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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Aug 5, 2014

Arsenal, City still spending; will Barca?

ESPN FC's Gary Bailey gives his take on who should leave and who should come in for Manchester United in the transfer window.

Are Arsenal going to continue their spending? Will Barcelona get another defender? Who wants Tom Cleverley? It's all here in Transfer Talk...

Top picks: Xavi Hernandez announces his retirement from international football in order to focus on a new chapter in his Barcelona career; Swansea have lowered their 19 million pound asking price for Liverpool and Tottenham target Wilfried Bony; while Xabi Alonso could be on his way out of Real Madrid amid concerns over his fitness.

22.59 BST And another day of the summer transfer window ticks by. It was a sluggish one, until things heated up later in the day. Stay tuned for the latest instalment of Transfer Talk as we bring you a round up of tomorrow's papers, today.

22.50 BST Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has said there is no truth in reports linking Jerome Boateng with Barcelona.

"I don't usually say anything about things I read in the newspaper, but I am planning 100 percent with him here,'' Guardiola said at a news conference in Portland.

22.28 BST Spanish defender Chico Flores is set to leave Swansea to join former boss Michael Laudrup at Lekhwiya, according to Sky Sports.

22.06 BST Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has joined French side St Etienne on a season-long loan.

21.29 BST Here's the latest on Pepe Reina's proposed move to Bayern Munich.

21.03 BST Bayern Munich confirm the Reina news...

20.34 BST Granada have completed the permanent signing of striker Ruben Rochina from Blackburn on a four-year contract.

20.05 BST Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told CNN that Luis Suarez's contract does not contain a "no biting" clause. Full story.

19.43 BST Whispers are getting louder about Pepe Reina's mooted move to Bayern Munich, although one wonders just how much playing time the Spaniard would get at the Allianz Arena.

19.15 BST So long as he stays fit, Jack Rodwell could turn out to be quite a tidy signing for Sunderland.

18.48 BST Despite reportedly being on the brink of signing for Paris Saint-Germain, Angel di Maria reported for Real Madrid training today, according to the Independent

18.15 BST Blackpool have finally signed a goalkeeper, four days before they start the new Championship campaign, by bringing in Joe Lewis from Cardiff on a season-long loan.

17.54 BST Some details on the Mutch deal: The midfielder, who impressed last season, arrives from Cardiff for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.

17.35 BST - DONE DEAL - Queens Park Rangers continue their bolstering ahead of the new season...

17.25 BST Real Madrid are prepared to allow World Cup winner Sami Khedira to rot in the reserves if he decides to stay at the club this season and leave on a free next summer. 

The Germany midfielder has refused to negotiate a new deal with Real Madrid and contract talks broke down with Arsenal last month due to the player's high wage demands.

ABC says that the player returned to Real Madrid training day but the club hopes that he will leave in a 30 million euro transfer by the end of the transfer window. 

17.15 BST DONE DEAL! Norwich City have signed former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Gary O'Neil on a free transfer.

The 31-year-old has penned a two-year deal at Carrow Road but he will not be able to make his debut against Wolves on Sunday as he is to serve a one-match suspension after picking up the first red card of his career in last season's Championship Play-Off Final against Derby County.

Canaries boss Neil Adams told the club's website: "Gary's a very experienced player. He's featured in the Premier League and Championship all his career and he can play in a number of roles through the midfield."

17.10 BST Rayo Vallecano have announced that they have reached an agreement with Villarreal to take Mexican midfielder Javier Aquino and Spanish striker Jonathan Pereira on loan. 

17.00 BST Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas has landed in Italy to begin negotiations over a potential move to Juventus, according to the Italian press

The 23-year-old impressed for Greece at the World Cup and has been earmarked as a priority defensive target by new Bianconeri coach Massimiliano Allegri.

The Greek champions have already signed Alberto Botia from Sevilla as Manolas' replacement and they are demanding 15 million euros from Juventus for the centre-back.

