Real Madrid offer David De Gea £12m to see out Manchester United contract
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TOP STORY: Madrid offer David De Gea £12m to see out United contract
Real Madrid know they can save a huge amount of money by waiting another 12 months to land Manchester United outcast David De Gea on a free transfer, and the Spanish giants are looking to make the goalkeeper's wait in the Old Trafford stands a comfortable one.
The Mirror reports that Madrid will offer De Gea a huge £12 million signing-on fee next summer if he sees out the final 12 months of his United contract. That would make up for the smaller contract on offer at the Bernabeu for De Gea, and also represent a far smaller payout for Los Blancos than the £35m in transfer fees that United want.
United seem certain to lose the 24-year-old keeper either this year or the next, so all that remains is whether Madrid make an offer that the Red Devils can't refuse in the next two weeks.
22.35 BST: That's going to do it for the latest installment of Transfer Talk. Check in later for the morning newspaper headlines. Bye!
22.32 BST: Tuesday looks like being a busy day for Juve, who are also being linked with Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Di Marzio: Juventus once again pursuing Mkhitaryan, they'll meet with his agent Raiola on Tuesday- David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 17, 2015
22.30 BST: Football Italia reports that Juventus will sign Alex Sandro from Porto on Tuesday. The 24-year-old is expected to cost the Italian champions €22 million.
21.58 BST: And there's more...
Kevin De Bruyne's agent is angry about the SportBild interview. The situation hasn't changed. Transfer to #MCFC is still on!- Kristof Terreur (@HLNinEngeland) August 17, 2015
21.04 BST: The Kevin De Bruyne plot thickens. From our Germany correspondent Stephan Uersfeld:
"A Wolfsburg spokesperson told kicker that the player was being asked to repeat those words and did not realize their implication when speaking."
20.56 BST: Is today the last time Pedro will play for Barcelona? Watch now on ESPN2.
20.34 BST: Newcastle news! Haris Vuckic has been told he has no future at the club but a possible new signing is getting closer, with The Guardian reporting that Florian Thauvin is set to move to St. James' Park from Marseille.
20.08 BST: Is this bad news for Manchester City? Kevin De Bruyne has said he'll stay at Wolfsburg this season. Of course, City might have 50 million or so reasons that can change the German club's mind...
19.55 BST: It's almost time for kickoff at Anfield where Liverpool are set to host Bournemouth. Join Alex Labidou in the FC Boot Room for coverage of that and Barcelona's Spanish Super Cup second leg vs. Athletic Bilbao.
Our U.S.-based readers can watch Barca attempt to overturn a 4-0 deficit on ESPN2 from 3:55 p.m. ET.
19.15 BST: Is Godfred Donsah the next Michael Essien? The Express reports Chelsea officials have flown to Italy to seal a £10 million transfer deal with Cagliari for the 19-year-old Ghanaian. Word is that manager Jose Mourinho has Donsah on his wish list and, based on Essien's success during the Portuguese manager's first spell with the club, it's easy to see why.
18.55 BST: Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli revealed in an interview with the London Evening Standard that he snubbed a move to Chelsea during the summer. The defending Premier League champions were interested in bringing in the 23-year-old to be the No. 3 keeper at the club behind Thibaut Courtois and Asmir Begovic but the one-time England youth international wants to continue getting playing time at Craven Cottage.
"There was always that speculation with Chelsea, but I did not want to be sat on the bench," he said. "It was lovely to be linked with Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but this [Fulham] was always the place for me."
18.22 BST: Defensive midfield is an area of need at Tottenham according to new defender Toby Alderweireld, based on his comments to the London Evening Standard. After Tottenham's disappointing draw against Stoke, the Belgian compared Tottenham's current XI to the advantages he had playing with Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama last season at Southampton.
"You have to play better because if you don't play football anymore then they can put more pressure on you, get more guys in the box, and it's very difficult," he told the newspaper. "At Southampton, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin put good pressure so they didn't have time to put the ball in the box -- it makes it easier for defenders."
Could Alderweireld's public comments lead to some business by Spurs? Time will tell.
18.10 BST: Juventus are preparing a final bid of €27 million for Schalke's talented attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The deal would have €18 million paid up front and €9 million in add-ons and would hopefully end one of the summer's longest transfer sagas. The outlet also reports that Draxler would make €3.2 million per season if Schalke accept the offer.
17.50 BST: In what appears to be a dramatic change of heart, PSG have told their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic that he can leave in this transfer window if he wants to, according to the Daily Mail.
