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Could Chelsea signing Aubameyang send Giroud to BVB?

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: BVB prepare for Giroud move if Chelsea land Auba

A sensational double move could be in play between three clubs with Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being lined up by Chelsea, meaning that the Bundesliga outfit will target Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, according to the Mirror.

BVB face competition for the France international from Everton, West Ham, Marseille and AC Milan.

The 30-year-old is considering his future after the Gunners snapped up Alexandre Lacazette for £52m.

The report then details how Dortmund's pursuit of Giroud is interlinked with the likelihood of Aubameyang joining the Blues after Chelsea missed out on Romelu Lukaku, who opted to join Manchester United from Everton.

LIVE BLOG:

23:12 BST: That's it for Thursday's live edition of Transfer Talk. We appreciate you joining us, and be sure to check back shortly when we return with the biggest rumours pulled from Friday's back pages.

22.40 BST: DONE DEAL Watford have made a big splash by signing Nathaniel Chalobah on a five-yeard deal from Chelsea! Story here.

22.35 BST: Manchester United are expecting another bid from Real Madrid for David De Gea this summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

The Spanish giants have a long-running interest in the goalkeeper and are set to make a fresh offer after Gianluigi Donnarumma signed a new contact at AC Milan. Story here.

22.13 BST: AC Milan will finish the signing of Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia on Friday, as the player's agent Enzo Montepaone has told MilanNews: He's so happy with this move." Reports say a deal worth about €17m plus bonuses has been agreed.

Meanwhile, Milan's signing of Leonardo Bonucci should also be completed on Friday, reports say, though his agent wasn't giving any hints, telling Calciomercato: "There are no feelings at the moment. We just have to wait."

21.40 BST: Southampton didn't have any new signings to announce today, but they still got in on the fun. Story here.

21.05 BST: DONE DEAL Sunderland have announced the double signing of Everton's Aiden McGeady and Bury's James Vaughan -- who formerly played for Everton as well. Story here.

20.30 BST: Barcelona have announced that a deal has now been reached for Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, with the only piece of business left a medical set for Friday. Story here.

20.15 BST: We noted reports earlier that Benjamin Mendy was close to moving to Man City, and now Monaco have left him out of their squad for a preseason trip to Switzerland.

The club say that he's recovering from a thigh injury suffered on France duty, but it's quite likely that's not the only reason he's staying home.

20.01 BST: DONE DEAL Napoli have completed the signing of defender Mario Rui on an initial loan from Roma with an option to buy. 

19.31 BST: DONE DEAL Jamaican left-back Shaun Francis has joined the Montreal Impact after a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes, who will get a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft or $50,000 in general allocation money in exchange.

19.14 BST: L'Equipe report that Caen's Yann Karamoh is eyeing a move to Fiorentina over West Ham, though the French club want €10m.

18.54 BST: Barcelona directors are in Lisbon closing a deal for Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC, in a deal that could reach €35 million with variables. Story here.

18.30 BST: DONE DEAL Marseille have completed the signing of France defender Adil Ramil from Sevilla. He becomes Sevilla's fourth summer signing.

The move comes just hours after Sevilla signed French full-back Sebastien Corchia from Lille on a four-year contract.

18.10 BST: DONE DEAL Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite has completed his move from Toulouse to Middlesbrough to hand manager Garry Monk his third summer signing.

17.49 BST: Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has now agreed a contract with AC Milan worth around €6m per season, according to MilanNews. Reports in Italy have placed the fee at around €40-45m.

17.23 BST: With Manchester City having spent big money to bring in goalkeeper Ederson this summer, Sky Italia is claiming that Claudio Bravo could leave the Etihad Stadium for first-team football at Napoli. The Serie A outfit have reportedly targeted the Chile international as a replacement for Pepe Reina, who looks likely to depart the club.

17.06 BST: Manchester United have reignited their interest in Monaco's Fabinho, TEAMtalk reports. United are apparently set to make a second bid for the Brazilian after their first offer fell €10 million short of the Ligue 1 club's asking price.

16.48 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic has promised to clarify his future "soon" after meeting his agent Mino Raiola in Manchester. "There will be a very big announcement soon, it will be huge," he teased. Story here.

16.34 BST: Might Ashley Cole be set for a return to English football? He could be if Bleacher Report is to be believed, with the website claiming Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp is interested in signing the LA Galaxy left-back.

