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Luis SuarezEmpicsLiverpool are bracing for another transfer bid from Arsenal for Luis Suarez.

22:45 BST: The Times reports Liverpool are keen on securing a loan deal for Benfica defender Lorenzo Melgarejo, with the Reds also opening up talks with Valencia over the signing of left-back Aly Cissokho.

22:00 BST: Meanwhile, former Tottenham boss David Pleat told Talksport: "Tottenham have control. They will decide if he goes. I don’t think there’s the panic from the club’s point of view that there seems to be in the media."

21:45 BST: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has cut short his family holiday to hold crisis talks with Gareth Bale according to Monday's Daily Mail.

21:15 BST: Another Chelsea youngster who could have a big future is Nathaniel Chalobah. However, he is keen on a loan move in order to continue his development. Crystal Palace have been linked. He said: "A loan is probably the best move at the moment. Chelsea is where I want to be so it’s best to play in the same league. It’s up to me and the club to find a place where I can get a chance to play."

20:50 BST: Bertrand Traore is creating a lot of hype at the moment following his impressive performances on Chelsea's pre-season tour. Read more about him here.

20:30 BST: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has spoken of his frustration at the club's lack of transfer activity. However, he is confident that director of football Joe Kinnear is doing all he can. "It's obvious at the moment that we need a player or two and hopefully he can do that," Pardew told Sky Sports. "We're in good shape. We've got a strong squad, but we just need a little tip over the edge to give us that depth that we need."

20:00 BST: Turkish side Trabzonspor have confirmed that former Chelsea duo Florent Malouda and Jose Bosingwa will join them on Monday night.

19:30 BST: Gareth Bale's future at Tottenham is up in the air following a reported €100 million offer from Real Madrid. Our man in Madrid, Nicholas Rigg, gives his views here.

19:10 BST: Here is what Gazzetta Dello Sport's Spain correspondent has to say on Tottenham's transfer dealings.

19:00 BST: Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has been sharing his views on the club's new signings this summer. He said: "Ogbonna will have no problems settling in and he already knows many of us from the Italy get-togethers. Tevez and Llorente have also made a positive impact, showed they are ready to work and I am sure they’ll give a great deal to Juventus this season. They have already learned Italian and brought a lot of enthusiasm."

18:35 BST: Cesc Fabregas and Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United? Our man Musa Okwonga reckons the midfield pairing could bring success to Old Trafford for years. Read the blog here.

18:15 BST: Meanwhile, at Fulham, Martin Jol is targeting a new striker and midfielder as he doesn't believe they have adequately replaced Clint Dempsey who left Craven Cottage for Tottenham last summer. Jol said: "We will try to get someone up front. We need a few more goals. Since Clint Dempsey left we do not have enough goals in us, so we are working every day to get someone in. We have some high-quality players in consideration and we would like another midfielder as well."

18:00 BST: They've already signed Nicolas Anelka this summer but West Brom are working hard to bring in some more new faces. Assistant head coach Kevin Keen told the club's official website: "We're possibly a little bit thin on the ground. We've had a few players go out and the club are working extremely hard in the background to try to bring in a couple of new bodies of real quality that are going to excite the fans."

17:40 BST: Didn't think one of these existed but here is a tribute to Gareth Barry's career.

17:30 BST: Gareth Barry has told the Sunday Mirror he is unsure of his future at Manchester City. Despite being told by Manuel Pellegrini he is part of his plans the former Aston Villa midfielder said, "I've got to admit that, with Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia and now Fernandinho in the squad, it's going to be tough for anyone to nail down a position in central midfield. I'm a bit disappointed that there's been no offer."

17:26 BST: Arsene Wenger has been frustrated in the transfer market so far this summer bu is keen to bring in at least one major signing. Earlier in the window, Arsenal were reportedly close to signing Marouane Fellaini but the deal appeared to collapse but reports in the Sunday Mirror suggest the Gunners are back in for the big Belgian with a £23m bid.

17:20 BST: Scottish champions Celtic are eyeing Ajax youngster Viktor Fischer. The Danish international winger could be available for around £3m and Celtic are hoping to pull of a major coup in signing the highly-rated teenager.

17:17 BST: The most legendary name in English football, Sir Bobby Charlton has urged Wayne Rooney to stay at Manchester United and beat his goal record. If Rooney won't listen to him, then he's as good as gone.

There's a hell of a lot of fuss over a very young player. He's clearly got potential as evidenced by the video below but does he warrant the scramble there's been around Europe for his signature?

