Barca to bid again for Coutinho; Neymar to stay after all?
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: Barca back with second Coutinho offer
Barcelona are not giving up lightly in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho -- oh no.
Despite having already seen an initial bid of £72 million for the Brazil international rejected by Liverpool, the Spanish giants are preparing to come back with another offer.
According to the Daily Mirror, Barca are determined to secure a deal for Coutinho and will therefore return to Liverpool with an improved bid of £80 million.
With Jurgen Klopp having already said his star man is not for sale and Barca potentially under great pressure to seek a big-money replacement for Neymar, this one could run and run.
22.51 BST: That's going to do it for Sunday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Be sure to check in back in just a few hours for the best gossip plucked from Monday morning's back pages.
22.29 BST: An update on the Neymar saga comes from ... Barcelona teammate Gerard Pique, who's tweeted that the Brazilian international will remain at the Camp Nou. Stay tuned.
Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017
22.07 BST: Napoli have tabled a €22m offer for Real Sociedad goalkeeper Gero Rulli, according to AS, although the Basque side are resolute that the 25-year-old Argentina international is not for sale.
21.44 BST: Arsenal are in talks with Sporting Lisbon over the transfer of midfielder William Carvalho, the Star cites Portuguese outlet Record as reporting, with the Lisbon club prepared to cut a deal for €30m despite the 25-year-old's €45m release clause.
21.22 BST: Chelsea are expected to table an offer in the next 48 hours for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who's entering the final year of his contract and has told Arsenal he won't sign an extension, writes the Express.
20.59 BST: MLS side Orlando City are in pursuit of just-capped U.S. forward Dom Dwyer, according to ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman, with Sporting Kansas City engaged in discussions over the 26-year-old whose contract expires at the end of the year.
20.37 BST: After Bayern Munich and now seemingly PSG cooled their interest in Alexis Sanchez, there is a growing belief that the Chilean international is intentionally pricing himself out of the market to ensure a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City -- who reportedly have received encouragement in their pursuit of Arsenal's talisman -- reports the Manchester Evening News.
20.21 BST: West Brom are preparing to launch a £10m bid for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, according to the Sun, which cites unnamed reports.
19.55 BST: Finally, a Neymar update for you because we know you can't get enough!
RAC1, who on Saturday reported there was an 80 percent chance Neymar would stay at Barcelona amid PSG's interest in the Brazil international, have said on Sunday that the first meeting between Neymar's father and Barca board did not go well for the Catalan club last night.
Meanwhile, Mundo Deportivo have indicated the two parties are set for further chats today.
19.34 BST: Wilfried Bony is being linked with a return to Swansea City, with reports suggesting that the Welsh club are considering a move to bring the Manchester City striker back to the Liberty Stadium.
The Ivorian became then most expensive player when he was signed by City from Swansea for £28 million in 2015, and the BBC have now reported that the Swans are weighing up a move for the hitman. Full Story.
19.05 BST: DONE DEAL Olympiakos have announced the signing of left-back Hrvoje Milic from Fiorentina. Milic, who signed for the Serie A club just last summer, played just 17 games for the club last campaign.
Colombian striker Carlos Bacca on his way to Marseille from AC Milan for £13m. Almost joined West Ham last summer for £26m— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 23, 2017
18.50 BST: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has squashed suggestions that midfielder Emre Can is set for a move to Serie A champions Juventus, telling reporters the Anfield club are having "good talks" with the Germany international over a new deal.
18.29 BST: Roma have made fresh contact with Leicester for winger Riyad Mahrez, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. According to the outlet, Mahrez and Roma have already struck an agreement over wages, however Leicester's desire to keep the 2015-16 Premier League Player of the Season and their high valuation of the player -- said to be £40m -- has so far prevented a deal from happening.
18.03 BST: Il Messaggero is reporting Lazio have deemed Sergej Milinkovic-Savic "completely unsellable" and will not accept any offers below €70-80m for the Juventus-linked central midfielder.
