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Vidal joins Barcelona from Bayern


Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich on a three-year contract.

The 31-year-old is set to complete his move following a medical over the coming days, in a deal understood to be worth in the region of €20 million (£18m/$20m).

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Pjaca heads to Fiorentina on loan


Fiorentina have signed Marko Pjaca from Juventus on loan with an option to buy. .

Goal understands the Viola will pay €3 million up front to hire the forward from the Serie A champions and can make it a permanent deal by paying a further €22m (£20/$25m) at the end of the season.

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Mirallas nears Fiorentina move


Kevin Mirallas is approaching a move to Fiorentina from Everton, according to journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Belgium international will join the Serie A side on loan for €500,000 with an option for Fiorentina to buy him for €7 million (£6m/$8m).

Guardiola praises Hart ahead of Burnley switch


Pep Guardiola has praised Joe Hart's professionalism as he nears a move to Burnley.

The goalkeeper is set for a medical at Turf Moor ahead of a £4 million move, and the coach had positive words for the England international, saying: "We know the situation. I admire his commitment and professionalism in every single training session."

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Ben Arfa nears La Liga move


Hatem Ben Arfa is in talks over a move to Rayo Vallecano, L'Equipe reports.

Representatives of the France international were seen at the Spanish club's training complex on Friday.

Ben Arfa is a free agent after his release from Paris Saint-Germain and said to have rejected Bordeaux.

Chelsea join race for £54m Kovacic


Manchester United face competition from Chelsea in the race to sign £54 million-rated (€60m/$70.2m) Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid, according to the Sun.

According to the report, the Croatia international is determined to leave the Spanish capital but does not want to work under United manager Jose Mourinho.

Juventus are also interested in Kovacic, who made just 10 Liga starts under Zinedine Zidane at Real last season.

Mateo Kovacic Real Madrid 2017-18
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Ex-Chelsea defender Mancienne joins the New England Revolution


Former Chelsea defender Michael Mancienne has joined the New England Revolution on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest.

After three seasons in the Championship with Forest, playing over 100 games in all competitions, the 30-year-old says he could not resist the move to the United States.

Read the full story here on Goal!

Dortmund launch Gameiro bid


Borussia Dortmund are looking to hijack Valencia's move for Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro, according to Marca.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker looked set for the Mestalla after a €14 million (£12.5m/$16.2m) was agreed between the two Liga clubs.

But Dortmund have now made a bid of their own that betters the offer of Valencia as they look to bolster their own strikeforce.

Watford reject £9m Deeney bid


Watford have turned down a £9 million ($12m) bid from Burnley for striker Troy Deeney, according to the Watford Observer.

Burnley were reportedly prepared to offer Deeney a five-year contract after also having an offer for West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez turned down.

However, Watford don’t want to lose Deeney and intend to keep the 30-year-old beyond the transfer deadline.

Hart closing on £4m Burnley move


Keeper set to leave Man City permanently

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is closing in on a £4 million transfer to Burnley, reports The Sun.

Injuries to Nick Pope and Tom Heaton have left Burnley looking for a new keeper and they have lined up a deal for Hart.

The England international is now due to undergo a medical ahead of finalising his move to Turf Moor.
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West Ham back in for Bernard


West Ham are back in the race to sign former Shakhtar Donetsk winger Bernard, reports The Guardian.

Bernard is available on a free transfer after leaving Shakhtar, with the Brazil international also wanted by Chelsea and AC Milan.

His £200,000-a-week contract demands had initially put West Ham off a deal, but the Premier League club are now considering an approach amid reports Bernard is ready to lower his demands.

Guardiola: City only want special signings


Pep Guardiola admits to still being on the lookout for another midfielder after missing out on Jorginho, but insists Manchester City will only spend again if a “special player” becomes available.

The reigning Premier League champions have been relatively quiet during the summer transfer window, with Riyad Mahrez their only addition to date.

City had been hoping to land Italy international Jorginho from Napoli, but with Chelsea having won that battle Guardiola is now reassessing his options.

Here is the full story on Goal!

Iwobi signs long-term contract extension


Arsenal forward thriller with new Emirates deal

More on the news that Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal that ties him to the London side until 2022.

Iwobi, who has been with the Gunners since he was nine years old, was over the moon in putting pen to paper on a new deal.