17:15 BST: Twitter has gone made saying PSG's Marco Verratti has agreed a new deal at the club, tieing him to Paris until 2018. The reports are unconfirmed at the moment but if true, the news will disappoint Napoli and Fiorentina who were said to be very keen to secure his services. The deal is apparently to be signed on his return from Gabon.

17:09 BST: Wolsfburg are close to signing Genoa midfielder Juraj Kucka in a €9m deal. Corrierre Dello Sport say the 26-year-old is on the verge of agreeing terms ahead of a move to be announced at some point next week.

17:05 BST: Gazzetto Dello Sport have suggested Valencia and Malaga have joined the race for Roma striker Marco Borriello. The forward has been left out of Roma's pre-season tour to the US with Inter and Spurs said to be interested in securing his siganture.

17:00 BST: Brazilian journalist Fernando Duarte with an update from Atletico Mineiro forward Bernard's agent via O Jogo.

16:47 BST: Manchester United have tried to sign a raft of midfielders this summer to fill the creative void left by Paul Scholes' retirement but somewhat out of left field are favourites with SkyBet to land Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

16:41 BST: James McCarthy of Wigan is set to be enticed by former boss Roberto Martinez to join him at Everton. The Express say the £15m-rated midfielder is key to the Spaniard's plans at Goodison Park to get the Toffees playing a more fluid brand of football.

16:32 BST: Cardiff City are being linked to Anthony Réveillère. The former France and Lyon defender is available on a free transfer and L'Equipe say the 33-year-old is keen on a move. However, with the Bluebirds signing John Brayford, their interest may cool on the veteran.

16:25 BST: Sports lawyer Gregory Ioannidis understands Liverpool have finally made a concrete offer for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

16:17 BST: Napoli don't go a day without being linked to someone and today is no different. Sky Sports Italia say Rafa Benitez has asked the board to go after Roman Eremenko from Rubin Kazan. The offer would have to be upward of €15m though as the Russian side are under no pressure to sell.

16:09 BST: Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann believes the future is bright at Liverpool with their new summer signings bedding in nicely.

16:05 BST: Strong rumours have turned into concrete offers as FotoMac report that Benfica have accepted a €12m bid from Fenerbahce for, you guessed it, Oscar Cardozo. Rumours have been prevalent for weeks that personal terms are all but signed.

15:59 BST: Espnayol have entered the race to sign Manchester United's Angelo Henriquez according to El Mundo Deportivo. Zaragoza had been favourites but now face competition for the Chilean's signature.

15:51 BST: Parma defender Yohan Benalouane is flattered by interest in him but is more than happy to remain at the Serie A outfit. He told Sky Sport Italia, "Real Madrid? That just means I worked well to earn their attention, but I am happy at Parma and am preparing to have a great season."

15:45 BST: Newcastle's £6.9m bid for Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomes has been rejected but president Jean-Michel Aulas says negotiations are continuing.

Is Alfred Duncan worth the fuss? Watch the video below and make your own mind up.

15:38 BST: Inter midfielder Alfred Duncan says his future will be decided by Wednesday. The 20-yeard-old Ghanaian was on loan at Livorno last season and was reportedly the subject of a €10m bid from Sunderland.

15:26 BST: Emanuele Calaio is set to join Sassuolo as he finds himself being put lower down the pecking order at NApoli. Corriere Dello Sport say the Serie A new boys see his experience as vital to keeping them in the division beyond next season.

15:21 BST: DONE DEAL St Etienne have completed the signings of Frank Tabanou from Toulouse for between €4-5m and Wolfsburg winger Ibrahim Sissoko on loan for the season.

15:13 BST: Henri Bedimo looks set to leave Montpellier for pastures new as vice-chairman Laurent Nicollin has revealed the left sided player is set to join Lyon.

15:05 BST: Last season's Champions League debutants must have made an impression as Nordsjaelland's Jesper Jørgensen is subject to a bid from Belgium's Club Brugge.

14:56 BST: DONE DEAL Iconic former England defender Terry Butcher, now manager of Inverness, has signed Torbjorn Agdestein on a six month contract after being released by Brighton this summer.

14:44 BST: Jose Mourinho will re-sign Didier Drogba at some point in the future but probably not as a player. The Galatasaray forward has been touted by Mourinho to rejoin Chelsea 'in some capacity' in the future.

14:36 BST: Chelsea are willing to bid around £30m for Wayne Rooney but Manchester United have told the England striker he will only be sold abroad and not to a Premier League rival according to the Sunday Mirror.

