Transfer news: Man United accepts Inter Milan's Lukaku offer, Luiz wants Arsenal move

We round up the front and back pages across Europe as Wednesday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku   -  Getty Images

There's quite a bit of action in the last week of the British transfer window.

A saga that began after World Cup 2018 has finally come to an end with Harry Maguire completing his move to Manchester United. At a fee of £80 million, he becomes the England international becomes the most expensive defender in the world.

Philippe Coutinho to Arsenal? Seems like Barcelona would like moving him off its books to clear up resources for Neymar's return. However, it Tottenham is leading the race to sign the Barcelona star on a loan.  Arsenal and United are said to be interested in Coutinho as well.

We round up the front and back pages across Europe for the latest transfers news and rumours.

August 08 | 01:00

Crystal Palace signs Camarasa

Crystal Palace has signed Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa on a season-long loan deal, the club has confirmed.

Palace will have the option to buy Camarasa, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff City, for £15 million at the end of his loan period.

Camarasa scored five goals in 33 appearances for Cardiff. He was named Players' Player of the Season and won the club's Goal of the Season award for a strike against Leicester City.

He is Palace's fourth acquisition of the summer.

 

August 7 | 23:31

Man United accepts Inter's Lukaku bid

It's finally happening. Romelu Lukaku will get his move away from Manchester United, claims the Guardian

The club has accepted Inter Milan's offer worth £72 million, including £11 million in add-ons after a day of negotiations between Lukaku's agent and United and Inter's representatives in London.

Lukaku has been new Inter boss Antonio Conte's top target for the summer. This is the club's third bid for the Belgian striker after having two bids of £54 million and £68 million rejected.

The 26-year-old was fined two weeks' wages by United for missing training without permission. He was seen training at his old club Anderlecht.

With the Eriksen deal out of the picture, it remains to be seen who United will turn to before the 5pm BST deadline tomorrow.

August 7 | 23:11

Ajax's David Neres signs contract extension

David Neres won't be a part of the Ajax exodus this season.

The Brazilian forward has committed his future to the Eredivisie champion until June 2023 after signing a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the Champions League semi-finalist until June 30, 2023.

The 22-year-old, who helped Brazil to Copa America glory in July, had reportedly drawn interest from Manchester United.

Neres, who has played five times for Brazil, has scored 29 goals in 101 appearances for Ajax.

Since the Amsterdam club was knocked out of the Champions League at the last-four stage by Tottenham last season, Frenkie de Jong has joined Barcelona and Matthijs de Ligt has moved to Juventus.

 

August 7 | 23:00

Defender Duarte completes move to AC Milan

AC Milan has completed the signing of Leo Duarte from Flamengo in a deal reportedly worth €11million.

The Rossoneri beat Roma in the race to sign Duarte, who joins on a five-year deal after deciding to continue his career in Italy.

The arrival of the 23-year-old centre-back strengthens the defensive options available to new Milan boss Marco Giampaolo ahead of the 2019-20 season.

Duarte follows in the footsteps of Lucas Paqueta, who swapped Flamengo for Milan in a €35m transfer in January.

August 7 | 22:20

David Luiz to Arsenal?

David Luiz wants a move to Arsenal.

Unai Emery has been in the market for a central defender and former captain Laurent Koscielny's departure to Bordeaux has amplified the need.

Luiz is reportedly trying to force a move away from Chelsea. Goal reports the Brazilian didn't train with the first-team. No official bid has been placed yet.

Emery shares a close relationship with Luiz from their time together at PSG and the Brazilian had earlier praised the Gunners boss for rebuilding Arsenal.

August 7 | 21:40

Inter Milan makes new Lukaku bid

Inter Milan has made a fresh bid for Romelu Lukaku, Sky Sports says.

It's definitely more than the £54 million bid that United rejected before Juventus proposed a Dybala swap deal. Reports say the new deal is worth £64 million plus add ons.

Lukaku could finally get the move he wants.

August 7 | 21:20

Kevin Trapp exits PSG

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has returned to Eintracht Frankfurt from Paris Saint-Germain following a successful loan spell at the German club.

The Germany international has signed a five-year contract with Frankfurt, whom he helped reach the Europa League semi-finals after joining them for the 2018-19 season.

The French side signed Trapp from Eintracht in 2015 and he won a string of trophies during his time with the capital club, including two Ligue 1 titles.

"I made it clear in the spring that I feel very comfortable in Frankfurt with Eintracht," said Trapp.

"The time in Paris was very exciting, successful and a great experience for me. Now I'm coming home completely and I want to achieve a lot here."

Trapp made 96 appearances in his first spell with Frankfurt and featured 45 times last season in all competitions, while he has won three international caps.

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August 7 | 21:00

Danny Welbeck signs for Watford

Watford has signed Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.

The former Manchester United striker has been a free agent since Arsenal released him at the end of last season.

 

August 7 | 20:39

Coutinho rejects Tottenham

Phlippe Coutinho's return to the Premier League looks unlikely. The last known English interest in him was from Tottenham Hotspur, but Sky Sports claims that the Barcelona midfielder has rejected a loan move to London.

Both Barca and the player prefer a permanent move.

Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho   -  Getty Images

 

August 7 | 20:31

Zaha hands in transfer request

Wilfried Zaha has submitted a transfer request to Crystal Palace, trying to force a move before the 5pm BST deadline on Thursday, Sky Sports reports.

Palace has been reluctant to let the winger go for anything under £100 million, with the club rejecting a £70 million plus James McCarthy bid from Everton on Tuesday. Cenk Tosun would have also moved on a season-long loan.

Zaha had been on the radar of Arsenal but the Gunners' had let go since their first offer was rejected. Everton has seen two offers rejected so far.

August 7 | 20:22

Lukaku's agent flies to London

Romelu Lukaku's agent is in London to sort out the striker's future with Manchester United and representatives from Inter Milan.

Federico Pastorello will try to find a common ground will try to find a common ground between the clubs, claims BBC.

Lukaku has been the top target for new Inter boss Antonio Conte. The Belgian seemed to be heading to Juventus with Paulo Dybala going the other way, but United ended negotiations with Dybala, leaving Inter with the opportunity to swoop up Lukaku now.

Inter had an offer for him rejected last month. United's valuation of him stays the same - £75 million.

August 7 | 20:08

Man United pulls out of Eriksen deal

Manchester United's talks with Christian Eriksen have come to a halt.

The 27-year-old looked set to join United on a five-year contract as claimed by Spanish outlet AS. He was also set to earn the same amount of money as Paul Pogba, who could be on his way out.

But AS now claims that he favours a move to Spain or Italy and had personally called Solskjaer to inform him the same. United may not pursue this further, in line with Solskjaer's plan of only wanting players who are fully committed to the long-term project.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked to Real Madrid and Juventus.   -  Getty Images

 

August 7 | 18:52

Sane is not enough - Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski believes signing Leroy Sane would still leave Bayern Munich needing another two new additions in attack.

The Bundesliga champions have until September 2 to reinforce their squad following the departures of Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, the latter having returned to Real Madrid after a two-season loan spell.

"I think we need three new players," Lewandowski told Sport Bild.

"Even if Sane comes, we need another winger. Maybe also a number six or attacking midfielder.

"We lost three players in attack with Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and James and so far we have not made a new signing there."

Bayern boss Niko Kovac apologised to City counterpart Pep Guardiola last week after publicly stating he was confident of signing Sane.

August 7 | 17: 31

Jenkinson joins Nottingham Forest from Arsenal


Arsenal has finally discarded of defender Carl Jenkinson, who has joined Nottingham Forest on a three-year deal.

The right-back, 27, has agreed a three-year contract with the Reds to become their eighth close-season signing and is available for Saturday's Championship visit to Leeds United.

 

Jenkinson, capped once at senior level by England, joined the Gunners from Charlton Athletic in 2011, but he made just 70 appearances for the club in that time.

He has also had loan spells with West Ham and Birmingham City, however he remained with Unai Emery's side last season, playing eight times across all competitions.

 

August 7 | 17:00

Pique unsure over Coutinho's Barcelona future

Gerard Pique says he would not begrudge Philippe Coutinho a move away from Barcelona if it makes the Brazilian happy. La Liga champion Barca is reportedly prepared to loan out the former Liverpool star, with four Premier League clubs having been linked with a move.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham are rumoured to be interested, though with the English transfer window shutting on Thursday any deal would have to move swiftly.

Here's all that he said:

 

"I don't know," Pique told reporters in Miami when asked for an update on Coutinho.

"Obviously I want him to stay but at the end of the day it's what he wants and I want him to be happy. Let's see.

"Until the last day of the transfer market we will not know if he stays or not. But it's not my decision, it's the club's and Philippe's."

Coutinho is with Barca's squad in Miami as it prepares to face Napoli in the first of two friendlies against the Serie A club in the United States.

August 7 | 16:45

Danilo arrives for Juventus medical ahead of move from Manchester City

Danilo's move from Manchester City to Juventus is edging closer to completion after the full-back arrived for his medical with the Serie A giant.

The 28-year-old is set to join Juve as part of a deal to take Portugal defender Joao Cancelo to City, with the Old Lady also reportedly receiving £25.7m (€28m).

 

Having arrived in Turin on Tuesday, Juve's eighth signing of the transfer window was sent to the club's medical facility for checks the next day.

Former Real Madrid man Danilo signed for City in 2017 and went onto make 34 Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola's side, scoring four goals.

City is also expected to announce Cancelo's signing on Wednesday, with Guardiola set to secure a player his side have been linked with throughout the close season.