16.22 BST: Elias Kachunga has revealed that he has just signed a new three-year deal with Premier League new boys Huddersfield...

16.08 BST: Does this tweet from Hector Bellerin to Arsenal teammate Shkodran Mustafi mean he's set to reject interest from former club Barcelona to remain at the Emirates Stadium?

15.56 BST: West Ham are confident of securing the loan signing of Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, sources close to the Hammers have told ESPN FC. West Ham have indicated they would only be prepared to take Hart on loan and sources say that a compromise has now been agreed between both clubs. Full story.

15.47 BST: Mohamed Salah has been granted a visa and is free to play for Liverpool with immediate effect, the club have confirmed. Salah, who arrived from Roma earlier this month, was forced to miss Liverpool's preseason friendly with Tranmere on Wednesday as result of standard immigration procedure. Full story.

15.34 BST: Nope. Monaco have instead announced that Djibril Sidibe, who had been linked with a move to Tottenham, has signed a new contract with the club until 2022...

15.30 BST: I wonder what Monaco could be referring to here... Announcing Kylian Mbappe's exit, anyone? 

15.24 BST: An update on Kyle Walker, with sources telling ESPN FC that Manchester City have indeed agreed a fee of £50 million with Tottenham for the right-back. Full story.

15.01 BST: Sampdoria will tell Juventus to complete the formalities over the signing of Patrik Schick immediately as concern grows over whether the deal will actually go through. Full story.

14.49 BST: Manchester City are not only planning to spend big on Kyle Walker. They're also tracking Kylian Mbappe.

Spanish football expert and ESPN FC columnist told Sky Sports: "City are talking actively to Mbappe's representatives, saying they are best placed to develop his career, where he could work with Pep Guardiola and be paid handsomely."

14.42 BST: A DONE DEAL from the Chinese Super League now. Jiangsu Suning have signed Cameroon international Benjamin Moukandjo from French side Lorient. Full story.

14.30 BST: Having missed out on Dani Alves to PSG, Manchester City wanted to make sure they didn't let another target slip and have agreed a £50m deal to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham, according to the Telegraph.

The Daily Mail reports the fee will be £45m plus a further £5m in add-ons. But one thing is for sure, this looks like a move that is happening.

14.21 BST: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told supporters that the club will be making a few more new signings this summer... "We're working on it. Two or three players will come in from outside the club," he said. Full story.

14.13 BST: Reports coming from Italy that Juventus will let Manchester City, Chelsea and AC Milan target Leonardo Bonucci go for €40 million...

13.55 BST: Tottenham are close to a first signing of the summer in Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, sources have told ESPN FC. Spurs are the only Premier League club yet to complete a signing but they are confident of a deal after Estudiantes president Juan Sebastian Veron arrived in London for talks about the Argentina under-20 international. Full story.

13.42 BST: Manchester City may have missed out on Dani Alves to Paris Saint-Germain but Sky Sports News has some better news for their supporters... The Premier League club are "close" to signing left-back Benjamin Mendy from Monaco, the TV channel is reporting.

13.35 BST: We've had a DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Leeds have completed the signing of Samuel Saiz from Spanish side Huesca...

13.22 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Watford, Southampton and Swansea are all interested in signing Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah. The midfielder has just a year remaining on his contract, but Chelsea are hoping to tie him down to a new deal.

13.06 BST: Former Premier League trio Wes Brown, Shay Given and Alex Bruce are training with National League side Macclesfield. All three live locally and have joined the Silkmen, who finished ninth in the table and were FA Trophy finalists at Wembley last term, for preseason to maintain their fitness levels and undertake some coaching.

12.47 BST: Newcastle are attempting to thrash out a deal with Norwich for England under-21 international Jacob Murphy. Press Association Sport reports fresh discussions were due to take place on Thursday with the Magpies having failed in an earlier bid to sign the winger.

12.27 BST: DONE DEAL It's brothers in arms at Bayer Leverkusen, with the Bundesliga club having just completed the signing of Sven Bender from Borussia Dortmund, who will now be playing alongside sibling Lars Bender. Full story.

12.16 BST: Liverpool's pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita has been dealt a blow after the Bundesliga side effectively warned off the Premier League club, Press Association Sport reports.

And Emil Forsberg has abandoned all hopes of leaving Leipzig this summer after the midfielder joined up with his teammates for preseason this week. Full story.

