James to West Ham, Riyad Mahrez to join N'Golo Kante leaving Leicester
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Top story: West Ham interested in James, Mahrez to follow Kante
The realisation that life at Real Madrid is not all it's cut out to be has dawned on James Rodriguez. Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are all considering a bid -- though nobody has gone above €60 million -- but the shock is that Marca say West Ham are in the running as well. Surely not?
N'Golo Kante may not be the only player heading for the exit door at Leicester. Riyad Mahrez has instructed his representatives to find him a new club after rejecting the Foxes' offer of a new contract, writes the Guardian. Mahrez, who still has three years to run on his current deal with the Premier League champions, reportedly has held talks about a new deal worth £80,000 a week but is now looking at other options, with Barcelona among them.
23.05 BST: Right. That's it for today. Tune back in tomorrow morning, bright and early, for another installment of the summer's best drama, TRANSFER TALK.
22.44 BST: Here's hoping you weren't expecting a move for Juan Cuadrado this summer, as Chelsea are not selling him at any price.
New Blues boss Antonio Conte was categorical about his desire to retain the 28-year-old Colombian wide player after Saturday's defeat at Rapid Vienna.
"He is a Chelsea player and I am waiting for him. He must come back very soon. He is in our squad. I am very happy to have him. He is a player I wanted in Juventus and now he must come back and start to train with us."
So there you go!
22.26 BST: Are West Ham on the cusp of unveiling two new signings this week? According to a blog post on the Hammers' official website, they are indeed.
"The Insider" talks about rumours linking Slaven Bilic with a move for AC Milan and Colombia striker Carlos Bacca but notes that no deals are complete as of yet. However, the same person notes that "I have been told that the Hammers have agreed a deal with two clubs."
Watch this space!
22.02 BST: This is a tweet about a transfer rumour.
Bit of transfer news: being told that Leeds are very keen on Conor McLaughlin, the defender and Northern Ireland international at Fleetwood.- Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 16, 2016
21.41 BST: Fulham might have a club interested in a player they don't reportedly want.
Newcastle have expressed interest in defender Fernando Amorebieta if they are unable to secure the services of Blackburn's Grant Hanley. The Magpies need more brawn at the back and at six-foot-four, Amorebieta would certainly offer the required muscle.
21.17 BST: Here's a DONE DEAL in Spain...
That's confirmation of Pablo Piatti going from Valencia to Espanyol on loan.
Piatti, 27, struggled to make an impact on Los Che in 2015-16 and will try his hand in Catalonia instead. The deal includes an option to buy.
20.58 BST: Liverpool are moving through their list of transfer targets and the next player on their radar is Marcelo Brozovic.
The 23-year-old Croatian midfielder would be just what the Reds need: power, work rate and a touch of elegance. However, that quality comes at a price: £21m, according to La Gazzetto dello Sport.
20.25 BST: The market is a bit lean for central defenders at the moment and so any players who might become available are naturally available for inflated prices. This one might be no different.
AS Roma have already lost Antonio Rudiger (injury) and Mehdi Benatia (loaned to Juventus) and aren't willing to part with Kostas Manolas for less than €45m.
Reports indicate that Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested in the imposing 24-year-old.
20.07 BST: If Everton or Tottenham are to sign up-and-coming Marseille winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou it's not going to be cheap.
French outlet La Provence reckons the 21-year-old attacker, who moved from Nantes to l'OM in 2015 for £1.5m and signed a five-year deal, would cost interested Premier League sides up to 10 times that amount.
N'Koudou scored 10 goals and notched five assists last season for Marseille, a fine return for a young talent.
Will he be in England next season? We'll have to wait and see.
19.44 BST: A cool story out of Major League Soccer and a DONE DEAL to boot.
Vancouver Whitecaps have signed 15-year-old Alphonse Davies to a multi-year MLS Homegrown contract, making him the youngest active player in MLS and third-youngest ever to play in the top American professional league.
