Chelsea Close In On €35m Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado Chelsea transfer newsChelsea are closing in on the transfer of Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.

Reports from Italy this morning claim the Blues are preparing to pay the Colombian’s €35million release fee and that Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah may be included as part of the deal.

Fiorentina have stood firm since Chelsea’s interest was reported a few days ago. An initial bid of around £20million was rejected by the Serie A side. Now it seems that a second bid of around £26.8million – equating to the €35million release fee – will be lodged by the Premier League leaders.

Cuadrado was linked during the summer with interest from Barcelona and Manchester United. Barca were Cuadrado’s first choice, but neither they nor United came in with a concrete bid and Cuadrado remained with Fiorentina. A new deal he signed in November included the €35million release clause.

Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who is currently on loan at Fiorentina, has convinced Cuadrado he should make the move to the Premier League, which he was hesitant about in the summer of 2014.

Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy claims Fiorentina may ask Chelsea for Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. Roma were keen last weekend but they offered just €1million for an 18-month loan with a right to send him back but with a €17million (£12.5million) right to redemption in 2016. Chelsea snubbed the offer and Fiorentina could offer him the chance to finally make the move to Serie A.

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Premier League Transfer News Thursday 29 January

Premier League transfer newsManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea could be a target for Real Madrid – but only when his contract expires in 2016. The Spanish club would be looking to sign him on a free transfer. Nick Powell could be sent out on loan again. This time, Hull City are interested. Powell was recently recalled from a loan spell at Leicester.

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Arsenal are being linked with AC Milan defender Adil Rami and Valencia right-back Joao Pereira. But reports from Spain claim Pereira is on his way to Bundesliga side Hannover 96.

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Juventus have €4m for the 50percent they do not own of Arsenal transfer target Daniele Rugani.

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Paris Saint-Germain are in talks to take Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan for the rest of the season.

Liverpool are being linked with a double move for Hamburg midfielders Lars Stindl and Leonardo Bittencourt. The pair would replace Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva. Liverpool are also being linked with Porto’s 17-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves, though reports of a £29m bid are far-fetched.

West Ham United have bid £8m for Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis. However, the Swans promised Gomis an £8m signing-on fee payable over the life of his contract, so the Welsh club would effectively be letting him go on a free transfer after just six months. The Hammers have agreed a pre-contract deal with Hamilton full-back Stephen Hendrie. The Scottish Premiership side will receive £1m in compensation.

One-time Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton target Jackson Martinez wants a move to Serie A, claims his agent.

Aston Villa have renewed their efforts to sign winger Scott Sinclair from Manchester City.

Crystal Palace are on the verge of two new signings: Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jordon Mutch looks set to arrive for £4.75m and Lille defender Pape Souare will sign for £3.4m.

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Manchester United Transfer News Thursday 29 January

De Gea To Head To Madrid In 2016?

David de Gea Manchester United transfer newsManchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is a Real Madrid transfer target – but the La Liga giants may wait until his contract has expired in order to sign him on a free transfer.

De Gea, 24, is out of contract in the summer of 2016. Some reports claim he could be about to sign a new contract with United that would make him one the best-paid goalkeepers in the world. The Daily Mirror suggested on Wednesday that after snubbing an offer of £120,000 a week, De Gea would sign a deal worth £140,000 a week. Only the likes of current Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas earn more.

But the Daily Telegraph claims today that with Casillas keen to play in the USA before his contract expires in 2017 and with summer signing Keylor Navas impressing as back-up, Real are willing to be patient in their pursuit of De Gea.

The former Atletico Madrid player could conceivably sign a pre-contract agreement with Real in January of next year when he has just six months left on his current deal.

The Telegraph plays down reports that De Gea is unhappy in England and the paper claims he would otherwise be willing to remain at Old Trafford. But it says that the opportunity of a transfer to Real Madrid and the chance to move back to his home city, where his girlfriend Spanish pop singer Edurne Garcia Almagro lives, could be one that he doesn’t want to turn down.

