Tuesday transfer rumor roundup: Atletico, PSG stars to Premier League?

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It seems Angel Di Maria is all-but-official as a member of Manchester United, while our exclusive report has a load of interested destinations for Geoff Cameron. What fresh transfer noise is making the rounds this morning?

Table-topping Tottenham could be making moves for a pair of UEFA Champions League midfielders. Barcelona’s Alex Song and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot are targets for Spurs, according to L’Equipe. Song has been through the rumor mills all summer, and 19-year-old Rabiot appeared in 34 matches for the French giants last summer.

Will Southampton be able to draw Atleltico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld away from UEFA Champions League football, and hold off advances from AS Monaco? The Daily Mail says the Saints are ready to pay up for 25-year-old Belgian international in a move that would show the allure of the Premier League, and Alderweireld reportedly wants to play more consistently than he does at Atletico.

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The same report has Southampton potentially adding Jordy Clasie from Feyenoord, which would be a coup for the Saints. Perhaps their season isn’t so cooked after all.

French defender Modibo Diakite isn’t getting the playing time he wanted under Gus Poyet, and has “10 options” available to him according to the Sunderland manager. The Newcastle Chronicle says a return to Fiorentina may be on the cards for the 27-year-old, while adding that Cabral and Danny Graham could also join the growing list of players to leave the Stadium of Light this summer.

Hull already have four points under Steve Bruce this season and could add striker depth in Jordan Rhodes. The Blackburn man has netted in prolific fashion, but the Rovers have held on tight to their star. The Daily Mail says Rhodes may just force Blackburn’s hand.

Finally, Sunderland could add a big name to its ranks, as Salomon Kalou’s Ligue 1 renaissance campaign could bring him back to the Premier League. The Daily Mail says Wolfsburg and Borussia Monchengladbach also want the 29-year-old, who scored 14 and 16 goals in his past two Ligue 1 seasons with Lille.

Arsene Wenger used his pre-match UCL presser to say Lukas Podolski isn’t leaving the Emirates.

Sky Sports reports that Ajax has not yet had a bid for Daley Blind from Manchester United.

The Times says Arsenal could pay less for William Carvalho if they allow one of their players to go on loan to Sporting Lisbon.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

Raiola: Zlatan to “100 percent” stay in Europe for two seasons

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be 35 and coming off major knee surgery, but that isn’t stopping suitors from lining up across Europe.

Ibrahimovic’s agent, Mino Raiola, says that MLS is not an option for the Swede over the next two seasons. From Sky Sports:

“Many clubs have asked for Zlatan. He can play two more years and will stay in Europe, 100 per cent.”

It would make sense for Ibrahimovic to stay around Manchester United, where he is admired by Jose Mourinho and coming off a season that showed he’s still capable of contributing at a high level.

But he remains beloved in Italy, and would be effective for most clubs in the Top 5 leagues should he return at even 75 percent of the Zlatan we’ve seen regularly.

Report: Manchester United, Inter Milan keen on Perisic deal

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Manchester United wants Ivan Perisic, and both the player and his current club are all about it.

Perisic, 28, is ready to leave Inter Milan, and the Serie A mainstays are happy to accept $46 million for his services according to Sky Sports.

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Primarily a left winger, Perisic moved to Inter from Wolfsburg at the start of the 2015-16 season. He scored 10 goals and added nine assists in Serie A play this season, and has kept up his production pace since moving from the Bundesliga to Italy.

United needs stars and depth for its Champions League campaign, and Perisic would buttress an attack with Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others. He was a difference maker for Croatia at EURO 2016, and can do the same at Old Trafford.

Celtic secures trophy treble, ends Scottish season unbeaten

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GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Celtic completed a trophy treble in Scottish soccer and finished the domestic season undefeated after beating Aberdeen 2-1 in the Scottish Cup final thanks to an injury-time goal on Saturday.

Midfielder Tom Rogic scored from an acute angle in the second minute of stoppage time at Hampden Park to ensure Celtic added the cup to the Scottish Premiership and the Scottish League Cup.

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Brendan Rodgers became the third manager, after Jock Stein (1967, 1969) and Martin O’Neill (2001), to lead Celtic to a treble of domestic titles.

Celtic hasn’t lost any of its 47 games across in the league and both cups, and is the first team to go through the whole of a Scottish domestic season unbeaten.

No China for Costa: It’ll be Chelsea or Atletico Madrid

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Blues striker Diego Costa offered some insight into his future following Chelsea’s FA Cup Final loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The combustible striker was subject to a head-turning bid from the Chinese Super League this winter, but is only looking at two European locations for his future.

Those are his current club, Chelsea, as well as former home at Atletico Madrid.

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The 28-year-old Costa has kept his scoring pace level since arriving in the Premier League. He scored 64 goals in 134 matches for Atleti, and has notched 58 goals for Chelsea in 120 appearances.

Costa reportedly said, “No, no, no” when asked about China, as well as the following: