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Chelsea failed in Oblak bid

2018-08-12T20:08:44Z

Chelsea saw a bid of €100 million (£89.2m/$113.8m) for goalkeeper Jan Oblak rejected by Atletico Madrid this summer, according to The Sunday Times.

With Thibaut Courtois departing for Real Madrid, the Blues looked to secure a deal for Slovenia international Oblak.

But with the Rojiblancos unwilling to sell, Chelsea instead secured a world-record deal to bring Kepa Arrizabalaga to Stamford Bridge ahead of the transfer deadline.

Keita set for Inter medical

2018-08-12T19:30:51Z

Monaco forward Keita Balde is set to arrive in Milan on Sunday to undergo a medical with Inter, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

An agreement has been reached to take the former Lazio man to San Siro on an initial loan with an oblogation to buy at the end of the season.

The total fee is around €39 million (£34.9m/$44.4m), with Ketia set to complete the formalities of the transfer on Monday.

Witsel: Bayern tried to sign me in 2017

2018-08-12T18:46:17Z

Borussia Dortmund's new signing Axel Witsel has claimed Carlo Ancelotti previously attempted to take him to Bayern Munich.

Ancelotti was dismissed from his role as Bayern boss in September 2017, but Witsel has revealed the Italian was keen on signing him before his tenure at the Bundesliga giants was cut short, although Tianjin Quanjian had no desire to sell the 29-year-old at the time.

Read more on this story on Goal here!

Leicester confirm another striker's exit

2018-08-12T18:22:10Z

Another striker who Leicester have confirmed has left the club is Leonardo Ulloa, who has joined Mexican side Pachuca on a permanent deal.

Musonda facing uncertain future

2018-08-12T17:59:49Z

Charly Musonda is hoping to leave Chelsea on a permanent basis before the transfer window closes, but the club would prefer to send him on loan, reports Het Laatste Nieuws.

The midfielder has seen his shirt number at Chelsea given to new signing Mateo Kovacic, but he is under contract at Stamford Bridge until 2022.

That’s why Chelsea would prefer to loan him out, but Musonda is looking to move where he will play regular first-team football.

Betis still chasing Joao Mario

2018-08-12T17:29:43Z

Real Betis are ready to make an offer for Joao Mario, with the Inter Milan midfielder keen on a move, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Joao Mario was a target for West Ham, but failed to move before the Premier League transfer window closed.

However, he is still keen to quit Inter before the end of August, and Betis are hoping to agree a loan deal with a view to a permanent arrangement for the Portugal international.

Norwood set for Sheff Utd move

2018-08-12T17:00:25Z

Sheffield United have agreed a deal to sign Brighton midfielder Oliver Norwood, reports Sky Sports News.

Norwood is set to join the Blades on loan initially before completing a £2 million permanent transfer in January.

The Northern Ireland international had also been a target for Hull City, but will undergo a medical on Monday before finalising his switch to Bramall Lane.

Valencia close in on €50m Guedes deal

2018-08-12T16:30:34Z

Valencia are set to bolster their attack with the addition of Paris Saint-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes as well as Kevin Gameiro. 

Goal understands that Los Che have struck a deal with Guedes, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club during the 2017-18 season. 

Valencia and PSG are now in negotiations over the details of a transfer that is expected to reach a total of €50 million (£45m/$57m). 

Read more on Goal right here!

'Mourinho clearing up really poor Van Gaal deals'

2018-08-12T16:04:55Z

Jose Mourinho has been hindered throughout his time at Manchester United by the “really poor” signings of Louis van Gaal before him, says Gary Neville.

Brazil international Fred was the most notable addition this summer, at £52.5 million ($67m) , but there has been some rather more elaborate spending overseen in years gone by.

Mourinho has been responsible for some of that, including big-money deals for the likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, but he is considered to be making amends for his predecessor.

Read more on Goal right here!

Barca not giving up on Pogba

2018-08-12T15:33:48Z

Have funds earmarked for France star

Barcelona will move again to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in transfer windows to come, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Blaugrana have conceded that they will be unable to sign the France international this summer after a bid of €50 million (£44.7m/$57.1m) plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes was rejected.

But they have funds earmarked to sign come back in for Pogba much like they did with Philippe Coutinho last season.

