The Premier League season is underway, and goal-line technology made its debut, but the transfer window is still the center of attention.
Southampton pipped Tottenham to the signing of Pablo Osvaldo, but Spurs are still in the market for players and are battling with Liverpool for a Brazilian.
Jose Mourinho is hunting a striker—we all know who—but he’s not naming names. All that and more feature in Monday’s edition of the Summer Transfer Window Roundup.
Should Steven Gerrard one day decide that football is not for him, he could seek a job with conciliation service ACAS. The Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis claims the Liverpool captain brokered peace talks between striker Luis Suarez and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
Suarez has been agitating for a move away from Liverpool for much of the summer, with Arsenal leading the chase. Liverpool stood firm in the face of bids from Arsenal, while Suarez returned to training with his teammates.
This was taken as an indication that Suarez was ready to turn his back on a move, and Lewis suggests it was the intervention of Gerrard that brought the Uruguayan back into the fold.
In his piece, Lewis claims:
It is Gerrard’s part in healing the rift between Arsenal target Suarez and manager Brendan Rodgers that could have the biggest impact on the Reds' season.
With Liverpool insisting Suarez will not be sold, either to the Gunners or any other club this summer, the wantaway striker has had no choice but to swallow his pride and apologise.
Suarez, however, was unsure about the way in which he would be received by Rodgers and, it is understood, Gerrard accompanied the Uruguay international when he went to see the boss.
Chelsea opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win over Hull City, but Mourinho feels his squad is far from the finished article.
Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been at the top of Mourinho's wish list for much of the summer. The Portuguese still wants a striker, and a report in The Sun (subscription required) states he will pursue Rooney to the end of the transfer window.
Rooney played 30 minutes of Manchester United's win over Swansea and gave nothing away about his future when questioned after the game.
Chelsea have so far been rebuffed by United, but Rob Beasley claims Rooney remains Mourinho's No. 1 target and that the Blues boss is not ready to give up the chase.
"We will try until the last day to add a player to the squad - a striker," Beasley quotes Mourinho as saying. "But, in this moment, every striker has a club."
Monaco signed striker Radamel Falcao earlier this summer for £50 million, but the Metro claims the Colombian is unsettled in the principality and may consider a move away.
The report adds that Chelsea have been alerted to Falcao’s situation and could make a bid if Monaco give the green light to a transfer.
Willian has emerged as one of hottest transfer targets following the news of Anzhi Makhachkala's cost-cutting, and the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis claims Tottenham are ready to do battle with Liverpool for the midfielder.
Liverpool are reported to have tabled a bid in the region of £26 million, but Lewis suggests Anzhi are seeking £30 million.
Lewis' piece says Liverpool have already agreed to terms with the player, but he adds that Spurs have "indicated" that they are ready to go to £30 million to snare the Brazilian midfielder.
The adage is "when it rains, it pours." And it would appear Arsene Wenger is under a very dark cloud. The Daily Mirror’s John Cross is reporting that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be sidelined until February.
Wenger has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market and saw his side lose to Aston Villa on the opening day of the Premier League season.
It was during the 3-1 home defeat that Oxlade-Chamberlain damaged a knee. An early report, also in the Daily Mirror, suggested he could be sidelined for three months. But the latest piece from Cross suggests it could be February before the England star is seen in action again.
Crisis-hit Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s troubles are mounting, with fears Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain faces SIX months on the sidelines.
Sunday tests confirmed damage to the left knee of the 20-year-old England midfielder, who went off injured in the Gunners' shock season-opening home loss to Aston Villa.
He will have a further scan on Monday, when his worst fears could be confirmed.
And Cross continued by suggesting that the injury to Oxlade-Chamberlain heightens the pressure on Wenger to spend, with Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney two of a host of targets that could surely compensate for the youngster's injury.
Brand also claims the Gunners will have to shell out £25 million to lure the forward away from the Liberty Stadium.
Transfers are never easy in modern football, and Paul Hetherington’s piece in the Daily Star is a case in point.
Hetherington claims Wigan’s James McCarthy is a target for Everton, but his piece also states that Everton must sell before they can buy.
Luka Modric’s future home has been a topic of discussion this summer, and the Daily Mirror’s Darren Lewis claims the Real Madrid midfielder has his sights set on a move to Manchester United.
There is a transfer battle brewing, according to John Richardson of the Daily Express, as he claims Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are hunting PSV Eindhoven’s teenage winger Zakaria Bakkali.
Liverpool face competition from AC Milan for Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho, according to Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.