The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
TOP STORY: Chelsea reject Man United’s £50m bid for Willian
We’ve all the seen the touchline hugs: Man United boss Jose Mourinho likes Willian, but he’ll need more than £50m to prize the Brazil winger away from Chelsea report the Daily Mail.
Willian has another two years to run on his current Chelsea contract but has shown his unhappiness at playing under Antonio Conte — though that may not be a problem in the coming days — and is waiting to see who takes over at Stamford Bridge before deciding his future.
Mourinho wants him, though, and could yet some back with another bid. Stay tuned.
22.50 BST: And we close out our live blog for the day right back where it all began with Willian. Our top story of the day revealed Mourinho’s interest in bringing the Brazilian to Old Trafford, but now it seems they could have competition for his signature from Barcelona. The Manchester Evening News says the La Liga giants are keen to bring Willian to the Camp Nou to play alongside Selecao teammate Philippe Coutinho and won’t back down from a bidding war with United.
Thanks as always for tuning in on another marvelous day of World Cup action. We’ll be back to do it all over again with tomorrow’s paper rounds in the next hour.
22.15 BST: Inter Milan have announced the signing of Matteo Politano from Sassuolo on a one-year loan with the option to buy. The versatile pacy attacker, who can play in a number of positions across the front line, scored 10 goals in the league for Sassuolo. The Daily Mail reports that Inter paid a €5m fee to secure the loan and can make Politano’s move permanent next summer for an additional €20m.
21.45 BST: Wondering where underutilised Liverpool frontman Danny Ings might wind up next season? UK oddsmaker Sky Bet says the smart money is on a move to St Mary’s and Southampton.
21.10 BST: Petr Cech has revealed that Napoli tried to persuade him to swap the Emirates for Stadio San Paolo, but that he rejected those advances because he is ready to fight for his spot at Arsenal.
New boss Unai Emery has already added Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno to his options in net, but the 36-year-old Cech is undeterred by the competition, telling reporters in his native Czech Republic: “I am not thinking about a change of club. Now there are three in competition for the Arsenal gloves and I am ready.”
20.35 BST: Croatia international Mario Pasalic is set to join Fiorentina on loan from Chelsea this season, according to reports in Italy. The 23-year-old, who joined the Blues in 2014 from Hajduk Split, has also had loan spells at Elche, Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow.
20.00 BST: Arsenal will loan Kelechi Nwakali to Porto for the 2018-19 season, with the 20-year-old posting on his Instagram account that he is getting “back to work” in Portugal. The Nigerian-born forward, who spent the last two seasons on loan with MVV Maastricht and VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, told Score Nigeria: “I am excited to join the best club in Portugal and I will make my loan from Arsenal count.”
19.30 BST: Norwich City announced a pair of singings on Saturday, with the club adding full-back/winger Ben Marshall from Wolverhampton on a four-year deal and striker Teemu Pukki from Danish Superliga side Brondby on a free transfer. The Canaries are headed into their third season in the Championship after spending 2015-16 in the Premier League and will hope the new additions can bolster their efforts to return to the top flight.
Signing number FOUR! 🙌
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 30, 2018
19.00 BST: Jack Wilshere has told Sky Sports he could move overseas after deciding to leave Arsenal, saying: “I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up.”
18.30 BST: It’s two for the price of one at Wolves, where loan deals for forwards Leo Bonatini and Ruben Vinagre have been made into permanent moves following the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
— Wolves (@Wolves) June 30, 2018
18.00 BST: Sky Sports reports that Southampton have made a £10 million offer for Barcelona’s Brazilian defender Marlon, who has spent two years on loan at French club Nice from the La Liga champions.
17.30 BST: Alisson‘s name has loomed large in this transfer window and here it is, looming again: the Mail says Chelsea are the latest club interested in bidding for the Roma player amid increasing fears that they could lose Thibaut Courtois to Real Madrid.
16.55 BST: While Nottingham Forest have been spending big this summer, they have not had to fork out too much of their riches for their latest signing.
