08/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

8 07 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he will “make an announcement on the goalkeeping situation after the World Cup”.
Wenger, who has been linked with moves for Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer and Portugal international keeper Eduardo, said: “Manuel Almunia is a talented goalkeeper. In training, he is superb, the only problem is that he gets nervous on big matches, thereby making silly mistakes.”

Felipe Melo has moved a step closer to leaving Juventus after general director Giuseppe Marotta indicated the Serie A club will listen to offers for the Brazil midfielder. Reports in Italy claim Melo could join Arsenal this summer in an exchange deal which would see Gunners left-back Gael Clichy move the other way.

The agent of Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano has played down speculation linking the Brazil striker with a move to Manchester United or AC Milan. The 29-year-old is out of contract at the Spanish side next summer but has a buy-out clause which would allow him to move for £25million.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has put an £18.7million price tag on reported Manchester City and Real Madrid target Aleksandar Kolarov. The Serbia left-back is under contract at the Rome outfit until June 2011.

Manchester United have shown an interest in Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, according to Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti.

United are apparently willing to pay £29million for Inter playmaker Sneijder and the Premier League club are also ready to compete with Manchester City for Inter’s £30million-rated striker Mario Balotelli.

Arsenal are battling with Liverpool and Tottenham to sign winger Shaun Wright-Phillips for a reduced fee of £6m as Manchester City look to get the England international off their wage bill.

Barcelona’s financial problems could scupper deals for Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and Javier Mascherano.

Meanwhile, Argentina midfielder Mascherano has hinted he is eager to be reunited with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan.

Juventus may move for Arsenal left-back Gael Clichy, should the Italian side lose Fabio Grosso to Atletico Madrid.

Manchester City will make Aston Villa an improved offer of £24m for midfielder James Milner but will turn their attention elsewhere if the latest bid is turned down.

Monaco striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to complete another loan move to Tottenham after spending the end of last season at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will bid for Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa – if he can sell left-back Emiliano Insua for £5m.

West Ham were due to sign Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose on a free transfer this summer but the German’s excellent performances at the World Cup have made a deal “unlikely” to go through according to the Hammers’ co-owner David Sullivan.

Sunderland have entered the race for Ghana’s £7m-rated striker Asamoah Gyan. The Rennes striker has also been linked with a move to West Ham.

Newcastle are confident of signing England Under-21 midfielder Dan Gosling, who left Everton on a free transfer after the Merseysiders failed to put a contract offer in writing by the middle of May.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are also weighing up a move for Dutch midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 22, who has been released by Feyenoord.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is planning to offer Chelsea £4m for defender Michael Mancienne, with the London club ready to offload the 22 year old.

Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd turned down wages of £50,000 per week at Turkish club Kayserispor when he left Rangers.

Middlesbrough want Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson and have offered the Glasgow club former Aberdeen striker Lee Miller as a makeweight in a £2.7m deal.

New Leicester City manager Paulo Sousa will make Benfica defender Miguel Vitor his first signing on a season-long loan.

England goalkeeper David James will hold talks with Portsmouth about extending his contract with the Championship club. James, 40 next month, has been asked to take a pay cut on his £40,00-a-week wages to stay at Fratton Park.

Barnet have demanded £400,000 from Bristol City for winger Albert Adomah.

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker John Hartson wants to start his managerial career at his hometown club Swansea, who are searching for a new boss after Paulo Sousa moved to Leicester.

Barcelona have borrowed almost £120m to pay their players’ wages with spiralling costs and a potential loss of television money being blamed for the short-term loss of cash.

Fulham will name the successor to Roy Hodgson at the end of next week with Sven Goran Eriksson the favourite and former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic a new contender.

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan revealed that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson sent him a good luck text message before Uruguay’s World Cup semi-final defeat by the Netherlands.

For full stories head over to the BBC website.

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