Di Maria to PSG, Drogba to Chelsea
Our latest installment of Transfer Talk brings you all the gossip, rumour, speculation and news from the football transfer market world. It's on again.
22.55 BST: A fresh version of Transfer Talk, with all the latest newspaper rumours, is in the offing. But in the meanwhile, a teaser. A glance at the back pages shows plenty of focus on Steven Gerrard's England retirement, but if you look closely here, it seems Tottenham could be after Antoine Griezmann...
22.31 BST: Could Alvaro Negredo's foot injury force manager Manuel Pellegrini into the transfer market? Regardless, David Mooney has been left to rue the timing of the setback.
22.00 BST: Portuguese midfielder Tiago Mendes has re-signed with Spanish champions Atletico Madrid for another two years, ending speculation he could return to Chelsea and the Barclays Premier League.
21.36 BST: What misfortune. New signing Alvaro Morata has suffered an early setback in his Juventus career after sustaining a knee injury in training. Read more.
21.12 BST: With Diego Costa moving to Chelsea and Jose Callejon remaining at Napoli, Atletico Madrid continue their search for a goalscorer. Might Fernando Torres be the solution for Los Rojiblancos?
20.47 BST: Portuguese defender Ricardo Costa has left Valencia after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. The 33-year-old's contract was due to expire in June 2015 but he has now been allowed to leave the Mestalla one year early in order to find a new club.
20.14 BST: A sight Chelsea fans will surely enjoy: New signing Diego Costa in training ahead of the new season...
19.38 BST: Sky Sports News are reporting that Southampton have insisted Liverpool have not recently made an offer for defender Dejan Lovren.
19.06 BST: Manchester United blogger Musa Okwonga has had his say on Patrice Evra's move to Juventus. United will miss the left-back's passion, says Musa.
18.36 BST: DONE DEAL - Not the biggest transfer of the day, granted, but they all count. Aberdeen have signed Brighton winger Jeffrey Monakana on loan until January.
17.56 BST: Ed Woodward has left Manchester United's tour of the United States, but... the club have said his departure is due to "general business reasons'' and not due to a specific imminent transfer. The club's executive vice-chairman only recent said further transfers were imminent at Old Trafford.
17.32 BST: Edinson Cavani speaking to El Observador about his future.
Cavani: "A move does not depend solely on the player's wishes, but different movements between clubs. I have a 4-year PSG contract." #PSG- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 21, 2014
17.30 BST: Sunderland and QPR can be added to the list of clubs after Tottenham's Danny Rose. With the signing of Ben Davies imminent, Rose's future looks in doubt at White Hart Lane and Hull City are said to have already tabled a £6 million bid. However Spurs are waiting to see if Rose's former club Sunderland or former boss Harry Redknapp, firm up interest with concrete bids before accepting his departure according to the Express.
17.25 BST: Is Serge Aurier's transfer fairytale ever going to end?
17.22 BST: Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago is on the verge of signing for his old club. And no, that isn't Chelsea, despite what recent reports have suggested. We mean Atletico Madrid. No, really, according to AS, the midfielder, who left the club at the end of his contract in June, is set to re-sign after Diego Simeone made contact with the Portuguese about returning to the Vicente Calderon despite interest from Valencia.
17.17 BST: Young Croatian starlet Ante Rebic, who is tipped for great things, is being considered by Fiorentina as a player to send out on loan. Parma have been alerted according to TuttoMercatoWeb who say that coach Vincenzo Montella wants to give Italian Federico Bernardeschi his chance this season up front. Add the fact Rebic failed to make an impact despite the injuries of Mario Gomez and Guiseppe Rossi and it looks like a loan for the season could be Rebic's best option.
17.10 BST: Sky Italia have claimed Inter are yet to receive any bids for Argentine striker Mauro Icardi despite reports suggesting Monaco were ready to make a mega bid to land the highly rated striker.
17.00 BST: Yet more on Mathieu Valbuena's future. You'd just hope he signs for a club in a major league.
Dinamo Moscow confirm negotiations still alive for Mathieu Valbuena. But unsure whether he wants to move to Moscow #OM- Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) July 21, 2014
16.52 BST: DONE DEAL! Newly promoted Cordoba have brought young Fiorentina forward Ryder Matos in on loan for the season. A statement on the La Liga club's website read: "Cordoba and Fiorentina have agreed to the transfer to the Blanquiverde outfit of Ryder Matos," a statement released on the Spanish club's website reads today. The Brazilian, on loan for a season, becomes a Cordoba player for the 2014-15 campaign."
16.44 BST: THE NEXT GARETH BALE! That is what poor lad Oscar Borg has been dubbed as. And after Manchester United missed out on Bale all those years ago to Spurs, they have taken the young winger on trial from West Ham with a view to signing him permanently according to reports.
16.36 BST: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is close to signing Croatian defender Ivan Strinic from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk, according to reports from Croatia. Newspaper Vecernji List claim the 27-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Hammers and is in London undergoing a medical. The £4 million deal is expected to be announced in the next two days.
16.31 BST: DONE DEAL! Arsenal's highly-rated young winger who can't get a work permit, joins Almeria on loan.
16.26 BST: No disrespect intended but listening to anyone explain why they chose to join Hull City over Inter Milan is always worth it. Tom Ince is that man and he told reporters: "After the last six months I spent in the Premier League with Crystal Palace, I enjoyed the experience, but I had a bit of a here-and-there-and-everywhere summer. I ended up at Milan for a couple of days and I stood in the San Siro and I thought that it was an unbelievable feeling so I thought I was in a dream. After that I went to Portugal and had a few days away with my family and luckily enough I met Steve Bruce in Portugal and the rest is history. I had a coffee and a cheese and ham toastie with him and that was it, I was signed. I felt this time now in my career, the opportunity that I think that Hull City can give me will be fantastic - again it is another opportunity to play in the Premier League."
16.20 BST: QPR boss Harry Redknapp has been speaking to TalkSport about a potential bid for Norwich City's Leroy Fer. However he did reveal no bid has been made yet. Redknapp said: "He's a good player. You don't play in the Dutch team if you're not a good player. If he's available I'm sure plenty of people will be interested, but we haven't made an offer for him."
16.12 BST: One for our Belgian and Greek followers...
16.04 BST: Isco's future at Real Madrid looks precarious though Marca are claiming the young midfielder wants to bide his time at the Bernebeu before deciding whether to call time on his Madrid career.
15.58 BST: Barcelona have gotten nowhere so far in their search for a new central defender and are now turning their attention to Brazilian youngster Rodrigo Caio according to Talksport. Arsenal are also interested in the Sao Paulo 20-year-old.
15.46 BST: Roma's nine-year servant Rodrigo Taddei has left the club after Rudi Garcia made it clear he was no longer in his plans. The Brazilian winger has joined Perugia on a free transfer.
15.42 BST: And finally Juventus confirm it, Patrice Evra is a Bianconeri player after they agree a fee for a reported £1.2 million. Read the full story here.
15.40 BST: And there we have it, Liverpool's signing of Loic Remy can only be days away now!
Loic Remy believed to at an airport AS WE SPEAK to fly to Boston & complete his LFC medical.- Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) July 21, 2014
15.35 BST: Valencia are closing in on Rodrigo Moreno it would appear.
Rodrigo Moreno completes Valencia medical - 23-year-old expected to sign on the dotted line today http://t.co/02vuBdFAJn- AS English (@English_AS) July 21, 2014
15.30 BST: West Ham's hopes of signing Yehven Konoplyanka have not been dashed just yet as reports suggest the Ukrainian winger would still be interested in a move should the Hammers return with a bigger bid. They had a reported £9 million bid rejected a few weeks ago and are rumoured to be heading back with an offer closer to £12 million.
15.20 BST: Tottenham's hopes of signing Mattia Destro from Roma have been scuppered already as his agent has come out and said he won't be leaving. Renzo Contratto told Corriere Giallorossi: "Destro is not for sale. I will keep repeating that. Destro does not want to leave Roma, and they do not want to let him go. Mattia can't wait to start the season and play in the Champions League. It's obvious that he's a great young striker and could be of interest to many clubs, but he won't be leaving Roma."
Wolfsburg were also said to be interested.
15.12 BST: Inter look set to make a move for Sevilla's Carlos Bacca. A report in Tuttosport claims the Italian giants are set to offer around £15 million for the Colombian who scored 21 goals last season. However, with Inter low on cash, the report also suggests the San Siro club may have to entertain offers for Mauro Icardi in order to finance the move.
15.07 BST: Burnley are set to make another offer for West Brom defender Craig Dawson for over £1.5 million having been turned down with at least two previous bids.