If true, one has to wonder what has changed since the 33-year-old's agent Mino Raiola and the club insisted the Swede isn't going anywhere amid interest from AC Milan. The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal and Manchester United are interested as well.
17.27 BST: Dortmund sporting executive Michael Zorc tells Kicker magazine to expect a few changes to be going on before the window closes, with players including Kevin Grosskreutz, Moritz Leitner and Jakub Blaszczykowski being linked with moves away.
17.23 BST: And back to Germany again, where kicker magazine says Wolfsburg right-back Sebastian Jung could make a return to Frankfurt.
17.17 BST: To Italy, where Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini was not a happy man after his side drew 0-0 with AEK Athens, saying he wants new signings -- and wants them fast -- with a week remaining until the start of the season.
17.07 BST: News from Germany now - and news that doesn't involve Kevin De Bruyne. No, this time it's all about Borussia Monchengladbach, who are set to announce the signing of versatile Hertha Berlin man Nico Schulz this week, according to reports. The left-sided defender/midfielder will cost around €3 million.
16.45 BST: A couple of bits of Everton news for you - the Liverpool Echo reports that they could face a scrap with Villarreal for River Plate's Argentina international defender Ramiro Funes Mori, while there is also increasing talk that they could make a move for Dynamo Kiev's Andriy Yarmolenko, a man l;inked with Goodison Park during previous windows.
16.30 BST: DONE DIAMANTI DEAL -- Watford have confirmed the arrival of former West Ham attacking midfielder Alessandro Diamanti from Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande on a season-long loan:
16.16 BST Clinton Njie says he rejected interest from Arsenal before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
Njie, 22, signed for Spurs in a reported £8 million switch from Lyon on Saturday.
He told L'Equipe he was never tempted to consider a move to Arsenal, believing he would get more playing time at White Hart Lane.
15.40 BST -- DONE DEAL: Lyon have wrapped up the £5.6 million signing of former Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Roma. He targeted a return to the France squad ahead of the 2016 European Championship and added: "There will be a lot of expectation around me, and I am going to do everything to live up to that."
15.30 BST: Could it be that the long-running Kevin De Bruyne saga is meandering towards an eventual conclusion? Could it? Could it?
The Manchester City target has said the uncertainty surrounding his Wolfsburg future could be resolved "soon."
According to kicker, De Bruyne, 24, wants to leave Wolfsburg, while the football weekly claims City have already bid €60 million for the Belgium international, despite Wolfsburg claiming that they have yet to receive an offer.
"It could very well be that the decision will come soon," De Bruyne told reporters when receiving the Lower Saxony player of the year award.
14.51 BST: Are QPR asking too much money for Charlie Austin? The striker, valued at £15 million, has attracted interest from clubs including Newcastle -- but not a bid that matches that valuation. Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand told BBC London: "If you look at what [Liverpool striker Christian] Benteke went for, I don't think we're pricing him out the market. It's just a true valuation."
14.44 BST -- DONE DEAL: A signing for Swansea -- young Falkirk striker Botti Biabi has arrived for an undisclosed fee. The 19-year-old, who has signed a three-year deal, will go into the club's under-21 squad.
- Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) August 17, 2015
14.25 BST: Manchester United forward Adnan Januzaj, who had been linked with a loan move from Old Trafford but played and scored against Aston Villa on Friday, has told an Old Trafford news conference that he is enjoying life where he is. He said: "I am happy at Man Utd. I am happy with the way the manager worked with me. I don't have issues."
14.15 BST: With Tim Ream about to leave them, Bolton are poised to bring in Francesco Pisano on a free transfer after he left Italian club Cagliari, the BBC has reported. It quotes Wanderers boss Neil Lennon as saying: "We're hoping Pisano will come in tomorrow. He'll be a good addition."
13.27 BST: And here's some of what he had to say: "I have never said I wanted to leave Real Madrid. My idea was to always be here, and I always wanted to retire here. Honestly, if it was an economic decision I wouldn't have stayed. It wasn't a question of money."
13.20 BST: Here's Sergio Ramos talking about his new contract at Real Madrid:
13.12 BST: Manchester City will not let Eliaquim Mangala leave on loan in this transfer window, sources have told ESPN FC.
Valencia were reportedly keen to take the France international to the Mestalla for the season if they could sell Argentina centre-back Nicolas Otamendi to City. But the Premier League leaders are determined to keep Mangala, who wants to remain at the Etihad Stadium.
