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Balotelli to remain with Nice

2018-08-20T20:55:05Z

Striker stays with Ligue 1 outfit

Mario Balotelli is to remain with Nice for the 2018-19 campaign.

The Italy striker, who had previously expressed a desire to depart the Ligue 1 side, is now confirmed to remain with the club for at least another year.

Balotelli joined Nice in 2016 and has scored 43 goals in 66 appearances.

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Denayer poised for Lyon switch

2018-08-20T20:25:55Z

Lyon look all but set to capture Manchester City defender Jason Denayer on a four-year deal, reports L’Equipe.

The Ligue 1 club emerged as favourites over the weekend following speculation that the 24-year-old’s tenure at the Eithad Stadium would officially come to an end.

Since signing in 2014, Denayer has not played a single game for the Premier League champions, instead spending each of the last four seasons on loan, with two separate stints at Galatasaray.

Sevilla make offer for Falque

2018-08-20T20:00:35Z

Sevilla have tabled an offer for Torino’s Iago Falque, according to Calciomercato.

The 28-year-old forward is well-travelled, having played for three clubs alone on loan whilst signed to Tottenham Hotspur between 2012 and 2014.

He initially joined Torino on a temporary basis from Serie A rivals Roma before signing permanently last year.

Alcacer top target for Dortmund

2018-08-20T19:35:27Z

Barcelona's Paco Alcacer is reportedly a top target for new Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre, per L'Equipe.

The 24-year-old, who won 13 caps for Spain between 2014 and 2016 has been told by Ernesto Valverde that he does not figure in his plans.

As such, he is expected to depart the Catalan club, with Dortmund keen on a loan option.

Ex-Stoke man Ireland sought by Monchengladbach

2018-08-20T19:15:00Z

Borussia Monchengladbach are believed to be leading the race for the signature of free agent Stephen Ireland, reports RevierSport.

The former Manchester City and Stoke City man was released by the Potters at the end of the 2017-18 campaign following their relegation from the Premier League.

Several Bundesliga clubs are interested in acquiring the 31-year-old’s services but it is thought that Monchengladbach is Ireland’s most likely destination if he moves to Germany.

Bayern signal 2019 transfer targets

2018-08-20T18:35:36Z

Bayern Munich have identified Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Juventus’ Paulo Dybala as their top targets for next summer’s transfer window, according to Bild.

Club president Uli Hoeness has stated that the Bundesliga champions will conserve their budget this year in order to launch large-scale bids for the pair ahead of the 2019-20 season.

France international and World Cup winner Griezmann only signed a new deal at Atletico this year whilst Dybala is contracted to Scudetto holders Juve until 2022.

Di Maria to sign new PSG deal

2018-08-20T17:20:38Z

Angel Di Maria will commit his long-term future to Paris Saint-Germain, Le Parisien reports.

The Argentina international has often been linked with a move away from the club but will sign a contract that expires in 2021.

By the time that deal expires, Di Maria will be 33.

Inter enter race for PSG ace Rabiot

2018-08-20T16:12:43Z

Inter are the latest side to take an interest in PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

The midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and is apparently unwilling to sign a new deal.

AC Milan and Juventus have been linked with the 22-year-old, but it is Barcelona who have appeared closest to signing him.

Brahimi closer to Roma than Monaco

2018-08-20T15:48:56Z

Yacine Brahimi is likelier to sign for Roma than Monaco, according to RMC.

The Porto winger has been linked with a move in recent times to the principality club, but the Ligue 1 outfit have yet to table an offer.

Instead, the attacker is close to moving to the Serie A outfit.

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Karius heading to Besiktas

2018-08-20T15:29:22Z

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is heading to Besiktas on a two-year loan deal.

The keeper's Champions League final blunders saw the Reds invest a then world-record sum to sign Alisson from Roma.

After pre-season errors, Jurgen Klopp's side have decided to send the 25-year-old out on loan.

The full story is here!

Metz sign Adama Traore

2018-08-20T15:17:17Z

No, it's not Wolves' Adama Traore or even Monaco's Adama Traore; Metz have signed the TP Mazembe attacker of the same name.

Middlesbrough close in on Bolasie loan

2018-08-20T14:10:08Z

Middlesbrough are closing in on the loan signing of Yannick Bolasie, per Gazette Live.

The Everton winger is currently holding talks with the Championship club, with Tony Pulis keen to pull off a transfer coup by bringing in a player signed by the Toffees for £25 million (€28m) in 2016.

Arsenal eye young Russia centre-back

2018-08-20T13:46:34Z

Arsenal want to sign Russian defender Igor Diveev, per the Daily Mirror.

The FC UFA defender is just 18 but has already been capped at Under-20 level by his country, and the Gunners have sent scouts to watch him.

Leeds tried to appoint Conte as manager

2018-08-20T13:24:35Z

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he wanted to appoint Antonio Conte as the club's new manager before settling on Marcelo Bielsa.

