Saints chase Chicharito; United departures loom
As the days in the transfer window wind down, Transfer Talk rounds up the rumours of a mass clearout at Manchester United that just won't go away.
Top pick: Eliaquim Mangala has finally completed his 40 million-euro move to Manchester City to become the Premier League champions' sixth signing of the summer.
- Versatile Ajax star Daley Blind has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United, admitting that he would relish the opportunity to link up with Louis van Gaal again.
- Napoli have stepped up their interest in signing Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, despite Brendan Rodgers claiming that the club have received no offers for the 29-year-old.
- Forgotten Chelsea winger Marko Marin has arrived in Florence to complete a loan move to Fiorentina.
22.56 BST That's it for tonight, but fear not because Tuesday newspaper rumours will be coming up shortly.
22.22 BST Olympiakos are rumoured to be trying to sign Kostas Mitroglou on loan from Fulham just seven months after selling him to the English club for 12 million pounds.
21.55 BST DONE DEAL! Yet another Aston Villa player has been moved on, with this time Aleksandar Tonev moving north to Celtic on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
21.17 BST Here's the full story on Napoli winger Pablo Armero's impending move to AC Milan -- he will have a medical on Tuesday.
20.40 BST Ibrahima Mbaye will spend the 2014-15 season on loan at Genoa after signing a new contract at Inter Milan, according to his agent Beppe Accardi. He told FcInterNews.it: "We have renewed [with Inter] and we are pleased. Now, Ibra will probably go on loan to Genoa, after which it will be up to the boy to continue to grow and earn his place at Inter."
19.56 BST Queens Park Rangers are believed to be closing in on the signing of Jonathan De Guzman from Villarreal. He was a star turn at Swansea in the last two seasons on loan at the Welsh club.
19.21 BST Here's the full story on Manchester United loaning striker Angelo Henriquez to Dinamo Zagreb for the season.
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18.29 BST Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a return to Spain this summer with Atletico Madrid. Full story.
17.58 BST DONE DEAL! Joe Mason has swapped Championship clubs, moving from Cardiff to Bolton on a season-long loan.
17.30 BST DONE DEAL! Newcastle United cult hero Shola Ameobi has penned a contract with Turkish side Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyespor (try pronouncing that one).
The Nigeria international striker joins on a free transfer after he brought down the curtain on his 19-year Newcastle career earlier this summer.
DONE DEAL: Shola Ameobi has signed for Turkish outfit Gaziantep Büyükşehir Belediyespor on a free transfer. pic.twitter.com/19FcQDTwzU- Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 11, 2014
17.20 BST Santi Cazorla has rubbished reports that he is set to leave Arsenal this summer, branding reports linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid as "paper talk".
The 29-year-old midfielder scored the opening goal in Arsenal's 3-0 FA Community Shield win over Manchester City on Sunday and the Spain international says he is looking forward to enjoying a successful season ahead with the Gunners.
"I've seen that in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don't know anything," he told Spanish radio station Cadena Cope.
"I'm only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It's paper talk. I'm well, I have the confidence of everybody, the support of the fans and we hope to have a good season."
17.10 BST Andros Townsend, Roberto Soldado and Sandro are just three of the high-profile names that could be leaving Tottenham this summer, as the club look to free up space for new players.
New Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino currently has 32 senior players on his books, but can only select 25 for the forthcoming Premier League campaign.
The Daily Mail says that technical director Franco Baldini is busy browsing the European transfer market but the club must first offload some players either on loan or permanently before making new signings.
17.00 BST DONE DEAL! Dinamo Zagreb have completed the signing of Angelo Henriquez from Manchester United.
The highly-rated Chilean striker joins on a season-long loan, with a future purchase option, after impressing at Real Zaragoza last term.
16.50 BST Sevilla chairman Jose Castro insists that the club have not reached an agreement with Liverpool for Alberto Moreno.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been on the hunt for a new left-back all summer and reports surfaced last week that the 22-year-old would be heading to Anfield for a fee in excess of 14 million pounds.
