Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Falcao to Liverpool FC? Manolas to Arsenal FC? Rojo to Man Utd

Radamel Falcao (credit: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)
- Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo has said that signing for Manchester United will be "a dream".

"It's a dream to play at Manchester United," Rojo told Radio Continental.

"It was not easy to get out of Sporting.

"It is going to be a nice experience. I hope I can adapt quickly to the style of play."

- Liverpool remain keen on Radamel Falcao but they face competition from Juventus for the Monaco striker, according to the Daily Mail.

- Liverpool are continuing to hold talks with Falcao’s agents over a big-money move to Anfield, according to Metro.

- Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas in a £6million deal, according to Metro.

- Southampton are set to reject Tottenham’s latest £17million bid for Morgan Schneiderlin, according to The Sun.

- Sao Paulo right-back Douglas is set to sign for Spanish giants Barcelona.

"The initial transfer fee will be €6m, but if may rise to €8m if Douglas achieves certain goals which have yet to be defined," Sao Paulo vice-president Ataide Gil Guerreiro told Jovem Pan Radio.

"Negotiations are nearly done.

"However, certain things may arise that could hold up the deal during contract discussions. We still have some way to go before both sides are speaking the exact same language on a number of details. I think it will be a done deal within three or four days.

"We have asked for Douglas to stay at Sao Paulo on loan for another season, but we are still in talks over this. It is a remote possibility as things stand."

- Barcelona have claimed that they paid just £65million to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool earlier this summer.

It was widely reported when Liverpool agreed to sell Suarez that the Catalans would be paying £75m, but Barca vice president Jordi Mestre said on Tuesday: "Negotiations started before the World Cup and we worked hard to come to a final figure of €81million (£65m).

"We were originally quoted over €90m (£72m)."

He added: "He had much better offers than ours financially but he wanted to come to Barcelona. He made a great effort - financially and personally - to be here."

- Tottenham are willing to let Benoit Assou Ekotto leave on a free transfer, according to the Daily Mail.

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