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Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Manchester City, Pepe Reina, Juan Mata

Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2013

Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Manchester City, Pepe Reina, Juan Mata

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    Here's all the latest transfer news and gossip for you from around the world of football, with your weekend coverage of the rumour pages.

    We've got Manchester City's confirmed double-signing, a possible Anfield exit for a senior Liverpool player, Manchester United's chase of top attacking midfielders and Norwich City's latest ambitious target in the market.

    Here's your complete guide to this weekend's transfer activity.

Manchester City Complete Double-Striker Signing

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    Phil McNulty of BBC Sport reports on a double-signing spree for Manchester City.

    First of all, they confirmed a deal for Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo for around the £20 million mark, the second signing from the Spanish top-flight team following the arrival of winger Jesus Navas.

    Soon after, the second arrival of the day at the Etihad Stadium was confirmed with Stevan Jovetic's signature. The Montenegro forward cost City £22 million.

    Those two join Fernandinho and Jesus Navas as the new summer signings for last season's Premier League runners-up.

Pepe Reina

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    Ben Smith of BBC Sport reports that Liverpool's long-term No. 1 goalkeeper Pepe Reina could be about to leave on loan.

    The Reds signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland this summer, and now former manager Rafael Benitez is ready to take Reina to his new club, Napoli, on a season-long loan.

    It is anticipated that the loan move will free up a large wage bill, which would otherwise be paid out to a substitute for the season. Reina is widely expected among the fanbase to move to Barcelona next summer when Victor Valdes departs the Catalan side.

Manchester United Want Two Record Signings

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has been thwarted in his bid to make a big-name signing at his new club thus far, but James Ducker at The Times indicates that the boss is ready to break United's transfer record twice in succession to land two top targets.

    Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona and Gareth Bale of Spurs are his two priorities, and both would cost more than the £31 million United will have to spend to break that record.

    United's sole signing this summer is Guillermo Varela, with Wilfried Zaha having joined in January and now linking up with his new team for the first time also.

Juan Mata

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    David Kent at the Daily Mail reports that Arsenal's new big-name target is Juan Mata, currently of London rivals Chelsea.

    Mata was linked with a switch to Manchester United as part of a move for Wayne Rooney, but Chelsea have denied this was ever the case. Arsenal are now seemingly ready to move if the Blues give any indication that the Spaniard is indeed for sale.

    Mata scored 11 goals last season and is the latest name, along with Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain, who Arsene Wenger is trying to target this summer.

Daniel Agger

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    John Cross of the Daily Mirror reports that Barcelona have been outpriced for all of their defensive transfer targets so far and are thus targeting Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger.

    Marquinhos and Thiago Silva appeared to be their first-choice signings, but they have also reportedly inquired after David Luiz of Chelsea.

    Agger signed a new contract with Liverpool last season so would not be expected to be considerably cheaper anyway. The Dane also captained his team in their first preseason game of the summer as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to appoint a new vice-captain.

Quick Kicks

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    Norwich City are looking at Maxi Lopez for their latest signing. The Argentine striker has been on loan at Sampdoria from Catania, and now the Canaries want to pair him with Ricky van Wolfswinkel, according to talkSPORT.

    George Caulkin and Rory Smith of The Times report that Newcastle United want a new-look attack of Darren Bent and Bafetimbi Gomis next season.

    Atletico Mineiro forward Bernard is ready to leave for Europe, with Liverpool, Spurs, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund all looking to sign him this summer, reports Jack de Menezes of The Independent.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror indicates that Cesc would rather rejoin Arsenal than sign for Manchester United.

    Callum Fox of Sambafoot confirms that Arsenal left-back Andre Santos has left for Flamengo on a permanent deal after cancelling his Gunners contract.

     

     

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