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Jul 14, 2014

Cavani wants Premier League move

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti contends that Angel Di Maria could be on his way out of Real Madrid.

The World Cup might be done and dusted, but Transfer Talk never sleeps! As always, we'll be be bringing you the very latest in all the wheeling and dealing happening across the globe ...

22.50 BST: That's it for tonight. But do not despair because we will have the latest newspaper rumours to start Tuesday's blog very soon.

22.22 BST: Here's the story in full on Sevilla reaching agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Iago Aspas.

21.49 BST: We have proof that Liverpool's signing of Lazar Markovic is essentially done. He will move from Benfica for 20 million euros. Richard Buxton, a journalist who covers Merseyside, has tweeted this picture of the player's media interviews.

21.01 BST: Sevilla have announced on their official website that they have reached an agreement with Liverpool to sign Iago Aspas. He will move back to Spain on a season-long loan and it should be ratified shortly.

20.33 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Bobby Zamora is on the verge of signing a new deal with Queens Park Rangers. The striker scored the goal in the playoff final which fired QPR back into the Premier League.

19.51 BST: DONE DEAL - A double up in Germany as FC Augsburg splash the cash. They've spent 1.2 million pounds on Germany under-21 striker Shawn Parker from Mainz, and spent 800,000 pounds to bring in Caiuby from 2.Bundesliga outfit Ingolstadt.

19.18 BST: DONE DEAL - Sami Hyypia has made his first signing as Brighton & Hove Albion manager, snapping up free agent Aaron Hughes following his release from Queens Park Rangers.

18.35 BST: Benfica goalkeeper Jan Oblak has announced he is set to leave the Portuguese champions and sign for Atletico Madrid. Full story

18.14 BST: DONE DEAL - Turkish side Kayseri Erciyesspor have announced the signing of Aston Villa midfielder Yacouba Sylla on a season-long loan deal. Full story

17.53 BST: DONE DEAL - Fiorentina have announced the signing of Australia defensive midfielder Joshua Brillante from A-League side Newcastle Jets. The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract with Fiorentina and becomes the second Newcastle youngster to have moved to a European club since the end of last season. Australian striker Adam Taggart signed with Fulham last month. Full story

17.32 BST: Mathieu Flamini has spoken of his disappointment at his friend Cesc Fabregas deciding to join Chelsea. But he also said he was glad the former Barcelona man was back in London because he would get to see him more often. He said: "I had an amazing time with him at Arsenal and he stayed a very close friend of mine. I'm a bit disappointed that he'll be playing with Chelsea rather than us, but I respect his decision. That's football, and I'm very happy for him because I'm sure that if he's moving back it's because he wanted it."

17.27 BST: Read Alan Pardew's views on how the transfer window is going for Newcastle here.

17.24 BST: Jeremy Mathieu missed Valencia training yesterday fuelling speculation he is trying to force a move through to Barcelona. However Valencia boss Valencia coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: "He is a Valencia player, but we thought it was opportune that he rested so he would be in perfect conditions today. The only player I can't count on is Rami, because he has left Valencia, but I can count on everyone else." Clearly trying to douse some flames, we think. A move is on the cards if Barcelona meet the £16 million release fee.

17.20 BST: Apparently Korean media are playing down Ki Sung-Yeung's possible move from Swansea to Aston Villa because his agent refuses to talk about any deal.

17.15 BST: ESPN's own Kristan Heneage questions why more clubs don't want to buy Norwich's Leroy Fer.

17.10 BST: Highly sought-after goalkeeper Kiko Casilla apparently is the subject of a first-option style bid from Real Madrid. Which they might take up.

17.06 BST: Former future superstar, Royston Drenthe has not been given a squad number by Reading boss Nigel Adkins. The former Real Madrid and Everton man is clearly surplus to requirements at the Madejski Stadium and will be sold should an offer come in of around the £1 million they paid last August.

17.00 BST: Read the full story here, of the developing move from Pachuca to West Ham of £12 million man Enner Valencia.

16.55 BST: Another transfer saga that just keeps rumbling on is that of Thomas Vermaelen. Everyone thought he was extremely close to joining Man Utd but reports emerged over the weekend that Arsene Wenger has vetoed the deal for the time being. Now international teammate Dries Mertens has told the Belgian Arsenal captain to join him at Napoli. He told reporters for Belgian newspaper Knack: "I spoke with Vermaelen and I explained to him that here is good and there is a big project. Yet he replied that for now I am an Arsenal player."

