Summer Transfer Gossip: Julio Cesar, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Huddlestone

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterJune 29, 2013

Summer Transfer Gossip: Julio Cesar, Nemanja Vidic, Tom Huddlestone

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    Welcome to the daily edition of B/R's gossip column, featuring a whole host of English Premier League stars.

    How many clubs are going to signal interest in Julio Cesar before Arsenal finally sew up a deal?

    Which club has come in for Tom Huddlestone in an effort to give him regular, first-team football?

    Who's looking to end Nemanja Vidic's injury nightmare at Manchester United?

    Read on for the answers!

Julio Cesar

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    According to Sami Mokbel of The Daily Mail [1], Arsenal are looking to push through a deal for Julio Cesar once the 2013 Confederations Cup finishes.

    The Gunners have been fancied to sign him for some time, but Brazil's prolonged run in the tournament has prevented substantial talks. With the Selecao set to take on Spain in the final on Sunday, the goalkeeper will soon be able to turn his attentions to club future.

    Arsene Wenger has seemingly made an experienced 'keeper a priority this summer given Wojciech Szczesny's up-and-down form.



Chelsea's Goalkeeper Search

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    The Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel also reports that Chelsea's search for a reserve goalkeeper has hit another dead end [1].

    Their £5 million advance for John Ruddy has been rejected and the Blues will look elsewhere, with an English player a must given their need to fill out their homegrown quota next season.

    Thibaut Courtois has been sent out for a third successive loan at Atletico Madrid.



Tom Huddlestone

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    Sunderland will continue their summer of rebuilding with the £5 million signing of Tom Huddlestone, reports The Daily Mail's Colin Young [1].

    The Tottenham midfielder has struggled with fitness issues and therefore failed to hold down a first-team role with any regularity. With the BBC [2] reporting Paulinho is closing in on a move to the Lilywhites, this summer appears the perfect chance for Huddlestone to chance a fresh start.




Nemanja Vidic

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    The Mirror [1] is reporting that Nemanja Vidic's Manchester United days could be numbered, with AC Milan monitoring him closely.

    The Serbian has been riddled with injuries over the past two years and his production has dropped off, but this is still a move Red Devils' fans wouldn't be too happy to see.

    Massimiliano Allegri's side are in dire need of a centre-back and this would be a fantastic addition despite his age.



Jordy Clasie

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    The market is hotting up for Feyenoord's Jordy Clasie, but so far he's spurned any foreign advances.

    Football Italia [1] are reporting that Fiorentina's enquiry was firmly rejected by both club and player, with the Dutch playmaker signalling no intent to leave de Kuip right now.

    Clasie, 22, is a full international and is expected to form part of a strong, new Netherlands generation under Louis van Gaal.



Quick Kicks

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    The Staffordshire Sentinel [1] have confirmed Stoke City have captured left-back Erik Pieters for £3.1 million.

    Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has promised money will be spent this summer and that Wilfried Bony is close to signing, via Wales Online [2].

    The Daily Mail have confirmed Sunderland have agreed a fee with Arsenal for 'keeper Vito Mannone.

    Fiorentina and Roma will rival Arsenal for Julio Cesar, say Football Italia [4].

    Football Italia [5] also report Sunderland are negotiating for two Internazionale youngsters, including Ghana U20 World Cup star Alfred Duncan.