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West Ham keen on Arsenal's Perez

2018-08-05T21:34:38Z

West Ham are trying to land Arsenal forward Lucas Perez ahead of Sporting CP, according to the Mirror

Manuel Pellegrini has ruled injury-prone Andy Carroll out of his plans and, while he is interested in Porto forward Moussa Marega, Perez is the primary target with Porto looking for a big payoff for their 22-goal hitman. 

Villa plan £3.5m raid for Bristol City's Bryan

2018-08-05T21:07:12Z

Aston Villa are planning a £3.5 million swoop for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, the Birmingham Mail reports. 

Steve Bruce hopes to pip Derby County to the defender. 

Man Utd contact Bayern over Boateng move

2018-08-05T20:30:50Z

Mourinho adds German defender to wishlist

Manchester United have made contact with Bayern Munich over a possible move for centre-back Jerome Boateng, according to Sport Bild.

Jose Mourinho has been in the market for another defender all summer, and it seems he has now turned to the former Man City star as the latest target. 

Everton agree €32m Mina deal

2018-08-05T20:00:48Z

Deal back on as Toffees agree transfer

Everton have agreed a €32 million (£28m/$37m) deal to land Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, according to Sport

While Everton had reportedly pulled out of the deal, along with rivals Manchester United, leaving Mina with few options, it appears he now has a lifeline at Goodison Park. 

 

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Mourinho lays down transfer gauntlet

2018-08-05T19:32:49Z

Jose Mourinho has called for Manchester United's transfer chiefs to up their game in the final days of the market, claiming the Red Devils will face a 'difficult season' if they do not make more signings.

“The other clubs that compete with us, they are really strong, or they already have fantastic teams and squads like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City... or they are investing massively, like, for example, Liverpool, who are buying everything and everybody."

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Guardiola chasing new midfielder before deadline

2018-08-05T19:13:02Z

Manchester City will push to give Pep Guardiola another specialist defensive midfield option before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

"We would like to find maybe one more because we don't have two specific players to substitute Fernandinho," he said after his side's 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield. 

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Witsel to join Dortmund in €20m transfer

2018-08-05T18:33:01Z

Borussia Dortmund have finalised a deal to sign Axel Witsel from Tianjin Quanjian for €20 million (£18m/$23m), according to Sport Bild.

Witsel has been a leading summer target for Dortmund and the Belgium international has agreed a four-year contract worth €10m (£9m/$12m) a season.

The midfielder is due to link up with Dortmund at a training camp in Switzerland on Monday after finalising his departure from Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian.

Foden set to stay with Man City

2018-08-05T18:31:00Z

Phil Foden looks set to remain at Manchester City this season rather than head out on loan to gain experience.

The 18-year-old impressed in Sunday’s Community Shield win over Chelsea after featuring sporadically for City last season.

However, rather than be sent out on loan, Foden is expected to play a role in Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans with the Premier League champions.

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Sarri demands answers from Courtois

2018-08-05T18:17:59Z

Chelsea keeper continues to be linked with Madrid

Maurizio Sarri intends to hold face-to-face talks with Thibaut Courtois after his agent urged Chelsea to let the goalkeeper join Real Madrid.

Belgium international Courtois has been on an extended break after helping his country to the World Cup semi-finals, though his future has remained a topic of discussion with his contract up next year.

Courtois' agent Christophe Henrotay has claimed his client, a former Atletico Madrid loanee, wishes to return to the Spanish capital where his children live ; and Sarri will address his future once he returns to the club on Monday.

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Cassano plotting Serie A return

2018-08-05T17:53:37Z

Antonio Cassano has announced another sensational U-turn in his retirement plans, stating that he wants to return to playing with a Serie A team and joking that he can 'play until he's 60'.

The striker has been almost two years out of action, last announcing that he would be hanging up his boots to focus on spending time with his family after a series of flip-flopping statements over whether he would continue playing.

Despite having said he was 'done' with football, it seems Fantantonio has found a much-needed work-life balance, with the 36-year-old stating that he is ready to make a difference in Serie A.

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Ramsey's £300k contract demands rubbished

2018-08-05T17:36:20Z

Aaron Ramsey has not demanded £300,000-a-week ($390,000) during contract extension talks with Arsenal, claims the agency representing the midfielder.

