Nani joins Sporting, Rojo to Man Utd
Transfer Talk is back for another day of wheeling and dealing. Tune in throughout the day for up-to-the-minute transfer news...
TOP PICK - A day after announcing he was sorry for his recent tantrum and that he was set to return to training with Sporting Lisbon, Marcos Rojo has told Radio Continental his move to Manchester United is a dream come true. He is expected in England. Confused? Read the full story here. Meanwhile, Nani has left to rejoin Sporting. Read here.
- ESPN sources have been told Sami Khedira is keen on a move to Bayern Munich. Read the full story here.
- Valencia want to sign Fernando Llorente from Juventus and are set to offer ten million euros, taking advantage of the fact Gazzetta dello Sport say Juve are looking to bring in Radamel Falcao on loan.
- Bayern Munich have officials in Rome and Madrid discussing possible deals for Medhi Benatia and Diego Godin as they look to plug the gap left by Javi Martinez' lengthy injury.
22.37 BST: Take this one with a pinch of salt perhaps, as Chelsea really don't need anymore midfielders, but there are reports that they are set to beat Arsenal to the signing of Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho after launching a 35 million pound bid. We'll see...
21.58 BST: Jonathan De Guzman has landed in Italy to undergo a medical at Napoli and become the latest signing for Rafael Benitez.
20.52 BST: Juan Agudelo may have failed to get a move to Stoke City, but the US striker seems set to join 1860 Munich. Munich-based tabloid TZ quoted 1860 sporting director Gerhard Poschner saying it was "quite possible" that the second-division club would sign two strikers and TZ think one of them will be Agudelo.
20.00 BST: Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has left QPR, "with the player set to sign for Portuguese side Benfica" according to the club. Read here for that. Or alternatively you could see that he's actually already signed for them. Here.
19.32 BST: Alan Pardew has plans in place at Newcastle: "I think for us we will watch the market but we definitely have a bigger squad with much more options." Or maybe he's happy with his options, who knows!
18.52 BST: Nani joins Sporting Lisbon on a one-year loan. while Marcos Rojo is set to arrive at Manchester United.
18.41 BST: Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has signed a new four-year contract tying him to the Premier League newcomers until June, 2018.
18.16 BST: Derek Boateng has joined Eibar in Spain after being released by Fulham.
17.35 BST: Twitter has exploded claiming Julio Cesar has signed a two-year deal at Benfica on a free transfer from QPR. No confirmation from either club both on Twitter or their respective websites... we'll keep you posted.
17.31 BST: Can't imagine anyone at Borussia Dortmund will be happy about this report but the Daily Star claim Marco Reus has turned down a move to Manchester United. Apparently he would rather a switch to Arsenal or Liverpool should he leave Germany.
17.25 BST: Barely ten minutes ago and he was supposed to be at Sporting's 5pm training! You can't say we don't keep you up to date!
M.Rojo isn't attending Sporting's ongoing training session. Expected in England in the coming hours. Nani arrives in Lisbon tnight. [Record]- Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) August 19, 2014
17.23 BST: Roma have jumped to the front of the queue to sign Manchester City's Micah Richards according to The Express. Some have speculated the out-of-favour Englishman will replace Medhi Benatia who is said to be negotiating a deal with Bayern Munich but could yet remain at the Italian capital club. This would mean Newcastle, Arsenal and Tottenham would be back among the favourites to sign the former England right-back.
17.19 BST: Reports have suggested that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will do everything he can to shift Fernando Torres out of the club. However the Spaniard is determined to stay unless someone can match his reported 200,000 pound per week wages... which is unlikely given his form over the past three years.
17.14 BST: Southampton have not given up on Andros Townsend according to the Essex Chronicle and will bid more than the 10 million pounds rejected by Spurs this week for their wing wizard.
17.10 BST: Deary me! so many rumours. This is beyond a joke!
17.03 BST: Have to agree with Sky Sports' Graeme Bailey, a shame for Leicester City.
Hearing Rod Fanni is going back to France. Could not agree a deal with Leicester. Would have been an excellent addition.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 19, 2014
16.57 BST: Angel Di Maria has been included in Real Madrid's Super Copa squad for tonight's match against Atletico Madrid. Sami Khedira has been left out. Make of that what you will.
