Transfer news LIVE! Mbappe to Real Madrid; Kane, Ronaldo, Saul latest; Chelsea, Man Utd, Arsenal rumours today

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Transfer news LIVE!

Two potentially huge stories are developing in the final week of the summer window concerning the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid have made their first move for the PSG star - which has been rejected after the Parisians accused Real of an “illegal” approach - while Ronaldo is reportedly attempting to engineer a move to Manchester City.

What does this mean for Harry Kane? Man City were expected to push to seal a British-record deal before the August 31 deadline, but the England captain has now confirmed he will be staying at Tottenham this year. Spurs, meanwhile, are closing in on the signing of Metz wonderkid Pape Matar Sarr and want Wolves star Adama Traore as well as potentially moving for Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.

Chelsea are not done either as they look to step up their interest in Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. The latter could be a loan deal, but Manchester United are also reportedly interested.

Arsenal have spent more than any other top European team, with the signings of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and are now finally starting to clear the decks with Willian heading for the exit door... and could captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang be next to leave?

Liverpool have also been linked with the likes of Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah, while West Ham may have fresh hope as they pursue Jesse Lingard and a move for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.

Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!

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Latest transfer news and rumours today

  • PSG reject Real Mbappe bid

  • Kane confirms Tottenham stay

  • Ronaldo forcing Man City move

  • Chelsea and Man Utd want Saul

  • Arsenal revive Trippier interest

  • Chelsea prepare Kounde bid

Kounde blow for Chelsea

07:43 , Alex Young

Chelsea have stepped up their interest in Jules Kounde as Sevilla confirmed they rejected an offer for the defender.

"It is true that there was an offer for Kounde that we turned down," club president Jose Castro explained to reporters on Wednesday.

"Right now there is no concrete offer for the player. If it comes, we will look at it as we always have done. If we have to [sell], we will do, as long as those resources can be re-invested in the club to keep improving and expand our trophy cabinet.

"While the market is open, anything can happen. We have players who could leave. Anything can happen this time of year until the 31st. It is a window where there have been few moves in most clubs, but not in ours.

"Sevilla do not need to sell any player. We will sell if it suits us with an above-market bid which allows us to keep strengthening the team and achieving big things on the sporting side. That is what we have always done, we have not changed there."

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Kane wants £400k a week

07:34 , Alex Young

Now Harry Kane has decided to stay at Tottenham, he wants to be rewarded with his commitment to become one of the highest-paid players in the Premier League.

The Times report that Kane is looking for around £400,000 a week - which would take him above David de Gea and Kevin de Bruyne as the highest-paid player in the league.

However, Spurs are hoping to make the deal heavily incentivised by bonuses, so Kane is not guaranteed that sum but is capable of reaching it with goals and other on-pitch contributions.

The Times add that Kane’s rough salary was upped to around £300,000 a week last summer when he first asked to leave.

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Recap: Mbappe wants to join Real Madrid

07:22 , Alex Young

Real Madrid are plotting a second bid for Kylian Mbappe after seeing their €160m opening offer rejected by PSG.

Sporting director Leonardo spoke to RMC Sport yesterday.

"Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, that seems clear... If he wants to leave, we will not stop him, but on our terms,” he said.

“The deadline is August 31 at midnight. This is how the transfer window is, for us we are clear: we keep him and we extend.

“But we're not going to let him go for less than what we paid when we still owe Monaco money.

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ICYMI: Ronaldo wants to join Man City

07:15 , Alex Young

Sky Sports News have backed up the very reputable L’Equipe in reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to engineer a move to Manchester City after deciding to leave Juventus.

Ronaldo is also in the final year of his contract and wants one more big challenge, so his agent Jorge Mendes has offered the player to the Premier League champions.

City are reportedly keen to pay Ronaldo’s wages but are unwilling to pay for any transfer fee - with Juve holding out for around £25m for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo is busy making all the right noises behind the scenes, though and has spoken to City’s Portugal stars Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

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Pogba: What Varane brings to Man Utd

18:17 , Tom Doyle

When Pogba was asked what Varane brings to Manchester United, he added: “His experience. [It’s] his experience, you know. For a young age, he’s seen it all. He has a lot of experience to give to the team.

“I think everyone can learn from him. He’s been with the best and played with the best. He saw all the top players and can give his advice, his personality and his experience to the team, like I said.”

Pogba on Varane’s Man Utd arrival

18:17 , Tom Doyle

Paul Pogba says Raphael Varane needs little help in settling in at Manchester United.

When asked whether he had helped Varane bed in at Old Trafford following his summer arrival, Pogba told the club’s website: "I think he doesn’t need me to settle in.

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"He just settles in by himself. He is someone very mature, a very good guy. I think you can see he is very good with everyone already. He is really good in the changing room, which is very important in football.

“He’s a top man, a top player and brings his experience, his quality and his personality, even outside the pitch, to help the team."

Torreira joins Fiorentina

18:06 , Alex Young

Lucas Torreira has left Arsenal for a loan spell at Fiorentina, who have the option to make the move permanent.

Traore keen on Spurs move

17:53 , Alex Young

Adama Traore is keen to join Tottenham this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Both clubs continue to work towards an agreement, with Spurs pushing for a loan-to-buy and Wolves demanding a guaranteed fee of at least £40m.

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Mbappe to Madrid: What we know so far

17:40 , Alex Young

Will PSG's dream transfer window end on a sour note?

Here's everything we know so far about Real Madrid's bid to sign Kylian Mbappe.

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ICYMI: Ronaldo wants Man City move

17:05 , Alex Young

The very reputable L’Equipe reported yesterday that Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to engineer a move to Manchester City after deciding to leave Juventus.