14:22 BST: A bit more merry-go-round rumour as Chelsea are plotting a move for Roma defender Leandro Castan if David Luiz leaves for Barcelona. Luiz has been subject to a reported £25m bid from Barca and Tuttomercatoweb.com say the Blues see the Argentine as a viable replacement.

14:22 BST: Joe Kinnear continues to endear himself to Newcastle fans as he plots to bring Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley to St James' Park. The Sunday People say a move from arch rivals Sunderland would put Kinnear even more in the firing line of the Geordie faithful who are already seething at his return to the club.

14:13 BST: Manchester Evening News are reporting Pepe is set to join Manchester City in a £15m deal while Aleksandar Kolarov is interesting Turkish champions Galatasaray. City are holding out for £6m while Gala's last offer was £4m.

Here are a few reasons why Mick McCarthy didn't fancy signing Titus Bramble.

14:07 BST: Titus Bramble's hopes of a return to boyhood club Ipswich Town have been scuppered by Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy who has decided not to sign the 31-year-old after a trial with his side.

14:00 BST: Sunday Express Sport are reporting that Cesc Fabregas has changed his mind about a move to Manchester United and wants to join the English champions following a meeting between his agent Darren Dein and Utd's chief executiv Ed Woodard.

13:52 BST: The Sunday People's Alan Nixon believes West Ham are interested in Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass. Sam Allardyce is supposedly going to text the water with a £5m bid.

13:40 BST: Bernard's father has told O Jogo that Hulk has helped convince him and his son that a move to Porto would be best for his career.

13:27 BST: Amer Abdulrahman's hopes of securing a season-long loan to Blackburn have been given a huge blow while on trial at Ewood Park. Boss Gary Bowyer has enquired about the services of Aston Villa's midfielder Barry Bannan and is expected to sign the out-of-favour player sooner rather than later according to the Birmingham Mail.

13:20 BST: Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay is still confident of signing Toulouse star Etienne Capoue despite the Frenchman's desire to join Atletico Madrid. The BBC reported that a bid had been accepted from the Bluebirds and it is now down to the player whether he wants to join the Welsh club or not.

13:15 BST: Carlton Cole has been touted for moves to Turkey, newly promoted Premier League clubs and clubs in the Championship but it seems St Etienne in France will be his most likely destination. L'Equipe say he is already in France and could possibly be undergoing a medical today prior to joining the club on a free.

13:06 BST: Lyon, Tottenham and Everton are all in the race to sign Fiorentina's Adam Ljajic. The Serbian midfielder had been close to a move to AC Milan but Robinho's deal to join Santos collapsed meaning the Rossoneri could not afford the space in their squad. The Viola are willing to sell if they get a reasonable price, said to be over the €12m mark.

13:00 BST: Tottenham have reportedly agreed a fee with Valencia for Roberto Soldado and the Spanish club have already lined up a replacement. Manchester United's Javier Hernandez will go to the top of the Mestalla club's wishlist should their top goalscorer join Spurs.

12:53 BST: Reports are emerging from Portugal that Manchester United have signed 16-year-old Sporting Lisbon prodigy Jose Nunez. Unconfirmed at the moment but the rumour is doing the rounds on Twitter that a deal has been completed.

And here is why he is so vigorously coveted all over Europe. Luis Gustavo's best moments of last season. Enjoy.

12:48 BST: Luis Gustavo has no lack of suitors should he choose to leave Bayern Munich. The Brazilian midfielder is subject to a bid from Wolfsburg and interests Arsenal and Chelsea. Well Sky Sports Italia saus the two San Siro giants, AC and Inter Milan are joining the race for his signature.

12:40 BST: Read ESPN blogger John Crace's opinion on why Spurs should accept the huge Real Madrid offer for Gareth Bale.

12:33 BST: Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri has played down rumours he is interested in Manchester United's Nani. Read the full story here.

12:27 BST: Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld has told NUSport that he is not necessarily looking for a club playing in the Champions League if he is to leave the Amsterdam Arena this summer putting Liverpool on red alert for his signature.

12:16 BST: AC Milan's move for Benfica striker Ola John is gathering pace as Sky Sport Italia report Benfica representative, Vlado Lemic, has met with a delegation from Milan led by Adriano Galliani, the Rossoneri vice-president. The Dutch international could cost quite a sum as Benfica will want at least the €12m they spent on him last year.

12:10 BST: Jose Mourinho has re-iterated that Juan Mata is not for sale. He says he is the only left footed player he has who can come inside from the right-wing.

12:04 BST: Michael Laudrup has told Sky Sports News he wants another striker after already adding Wilfried Bony to his frontline. The Swansea boss says he still needs a 'different kind of striker' to complete his squad.

