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Southampton admits Manchester United’s Mane interest; Kokorin also targeted?

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Southampton admits that Manchester United are interested in Sadio Mane, according to the BBC, but claims they have not received a bid for the 23-year-old Senegal native.

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Now, claims of a rejected $24 million bid last week are being countered with “No bid, but yes, interest”.

Meanwhile, a Russian report claims United is looking into Dinamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin. The 6-foot forward has 38 goals in 165 games for Dinamo, and eight goals in 32 caps for Russia.

From Metro:

Russian news agency TASS claim that Kokorin’s representative has confirmed the talks, and that a move could happen before the 31st August, with a club source reportedly saying that Dinamo are willing to sell.

Tottenham are also understood to be interested in the striker, as are Dinamo’s domestic rivals Zenit.

Mane scored 10 times in his debut season at Southampton, but has put in a string of increasingly electric performances as his time in the Premier League has gone on. He also has 22 caps with 6 goals at the international level

Mane is a winger. Manchester United have a lot of those, but given the club’s two-year spending spree it’s Louis van Gaal’s world and we’re just paying rent. Perhaps LVG sees Mane as an out-and-out striker, or just depth for the UEFA Champions League.

Unfamiliar with Kokorin? He’s pretty good (though not as prolific as you’d like in a top-notch striker):

Done Deal: Transfer market action from August 29

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Every day between now and the end of the European transfer window, we’ll detail every remarkable signing in our Done Deal report. On Thursday, a couple of bigger names moved clubs, perhaps signaling that teams are finally getting down to business as the window begins to close.

• Chelsea completed a deal to take Samuel Eto’o (pictured) to Stamford Bridge from Russian once-superclub Anzhi Makhachkala. The Cameroonian signed a one-year contract. (Chelsea FC)

• Across town, Arsenal finally made a move, bringing Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan on a free transfer. Flamini had been training with the Gunners after his contract in Italy expired at the end of last season. (Arsenal FC)

• Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz has moved from Galatasaray to S.S. Lazio in Serie A. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

• Dinamo Moscow bought three more players from Anzhi Makhachkala: goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, defender Christopher Samba and winger Alexei Ionov. Dinamo continues to be the biggest buyer of Anzhi players, having already signed three others earlier this month. (R-Sport)

• AS Roma completed two big deals, signing Adem Ljajić from Fiorentina in a deal officially worth €11 million and up to €4 million additional conditional bonuses (AS Roma) and selling Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for €30 million and up to €5 million in bonus fees (AS Roma).

• Morten Gamst Pedersen, at Blackburn Rovers since their days in the Premier League, moved to Kardemir Karabükspor in the Turkish Süper Lig. (BBC Sport)

Anzhi Makhachkala fire sale begins; Samuel Eto’o and Willian in talks with Premier League clubs

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Chairman Suleyman Kerimov is starting to recoup some of his investment in Russian Premier League club Anzhi Makhachkala after selling a handful of big-name stars in the past week. More sales are expected soon, with Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool battling over Willian (pictured, right) and Samuel Eto’o (center) speaking with multiple clubs abroad.

Team captain Eto’o has been asked to stay until the winter transfer window to smooth some of the turnover, and he seems willing to remain in Russia and earn his massive paycheck for the time being.

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Others are already gone. Russian star Aleksandr Kokorin rejoined Dinamo Moscow just over a month after going the other direction. National teammates Yuri Zhirkov and Igor Denisov also joined Dinamo, the trio reportedly costing in the neighborhood of €45 million.

Mbark Boussoufa left for Lokomotiv Moscow, and Oleg Shatov signed with Zenit St. Petersburg. Zenit is now a favorite to win the Russian league after also picking up defender Igor Smolnikov from FC Krasnodar. He joins summer signings Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Andrey Arshavin at Zenit.

Defender João Carlos is set to join Spartak Moscow, filling in a gap created when center back Salvatore Bocchetti tore his anterior cruciate ligament on Sunday.

Anzhi’s two highest-profile foreign players, Eto’o and Willian, have been the subjects of much of the transfer drama surrounding the club. Liverpool put in a bid for Willian last week, but Tottenham may swoop in at the last second to finally sign the Brazilian for manager Andre Villas-Boas, who pursued Willian when he coached Chelsea.

Willian can play on the wing, adding fuel to the speculation that Gareth Bale may soon be on his way out at White Hart Lane. Anzhi’s asking price is around €35 million, according to The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Eto’o’s agent is meeting with Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs in London on Tuesday, according to Sky Italia. He and Willian are the final remaining pieces of what was supposed to be a budding European superpower at Anzhi Makhachkala.

Now, it looks more like a ghost town, suddenly deserted after a period of big promise.