Liverpool want out-of-favour Ezequiel Lavezzi or Barcelona's Pedro (and so do Arsenal), Eden Hazard set for new five-year deal...
ARSENAL MUST SPEND BIG ON QUINTERO
Arsenal were linked with a £16m bid for Colombia whizzkid Juan Quintero on Thursday evening, but reports on Friday claim the Gunners will have to spend a heck of a lot more than that to sign the youngster.
According to the playmaker's agent, Porto are yet to receive any offers for Quintero, who recently returned from playing at the World Cup.
Said Ricardo Calleri: "Porto never talked to negotiate Juan Quintero.
"There are clubs interested, there is much interest in the player, the clubs in Spain and England, but to leave would be one willing to pay the termination clause of the club."
The Daily Express report that Quintero's buy-out clause is around £32m, with Arsene Wenger expected to look elsewhere unless an initial loan can be arranged.
LIVERPOOL AID UNITED'S HUMMELS BID
Liverpool may have inadvertently helped Manchester United's bid for Mats Hummels after opening negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over a loan move for Tiago Ilori.
'Louis van Gaal's chase for Borussia Dortmund centre-half Hummels was back on late Thursday evening with the two clubs near to agreement on a £20million switch,' report the Daily Mirror.
'And the Old Trafford giants' chances have been massively boosted as the Bundesliga side opened talks with Liverpool about borrowing their young Portuguese defender Tiago Ilori.
'The 21-year-old would be loaned to Dortmund for the season as Hummels' replacement - a move that the Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers would allow.'
Liverpool are also expected to complete deals for Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo in the near future. Look, it says so here.
ATLETICO CHASE KAGAWA
Shinji Kagawa has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid after club president Enrique Cerezo ruled out a move for Santi Cazorla, Fernando Torres and Javier Hernandez.
"Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, Callejon, Torres nor Chicharito (Hernandez) are on our agenda," Cerezo told Radio Marca.
"If we sign another player, it won't be any of them."
It seems Kagawa could be on Diego Simeone's shortlist, however, with the Daily Express reporting that Atletico are plotting a £14m bid.
It's thought that Louis van Gaal won't stand in Kagawa's way, after admitting that he has too many playmakers at Manchester United.
AND THE REST
West Ham need cover for injured forward Andy Carroll and are holding contract talks with former Chelsea man Samuel Eto'o. Stoke's Peter Crouch and Hugo Almeida of Besiktas are other players they are looking at...Newcastle are trying to sign young Argentinean striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan...Southampton have enquired about Inter Milan midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto as part of the deal which will see Dani Osvaldo move in the opposite direction...QPR are stepping up their efforts to sign Marseille's Morgan Amalfitano, who had a loan spell at West Brom last term...Aston Villa's Matt Lowton could join Middlesbrough on loan...
Everton appear to be ahead of Sunderland in the race to sign Chelsea's Christian Atsu on loan...West Brom and Southampton are both interested in Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany...Tottenham target Morgan Schneiderlin "is a Southampton player and will continue to be" says Saints manager Ronald Koeman...Atletico Madrid are not interested in Javier Hernandez or Fernando Torres, says their club president Enrique Cerezo...Everton are chasing MK Dons starlet Brendan Galloway...Chelsea's Nathan Ake is wanted on loan by Championship promotion chasers Derby...Connor Wickham could leave Sunderland if he doesn't sign a new contract...
James Milner says he will only sign a new deal at Manchester City if he is happy with the amount of football he is getting...Edinson Cavani says he is happy at PSG and has no intention of joining Manchester City or Manchester United...Aston Villa are plotting a £3m bid for Manchester City's Scott Sinclair if they fail to land Chelsea's Victor Moses on loan...Burnley are lining up a fresh £2million move for West Brom defender Craig Dawson...Former Fulham defender Brede Hangeland has agreed a two-year deal at Crystal Palace...West Brom want Haris Seferovic from Real Sociedad.
@ siphil (Liverpool) says... I have to say I was thinking the same thing. Don't see how they are related. I don't want Hummels - too slow.- david mac