He said: “To get an extended contract is an amazing feeling and I hope I'm doing the Arsenal family proud as well as my family.”

Read the full story on Goal here!

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Chicharito ends summer transfer talk


Javier Hernandez claims to be “very happy and very motivated” at West Ham, with the striker seeking to bring an end to summer transfer talk.

The Mexico international has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium for some time, having endured a testing debut campaign with the Hammers.

A January switch was mooted, with further exit speculation sparked during the current window, but the 30-year-old former Manchester United forward insists he is not looking for a way out of West Ham.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Chelsea confident in Willian transfer battle


Maurizio Sarri is "very confident" Willian will remain at Chelsea and insists there is no problem with the Brazilian after he returned late from his holiday.

He has been a constant subject of speculation since, however, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all credited with an interest in him.

Reports even suggested Chelsea were open to selling him given he turns 30 next week, his late return from a post-World Cup holiday doing little to ease the tension.

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Higuain explains why he chose Milan over Chelsea


Gonzalo Higuain has suggested that Maurizio Sarri wanted to sign him for Chelsea.

Higuain has joined AC Milan on loan, with defender Leonardo Bonucci heading the other way to Juventus in a deal that also involved Mattia Caldara moving to San Siro.

Goal understands that Chelsea held talks with Juve over the possibility of signing Higuain, along with defender Daniele Rugani, with the Argentina international explaining why he ended up choosing Milan over last season’s FA Cup winners.

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West Ham make Gomes offer


West Ham have made an offer to sign Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, reports Esport3.

Barcelona are willing to sell the Portugal international, with Gomes open to a move to the Premier League after previously being targeted by Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo reports Barcelona’s interest in signing Domingos Quina from West Ham could help to speed up the negotiations for Gomes.

Iwobi signs new Arsenal contract


Everton ponder Oxford offer


Everton are weighing up an approach for West Ham defender Reece Oxford before next week’s transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports News.

West Ham are prepared to sell Oxford, but will reportedly only consider bids in the region of £10 million ($13m), with Everton mulling over a £3m offer.

Inter consider Gundogan


Man City midfielder an alternative to Modric

Inter could turn to Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan as an alternative target to Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric, reports Tuttosport.

Modric is reportedly wanted by Inter, but Madrid president Florentino Perez has insisted the Croatia international will only leave if his €750 million (£670m/$870m) release clause is activated.

With that scenario unlikely, Inter will now consider an approach for Gundogan, with the Germany international likely to cost in the region of €40m (£36m/$46m).

'No indication Zaha will leave' – Hogdson


Roy Hodgson has said that he has had no indication that Wilfried Zaha is angling for a move away from Crystal Palace.

The Eagles boss stated that he has no intention of believing what is written in the media and claims he has had positive chats with the winger about how the club's new signings will help further the Palace cause.

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Terry considering bumper pundit deal


John Terry is weighing up his next career move after being offered a lucrative position as a pundit for Sky Sports, Goal understands.

The former Chelsea captain, now 37, chose not to extend his deal with Aston Villa following their Championship play-off defeat to Fulham, but made it clear that he has not yet decided to retire.

Read the full story on Goal.

Poch 'can't explain' lack of Spurs signings


Mauricio Pochettino has once again claimed that Tottenham may end the summer without signing a player, but says he is not the person to explain why.

The Argentine boss insists that the club is working hard but stated that Spurs "are like it's the first day of the transfer window – with no signings".

Read the full story on Goal.

'Tottenham nowhere near Grealish valuation'


Tottenham are "nowhere near" Aston Villa's valuation of star midfielder Jack Grealish, according to manager Steve Bruce.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy, known as a shrewd operator in the transfer market, will be keen to get a good deal, but the Villans boss made it clear there are no bargains to be had from his squad.

Check out the full story on Goal.

Vidal in, Vidal out at Barca


Barcelona and Sevilla have reached an agreement for the transfer of Aleix Vidal, Sport reports.

The Spanish outlet claims the teams have been negotiating for weeks and have finally struck an accord on a deal worth somewhere in the region of €8.5 million (£7.5m/$10m), plus €2m in variables.

The full-back is now expected to leave Barcelona's tour of the United States, while, coincidentally, Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal is set to travel to Catalunya.

