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Sarri braced for 'busy day'

2018-08-07T22:29:36Z

Maurizio Sarri is readying himself for a “very busy day” as Chelsea close on the record-breaking €80 million (£71m/$92m) capture of Kepa Arrizabalaga from La Liga outfit Athletic.

While the manager was giving nothing away on Tuesday as far as transfers go, he did admit he would have a long day of work ahead of the close of the deadline. 

“Tomorrow I will have a very busy day, but I don't know anything about the market,” he said.

Read more here 

Guardiola closes City chequebook

2018-08-07T20:39:52Z

Man City manager Pep Guardiola has said he believes his club won't sign any more players before Thursday's transfer deadline. 

The Premier League champions have been linked with a number of central midfielders, but the Spaniard doesn't see any more deals materialising. 

Read Guardiola's full comments on Goal right here!

Bournemouth sign Lerma for record £25m fee

2018-08-07T20:00:26Z

Bournemouth have broken their club record to sign Jefferson Lerma from Levante. 

The Cherries paid £25 million (€28m/$32m) for the Colombia international midfielder, who joins on a five-year deal. 

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Fulham season preview

2018-08-07T18:43:05Z

Fulham have made plenty of signings ahead of their Premier League return. How will the Cottagers fare?

Puel tells Man Utd that Maguire is going nowhere

2018-08-07T18:13:42Z

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has told Manchester United that Harry Maguire is staying at the King Power Stadium.

The Red Devils have been strongly linked with the England defender, but Puel insisted that his side want to keep their best players.

Read what Puel had to say right here on Goal!

Fiorentina sign Pjaca on loan from Juventus

2018-08-07T17:35:08Z

Fiorentina have landed Juventus winger Marko Pjaca on a one-year loan.

The move has been made for an initial fee of €2m, with Fiorentina retaining a €20 million (£18m/$23m) purchase option for the 23-year-old. 

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Chelsea in talks to bring Kovacic on loan

2018-08-07T16:55:16Z

The Croatia international could be heading for Stamford Bridge

Chelsea are in discussions with Real Madrid over a loan move for midfielder Mateo Kovacic, Goal understands. 

The Blues are pushing for a purchase option on the Croatia international, while Madrid resists that proposal. 

Read full details of the discussions right here on Goal!

Perez has West Ham medical as Ospina set for Besiktas talks

2018-08-07T16:06:43Z

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has undergone a medical at West Ham, while goalkeeper David Ospina will hold talks with Turkish giants Besiktas, Goal understands.

Perez, 29, spent last season on loan at former club Deportivo La Coruna, while Ospina has been pushed down the depth chart after the arrival of Bernd Leno. 

Read the full story right here on Goal!

Arsenal plan swoop for Dembele

2018-08-07T15:24:26Z

The France star could be departing the Camp Nou after one season

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is planning a sensational move to bring Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele to North London before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

According to reports in The Daily Express, the France international is considering his options after struggling in La Liga last season.

Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo have claimed the fee could be as much as €100 million for the 21-year-old. The rumour has also gathered pace after Dembele was pictured celebrating with Arsenal trio Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. 

Estupinan set for loan switch from Watford

2018-08-07T15:04:14Z

Watford left-back Pervis Estupinan is on the brink of a loan switch to Real Mallorca, reports the Watford Observer.

The 20-year-old's first-team chances are said to be slim ahead of the new Premier League season, with Adam Masina and Jose Holebas ahead of him in manager Javi Gracia's plans.

Estupinan spent last season at UD Almeria, where he clocked up 27 appearances.

Candreva considers Inter exit

2018-08-07T14:38:26Z

Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva is weighing up his immediate future, with reports in Italy suggesting Monaco are interested in signing the 31-year-old.

Calciomercato claim that Candreva could be used as part of a swap deal that would see Senegalese wideman Keita Balde move in the opposite direction.

Candreva is said to be concerned about his chances of regular first-team football with the Seria A giants this season . 

De Rossi open to MLS move

2018-08-07T14:28:47Z

Veteran Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi is reportedly open to a move to MLS at the end of the upcoming campaign.

The 35-year-old has spent 17 years at the Italian club, and made almost 600 appearances during his time in the capital.

"I've always said a move to MLS is something that I'd like," he told reporters. "I have a year ahead of me, then I will think about it."

Read the full story on Goal here!

Brighton sign Arce on four-year deal

2018-08-07T14:13:33Z

Spurs £7m short on Grealish valuation

2018-08-07T14:02:11Z

Aston Villa and Tottenham are £7 million ($9m) apart in their valuations of midfielder Jack Grealish, reports the BBC.

