Man United may offer £65m plus David De Gea for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale
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TOP STORY: De Gea plus cash for Bale?
It's down to desperate last days in the summer transfer window and there's one irresistible deal out there that The Daily Star says could still happen. The outlet says Manchester United are willing to give Real Madrid David De Gea and £65 million to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford.
Real president Florentino Perez has said repeatedly that he wants to keep Bale at the Bernabeu, but The Sun reports that the club is also still completely smitten with De Gea.
Meanwhile, De Gea is languishing on the Man United bench and time is running out to make this deal actually happen. For his part, Louis van Gaal has left the door open to last-minute deals (Angel Di Maria last summer anyone?), saying, "We shall do announcements when we want to do it not when you want an answer."
Write this one off at your own peril. For now, Transfer Talk will stay tuned.
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22.35 BST: Aston Villa have only scored four goals to start the season and manager Tim Sherwood is blaming the club's attacking struggles on the departure of Christian Benteke, who left the club in the summer to join Liverpool.
22.20 BST: Chelsea have slumped to only four points in four matches to start their Premier League campaign, which has led to the club being linked with Juventus' Paul Pogba, Everton's John Stones and Zenit's Ezequiel Garay. Still, manager Jose Mourinho has defused recent speculation by insisting to Sky Sports that in his opinion, Chelsea are done with the transfer window.
"For me the transfer window is closed." he told the outlet.
21.45 BST: Emanuele Giaccherini's ill-fated spell at Sunderland looks to be coming to an end, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The former Juventus midfielder, who has disappointed in his time in England, will undergo a medical at Bologna on Sunday and if all goes well, he will join the Serie A club on a season-long loan deal.
21.20 BST: AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani has conceded defeat in the club's pursuit of PSG's Zlatan Ibrahimovic, based on his recent comments to TuttoMercatoWeb.
"That chapter is closed, he will stay in Paris," he told the media outlet.
His comments probably explain the reasoning behind bringing back controversial former striker Mario Balotelli on a loan from Liverpool.
20.55 BST: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal had insisted all summer that he saw Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez as part of his plans at the club this season but his stance appears to have changed, according to a report by the Telegraph.
The outlet is reporting that Hernandez has been told by the Dutchman that he is free to leave the club with Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen said to be the favourites for his services. The breaking point between the two sides appears to be the missed penalty by Hernandez in the second leg of the Champions League playoff against Club Brugge, which prompted this hilarious reaction by the manager.
20.35 BST: It appears that Southampton's defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama isn't going to back away from his desire to leave the club, according to Sky Sports.
20.20 BST: Norwich are interested in Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani, sources have told ESPN FC.
19.35 BST: Well, that's one ticked off the list. Jonny Evans has moved from Man Utd to West Brom.
18.33 BST: Wolves manager Kenny Jackett revealed after his side's 2-1 win against Charlton at Molineux that the club have agreed to sell central defender Richard Stearman to Fulham. Championship rivals Fulham are poised to pay £1 million up front and £1m in add-ons for Stearman, who joined Wolves from Leicester in 2008.
Jackett said: "The club have accepted a bid from Fulham and Richard is discussing personal terms over the weekend."
17.56 BST: MLS news now.
17.22 BST: Spurs' new signing has been given a taste of the White Hart Lane atmosphere.
17.18 BST: Die Welt says Juventus have agreed a €26.5 million deal to sign Julian Draxler from Schalke.
17.10 BST: RMC reports that Marseille are closing in on a loan deal for Juventus' Mauricio Isla. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri had earlier confirmed the Chile international was set to leave Turin.
16.41 BST: More details on Kingsley Coman's Juventus exit.
16.01 BST: Norwich manager Alex Neil refused to be drawn on Lewis Grabban's future ahead of Sunday's clash with Southampton. Read more.
15.42 BST DONE DEAL Celtic have completed the loan signing of Tyler Blackett from Manchester United. Story here.
15.36 BST: Arsene Wenger on Arsenal's transfer plans: "We are open and we are in the transfer market. If we find an exceptional player in any sector, we will do it. At the moment I don't know if something will happen or not."
15.23 BST DONE DEAL Sheffield Wednesday bolster their squad with the signing of Fernando Forestieri from Watford. Story here.
14.53 BST: If you just watched Arsenal's 1-0 win at Newcastle, you might be inclined to agree with Ian Wright.
14.27 BST: RMC journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi says Chelsea failed with a last-ditch effort to sign Aymen Abdennour from Monaco. The Tunisian centre-back is set to join Valencia.
14.12 BST: Tottenham target Saido Berahino has once again been left out of the West Brom squad as Tony Pulis' men head to Stoke.
13.53 BST: Wolfsburg's double exit draws closer with Ivan Perisic closing in on his move to Inter Milan.
13.52 BST DONE DEAL Bologna have signed 27-year-old winger Anthony Mounier from Montpellier.
13.35 BST DONE DEAL Villarreal have signed Denis Suarez from Barcelona after negotiating a deal to end the midfielder's loan agreement with Sevilla. Story here.
13.15 BST: Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett is set to seal a loan move to Celtic, sources have told ESPN FC.
12.52 BST: Click here for more on Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri on the futures of Kingsley Coman, Mauricio Isla and Simone Zaza.
