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Arda Turan another option for United, Hernandez's agent chirps up on Vidal, Atletico 'open talks' on Schurrle and more...

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TURAN ANOTHER UNITED OPTION...
With talk of Angel di Maria now going a touch quiet, the papers need to draw a new name out of their hat for United's midfield. Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan is that man. So say the Daily Mirror.

The Turkish winger has been talked about infrequently this summer regarding a move to Old Trafford, but nothing has really got off the ground as yet. The Mirror claim that Van Gaal is keen on the 27-year-old, who would be available for a fee of around £15million.

They also claim that this could see United on a 'collision course' against Liverpool, who apparently also wish to sign Turan.

Not for us, I'm afraid.


...AND HERNANDEZ'S AGENT PIPES UP ON VIDAL

We rather thought that every single person ever connected with Manchester United and Juventus had had their say on the Arturo Vidal affair, but it appears that Javier Hernandez's agent hasn't thrown in his twopenneth worth yet. Oh no...wait, he now has.

"For now I cannot comment on the situation," agent Eduardo Hernandez told reporters in South America. "I have no news at the moment on an exchange, I haven't spoken to anyone in England, but there will be news soon."

So "can't comment" but am commenting, "no news" but there will be news. Thanks for that Eduardo.


ATLETICO START SCHURRLE TALKS

We can't imagine Chelsea selling Andre Schurrle in a month of Sonntags, but the Daily Mail today run with the claim that Atletico Madrid have 'opened talks' with Chelsea.

We are hugely intrigued as to what 'opened talks' means in this context, given that even the Mail themselves accept that 'Jose Mourinho though would prefer to sell other foreign players rather than the versatile forward' and 'the 23-year-old would appear to want to stay at Stamford Bridge'.

So Chelsea don't want him to leave and the player doesn't want to go, and yet a club have 'opened talks'. Well colour us unconvinced.


ARSENAL IN FOR MBIA

Another day, and another pretty underwhelming midfielder linked with Arsenal in the papers. Yesterday it was Cheik Tiote rumoured to be interesting Arsene Wenger.

Stephane Mbia is that man, with the Daily Star believing that Wenger will approach the midfielder after he was released by QPR at the end of last season. Really?

Mbia made 30 appearances for Sevilla last season after leaving Loftus Road on loan, and the Star claim that he would be far cheaper than Sami Khedira, Arsenal's first choice. Well yes, he'd be free.

The paper also claim that Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested in Mbia, whilst also claiming that Arsenal are interested in Salomon Kalou. Is this just a trolling exercise?


AND THE REST

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is trying to persuade former club Stoke to sell him midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, who he signed for the Potters from Blackburn two years ago...Aston Villa have joined the list of clubs wanting to take Arsenal prospect Serge Gnabry on loan. Southampton, Newcastle, Sunderland and Crystal Palace are also interested...Napoli defender Federico Fernandez's Swansea move is almost complete with fee and personal terms now agreed...Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Mbark Boussoufa could be on his way to QPR...Southampton want to rush through the £12.5million signing of Shane Long from Hull before Sunday's opener at Liverpool...

...QPR have made a breakthrough in talks with Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson...QPR have launched an ambitious bid to sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song...Stoke will have to pay at least £6million if they want to sign Nathan Redmond from Norwich...Wigan are considering an approach for former Leeds forward Max Gradel, now on the books at St Etienne...Newcastle have explored the possibility of signing Abel Hernandez, the striker who scored 14 times for Palermo in Serie B last season.

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