Manchester United Transfer News: Ramos, Cillessen, Otamendi

Ramos To Be Offered £220k-a-week Deal To Stay With Madrid

Sergio Ramos Manchester United transfer newsSergio Ramos is ready to sign a new five-year deal with Real Madrid worth €9million a year after tax. The defender, who has been linked with interest from Old Trafford, currently earns €6million a year nett and has been looking for €10million. Real offered him €7million at which point Manchester United’s interest was made public.

Reports last week claimed that United boss Louis van Gaal was demanding that Ramos make public his desire to leave the Bernabeu. The 29-year-old refused and went into talks on Sunday with Real president Florentino Perez.

The result of the meeting was that the air was cleared between the two men. Ramos told Perez that he wants to end his career at Real Madrid and he looks set to be offered the position as club captain. A new deal will also be offered that will put him behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale as one of the club’s highest-paid player.

A nett wage of €9million equates to around £220,000 a week gross. However, United were prepared to offer him a five-year deal worth a total of €55million nett. His salary would have started at €12million and decreased by half a million a year down to €9million in year five.

Reports today claimed United feel betrayed by Ramos. But there are claims from Spain that the tipping point for the player was the demand that he burn his bridges with Madrid and ask to leave. From then on he was only ever likely to stay at the Bernabeu.

Ajax Scotch Cillessen Rumours

Ajax boss Frank de Boer insists that goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen isn’t on his way to Manchester. Cillessen pulled out of the Dutch side’s Champions League qualifier with Rapid Vienna this evening leading to speculation over an exit for Manchester United.

However, Ajax coach Frank de Boer suggested that there was no reason for Cillessen’s absence other than his injury.

“No, he really has trouble with his calf,” de Boer told reports. “Fortunately, I would say in this case.”

De Boer’s remarks came after Spanish newspaper El Confidencial insisted that Cillessen’s injury was due to a forthcoming transfer to Manchester United. The Netherlands international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

That move has looked increasingly unlikely with Sergio Romero’s addition to the United squad. The Argentine joins David De Gea, Victor Valdes and Anders Lindegaard wearing United’s green jersey with Sam Johnstone also in contention having travelled to the US for the club’s tour.

Valdes is expected to be sold, but De Gea looks set to see out his contract at Old Trafford. For the moment, anyway, there doesn’t appear to be any room for Cillessen with United.

Otamendi Won’t Force Valencia Exit

Valencia central defender and rumoured Manchester United transfer target Nicolas Otamendi won’t try and force through a move away from the La Liga club.

Argentina international Otamendi has been linked with United for over a month, but reports on Tuesday claimed United hadn’t made an official bid for the defender and that they weren’t interested in doing so. That somewhat flew in the face of reports over the past six weeks or so.

Otamendi returned back for training on Monday and met on Tuesday night with coach Nuno Espirito Santo at the team’s training camp in Kamen, Germany. Mindful that United haven’t put in a bid he has agreed not to force through a move as Jeremy Mathieu did last summer while on Valencia’s summer training camp amidst interest from Barcelona.

Espirito Santo tried to convince Otamendi of his importance to the side in a season where Valencia are ready to enter the Champions League via next month’s play-off round.




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Bologna Keen On Liverpool Striker Balotelli

Mario Balotelli Liverpool transferThe sporting director of newly-promoted Serie A side Bologna says he would be prepared to buy Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. The 24-year-old Italian is up for sale after a poor first season for the Reds which saw him score just one Premier League goal.

“I would take him, I would have a lot of motivation to do so,” Pantaleo Corvino told Calciomercato.

“Of course, financially, Bologna has certain parameters to be respected. But at the right price, there is the possibility to buy him outright. ”

Bologna’s Serie A rivals Sampdoria have been interested in Balotelli in recent weeks. A loan move fell apart after they insisted on a significant contribution from Liverpool towards Balotelli’s £80,000 a week wages. A permanent move has also been mooted, but Sampdoria are insisting on a lower price than the £7.1million being quoted by Liverpool.



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Southampton FC Transfer News: Caulker Arrives On Loan

Southampton transfer newsSouthampton have signed defender Steven Caulker on loan. The Queens Park Rangers centre-back makes the move to St Mary’s for the whole of the coming season.

Caulker, 23, moved to QPR last summer from Cardiff City following the Bluebirds’ relegation to the Championship. That was despite interest at the time from Southampton. He was also linked earlier this summer with interest from both West Brom and from newly-promoted Bournemouth.

“We have tracked Steven for a number of years, and so we are very happy to have finally brought him to the club,” said the Saints’ Executive Director of Football, Les Reed.

“Although still young, he has played several seasons in the top flight, as well as representing England at senior level and featuring for Great Britain at the 2012 Olympic Games.

