Transfer news LIVE: Gustavo nears Arsenal switch

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Luiz Gustavo would be a significant boost to Arsenal this season.APLuiz Gustavo would be a significant booss to Arsenal this season.

Arsene Wenger's popularity could skyrocket in the coming days, with reports that Arsenal are close to signing Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo.

21.42 BST: Dan Agger's agent, Per Steffersen, has apparently told The Times that the Liverpool defender would be open to a move to Barcelona.

20:30 BST: Blackpool winger Tom Ince may have said he doesn’t want to go anywhere else just at the moment – but that doesn’t appear to have put off Tottenham, who are reported to have an interest in signing him.

19:55 BST: Here’s a bit more from Owen Coyle on why he expects people to be interested in his Wigan players: "We've got good players. I wouldn't be surprised if there was interest but, at the moment, there's nothing to talk about."

19:15 BST: And here’s a little United-related (potentially) something from Goodison park, where Everton wrapped up their pre-season programme with a 2-1 win over Real; Betis but without midfielder Marouane Fellaini, who is reportedly interesting his old boss David Moyes. That, however, was solely due to injury concerns, says Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

"Marouane would have been available if it was a competitive game," he said. "He picked up a cut on the US tour. Bearing in mind he has to join the Belgium squad now - and in two days the infection will clear - I didn't want to risk hurting him."

18:45 BST: Manchester United manager David Moyes has reiterated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale and criticised the media for telling “untruths” about his relationship with the player. He said: "Wayne has trained and -- some of you might not like hearing this -- but I did not fall out with Wayne. Some of you wrote untruths. Wayne played with the reserves at his asking. He couldn't have contact because of a shoulder injury."

18:00 BST: Cardiff boss Malky Mackay has brought in five new faces already – but says that might not be the end of the newly-promoted club’s summer spending. Speaking after the signing of Sevilla midfielder Gary Medel, he said: "We're still looking and trying, but it will only be players I feel that are going to improve the group. If we could at least get another two, then that would help."

17:30 BST: It is no secret that Barcelona are looking to bring in a big-name centre-back this season, but that does not necessarily mean the end for Marc Bartra at the Camp Nou. RAC1 claim that the Blaugrana have offered the 22-year-old a new contract, although the player has yet to make a decision.

17:21 BST: During Owen Coyle's Community Shield post-match press conference, the Wigan manager revealed that the Latics have yet to receive any offers for midfielder James McCarthy. He said: "There's nothing to talk about. We haven't had any enquiries or bids."

17:19 BST: When asked about Wayne Rooney having trained with the Manchester United reserves this week, Moyes said: "Some of you might not like hearing this: I didn't fall out with Wayne. He trained with the reserves at his asking." Feisty.

17:17 BST: Manchester United manager David Moyes has had some strong words to say about the future of Wayne Rooney at his Community Shield post-match press conference today... Asked if he was concerned about the forward wanting to leave, he replied: "He's not for sale. I'm not changing so there's no more to answer to your question."

17:06 BST: Yet another update from the Stadium of Light, where Paolo Di Canio appears to be working his socks off at the moment: reports from Turkey suggest Ondrej Celustka has agreed a loan move to Sunderland, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer. The 24-year-old's capture would bring to an end Di Canio's long-standing attempts to secure a right-back after a deal for Gino Peruzzi stalled last month.

16:59 BST: Brendan Rodgers told Luis Suarez yesterday that he needs to apologise to Liverpool for his recent behaviour; yet according to Sky Sports, that apology won't be coming any time soon. Tense.

16:51 BST: We have already talked about Sunderland being linked with one Juventus forward today, in Fabio Quagliarella; well, Alessandro Matri has also been tipped for a move to the Stadium of Light. A source close to the Black Cats has played down talk of a move, however.

16:43 BST: Unsurprisingly, we have yet another update on the Gareth Bale saga... This time Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has refused to add further weight to speculation that the forward could leave White Hart Lane this summer. FULL STORY HERE.

16:31 BST: There has been talk of Yohan Cabaye leaving Newcastle all summer; here's the Magpies blogger Lee Ryder's take on the situation.

