Sunderland target Lazio defender as Man United agree £47m fee for Juventus ace

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THE start of the Premier League season is now just over two weeks away, and managers are adding the finishing touches to their squads.

That has led to an increase in transfer speculation in recent weeks, and there have been plenty of fresh stories in today’s newspapers.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Sunderland are among the clubs to feature prominently, with big-money deals being lined up.

Man United have reached a “verbal agreement” with Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal over a £47m move. (Tuttosport)

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar will hold talks with manager Paul Lambert amid speculation linking him with Southampton. (Daily Mirror)

Roma will not sell Man City target Mehdi Benatia. (Le Figaro)

Sunderland have opened discussions with Lazio over a move for defender Luis Pedro Cavanda after talks stalled over former loanee Marcos Alonso. (Daily Mail)

Queens Park Rangers are weighing up a £4m bid for Elche midfielder Carlos Sanchez. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham United and QPR have both made offers for Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena. (L’Equipe)

Man United and Barcelona still want to sign Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado, but are not thought to be willing to pay the £32m asking price. (Marca)

Atletico Madrid want to sign Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres. (AS.com)

Xheridan Shaqiri is ready to turn down Liverpool to stay at Bayern Munich. (Tuttosport)

Newcastle United are not in talks with Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier. (Sky Sports)