Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian international Fernandinho has issued a ‘come and get me plea’ to Manchester City. The 28-year-old caught the eye with some incredible performances in the Champions League this season and despite a whopping £42.5 million release clause he feels his side could ask for much less. He feels playing for Manchester City would give him the best chance possible of playing at the World Cup in his homeland next summer.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been refused permission from the clubs board to go after Swansea City defender Ashley Williams. The hierarchy do not believe the 28-year-old is worth the £12 million being quoted by The Swans.
Liverpool will instead make a move for FC Twente defender Douglas. The Brazilian born Dutch national has been a stalwart at the heart of the Enschede sides defence for the past six seasons and has previously been linked with a move to Newcastle United. He is out of contract this season so would represent excellent value for money as a replacement for Jamie Carragher. Inter Milan are also interested.
Tony Pulis has dismissed any suggestion of Asmir Begovic heading away from The Britannia Stadium this season. The Bosnian international has been linked with a number of top clubs after his excellent displays for the club this season; with a reported fee of £15 million wanted for the stopper. With Jack Butland arriving in the summer that has added fuel to the flames but Pulis is adamant his current number one is going nowhere.
In other news …
Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale wants to make his loan move at Hull City permanent.
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino is chasing a former player; Valencia defender Victor Ruiz.
Manchester United are looking to reignite their interest in Colombian wonderkid Juan Fernando Quintero.
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