Professional football’s holiday season is over, and with Premier League teams now in preseason training, all eyes are on the transfer window, which closes in 55 days.
Fresh speculation is surfacing each day regarding some of the game’s biggest names, as managers look to tweak their squads ahead of the big kickoff.
With that in mind, we take a look at five up-to-the-minute rumours that have made the sports pages this weekend.
Nani is being linked with a move to Italy
Now it seems Serie A side Roma have shown an interest in signing the Portuguese international, and according to Metro, the Italians are ready to make their move.
The 26-year-old has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Real Madrid this summer, and fresh reports suggest he has not been guaranteed a regular starting place under new United manager David Moyes.
Is Alvaro Negredo about to join Manchester City?
Not content with spending £45 million on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas so far this summer, Manchester City are seemingly lining up a £20 million deal to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo.
Negredo was La Liga’s fourth-best goalscorer last season, netting 25 times.
And with City on the lookout for fresh attacking talent following the departures of Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli, the forward could become Manuel Pellegrini’s latest acquisition.
Christian Benteke netted 23 times for Aston Villa last season
Christian Benteke turned more than a few heads last season in the claret and blue of Aston Villa, scoring 23 times in his first campaign in the Premier League.
The former Genk forward’s exploits have attracted the attention of Tottenham Hotspur this summer, and the North Londoners are keen to land the 22-year-old.
A report from Charlie Wyett in The Sun suggests Villa have placed a £30 million price tag on Benteke in an effort to fend off interest in the striker.
But with Spurs ready to double his wages, a move to the English capital could well happen before the transfer window closes.
Daniele De Rossi could be on his way to Chelsea
Not for the first time, Jose Mourinho is being linked with a move for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, and the Chelsea manager is hoping it’s a case of third time lucky.
The 29-year-old was on Mourinho’s radar whilst he was manager of Inter Milan and Real Madrid, but on both occasions the Portuguese boss failed to get his man.
This time around, according to Matt Law at Mirror Football, an offer of £5.5 million a year after tax could be enough to lure the Italian to Stamford Bridge.
Is Xabi Alonso on his way back to Liverpool?
The Real Madrid star spent five years at Anfield between 2004 and 2009 and helped the Reds win the Champions League before heading to the Spanish capital.
And though the 31-year-old’s age is thought to be something of a stumbling block, boss Brenda Rodgers is hoping the club’s owners will sanction the £10 million move.