12.42 BST: A feeling of powerlessness has swept over Hull boss Steve Bruce. Why? Well, let him explain. "I am sure West Ham, like anybody, knows Tom Huddlestone has a buy-out in his contract and if they get to that figure I am powerless."
12.30 BST: More on Napoli midfielder Gokhan Inler and his switch to Leicester now, with sources telling ESPN FC that he will be undergoing a medical in the Midlands.
Leicester have been in talks with Inler, 31, in recent weeks as they look to bring the Switzerland international to the Premier League and they are on the verge of a transfer.
12.15 BST: Wolves forward Benik Afobe, a target for Aston Villa, is happy where he is, says Molineux boss Kenny Jackett. Former Swansea and Millwall manager Jackett added: "He works hard and has a central role and place in the team. A lot of people ask me about him and about his future, but we bought him to Wolves to work with him and for us to be successful."
11.50 BST -- DONE DEAL: Former Liverpool keeper Brad Jones, who was a free agent, has joined League One Bradford. The Bantams have announced that he has signed a one-year deal:
BREAKING NEWS | City have completed the signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones on a one-year deal. pic.twitter.com/znqQ4IIKTI- Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) August 17, 2015
11.21 BST: Thiago Motta has said he is "open to every situation" as uncertainty continues to surround his future with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Italy international Motta has spoken of his desire to leave, with former clubs Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan his most likely destinations.
11.12 BST: Back to West Brom, where defender Joleon Lescott is poised to put pen to paper on a new contract, sources have told ESPN FC.
11.09 BST: Brighton manager Chris Hughton has stressed that defender Lewis Dunk, heavily linked with Newcastle over the summer, remains a Seagulls player despite being dropped to the bench for the win at Fulham that put them top of the Championship. He told the Argus: "It's no different. This is not just Lewis, it applies to every player we have. They are Brighton and Hove Albion players until they are not. He's a very good player -- and a very good player for us."
10.55 BST: He may have missed a clear-cut chance to grab a win for West Brom at Watford, but Saido Berahino is still a man in demand and Tottenham appear to be leading the chase for him.
But Baggies boss Tony Pulis has indicated that they will have to make quite some bid, saying: "If there's an unbelievable offer for Saido then nobody turns it down. Tottenham didn't turn it down for [Gareth] Bale, Manchester United never turned it down for [Cristiano] Ronaldo - you just don't do it. But it's going to have to be something special. "
10.40 BST: Switzerland international Gokhan Inler is moving closer and closer to a move from Napoli to Leicester, Gazzetta dello Sport reports. The midfielder is expected in Midlands as talks continue over a move to the Foxes, who have begun the new Premier League season with two wins from two games.
10.30 BST: United States international Tim Ream should seal his move from Bolton to Fulham today, sources have told ESPN FC. Both Fulham and west London rivals QPR had agreed a fee for Ream -- but the Craven Cottage club are set to win the race.
10.20 BST: Manchester City are confident of signing Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi in the coming days, sources have told ESPN FC.
Otamendi, 27, has been linked with a move away from Valencia and although it has been reported City's rivals Manchester United have been monitoring the centre-back, sources told ESPN FC there is "no truth" to the speculation.
10.10 BST: Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger is expected to join Roma and will arrive in the city for a medical on Monday afternoon, according to reports.
Rudiger, 22, had also interested Premier League champions Chelsea, but Serie A Roma appear to have won the race to sign him.
The Germany international is recovering from a knee injury and faces at least another month on the sidelines, but his arrival will help fill the gap left by the departures of Alessio Romagnoli to AC Milan and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Lyon.
09.50 BST: Serie A champions Juventus are considering a move for Spurs winger Erik Lamela, Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport has reported. It says the London club would be open to the possibility of a transfer.
09.28 BST: To France now (and why not? It's a lovely morning) where RMC reports that Newcastle are ready to spend €17 million on Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, and will allow Remy Cabella to go to the Ligue 1 club on loan. Marseille signed Thauvin from Lille for around €12 million 12 months ago.
09.20 BST: Staying with matters Championship, Derby County have made a bid for Huddersfield midfielder Jacob Butterfield. Is this some sort of Huddersfield exodus?
09.19 BST: Last week, it seemed this one was in te pipeline -- and this week it's close to being realised. Sources have told ESPN FC that QPR have had a £1.5 million bid for Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies accepted.
