Transfer roundup: Wenger ‘likes’ Juve star, United forward to MLS, Timbers keen on Drogba

Daily transfer roundup (Wednesday, May 27)

MLS RUMOURS

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 26, is set to leave the club this summer after returning from his loan spell with Real Madrid. His agent confirmed they have a whole host of tempting offers on the table, one of which includes a Major League Soccer club in the USA, likely to be Orlando City. (REPORT)

Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter has confirmed that his MLS club are interested in Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, and Juventus midfield maestro Andrea Pirlo, 36. Both have been linked with moves to MLS this week and the Timbers boss has done little to quell the rumours. (REPORT)

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New York City FC are looking to bolster their defence with the addition of U.S. International defender Oguchi Onyewu, 33, on a free transfer. He’s just left Championship side Charlton Athletic after making just three league appearances, and is now looking for his fifth club in three years. (REPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE RUMOURS

Tottenham are reportedly lining up a £12m offer for Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22. Ings is out of contract in June but Spurs are keen to seal the deal and beat their rivals to his signature. Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the Englishman in the past. (REPORT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he likes Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, after the Chilean was linked with a move to the Gunners this week. (REPORT)

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Stoke City defender Robert Huth, 30, is looking to join Leicester City on a permanent basis in a deal worth £3m. The German defender joined on-loan in January and has made 14 appearances. (REPORT)

DONE DEALS

Newly promoted Bournemouth have confirmed the signing of Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici, 30, on a free transfer. The Cherries signed him on a three-year deal after his contract expired at the end of the season. He joins fellow ‘keeper Artur Boruc, 35, to the club who signed a permanent deal following his loan move. (REPORT)

Stoke City have signed goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard, 23, from Danish club FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee. (REPORT)

Graham Dorrans, 28, has signed a two-year deal with Norwich City. He joined the Canaries on-loan in February 2015 and has now made the deal permanent. (REPORT)

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Liverpool look to Champions League finalist as Steven Gerrard replacement – report

Liverpool are targeting Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal as a replacement for club legend Steven Gerrard this summer, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard played his last game at Anfield on Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace and Liverpool are now looking at alternatives.

Liverpool have targeted Vidal to bolster their midfield, as Juventus would rather sell Vidal than Paul Pogba, according to reports out of Italy.

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It seems that Juventus will lose one of the two midfield stars this summer, with Pogba continuously linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea amongst others, although it now seems that Arturo Vidal is more likely to leave.

The 27 year old has seven goals and four assists in Serie A this season and his dynamic playing style would really improve the current Liverpool midfield.

Vidal was a target of Manchester United last summer and a move to Anfield would be a real boost for Reds fans, though their failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could be a problem.

Is Arturo Vidal the ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard at Liverpool?

Manchester United dealt major blow in pursuit of Juventus star

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has made it clear that he has no intentions of leaving the Italian club this summer despite interest from Premier League clubs and in particular Manchester United, according to the Express.

“I feel good at Juve and I don’t feel the need to move elsewhere. In Turin me and my family feel good,” Vidal told Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Chilean international was at the centre of heavy rumours linking him with a move to the Red Devils in the summer, but the deal never came off and it’s thought the reason was due to a knee injury to Vidal.

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Many are expecting Louis Van Gaal to be a busy man during the next transfer window, but it looks as though they can rule out the possibility of Vidal heading to Manchester.

The 27-year-old has made 24 league appearances for Juventus this season, contributing six goals and three assists for the Old Lady who are 12 points clear at the top of the table and cruising to a fourth consecutive Serie A title and 31st in the club’s history.

Juventus are Italy’s most successful club and have a Champions League quarter-final with Monaco to look forward to tonight and they will have high hopes of making the semi’s, with Vidal continuing to play a crucial role in the side.

Should Arturo Vidal consider a move to Manchester United?