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Monaco trouble for Arsenal and Manchester United

Bad news is on the horizon for Arsenal and Manchester United as Shakhtar forward Douglas Costa could be prised away by French cash-rich club Monaco, reports the Daily Star. Costa, 23, does not want to go back to Ukraine this summer as he is uncomfortable playing under the volatile conditions prevalent in the country at the moment, and thus is vying for a move away.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been alerted to the situation regarding the Brazilian, and the Gunners have even tabled a £15.8 million bid for Costa recently. Just as it seemed like Shakhtar might have to let go of their forward on a cut price deal, Monaco have reportedly come in with a £50 million double swoop offer for Costa and his team mate Alex Teixeira.

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United require Liverpool’s help to capture German star

Manchester United have been hot on the heels of Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels ever since his return from the World Cup this summer and rumours of a massive bid for the German have been rife in all the media outlets across Europe. However, a new set of reports have revealed that United could finally get their man if their bitter rivals Liverpool give them a helping hand.

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Chelsea - Atletico linked in shock swap

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Chelsea could be interested in offering Spanish champions Atletico Madrid their German forward Andre Schurrle in part exchange for centre-back Joao Miranda, reports Marca. The Blues have not used Schurrle regularly since signing him from Bayer Leverkusen in 2013, and would want to cash in on the 23-year old’s popularity at the World Cup to land their prime defender target Miranda.

Atletico Madrid want £23 million for Miranda, and Chelsea have not been able to negotiate a lower price for the Brazilian centre-back. The Los Rojiblancos are looking for striker additions to their squad after selling last season’s top scorer Diego Costa to Chelsea, and might be interested to land Schurrle, who has proved himself to a be a handy goalscorer at both club and international level.

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Juventus to rival Chelsea and Arsenal for French star

London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea could face stiff competition from the Italian champions Juventus in pursuit of 19-year old PSG prodigy Adrien Rabiot, reports Talksport. The French midfielder has only one more year remaining on his contract with the French giants, and wants to move to a club where he can be a regular in order to progress faster in his career.

Arsenal and Chelsea have long been chasing Rabiot, and are reportedly ready to swoop if he does become available for a reasonable price. Juventus have come in as the latest side interested in the lanky pass master, and although they admit that prising him out of the Parc Des Princess would be hard work, they still seem intent to plotting a move for him.

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Mourinho rules out sale of Chelsea super flop

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out the sale of his flop striker Fernando Torres this summer as he feels the need to have 3 strikers in his squad. The Portuguese boss was quoted saying by ITV, “Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers - Fernando, Didier and Diego, so one of them is not (going) for sure.”

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Premier League Transfer Rumours: Friday, 1st August 2014

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Arsenal must spend big for Quintero

Arsenal’s Colombian target Juan Quintero’s agent has stated that the Gunners will have to pay up the full value of the £32 million release clause in the 21-year old’s contract with Porto, if they are to entertain hopes of landing him. The agent was quoted saying in the Daily Express, “Porto never talked to negotiate Juan Quintero. There are clubs interested, there is much interest in the player, the clubs in Spain and England, but to leave would be one willing to pay the termination clause of the club."

Torres not leaving Chelsea

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out the prospect of flop striker Fernando Torres leaving Stamford Bridge this season as the Portuguese wants 3 strikers in his first team squad. Mourinho was quoted telling ITV, “Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers - Fernando, Didier and Diego, so one of them is not (going) for sure."

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REVEALED: Are Arsenal signing Juan Quintero?

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Colombia revealed another of their prodigies at the World Cup this summer by bringing on Porto winger Juan Fernando Quintero against Japan and the 21 year old lived up to the billing by scoring in the same match. In an obvious aftermath, a host of European clubs are now interested in signing Quintero and Arsenal have emerged to be the leading contenders for the player’s signature.

According to the Metro, strong links have emerged yesterday between Quintero and Arsenal with many claiming that a deal worth £16m has been agreed with Porto. Respected Colombian journalist Diego Rueda also tweeted, “It’s real possibility that Juan Fernando Quintero play with Arsenal. He would be coming to London on Monday. Wish is realize.”

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