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Blog - Transfer Talk

Remy fee agreed with Liverpool, Juve sign Morata

Transfer Talk just keeps rolling on through the dog days separating the end of the World Cup and the start of the European club season in August. Here's the latest news, rumour, gossip, innuendo and speculation from these days between.

22.55 BST: Last one before we sign off for the night. The Daily Star's backpage tomorrow has an EXCLUSIVE that Man Utd have put in a £10 million bid for Vermaelen. Will he stay or will he go? Find out tomorrow perhaps?

22.42 BST: Harry Redknapp is keeping things British at QPR, if he can. "We need to stay in the league this year so we know what we are getting with the [Steven] Caulkers and the Rios [Ferdinand]. We are looking at another English striker so if I can get British players in the main then I will,'' he said.

22.10 BST: DONE DEAL! says Sporting Kansas City. #SportingKC re-signs @mbesler and @gzusi to Designated Player contracts.

21.32 BST:

Daley Blind's agent has confirmed there is no interest from Barcelona. 'But today's nonsense can be tomorrow's reality' he said (via VI)

20.21 BST: Did you think Louis van Gaal didn't care about Javier Hernandez? Well he does, and the Mexico striker will head out to LA to join his Manchester United teammates for the preseason tour of the US. Perhaps he won't be sold after all.

19.20 BST: Roma have secured the services of Argentinian forward Leandro Paredes on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old joined Roma's Serie A rivals Chievo on an 18-month loan deal from Boca Juniors in January but only made one league appearance for the Veronese club.

19.09 BST: Thomas Vermaelen's future at Arsenal may not be settled, as Arsene Wenger revealed after his side's draw with Boreham Wood in a friendly on Saturday night: "I cannot guarantee he will stay, but should he go I would bring another centre-back in for sure."

18.28 BST: Southampton's new boss Ronald Koeman is keen on a new central defender and could target Dutchman Ron Vlaar. "Ron would definitely be an option," Koeman told Fox Sports. "But I think he won't be cheap right now. Let's just wait and see."

17.59 BST:

17.30 BST: According to various reports in Italy, Inter Milan's move for PSG's Adrien Rabiot has stalled because Juventus are now interested. The young midfielder had looked like he would be a shoe-in signing for Iner but with Juve now interested the transfer has slowed down to the point Rabiot is considering letting his contract run down for another year before moving on a free transfer.

17.25 BST: The Mirror journalist Darren Lewis has today told TalkSport that Wilfried Bony is desperate to join Liverpool but the Reds decided to go for Loic Remy instead because the difference in price was so vast. The Swansea man has a £19 million release clause while £8.5 million will be enough for Remy's services.

17.21 BST: Slightly surprised we haven't seen many more rumours about Micah Richards this summer. However, The Mirror have today claimed Liverpool are leading the chase for the Manchester City outcast who made only two starts last season for Manuel Pellegrini. Now he is in desperate need of a fresh start and the article says Brendan Rodgers wants to give that to him because of his versatility.

16.35 BST: Apparently the truth of this Angel Di Maria saga is slowly starting to unravel. Reports in Spain are suggesting the Argentine demanded his salary be doubled from four million euros per year to nine million after his form in the latter part of the season helped inspire Real Madrid to the Copa Del Rey and Champions League trophies.

16.24 BST: Looks like Florian Thauvin has put to bed any rumours he might be leaving Marseille this summer having been linked with moves to the Premier League in the past. This roughly translates as "Can't wait for the new season with Marseille."

16.15 BST: New Spurs boss Mauricio Pocchetino has told reorters ahead of their first pre-season game this evening that he doesn't expect there to be a 'big change' in personnel a the club. When asked about transfers he said: "Not many. We have a very good and big squad. Last summer the club made a big effort during the window and I believe in these players. We are always looking to improve but we don't expect big change."

16.08 BST: We all thought Olivier Giroud's rise from relative rags to rather large riches was a one-off. Well, it may not be, AND it is another Frenchman looking to go from the lower leagues to the very top of the game. Andy Delort, the 24-goal striker from Tours who fired them to promotion to Ligue 1 last season is on the radar of Spanish champions and Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid. 

That's a step up...

16.00 BST: FC Metz are taking 20-year-old Leandro Emmanuel Martinez on loan from River Plate wit a view to spending a season on loan in Europe should it all work out according to L'Equipe.

