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Football is fully back with a slate of UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League and Spanish Super Cup games on tap in the past 24 hours. For good measure, we'll sprinkle in some transfer bits for those moments between.
TOP PICK - Reports in Italy claim Liverpool are days away from signing Mario Balotelli from AC Milan on loan for the season or in a 17.5 million pound permanent deal. CEO Adriano Galliani has claimed there has been no contact with Liverpool. Read the full story here.
- Barcelona are desperate to shift Alex Song off their books after the Cameroon midfielder fell out of favour with new boss Luis Enrique. Manchester United and Tottenham are the clubs interested.
- Juventus remain confident they can sign Stevan Jovetic on loan for the season from Manchester City after Max Allegri held summit talks with major shareholders yesterday.
- Angel Di Maria now wants to remain at Real Madrid according to teammate Sergio Ramos who says he would sign the Argentine up for life if it was up to him. Read the full story here. And Bastia are the latest club to put their name in the frame to sign Di Maria after sensationally (and sarcastically) declaring their interest via a press release.
- Premier League: Team-by-team ins and outs
Summer transfer window roundup
- Transfer Centre: All the done deals
- Marcotti: Mind-boggling transfers
- Delaney: What did we learn on deadline day?
- Horncastle: European transfer grades
- Smith: Transfers more important than the game?
- Macintosh: We worship goals, not balance sheets
- Premier League: Team-by-team ins and outs
22.53 BST: That's your lot for tonight after a fairly busy evening in transfer land. We'll be back before long with the best of the the morning's newspapers, so stay tuned.
22.51 BST: Meanwhile, you can watch a video of ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explaining why Barcelona have made enough quality transfers before their 2015 transfer ban takes effect here.
22.49 BST: Barcelona are expected to tie up the signing Sao Paulo defender Douglas, but AS reports that it has caused some astonishment in Brazil. "The truth is that here in Brazil the reaction to the possible transfer was one of astonishment because Douglas, in all certainty, is not a player of Barcelona's level," SporTV journalist Ricardo Gonzalez told the Spanish paper.
22.37 BST: Voetbal International has reported that Porto have made an eight million euros bid for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie - but that is below the 10 million the Dutch club want if they are to allow their captain to leave.
22.29 BST: West Bromwich Albion could bolster their attacking options by bringing Greece international Georgios Samaras to The Hawthorns, the Birmingham Mail has reported. The 29-year-old is currently without a club after his contract at Celtic expired.
Is George Samaras set for a Premier League return? He is being tipped by Greek media to join West Bromwich Albion by the end of the week- Greek Football (@greekfooty) August 20, 2014
21.58: Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has sought to end the speculation surrounding Arturo Vidal by saying the Chile international is not on the market. Manchester United and Barcelona have been linked with the midfielder this summer, but Marotta insisted such talk was wide of the mark.
"It's like a soap opera, particularly when it comes to the media, without there actually being any real revelations," Marotta told reporters in quotes reported by Tuttosport. We have never put Vidal on the market, and he has shown us that he wants to stay here by renewing his contract at the end of last season."
21.43: Samuel Eto'o confirmation -- Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has told Voetbal International the Dutch champions have ended their interest. Eto'o, 33, is available on a free transfer after leaving Chelsea in the summer, and Overmars had earlier confirmed that Ajax had held talks with the player.
However, the club had set a deadline of Wednesday evening to conclude a deal and have now confirmed that they have ended their pursuit of the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star. "It is Eto'o's prerogative to take his time to consider his next club, but Ajax will not wait any longer," Overmars said. "We have let him know that we are not going to take part in any further discussions."
21.10: Where might Samuel Eto'o end up next? Not at Ajax, by the sound of things:
Ajax have given up on signing Samuel Eto'o after the striker took too much time in accepting their offer.- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) August 20, 2014
21.00: A bit more on Cameron Jerome: he becomes the third striker to be recruited by Norwich manager Neil Adams, who has already brought Lewis Grabban and Kyle Lafferty to the Norfolk club.
Adams told the Canaries' official website: "Cameron brings power and pace to our attacking options. He's someone I've been looking at for a long while, and I'm delighted he became available to us. He gives us that brute strength as well as power, but he's got much more than that."