The Wales international is yet to commit to fresh terms at Emirates Stadium despite being locked in discussions regarding a new deal.

Arsenal are having to fend off mounting transfer talk and rumours of excessive demands from the Ramsey camp.

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Man Utd defender to join Villa on loan

2018-08-05T17:23:45Z

Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe is set to complete a loan return to Aston Villa, according to The Sun.

Tuanzebe spent time on loan at Villa last season, but injury restricted the 20-year-old to just five appearances.

However, he is now poised to rejoin Steve Bruce’s side on loan for the season as he looks to build up his first-team experience.

Juventus want €20m for Sturaro

2018-08-05T17:02:51Z

Juventus are demanding €20 million (£18m/$23m) for Premier League target Stefano Sturaro, reports CalcioMercato.com.

The Serie A champions are looking to trim their squad and are willing to offload Sturaro, but have already seen Fiorentina, Genoa and Eintracht Franfurt shelve their interest due to the asking price.

Leicester, Newcastle and West Ham are also reported to be interested in Sturaro as Juve wait on offers for the 25-year-old.

Vazquez expects Modric to stay

2018-08-05T16:39:03Z

Lucas Vazquez is confident his in-demand team-mate Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid.

Modric is wanted by Inter Milan and, while Madrid are insistent the Croatia international will not be sold, the Serie A side are not prepared to give up without a fight.

However, Vazquez isn’t concerned about the midfielder leaving, saying: “We are calm and counting on him. We hope he returns to enjoy Madrid.”

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Leicester close on £10m Ghezzal deal

2018-08-05T16:20:57Z

Monaco midfielder Rachid Ghezzal has undergone a medical ahead of a £10 million ($13m) move to Leicester, reports Sky Sports News.

Leicester are reported to have agreed the fee with Monaco and the Algeria international is also expected to settle on personal terms over a move to the Premier League.

Man Utd planning Maguire bid

2018-08-05T15:56:29Z

Leicester defender still a Mourinho target

Manchester United are preparing an offer for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire before Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports News.

Maguire is one of the centre-halves who United boss Jose Mourinho is interested in signing, with Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina also linked with moves to Old Trafford.

Ahead of the Premier League transfer window closing, and United’s game against Leicester on Friday, the Red Devils are planning an approach amid reports Maguire will cost £80 million ($104m).

Lyon prepare Dias bid

2018-08-05T15:38:18Z

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas is ready to make an approach for Benfica defender Ruben Dias, according to Record.

Aulas is aiming to bring in a new centre-half before the transfer window closes and has already targeted the likes of Barcelona’s Yerry Mina and Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof.

He is now looking at Dias, and is preparing to offer €30 million (£27m/$35m) plus €15m (£13m/$17m) in add-ons, with the 21-year-old having a €45m release (£40m/$52m) clause in his Benfica contract. 

Madrid plan €250m Kane offer

2018-08-05T15:13:03Z

Perez aiming to convince Spurs to sell

Florentino Perez will try to persuade Tottenham to sell Harry Kane in a €250 million (£222m/$289m) deal and aim to convince the striker to move to Real Madrid, claims Don Balon.

Madrid president Perez has endured a frustrating summer after seeing Cristiano Ronaldo join Juventus in a €100m (£89m/$116m) deal and subsequently fail to bring in a big name as a replacement.

He is now considering a last-ditch effort to grab Kane, but faces a battle to tempt Spurs into selling as he prepares to offer the England international a salary of €30m (£27m/$35m) a season.
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Gibson excited by Burnley move

2018-08-05T14:47:31Z

Here’s more on the news that Burnley have equalled their club-record fee by signing Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough for £15million ($20m).

The 25-year-old arrives at Turf Moor on a four-year deal that reportedly matches the sum paid last year by Sean Dyche’s side to coax striker Chris Wood from Championship outfit Leeds United.

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Wolves target £26m Traore deal

2018-08-05T14:22:30Z

Wolves are aiming to complete a £26 million ($34m) deal to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore before Thursday’s transfer deadline, reports TeamTalk.

The newly-promoted Premier League club are in talks with Boro over a deal for Traore and are prepared to pay more than his £18m ($23m) release clause.

That is because Wolves can pay the £26m sum in instalments, rather than as a one-off payment as stipulated in the release clause.

