PSG to keep on spending with £80m offer for Alexis Sanchez
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: PSG to step up Sanchez pursuit
Arsene Wenger has reiterated the line that Alexis Sanchez is not for sale throughout the summer, but the Independent reports that Paris Saint-Germain will make a staggering move in excess of £80 million, just weeks after smashing the world record in a £200 million move for Neymar.
The Ligue 1 giants remain in the market for a striker and are continuing to monitor Kylian Mbappe, but Sanchez remains a top target.
The Chilean is believed to be prepared to stay after the Gunners' determination to keep him, despite just one year remaining on his deal.
After recently knocking back a new deal worth £250,000 per week to extend his stay at the Emirates, PSG would offer £400,000 per week in a bid to persuade Sanchez to opt for them over Manchester City. But Sanchez's desire to work with Pep Guardiola is such that City are believed to be able to agree to terms short of the Gunners' new contract offer.
23.15 BST: That will do it for us here on our live Transfer Talk. Check back in a few hours for the latest on Philippe Coutinho and all the rumours and links from Thursday's papers. Have a good night !
23.10: BST: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not the only player being linked to Stamford Bridge either. New reports from the Telegraph suggest that Chelsea could pip Tottenham to the signing of out of favour Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. Chelsea reportedly will sign three more players this window so don't be surprised if Chelsea make a move to bolster their midfield depth with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Barkley or Leicester's Danny Drinkwater.
23.05 BST: Could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain switch red for blue? Multiple reports out of England suggest that Chelsea are preparing to make an offer to pry the English midfielder across London. Antonio Conte is reportedly a big fan of the 23-year-old's versatility and is willing to pay the £35 million to get him to switch allegiances in London.
23.00 BST: The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle have snapped up Chelsea youngster Kenedy on a season-long loan. Kenedy has been one of Chelsea's top young players for a few seasons now but found himself in some hot water this summer for some tweets he sent during Chelsea's tour of the Far East. Neither team has confirmed the deal at this time.
22.40 BST: DONE DEAL Fiorentina have secured the signing of Nice's Valentin Eysseric. The attacking midfielder was second on Nice last season with seven assists and will help replace Borja Valero who moved to Inter Milan last month.
22.30 BST: Paul Clement and Swansea City are set to make another signing but this one is one for the future. The Swans are in talks with non-league Leamington about 21-year-old striker Courtney Baker-Richardson, according to Leamington FC's official website. The former Coventry City youth product banged in 17 goals last season for the Brakes.
22.25 BST: Middlesbrough are closing in on the loan signing of Chelsea talent Lewis Baker. The England Under-21 international is expected to sign a two-year loan deal with the Reds, according to the Northern Echo. Baker has also been linked with a loan move to Birmingham City.
22.15 BST: Reports from Europe claim that Kylian Mbappe has chosen PSG as his preferred club if he does in fact leave Monaco. The Daily Record say that Mbappe wouldn't be the final piece to PSG's plan either, as the capital club also covet Mbappe's teammate Fabinho and Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
21.50 BST: Spanish outlet Sport are reporting that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has urged the board to sign Sergi Roberto to replace Nemanja Matic. The Barcelona man has a release clause of €40 million and would provide cover while Tiemoue Bakayoko recovered from injury.
21.35 BST: The Telegraph's Chris Bascombe claims that Liverpool have just rejected a €100 million bid for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona. Yesterday reports out of Brazil suggested a deal had been reached between the clubs but today Liverpool has remained steadfast in saying the diminutive midfielder is not for sale. This one seems a long way from over.
LFC have rejected bid of 100m euros for Coutinho from Barca. Barca have been told (again) he's not for sale. LFC consider the matter closed...- Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) August 9, 2017
21.07 BST: According to the Daily Mail, Watford have given up their pursuit of Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs due to Arsenal's £16 million asking price. Watford still are in search of a left-back with Alberto Moreno and Feyenoord's Miquel Nelom linked.