16.45 BST: DONE DEAL! Getafe have confirmed the signing of winger Abdoul Karim Yoda from F.C. Astra Giurgiu in Romania on a free transfer. He looks utterly delighted.

16.41 BST: QPR doing a lot in the transfer market today it seems.

16.30 BST: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson thinks Alexis Sanchez can fire the Gunners to silverware on all fronts this season. Read the full story here.

16.22 BST: Lazio have also been told to sign Davide Astori from Cagliari this summer. In fact they've been told to go 'all-out' to get him by defender Guiseppe Biava who was released by Lazio at the end of this season. He thinks he would be a class act and the club would 'be in safe hands' with Astori at the back.

16.15 BST: Lazio were pretty certain they had signed Stefan de Vrij from Feyenoord but it appears the Italian club have been forced to up their offer after the Dutch side rejected a £5.5 million bid. Reports suggest the offer has been upped to £7 million amid speculation he has more than one suitor by the name of Manchester United.

16.08 BST: Sampdoria defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang could be leaving the club if the right offer comes in according to the player's agent Jose Gonzales. Obiang has been linked with a move to England over the past 12 months and the mos recent reports suggest West Ham are interested in the 22-year-old's services. Gonzales said: "Pedro is liked by them, but at the moment there haven't been real offers - neither from Italy or from England. His will is to stay at Sampdoria, like the old club ownership wanted. Next week I'll meet the club to understand their intentions about the player's future. Clearly, should an offer arrive ready to satisfy both Pedro and Sampdoria, he could leave."

16.00 BST: Relatively old news now but Toni Kroos has apparently confirmed he will be joining Real Madrid. Read the full story here.

15.52 BST: Point well made about the 'British premium' clubs have to pay by The Mirror's Ed Malyon.

15.50 BST: Want to read the full story on Xherdan Shaqiri's future? Then you can do so here.

15.43 BST: He has wanted out almost since he arrived from Inter Milan and apparently Julio Cesar's route out of QPR will be via Benfica.

15.37 BST: A report from French newspaper Nice-Matin has claimed that Nice goalkeeper David Ospina has agreed a deal to join Arsenal for four million euros.

15.32 BST: Wonderkid alert. Charlton's 17 year old Joe Gomez is attracting the interest of Premier League clubs Newcastle and Everton according to the Daily Mail. The report suggests Charlton are going to struggle to keep hold of their talented youngster but hope to keep him at The Valley by ensuring him first-team football next season. Chelsea and Arsenal are also keeping tabs.

15.24 BST: A holiday in LA and a lucrative move to the champions of Italy in the twilight years of your career. Not bad for Patrice Evra who, according to the Daily Mail, accepted the transfer via email while on holiday following his World Cup exploits.

15.18 BST: Roma's Taddei is considering his options after allowing his contract to run down with the Italian club. He has offers from Sassuolo and Chievo according to gianlucadimarzio.com but is also attracting interest from clubs abroad like Malaga, Bayer Leverkusen and Valencia.

15.11 BST: Porto are set to sign Holland defender Bruno Martins Indi for £8 million after he confirmed himself he would be leaving Feyenoord. Martins Indi told RTV Rijnmond: "It's true that I am leaving, but now it's Feyenoord that will have to say more about the subject." He is expected to complete the move to the Portuguese giants in the coming days now Feyenoord have signed a replacement in the shape of Khalid Boulahrouz.

15.03 BST: Liverpool are already in Seville to discuss the transfer of Iago Aspas out of the club and are apparently also enquiring about an £18 million move for Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno. The Mirror say the Spaniard wants to leave the club and Sevilla might have no choice but to sell because they are low on cash themselves.

14.57 BST: Sheffield United look set to lose Harry Maguire to Premier League Hull City because he wants to play in Europe. The central defender is one of the hottest prospects in the lower leagues and the Hull Daily Mail claim a £1.5 million offer could mean they'll get their man.

14.50 BST: Remy Cabella is very happy with his move to Newcastle. 'Howay the lads' though!? Not so sure...

14.46 BST: Jan Vertonghen's future is clearly still up in the air despite Spurs claiming he is not for sale.

14.40 BST: Naughty naughty Chelsea. Apparently they've been talking to Raphael Varane's agent behind Real Madrid's back in an attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge. It is no secret Jose Mourinho is a huge fan of Varane's but any deal would probably rely on the player pushing for a move to get first-team football rather than any willingness on Real Madrid's part to sell.