However, Castro says that no fee has yet been agreed between the two clubs but he did concede that Moreno would be allowed to leave should a club meet Sevilla's asking place.
"If Liverpool decide to pay the price we want then Alberto Moreno will go, otherwise he will remain with us," he said. "We made a deal 8-10 days ago, but nowadays we do not have an agreement."
16.37 BST DONE DEAL! Milan have completed the signing of Colombia left-back Pablo Armero.
The 27-year-old, who spent the second half of last season at West Ham, impressed for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup and joins the Rossoneri on a season-long loan from Udinese.
16.30 BST Steaua Bucharest centre-back Florin Gardos has undergone a medical at Southampton and looks set to become Ronald Koeman's sixth summer signing.
Sky Sources: Steaua Bucharest defender Florin Gardos has had a medical at Southampton #SSN- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 11, 2014
16.20 BST Marseille have released a statement on their official website, denying that they have been in contact with Chile international midfielder Jorge Valdivia.
Valdivia is currently at odds with UAE side Fujairah who claim that they never agreed a deal for the Chilean despite the player's agent claiming he has a copy of the contract signed by both parties.
It was speculated that Marseille were prepared to offer the 30-year-old a way out but the Ligue 1 club have come out today to announce that they have made no enquiries for the playmaker.
16.10 BST DONE DEAL! Reading have completed the signing of Anton Ferdinand on a free transfer.
The former West Ham and Sunderland defender has penned a two-year deal with the Royals after his contract expired at Turkish club Antalyaspor earlier this summer.
16.02 BST Bolton have agreed to take Cardiff City striker Joe Mason on a season-long loan, according to BBC Sport.
The 23-year-old was twice on loan at the Trotters last season, scoring six goals in 16 league appearances.
15.56 BST ESPN correspondent John Brewin assesses Manchester United's attempted rebirth under Louis van Gaal. Read his article here.
15.47 BST Feyenoord are hopeful of completing a deal for Manchester City forward John Guidetti. The 22-year-old Swede scored 20 goals in 23 league appearances for the Eredivisie side in the 2011-12 campaign and it is believed that City are willing to allow him to leave for a fee of four million pounds.
AD: Feyenoord have opened talks with representatives of City striker John Guidetti (22) over a permanent deal. City will let him go for £4m.- City Watch (@City_Watch) August 11, 2014
15.35 BST AC Milan have stepped up their attempts to bring Adel Taarabt back to Italy by making a three million pound offer for the attacking midfielder, according to The Evening Standard.
The self-proclaimed Moroccan Balotelli spent the second half of last season on loan at the Rossoneri but has been involved in Queens Park Rangers' preseason preparations.
Hoops boss Harry Redknapp has declared that the player is free to leave the club this summer but he will not be forced to sell the player on the cheap.
He said: "I've said many times, if he doesn't want to be here and somebody wants to pay the money then we'll do the deal."
15.26 BST DONE DEAL! Hannover have completed the signing of Lithuania captain Marius Stankevicius on a free transfer.
The former Lazio and Valencia centre-back has penned a one-year deal with the Bundesliga club after his Gaziantespor contract expired earlier this summer.
15.20 BST Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is open to signing Dutch players but insisted he will not be rushed into transfer activity ahead of the new Premier League season. Read the full story here.
15.15 BST Atletico Madrid have joined the race to sign Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus.
The 25-year-old is under contract until 2016 but Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly revealed that he has a release clause of just 25 million euros which can be activated next summer.
Borussia Dortmund could therefore decide to cash in this summer as they are determined not to lose another star player to Bayern -- following the departures of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski -- and AS says Diego Simeone sees Reus as the ideal man to fill the void left by Diego.
15.04 BST Colombia defender Pablo Armero says he is excited about the next chapter of his career after agreeing personal terms with AC Milan.