“Steven will offer us an excellent defensive option – especially with Florin Gardos ruled out after his knee operation.

“He is a player with a good blend of both experience and potential who is determined to grow, to develop and to prove himself during his time with the club.”

Caulker said: “I’m very pleased and very excited. This club has done fantastically well, especially over the last two years.

“To now join this club and to be a part of it for this year is something I’ve proud of.

“As soon as I got the phone call to say a fee was agreed with Southampton, I was delighted to get the opportunity to come and play under a great manager.

“This club is an ambitious one, so to be part of this is a great opportunity – it’s a chance for me to prove myself. I’m very excited for the season ahead.”

But after two straight relegations, Saints fans will be hoping Caulker doesn’t make it an unwanted hat-trick.


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Busquets Is Arsenal Transfer Target

Sergio Busquets Arsenal transferArsenal are being linked with a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets. According to the Barcelona-based newspaper Sport the 27-year-old is a target for Arsene Wenger as he seeks to strengthen his squad.

Busquets started in 29 of Barca’s 38 games in La Liga last season and was a substitute in four more. Injuries and suspension ruled him out of the other five. As such, his situation is different to that of Pedro who lost his place in the starting line-up last season to Luis Suarez.

Arsenal were linked with Busquets last December when it was claimed he was simply looking for a change of scenery. But Wenger’s move looks doomed to fail. Busquets doesn’t want to leave the Nou Camp having been part of three Champions League-winning teams with Barcelona. The club are unwilling to let him go mindful of his importance to the side. As well as that there is the fact that their transfer embargo means he cannot be replaced until January at the earliest.

An Arsenal transfer for Busquets looks unlikely.




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Premier League Transfer News Wednesday 29 July

Wednesday’s Transfer Gossip

Premier League transfer news and rumoursManchester United’s Javier Hernandez and Ashley Young are both being linked with interest from Tottenham Hotspur. United will not allow David de Gea to be sold to Real Madrid if Sergio Ramos signs a new deal with the La Liga club. Angel Di Maria will travel to France at the weekend to undergo a medical with Paris Saint-Germain.

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Manchester United are no longer interested in Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi and the Red Devils won’t sign a new central defender if they fail to land Ramos.

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Arsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain looks set to sign a new deal with Napoli. The Gunners are monitoring Rolando Aarons’ situation at Newcastle United after he turned down the contract offered to him by the Magpies.

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Emmanuel Adebayor will have a medical with Aston Villa today ahead of a move from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Villa are also in talks with former Manchester United and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian is a free agent after being released by Monaco.

Crystal Palace are looking to hijack Adebayor’s move to Villa with an offer of their own, but the Togo international scored 14 goals in 25 games during Tim Sherwood’s reign as Spurs boss and believes Sherwood can revitalise his career.

Chelsea have sold full-back Filipe Luis to Atletico Madrid for £10.6million just a year after buying him for £18million.

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Chelsea are being linked with Alex Telles of Galatasaray and Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba as the replacement for Luis. Meanwhile, winger Mohamed Salah looks set to move to Roma.

Serie A side Sampdoria are back in for Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli. However, club president Massimo Ferrero wants a reduction in the Reds’ asking price of €10m (£7.1m). Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom looks set to move to Norwich City on a season-long loan.

Newcastle United have seen a bid of £4.8m for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang turned down by the Italian club. Defender Fabricio Coloccini is a target for Olympiacos.

Kevin de Bruyne will have to hand in a transfer request before he can leave Wolfsburg for Manchester City.

Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams is in no rush to quit the Liberty Stadium despite interest from Everton and Crystal Palace. The Swans have joined Hull City and Nottingham Forest in the race to sign Southend United’s £1m-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.

Everton midfielder James McCarthy is once again being linked with Tottenham having grown disillusioned with life at Goodison Park. Toffees forward Chris Long has signed for Burnley in a £1.5m deal.

Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches is on the verge of a move to Napoli for a fee of €6m (£4.2m). Erik Lamela is interesting both Inter Milan and FC Porto and could head out on a season-long loan. Villareal are interested in Spurs striker Roberto Soldado.

West Ham United are lining up a £12m bid for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow who is also wanted by Sunderland.

Bournemouth are on the verge of signing Max Gradel from St Etienne for a fee that could reach £7m. Gradel announced last week that he was leaving the French side.

Valencia are offering striker Alvaro Negredo to Premier League clubs. The former Manchester City striker flopped during a season-long loan with Los Che last season, but the loan deal called for them to sign Negredo in a €30million transfer and despite him scoring only seven goals in 32 games last season they couldn’t wriggle out of a deal.




