Premier League Transfer News Saturday 25 October

Premier League transfer newsManchester United are being linked once again with Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay. The 26-year-old was constantly featured in the transfer gossip columns as a possible United target during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager but he moved to Zenit St Petersburg this summer. Tom Cleverley could make his loan move to Aston Villa into a permanent transfer in January. United boss Louis van Gaal hasn’t ruled out a move for former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes.

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However, reports from Spain on Friday claimed that Valdes has rejected the offer to train with Manchester United.

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Arsenal transfer target Virgil van Dijk says he cannot rule out a move to the Emirates. Napoli striker and Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain was locked in the Stade de Suisse in Berne following his side’s Europa League defeat to Young Boys on Thursday. An angry mob of 500 Napoli fans pelted the team bus with sticks and the bus drove off without Higuain and one of his team mates.

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Arsenal are still keen on Higuain as well as Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira who is reported to have lowered his wage demands to try and force through a move to Arsenal in January.

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Manchester United transfer target Juan Cuadrado is close to signing a new contract with Fiorentina. Former United starlet Paul Pogba has signed a new contract with Juventus.

Southampton are looking for a permanent deal for defender Toby Alderweireld currently on loan from Atletico Madrid.

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Crystal Palace have denied they are in talks with US billionaire Joshua Harris over a takeover of the club. Harris owns the New Jersey Devils ice hockey team and the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team.

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand is expected to retire at the end of the season.

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Arsenal Transfer News Saturday 25 October

Van Dijk Keen On Arsenal Transfer

Virgil van Dijk Arsenal transferCeltic defender Virgil van Dijk says he cannot a rule out a move to Arsenal. The Dutchman has been linked with a possible £8million Arsenal transfer in January and when asked about Arsene Wenger’s interest on Friday he was careful not to rule it out.

“Arsenal is an amazing club, of course,” said van Dijk. “It’s a big club with a great history, as well.”

Van Dijk was then asked about a possible move to the Premier League and he responded: “I have ambitions, of course, like every player.”

Van Dijk arrived from Dutch side Groningen in a £2.6million deal in the summer of 2013 and has since nailed down a starting place in the Scottish Premiership side.

Arsenal Transfer Target Locked In Stadium

Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain is having a miserable time of it with Napoli just at the moment and things appeared to get worse for him following Thursday’s Europa League defeat to Young Boys Berne.

Higuain has failed to score in Serie A this season after hitting 17 goals following his £32million transfer from Real Madrid last summer. His only strikes for the Italian club this season have come in European competition and he was dropped to the bench for Thursday’s game with Young Boys in Switzerland.

But things turned ugly after Napoli’s 2-0 defeat to the Swiss side. An angry mob of around 500 Napoli supporters surrounded the team boss after the match. Coach Rafa Benitez ordered the bus to leave only to realise that Higuain and team-mate Raul Albiol had been left behind. The pair were undergoing random drug tests inside the stadium and had to be driven later to the airport.

Higuain has been linked with a January move to the Emirates. However, Napoli are likely to demand the full £32million for a player who almost moved to Arsenal prior to his move to Italy.

Higuain is believed to be unhappy in Italy and his relationship with Benitez has waned.

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Manchester United Transfer News Saturday 25 October

Garay Back On Manchester United Transfer Target List

Ezequiel Garay Manchester United transferManchester United are being linked once again with Argentine defender Ezequiel Garay.

Garay was linked with a Manchester United transfer from the early part of 2013 right up to this summer when the 26-year-old moved to Russian side Zenit St Petersburg from Benfica. The Daily Mirror claims that despite only moving to Russia in May, United boss Louis van Gaal believes he can tempt Garay to Old Trafford in January.

Garay was a target for United during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time as manager, but the Red Devils refused to pay his €20million (£16million) release clause in his contract with the Portugese club. Benfica eventually received just €2.4million (around £2million) for their 40percent stake in Garay in a deal worth around €15million in total, some €7.5million of which went to Garay’s former club Real Madrid. United’s interest waned after Sir Alex’s retirement.

The Mirror claims there is some confidence at United about their ability to lure Garay to Old Trafford this time around. But they may find Zenit just as difficult to deal with as Benfica. The Russian side will demand at least £12million for the centre-back and if United are successful they may find themselves paying just as much as they would have paid had they bought him from Benfica.

Cleverley Could Make Villa Deal Permanent

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says the club have an option to sign Tom Cleverley on a permanent basis in January.

The Manchester United midfielder moved to Villa Park on a season-long loan at the beginning of last month in a controversial transfer that went beyond the official deadline. But Lambert says Cleverley has impressed during his spell so far and he hinted that a permanent move could be on the cards.

“Whatever happens in January will happen,” Lambert said on Friday.

“The option is there but we still have a couple of months to go. I just want him to play well here and enjoy it and that’s what he is doing which is half the battle.”

