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Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 15)

MLS Rumours

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks set to turn his back on a reported MLS move to join Turkish giants Galatasaray in a £1.4 million deal. (REPORT)

New York Red Bulls-linked winger James McClean is close to agreeing a £1.5 million move to West Brom. (REPORT)

Shaun Wright-Phillips is training with the New York Red Bulls this week, though only for fitness as a move is not being suggested yet. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Chelsea have agreed a deal with French club AS Monaco for the signing of Radamel Falcao, who spent the last season on loan at Manchester United. (REPORT)

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Arsenal are ‘on the brink’ of completing an £11 million deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, so long as the Blues can wrap up a deal for Robert Green or Asmir Begovic first. (REPORT)

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of in-demand Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier and could completed a £3.5 million deal imminently. (REPORT)

Done Deals

Stoke City are set to confirm the signing of Hannover 96 striker Joselu in the next 24 hours, after revealing a deal has been agreed. (REPORT)

Southampton have completed the signing of Spanish striker Juanmi on a four-year deal. (REPORT)

New York City FC have confirmed the signing of Athletic Bilbao right-back Andoni Iraola on a free transfer. (REPORT)

NYCFC have also announced the capture of Manchester City youngster Angelino on loan for the rest of the season. (REPORT)


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Daily transfer roundup (Sunday, June 14)

MLS Rumours

MLS-linked Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is now also being chased by Everton as a move stateside is starting to look increasingly unlikely. (REPORT)

Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi could be offered an MLS escape as Turkish side Bursaspor are interested in signing him for around $500,000. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has urged Louis Van Gaal to make a £40 million move for Tottenham star Harry Kane. (REPORT)

While Spurs are looking at bringing Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah to White Hart Lane next season if he chooses not to remain in Italy with Fiorentina. (REPORT)

Chelsea are hoping to beat Manchester City, Tottenham and Southampton to the signing of Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid this summer. (REPORT)

Everton hoping to beat MLS sides to signing of Arsenal forward – report

Everton will look to bring Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski to Goodison Park this summer despite interest from overseas, according to the Daily Star.

Roberto Martinez is believed to be an admirer of the German winger, who can also operate as the main striker, and could make a serious offer after learning he does not feature in Arsene Wenger’s plans going forwards.

Podolski spent the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan in Italy with Inter Milan but the Serie A side do not want to sign him permanently so the World Cup winner will have to look for a new club.

The 30-year-old has one year left on his current Arsenal contract so would demand a transfer fee were he to leave, but that isn’t likely to be large so the Toffees only possible stumbling block could be wages.

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A move to Major League Soccer has also been suggested for the German, with the player himself reportedly “eager” to make the move stateside.

Galatasaray and Wolfsburg are two other sides believed to be keeping tabs and so Everton will face a tough task in trying to lure Podolski to Merseyside.

Would Lukas Podolski be a good signing for Everton?

Arsenal attacker “eager” to make MLS switch this summer – report

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is reportedly keen on making a move to Major League Soccer this summer as he doesn’t look to have a future in the Premier League with the Gunners.

Podolski spent the last six months on loan in Italy with Serie A side Inter Milan but he struggled to impress, scoring just one league goal in 17 games under Roberto Mancini.

The World Cup winner could now be set for a new challenge with MLS an exciting option for the player, according to Greg Seltzer of the No Short Corners blog.

In his report, Seltzer says: “I am told that the Gunners are now likely willing to A) loan him out initially & B) pay a considerable chunk of his salary. Seriously, everyone involved is pretty eager to get him moved across the Atlantic – he just needs a team that believes he’s worth the expense.”

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The 29-year-old attacker would surely demand a Designated Player contract were he to move stateside, though if Arsenal are indeed willing to pay a chunk of his wages, that won’t be quite as daunting as it sounds.

Podolski is a talented attacker with an eye for goal. He can play out wide or through the middle and would be an exciting addition to a number of clubs.

Expansion franchises Orlando City and New York City have previously rejected the chance to sign him but may revisit the situation now. Though they can expect competition for his signature as Turkish side Galatasaray and German club Wolfsburg are also being linked with a move.

Would Lukas Podolski be a good signing for an MLS side?

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Daily transfer roundup (Monday, June 1)

MLS Rumours

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is expected to leave the club this summer, whether that be on loan or a permanent deal, and America could be his next destination as the German “eagerly wants to try out MLS”. (REPORT)

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Philadelphia Union have been linked with a move for former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise. But “that is not going to happen,” a Union source has said. (REPORT)

Premier League Rumours

Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with Real Madrid over the £81 million double signing of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale this summer. (REPORT)

Arsenal and Liverpool are set to battle for Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto after triggering his £14.2 million release clause. (REPORT)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed he has no plans to return to Spain after reports suggested he was looking to leave the Premier League after just one season. (REPORT)

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Done Deals

The Seattle Sounders have acquired 22-year-old Brazilian attacker Thomás Jaguaribe Bedinelli – known simply as Thomás, as a Discovery Signing. (REPORT)

Manchester City have sold defender Dedryck Boyata to Scottish side Celtic on a four-year deal. (REPORT)

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski set for Serie A switch in search for football

Despite Arsene Wenger’s admission that unsettled Germany international Lukas Podolski is not for sale, he continues to attract interest from abroad, and a loan move to Italy’s Serie A with Inter Milan is reportedly on the cards.

Having slipped down the pecking order at Arsenal behind the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck and Santi Cazorla, Podolski is being forced to look elsewhere if he is to see regular action.

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As well as being linked to Italian clubs AS Roma and Inter Milan, the World Cup winner was also linked with a move back to his first club FC Koln in Germany, where he has excelled in the past.

He needs to play to ensure that he continued to be a part of the German National Team. And Joachim Low has reminded Podolski that he needs to play if he is to figure in his plans for Euro 2016 qualification.

Inter Milan are supposedly keen to add the Polish-born German winger to their attacking ranks on a loan deal with some Italian reports suggesting a deal is close to completion.

Roma are another club interested, with the Rome-based club looking for cover for former Arsenal winger Gervinho – who will be playing for Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup Of Nations for the first part of 2015.

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With 121 international caps so far and the hope for many more, Podolski may decide to move club to ensure he see’s regular first-team action in Joachim Low’s set-up for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with Germany.

Arsene Wenger may want to keep Podolski but he hasn’t started a Premier League game through the first half of the current campaign and with more players returning from injury at Arsenal, the German needs to look elsewhere if he is to play regularly.

Would Lukas Podolski be a loss for Arsenal if he leaves in January?