Spurs are hoping to sign Grealish before Thursday’s transfer deadline, but their offer has yet to meet Villa’s asking price.

Villa boss Steve Bruce hopes to keep hold of Grealish, who had previously been linked with a move to Chelsea.

Celtic reject Fulham's Boyata bid

2018-08-07T13:37:07Z

Celtic hoping for £3.5m Chirivella deal

2018-08-07T13:33:53Z

Celtic are hoping to sign Pedro Chirivella after the Liverpool midfielder turned down a £3.5 million switch to Rosenborg.

The Spaniard had looked set to move to Norway after the Reds agreed an initial £2.4m deal last week, including £1.1m in add-ons, but after discussions with the Eliteserien side the 21-year-old opted against the transfer.

Now Celtic have emerged as leading contenders to sign the former Valencia trainee.

Read the full story on Goal here!

Chelsea to trigger €80m Kepa clause

2018-08-07T13:10:19Z

Blues seeking replacement for Madrid target Courtois

Chelsea are set to trigger Kepa Arrizabalaga's €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause, with Thibaut Courtois looking to force a move to Real Madrid, Goal understands.

Athletic will not accept any bids for Kepa, meaning that the Blues must activate his clause if talks are to proceed.

It is believed, however, that Chelsea will be able to pay the fees required to secure the goalkeeper.

Read on for more on Goal!

Bayern chairman Rummenigge hints at more departures

2018-08-07T12:56:44Z

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has not ruled out further departures from the Allianz Arena this summer after admitting the club currently have too many midfielders on their books.

The reigning Bundesliga champions have already offloaded the likes of Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa during the summer transfer window, but still house as many as nine midfielders in their current squad.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Man Utd offer £35m for Mina

2018-08-07T12:32:23Z

Decision demanded today from Barcelona defender

Manchester United have offered £35 million ($45m) for Yerry Mina and want a decision from the Barcelona defender today, claims The Sun.

Jose Mourinho wants to sign a new centre-half and United have agreed a deal for Toby Alderweireld, but that move hinges on Tottenham signing a replacement.

Having previously pulled out of a deal for Mina, United have now gone back in with a new offer and are keen for a quick response from the Everton and Lyon target.
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Premier League interest in Fosu-Mensah

2018-08-07T12:13:15Z

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is wanted by fellow Premier League clubs as he prepares to head out on loan, according to ESPN.

Fosu-Mensah spent last season with Crystal Palace and has been the subject of a loan offer from Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin.

However, he could yet stay in the Premier League, with several clubs considering a loan approach before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Traore undergoes Wolves medical

2018-08-07T11:55:41Z

Wolves are closing in on the signing of Adama Traore, with the Middlesbrough winger undergoing a medical, reports Sky Sports News.

Traore is set to become Wolves’ record signing after the newly-promoted Premier League club activated his £18 million ($23m) release clause.

Reports had previously suggested Wolves would pay above that sum to avoid having to stump up the fee all in one go, but it now seems an agreement has been reached with Middlesbrough.

Sevilla in pole position to land Batshuayi

2018-08-07T11:08:38Z

Sevilla are keen on signing Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on loan for the 2018-19 campaign, with Atletico Madrid and Valencia also interested in the Belgian.

Batshuayi could be moved on after Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata pledged their commitment to the Blues for the upcoming campaign, and Goal understands the trio of Liga clubs are monitoring the situation.

Maurizio Sarri is weighing up how to manage his attacking options, with the club boasting four strikers, including Tammy Abraham who has already expressed his desire to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Chelsea close on Kovacic loan

2018-08-07T10:36:49Z

Croatia midfielder set to leave Madrid

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic is closing in on a season-long loan move to Chelsea, according to Marca.

Kovacic wants to leave Madrid, despite new coach Julen Lopetegui expressing his view that the Croatia international would be happy to play for the club this season.

Manchester United and Tottenham are among the clubs to have been linked with Kovacic, but it now appears he is on his way to Chelsea, with an agreement expected to be announced in the coming hours.

Bolt commits to training with the Mariners

2018-08-07T10:29:52Z

Usain Bolt has taken a giant stride to becoming a professional footballer, with the Central Coast Mariners confirming the Jamaican will join the club for an indefinite training period.

Both Bolt and the A-League side have been in talks for some weeks, with the eight-time Olympic gold medalist keen to become a professional footballer.

While the training period doesn't come with a guarantee of a contract, it is a golden chance for Bolt to prove his worth. 

Read more here at Goal!

'Modric and Kovacic happy at Madrid'

2018-08-07T10:17:11Z

Julen Lopetegui is convinced Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic will be "very happy" playing for Real Madrid this season after becoming the subjects of intense transfer speculation.