Davies joined the 'Caps academy residency program in 2015 and has been impressing coaches ever since, earning his contract.
Said head coach Carl Robinson, "Alphonso is a bright young player who has earned this opportunity. He still has a lot of hard work ahead of him, but at this point in time we felt this was the best move for his development and for the club.
He might find some playing time in Vancouver's midfield given an injury to Kekuta Manneh, who broke a bone in his right foot.
19.19 BST: Is Joe Allen off to Manchester United?
It sounds crazy (and probably is) but the Liverpool and Wales midfielder is in demand following a strong showing at Euro 2016. The Essex Chronicle reports that West Ham, Swansea, Stoke City and Man United have been linked with a swoop though Jurgen Klopp is keen to keep him at Anfield.
18.52 BST: A DONE DEAL involving Arsenal but I'm sorry to report it's not Gonzalo Higuain.
La Liga side Granada have confirmed a one-year loan deal for Gunners youngster Jon Toral. The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has spent the past two seasons out on loan in England, representing Brentford in 2014-15 (34 games, six goals) and Birmingham City in 2015-16 (36 games, eight goals).
Best of luck to Jon T.
18.30 BST: Some bad news for Liverpool fans as it appears one of their main summer targets will be going elsewhere.
Jurgen Klopp & Co. have been pursuing Poland and Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski as the ideal man to fill the Reds' engine room and while the player's been keen on a move to Anfield -- he was even pictured in a Liverpool shirt back in May, while still on loan at Empoli -- the 22-year-old seems set to remain in Italy.
Zielinski's agent, Bartolomej Bolek, has been coy about the destination: "It's true [that Liverpool have been tracking the player] but I don't like to talk about negotiations in the papers. We've decided [what his next club will be], but it's a secret."
The Liverpool Echo believes Zielinski is heading to Milan. Despite Liverpool reportedly offering a better deal to Udinese, beating Napoli in the initial pursuit, AC Milan have since emerged and appear to be the top destination.
It's a definite blow for Liverpool, who had a bid of £11.75m rejected before offering an improved deal structure and sell-on clause. They also need help in midfield: Marko Grujic represents immediate depth but with Lucas Leiva likely to leave and Joe Allen's future currently up in the air, more help in the centre of the pitch is vital.
17.55 BST: Let's have a look at the Championship, and Cardiff City in particular.
The Bluebirds are looking to strengthen ahead of the new season and are particularly keen on Fulham defender Jazz Richards. The 25-year-old Welsh international broke through with Swansea in 2009, having been part of Cardiff's youth system, but never quite found his place with the Swans as they solidified their place in the Premier League. Loans to Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and Fulham followed before a permanent move to Craven Cottage in the summer of 2015.
Said Cardiff manager Paul Trollope: "We are linked with [Richards] very heavily. We are hoping that's going to be completed in the very near future and we think he'll be a great addition to the squad."
Richards would be Trollope's first Welsh signing at the club, which is seen as a positive move. He's also comfortable in Cardiff's 5-3-2 formation given his play for the Welsh national team.
17.25 BST: It looks like Juventus are on the cusp of their fourth summer signing. According to the player's agent, Marko Pjaca is ready to sign on the line for the Old Lady.
Pjaca, 21, has attracted a ton of interest from Serie A in particular, with AC Milan and Inter both hopeful for the Croatian winger, who shone for his country at Euro 2016 this summer. Though the deal's not done yet, representative Marko Naletilic is confident (and he would know) that a deal is just around the corner.
Speaking to Croatian outlet Sportske Novosti, Naletilic was quite explicit about the state of play.
"It's not true that Marko has already signed for Juventus. Juventus and Dinamo must agree terms first. That has not happened as of yet, but there is a desire to move to Juventus from our end. There is a verbal agreement on the condition that both clubs agree terms.