12:01 BST: Sky Sport Italia say Roma are putting the final touches on a deal with Arsenal's Gervinho and are closer than ever to signing the Ivorian forward. The capital club are confident a move will be completed this week once they agree a fee with Arsenal.

11:55 BST: Read the latest on David Moyes' pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and his certainty of bringing in more players this summer here.

11:52 BST: AC Milan could send teenage wonderkid M'Baye Niang to Sampdoria in exchange for full ownership of Andrea Poli. Samp would get 50% ownership of Niang and his services on the pitch as the Rossoneri look to give the 18-year-old more playing time. Sky Sport Italia say Sampdoria would be keen for a deal after selling Mauro Icardi to Inter.

11:41 BST: Real Madrid seem to have an endless pot of cash somewhere because the Sunday Times are suggesting that any bid accepted by Liverpool for Luis Suarez will be matched by Real Madrid and then it is up to the Reds and the Uruguayan to decide his future. So that's €100m for Gareth Bale and at least €40m for Suarez.

11:34 BST: Celtic have denied rumours suggesting they're set to sign Sunderland's James McLean and Porto's Christian Atsu. Reports say the Scottish champions were to get the pair in a combined £7m outlay but the club have quashed any suggestion this is true.

11:26 BST: Ian Holloway is never far away from some sort of drama and has told reporters this last week had been one of the 'worst of his life' after missing out on transfers. A deal for Dan Gosling collapsed and striker Atdhe Nuhiu decided to move to Sheffield Wednesday instead of Crystal Palace. He says the club will have to go for a 'scattergun approach' with the season just three weeks away.

11:20 BST: David Moyes has kept his cards relatively close to his chest when talking to reporters about the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga. "I couldn't tell you if there will be another bid," he said. "Obviously we will take stock of it and consider what we are going to do
next. I never at any time said I knew we would get him. I just said we had made offers. They have been rejected. We will take stock from there and decide where we go from there."

11:12 BST: Bit of world news and the Costa Rican's are invading New Zealand's A-League. Wellington Phoenix have now signed two players from that nation with Kenny Cunningham joining Carlos Hernandez at the club.

He's no Radamel Falcao but he is certainly a valuable player. Watch Ibrahima Toure bang in some goals for Monaco. Would you want him at your club?

11:04 BST: Monaco striker Ibrahima Toure, who fired the big-spending club into Ligue 1 with 18 goals, has told L'Equipe of his disappointment at being put on the transfer list and his frustration at not being allowed a move. Monaco have slapped a €5m price on him but interested clubs such as St Etienne and Rennes are being put off by the high price.

11:00 BST: Retired England striker Michael Owen has said Luis Suarez moving to Arsenal would be a 'surprise'. Read the full story here.

10:51 BST: Keisuke Honda's protracted move from CSKA Moscow to AC Milan has taken another turn. A deal is agreed with Milan for when the player's contract runs out in January but CSKA president Yevgeni Giner told the Russian media no deal will be done early unless a suitable offer comes in. Milan are said to have offered €2m but that is 'not a deal that suits' the Russian side.

Here is Vinicius Araujo scoring goals for Cruzeiro. Could he be the next big thing coming to Europe from Brazil? Or is that honour reserved to Bernard?

10:47 BST: Brazilian press claim Porto are looking to replace the potentially outgoing Jackson Martinez with Cruzeiro striker Vinicius Araujo. O Tempo says Porto are leading the race against Shakhtar and Dortmund to sign the highly-rated striker.

10:40 BST: Napoli have increased their offer for Porto striker Jackson Martinez to €32m. The Portuguese champions are holding out for €40m according to Sky Sport Italia and are under no pressure to sell.

10:32 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye has joined Eskisehirspor on a season long loan. Paolo Di Canio's revolution continues.

10:30 BST: Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo is in talks with Fenerbahce. The Turkish club have also confirmed they are interested in Spartak Moscow's Emanuel Eminike. They hope to sign either one of them by next week.

10:23 BST: Besiktas are still interested in Tottenham's Emannuel Adebayor. They are willing to pay the €8m and his wages if they can offload Portuguese striker Hugo Almeida. Turkish agent Ahmet Düdük told Eurosport, "The deal breaker for Adebayor was whether we would play in Europe this season, as soon as we are cleared I will travel to London and complete the deal."

10:17 BST: Bologna star Alessandro Diamanti has rubbished exit talks in an interview with Il Corriere di Bologna. He said, "I have found a fantastic squad, spoke to my family and returned from vacation a few days early because I want to be ready for the start of the new season," following speculation he was set to move to AC Milan or Juventus.