Following the departures of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo from Madrid, reports have suggested other players are also keen to seek new challenges.

Modric has been strongly linked with Inter, while Kovacic, who has already declared his desire to leave the Spanish capital, is said to have attracted interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.

Read the full story on Goal right here!

Lerma to undergo medical ahead of £30m Bournemouth move

2018-08-07T09:58:43Z

Jefferson Lerma is set to undergo a medical at Bournemouth ahead of a £30 million ($38m) move from Levante, per Sky Sports.

The Cherries will pay an initial £25m ($32m) for the midfielder, but bonuses could take the fee to £30m.

Tottenham bid for young goalkeeper

2018-08-07T09:48:59Z

Tottenham have made a €200,000 bid for Gavin Bazunu, the young Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper, per the Irish Independent.

Bazunu have also attracted interest from Liverpool and Celtic, having conceded just two goals in six appearances, but Spurs are the first club to table a serious offer.

Burnley sign Hart from Manchester City

2018-08-07T09:32:06Z

Middlesbrough eye ambitious Bolasie move

2018-08-07T09:24:51Z

Middlesbrough are eyeing a £15 million ($19.4m) move for Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, according to Sky Sports News.

Bolasie endured an injury-hit season in 2017-18, and has also been linked with a return to former club Crystal Palace.

Brighton sign Dreyer

2018-08-07T09:18:18Z

What Leicester fans can expect from new signing Ghezzal

2018-08-07T09:11:22Z

West Ham close in on Arsenal's Lucas Perez

2018-08-07T08:59:09Z

West Ham are close to signing Lucas Perez from Arsenal, per Sky Sports.

Manuel Pellegrini is keen on securing the Gunners forward, with Lucas set to become the ninth signing of a busy summer.

Boateng prefers PSG over Man Utd

2018-08-07T08:52:01Z

Jerome Boateng prefers a move to PSG over Manchester United, according to Bild.

Both clubs are interested in securing the Bayern Munich defender this month, with United particularly keen to recruit a centre-back, but only a huge salary offer, worth more than €15 million (£13.4m/$17m), would see him change his mind.

Chelsea line up €80m Courtois replacement

2018-08-07T08:30:10Z

Kepa eyed by Blues as they seek successor for Belgium international

Chelsea are prepared to meet Kepa Arrizabalaga's €80 million (£71m/$92m) release clause as they look to replace Thibaut Courtois, according to AS.

Courtois is closing in on a move to Real Madrid, and Kepa has subsequently emerged as a potential target for Maurizio Sarri as he seeks a stopper before this week's transfer deadline.

The Bilbao keeper signed a new deal in January, but Chelsea can offer him a significant increase on his current wages.

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Newcastle interested in Toulouse defender Jullien

2018-08-07T08:22:09Z

Newcastle are interested in Toulouse defender Christopher Jullien, according to L'Equipe.

Magpies manager Rafael Benitez is desperate to strengthen his squad before this week's transfer deadline, and has made Jullien a key target.

Ferdinand's Man Utd transfer warning

2018-08-07T08:14:48Z

Sassuolo make bid for Barca's Marlon

2018-08-07T08:00:30Z

Sassuolo have made a €12 million (£10.7m/$13.8m) bid for Barcelona defender Marlon, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Marlon almost joined West Ham earlier this summer and had prioritised a move to the Premier League, and he will now weigh up his options before committing to any move.

Huddersfield in talks over £13.5m Mbenza deal

2018-08-07T07:54:31Z

Huddersfield Town are in talks with Montpellier winger Isaac Mbenza, reports the Daily Mail.

David Wagner is keen to replace Tom Ince, and has lodged a £13.5m bid for the winger, who scored 10 goals last season.

Kroenke to complete £1.8bn Arsenal takeover

2018-08-07T07:26:12Z

Stan Kroenke is set to complete a full takeover of Arsenal, worth £1.8 billion ($2.3bn).

The US sports mogul has made an offer to buy Alisher Usmanov's 30 per cent stake in the club.

Stones to play in midfield at Man City?

2018-08-07T07:21:55Z

Fulham prepare £9m Boyata bid

2018-08-07T07:11:42Z

Fulham are preparing a £9 million ($11.6m) offer for Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata, according to the Daily Record.

The Premier League new boys are keen to reinforce their defence and, in addition to signing Calum Chambers on loan, are ready to make an offer for the former Manchester City star.

Cardiff eyeing Negredo move

2018-08-07T06:36:48Z

Cardiff City are keen to sign Alvaro Negredo this summer, per the Daily Mirror.