16.50 BST West Bromwich Albion coach Alan Irvine has wasted little time in the transfer market since taking over from Pepe Mel earlier this summer and he is hopeful of making Celtic midfielder Kris Commons his ninth signing. 

The Daily Mirror says that Irvine is desperate for some attacking reinforcements on the wing and hopes to tempt the Scottish champions into selling Commons by offering 7.5 million pounds.

Former Celtic striker Giorgios Samaras could also be on his way to the Premier League, with The Daily Record claiming that he is weighing up an offer from Southampton.

Samaras scored the crucial goal to send Greece through to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup and the 29-year-old has reportedly turned down moves to China, Russia and Turkey as he wishes to continue his career in a top European league.

16.40 BST The clock continues to tick for Blackpool. The Tangerines kick off their league campaign against Nottingham Forest on Saturday but they are still without a senior goalkeeper.

However, help could soon be on the way as The Daily Mail claims that Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Lewis is expected to pick up his gloves and join on a season-long loan deal.

Blackpool fans have recently voiced their discontent at Karl Oyston's running of the club and the Bloomfield Road outfit are the bookies' favourites for relegation.

16.20 BST Manchester United have finally completed the signing of goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic from FK Vojvodina, both clubs have announced. Read the full story here.

16.15 BST Leeds United have completed the signing of 22-year-old forward Nicky Ajose from Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee.

The former Manchester United youngster has over 100 Football League appearances to his name and has scored over 30 goals.

Leeds head coach David Hockaday told the club's website: "He can play up front in a number roles and he is very talented. He is a super professional and is an ideal addition to our squad."

16.10 BST Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has dismissed reports that the club have made a bid for Algeria international striker Islam Slimani.

Reports in the Portuguese press claimed that the Foxes had offered eight million euros to Sporting Lisbon for the 26-year-old, who scored twice at the 2014 World Cup.

However, Pearson insists that such reports are wide of the mark.

"If there has been a bid gone in I know nothing about it," he told the Leicester Mercury. "It is pretty cold, that one. In terms of hot or cold that one is freezing."

16.00 BST ANOTHER DONE DEAL! The Premier League has gone transfer-crazy this afternoon and Queens Park Rangers have joined the party by signing Chile international Mauricio Isla.

The versatile wideman arrives from Juventus on a season-long loan deal, with view to a permanent transfer. 

15.50 BST DONE DEAL! West Bromwich Albion have made Costa Rica full-back Cristian Gamboa their second signing of the day.

The 24-year-old's estimated two million pound move from Rosenborg to The Hawthorns had been in doubt amid complications over a work permit but the player's application was approved by the FA this afternoon.

Gamboa is the Baggies' eighth signing of the summer and the club announced the transfer on Twitter by using Panini World Cup stickers.

WBA coach Alan Irvine told the club's website: "Cristian is a player I was extremely impressed by during the World Cup. Cristian is a quick, aggressive defender with good energy levels. He gets up and down the pitch really well and we believe he will continue to improve." 

15.35 BST DONE DEAL! Manchester United have completed the signing of highly-rated goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic.

The 6ft 7in keeper is an Under-19 international for Serbia and will be loaned back to former club FK Vojvodina after penning a long-term contract at Old Trafford.

15.25 BST Liverpool new boy Divock Origi has admitted he was stunned to discover the club had been tracking his progress for several years. Read the full story here.

15.20 BST Tottenham have announced that Scotland Under-21 goalkeeper Jordan Archer has joined Northampton Town on loan until January.

15.15 BST DONE DEAL! West Bromwich Albion have completed the signing of Australia international Jason Davidson.

The 23-year-old left-back played in all three of his nation's matches at the World Cup and joins the Baggies for an undisclosed fee from Eredivisie side Heracles.

Davidson is the seventh new signing at The Hawthorns this summer following the arrivals of Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Brown Ideye, Sebastien Pocognoli and Andre Wisdom.