12.04 BST: In Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport lead with three pages on AC Milan who are reportedly set to make a €60m bid for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, strengthened by the fact Anthony Modeste moved to Tianjin yesterday so a move to China seems unlikely for the Borussia Dortmund man.

There is also a rumour Milan will still try to get Lucas Biglia from Lazio, even if he started preseason training with them yesterday.

11.45 BST: Barcelona have been strongly linked this summer with Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin, who left the club as a 16-year-old to try his luck in England, but Xavi, who currently plays for Qatari club Al Sadd, says that if it were up to him Barca should not even consider making a move for the Spain international.

"I haven't seen him play a lot, but what I will say is I find it difficult to accept signing a player who was already at the club," Xavi said when asked if he would sign Bellerin.

11.32 BST: Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was in attendance for Aston Villa's friendly win against Telford, the Birmingham Mail reports, ahead of a transfer to join the Championship side.

11.21 BST: Ron-Robert Zieler has already left, and Leicester want to offload some more of last summer's signings, according to the Telegraph.

Islam Slimani, Ahmed Musa, Nampalys Mendy, and Bartosz Kapustka could all be on their way out of the club as Craig Shakespeare overhauls his squad.

11.05 BST: Sevilla president Jose Castro says his club are considering taking legal action after Vitolo went back on his word and joined Atletico Madrid in a complex arrangement that will see him spend the next six months on loan at Las Palmas. Full story.

10.52 BST: Monaco defender Kamil Glik has signed a one-year contract extension with the French champions.Monaco defender Kamil Glik has signed a one-year contract extension with the French champions. Full story.

Glik, who had been linked with Tottenham, said: "I am really very happy, especially after our superb season last year. We always gave 100 percent.

"I'd like to thank the president, vice-president and the club for this new contract, it's a fine reward. This season, the objectives are the same. To go as far as possible in the Champions League. We'll be going out to defend our French league title and keep winning!"

10.44 BST: Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed his interest in signing Kurt Zouma and is "very hopeful" about agreeing a loan deal for the Chelsea defender.

"There is genuine interest. We'd like to make it happen if we can," Hughes said after Wednesday night's preseason friendly against Young Boys in Switzerland. Full story.

10.30 BST: DONE DEAL West Ham have confirmed the sale of striker Enner Valencia to Mexican side Tigres for an undisclosed fee. Full story.

10.13 BST: Update from Swansea on the Gylfi Sigurdsson situation.

The Premier League club tweeted: "We can confirm that Gylfi Sigurdsson will not travel with the squad for our pre-season tour of the USA.

"Having played v Barnet last night, Gylfi did not feel in the right frame of mind to travel due to the current uncertainty over his future."

10.06 BST: Reports suggest Gylfi Sigurdsson will not fly to the U.S. with Swansea and will head for talks with chairman Huw Jenkins instead.

Speaking on Wednesday, Clement said: "I've made it very clear I want him to stay here. The fans want that, the owners would like that but, ultimately, there's a business side to football as well.

"We had that situation with Jack Cork [who joined Burnley on Tuesday]. In the summer there was no thought of moving Jack on but it got to a point when another club came in with a really good offer. That might end up being the case with Gylfi. We don't know yet." Full story.

09.54 BST: Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi has had his say on reported Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.

"[If he] is not happy here, then as the coach has said, he should leave," Icardi told Premium Sport. "We don't talk about it much in the dressing room, but he needs to think for himself. I think Ivan needs to work out what makes him happy and think about himself."

09.40 BST: Adnan Januzaj has arrived at Real Sociedad and completed the obligatory shirt pose that all new signings are subjected to.

In case you missed it Wednesday's story, the Belgium international left Manchester United to move to La Liga for a £8m fee, with United taking the first option to buy him back.

09.15 BST: Multiple reports claim Chelsea have agreed a £39.8m fee with Monaco for Tiemoue Bakayoko with a medical scheduled for Friday.

09.04 BST: Roma are the latest club to show an interest in Riyad Mahrez, according to Sky Sport Italia, and have even contacted the Leicester player's agent.

Mahrez, was named Premier League player of the year in 2015-16 as Leicester won the Premier League title, and has asked to leave the club with Arsenal reportedly showing an interest.