August 7 | 15:30

Dembele to United, Ozil to MLS

With Romelu Lukaku potentially set for Inter, Man United is now looking for a replacement. Yahoo Sport France says United has made an offer for Lyon forward Moussa Dembele.

Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil could finally be set for the exit. The Mirror reports Ozil's representatives are set for talks with DC United over a move to MLS, where the German could replace Wayne Rooney after the forward's move to Derby County in January was confirmed.

More on Rooney here -

 

August 7 | 13:30

Eriksen to United would work in Pogba's favour?

 

Spurs' moves for Dybala and Coutinho could send dominoes falling. Manchester United is looking to rope in Christian Eriksen – who is out of contract at the season's end – for £50m from Tottenham to Old Trafford, according to the Mirror.

That would boost Real Madrid's hopes of signing Paul Pogba from United. It has been learnt that the Frenchman's chances of leaving the Red Devils rest on their ability to sign a replacement – like Eriksen – before the window closes in England.

August 7 | 13:10

Liverpool winger Wilson joins Bournemouth on loan

 

So this happened earlier: Liverpool winger Harry Wilson has signed a one-year loan deal with Bournemouth. The Wales international starred for Derby County in the Championship last term, scoring 16 goals in 43 league games under now Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

Wilson, who previously impressed in the second tier on loan at Hull City, returned to feature in Liverpool’s tricky pre-season, scoring in friendlies against Borussia Dortmund and Lyon. But amid reported interest from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Wilson has been allowed to go out on loan again, linking up with Bournemouth.

 

He told the club's official website: "It's great to be here, great to finally get everything sorted and I can't wait to meet all the staff and the lads.

"When Liverpool informed me it was a possibility to come here I was keen to get it sorted. I want to play Premier League football and with a great team like Bournemouth.

"With the style of play that Bournemouth are likely to play, I feel that I can fit right in and help the team a lot."

August 7 | 12:30

Spurs' Dybala offer accepted, eye Coutinho loan

 

Juventus has accepted a £65million (€70.6m) offer from Tottenham for Dybala, according to Sky Sports. Dybala has already reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United due to an unwillingness to take a pay cut, and a switch to Spurs is now in his hands.

It has also been reported that Tottenham is also leading the race to sign Barcelona attacker Philippe Coutinho on loan.  Arsenal and United are said to be interested in Coutinho as well.

What makes Coutnhio such a sought-after target? Here are your answers:

 

 

August 7 | 11:30

Pique hopes Neymar returns at Barca

 

Gerard Pique told Neymar to speak up if he wants to return to Barcelona as the defender said a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain star was "complicated".

Neymar is expected to leave the Ligue 1 champion this close season, with Barca – the club he left in a world-record €222million deal two years ago – said to be interested.

Pique would like to see the Brazil forward return to Camp Nou, but accepts it will be hard to complete a deal for the 27-year-old, urging him to speak.

 

"I think the operation is very complicated. He is a PSG player," he said on Tuesday.

"I would be delighted to have him here, although it has to be Neymar who manifests. Of course we talk to him, but it is not appropriate to discuss private conversations.

"It is he who has to go out to talk. He is a star on and off the field," he added.

August 7 | 01:24

Liverpool's Harry Wilson joins Bournemouth on loan

Bournemouth has signed Liverpool winger Harry Wilson on a season-long loan deal.

The Wales international starred for Derby County in the Championship last term, scoring 16 goals in 43 league games under now Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

Wilson, who previously impressed in the second tier on loan at Hull City, returned to feature in Liverpool’s tricky pre-season, scoring in friendlies against Borussia Dortmund and Lyon.

But amid reported interest from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, Wilson has been allowed to go out on loan again, linking up with Bournemouth.

He told the club's official website: "It's great to be here, great to finally get everything sorted and I can't wait to meet all the staff and the lads.

"When Liverpool informed me it was a possibility to come here I was keen to get it sorted. I want to play Premier League football and with a great team like Bournemouth.

 

August 7 | 01:17

Mesut Ozil may replace Rooney at DC United

According to a US journalist Steven Goff, Ozil could replace Wayne Rooney, who will join Derby In January, at DC United.

Goff reports that: "One of Ozil's reps will meet with DCU officials next week in Washington."

August 7 | 00:41

Juventus accepts Tottenham Hotspur's bid for Dybala

Paulo Dybala could be headed to Premier League after Juventus has accepted Spurs' bid of €70 million.

The player is now set for talks with Spurs over contract terms as a move to the Premier League grows closer, according to goal.com.

Earlier, Dybala's transfer to Manchester United was called off after the striker demanded a higher pay cut.

August 07| 23:38

Tottenham Hotspur chasing Coutinho

Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur is the latest club to join the race in signing Phillipe Coutinho from Barcelona, after the the Brazilian's chances of staying at Barcelona deteriorates steeply.

Tottenham Hotspur have made a bid to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, with the Catalan club likely to charge about £21 million to complete the deal, according to The Times.

Rumours had it that he was possibly on his way back to Liverpool, but the claims were denied by the Reds' manager, Jurgen Klopp.

Spurs' boss, Mauricio Pochettino had a short stint with Coutinho at Espanyaol.

August 07 | 22:56

Danilo-Cancelo swap on the cards

Manchester City right-back Danilo has arrived in Turin as the Premier League champion look set to complete a deal with Juventus for Joao Cancelo.

It has been reported City will have to pay £25.7million (€28m) for Portugal defender Cancelo, as well as sending Danilo to the Serie A champion.

Amid claims Cancelo had touched down in Manchester for a medical, Juve posted a clip on their Twitter page of Danilo stepping off a plane in Italy and posing for pictures.

 

City spent a reported £26.5m to sign Danilo from Real Madrid in 2017, the Brazil international playing 34 times in the Premier League across two seasons.

Cancelo cost Juve €40.4m in 2018 and made 25 Serie A appearances.

August 07 | 22:06

West Ham signs teenage defender

West Ham believes teenage Portuguese defender Goncalo Cardoso can make a Premier League impact after he joined from Boavista.

The 18-year-old goes straight into Manuel Pellegrini's first-team squad after agreeing a five-year contract, with the fee involved undisclosed.

The Hammers begin their Premier League season against champion Manchester City on Saturday.

August 07 | 21:54

Milinkovic-Savic reveals Lazio pride

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has revealed his pride at being a Lazio player as he continues to be linked with a transfer window move.

The 24-year-old Serbian is one of a number of midfielders reported to be interesting Manchester United.

Milinkovic-Savic, who joined Lazio from Genk in 2015, has stayed out of the talk about a possible departure.

Writing on Instagram on Tuesday, Milinkovic-Savic made it clear he has enjoyed his time at Lazio with a post that showed pictorial highlights of his career at the club.

He wrote: "Happy to wear for four years this shirt with the eagle on the chest."

August 07 | 19:40

Koscielny leaves Arsenal

Center-back Laurent Koscielny has completed his move back to France with Bordeaux. The former Gunners skipper was part of the side's three FA Cup-winning squads and made 353 appearances since signing in 2010. 

"We decided to sanction his move to Bordeaux once we agreed acceptable transfer terms," the Gunners said in a statement.

"We thank Laurent for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best for the future."

The 33-year-old plunged his Arsenal future into doubt in July when the club confirmed he had refused to travel on their pre-season tour of the United States.

Koscielny featured 17 times in the Premier League last term, despite missing the first few months due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

August 07 | 19:08

Wayne Rooney: "I am very excited about the opportunity that Derby County have provided me with," Rooney told the club's website. "I am looking forward to joining Phillip Cocu, his coaching staff and the first-team squad from the start of January. I am sure I can make a big contribution and can't wait to meet everyone, especially the supporters.

"I must also take this opportunity to thank D.C. United, their owners, executives and supporters who have been superb to work with. I want them to know that I will give my all in support of our push for the playoffs."

Derby County coach Philip Cocu: “Wayne Rooney is an extremely talented and top-class footballer.

“It is an exciting prospect for him to be joining Derby County and he can bring so much to this squad, both on and off the pitch. He has enjoyed a wonderful career, both in club football and for England, and he still has so much to give as well.

“His credentials speak for themselves. But to have a player with his leadership, skill, experience, character and work ethic will be huge for us. He knows what it takes to succeed as a player and I have no doubt he will have a positive impact right across the club.

“The inspiration and motivation this can generate is massive for all of our players from the first team right through to the youngsters in the Academy. It is entirely in keeping with, and in support of, the club’s philosophy and approach.

“I am looking forward to working with Wayne from the start of next year and welcoming him to the club.”

August 07 | 18:58

Rooney to Derby confirmed!

It's confirmed! Wayne Rooney has signed with Championship side Derby County.

The 33-year-old will join the club in January 2020 after seeing out the ongoing Major League Soccer season with DC United.

The former Manchester United captain and Engalnd's record goal-scorer has been signed on an 18-month contract until 2021 with an option for a further year.

Rooney will be assigned squad number 32.

 

August 07 | 15:40

Rooney on verge of Derby County deal, club owner confirms

 

Derby County is "confident" of completing a deal to sign ex-England captain Wayne Rooney on Tuesday, according to club owner Mel Morris.

According to reports, the former Everton and Manchester United forward could see out the MLS season at DC United before moving to Pride Park in January. Talks looks set to continue moving quickly after Rooney flew into London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

"It's only literally been a couple of days. I suppose the starting point was we understood Wayne was keen to return to the UK and of course we had a look at the situation and decided to see if we could actually do something on the back of that," Morris told talkSPORT.