20.54: Another Norwich signing, and this one at the other end of the pitch. Defender Carlos Cuellar joined earlier in the day, and now it's striker Cameron Jerome's turn:
Delighted to have signed for @NorwichCityFC looking forward to the new challenges ahead starting with promotion back to the premier league- cameron jerome (@camjerome33) August 20, 2014
20.14 BST: It seems as though there may be some life left in the Lokomotiv Moscow-Cheick Tiote story after all:
Lokomotiv Moscow in for Cheick Tiote - Newcastle could be ready to do deal.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 20, 2014
19.46 BST: A bit more on the new man at QPR -- Netherlands international Leroy Fer, who has joined from Norwich for a reported fee of eight million pounds. Fer, 24, scored three times for Norwich in the Premier League last season before the Canaries were relegated. He was included in the Netherlands squad at this summer's World Cup and scored the opening goal against Chile in his only appearance.
19.41 BST: New Valencia owner Peter Lim has bought right-back Joao Cancelo from Benfica -- but the long-mooted move to bring Argentina World Cup midfielder Enzo Perez to the Mestalla has stalled. Lim's bid to take control of the heavily-indebted La Liga club has finally been confirmed, and coach Nuno Espiritu Santo has a host of new players to choose from for the new season.
19.25 BST: And here's the full story of the Rojo move.
19.23 BST: ESPN FC blogger Sam Kelly reckons that the move to bring in Marcos Rojo is a shrewd one by Manchester United -- you can read his thoughts here.
19.19 BST - DONE DEAL: Marcos Rojo is a Red, say Manchester United, confirming his arrival from Sporting Lisbon. Earlier today, Rojo arrived in England for a medical ahead of his 20 million-euro move to Old Trafford. United agreed a fee with Sporting Lisbon for the Argentina international on Tuesday evening, while Nani has gone in the opposite direction on a season's loan.
18.39 BST: Edin Dzeko is pretty happy with his decision to sign a new four-year deal at Manchester City, telling the club's official website: "I'm really happy here at City -- it's a second home to me, so it was an easy decision to stay for the long term. I knew from the beginning when I started here that I wanted to stay for a long time -- I can't see any place better than here. Over the last three and a half years we've made history together, but I feel like we are only at the start of something really special."
18.35 BST: Arsenal could do with further reinforcements -- particularly a midfielder, says ESPN FC blogger John Cross. You can read his thoughts here.
18.20 BST: Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett is off to the seaside for the season, moving to Brighton on loan.
17.55 BST - DONE DEAL: No surprises here -- the long-mooted move of Netherlands international Leroy Fer from relegated Norwich City to promoted Queens Park Rangers has been confirmed by the Loftus Road club:
17.53 BST: The Press Association is reporting that Lokomotiv Moscow have made no further progress in their attempts to sign Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote after having a "derisory" opening offer turned down. Tiote, who arrived in England during Chris Hughton's reign as manager, has been linked with a move to a number of clubs including Arsenal in recent weeks.
17.49 BST: Manchester City's recent run of securing key players on new contracts has continued: striker Edin Dzeko has put pen to paper on a new four-year deal, the Premier League champions have announced.
17.30 BST: Lille are hoping Simon Kjaer's loyalty to the club and wish to remain in northern France will be enough to keep Monaco from their Danish defender. According to Le 10 Sport, the principality club are set to re-ignite interest in the Dane but Kjaer has no desire to leave Lille where he is extremely happy.
17.27 BST: Sevilla are hoping to add to their recent signing of Gerard Deulofeu and Ever Banega by bringing in Milan Badelj from Hamburg. According to Estadio Deportivo, Sevilla are set to pay a reduced asking price of five million euros while the German club are keen to sell in order to reinforce other areas of the squad.
17.23 BST: Operative words being 'at the moment' in that tweet below...
17.18 BST: Despite reports earlier from Russian daily Isvestia, a Press Association report has claimed the offer Newcastle received from Lokomotiv Moscow for Cheick Tiote was both derisory and made some weeks ago. That has therefore put the whole transfer in doubt as the bid made was not much more than the Magpies paid FC Twente for the Ivorian four years ago.
17.12 BST: Looks like Leeds may well be doing business well into September the way Massimo Cellino is going...
Cellino says he is still aiming to tie up deals for another 4/ 5 new players.- Simon Austin (@sport_simon) August 20, 2014
17.10 BST: So Record in Portugal think that Andres Guardado has been offered to Benfica by Valencia. Possibly a tad unrealistic, no?
