Manchester City Transfer News: Lampard Set for City Loan

Frank Lampard Manchester City transferManchester City are set to sign former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on a short-term loan.

The 36-year-old has signed to play for City’s sister club, New York City, but they don’t begin playing in their inaugural MLS season until next March. Another of NYC’s players, David Villa, will go on loan to a third club under the City umbrella, Melbourne City, from October until the end of December. However, Lampard was unwilling to take the same route and The Guardian claims he is instead looking to head off to the Etihad for a few months.

The move will suit City. Lampard counts as a home-grown English player, which will help them given the Champions League sanctions imposed by Uefa after City transcended Financial Fair Play rules.

It will also suit Lampard as it keeps him playing at a much higher level than the A-League would offer in Australia. Lampard is likely to spend half the coming season with City before heading off to New York after Christmas.

The idea had previously been speculated upon prior to Lampard’s exit from Chelsea in June.

An announcement on the deal is expected in the coming days.

Diego Lopez Real Madrid transfer

Real Madrid Transfer News Friday 1 August

Lopez To Leave

Diego Lopez is set for the Real Madrid transfer exit door. The 32-year-old looks set to quit the club with Keylor Navas expected to arrive from Levante as his replacement.

Lopez will have his contract cancelled by Real Madrid and will become a free agent. He will also pick up a compensation payment from the club. He was rumoured to be looking for Real to pay up the rest of his contract. That sounds unlikely given that it would have cost the club €12million (£9.6million; $16.1million) but even so he will have left with a tidy sum.

Lopez moved to the Bernabeu in January 2013 in a €3.5million transfer from Sevilla after Iker Casillas picked up a hand injury. He took Casillas’s place in the squad up to the end of the 2012-13 season and was expected to become substitute keeper when Carlo Ancelotti was appointed Real coach last summer. However, Ancelotti surprised many when he decided that Lopez would be first-choice keeper in Real’s La Liga games. Casillas got the nod for Copa del Rey and Champions League games. Unfortunately for Lopez, Real won both cup competitions and finished in third place in La Liga.

Lopez was linked with a move to Monaco as part of the deal that brought James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu. However, he decided against the move. The Ligue 1 side were keen on him prior to coming to their ultimately abortive agreement with Victor Valdes and could make another attempt to sign him.

Premier League side Chelsea are also being linked. Manager Jose Mourinho signed Lopez for what was his second spell at the Bernabeu, while Serie A side Napoli have also been linked. A number of clubs in MLS are interested.

The agreement over Lopez means that Keylor Navas will complete his long-awaited Real Madrid transfer. The Costa Rica World Cup star was due to arrive in Madrid on Thursday morning, but with the situation surrounding the other goalkeepers still unclear he remained in Costa Rica. He is expected to arrive on Monday by which time Lopez will have confirmed his decision to leave.

Navas’s club, Levante, will receive €8million as part of his Real Madrid transfer. The player will receive a €2million signing-on fee plus a salary of €2.5million a year – ten times his earnings at Levante.

Iker Casillas was linked last week with interest from Premier League side Arsenal. However, the London side signed Colombia international David Ospina from Nice last week. Casillas is expected to be Real’s first-choice keeper for the coming season.

Samuel Eto'o West Ham United transfer

West Ham United Transfer News: No Move for Eto’o

West Ham Pull Out Of Eto’o Talks

Samuel Eto’o won’t be joining West Ham United after the club refused to meet his £120,000-a-week wage demand. A number of outlets were reporting today that talks were underway between the Hammers and the Cameroon international, but the Daily Mirror claims that West Ham have withdrawn from those talks

Eto’o left Chelsea when his contract with the Blues expired at the end of last season. He was being linked with a move to Serie A even before the season ended with AC Milan and Roma both said to be interested. But despite meetings between his agent and Roma there was no agreement with the Italian club and Eto’o remains with a side with the new season just weeks away.

