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Chelsea target Danny Drinkwater as Nemanja Matic replacement

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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: Drinkwater to become toast of Chelsea?

Leicester City's Premier League-winning midfielder Danny Drinkwater is a target for champions Chelsea, Sky Sports reports.

It says the England international is one of the midfield possibilities -- also including Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches -- being considered by coach Antonio Conte.

Chelsea, who sold Nemanja Matic to Manchester United this week, "have already brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco but want to add another midfielder," the report adds.

But it notes that Leicester "are under no pressure to sell Drinkwater and he is not for sale, having signed a new four-year contract last summer."


22.30 BST: That's all for Transfer Talk tonight, but we'll be back in just a few hours with a look at the morning papers!

22.20 BST: Just to settle any remaining doubts, Neymar has indeed landed in Barcelona tonight. Footage from Esport3:

21.50 BST: Despite repeated refusals from Inter Milan to sell Ivan Perisic, Man United have not taken no for an answer and continue to speak to his agent, according to

In response, Inter have reopened the subject of obtaining Anthony Martial -- and apparently even have the player's approval to push for a potential deal.

21.15 BST: Former England star Carlton Cole could be on the move again soon after his coach with Persib has said the Indonesian club's management will dismiss him after he played "very badly."

20.35 BST: Former U.S. and Swansea City coach Bob Bradley has landed at new MLS club LAFC, but his son Michael Bradley says he has no intention of leaving Toronto FC. Full story.

20.05 BST: They're not so secretive over transfers in Italy. Case in point, Inter have confirmed that Matias Vecino has completed his medical ahead of a €24m move from Fiorentina, though we're still waiting for that done deal. Full story.

19.45 BST: Manchester City have inserted a £50 million buyback clause into Leicester City's £25 million move for forward Kelechi Iheanacho, a source has told KweséESPN's Colin Udoh. Full story.

19.20 BST: Jose Mourinho could have that fleet-footed winger he so desires at Man United, if he would only give Usain Bolt a call. Watch.

19.10 BST: Zinedine Zidane is far from concerned that Cristiano Ronaldo is still looking to leave Real Madrid, telling reporters his star forward is "relaxed" now that his court date is behind him. Full story.

18.45 BST: Photos have emerged online of Kelechi Iheanacho purportedly having his medical at Leicester City today -- in a Foxes shirt no less.

18.05 BST: PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al Khelaifi declined to delve into details on Neymar in quotes from Saturday that emerged in the French press on Tuesday.

Al Khelaifi told Morocco's Medi 1 TV before PSG won the French Super Cup in Tangier on Saturday: "I think that this question is a bit premature. Today, Neymar is a Barcelona player and we will see what happens with him.

"However, we respect all the contracts signed by other clubs with their players. Sincerely, I prefer not to speak about this topic right now. I hope to talk about it at another time. I would rather not get into percentages either, each thing in its own time.

"Neymar is a world-class star. However, and I repeat, he is a Barcelona player. Bringing in a star like this, it is not only a question of name and reputation, it is also how they play the game. PSG aspire to having top players recognised at the highest levels globally to increase the club's reputation and to take the players and the coach to the levels they want to reach."

17.45 BST: DONE DEAL Spanish side Alcorcon have landed forward Nicolao Dumitru, who spent the wide majority of his time at Napoli out on loan, most recently at Nottingham Forest.

17.24 BST: With Neymar seemingly on his way to Paris Saint-Germain, Sport is reporting that the Barcelona dressing room are "completely sick" of the Brazilian and believe he has damaged the image of the team and the club by staying silent on the subject.

17.08 BST: Atlanta United have extended the loan spell of defender Anton Walkes from Tottenham until the end of the MLS season... Full story.

16.53 BST: DONE DEAL Udinese have loaned Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu out to Turkish club Bursaspor until 2018...

16.35 BST: Chelsea are struggling in their bid to bring Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches to Stamford Bridge, the Evening Standard reports. Sanches is worried he will be behind N'Golo Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko in Antonio Conte's pecking order and fancies his chances elsewhere.

16.20 BST: Leicester have rejected a £7 million bid from Championship club Derby for winger Tom Lawrence, according to Sky Sports. Lawrence spent last season out on loan at Ipswich, having struggled to make an impression at Leicester.

16.06 BST: Liverpool will make a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches should they lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, The Sun claims, and are hopeful of seeing off competition from Manchester United, Chelsea and AC Milan for the Portugal international.

15.48 BST: DONE DEAL West have confirmed that Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have both joined Championship side Bolton on loan for the first half of the season...

15.30 BST: DONE DEAL Manchester City have sent two more players out on loan to La Liga club Girona, with Douglas Luiz and Marlos Moreno following Aleix Garcia... Full story.

15.09 BST: Alexis Sanchez is back smiling in Arsenal training... Does it mean he's staying? Who knows.

14.58 BST: Adama Diakhaby has agreed a deal to join Monaco, RMC reports, with the French champions paying €10 million for the Rennes winger.

14.35 BST: Torino president Urbano Cairo has told reporters that Andrea Belotti will stay at the club. The striker, who has a €100m release clause in his contract, has been linked with AC Milan.

14.20 BST: BBC Sport reckons 30-year-old Manchester City midfielder Fernando will join Galatasaray.

The same report says Pep Guardiola is looking to sign a central defender to boost his squad.

14.03 BST: Arsenal have welcomed back Alexis Sanchez after he touched down in London this morning... A tactic from the Gunners to persuade the Chile international to stay at the club?

13.50 BST: DONE DEAL Manchester City have sent 20-year-old midfielder Aleix Garcia out on loan to La Liga club Girona for the season...

13.38 BST: West Ham duo Reece Burke and Josh Cullen have both agreed to join Championship side Bolton on loan, sources have told ESPN FC.

13.18 BST: Sky Sports is now reporting that Kelechi Iheanacho is set to undergo a medical at Leicester today ahead of completing a £25 million move from Manchester City.

13.02 BST: Turkish media are claiming that Paris Saint-Germain and Fenerbahce are close to reaching an agreement that will see Hatem Ben Arfa move from the French capital to Istanbul. The 30-year-old, who has been told he can leave PSG after just a season, is due in Turkey on Tuesday to tie up the deal.

12.45 BST: DONE DEAL at Sevilla where Jesus Navas has signed a four-year contract on a free transfer. Full story.

12.31 BST: If Neymar is currently on his way back to Barcelona then a surprise awaits him when he lands.

A strongly-worded, homemade poster has been spotted on the streets of Barcelona, taped haphazardly to a lamppost.

It reads: "Wanted: Traitor. Mercenaries out of Barcelona. Only players who love the shirt." Full story.

12.10 BST: It looks like Kelechi Iheanacho's move from Manchester City to Leicester is close to being done. African football expert Colin Udoh says the 20-year-old striker will have a medical soon.

12.04 BST: Former United States international Freddy Adu is set for a medical with Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sacz, despite their manager not wanting him.

"It's a joke," Sandecja Nowy Sacz Radoslaw Mroczkowski said. "I read in the media about his trial. I asked the sporting director [Arkadiusz Alexander] why he did not tell me anything [about Adu]. After all, he sent me a text message that there 'will be a player on trial' and that they all knew. Marketing knew, the staff at the club knew... Only the coach did not know who the trialist was." Full story.

11.50 BST: Fiorentina midfielder Matias Vecino has passed his medical at Inter Milan.

11.38 BST: Arsenal could sell Wellington Silva to Werder Bremen after a deal with Bordeaux fell through, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Arsenal have a buy-back clause of £1.5m for Silva after selling him to Fluminense last summer and are now ready to trigger that option and sell him on to Bundesliga side Bremen. Full story.

11.21 BST: As you might expect there's a lot of rumours and different reports flying around about Neymar's proposed move from Barcelona to PSG.

Le Parisien, a respected outlet in France with good connections to PSG, had said the Brazilian would not stop on his way back from China where he was completing commercial obligations.

However, an Instagram story posted by the man himself shows that he is in Dubai.

L'Equipe adds that a medical with PSG is expected at the end of the week and before Monday at the latest.

It is worth noting, as reported by Jonathan Johnson, ESPN FC's PSG correspondent, that beINSPORTS are saying Neymar has decided to leave Barca, and they are a source to be taken seriously.

11.00 BST: Alexis Sanchez is back in London. It has been reported he will head to Arsenal to hand in a transfer request now... watch this space.

10.39 BST: Former Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber looks set to join Stuttgart on a free transfer, kicker reports. Full story.

10.21 BST: Wolves have the first DONE DEAL of the day. Leo Bonatini has joined on a season-long loan from Al Hilal.

"It is a big club and is also famous in Brazil, and I am very excited to play here," the 23-year-old striker told the club's official website upon signing.

"It is a dream to play in the Championship but even more in the Premier League and we can put our names in the history of this club if we achieve it.

"Big players have come here because of the project and we want to go to the Premier League, although we know how hard that will be."

