Afternoon Football Report: August 15

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Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo does not expect Manchester United to sell Wayne Rooney to the Blues this summer.

The Italian, who won the Champions League with Chelsea before being sacked in November 2012, believes it would be "one of the most shocking transfers" if the Red Devils were to sell to their title rivals.

And on the subject of Wayne Rooney, Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck has expressed his delight after linking up with his team-mate for the first time since the end of last season.

The United duo played in England's 3-2 victory over Scotland on Wednesday night - and Welbeck, who was named Man of the Match, revealed he was happy to see Rooney back in action.

Manchester City will abandon their attempts to sign Real Madrid defender Pepe in order to secure the services of Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger.

Barcelona are also keen on the Denmark international, but City are optimistic that Agger would welcome a move to the Etihad Stadium.

Real Betis have warned Tottenham that winger Alvaro Vadillo will not be joining them this summer.

The 18-year-old Spaniard has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane, but Betis sporting director Vlada Stosic is adamant that the club will not sell.

Arsenal are sweating on the fitness of Theo Walcott and Bacary Sagna ahead of their Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Walcott limped out of England's friendly win over Scotland, while Sagna was forced off during France's goalless draw against Belgium, leaving Arsene Wenger with a potential selection headache. 

And finally, Swansea City goalkeeper Michel Vorm has hinted that he would find it difficult to turn down Barcelona if the La Liga champions came knocking.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a surprise move to the Nou Camp - and Vorm believes he is good enough to replace Victor Valdes, who is likely to leave the club at the end of this season.

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