Arsenal may miss Gonzalo Higuain again; striker set for Juventus move
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Top story: Juve to beat Arsenal to Higuain
Arsenal look set to miss out on Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain for a second time; the striker is lined up to sign for Juventus since the Italian champions met his £78 million release clause.
Multiple reports in Italy indicate that Higuain, who scored 36 goals for Napoli last season, will get a four-year deal with Juve, leaving Arsenal to rue another wasted opportunity after their failure to land Jamie Vardy from Leicester earlier this summer.
Higuain's potential move to Turin has led to speculation that the Bianconeri could recoup their outlay on the Argentina international by sanctioning the sale of Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a world-record £100m fee.
23.11 BST: That's all for Transfer Talk tonight but we'll be back with a fresh edition shortly with word that Riyad Mahrez will turn down an offer to stay at Leicester!
22.44 BST: DONE DEAL New Major League Soccer franchise Atlanta United won't play until 2017, but they've already locked up Premier League veteran Kenwyne Jones. Read.
22.40 BST: DONE DEAL Canada international Sam Adekugbe will spend next season on loan from Vancouver in Brighton after impressing on a training spell last year.
22.26 BST: Palmeiras striker Gabriel Jesus has been one of the more intriguing names this summer with a host of big clubs angling for the 19-year-old.
And Sky Sports Italia report that Inter now have the edge in the race to sign him in a €30m deal after talks on Friday.
22.10 BST: Yet another Leicester player could be on his way out as sources have told ESPN FC that West Bromwich Albion have made a bid for Jeffrey Schlupp.
Schlupp spent most of the season playing behind Christian Fuchs, but the Foxes may be keen to keep him with the added demands of the Champions League. Read.
21.47 BST: The Premier League's presumptive title contenders have all been busy so far this summer but what do they still need?
ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney runs through the wish lists of Man United, Man City, Chelsea, Arsenal and more. Read.
21.26 BST: After Sebastian Giovinco sat out one midweek game for Toronto FC, minds in Italy are wondering what it could mean for the playmaker's future.
Despite Toronto saying Giovinco was simply rested on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's game in San Jose, Calcio Mercato is speculating that both AC Milan and Roma could give him a new home after he was left out of the Italy squad this summer.
20:52 BST: Not only have Leicester seem to have lost N'Golo Kante to Chelsea, but forward Joe Dodoo also appears set to finalise his departure from the Foxes.
Rangers manager Mark Warburton said he hopes to have the signing of Dodoo wrapped up by early next week. Read.
20:26 BST: In the wee hours this morning, The Sun reported that Dimitri Payet had said that he is "100 percent staying" with West Ham.
Only problem is Payet's agent has now denied that his client ever gave such an interview. So Payet's future remains unclear.
20.04 BST: News of a DONE DEAL in Spain! Read.
That's right: AS Roma striker Antonio Sanabria is on his way to Real Betis on a permanent deal.
Sanabria's only 20 and still trying to find his way in football after brief, brief stints with Barcelona B, Sassuolo and the Giallorossi. A strong loan at Sporting Gijon last season (11 goals in 30 games) saw the youngster deliver enough quality to seal a full-time move to Spain.
19.45 BST: Remember how all the top clubs were interested in Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, arguably the only players worth rescuing from relegated Newcastle?
Well, the club says they've yet to receive an official inquiry into either player. Huh.
Newcastle slapped a £35m price tag on Sissoko following his exploits at Euro 2016 but Mike Ashley & Co. are under no genuine pressure to sell as Rafa Benitez fancies an immediate return to the English top flight. Watch this space as to how it plays out.
19.25 BST: Another missive involving Liverpool, this time about midfielder Joe Allen.
The well-bearded Welshman has had a superb summer, starring for Wales at Euro 2016 and even being named to UEFA's team of the tournament. With his stock as high as ever, the 26-year-old is anxious to resolve his future at Anfield before the new season.