12.32 BST DONE DEAL Borussia Dortmund have signed left-back Park Joo-ho from Mainz. Story here.
12.30 BST: German news agency dpa reports that Kevin De Bruyne has completed his medical at Manchester City.
12.22 BST: It appears Kingsley Coman will be leaving Juventus for Bayern Munich.
12.16 BST: Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini isn't sure if Eder or Felipe Melo will join his club but said: "Ivan Perisic should arrive today."
11.55 BST: Marca has quoted Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as saying that business could still be done at the Camp Nou before the window closes. "We're still working on the market, seeing what can be done. We're open to everything and alert to anything that might come up," he explained.
11.37 BST: Sky Sports has reported that Inter Milan have offered £6 million for out-of-the-picture Liverpool striker Fabio Borini, Brendan Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager in 2012. Borini spent the 2013-14 season on loan at Sunderland, but later turned down a permanent move to the Stadium of Light.
11.15 BST: Earlier, we reported that Monaco's Aymen Abdennour was on Chelsea's radar after Everton said John Stones was staying put -- but now Valencia are set to sign him, Marca says. It reports that his signing will be the club's "final defensive reinforcement before the transfer window closes."
10.40 BST: Is Leicester's summer window business done? Maybe not, Sky Sports suggests:
BREAKING: Sky Sources: Leicester in talks to sign Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo for £3m #SSNHQ- Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) August 29, 2015
10.20 BST -- DONE DEAL: Liverpool under-21 defender Ryan McLaughlin has joined Scottish club Aberdeen on loan until January, the Merseysiders have confirmed.
10.15 BST: Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has not ruled out late moves for Joleon Lescott and Emmanuel Adebayor.
The pair have been targets for Sherwood during the summer and the manager said it "depends how the dominos go" as to whether they arrive at Villa Park.
10.05 BST: Juventus could finally be set to sign Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that they have upped their bid to €27 million plus €5.5m in add-ons.
09.50 BST: Here's Brighton's new signing, pictured with his new club's shirt on the sunless south coast:
09.45 BST: Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez is expected to end his loan spell at Sevilla and join Villarreal on a permanent deal.
Former Manchester City youth player Suarez, 21, joined Barca in 2013 and agreed a two-year loan switch to Sevilla in 2014.
09.35 BST: Brighton boss Chris Hughton is pretty pleased with his new acquisition, telling the Sussex club's official website: "What Elvis will bring us is a different type of striker, and also a player who has also played in the wide areas.
"At 22 years of age, he is of a great age for further development, and he comes to us with a very good pedigree having come through the Feyenoord system. He has represented Holland from under-16 to under-21 level."
09.30 BST -- DONE DEAL: Brighton have boosted their attacking options as they look to maintain a thoroughly encouraging start to the Championship season -- the Seagulls have brought in Netherlands under-21 forward Elvis Manu from Feyenoord:
09.29 BST: And if not Abdennour, then -- as ESPN FC reported on Friday -- Zenit's Ezequiel Garay is another alternative central defensive option, sources have said. Chelsea, presumably, will get there one way or another.
09.27 BST: But if not Stones for Chelsea, then who? Well, the Mail says Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour could be the man, with the Blues having to pay around £15 million for the 26-year-old Tunisia international, who has also been linked with Liverpool.
09.15 BST: Everton boss Roberto Martinez has said his club's refusal to sell defender John Stones to Chelsea has drawn a line under one of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas and shown that the Premier League's richest clubs can't "click your fingers and get anything you want." Everton issued a statement on Thursday in which they said Stones, who joined them from Barnsley, would not be sold -- and Martinez said Chelsea's pursuit had left the 21-year-old "mixed up."
"As a club we have the player and we can say we are keeping him. We know the pressure that will bring and that is why the chairman [Bill Kenwright] deserves incredible credit," Martinez said.
09.04 BST: Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne has been pictured preparing to board a plane in Brunswick ahead of his move to Manchester City. We should be hours away now...
Pogba's yours for a cool £154m
In another mooted blockbuster deal, The Express are reporting that a Paul Pogba to Chelsea deal can still happen, but they won't get it for a song.
Here's a quick check of the math on this one. Pogba wants a five-year deal worth £82.5m. Juventus are reportedly asking for £72m for their prized French midfielder. Crunch those numbers and you come up with a staggering £154.5 deal.
It's worth noting that would put Pogba's wages at about £300,000 per week, some £50,000 per week more than their current highest earner and Premier League player of the year Eden Hazard.
Spurs window wasted?
ESPN FC's Craig Burley and Steve Nicol discuss the impact of Tottenham's lack of activity this summer.
Forget Austin, Afobe's NUFC's man
Newcastle United have apparently completely given up on landing Charlie Austin from QPR and are now training their sights on Wolverhampton's Benik Afobe. The Daily Mail reports that the former Arsenal player, who's been having a great start to Wolves' Championship campaign, is still high on Newcastle boss Steve McClaren's wish list.
A deal may have to wait until January though, according to the report, as Newcastle would first want to unload Papiss Cisse before they could make a move for Afobe. Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has told suitors not to waste their time bidding on the England-born player.
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- Sunderland look set to miss out on Moussa Sow as the Fenerbahce striker is instead heading to UAE club Al Ahli. TalkSport reports that a £12.5m fee has been agreed between the two clubs and that Sow is set to fly to Dubai for contract talks.
- Sources have told ESPN FC that Paris Saint-Germain have not lodged an offer for Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman. Initial reports that had PSG ready to offer an unnamed player and £20m for Coleman proved false.
- More out of Goodison Park as Everton have secured a deal for Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez from River Plate Montevideo for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old forward has signed a four-year deal.