Transfer Rumour Gossip: Arsenal Told To Match Porto Star’s £32m Release Clause, United Close In On Hummels, Reds Hope To Complete Double Defensive Swoop And Blues Target Casillas Successor
Friday’s transfer rumour roundup.
Arsenal have been told transfer target Juan Quintero, 21, will only be allowed to leave Porto if the Colombian midfielder’s £32m release clause is activated - Daily Express
Manchester United are closing in on a £20m move for Germany World Cup winner Mats Hummels, 25, with Borussia Dortmund hoping to replace the defender with Liverpool’s 21-year-old Tiago Ilori in a loan deal - Daily Mirror
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the Italian club’s interest in Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, although he is not the only name on his list - Daily Telegraph
Liverpool are eyeing a double deal for Spanish defenders Alberto Moreno, 22, of Sevilla and Javier Manquillo, 20, of Atletico Madrid - Daily Star
West Ham have held contract talks with unattached former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, 33, and are also considering a move for Besiktas’s 30-year-old forward Hugo Almeida - Times (subscription required)
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is ready to bid £14m for Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, having already enquired about the availability of the Japan international - Daily Express
QPR have turned their attentions to 29-year-old Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, who ended last season on loan at West Brom. Their bid to sign Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, 24, from Ajax has stalled over personal terms - Daily Mail
Manchester City midfielder James Milner, 28, is keeping the club waiting over signing his new contract as he weighs up his future at the Premier League champions - Independent
West Brom are keen to sign Switzerland striker Haris Seferovic, 22, from Real Sociedad - Sun (subscription required)
Middlesbrough want to take Aston Villa full-back Matt Lowton, 25, on loan, while they have agreed a deal with Real Mallorca forward Emilio Nsue, 24 - Daily Mail
Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes this is a key time in his career as he looks to step up as the senior centre-back following the exits of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic - Guardian
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says striker Connor Wickham, 21, could be sold if he does not sign a new contract - Sunderland Echo
Chelsea are set to open talks with Spanish goalkeeper Diego Lopez over a free transfer move from Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain – Metro
Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin will not be leaving the club, insists manager Ronald Koeman, despite the midfielder handing in a transfer request – Sky Sports
Napoli will not engage in long drawn out negotiations with Manchester United over midfielder Marouane Fellaini and have already made contract over an alternative option – Inside Futbol
Arsenal are interested in Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa and could swoop for the former Liverpool man if Thomas Vermaelen leaves – Metro
West Ham have signed defender Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal on a season-long loan – Sky Sports
Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg have switched their attention to Fernando Torres after missing out on Romelu Lukaku – Inside Futbol
Micah Richards is desperate for Manchester City to drop their £7 million asking price and allow him to resurrect his career with a transfer this month – Goal.com
Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign English defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon – talkSPORT
Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi is reportedly ready to snub a move to Anfield to sign for Italian champions Juventus this summer – Metro
Lazio’s new centre-back Stefan De Vrij has denied Manchester United were ever in the hunt to sign him – Sky Sports
New York City are close to making an announcement on Frank Lampard’s short-term future as many believe he could return to the Premier League on a short term deal – Goal.com
AC Milan will send representatives to this weekend’s Emirates Cup to watch Arsenal starlet Joel Campbell in action and open talks with the Gunners over the player – Inside Futbol
Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel could be an Inter Milan player by the end of the week as the two clubs near the end of negotiations – talkSPORT
Gunners hold positive talks with Spurs target.
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Arsenal are still believed to be in the running to sign Southampton midfielder and Tottenham Hotspur target Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Metro.
The Gunners have reportedly held talks with the player himself, and may be in with a chance of snapping him up as he remains keen to leave Southampton this summer, joining the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw out of the St Mary’s exit door.
The Saints will no doubt be desperate to avoid losing another of their star players, with Arsenal new-boy Calum Chambers another to have left the club this summer, and he may yet be joined by his old team-mate Schneiderlin.
Arsene Wenger has been keen to bring in a new signing in midfield, with Arsenal having recently been linked with the likes of Real Madrid star Sami Khedira and Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho in that position.
Schneiderlin could still be one of the club’s main targets, however, despite the player’s reported desire to link up with his old manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Arsenal have been busy in this year’s transfer market, signing big names such as Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, and it seems their spending may not be over just yet.
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20. Southampton – Lucy Pinder
19. Hull City – Sinitta
18. West Bromwich Albion – Frank Skinner
17. Sunderland – David Miliband
16. Burnley – Alastair Campbell
15. Leicester City – Sam Bailey
14. Crystal Palace – Eddie Izzard
13. Newcastle United – Ant and Dec
12. Stoke City – Sugar Ray Leonard
11. Queens Park Rangers – Pete Doherty
10. Manchester City – Noel Gallagher
9. Everton – Sylvester Stallone
8. Tottenham Hotspur – Sir Trevor McDonald
7. Chelsea – Will Ferrell
6. Swansea City – Catherine Zeta-Jones
5. Manchester United – Drake
4. West Ham United – Matt Damon
3. Aston Villa – Tom Hanks
2. Liverpool – LeBron James
1. Arsenal – Queen Elizabeth II
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10. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur)
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has become the latest Saints star on the brink of a move away from St. Mary’s, with the French midfielder reacting angrily after Tottenham Hotspur’s advances were spurned by the Saints.
