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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

After missing out on Lukaku, Chelsea target £62m Morata

With Diego Costa supposedly bound for Spain, the FC crew assess potential replacements Chelsea can pursue.

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: Chelsea to open Morata bidding

After losing out to Manchester United in the battle for Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea will make a £62 million move for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, according to the Sun.

It reports that Antonio Conte "is desperate to agree a deal for Morata," with hopes of bringing Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge having been dashed and Diego Costa set to return to Atletico Madrid even though they cannot register him until January.

But Chelsea boss Conte is in for a nervy wait, the Sun says, with the bid "likely to be turned down by Madrid, who know they are in a strong bargaining position."

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also wants to keep Morata despite the player's reported keenness to move to the Premier League.

Manchester United are keen on Alvaro Morata but have not agreed a deal with Real Madrid so far.
Long linked with a move to Manchester United, Alvaro Morata could now be reunited with Antonio Conte at Chelsea.

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23.00 BST: Right-o. That'll do us for the latest edition of Transfer Talk. Tune into ESPNFC.com soon for Tuesday's edition and all-day rolling liveblog of the rumours, whispers, reports, sources and done deals around football. Bye!

22.50 BST: To round out Transfer Talk for another day, feast upon three stories involving Manchester United.

First, they're determined to dislodge Eric Dier from Tottenham's steely grip and are prepared to double the England midfielder's wages in order to do so. They're also willing to match Spurs' £50m valuation for the 23-year-old.

Next, they're looking to push a move for Inter wide man Ivan Perisic through before the Italian club heads off to China on tour. Inter are refusing to lower their €55m valuation so watch this space.

Finally, a bit of outgoing player news as surplus playmaker/previous next-big-thing Adnan Januzaj is close to sealing an €11m move to Real Sociedad.

22.41 BST: Are Everton on the cusp of yet another transfer? The Liverpool Echo reports that Ronald Koeman & Co. are going to try and swoop for Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald despite heavy interest from Crystal Palace. Boom.

22.31 BST: Time for more news in Major League Soccer as ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle reports that Juan Fernando Quintero is in talks with the league over a move.

A league source confirmed that the Chicago Fire possess discovery rights for the 24-year-old Colombia international and FC Porto playmaker, who is keen on a move to the U.S. after loan spells at Rennes and Independiente Medellin in the past two seasons.

Read more here.

22.22 BST: We might be on the verge of a DONE DEAL in Stoke, as Sky sources report the club is close to agreeing a permanent move for Bruno Martins Indi.

The 25-year-old defender spent last season on loan at Stoke, impressing so much that the Premier League side wish to make it a permanent deal for a fee reported to be around £14m.

22.08 BST: Where will Jason Denayer be playing next season? The Telegraph reports a bit of a stand-off with him and current club, Manchester City, over his next move. Denayer wishes to join a team like Lyon on loan but alleges that City would rather him go to Girona.

21.59 BST: Not content to simply sign Jorge Mendes' players this summer, Wolverhampton Wanderers have pulled off a DONE DEAL for a goalkeeper!

That's former Cambridge United shot-stopper Will Norris completing a move to the Championship side. Norris, 23, made 93 appearances for Cambridge since 2012 and was described as the "best goalkeeper in League Two" last season by U's boss Shaun Derry.

21.44 BST: Are Southampton in the market for a new striker? Sky sources report that the Saints are interested in Atletico Madrid's Luciano Vietto, who scored 10 goals while on loan at Sevilla last season.

21.17 BST: Social media is a great way for teams to get their fans all fired up and excited. In that vein, how about Juventus teasing the arrival of Douglas Costa at an airport?

Yep, that's the Bayern Munich and Brazil forward rocking up in Turin and shaking a lot of hands before being ushered away. I wonder where he's going next? Can't slap the DONE DEAL sticker on this one just yet but it's surely not far off now. The two clubs had been discussing a loan deal ahead of a permanent move, after all.

Read more here.

21.02 BST: Hey, another DONE DEAL!

Off goes Ron-Robert Zieler, moving back to Germany and joining Stuttgart after a tough year at Leicester. Zieler, 28, made just nine appearances for the Foxes after signing up in the summer of 2016.

20.44 BST: Following up on an earlier story, a DONE DEAL in the Championship as Leeds United have completed a deal for Chievo Verona striker Caleb Ekuban

20.29 BST: Time for a DONE DEAL in the Premier League as Jack Cork joins Burnley on a four-year deal.

Find the full story here.