"Jason is a good defender who has lots of energy, gets forward well and will give us competition for places at left-back with Sebastien Pocognoli," WBA coach Alan Irvine told the club's website.

15.05 BST Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has dismissed speculation that World Cup winner Jerome Boateng could leave the club this summer.

The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona but Guardiola insists Boateng is going nowhere.

I don't usually say anything about things I read in the newspaper, but I am planning 100 per cent with him here," he told Spanish radio.

14.55 BST Southampton are close to tying up a deal to sign Celtic keeper Fraser Forster, according to ESPN sources.

The south coast club are eager to recruit the keeper who was a part of the England squad that travelled to this summer's World Cup finals, but the Scottish Premier League champions will not give a green light to the deal until the second leg of their Champions League qualifier with Legia Warsaw later this week.

The goalkeeper's future at Celtic has been the subject of intense speculation all summer, with the Parkhead club's move to sign Craig Gordon this summer heightening the suspicion that the keeper who has been given the No.1 jersey for this season could be making a departure.

Southampton appears to be Forster's most likely destination, with his arrival likely to precede the departure of former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc from St. Mary's.

14.45 BST France defender Bacary Sagna is settling in at Manchester City following his free transfer from Arsenal. The 31-year-old will wear the No.3 jersey at the Etihad Stadium.

14.30 BST The rumours are flying all over the place at Milan at the moment and there are expected to be plenty of departures and arrivals at the club before the transfer window closes.

With Kevin Constant on his way to Trabzonspor, reports in Italy suggest that Robinho is also close to the San Siro exit and is on the verge of agreeing a move back to his native Brazil to join former club Santos. 

The former Real Madrid and Manchester City forward has been told that he is not part of Filippo Inzaghi's plans next season and had been linked to a number of clubs in the Middle East.

Colombia full-back Pablo Armero is one player who is believed to be on his way to the Rossoneri however and he could well be joined by Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez who has been pushed down the pecking order following the arrival of Costa Rica international Keylor Navas.

14.15 BST DONE DEAL! It's been a quiet day on Transfer Talk but we finally have news of a big signing in the Premier League.

Sunderland have confirmed via their Twitter page that they have sealed a deal for 23-year-old midfielder Jack Rodwell.

The former Everton prodigy joins the Black Cats in an estimated 10 million pound deal from Manchester City after successfully passing his medical and penning a five-year contract.

Gus Poyet had expressed his desire to purchase a box-to-box midfielder capable of scoring goals and he will be hoping to resurrect Rodwell's career after a disappointing spell in Manchester.

14.05 BST Galatasaray have joined West Ham in the race to sign Portugal striker Hugo Almeida, according to talkSPORT.

The 30-year-old has 19 goals in 56 international appearances for the Iberian nation and is in high demand following the expiry of his Besiktas contract earlier this summer.

Galatasaray have identified Almeida as the man to fill the the void left by Didier Drogba following his return to Chelsea while West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is desperate for a new targetman following the long-term ankle injury sustained by Andy Carroll.

13.55 BST Milan have reached an agreement with Udinese to take Colombian full-back Pablo Armero on a season-long loan.

The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at West Ham before impressing for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup in Brazil.

However, reports in Italy claim that the deal will not be announced until Kevin Constant finalises a move to Trabzonspor. 

13.45 BST ESPN blogger Steven Kelly says Liverpool must sign another striker if they are to challenge for the Premier League title again this season. Read his article here

13.40 BST Bastia have completed the signing of Brazilian striker Brandao from Saint-Etienne for an undisclosed fee.

The 34-year-old joins Claude Makelele's side on a one-year contract but will remain a cult hero for Les Verts as he scored the winning goal in the 2013 Coupe de la Ligue final to help them win the trophy for the first time in the club's history.

13.30 BST Napoli manager Rafa Benitez says his attempts to sign Marouane Fellaini depend on whether Louis van Gaal wants to keep the midfielder.

