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23rd Jul 2014

Transfer Talk: United in for Di Maria, Atletico want Cazorla and Monreal plus Origi off to Liverpool

Louis van Gaal has been told he is free to break the world transfer record should he see someone he quite likes.

Eric Lalor

Louis van Gaal has been told he is free to break the world transfer record should he see someone he quite likes.

The Guardian reckon Van Gaal has been told that there is no limit to the money available to him. Ed Woodward said: “Whether it’s a record or not doesn’t really resonate with us. What resonates is an elite player that the manager wants who is going to be a star for Manchester United.”

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So with that in mind, United are linked with everyone on the planet. Following the signing of James Rodriguez (pic above), Real Madrid are looking to offload Angel Di Maria and United have been alerted. They are also linked with moves for Stefan de Vrij, Thomas Vermaelen, Daley Blind, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels, Bear Grylls, Ed Sheeran, Michael Fassbender, Bart Simpson and Pope Francis.

Australia v Spain: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Atletico Madrid, the Spanish champions, are after two of Arsenal’s Spanish contingent. They want to sign Santi Cazorla (pic above) and Nacho Monreal. Atletico want Monreal to replace the departed Felipe Luis, who joined Chelsea, and Cazorla, the big bustling… eh, striker, is apparently being lined up to replace Diego Costa according to the Telegraph. Can anyone spot something wrong?

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Arsenal have agreed a fee of £3m for Colombian keeper David Ospina (pic above) from Nice according to the Guardian. He’s been brought in to replace Lukasz Fabianski, who went to Swansea.

The Daily Star, meanwhile, are linking them with a move also for Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho from Sporting Lisbon. Arsenal have told Sami Khedira to sling his German hook after he demanded to be the highest paid player at the club and have switched attention to Carvalho. They’ve had an initial bid of £25m turned down, but are expected to come back with an improved offer.

Korea Republic v Belgium: Group H - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

The Daily Express tell us that Divock Origi (pic above) is heading to the US to seal a £10m move to Liverpool from Lille. The Belgian striker will then move back to Lille on a season-long loan. He joins Loic Remy in moving to the Reds as they go about trying to replace Luis Suarez. Liverpool have been very active in the transfer market so far and it’ll be interesting to see how all the new signings bed in at Anfield.

It seems teenage Belgian strikers are all the rage on Merseyside as the Liverpool Echo, echo, echo, echo report that Everton are closing in on the signing of 18-year old wonderkid David Henen from Anderlecht. A £1.5m fee has been mentioned and you have to wonder how much of a ‘wonderkid’ he is for that price.

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Javier Hernandez (pic above) could be on his way to Inter Milan after the club failed in an attempt to sign Stefan Jovetic from Manchester City, say the Sun. The Little Pea is looking to become the Big Pea in Milan after a frustrating season with Manchester United. Still only 26, potentially with his best years ahead of him, he would represent a real coup for anyone willing to take a chance on him.

In other news, Hull City are in talks to sign Cameroon international defender Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik, 25, from French club Rennes and Felix Magath has not ruled out selling goalkeeper David Stockdale, 28, to Championship rivals Brighton this summer. Like anyone really cares.