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Everton closing in on Digne


Everton are closing in on the signing of Barcelona defender Lucas Digne, according to the Liverpool Echo.

New Toffees boss Marco Silva is keen to bring in competition for Leighton Baines at left-back and now looks set to welcome Digne to Goodison Park.

Silva also wants to bring Digne's team-mate Yerry Mina to Merseyside, though talks over a deal for the Colombia international are proving difficult.

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Fulham join race for Mawson


Fulham are the latest club to show an interest in signing Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson, according to Wales Online.

The former Barnsley centre-back has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium all summer, with West Ham and Burnley both keen.

But newly-promoted Fulham have now jumped to the front of the queue and are willing to meet Swansea's asking price.

Iwobi close to agreeing new Arsenal deal


Midfielder linked with Lazio move

Alex Iwobi is close to putting pen to paper on a new contract at Arsenal.

Gunners boss Unai Emery confirmed the news ahead of his side's upcoming International Champions Cup clash with former club Paris-Saint Germain.

Iwobi has been linked with a move to Lazio but now looks set to commit his future to the Emirates Stadium outfit.

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DONE DEAL: Muto set for Newcastle


Newcastle have confirmed that a deal has been agreed to sign Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto, subject to a work permit.

The Japan international spent Friday on Tyneside undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms ahead of his £9.5 million ($12.5m) move.

He is set to become the Magpies' fifth signing of the summer following the likes of Fabian Schar, Ki-Sung Yeung and Kenedy to St James' Park.

🇯🇵 Muto move agreed subject to Governing Body Endorsement (work permit).

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Inter keen on Vrsaljko


Inter are interested in signing Atletico Madrid defender Sime Vrsaljko.

Nerazzurri manager Luciano Spalletti has confirmed he is a fan of the Croatia international as he aims to bolster his squad.

Reports suggest Vrsaljko could move on an intial loan deal before completing a €25 million (£22.2m/$29.2m) permanent move.

Darmian determined to leave Man Utd


Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has underlined his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer.

The Italy international has fallen down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, with the Portuguese willing to let him leave for the right price.

Darmian has been linked with a return to Serie A, with Juventus, Inter and Napoli linked with his signature.

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Fulham make approach for Herrera


Fulham have made an approach for Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, according to Record.

The Mexico international has held talks with Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic following an impressive World Cup with El Tri.

Inter and Arsenal have also been linked with the 28-year-old, but newly-promoted Fulham are now closest to agreeing a deal.

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Chelsea holding firm on Musonda loan


Chelsea are holding firm over whether to loan midfielder Charly Musonda out again this season.

The young Belgian saw an 18-month loan at Celtic cut short after just six as he failed to establish himself with the Scottish Champions last season.

Now the Blues want him to find the right club to continue his development, though keeping him at Stamford Bridge has not been ruled out.

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Chelsea target Pickford to replace Courtois


Blues impressed by World Cup performances

Chelsea have made Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford their top target to potentially replace Thibaut Courtois, according to Sky Sports.

The Blues are bracing themselves for Courtois' departure as Real Madrid close in on the Belgium international.

And though any deal to bring in Pickford from Goodison Park would prove difficult, they remain hopeful he can be tempted to west London following his impressive World Cup campaign with England.

Mourinho right to be frustrated


Despite getting Diogo Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant through the door at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho is an angry man.

With less than two weeks until the transfer window closes his squad looks short of being good enough to challenge for the Premier League title.

With that in mind, Goal's Man Utd correspondent, Kris Voakes, has lept to the defence of the Portuguese amid a series of moody press conferences.

'Nothing concrete' from AC Milan or Chelsea for Higuain


Giuseppe Marotta said there has been "nothing concrete" from Chelsea and AC Milan regarding Gonzalo Higuain, though the Juventus chief executive admitted the striker could be sold following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Goal understands the Serie A champions are prioritising the sale of the Argentine striker and are hoping to get around £58m ($76m) for him after his two seasons in Turin.

