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Transfer talk: July 16 - Zlatan PSG deal hold-up, Reds block Carroll bid

The National's daily guide to the latest transfer moves and news from around the world.

Liverpool could be glad to see the back of Andy Carroll despite rejecting a loan bid from Newcastle
Liverpool could be glad to see the back of Andy Carroll despite rejecting a loan bid from Newcastle

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move to Paris St Germain will not be completed today, according to club sporting director Leonardo.

The Rossoneri have accepted PSG's reported offer of EU65million (Dh292.2m) for Ibrahimovic and Brazil defender Thiago Silva, who completed his transfer to the Parc des Princes at the weekend.

"We continue to hold talks with Zlatan," the club's sporting director Leonardo told Gazzetta dello Sport. "The negotiations are going forward but I can assure you that today we have no meetings scheduled.".

Reports in Italy claim PSG have offered Ibrahimovic a four-year deal that would see him earn nine million euros per season - the same figure he currently gets as the highest paid player at Milan. However, the 30-year-old wants to sign a three-year deal worth EU15million (Dh67.4m) per season.

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Andy Carroll's Liverpool career looks increasingly in doubt after the Anfield club rejected a loan offer for the striker from former club Newcastle United.

The Anfield side are now understood to want to sell the 23-year-old England striker on a permanent deal rather than loan him out for the season.

Last week new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted he would consider sending the £35 million (Dh200m) record signing out on loan, sparking interest from a host of Premier League and European clubs.

But now it looks increasingly likely that the forward, who arrived from St James Park 18 months ago, will be exiting the club sooner rather than later.

AC Milan and West Ham have both shown interest in signing the striker, who scored against Sweden at Euro 2012, while Newcastle would view the forward as a potential replacement for Demba Ba, who has a contract clause over his own transfer status until the end of this month.

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Wigan Athletic are closing in on a deal to sign highly-rated midfielder Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen.

The 19-year-old has been a transfer target for a number of clubs since breaking into the Pittodrie first team aged just 16.

Now the teenager looks set to join countrymen Shaun Maloney, James McArthur and James McCarthy at the the DW Stadium.

"Aberdeen FC can this morning confirm Fraser Fyvie is currently south of the border holding discussions with Wigan Athletic," the club said in a statement.

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Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov admits he wants out of Old Trafford this summer, claiming it would be 'better for everyone' if he left the club.

The 31-year-old managed just 12 league appearances last season, despite being the Premier League's top scorer the season before.

Reports claim the Bulgarian forward, who has slipped behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Wellbeck and Javier Hernandez in the Old Trafford pecking order, would be allowed to leave for £10m (Dh57.2m).

And on his Facebook page, Berbatov admitted he was ready to leave the Premier League runners-up.

""The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing. And I want to play, I want to help," he wrote.

"But for unknown reasons it's not going to happen, or my chances will be limited, so it's better for everyone if we say goodbye."

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Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City look set to battle it out for the signature of highly rated French teenager M'Baye Niang.

The Caen forward has already been invited to train with Arsenal, while City and Spurs are also understood to be in talks over a move for the 17-year-old.

Niang, who has featued in the French U21 side after impressing with Caen despite the club's relegation, is reportedly valued at around £5m (Dh28.6m).

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Roma have signed USA international midfielder Michael Bradley from Serie A rivals Chievo for EU3.75 (Dh16.9m).

The 24-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Giallorossi, after spending just one season with at Chievo.

The deal also sees young Romanian midfielder Adrian Stoian joining Chievo for the forthcoming season.

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