Ronaldo is also in the final year of his contract and wants one more big challenge, so his agent Jorge Mendes has offered the player to the Premier League champions.

City are reportedly keen to pay Ronaldo’s wages but are unwilling to pay for any transfer fee - with Juve holding out for around £25m for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo is busy making all the right noises behind the scenes, though and has spoken to City’s Portugal stars Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

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LG has had his say

15:59 , Alex Young

...and let that be the final word on the subject.

Madueke signs new PSV deal

15:39 , Alex Young

Noni Madueke has signed a new contract at PSV. Tottenham have been linked.

Kane NOT leaving in January

15:18 , Alex Young

Harry Kane and his representatives have held positive talks with both Nuno Espírito Santo and Fabio Paratici since his return, reports Football.London.

He will not be sold in the January transfer window.

Chelsea sell Ugbo

14:49 , Alex Young

One which happened a little earlier. Chelsea have sold Ike Ugbo to Genk.

The youngster never made a competitive appearance for the Blues but impressed last season in Belgium with Club Brugge.

PSG confirm Mbappe bid from Real

14:18 , Alex Young

Sporting director Leonardo has just been speaking to RMC Sport.

"Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, that seems clear... If he wants to leave, we will not stop him, but on our terms,” he said.

"We have no plans to talk to Real Madrid again. The deadline is August 31 at midnight.

“This is how the transfer window is, for us we are clear: we keep him and we extend. But we're not going to let him go for less than what we paid when we still owe Monaco money.

Could Kane leave in January?

13:58 , Alex Young

Harry Kane wrote he was staying “this summer”, prompting speculation over a January exit.

"I am not worried at all," he said.

"It's day by day, he's an option for tomorrow. It's the only thing, my only thought. I am not going to say what we speak about. It's between us."

Nuno on Kane

13:49 , Alex Young

Nuno Espirito Santo says confirmation that Harry Kane will not be leaving the club this summer is “fantastic news for everybody.”

“It’s great news,” Nuno said. “Since Harry joined us, he’s been working so this is what we value. His attitude in training sessions has been great.

“It’s finished. Harry’s going to be with us. He worked today. He’s an option for [to face Pacos]. Like I said, fantastic news for everybody.

“We are all very happy. He is one of the best players in the world, so we are all very happy, delighted to have one more option for the season ahead of us.”

Gollini on Kane

13:31 , Alex Young

Tottenham goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini, along with manager Nuno Espirito Santo, are currently addressing the media ahead of tomorrow’s Europa Conference League play-off second leg against Pacos.

He said on Kane: “We are very happy. We know how good Harry is as a player and we know how important he is for the team. He is one of the best strikers in the world and it is very big important news for us.”

More on Kane

13:28 , Alex Young

Chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick writes: “Kane was desperate to force his way out of his boyhood to join Manchester City but Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, was determined not to sell the 28-year-old, who has three years remaining on the six-year deal he signed in 2018.

“Spurs rejected at least one bid for Kane from City, worth around £100million, and are thought to have made it clear to the Abu Dhabi-backed club that their talisman was not for sale.

“Kane was frustrated at Levy's stance, believing he had a gentleman's agreement with the chairman to allow him to leave this summer, but has now accepted remaining in north London for at least another year.”

Reguilon is very happy

13:10 , Alex Young

Just look at this tweet to Harry Kane.

Real Madrid ask to speak to Mbappe

13:07 , Alex Young

Interesting update from RMC Sport.

Real Madrid have asked PSG for permission to speak to Kylian Mbappe.

Does this mean they are confident of agreeing a deal with PSG? Surely meeting Mbappe’s demands will be a formality.

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‘Let’s do this'

13:05 , Alex Young

Tottenham have their main man back on side.

BREAKING: Kane confirms Tottenham stay

12:51 , George Flood

HUGE news on the Harry Kane front!

The England captain has tweeted in the last few minutes to confirm beyond doubt that he will be STAYING at Tottenham this summer.

“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I've had in the last few weeks,” Kane wrote.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success. #COYS.”

A massive win for Spurs and Daniel Levy. Where next for Manchester City in their striker hunt?

Tottenham reject €150m Kane bid

12:37 , Alex Young

Was this Manchester City’s final roll of the dice?

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Tottenham have rejected a €150m (£129m) bid for Harry Kane.

The journalist adds that Kane is prepared to stay at Spurs for the season and will not ‘down tools’, as the saying goes.

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Spurs face Madueke competition

12:15 , Alex Young

Tottenham face competition from Manchester United and Liverpool for PSV starlet Noni Madueke, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old left Spurs three years ago and has since turned into one of Europe’s most exciting youngsters.

PSV has slapped a £35m price tag on a player who has already scored six goals in nine appearances this season.

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Haaland’s staggering wage demands

12:01 , Alex Young

Erling Haaland's agent Mino Raiola asked Chelsea for a staggering £900,000 a week to sign the striker from Borussia Dortmund, according to Bild.

On top of that, Raiola wanted £34m for himself and Haaland’s dad, Alf, would pocket around £16m.

That’s before having to pay Dortmund around £130m - at least - for the transfer fee.

Haaland is available for £65m next summer.

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Lingard exit key to Saul and Camavinga

11:21 , Alex Young

Manchester United need to sell before looking to bring in Eduardo Camavinga or Saul Niguez, report ESPN.

Rennes want to cash in on Camavinga, who has a year left on his contract, while Atletico Madrid have told Saul he can leave - either on loan or permanently.

Axel Tuanzebe, Andreas Pereira and Brandon Williams have left on loan, while there is West Ham interest in Jesse Lingard.

