Top five transfer rumours: Arsenal want Kondogbia, Liverpool close on Hughes, United target Shaw

Kondogbia could help add some muscle to a notoriously lightweight Arsenal midfield.
Kondogbia could help add some muscle to a notoriously lightweight Arsenal midfield. Photo: PA

Believe it or not, Demba Ba's impending switch to Roma from Chelsea is set to trigger a series of big-money moves across Europe with the Premier League at the centre of the action. Here's Wednesday's latest rumours to see you through the day:

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has finally been persuaded to splash the cash to save his neck from the chopping board with Sevilla midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia the prime target to stiffen a powderpuff midfield. The 20-year-old is one of the most highly rated ankle chasers in Europe, therefore Wenger will need to bid big and sell the heck out of a club in crisis to fend off the likes of Juventus and Monaco. (Daily Express)

It looks like Luis Suarez could well be set for another season at Anfield based on the last week or so, boss Brendan Rodgers now ready to add more new faces to the squad before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Hugely promising England U21 midfielder Will Hughes is very much on his radar and Rodgers is keen to wrap up a £6m deal for Derby County's 18-year-old before other top-flight clubs get a sniff. (Metro)

Manchester United have had a shocker of a close season in terms of negotiations for players with Southampton left-back Luke Shaw now in their sights following the latest refusal from Everton for England international Leighton Baines. The 18-year-old showed last season what immense promise he possesses in the top flight with David Moyes keen to bring him as competition for an ageing Patrice Evra. (Daily Express)

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew must really regret signing that eight-year contract last September, because it's been nothing but doom and gloom since. If he is forced to let star French midfielder Yohan Cabaye go to Arsenal, then he will use the proceeds to snap up Blackpool's flying winger Tom Ince. The 21-year-old turned down a move to Cardiff to stay with his young family, however the Magpies could win out. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City outcast Gareth Barry could be set for a long season unless Everton are willing to up their loan wages for the England international. The midfielder is on a bumper deal and the Toffees are desperate to work out a solution. (Daily Telegraph)