Defender Jack Robinson joins on a free transfer from QPR.
16.00 BST: TuttoMercatoWeb believe that Inter’s summer spending will lead them to Davide Zappacosta, with Chelsea demanding €30 million for the wing-back.
15.45 BST: Everton and West Ham have been linked with Porto striker Moussa Marega by A Bola.
14.55 BST: AS write that Tottenham are interested in Colombia star Juan Fernando Quintero.
14.10 BST: Remember Enner Valencia, West Ham fans? The Ecuador international is in talks with MLS, according to The Athletic.
Didier Drogba’s former side Montreal Impact are reportedly the favourites to sign him at this point.
13.50 BST: Arsenal retain an interest in Argentina winger Cristian Pavon, AS say.
The Gunners are reported to have made an offer for the Boca Juniors man in the January window, and they remain the club most interested in securing his signature.
13.25 BST: Mundo Deportivo believe that English reports regarding Barcelona’s interest in Willian are correct, though sources within the club refused to say how much money they had supposedly bid.
13.15 BST: With Tottenham holding firm on their valuation of Toby Alderweireld, Manchester United are said to be courting AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci, as per Gazzetta dello Sport.
Milan were banned from participating in next season’s Europa League after UEFA found them guilty of breaching Financial Fair Play rules, and the Italy international could be tempted by the prospect of Champions League football at Old Trafford.
12.55 BST: Looks like Ruben Neves is in the Wolves project for the long haul…
Neves has agreed a new five-year contract to stay at Molineux until 2023.
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) June 30, 2018
12.35 BST: For anyone who missed out on Arsenal’s major transfer news in recent days, here is David Ornstein…
Ramsey contract talks ongoing. Arsenal hopeful of agreement with Sampdoria for Torreira but nothing signed, no player agreement/medical – decided once #URU finish #WorldCup + if doesn’t happen #AFC will look elsewhere (not Banega). Wilshere still exploring options – nothing close
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 29, 2018
12.10 BST: Real Madrid are pushing forward in their attempts to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Marca write.
12.00 BST: Football.London believe that quotes from Caglar Soyonku regarding his desire to move to Arsenal have been taken out of context, and that the Gunners have not made an official approach.
11.25 BST: After Liverpool could not reach an agreement with Lyon for the transfer of forward Nabil Fekir, Manchester United could step in and sign him, according to Le Progres.
11.10 BST: AC Milan could announce the signing of Alen Halilovic today, Gazzetta dello Sport say.
10.55 BST: One player on a number of radars this summer is Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele.
The box-to-box midfielder has attracted strong interest from Juventus, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, Roma, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, Le Progres write. That is some list…
10.40 BST: Mexico have been one of the stories of this summer’s World Cup, and their future could be in good hands too.
Ipswich youth player Marcelo Flores is wanted by Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool, but Arsenal’s interest fronted by Sven Mislintat could see the Gunners land the 15-year-old, according to the Mirror.
Feeling old this morning?
10.10 BST: A source told ESPN FC yesterday that Tottenham will not let players leave until after players return from their holidays due to fears of a thin squad for their preseason tour of the United States.
The club this morning have announced new deals for young forwards Shilow Tracey and Kazaiah Sterling, who could be taken on the tour to make up numbers and show their worth to Mauricio Pochettino.
We are delighted to announce that Development Squad players Shilow Tracey and Kazaiah Sterling have signed new contracts with the Club until 2020 and 2021 respectively. pic.twitter.com/nNnV8LiD0p
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) June 30, 2018
10.00 BST: West Ham are battling with Monaco in the race to sign Inter winger Antonio Candreva, TuttoMercatoWeb write.
The Hammers reportedly see the Italy international as a creative outlet to help carry the load while Manuel Lanzini recovers from injury.
