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ESPN FC Posted by ESPN staff
Aug 14, 2014

The fuss about Reus, Welbeck wishes

ESPN FC'S Paul Mariner and Alexi Lalas analyse Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup.

It has been a hot 24 hours on the transfer market and that isn't showing signs of slowing as the clock on the summer window continues to tick down. Away we go with the latest rumours from the wonderful world of football.

TOP PICK: Bookies have SUSPENDED BETTING on Arturo Vidal moving to Manchester United. The betting shops usually know something we don't and so to suspend betting on the Chilean leaving Juventus must mean Louis Van Gaal and Ed Woodward have finally got their act together and are preparing an offer. Meanwhile the Chilean's agent has told South American reporters there will be some "news soon"...

- Danny Welbeck could be leaving Manchester United for 14 million pounds after learning his playing time could be severely reduced under Louis Van Gaal. Hull City are keen to stump up the cash after losing Shane Long. 

- Roma's highly sought after defender Medhi Benatia has re-iterated he has no desire to leave the club amid interest from Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid. However, Gazzetta dello Sport say this statement is a smokescreen and that Chelsea and Roma have already begun negotiations about his sale.

- Napoli have made a formal loan offer to Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and are expecting an answer in the next few days, according to reports in Italy.

22:45 BST: It's been a busy night of DONE DEALS so get your fill and then come back for another drink tomorrow morning!

22:10 BST: West Ham United have made their seventh signing of the season as they snapped up Senegal striker Diafra Sakho from FC Metz on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Read more

21:35 BST: Sergio Aguero is going nowhere. He has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City.

21:10 BST: Manager news. Tony Pulis has left Crystal Palace, sources have told ESPN FC. Read more

20:34 BST: Barcelona and Sevilla have agreed to the loan of young winger Gerard Deulofeu for one season. Read more

19.35 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Metz and Senegal striker Diafra Sakho is in London for talks with West Ham over a 4.5 million pound move.

19.03 BST: Burnley are still looking to strengthen and they appear to have turned to Wigan star James McArthur. Yet to see what the Latics' response is.

18.07 BST: Andre Villas Boas has a shiny new toy:

17.49 BST: Malaga have agreed a deal to sign former Real Madrid defender Miguel Torres on an initial one-year deal.

17.38 BST: Liverpool's Martin Kelly has completed his move to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. Read more

17.35 BST: Tiago Ilori's Liverpool future hangs by a thread as Brendan Rodgers has apparently decided to let the player leave on loan as he is satisfied with his defensive options. According to the Daily Mail, Rodgers doesn't see the young defender getting much playing time this season and would rather see him impress away from Anfield.

17.30 BST: Burnley boss Sean Dyche has told Sky Sports he still wants to bring in more signings as he tries to blend youth and experience for his debut season in the Premier League.

17.26 BST: Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs target Toby Alderweireld is wanted by Spartak Moscow according to Izvestia. The Belgian wants to leave Atletico Madrid so as to not spend another season on the bench but it is thought he doesn't want to move to Russia. However the lure of first team football could be too much.

17.23 BST: It's exciting. It involves Manchester United. It involves a third-party. And it involves some brutal statements from everyone. It's the Marcos Rojo affair. Read the full story here. It's worth it!

17.21 BST: Despite what our Top Pick says, Max Allegri is adamant Arturo Vidal is going nowhere.

17.16 BST: Leicester City have seen their four million pound bid for Islam Slimani rejected by Sporting Lisbon and have made a quick counter-offer of six million pounds in the hope of convincing the Portuguese club to sell quickly, according to the Mirror.

17.11 BST: Transfers are like London buses at Southampton. They wait all summer for some signings and then two come along in one day!

17.09 BST: Spurs boss Mauricio Pocchetino has told reporters today he won't comment on the future of Morgan Schneiderlin. He also said he expects Andros Townsend to make an impact on Spurs' squad this season amid rumours he was being lured to QPR by former boss Harry Redknapp.

Andros Townsend is set for a White Hart Lane stay despite interest from QPR as Mauricio Pocchetino wants him in the squad.

17.02 BST: Despite Barca remaining coy on the link earlier, it seems Gerard Deulofeu's short-term future lies away from Camp Nou.