The club's proclamation comes after the Serbia youth international's agent indicated his client's intention to stay at the club, despite Milinkovic-Savic's brother's previous statements suggesting the Bianconeri were his desired destination.
17.40 BST: Napoli have offered €22m for Real Sociedad's Gero Rulli but have been told he's not on the market, according to AS. The Argentine goalkeeper's agent, Facundo Fraga, travelled to San Sebastian with the offer, but "the petition has fallen on deaf ears at the Basque side who say that the Argentinean is not for sale under any circumstances," reports the outlet.
17.24 BST: And news concerning another Arsenal player... Le Parisien reports that Paris Saint-Germain are set to end their pursuit of Alexis Sanchez due to the forward's excessive wage demands along with Arsenal's unwillingness to do business. They will now turn their attention fully to signing Neymar from Barcelona, the paper adds.
16.59 BST: Turkish club Antalyaspor have said they are in talks with Arsenal over a move for Jack Wilshere, though they may struggle to afford the midfielder. "We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere," Antalyaspor president Ali Safak Ozturk said. "It will be a difficult move to pull off." Full story.
16.34 BST: Sticking with Arsenal, Hector Bellerin has given their fans some good news -- for now at least... The right-back has confirmed he's on his way back to London to link up with the squad, amid speculation that Barcelona want to re-sign him this summer.
Leo Messi has deleted all pictures with Neymar from his Instagram account 👀😱 pic.twitter.com/L3EGTaxAUO— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 23, 2017
16.14 BST: Deportivo La Coruna have an interesting way of trying to lure Arsenal forward Lucas Perez back to his hometown club... According to AS, they are set to offer him a 10-year deal which would see Perez become the club's technical secretary when he retires.
15.45 BST: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says the club will sell Ivan Perisic to Manchester United if they meet their asking price. "If an offer comes and the club are satisfied with the money, which will be used to invest in and strengthen the team, he could leave," Spalletti said. Full story.
15.16 BST: Manchester City will line up a bid for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe if they lose out on Alexis Sanchez to Paris Saint-Germain, Goal says. City had been reluctant to meet his asking price of over £110 million, but may alter that stance if Sanchez heads to France.
14.59 BST: The Sun is reporting that Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye is set for a return to France, with Marseille favourites to bring him back to Ligue 1.
14.27 BST: Manchester United are close to sealing the loan signing of Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich, The Metro claims, and will beat off competition from AC Milan.
13.53 BST: Stade Rennais are considering a move for West Ham's Sofiane Feghouli, according to reports in France. The Ligue 1 side are keen to bring the Algeria international to Brittany this summer, and have already made initial contacts with the attacking midfielder's entourage. Full story.
13.24 BST: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Moussa Sissoko is in his plans for the upcoming campaign, despite the midfielder having been linked with an exit from the club. "He's in the plans for the season and he is, for us, a member of the squad," he said. Full story.
12.59 BST: Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol is claiming that Carlos Bacca is close to completing a £13 million move from AC Milan to Marseille...
12.41 BST: Juan Mata is hoping to extend his Manchester United contract, according to The Sun, given he has just a year left on his current deal. United are in no rush, however, and have an option to extend his stay by a further year until 2019.
12.10 BST: Laurent Koscielny has been linked on occasion with Marseille this summer, but the Arsenal defender says he is more than happy at the Emirates Stadium. "I have a long contract with Arsenal and I have [no reason] to leave the club," he told Arsenal's official website. Full story.
11.49 BST: Chelsea are lining up a £23 million move for Inter Milan winger Antonio Candreva, according to The Sun. The 30-year-old previously worked with Blues boss Antonio Conte in the Italy setup and the pair could be reunited at Stamford Bridge.
11.14 BST: While we're on the subject of Neymar, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has once again insisted that the Brazilian is going nowhere. "Barca are not going to go without Neymar," Valverde said. We want him with us, that's clear." Full story.