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris Saint-Germain to Liverpool)
Liverpool have been linked with a summer move for Argentine forward Lavezzi from Ligue 1 champions PSG, as Brendan Rodgers continues his quest to replace Luis Suarez – who has joined FC Barcelona.
8. Miranda (Atletico Madrid to Chelsea)
Despite having a strong partnership in John Terry and Gary Cahill, rumours continue to persist that Jose Mourinho is keen to add a third experienced central defender to his ranks in the form of Atletico star Miranda.
7. Sami Khedira (Real Madrid to Arsenal)
Arsenal have been linked with a swoop for Madrid midfielder Khedira this summer, with Los Blancos man and newly crowned World Cup winner likely to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as his contract continues to run down.
6. Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United)
New United boss Louis van Gaal is likely to want to strengthen his defence this summer having lost Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on free transfers, with Dortmund star Hummels emerging as a potentially huge target.
5. Eliaquim Mangala (FC Porto to Manchester City)
City look set to complete the signing of French centre back Mangala from Porto for a fee in the region of £32m but, despite a video appearing on the club’s website that seemed to confirm the deal, it is yet to be completed.
4. Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United/Liverpool)
The news that Dortmund forward Reus has turned down the offer of a new deal at Signal Iduna Park seems to have sparked a scramble for the player’s signing, with Premier League sides United and Liverpool among those to be linked with a move for the injured German international.
3. Angel di Maria (Real Madrid to Manchester United)
The Red Devils are believed to be locked in a battle with French champions PSG over the signing of Madrid and Argentina winger di Maria, who looks set to be allowed to leave the Bernabeu this summer by Carlo Ancelotti.
2. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain to Chelsea)
Despite having Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres at the club, rumours have continued to link Blues manager Mourinho with a £40m swoop for forward Cavani, who is reportedly unsettled in the French capital.
1. Arturo Vidal (Juventus to Manchester United)
Juve midfielder Vidal has emerged as one of the key transfer targets for United this summer, with van Gaal’s side continuing their pursuit for one of Serie A’s finest midfielders, who would cost upwards of £35m.
Transfer Rumour Gossip: Arsenal Lead Chase For Sporting Star, Fellaini Agrees Serie A Switch, Reds To Raid For Alves And Atleti Make €27m Move For Spurs Star
Thursday’s transfer rumour roundup.
Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are looking to sign Arsenal winger Santi Cazorla, 29, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, 30, and Manchester United’s 26-year-old forward Javier Hernandez – Daily Star
Mexico international Hernandez admits he is unsure whether he will remain at Old Trafford next season, saying “only God knows” about his future – Guardian
Tottenham are expected to return with an improved offer for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin despite Saints’ insistence the 24-year-old will not be allowed to leave – Times
Spurs are poised to sign Sporting Lisbon’s England Under-21 defender Eric Dier for £4m after the 20-year-old turned down a new deal with the Portuguese club – Daily Telegraph
Sporting Lisbon have told Southampton it will cost them £16m to sign 24-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo – Daily Express
Marouane Fellaini, 26, has agreed to join Serie A side Napoli, but Manchester United are holding out for £18m on the midfielder they signed for £27.5m in September last year – Daily Star
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has confirmed the club have reopened talks with Liverpool over a £14m deal to sign striker Fabio Borini, 23, who was on loan at the Stadium of Light last season – Daily Express
Arsenal’s bid to sign Sami Khedira, 27, could be back on as Real Madrid want to sell the German World Cup midfielder this summer and Bayern Munich will not buy until next year – Daily Mirror
Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, 23, for about £10m have hit a snag as the Frenchman looks set to sign a new contract with the Ligue 1 club – Newcastle Chronicle
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Romelu Lukaku, 21, was “not motivated” to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge after the striker completed a £28m move to Everton – Daily Mirror
Manchester United forward Wilfried Zaha, 21, insists he can establish himself in the team under Louis van Gaal and says previous manager David Moyes gave him “no chance” last season – Daily Telegraph
Southampton fans finally have something to cheer about after the club announced the capture of Chelsea full-back Ryan Bertrand on a season-long loan – Sky Sports
Arturo Vidal’s summer transfer to Manchester United has edged a step closer after he reportedly passed medical tests with the club – Metro
Atletico Madrid have made a bid of €27m to sign Argentine winger Erik Lamela from Tottenham Hotspur – Inside Futbol
Liverpool flop Iago Aspas has urged Sevilla starlet Alberto Moreno not to join the club this summer – Daily Star
Arsenal are clear to sign Portuguese defensive midfielder William Carvalho after his club Sporting Lisbon reportedly put him up for sale – Metro
Lazio have announced the signing of Holland international centre-back Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord on undisclosed terms – Sky Sports
Edinson Cavani has ruled out a potential move to Manchester United this summer by insisting that he will stay at Paris Saint-Germain – Goal.com
Genoa are just one step away from securing Iago Falque from Tottenham Hotspur, with the Italian side having exchanged documents with the north London outfit to sign the Spaniard – Inside Futbol
Monaco are negotiating with Shakhtar Donetsk in an effort to sign Arsenal and Manchester United target Douglas Costa – Daily Star
Juan Cuadrado’s agent has admitted holding talks with Barcelona, but bizarrely claimed none of the discussions have been official – Goal.com
Malaga are close to agreeing a deal for Mexican World Cup hero and free agent Guillermo Ochoa – Inside Futbol
Reports in Spain suggest Barcelona right-back Daniel Alves could be available at a cut price this summer – Metro
QPR are looking to bolster their attacking options by signing Kolbeinn Sigthorsson from Ajax, while they want a quick decision on Loic Remy’s future – Sky Sports
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits that he has received approaches from clubs in Italy, but insists he is staying put at Borussia Dortmund – Inside Futbol
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Ten teenage stars likely to make an impression this season.