16.50 BST: Two clubs are said to be looking to hijack QPR's deal to sign Chilean international Eduardo Vargas. Olympiakos and Besiktas are the clubs, read more from Sport Witness here.
16.42 BST: Gokhan Inler has emerged as a surprise target for Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to plug the gap left by Javi Martinez' injury. Sky Sport Italia claim though that Napoli are not interested in selling and won't entertain any bids especially during Champions League qualifying.
16.36 BST: Tuttomercatoweb exclusive! Corriere dello Sport journalist Furio Fedele has said AC Milan are still in the race to sign Alessio Cerci but know they need to raise funds to sign him. He also said Blerim Dzemaili and Goran Pandev both remain targets from Napoli. Departures-wise, Milan look set to sell one of Phillipe Mexes or Cristian Zapata but intend to keep hold of M'Baye Niang and give the youngster a second chance to impress... and breathe.
16.31 BST: Paul Lambert has launched a scathing attack on Southampton boss Ronald Koeman about his pursuit of Ron Vlaar. Read his full comments here.
16.24 BST: Pretty sure Cheick Tiote has only been linked because he has been linked with them for years but apparently Arsenal are still keeping tabs on the eight million pound rated Ivorian. However they also face competition from Lokomotiv Moscow for his signature according to the Independent.
16.18 BST: Would be a decent signing for any of those sides.
16.14 BST: So yesterday the Federico Fernandez deal to Swansea looked on the rocks as Napoli caused various problems. But Tuttomercatoweb have claimed the deal is likely to be announced in the next few hours with the Argentine waiting in Wales to sign a contract worth 1.2 million pounds per year.
16.04 BST: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini looks like he will get his wish and see John Guidetti out of the club. The striker is wanted by Feyenoord according to the Manchester Evening News although the Dutch giants want to take him on loan for the year first before signing him for four million pounds next summer. Apparently so Feyenoord can 'assess his fitness'.
16.00 BST: Grégory Cerdan leaves Guingamp after two years at the club following a training ground bust-up with Mustapha Yatabare. Well that's not the official line, the official line is that the bust-up two weeks ago has nothing to do with the defender leaving on a free. He told L'Equipe it was to do with his general unhappiness at the club and something he had been discussing for a number of months. OK.
15.53 BST: Does anyone really know who to believe? AS with a tongue-in-cheek response to the true value.
Barça big up their bargaining skills: "Suárez clause was £75m and in the end we paid £65m thanks to the skill of those negotiating"- AS English (@English_AS) August 19, 2014
15.47 BST: An asking price has been set for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin. According to Tuttomercatoweb both Bayern Munich and Monaco have been quoted 30 million euros to steal the Uruguayan away from the Vicente Calderon. Somehow, can't see anyone stumping up that sort of cash.
15.41 BST: Widespread reports that Thibaut Courtois is set to pen a new five-year deal at Chelsea. Another step closer to the exit door for Petr Cech.
15.38 BST: Sport Witness reporter Tom Coast on Guillem Balague's Man Utd transfer claim. Have to say, it does seem rather outlandish.
15.34 BST: German outfit Werder Bremen have asked Fiorentina about taking promising young winger Rafal Wolski on loan for a season according to Kicker. The Polish international has struggled to break into the first-team at La Viola and will promise him more first-team football should he join. Empoli are also interested.
15.29 BST: PSV are offering wonderkid Memphis Depay a huge new contract in order to keep Manchester United and Tottenham's paws off him. The young Dutchman has reportedly rejected the idea of signing a new contract until after the transfer window to see if proper interest materialises. Sounds cynical but one would imagine any deal he does sign will be purely to hike up the fee next summer.
15.19 BST: L'Equipe are reporting that PSG remain hopeful of signing Angel Di Maria despite interest from Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Include Financial Fair Play regulations and suddenly PSG don't look like favourites but the report suggests the French champions are keen to bring down the 65 million euro asking price and get rid of Ezequiel Lavezzi to free up funds and squad space.
15.15 BST: AS Monaco are set to sign three more players before the end of the transfer window. According to Nice Matin, the first of which will be a central defender, though unnamed. Another player will hopefully be Douglas Costa who Shakhtar don't want to sell but remain in talks with Monaco.
