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Stuttgart youngster Leon Dajaku a target for Bayern


Bayern Munich have their sights set on a move for Stuttgart striker Leon Dajaku, according to kicker.

Stuttgart's director of football, Thomas Hitzlsperger, recently spoke of the club's desire to "be patient" with youth players, but it seems the 18-year-old striker has different ideas.

Dajaku has made two Bundesliga appearances and would be handed a place in Bayern's second-string side, who play in the 3. Liga.

Barcelona deny wrongdoing in Griezmann deal


Barcelona have denied any wrongdoing after completing the signing of Antoine Griezmann on Friday.

The Blaugrana triggered the Frenchman's €120 million (£107m/$134m) release clause and have denied Atletico Madrid's claims that they agreed terms with the forward in March, when the season was still in full flow.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said at the press conference announcing Griezmann: "I have spoken to them, but I do not think there is any proof, because there is no evidence of anything."

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Klopp stands in the way of Milan's move for Lovren


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is proving to be the main obstacle between Milan and Dejan Lovren, reports

The Croatian defender is valued at €25 million (£22m/$28m) by the Reds and Milan are drawing up a list of alternatives should Lovren prove too difficult to strike a deal for.

Klopp is another barrier between the Serie A club and the centre-back, with the Liverpool boss seeing him as a key part of the dressing room and as a result would be unwilling to part ways for a discounted price.

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Lukaku willing to take pay cut to join Inter


Romelu Lukaku is willing to take a pay cut to leave Manchester United and join Inter, reports Gazzetta dello Sport (via

The Belgian has been a reported transfer target for Antonio Conte for much of the summer window, and he is willing to play his part to secure a move to the San Siro.

The Red Devils have set an asking price of €83 million (£75m/$94m), while the Nerazzurri have made an offer totalling €70m (£63m/$79m) which includes a two-year loan with an obligation to buy set at €60m.

Liverpool may yet move for left-back to cover Robertson, says Klopp


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to rule out the possibility of moving into the market for another left-back to cover Andrew Robertson, reports Sky Sports News.

The Reds recently released their back-up option Alberto Moreno, who has now joined Villarreal, and that now leaves James Milner as the main option aside from the Scotland international.

Speaking after their 3-1 win over Bradford City on Sunday, Klopp said: "We will see. It's not a yes, not a no.

"I can imagine we have a look at all the things around us. Of course, we lost a left-back but today we saw two pretty young ones, and James [Milner] played it. We will see."

Oxford could still leave West Ham for Augsburg


Reece Oxford's potential switch to Augsburg has been revived, according to Sky Sports.

The Bundesliga side are trying to land the centre-back in a £2.7 million deal but negotiations hit a stumbling block.

But Oxford has since abandoned his demands of having a release clause inserted in case the club were relegated, giving the Germans hope of moving forward with a transfer.

Marseille close in on Boca's Benedetto


Marseille are in talks to sign Dario Benedetto from Boca Juniors, La Provence says.

The French side have been in talks with the 29-year-old striker and are confident of completing a deal expected to be worth around €16 million (£14m/€18m) in the next week.

Real Madrid give Napoli deadline for James deal


Real Madrid have given Napoli an ultimatum over their pursuit of James Rodriguez.

The Italian side are in talks to sign the Colombia international but coach Carlo Ancelotti warned this week that the deal could take time.

But Real are growing impatient amid reports Atletico Madrid are trying sign the midfielder and Calciomercato says they have told Napoli they have until Thursday to make an offer.

PSG eye Chelsea's Bakayoko


Midfielder open to joining French champions

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Chelsea this summer, Le Parisien says.

Sporting director Leonardo has added Bakayoko to the French side's shortlist, having worked with the midfielder at AC Milan last season.

Although Bakayoko wants to join PSG, the club are aware it is a tall order as he will prove expensive and Chelsea do not want to sell as their transfer ban means they cannot sign a replacement.

Aberdeen confirm Ojo signing


Aberdeen have completed the signing of Funso Ojo on a three-year deal.

The Belgian midfielder joined from Scunthorpe, where he made 87 appearances in two years.