"Pjaca is close to joining Juventus, but I cannot say anything more until he has actually signed.
Once completed, Pjaca would join Miralem Pjanic, Dani Alves and Mehdi Benatia as new faces in Turin for 2016-17.
16.37 BST: Ready for some more Gonzalo Higuain gossip? This report from Italy claims the striker will sign for Arsenal. According to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli the Gunners have offered €50 million plus Olivier Giroud.
16.17 BST: Elsewhere in the Bundesliga, the Daily Mail reckons Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen are after Southampton's Dusan Tadic.
16.07 BST: It was a good thing that Bayern wrapped up the deal for Renato Sanches so early. Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the Portugal international's performance at Euro 2016 was such that "Bayern would not have been able to afford him had we tried to sign him after the Euros. We would be talking about crazy money now."
15.55 BST: Will Bayern Munich head back into the transfer market this summer? The German champions got their business done impressively early by having Mats Hummels and Renato Sanches signed up before Euro 2016. But that is likely to be it from Bayern.
Carlo Ancelotti told reporters on Friday: "We are fully covered right now. I am really satisfied and the team is focused. The most important thing is the team spirit. I want my players to go to the pitch to help each other. That's the key of the success."
15.40 BST: We have a DONE DEAL in Major League Soccer as New York City FC have announced the signing of Maxime Chanot.
Chanot, 26, is a central defender most recently with Belgian side K.V. Kortrijk and a regular on the Luxembourg national team. He should add some much-needed depth to Patrick Vieira's constantly evolving (and wobbly) defence.
Chanot describes himself as a "real central defender" who "loves duels" and is known for his "physical impact." Time will tell how he fits in the Big Apple.
15.29 BST: A big call from Mr. Lineker, but, like he says, Kante is extremely good.
Inevitably Kanté has gone. Fancy Chelsea will now win the title. He's that good!- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 16, 2016
15.23 BST: Welcome to the family! Giaccherini greets his new Napoli teammates.
15.15 BST: Meanwhile, another done deal, Napoli have signed Emanuele Giaccherini from Sunderland. It's all happening!
15.11 BST: A little bit of statistical background on Chelsea's new boy...
15.06 BST: And on Chelsea's official website Kante has been speaking about the move, describing it as a "dream come true."
"I am so happy to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It's a dream come true for me.
"The opportunity to work with Antonio Conte, a brilliant coach, and some of the best players in the world was simply too good to turn down.
"My first season in English football was very special and now I hope to go on to achieve even more during my time as a Chelsea player. I am looking forward to meeting up with my new teammates and helping the club achieve a lot of success."
15.04 BST: Leicester have confirmed Chelsea have signed N'Golo Kante on a five-year contract.
14.35 BST: Let's face it, Valencia know how to unveil a player. This capoeira exhibition, featuring new signing Nani, is well worth a watch.
14.15 BST: AC Milan and Torino are negotiating with Lyon over the purchase of Clement Grenier. Although the French side would prefer a permanent transfer they are open to the idea of a loan move for the midfielder, L'Equipe reports.
14.03 BST: N'Golo Kante's imminent arrival at Chelsea could leave the door open for Nemanja Matic to depart... and sources have told ESPN FC Juventus are keen on the former Premier League title winner.
13.55 BST: Tottenham's signing of Vincent Janssen has been given the seal of approval by Rafael van der Vaart.
Speaking to Spurs' official website, he said: "In my opinion Tottenham have signed a great striker. He's still young but he's a real striker. He loves to play and work for the team but he doesn't just score goals, he makes goals as well.
"If you work hard at Tottenham and in the Premier League, people will love you and if you score goals, you will be a legend. I hope he will do both. I think it's a great signing for Tottenham and a great move for Vincent."
13.40 BST: Any West Ham supporters feeling dejected at the prospect of missing out on Carlos Bacca, fear not. David Gold has some words that will hopefully lift your spirits.
