudrup at Qatari club Lekhwiya.

The 27-year-old centre-back clashed with his Swans manager Garry Monk, then a teammate, last season in a training ground bust-up and The Mirror says he is set for talks ahead of a 3.5 million pound switch.

Monk has reportedly identified Celtic right-back Adam Matthews as a priority target as he looks to rebuild his squad ahead of the forthcoming campaign, while he still retains an interest in Tottenham's Kyle Naughton

10.50 BST West Ham manager Sam Allardyce admits that he is interested in signing free agent Samuel Eto'o but would prefer to sign somebody younger.

The Hammers boss is desperate for another striker after Andy Carroll was ruled out for four months with an ankle problem, despite already signing Mauro Zarate and Enner Valencia in the transfer window.

Eto'o, 33, is also a transfer target for Tottenham and Allardyce hopes to resolve the situation before the new Premier League season kicks off on August 16.

"Everyone is trying extremely hard -- especially the chairmen," Allardyce said after West Ham's penalty shootout win over Schalke yesterday, as quoted by London24.  "Samuel is still available and we have decided he should be considered at some stage if we're not successful [in signing a younger player]."

10.40 BST Arsene Wenger wants to be kept informed about the transfer situation of World Cup winner Mats Hummels this summer and plans to rival Manchester United for the Germany international should he become available.

The Arsenal coach is prepared to allow captain Thomas Vermaelen to leave the club this summer and could fill his void with Hummels, who The Mirror say will be able to leave Borussia Dortmund for 30 million pounds.

Wenger told reporters after Arsenal's 5-1 Emirates Cup win over Benfica yesterday that he was still in the market for one or two players and he holds a significant advantage over Manchester United as he can offer the prospect of Champions League football while already boasting a strong German contingent. 

Arsenal are prepared to rival Manchester United for the signing of German centre-back Mats Hummels

10.30 BST It just didn't work out Ricky van Wolfswinkel at Norwich, did it? The Dutch striker joined the Canaries from Sporting Lisbon last summer for a club record fee of 8.5 million pounds, but he was a huge disappointment, registering just one goal and one assist in 25 appearances.

However, Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne are prepared to offer the 25-year-old a lifeline and the prospect of Europa League football, with L'Equipe reporting that the player is expected to move to Les Verts on a season-long loan after undergoing a medical on Friday. 

10.20 BST DONE DEAL! Melbourne City have unveiled former West Bromwich Albion and Hull City midfielder Robert Koren as their marquee signing for the forthcoming campaign.

The 61-time Slovenian international has signed a two-year deal with the A-League side and becomes their second international acquisition this summer following Damien Duff's arrival. 

"We have been looking for the right player -- and person ---to fill our marquee position and Robert ticks all of the boxes," Brian Marwood, Managing Director of City Football Services, told the club's official website.

"Robert is an impressive footballer who has had great experience at the top level in England and we're excited about what he will bring to Melbourne City FC."

10.10 BST DONE DEAL! Hamburg have completed the signing of Switzerland international Valon Behrami from Napoli for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old played in all four of the Schweizer Nati's World Cup games in Brazil and has signed a four year-contract at the Bundesliga club, where he will wear the No.21 jersey.

10.00 BST A host of European clubs have been dealt a blow in the transfer market after Porto announced that Jackson Martinez had signed a contract extension at the club until 2017.

The 27-year-old has been the top goalscorer in the Portuguese Liga over the last two seasons and was linked with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Milan earlier this summer.

09.50 BST Feyenoord's preparations for the new season have been hampered by three of their defensive line leaving the club this summer and coach Fred Rutten is desperate to bring in some new faces ahead of the Eredivisie kick-off next weekend.

The Rotterdam outfit are cash-strapped but they hope to convince Napoli to allow talented Colombian striker Duvan Zapata to join on loan, as a replacement for new Southampton signing Graziano Pelle. 

09.40 BST Joshua Guilavogui's Atletico Madrid nightmare could be about to come to an end, with the French midfielder set for a move to the Bundesliga.

Guilavogui joined Diego Simeone's side last summer from Saint-Etienne but he was loaned back to Les Verts for the second half of last season after failing to establish himself in Spain. 