Powell In Hull Link

Manchester United starlet Nick Powell could be heading to Hull City. The 20-year-old has been recalled from his season-long loan at Leicester City after just three substitute appearances in the Premier League amounting to just 40 minutes on the pitch.

Powell moved to United from Crewe Alexandra in 2012 in a deal worth £6million. But he has played just seven times for United in three years and he spent last season on loan at Championship side Wigan Athletic where he started in 23 games.

Hull City are keen to give Powell the chances to shine in the Premier League. Manager Steve Bruce has been priced out of a move for Wigan Athletic’s Callum McManaman, who has moved to West Brom for £4million and is looking at Powell as an alternative.

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Arsenal Transfer News Thursday 29 January

Rami In Arsenal Link

Adil Rami Arsenal transferAC Milan central defender Adil Rami is an Arsenal transfer target, according to the latest reports.

The news comes from the Daily Star which suggests that Arsene Wenger will try and further boost his defensive options with the addition of Rami and Valencia right-back Joao Pereira.

But having signed Gabriel Paulista from Villareal earlier this week it would seem strange that Wenger wants to add yet another centre-back. Granted, Gabriel will be third-choice behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the Arsenal pecking order and the addition of a fourth central defender would give Wenger cover for both his middle-men. But Rami comes at a cost of £6million. And he comes with something of a reputation.

Rami moved to Milan from Valencia in January of last year. This was after he was fined for criticising the then coach Miroslav Djukic some three months earlier. He was actually training with Milan from October 2013 before officially signing on loan. The deal was made permanent in the summer of last year for £3.4million with Rami paying a further £375,000 himself to make sure the deal went through.

Milan are unlikely to sanction a move, while Arsene Wenger will be aware that Rami recently turned 29 and will have little or no resale value at the end of his contract.

Rami was linked with Arsenal in 2012.

The link with Pereira is similarly odd given that the Portugal international turns 31 years old next month.

Pereira didn’t train with Valencia on Wednesday and local media are claiming he is in talks with the club over a possible move. That could lead to a switch to Arsenal, but reports from Spain claimed last night that he is heading for Bundesliga side Hannover.

Pereira moved to Valencia from Sporting Lisbon in 2012 for just over £3million. His contract expires this summer but Valencia have the option to increase it by another year.

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Juventus Snap Up Arsenal Transfer Target

Daniele Rugani Arsenal transferArsenal have lost out to Juventus in the race for Empoli defender Daniele Rugani.

The Gunners were linked with the 20-year-old earlier this week and we predicted today that Juventus would exercise their right to buy outright the 50percent of Rugani that they didn’t already own.

But we predicted that they move wouldn’t take place until the summer. Not so. According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus have today agreed to pay €4million (£3million) to Empoli to buy out their remaining stake in Rugani. The upside for Empoli is that Rugani will remain with them for the rest of the season.

The Italy under-21 international has been at Empoli for his entire career. Juventus bought a 50percent stake in 2013 and sent him back to Empoli with whom he won promotion from Serie B last season. The arrangement was repeated for this campaign but Arsenal’s interest appears to have spurred Juve into action.

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Jackson Martinez Will Only Leave Porto For Serie A

Jackson Martinez Liverpool transfer newsLiverpool and Tottenham Hotspur striker Jackson Martinez will only leave FC Porto for a move to Italy.

Martinez was monitored by Liverpool back in 2012, but he decided against a move to the Premier League and instead joined Porto. He has scored 81 goals in 116 games for the Portugese side and has been a constant amongst transfer rumours for the past three years both for Liverpool and for Spurs.

But his representative, Henrique Pompeo, says Martinez will only look at a move to a top Italian side.

“His will is clear: he wants to play in Serie A, he has the Italian league in his heart,” Pompeo told .

“If he went away from Porto, Serie A would be his first choice.

“He is happy in Portugal; however, he is tempted by another experience in Europe. We are not making an issue of money, but it is the right time to leave.

“On our side there is a willingness to consider the possible conditions for a transfer but any club wishing to do so need a direct contact with me.

“It ‘s very difficult to go in January because Porto still need him for the Champions League and for chasing Benfica in the league, therefore Martinez will leave only after this season.