Fellaini joined United for 27.5 million pounds in September as he was bought for the second time by David Moyes, but he endured a difficult debut year at Old Trafford and his future at the club has been subject to speculation since Van Gaal's arrival.

Fellaini, who was granted time off after helping Belgium reach the last eight of the World Cup, did not feature in the International Champions Cup and will learn of his future in the coming days after United return from their pre-season tour of the USA.

"Fellaini is a Manchester United player. It does not depend on us but it depends on them," Benitez told the Italian media. "He is a great player but he is at another team. It appears he is waiting for Van Gaal. We will have to wait.

"Is he the right player? We have players who work very well, while it also depends on who leaves. It is not easy to name names. What features in a midfielder am I after? Players who have the mindset to win every game, then we can start to talk about the technical quality. With our same mentality but with a little more quality."

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has confirmed his interest in Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

13.20 BST The Arturo Vidal saga never ceases to amaze, does it? An Instagram post earlier today (see 10.45 BST) hinted that the Chilean midfield maestro was set to stay at Juventus -- but Tuttosport have since announced that the account is actually fake and is in no way associated with the player. When will it end? 

13.15 BST Could Angel Di Maria finally be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain? Reports in Spain speculate that the Real Madrid winger is edging closer to the Santiago Bernabeu exit.

13.10 BST Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has issued a hands-off warning to West Ham over Peter Crouch.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is in the market for a new targetman following news that Andy Carroll would be sidelined for four months with an ankle problem and he has identified the former England striker as potential candidate.

However, The Mirror says Hughes is not prepared to allow the 6ft 7in striker leave the summer despite the arrivals of Bojan and Mame Biram Diouf.

"Crouchie has been linked with moves since I have come to the club. I take it all with a pinch of salt," he said.

"Peter was great for me last year and he is a player we want to keep. We have got good options and we want to keep it that way. It's a long tough season and you need good quality players over the place."

13.00 BST Chile international midfielder Gary Medel has landed in Milan to finalise his move from Cardiff City to Inter.

The man nicknamed 'The Pitbull' says he is looking forward to playing in Serie A and hopes to fill the boots left by Argentine anchorman Esteban Cambiasso.

12.50 BST Having lost 2013 Footballer of the Year Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and 2014 winner Luis Suarez to Barcelona, ESPN blogger Richard Jolly takes a look at the players tasked with restoring the Premier League's star power. Read his article here.

12.40 BST Lille have offered Atletico Madrid a solution to assist with the signing of highly-rated PSV winger Zakaria Bakkali.

Bakkali shot to fame in the Netherlands when he became the youngest player to score a hat trick in the Eredivisie at the age of 17 years and 196 days but the player has reservations over a move to the Spanish capital as he fears he will not receive adequate playing time.

Diego Simeone's side have agreed a fee with PSV and have informed the player that they wish to loan him to Elche for the season -- but Bakkali is unamused.

The Belgian forward is determined to play European football this season and AS says Lille coach Rene Girard is prepared to fulfill that demand and hopes to convince the Spanish club to loan Bakkali to his side should they complete a deal.

12.25 BST Keylor Navas has been officially unveiled as a Real Madrid player. The 27-year-old has signed a six-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu and becomes the first Costa Rican player in the club's history.

12.15 BST Xavi Hernandez has announced he is retiring from international duty to focus on Barcelona. The midfielder earned 133 caps for Spain and was a key part of the teams that won Euro 2008, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. Read the full story here

12.05 BST DONE DEAL! Trabzonspor have announced the signing of Algeria international midfielder Essaïd Belkalem on a season-long loan from Watford.

The 25-year-old reunites with newly-appointed coach Vahid Halilhodzic who took the Fennec Foxes to the World Cup knockout stages in Brazil for the first time in the nation's history.

The Turkish club have also announced that they have reached an agreement for Milan defender Kevin Constant while Paraguay forward Oscar Cardozo and Algeria centre-back Carl Medjani are also on the verge of penning long-term deals. 