Liverpool rejected a bid of £8m from Allen's former club, Swansea City, who initially sold the midfielder to the Reds for £15m in the summer of 2012.
Jurgen Klopp is reportedly eager to end any such uncertainty this offseason as Allen only has one year remaining on his current contract.
19.07 BST: Look, a DONE DEAL involving Middlesbrough. We mentioned this briefly in Thursday's edition but they've since completed a move for Valencia defender Antonio Barragan.
The 29-year-old defender moves to Teesside on a three-year deal and is Boro's sixth signing of the summer so far -- behind goalkeeper Victor Valdes, attacking midfielder Viktor Fischer, defender Bernardo Espinosa, midfielder Marten de Roon and defender Jordan McGhee -- as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.
18.45 BST: It appears as though we are inching closer to N'Golo Kante leaving Leicester and heading to Chelsea.
Latest reports indicate that the Foxes have accepted a £32m bid. Read more here.
18.22 BST: Atletico Madrid would love to get Diego Costa back at the Calderon next season, according to club president Enrique Cerezo.
After the 2016-17 La Liga fixtures were released, Cerezo made no secret of his wishes.
"We're looking for a new striker, and we always like to get the biggest players we can. Costa played for us for a few years and he's a really good player, no one can deny that. I don't know if Costa has spoken to Conte, but we're working to hard bring the best players to Atleti."
18.00 BST: Is Xherdan Shaqiri on his way out of Stoke City?
Depends who you believe, apparently. The Mail reports that there was talk of a move away from the Premier League after a strong 2015-16 season with the Potters and a decent run at Euro 2016 with Switzerland. But the diminutive playmaker quickly rebuffed such talk while on holiday.
"'Well, nobody has told me, so for the moment this is cheese," Shaqiri told Swiss publication BLICK. "I am now on holiday."
The same article also mentioned Borussia Dortmund as a possible suitor. We suspect this saga might pop up again in the future.
17.33 BST: Trouble ahead for Joe Hart?
The Daily Mail reckons that Pep Guardiola and Man City are in the market for a goalkeeper in order to strengthen the position and provide some worthy competition for the current No. 1. Their top target: PSV Eindhoven shot-stopper Jeroen Zoet.
Zoet, 25, is a Dutch international and was named to the Eredivisie team of the season in 2015-16 having amassed 13 clean sheets. He was also part of Opta's Champions League team of the season. There are other English clubs reportedly interested but Man City's lucre and status would surely nudge them to the front of any queue.
17.10 BST: We have a DONE DEAL in Serie A! And it's a notable one, too: Bayern defender Mehdi Benatia is joining Juventus.
Benatia joins the Bianconeri on a season-long loan for a fee of €3m and a purchase option at the end of the season: if the 29-year-old passes muster in Turin, it'll cost the Old Lady €17m to sign him permanently.
16.50 BST: Let's check in at Liverpool, shall we?
First, reports that Lazar Markovic is on his way out of Anfield. The 22-year-old Serbian winger has failed to impress since his £20m move from Benfica in the summer of 2014. And now, after a season-long loan at Fenerbahce last season, he's seemingly surplus to requirements as Jurgen Klopp tries to refine his squad ahead of the new campaign.
Sporting CP are seemingly front of the queue for Markovic, according to one report, but clubs in Spain and Italy have also expressed interest.
16.27 BST: Because we're all about the lower leagues as well, here's a DONE DEAL sure to warm the heart of every Bristol Rovers fan...
The 26-year-old striker reportedly turned down offers from Oxford United and Leeds United to sign a new deal set to make him the highest-earning Pirates player.
16.02 BST: Barcelona have unveiled their new signing Samuel Umtiti from Lyon. The defender says it's a "dream move," but with Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano, Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen also in the squad, will he ever see the pitch? Read.
15.30 BST: Marca reports that Valencia hope to keep hold of Andre Gomes and Shkodran Mustafi this summer despite interest in the pair and pressure on the club to balance their books as they are without Champions League football next season.