20.40 BST: Aston Villa chairman Dr Tony Xia has shot down reports the club have targeted West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass, confirming that at least for now it is only a rumour. Snodgrass played for manager Steve Bruce at Hull and it is no secret Bruce is a huge admirer of the Scotland international. Stay tuned.
20.20 BST: Numerous reports out of Italy claim that Napoli have inquired about Barcelona's Denis Suarez. It is reported that Suarez would cost around €14-15 million but his departure would seem to depend heavily on who Barcelona are able to bring in.
20.10 BST: DONE DEAL FC Dallas have made a deadline signing, agreeing to terms with Venezuelan midfielder Luis Gonzalez. The 26-year-old is a veteran of Venezuela's first division and has made three appearances for La Vinotinto.
20.00 BST: According to French outlet La Parisen, Turkish club Antalyaspor have made a move from out of favour Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri. The man once hailed as the "new Zidane" just turned 30 and played last season on loan at Sevilla. Antalyaspor currently have French teammate Jeremy Menez on the books as well as former Barcelona star Samuel Eto'o.
19.50 BST: DONE DEAL Swansea City defender Kyle Bartley has signed a new four-year deal to stay at the club. Bartley has made 16 appearances for the Swans and is currently fighting for a first-team place at the Liberty Stadium.
✍️ Kyle Bartley signs a new #Swans deal...
19.35 BST: U.S. international Paul Arriola is reportedly close to finalizing a move to D.C. United of Major League Soccer. The 22-year-old has played the last four years at Tijuana and is in the midst of a breakout season with the national team. Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports that Arriola will have a medical today and the deal could be completed in a matter of hours.
19.05 BST: With Barcelona trying to free up funds to make a move at Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele, the Catalan club are reportedly shopping youngster Munir El Haddadi. The 21-year-old spent last season at Valencia and is being courted by Ajax, Roma and Zenit St Petersburg, with Haddadi 's people very publicly pushing for a move to the Stadio Olimpico.
"Roma would be a welcome destination, they're a top club, but I can't say any more because the deal is being discussed between the two clubs," his agent Francesc Valdivieso said when asked about Munir's preference.
18.52 BST: AC Milan sporting director Massimo Mirabelli has confirmed the club are interested in signing Nikola Kalinic, Diego Costa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Milan, who have been among the biggest spenders this summer, are not done, apparently, with Mirabelli telling QS: "Aubameyang would be fate: he was the first player I went to see live, my first [scouting] trip was for him.
"New striker? We're working on it and we can't mess it up: Kalinic and Diego Costa are on our list,"
18.20 BST: DONE DEAL D.C. United have announced the signing of Hungary international winger Zoltan Stieber from Kaiserslautern.
Stieber, 28, scored a goal and produced five assists in 19 league appearances with the 2. Bundesliga club last season.
17.53 BST: West Ham are set to submit a £25 million bid for Sporting and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, reports the Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old is no stranger to Premier League interest, having been in the sights of various clubs for the past four seasons.
17.25 BST: Bristol City have rejected two bids from Birmingham for defender Aden Flint, manager Lee Johnson has said.
17.15 BST: DONE DEAL Midfielder Valentin Eysserin has joined Fiorentina until 2021 after scoring eight goals and assisting seven more to help Nice finish third in Ligue 1 last season.
17.00 BST: Inter Milan are favourites to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Mor, according to the Mail, despite interest in him from Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton.
16.20 BST: DONE DEAL Almost no sooner were we mentioning the potential windfall for Brentford if their former striker Andre Gray were to join Watford from Burnley than the deal happens, with Watford saying on their official website that they are "delighted to announce the signing of Gray for a club record transfer fee."
16.10 BST: DONE DEAL Stuttgart have signed defender Dennis Aogo, who was released by Schalke last season, on a two-year contract.
16.00 BST: Reports in Italy suggest Birmingham City could make a big bid for Torino midfielder Afriyie Acquah, potentially paying more than £7m for him.