20.08 BST: Shifting back to Europe, here's a DONE DEAL involving Barcelona.

The Spanish giants have confirmed a one-year loan (with option to buy) for highly rated Brazilian playmaker Vitinho. The 19-year-old is expected to spend the season with Barca's B squad but will join the first team on their preseason tour of the United States. Full story here.

19.51 BST: Sure, let's have another MLS rumour to round out the seven o'clock hour. Toronto FC confirmed that young Brazilian right-back Raul is on trial at the club.

It's unclear whether TFC will go on to seal a season-long loan for the 20-year-old but for now, head coach Greg Vanney is happy with what he's seeing. Raul has played for Brazil at the Under-20 level and fills a need on the right side of defence.

19.26 BST: Another possible move in MLS? Fresh reports indicate that Australia forward James Troisi is considering a switch to the U.S. after talks of extending his contract with the Melbourne Victory appear to have stalled.

Troisi, 29, was recently at the Confederations Cup with the Socceroos, even scoring the goal in their 1-1 draw with Chile.

19.04 BST: Here's a rumour involving Major League Soccer as New Zealand international defender Michael Boxall is reportedly heading to Minnesota United.

Boxall, 28, is a right-back or centre-back and that's just what the Loons need given recent injuries. The versatile defender has MLS experience, having been drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps back in 2011. A couple of seasons led to a return to New Zealand with Wellington Phoenix and then on to South African side SuperSport United, who released him earlier this summer.

18.44 BST: And a DONE DEAL in the Premier League as Steve Mandanda heads back to France...

Mandanda made just nine league appearances for Crystal Palace after joining in July, 2016, and has since decided to return to his former club, Marseille, for an undisclosed fee and on a three-year deal.

18.27 BST: Time for another DONE DEAL involving Manchester City...

That's midfielder Bruno Zuculini heading to Serie A. Zuculini, 24, joined City back in 2014 but never played anything other than preseason games there, enjoying loans at Valencia, Cordoba, Middlesbrough, AEK Athens and Rayo Vallecano before going to Hellas Verona in 2017 on a temporary deal. It appears the Italian club liked him so much, they've made it permanent. Good luck, Bruno!

18.04 BST: Looks like we have a DONE DEAL although it doesn't involve a player moving clubs. However, it does end a significant saga that was brewing...

That's right: Gianluigi Donnarumma has signed a new deal to remain at AC Milan through 2021. Full story here.

17.40 BST: Porto have put a price tag of €20 million on midfielder Hector Herrera after a good showing at the Confederations Cup with Mexico, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

17.26 BST: PSG have called a news conference for 4 p.m. on Wednesday... That gives Dani Alves just under 24 hours to think of some good excuses for what happened to his Manchester City move.

17.18 BST: Alvaro Morata will get a glimpse of what might have been as Real Madrid and Manchester United share the same preseason facilities in Los Angeles.

Zinedine Zidane's side land in LA on Tuesday and, perhaps awkwardly for Morata, will be training a stone's throw from United, who are also using the facilities at UCLA this summer.

Mourinho's men have been at Drake Stadium since arriving in California, while Champions League winners Madrid will begin training on Wednesday within 200 metres of United at the college's North Athletic Field.

The teams will meet in the UEFA Super Cup next month as well as in the International Champions Cup on July 23, but whether Morata is still at the club by the time they meet in the Levi's Stadium friendly is another matter.

17.04 BST: The Independent says Pep Guardiola is "stunned and angered" that Dani Alves has decided to join Paris Saint-Germain over Manchester City.

Having been released from his Juventus contract a year early it was widely expected that Alves would move to the Premier League to be reunited with Guardiola, the man who managed him to such success at Barcelona.

But the Independent reports a lucrative offer from PSG has seen City gazumped and Alves will now head to Ligue 1.

16.51 BST: Those Douglas Costa to Juventus rumours are growing. The Daily Mail now says that the Bayern Munich winger is set for a medical ahead of a loan move.

16.38 BST: More on Dani Alves from Jonathan Johnson, ESPN FC's PSG correspondent -- he says the deal could be done soon with a two-year contract in place.

