City close in on Villa midfielder Fabian Delph?

Manchester City are set to complete a £8 million move for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph, according to Goal.

The England international was heavily linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer, despite signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract in January.

The report claims that City boss Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen to strengthen his squad with world class players in order to compete for Premier League title new season and Delph is now become Pellegrini’s summer target, using a release clause in the 25-year-old’s contract to secure him on the cheap.

Currently, the Citizens transfer business looks depleted with the departure of James Milner, Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair from the Etihad Stadium this summer.

If the deal goes through, Delph will become Pellegrini’s first recruit of the summer. He has made 18 Premier League starts for the Villans last season.

Meanwhile – Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere are also thought to be on City’s radar.

BVB: Ilkay Gundogan signs new two-year-contract

Borussia Dortmund have announced that the German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has signed a new contract with the Bundesliga outfit that will keep him at the Westfalenstadion until 2017.

Gundogan, 24, had just 12-months left on his previous contract, ending speculation over his possible move to Manchester United, Bayern and Barcelona.

“I’m happy that we finally have clarity and I can continue playing football for Borussia Dortmund,” the player is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News. “I’ll turn my focus immediately to preparation – in August we want to attack fully again.”

Gundogan joined the club from FC Nurnberg and has made 117 appearances, scoring 12 goals and won three major trophies with Dortmund since 2011.

Manchester United plot £49.6m for Sergio Ramos?

Manchester United have reportedly raised an improved bid in an attempt to sign Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos, according to The Express.

The Premier League giants have emerged as the most high-profile bidder for the 29-year-old defender, who is reportedly unhappy with his treatment at the Spanish capital and wanted to leave the club this summer.

The Red Devils initially made an offer Real Madrid £35.4 million, but it was rejected by the La Liga giants and now it appears that the English club are not ready to give up on their pursuit of the Spaniard though, as the report claims (quoted by The Metro) that they will now table their offer to a whopping £49.6m in order to lure Ramos at Old Trafford.

However, the newly appointed Real manager Rafael Benitez is hoping to see the defender to stay in Bernabeu.

Ramos has become a club legend since he joined the Los Blancos from Sevilla as a teenager, and has has won 10 trophies and represented the club on 455 occasions during his 10 glorious seasons at Madrid.

Twitter reacts as Liverpool linked with Christian Benteke

Liverpool FC have already made five summer signings – James Milner, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino, while Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton is on his way to arrive Anfield very shortly.

Last night, the Reds were linked with a £25m move for Belgium striker Christian Benteke, who has a £32.5m release clause in his current contract at Villa Park.

The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from the Premier League champions, Chelsea and FA Cup winners Arsenal recently.

After hearing the rumours that the Merseyside club were making a huge offer for Benteke, fans took to Twitter to express their thoughts.

It seems that Reds supporters don’t want him at Anfield…

Napoli confirm Pepe Reina signing from Bayern

Napoli have confirmed the signing of Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a permanent deal from the Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich.

Reina, 32, who was on loan during the 2013-14 season at Naples from Liverpool, before moving to the Bundesliga champions last summer, is now back to Italy.

The Italian club have announced that the shot-stopper has re-joined them on a free transfer following a successful medical.

“Pepe Reina is a player of Napoli,” the Serie A club said on their official website.

“The Spanish goalkeeper had a medical at Villa Stuart this morning, accompanied by team doctor Dr De Nicola, and then signed the contract with President [Aurelio] De Laurentiis.”

Reina has earned 33 caps for Spain, while had just three German appearances last season, spent most of the campaign on the bench.

Meanwhile The Bavarians have signed Sven Ulreich from Stuttgart as their new reserve keeper.