Valencia agree €17m Gameiro deal

2018-08-12T15:22:05Z

Valencia have agreed a deal to sign Kevin Gameiro from Atletico Madrid, with the fee reported to be in the region of €17 million (£15m/$19m).

Gameiro will now undergo a medical before completing his move to Valencia.

Leicester confirm Slimani departure

2018-08-12T15:12:03Z

Fenerbahce had already announced the signing of Islam Slimani, and now Leicester have confirmed the striker has joined the Turkish club on loan.

Newcastle sign teenage duo

2018-08-12T15:03:31Z

Newcastle have added Yannick Toure and Rosaire Longelo to their Under-23 squad.

Forward Toure has joined from Swiss club Young Boys, while winger Longelo has arrived from West Ham.

Red Devils plan Mata & Herrera talks

2018-08-12T14:49:14Z

Manchester United are planning to hold contract talks with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, reports the Daily Star.

Both men have entered the final year of their current deals, with 12-month options having been triggered, and are open to extension discussions.

Jose Mourinho is reluctant to see proven performers slip through his grasp, with United having worked hard to tie Marouane Fellaini to fresh terms this summer.

'Varane the dream for Man Utd but too expensive'

2018-08-12T14:24:01Z

Rio Ferdinand felt Toby Alderweireld was “a definite” to join Manchester United over the summer, while the Red Devils may have been priced out of a move for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane.

Having spent much of the last transfer window chasing centre-half reinforcements, those supposed deficiencies are likely to be addressed again at a later stage by those at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand admits that he had expected at least one addition to have been made before now, with Tottenham star Alderweireld the most logical option – even at £60 million ($77m) for a 29-year-old.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Man Utd showed Shaqiri interest

2018-08-12T13:52:00Z

Liverpool moved quickly to sign Switzerland international

Manchester United showed an interest in Xherdan Shaqiri before the Switzerland international joined Liverpool in the summer, reports Blick.

Shaqiri’s £13 million ($17m) release clause in his Stoke City contract following their relegation from the Premier League alerted several clubs, with West Ham and Southampton also keen.

However, Liverpool moved quickly to snap up Shaqiri, with United not having entered into negotiations over a deal to sign the forward.

Henry & Martinez linked with Leicester

2018-08-12T13:28:54Z

Thierry Henry could replace Claude Puel at Leicester City, the Mirror reports, though the Frenchman would have to beat Roberto Martinez to the post.

It is claimed that there is concern over results in the Foxes' boardroom and that Puel only has two matches to save his job.

Martinez could indeed take on the job with Henry, though the latter has made no secret of taking over a team by himself.

Kehrer to leave Schalke in €37m deal

2018-08-12T13:12:20Z

Here’s more on the news that Thilo Kehrer is on the verge of joining Paris Saint-Germain for a reported fee of €37million ($42m).

Kehrer, a Schalke youth product, initially broke into the club's first-team squad in the 2016-17 campaign before going on to enjoy a breakthrough season last term.

The 21-year-old defender started 27 games in the Bundesliga in 2017-18 as Schalke finished second to Bayern Munich.

Read more right here on Goal!

Sarri harbours Higuain 'regret' over Chelsea snub

2018-08-12T12:54:48Z

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has “a little regret” after seeing Gonzalo Higuain snub the Blues in favour of making a move to AC Milan.

Despite having netted 55 goals over two seasons at Juventus, the Argentine saw the exit door opened in Turin over the summer.

Chelsea were among those to be credited with holding an interest, with Sarri having worked with Higuain in a previous post at Napoli, but Higuain ended up at Milan.

Read what Sarri had to say on Goal here!

Juve's Sturaro joins Sporting on loan

2018-08-12T12:28:42Z

Stefano Sturaro has completed a season-long loan move from Juventus to Sporting CP, aided in part by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Goal recently revealed that Ronaldo, his agent, Jorge Mendes, and ex-Sporting star Paulo Futre all helped steer Sturaro to the Portuguese side.

The midfielder is expected to stay in Turin while he recovers from a minor injury before heading to Portugal for the 2018-19 season.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Bakayoko braced for Milan move

2018-08-12T11:52:53Z

Chelsea midfielder heading to Serie A

Tiemoue Bakayoko is heading out of Chelsea, Goal understands, with AC Milan set to acquire the midfielder on a loan agreement which will include a €35 million (£31m/$40m) purchase option.

