Man City target Jack Wilshere, Man United want Schneiderlin and Lukaku
All the latest and greatest rumours and tidbits on the transfer moves that teams around the world will be making this summer and beyond.
City switch focus to Gunners midfielder
The phrase "transfer saga" is overused in the summer months as fans look for excitement while players lead a jet-set lifestyle, but Raheem Sterling's proposed move from Liverpool to Manchester City is showing the telltale signs of becoming a bloated issue for all concerned.
Sources told ESPN FC on Wednesday that City made an increased offer of £40 million -- £35 million up front with £5 million add-ons -- for Sterling but will not go any higher, while the Telegraph now reports that Liverpool have rejected that bid and are unwilling to sell for anything less than £50 million.
The paper suggests that City will press on with a third bid for the England forward later this month, but the Mirror reports that Manuel Pellegrini's side will instead switch their attentions towards Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
City need to boost their homegrown quota for Champions League football next season, and 23-year-old England midfielder Wilshere fits the bill -- especially given his two stunning strikes for the Three Lions away to Slovenia last weekend.
Next on City's list is Kevin De Bruyne, with the Telegraph reporting that the club will step up their pursuit of the Bundesliga's star player after contract talks with Wolfsburg stalled.
The former Premier League champions might be wary of the latest report from AS though, which suggests that Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Sergio Aguero at the Copa America.
United forced into transfer games
The trouble with flashing your cash about is that, pretty soon, everybody knows you might just waste a bit of it on them.
Morgan Schneiderlin has been on Manchester United's radar for a while now as a sound alternative to some of the eye-watering fees mooted for the likes of Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal.
However, various British newspapers are reporting that Ed Woodward will have to fork out around £24 million for the Southampton schemer's services as the Saints look to play United and Arsenal off against one another.
United could do with signing the France international, with the Star reporting that Roma have agreed to a deal with Cagliari to buy out the rest of Radja Nainggolan's contract.
Not exactly the swift business Louis van Gaal was targeting this summer, but life at the top is brutal -- a fact Robin van Persie is becoming accustomed to, with the Manchester Evening News picking up on news that Galatasaray have confirmed that they have made an approach for the Dutch striker.
His replacement at United? Everton's young Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku, according to The Sun.
Definite substance in Lukaku story. Do wonder whether the players Van Gaal said 'have to come' last month are still the same ones. #mufc- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) June 17, 2015
Monaco defender Fabinho is a target at right-back, but the Mirror reports that the 21-year-old Brazilian -- who has just signed for the Ligue 1 side for £4 million after a successful loan spell -- will cost United a cool £15 million.
Meanwhile, the Star also states that Tottenham are prepared to make United wait until the end of the transfer window to sign Hugo Lloris as a replacement for David De Gea.
The Spanish goalkeeper's proposed move to Real Madrid looks set to drag on as The Sun reports that De Gea wants Real to sell Iker Casillas first, and with Spurs in no rush to sell their No.1 keeper, United will be forced to either bid high now or play a risky waiting game as the window draws to an end.
Marca claims that United are still attempting to exploit Real's interest in De Gea by targeting Raphael Varane, but have been told that Los Blancos are not selling the young centre-back.
Cech closes in on Arsenal move
With Man City looking to poach some of their Premier League rivals' top talents, Jose Mourinho looks set to finally relent to Arsenal's desire for Petr Cech and sell Chelsea's backup goalkeeper to the Gunners for around £14 million.
The Portuguese coach insists he would not sell Cech were it his choice, but the keeper is desperate to leave for regular football and the Emirates Stadium is his likely destination.
While Thibaut Courtois is the undisputed No.1 at Stamford Bridge, the Star reports that Mourinho will try to sign Rob Green from QPR as a solid understudy to the Belgium shot-stopper.
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Blues target 'the new Messi'
Labeling a youngster "the new Lionel Messi" is akin to watching a child rattle through "Old MacDonald" on a piano and declare them the next Mozart, but Transfer Talk won't let that label get in the way of a good rumour!
The Express reports that Chelsea are after 18-year-old Andrija Zivkovic from Partizan Belgrade, with the Serbian winger likened to Barcelona's talisman due to his impressive displays from 17 onwards at international level.
Further back for Chelsea, Mourinho seems to be stockpiling left-backs at Stamford Bridge, with the Mirror reporting that the Chelsea coach is interested in Augsburg's young defender Abdul Baba Rahman.
Baba Rahman has earned 11 caps for Ghana at the tender age of 20 years, and impressed in the Bundesliga last term to draw the interest of the Premier League champions.
The paper suggests that the youngster would be an ideal replacement at around £15 million for Felipe Luis, who could be leaving West London just a year after joining from Atletico Madrid after failing to dislodge Cesar Azpilicueta on the flank. The Star reports that Chelsea will attempt to swap Luis for Toby Alderweireld.
Another man on his way out of Chelsea appears to be Gael Kakuta, with the 23-year-old set to arrive in Seville on Thursday before completing a move to Sevilla, having failed to live up to his initial promise for the Blues.
Kakuta is due to arrive in Seville this Thursday pic.twitter.com/ypgC6y55HB- Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) June 17, 2015
Another boost for Rodgers
While the Sterling saga rumbles on, there was better news for Brendan Rodgers, with Martin Skrtel's agent reportedly telling fcinternews.it that an Anfield contract renewal is "probable" for the centre-back after discussions with Inter Milan stalled despite "very real interest" from the Nerazzurri.
Given the horror show that is Liverpool's fixture list for the 2015-16 Premier League season -- away to Stoke, United and Arsenal in the opening five games -- news that a key defender is happy will be a small boost to Rodgers on a day when his odds of being sacked rose sharply.
- Despite nearly winning the Treble at Juventus this season, Carlos Tevez will tell Juventus that he wants to move back to Boca Juniors, according to the Mail.
How to replace Tevez? Sign Mario Mandzukic, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The Italian paper suggests a deal for the Atletico Madrid striker has already been agreed.
- Patrick Roberts' name is starting to frequent the pages of Transfer Talk with a regularity which suggests a wunderkind is in our midst, with the Express now reporting that Fulham have rejected £8 million bids from Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal for the 18-year-old forward.
- Yohan Cabaye could be set for a surprise return to Newcastle, with the Star reporting that Paris Saint-Germain are open to the France international leaving this summer.
- Poor Troy Deeney -- the Mirror reports that Newcastle will bat their lashes at the Watford striker in an attempt to make QPR jealous enough to lower their £15 million asking price for Charlie Austin.
- Tim Sherwood forged strong relationships at White Hart Lane, and the Mirror reports that the former Tottenham boss will tempt Spurs winger Andros Townsend to Aston Villa with a regular starting role.
- Hull City and Belgian powerhouse Standard Liege are set to duke it out for the services of Socceroos striker Tomi Juric, according to SBS.
- The Sun reports that Sunderland look like the lucky club who will seal a deal for Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson, though Southampton are also interested.