Transfer Tracker: Daniel Sturridge, Clint Dempsey, Matija Nastasic, Julio Cesar
The clock is running down on the summer transfer window, with European football's major leagues set to conduct their business Friday.
With just a few days left in the window, the rumor mill is pumping out stories by the boatload.
In Tuesday's edition of the B/R Transfer Tracker, we have updates on Daniel Sturridge, Clint Dempsey, Joe Cole, Matija Nastasic, Javi Garcia, Julio Cesar, Ibrahim Afellay and Leandro Damiao.
Read on for all the details.
Liverpool Want Sturridge?
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Liverpool want to sign forward Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and will sell midfielders Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to raise the £15 million needed (Daily Mirror).
That might sound familiar. Last week, the Mirror reported that Liverpool would sell Adam and Jay Spearing to finance a move for Clint Dempsey.
Speaking of Dempsey, Metro reports that the American is closing on a transfer to Sunderland.
Finally, in other Liverpool news, 30-year-old midfielder Joe Cole could be heading back to West Ham United (talkSPORT). Cole was recently recalled from a season-long loan with Lille. He started his professional career with West Ham.
City After Serbian Defender?
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Manchester City are reportedly nearing a swap deal to bring Fiorentina's Serbian defender Matija Nastasic to the Etihad Stadium (Guardian).
Nastasic, 19, would cost City about €12 million, with Stefan Savic heading to Fiorentina.
According to the Daily Mirror, City are also considering a move for Benfica midfielder Javi Garcia. The 25-year-old reportedly has a £25 million buyout clause in his contract.
QPR to Sign Brazilian Keeper?
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The Daily Mirror reports that Queens Park Rangers are nearing a deal for Inter Milan's Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar.
Cesar, 32, was reportedly in London on Monday ahead of the deal. He has 64 caps for Brazil.
Afellay to Leave on Loan?
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Barcelona this week will authorize the loan departure of Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, according to talkSPORT.
Afellay, 26, joined Barca from PSV in 2011 but hasn't secured a regular place in the team.
Tottenham and Arsenal are thought to be interested in signing Afellay on loan.
Leandro Staying Put?
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Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao will remain with Internacional through the current transfer window, according to the club's president (Goal.com).
Tottenham reportedly had an £18 million offer turned down this week.
Leandro, 23, scored six goals for Brazil at the Summer Olympics.