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Matthew Impey/EMPICS Sport Chamberlain may be on his way to Arsenal.
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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up
Find out which World Cup winner Swansea are set to sign, what club are crazy enough to bid for El Hadji Diouf and why dealing with Mario Balotelli has left Roberto Mancini needing a psychologist.

WE’LL START TODAY with a blast from the past in the form of David Trezeguet.

Trezeguet, who used to be really good, now must be content with a move to Swansea City.

An alternative opinion can be refreshing to hear now and then, and Durk Kuyt has offered just that, by saying he is happy with Liverpool’s summer signings.

I describe his opinion as alternative because: 1. the new signings are likely to keep him out of the first team and 2. Anyone who is happy with their team signing Jordan Henderson for £16million is clearly insane.

Unlike all their other transfer targets who have baulked at the idea of joining, FC Twente’s Bryan Ruiz has said he would be ‘honoured’ to play for Tottenham.

Arsenal might (and I stress ‘might’ because it’s probably never going to happen) be signing Gary Cahill. Their ongoing desperate search for a central defender grew even more desperate after Thomas Vermaelen got injured against Benfica in a recent pre-season friendly.

The club will also try to seal a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Southampton’s £12million-rated youngster.

So, with Chamberlain and Cahill possibly set to sign, it appears Arsene Wenger is finally comfortable signing British players again, after he was understandably put off the idea thanks to Francis Jeffers.

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Finally, dealing with Mario Balotelli has left Robero Mancini needing a psychologist, the manager has said to the surprise of no one.

Mancini joked: “I have known him since he was 17 and he is even worse now than he was then.”

Ill-advised prospective deal of the day: El Hadji Diouf – who is on a salary of £30,000-a-week apparently – has had so many last chances, it’s a miracle that Sam Allardyce is still willing to sign him. However, if anyone can make it work, I suppose Big Sam can.

Advised prospective deal of the day: Shaun Wright-Phillips ultimately may not have made it at Man City, however a stay Bolton might suit the tricky winger. He just needs to stop being a prima donna and show a willingness to lower his wage demands.