SI Staff
Tuesday August 16th, 2016

The summer transfer season is in full swing, with European powers loading up for the campaigns that have either already begun or are on the horizon with the summer's international competitions in the rear-view mirror.

Manchester United (Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly) and Manchester City (John Stones, Leroy Sane, Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno) have already spent big, while their competitors both in England and abroad position themselves as well. Early results and injuries are also playing and will continue to play into team's decisions for the remainder of the month.

Despite some of the biggest names on the market already switching clubs and settling into their new surroundings, a number of others are still slated for moves as the countdown to the deadline continues.

Here is the latest buzz from the summer transfer window:

Tuesday, August 16

Hart to leave Manchester City: Goalkeeper Joe Hart was benched again by Pep Guardiola for the Champions League playoff first leg, with Willy Caballero getting a second straight meaningful start, and Sky Sports reports that Hart will leave the Etihad this summer, going in search of a No. 1 job. Everton is reported to be a landing spot, with Sevilla also reportedly interested.

Liverpool rejects Benteke bid: Crystal Palace's £30 million bid for Christian Benteke has reportedly been rejected by Liverpool, which is said to be holding out for the full £32.5 million that it paid to sign Benteke from Aston Villa.

Roma, Napoli want Darmian: Manchester United and Italy fullback Matteo Darmian is wanted by a pair of teams in his native country, with Roma and Napoli reportedly vying for his services.

Fabregas wants to stay at Chelsea: Despite being benched for the Blues' season opener and having other high-profile suitors, Cesc Fabregas reportedly wants to stay and work it out under Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

Tello leaves for Fiorentina loan: Cristian Tello will return to Fiorentina on a season-long loan, and the Serie A will have the option to buy him from Barcelona when it expires.

Burnley spends record fee for Defour: Newly promoted Burnley has lured Belgian international midfielder Steven Defour from Anderlecht for a reported club record fee of £7.5 million.

West Ham lands Calleri on loan: Argentina Olympic forward Jonathan Calleri has arrived at West Ham for a season-long loan from Deportivo Maldonado in Uruguay.

Roma lands Peres on loan: Bruno Peres is on his way to Roma from Torino for the season, and Roma can buy the 26-year-old defender for €12.5 million at the end of the campaign.

Monday, August 15

Blind, Mata have won Mourinho's trust: Daley Blind and Juan Mata were thought to be on the way out of Manchester United, but after showing well in the season opener and winning over Jose Mourinho's favor, the duo may be staying put after all.

Is Arsenal actually in Mustafi running? Arsenal is painfully thin in central defense and the long-rumored signing of Shkodran Mustafi remains up in the air. Valencia reportedly says it's not in negotiations with any club for the Germany international. After leaking four goals to Liverpool on Sunday, Arsenal surely needs help in the back while it waits for Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny to recover from injuries.

Lacazette hat trick brightens spotlight: Alexandre Laczette did himself–and Lyon–plenty of favors after a hat trick in his season debut with Lyon. The Arsenal target told Canal+ that "if offers come in that I cannot refuse, I don’t want to refuse them.” Arsenal must improve its previous reported offers if it's to pry him from the Ligue 1 club.

Sunderland aims to bring back Yedlin: DeAndre Yedlin went unused in Tottehham's season opener against Everton, and ESPN FC reports that Sunderland wants to bring back the U.S. right back, who succeeded while on loan at the Stadium of Light last season.

Odegaard set for Rennes loan: Real Madrid's 17-year-old Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard is slated for a loan to France's Rennes. Liverpool and West Ham were reported to be interested in securing his services as well.

Palace has its Bolasie replacement lined up: After selling Yannick Bolasie to Everton, Crystal Palace is eyeing France international and Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko. Christian Benteke is another option for Palace, with Liverpool looking to offload the Belgian forward.

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