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Arsene Wenger ups Arsenal's offer for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes dissect Arsenal's Premier League schedule and how they'll get on without UCL football.

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: Arsenal boost offer for Lemar

Arsene Wenger means business this summer. Having broken Arsenal's transfer record to land Alexandre Lacazette, he has now returned to AS Monaco with a second offer for Thomas Lemar, L'Equipe reports.

The Ligue 1 champions rejected Arsenal's €40 million bid for the 21-year-old winger, and with three years remaining on his current contract they are under no obligation to cash in, but the Gunners have tabled a €45m offer to try to force the issue.

Can Arsenal's €45m offer change Monaco's mind on Thomas Lemar?

Meanwhile, Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has talks planned with Riyad Mahrez to finalise the reported Arsenal target's future. According to the Leicester Mercury, it will take a substantial offer for the former Premier League champions to part ways with a player who has three years left on his contract.

LIVE BLOG

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

22.50 BST: Sevilla are poised to sign Argentina midfielder Guido Pizarro from Tigres as his countryman Eduardo Berizzo continues rebuilding the Nervionenses squad. Full story.

22.28 BST: Arsenal are weighing up a move for Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, sources in Italy have told ESPN FC.

22.06 BST: Barcelona standout and Brazil international Neymar is eager for compatriot Paulinho to join him at the Camp Nou.

"Paulinho is a friend of mine in football," Neymar is quoted by AS as saying. "I want him to sign for Barca because with a player like him, who's also a mate of mine, we'll get so much."

21.45 BST: It appears as though Manchester United are set to beat Chelsea to another one of their primary transfer targets. The Sun reports that Monaco are growing tired of the Blues' tedious courtship of midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and would like to get the 22-year-old moved on as quickly as possible, with United keen to snatch him up as Chelsea consider blocking Nemanja Matic's move to Old Trafford after Romelu Lukaku opted to join Jose Mourinho's men instead of a return to West London.

21.23 BST: There's news emerging out of France on the future of free agent Dani Alves. Get French Football has tweeted that L'Equipe is reporting that Paris Saint-Germain has beaten Manchester City, long presumed to be the 34-year-old Brazilian's destination, to an agreement with the former Juventus and Barcelona right-back.

21.02 BST: Sevilla have announced they've reached an agreement for the transfer of 26-year-old forward Luis Muriel, who will sign a five-year contract pending a medical.

20.40 BST: West Brom are interested in Everton midfielder Gareth Barry, sources close to the Midlands club inform ESPN FC.

20.18 BST: Burnley have enquired about Sunderland's Ivorian centre-back Lamine Kone, according to the Daily Mail, who has little interest in following the Black Cats down to the Championship this season.

19.56 BST: CalcioMercato reports that AC Milan are chasing Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia, and in order to reach the Roman club's €20m valuation, could offer €12m plus striker Gianluca Lapadula.

19.20 BST: Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez wants to finalise his departure from the club in the next 48 hours, writes AS, so as to avoid joining up with the squad for preseason training. Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have identified as the three clubs interested in the €70m-rated Colombian international.

18.58 BST: Tottenham have opened talks with Real Madrid over a potential £22m deal for midfielder Mateo Kovacic, reports the Daily Star, who could be lined up a replacement for Manchester United target Eric Dier.

18.36 BST: Porto playmaker Juan Quintero has been linked with a move to MLS in recent weeks, and ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman reports that if he's to join the league, Chicago Fire are favourites.

18.16 BST: Manchester United target Radja Nainggolan won't be going anywhere, according to Roma sporting director Monchi.

"Nainggolan will definitely remain at Roma," he says. "The time of sales of important players is over. Now we build a team with options that the market provides."

17.59 BST: Wayne Rooney has undergone a medical ahead of his proposed return to Everton from Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.

17.43 BST: According to CalcioMercato, the deal that Juventus have agreed to take Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa to Turin is a loan-to-buy package, allowing the Italian champions to eventually meet Bayern's €50m asking price for the Brazilian, who will earn €6m a season in Serie A.

