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Manchester City chase Gabriel Jesus, Ivan Rakitic to quit Barcelona?

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Top story: Man City chase Gabriel Jesus, Rakitic to quit Barca?

Manchester City are in talks to sign Brazilian sensation Gabriel Jesus, a source in South America has told ESPN FC's Peter O'Rourke. City are hoping to beat a host of top clubs including Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to bring the Palmeiras forward to the Premier League.

Jesus is regarded as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from Brazil in recent years and has been likened to Brazil star Neymar for his style of play. The 19-year-old was named Best Newcomer in the Brazilian championship this year and he has scored 26 goals in 67 games for Palmeiras. City are prepared to steal a march on their rivals for Jesus by offering Palmeiras a fee in the region of €32 million as well as allowing the player to stay on loan until the conclusion of the Brazilian championship in December.

Meanwhile, is Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic set to leave the Camp Nou? Following Andre Gomes' arrival, the Croatian midfielder's agent tweeted "It's time to go." One to watch...


23.05 BST: And with that, we bring this live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thank you for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the best gossip pulled from Saturday morning's papers.

22.49 BST: DONE DEAL Lazio have confirmed the signing of Belgian international Jordan Lukaku from KV Oostend.

22.36 BST: With Pepe Reina reportedly back in Spain undergoing treatment for a muscular injury, Napoli are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, one man who's caught the club's attentions is Sunderland No. 1 Vito Mannone, who signed a new two-year contract earlier this month.

22.18 BST: West Brom have rejected a pair of bids for Saido Berahino, reports the BBC. As we reported earlier, Crystal Palace had submitted a £20m bid for the England striker with £3m worth of add-ons, while Stoke submitted a £17m with an add-on package similar to Palace's.

21.57 BST: DONE DEAL Mexico and Malaga goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa has joined fellow La Liga side Granada on a season-long loan.

21.39 BST: The Telegraph reports that Manchester City have agreed a £59.5m fee with Everton for the signing of England centre-back John Stones.

21.21 BST: AC Milan's Carlos Bacca has informed West Ham that he will not be joining the East London club, according to Gazzetta World, and instead will wait to join a side that can offer the Colombian Champions League football in 2016-17.

20.53 BST: Crystal Palace have made an offer of £20m plus add-ons for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, sources have told Press Association Sport.

20.31 BST: West Ham are waiting to hear whether Carlos Bacca will join them after agreeing a fee with AC Milan. Full story.

20.00 BST: Chelsea have added Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante to their squad already this summer, but new manager Antonio Conte has told the club's hierarchy that he will require another five signings if the West London side are to compete for the Premier League title, reports the Mirror.

19.39 BST: DONE DEAL MLS expansion side Atlanta United has signed San Lorenzo winger Hector Villalba to a designated player contract.

19.11 BST: DONE DEAL Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle United on a long-term deal for an undisclosed transfer fee.

19.02 BST: DONE DEAL MLS side Columbus Crew SC has completed the signing of U.S. youth international goalkeeper Zack Steffen from German club Freiburg.

18.46 BST: Watford are weighing up a loan move for Arsenal's Calum Chambers, reports the Watford Observer.

18.16 BST: AC Milan are pursuing a loan deal for Chelsea's Juan Cuadrado, reports Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport. The Colombian is reportedly the Rossoneri's preferred midfield target, having already worked with new manager Vincenzo Montella at Fiorentina, and the club could make Cuadrado a permanent addition to the side with a €30m obligation to purchase following the 2016-17 season.

17.57 BST: DONE DEAL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Real Madrid academy graduate Borja Mayoral on a season-long loan with an option to extend the Spaniard's temporary stay in the Bundesliga for a second season.

17.40 BST: While speculation that Diego Costa will return to Atletico Madrid refuses to go away, Chelsea have turned their attention to another South American-born striker. The West London side have bid €50m for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, according to Le 10 Sport, with the French champions reportedly holding out for €80m.

