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Cavani and Benfica still in talks

2020-08-23T20:40:07Z

Free agent Edinson Cavani is still in talks with Benfica, according to Le10Sport.

Indeed, the parties have a three-year deal in place but a legal wrangle is blocking a transfer from taking place.

Ronaldo and I advised Solskjaer to sign Bruno Fernandes, says Evra

2020-08-23T20:00:34Z

Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra says that he and Cristiano Ronaldo were quick to recommend Bruno Fernandes to manager Ole Gunnar Solakjer ahead of the Portuguese midfielder's January move.

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'Man Utd will not accept any bid for Pogba' - Raiola

2020-08-23T19:30:38Z

Mino Raiola says that is set to hold talks with Manchester United over a new contract for Paul Pogba as the agent insists that his client is still a key player for the club.

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No deal agreed but Ibrahimovic could yet stay at Milan, says Raiola

2020-08-23T19:00:14Z

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has suggested that the striker could yet sign an extension to stay at Milan, while dismissing suggestions that talks have stalled for financial reasons. 

Ibrahimovic rejoined Milan at the start of 2020 and had an immediate impact on the club's fortunes. 

The Rossoneri languished in 11th prior to Serie A's winter break but recovered to finish in sixth and clinch Europa League football, thanks in large part to Zlatan, who came up with 10 goals in 18 league appearances to engineer a remarkable improvement in form from January onwards. 

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Coutinho to receive Barca second chance under Koeman

2020-08-23T18:30:34Z

The arrival of Ronald Koeman at Barcelona may give Philippe Coutinho a fresh opportunity to shine at Camp Nou, reports Sport

The Dutchman is a confirmed admirer of Coutinho, who will not join Bayern Munich on a permanent basis once his loan is up.

Rangers boss Gerrard drops Morelos amid transfer talk

2020-08-23T17:30:47Z

Steven Gerrard has admitted that he left out Alfredo Morelos from Rangers’ 2-0 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday because the striker was not “focused”.

The Colombia international has been a major source of transfer speculation this summer, with reports that he could move to Ligue 1 side Lille.

Although these appear to have stalled, Gerrard, who previously admitted that the 24-year-old had his head turned by such speculation, dropped the forward for Saturday’s Ibrox match, in which goals from Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent cemented the Gers’ spot at the top of the Scottish standings.

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Gabriel heading to Arsenal

2020-08-23T16:56:34Z

Lille centre-back Gabriel will sign for Arsenal, according to RMC.

The Gunners have beaten Manchester United and Napoli to the player and will sign him for €30 million (£26m/$35m).

Real Madrid given Camavinga hope

2020-08-23T16:33:01Z

Real Madrid's hopes of signing Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga have been given a boost, according to AS.

The France Under-21 midfielder has stopped contract negotiations with his side, and as his contract expires in 2022, they could be forced to sell him this summer.

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Champions League run to help PSG's Milinkovic-Savic push

2020-08-23T15:59:14Z

Paris Saint-Germain's top summer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a more realistic option after the club's Champions League run, Le10Sport reports.

With renewed confidence in sporting director Leonardo to get things right, club owners QSI could be prepared to give the Brazilian more freedom in the transfer market.

Soumare has charmed Madrid boss Zidane

2020-08-23T15:55:06Z

Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare has emerged as a transfer target for Real Madrid, AS reports.

Manchester United also appreciate the youngster, who has a similar profile to Paul Pogba, but the Ligue 1 side rejected a €40 million (£36m/$47m) offer in 2019.

MLS the only exit option for Bale at Madrid?

2020-08-23T15:29:56Z

Gareth Bale will likely remain at Real Madrid because no club can afford his salary, AS reports.

Tottenham wanted to re-sign him but cannot afford him, leaving an MLS club as the only potentially route to a departure. 

Prem sides monitoring Maitland-Niles

2020-08-23T15:00:00Z

Wolves and Newcastle are keeping tabs of Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the Gunners open to offers for the 22-year-old.

The BBC reports that no bids have yet been made but that Mikel Arteta would happily see the defender move on if an offer of around £20 million should come in.

Everton are also mentioned as harbouring an interest in the England Under-21 international.

Rodwell pens 2021 extension at Bramall Lane

2020-08-23T14:30:10Z

Jagiekla signs one-year extension with Blades

2020-08-23T13:59:12Z

Barca presidential hopeful reveals Klopp talks

2020-08-23T13:31:57Z

Barcelona presidential candidate Jordi Farre claims he has held talks with the representatives of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

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Spurs backed to sign Wilson as 'adequate backup' for Kane

2020-08-23T12:59:59Z

Darren Bent has backed Tottenham to bring in Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson as an "'adequate backup" for Harry Kane.

A number of key players are expected to leave Vitality Stadium this summer following the Cherries' relegation, with Wilson among those being tipped to remain in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho has reportedly expressed his interest in signing the English frontman, as he looks to build a squad capable of returning to the Champions League in 2020-21.

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Barca prepared to include Suarez in Van de Beek deal

2020-08-23T12:29:31Z

Barcelona are willing to include Luis Suarez in a part-exchange deal to sign Donny van de Beek from Ajax - according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Blaugrana are hoping that by offering the Uruguayan striker they can reduce the final fee for the Dutchman down to around €20 million (£18m/$24m).

Van de Beek has also been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, but Barca are determined to win the race for his signature.

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'De Bruyne would be the perfect fit for Liverpool!'

2020-08-23T11:30:00Z

Stan Collymore says that Kevin De Bruyne "would be the perfect fit for Liverpool", with it his belief that the Manchester City star could turn the Reds into a "truly great side".

De Bruyne was the standout player for City throughout their 2019-20 campaign, as he hit 13 goals while also recording a staggering 20 assists in 35 top-flight outings.

The 29-year-old picked up the Premier League Player of the Season award for his efforts, and also added a fourth League Cup winners' medal to his collection of domestic honours.

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Lazio close in on Pepe Reina

2020-08-23T10:59:59Z

Lazio are closing in on the signing of Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina - according to AS.

Valencia have also been strongly linked with the 37-year-old, but he now looks set to complete a permanent move to Stadio Olimpico.

Reina spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa, and helped the club stave off relegation from the Premier League.

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Koeman thinks Coutinho still has future at Barca

2020-08-23T10:29:57Z

New Barcelona boss Ronaldo Koeman still thinks Philippe Coutinho has a future at Camp Nou - according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Dutchman is planning to speak to the midfielder about his career ambitions after the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern, but still has three years left to run on his current contract with Barca.

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'Grealish better off staying at Villa if he's called up to England squad'

2020-08-23T09:59:59Z

Jack Grealish is "better off" staying at Aston Villa if he's called up to the England squad, according to Tony Daley, who says a rumoured target for Manchester United needs to be playing regularly.

United are reportedly weighing up a summer bid for Grealish after his outstanding 2019-20 campaign at Villa.

The 24-year-old helped Dean Smith's side retain their Premier League status by scoring eight goals and laying on six assists in 36 appearances, and he is now being tipped to take the next step forward in his fledgeling career.

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Barca eager to sell Suarez & Rakitic

2020-08-23T09:29:59Z

Barcelona are eager to sell Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic this summer - according to Marca.

The Spanish giants are hoping to reduce their wage bill by getting the two men off their books before the start of the new season.

Suarez has been linked with a return to Ajax and a potential move to MLS, while Rakitic has been tipped to rejoin Sevilla.

Barca target Valencia left-back Jose Gaya

2020-08-23T08:59:59Z

Valencia left-back Jose Gaya is the subject of interest from Barcelona - according to SPORT.

The 25-year-old has a €50 million (£45m/$59m) buy-out clause in his contract at Mestalla, and the Blaugrana are ready to open negotiations with his current employers.

Valencia have already offloaded Dani Parejo and Francis Coquelin amid a major squad overhaul, but are unlikely to allow Gaya to leave for a cut-price fee.

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Man Utd see Brooks as Sancho alternative

2020-08-23T08:29:58Z

Manchester United see Bournemouth's David Brooks as an alternative target to Jadon Sancho - according to The Express.

The Red Devils could swoop for the 23-year-old midfielder if they fail to lure Sancho away from Westfalenstadion.

Bayern Munich's Kingsley Coman and Juventus winger Douglas Costa are also on United's list of alternative targets.

'Guardiola needs a new Kompany, not Messi'

2020-08-23T07:59:22Z

Pep Guardiola needs a new Vincent Kompany, not Lionel Messi, according to Owen Hargreaves, who thinks Manchester City must strengthen defensively in order to win the Champions League.

City were knocked out of Europe at the quarter-final stage for the third successive year earlier this month, this time at the hands of French outfit Lyon.

The Blues were beaten 3-1 in Lisbon after being picked off on the counter-attack by a side that could only manage a seventh-place finish in Ligue 1.

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Juve see Lo Celso approach rejected

2020-08-23T07:29:48Z

Juventus have seen an approach for Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso turned down - according to Calcio Mercato.

Jose Mourinho made it clear that the 24-year-old is not for sale after the Bianconeri registered their interest in his services.

Lo Celso's move to Spurs was made permanent in January following a six-month loan deal from Real Betis.

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'Neymar was still wrong to leave Barca for PSG'

2020-08-23T06:59:59Z

Neymar has played a pivotal role in Paris Saint-Germain reaching their first Champions League final but La Liga analyst Scott Minto still believes that the Brazilian should have stayed at Barcelona.

The forward became the most expensive player in history when he sensationally swapped Camp Nou for the Parc des Princes in the summer of 2017 and he has since won eight domestic honours in France.

However, on Sunday he will have the chance to lift the trophy that he and PSG crave the most, the Champions League, with Thomas Tuchel's side scheduled to take on Bayern Munich in Lisbon.

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Wolves close to signing Palhinha on loan

2020-08-23T06:30:00Z

Wolves are close to signing Sporting CP midfielder Joao Palhinha - according to Birmingham Live.

