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Wayne Rooney seals Everton return; United could offer Zlatan new contract

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's Everton return confirmed

And so it's official: Wayne Rooney has left Manchester United to rejoin Everton for an undisclosed fee.

Rooney, 31, has signed a two-year deal at Goodison Park after leaving Old Trafford.

In 2004, he signed for United from Everton as an 18-year-old in a £25.6 million deal.

"Wayne has shown me that ambition that we need and that winning mentality -- he knows how to win titles and I'm really happy he's decided to come home," Everton manager Ronald Koeman said.

"I don't have any doubts about his qualities. It's fantastic that he's here."


23.02 BST: Well folks...that'll do it for Sunday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thank you very much for joining us, and be sure to check back shortly as we return with the latest whisperings and rumours from the always changing transfer landscape.

22.58 BST: Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone is set to return to Aston Villa again on loan this season, reports the Manchester Evening News. The 24-year-old goalkeeper appeared 21 times last season for Villa on loan, registering eight clean sheets.

22.50 BST: After losing out on Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Conte and Chelsea have gone back to the drawing board in hopes of bolstering their title defence. La Repubblica is reporting that Chelsea have now entered the race to sign Lazio winger Keita Balde Diao

Diao has been linked with Juventus but it seems no a strong contender for the Senegalese international's talents.

22.25 BST: Sunderland are prioritising adding Bournemouth striker Max Gradel, reports the Sun but while Sunderland want a loan deal, Bournemouth are seeking to sell the Ivorian permanently. Gradel has been hampered by injuries at Bournemouth but scored 17 goals in France for Saint-Etienne in 2015.

21.55 BST: Burnley, Aston Villa competing for the services of Republic of Ireland international Glenn Whelan, according to the Sun. Burnley are the favourites for the Stoke City man and Whelan would join Irish international teammates Robbie Brady, Jeff Hendrick, Jon Walters, Stephen Ward and Kevin Long at Turf Moor.

21.27 BST: West Ham are closing in on Senegal international Badou Ndiaye, reports the Mirror. The 26-year-old is currently with Osmanlispor and reportedly could cost the Londoners around £8.5m.

21.17 BST: New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer interested in Barcelona's Jasper Cillessen to replace Steve Mandanda in goal, according to the Mirror.

21.05 BST: Fiorentina midfielder Borja Valero is in Milan to finalize a move to Inter Milan, according to Calciomercato.

20.55 BST: Turkish giants Galatasaray met with Sofiane Feghouli's manager this week in Istanbul to talk about a potential transfer, according to Turkish outlet Sporx. The Algerian had a disappointing season in England but is looking for a bounce back one year removed from an impressive spell at Valencia.

20.40 BST: Standard Liege are set to sign Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from Granada pending a physical.

20.25 BST: Arsenal to go back and make a third bid for Thomas Lemar, after their last bid of £40 was rejected by Monaco, according to the Mirror.

20.10 BST: Newcastle will need to trigger Bas Dost's €60m release clause at Sporting Lisbon if they hope to acquire the Dutch hitman, according to Portuguese paper A Bola.

19:50 BST: Wolves are closing in on their seventh signing of the summer, with former Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy heavily linked, according to Express and Star.

19.30 BST: Newcastle and Middlesbrough could attempt a swap that would see former Barcelona starlet Adama Traore swap Middlebrough for Newcastle, according to the Chronicle. Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow, who Boro bid on earlier this year, could be an option to go the other way in such a swap.

19.15 BST: Ivan Perisic's long-linked move from Inter Milan to Manchester United could be sanctioned by tomorrow for a fee of €50m according to Tuttosport.

18.37 BST: Manchester City could pip European giants Barcelona and Juventus to the signing of highly-rated Real Sociedad centre-back Inigo Martinez according to Spanish newspaper Marca. The defender has been a fixture for Sociedad since 2011 and has made four appearances for Spain at the international level.

18:09 BST: Aston Villa have been made favourites by SkyBet to sign Premier League centurion Peter Crouch. The 36-year-old Stoke man scored seven times last season for Stoke and is expected to be on the move.

17.42 BST: Juventus remain keen on Liverpool's Emre Can according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, with the German midfielder yet to to renew his contract with Liverpool despite having only one year remaining on his current deal.