10) Jordon Ibe (Liverpool)
Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe will be hoping to enjoy a breakthrough season similar to that of teammate Raheem Sterling last year, with the 18 year-old having been heavily involved in the Reds’ pre-season preparations.
Ibe made his Football League debut as a precocious teenager at Wycombe Wanderers, scoring a screamer against Sheffield Wednesday and persuading Liverpool to make their move, where he has developed nicely in the academy, whilst also enjoying a short loan spell with Birmingham City last season.
9) James Wilson (Manchester United)
James Wilson already has two Premier League goals to his name, with the England Under 19 international grasping the chance given to him by Ryan Giggs at the end of last season with his performance against Hull City.
Wilson is unlikely to enjoy too much game time at Old Trafford this year, what with Louis van Gaal having Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney to call upon, but the fact that United seem to have no intention of sending Wilson out on loan would seem to suggest that they feel he has plenty to offer.
8) Karim Rekik (Manchester City)
Dutch central defender Karim Rekik has returned to Manchester City from a loan spell at PSV Eindhoven, where his performances in the Eredivisie suggested that he could have a role to play at Eastlands in the coming season.
A 19 year-old who has made just one senior league appearance for City, Rekik has also enjoyed loan spells with Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers during his rapid development.
7) Jack Grealish (Aston Villa)
Teenage winger Jack Grealish has played a central role in Aston Villa’s pre-season preparations, after making his debut for the club against Manchester City at the end of last season.
Grealish had spent the majority of the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Notts County, where his quick footwork made him one of the most dangerous players in League One.
6) Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur)
Defensive midfielder Nabil Bentaleb became a key part of the Tottenham Hotspur team under his mentor Tim Sherwood towards the end of last season, and will be hoping to continue his progress under Mauricio Pochettino.
The 19 year-old will also be hoping to build on his 2014 World Cup campaign for Algeria, where he was an integral part of the Desert Foxes’ set-up and run to the last-16.
5) Calum Chambers (Arsenal)
Plenty of eyebrows were raised when Arsene Wenger decided to shell out £16m in bringing young Southampton right back Calum Chambers to the Emirates Stadium, but the Englishman is a fine emerging talent.
Currently at right back, Chambers’ physical stature and reading of the game could eventually lead to his long term future being at centre back, but he is likely to spend his first campaign deputising for Mathieu Debuchy.
4) Serge Gnabry (Arsenal)
German Serge Gnabry made 10 league appearances for Arsenal last season, during what was the former Borussia Dortmund youngster’s breakthrough season for the Gunners.
With Alexis Sanchez having been signed and Theo Walcott returning to fitness, Gnabry could go on loan to gain valuable first team opportunities, but he is one to watch next season either way.
3) James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)
England Under 21 international James Ward-Prowse saw much of the attention on Southampton’s home grown players lavished on former teammates Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, but the midfielder will now be hoping to step into the limelight.
Likely to be a key part of new manager Ronald Koeman’s team, Ward-Prowse’s accurate delivery from set pieces will be worth a few goals to the Saints next season.
2) Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Manchester United shelled out a world record fee for a teenager on left back Luke Shaw from Southampton, and will be expecting the England international to immediately step into the side as a replacement for Patrice Evra.
Shaw was impressive during his debut season for the Saints, but must continue to step up his performances if he is to justify the huge fee that United shelled out to bring him to Old Trafford.
1) Raheem Sterling (Liverpool)
Liverpool’s 19 year-old winger enjoyed a fine breakthrough season for the Reds last year, emerging as possibly the most exciting young footballer in the current.
Sterling provided a bountiful supply of goals and assists for his team last year and must step things up further if Liverpool are to adequately absorb the loss of Luis Suarez.
Rodriguez and Schneiderlin still on Pochettino’s radar as well as Sporting’s Dier.
The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on the signing of 20-year old Sporting Lisbon defender Eric Dier, who could lend some more balance to their backline this coming season.
Dier is in the son of former FA secretary Ted Coker, but migrated with his mum to Portugal when he was six-years old.
