Marcos Rojo Manchester United transfer

Manchester United Transfer News Wednesday 20 August

Rojo Set For Manchester United Transfer

Marcos Rojo is expected to complete his Manchester United transfer. The Premier League side announced on Tuesday night that the 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon defender will complete his move to Old Trafford subject to a medical and agreement over personal terms.

Manchester United winger Nani will move back to Sporting as part of the deal. United bought Nani from Sporting in a £20million deal in 2007. He has played 228 games in all competitions during his seven years at Old Trafford, scoring 40 goals for the club.

United have been linked with Rojo for over a week. News of a bid worth €20million (£16million) last week led to Rojo demanding a move away from Sporting. He went on the club’s TV channel on Sunday night to apologise for his actions, but on Monday he told a radio station in his native Argentina that his “dream” of a Manchester United transfer was about to come true.

Sporting initially dug in their heels over Rojo’s exit, but the news that a season-long loan for United winger Nani is being included in the deal appears to have won over the club’s president Bruno de Carvalho.

We speculated on Tuesday that Nani might have to take a pay cut or see United contribute to his wages. In the end, United are paying the whole of Nani’s £90,000-a-week tab for the duration of the loan. Sporting will not be required to pay a loan fee to United.

“The team is most important,” Carvalho told a gathering of several thousand fans at the club’s open day on Tuesday.

“It is a pleasure to count on the return of one of our own, one who grew up as a Sporting player.”

It is not known whether there will be any right of redemption at the end of the initial loan spell.

Rojo took to Instagram on Monday to post a picture of him with his international team-mate Angel Di Maria with a United badge as a backdrop. However, the chances of a Manchester United transfer for the Real Madrid winger look remote.

Paris Saint-Germain want to wrap up a loan move for Di Maria. Personal terms and a loan fee have already been agreed. Just the permanent transfer fee next summer needs to be arranged.

United ‘Made Bid for Reus’

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus was the subject of a failed Manchester United transfer bid earlier this summer.

That’s according to Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo. The Germany international has been linked with interest from Old Trafford but Dortmund apparently rejected a big-money approach from United.

“He had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone,” said Cerezo after rumours of a bid from Atletico. “We will not sign him with a lesser offer.”

A Manchester United transfer move for Reus is more likely next summer. That’s when his €35million (£28million) release clause kicks in.

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer suggested earlier this week that Dortmund would not be able to hold on to Reus in 2015 and that he would move to Bayern, United or Real Madrid.

Mackay To Make Zaha Loan Bid

Malky Mackay looks set to be offered the manager’s job at Crystal Palace and he is immediately being linked with a move for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha.

Former Cardiff City boss Mackay has emerged as a front-runner for the post which became vacant when Tony Pulis left Selhurst Park last week.

Zaha – along with Nani and Anderson – has been marginalised by new boss Louis van Gaal.

His Manchester United transfer in January 2013 saw him loaned back to Palace for the rest of the 2012-13 season as they won promotion to the Premier League. However, he failed to make any impression under David Moyes and was loaned to Cardiff in January.

Now, Mackay looks set to make another loan bid for Zaha, who appears to have no future at United under Louis van Gaal.

Douglas Barcelona transfer

Barcelona Transfer News Tuesday 19 August

Pereira Transfer Expected In 2015

Douglas Pereira’s Barcelona transfer will now take place next summer.

The 24-year-old Sao Paulo full-back is expected to move to Barcelona in a deal worth around €8million in what is a tacit admission that Dani Alves will not be leaving the club.

Barcelona have been in talks with Sao Paulo over Douglas for over a week. Sao Paulo were said to be dragging their heels but the deal will now go through later this week with Douglas remaining with the Brazilian side for the rest of the season. Brazil’s Serie A ends in December with state competitions beginning early in the New Year.

So after all the speculation over an exit for Dani Alves he now looks set to remain at Barcelona until his contract expires next summer. The 31-year-old has always insisted he wants to remain at the Nou Camp. However, the truth is that there has been little interest in a player who earns €9million a year.

Coach Luis Enrique played Alves in last night’s 6-0 victory over Mexican side Leon in the annual Joan Gamper Trophy match and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta commended the right-back who returned to training two weeks ago.

“Alves plays for FC Barcelona,” said ‘Zubi’. “He played at a high level in the Gamper and is training very well. We will always work to allow all the squad to compete.”

When asked about Douglas, Zubizarreta responded: “It helps not talk about players who are not ours.”

A deal is expected to be announced later this week.

Deulofeu Loaned To Sevilla

Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu says he was “surprised” when he was told he would be leaving the Nou Camp.