15.00 BST: Liverpool's blunder-prone defender Kolo Toure is apparently on the verge of signing for Trabzonspor according to LigTV. Apparently the Ivorian is keen to leave Liverpool after falling down the pecking order with the arrival of Dejan Lovren imminent at Anfield.
14.54 BST: After an impressive World Cup for Costa Rica, Arsenal striker Joel Campbell has attracted the interest of Turkish giants Galatasaray. Gala want to secure a loan deal with a future buy-out option according to Fanatik because they feel they can take advantage of the fact Arsene Wenger doesn't know what he is going to do with Campbell yet.
14.50 BST: Juventus and Lazio are so far the only clubs to have tried to sign Davide Astori. Cagliari sporting director Francesco Marroccu said: "The situation is clear, Astore wants to leave but he needs to make us a decent return for the transfer to be worthwhile. Astore has one year left on his contract and it doesn't look like he will be extending his stay. We are in talks with Lazio and Juventus but I can't say there are any other clubs involved right now. Nothing has been agreed yet."
Reports also suggest Galatasaray are keeping tabs on the central defender as well as receiving interest from Tottenham and Sunderland in the Premier League.
14.43 BST: The futures of two Colombian players look like they have some transfer fun in them!
Two Colombian players close to making moves- Carlos Bacca (Inter/Everton) and Juan Gullermo Cuadrado (Barça)... [@AndreaGuerrero]- Juan Arango (@JuanG_Arango) July 21, 2014
14.35 BST: A degree of fire-fighting by the PSG communications and PR department?
14.31 BST: Another surprise link is that of West Ham with former Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles. The Fenerbahce man is apparently the subject of a £6 million bid from the Hammers according to Sporx. It is not known yet whether Fener would want to sell but it is thought the Portuguese international's wages could be a problem for Sam Allardyce to negotiate.
14.25 BST: Newcastle are going to have to set their sights on another striker after Sky Sports reporting that target Alexandre Lacazette is expected to remain at Lyon for at least another season.
14.17 BST: Reports in Turkey suggest Fulham are in talks with Besiktas over the sale of Bryan Ruiz. Greek champions Olympiakos had been reported as close to signing the Costa Rica captain but it appears the Turkish club are hoping they can persuade him to fly a little farther east to play his football.
14.12 BST: Arsenal look set to press on with the signing of David Ospina from Nice for £3.2 million despite Arsene Wenger becoming aware of Iker Casillas' interest in joining his squad. The Independent claim Wenger sees the Colombian goalkeeper as a better choice to push Wojciech Sczescny for the number 1 spot than the legendary Real Madrid stopper.
14.08 BST: Further to the news of Xavi's impending Barcelona exit...
14.02 BST: It wouldn't be a transfer window without Wesley Sneijder being linked with a move to Manchester United. And what with compatriot Louis Van Gaal being installed as the new boss at Old Trafford, it wouldn't have made sense if the rumour wasn't aired again. Catalan newspaper Sport claim the deal could finally be on after years of links. We can't see it coming to fruition.
13.58 BST: Monaco have been trying hard this transfer window to tie up deals but the main story has been their inability to keep hold of superstar James Rodriguez. Well, according to Bild, to put that right the French club are going to try and sign Arsenal's World Cup winner Lukas Podolski for around £11 million.
13.50 BST: Besiktas are in talks with Chelsea about signing former German prodigy Marko Marin according to Turkish source Lig TV.
13.43 BST: In a surprise twist, Tottenham have entered the race to sign Antoine Griezmann from Real Sociedad Marca are claiming. Apparently the north London club want to rival Monaco for the Frenchman's signature. Both clubs have reportedly bid £20 million but the Basque club are holding out for closer to £32 million.
13.37 BST: Wolfsburg have rubbished reports suggesting that they may be willing to negotiate the sale of Ricardo Rodriguez to Manchester United. Rumours in Germany claim that United have already sounded out a possible deal with the full-back's agent Roger Wittmann. Asked about reports of a meeting between United and Wittmann, Wolfsburg's sporting director Klaus Allofs told Kicker: "That will have been a brief conversation Ricardo is not going anywhere."
13.30 BST: Chelsea and Atletico Madrid's summer transfer dealings are not over yet according to AS who say the Blues are going to bid £30 million to make Brazilian defender Miranda their THIRD signing from Atleti this summer.