17.15 BST: Chelsea have sent 19-year-old midfielder Victorien Angban to La Liga side Granada on a season-long loan. Angban spent last campaign with Sint-Truiden in Belgium.

16.52 BST: Marseille are edging closer to a deal to sign Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea, with FootMercato claiming an announcement is imminent. 

Gomis moved to the Premier League from Lyon two seasons ago but has failed to reach double figures in either of those, although with four goals in the opening four league fixtures of last season the 30-year-old did show a glimpse of his full potential.

16.27 BST: He's been linked with a move to Liverpool, among others, but young Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell is set to commit his future to the Foxes by signing a new contract, sources have told ESPN FC.

That will be welcome news for Leicester fans who have already seen N'Golo Kante leave and are probably fretting about the potential for Riyad Mahrez to follow suit.

16.05 BST: Not in the know about new Arsenal signing Rob Holding? Here's five things to help you fill in the gaps from Mattias Karen, including how the 20-year-old holidayed in a £5-a-night hotel this summer.

15.47 BST: Who is Jose talking about here?

15.32 BST: After failing to attract the interest of West Ham, Stoke, Crystal Palace or Middlesbrough because of his wage demands Robin van Persie is now being linked with a move to Barcelona as a back-up to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

Sport reports the 32-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester United striker is eager to move on from Fenerbahce just 12 months after joining the Turkish club but finding a buyer is proving trickier than expected.

15.12 BST: Deportivo have signed Carles Gil on a season-long loan from Aston Villa as Roberto Di Matteo continues to overhaul his playing squad following relegation from the Premier League.

15.00 BST: Real Madrid are the latest club linked with a move for Moussa Sissoko, and could even be willing to offer Newcastle a player in part-exchange. The France international is also a target for Juventus and Everton but has emerged as a target for Zinedine Zidane, the Newcastle Chronicle claims, after Real missed out on Andre Gomes to Barcelona.

14.38 BST: There has been a lot of speculation about where James Rodriguez will end up this summer, but the 25-year-old Colombia international has attempted to put a stop to the rumours by telling Marca he is staying with Real Madrid.

"I'm going to fight to earn a place in Madrid," he said. "That's my dream. I'm going to stay with Real Madrid, I'm going to triumph here. I know the club have had an offer of €85 million for me, but I'm not leaving."

14.15 BST: Mario Balotelli has been left out of Liverpool's squad for the preseason tour of the U.S. with a move away from Anfield expected.

But the Italian striker's agent Mino Raiola has every confidence in Balotelli and believes he can turn his career around.

"In life it's never too late," Raiola told Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport. "If you think Mario makes me despair, you're wrong because his life has improved a lot and now he just needs the right opportunity. "Where will he go? I'm saying nothing. Let's see what happens. I won't close the door on any solution. That goes for Mario and all my players. I listen to what is offered to me and then I decide along with them."

14.06 BST: According to Sky Sports, Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa would like a move away from the Premier League champions because of concerns about his place in the pecking order following the arrival of Ahmed Musa for a club record fee.

It is reported a number of Spanish clubs are interested in the former Brighton and Almeria player, who joined Leicester for £8m in 2014 while Swansea have also been linked.

13.50 BST: Galatasaray will rival Newcastle's interest in Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, according to the Turkish club's president Levent Nazifoglu. He is quoted by GSTV as saying: "One of the players we are interested in is Leiva, but there are other alternatives."

13.29 BST: Lazio are set to complete the signing of Jordan Lukaku after the Belgium defender underwent a medical in Rome.

13.13 BST: Mino Raiola has said that he does not care about setting a transfer record by brokering a deal for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to join Manchester United.

12.48 BST:

12.35 BST: Arsenal want in on the action now. The Gunners have signed Rob Holding from Bolton. Holding is described by Arsenal's official website as "a versatile player, comfortable at both centre back and full back."

12.08 BST: More breaking news. Borussia Dortmund have completed the signing of Andre Schurrle from Wolfsburg as their impressive overhaul continues apace.

