Chelsea announce deal to sign Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid
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TOP STORY: Morata heading for Chelsea?
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Real Madrid for the transfer of Alvaro Morata, subject to personal terms and a medical, and the striker's sale could allow Real Madrid to up their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.
Having got Antonio Conte tied to a new contract, the Premier League champions have wasted no time in resolving their search for a new lead striker to replace Diego Costa, ending speculation that they could move for Andrea Belotti, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexis Sanchez or even Sergio Aguero.
It remains to be seen how much Madrid stand to receive for Morata, but the sum is supposedly already spoken for with Los Blancos known admirers of Monaco's teenage striker Mbappe.
22.30 BST: That's going to do it for Wednesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the best gossip plucked from Thursday's back pages.
22.20 BST: Manchester City have insisted on a buyback clause as Leicester City close in on a £25m deal for 20-year-old forward Kelechi Iheanacho, according to the Manchester Evening News.
21.57 BST: Everton have had a £6m bid accepted for 17-year-old Newcastle defender Lewis Gibson, reports the Liverpool Echo.
21.35 BST: Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout skipped out on his medical at Saint-Etienne after Fiorentina came in with a late bid for the 24-year-old Frenchman, according to L'Equipe.
20.56 BST: Some developments in the Neymar-to-PSG saga, courtesy of Brazilian outlet Globoesporte. The publication claims that the Barcelona star has already told friends that he will move to the French capital, citing salary (he stands to double his money), the "status quo" (his reported dissatisfaction with being stuck in Lionel Messi's shadow) and influence (he wanted the Catalan club to sign Philippe Coutinho, Paulinho and Lucas Lima this summer but Barcelona failed to land any of the three -- despite Lima being available on a free).
20.40 BST: Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol is reporting that Bayern Munich are ready to sell Renato Sanches for £42m, one year after buying him from Benfica for €35m.
Bayern Munich say they will sell 19-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches for £42m. Won UEFA award for best young player at Euros last summer- Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 19, 2017
20.24 BST: DONE DEAL Reading have confirmed they've signed 29-year-old goalkeeper Vito Mannone from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.
20.08 BST: Fabian Delph is "on the verge" of a £10m deal to Stoke City, who are set to beat West Brom to the Manchester City midfielder's signature, writes the Star.
19.51 BST: The Star is citing Sportbild as reporting that Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in 29-year-old forward Max Kruse, and that Werder Bremen won't stand in the German's way should either Premier League club meet their £16m valuation.
19.35 BST: Stoke City have enquired about the availability of Manchester United's Ashley Young, whom Mark Hughes sees as a potential replacement for West Ham-bound Marko Arnautovic, according to the Sun.
19.19 BST: An update on Manchester United's pursuit of Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic comes from the Independent, who reports that the Italian club won't budge from their £48m valuation of the Croatia international unless United include Anthony Martial as a makeweight in the exchange.
19.03 BST: Manchester City target Pepe Reina is set to spurn the advances of Pep Guardiola and sign a contract extension at Napoli, TalkSport cites Gazzetta dello Sport as reporting.
18.46 BST: Chelsea have announced they've agreed terms with Real Madrid over the transfer of Alvaro Morata, subject to personal terms and the 24-year-old passing a medical. Full story.
We have agreed terms with Real Madrid for the transfer of Alvaro Morata...https://t.co/uuenBgcPH2- Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 19, 2017
18.30 BST: Chelsea and Manchester United are expected to join Tottenham in the chase for Everton's £50m-rated England international Ross Barkley, the Mail writes.
18.14 BST: DONE DEAL Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Ahmed Elmohamady on a three-year deal from Hull City.
17.57 BST: Arsenal have accepted a £10m bid from Leicester City for midfielder Mohamed Elneny, reports the Sun, but the Egypt international has rejected his chance to join the Foxes as he's settled into life in London -- despite finding first-team opportunities limited with the Gunners.
17.41 BST: We have an update on Alvaro Morata's proposed move to Chelsea, with the Telegraph reporting that sources in Spain say that the deal is "done". The West London club are expected to stump up £70m for the 24-year-old Real Madrid forward, who they will now begin negotiations over personal terms with.
17.26 BST: West Ham are confident of signing Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez, sources close to the Premier League club have told ESPN FC. Hernandez is entering the final year of his contract at Leverkusen and has a £13 million release clause which West Ham are ready to activate. Full story.
17.15 BST: DONE DEAL Aston Villa have signed Ahmed Elmohamady from Hull City...
16.58 BST: Pep Gurdiola has confirmed Manchester City's interest in Real Madrid right-back Danilo at a news conference...
