Manchester United's first official bid for Paul Pogba rejected by Juventus
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TOP STORY: Juventus reject initial Pogba bid
According to multiple reports in the UK and Italy, Manchester United have made an initial bid for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, but it has already been rejected by the Serie A club.
The Guardian suggested that United CEO Ed Woodward tabled an offer of £100 million in a meeting with Juve director Beppe Marotta. That offer, the paper said, included an £87 million fee and an additional £13 million in performance-related add-ons. Marotta and the Old Lady, however, rejected that offer and are holding out for a fee of £100 million plus £8 million in add-ons, the Guardian later reported. That would make Pogba the most expensive purchase in the history of the game.
Multiple reports in Italy, meanwhile, say Pogba has told Juve he wants to leave to return to Old Trafford.
23.00 BST: Right, that's that for another thrilling, exciting, wonderful day of Transfer Talk. Tune in later for Thursday's installment and rolling live blog of all the latest deals, steals, loans and rumours.
22.51 BST: It might be loan o'clock for Liverpool's Jon Flanagan this season as Jurgen Klopp looks to pare down and refine his squad for 2016-17. The young local lad isn't far removed from an 18-month injury absence and reports hint that the club would like to see him play a full season away from Anfield in order to further develop him for the future. Will the 23-year-old acquiesce?
Premier League newcomers Burnley are believed to be the prime destination.
22.40 BST: Are Chelsea about to go after a former player? Metro reckons that they're ready to offer £50m for Everton's Belgian forward, Romelu Lukaku.
22.28 BST: Is James Rodriguez on his way out of Real Madrid?
Goal.com reports that Zinedine Zidane is open to retaining the Colombia playmaker but that James must prove he is worthy of a spot in the starting XI.
22.11 BST: A rumour involving a team you may be interested in! The Mirror reports that Chelsea are keeping tabs on Victor Lindelof.
It's no secret that the Blues want defensive reinforcements heading into the new season and the 22-year-old Swedish centre-back, currently anchoring the back four at Benfica, is the man they're interested in. The shift in attention is reportedly due to a potential bidding war for Juve's Leonardo Bonucci -- Man City are willing to pay £50m for the 29-year-old Italian -- and Napoli's Victor Koulibaly, who's attracting interest from both Everton and Bayern Munich.
That said, they're still quoting a princely sum of £25m for Lindelof.
21.50 BST: More Aston Villa news as Roberto Martinez attempts to reboot the struggling club so that they make a strong push to get back in the Premier League. Reports of a formal bid for Bristol City's Ivorian striker Jonathan Kodija have been rebuffed by the club:
LJ: "There has been no bid for Jonathan Kodjia. And nor would we welcome one."— Bristol City FC (@bcfctweets) July 20, 2016
So there you go.
21.24 BST: Sky Sports reports that Tottenham are ending their interest in Georginio Wijnaldum, leaving Liverpool's path clear for the Newcastle midfielder.
Nothing appears to have changed regarding a mooted fee for the Dutchman -- Mike Ashley and Co want £27m for the 25-year-old -- but will the Reds now get a deal done?
20.58 BST: Back in the Premier League, Stoke look set to make a move for Joe Allen, with The Mirror reporting that Stoke have made a £14 million bid for the Liverpool midfielder who excelled for Wales at Euro 2016.
20.15 BST: A pair of Barcelona cast-offs could be close to finding new homes. The Sport say that youngster Alen Halilovic will be sold to Hamburg for €5m with the deal including a buy-back clause, while Alex Song has been spotted in Kazan, apparently, where he will join Rubin, according to El Mundo Deportivo. Song has just 12 months left on his current Barca contract.
19.43 BST: Both Arsenal and Leicester City are keen on Bruno Peres, says Football Italia, who cite Sky Sport Italia. The Brazilian right-back has been with Serie A side Torino since 2014 and is under contract through 2020.
19.19 BST: Aston Villa's Carles Gil appears to be heading back to his native Spain for the 2016-17 season. Marca report that the attacking midfielder will play on-loan at Deportivo, with the Galician club having an option to buy. Gil had just two goals in 23 appearances last season for Villa.
18.43 BST: Goal report that Schalke have made an enquiry about Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic. The Serbia international saw few minutes at Anfield in 2014-15 and in 2015-16 was sent on-loan to Fenerbahce of Turkey, appearing in 14 matches before missing the rest of the season due to a hamstring injury.
18.32 BST: DONE DEAL Rodrigo De Paul has a new home after penning a new five-year contract to join Udinese from Spanish club Valencia. The 22-year-old Argentine winger spent the previous six months on-loan in Argentina with Racing, but now will head to Serie A in what was a reported €3 million move.
18.10 BST: Both Marca and AS report that Real Madrid youngster Borja Mayoral, 19, will go on loan to Wolfsburg on Wednesday. He's heading back to Madrid from Montreal, Canada where he has been with the squad doing pre-season. This could now make it less likely that Alvaro Morata will go, as Real boss Zinedine Zidane would have just two proper No. 9s in squad.