10.58 BST: Is this proof Neymar is leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain?
10.29 BST: Fenerbahce retain an interest in signing Arsenal forward Lucas Perez, according to NTV Spor, despite the Turkish club not being his first choice. Perez would prefer a move back to his native Spain, but Fenerbahce are hopeful he may still opt to join them.
10.09 BST: Manchester United are lining up a move for Bolton's 18-year-old keeper Jake Turner, says The Sun. United apparently see the England youth international as a future No. 1 at Old Trafford, but face competition from Everton for his signature.
09.56 BST: Jose Mourinho has also said that Manchester United have abandoned their interest in Gareth Bale by claiming the Welsh winger has no desire to leave Real Madrid. "You have contacts and feelings, you understand things, and it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge and situation," he said. Full story.
09.40 BST: Jose Mourinho has ruled out a summer move for David De Gea from Manchester United to Real Madrid after claiming it is "100 percent" that he stays. "I can guarantee that he's not going this season," Mourinho said. "And my feeling is it will be very difficult for him to go." Full story.
09.31 BST: Talking of Manchester City, they appear to be closing in on the signing of Monaco full-back Benjamin Mendy, who has posted an image of himself on Twitter boarding a flight to Los Angeles, where Pep Guardiola's side are currently based for preseason.
09.14 BST: Danilo has had this to say on joining Manchester City... "It has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player," he said. "I can't wait to get started and I'm looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks."
09.04 BST: Morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk... We start with a big one as Manchester City have just announced a DONE DEAL for Danilo, with the full-back joining from Real Madrid on a five-year contract. Full story.
Se queda. pic.twitter.com/RtPHUr9iTH— Gerard Piqué (@3gerardpique) July 23, 2017
PSG want Martial as part of Verratti deal
Manchester United might have to part with Anthony Martial if they want to land Marco Verratti this summer, the Daily Mirror claims.
United are chasing a £60 million deal for the midfielder after struggling to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea and have stepped up their interest, with Barcelona seemingly stalling in theirs.
Paris Saint-Germain would like Martial included as part of any deal -- a sticking point that United are not pleased with. Jose Mourinho's side do not want to let the France international go but remain in discussions with PSG in the hope that they can come to some sort of an agreement.
Mahrez holding out for £35 million move to Arsenal
Leicester's want-away star, Riyad Mahrez, has his heart set on a move to Arsenal, The Sun says, and he is prepared to wait to get what he wants.
Mahrez has been linked with a Leicester exit this summer, after he told them that he wants to quit for a new challenge, with Arsenal as well as Roma having been touted as potential destinations for the Algeria international.
Roma have already seen one bid knocked back by the Foxes for Mahrez, but they are expected to return with a new offer, though The Sun claims that the 26-year-old will reject any attempts to take him to Italy.
That is because Mahrez is holding out for a move to Arsenal and is happy to wait until late in the window in hopes that Arsene Wenger will turn to him in a £35 million deal, should he fail in his pursuit of Monaco's Thomas Lemar or lose Alexis Sanchez.
-- Chelsea are interested in acquiring Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and are keeping tabs on his contract situation at Arsenal, according to the Evening Standard.
With Oxlade-Chamberlain's current contract due to expire next summer and no extension with Arsenal yet agreed, Chelsea could look to pounce with an offer, though the Gunners would not want to sell to a London rival.
-- Everton are finally closing in on the signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, the Sunday Express reports.
The Toffees previously saw an initial bid of £40 million for the Iceland international rejected, with Swansea holding out for £50 million for their main man. Latest reports indicate that the two clubs have now agreed on a compromise of £40 million, plus another £5 million in add-ons.
-- Ashley Young is set to spurn interest from Stoke to remain at Manchester United, the Daily Mirror says.
Despite the former Aston Villa man entering the final year of his United deal, he would prefer to see out his contract and remain at Old Trafford, where Jose Mourinho is happy to keep him.