Former Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney   -  Getty Images

 

"The key thing for me is the conversation he had with Phillip Cocu, which was absolutely critical to the interest that Wayne has.

"It's never done until it's done but we're obviously focused and very keen to get it over the line this morning [Tuesday].

"I'm sure once people hear news of this - obviously it broke last night which I suppose is unfortunate - you're going to get interest. I'm confident it will get sorted out but ultimately it's never done until it's done. We'll see how we go."

Morris said: "From my side of it, why wouldn't you want a player of his background?

"His playing career has been phenomenal, he's demonstrated his leadership qualities over there in America.

"I can guarantee you Phillip Cocu is excited about this well.

August 07 | 15:10

Rooney arrives at Heathrow Airport ahead of reported Derby County move

 

Wayne Rooney arrived at Heathrow Airport in England on Tuesday ahead of a reported move to Derby County from MLS side DC United. Rooney, 33, is rumoured to have agreed to a player-coach role under manager Phillip Cocu at Derby, bringing a close to his time in the United States.

Media reports relating to a return to English football began circulating on Monday as Derby opened its Championship campaign with a 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

Wayne Rooney poses with a fan at the Heathrow Airport.   -  Twitter: Twitter: @___Kiran

 

England's most-capped outfield player was said to be flying to London to complete the deal and was spotted at Heathrow the following day, taking photos with fans after his arrival.

The former Manchester United and Everton star has long been expected to go into management, having undertaken coaching courses alongside his duties as a player.

Should reports prove accurate, he will combine those roles at Pride Park.

August 07 | 14:30

Everton has put together a £100m transfer package to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. According to The Sun, Everton will offer £65m plus striker Cenk Tosun and midfielder James McCarthy.

Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport is reporting that Premier League side Wolves is ready to offer €30m for Juventus defender Daniele Rugani. The 25-year-old has also been linked to Arsenal following the arrivals of Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral.

August 07 | 13:30

Van de Beek will face PAOK amid Madrid interest, says Ten Hag

Ajax star Donny van de Beek will play against PAOK in Champions League qualifying amid interest from Real Madrid, insists head coach Erik ten Hag.

Van de Beek confirmed Madrid was in talks with Ajax over his transfer following Saturday's 2-2 Eredivisie draw against Vitesse. The Netherlands international has emerged as a €60million target for the La Liga giant, which has been unable to prise Paul Pogba from Manchester United.

 

Ajax – Champions League semi finalist last season – will face Greek side PAOK in Tuesday's opening leg of their third-round qualifier.

Asked about Van de Beek, Ten Hag told reporters: "He has come here and is going to play.

"He'll play next week too [in the second leg]."

 

August 07 | 12:30

United makes last-ditch move for Eriksen

 

Manchester United is hoping to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen before Thursday's deadline, according to the Daily Mail. Eriksen is reluctant to renew his contract – which expires in 2020 – with Tottenham and United are looking to lure the Denmark international to Manchester prior to the transfer window closing.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen has also been linked to Real Madrid and Juventus.   -  Getty Images

 

If Eriksen, who has also been linked to Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Juventus, leaves Tottenham then he could be replaced with Sporting CP captain Bruno Fernandes. Portugal international Fernandes has long been tipped to join United.

August 07 | 11:30

Crystal Palace sign former Chelsea captain Cahill

 

Crystal Palace has signed Gary Cahill on a two-year contract to bolster its squad ahead of the new Premier League season. The former Chelsea captain left Stamford Bridge last season having fallen out of favour with then-boss Maurizio Sarri.

It marked a low-key and ill-fitting end to seven-and-a-half decorated years at Stamford Bridge, where Cahill lifted every major honour in English football. He also played the full 120 minutes before the Blues beat Bayern Munich in the 2012 Champions League final on penalties and won the Europa League for a second time last season.

 

Capped 61 times by England, Cahill was a regular for his country during the tenure of Eagles manager Roy Hodgson.

“I'm hungry to prolong my career as long as I possibly can," the 33-year-old said. "I feel like I’m in great shape and whoever I play for, I'd like to think that I give it 110 per cent and leave everything out there - so hopefully that will be good enough for the manager, my team-mates and also the fans."

Cahill is the third incoming of the transfer window at Selhurst Park, following Jordan Ayew and Stephen Henderson.

August 06 | 00:06

Brighton signs Maupay

Brighton and Hove Albion has completed the signing of striker Neal Maupay from Brentford for a reported £20million.

The 22-year-old has agreed to a four-year contract with the Premier League side after impressing in the Championship.

Brighton boss Graham Potter said: "Neal is a talented striker, with good strength and pace, and he is a goalscorer. He will add an extra dimension to our existing forward options, and we are delighted to have completed the transfer. 

"The club has been monitoring Neal and has been aware of his ability for some time. Separately I was also aware of his obvious ability at Swansea and came up against him in the Championship last season. 

"His record in the Championship has been exceptional, with 41 goals across the last two seasons, and now his challenge is to transfer that to the Premier League."

Maupay is Brighton's fourth signing since last season, following Adam Webster, Leandro Trossard and Matt Clarke to the south coast.

 

August 05 | 22:39

The Paul Pogba race heats up

Manchester United is not budging in its valuation of Pogba.

The club has rejected an offer for Pogba from Real Madrid that involves a player-plus-cash swap deal with James Rodriguez, according to the Times. Madrid offered £27.4 million and James for Pogba, who United values at £150 million.

Juventus is also looking to beat Real Madrid to the Frenchman's signing. Mario Mandzukic, Blaise Matuidi and Paulo Dybala are all being offered in the exchange, according to Tuttosport.

This comes a day after United pulled the plug on negotiations with Dybala, who was part of a swap deal with Romelu Lukaku. Dybala was reportedly unconvinced by a move to United and demanded exorbitant wages.

August 05 | 22.27

Rooney could return to England as player-coach

Wayne Rooney is in talks with Championship side Derby County about a return to English football as player-coach, reports Telegraph.

The former Manchester United and England captain is currently playing for DC United in the MLS and has another year to go in his contract but could join Derby as a player-coach under Philip Cocu.

Last month, Rooney had revealed that he turned down offers to move into management because he wants to focus on his playing career, but is eager to become a coach after his retirement.

READ | Wayne Rooney reveals manager job offers

August 05 | 21.36

Marseille brings in Argentina striker Benedetto

David Benedetto scored 30 goals in 34 appearances across his first two Superliga campaigns with Boca Juniors.   -  Getty Images

 

Dario Benedetto has sealed his reported €14million move from Boca Juniors to Marseille, becoming Andre Villas-Boas' second signing in France.

Argentina international Benedetto joins centre-back Alvaro Gonzalez in moving to Marseille, where he will hope to go some way towards replacing Mario Balotelli.

Balotelli scored eight goals in 15 Ligue 1 matches in an entertaining stint with the club. He left when his contract expired at the end of last season.

Benedetto has taken the number nine shirt worn by the Italian, who has been linked with a switch to Flamengo.

Benedetto scored 30 goals in 34 appearances across his first two Superliga campaigns with Boca but was on target just twice in 15 outings in 2018-19 after returning from knee and Achilles injuries.

August 05 | 21.05

Arsenal has had a €60 million bid rejected by RB Leipzig for Dayot Upamecano, according to Bild.

The Gunners had expressed interest in signing the 20-year-old defender in May. (ESPN)

Dayot Upamecano (L) in action for France in the European U-21 Championships in 2019.   -  Getty Images

 

August 05 | 19:47

Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is a free-agent now and Crystal Palace is winning the race to sign him, according to a Sun report.

West Ham United which is reportedly in the market for a centre-back will not sign Cahill, football.london reports.

August 05 | 19:27

What Mignolet had to say

Simon Mignolet: "I've shared the pitch with some fantastic players over the years, but the current squad is the best I've ever been a part of. I'll never forget that night in Madrid [when Liverpool won the Champions League final in June], and I'm glad I got to share it with such a terrific group of lads.

"It's been a great ride. There have been ups, downs and everything in between, but I'll always look back on my time at Anfield with fondness. I have no regrets - I've given my all, and I've always done my best to wear the shirt with pride, and to represent the club with dignity and professionalism.

"Once part of the family, always part of the family. Deep inside, I'll always be a Red."

 

August 05 | 19:24

Adrian replaces Mignolet at Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old has joined the European champions as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, who has left for Club Brugge in a reported £6.4million deal.

"I'm feeling really happy; really happy to be here and to work in this great club and start doing my stuff on the pitch as soon as possible," Adrian, who spent six seasons with West Ham before leaving at the end of last term, told Liverpool's website.

"I'm very ambitious, I come here to try to win everything, to try to push Ali [Alisson] from the first minute and to make us better.

"Obviously, I want to win titles. I come here to fight for all the competitions. We have many competitions ahead – we’re going to fight for it and try to get them.

"I'm looking forward to playing my first game at Anfield and to win as many games as we can."

August 05 | 17:42

Nainggolan joins Cagliari on loan

Bizarre turn of events for Radja Nainggolan since his €38 million move to Inter Milan last season. He was reportedly a priority signing for Antonio Conte when he was the manager of Chelsea in 2017, but is now been deemed surplus to requirements by the Italian boss at Inter. After an injury plagued season, the 30-year-old Belgian has moved to Cagliari.

