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The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up

Find out what Premiersip star may be on his way to Zenit St Petersburg and what Tottenham player is “living in fear” as a result of the London riots.

Wright-Phillips could be set for a move to Bolton.
Wright-Phillips could be set for a move to Bolton.

CESC FABREGAS’ DESIRE to play for Barcelona is about to be tested.

According to reports, he will have to pay the London club £4.5m (or £900,0000 a year) if he wants to join them. It’s still probably peanuts compared to what Barcelona will give him though.

Elsewhere, Joey Barton may be on his way to Russia, as Stoke and Zenit St Petersburg fight to sign the player. Astonishingly, given his tendency to have an opinion on everything, the midfielder has yet to air his thoughts on this matter.

Is Fernando Llorente really worth £31m in light of his less-than-prolific goalscoring record (79 goals in 250 games) throughout the striker’s career? Athletic Bilbao apparently think so, while Tottenham are not quite so sure.

While it has been a somewhat quiet transfer window for many Premiership clubs this summer, Liverpool seem to be the exception that proves the rule, as they look set to complete a move for Jose Enrique – probably their best available option for left-back, given that Clichy is already taken.

In addition, it has been confirmed that Shaun Wright-Philips will enter into talks with Bolton about a potential move there. Anyone who wants to leave the haven for egos that is Manchester City cannot be blamed frankly.

And in the news you’ve all been waiting to hear, we can confirm that Dutch goalkeeper Michael Vorm has signed for Swansea.

Finally, Heurelho Gomes claims he is living in fear as a result of the London riots, adding that his teammates are equally shocked by these events.

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Ill-advised prospective transfer of the day: Giuseppe Rossi was hardly an unqualified success during his earlier stint in the Premier League with United, so Spurs paying £17m for the pint-sized attacker represents a significant risk.

Advised prospective transfer of the day: Chelsea should just sign Modric already. Throwing in Benayoun as part of the deal is a wise move too, as he would undoubtedly be surplus to requirements with the Croat at the club.

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