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ROBBEN REJECTS UNITED MOVE
It seems like a move that was only ever in the minds of those that added two and two together to make five, but Arjen Robben has revealed that he has turned down the opportunity to join Manchester United this season, as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

With Robben getting better with every passing season and Dutch coach Louis van Gaal taking over at Old Trafford in the next few days, the potential return of the winger to England had set tongues-a-wagging in the media.

However, speaking after his country's victory over Brazil in the third-fourth place playoff on Saturday, Robben was quick to reject the rumours.

"I have a special bond with him [Van Gaal]," said Robben. "He is the most important coach in my career. After the match he did ask me to come to Manchester."

"It is not an option. I will stay at Bayern Munich."

So that's that.


MORENO DEAL BACK ON

It appeared that Liverpool's focus on bringing half of Southampton's squad up to Merseyside had forced them to take eyes off ball in terms of the signing of Alberto Moreno from Sevilla, but it now appears that a deal may be back on the cards.

According to the Daily Express, Sevilla are still holding out for £18million for the left-back, which does seem a lofty price. However, given the fact that the Brendan Rodgers' current options are Jose Enrique (MIA) and Jon Flanagan (RB), one would suggest that Liverpool stop messing about and cough up.

Moreno would certainly leave much of Liverpool's transfer business done with a month still remaining before the season commenced.


IT'S 2004! CHELSEA IN FOR DROGBA

With both Demba Ba and Fernando Torres surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, we can see why Jose Mourinho would want to further add to his strikeforce in order to allow one or both to leave. Whether those requirements led to a logical move for Didier Drogba is another question entirely.

The reciprocal love between player and manager is certainly entrenched, however, and the Daily Mail report that Chelsea have opened discussions to bring the 36-year-old in on a playing deal which will also see Drogba help out in a coaching capacity.

One suspects that Chelsea fans shouldn't get too excited about Drogba scoring goals galore this time around even if a deal does come off. The Ivorian has similar offers from Juventus and clubs in Qatar, the paper report.


AND THE REST...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to complete the £3m signing of Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina... Liverpool striker Iago Aspas is set to join Sevilla on loan... Michael Dawson and Gylfi Sigurdsson are reluctant to leave Tottenham... Stewart Downing is hoping Ecuador World Cup star Enner Valencia will take the pressure off West Ham's £19million club-record signing Andy Carroll...West Ham are poised to offer defender Winston Reid a lucrative new contract to stave off interest from Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle, among others...

...Newcastle could make as many as three signings this week, with Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat and Monaco striker Emmanuel Riviere set to join new boy Remy Cabella at St James' Park...West Brom will make a fresh bid to land Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton this week, but have a loan deal with Liverpool for Andre Wisdom as a back-up should Hutton decide against the move...Arsenal will send youngster Wellington Silva to Almeria on a season-long loan as problems continue about getting a work permit for the 21-year-old Brazilian...

...Demba Ba looks set to snub offers from Premier League sides to join either Shanghai Shenhua or Trabzonspor...Salomon Kalou is stalling on a move to Roma as he wants to return to the Premier League - Everton and Liverpool are reportedly interested...Fulham boss Felix Magath is keen on Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan as he looks for a new number one but Wanderers have already turned down an offer from Mainz and are keen to keep him...Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce hopes to sign former Reading duo Jobi McAnuff and Mikele Leigertwood, who are both free agents...

...Inter Milan have offered £7million for Cardiff defender Guy Medel but want to take him on an initial loan...Napoli are proposing a similar loan then permanent deal - this time worth £8million - for Swansea City striker Michu...
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is keen on Watford striker Troy Deeney, but their £7m price tag could put them off...Swansea are keen to sign Manchester United youngster Nick Powell on a season-long loan and should seal their move for Jefferson Montero this week...

...Arsenal are offering Serge Gnabry to Southampton as part of their potential deal for young full-back Calum Chambers...Aston Villa hope to sign Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung and are likely to offer Holland's World Cup star Ron Vlaar a new contract...Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has agreed to join Juventus and winger Bebe could be on his way to Benfica.

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