Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal and Chelsea made today’s transfer headlines

Transfer rumours.
Transfer rumours.

THE transfer window may have closed, but that has not stopped Arsenal being linked with signing a striker today.

Romanian forward Ciprian Marica, who is a free agent after leaving Schalke, is close to joining the Gunners, according to the player’s agent.

Marica’s agent told the Daily Mirror that the 27-year-old is nearing a switch to Arsenal, despite reported interest from Shakhtar Dontesk, Lazio and Inter Milan.

Meanwhile, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2004, has attracted interest from Barcelona, according to a report in one of today’s newspapers.

Cech is being lined up to replace the outgoing Victor Valdes at Barcelona, according to the Daily Star.

In another story, the Sun had Newcastle linked with a move for Oldham Athletic defender James Tarkowski, who is also interesting Stoke City.

Today’s other transfer stories:

Manchester United are considering making a shock £4m move for Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire – The Sun

Barcelona forward Christian Tello has claimed he rejected interest from Liverpool in the summer – Metro

Aston Villa are ready to let former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given leave on loan, but will not allow him to go cheaply – The Guardian

Middlesbrough want to take Norwich City striker Luciano Becchio and defender Daniel Ayala on loan – Daily Express

Zinedine Zidane has been told by Real Madrid to hold peace talks with goalkeeper Iker Casillas to prevent him leaving the club, with Manchester City and Arsenal both interested – Daily Mirror

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney wants to return from his head injury in the Manchester derby on September 22 – Daily Mirror