With the return of Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea, the speculation surrounding the future of Petr Cech has been intense. Reports all summer long have contradicted one-another. Some say he would demand a move if he was dropped for the Belgian.
It doesn't take much for the South American press to get excited on Twitter and claim deals as done, as Manchester United fans found out during the Arturo Vidal saga. There were journalists with hundreds of thousands of followers tweeting claims of fresh news, of bids for Vidal and such, which then transpired to have come from the Italian or British media.
Tuttosport just had to didn't they! There was little chance the Italian newspaper wouldn't do an article today on Arturo Vidal to Manchester United and they've not disappointed. The Turin newspaper say that Manchester United are preparing what they call a 'final assault' and they appear to be under little doubt that the Premier League club will give it all one last try today.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho. Last season the club scouted Sporting repeatedly and there must be reports piled high somewhere about how Carvalho was the club's best player by far. That's not just a David Moyes thing, Manchester United were interested when Sir Alex Ferguson was the manager and Carvalho was on loan at Cercle Brugge... he was scouted there too.
According to reports in the French media, the agent of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot is to hold a meeting in London today to the discuss the transfer of the French U21 international to the Premier League side. The youngster has been linked with a move to the Emirates all summer but they will face competition from the likes of Juventus and AS Roma to land the player.
Arjen Robben is one of several Dutch players to be linked with a Manchester United move this summer. He's one who has commented on it too, saying he'd be pleased with the interest but that he isn't looking to leave Bayern Munich anytime soon.
Fernando Torres wants to go to AC Milan, probably on loan. The Italian club dearly want to sign him as their replacement for Mario Balotelli. The club's CEO Adriano Galliani picked up the telephone on Wednesday and spoke to Torres who, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, gave his total commitment to joining the Serie A club.
Atletico Madrid need to sell Toby Alderweireld according to Spanish newspaper AS on Thursday. His €5m wages, colossal for such a player at the Spanish club, are hindering them in the transfer market and far too much for someone who has struggled to establish themselves as anything more than a squad player.
Manchester United were heavily linked with Mehdi Benatia before the player moved to Bayern Munich. He was arguably Serie A's best defender last season and would have been perfect to fill the lack of experience and class in Manchester United's shaky defence.
Antonio Rudiger was linked quite heavily with a Manchester United move a week or so ago. The VFB Stuttgart defender was seen by some as an alternative to Marcos Rojo, but they're quite different players. Whereas Rojo is a central defender who can play on the left, Rudiger is a central defender who can play on the right and also as a defensive midfielder.
The Chief Executive of FC Utrecht has come out and spoken about the situation involving an agreement his club had as part of Michel Vorm’s transfer to Swansea City 2011. The player has since moved on to fellow Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur but it has been alleged that Utrecht are owed money from the deal.