Live Coverage: Transfer Talk - August 19

Chelsea 'keeper Petr Cech during a game against a Thailand XI on July 17, 2013
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Sports Mole provides live text updates as the transfer window hots up both in England and overseas.

Good morning and welcome to Sport Mole's live transfer blog on Tuesday, August 19.

So, after Chelsea's 3-1 victory away at Burnley last night, all 20 Premier League sides have opened up their campaigns, meaning that the weaker areas of their teams are bound to be addressed in the near future.

Rest assured, should any deals go through today, we will have it covered right here, as well as all the speculation from at home and abroad. Stay tuned.


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9.01amMorning all. Well then, who is going to spend the most money today? Will today finally be the day that Manchester United make a signing?! We will have all the big news covered right here.


9.36amRight, it would appear that Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is not a happy man at the moment. All summer new Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been trying to unsettle his captain Ron Vlaar and now Lambert has hit out, accusing his opposite number of showing disrespect. To read what he has had to say in full, click here.

10.00amDONE DEAL! There has been a departure from Cardiff City, with full-back Kevin Theophile-Catherine joining Saint-Etienne on a season-long loan deal.

10.32amMEDICALS! It could be a busy couple of days at Queens Park Rangers because reports have suggested that both Leroy Fer and Eduardo Vargas will undergo medicals with the club over the next 24 hours.

Netherlands' midfielder Leroy Fer celebrates scoring with his teammates during the Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014© Getty Images


10.58amRumour has it that Liverpool are interested in 17-year-old Patrick Roberts from Fulham. The teenager has been linked with a host of big clubs, but Brendan Rodgers is said to be eager to sign the attacker. It's been further claimed that Liverpool would be happy to loan Roberts back to his current club for the remainder of the season.

11.31amDown to the Championship and there could be a new defender arriving at Reading. Sky Sports News has claimed that Nottingham Forest's Jack Hobbs is a target of manager Nigel Adkins. It's believed that the transfer could be finalised shortly.

11.55amLet's have a quick trip down memory lane shall we? Back on this day in 1999, Robbie Keane left Wolverhampton Wanderers for Coventry City. The Sky Blues paid £6m for the 19-year-old, which was then a British record for a teenager.

11.59amAnd with that, my stint on this blog is done for today. Coming up next is Matt Law, who will be keeping you up to date with all the done deals and speculation for the next three hours. Over to you, Matt.

12.13pmThanks Liam! Right, some quotes from a certain Luis Suarez, who has revealed that he received "other offers" before signing a long-term deal with Barcelona in this transfer window. The Uruguay international completed his move from Liverpool earlier in the summer and made his non-competitive debut in last night's Joan Gamper Trophy against Club Leon. "There were other offers but when the Barca option came up, I didn't think twice," the forward told reporters at a press conference.

12.37pmFormer Leicester City defender Sol Bamba is reportedly heading for a return to the club this summer. The Ivorian, who played for the Foxes during the 2011-12 season, is currently without a team after being released by Trabzonspor.

12.56pmA bit of European news to bring you - representatives from Bayern Munich have reportedly flown to Madrid this afternoon to discuss a move for Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.

Diego Godin of Atletico de Madrid jumps, celebrating scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Valladolid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 15, 2014© Getty Images


1.05pmCheck out our 1pm transfer update for all the latest done deals and speculation. Today has been fairly calm thus far, but you just get the feeling something big is round the corner.

1.22pmRoma are reportedly interested in signing Micah Richards from Manchester City this summer. City boss Manuel Pellegrini recently revealed that the right-back would depart the Etihad this summer after rejecting a new contract. A number of clubs have been linked with the former England international, but according to Corriere dello Sport, Roma lead the race.

1.40pmRemaining in the Premier League, where Chelsea are reportedly preparing a big-money move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who is valued in the region of £35m by his club.