Liverpool's Kane set for loan move


Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane is heading to the Championship on loan this week.

Hull CityBrentford and Charlton Athletic are all hoping to sign the 20-year-old, who impressed at Doncaster Rovers in League One last term.

Millwall and Luton Town have also expressed an interest Kane, who has been training and playing with Liverpool’s under-23 side for the past 10 days. 

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Roma to offer €20m for Alderweireld


Roma are prepared to offer Tottenham €20 million (£18m/$23m) for Toby Alderweireld, says Calciomercato.

The Italian side have already set out a four-year contract for the Belgian defender, but must agree terms with Spurs first.

Tottenham have another plan in mind, however, as they want Nicolo Zaniolo from Roma and are willing to make Alderweireld part of the deal.

Atletico & Chelsea target Atal wants PSG move


Nice right-back Youcef Atal is eyeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, Soccer Link reports.

PSG have long been linked with the 23-year-old Algeria international, but there have also been reports of interest from Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.

But Atal has made the French capital his priority, but Nice hope they can convince him to extend his stay.

Cagliari to make €15m Nandez bid


Cagliari will lodge an official €15 million (£13m/$17m) offer for Boca Juniors midfielder Nahitan Nandez on Monday, says Sky Sport in Italy.

President Tommaso Giulini will meet with his Boca counterpart to discuss a potential transfer for the 23-year-old, who has made 53 appearances since joining from Penarol in 2017.

Torres to make €15m Sevilla switch


Oliver Torres is on the verge of a €20 million move to Sevilla, according to A Bola.

The 24-year-old midfielder joined Porto from Atletico Madrid in a permanent deal in 2017, having spent the previous three season on loan there, but will return to La Liga this summer.

The Primeira Liga side are willing to let him go for around €15 million (£13m/$17m) and Sevilla are confident of reuniting him with Julen Lopetegui, who brought him to Portugal.

Havertz promises Bayer Leverkusen stay


Kai Havertz says he will stay at Bayer Leverkusen for at least another year despite reported interest from several clubs.

The 20-year-old midfielder has been targeted by Bayern Munich and Arsenal in recent months, but he says he has no intention of leaving Leverkusen.

"For me, it has long been clear that I will spend the next season in Leverkusen, without any ifs and buts," he told Süddeutsche Zeitung. "I feel good in Leverkusen, and I see a period in which I can develop very well here."

Diallo nearing €32m PSG move


Borussia Dortmund defender Abdou Diallo is edging closer to a €32 million (£29m/$36m) to Paris Saint-Germain, reports L'Equipe.

The 23-year-old made 38 appearances for the Bundesliga club across all competitions last season and could reportedly join the Ligue 1 champions within the next few days.

Diallo has previously stated his admiration for PSG, telling L'Equipe: "A young player in Europe who tells you that PSG's project is not interesting, is not credible."

Man City sign England U16 striker Delap


Manchester City have completed the signing of Liam Delap, the son of former Premier League midfielder Rory Delap, from Derby County.

The 16-year-old striker confirmed the move in an Instagram post, in which he thanked the Rams for the 10 years he spent with the club.

Delap has been in red hot form for England under-16s this year, winning the Golden Boot at the Mercedes Benz Aegean Tournament with four goals to his name.

Gueye remains coy regarding PSG rumours


Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye is keeping his cards close to his chest regarding a possible move to Paris Saint-Germain, according to

The Senegal international is currently playing at the African Cup of Nations, and has been reluctant to give anything away when being questioned about a L'Equipe report claiming interest from PSG.

"I did not read L'Equipe, but they told me about it," he said.

"There, I am fully focused on my competition. We'll have time to talk about it again if it's still there."

Icardi only has eyes for Juventus move


Wantaway Inter striker Mauro Icardi only has his eyes on a move to Juventus this summer despite interest from other clubs, reports

The Argentinian has been sent back to Milan by the club while the rest of his team-mates prepare for their pre-season tour of Asia, and the Old Lady are now ready to make their move.

The Serie A champions are reportedly ready to make an offer of €40 million (£36m/$45m) but will need to offload some of their current striking options, such as Gonzalo Higuain, before a deal can be made with Inter.

