Bayern Munich turn down record Manchester United bid for Muller
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TOP STORY: Bayern refuse United's record bid for Thomas Muller
Here's something massive (well, potentially) via Sport1 in Germany... Manchester United have reportedly had a record bid turned down by Bayern Munich for their 25-year-old, do-it-all forward, Thomas Muller.
The paper is claiming that Louis van Gaal and Co. have offered €100 million (£69.5 million) for Muller but the Bavarian giants have already rejected that bid.
Man United have made no secret of their Muller affection in the past two seasons, reportedly putting in bids last summer as well. Sport1 also believes that Bayern have rejected a previous offer of €82 million (£57 million) turned down. But Bayern are in no mood to sell, as evidenced by their resolve when faced with such audacious sums of money. Watch this space, folks...
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22.30 BST: A DONE DEAL as Rangers have completed the double signing of James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn from Wigan. Each have signed three-year contracts with the club.
22.00 BST: Fiorentina defender Facundo Roncaglia has agreed a deal with Marseille, the player's agent reveals.
21.30 BST: Napoli winger and Belgium international Dries Mertens assures he's staying with the Partenopei for the coming season -- "I love playing for this team."
21.00 BST: A DONE DEAL in Serie A as Bologna have confirmed the signing of Matteo Brighi on a permanent basis.
20.00 BST: Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford on loan, sources have told ESPN FC.
19.30 BST: The Mirror reports that PSG are confident of completing a deal for the "unhappy" Argentina international Angel Di Maria, and have offered Manchester United £40 million.
19.05 BST: A DONE DEAL in La Liga as former Wigan defender Ivan Ramis leaves Levante and joins Eibar on a one-year deal.
Eibar confirmed the transaction involving the 30-year-old after he passed his club medical on Monday, though there was no word if any transfer fee was involved. Ramis' contract at Levante technically expired on July 1. Curious.
19.00 BST: Let's stick with Chelsea for a minute more as there is uncertainty regarding the future of January signing, Juan Cuadrado. The Colombian international has failed to make a genuine impact after being bought from Fiorentina, but does he have what it takes to stick around at Stamford Bridge?
ESPN FC's Chelsea blogger, Mark Worrall, has written a thoughtful blog on the topic today. Check it out.
18.50 BST: We have a DONE DEAL, according to reports! Filipe Luis is returning to Atletico Madrid after just one season at Chelsea.
Our newser, with all the pertinent information, is right here for your reading pleasure.
18.45 BST: These deals are long concluded but it's always nice to see new signings holding up the shirts of the clubs that signed them.
With that in mind, here's a look at the new Aston Villa duo, Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye. One will be expected to replace Fabian Delph's majesty and muscle in midfield (Gueye) while the other locks down the troublesome left-back spot (Amavi).
No pressure, lads! Enjoy the day.
18.35 BST: The Daily Mail reports another Chelsea player is off on loan for the 2015-16 season. And it's young striker, Patrick Bamford who is preparing for a year of first-team action somewhere that isn't Stamford Bridge!
They believe that Bamford's move to Crystal Palace will be confirmed soon.
Bamford managed 17 goals and two assists in 40 Championship appearances on loan at Middlesbrough last season. The 21-year-old said back in May that he hasn't given up on the dream of eventually representing Chelsea but his current position, behind Diego Costa and Falcao in the pecking order, makes another season away seem like the best bet for all parties. Southampton had reportedly been interested in Bamford but a move to Selhurst Park will mean a shorter commute across London.
18.25 BST: Another FC TV clipping next, this one regarding the next destination of Didier Drogba. There's a cheeky rumour whizzing about that he has been offered a deal by Chicago Fire in Major League Soccer, and Paul Mariner reckons MLS would be a perfect destination for the 37-year-old Ivorian forward.
18.11 BST: Wondering about the future of Karim Benzema? Of course you were. So too was ESPN FC TV's Paul Mariner, especially with regard to what the Real Madrid striker could do for Arsenal.
Check out what he had to say on the subject.
17.58 BST: A busy summer at Juventus continues! With news of Arturo Vidal's exit ongoing, the four-time defending Serie A champions are wasting little time in reorganising their squad. Today's top target, depending on who you believe: Julian Draxler. Or it might be Mesut Ozil...
