United step up Pique chase for £20m, Liverpool want Porto's Ruben Neves, Rio set to be offloaded after six months...
ALEX SONG IS HEADING TO ENGLAND
After being the only Barcelona outfield player left on the bench for the entire 90 minutes of their friendly on Monday evening, it is pretty clear that Alex Song is entirely unwanted at the Camp Nou. It's a fair-sized regression in the space of a year.
The Daily Telegraph report that Barca will actually allow Song to leave on loan for the season without expecting any fee for the Cameroon international, which they claim is news that will interest Everton, Spurs and even Manchester United. Galatasaray and unnamed Serie A clubs are also interested.
For any club that wishes instead to opt for a permanent deal for Song, Barca have attached a price tag of £8million to his shirt. You get the player too, for that money.
FALCAO IN LIVERPOOL TALKS
It just all seems like tummy rot to us, but the Falcao to Liverpool rumours just won't go away. It's the Daily Mail's turn to pick up the baton this morning.
Impressively, despite it being a story of such magnitude to warrant being the principal sell on the Daily Mail website, it's a tale that's remarkably short on detail. In fact, we're going to give you it in full:
'Liverpool remain keen on Radamel Falcao but they face competition from Juventus for the Monaco striker. The Italians like the idea of a loan deal and are considering the sale of Fernando Llorente to Valencia, although the Spaniard is not overly keen. Real Madrid maintain an interest in Falcao but need to sell another non-EU player first.
Even more impressive is the fact that the Metro then manage to regurgitate that same story into a 12-line piece, crediting the Mail but adding in the line 'Liverpool are continuing to hold talks with Radamel Falcao's agents.' It's all a big hmmm from us.
SCHNEIDERLIN BID REJECTED...AGAIN
Not a great deal of surprise that Southampton will reject Spurs' £17million bid for Morgan Schneiderlin, according to The Sun.
Having sold some of their best players for fees north of £20m, it seems ludicrous for Tottenham to expect the Saints to sell Schneiderlin (French international, 24) for a fee so low, and is actually a little naughty of them to so evidently unsettle the player without making a realistic bid.
That's also without considering the impressive way in which Spurs have managed to have a bloated squad and yet still be short in both central defence and up front. Still, keep on trying to buy midfielders.
Elsewhere at Spurs, the Mail report that Benoit Assou-Ekotto will be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer because he has fallen so far down the pecking order. And by that we mean behind Danny Rose.
AND THE REST
Arsenal are hopeful of signing £6m Greece defender Kostas Manolas from Olympiakos... Hull City boss Steve Bruce lines up £9m deal for Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar after missing out on Manchester United's Danny Welbeck and Watford's Troy Deeney... Sunderland want Napol forward Eduardo Vargas on loan... Norwich have targeted striker Cameron Jerome and centre-half Carlos Cuellar... Manchester City defender Dedryck Boyata is wanted by Anderlecht... QPR and Julio Cesar are discussing a severance payment ahead of the goalkeeper's proposed move to Benfica.