That leaves him out of condition ahead of the new campaign and West Ham have pulled out of negotiations after hearing Eto’o’s personal terms.

“I have regained the joy of the Champions League and I am going to carry on playing in the Champions League,” Eto’o was quoted as saying when a Roma deal was first mooted.

“Where? I am not going to tell you.”

Roma are still believed to be his first-choice destination. But he will come at a price.

West Ham are looking at a possible loan move for Arsenal’s Joel Campbell or Hugo Almeida of Besiktas.

Arturo Vidal Manchester United transfer

Manchester United Transfer Target Vidal ‘To Leave Juventus’

Vidal To Quit Juve?

Manchester United transfer target Arturo Vidal WILL leave Juventus this summer. That’s according to comments made by Italian agent Andrea D’Amico on an Italian TV station on Thursday night.

Note that D’Amico isn’t Vidal’s representative, but he claims to have inside information and says that Vidal, rather than France international team-mate Paul Pogba, will leave Juventus.

D’Amico was speaking to Sky Italia about his client, Sebastian Giovinco, who has also been linked with an exit from Juve. But while he believes Giovinco will stay he believes there will be an exit for another Juve player:

“Vidal and Pogba? One of the two will start,” he said. “In fact I am convinced that Vidal definitely will go away.”

Juventus want a deal done by tomorrow. That’s when the squad fly out for a short Asian tour.

Vidal only returned to pre-season training this week and routine medical tests performed when each player returns after a summer break paid particular attention to his knee. Vidal had an operation prior to the World Cup but failed to complete any of the three games he played in. United are believed to be especially concerned with the state of his knee.

Reports from Chile earlier this week suggested that Vidal had been offered a wage of £270,000 a week by United and that he was meeting Juventus to see if they could match that figure. If they can’t, then he would be leaving.

It will be interesting to see if he is on the flight out of Turin tomorrow.

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Taider Southampton transfer

Southampton Transfer News Friday 1 August

Saints In For Inter Duo

A Southampton transfer for Algerian midfielder Saphir Taider hangs very much in the balance, but his Inter Milan team-mate Ezequiel Schelotto is closer to a move to St Mary’s.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio met yesterday with Taider to try and convince him to make the move to Southampton. The news that Ausilio tried to sell the idea of a move to Southampton suggests there is some reticence on the part of the 22-year-old although it also suggests he has no future at Inter.

Taider moved from Bologna to Inter last summer and played in 25 Serie A games last season: 13 as a starter and 12 off the bench. However, it’s clear that there are other clubs keen on him, as well as Southampton. Lazio are monitoring developments; another Serie A side, Sassuolo, are also keen and there is one other Premier League side said to be interested.

Inter wanted Taider to be part of the loan deal that saw Pablo Dani Osvaldo leave Southampton for the San Siro for the coming season. Inter have the right to sign Osvaldo on a permanent basis next summer for a fee of €7million (£5.5million). The Italian club want Taider to head to St Mary’s on the same basis and for the same right of redemption.

A more likely Southampton transfer target is Inter winger Ezequiel Schelotto. The 25-year-old Argentina-born Italy international has also been linked with a Southampton loan and that deal appears to have more of a chance of coming off than the deal for Taider. Schelotto is likely to move to St Mary’s on a season-long loan with the option to move on a permanent basis for €5million (£4million) next summer.

The winger spent last season on loan at Sassuolo and then at Parma. He scored five goals in 27 games for the two clubs.

Arsenal In Schneiderlin Talks?

Meanwhile, the Morgan Schneiderlin situation has taken a twist with Metro newspaper claiming he has had talks with Arsenal over the past week. There is no confirmation that the story is true and Metro fails to flesh it out with any concrete facts.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman reiterated the club’s stance on the Frenchman yesterday when he said he had admonished Schneiderlin over a tweet he sent out this week criticising the club and that he wouldn’t be leaving St Mary’s.

