Chelsea have had their bids rejected for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado and Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas.
What now for the Blues? Chelsea can always raise their bid to beyond the £22million they have offered for each player. But before anything can happen, Chelsea must offload Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah to ensure they stay within the financial fair play rules.
Raheem Sterling has rejected a SECOND contract offer from Liverpool, increasing speculation that he could leave Anfield.
What’s his deal then? Sterling has two years left to run on his current deal but wants a new deal worth over £100,000-a-week. With Steven Gerrard soon to be off the wage bill this should be achievable, but Real Madrid are known admirers of the 20-year-old and could complicate things with a bid.
Manchester United are weighing up a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who would cost the Premier League team around £40million.
Do United need another striker? Not right now, but with Robin van Persie’s future in doubt and Radamel Falcao looking increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer, United are thinking early about reinforcements. Benzema fits the bill, but do Madrid want to sell?
Danny Ings continues to be linked with a move to Tottenham, who are keen to sign the striker for £5million.
What’s holding it up? A few things. Burnley are trying to hold out for more money for a player who is out of contract in the summer. There’s also the fact that City and Chelsea are wading in, with both clubs eager to add homegrown talent to their squads.
In The Bag
Callum McManaman looks set to swap Wigan for Tony Pulis’s West Brom.
Good signing? Absolutely. McManaman has dropped off the radar somewhat since Wigan were relegated but many forget he was the man of the match in the 2013 FA Cup final and is considered a rising star. The Baggies have bagged a player that should help their bid for survival.
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