He is highly rated in Portugal, and can play at left-back or at centre-back. The former Everton loanee has emerged as a sudden target for Spurs’ boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is focused on improving his defensive resources at the moment.
Reports also suggest that the Lilywhites are still very much on the case for Southampton duo Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin, despite the Saints’ stubborn stance on keeping them.
Quite understandably, the Saints management do not want to lose any more of their core after already selling five of their top players – largely to Liverpool – but Pochettino believes he could still land his former players if he continues to persist.
Scarily Good 4-4-2 Southampton XI Made Up Entirely Of Players They Have Let Go: Liverpool, Arsenal, Man United And Real Madrid Stars Included
Southampton are the definition of a selling club.
The Saints have a world class academy system, allowing them to produce top class talent, which they ultimately sell, along with any other players who attract attention from a bigger club.
While there is no doubting that what Southampton do is great business, it is difficult not to wonder where they would be now had they kept hold of their star names.
The South Coast club have never finished in the Premier League’s top six.
However, we reckon they would have a shot at competing with England’s big boys with this starting XI, which is made up entirely of players that they have sold or released in the past 10 years.
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Goalkeeper: Paul Smith – departed in 2006
The 34-year-old, who joined Nottingham Forest for £500,000 in 2006 and now plays for Southend, is easily the weakest member of this XI.
However, he is an adequate shot stopper and the players in front of him more than compensate for his lack of star power.
Left-back: Luke Shaw – departed in 2014
The 19-year-old England international is the world’s most expensive teenager, having signed for Manchester United in a £27m deal last month.
Arsenal shelled out around £15m for Chambers earlier this week. The 19-year-old made 22 Premier League appearances for Southampton last term.
Centre-back: Dejan Lovren – departed in 2014
Croatia international Lovren joined Southampton from Lyon for £8.5m last summer, impressing in 31 Premier League starts before leaving for Liverpool. The Saints made an £11.5m profit on the 25-year-old.
Centre-back: Mike Williamson – departed in 2005
Southampton paid Torquay United £100,000 for Williamson, but they let him leave to join Wycombe Wanderers on a free transfer four years later.
After making over 100 league appearances for the Chairboys, Williamson moved to Newcastle United in 2010, via Watford and Portsmouth. He has played 135 first-team games for the Magpies.
Left wing: Gareth Bale – departed in 2007
Now the most expensive footballer in the world, having left Tottenham Hotspur for Real Madrid in an £80m switch last summer, Bale, 25, has already won the Champions League.
Right wing: Theo Walcott – departed in 2006
Walcott is one of the fastest players on the planet. He has a keen eye for goal too, having netted 69 times for the Gunners.
Central midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – departed in 2011
Aptly nicknamed the Ox, the 20-year-old is incredibly fit and strong. The Arsenal star would be the main man in this team’s midfield engine room.
Central midfield: Adam Lallana – departed in 2014
Liverpool new boy Lallana was Southampton’s captain before the Anfield outfit swooped for his services. The 26-year-old can operate in various midfield positions.
He played in all 38 of Southampton’s Premier League games last season, scoring nine goals and providing six assists
Striker: Rickie Lambert – departed in 2014
Lambert netted 13 Premier League goals and made 10 assists last season. He made his senior international debut for England in 2013 and, to date, he has scored three times in seven games for the Three Lions.
Striker: Peter Crouch – departed in 2005
Liverpool took Crouch away from St Mary’s. He has since played for Portsmouth, Tottenham and Stoke City.
Perhaps not the most fashionable player, but the giant forward would surely thrive on the service provided by Bale and Walcott.
Crouch has scored 22 senior international goals in 42 appearances for England.
Ranking From 20-1: A List Of Premier League Club’s Record Signings, Including New Everton Man Romelu Lukaku
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20) Burnley – Steven Fletcher (From Hibernian, £3m)
After 43 goals in 156 league appearances for Hibernian, Burnley signed Fletcher in 2009. He scored eight goals in 35 games before departing for Wolves.
19) Crystal Palace – Dwight Gayle (From Peterborough, £4.5m)
Gayle became Crystal Palace’s record signing last summer, and scored seven goals in his first Premier League season, including a famous double against Liverpool.
18) Hull City – Robert Snodgrass (from Norwich City, £7.5m)
Hull took advantage of Norwich’s relegation to the Championship by making Snodgrass their record signing earlier this summer.
17) Leicester City – Leonardo Ulloa (from Brighton, £8m)
Leicester made Brighton’s Argentine striker their record signing this summer, following their promotion to the Premier League.
16) West Brom – Brown Ideye (from Dynamo Kiev, £10m)
West Brom smashed their transfer record this summer in order to sign little known Nigerian hit-man Ideye from Dynamo Kiev.
15) Stoke City – Peter Crouch (from Tottenham, £10m)
Stoke broke their transfer record in order to sign the towering ex-England forward from Tottenham back in 2011.
14) Swansea City – Wilfried Bony (from Vitesse, £12m)
Swansea paid out their record transfer fee last summer, and could well make a huge profit on the Ivorian striker if they decide to sell him on this year.