15.07 BST: French daily La Provence were reporting that Marseille and Evian had been hoping to thrash out a cash plus player deal involving Modou Sougou and Daniel Wass. But Marseille sources have told journalists that they have no interest in Evian winger Wass, whatsoever. So there you go!
15.02 BST: Looks like Atletico Madrid's hopes of signing Andre Schurrle have been dashed. Read the full story here.
14.55 BST: West Ham have lodged an enquiry with Fiorentina over defender Facundo Roncaglia. Sam Allardyce is keen to recruit defenders before the transfer window closes and sees the Argentine as an ideal signing, according to reports.
14.50 BST: Lazio have had a busy summer and the news that Claudio Lotito has confirmed the club are closing on a deal to sign Santiago Gentiletti from San Lorenzo, will cool interest in Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar. The Aquile have been in for defenders all summer and look to have grabbed Gentiletti for 2.5 million euros. Corriere dello Sport quote Lotito as saying: "Is it completely closed? Not yet, we will see in the coming days. Anyway, he is a player who Pioli has chosen, and if our Coach likes him then we're good."
14.44 BST: DONE DEALS! Ever Banega and Gerard Deulofeu officially unveiled by Sevilla.
14.41 BST: West Ham have reportedly made a seven million euro bid for Sampdoria midfielder Pedro Obiang. Sport Witness have all the details!
14.35 BST: DONE DEAL! Speaks for itself really...
14.30 BST: AC Milan are considering an offer for Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Douglas Costa according to Tuttosport. The 25 million euro asking price is likely to be a big stumbling block given Milan's lack of money at the moment.
14.22 BST: Sevilla and Hamburg have joined the race to sign Fredy Guarin from Inter Milan. It almost feels lazy of me to keep updating you on this Guarin stuff. It's been going on for two years.
14.18 BST: DONE DEAL! Rayo Vallecano officially sign Leo Baptistao on a season-long loan from Atletico Madrid.
14.14 BST: El Mundo Deportivo claim Daniel Agger is a target for Atletico Madrid but only if they manage to shift Toby Alderweireld off their wage bill.
14.09 BST: Greece World Cup hero Georgios Samaras could be about to sign for Malaga according to reports. The Greek international, who ended a five-year spell at Celtic this summer has reportedly flown in to Andalucia in order to sign for the La Liga side on a free transfer.
14.05 BST: Leeds United in shock move for Italian footballer following takeover of Massimo Cellini! In all seriousness, according to Football League World, former AC Milan midfielder Davide Di Gennaro has emerged as a target for the Elland Road club after Palermo offered him to them as they look to offload him.
14.00 BST: The same guys who said Marco Reus had agreed a deal with Atletico Madrid...
Cadena COPE say Khedira and Di Maria both will leave Real Madrid this summer.- Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 19, 2014
13.56 BST: You can see why Nigel Pearson wanted to keep this one under wraps...
Latest from Italy on Cambiasso is that although he's agreed a deal with Leicester City, his agent is set to meet Atletico and Valencia.- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 19, 2014
13.52 BST: Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has told Dutch newspaper TC Tubantia that he has not ruled out a return to Holland in the near future. He said: "But there is a big chance I will return to the Netherlands. I will turn 30 and it would be a good moment to play a couple of years in the Netherlands. I have lived in England for a couple of years now, but the Netherlands is still my home. I miss my family over here."
13.48 BST: Don't think there will be many United fans shedding a tear at this!
Nani is already doing his medical at Sporting, according to Portuguese TV station RTP.- Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) August 19, 2014
13.45 BST: DONE DEAL! Bruno Zuculini signs for Valencia from Manchester City on loan. Read the full story here.
13.40 BST: Arsenal have had a 5.6 million pound bid for PSG wonderkid Adrien Rabiot accepted according to the Daily Star. After the young Frenchman was given permission to speak to other clubs over the weekend Arsene Wenger moved quickly to prise the midfielder away from the grasp of Juventus and Roma, who were also interested.
13.26 BST: ESPN FC EXCLUSIVE! Sami Khedira is keen on a switch to Bayern Munich. Read the full story here.
13.20 BST: Napoli are set to receive an answer from Marouane Fellaini about a move to Italy after their Champions League tie against Athletic Bilbao tonight. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Belgian is keen to know which European competition Napoli will be playing in before committing to a move there on loan next season.
