Liverpool holding out for Naby Keita; Bonucci set to land at Milan
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: Liverpool still chasing Keita
Liverpool have no intention of giving up in their pursuit of Naby Keita, and are willing to break their transfer record to complete the signing despite RB Leipzig contacting them to say the 22-year-old midfielder is not for sale.
The Mirror says that Bundesliga runners-up Leipzig rejected a £57 million bid from Liverpool and have repeatedly stuck to the line that Keita is not available, meaning the Guinea international may have to hand in a formal transfer request to try to push through a move.
Such is manager Jurgen Klopp's desire to complete the deal, he is said to have no alternative targets, with Bild describing the Liverpool manager as "desperate" to come to an agreement.
23.02 BST: That's going to do it for Friday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in just a few hours when we return with the juiciest gossip pulled from Saturday's back pages.
22.45 BST: Jose Mourinho has said it is "possible" Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United again. Full story.
22.23 BST: DONE DEAL Mainz have announced the signing of defender Abdou Diallo from Monaco on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
22.00 BST: The Manchester Evening News reports that 16-year-old forward Millen Baars has joined Manchester United from Ajax, and made his debut with the club's under-18 side earlier this week.
21.38 BST: What's the latest on the futures of David De Gea and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United? Our Mark Ogden and Adrian Healey delve into the details.
21.22 BST: After impressing on loan at Hull City in the second half of last season, it seems Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia is set for a return to the Premier League. TalkSport is citing Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting that West Bromwich Albion are closing in on a £5m deal for the 29-year-old.
21.06 BST: DONE DEAL Chelsea have signed Lucas Piazon to a two-year contract extension, and promptly loaned the 23-year-old Brazilian out to Fulham for his second consecutive season at Craven Cottage.
20.49 BST: The ink may still be drying on Kyle Walker's Manchester City contract, but Tottenham are already eager to reinvest their £50m. TalkSport cites Portuguese outlet O Jogo as reporting that Spurs have had an initial £13.2m bid for Porto right-back Ricardo Pereira, who has a £22m release clause, rejected.
20.33 BST: Manchester United are confident in fending off Real Madrid's renewed interest in goalkeeper David De Gea, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Old Trafford hierarchy are sceptical over the European champions' ability to pay for the Spain No. 1.
20.17 BST: AC Milan have confirmed they have an agreement with Juventus over the transfer of Leonardo Bonucci, and the 30-year-old centre-back will join the Rossoneri on a five-year contract pending his medical. Full story.
20.01 BST: Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has turned down an offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian that would've seen the Gabon international earn €120m over a four-year contract, according to German outlet Kicker. However, Chelsea, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal all reportedly retain an interest in the Bundesliga's leading scorer last term.
19.42 BST: Juventus have created a shortlist of defenders to replace the outgoing Leonardo Bonucci, reports Tuttosport, and at the head of that queue is Roma's Kostas Manolas.
19.24 BST: Portuguese outlet A Bola writes that Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted Renato Sanches could be allowed to leave on loan after a disappointing first season at the Allianz Arena, and that Benfica are working to convince the 19-year-old to return to his former club to continue his development in Lisbon.
19.06 BST: Galatasary have confirmed that the contract of Wesley Sneijder has been terminated, with a clause stating that the Dutchman must pay €20m to the club if he returns to Turkish football in the next three seasons. Sneijder has been linked with a move to Los Angeles FC, set to join MLS in 2018, and Sampdoria. Full story.
Teşekkürler Wesley Sneijder! pic.twitter.com/rJPDycchwy— Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) July 14, 2017
18.48 BST: AC Milan's impressive summer continues, as CalcioMercato cites both Tuttosport and La Stampa as reporting that the Rossoneri have made an €80m bid for Torino striker Andrea Belotti.
18.26 BST: Sevilla are close to sealing the signing of Nolito in a €9m deal, writes AS, 12 months after the 30-year-old arrived at Manchester City from Celta Vigo.
18.04 BST: On Thursday, ESPN FC's Rob Dawson reported that Manchester United expected Real Madrid to reignite their interest in David De Gea and lodge a bid for the Spain No. 1. The Mirror is now reporting that Los Blancos are preparing a £50m offer for the 26-year-old.
17.42 BST: In the wake of missing out on Romelu Lukaku, Antonio Conte has instructed the Chelsea hierarchy to bring him Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.
17.20 BST: Monaco rejected a €45m offer for left-back Benjamin Mendy from Manchester City on Thursday night, according to French outlet L'Equipe, but the English side are expected to return with an improved offer.
16.58 BST: Chelsea are plotting to use Juventus' interest in wantaway midfielder Nemanja Matic to their advantage in their chase for the Bianconeri left-back Alex Sandro, according to the London Evening Standard. The Italian champions are demanding £65m for the Brazilian, but the inclusion of Matic in any deal could bring that figure down by as much as £40m.
However, the Independent reports that Matic's preferred destination remains Manchester United, whom Chelsea are reluctant to sell to after their capture of Romelu Lukaku, and that the Serbia international may attempt to force through a move to Old Trafford to be reunited with Jose Mourinho.