Fulham want Real Madrid full-back


Fulham have entered the race to sign Real Madrid's Theo Hernandez on loan, Marca claims.

The 20-year-old appeared set to join Real Sociedad – the player's preferred choice – but Fulham are prepared to offer Madrid €2 million plus pay the entirety of his wages, something Sociedad are not offering.

It is said that as many as seven clubs are interested in bringing in the French-born defender.

Loftus-Cheek prepared to seek loan move abroad


Ruben Loftus-Cheek will seek a loan move abroad if he is not given regular playing time at Chelsea, reports The Times.

Loftus-Cheek spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace and forced his way into England's World Cup squad, playing four times in Russia.

However, he is unsure if he will be given regular minutes by new manager Maurizio Sarri and would be willing to move abroad if he is not playing regularly, with the European transfer window not due to shut until August 31.

Real won't sign a striker this summer


Real Madrid will not sign a new striker this summer, and will instead utilise Borja Mayoral as back-up to Karim Benzema, reports AS.

Real are unwilling to pay for an elite centre-forward along the lines of Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane or Robert Lewandowski, and will instead place their trust in the 21-year-old, who has so far scored seven goals for the club.

Courtois 'definitely' leaving amid Madrid links


Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois will “definitely” be heading out of Chelsea before the summer transfer window closes, according to Belgium coach Graeme Jones.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper has long been linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu, with Goal reporting that the Blues are actively looking for a replacement.

And Jones, who worked with Courtois at the World Cup, thinks the player will definitely be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

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Man Utd offered £50m Boateng


Red Devils also in for Mina

Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign £50 million ($65m)-rated Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng, according to the Daily Mail.

Jose Mourinho's side are also in for Barcelona defender Yerry Mina as the Red Devils attempt to bring in another centre-back before the transfer window closes.

But United may now decide to move for Boateng, with Bayern open to selling the 29-year-old Germany international who has previously expressed a desire to seek a new challenge.

Inter back in for Darmian


Inter have made contact with Matteo Darmian's representatives and are ready to reignite a move for the Italian defender, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio.

Napoli had hoped to seal a deal for the out-of-favour Manchester United full-back but Inter have complicated that move by re-entering the race to sign him.

Jesus signs five-year City contract extension


Brazilian striker thrilled to commit his future to champions

Here’s more on the news that Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League champions.

Having arrived at the Etihad Stadium from Palmeiras in January 2017, the Brazil international has gone on to score 24 goals in 53 appearances in his first 18 months at the club.

The 21-year-old will now remain with Pep Guardiola's side until 2023 and was thrilled to commit his future to the club.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Man Utd warned against spending big


Manchester United have been warned against splashing the cash in the final days of the summer transfer window.

In an exclusive interview with Goal, Lou Macari has suggested that Jose Mourinho should work with what he's got, rather than following a spending model that he feels hasn't worked in recent years.

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Arsenal confirm Akpom exit


Martial move ruled out by Bayern


Man Utd winger facing uncertain future

Anthony Martial continues to see his Manchester United future called into question, but he will not be heading to Bayern Munich this summer.

Jose Mourinho has hinted that the France international could be offloaded, but Bundesliga champions Bayern have moved to distance themselves from links to the 22-year-old.

Amid suggestions that Martial could be acquired in a swap deal involving Jerome Boateng, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club have enough wingers.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

I am really happy here - Pedro


Chelsea attacker signs new contract

Here’s more on the news that Pedro has extended his contract at Chelsea until 2020.

The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in 2015, leaving Barcelona for a £21 million ($27m) fee.

He has since become one of the most important attackers in the club's arsenal, scoring 28 times in 131 appearances for the Blues.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Pedro signs new Chelsea contract


Milan join race for Kovacic


AC Milan have joined the list of admirers of Mateo Kovacic, reports Sport.

The Real Madrid midfielder is in demand this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all credited with an interest, and Milan are now keen to lure him to Italy.

Man Utd goalkeeper Pereira leaves on loan


Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has joined Portuguese side Vitoria Setubal on a season-long loan, the club's official website has confirmed.

Pereira's current United deal runs until 2021 but he has yet to usurp current No.1 David De Gea, and will continue his development in Portugal.

Williams swaps Everton for Stoke


Stoke City have signed Ashley Williams on loan from Everton, as the Toffees continue to be linked with a move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo.

