Good morning, and welcome to ESPN's On the Move transfer blog with an Arsenal transfer rumour that - for once - isn't all about Robin Van Persie. It's about Alex Song, and Barcelona. According to the Sun, the Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu was in London on Tuesday to open talks with the Gunners over a £12 million deal. Arsene Wenger doesn't want to sell, however, and Song has said he's happy at the Emirates...
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Future team-mates, perhaps? © PA Photo
23.18 BST: Twitter and several other websites are promoting reports that Athletic striker Fernando Llorente has joined Juventus. These, though, are believed to be false. For the moment at least, the Spanish striker is still an Athletic player.
22.55 BST: Reports in Spain suggest that Cristian Tello has negotiated a significant pay-rise will now stay at Barcelona. He had been linked with both Liverpool and Arsenal.
22.30 BST: ESPN understands that Luka Modric will indeed move to Real Madrid over the next few days, as long as Spurs can find a replacement. Read more
22.22 BST: Liverpool are still looking to bolster their squad before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. Speaking to his club's official website, www.liverpoolfc.com, he said: "There has been contact and communication with the clubs. The team of people behind myself are working very, very hard in relation to those targets. We hope that within the next number of weeks those will bear fruit."
21.56 BST: The agent of Tottenham midfielder Giovani dos Santos has revealed the Mexican playmaker could move to Inter Milan as part of a potential swap deal for goalkeeper Julio Cesar. "The truth is that Gio has always wanted to play in La Liga or Serie A so that's what we're aiming for," Vicente Montes told calciomercato.com. "A swap deal with Julio Cesar? Often journalists talk without knowing the truth, but that is not the case here. Inter is one of the possibilities, I can't deny that.''
20.59 BST: When asked by TF1 if he would replace Robin Van Persie, Arsene Wenger replied: "We already recruited to replace him. It's sad to lose a player of his quality. He had a year left on his contract so we didn't have the choice."
20.45 BST: Fenerbahce have denied making a bid for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder following newspaper reports in Turkey. Quoted on Tuttosport, the statement read: "In relation to what appeared in Aksam, we must point out it is not completely true that Fenerbahce are interested in Sneijder. Recent reports that have appeared in newspapers such as Aksam have been false. Every new signing will be announced through the club's official channels.''
20.27 BST: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes that his poor form last season, which led to him losing his first-team place to Didier Drogba, has helped him grow as a player. Drop him more often!
19.50 BST: Tweet from the usually reliable Guillem Balague who says: "Madrid doesn't expect Modric to arrive to Madrid tomorrow. Deal agreed but Madrid will wait for Spurs to find substitute. Still days to go."
19.07 BST: Manchester United have agreed a deal for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie, subject to a medical. Read the full story.
19.07 BST: Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath has confirmed that he expects Denmark defender Simon Kjaer to start to the new season at the club, following a lack of interest from elsewhere.
18.45 BST: Big breaking news from Germany this evening. Bild report that Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has signed for FC Bayern in a deal worth €40 million.
17.55 BST: Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha is reportedly close to joining Sunderland on a free-transfer following the expiry of his short-term contract with Tottenham at the end of June.
17.12 BST: According to Italian source Tutto Mercato Web, Rennes' Togolese winger Razak Boukari is currently on trial at West Ham ahead of a potential move.
17.32 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric will fly to Spain tomorrow for talks with Real Madrid over completing a transfer to the La Liga winners.
16.49 BST: Aston Villa have confirmed that they are in advanced talks with Rennes over the season-long loan of Jean II Makoun. Could that development see Yann M'Vila depart the western France club.
16.27 BST: Marca reports that Nuri Sahin wants to move to Arsenal – but Real Madrid would rather see him go to Liverpool, with either switch being on a loan basis. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is apparently keen for the player to work with Brendan Rodgers, but a theory doing the rounds is that he would like to avoid the possibility of facing him in the Champions League.
Also in Marca, Fernando Llorente from Athletic Bilbao to Arsenal is a speculated possibility, with the funds for signing Llorente provided by the sale of... yes, Robin Van Persie. And while we're on the subject of transfers, why not try this? Play Premier Fantasy - it's free.
16.15 BST: Netherlands international Vurnon Anita is reported to be having a medical at Newcastle. The Ajax player revealed earlier this week that the Magpies had agreed a deal to bring him to St James' Park.
16.00 BST: Borussia Dortmund have entered the race to sign Mainz player Jan Kirchhoff. The German under-21 international defender is in the last year of his contract and could end up moving to Dormund on a free transfer.
15.50 BST: Alexander Baumjohann is set to leave Schalke 04. The former Bayern and Gladbach attacking midfielder, 26, could be either on his way to Kaiserslautern or move overseas, according to Kicker.
14.54 BST: Sponsored underwear specialist Niklas Bendtner is a reported target for AC Milan. Arsenal are willing to sell him. And talking of transfers, why not try this? Play Premier Fantasy - it's free.
14.22 BST It's thought Kevin Mirallas is very close to completing a move from Greek giants Olympiakos to Everton - the striker is believed to be set for a medical on Merseyside at some point in the next 24 hours.
13.58 BST Ligue 1 side AJ Ajaccio have agreed personal terms with former Chelsea and Juventus striker Adrian Mutu.
13.41 BST Sampdoria are bidding to bring Malaga’s Enzo Maresca back to Italy, where he last played for Fiorentina in the 2004-05 season.
13.25 BST - DONE DEAL: Barnsley have signed goalkeeper David Gonzalez, formerly of Manchester City and Brighton, on a non-contract basis.