Raphael Varane could be on his way to England to re-unite with his old boss Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

14.32 BST: Sunderland look to be pursuing Fabio Borini with some gusto. Liverpool clearly need to make a choice here.

14.25 BST: Push the panic button Aston Villa fans, the inevitable has begun. After an imperious World Cup Ron Vlaar is being touted for a move from Villa Park with Roma said to be keen according to Corriere dello Sport. With just a year left on his contract and the lure of Champions League football, Paul Lambert may have some trouble keeping his captain at the club.

14.18 BST: A TRANSFER STORY FROM GERMANY!!! Didn't expect to see many of those given that thing they won last night... Anyway, apparently Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has told Kicker that Xherdan Shaqiri is not going to be sold. Liverpool and Roma were interested and said to be close to a deal but Sammer said: "Xherdan is an important player for the future. We are not going to sell."

14.13 BST: More pain for Southampton fans as the Daily Mail reports Arsenal are closing in on promising young full back Calum Chambers. With Carl Jenkinson set to leave the Gunners it is thought a bid for the Saints youngster is going to be made soon. Ronald Koeman will try and get Serge Gnabry to St Mary's should any deal take place.

14.06 BST: It's not all James Rodriguez at Real Madrid. Apparently the club are keeping tabs on Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez, who wants to join Los Blancos.

14.00 BST: Udinese striker Luis Muriel has told fans he wants to stay at the club despite links with Inter and AC Milan. The Colombian took to Twitter, as is the way these days, and posted: "It starts now. I want to thank Udinese and the supporters for so many years of joy. I want to stay in Udine because the club has always believed in me. It is here that I want to establish myself as a top player."

13.50 BST: Swansea star Michu is imminently going to be announced as a Napoli player with a one-year loan deal expected at any moment according to Wales Online.

13.43 BST: Inter Milan are closing in on a deal to sign Chile international Gary Medel but must agree a fee with Cardiff City before he can be unveiled. Medel has agreed a five-year deal with the Italian giants, who initially wanted to take him on loan, but Cardiff owner Vincent Tan told the San Siro club only a permanent deal would be accepted.

13.37 BST: The Dejan Lovren transfer debacle looks set to run and run and run. The Daily Star have today claimed the Croatian defender has opted not to take strike action to force his move to Liverpool.

13.30 BST: Sky seem to think Steven Caulker is closing in on a transfer from Cardiff to Crystal Palace. It has been reported recently that the England defender was hoping to seal a move to Liverpool but it would seem that has not come to fruition.

13.19 BST: Chelsea target Filipe Luis has been banished to train with the Atletico Madrid reserves after Diego Simeone became angry and disappointed with the Brazilian's behaviour. The Evening Standard have reported a £16 million bid has been rejected by Atleti because they want the full £20 million to activate his release clause even though they know the player wants to head to Stamford Bridge.

13.12 BST:  Cash-strapped AC Milan are keeping close tabs on Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier according to Tuttosport. The Italian giants are struggling for funds though and are hoping to secure a move for less than £10 million as they look to rebuild their squad.

13.04 BST: Well, if the agent has confirmed it, it must be true.

Juan Cuadrado would be Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic's priority signing if those decisions were made by him.

13.01 BST: Stevan Jovetic's future at Man City was recently under question but he took to social media to tell everyone... who Man City should be signing. In a Q&A on social media he said: "Who would I recommend we sign this summer? So many good players! I like maybe [Juan] Cuadrado from Fiorentina. He's a very good player, I played with him and also he's a good guy."

12.52 BST: Roma's Maicon is hoping to end his career at the club after announcing he is ready to sign a new deal. "We are on the right path and we saw it last season," Maicon said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "I certainly do not want to leave Roma. In fact, the first thing I wish to do now that the World Cup is over is to call (Roma sporting director Walter) Sabatini. I want to renew (contract) immediately, I have no intention of leaving."

12.45 BST: Here is a very good analysis of the Marco Reus transfer myth to Liverpool from Sport Witness.

12.37 BST: We started the day with the news Chelsea duo Marko Marin and Demba Ba were close to joining Besiktas. Well the Turkish giants have taken it upon themselves to rubbish the rumour and have said there are no deals in place to bring them in on loan. End of discussion.

