The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 25 July 2011. All the latest transfer rumours surrounding Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be covered here.
Fresh from weekend speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United, Newcastle's Joey Barton has reassured Newcastle fans that he has "no immediate plans" to leave St James' Park, reports suggest. Indeed, having watched Barcelona carousel around Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick in the Champions League final, Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced he doesn't need to make any more signings this summer. "We are always looking for good quality players," said Ferguson. "We started the season with the players we have and I am satisfied with that. We are not looking at the moment but we are looking at combinations of central midfielders at the club now."
But that's not very interesting when you remember there are still five weeks of the transfer window left to run so the red-tops have a bumper crop of tenuous rumours this morning to satisfy our insatiable United-hunger. Moving swiftly past the inevitable Wesley Sneijder rumours, United are also linked with bids for once-promising Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell, Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Mirko Vucinic, as well as Sao Paulo midfielder Lucas.
Noisy neighbours Manchester City remain quietly confident that Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero will complete a move to Eastlands in the next few days, regardless of whether Carlos Tevez leaves.
In London, Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay reckons the club will sign two new players in the next two weeks. "From our activity in the market place in the past, if the coach feels there is a player available that can strengthen our team then we almost definitely go into the market place. We will have at least two signings in the next eight to 10 days," he said.
One of those players could be Palermo midfielder Javier Pastore who looks set to join the club in the next few days, or so says Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche who has no interest whatsoever in the reported £40m the club will receive should the Argentine head to Stamford Bridge. "It's very probable that Pastore will go to Chelsea, but I think there are other top-level teams who are after the player," Micciche told Radio Sportiva. "He wants a big club and there are advanced talks with very important teams. His agent [Marcelo Simonian] is working very well, and if someone pays the right money then we will be happy to sell him. If not, we will keep him."
Staying at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea continue to be linked with Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, as the club search for a replacement for the injured Michael Essien. The club are also interested in promising Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, who could be the subject of a £15m bid in the next few days.
Arsenal will sell Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona for less than £40m, but only if highly-rated youngster Thiago Alcantara is included in the deal. Arsene Wenger is also interested in Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla, having lost out in the "race to sign" Valencia's Juan Mata. However, Cazorla will only leave Villarreal if Giuseppe Rossi joins Juventus.
Liverpool castoff Alberto Aquilani could yet leave Anfield in the transfer window after his agent said he is in talks with Italian side Fiorentina. "Aquilani is still a Liverpool player," Franco Zavaglia told the Adnkronos agency - via ESPN Soccer. "We need to talk to them to see what their plans are for the new season and then we will see. We are evaluating the situation with both parties before we make any decision."
Meanwhile, American teenager Villyan Bijev has agreed terms this weekend with Liverpool, according to a report from Californian news channel KMPH Fox 26. The striker has starred for his club, Cal Odyssey, and holds Bulgarian citizenship through his father - ESPN reports.
Chelsea and Real Madrid may face unexpected competition in the non-race to sign Neymar from Santos, The Independent reports that Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are also interested in the 19-year-old Brazilian.
But Santos coach Mauricy Ramalho reckons Neymar should join Barcelona instead, "I think Neymar's style would be better suited to Barcelona than Madrid," he told AS. "Madrid play very tactical football and Neymar would suffer there because he likes to play with freedom."
"I talk a lot with him and he says he wants to play in the Club World Cup, but then you know that things can change quickly in football," he added.
Meanwhile, Kaka says he is staying at Real Madrid. "I always said I wanted to stay and I want to play for Real Madrid and convince," he told Marca. "My friends have always helped me, the technical staff, the club. I always knew there would be much speculation, but I spoke to the club and with the coach and he was tranquil.''
Think the Italians aren't interested in the Cesc Fabregas-saga? Well you're wrong. Former AC Milan attacker Dejan Savicevic has claimed the Gunners' captain isn't actually all that awesome. "Fabregas? For me, Pastore and Hamsik are stronger players," ESPN Soccer reports. "Fabregas is a good midfielder, but he does not have the change of pace."
Thiago Motta will not leave Inter Milan this summer, his agent Dario Canovi told Tuttomercatoweb.com. "Thiago Motta will not leave Inter. He has chosen to remain at Inter, and as far as I am aware there have been no offers, neither from Arsenal nor from any other club."
Finally, Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Michael Bradley's agent has been trumping up a move to Italy. "Several important Italian clubs are interested in my client," Alberto Faccini told Radio Crc, declining to specify any one club in particular.