17.01 BST: Well earlier on it had been reported that Anthony Reveilliere was close to signing for Bastia but it appears that deal has fallen through as RMC Sport claim the former Lyon defender is discussing terms with Hellas Verona over a a free transfer.
16.54 BST: Chelsea are eager to tie up a new five year deal for Thibaut Courtois ESPN sources have been told. Read the full story here.
16.49 BST: A straight shoot-out between Roma and Arsenal for Kostas Manolas now then? Or just a smokescreen?
Marotta also said that the improving fitness of Andrea Barzagli & the form of Luca Marrone mean signing a defender is unlikely #juvenews- Adam Digby (@Adz77) August 20, 2014
16.42 BST: Is a relegated midfielder really what Burnley need? Or will his experience be invaluable to their season?
Burnley are back in for Wigan's James McArthur. Second bid made.- Graeme Bailey (@GraemeBailey) August 20, 2014
16.36 BST: Juventus youngster Frederik Sorensen, who saw a move to Leeds fall through last week, is now wanted on loan by Atalanta. The youngster is also wanted by Hellas Verona and Genoa who are in talks with his agent while Rubin Kazan also monitor the situation, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
16.27 BST: Clement Chantome may not be joining Lyon after all as Le Parisien reports only one of Adrien Rabiot or Chantome will be allowed to leave this summer. And with Rabiot the more likely to leave on a free next summer, it is thought Laurent Blanc is reluctant to allow both to leave and be short of midfield options.
16.20 BST: Is this rumour FINALLY going to be put to bed?!?!
Juve's Marotta on Vidal:"It was more or less created by the media, he never asked to leave also because he recently extended with us" TMW- David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 20, 2014
16.15 BST: DONE DEAL! Carlos Cuellar signs for Norwich!
16.06 BST: It hasn't yet been officially announced but Luis Nani has had his first training session with Sporting Lisbon scheduled for 5pm this afternoon (English time). Probably just waiting for Marcos Rojo to be confirmed at Man Utd and it'll be two more done deals!
16.00 BST: NEW NAME IN THE FRAME FOR ANGEL DI MARIA!!!! Claude Makalele's Bastia have published a press release claiming they are now in the running to sign the Argentine international from Real Madrid. No, really, you can read it here. Apparently Bastia aren't too happy about being linked to '1287 other names' this window.
15.50 BST: Confusing set of circumstances surrounding the future of Benfica's Nico Gaitan. A number of weeks ago he was supposed to be joining Monaco to replace James Rodriguez in a 30 million euro deal. Then it got called off because Benfica wanted to give him a new contract and Monaco turned their attention to Alex Teixeira and Douglas Costa. And now, Le 10 Sport are reporting that Gaitan is back on Monaco's radar and they want to tie up a deal to appease worried fans. But Benfica remain confident he will sign a new deal... Got it?
15.42 BST: Sporting Lisbon have felt it necessary to make a statement claiming they have not received any bids for defensive midfielder William Carvalho. A club spokesperson said: "This news [about Chelsea's offer] is not true. The club have not got any formal offer to our offices for the player."
15.36 BST: Le 10 Sport have exclusively revealed that Vincent Aboubakar will be the subject of an eight million euro bid from Monaco. Lorient are desperate to sell for big money so they can reinforce their squad in other areas and are willing to listen to offers for the Cameroon striker.
15.30 BST: You see!
I repeat that despite some relative reports there is no Manolas medical for Arsenal or any deal between them and Olympiacos- Greek Football (@greekfooty) August 20, 2014
15.25 BST: Read the full story here on Marco Reus' mystery release clause.
15.17 BST: Panathinaikos are close to signing Alejandro Alfaro on a free transfer from Mallorca according to an exclusive from Tuttomercatoweb.
15.13 BST: They signed Federico Fernandez today and it looks like Swansea's transfer activity is not over yet!
Swansea have made improved bid for Stambouli, closer to €6m value via @GFN_France. Fiorentina also in talks. MHSC will dither, then sell-up.- Laure James (@LaureJames) August 20, 2014
15.08 BST: Inter have loaned Geremy Lombardi to Parma for the season again following a successful spell there last year!
15.01 BST: Steve Bruce has bemoaned bad luck following Robert Snodgrass' injury and has told the media he expects to make new signings soon: "We're trying to add to the squad as we know we have to - we've lost two big players in the last week. We didn't envisage losing Snodgrass for six months, which is a big blow for us because he was brought in to give us that little bit of quality in the midfield area and it's been a huge blow for us over the weekend. We've got 10 or 12 days to try to bring in a replacement, and two or three offers went out in the last 24 to 48 hours.''