August 05 | 17:25

Maguire completes United move

It's official! Harry Maguire is the world's most expensive defender and is a Red Devil! He appears thrilled to pull on the red shirt as he penned a deal to start a six-year tenure at Old Trafford. Here are the details and the English center-back's first interview as a United player. (READ)

Most expensive defenders of all-time

Harry Maguire - Leicester City to Manchester United, £80m

Virgil Van Dijk - Southampton to Liverpool, £75m

Lucas Hernandez - Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, £68m

Matthjis De Ligt - Ajax to Juventus, £67.5m

Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, £57m

Benjamin Mendy - Monaco to Manchester City, £51.75m

David Luiz - Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £50m

Kyle Walker - Tottenham to Manchester City, £50m

Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace to Manchester United, £50m

John Stones - Everton to Manchester City, £47.5m

 

August 05 | 15:00

Emery dismisses Coutinho talks

Arsenal boss Unai Emery made it clear that the Gunners were never in the pursuit of Barcelona winger Philippe Countinho, refuting the recent rumours.

"I like Coutinho as a footballer, but it is another thing that we are interested in him. We have never talked about Coutinho," he told Spanish Radio program El Larguero.

August 05 | 14:00

Coutinho heading back to the Premier League?

 

Could Philippe Coutinho be set for a return to the Premier League? Arsenal could make a move for the Barcelona playmaker and former Liverpool star in an audacious loan bid, according to the Mirror.

Meanwhile, Andy Carroll's future remains unclear but a return to Newcastle United appears off. The Mirror says the injury riddled striker, who is a free agent after being released by West Ham at the end of 2018-19, will not be heading back to the Premier League club.

August 05 | 12:30

Bruno Fernandes? It's a question for Sporting's board

 

Sporting CP head coach Marcel Keizer said Bruno Fernandes' future is a question for the club's board amid ongoing links to Manchester United. Fernandes has been tipped to join United throughout the transfer window and talk of a switch to Old Trafford has gathered pace with the Premier League season on the horizon.

Sunday's Portuguese Super Cup – which Sporting lost 5-0 at the hands of rival Benfica – was widely seen as a potential Fernandes farewell before leaving Lisbon.

Portugal international Fernandes was a topic of conversation post-match and Keizer told reporters: "Bruno Fernandes is an important player. "Will he stay? It's not a question for me, but for the management."

Fernandes scored 20 goals – 31 in all competitions – and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season as Sporting finished third.

August 05 | 11:30

Conte still hopes for Lukaku deal as Man United reportedly end Dybala talks

 

Inter boss Antonio Conte is holding out hope of a deal for Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United reportedly ended talks over a possible swap deal with Juventus involving Paulo Dybala.

Lukaku has long been believed to be Conte's top transfer target but the Nerazzurri have been unable to match United's asking price, despite making what CEO Giuseppe Marotta described as a fair offer.

It seemed a move to Juventus was looking more likely as the Serie A champion discussed a deal that would also see Dybala move to Old Trafford.

However, widespread reports on Sunday said United have ended interest in the Argentina international due to his wage demands, the agent fees involved and concerns that he does not particularly want to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Inter boss Antonio Conte is holding out hope of a deal for Romelu Lukaku after Manchester United reportedly ended talks over a possible swap deal with Juventus involving Paulo Dybala.   -  Getty Images

 

The news has seemingly reignited the prospect of Lukaku becoming an Inter player before the transfer window closes and Conte appears hopeful the deal could happen.

"Lukaku is a good player, a striker I tried to buy when I was the coach at Chelsea. We're talking about two big clubs in Juventus and Inter, but I honestly don't know how it will end," said Conte.

Lukaku is still expected to leave United before the end of the Premier League's transfer window at 1700 local time on Thursday, even if it cannot sign a replacement.

Speculation on Sunday suggested Mario Mandzukic had agreed terms with the Red Devils, but it is not known how the end to the Dybala talks could affect any such deal. Solskjaer is said to have been hugely impressed with the pre-season efforts of 17-year-old forward Mason Greenwood, meaning he is not desperate to sign a direct replacement should Lukaku leave.

August 05 | 11:00

Mignolet's Liverpool career over as goalkeeper joins Club Brugge

 

Club Brugge has confirmed the signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet for a reported €7million. Mignolet, 31, has agreed to a five-year deal with the Belgian club, ending a six-season stay at Anfield. The 21-time Belgium international returns to his homeland for the first time since joining Sunderland from boyhood club Sint-Truiden in 2010.

 

"After completing successful medical tests, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet signs a contract for five years with Blauw-Zwart. Liverpool FC, Club Brugge and Simon reached an agreement on this today," a statement from Club Brugge read.

Mignolet joined Liverpool for a reported £9m in June 2013, but lost his place last season after the arrival of Alisson from Roma. While part of the Champions League-winning squad last season, Mignolet made just two appearances in all competitions in 2018-19, his move ending a Liverpool career riddled by mistakes.

August 04 | 00:15

Manchester United pulls plug on Dybala-Lukaku swap deal

A Telegraph report claims that Manchester United has decided to pull the plug on the highly anticipated swap between Romelu Lukaku and Juventus' Paulo Dybala.

United has expressed concerns over his desire to play for the club and has deemed his exorbitant wage demands excessive. Solskjaer is reportedly determined to bring in only players who're fully committed to being part of United's long-term project.

United had agreed personal terms with Mario Mandzukic who was also a part of the deal, but it remains to be seen what happens with the Croatian striker.

Dybala is reportedly happy staying at Serie A champion Juventus and playing in the Champions League. According to a Sky Sports report, the Argentinian was left 'sad and angry' due to the treatment by his club which was pushing for the Lukaku deal to go through.

August 04 | 00:13

Neymar to Barcelona 'ruled out at this time', says vice president Cardoner

A deal to bring Neymar back to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain should be ruled out at this time, according to Jordi Cardoner, the vice president of the LaLiga champions.

Brazil star Neymar is keen to leave Paris just two years on from his world-record €222million move from Barca.

The Catalans are favourites to sign the 27-year-old and the latest reports have suggested they could try to strike a loan deal, including the option to buy, in order to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou without the need to offset the cost by selling several first-team players.

At the presentation of new signing Junior Firpo on Sunday, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said more arrivals should not be discounted between now and the end of the Spanish transfer window on September 2.

However, Cardoner thinks any potential Neymar deal is impossible unless there are developments between the player and PSG.

"As of today, there's no Neymar case, as the president said, and it's complicated," he told TV3.

"We are passive actors. We know he's not happy in Paris and it's a situation that needs to be resolved in Paris.

"We haven't spoken to them. There is a lot of respect between the clubs and if there is a Neymar case one day, we'll talk.

"Today, at this time, it's ruled out."

August 04 | 21:42

 

Napoli has discussed Lukaku transfer, reveals De Laurentiis

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed he has discussed the possibility of signing Romelu Lukaku, but put talk of a bid being made down to a ploy to drive up the Manchester United striker's valuation.

The Belgium international appears to be on his way out of Old Trafford in the closing stages of the transfer window after losing his place to Marcus Rashford in the second half of last season.

Lukaku, not used in any of United's six pre-season friendlies, has previously talked up a "dream" move to Serie A and is wanted by Inter and Italian champion Juventus.

But Inter was unable to agree a fee for the 26-year-old and Juve's hopes of signing him reportedly depend on Paulo Dybala agreeing to head the opposite way as part of a player-plus-cash deal.

Napoli is the latest club to be linked with Lukaku, with reports coming out of Italy on Saturday suggesting it is willing to offer a cash sum plus striker Arkadiusz Milik.

De Laurentiis confirmed he has talked with Lukaku's agent, but Napoli has not tabled an offer for his services.

"You know why there are rumours about him? Because I am good friends with his agent, Federico Pastorello, who I often wake up at dawn for a chat," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"I asked him: 'Do you think Lukaku would suit Napoli? Is he going to Juventus or not?' We spoke in those terms, but then we know it’s in the interest of agents to make it seem as if we made an offer, as that raises the price tag for someone else. This is why I’d prefer it if the transfer market opened the day after the season ended and closed at the end of July."

Napoli has missed out on attacking target Nicolas Pepe, who left Lille for Arsenal earlier this week, but it is still in the running for James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Mauro Icardi.

"Beyond James, Lozano and Icardi, we are also evaluating other names," De Laurentiis said. "In negotiations, when everyone knows there is a willingness to buy, they all try to get the best deal. We have to take the environmental factors into account, because signing a player means bringing his family over too.

"Naples is a beautiful city, but for someone who is accustomed to a very different lifestyle, it can be an overwhelming experience to come here. The fans don't realise that."

 

August 04 | 20:00

 

Bartomeu hints at more Barcelona signings after Junior Firpo deal

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says more signings are anticipated before the close of the La Liga transfer window as speculation over a bid for Neymar continues.

The Spanish champion secured the arrival of Junior Firpo from Real Betis on Sunday in a deal that could be worth €30 million.

Barca has spent upwards of €230 million on new players in 2019, with Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Emerson among those to arrive in the close season.

It is reportedly in negotiations for the season-long loan of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is pushing to leave the Ligue 1 champion just two years on from his world-record €222 million move from Barca.

Such a deal, that would likely include an option to buy in 2020, would help Barca balance its spending while negating the need to sell several first-team players before the window closes on September 2.

Bartomeu thinks more arrivals at Camp Nou are certainly possible in the coming weeks.

"We have a stronger squad, with more potential," he said. "There are still several weeks left for the market to close and we could have more incomings."

"We have an ambitious and incredible squad, led by the best player in the world and in history, Leo Messi."

Neymar watched on as PSG beat Rennes 2-1 in Shenzhen to win the Trophee des Champions for the seventh year in a row.

The Brazil international was dragged into medal celebrations by Marco Verratti and appeared in good spirits, despite PSG sporting director Leonardo confirming last month the player wants to leave.

