Liverpool ready to up Naby Keita bid to £70 million
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 to bid £70m for Keita
Liverpool will make a stunning £70 million bid for No.1 target Naby Keita, reports the Mirror.
The Reds are pursuing the RB Leipzig general and believe he could be the final piece in Jurgen Klopp's jigsaw ahead of a return to the Champions League.
A £57m offer has been rejected by the Bundesliga side, with Ralph Hasenhüttl keen to keep the Guinean for their own assault on Europe's top competition.
Inter Milan are also reportedly keen to enter the bidding and could trump any offer from the Reds by offering the 22-year-old back on loan for a season.
22.44 BST: That's going to do it for Sunday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Be sure to check back in just a few short hours when we return with all the best gossip pulled from Monday's back pages.
22.22 BST: AC Milan are interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches, but an agreement has not yet been reached for the Portugal international, says Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Full story.
21.59 BST: Lazio are in negotiations with Chelsea over 22-year-old Croatian midfielder Mario Pasalic, writes Gazzetta dello Sport. CalcioMercato adds that the Roman club are discussing a one-year loan with an option to buy at €10m.
21.37 BST: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge turned down a "big-money move" to Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan ahead of the close of the league's transfer window, reports the Mirror.
21.15 BST: Highly rated wenty-two-year-old Keita Balde has left Lazio's preseason camp, bound for Milan, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, with Inter expected to lodge a bid for the Senegalese forward who has just a year remaining on his contract.
20.52 BST: Nemanja Matic wants his future decided in the next 48 hours, writes the Sun, and has his heart set on a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United -- while Chelsea would prefer to sell the Serbia international to Juventus.
20.30 BST: According to CalcioMercato, Barcelona have made an offer for Paris Saint-Germain star midfielder Marco Verratti: €65m plus Ivan Rakitic.
20.08 BST: Tottenham will head to the U.S. this week on their preseason tour, but before they cross the Atlantic, they want Everton midfielder Ross Barkley in their squad, according to the Mirror. The catch, however, is that Spurs only value the England international at £30m while the Toffees are expecting £50m
19.45 BST: CalcioMercato cites Tuttosport as reporting that Juventus will offer Liverpool €25m for Emre Can, as the Bianconeri continue their search for a midfielder and the German international enters the final year of his contract on Merseyside.
19.23 BST: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart will arrive in London on Monday, reports the Telegraph, and the England No. 1 is expected to complete his season-long loan to West Ham in the next 24 hours.
19.01 BST: Manchester United are leading the race to sign PSG right-back Serge Aurier, L'Equipe has reported.
The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international was left off the club's preseason squad this summer and, per the newspaper, could be had for under €25m.
18.30 BST: Manchester City have identified yet another right-back target after Dani Alves recently stunned the Etihad club with his move to PSG.
Yes, they brought in former Tottenham man Kyle Walker last week, but the Sunday Times says Pep Guardiola also wants Real Madrid reserve Danilo, who is set to cost a minimum of €25m despite failing to impress in his first season at the Bernabeu last campaign.
18.12 BST: Liverpool have been handed some excellent transfer news just now.
After the club's embarrassing mea culpa over tapping up Southampton's Virgil van Dijk earlier this summer, the Sun report the Dutch defender has no intentions to remain with the Saints, and has selected Anfield as his only desired destination this summer.
17.50 BST: Sampdoria are reportedly prepared to make a €6m offer for Genk defender Omar Colley, though the asking price for the Gambia international is €8m, according to Sky Sport Italia.
17.23 BST: And hot on the heels of that is another DONE DEAL. Sevilla have announced the signing of Nolito from Manchester City.
Signing a three-year contract, Nolito becomes Sevilla's fifth signing of the summer.
17.12 BST: DONE DEAL AC Milan have signed Lucas Biglia from Lazio on a three year contract.
Biglia arrived in Milan on Friday to undergo a medical, which he has now passed, ahead of a reported €17m move.
16.52 BST: Andrea Belotti's absence as Torino launched their new kit has made news in some places. It certainly seems odd given he scored 26 goals and set up seven more in 35 Serie A appearances last season.
Earlier today AC Milan confirmed their interest in Belotti, while Chelsea are also said to be interested.
16.29 BST: Monaco are currently playing a preseason friendly game against PSV Eindhoven and they have Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar in their starting XI.
16.07 BST: Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic looks to be on his way to Leicester after the Hull Daily Mail reported that the goalkeeper has left the Tigers' preseason training camp in Portugal for talks over a £2m move.