Sky Italia reports today that club representatives have flown to Germany in a bid to begin discussions with Schalke 04 for their trequartista needs -- manager Max Allegri's a big fan of a "classic" No. 10 -- while Tuttosport believe that the Arsenal playmaker is their top priority.
So which do you fancy? The Express doubles down on Ozil with mention of a £27.8 million bid for the Gunners' record signing (he cost them £42.5 million in 2013).
Also reportedly on Juve's radar for that tricky position: Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze.
17.34 BST: Look away now, Chelsea fans...
In raw numbers, Filipe Luis will have cost Chelsea ~£16,750 per minute played in the Premier League. Pricey.- Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 20, 2015
17.31 BST: It looks as if Atletico Madrid and Chelsea have agreed a deal of sorts for Filipe Luis to return to the Calderon...
Via @DavidAmoyal, Atletico paying Chelsea £2.1m (€3m) annual loan fee for Filipe Luis w Atletico holding option for 2nd year at same price.- Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 20, 2015
If Atleti keeps him for 2 years, CFC will have effectively paid £15.8m for 1 year of Luis (£15.8m fee - £4.2m loan fee + £4.2m 14/15 wages).- Jake Cohen (@JakeFCohen) July 20, 2015
17.25 BST: Joe Hart believes Fabian Delph has a "massive opportunity" to make a major impact at Manchester City by replacing Frank Lampard and James Milner. Read more.
17.14 BST: Danny Ings has described his first goal for Liverpool as a "massive moment" in his career after netting in Saturday's 2-0 preseason friendly win over Adelaide United in Australia.
"It was a massive moment for me because moving to a new club it can take a little while to settle in," he said. "I felt in previous games I've been lashing at a couple of chances but I thought I took that goal well."
"When you come to a club like Liverpool, the sheer size of it, it's a big deal. I'm just delighted that I've got my first goal now and hopefully I can build on that and get many more."
17.05 BST: Claudio Ranieri has issued Esteban Cambiasso an ultimatum and insisted Leicester need to know if he will stay. Read more.
16.57 BST: More from the Mail now -- Chelsea will reportedly ignore Everton's warnings that John Stones is not for sale, and today launch an improved £26m bid for the 21-year-old centre-back.
16.50 BST: Manchester United will not sell Jonny Evans before signing a replacement, according to the Daily Mail -- although the paper reports that the lucky player will not be Nicolas Otamendi as united are still intent on landing Sergio Ramos.
16.41 BST: Wayne Rooney signs for Everton! Sort of...
BREAKING: @WayneRooney to appear in Duncan Ferguson's testimonial at Goodison next month.- Everton (@Everton) July 20, 2015
16.32 BST: Marco Reus -- who has been linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool in recent days -- has a "very slight ligament strain," according to Borussa Dortmund. "nothing serious," the club added -- so hope remains for Anfield and Bernabeu fans...
Marco Reus hat eine ganz leichte Bänderdehnung. Nichts ernstes. #BadRagaz15- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 20, 2015
16.17 BST: Arsenal have been linked with a move for Man City striker Edin Dzeko, but the Mirror reports Roma will try to push through a £12.5m deal for the forward -- £5m below City's asking price.
16.02 BST: Bayern Munich look set to sign Juventus' Arturo Vidal for a fee of £25.9 million (€37m) plus £2.1m in add-ons as Juve chief executive Beppe Marotta confirmed that the midfielder wants to leave the club. Read more.
15.48 BST: Great news for Socceroos out there -- Club Brugge have confirmed that Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will join Valencia subject to a medical. Read more.
15.41 BST: Juventus are bullish over Paul Pogba's future...
Marotta: "There is absolutely no requirement to sell @paulpogba."- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 20, 2015
15.36 BST: Sevilla announced on Monday that Brazilian right-back Mariano Ferreira had passed a medical and will sign a three-year contract with the Europa League holders. Read more.
15.26 BST: Here's what we were waiting for -- Juventus have confirmed that Arturo Vidal wants to leave the Serie A champions.
Marotta: "@kingarturo23 has expressed his desire to embark on a different experience, as did Ogbonna, Tevez and Pirlo."- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 20, 2015
15.22 BST: More from Juve CEO Marotta -- a rather nonchalant way of describing things if they lose Vidal...
Marotta: "We're already a competitive side. We'll plug the odd gap in the squad if and when the right opportunity arises."- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 20, 2015
15.13 BST: Confirmation that Juve are after a playmaker this summer -- the Bianconeri have been linked with Oscar, Ivan Perisic, Juan Cuadrado and Kevin De Bruyne to name but a few attackers...
.@OfficialAllegri: "The club has got its eye out for a technical player with attacking qualities. We're assessing our options."- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 20, 2015
15.09 BST: Juventus' news conference with coach Massimiliano Allegri and CEO Giuseppe Marotta is underway -- Arturo Vidal's name may well get a mention...
Marotta: "Our model is to a) equip the boss with a competitive squad and b) ensure the balance sheets are kept in good order."- JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 20, 2015
15.04 BST: Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc says the club could still bolster their strike force this summer having loaned Ciro Immobile to Sevilla. Read more.
14.56 BST: The Evening Standard reports that Chelsea have pulled out of the race for QPR striker Charlie Austin, with Jose Mourinho telling Loic Remy he wants him to stay at Stamford Bridge.
14.48 BST: More news on David De Gea now -- Marca reports that talks between Real Madrid and Manchester United have "come to a halt, in that for over a week now there have been no phone calls in either direction. Negotiations have not broken off, but are definitely at a standstill.
"United's firmness over De Gea has meant that Real have stepped back a bit, and will launch more moves in August."
It seems that the transfer saga of the summer will roll on right up until the transfer window snaps shut.
14.42 BST: Here's our full story on Mark Hughes hoping that Stoke can land a "top, top quality" target in Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko. Read more.
14.30 BST: It may not be transfer news, but FIFA president Sepp Blatter's first news conference since he confirmed he would be stepping down from the top job in football could have started better...
Comedian Simon Brodkin, better known as his alter ego Lee Nelson, ran onto the stage to throw money at Blatter, shouting that it was for a fake North Korea bid for the 2026 World Cup. Read more.
14.10 BST: Mark Hughes hopes Stoke can bring in a "top, top quality player" this summer after confirming his interest in Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.
13.56 BST: The Guardian is reporting that Arturo Vidal is joining Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga champions agreed a agreed a €37m (£25.9m) fee for the midfielder with a further £2.1m in add-ons.
According to the paper, the Chile star has agreed a four-year deal worth £90,000 a week -- Juve are holding a news conference soon, so expect big news imminently.
13.50 BST: A double dose of Real Madrid news for you now -- Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri reports that Arsenal have tabled a €45m bid for Karim Benzema, while he also suggests that Los Blancos are in the hunt for Dortmund star Marco Reus.
It's all true the Arsenal bid for Benzema: 45m€. Real Madrid was initially open to talk, but now they have stopped everything- Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) July 20, 2015
13.30 BST: New signing James Milner made it two from two on Liverpool's Australian tour as the midfielder netted the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Adelaide United, with fellow new boy Danny Ings also getting on the scoresheet.
13.12 BST: Here's our full story on the agent of Besiktas target Mario Gomez denying that the striker has agreed a deal to leave Fiorentina. Read more.
13.05 BST: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has said that new signings Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal will not be loaned to other clubs before they make their Blaugrana debuts in January. Read more.
12.45 BST: Good news for Sevilla fans as Mariano Ferreira is undergoing a medical ahead of a move from Girondins Bordeaux.
The Brazilian right-back is expected to sign from the French club for around €3 million.
12.24 BST: AS reports that Real Madrid's goalkeeping situation is no clearer than when Iker Casillas was at the club, with Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas to battle a starting role "for the time being" despite the latter being handed the symbolic No. 1 jersey.
Any squabbling would obviously be sorted with the arrival of David De Gea, as the Spanish daily states: "Navas and Casilla start a new cycle, but they might not end up being [Rafa] Benítez's final pair of goalkeepers."
12.06 BST: Former Lazio, Inter Milan and Napoli forward Goran Pandev said he did not listen to any other offer after Genoa made contact with him this summer. Read more.
11.49 BST: Man City have been busy in the transfer market of late, but Manuel Pellegrini refused to be drawn on a potential bid for Kevin De Bruyne.
The City boss told reporters: "I don't talk about rumours, about names. We know the players that we want. For the moment we just have [Fabian] Delph, [Raheem] Sterling and Patrick Roberts.]
"We'll see, in the future maybe will arrive more players. I can't talk with you about names because I'm not sure who will come."
11.31 BST: Here's our full story on Stefan Savic impending departure from Fiorentina, with Atletico Madrid expected to be his next destination.