13) Sunderland – Steven Fletcher (from Wolves, £12m)
A second appearance on the list for Steven Fletcher, who saw his value sore after his spell at Wolves. Has struggled with injuries during his time on Wearside.
12) QPR – Christopher Samba (from Anzhi Makhachkala, £12.5m)
QPR paid out their club record transfer fee for Samba in 2013, hoping he would save them from relegation. He didn’t, and he was sold back to Anzhi for £12m less than six months later.
11) Southampton – Dani Osvaldo (from Roma, £15m)
Southampton’s record signing struggled to make an impact in England last season, and finished the season on loan at Juventus after an altercation with a teammate.
10) West Ham United – Andy Carroll (from Liverpool, £15m)
West Ham completed a permanent move for Carroll last summer, after the former Newcastle striker had spent a season on loan at Upton Park.
9) Newcastle United – Michael Owen (from Real Madrid, £16m)
Newcastle smashed their transfer record to land the former Real Madrid and Liverpool front-man in 2005, with the England man scoring 26 Premier League goals for the club.
8) Aston Villa – Darren Bent (from Sunderland, £24m)
Bent surprised many fans when he moved from Sunderland to Villa in 2011. After an initially positive impact at the club, he fell out of favour with the club’s new manager Paul Lambert.
7) Everton – Romelu Lukaku (from Chelsea, £28m)
The former Chelsea forward became Everton’s record buy last night, when he competed a £28m move from Stamford Bridge to Goodison Park.
6) Tottenham – Erik Lamela (from Roma, £30m)
Billed as the replacement for Gareth Bale when he arrived at the club last summer, the Argentine endured a miserable first season at Spurs, and will hope to do better this time around.
5) Liverpool – Andy Carroll (from Newcastle United, £35m)
A second appearance in this list for Andy Carroll, who joined Liverpool on January deadline day in 2011, the same day as Luis Suarez. Their careers have gone in a somewhat different direction ever since, despite Carroll costing more than £10m more than his former teammate.
4) Manchester United – Juan Mata (from Chelsea, £37.1m)
David Moyes splashed the cash during his brief reign as Manchester United boss, even breaking the club’s transfer record to sign Chelsea and Spain midfielder Mata.
3) Manchester City – Sergio Aguero (from Atletico Madrid, £38m)
At the height of their spending spree days, Manchester City shelled out £38m to land Aguero in 2011, who promptly fired the club to their maiden Premier League crown the following year.
2) Arsenal – Mesut Ozil (from Real Madrid, £42.5m)
Arsenal smashed their transfer record, and Arsene Wenger finally spend big last summer in order to lure German star Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
1) Chelsea – Fernando Torres (from Liverpool, £50m)
Chelsea stunned the entire Premier League when they paid Liverpool an astonishing £50m for Torres in January 2011. Unfortunately, the Spaniard has never been able to replicate his Reds form at Stamford Bridge.
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Transfer Rumour Gossip: Arturo Vidal Reaches Man United Agreement, Liverpool On Alert For Reus, Gunners Target Submits Transfer Request
Wednesday’s transfer rumour roundup.
Future of Chelsea and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani in doubt after the striker was left off PSG’s promotional poster - Mirror.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Morgan Schneiderlin puts in transfer request at St Mary’s - Sky Sports.
Marouane Fellaini’s transfer to Napoli hits stumbling block over wage demands - talkSPORT.
Liverpool and Sunderland miss out on PSV Eindhoven youngster Zakaria Bakkali to Atletico Madrid - talkSPORT.
Newcastle United midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is wanted by AC Milan - Daily Mail.
Liverpool on alert after Marco Reus rejects new contract with Borussia Dortmund - Mirror.
Yaya Toure commits his future to Manchester City after disagreements with the club in recent times - Guardian.
Chelsea looking to sign another Atletico Madrid star after submitting £20m offer for Miranda - Metro.
West Ham United on the verge of completing loan move for Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson - talkSPORT.
QPR weighing up £4m move for Elche and Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez - Mirror.
The Red Devils are said to have reached a verbal agreement with £47m Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal - Tuttosport.
Agent of Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri says his client is staying with Bayern Munich - Tuttosport.
QPR and West Ham snubbed as former Blues striker Samuel Eto’o wants reunion with Ashley Cole at AS Roma - talkSPORT.
Asron Villa captain Ron Vlaar to hold crunch talks with manager Paul Lambert amid interest from Southampton - Mirror.
Sunderland close to completing deal for Lazio right-back Luis Pedro Cavanada - Inside Futbol.
Roma tell Man City centre-back Mehdi Benatia is going nowhere this summer - Le Figaro.
Atletico Madrid interested in signing Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Fernando Torres of Chelsea - AS.
FC Barcelona weighing up £12m move for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger - Guardian.
QPR are preparing a shock move for Brazil legend and recently axed Atletico Mineiro star Ronaldinho - Daily Express.
Hull City are considering a move for former Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland - Daily Mail.
Man United and Barcelona competing for Juan Cuadrado, but are put off by £32m asking price - Marca.
Liverpool and Tottenham on alert as Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins admits Wilfried Bony could be sold - Guardian.
