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Man United favourites to land Gabigol; Chelsea put Cesc Fabregas up for sale

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Gift of the Gab for Mourinho?

It seems Jose Mourinho's remaking of Manchester United isn't over yet, with Santos star Gabriel Barbosa heading to Old Trafford, according to the Sun.

Last week, Santos president Modesto Roma said an Inter Milan bid for the 19-year-old Brazil forward had been accepted, with Leicester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid also interested.

But the Sun reports that United "are ready to blow the opposition out of the water" by tabling a £30 million bid in the next couple of days, leaving Mourinho "in pole position to land the superkid."

It adds that the manager wants to add another forward to his ranks and has "made it clear Barbosa is the perfect fit for his Reds revolution."

But with "Gabigol" representing Brazil at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Santos have said a decision on his future will not be made until after the Games.


23.03 BST: That's going to do it for Tuesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and please check back in a few short hours when we return with all the latest gossip pulled from Wednesday's papers.

22.48 BST: Manchester City midfielder Manu Garcia has joined newly promoted La Liga club Alaves on a season-long loan.

22.36 BST: AC Milan are acting quickly to secure Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi on a €7.5m deal, Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

22.04 BST: DONE DEAL Wigan have confirmed the signing of Everton and England U-21 left-back Luke Garbutt on loan until January.

21.43 BST: Watford are closing in on the signing of Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

21.21 BST: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has told want-away defender Jeffrey Schlupp that the club have no intention of selling the Ghanian international, according to the Guardian. Schlupp has been the subject of two bids from West Brom, the last of which reportedly reached £12m

20.58 BST: Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina is "desperate" to return to Barcelona, the club he left in 2002, reports Catalan outlet Sport. With the Blaugrana on the verge of offloading Claudio Bravo to Manchester City in a €20m deal, Naples' No. 1 is said to be ready to take a pay cut in order to force through a return to the club he spent 14 years at.

20.36 BST: As Barcelona continue to search for backup to their three-headed monster of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, current fourth-choice forward Munir El Haddadi is drawing interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Schalke, according to Marca. Should the Catalans sign a fourth forward, the Spanish international would fall further down the pecking order, and could be interested in a move away from the Camp Nou.

20.14 BST: Everton and Inter Milan have joined the likes of Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Crystal Palace as clubs who've registered an interested in Newcastle's want-away midfielder Moussa Sissoko, according to L'Equipe.

19.52 BST: Atletico Madrid are interested in offering Alessio Cerci plus cash for 21-year-old forward Keita Balde Diao, who Lazio rate at €30m, Gazzetto dello Sport cites AS as reporting.

19.30 BST: Watford have agreed a £13m deal with Juventus for 25-year-old midfielder Roberto Pereyra, TalkSport cites Sky Sports Italia as reporting. The Argentine reportedly will travel to England to complete a medical and finalise personal terms, which are not expected to be an issue.

19.08 BST: DONE DEAL AS Roma have completed the €13.5m signing of Bruno Peres from Torino, both clubs confirm.

18.45 BST: After Charlie Austin spent last weekend on Southampton's bench, the Mirror is reporting that new Everton manager Ronald Koeman, who brought the Englishman to St Mary's from QPR in January, is keen on a reunion on Merseyside. Austin, however, took to Twitter to clarify his situation.

18.23 BST: Leicester City talisman Riyad Mahrez has said that he could be tempted to leave the King Power Stadium by "two or three clubs in the world," the London Evening Standard reports France Football quoted the Algerian as saying.

"[The Premier League] is a super league and I would like to stay here as long as possible," Mahrez said. "Now, there are two or three clubs in the world, that if they come for me, it definitely makes you think, if you understand what I am trying to say."

18.01 BST: Chelsea are interested in a move for Germany left-back Jonas Hector, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

17.39 BST: West Bromwich Albion have offered Portuguese outfit Sporting £21m for striker Islam Slimani, reports the Daily Mail. The Lisbon club are reportedly holding out for £26m for the Algerian international, who scored 32 goals in all competitions last season, and has also attracted attention from Swansea and Everton.

17.18 BST: The Mirror reckons Shkodran Mustafi is training alone ahead of a move from Valencia to Arsenal.

The 24-year-old Germany international has apparently agreed personal terms over a move to the Premier League but Valencia say they are not in negotiations to sell.

17.00 BST: Barcelona are planning a shock move for West Brom's Salomon Rondon, according to the Mirror.

It is well known that Barca want back-up for Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and Valencia's Paco Alcacer is likely to join, but in case that move falls through the Spanish champions are also keeping tabs on Ayoze Perez, Luciano Vietto and Carlos Bacca as well as Rondon.

16.41 BST: Two new clubs have reportedly joined the chase for promising right-back Alec Georgen. Le Havre were thought to be close to getting him on loan but Nantes and an unnamed Dutch club are now in for him.

