8am Transfer Talk Update: Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Vermaelen, Gonzalo Higuain

Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer news and speculation making this morning's headlines.

With plenty of transfer news and gossip emerging by the hour, Sports Mole has rounded up the latest stories.

Monday morning's headlines:

Mourinho: 'Courtois heading to Chelsea after World Cup'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirms that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois will return to Stamford Bridge after the World Cup following three loan spells at Atletico Madrid.

Report: Vermaelen agrees Man Utd move
Thomas Vermaelen reportedly agrees in principle to join Manchester United from Arsenal this summer.

Napoli dismiss Higuain reports
Napoli reject rumours that they have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sell Gonzalo Higuain.

Lukaku postpones transfer talk
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku refuses to discuss his future until after Belgium's campaign at the World Cup in Brazil.

Inter want Icardi, Lukaku swap deal?
Inter Milan are reportedly willing to part with Mauro Icardi if Chelsea offer £7.9m and striker Romelu Lukaku.

Report: Liverpool preparing Richards bid
Liverpool are reportedly preparing a £7m bid for Manchester City full-back Micah Richards.

Report: Napoli reopen Reina talks
Napoli reportedly reopen discussions to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a permanent deal, despite manager Rafael Benitez recently claiming that the club could not afford the Spaniard's wages.

Report: Atletico want Monreal
Atletico Madrid are said to have lined up a move for Arsenal's Nacho Monreal as a potential replacement for Filipe Luis.

Arsenal keen on Zaldua swoop?
Arsenal are believed to be keen on signing Real Sociedad full-back Joseba Zaldua.

Man City target Westwood?
Manchester City are said to be considering a move for goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, who is a free agent after leaving Sunderland.

Van Dijk to be Koeman's first signing?
Celtic defender Virgil van Dijk is reportedly being lined up as Ronald Koeman's first signing as Southampton manager.

Report: Poyet keen to sign Adler
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is reportedly tracking Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler.

Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal controls the ball as Chelsea's Belgian striker Kevin De Bruyne chases during the English League Cup fourth round football match on October 29, 2013
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