Premier League Transfer News Thursday 23 October

Premier League transfer newsArsenal striker Lukas Podolski has re-iterated that he wishes to speak to Arsene Wenger about his future. The Germany international came off the bench to snatch an injury-time winner as the Gunners defeated Anderlecht 2-1 in their Champions League match last night. Arsenal are monitoring Birmingham winger Demarai Gray, 18, but they face competition from both Liverpool and Tottenham.

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Manchester United transfer target Juan Cuadrado is looking to see if there is any interest from United or Barcelona before signing a new four-year deal with Fiorentina. United were linked with the Colombia international during the summer. United are also being linked with Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, assuming the European champions can find a suitable replacement.

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Manchester City are linked with an £8m move for Real Madrid defender Pepe.

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Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he is an Arsenal fan. The Stuttgart defender has been followed by the west London side but admits that his “heart beats for Arsenal.” Meanwhile, Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been hospitalised with a mystery virus.

Newcastle United fans have been told the club are not guaranteed to sign a striker in January.

Liverpool and Arsenal are monitoring Gonzalo Higuain’s situation at Napoli with reports suggesting he could be on his way from the Serie A side in January.

Liverpool are still keen on Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri but the Reds will face competition from Schalke 04.

Burnley, Southampton and Sunderland are among the clubs watching Ilkeston midfielder Che Adams. The 18-year-old is in his first full season with the non-league club.

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Manchester United Transfer News Thursday 23 October

United Target To Sign New Deal?

Juan Cuadrado Manchester United transfer newsOne-time Manchester United transfer target Juan Cuadrado is ready to sign a new contract with Serie A side Fiorentina. But he wants to ascertain whether there is any interest from Old Trafford or Barcelona before he puts pen to paper.

The Colombia international winger was linked with United over the summer when it was revealed that the Red Devils were interested in signing the 26-year-old. But after talks with Fiorentina chief Andrea della Valle in August, the Serie A side disclosed to Cuadrado that he would not be able to leave for less than €40million (£32million). There was no interest from either Manchester United or Barcelona as a result.

Fiorentina are preparing a deal that will see Cuadrado pick up €5million a year (£80,000 a week). The only good news for United is that the release fee will be set at €35million (£28million) – less than the price tag this summer. The contract will run to 2018 with an option for additional season.

Cuadrado’s agent will sound out United and Barcelona over any interest. Barcelona are sweating on an appeal over a two-window transfer embargo that will rule them out until at least 2016. United decided £32million was too high a price. Whether £28million is acceptable remains to be seen.

Marcelo In Manchester United Transfer Rumour

Manchester United are reported to be keeping tabs on Real Madrid left-back Marcelo. But any move could fall apart if the Spanish side fail to recruit the player they have identified as Marcelo’s replacement.

Marcelo, 26, is in his eighth season at the Bernabeu and will be allowed to leave the club. But it depends on Real’s recruitment of Bayern Munich’s Austrian defender David Alaba.

Any move for Alaba looks set to fail as the 22-year-old is regarded by Bayern coach Pep Guardiola as a vital part of the Bundesliga champions’side.

Bayern won’t allow Alaba to leave and that will scupper United’s hopes of a move for Marcelo.

Marcelo plays at left-back, a position United appeared to have filled in the summer with £27million signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton. However, Shaw has failed to impress since his arrival and speculation is already linking United with a replacement.

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Arsenal Transfer News Thursday 23 October

Podolski Hints Again At Exit

Lukas Podolski Arsenal transferArsenal striker Lukas Podolski still says he is looking to leave the club if he doesn’t get more playing time.

The Germany international scored a dramatic winner as Arsenal came from a goal down to score twice in two minutes right at the end of last night’s Champions League match with Anderlecht to win 2-1. But Podolski was on the bench until the 84th minute and he said in an earlier interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper that he still wants talks about his future.

“I have a contract with Arsenal until 2016. I feel at home in London and get on with the fans very well,” he said.

“Even so, I will try to speak with the coach and the club to see what is best for all parties.

“I want to play football and am not the type to sit on the bench until my contract expires.”

Podolski’s six minutes of action last night brought his season’s total to 145. But 90 minutes of that came in the Gunners’ Capital One Cup defeat at home to Southampton and he has just 36 minutes of football in the Premier League.

But the German is fearful that he will lose his place in the Germany side. Joachim Low commented after last week’s draw with the Republic Of Ireland that Podolski looked noticeably short of match practice.

