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Vrsaljko close to Inter move


Inter are close to wrapping up a deal to sign Sime Vsraljko from Atletico Madrid, Gianluca DiMarzio claims.

The report states the Serie A side will pay €6.5 million (£5.7m/$7.6m) for an initial loan move with a further option to buy the right-back for €17.5m (£15.6m/$20.5m).

Vieira set for Sampdoria medical


Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira will undergo a medical with Sampdoria on Tuesday, according Gianluca DiMarzio.

The 20-year-old, who has one goal in 63 appearances for The Whites, will cost the Serie A outfit €7 million (£6m/$8m).

It is also said that the Italian side are pushing hard to sign Pedro Obiang from West Ham.

Man City's Harrison moves to Leeds on loan


Manchester City winger Jack Harrison has completed a season-long loan move to Leeds United.

Speaking to LUFC TV, the 21-year-old said: "I spoke with Pep Guardiola a little bit about [Leeds boss] Marcelo Bielsa and he had a lot of encouraging words.

"Obviously a lot of his ideas and philosophy are built around some of the same one’s here. For him to be saying that about Marcelo is really encouraging in what it means for me.

“I’m a winger, I like to attack, score goals and try and assist as much as I can. I’m looking forward to doing plenty of that.”


— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 30, 2018

Tuchel expects Cavani to stay amid Madrid rumours


Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as rumours swirl regarding a move to Real Madrid.

The PSG boss says he's heard nothing suggesting the 31-year-old could leave Paris, as Madrid continue to be linked with big-name replacements for Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Mitrovic seals £22m Fulham return


Fulham have announced the permanent signing of former Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Mitrovic, 23, was prolific last season during a loan spell with Fulham, scoring 12 goals in 20 matches and helping the Cottagers achieve promotion to the Premier League. 

The Serbia international joins for a reported £22 million ($29m) fee. 

Read the full article on Goal right here!

Miazga nears Caen loan


Chelsea defender Matt Miazga is set for a loan move to Ligue 1 side Caen, reports Get French Football News.

The U.S. international impressed while on loan with Eredivisie side Vitesse over the past two seasons.

Miazga, 23, joined Chelsea in 2016 and has made two appearances for the Blues, both in the 2015-16 season.


Marseille move for Giroud after failed Balotelli bid


Marseille are set to make a £13 million ($17m) bid for Olivier Giroud after seeing their attempts to land Mario Balotelli fail, claims the Mirror

The France striker is yet to rejoin his Chelsea team-mates following Les Bleus' World Cup victory, amid rumours that Gonzalo Higuain will arrive at Stamford Bridge in the current window. 

Balotelli had been the Ligue 1 side's top target, but negotiations have floundered due to the forward's astronomic salary demands. 

Boro reject Wolves' bid for Traore


Wolves have had a bid for Middlesbrough forward Adama Traore rejected after failing to meet the release clause, according to the Express and Star.

Traore, who scored five and provided 10 assists in 40 games last season, is reported to also be of interest to Huddersfield Town.

But Wolves are understood to have seen an attempt to secure the 22-year-old knocked back, with the club believing that the £18million ($24m) price tag for his release to be overestimating his value.

Swansea snap up City's Celina


Swansea have nailed down the services of Manchester City’s Kosovo international Bersant Celina in a £3 million deal, rising to £4m, reports Sky Sports News.

Celina was an early target of the Swans after the transfer window opened, following an eye-catching stint on loan at Ipswich in the Championship last season.

The 21-year-old, who made four senior appearances for City, scored seven league goals in 35 games for the Tractor Boys.

Leicester interested in re-signing Drinkwater


Leicester have informed Chelsea that they would be willing to re-sign Danny Drinkwater – but only for £20 million ($26m), reports TEAMtalk.

The England man is expected to struggle for regular game-time under new boss Maurizio Sarri, especially after the Blues acquired Jorginho from Napoli.

The Foxes are interested in a loan with a view to a permanent deal, but are unwilling to part with the £35m ($46m) they received for Drinkwater's services from Chelsea last year.

Chelsea monitoring Stoke's Butland


Chelsea are continuing to monitor Jack Butland as they weigh up replacements for Thibaut Courtois, according to the Daily Mirror.

Courtois is set to depart Stamford Bridge this summer, and the Blues need to source a new No.1 before the transfer window closes.

They have already missed out on Alisson to Liverpool while Jordan Pickford is unlikely to leave Everton, and as such Butland has emerged as their top target.

Tottenham to move for Kondogbia


Tottenham are set to make a move for Valencia midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, according to France Football.

The France international completed a permanent move to Mestalla earlier in the transfer window after a successful season-long loan spell from Inter.

But he could now be on the move again, with Mauricio Pochettino eager to bolster his options in the centre of the pitch.


Mina told to wait by Man Utd


Colombia international on Red Devils shortlist

Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been told to delay any decision on his next move by Manchester United, according to Sport.