Guardiola confirms Danilo "is an option" as City close in on a deal for the Real Madrid RB. Says they're talking to "three or four" players— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) July 19, 2017
16.44 BST: Sources in France have told ESPN FC that Toulouse have made an offer to take Bournemouth winger Max Gradel on loan.
16.31 BST: Sky Sports now reporting that the fee Manchester City will pay Real Madrid for right-back Danilo is in excess of £30 million...
16.16 BST: Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart believes Paris Saint-Germain are trying to unsettle Neymar as revenge for the Catalan club's continued interest in Marco Verratti. "Neymar won't leave Barca," he said. "What's happening is that PSG are retaliating because they're annoyed by a move to sign their player [Verratti]." Full story.
15.55 BST: Talking of Wojciech Szczesny, the goalkeeper has had this to say to Arsenal fans following his move from Juventus...
I remember being a young boy in Poland, watching David Seaman, Thierry Henry, Dennis Berkamp and others play for Arsenal. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get a chance to play for the club I supported as a little kid. When I was approached by Arsenal in 2005 my world changed forever. I began my journey as a 16 year old boy at the Arsenal's academy, trying to one day become a first team player, going out for evening runs in East Barnet with Jack Wilshere. Little did we know then, that couple years later we'd beat Barcelona in the Champions League and wear the no.1 and no.10 shirts. It has been over 11 years since I became an Arsenal player and I never thought the day I leave this club would come. Everything that I am and everything that I have, I owe to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Liam Brady, David Court, Bob Arber, Steve Bould, Neil Banfield, Mike Salmon, Tony Roberts, Gerry Peyton, Pat Rice and many others. Words can't describe my gratitude to these people and love for this club. Today I move on, ready for the new challenge in my life, taking with me only the good memories and bag of expierience. I leave hopeful that those days of Berkamp,Henry, Seaman and others are soon to return to Emirates Stadium and Arsenal get back to winning the Premier League. I may not be an Arsenal player no more but I will carry the Arsenal name with me wherever I go and I will do so with great pride. Once a Gunner, always a Gunner! ❤
15.40 BST: Have Arsenal made the right choice letting Wojciech Szczesny leave?
14 - Wojciech Szczesny kept the most clean sheets (14) among the goalkeepers in the Serie A 2016/17. Safe. pic.twitter.com/lO8C9ZUWq8— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) July 19, 2017
Opta says he kept the most clean sheets among the goalkeepers in the Serie A 2016/17 -- that's more than Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma.
15.23 BST: Former Arsenal player Paul Merson doesn't think Jack Wilshere will play for the club again.
"It's a definite that he [Wilshere] will leave," he told talkSPORT. "I don't think he was in Wenger's plans. If you send someone on loan, you send them on loan for three months.
"He [Wenger] is saying he's world class because he wants another £5m or so for him. But Arsenal haven't got anybody like Jack Wilshere in their team, not one player."
15.07 BST: DONE DEAL Newcastle have signed Jacob Murphy from Norwich for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old winger told the club's official website: "It was a childhood dream of mine to represent Newcastle and the opportunity is now here. I can't wait to get started."
14.55 BST: Moussa Sissoko is one of four notable omissions from Tottenham Hotspur's squad for the International Champions Cup matches in the United States, amid speculation he could leave the club.
Danny Rose (knee), Erik Lamela (hip) and Son Heung-Min (arm) also remain at home while they continue rehabilitation from surgery. Full story.
14.37 BST: Leicester City have shown Nampalys Mendy "a great lack of respect" by trying to sell him, according to the midfielder's advisor. "It's a great lack of respect towards the player and the man," Yacine Ayad said. "Leicester want a transfer, but right now, that's not going to happen." Full story.
14.24 BST: DONE DEAL Juventus have announced that they have completed the signing of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal following his successful medical on Tuesday... Full story.
14.05 BST: Italian World Cup winner Cristian Zaccardo says he has received over a thousand offers after he sought a new job on LinkedIn. "They came from Greece, Portugal, the Spanish second division, from Brazil, Argentina and all the way to Australia," he said. Full story.
13.45 BST: Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham's Eric Dier this summer, but former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy believes Victor Wanyama could be a better signing for the Red Devils. "If Man United are after anyone, why don't they go for Wanyama?" he said. "He is a Jose Mourinho-type player." Full story.
13.26 BST: Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has accused AC Milan of lacking "respect" toward the Bundesliga club in their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. "It can't be that sporting directors of other clubs say in public that they would also like to sign him, like it happened with AC Milan," he said. "That's no sign of respect." Full story.
