Transfer news LIVE: Man United target Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic after walking away from Adrien Rabiot deal

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Christian Pulisic of Chelsea in action against Everton (Getty Images)
Christian Pulisic of Chelsea in action against Everton (Getty Images)

Chelsea look ready to allow Callum Hudson-Odoi to leave on loan, while Manchester United remain busy in the market. The Red Devils appear ready to walk away from a deal to sign Adrien Rabiot, but still want a new midfielder. Casemiro has been mentioned, although the Real Madrid general could be tricky to prize away given his importance to Los Blancos. United continue to chase Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong with a new report coming out saying that the club could be willing to pay the midfielder’s deferred wages which has been a major sticking point in any deal, an initial deal has been reportedly retracted, but talks continue, with the clubs waiting to see what the Dutch midfielder wants to do surrounding his wages.

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht. The 21-year-old Spanish defender joins on a four-year deal having made 49 appearances for the Belgian club across the 2021-22 campaign which saw him voted as the Belgian club’s Player of the Year.

“I am incredibly proud and happy to have joined Manchester City,” Gomez said. “City are the best team in England and in Pep Guardiola I have a chance to learn and develop under the most outstanding manager in world football.”

Wolves are also making moves and have agreed a club-record £42.2m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes but personal terms are yet to be finalised whilst Leicester’s Wesley Fofana is annoyed at the club for pricing him out of a potential move to Chelsea. Follow all the latest news, rumours and done deals below.

Transfer news live

  • Manchester United consider signing Christian Pulisic on loan

  • Manchester City sign Sergio Gomez

  • Man Utd open to offers for Cristiano Ronaldo with Atletico Madrid interested in swap deal

  • Wolves agree record deal for Matheus Nunes

  • Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘asks to leave Chelsea on loan’ with Leicester and Southampton keen

England hero Beth Mead among Uefa’s Women’s Player of the Year nominees

18:03 , Michael Jones

Arsenal and England star Beth Mead has been named as one of three players shortlisted for Uefa’s Women’s Player of the Year.

Spain’s Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas and Germany’s Lena Oberdorf are the other two named.

Mead won Player of the Tournament Euro 2022 and was also the Golden Boot winner, scoring six goals in England’s route to Euros victory.

England hero Beth Mead among Uefa’s Women’s Player of the Year nominees

Ellen White to miss Man City’s Champions League qualification opener

17:54 , Michael Jones

Manchester City manager Gareth Taylor says striker Ellen White is unavailable for their Women’s Champions League first-round qualifer on Thursday,

The forward, who won the Euros with England this summer, has had an “extended time away due to personal reasons” and so won’t travel with the team to face Tomiris-Turan.

City finished third in the Women’s Super League last season and so have to go through the qualification process. Chelsea have secured a group spot after winning the WSL last season with Arsenal in the second round of qualifying following their second spot finish.

Ellen White to miss Man City’s Champions League qualification opener

West Ham consider improved offer for Vanaken

17:45 , Michael Jones

After a potential deal with Chelsea left-back Emerson breaking down due to wage demands West Ham are internally discussing whether to go back in with an improved offer for Club Brugge midfielder Hans Vanaken.

The Hammers had a bid worth €10m rejected earlier this week and no decision has been made as to whether they’ll improve it before the transfer window closes.

Marcelo no closer to finding a club

17:37 , Michael Jones

Former Real Madrid captain Marcelo is no closer to joining another club as the offers to continue his career are not attractive enough to him.

The Brazilian left-back played for Madrid for 15 years before leaving at the end of the 2021/22 season after winning 25 titles with Real.

According to a report in Marca, the 34-year-old has no interest in heading to Qatar or MLS in America despite offers on the table.

Other teams previously linked with a move for Marcelo included La Liga side Valladolid, French team Lyon, Italy’s AC Milan, or Turkish outfit Fenerbahce.

Wolves interested in Ramos

17:30 , Michael Jones

Wolves are interested in signing Benfica forward Goncalo Ramos who has already reportedly emerged as a target for Newcastle this summer.

Jorge Mendes, who has a strong relationship with Wolves, is rumoured to have recently become involved with a potential deal into the UK.

The 21-year-old striker has scored four goals in four games in all competitions so far for Benfica this season, including three in Champions League qualifiers.

Besiktas move close for Dele

17:23 , Michael Jones

Fabrizio Romano claims the Turkish giants have already reached an agreement with Everton over Dele Alli’s future.

Dele can complete the deal if he decides to reunite with former Spurs teammates Georges-Kévin N’Koudou and Gedson Fernandes at Besiktas.

Cristiano Ronaldo cautioned by police after phone ‘outburst’ with Everton fan

17:15 , Michael Jones

Cristiano Ronaldo has been cautioned by police after appearing to smash a fan’s phone following Manchester United’s defeat to Everton in April.

Footage of a frustrated Ronaldo appeared to show him strike the phone out of a young Everton fan’s hand as he left the Goodison Park pitch at full time.

Merseyside Police opened an investigation with the 37-year-old later publicly apologising on social media, describing the incident as an “outburst”.

And on Wednesday, police confirmed Ronaldo has been interviewed by officers and a caution had been made.

Cristiano Ronaldo cautioned by police after phone ‘outburst’ with Everton fan

West Ham back off Emerson

17:08 , Michael Jones

West Ham have reportedly walked away from a deal to sign Chelsea full-back Emerson.

The Hammers ended negotiations for the Brazilian due his high wage demands reports the Sun.

They say that there is a slim chance West Ham could resurrect talks for Emerson should things change but for now they’re considering other options.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Will the Glazers sell Man Utd?

17:00 , Michael Jones

The Glazer family are finally open to selling Manchester United - in a manner of speaking.

The infamous owners are reportedly considering selling a minority stake in the club as the pressure continues to mount, claim American outlet Bloomberg.

The report adds that the Glazers have held some preliminary discussions about the possibility of bringing in a new investor but they are unwilling to cede control of United, which could be valued at about £5 billion.

Well, they’re not likely to willingly give up the golden goose are they?

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(Getty Images)

Dele Alli in talks over move from Everton to Besiktas

16:53 , Michael Jones

Dele Alli is in talks with Besiktas about a move to Turkey with Everton willing to let the January signing go.

The former England international could complete a loan switch with a view to a permanent deal in his second transfer of 2022.

Alli has made 13 appearances for Everton, failing to score, and will be allowed to go even though Everton are short of forward options, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, Richarlison sold and Anthony Gordon wanted by Chelsea.

Dele Alli in talks over move from Everton to Besiktas

Meslier not for sale

16:41 , Michael Jones

Leeds have reportedly rebuffed Manchester United’s attempts to sign Illan Meslier.

Fabrizio Romano claims the Elland Road outfit consider the French goalkeeper as ‘untouchable’ and a key part of the project under Jesse Marsch.