Arsenal Linked With Birmingham Winger

Birmingham City youngster Demarai Gray is a possible Arsenal transfer target. The 18-year-old has been linked in recent weeks with Liverpool and Tottenham but Arsenal are now very much in the race for his signature.

Liverpool are still front-runners for the young winger. It is thought that the Reds already have an agreement in place with Birmingham following their loan to the Blues of Jordan Ibe last season.

Gray, who is rated at around £2million, has 17 Championship appearances under his belt: six starts and 11 appearances off the bench. He has also played in three cup games.

German Defender Reveals Love for Arsenal

Chelsea target Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he is an Arsenal fan. The 20-year-old, who has been watched on a number of occasions by scouts from Stamford Bridge, told German newspaper Bild: “I have been following Arsenal since the days of Henry and Bergkamp. My heart beats for Arsenal.”

Despite Rudiger’s love of the Gunners there is no evidence of any Arsenal transfer interest in the Stuttgart defender.

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Balotelli Subbed As He Swaps Shirts At Half-Time [Vine]

Striker Swaps Shirts With Pepe

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli was substituted at half-time in tonight’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.

The Reds found themselves 3-0 down thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a brace from Karim Benzema. But when the two sides emerged for the second half Balotelli had been replaced by Adam Lallana.

Perhaps it had something to do with Balotelli swapping shirts with Real defender Pepe as the two sides walked down the tunnel at the end of the first half. The incident was caught by TV cameras.

In some countries players do swap shirts at the interval but it isn’t a common practise in England. Arsenal defender Andre Santos caused uproar when he swapped shirts with Robin van Persie of Manchester United when the two sides clashed in November 2012. It hastened his exit from the club.

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Manchester United On Alert Over Real Madrid’s Marcelo

Real Looking At Bayern Replacement

Marcelo Manchester United transferManchester United could make a move for Real Madrid left-back Marcelo in January.

The Daily Express suggests that United manager Louis van Gaal has the Brazilian as one of his options as he looks to shore up the left side of his defence.

Marcelo, 26, has been at the Bernabeu since 2007 when he moved from Fluminense in his homeland. There have been reports that he is looking for a change of scenery and he has previously been linked with Serie A side Juventus.

Marcelo has started seven of Real’s eight La Liga games so far this season. He started 24 of their 38 games last term and was a substitute in four others. He has played a total of 279 games for the side in all competitions scoring 19 goals.

Reports from Spain claim that Real will not stand in his way should Marcelo decide to leave. But that depends on them finding a replacement.

United signed a left-back in the summer in the shape of Luke Shaw who cost the club £27million from Southampton. But Shaw has failed to impress and the Express appears to be speculating about a possible replacement less than six months after Shaw was signed.

The paper adds that Real will use the proceeds from the sale of Marcelo to fund the purchase of Bayern left-back David Alaba. But it is unlikely that Bayern coach Pep Guardiola will part with the Austria international and that could in turn scupper any exit for Marcelo.

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Liverpool: Gerrard ‘Backtracked’ On Real Madrid Move

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Gerrard Turned Down 2005 Madrid Transfer

Liverpool take on Real Madrid at Anfield later this evening and according to a report in a Spanish newspaper today midfielder Steven Gerrard once back-tracked on a move to Real Madrid.

Marca newspaper claims that in 2005 personal terms had already been agreed between Gerrard and the Spanish giants. At the time, Gerrard was 25 and had just won the Champions League with Liverpool after an epic penalty shoot-out win over AC Milan in the final.

At the time all the talk was of a move to Chelsea, but Marca claims that Real president Florentino Perez put the wheels in motion for a move to the Bernabeu. Terms were agreed and all that remained was for the two clubs to agree a fee. But in the aftermath of the Champions League triumph Gerrard decided the time wasn’t right for him to leave Anfield. He withdrew his acceptance and remained with Liverpool.

Real made a second bid to lure Gerrard to the Bernabeu in 2010 after Jose Mourinho’s appointment as coach. Gerrard has frequently referred to this second approach and says he turned it down. His link with Chelsea in 2005 is also well documented as is an approach by Sir Alex Ferguson in 2002 which the former Manchester United boss claimed fell through because of ‘external factors’.

But Gerrard was closest to leaving Anfield in 2005 – and it wasn’t to Chelsea but to Real Madrid.

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Cavani Alters Shotgun Celebration As PSG Snatch Late Win

Cavani Avoids Red Card This Time

Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani was given a red card at the weekend for mimicking a shotgun as part of a goal celebration when he scored in his side’s 3-1 win at Lens.