16.30 BST: Pics are emerging on Twitter of Dani Alves apparently having a medical at Paris Saint-Germain. Having left Juventus the Brazilian is now a free agent and was expected to sign for Manchester City. But he now looks to have changed his mind at the last minute.

16.21 BST: Real Madrid have confirmed their initial travelling party for their preseason preparations in the United States this summer, with club captain Sergio Ramos staying behind for now, and eight youth teamers included in the 26-strong squad which flew out of the Spanish capital on Tuesday.

But reported Chelsea transfer target Alvaro Morata is part of the party, amid reports that he could be on the move to join the Premier League champions. Full story.

16.12 BST: Andres Iniesta has been talking about his future at Barcelona, amid continued speculation about a new contract.

In quotes reported by Sport, Iniesta said: "I'm not worried about my contract renewal at all because I'm just focused on resting, recharging my batteries and returning for a great season.

"At the moment, there's nothing new to what I have said before. I can only say that I am happy at Barca and it's where I want to be. I hope I can be there for a long time because that's something which excites me."

15.56 BST: Inter Milan have unveiled Milan Skriniar, the 22-year-old Slovakian central defender they signed from Sampdoria on a five-year contract.

15.42 BST: Sevilla are back in for Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi. BBC Sport reports that Sevilla pulled out of a move for the defender on Monday after he failed a medical but are now willing to take him on a loan.

15.34 BST: As Dani Ceballos closes in on a move to Real Madrid, Real Betis appear to want Bojan as his replacement.

According to Mundo Deportivo the Stoke player is a target for Betis, with Girona also interested. He spent last season on loan to German side Mainz.

15.25 BST: DONE DEAL Watford have announced that Mario Suarez has left to join Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng in China.

Suarez joined Watford from Fiorentina in 2016 but spent last season on loan at Valencia.

15.11 BST: Sky Sports claims West Ham's pursuit of Joe Hart is hotting up. However, the Hammers only want to take Hart on loan but Manchester City are keen for the goalkeeper to leave on a permanent basis.

Stoke's Marko Arnautovic, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Javier Hernandez of Bayer Leverkusen are other names West Ham have been linked with.

14.59 BST: It's a month until the Premier League kicks off, with Arsenal vs. Leicester on Aug. 11. The summer so far has been dominated by huge transfer moves for Romelu Lukaku and Alexandre Lacazette, and speculation over Alexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk and Alvaro Morata's futures.

Many of the big Premier League clubs have been frustrated in their dealings, but there have been more than a few deals completed.

As of Monday evening, clubs had spent £571 million. John Brewin recaps some of the completed deals you may have missed.

14.50 BST: Burnley are close to the £10m signing of Jack Cork from Swansea, the Lancashire Telegraph says.

Cork, a 28-year-old central midfielder, is reported to have agreed a four-year contract and will link up with Sean Dyche's squad at their preseason training camp in Ireland.

14.44 BST: ESPN FC's man in Paris, Jonathan Johnson, reports that PSG could beat Manchester City to the signing of Dani Alves

14.36 BST: Now that Bayern Munich have signed James Rodriguez could it have a domino effect on moves across Europe? Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano seems to think so and is reporting that Douglas Costa will leave Bayern for Juventus in a loan deal.

14.30 BST: Leicester goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler is set to leave for Stuttgart in a £3.5m move, the Leicester Mercury reports.

Zieler joined the club from Hannover last summer but failed to play regularly and is now set to sign a three-year contract to return to Germany.

14.17 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are seriously considering making a move to bring in defender Eliaquim Mangala from Manchester City, a source close to the French club has told ESPN FC.

PSG are keen to add a fourth central defender to their ranks to boost depth but are not keen to spend big on the France international, and the source indicated Les Parisiens would prefer an initial loan. Full story.

14.08 BST: New Real Madrid defender Theo Hernandez said he felt "no pressure" when completing a move across the Spanish capital from Atletico Madrid, adding that next season's derbies against a Rojiblanco side including his brother Lucas will not be a "war." Full story.

13.53 BST: Dortmund coach Peter Bosz has said he believes rumours surrounding the future of star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not end once the Chinese transfer window closes on July 14.

Aubameyang has been linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian and has also been suggested as a target for both AC Milan and Chelsea.

"Auba is here and he's trained with us," Bosz said. "That's what matters. But it's clear there will be speculation until the end of August."