16.42 BST: Barcelona will introduce Nelson Semedo as the club's latest signing at 17.45 local time, the Blaugrana have announced.
16.26 BST: Florent Malouda has opened the door to a reunion with former Chelsea teammate Didier Drogba at United Soccer League side Phoenix Rising. "We have already talked about it," he said. "We'll see in the second half of the season." Full story.
16.23 BST: DONE DEAL Sam Johnstone has returned to Aston Villa, with the Manchester United keeper joining the Championship club on loan for the season, having spent six months at Villa Park last term. Full story.
16.01 BST: DONE DEAL Swansea have sent Connor Roberts on loan to Championship club Middlesbrough for the season.
15.42 BST: DONE DEAL Manchester City have completed the signing of Kyle Walker from Tottenham, with sources having previously told ESPN FC that the fee involved is £50 million... Full story.
15.27 BST: Sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Liverpool have indeed accepted a £5 million bid from Lazio for Lucas Leiva and will now allow the player to travel and discuss personal terms with the Serie A side before undergoing a medical ahead of a possible move. Full story.
15.06 BST: Ross Barkley's future still remains unclear, according to Everton boss Ronald Koeman. "At the moment it is not a clear situation," he said. "He is not fit -- that's the reason he didn't travel with the team [to Tanzania for a friendly]. We will see when he is fit and back, but everybody knows his situation, and we will see what will happen." Full story.
14.53 BST: AC Milan have now released official footage of Leonardo Bonucci arriving at the club's headquarters ahead of completing his move from Juventus...
14.47 BST: Manchester United may have already splashed out around £110 million during the summer transfer window on Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, but they still have more than £100m more to spend, according to The Sun, as Jose Mourinho looks to mount a Premier League title challenge this season.
14.31 BST: Lucas Leiva looks to be on his way to Lazio, according to Sky Sports...
14.04 BST: Sammy Ameobi, younger brother of Shola, has joined Bolton on a free transfer following his release by Newcastle. Ameobi returns to Bolton after spending the first half of last season there on loan.
13.55 BST: Leonardo Bonucci has arrived at AC Milan's headquarters ahead of his proposed transfer from Juventus... The defender was greeted by several hundred Milan fans who had been waiting since he bid farewell to his Juve teammates in Turin on Friday morning and set off down the A4 motorway to reach the Lombardy capital. Full story.
13.40 BST: Gerard Deulofeu is officially a Barcelona player once again after inking the contract that takes him back to the Catalan club after they exercised their buyback option to re-sign him from Everton.
13.19 BST: Tiemoue Bakayoko edges ever closer to sealing his move from Monaco to Chelsea... The midfielder is now at Chelsea's training ground ahead of his medical after updating us with an image on his Instagram account.
Tiemoue Bakayoko is in the house, Chelsea fans. ���� pic.twitter.com/5KK7Po4dCe- Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) July 14, 2017
13.07 BST: West Ham have so far only managed to bring in Pablo Zabaleta this summer, but manager Slaven Bilic is confident of making a few more signings. "Make no mistake, we are working hard every day, but it is not easy," he said. "I am really expecting to add a couple more soon."
12.52 BST: DONE DEAL Having only joined Bayern Munich from Werder Bremen last month, Serge Gnabry has now been loaned out to Hoffenheim for the season by the Bundesliga champions... "It was Serge's explicit desire to be lent for one more year so he could get more game time," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. Full story.
12.41 BST: Shinji Kagawa has signed a new three-year contract at Borussia Dortmund, with his old deal having been due to expire next summer... Full story.
12.27 BST: Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has played down talk of joining Manchester United after being linked with a move to the Premier League club. "It shows that I've done a good job when other clubs show interest in me," Bartra said. "But I am convinced that in Dortmund we will all be able to celebrate many nice experiences." Full story.
12.14 BST: A DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Harry Redknapp's Birmingham have snapped up Senegal international Cheikh N'Doye on a free transfer...
12.03 BST: The Kylian Mbappe transfer saga takes another turn... When asked by AS whether he was going to remain at Monaco for the upcoming season, he replied: "I don't know..."
11.47 BST: Sky Sports is reporting that Crystal Palace have agreed a deal to sign Bruno Martins Indi from Porto. The defender spent last season on loan at Stoke, who were also hoping to sign him permanently, but they look to have been seen off by Palace.
11.32 BST: DONE DEAL Atalanta have signed Riccardo Orsolini from Juventus on a two-year loan deal...
11.20 BST: Manchester United have confirmed that new signing Romelu Lukaku will wear the No. 9 shirt for the club. Victor Lindelof, meanwhile, will wear the No. 2 jersey.
11.09 BST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has long been linked with a Borussia Dortmund exit, but new boss Peter Bosz has said on the club's preseason tour of Japan that the striker is "here, he's with us and I'll work with him as long as it stays like that."
10.51 BST: West Ham's pursuit of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud appears to be over, according to Sky Sports, with the Hammers having reportedly pulled out of talks after learning that they are not his first-choice destination.
10.37 BST: Kylian Mbappe will not be leaving Monaco this summer -- at least that is according to Prince of Monaco Albert II. "No [he won't be]. It is my opinion and I think that it is also that of [Monaco vice-president] Vadim Vasilyev," he said.