1.52pmSami Khedira is reportedly desperate to join Bayern Munich this summer. The Real Madrid midfielder has just one year remaining on his current deal at the Bernabeu and as it stands, talks over a new contract have stalled. Arsenal and Chelsea have both been linked with the German international this summer, but according to ESPN, Khedira favours a move to the Bundesliga champions.

1.54pmManchester United winger Nani is reportedly in Portugal undergoing a medical with Sporting Lisbon. It has been widely reported that the attacker has agreed to join his former club on loan in a deal that will see defender Marcos Rojo make the switch to Old Trafford. According to Portuguese TV station RTP, Nani is currently in Portugal completing medical tests and an official announcement will soon be made confirming the deal.

Man United's Nani and Newcastle's Mike Williamson in action during their Premier League match on December 7, 2013© Getty Images


2.13pmWerder Bremen are reportedly preparing a £4m move for Fulham attacker Bryan Ruiz. The Costa Rican international impressed for his country at this summer's World Cup, with his performances reportedly drawing the attention of a host of European clubs.

2.22pmDONE DEAL! Bruno Zuculini has completed his loan move from Manchester City to Valencia. The 21-year-old only joined City from Racing Club earlier this month, but has immediately been sent on a season-long loan to Los Che.

2.38pmDONE DEAL! St Mirren have completed the loan signing of Manchester City youngster Adam Drury. The 20-year-old joined the Premier League champions in 2011 from Grimsby Town, but he is yet to turn out in a senior fixture for the club.

2.57pmThat is just about it from me this afternoon, but be sure to remain with us as I pass you onto Jack Prescott for the next few hours. Over to you, Jack.

3.01pmHello there! Right, let's start with a bit of news from Manchester City, with Barnsley confirming the signing of City forward Devante Cole on loan until January. The 19-year-old, who is the son of former City and Manchester United striker Andrew Cole, had been linked with a move to Motherwell.

3.25pmCould Dani Alves be leaving Barcelona this summer? The Brazilian defender was not made to feel welcome at the Camp Nou on Monday when he was roundly booed by a large section of supporters inside the stadium. Alves has been widely linked with a move away from the Catalan outfit this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain believed to be leading the race for a long period.

3.40pmJuventus and Roma will reportedly go head to head for the services of Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic in the final two weeks of the transfer window. City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed on Monday that the centre-back was available for transfer this summer.

4.00pmReading have reportedly agreed a fee with Huddersfield Town to sign midfielder Oliver Norwood. It was claimed on Monday night that the Royals were considering a move for the Northern Ireland international.

4.25pmThibaut Courtois will reportedly sign a new five-year contract with Chelsea this month. The Belgian international returned to his parent club this summer following a three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid, where he emerged into one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

Thibaut Courtois celebrates Atletico Madrid scoring against Barcelona on April 09, 2014.© Getty Images


4.40pmNapoli forward Eduardo Vargas is reportedly on his way to London for a medical with Queens Park Rangers. The 24-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Valencia, has been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Sunderland in recent days.

5.01pmArsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both reportedly interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Bernard this summer. It is understood that Shakhtar have made the Brazilian international available on a season-long loan in this summer's transfer window.

5.21pmBarcelona sporting vice-president Jordi Mestre has claimed that the Catalan outfit paid £65m for Luis Suarez this summer and not the £75m reported. The Uruguayan international made the switch from Liverpool last month, with the Catalan outfit believed to have paid the full release clause to his Premier League club.

5.40pmAston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Metalist Kharkiv midfielder Sebastian Blanco. The 26-year-old has been with Metalist since 2011, making more than 100 league appearances Ukrainian outfit.

5.56pmMore from Aston Villa now, with former Fulham defender John Arne Riise claiming that the club is interested in signing him. The 33-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving the Cottagers at the end of last season.

5.58pmThat's all from me for this evening, but Pascal Lemesre will now be with you for the next couple of hours to keep you updated with all of the latest news and gossip coming out of the summer transfer window. Goodbye!

6.05pmThanks Jack. First piece of news to bring you concerns Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu, who impressed while on loan at Everton last season. This term he'll be at Sevilla and has admitted that he was surprised to be loaned out again.