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Arsenal Transfer News Wednesday 29 July

’Untouchable’ Higuain Set For Napoli Stay

Gonzalo Higuain Arsenal transferArsenal transfer target Gonzalo Higuain has been described as ‘untouchable’ by his Napoli team-mate Manolo Gabbiadini as ‘untouchable’. The news comes as reports from Italy suggest the Argentina international is on the verge of signing a new deal with the Serie A side.

Higuain’s past few months have been typified by two penalty misses: one in Napoli’s final league game of last season which would have put them within touching distance of a Champions League place, and one in the Copa America shoot-out which they lost to Chile.

“He is a great champion and is untouchable,” Gabbiadini told Naples radio station Kiss Kiss.

“He is also a good person, a champion both on and off the field. Lately, people have talked too much about his errors from the spot, but he scored many more that were decisive.”

Gabbiadini’s comments as Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport claims Higuain is about to sign a new deal that could keep him with Napoli until 2019.

Arsenal have been linked with Higuain after reports he wanted to leave Napoli for a club playing in the Champions League, but he looks set to remain where he is.

Gunners In Aarons Link

Arsenal are being linked with Newcastle United starlet Rolando Aarons. The 19-year-old is out of contract next summer and has turned down the offer of a new deal being offered to him by the Magpies.

A number of outlets are claiming there is interest in him from the Gunners. We reported in March that both Arsenal and Liverpool were monitoring his situation.

Aarons made just four appearances off the bench in the Premier League last season along with two starts in the Capital One Cup, but he scored twice in 234 minutes of football and is regarded as one of Newcastle’s brightest young prospects. But the new deal Newcastle have offered him isn’t to the liking of his agents and he is being linked with a move away from the club.

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has snubbed West Brom and signed a contract with Marseille. The French side confirmed on Tuesday that he has joined them. That’s despite Diaby agreeing terms and having a medical with West Brom at the weekend.




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Manchester United Transfer News Wednesday 29 July

Spurs Linked With United Duo

Ashley Young Manchester United transfer newsManchester United winger Ashley Young and striker Javier Hernandez are both being linked with Tottenham Hotspur.

The north London club are in the market for a winger and have seen Crystal Palace slap a £25million price tag on Yannick Bolasie. The Daily Mirror claims Spurs will turn to England international Young. The 30-year-old has one year left on his contract at Old Trafford and there has been little sign of him being offered a new deal. United usually like to get their renewals done around 18 months before a contract comes to an end.

But the Mirror’s piece is purely speculative. United will only get rid of Young if a replacement is lined up and he will have to take a cut in his £110,000-a-week wages to force through a move to White Hart Lane.

Hernandez also faces an uncertain future as he heads into the final season of his contract. However, there is little chance of a third striker following Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie out of Old Trafford.

Hernandez spent much of last season warming the subs’ bench at Real Madrid. He is likely to get more of an opportunity at United this season – but only if the Red Devils fail to sign a new striker.

Spurs want a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, who looks set to sign for Aston Villa. They are keen on West Bromwich Albion’s England under-21 international Saido Berahino and are willing to offer £10million. The Baggies want £20million. Hernandez will cost less.

No Exit This Summer For De Gea

Manchester United will allow goalkeeper David De Gea to leave on a free transfer next summer if Sergio Ramos signs a new deal with Real Madrid. Ramos, 29, looks set to sign a new deal at the Bernabeu after talks with club president Florentino Perez on Sunday went some way to clearing the air between the two men.

United have tried to link together the deals for Ramos and De Gea. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to have demanded Ramos and keeper Keylor Navas in exchange for De Gea. Meanwhile, Real put a price tag of €90million (£63million) on Ramos and offered United €25million (£18million) for De Gea.

With Ramos set to stay and the two clubs far apart in their valuations of De Gea, United will allow the keeper’s contract to run down. Their thinking is that De Gea was the difference last season between qualifying for the Champions League play-off and finishing outside the top four. That in itself is worth £35million – more than Real were willing to offer.

Di Maria To Fly To Paris At The Weekend

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria will undergo a medical at the weekend ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentina international is believed to still be in his homeland. He was expected to link up with his Manchester United colleagues last Saturday, but he failed to catch a flight from Buenos Aires to San Jose.

Talks were ongoing at the time between Di Maria’s representatives and PSG. A €63million (£46.5million) deal had already been agreed between the two clubs but personal terms were proving to be a problem. Di Maria will earn the same £170,000 a week at PSG that he currently picks up at Old Trafford.

The winger will not join his new team-mates on their North American tour. PSG wrap up their pre-season schedule when they face Lyon in the French Champions Trophy – their version of the Community Shield – in Montreal on Saturday. Di Maria will undergo a medical in Paris at the weekend before being unveiled on Tuesday.