13.25 BST - DONE DEALS: Two new arrivals at Burton Albion: Striker Matt Paterson, a free agent, has signed a six-month deal, while Blackburn right-back Anthony O'Connor joins on loan.
12.25 BST: Karl Henry, who captained Wolves to the Premier League in 2009, has signed a new four-year deal with the club despite relegation to the Championship, saying he remained “fully committed to the cause”.
11.25 BST: Croatia coach Igor Stimac has hit out at Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, accusing him of breaking promises to midfielder Luka Modric over a possible move to Real Madrid.
10.56 BST: Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has admitted he would be interested in a move to Barcelona. Agger, 27, has made it clear he would rather stay at Anfield, but has only a year left on his contract and talks over a new one have stalled.
The defender himself has played down talk of a move to City, telling Danish newspaper Politiken that he is happy at Liverpool and any decision over a transfer is out of his hands. But speaking at a media gathering ahead of Denmark's friendly against Slovenia, he suggested that he would be interested in a move to the Camp Nou.
10.50 BST: Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson on a season-long loan. Manager Sean O'Driscoll told the Nottingham Evening Post: "When you talk about good characters, he is certainly one of those. He is somebody who is on our radar."
10.16 BST: Lazio's Javier Garrido is reportedly set to sign for Norwich City on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent. Garrido, 27, played for Manchester City from 2007 to 2010 before joining Lazio, for whom he made 21 Serie A appearances.
09.11 BST: West Brom boss Steve Carke is hopeful that Swedish defender Jonas Olsson will stay at the club despite persistent rumours linking him with a move away. Olsson has a year left on his contract, but Clarke said: "There has been no indication that Jonas is going to leave us. Over the summer, he's worked well, played games and played with his normal 100% commitment.”
09.01 BST: In the Mail (in addition to political correctness gone mad and the lurking threat of Marxism everywhere), some Chelsea news: the Blues “are refusing to be held to ransom in their pursuit of long-term targets Edinson Cavani and Hulk”.
The paper adds: “The South Americans have been on the European champions' radar throughout the summer transfer window. But both moves have stalled over financial reasons and the Blues are now threatening to completely withdraw their interest in the attacking duo.”
08.57 BST: Royston Drenthe is considering offers from numerous clubs including Manchester City, Inter Milan and Galatasaray, according to the former Everton winger's agents.
Drenthe is a free agent after his contract with Real Madrid expired earlier this summer, and his representative Antonio Salerno says the 25-year-old is now hoping for a permanent move to a "big club".
08.50 BST: Brendan Rodgers says he will not break the bank to make Liverpool competitive at the top of the Premier League again.
Kenny Dalglish's marvellous eye for a realistically-priced player enraptured us all and has given Rodgers a tough act to follow but - less than two years after Liverpool almost entered administration as the era of Tom Hicks and George Gillett came to an end - the current manager is determined that the club will not find itself in that position again.
08.50 BST: World of common sense update: West Ham co-owner David Sullivan insists the newly-promoted club were prepared to blow their budget "for several years" in order to snare Andy Carroll from Liverpool.
Carroll was the subject of a successful £19 million bid from the Hammers earlier this month, but the striker opted instead to stay at Anfield and fight his place in the first team. Hammers boss Sam Allardyce made public his desire to bring the striker to the club, and Sullivan says the club was willing to back his judgement.
"I can only talk about this because it has been put in the public domain already," Sullivan told the Mirror. "My manager wanted Andy Carroll, so we backed him. Andy was the perfect player for him and the style of football we play.
08.48 BST: Meanwhile, an actual deal: Levante striker Arouna Kone is to join Premier League side Wigan for a reported €3.5 million.
Kone, 28, scored 15 Primera Division goals last season as both player and club completed their best-ever La Liga campaigns. The move was confirmed by Levante on their official website, with a statement saying: "Levante UD and Wigan Athletic have reached an agreement to transfer Arouna Koné to the English club.
08.45 BST: Just when you thought this morning would have a realistic amount of Van Persie in it, it turns out that it doesn't. It's got a whole load more. Let the Mirror explain: “Robin van Persie is closing in on a sensational £20 million-plus move after Arsenal officially began negotiations with Manchester United.”
The paper claims the clubs were in negotiations over a deal on Tuesday night, and that the transfer could now go through before the weekend. It adds: “Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is likely to settle on a fee of just above £20 million as United prepare to increase their offer for the Dutch forward. It is understood the clubs are very close to agreement on a fee.”
08.38 BST: Here's one we haven't heard much about so far: the Sun says Everton boss David Moyes is “ready to splash £5.3 million on crack Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas”. What's a crack Belgian striker, exactly?
The paper reports: “Moyes finally has money to spend after Jack Rodwell's £15m move to Manchester City. And he has wasted no time in lining up a hitman to support Nikica Jelavic, in the shape of 24-year-old Olympiacos hotshot Mirallas.”
The Belgium international is due to arrive on Merseyside tomorrow for a medical, and could complete the formalities of a move by the weekend.
08.30 BST: An important part of the sheer joy of living is, of course, the daily Robin Van Persie update. So here it is: the Gunners have reiterated that no club, be it Manchester United, Manchester City or Juventus, has yet met their asking price of round about £25 million. Team-mate Thomas Vaermaelen said: “I hope he stays the next four years. I don't know what happens behind the scenes, but at the moment I can only say he's a player for Arsenal.”
08.15 BST: Good morning, and welcome to an Arsenal transfer rumour that - for once - isn't all about Robin Van Persie. It's about Alex Song, and Barcelona. According to the Sun, the Barca vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu was in London on Tuesday to open talks with the Gunners over a £12 million deal. Arsene Wenger doesn't want to sell, however, and Song has said he's happy at the Emirates...