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# Transfer Gossip
The Departures Lounge: your daily lunchtime transfer round-up
Will the never-ending saga of Phil Jones’ transfer to United finally be put to bed?

WILL HE? WON’T HE? Do people care? Manchester United will finally sign Phil Jones today after they agreed on a £20m fee with Blackburn, meaning the 19-year-old is younger than his valuation in millions.

Blackburn aren’t doing much to combat accusations that they are a selling club, with more reports that Chris Samba is on his way to Arsenal, along with Bolton’s Gary Cahill, as the Gunners aim to actually have a good central defensive pairing for the first time in years. Perhaps, after his constant criticisms of teams such as Blackburn and Bolton, Wenger has adopted an if-you-can’t-beat-em-sign-em policy.

Meanwhile, they will agree to meet Samir Nasri’s wage demands in order to stave off interest from Man United.

Or, depending on who you believe, reports from the website Footybunker would suggest the Nasri-related story in the Daily Mirror is not entirely true (in a tabloid newspaper? Surely not?), with Nasri set to move on.

Liverpool, with their scouts seemingly on holiday, have been relatively quiet today, save their interest in Southampton’s one season wonder/whizzkid extraordinaire Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Inter Milan’s Wesley Sneijder has said “only God will decide where my future lies,” leading Man United fans to engage in a rigorous bout of praying. Man City have a strong interest in Udinese’s Alexis Sánchez, as do Man United, Barcelona and just about every other hugely rich and successful club.

Jack Rodwell appears obliged to weigh up the pros and cons of getting first-team football versus actually being in with a chance of winning something, as Tottenham and Chelsea compete for his services.

Everton will use the money from Rodwell’s transfer to fund moves for Demba Ba and Sergio Canales, as they prepare for another season of upper mid-table mediocrity.

Finally, as there is a lack of interesting news to report, the Daily Mail describes how Wayne Rooney and Andy Carroll have bonded over their mutual love of The Beatles.

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