He told the club's official website: "I can assure all our supporters that we are still working hard behind the scenes to bring new players into the squad and have many irons in the fire. There is still a long way to go before the transfer window closes. David Sullivan is working relentlessly to push these players over the line and nobody is better than him at getting the best possible deals."
13.19 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport says Arsenal and Atletico Madrid could step in to sign Carlos Bacca after the AC Milan striker rejected a move to West Ham by saying he would prefer to move to a club who could give him Champions League football.
13.08 BST: Marca claims Valencia have rejected three bids from Sevilla for Dani Parejo and don't want to sell to a fellow La Liga club, while Cadena Ser add that Monaco could join the pursuit of the former QPR midfielder.
12.57 BST: Napoli are set to complete a deal to sign Emanuele Giaccherini from Sunderland. The Italy international, who has one year left on his contract, arrived from Juventus in 2013.
12.40 BST: Dimitri Payet's agent has refuted a story that quoted his player as saying he was "100 percent staying at West Ham."
12.21 BST: It is being reported that Diafra Sakho has Sevilla, Hamburg and two Premier League clubs interested in signing him.
12.10 BST: Brendan Rodgers is interested in bringing Jon Flanagan to Celtic, the Scottish Sun reports.
11.58 BST: Jordon Ibe could turn out to be some signing for Bournemouth if Jamie Redknapp is right about him. The former Liverpool midfielder had this to say, in the Bournemouth Echo: "I think he has more natural ability than Raheem Sterling. Anything Raheem Sterling struggles with, Jordon Ibe can do. I would hate to play against him with his pace and power."
11.45 BST: Borussia Dortmund has been a hive of activity this summer with Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan departing and Raphael Guerreiro, Emre Mor, Marc Bartra, Ousmane Dembele and Sebastian Rode all arriving, but sporting director Michael Zorc says the club are still aiming to challenge in the Bundesliga and Champions League despite all the changes.
11.32 BST: Former Newcastle United striker Xisco has signed with Thai club Muang Thong United as they look for the firepower to help them clinch the Premier League of Thailand (PLT) title for the first time since 2012.
11.15 BST: Some much-needed good news for Leicester fans! Danny Drinkwater wants to follow Jamie Vardy's lead and commit his future to the Foxes.
"I'm not going to go chasing the club for that," he said, in quotes reported by the Daily Mail. "That's up to them to approach me. I'd love to commit.
"Then again I just want to play football. I still have two years left on my current contract. It is not the be all and end all if I don't sign a new one in the next two weeks."
10.57 BST: Villarreal are interested in offering Marcos Rojo a route out of Manchester United if, as reported, it emerges he doesn't figure in Jose Mourinho's plans. Gazzetta dello Sport reports the Spanish side may not be able to afford to meet United's valuation but would be willing to negotiate a loan deal for the Argentina international.
10.39 BST: Watford's spending is set to continue with Belgium international Nicolas Lombaerts in their sights, according to Kristof Terreur. Lombaerts, 31, is a centre-back who currently plies his trade for Zenit Saint Petersburg.
10.25 BST: In Spain, Marca lead off interest in Real Madrid's James Rodriguez from the Premier League. The Colombia international is said to be tempted by a move to England.
10.11 BST: Today's Gazzetta leads with talk of a confrontation between Roberto Mancini and Inter and says Juventus are serious about getting Gonzalo Higuain.
- LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) July 16, 2016
10.02 BST: Question for the Liverpool and Manchester United fans out there: Would you rather build an effective team unit or sign a couple of individual superstar names? Jurgen Klopp has had his say on the matter and he's pretty clear about the route he wants to take at Anfield.
09.40 BST: Anyone want another Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus update? Good, because we've got one! Juve chief Fabio Paratici says the Serie A champions have not bid and are not in negotiations for the Napoli striker. He didn't completely rule out any interest though...
