On Sunday we covered a story from Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport which said that if Manchester United were serious about a move for Arturo Vidal then they needed to put €45m on the table. That was just a week after the same newspaper had said Manchester United could get the midfielder for as little as €30m.
They couldn't make their mind up but the interesting trend was the possibility of a sale increasing according to the Italian media. From them considering it unlikely that Juventus would sell the player, it was being reported that now money could talk and the player himself was quoted by Calciomercato, when asked if he'd remain at Juventus, as saying "I do not know if I'll stay."
On Thursday Gazzetta dello Sport have a brief piece on the situation again. They say that Vidal could go to the Premier League and that an official bid could come early from Manchester United. Gazzetta claim that bid would have to be €45m, which at least means the price hasn't gone up yet again!
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claimed just after midnight that Manchester United were 'very intrigued' with Fredy Guarin and a possible move for the Inter Milan player. Pedulla says that of interested clubs it's only Manchester United who could stump up €16m to €18m in cash at anytime. Atletico Madrid wouldn't want to pay that and would prefer a structured deal.
We're not so sure, Guarin has been linked with so many moves to so many clubs that it's hard to believe anything about the Colombian midfielder anymore.
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.