Saturday’s Transfer Gossip
Manchester City are reported to have lodged a bid of £30m for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. According to reports City made a verbal offer to Liverpool on Thursday of a £25m transfer fee plus £5m in various add-ons and bonuses. Liverpool have already told Sterling he won’t be sold this summer. That’s despite his agent having talks with Bayern Munich last week. City striker Stevan Jovetic is wanted by Inter Milan. Full-back Aleksandar Kolarov is a target for AC Milan.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is closing in on a move to Serie A side Lazio. United will receive £11m. The Dutchman will receive a four-year contract on a £100,000-a-week basic wage with a further £25,000-a-week in various add-ons and bonuses.
Manchester United are keen on Villareal striker Luciano Vietto as a replacement for van Persie. Real Madrid have told Keylor Navas that he still has a future at the club. The news will either cast doubts on Madrid’s pursuit of David De Gea or it will hasten a departure for Iker Casillas. Manchester United transfer target Aymeric Laporte has signed a new contract at Athletic Bilbao.
Karim Benzema is a Manchester United transfer target. The news comes after the agent of the France international was spotted in a meeting with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Arsenal have seen a £29m bid for Gonzalo Higuain knocked back by Serie A side Napoli.
Arsenal have also bid £18m for Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, though his agent didn’t include the Gunners in a list of interested clubs when he spoke to an Italian website. Chelsea are preparing to sell Petr Cech. The keeper is known to be an Arsenal transfer target. Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell is being monitored by Arsenal.
Liverpool could make a move for Burnley full-back Kieran Trippier after Southampton rejected a £10m bid for Nathaniel Clyne.
Southampton are heading the list of clubs interested in QPR striker Charlie Austin. Aston Villa will also be interested in Christian Benteke leaves the club.
Everton have signed Tom Cleverley on a five-year contract. However, James McCarthy is seeking urgent talks with boss Roberto Martinez after discovering that Cleverley will be earning more money than he does.
Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar is considering his future at the club. The 30-year-old is out of contract this summer.
Radamel Falcao says he wants to remain in the Premier League. The Colombia international has been linked with moves to Spain and Italy. However, Chelsea are also interested, but only in a loan deal.
Liverpool’s end-of-season review has seen assistant manager Colin Pascoe and first-team coach Mike Marsh leave the club.
Swansea City are closing in on the £3m signing of St Etienne full-back Franck Tabanou.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is reported to have had an affair with Russian supermodel Irina Shayk – while she was still dating Cristiano Ronaldo.
Blatter is reported to be in line for a £10m pay-off when he steps down from his role next year.
Tiny Basque side Eibar have been readmitted into Spain’s top flight after Elche were relegated over non-payment of a €4m tax bill.