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MAN CITY CLOSE ON MANGALA
According to various reports, Manchester City are finally close to sealing a £32m move for Eliaquim Mangala.

The champions moved for the defender back in January, but Porto were reluctant to sell half-way through the campaign.

However, after already capturing Mangala's teammate Fernando, it looks like City are now set to complete a deal for the France international.

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LIVERPOOL TARGET BENZEMA
Now this is news to excite Liverpool fans following the loss of Luis Suarez.

According to The Mirror, the Reds have added Karim Benzema to their shortlist as Brendan Rodgers scours Europe for a new striker to replace the Barcelona-bound hitman.

Benzema played a pivotal role in Real Madrid's success last season, scoring 26 goals in 51 appearances, but rumours that he could be sold to finance a bid for James Rodriguez have refused to disappear.

It would certainly be a message of intent from Liverpool, but whether they can afford the striker's wages is another matter.

Meanwhile, The Sun claim Rodgers is preparing to make six more signings in a £135m spending spree. Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi are all at the top of the manager's wish list.


JUVENTUS CHASE PAULINHO
Juventus are reportedly chasing Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, which could hand Manchester United a boost in their bid for Arturo Vidal.

The Sunday Telegraph report that Juve are prepared to pay £20m for Paulinho, although Daniel Levy is apparently holding out for at least £25m.

'The move is expected to pave the way for Arturo Vidal to leave the Italian champions although Manchester United, who have strongly been linked with the 27-year-old, deny they are close to agreeing a deal for the Chilean international,' writes Jason Burt.

'According to sources in Italy, however, Paulinho is already being lined up as Vidal's replacement with Juventus confident that an offer for the Brazilian international will be accepted by Spurs.'


AND THE REST
Liverpool will have to hand Ajax £2million from the sale of striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona after the Dutch giants inserted a sell-on clause in his contract when he moved to Anfield in 2011...Arsenal are seeking a goalkeeper to put pressure on Wojciech Szczesny, with Norwich's John Ruddy on their radar along with Costa Rica and Levante's Keylor Navas...Newcastle do not want to meet Sporting Lisbon's £5million valuation of England Under-21 defender Eric Dier...West Ham are trying to bring Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph to the club for a fee of £5million...

Newcastle have approached Monaco as they attempt to sign striker Emmanuel Riviere...Ecuador striker Enner Valencia has arrived in London to complete his £11million switch to West Ham from Mexican club Pachuca...Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha could move to Dynamo Moscow, while Newcastle and former club Crystal Palace are also keen on the 21-year-old...Newcastle centre-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is in talks with Lyon about a possible return to French football...Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong looks set to join Austrian side Sturm Graz after being released by Barnsley...

Leicester are interested in QPR striker Charlie Austin and would be willing to pay up to £6million for the 25-year-old...Liverpool will listen to offers for full-back Martin Kelly, who has struggled for first-team football since suffering a serious knee injury, but striker Fabio Borini will return to Anfield after his loan spell at Sunderland...Tottenham are ahead of Arsenal in the race to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin...Manchester United will listen to offers for Wilfried Zaha, Bebe, Anderson, Marouane Fellani, Danny Wellbeck and Javier Hernandez...Tottenham and Everton are battling for French midfielder Adrian Tameze...

Aston Villa and West Ham are both trying to land Argentine midfield ace Esteban Cambiasso...West Brom have won the race to land Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom on-loan...Harry Redknapp has launched a bid to land Norwich's Dutch star Leroy Fer...Millwall are in talks with striker Bobby Zamora...Iran World Cup stars Mehrdad Pooladi and Ehsan Hajsafi are being lined up for moves to the Premier League, with Southampton, Swansea and Hull all linked with the duo...Tottenham will reject any approach from Barcelona for defender Jan Vertonghen...Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is refusing to sanction the proposed sale of centre-back Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United.

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