14.55 BST: DONE DEAL! Valencia sign Joao Cancelo, as we said they would this morning!
14.52 BST: And another confirmation of sorts from a story earlier, Cleber of Corinthians in Hamburg!
Corinthians' Cléber arrived in Hamburg today. Will undergo a medical and sign a four-year deal tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/TbVgzSK6cv- Daniel Busch (@dan_bu) August 20, 2014
14.48 BST: Colombian starlet Eder Balanta could be signing for Sampdoria in the next few days. According to TalkSport the defender will sign in a five million pound deal from River Plate despite attracting interest from Galatasaray, Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona and Juventus in the past year.
14.45 BST: Sport Witness. Spot on. Overreaction from the Catalan press about Barca's transfer ban.
Barcelona will attempt to sign Koke, Reus, Cuadrado and Douglas in next few days. Bahahaha. pic.twitter.com/uvlllbFzYd- Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) August 20, 2014
14.41 BST: More on those Valencia transfers from this morning!
Cancelo already 'owned' by Peter Lim / Meriton. He's third ex-Benfica man taking that route to Valencia w/ maybe Enzo Perez too.- Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 20, 2014
14.38 BST: Bad news for Aston Villa fans. And Jon Arne Riise fans for that matter. The Birmingham Mail claim the Norwegian will not be pursued by Paul Lambert and will have to look elsewhere for a new club.
14.32 BST: A pretty damning verdict on Dutch league football from Feyenood director Martin Van Geel.
Football director Van Geel on transfers: "A lot of good players simply don't want to come to the Eredivisie".- KuipTalk (@KuipTalk) August 20, 2014
14.27 BST: Free agent Sigamarry Diarra is interesting relegated Auxerre according to L'Equipe, following the end of his contract at Ajaccio.
14.21 BST: Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar has been touted about Europe all summer long. The most recent club to be linked? Porto, according to A Bola.
14.15 BST: Napoli have closed a deal for Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman and are now hoping to sign Manchester City's Matija Nastasic. City are asking three million euros for a year-long loan and 12 million to sign him outright according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
14.09 BST: Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote is edging closer and closer to a move to Lokomotiv Moscow according to Russian daily Isvestia. The Ivorian is said to be costing the Russian club around seven million euros after falling down the pecking order at St James' Park.
14.04 BST: Sporting Lisbon will likely sell Algerian striker Islam Slimani because he has been acting up according to Record. The World Cup star has been subject of a six million pound bid from Leicester City and wants to join the Foxes but the Portuguese club want a bit more money. However, with the player causing trouble in the dressing room and being told to train alone, a deal is thought to be close to completion.
14.00 BST: Merry-go-round time! Spurs are going to bid for Roma striker Mattia Destro while Roma are after Spurs striker Roberto Soldado. But should they not be able to pull off a deal for the Spaniard, The Express report the Italian giants will then bid for Shakhtar striker Luiz Adriano instead. Got it?
13.53 BST: QPR, Hull and Galatasaray are all interested in signing Mevlut Erdinc from St Etienne, according to his agent Willie Mckay. He told Sky Sports: "Erding is probably one of the most in-form strikers in Europe, having scored three goals in the opening two games after ending last season in prolific form. I am not surprised that he is attracting interest from a number of clubs and QPR are one club who have expressed an interest."
13.50 BST: West Ham have also made enquiries for Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero and Boca Juniors full-back Emanuel Insua but have been knocked back on both fronts, according to reports.
13.46 BST: The London Evening Standard are reporting that West Ham are eyeing up a 5.5 million pound move for Manchester City outcast Micah Richards. It has been no secret Richards wants to leave for first team football and that Hammers boss Sam Allardyce is keen on signing new defenders.
13.41 BST: From the horses mouth. But then we all know these CEO's and directors say one thing to the press and another behind closed doors!
MilanVP Galliani:"At the moment no offer has arrived from LFC 4 Balotelli so there are no negotiations..window closes on Sep1 so we'll see"- Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 20, 2014
13.36 BST: Former France international Anthony Reveillere is set to join Bastia on a free transfer according to L'Equipe. Apparently Claude Makalele's club could not afford Bursaspor's Renato Civelli and so turned their attention to the former Lyon man.
