The running stories of the newly opened transfer window seem likely to be the chases for two talented young full-backs. Real Madrid have joined the parties interested in 17-year-old Southampton left-back Gareth Bale. The Mirror reports that Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs are all waiting to throw Â£7 million at the Welsh international.
It seems England caps are a little pricier than their Welsh equivalents though. The Sun reported that Chelsea were willing to pay Manchester City Â£18 million for Micah Richards. However, claims that a Â£13 million bid was made last night have been denied by City. Watch this space.