United are still hopeful of completing a move for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, but have told Mina that they will look to sign him instead if they fail to bring in the England international.

Everton are also keen on Mina, but they will likely now have to pay around €40 million (£35.6m/$46.8m) to get him to Goodison Park.

Palace plotting move for Kouyate


Crystal Palace are plotting a £10 million ($13.1m) for West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, according to the Daily Mirror.

They are being forced to play a waiting game, however, with the Irons offering Senegal international Kouyate to Porto as part of their bid for striker Moussa Marega.

Roma's Maxime Gonalons is being eyed as an alternative by Palace should they fail to secure Kouyate in the coming days.

Courtois to Madrid talks stall


Belgium star to miss out on Real move?

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' move to Real Madrid is on the rocks as talks between the two clubs have been halted, according to Sky Sports.

The Belgium international is keen to move to Santiago Bernabeu, with the Blancos set to pay £32 million ($42m) for the ex-Atletico Madrid stopper.

But with the Blues struggling to find a suitable replacement for the World Cup's Golden Glove winner, they have told Madrid they are unable to sell right now.


The stars who could leave Barca


With Clement Lenglet, Arthur and Malcom all arriving at Barcelona this summer, there is certain to be a number of departures from Camp Nou before the summer is out even with Paulinho having already left.

One of those is Lucas Digne, who is set to join Everton and has penned a farewell message to Barca's fans as he prepares to move to Merseyside.

But who else could be on the move? Goal correspondent Ben Hayward has looked at the other star names who may be on their way out of Catalunya.

Check out the full list right here!

Lyon fail in Lindelof approach


Manchester United have rebuffed interest from Lyon in Sweden international Victor Lindelof, according to L’Equipe.

Lyon are searching for a new centre-half and Lindelof, along with the likes of Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, is among their targets.

However, with United also in the market for a new defender, the Premier League club have knocked back Lyon’s approach for Lindelof, who only moved to Old Trafford last summer.

Valverde wants Vermaelen to stay


Ernesto Valverde wants Thomas Vermaelen to stay at Barcelona, despite the club’s desire to sell the Belgium international, reports Sport.

The recent signing of Clement Lenglet has left Barca with a surplus of left-sided centre-halves and the club are prepared to offload Vermaelen.

However, Valverde is happy with the contribution of the 32-year-old and wants to block the sale of Vermaelen during the transfer window.

Mourinho promises Bailly will stay at Man Utd


Jose Mourinho insists Eric Bailly will stay at Manchester United this season because of his determination and sacrifice for the team.

The defender had not been included in the squad to face Liverpool in the International Champions Cup, but stepped forward to make himself available, proving to his manager why they "need people like him".

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Chelsea make Pulisic approach


Blues target USA international

Chelsea have entered talks with Borussia Dortmund over Christian Pulisic, The Mirror reports.

The 19-year-old USA international has been linked with a move to Liverpool this transfer window, but the Blues are ready to move in on the star said to be valued at £65 million ($85m).

Sociedad discuss Hernandez loan


Real Sociedad remain hopeful of completing a deal to sign Real Madrid full-back Theo Hernandez on a season-long loan, according to AS.

Hernandez has travelled to the United States with the Madrid squad as part of the club’s pre-season preparations, but talks have been ongoing regarding a move to Sociedad.

Negotiations are expected to continue for a few more days, with Sociedad eventually likely to pay 50 per cent of Hernandez’s salary, while there will be no option to buy the Frenchman.

Chelsea open talks over Vecino move


Blues keen on Uruguay international

Chelsea have opened talks with Inter over a move for midfielder Matias Vecino, according to the Evening Standard.

The Uruguay international played under Blues boss Maurizio Sarri at Empoli and impressed at San Siro last season.

Chelsea used Saturday's ICC match with the Nerazzurri to begin negotiations, with the Serie A outfit valuing Vecino at £31 million ($40.7m).

Alcacer weighing up Premier League offer


Barcelona striker Pablo Alcacer is weighing up an offer to move to the Premier League, according to Sport.

The Spain international is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou but has already rejected the chance to join Watford.

Leicester City have also been linked with the ex-Valencia forward, but is unknown which club has lodged a €30 million (£26.7m/$35m) for Alcacer which has been accepted by Barca.

West Ham to hold Quina contract talks


West Ham want to reward Barcelona target Domingos Quina with a new contract, reports Sky Sports News.

The 18-year-old only has a year left on his current contract at West Ham, and Barcelona are aiming to hold talks over a potential £600,000 move for the winger.

However, after Barcelona watched Quina again in Portugal’s European Under 19 Championship win on Sunday, West Ham are aiming to thwart their interest by securing the teenager on a new deal.

Pereira to hold future talks


Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira is due to meet his agent to discuss his future, reports the Manchester Evening News.

Pereira spent last season on loan at Valencia, who had been keen on a permanent deal, but the 22-year-old has been impressing for United in pre-season.