16:27 BST: Porto striker Jackson Martinez has admitted he could be set for an exit from the Portuguese club. "I prefer not to think about the speculation," Martinez, who has attracted interest from Napoli, is quoted as saying by Goal.com. "I'm fine at Porto, but I cannot rule out the possibility of leaving."

16:17 BST: Want to know more about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo? Then watch here...

15:47 BST: Some news coming out of Spain next, where AS are claiming that Arda Turan has pledged his future to Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos have received five offers for the Turkish midfielder this summer but rejected all of them.

15:39 BST: Some Serie A news now... New boys Hellas Verona are on the verge of signing Romulo on loan from Fiorentina. Football Italia claim the Brazilian is to undergo a medical on Monday.

15:31 BST: Has Carlo Ancelotti hinted that Real Madrid are set to fail in their attempts to sign Gareth Bale? "We're ready to start the season," he said. "I'm happy with what I have, why talk about Bale if [Alvaro] Morata and Jese [Rodriguez] played so well today."

15:20 BST: QPR have been doing a fair bit of business this summer as they look to build a squad capable of achieving promotion back to the Premier League, and they could be about to sign a new striker: Estudiantes president Enrique Lombardi has confirmed to El Dia that the club have accepted an offer from the Championship side for Duvan Zapata.

15:07 BST: Some news coming out of Netherlands now, where Willem II youngster Jeroen Lumu has caught the eye of Arsenal and Manchester United, if the Daily Mirror are to be believed. Here's a clip of the 18-year-old forward in action:

14:54 BST: And staying with Sunderland for the moment, according to Sky Sport Italia, the Black Cats are understood to have submitted a loan offer for Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella, who has also attracted interest from Norwich. The Old Lady appear to be holding out for £7 million, however.

14:48 BST: Sunderland are set to complete the signing of Trabzonspor defender Ondrej Celustka, a source close to the Premier League club has informed ESPN. The 24-year-old, who is able to play both at full-back and centre back, will likely cost the Black Cats in the region of £2 million.

14:40 BST: Sky Sports understands that Crystal Palace expect to complete a deal for Marouane Chamakh tomorrow. The Arsenal striker is expected to join the Eagles on a one-year contract.

14:23 BST: Cardiff may have broken their club transfer record yet again last night with the signing of Gary Medel, but manager Malky Mackay is still searching for new additions. "We're still looking and trying but it will only be players I feel that are going to improve the group," he told BBC Sport.

14:14 BST: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he is looking to secure a new defender. "We'll see next week if I can bring in the player we need," Pellegrini is quoted as saying on Goal.com. "We had some problems defensively and we will work on that."

13:53 BST: There has been a development regarding the future of Juventus' Alessandro Matri, with the Daily Mail stating that Liverpool are set to hijack Napoli's move for the forward. The Reds are apparently prepared to match the 12 million euros bid submitted by the Naples club.

13:44 BST: Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has given up his No. 7 shirt and will wear No. 25 this season. Could the Red Devils be saving that famous shirt for a new big-money signing?

13:36 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that Liverpool are looking to bring Derby County youngster Will Hughes to Anfield. Brendan Rodgers is believed to see the £7 million-rated midfielder as the next Steven Gerrard.

13:21 BST: Manchester United manager David Moyes is preparing a fresh bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines, says the Daily Express. Could Old Trafford be celebrating free-kicks like this one over the coming season?

13:14 BST: We told you earlier today that Tottenham are reportedly preparing to make a bid for Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld; well, the Eredivisie club have since confirmed that an offer has been received for the Belgian. Spartak Moscow are believed to have made the bid, according to the Dutch media.

13:08 BST: Newcastle completed the season-long loan signing of Loic Remy earlier this month, but the Magpies will have to do without the France international for the start of the season after he picked up a calf injury.

13:03 BST: We have some more from Robin van Persie on Wayne Rooney now: “I hope he stays," he said. "He is an asset to any team. He will come good again. He is a strong lad." FULL STORY HERE.