Arsenal yet to meet Celtic's £25m asking price for Tierney


Arsenal have yet to make an offer that matches Celtic's £25 million ($31m) valuation of Kieran Tierney, reports The Herald.

The Gunners have made no secret of their interest in the full-back, initially offering the Scottish Premiership side £15m ($19m) before making an improved offer which still fails to meet the club's demands.

The 22-year-old is regarded as one of Scotland's brightest young talents and Celtic are now willing to stand firm and hold out for the full £25m asking price.

Leicester agree £45m fee for Dunk


Leicester City have agreed a £45 million ($57m) fee with Brighton for centre-back Lewis Dunk, reports The Sun.

With Harry Maguire reportedly close to an £80m ($101m) move to Manchester United, the Foxes have turned to Dunk as they look to replace the England international at the heart of defence.

The 27-year-old made 38 appearances for the Seagulls last season, scoring two goals as they finished 17th in the Premier League.

Arsenal make approach for Brazil star Everton


Arsenal have approached Brazilian club Gremio regarding the availability of Copa America star Everton, according to Globo Esporte.

The 23-year-old forward was named in the Team of the Tournament this summer after notching three goals and an assist in his homecountry, and new Arsenal sporting director Edu is said to have instigated the opening round of talks.

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Swansea weigh up loan move for Chelsea midfielder Kasey Palmer


Championship club Swansea City are reportedly weighing up a loan move for Chelsea attacking midfielder Kasey Palmer, according to Sky Sports.

Despite being on the Stamford Bridge books since 2016, the 22-year-old is yet to make a senior appearance for the Blues, and spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers and, latterly, Bristol City.  

Bologna throw Sturridge Serie A lifeline


Daniel Sturridge has been offered a route back into the game after being released by Liverpool this summer, with Serie A side Bologna ready to take him to Italy.

According to the Express, Aston Villa and Rangers are also interested in acquiring the 29-year-old striker's services, but wage demands similar to the £120,000 a week he was reportedly earning at Anfield could scupper any potential deal.

'Be your own person!' - Pogba urged to ignore agent by Man Utd legend


Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has urged Paul Pogba to "knuckle down" amid ongoing transfer speculation linking him with a big-money move away from the Red Devils.

The France international has been strongly linked with a summer move away from Old Trafford and has admitted the time has come for "a new challenge somewhere else".

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola is often vocal when it comes to his player's futures, but Robson believes the 26-year-old should be the sole master of his destiny and hopes outside influences don't sway his decision.

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Bayern Munich abandon plans to sign Paulo Dybala


Bayern Munich have abandoned plans to sign Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala this summer, according to Bild via Calciomercato, and will now turn their attentions to Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele and Leroy Sane of Manchester City

The 25-year-old had been tipped to replace the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who both retired at the end of last season, but the Argentine international now looks set to stay in Turin for the duration of the 2019-20 season. 

Sheffield United set you announce fourth signing of the summer


Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn is set to become Sheffield United's latest summer signing, according to the Sheffield Star.

Positive talks between the two clubs are said to have progressed over the last 48 hours, with a deal expected to be announced over the next few days.

Hazard eyes up Beckham's shirt at Real Madrid


New Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard could wear the number 23 next season - a shirt synonymous with David Beckham.  

The former Manchester United and England icon wore the same number during his four-year stint in the Spanish capital between 2003 and 2007.

Now, according to Marca, Real's headline summer signing from Chelsea has his eye on the same squad number after Luka Modric (10) and Mariano Diaz (7) refused to relinquish theirs.


Eriksen running out of options and could stay at Tottenham


Tottenham star Christian Eriksen could run out of options this summer and stay at the club next season, reports talkSPORT.

Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, is understood to have placed a £130m asking price on the Dane's head, who has just 12 months left on his current contract in north London.

Real Madrid and Manchester United were said to be keen on the 27-year-old, but so far no bids have materialised. 

Man Utd agree £80m fee for Harry Maguire


Maguire medical set for Monday

Manchester United have reportedly agreed a fee of £80m for Leicester City and England centre-back Harry Maguire, according to The Sun.