15.55 BST: Roberto Soldado is poised to join Fenerbahce after Villarreal announced they have reached a deal with the Turkish side.
Fenerbahce are reportedly ready to spend €10 million on the 32-year-old, who scored four goals in 11 matches for Villarreal during an injury-marred 2016-17 season.
15.35 BST: Newly-promoted La Liga side Girona are targeting Stoke's former Barcelona defender Marc Muniesa, according to reports in Spain.
15.30 BST: DONE DEAL Turkish club Bursaspor have signed midfielder Mikel Agu on loan from Portuguese giants Porto.
15.25 BST: Here's one to excite Manchester United fans -- Sky Sports reports that the club have begun talks over an Old Trafford return for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who they released towards the end of last season.
15.20 BST: DONE DEAL Inter Milan have signed defender Dalbert from Nice, with the full-back signing a five-year contract on Tuesday after undergoing a medical.
Dalbert, who had also attracted interest from Liverpool, moves to Italy for a reported fee of €20 million.
15.05 BST: Could Pep Guardiola and Sergio Busquets be reunited at Manchester City? Spanish radio station Onda Cera thinks it could happen, saying he wants to link up again with a player with whom he won 14 trophies at the Camp Nou.
15.00 BST: The potential sale of Burnley striker Andre Gray to Watford could be good news for his old club Brentford. West London Sport reports that a sell-on clause means the Bees would land just under £2m from an £18m deal.
14.32 BST: Patrick Roberts is to tell Manchester City to let him return to Celtic on loan, says The Sun. Roberts spent last season with the Scottish champions, but City would rather he gained first-team experience elsewhere this term, with Southampton also believed to be interested.
14.23 BST: Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez says he has spoken with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over the possibility of signing Lucas Perez...
Benitez said: "I was talking with Arsene yesterday because we had the manager's meeting and I said, 'Listen, we have to talk.' He said, 'Listen, you have some money?'" Full story.
14.05 BST: DONE DEAL Montpellier midfielder Ryad Boudebouz has moved to Real Betis, joining them on a four-year contract. Full story.
14.00 BST: New Fiorentina signing Marco Benassi leaves with Torino's good wishes, with a statement on their official website reading: "President Urban Cairo wishes to thank Marco for his dedication, commitment and professionalism in the past years and all at Torino wish him the best in the continuation of his career."
The 23-year-old midfielder, a former Italy under-21 international, has joined the Viola on a five-year contract for a reported fee of €10 million, subject to a medical on Thursday.
13.55 BST: Real Madrid's Isco, linked with both Manchester United and Arsenal, is set to sign a new Bernabeu contract soon, according to reports in Spain.
13.50 BST: DONE DEAL Rotherham have signed defender Shaun Cummings, released by Millwall in the summer, on a free transfer:
13.40 BST: Is Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare worried about the effect of transfer speculation on Riyad Mahrez? Not a bit of it, and he has told a news conference: "We know he wants to leave, but until we get a reasonable offer then he stays. He remains focused. What I've seen is a focus from him and a professionalism from him."
13.36 BST: West Ham are open to offers for midfielder Robert Snodgrass and Aston Villa are open to making one, the Mail reports.
Scotland international Snodgrass joined the Londoners last summer, and Villa are keen to bring him in on an initial loan deal with a view to a permanent move.
13.29 BST: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has conceded that Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United is a "great loss" for the Premier League champions. Full story.
13.21 BST: Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, has told his fans to "stay tuned" for an announcement on his future while posting a picture of him signing a contract... A few spoilsports have, however, pointed out that he's likely to be signing a new sponsorship deal rather than joining a new club.
13.11 BST: Carlos Bacca is hot property, according to his agent, who has said the "majority of Europe's biggest clubs" have enquired about the AC Milan forward. Full story.