10.04 BST: Is Gylfi Sigurdsson's move to Everton ever going to happen? Swansea captain Leon Britton wants the Iceland international's future decided soon.

"It would be better if it could be done either way and put to bed, whether Gylfi was to leave or Gylfi was to stay," he said. "For Gylfi as a friend and a teammate I wouldn't want it to drag on and on and I think it would be better for all parties if a decision could be made either way. I think there probably is a little bit of frustration there that he wants it done." Full story.

09.50 BST: One player who is on his way back is Alexis Sanchez. The Telegraph says the reported Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain target is due back in training with Arsenal after recovering from the flu.

09.40 BST: Douglas Costa has told La Gazzetta dello Sport he left Bayern Munich to join Juventus because he is ambitious to win the Champions League.

09.29 BST: Chelsea were given a few days off following their preseason tour but are due back in training today. Will Diego Costa be there? 

Reports in Spain suggest he will not and has been given time off to sort out a move away from the club. We will find out more soon...

09.06 BST: RB Leipzig have said they are no longer interested in offers for Oliver Burke and have no intention of doing any further transfer business this summer.

"I talked to Oliver once again in London and told him that we don't want him to move on," Rangnick said. Full story.

08.45 BST: According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann is the Barcelona want to replace Neymar.

Griezmann joins Ousmane Dembele, Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti and even Kylian Mbappe among the names mentioned that Barca could consider.

08.22 BST: Pep Guardiola is unsure about the future of Samir Nasri at Manchester City and has revealed the midfielder left on loan last season despite the club wanting to keep him.

"He knows the situation," Guardiola said, in quotes reported by Sky Sports. "We have a lot of midfield players, so we're going to see... The past isn't important, it is all about tomorrow.

"We wanted to keep [Nasri] last preseason but he decided to go to Sevilla and I like to work with the guys who want to work with us.

"But I saw him in these three games and his spirit in the training sessions. Still I'm waiting for a bad performance from him. He's a guy who has unbelievable ability to keep the ball in small spaces. The ball is safe. He has his own special quality."

08.04 BST: Tuesday's Transfer Talk live blog kicks off with worrying news for Arsenal fans. 

It has been reported that Jack Wilshere, David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy have all been told they can leave Arsenal this summer, but there are a lack of suitors due to the players' wage demands.

The Daily Mail says the sale of the aforementioned fringe stars could be key in the Gunners' attempts to land Thomas Lemar from Monaco.

Everton set to take spending past £200m mark

Everton may have already spent big on a glut of summer signings -- but they haven't finished yet, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Ronald Koeman's Goodison Park revamp could yet include the arrival of long-term target Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea, with Koeman "closing in on the midfielder for nearly £50 million."

And if you thought the arrival of Sigurdsson might complete the picture, think again, because Everton "still want a new striker and a centre-back."

That striker could be either Arsenal's Olivier Giroud or Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace, while Everton are reported to be weighing up a number of defensive options.

The Merseysiders have brought in Wayne Rooney, Jordan Pickford, Michael Keane, Davy Klaassen, Sandro Ramirez, Henry Onyekuru and Cuco Martina since the window opened.

Saints mull move for Van Dijk replacement

Could an end to the protracted saga of whether or not defender Virgil van Dijk stays at Southampton be in sight?

The Mail thinks it could, reporting that the Saints "are weighing up a £12m move for Lazio centre-back Wesley Hoedt as they prepare for Van Dijk's departure."

Netherlands international Van Dijk was left out of the squad for last month's preseason trip to France, with talks on his future reported to be scheduled for this week.

The £60m-rated defender continues to be strongly linked with Liverpool and is also said to be interesting Chelsea.

And the Mail adds that negotiations over a potential move for 23-year-old Hoedt, who had also interested Southampton last summer, have already taken place.

Leicester and Everton are also mooted as potential destinations if Hoedt elects to leave Serie A.


- Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez hasn't had it all his own way in what has often been a frustrating summer, and the Mirror reports that the club's "dithering" means they could miss out on Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris.

Benitez wants to add the Greece international -- who would cost £17.5m -- to his squad "but is having to juggle his resources," the report says, warning that although Samaris is keen to move "he is not prepared to wait indefinitely for the promoted club."

- Wolves hope to follow in Newcastle's footsteps by going up from the Championship and have their eye on another new addition, with Sky Sports saying they are "close to signing forward Leo Bonatini from Saudi Arabian side Al Hilal."

It reports that Bonatini has passed a medical ahead of a move to the Midlands, leaving him all set to become Wolves' 11th signing of the summer.

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