The deal would represent a world record fee for a defender. The 26-year-old former Hull City man will complete the move after a medical in Manchester on Monday.

The fee is said to consist of £60m upfront, with £20m in add-ons.

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Champions League football played a part in Maxi Gomez move


New Valencia striker Maxi Gomez says he wants to “help the team and score many goals' after completing a €14m swap deal Celta Vigo involving Santi Mina earleir today.

The agreement also includes the two-year loan of new Valencia signing Jorge Saenz, who recently arrived from Tenerife.

“It’s really nice to be able to play in the Champions League," said Maxi. "I’ve never done that before, and from a young age I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Champions League and La Liga." 

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New Man United signing wants to emulate Ryan Giggs


Daniel James says he is aiming to emulate Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs as he begins his Red Devils career.

Having joined the Old Trafford club this summer, rapid Wales winger James already plays under Giggs at intrernational level and has the man himself as the perfect mentor.

James became Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first signing of the summer when he arrived from Swansea City and is keen to follow in Giggs' footsteps for the Red Devils. 

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Maxi Gomez signs for Valencia


Five across; clue: New striker at the Mestalla - It's Gomez.

Following their Crossword teaser on social media, Valencia have now officially confirmed the signing of Maxi Gomez from Celta Vigo with Santi Mina moving in the opposite direction.

The attacker, who had been a prime target for West Ham, moves for €14 million plus Mina.

As well, Celta will loan centre back Jorge Saenz, who had been playing for Tenerife before joining Valencia this summer.


Juventus agree €70m deal to sign De Ligt


The defender is on his way to Turin

Juventus are closing in on the signature of Matthijs De Ligt.

The Serie A champions have now agreed a €70million deal with Ajax for the centre-back who was also wanted by Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports the fee has been agreed, as well as a huge €150m release clause.

Steve Bruce at centre of Newcastle wrangle


The Northern Echo reports Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not be spending £5m to prise Steve Bruce from Sheffield Wednesday.

However, Owls chief Dejphon Chansiri is adamant he will not lower his demands.

The Magpies are now in China for the Premier League Asia Trophy but are without a coach following Rafael Benitez's departure.

Bruce is their main managerial target though the fee has proved to be a real sticking point.

Striker leaves Chelsea for rivals


Martell Taylor-Crossdale won't have to move far following the expiry of his contract at Chelsea after sealing a switch to west London rivals Fulham.

The 19-year-old had been linked with a number of Championship clubs and has now signed for the Cottagers.

Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I'm ready to go here and show everyone what I can do. I felt coming here presented the perfect opportunity to push into the first team. I had a look at the pathway into the first team and I'm hopeful I can breakthrough to impress the manager."

Taylor-Crossdale landed the Golden Boot during the Under-18 Premier League campagin of 2016/17.


Bordeaux agree deal for South Korea international


Bordeaux have agreed a deal to sign Hwang Ui-jo.

The French side are close to snapping up the Gamba Osaka forward who has 27 caps for his country.

Having scored 31 goals in 70 games for the J1 League side, Hwang Ui-jo will undergo a medical before signing.

Aiden McGeady commits to Sunderland


One of League One's star names is staying put after signing a contract extension with Sunderland.

Aiden McGeady, formerly of Celtic, Spartak Moscow and Everton, has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal keeping him at the club until 2021.

The 33-year-old, who scooped Sunderland's Player of the Year award last season, has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances for the Black Cats in all competitions since moving to the Stadium of Light in 2017.

Arsenal's Otamendi offer to be ignored


Arsenal have made an offer for Nicolas Otamendi but the Argentine has his heart set on a return to Valencia.

The defender looks to be on his way out of Manchester City with Atletico Madrid and PSG also keen to sign him.

However, according to Super Deporte in Spain, Otamendi is ignoring all interest and is adamant on returning to the Mestalla.

Burnley plot double Leeds swoop


Leeds duo Kemar Roofe and Mateusz Klich are targets for Burnley, Football Insider reports.

The Clarets are looking to take advantage after the Elland Road failed in their bid for promotion last season.