13.20 BST: And the least truthful rumour of the day goes to... Catalan newspaper Sport who have all of the British newspapers believing that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund have finally agreed a fee for World Cup winner Mats Hummels. Thirty million? Forty million? Twenty-five million? No, just £16 million supposedly. This one isn't happening.
13.13 BST: It is a rollercoaster of emotions for PSG fans at the moment. Who is coming, who is going? Javier Pastore's future appears to be decided anyway...
Meanwhile, PSG fans can rest easy after Javier Pastore confirmed to @AfterRMC that he will be staying in Paris.- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 21, 2014
13.07 BST: And further to that discussion between the bigwigs at AC Milan (outlined below), apparently Arsenal are close to agreeing a £25 million fee with AC Milan over the transfer of Super Mario. Galatasaray are also interested.
13.05 BST: AC Milan are working under extreme financial constraints this summer and have labelled target Ezequiel Lavezzi as 'a dream' according to Gazzetto dello Sport. Apparently a meeting between Pippo Inzaghi, Adriano Galliani and Barbara Berlusconi saw Lavezzi's name come up though only if Mario Balotelli is sold at a good price. Arsenal are the club cited as being interested though Arsene Wenger has already said he isn't looking for another striker.
13.02 BST: Adding fuel to this already wildly burning transfer fire! Things are about to get tasty.
Edinson Cavani absent from PSG training this morning, no reason given. Should've been back along with other WC participants (Verratti etc)- Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) July 21, 2014
12.57 BST: Marca are claiming Barcelona face a real problem in trying to bring in Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina. The first obstacle being the price tag of £40 million that La Viola want for the Colombian winger. The second being that they already have Dani Alves and Martin Montoya in the right back position. However, the report suggests Barca may try and cash in on Alves to raise the cash for Cuadrado though finding suitors for the Brazilian, who is now the wrong side of the 30, is going to prove difficult.
12.51 BST: Oh PSG, it all seems to be falling apart! First the Angel Di Maria transfer has hit a snag because of Financial Fair Play and now Le 10 Sport claim Arsenal have indeed been in contact with seemingly PSG-bound Serge Aurier. A deal was thought to have already been agreed between Toulouse and PSG but it appears this deal has a way to go yet!
12.45 BST: Oh man! Atletico Madrid have already moved to quash rumours they are looking to sign Fernando Torres. Apparently Mundo Deportivo have spoken to sources at the club who say, though they are looking for another striker, Torres is not on their wishlist. Fairytale over...
12.39 BST: Slight bit of non-news this but Mundo Deportivo claim Xavi's future will become a lot clearer in the next few days. Although his Barcelona career is by no means over it is thought the midfield maestro would prefer a move to the MLS or Qatar where he could earn much higher wages.
12.35 BST: Pretty sure Diego Lopez already said "No" to Monaco, right?
12.32 BST: Poor old Tiago. Apparently involved in convincing Filipe Luis and Diego Costa to join Chelsea in exchange for a two-year contract and now he finds himself without a club because Jose Mourinho has changed his mind. Well now the former Atletico Madrid man is going to either beg for a place back in Diego Simeone's good books or, according to Marca, offer his services to Valencia, who are apparently the only club willing to pay his wages.
12.27 BST: Further updates on Divock Origi's proposed move to Liverpool. No medicals yet!
And to answer those questions about Divock Origi. Belgian international is on holiday till Saturday. No medicals planned. #LFC- Sven Claes (@svenclaes) July 21, 2014
12.24 BST: More rumours than ever about players going to the newly cash-rich Middle East clubs than ever before. This time it is Fenerbahce's Moussa Sow who is being lined up by United Arab Emirates club Al-Ain. Reports suggest a £15 million bid is being prepared but Fener president Aziz Yildirim won't sell for less than £17 million. It is suggested the former Lille striker is also interesting the likes of Sunderland in the Premier League.
The player himself has said of his future: "There is a lot of talk. I'm happy at Fenerbahce and don't think about leaving. However, everyone knows I want to play in the Premier League one day."
12.19 BST: Reports are emerging today from AS that PSG tried to sign Angel di Maria on loan from Real Madrid with a view to a £60 million deal next year in a cheeky attempt to dodge Financial Fair Play rules. However, Los Blancos rejected that idea out of hand as they need the cash to fund a deal for Monaco's James Rodriguez, which looks set to be completed in the coming days.