The striker is currently at Besiktas but has Premier League experience, having won the title with Manchester City in 2013-14.

Kovacic goes AWOL at Real Madrid

2018-08-07T06:20:48Z

Mateo Kovacic has gone AWOL in a bid to force an exit from Real Madrid, per Marca.

The midfielder has repeatedly asked to leave the Spanish club in search of first-team football, but Real are reluctant to sanction his sale, and he has now taken matters into his own hands.

LAFC acquire Ramirez from Minnesota United

2018-08-07T05:00:23Z

Los Angeles FC have traded for forward Christian Ramirez from Minnesota United, the Major League Soccer expansion side announced Monday.

The Southern California native arrives at the first-year franchise for up to $1 million in allocation money.

Read more here!

Inter eye move for Balde

2018-08-07T04:27:34Z

Inter are looking at move to bring Monaco's Keita Balde back to Serie A on loan, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com.

The Serie A side is still hoping to land Luka Modric from Real Madrid but are interested in bringing in another attacking player with Juan Mata and Balde options.

Balde is the more serious option of the two as Inter were interested in the former Lazio player before his move to France last season.

 

Palace look for Bolasie reunion

2018-08-07T03:28:50Z

Crystal Palace are hoping to seal a return for Yannick Bolasie before the transfer window closes, according to the Mirror.

Bolasie made the move to Everton for £25 million ($32m) two seasons ago, but has struggled with form and fitness for the Toffees and they are ready to shed his wages.

Leicester and Bournemouth battle for Championship defender

2018-08-07T03:15:07Z

Leciester City and Bournemouth are each after Brentford defender Chris Mepham, with the Championship club rejecting bids from both, according to the Evening Standard.

Brentford does not want to sell the 20-year-old defender and are holding out for at least £15 million ($19m) and may demand as much as £20m. 

Both Leicester and Bournemouth may return with increased offers before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Chelsea defender Miazga heads to Nantes

2018-08-07T01:00:23Z

Nantes have signed United States international Matt Miazga on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Miazga has spent the past two seasons on loan with Eredivisie side Vitesse following his 2016 move from the Red Bulls to the Blues.

The defender also extended his contract with Chelsea, but Nantes have an option to purchase Miazga at the end of the loan.

Read more here!

Chelsea to pay €100m Oblak release clause

2018-08-07T00:44:52Z

The Blues need to close a deal before the close of the Premier League transfer window

Chelsea are preparing to meet the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak's €100 million (£89m/$116m) release clause, according to Mundo Deportivo

The Blues have been looking for a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who has been vocal about desiring a chance to play closer to his family, who live in Madrid.

Chelsea have targeted Alisson, Pepe Reina and Jordan Pickford at various points, but with those options off the table, they are prepared to pay for Oblak. 

Man Utd agree Alderweireld deal

2018-08-06T22:11:37Z

Spurs will require a replacement before the transfer is completed

Manchester United have an agreement in place with Tottenham for the signing of Toby Alderweireld after a compromise was reached over his price, Goal understands.

The Red Devils had been put off by a £75 million ($97m) price tag on Alderweireld, similar to what they faced with Harry Maguire.

But with the deal contingent on Spurs signing a replacement, United are continuing to work on backup plans, in case Alderweireld is not allowed to leave.

Read the full story here!

Man Utd can't pry Maguire from Leicester

2018-08-06T22:03:17Z

Manchester United are preparing a £75 million ($97m) bid for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, but the Foxes are unwilling to sell, according to the Express.

Jose Mourinho has urged chairman Ed Woodward do everything he can to sign the England international, but Leicester's owners will not be swayed and are ready to double Maguire's wages in order to keep him.

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Leicester City nearing deal for £13m defender

2018-08-06T21:57:42Z

Leicester City are negotiating to bring in Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb for £13 million ($17m), reports the Daily Mail.

The 21-year-old defender has featured at the youth international levels for Croatia, though he did not make their World Cup roster, and has drawn interest from Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.

Leicester City have £60 million to spend after the sale of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City. 

 

Modric move may influence West Ham's Drinkwater pursuit

2018-08-06T21:43:54Z

West Ham are hoping to secure Danny Drinkwater from London rivals Chelsea but may require Luka Modric to move on from Real Madrid for it to happen, reports the Mirror.

Inter want Modric and should they be able to acquire him, the Serie A side would be free to sell Matias Vecino to Chelsea, who would then allow Drinkwater to leave on loan.

If Modric doesn't sign, Chelsea might still be willing to let Drinkwater depart, but it would require the club identifying and signing a replacement before the transfer window closes.