15.15 BST: Ramadan Sobhi's transfer from Al Ahly to Stoke is close. Potters chief executive Tony Scholes told BBC Radio Stoke: "He's regarded as a special talent in Egypt. To be a regular in the national side for 12 months at just 19 shows the quality of the player. Hopefully over the next 24 to 48 hours he'll complete a medical and we'll tie-up all the last bits of the deal as well, but it's all 99 percent agreed."
15.02 BST: Look out! DONE DEAL! Former Newcastle man Sylvain Marveaux has joined Lorient.
14.57 BST: And on Merseyside, Everton have handed a trio of youngsters, midfielder Harry Charsley, defender Antonee Robinson and attacking midfielder Tyrone Duffus, new deals.
14.40 BST: Meanwhile, in Turkey...
14.30 BST: Borussia Dortmund are closing in on another signing, and this one could be big!
14.15 BST: Chelsea have agreed a deal with Leicester to sign N'Golo Kante, the Guardian reports. There are still some details to be arranged before the transfer will be announced but it is said Antonio Conte has already welcomed the France international to the club.
14.03 BST: France defender Lucas Digne thinks his style of play is perfectly suited to Barcelona. He said: "I play a lot in attack but I'm aware that in modern football full backs need to know how to defend. I think that my style of play suits Barca."
13.50 BST: Barcelona are unveiling Samuel Umtiti. The French defender agreed a five-year contract at the Camp Nou and his buyout clause stands at €60m.
13.40 BST: Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the subject of fresh interest from Atletico Madrid, according to the London Evening Standard.
13.30 BST: Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has confirmed an interest in Juventus striker Simone Zaza. Allofs told Sport1: "We are still looking for reinforcements in attack and Zaza is certainly an interesting player [to us]. At Juventus last season he did very well and impressed us and he also did well during the European Championship. In the limited time that he was on the field during that competition, he was impressive."
13.15 BST: Jose Mourinho is promising a simpler, clearer form of football at Man United. But what does that mean for the players with no clearly defined role? Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Daley Blind are all under threat, writes Richard Jolly.
13.05 BST: Who do the biggest clubs need to sign this summer? Our experts take a look -- featuring Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
12.50 BST: Newcastle are adamant they have had no contact from other clubs over big names Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum amid speculation the duo could be close to leaving the Magpies. However, Press Association Sport understands Newcastle have not received a single formal enquiry about either man.
12.40 BST: Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio is a target for AC Milan following the appointment of Vincenzo Montella.Gazzetta dello Sport reports Milan are willing to pay €25m for the Argentina international who carries an Italian passport.
12.27 BST: Marlos Moreno's move to Manchester City appears to have been confirmed by Colombia's Olympic team coach. City have not confirmed a transfer although they have reportedly agreed an £8.23 million deal with his club.
12.15 BST: Leicester, Southampton, Stoke and West Brom are among the clubs linked to Norwich's Robbie Brady, but Alex Neil says the 24-year-old Ireland international is going nowhere, along with the rest of his squad.
Neil said: "It's important we send the right message out: We are not going to be losing our best players. Nathan [Redmond] was an exception to the rule. Everyone's got a price but we won't be allowing players to walk out the door for less than we value them. Robbie's got three years left, I think. The bottom line is we don't need to do anything."
12.01 BST: N'Golo Kante's move to Chelsea from Leicester is edging closer, it seems.
11.52 BST: Here we go, DONE DEAL time. PEC Zwolle have confirmed the signing of 18-year-old Morocco international Hachim Mastour on a season-long loan from AC Milan.
11.45 BST: We have a DONE DEAL in Basel, as the Swiss side sign 23-year-old Colombian centre-back Eder Balanta from River Plate.
11.35 BST: According to James Horncastle a number of Juventus players could be moved on to make way for the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain. But one of them won't be Paul Pogba. Interesting development.