09.28 BST: Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could be next through the door at Chelsea once the deal to sign N'Golo Kante is signed off. Koulibaly is also wanted by Everton, something that has delayed a move to Chelsea and driven the price up, according to the Telegraph, but the player wants to move to Stamford Bridge.
09.14 BST: The Hornets have been going about their business quietly, but Mazzarri is definitely putting his stamp on the team. They have now signed Belgium international defender Christian Kabasele, young Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair and broken their club record for 20-year-old Nigerian striker Isaac Success.
09.06 BST: Watford have taken Napoli and Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga on a season-long loan. Walter Mazzarri knows Zuniga, who can play either right or left-back, from his time in charge at Napoli.
08.55 BST: Having landed Jordon Ibe from Liverpool, Bournemouth are now eyeing a double deal for QPR's Steven Caulker and Nedum Onuoha. The Star reckons the pair fit Eddie Howe's criteria of being home grown and having Premier League experience.
08.30 BST: Carlos Tevez is on his way out of Boca to join Corinthians. Tevez's representative Kia Joorabchian was quoted as saying by the Mirror: "The deal is practically done. We are only lacking the signatures on the contracts for us to be able to say he's a Corinthians player."
Costa asks for Atletico return
Diego Costa has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and manager Antonio Conte that he would like to leave the West London club and return to Atletico Madrid, AS reports.
However, Chelsea are not willing to cash in on Costa until they can find a suitable replacement, something the Brazilian-born Spain international is respectful of and won't push for a move -- for the time being. The report adds that Costa is part of Conte's plans for the season ahead, and with the pair yet to meet and discuss the Italian's plans for Chelsea, a move is some way off materialising.
Man United set to land £105m Pogba
Manchester United are expected to finalise a £105 million deal to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this weekend after successful negotiations with the France international's agent Mino Raiola, according to the Sun.
It's reported that Pogba, who is currently on holiday in the U.S. after Euro 2016, will sign a contract worth £202,000 a week to become the world's most expensive footballer, and could arrive in Manchester as soon as Tuesday for a medical.
It is reported that Raiola could be in line to receive 25 percent of the transfer fee, something that has complicated negotiations. With that hurdle overcome, the path is clear for the summer's biggest transfer story to end.
Higuain to meet with Juve
The next development in Gonzalo Higuain's move from Napoli to Juventus is set to take place on Monday when figures from both sides meet in Milan, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.
Juventus are ready to make a number of players available for exchange in order to sweeten the deal. Roberto Pereyra, Rolando Mandragora, Daniele Rugani and Simone Zaza have all been listed by Gazzetta as potential candidates. Napoli are said to be keen to avoid a sale, with club president Aurelio de Laurentiis ready to make Higuain an offer to match Juve's, but the striker could deliberately miss the Azzurri's preseason training camp in order to try to force through a move.
- Jeffrey Schlupp is the subject of a £9m bid from West Brom. Baggies boss Tony Pulis is set on strengthening his options at left-back and views Schlupp as the man to help him do that.
- Pep Guardiola's hopes of being reunited with Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Kimmich at Manchester City were dealt a blow when Carlo Ancelotti announced the Germany international was an important part of his plans. In quotes carried by the Daily Mail, the Italian said: "Joshua Kimmich is an important player for us, he stays, 100 percent."
- Crystal Palace are making a £20m move for Saido Berahino after being put off by Liverpool's £30m asking price for Christian Benteke, according to the Sun. Stoke retain an interest in the West Brom forward, while the Baggies themselves have offered Berahino a new four-year deal in an effort to convince him to stay. The Eagles, though, have not completely given up on Benteke and could yet end up with the Belgium international and Berahino in their squad before the transfer window closes.
- Boca Juniors have accepted a bid from MLS side Seattle Sounders for midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro, according to Uruguayan outlet Embajadores del Gol. The 27-year-old is expected to travel to the U.S. early next week to finalise the move.