09.45 BST: A done deal at Elland Road, as Leeds sign Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea…
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 30, 2018
09.30 BST: Chelsea’s pursuit of Aleksandr Golovin could be helped by the involvement of chairman Roman Abramovich.
Mundo Deportivo believe his relationship with CSKA president Yevgeny Giner could help the Blues beat Barcelona and Juventus to his signature.
09.10 BST: Tuttosport, via CalcioMercato, believe that Jorge Mendes could help Juventus sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer ahead of Manchester United.
08.30 BST: Maurizio Sarri — likely to become Chelsea’s next coach — is a huge admirer of Roma’s Alisson and Corriere dello Sport and Sportitalia state the Blues have made a €60m bid. If they can’t land him, then Milan’s Gigio Donnarumma is reportedly next in line.
PAPER TALK (By Chris Wright)
Everton to splurge on Tierney
In their ongoing search for a new left-back, Everton are reportedly readying a sizable £25 million bid for Kieran Tierney of Celtic.
New manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands are busy plotting a grand overhaul of the Toffees squad this summer and both see Tierney as the ideal long-term successor to Leighton Baines, as per the Telegraph.
Still only 21 but with almost 100 senior appearances for Celtic already tucked under his belt, Tierney has been crowned the SPL Young Player of the Year for the past three seasons running.
Will £25m be enough to coax the Bhoys into parting with such a prodigious young talent? It’s unlikely, but time will tell if an agreement can be reached.
Dortmund face competition for Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa’s miserable tenure at PSG is set to come to a long overdue end this week when the winger’s contract finally expires, thus rendering him a free agent once again.
The Sun claims that Borussia Dortmund are eager to snap up the 31-year-old but may face competition for his signature from an unlikely rival.
Ben Arfa is currently training with French amateur side U.S Castetis-Gouze, who are preparing to offer the former France international a contract.
The deal is supposedly worth £700 a month and includes bonuses of £18 per goal and £27 for successfully getting an opposition player sent off.
Looks like Dortmund are going to have to step up and break the bank if they want to get their man.
Mignolet to discuss future
Liverpool are set to hold talks with Simon Mignolet over his future at the club, but only after the Belgium international’s World Cup campaign has drawn to a conclusion, the Guardian reports.
The 30-year-old fell behind Loris Karius in the pecking order at Anfield last season and is therefore keen to ascertain what first-team opportunities he is likely to be afforded heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
“I am going to look at my situation when I come back from the World Cup,” said Mignolet, whose team plays Japan in the round of 16 on Monday. “I didn’t play in the last few months at Liverpool, so after the World Cup I will look at everything. I can’t say much more. I don’t know how long I will have off after the tournament. I need to speak to the manager about that.”
The Reds have already been linked with Allisson of Roma and Jan Oblak of Atletico Madrid this summer with the acquisition of a new No. 1 goalkeeper a priority for Jurgen Klopp and his team.
Cillessen wants out at Barca
Barcelona have supposedly been put on alert by the not-entirely-shocking revelation that Jasper Cillessen wants to leave the club this summer.
Sport cites sources close to the Dutch international murmuring that he intends to leave during a window wherein many top teams are potentially looking to reinforce their goalkeeping stables.
However, one major stumbling block may prove to be the €60m buyout clause in Cillessen’s contract at the Camp Nou, which is a little on the rich side for a stopper who made just one league appearance last season.
– The Seattle Sounders completed the signing of Raul Ruidiaz on Friday, after the forward finished playing at the World Cup with Peru.
– Having brought in Ki Sung-yueng on a free transfer from Swansea this week, the Telegraph reports that Newcastle are hoping to tie up deals for Chelsea winger Kenedy (who spent last season on loan at St James’ Park) and Valon Berisha, playmaker in chief at Red Bull Salzburg.
– Antoine Griezmann has revealed his ideal career path ends with him playing in Major League Soccer by the time he is in his early 30s.
The Atletico Madrid forward, 27, is well-known for his love of the NBA and makes frequent trans-Atlantic trips at the end of the European football season to indulge his passion for basketball.
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