11.21 BST: New Aston Villa signing Idrissa Gueye has told L'Equipe he aims to use the Premier League side as a stepping stone to a big club.
It seems he may not have judged the current mood at Villa Park correctly...
Read more if you dare, Villa fans.
11.10 BST: Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini as they look to bolster their defensive options, sources have told ESPN FC. Read more.
11.00 BST: More Schalke news... the Bundesliga club's hopes of selling Felipe Santana have suffered another setback after it emerged that the defender returned from holidays with a mystery finger injury -- and Bild sensationally suggests it could be a gunshot would. Read more.
10.47 BST: Mario Gomez's agent has confirmed that the striker has not agreed a deal with Besiktas, but is in talks with a number of clubs regarding a move away from Fiorentina.
Gomez's agent Uli Ferber told German outlet Sport1: "There are negotiations going on with several different clubs, including Besiktas. But nothing has been signed or agreed on yet. Nothing is decided."
10.34 BST: The BBC reports that Christian Benteke's Liverpool medical will begin today and likely run into tomorrow, but should be completed before Wednesday.
Cristian Benteke's #LFC medical will begin in London this pm. But will run into Tuesday. No problems anticipated- Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) July 20, 2015
10.26 BST: Schalke have confirmed that they have agreed a deal to sell Peruvian attacker Jefferson Farfan to Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates. Read more.
10.17 BST: Everton's highly rated defender Luke Garbutt is loan target for Championship side Fulham, sources have told ESPN FC. Read more.
10.05 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has sought to end uncertainty over his future by declaring that rumours about a transfer to Juventus are unfounded. Read more.
09.57 BST: Stoke boss Mark Hughes is thinking big this summer, with the Stoke Sentinel reporting that the club are ready to smash their transfer record to sign Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko.
09.49 BST: The Daily Star reports that West Ham and Bournemouth have now joined Leicester and Newcastle in the race for Charlie Austin, with the 26-year-old QPR striker likely to cost up to £15m.
09.35 BST: Antonio Cassano could make his dream return to Sampdoria as the club are evaluating his signing, according to Antonio Romei, the solicitor of club president Massimo Ferrero.
Samp coach Walter Zenga initially said he cannot see a place for Cassano in his side, but Ferrero seems to see things differently. Read more.
09.24 BST: Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has called on the club and Thiago Motta to resolve their differences after the player talked up his interest in a return to Inter Milan. Read more.
09.15 BST: Meanwhile, Aston Villa are lining up Benteke's replacement with sources telling ESPN FC that the club have staged preliminary talks with Tottenham as they look to structure a deal to sign striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Read more.
09.07 BST: Belgium international striker Christian Benteke will need to score a minimum of 20 Premier League goals for Liverpool this season to be considered a success, according to former Reds' captain Steve McMahon. Read more.
08.55 BST: Former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba says an offer from Inter Milan could just tempt him to stay in Europe rather than continue his career in the United States.
Sources have told ESPN FC that Drogba, 37, has been offered a contract with Chicago Fire and that several other MLS sides are interested, but he is keeping his options open amid links with Inter. Read more.
08.37 BST: Fiorentina flew out to the United States on Sunday without defender Stefan Savic, who is instead heading for Madrid to join Atletico.
The 24-year-old bid an emotional farewell to his Viola teammates at Verona airport as their paths divided on Sunday, with his goodbye captured on a video published on the Serie A club's website.
Savic was due in Madrid on Monday to discuss personal terms after an agreement was reached between the two clubs. Fiorentina are set to earn €7.5 million from the sale while also receiving Mario Suarez in exchange from the Spanish club.
08.15 BST: Louis van Gaal has said Manchester United could make a "surprise" signing to bolster their striking options. Read more.
07.57 BST: Juventus' coveted midfielder Paul Pogba has reaffirmed his commitment to the Serie A champions by turning up first for the start of their preseason training camp.
The Frenchman has been the subject of intense transfer speculation this summer, but he showed where his priorities lie by appearing early for the official start to the Bianconeri's preparations for the new season.
He was followed by Daniele Rugani, Andrea Barzagli, Simone Padoin and Alvaro Morata, before Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci arrived. The latter published a tweet showing his room number -- saying it is the same as last year and adding: "let the season begin!!!"
07.45 BST: Speaking of Liverpool, Raheem Sterling has denied he feigned illness prior to his transfer from Anfield to Manchester City. Full story.