13.06 BST: Sky Sport Italia is reporting that Manchester City have sealed the transfer of Danilo from Real Madrid...
12.55 BST: Liverpool are closing in on a deal to sign Andrew Robertson from Hull City, a source has told ESPN FC. Robertson is set to become Liverpool's third signing of the summer in a transfer that could reportedly be worth up to £10 million. Full story.
12.37 BST: Leicester have been accused of showing "a great lack of respect" by Nampalys Mendy's agent over trying to sell his client rather than loan him out. St Etienne, Nice and Bordeaux have all been linked with a move for the Foxes midfielder.
12.22 BST: Carl Jenkinson is in demand. Sources have told ESPN FC that the Arsenal defender is a target for Newcastle, Brighton, Burnley and Swansea.
Arsenal are now waiting to see which club makes the best offer for Jenkinson before agreeing to let him leave after six years in North London. Full story.
12.07 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have yet to agree a deal to sign Barcelona star Neymar but have been made aware that a deal is possible and are ready to step up talks, a source close to the French side has told ESPN FC.
Another source close to PSG, meanwhile, said Henrique, who leads the club's transfer talks, is no longer with the squad in the United States after being called back to Paris on urgent business. Full story.
11.55 BST: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says Diego Costa remains a Chelsea player "at the moment," amid uncertainty about the future of the Spain international just weeks ahead of the new season.
While both Chelsea and Atletico are hard at work in preseason, Costa is currently on holiday at home in Lagarto, Brazil, from where he published an Instagram video last weekend showing him partying while wearing a Rojiblanco shirt. Full story.
11.40 BST: Middlesbrough have bid 3.5m for West Ham keeper Darren Randolph, sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC.
11.24 BST: Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone is set to join Championship rivals Reading for £2m.
Sunderland manager Simon Grayson said: "We've agreed a fee with Reading," Grayson said. "The player is going into the last year of his contract and when a suitable offers comes in you have to consider it.
"We've made it clear to Vito it was up to him what he wanted to do, he felt for his long-term security it was probably best to go. I know he's discussing personal terms and potentially having a medical."
11.10 BST: Leeds have signed defender Matthew Pennington on a season-long loan deal from Everton, Press Association Sport reports.
Centre-half Pennington, 22, has joined up with Leeds' squad in Austria and is expected to be confirmed as head coach Thomas Christiansen's ninth summer signing later on Wednesday.
10.57 BST: Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed RB Leipzig recently rejected a €75 million bid for Liverpool target Naby Keita.
"We won't sell players who are still under contract just to earn a lot of money," Mateschitz said. "Let me give you an example: Only recently, we received a €75 million bid for Naby Keita. No way!" Full story.
10.40 BST: Staying with Bayern, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said they are not interested in selling Thomas Muller, amid speculation that a Juventus as well as Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool want to sign the Germany international.
"Both the club and Thomas agree on the assessment of last season -- it wasn't a good one," Bayern CEO Rummenigge said. "[But] Thomas is still not for sale because he's a perfect fit for Bayern. This is not a matter of discussion." Full story.
10.22 BST: Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has had his say on reports that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will remain at Borussia Dortmund.
"It's great that he is staying. The Bundesliga needs good players," former Dortmund man Lewandowski said at a news conference in Shanghai.
"If there are good players in other teams that can make the Bundesliga more interesting over the whole season. And when you are fighting for the Bundesliga title until the end then you know that our form will also be really high in the DFB Pokal and Champions League too."
Aubameyang beat Lewandowski to finish as the Bundesliga's top scorer last season.
10.08 BST: In Italy, Gazzetta dello Sport leads with news of Juventus pulling out of a move to sign Patrik Schick from Sampdoria, and shock links between Inter Milan and Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino.
09.51 BST: L'Equipe reports that Valencia are keen to bring Grzegorz Krychowiak back to La Liga from Paris Saint-Germain.
The former Sevilla midfielder has been left out of PSG's squad for their preseason tour, making it clear he is welcome to leave the club. It is also claimed that if he doesn't return to Spain, the Poland international could move to the Premier League.
09.29 BST: AC Milan defender Mattia De Sciglio has arrived at Juventus for a medical before a reported €12m transfer.
Ciao Mattia! 😉👍⚫⚪ pic.twitter.com/pNKA0DB2sm— JuventusFC (@juventusfc) July 19, 2017
The 24-year-old will replace Dani Alves as Juve's right full-back, reuniting himself with Massimiliano Allegri, who handed him his Milan debut in 2012.
