Arsenal fans got excited when news that Alexis Sanchez could be a target started to be reported. The Chilean attacker has been one of the stars of the World Cup so far and subsequently turned himself into one of football's most wanted players. He has more freedom when turning out for Chile than he does at Lionel Messi orientated Barcelona and, just like Neymar has for Brazil, Sanchez has shone like a star.
Juventus have been interested for some time with press from Turin insisting on several occasions that Sanchez didn't want a move to England, however that has been rubbished by several claims including a journalist from Chile who said the Premier League was in fact the player's first choice destination. Sanchez's girlfriend has Italian roots, which had been a hope for Juve, but that may not make one bit of difference.
The Daily Express and others picked up claims from Spain that Arsene Wenger had met with Sanchez's agent during the World Cup and that gave the rumours further weight, getting fans more optimistic.
The latest development comes from Kike Marin who works for Voz Populi in Spain, a news outlet slightly more serious than the daily sport newspapers in the country. He says "Alexis is possible, yes. He wants to go at Arsenal. We'll see."
Arsenal fans, and those who just want to see the best footballers in the Premier League, will hope Sanchez gets his wish. The attacker would provide a new dimension for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and be a real coup on the level of Mesut Ozil last summer.
On Thursday morning Athletic Club Bilbao announced on their official website that they rejected a bid of €36m from Manchester United for Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. This came as shock to many given that the deal looked almost complete but perhaps it should have been expected. Athletic Club Bilbao do not want to be known as a selling club.
Let's be honest, if before the World Cup people would have said that Valencia would star for Ecuador then almost every football fan in Europe would have assumed the player being talked about was Manchester United's Antonio.
Tottenham's supposed partnership with Real Madrid isn't doing the Premier League club much good. The gist of the relationship, strangely forged during the fractious Luka Modric transfer, seems to be that Real Madrid watch Tottenham and then pick out their best players. Many Tottenham fans at the time thought it something of a farce and it's not proved to be anything else since.
Pedro feels unloved at Barcelona according to Catalan newspaper Sport. He's long been linked with a move and perhaps this could be the transfer window during which it finally happens. The Spanish international started more games for Barcelona last season than he has done previously but he was often left out for the bigger matches, despite often being in better form than those who replaced him.
Manchester City have big plans to succeed in the Champions League next season, perhaps even win the competition, and to help them do that Spanish newspaper Sport say that Txiki Begiristain is on a mission. The Manchester City supremo is identifying players who he feels can make a difference in Europe next season and Sport reckon that one of those is Alexis Sanchez.
Liverpool have accelerated negotiations with Spanish club Malaga over the transfer of Luis Alberto, according to Spanish newspaper AS. Alberto didn't get much of a look in with Liverpool's first team during his debut season with the club and a move is probably needed to help the youngster's development.
Wayne Rooney wants to be the next Manchester United captain, he's confirmed as much himself. Given that Louis van Gaal has Robin van Persie as his international captain, it's been reported that the Dutchman is also a serious candidate and it's a story which will rumble on after the World Cup.