17.40 BST: Belgium defender Nicolas Lombaerts has reached an agreement with Watford, according to La Derniere Heure. Zenit St Petersburg are seeking €6 million for the centre-back, who missed Euro 2016 due to injury.
17.14 BST: Germany international Mario Gomez says he is going to leave Besiktas due to the political situation in Turkey.
17.01 BST: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed that he rejected a bid of €60 million "plus two or three players" from Atletico Madrid for striker Gonzalo Higuain.
16.44 BST: Morocco international Sofiane Boufal insists that a recent knee operation will not prevent him leaving Lille for a bigger club this summer. "I don't think this injury will have any influence on my future," Boufal said. The 22-year-old has been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.
16.27 BST: It's clear that new manager Vincenzo Montella wants Carlos Bacca to stay at Milan, but Sumeet Paul thinks it might be best if he left.
16.09 BST: Oscar's future at Chelsea is the focus of debate but will he get a fresh start under new boss Antonio Conte? Phil Lythell considers the question.
15.57 BST: Sampdoria sporting director Carlo Osti has confirmed that Antonio Cassano is going to remain with the Genovese club this season. President Massimo Ferrero had suggested that he would leave, saying that "now the time has come to turn the page."
15.42 BST: West Ham United are considering a move for Ecuador striker Jaime Ayovi, who plays for Argentine club Godoy Cruz, sources in South America have told ESPN FC.
15.26 BST: In this week's edition of ESPN FC's Rumour Rater, David Amoyal looks at Mario Gotze's increased chances of a return to Borussia Dortmund, Paul Pogba's mooted move to Man United and Juventus' efforts to snare Gonzalo Higuain. All that and much, much more.
15.11 BST: Liverpool and Juventus are stepping up their interest in Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, sources close to the Championship club have told ESPN FC.
14.57 BST: DONE DEAL Wigan have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a season-long loan. Bogdan is surplus to requirements at Liverpool after the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Loris Karius and the emergence of Wales international Danny Ward14.42 BST: DONE DEAL Alvaro Negredo's season-long loan move from Valencia to Middlesbrough is now official!
14.37 BST: Jakub Blaszczykowski's future with Borussia Dortmund will be decided in August, his agent has said. Blaszczykowski, 30, has been on the books at Dortmund since July 2007 but his future under Thomas Tuchel remains unclear after he spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.
14.30 BST: DONE DEAL Chelsea winger Alex Kiwomya has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan until January.
14.14 BST: Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has said defender Matthias Ginter remains part of the club's plans despite links with Arsenal, Hamburg and Wolfsburg.
14.01 BST: Liverpool have signed a consummate professional in defender Ragnar Klavan, Estonia boss Magnus Pehrsson has told ESPN FC's Glenn Price in an exclusive interview.
13.46 BST: Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt says it is highly likely Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez will stay at the club this season. "Chicha does not look for a new club. The likelihood he stays is very high," he said.
13.29 BST: Middlesbrough are in talks to sign U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan from Aston Villa, sources have told ESPN FC. Guzan's future at Villa has been in doubt since the club's relegation and the Championship club are willing to let him move on as they look to trim their wage bill.
13.11 BST: Here's the full story behind Burnley and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton signing a new four-year contract with the Premier League club.
12.53 BST: Sevilla president Pepe Castro says his club would like to sign Luciano Vietto but fears the Atletico Madrid forward has his heart set on a move to Barcelona.
12.37 BST: Cadena SER reports that Real Madrid have no intention of selling Spain striker Alvaro Morata and turned down a €75 million bid from Chelsea in recent days.
12.13 BST: A nice stat about Liverpool's new boy.
181 - Ragnar Klavan made more clearances than any other Augsburg player in the Bundesliga last season (181). Prevention.- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 20, 2016
12.00 BST: DONE DEAL Liverpool have completed the signing of defender Ragnar Klavan from Augsburg. Story here.
11.52 BST: New Nottingham Forest boss Philippe Montanier has already signed Apostolos Vellios and Thomas Lam but is aiming a little higher for his next target.
"I look, and Messi and Neymar are not ready to come to Nottingham," he told BBC Radio Nottingham. "It is a joke. We of course have targets."
11.39 BST: Arjen Robben will be offered a new Bayern Munich contract if he enjoys a successful season, the club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said. Story here.
11.23 BST: England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 30, has signed a new four-year contract with Burnley.
11.15 BST: Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic's move to Middlesbrough appears to be in doubt following his medical, but his agent has played down the reports. In a statement released to ESPN FC, he said: "Neven Subotic is currently in talks with English clubs.
"Due to his known and already-healed thrombosis problem the medical examinations are more thorough than usual. The examinations have yet to come to a conclusion."
11.07 BST: Marseille are doing their best to convince Spurs attacker Clinton Njie to sign for the club on loan, L'Equipe says. The paper also reports that the French club are trying to persuade Aston Villa duo Jordan Veretout and Carlos Sanchez to join.
