The pick of today's Premier League, Serie A, La Liga and Bundesliga football transfer rumours, news and gossip for 6 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.
Chelsea hope to close the £20m transfer of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku from Anderlecht this weekend, as Andre Villas-Boas looks to take some of the pressure off Fernando "one goal in 18" Torres by purchasing a younger, better version of the Spain international.
Tottenham don't have any strikers, Giuseppe Rossi is a striker who plays for Villarreal but who also once played for Manchester United, so he must be good, right? Spurs boss Harry Redknapp certainly thinks so and is prepared to sanction the £28m purchase of the free-scoring forward. Redknapp is also interested in Real Madrid central midfielder Lassana Diarra but has baulked at the French international's extortionate wage demands.
Meanwhile, Joey Barton appears set for a move to Spurs or London-rivals Arsenal after Everton failed to meet the Newcastle midfielder's asking price. But Samir Nasri could be heading for the Emirates exit after an alleged "row" with manager Arsene Wenger. Manchester City are lurking with £22m in loose bills.
Staying in north London, the Gunners are refusing to back-down from their £40m valuation of captain Cesc Fabregas and have rejected Barcelona's recent £35m bid for the Spain international.
Manchester United are set to off-load lumbering forward Gabriel Obertan to Newcastle in a £3m deal; and Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole could be off to Paris Saint-Germain, with the petro-giants interested in the 29-year-old former England international.
Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol is not interested in swapping Madrid for Manchester and has ruled out being part of a player swap deal that takes Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor to the Bernabeu.
Gian Piero Gasperini has confirmed what we all already knew: "There are no negotiations for Sneijder. If a tempting offer came in, we would think about it. "I've said it before and I repeat now that this is only an issue for the newspapers. He is an integral part of our team and we are not involved in negotiations. I've already said this: if a good offer came in, and this doesn't just apply to Sneijder but any offer player, only then will we think about it. There are no negotiations."
Finally, Sinisa Mihajlovic would welcome the addition of Antonio Cassano to the Fiorentina squad this summer. "He's a great player," said the Viola boss. "If he has the right motivation and he gets it in his head that he has to train hard then he would be of use to any side."