15.51 BST: Former Rennes, Monaco and Nancy defender Sebastien Puygrenier has returned to France after spells with Zenit St Petersburg and Karabukspor in Turkey. The 32-year-old has signed on a free transfer with Auxerre where he hopes to resurrect a faltering career.

15.45 BST: Some reaction from Alvaro Morata on his move from Madrid to Turin. He said via Juve's Twitter account: "Juve are one of the best clubs in the world, and the best in Italy. I am keen to contribute to the pursuit of further success. I've spoken to Allegri and I have a strong desire to get to work. I've wanted to play for Juve for a long time and the club have always shown a strong interest in me. I feel ready. I know it will be hard, but I'm ready to tackle Serie A head on.''

15.40 BST: Torino have signed Serbian goalkeeper Vlada Avramov following his release from Cagliari. The 35-year-old was a free agent after leaving the Sardinian club, where he had been the first-choice keeper for three seasons, in June.

15.33 BST: DONE DEAL! Udinese have signed Brazilian midfielder Guilherme from Corinthians in a £4.5 million move and has signed a five-year deal.

15.26 BST: Nicolas Anelka signed for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil just three months ago following 'the quenelle controversy'. L'Equipe, citing Sud Presse, say that he may be on his way back to Europe already with Standard Liege in Belgium interested in rushing through a deal for the Frenchman so that he can play against Panathinaikos in the qualifiying rounds of the Champions League.

15.18 BST: Sampdoria confirmed the loan signing of Inter Milan's Ghanaian international midfielder Joseph Alfred Duncan earlier today.

15.14 BST: Roma are just one of those clubs this summer being perpetually linked with any footballer with a pulse it would seem! This time Le 10 Sport have said Roma have asked Monaco about Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. The £5 million rated winger would be allowed to leave but it is thought the Italian club will only sanction a deal if their offer for Xherdun Shaqiri falls through.

15.06 BST: Sevilla are filling that Ivan-Rakitic-sized hole in their midfield it would appear.

15.00 BST: Colombia's second most wanted man Juan Cuadrado has been told by Fiorentina owner Diego Della Valle he will be allowed to leave the club if he doesn't want to be there any more. However, before anything is decided Della Valle wants to have a sit-down discussion with the Colombian winger to discuss his future.

Juan Cuadrado converted a late penalty to help seal Colombia's win over Jordan.
Juan Cuadrado will have the choice of whether to stay at La Viola or ply his trade elsewhere.

14.52 BST: Newcastle continue to haggle over the price of Sporting Lisbon's English centre-back Eric Dier. The 20-year-old moved to Portugal when he was seven years old and is now commanding a £5 million fee which the Magpies don't want to pay. However, Sporting are also trying to offer Dier a new deal, according to the Daily Star, which would see a £16 million release fee inserted into his contract.

14.44 BST: AC Milan's attempt to convince Zenit St Petersburg to sell them Domenico Criscito has failed at the first attempt. The Rossoneri offered cash plus either Phillippe Mexes or Christian Zapata but the Russian club rejected it and are holding out for £12 million.

14.35 BST: Zenit St Petersburg have emerged as favourites to sign Spus midfielder Sandro should the north London club want to sell. Napoli have been linked with the Brazilian midfield enforcer all summer but have yet to make an offer and Sky Sport Italia think former Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas now fancies bringing 'The Beast' to Russia. We reported earlier, Franco Baldini was in Italy discussing selling Sandro. Watch this space.

14.29 BST: FC Mainz are soon to complete the loan signing of Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic. Record has revealed the German side will pay £400,000 to loan him for the year with an option to buy for £12.5 million at the end of the loan spell. He will be the club's third new signing n as many days adding to the captures of Gonzalo Jara and Stefanos Kapino.

14.20 BST: The deal that we've all known to be done for a while now is now officially done! Alvaro Morata signs for Juventus from Real Madrid for 20 million euros. Madrid have the option to buy him back at the end of each season for three years while Juventus pay the full fee. He has signed a five-year deal with the Italian champions. Read the full story here.

14.05 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly told bosses at Real Madrid he doesn't want Angel Di Maria to leave the club. He has been mooted as a £60 million sale but the manager wants to keep Di Maria due to his huge influence on the team. Marca have already started claiming Di Maria's head has been turned and wants to leave the club even though he is still on holiday after Argentina's World Cup campaign.

14.00 BST: Big shoes to fill for £4 million man Rickie Lambert! He looks delighted though.

13.53 BST: Legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is reportedly closing in on a return to Chelsea according to various reports. Apparently Jose Mourinho wants him as an alternative to Diego Costa or Fernando Torres up front and believes he will be an inspiration to the squad as Chelsea make a charge on the Premier League title.

