Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski has expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of having his compatriot Mesut Ozil join him at Emirates Stadium, lauding the record-breaking Gunners bid as good for English football in general, but also good for him, individually.
The left-footed forward said: 'Ozil move is great for me, for Arsenal and for English football.'
The big-money signing, one which N5 fans have been longing for all summer, has gone down well with one of the club's gold medal-winning Olympian supporters; Mo Farah: 'Mesut Ozil having a medical with Arsenal! Kiss kiss bang bang! Come on Arsenal!'
Former world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, who has title defences over Matthew Macklin and Martin Murray recorded on his ledger, also commented on the situation: 'Wow! Mesut Ozil changes from Real Madrid to Arsenal - congratulations!'
Sky Sports News are one of a number of outlets who claim that Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland is set to swap Birmingham for Stoke as Mark Hughes looks to bolster his central areas. Ireland, though, would only join Stoke City on a loan contract.
Sky and The Guardian are both in agreement that Aston Villa and Lazio are negotiating an agreeable price for Libor Kozak, a tall 24-year-old forward.
One player who has been taken off the market, not that he ever was… he was just rumoured to be wanting to leave, is Stephan El Shaarawy, who was said to be interesting Manchester City but has remained loyal to the AC Milan cause, as previously mentioned on HITC.
In the pipeline
Two-time winner of the Chelsea player of the year award Juan Mata always seemed an unlikely player to transfer away from Stamford Bridge but, astonishingly, the playmaking Spaniard — linked with a move to Arsenal — is, apparently, the subject of a £30m enquiry from big spending Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain.
Details of the discussions between the two clubs can be found here, while a Mata coup at Parc des Princes could pave the way for Javier Pastore, an out-of-favour yet extremely talented Argentine international, to leave Paris, with Arsenal said to be interested.
Manchester United manager David Moyes continues to be frustrated in the summer market as a £15m attempt to land Everton full back Leighton Baines has been rejected, according to The Guardian. However, rumours of a move for Ander Herrera refuse to abate while there is still time to snap up Marouane Fellaini.
An audacious £10m price-tag was slapped on the head of Zenit St Petersburg forward and Brazil international Hulk, say The Independent, but that is just how much it would cost for a one year loan, rather than a permanent deal and so Tottenham Hotspur have perhaps understandably been put off.
Swansea City have snapped up Getafe striker Alvaro Vazquez on a temporary basis as the Spain Under-21 international links up with Michael Laudrup on a one-year basis before returning to La Liga.
Southampton have loaned Emmanuel Mayuka to Sochaux, according to BBC Sport: 'I'm happy to sign with FC Sochaux I need to have more game time so I had to be loaned from Southampton - I thank them for understanding. I cannot wait to play my first game with Sochaux.'
Elsewhere, Liverpool secured a hat-trick of players including Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses on loan and Mamadou Sakho. Adrian Mariappa moved from Crystal Palace to Reading and, of course, Gareth Bale was unveiled as a Real Madrid player.
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