Sarr set for Tottenham medical

11:14 , Alex Young

Sky Sports are now reporting that Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Pape Matar Sarr from French side Metz.

They say the teenager is due to have a medical but will return to the Ligue 1 club on loan for the rest of this season before joining Spurs next summer.

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West Ham optimistic over Zouma as Chelsea plot Kounde bid

10:24 , George Flood

Dan Kilpatrick also has the latest on West Ham’s pursuit of Kurt Zouma, with Chelsea hoping to offload the Frenchman and move for compatriot Jules Kounde...

West Ham are continuing talks to sign Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma.

Discussions between the London clubs are progressing over a deal worth in the region of £25million, which would pave the way for Chelsea to move for Sevilla's Jules Kounde.

Zouma, who has not featured in either of Chelsea's first two games of the season, is understood to want an increase in wages to over £100,000-a-week, although there is optimism that personal terms can be agreed.

West Ham manager David Moyes is desperate to bolster his squad with new signings before the end of the month and has made a centre-half a priority, with the club having also targeted Fiorentina's Nikola Milenkovic and Marseille's Duje Caleta-Car.

Click here to read the full story

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Mbappe exit to pave way for Messi/Ronaldo link-up?

09:58 , George Flood

Here’s the latest from Standard Sport’s chief football correspondent Dan Kilpatrick on Real Madrid’s move for Kylian Mbappe...

Real Madrid have made a stunning move to sign Paris Saint-Germain‘s Kylian Mbappe, raising the mouthwatering possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo joining Lionel Messi at the French club.

Reports in France claimed PSG had rejected Real’s opening bid of €160million (£137m) for Mbappe, who has one year remaining on his contract and has been reluctant to agree a new deal.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said they are confident of keeping Mbappe, although even the Qatari-backed club would be hard-pressed to reject an improved bid for a player who could leave for free next summer – particularly after agreeing to cover Messi’s enormous wages.

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Mbappe’s departure could pave the way for PSG to make a stunning move for Ronaldo, 36, who is angling to leave Juventus before the end of the month.

Signing the Portuguese following the capture of his long-time rival Messi would see the two greatest players of the last two decades united.

Click here to read the full story

PSG eye Richarlison as Mbappe replacement

09:23 , George Flood

Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe could have sizable repercussions for Everton, meanwhile.

That is because French outlet RMC Sport have claimed that Paris Saint-Germain would line up a late move for Toffees star Richarlison if they were to reluctantly sell superstar Mbappe before the deadline.

Losing the Brazilian Olympic gold medallist would be a devastating blow to Everton and Rafael Benitez, who would be left with preciously little time to attempt to source an adequate replacement.

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Tottenham hold Aouar talks

08:58 , George Flood

Tottenham are said to have reignited their interest in Houssem Aouar.

Arsenal are long-term admirers of the Lyon attacking midfielder, but Spurs have also been linked with a swoop over recent months.

According to Sky Sports, Tottenham have now held informal talks with Aouar’s representatives.

The 23-year-old Frenchman has only two years left to run on his contract at Lyon, but could reportedly choose to wait until next summer to move on.

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Chelsea ready Kounde bid

08:22 , George Flood

It’s seemingly all systems go at Chelsea with less than a week left now before the transfer windows slams shut.

As well as pursuing Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez, the Champions League holders are also ready to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, reports suggest.

According to transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea will submit an official bid for the French international once Kurt Zouma’s proposed €30m switch to London rivals West Ham is completed.

Romano says that an agreement over personal terms between the Blues and Kounde has been in place for weeks now.

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Arsenal revive Trippier interest

08:00 , Alex Young

Talking of Atletico Madrid, Arsenal have revived their interest in Kieran Trippier, reports Eurosport.

The 30-year-old would is keen to call time on his spell in Spain, and Atleti are open to an exit... but only if someone matches their £34m price tag.

That figure is out of Arsenal’s reach, especially for a player of Trippier’s age.

One to watch.

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Chelsea and Man Utd want Saul

07:58 , Alex Young

Talking of transfer window favourites, you can also cross Saul Niguez off the bingo card this morning.

The Guardian and Mail both reported on Tuesday that Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in taking the Atletico Madrid player on loan for the season.

However, both Chelsea are currently in pole position with United needing to shift a midfielder before bringing Saul in.

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What does this mean for Kane?

07:46 , Alex Young

Well, at the moment, nothing.

The Sun report that Harry Kane has reiterated to Tottenham his desire to join Manchester City and the club are still reportedly set to launch a final bid to sign the striker.

When, and if, that offer comes and if it will be accepted is another matter. Spurs want £150m and City do not want to go above £125m.

It’s looking unlikely to come off at the moment.

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Ronaldo recap

07:37 , Alex Young

But that wasn’t all yesterday!

The very reputable L’Equipe reported yesterday that Cristiano Ronaldo is trying to engineer a move to Manchester City after deciding to leave Juventus.

Ronaldo is also in the final year of his contract and wants one more big challenge, so his agent Jorge Mendes has offered the player to the Premier League champions.

City are reportedly keen to pay Ronaldo’s wages but are unwilling to pay for any transfer fee - with Juve holding out for around £25m for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo is busy making all the right noises behind the scenes, though and has spoken to City's Portugal stars Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo.

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Mbappe recap

07:29 , Alex Young

Right then.

It has been confirmed by multiple sources that Real Madrid have submitted an opening €160m (£137) offer to sign Kylian Mbappe.

The Spanish giants are optimistic about securing Mbappe’s signature before the transfer window closes as the player has just a year left on his contract at PSG and will not be signing a new one.

It was initially reported that PSG rejected the bid and will continue to do so to any future bids.