Mina's future 'top secret' as Man Utd move collapses

2018-08-05T13:52:39Z

Yerry Mina’s future is considered to be "top secret" by Barcelona, with the Colombia international having seen a proposed move to Manchester United collapse.

Everton, who were another of those keen on taking the South American to England, have also walked away from transfer discussions after being frustrated in their efforts to do a deal.

Mina is now facing an uncertain future, and the club’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, is giving little away when it comes to possible movement ahead of the summer transfer deadline.

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Modric to return to Madrid training

2018-08-05T13:30:51Z

Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will return to training on Wednesday as rumours continue to swirl around his future, according to AS.

Inter Milan are keen to sign the Croatia international, but Madrid’s new coach Julen Lopetegui is insistent that Modric  is going nowhere.

Serie A side Inter are not ready to give up on signing Modric, who will resume training on August 8 as had been agreed for several weeks following his World Cup exertions.
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Foulquier eager to find route out of Watford

2018-08-05T13:09:35Z

Dimitri Foulquier is eager to secure another move away from Watford, with it possible that the Frenchman could leave Vicarage Road without making a competitive appearance.

The 25-year-old full-back was signed by the Hornets in the summer of 2017, but immediately sent out on loan to Strasbourg.

He has been given no opportunity to prove his worth in England and, wth that situation unlikely to change under Javi Gracia, the former France U21 international admits that he needs to look elsewhere for game time.

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Milinkovic-Savic focused on Lazio

2018-08-05T12:47:45Z

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has assured Lazio fans he is entirely focused on the new season with the club, despite persistent rumours he is set to depart the Stadio Olimpico.

The Serbian midfielder enjoyed a fine World Cup in Russia for his nation and has caught the eye of several clubs, including Serie A rivals Inter and Milan, along with the Premier League duo of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Despite the ongoing conjecture over where he will play his trade when the season kicks off, Milinkovic-Savic insists he is only thinking about staying put.

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Sampdoria frustrated in Obiang pursuit

2018-08-05T12:23:58Z

Sampdoria are encountering complications in their attempts to bring West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang back to the club, reports Corriere dello Sport.

Obiang left Sampdoria for West Ham three years ago, but is wanted back at the Serie A club as they look to reinforce their midfield.

However, new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini appears to have had a change of heart about letting Obiang go, leaving Sampdoria frustrated.
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Inter ready to join Bernard chase

2018-08-05T12:00:02Z

Inter are ready to battle with rivals AC Milan to sign Brazilian winger Bernard on a free transfer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Bernard has left Shakhtar Donetsk, but has yet to find a new club, with Premier League duo Chelsea and West Ham showing an interest.

Milan have also been tracking Bernard, but now Inter are considering whether to make a move of their own.

Everton chase Man Utd defenders

2018-08-05T11:41:47Z

Everton will try to sign Chris Smalling or Victor Lindelof, if they are unable to agree a deal for the defenders’ Manchester United team-mate Marcos Rojo, claims TeamTalk.

Rojo has been strongly linked with a move to Goodison Park, and United are expected to offload a centre-half if they secure a new defender of their own before Thursday’s deadline, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld now the prime target.

However, if Rojo doesn’t move to Everton, then they will look to either land Smalling permanently or Sweden international Lindelof on loan.

Cillessen set for Barcelona stay

2018-08-05T11:25:38Z

Ernesto Valverde hopes Jasper Cillessen remains at Barcelona after the Netherlands goalkeeper suggested his future is unclear.

When asked in the mixed zone after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by AC Milan in the International Champions Cup if he will move on before the end of the transfer window, Cillessen simply responded: "I don't know."

But head coach Valverde made it clear he wants the Dutchman to remain at Camp Nou and provide competition for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

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Chelsea plan Ramsey bid

2018-08-05T11:12:50Z

Chelsea are planning a move to sign Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey before the close of the transfer window, reports the Daily Express.

Ramsey has just a year remaining on his Arsenal contract and Chelsea are hoping to persuade their London rivals to sell the £35 million-rated ($46m) Wales international.

Liverpool have also been linked with Ramsey, but Chelsea are readying an approach before Thursday’s deadline after missing out on Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish.

