Transfer News Today: Barcelona to splash £17million on Torres


Forum chatter

Arsenal want to sign Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo, if the chat on the forums is to be believed. The 22-year-old’s agent has stoked the fire by suggesting Arsenal and Fenerbahce have already expressed an interest. But the Paraguayan recently extended his contract to 2018, and it would take a bid in the region of £20million to capture him.

Tabloid speculation

Barcelona are reportedly lining up a £17million bid for Chelsea’s Fernando Torres. The Spaniard has endured a turbulent time at Chelsea, and Barca are hoping El Nino will find their bench is more appealing than the Blues’. Torres is currently in Brazil for the Confederations Cup. Bet on where Torres will be next season

Daily Bale

When Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he will personally ensure a player is signed, you know it’s getting serious. Perez knows Gareth Bale is the one man Real fans want to see at the Bernabeu so he has vowed to personally oversee negotiations with Tottenham for the Welshman, whom he intends to make his newest ‘Galatico’. Bale is 1.90 with Unibet to join Real Madrid this summer.

Come and get me

With every passing day, it becomes a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ Nani leaves Manchester United. Juventus have long been leading the way in the chase for the Portuguese winger, but moneybags Monaco have expressed an interest and seem best placed to meet United’s £9million valuation of the player.

In talks

Benfica central defender Ezequiel Garay is closing in on a move to Manchester United. The 26-year-old will command a transfer fee of around £17million, with United and Benfica having reportedly agreed a fee. The formalities are yet to be agreed, but it is widely expected that Garay will follow Uruguay full-back Guillermo Varela through the door at Old Trafford.

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