European transfer talk: Including Thauvin, Rolando and Zarate deals


Former Chelsea player Adrian Mutu also features while ex-Liverpool and Newcastle players are present. Everton, Fulham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Stoke, Southampton, West Ham and QPR appear to have missed out on transfer targets.

Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Sporting Lisbon, Porto, Lazio, Napoli, Inter Milan, Schalke 04, Hoffenheim, Wolfsburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Ajaccio, Dynamo Kiev and Zenit St Petersburg feature as the European market heats up.

The considered done-deal for Didier Drogba to play for Galatasaray seems to be under threat after his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua reportedly claim they nothing of such a deal. They insist he is going nowhere and is under contract at the club until 2014.

Hoffenheim have signed Belgian international Igor de Camargo on a two-and-a-half year deal. The striker had been linked with a host of clubs but it now appears that the relegation threatened club have won the rights to his temporary signing.

Michel Bastos has finally completed his protracted transfer to German outfit Schalke 04. The Brazilian joins the Gelsenkirchen side on an initial 18-month-loan deal from Lyon with an option to purchase in 2014.

Staying in Germany and another protracted loan deal has also gone through as VfL Wolfsburg have allowed Croatian striker Srdjan Lakic the opportunity to gain more first team football after he joined Eintracht Frankfurt on loan. The deal could become permanent at the end of the season.

Arsenal and Newcastle United have both missed out on talented French teenager Florian Thauvin after he agreed a move to Lille. The youngster had been linked with a Premier League switch from Corsican club Bastia but he has instead opted to remain in France.

Razvan Rat has been a transfer target for West Ham in the past couple of days after they missed out on Stephen Warnock but the Shakhtar Donetsk full-back is reportedly very close to agreeing a move to French side Marseille. The Romanian is out of contract in the summer and according to reports in Romania he could be sold earlier so the club cash in on the player rather than lose him on a free. The only stumbling block is the Ukrainian sides doubts over moving on a player who is still a regular member of the first-team.

Another Romanian being linked with a move is Adrian Mutu. The former Chelsea striker is currently playing in France with Ajaccio but it is believed Turkish side Kasimpasa are looking to turn their attention to the 34-year-old; who they narrowly missed out on this summer. It comes after the high-flying Turkish outfit appear to have missed out on West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

Galatasaray have recalled Colin Kazim-Richards from his loan spell at Blackburn Rovers in order to send him to Bursaspor instead. The Istanbul club feel a permanent move to Bursaspor is more likely so feel it is in their best interest to complete this deal.

Napoli have beaten the likes of QPR to the loan signing of Rolando from FC Porto. The Portuguese international has been brought in to strengthen the squad ahead of a push for the league title and could sign on a permanent deal this summer.

Mauro Zarate; another player linked with several Premier League clubs; is set to join Ukrainian outfit Dynamo Kiev on loan until the end of the season. His agent has confirmed that talks are ongoing and a deal should be concluded by tomorrow.

Inter Milan are looking to snap up Zdravko Kuzmanovic on a cut-price deal from Stuttgart by tomorrow. He is flying in to Milan today to discuss a move from Germany.

Finally a quick round-up of everything occurring in Spain ahead of the transfer window closing on Thursday; Former Liverpool defender Emiliano Insua has signed for Atletico Madrid from Sporting Lisbon, controversial midfielder Emre has left Atleti by agreeing a return to Turkey with Fenerbahce, Yohann Gourcuff has pulled out of a loan deal at the Vicente Calderon while Sevilla look set to lose defender Federico Fazio to Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg.

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