There was then a moment of controversy when Kylian Mbappe, who scored PSG's first goal, appeared to push Neymar out of the way as the team celebrated with the trophy in front of photographers on the pitch.

 

August 04 | 16:00

Coutinho to Arsenal?

British newspaper Sun reports that Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho might be interested in a loan move to Premier League, but its not his former employer Liverpool. Arsenal is interested in bringing the Copa America winner to the Emirates on loan, a deal which could cost the Gunners £27m.

Portuguese newspapers have reported a £46m offer from Manchester United Ajax's Brazilian winger David Neres.

 

August 04 | 14:00

AC Milan ropes in Algeria star Bennacer

AC Milan has completed the signing of Ismael Bennacer from Empoli for a reported €16 million fee.

Bennacer has signed a five-year contract at San Siro after his former club Arsenal were understood to have refused to take up an option to match the offer made by Milan.

 

The 21-year-old midfielder joined the Gunners from Arles in 2015 but made just one first-team appearance and was sold to Empoli following a loan spell with Tours.

Bennacer, who represented France at youth level, was named Man of the Competition after supplying three assists during Algeria's triumphant Africa Cup of Nations Campaign.

August 04 | 13:30

 

Yep, Neymar's back in the transfer news! The Sport  newspaper says Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are working on a loan deal with a non-mandatory purchase option to unlock negotiations.

Will we see a reunion of the iconic MSN?   -  Getty Images

 

The new formula could accelerate a transfer! Oh boy, is this actually going to happen?

August 04 | 13:00

Tottenham Hotspur has reportedly made an approach for Juventus star Paulo Dybala, according to SoccerLink.

Dybala is in talks with Manchester United, which has reportedly agreed a deal to send striker Romelu Lukaku to Juventus for the former Palermo forward.

The 25-year-old is reportedly not convinced about joining United and Champions League finalist Tottenham is ready to pounce after manager and fellow Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino tried to convince the player to move to London.

August 04 | 12:00


The Express says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is eyeing Real Madrid midfielder Isco and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake. The Premier League champion is reportedly targeting Ake – who is believed to be wanted by Leicester City – as Manchester United closes in on Harry Maguire.

August 04 | 10:30

 

Juanfran follows Dani Alves in signing for Sao Paulo

Former Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has signed for Sao Paulo, just two days after Dani Alves joined the Brazilian club. Juanfran enjoyed a hugely successful eight-year spell with Atletico, becoming a fan favourite in one of the best periods in the club's history.

Juanfran at Atletico Madrid.   -  Getty Images

 

The 34-year-old was offered a new deal with Atletico, having signed a one-year extension last year, but he opted to move on after falling out of favour at the Wanda Metropolitano.

He heads to Brazil in a move made even more surprising by the fact fellow right-back and former Barcelona great Alves joined Sao Paulo just a day before.

While Alves signed on until December 2022, Juanfran's contract runs until the end of 2020.

Aug 3 | 22:44

 

Drama in Paris! PSG wins French Super Cup and Mbappe pushes Neymar out of team photo

Kylian Mbappe inspired a second-half comeback as Paris Saint-Germain retained the Trophee des Champions with a 2-1 win over Rennes in Shenzhen.

But what followed in the post-match celebrations has gone viral on social media. Neymar, with a medal around his neck, was standing with the team as pictures were being clicked and Mbappe was seen pulling the Brazilian by his arm and pushing him out of the team picture!

Alll not well in Paris, eh? Maybe his move to Barcelona would do all parties good. If only the clubs could agree on a transfer fee...

Aug 3 | 21:24

 

Long kept waiting on West Ham move amid work permit problems

New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long hopes the United Kingdom's "strange" work permit system will not deny him the chance to join West Ham.

Manuel Pellegrini is reportedly keen on signing the 26-year-old to bolster his options at centre-back.

Long started five times for the United States at the recent Gold Cup but has not yet satisfied the Football Association's requirements for endorsement of a work permit.

Premier League clubs must submit their applications before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

"As our biggest ally, it seems strange that a football player from the US can't automatically get a work visa to play in England," Long told Sky Sports.

"Every kid in the USA dreams of playing in the English Premier League. Not many players get the chance, so of course I would like to play there some day."

Multiple Ligue 1 clubs including Marseille have been linked to Long, the MLS Defender of the Year for 2018.

"I just signed a new contract, so the decision is up to my club and the other team," he said.

 

Aug 3 | 20:59

 

Man City youngster Nmecha joins Wolfsburg on loan

Wolfsburg has signed Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha on a season-long loan.

The 20-year-old was born in Hamburg and has represented both England and Germany at Under-21 level, featuring as part of Stefan Kuntz's squad when it finished as runner-up in this year's European Championship.

Nmecha made three senior appearances for City in 2017-18 – all as a substitute – before spending 2018-19 with Preston North End in the Championship. He only scored four times in 44 appearances for Preston but was on target twice for City during its pre-season tour of Asia last month.

"It had been my aim to play in the Bundesliga and in my home country for some time now," Nmecha told Wolfsburg's official website. "I’m particularly pleased that this move to VfL Wolfsburg has come off because everything is in place for me here to further my development at the highest level and to realise my full potential."

Wolfsburg finished sixth in the Bundesliga last season, meaning newly installed head coach Oliver Glasner will lead it in the Europa League this time around.

 

Aug 3 | 17:20

 

Brighton seals Webster signing for reported club-record £20 million

Brighton and Hove Albion has signed Adam Webster from Bristol City for a reported club-record £20 million fee.

Webster put pen to paper on a four-year contract in a move that could pave the way for Lewis Dunk to replace Manchester United-bound Harry Maguire at Leicester City.

The 24-year-old centre-back, who was playing for Portsmouth in League Two just three years ago, is looking forward to testing himself in the Premier League.

"It's been a bit of a drawn-out process, but I'm absolutely delighted to finally get it over the line. This move is a dream come true for me and my family, so I can't wait to get started," said Webster in a statement.

"After speaking with the manager [Graham Potter], my heart was set on coming here. I grew up nearby in Chichester, so to be closer to home is an added bonus for me.

"He [Potter] was in charge of a very good Swansea City side last season, which played a lot of football. That's something which will suit my game here, and I can't wait to work with him."

Potter added: "Adam is a player the club has been aware of for some time, and someone we came up against last season at Swansea City.

"He is a quality defender, comfortable on the ball, fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the club, and he was very keen to join us.

"He is still relatively young, but has good experience from the number of games he has played. Predominately a centre-half, he can also play at right-back, and he will bring additional competition alongside our existing defensive options."

 

Aug 3 | 16:40

 

Atletico Madrid may have excited many with its signings but Diego Simeone is not getting carried away

Diego Simeone insists his expensively assembled squad must perform the pitch to earn comparisons with former Atletico Madrid sides.

Atletico has undergone a significant transformation since finishing 11 points behind La Liga champion Barcelona last season.

Antoine Griezmann, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Lucas Hernandez and midfielder Rodri, Manchester City's new record signing, have all left the Wanda Metropolitano.

Among the replacements are Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Mario Hermoso and Joao Felix, who became the fourth most expensive signing in history when he arrived from Benfica for €126 million.

The level of investment, which has brought eight new additions in total, has prompted conjecture about whether the squad could be the strongest assembled under Simeone.

"It's not fair to talk about a team that is yet to start competing," Simeone said. "We think about now, which is to improve in training, in matches, for each player to fulfil his function.

"When the season ends we will be able to say if this is the best squad or not. You don't win with names. You win with performance and with players who interpret what the team needs."

Another close-season signing, Hector Herrera, is back in his homeland of Mexico for Saturday's friendly against Atletico San Luis.

The former Porto midfielder is "very excited" by the occasion but the thought of a league debut against Getafe on August 18 is providing the real motivation.

"I never imagined playing in La Liga," Herrera said. "It was always a dream to be able to reach LaLiga, which is the best league in the world. You have to look for big challenges and [in La Liga] you are competing with the best."

 

Aug 3 | 13:58

 

TOP STORY – MADRID AGREES TERMS WITH VAN DE BEEK, ENTERS FERNANDES RACE

Real Madrid has reached an agreement with Van de Beek over a move to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Marca.

The 22-year-old Ajax and Netherlands midfielder will make the move if Madrid can agree a fee with the Eredivisie champion.

However, Marca also say Madrid's move for Van de Beek would not close the door to Pogba.

Having already strengthened in the close season, Madrid is also in the race for Sporting CP star Fernandes – linked with Manchester United and Tottenham – according to Record.

Aug 3 | 12:45

ROUND-UP

- 'It's war!' reads the cover of Sport, who say Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar has insisted his desire is to return to Barcelona. They report the Ligue 1 champion is losing patience with the Brazil forward and will make a decision on the forward's future next week.

- With or without Neymar, Barcelona is making moves. Sport reports the La Liga champion has agreed to a five-year deal with Junior Firpo but is still working to reach a deal with Real Betis for the left-back. Barca will offer around €20million, but Betis is looking for €25m, with variables in the discussion.

- There is also set to be an exit from Camp Nou. Juventus will offer Barcelona €10m plus bonuses for left-back Juan Miranda, but the Spanish side will only accept a deal if a buy-back clause is included.

- Amid continued talks between Manchester United and Juventus regarding a Romelu Lukaku-Paulo Dybala swap deal, it seems Mario Mandzukic is ready for a switch to Old Trafford. Il BiancoNero reports Juve's Croatian striker is positive about the chance to join the Premier League giant.