17.27 BST: Besiktas fans were begging Diego Costa to sign -- but now they have switched their focus to Selena Gomez. Confused? Well, here's the explanation.

17.15 BST: The Mail reports that, with a multitude of incomings at Everton, midfielder James McCarthy could be among the outgoings.

It says Leicester City have asked about the availability of McCarthy, 26, with the Republic of Ireland international likely to command a fee of around £25m.

16.48 BST: Loan moves are in the offing for Ipswich and Rotherham:

16.25 BST: DONE DEAL Lille have signed Kevin Malcuit, who can operate in either defence or midfield, from Saint-Etienne on a five-year deal.

16.25 BST: DONE DEAL Nigeria international defender William Troost-Ekong has joined Turkish Super Lig club Bursaspor from Belgian side KAA Gent:

16.20 BST: Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Estudiantes about a potential move for Juan Foyth, the defender has told Radio Continental.

Foyth, 19, said his agent and Estudiantes president Juan Sebastian Veron had travelled to London to hold negotiations over a possible transfer.

16.10 BST: Millwall midfielder Fred Onyedinma, a target for Premier League Watford, is set to sign a new contract with the Lions, reports in the London media suggest.

15.40 BST: More from Villa now: The Birmingham Mail reports that manager Steve Bruce will re-sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on loan for next season.

15.30 BST: Sevilla will sign defender Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa, Sky Sports reports. It says the two clubs have reached an agreement and Amavi will sign a five-year contract.

15.20 BST: Brentford manager Dean Smith has said playmaker Jota will not leave Griffin Park unless a "massive" offer is made. The Evening Standard reports that Jota's agent has said a bid from a Premier League club is expected, with both West Ham and Newcastle having been linked with the Spaniard.

15.00 BST: Sivasspor have completed the signing of Nigeria international Elderson Echiejile, who joins the Super Lig side on a one-year loan deal from Monaco.

The left-back spent last season on loan at Standard Liege and Sporting Gijon, but struggled to make an impact at either club and has again been deemed surplus to requirements at Monaco.

14.40 BST: And here's a little something from Jonathan Costa on why Lukaku's Premier League make such impressive reading.

14.30 BST: One of the consequences of the impending Romelu Lukaku move is yet more shopping by Everton, according to the Liverpool Echo.

With Lukaku poised to swap Goodison Park for Old Trafford, Everton are now likely to "step up their interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, increasingly linked with them in recent weeks.

13.50 BST: DONE DEAL Over to Germany, where Wolfsburg have announced the arrival of young attacker Kaylen Hinds from Arsenal. He has signed for the Bundesliga side until 2020:

13.40 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa could soon be off to Juventus after the two clubs agreed a deal.

13.20 BST: Crystal Palace keeper Steve Mandanda wants to leave Selhurst Park and his old club Marseille want to bring him back, according to reports in France -- but Palace want a fee of around €8m before any deal can be discussed.

13.15 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have again said they will not listen to any bids for midfielder Eric Dier amid continues speculation linking him with Manchester United, the Independent reports.

The report says United manager Jose Mourinho "has identified defensive midfield as a significant area of need this summer as he looks to give world record signing Paul Pogba more freedom next season," with Dier on his shortlist of targets.

13.00 BST: As a deal to bring striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United from Everton draws nearer, ESPN FC's United correspondent Rob Dawson examines how the story of the transfer unfolded.

12.52 BST: Over to Spain now, where Marca reports that Real Madrid "appear to have secured the signing of Real Betis starlet Dani Ceballos for a fee in the region of €18 million."

It says the final details of the move have been agreed and the transfer will be announced on Monday, with Ceballos signing a six-year deal.

12.40 BST: And sticking with Wolves, ESPN FC's John Brewin looks at why Ruben Neves has joined them.

12.36 BST: A little more on Wolves' move for ex-Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy -- the Express and Star reports that the 30-year-old had been in talks with Sunderland "but has favoured a move to Molineux."

12.26 BST: Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Lewis McGugan is on a two-week trial at Championship rivals Cardiff City.