13.50 BST: DONE DEAL Inter Milan have completed the signing of Borja Valero from Fiorentina on a three-year contract:

13.30 BST: Sky Sports reports that Newcastle want to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan, but the two clubs are struggling to agree a deal -- and that could enable Middlesbrough to pounce.

13.19 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich City forward Carlton Morris, a graduate of the club's academy, has moved to Shrewsbury Town on a season-long loan.

13.11 BST: The James Rodriguez move -- a point to ponder:

13.07 BST: Sergi Samper has said he hopes to make his mark on the Barcelona first team next season after returning to training with the club.

Samper, 22, joined Barca as a six-year-old and last season's loan move to Granada was the first time he had been away from the club.

12.50 BST: Straight from Bayern Munich to Brentford, as so often. Reports in London say the Bees are set to make the first move to sign Exeter forward Ollie Watkins, who is also interesting Aston Villa, Leeds, Bristol City and Reading.

12.44 BST: Some reaction to that deal from Munich, where Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had this to say: "We are delighted to have realised this transfer. It was our coach Carlo Ancelotti's big wish to sign James Rodriguez with whom he worked successfully at Madrid already.

"James is a versatile player. He's dangerous in front of the goal, sets up a lot of strikes and kicks great set pieces. Without a doubt, we've increased the quality of our squad with this transfer once again."

12.33 BST: DONE DEAL A done deal, and it's a big one -- Real Madrid's James Rodriguez, linked with a move to Manchester United, has joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal:

12.15 BST: Marseille will have to make an improved bid if they want to sign France international Adil Rami from Sevilla, according to the Spanish club's president Pepe Castro.

The 31-year-old, on the books of Lille from 2006 to 2011, wants to play in France again and Marseille have already made one attempt to bring the experienced defender back this summer.

Castro also said Sevilla are on course to sign Jesus Navas, despite having already strengthened their midfield this week with the arrivals of Argentinian pair Guido Pizarro and Ever Banega from Tigres and Inter Milan respectively.

12.00 BST: Manchester United's hopes of striking a deal for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez could be about to take a dive, the Independent says, with Bayern Munich "investigating the possibility of a two-year loan."

11.50 BST: Arsenal have given new striker Alexandre Lacazette the No. 9 shirt amid speculation over the futures of both Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell.

Perez was given the No. 9 when he joined from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, but could be sold in this window after failing to win a regular place.

He was not included in the preseason trip to Australia and has been given the No. 28 shirt -- a number that previously belonged to Campbell, who spent last season on loan Sporting Lisbon.

11.45 BST: Aston Villa could make a move for Newcastle's Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy, the Birmingham Mail reports.

11.40 BST: West Ham are continuing to pursue a deal for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, the London Evening Standard reports.

It says manager Slaven Bilic believes the arrival of Hart would "make a significant statement about the club's ambitions."

But a stumbling block could arise because West Ham want a one-year loan deal while City favour a permanent move.

11.27 BST: Arsenal have given new striker Alexandre Lacazette the No. 9 shirt in a move that seems likely to herald the departures of both Lucas Perez and Joel Campbell.

Perez was given the No. 9 when he joined from Deportivo La Coruna last summer, but is expected to be sold in this window after failing to win a regular place. He was not included in the preseason trip to Australia and has been given the No. 28 shirt -- a number that previously belonged to Campbell, who spent last season on loan Sporting Lisbon.

11.08 BST: Torino president Urbano Cairo has said the club have received no offers for striker Andrea Belotti, a reported target for Chelsea. The Mail reports that Cairo confirmed that Belotti has a €100m release clause for clubs outside Italy.

10.52 BST: DONE DEAL Norwich City have signed left-back James Husband from Middlesbrough, with the 23-year old joining for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

10.37 BST: Swansea City midfielder Jack Cork is on the brink of a £10m move to Burnley and has flown to Ireland to join the Clarets' preseason training camp, the Mirror reports.

10.25 BST: DONE DEAL Hertha Berlin have confirmed the signing of U.S. under-20 goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann on a professional contract after he impressed in a trial spell.

10.20 BST: Arsene Wenger has said he is still interested in Monaco's Kylian Mbappe and has "looked at" Thomas Lemar, but there is "nothing concrete" to report on possible new signings.

Wenger has already broken the club's transfer record by bringing in striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, and has had at least one bid for Lemar rejected.

