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AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is ready to sell Mario Balotelli for a cut-price fee this summer. That wasn't the case before the World Cup, though - Berlusconi claims he was about to sell the striker for £28 million until his below-par displays put the interest club off. In defence of Super Mario, Goal's Harry Sherlock explains why teams should still be queueing up for the controversial Italian...
What does Balotelli have to offer?
Quite literally. The grafters at the Santiago Bernabeu have been hard at work preparing the main stage for the arrival of World Cup star James Rodriguez. The 23-year-old finalised personal terms on Monday and has been spotted in the Spanish capital after a £70 million deal was agreed between Real Madrid and Monaco.
Real Madrid agree £70m James deal
As Manchester United continue their pursuit of Arturo Vidal, we’ve taken a closer look at how the Juventus midfielder would fit in at Old Trafford and how the man nicknamed THE WARRIOR would finally provide the club with a like-for-like replacement for Roy Keane. Take a look (but not if you're a Toni Kroosamaniac)...
Why Vidal is perfect for Man Utd
Goal understands Romelu Lukaku is close to completing a permanent move to Everton for £18 million. The Belgian striker scored 15 Premier League goals during a loan spell at Goodison Park last season and the club are prepared to splash out the majority of their transfer budget to re-sign him. Lukaku is yet to return to pre-season with Chelsea after being granted time off after the World Cup.
Everton inch closer to Lukaku signing
Great news for Arsenal fans to start the day. Goal understands David Ospina has agreed a four-year deal with the club as he closes in on a move from Nice worth £3.5 million including add-ons. The Colombian goalkeeper is due to officially join the Gunners when he returns from holiday next week ahead of their pre-season trip to America. Happy days.
Ospina set for four-year Arsenal deal
Hello Goal friends and welcome back to the transfer window LIVE blog. A busy day yesterday saw Patrice Evra complete his move to Juventus, Steven Gerrard retire from international football and Arsenal close in on David Ospina. Today, believe it or not, promises to be even busier. Let’s get started...
And that's that. Ed Woodward has left Manchester United's tour at a time when the club are set to launch another bid for Juventus' Arturo Vidal.
Patrice Evra has already gone the other way, while Tottenham are leading the race for Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
It's been emotional. Until next time, goodbye! Keep it tuned to Goal for all the latest news.
Manchester United fans will need no reminding of last year's farce, when chief executive Ed Woodward left the club's pre-season tour on "urgent transfer business" and precisely nothing happened.
Well, this year he's left United's tour early once again, this time for "general business reasons."
Tranfer Talk: Ed Woodward leaves Manchester United tour
Surprise, surprise, Barcelona superstar Neymar has praised fellow Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi!
Messi controversially won the Golden Ball at the World Cup - despite impressive displays from the likes of James Rodriguez and Arjen Robben - but Neymar believes his club-mate was among the finest players at the tournament.
"I don't know whether it was fair or not but, for me, he was one of the best players in World Cup," he told Rede Globo. "At least in the top three, anyway."
Neymar: Messi was one of the World Cup's top three players
Tom Ince surprised many when he decided to turn down a move to Italian giants Inter Milan in order to link up with Steve Bruce's side in this transfer window.
But fellow summer signing Jake Livermore insists he understands Ince's decision, telling Perform: "At the end of the day, if a player is happy with where he wants to go, happy with the manager and has a good set of lads around him, that's what it's about."
Livermore: I understand why Ince chose Hull over Inter
The Metalist Kharkiv striker, who can also play as an attacking midfielder, is attracting interest from the Premier League new boys, according to the Daily Mail.
Aged 26 (Google is wonderful), he scored eight goals last season.
Transfer Talk: Leicester keen on Blanco
That's right, Liverpool are yet to dip into the £70m they received for selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona and the Daily Mail report that they are ready to spend £40m (!!!!!) of it on Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman - who has been linked with a move to the Premier League since he was a baby, or something like that - would command a £200,000-a-week salary.
Transfer Talk: Liverpool weigh up Benzema move
Steven Gerrard ends his England career as the third most capped player in his country's history - but will he go down as a Three Lions legend? Goal's Greg Stobart looks at how the midfielder couldn't replicate his Liverpool form at international level...
Thanks Gerrard, but we never saw your Liverpool best
After Steven Gerrard announced his international retirement earlier today, who do you think will be the next England captain? The bookmakers have been crunching the odds and William Hill make Wayne Rooney 1/3 to take the armband. Gary Cahill and Joe Hart are both 5/1.
Bet now! Next England captain
Diego Costa and Filipe Luis have joined Chelsea this summer, while Thibaut Courtois has returned from his loan spell. But Tiago, the fourth player set to move to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid, could well opt against a return to the London club. According to the Daily Mail, the midfielder is considering a move to Valencia instead.
Transfer Talk: Tiago considers Valencia move
No, not by the looks of things. Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer told Sport1: "That's absolute nonsense. If all speculation was true, we would have a 57-man squad."
Oh yes. Huge development in the James Rodriguez to Real Madrid transfer. Real have started setting up the main stage at the Santiago Bernabeu and have altered tomorrow's timetable for tours of the stadium "due to an official event". Now if that official event isn't the unveiling of young Hamez/James/Yamez, Imma go to Madrid myself and take hammer and chisel to the stage.
David Ospina is expected to complete his move to Arsenal this week as a replacement for Lukasz Fabianski - and here are the key details:
- Arsenal confident of £3 million deal, Ospina set for medical
- Wenger moved for Ospina after a failed bid for David Marshall
- Ospina fee knocked down because Nice deal ran out next year
Goal understands Arsenal are confident of signing goalkeeper David Ospina this week. A £3 million fee has been agreed with Nice for the 25-year-old - one of the stars of Colombia’s World Cup campaign - and he is due to undergo a medical in the next 72 hours ahead of the club’s trip to America.
Arsenal to finalise Ospina deal
Wayne Rooney on Instagram: "Sad to hear that my mate @stevengerrard is retiring from international football. Great player and great captain. It was an honour to play with him."
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