“At Napoli he would be happy because we are talking about a special place, but Roma, AC Milan or Juventus are all good teams.”

Martinez looked set to quit Porto last summer only for the Portugese side to offer him a new deal running to 2017. However, the new contract included a release clause of €35million – £26million at current exchange rates – which kicks in at the start of next season. No Italian club will pay that sort of fee and Porto usually hold out for every penny.

They could sell for less in the summer should they wish to, but the likelihood is that they may even try and hold out for more.

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De Gea To Sign New Deal at Manchester United?

David de Gea Manchester United transfer newsDavid De Gea is set to sign a new contract to keep him at Manchester United until 2020. That’s according to reports from Italy where Sport MediaSet claims the Spaniard is set to sign a new five-year deal.

De Gea’s current deal expires in 2016 and there have been reports that he is unhappy in England and wants to return to Spain. Real Madrid have been linked as Iker Casillas’s future is shrouded in some doubt. But United would want around £50million and that appears to be too high a price for the La Liga side.

Sport MediaSet is perhaps not the best source having no obvious connection with either United or with Spain. But perhaps the news has come from De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes.

If Madrid don’t meet United’s price tag this summer it puts United in the position of losing their keeper for nothing at the end of next season.

It remains to see who will blink first, but a new contract with United could be worth far more than a move to the Bernabeu.

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Premier League Transfer News Wednesday 28 January

Premier League Transfer News and Rumours

Premier League transfer newsArsenal are being linked with Italian defender Daniele Rugani, but they face competition from Juventus who an option this summer to buy the 50percent they don’t already own. Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is interesting Liverpool as well as clubs in Europe.

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Arsenal are also being linked with Valencia right-back Joao Pereira as well as the Spanish side’s 19-year-old left-back Jose Luis Gaya.

Manchester United have been told they will have to ‘live with’ the prospect of Paul Pogba not making a return to Old Trafford. Wilfried Zaha could be heading back to Crystal Palace on a permanent basis before the transfer deadline closes. United will have to pay the full £30m release fee for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

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Meanwhile, Darren Fletcher’s Manchester United exit could be delayed over his pay-off.

Chelsea are being linked with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, but the Spain World Cup-winner is expected to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu. The Blues are still in talks over Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. Wolfsburg are denying reports that they are interested in Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle. Serbia midfielder Danilo Pantic, 18, claims he is leaving Partizan Belgrade for Chelsea before the transfer window closes.

Real Madrid are being linked once again with a move for Raheem Sterling as he turns down a deal worth £75,000 a week. Liverpool are being linked with a £14m transfer bid for PSG attacking midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi. If such a bid transpires it is likely to be accepted by PSG. Lavezzi has been linked with a move to Italy, but Serie A clubs will only bid around £8m. The Reds had scouts watching Porto’s Ruben Neves at the weekend.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko says he would find it difficult to refuse a move to Paris Saint-Germain. The 25-year-old has also been linked with Arsenal. Central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has joined Roma on a permanent basis for £5.5m. He has been on loan at the Serie A side this season.

Tottenham Hotspur are no longer interested in a loan deal for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot. Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is still keen on a move to Tottenham. However, he is more likely to end up at Roma.

QPR will sign Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell as part of a deal to take midfielder Jordon Mutch to Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace are expected to sell 23-year-old midfielder Stuart O’Keefe to Cardiff for £800,000.

Southampton are eyeing up Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena as a replacement for Jack Cork who could be sold this week. Cork has turned the offer of a new deal and is out of contract this summer.

West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison is expected to travel to Italy to sign a pre-contract agreement with Serie A side Lazio. He will move when his contract at Upton Park expires this summer. Championship side Cardiff City are interested in Hammers winger Matt Jarvis but they will face competition from West Brom.

A number of Premier League clubs are interested in Stoke City defender Robert Huth. That’s bad news for Cardiff who are keen to snap him up. Stoke have joined Crystal Palace in the race for Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has ruled out signing a replacement for Samuel Eto’o. The Cameroon international signed yesterday for Serie A side Sampdoria in a deal worth £50,000 a week. However, the Toffees have been offered former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.

