Liverpool chase Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa

Shinji Kagawa

Transfer Talk: Reds hope to beat off Italian clubs also keen to sign Borussia Dortmund playmaker

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:32 ON Tue 4 Oct 2011

JAPANESE midfielder Shinji Kagawa is apparently at the centre of an unseemly spat between Liverpool, Manchester United, AC Milan and Juventus. Talksport claim that the 22-year-old is being chased by all four clubs after a string of outstanding performances for Borussia Dortmund.

Kagawa (above) impressed for the German club when they drew 1-1 with Arsenal in last month's Champions League encounter and according to Talksport no one was more impressed than Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. Reds scouts are reported to have been seen in Germany and if their feedback is favourable Dalglish could make a move in January's transfer window.

But it will cost him if he wants to land Kagawa. The Japanese playmaker is contracted to Dortmund until 2013 and it's believed the Germans will only let him go for offers in the region of £18m.

Talksport says that Manchester United's interest in Kagawa has waned in recent weeks such has been their unbeaten start to the season. Now Liverpool look the best bet for a deal.

With Arsenal disintegrating faster than the Euro, who in their right mind would want to end up at the Emirates these days? Not Real Madrid midfielder Esteban Granero from the sound of things.

The 24-year-old was strongly linked with a move to north London in the summer after he failed to get much game time last season at Real under Jose Mourinho. But it seems warming the bench at the Bernabeu is preferable to losing at the Emirates and Granero is now distancing himself from all things Arsenal.

"I'm at Real Madrid, which is my home and where I want to be," he told reporters when asked if he still wanted to try his luck in England.

Manchester City haven't given up on Fiorentina winger Alessio Cerci and will look to snap him up in the New Year. The 24-year-old, as yet uncapped by Italy, has been setting Serie A alight this season with his dazzling footwork and he hasn't escaped the notice of Sky Blues boss Roberto Mancini.

Apparently Mancini made a play for Cerci in the summer but it came to naught. However, such is his form this season that it's being reported in the Italian press that City will make Fiorentina an irresistible offer in three months' time. As for Cerci, he doesn't seem to be discouraging City's interest and is quoted as saying: "It was a real pleasure to be linked with a club who are as important as Manchester City."

Finally, the Bradford Telegraph and Argus, serving the good folk of West Yorkshire since 1868, reports that Bradford City have agreed to sell Everton the player they call 'the new Paul Gascoigne'.

Hopefully that's in tribute to George Green's silky footballing skills and not his penchant for wearing plastic breasts, drinking a lot of beer and belching into the camera.

The 15-year-old midfielder is rated one of the most exciting English talents of his generation and according to the Telegraph and Argus he's about to join Everton in a deal worth an estimated £2m. The news will come as a blow to Tottenham who were mightily impressed when Gibson scored a hat-trick for them in a recent trial game against Aston Villa.

"This is one of the highest deals ever for a 15-year-old from a League Two club," said Bradford City's head of football development Archie Christie. "George is the best I've seen in his position at his age. He could become another Wayne Rooney or Paul Gascoigne." · 

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