Transfer Ticker: Özil inches closer to Arsenal; Man United chases Herrera; and more

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By DAN KARELL

It hasn’t been confirmed by either club, but all reports indicate that Mesut Özil will be a member of Arsenal by the end of the day.

Real Madrid have agreed a deal worth £42.4 million (€50m and $66m) for the German international, with his representatives working with Arsenal to finalize the transfer. Currently in Germany on international duty, Özil reportedly completed and passed his medical in Munich under the guidance of the Bayern Munich medical staff. Germany are set to face Austria in a World Cup qualifier on Friday in Munich.

Even though he announced he wanted to stay at Real Madrid late last week, Özil was made available by the Spanish club after they completed the world record signing of Gareth Bale. With reports of the £40+ million transfer fee and a contract worth potentially £150,000 per week, Özil’s signing would be a double record breaker for Arsenal in terms of transfer fees and wages.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have already acquired a new goalkeeper, Emiliano Viviano, on a season-long loan with an option to buy from Palermo in Serie B.

Here are some more transfer stories to get you updated on transfer deadline day:

MAN UNITED NEARING MOVE FOR HERRERA

Just like Arsenal, with just hours remaining in the transfer window, Manchester United finally seem willing to spend the big bucks to acquire new players.

Man United have reportedly activated the €36 million buyout clause for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and could sign a four to five-year contract with the English club by the end of today. The central midfielder helped Bilbao to the Europa League title match in 2012, which they lost to Atletico Madrid, as well as the Copa Del Rey final in the same year.

After learning that they were out of the running for Özil, Man United made a €30 million bid on Sunday that was rejected. Due to legal issues, the new bid, even though it’s enough to activate the buyout clause, will likely have to be paid by Herrera himself to release himself from his current contract.

FELLAINI AND BAINES BIDS GO TO FINAL HOUR

The drawn-out transfer sagas of Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines will come to an end by Monday evening.

The Belgium Football Federation’s official Twitter account tweeted out that Fellaini had been let out of training in preparation with his country’s match against Scotland on Friday, with rumors that he’s working out a deal with Manchester United as the reason for the decision.

Meanwhile, the latest news is that Everton has continued to reject David Moyes’ offers for Fellaini and Baines, with the most recent one totaling at £40 million, according to reports in England.

If Everton does lose Fellaini and Baines, new manager Roberto Martinez has a contingency plan in place, and earlier today Martinez was reportedly in London at a work permit hearing for FC Porto’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando. Martinez could also swoop for his former player James McCarthy at Wigan.

LUKAKU TO EVERTON?

Although it looks like Chelsea won’t be acquiring anyone on this transfer deadline day, there could be a number of players on their way out in loan or permanent deals.

With Arsenal locked in a battle with Chelsea in a season-long loan for Demba Ba (with reports that Tottenham has made an inquiry as well), according to Sky Sports News in England, Everton are in to land a loan deal for Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, scoring 17 goals in 35 Premier League games, but so far this season he hasn’t started in the league for Jose Mourinho. In addition, the 20-year-old Belgian international missed the final penalty kick at the UEFA Super Cup, giving the cup title to Bayern Munich.

QUICK KICKS

Ajax have signed Heracles Almelo midfielder Lerin Duarte, a Dutch Under-21 player of Cape Verde descent, to a contract through June 2017 for a reported €2.5 million. (REPORT)

Aston Villa have completed a reported £5 million deal for Lazio forward Libor Kozak. The Czech Republic international has signed a four-year contract at Villa Park. (REPORT)

Crystal Palace have signed Jamaican international Adrian Mariappa on a three-year contract from Reading. (REPORT)

Hellas Verona have signed Argentina U-20 forward Juan Manuel Iturbe from FC Porto. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? How do you see Özil playing for Arsenal? Do you see Man United completing the Herrera deal in time? Do you see Fellaini and Baines leaving Everton? Do you see Lukaku leaving Chelsea on loan?

Share your thoughts below.

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38 Responses to Transfer Ticker: Özil inches closer to Arsenal; Man United chases Herrera; and more

  1. EspinDOHla says:

    Any word on Kamara? Rumors seem to be that he is going to Middlesbourgh.

  2. Lake says:

    Should make the London Arsenal Soccer Cannons actually fun to watch.

  3. MikeG says:

    Not a fan of the English Premier League, but I do like and appreciate what Arsenal have done by getting into the Champions League on a continuous basis. Might have to buy a jersey too.

    • kcee says:

      Huh ? Lol why even make a comment like this.

      • Morrissey Heart Yr Arsenal says:

        I’d also buy an Ozil t-shirt, could care less about Arsenal or EPL. Why do we have to care? Global product bs.