However, later reports suggested that PSG had no responded to the bid - raising suggestions that they could be persuaded into a sale.

No doubt more will happen today.

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Here we go...?

07:13 , Alex Young

What a day yesterday was!

No English clubs in Mbappe race

Tuesday 24 August 2021 22:54 , Malik Ouzia

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has issued another late update on the Kylian Mbappe situation, confirming there are no English clubs in the race for the Frenchman as things stand.

The report claims Mbappe has his heart set on joining Real and will not sign a new contract at PSG if they refuse to sell him this summer, paving the way for a free transfer next year.

Mbappe odds-on to join Madrid

Tuesday 24 August 2021 22:13 , Malik Ouzia

In the wake of this evening’s news, Betfair now make Kylian Mbappe odds on to join Real Madrid before the transfer window shuts on September 3.

  • Real Madrid 4/9

  • To stay at PSG 6/4

  • Liverpool 14/1

  • Barcelona 25/1

  • Bayern Munich 25/1

  • Man City 25/1

  • Chelsea 33/1

  • Man United 33/1

Should PSG sell up?

Tuesday 24 August 2021 21:18 , Malik Ouzia

Numerous outlets, both in France and the UK, are now carrying reports of that bid for Kylian Mbappe.

That is a heck of a lot of money for a player who is due to be available on a free transfer a year from now and has so far shown a reluctance to sign a new contract at PSG.

Real Madrid make Mbappe bid

Tuesday 24 August 2021 20:54 , Malik Ouzia

Well this could be huge.

Sky Sports are reporting that Real Madrid have made their first bid to sign PSG star Kylian Mbappe.

The report claims the French giants have made a €160million offer for the forward which is now under consideration, though conflicting reports elsewhere claim it has already been rejected.

United Saul move depends on sale

Tuesday 24 August 2021 20:04 , Malik Ouzia

The Mail say that Manchester United will only move for Saul Niguez if they sell another midfielder before the end of the window.

Despite having long been linked with the Atletico star, United are well-stocked in the position with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay all having featured in the opening two league games this season, while Donny van de Beek remains on the books as well.

More on that Ronaldo story...

Tuesday 24 August 2021 19:11 , Malik Ouzia

The L’Equipe report claims that Ronaldo has instructed his entourage to begin negotiations with Manchester City in the belief that a deal could even be done by the weekend.

However, things are likely to prove far more complicated than that given his astronomical wages, with City still working to clear out one or two players such as Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte.

Ronaldo ‘pushing for City move'

Tuesday 24 August 2021 18:20 , Malik Ouzia

A potentially huge story being reported by French outlet L’Equipe this evening.

They claim that Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo sees Manchester City as one of the few potential landing spots for him and is attempting to engineer a move to the Etihad in the final days of the transfer window.

City’s focus has obviously been on bringing in Harry Kane - but could this throw a curveball into the mix?

Everton women complete club record deal

Tuesday 24 August 2021 17:48 , Malik Ouzia

Everton have completed the signing of Swedish teenager Hanna Bennison, who won Olympic silver with her country earlier this summer.

Sarr ‘having Spurs medical'

Tuesday 24 August 2021 17:08 , Malik Ouzia

Sky Sports are now reporting that Tottenham have agreed a deal to sign Pape Matar Sarr from French side Metz.

They say the teenager is having a medical as we speak but will return to the Ligue 1 club on loan for the rest of this season before joining Spurs next summer.

West Ham eye Vlasic as Lingard alternative

Tuesday 24 August 2021 16:39 , George Flood

West Ham are interested in a deal for ex-Everton forward Nikola Vlasic, reports suggest.

According to The Telegraph, the Hammers are looking at the CSKA Moscow and Croatia star as a potential alternative in the event that they are unable to secure the return of popular former loanee Jesse Lingard from Manchester United before next week’s transfer deadline.

Vlasic, 23, has quickly re-established his reputation in Russia after a difficult stint at Everton in which he made just 19 senior appearances.

Done deal! Chelsea sell Zappacosta

Tuesday 24 August 2021 16:19 , Tom Doyle

Chelsea are experts at selling fringe players, and the club has confirmed that Davide Zappacosta has joined Atalanta on a permanent transfer.

Zappacosta spent last season on loan at Genoa, and has moved on given Cesar Azpilicueta and Reece James are ahead of him at right-back in the Chelsea squad.

Done deal for Real Madrid!

Tuesday 24 August 2021 13:33 , Tom Doyle

Another extension for Real Madrid following Karim Benzema’s new deal last week - Fede Valverde is staying at the Bernabeu on a long-term contract until 2027.

Man Utd join Saul race (again)

Tuesday 24 August 2021 12:53 , Tom Doyle

Not a transfer window goes by without Manchester United being linked with Saul Niguez.

You’d have thought that were there any serious truth to their interest, Saul would already be in Manchester after being linked with a move for the past three years... but could it finally happen this summer?

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The Guardian reports that United remain in the hunt for Saul, who could surprisingly be available on loan from Atletico Madrid. Chelsea want another midfielder, and an inexpensive temporary deal for a quality player like Saul would make sense - and it would for United.

This may all be a case of Atletico trying to drum up interest and spark an actual bidding war for a genuine transfer, but Saul could well be playing Premier League football in September.

Saints snap up Small on three-year deal

Tuesday 24 August 2021 12:26 , George Flood

News of an encouraging signing at Southampton.

The Saints have snapped up highly-rated 17-year-old left-back Thierry Small, who recently rejected full-time terms at Everton after previously becoming their youngest ever senior player in an FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

The teenager has signed a three-year professional contract at St Mary’s.