11.55 BST Chile international Mauricio Isla is expected to be unveiled as a Queens Park Rangers player later today.

The 26-year-old wideman has already passed his medical at the club and will join the Hoops on a season-long loan from Juventus. 

11.45 BST Marseille have retired the No.28 shirt in honour of Mathieu Valbuena.

The 29-year-old midfielder shed tears in a press conference today where he bade a heartfelt farewell to the Ligue 1 club's fans.

Valbuena was one of France's standout performers at the 2014 World Cup and is preparing to begin a new chapter of his career in Russia after agreeing a six million pound move to Dynamo Moscow. 

11.35 BST BREAKING: Spanish midfielder Xavi has announced his retirement from international football and says he is looking forward to beginning a new era at Barcelona.

"I think my time there [for Spain] has finished," he told reporters at a press conference today. "I am happy to enter a new stage at Barca. I think that at the end of the season we will achieve things.

"Luis Enrique is the key man to take this club forward. I have spoken with him three or four times this summer and I have good vibes."

11.20 BST Trabzonspor have announced to KAP that they are in talks to sign Milan left-back Kevin Constant and Algeria international Carl Medjani.

Guinea international Constant has reportedly been told by newly-appointed Rossoneri coach Filippo Inzaghi that he is surplus to requirements this season while Medjani is a free agent following the expiry of his Monaco contract. 

The Turkish club have been active in the transfer market this summer and they are also expected to announce the 5.6 million euro signing of Paraguay striker Oscar Cardozo from Benfica later this week. 

11.10 BST Could Xabi Alonso be in line for a shock return to Liverpool? El Confidencial reports that Real Madrid are prepared to sell the 32-year-old this summer as they look to raise funds for a new striker.

The European champions are believed to be concerned with Alonso's lack of fitness in pre-season and the Spanish midfielder has fallen down the Santiago Bernabeu pecking order following the arrival of 2014 World Cup winner Toni Kroos.

Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo continues to be tracked by the La Liga side and he could make the move to Spain should Alonso or Sami Khedira depart this month.

11.00 BST Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has made it clear that he wants out of the club this summer amid reports that he has refused to negotiate a new contract.

The Belgium international has just one year left on his existing deal and Arsene Wenger is reluctant to allow him to leave on a free next summer.

Vermaelen is a target for Manchester United but the Gunners boss is determined not to sell another player to one of the club's rivals and an offer from Barcelona could turn Wenger's hand.

10.45 BST Arturo Vidal has given a huge hint that he could be staying at Juventus next season by posting this photograph on Instagram with the caption: "I'm happy to stay here! #jakarta"

10.30 BST DONE DEAL! Rennes have completed the signing of experienced Switzerland international Gelson Fernandes.

The former Manchester City midfielder has signed a four-year contract at the Ligue 1 side and is the ninth new addition at the Route de Lorient this summer.

Fernandes told the club's official website: "This is a challenge that is exciting and I am ready for it. There is a very good team and I hope to help it fulfil its potential."

10.20 BST The transfer alarm bells are ringing at Tottenham and Liverpool this morning amid reports that Swansea City are prepared to lower their asking price for Wilfried Bony.

The Mirror claims that the Welsh side have admitted defeat in their attempts to retain hold of the Ivory Coast international and are ready to ditch his 19 million pound release clause.

The 25-year-old made a huge impact during his maiden season at the Liberty Stadium but is eager to play regular European football.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins admitted last week that he would not stand in Bony's way if a sizeable offer was made and Liverpool are believed to be in poll position for his signature after Loic Remy failed his medical at the club. 

Swansea City have reportedly lowered their asking price for Tottenham and Liverpool target Wilfried Bony.

10.10 BST Cardiff City midfielder Jordon Mutch is expected to undergo a medical in London today ahead of a six million pound switch to Queens Park Rangers.