10.41 BST: Sky Sports News says Newcastle United have agreed a £5.5 million fee with Blackburn for defender Grant Hanley.
10.23 BST: AS features Andre Gomes on its cover on Wednesday morning but says Real Madrid will not pay €65 million for the Valencia midfielder.
Buenos días. André Gomes waiting on Madrid is the headline on our front page today with Valencia looking for €65m pic.twitter.com/MxsO1WzgTI- AS English (@English_AS) July 20, 2016
10.11 BST: The Northern Echo reports that Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic's transfer to Middlesbrough has broken down due to a failed medical. Aitor Karanka's side are expected to tie up a deal for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo though, according to various reports.
10.05 BST: DONE DEAL Rotherham have signed midfielder Jake Forster-Caskey on loan from Brighton.
09.56 BST: Marca reports that Madrid have definitively ended their interest in Paul Pogba. It says they lost interest for sporting reasons rather than the previously suggested financial issues.
09.40 BST: Marca says Real Madrid plan to sell Mateo Kovacic, who joined from Inter Milan last year, and Liverpool are among the Croatia midfielder's suitors.
09.30 BST: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Gonzalo Higuain will not join Juventus. Story here.
09.20 BST: France Football reports that Marseille are interested in Stephane Sessegnon. The Benin international is available for free after spending three years at West Bromwich Albion.
08.58 BST: Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti says Robert Lewandowski will not be allowed to join Real Madrid this summer. Story here.
08.50 BST: Lazio have agreed a fee of less than €5 million to sign Belgium left-back Jordan Lukaku from Oostende, according to La Derniere Heure. Wolverhampton Wanderers are also said to be interested in Everton striker Romelu's brother but have offered significantly less for the player.
08.25 BST: Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat says he won't make a bid for Mark Schwarzer as the former Australia goalkeeper looks for a new club at the age of 43, after parting ways with English champions Leicester City. Story here.
08.15 BST: Paul Pogba has told Juventus he wants to leave the club to join Manchester United, according to multiple reports in Italy. Read the latest on the situation here.
08.05 BST: Manchester City and Barcelona are ready to battle it out to sign Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, according to France Football, which says the Premier League champions could be willing to let the PFA Player of the Year leave for €40 million. Claudio Ranieri, though, has said he expects Mahrez to stay.
07.40 BST: DONE DEAL Augsburg sign former Hamburg midfielder Gojko Kacar, 29, on a free transfer.
07.01 BST: We start Wednesday's Transfer Talk with a DONE DEAL! Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen have signed A-League championship-winner Stefan Mauk from Adelaide United.
Mourinho set to ditch United quartet
While United continue to chase Pogba, Mourinho could be set to wield the axe by cutting four first-team stars.
It's bad news for Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Mail.
It is hard to read the tea leaves here, but Blind, Rojo and Mata are in the squad for United's preseason tour. Is Mourinho showcasing them for transfer purposes or seeing how they fit in the team? Whatever the answer, the Special One appears ready to be ruthless as the season draws ever nearer, and that means a fire sale is a distinct possibility in the coming weeks.
Toon want Lucas to sweeten Wijnaldum deal
Newcastle will ask for Lucas Leiva in return if Liverpool want to conclude a deal for Georginio Wijnaldum, the Express said.
The Reds have grown frustrated with the Magpies' extortionate £27 million valuation for the Dutch maestro, but a deal could be closer if they are prepared to throw the Brazilian destroyer into the mix.
Rafael Benitez is very familiar with what Lucas can bring after his time at Anfield, and the Toon would be in a stronger position to secure promotion to the Premier League with the 29-year-old on their side.
Roma close in on Diawara
Despite Juventus' looking as formidable as ever, Roma are doing a nice job of rebuilding under Luciano Spalletti, with the Giallorossi assembling a cast of hungry, talented, young players.
The Bologna powerhouse failed to show for preseason, and now Roma are ready to pounce with a loan deal worth £4.2 million. An obligation to buy is in place for next summer too, with Roma able to permanently capture the Guinean starlet for £8.4 million.
- A notable absence in the list of players who have returned to Barcelona to begin preseason training is Croatian Alen Halilovic. Marca reported that the club gave him permission to not return as he tries to finalise a move to Hamburg.
- Aston Villa are eager to part ways with goalkeeper Brad Guzan and have made the U.S. international available on a free transfer in order to expedite a move to Middlesbrough. That's from the Telegraph. If the deal pans out, Guzan is expected to compete with another incoming keeper, Victor Valdes.
- Arsenal fans are growing restless again, and the £2 million signing of Bolton's Rob Holding is unlikely to appease them.
The Mirror reported the Gunners will bring the England Under-21 defender to the Emirates as Arsene Wenger looks to the future.
- Youth was always up against it once Mourinho was announced as the new United boss, and James Wilson has been quickly ushered out the door, it seems.
Fulham will be the striker's next destination, according to the Sun, with the former Brighton loanee expected to tackle the Championship once again as he continues his development.