Reports this morning say United are attempting to find a goalkeeper to challenge David de Gea with Yan Sommer one of the names mentioned.

Knighton explains Man Utd takeover bid

16:33 , Michael Jones

Michael Knighton has admitted he does not have the sufficient resources behind him to own Manchesrter United say the Mancheser Evening News.

“They are small-time billionaires that I have been speaking to for three to four months now”, Knighton told ITV. “When I was approached by some fan groups, oddly enough, saying ‘look, our club is dying on its feet’ would you please do something?’

“I made a few phone calls and I’ve been pulling this consortium together ever since. We are not the great Sir Jim Ratcliffe. We do not have those resources. We are not some nation state sovereign fund who has oil revenue of two billion a day.

“The point is: someone had to make a stand. If we can smoke the great Sir Jim [Ratcliffe] out to buy Manchester United my consortium will be punching the air because we’ve achieved what we want to do. We will make the bid with our own consortium.

“But, I’ll tell you this, we do not have the resources available to do everything that is needed.”

Palace want to re-sign Wan-Bissaka

16:25 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace are looking to re-sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka on loan from Manchester United say talkSPORT. United paid £50m to bring the right-back to Old Trafford from Selhurst Park in 201 but Wan-Bissaka does not appear to be part of new manager Erik ten Hag’s plans.

The 24-year-old has not played a single minute of the Dutchman’s opening two Premier League games.

Wan-Bissaka came up through Palace’s academy and won the Player of the Year award during the 2018/19 campaign. Diogo Dalot is the first-choice for United this season but they are lacking depth at right-back.

talkSPORT understands the Red Devils are willing to loan Wan-Bissaka back to Palace but if they are able to sign cover at right-back before September 1st.

‘He is not Jesus Christ’: Argentina urged to keep easing pressure on Lionel Messi

16:16 , Michael Jones

Former footballer Gabriel Batistuta is happy to see the responsibility being shared among the Argentinian team instead of the pressure on Lionel Messi’s shoulders.

Batistuta, who has over 75 caps for Argentina, added Messi himself will prefer the set-up as it is now and he is “loving” seeing other players coming through.

He told La Nacion : “For a long time we gave it (total responsibility) to Messi; first we condemn ourselves for thinking that we had Jesus Christ and he is Messi, yes, a great player, but he is not Jesus Christ, and then we condemn him too. We did damage for a long time.”

‘He is not Jesus Christ’: Argentina urged to keep easing pressure on Lionel Messi

Meunier to Man Utd?

16:09 , Michael Jones

Manchester United have seemingly been linked with every man and his dog this summer and now Borussia Dortmund right-back Thomas Meunier is the latest.

A report in The Telegraph explains that the Belgian international is a target for United with a £12.6million proposal being put together. Barcelona’s Sergino Dest is another option United are exploring.

United are also hopeful of an exit for Aaron Wan-Bissaka with Crystal Palace apparently keen on a return for the right-back.

Rabiot deal off

16:00 , Michael Jones

Manchester United’s deal with Juventus for Adrien Rabiot has collapsed with the player’s wage demands too high for United to accept.

Rabiot has told Juventus he has no desire to lower them to force a deal through and United are happy to look at alternate options.

Winks gathering interest in Spain and Italy

15:52 , Michael Jones

Tottenham Hotspur have made it clear that Harry Winks isn’t in the plans of Antonio Conte this year and are actively looking to move the midfielder on.

Clubs from Spain and Italy have shown initial interest in signing Winks on loan but there are still no concrete offers for Sergio Reguilon who is another player Spurs are looking to sell.

De Jong transfer saga not over yet

15:45 , Michael Jones

Manchester United have been chasing Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong all summer but their efforts to bring the midfielder have slowe down.

There are issues over deferred wages that Barca need to pay and the possibility of United’s £72m bid having expired.

Man Utd are actively exploring other options such as Real Madrid’s Casemiro but there has been no formal offer yet for the Brazilian as well as Brighton defensive midfielder Moises Caicedo.

Manchester United buyers circle amid growing optimism Glazers could finally sell

15:38 , Michael Jones

At least three consortiums are circling Manchester United with a view to a formal bid, in the belief that the Glazers would sell the club for $6bn.

The Independent has been told of a number of meetings between high-net-worth individuals and brokers since at least May, due to a growing feeling in industry circles that “the deal of the century could be on”.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe has previously made his interest publicly known and is widely considered the most likely buyer. His company, Ineos, who already own OGC Nice, refused to comment when asked whether they had conducted exploratory meetings about a bid.

Man Utd buyers circle amid growing optimism Glazers could finally sell

Williams to stay at United?

15:30 , Michael Jones

Brandon Williams could stay at Manchester United amid uncertainty in the squad’s full-back positions.

The 21-year-old missed the entirety of pre-season through injury but is nearing a return to match fitness and is prepared to reassess his options when the January transfer window opens.

Luke Shaw has been heavily criticised following two dismal performances at left-back and was hauled off at half-time in the 4-0 thrashing by Brentford.

Tyrell Malacia is yet to settle following his summer arrival but could replace Shaw for the visit of Liverpool while Diogo Dalot has also struggled at right-back.

Williams spent last season on loan at Norwich, where he started 23 times in the Premier League as the Canaries were relegated straight back down to the Championship.

Fulham explore option to sign Willian

15:23 , Michael Jones

Fulham are exploring a move for the Brazilian winger Willian says The Athletic.

The former Chelsea and Arsenal forward is expected at the club’s training ground today with a view to agreeing a permanent move on a free transfer.

Willian tore up his contract with Brazilian club Corinthians earlier this month after spending only a year there citing online abuse he and his family had suffered in Brazil as one of the reasons.

The 34-year-old had been keen to return to London and looks set to join Marco Silva’s Fulham. Willian made more than 300 appearances for Fulham’s west London rivals Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, one League Cup and the Europa League. He also has 70 caps for Brazil.

Tottenham players ‘willing to run through a brick wall’ for Antonio Conte, Ben Davies claims

15:15 , Michael Jones

Tottenham Hotspur defender Ben Davies says the players would “rund through a brick wall” for manager Antonio Conte.

Conte took over as boss last season and saw them finish the Premier League fourth, bagging Champions League football. He has continued his impressive tenure with a win and a draw in the league seeing the club fourth this season.

His passion, which saw him in a spat with Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel in the London derby on Sunday, is part of the reason he has done so well at the side according to Davies.

Tottenham players ‘willing to run through a brick wall’ for Conte, Davies claims

Aubameyang to Old Trafford?

15:03 , Michael Jones

Pinch of salt time again but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is being linked with a move to Old Trafford to join up with Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United.

Aubameyang has also been rumoured for a move to Stamford Bridge but with Memphis Depay having already agreed a deal to join Juventus it seems unlikely that Barcelona will allow both forwards to leave this summer.

Tottenham close in on Phillips

14:56 , Michael Jones

Tottenham are focusing on a deal for Blackburn Rovers’ highly promising centre back Ashley Phillips. The 17-year old has already broken into Rovers’ first team and has been followed by Spurs since last season.

Director of football Fabio Paratici is expected to be at Rovers game against Reading tonight before moving forward with the transfer.

Phillips is an England under-17 international with five caps and has made two appearances for Rovers so far this season - one each in the Championship and the Carabao Cup.

West Ham wrap up Thilo Kehrer signing from PSG

14:45 , Michael Jones

West Ham United have confirmed the signing of Germany international defender Thilo Kehrer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Kehrer, 25, has signed a four-year contract, with an option of a two-year extension, in a reported £10.1million deal.

The Irons has been looking for defensive cover after new signing Nayef Aguerd suffered an ankle injury in pre-season and fellow centre-half Issa Diop left to join Fulham.

West Ham wrap up Thilo Kehrer signing from PSG

Ten Hag to drop Maguire?

14:37 , Michael Jones

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is giving serious consideration to dropping captain Harry Maguire for the match against Liverpool on Monday.

Maguire started in both of United’s defeats to Brighton and Brentford and new centre-back signing Lisandro Martinez was hooked at half-time with United 4-0 down at the Community Stadium.

However, the Manchester Evening News understands Ten Hag is mulling over the prospect of starting the £55.3million Martinez with Raphael Varane, who will almost certainly be recalled.

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(Getty Images)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst explains why he kept Antonio Colak on over Alfredo Morelos

14:28 , Michael Jones

Giovanni van Bronckhorst hailed in-form Rangers striker Antonio Colak as he explained his reasons for keeping Alfredo Morelos on the bench against PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.

Croatia international Colak scored for a fourth successive game in the 2-2 Champions League play-off first-leg draw with the talented Dutch side at Ibrox.

Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side took the lead in the 37th minute through defender Ibrahim Sangare before Colak, signed from PAOK this summer, cleverly finished off a slick Gers move to level the tie three minutes later.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst explains why he kept Antonio Colak on over Alfredo Morelos

Watford set to earn £1m from Estupinan move

14:16 , Michael Jones

The knock-on effect of Brighton’s signing of Pervis Estupinan for a fee of just under £15million (€18.1m) means Watford will receive a sell-on windfall that could reach £1m.

When the Ecuador international left Vicarage Road to go to Villarreal in 2020 a sell-on clause was included in his contract which stipulated that Watford would receive 20 per cent of the profit of the next transfer above the €16million they sold him for (that’s £13.5million in current exchange rates).

Therefore with the profit sitting at €2.1million (or £1.8million) his former English club will be due an initial £360,000.

There is, however, another £4m in potential add-ons as part of the total transfer package which could see Watford’s profit increase over time to around £1m.

Pepe leaving Arsenal?

14:13 , Michael Jones

Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe is wanted on loan by Nice, according to Foot Mercato.

The Ivorian remains the record-signing at the Emirates but he has never been able to consistently deliver on the promise his price tag made.

A move back to France where he excelled with Lille could be a plus for the player give him the confidence he needs to rediscover some form.

Napoli close in on Ndombele

14:03 , Michael Jones

Napoli have an agreement in principle with Tottenham over the loan signing of Tanguy Ndombele.

The Spurs player is expected to have a medical this week, ahead of a loan move that comes with an option to buy. Sky Sports in Italy say Ndombele will have a medical with the Serie A club tomorrow.

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(Getty Images)

West Ham confirm signing of Kehrer

13:51 , Michael Jones

A statement on the Hammers’ website reads: ‘West Ham United is delighted to announce the signing of Germany international defender Thilo Kehrer.

‘The versatile 25-year-old arrives from French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a four-year contract with a two-year option, with West Ham having beaten off stiff competition from other leading European clubs to bring him to London Stadium.

‘A three-time Ligue 1 winner, UEFA Champions League finalist and a regular starter during Germany’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, Kehrer is a proven winner who will add international and European experience to David Moyes’ squad.’

Depay agrees terms with Juventus

13:46 , Michael Jones

Memphis Depay has agreed terms on a contract with Juventus ahead of a summer move according to 90min.

The Netherlands international signed for Barcelona ahead of the 2021/22 La Liga season but has fallen out of favour at the club since Xavi Hernandez took over in November 2021.

Depay scored 13 goals in all competitions last season but following Barca’s signing of twonew forwards this summer the player is keen to leave Camp Nou in search of gametime.

90min understands says that the move will be only finalised when Barca agree to a mutually terminate Depay’s current contract, allowing the player to move to Juve as a free agent and at the same time enabling the Catalan giants to free up funds for their new arrivals.

United looking at Sommer as back-up

13:38 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are said to be thinking about bringing Yan Sommer is a a back-up goalkeeper to David De Gea yet Sommer has new contract bid from Borussia Monchengladbach as well as links to other Premier League clubs.

Kehrer completes medical

13:30 , Michael Jones

Thilo Kehrer has completed a medical with West Ham ahead of £10.1m move from PSG.

The Paris Saint-Germain defender has agreed personal terms with the Premier League side and a formal announcement of the 25-year-old’s transfer is expected soon.

Man Utd consider loan move for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic

13:24 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are considering a potential loan move for Christian Pulisic as the Chelsea winger seeks to earn more regular playing time away from Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old only made 13 league starts under Thomas Tuchel last season and has appeared as a substitute in each of Chelsea’s opening games of the new campaign.

Pulisic has attracted interest from Newcastle United, Juventus, Milan and Atletico Madrid as he seeks regular minutes before playing for the United States at this winter’s World Cup.

Manchester United consider loan move for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic

Antony changes mind on United move

13:15 , Michael Jones

Ajax forward Antony is apparently no longer angling for a move to Old Trafford that would see him reunite with former boss Erik ten Hag.

Antony starred in the Ajax side that clinched a third Dutch title in four years under Ten Hag last term, notching 10 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.

According to De Telegraaf, Antony is believed to ‘no longer be an option for Manchester United’ and that the forward would now ‘think twice’ if he was presented with the opportunity to work alongside Ten Hag in England following United’s nightmare start to the season.

Napoli set to sign Ndombele

13:08 , Michael Jones

Tanguy Ndombele is heading to Italy after Tottenham and Napoli have agreed a deal for the midfielder. He’ll undergo a medical on Thursday before joining the Serie A side.

Fofana wants to join Chelsea

13:00 , Michael Jones

Wesley Fofana has told Leicester City that he would prefer a to move to Chelsea says The Guardian.

Leicester are holding out for a world-record bid that would exceed £80m as they believe Fofana’s potential is worth the price. The defender still has a few years on his contract so Leicester are in a strong negotiating position having already rejected two bids from Chelsea.

The Blues are aware it could take at least £85m to convince Leicester to sell but sources have indicated Chelsea will eventually meet Leicester’s asking price.

United could send youngsters out on loan

12:52 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are willing to send Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal out on loan before the end of the summer if an appropriate offer comes in for either of them.

Erik ten Hag gave opportunities to both teenage midfielders during the recent pre-season tour, but neither of them is guaranteed meaningful minutes in the United first-team this season.

A loan move for both would be the next stage in their development as they look to challenge for places in the first team squad.

Dele Alli in talks over move from Everton to Besiktas

12:45 , Michael Jones

Dele Alli is in talks with Besiktas about a move to Turkey with Everton willing to let the January signing go.

The former England international could complete a loan switch with a view to a permanent deal in his second transfer of 2022.

Alli has made 13 appearances for Everton, failing to score, and will be allowed to go even though Everton are short of forward options, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin injured, Richarlison sold and Anthony Gordon wanted by Chelsea.

Dele Alli in talks over move from Everton to Besiktas

Bennacer considering new Milan deal

12:36 , Michael Jones

AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer has been linked with a move to Liverpool although recent reports say he is considering a fresh deal with the Serie A club.

However, the Algerian is only set to stay if his new contract demands of a €2million (£1.6m) pay rise per-season are met.

According to La Gazette du Fennec, Bennacer wishes to go from a current salary of €1.5m (£1.2m) net per season to around €3.5m (£2.9m). However, should the Rossoneri reject his wishes, then he could make the decision to leave the club as a result.

Everton target Blackburn forward

12:28 , Michael Jones

Blackburn forward Ben Brereton Diaz is on Everton’s list of targets as Frank Lampard widens his search for a new striker.

Blackburn are currently top of the Championship and rejected a £10m bid from Nice for the 23-year-old on Tuesday night.

Everton are also looking at Chelsea striker Armando Broja who remains their first-choice option, but with little progress in negotiations, they are widening the net.

Other options include Brighton’s Neil Maupay and Coventry’s Victor Gyokores.

What’s going on with Bernardo Silva?

12:22 , Michael Jones

Rumours have circulated this summer about Bernardo Silva’s potential exit from the Etihad with Barcelona keen to bring the midfielder to La Liga however the Athletic is reporting that Silva is ready to commit his future to Man City.

City were standing firm on their €100million (£84m, $101.5m) valuation of Bernardo and it has always been hard to see how Barcelona could afford that price given their financial problems.

But, manager Pep Guardiola admitted last week that there were concerns that the 28-year-old could leave.

For the second successive year Bernardo asked the City hierarchy to release him if Barcelona made a suitable offer and as recently as last week, he told ESPN: “I have been open with (City) and they know what I want. It’s a big club and they don’t want players who are not happy at the club. They always say to all of us that if you’re not happy, you can go.”

Despite their interest, Barcelona have not made a firm offer and Bernardo is now understood to be focusing firmly on the season ahead in Manchester.

Will Pulisic suit Man Utd?

12:16 , Michael Jones

Manchester United’s intention to bring Christian Pulisic to Old Trafford may hint at a change of system with more of a focus on counter-attacking football.

Will the winger fit into Erik ten Hag’s plans or would his signing be a non-starter?

Morata happy at Atletico

12:11 , Michael Jones

Alvaro Morata insists he is happy at Atletico Madrid amid speculation linking him with a potential move to Old Trafford.

The striker spent the last two seasons on loan at Juventus who did not take up the £30m option to sign the Spaniard permanently.

Sky Sports News reported that Morata had been offered to Erik ten Hag as a striker option, but the forward admits he is content at “one of the best clubs in the world” having scored two goals in Atletico’s opening La Liga fixture this year.

“I really want to play here, work and play in many competitions,” he said. “I’m excited to be here, as always, I can only work and run for the team in every game.

“Speculation over my future? It’s what comes out in the press, I just wanted to work and work.

“Atletico are one of the best clubs in the world. If there’s a market I can’t do anything, just work. I’m happy here and I want to continue working.”

Cristiano Ronaldo urged by Gary Neville to tell Man United fans ‘the truth’ immediately

12:03 , Michael Jones

Gary Neville says Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo should “stand up and speak” his truth now rather than wait for an interview in a few weeks.

Ronaldo, who was the club’s top scorer last season, has been rumoured to want out of Old Trafford in the transfer window but no deal has yet been made. Neville took to social media after Ronaldo wrote on Instagram he will reveal all in an upcoming interview.

Neville said on Twitter: “Why does the greatest player of all time (in my opinion) have to wait two weeks to tell Manchester United fans the truth? Stand up now and speak. The club is in crisis and it needs leaders to lead. He’s the only one who can grab this situation by the scruff of the neck!”

Ronaldo urged by Gary Neville to tell Man United fans ‘the truth’ immediately

Nianzou joins Sevilla

11:51 , Michael Jones

Tanguy Nianzou signs for Sevilla after completing a medical in Spain. He joins the club from Bayern Munich.

A loan move for Pulisic?

11:42 , Michael Jones

The Athletic have reported that Manchester United are considering taking Christian Pulisic on loan from their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Newcastle United, Juventus and Atletico Madrid have all made approaches for the player who cost Chelsea £58million ($70m) when he signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

The 23-year-old Pulisic has been frustrated with his role as a substitute under Thomas Tuchel and would prefer to play more ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this winter.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Manchester United fans plan protest against Glazers ahead of Liverpool match

11:36 , Michael Jones

A Manchester United supporters’ group is planning to protest against the club’s “vile” ownership ahead of the Premier League match against Liverpool on Monday night.

United suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday to leave them bottom of the table and without a point from their opening two games.

Former defender Gary Neville has been among the vocal critics of the Glazer family, accusing them of presiding over a “rotting” club.

Manchester United fans plan protest against Glazers ahead of Liverpool match

Ronaldo to Chelsea?

11:27 , Michael Jones

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Special Paul Merson has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to join Chelsea if the 37-year-old leaves Manchester United this summer.

“Chelsea need a centre forward.” Merson said, “You’ve got two of the best wing-backs in the world of football - maybe even three with Marc Cucurella coming in. They play so high up the pitch. It’s not like at Manchester United where you’re playing near the halfway line.

“You go and play at Stamford Bridge, and everyone stands right on the edge of their box. At Chelsea, Ronaldo wouldn’t have to run anywhere.

“The amount of times the wing-backs get the ball down the sides, if you whip that ball in for Ronaldo, you’re talking about one of the best finishers in the world.

“You don’t get 700-800 goals if you can’t finish. It just ticks all the boxes for me.”

Pedro still on Newcastle’s radar

11:19 , Michael Jones

Fabrizio Romano says that Newcastle are preparing a new proposal for Watford’s Joao Pedro after an opening bid of around £20m plus £3m add-ons was turned down few days ago.

Newcastle target Kalajdzic

11:11 , Michael Jones

Newcastle United are considering making a move for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic this summer, a player that has also been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United throughout the current transfer window.

Kalajdzic joined Stuttgart three years ago and endured an anterior cruciate ligament injury followed by a shoulder problem that limited him to just 15 league games last season.

He still managed to score six goals in the Bundesliga, after scoring 16 and assisting six during the 2020/21 season. The 25-year-old striker is fit again this season and has three assists in two games.

Reports earlier in the window claimed that Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United were interest in the £15million-rated forward whose preference of those clubs is said to be Man Utd.

He is in the final 12 months of his deal so can Newcastle swoop in and claim his signature?

Liam Delap: Stoke win race to loan Manchester City striker

11:02 , Michael Jones

Stoke City have won the race to sign Liam Delap on loan from Manchester City.

Delap is expected to finalise a season-long loan to the Championship club imminently, with no option to buy included and a medical scheduled for later today.

The 19-year-old had attracted interest from a host of clubs this summer, with Burnley and West Bromwich Albion both looking into a potential loan.

Stoke win race to loan Manchester City striker Liam Delap

Burnley may not target a striker

10:54 , Michael Jones

Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany, has played down the prospect of the club bringing in a striker following a 1-1 draw with Hull in the Championship.

He explained: “A big part for us depends on the fitness of players but we are not in a position where we can just afford to store players, so we have to make sure we are really smart in how we do things and that might come with a bit more versatility in the squad, where players can play one or two positions.

“We can’t afford to spend and leave players on the bench doing nothing. If you want to see the doomsday Sunderland scenario you have to do exactly that.

“Everyone knows with J-Rod [Jay Rodriguez] they will have to bear with us as we have to manage him. He is a special player for us as he has a real goal threat but also has this quality on the ball.

“He seems to me to be really enjoying his game, at times it’s like having a 22-year-old player there, watching and drinking in everything that you say.”

Delap joins Stoke

10:45 , Michael Jones

Manchester City striker Liam Delap has agreed to join Stoke City on a season-long loan and will have a medical at the Championship club on Wednesday afternoon.

Delap’s father, Rory was a fan favourite at Stoke for seven years when they were in the Premier League and Liam is set to follow in the footsteps.

The 19-year-old made his Premier League and Champions League debuts for Manchester City in February.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

Felix is latest striker to be linked with Man Utd

10:37 , Michael Jones

According to Spanish news outlet Marca, Manchester United are going to attempt a shock move for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.

They claim that United held discussions with Felix’s representatives on Tuesday evening in an attempt to try and bolster the Reds’ attacking options.

United are attempting to add to their forward line ahead of the transfer window closing and Felix is the latest name to be linked with a move to Manchester.

Atletico’s Alvaro Morata, Antoinee Griezmann and Mathues Cunha have all been rumoured to be making the trip to Old Trafford in this window.

Chelsea agree deal for Casadei

10:30 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have agreed a £12.6m deal for the highly-rated Inter Milan midfielder Cesare Casadei and will pay a further £4m in add-ons with youngster offered a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge.

Casadei is yet to make his senior professional debut for Inter, but is seen as one of the rising stars in Italian football and Chelsea had a £6m bid turned down for the youngster earlier this summer.

The 19-year-old will complete a medical this week before joining up with Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Rangers’ Champions League hopes in the balance after home draw with PSV

10:21 , Michael Jones

Rangers’ Champions League ambitions are in the balance following a pulsating 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their play-off at Ibrox.

Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in the opposition dugout to former Netherlands team-mate Ruud van Nistelrooy and it was the visitors who took the lead in the 37th minute when Ibrahim Sangare drove in following a corner.

However, Antonio Colak levelled three minutes later with a smart finish, the Croatia striker scoring for the fourth game in a row.

Rangers’ Champions League hopes in the balance after home draw with PSV

Watford prepared ‘for any eventuality’ over Sarr

10:12 , Michael Jones

Watford manager Rob Edwards spoke about Ismaila Sarr's future at the club amid Crystal Palace's interest in the player but refused to suggest whether or not the winger would be leaving.

Patrick Vieira's Eagles are keen on the Watford star, who is currently playing for the club in the Championship and speaking after the Hornet’s draw with Birmingham last night Edwards said:

“I don’t know at all, I’ve been out there concentrating on the game so I can’t say anything about that. I’m very open – I expected there to be some movement because we’ve got some good players at this club.

“We’re well prepared for any eventuality at the moment. [Emmanuel] Dennis went and Keinan Davis came in.

“I need to stress that we’re in a really good place at the moment – I feel like we’re in control of everything but there’s going to be speculation.”

Palace want Sarr

10:03 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace are working on a deal to sign Watford forward Ismaila Sarr, according to The Athletic.

The Eagles have apparently been speaking to Sarr’s representatives for a while but are yet to make an official bid to Watford. They have a long-standing interest in Sarr having seen a bid of £25m rejected on deadline day in 2020.

Sarr is under contract with the Hornets until 2024 but was not part of the Watford squad for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Birmingham City.

Maitland-Niles to leave Arsenal?

09:54 , Michael Jones

It has been a busy summer for Arsenal when it comes to outgoings. The Gunners have already received fees for midfielders Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira in the current window and are hoping to sell Ainsley Maitland-Niles as well.

The Times say Arsenal are keen to cut Maitland-Niles from their books permanently in the coming weeks before losing him on a free transfer at the end of the current season.

No concrete offers have been made but Arsenal are holding out for bids later in the window.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Ziyech to United rumour still going

09:45 , Michael Jones

According to a report from Nabil Djellit, via L’Equipe, Manchester United are preparing to move in on Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.

The Moroccan international has scored 14 goals in two seasons and Stamford Bridge but could reunite with Erik ten Hag after the pair enjoyed plenty of success together at Ajax.

Djellit states that United’s board are ‘listening to manager Erik ten Hag on the subject’ and are willing to advocate a deal if Chelsea’s asking price is within reason.

Brighton sign full-back Pervis Estupinan from Villarreal

09:36 , Michael Jones

Brighton have signed Ecuador full-back Pervis Estupinan on a contract until June 2027.

The 24-year-old arrives from LaLiga side Villarreal, for undisclosed terms and subject to international clearance.

His arrival comes after Brighton sold left-back Marc Cucurella to Chelsea.

Head coach Graham Potter told the club website: “We’re excited by what Pervis brings us and he fills a position to which we’ve been looking to add depth.”

Brighton sign full-back Pervis Estupinan from Villarreal

Nunes set for medical

09:27 , Michael Jones

Sporting Lisbon midfielder Matheus Nunes is in the UK for his medical with Wolves ahead of his club record £42.2m move to Molineux.

He will then finalise personal terms before joining up with Bruno Lage’s squad and Wolves are hopeful to see him registered in time Saturday’s game at Tottenham.

Man Utd interested in Caicedo

09:18 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Moises Caicedo from Brighton after talks with Adrien Rabiot broke down.

United have refused to meet Rabiot’s wage demands after a broad agreement had been reached with Juventus on a £15m fee for the midfielder and they are now switching their focus to alternate options.

Caicedo only made his Premier League debut for Brighton in April but has become a first-team regular for Graham Potter’s side having started their last 10 league games.

The 20-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford back in February 2021 before eventually joining Brighton after another bungled negotiation from the Red Devils.

The Seagulls have no intention of selling Caicedo so it’ll be a pricey decision if United land him this summer.

Man City sign left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht

09:11 , Michael Jones

Manchester City have completed the signing of left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht for £11million.

The 21-year-old Spaniard arrives as a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal, and becomes City’s fourth summer signing, after Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

City turned their attentions to Gomez, who has signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, after they were reluctant to pay Brighton’s asking price for Marc Cucurella, who instead signed for Chelsea in a deal that could cost £62million.

Man City sign left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht

Tottenham sign Destiny Udogie but Italian returns to Udinese on loan

09:02 , Jack Rathborn

Tottenham have completed the £15million signing of Destiny Udogie from Udinese but he has been immediately loaned back to his old club.

The teenager has been tracked by Spurs all summer and has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League side after initially flying into England at the weekend.

Udogie, who made 35 appearances for Udinese last season but sat out their opener with AC Milan on Saturday, stayed at Hotspur Way on Sunday before he completed a medical on Monday and finalised his transfer a day later.

He is Tottenham’s seventh signing of the summer but the left-back has returned to Italy in a similar fashion to Pape Matar Sarr, who joined Spurs last August but spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan with Metz.

Tottenham sign Destiny Udogie but Italian returns to Udinese on loan

Adrien Rabiot: Manchester United end interest in Juventus midfielder over wage demands

08:51 , Jack Rathborn

Manchester United’s pursuit of Adrien Rabiot is now considered all but over due to the Juventus midfielder’s wage demands, with attentions set to turn to Real Madrid’s Casemiro.

United agreed a fee for Rabiot last week but have not been able to agree personal terms in negotiations with his agent and mother Veronique.

The 27-year-old had emerged as a surprise target amid United’s summer long chase of Frenkie de Jong.

John Murtough, United’s football director, travelled to Turin last week in the hope of concluding negotiations with Rabiot’s representatives.

Manchester United end interest in Adrien Rabiot over wage demands

Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at ‘lies’ regarding Manchester United future

08:38 , Jack Rathborn

Cristiano Ronaldo has hit out at the “lies” surrounding reports about his future at Manchester United.

The Portugal forward missed United’s pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia because of personal reasons amid speculation over whether he would be leaving Old Trafford.

Ronaldo wants to play Champions League football, but United maintain the 37-year-old is not for sale and remains an integral part of the plans of new boss Erik ten Hag.

Ronaldo played the full 90 minutes of United’s 4-0 defeat at Brentford on Saturday, which left them bottom of the Premier League.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits out at ‘lies’ regarding Manchester United future

Man United target Real Madrid and Brazil midfielder Casemiro

08:27 , Jack Rathborn

Real Madrid’s Casemiro, 30, has emerged as a target for Manchester United.

Marca report the Red Devils see the Brazil midfielder as an alternative to Adrien Rabiot, with talks stalling for the Juventus midfielder in recent days over wage demands.

Los Blancos would like to keep the player, who has a “extra special relationship” with Carlo Ancelotti, but the club is well-stocked in that department, including Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Dani Ceballos and summer arrival Aurelien Tchouameni.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘asks to leave Chelsea on loan’ with Leicester and Southampton keen

07:47 , Jack Rathborn

Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly asked Chelsea to go out on loan and there are at least two Premier League clubs ready to snap him up.

The Guardian reports Leicester and Southampton are considering signing the 21-year-old, with the winger searching for more regular playing time after not even being named on the bench when the Blues opened their league campaign with a 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

Callum Hudson-Odoi ‘asks to leave Chelsea on loan’

Man United end interest in Juventus midfielder Rabiot over wage demands

Tuesday 16 August 2022 21:00 , Karl Matchett

Manchester United’s pursuit of Adrien Rabiot is now considered all but over due to the Juventus midfielder’s wage demands.

United agreed a fee for Rabiot last week but have not agree personal terms in negotiations with his agent and mother Veronique.

The 27-year-old had emerged as a surprise target amid United’s summer long chase of Frenkie de Jong.

John Murtough, United’s football director, travelled to Turin last week in the hope of concluding negotiations with Rabiot’s representatives.

Yet after a difference in valuation on wages, United’s attempts to reinforce their midfield are set to extend into the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

More on Rabiot from Mark Critchley:

Man United end interest in Juventus midfielder Rabiot over wage demands

Man United not likely to sign Rabiot from Juventus

Tuesday 16 August 2022 20:40 , Karl Matchett

Manchester United have suffered another blow in their pursuit of midfield transfer targets, with the Athletic’s David Ornstein reporting there is a very much reduced chance that Adrien Rabiot moves from Juventus to Old Trafford.

“Rabiot to Man Utd now highly unlikely. Gap in wage offer/expectation mean move not happening as things stand,” he tweeted.

“Live talks over other options such as Casemiro. De Jong improbable but [United] hope to get a top midfielder before deadline.”

Casemiro from Real Madrid as the third choice seems...interesting, as well as unlikely.

Tottenham sign Destiny Udogie but Italian returns to Udinese on loan

Tuesday 16 August 2022 20:20 , Karl Matchett

Tottenham have completed the £15million signing of Destiny Udogie from Udinese but he has been immediately loaned back to his old club.

The teenager has been tracked by Spurs all summer and has signed a five-year deal with the Premier League side after initially flying into England at the weekend.

Udogie, who made 35 appearances for Udinese last season but sat out their opener with AC Milan on Saturday, stayed at Hotspur Way on Sunday before he completed a medical on Monday and finalised his transfer a day later.

He is Tottenham’s seventh signing of the summer but the left-back has returned to Italy in a similar fashion to Pape Matar Sarr, who joined Spurs last August but spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan with Metz.

Tottenham sign Destiny Udogie but Italian returns to Udinese on loan

Manchester United and the Glazers’s debt explained

Tuesday 16 August 2022 20:00 , Michael Jones

The Glazer family’s acquisition of Manchester United remains controversial to this day.

Their £790m takeover in the summer of 2005 came by way of a leveraged buyout: when a significant amount of borrowed money is used to fund the acquisition of a company, with the debt secured against that company itself.

In the case of this leveraged buyout, it was not just any company but one of the most famous and successful clubs in English and world football.

Over the years, that debt, the interest paid on it and the dividends handed out to shareholders along the way – the majority going to the Glazers themselves – have proved controversial.

Manchester United and the Glazers’s debt explained

Matheus Nunes: Wolves close in on club-record deal for Sporting midfielder

Tuesday 16 August 2022 19:45 , Michael Jones

Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to break their transfer record to land Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes from Sporting Lisbon.

Personal terms are still to be finalised with the 23-year-old but it is understood Wolves are optimistic a deal can be completed quickly after they agreed to pay Sporting an initial £38m, with a further £4.2m in potential add-ons.

That eclipses the £35m Wolves paid Porto for Fabio Silva – now on loan at Anderlecht – in 2020.

The Brazil-born Nunes turned down an opportunity to play for his homeland and last year made his debut for Portugal. He has won eight caps and scored one goal for the country.

Wolves close in on club-record deal for Sporting’s Matheus Nunes

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte charged by FA following touchline fracas

Tuesday 16 August 2022 19:30 , Michael Jones

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association following their touchline fracas during Sunday’s Premier League draw.

The pair clashed twice at Stamford Bridge, causing two melees as tempers flared during a fiery London derby which saw Spurs snatch a 2-2 draw with a last-gasp Harry Kane goal.

Both managers were booked for the first bust-up, then sent off at full-time when a niggly handshake sparked further ugly scenes.

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte charged by FA following touchline fracas

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen joins Vitesse Arnhem on season-long loan

Tuesday 16 August 2022 19:15 , Michael Jones

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen has moved to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old joined Albion from Ajax last summer and made his debut in last season’s FA Cup third-round win at West Brom.

He spent the remainder of the campaign on loan at Belgian side Oostende and was called up to the Holland squad in June following an injury to Tim Krul.

Seagulls goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts told the club website “This is a great opportunity for Kjell to continue his development and play regularly.

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen joins Vitesse Arnhem on season-long loan

Ryan Giggs tells jury ‘infidelity’ reputation justified but he has never hit a woman

Tuesday 16 August 2022 19:00 , Michael Jones

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has told a jury he has never been faithful in any of his romantic relationships but he has never assaulted a woman.

Giggs began giving evidence in his defence for the first time on Tuesday at Manchester Crown Court, where he is on trial accused of assaulting his ex-partner Kate Greville, 38, and her younger sister Emma Greville, 26, on November 1 2020.

The 48-year-old is also accused of using controlling and coercive behaviour against Kate Greville.

Ryan Giggs tells jury ‘infidelity’ reputation justified but he has never hit a woman

Everton reject opening Chelsea offer for Anthony Gordon

Tuesday 16 August 2022 18:45 , Michael Jones

Everton have rejected a bid from Chelsea for Anthony Gordon as Thomas Tuchel has stepped up his interest in the winger.

Chelsea face a decision whether to come back with a second offer of around £50 million to test Everton’s resolve to keep the England Under-21 international.

Their position has been that Gordon is not for sale while manager Frank Lampard is keen to build around the 21-year-old, who he feels is a key player in his plans.

Everton reject opening Chelsea offer for Anthony Gordon

Joachim Andersen reveals death threats after role in Darwin Nunez red card

Tuesday 16 August 2022 18:30 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen has received death threats and thousands of abusive messages after his role in Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez’s red card on Monday night.

The Danish centre-back has taken to social media to show just some of the “300 to 400” abusive messages following the 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield.

Nunez was given a straight red card, a club first for a home debut, after headbutting Andersen, reacting angrily after the pair jostled in and around the penalty area.

And Andersen has urged supported to “show some respect” and “stop acting tough online”.

Joachim Andersen reveals death threats after role in Darwin Nunez red card

Jurgen Klopp set for Darwin Nunez talks after red card in Liverpool draw

Tuesday 16 August 2022 18:15 , Michael Jones

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits Darwin Nunez will have plenty of time to learn from his red card for headbutting Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen in the 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield.

The Uruguay international, who arrived in the summer for a potential club-record £85million fee, was dismissed early in the second half for flooring the Eagles centre-back after the two had tangled with each other all night.

Klopp pointed to the provocation the striker had received but accepted there were no excuses for his reaction and the three-match ban he will now serve – missing matches against Manchester United, Bournemouth and Newcastle – will give the 23-year-old the opportunity for reflection.

Jurgen Klopp set for Darwin Nunez talks after red card in Liverpool draw

Darwin Nunez and Liverpool left to rue and reflect on unwanted first

Tuesday 16 August 2022 18:05 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp has seen his Liverpool players win the Premier League and the Champions League, watched them beat Barcelona 4-0 and Manchester United 5-0, but there was something he had never witnessed in his first 383 games as Liverpool manager.

That changed on Darwin Nunez’s Anfield bow as, in something that had never happened in a reign that began in 2015, one of his charges was dismissed for violent conduct.

“There is always a first time,” said the German, but his downbeat demeanour showed that this was one he would rather not have happened.

Initially, he was not sure how it had: he spotted Joachim Andersen on the Anfield turf and Nunez walking away.

It was not until he was shown a replay that he realised the £64m striker had headbutted the Crystal Palace defender. “Yes, it is a red card,” he said. In a weekend when one German manager found fault with refereeing decisions, another did not.

Darwin Nunez and Liverpool left to rue and reflect on unwanted first

Everton closing in on Gueye

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:59 , Michael Jones

Everton are finally closing on bringing Idrissa Gueye back to the club and are confident a deal with PSG will be sorted this week.

Man City sign left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:56 , Michael Jones

Manchester City have completed the signing of left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht for £11million.

The 21-year-old Spaniard arrives as a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined Arsenal, and becomes City’s fourth summer signing, after Erling Haaland, Kalvin Phillips and Stefan Ortega Moreno.

City turned their attentions to Gomez, who has signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, after they were reluctant to pay Brighton’s asking price for Marc Cucurella, who instead signed for Chelsea in a deal that could cost £62million.

Man City sign left-back Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht

Simeone gives update on Morata amid Man Utd speculation

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:48 , Michael Jones

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone, says that he hope Alvaro Morata will stay at the club after two seasons on loan at Juventus. Simeone has been speaking about the forward after rumours about a possible move to Manchester United surfaced in the last week or so.

Morata has returned to Atletico for the new campaign and started in their opening La Liga game on Monday, he scoring two goals against Getafe.

There has been speculation about the 29-year-old’s future and Simeone was asked about such reports this week.

“I am not the owner of the club, I am the coach. Everyone at the club hopes he [Morata] continues,” Simeone said on Monday night. “He is working very well, in an extraordinary way. I think that all footballers need to have confidence to do important things.

“He came back with great humility and wanting to work. He came back trying hard.”

Graeme Souness labelled ‘disgraceful’ for ‘man’s game’ comment after Chelsea vs Tottenham

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:40 , Michael Jones

Graeme Souness has been called “disgraceful” after using the term “a man’s game” while analysing Chelsea’s draw with Tottenham.

The Sky Sports pundit, working alongside former England international Karen Carney, with David Jones as presenter, discussed the ill-tempered affair, with the two managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte twice clashing on the touchline.

Souness, while reacted to the 2-2 draw, said: “Referees are letting a lot more go and it makes for a better watch. We’ve all played the game, with simulation and people throwing themselves into the ground. I haven’t seen that in the two games today. It’s a man’s game all of a sudden now.”

Graeme Souness labelled ‘disgraceful’ for ‘man’s game’ comment

Besiktas pushing to sign Dele Alli.

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:32 , Michael Jones

Besiktas are pushing to sign Dele Alli from Everton with both a loan or permanent move being considered says Fabrizio Romano.

Dele wants game time as priority and the club are leaving it to him to decide if he wants to move whilst they focus on completing a Gana Gueye deal.

Will Fofana go to Chelsea?

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:26 , Michael Jones

Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.

Fabrizio Romano claims that the Blues have their contract ready for the French defender in case a speedy deal needs to be done with Leicester still holding out for a larger fee.

Chelsea are preparing a new bid for Fofana but Leicester’s stance remains that their star centre-back is not for sale after rejecting the Londoners opening two offers.

Ronaldo to Chelsea?

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:20 , Michael Jones

Paul Merson believes Cristiano Ronaldo would solve Chelsea’s striker issue and he told Sky Sports: “Chelsea were outstanding against Tottenham on Sunday, they dominated the match from start to finish, but they haven’t got a goalscorer or centre-forward and that cost them three points.

“I cannot believe they didn’t or haven’t gone in for Cristiano Ronaldo. He just ticks all of the boxes Chelsea are lacking.

“Playing for Chelsea is not like playing for Manchester United, who are working from the halfway line. Chelsea are on the edge of the box, dominating games.

“Chelsea have unbelievable wing-backs, they dominate football matches, if they were putting the ball into the box for Ronaldo I would dread to think how many goals he could score.”

 (Action Images via Reuters)
(Action Images via Reuters)

Caicedo on United’s radar

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:15 , Michael Jones

Manchester United are interested in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

United are long term admirers of the Caicedo and were looking at signing him when he joined Brighton from Argentine club Independiente in February 2021.

The club are expected to hold internal discussions about whether to make an official bid for the midfielder but any acquisition for the 20-year-old is likely to come with a heavy price tag.

Fulham eyeing up Dieng

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:08 , Michael Jones

Fulham have turned to Marseille to enquire about signing Bamba Dieng with their move for Justin Kluivert in danger of being hijacked.

Marco Silva is looking for more firepower in the final third and had primarily targeted 23-year-old Kluivert but the move is at risk due to Roma’s insistence on an obligation-to-buy clause, guaranteeing them £8million and a sell-on clause.

The Cottagers are thus lining up alternatives with Marseille forward Bamba Dieng in their sights.

The 22-year-old scored eight goals in all competitions last season and has also been offered to Everton to solve Frank Lampard’s striker crisis.

Cunha rejects Man Utd

Tuesday 16 August 2022 17:00 , Michael Jones

Manchester United have reportedly been dealt another body blow in the transfer market as Mathues Cunha has turned down the chance to move to Old Trafford.

Spanish outlet Sport claim Cunha rejected United’s approaches after it was revealed the club hoped to agree a £42million deal with Atletico Madrid.

Cunha, a 23-year-old Brazil international, signed for the Spanish club in 2021 and has scored seven goals in 37 appearances.

Brunt extends Leicester contract

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:50 , Michael Jones

Leicester City midfielder Lewis Brunt has signed a new contract at King Power Stadium that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The 21-year-old made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Spurs towards the end of last season but isn’t in Brendan Rodgers’ immediate plans.

Tottenham and Man Utd in battle for Meslier?

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:42 , Michael Jones

Manchester United and Tottenham are said to battle it out for Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier, according to The Mirror.

Meslier is Leeds’ established No. 1 and is seen as one of the most-promising goalkeepers in the Premier League.

The French Under-21 international has seemingly attracted the interest of United, who see him as a possible long-term successor to David De Gea despite having Dean Henderson on the books.

Tottenham are also keen and they want him to eventually replace his compatriot 35-year-old, Hugo Lloris.

What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker at Manchester United?

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:33 , Michael Jones

When Marnix Kolder was playing in a side managed by Erik ten Hag, his role was fairly uncomplicated. “I was the ‘escape’,” he told The Independent earlier this year.

“When the ball was pressured at the back, the long ball from the keeper or the central defender came to me. I don’t know the word in English – a coat stand? The “kapstok”. It’s a typical word in Dutch. The big person they can play the balls to, then you play to the midfielders or to the side.”

In other words, a target man.

Kolder was Ten Hag’s centre forward at Go Ahead Eagles during the first year of his managerial career in 2012-13, which ended in promotion to the Eredivisie.

At 6ft 2in in height, and despite being the wrong side of 30, he scored a goal every other game in his only year working under the future Manchester United manager, before Ten Hag left the “kick and rush” of the Eerste Divisie, Dutch football’s second tier, that Kolder describes to take charge of Bayern Munich II and work in the orbit of Pep Guardiola.

What does Erik ten Hag want in a striker?

Marseille agree deal for Seha

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:25 , Michael Jones

Marseille have agreed an £8.4m deal with Troyes to sign left winger Sayha Seha.

The 17-year-old has played twice for France’s U17s and has been watched by a number of Premier League clubs.

Nianzou to Sevilla

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:20 , Michael Jones

Tanguy Nianzou is set to complete his move Sevilla with Fabrizio Romano convinced that the deal is done and confirmed.

He rpeorts that Bayern Munich will receive a €20m fee and buy-back clause will also be included.

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen joins Vitesse Arnhem on season-long loan

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:11 , Michael Jones

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen has moved to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan.

The 22-year-old joined Albion from Ajax last summer and made his debut in last season’s FA Cup third-round win at West Brom.

He spent the remainder of the campaign on loan at Belgian side Oostende and was called up to the Holland squad in June following an injury to Tim Krul.

Brighton goalkeeper Kjell Scherpen joins Vitesse Arnhem on season-long loan

West Ham in talks for Emerson

Tuesday 16 August 2022 16:03 , Michael Jones

West Ham are in talks with Chelsea over their Italy defender Emerson Palmieri.

Hammers boss David Moyes is desperate to boost his defence before the transfer window closes after injuries to new signing Nayer Aguerd and experienced duo Craig Dawson and Angelo Ogbonna have seen the Irons use Ben Johnson in central defence.

Moyes is also understood to be looking at Paris St-Germain’s Thilo Kehrer and has apparantly agreed terms with the defender.

Palmieri spent last season on loan at Lyon but the 28-year-old is out of favour at Chelsea, following the arrival of Marc Cucurella, even though he still has two years left on his present deal.

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