“I am very pleased we have been able to bring in another talented young player, especially when there were again a number of clubs who were interested,” Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said.

“I think our philosophy of how we develop these young players and give them their opportunities has been an important factor in this, and we are looking forward to working with Thierry and helping him make the most of his potential.

“We have already signed a player this summer with good experience at left-back in Romain Perraud, and Thierry’s arrival now gives us a very good balance and a strong additional option in that position, and this is encouraging that we now have this on both sides of our defence.”

Spurs target McKennie loan

Tuesday 24 August 2021 10:39 , George Flood

Tottenham look set to be busy during the final week of the window.

As well as pushing to sign the likes of Adama Traore and Pape Matar Sarr, reports suggest they are also on the trail of Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie.

Calciomercato in Italy report that Tottenham want to sign the American international - a player that managing director Fabio Paratici obviously knows well from his time in Turin.

However, Spurs’ desire to only loan McKennie initially is said to be a significant hurdle to any potential deal.

SEVEN players to leave Arsenal before deadline?

Tuesday 24 August 2021 09:30 , George Flood

Here’s more from Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser and Simon Collings on a potential late transfer window exodus at Arsenal...

Both Arsenal and Willian are now prepared to part ways, despite the winger having two years left to run on his current contract.

Corinthians are in talks over a deal for the 33-year-old that would see him move back to Brazil on another free transfer.

Arsenal would be willing to let Willian go for nothing as it means they can clear his wages, worth in excess of £100,000-a-week, off their books.

Talks with Corinthians are at an advanced stage and there is optimism a deal will be done before the transfer window shuts.

Midfielder Torreira is another player who could leave Arsenal over the coming days, with Fiorentina keen to sign him on loan with a view to a possible permanent move next summer.

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Nketiah has been tracked by Crystal Palace, while it is thought clubs will make late moves for Maitland-Niles and Nelson.

Kolasinac is another player Arsenal would be happy to offload, but his £100,000-a-week wages could prove a stumbling block.

Fellow full-back Bellerin could also depart, but Arsenal would prefer a permanent sale as opposed to a loan move.

Departures could allow Arsenal to bring in further signings, with right-back one area the club would like to strengthen if possible. Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier is a mooted target if funds allow.

Click here for the full story

Willian to spark Arsenal exodus?

Tuesday 24 August 2021 09:13 , George Flood

Willian is closing in on a move to Corinthians as Arsenal look to offload players before the transfer window shuts next week, Jack Rosser and Simon Collings report.

The Gunners have already spent over £120m on new players this summer, with their only significant sale being the departure of Joe Willock to Newcastle for over £20m.

Arsenal are keen to trim their squad further before next week’s deadline and Willian is one of those who can leave.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Eddie Nketiah, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Reiss Nelson and Sead Kolasinac could follow Willian out the door.

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Arsenal revive Trippier chase

Tuesday 24 August 2021 08:01 , George Flood

On the transfer front, Arsenal are reportedly pushing to sign ex-Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier before the deadline.

Both the Gunners and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the England right-back during the current summer window.

Now The Sun claims that Arsenal are ready to revive their pursuit of Trippier as they seek defensive upgrades following a torrid start to the new season, but require Atletico Madrid to lower their £34m asking price.

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Conte to Arsenal?

Tuesday 24 August 2021 07:45 , George Flood

He previously managed Chelsea and almost took the reins at Tottenham over the summer... could Antonio Conte be the next man in at Arsenal?

According to The Telegraph, the fiery Italian is a contender for the Emirates hotseat in the event that the club decide to part ways with the under-pressure Mikel Arteta.

It is reported that Arteta has five games to turn around the Gunners’ woeful form and performances, or else face a battle to save his job.

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Wolves reject Tottenham’s Traore bid

Tuesday 24 August 2021 07:32 , George Flood

Wolves have rebuffed Tottenham’s attempts to sign Adama Traore, reports suggest.

Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to reunite with the Spanish winger in north London, with Spurs eager to loan Traore with a view to a permanent deal worth around £40m next summer.

The 25-year-old - who impressed in Tottenham’s 1-0 win at Molineux in the Premier League on Sunday - has only two years left to run on his current contract at Wolves and has yet to agree terms for an extension, despite being in discussions for more than a year.

Per The Times, a loan approach from Spurs including £5m up front and a view to a future sale has now been rejected by Wolves, who want a guaranteed sale.

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Chelsea eye Saul Niguez loan swoop

Tuesday 24 August 2021 07:25 , George Flood

Could Saul Niguez finally be on the move this summer after all?

Having been linked with big-money moves to countless clubs across the current window, the Spanish midfielder remains at Atletico Madrid with only a week to go before the deadline.

However, a potential switch to Chelsea could still be on the cards, with The Telegraph reporting that the Blues - having also offered new contracts to centre-backs Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen - are pondering a late loan swoop for Saul.

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Few signings - no problem for West Ham

Monday 23 August 2021 22:09 , Malik Ouzia

West Ham have been one of the quieter clubs in terms of their transfer activity this season and are still hopeful of bringing Jesse Lingard back to the club.

However, they aren’t doing too badly without him - they’ve hammered Leicester 4-1 tonight to go top of the Premier League, with Michail Antonio on fire again and Said Benrahma taking advantage of the space in the side vacated by Lingard.

You can read all about it here.

Willian in talks over Corinthians move

Monday 23 August 2021 21:09 , Malik Ouzia

Willian has been offered a route out of Arsenal by Brazilian club Corinthians.

The Brazilian, who joined Arsenal a year ago from Chelsea on a free transfer, has slipped down the pecking order at Emirates Stadium.

Both Arsenal and Willian are now prepared to part ways, despite the winger having two years to run on his current contract.