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Bellerin rejects 'crazy' Man Utd rumours


Hector Bellerin has attempted to call time on "crazy" rumours linking him with a move away from Arsenal as he prepares for Unai Emery's first season in charge.

"It is crazy that people ask me these questions all the time," Bellerin said. "A few years ago I signed a very long-term contract. I have never said that I have wanted to be anywhere else."

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Odds slashed on Kane to Man Utd


Could the Red Devils pull off one of the transfers of the summer?

Bookmakers have slashed their odds on Harry Kane joining Manchester United before the end of the transfer window.

Both Paddy Power and Betfair have reported large sums being placed on the Spurs star moving to Old Trafford, with the former's odds going from 33/1 all the way to 4/1 with the rest of the day still to go.

Golovin joins Monaco from CSKA


Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin has joined Ligue 1 side Monaco from CSKA Moscow.

The 22-year-old Russia international, who shone for his country during the World Cup, cost €30 million and has signed a five-year deal with the principality club.

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West Ham target Ntcham


West Ham are interested in signing Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham, l'Equipe reports.

It is claimed that the London club have already been in touch with the Glasgow side regarding the 22-year-old Frenchman's availability. 

Roma turn to Neres


With Malcom having made a dramatic u-turn to join Barcelona at the last minute, Roma have turned their attention to Ajax's David Neres, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report suggests that, having learned of the Serie A side's interest, Neres has turned in a transfer request with the Eredivisie side.

Cavani open to Real Madrid switch


The Spanish giants see the Uruguayan as a good option to succeed Ronaldo as the main goal supplier

Edinson Cavani is open to joining Real Madrid amid reports the Champions League holders want him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, says AS.

Madrid are looking for a striker who guarantees goals to take Ronaldo's place and see the Uruguayan as an ideal option, but Cavani will cost about as much as they made from the big sale.

Vrsaljko snubs Bayern and Napoli for Inter


Sime Vrsaljko has rejected the chance to join Bayern Munich and Napoli as he targets a move to Inter instead, Corriere dello Sport reports.

And Atletico Madrid are now willing to enter talks with the Nerazzurri, who want to take him on loan with the option to buy. However, they are falling short of the €30 million (£27m/$35m) that Diego Simeone's team want.

AC Milan consider Falcao offer


AC Milan are considering a move for Radamel Falcao, Sky Sports in Italy claims.

The Rossoneri are looking to strengthen in the striker position and have shown an interest in Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata, but are keeping the Monaco striker as another, cheaper option.

Barca not giving up on Rabiot


Barcelona will persist in their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain despite the French club's reluctance to sell, says Mundo Deportivo.

The Catalan side have been working hard to lure the midfielder to Camp Nou and may have to settle for a transfer next summer, when he will be a free agent.

Mandzukic snubs Borussia Dortmund


Mario Mandzukic rejected the chance to join Borussia Dortmund from Juventus, Bild reports.

The German side went all out to convince the Croatia star to head to the Bundesliga this summer, but he hopes to continue his career elsewhere after his World Cup heroics.

Brighton closing in on Arce


Brighton are set to continue their summer investments by making a move for Ecuadorian winger Billy Arce, The Sun claims.

The 20-year-old impressed for Independiente del Valle last season to attract interest from England, and looks set to agree a move to the Premier League, but will spend another season on loan in his homeland.

Barcelona move in for West Ham's Domingos Quina


Barcelona are advancing in their attempts to sign Domingos Quina from West Ham, Sky Sports reports.

The 18-year-old has impressed while on duty with Portugal's Under 19s, catching the attention of some Barca scouts.

And he could be available for a decent fee, with the Hammers said to be asking for £600,000.

Chelsea to snap up free signing Bernard


Chelsea are the favourites to land former Shakhtar star Bernard on a free signing, Globeosporte reports.

The 25-year-old, who can play on either wing, left the Ukrainian side in the summer after his contract expired and has attracted at least 12 offers.

 Monaco, Benfica, West Ham, Leicester City, Wolfsburg and Palmeiras are also said to be interested, but the 14-time Brazil international would prefer a move to Stamford Bridge.

Xolos sign former FC Dallas forward Castillo


Fabian Castillo is back in North America as Club Tijuana has signed the forward from Turkish club Trabzonspor.

The 26-year-old Colombian joins Xolos after the Liga MX side paid the Turkish Super League club a reported $2.7 million transfer fee.

Castillo spent two years with Trabzonspor after a protracted exit from FC Dallas, which saw the MLS side ultimately part with him for a reported $4m.

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Osorio contacted by half dozen teams


Mexico national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been contacted by a half dozen national teams in regards to their head coach positions, sources tell Goal.

While Osorio current remains employed by El Tri, Goal has previously reported he has rejected a contract extension and is set to depart the position.

Sources tell Goal two of the counties are South American, but the United States has yet to make contact as new general manager Earnie Stewart does not officially take his role on August 1. 

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Barcelona unlikely to sign Rabiot


Barcelona are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot but are unlikely to land him this summer, according to ESPN FC.

The midfielder has just one year left on his contract and Barca sporting director Eric Abidal went to Paris earlier this summer to try to smoothe over relations with PSG ahead of a bid.

However the bad blood from the Neymar and Marco Verratti transfer sagas remains and PSG have refused all inquiries, leaving Barca pessimistic a deal can get done.

Milan sporting director denies Conte talks


New AC Milan sporting director Leonardo insisted Gennaro Gattuso is going nowhere, as he denied talking with Antonio Conte.

Gattuso's position has come under threat following Leonardo's appointment, with the former head coach reportedly seeking to lure ex-Chelsea boss Conte to the San Siro.

However, Leonardo has praised Gattuso and denied having conversations with Conte about joining the club, despite "having a great coach available."

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Leicester demand record-fee for Maguire


The England international will cost more than Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk

Leicester City are willing to let defender Harry Maguire join Manchester United if the Red Devils cough up a record fee, reports the Daily Star.

Maguire has become one of Jose Mourinho’s preferred targets this summer, but the Foxes are reluctant to let the England international leave.

They are now demanding £80 million ($105m), £5m higher than Southampton received from Liverpool for current record defender Virgil Van Dijk.

Mourinho targets Perisic as Martial replacement


Manchester United have gone back in for the Inter star after his strong World Cup for Croatia

Jose Mourinho wants to sign Inter’s Ivan Perisic before allowing Anthony Martial to leave the club, reports the Mirror.

Martial, who returned to France for the birth of his child, wants to leave the club, though United have set a £70 million ($92m) fee for the forward.

Mourinho also wants a replacement and Perisic tops his list, though the Croatia international could end up costing the Red Devils £60m.

Chelsea meet Pjanic's agent in Italy


Chelsea club director Marina Granovskaia is set to meet with the agent who represents Miralem Pjanic and Daniele Rugani, reports Calciomercato.

Granovskaia had headed to Italy where she will meet with Fali Ramadani as well as possibly with Juventus, with an offer for Rugani reportedly already made.

The Blues have made contact over Pjanic and while the midfielder is happy to remain in Turin, Ramadini is pushing for him to leave.

Real Madrid, Navas in contract talks


Real Madrid are looking to give a contract extension to goalkeeper Keylor Navas, reports La Nacion.

The European Champions have been linked to a move with Thibaut Courtois, but Navas is determined to stay regardless, and new coach Julen Lopetegui wants him at the club.

Navas’ current contract runs another two seasons, and this deal would extend that by another year or two, through his age-34 or age-35 seasons.

West Ham after Porto striker


West Ham have held talks over a deal for Porto striker Moussa Marega, reports the Daily Mail.

The £22m (€25m/$29m) Marenga would be a reinforcement for a strike force that includes an injured Andy Carroll and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez deemed inconsistent.

West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate is a target of Porto and could be used to reduce the fee in a deal for the striker.