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LIVERPOOL CLOSE ON SHAQIRI
Liverpool's early assault on the transfer market is showing no signs of slowing down after the Reds were linked with a move for Xherdan Shaqiri.

The 22-year-old is reportedly keen to leave Bayern Munich after struggling to break into the first team under Pep Guardiola, and it's thought Anfield is his preferred destination.

According to the Daily Star: 'Liverpool lodged a £15m bid for Shaqiri last week with manager Brendan Rodgers intent on bolstering his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

'And according to reports in Shaqiri's native Switzerland, Liverpool are close to clinching his signature.'

We wonder what that means for the Reds' interest in Adam Lallana.


REAL MADRID TARGET RAMIRES
Quick line from The Sun now, who claim that Ramires is attracting interest from Real Madrid ahead of the World Cup.

The 27-year-old, who has been included in Brazil's squad, suffered a dip in form at Chelsea this season and missed the last four matches of the campaign after elbowing Sebastian Larsson in the Blues' 2-1 defeat to Sunderland.

However, that hasn't deterred Carlo Ancelotti, who is reportedly readying a £25m bid for the midfielder.


NASRI OFFERED NEW DEAL
According to the Guardian, Samir Nasri is close to agreeing a new five-year deal with Manchester City.

The 26-year-old played a pivotal role in City's title victory, but missed out on a place in France's World Cup squad, prompting his girlfriend to be very sweary towards Didier Deschamps on Twitter.

'Samir Nasri is expected to sign a new five-year deal at Manchester City when the Frenchman finishes his holiday, with the club hopeful that Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko, and Aleksandar Kolarov will follow suit by signing contract extensions after the World Cup,' report the Guardian.

'While City would also like James Milner to agree fresh terms, the midfielder is reluctant to do so as he wants to leave to play more regular first-team football.'


AND THE REST
Arsenal target Loic Remy is desperate to join the Gunners as Arsene Wenger weighs up transfer options...Sunderland have made a £4million bid for Ashley Williams as Gus Poyet looks to land his top transfer target...Karim Benzema says Real Madrid target Luis Suarez needs more than one good season...Eden Hazard has declared there is "no chance" he will leave Chelsea this summer...

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United face competition from PSG in the race for Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann...Swansea are yet to receive any formal offers from Liverpool or Arsenal for Wilfried Bony...Lorenzo Insigne's agent has said his client is "flattered" with talk of Arsenal swooping for the Napoli striker...Southampton have joined the list of clubs interested in signing former Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell...

Aston Villa have sounded out former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand over a possible move to Villa Park - but a deal doesn't look likely...Newcastle and West Brom are planning a World Cup spying mission on Ghana striker Majeed Waris...Blackpool winger Tom Ince will decide on a move to Tottenham, Everton or Newcastle after rejecting Inter Milan...Newcastle defender Davide Santon is at the centre of a tug-of-war between AC Milan and Roma.

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