08.51 BST: Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has told Sky Sport Italia that Ivan Perisic's proposed move to Manchester United is "not going to happen."

Sources have told ESPN FC that United want to push through a deal for Perisic before Inter head to China for their preseason tour next week.

However, while Inter might have sought to stave off potential financial fair play sanctions by balancing their books for last season had the move been completed before the end of June, Ausilio said there is no prospect of a deal at this point. Full story.

08.33 BST: Amid reports of interest from AC Milan and Inter Milan, not to mention long-running links with Chelsea and Manchester City, Leonardo Bonucci has tweeted that he is "Ready to start once again!"

08.17 BST: Marca reports that Real Madrid extended James Rodriguez's contract ahead of his two-year loan transfer to Bayern Munich.

James was set to return to Madrid with a year on his deal, a situation that could have put the European champions on the back foot when it came to transfer negotiations, so, wisely, they added another 12 months. 

08.00 BST: Let's kick off the Transfer Talk live blog with a DONE DEAL. Brighton have signed Markus Suttner from Ingolstadt.


Suttner, a 30-year-old Austrian left-back, joins the Premier League new-boys on a three-year deal.

"Markus is someone we have been aware of for some time, and I am pleased we have managed to complete the transfer at this stage, and he is now able to join us for the second half of the week," manager Chris Hughton told Brighton's official website of his latest signing.

"He has a great level of experience internationally, and in the top divisions in both his native Austria and Germany, where he has played the last two seasons with Ingolstadt, and that experience will serve us well. He will add competition at the back on the left side of defence, and I'm now looking forward to working with him."

Chelsea beat Juventus to Real Madrid right-back Danilo

Antonio Conte is patiently waiting for Chelsea to deliver him reinforcements. After Antonio Rudiger, another defender is bound for Stamford Bridge in Real Madrid's Danilo, reports the Mirror.

The former Porto star has failed to prove himself with Los Blancos, leading to the Blues and Juventus moving in on the Brazilian.

A £28m deal is in place for the 25-year-old, who will be able to compete with Victor Moses as the side's right wing-back.

Conte is also keen to bring in another wing-back on the opposite side of the pitch as competition for Marcos Alonso.

Alex Sandro -- who thrived in tandem with Danilo for the Dragoes in Portugal -- is a key target, but such a deal for Danilo could jeopardise a move and relations with the Old Lady, who remain firm on their £70m valuation.

Pep wants Bertrand

Manchester City are ready to make a £30m bid for Ryan Bertrand, with Pep Guardiola keen to add the Southampton left-back and address his side's glaring weakness at full-back, reports the Sun.

The City boss wants three new full-backs but was left livid after Dani Alves snubbed him to join PSG on Wednesday.

More problems have surfaced however, with Tottenham's bargaining position strengthened by Alves' decision in potential negotiations for Kyle Walker.

Spurs will now want £50m for the England international, though the Saints are thought to be more likely to do business if a £30m offer is given for Bertrand, handing Guardiola a boost in a mixed summer of dealings.

Inter and Milan prepare stunning Bonucci swoop

Inter and AC Milan are looking at making a sensational move for Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci, according to both Italian newspapers Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport.

The Bianconeri stalwart has reportedly had a bust-up with coach Massimiliano Allegri, leading to the Serie A champions placing a €50m price tag on the Italy international.

The Rossoneri are prepared to include Mattia De Sciglio in the deal, with Alessio Romagnoli off the table.

After losing Alves to PSG, the Old Lady are looking to avoid having their double-winning side broken up, though both Milan clubs appear intent on making a statement signing in the form of Juve's best defender.

Tap-ins

- Champions League-bound Nice have made a loan offer to Al-Ain for United Arab Emirates prodigy Omar Abdulrahman.

The U.A.E. Arabian Gulf League club have rejected the offer, but Nice will reportedly up their bid for the 25-year-old who is oft referred to as Asia's best player.

- Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula is being lined up by Torino, according to Turin-based Tuttosport.

The Granata will look to offer the French midfielder a fresh start after he failed to justify his £20.6m price tag since a 2016 move from Porto.

- Huddersfield Town are keen to continue their ambitious transfer window with a move for Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman, claims the Mirror.

The Ghanaian has endured fitness problems since a £17m move from Augsburg in 2015, and Wagner hopes the Terriers will beat Bournemouth and Everton to acquire the 23-year-old on loan.

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