“These things need to be kept in-house,” Koeman said of the tweet.

“He is a Southampton player and he will continue to be so. He will be involved in our friendly against Bayer Leverkusen next week and against Liverpool on the first day of the season.”

Schneiderlin is believed to be keen on joining up with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

Premier League transfer news

Premier League Transfer News Friday 1 August

Quintero, Torres, Schneiderlin, Eto’o

Arsenal are being linked with the transfer of Porto attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero. However, his agent says there won’t be any deal unless the Gunners agree to pay his full £32m release fee. Santi Cazorla is being linked with an Arsenal transfer exit as a result, but Atletico Madrid claim he isn’t one of their transfer targets. Arsenal full-back Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham on a season-long loan.

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Arsenal transfer target Douglas Costa could be the subject of a €65m double-bid from Monaco along with team-mate Alex Texeira.

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Manchester United are being linked once again with a transfer move for Borussia Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels. This was after the German side approached Liverpool over a loan move for Tiago Ilori. Javier Hernandez won’t be moving to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish club ruled out the Mexican as one of their targets. However, reports from Spain claim that Shinji Kagawa could be one of their targets.

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PSG striker Edinson Cavani has ruled out a transfer to Manchester United.

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Napoli president Aurelio di Laurentiis has confirmed that United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is one of the players he is interested in.

Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has flown out to Spain to complete the transfers of Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno.

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Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has told Moreno he will have a better quality of life in Seville.

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West Ham United are being linked with Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international is a free agent after his Chelsea contract expired. Peter Crouch of Stoke City and Hugo Almeida of Besiktas are alternatives.

Meanwhile, a transfer for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech could be on the cards after Jose Mourinho heaped praise on all his keepers apart from Cech. One player who won’t be leaving Stamford Bridge at the moment is Fernando Torres. He has been linked with a move back to Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish champions claim he isn’t one of their targets. Chelsea defender Nathan Ake is a target for Championship side Derby County.

Aston Villa could turn to Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair should they fail in their bid to land Chelsea’s Victor Moses on loan. Villa full-back Matt Lowton could be heading for Middlesbrough.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has ruled out a to Tottenham transfer for Morgan Schneiderlin. The Dutchman says the midfielder “is a Southampton player and will continue to be”. However, striker Dani Osvaldo has moved to Inter Milan on a season-long loan. The Saints have enquired about Inter midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto as part of the deal.

Newcastle United could make a move for Loic Remy after the QPR striker’s transfer to Liverpool collapsed. The Magpies are likely to try for a loan move as his release fee to Newcastle stands at £15m. Newcastle are also being linked with a loan move for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Facundo Ferreyra. The Argentina international is one of a number of players who refused to turn out for the Ukrainian side last week over fears for their safety.

QPR could turn to Marseille midfielder after a transfer deal for Ajax’s Kolbein Sigthorsson ground to a halt over personal terms.

Burnley are lining up a £2m move for West Bromwich Albion’s England Under-21 central defender Craig Dawson.

Crystal Palace have agreed a two-year deal with former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland.

Everton have moved in front of Sunderland in the race to sign Chelsea youngster Christian Atsu. The Toffees are also being linked with MK Dons 18-year-old midfielder Brendan Galloway.

Alberto Moreno Liverpool transfer

Liverpool Transfer News and Rumours Friday 1 August

Moreno, Manquillo Getting Close

Liverpool transfer deals for Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo could be wrapped up soon after the club’s managing director Ian Ayre flew out to Spain for talks.

Moreno’s transfer saga has been going on for over a month. Twice, he has appeared to be close to a move only for his Liverpool transfer to falter over the size of the fee.

Sevilla are still looking for around £18million for the 22-year-old, who just missed out on a place at the World Cup but who is seen as a future Spain international. It had been thought that a deal for Moreno would be agreed when Iago Aspas completed his loan move to Sevilla. However, the clubs decided to keep the two deals separate and Aspas completed his season-long loan last month.

