The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 17 August, 2011. All the latest transfer rumours surrounding Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be covered here.
Wesley Sneijder is still for sale, apparently. Now it seems the 27-year-old is prepared to "slash his wage demands" to just £140,000-a-week. Charity begins at home, afterall.
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is close to joining Man City and claims a £23m deal is "nearly done". Just go, Samir. We don't really care where you go. Just do it today. Please.
Lille have slapped a £26m price tag all over Eden Hazard, as Arsenal step up their pursuit of the Belgian midfielder. Meanwhile, the Gunners will require another goal-shy centre-forward when Nicklas Bendtner "does one" out the Emirates door, with manager Arsene Wenger monitoring Wolves striker Kevin Doyle as a replacement.
Chelsea are interested in Genk midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, with the Belgium international confident a deal can be struck before the end of the month. Manager Andre Villas-Boas will also offload Yossi Benayoun and Salomon Kalou as makeweights in a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, says the Guardian.
Across town, Spurs are closing in on a season-long loan deal for Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
In tenuous Neymar related news, former Brazil international Rivaldo thinks the Santos striker should jump ship to Europe: "I think Neymar and Ganso need to leave as soon as possible. Same thing goes for Lucas," Rivaldo told Lancenet in Brazil.
More on Thiago Alcantara's proposed move to AC Milan, vice-president Adriano Galliani says: "I have spoken with Thiago Alcantara's agent, Giovanni Branchini, who is in Forte Dei Marmi on holiday, but Barcelona don't want to sell him."
Lyon rejected Juventus' offer for Michel Bastos, according to the player. "This is what happened, Juventus made two official offers for me, but OL didn't accept their bids. That was it," Bastos was quoted as saying by France Football. "I needed clarity for myself though. I needed to know where I would play in the new season. I had enough of all the waiting and made my decision. I am staying at Lyon."
Diego Forlan's proposed move to Inter Milan moved a step closer yesterday after the player revealed initial contact had been made.
''I have received an offer from the Nerazzurri. It would be like a dream come true to move to Milan and play for Inter," Forlan was quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"The only Turkish team that has contacted me are Galatasaray. They're a great club. I haven't been in touch with Besiktas or Fenerbahce. There's not much difference between Turkey and the rest of Europe financially. Turkey is a great country and it would be nice to play there some day."
Meanwhile, AC Milan chief executive Adriano Galliano says the club will not be signing Real Madrid midfielder Kaka this summer. "His costs are too high for Milan. He would have to take a much greater wage cut than (Cesc) Fabregas did to go to Barcelona," Galliano told AFP.
"We would have to sign Kaka permanently otherwise, due to the Spanish fiscal system [a loan move] would create huge cost problems. Kaka can only move [on loan] within Spain. For us to sign him would mean doing so permanently, not on loan. I'm sorry to disappoint the fans but the Kaka hypothesis is unfeasible."