13.12 BST: Newcastle are eyeing up a move for Manchester City duo Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards. The Manchester Evening News claims the Magpies are readying a five million pound bid for Richards while boss Alan Pardew is keen on reuniting with Sinclair after working together at Charlton.
13.07 BST: And more from Leicester as Get French Football report Rod Fanni arrived in the Midlands yesterday ahead of a free transfer to the club.
13.05 BST: Leicester City could sign former defender Sol Bamba on a free transfer according to TalkSport. The Ivorian saw his contract at Trabzonspor terminated this summer and with the Foxes looking to reinforce their back four, the former Leicester man could be an ideal signing for Nigel Pearson.
13.00 BST: DONE DEAL! Sevilla officially announce the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barca on a one-year loan deal.
12.53 BST: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is quoted in Mundo Deportivo as saying signing Marco Reus was 'impossible' and he had no idea where the rumours came from. And that was the end of that.
12.48 BST: See. Wide of the mark most reports!
12.44 BST: Valencia are going to play a game of chess with Juventus over the signing of Fernando Llorente. According to Super Deporte, the Spanish club will wait until the last week of the window and offer ten million euros for the international striker knowing Juve may need to sell to land other targets.
12.40 BST: Benfica look close to signing Greek international Andreas Samaris from Olympiakos according to O Jogo. The article says Benfica will pay four million euros up front with a further million to be paid in future fees. The deal could be as close as a few days away from completion.
12.37 BST: It must be something to do with the name, right?
This is amazing! Costa Rica's Yeltsin Tejeda might be moving to France. The bad news? Le Dauphine claim he is close to joining Evian.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 19, 2014
12.34 BST: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told reporters he expects Matija Nastasic to leave for Italy before the end of the transfer window, with Juventus and Roma interested. Gazzetta dello Sport say Pellegrini has also said he is looking to offload Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti before the window closes as well.
12.31 BST: Argentine striker Teofilo Gutierrez has said he is open to a move to Porto from River Plate. He is quoted in A Bola as saying: "I'm happy. I'm where I want to be but the feeling has to be mutual. If you leave, it will be by the will of God."
12.25 BST: Fredy Guarin. Zenit St Petersburg. 15 million euros. It's the same story as always just with a different club. Gazzetta dello Sport reporting it, as they have done all the other Guarin rumours for the past two years.
12.20 BST: Valencia were always going to be busy bees following the take-over of Peter Lim at the club. And O Jogo have them down as on the verge of signing Benfica right-back John Cancelo subject to a medical he is apparently taking today.
12.16 BST: Despite the loss of James Rodriguez and possibly Radamel Falcao this summer, Monaco are determined to show Europe they still mean business. And Gazzetta dello Sport have them down as making an ambitious move for Zenit St Petersburg forward Hulk in an attempt to appease fans. However, Hulk is said to be happy in Russia with the appointment of Andre Villas Boas and it would take an offer in excess of 50 million euros for the Russian club to accept.
12.13 BST: Good news for Leicester fans. Prolific young striker will be remaining at the club!
#lcfc striker Jamie Vardy has agreed a new 4-year contract. Will be among the club's high earners just 2 years after playing in non-league- John Percy (@John__Percy) August 19, 2014
12.09 BST: Well that has put that rumour to bed...
No swap deal between Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) and Agger (Liverpool). Nice story, but it's not going to happen (bis). @HLNinEngeland- Sven Claes (@svenclaes) August 19, 2014
12.05 BST: Former Chelsea director of football Frank Arnesen has told Danish news outlet BT that Daniel Agger should leave Liverpool this summer. However, amid links with Brondby, Arnesen has said the Danish international should only leave for a top club.
12.02 BST: Amazing what a new manager can do for a player. Sebastian Giovinco had been set to leave Juventus this summer after falling out of favour with Antonio Conte but following his departure from the Old Lady, the diminutive attacker has been granted another year in the first-team by new coach Max Allegri. Tuttomercatoweb go as far to say that that attacker will be offered a new deal which is due to expire next summer.
11.56 BST: Hugo Campagnaro has been on his way out of Inter for months but is still there for whatever reason. Now Tuttomercatoweb have revealed a possible destination for the veteran defender could be England, though no club has yet been named.