Deulofeu, 20, was unveiled as a new player of Sevilla earlier today. He joins the side on a season-long loan from Barcelona having spent last season at Premier League side Everton. But says he is “very happy” to spend the season with the Andalucian club.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Deulofeu in the press room at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

“I was a little surprised my departure. I was at Everton and was told to return, but coach Luis Enrique was not counting on me.” He added that one of his objectives was to demonstrate to Enrique that he was wrong to let him go.

Deulofeu has been criticised for the lack of a defensive side of his game and this is believed to be the reason that Enrique decided to allow him to go out on loan again.

The youngster added that Sevilla was one of the teams he had in mind to join as they are “a great club, winning titles for so many years.” He also said that this would be a key year in his career and that he hopes to “learn and improve.”

Deulofeu passed his medical at Sevilla on Monday and took part in his first training session with the club on Tuesday.

Ezequiel Lavezzi Liverpool transfer news

Liverpool Transfer Interest In Lavezzi, Cavani

PSG Duo In Liverpool Transfer Links

Liverpool are said to be interested in Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi. But while the British press are speculating about a move to Anfield, over in Italy he is being linked with Juventus.

Lavezzi looks set to leave PSG after telling the French club that he won’t renew his contract. A Liverpool transfer bid of €23million (£20million) was suggested last week for the 29-year-old – a high price to pay for someone who is likely to be approaching his mid-thirties when his contract would be about to expire.

Meanwhile, scouts from the Italian champions were spotted at PSG’s Parc des Princes during Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Bastia. They are said to have been watching Lavezzi. After seeing the skids put underneath a move for Radamel Falcao by his nett salary of €12million a year, Juve are looking at Lavezzi as an alternative.

PSG will demand around €20million for Lavezzi. Juventus may wait until later in the transfer window to see if the price comes down.

The French side are keen to move on at least one player to make way for Angel Di Maria, who looks set to arrive from Real Madrid on a season-long loan with the right to purchase next summer.

For his part, Lavezzi wants a return to Italy. He had a five-year spell at Napoli before moving to PSG two years ago and is expected to choose a move to Serie A over one to the Premier League.

Another PSG player, Edinson Cavani is being linked once again with a Liverpool transfer move.

The Uruguay international striker was the subject of an enquiry from Anfield earlier in the summer. The Reds were knocked back on that occasion and they are likely to receive similar short shrift should they make a fresh move.

Angel di Maria Manchester United transfer news

Manchester United Transfer News: Di Maria Deal Fading

Di Maria In New Manchester United Transfer Link

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria is being linked once again with a Manchester United transfer. However, reports from France claim Paris Saint-Germain have made a fresh bid to take the Argentina international on loan.

Di Maria played in Real’s friendly match with Fiorentina in Warsaw on Saturday and was outstanding in his first game for the club since the collapse of his transfer to PSG.

The Sun suggested this morning that with PSG’s initial bid now dead he could be the subject of a Manchester United transfer bid. Di Maria could cost as much as £66million plus a hefty pay packet.

PSG agreed a €75million (£60million) transfer fee with Real Madrid plus an additional €5million in add-ons and bonuses. Di Maria had also agreed wages with the French club of €8million a year – the equivalent of over £120,000 a week. The transfer fell apart when PSG realised they couldn’t pay Di Maria’s transfer fee whilst staying within Uefa’s Financial Fair Play sanctions. They are limited to a net spend of €60million this summer.

French newspaper L’Equipe reports that Di Maria’s future will be decided this week one way or another. The paper adds that PSG have approached Real Madrid over a possible loan move for the 26-year-old. The French champions were initially keen to do the deal on that basis but Real Madrid rejected the idea.

Now a loan move could be back on. The only sticking point is the fee. The two clubs have apparently agreed a loan fee. But there remains the right of redemption at the end of the season and it is this figure that remains to be agreed.

A source at PSG says the deal “remains complicated”. Real are still looking for €65million (£56million). Manchester United are monitoring the situation, but so are Bayern Munich.

The coming days will be crucial for Di Maria.

Fellaini Sweats Over Napoli Switch

However, Marouane Fellaini could be on his way out of Manchester United.

Various sources in the UK and Italy claim a deal is close that will see the Belgium international head to Serie A side Napoli. But while the Daily Star claims United will pick up £4million from the Italian club the Naples daily newspaper Il Mattino suggests the figure is much lower.

Il Mattino says Napoli will pay just €2.5million (£2million) with the right to buy at the end of the season.

But the paper adds that any deal will have to wait until after the second leg of Napoli’s Champions League clash with Athletic Bilbao next week and that it will only take place if Napoli qualify for the group stages.

There is no word on who will be paying Fellaini’s wages. It had been speculated that a subsidy from United would be needed to put towards his £100,000-a-week pay deal.

