Jose Mourinho advises Mario Balotelli on Championship move
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TOP STORY: Mou advises Balotelli on future
In one of the crazier rumours of this transfer window, Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is being tipped to drop out of the Premier League and join Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on the advice of Jose Mourinho.
Balotelli, who signed two summers ago for a reported £16 million, has no future at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp and is yet to find a club willing to hand him an escape route -- but that could be about to change.
The Daily Express reckons Balotelli has spoken to Mourinho, who has advised him that looking below the Premier League could be a good option to get his career back on track.
And Wolves, managed by Inter Milan legend Walter Zenga, are lining up an audacious move for the Italian after recently being taken over by Chinese investors.
Liverpool already got some good news on Thursday when Crystal Palace reportedly had a £32m bid for Christian Benteke accepted.
19.28 BST: And with that, we bring Friday's live edition of Transfer Talk to an end. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back later on this evening when we return with all the latest gossip from Saturday's papers.
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19.24 BST: Manchester City are set to continue their summer spending under Pep Guardiola, with the Mirror reporting that the club are hopeful of tying up a £10m deal for 19-year-old Dinamo Zagreb attacking midfielder Ante Coric this weekend.
19.12 BST: DONE DEAL Watford have confirmed the signing of Sunderland centre-back Younes Kaboul on a three-year deal.
19.02 BST: After missing out on Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic, AC Milan are now turning their attentions toward Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
18.50 BST: Chelsea coach Antonio Conte says he is waiting for Juan Cuadrado's situation "to become more clear" as talks for a loan to Juventus intensify.
"For Cuadrado we are waiting, waiting on the situation," Conte said. "It must become more clear about his position. Now he's Chelsea's player. Today he had training with us."
18.38 BST: Chelsea have opened negotiations with the agent of James Rodriguez over a €70m move to Stamford Bridge, reports Spanish outlet Sport. Sport reports that Real Madrid must sell to make any big-ticket purchases, and with manager Zinedine Zidane preferring Marco Asensio and Isco in his midfield, James appears the odd man out -- even if he is a favourite of club president Florentino Perez.
18.16 BST: Everton have emerged as the frontrunners for Joe Hart's signature, according to the Mirror, as the England No. 1 would prefer to remain in the Premier League. The report suggests that the Merseysiders are "likely" to sign the goalkeeper on loan and will pay the entirety of Hart's £120,000-a-week wages.
17.51 BST: Fulham are hopeful of keeping hold of left-back Ryan Sessegnon, who has reportedly courted interest from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.
"He is a very interesting project as a player, but it is better not to put him under any pressure," Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic told the BBC. "He is a young player and he will participate in the future and help us. He has many years of being a player ahead of him."
17.21 BST: DONE DEAL And another bit of Sheffield United-related news -- defender John Brayford has joined Burton on a season-long loan, having once played in the club's youth ranks.
17.16 BST: DONE DEAL Sheffield United midfielder Martyn Woolford has joined Fleetwood Town on a one-year deal:
17.07 BST: DONE DEAL Coventry City have confirmed the signing of U.S. international striker Jack McBean from LA Galaxy on a five-month loan.
16.52 BST: Burnley could be poised to spend big again, manager Sean Dyche has said, only a week after they broke their transfer record by spending £8m on Steven Defour.
Dyche, lamenting the "crazy" market, told a news conference: "If the right player comes along who we've been targeting, we might have to [break the record again]."
16.10 BST: DONE DEAL A seaside signing, with Armand Gnanduillet off to bracing Blackpool:
15.36 BST: DONE DEAL Another loan signing from the Championship for Cheltenham Town, this time from Bristol City:
15.09 BST: La Liga president Javier Tebas says he hopes Real Madrid do not sell James Rodriguez this summer as it is important that Spanish football does not lose its highest profile stars, but he played down the significance of Paul Pogba joining Manchester United.
14.30 BST: Sunderland boss David Moyes has told his news conference that Lamine Kone -- linked with Everton -- has rejected the club's contract offer.