He is expected to hold talks with his agent in Miami before United’s game against Real Madrid on Tuesday, with Pereira hoping to convince manager Jose Mourinho he is worth keeping around at Old Trafford.

Chelsea target Ramsey & Vecino


Blues eye further fresh faces

Chelsea have made Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey and Inter's Matias Vecino their top midfield targets, according to the Daily Mirror.

Ramsey has just 12 months left on his Gunners contract, with the Blues hopeful they can tempt him across London in a cut-price deal.

Should they miss out, though, then they will turn their attentions to Uruguay international Vecino.

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Roma make Nzonzi offer


Roma’s sporting director Monchi has made an offer to sign Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi, according to FootMercato.

France international Nzonzi joined Sevilla in 2015 when Monchi was director of football at the Liga club, and the pair could now reunite at Stadio Olimpico.

Arsenal and Barcelona are also interested in the former Blackburn and Stoke player, with negotiations expected to continue over the coming days.

Leicester rekindle Gibson interest


Leicester are set to reignite their interest in signing Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson, according to the Daily Mail.

The Foxes weighed up a move for the 25-year-old last summer but opted against bringing him to the King Power Stadium.

But Claude Puel's side could now come back in for Gibson as they ponder potential centre-back targets amid speculation Harry Maguire could be about to leave.

Sevilla eye Bakayoko loan deal


Sevilla are the latest club to show an interest in signing Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to the Daily Mirror.

The France international struggled during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge and has been linked with AC Milan this summer.

But Sevilla have now emerged as a potential destination, with the Liga outfit keen on a loan move for the ex-Monaco man.

Maguire won't force Manchester United move


Leicester City defender Harry Maguire remains interested in a move to Manchester United but won't force a move to Old Trafford, reports the Mirror.

Jose Mourinho wants the centre-back and the club have made contact over a £65 million ($85m) move for the England international.

However, Leicester do not want to sell Maguire and manager Claude Puel has said the Foxes are determined to keep the defender and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel this season. 

Aston Villa make loan bid for Liverpool's Woodburn


Aston Villa have made a bid to bring in Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn on loan, reports the Telegraph.

Klopp rates the 18-year-old midfielder, but thinks a season in the Championship would be beneficial to his development.

Woodburn is set to be removed from Liverpool's roster for their training camp in France, with Villa the favourites to sign him, though Sheffield United and Wigan are also in the mix. 

Giroud to fight for place at Chelsea


Olivier Giroud hopes to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea despite transfer talks being held with Marseille, reports the Daily Mail.

The Ligue 1 side have turned their focus to the France international after growing tired of their chase for Mario Balotelli.

However, after discussions over this past month, Giroud now wants to remain and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, despite the club chasing Gonzalo Higuain.

Fosu-Mensah wants to stay at Man United


Timothy Fosu-Mensah is determined to remain at Manchester United and help the Premier League club through their injury woes.

The three-time Netherlands international helped form an inexperienced defence alongside Axel Tuanzebe, Matteo Darmian and Eric Bailly in a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Despite the setback, Fosu-Mensah hopes to avoid another loan and reinforce a defence that has been hit hard by injuries and players recovering from the 2018 World Cup.

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Madrid to rival Man Utd for Maguire


The Spanish giants are looking to swoop for the Foxes' prize asset

Real Madrid are set to rival Manchester United for the signing of Harry Maguire, Don Balon reports. 

Jose Mourinho's side have balked at the £80 million ($105m) Leicester City are asking for the England centre-back, and new Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui sees him as a perfect fit. 

Los Blancos want another player who can be a dominant force in the air, having lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, and believe the 25-year-old could be that man. 

Barca clear Digne for €25m Everton move


Everton appear on the verge of completing a swoop for French defender Lucas Digne after Barcelona allowed him to leave their California training camp.

Digne, 25, has been linked with the Toffees for several weeks and has been permitted to "finalise his departure" ahead of a €25 million (£22m/$29m) move.

Read the full story here

Chelsea switch attention to Caldara


Chelsea have made Juventus centre-back Mattia Caldara their new top target in the position, cooling their interest in his team-mate Daniele Rugani, the Mirror claims. 

The London club have offered £40 million (€45m/$54m) for the defender, who will cost at least £5m less than his Juventus team-mate despite the two being the same age. 

The Blues also want Gonzalo Higuain from Juve this summer. 

Luiz wants Chelsea stay


The Brazilian is happy with life under the Blues' new boss

David Luiz wants to stay with Chelsea and play under Maurizio Sarri. 

The defender looked to be on his way out of the club under Antonio Conte but loves the style the new manager has brought in. 

“I came back to Chelsea to stay here," he said. "When I took my decision to come back here from Paris it was to win the Premier League and to do something again with Chelsea, so I am very happy here.”

Read the full article here 

Fulham hoping to land Mawson


Fulham are hoping to sign Swansea's Alfie Mawson ahead of the new season, according to the Daily Mail

The defender is valued at £25million ($33m) and is keen on a move to London and a return to the Premier League.