15.50 BST: DONE DEAL Valencia have announced that goalkeeper Diego Alves will join Flamengo.
15.34 BST: AC Milan, Chelsea or anyone else hoping to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had better get a move on.
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has said: "We have not had any offers. We will wait a few more days, but not long anymore. I personally would prefer if he stays but there are a few clubs on this planet where he can obviously earn more." Full story.
15.20 BST: AC Milan are aiming to strengthen their attacking options with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andrea Belotti or Alvaro Morata, according to CEO Marco Fassone.
"Many names have been mentioned of very strong strikers," Fassone told Milan TV. "We would like to have one from Belotti, Morata or Aubameyang. We will see who our choice falls to, although there are also other names who are yet to be splashed on the front pages by the media." Full story.
14.59 BST: Roma are now favourites to sign Riyad Mahrez ahead of Arsenal, the Leicester Mercury reports.
Although Arsenal remain interested, Roma have already seen one bid rejected and can offer Champions League football.
14.34 BST: Could Chelsea launch a shock move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero?
The Premier League champions need a new striker and having missed out on Romelu Lukaku they have been linked to Alvaro Morata, Andrea Belotti and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
However, Spanish journalist Manu Sainz of AS reports that Chelsea are interested in Aguero.
Me cuentan que el Chelsea quiere al Kun Agüero. Guardiola ya habría dado el ok a la operación...— Manu Sainz (@Manu_Sainz) July 16, 2017
14.14 BST: Mark Noble has had his say on Joe Hart ahead of the goalkeeper's reported move to West Ham.
"I've known Joe for a long time, we played for England U21s together years ago," Noble told Sky Sports. "In my opinion, he has been a little bit hard done by in recent years. He has been fantastic for England and for his club for the last 10 years and he probably deserves a little bit more respect."
14.00 BST: Marseille, Southampton and Everton want to sign Chelsea striker Loic Remy, according to Sky Sports, who say the player will be allowed to move on this summer.
13.38 BST: Look who has landed in Seville ahead of a move from Manchester City to Sevilla -- it's Nolito.
📣 ¡Nolito ya está en Sevilla! pic.twitter.com/6160Y1XgGS— Sevilla Fútbol Club (@SevillaFC) July 16, 2017
ESPN FC reported earlier that Sevilla have reached an agreement in principle with City for the transfer of the winger. Full story.
13.05 BST: DONE DEAL West Ham have sold 19-year-old midfielder George Dobson to Sparta Rotterdam for an undisclosed fee.
12.51 BST: Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is closing in on a move to Juventus, sources in Italy have told ESPN FC.
Juventus have been in talks with Arsenal for several weeks over a deal for Szczesny and they are now on the verge of an agreement.
12.34 BST: DONE DEAL to report from Chelsea, who have loaned Marco van Ginkel to PSV Eindhoven for a second season.
The Eredivisie side confirmed the news in a short statement that read: "PSV and Chelsea have reached an agreement on a transfer of Marco van Ginkel. It is a rental for the duration of a season. PSV hope to welcome the midfielder quickly in Switzerland, where he will join then in training camp."
19 - Marco van Ginkel has been directly involved in 19 goals in 28 Eredivisie games for PSV (15 goals, 4 assists). Key.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) July 16, 2017
12.02 BST: News from Tottenham next, the only Premier League club yet to complete a signing this summer
But before you get excited, Spurs fans, this DONE DEAL is to announce an agreement has been reached to sell Clinton Njie to Marseille.
11.49 BST: Although it is reported that Manchester United believe David De Gea will eventually return to Spain they want to keep hold of him for as long as possible and make it hard for Real Madrid to sign him.
As such, the Sunday Mirror reckons United have asked for Toni Kroos in return if Madrid want to sign De Gea this summer, the kind of outrageous request they are certain will be rejected.
11.30 BST: Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has spoken about transfer speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona.
"There is nothing certain about Barcelona because I am very happy at United and I feel valued and focused here," Herrera said.
11.22 BST: Reported Manchester United target Ivan Perisic was absent from Inter Milan's friendly game against Nurnberg on Saturday, but before anybody reads too much into that the Croatia international was suffering with toothache, according to a report from Football Italia.
11.07 BST: Wayne Rooney also had his say on Ross Barkley, and encouraged the midfielder to stay at Everton.
"With the ability that Ross has, of course we all want him to be a part of what we're trying to achieve at Everton," Rooney said. "He can help us get better but the decision about his future is down to him. I'm sure he will speak to the manager and do what's right for him." Full story.