14.08 BST: Pep Guardiola is happy to allow Joe Hart to leave Manchester City this summer.
Guardiola says Joe Hart can leave if he wants. But insists he will help to improve if he wants to stay.- Jonathan Smith (@jonnysmiffy) August 19, 2016
14.04 BST: DONE DEAL Burton defender Phil Edwards makes a loan move to League One newcomers Oxford United:
13.53 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland manager David Moyes will be reunited with his former Everton player Steven Pienaar, who was released by Everton at the end of last season and had been training with Moyes' new club:
13.02 BST: DONE DEAL Birmingham midfielder Koby Arthur is off on loan to Cheltenham Town:
13.02 BST: A bit more on Joleon Lescott now -- the BBC reports that he failed a medical at Rangers.
It adds that the Scottish club may now offer Philippe Senderos, who has been training with them since leaving Swiss club Grasshoppers, a deal instead.
12.45 BST: DONE DEAL There's a new old face in town for Sheffield Wednesday -- defender Vincent Sasso:
12.30 BST: Rennes coach Christian Gourcuff has said "nothing is done" as far as a loan move Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard is concerned.
12.15 BST: Barcelona coach Luis Enrique told reporters "I don't speak about assumptions" when asked at a news conference whether he was "annoyed" that goalkeeper Claudio Bravo could be heading to Manchester City. Asked whether tomorrow's game against Real Betis could be Bravo's last, he said: "I don't know -- you tell me."
11.59 BST: Leicester City defender Liam Moore is set to join Reading from Leicester, sources have told ESPN FC.
11.52 BST: Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott has rejected the chance to join Scottish club Rangers, Sky Sports repots, citing family reasons for his decision.
11.46 BST: Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has said Chelsea striker Diego Costa was the club's main transfer target this summer.
Costa was heavily linked with a return to the Vicente Calderon, which he left to move to London for €38 million two years ago, but the Blues declined to sell.
11.38 BST: Benoit Costil looks set to stay at Rennes this season despite interest from abroad, according to L'Equipe. The 29-year-old France international is being tracked by Fiorentina and Sporting Lisbon.
11.26 BST: The Liverpool Echo reports that Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan's proposed loan move to Championship side Wigan has collapsed, with the paper saying Wigan had "second thoughts about committing to Liverpool's demand that Brannagan plays in 75 percent of their matches this season."
10.59 BST: Swansea City could make a move for Udinese defender Thomas Heurtaux, according to the South Wales Evening Post, with manager Francecso Guidolin on the lookout for another defender after the departure of Ashley Williams.
10.44 BST: Hull interim manager Mike Phelan is still hoping to bring in players after last weekend's 2-1 win over champions Leicester, but has said the going is tough.
Speaking at a news conference, he told reporters: "I said last week that this could be a big week for us -- but not much has happened. It doesn't mean to say we haven't done anything in terms of phone calls and searching for players, but it's always difficult when you are as late as we are."
��| It's now Mike Phelan's turn to face questions from the media ahead of Saturday's game at The Liberty Stadium pic.twitter.com/luifVjxo7I- Hull City (@HullCity) August 19, 2016
10.31 BST: DONE DEAL Kilmarnock have made an addition:
We are delighted to announce that Luke Hendrie will be joining us on loan from Burnley until January. pic.twitter.com/wBZZOnIqaw- Kilmarnock FC (@OfficialKillie) August 19, 2016
10.21 BST: Is a double deal in the offing for Watford? Sky Sports says it's so, reporting that both Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul are having medicals with the Vicarage Road club. The Hornets could pay a club record £12.9m to bring Pereyra from Juventus, with Kaboul likely to cost £3.5m from Sunderland.
10.17 BST: West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been having his say in a news conference this morning, and here's what he said about the prospect of Jonny Evans joining Arsenal: "If Arsenal come in for Jonny, we will do it between the clubs. I'm not going to sit here and talk about doing a deal with anyone. We want him to stay with us."
09.53 BST: DONE DEAL Alaves have signed Cristian Espinoza on loan from Villarreal:
09.42: Here's Stoke boss Mark Hughes, telling a news conference that the club are no further forward in their pursuit of West Brom striker Saido Berahino -- "we are where we are," he says -- and adding that "there are a couple of areas of the team that we feel we need to bring players in to help the rest of the guys."
