Ivan Perisic, Nemanja Matic deals proving difficult for Man United
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Ivan Perisic and Nemanja Matic fit the bill as the two additional signings Jose Mourinho wants for Manchester United, but landing either is proving to be increasingly problematic.
Eager to keep hold of Perisic, Inter Milan appear to be creating roadblocks to delay the deal, with the latest being a request to include Anthony Martial as part of any transfer.
Inter have asked for €20 million plus Martial for Perisic, while the Telegraph reports the France international is wanted on loan. The situation could be resolved by United meeting Perisic's reported £49 million asking price, but time is running out with Inter flying to China on Tuesday for their preseason tour.
Meanwhile, Matic, who has been training alone, looks certain to leave Chelsea this summer, but if the midfielder wants a move to United, he might have to push for it. The Independent reports that Mourinho has asked for either Eric Dier from Tottenham or £40m-rated Matic.
22.30 BST: Well, all quiet on the Western front tonight, so that's all for Transfer Talk this evening. We'll be back in just a few hours with a look at the morning papers!
22.20 BST: Incoming MLS side Los Angeles Football Club is interested in signing "Messi, Ronaldo, you name it," says co-owner and president Tom Penn, who's confident the world's "top talent" will want to come to Southern California. Full story.
21.05 BST: DONE DEAL Roma have acquired Federico Fazio on a permanent basis from Tottenham after the centre-back spent last season on loan in the Italian capital. Full story.
20.18 BST: Quotes are emerging from an interview that Alexis Sanchez gave in his native Chile, and its not good news for Arsenal fans hoping he'll stay on next season.
"I want to play in the Champions League," Sanchez is quoted as telling Canal 13. "The decision does not depend on me, I have to wait for Arsenal." Full story.
19.52 BST: Roma's Radja Nainggolan ended a 40-minute meeting with sporting director Monchi today by suggesting a new deal had been struck. Asked how it went by Sky Sport Italia, he responded "I'm smiling, aren't I?"
19.27 BST: Sky Sport Italia report that Leicester have rejected Roma's opening bid of £20 million for Riyad Mahrez, just half of what the Foxes are reportedly seeking.
19.10 BST: Perhaps to help make room for the arrival of Lucas Biglia, AC Milan have shipped midfielder Andrea Bertolacci back to his former club Genoa on loan. It's only been two years since he left Genoa for Milan in a €20m deal.
17.51 BST: Roma have been in contact with Leicester about signing Riyad Mahrez but, according to the Mail, the Premier League side have asked for £40m.
As it stands Roma are keen to pay £21m plus add-ons leaving the two sides some distance apart.
17.26 BST: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he will not talk about transfers as he cannot influence his targets or positively affect the outcome.
The club have been linked with RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita and Hull left-back Andrew Robertson, as well as Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
"If whatever I would say here would change anything in a positive way, I would. It is not important what I say. No. I can't say anything," Klopp said.
17.02 BST: Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez says they are yet to reach agreement with Paris Saint-Germain for the transfer of Marco Verratti.
"He currently has a contract [with PSG], so there is little I can say," Fernandez told reporters. "If you want to make something happen with a player who has an ongoing contract then you first need to come to an agreement with his club."
16.41 BST: DONE DEAL Chelsea have announced the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco on a five-year contract.
The midfielder, who arrives having helped Monaco win Ligue 1 and reach the semifinals of the Champions League last season, said: "I am very happy to be here and to join this great team. I have grown up watching Chelsea. Signing was the natural thing for me because it is a club I loved very much in my childhood.
"I am now looking forward to evolving under this fantastic coach and alongside so many great teammates." Full story.
16.25 BST: Nolito will have a medical with Sevilla on Sunday before signing a three-year contract, the Mail reports.
The Manchester City player has dropped down the pecking order and will return to La Liga after only one season in the Premier League.
16.02 BST: Anyone hoping to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal this summer could be in for disappointment.
Asked about the player's future, Arsene Wenger said: "Yes, 100 percent I expect him to stay," he said. "There is no speculation -- no matter what happens he will stay."
15.54 BST: The transfer window has barely been open for two weeks but already some significant names have changed clubs -- especially in Italy. With that in mind, ESPN FC asked Michael Cox of Zonal Marking to asses the five most significant transfers in Serie A so far. Full story.
15.31 BST: DONE DEAL Inter Milan goalkeeper Ionut Radu has joined Avellino on loan with an option to buy, the Serie B club have announced.
