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Luis SuarezEmpicsLuis Suarez wants to leave Liverpool.

22.50 BST: That's all for tonight, but we'll be back soon with all the latest from the Saturday newspapers.

22.46 BST: Looks like Reina could well be making a move - The Times' Tony Barrett is also reporting the news.

22.40 BST: BBC East Midlands Today believes Nottingham Forest have bid £1.5 million to re-sign Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson, who left on a Bosman in 2011.

22.30 BST: Sky Italia believes Napoli have now reached an agreement with Liverpool over the loan signing of Pepe Reina, although it remains to be seen whether an agreement on wages can be reached.

22.22 BST: Marca reports that Real Madrid have collected €4.4million from Alvaro Negredo's move from Sevilla to Manchester City.

22.18: BST: DONE DEAL Former Manchester United and Manchester City defender Frederic Veseli has signed a two-year deal with Ipswich.

22.11 BST: DONE DEAL Birmingham have signed West Brom midfielder Scott Allan on a season-long loan.

22.08 BST: DONE DEAL Former Manchester United forward John Cofie has joined Barnsley on a free transfer.

21.49 BST: Juventus have rejected Inter Milan's approach for Mauricio Isla. STORY HERE.

21.35 BST: Andre Villas-Boas has just told Sky Sports News there have been no bids for Gareth Bale. He also refused to discuss speculation linking him with the Barcelona job on the basis that Tito Vilanova's health is the only matter of concern at this time.

21.17 BST: The Independent believes Manchester City have made a €30 million bid for Benfica winger Eduardo Salvio. Quite the spending spree.

21.00 BST: Here is the full story on Cristian Tello's determination to fight for his place at Barcelona.

20.28 BST: DONE DEAL Genoa have signed 29-year-old former Italy Under-21 international Francesco Lodi from Catania.

20.15 BST: An update on Liverpool's apparent interest in Hatem Ben Arfa from the Evening Chronicle's Lee Ryder.

19.57 BST: Sky Sports reports that Reading have extended Jimmy Kebe's contract in a bid to quell interest in the winger.

19.14 BST: Chelsea are expected to loan youngster Wallace back to Brazil as part of an issue with his work permit.

18.40 BST: DONE DEAL And yet more big news as Marquinhos heads to PSG. STORY HERE.

18.06 BST: DONE DEAL Manchester City have completed the signing of Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina. STORY HERE.

17.43 BST: BREAKING NEWS Christian Benteke has signed a new four-year contract with Aston Villa. FULL STORY.

17.03 BST: Big breaking news: Tito Vilanova is set to announce his resignation from Barcelona. STORY HERE.

16:50 BST: It looks like Napoli are struggling to agree terms with QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar and, as mentioned below, they could now turn their attentions to Liverpool's Pepe Reina. STORY HERE.

16.38 BST: LOAN DEAL Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker has headed off to Colchester on loan until January.

16.32 BST: Check out the full story on Danny Graham's move to Hull City, HERE.

16.30 BST: Ezequiel Schelotto has insisted he would be happy with a move to Chievo Verona this summer.

16.21 BST: Marseille have agreed a deal for promising Guingamp player Gilbert Imbula. Meanwhile, Nice president confirms Dario Cvitanich will play for the club next season.

16.08 BST: Great signing for Hull City.

15.59 BST: Udinese manager Francesco Guidolin has signed a new contract at the club until 2017. The 57-year-old has been in charge since 2010.

15.45 BST: Galatasaray will renew efforts to sign Sporting Lisbon forward Bruma according to club president Unal Aysal, reports

15.32 BST: Former Scotland striker James McFadden, 30 has signed a one-year deal at Motherwell.

15.21 BST: Amazing to think this could happen.

15.09 BST: In an interview with CNN, Carlos Tevez reveals a lot about his time at Manchester City and why he moved to Italian champions Juventus.

14.56 BST: According to reports from Sport, David Luiz is keen on a move to Barcelona, and his agent is in talks with the Catalans. However, Chelsea don't want to let the defender go, which is slowing any possible deal down.

14.39 BST: New Napoli manager Rafael Benitez said the reception he got from the Napoli fans felt 'like being at Liverpool.' He also stated that he wants to make some new signings immediately with the €124 million available for new talent.

14.18 BST: Monaco continue their spending. Fair to say Fabinho has cost a fraction of the price of Falcao though.

14.12 BST: Marca reports that Sevilla representatives are in Paris today to negotiate the signing of PSG striker Kevin Gameiro. They say a deal should be closed soon.

14.00 BST: Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that the club are keen to sign Hannover striker Mame Biram Diouf as manager Mark Hughes looks to increase his goal-scoring options.

The 25-year-old, who failed to make an impact during a short spell in English football with Manchester United, is available for around £5 million as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga club.

13.48 BST: Newcastle fans may be happy with this news. But it could mean Papiss Cisse is on his way out the door.

13.34 BST: Aston Villa defender Matt Lowton has agreed to a new four-year deal at the club. The Villa full-back said: 'With the new signings this season as well as some players signing new contracts, the likes of me and Ashley, Andi, Brad, Ciaran and Nathan, it shows the Club is moving forward and it's really exciting to be a part of that.'

13.18 BST: Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella believes Adem Ljajic should be looking to extend his contract, rather than move on, reports SportingLife. See why so many clubs are after the Fiorentina forward below:

13.02 BST: Watford have announced the signing of seven Udinese players today. Diego Fabbrini is the standout name of the crop of players.

12.52 BST: Sky Sports reports that Boca Juniors club secretary Jose Requejo has told Radio La Red that his club are hoping to take Guillermo Varela on loan from Manchester United.

12.30 BST: Tutto Mercato reports that Napoli are stepping up their pursuit of Leandro Damiao. They had previously offered €20million for the Brazilian, but with the money generated by Edinson Cavani's move to Paris Saint-Germain, they can stump up the extra cash to meet Internacional's asking price.

12.08 BST: Young Schalke prodigy Julian Draxler has caused quite a stir with this comment:

"In sporting terms, I would definitely have fit into the [Borussia] Dortmund team. And I don't find it all that damnable that Dortmund enquired about me. It's not like we did things any differently by signing Felipe Santana from Dortmund."

Schalke and Dortmund are of course arch-rivals, so this will not go down well with the fans. He said earlier this summer that he's happy at his club and has signed a new contract, so don't expect any movement just yet.

11.52 BST: Aly Cissokho, a rumoured Liverpool target, says he's happy at Valencia and doesn't really want to leave the Spanish club. The 25-year-old left-back joined Los Che in 2012 from Lyon.

11.31 BST: Football-Italia reports that Mauricio Isla’s proposed switch from Juventus to Inter has been placed on hold after further talks between the two rivals.

11.16 BST: Stevan Jovetic says he will miss Fiorentina after moving to Manchester City, and Florence will always have a place in his heart. It's now believed that Fiorentina will bid for Marco Verratti with their new transfer funds. FULL STORY HERE.

11.00 BST: French midfielder Yoann Gourcuff says he wants to help Lyon's young players come through at the club, and he is motivated for next season. His manager Remi Garde has ruled out a possible exchange with Arsenal's Gervinho. Read more about this story HERE.

10.48 BST: Robinho has signed a new deal at AC Milan, after much speculation about a return to Santos in Brazil. Milan are continuing to close in on Japan international Keisuke Honda, but a deal is yet to be agreed.

10.30 BST: DONE DEAL: The Negredo to Manchester City deal has finally been confirmed by the club. The details of his contract have not been revealed as of yet, but we do know the Spanish striker will wear the number nine.

10.25 BST: Bad news for any teams chasing Cristian Tello.

10.12 BST: Liverpool have contacted Newcastle to discuss a deal for Hatem Ben Arfa, for a second time this week, having made an initial enquiry for the France international several months ago, reports L'Equipe. Newcastle would surely be sad to miss out on the Frenchman's clear talent, which can be seen below:

09.55 BST: Paris Saint-Germain doing to Thiago Silva what Spurs are reportedly doing with Gareth Bale. It seems to be working so far.

09.38 BST: Marquinhos' move to Paris Saint-Germain is still awaiting confirmation, but the player tweeted that he will be leaving Roma. PSG fans await yet another big money move to go through. You can read the full story on how the deal is set to be completed, HERE.