- Mauro Icardi's Inter career is over. La Gazzetta dello Sport report Nerazzurri chiefs have told the forward he is no longer wanted at San Siro and should consider offers from Roma and Napoli.

- Nicolo Zaniolo has been linked with a move away from Roma, but the Serie A side is set to begin talks with the midfielder over a new contract, according to Calciomercato. Juventus and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the 20-year-old.

Aug 3 | 11:21

Burnley brings in Peacock-Farrell following Heaton departure

Burnley has moved quickly to bring in Tom Heaton's replacement, signing Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Leeds United for an undisclosed fee. England international Heaton ended his six-year stay at Turf Moor on Thursday, joining newly promoted Aston Villa.

Nick Pope – who missed much of last season through injury and then struggled to establish himself in the side ahead of Heaton and Joe Hart – is tipped to be Burnley's first-choice goalkeeper for the new season.

But extra competition will come from Peacock-Farrell, who has signed a four-year deal with an option for a further season.

The 22-year-old Northern Ireland international made his debut for Leeds in April 2016, but he did not establish himself as a regular at Elland Road until the second half of the 2017-18 campaign.

Peacock-Farrell was first choice for much of Marcelo Bielsa's first campaign in charge of the Championship club, though lost his place after Leeds signed Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid in January.

"I'm really happy to be here. A Premier League club is what you dream of when you are starting out in football," Peacock-Farrell told Burnley's official website.

"There's massive competition here, but it was an opportunity I couldn't turn down. The goalkeepers here are really good and two of them are England internationals. There's something going on here that must be right."

Doubts remain over Hart's future at Turf Moor, as the former Manchester City and England star featured Burnley's first 19 league games last term but failed to make a single appearance after a 5-1 defeat to Everton on Boxing Day.

Aug 3 | 10:42

Everton brings in Mainz midfielder Gbamin following Gueye departure

Everton has confirmed the signing of Jean-Philippe Gbamin from Bundesliga club Mainz for an undisclosed fee reported to be £25million.

Idrissa Gueye's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday left a void in Everton's midfield, with boss Marco Silva having previously confirmed the club would need a replacement lined up if the Senegal international were to leave.

"It's a big moment with a lot of emotion and now it’s on me to prove on the pitch why they bought me," Gbamin told Everton's website.

"I'm excited because Everton is a great club here in England with a big history and ambition so I didn't think for more than a moment - I wanted to come here."

Gbamin, who joined Mainz from Lens in 2016, made 31 appearances in the Bundesliga last season, scoring twice.

The Ivory Coast international is also capable of playing at right-back and centre-back, and becomes Everton's fourth signing of the close season after Jonas Lossl, Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph.

Everton looks set to make a fifth addition in the coming days, with Juventus striker Moise Kean reportedly due to undergo a medical on Saturday ahead of a proposed £29million move from the Serie A champion.

Aug 3 | 09:33

Newcastle United completes the signings of Saint-Maximin and Willems

Newcastle United has completed its second and third signing of the transfer window, bringing in Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin in a six-year deal believed to be worth £16million and confirming the arrival of Netherlands international Jetro Willems on loan from Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The ex-Monaco winger scored six Ligue 1 goals in 34 appearances for Nice last term, and will wear the number 10 shirt for Newcastle.

"I'm delighted to bring Allan to St. James' Park. He is a very talented young player with a big future ahead of him," head coach Steve Bruce told Newcastle's official website.

"He has all the attributes you would want in an attacking player, including lightning pace, so I'm sure he'll excite everybody. He is a great addition to Newcastle United and the Premier League."

Willems has joined Newcastle on a season-long loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the campaign.

The defender predominantly made his name at PSV and became the youngest player to appear in the European Championships when he featured for the Netherlands at Euro 2012.

"Jetro brings a wealth of experience into the dressing room and I'm very pleased to have brought him here," Bruce added.

"He has played at the highest level and is naturally left-footed so he'll give us another strong option on that side."

Aug 2 | 22:53

 

Cavani: Neymar has a lot to give for Paris Saint-Germain

Edinson Cavani believes Neymar still has a lot to give to Paris Saint-Germain and says the Brazil star will be able to learn from his ongoing transfer saga.

Neymar continues to be linked with a move away from PSG and is reportedly angling for an exit from the Ligue 1 champion.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old - amid speculation of a return to Barcelona - is now back in training, after initially failing to return from his post-season break on the date PSG expected and Cavani is hopeful his fellow forward will remain at Parc des Princes.

"I hope that everything that has happened to him will give him the experience to grow as an individual," Cavani told Le Parisien. "I think he still has a lot to give PSG until the last day he will be here as a player, and a lot to give to football too.

"Playing with big players like him, like Kylian [Mbappe], it gives me pleasure, now it's good to find the connection between all of us, to create a good team, a good atmosphere of work, sacrifice and professionalism."

Cavani and Neymar seemed to get their relationship at PSG off to a difficult start following the Brazilian's move from Barca in 2017.

The Uruguay striker demanded to take a spot-kick instead of Neymar in a match against Lyon in September 2017, only to see his resultant effort saved, leading to much speculation that the duo did not get along. But despite confirming he and Neymar did not see eye-to-eye early on, Cavani insists there are no longer any issues.

"A lot of things have been said about us, it's true that we had some differences in the first few months after his arrival, but it's good to come and talk to each other," Cavani added. "The social networks, the external communication. It is exaggerated, many things are not true."

 

Aug 2 | 22:40

 

Emre Mor looks to reignite career with Galatasaray loan

Emre Mor will look to reignite his career at Galatasaray after the winger secured a loan away from Celta Vigo.

Mor, 22, was regarded as one of Europe's most promising youngsters when he joined Borussia Dortmund from Danish club Nordsjaelland in 2016. He showed flashes of ability during his 12 Bundesliga appearances before Celta forked out a reported €13.5 million on him in August 2017.

But he made just eight La Liga starts across two years in Spain and his stock has fallen dramatically.

The Denmark-born Turkey international will move to Galatasaray on loan for the 2019-20 season, with the Super Lig club securing a purchase option as part of the deal.

 

Aug 2 | 21:29

 

West Ham lets Oxford depart for Augsburg on permanent deal

West Ham has allowed young defender Reece Oxford to leave for Bundesliga side Augsburg on a permanent deal.

Oxford, 20, became the youngest ever player to feature for West Ham in 2015, when Slaven Bilic handed him his first-team debut in a Europa League qualifier aged 16 years and 198 days.

The centre-back had been considered a major prospect for the Hammers and England at the time, making seven Premier League appearances in the 2015-16 campaign and reportedly snubbing Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City to sign a new deal.

However, he subsequently struggled to hold down a spot in the first-team squad and was underwhelming during loan spells with Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Oxford made eight Bundesliga appearances for Augsburg last season after joining in January, helping it narrowly avoid relegation.

Although a permanent move reportedly fell through initially due to disagreements over a relegation release clause, talks resumed and have been concluded with Oxford signing a four-year deal.

 

Aug 2 | 20:54

 

Juventus target Lukaku out of Man United squad for Milan clash

Romelu Lukaku has again been left out of Manchester United's squad to face AC Milan in a pre-season friendly, with his move to Juventus reportedly edging closer.

Belgium international Lukaku is yet to feature for United during the close season, with the official line from the club claiming fitness problems as the reason. But strong links with Italian side Inter coincided with his absences initially, as it looked to replace Mauro Icardi.

Inter confirmed its interest in Lukaku and that it has bid for him, though club CEO Giuseppe Marotta revealed its "fair and important" offer was rejected.

 

Aug 2 | 20:45

 

Man United makes progress in Harry Maguire pursuit

A person with knowledge of the deal says Manchester United is set to break the world transfer record for a defender after agreeing to pay 80 million pounds ($97 million) to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester.

The person spoke to on condition of anonymity because the transfer is yet to be finalized.

United has been pursuing the 26-year-old Maguire for more than a year since his standout performances at the 2018 World Cup for England.

More on that over here.

Aug 2 | 20:02

 

Sane contract talks regress amid Bayern rumours

Manchester City's attempts to extend Leroy Sane's contract have run in to trouble amid persistent speculation the player will join Bayern Munich in a mega-money move.

Sane has been linked with a switch to Bayern throughout the close season with the Bundesliga champion taking the unusual step of explicitly rejecting reports by Kicker and Bild on Thursday that the Germany winger was close to joining it.

That followed a climbdown in some public courting of the 23-year-old, who Bayern head coach Niko Kovac described as a "dream signing" his club was "working very hard" to secure.

Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic expressed disappointment with those words and no questions regarding the matter were permitted at Kovac's news conference ahead of Saturday's DFL-Supercup meeting with Borussia Dortmund.

Sane was also predictably on the agenda at Pep Guardiola's briefing to preview Sunday's Community Shield clash with Liverpool at Wembley and the City manager said moves to keep the ex-Schalke man at the Etihad Stadium beyond June 2021 had taken a backwards step.

"I said many times I want players that want to stay. It is impossible for me as a manager to convince a player whose head is away from here," Guardiola said.

"But the player [Sane] didn't tell me anything. If they go to the door and tell me I want to leave then I say okay. Nobody tells me that so that is why he is our player.

"We want him to stay, we try to extend the contract for more than one year. We were quite close some months ago and now it is a little bit different. That is the reality I cannot say anything more."

Asked further about Sane's contract situation, Guardiola said City's director of football Txiki Begiristain had reported a setback over recent weeks.

"What I said two or three weeks ago, in relation with Txiki, was 'Wow, it is quite close'. Now, it is not," he explained.