The Championship side have enjoyed an exceptional start to the season, winning all three of their league games, but could have had a remarkably different boss on the touchline.

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Man Utd buys questioned by Ince

2018-08-20T13:14:18Z

Manchester United’s recruitment under Jose Mourinho has been questioned by Paul Ince, with a centre-half storm raging on the back of previous deals for Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.

“He spoke about not getting the centre-halves. Has he got the players he wanted to get in? He bought the two centre-halves and I don't think he got them right.”

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Betis eye Zinchenko move

2018-08-20T12:46:44Z

Real Betis want to sign Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City, report Sevilla.abc.

Zinchenko almost joined Wolves for €18 million (£16m) earlier this summer, but City have yet to decide whether to allow the youngster to leave.

Firmino wants long-term Liverpool stay

2018-08-20T12:30:33Z

Roberto Firmino, who has been linked with Barcelona in the recent past, has suggested that his long-term future lies at Liverpool as he could not wish to be treated any better.

Having sparked talk of interest from Spain, the Brazilian forward committed to a new contact at Anfield in April.

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Arsenal missed out on Mendyl

2018-08-20T12:17:52Z

Arsenal almost signed defender Hamza Mendyl from Lille in the summer, only for work permit problems to scupper the deal, it has been revealed.

The Morocco internationa left-back, who was a member of his country's squad at the 2018 World Cup, joined Schalke from the French club earlier this week.

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Man Utd stars looking for a way out?

2018-08-20T11:57:27Z

Former Manchester United forward Brian McClair has suggested that certain players at Old Trafford may still be looking for moves elsewhere.

Klopp almost abandoned Alisson plan

2018-08-20T11:28:47Z

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he considered shelving plans to sign Alisson in favour of sticking with Loris Karius.

The German coach told Kicker: “How the people reacted negatively to Karius after the final, tried to isolate him, almost made me not get Alisson and rather stick it out with Karius. But we had to be professional.”

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Wolves snubbed loan for Juve's Sturaro

2018-08-20T11:20:59Z

Wolves were one of several Premier League sides to pass up the chance to sign Stefano Sturaro on loan from Juventus, claims Portuguese publication Record.

The Italy international midfielder has linked up with Sporting after the likes of Watford, Southampton, West Ham United and Newcastle United opted against doing a deal.

'Mourinho will be gone by Christmas'

2018-08-20T11:01:20Z

Man Utd to part with manager?

Jose Mourinho is “the wrong man for the job” at Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with the Portuguese set to be “gone before Christmas”.

The former Red Devils winger told PA Sport: “His negative style does not fit in with the expansive football that United fans want. I think he’ll be gone before Christmas.”

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Monaco join Marchisio hunt

2018-08-20T10:35:06Z

Monaco are the latest side to express an interest in former Juventus star Claudio Marchisio, reports Sport Mediaset.

The 32-year-old midfielder is currently a free agent after seeing a 25-year association with the reigning Serie A champions brought to a close.

PSG flop Jese heading back to Spain

2018-08-20T10:08:03Z

Former Real Madrid forward Jese is closing on a move to SD Huesca, according to La Jornada.

The La Liga new boys are looking to offer a man who spent last season on loan at Stoke a route back to Spain following a testing spell in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Lo Celso offers to be considered

2018-08-20T09:22:10Z

Paris Saint-Germain are willing to listen to offers for Giovani Lo Celso, claims L'Equipe.

The 22-year-old Argentina international midfielder faces intense competition for places at Parc des Princes, with further additions being discussed in the French capital.

'Bale has nothing to prove at Real Madrid'

2018-08-20T09:07:42Z

Gareth Bale may have hinted at a transfer away from Real Madrid at the end of last season but he now has "nothing to prove to anyone", says Nacho.

The Welshman is looking to step out of the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu now that the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has moved on to Juventus.

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PSG want Rakitic and Busquets

2018-08-20T08:45:30Z

Barcelona pair wanted at Parc des Princes

Paris Saint-Germain are exploring the option of luring Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets away from Barcelona, reports Spanish publication Sport.

Their efforts to land Busquets appear set to come to nothing, with it understood that the World Cup winner has fresh terms in place at Camp Nou which will raise his release clause to €200 million (£179m/$228m).

PSG may, however, have more success with Rakitic, with it possible that they could meet the €125m (£112m/$143m) asking price in his contract.

Veloso attracts Premier League interest

2018-08-20T08:15:59Z

Everton and Wolves have expressed an interest in signing Portugal international midfielder Miguel Veloso, reports Teamtalk.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after severing ties with Italian outfit Genoa.

Barcelona planning fresh De Jong bid

2018-08-20T07:47:15Z

Barcelona are mulling over one final push for Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong before the transfer window closes in Spain, reports Sport.

The Camp Nou giants have been heavily linked with the 21-year-old for some time, although those in Amsterdam have made it clear that they are under no pressure to sanction a £44 million ($56m) deal.