10.54 BST: Wayne Rooney has offered Romelu Lukaku some advice to help him succeed at Manchester United.
"Playing for Manchester United is a test of character," Rooney said. "You've got to be strong enough mentally to accept the challenge. United are a football club that demands success. Romelu has to be strong enough to take up that challenge. Full story.
10.38 BST: Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester United never thought of re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
He told a news conference after the 5-2 win over LA Galaxy: "We have never thought about it because he is such an important player for his club, of great economic power. We have not been able to find a reason that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave." Full story.
10.12 BST: Alexis Sanchez says he has "made my decision" on whether to stay at Arsenal as he stressed the importance of playing in the Champions League.
"I want to play in the Champions League," he said at a charity youth tournament in Tocopilla. "The decision isn't up to me, I need to wait for Arsenal. I've made my decision, now I wait for Arsenal's reply. The idea is to play and win the Champions League. I've dreamt about it since I was little." Full story.
09.43 BST: Sevilla have reached an agreement in principle with Manchester City for the transfer of winger Nolito, the Spanish club announced on Saturday night.
Nolito will have a medical in the coming days before signing a three-year deal, Sevilla said. The transfer fee has been reported to be about €9 million (£7.9m), after City paid €18m for him a year ago. Full story.
09.18 BST: There's already been a DONE DEAL in Italy. Roma have announced the signing of Cengiz Under from Basaksehir in Turkey.
The 20-year-old midfielder has signed a five-year contract and arrives for a fee of €13.4m.
"I'm delighted to be here and very excited about meeting the fans," Cengiz told Roma's official website. "My aim is to earn myself a regular starting berth as quickly as possible."
09.00 BST: Good morning and welcome to Sunday's Transfer Talk live blog. We'll kick off with a report from the Sunday Express that Real Madrid could consider cashing in on Gareth Bale in order to fund a bid for Kylian Mbappe.
The European champions are having trouble selling Alvaro Morata and may have to try and tempt Manchester United, Chelsea or Paris Saint-Germain into taking the Wales international off their hands.
Chelsea's monster Higuain bid rejected
It's been a frustrating summer negotiating with Juventus for Chelsea, after a €70m offer was rejected for Alex Sandro, and it seems the Old Lady is not prepared to relinquish her stars to the Blues.
While Antonio Conte will have been angered by Manchester United pipping his side to the signing of Romelu Lukaku, it has pushed them to look at Gonzalo Higuain -- with Tuttosport claiming a bid worth €100m has been rebuffed.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is another target as Chelsea aim to fill the void set to be left by the outgoing Diego Costa.
The Spain international is being frozen out at Cobham, and sources have told ESPN FC that he will not join the squad on their preseason tour.
Toffees plan audacious Walcott move
Everton have outlined their ambitions with a flurry of signings to own the summer transfer window.
Theo Walcott is a shock target now for Ronald Koeman, according to the Mirror, with the Toffees aiming to table a £30m bid to tempt the Gunners into a sale.
The England international, who is seen as a replacement for Yannick Bolasie while he recovers, shone in the first half of last season, yet faded down the stretch as Arsenal fell short of a top-four finish.
Moving to Goodison would also put Walcott in the Europa League, but with a greater chance of landing a World Cup squad place due to guaranteed games.
- Stoke are holding out for £22m as West Ham continue to pursue Marko Arnautovic, according to the Mail.
The Hammers' latest offer, thought to be £20m, was knocked back as 10 percent of the fee would have been siphoned off in agent fees and bonuses.
- Roma have upped their offer to €23m for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez, according to Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio. Leicester reportedly rejected a €20m bid on Saturday, but the Serie A side seem intent on landing the Premier League winner.
The Algerian winger remained with the Foxes last summer amid serious interest from Premier League giants and is now set to depart, with Arsenal also in the hunt.
- Liverpool aim to solve their long-term left-back problem with a move for Aston Villa's Jordan Amavi, reports the Mirror, after the French star's troubles over a move to Sevilla.
Villa had agreed a deal with the La Liga side but then disputed the results of the 23-year-old's medical results, which could now allow the Reds to steal in.
- Juventus will up their interest in Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic next week, while also aiming to get Milan back for signing their defensive talisman Leonardo Bonucci this week, reports Corriere dello Sport.
Massimiliano Allegri is lining up a double move for full-back Mattia De Sciglio and midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who have both slipped down the pecking order after the Rossoneri's summer spending spree.