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Manchester United Transfer News: Otamendi, Sergio Ramos, Pedro

No New Defender For United?

Nicolas Otamendi Manchester United transfer newsManchester United won’t make a move for Valencia centre-back Nicolas Otamendi and they won’t sign another defender if Sergio Ramos decides he wants to stay at Real Madrid. That’s according to the city’s local newspaper the Manchester Evening News.

The MEN claims that despite numerous links with Otamendi over the course of the summer he isn’t one of the names under consideration by manager Louis van Gaal.

The report flies in the face of all the speculation going back at least a month, both in Spain and the UK. United were reported to be prepared to pay no more than £25million for the Argentina international. Valencia insisted on the full €50million (£35million) release clause in his contract with the club.

Otamendi arrived early yesterday morning at Valencia’s Paterna sports complex at the start of pre-season training. Reports from the east coast of Spain suggest he settled down to training with the rest of the squad as if nothing had happened.

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The MEN claims United believe they are being used by Valencia simply to drive Otamendi’s price up. However, while he still wants to leave Valencia the La Liga side have dug in their heels simply because they don’t want him to go. Coach Nuno Espirito Santo believes the best way to approach the club’s forthcoming Champions League campaign is with a £35million centre-back in his ranks.

However, the MEN also claims that if Sergio Ramos doesn’t leave Real Madrid then United won’t switch their attentions elsewhere. The 29-year-old is looking more likely to stay at the Bernabeu after talks with Real president Florentino Perez at the weekend. He looks set to be offered the club captaincy as well as a new contract. The new deal might not be as much as the €10million a year nett that he is looking for, but it will be more than the €7million Real have offered him.

United had the fourth-best defence in the Premier League last season and Louis van Gaal will rely on Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Jonny Evans for the coming season. The latter has been linked with Everton and West Brom but he won’t be allowed to leave if no new defender is brought in. Michael Carrick, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair were also utilised by United in defence last season.

Pedro – £23m

Barcelona are prepared to listen to offers to winger Pedro despite not being able to recruit any new players until January.

The 27-year-old is being linked with Manchester United with the Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo claiming that the Red Devils will pay a transfer fee of €32.5million (£23million).

The newly-elected Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told the club’s in-house TV channel Barca TV that coach Luis Enrique wants him to stay: “He has Pedro – part of the club’s history with two trebles. We hope he continues with us.”

But the Catalan radio station RAC1 claims that Barcelona will listen to any offer from United.

Nolito, who worked under Enrique at Celta Vigo and who is still at the Galician club, is being lined up by Barca to replace Pedro. However, his move wouldn’t come into effect until January when Barca’s transfer ban expires.

The ban forms part of the La Liga side’s current thinking. It would be better to let him go then, but the transfer fee would be lower.




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Adebayor Closes In On Aston Villa Transfer

Emmanuel Adebayor SpursAston Villa are closing in on a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

The 31-year-old currently earns £100,000 a week and Spurs were demanding a transfer fee of around £5million. But Adebayor is expected to move to Villa Park on a season-long loan after the Birmingham Mail reported a ‘breakthrough’ in negotiations over the past 24 hours, though the newspaper fails to report what that breakthrough is.

Adebayor isn’t part of the plans of Spurs boss Maurizio Pochettino – indeed, he only started nine Premier League games last season and scored two goals in 13 appearances at an average of one for every 407 minutes on the pitch.

The Togo international is due to have a tour today of Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training facilities. A medical is due to take place tomorrow. The move to Villa Park will reunite him with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

Villa have been busy in the transfer market since the sale last week of Christian Benteke. Defender Jorgan Amavi was signed from Nice. He was followed by striker Jordan Ayew from Lorient while defender Jose Angel Crespo looks set to arrive from Spanish side Cordoba. Reports this morning claimed 22-year-old midfielder Jordan Veretout will move to Villa from Nantes.




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OFFICIAL: Chelsea Sell Filipe Luis

filipe luis Chelsea transferChelsea have sold full-back Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid only a year after buying him.

The Blues paid Atletico €22million – at the time worth £18million – for the Brazilian last summer. However, indications in the Spanish press suggest the La Liga side have received just €15million – currently worth £10.6million – in the re-sale.

“We all we know Filipe Luis,” Atletico sporting director Jose Luis Perez Caminero said.

“We are reinforcing one of the most talented sides in the world with someone who already knows our club and how we play so we are sure that he will adapt immediately.”

Luis started 20 games for Chelsea last season and was a substitute on six other occasions and the lack of first-team action led him to seek a move back to Spain. He is believed to have taken a big cut in pay to push through the move.

His exit is expected to trigger a move by Chelsea for Augsburg left-back Abdul Rahman Baba.



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