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The gossip is still largely thin on the ground following the closure of the summer window, but some hardy souls are still out there with one ear to the ground and the other placed suitably close to the grapevine.

The Daily Express do have something sizeable for us, in the shape of an Ezequiel Lavezzi to Liverpool story - we're not going to mention their woeful recent success rate in predicting deals. Apart from just then.

Lavezzi has again found it understandably difficult to shift either of Edinson Cavani or Zlatan Ibrahimovic from the Paris St Germain side, having to make do with a role on the bench, and the Express believe that this will prompt Liverpool to make a move.

Weirdly, the paper mention that the Argentinean's contract expires in the summer of 2016, but then claim Liverpool will pick him up for a nominal fee in January or for free next summer, which rather ignores the fact that next year is 2015 rather than 2016. Still, don't let that worry you too much.

After the slight perceived tension between Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard last season, when Mourinho rather accused the Belgian of not working hard enough on his progression, all now appears to be rosy in Chelsealand.

The Daily Mail on Tuesday go hard on claims that Hazard will be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge that will be worth £50m, but by that they mean £200,000 a week for five years, should Hazard stay for the full length of any new deal.

Hazard would be the second Belgian Chelsea player to sign an improved contract, with Thibaut Courtois also penning a five-year deal after replacing Petr Cech as No. 1.

Another one from the Daily Express now, with the claim that Pedro is growing uneasy with life at Barcelona. The Spain international is seen as a very useful back-up option to Neymar and Lionel Messi, with Luis Suarez's arrival unlikely to make the situation much easier. Youngster Munir El Haddadi has also pipped the 27-year-old in Luis Enrique's pecking order.

The paper believe that Arsenal would like to reunite Pedro with former Barcelona team-mate Alexis Sanchez, but also claim that 'Brendan Rodgers believes Pedro would fit the profile of his new squad at Anfield and thinks the striker could provide competition for Mario Balotelli'.

A cynic may question how the Express have seen inside Rodgers' brain given that the manager has never even really spoke of interest in Pedro, let alone in the three weeks since Balotelli was signed, but again we'll let that slide.

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- hincey

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