17.20 BST: A word from Antonio Rudiger to his new fans at Stamford Bridge:

17.00 BST: Midlands rivals Birmingham and Wolves are in competition for a loan move for Southampton striker Sam Gallagher, according to the Birmingham Mail.

16.35 BST: Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is wanted by Championship side Leeds, sources have told ESPN FC.

The defender spent last season on loan in the Championship with Wolves but made only seven appearances and spent the second half of the campaign playing for United's under-23s.

16.20 BST: Some words from the new man at Stamford Bridge, who tells the official Chelsea website: "It's a great feeling because not every player has the opportunity to join a huge club like this.

"I am looking forward to meeting up with my new team-mates and I'm very proud to officially become a Chelsea player."

16.10 BST: DONE DEAL Chelsea have signed defender Antonio Rudiger from Roma, with the Germany international moving for a reported £34 million.

Rudiger, who can play at centre-back or right-back, has signed a five-year contract and becomes Chelsea's second signing of what is expected to be a busy summer.

His arrival brings defensive reinforcement to Antonio Conte's squad after Nathan Ake was allowed joined Bournemouth and John Terry was released at the end of his contract.

15.30 BST: More from Wayne Rooney, who has said thanks to Manchester United after his departure from Old Trafford and return to Everton. He wrote on Instagram: "Thanks to the boards over the years, the managers and coaches I've played under, the staff I've worked with, the teammates I've played alongside, and finally the amazing fans that I've been lucky enough to have played for. Thanks for the memories!"

14.55 BST: DONE DEAL Dijon have completed the signing of Lorient defender Wesley Lautoa for a reported fee over just over £1m.

14.30 BST: Sporting Lisbon's reported willingness to sell William Carvalho could speak transfer interest from West Bromwich Albion, who had a bid for the midfielder turned down last season, the Birmingham Mail says.

14.15 BST: "Wayne Rooney's name is there in black and white now, imprinted in Manchester United's record books as the club's all-time leading goal scorer. And it is safe to assume he will stay there until Old Trafford's foundations begin to crumble." ESPN FC's Mark Ogden assesses Rooney's impact on United.

14.05 BST: And now for some non-Rooney news -- reports in Italy suggest that a busy spell could lie ahead for Juventus, with La Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that a loan move for Bayern Munich's Douglas Costa will be coming up soon, while Tuttosport says Federico Bernardeschi is on his way from Fiorentina.

13.50 BST: And a few words from the man himself for his old/new fans at Goodison Park:

13.40 BST: Manchester United offer thanks to Rooney for his 13 trophy-filled years of service:

13.30 BST: Wayne Rooney has said he is "ecstatic" after sealing his increasingly-expected return to Everton.

Rooney, 31, told the club's official website that he was aiming to win trophies after sealing his move from Old Trafford.

He said: "That would be the pinnacle. I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team. It's a great feeling to be back."

13.20 BST: Rooney rejoins the club where he made his name as a teenager on a two-year deal, moving for an undisclosed fee:

13.15 BST: DONE DEAL And it's the big one... Everton have announced the return of Wayne Rooney to Goodison Park:

13.00 BST: Stoke City are facing competition from newly-promoted Newcastle United as they attempt to sign Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

With City thought to be asking around £12m for Delph and Newcastle in the running, Stoke "could be forced to take him on a permanent deal rather than bide their time in the hope of persuading City to loan them the player," the Sentinel says.

12.50 BST: Tottenham Hotspur could be in the market for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, with the Evening Standard reporting that the Champions League winners are ready to sell the midfielder.

Kovacic was not a regular for Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane last season, playing the full 90 minutes on nine occasions, the report adds.

12.10 BST: DONE DEAL Teenage Southampton striker Olufela Olomola has joined League Two Yeovil Town on loan until January.

12.00 BST: Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp remains interested in a move for Derby defender Richard Keogh, according to the Birmingham Mail.

11.50 BST: A further line on those reports in France suggesting that PSG could yet scupper Manchester City's move for Dani Alves -- City sources have indicated to ESPN FC that they are not unduly worried by them.

11.45 BST: Fulham made their way to the Championship playoffs on the back of some fine attacking football last season, and multiple reports say they are poised to add Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan to the mix in a deal that could end up being worth around £9m.

11.30 BST: There has been plenty of recent speculation that Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin will be heading back to Barcelona -- but Marca reports that the Catalan club have compiled a list of alternatives in the event that a deal does not come off, with Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich and Monaco's Djibril Sidibe among them.