Cavani was on target again last night with an 88th-minute winner as PSG defeated Apoel Nicosia in a Champions League group stage. It looked as though Cavani was about to repeat his celebration – but he added a little twist.

The goal was Cavani’s second in successive games but he is still struggling to find the net despite the absence through injury of main striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Last night’s strike was only his second in six games since Ibrahimovic was sidelined.

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Manchester City Linked With £8m Real Madrid Defender

City To Bid £8m For Pepe

Pepe Manchester City transfer newsManchester City are preparing an £8million bid for Real Madrid defender Pepe next summer, according to reports from Spain.

The Portugal international has started in five of Real’s eight games in La Liga so far this season along with one game in the Champions League. However, the Spanish website claims the 31-year-old is in Manuel Pellegrini’s sights.

The website adds that City will bid €10million (£8million) for Pepe at the end of the season and that Martin DeMichelis, who is out of season next summer, will be the player to make way for Pepe.

Raphael Varane’s recent new deal with Real makes Pepe’s departure from the Bernabeu almost inevitable. His contract with Real expires in 2016 and the Spanish side will sell him next summer rather than let him go for nothing at the end of next season.

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Premier League Transfer News Wednesday 22 October

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Turkish side Galatasaray could make a January move for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski. The Germany international is also a loan target for Inter Milan. Arsenal could lose out to Chelsea and Manchester United for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira as they cannot match the wages on offer from their Premier League rivals. Manchester City are reported to be eyeing up Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil as the replacement for Yaya Toure. The Gunners are monitoring Leicester City defender Liam Moore, a player they were first interested in over two years ago.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal and Chelsea target Munir Haddadi looks set to sign a new contract with Barcelona that will increase his release clause to £28million.

Manchester United are being linked again with Fredy Guarin after reports that Inter Milan want to sell the Colombia international. However, United transfer target Marco Reus may snub interest from the Premier League in order to secure a move to Real Madrid.

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QPR manager Harry Redknapp claims Adel Taarabt is the “worst professional” he has ever met as the fall-out continues from comments made at the weekend over Taarabt’s weight.

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Former Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is being linked with a move to Schalke 04 where he would link up again with former Blues boss Roberto di Matteo. Torres has scored once in five games for AC Milan.

Tottenham Hotspur look set to sell keeper Hugo Lloris and will snap up Toulouse keeper Al Ahmada as his replacement. Spurs are monitoring Ajax defender Niklas Moisander.

Manchester City want Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2016. City are still being linked with Real Madrid defender Pepe and are willing to pay £8million.

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Manchester United Transfer News Wednesday 22 October

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United Target Set For Inter Exit?

Manchester United transfer target Fredy Guarin could be on his way out of Inter Milan in the January transfer market.

The 28-year-old was linked last January with Chelsea, Tottenham and Juventus while this summer saw rumours of interest from United as well as Russian side Zenit St Petersburg.

At the time, the Daily Star reported the rumours of a United link and the same paper has revived the story with a report he is about to be sold by the Serie A side. Inter apparently want the Colombia international’s wages of over £70,000 a week off their books.

But while the Star claims reports from Italy speculate about a transfer those reports are hard to nail down. Italian outlets are claiming that Guarin could be on his way out of Inter. But those outlets are merely reporting the story as it comes from the Daily Star.

United boss Louis van Gaal is reportedly a huge admirer of Guarin and sees him as an alternative to Arturo Vidal of Juventus. Vidal recently pledged the rest of the season to the Italian champions. Indeed, Guarin was seen at one time as a possible replacement for Vidal should he have quit Juve for United this summer. That prospect looks to be off the agenda until at least next summer.

Reus To Reject United Interest

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus will snub the chance of a switch to Manchester United for a move to Spain.

United are one of a number of Premier League sides interested in the Germany international, but Spanish website MercaFutbol claims Reus is only keen on a move to Real Madrid.

The story isn’t new as Reus was linked over the summer with a possible move to the Bernabeu. Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona have also been linked but a move to the Nou Camp looks set to be scuppered by Barca’s two-window transfer embargo.

Reus has a release clause in his contract with Dortmund of €35million (£28million). Much depends on the side’s progress in the Bundesliga but they have had a disastrous start to the season losing five of their opening eight games. At present, Dortmund are already seven points off the Bundesliga’s Champions League spots but only one point off the relegation positions.

The absence of Champions League football next season is likely to lead to an exodus of their top players, including Reus and another Manchester United transfer target, central defender Mats Hummels.

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