09.12 BST -- SERGIO RAMOS SAGA OVER. All summer long, he has been linked with Manchester United, with goalkeeper David De Gea mooted as going the other way, but now Real Madrid have announced that Ramos is to sign a new five-year contract this afternoon:
09.05 BST: Last season may have been his first at Championship level -- but Brentford's Andre Gray made quite an impression, and he has been a man in demand this summer. West Ham, short of strikers, are the latest to show an interest, the Daily Mirror reports. But the paper says Gray won't come cheap -- Hull have already tried, and failed, to get him with a £7 million bid.
08.55 BST: RMC reports Newcastle United are ready to spend €17 million on Marseille's Florian Thauvin, and will allow Remy Cabella to go to the Ligue 1 club on loan. Marseille spent between €11-12 million on Thauvin, 22, in signing him from Lille 12 months ago.
08.36 BST: "There will be a few changes," Borussia Dortmund sporting executive Michael Zorc has said in kicker as Kevin Grosskreutz, Moritz Leitner and Jakub Blaszczykowski continue to be linked with a move away from the club.
08.16 BST: Mateo Kovacic was left out of Inter Milan's side which was held to a 0-0 draw by AEK Athens on Sunday as he is on the verge of joining Real Madrid.
07.54 BST: It's your daily (hourly?!) Kevin De Bruyne update. Reports in Germany claim Wolfsburg expect to receive a new offer for the forward this week, but sporting executive Klaus Allofs says that several indications point to the Belgium international staying at the club. When will the saga end?
07.30 BST: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Let us kick off with an in-case-you-missed-it done deal. Chelsea have completed the signing of Baba Rahman from Augsburg. Full story.
Otamendi off to Manchester
Nicolas Otamendi looks to be heading to Manchester, but not to sign for United. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, the Valencia centre-back will sign for Man City for €40m, with Eliaquim Mangala heading the other way on loan -- a superb deal for the Spanish club.
Tomorrow all confirmed: Otamendi to City for ?40m and Mangala on loan. Real Madrid would have paid ?50m buy out clause if Ramos had gone- Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 16, 2015
Reports were building throughout Sunday that Otamendi had agreed a deal with City, and Manuel Pellegrini now looks likely to add another expensive signing to cap an impressive few weeks both on and off the field.
Balague also suggests that Real Madrid would have paid Otamendi's €50m buyout clause had they lost Sergio Ramos to United, but Louis van Gaal is now set to be left without either defender as Otamendi closes in on a move to Premier League table-toppers City.
In further City news, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs told Sky Sports that "it is possible that there will be an offer in the next days" for Kevin De Bruyne. City are set to improve on their initial offer of £43m to land the 24-year-old playmaker, who would go some way to making Pellegrini's squad one of the most formidable in Europe.
Real wrap up Kovacic deal
While Real Madrid gossip this summer has primarily concerned players who aren't actually moving either to or from the Bernabeu, Inter starlet Mateo Kovacic is set to sign for Los Blancos in a €35m deal.
The Guardian reports that an initial €32m deal has been agreed between the clubs with another €3m in add-ons to come, and the 21-year-old midfielder will sign his contract in Madrid on Monday according to various reports in the Italian media.
Although Roberto Mancini claims Inter have been forced to sell the likes of Kovacic and Xherdan Shaqiri due to financial fair play rules, the Guardian suggests that the Nerazzurri coach will use some of the cash to buy Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao and Wolfsburg attacker Ivan Perisic.
Berahino move edges closer
Saido Berahino's move to Tottenham looks to have been given the go-ahead by West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who told reporters on Saturday: "We expect to do a lot of business over the next two weeks -- in and out."
The young forward has been linked with a £20m switch to White Hart Lane in recent days, but the Mirror now reports that the asking price has risen to £25m -- a steep fee for a striker yet to fully convince in the top flight.
West Brom are reportedly insistent on Spurs meeting their valuation despite Berahino's awful miss against Watford on Sunday, and will not settle for less given Berahino's status as a potential homegrown star.
Everton eye nemesis
If you can't beat them, sign them. That seems to be Everton's approach in regard to Dynamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko, who helped knock the Toffees out of the Europa League last season with a scintillating display.
Everton shrugged off a frustratingly slow summer with an explosive win at Southampton on Saturday, and the Express reports that Roberto Martinez could be about to add some more attacking talent to the mix with a bid for the 25-year-old winger, who has just a year left on his current contract.
Meanwhile, the Star reports that Martinez will make a £10m move for Swansea captain Ashley Williams if the Toffees lose John Stones to a Premier League rival, and Werder Bremen defender Jannik Vestergaard says he "knows nothing" of reported interest from the Toffees.