For those asking, the way Juve hope to structure deal is to send Rugani, Sturaro, Pereyra + Zaza the other way, so no bearing on Pogba- James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) July 15, 2016
11.27 BST: John Stones has met with Everton's hierarchy to inform them of his wish to join Manchester City, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
11.20 BST: The chances of reported Arsenal target Julian Draxler leaving Wolfsburg look pretty slim after the German club's sporting director Klaus Allofs emphatically ruled out a sale. He told Sport1: "The situation with Draxler is 100 percent certain that he will be staying at Wolfsburg. There is no discussing that."
11.06 BST: The Guardian claims, Burnley are interested in offering Crystal Palace midfielder Lee Chung-yong an escape route from Selhurst Park where he has struggled to break into Alan Pardew's starting XI.
10.57 BST: Bundesliga side Frankfurt would like to take Manchester United right-back Guillermo Varela on loan with a view to a permanent move, kicker reports.
10.45 BST: Watford have decided against a move for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, according to the Watford Observer. The Hornets look set to hold on to Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo and have completed the club record signing of Isaac Success leaving them well-stocked in the attacking department.
10.38 BST: What's next for Mario Balotelli? The Italian striker is running out of time as Liverpool prepare to let him go, writes Iain Macintosh.
10.25 BST: Jordon Ibe has been speaking for the first time as a Bournemouth player and gave some interesting insight into the process of transferring club.
10.15 BST: Claudio Ranieri is confident of keeping Riyad Mahrez at Leicester next season. The Italian coach said, in quotes reported by the Leicester Mercury: "He wants to stay here with us. He enjoys it, he is laughing. He is not a man who says 'oh coach, I want to go.' No, he is happy."
10.07 BST: Antonio Conte has been speaking about new Chelsea signing Michy Batshuayi. He said: "Absolutely I think Michy can make an impact because he is a young player but very strong, with good technique. He uses two feet. He is a great talent. I am very happy that Batshuayi is with us and I know the club bought a great player for the present and the future.
09.55 BST: Barcelona have not been in contact with Cologne about signing Jonas Hector, sporting director Jorg Schmadtke says. The Germany international played every minute of Die Mannschaft's Euro 2016 campaign and has also been linked with Liverpool.
09.45 BST: Good news for West Ham fans and the Premier League in general. Dimitri Payet has confirmed he's staying put. The France international said: "I'm 100 percent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that."
09.31 BST: Swansea City are monitoring midfielder Joe Allen's situation at Liverpool, according to Sky Sports. The Wales international left Swansea for the Reds in 2012.
09.20 BST: Borussia Dortmund remain coy about the return of Mario Gotze amid reports in German media that the Bayern Munich midfielder is set to return to his former club this summer.
09.09 BST: Nacho is reportedly close to a move away from Real Madrid. An €11m move to Roma has been mooted by the Italian press, while Marca reports he is set for a €2m loan move, with option to buy next summer. Valencia are also rumoured to be interested.
08.51 BST: Dutch winger Oussama Tannane has told Voetbal International that he will stay at Saint-Etienne this season but sees the club as a stepping stone for a move to England, Spain or PSG.
08.38 BST: L'Equipe 21 is reporting that Dortmund have shown an interest in Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
08.21 BST: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said he is delighted Jamie Vardy opted to stay with the club, adding that the striker "is a king."
08.05 BST: Could Liverpool be forced into the transfer market? Defender Joe Gomez has suffered an Achilles injury during preseason, according to multiple newspaper reports.
07.45 BST: Bild is reporting that Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze has agreed personal terms with Borussia Dortmund ahead of a return to the club. Gotze had been linked with Liverpool.
07.32 BST: It's been a quiet summer so far for Tottenham. Could that be about to change?
07.18 BST: A bit of manager news here. After Roberto Mancini all-but-confirmed that it's unlikely Yaya Toure will wind up at Inter Milan for the upcoming season, it's now the future of the manager himself that's in question, according to Gazzetta World. Mancini is apparently unhappy with the club's transfer strategy.
