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Transfer talk: July 10 - Oscar open to move, no Viola deal for Chamakh

The National's daily guide to the latest big name transfer moves and deals happening across football.

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll's future may lie away from Anfield - at least temporarily.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll's future may lie away from Anfield - at least temporarily.

Brazilian side Internacional have denied receiving a bid for in-demand playmaker Oscar - but will not rule out selling him for the right price.

The 20-year-old has been linked with both Chelsea and Tottenham, with reports today suggesting the Stamford Bridge side had stolen a march on their London rivals to land the player for £20m (Dh113.9m).

But the club's president, Giovanni Luigi, says they have not received any offers for the player - yet.

"Internacional have the practice of selling one or two players every transfer window," he told Radio Gaucha.

"This system has been working and we will keep it, developing players, then finding replacements if they are sold while the window is open.

"So we might sell a player, but right now no offer has been made for any player in the squad."

 

England striker Andy Carroll could be sent out on loan this season by new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 23-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations since moving to Anfield from Newcastle for £35million (Dh199m) 18 months ago.

AC Milan have been linked with a season-long loan for the forward, and Rodgers admitted: "It's something I would have to look at, I have to be honest.

"I'm not going to sit here and say I will never let anyone go on loan, then come in here in two weeks and a player's gone, and you're saying 'you said you wouldn't let them go'.

"There are many things to going on loan. Is it going to be beneficial for the club, that's the most important thing?

"Sometimes a player going out on loan - in general, not just Andy - can benefit the club in the long term.

"Andy's always going to be linked with clubs, whether he was here or not. I have spoken to him on his holidays, he knows exactly where he stands, but I have had no inquiries about him."

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Meanwhile Liverpool are set to complete their first move of the summer, with Roma forward Fabio Borini expected to agree a move to Anfield this week.

The 21-year-old striker worked with Rodgers at Chelsea's academy, and played under the new Liverpool manager on loan at Swansea City.

Borini, who has been capped by Italy and was part of their Euro 2012 squad, scored six goals in nine championship appearances during Swansea's promotion campaign in 2010-2011.

The move is expected to be completed later this week for a fee of more than £8m (Dh45m), with Rodgers admitting he is looking to bring "two or three" more players into the club this summer.

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Fiorentina have denied making an offer for Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh - but admit they are set to land his international strike partner Mounir El Hamdaoui from Ajax..

The Morocco international joined the Gunners on a Bosman free transfer from Bordeaux in 2010, but has failed to hold down a regular place at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was this week quoted as saying Fiorentina had made an offer for the 28-year-old but Viola sporting director Daniele Prade dismissed that claim

"Have we made an offer for Chamakh? We have not made one because he earns three million euros (per season)," he told SportItalia.

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Five former Rangers players who quit the club after its financial meltdown have been denied international clearance to move to new teams this summer.

Steve Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jamie Ness, Steven Whittaker and Steven Naismith rejected the chance to transfer their contracts to the new Rangers owned by Charles Green following the iconic Scottish club's collapse, and left as free agents.

Naismith has agreed a deal with Everton, Whittaker with Norwich and Ness with Stoke, while Northern Irish duo Davis and Lafferty completed moves to Southampton and Swiss side Sion respectively.

But the Scottish FA says it cannot complete international transfer clearance for the players as Green's new club is objecting to the free agent status.

Temporary registration to allow the players to play is likely to be sought while FIFA are asked to rule on the matter.