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City look to hijack Manchester United's Pedro transfer, Hernández heading for Italy

According to today's reports, Manchester City could hijack United's move for Barcelona's Pedro, while Torino have joined the queue for Javier Hernández.

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Today's rumours round-up seems to focus less on transfers that might happen than transfer that now might not happen. First up is Manchester United's supposed move for Pedro, which we'd been led to believe was close to completion.

The Guardian bring us quotes that certainly suggest Pedro will be on the move: "Do I want to leave? The answer is ‘no', but my situation is difficult. It's not about money, but about more playing time," he said in the aftermath of scoring the winner in Barcelona's thrilling Super Cup clash against Sevilla. Read: 'Do I want to leave? No, but yes.'

However, Manchester City have reportedly muscled in on the move, with United's faffing allowing City's sporting director, Txiki Begiristain, to call in a few favours at his old club. Worrying stuff coming from Marca via the Telegraph.

We're now deep into August an yet Javier Hernández still hasn't gone. For a player of such apparent goal-poaching prowess, he's taking some shifting. According to the Mirror, Italian club Torino have joined Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham in the queue, with the link strengthened by the fact they sold Matteo Darmian to United earlier in the summer.

Finally, we'll end on an interesting tweet from yesterday morning. Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur for the HLN newspaper (who's called things right before) has confirmed that Louis van Gaal has made enquiries about the talents of Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia last month. Unfortunately we know not the reply, nor whether United are still interested, but it's certainly something to ponder: