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Wayne Rooney to return to Everton, Lacazette the beginning for Arsenal?

Steve Nicol says that neither Wayne Rooney nor Everton would benefit if Rooney returns to Goodison Park.

The football world is awash with gossip! Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Rooney set to seal Everton swan song

The Sun says Wayne Rooney is on the brink of making a sensational return to Everton, with the Manchester United captain expected to move to Goodison Park on a free transfer.

The former England captain is tipped to earn £250,000 per week and join Ronald Koeman's Merseyside revolution.

It will end a 13-year stay at Old Trafford for the 31-year-old, and the paper says Koeman could pair him with Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.

If Romelu Lukaku departs Everton, the Toffees will reportedly make a £20 million move for the France international, who has seemingly been replaced by Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette.

LIVE BLOG

22.52 BST: That's going to do it for Wednesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in just a few short hours when we return with the best gossip pulled from Thursday's back pages.

22.44 BST: After Alessio Cerci had his Atletico Madrid contract rescinded, the 29-year-old forward's agent met with Torino executives to discuss a return to the Granata, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

22.22 BST: Manchester United are set to beat Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City to the signing of 16-year-old Bolton prodigy Max Broughton, according to the Sun.

21.41 BST: Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign former Arsenal defender Stefan O'Connor, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

21.25 BST: French outlet L'Equipe reports that Rennes have made contact with Chelsea to enquire about the availability of 30-year-old striker Loic Remy, who's entering the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge.

21.09 BST: More news on the Diego Costa front, as the Telegraph reports that Atletico Madrid are set to make their opening bid for the striker. And if it meets Chelsea's £40m asking price, the Spain international could be back in the Spanish capital by the weekend.

20.54 BST: DONE DEAL Hearts have confirmed that former captain and U.S. international Perry Kitchen has joined Danish side Randers FC on a permanent deal.

20.32 BST: After missing out on fellow Chelsea starlet Tammy Abraham, Brighton have enquired about taking Izzy Brown to the South Coast on a one-year loan, writes the Mail, after the 20-year-old impressed in Huddersfield Town's promotion campaign.

20.10 BST: AC Milan have come to an agreement with Atalanta for wing-back Andrea Conti, according to Sky Sport Italia, with CalcioMercato adding that the deal for the 23-year-old is worth €24m, and the player is set to undergo a medical on Friday.

19.53 BST: Some big news coming out of Portugal, where O Jogo is reporting that Chelsea striker Diego Costa is closing in on a return to Atletico Madrid, and that the deal could be made official "in the next few hours". The Brazilian-born Spain international would likely go out on loan until January, when Atletico's transfer ban is lifted and the club can register new players.

19.37 BST: Chelsea are on the verge of completing the signing of Germany international Antonio Rudiger, according to the London Evening Standard. The outlet reports that the Premier League champions have agreed a £30.7m fee with Roma, with the player undergoing a medical in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, and the 24-year-old centre-back will sign a contract worth £77,000 a week.

19.21 BST: Bournemouth and freshly promoted Brighton are set to do battle for Toulouse's £12m-rated forward Martin Braithwaite, writes the Mirror.

19.05 BST: After finalising a deal for Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal will now step up their pursuit of 21-year-old Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar, reports the London Evening Standard. The Gunners are said to have already had one bid of nearly £30m rejected, with the Ligue 1 champions holding out for nearly twice that amount.

18.48 BST: DONE DEAL Newly promoted Huddersfield Town have signed defender Scott Malone from Fulham on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

18.32 BST: The Sun is citing Portuguese outlet Record as reporting that Everton are set to continue their spending spree by lodging a £39m bid for Benfica striker and Mexico international Raul Jimenez.

18.16 BST: Our Ross Dyer and Shaka Hislop assess the latest gossip surrounding Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart, Olivier Giroud and more in Wednesday's edition of the Rumour Rater.

Ross Dyer and Shaka Hislop assess the latest rumours around Rooney, Hart, Giroud and more in Rumour Rater.

17.57 BST: Juventus have denied they've received any formal offer from Chelsea for left-back Alex Sandro, according to Tuttosport. The Italian outlet comes in response to a report from the Sun that the Premier League champions have already placed a £70m bid for the Brazilian international and offered him €105,000 a week.

17.41 BST: DONE DEAL Everton defender Brendan Galloway has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan. Full story.

17.25 BST: Arsene Wenger has welcomed Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal... here's what he said: "We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher. 

"As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season." 

17.17 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland's signing of defender Brendan Galloway from Everton on a season-long loan has been buried by the Lacazette news. But not here.

The 21-year-old becomes new manager Simon Grayson's first signing for the club.

17.10 BST: A little more info on Arsenal new boy Alexandrea Lacazette can be found here from Gabriele Marcotti.

And here is something from Julien Laurens on why his move to Arsenal has been a decade in the making.

17.04 BST: DONE DEAL The news Arsenal fans have been waiting for. Alexandre Lacazette has been announced. Full story.

A statement from Arsenal confirmed the deal and said Lacazette has signed a long-term deal and could make his home debut in the Emirates Cup on July 29 or July 30.

16.53 BST: Staying in south-west London, Andreas Christensen, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, is being lined up for a move to Inter Milan, according to Corriere dello Sport.

16.40 BST: Another potential departee from Chelsea is Nathaniel Chalobah who, the Mirror reports, is in talks with Watford.

Chalobah, a 22-year-old midfielder, has only one year left on his contract and is said to want to move to pursue regular playing time after being praised by England manager Gareth Southgate.

16.24 BST: A bonus point if you can name all five...

16.11 BST: The Birmingham Mail reckons Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi is set to join Sevilla.

Amavi could be one of a number of players offloaded by the club, according to chief executive Keith Wyness.

"There's a fair bit of activity," he said. "It's started really hard this week and offers are starting to come in now with teams all back together again. We have had offers on about four players now and we anticipate more."

16.02 BST: Ajax striker Kasper Dolberg,a reported transfer target for Manchester United, Roma and even Barcelona, has told Ajax TV that he is content to stay at the club next season.

"That's fine if I am not for sale," he said. "I'm happy here, so there's no reason to leave."

15.45 BST: Another DONE DEAL to report. Real Madrid have completed the signing of Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid on a six-year deal.

The European champions will present the 19-year-old defender on July 10.

15.40 BST: DONE DEAL No sooner are we linking Stoke with Josh Tymon then he signs a five-year deal.

15.27 BST: Hull's highly rated defender Josh Tymon has left the club with immediate effect after turning down a new contract offer.

Hull have sold central defenders Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire since they were relegated after one season back in the top flight and the club is braced for further departures. Full story.

15.21 BST: ESPN FC rate the latest transfer rumours doing the rounds, including Antonio Rudiger to Chelsea, Ivan Perisic to Manchester United and Thomas Lemar to Arsenal. Full story.

15.04 BST: Real Madrid and Barcelona target Dani Ceballos has reacted to speculation over his future, with the young Real Betis midfielder saying it will be two weeks before he decides his future.

Media in Madrid and Barcelona have been making competing claims that he was set for either club, Ceballos and his representatives met with new Betis coach Quique Setien, club president Angel Haro and vice president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer to discuss his future on Tuesday afternoon. Story here.

14.47 BST: Jack Butland has told talkSPORT he would consider leaving Stoke in order to play in the Champions League, with Manchester United one of the teams he is attracted by.

"My ambitions are to be the Stoke No. 1 and England No. 1, but there are other things I want to achieve in my career as well," he said. "I want to play in the Champions League and I want to win trophies. There's no reason why we can't win trophies at Stoke, we'll try and win some cups and do as well as we can, but I obviously have ambitions. 

"If it's the right move at the right time, you never know. You always have to think about these things. A club like Manchester United, or whoever it may be ... United are, for me, the biggest club in the world and you have to take those things in consideration."

14.35 BST: DONE DEAL Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed has joined Norwich on a season-long loan.

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told the club's official website: "Harrison is a young and talented player with lots of potential. He is technically very good with the ball and fits my idea of football. We will look to develop and improve him, so I'm looking forward to us working together."

Reed is Norwich's fifth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Marley Watkins, Angus Gunn, Mario Vrancic and Christoph Zimmermann.

14.28 BST: Stoke striker Jon Walters could be on the move soon. Will he be a replacement for Andre Gray, who has been linked with West Ham and several other Premier League sides?

14.20 BST: Not sure what Arsenal are getting in new striker Alexandre Lacazette? Former Lyon and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has said he can be Arsenal's next Ian Wright.

"He scores more than 25 goals every season. One thing he will bring to Arsenal is goals," Houllier said. "He is a bit like Ian Wright, really. You don't seem to see him and then suddenly he moves.

"I'm not surprised Arsene fancied him. He will fit in their game. He will suit their passing game, the way they build up, their approach. He is very good near the box." Story here.

14.12 BST: Harry Redknapp has said he would like to sign former Tottenham, Liverpool and LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane for Birmingham.

"I haven't spoken to Robbie really other than that game," Redknapp said. "Robbie is a player you would love to have around your football club. He is just a fantastic professional footballer."

Keane, who will turn 37 this week, is currently a free agent.

14.01 BST: Reading manager Jaap Stam has said that Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow is a target for the club with Ali Al-Habsi keen to depart.

13.54 BST: AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has said it will just be a matter of days before Gianluigi Donnarumma commits to a new contract for the Serie A club.

"I had always said that the doors to Milan would be reopened if Gigio ever reconsidered," Fassone said. "There has been some reconsideration and I have the feeling that we are very close to an agreement with the player and his family, although I do not want to get involved in any more compromises." Story here.

13.40 BST: Tianjin Quanjian midfielder Axel Witsel has said Carlo Ancelotti was keen to sign him for Bayern Munich this summer.

"Two weeks ago, Carlo Ancelotti called Fabio Cannavaro to ask him if he could contact me. He wanted me at Bayern," Witsel said. Story here.

13.24 BST: DONE DEAL  Fabio Coentrao has left Real Madrid to join Sporting Lisbon on a year-long loan deal.

Real confirmed the deal for the 29-year-old Portugal international who has struggled for playing time under Zinedine Zidane.

13.18 BST: And another DONE DEAL -- former Everton and Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar has signed with South African League champions Bidvest Wits... Story here.

13.07 BST: DONE DEAL Besiktas have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid defender Pepe on a free transfer... Story here.

13.01 BST: It's been a quiet summer so far for Tottenham in the transfer market, but The Sun is reporting that they are after either Alfie Mawson from Swansea or Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson as a replacement for Kevin Wimmer, who they are hoping to sell.

12.48 BST: Former France international Djibril Cisse has spoken about his decision to come out of retirement to sign for Swiss third-division side Yverdon Sport... "It's very simple: I wanted to find a club, play again," he said. "Yverdon Sport has a very nice short-to-mid-term project and the club put all its faith in me." Story here.

12.35 BST: DONE DEAL Another day, another outgoing loan deal at Chelsea...

12.16 BST: DONE DEAL Swansea have completed the signing of 17-year-old Dutch midfielder Kees de Boer from Ajax... He will link up with Swansea's under-18 squad ahead of the new campaign.

12.04 BST: Huddersfield captain Tommy Smith is set to be rewarded with a new contract, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

12.01 BST: Vicente Iborra has spoken of his excitement ahead of completing his move from Sevilla to Leicester... "It's a project that really attracts me. It's a club that wants to grow, like Sevilla, and that has shown a lot of interest in me," he said. Story here.

11.44 BST: Manchester City want to offload all their senior players who spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium rather than loan them out again, sources have told ESPN FC, meaning Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Eliaquim Mangala and Wilfried Bony should all be set to depart the club. Story here.

11.28 BST: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez could be on his way to Bayern Munich this summer and a potential new teammate Thiago Alcantara has had this to say about him... "I not only know him from our time together [at Barcelona] but also as an opponent," he told Bild. "He's a player with a lot of quality."

11.23 BST:  DONE DEAL Granada have signed Uruguayan defender Hernan Menosse from Colombian side Once Caldas...

11.18 BST: Hull boss Leonid Slutsky has admitted he needs to sign "six or seven" new players if he wants to guide the club straight back to the Premier League. "We are speaking about some players on loan," Slutsky said. "It's not easy, it's a very difficult process, but believe me, now we are very close to some players.''

11.04 BST: The Evening Standard's James Olley says Arsenal should be announcing the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon later today... Watch this space.

10.51 BST: Borja Baston has a message to Swansea supporters following his exit from the club on loan to Malaga...

10.33 BST: Big news breaking out of Barcelona... Lionel Messi has just agreed a new contract with the club to keep him at the Camp Nou until 2021... Barca say the deal will be signed in the coming weeks when Messi returns for preseason training. Story here.

10.29 BST: Arsenal forward Lucas Perez will return and play for his home club Deportivo La Coruna at some point in the future, according to the La Liga outfit's president Tino Fernandez. "If we can do it this year, we will; if not, it will be next year," he said. Story here.

10.20 BST: Jose Mourinho is reportedly frustrated by Manchester United's lack of transfer activity this summer -- so the ESPN FC TV crew are on hand to investigate...

Gab Marcotti breaks down reports that Jose Mourinho has vocally bashed Man United's lack of transfer activity this summer.

10.06 BST: Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has defended the club's transfer policy, telling Sport Bild the Bundesliga champions do not need a massive signing to compete with Europe's best clubs. Story here.

10.02 BST: Manchester United's pursuit of Alvaro Morata has taken another twist, according to Goal, with Real Madrid apparently holding out for €90 million from the Premier League club for the striker.

09.51 BST: Sources have told ESPN FC that Middlesbrough are closing in on the signing of Derby defender Cyrus Christie after missing out on Reading's Chris Gunter.