Having already signed Jay Rodriguez, Seam Dyche is still looking to bolster his attacking options with attacker Roofe and marauding midfielder Klich on his wishlist.

West Ham to submit 'mammoth' offer for Championship striker


West Ham's search for a new striker has taken another twist with Brentford forward Neal Maupay the latest player to catch their eye.

According to Football Insider, the Hammers are set to offer the Frenchman a huge pay increase to ensure they get their man amid rival interest from Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Brighton.

Having been linked to Diego Costa after seemingly missing out on Maxi Gomez, West Ham have swithced their attention to Maupay who scored 25 goals in the Championship last season.


Tottenham to meet Roma in Zaniolo pursuit


Spurs officials are set to meet with Spurs to discuss the possible transfer of Nicolo Zainolo.

Corriere dello Sport claim the two clubs will hold talks over a possible €45m deal which would also see Toby Alderweireld join Roma.

While the Belgian has reportedly agreed to the switch, there could be a slight hitch in the exchange with Zainolo said to prefer a move to Juventus over Spurs.

Celtic hopeful young defender will snub Bayern


Celtic reman optimistic 16-year-old Liam Morrison will turn down Bayern Munich and sign a professional contract with the club.

While reports claim the youngster has agreed to join the Bundesliga champions, Celtic assistant John Kennedy insists the Bhoys haven't given up on persuading the defender to stay.

'I know there’s been a discussion but we’re trying to sign Liam on a professional contract,' he told the Evening Times. 'There’s a lot of interest from elsewhere but nothing’s happened, nothing has been agreed, we’re still in the mix and we want to keep our players here'.

No Real bid for Mane despite Senegal claims


Liverpool frontman Sadio Mane has been heavily linked with Real Madrid this summer and rumours were ramped up when Saee Seck, head of the Senegalese Football Association, said Mane 'should be thinking of that offer seriously'.

However, the Liverpool Echo have reported no bid has been made and insist there has been no contact from the LaLiga giants regarding the star winger.

Inter chief 'optimistic' over move for Lukaku


Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has said he is 'optimistic about everything' as the Italian giants push to land Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku.

Talks have already begun between the two clubs with the striker himself revealing he expects an update on his future next week as he looks to seal a switch away from Old Trafford.

Officials met on Thursday with United setting an asking price of  €83m (£75m/$94m). So far, Inter have reportedly made an offer of €70 million (£63m/$79m) – comprising of a two-year loan and a €60m obligation to buy.

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Man United target Maguire accuses Leicester of pricing him out of move


Harry Maguire has angrily claimed Leicester are pricing him out of a move to Manchester United, according to The Sun.

The England centre-back has already told his team-mates of his desire to move on this summer amid £70m bids from the Red Devils and Manchester rivals City which were flatly rejected.

Maguire, 26, is said to be furious that Leicester are holding out for £85m and told of his frustrations during the club's training camp in France.


Matias Pellegrini nearing Inter Miami move


Matias Pellegrini is closing in on a move to David Beckham's Inter Miami, according to reports out of South America (via MLS Buzz). 

Inter are reportedly set to pay around around $9 million (£​7m) for the 19-year-old Estudiantes star. 

Arsenal offer €80m for Pepe


Arsenal have offered €80 million (£72m/$90m) for Lille striker Nicolas Pepe. 

L'Equipe report that the gunners are hoping to pay out the deal for the Ligue 1 star over several years. 

Griezmann relishing Messi partnership


New Barcelona striker Antoine Griezmann says that he is relishing the chance to train and play alongside Lionel Messi at the club, stating that it will be 'an incredible joy' to play beside the Argentine. 

"I'm looking forward to seeing what Messi's like on a day-to-day basis in training," Griezmann told Barcelona's official website. "Playing next to him is an incredible joy."

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Mourinho desperate for 'right project'


Jose Mourinho is longing for a return to football management seven months after being sacked by Manchester United, but has stressed that he is waiting for "the right project" to present itself.

Mourinho has been linked with numerous jobs since leaving United in December, with BenficaLyon and most recently Newcastle said to have been interested.

But, after rejecting speculation surrounding the Magpies due to a desire to challenge for honours, the former Real Madrid boss reiterated his plan to only accept the perfect offer.