07.30 BST: Good morning and welcome to today's live Transfer Talk blog. With Christian Benteke set to undergo his Liverpool medical today, we could be in for yet more heavy spending during this 2015 summer transfer window. Watch this space...
United eye keepers but not strikers
Despite a near-£80 million spend this summer already, Manchester United are still working out the kinks in their knotted squad. Sources have told ESPN FC that Louis van Gaal is ready to head into the new season without signing a new striker, leaving just Wayne Rooney as the main forward with Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and James Wilson as backup options.
At the other end of the pitch, Victor Valdes is up for sale after angering Van Gaal, while David De Gea's future is still unresolved despite Real Madrid handing Keylor Navas the coveted No. 1 jersey.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, so step forward Sergio Romero. The Guardian reports that United are "inching towards" a deal for the Argentine free agent, though the 28-year-old would only expect to be the backup keeper to whoever should replace De Gea.
The Manchester Evening News says a deal is more likely considering Van Gaal made Romero his No. 1 at AZ Alkmaar with the keeper helping to win the 2009 Eredivisie title, but Ajax's Jasper Cillessen is also a target.
Ronaldo lining up Real exit?
FIFA agent Santos Marquez has already negotiated one high-profile departure from Real Madrid this summer, but says an even bigger Bernabeu talent could be on his way out: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last month the Blancos star sold his image rights to Singaporean tycoon and Valencia's owner Peter Lim, and Marquez -- who oversaw Iker Casillas' move to Porto -- told AS: "One day [president Florentino Perez] will need to explain why Cristiano works for another company outside of Real Madrid.
"Imagine Cristiano generating €40 million elsewhere and giving it to Peter Lim, Valencia's owner. It ends up in Valencia's coffers and that's deplorable.
"Will anyone speak out and ask Florentino why Cristiano has sold his image rights to Peter Lim? That's not normal; it suggests that Cristiano is planning to leave."
Walcott wants six-figure weekly wage
Arsene Wenger revealed on Saturday that he is talking to Theo Walcott regarding a new contract, but multiple British media reports claim that the 26-year-old is confident he can demand a deal in excess of £100,000 per week -- not a ridiculous figure considering Raheem Sterling now earns around twice that figure at 20 years old.
Walcott -- who, quite incredibly, is the Gunners' longest-serving player -- is calm regarding his future with just a year left in North London.
Walcott said: "My agent has talked to the club, I enjoy playing for this club so I am just letting them crack on with things and I'll continue playing football. If it happens it happens. We'll just play the waiting game and see what happens but I'm sure it won't be long."
Meanwhile, the Mirror reports that Galatasaray are favourites to sign Mathieu Flamini with the French midfielder likely to be sold given Francis Coquelin's dominance in defensive midfield last season.
Everton firm over Stones stance
A storm is brewing between Chelsea and Everton regarding John Stones, with Jose Mourinho challenging Roberto Martinez to emphatically tell the Premier League champions that the 21-year-old defender is not for sale.
The Express reports that Martinez's main gripe is that the Toffees already did so when turning down a £20 million offer last week.
The paper suggests Everton have handed Chelsea a written response to the situation, which would appear to suggest Mourinho was trying to engineer matters to his advantage while knowing full well Everton had no intention of selling Stones -- quelle surprise.
Meanwhile, Corriere dello Sport reports that Inter have emerged as surprise contenders for Filipe Luis' signature.
- Didier Drogba has confirmed that he is negotiating a deal with an MLS club, but has opened the door to a move to Inter Milan.
The ex-Chelsea veteran reportedly told FCInter1908: "Inter are a great club, and certainly if they were to contact me I'd gladly listen to their offer, but I'm currently in talks with an MLS club."
- Fenerbahce has already signed Robin van Persie and Nani from Manchester United, and The Sun reports that the Turkish side will now attempt to take Aaron Lennon from Tottenham. This one's mentioning for the paper's "Lennabahce" headline alone.
- La Gazzetta dello Sport leads with the fact that Xherdan Shaqiri, Fernando Llorente, Alessio Cerci, Gervinho and Mario Gomez are all facing exits from their Serie A clubs having been integral players in the past.
- Anderlecht look set to lose two players to Newcastle, with the Mirror reporting that striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is set to sign for £11.5 million while defender Chancel Mbemba could also leave the Belgian club for St James' Park next week.