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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports linking Real Madrid’s 27-year-old striker Karim Benzema with a move to the club.
However, according to
Wenger has set aside £45.6m to bring the France international to London.
The Gunners have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Benfica’s 15-year-old goalkeeper Joao Virginia.
Wolfsburg boss Dieter Hecking believes midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, will snub an approach from Manchester City.
(Manchester Evening News)
But the Belgium international has said a move to the Etihad could be too good to turn down.
(Sun – subscription required)
Manchester City face a battle to hang on to highly-rated midfielder Marcos Lopes, 19, with Marseille, Monaco and Lyon all interested in the Portuguese starlet.
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat hopes to sign Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, and take QPR’s 25-year-old midfielder Leroy Fer on a season-long loan.
Manchester United have offered 30-year-old winger Ashley Young a new three-year deal. The Englishman has one year remaining on his current contract.
And United’s Brazilian defender Rafael Da Silva, 25, is set to finalise a £2.1m move to Lyon.
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Tottenham are ready to take a £15m loss on 30-year-old striker Roberto Soldado after opening talks with Villarreal over a £11m move.
Liverpool are looking to make a £14.9m bid for Real Madrid’s 24-year-old winger Denis Cheryshev.
New Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie, 24, has revealed his mum left him and his brother when he was aged just 10.
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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is confident of holding on to centre-back John Stones, 21, who has been the subject of a bid from Premier League champions Chelsea.
Atalanta defender Yohan Benalouane, 28, has confirmed he has agreed to join Leicester City in a £5.6m move.
(Bergamo Post – in Italian)
West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club hope to make two more signings in the transfer window; one being 27-year-old midfielder Alex Song and the other a replacement for the injured forward Enner Valencia, 25.
The Hammers are pursuing Atletico Madrid forward Raul Jimenez, but are waiting on news of a work permit for the 24-year-old Mexican.
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew says he hopes the club can finalise a deal for Sunderland’s 22-year-old striker Connor Wickham.
Swansea manager Garry Monk says they are still trying to come to an agreement for 29-year-old forward Michu to leave the club.
(South Wales Evening Post)
Borussia Monchengladbach boss Lucien Favre has hailed Newcastle’s appointment of Steve McClaren, saying the Englishman is a “very good” head coach.
The Newcastle boss is unwilling to sell defender Fabricio Coloccini, 33, despite interest from former Magpies boss Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.
Aston Villa defender Ciaran Clark, 25, will be offered a new contract to ward off interest from rivals West Brom.
Middlesbrough forward Lee Tomlin is training on his own after trying to force a move to the Premier League, with Bournemouth and Norwich City interested in the 26-year-old.
Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, 27, will see a specialist to find out whether he needs to have an operation on his back.
Championship side Fulham will sign 24-year-old striker Dwight Gayle on loan from Crystal Palace this week.
Middlesbrough are lining up an improved £14m bid for Blackburn’s 25-year-old striker Jordan Rhodes, having already had a £12m offer rejected.
Barcelona midfielder Lionel Messi has been criticised by the Human Rights Foundation for making a visit to Gabon.
(Human Rights Foundation)
Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard, 37, has said he is not yet fit enough to show his best form at New York City.
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