The 27-year old impressed for Los Cafeteros at the World Cup and is set to join the Rossoneri on a season-long loan from Udinese after enjoying a similar stint at West Ham last season.
Armero, who will undergo his medical tomorrow, told the club's website: "Milan is a great club, and I want to do well here. I spoke with [Cristian] Zapata and [Mario] Yepes, and they told me good things about Milan."
14.54 BST Nigeria international striker Shola Ameobi could be in line for a surprise switch to Turkey following the expiry of his Newcastle contract earlier this summer.
Shola Ameobi is in talks with Turkish club Gaziantepspor. #nufc- Pete O'Rourke (@SkySportsPeteO) August 11, 2014
14.45 BST Stoke City have made a fresh bid for Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond after conceding defeat in their pursuit of Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi.
Potters boss Mark Hughes has made a winger his No.1 priority in the final three weeks of the transfer window and The Telegraph says he hopes to convince the Canaries to part with the England under-21 international for a fee of five million pounds.
Stoke had agreed a seven million pound fee with Liverpool for Assaidi but the deal has broken down over the player's wage demands.
14.34 BST Atletico Madrid and Valencia are locked in a two-way battle to secure the signature of Monaco's highly-rated forward Anthony Martial.
The 18-year-old exploded onto the Ligue 1 stage towards the end of last season and has been touted as a future France international.
RMC says that the two Spanish clubs are in advanced negotiations with Monaco for Martial, while Wolfsburg also retain an interest having seen a recent 15 million euro bid turned down.
14.22 BST Southampton have today unveiled England international goalkeeper Fraser Forster following his estimated 10 million pound move from Celtic.
14.15 BST DONE DEAL! Valencia have completed the signing of Argentine left-back Lucas Orban from Bordeaux.
14.05 BST Sunderland have turned down a bid from West Ham for 21-year-old striker Connor Wickham.
Sunderland have rejected West Ham's £4million bid for Connor Wickham- Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 11, 2014
13.56 BST While all eyes are firmly focused on bringing in new players before the end of the transfer window in 20 days time, there are a number of promising academy talents who have made their mark for Premier League clubs in preseason. ESPN blogger Chris Atkins takes a look at ten Premier League wonderkids who will be hoping to make a first-team breakthrough this season.
13.43 BST DONE DEAL! Eliaquim Mangala has only just left the Estadio do Dragao but Porto have wasted no time signing his replacement, completing a deal for Spanish defender Ivan Marcano from Rubin Kazan.
13.30 BST Valencia are closing in on the two million euro signing of Bordeaux full-back Lucas Orban.
The 25-year-old Argentine is currently undergoing his medical in Spain and is expected to put pen to paper on a five-year contract.
Bordeaux have already identified Diego Contento as Orban's replacement and are close to sealing a loan deal for the Bayern Munich man.
13.20 BST Read the full story on Eliaquim Mangala's big-money move from Porto to Manchester City.
13.15 BST DONE DEAL! Portugal international midfielder Josue has joined Bursaspor on a season-long loan from Porto.
13.07 BST Chelsea winger Marko Marin has undergone a medical with Fiorentina ahead of a season-long loan move to the Serie A club. Read the full story here.
13.00 BST Contrary to reports in the Spanish press this morning, the Guardian's Manchester football correspondent Jamie Jackson says that Manchester United are not considering an approach for Fiorentina's Colombian winger Juan Cuadrado. Are the Red Devils going to sign anybody else this summer?
As of this morning the understanding is that #mufc have no interest in Juan Cuadrado...- jamie jackson (@JamieJackson___) August 11, 2014
12.50 BST The arrival of Eliaquim Mangala at Manchester City is now expected to pave the way for 19-year-old Dutch defender Karim Rekik to rejoin PSV on a second season-long loan.
12.42 BST DONE DEAL! Manchester City have finally completed the signing of highly-rated France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala from Porto.
