Paris Saint-Germain have made signing a new midfielder a priority. The French champions are looking at both Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos and Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as they target a replacement for Thiago Motta, who will join Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Michael Carrick has rejected a move to Paris Saint-Germain. The Manchester United midfielder has been targeted by the French champions as they look to win the Champions League next season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he’s a better manager than he was 10 years ago and the 52-year-old plans to manage into his 70s.
Villarreal are closing in on a deal for Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado. The striker has agreed to move to the Liga side who now just need to agree terms with Spurs.
John Stones’ proposed move to Chelsea is being held up by a sell-on clause in the deal that saw him join Everton from Barnsley. The Toffees will owe £4.5 million if they sold Stones for £30m.
Crystal Palace and Stoke are both interested in signing Juventus striker Fernando Llorente, 30, who is valued at £8.5m by the Serie A champions.
Potters striker Peter Odemwingie, 34, is targeting 10 goals next season after missing the last 11 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes says the club “get on well” with Barcelona but have Mark Hughes to thank for their exciting signings.
Palace wants to sign Newcastle centre-back Fabricio Coloccini, 33, who has one year remaining on his deal at St James’ Park. Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner is once again looking to sell the Midlands club, this time to an American company with sporting connections for a fee of £145 million. Villa boss Tim Sherwood faces concerns over new signing Jose Crespo, 28, who injured his knee half an hour into his debut against Nottingham Forest.
Sunderland are in talks to sign Rubin Kazan midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, as manager Dick Advocaat looks to add to his four summer signings. The Black Cats are also closing in on a season-long loan deal for QPR midfielder Leroy Fer, 25.
Charles Aranguiz has dealt a blow to Leicester’s transfer hopes after insisting he prefers a move to the Bundesliga as opposed to the Foxes. The Premier League side agreed a club-record £10.5million fee with Internacional for Chile midfielder Aranguiz on Saturday, along with a £3million fee for Napoli’s Gokhan Inler. Aranguiz has however ruled out a move to join Claudio Ranieri’s side, instead preferring a move to Bayer Leverkusen.
West Ham will step up attempts to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin, 26, who is valued at £15m, following the injury to current Hammers striker Enner Valencia.
Having taken the Champions League rights, BT Sport are close to securing a deal to show La Liga football on their channels. The Spanish league has been aired on Sky Sports for the last two decades.
Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores admits he does not know who will start for his side against the Toffees next weekend.