11.50 BST: Jose Mourinho has laid down a big challenge to legendary Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech after being dropped for Thibaut Courtois against Burnley last night. Mourinho said post-match: "Courtois was my first choice today and he played good enough to be my first choice in the next game. He is not my first choice for the rest of the season. When you have a top professional working hard like Petr, if you don't perform you are in trouble."
11.47 BST: The Independent are reporting that Liverpool are still keen on bringing in Radamel Falcao despite being told a number of weeks ago there is 'no chance' of signing him.
11.42 BST: Inter Milan remain keen to bring in Jonathan Biabany from Parma but need to shift Ezequiel Schelotto from their books first. Tuttomercatoweb are reporting that Stoke, West Brom and Werder Bremen are all interested in the Argentine winger.
11.39 BST: Got a few exclusives coming up from Tuttomercatoweb! First up, Serie A minnows Sassuolo are targeting Colombia's third choice goalkeeper Camilo Vargas to be between the sticks for them next season. However they face competition from Palermo for the Santa Fe stopper.
11.35 BST: DONE DEAL! Eibar sign Federico Piovaccari from Sampdoria on loan!
Federico Piovaccari llega al EIbar cedido de la Sampdoria y será presentado hoy en Ipurua http://t.co/Ut8uGADF9X- S.D. Eibar (@sd_eibar) August 19, 2014
11.28 BST: Costa Rican international signs for Iranian team. It's not a headline we are that unfamiliar with nowadays! The latest, Michael Umana, has signed a two year deal with Persepolis, based in Tehran.
11.25 BST: Lorient have told L'Equipe that striker Vincent Aboubakar will definitely NOT be joining Sporting Lisbon. However, with interest from QPR, Monaco, Benfica and Wolsfburg, the Ligue 1 side have braced themselves for bid for the Cameroon striker.
11.21 BST: According to A Bola, Nani is set to be announced as a Sporting Lisbon player as soon as this afternoon! He may be apart of a 20 million pound overall deal taking Marcos Rojo to Manchester United.
11.17 BST: Some more info on the Luis Suarez to Barca deal. This stuff might make grim reading for Liverpool fans...
Official: Barcelona have paid Liverpool 81M for Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (£65M), his buyout clause is 200M #fcblive- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 19, 2014
Luis Suarez: "I've been deaming to play at Barça for many years. Everyone knows the link I have with Barcelona through my wife." #fcblive- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 19, 2014
11.16 BST: A Bola must have been late to the news he is having a medical at QPR. They have reported Leroy Fer is a prime target for Benfica and the Portuguese champions will know more about their chances in the coming hours... Woops.
11.13 BST: Reading boss Nigel Adkins is set to test Nottingham Forest's resolve over the signing of Jack Hobbs. The former Liverpool defender is wanted by Reading after missing out on him in January when he made a move from Hull. Reports suggest following the Royals' takeover, cash is available for Adkins to sign whoever he wants.
11.10 BST: Marseille outcast Morgan Amalfitano was supposed to be close to signing for West Ham but has returned to the south of France without a contract, according to L'Equipe. They report that the French winger is now open to a return to former club Lorient who have expressed an interest in his services.
11.07 BST: Despite rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool or Monaco, Benfica forward Nico Gaitan is closer than ever to renewing his contract at the Portuguese champions, according to A Bola.
11.03 BST: DONE DEAL! Ajaccio midfielder Ricardo Faty signs for Standard Liege!
10.59 BST: Porto have received a seven million euro bid for Silvestre Varela from an unnamed club in Dubai according to A Bola. The Portuguese giants are not averse to losing their international winger but want at least ten million euros to consider selling.
10.55 BST: Bastia are extremely hopeful of signing Hervin Ongenda from PSG on a season long loan. The teenager is desperate for the move, according to L'Equipe, in order to get first team action under Claude Makalele. The former PSG assistant manager is hopeful of convincing his former club to let the youngster join.
10.51 BST: Spurs again, sorry. Apparently they are going to miss out on Villareal defender Mateo Musacchio. Boss Marcelino Garcia Toral is quoted as saying: "I believe that Musacchio will stay with us but I cannot confirm this 100 per cent." He also claimed he expects the entire business of his transfer to be completed this week.