10.21 BST: An interesting DONE DEAL coming out of Mexico, where Pachuca have signed Japan international Keisuke Honda on a free transfer following his release from AC Milan... Full story.
Más de nuestro nuevo refuerzo Keisuke Honda! pic.twitter.com/EIqg7PteN4- Club Pachuca (@Tuzos) July 14, 2017
10.14 BST: LA Galaxy are on the lookout for a "world-class" signing, but head coach Curt Onalfo would not confirm whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on their radar. "Our policy is not to comment on players that are not part of our team" he said. Full story.
10.00 BST: Reported Manchester United target Eric Dier returned to Tottenham for preseason training this morning...
09.42 BST: Alexis Sanchez has been spotted wearing an Arsenal hat... Not sure if that quite puts his Gunners exit rumours to bed, but there you go.
09.32 BST: More now on Tiemoue Bakayoko, who, sources have told ESPN FC, will undergo a medical with Chelsea on Friday after travelling to London to finalise a £40 million move from Monaco. Full story.
09.11 BST: It's our first DONE DEAL of the day -- Real Madrid have just announced the signing of Dani Ceballos from Real Betis, with the midfielder penning a six-year contract with the European champions. Full story.
09.08 BST: Sticking with Valencia, their general director Mateu Alemany has also confirmed that an agreement to send Belgium international Zakaria Bakkali out on loan to Deportivo La Coruna for the 2017-18 campaign has been reached. "There is an agreement between the clubs and we are waiting for the final decision from the player," Alemany said.
08.58 BST: Valencia are in talks with Flamengo over selling goalkeeper Diego Alves to the Brazilian club. "We are negotiating with Flamengo and we are in that process," Valencia general director Mateu Alemany was quoted as saying in Marca. "I've got the conviction that the player wants to sign for that club and we are negotiating."
08.47 BST: On the top of the front page of Friday's AS: Manchester City are to make an offer for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe and will attempt to convince the youngster that he'll improve more at the Etihad Stadium than anywhere else.
08.37 BST: An update on Leonardo Bonucci, who is apparently edging ever closer to sealing a move from Juventus to AC Milan... While Bonucci reported for preseason training with Juve on Thursday, his representative Alessandro Lucci was spotted in Milan, where he told Sportitalia that he was "working on it" in reply to a question on whether the Itay international is set to leave Turin. Full story.
08.17 BST: Tiemoue Bakayoko seems to be toying with Manchester United fans... Amid reports that Bakayoko is close to sealing a move from Monaco to Chelsea, the midfielder has sent out a tweet this morning which includes "Manchester" as his sent location. What a tease.
��⚪️ ❤️❤️- T.Bakayoko14 (@TimoeB08) July 14, 2017
08.03 BST: Morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk... To kick us off, one you may have missed from last night -- Watford have confirmed the signing of England under-21 midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea in a permanent deal reportedly worth £5 million. Full story.
Bonucci set for Milan switch?
Long-term Chelsea and Manchester City target Leonardo Bonucci will leave Juventus for AC Milan, according to the Guardian, with a deal set to be struck before the weekend.
Milan, who have spent freely this summer, will pay as much as €40m for the 30-year-old Italy defender, but that could prove to be a bargain to gain the experience of a player who has won the Serie A title six years in a row.
Bonucci had a well-documented falling out with Juve manager Max Allegri last season that saw him briefly relegated to the bench, and whatever Bonucci's future holds, it seems unlikely that he will be in Turin for the upcoming campaign.
Man City confident over Mendy
Both full-back positions look like presenting problems for Manchester City this summer. Manager Pep Guardiola was quick to release Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season, but getting replacements has not been as straightforward as Guardiola hoped.
Still, after the Dani Alves debacle -- the Brazilian picked Paris Saint-Germain over the Etihad -- City seem to be making some progress. The Mirror reckons Benjamin Mendy will arrive for a fee of almost £50m to reinforce their options at left-back, with the club hoping the 22-year-old Monaco defender will be signed in time to fly out on Monday for City's U.S. tour.
Meanwhile, it is also reported that Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker will have a medical with City on Friday before signing a five-year contract worth £150,000-per-week plus bonuses.
-- The London Evening Standard claims Borussia Dortmund have yet to receive any offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and do not want to sell their star striker amid reported interest from Chelsea. However, if the Premier League champions are planning a move for the Bundesliga's top scorer, they must do so quickly, with Dortmund telling Aubameyang to have his future resolved by July 24.
-- Roma are interested in signing Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, according to the Daily Mail, but have offered only £29m for the former Premier League Player of the Year, while Leicester holds out for closer to £50m. The Italian side see Mahrez as a potential replacement for Mohamed Salah and have Manchester City's Samir Nasri as an alternative target.
-- If, as expected, Chelsea sign Real Madrid right-back Danilo, then Madrid will seek to replace him with Paris Saint-Germain's Belgium international Thomas Meunier. Marca says that Meunier is surplus to requirements after Dani Alves' arrival in France and will move to European champions Madrid as backup for Dani Carvajal.