The 23-year-old only moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017, with a £40 million ($51m) deal securing his signature from Monaco, but he has been deemed surplus to requirements by Maurizio Sarri.

Read the full story on Goal!

Courtois Madrid move purely for family

2018-08-12T10:47:58Z

Thibaut Courtois would not have left Chelsea for Real Madrid if his children lived in London, claims the goalkeeper’s agent Christophe Henrotay.

“If the family were in London it would have been totally different," Henrotay told BBC Radio 5 Live

"He would have stayed, there is no reason to leave a club like Chelsea, he could have won trophies."

Read the full story here.

Besiktas want Karius

2018-08-12T10:42:57Z

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has emerged as a target for Besiktas following their failed bid for Simon Mignolet, reports the Sun.

According to the paper, the Turkish outfit had hoped to secure the services of Belgium international Mignolet - who is also wanted by Napoli - but have now diverted their attention to Karius, with a loan deal the most likely outcome.

Both Mignolet and Karius have found themselves relegated to the position of back-ups following the arrival of Alisson from Roma during the transfer window.

Boateng urged to make PSG move

2018-08-12T10:22:43Z

Jerome Boateng should join Paris Saint-Germain if Bayern Munich have truly decided they do not want to keep him, according to former club captain Stefan Effenberg.

Boateng has been heavily tipped to leave the Bundesliga champions in recent weeks, with Manchester United said to have been interested before the window for signings for Premier League clubs closed on Thursday.

Click here to find out what Effenberg has said on a long-running saga.

Bakayoko closing in on Milan move

2018-08-12T10:02:09Z

Chelsea's Tiemoue Bakayoko is on the verge of a move to AC Milan, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

It appears clear that the midfielder is not part of Maurizio Sarri's plans at Stamford Bridge, with the Frenchman having sat in the stands during the Blues' 3-0 win over Huddersfield.

It is said that Bakayoko will arrive at San Siro initially on loan, with the Rossoneri able to purchase the 23-year-old for €40 million (£35m/$45m) next summer.

Will Shaqiri be a Balotelli or a Mane?

2018-08-12T09:35:56Z

Xherdan Shaqiri’s enigmatic talents mean he could flop for Liverpool like Mario Balotelli, admits Phil Thompson, but there is also a chance he could star in the Sadio Mane mould.

The former Reds skipper told Sky Sports: "It could be a Balotelli move, then again it could be a Mane move."

Find out what else Thompson has had to say about a £13 million ($17m) addition here.

Origi has several loan options

2018-08-12T08:49:19Z

Divock Origi has several loan options to consider as he prepares to leave Liverpool once more, reports Turkish-Football.

Fenerbahce are leading the chase for the Belgian forward, but a number of La Liga clubs - including Valencia - are also keen.

Torino closing in on Aina

2018-08-12T08:21:06Z

Torino are closing in on a loan move for Chelsea's Ola Aina, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

It is said that the 21-year-old right-back could have a medical as early as Monday, with intermediary Paolo Bursardo working to finalise the deal.

Ronaldo wants Milinkovic-Savic

2018-08-12T07:39:32Z

Cristiano Ronaldo wants Juventus to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio, according to Don Balon.

The Spanish outlet claims that Ronaldo feels the Bianconeri need more quality in midfield if they are to challenge the likes of Real Madrid for the Champions League.

In addition, the report claims that the Portuguese would love to snatch up a player wanted by Madrid supremo Florentino Perez, whose relationship with the attacker broke down towards the end of Ronaldo's time at the Santiago Bernabeu.

15 years on from Ronaldo's Man Utd move

2018-08-12T07:21:39Z

Barca to block Dembele departure

2018-08-12T06:43:25Z

Barcelona maintain that Ousmane Dembele is not for sale, with no move set to be sanctioned during the summer window, claims ESPN FC.

Arsenal were linked with the Frenchman before the Premier League deadline passed, with Paris Saint-Germain believed to still be in the hunt.

Man Utd hold Rojo exit talks

2018-08-12T06:07:18Z

Manchester United are in talks with Fenerbahce regarding a loan switch for Marcos Rojo, reports Fanatik.