Arsenal Transfer News: No Move For ‘Luxurious’ Podolski

Lukas Podolski Arsenal transferStriker Lukas Podolski has been linked with an Arsenal transfer exit, but he won’t be moving to Galatasaray.

Podolski was linked last week with interest from the Turkish side along with his team-mate, Costa Rica international striker Joel Campbell.

The Daily Star believes Galatasaray will put in a bid for Podolski. The Germany international didn’t play in Saturday’s opening game with Crystal Palace due to his late return from the World Cup.

He was linked last week with a possible £20million move to the Turkish club if they pursued their interest for him alone. But reports from Turkey this morning suggest there will be no bid for Podolski from Galatasaray as the club’s coach Cesare Prandelli regards him as a luxury.

“I have asked our coach to take Podolski,” said Galatasaray president Unal Aysal. “‘He would be very luxurious for us at the moment’ was the answer.

“We did not make any bid.”

The Star suggested that news of Podolski’s possible availability could lead to bids from sides in the Bundesliga.

Aysal added that they would not be pursuing any interest in Campbell, either.

“Joel Campbell is a very good young and talented player,” he said.

“However, Arsenal will not sell him.”

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QPR Transfer News: Fer, Vargas Set for Rs

Two players look set for QPR transfers.

First of all, Leroy Fer is having a medical at Loftus Road ahead of a £7million move from Norwich City. Dutchman Fer moved to Carrow Road from FC Twente last summer in a deal worth just under £5million. He played in 29 Premier League games for the Canaries but was unable to stop the East Anglian club from being relegated to the Championship.

Fer will have a medical on Tuesday and is unlikely to be in Norwich’s side to face Blackburn Rovers later this evening.

He is likely to be joined at QPR by Napoli forward Eduardo Vargas. The Chile international has recently been linked with interest from Arsenal and Sunderland but looks set instead to move to the Rs.

Vargas moved to Napoli in 2012 in a £12million transfer from Universidad de Chile in his homeland. He was sent out on loan to Brazilian side Gremio after failing to find the net in 19 Serie A appearances.

Vargas had a spell last season at La Liga outfit Valencia, where he scored five times in 25 games. However, he got on the scoresheet in June when Chile defeated Spain, 2-0, in a World Cup group match.

Valencia are believed to be keen to bring Vargas back to Spain. However, he looks set to move to Loftus Road where he will join up with compatriot Mauricio Isla.

Premier League transfer news

Premier League Transfer News Tuesday 19 August

Manchester United transfer target Marcos Rojo looks set to fly to the UK today to complete his move to Old Trafford. He told an Argentine radio station it is a “dream” to move to United. The Red Devils are likely to make a move for Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus when his release clause becomes active next summer.

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Liverpool are still keen on Monaco striker Radamel Falcao but he isn’t keen on a move to the Premier League. Reds defender Tiago Ilori has joined Bordeaux on a season-long loan.

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Arsenal are reported to be closing in on the transfer of Greek defender Kostas Manolas. However, Eduardo Vargas won’t be moving to the Emirates. He is more likely to join QPR.

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Chelsea and Manchester United have been given a deadline of the weekend to complete a move for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia.

Spurs’ £17m bid for Morgan Schneiderlin looks set to be rejected by Southampton. However, Tottenham are willing to allow defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto to leave the club for nothing.

Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata is wanted by Belgian side Anderlecht on a season-long loan.

Hull City are lining up a £9m bid for Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar. The 22-year-old has scored 17 goals in 35 games for French top-flight side Lorient.

Swansea City are ready to complete the £8m signing of Napoli defender Federico Fernandez.

Leicester City are in talks over a move for Marseille right-back Rod Fanni.

Radamel Falcao Liverpool transfer

Liverpool Transfer News Tuesday 19 August

Falcao Liverpool Transfer Unlikely

Liverpool are still hoping to sign Radamel Falcao despite all the signs pointing to him either remaining with Monaco or moving elsewhere in Europe.

The Daily Mail claims the Reds are in touch with representatives of the Colombian striker, but French television station TF1 claims that Falcao would much rather move to Serie A.

Juventus have been linked with the Colombia international, but as we pointed out yesterday he would have to lower his salary demands before any Liverpool transfer or a move to the Serie A side.

Falcao currently earns €12million a year nett of taxes – that’s over £180,000 a week in his hand. With British income tax rates for high earners at 45 percent and Italian rates at 50 percent it means both Liverpool and Juventus would have to pay gross wages well in excess of £300,000 a week to match his current earnings. In addition, Juventus would have to sell Fernando Llorente. Valencia have been linked with a possible move for the former Athletic Bilbao striker.