12.15 BST: DONE DEAL Reading forward Yakou Meite has joined French side Sochaux on a season-long loan deal:

12.00 BST: Sky Sports reports that "the agents involved in the deal to take Antonio Rudiger from Roma to Chelsea have arrived in London" and the deal could be finalised within the next two days.

11.45 BST: DONE DEAL Everton academy graduate Tyias Browning has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal, linking up again with manager Simon Grayson, for whom he played on loan at Preston last season.

11.00 BST: Burnley's capture of Stoke City forward Jonathan Walters is unlikely to end their interest in Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga, the Nottingham Post reports.

10.40 BST: Southampton are ready to enter the race to sign Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan, according to reports, with newly-promoted Brighton and Newcastle also interested.

10.25 BST: Romelu Lukaku might not be the only high-profile attacker arriving at Manchester United, the Manchester Evening News reports.

It says the imminent arrival of Lukaku from Everton "could persuade United to reignite their interest in Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann next year.

10.00 BST: Leonardo Ulloa, one of the unsung heroes of Leicester City's title triumph, could soon be on his way to La Liga, with reports in Spain saying the striker is interesting Levante, Getafe and Real Betis.

09.30 BST: Those rumours linking Paris Saint-Germain with a move for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho won't go away -- reports in France say they will launch a bid for him if their attempts to sign Monaco's Kylian Mbappe end in failure. Liverpool, though, are adamant that Coutinho will be going nowhere this summer.

09.15 BST: DONE DEAL And, just like that, the arrival of Boly at Molineux is confirmed:

09.10 BST: DONE DEAL Anything Manchester United can do, Wolves can do too -- they have announced the signing of Ruben Neves from Porto for what is reported to be a £15m club record fee, with the midfielder expected to be joined by teammate Willy Boly, a defender who will join on loan.

09.00 BST: Nothing like starting the day with a bang, is there? So, to recap: Manchester United are close to completing the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Everton, with sources telling ESPN FC that Chelsea's late matching bid will not derail the Belgium international's move to Old Trafford.

Lukaku, 24, is on the brink of sealing his transfer to United - and his arrival could even be announced before Saturday lunchtime in the UK.

Decision time for Ceballos

Dani Ceballos, a confirmed target for Real Madrid and Barcelona, now has just 24 hours to decide on a move or risk Los Blancos pulling the plug on a deal that includes a five-to-six-year contract and a place in Zinedine Zidane's squad, reports AS.

The Spanish outlet writes that Madrid are so keen to get the upper hand over Barca that they want an answer imminently and for the Real Betis midfielder to be their player by the time preseason begins Monday.

Madrid had originally planned to send Ceballos out on loan in order to continue his development, but having seen him win Most Valuable Player at last month's European under-21 championship, they now want the move done as a matter of priority.

Alves to Man City nearly official

The Mirror reckons there is just a medical exam to go and Dani Alves will finally become a Manchester City player.

Having been released from his contract at Juventus early, the former Barcelona right-back's reunion with Pep Guardiola has been one of the worst-kept secrets in football.

Dani Alves is just a medical exam away from reuniting with Pep Guardiola.

But, nice guys that they are, City agreed to let Alves finish his summer holiday before calling him in to finalise the move. With his vacation over, a medical will take place early next week before a two-year deal is announced in good time for him to go on City's preseason tour.

Tap-ins

- If West Ham want to land Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, they will have to pay him well. The Mirror claims the 29-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player, who is also wanted by Tottenham and LA Galaxy, has asked for £140,000 a week. Available for £13m and a proven goalscorer in the Premier League, the Hammers are trying to cut a deal.

- New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is aiming to make a big impression in South London by signing Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. De Boer knows the Netherlands international well from their time together at Ajax, and Sport reports that although Cillessen has a €60m release clause and a contract until 2021, Barca might sell for considerably less.

- Newcastle, Brighton and Crystal Palace want to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea on loan, but it is Southampton who are confident of landing the midfielder, the Mirror reports. The 21-year-old, who saw his path to the Chelsea starting XI blocked off last season, is set to be sent out in order to get regular playing time.

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