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Vermaelen to OT just Belgian waffle?

Belgium head coach Marc Wilmots weighs in on the collection of talented players that make up his Belgian squad.

Fixtures for the new domestic season are released on Wednesday and here's a look at some stars around Europe who could be coming to a Premier League ground near you ...

Vermaelen 'agrees United move'

What a curious line this is, as Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen is strongly linked with a move to Manchester United by the Daily Telegraph.

Sure, an experienced defender is needed in the wake of Rio Ferdinand leaving and Nemanja Vidic joining Inter Milan (more on them in a bit), but is Vermaelen -- who has suffered a string of injury problems and is not first choice at Arsenal -- the right man? We're sceptical. Whether Ed Woodward has the nous to, you know, actually complete a deal this summer is open to debate, too.

Someone's let the cat out of the bag, though, as numerous outlets in England have picked up the scent on this one, with the Daily Mail running it, among others.

Cover your eyes, Arsenal fans

Transfer Talk really doesn't know how to break this to you but the Daily Mirror claims Tom Cleverley could be heading to the Emirates.

While a section of United's support would drive Cleverley to north London themselves, it is suggested that Arsene Wenger wants Cleverley as part of any Vermaelen deal.

Where would a Vermaelen-Cleverley team swap rank in the weirdest transfers in Premier League history? High. Very high.

Albiceleste Attraction

It's hard to follow in Diego Maradona's footsteps ... just ask Lionel Messi. While Argentina impressed for parts during the 2-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Maracana on Sunday night, rumours abound that Gonzalo Higuain could be swapping Napoli for a return to Spain with Barcelona, and now the rest of Europe's clubs are on high alert after he didn't dismiss speculation of a move out of hand.

The Daily Express has the former Real Madrid man going to Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea, which is quite impressive. And of his options, the most likely is for him to go to Barcelona -- a Higuain/Messi partnership is surely what the Catalans need to get themselves back on track.

Meanwhile, there are other Argentina players who are clearly catching the eye of Europe's scouts, as The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are set to ditch a move for Sevilla's Alberto Moreno and will instead move for Sporting Lisbon's left-back Marcos Rojo. The 24-year-old has to be better than Aly Cissokho at any rate.

City misfit in Inter link

It was seen as something of a coup when Manchester City landed Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina last summer, with the Montenegro attacker expected to play a central part in their title tilt.

Sadly for Stevan it didn't work out that way and injuries disrupted his debut season in English football. The 22 million pound man seemed to fall off the face of the Earth last term and his disappointing spell could end with a switch to Inter Milan for the new season.

Sky Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, a reliable transfer source with his finger on the pulse regarding Italian football, reckons Inter are weighing up a loan move.

Meanwhile ...

Di Marzio has also offered this tasty tidbit, with Felipe Luis seemingly leaving Atleti to move to -- you've guessed it -- Chelsea. Di Marzio says the Brazilian is off to Stamford Bridge because Chelsea have met the requisite fee of 25 million euros. Fair bit of cash for a player who will be 29 next season, but they do need a new left-back after letting Ashley Cole go.

Will there be anyone left at Atleti come the start of the new campaign?

Everton seek Croatia star at World Cup

Aside from the hullaballoo surrounding Japanese ref Yuichi Nishimura and Neymar's curtain-raising double on the first day of the World Cup, Transfer Talk noted Ivan Perisic's assured display for Croatia.

The 25-year-old Wolfsburg man can play on the wing or further forward and it seems as though Everton are interested in him.

Roberto Martinez wants to do a deal for Perisic, who is valued at around eight million pounds, according to the Daily Mail.

The paper also suggests Newcastle are back in for Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga and could sort out a move this week.

To close, a couple of done deals:

Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic has joined Barcelona, while man-mountain goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has swapped Manchester City for Sunderland.