The 23-year old defender becomes the club's sixth signing of the summer, and will quickly re-join his old Porto teammate Fernando at the Etihad Stadium, where he will wear the no.20 shirt.
Mangala told the club's website: "City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here."
City coach Manuel Pellegrini was equally delighted about the move, saying: "He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe's very best defenders."
12.30 BST West Bromwich Albion are plotting a bid for West Ham winger Matt Jarvis after being priced out of a move for Parma wideman Jonathan Biabiany.
Baggies coach Alan Irvine has expressed his desire to sign at least one wide midfielder before the transfer window closes and with the Premier League kick-off just five days away, the clock continues to tick.
The Daily Mail says that West Ham are prepared to listen to offers for Jarvis, 28, who scored just once in 19 league appearances last season.
12.18 BST DONE DEAL! Birmingham City have completed the signing of midfielder David Davis from Championship neighbours Wolves for an undisclosed fee.
12.10 BST Fiorentina are plotting an audacious swoop for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira though the club admit that a deal for the World Cup winner is unlikely.
Khedira has just one year remaining on his existing Madrid contract and has his heart set on leaving the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, despite Arsenal and Chelsea failing to follow up their interest with an official bid.
Reports in Italy claim that the Viola would struggle to finance a move due to the player's wage demands and Real Madrid's 30 million euro asking price, and Vincenzo Montella could therefore turn his intentions to signing Sassuolo's Jasmin Kurtic instead.
12.00 BST Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Dejan Lovren can be the new Jamie Carragher after the defender made an assured debut in the 4-0 friendly thrashing of Borussia Dortmund. Read the full story here.
11.50 BST Former Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has urged Xherdan Shaqiri to stay at Bayern Munich. The 22-year-old playmaker has been strongly linked with a move away from the club this summer as he desperately seeks regular first-team football.
Roma and Liverpool have both expressed an interest in the Switzerland international, but Hitzfeld says that it is only a matter of time before Shaqiri becomes an integral part of the Bundesliga champions' first-team plans.
He told BILD: "Xherdan's future belongs in Bavaria. The clock is ticking for him. His age is his trump card. His chances of getting a regular place rise with each passing year."
Shaqiri himself admitted that he was likely to remain at the Allianz Arena but refused to rule out a move altogether.
"I think that I will stay here, but as long as the transfer window is open a lot is possible," he said.
11.36 BST Sporting Lisbon left-back Marcos Rojo is eager to move to a big European club following his impressive displays for Argentina at the World Cup.
The 24-year-old has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Southampton and Napoli this summer, and O Jogo says the player no longer sees a future at the Estadio Jose Alvalade.
11.25 BST Sport reports that Manchester United have an agreement in place with Fiorentina star Juan Cuadrado, as they continue to negotiate with the Serie A club.
The Red Devils and Barcelona are both locked in a high-stakes duel for the Colombia winger who is expected to leave Florence this summer for an estimated 40 million euros.
Fiorentina president Andrea Dalla Valle has announced that it will be difficult for the club to retain hold of Cuadrado but insists that the player will not be sold on the cheap.
11.15 BST Aston Villa are in talks to sign Colombia international midfielder Carlos Sanchez.
Villa boss Paul Lambert is eager to sign a defensive midfielder this summer and has lost patience in his attempts to bring Swansea's Ki Sung-yueng to the Midlands.
The Telegraph says that Elche would demand around four million pounds for the 28-year-old's signature, with Queens Park Rangers also keeping tabs on his situation.
11.02 BST Barcelona have been busy in the transfer market following the uplifting of their transfer ban, bringing no fewer than seven players to the Camp Nou this summer.
And the Catalan club have no intention of stopping just yet, with a right-back next on the agenda. Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado heads Luis Enrique's shortlist with Atletico Madrid's Juanfran and Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek as back-up targets.
