The Kevin Strootman stance in Rome is softening according to reports in both Holland and Italy on Monday. ELF go with the headline 'Strootman near to Manchester United' and go on to explain that it's no secret, in Holland especially, that Louis van Gaal wants to sign the injured Dutch midfielder.
Gazzetta dello Sport have also covered the story, they were first, and explain that the attitude in Rome may have changed from a simple 'Not For Sale' to a question of how much they could potentially get. Gazzetta reckon that despite a public stance of the player not being for sale, that a fee of €35m would be enough for Walter Sabatini. That goes against earlier reporting in Rome during May.
Back in May Il Tempo said that Roma would reject a £30m plus bonuses bid from Manchester United and still to this day they say a sale will be fought against, but they also claim Roma won't sell anybody at all... and it could simply be a message from the club they're putting out.
Roma came to an agreement with Seydou Keita last week and the former Barcelona midfielder has signed a one year contract with the club. He wouldn't be an adequate replacement for all that Strootman brings to the team.
Whilst the Strootman reports won't go away, and in Holland they've pretty much decided he'll end up at Manchester United sooner or later, it has to be remembered he's still injured. He wouldn't be available for the start of the season and his knee injury brings something of a risk with it.
The reports say that Roma are looking to buy Lucas Digne and Marko Basa, both defenders.
Toni Kroos has now asked Bayern Munich to open the doors and let him leave the club, to join either Manchester United or Real Madrid who have both been offered the player, report El Confidencial. Bayern Munich's stance over wages and refusal to pay Kroos the same as Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and even Javi Martinez has led Kroos to ask for an exit, with Manchester United the favourites to sign the player.
There are claims coming from Barcelona that all is not well in the Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea transfer, or as well as has been reported - largely by the press there! Catalan newspaper Sport has at some stage said Fabregas is on his way to Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City, and that was all in a three day period last week.
Vincent Aboubakar is a 22 year old striker currently playing for FC Lorient in France's Ligue 1. He has a contract with the French club until June 2018 but isn't likely to see that out according to claims from L'Equipe on Tuesday.
Catalan newspaper Sport have a couple of interesting Premier League related stories on Tuesday. The first, of little special interest to Manchester United fans but entertaining nonetheless, is that Chelsea won't raise their Cesc Fabregas offer further because they don't want Arsenal to get a penny of it. Arsene Wenger apparently managed to get a clause into the Fabregas contract which means Arsenal get half of any transfer profit.
The second story is something Sport appear to have picked up from a combination of England and Italy, and that's that Louis van Gaal wants Alexis Sanchez and Jordi Alba.
Newcastle United mean business if the usually reliable L'Equipe are correct with their claims on Tuesday morning. French newspaper L'Equipe say that the Premier League club have offered Bafetimbi Gomis a huge €2.5m signing on fee and then wages of €370,000 per month on a four year contract.
The Eden Hazard to PSG saga may have finally come to an end, for a while at least. Chelsea's star man has been the subject of PSG attention for some time and the French club have encouraged that on several occasions. Hazard himself hasn't done much to kill the rumours until this point, but he couldn't have been any clearer in quotes which Belgium's HLN are covering.
Alberto Moreno is a very talented youngster, there's no doubt about that, but he has had peaks and troughs in his form and so, as with any youngster, there's no guarantee that a purchase will work out the way everyone hopes.
Liverpool, explain Estadio Deportivo, have thought about this in their offer to Moreno and didn't want to place him on colossal wages from the off, and then have him stagnate or not work fully to settle into England.