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Toffees stick an offer in for Mata, Nani to decide between Stoke or Valencia and more transfer gossip
All that, plus a retro deal of the day that was extremely painful for one north London club.

IT’S THE HEIGHT of summer and the sound of the transfer windows slamming open has been ringing in our ears all weekend. So here’s the good, the bad and unlikely football moves being talked about today.

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Borussia Dortmund’s gun-jumping on the Henrikh Mkhitaryan deal means the jig is definitely up for Juan Mata at Old Trafford, according to The Telegraph. The Spaniard never felt the kind of love he receives from supporters from Jose Mourinho, so his former boss Ronald Koeman would be a good fit if Everton can tempt him to Merseyside for £20 million.

Speaking of Everton, The Daily Mail reckons Pep Guardiola wants John Stones to join Manchester City even if it costs them £50 million.

Stoke are looking to further pull clear of their old stereotype with the signing of Nani, 29, from Fenerbahce. Mark Hughes’ assistant Mark Bowen spoke freely enough of the interest on TalkSport this morning.

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Euro 2016 sensation Joe Allen has a year to run on his contract with Liverpool, but the Reds are reportedly looking for £14 million before they allow him leave. The Mail say Swansea think £8M is a more realistic figure.

Liverpool would be putting any of that Joe Allen money straight into a jar marked Josip Iličić. Football-Italia.net says Fiorentina want a cool £38 mil for the Slovenia, and they don’t care if they get it from Leicester, Spurs or even Crystal Palace.

One-time Manchester United and Ireland U21 defender Sean McGinty has signed for Torquay United following an unsettled few years since being released by Alex Ferguson.

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PSG president Nasser Al-Kelaifi insists his club have not moved to sign James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, despite this morning’s edition of Yahoo saying talks with the Colombian were at an advanced stage.

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Retro Deal of the Day

15 years ago yesterday, the balance of power in north London tilted completely towards Highbury. Sol Campbell, captain, defensive rock and the embodiment of their hope for the immediate future packed his bags for Arsenal… on a free flippin’ transfer.

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The White Hart Lane faithful labelled him Judas forever more, though he only collected five pieces of silver in the form of three FA Cups and two league titles – the second of which was Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ unbeaten season.

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