12.30 BST: Sources in Portugal claim Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo has rejected the chance to move to West Ham United. The frontman had been tipped for a move to the Premier League but TalkSport claim he is pushing for a move to Russia... presumably, where the money is.

12.23 BST: Though we're sure it won't be much of a consolation, Argentina goalkeeper Sergio Romero can take small solace in the fact he may not be a World Cup winner but he is going to get a move to Portuguese champions Benfica. According to a report in Genoan newspaper Secolo XIX, Benfica have been impressed with the Sampdoria goalkeeper's performances at the World Cup and now want to bring him in to replace Atletico Madrid-bound Jan Oblak between the sticks. He could be available at a reasonable price too with his contract running out next summer.

12.15 BST: Inter Milan could wrap up a deal for Yann M'Vila by tonight according to reports. Gazzetto dello Sport say Rubin Kazan have finally decided to sanction the deal once their president gets back from Brazil. Hopefully, apart from the confirmation, that is the last time we need to hear about this deal! It's been going on for weeks.

12.10 BST: Yet more Twitter news as Newcastle close in on yet another signing.

12.04 BST: And yet more on QPR. Looks like Rio Ferdinand's holiday with the BBC in Brazil is over and he actually needs to sort out his future.

12.00 BST: QPR have been frustrated in the transfer window so far but it looks like things may be kicking off for them in the next few days.

11.56 BST: Thought it was a long shot...

11.53 BST: AC Milan are considering offering Ignazio Abate as bait to bring in Zenit St Petersburg's Domenico Criscito. The Italian giants have been unwilling to spend big in the transfer market and apparently the deal to bring in Sime Vrsaljko has stalled due to Genoa's asking price. Gazzetto dello Sport claim Milan now want to try and use players in deals in order to keep cost down and bring Zenit to the negotiating table.

11.46 BST: Barcelona are going through somewhat of a transition at the moment and youngsters who were tipped for bright futures are being flogged to anyone who will have them. One suc hplayer was Isaac Cuenca who joined Deportivo La Coruna and now wants to be re-united with exit-bound former teammate Bojan. Speaking at a press conference he told Bojan: "Deportivo is a great team and they're in the First Division. They can offer minutes. It wasn't a hard decision. Depor is a team that plays well, has a very nice stadium and plays in front of a large crowd. I think I'll fit in well."

11.40 BST: Sampdoria are still holding out a hope of persuading Fabio Quagliarella to join them from under the noses of Torino. It had been reported Torino were close to a deal with the Juventus forward but Samp president Massimo Ferrero is hopeful of delivering the striker for coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

11.32 BST: The flames of the Edinson Cavani rumour are already being doused by ESPN's France correspondent Jonathan Johnson.

11.27 BST: BIG BREAKING NEWS! Edinson Cavani has apparently told his agent to investigate getting himself a move to the Premier League. That is huge. I'm sure there'll be more to come on this.

Edinson Cavani could soon be celebrating a move to the Premier League if his wishes are delivered by his agent.

11.21 BST: Bit by bit by bit the transfer of Enner Valencia from Pachuca to West Ham edges closer.

11.15 BST: One of those merry-go-round deals. Apparently Crystal Palace are keen on signing Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson. Hull City are also close to signing Michael Dawson from Spurs. BUT neither want to leave White Hart Lane this year. This is a huge spanner in the works for Mauricio Pocchetino as, according to the Mirror, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy won't sign anybody before he ships out a few first, wanting at least £15 million for the aforementioned pair first.

Michael Dawson grappling with potential teammate Shane Long, if he decides to move to Hull.

11.05 BST: Pablo Hernandez looks like he could be on his way out of Swansea City after talking to Qatari club Al Arabi, who are managed by former Chelsea player Dan Petrescu. The South Wales Evening Post claims Swansea will receive a fee for the Spaniard but can expect nowhere near the £5.5 million they paid for him two years ago.

10.58 BST: Swansea City are expected to make an ambitious move for Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie. If the Swans can sell Ki Sung-Yeung and recoup the £5.5 million they paid for him, Clasie is expected to become Garry Monk's number one target in midfield according to the South Wales Evening Post.