BVB may have lost Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan this summer, but they have added eight new faces including Mario Gotze, Ousmane Dembele, Marc Bartra, Emre Mor, Raphael Guerreiro and Sebastian Rode. Nice work!

12.01 BST: Liverpool have announced the signing of Alex Manninger on a short-term deal 

The veteran Austrian goalkeeper said of the move: "When Liverpool was on the phone, it was a great pleasure for me to take it on because it gives me what I was looking for. This is the moment I was waiting for until the end.

"I've still got something left, for sure, but obviously it's probably not the time for me to push for the next three or four years to get a place in the goal. Because time says it's not possible to play 50 games a year. But if I'm called up, I'm definitely there for games, I will play."

11.58 BST: Wondering what's going on with Juan Mata at Manchester United? Jose Mourinho insists he likes the Spain international and claims there is room for him in his squad next season.

He said:"I think since the first day everything is clear between us. There is space for him. He's a talented player and I don't promise places to anyone. I promise respect and I like him, so if he wants to stay and I think he wants [that]. Until this moment I don't have one little sign that he wants to leave, so I think he wants to stay and, yes, there is space for him and, yes, I think he can be useful to the club."

There have already been plenty of reports of interest in Mata this summer, so only time will tell if Mourinho really does have the 28-year-old in his plans.

11.44 BST: Ahead of Juventus' participation in the International Champions Cup in Australia, Massimiliano Allegri has been discussing the future of Paul Pogba amid interest from Manchester United.

He told a news conference: "At the moment Pogba is a Juventus' player but, as I say, the market is open. Our club is monitoring the situation. The fact is so far Juventus signed the likes of Alves, Benatia, Pjanic and Pjaca, four important players to improve our team. Until the 31 Aug. many things may happen but for sure Juventus will be a great team, ready to be at the highest level to win in Italy and in Europe."

11.21 BST: For those of you too young to remember Manninger in his days at Arsenal...

11.10 BST: Veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger will join Liverpool on a one-year deal, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 39-year-old former Arsenal player is expected to be third choice for the Reds next season, behind Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, with Adam Bogdan, Ryan Fulton and Danny Ward on loan.

10.52 BST: Here's an interesting one with the potential to develop. Carlos Bacca has been omitted from AC Milan's International Champions Cup squad amid talk of interest from West Ham. The Rossoneri have played down the move claiming it has been done innocently, but Bacca expected to travel to the USA.

10.35 BST: It's an exciting time at Tottenham right now and in the interests of safeguarding the great work that is going on under Mauricio Pochettino, Eric Dier is set to be offered a new five-year contract, according to the Telegraph.

England international Dier, 22, has become an important figure for club and country but before any rivals get ideas about attempting to lure him away Spurs are keen to make him one of their best paid players with a deal that will tie him to the club until 2021.

10.10 BST: Here's one from last night, in case you missed it, there's a very big transfer in the offing. Valencia's Andre Gomes -- reportedly tracked by Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United -- will move to Barcelona next week.

The Catalan giants announced the deal on Twitter on Thursday evening, with reports in Spain indicating they will pay €35 million for the 22-year-old, and could see that fee grow to as much as €55m if performance-based milestones are reached.

09.55 BST: Miquel Sors, one of Ivan Rakitic's agents, has tweeted "It's time to go." Could be nothing, of course ... but Sport alleges this means the midfielder could be leaving Barca following Andre Gomes' arrival.

09.38 BST: Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum will undergo a medical on Friday ahead of his proposed move to Liverpool, a source has told ESPN FC.

09.24 BST: Steve Mandanda returned to Marseille on Thursday to say goodbye to staff and supporters at the club before he links up with Crystal Palace.

09.03 BST: In Italy, Gonzalo Higuain's silence over his future speaks volumes, according to Corriere dello Sport. The Argentina international continues to be linked with Juventus and Arsenal.

08.47 BST: Mario Gotze chose the difficult path by returning to his hometown club Borussia Dortmund, according to Thomas Tuchel. "I believe that Mario is looking for a bit more warmth from his club," Tuchel said after Gotze's switch from Bayern Munich this week.

08.39 BST: Sevilla have completed the signing of Brazilian playmaker Paulo Henrique Ganso from Sao Paulo. The 26-year-old Ganso moves to the reigning Europa League champions for a reported fee of €9.5 million after passing a medical on Thursday.

08.22 BST: Dimitri Payet thinks that his France team mate Paul Pogba will be a major asset to whichever team he plays for regardless of how much he costs to buy. Pogba, 23, has been tipped to make a €120 million switch from Juventus to his former club Manchester United.

08.04 BST: Bild reports Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is interested in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer. "I don't want to comment on it," the player's agent, Thorsten Weck, has said regarding the rumours.

07.48 BST: Our Germany correspondent, Stephan Uersfeld, reports that it is widely expected that Andre Schurrle's transfer from Wolfsburg to Borussia Dortmund will be announce today, possibly around midday.

07.30 BST: Good morning and a happy Friday to you. Let's begin today's live transfer blog in France where Fiorentina are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu, initially on loan, according to L'Equipe.


Juventus lining up Paul Pogba replacements

It seems the world-record transfer fee Juventus are expected to receive from Manchester United for Paul Pogba -- reported to be around £87 million (€104.5m) up front with £13m (€15.6m) in add-ons -- is already burning a hole in their pocket. The Daily Mail reports that they have drawn up a list of potential replacements for the France international ahead of his anticipated return to Old Trafford.

Juve's short list includes Nemanja Matic and Marcelo Brozovic, with Moussa Sissoko and Axel Witsel also being considered as potential options because of their availability. It is said Matic is open to the idea of a move should Chelsea consider him surplus to requirements. A move for 23-year-old Inter Milan man Brozovic, who impressed for Croatia at the European Championship, would give Juve a player already proven in Serie A.

Arsenal warn Man City over Bellerin pursuit

Arsenal have been in contact with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to warn him off the pursuit of Spain international defender Hector Bellerin, according to the Mirror.

Bellerin, 21, was named in the PFA Team of the Year after an outstanding campaign for the Gunners, but contract talks over a new five-year deal have reportedly since stalled. Arsenal feel City's interest is a factor in that, reports the English outlet.

It wouldn't be the first time a player has swapped the Emirates for the Etihad. Emmanuel Adebayor, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna all have switched allegiance in recent years.

Intriguingly, Bellerin began his career at Barcelona's La Masia academy before moving to North London, with Pep Guardiola in charge at Camp Nou when the right-back departed.

Three Premier League sides miss out on Varane

Manchester United were one of three Premier League clubs that failed to lure Raphael Varane away from Real Madrid this summer, Marca reports.

Will Raphael Varane remain in Real Madrid if he's stuck behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the pecking order?

The France international was the subject of bids of up to €40 million, with at least one of them coming from Jose Mourinho, the man who took him to the Spanish capital from Lens in 2011. Varane, a countryman of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, is highly thought of at the club, but whether he is able to permanently displace either Sergio Ramos or Pepe in the starting XI remains to be seen.


- Guardiola's presence at Manchester City looks to have proven decisive in the race to sign Palmeiras striker Gabriel Jesus ahead of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, the Daily Mail reports. The chance to work under Guardiola has proved too good to resist for the 19-year-old, although he will have to wait a while longer for the privilege. A deal for the £20m-rated teenager would involve him returning to Palmeiras on loan until the end of the Brazilian season to help them continue their challenge for the league title.

- Ronald Koeman is yet to complete the signing of an outfield player at Everton this summer, but the numbers linked with a move to Goodison Park have been astronomical. Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson is the latest name said to be on the Toffees' wanted list, with a £25m bid lined up, according to the Telegraph.

- Mario Gomez has become West Ham's latest striker target after a move to sign Carlos Bacca from AC Milan stalled, according to the Express. The Germany international has changed his mind about making his loan from Fiorentina to Besiktas a permanent one, a decision the English outlet claims opens the door for the Hammers to swoop after failed bids for Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette, as well as Bacca.


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