16.30 BST: Porto, AC Milan and Valencia are all interested in signing Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City, the London Evening Standard reports.

16.18 BST:  DONE DEAL alert! West Ham have signed Jonathan Calleri from Deportivo Maldonado on a season-long loan and the 22-year-old is available for Thursday's Europa League playoff against Astra Giurgiu.

He told the club's official website: "I am very happy to have signed for West Ham. "This represents a fantastic new challenge for me and I am really looking forward to it.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and so I am delighted to have this opportunity to play in such a prestigious league."

16.07 BST: An agent said to be working on Lucas Leiva's move from Liverpool to Galatasaray says Jurgen Klopp blocked the switch.

Metin Korkmaz is reported by the Liverpool Echo as saying: "Klopp was behind the transfer hitting the rocks, he wants Lucas to stay and the player had to listen. If it was up to Lucas he would have made the transfer."

15.49 BST: Aston Villa have told Joleon Lescott he can leave on a free with Rangers lining up a move for the former Everton, Manchester City and England defender.

The Scottish Sun claims he also has several options from Premier League clubs in England.

15.28 BST: Arsenal fans, who would you prefer to solve your club's central-defensive crisis?

14.38 BST: What does the future hold for Yaya Toure? After being left out of Pep Guardiola's first two games without a public explanation Iain Macintosh thinks his time at Manchester City is up and he needs to leave.

14.22 BST: Luis Enrique expects more incomings and outgoings at Barcelona before the transfer window closes but refused to confirm whether Valencia's Paco Alcacer and Diego Alves are targets.

Barca boss Luis Enrique told a news conference on Tuesday: "I think, but I could be wrong, that players will certainly still come in [during this window] and players could leave, too."

14.07 BST: Asked about Real Madrid's interest in Cesc Fabregas at the presentation of Marco Asensio, Emilio Butragueno said: "You know how we work, the day of presentation of a player, the protagonist is always the player. We do not comment on any other issue, out of respect to Marco and his family."

13.49 BST: Valencia's Paco Alcacer is determined to join Barcelona, according to Sport. The 22-year-old striker, who has scored 43 goals in 123 appearances, will provide back-up to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.

It is reported that a deal will be concluded before the start of the Spanish season on Saturday with Alcacer valued at €30m

13.20 BST: Chelsea and Arsenal are linked with James Rodriguez by Sport. The Colombian is out of favour at Real Madrid with Isco and Marco Asensio picked ahead of him for the Super Cup win against Sevilla and Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are yet to return.

A second report by Sport claims Real are happy for Rodriguez to leave but want €75m for him.A second report by Sport claims Real are happy for Rodriguez to leave but want €75m for him.

13.03 BST: Sheffield Wednesday have a DONE DEAL to announce. The Owls have signed Burnley midfielder David Jones for an undisclosed fee.

The 31-year-old arrives with an incredible pedigree in England's second tier. He has earned promotion to the Premier League four times.

12.50 BST: Javier Mascherano hopes goalkeeper Claudio Bravo stays at Barcelona amid growing rumours he is set to sign for Manchester City but says he will understand if the Chile international decides to leave.

"We don't know anything, we don't know if it's true or a lie," he said in a news conference at the Ciutat Esportiva. "If a player decides to leave it's because they believe it's the best decision.

"I hope he stays, Claudio has given us a lot, he's an important part [of the team], but if he goes I will understand because each person looks for the best for themselves, for their families... we are professionals."

12.31 BST: Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has agreed a new two-year contract, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Story here

12.17 BST: Yaya Toure, who has been left out of Manchester City's opening two games of the season, stands to earn £11m if he stays with the club for the final season of his contract, the Express reports.

Toure's representative Dimitri Seluk is reported by the paper as saying: "Yaya has not been included against Sunderland or Bucharest but that's OK. He is fit to play right now. This is a very good process for Yaya. It will allow him to prove in training and in matches that he is still a wonderful player. But there is no talk of a transfer. Yaya will stay and fight.

12.04 BST: Philippe Montanier has confirmed Nottingham Forest are in the market for a new goalkeeper following the sale of Dorus De Vries to Celtic.

"It was difficult for us to lose Dorus; difficult for us to let him go," Montanier said. "Now, the most important thing for us is to sign a good goalkeeper. I hope that we can make something happen quickly. I cannot say anything at the moment, because we have nothing secured.

"But when we signed Stephen Henderson, we spoke then about the need to have two experienced keepers at the club and that still applies now. I need to sign a good goalkeeper. We have two good young goalkeepers, in Dimi Evtimov and Jordan Smith. But we need a keeper with experience for this season as well."

11.55 BST: Cristian Tello will join Fiorentina on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer next summer, Barcelona have announced.