09.37 BST: DONE DEAL Over in Serie A, Atalanta have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Josip Ilicic from Fiorentina, with reports saying the transfer fee is €5.5 million...

09.28 BST: Antoine Griezmann looks to have left the door open for a move to Manchester United next summer, with the Atletico Madrid man telling Four Four Two: "To be honest, I don't know [what will happen beyond next season]. I'm going to be playing for Atletico next season and after that we'll see." Story here.

09.19 BST: There's also been a DONE DEAL in Germany, where Freiburg have completed the signing of Philipp Lienhart from Real Madrid on a one-year loan deal with a view to a permanent move... Story here.

09.09 BST: It's been a busy few days in the transfer market for Premier League new boys Huddersfield, who have just completed another DONE DEAL -- Steve Mounie has joined in a club record transfer from Montpellier, signing a four-year contract with the side... Story here.

08.59 BST: Where will Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe end up this summer? Paris Saint-Germain hope it will be with them, according to Telecinco, which claims the Ligue 1 side have put an annual salary of €12 million on the table to tempt the teenager into a move.

08.46 BST: DONE DEAL Western Sydney Wanderers have signed Oriol Riera from Deportivo La Coruna on a two-season A-League marquee contract... Story here.

08.36 BST: Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has been coy on the future of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, telling Bild simply that the club are expecting the striker back for the start of training on Friday.

08.27 BST: Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi has told Radio Crc that the Premier League club are set to sign Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and won't be adding Napoli's Duvan Zapata to their ranks. "We are going to sign Giroud for £20 millon," he said. "A bargain compared to the €25m being asked for Zapata." Story here.

08.15 BST: Leicester are keen on luring Watford striker Troy Deeney to the King Power Stadium, the Daily Mirror reports. The Foxes have apparently tabled a £20 million bid for Deeney after seeing their opening offer rejected.

08.04 BST: Morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk -- it's off to Huddersfield we go first where Denmark international Mathias Jorgensen is in discussions to sign from Copenhagen, sources close to the Premier League newcomers have told ESPN FC.

The FC panel assess the rumours of Alexandre Lacazette's imminent move to Arsenal and what he adds to the squad overall.

Arsenal look to add Lemar to Lacazette

Sources have told ESPN FC that Lacazette underwent a medical at the Emirates on Tuesday ahead of his club-record £52 million move, and the Mirror believes the Gunners now want to add Monaco star Thomas Lemar to their squad as well.

Wenger might be disappointed, though, as Les Monegasques want £80 million for the France international.

That eye-watering amount, the paper says, could push Arsenal toward Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez instead.

Juventus move closer to Bernardeschi

Juventus took a step closer to signing Azzurrini super talent Federico Bernardeschi, with Sky Sport reporting that the Old Lady have agreed to terms with the Fiorentina winger.

The Italy Under-21 international will happily sign a five-year, €4 million (£3.5 million) contract plus bonuses per season.

The Viola want €40 million (£35 million) plus another €10 million (£8.8 million) in add-ons, with the Serie A champions close to reaching that mark by matching the fixed sum and adding €2-3 million (£1.75-2.6 million) in additional bonuses.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a career-best 11 league goals last term and starred for Italy at the European Under-21 Championships this summer, helping Luigi Di Biagio's side reach the semifinal stage.

As reports swirl over Diego Costa's future, speculations persist on whether this could cause Chelsea to miss out on other players.

Atletico eye cut-price Costa deal

Atletico Madrid are looking into re-signing Diego Costa on the cheap, with the Mirror revealing that such a deal would fall more than £50 million short of Chelsea's valuation.

The La Liga giants are prepared to go to £22 million plus add-ons, but the Blues are unlikely to accept such a deal after Tianjin Quanjian offered £76 million for the Spain forward.

Costa's public declaration that he is unwanted and his stubbornness in forcing a move back to the Spanish capital is seemingly causing friction between the player and club.

The 28-year-old will return to training next week with a move not close to materialising.

Tap-ins

-- Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen is on Inter Milan's wanted list, reported Corriere dello Sport.

The Danish centre-back returns to Stamford Bridge after two successful seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach. But after the Blues sold Nathan Ake to Bournemouth, the Nerazzurri would have to make a huge bid to even make Chelsea consider selling the 21-year-old.

-- Manchester United have been knocked back once again by Inter Milan in their pursuit of Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, with Gianluca Di Marzio reporting that Inter have rejected a bid of a £39.5 million offer (€45 million) plus bonuses.

The Red Devils will have to stump up £48.3 million (€55 million) to force the Serie A giants to sell the 28-year-old.

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