Corinthians are in talks over a deal for the 33-year-old that would see him move back to Brazil on a free transfer.

Arsenal would be willing to let Willian go for free as it means they can get his wages, which are north of £100,000-a-week, off their books.

Talks with Corinthians are at an advanced stage and there is optimism a deal will be done before the transfer window slams shut on August 31.

Willian had been keen to leave Arsenal and stay in Europe, but is understood he is open to returning to Brazil.

Burnley make new Cornet bid

Monday 23 August 2021 20:39 , Malik Ouzia

Sky Sports say Burnley have today made a £15m bid for Lyon full-back Maxwel Cornet.

The fee would represent a club-record for the Clarets, who have been renowned for their lack of spending despite regular Premier League presence under Sean Dyche.

Woodburn joins Hearts

Monday 23 August 2021 19:40 , Malik Ouzia

Another man leaving Liverpool today is academy graduate Ben Woodburn, the Welsh international having joined Hearts on a season-long loan.

Monday 23 August 2021 19:06 , Malik Ouzia

Lyon director of sport Juninho has been talking about the club’s new signing...

Kounde ‘won’t force way out'

Monday 23 August 2021 18:02 , Malik Ouzia

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says that while Chelsea target Jules Kounde has agreed personal terms with the club, he is not prepared to force his way out of Sevilla in the coming days.

The defender has reportedly agreed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge but will only go with Sevilla’s blessing, should the Spanish side agree a fee with the European champions.

You’d imagine that whatever happens with Kounde could have a domino effect on Kurt Zouma’s move to West Ham.

DONE DEAL!

Monday 23 August 2021 17:03 , Malik Ouzia

Xherdan Shaqiri has completed his move from Liverpool to French outfit Lyon.

Umtiti on his way out?

Monday 23 August 2021 16:41 , Malik Ouzia

Spanish outlet Sport say Barcelona are willing to let French defender Samuel Umtiti leave the club for nothing before the window closes.

Umtiti’s career seems to have fallen off a cliff since he formed the backbone of France’s 2018 World Cup winning side alongside Raphael Varane, with struggles for form and with injury having prevented him from stamping his authority on things at the Nou Camp.

In previous windows, Umtiti has been linked with Premier League clubs, including Arsenal.

‘No offers’ for Nelson and Maitland-Niles

Monday 23 August 2021 15:47 , Malik Ouzia

We heard a little earlier on about how Arsenal are trying to shift some of their bloated squad.

Sky Sports say they have still not had any concrete offers for midfielders Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson.

The former spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom and did okay given their struggles, while Nelson’s development has stalled badly, the winger having been considered one of the leading English talents of his generation at one stage.

'Man City should sign Auba over Kane’

Monday 23 August 2021 15:07 , Alex Young

Manchester City have been told to sign Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang rather than Tottenham wantaway striker Harry Kane.

Nicholas told the 'Where's Jeff' podcast: "[City] could go for someone like Aubameyang.

"It looks like something is going wrong at Arsenal at the moment, and we do know Aubameyang scores goals. He’s got pace, and he’s got movement.

"I prefer him on the left, but I could see something like that materialise. It gives Manchester City a cheaper option. He’s not as good as Kane, but he’s as good a finisher as Kane."

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Man Utd want to sell duo

Monday 23 August 2021 14:43 , Alex Young

Manchester United are ready to sell both Victor Lindelof and Donny van de Beek, reports 90min.

The pair are surplus to requirements after the arrivals of both Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

Lindelof has made 162 appearances over four years while Van de Beek has barely featured despite arriving last summer in a deal worth around £40m.

Done deal! Norwich loan Williams

Monday 23 August 2021 14:24 , Alex Young

Norwich City have signed Manchester United defender Brandon Williams on loan for the season.

The 20-year-old said: "It feels very different. It’s the first time I’ve ever played for a different club before but I’m just really excited to get started, meet everybody and get my season going."

Aubameyang free to leave Arsenal

Monday 23 August 2021 14:05 , Alex Young

Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports the Telegraph.

Less than one year into a three-year £250,000-a-week contract, the Gunners captain is free to leave the club should a suitable offer be made with Mikel Arteta no longer considering him indispensable.

Arsenal are anticipating a busy final week of the window as they offload deadwood, such as the aforementioned Lucas Torreira and Sead Kolasinac, Hector Bellerin, Eddie Nketiah and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

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Torreira set for Fiorentina loan

Monday 23 August 2021 13:53 , Alex Young

Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is close to joining Fiorentina on a loan-to-buy deal, according to Football.London.

Torreira arrived at the Gunners in 2018 and quickly established himself under Unai Emery, only to slide down the pecking order just as quick.

He spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid, where he won LaLiga, and is now heading back out to the continent and is not expected to return.

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Where will Ronaldo be?

Monday 23 August 2021 13:47 , Alex Young

Where will Cristiano Ronaldo be playing come the close of the transfer window?

Here’s what Betfair are staying.

  • To stay at Juventus: 1/5

  • Man City: 4/1

  • Real Madrid: 6/1

  • PSG: 10/1

  • Man Utd: 11/1

  • Sporting Lisbon: 17/1

  • Tottenham: 25/1

  • Barcelona: 35/1

  • Any MLS side: 50/1

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March signs new Brighton contract

Monday 23 August 2021 13:28 , Alex Young

Solly March has signed a new three-year contract with Brighton.

Graham Potter said, “I am really pleased to see Solly commit his future here, he is a pleasure to work with and it’s great to see him continue to progress.

“As a local lad he is a great role model and excellent example for any young player with his commitment and hard work.

“He’s a player who makes a significant impact for us at both ends of the pitch, and we are delighted he’s committed his long-term future to the club.”

Spurs prepare Adama Traore bid

Monday 23 August 2021 12:57 , Alex Young

Tottenham are preparing a loan-to-buy bid for Adama Traore, with Wolves ready to listen to offers for the winger if he does not sign a new contract before the end of the month, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Traore has two years remaining on his current deal has been in talks with Wolves over a new contract for over a year, although he is yet to sign.

While talks have not broken down, there is acceptance at Wolves that it would be sensible to sell Traore this summer if he does not agree a deal in the next 10 days, and would look for a fee of around £40m.

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Read more here.

Man City to make one last bid for Kane

Monday 23 August 2021 12:25 , Alex Young

Manchester City are ready to make one final push to sign Harry Kane this week, according to the Telegraph.

City have been chasing Kane all summer but yet to come close to match Tottenham’s asking price, which is £150million.

An opening offer worth around £100m was rejected during the Euros and another worth closer to £125m was reportedly set to be lodged.

If City will go closer to Daniel Levy’s asking price remains to be seen.

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ICYMI: Ronaldo to... Tottenham?!

Monday 23 August 2021 12:13 , Alex Young

According to Sport Italia’s Michele Criscitiello, Tottenham are among the possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Since he came back we have said it, there is a clear will on the part of [Max] Allegri not wanting to start [the job] again with Ronaldo and vice-versa,” he said.

“The cycle of Ronaldo in black and white is over, confirmation has arrived [with the team] in Udine.

“Even Tottenham [is a] possible destination.”

Now, that could mean that Spurs are an option or such is the desire for Juventus and Ronaldo to part ways that even Spurs are an option.

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(REUTERS)

One to watch!

Spurs to launch Traore bid

Monday 23 August 2021 12:00 , Alex Young

Tottenham are expected to launch a bid to sign Adama Traore before the transfer window closes, reports Football.London.

Both manager Nuno Espirito Santo and sporting director Fabio Paratici are huge fans - the former managing him at Wolves and the latter previously attempting to sign him for Juventus.

Spurs would look to agree a loan-to-buy move, though it remains to be seen if Wolves would entertain such an offer. Any move for Traore would also rule out signing a striker.

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Zouma wants huge West Ham wage

Monday 23 August 2021 11:39 , Alex Young

Kurt Zouma is requesting an increase on his £125,000 weekly wage to swap Chelsea for West Ham, reports the Athletic.

The Hammers are ready to meet Chelsea's £26million price tag, but personal terms are preventing a deal being completed.

Chelsea are keen to sell Zouma to fee up funds and a squad place for Jules Kounde.

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Crystal Palace told to up Nketiah price

Monday 23 August 2021 11:06 , Alex Young

Crystal Palace are looking into signing Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah before the transfer window closes, reports The Athletic.

Palace hope to seal a deal for around £10million, but the Gunners are holding out for twice that.

Brighton had looked into including Nketiah in the deal which saw Ben White move to the Emirates, but an agreement could not be reached.

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Spurs in advanced talks over Sarr

Monday 23 August 2021 10:42 , Alex Young

Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign highly rated Metz teenager Pape Matar Sarr, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

There is increasing confidence that Spurs will beat a number of their Premier League rivals and Serie A club Atalanta to the signature of the 18-year-old Senegalese, with Metz's president claiming to have a "verbal agreement" over a deal with Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman.

Metz's president Bernard Serin claims a deal worth more than £12million has been agreed, with Sarr set to spend this season back on loan at the Ligue 1 club.

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Crystal Palace in Hughes battle

Monday 23 August 2021 10:18 , Alex Young

Crystal Palace face competition from Burnley for Watford midfielder Will Hughes, writes Simon Collings.

Hughes, who has one year remaining on his current contract, has rejected the chance to pen fresh terms at Vicarage Road and he has not played for the club this season.

The Eagles have already made a bid for Hughes, believed to be in the region of £5million, but that was rejected.

A fresh approach from them is expected in the coming days and an offer of closer to £10m could see Hughes head to Selhurst Park.

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Camavinga on a cut-price deal

Monday 23 August 2021 09:57 , Alex Young

Eduardo Camavinga is available for just €35million this summer as Rennes look to cash in before losing the player for nothing next year.

One of the highest-rated youngsters in world football, Camavinga is reportedly most keen on a move to PSG.

Manchester United have also been linked.

Kimmich signs new Bayern contract

Monday 23 August 2021 09:39 , Alex Young

Joshua Kimmich has extended his contract with Bayern until 2025, by which time he would have spent a decade at the club.

He said: "The most important reason for my contract extension is that I can pursue my passion with joy every day here at FC Bayern.

"I have a team where I can achieve everything, and a lot of teammates have become real friends. That’s why I started playing football in the first place, because it should be fun."

Amen to that.

Rice to reject West Ham contract offers

Monday 23 August 2021 09:15 , Alex Young

Declan Rice will reject any new contract offer from West Ham as he grows frustrated over his future, reports the Times.

The Hammers have put a £100m price tag on their prized asset’s head, stopping any potential suitors lodging a bid.

Chelsea and Manchester United are among the long-term admirers, while Manchester City could be tempted to enter the race for his signature as they look to replace Fernandinho.

But not at that price, and Rice knows that so is ready to run down his contract - which has three years left to run.

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Spurs want Madueke back

Monday 23 August 2021 08:56 , Alex Young

We mentioned Noni Madueke earlier with Borussia Dortmund tipped to sign the PSV man in the event of Erling Haaland's departure - but could Tottenham steal a march?

According to the Mirror, Spurs are weighing up a move to bring Madueke back to the club two years after he left on a free.