The 22-year-old was the Bluebirds' top scorer in the Premier League last season with seven goals and will join up with former teammate Steven Caulker at Loftus Road. 

10.05 BST Diego Lopez has struck out at Real Madrid officials after being told that he has no future at the club following the signing of Costa Rica international Keylor Navas.

Lopez was Carlo Ancelotti's first-choice goalkeeper for the majority of last season but he has now fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu and is rumoured to be close to a move to Monaco

Marca reports that on the club's flight back from their preseason tour of USA, Lopez held heated talks with Real Madrid representatives who he told: "I'm better and you know it, but do what you like."

09.55 BST DONE DEAL! Villarreal have completed the signing of highly-rated Argentine forward Luciano Vietto from Racing Club.

The 20-year-old was the fourth-top goalscorer in the Argentine Clausura last year and he will put pen to paper on a five year contract later today before being unveiled to the Madrigal faithful. 

You can read more about Vietto on Villarreal's official club website.

09.45 BST Atletico Madrid are plotting a 25 million pound swoop to sign Manchester United duo Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa, according to The Times

Both players played minimal roles in United's International Champions Cup triumph and are expected to be told that they will not feature in Louis van Gaal's plans on the club's return to England.

The Spanish champions are eager to rebuild a side capable of defending their La Liga title and they have already lost a number of key players this summer. 

However, one man who could be forced to stay at Old Trafford for another season is Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini as Napoli are not prepared to meet the player's asking price or wage demands. 

09.35 BST Daniel Pablo Osvaldo says he wants to "win everything" with Inter Milan as his return to Serie A moved a step closer on Tuesday.

The Southampton forward arrived in Milan on Monday afternoon for a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to the Nerazzurri.

"I hope we can win everything possible," Osvaldo told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Then I want to get back into the national team. I've spoken on the phone to [coach Walter] Mazzarri and he was happy. I hope to do well with [Mauro] Icardi."

Algerian international Saphir Taider will head the other way as part of the deal and is due to undergo a medical in Southampton on Tuesday morning, according to Sky Sport Italia

Inter are also close to finalising the arrival of Gary Medel from Cardiff City. The Chilean midfielder is following just a step behind Osvaldo, due in Milan on Tuesday for his medical having flown to Madrid from Santiago del Chile on Monday.

He is just awaiting the green light from Cardiff to take the final step of his journey and sign for Erick Thohir's club, says La Gazzetta

Southampton rebel Daniel Pablo Osvaldo is expected to complete his loan move to Inter within the next 48 hours.

09.20 BST A billionaire Hamburg fan has loaned the Bundesliga club 17 million euros to help them finance their summer squad building.

International transport mogul Klaus-Michael Kuhne, 77, dipped into his estimated five billion euro fortune to help out his favourite team, who can now pay the 4.5 million euros Mainz are demanding for Nicolai Muller.

The 26-year-old Germany international is due to undergo a medical at HSV on Tuesday, and German media speculate the six-time champions, who have just signed Valon Behrami from Napoli, could now also make a move for Augsburg left-back Matthias Ostrzolek.

"We're delighted with this big commitment from Mr Kuhne, and his faith in us. Given our new set-up, this show of support comes just at the right time," Hamburg supremo Dietmar Beiersdorfer, who led a behind-the-scenes revolution at the northern German club earlier this summer, told media.

"With future cooperation, we know that we have a long-term investor on our side."

09.10 BST Hellas Verona have bolstered their ranks ahead of the new Serie A campaign by announcing deals for two players.

Mexico veteran defender Rafael Marquez, who became the first player to captain his nation at four consecutive World Cups, has agreed a one-year deal at the Gialloblu, with a second-year option. 

And he is joined at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi by left-back Antonio Luna who joins from Aston Villa on a season-long loan. 

