LIVERPOOL, Arsenal, Newcastle, Sunderland, Man City and Man United were the main clubs in the transfer headlines today.
Newcastle’s pursuit of Emmanuele Riviere has been attracting headlines across the country, while on the Sunderland front, the main line has been Connor Wickham turning down a new contract.
The biggest transfer of the day, however, was Liverpool’s signing of Serbia winger Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
The 20-year-old has joined for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £20m, on what the Barclays Premier League club describe as a “long-term deal”.
Markovic is Liverpool’s fourth new recruit of the summer, following the arrivals of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can.
He said: “I am very happy that I have joined such a great club.”
Today’s other main transfer headlines:
Manchester City are mulling over a move for Everton star Ross Barkley, 20, or Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 21, as they plan for life without Yaya Toure. Manchester Evening News
Arsenal are on the brink of signing Colombian World Cup star David Ospina, 25, for £3.2m. Daily Star
Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis, 28, is set to undergo a medical ahead of his £20m move to Chelsea. Daily Express
Sevilla boss Unai Emery admits he is prepared to lose 22-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno, who is a target for Liverpool. Talksport
Paul Lambert is poised to sign Swansea’s South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, 25, and let Yacouba Sylla, 23, go as he continues his cut-price Aston Villa shake-up. Daily Mirror
Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 27, has instructed his agent to investigate a move to the Premier League. Sky Sports
Sunderland still hope to persuade Connor Wickham to commit to a new contract on Wearside after failing to reach an agreement so far over new terms. Northern Echo
Hull boss Steve Bruce admits he is struggling to complete the £4m signing of Spurs defender Michael Dawson, 30, and the deal is in danger of collapsing. Clubcall
Luis Suarez has arrived in Barcelona with his wife and daughter ahead of his his £75m move to Liverpool. Daily Mail
Thomas Vermaelen’s proposed move to Manchester United is in doubt amid Arsenal’s preference for a deal that would also involve a player or players coming in the opposite direction. Telegraph
England assistant coach Gary Neville believes new Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 19, is a “huge talent”. FourFourTwo
Manchester United have been boosted in their pursuit of Real Madrid’s Argentina winger Angel Di Maria, 26, after he reportedly turned down Paris St-Germain. Daily Mirror
Meanwhile, Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, will not panic if nothing comes of a proposed move to Manchester United, pointing out he is already at a “great team” in Juventus. Guardian
Arsenal look ready to end their chase for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira over the 27-year-old’s wage demands. The Germany World Cup winner is asking to become the highest-paid player at Emirates Stadium. Daily Mirror
The Gunners are stepping up their interest in Southampton right-back Calum Chambers, 19, despite closing in on Newcastle’s France defender Mathieu Debuchy, 28. Daily Mail
Liverpool could make a £44m bid for Borussia Dortmund’s 25-year-old Germany forward Marco Reus. Daily Express
Dynamo Moscow have agreed a £5.5m deal with Marseille to sign France international playmaker Mathieu Valbuena, 29, which would be a blow to interested Premier League clubs Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham. Talksport