Lucas Moura could be headed to Old Trafford according to the Daily Mail as the Brazilian starlet revealed that he was unsure if he would stay at Sao Paulo until the end of his contract. The 19 year creative midfielder has been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid in the past, with Inter Milan also in the mix.
Chelsea have been looking all over Europe for a solution to their right-back problem and the Express reports that their brief fling with Brazilian Maicon could turn into a serious affair after Real Madrid dropped out of the race. The report even goes as far as to claim that the 30 year has even agreed personal terms with the Blues over the £6.5m transfer deal.
Southampton are the latest club to test Crystal Palace’s resolve over teenage prodigy Wilfried Zaha as The Sun report that the Saints are looking to add the 19 year old to their squad before the new Premier League season. Southampton, no strangers to talented young wingers themselves, will find it hard to pry the winger from Palace’s grip as he has five more years to run on his contract. Palace have already spurned the advances of Sunderland, Reading, Aston Villa and Hoffenheim for the £6m-rated attacker.
Watford defender Adrian Mariappa, a perpetual favourite during the transfer window each season, has been linked with a £3 million move to Wigan in the Daily Mirror. While the price tag and the target both seem very realistic, we find it hard to believe that new manager Gianfranco Zola will allow the player to leave without a fight.
Park Ji-Sung has completed his move from Manchester United to QPR on a £2m deal as the South Korean bid adieu to the glitz and glamour of Old Trafford for the humble surroundings of Loftus Road. The midfielder has signed a two-year deal with Rangers, who were clearly delighted with the high-profile capture as they announced it on their website.
Former Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands has been signed up by Birmingham City according to The Sun after the injury-plagued player was recently released by the Magpies. The 32 year old’s free transfer is now only subject to a medical at St.Andrews.
Recently relegated club Blackburn have left wantaway star Steven Nzonzi out of their pre-season training camp in Austria as they prepare for life in the second tier of English football. The Lancashire Telegraph reports that the Rovers are willing to offload their midfielder and have decided to freeze him out of team affairs until he can secure a move away. The Venky’s owned club are reportedly looking for a·£10 million fee for a player who has generated interest from a host of clubs like Arsenal, Stoke City, Spartak Moscow, Villarreal and Borussia Dortmund.
Sunderland’s attempts to sign Wolves striker Steven Fletcher appear to have hit a dead end with the Championship side having priced their goal poacher out of a move by placing a £15 million price tag on his head reports the Daily Mail.