Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, John Obi Mikel, Robinho

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJune 15, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, John Obi Mikel, Robinho

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    Welcome to Saturday's edition of the gossip columns, featuring Liverpool, AC Milan, Chelsea and Southampton.

    Which promising centre-back has Mauricio Pochettino picked up for a cool €10 million?

    Will Santos finally snare their academy product and bring him back from his Italian nightmare?

    Who's joined Barcelona in the chase for Chelsea flop Fernando Torres?

    Read on for your daily fix.

Fernando Torres

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    According to Jamie Sanderson of Metro, Atletico Madrid have joined Barcelona in the race to sign Chelsea outcast Fernando Torres.

    If the report is accurate, the Blues will be in dreamland: That makes two clubs tussling for a player they clearly do not wish to be associated with any longer.

    A move back to his homeland could reinvigorate Torres' stale career, while it could also help the Spanish national team's woes in the No. 9 position.

Luis Alberto

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    Fresh off the bat from signing Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure, Brendan Rodgers continues to reshape his squad ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

    Sanderson of Metro is running quotes from Sevilla man Luis Alberto's agent that suggest Liverpool are in advanced talks over a move for the striker.

    He made his breakthrough in the Rojiblancos side this season after a productive loan spell at Barcelona B the year before.

Robinho

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    Sky Sport Italia are reporting Robinho is edging rather close to a move back to his homeland Brazil (via Football-Italia).

    The South American forward has been frozen out of proceedings at AC Milan and looks to be a lock to return to boyhood club Santos.

    The report states the valuations between the two clubs are just €2 million apart, and Robinho will be eager to move to revive any lingering hopes of World Cup joy.

John Obi Mikel

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    According to The Guardian, Galatasaray are preparing a bid for John Obi Mikel. They will wait until after Nigeria's involvement in the 2013 Confederations Cup to open talks.

    The report estimates a minimum fee of £12 million and suggests the player is not itching to leave—it will be interesting to see how highly Jose Mourinho values one of his former charges.

    Mikel has made more than 180 appearances for the club since joining in 2006.

Dejan Lovren

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    According to Goal.com, Southampton have confirmed their capture of central defender Dejan Lovren for a fee believed to be in the region of £8.5 million.

    The Croatian had gone stale under the pressure of expectation at Lyon and now has the chance to reinvent himself at St. Mary's Stadium.

    There's no doubting the potential he holds, but can Mauricio Pochettino coax the best out of him once more? It's a gamble.

Quick Kicks

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    Fan favourite Zoltan Gera is close to agreeing to a new deal with West Brom, say the Express & Star.

    The Guardian believe Liverpool remain optimistic over the potential signing of Armenian star Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    Royston Drenthe has completed a shock move to Reading, according to Sky Sports.

    The Daily Record are reporting that Nigel Adkins' next move will be to lure Gary Hooper to the championship.

    Liverpool have won the £10 million race to sign Simon Mignolet, according to The Shields Gazette.