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DANILO IN TALKS WITH UNITED
Danilo seems to be a player in demand, which probably shouldn't be a surprise given that he plays for Porto and was signed by them from South America just over three years ago. It's a well-trodden path to a big money move.

Spanish newspaper Sport claims that it is Manchester United who currently stand at the front of the queue to buy the Brazilian, and are currently in negotiations with the player's agent in order to thrash out a deal that would happen this summer.

The other seriously interested party is Barcelona, who see Danilo as the ideal replacement for Dani Alves. Unfortunately, Barcelona can't buy any players at the moment, which makes it quite difficult to negotiate.

Danilo has a £37m release clause at Porto, which the club are expecting to be paid in full for any deal to happen. He has 11 caps for Brazil, but was not included as part of their squad for the 2014 World Cup. It's an awful lot of money.


LIVERPOOL WANT ILLARRAMENDI
It's a transfer rumour that just won't go away, perhaps largely because there isn't much else happening to set tongues wagging. Wednesday brings another story regarding Liverpool signing Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

It's the Daily Star this time, claiming that Brendan Rodgers wants Illarramendi to be the long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard. The Spaniard has struggled for regular first-team football this season at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Toni Kroos and now Lucas Silva both ahead of him in the pecking order.

Spanish newspaper AS claims that Xabi Alonso has told his mate to join Liverpool rather than stay in Spain. Which is nice of him.


PODOLSKI BACK TO ARSENAL
Well colour me surprised. When it turned out that Arsenal were loaning out Lukas Podolski to Inter Milan, a number of Arsenal fans (and writers) wrung their hands over allowing such a talented player to leave. Turns out that moving to Serie A didn't instantly cause a reverse of Podolski's reputation for a lack of work ethic.

Having only joined in January, Podolski is already annoying people in Milan. A newspaper survey in Italy saw the German voted as the second worst signing of the window, whilst Roberto Mancini has warned Podolski regarding his form: "Podolski must do more. What he's doing is not enough and he's the first to recognise that."

Tuttosport claim that unless Podolski improves his displays drastically, Internazionale will reject the opportunity to sign the striker on a permanent deal.


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@hiya - "being prevented from completing a purchase" stops one from negotiating terms if someone else comes in with an immediate offer, and waves a big wad of cash. Practicality. That's what you have to understand.
- pudsyryan

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