12.13 BST: Mooted for a while but now it is confirmed. Will this see the Alberto Moreno negotiations sped up?
12.07 BST: Barcelona's ongoing search for a new central defender continues as they are still trying to grab Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia. AS and Mundo Deportivo claim Barca have been given until Valencia go on their pre-season tour to South America in the next few days to up their bid to £20 million and sign the French defender. The reports also suggest the high transfer fee is causing Barca bosses to consider bidding for Daley Blind who is six years younger and only slightly more expensive.
12.05 BST: Former promising young Chelsea striker joins Willem II. No disrespect to the Dutch club but... such potential.
Willem II have signed ex-Chelsea striker Ben Sahar.- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) July 21, 2014
12.00 BST: Gazzetto dello Sport claim Juventus are closing in on the signing of Roberto Pereyra from Udinese. The Argentine will sign on an initial £1 million loan deal with a further £11 million purchase option at the end of the season. Reports over the weekend suggested a deal had been agreed but Udinese denied any truth in them. However Gazzetto re-iterate a deal is close and could be announced by the end of the week.
11.54 BST: Every time a player is dubbed 'the new
11.49 BST: Further to earlier reports Liverpool are close to signing Lille's Divock Origi and Southampton's Dejan Lovren, the BBC confirm also the Reds are on the verge of signing the pair. The Belgian striker is set to be landed for around £10 million while Lovren could cost double that amount.
11.43 BST: QPR are hoping to conclude the £8 million transfer of Cardiff City's Steven Caulker before Southampton attempt to hijack the deal, according to Sky Sports.
11.37 BST: Leeds United's Italian revolution continues!
Contract discussions currently going on between Leeds and Federico Viviani. Looks like deal will happen if they can agree terms. #lufc- Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 21, 2014
11.32 BST: More from Stoke City as boss Mark Hughes vehemently denies the Potters' hopes of signing Bojan from Barcelona are over. He told the Stoke Sentinel: "I haven't heard anything over the weekend, but will probably hear something soon. He's a young player who's proven at the highest level and once again he's a player who's different to what we have got here already. Yes, he has lost his way somewhat, but you don't play 100-odd games for a club like Barcelona unless you've got some ability."
11.25 BST: Stoke City's Wilson Palacios had been set for a move to Qatar with Qatar Sports Club but has seen his move scuppered by a failed medical.
11.17 BST: Mesut Ozil has revealed he wants to play in Turkey! But it is OK Arsenal fans, not any time soon. He told Turkish newspaper Hurriyet: "I have a four year deal with Arsenal but my path may take me to Turkey. I could play in Turkey one day, why not."
11.10 BST: Surprise story of the day so far. Samuel Eto'o could be a target for QPR? Can't exactly see that happening as Tony Fernandes has said he doesn't want to spend huge money on wages (which Eto'o will inevitably want) and they don't want to make the same mistakes as their last ill-fated transfer campaign when they got to the Premier League two years ago. No go-er.
11.04 BST: Swansea have agreed a £6.5 million fee for Marseille's Dmitri Payet but have a job on their hands convincing him to leave France for South Wales. The Daily Mail also claim Crystal Palace want to bolster their midfield with Jonjo Shelvey after almost completing the sale of Jose Campana to Sampdoria.
11.00 BST: Looks like the Dejan Lovren saga will end sooner rather than later as various reports claim Southampton have accepted a £20 million offer from Liverpool after the south coast club identified a replacement in Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar. Read the full story here.
10.54 BST: And another update on the future of highly-sought after PSV winger Zakaria Bakkali. This kid could end up anywhere!
It seems the mystery club that have a bid accepted for Zakaria Bakkali is Eintracht Frankfurt. Player still waiting for other offers. (ED)- Dutch Football (@football_oranje) July 21, 2014
10.50 BST: The Daily Star claim a huge exclusive today that Edinson Cavani is already in talks to join Manchester United. And after Ed Woodward's claims that money is no object to the Red Devils, PSG's £60 million asking price doesn't look like it will be too much of an obstacle.
10.46 BST: Feyenoord are reportedly interested in signing Jens Toornstra from Utrecht but will not allow Jordy Clasie to leave the club despite strong interest from Porto.
10.42 BST: Gazzetto dello Sport claim today is going to be the day Patrice Evra's protracted move from Manchester United to Juventus is going to be officially announced. Apparently it was delayed to tie in with United's New York Stock Exchange rules meaning signings and outgoings can only be announced during trading hours.