    • MikeG says:

      I’m a coach. I look at soccer from a coach’s perspective too. It’s not all about jumping on the bandwagon as a fan. I study systems, tactics, and how teams are built or reloaded. I do not pay attention to the 1 forward system played by so many teams today. It’s a trend that will pass in time like all the others.

      • Increase says:

        Wenger is a great coach that much is for sure. They aren’t always great but they play the kind of ball everyone wishes they could.

        • MikeG says:

          Yes they do. I agree totally. Like coaching any team..sometimes they click and get it going..sometimes they struggle. Arsenal play like a continental team in Europe just in the EPL.

  4. John says:

    Kind of had hoped either De Rossi would go to Manchester or Bradley would find somewhere but doesn’t seem to be much talk about a move anymore.

  5. matt says:

    The most important news: Borini to Sunderland. Yet another block to Altidore’s playing time. If the injury lasts, and Borini and Fletcher hit it off, altidore may see a noticeable dip in playing time.

    • Haddo says:

      Hate it. They did dump sessegnon though.

    • EspinDOHla says:

      I don’t think it’s doom and gloom yet. Jozy was one of PDC “marquee” signings (I guess you could call it that). I think he’ll give him time to adjust and if he is out injured for a while, I still see PDC giving Jozy plenty of chances. I might be singing a different song in December but gotta stay positive!!!

    • Francois says:

      I actually think Borini is going to be more wing depth for them. We will see though.

  6. Bean says:

    Though not mentioned in the blog, Liverpool signed PSG’s, and France national team defender Mamadou Sakho, as well as Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori, to help shore up the defense. Victor Moses was signed for a year to add depth for the long season. With Luis Suarez staying, the Reds look to make a strong run for a UCL spot.

    I also see that Liverpool put in a bid for Juan Mata.

    • kcee says:

      Mata to PSG seems more likely.

      Although if he somehow did make it to LIverpool, that would be huuuuge for them.

  7. Travis says:

    If Arsenal manages to muck up this transfer there will be rage

  8. kcee says:

    If Ozil does indeed come to Arsenal, waiting seems more than justified.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      Gooners rejoice! Absolute world class signing. Frankly, I would rather have Ozil than Bale. He fits Arsenal’s attack perfectly

  9. Jaquameni says:

    Andrea Dossena to Sunderland. Might help improve the midfield a bit…

  10. SoundersOff says:

    Lazio trying to make a move for Parkhurst. Could be difficulty with new protocols with the new board… hearing they’re trying to get a pre-contract for the winter window.

  11. SoundersOff says:

    Wow.

    Extremely embarrassing for Manchester United. They screwed up the paper work for Herrera and missed the deadline.

    And then got Feillaini… for 43 million dollars. #edwoodwardout is trending on Twitter.

  12. SoundersOff says:

    And this makes no sense.

    Contrao… on loan? Is he going to move Evra?

    • Bean says:

      I think that they need depth at LB, and they failed to get Baines. Coentrao is very good, in my personal opinion, but was never going to beat out Marcelo.

      • SoundersOff says:

        If he thinks that, I get it.

        Just seems an odd signing to me since Evra’s a real quality player and they’ve got stated needs elsewhere.

        But I get that Madrid is probably stoked because they offloaded a huge chunk of salary and sold Ozil and offloaded Kaka’s salary. They probably already offset the cost of Bale. Crazy.

  13. SoundersOff says:

    Robbie Fowler going in hard at Moyes publicly stating that Fellaini is not good enough to play at United.

    Got my popcorn. This meltdown is epic.

  14. SoundersOff says:

    Fellainie deal confirmed at 43 million US. Being reported that United paid almost 9 million US over his release clause to get him.

    They bid a bit over 44 million US for Baines and Fellainie last week… Everton held out, kept Baines and got United to pay almost the exact same for just Fellainie.

    People…. seem pissed.

  15. SoundersOff says:

    UPDATE:

    Omg Manchester United fans might burn Old Trafford to the ground.

    Moyes/Woodward mixed up some paperwork and didn’t get the fax through in time. Coentrao deal off.

  16. Mike E. says:

    Ed Woodward could be fired or worse by tomorrow morning. Hope he has good security. Manchester United losing out on a player because they faxes the paperwork after the deadline?

    This is just a wild collapse at united.

  17. SoundersOff says:

    And if anybody hasn’t heard about this yet, please Google it.

    Allegedly, three impostors faked Manchester United credentials and set up negotiations for Herrera. They were finalizing the contract deal for him to “transfer” to United when it was apparently discovered that they were not in any way related to United.

    This stuff is pure gold.

    • Travis says:

      I saw that story earlier and nearly died laughing. Worst transfer window for a major club in recent memory.

  18. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    It amazes me that Chelsea don’t think Lukaku is ready. Seventeen league goals as a nineteen-year-old last year; Chelsea’s highest scorer was Lampard with fifteen, and their highest-scoring forward was Torres with eight.