AS says that Wolfsburg have agreed a 14.5 million euro fee with the Spanish champions for Guilavogui who will travel to Germany in the coming days to undergo a medical and agree personal terms. 

Could that pave the way for Arsenal target Luis Gustavo to leave Wolfsburg? Time will tell...

09.25 BST Could Jermaine Jones be heading to the MLS? The German-born USA international is currently without a club following the expiry of his Besiktas contract earlier this summer and Chicago Fire are determined to make the midfielder their designated player. 

The 32-year-old, who scored one of the goals of the 2014 World Cup against Portugal, reportedly turned down the Fire's initial offer but head coach Frank Yallop is hopeful of tying up a deal to bring the 46-times capped American to Toyota Park.

"I spoke to Jermaine yesterday and wanted to put forward our club and what we thought of him and we would love [for] him to join us," Yallop told reporters after Chicago Fire's 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew.

"So I've done that, he hasn't officially turned down our offer because we've not had anything back, so we're still waiting. It was a big offer, Andrew [Hauptman, club owner] stepped up and put out a good contract offer, he's thinking about it and we'll probably find out about it in the next couple of days."

Transfer talk starts off with what could be a mutually beneficial chain of events...

However, before we get on to the rumours and speculation, here's news that Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Frank Lampard will join Manchester City on loan until January.

OK, where were we?

Juventus want Chicharito

Juventus are desperate for a striker. Manchester United are crying out for a central midfielder. Tuttosport has a solution -- Javier Hernandez is in The Old Lady's sights. Did anyone say "swap deal!" Makes sense, right? United would need to offer some cash as well as the "Little Pea," but if they really do want to get the Arturo Vidal deal over the line, using Hernandez as bait could well swing it. But we won't hold our breath -- Hernandez also reminded Louis van Gaal of his worth with a well-taken goal against Real Madrid in Manchester United's friendly win on Saturday.

Incidentally, Chilean newspaper El Mercurio has a double-page spread on this saga, and they reckon Vidal's agent is ready to negotiate a move to United. Wake us up when it's all over; Transfer Talk is actually starting to long for Luis Suarez rumours again...

What?! Another Southampton star set to leave

Will the last player to leave Southampton please turn out the lights? The Daily Telegraph reckons the big, south-coast exodus could continue with goalkeeper Artur Boruc's switch to Bayern Munich.

Yep, incredibly, it seems as though the German champions are keen on Boruc -- but only as cover for undisputed No. 1 Manuel Neuer. Southampton are trying to sign Fraser Forster, which could limit Boruc's chances of starting every week for Ronald Koeman's side. Presumably, if he has to sit on the bench, he'd rather do it for the Bundesliga heavyweights.

Barcelona still busy

Luis Enrique is eager to make his mark at Barcelona, and he's still ready to make a splash in the market if SPORT is to be believed. They reckon the Nou Camp chief still has Juan Cuadrado and Marquinhos in his sights.

And in an intriguing development, the report also claims the two Manchester giants are after Fiorentina's Cuadrado. He won't come cheap -- 35 million euros, apparently -- but that's "performed well at the World Cup" tax for you.

Elsewhere from SPORT, Liverpool's Daniel Agger is said to be an option for the Camp Nou, with an agreement reportedly in place to sign the centre-back. Having recruited half of Southampton, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to be open to offers for Agger.

Madrid after a right-back

It's not all about signing glitzy, headline-grabbing players; sometimes, you need hard-working, solid members of the team to help your quest for glory.

That might explain why Carlo Ancelotti is seeking a move for AC Milan's Mattia De Sciglio. Marca have the scoop, but the Real Madrid boss might have to do some schmoozing to get his man, as the report claims De Sciglio is happy where he is.

Isla's off to QPR

It could be a bit of a coup for Queens Park Rangers, this. Mauricio Isla is leaving Serie A champions Juventus on loan for Harry Redknapp's R's.

Transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio quotes Juve CEO Beppe Marotta as saying a medical is imminent, and Tuttosport reckon the Chilean's agent, Fernando Felicevich, is in England to conclude a deal.

Felicevich in England, eh? He also represents Vidal...

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