Jose Mourinho could be forced to sell Petr Cech this summer - Daily Star.
QPR and West Ham still interested in Mathieu Valbuena despite Dinamo Moscow links - L’Equipe.
Southampton interested in SC Bastia midfielder Ryad Boudebouz, but face competition from Real Sociedad – Le Figaro.
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The Saints midfielder wants to leave the club.
Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has handed in a transfer request, putting interested parties Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur on alert, reports Sky Sports.
Sky Sources: Morgan Schneiderlin hands in transfer request at Southampton #SSN
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 30, 2014
A lot has happened in the past 24 hours, with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger insisting on Tuesday that neither Schneiderlin or Jay Rodriguez will be sold this summer.
“Jay Rodriguez and and Morgan Schneiderlin are not for sale, and they will be a part of our club as we enter the new season,” Krueger was quoted by the club’s website.
Yet after these comments the Frenchman took to Twitter to respond and it seems as though the 24-year-old was not at all happy with the decision.
6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!
— Morgan Schneiderlin (@SchneiderlinMo4) July 29, 2014
Schneiderlin signed a new four-year deal on the south coast in 2013, at which time Goal reports that the club said if a big side came in for him they would sell.
Therefore the fact the France international is now upset with this decision, with the Gunners and Spurs known admirers of his ability, is understandable.
Currently Tottenham are said to be leading the race with Schneiderlin’s former manager Mauricio Pochettino a significant lure to head to White Hart Lane.
If the midfield ace were to leave he would be the sixth significant departure this summer, with Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren all having joined Liverpool, Luke Shaw being acquired by Manchester United and Calum Chambers heading to the Emirates Stadium.
White Hart Lane side continue to pursue St Mary’s midfielder.
Tottenham’s ongoing pursuit of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin appears to be back-on in earnest according to reports on the Metro website.
The 24 year old is set for talks with the White Hart Lane side after the south-coast club had attempted to derail the talks the Frenchman has put in a written transfer request as he seeks to leave the Saints.
Schneiderlin posted an angry message via his official Twitter page last night following a meeting with Southampton officials, which would appear to pave the way for a summer move though his side will demand £20m for the midfield battler.
Southampton have already seen Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers leave this summer and it appears the exodus could continue.
Schneiderlin helped Southampton to move up from League One to the top half of the Premier League and has made 231 appearances for the club but may well feel the time is right to leave and the chance to reunite with his former boss Mauricio Pochettino may prove tempting.
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The Saints say the duo are not for sale.
Despite Southampton having allowed five players to leave the club this summer, chairman Ralph Krueger has issued a hands off warning for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur targets Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.
Ralph Krueger: “Jay and Morgan are not for sale, and they will be a part of our club as we enter the new season.” #saintsfc
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 29, 2014
The Metro reported that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger viewed Schneiderlin as the ideal player to come in and be the defensive midfielder that the 64-year-old craves in the middle of the park for his side.
However, according to reports in the Daily Express new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was going to use his links at St Mary’s to complete a double swoop for both the Frenchman and Rodriguez.
Yet Krueger has now issued a hands off warning to anyone club looking to sign the pair and will help allay the fears of Saints fans who have watched some of their best players leave this summer.
So far Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren have been sold to Liverpool, Luke Shaw has joined Manchester United and Calum Chambers was signed by Wenger.
However, Krueger has now promised that the selling at the club has been concluded – with £92m received for the five sales – and now new manager Ronald Koeman can start building his team with new signings.
Ralph Krueger: “Over the next few weeks we will have players coming in and we will make transfers to strengthen the squad.” #saintsfc
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) July 29, 2014
Transfer Rumour Gossip: United To Allow Midfield Duo To Leave, Blues Consider Selling Cech To PSG, Gunners Close In On Brazilian Striker And Reds Deny Remy Return
Tuesday’s transfer rumour gossip.
