The Asian Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations may be in progress but a good deal of the world’s more future-focused scouts and agents will be in Uruguay right now.
South America’s 2015 Under-20 Championships is in full swing and the latest serving of obscenely talented youngsters from the CONMEBOL region are in action.
Sergio Diaz, of the host nation’s Cerro Porteno side, is just such a player and the 16-year-old has attracted offers from both Manchester United and Liverpool according to Italian website Tuttomercato after scoring in La Celeste’s opener against Bolivia.
Having made his club debut at the tender age of 15, Diaz has bagged eight goals in 20 outings so far and is understood to be available for a fee in the region of £5.25m.
Meanwhile, back in icy old Blighty, Arsenal are once more reportedly mulling a move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, according to the Daily Star.
The Ivorian is currently representing his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, although such geographical displacement did little to hinder Wilfried Bony’s move to Manchester City.
According to our red-topped friends the Gunners have already met with Tiote’s agents to be informed he requires a three-year deal worth around £80,000-a-week.
Tiote is 9/4 to be an Arsenal player by the close of the current transfer window.
Finally, Leeds United are thought to be keen on bringing Arsene Wenger-educated frontman Anthony Stokes to Elland Road from Celtic.
Stokes is by no means down on his luck in Scotland having struck eight times in 28 outings for the Bhoys this term and on 76 occasions during a 180-game, five-season spell at Parkhead.
The Daily Mail are the bearers of these particular tidings and the paper point out any deal would have to be on a loan basis, with the Whites currently under a transfer embargo.