07.01 BST: Emanuele Giaccherini is set to leave Sunderland after his agent confirmed a move to Napoli is "all done." That would come as good news after the above report that Gonzalo Higuain could be headed to either Juventus or Arsenal.
06.23 BST: According to a morning report in Bild, Mario Gotze is headed for a return to Borussia Dortmund. Despite having fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola last season and underwhelming for Germany at Euro 2016, the paper says BVB's former starlet is coming back. Bayern reportedly want €27m and BVB are ready to pay €23m. When asked whether the deal is set to be completed soon, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said: "I don't want to confirm it. I don't want to say more about it."
05.56 BST: Good morning transfer fans. We start off our live Transfer Talk blog today with some great news for West Ham fans. Last season's star man Dimitri Payet has said he wants Hammers supporters to know that he's going nowhere. The France international said: "I'm 100 percent staying at West Ham, I love the club. I can tell the Hammers fans that."
Giaccherini to offset Higuain loss?
And how will Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri recoup the goals Higuain is taking with him from Naples to the Serie A champions? By bringing in Italy's Euro 2016 revelation Emanuele Giaccherini, according to the Sunderland striker's agent.
Giaccherini, 31, spent last season on loan with Bologna, but his agent Furio Valcareggi told Radio CRC of his client's imminent move away from Wearside: "We're almost there. It's all done."
Giaccherini scored seven goals in 28 Serie appearances for Bologna last season, while doing a world of good for his perceived value at Euro 2016, scoring once and adding an assist in Italy's surprise run to the Euro quarterfinals.
But not so fast, says Edo De Laurentiis, the son of Napoli's chairman. When asked about Higuain's mooted move to Juve, De Laurentiis is quoted by TuttoNapoli as saying, "It's all a hoax. You must not believe everything."
Sound advice, transfer fans. It's silly season after all.
Man City racing for Sane, Stones deals
Manchester City are facing a race against time to agree to deals to sign Leroy Sane and John Stones before heading to China for their preseason tour next week.
The Manchester Evening News says manager Pep Guardiola has been given the green light to complete a sensational £100m double swoop for Schalke's 20-year-old attacker, who is considered Germany's next big star, and 22-year-old defender Stones, who has told Everton boss Ronald Koeman he wants to move on.
The report adds that Stones, who is likely to join City in a world-record transfer for a defender, may not be the last defender to arrive at the club this summer.
Klopp faces 'crisis' in defence
Manager Jurgen Klopp is looking for an experienced defender to save Liverpool from an early-season defensive crisis and provide cover, according to the Mirror, after being left with Dejan Lovren and new-boy Joel Matip as his only fit centre-halfbacks.
Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have both left Anfield this summer, while Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez are expected to miss the start of the new campaign through injury, leaving the Reds short of options at the back.
Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen has been considered, but the Belgian would not want to play as a backup and his salary could provide a problem for a player Liverpool doesn't intend to be a regular starter.
-- The Sun reports Manchester United are exploring ways to get Bastian Schweinsteiger off their wage bill. But despite interest from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, 31-year-old Germany international Schweinsteiger, who still has two years to run on his United contract, wants to stay at Old Trafford and fight for a place in Jose Mourinho's team.
-- Middlesbrough have agreed on a £8m deal to sign Neven Subotic from Borussia Dortmund on a three-year contract, according to the Daily Mail. The 27-year-old Serbian defender will become the latest piece of impressive summer transfer business that has seen the newly promoted side add Victor Valdes to their squad, with Alvaro Negredo also a promising target.
-- And with Negredo set to join Boro, Valencia are eyeing Arsenal's Joel Campbell as a potential replacement on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old Costa Rica international likes the idea of leaving the Gunners to pursue regular football and could also have AC Milan as an option.
-- Gokhan Inler has agreed to leave Leicester if the right offer comes along, according to the town's local paper, The Mercury. The 32-year-old made just five Premier League appearances after signing from Napoli last summer, but his agent Dino Lamberti said a move is "definitely a possibility," with sides in Italy or Germany being considered for the Switzerland international.