15.09 BST: Manchester City have another DONE DEAL in the bag, announcing the signing of Douglas Luiz from Vasco Da Gama
The 19-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract but is likely to be loaned out in the near future to further his development.
"We are pleased to welcome Douglas," City director of football Txiki Begiristain told the club's official website. "He is an exciting player with great potential, and everyone here is looking forward to helping him develop his talent and progress in the game." Full story.
14.54 BST: Arsene Wenger has said Arsenal have not made a bid for Kylian Mbappe and expects the striker to remain a Monaco player.
"It looks like that," Wenger told reporters at a postmatch news conference when asked if he expected Mbappe to stay at Monaco. "Maybe he had too much choice, so in the end people don't move."
There were reports that Arsenal had made a world-record bid for the France international, which Wenger denied.
"That's not true," he said. "People have big imaginations. What we know now with Mbappe is it's over £100m, after that it's free for everyone to imagine.
"But we have not made any offer. I think he will stay, it looks like that, for one more season."
14.31 BST: Jose Mourinho has suggested that Real Madrid priced Alvaro Morata out of a move to Manchester United.
"Yes, we have had interest, that is obvious and it's public," Mourinho said. "We have not come to an economic agreement, that is obvious as well but it's Real Madrid's right to ask for their players the amount of money that they want.
We do not determine what the price is of a player of Real Madrid, Real Madrid do that. And we didn't arrive at an agreement with Real Madrid. Full story.
14.06 BST: According to AS, Real Madrid have included a €500m release clause in the contract of new signing Dani Ceballos.
Ceballos joined Madrid over Barcelona this week and it is said they anticipate the midfielder improving even more, an eventuality that has led to them guarding against the prospect of rivals attempting to sign him in the future.
13.52 BST: Liverpool will make another attempt to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig next week, Sky Sports claims.
It was reported in the week that Leipzig warned Liverpool off the player.
13.30 BST: Arsene Wenger has been talking after Arsenal's preseason friendly win against Western Sydney Wanderers. Here's a summary of what he had to say on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud and, of course, Alexis Sanchez.
Summary of Wenger's press conference:— James Dodd (@JamesDoddUK) July 15, 2017
- Ox will NOT leave
- Mbappe likely to stay
- Wants Giroud to stay
- No Alexis deal yet...#AFC
13.20 BST: New Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is tipped to return to his former club Alaves in an attempt to sign defender Zou Feddal.
The Mail reports Feddal has a £2.6m buy-out clause and is also wanted by Valencia and Real Betis.
13.03 BST: Brighton are in talks to sign Brazilian midfielder Renato Neto from Gent, sources close to the Premier League side have told ESPN FC.
Neto was at Brighton's training ground on Friday for talks and a medical and he is expected to finalise him move to the Amex Stadium before the end of the weekend. Full story.
12.47 BST: West Brom have agreed a deal in principle to sign Egypt international Ahmed Hegazy, sources have told ESPN FC.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been looking to bring in a new central defender all summer and was interested in loaning Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, but backed off after learning of the cost of his loan fee and wages and has now switched his attention to 26-year-old Hegazy. Full story.
12.25 BST: Nice left-back Dalbert claims he will reject a move to Liverpool to sign for Inter Milan in the coming days.
"We had a fantastic season and it was only natural that proposals arrived," he is reported to have said. "My agent was contacted by over 10 European clubs, including Liverpool and Inter, who progressed in their desire to have me in the squad.
"Inter made a proposal that I find to be irresistible and I think over the next few days we can have a happy outcome for everyone."
12.07 BST: There's a DONE DEAL to report in Germany. Schalke have announced the signing of Bastian Oczipka from Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 28-year-old left-back has signed a three-year contract and will link up with his new teammates for their preseason tour in China on Sunday.
Speaking to Schalke's official website, Oczipka said: "I am excited by this new challenge. Domencio Tedesco and Christian Heidel have really motivated to get involved with the challenges that lie ahead here at Schalke. At the same time I would like to take this chance to thank everyone at Frankfurt for five great years."
11.49 BST: Chelsea's search for a striker has apparently led them to bid for Gonzalo Higuain. Tuttosport claims the Premier League champions lodged a €100m offer with Juventus but were given short shrift.
11.27 BST: A classy move from Leonardo Bonucci, who has taken out a full page advert in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport to thank Juventus and the club's fans after leaving to join AC Milan.
Football Italia reports that the message, titled "A splendid story," translates from Italian as follows.
