Illarramendi Set For Liverpool Transfer – Eventually

Asier Illarramendi Liverpool transfer newsLiverpool transfer target Asier Illarramendi is keen on a move to Anfield. The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to the Premier League side and Fichajes.net claims he is keen on a move to Liverpool even without the side playing in the Champions League next season.

Illarramendi moved to Real Madrid for €38million two years ago, but they are now prepared to take a loss by selling him for just €20million (£14million). New coach Rafa Benitez wants to recruit a replacement before the deal goes ahead but a move for the 23-year-old is almost certain to take place this summer.

There had been reports that Illarramendi might gain a new lease of life under Benitez and that he wanted to watch him in pre-season training before any decision on his future. But a move now looks more likely.

Arsenal and Athletic Bilbao have been linked in the past, while Illarramendi’s former club Real Sociedad are interested in a deal at just €15million (£10.6million) – the same price Liverpool offered recently but which was rejected by Madrid.



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Benzema, Gotze In Arsenal Transfer Links

Benzema Rumours Return

Karim Benzema Arsenal transferArsenal are being linked with an £18million move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The story began to circulate over the weekend when the Clubcall website claimed that certain unspecified reports in Spain were suggesting that the France international could be on his way to the Emirates in a deal worth €25million.

The story was then picked up by the Madrid newspaper AS which added Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United as potential suitors. PSG have been linked extensively of late while United are likely to be in the market for a striker following the departure of Radamel Falcao and a possible exit for Robin van Persie.

Benzema has been linked with Arsenal on a number of occasions, most recently at the beginning of June. At that time it was claimed the striker could be the subject of a swap deal with Arsenal central defender Laurent Koscielny going the other way.

Benzema only signed a new deal at the Bernabeu last summer, something he was more than happy to do. He responded with 22 goals in 46 games last season at an average of one for every 167 minutes on the pitch – practically the same ratio as in 2013-14.

Gotze In Fresh Arsenal Link

Arsenal are being linked another of their former transfer targets, Mario Gotze. The Gunners watched him extensively when he was with Borussia Dortmund, but he left for Bayern Munich after they triggered his €37million release clause.

Gotze’s agent Volker Struth has hit out at Bayern saying there were times last season when they could have been more supportive towards him. Some outlets are putting Arsenal’s name forward as a possible destination should Gotze leave Bayern. However, the Bundesliga champions are highly unlikely to agree to any transfer.

More of Monday’s Arsenal transfer news here.




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Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Monday 6 July

Liverpool To Meet Benteke Fee?

Christian Benteke Liverpool transfer newsLiverpool will match the £32.5million release fee in Christian Benteke’s contract with Aston Villa, according to one newspaper report today.

The Reds have so far refused to go anywhere near Villa’s asking price but the Daily Express claims a deal could be done some time this week with the Reds reluctantly looking to meet his valuation.

Liverpool have valued Benteke at £20-25million, but Villa have stood firm over his release clause and won’t discuss any deal below their asking price.

The Belgium international is known to favour a move to Anfield over a switch to Tottenham Hotspur. The north London side are also keen but they too have baulked at Villa’s asking price.

Alberto Set For Deportivo

Liverpool winger Luis Alberto looks set to join Deportivo La Coruna on loan. The former Sevilla and Barcelona B player spent last season at Malaga but Canal Deportivo reports that Alberto will have a medical today with the switch set to be confirmed within the next 24 hours.

The 24-year-old arrived in La Coruna late on Sunday night and was due to have the first part of his medical at a local hospital at 9am local time on Monday.

Alberto scored only twice in La Liga for Malaga last season and spent just 575 minutes on the pitch in La Liga games. He should find game time more forthcoming in a Deportivo side that scored just 35 goals last season.

PSG Keen On Liverpool Transfer Target

Liverpool and Arsenal will face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Barcelona forward Pedro. The 27-year-old has long been linked with interest from Anfield, but he surprised many by signing a new contract at Barcelona earlier this summer.

But Pedro’s game time is unlikely to improve. He was largely confined to the subs’ bench after Luis Suarez served his suspension last October and looks set to fulfil a similar role this season.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal are interested but Paris Saint-Germain have been tracking Pedro for some months and are now favourites to secure his signature.

Liverpool have signed 16-year-old Arsenal midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner. The teenager rejected a contract extension from the Gunners and will move to Anfield with the Reds paying a small compensation fee.



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Premier League Transfer News Monday 6 July

Transfer Rumours for Monday

Premier League transfer newsManchester United have launched a £25m bid for Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera according to reports from Turkey. Muslera is being seen as a replacement for David De Gea, but the Spaniard reports back to training with United today. Robin van Persie will also be at United’s Carrington training complex. However, Nani has arrived in Turkey to complete his move to Fenerbahce. United are being linked with Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic.