Following Bayern's recent moves to seemingly keep relations between itself and City cordial, Guardiola insisted he harboured no ill will towards his former employer.

"No I am not disappointed," he added. "First because I know them and I know how it works in this world, everybody talks.

"Sometimes I talk too much. I'm pretty sure they don't do it most of the time. It is important we have our player. Leroy is here and we try to be ready to play the season."

 

Aug 2 | 19:32

 

Zenit agrees deal for Barcelona's Malcom

Malcom's move from Barcelona to Russian Premier League side Zenit has been completed, with the deal worth a total of €45 million.

The 22-year-old missed training on Thursday, with Barca announcing Malcom had been granted permission to "resolve his future".

Malcom joined La Liga giant Barca from Bordeaux in 2018 for a deal rising to €42 million, after making a late decision to head to Camp Nou rather than Roma in Serie A.

However, he failed to find his feet in Spain, making only six starts in La Liga, with the highlight of his time at Camp Nou coming when he scored in a 1-1 Clasico draw against Real Madrid.

In total, Malcom scored four goals in 24 appearances in all competitions, with Barca confirming it has "retained an interest in the future sale of the Brazilian."

"Barcelona expressly thanks Malcom for his commitment and dedication, and wishes him success in the future," a statement on Barca's website read.

Malcom came through the ranks at Corinthians before switching to Bordeaux in 2015. A breakthrough season came in 2016/17, with the winger scoring seven Ligue 1 goals, and he maintained his form heading into the following campaign, in which he netted 12 times.

His impressive form saw him come to the attention of Roma only for Barca to hijack his move to the Italian capital. But with Barca having spent big on Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, Malcom has now been deemed surplus to requirements at Camp Nou.

Zenit leads the way in Russia's top flight with three wins from three so far this season, and Malcom could be in line to make his debut against Krasnodar on Saturday.

 

Aug 2 | 19:25

 

McBurnie signs for Sheffield United in club-record deal

Sheffield United has completed the signing of striker Oli McBurnie from Swansea City in a club-record deal believed to be worth £20 million. McBurnie starred for Swansea in the Championship last term, scoring 22 goals in the second tier.

The 23-year-old, who previously made 16 top-flight appearances while at Swansea without scoring, has now become United's eighth signing of the close season, signing a four-year contract as the Blades continue to strengthen ahead of their first season in the Premier League since 2006-07.

Blades boss Chris Wilder was delighted to have secured one of the club's long-term targets. "We've had to be patient and work very hard to get Oli to Bramall Lane but I am confident he will be a tremendous success," he told United's official website.

"We need options at the top of the pitch and Oli, as anyone who has watched a significant amount of Championship football will tell you, offers plenty in that area.

"He fits the profile of our transfer policy this season and is an age where his better years are ahead of him - hopefully he and the club can continue to grow together.

"I'm delighted with the transfer business over the summer, Oli is a big piece of the jigsaw, and the squad is shaping up ready for what will be a long and demanding season."

United rounds off its pre-season preparations away at Reims on Saturday, before kicking off their Premier League campaign against Bournemouth on August 10.

 

Aug 2 | 18:20

 

Bayern new signing Singh for first-team role

New signing Sarpreet Singh could be a surprise starter for Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup after catching Niko Kovac's eye in pre-season.

Serge Gnabry will miss Saturday's match against Borussia Dortmund because of a muscle issue, leaving a place free on the flank opposite to Kingsley Coman.

Thomas Muller and Alphonso Davies are among the alternatives but New Zealand international Singh, a midfielder by trade, is in contention to continue his rapid rise.

The 20-year-old joined from A-League outfit Wellington Phoenix a month ago and appeared comfortable in friendly appearances against Real Madrid, Arsenal and AC Milan.

"He's a good catch," Kovac said. "He was planned for the second team but he's shown that he's already a long way ahead of many others. I'm very pleased for him and pleasantly surprised. With him and Alphonso Davies, you can see they are much further ahead of the others in the second team."

Singh's road to first-team minutes will become tougher if Bayern succeeds in its attempts to sign Leroy Sane from Manchester City.

Where the winger will play next season has become a source of angst for both clubs, with Kovac compelled to apologise to opposite number Pep Guardiola after publicly confirming his interest in the 23-year-old.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge rebuked Kovac over the comments and the Croatian took no questions on the subject at his news conference on Friday.

"Everything has been said," he explained. "Now is the present. We have an important match tomorrow and it's all about that. Dortmund have strengthened, they have been in training longer than us.

"It will be an intense game. Dortmund will be our biggest challenger. We need to be red alert tomorrow."

Aug 2 | 18:00

 

Mbappe: Neymar knows I want him to stay at PSG

Kylian Mbappe voiced his hope for Neymar to stay at Paris Saint-Germain as Thomas Tuchel commended the star forward's upbeat attitude in China.

Neymar returned to full training on Thursday just as a fresh wave of speculation emerged concerning his commitment to the club.

The 27-year-old has not featured in pre-season, having undergone a careful recovery from foot and ankle issues, and will sit out this weekend's Trophee des Champions match due to suspension.

His absence did nothing to halt the rumour mill as reports regarding a possible return to Barcelona gained in number during the Brazilian's close-season break in his homeland.

France forward Mbappe held private talks with his team-mate amid the maelstrom and hopes his encouragement results in a third season for Neymar at Parc des Princes.

"He has a situation that everyone knows," Mbappe said in Shenzhen, where PSG is preparing to face Rennes. "Of course I want him to stay. I spoke with him. He knows what I think of him and his situation. Everything is going well between us. We have a relationship based on honesty and respect. He knows that I respect him and that I admire him."

PSG boss Tuchel added fuel to the transfer talk that has dominated his team's pre-season when he admitted to knowing - before the Copa America - about Neymar's desire to depart Paris.

Yet that objective has done nothing to curb the former Barca player's enthusiasm on a day to day basis, according to Tuchel.

"Neymar's training session was great, as good usual," the Germain said. "He's at a top level. The mood is very good on his part. He's with us and that's good."

 

Aug 2 |  12:49

Top story – Mandzukic to follow Dybala to Old Trafford?

Growing reports suggest Juventus pair Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala are being pushed to join Manchester United.

United striker Lukaku has agreed a €9million salary with Juventus, according to Goal, as the Red Devils look to sign Dybala in exchange.

Dybala is reportedly demanding €12m to make the move to Manchester, with the deal hinging on the Argentina international swapping Turin for Old Trafford.

Tuttosport, Goal and other outlets are also claiming Mandzukic has been discussed with United, in what would be a separate transfer.

Aug 2 | 11:30

 

ROUND-UP

- According to The Sun, Manchester City has set Leroy Sane's asking price at €158m (£145m) as Bayern Munich looks to sign the Germany international.

- Real Madrid is seriously considering a move for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, Marca reports. Manchester United star Paul Pogba has emerged as a key target for Madrid. However, Zinedine Zidane's side is eyeing a €60m bid for Van de Beek.

- Champions League holder Liverpool is pondering a bid for Bordeaux forward Francois Kamanoas Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth to his attacking options, according to The Sun.

- The Sun also reports that Arsenal has been put off by West Ham's £60m valuation of defender Issa Diop, who has also been linked to Manchester United. Arsenal has already signed William Saliba but the teenage defender has been loaned back to Saint-Etienne for the 2019-20 campaign.

- Radamel Falcao will not be leaving Monaco for Turkish side Galatasaray, according to Fabrizio Romano. The 33-year-old has been hampered by injuries since moving to Monaco in 2013.

- ESPN FC says Manchester United and Leicester City are £15m apart in their valuation of centre-back Harry Maguire. In one of the most drawn-out transfer sagas this off-season, United has been tipped to sign Maguire in a world-record transfer for a defender, however, the England international is yet to arrive at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are reportedly offering £70m plus add-ons, while Leicester want £85m plus add-ons.

- Juventus and Marseille have made offers for Barcelona left-back Juan Miranda, claims Sport. Juve reportedly want the 19-year-old on a permanent deal, while Marseille are open to bringing him to Ligue 1 on loan.

- As Lukaku nears a switch to Juventus, FCInterNews says Inter has turned to Atalanta's Duvan Zapata. The Colombia forward, who scored 28 goals in all competitions last season, is valued at €60m and Inter are willing to include Matteo Politano in exchange.

Aug 2 | 10:24

Lirola joins Boateng in leaving Sassuolo for Fiorentina

Fiorentina has completed the initial loan signing of Pol Lirola, following Kevin-Prince Boateng in leaving Sassuolo for the same club.

A double swoop saw Boateng sign for Fiorentina on Wednesday, with Lirola's arrival confirmed the following day.

Boateng reportedly cost the Viola €1million, while there is an option reportedly worth €12m to sign Lirola on a permanent deal at the end of the coming season.

Former AC Milan star Boateng spent the second part of 2018-19 on loan at Barcelona, announcing his return to Sassuolo at the start of July.

Aug 1 | 21:33

 

Hertha seals reported club-record deal for Lukebakio

Hertha Berlin has announced the signing of forward Dodi Lukebakio from Watford in a reported club-record deal.

Lukebakio is said to have cost the Bundesliga side €20 million (£18.3 million), surpassing the fee of €8.5 million spent on Davie Selke two years ago.

The Belgium Under-21 star, capable of playing anywhere across the front line, returns to Germany on a "long-term" contract after impressing on loan at Fortuna Dusseldorf last season.

Upon joining Hertha, Lukebakio said: "Hertha are a big club in Germany and showed a lot of interest in me. I knew very quickly that I wanted to join the club. I want to play a lot of football here and score loads of goals."

