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Big player leaving + money to spend = rumours galore. Antoine Griezmann has rejected a new contract at Real Sociedad and, if AS is to be believed, is another player Liverpool have their eyes on this summer. The Reds are apparently set to lodge a £20 million bid for the Frenchman.
Transfer Talk: Liverpool keen on Griezmann
Is Filipe Luis finally set to join Chelsea? According to The Sun, yes... yes, he is. Atletico Madrid have been holding out for his release clause, believed to be around £19-20 million, to be paid in full all summer and the Blues have reportedly given in and agreed to match it.
Transfer Talk: Chelsea to pay release clause
Romelu Lukaku said earlier this week he wants to be at a club where he can play his best football and hopefully win titles. Could he do that at Wolfsburg? German newspaper Kicker claims the Bundesliga side are in talks with Chelsea over a permanent move for the Belgian striker.
Transfer Talk: Wolfsburg in Lukaku negotiations
I repeat: is anyone NOT linked with Liverpool this summer? According to the Metro, Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is a target for the Reds and they are prepared to pay £40 million to sign the Frenchman as a replacement for Luis Suarez.
Transfer Talk: Benzema wanted by Liverpool
Louis van Gaal is a busy, busy man. The Netherlands boss only has a few days after the World Cup before he begins work as Manchester United manager. Richard Jolly writes how the REAL challenge now starts for the Dutchman. Check it out below.
Now the real challenge starts for Van Gaal
To recap, Louis van Gaal confirmed after the game that he would have brought on Tim Krul for Jasper Cillessen again if he had not already made three changes. And I think it's fair to say he won't be getting a Christmas card from Mr and Mrs Third And Fourth Place Playoff. Van Gaal added: "I think this should never be played. I've said it for 10 years but we will still play and we have one less day to prepare, which is not fair."
Van Gaal: I would have thrown on Krul again
For those that missed it (or fell asleep during extra time and penalties #WhyAlwaysMe), here's how the drama panned out. Ron Vlaar was forced to begin the shootout after LVG's preferred takers refused to step up first. Yowzers.
After helping Argentina reach their first World Cup final for 24 years, we've taken a look back at Javier Mascherano's semi-final performance against Netherlands, which club he would be best suited to and what the future holds for the Barcelona midfielder. Check it.
World Cup Scouting Report: Javier Mascherano
Judging by his comments today, it looks like Kurt Zouma controls the Boring Milner Twitter account might be staying put. The 19-year-old defender was signed by Chelsea in January for a reported £12 million before rejoining Saint-Etienne on loan. Asked if he has spoken to Jose Mourinho, Zouma told Chelsea TV: "Yes, a little. He told me 'hello, welcome'. He asked me 'are you ready?' I told him 'yeah'."
Huw Jenkins also confirmed that midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swansea in 2012, has been involved in negotiations with Tottenham. He added: "Gylfi was put to us and he is one of a number of players we have been speaking about."
Swansea interested in Sigurdsson
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post: "There's a lot of speculation about Ben at the moment, as there is with a lot of players at this time of year. There was an initial interest from Tottenham, but there has been nothing since."
Swansea confirm Tottenham interest
The rumour mill has gone Liverpool crazy today. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds are set to hijack Tottenham's bids for Ben Davies and Wilfried Bony by making a double swoop for the Swansea pair. Spurs have been in talks with the duo but have struggled to agree on a fee.
Transfer Talk: Liverpool line up Swansea duo
The Daily Mirror reports today that Cardiff captain Steven Caulker, a target for several Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace and QPR, is keen for a swift return to the top flight but is holding out for a move to... wait for it ...Liverpool! Is anyone NOT joining Liverpool this summer?
Transfer Talk: Caulker wants Liverpool move
Yes, he is banned from ALL football-related activity, but the big dogs at Fifa have allowed him to complete transfers during that time. He can move clubs - the biggest football activity there is - but if a single earlobe makes it into a team photo, the guy's in big trouble!
@goaluk i thought he was banned from any football related activity for atleast 4 months?— #BABYELEPHANT (@githuma) July 10, 2014
Zlatan Ibrahimovic never settled playing second-fiddle to Lionel Messi, while Neymar has performed more consistently for country than club since moving to Camp Nou. Goal's Mark Doyle looks at how the most talented all-South American forward line since Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho could work.
How will Suarez-Neymar-Messi work?
Fantastic news for Tottenham. The goalkeeper had been linked with a return to France with Paris Saint-Germain or Monaco but will now remain at White Hart Lane until 2019. The 27-year-old said he is impressed by the ambition of the club following talks with chairman Daniel Levy and new boss Mauricio Pochettino. Full story below.
Official: Lloris signs five-year deal
Speaking of Spurs...
We are delighted to announce that Hugo Lloris has committed his future to the Club with the signing of a new five-year contract.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 10, 2014
As ever, I can't LIVE if LIVEing is without you, so be sure to get in touch with your views on the latest deals via the links pinned to the top of this page. How do you rate Liverpool's business? Are they spending the Luis Suarez cash wisely? Or are they in danger of doing a Tottenham? Spurs sold Gareth Bale for HUGE money last year but their expensive new signings failed to make an impact.
Here are the main details as Liverpool close in on three of their top targets...
- Still negotiating fee with Southampton for wantaway Lovren
- Markovic set for medical after £19.8m release clause was met
- Origi has agreed personal terms after holding talks at Melwood