"Seven seasons have passed. Seven seasons of victories, of dreams come true, of growth achieved via an empathic and exceptional bond with Juve, in its absolute entirety.
"Six Scudetti, all experienced and earned by fighting. Naturally, there remains the great regret of not winning the Champions League, but stronger than that is the pride of success achieved and of being part of a big Family.
"I always gave my all, truly, to the end. I received, I gave and I learned.
"What I see today looking behind me is in any case a splendid story, worthy of reaching its conclusion in full respect and affection, without sullying what I experienced together with the Club, the Captain, my teammates and fans.
"Thank you for everything, Juve."
11.08 BST: In Spain, Marca's front page leads with news that Kylian Mbappe, a reported target for Real Madrid, is unsure what he will do regarding his future.
10.54 BST: More on that Paris Saint-Germain from earlier. The club have confirmed Serge Aurier, Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and Alec Georgen have not travelled to the U.S. on their preseason tour and now look likely to be made available for transfer.
Julian Draxler will also miss the International Champions Cup as he is on holiday after playing for Germany in the Confederations Cup.
10.38 BST: In case you missed Jose Mourinho's news conference in the U.S., the Manchester United manager said it is "possible" Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United again.
"It's possible. It's open," Mourinho said. "We wanted to be honest and open and make a decision if his desire was to leave. There was no new contract.
"We left a space of time for everybody to decide and from his view he made a decision that he still wants to play at highest level." Full story.
10.21 BST: The Daily Express says that if Real Madrid do move for David De Gea then Manchester United will ask for Raphael Varane in exchange.
10.00 BST: The Mirror reckons Manchester United could line up Kasper Schmeichel as a potential replacement for David De Gea, should the goalkeeper return to Spain.
However, ESPN FC reported on Friday that United are confident about their prospects of fending off Madrid's renewed interest in 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.
09.39 BST: Could Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Serge Aurier and Alec Georgen be on their way out of Paris Saint-Germain?
Judging by PSG's photo this morning, Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Serge Aurier & Alec Georgen have not travelled to the USA. pic.twitter.com/MUV0qwmDZR— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) July 15, 2017
09.00 BST: We're now less than four weeks away from the start of the new Premier League season, so deals are going to be coming thick and fast. Will any big deals go through today? Stick with us.
IN THE PAPERS:
Madrid to wait on Mbappe
Real Madrid are prepared to play the long game in their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe and, according to Marca, will wait until transfer deadline day to complete the 18-year-old's signing, if that is what it takes.
The European champions want to avoid getting into a financial tussle with Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain, the player's other suitors, as they fear they could not match their wage budget.
Another problem they might encounter is Monaco's unwillingness to sell. Having already seen Bernardo Silva depart and with Tiemoue Bakayoko on the brink of a move to Chelsea, the French champions do not want to lose any more of their stars, the Daily Mail reports.
Thomas Lemar is linked with Arsenal, and City want to sign Benjamin Mendy, but the outlet says Monaco will do all they can to resist selling additional key men.
Chelsea's striker dilemma
Having missed out on main transfer target Romelu Lukaku, the Independent reckons that Chelsea now face a choice between Alvaro Morata, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrea Belotti to lead their line next season -- with Antonio Conte not fully sold on any of the trio.
Morata, a player Conte signed for Juventus, appears to be out of favour, despite being available; Aubameyang doesn't fit the bill of what is required from the Italian manager; and Belotti, the most expensive, is unproven on the big stage.
The London Evening Standard adds that Chelsea are willing to wait to complete the signing of Danilo from Real Madrid in hopes of getting the price down slightly. Madrid want £30.8m for the right-back, but Chelsea are hoping to strike a deal for £28m.
- James Milner could be relieved of left-back duty at Liverpool next season with an £8m deal to sign Andy Robertson from Hull in the offing. The Telegraph says that Robertson has been a target for Liverpool for two years and the club have finally made their move after deciding against Leicester's Ben Chilwell.
- Tottenham's hopes of replacing Kyle Walker with Ricardo Pereira are being complicated by Juventus' interest in replacing Dani Alves with the defender Pereira, according to the Standard. Valued at £22m, Porto were confident of offloading Pereira to Spurs who have £50m in the bank from the sale of Walker to Manchester City.
- Jose Mourinho has said it is "possible" Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play for Manchester United again. "It's possible. It's open," Mourinho said. "We wanted to be honest and open and make a decision if his desire was to leave. There was no new contract."