The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 1 August, 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.
Old rumours die hard, vaguely plausible ones linger on like a bad smell, and even the most unlikely hear-say can still be resurrected at this late stage. Yes, we've breached August, folks, that time of the summer when rumour and gossip moves into its most frenzied of states.
Today's papers reckon Wesley Sneijder's move to Manchester United is still on, despite Sir Alex Ferguson saying he doesn't want the midfielder at Old Trafford. "There is always a chance something will happen," the dinky Dutch international said over the weekend.
Sticking with old rumours, Chelsea could spend between £30-40m to prise Luka Modric out of White Hart Lane. The Blues are also keen on Brazil sick-note Kaka, after Real Madrid hinted they may sell the midfield playmaker.
Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona? Stop us if you've heard this one before. Barca president Sandro Rosell claims the Gunners' captain is their "unique and final objective" but want Fabregas to help pay his transfer fee, according to reports.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are considering a bid for Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross as Reds boss Kenny Dalglish looks to bolster his defence.
Roma are keen to buy another goal-shy striker and have identified Moroccan striker Marouane Chamkh, who has fallen out of favour at Arsenal. At least that one's fresh, over in Milan Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini is still stuck in June. "50 days ago we were talking about Wesley Sneijder now we talking about Eto'o," Gasperini told reporters in Dublin. ''Again the reality is Wesley is here and Samuel is here and we are here to play a tournament. We are here to finalise our preparations for the new season.
"Inter are a big club and at the moment Eto'o and Sneijder belong to us. That means it's a big enough club for them to be here and a big enough club to keep them. The choice will be up to the president but at the moment they are with us and that means they can stay."
Meanwhile, Claudio Marchisio has told Gazzetta dello Sport he would welcome Giuseppe Rossi with 'open arms' at Juventus, ESPN Soccer reports. "I have spoken with Giuseppe on the telephone; it would be nice to have him here. I would welcome him with open arms,'' he said. "However, it will be the club who makes the evaluation - anyway I am convinced that a top player in that role will arrive."
Much like half of Britain, old rumours retire to Spain. Once again referring to Brazil striker Neymar, Santos president Luis Alvaro de Oliveira Ribeiro said, "If Real Madrid or any other club [that has approached Neymar] decides to meet his buy-out clause, we have no other option but to report them to FIFA for approaching the player without our permission. Negotiations have been stalled and won't be re-opened."
But Jose Mourinho insists Real Madrid are not in talks to sign Emmanuel Adebayor. Asked if he was interested in signing Adebayor, who was spotted at Real's pre-season game Leicester over the weekend, Mourinho said: ''No. He is here because he is our friend and he belongs to us. He is one of us. It doesn't matter if he is playing at Real Madrid or Manchester City or another club, he is one of us."
Mourinho added: ''If he comes he comes, if he doesn't it doesn't matter. We will all know by August 31st who is in and who is out and where they are playing. But today he came as a friend and he is always welcome.''