Clint Dempsey’s £5.2m annual salary at the Seattle Sounders is greater than David Beckham’s basic wages were at the LA Galaxy. The United States international left Tottenham to join the MLS team over the weekend.
Schalke’s Julian Draxler, 19, has said he lost sleep over offers from Manchester City and Real Madrid before deciding to stay with the club. The Germany midfielder said he would only move to Borussia Dortmund if he was “brainwashed”.
Real Madrid have offered Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso, 31, a one-year extension to his contract amid rumours that he may follow Jose Mourinho to Chelsea.
Sporting Lisbon’s Diego Capel, 25, says he would be “delighted” to sign with Marseille. The Spanish midfielder, 25, has also attracted interest from Liverpool.
Stuttgart have rejected an offer from Schalke for Guinea international midfielder Ibrahima Tarore, 25.
Luis Suarez is preparing to take legal action against Liverpool to force through a move to Arsenal. The Gunners have failed with two offers for the 26-year-old Uruguay striker.
Senior Manchester United players such as Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra are growing increasingly frustrated with Wayne Rooney’s behavior as the 27-year-old striker looks to push through a move to Chelsea.
Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Rooney after failing with a second offer for the England striker on Sunday night.
Manchester United manager David Moyes must decide whether to risk Rooney receiving an angry backlash from united supporters in Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan.
Liverpool are prepared to sell winger Stewart Downing, 29, to Newcastle for £5m. Downing, who has played for Middlesbrough and Sunderland, moved to Anfield for a reported £20m from Aston Villa two years ago and is now considering his options.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has no intention of selling David Luiz despite interest from Barcelona in the 26-year-old Brazil defender.
Liverpool’s Slovakia international defender Martin Skrtel, 28, is closing on a move to join former manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli.
Atletico Madrid’s Brazil striker Diego Costa, 24, says he wants to stay at the Spanish club despite interest from Liverpool.
QPR’s Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar, 33, is on the verge of joining Italian side Fiorentina, a year after moving to Loftus Road from Inter Milan.
Turkish side Beskitas want to sign Jermaine Defoe, 30, after failing with a move for his fellow Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 29.
PSV Eindhoven’s Sweden striker Ola Toivonen, 27, is open to a summer move to Norwich.
Stuttgart director of sport Fredi Bobic has dismissed suggestions the Bundesliga club will attempt to sign Lewis Holtby, just seven months after the Germany midfielder, 22, joined Tottenham from Schalke.
Hull want to sign Marseille’s France midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, 28, on a season-long loan and are set to pay Evian £1.5m for Ivorian midfielder Eric Tie Bi, 23, after failing with moves for Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole and Jack Colback and Stoke’s Wilson Palacios.