10.47 BST: Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin, a bit of a forgotten man at the moment, could still remain at the Gunners beyond his contract which runs out next summer. According to L'Equipe, the French midfielder is hopeful his good year on loan at Freiburg will convince Arsene Wenger to hand him a new deal, despite interest from QPR.
10.42 BST: According to A Bola, the British press have been reporting that Chelsea are set to make a 33 million euro bid for Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho. However, a little research and any rumours about a bid from the Blues are at least a month old now.
10.40 BST: Braga midfielder Ruben Micael is wanted in Turkey according to A Bola. Besiktas are set to offer for the Portuguese midfielder in a bid to improve their squad ahead of their Champions League tie with Arsenal.
10.36 BST: Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison is training with Ipswich Town according to the BBC. Manager Mick McCarthy told reporters: "He lives half an hour away, I told him to come and train with us. Who knows? Something might come of it, or something might not."
10.33 BST: It's another Spurs related rumour and this time the Express say that the North Londoners are going to turn down a ten million pound bid from Southampton for flying winger Andros Townsend.
10.30 BST: Despite looking to cull the squad, Spurs have been linked with Monaco's Anthony Martial who has been dubbed 'the new Thierry Henry.' Apparently Spurs were going to make a 15.8 million pound bid for the French youngster but interest from Bordeaux is likely to trump any bid from the North London club.
10.26 BST: Sam Allardyce is determined to sign more defenders after injuries have depleted his squad in that position. With James Collins suspended and James Tomkins injured last Friday, the West Ham boss is keen to bolster his options at the back before the transfer window closes according to TalkSport.
10.22 BST: Stoke City defender Geoff Cameron has NOT handed in a transfer request, amid speculation the American is angling for a move away from the club, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
10.19 BST: Apparently the Chilean is due for a medical at QPR tomorrow.
Sunderland are missing out on Eduardo Vargas - they had agreed deal first, but QPR are set to beat them to Chilean winger.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 19, 2014
10.16 BST: AS Roma have been linked with a move for Spurs flop Roberto Soldado according to reports. Again, and this may become a theme over the next two weeks, Mauricio Pocchetino is willing to let the Spaniard go in an attempt to trim the size of his squad and a 15 million pound move for the Spanish international marksman is in the offing.
10.13 BST: Napoli have all but completed a deal for Villarreal midfielder Jonathan De Guzman. It was thought Swansea City would close a deal for the Dutchman, who had been on loan at the club for the past two season, but Rafa Benitez has stolen in and a five million pound deal is expected to be completed according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
10.10 BST: Tottenham are also willing to let Benoit Assou-Ekotto leave on a free transfer in order to help with pruning the squad, according to reports. QPR boss Harry Redknapp looks like he may raid his old club for the Cameroon left-back who spent last season on loan at Loftus Road.
10.06 BST: Spurs are happy to offload German midfielder Lewis Holtby after Mauricio Pocchetino has deemed him surplus to requirements according to the Daily Mail. QPR and Crystal Palace lead the race for his signature but Leicester and Aston Villa are also keen. Spurs supremo Daniel Levy is likely to accept any bid over five million pounds.
10.03 BST: Apparently Lech are desperate to sell after not making the Europa League. Need the cash!
10.01 BST: It's not all departures at Norwich City as they look set to close on signing Carlos Cuellar from Sunderland on a free transfer according to the Sunderland Echo. The deal could be announced later today after he reportedly passed a medical yesterday.
09.58 BST: It's been on the cards all summer long and this transfer finally appears to be coming to a conclusion.
09.55 BST: Everybody is on red alert after Barcelona made Alex Song available for transfer at just ten million pounds. According to the Daily Telegraph Everton, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested and the Cameroon international could be available on loan to the right bidder.
09.47 BST: Galatasaray have received encouragement in their hopes of signing Lukas Podolski from Arsenal after Arsene Wenger ruled out the sale of Joel Campbell. The Daily Star claim the Turkish giants are hoping to secure a ten million pound bid in the coming days.
09.44 BST: Leicester City are keen to bring in Marseille full back Rod Fanni. The Foxes are looking for cover in defence and see the French international as the perfect competition for Ritchie De Laet according to The Express.
09.39 BST: Aston Villa are set to sign a second South American midfielder in the form of Argentine Sebastian Blanco according to the Sutton Coldfield Observer. The 26-year-old currently plays for Metalist Kharkiv but is available for a move and Villa are at the head of the queue for his signature.