10.52 BST: Mark Hughes is desperate to bring Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi to Stoke City according to a report in the Stoke Sentinel. Apparently he wants a genuine winger alongside the more 'part-time' option of Bojan from Barcelona, whom he is also said to be close to signing. However, the £5 million Liverpool are asking for their player is proving a stumbling block.

10.45 BST: This tweet (in Spanish, I know) caused a stir in Liverpool because it claims the Reds are thinking about making a £45 million bid for Dortmund's Marco Reus. The pandemonium had barely commenced when various bookies then slashed their odds on Reus moving to Anfield. At the moment though, would have to say, this one looks like it is slightly wide of the mark.

10.37 BST: Liverpool really are being busy bees in this transfer window. The latest reports from the Express claim the Reds want to pay Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan's full buy-out clause. A £32 million bid would gazump the interest of Arsenal and Manchester United and is apparently the only fee Atletico are willing to negotiate at.

10.31 BST: Who would have thought Salomon Kalou would be stalling on a transfer because he is a very wanted man!? The Ivorian winger was said to be close to securing a move to Roma but the Mirror claim he is not accepting that deal until he knows if Liverpool and Everton are willing to stump up the £3 million it would take to lure him from Lille. Galatasaray have also offered him a £75,000 a week contract but Kalou is said to favour a move to the Premier League.

10.25 BST: Liverpool flop Iago Aspas is set to leave the club for Sevilla after a disappointing first season in the Premier League. The Daily Post claim the deal will likely be a one-year loan but Ian Ayre, who is in Spain to negotiate the deal, is happy for a permanent deal to be put in place should they be able to recoup most of the £8 million they paid for him last year.

10.20 BST: Highly-sought after young Scottish full-back Andrew Robertson is on Hull city's radar after a move to West Ham was ruled out by Dundee United. The Hammers offered £1.5 million for Robertson which was rejected and it is said Dundee are holding out for over £2 million. The Glasgow Evening Times said Steve Bruce is prepared to thrash out a deal quickly in order to bring in his man before the new season starts.

10.16 BST: Nigeria legend Joseph Yobo is being touted for a move to one of three Turkish clubs following his impressive loan spell at Norwich City last season. Balıkesirspor, Mersin İdmanyurdu and Konyaspor all want the Fenerbahce man who is available for transfer following Fener's ban from playing in European competition.

10.12 BST: More on Serge Aurier's PSG move.

10.09 BST: Newly-promoted Burnley have been strongly linked with a £1.5m move to take Lukas Jutkiewicz to Turf Moor. Reports in Lancashire suggest interest could be firmed up quickly as Burnley prepare for the new season.

10.05 BST: Conflicting reports all over Europe. Some say he wants the PSG move. Others say he is holding out for the Premier League. And now Marca say FFP is getting in the way. Who knows...

09.59 BST: Chelsea, despite signing Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa, are finding themselves frustrated in the transfer market at the moment. Their pursuit of Filipe Luis is ongoing with a transfer fee of £20 million proving the obstacle. Moves for Sami Khedira from Real Madrid and Paul Pogba from Juventus look like they won't happen either. And now Tuttosport are claiming Jose Mourinho is now going to turn his attention to PSG midfielder Javier Pastore in an attempt to bolster his squad.

PSG's Javier Pastore could be on his way to London after Chelsea were rebuffed on offers for Paul Pogba and Sami Khedira.

09.54 BST: Ron Vlaar had an imperious World Cup for the Netherlands and reports in the Telegraph say Paul Lambert is extremely keen to tie him down to a new deal. His current contract expires next summer and Villa are concerned they may lose their captain for free if a new deal cannot be agreed.

09.50 BST: Chelsea youngster Christian Atsu is a seriously wanted man after his impressive displays at the World Cup for Ghana. The winger is available on loan and the Daily Mail say Celtic, Aston Villa and West Ham are all interested in signing him up for a year.

Ghana's Christian Atsu is a wanted man after an impressive World Cup with Chelsea looking to loan their young winger.

09.45 BST: Aston Villa outcast Alan Hutton is still on West Brom's radar according to the Express and Star. A deal was said to be close but Paul Lambert blocked the deal leaving Hutton angry and frustrated. But it now appears the Baggies could be back in for the Scot who is desperate to leave Villa Park.