Cleverley has won a place in Villa’s first team since his arrival from Manchester United making five Premier League starts for the side and playing the full 90 minutes in all but one of those games.

Van Gaal Open Over Valdes

Victor Valdes has turned down an offer to train with Manchester United but a move t6o Old Trafford hasn’t been ruled out. Reports on Friday claimed that Valdes had been given the chance to continue his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury at United’s Carrington training complex but that he had turned it down.

United boss Louis van Gaal was asked yesterday about the prospect of Valdes moving to Old Trafford and he refused to rule it out.

“Manchester United always has their eyes open,” van Gaal said at his press conference on Friday.

Valdes had been linked with Liverpool but the Merseyside club are refusing to offer him a contract before he has fully recovered.

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Pedro Set for Barcelona Chop With Suarez Debut

Pedro Barcelona transferLuis Suarez looks set to make his debut for Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid, but one player will have to make way for Suarez. That player is likely to be Pedro Rodriguez and his omission will lead to further speculation about his future.

Pedro has already been linked this season with Arsenal. He has five starts and two substitute appearances in La Liga but his 427 minutes have brought just one goal. He scored 15 times in 37 league games last season.

Pedro also faces competition from youngster Munir and Barca could listen to offers next summer. They rejected offers in 2013 from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United. Liverpool have also been linked.

Barca may have the two-window transfer embargo to contend with and may try to hold off from letting Pedro leave until the January 2016 transfer market. But the forward is unlikely to be happy with a place on the bench and may press for an exit.

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Southampton Want Permanent Deal for Alderweireld

Saints Could Make January Approach

Toby Alderweireld Southampton transferSouthampton are looking to make Toby Alderweireld’s loan move permanent. The Belgium international has nailed down a place in the Saints’ starting line-up since his loan move from Atletico Madrid this summer and told the club’s official website that he is enjoying life at St Mary’s.

“It has been very good for me so far here. The group is fantastic, the results are very good, my game is okay, so I’m very happy here.”

Reports claim that Southampton have been impressed enough to consider an approach to Atletico in the January transfer window.

Alderweireld found chances limited at the Vicente Calderon last season, his first in Spain following a £7million move from Ajax in the summer of 2013.

While Atletico insisted this summer that Alderweireld was not available for a permanent sale the Spanish side may consider strengthening other areas of their defence with Diego Godin and Joao Miranda the mainstays of the centre of their defence.

Alderweireld made appearances for them at right-back last season but with Juanfran and Jesus Gamez covering that position he could well be surplus to requirements by the end of the season.


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Arsenal Transfer News: Khedira, Higuain Still On Wenger’s Radar

Khedira Drops Wage Demand

Sami Khedira Arsenal transferReal Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira is reported to have dropped his salary demands in order to force through a move to the Premier League.

The Germany international was linked with interest from Arsenal over the summer but Arsene Wenger’s enthusiasm waned when he heard Khedira was demanding a wage of £135,000 a week.

Khedira’s contract with Real Madrid expires next summer and he has yet to sign a new deal. Coach Carlo Ancelotti says a deal is on the table. But the Daily Express claims today that Khedira’s demands have dropped to £80,000 a week in a bid push through a move to the Premier League. Chelsea are also believed to be interested.

The 27-year-old has only just returned to training after suffering a knee injury. If he refuses to sign a new contract he will leave in the summer. Speculation suggests his exit will be in January.

Higuain In Arsenal Link

Arsenal are still being linked with Gonzalo Higuain – 18 months after he almost sealed a move to the Emirates.

The Argentina international was linked with the Gunners in the summer of 2013 when he was with Real Madrid, but Serie A side Napoli agreed to pay £32million and he headed off to Italy instead of moving to London.

Higuain scored 17 goals in 26 Serie A appearances last season for an average of a goal for every 142 minutes. But the 26-year-old is reported to be unhappy in Argentina and his relationship with coach Rafa Benitez isn’t good. He has yet to score this season in six Serie A games though he has scored three times in five games in the Champions League and Europa League.

Napoli will demand their £32million back for Higuain. If Arsenal are prepared to pay that much they may find themselves in competition for his signature from Liverpool who are eyeing up Higuain as a potential replacement for the mis-firing Mario Balotelli.

More Arsenal transfer news here as the Gunners eye up German winger Bellarabi.


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Victor Valdes Rejects Manchester United Offer

Victor Valdes Manchester United transfer newsFormer Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has rejected an offer to continue his recovery from injury with Manchester United.

Valdes, who has been linked with interest from Liverpool, was made the offer by United boss Louis van Gaal, who worked with Valdes over a decade ago when the pair were at Barcelona.

“Valdes, a free agent, will have his recovery supervised by the United medical staff before training with the first team, as he bids to regain full fitness,” said a statement on the United website.

Reports this morning claimed Valdes was on the verge of accepting the offer but Spanish radio network Cadena Cope claims he has in fact rejected the chance to work at United’s Carrington training complex.