09.14 BST: Check out James Horncastle's ESPN FC blog on Manchester City's new signing Stevan Jovetic, and learn about how he will improve City.

09.05 BST: Listen to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho state that Rooney is his only transfer target and that David Luiz and Juan Mata are going nowhere, HERE.

08.52 BST: Check out the newspaper front pages from Spain this morning. Featuring Ibrahimovic, Jese Rodriguez, Morata, and Fabregas. Courtesy of Football-Espana.

08.40 BST: Inter Milan are nearing a lucurative takeover deal. An agreement could be reached 'within days' according to Gazzetta with Erick Thohir, the potential new owner, taking 75% of the club. Inter have already made some signings, including highly rated youngster Mauro Icardi, but could there be a lot more on the horizon with an injection of cash at the club?

08.25 BST: Marca has picked new Manchester City signing Negredo's best goals for Sevilla and Almeria. You can watch and vote for your favourite of them HERE.

07.58 BST: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said in the Guardian there is "no chance" Juan Mata or David Luiz will be sold this summer.

07.30 BST: Manchester United manager David Moyes has reiterated Wayne Rooney is not for sale, amid a report from the Daily Mirror that the club have no intention of buckling under Chelsea's interest. FULL STORY.

05:40 BST: Atletico Madrid have ruled out a move for Wolfsburg midfielder Diego. "I said a while ago that it was difficult to have Diego playing for Atletico next season," Atletico president Enrique Cerezo said. "And now I say that it is impossible."

04:38 BST: Tottenham will reportedly make a £20 million offer for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. According to, Spurs will return with an improved bid after their initial proposal of £17 million was rejected.

04:26 BST: Flamengo are in the final stage of completing their move for Arsenal defender Andre Santos. "The Arsenal document we were waiting has come," Flamengo's director of football Paulo Pelaipe told UOL. "Everything is agreed between the player and the club. We are just waiting for the document that authorises the transfer to announce him, it should come by Friday. Andre Santos is already at the club's hotel for the medical."

02:48 BST: Tottenham would be willing to turn down a mammoth £85 million for Gareth Bale, if Manchester United were willing to offer that much for the Welshman, the Daily Mail says. Daniel Levy and co. are confident they can keep hold of Bale and will accept no figure for his transfer.

Arsene Wenger has been given permission by Arsenal to make a £40 million bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, according to reports in the British media.

You have to give props to Wenger for his persistence. Liverpool continue to deny Suarez is for sale and claim only a significant bid (believed to be over the £50 million mark) could lure the Uruguay international away from Anfield. But Wenger is set to make another audacious bid after reportedly having offers of £30 million and £35 million rejected by the Reds. According to the Daily Mail, Wenger is prepared to test the apparent release clause in Suarez's contract - which Liverpool deny could be activated with a £40 million bid - and he has the backing of Arsenal's board to do so.

But Wenger's temperament will surely be tested as the Sun reports Liverpool will not accept less than £55 million for Suarez, following manager Brendan Rodgers' comments that Edinson Cavani's move to PSG sets the benchmark in terms of price.

Once the Suarez saga is sorted, Rodgers has another battle to fight - keeping centre-back Daniel Agger. The Sun says Barcelona are preparing to make a £12 million approach for the Dane, as the Spanish champions' pursuit of a central defender continues. With a move for PSG captain Thiago Silva appearing to have fallen through, Agger could be the next on Barca's hitlist, although Liverpool have no plans of letting their defender go.

Chelsea are the latest club to be linked with Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, despite their chase for Wayne Rooney gathering momentum. Spanish newspaper AS has reported the Blues have made an initial enquiry to Los Blancos and are considering a move for the Argentine if they are unsuccessful in signing Rooney. Napoli are keen to sign Higuain after approaches from Juventus and Arsenal failed to yield a contract, although a source has been quoted as saying "Mourinho wants him there".

Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is eager to be reunited with Pepe Reina and could make a play for the Liverpool goalkeeper after failing to sign QPR's Julio Cesar. The Daily Mail says Benitez will take advantage of the growing uncertainty surrounding Reina's future, where the Spain international will be offered Champions League football and regular playing time. The arrival of Simon Mignolet at Liverpool raised further doubts over Reina's position.


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