ARSENAL IN FOR BARRY
Oi vey. This might not go down well.
The Sun reports that Arsenal are sniffing around one Gareth Barry.
Actually, the rest of the story makes it sound like a reasonable piece of business.
The paper claims: 'SunSport can reveal the Gunners have been checking out Barry's position at Manchester City - where he has a year left to run on his £100,000-a-week deal.
'Arsenal would not match those wages and do not necessarily see the 32-year-old as a regular starter.
'But they could put a two-year deal on the table on lower terms which may interest Barry.'
If we were Gooners, we'd say 'Sure, go for it...as long as this is as well as a Fellaini/Gundogan/Bender rather than instead of one.'
LEWANDOWSKI & ROONEY NOW JOSE'S MEN
The transfer window is a curious thing. It can simultaneously move at glacial pace and incredibly quickly.
So to Edinson Cavani, whose future has been subject to some tortuous speculation and statements from various agents and family members throughout the summer, but on Tuesday there were reports that Chelsea had already agreed a fee for the big man.
However, The Daily Mail now seems to think that train has sailed, with Paris St Germain swooping into view with their giant sacks of cash, so now Jose Mourinho is looking elsewhere.
The paper claims Chelsea will 'step up their pursuit of Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski' in case they miss out on Cavani.
The Mail reports: 'Wages are not an issue: Chelsea can offer Cavani the £250,000 a week he demands but the likes of Rooney and Lewandowski would be available for smaller fees even if they each come with their own complications.
'In Rooney's case, Manchester United will not want to strengthen a rival in the title race, while Lewandowski clearly wants to quit Borussia Dortmund to join Bayern Munich.'
SWANSEA AGREE SHELVEY FEE
Interesting one this. On Tuesday there were reports that Jonjo Shelvey could be allowed to leave Liverpool on loan, but this morning a few newspapers seem to agree that Liverpool have agreed to sell him.
The Mail and The Guardian (among others) report that Liverpool have agreed a £6million fee with Swansea for the midfielder, while Crystal Palace, West Ham and Norwich are all also interested.
The Guardian claims: 'The 21-year-old, a £1.7m signing from Charlton three years ago, has been limited to a peripheral role at Anfield and had been told by Brendan Rodgers that his situation may not improve and that he can leave in search of regular first-team football.'
You have to say, paying £1.7m for a player then punting him off for over treble that three years and several promising but slightly unconvincing performances later is decent business.
EL SHAARAWY NOT FOR SALE
Tuesday's Gossip was full of word that Chelsea might be interested in Stephan El Shaarawy, but AC Milan say he's not for sale.
"There has been a meeting between [Milan vice president] Adriano Galliani, Stephan El Shaarawy and the young star's entourage," read a statement on the club's official website.
"Everything went well. Stephan has always been an AC Milan fan and has reiterated his determination to continue playing for the Rossoneri.
"That pledge was reciprocated by Milan, with conviction. Milan and El Shaarawy will move forward together, as they have since 2011.
"No more talk of the transfer market, no more rumours.
"AC Milan, the Rossoneri colours and the 'Faraone' will absolutely continue on together."
AND THE REST...
West Ham have had a £10m bid for Wilfried Bony rejected by Vitesse Arnhem with the striker more likely to join Swansea...Everton are close to signing Wigan striker Arouna Kone for £5m...Le Havre defender Benjamin Mendy is due on Wearside this week to tie up a move to Sunderland...Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Stephen Dobbie from Brighton...Fulham are closing in on a deal for Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako...Swansea have made a £6m move for Belgian international Nacer Chadli...Crystal Palace are launching a £3m bid for Leeds right back Sam Byram...Cardiff are hopeful of sealing an £11m deal for Celtic's Victor Wanyama...Sunderland's £4m offer for AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore has been rejected...Fulham are in talks over a £1.5m move for Dinamo Bucharest forward Marius Alexe...Wolves will seal a deal for Bolton defender Sam Ricketts today...Newcastle are ready to let James Perch leave to join Wigan...Leicester want Derby's Jamie Ward in a £750,000 deal...Chelsea are set to make an £8m move for Portuguese wonderkid Armindo Tue Na Bangna.