The 25-year-old looks set to complete a loan move to Molineux in the coming days.

 Palhinha has spent the last two years on loan at S.C. Braga, and is still under contract at Sporting until 2023.

Ronaldo explains why Real Madrid should sign Mbappe over Neymar

2020-08-23T04:00:56Z

Brazilian great Ronaldo believes Real Madrid should sign Kylian Mbappe ahead of Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar.

Mbappe has been tipped to make the move to Madrid at some stage in his career, with Los Blancos reportedly eyeing a 2021 transfer.

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Mourinho hails 'amazing' Hojbjerg and Hart deals

2020-08-23T02:47:30Z

Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho has said that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart are "amazing" signings for the club.

Hojbjerg joined in the off-season from Southampton while Hart joined on a free transfer from Burnley.

"The club found very intelligently the moment to do it," Mourinho said on Spurs TV. "It was the last year of contract for Pierre, his club was in a difficult situation in terms of negotiation so I think Mr Levy did amazing for us getting such a good player for us."

 

Chelsea in talks to sign Sarr

2020-08-23T02:00:25Z

Chelsea are in talks to sign free agent centre-back Malang Sarr, reports Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old left Nice at the end of last season after spending his entire career with the Ligue 1 side. 

The Blues would send the France U-21 international on loan if they are to sign him.

Four PL sides chasing Smalling

2020-08-23T01:15:51Z

Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Fulham are all interested in a move for Man Utd defender Chris Smalling, reports 90min.

Smalling spent last season on loan at Roma and would prefer a move back, but the Serie A outfit don't appear able to meet United's £20 million ($26m) asking price.

 Inter and Atalanta are also eyeing Smalling, as well as Monaco.

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Arsenal agree €30m Gabriel deal with Lille

2020-08-23T00:25:08Z

Arsenal have agreed a €30 million (£27m/$35m) deal with Lille for Gabriel Magalhaes, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Gunners have been chasing the 22-year-old for some time and have won the race ahead of several other Premier League sides.

Gabriel will sign a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea eye Reguilon

2020-08-22T22:55:56Z

Chelsea continue to be interested in a move for Real Madrid's Sergio Reguilon, despite making progress in their pursuit of Ben Chilwell, according to Football.London.

The Blues are keen to sign a left-back this summer and are believed to be closing in on a £50 million ($65m) deal for Leicester's Chilwell.

However, should that deal fall through then Reguilon is seen as a fallback option, with the 23-year-old expected to be available for around £22m ($29m).

Man Utd ready to give up on Sancho

2020-08-22T22:08:48Z

Red Devils are struggling to agree a fee for the England forward

Manchester United are ready to abandon their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, according to the Mirror.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Sancho his top target this summer but the Red Devils are reluctant to meet Dortmund's €120 million (£108m/$142m) asking price for the England international, which they feel is unrealistic in wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Sancho meanwhile is seemingly unwilling to push for a move this summer, meaning United are now ready to move on to other targets.

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Villa preparing £30m Edouard bid

2020-08-22T22:03:45Z

Aston Villa are set to test Celtic's resolve with a £30 million ($39m) bid for for striker Odsonne Edouard, according to The Sun.

Villa have made signing a striker a priority this summer and hope to beat the likes of ArsenalCrystal Palace and Leicester to the signature of the French forward.

Brentford duo Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma are also believed to be interesting Villa boss Dean Smith, as he considers a raid on his former club.

Everton set £143m Richarlison price tag to ward off Barca

2020-08-22T21:56:49Z

The Toffees are doing all they can to keep the Brazilian star

Everton have told Barcelona they will have to pay £143 million ($187m) if they want to sign Richarlison, according to the Mirror.

The Spanish giants had a £100m ($131m) offer for the Brazil forward rejected in January and have been linked with a fresh bid as new boss Ronald Koeman begins his Camp Nou rebuild.

The Toffees, though, do not want to see their star striker leave, so it would take a huge offer for them to even consider a deal.

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Wolves consider Ocampos as Traore replacement

2020-08-22T21:41:41Z

Wolves are braced for bids from Manchester City and Liverpool for Adama Traore and have identified Sevilla's Lucas Ocampos as his replacement, according to the Express.

The Midlands side face a battle to keep hold of the influential winger this summer and as a result have begun scouting for potential replacements.

Argentina international Ocampos is top of their shortlist, with the club ready to spend £55 million ($72m) to lure him to Molineux.

Arsenal to rival Liverpool for Thiago

2020-08-22T21:36:51Z

The Gunners have enquired about the Bayern midfielder

Arsenal have joined Liverpool in the hunt to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, according to the Daily Mail.

The German giants are keen to sell the 29-year-old this summer, with the player about to enter the final 12 months of his contract.

Liverpool are also believed to be targeting the Spaniard and may now step up their interest in the wake of Arsenal's enquiry, though both clubs are currently reluctant to meet Bayern's £23 million ($30m) asking price.