Liverpool tried to get Ryan Bertrand in from Chelsea on a season-long loan deal but his move to Southampton meant the Reds turned once again to Moreno.

Meanwhile, Aspas has told a Spanish newspaper that if Moreno wants a better quality of life he should remain in Seville.

Ayre is also likely to meet Atletico Madrid for talks over a Liverpool transfer for Manquillo. The 20-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs and was close to a move last month to French side Marseille.

Liverpool have been tracking Manquillo for some time and came close to securing a deal for the youngster in January. However, Manquillo – who has represented Spain at every age group from under-16 to under-20 level – had second thoughts about changing clubs mid-season.

A two-year loan deal has been mooted for the player, who is regarded as one of Spanish football’s brightest prospects. Atletico are keen on the idea. They just have to get Liverpool to agree to the option of a €6million (£4.7million) transfer fee should the Anfield side decide to make the deal permanent.

Atletico signed Cristian Ansaldi from Zenit St Petersburg earlier this week. He is seen as Manquillo’s replacement and his arrival should accelerate Manquillo’s Liverpool transfer.

Mats Hummels Manchester United transfer

Manchester United Transfer News Friday 1 August

Hummels In New Dortmund Exit Rumour

There are fresh rumours about a Manchester United transfer move for Borussia Dortmund central defender Mats Hummels.

According to the Daily Mirror, United’s Premier League rivals Liverpool have been approached by the Bundesliga side about a season-long loan for young Portugese defender Tiago Ilori. The 21-year-old moved to Anfield from Sporting Lisbon last summer and was loaned out to Granada in January of this year. He made nine appearances for the Spanish club.

The Mirror claims that Ilori could be Hummels’ replacement.

That sounds unlikely.

Dortmund aren’t about to replace a World Cup-winner for a player who can’t get into Liverpool’s first team and who struggled to claim a place in a side in the bottom half of La Liga.

Dortmund have already said that Hummels will be staying with the club.

They are probably right.

A Manchester United transfer for Hummels is unlikely to take place this summer.

No Atletico Move for Hernandez

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will not be moving to Atletico Madrid.

The Spanish champions’ coach Diego Simeone hinted earlier this week at a possible move for the Mexican. However, club president Enrique Cervezo said on Thursday that neither Hernandez nor Chelsea striker Fernando Torres were targets for his club.

“Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, – Cazorla, Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito – are on our agenda,” Cerezo told Radio Marca.

“If we sign another player, it won’t be any of them.”
Meanwhile, there are rumours – and only rumours – that Hernandez has handed in a transfer request at United as he wants a move sorted out soon.

Kagawa In Atletico Link

Atletico aren’t in for Hernandez, but they might be in for Shinji Kagawa. The Japan international has been linked with a Manchester United transfer exit ever since Juan Mata’s arrival from Chelsea in January.

Since arriving at Old Trafford in 2012 Kagawa has made 35 Premier League appearances over the past two seasons but he failed to find the net in a league game last term.

Reports from Spain are speculating that he could be a £14million target for Atletico. It is only speculation, though.

He cost United £17million from Borussia Dortmund and they would accept a bid of something close to that from Atletico.

Kagawa has been linked on a number of occasions with a return to his former club, Dortmund. However, there has been no formal interest from the Bundesliga side to date.

See also: Cavani rules out PSG exit.

Juan Fernando Quintero Arsenal transfer news

Arsenal Transfer News and Rumours Friday 1 August

Quintero In Arsenal Transfer Link

Arsenal are being linked with attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero with reports coming out of his native Colombia suggesting he is flying to London for a medical on Monday.

However, those reports are already being rubbished. Quintero has a €40million (£31million) release clause at Porto. The Arsenal transfer fee is put at €20million (under £16million). Those familiar with the way Porto do their business will realise that no deal can be done until the Portugese side receive the full value of their release fee.