16.54 BST: So Manchester United will pay over 47 million pounds for Arturo Vidal of Juventus but won't pay 55 million pounds for Angel di Maria and have instead turned their attention to 32 million pound Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan. Makes sense... According to the Express, this is the situation at Old Trafford.

16.50 BST: Valencia look set to challenge Arsenal for the signature of Chilean attacker Eduardo Vargas. Napoli are desperate to sell according to Il Mattino and are weighing up offers from both La Liga and the Premier League.

16.43 BST: Schalke won't lose star striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar to Arsenal, Spurs or Liverpool this summer as the player has committed his future to the German club, according to the Daily Star. He told reporters: "I have not had any conversation. I'll wait to know what Schalke wants to do."

16.38 BST: Another one year loan deal for Manchester City's Karim Rekik to PSV.

16.32 BST: A couple of transfer updates from Simon Peach about Saints' transfer activity.

16.24 BST: Aston Villa fans may finally have something to cheer about if they can secure the signing of Colombian midfield enforcer Carlos Sanchez. The midfield hardman had a good World Cup and is said by the Daily Mail to be available and close to a 4.7 million pound deal to join Paul Lambert's Villa side. However the deal with Elche has hit rocks over how the fee is to be paid.

16.19 BST: Sam Allardyce has told the Brentwood Gazette that he is still after another striker in order to complete his West Ham squad. The Hammers are close to Metz's Diafra Sakho after being rebuffed by Sunderland in their attempts to land Connor Wickham.

16.15 BST: After being close to a move to Tottenham. Then Liverpool. Then Atletico Madrid. Oh and then he said he was staying at PSV. Now Arsenal have been linked with a move for PSV youngster Zakaria Bakkali, according to various reports.

16.05 BST: Napoli have reportedly agreed a deal for Villarreal midfielder Jonathan De Guzman according to Corriere del Mezzogiorno. QPR are also said to be interested and Napoli are wary of a late bid from the Premier League with the player said to be keen on a return to England.

Jonathan De Guzman could be headed to Napoli after reports emerge that he has agreed a contract with the Serie A side.

15.57 BST: Roma are set to launch an audacious bid for Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic if they sell Mattia Destro to Wolfsburg for 24 million euros. According to Il Messaggero Rudi Garcia has identified the Montenegran as an ideal replacement should the Italian striker leave the club. However City boss Manuel Pellegrini is likely to reject any offers as he sees a future for Jovetic at the Etihad.

15.51 BST: Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed he had a gentleman's agreement with Southampton's previous ownership regime saying he could leave the club this summer. Spurs are favourites to sign the Frenchman but Saints have put a very high price-tag on him and boss Ronald Koeman doesn't want to sell.

15.45 BST: It had been expected for days, and now it has been confirmed. Reportedly a 12 million pound fee.

15.43 BST: Manchester United had apparently sent officials to Cardiff on Tuesday night to make contact with Real Madrid and Angel di Maria about a move, according to Cadeno COPE. If he was to join, would you add him to your fantasy team? Play ESPN's fantasy football game here.

15.37 BST: Martin Kelly has signed for Crystal Palace from Liverpool, he announces on his Twitter. Just waiting for confirmation from the Eagles.

15.35 BST: Roberto Soldado has become a target for Porto according to A Bola. The Portuguese giants are in for a new striker and believe they could sign the Spaniard as Spurs are willing to sell at the right price.

15.28 BST: Milan are set to offer Napoli three million euros to sign Blerim Dzemaili. According to Il Mattino, the Partonepei are willing to sell because the Swiss international has expressed his desire to leave and would allow how contract to run down it's final year before leaving on a free next season.

15.24 BST: Various outlets including Sky Sports touted Harry Kane for a move away from the club but it appears he will be staying at White Hart Lane.

15.20 BST: So PSG are done but not quite done in the transfer window. So we'll still get weeks and weeks of rumour then.

15.12 BST: Juventus are going to offer Inter Milan five million euros and Sebastian Giovinco in order to secure the signing of Fredy Guarin according to reports in Italy. With both clubs looking to rid themselves of these players, it seems a deal could be struck though it is though Walter Mazzari will block any move unless it is for hard cash.

15.10 BST: DONE DEAL! Almeria have signed attacker Thievy Bifouma from Espanyol!

15.03 BST: Liverpool have been handed a big boost in heir quest to replace Luis Suarez. After being told offers for Radamel Falcao, Ednison Cavani and Karim Benzema would be knocked back, the Express are reporting Ezequiel Lavezzi has turned down a new contract with PSG. In turn, this has fuelled rumours that the Argentine has now been told to find a new club with Liverpool said to be extremely keen on his services.

Has Ezequiel Lavezzi kicked a ball for the last time in a PSG shirt? Rejecting a new contract would certainly indicate so.

14.55 BST: Sami Khedira will not be deciding his next career move. Neither will Real Madrid, Arsenal or Chelsea. It will be his girlfriend Lena Gercke who has told the World Cup winner she wants to move to Florence because she will be able to further her career there. So, I guess Khedira will be playing for La Viola next season...

14.50 BST: Another new signing at Craven Cottage!

14.46 BST: It is not often young players get the better of Barcelona but it appears that way with the case of Sergi Roberto. According to El Mundo Deportivo, the young midfielder is willing to wait and see if his playing time increases under Luis Enrique before putting pen to paper on a new five-year deal. Apparently he has been offered the contract, with his current one running out in 12 months time, but is wary of signing one and repeating the career of Cristian Tello - he signed a big deal last year only to play less and join Porto on loan this year!

14.40 BST: BATISTUTA RETURNS TO FLORENCE!!!! Unfortunately it is not Gabriel though. His son, Lucas, who is just 18 years old, has joined Porta Romana in Florence hoping to enjoy half the success his father had in the region for Fiorentina. Apparently he even plays in the same position. Watch this space.

14.34 BST: And more from AC Milan as CEO Adriano Galliani has confirmed the club expect Mario Balotelli to be with them when the transfer window closes and not to have moved on as has been mooted among many media outlets.

14.27 BST: The AC Milan brains trust had dinner last night in order to discuss transfers according to reports. Apparently Pippo Inzaghi told Adriano Galliani and Silvio Berlusconi he wanted Shakhtar Donetsk's Douglas Costa as his No.1 target before the transfer window shuts. However, the Ukrainian club want some 50 million euros while Milan are only prepared to go to half of that amount.

14.22 BST: Guiseppe Rossi had been linked with a move to Liverpool this morning but his agent was quickly on the phone to Tuttomercatoweb to deny an offer had been lodged. Andrea Pastorello told the website: "There is nothing between Rossi and Liverpool. There is absolutely nothing to comment on. Honestly, I don't know anything about this."

14.13 BST: Championship promotion chasers Reading have been added to the already long list of clubs after Nice midfielder Eric Bautheac according to L'Equipe.

14.08 BST: And again from Le 10 Sport who say Marseille are desperate to sign Lucas Ocampos from Monaco. Apparently Marcelo Bielsa is a huge fan of his compatriot and hopes to bring him in before the transfer window shuts.

14.05 BST: And so will start Bayern Munich's frantic search for a new central defender, one would imagine.

13.59 BST: Le 10 Sport are claiming Hatem Ben Arfa's route out of Newcastle could be via his old club Lyon who have president Jean-Michel Aulas quoted as saying: "If Hatem is ready to make the financial efforts to integrate into the group, why not. He was certainly the most technically gifted player that I've ever seen in 27 years in office. He was difficult to manage, but very talented."

13.55 BST: Not a great investment from the Greek champions...

13.50 BST: French international and Lille stalwart Rio Mavuba has told the club he wants to leave according to L'Equipe. The report suggests Lille have not opposed the player's desires and have lined up Didier Digard as his replacement.

13.46 BST: An interesting question on Milan's transfer policy...

13.42 BST: Manchester United are keen on Kostas Manolas according to reports in Italy. The Greek international, currently playing for Olympiakos, has become hot property around Europe with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Arsenal all keeping tabs on his transfer situation.

13.35 BST: Former Arsenal winger Gervinho, who could be said to have flopped slightly at the Emirates, has decided to ignore offers from Turkey and England in order to renew with Roma. Il Messaggero say a 20 million euro release clause was in Gervinho's contract but he wants to sign a new one to commit his future to Rudi Garcia and the Roma club.

13.29 BST: Benfica are continuing their rebuilding of the squad by targeting Andrija Zivkovic from Partizan Belgrade. The winger is only 18 but has huge potential and boss Jorge Jesus is said to be keen to bring in the Serbian for just three million euros, according to Record.

13.26 BST: PSV Eindhoven are awaiting an answer from Liverpool about the future of Tiago Ilori. The Portuguese was bought only a year ago from Sporting Lisbon for seven million pounds, a lot for a 21-year-old with potential, and it is thought by Voetbal International that Brendan Rodgers hasn't made up his mind whether to part ways with the defender or not.

13.20 BST: Leicester City are willing to offer Islam Slimani 900,000 euros per year, triple his current wages at Sporting Lisbon, as well as offer 8 million pounds to sign him. O Jogo say the newly-promoted Foxes are desperate to land the Algerian, hence the huge financial packet available.

13.15 BST: A bit of a 'in case you missed it' one now. Former Standard Liege player Steven Defour joins Anderlecht from Porto. Read the full story here.

13.12 BST: Olympiakos target Kostas Mitroglou could make a sensational return to the club six months after leaving but only if they accept paying 2.5 milion euros to loan the Greek international for the season, according to reports.

13.07 BST: After weeks of speculation...

13.04 BST: Read the full story here on Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes dismissing rumours linking him to Arsenal.

13.00 BST: Whether you love him or hate him, you'll certainly miss him. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he is likely to hang up his boots 'at the top level' after his contract at PSG runs out in 2016. Everyone not at the to level, form an orderly queue...

12.58 BST: Juventus' search for a new central defender is set to continue despite being close to a deal with Luisao of Benfica. According to reports, Juve only want to sign him if it is on a free transfer because he is 33 years old. Luisao has asked Benfica to release him from his contract which still has two years left to run. And Benfica are saying they want at least four million euros. Total mess.

12.53 BST: So Barca will have to find funds from elsewhere to sign the Colombian.

12.50 BST: QPR are going to make a move for former Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Mbark Boussoufa if he can secure a free transfer away from Lokomotiv Moscow. The Mirror claim Sunderland and Hull City are also interested should the player become available on a free.

12.44 BST: More from Barca as Celta Vigo winger Nolito has told reporters if he received a call from former boss Luis Enrique he would struggle to say no to a move to the Camp Nou.

12.38 BST: Fiorentina have told Barcelona to have a deal ready for Juan Cuadrado by the end of next week or face waiting a year to sign him. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Colombian is desperate for a move to Barca but may have to remain at La Viola for an unhappy year before signing at the Camp Nou next season.

12.35 BST: DONE DEAL! Will you add Will Buckley to your fantasy team? Play ESPN's fantasy football game here.

12.29 BST: Marca are claiming that Sami Khedira's snub from the Real Madrid squad in the UEFA Super Cup this week has given the German the biggest hint yet that he is not wanted at the Santiago Bernebeu any more. Apparently Los Blancos are just waiting for bids to arrive before offloading the World Cup winner.

12.21 BST: Feyenoord trying to rebuild after the losses of Stefan De Vrij, Daryl Janmaat and Bruno Martins Indi.

12.19 BST: After the news broke that Luis Enrique was ready to let Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu leave on loan for the season, Mundo Deportivo have today reported Sevilla are keen to take him on loan. And apparently a deal is close to completion after the young Spanish winger was not given a squad number by Barca.

12.14 BST: Read the full story here on Edin Dzeko being close to a new contract at Manchester City.

12.10 BST: This will explain Napoli's reluctance to hang around in their pursuit of a new central midfielder.

12.05 BST: The rumour just won't go away and Mundo Deportivo back it up with an article today that Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have now opened negotiations for the transfer of Andre Schurrle. The fee would have to be around the 22.5 million euros Chelsea paid for the attacker. Apparently Atletico remain confident of a deal despite the player's happiness at Stamford Bridge, simply because he would be a guaranteed starter in Spain.

Andre Schurrle is happy at Chelsea but could find himself playing more minutes for the Spanish champions should he move.

12.02 BST: AS have quoted the Metro about a transfer rumour. Apparently Arsenal are set to offer 63 million pounds to PSG for Edinson Cavani so that the French club can finally sign Angel di Maria from Real Madrid. AS say PSG have outwardly expressed the di Maria deal is dead but firmly believe they can complete it once Cavani is shifted for a big fee.

11.56 BST: Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado could be on his way to Turkey after 'FIFA agent' - even though they're not a thing anymore - Bayram Tutumlu tweeted he would use his close links with Daniel Levy to bring Soldado to Galatasaray. Have to say, this is nonsense.

11.51 BST: From simple rumour to an unveiling all in one morning. Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed to Bild that they are considering a move for Nicklas Bendtner, and the tabloid suggests the former Arsenal man could be unveiled today or tomorrow.

11.48 BST: AC Milan legend Massimo Ambrosini is also set to retire and become a TV pundit after he told Il Resto del Carlino he could not find a new club. He said in interview: "I'd say with a likelihood of 90 per cent that my career is over and probably I will now work in television."

11.45 BST: A legend of the game reportedly retiring. A colossus for every club he's been at!

11.43 BST: The exodus from Europe to Qatar continues as Chico Flores and Pablo Hernandez depart to Lekhwiya and Al Arabi respectively.

11.40 BST: Don't you just love it when a player is horrendously ambiguous about his future. Xherdan Shaqiri is the latest and told Bild: "I am a player of Bayern Munich as I am under contract with the club. Basically, I believe I will be staying on at Bayern Munich. But as long as the transfer window is open, anything could happen in the very end."

So he will stay because he has a contract but could go because that is an option during a transfer window... great.

11.34 BST: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is determined to keep hold of West Ham and Crystal Palace target Connor Wickham ahead of the new season. The striker has one year left on his contract and Poyet says he wants to kep him as he is an important part of his plans according to London 24.

11.29 BST: An update from the wacky world of Leeds United.

11.20 BST: Roberto Martinez has kept his cards close to his chest amid rumours he could be looking to bring Samuel Eto'o to the club. He told a packed press conference: "If there's anything that can help the team to be prepared until the next window opens, we'll always look into that. In terms of being desperate to bring someone in, the answer's no."

Samuel Eto'o would give a big thumbs up to remain in the Premier League but it looks like Everton won't be the destination

11.16 BST: Napoli defender Federico Fernandez was not at training today according to Gianluca Di Marzio and is apparently on his way to Swansea to complete a medical and sign a contract with the Premier League side.

11.11 BST: Sunderland are extremely hopeful of pushing through the deal to sign Brighton's Will Buckley so that he can play in the opening game of the Premier League season according to the Sunderland Echo. Will you add him to your ESPN fantasy team? Play it here!

11.07 BST: Porto look set to beat Southampton and West Ham to the signing of Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord. According to A Bola, the Dutchman is keen to leave his current club after their failure to qualify for the Champions League with Porto his likely destination.

11.02 BST: After all the twists and turns regarding Loic Remy's future, Harry Redknapp has today announced the striker is happy to stay at QPR unless a Champions League club comes in for him. So we are exactly where we were at the start of the transfer window basically.

Like a new signing - Loic Remy is apparently happy to stay at QPR until a Champions League club expresses interest.

10.56 BST: Newcastle United fans will be pleased to hear goalkeeper Tim Krul has no intention of leaving the club. The Chronicle report that the Dutch international has been impressed by the club's transfer window business and is keen to start the new season with his new team-mates and compatriots Daryl Janmaat and Siem De Jong.

10.52 BST: West Brom and West Ham had been battling it out to sign Jonathan Biabany from Parma but it appears Everton and Southampton are now joining the race for his signature. The Express claims both clubs have entered the bidding at around six million pounds and want to bring the winger to the Premier League.

10.48 BST: See! We told you the Nicklas Bendtner to Wolfsburg stuff was happening. His agent has said: "It's true that we are negotiating with VfL Wolfsburg. But I am not allowed to say more."

10.42 BST: Matt Le TIssier has weighed in on the Jack Cork sale and says Southampton would be foolish to allow him to leave for just three million pounds. The Croydon Advertiser are reporting Crystal Palace are close to securing the deal but are also after Stoke City's Steven Nzonzi.

10.37 BST: Liverpool have apparently offered defender Sebastian Coates to Sampdoria in an attempt to open negotiations for Argentina's World Cup hero goalkeeper Sergio Romero. According to Il Secolo XIX the Reds want a new back-up goalkeeper after selling Pepe Reina and after Samp's sale of Shkodran Mustafi to Valencia, expect they want a new defender to plug the gap.

10.34 BST: Leicester City had been hoping to shift striker Chris Wood to Wolves in order to make new signings but that deal has now died. According to the Birmingham Mail, Wolves boss Kenny Jackett has revealed no deal could be agreed between the parties and so they have moved on to other targets.

