Casillas in, Morata moving for Real Madrid
Welcome back to another installment of Transfer Talk, your one-stop for all the latest player and manager moves, gossip and rumours.
The good and the bad for Arsenal
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed Real Madrid's plans for Iker Casillas and Alvaro Morata, providing mixed fortunes for Arsenal's transfer hopes.
The Gunners are thought to hold a strong interest in the Spanish duo, but may have to settle for pursuing only Morata after Ancelotti ruled out a summer exit for Casillas.
"Casillas is very happy to stay here and we are very happy that he wants to stay," said Ancelotti, who also reassured the unsettled Angel Di Maria that "everyone loves him" at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It looks like Morata could be sold, however, after the 22-year-old expressed his frustration at a lack of playing time.
"The player wants to look for an opportunity where he can play more and the club agrees with this," Ancelotti continued. "If he leaves it would be good that he would have the chance to play. If Morata goes we have to think about getting a young forward with the same characteristics."
It's likely that Real's decision will pave the way for Arsenal -- and possibly Manchester United -- to make a bid for the striker, although the Champions League winners will insist on a buy-back clause in any prospective transfer.
Moreno-no for Liverpool?
Alberto Moreno's switch to Liverpool has hit a snag after Brendan Rodgers baulked at Sevilla's asking price.
The Mirror reports that Rodgers is prepared to look at alternative targets -- such as Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand -- following Sevilla's demand of 18 million pounds for Moreno.
Liverpool have already been given permission to speak to the left-back, but a 7-million-pound move for Bertrand could now be in the cards after negotiations with the Europa League winners reached gridlock.
Arsenal eye Caulker to seal defence
Arsene Wenger is plotting a bid for Cardiff captain Steven Caulker, who is desperate to remain in the Premier League next season.
Caulker endured an arduous campaign with the Bluebirds, but The Metro says that hasn't deterred Arsenal as they weigh up an offer of around 8 million pounds.
Liverpool have also expressed an interest in the England international, while Tottenham are considering bringing the 22-year-old back to White Hart Lane. However, it could be Wenger who triumphs in this particular tug-of-war, with the Arsenal boss focused on finding defensive reinforcements as Thomas Vermaelen shuffles toward the exit door at the Emirates Stadium.
Pochettino closing on first signing
Mauricio Pochettino is closing in on his first signing as Tottenham manager as he steps up his interest in Napoli midfielder Blerim Dzemaili.
The 28-year-old, who will represent Switzerland at the World Cup, has also been linked with Liverpool and West Ham, but Spurs are apparently leading the race for his signature.
According to the Daily Star, Rafa Benitez could respond in kind to Tottenham's interest in Dzemaili by lodging a 9-million-pound bid for Sandro.
Odds and ends
- Arsenal and Manchester United have been put on red alert after Mario Mandzukic revealed his intention to leave Bayern Munich. The striker's comments are expected to spark a scramble for his services, with a price tag of around 20 million pounds quoted for the Croatian.
- We've been saying this for weeks now, but Manchester City's move for Porto midfielder Fernando is finally close to completion. For real, this time. The 26-year-old is likely to be joined by Bacary Sagna at the Etihad Stadium as soon as France's participation at the World Cup is over. Judging by Les Bleus' 8-0 victory over Jamaica on Sunday, City could be waiting quite a while.
- Joe Cole is expected to sign for Aston Villa on Tuesday in what could be the most uninspiring transfer of the summer. The 32-year-old will arrive on a free transfer after leaving West Ham and follows Philippe Senderos to Villa Park.
- According to the Daily Star, Luke Shaw told Southampton of his intention to join Manchester United when the two clubs faced each other on the last day of the Premier League campaign. The left-back's proposed 27-million-pound move to Old Trafford has thus far been delayed by his World Cup involvement and Saints' search for a new manager.