10:10 BST: Portuguese newspaper Record say Atletico Miniero's Bernard is set to join Porto 'imminently'. He has been mooted for a move to Arsenal but with third-party ownership rules complicating a deal to the English club, Porto seems Bernard's more likely destination.

10:04 BST: Spanish U19 'kingpin' Fede Vico is set to leave Cordoba in a €2m deal. The 19-year-old, who has been playing international football for five years already, will join Anderlecht in Belgium according to Marca.

10:00 BST: Spurs have braced themselves for Real Madrid's mammoth bid for Gareth Bale by showing a signal of intent to get back into the Champions League, reportedly securing the services of highly-sought after Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. Sports journalist in Spain Ben Hayward tweeted:

09:50 BST: Lyon coach Remi Garde has told L'Equipe Bafetimbi Gomis and Jimmy Briand will be sold this summer but Argentine Lisandro Lopex will stay at the club.

09:46 BST: Peter Odemwingie is set to leave West Brom this summer but his destination is unknown as yet. The Times say that following the breakdown in deals with Crystal Palace and Fulham, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is set to offer the Nigerian a way out.

09:39 BST: Marca also say a €4m bid from Barcelona has been made for Denis Suarez. The Manchester City youngster would serve one year with Barca's B team before progressing to the first-team for three seasons but there is no guarantee City would want to sell one of their brightest prospects.

09:31 BST: Real Madrid are interested in a left-sided player and it is not Gareth Bale. Sevilla's Alberto Moreno has been contacted by Los Blancos officials according to Marca but Liverpool and Marseille are also said to be tracking the Spanish full-back.

It seems QPR captain Park Ji Sung wants out and is set for a year-long loan deal to get him off the R's wage bill.



You make your mind up whether he is worth all that money.

09:25 BST: Reports all over Spain that Gareth Bale is the subject of a record-breaking £100m offer from Real Madrid. Spurs have maintained all summer they do not want to sell and will not sell but Los Blancos don't seem to have got the memo. This one os going to rumble on.

09:07 BST: QPR have officially announced Jose Bosingwa has left the club by mutual consent. Yesterday it was reported Trabzonspor were going to sign the Portuguese full-back and it seems that transfer will go through quickly now he is a free agent. Read the full story here.

06:51 BST: Japan international Keisuke Honda looks unlikely to move to AC Milan this summer, with CSKA Moscow eager to hold onto the midfielder. CSKA president Yevgeni Giner claims his club are in no rush to cash in on the €2 million-rated player. "He's an important player for the team and will help us earn more than €2 million if we progress through the Champions League," Giner said.

05:26 BST: The twists in the Gareth Bale transfer saga keep on coming. The Sun's report on Sunday suggests Real's mega bid could include £51 million cash as well as the sale of Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao to Tottenham. Stay tuned for more.

03:31 BST: Arsenal target Adil Rami is reportedly keen to leave Valencia, the Daily Star reports.

If points were rewarded for persistence, Arsenal wouldn't be in a trophy drought. According to the Mirror, the Gunners are preparing a THIRD bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez, with Arsene Wenger hopeful a £42.5 million offer will twist the reluctant Reds to sell. Liverpool have reportedly already turned down offers of £30 million and £40,000,001, with Brendan Rodgers adamant the Uruguayan is not for sale. Despite claims only a bid over £50 million would spark the Merseysiders' interest, the Mirror claims Wenger believes he can land Suarez ahead of next weekend's Emirates Cup.

Jose Mourinho has been given £30 million to lure Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to Chelsea, the Sun says. The newspaper says Mourinho would be prepared to hold out until the end of the transfer window, with the Special One insisting the Blues will not have to sell to make way for the England international.

Roma have edged closer to securing a deal for Gervinho, with the Daily Star reporting coach Rudi Garcia is preparing to increase a bid for the Arsenal striker. Garcia and Gervinho previously linked up in Lille and the new Roma boss is keen to be reunited with the Ivorian, despite the Gunners apaprently rejecting a £6 million bid from the Serie A side. Garcia has now made Gervinho his number one target and will look to reopen talks with Arsenal.

Newcastle's French revolution shows no signs of slowing down, with Alan Pardew close to signing Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis and QPR's Loic Remy. The French duo are on the lookout for new clubs, particularly Remy after Rangers were relegated to the Championship. Pardew's first task is completing a £6.9 million move for Gomis and it is believed negotiations with Lyon are at an advanced stage.

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