13.30 BST: De Guzman's turn to tweet about his move. Doesn't he look delighted!?
13.27 BST: Juventus and Roma are set to be disappointed in their pursuit of Kostas Manolas from Olympiakos after Gazzetta dello Sport report the Greek has signed for Arsenal in a 7.5 million euro move.
13.23 BST: I think we may just have uncovered why Man Utd have struggled in the transfer market this summer...
Regarding Blind: these days, United seem wary of buying players from the Eredivisie. That's why they didn't go for Strootman last year.- Elko Born (@Elko_B) August 20, 2014
13.19 BST: Javier Mascherano has revealed he asked Barcelona if they wanted him to leave this summer, then he would. He said: "At the end of last season, I offered the club to leave if they wanted me to. But they told me to stay. I try to give my best."
13.13 BST: Ed Malyon of the Mirror with an update on Malky Mackay targets upon being confirmed the new Crystal Palace manager.
Also in there, James McArthur of Wigan is a Mackay target. Think he'd be an interesting one but I know Rosler was still trying to sign an MF- Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 20, 2014
13.08 BST: Lille captain Rio Mavuba may captain the side for the last time against Porto tonight according to L'Equipe. Though no offers have been received, a 3.5 million euro price tag has been set and it is thought Roma boss Rudi Garcia may come in for his former midfield general.
13.00 BST: Liverpool are still being super busy this window and the Independent think they are about to bid for Fulham wonderkid Patrick Roberts to add to their repertoire of talented attacking midfielders.
12.54 BST: Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik is set to sign for Palermo according to L'Equipe who say the Cameroonian has wanted out all summer.
12.50 BST: They seem really bitter about it in Portugal as A Bola have reported that Leroy Fer 'chose England over Portugal.' Obviously, in reaction to the news the Dutchman is signing for QPR from Norwich (not yet confirmed).
12.38 BST: Greece international goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis has seen his move to Benfica fall through because Portuguese goalkeeper Artur has refused to move, according to O Jogo. After signing Julio Cesar, boss Jorge Jesus decided against moving for the Greek despite spending the last two weeks thrashing out a deal with Udinese.
12.35 BST: DONE DEAL! Napoli sign Jonathan de Guzman from Villarreal.
12.31 BST: USAIN BOLT SIGNS FOR VITORIA SETUBAL! No not really, Usain Bolt but Luis Advincula, dubbed "Usain Bolt" for what are hopefully obvious reasons, the Peruvian youngster has signed in Portugal on loan from Hoffenheim for the season, according to O Jogo.
12.26 BST: Croatian newspaper Jutarnji List has linked Andrej Kramaric with a host of clubs around Europe including Dutch giants Feyenoord. Apparently Club Brugge and Nice were also interested in the hitman, who has nine goals in five games this year, but De Kuip now lead the chase for his signature.
12.20 BST: DONE DEAL! Young Benfica full back Serginho has joined Belenenses on loan for the season.
12.15 BST: Maybe not as high profile or as glamorous as Luis Garcia, David Trezeguet or Robert Pires joining the new Indian Championship but Ajaccio defender Cedric Hengbart has had his contract terminated so he can move there in October too, according to L'Equipe.
12.12 BST: Roma defender Medhi Benatia has spent all summer saying he was not leaving Roma and now L'Equipe claim the Moroccan is on his way to Bayern Munich. Roma made a big money contract offer to the defender to keep him in Rome but he is said to have rejected it and decided he wants to move to Germany in a 35 million euro move. The Giallorossi have targeted Matija Nastasic of Manchester City as his replacement.
12.07 BST: Lazio's search for a new defender continues as reports in Il Messaggero suggest the capital club will move for Botafogo's Doria to partner Stefan De Vrij.
12.01 BST: Read the full story here on Barcelona's transfer ban. And just breaking, the Catalan club are going to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This should be fun.
Official: Barcelona announe they will appeal against FIFA's transfer ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports #fcblive- barcastuff (@barcastuff) August 20, 2014
11.52 BST: Still nothing. Surely someone will snap up this duo!?
There are still no concrete offers for PSV duo Georginio Wijnaldum or Memphis Depay (via @RikElfrink )- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) August 20, 2014
11.48 BST: Despite being given a slap on the wrists yesterday by Benfica, Juventus are reportedly still going after central defender Luisao. They have been quoted four million euros and are convinced the Lisbon club will sell if the player pushes for a move.