The Spaniard, who broke into the Barca team under Pep Guardiola in 2011, has found his opportunities to play regularly limited and spent two seasons on loan at Porto.

11.42 BST: Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte is keen to join Manchester United but he has also received an approach from Arsenal, sources have told ESPN FC.

Mourinho considers him reliable, technically good and able to read the game well, while he represents a cheaper option for Arsenal than Valencia's Shkodran Mustafi.

However, Saints boss Claude Puel said earlier this month that he was confident Fonte would stay at St Mary's and the local Daily Echo newspaper has said the club remain hopeful he could sign a new deal.

11.31 BST: Torino have reprimanded defender Nikola Maksimovic after he refused to train at the weekend amid speculation about a move to Chelsea.

"I don't know whether Maksimovic is making these mistakes by himself or whether he is just ill-advised, but I don't care either way," Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic said.

"He will pay the consequences for this behaviour because he has damaged our club. "He has a short memory -- I was the one who launched his international career and just a few weeks ago I spoke to him frankly, from one Serbian to another. I guaranteed him an improved contract and favourable conditions in view of a future move."

11.14 BST: Christian Pulisic is said to be considering his future at Borussia Dortmund after being left out of the squad to face Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup.

Sport1 claims the U.S. international midfielder could go on loan with a number of Premier League and Bundesliga sides interested.

10.55 BST: Linked with a move to Newcastle and Derby, Fernando Forestieri reportedly refused to play for Sheffield Wednesday in the game against Norwich.

The striker has now apologised for his actions in a statement on Wednesday's official website. He said: "I accept my actions were unprofessional and unacceptable and to that end, I apologised sincerely to my team mates, the head coach and all the coaching staff first thing on Monday morning. I also apologised to our fantastic supporters, who have been so kind to me since I arrived at Sheffield Wednesday.

"If I could turn back the clock I would but I cannot. Sometimes in life you have to make mistakes so you can learn from them. All I can do is ask for forgiveness from everyone who has been so supportive towards myself and my family during my very happy time at Hillsborough so far.

"My heart is with Sheffield Wednesday and I now wish to put these events behind me, concentrate completely on my football and help this wonderful club move towards the success we all desire."

10.42 BST: Sources told ESPN FC that Crystal Palace received £25m from Everton for Yannick Bolasie and the Eagles have wasted no time in moving for Christian Benteke. Liverpool are holding out for a bit more money, though. Full story here.

10.24 BST: Arsenal legend Ian Wright has given Arsene Wenger a piece of his mind about the Gunners' failure to strengthen in lin with their rivals this summer.

Wright said in the Sun: "We should be talking about new faces, new challenges, maybe even a title at the end of it all. But optimism around the Emirates already seems as hard to find as a marquee signing. I remember when they signed the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars and the real sense of excitement that brought to the place.

"And not just among fans. Star name arrivals get the players buzzing too because they make your job easier and you're more likely to finish with a medal or two. But at Arsenal that feeling is simply not there.

"And I do have every sympathy for the fans who are so desperate to see them challenging at the end of the season. Yes, I understand boss Arsene Wenger is a man of principles, who refuses to pay massive fees for players he thinks are overpriced. Yet with the cash in the Premier League now, you HAVE to splash crazy money to get your man, like it or not. But with Arsenal it always seems to be about missed opportunities." 

10.10 BST: Leeds have a DONE DEAL to announce. Liam Bridcutt has joined from Sunderland, signing a two-year deal.

Bridcutt told the club's official website: "It's been a long time coming but now I'm really glad to be here and I'm just looking forward to playing football again.

"Every time I run out for Leeds I'll give 110 percent and I'll aim to get better each week. I just can't wait to get back out onto the pitch."

10.04 BST: Antonio Conte insists he is happy with Cesc Fabregas' "attitude and behaviour" despite leaving the Spaniard out of his starting lineup for Chelsea's first Premier League game of the season, and is adamant that every player has a chance to change his mind over team selection.

"When a coach takes a decision there is always a reason but I prefer to keep it for me," Conte said. "But I don't see any problem and I'm very happy to have these players.

"Cesc is Chelsea's player and I'm happy with his attitude and behaviour during the training sessions. When you are a great team like Chelsea it can happen. I have to take decisions before the game to choose a starting XI."

The Spain international has been linked with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona by the Mirror.

09.50 BST: Is a move away from Manchester United on the cards for Matteo Darmian? Sky Sports are reporting that Roma and Napoli are interested in the Italian defender.

Antonio Valencia started both the Community Shield victory against Leicester and United's opening Premier League game against Bournemouth in Darmian's favoured right-back position.

09.29 BST: And here it is. DONE DEAL Burnley have confirmed the signing of Steven Defour from Anderlecht on a three-year deal for a club-record fee.

Defour told Burnley's official website: "I hope I can bring my experience to the team and the club to stay in the Premier League.

