Wayne Rooney's agent travels to China; no move appears imminent
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Rooney's agent makes China trip
Wayne Rooney's move to the Chinese Super League is impending one moment and off another, yet it has taken another twist with the news from the Daily Mirror that the Manchester United skipper's agent has travelled to China to engineer a move.
Talk of an Old Trafford exit for Rooney intensified Tuesday, though sources told ESPN FC that the player was in no rush to secure a move this month, instead remaining loyal to the cause and prepared to help Jose Mourinho fight for four trophies.
Rooney's representative, Paul Stretford, is ready to take a series of internal flights over the coming days to discuss a move before Tuesday's transfer deadline.
Interested clubs are thought to be ready to offer £600,000 a week in order to secure the England captain following the Red Devils' permission for the player to secure a move away after more than 12 years at the club.
Bournemouth to return to Chelsea for Begovic
Bournemouth are keen to make a £10 million move for Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, the Daily Mirror claimed, having seen discussions for a deadline-day move collapse last month.
The Bosnian has played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois and could be prepared to leave the Blues in search of first-team football once more, two seasons removed from being Stoke's No. 1.
Antonio Conte pulled the plug on Begovic's Cherries deal after failing to acquire a suitable replacement in time, with Craig Gordon preferring to remain with Celtic.
Hughes plotting major overhaul of Potters
Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is keen to spark a major squad overhaul, with Bojan Krkic said to be the major casualty, the Sun reported.
The Spain forward made a late loan move to Mainz last month, and once that expires, Hughes will look to ditch the former Barcelona star permanently.
Wilfried Bony will be sent packing back to Manchester City after a poor loan spell, while Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland will be released when their deals expire.
A fire sale could see Marc Muniesa, Philipp Wollscheid and striker Joselu, on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, all be shown the door.
Watford move for former Barca, Madrid reserve
Watford are eyeing a move for Alaves right-back Kiko Femenia, according to the Daily Mail, with the player available on a free transfer this summer.
Walter Mazzarri is close to acquiring the 26-year-old on a three-year deal. He has previously played for Barcelona B and Real Madrid Castilla.
The Blaugrana are also looking to make a shock move for Juanfran, who is on loan at Deportivo, as they bid to find cover for Aleix Vidal, with the 28-year-old seen as a cheap, short-term option.
- Steve Mandanda has reiterated his affection for Marseille in hope of clinching a move back to Ligue 1 from Crystal Palace. The French goalkeeper has struggled with injuries this term, with a knee problem ruling him out since December, yet the 31-year-old appears to be angling for a move back to the Stade Velodrome.
"It would be a great pleasure to return because my feeling for the club is enormous," Mandanda is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying. "If I have to return to France, it will be with Marseille and nobody else."
- Juventus will miss out on Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic, as Sport reported that the Croatian is on the brink of signing a contract extension. The Old Lady were interested in the former Sevilla midfielder, though the 28-year-old is now ready to commit his future to the Camp Nou until 2021.
- Inter Milan have made a move for Cittadella starlet Marco Varnier, Gazzetta dello Sport reported, with the 18-year-old thought to be a lifelong fan of the club.
"Inter officially asked about him," agent Luca Urbani claimed. "Just like Sassuolo, while Bologna and Chievo have scouted him."