09.37 BST: This is quite funny. Not the signing, just the picture.
09.33 BST: QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar is set for a switch to Benfica after discussing a severance payment with the West Londoners according to the Daily Mail. Harry Redknapp is desperate to get his 100,000 pounds per week wages off the club's books.
Júlio César at Lisbon Airport last night: "Nothing is done, yet. Benfica are one of the greatest clubs in the world." pic.twitter.com/hLRluzZltj- Jan Hagen (@PortuBall) August 19, 2014
09.29 BST: The hilarious set of circumstances last night about Alessio Cerci's future have 'come to light'. Apparently the Italy international was playing Playstation with his friends when 'the tweet' was posted and when he found out he quickly deleted it from his account.
The tweet read: "Reached an agreement with Atletico, thanks to Torino and their fans for everything." But Cerci came out and said to Sky Sport Italia last night: "I was playing on the playstation with my teammates at the time. Somebody must have gained access to my account, I don't know. I can only repeat that I never wrote it and I want to affirm that I am not an Atletico player, but a Torino one."
09.25 BST: Italy international Matteo Darmian, who has been under intense transfer speculation this summer, has pledged his future to Torino. He told Sky Sport Italia: "After a great last season, we all really want to do well again. There's been lots of speculation and of course it's flattering to be linked with big clubs, but for the moment, my future's here."
09.21 BST: QPR are interested in bringing in Turkish international striker Mevlut Erding from Saint-Etienne according to Le 10 Sport.
09.18 BST: A Bola in Portugal are claiming Juventus have been told by Benfica to stop contacting Luisao about a move or will be reported to FIFA for breaking rules.
09.14 BST: The Belgian giants are strengthening some more having signed Steven Defour.
Anderlecht reported to be back for Asteras' De Blasis and willing to pay his transfer clause (1m EUR). De Blasis now needs to decide- Greek Football (@greekfooty) August 19, 2014
09.12 BST: Juventus are considering an ambitious loan move for Radamel Falcao according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The same report also claims Fernando Llorente is a target for Valencia and could be open to a move back to Spain this summer.
09.09 BST: Initially Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy had linked Hoffenheim's Firminho with Inter Milan. The cash-strapped Italians are said to be weighing up a 25 million euro move to sign one of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga last season but Hoffenheim sporting director Alexander Rosen said: "We don't comment on any rumours or speculations." Bild remain confident however that the Brazilian will remain in Germany next season.
09.04 BST: Anyone who is anyone is weighing in on the Marco Reus situation at Dortmund. We've all heard the noise from Bayern Munich trying to do their best to unsettle the forward and now Dortmund's Hans-Joachim Watzke has weighed in and told Bild: ""It's a nice party game. Everyone has his say. It sucks. But by now everyone should have had his say."
Oh and former Bayern midfielder Didi Hamann also felt it necessary to 'have his say' and said via Merkur Online: "It's not right that a club discusses release clause from another club. That's a discussion Dortmund don't need. Bayern don't care, but it breeds bad blood. You should treat each other with more respect." That's nice.
09.00 BST: Spurs and Man Utd on red alert now, I'll bet!
Memphis Depay has declined PSV's new contract offer. The winger prefers to wait until the end of the transfer window.- Elko Born (@Elko_B) August 19, 2014
08.50 BST: New Manchester City signing Bruno Zuculini is about to seal a loan switch to Valencia, AS reports. The Spanish publication has photos of him arriving at Valencia airport.
08.35 BST: VfB Stuttgart about to send New Zealand international Marco Rojas, 22, on loan. "There are a few offers," Stuttgarter Nachrichten quotes sporting director Fredi Bobic as saying, while Rojas said it remains unclear where he will be going, adding: "I have to see what's best for me."
08.02 BST: You can find the full details here on Marcos Rojo's claims he has secured a move to Old Trafford.
07.48 BST: BREAKING Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo has told Radio Continental he has joined Manchester United. "It's a dream to play for Manchester United," he said. "It was not easy to leave Sporting." More to follow...