13.02 BST: Borussia Dortmund have announced that Emre Mor will miss the club's team photograph shooting to hold final talks over his future... The Turkey international is expected to join Inter Milan.
12.47 BST: DONE DEAL Fiorentina have announced the signing of midfielder Marco Benassi on a five-year contract from Torino...
12.33 BST: Aston Villa defender Jordan Amavi has agreed terms with Marseille, who must now negotiate the former Nice full-back's return to France with the Championship club, says RMC Sport.
12.19 BST: Tottenham are having trouble shifting Moussa Sissoko this summer... The £30 million signing is a target for Turkish side Trabzonspor, reports The Sun, though they are struggling to agree terms with Spurs over a deal.
12.00 BST: Deportivo La Coruna have not given up hope of bringing Arsenal striker Lucas Perez back to the Spanish club this summer. "If we are still in the race [to acquire him] it's because we believe there is a possibility," Deportivo president Tino Fernandez said. Full story.
11.48 BST: DONE DEAL Hull have completed the signing of Sebastian Larsson on a free transfer following his departure from Sunderland earlier this summer... Full story.
11.34 BST: Rafa Benitez is "not happy" with Newcastle's transfer business so far this summer as they prepare to make their Premier League return this weekend. "It is very hard, the prices are crazy. We missed some targets at the beginning and we're paying for that," he added. Full story.
11.25 BST: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken about what he's looking for in potential new players... Spurs, remember, have yet to sign anyone this summer. Full story.
Poch: "We need players that believe in themselves &, if they are offensive, believe they can challenge Dele, Harry & Christian for a place."— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 9, 2017
11.12 BST: Swansea boss Paul Clement is keen for Gylfi Sigurdsson's future to be resolved as quickly as possible after talks over a move to Everton stalled, sources close to the Welsh club have told ESPN FC. Everton have seen two bids for the Iceland international rejected, with Swansea holding out for a fee of around £50 million. Full story.
11.03 BST: Middlesbrough are close to securing a deal to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo on loan, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. Full story.
10.49 BST: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is hoping to secure a Manchester United return... That is according to The Guardian, which claims the free agent has told Jose Mourinho he would he would like to play again for the club if he can prove his fitness after suffering a cruciate ligament injury in April.
10.40 BST: Former Lazio and Bordeaux defender Michael Ciani is in talks with LA Galaxy over a potential move to the MLS franchise, Ouest France reports. Club Brugge and Malatyaspor are also said to be interested in the centre-back, who is out of contract after leaving Lorient this summer.
10.32 BST: Neymar may have to wait until after Paris Saint-Germain's trip to Guingamp on Sunday to make his debut as the Ligue de Football Professionnel has still not received his international transfer certificate from Spain's La Liga following his move from Barcelona. Full story.
10.22 BST: Watford are closing in on a deal to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray, BBC Sport says, with the Hornets due to pay £18.5 million for his services after seeing two previous bids rejected.
10.07 BST: Chelsea are eyeing up a move for Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo, Sky Sports is claiming, with the Premier League champions having reportedly scouted the defender while he was representing Portugal at this summer's European Under-21 Championship.
09.51 BST: While on the subject of Kylian Mbappe, some reports in France claim Paris Saint-Germain have already submitted a bid to Monaco for the forward...
09.45 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are ready to make a €155 million offer for Kylian Mbappe and pair him up with Neymar after the Monaco forward decided that his future lies in the French capital, according to Telefoot. Mbappe has also been strongly linked with Real Madrid, but has apparently given his preference to PSG.
09.29 BST: Saying that, Arsene Wenger did dismiss talk of Alexis Sanchez moving to Paris Saint-Germain at his news conference this morning...
At Colney. Wenger says he has not had any contact with PSG over Alexis Sanchez.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 9, 2017
Wenger on whether #afc have received any bids for Sanchez. "I can't tell you that at the moment. We are not open to any offers anyway."— James Olley (@JamesOlley) August 9, 2017
09.15 BST: Arsene Wenger has ruled Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal's Premier League opener with Leicester on Friday due to an abdominal strain and said he is likely to be "out for a while." Just a smokescreen to allow Sanchez to push through a move to Paris Saint-Germain, I wonder? Full story.