The fee? Around £40m. Ouch.

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Salah in Liverpool extension talks

Monday 23 August 2021 08:37 , Alex Young

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are in talks with Mohamed Salah over a new contract.

“There are talks and when there is a decision we will tell you,” he said.

“Until then it is only important how the parties work together. With two years left you can imagine there are talks and that is it.”

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Chelsea in for Barca youngster Moriba

Monday 23 August 2021 08:14 , Alex Young

Chelsea are the latest European club to be linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba.

The 18-year-old has turned down a new contract at the Nou Camp and Barca are reportedly willing to sell up for as little as £17m this summer as they look to ease their financial troubles.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, that has proved enough to pique Chelsea’s interest, with the publication claiming they have already made an approach.

Spurs in for Kessie

Monday 23 August 2021 08:00 , Alex Young

Tottenham have made an offer to AC Milan's Frank Kessie, according to Italian journalist Alessandro Jacobone.

Spurs are reportedly ready to give Kessie around £130,000 a week, but face a job convincing the 24-year-old midfielder to leave AC Milan.

Spurs are looking to sell Tanguy Ndombele and see Kessie as an alternative.

Man United plot audacious Mbappe bid

Monday 23 August 2021 07:52 , Alex Young

Manchester United are eyeing Kylian Mbappe as one of their high-profile striker targets for next summer, report ESPN.

Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez are also said to make up a shortlist of star names, with one desired to fill the void created by the expected departure of Edinson Cavani at the end of the season.

Mbappe has entered the final 12 months of his deal at Paris Saint-Germain and is yet to agree an extension, though a season playing with the newly-signed Lionel Messi may well change his mind.

Liverpool have also been linked with the French superstar, 22, who has long been a target for Real Madrid.

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Liverpool and Spurs made Coutinho bids

Monday 23 August 2021 07:44 , Alex Young

Tottenham and Liverpool both made moves to bring Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League, according to Mundo Deportivo,

However, Barcelona ruled out an exit following Lionel Messi’s move to PSG as Ronaldo Koeman looks to keep the Brazilian’s creative talents.

In fact, Coutinho has reportedly been given Messi’s no10 shirt.

Arsenal still keen on Aouar

Monday 23 August 2021 07:39 , Alex Young

Arsenal are still interested in Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The club were unable to agree a deal with the midfielder last summer, but Aouar is now available on a cut-price deal in the region of £20m.

“It is a complicated situation on agent’s side, and that’s why I would keep an eye on Aouar till the last day of the window because now still some rumours we have with Tottenham and with Arsenal,” he said on Don Robbie‘s Youtube channel.

“These two clubs are really interested in Aouar. Arsenal as you know so well they wanted him and they are still keeping an eye on his situation. But it is now important for Arsenal to sell players.”

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Pogba talks with Man Utd continue

Monday 23 August 2021 07:36 , Alex Young

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed talks with Paul Pogba over a new Manchester United contract continue.

The midfielder was keen to leave this summer, with just a year left on his current deal, but no suitable offer was forthcoming.

“That’s going to be the question every week now until he does,” Solskjaer said.

“As I’ve said all the time, Paul is a top player and the talks between the club and his representatives, which I am not involved in, continue. But he knows how much I care about him and we want him to play well.”

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Chelsea step up Kounde and Saul interest

Monday 23 August 2021 07:33 , Alex Young

Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez.

Kounde would cost around £68m, with Saul around half that - and Chelsea have been busy shifting deadwood to fund the moves.

Davide Zappacosta is joining Atalanta, with striker Ike Ugbo heading to Genk. Tiemoue Bakayoko will move to AC Milan on another loan.

West Ham and Tottenham are keen on Kurt Zouma and Malang Sarr is in talks with Bologna over a loan.

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Haaland release clause active in January

Monday 23 August 2021 07:29 , Alex Young

A surprise this morning regarding Erling Haaland’s release clause.

It has long been thought that the striker’s £64m contract trigger becomes active at the end of the current season, two and a half years after he joined Borussia Dortmund.

However, Marca say clubs will be able to activate it from January 2022 - six month earlier than expected.

The report adds that former Tottenham player Donyell Mallen - now at PSV - would be the likely replacement at Dortmund.

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Man City plot final Kane bid

Monday 23 August 2021 07:25 , Alex Young

Manchester City will make a final push to sign Harry Kane this week, according to the Telegraph.

City have been chasing Kane all summer but yet to come close to match Tottenham's asking price, which is £150million.

An opening offer worth around £100m was rejected during the Euros and another worth closer to £125m was reportedly sett to be lodged.

If City are due to go closer to Daniel Levy's asking price remains to be seen.

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Ronaldo to... Tottenham?!

Monday 23 August 2021 07:22 , Alex Young

According to Sport Italia's Michele Criscitiello, Tottenham are among the possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Since he came back we have said it, there is a clear will on the part of [Max] Allegri not wanting to start [the job] again with Ronaldo and vice-versa," he said.

"The cycle of Ronaldo in black and white is over, confirmation has arrived [with the team] in Udine.

"Even Tottenham [is a] possible destination."

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(REUTERS)

Now, that could mean that Spurs are an option or such is the desire for Juventus and Ronaldo to part ways that even Spurs are an option.

One to watch!

No Ronaldo rift, insists Allegri

Sunday 22 August 2021 21:18 , Tom Doyle

Cristiano Ronaldo was ready to play for Juventus against Udinese, according to Massimiliano Allegri, amid reports in Italy that the forward asked to be left out.

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"Ronaldo is feeling well; I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench," Allegri told DAZN.

"He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch."

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