10.05 BST: DONE DEAL And another done deal for you: Hull City have signed defender Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

10.00 BST: Leeds are closing in on a move for Chievo striker Caleb Ekuban, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. It says they hope to wrap the deal up before a preseason trip to Austria begins on Friday.

09.33 BST: Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa is close to signing a new contract with the club, having been told by manager Craig Shakspeare that he is part of their plans for next season, Sky Sports reports.

09.20 BST: DONE DEAL Sevilla have signed Colombia striker Luis Muriel from Sampdoria on a five-year contract:

08.50 BST: Could Christian Benteke become one of the handful of players to play for both Liverpool and Everton? Sky Sports reports that he could, saying the big-spending Toffees are mulling a move for the Palace striker.

Sky says its sources suggest Everton "have former Liverpool man Benteke in their sights."

08.45 BST: Goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann hopes he can turn his trial with Hertha Berlin into a permanent deal, saying the club "gives me a good feeling."

U.S. under-20 goalkeeper Klinsmann, the son of former U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is having a 10-day trial with Hertha, which began on July 3.

08.39 BST: Chelsea midfielder Reuben Loftus-Cheek is set to join Crystal Palace on a season-long loan, Sky Sports reports. It says Loftus-Cheek will have a medical with the south London club later on Tuesday.

08.20 BST: Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that talks with Juventus are advancing over Douglas Costa's transfer to the Italian club, although no deal has yet been struck.

Rummenigge said the Brazil winger, 26, has requested to leave and Juve have made contact, although he insists that Bayern will not be held to ransom over the player's transfer fee.

08.10 BST: Everton, who appear to be attempting to sign half the world's footballers this summer, won't be landing Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Wenger is not willing to sell the France international to a Premier League rival and "would like him to see out his contract despite the £52m arrival of Alexandre Lacazette."

08.00 BST: French newspaper L'Equipe has reported that Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery was involved in talks aiming to persuade Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe to move to the capital.

It says Mbappe's agents and the Parisian club "held negotiations with Emery involved this time to make it a far more intimate process than it just being a matter of agents and the club's hierarchy."

Man United could offer £60m for Dier

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is refusing to give up on signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Eric Dier, the Mirror reports.

Earlier this month, sources told ESPN FC that Spurs would not sell the England midfielder, who signed a new contract last season but has been increasingly linked with an Old Trafford move.

But the Mirror says Mourinho is not taking no for an answer and "wants United chief Ed Woodward to make Tottenham an irresistible £60m offer."

The manager is eager to add another holding midfielder, and the Mirror reports that he "is lobbying Woodward to get his man," even if that deal comes at a vastly increased price.

Raf Honigstein provides an update on Monaco star Tiemoue Bakayoko, who could be heading to Man United instead of Chelsea.

Hart ready to step up new club search

England goalkeeper Joe Hart will stay in Manchester when City embark on their preseason tour of the United States as he continues his hunt for new employers.

The Mail reports that Hart will step up his efforts to find another club, with his preference being to remain in England following a loan spell at Torino last season.

He has been linked with a temporary move to either West Ham or Newcastle, but the Mail says "both City and the player are only interested in a permanent switch," likely to cost around £18m.

After spending last season on loan in Italy, Joe Hart is searching for a new permanent home.

Frustrated Rafa wants Murphy move

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is "increasingly irritated by managing director Lee Charnley's failure to sign his transfer targets" and is urging the club to submit an improved offer for Norwich attacker Jacob Murphy, the Telegraph reports.

With the Canaries having reportedly rejected a bid of £8m, "an exasperated Benitez wants to test their resolve with a larger offer," the report states.

It adds that, with Murphy understood to be keen on the move, a second bid would encourage the England under-21 international to push for a transfer from Carrow Road.

Tap-ins

-- Stoke manager Mark Hughes has stressed that he wants Marko Arnautovic to stay after the Potters turned down a £15m offer from West Ham, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

Austria international forward Arnautovic has submitted a transfer request, but the Sentinel says Stoke were "insulted" by the Londoners' offer and there would have to be a far bigger bid "to tempt them to even loosen their grip on a key man."

-- Norwich City could make a move for Union Berlin central defender Toni Leistner, the Eastern Daily Press, citing reports in Germany, says.

It adds that the Canaries have asked about the 26-year-old and could pay around £3.5m for his services, with Union "tempted to cash in rather than risk him leaving for nothing in 12 months."

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