09.34 BST: DONE DEAL Sheffield United have signed goalkeeper Simon Moore from Cardiff for an undisclosed fee. He has signed a three-year deal with the Bramall Lane club:
09.32 BST: Iceland international striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has vowed to stay at Nantes and perform better at club level this season. "I like the ideas of the new coach," he said. "I will be happy to stay here. I'm concentrating on Nantes and nothing else. The competition is everywhere. You have to fight for your place. It's not a problem.
09.24 BST: A couple of transfer thoughts from Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, one on an incoming deal and the other on a player he couldn't to keep at Selhurst Park:
AP on Benteke: "He'll have his medical today but personal terms have to be done. We've agreed everything with Liverpool."- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 19, 2016
AP on Bolasie: "I asked him if there was anything I could do to keep him at the club but he said no."- Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) August 19, 2016
09.02 BST: Marseille captain Lassana Diarra is expected to decide by the start of next week whether he will accept an offer to join Galatasaray or not, according to L'Equipe. The Turkish side could include defender Aurelien Chedjou in a deal in order to beat Inter Milan or Valencia to Diarra's signature.
08.32 BST: AS has a photo of Uruguayan agent Paco Casal watching Atletico Madrid training yesterday and suggests he was around to talk about potential sale of Jose Maria Gimenez, who has been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
08.13 BST: Benjamin Stambouli appears unlikely to leave PSG for Real Betis at present.
L'Equipe report, after phone conversation with Gustavo Poyet yesterday, Real Betis struggling to meet Benjamin Stambouli's wage demands #PSG- Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) August 19, 2016
07.35 BST: Sunderland are willing to make Ivorian defender Lamine Kone their highest earning player in order to ward off interest from Everton, according to Foot Mercato.
Chelsea to pay up for Rodriguez
Chelsea are willing to meet Wolfsburg's £22m valuation of left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, the Daily Mirror reports, and hope to conclude a deal for the Switzerland international before the transfer window closes.
Rodriguez, who has previously been targeted by Arsenal, Real Madrid and Roma, is under contract in Germany until 2019 but wants to move on.
Signing a new left full-back has not been Chelsea's priority, but a deal for Rodriguez would allow Antonio Conte greater flexibility in defence, with Cesar Azpilicueta able to go to right-back and Branislav Ivanovic then free to play at centre-half.
Joe Hart to make his choice
Joe Hart is considering a loan move to La Liga with Sevilla amid interest from Borussia Dortmund and Everton, but such a move could see Manchester City heavily subsidising the goalkeeper's reported £140,000-per-week wages.
The Daily Mail claims Hart has little option but to leave City after the club agreed to a deal to sign Claudio Bravo from Barcelona. He has been left out of Pep Guardiola's starting XI for the opening two games of the season and looks unlikely to fight his way back into contention under the former Bayern Munich manager.
A move to Everton is another option for the England No. 1, with boss Ronald Koeman admitting he is in the market for a goalkeeper -- but having driven a hard bargain over the sale of John Stones to City, it could prove costly for the Toffees to bring Hart to Goodison Park.
- Crystal Palace have waited all summer to sign a striker and then, like London buses, two come along at once. Following a breakthrough in their pursuit of Benteke, L'Equipe reports that a move for Chelsea's Loic Remy could be close too. Out of favour under Antonio Conte, Remy could be reunited with Alan Pardew, for whom he played at Newcastle.
- More bad news for Arsenal fans: The club have failed in the transfer market, again. This time, it's a £16m move for West Bromwich Albion defender Jonny Evans that has been knocked back, according to the Birmingham Mail, with an offer upwards of £20m needed to prise the former Manchester United man from The Hawthorns.
- Another option for the Gunners is 21-year-old Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez. However, Marca claims Arsenal would have to meet the Uruguay international's full buyout clause, which stands at €65m. There is no doubt Gimenez has the potential to develop into a top-class player, but his inexperience at top level makes him a risky signing.
- Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus are among the clubs interested in signing France international Blaise Matuidi, following news he will hand in a transfer request at Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days. TalkSport reckons the 29-year-old midfielder will be put on the market for £35m.