“Porto never called to negotiate about Juan Quintero,” his agent Ricardo Calleri told Mais Futebol last night.

“Sure there are clubs interested – there is much interest in the player from clubs in Spain and England. But to leave one would have to be willing to pay the termination clause of the club.”

Quintero has been on our radar before. We reported in January of last year that Manchester United were keen on the Colombia international. At the time, Quintero was on loan at Italian side Pescara from Atletico Nacional in his homeland.

However, the managerial change at Old Trafford following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson saw them end their interest.

Quintero ended up at Porto who paid €5million (£4million) for a 50percent stake last summer. He played in a total of 34 games in all competitions for the club and was called up for Colombia’s World Cup squad. He scored the winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast.

Quintero could be seen as a possible replacement for Santi Cazorla. The 29-year-old has being linked with interest from Atletico Madrid, although the Spanish club’s president claims Cazorla won’t be moving to the Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Jenkinson In West Ham Loan Move

Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson has joined West Ham United on a season-long loan.

The defender moves to Upton Park after the signing of both Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers pushed him down the pecking order at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger is hopeful that Jenkinson will get more first-team football with the Hammers. He started just seven Premier League games and was a substitute in seven more last season. That followed 14 starts in 2012-13.

“It’s brilliant how it has turned out and I just want to thank the gaffer and Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold because they put in a big push to get me here,” said Jenkinson.

Swansea City and Southampton were also linked and it was reported last weekend that Arsene Wenger had tried to incorporate a deal for Jenkinson as part of Calum Chambers’ £16million Arsenal transfer.

Hull City were also linked with a deal, though they tried for a £3million permanent move.

Carvalho Back On The Radar?

Arsenal are being linked again with Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. The Portugal international was linked last month with a £24million Arsenal transfer bid. That was thrown out as Sporting wanted the whole lot up front.

Carvalho’s release clause stands at €45million (£38million). However, Sporting are willing to do a deal with huge chunk of cash up-front.

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keylor navas Real Madrid transfer

Real Madrid Transfer News Thursday 31 July

Navas Deal On Hold

Real Need To Offload Keeper First

Keylor Navas’s Real Madrid transfer has been postponed until the club have sold one of their other keepers.

Costa Rica World Cup hero Navas is expected to make a €10million move from Levante to the Bernabeu. However, one of Iker Casillas or, more likely, Diego Lopez is expected to make way for him and that move must take place before he can be signed.

Navas was expected to take a flight from Costa Rica to Madrid on Wednesday night, arriving on Thursday morning, but he decided there was no point. He will instead continue his stay in the Costa Rican resort of Perez Zeledon.

Casillas has been linked with Premier League side Arsenal despite the London club having already signed David Ospina from Nice only last weekend. Lopez was linked with French side Monaco as part of the Real Madrid transfer for James Rodriguez, but he refused to go. The Ligue 1 side are expected to make a fresh bid for Lopez. Current third-choice keeper Jesus Fernandez is being linked with Malaga.

Last week, Navas’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, said that a decision on his client’s future could be expected this week – hence Navas’s flight booking. At the moment that is looking unlikely.

Cavani Keen On di Maria Transfer

Angel di Maria would be welcome at Paris Saint-Germain. So says the French club’s Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani.

Real Madrid winger Di Maria is being linked with PSG in a move worth anything from €60-80million. Cavani has been linked with an exit from the French champions in order to finance the move, although he now says he is not looking to quit the club.

“We are always looking to add new elements to the team,” Cavani said in Beijing, where PSG take on Guingamp this weekend.

“Ángel di María is high quality player – a fantastic player. He would be welcome in Paris.”

Cavani had been linked with a move to Manchester United as PSG tussle with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play sanctions. He was said to be unhappy at playing in a wide role last season but has announced that he is happy at PSG and will remain with the club.