Lukebakio played just 15 minutes for Watford after joining from Anderlecht in January 2018, but his form with Fortuna attracted interest this close season.

The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in all competitions last term, including a hat-trick against champions Bayern Munich to snatch a dramatic 3-3 draw.

 

Aug1 | 21:11

 

Arsenal seals £72 million deal for Lille's Pepe

Arsenal has announced the signing of Lille forward Nicolas Pepe in a club-record deal reported to be worth £72 million.

Pepe was linked with Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Champions League winner Liverpool after a breakthrough 2018-19 season.

The Ivory Coast attacker scored 22 Ligue 1 goals last term and supplied 11 assists to catch the eye of Europe's elite clubs. But it is Arsenal who have landed the 24-year-old, who eclipses Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the club's record signing.

"Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe," Gunners head coach Unai Emery told his club's official website.
 
"Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I'm delighted he's joining. He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team."

 

Aug 1 | 19:31

 

Neymar takes part in PSG training amid ongoing Barcelona speculation

Neymar took part in training with Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday, despite fresh speculation that he is refusing to play for the club.

Reports in Spain suggest Neymar has informed PSG he will not play any more matches in an attempt to force through a move to former side Barcelona.

The Brazil forward has been strongly linked with a return to Catalonia just two years on from swapping clubs for a world-record €222 million fee.

He returned late for pre-season training with PSG and has yet to take part in any of its friendlies due to foot and ankle injury complaints.

 

The 27-year-old is also suspended for Saturday's Trophee des Champions clash with Rennes following his altercation with a fan after PSG's Coupe de France final defeat to the same opposition in April.

But Neymar was all smiles as he took part in training with his team-mates in China today and could be in contention for PSG's Ligue 1 opener with Nimes a week on Sunday. 

PSG beat Sydney FC 3-0 in the last of their pre-season friendlies to make it two wins from four matches during the close season.

 

Aug 1 | 19:22

AC Milan lands forward Leao from Lille

AC Milan has finalised the signing of forward Rafael Leao from Lille in a deal reportedly worth €30 million. Leao, 20, has agreed a five-year contract to become Marco Giampaolo's third signing for the Rossoneri.

The Serie A giant finalised the capture of Portugal Under-21 international Leao following Patrick Cutrone's move to Wolves on Tuesday.

Leao scored eight Ligue 1 goals for Lille last season after progressing through the youth system at Sporting CP.

A starting XI place appears up for grabs in Giampaolo's preferred 4-3-1-2 system, with Krzysztof Piatek and the seemingly unwanted Andre Silva the only other recognised strikers in the squad.

His departure from Lille comes as the French club brace for Nicolas Pepe's impending exit to Arsenal, although they added Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen from Sporting Charleroi on Thursday.

Brazilian centre-back Duarte, meanwhile, is said to be on the cusp of completing an €11 million transfer to Milan. Reports in Italy indicate the 23-year-old will join Leao in signing a five-year deal.

An announcement of Flamengo defender Leo Duarte as the fourth new addition at San Siro is also expected soon.

Aug 1 | 17:51

 

Chelsea midfielder Palmer joins Bristol City on permanent deal

Bristol City has re-signed midfielder Kasey Palmer from Chelsea on a permanent deal. The 22-year-old featured 17 times for the Championship side in a loan stint during the second half of last season.

Palmer has agreed a four-year contract at Ashton Gate for an undisclosed fee and becomes the third player to make the switch from Chelsea during the close season, following in the steps of Jay Dasilva and Tomas Kalas.

"I’m buzzing to be back on a long-term deal," Palmer, who did not make a single senior appearance for Chelsea, told his new club's official website.

"Hopefully my family and I will settle and then I can start to kick on with my football. The stability side of things will be important. It is so much better knowing this is my home over the next four years, instead of one year and then going back to Chelsea, so it’s a good platform and we can build on it.

"In the next four years I want to develop myself as much as I can under the management of Lee Johnson. I want more goals, assists and to try and get my stats as good as possible. Also, in that time the club can hopefully get promoted to the Premier League, which is where it deserves to be."

Chelsea also confirmed on Thursday that 19-year-old wing-back Dujon Sterling has joined Bristol City's second-tier counterparts Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.

Sterling is a two-time FA Youth Cup winner with Chelsea and boasts first-team experience from his spell at Coventry City last season.

Aug 1 | 17:47

 

Lille signs Osimhen as Pepe nears exit

Lille has completed the signing of Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen on a five-year contract from Sporting Charleroi.

The 20-year-old looks set to fill the void left by Nicolas Pepe, who Lille president Gerard Lopez confirmed is poised to join Arsenal in an €80 million move.

The 20-year-old did not score a goal for Wolfsburg after starting his professional career with the Bundesliga club. However, he netted 20 times on loan at Charleroi last season, who activated their option to sign him permanently in May.

But he will now continue his career in Ligue 1 and have a tough challenge to match the contribution of Pepe, who scored 23 goals in all competitions as Lille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain last term.

 

"Lille is a very good club that leads a quality project and includes high class players, even more in recent years. Great Nigerian players have also played here. I would like to join their lineage and follow their footsteps," Osimhen told the club's website. 

"I am very happy to be here and to join this great club. I am still young, I am learning and I think that this project suits me perfectly to continue to progress."

Aug 1 | 17:10


Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of midfielder Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugge for a reported fee of £11million.

The 25-year-old joins on the same day as goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who has moved from Burnley.

Nakamba is Villa's 12th arrival since their return to the Premier League and takes their close-season spending to roughly £134m.

"Marvelous fits the criteria of the type of player we were looking for," Villa head coach Dean Smith told the club's website.

"He's very mobile, he's very good in possession and he will fit in with our style of play."

Aug 1 | 16:40

Bournemouth has completed the signing of Arnaut Danjuma from Club Brugge on a long-term contract. The 22-year-old Netherlands international moves to the Premier League for a reported fee of £13.7million.

He is the Cherries' fourth signing of the close season, following Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stacey and Philip Billing to the Vitality Stadium.

"Coming to Bournemouth is a really good step up for me," Danjuma told afcbTV. "The Premier League is a great place to play your football, especially at a club like this."

"I'm excited to be here. The last 24 hours have been a bit crazy but I'm delighted to be at the club and I've only heard positive things about it.

"I think the way the team plays suits my style, I like to attack and I cannot wait to get started," he added.

Aug 1 | 16:20

TOP STORY – DYBALA HAS UNITED DOUBTS AS INTER CIRCLE

According to multiple reports in Italy, Juventus attacker Dybala has no intention of joining Manchester United in a swap deal involving Lukaku.

Inter had been favourites to sign Lukaku, however, Serie A champions Juve have emerged as frontrunners to prise the Belgium striker at the expense of Dybala.

United and Juve have reportedly agreed on an exchange but Calciomercato, Rai Sport and Tuttomercatoweb claim Dybala is not convinced about a move to Old Trafford due to a lack of Champions League and his style of football in the Premier League.

Dybala – who is apparently demanding a higher salary than Paul Pogba and is set to meet Juve head coach Maurizio Sarri – could end up at Inter, with Corriere dello Sport's front page dominated by a shock move.

Aug 1 | 16:10


- Pepe to Arsenal 'not closed', says Emery -

Unai Emery says Arsenal's deal for Lille forward Nicolas Pepe is "not closed". Lille president Gerard Lopez told RMC Sport on Wednesday that Pepe's move to Arsenal for £72.8million (€80m) would soon be completed.

That fee would break Arsenal's transfer record but Emery is cautious over the Ivory Coast international's future, although he suggested Pepe may not be the last new arrival.

"He played here in Angers a few years ago, and then in Lille. He has progressed as a player," Emery told reporters after a pre-season friendly against the Ligue 1 side. 

"We are speaking about a lot of players, we want to select on players who can really help us, give us big performances and improve our squad. We have different options. This one at the moment is not closed, but he is one we are following.

"We are working on the possibilities to sign players. We signed [Dani] Ceballos, and we have a possibility with Pepe. We are looking for the possibility to improve, but only if we can take more steps in the squad.

"Our target is to sign another player if he can really, really improve us. Our target is continuing to sign another player if we can."

 

Aug 1 | 16:00

ROUND-UP

- According to Bild+, Bayern Munich have made their first offer for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. The report comes after Niko Kovac apologised for saying he was confident of signing Sane before the transfer window shuts.

- Paris Saint-Germain have named their price for wantaway star Neymar. L'Equipe says the Ligue 1 champions are demanding €300million for the Brazilian, who is wanted by former club Barcelona.

- Calciomercato says Manchester City are close to signing Juventus full-back Joao Cancelo. The Premier League champions have been linked with Cancelo throughout the window and they are now poised to complete a deal for the Portugal international, who could cost £45.6-50.1m (€50-55m).

- Napoli want to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha, according to Sky Sports News. Napoli, who have been linked to James Rodriguez, Hirving Lozano and Nicolas Pepe, are willing to pay Palace €59.9m (£54.6m) for the Ivory Coast international.

- According to Sky Sports News, Manchester United are prepared to pay up to £80m for Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire. The Red Devils have been pursuing Maguire throughout the window, but a deal is yet to be reached. However, United are willing to eclipse the world-record fee for a defender.

- Tuttosport claims Edinson Cavani has taken another step towards signing for Inter. Amid Inter's ongoing and so far fruitless pursuit of Lukaku, Paris Saint-Germain forward Cavani has emerged as a target, with a financial proposal agreed by the Uruguay international.twitter