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Manchester United have lodged a bid for Torino defender Matteo Darmian, but the £10.6m including bonuses falls short of his £14m price tag. United will sell striker Angelo Henriquez to Dinamo Zagreb for £700,000.

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Arsenal are interested in Barcelona forward Pedro, but they will face competition for his signature from Paris Saint-Germain. The Gunners are still being linked with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal with the Serie A side already having identified his replacement.

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Reports suggest that Mario Gotze could be an Arsenal transfer target after his agent criticised Bayern Munich over a lack of support for the Germany international. However, Bayern are unlikely to countenance an exit for Gotze. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is still believed to be an Arsenal target. The Gunners could bid £18m claims Spanish newspaper AS.

Liverpool will match the £32.5m release fee in Christian Benteke’s contract with Aston Villa, according to one newspaper report today. The Reds have so far refused to go anywhere near Villa’s asking price, but the Midlands side have stood firm up to now. Liverpool winger Luis Alberto looks set to join Deportivo La Coruna on loan.

Southampton are threatening legal action after Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld signed for Tottenham in a deal worth £11m. The Saints believed they had a deal in place as part of his season-long loan agreement last season.

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Newcastle United won’t pay more than £12m for QPR striker Charlie Austin because of his poor injury record. Magpies target Georginio Wijnaldum was left out of PSV Eindhoven’s pre-season friendly on Sunday in what is being interpreted as a sign he will be leaving the Dutch side.

Meanwhile, QPR have rejected a £7m bid from West Brom for winger Matt Phillips. The Rs are looking for £10m.

Monaco are demanding €25m (£18m) for Belgian forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco. A £10m bid from Spurs has already been rejected.

Sunderland are pursuing Zenit defender Nicolas Lombaerts and West Ham winger Stewart Downing.

West Ham hope to sign Alex Song this week on a permanent deal. The Hammers will also hold talks with Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna.

Juventus want Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado on a season-long with an option to purchase.

Aston Villa expect to sign Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye this week for £9m.

Crystal Palace are in talks over PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye.




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Arsenal Transfer News Monday 6 July

PSG To Challenge Arsenal For Pedro

Pedro Arsenal transfer newsArsenal have opened talks with the agent of Barcelona forward Pedro Rodriguez, but they face competition for his signature from French side Paris Saint-Germain.

Spain international Pedro signed a new contract with the Spanish treble-winners only last month, but far from remaining at the Nou Camp until 2019 he could be on his way out of the club as early as this summer.

Arsenal are reported to have opened negotiations with Pedro’s agent about a possible move to the Emirates. Liverpool also have a long-standing interest. But Fichajes.net in Spain claims that the forward has been on PSG’s agenda for some months and that they are ready to let their interest be known.

Despite signing a new contract at Barcelona, Pedro remains in the position where he is fourth choice in a three-man front line behind Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

He lost his place in the side to Suarez after the Uruguayan completed his four-month loan suspension in October of last year and has since found his playing time restricted. That won’t change with this new deal but the contract gave Barcelona some comfort. Pedro was in his final year at the Nou Camp and could have left for nothing next summer had he not signed a new deal.

Barcelona’s transfer embargo means they still cannot sign a replacement should Pedro agitate for a departure. That is likely to affect his chances of leaving.

Vidal In New Arsenal Transfer Link

Arsenal are free to put in a bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal with the Serie A side having identified his replacement.

Metro newspaper claims that a bid from the Gunners could be on the way. That’s despite reports last week suggesting that Arsene Wenger is no longer interested in the Chile international. In addition, Vidal’s agent Fernando Felicevich told reporters last week that he has had no contact at all with Arsenal.

A move to the Emirates for Vidal looks unlikely at present.




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Manchester United Transfer News Monday 6 July

United In Muslera Bid, Claims Report

Fernando Muslera 300x250Manchester United have launched a bid for Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, according to reports from Turkey.

Vatan newspaper claims United have bid €35million (£25million) for Uruguay international Muslera whom they see as the successor to David De Gea.

The report sounds a little premature given the deadlock surrounding David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid. If it is true then the move is likely to be conditional on the Spaniard’s exit from Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old has been at Galatasaray for four seasons having moved from Lazio in 2011 for a fee of around €12million (at the time worth just over £9million).

Muslera has been linked with United on a number of occasions this year and it seems the Turkish media are just as wild in their speculation as the British media. Reports just two weeks ago were linking United with Muslera and that they were dangling winger Antonio Valencia in front of Galatasaray as part of the deal.

See also: United bid an initial €12m for defender Matteo Darmian.