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Napoli's James negotiations will take 'a very long time' - Ancelotti


Carlo Ancelotti expects negotiations with Real Madrid to bring James Rodriguez to Napoli will take "a very long time". 

Ancelotti, who worked with James, 28, at both Madrid and Bayern Munich, is keen to sign the Colombia international. 

But Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Madrid they will have to lower their demands for the attacker, who is surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu. 

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Burnley prep £7m deal for Danish defender


Burnley are readying a £7 million ($9m) offer for Denmark youth international Joakim Maehle, according to the Sun.

The Genk right-back has become the Clarets top choice at the position after scouts have pushed manager Sean Dyche to sign him. 

Perin close to Benfica move


Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin is close to securing an exit to Benfica this summer, according to

With Gianluigi Buffon's return, Perrin is looking for a chance to play regularly to increase the odds he will feature at next summer's Euros.

Rui Costa is heavily recruiting Perrin, and a deal is close with the keeper joining Benfica on a loan with €15 million (£14m/$17m) mandatory purchase option.

Arsenal starlet nears Bristol City loan


Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah could be headed to Bristol City on loan, according to the Sun.

The Gunners think the 20-year-old Nketiah would be better off playing regularly in the Championship than a much smaller role with Arsenal.

Bristol City lead the chase but numerous clubs are in on him, including some Premier League outfits.

Liverpool enter race for Chalov


Liverpool have joined the race to sign CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov, though they will face heavy competition for his signature, according to the Mirror.

The £20 million-rated ($25m) Chalov has a long list of admirers that include Arsenal, both Manchester City and United, Tottenham as well as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco and Sevilla.

But the 21-year-old Chalov is looking for playing time and he may be hard-pressed to find it at Anfield given the strength of the Reds attack. 

Arsenal make £25m Tierney bid


Arsenal have returned with an improved bid of £25 million ($31m) for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners had a bid of £15m rejected by the Scottish champions three weeks ago.

Tierney, who is under contract until 2023, is also attracting interest from Napoli.


Bayern to make new £45m Hudson-Odoi bid


Chelsea risk losing their star winger for nothing in January

Bayern Munich are set to return for Callum Hudson-Odoi with a £45 million ($57m) offer for the Chelsea starlet, reports the Daily Mail.

The bid would be £10m more than the Bundesliga champions offer the Blues when they made a play for Hudson-Odoi in January.

New Blues boss Frank Lampard wants to convince the winger to remain, but if they do not accept the bid, Chelsea risk losing Hudson-Odoi for nothing on a pre-contract in January.

Barca offered Coutinho for Neymar in straight swap


The Liga champions do not have cash to pay for the PSG star after their Antoine Griezmann transfer

Barcelona have only offered Philippe Coutinho to Paris Saint-Germain in a straight swap for Neymar, according to le10sport.

The La Liga champions do not have the money to spend on Neymar after paying out Antoine Griezmann's full release clause.

PSG have not responded to the offer, but it is possible Barca add Samuel Umtiti as the Ligue 1 champions want a new central defender. 

Man Utd hold firm on Pogba price


The Red Devils want a premium for a sale and won't deal with Madrid after the PL transfer window closes

Manchester United have told Real Madrid they will not sell Paul Pogba for less than £150 million, and have set a deadline for a deal to be done, reports the Mirror.

The Red Devils won't let the La Liga giants ruin Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plan for the season and have told Madrid they will not sell at all once the Premier League window closes on August 8.

The club would not do a deal without being able to secure a top-notch replacement and United worry Madrid will look to spend August attempting to lure Pogba to them on the cheap. 

Atletico line up shock James move


The player and club are keen on a transfer but Real Madrid stand in the way

Atletico Madrid appear to have stolen a march on Napoli as they near the transfer of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, according to Marca.

James wants to remain in the Spanish capital over moving to Naples and Atletico are fond of him, with Los Blancos the only obstacle to a deal. 

However, with James not in Zinedine Zidane's plans, Madrid want to cash in on the Colombian while the playmaker is determined to push through a move to Atletico.