10.30 BST: West Brom are set to get a cut of the deal taking their former striker Shane Long from Hull City to Southampton. According to the Express and Star the Baggies will be given around 600,000 pounds should the 12 million pound sale go through, which is expected.

A sell on clause means West Brom will receive just under one million pounds from Hull City's sale of Shane Long.

10.24 BST: Burnley's transfer window could end in disappointment if they can't convince Nottingham Forest to part company with former Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury. Forest have told the press the player is no closer to joining the Clarets but the Lancashire Telegraph say Burnley remain confident they can sign the midfielder before the transfer window shuts in two weeks time.

10.20 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Arsenal may be looking to sign another attacking midfielder from Chile. TalkSport have said Eduardo Vargas of Napoli has become yet another striking target for Arsene Wenger.

10.12 BST: Despite this, there is more to come on this one. A lot more...

10.09 BST: A Daily Star exclusive now as they report Arsenal are set to sign Stephane Mbia on a free transfer. Yes, the same Mbia who failed miserably in a QPR shirt not two years ago but won the Europa League with Sevilla last season. He is available on a free and with Arsenal in desperate need of a defender, the Frenchman could be the answer. However, he would probably have to take a hit on his 60,000 pounds per week wages.

10.02 BST: Belgian international and potential target for Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs, Toby Alderweireld is desperate to leave Atletico Madrid. Speaking to Het Nieuwsblad, father Vic Alderweireld said: "He wants to play and a loan would be the best option. That way we can evaluate the situation again in a year's time."

09.56 BST: Not that there was much chance of him leaving anyway but Vincent Kompany is clearly delighted at his new deal. And why wouldn't he be when it is rumoured to be worth 200,000 pounds per week.

09.54 BST: Borussia Dortmund's ability to nurture future stars will inevitably lead to some disappointments but especially so for 18-year-old Carlos Strandberg who the German club haven't signed because he failed a medical. The attacker was set to play for the second team on the whole with a view to development into the first-team but Ruhr Nachrichten have reported the 1.5 million euro deal is now off.

09.50 BST: Werder Bremen are interested in signing Hamburg midfielder Per Skjelbred who spent last season at Hertha Berlin. The capital club hoped to sign the Norwegian on a permanent deal but Hamburg and Hertha did not agree on a transfer fee, according to Bild, which has left Werder in the driving seat for his signature.

09.47 BST: Could be a coup for whoever convinces him to sign.

09.43 BST: It had all gone quiet on the Nicklas Bentdner front for a little too long for our liking. But no more! According to Bild, perennial striker chasers Wolfsburg have identified the Dane as a target after failing in ambitious bids to land Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morata and Fernando Torres. Apparently Wolfsburg have found the 'top shelf empty' and will be shopping 'further below.'

09.39 BST: Hamburg have opted against selling Rafael Van Der Vaart this window despite the Dutchman having only a year left on his contract. Coach Mirko Slomka told Kicker his club captain has 'a new engine, a good feeling and is feeling top' ahead of the new season. He had been linked with moves to QPR and various Turkish clubs prior to these reports.

09.35 BST: DONE DEAL! FC Cologne send 23-year-old Bruno Nascimento on a loan to Portuguese Europa League starter Estoril. The defender had become surplus to requirements, with four centre-backs ahead of him at the German club.

09.29 BST: They were tentative rumours at best anyway but Roberto Martinez has put them to bed anyway at this morning's press conference.

09.25 BST: This Marcos Rojo situation is all turning very sour. Sport Witness here with an excellent explanation of it all.

09.22 BST: Oh the Arturo Vidal rumour just rumbles on and on. The Chilean's agent Eduardo Hernandez has stirred the pot again and told reporters in South America: "For now I cannot comment on the situation. I've no news at the moment on an exchange, I haven't spoken to anyone in England, but there will be news soon."

09.19 BST: Pretty sure most Everton fans would agree Roberto! Why not put some of them in your fantasy team here!

09.17 BST: DONE DEAL! Hoffenheim have signed 22-year-old former Switzerland under-21 Steven Zuber from Russian champions CSKA Moscow on a four-year-contract. 

09.15 BST: Medhi Benatia says he is not leaving Roma and Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are not interested in signing a defender, but La Gazzetta dello Sport says it is all a bluff and the Blues sent Roma a fax yesterday to open negotiations.

