Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand challenges Chelsea's Torres during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford in Manchester. REUTERS

The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 5 October, 2011. All the latest transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus, Roma, Barcelona and Real Madrid will be covered here.

Rio Ferdinand's slow waltz towards the Old Trafford exit gathers momentum this morning with the news that Chicago Fire want to make the England defender the "new David Beckham", a proposition this column can only sit back and marvel at.

Ferdinand, 33, is out of contract at United at the end of next season but his struggles with injury could prompt Alex Ferguson to cash in on the player in January.

Meanwhile, Ferguson is set to go mano-a-mano with AC Milan over the signature of Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia. The 24-year-old midfielder has impressed since joining from Real Madrid in 2009 and Ferguson has apparently identified the £10m-rated player as a prime January target.

Down in London, Arsenal and Tottenham target Moussa Sow claims he is uncertain about his future past the end of the current season, after contract talks with current club Lille reached an impasse.

"I honestly cannot tell if I am going to go or stay. [The contract negotiations] worries me. As things stand I am the type of player who wants to talk on the pitch."

Breezing swiftly through these now: Carlos Tevez va aussi peut etre joindre Diego Maradona au club Al Wasl a Dubai; Newcastle and Liverpool are both interested in Leicester's Jeffry Schlupp; and Doncaster are keen on Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling - it's that kind of day, folks.

Finally, Arsenal shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny has refused to rule out a more to Barcelona but stressed any future move would not be motivated by money.

The 21-year-old described the Emirates as his "second home" in an interview with the Polish media this week but added: "I can't declare that I will spend my entire career here, but if I leave I will have a very important reason or I will go to Barcelona.

"I can't imagine a situation where I would leave this club just for money," he added.