27/07/2010 – Transfer Talk

27 07 2010

Argentina captain Javier Mascherano has been told he can leave Liverpool, having held talks with the club’s hierarchy.

Inter Milan are thought to be lining up a £25m bid for the Argentine international.

Inter striker Mario Balotelli has rejected a bigger pay packet at Manchester United to join former boss Roberto Mancini at rivals Manchester City.

Italy international Balotelli’s £25m arrival at Eastlands will spark a transfer merry-go-round, with Emmanuel Adebayor joining Juventus on loan and Mascherano, Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt and Uruguay and Atletico Madrid star Diego Forlan moving to Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Manchester City are offering England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips as part of the deal to sign James Milner from Aston Villa.

The Premier League are keeping close tabs on Chelsea’s £20m pursuit of Benfica’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires. The Brazilian is involved in a third-party ownership deal with agent Kia Joorabchian.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson will step up his pursuit for Mexico international Carlos Salcido. Dutch club PSV Eindhoven are likely to demand in the region of £3m for the defender.

Hodgson is also lining up Ipswich’s self-confessed Liverpool fan Connor Wickham.

Manchester United are monitoring the progress of Belgium international Steven Defour, with the club weighing up a £13m bid for the influential Standard Liege midfielder.

Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is wanted by his first club Osasuna, a transfer that could rekindle the Gunners’ move for Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer.

Ajax boss Martin Jol wants to sign Middlesbrough striker Mido.

Fulham, Sunderland and Bolton are chasing Portsmouth striker John Utaka. The Nigeria international is also interesting German sides Cologne and Bayer Leverkusen.

Hull striker Kamel Ghilas is a loan target for French club Arles-Avignon.

Roma are stepping up their efforts to sign midfielder Valon Behrami from West Ham and could offer goalkeeper Doni or striker Stefano Okaka in exchange for the Swiss star.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he regrets not coming out of international retirement to play for England at the World Cup in South Africa.

Scholes said he had only two hours to consider whether to join England boss Fabio Capello’s squad in South Africa.

Injured Tottenham defender Jonathan Woodgate has five weeks to save his career before new Premier League rules consign him to the sidelines.

Manchester United have similar worries over Owen Hargreaves and Anderson as the Premier League introduces new regulations that state clubs must name a 25-man squad by 31 August.

London 2012 chairman Lord Coe said England’s build-up to the World Cup was disrupted by too much travelling and being overworked in training sessions.

Holland international Royston Drenthe claims he is on the verge of joining Liverpool. He announced it on his Facebook page and said: “I will soon be joining Liverpool FC. I hope I will have a good season.”

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