11.10 BST: Over to Germany now, where striker Sandro Wagner has signed a contract extension with Hoffenheim, keeping him at the club until 2020.

11.00 BST: Ex-Spurs midfielder Paulinho has agreed terms for a move to Barcelona despite Guangzhou Evergrande turning down a bid for him last week, the Mirror says.

​10.45 BST: Scottish champions Celtic and Championship side Leeds are both in the market for Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic, the Scotsman reports, with the Croatian likely to command a price somewhere around the £10m mark.

10.20 BST: Roma defender Antonio Rudiger is in London for a medical at Chelsea, Sky Sports reports, as a deal to take him to Stamford Bridge inches closer.

10.15 BST: Could PSG frustrate Pep Guardiola in his pursuit of Dani Alves ? The Mail, citing reports in France, suggests that PSG "have made a late bid to sign Alves, who was expected to have his medical at City early this week after agreeing terms following his departure from Juventus."

10.00 BST: Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants to bring Stoke striker Peter Crouch back to Aston Villa, for whom he first signed back in 2002, according to the Sun.

09.30 BST: Newcastle will move for former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas after the Spaniard's contract at the Etihad, expired, according to the Mirror. Boss Rafa Benitez is also interested in landing City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

09.10 BST: According to AS, Besiktas are keen to sign Diego Costa on loan for the first half of the season, with the Chelsea man thought likely to return to Atletico Madrid in the summer.

Atleti's transfer ban means they are unable to register new players until January -- and Besiktas could step in with the offer of a short-term loan deal.

08.39 BST: Good morning, transfer fans! We start today with news that Virgil Van Dijk has shocked Southampton by insisting he only wants to join Liverpool if he leaves.

The Mirror believes the Dutch defender's stance could jeopardise a huge payday for Saints as a result.

Ibra could stay at United

The imminent signing of Romelu Lukaku would seem to be the final nail in the coffin for Zlatan Ibrahimovic's already slim hopes of remaining at Manchester United.

But not so, according to the Mirror, which suggests the arrival of the Belgium international could buy Jose Mourinho some time to wait out Ibra's return from his cruciate ligament injury.

The former Sweden captain, it says, could be in line for another one-year deal.

Meanwhile, the £75 million the Red Devils spent on Lukaku won't keep them from pursuing more high-profile targets this summer, with James Rodriguez again touted as a possible target for Mourinho.

Arsenal standing firm on Alexis, Ox

Arsenal are willing to let Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain run their contracts down rather than selling them to Premier League rivals.

The Star reports that "the Gunners hierarchy are ready to put their foot down," with Manchester City keen on Sanchez and Liverpool making overtures for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Gunners are hoping that if they can make a strong push for the Premier League title without the distraction of Champions League football, both players may be convinced that their futures remain in North London.

But the Mirror reports that Arsenal are looking to drive Sanchez's price up to £80m.

It says City will table an opening bid of £50m for the 28-year-old, but Arsenal will wait until the last minute to decide on the future of a player who is "keen to link up again with Pep Guardiola."

Chelsea bid for Lazio star

Chelsea have tabled a €20m bid for Lazio contract rebel Keita Balde Diao, according to Italian newspaper Il Tempo.

The Biancocelesti reportedly want €25m for the forward, who can play wide and through the middle.

The 22-year-old appeared set on moving to Juventus after turning down a move to Milan, who agreed to pay €20m and bonuses, but Antonio Conte will hope to convince him to reconsider.

Everton set to add Sigurdsson

Everton are ready to spend what it takes to pry Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea City, according to the Mail.

A £32m bid from the Toffees, combined with Sigurdsson's wish for a new challenge after three seasons at the Liberty Stadium, is said to be enough to get a deal over the line this week.

Everton face competition from "a couple of other Premier League clubs," but the 27-year-old is said to favour a move to Goodison Park.


-- New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer wants to make former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen his first major signing at Selhurst Park, the Mirror reports, saying the 31-year-old is keen on a return to the Premier League and London.

-- Robbie Keane may be ready to return from the football wilderness, with Sky Sports reporting that the former Liverpool and LA Galaxy star could be heading for a reunion with Harry Redknapp -- his Tottenham manager in 2009 -- at Birmingham City.


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