09.11 BST: Marseille are considering making a move for former Lyon and Lille man Michel Bastos. The Al Ain winger however is expected to make a return to Brazil with Sao Paulo, according to Le 10 Sport.

09.07 BST: Will Jose Mourinho be willing to part with the big defender? If Kurt Zouma goes, Chelsea could be short at the back.

09.04 BST: Sportmediaset claim Juventus are ready to offer Paris Saint-Germain's Ezequiel Lavezzi a four-year deal in Turin. It had been reported that Max Allegri had told Juve bosses that the Argentine should be the club's No.1 target.

09.00 BST: Linked with half of Europe, it looks like Samuel Eto'o may finally make a decision on his future.

The fuss about Reus

We've heard plenty about electric Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus this offseason. Despite the comments made by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge about Reus' rumoured 25 million-pound transfer clause, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola says he's not interested in adding more strikers. That's good news for Premier League teams such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, who've been linked to the German national.

Reus seems surprised or excited about something. Could it be a rumoured move to the Premier League? Dortmund hope not.

Regarding the clause in question, Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke says in print publication Sport Bild that BVB won't pressure Reus to get rid of his release clause, but they still want to convince him to lead an era at Dortmund. (If he's talking about it, does that mean it's not rumoured anymore? Very confusing.) In any case, Watzke, who has gone round and round with Rummenigge this off-season, says he still thinks there might be attempts to bring unrest to Dortmund (Rummenigge coyly mentioned recently that 25 million wasn't a lot of money for a player like Reus). "We'll be cool," said Watzke, whose Dortmund side have reportedly offered Reus 6 million euros a year.

With all this acrimony, Dortmund's 2-0 win over an admittedly depleted Bayern side in the German Super Cup must have been extra sweet.

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Wel, Wel, Welbeck

According to the Mirror, it seems Danny Welbeck might be on his way out of Old Trafford on a 14-million-pound move to Hull City after learning that his chances of playing first team football for Manchester United are not looking good. 

Oddsmakers suspend betting on Vidal move

Arturo Vidal to Manchester United rumours have re-, re-, re-, resurfaced. However, this time around there's a bit more to report and this may have some teeth: The Daily Star says that the bookies have stepped in and suspended betting on the rumoured move. Now that makes us think something is really happening this time. Juventus have been talking all along like a team that would let a star player like Vidal go. The heel dragging, we reckon, has to be some kind of Kabuki-style transfer dance between Juve and Man United to get the price to an agreeable point -- a rumoured 40 million pounds on top of the 80 million we yesterday reported that Louis van Gaal and United were planning on spending on Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo.

Continue to stay tuned. This is getting real.

Yes, you've heard about Yedlin

But DeAndre Yedlin heading to Tottenham is such a big piece of transfer news in the U.S., we felt it warranted a little extra analysis from ESPN FC TV's Stuart Holden.

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden examines DeAndre Yedlin's transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and hopes he can prove himself with ample playing time.

Besides kicking in on the Reus bit above, ESPN FC's German football expert, Stephan Uersfeld, gives us a quick transfer-centric tour around his beloved Bundesliga.

Christoph Kramer is under contract at Leverkusen until 2017 and has one year left on his loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. The 23-year-old midfielder is a World Cup winner. Leverkusen have no World Cup winner. Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller says Kramer has to return to Bayer after the season. Meanwhile, he keeps getting linked to other clubs. Kramer is annoyed: "It's not nice to be pushed around. And that's why I decide about my future. I will listen to what they have to say. I owe a lot to Bayer. But, they have all sent me away as 16-year-old. I keep reading that Napoli and Manchester want me. It would just be nice if someone actually talks to me."

Bild picked up this rumour from Danish paper BT. According to the publication, Mainz are interested in signing 21-year-old Danish under-21 international Uffe Bech from Nordsjelland. The midfielder could replace Nicolai Muller, who recently joined Hamburg and scored in his first friendly.

Hannover 96 hope to sign Leverkusen attacker Robbie Kruse, 25, on a one-year loan, Bild reports. Kruse had missed major parts of last season with an ACL injury, which also ruled him out of the Australia World Cup squad.

Schalke 04 coach Jens Keller confirms that the club has been talking to Christian Wetklo, 34, who could join the Royal Blues as a backup keeper. Wetklo is available for free, after his Mainz contract ran out.

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