Martial absent from Man Utd squad as he eyes move

2018-08-05T10:51:25Z

Frenchman's future up in the air

Anthony Martial appears to have been left out of the travelling squad for Manchester United's final pre-season friendly clash against Bayern Munich, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The Frenchman has been strongly linked with an Old Trafford exit and is apparently angling to leave the club, leading to Jose Mourinho leaving him out of the fixture at the Allianz Arena.

World Cup trio Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones, meanwhile, have made the trip to Germany and are likely to feature at some point against Niko Kovac's side.

Giroud plays down Marseille links

2018-08-05T10:10:42Z

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has distanced himself from talk of a move to Marseille, with the Frenchman set to discuss his future with Maurizio Sarri in the coming days.

The Ligue 1 club are keen to take Giroud back to France but the forward is not interested in a return at this stage, as he prepares to hold crunch talks with the new Blues boss.

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Hammers give up Brahimi chase

2018-08-05T10:00:00Z

West Ham have dropped their pursuit of Porto attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi, according to Sky Sports News.

The 28-year-old is one of a trio of Portuguese-based players the Hammers were chasing, with deals for fellow Porto man Moussa Marega and Benfica teenager Joao Felix still believed to be on the table.

Brahimi however will not make the move to London after personal terms could not be agreed between the player and the club.

Newcastle chasing loan for Ings

2018-08-05T09:37:22Z

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitiz is hopeful of convincing former club Liverpool to loan the Magpies Danny Ings, reports The Sun on Sunday.

Ings, who is also wanted by Southampton, has been tipped to leave Anfield in the current window, with the Reds seeking around £20m for the striker.

But Benitez, who won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool, is hopeful that he can secure the player’s services on a temporary basis instead ahead of Premier League rivals Southampton.

Jorginho's mum's awesome reaction to his Chelsea move

2018-08-05T08:59:41Z

Jorginho's mum's reaction to seeing her son's name on the back of a Chelsea shirt is beautiful!

Klopp hints at further Liverpool upheaval

2018-08-05T08:43:53Z

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that there may yet be more upheaval at Anfield before the end of the transfer window.

The Reds have already enjoyed one of their more fruitful recruitment drives in recent years, bringing Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri to Merseyside so far.

But Klopp has acknowledged there may yet be both more arrivals and departures, stating that he “will see what happens”.

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Rangers keen on Simpson loan

2018-08-05T08:22:43Z

Rangers want to bring Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson to Ibrox on loan, per the Daily Record.

Steven Gerrard’s side are seeking a centre-back for the upcoming season, after the departure of Portuguese pair Bruno Alves and Fabio Cardoso, and have the 21-year-old Cherries man in their sights.

Simpson was expected to challenge for regular football on the South Coast in the coming campaign but Eddie Howe is believed to be agreeable on a temporary departure to Glasgow for the player.

Hazard asks for extra day off

2018-08-05T08:04:21Z

Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Eden Hazard has requested an extra day off ahead of returning to Chelsea duty.

The winger, who has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid, has been offered a new contract by the Blues but continues to weigh up his options.

Sarri, though, insists there is "no problem" with Hazard and that lengthy discussions over his future have not yet taken place.

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Marseille seek Porto's Agu

2018-08-05T07:39:15Z

Marseille are looking to bring Nigeria midfielder Mikel Agu to the club on a season-long loan from Porto, according to Le 10 Sport.

Agu, who missed out on a place in the Super Eagles squad for the World Cup in Russia, spent last season on loan at Bursaspor.

The Ligue 1 outfit are looking at a temporary deal for the coming campaign, with a view to a permanent move if it proves fruitful for both parties.

Fosu-Mensah to join Hertha Berlin

2018-08-05T07:10:06Z

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is all set to join Hertha Berlin on a season-long loan deal, according to the Daily Mail.

The versatile Dutchman spent last season with Crystal Palace and will now attempt to gain regular first-team football with the Bundesliga outfit.

Rondon and Gayle set for swap deal

2018-08-05T06:46:22Z

Newcastle look set to acquire the services of Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon on a year-long loan from West Brom, in return for Dwight Gayle, reports the Express and Star.

Rondon, who scored seven times for the Baggies last season as they were relegated to the Championship, looks set to move to St James’ Park in a swap deal with Gayle heading the other way to the Hawthorns.

Both players were left out of their respective club’s matchday squads as West Brom began life in the Championship this weekend and Newcastle faced Augsburg in a friendly.

