The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 18 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 has been told to hand in a transfer request if he wants to secure his "dream move" to Manchester United, according to the Star. A "source" told the paper: "If Wesley Sneijder wants to join Manchester United he can make it happen. But he will have to take the initiative because Inter seem adamant he is going nowhere. They may be left with no choice but to sell him for a big price, though, if he makes it clear he wants out."
Across town, noisy neighbours Manchester City hope to seal the £22m signing of Samir Nasri within the next 24 hours, taking boss Roberto Mancini's summer spending past £74m. Out-of-favour forward Emmanuel Adebayor will complete a loan move to Tottenham once Nasri arrives, after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp admitted it could be in the club's best interest to sell Luka Modric. "They are your options. You either sell him, get the money and bring four players in and have a better team, probably, in all honesty. Or you keep Luka, who's a fantastic player."
Modric could be the subject of a final £30m "take-it-or-leave-it" offer from Chelsea this week after boss Andre Villas-Boas had a £22m bid for Valencia's Juan Mata rejected. The Blues are also in negociations with Porto to sign Joao Moutinho (£26m) and Alvaro Pereira (£20m).
Arsene Wenger is set to revive his interest in German defender Per Mertesacker after Everton rebuffed his advances for Phil Jagielka. Bremen are willing to sell Mertesacker and value him at around £9m. Arsenal are also holding meetings with Lazio striker Mauro Zarate, according to the player's agent and brother.
Tony Pulis has told Liverpool they have "no chance" of buying defender Ryan Shawcross. The Stoke boss insists his centre-back is not for sale at any price - despite him bringing in Jonathan Woodgate and Matthew Upson this summer. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is also set to offer £10m plus striker David Ngog and striker Raheem Sterling on loan to secure the signature of Bolton defender Gary Cahill.
Atletico Madrid are keen to spend the Sergio Aguero cash and have made a €5 million bid for Wolfsburg playmaker Diego, according to AS - via ESPN Soccer. The Brazil international confirmed he is in talks with the club: "There is nothing official, but there is an offer for me," Diego told Bild. "Atletico are a big club, but I still have a contract with Wolfsburg."
Atletico are also interested in Porto striker Falcao, coach Gregorio Manzano said: "This is not the time to talk about transfer, so I am not thinking about Falcao. Right now I can only say he is a great player."
Anzhi Makhachkala expect to complete the Samuel Eto'o deal in the near future. "We are very close," Anzhi market consultant German Tkachenko said. "We could close the deal today, tomorrow or next week. For now Eto'o is still an Inter player, but I am optimistic that it will be done." But Inter technical director Marco Branca says nothing will happen on the Samuel Eto'o front tomorrow because everyone's on holiday.
Inter president Massimo Moratti has ruled out a move for Manchester City's Carlos Tevez: "Will Manchester City's Tevez come in? I don't think we will get him. Diego Forlan? Ezequiel Lavezzi? These are the names on which we are working - we are watching, exploring. We'll see. Giuseppe Rossi of Villarreal? We never thought of him. We're looking for a player with different characteristics."
Napoli star Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has told Radio Kiss Kiss - via ESPN Soccer: "I can say there has been no official offer from Inter for Lavezzi. I don't know if the clubs have spoken, but there is nothing concrete. If the clubs were to reach an agreement then maybe something could happen."