11.43 BST: DONE DEAL! On the cards for a while and now complete.
11.40 BST: Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has confirmed to the Stoke Sentinel he had fees agreed with both Liverpool and Norwich City for Oussama Assaidi and Nathan Redmond respectively but both fell through because the players couldn't agree personal terms.
11.36 BST: Monaco may be desperate to sign somebody but a 15-year-old? Really? Well according to Gianluca Di Marzio, the French club are pushing to sign Martin Odergaard from Strømsgodset IF in order to stave off competition from Europe's elite clubs, who are all interested in the youngster.
11.32 BST: Does this mean a mad trolley-dash for Barca in the next two weeks!?
FIFA reject Barcelona appeal against transfer ban issued for signing minors. Club can't sign new players for 2 transfer windows from Jan- tariq panja (@tariqpanja) August 20, 2014
11.25 BST: Sunderland could be ready to ditch their 14 million pound bid for Fabio Borini and move for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck instead. The Daily Mail claim Gus Poyet is still desperate for the Liverpool man but an alternative should be sought if the Italian can't make up his mind. Welbeck, who spent a year on loan at Sunderland as a teenager, could well be that man.
11.20 BST: Leroy Fer has apparently signed a three-year deal with QPR. The Norwich City man, as reported by Voetbal International, will get another season in the Premier League after a bid worth more than eight million pounds was accepted by the Canaries. Just waiting for confirmation from the clubs now.
11.15 BST: Tuttomercatoweb have revealed that Torino have lined up Stefano Okaka from Bari should Alessio Cerci leave for AC Milan or Atletico Madrid.
11.07 BST: Juventus are hopeful of landing Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic in the final two weeks of the transfer window according to Tuttosport. Max Allegri allegedly held summit talks with major shareholder John Elkann and said the Montenegrin is his No.1 priority before the start of the season.
11.02 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernando could be on his way to Fiorentina according to Sky Sport Italia. The Brazilian said: "Yes, there is the possibility that I might play in Italy with Fiorentina. We'll See how it goes." Coach Mircea Lucescu also confirmed AC Milan maintain an interest and that the player is likely to be sold in the coming weeks.
10.58 BST: PSV Eindhoven are hoping to wrap up a deal to sign teen Panamanian Ismael Diaz. The Dutch club needed just two training sessions to determine the 17-year-old had huge potential and Voetbal International say Tauro FC, his club in Panama, would have no option but to allow him to leave after his 18th birthday.
10.54 BST: Marcos Rojo has reportedly arrived in England to undergo a medical at Man Utd. Read the full story here.
10.50 BST: I promise the rest of this tweet confirms Luka Modric has signed a new four-year deal at Real Madrid. Not that he was rumoured to be going anywhere anyway.
Comunicado oficial: El Real Madrid C. F. comunica la ampliación del contrato que vincula al jugador Luka Modrić... pic.twitter.com/KxiVqBnCPr- Real Madrid C. F. (@realmadrid) August 20, 2014
10.47 BST: According to SportMediaSet, Liverpool are but days away from securing the loan signing of Mario Balotelli. Could it possibly be on?
10.44 BST: Porto have bid eight million euros for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie according to Voetbal International. However the Dutch giants are holding out for at least ten million euros and have declared they will reject anything less than that amount.
10.38 BST: Valencia are the latest club to be linked with a move for out-of-favour Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo. Marca claim the forward was so disappointed about missing out on Spain's World Cup squad he has asked to move to a club where he will be the No.1 forward.
10.35 BST: Former Manchester City striker Valeri Bojinov has flown to London to talk to West Ham about a possible free transfer to the club. The Bulgarian has a clause in his contract with Levski Sofia which allows him to leave for free should a Premier League club come in for him. And Sam Allardyce is keen to take advantage of that clause according to reports.
10.30 BST: Former West Brom and Scotland striker Craig Beattie has signed a one-year deal with Maltese side Zebbug Rangers. Really.
10.27 BST: They must not get Premier League football in Portugal. A hero's welcome for a guy who has essentially underwhelmed for the past five years.
10.24 BST: Jon Arne Riise has told reporters he may be joining Aston Villa. Apparently the former Liverpool and Fulham man, released by the relegated Cottagers in the summer, has options abroad but would like to remain in England.