09.07 BST: Steven Gerrard believes Philippe Coutinho will have to create "war" if he is to leave Liverpool for Barcelona this summer. "It comes down to Coutinho and his decision and what he's prepared to do, what type of war he's prepared to create to get out, because Liverpool won't make it easy for him," he said. Full story.
08.49 BST: Ousmane Dembele could well be pushing for a move to Barcelona, according to his social media accounts, with the France international having removed the words "Borussia Dortmund player" from his bio...
08.40 BST: Sticking with Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo's front page today states that Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele will cost them €150 million... Barca swiftly moving on from Neymar, it seems.
08.30 BST: Barcelona have agreed a £108.8 million deal with Liverpool to sign Philippe Coutinho, The Sun reports, with an initial fee of £81.6m being paid by the Catalan club, as well as a further £27.2m in add-ons. Expect this one to develop over the day...
08.16 BST: While Jose Mourinho has had his say on Gareth Bale, Diario Gol is claiming that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has told the Manchester United manager that the Wales international is for sale after all.
08.03 BST: Morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk... It's with Jose Mourinho we start first after the Manchester United boss said last night that he has given up on his pursuit of Gareth Bale. "Clearly [Real Madrid] wants him, the manager wants him and he wants the club, so for me it's game over," he said. Full story.
Conte to make controversial move for Rose
Antonio Conte is looking to make a controversial move for Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, the Sun reports, with Chelsea likely to make a bid of £40 million after failing in their attempt to sign Juventus star Alex Sandro.
The Old Lady reportedly knocked back a £60 million offer for their Brazilian, which could have exceeded the £50 million spent by Manchester City on Benjamin Mendy and Kyle Walker.
Spurs will be resistant to losing both their star full-backs in one window, particularly one to their bitter rivals off the back of losing to the Blues in the title race.
Chelsea want to sway the England international by offering to double his £65,000 per week wages, reigniting their interest two years since they first started tracking the Leeds United product.
Saints to stay strong over Van Dijk
Southampton are prepared to let Virgil van Dijk spend a season in the reserves rather than allow him to join Liverpool, according to the Express.
The Dutch defender has pleaded with Saints to consider offers for him, with the Reds previously making contact before a public dispute ended a potential deal.
While the former Celtic star would seemingly still be keen on moving to Anfield, Saints have seemingly ruled out such a move, hoping for Chelsea to register an interest.
The report includes a source at Southampton, who claims the club would "happily let him sit in the stands all season [rather than sell to Liverpool]," which would prove to be an incredibly bold move.
Chelsea make £25 million swoop for Oxlade-Chamberlain
Chelsea have tabled a £25 million offer for Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the Mail claiming that the Blues are stepping up their efforts to sign the England international with just weeks remaining of the transfer window.
The Gunners' star has just one year left on his contract, but the club will be resistant to selling to their rivals and could risk losing the player for free as a result.
Conte believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain can blossom into an exceptional wing-back in his 3-4-3 system, while Arsene Wenger has been utilising him in that role since replicating the system toward the end of the past season.
-- Inter Milan are looking to gazump rivals Roma in the pursuit of Riyad Mahrez, according to the Mirror.
Luciano Spalletti's side will top the Giallorossi's most recent £32 million bid, with Inter keen to add another wide player.
-- The Foxes are likely to fail in their quest to sign Jonny Evans, as the Northern Ireland international is happy at West Brom.
-- Juventus have made Emre Can their prime midfield target, reports Corriere dello Sport, with the Liverpool star preferred to Blaise Matuidi and Steven N'Zonzi.
The Old Lady have offered €25 million, but the Reds want €30 million for the 23-year-old, who has just one year remaining on his contract.