"I'm looking forward to every game. The atmosphere around the league is fantastic and everyone across the world has seen the Premier League, so I am very proud to be a part of that. It is a new challenge for me, but I like that." 

09.24 BST: It appears to only be a matter of time before Steven Defour's proposed move to Burnley is confirmed. As you can see in the Instagram post below, his significant other Ornella Montagna has published a picture at Turf Moor.

New start, new life... We are officially a claret ⚽️ #16

A photo posted by Ornella Montagna (@ornella_posts) on

09.16 BST: Diego Rolan has agreed terms on a three-year deal with Schalke, according to L'Equipe. Schalke's sporting director Christian Heidel has confirmed their interest in the Uruguayan but Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud says they have not had any discussions with the German club.

08.55 BST: Rennes manager Christian Gourcuff is hopeful that his club can complete the loan signing of Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard. "Considering his [career] path, he can have an immediate technical input," Gourcuff told L'Equipe. "Circumstances are allowing us to reach a player of this level who would normally be inaccessible."

08.39 BST: Steven Defour says he turned down a new contract offer from Anderlecht and a better financial deal from the Middle East in order to join Burnley. "I had to choose between sporting ambition and finance," He told La Derniere Heure. "I opted for the sporting aspect. Every player wants to play in the Premier League."

08.20 BST: L'Equipe reports that Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul is close to sealing a move to Watford.

08.06 BST: Manchester City are set to sign centre-back Pablo Mari from Gimnastic de Tarragona, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

07.49 BST: Reports in Spain claim Valencia are set to announce they have landed Mario Suarez on loan from Watford today.

07.35 BST: Good morning, one and all. Let's begin in France where L'Equipe is reporting that Dante has agreed terms with Nice and will join the French club if they can agree a deal with Wolfsburg.

Blues 'offer' Fabregas to other clubs

What do Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have in common?

They have all been offered the chance to sign Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas by Chelsea, according to the Mirror.

Fabregas, 29, is looking for a move from Stamford Bridge and has been linked with Juventus, but the Mirror claims he "was offered to Juve, rather than the Italian champions making any approach."

It adds that Barcelona are not interested in bringing their former player back to the Camp Nou, while Real Madrid are unlikely to want another midfielder.

Spurs tap into Drinkwater uncertainty?

Leicester's Premier League title defence didn't get off to the happiest start at Hull on Saturday -- and here's some news that will furrow a brow or two around the King Power Stadium.

The Sun reports that representatives of midfielder Danny Drinkwater, a key part of that title win, have turned down the Foxes' initial offer of an improved contract worth £80,000 a week.

And with Tottenham Hotspur reported to be at the front of the queue of clubs interested in signing the England man, Leicester are readying another offer that would take the weekly figure nearer £100,000.

That, the Sun says, would give Drinkwater "more parity with the other key players who helped win the title last season such as striker Jamie Vardy, who recently signed a new deal."

The 26-year-old joined Leicester from Manchester United in 2012.

Wenger hit by Shkodran snag

Look away now, Arsenal fans -- efforts to bring in Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and ease the problems caused by injuries to Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista have "hit a snag," the Mirror warns.

With the Gunners prepared to pay around £20 million for Mustafi, the snag in question is that the Spanish club want more than £25 million.

But there's some cause for optimism, with the report adding that talks between the clubs remain ongoing despite claims they had ground to a halt.

The bottom line, however, is that Valencia do not want to lose Mustafi or his fellow defender Aymen Abdennour, who is reported to be in Everton's sights.

Klopp ready to keep faith with Moreno

It's fair to say Liverpool's Alberto Moreno endured a few shaky moments in the 4-3 win at Arsenal on Sunday, but does that mean Jurgen Klopp is going to dive into the transfer market for a new left-back?

Not at all, says the Telegraph, which reports that the German is "ready to resist the clamour" to replace Moreno, whose "lapses in concentration have proven costly on multiple occasions."

Klopp decided against a move for highly-rated Leicester defender Ben Chilwell earlier in the summer, and the Telegraph says he is willing to stick with Moreno.

James Milner could be given the chance to play at left-back once he returns from injuries, and the Telegraph says he believes "the solution to Liverpool's left-back issue is already within his squad."


- Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, for whom things haven't gone according to plan in the Championship so far, could face more early-season frustration in his pursuit of Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert, the Mirror reports.

The Magpies are expected to make a second bid after a £6 million offer was rejected by the Seagulls, but the Mirror quotes Knockaert as saying: "I feel very happy here, so if I need to stay I will stay. I know how much I love the club."

- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has already said midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is not in his future plans -- and now Lazio are set to take advantage by snapping him up on loan.

The Sun says the Serie A club want to add Bentaleb, 21, to their ranks for the new campaign after he was omitted from Tottenham's squad for the preseason tour to Australia.


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