United To Challenge Chelsea For Begovic

Stoke City keeper Asmir Begovic is also a Manchester United transfer target with reports suggesting United will challenge Chelsea for his signature. The Bosnia-Herzegovina international is just a year away from the end of his contract with the Potters and has held off from signing a new deal in the knowledge that both United and Chelsea may be looking for new keepers this summer.

Chelsea see Begovic as the ideal replacement for Petr Cech who left last week for Arsenal. But the Blues’ initial £6million bid has been rejected by Stoke and the Premier League champions are pondering a further bid of £8million.

Stoke are eyeing up a loan deal for two of Chelsea’s youngsters – possibly Patrick Bamford and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – as part of the deal along with a fee of £8-10million.

But if Begovic moves to Chelsea he will play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois. If he moves to United he will be number one choice. Reports suggest a United bid of £8million.

Tottenham Hotspur keeper Hugo Lloris and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid are also Manchester United transfer targets in the event of De Gea leaving. Lloris is reported to have a release fee of £14million that can only be triggered by a club playing in the Champions League. Oblak’s release fee stands at €45million (£32million).

De Gea, RvP Return. Nani Leaves

Meanwhile, David De Gea and Robin van Persie will report back for pre-season training today. The pair are expected at United’s Carrington training complex despite being linked with moves elsewhere.

Van Persie’s agent, Kees Vos, admitted on Sunday that the Dutchman isn’t flying to Istanbul to complete a move to Fenerbahce. The Turkish side have offered a three-year deal and van Persie was expected to complete the switch this weekend.

One player who won’t be reporting back is Nani. The Portugal international arrived in Istanbul on Sunday night where he was mobbed by fans at the airport. The 28-year-old will undergo a medical today ahead of a move worth somewhere in the region of £3.5-4.5million.

“Fenerbahce is a new opportunity for me to show myself again,” he told reporters. “I saw the enthusiasm of the fans here from my plane and I want to show myself to them as soon as possible.”




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Southampton FC Transfer News: Alderweireld Spurs Move Could End Up In Court

Saints Livid As Spurs Snatch Defender

Toby Alderweireld Southampton transferSouthampton believe they have a deal in place for Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld – and the matter could end up in courts.

Reports this evening link the Belgium international with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, but after a successful season on loan at Southampton the Saints believe they have an option in place to buy him for a fixed fee of £6.8million. However, there were reports in June that Atletico can scrap that agreement if they return to Southampton the £1.5million loan fee the Saints paid them at the start of Alderweireld’s spell at St Mary’s.

Alderweireld was linked earlier in the summer with interest from Chelsea before Spurs declared their interest this week. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy flew to Spain on Saturday for talks with Atletico and the two clubs have done a deal that will see Alderweireld move to White Hart Lane for £11.5million. That’s considerably more than Atletico would have received from Southampton.

However, Sky Sports are claiming that Southampton are holding Atletico to their initial loan agreement and are ready to pay £6.8million. It all depends on interpretation of the relevant clause. Southampton believe it wasn’t cancelled in time leaving them free to buy Alderweireld.

Sky says the Saints are ready to resort, if necessary, to legal action to enforce their contract with Atletico


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Manchester United Transfer News: RvP, De Gea Return. Darmian Bid

Van Persie, De Gea To Report Back For Training

Robin van Persie Manchester UnitedThe agent of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has played down reports of a move to Fenerbahce. The 31-year-old is said to be on the verge of a transfer to the Turkish side and is set to fly to Istanbul to finalise the deal. But his agent Kees Vos says he can only confirm that van Persie will report back for training on Monday morning.

“If Robin has found a new club, then we will bring it out. I’m currently in the Netherlands,” he told Voetbal International.

Vos refused to comment on negotiations with other clubs. “We do not report on appointments for our clients. All I can say is that Robin will be at Manchester United tomorrow to report back for his first training session.”

Van Persie could move to Fenerbahce in a deal that would see United pick up around £5million for a player who cost them £24million three years ago.

One player closer to a move to Fenerbahce is United’s Portugal winger Nani. The 28-year-old was due to fly into Turkey for a medical on Sunday.

David De Gea has confirmed that he will be at United’s first full pre-season training session tomorrow. The 24-year-old goalkeeper is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, but the deal has become bogged down along with United’s interest in the La Liga club’s central defender Sergio Ramos.

But speaking to Spanish television network Cuatro, De Gea would only confirm his plans for the next 24 hours.

“Real Madrid? I have to report for training. I have to go back to Manchester.”

The house De Gea has been renting is currently up for sale but he is reported to have extended the lease on it by another month. He said his goodbyes to the rest of the players at Old Trafford little more than a month ago at the end of last season.

United Offer £10.6m For Darmian

Manchester United have made an offer to Torino for defender Matteo Darmian, according to reports from Italy.

