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Transfer talk: August 14 - Agger wants to stay, Mirallas' Arsenal talks

The National's daily guide to the latest transfer moves and deals taking place across world football this summer.

Arsenal winger Ryo Miyachi in action for Japan
Arsenal winger Ryo Miyachi in action for Japan

Manchester City have taken Al Ain's midfielder Omar Abdulrahman on trial.  Read the full story here.


Liverpool defender Daniel Agger says he "can't imagine" playing for any other club in England - but admits his future is out of his hands.

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, confirmed last week that the Reds would likely allow the Denmark international to leave were a "massive bid" to be tabled.

Agger has two years left on his Anfield contract and is a reported target for Premier League champions Manchester City, but he says he is in no hurry to end his time at Liverpool.

"I'd rather stay," Agger told Danish website politiken.dk. "I can't imagine playing for any other club in England but you never know if the club think it's better to sell.

"I'd rather stay but that decision is not up to me at the moment.  Sometimes you can end up in a position where it's not your decision.

"I don't want to be somewhere I am not wanted but I would prefer if they want me to stay. That is my priority."


Saint Etienne have signed Brazilian striker Brandao following his release by Marseille.

The 32-year-old forward, who won the Ligue 1 title with Marseille in 2010, has joined les Verts on a two-year deal.

"Everyone knows the qualities of Brandao," said the club's chief executive Roland Romeyer.

"Throughout his carer he has socred important goals.  His record speaks for itself, he's a competitor."


Greek side PAOK Saolinka have signed Ireland international Liam Lawrence and Brazilian defender Matheus Caradini Vivian.

Lawrence, who did not make Ireland's Euro 2012 squad, left crisis-ridden Portsmouth earlier this week on a free transfer in a bid to help with their financial problems.

He joins the Super League side on a two-year deal, as does 30-year-old Vivian, who was signed on a free after leaving French side Nantes.


Arsenal could strengthen their already emboldened strike force further before the new season starts with a move for Belgian forward Kevin Mirallas.

The 24-year-old has been tipped for a move to the English Premier League this summer, with both Arsenal and Liverpool having been linked with a move.

The striker has scored 34 goals in just 52 appearances with Olympiacos since joining them two season ago, and admitted to Sky Sports News that his agent has been in talks with Arsenal.

"It's good for me, it's good for my family and it's a good opportunity, but I don't know ... it's possible," he said.


Al Jazira have dropped plans to sign Korea defender Lee Yong-Rae after he failed a medical, while Ivory Coast forward Amara Diane has joined Al Dhafra.  Read the full story here.


Spanish Euro 2012 squad member Fernando Llorente has opened the door to a move to Juventus after refusing to sign a contract extension with Athletic Bilbao.

The forward, who has also been linked with a move to Tottenham, has just a year left on his current contract.

"He told us that after the European Championships he would let us know," said Bilbao club president Josu Urrutia last night.

"Ten days ago I received a call and his agents told me that there was no financial reason for him to continue, but what was even more important for him was to have the guarantee of challenging for championships and success.

"I let him know how disappointed I was but he told me the decision was final."

Juventus claimed at the weekend to have opened talks over a EU16m (Dh72.6m) deal, but the club insists it wants the full amount in Llorente's release clause of EU36m (Dh163.3m).


Wigan Athletic have signed Japan winger Ryo Miyaichi on a season-long loan from Arsenal.

The 19-year-old made just two senior appearances for Arsenal last season, both during the League Cup, but he has also featured regularly for the reserves.

Miyaichi enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bolton towards the end of last season.