The 32-year-old has been out of action since picking up a cruciate knee ligament injury at the end of March. In the meantime his contract with Barcelona has expired while an offer from French side Monaco was withdrawn due to his lack of fitness.

He has since been in talks with Liverpool but has been unable to come to an agreement over personal terms. It is believed his representatives were looking for guarantees over a contract before Valdes was able to prove his fitness.

The offer from United is believed to have come after Liverpool broke off talks.

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Serbia Awarded Walkover Win Against Albania After ‘Drone’ Game

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 walkover victory following their abandonment of their Euro 2016 qualifying match with Albania last week.

The game was abandoned when a brawl broke out after a drone carrying the flag of ‘greater’ Albania was flown over the Partizan Stadium in Belgrade.

The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met yesterday and awarded the walkover victory to Serbia. However, the Serbs have also been deducted three points from the qualifying table thereby wiping out the effect of their victory.

Serbia have also been ordered to play their next two Euro 2016 home qualifying games behind closed doors.

Both the Football Association of Albania and the Football Association of Serbia have been fined €100,000 over the incident. The Albanians have already said they will appeal against the decision.

Referee Martin Atkinson took both sets of players from the pitch following the incident on 14 October. A brawl broke out between both sets of players as well as officials after one of the Serbian players grabbed a flag hanging from the drone.

While the Serbian players said they were prepared to come back and finish the game the Albanian team refused to return to the pitch.

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Premier League Transfer News Friday 24 October

Premier League transfer newsArsenal and Manchester United are among a number of Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi. Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all watched him in action this week. Arsenal target Saido Berahino could snub interest to remain with West Bromwich Albion.

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Real Madrid want Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez on a permanent basis, but the Spanish giants want to pay £12million instead of the £17million stipulated in the loan agreement signed at the beginning of last month. Former United midfielder Paul Pogba looks set to end speculation linking him with a return to Old Trafford by signing a new contract with Juventus worth at least £120,000 a week.

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Manchester United are being linked with former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes after he was offered the chance to continue his recuperation from a cruciate knee ligament injury at United’s Carrington complex. The news comes after Liverpool cooled their interest in the Spain international.

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Former Juventus striker Nicola Amoruso says Manchester United transfer target Arturo Vidal is likely to quit the Italian club.

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Mario Balotelli has just 68 days to save his Liverpool career, claims the Daily Mirror. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is prepared to dip into the transfer market to sign a replacement for the mis-firing Italian. Liverpool are being linked with AC Milan full-back Ignazio Abate as Glenn Johnson looks set to quit the club next summer.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is a target for Turkish side Besiktas.

Manchester City are looking at ways of extending Frank Lampard’s loan spell at the club.

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West Bromwich Albion are keeping tabs on Bournemouth winger Matt Richie. The 25-year-old is rated at around £2m.

Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben says the chances of him moving to England are ‘not 1 percent’. The Dutch international has been a target for Manchester United.

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Manchester United Transfer News Friday 24 October

Hernandez To Quit Old Trafford Permanently?

Javier Hernandez Real MadridA permanent Manchester United transfer exit could be on the cards for striker Javier Hernandez. But any move depends on United dropping their asking price.

The Mexico international left for Real Madrid on a season-long loan at the beginning of September; however, he has found a place in the starting line-up just as hard to come by at the Bernabeu as he has at Old Trafford.

Hernandez has just started just one game in La Liga for Real and has made three substitute appearances for a total of 142 minutes of football. But his limited time has been fruitful with three goals so far. He has also made one start and one substitute appearance in the Champions League.

Spanish website claims that Real have already made the decision to bring in Hernandez on a permanent basis. The two clubs agreed at the start of the loan that Real would have the option of a permanent transfer for a fee of €22million (£17million). But the website claims that Real are hoping to get that fee reduced to €15million (£12million).

Pogba To Sign £120k-A-Week Deal With Juuve

Paul Pogba will snub a Manchester United transfer and sign a new contract with Juventus. That’s according to reports today.

The news that Pogba will sign a new deal with the Serie A comes as no surprise. He currently earns £16,000 a week – well down the salary scale at the Italian champions. The new deal is expected to see him pick up €4.5million a year, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. Italian salary figures are given net of taxes and €4.5million a year in his hand equates to £120,000 a week gross. Bonuses are also payable on top of that.

Pogba exploded onto the Italian scene following his arrival at Juve from Old Trafford in 2012. He was linked during the summer with interest from French side Paris Saint-Germain and there were also rumours of a return to United. But despite reports to the contrary in the British press, a return to Old Trafford was never seriously entertained by Pogba – unlike the prospect of a move to PSG,

Pogba will remain with Juventus until 2019.

United Watch Bellarabi

Manchester United scouts joined those from Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle on Wednesday to keep tabs on Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.

The 24-year-old, who broke into the Bayer first team earlier this season as well as the Germany national side, is being monitored by the Premier League clubs although any move is unlikely to come before next summer.

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