09.12 BST: DONE DEAL Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic has joined Leicester on a three-year contract.
"I'm very happy and excited that the deal is finally done. I'm very excited to be a part of something special here and I can't wait for the first game," Jakupovic told the club's official website.
"I knew from the beginning that it will be difficult for myself because Kasper [Schmeichel] is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
"I'm going to fight and I'm here to push. A healthy competition is always good and that's only a positive thing. For sure, I'll wait for my chance but I am here and I'm very excited." Full story.
08.57 BST: Unsurprisingly Neymar is making the front pages in Spain and Mundo Deportivo leads with a story that he is happy in Barcelona.
Marca has a story suggesting "five arguments PSG can use to seduce Neymar,"while Sport leads with an exclusive story that Neymar met his father and agent on a yacht in Formentera -- we wonder what they are talking about?
08.43 BST: More on the developing situation with Neymar next. Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre has said he is "200 percent" convinced that the forward will not move on amid reports that he is unhappy enough to seek a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
"I'm 200 percent sure that he is going to stay," Mestre said. "I've read information in the French press that PSG themselves have categorically denied it, a club with whom we are maintaining absolutely normal relations. Nothing has changed in that aspect." Full story.
08.18 BST: Kevin Stewart has left Liverpool's squad in Hong Kong as he closes in on a move to Hull City, sources have told ESPN FC.
Stewart, who signed a long-term contract with Liverpool in November, will now travel to Hull to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical at the Championship side in a deal that could be worth up to £8 million. Full story.
08.01 BST: Let's kick off Wednesday's Transfer Talk with a story exclusive to ESPN FC. Sergio Romero has told us he wants David De Gea to stay at Manchester United this summer, even if that means his path to the first team is blocked.
"Since I came to this team, I said I need to compete with David because in that way we can keep the competition level high," Romero told ESPN FC. "I don't want him to leave. We are friends. And if he stays here, it will help me to be better." Full story.
Barkley names price for Spurs
Ross Barkley could price himself out of a move to Tottenham by demanding wages in excess of top earners Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, reports the Mirror.
The Everton star has just one year remaining on his contract at Goodison Park and Ronald Koeman has made him dispensable by landing Davy Klaassen and Wayne Rooney, as well as pushing for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The 23-year-old would want £150,000-per-week to swap Merseyside for north London, despite Spurs' wage ceiling set at £120,000-per-week.
The move has been further complicated by Everton's insistence on that Spurs meet the lofty price tag of £50m.
Conte weighing wing-back options
Antonio Conte is targeting a left wing-back after signing new terms on a two-year contract with Chelsea, according to the Standard.
Former Blue Ryan Bertrand and Monaco powerhouse Benjamin Mendy are possible options as the Italian bids to provide competition for Marcos Alonso.
Extra depth on the right, for Victor Moses, appears set to come in the form of Real Madrid's Danilo.
Juventus have blocked the Premier League champions' efforts to sign Alex Sandro, though reuniting with compatriot and former Porto colleague Danilo is likely to appeal.
Pep Guardiola is also pushing hard for a second right-back though, reports Sky Sport Italia's Gianluca Di Marzio, with Danilo next on the list of targets after missing out on Dani Alves.
And the report states that the former Porto star is actually closer to swapping the Bernabeu for the Etihad than Stamford Bridge at this stage.
Saints eye Man City wonder kid
Southampton are lining up a loan move for Patrick Roberts after the Manchester City starlet enjoyed a fine season at Celtic last term, claims the Sun.
Saints and their footballing philosophy would be an attractive option for City as they search for the perfect option in the 20-year-old's next stage of his development.
The English youth international struck 11 goals and made 19 assists under Brendan Rodgers last season to prove himself as one of the finest young talents emerging in British football.
Mauricio Pellegrino will be rivalled by French club Nice, who can offer Roberts Champions League football, which could prove tough to resist.
- Inter Milan are closing in on Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino, reports Tuttosport.
The Uruguayan midfielder is a priority for manager Luciano Spalletti, who has already upgraded the position by bringing in the 25-year-old's former team-mate Borja Valero.
- AC Milan will move for Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic, according to Corriere dello Sport, to compliment a strike force including Andre Silva and Carlos Bacca.
The Croatia striker enjoyed a phenomenal season with the Viola last term, scoring 20 goals in all competitions, and the 29-year-old is seen as a priority after Borussia Dortmund reportedly ruled out selling Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang due to rivals missing the deadline.
The Rossoneri also want Fluminense sensation Richarlison, with Gianluca Di Marzio revealing the Brazilian giants will demand €15m for the 20-year-old.