07.36 BST: Bayern Munich continue their hunt for a new defender. Pep Guardiola said in Bild: "Should something be possible, it would be nice. If it's not possible, we'll just continue with the players we have. No problem." There are now strong links with Bayer Leverkusen's versatile midfielder Gonzalo Castro, but a highly entertaining Bayern transfer blog on Munchener Merkur quotes Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade as telling Rheinische Post that they have not received an offer for him. The blog also cites AS, which reports that Bayern technical director Michael Reschke is currently in Madrid to discuss Diego Godin with Atletico. Meanwhile, Sport1 reports that Bayern have entered talks with AS Roma, with a middle man of Medhi Benatia's agent seen in Munich yesterday. It also reports that Benatia will not feature in Roma's test against Fenerbahce today.
07.09 BST: According to Bild, Werder Bremen have offered four million euros for Fulham's Bryan Ruiz. The 28-year-old Costa Rica captain has turned down offers from Besiktas, who were prepared to splash out six million euros, as he wants to join the Bundesliga side. Bild quotes Magath as saying: "He could leave us in the next days."
Rojo a go-go? And does Angel have wings at last?
The back page of Tuesday's Express says that Manchester United may yet succeed in snaring Sporting defender Marcos Rojo, even if the rangy right-back has been a rather naughty boy.
It turned out that refusing to train after not being allowed a move was not the best way to force an exit, but an apology has smoothed things over and United hope that, this formality now having been completed, discussions can continue. They are willing to offer Nani or Anderson in part-exchange.
And what's this on the back of the Sun? It has seemed a matter of time until Angel Di Maria, weirdly unwanted by Real Madrid, went somewhere -- and now Carlo Ancelotti has apparently given the midfielder, who of course plays in front of Rojo on Argentina's left flank, his blessing to leave if he wishes to. Now it depends on whether the player has the stomach for what still looks a long, hard road ahead for the Old Trafford club.
Saints aren't for turning
The Sun has another snippet, on the case of yet another of this summer's developing -- and doubtless coming to a head over the next couple of weeks -- sagas. It says that Spurs have made another offer, 17 million pounds this time, for want-away Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin -- who came so close to a stunning late goal at Anfield on Sunday -- but that the Saints will hold firm on their man once more.
Wenger gets his Manolas?
Are Arsenal about to sign another defender? That would make it three in this transfer window and surely give their manager an attack of the vapours. But the Mirror points out that cover is desperately needed at centre-back after Thomas Vermaelen's move to Barcelona, and suggests that 23-year-old Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas is Arsene Wenger's top pick.
He'd cost around six million pounds, which in today's market does not seem a bad deal at all -- and his impressive World Cup with Greece adds to the impression that, if there is a deal to be done, this one might be worth closing out before other vultures start circling, too.
Brucie's striking bonus?
Hull, meanwhile, need a striker and -- having been linked with Danny Welbeck last week -- are now in pursuit of Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar. That's in the Mirror, too, and the theme isn't dissimilar to what we've seen above: at nine million pounds, the Lorient striker, who scored 16 Ligue 1 goals last season and is still just 22, may well represent better value than anything available domestically.
Aboubakar was part of his country's appalling World Cup squad, but he is a big talent and that certainly should not be held against him.
ALL-TIME HIGHEST TRANSFER FEES
1) £85m Gareth Bale -- Tottenham to Real Madrid, Sept. 2013
2) £80m Cristiano Ronaldo -- Man Utd to R. Madrid, June 2009
3) £75m Luis Suarez -- Liverpool to Barcelona, July 2014
4) £71m James Rodriguez -- Monaco to Real Madrid, July 2014
5) £59.7m Angel Di Maria -- Real Madrid to Man Utd, Aug. 2014
6) £56m Kaka -- AC Milan to Real Madrid, June 2009
Cameron goes green
On to another forward now, although one who seems set to take a downward step. Cameron Jerome is going green, says the Telegraph, and the only question seems to be whether he opts for the green and white of Celtic or the green and yellow of Norwich.
SPL or Championship: it's up to the Stoke frontman now after his current club accepted offers of two million pounds for his services.
Yes you Cam
The Telegraph also speaks of an imminent arrival to the Premier League, though. It seems that way, anyway: Nigel Pearson had been annoyed at the leaking of his interest in highly-decorated Argentinian midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, but it seems as if all might be well that ends well.
He might even be on board in time to travel to Chelsea on Saturday -- as long as Sevilla don't sneak in and ruin things at the last minute.