La Gazzetta dello Sport claims United have offered an initial €12million (£8.5million) with a further €3million (£2.1million) in bonuses.

The newspaper claims the offer is almost certain to be rejected. Torino president Urbano Cairo says he won’t sit down and talk about an exit for Darmian without an offer of €20million (£14million) on the table.

Napoli, Roma and Bayern Munich are also interested.

Henriquez Set For Dinamo Switch

Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez looks set to end his unhappy spell at Old Trafford with a permanent switch to Dinamo Zagreb.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Dinamo where his 17 starts and eight appearances off the bench brought him 21 goals. That’s an average of one for every 76 minutes on the pitch.

Henriquez moved from Universidad de Chile in his homeland in 2012. He spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Wigan Athletic, but he managed just four substitute appearances totalling 44 minutes for the Latics. He was loaned to Spanish side Real Zaragoza in 2013-14 and scored six goals in 25 games for the side in Spain’s second tier.

Henriquez was part of the Chile triumphed that at the Copa America last night. Curiously, he was described as a ‘former player’ on the club’s official website earlier this week despite there being no official announcement about his sale.

Reports from Croatia are quoting Dinamo president Zoran Mamic as saying Henriquez will cost €1million (£700,000).




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Liverpool Transfer News Sunday 5 July

Benteke Deal Reaches Deadlock. Llorente Linked

Christian Benteke Liverpool transfer newsLiverpool’s interest in Christian Benteke is becoming bogged down with the Reds refusing to pay his £32.5million release clause and Aston Villa insisting they won’t lower the price.

Liverpool are interested in signing the Belgium international and Benteke prefers a move to Anfield rather than to Tottenham Hotspur, who are also keen but the deal has stalled over the price with no sign of any negotiations.

Meanwhile, reports are today linking Liverpool with Juventus striker Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard has been told he can leave the Serie A side and is rated at £10million.

But his signing would be a huge gamble for Liverpool. For one thing he is 30 years old. For another, his two seasons in Italy haven’t exactly been a success. He played in 65 Serie A games and scored 23 goals at an average of one for every 195 minutes on the pitch.

Hernandez Linked With Liverpool Transfer

The Mail On Sunday suggests that Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez could be an option. No player has moved between the two clubs for over 50 years so the prospect appears unlikely. Reports from the US claim Mexico international Hernandez is close to a move to MLS newcomers Orlando City.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is known to be an admirer of Hernandez, but a move looks unlikely.

Reds Wary Of Ings Tribunal

Liverpool have seen the offer of a £5million compensation to Burnley for Danny Ings rejected by the Championship club.

Ings officially became a Liverpool player when his contract at Turf Moor expired on 1 July. But he turns 23 later this month and his age means Liverpool cannot sign him on a Bosman free transfer.

However, the Anfield club are eager for the case not to go to a Premier League tribunal.

Burnley are demanding £8million, so there isn’t a huge gap between the clubs. But Ings turned down a move to Tottenham Hotspur prior to agreeing his switch to Anfield.

And Spurs offered well in excess of Burnley’s asking price – £12million to be precise. Liverpool fear that if the case goes to a tribunal then they could end up meeting Burnley’s asking price – or more if the committee take Tottenham’s bid into account.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is wanted by Serie A side Lazio. The Italian almost left Anfield for Sunderland last summer and is wanted on a season-long loan. Lazio have offered a loan fee of €1million (just over £700,000) with an option to buy for €7million (£5million).

But Borini wants to stay in the Premier League even though Liverpool are ready to let him go at that price.



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Harry Kane ‘Is £40m Manchester United Transfer Target’

Harry Kane Manchester United transfer newsThose rumours about a Harry Kane move to Manchester United won’t go away.

The Spurs striker has said on at least two occasions that he won’t be leaving Tottenham Hotspur, but there is another report today suggesting that United are preparing a bid of £40million.

Kane is currently on holiday in New York before returning to England for pre-season training on Thursday of this week. But The Sun On Sunday claims United will test Tottenham’s resolve with a bid of £40million.

Even if Manchester United do put in a bid the chances of it succeeding are close to zero.

“I am happy at Spurs and I look forward to the future with Spurs,” Kane said last month.

“I have seen there is interest but that’s all I know. It is flattering for other clubs to maybe be interested.”

At that time reports concentrated on a bid in the region of £45-50million. The Sun claims today that there will be a £40million bid.

United might wish to‘test the resolve’ of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. But Levy and Tottenham manager Maurizio Pochettino insisted earlier in the summer that Kane was staying at White Hart Lane. As Spurs are in the process of off-loading some of their fringe players it is unlikely they will sell their top man.

A Manchester United transfer for Kane is extremely unlikely.




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