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Arsenal will not sell Robin van Persie, 29, for less than £20m and will demand an extra £5m if Manchester United make an offer for the striker.

Dutchman Van Persie has been offered the same £220,000-a-week contract as the current top earner Wayne Rooney to make the move to Old Trafford.

Full story: Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Manchester United's pursuit of Lucas Moura is over after the 19-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with French side Paris Saint Germain.

Full story: Daily Mailexternal-link

Manager Brendan Rodgersexternal-link is close to reuniting with Joe Allen after Liverpool triggered a £15m buy-out clause in the 22-year-old midfielder's Swansea contract.

Full story: Daily Expressexternal-link

Joe Allen
Allen was one of Brendan Rodgers' prize assets at Swansea and featured for Team GB at London 2012

Liverpool are asking for winger Adam Johnson on loan in addition to a fee of £23m for defender Daniel Agger from Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorenteexternal-link has turned down a new contract, putting Chelsea and Liverpool on alert for the 27-year-old.

Full story: Metroexternal-link

Aston Villa have offered a three-year deal to Italian defender Simone Farina. The 30-year-old has impressed Villa manager Paul Lambert while playing for Serie B side Gubbio.

Full story: the Sunexternal-link

Birmingham City will not be signing 28-year-old former midfielder Darren Carter, 28, who is a free agent, after an unsuccessful trial.

Full story: Birmingham Mailexternal-link

Tottenham are being linked with a move for 24-year-old Partizan Belgrade midfielder Mohamed Kamara. external-link

Full story: talkSPORTexternal-link

Blackburn manager Steve Kean says he is close to securing a loan deal for Turkey international striker Colin Kazim-Richards,external-link 25, currently with Galatasaray.

Full story: Lancashire Telegraphexternal-link

Sheffield United want to sign Blackburn striker Nick Blackman, 22.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link


Manchester United are on the verge of being announced as the most valuable sports team in the world with shares in the club going on sale on the New York Stock Exchange.

Full story: the Guardianexternal-link

Fernando Llorente
Spain international Llorente has one year left on his Athletic Bilbao contract

An ankle injury could rule Southampton midfielder Jack Cork, 23, out of his club's Premier League opener against Manchester City.

Full story: Daily Starexternal-link

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteoexternal-link is expected to name young Brazilian attacker Lucas Piazonexternal-link in the club's 25-man Premier League list. The 18-year-old impressed during the pre-season tour to the United States.

Full story: The Times (subscription required)external-link

Newcastle manager Alan Pardewexternal-link is confident France international midfielder Yohan Cabayeexternal-link is set to be fit for the league game against Tottenham.

Full story: Evening Chronicleexternal-link


A Finnish band have released a musical tribute to former Liverpool captain Sami Hyypia,external-link 38.

Full story: Liverpool Echoexternal-link

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