13.44 BST: Apparently the deal includes an option to buy for Porto though Real Madrid have an option to buy-back a year after that should Porto exercise that right. Only a little complicated...

13.42 BST: Linked with anyone and everyone. It appears Real Madrid TV's Phil Kitromilides has finally revealed where Casemiro will be playing his football next season.

13.40 BST: Remember Obafemi Martins? His long-awaited return to European football looks set to be put on hold yet again after Turkish side Konyaspor pulled out of signing him. Martins' contract doesn't run out until December and the Turkish club aren't willing to wait until then for their man to arrive and so have told the Seattle Sounders to keep Martins for the remainder of the MLS season.

Obafemi Martins is due a return to European football but Konyaspor won' be his next club after they pulled out of trying to sign him.

13.32 BST: It always felt inevitable Stefan de Vrij would sign for Lazio, all summer long, and with any luck it seems that deal could be tied up over the weekend. Sky Sport Italia are claiming Feyenoord are set to accept an £8 million bid from Lazio, £1 million more than the Italians wanted to offer but also £1 million less than their initial asking price. Everyone walks away happy.

13.24 BST: Monaco are on the verge of signing young Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko for around £8 million according to L'Equipe. The talented teenager had been on the radar of Liverpool too but it appears to have chosen the south of France as his next destination.

13.15 BST: Newcastle's hopes of signing Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon have taken a dent after president Jean-Michel Aulas revealed the French giants are hoping to extend his contract by three years. The Evening Chronicle claim Newcastle may be ready to turn their attention back to Loic Remy... again.

13.07 BST: Harry Redknapp has been left shocked at the wage demands of Samuel Eto'o according to the Metro. The QPR boss had wanted the Cameroon striker to lead the line for the R's next season but Eto'o would not lower his wage demands in order to stay in London, which he wants to do.

12.55 BST: More on West Brom's search for a replacement right-back. Looks like it will be Liverpool's Andre Wisdom.

12.49 BST: Will Real Madrid rue the day they sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus? ESPN's Nicholas Rigg gives his view. Read it here.

12.43 BST: Sky sources claim QPR and Liverpool have agreed an £8.5 million fee for Loic Remy. Not much new there then...

12.35 BST: Read Andy Brassell's thoughts on Newcastle's summer dealings.

12.24 BST: Plenty of clubs around Europe will be disappointed to hear Switzerland left back Ricardo Rodriguez is going to be offered a new contract by Wolfsburg according to Bild. After an impressive World Cup the defender was in high demand with clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Napoli all interested but it appears now his club have decided to retain his services for the time being.

12.18 BST: New Schalke signing Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has revealed he rejected offers from Inter and Roma to move to the German giants.Speaking to German paper Ruhr Nachrichten, Choupo-Moting confirmed he rejected a move to Italy to develop more in the Bundesliga.

"There were a lot of offers, especially from Italy with Roma and Inter," Choupo-Moting admitted. "I wanted to [move there], but a move abroad would not help me at this point in my career. I chose Schalke because it is the ideal club for my growth and the Bundesliga is one of the most important leagues in the world."

12.10 BST: Lucky lucky Atletico Madrid. They are set to receive a small windfall from the sale of Alvaro Morata to Juventus. Morata was at Atletico when he was 12 and 13 years old and so due to FIFA regulations will be given a small percentage, said to be around £100,000, because they had a hand in developing the striker.

12.07 BST: Has Lukas Podolski revealed he is on his way out of Arsenal? The German international tweeted "Road to Sevilla FC" before almost immediately taking down the post which can no longer be seen on his account. Reports suggest if the World Cup winner is allowed to join Sevilla then Colombian striker Carlos Bacca will be free to leave.

12.00 BST: Spurs fans, no crying now! Sandro, endearingly dubbed "the Beast", is apparently the reason Franco Baldini has toodled off to Italy according to SportItalia. The Spurs supremo is looking to flog the Brazilian to Napoli who have shown serious interest in him for around £12 million. Apparently Baldini is also speaking to Roma about a move for £13 million striker Destro who could be available as the capital club look to raise funds to sign Xherdun Shaqiri from Bayern Munich.

Sandro may have already played his last game for Spurs as Franco Baldini looks to flog him to Italy.

11.45 BST: The man is a total legend and the news Antonio Di Natale rejected a £10 million-per-year wage at Guangzhou Evergrande to stay at Udinese on a reported £1.2 million contract is absolutely magic. 

11.40 BST: Napoli are in talks to sign Bayer Leverkusen's £12 million rated midfielder Cristoph Kramer. According to Il Mattino and Tuttosport, the Partonopei have upped their initial £8 million offer and could use either Blerim Dzemaili or Valon Behrami in a part-exchange deal.

11.32 BST: All the same clubs going for all the same players! Liverpool now seem closest to signing Newcastle's Loic Remy according to the Mirror. Remember this is after Remy had been reportedly close to signing for both Tottenham and Arsenal this summer. Feel like this transfer has a way to go yet.

11.24 BST: Marca also saying Barcelona's search for a new defender is stalling because of money issues. Why spend £20 million on Jeremy Mathieu who is nearing thirty when you could spent the same amount on Daley Blind who is ten years younger?

11.19 BST: DONE DEAL! It hasn't gone right for QPR midfielder Samba Diakite since his move from Nancy in 2011. He has now joined Saudi Arabian top-flight side Al Ittihad on a season-long loan deal.

11.15 BST: Qatar really truly are splashing the cash to sign some names. The latest to be linked with a move out there, this time by the Stoke Sentinel, is Wilson Palacios who has been given extra time off after the World Cup to negotiate a £1 million move to Qatar Sport Club.

11.08 BST: Love a good thumbs-up!

11.04 BST: So these are the options Atletico Madrid face with regard to the transfer of their defender Javi Manquillo.

11.00 BST: West Brom look set to launch a bid for Southampton's Jack Cork (yes sorry Saints fans, another one who might be leaving). If the Baggies' George Thorne leaves for Derby, which looks like it will happen, then they will make a move for Cork, according to the Daily Star, who only has a year left on his current deal at St Mary's.

10.53 BST: Further to that Romelu Lukaku update we had earlier...

10.50 BST: Don't say it too loudly but 'wheeler-dealer' Harry Redknapp has told reporters he will not be making the same mistakes as the last time QPR won promotion to the Premier League. Two years ago the R's spent a lot of money on a lot of players who didn't gel together or care about the future of the club.

Once and never again - Redknapp vows not to sign players on big wages who don't care about QPR.

And Redknapp has now said: "I think Tony [Fernandes, chairman] and the board have learned from that so we have got to make sure this time, as best we can, we make the right decisions and get the right characters in here. We don't want people who are going to come here just for the money and not be interested in the club. We want people who genuinely want to come here and play and do well for us."

10.40 BST: Crystal Palace fans are enjoying their first ever second season in the Premier League and boss Tony Pulis is stoking up the fans with their summer business. According to the Express, Palace have agreed fees for both Cardiff City's Frazier Campbell and Spurs' Gylfi Sigurdsson. The striker will cost £600,000 while the Icelandic midfielder's fee is said to be at the £8 million mark. Now the south Londoners have to convince their targets to join with Sigurdsson said to be sceptical.

10.32 BST: Big claim from the Daily Mail who say Romelu Lukaku is willing to turn his back on Champions League football, after declaring he wanted to leave Chelsea for a team in the competition, and join Everton. If you hadn't noticed, Everton aren't in the Champions League. But apparently his loan spell there last season could persuade him to sign a deal with the Goodison Park outfit.

10.23 BST: Al-Arabi are continuing their spending spree this summer by signing Guingamp's Malian international Mustapha Yatabare for £2.5 million according to L'Equipe.

10.20 BST: Spurs look set to make their first signing of the summer in the form of Swansea City's left back Ben Davies. Liverpool had been interested in the Welsh youngster but it appears Spurs are going to conclude a deal in the next 24 hours while both clubs are in the US on pre-season tours. Read the full story here.

Ben Davies looks set to be playing in the white of Spurs next season as a deal draws near.

10.10 BST: More from Arsenal as apparently their bid to sign Colombian goalie David Ospina has been derailed by a last minute bid from Valencia. And the Mirror say that the Gunners are now looking to persuade under-fire Iker Casillas to inform Real Madrid he wants to leave for more first-team football.

10.06 BST: Sami Khedira or James Milner? Apparently Arsenal are keeping an eye on the latter's situation at Manchester City as he is seeking assurances about his place in the first team. Should he want to move, it looks like Arsene Wenger would happily take the England international to the Emirates according to the Mirror.

10.00 BST: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has told all his players, even the ones he has been shunning, they have a chance to impress him over the summer according to the Daily Star. Alan Hutton and Darren Bent must be chomping at the bit having been cut out of the first-team in recent times...