The 33-year-old, who has been with the Toffees since 2016, will now try to assist Stoke in their bid to win promotion to the Premier League following relegation in 2017-18.

Read the full story on Goal!

Spurs open to offers for star trio


Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Mousa Dembele, claims Sky Sports.

England international left-back Rose has been linked with Manchester United in the past, while Alderweireld continues to spark talk of interest from Old Trafford.

His price tag has led the Red Devils to look elsewhere, as revealed by Goal, but he could still be on the move this summer alongside fellow Belgian Dembele.

Nzonzi nears Roma move


Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi is closing in on a transfer to Roma, according to Le10Sport.

The France international has been linked with Arsenal and Barcelona among others, after helping his country lift the World Cup this summer. 

But, having already agreed personal terms with Roma, the 29-year-old looks set to join the Serie A side in a €40 million (£36m/$46m) move.

Sarri will tell Hazard and Courtois they're going nowhere


The Chelsea boss is set to get tough with two of his side's biggest stars

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will tell Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois they won't be sold, reports the Daily Mail. 

In talks set to be held on Friday the Italian will tell the duo, who have each been linked to Real Madrid, that the Blues are not prepared to sell. 

Chelsea have been unable to secure a replacement for Courtois, and have also been unimpressed by Madrid's £35 million ($46m) valuation of the goalkeeper. 

Bayern turn down Martial-Boateng swap


Bayern Munich have rejected a proposal from Manchester United to swap Anthony Martial and Jerome Boateng, claims Bild

Martial desires a move away from United, while Boateng is rumoured to be on the outs with Bayern.

But the Bundesliga champions won't exchange the centre-back for Martial due to the glut of wingers they already have. 

‘Modric can leave for €750 million’ - Perez


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said star midfielder Luka Modric will only leave the club for an astronomical sum of €750 million (£670m/$870m).

Modric has been rumoured to be in the sights of Inter, but Perez said the Serie A side must meet the 32-year-old's massive release clause.

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Alderweireld set on Man Utd move


Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is set on a move to Manchester United, according to the Mirror

United have so far been unable to pry the Belgian away from London, with Spurs still demanding £75 million ($99m).

But Alderweireld can join United next summer for just £25m ($33m) if Spurs extend his contract, which expires in 2019. 

Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham
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PSG and Everton after Rojo


Paris Saint-Germain and Everton are two of the clubs interested in Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, reports The Sun.

The 28-year-old Argentine is on the market as United look to raise funds to purchase defensive reinforcements this summer. 

In addition to Everton and PSG, Marseille and Zenit St Petersburg are also interested in Rojo. 

Zaha wants Chelsea move


The Palace star has told team-mates he wants out

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha wants to leave the club to join Chelsea, according to the Mirror

The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international has rejected a new contract offer from the Eagles, and has told team-mates he is intent on departing. 

Stamford Bridge is Zaha's preferred destination, and he is prepared to submit an official transfer request if need be. 

Manchester United turn to Mina


Manchester United could be nearing a move for Yerry Mina after deeming Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire too expensive, Goal understands. 

The Barcelona defender wasn't United's first choice, but Jose Mourinho's side are unwilling to part with £75 million ($99m) for either the Tottenham or Leicester defenders.

At a €40m (£36m/$46m) price tag, the Colombia international represents a more realistic target for United. 

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Mirallas nearing Fiorentina loan


Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is close to joining Fiorentina on loan, according to Sky Sports News.

Mirallas, 30, spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Olympiacos after falling out of favour with the Toffees. 

The Belgian has made 151 appearances for Everton since joining the club in 2012. 

Levante reject £27m Bournemouth bid for Lerma


Levante have turned down a bid of £27 million ($35m) from Bournemouth for midfielder Jefferson Lerma, reports The Sun.

The Colombia international is the top summer target for the Cherries, who were impressed by his performances at the World Cup. 

Levante have told Bournemouth they must bid £30m ($39m) to seal a deal for the 23-year-old. 

Jefferson Lerma Levante

Wolves to land £18m Traore


Wolves are set to break their transfer record to sign Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore for £18 million ($23m), reports The Telegraph.

The 22-year-old starred in the Championship last season, prompting plenty of interest from the Premier League. 

Newly promoted Wolves are set to win the race for the former Barcelona man by activating his £18m release clause.