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who joined the club for £27.5m from Everton last summer, could be on his way out of Old Trafford after the 26-year-old and his agent held talks with Napoli chief Riccardo Bigon – Daily Express
United are also ready to allow Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, to leave the club, with Borussia Dortmund ready to take back the player they sold to the Red Devils in 2012 – Independent
Chelsea may have to sell goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, to Paris St-Germain if they fail to offload striker Fernando Torres, 30, or 27-year-old midfielder John Mikel Obi - Daily Telegraph
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is hoping to sign 19-year-old mid?elder Serge Gnabry and 22-year-old full-back Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal - Daily Star
However, Saints face competition from West Ham, who are close to signing Jenkinson on loan after holding talks with the once-capped England international - Daily Mirror
Sporting Lisbon right-back Miguel Lopes, 27, is set to join Tottenham Hotspur on loan, with a view to a permanent move - Daily Mail
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club will not make another bid for Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy, 27, after the France international’s transfer collapsed - Daily Mirror
But Newcastle United could attempt to take Remy back on loan to St James’ Park, where he scored 14 goals in 26 league appearances last season - Goal.com
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has made a move to sign Chelsea winger Victor Moses, 23, on loan and will step up his bid to sign Ki Sung-yueng, 25, from Swansea City this week - Daily Telegraph
Former Chelsea striker and free agent Samuel Eto’o has been offered to West Ham as they look for cover for injured striker Andy Carroll, but the 33-year-old is understood to want £100,000 a week. Daily Mail
Chile midfielder Gary Medel wants Cardiff to allow him to move to Inter Milan even though Turkish club Galatasaray have offered more money for the 26-year-old - Daily Mirror
Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah, 28, is close to joining Qatari club Al-Arabi in a £5m move – Sun (subscription required)
Juventus director general Beppe Marotta says the club are keen to hold on to Arturo Vidal, dismissing rumours of the 27-year-old Chile midfielder moving to Chelsea - Tuttosport (in Italian)
Southampton are considering making a move for Sporting Lisbon centre-back Marcos Rojo, 24, following the exodus of several players from the club - Le Figaro (in French)
Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro have confirmed the departure of former Barcelona midfielder Ronaldinho, 34 - L’Equipe (in French)
Levante’s 27-year-old Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is growing impatient at the lack of news coming from Real Madrid regarding a possible transfer offer from the Bernabeu club - AS.com (in Spanish)
French side Lille’s 19-year-old Belgium forward Divock Origi has signed a five-year contract with Liverpool - Bild (in German)
Paris St-Germain have offered their 29-year-old Argentine forward and Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29, to Atletico Madrid - AS.com (in Spanish)
Italian side Lazio have announced they are bringing Netherlands and Feyenoord defender Setfan de Vrij, 22, to Rome – L’Equipe (in French)
Liverpool have been given a boost in the hunt for Marco Reus after the winger reportedly turned down a new contract at Borussia Dortmund – Metro
Arturo Vidal has reportedly struck a verbal agreement with Manchester United to join them this summer – Metro
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has rubbished speculation that Jose Callejon could join Atletico Madrid this summer by insisting there is “no chance” the Italian club would sell the forward – Sky Sports
West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City target Jordan Ayew has joined FC Lorient from their Ligue 1 rivals Marseille – Inside Futbol
Arsenal are pushing ahead with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk star Douglas Costa – and will let Joel Campbell join AC Milan if a deal can be agreed – Metro
Aston Villa are rustling up a £10m sweetener to keep skipper Ron Vlaar at the club – Daily Star
Top 20 Best Youngsters In The Premier League 2014/15 With Liverpool And Chelsea Starlets Fighting For Top Spot
The finest players in the English top tier aged 21 or younger.
With the 2014/15 Premier League season just around the corner CaughtOffside has decided to bring you the 20 best youngsters – aged 21 or younger – in the division to watch out for over the next 12 months.
20. Serge Gnabry, Arsenal
Was given a few chances by Arsene Wenger last term and that is only set to increase in the coming months with the German showing some glimpses of his potential.
19. Connor Wickham, Sunderland
Was largely considered to be an expensive flop at the Stadium of Light before Gus Poyet got the very best out of the striker towards the end of the last campaign and Wickham netted some important goals.
18. Liam Moore, Leicester City
One of the new crop of players coming up from the Championship with newly promoted Leicester and the defender is sure to play a big part for the Foxes as they try and avoid relegation.
17. Ben Davies, Tottenham Hotspur
With Spurs having trouble at left-back new manager Mauricio Pochettino was moved to sign this 21-year-old, who has been impressing at Swansea City for the past couple of seasons.
16. James Ward-Prowse, Southampton
One of the few youngsters actually left at St Mary’s following their summer exodus and could play an important part for a new look Saints side under Ronald Koeman.
15. Ravel Morrison, West Ham United
Undoubtedly a controversial figure the midfielder also possesses great talent and a club just needs to get the best out of the 21-year-old now in order to reap the rewards.
14. Jores Okore, Aston Villa
Saw his first year at Villa Park interrupted by injury and now 12 months on the Denmark international will be looking to establish himself under Paul Lambert once again.
13. Emre Can, Liverpool
A £10m purchase for the Reds this summer and a player who arrives from Bayer Leverkusen with a great reputation in Germany for his box-to-box capabilities.
12. Calum Chambers, Arsenal
Another product of the youth system on the south coast now and a right-back who has just completed a £16m transfer to the Emirates Stadium and is expected to have a great future ahead of him.
11. Kurt Zouma, Chelsea
Signed from Saint-Etienne in January for £12.5m, but then spent the rest of the campaign on-loan in Ligue 1 and will now be given his chance at Stamford Bridge following the sale of David Luiz.
10. Lazar Markovic, Liverpool
Another new signing at Anfield now and another starlet who arrives with a glowing reputation, with the 20-year-old setting Brendan Rodgers back £20m as a result.
9. Jon Flanagan, Liverpool
Proved last term that he could be relied upon as both a right-back and a left-back and Flanagan finally appears to be living up to the faith put in him by Rodgers.
8. Adnan Januzaj, Manchester United
Burst onto the scene in 2013/14 under David Moyes with a brace against the Black Cats, although progress has been slow since then and the 19-year-old will need to keep proving himself at Old Trafford.