West Brom are closing in on Wigan midfielder Callum McManaman. Tony Pulis is still keen on Swansea’s £3.5m-rated full-back Neil Taylor. Baggies defender Donervon Daniels has joined Aberdeen on loan.

Swansea City are in talks with St Etienne over £3m-rated midfielder Franck Tabanou.

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Manchester United Transfer News Wednesday 28 January

No Return For Pogba

Paul Pogba Manchester United transferManchester United have been warned not to expect Paul Pogba to move back to Old Trafford.

Pogba, 21, is reported to be a Manchester United transfer target with Juventus said to be prepared to listen this summer to offers of around £75million. Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations rule out all but a few clubs- including United. But Juve veteran Andrea Pirlo doesn’t think a return to Old Trafford is on the cards after he left the club in 2012.

“For some reason they chose not to give him a chance – and that is a mistake they will have to live with now,” Pirlo told French television programme Telefoot.

“I can’t see that he will ever return to Manchester United.”

Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also being linked with Pogba. However, PSG have Financial Fair Play problems of their own and that only leaves Madrid as a potential destination.

Pogba, who is already thought to be taking Spanish lessons from Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, left United after making just seven appearances for the side.

Zaha Linked With Permanent Exit

Manchester United midfielder Wilfried Zaha could be heading back to Crystal Palace on a permanent basis.

Zaha left Selhurst Park two years ago in a deal worth an initial £10million with variables adding a further £2million onto that. But he struggled to make an impact under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal decided to send him to Palace on a season-long loan.

Palace will pay an initial £3million for Zaha with a further £3million in various add-ons and bonuses.

Given that Zaha is two years into a five-year deal his written-down value will be £6million by the end of the season (three-fifths of £10million). If the variables payable by Palace are based on appearances made by Zaha then there is a good chance they will be paid out – less so if trophies won are added into the mix. The deal may be the best United can hope for given that Zaha is out of the picture at Old Trafford.

Palace boss Alan Pardew will be keen to get the deal done before Monday’s transfer deadline. He has Zaha and Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan from other Premier League clubs. He is allowed a maximum of two and a permanent deal for Zaha will free up a loan spot from elsewhere in the division.

Laporte To Cost £30m

Manchester United transfer target Aymeric Laporte will cost the Red Devils £30million. The Athletic Bilbao centre-back has a buyout clause in his contract of €40million (£30million) and the La Liga side will expect to recoup every penny.

United have dealt with Athletic previously. Their 2013 bid for Ander Herrera failed when they refused to lodge his £30.5million release fee. The deal eventually went through last summer when they paid the full amount.

Athletic only recruit players from the Basque region of northern Spain and south-west France so going out and spending money on a replacement isn’t always a viable option – hence the high release fees.

Real Madrid are also being linked with Laporte.

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Arsenal Transfer News Wednesday 28 January

Italian Defender Is Arsenal Transfer Target

Daniele Rugani Arsenal transferJuventus defender Daniele Rugani is once again being linked with an Arsenal transfer this summer but the on-loan centre-back is likely to remain with the Serie A side.

The 20-year-old Rugani is co-owned by both Juventus and Empoli. He spent last year at Empoli as they won promotion from Serie B and the arrangement was extended for him to remain there for the whole of this season. He now has 60 league appearances under his belt for Empoli.

Juventus have the option to buy out Empoli’s share in Rugani at the end of this season. It will cost them €3.5million (£2.6million) but with both Arsenal and Real Madrid keeping tabs on the youngster they are likely to exercise that option.

Reports from Italy earlier this week also linked Arsenal with another Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci, though he is more likely to sign a new deal with the Serie A giants.

Meanwhile, Arsenal youngster Chuba Akpom is interesting Liverpool. The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and although the Gunners have made him the offer of a new contract he is said to be weighing up his options elsewhere.

Borussia Dortmund, Dutch sides Feyenoord and FC Twente and now Liverpool are said to be interested.

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