Barcelona plan to sign a right back this summer, even if Alves stays. Main option: Cuadrado. Alternatives: Juanfran and Piszczek. [sport]- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 11, 2014
10.52 BST Bordeaux are on the verge of sealing a loan deal for Bayern Munich defender Diego Contento.
The 24-year-old left-back has found first-team opportunities hard to come by since Pep Guardiola's arrival and Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol has successfully taken advantage of his past ties with the Bundesliga club to fend off fellow suitors.
L'Equipe says that Bordeaux also hope to complete a deal for Liverpool's out-of-favour centre-back Tiago Ilori who spent part of last season on loan at Granada.
10.42 BST Swansea City hope to wrap up a deal for Napoli defender Federico Fernandez within the next 48 hours.
Swans boss Garry Monk has admitted that strengthening his side's backline is a priority this summer, especially after Chico Flores finalised his move to Qatari club Lekhwiya.
Fernandez impressed for Argentina during their passage to the 2014 World Cup final and Wales Online says that the Welsh club have agreed an eight million pound fee with Napoli for the 25-year-old centre-back while they are also interested in Nice full-back Timothee Kolodziejczak.
Meanwhile, Swansea's fierce rivals Cardiff are hoping to bolster their own defence with the loan signing of Manchester United's Will Keane.
10.30 BST West Ham manager Sam Allardyce expressed his intentions to sign a new striker following Andy Carroll's ankle injury and the club have today made a bid for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.
The 21-year-old was crucial to the Black Cats' Premier League survival at the end of last season though an exit could be on the cards as the Tyneside club have grown increasingly frustrated with the player's hesitance to extend his contract.
10.20 BST New Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says he is browsing the transfer market in search of defensive reinforcements.
Having lost Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw this summer, the south coast club are looking short on numbers at the back and Koeman is desperate for new additions ahead of this weekend's Premier League kick-off against Liverpool.
Saints saw an offer rejected for talented Leeds right-back Sam Byram earlier this week and Koeman told the Daily Echo that the club are working towards deals for Argentina left-back Marcus Rojo and Romania centre-back Florin Gardos.
10.10 BST The row between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich over Marco Reus has flared again after BVB sporting director Michael Zorc said he would be delighted if Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge "could keep his mouth shut for once." Read the full story here.
10.00 BST Reports in France claim that Spartak Moscow are interested in signing highly-rated Montpellier midfielder Morgan Sanson.
9.55 BST Rennes have acknowledged they would love to bring Yoann Gourcuff back to the club, but admitted the Lyon midfielder may not want to return to Brittany.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has recently stated his hope to extend Gourcuff's contract, which expires next summer and would see him leave the Stade de Gerland for free next summer, but would not be against selling the French international should the price be right, particularly given Gourcuff's hefty salary.
Speaking at half time of his club's defeat to Lyon on Sunday, Rennes president Rene Ruello told Canal+: "Yes, we would love to [bring him back]. But Yoann has to want to too, and we have to have the possibilities to do it.
"He's a great player, a player of international renown, who has a huge amount of talent and has unfortunately had a few injuries in recent times. It's certain that he would give us a lot.
"I have not spoken to Jean-Michel Aulas at all. I think that if one day I have to speak about it, I think we first have to see what the player wants. He's the one who decides."
9.45 BST Southampton are reportedly closing in on the signing of Steaua Bucharest's Romanian international centre-back Florin Gardos.
Gardos passed the medical at Southampton and could officially become their player in the next few days. (Gazeta Sporturilor)- Emanuel Roşu (@Emishor) August 11, 2014
9.40 BST Barcelona have not received any offers for Dani Alves and are happy with their current squad, according to sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta. Read the full story here.
9.30 BST Netherlands left wing-back Daley Blind has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Manchester United. Will Louis van Gaal pursue a move for the versatile Ajax man?
