Away we go with a pre-World Cup edition of Transfer Talk with all the latest news, rumours and gossip about player and coach moves in football.
United to swoop for Cavani
You may have heard the World Cup kicks off Thursday, but Manchester United aren't interested in any of that nonsense. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds are firmly focused on strengthening their squad, with Uruguay's Edinson Cavani thought to be a top target.
Italian daily Tuttosport go as far as claiming that United have slapped in a 56 million-pound bid for the PSG striker, who hit 16 goals in 30 Ligue 1 matches as Laurent Blanc's side marched to the title.
Apparently, Louis van Gaal is a keen admirer of Cavani and is hoping to take advantage of rumours that the forward is unhappy with his role in the French capital.
Arsenal been talkin' about Jackson
Arsenal's hunt for a new striker has taken them to Porto's No.9 Jackson Martinez, who faces the unenviable task of filling injured striker Radamel Falcao's boots for Colombia at the World Cup.
According to the striker's agent, the Gunners are "very interested" in a transfer, which could set them back around 30 million pounds.
"In Italy, we have had very little contact, but for sure there have not been any offers made by Roma," Martinez's representative, Peppino Tirro, told Calciomercato.it. "There are, instead, opportunities abroad. Arsenal and Valencia in particular are very interested in Jackson Martinez."
Toure's father quells speculation
Yaya Toure's father says his son is going nowhere this summer, despite the midfielder complaining of a perceived lack of respect at Manchester City.
We all enjoyed a good laugh at Toure's ridiculous birthday whinge in May, but speculation linking the Ivorian to PSG has died down as the World Cup draws closer.
And it now appears that Toure could end up staying after all, with his dad, Mory, telling Goal.com, "No, he won't leave. And it's not even my wish that he leaves Manchester City. It's a situation he didn't appreciate. And as he's a boy who doesn't keep his frustrations to himself, he preferred to express himself. But I think it's a situation which will be resolved."
Lovren wants out
Can the last person to leave Southampton please turn off the lights? Things really look bleak for Saints at the moment, with the Daily Mail reporting that Dejan Lovren has asked to leave the club as he tries to force through a move to Liverpool.
The defender emailed a transfer request on May 30, before travelling to Brazil with the Croatia squad, reportedly expressing his desire to test himself in the Champions League as Liverpool plot an 8 million-pound bid.
The leak of Lovren's letter increases the gloom around Southampton after the loss of Rickie Lambert and speculation that Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw are also set to depart.
Odds and ends
- Chelsea have joined the long list of admirers vying for Mehdi Benatia's signature, says the Daily Star. The Roma defender has also been linked to Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool, but the Serie A runners-up are reluctant to sell.
- Manchester City are keen to hold on to Stevan Jovetic despite the striker's injury-hit debut season in England. Jovetic managed only 13 appearances for the Premier League champions, scoring three goals, and still has a long way to go to pay back his 27 million-pound fee.
- Liverpool are leading the race for Schalke whiz kid Max Meyer, who will command a fee of about 8 million pounds. The Metro reports that Brendan Rodgers has made the 18-year-old one of his top targets, and an offer could be lodged by the weekend. Meyer scored six goals in 30 Bundesliga matches in 2013-14 and provided three assists.
- Club America and Cruz Azul are among three Mexican clubs interested in bringing U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber south of the border from Sporting Kansas City, reports MLSsoccer.com.