Paper Gossip: Man City Enter Isco Stakes, Man Utd 'Could Double Transfer Record'

Alex DimondUK Lead WriterJuly 23, 2014

Paper Gossip: Man City Enter Isco Stakes, Man Utd 'Could Double Transfer Record'

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    Most days the transfer gossip is all about which players the big clubs are going to buy, but occasionally it becomes about which players are set to leave their illustrious employers. Wednesday is one of the latter.

    The day's gossip columns are littered with stories about players who are surplus to requirements at their Premier League clubs, with speculation about where they might end up. For Matija Nastasic that could be elsewhere in the Premier League, whereas for Fernando Torres that looks likely to be further afield.

    There is some talk about incoming deals, however, with Arsenal narrowing down their options and Manchester United keen to spend some of their growing war chest.

    For all those stories, and a few more, click on.

Manchester United 'Ready and Willing' to Drop £70m on One Player

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    Manchester United have both the resources and the willingness to spend £70 million on a single player and join the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona as key players in the transfer market, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The newspaper says the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has made it clear that the club could at some point double it's transfer record, which currently stands at the £37.5m they paid for Juan Mata in January.

    David McDonnell writes:

    Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says the Old Trafford giants have the financial muscle to almost double the club-record £37.5m fee they paid for Chelsea's Juan Mata in January and blow their rivals out of the water.

    The Mata deal does not come close to Real Madrid’s £85m capture of Gareth Bale, the £80m the same club spent acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo from United or the £75m Barcelona are paying Liverpool for Luis Suarez.

    But Woodward insisted United have got the resources to join the elite band of clubs capable of spending such vast sums on a single player.

    Manchester United have been linked with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman this summer, but it remains to be seen if they open the chequebook once again to add them.

Arsenal Focus on William Carvalho as Manquillo Heads for Liverpool

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    Arsenal have re-focused their attentions on signing William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon after seemingly missing out on both Sami Khedira and Javi Manquillo, according to the Daily Star.

    With Khedira's contract demands a major stumbling block for the Gunners, the Star claim Arsene Wenger will return with a second offer for Carvalho, as the Portugal international becomes his preferred target.

    Gary Jones writes:

    Reports in Portugal claim the Gunners have decided to continue their interest in the midfielder after having an initial bid thought to be worth around £24m rejected.

    The club are also in negotiations with Southampton regarding Morgan Schneiderlin but it is thought the Frenchman prefers a move to Tottenham and the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino again.

    Carvalho has a £37m release clause and Sporting are still hoping they can drive his price closer to that mark before agreeing a deal.

    Meanwhile, the Gunners are apparently set to miss out on Manquillo—with the right-back believing Liverpool will offer him greater first-team opportunities this term, per Chris McKenna of the Star.

Manchester City Ready to Offer Isco Real Madrid Escape Route

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    Manchester City have joined the list of clubs keen on the chance to sign Isco if the playmaker leaves Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.

    City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who worked with Isco at Malaga, would welcome the chance to work with the Spaniard again—whose future is in serious doubt following Real Madrid's signing of World Cup star James Rodriguez.

    Simon Jones writes:

    Manchester City are monitoring Isco’s situation at Real Madrid after the European champions completed the signing of James Rodriguez from Monaco.

    The move could leave Isco surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu just a year after he chose Madrid over City.

    Manuel Pellegrini, his former Malaga boss, remains keen on the 22-year-old midfielder although a deal this summer could be difficult with City restricted by a UEFA-imposed transfer cap and foreign quota limitations.

Monaco and Atletico Madrid in Bidding War for Chelsea's Fernando Torres

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    Chelsea are in talks with both AS Monaco and Atletico Madrid about the potential sale of Fernando Torres, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Torres' future has been the subject of speculation for many months now, with many seeing little future for him at Stamford Bridge—especially following the summer signing of Diego Costa, from Atletico. The Spanish champions now need to replace the striker, with former academy graduate Torres seemingly at the top of their list.

    They will face strong competition from Monaco, however, who have money to spend after selling James Rodriguez to Real Madrid.

    John Cross reports:

    Spanish champions Atletico Madrid are locked in a transfer battle with Monaco for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.

    Atletico have made a fresh approach to take Torres back to his boyhood club.

    But Monaco are now serious contenders as they look to replace James Rodriguez, who has joined Real Madrid, and Radamel Falcao, who could soon go the same way.

    Atletico chief executive Miguel Angel Gil, who sold striker Diego Costa to Chelsea earlier this summer, has held talks with the Blues about a cut-price deal to bring Torres 'home' seven years after he left for Liverpool in a £26m deal.

    They only want to pay around £15m for the 30-year-old, whose career with the Londoners has failed to take off since a £50m move from Liverpool three and a half years ago.

    Chelsea would want around £20m and Atletico have been told they must raise their price and match his contract, with Torres in no rush to leave Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal Face Battle from Italy to Land Manchester City's Matija Nastasic

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    Arsenal are interested in signing Matija Nastasic from Manchester City but will face stiff competition from at least two Italian clubs, according to the Daily Mail.

    A lot of clubs this summer are in the market for a centre-back, with one deal seemingly set to have a domino-effect on a few others. The Mail believes Nastasic will become available once City sign Eliaquim Mangala, while Arsenal will only step up their interest once Thomas Vermaelen's future is decided.

    Arsenal scouted Nastasic extensively before City signed him in 2012, but both Inter Milan and Roma could give the ex-Fiorentina defender a return route to Italy should he prefer that option.

    Simon Jones writes:

    Manchester City have had enquiries from Inter Milan and Roma for Matija Nastasic who they want to sell with Eliaquim Mangala expected to arrive from Porto. 

    They would prefer to move him abroad although Arsenal would guarantee quicker payment.

    Arsene Wenger will move for a new centre-half if captain Thomas Vermaelen leaves for Manchester United.

Bits and Pieces: Southampton Determined to Get Forster, Monreal Back to Spain

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    Southampton will return with a second bid for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster after having a first turned down, Gordon Simpson of the Southern Daily Echo reports.

    Newcastle, Sunderland and Southampton have made enquiries about taking Arsenal's Serge Gnabry on loan this season, says John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Liverpool Echo's Chris Beesley believes Everton are on the verge of signing 18-year-old Anderlecht forward David Henen.

    Hull are in talks to sign defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik from Rennes, according to Sky Sports.

    Atletico Madrid are in talks with Arsenal to sign left-back Nacho Monreal, following the departure of Filipe Luis to Chelsea, according to Matt Law of The Telegraph (subscription required).

    Juventus believe they have a chance to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea for the season, per the Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.