Daley Blind says he would consider signing for Manchester United if Louis van Gaal makes a bid for him - hear from Blind next on #SSN- Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 11, 2014
9.20 BST Fiorentina appear to have completed a lightning quick deal, approaching and securing -- in less than 24 hours -- Marko Marin on a free loan, with a very favourable agreed fee of five million euros in case of purchase.
The German midfielder of Bosnian descent, 25, is owned by Chelsea but spent last season on loan to Sevilla, with whom he won the Europa League.
Marin arrived in Florence for his medical this morning and the Serie A club are expected to issue an official statement later today. Could Marin's arrival pave the way for Barcelona and Manchester United target Juan Cuadrado to leave the club?
5.45 BST We've been reporting this for a while, but in case there was any doubt, this looks pretty official:
5.20 BST While we're on the topic of the MLS. United States World Cup squad star Jermaine Jones is still rumoured to be heading to the New England Revolution.
3.35 BST No DeAndre Yedlin in the lineup for the Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo. We hear he's fresh off a visit to England to talk with some interested Premier League sides. Would that move be a smart one?
Big United clearout
Louis van Gaal said he wanted time to assess his Manchester United squad and it appears time is running out for the following: Hernandez, Rafael, Nani, Anderson and Marouane Fellaini.
The unloved quintet are reportedly set for the chop at Old Trafford -- yet Shinji Kagawa has earned a reprieve -- and the paper reckons Van Gaal held meetings with the unwanted stars on Saturday to break the news to them.
Surely United should try to sign a few more players before ushering five out the door.
Did Pellegrini let the cat out of the bag?
We're as tired of Eliaquim Mangala's protracted move to Manchester City as you are but found this quite interesting nonetheless.
Ahead of City's Community Shield defeat to Arsenal on Sunday, Manuel Pellegrini had a brief chat with BT Sport regarding his squad.
It got a bit muffled at one point but the Daily Mail reckon Pellegrini said Mangala was part of his incoming transfers.
Is he hiding something? Why haven't City announced it yet?
Agger in Napoli's sights
ESPN FC's Liverpool blogger Steven Kelly reckons there's still a place at Anfield for Daniel Agger, but former boss Rafael Benitez is lurking.
Agger has been linked with a move this summer following the arrival of Dejan Lovren, and La Gazzetta Dello Sport have a quick line on Benitez's interest in Agger.
It's only a passing mention, but will the Dane be encouraged by interest from his former manager?
Wenger keen on PSG star
Arsenal have been unusually active this summer but might not be done yet. Arsene Wenger is keen on Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot, who has been attracting a lot of interest across Europe.
The Daily Star believe the France U-21 international's contract talks have stalled and Wenger could take advantage.
Or "swoop," to use correct Transfer Talk lingo.
Your daily Vidal update
The English media seem to be steering well clear of Arturo Vidal stories, but that's not the same over in Italy. Gazzetta Dello Sport have the latest whispers, which claim the Juventus midfielder's agent was at Wembley to take in the Community Shield between City and Arsenal.
And although they say he was not there on any official business, it's "more than likely" that talks could be held with long-term admirers Manchester United.
Vidal's agent Fernando Felicevich also represents Alexis Sanchez, for the record.
Southampton in buying, not selling shock
Ronald Koeman has had a tough start as manager of Southampton, overseeing a raft of departures from the south coast. But while the likes of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have moved on, it's time to look to the future.
That's what the Dutchman is trying to do anyway, according to the Daily Mirror, with a move for Romanian Florin Gardos.
The Steaua Bucharest centre-back could be the Saints' sixth summer signing and is available for a shade less than 5 million pounds.
Trio seek a power Serge
It may have been a summer full of glitzy purchases and excitement for the season ahead but what about those at Arsenal who may find it a struggle to get into the first team?
Serge Gnabry is one such player, but he has a bright future and he isn't heading out permanently. A loan is on the cards, though, and three Premier League clubs are keen on him, according to the Daily Mirror.