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Speaking of Colombian World Cup stars, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo says Manchester United are set to continue their battle with Barcelona for Juan Cuadrado by making a £30 million offer to Fiorentina for the winger. They have major competition, though, because new Barca coach Luis Enrique has reportedly made the 26-year-old a priority signing this summer.
Transfer Talk: Man Utd to make £30m Cuadrado bid
Colombian World Cup star David Ospina completed his move from Nice to Arsenal over the weekend, but he isn’t planning on playing back-up to Wojciech Szczesny. The 25-year-old goalkeeper told Le 10 Sport: "Szczesny has many qualities, now I'll show mine and wait for the coach's decision. We will compete for a position, hopefully we will have a good relationship."
According to Gazzetto dello Sport, Arturo Vidal’s agent is set to meet with Juventus officials to hold talks with the club over Manchester United’s latest offer. A £47 million bid has been lodged and United are prepared to DOUBLE the Chilean’s salary if he moves to Old Trafford. Mr Woodward sure is planning to spend big this summer...
Transfer Talk: Vidal discussions continue
As for potential alternatives to Loic Remy, the Daily Express claims today that Liverpool will not revive their interest in Wilfried Bony and could even wait until January before signing a new striker. The Daily Star, meanwhile, reckons Brendan Rodgers was keen on Karim Benzema but the Real Madrid man did not want to enter discussions because Liverpool are not a big enough club. OUCH.
Transfer Talk: Bony and Benzema latest
In case you’ve been living on another footballsphere over the last 12 hours, you may have missed the latest Southampton to Liverpool done deal. Following in the footsteps of Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, defender Dejan Lovren has finally completed his switch to Anfield - and the £20 million man is absolutely #buzzing about it. He told the club's official website: "It sounds amazing and it's a dream come true. I'm happy and glad to be here; I'm proud and can't wait to start."
Lovren: Liverpool move dream come true
There’s only one place to start: Loic Remy. The Frenchman was on course to join Liverpool in an £8 million deal from QPR but the move is now OFF after he failed a medical in the United States over the weekend. Bad times. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is still in the market for another forward, though, but says he will not rush into a decision and will bide his time to look at other available options.
Rodgers willing to wait for Remy alternative
Yo! Yo! Yo! Another week, another fresh batch of transfer talk coming your way. From Loic Remy and Dejan Lovren to Arturo Vidal and Juan Cuadrado, there’s plenty to discuss today as clubs look to get their squads ready for the new season. Oh yes, and there’s this thing called the Goal 50 going on, too...
The real news could come later though, with Arturo Vidal set for crunch Juventus talks as Manchester United lie in wait with a £250,000-a-week contract on offer. More on that on Monday, no doubt, so be back at 09:00 BST sharp tomorrow. Bye for now!
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is interested in signing Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
“He’s a great footballer, great professional and a goalscorer. He’d get you 10 to 12 goals a year in that position,” Redknapp told West London Sport. “I like Rafa. He’s an interesting player and has got class.”
Wondering how Fabregas got on for Chelsea today? Get out lo-down on his performance against Olimpija by clicking the link above.
Does the striker have what it takes to lead the line for the Blues, or should Jose Mourinho sign another forward as well?
Chelsea survive an early scare to secure a 2-1 win over Olimpija in the end....
"The referee blows his whistle to end the match and Chelsea pick up another pre-season win after coming from behind. Their Slovenian opposition put up a decent fight and created more troubl than many would have expected, but Chelsea's Premier League quality shown through eventually as Diego Costa and Kurbt Zouma netted the all-important goals, following Kapun's first-half opener."
Jan Vertonghen insists he is happy to stay at Tottenham and reveals he has been offered a new five-year contract.
"It goes without saying that I would like to stay at Tottenham,” Vertonghen told Belgian station Radio 1.
“I still had a four-year contract but I see that they have offered me a new five-year contract as a great sign of confidence."
Chelsea are in charge now, as Kurt Zouma scores a debut goal for the Blues before Branislav Ivanovic bundles home from close range, only for the finish to be ruled out for some reason. It's 2-1 to Chelsea, though.
Diego Costa is off the mark for Chelsea! He equalises to make it 1-1 against Olimpija...
"Two new signing link up to great effect for Chelsea as Fabregas intercepts a terrible pass just inside the Olimpija half and then slips Costa into the area, who confidently smashes past Seliga."
Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to sign Loic Remy from Queens Park Rangers, Goal has learned.
Remy had joined up with the Reds in Boston on their pre-season tour of the United States after the two clubs had agreed an £8 million deal, But problems detected during medical examinations have concerned the Merseysiders and they have backed away from the transfer.
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Barcelona are still looking to sign another central defender and have reignited their interest in Liverpool’s Daniel Agger, according to Sport.
"The referee blows his whistle to end what was a disappointing first half from Chelsea, with the three debutants unable to inspire much quality in attack. Nik Kapun's 40th-minute strike separates the two sides at the break after a fairly entertaining first half, but one would expect a far more disjointed second period as we await a host of half-time substitutes."
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