09.52 BST: Three Serie A clubs are battling it out for the signature of Manchester City's young defender Matija Nastasic. Several outlets are reporting Roma are leading the chase for the Serbian but are baulking at the £19 million asking price. Fiorentina and Inter Milan are also interested.

09.45 BST: One of the brightest lights in Spanish football could be on his way to the Premier League with Liverpool. Isco has emerged as a shock target for the Reds according to the Express as they look to spend the £75 million they received from the Suarez-deal. Reports in Spain have suggested Isco may be pushed out of the Bernebeu when James Rodriguez signs for Los Blancos plus the fact Sami Khedira looks to be staying put.

09.37 BST: Frank Lampard is set to join Manchester City-owned MLS franchise New York City FC next week. Press Association Sport understands Lampard has been impressed with the club's vision and will sign a contract with the American club in the coming days.

Frank Lampard is set to finally seal his free transfer to MLS franchise New York City FC next week.

09.30 BST: Atletico Madrid are never going to stop this transfer window, are they?

09.26 BST: He's young, he's French and he is a bit cheaper than Sami Khedira. Therefore he is an Arsenal target. Morgan Schneiderlin is on Arsene Wenger's radar according to reports after the Gunners failed to agree terms with Khedira.

09.20 BST: Chelsea fans, sit back, relax and watch the rest of the transfer window unfold. Jose Mourinho has announced he is happy with his squad and the Blues won't be signing anybody else. Therefore all Chelsea rumours are now null and void! He said: "We finished the market today. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close on July 19."

09.13 BST: The chase for the signature of Daley Blind is set to intensify as Barcelona have decided the might go after him. Mundo Deportivo claim the Catalan club have given up on signing Jeremy Mathieu and Marquinhos and have also decided the likes of Mads Hummels and Jan Vertonghen are no longer on their priority list. The Spanish newspaper claim Barca chiefs were attracted to Blnd's ability to play out from the back.

09.06 BST: We'll start the day then with some confirmation of the widely reported ransfer last night of Fabio Borini from Liverpool to Sunderland. The fee is said to be around £14 million. That's a lot for a player who has flattered to deceive but certainly has the potential to realise a transfer fee of that size.

Morata moves on from Madrid

It's been clear for quite some time that Alvaro Morata would leave Real Madrid. And while Arsenal and Liverpool supporters crossed their fingers the 21-year-old Spanish striker would land on English soil, it's long seemed as though Juventus was his future home.

Alvaro Morata is expected to sign for Juventus on Saturday.

Morata arrived in Turin on Friday ahead of a reported 22 million-euro move and is expected to be announced as a Juventus player on Saturday. Morata will be joined as a Juventus player, according to Sky Italia, by Patrice Evra. Sky reports that Evra has agreed a two-year contract, while stories in France and Italy cite a 2 million-euro transfer fee and that the player will be formally announced on Saturday.

No home for Lukaku?

Because of the activity at Juventus, not to mention Atletico Madrid's capture of Mario Mandzukic, it seems that Chelsea outcast Romelu Lukaku now has nowhere on the continent to go. And with boss Jose Mourinho not keen to sell the Belgian to a title rival, Everton has emerged as the favourite to land Lukaku on a permanent deal -- with a deal reported to be wrapped up in the next two days -- according to the Daily Mail.

Another of Chelsea's former prodigies, Josh McEachran, could attempt to follow former teammate Ashley Cole's advice and move abroad. The Daily Telegraph says that the English midfielder has requested to be enrolled in Spanish lessons, and second-division sides in Spain Real Zaragoza and Recreativo Huelva have inquired about his services.

Next move for Chicharito

Already set to miss out on Manchester United's preseason tour of the U.S., Javier Hernandez is one name that continually emerges on manager Louis van Gaal's list of players to sell. According to reports from Tuttosport, Inter Milan have once again registered their interest. The Italian publication reports that Inter would take Chicharito on loan for the 2014-15 season, while further reports in the country claim there will be an option to buy at the end of the year for 9.5 million euros.

New home for Shaq attack

Il Mercato Estivo appears to be in full swing as Roma are chasing yet another big-name signing. Reported Liverpool target and Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri's agent reportedly has been in contact with the Romans, if Il Tempo is to be believed. Of course, after the 22 million-euro signing of Juan Iturbe on Wednesday, it's hard to say how much money will be left for the Shaq attack.