12:42 BST: It looks like it has been a busy morning for West Brom head coach Steve Clarke after he confirmed that he wants to sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair. "We've made an enquiry to Manchester City," Clarke told the Birmingham Mail. "There are discussions between the two clubs but beyond that there is nothing to report."

12:33 BST: DONE DEAL: Hannover have confirmed the signing of defender Marcelo from PSV Eindhoven on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. Check out some of his strikes for PSV here:

12:29 BST: Another intersting story in the Birmingham Mail today claims that West Brom will meet with Udinese striker Matej Vydra, who was on loan at Watford last season, in the next 24 hours to discuss a season-long loan deal.

12:25 BST: Elsewhere, La Gazzetta dello Sport states that Napoli are also targeting Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. The newspaper understands that the centre-back has given his blessing to a move to Naples.

12:06 BST: Over to Italy next, where Tuttosport are claiming that Alessandro Matri is to accept a move to Napoli. Juventus have apparently accepted an offer worth 12 million euros for the striker, who has been offered a five-year contract worth 2.7 million euros per season.

11:47 BST: Some news coming out of Real Madrid now, and for once it is not regarding Gareth Bale! Angel Di Maria and Pepe have both stated they will be staying at the club this season, despite continued reports linking them with an exit from the Santiago Bernabeu.

11:43 BST: Steve Clarke has told the Birmingham Mail that West Brom are unlikely to sign Lille forward Salomon Kalou. "I don't think anybody has been able to persuade Salomon to come out of France," he said. "It doesn't look as if that one will happen."

11:35 BST: Apologies for the delay, the fire alarm in ESPN Towers went off, leaving us stranded outside for over an hour. The panic is over, however, so let's crack on with the show!

09:52 BST: And staying with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie has urged with Manchester United team-mate to remain at Old Trafford. He told The Sun: "Everyone wants Wayne to stay and deep down I think he feels the same. One of the reasons I joined Manchester United was to play with Wayne."

09:47 BST: Not transfer news as such, but here's an update concerning one of the summer's biggest transfer targets: Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will miss today's Community Shield clash against Wigan with a shoulder injury.

09:41 BST: According to L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has told the Ligue 1 champions he wants to leave the club. Liverpool and AC Milan are both believed to be interested in the France international.

09:32 BST: There could be more good news for Arsenal fans, if the Metro is to be believed. The newspaper claims that Arsene Wenger is growing increasingly confident of bringing in Luis Suarez from Liverpool. The Gunners will also reportedly make the Uruguay international the best paid player in the club’s history if they can prise him away from Anfield this summer.

09:25 BST: Just in case you missed it, Cardiff broke their club record transfer fee yet again last night after completing the signing of Gary Medel from Sevilla for £8 million. The Bluebirds had already broken their record twice this summer following the signings of Andreas Cornelius and Steven Caulker. FULL STORY HERE.

05:41 BST: Australia international Matt McKay has joined A-League side Brisbane Roar on a two-year deal as the club's marquee player. Story here.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal will spend £14 million on the Brazil international, beating Chelsea and Wolfsburg to the 26-year-old. Bayern's summer signings have created even greater competition in the middle of the park at the Allianz Arena and Gustavo is likely to move to the Emirates where he is guaranteed game time alongside Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Wenger is also keen to keep chasing Liverpool's Luis Suarez, but the signing of Gustavo will provide a much needed reprieve for the Frenchman, who has been criticised for his transfer dealings - or lack thereof.

The transfer mill is abuzz in London, with the Mirror also reporting Tottenham are preparing to raid Ajax's stocks with a double bid for Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld. Eriksen has long been a target of Liverpool, but talks between the Reds and Ajax have stalled on a number of occasions due to personal terms and a transfer fee. But Andre Villas-Boas is hopeful of securing the pair for just £15 million - despite the Reds reportedly bidding £18 million for Eriksen last month.

Tottenham have informed QPR they will have to pay £6 million for striker Jermain Defoe, the Daily Mail reports. The signing of Spaniard Roberto Soldado has put Defoe's position at White Hart Lane in jeopardy and chairman Daniel Levy is keen to cash in on his fringe players. Having just sold Steven caulker to Cardiff for £8 million, the sale of Defoe would improve Tottenham's finances.

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