ATLETICO TO BID FOR HERNANDEZ
With Danny Welbeck utilised as a central striker by Louis van Gaal in his first friendly as Manchester United manager, it appears that Javier Hernandez may have sunk inevitably into the fourth choice striker role at Old Trafford, and that's ignoring the potential development of any of the academy graduates.
With that in mind, it would seem clear that the Mexican just needs to move on in order to give his career the lift it so desperately needs, and The Times today claim that Atletico Madrid may be the answer. With both Adrian Lopez and Diego Costa leaving the club it seems likely that the Spanish champions will want more than simply Mario Mandzukic as a replacement, and it would be a move to apparently fit both clubs and player pretty nicely.
The paper also mention Internazionale, who have long been rumoured to hold ambitions over signing Hernadez, who started just six league games last season. Needs a change, one way or another.
ARSENAL TO SIGN CASILLAS
With reports of £100,000 a week wages flying around we can't see why Arsenal would bother to sign Iker Casillas when they have some other, more palpable, issues to solve within their squad. However, it's a rumour that just won't go away.
The Daily Express are the latest to climb aboard, using potential guff taken from Spanish newspaper Sport. Let's just say Sport have a hit-and-miss record when it comes to transfer accuracy. They claim that Casillas will be offered a five-year deal worth £1.4million a year. He's 33.
We'd rather like to suggest that £1.4million a year seems incredibly conservative in its estimate, given that it equates to under £27,000 a week, and the claim that Casillas would move to be second fiddle to Szczesny also seems unlikely. Anyway, maybe we're wrong.
RACE IS ON TO SIGN HOLTBY
Poor Lewis Holtby. If he had just stayed at Schalke he'd be preparing for a season of Champions League football and perhaps hoping to knock on the door of the national team. Instead, he is apparently unwanted at Spurs and being chased by Leicester, QPR and Crystal Palace on loan. How sad.
That's the claim of the Daily Star, who believe that the three clubs are confident that Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino will allow Holtby to be loaned out again after his less than successful spell at Fulham last season.
The paper also give their take on Holtby's view, namely that he is 'understood Holtby is desperate to avoid being benched again after having to settle for Europa League football under Andre Villas-Boas, before being axed by Tim Sherwood.'
A good signing for someone, that's for sure.
AND THE REST Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk, 23, is keen on a move to Southampton... Chelsea's Marko Marin is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Besiktas... Everton are close to sealing a deal for 21-year-old Bosnian midfielder Muhamed Besic... Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that 29-year-old captain Ron Vlaar is not up for sale... Manchester United are planning a move for Dutch youngster Memphis Depay
Boobsy, you are stunningly stupid. 'The Michael Owen of his generation' is not a bad thing.- .popularpete