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Mancini promises five signings, focus on youth

Manchester City's quiet summer might finally explode into a frenzy after manager Roberto Mancini revealed his intentions for the coming season. The Robin van Persie saga has occupied their transfer space in the off-season but with no end in sight, Mancini is set to push ahead with his other targets. The Italian hasn't been too happy about the lack of transfer spending though and has demanded support from director Brian Marwood to keep City ahead of their rivals.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the man who delivered the club their first title since 1968 said: “We don't need big changes. We don't need 10 players like maybe two or three years ago. But we need three or four or five players.”


AVB targets just one striker despite dearth of forwards at Tottenham

Tottenham Hotspur have made a few very shrewd purchases this summer, but the gaping hole at the head of the pack still remains as they are extremely under-strength in the striker's department. Jermain Defoe is the only recognizable face in the current line-up, with 19 year old Harry Kane the only other option. Spurs have put all their apples in one basket called Emmanuel Adebayor but a deal for the Man City striker looks less likely to occur with every passing day.

But manager Andre Villas-Boas isn't too perturbed as he told this to The Sun when asked about the situation: “Three is enough,” thus implying that he was on the lookout for just one more signing.


United amazingly linked with Cole after Everton deny bid for Baines

Sir Alex Ferguson's search for a left-back took a new twist today as Everton denied any bids from the Red Devils for Leighton Baines while Ashley Cole has now emerged as an astonishing option. Baines has been seen as the number one choice for Sir Alex as he attempts to add much needed cover in the left of defence where Patrice Evra is the only recognizable name in the line-up. United have refused to meet Everton's £15m price tag though, with some reports even suggesting that the Toffees rejected a £12m bid.

ESPN carried quotes from a secret Everton source who is quoted having said: “We have not even had a single enquiry from Manchester United. For two months it has been suggested that Manchester United have bid for Baines, but it is simply not true.”


Lyon make Lloris U-turn, keen on keeping French keeper

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has insisted that France international Hugo Lloris will not sold unless the player himself expresses a desire to leave the Ligue 1 club. Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with Lloris' signature throughout the summer, this after the custodian expressed an interest in moving to a bigger club following Lyon's failure to qualify for the Champions League.

The Spurs too have been looking for a long-term replacement for the 41-year old American Brad Friedel, with Villas-Boas reportedly a big fan of the keeper who has won the Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year title for three out of the last four years.


Aquilani on his way to Fiorentina as rumours surface of Liverpool having accepted a £7 million bid

Liverpool have agreed to sell their flop Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani to Serie A outfit Fiorentina in a deal worth £7 million, according to The People, just two days after the 28 year old declared that he would like to stay at Anfield and prove his worth to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The Italian arrived at Liverpool from Roma in 2009 with a huge £20 million price tag, but failed to live up to expectations because of niggling injuries and inconsistency. He did play his part and showed his skill in some games in a Liverpool shirt, but was deemed surplus to requirements at the club. He spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus and AC Milan.


Rodgers does U-turn backs Carroll to stay on at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers is keen to give striker Andy Carroll a chance in the first team, and is in no hurry to offload the striker, contrary to rumours that have been circulating in England like wildfire over the last month.

Speaking to the press after Liverpool's 0-0 draw with Tottenham in the United States on Saturday, Rodgers said: "There has been a lot written about Andy, but you saw today he's happy to be here and he's worked very well since he's been here. The reality is he's still a Liverpool player, he can fit into how I want to play, and he's happy here. I'm certainly not wishing to push him out of the door."


Tottenham line up Dembele and Joe Allen as replacements for Modric

After hitting a roadblock in the Joao Moutinho transfer, the Tottenham management are looking at Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele in order to replace Luka Modric if the Croatian leaves the club this summer, reports The Sunday Mirror.

Porto have refused to decrease their valuation for Joao Moutinho, and it seems Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is unwilling to spend £24 million on a single player. Tottenham are looking to land Dembele with a £10 million bid, but Fulham are not looking to sell their Belgian star, and could hold out for £15 million for the 25 year old.


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