The Argentine defender has slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho is happy for him to head to Turkey in search of regular game time.

Spalletti expects Modric to stay at Madrid

2018-08-12T02:34:09Z

Luciano Spalletti feels Luka Modric's interest in joining Inter is a "great sign" for the Italian club - but he still expects the midfielder to remain with Real Madrid.

Modric's future in the Spanish capital has been the subject of speculation, the Croatia international having been heavily linked with a move to Inter.

However, reports have also suggested the 32-year-old - who has helped Madrid be crowned champions of Europe in four of the past five seasons - could be set to sign a new contract with his employers.

Read more here!

Vieira will 'help' Balotelli secure move from Nice

2018-08-12T01:18:55Z

Nice will "try to do whatever is possible" to help Mario Balotelli seal a move away from the French club, according to the club’s manager Patrick Vieira.

The Italy international was not involved on Saturday as new boss Vieira suffered a losing start in Ligue 1, going down 1-0 at home to newly promoted Reims.

Vieira confirmed the player had made clear his desire to move on after two seasons to management at the Allianz Riviera, and therefore was not considered for selection.

Read more here!

Fenerbahce confirm Slimani loan deal from Leicester City

2018-08-12T01:17:22Z

Fenerbahce have announced the signing of striker Islam Slimani from Leicester City.

The Turkish club revealed the arrival of the Algeria international on their official website, though Leicester are yet to confirm the deal.

According to Fenerbahce, Slimani will join them on loan for the 2018-19 season after completing a medical and signing a contract.

Read more here!

Odegaard poised for Championship loan

2018-08-11T23:49:36Z

Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard could be set for a loan move to the Championship, reports the Mirror.

The 19-year-old Norwegian joined Los Blancos in January 2015 and made his only senior appearance later that year in May.

The attacking midfielder has spent the last 18 months on loan at Dutch outfit Heerenveen though and it is now believed Madrid wish to further his development with a spell in the English second-tier.

Madrid plan £200m Hazard bid

2018-08-11T22:29:43Z

The European champions are desperate to have the Chelsea star replace Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid are preparing to launch a fresh £200 million (€224m/$255m) bid for Chelsea star Eden Hazard, reports the Daily and Sunday Express.

Mauricio Sarri has insisted his team will not sell Hazard, but Madrid want the Belgian international as their replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

And while they had a £150m valuation on Hazard, the club's officials will meet this week to decide whether to make one large, final bid before the La Liga window closes on August 31. 

Madrid want Eriksen as Modric replacement

2018-08-11T22:25:13Z

The Spurs star would be the top choice if the World Cup Golden Ball winner joins Inter

Real Madrid have identified Tottenham star Christian Eriksen as their top choice to replace Luka Modric if the Croatia star leaves for Inter, according to the Sun.

Eriksen has two years remaining on his contract and has been in talks with Spurs, but that has left Madrid with an opportunity to pounce on the Denmark international. 

Mata and Herrera disappointed not to have received new deals

2018-08-11T22:18:33Z

Manchester United duo Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are disappointed they are being made to play out the final years of their contracts, according to the Daily Star.

Both players had 12-month options triggered last season, which extended their current contracts through the 2018-19 campaign.

Mata and Herrera are likely to receive plenty of interest as their deals wind down, but both players are keen on remaining at Old Trafford.

Man City defender rejects loan in hopes of permanent move

2018-08-11T22:11:36Z

Manchester City defender Jason Denayer has refused the chance to go out on loan in hopes of securing a move to Galatasaray, reports the Daily Star.

Denayer turned down moves to both Leeds and Celtic as he has grown tired of short-term moves and looks to seal a permanent switch to Turkey.

Galatasaray are offering £3 million, £4m below City's price tag for the defender. 

Spurs regret not increasing Grealish bid earlier

2018-08-11T22:01:25Z

Tottenham regret not making a harder push for Aston Villa's Jack Grealish earlier in the window, reports the Daily Star.

Spurs came in with £25 million ($32m) bid and refused to budge while Villa, despite their financial woes, demanded £40m for the midfielder.

Tottenham believed those woes would force a sale, but after Villa's new billionaire owners bought controlling interest in the club, they refused to part with Grealish at any price.