10.20 BST: Crystal Palace's new boss Malky Mackay is hoping to bring back club hero Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United in a bid to bolster his options ahead of taking over at Selhurst Park, according to the Daily Star. Incidentally, also a good way of getting the fans on-side for the season, early doors.
10.17 BST: Ridiculous Rumour of the Day goes to Caught Offside who have claimed Spurs are ready to bid 24 million pounds to land both Javier Hernandez and Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United. Think we should just leave that one there.
10.13 BST: Promising young Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe is set to be sent on loan to Bolton for the season where he can gain valuable first-team experience. The Mirror claim Dougie Freedman is a big fan of the teenager and wants to put him straight into his starting XI at The Reebok.
10.10 BST: We know United are getting desperate but come on...
10.05 BST: Real Betis are close to securing the signing of Sunderland's Alfred N'Diaye. The midfielder impressed on loan last season and Estadio Deportivo are reporting that a deal is done between the clubs for around 1.8 million euros including add-ons.
10.02 BST: Palermo are hoping to strengthen ahead of their campaign in Serie A.
Rennes defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik is in discussions to move to Palermo in Italy. He's been training with the reserves #SRFC- FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) August 20, 2014
09.59 BST: Lots of news about Valencia in an extensive report from Super Deporte. Los Che sporting director Rufete has confirmed the club will be signing Benfica right back Joao Cancelo. New owner Peter Lim's investment fund is also said to own the rights to two other Portuguese youngsters Cavaleiro and Bernardo Silva who could possibly join the club in the near future too.
Rufete also spoke of Enzo Perez' protracted transfer from Benfica and said that an agreement was reached a while ago but that a deal hasn't yet been agreed as there are issues over the player's release clause.
Oh, and Cancelo's arrival means Portugal right-back Joao Periera is now up for sale.
09.51 BST: The latest on Marcos Rojo's transfer to Manchester United? Right here.
09.49 BST: Hans-Joachim Watzke has revealed to Der Westen that Borussia Dortmund will be entering contract talks with Marco Reus with a mix of emotions, tradition and trust. He said: "He joined us from Gladbach, and maybe there were people close to him saying that it might now work it, included that exit. We were not where we are now. From today's perspective there would be no release clause, but back then he wanted one, and he had ten different offers, so we had to make a compromise. Had we not done that, he would maybe not be with us today."
09.44 BST: One of the many central midfielders on Napoli's radar Granit Xhaka could be the subject of a seven million euro bid from Spartak Moscow. However, according to Sport Bild, Borussia Munchengladbach are highly likely to reject any bids so late in the window.
09.40 BST: Borussia Munchengladbach could be set to lose Alvaro Dominguez after the Spanish defender started the season on the bench. He told Sport Bild: "I don't know what's going to happen. The window is open for another 13 days. I 100 percent focus on my work on the pitch." According to reports, the defender has been a target for the likes of Galatasaray in recent days.
09.37 BST: Franz Beckenbauer, a Bayern Munich director, has opened that mouth of his again... except this time it is not about Marco Reus! Instead he has chosen to tell Sport Bild about how much he admires Sami Khedira. He said: "Khedira fits into every team. He's unbelievably strong in holding midfield. Playing with Lahm or Schweinsteiger. That would be perfect."
However, despite this utopian midfield Beckenbauer talks about, the report also says that Phillip Lahm and Khedira clashed during the World Cup and so behind the scenes there are concerns signing the Real Madrid midfielder could cause dressing room unrest.
09.33 BST: So will Petr Cech be leaving Chelsea? Bit ambiguous at the moment. Read the full story here.
Cech's agent says he hopes Chelsea will "treat him with respect and give him a chance to fight for the No 1 position" #cfc- Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) August 20, 2014
09.31 BST: One-time Germany international Tobias Weis is set for a move to Lechia Gdansk. According to Reviersport, the Hoffenheim midfielder had been demoted to the reserves but will now sign a deal in Poland to try and revive his faltering career.
09.29 BST: Hamburg are close to signing Brazilian central defender Cleber, according to Kicker. The Corinthians man is undergoing a medical today and will put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal.
09.25 BST: Roma have made Medhi Benatia a huge contract offer in a bid to convince him to stay at the club according to Sky Sport Italia. The Moroccan is in no rush to leave Italy but could be tempted if Manchester United or Bayern Munich, who are both awaiting developments, come in with an offer he couldn't refuse.
09.22 BST: And more from AC Milan as CEO Adriano Galliani met with his Torino counterpart Urbano Cairo to discuss Alessio Cerci. Tuttosport suggest the two's meeting was fruitful and they are close to agreeing a deal for the in-demand winger.
09.18 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa has told Gazzetta dello Sport he feels ready to join a big club, and he would like to follow in footsteps of Ronaldinho by moving to AC Milan.
09.15 BST: Another Marseille player on his way out of the club is Andre Ayew who has apparently been offered to Inter Milan by the French club. The Ghanaian is said by Gazzetta dello Sport to be happy to stay or go but Marseille are now looking to overhaul their squad, however Ayew will only go if somebody can match his high wages.
09.13 BST: Here it is. The back page picture that could scupper Marouane Fellaini's move to Napoli.
09.10 BST: French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano is set to leave Marseille after a spat with boss Marcelo Bielsa. He rejected a move to West Ham and is reported by RMC Sport as hopeful of a move back to former club Lorient in the coming days.
09.06 BST: Midi Libre claims Fiorentina representatives will fly to France to finalise the transfer of Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli. La Viola are reportedly ready to pay the five million euro fee Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin wants for the midfielder, who is out of contract in a year's time.
09.03 BST: Former Rennes defender Chris Mavinga is poised to return to Ligue 1, leaving Rubin Kazan for Reims according to Le 10 Sport.
09.00 BST: Ajax clearly don't like to be messed around...
Ajax have set a 5pm deadline for the contract they offered Samuel Eto'o last week. Still looks like it's between Ajax and Liverpool.- Elko Born (@Elko_B) August 20, 2014
Song a tired tune for Barca
Our earlier reports had Cameroon's Alex Song headed to Manchester United. While that juicy rumour picked up a good amount of steam, it died off fairly quickly. But perhaps it's gaining ground again? Our latest, courtesy of Sky Sports, is that Barcelona are still eager to move the central midfielder as he's fallen out of favor with new Barca boss Luis Enrique.
"We will see if we can find a way out in the remaining days of the market," said Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.
Song played for Arsenal for six years before heading to Barcelona. He won't be heading back to the Emirates, but United, and now Tottenham, are back in the mix with both needing help on defence.
Fellaini set for Napoli move?
We understand from the latest talkSport report that Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini was waiting until after Napoli's Champions League first leg against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday to decide on agreeing to a move to Serie A. It seems Fellaini wants to see whether or not Napoli have a shot at making it to the group stage of Champions League before making up his mind. Sounds like we might be waiting another week after Napoli drew at home with Bilbao 1-1.
United's Louis van Gaal seems not to favor Fellaini and Napoli's Rafael Benitez want to bring him in. All this could end with a season-long loan, but stay tuned.
Ancelotti says Di Maria can go
The latest chapter in the where-will-Angel di Maria-go saga at least moves the story forward a bit. The Real Madrid man's manager Carlo Ancelotti says that Di Maria is free to leave the Bernabeu according to a report in the Daily Mail. That leaves Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, the presumed destinations, to battle it out for the versatile midfielder. However, PSG seem to lack the funds and United seem to just not want to pay the asking price. The heel dragging has implications elsewhere around the Premier League -- see Radamel Falcao below.
Worth noting that Di Maria did not line up versus Atletico Madrid on Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup match, despite Ancelotti coyly hinting he might earlier this week.
Rojo to Man United official, almost
This one has been a Transfer Talk special for a while now, and it's finally close to a done deal. Argentine international Marcos Rojo is headed to Manchester United. The 24-year-old left-back will bring some much-needed reinforcement to the United back line, who have failed to make any key additions this off-season after the departure of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
United's Nani will be headed the other way on a season-long loan to Rojo's soon-to-be-previous club Sporting Lisbon.
Rodgers still fancies Falcao
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are the beneficiaries of Di Maria's delayed departure from Real Madrid. Los Blancos are keen to bring in Colombian and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, but they can't make the move until they unload Di Maria. Manchester United was the presumed initial destination, but Ed Woodward is playing hardball on the transfer fee, giving Rodgers an extended shot at Falcao.
Cesar says farewell QPR, hello Benfica
Bem-vindo Júlio César! | Welcome Júlio César! | Bienvenido Júlio César! pic.twitter.com/Nu1XWXk2Si
- Sport Lisboa Benfica (@SL_Benfica) August 19, 2014