7. John Stones, Everton
Was Moyes’ last signing at Goodison Park in January 2013, but it was Roberto Martinez that got the best out of Stones last season and as a result of his performances the 20-year-old was England’s first backup for the 2014 World Cup.
6. Matija Nastasic, Manchester City
Having endured a difficult previous 12 months due to injury it’s easy to forget about the Serbian’s presence at the Etihad Stadium, but the 21-year-old is a fine centre-back.
5. Ross Barkley, Everton
There has been great interest in this attacking midfielder after his fine displays for the Toffees in recent times and under the guidance of Martinez looks set to achieve great things.
4. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal
Is actually part of the prolific youth system at Southampton and looks set to become a top player for both club and country in the coming years.
3. Luke Shaw, Manchester United
After impressing at St Mary’s over the past two years United were eventually moved to make Shaw the most expensive teenager in British football history at £27m.
2. Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea
How much longer this Belgium international will be at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen, but after scoring 32 Premier League goals in the past two seasons the forward certainly has talent.
1. Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
The past 12 months have been something of a revealtion for Sterling, who under the guidance of Rodgers has focused his raw talent to become a real threat in attack for the Merseysiders.
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Tottenham are closing in on deals for Southampton duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez, reports the Daily Mail.
Mauricio Pochettino managed the pair of them last season, and looks to be constructing an exciting looking Spurs side ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
Here’s how the new boys could slot into Spurs’ side.
GK) Hugo Lloris
No questions here. Lloris is one of the best keepers in the world, and new signing Michel Vorm is likely to only back him up from the bench.
DR) Kyle Walker
The Englishman missed much of last season with injury, but will hope for a less riddled campaign next time out.
DC) Jan Vertonghen
Spurs best defender on his day, the Belgian is set to sign a contract extension imminently.
DC) Michael Dawson
The skipper made 31 starts in the Premier League, and due to his experience and leadership qualities, Pochettino could stick with him despite his lack of pace.
DL) Ben Davies
The young Welshman has already arrived at White Hart Lane this summer for and undisclosed fee.
MC) Morgan Schneiderlin
The Frenchman provides excellent combative industry in the middle of the park, and has the ability to provide a platform from which the rest of the side can perform.
The Brazilian international is talented, and with Schneiderlin providing the base in the middle, he’ll be allowed more freedom to get forward and prove he can cut in the Premier League. The futures of Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Mousa Dembele and Nabil Bentaleb could become uncertain though if Schneiderlin does sign, as all will feel they deserve a starting role alongside him.
AMR) Erik Lamela
The record signing Argentine is enjoying a fruitful pre-season after last campaign’s injury ridden horror show, and he’ll likely be given the chance to prove he was worth his massive £30m sum.
AMC) Christian Eriksen
Spurs’ best player last season, Danish playmaker Eriksen has a lethal set-piece delivery, and the ability to play intricate through-balls practically at will.
AML) Jay Rodriguez
Last season for the Saints, Rodriguez notched a mightily impressive 15 goals, deployed both left, right and centrally. He predominantly played from the left though, and if he matches his goal tally next term, he’ll prove a key acquisition.
FC) Emmanuel Adebayor
Spurs have yet to sign an out and out forward, and with Roberto Soldado struggling so badly last season, Adebayor has promised he can fire Pochettino’s side into the top four in 2014/15.
(Image) Southampton XI If They’d Kept Hold Of All Their Academy Products Including Real Madrid And Gunners Stars
What Southampton’s starting line up would look like if they kept their academy stars.
Southampton have been hitting the headlines lately as their current exodus threatens to decimate their season before it has even began.
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However, like West Ham ten years before them, this exodus has been going on for longer than people realise as the picture below shows the kind of squad they could have had they kept hold of the likes of Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott.
Sorry, Saints fans, this doesn’t make for happy viewing.
Goalkeeper: Artur Boruc
Unlike anyone else on this list, Artur Boruc is still with Southampton. The 34 year-old is one of the best goalkeepers to have played for the club, and performed admirably in last season’s 8th place finish.
Defence: Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw
Teenage full backs Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw moved to Arsenal and Manchester United respectively this summer, while Liverpool brought centre back Dejan Lovren to Anfield earlier this week.
Midfield: Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been strongly linked with Tottenham Hotspur today, Adam Lallana joined Liverpool this summer and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Arsenal in August 2011.
Attacking midfield: Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Jay Rodriguez
Theo Walcott joined Arsenal in January 2006, and has since become a vital part of the Gunners’ forward line. Gareth Bale moved to Tottenham Hotspur in July 2007 before Real Madrid then convinced Spurs to part with their star asset last summer. Despite currently being sidelined with a serious knee injury, Jay Rodriguez is reportedly close to joining former Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.
Striker: Rickie Lambert
This summer, Rickie Lambert joined Liverpool, the club he has supported since childhood, and although the 32 year-old has come under some criticism for being a somewhat underwhelming Luis Suarez replacement, he could prove an effective option for Brendan Rodgers. Last season Lambert managed double figures for both goals and assists in the Premier League, and Liverpool would be delighted with the same return.
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