Real Madrid are also interested in Falcao. But they would have to part with one of their non-EU players first. That could become a reality with reports from France this morning suggesting that they are on the verge of sending Angel Di Maria on loan to Paris Saint-Germain. That move could happen once the two sides can agree a loan fee. Real could then make a loan move for Falcao. The Colombian was linked last month with interest from the Bernabeu with Real set to offer €12million (£9.6million) in a loan fee.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have confirmed that Portugal Under-21 international defender Tiago Ilori has joined French side Bordeaux on a season-long loan. Ilori spent part of last season with La Liga side Granada.

Kostas Manolas Arsenal transfer news

Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Tuesday 19 August

Manolas Arsenal Transfer Imminent?

Greek defender Kostas Manolas is closing in on an Arsenal transfer, according to reports.

The Independent says Arsenal are looking at an £8million move for Manolas, while the Daily Mirror claims a deal will be done at £6million for the Olympiacos central defender. There are even claims that the Greece international has already undergone a medical with the Gunners.

Manolas will replace Thomas Vermaelen who moved to Barcelona for an initial £8million earlier this month. However, he is likely to be third-choice centre-back with Arsene Wenger set to keep faith with his regular centre-back pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

The 23-year-old Manolas has been linked with interest from the Gunners as well as Serie A sides Juventus, Napoli and Roma.

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy claims today that Juventus are only interested in a €2million (£1.6million) loan deal with the right of redemption over the next two years.

Napoli were looking to replace Federico Fernandez. The news that they have upped the price for Fernandez suggests they are struggling to find a replacement. This in turn suggests they are out of the running for Manolas.

That just leaves Roma. The Serie A outfit now look to be Arsenal’s major rivals for Manolas, who was part of his country’s side at the World Cup finals in Brazil this summer.

One player who won’t be joining Arsenal is Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas. The Napoli front-man has been linked with Arsenal over the past week. However, those reports – as well as claims of a medical over the weekend – are wide of the mark.

Vargas has also been linked with Sunderland but is more likely to join Queens Park Rangers.

Marcos Rojo Manchester United transfer

Manchester United Transfer News Tuesday 19 August

Rojo ‘On His Way To Manchester’

Marcos Rojo could be one step closer to a Manchester United transfer. The Argentina international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford and reports from Portugal claim he is set to fly to Manchester today to complete his move.

Yesterday, it was reported that hopes of a Manchester United transfer for Marcos Rojo depended largely upon United winger Nani taking a huge pay cut. The possibility had opened up for a swap deal involving the two players.

But speaking to Argentine radio station Radio Continental on Monday night, Rojo said he was hopeful of fulfilling an ambition with a move to Old Trafford.

“It’s a dream to play for Manchester United,” he said, but then he added: “it was not easy to get out of Sporting.

“It will be a beautiful experience. I hope to adapt as quickly as possible to the style of play.”

Rojo added that he had played with a former United player during the early part of his career in Argentina.

“When we were in Estudiantes de La Plata, Juan Sebastián Verón spoke to me much of the club,” he said.

United saw a €20million (£16million) bid for Rojo open up a can of worms between the Argentina international and the Portugese club. Rojo went on strike and the situation was only resolved after he apologised to the club via their television channel on Sunday.

The situation regarding Nani is that he doesn’t feature in Louis van Gaal’s plans unless it is absolutely necessary. He only made Saturday’s game with Swansea due to injuries. But his long-term future seems to be away from the club. There were reports at the weekend that he, along with Anderson and Wilfried Zaha, have all been told to train away from the rest of the first team squad.

The problem with a loan deal is Nani’s wages. He earns around £90,000 a week at Old Trafford and only signed a new contract last September. But Sporting aren’t in a position to pay that kind of wage and Nani is hugely motivated by money.

A cut in pay is unlikely to please Nani. A move to Juventus was scuppered because of his pay demands. But reports from Portugal claim €20million plus Nani will seal the deal for Rojo. Another of the exiled players, Anderson, is a more likely loan target for Sporting.

Alternatively, United could pay Rojo’s release fee of €30million (£24million).

United In For Reus – In 2015

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus could well be a Manchester United transfer target in the summer of 2015.

Reus has a release clause of €35million (currently £28million) that kicks in next summer. Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer says he can see the frontman changing clubs.

“I can well imagine him at Bayern,” Beckenbauer told German newspaper Bild. “If you can get a player of his class, you need to try.

“I can understand why Dortmund don’t like talking about Reus. The value of the exit clause should have been no great mystery.”

However, Beckenbauer added that other clubs would be interested in Reus.

“I’m sure that if he doesn’t go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big international club like Real Madrid or Manchester United. Dortmund cannot hold on to him.”

Reus was linked with Manchester United transfer interest on a number of occasions this summer. However, Dortmund have been resolute in insisting he won’t be leaving. That insistence will be tested next summer when his release clause kicks in.