Spurs' Dembele rejects Inter switch

2018-08-05T06:27:23Z

Inter have seen an unspecified bid for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele knocked back as the Belgian continues to mull an exit from North London, per The Sun.

The midfielder, who played four games for his country in Russia at the World Cup, is still understood to be seeking to leave Spurs.

But his destination will not be the Serie A outfit after Dembele turned down their latest offer following a dogged pursuit of the 31-year-old.

Mourinho plots £80m Maguire move

2018-08-05T04:30:31Z

Old Trafford boss plotting stunning move for defender

Jose Mourinho is plotting a deadline-beating £80 million ($104m) raid on Leicester City for defender Harry Maguire, Express claims. 

As part of the plan, Manchester United are ready to offload Marcos Rojo to Everton for £20m. 

Lopetegui slams door on Modric departure

2018-08-05T03:41:55Z

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has attempted to end speculation linking Luka Modric with a move to Inter, insisting the Blancos will welcome him back with open arms.

Madrid president Florentino Perez has already attempted to quell any notion of Modric leaving, saying that he will only be sold if a €750 million (£670m/$870m) release clause is met , and the club's manager has now backed those words. 

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Man United to offer Martial for Willian

2018-08-05T02:46:53Z

Manchester United are set to launch a last-ditch effort to land Willian from Chelsea, according to the Mirror

Jose Mourinho considers the Brazilian his top target and is ready to offer Anthony Martial in exchange, with both players holding a similar value on the open market. 

Smalling targets Man United stay

2018-08-05T01:17:11Z

Chris Smalling intends to be part of Manchester United’s future despite seeing the club heavily linked with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire.

Jose Mourinho is back in the market for centre-half additions having brought in Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof during the last two summers, but Smalling hopes he can stick with the club for the long term. 

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Pep: Sterling still wanted by City

2018-08-05T00:41:41Z

Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Manchester City still want Raheem Sterling despite drawn out contract talks. 

"There's no doubt we want him. He knows, his agent knows. We want him," the manager said of his young winger. 

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Emery expects more exits than additions at Arsenal

2018-08-04T23:42:57Z

Unai Emery has suggested that Arsenal’s recruitment business is done, with departures more likely than arrivals before Thursday’s deadline.

Bernd Leno, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have been acquired, but there has been no elaborate spending in north London, and the manager says his focus is on the first match rather than the closing window. 

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Man Utd closing on £60m Alderweireld

2018-08-04T22:30:37Z

Mourinho set to land Tottenham star

Manchester United are close to sealing a £60 million ($78m) deal for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, according to the Mirror.

After a protracted chase, the Red Devils have finally put a package together which appeases those in north London.

Spurs had been hoping to bring in £75m ($98m) for the Belgian defender, but are aware that he will be available for much less next summer and are ready to cash in.

Pogba set for Man Utd future talks

2018-08-04T22:27:00Z

Agent believes he can get Barca deal for Red Devils star

Paul Pogba is to hold crunch talks with Manchester United regarding his future, claims the Daily Star.

His agent, Mino Raiola, is heading to Old Trafford to discuss interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.

He believes he can put a £100 million ($130m) deal in place, with it up to the Red Devils to decide what their plans for the World Cup winner are.

Madrid turn attention to €200m Eriksen

2018-08-04T22:23:51Z

Spurs star on Real's radar amid Modric uncertainty

Real Madrid are prepared to splash €200 million (£178m/$232m) on Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen if Luka Modric leaves the club, reports Don Balon.

Modric is being linked with a move to Inter and those at the Santiago Bernabeu are ready to raid White Hart Lane again if they are left short of creativity.

Chelsea cleared for £75m Zaha capture

2018-08-04T22:15:52Z

Chelsea have seen the path cleared for them to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to the Mirror.

Tottenham had been leading the chase for the Ivory Coast international, but they have been put off by a £75 million asking price and are prepared to leave him for a London rival to pick up.

Man Utd see £35m Mina deal collapse

2018-08-04T22:12:02Z

Manchester United's efforts to sign Yerry Mina from Barcelona in a £35 million ($46m) move have collapsed, reports The Sun.

The Red Devils had put a five-year deal in place with the Colombia international, only to see his agent make more demands.

United have now walked away from the talks and are running out of time to land a new centre-half before the deadline passes.