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Chelsea open to Drinkwater offers

2018-08-20T07:09:25Z

Chelsea remain open to offers for out-of-favour midfielder Danny Drinkwater, claims the Daily Mail.

The England international, who only moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017, has slipped down the pecking order in west London and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Maurizio Sarri.

Madrid to move for Icardi

2018-08-20T06:31:21Z

Real Madrid have added Inter striker Mauro Icardi to their wish list, claims Don Balon.

The Blancos are ready to spend big bolstering their attacking options before the Liga window slams shut, with €200 million (£179m/$228m) set to be invested in Icardi and Valencia forward Rodrigo.

Morata: I never considered Chelsea exit

2018-08-20T05:00:43Z

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has insisted that he never wanted to leave the club this summer. 

The 25-year-old struggled in the second half of 2017-18, leading to speculation he could leave Chelsea after just one season. 

Despite links with clubs in Italy and Spain, Morata has insisted his only focus is making things work at Stamford Bridge. 

Read what Morata had to say right here!

Lewandowski and agent extend contract

2018-08-20T04:21:00Z

The Bayern star could still be looking for a move away

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his agent Pini Zahavi's contract through 2020, according to Sky Germany.

Zahavi was brought on last year, reportedly with the intention of securing Lewandowski a big-money move away from Bayern. 

That move has thus far yet to happen and though Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently claimed Zahavi's contract has expired, Lewandowski has decided to retain his agent.  

Robertson yet to discuss new deal with Liverpool

2018-08-20T03:15:37Z

Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson has yet to hold talks with the club over a new contract, reports the Liverpool Echo. 

The 24-year-old has rapidly developed into the club's first-choice option at left-back, and could be in line for a vastly improved deal.

Robertson's current contract, which is heavily incentivised, has four years remaining. 

Loftus-Cheek to hold showdown talks

2018-08-20T02:22:13Z

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek will have talks over his future with manager Maurizio Sarri this week, claims The Sun.

Loftus-Cheek was not in the matchday squad for Chelsea's win over Arsenal on Saturday, and wants assurances over his playing time. 

Should Sarri not be able to offer the 22-year-old regular minutes, he will ask for a loan move. 

Leipzig make £22m Lookman bid

2018-08-20T01:34:32Z

RB Leipzig have returned with a £22 million (€25m/$28m) bid for Everton forward Ademola Lookman, reports the Mirror

The 20-year-old starred on loan for Leipzig last season, and the Bundesliga side are hoping to land the young Englishman on a permanent basis. 

Everton have thus far rebuffed Leipzig's advances, but the Toffees are thought to be open to selling Lookman after the arrivals of Richarlison and Bernard this summer. 

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De Gea deal to be worth £200,000 per week

2018-08-20T00:45:55Z

David De Gea is set to sign a contract extension with Manchester United worth £200,000 per week, reports the Mirror

The 27-year-old's contract is set to expire at the end of the season, with United holding an option to extend it one season more.

But the Spain international is nearing a long-term extension, with his time at Old Trafford set to continue well into the next decade.

Villa look to sign Ojo on loan

2018-08-19T23:49:52Z

Aston Villa will turn their attention to Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, reports the Birmingham Mail. 

Villa were looking to sign Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, but the 29-year-old decided he wanted to stay in the Premier League.

The Championship side will now try to land Ojo, with Liverpool hoping to send the 21-year-old on loan to gain more experience.

Man Utd and Chelsea circle as Ramsey talks stall

2018-08-19T22:58:46Z

The Wales international is seeking a substantial raise

Arsenal have not made any progress over a new deal for Aaron Ramsey, prompting fears he could leave the club, reports The Sun.

The 27-year-old midfielder's deal expires at the end of the season and despite talks beginning last season, the Gunners and Ramsey have made little progress over fresh terms. 

That lack of progress has alerted Manchester United and Chelsea, who hope to move for the Wales international. 

Karius in talks for Besiktas move

2018-08-19T22:30:53Z

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is in talks to join Turkish club Besiktas, according to the Mirror.

With Alisson having arrived at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is ready to allow Karius to leave the club in a loan move with an option to make the deal permanent. 

If Karius departs, Klopp will keep Simon Mignolet at the club as the backup to Alisson. 

Luis wants PSG move

2018-08-19T21:54:32Z

Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis has asked the club to let him join PSG in the summer, reports Marca

The 32-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season and he has a standing offer of a three-year deal with the Ligue 1 side. 

The Brazil international's benching his club's UEFA Super Cup win over Real Madrid was reportedly the last straw. 

Ndidi signs Leicester extension

2018-08-19T21:44:19Z

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has signed a two-year extension with the Foxes. 

The 21-year-old has been one of the club's top performers since joining in January 2017, reportedly earning interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United.

But the Nigeria international has committed his long-term future to Leicester, penning an extension through 2024.

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