10.37 BST: The BBC's Arsenal oracle David Ornstein claims Arsenal are no longer in for Sami Khedira and possible outgoings.
Arsenal no longer pursuing Khedira but still in market for DMF, will sign GK & probably DF depending on Jenkinson/Vermaelen situations #AFC- David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) July 21, 2014
10.34 BST: One would have to assume the news below ends any lingering doubts about Alvaro Negredo's immediate future amid links away from Manchester City.
Alvaro Negredo expects to be sidelined for "a few months" due to a fractured metatarsal, the #mcfc striker has confirmed via Instagram.- PA Dugout (@PA_dugout) July 21, 2014
10.31 BST: Poor old Micah Richards is apparently begging Manchester City to let him go out on loan next season because, according to The Mirror, Newcastle, Spurs and Liverpool are all balking at the £7 million asking price.
10.27 BST: It could be one in and one out at Spurs in the left back position according to the Mirror. Hull City are set to revive their interest in Spurs' Danny Rose should the north London club complete the deal for Swansea's Ben Davies. However, there is a chance Mauricio Pocchetino may want to hold on to £6 million-rated Rose until another player can be found in that position as Davies would become the Lilywhites' only left back.
10.20 BST: The news all Chelsea fans wanted to hear? Apparently Fernando Torres could be set for a fairytale return to former club Atletico Madrid. The Spanish champions aren't happy t losing two of their best players to Chelsea in Diego Costa and Filipe Luis and are now trying to negotiate down from £16 million for the transfer of Torres according to a report in AS.
10.16 BST: And Leicester City aren't done there either. According to The Mirror, the Foxes are looking to bring in Sporting Lisbon's £7 million rated Islam Slimani after his impressive World Cup campaign with Algeria.
10.14 BST: The Leicester Mercury are claiming Leonardo Ulloa is to undergo a medical at Leicester City today ahead of a record £10 million move from Brighton and Hove Albion. City were forced to make over five separate bids for the Argentine frontman before they had a bid of £8 million up-front accepted with the fee rising to £10 million with add-ons. Leicester's previous record bid? Ade Akinbiyi for £5 million 14 years ago.
10.08 BST: Liverpool have made contact over the signing of Zakaria Bakkali from PSV according to De Telegraaf. It is said PSV will be looking for a relatively substantial fee of over £5 million so that they can fund a move for Porto midfielder Steven Defour.
10.03 BST: For all you Addicks addicts out there...
10.00 BST: Reports emerged in the last few days that Mathieu Valbuena is set to move to Dynamo Moscow. However his agent, speaking to Le Phoceen, has in no uncertain terms claimed the rumour to be 'Bull***'.
09.55 BST: Former Ivorian Chelsea forward set to sign for Liverpool or Spurs. No unfortunately not Didier Drogba. Salomon Kalou, who is leaving Lille after two successful seasons with the French club is said by Sky Sports to favour a move to the Premier League despite having a deal in place to sign for Roma, should he want to.
09.50 BST: And you can read the full story on the James Rodriguez deal by clicking on the link below.
09.47 BST: Arsenal and Chelsea have been rumoured to have wanted Real Madrid's Sami Khedira all summer long. But the Express have today claimed, via Germany's Bild, that the World Cup winner will be playing his football in Monaco next season after Madrid agreed to use him as a sweetener in bringing James Rodriguez to the Bernebeu.
09.40 BST: The Birmingham Mail have highlighted the players Aston Villa have left out of their tour to Texas. Notable absentees include Aleksandar Tonev and Antonio Luna who are both rumoured to be leaving the club. Captain Ron Vlaar has been excused due to his World Cup involvement while injured duo Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak have been included to join in the squad camaraderie.
09.34 BST: Jose Callejon has re-iterated his desire to remain at Napoli despite apparent interest from Jose Mourinho. He told Napoli fans' magazine called E' Azzurro: "I have heard lots of talk about me. I also know that Mourinho is interested in me. Last year I made a choice and I don't regret it. I am happy in this team and in this city and I will be staying at Napoli."
09.30 BST: For years Arsenal fans have been bemoaning the fact they don't have enough strikers, or ones of sufficient quality to challenge for the Premier League title. Well, today, we can reveal that Arsene Wenger STILL thinks his side don't need another striker. He told press during a pre-season conference: "Up front we don't need any more. It's not especially for numbers."
