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The transfer gossip is rather thin on the ground in the papers this morning, so we have jetted off to Portugal for our first hit. And by 'jetted off' we mean muddled our way through A Bola's website. Não falamos português.

The newspaper claim that Chelsea will make a £35m bid for William Carvalho, which will usurp interest from both Arsenal and Manchester United. That's quite a fee for a 22-year-old with only 30 league appearances for Sporting Lisbon, but he is the real deal, we're told.

Now listen here Chelsea. You've got Nemanja Matic. And Cesc Fabregas. And Ramires. And Marco van Ginkel. And John Obi Mikel. Do you really need to spend even more of your pocket money on a central midfielder?

Manchester United have been reportedly interested in just about every player in Europe this summer, so perhaps it should come as no surprise that Marco Reus is another name you can add to a pretty lengthy list.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo is the man to seemingly let that cat out of the bag (who keeps a cat in a bag?), with the Daily Mail re-running his quotes this morning.

"I don't know where the Marco Reus rumour came from. It's a player who, at this time, is impossible to us," was Cerezo's honest assessment of Atletico's chances of landing the German.

"Look, he had an offer for a lot of money from Manchester United and he has not gone...we will not sign him with a lesser offer."

Up to you whether you believe that or not.

It's very much a European trip for us this morning, but with none of the picturesque town squares, strong coffee and glorious sunshine that Football Italia et al promised us.

Tuttosport are this morning running with a rather strong claim that Roma have a concrete interest in Stevan Jovetic.

We're left rather bemused by the reasonably regular rumours of Jovetic departing. He's one of three strikers that City possess, started their opening league game and looked brilliant in pre-season. Why on earth would City sell?

The short answer is this: They won't.

Chelsea will offer goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a new, double-your-money £60,000 a week contract...Newcastle United are ready to throw Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair a lifeline...Manchester City could also sell John Guidetti to Feyenoord in a £4.5million deal, although Ajax are also interested in the striker...Liverpool's 18-year-old winger Jordon Ibe will join Sky Bet Championship side Bolton on loan...Fulham's Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz is set to be the subject of a £3m offer from Werder Bremen...West Ham have asked about taking Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero on loan with a view to a permanent deal...Celtic are in talks to sign South Korean midfielder Kim Bo-kyung from Cardiff...Malky Mackay hopes to make Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha his first signing at Crystal Palace if he is named their new manager...West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is weighing up a £3.5million move for Fiorentina defender Facundo Roncaglia.

Don't be fooled by Courtois' basic wage, it will be made up for in bonuses. New Premier Leagie regulations state clubs can't increase their wage bill by more than 5%. So the way around that is low basic wages and much higher bonuses and signing on fees. It's exactly why we've seen loads of City players signing new contracts for them.
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