The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
TOP STORY: Chelsea set for double swoop in frantic window finale
It’s going to be a hectic few days at Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri looks to put his stamp on the squad before the window closes, the London Evening Standard reports. It says the Blues are targeting Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino and Juventus defender Mattia Caldara but seem unlikely to sign his fellow Juve centre-back, Daniele Rugani, long a mooted target.
The Blues have opened negotiations over midfielder Vecino, valued at around £30 million, and have made a £35.5 million bid for Caldara.
The Standard adds that Vecino “is one of the players Sarri has asked for to help fast-track his style of play.” Vecino worked with the coach during his days at Empoli. As far as potential departures are concerned, Willian could yet be sold, while Tiemoue Bakayoko‘s future also appears uncertain.
10.41 BST: Milan will sign Gonzalo Higuain on a season-long loan with the obligation to buy for €36 million in the summer, according to Sky Sport Italia.
10.22 BST: Rennes midfielder James Lea Siliki is a wanted man with Borussia Dortmund and Benfica both chasing him, L’Equipe reports.
10.05 BST: “I don’t even know who he is, ” Roma defender Kostas Manolas said, when asked about how he will treat Malcom when Giallorossi face Barcelona in a friendly tomorrow. “There’s no reason to say hi to him — it’s not my job to take care of new signings. If he didn’t want to come to Roma, then it’s better that he went to Barcelona.”
09.47 BST: The Sun‘s football editor claiming Gareth Bale is now happy he will be ‘the main man’ at Real Madrid and is ‘open to fresh contract talks next summer’.
09.32 BST: Inter Milan’s negotiations with Bayern Munich over the sale of Arturo Vidal “took a positive turn,” La Gazetta dello Sport reports, with the midfielder set to return to Serie A on an initial loan before a permanent move. Vidal will move for a fee of around €20m — nearly €10m less than Bayern had originally demanded. The midfielder must finalise a new contract with Bayern before his departure, however, as his deal expires in June and Inter would then be able to acquire him on a free transfer.
09.20 BST: Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Tuchel told reporters that there is no truth to reports that he is looking to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. “There have been rumours since I arrived in Paris because I had him with me in Dortmund and he has improved a lot,” Tuchel said. “He’s a player who would do a lot of good to a lot of teams. But as of now, there’s nothing.”
09. 05 BST: Inter Milan are nearing the completion of their move for Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko as he is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday, according to La Gazetta dello Sport. Vrsaljko will return to Serie A in a €24m move, with Inter paying a €6.5m loan fee for the first year before having the option to make the move permanent for €17.5m next summer.
08.59 BST: Former Germany international Benedikt Howedes is set to sign a contract at Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 chief Christian Heidel has confirmed.
08.46 BST: Chinese sensation Wu Lei is reportedly of interest to Wolves, say the Express and Star. The China international winger is Shanghai SIPG’s record goalscorer with 155 goals in 328 appearances and, at 26, is young enough to have a bright future.
08.34 BST: German side Mainz have turned down an offer from an English club for Jean-Philippe Gbamin, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder but it’s unclear whether they were the ones who made the reported £31m bid.
The 22-year-old Senegal international won’t be going anywhere though. Sporting director Rouven Schroeder told Bild: “The good thing is we already received an extraordinary offer, but we turned it down. Jean-Philippe will stay.”
08:10 BST: Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will be able to sign one more player before the transfer window closes on Aug. 9.
“I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama,” Mourinho told beIN SPORTS. ” … If I get one player until the end of the market, that’s fine.”
PAPER TALK (by Chris Borg)
Everton set to sign Rojo as United continue defender hunt
Everton are stepping up their efforts to sign Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo as United maintain their search for defensive reinforcements, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Manchester Evening News said United “have identified Rojo, 28, as the expendable centre-back while they work on a possible deal for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld or Leicester’s Harry Maguire.”
Rojo could cost Everton around £30 million, with Goodison Park boss Marco Silva keen to work with him again after having managed him at Sporting Lisbon.
United’s search for a new central defender continues to focus on Belgium international Alderweireld, but the Evening News reports that they “have struggled to make a breakthrough during negotiations with Spurs.”
The Mirror says their hopes of signing Maguire are hanging in the balance, with Leicester poised to offer vastly improved terms following his outstanding World Cup for England.
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Liverpool ready to give Mane new deal
It has been quite a summer for Liverpool, and the Telegraph reports that more good news is on the horizon as talks to tie Sadio Mane to a new deal begin.
The Champions League finalists, who have already seen Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sign new contracts, are keen to reward Senegal international Mane for his fine form.
The former Southampton player, who scored 20 goals last season, has three years left on his current terms, but Liverpool “have initiated dialogue with his representative, and agreeing a deal should be a formality.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to leave Anfield in the near future, says the Mirror, which reports that he is not part of the preseason trip to France.
Mignolet has fallen to third in the Anfield goalkeeping order behind new signing Alisson and Loris Karius.
The Mirror reports that although Alisson and Karius “will be with the squad when they head to France’s east coast on Monday, there is no place for Mignolet.” The Belgium international has been linked with Besiktas.
Fulham close in on Mawson
Swansea defender Alfie Mawson is on the brink of becoming a Fulham player, with the Guardian reporting that he will cost the Londoners around £20 million.
Mawson, widely expected to leave Swansea following their relegation, could undergo a medical as soon as Tuesday, with Burnley’s hopes of signing him now seemingly over.
The 24-year-old centre-back had also interested West Ham, who had a bid rejected last month.
Meanwhile, the Swans are targeting Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina and Nottingham Forest winger Barrie McKay.
— Marseille, having tried and failed to sign Mario Balotelli from Nice, “have reignited their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud,” according to the Mirror.
It reports that Giroud, who rejected Marseille last season in order to join Chelsea, could end up there soon, with the Ligue 1 club ready to pay the Blues £13 million and hand him a lucrative contract.
— Wolves have suffered a setback in their attempts to bring in winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough, with the Express and Star reporting that they have had a bid rejected.
It said Traore “is believed to have an £18 million release clause, but Wolves don’t believe that figure represents his value” and could lose to Huddersfield in a race for his signature.