6.45pmGood news for Leicester City fans - frontman Jamie Vardy has signed a new contract with the Foxes.

6.53pmThe deal between Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon that will see Nani head to Portugal and Marcos Rojo come the other way is complete, according to Sporting. Read more here.

Marcos Rojo of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014© Getty Images

7.00pmTRANSFER TALK UPDATE! Catch up on the latest news and gossip from transfer world by clicking here.

7.43pmArgentina defender Rojo has been speaking after his move to Manchester United was confirmed. Read what he had to say here.


7.59pmTime for me to say goodbye, but before I go here's a story where Andre Schurrle has distanced himself from a move to Atletico Madrid. Barney Corkhill will now be with you until 11pm. Barns...

8.18pmCheers Pasc, let's start with Manchester United, who have never been too far from the headlines in this transfer window. They may have got Rojo earlier, but it hasn't been a great summer for them on the whole. It is about to get worse as well, with the revelation that Marco Reus turned the Red Devils down this summer.

8.24pmWe also have our weekly Championship transfer update for you as Sports Mole rounds up the latest done deals and gossip from every club in the second tier.

8.53pmDONE DEAL! It has been expected for a while, but Queens Park Rangers have now confirmed that goalkeeper Julio Cesar has left the club by mutual consent. The Brazilian conceded more goals than he made saves at this summer's World Cup and found himself in a very strange situation at QPR over the last year.

9.00pmOne of the surprise rumours of the summer has been the possibility of former Inter Milan and Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso moving to Leicester City. Those rumours have once again surfaced, and a move to the King Power Stadium could be in the near future of Cambiasso.

10.07pmDropping down to the Championship now, Birmingham manager Lee Clark has insisted that his side are not eyeing any more signings this summer. The Blues drew 2-2 with Ipswich Town this evening to make it now three games in a row without a defeat.

10.55pmThere has been plenty of speculation of the goalkeeper's position at Chelsea, with Thibaut Courtois seemingly getting the nod as number one from Jose Mourinho. That leaves the future of Petr Cech in limbo following 10 years of great service at Stamford Bridge, but Courtois himself has urged the 32-year-old to remain at the club.

10.59pmRight, that is all from me tonight! I will hand you over to Joe Fish now, and he will guide you through the next few hours of transfer news from around the world. Over to you Joe...

11.36pmDONE DEAL! This one won't come as a surprise to anyone, with Julio Cesar having signed a two-year contract with Benfica. The Brazilian international had his deal with Queens Park Rangers mutually terminated on Tuesday and has now joined up with the Portuguese giants.

12.28amControversial striker Nile Ranger, 23, joined Blackpool last week and he has admitted that his move to the Tangerines is his "last chance" to make it in professional football after a host of off-field indiscretions marred his spells at Newcastle United and Swindon Town.

12.55amMalky Mackay seems to be the clear favourite for the Crystal Palace vacancy, but Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he would not stand in Glenn Hoddle's way should the Eagles come calling. The former England boss was only appointed as a first-team coach at Loftus Road last week, but has been tipped as a possible successor to Tony Pulis at Selhurst Park.

1.24amGerard Deulofeu has admitted that he was "surprised" that Barcelona manager Luis Enrique allowed him to join Sevilla on loan for the upcoming La Liga season. The 20-year-old winger had been expected to breakthrough at the Camp Nou this campaign after impressing at Everton last term.

1.47amThere could be a Premier League bidding war on for Cruzeiro playmaker Lucas Silva. Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all thought to be tracking the 21-year-old.

2.01amOne final line to give you before I sign off for the night, and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested that he would like to add a defender to his squad before the close of the window.

2.03amThat's it from Sports Mole's transfer blog for now. Be sure to join us again from 9am for all of the latest done deals and speculation from across the footballing world. Until then...

Queens Park Rangers' Malaysian chairman Tony Fernandes taken on December 15, 2012
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