09.41 BST: Aston Villa's transfer window looks like it is finally getting into gear as the Birmingham Mail claims they are trying to sign Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng. The same paper also says Paul Lambert is trying to offload Antonio Luna and Yacouba Sylla, who is close to a move to Turkey.

09.35 BST: The Catalan press are doing their best to have a go at Real Madrid again. Sport claim Sami Khedira has agreed a four-year contract with Arsenal and will sign in the coming days for some £29 million.

09.33 BST: Le Progres claims Samuel Umtiti, 20, the guy who scored an absolute belter against Spurs a few years back, has asked to leave Lyon following the seven-time Ligue 1 champions' signing of fellow centre-back Lindsay Rose last weekend.

09.30 BST: Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot tells local media Sevilla have not made an approach for the Ligue 1 club's Polish international midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 24. So far, only Fiorentina have made enquiries about the former Bordeaux man, who is available for seven million euros.

09.26 BST:  Lille are interested in Inter Milan attacking midfielder Diego Laxalt, 21, say football365.fr. The same outlet also say Paris Saint-Germain have told Real Madrid Marco Verratti will not be sold this summer even after being offered some £45 million by the Spanish giants.

09.24 BST: Serge Aurier is on the verge of signing for Paris Saint-Germain after a 9 million euro deal was agreed with Toulouse, say L'Equipe. Clement Chantome will go the other way. Despite signing a right back, PSG are also considering a bid for Juventus' Stephan Lichsteiner according to Tuttosport and may use Adrien Rabiot as bait to lure the Swiss international to France.

09.20 BST: L'Equipe report Dynamo Moscow have made a seven million euro bid for Mathieu Valbuena, 29, but the Marseille midfielder, who was part of France's World Cup squad, hopes to move to Spain where he has been linked to Valencia.

09.18 BST: And finally something NOT Chelsea. After reports a deal might break down, it looks like Nacho Scocco may end his Sunderland hell soon.

09.15 BST: It's all Chelsea related this morning! Former Blues defender Khalid Boulahrouz finds a new club.

09.13 BST: It seems Besiktas aren't content with just the one Chelsea player. Lig TV again claim the Turkish side want to bring in forgotten winger Marko Marin, again on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move.

09.08 BST: Right, let's kick off the day with the news that Demba Ba, the man who ended Liverpool's title hopes and scored THAT last minute goal against PSG in the Champions League, is apparently close to a move to Besiktas. Turkish outlet Lig TV claim the striker will join on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season. The Turkish club are expected to pay £3.5 million of his wages.

Liver-hampton, or is it South-verpool?

Southampton were a joy to watch in the past season's Premier League, with their high-octane, high-pressing playing style winning plenty of admirers.

One chap clearly impressed was Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, who has been linked -- by The Daily Mail -- with his fourth Southampton purchase of the summer.

With Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert already in the bag and want-away defender Dejan Lovren appearing to be next, Rodgers has turned his attention to former Burnley star Jay Rodriguez.

Although the deal is far from locked in, there is a distinct possibility that when Liverpool line up to play their first Premier League game on Aug. 16, there will be more players in the first 11 who played in a Saints kit the past season than did in a Liverpool one.

And guess whom the Reds are playing on match day one? That's right -- Southampton. Delicious.

World Champion one day, Madridista the next!

Rumours of Toni Kroos' move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid have been swirling for weeks, but Marca all but confirmed today that the freshly crowned World Cup winner will indeed be heading to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Describing the 24-year-old as one of the heartbeats of the German side, the paper gushes that Kroos will arrive in Madrid "in a blaze of gold."

Making room

Of course, Real already have an embarrassment of riches when it comes their midfield, so with Kroos coming in, another will almost certainly leave.

Angel di Maria has been courted by about half the clubs on the planet in the past two weeks, and it appears Paris Saint-Germain have been the club that has caught the Argentine's eye.

AS reports that a transfer fee in the region of 60 million euros has been agreed to by both clubs, with PSG now thrashing out personal terms with the World Cup runner-up.

Tap-ins

- Arturo Vidal has told La Tercera he is "relaxed" about his future, amid claims he is closing in on a move to Manchester United. Read all about it here.

- Marca are saying World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez is inching ever closer to a move to Real Madrid.

- The Luis Suarez transfer to Barcelona might be all sorted, but FIFA will not allow the Catalans to publicly unveil their new, £75 million signing while he remains banned for biting. Read more here.