08.47 BST: Here's the full story on Arsenal's reported interest in Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.

08.42 BST: An unexpected twist in the Angel Di Maria saga...

08.30 BST: Busy times for Inter: Cardiff's Chile international midfielder Gary Medel expected in Milan today for a medical while the Nerazzurri's Saphir Taider should sign for Southampton, allowing the Italian side to complete deal for Saints striker Dani Osvaldo, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Short but sweet...

O Jogo have an interesting line in their paper that suggests Arsenal are going back in for midfield enforcer William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon. He's a fearsome prospect, capable of tackling two people on his own, and he's become a gossip column regular.

It's curious, though, that O Jogo's website report on Arsenal's interest just about makes a full 140-character tweet. But what it lacks in detail, it makes up for in juiciness -- they say a 30 million-euro bid will be made before the end of the week.

Arsenal could look to bring in defensive midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting by the end of the week.

Praise be! It's finally happening!

Eliaquim Mangala has been linked to Manchester City for well over a year and earlier this summer, pictures of the Porto defender in England emerged. Then came more leaks, this time of Mangala being interviewed by City's in-house web team.

And yet still no transfer was announced.

Time has ticked and tocked, but finally it appears official confirmation is on its way (for seemingly the 233,343rd time). The Daily Mail say his 32 million-pound move to City will be completed this week. Hooray!

Cuadrado's whopping price tag

Barcelona have had a curious transfer window so far; Luis Suarez's headline-grabbing arrival aside, their tactics in the market have been questioned and Jeremy Mathieu says he will silence the doubters over his arrival.

Luis Enrique is eager to improve his side further, but my oh my it'll cost him. Marca reckon top target Juan Cuadrado's mooted move to the Nou Camp is in serious jeopardy because of Fiorentina's quite astronomical price tag of 50 million euros. Will Barca walk away from that deal now?

No Boateng move

Seems Barca didn't take too kindly to being linked to Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng -- SPORT have the scoop on the Nou Camp giants denying any interest.

Alves exit?

To use transfer window parlance, Dani Alves is heading for "crunch talks" with Barcelona over his future. After gallivanting in Ibiza with Neymar and Paris Hilton, the Brazilian is back for preseason training on Tuesday and heading for a showdown with Enrique over his future.

SPORT in Spain reckon the two Milan clubs are interested, but they believe Alves fancies a switch to the Premier League.

Now, which club could do with a marauding full-back that suits a high pressing system?

Spurs to play the waiting game

Southampton may be adamant Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez won't leave the club this summer, but it's hard to take their word for it when so many have left already. Tottenham are the latest vulture eager to pick at the carcass, with the star duo in former manager Mauricio Pochettino's sights.

The Evening Standard say Spurs are biding their time in the double pursuit. The report claims Spurs will carry on in the hunt for Schneiderlin but will shelve their bid for Rodriguez until January, which is nice of them.

Everton's Clever move...

Poor old Tom Cleverley. Once the player of the year for Watford and seemingly heading to the top during his bright formative days, he enjoyed a fine start to his Manchester United career in the 2011-12 season (incredibly alongside Anderson, who also impressed) before he started to regress.

A desperately poor 2013-14 season -- not to forget a fan petition asking for his removal from the England squad -- made it a time to forget for Cleverley, but all is not lost yet. He does have at least one admirer, Roberto Martinez, and the Everton manager could be about to give him a new lease of life.

Martinez coached Cleverley during his days at Wigan and is said to be keen on an 8 million-pound move for him, according to The Daily Mail.

Jack the lad's a Black Cat

Jack Rodwell looked set for the top when he starred for Everton, but a string of injuries and an ill-advised move to Manchester City later, his career is at a crossroads.

There's still time, though. It seems his move to Sunderland is pretty much nailed on, with The Times saying he'll cost Gus Poyet around 8 million pounds.

A move to suit everyone, we say. City get a fair amount of cash and Rodwell gets the chance to get back on track. The person conducting the medical is going to be working overtime, you'd expect.

Here's the full story on all that.

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