Cue all Arsenal fans praying Olivier Giroud never gets injured.
09.26 BST: Saint-Etienne are pursuing Rennes centre-back Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik.
09.23 BST: Le Telegramme claims Gelson Fernandes has agreed to move to Rennes from Freiburg. However, the two clubs are yet to reach a deal for the Swiss international.
09.20 BST: And it looks like Spurs and Swansea are coming to some kind of agreement about their transfer interests.
09.15 BST: Belgian football expert John Chapman with an update on Steven Defour's future.
PSV want Steven Defour but are not willing to pay 9 miilion euros requested by Porto.- John Chapman (@BelgoFoot) July 21, 2014
08.26 BST: The ongoing rumours surrounding Sami Khedira leaving Real Madrid for Arsenal and the Premier League have taken a turn with the Mirror reporting that the German national could be bound for Monaco instead. Can you guess what player he might be getting dangled as bait for?
08.08 BST: Come on Edinson Cavani. Manchester United are making plenty of waves right now saying signings are imminent and there's no cap on the spending. Well if Louis van Gaal is to pry the big Uruguayan front man away from Paris Saint-Germain he'll need some cash.
The Mirror are reporting that PSG are looking to recoup the 64 million pounds they paid for Cavani a year ago.
Di Maria coming to capital club?
Paris Saint-Germain might feel like they're holding damaged goods after high-priced transfer David Luiz looked shaky both on and off the pitch during the 2014 World Cup. But the possible arrival of Angel di Maria, rumoured to be moving to Paris on a five-year deal worth roughly 8 million euros per season could quell any discontent among the fans. The Argentine national shone in Brazil before getting injured and missing the team's final two games -- the semis and the final versus Germany. The transfer cost to Real Madrid for Di Maria is reported to be 50 million euros.
Homecoming heads up
We're not sure if it would be of the sentimental variety or if this is just a second go round that's tantamount to a marriage of convenience. But one thing's for sure, the rumours surrounding a second bro-mance between Jose Mourinho and Didier Drogba aren't going away.
Summer transfer window roundup
- Premier League: Team-by-team ins and outs
- 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
On the surface, Drogba's return makes sense. Chelsea is the side that the Ivory Coast international had his best success under the guidance of Mourinho the first time around. Plus, the lack of pop in the attack was a well-documented complaint from Mou all last Premier League season, though the arrival of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa at Stamford Bridge should help plenty on that front.
Drogba, for his part, looked somewhat of his old self in Brazil -- physically dominant in the air and his touch seemed magic as an appearance off the bench versus Japan coincided with his team's two decisive goals. Drogba's contract with Galatasaray is expired, so needless to say we'll keep close tabs on this one.
Hernandez takes show on road
We've heard plenty of rumour and speculation surrounding Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez this transfer season, including a possible move to Inter Milan. It's hard to tell how new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal feels about Hernandez, who wasn't given much opportunity in the David Moyes' era and was off the mark a bit when he got on the pitch.
Key European club fixtures
French Ligue 1 -- Aug. 8
FA Community Shield: Manchester City vs. Arsenal -- Aug. 10
German Super Cup: Borussia Dortmund vs. Bayern Munich -- Aug. 13
English Premier League -- Aug. 16
Spanish Super Cup: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid -- Aug. 19 and 22
Spanish La Liga/German Bundesliga -- Aug. 23
Italian Serie A -- Aug. 30
We've also reported that Van Gaal will give all current United players -- including Moyes' purchases Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata -- a chance to show what they can do. Well, Fellaini won't get that chance during United's impending road show that kicks off with a date in the U.S. on July 23 versus the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. However, Chicharito will get a turn -- in front of what should be a friendly crowd in Southern California -- to show his new boss what he's capable of up front.
Here's a list of the 25 making the trip, along with a Tweet regarding two other United players we know will be there:
Colombia's Ospina set for Gunners move
The revelation between the posts for Colombia during an impressive final-eight run at the World Cup, David Ospina looks to be officially leaving his Ligue 1 side Nice for Arsenal according to local French newspaper Nice Matin.
Arsene Wenger insisted on Saturday that a goalkeeper was a priority signing, in order to provide No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny with competition.
The club has already bought Alexis Sanchez (35 million pounds) and Mathieu Debuchy (12 million pounds) this summer, with reports linking them to Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.