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Chelsea to offer Arsenal £35 million for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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: Chelsea ready huge offer for the Ox

Chelsea have upped their interest in Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and will pay up to £35 million for the England international, the Mirror reports.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown no signs of extending his contract at the Emirates, which has just one year remaining.

Chelsea coach Antiono Conte is determined to transform the Southampton product into a right wing-back, with the 23-year-old possessing the qualities to thrive in the role.

While Arsene Wenger is adamant that Alexis Sanchez will not be leaving, Oxlade-Chamberlain's future has been less discussed, with the player reportedly unhappy at being pushed over to the left flank.


18.10 BST: That will do it for today's live Transfer Talk. Check back in a few hours to find out the latest rumours, links and deals plucked for Friday's papers. Have a good night all !

22.55 BST: With both his short-term and long-term future in doubt, Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez a new contract that would pay the Chilean £300,000 a week, according to the Mirror. Alexis previously turned down £225,000 per week from Arsenal.

22.40 BST: The Mirror are reporting that West Ham and Newcastle are neck and neck in the race to sign Brentford star Jota. The 26-year-old Spaniard is one of the most skilled players in the Championship and scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists last season for the Bees.

22.10 BST: Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi wants out of Seville according to reports in Spain.

In Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo, N'Zonzi's representative is quoted saying: "The truth is that Steven wants to leave. Everybody at Sevilla knows that, the president and the technical staff are aware of it and we hope he will be sold."

N'Zonzi has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea all reported options while Italian giants Juventus also have interest in the midfielder.

21.55 BST: The New York Red Bulls have signed free agent Dilly Duka. The 27-year-old has played for different three MLS teams before New York, most recently with Columbus who waived him in mid-July.

21.40 BST: Having already signed a striker, a defensive midfielder and a centre-back, Jose Mourinho's attention is now on bringing a left-back to Old Trafford. According to the Daily Record, one option is Tottenham's Danny Rose. Rose had some eye-opening comments this morning in an interview with the Sun and is adamant he wants a club where he "can win trophies". 

21.25 BST: According to Kevin Baxter of the LA Times, the LA Galaxy are still talking with French defender Michael Ciani, formerly of Lorient. Baxter went on to say that if the Galaxy sign Ciani, it would would clear the way for Jelle Van Damme to return to his native Belgium as he has requested.

21.10 BST: DONE DEAL Staying in the States, expansion side Minnesota United have agreed to a deal with Costa Rica international Jose Leiton. Leiton joins the Loons from current Costa Rican champions Club Sport Herediano on loan through July 2018.

20.55 BST: DONE DEAL From earlier today, MLS sides Colorado and Orlando made a trade which sends Dillon Powers to Orlando and Luis Gil to the Rapids. Powers has 14 goals and 25 assists since entering the league in 2013 while the twice-capped U.S. international Gil, has struggled to find a home since leaving Real Salt Lake in 2015.

20.50 BST: Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim that AC Milan are considering bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the San Siro for a second stint. The Swedish striker will be out injured until January but could be the final piece to a huge transfer window by Milan.

20.40 BST: According to both L'Equipe and Marca, PSG are open to loaning out former Real Madrid man Jese. Fiorentina have been heavily-linked with the Spaniard who spent the second half of last season on loan at hometown club Las Palmas.

20.30 BST: The BBC is reporting that Stoke have turned down an approach from Swansea for Wales international Joe Allen. The 27-year-old started his career at Swansea, playing in his native Wales from 2007-2012.

20.15 BST DONE DEAL Aberdeen have signed Scottish striker Stevie May from Preston North End on a permanent deal. May missed most of last season due to injury and has previously played for St Johnstone and Hamilton Accies in the SPL.

20.10 BST: Stoke City are closing in on a permanent deal for Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi. The Dutch defender played for Stoke on loan last season and is reportedly very close to locking up a return to Stoke-on-Trent.

19.50 BST: DONE DEAL  Premier League debutants Huddersfield have extended the contract of 21-year-old Philip Billing. The Danish Under-19 international made 20 appearances for the Terriers last season and now is signed at the club through 2020.

19.30 BST: Juventus target Matteo Darmian has tried to put an end to the transfer rumours surrounding his name.

The Manchester United full-back spoke to the media following United's Super Cup match against Real Madrid:

"I'm pleased that Manchester United consider me to be off the market, just as I'm pleased by the interest of Italian clubs. "In any case, there was never anything concrete, so there's no point talking about the transfer market. I see myself at Manchester United, I'm happy here."

19.20 BST: New Watford boss Marco Silva has warned off suitors for Troy Deeney by reaffirming that he will not sell his captain. When asked about whether Deeney would stay, Silva responded saying: "Of course -- he is our player, our captain, he's one player we hope to keep and he's important to us."

Deeny has been at Vicarage Road since 2010 and is approaching 300 appearances for the Hornets.

19.10 BST: DONE DEAL In the lower leagues, Bury have signed former Celtic goalkeeper Leo Fasan

18.54 BST: DONE DEAL Liverpool have signed youngster Ryan Kent to a five-year contract extension. Kent made quite an impression during preseason on the wing and should have a chance to crack into the first-team squad in the near future.

18.35 BST: DONE DEAL Middlesbrough have confirmed that they have finalised the sale of defender Marten de Roon to Italian side Atalanta. De Roon previously played at Atalanta from 2015-16 and was seeking a move following Boro's relegation.

18.30 BST: According to reports in England, Tottenham are ready to end their quiet transfer window and make a move for Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez. The 21-year-old Sanchez was linked with a move to Barcelona earlier this summer and won't come cheap, with his price tag expected to be in the neighborhood of £35 million.

18.17 BST: DONE DEAL Stoke City have confirmed the contract extension of 20-year-old winger Ramadan Sobhi. Sobhi, who signed from Al Ahly last summer, is now signed through 2022. The Egyptian did not score in 17 appearances last season but is rated highly and should be a bigger part of the team this season.

17.55 BST: With Neymar's transfer situation now settled, all eyes have turned to Monaco phenom Kylian Mbappe and whether he will stay at Monaco or make a move to a bigger club such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City or PSG.

Recent links have him staying in France and moving to rivals Paris Saint-Germain, as Spanish paper Marca allege that there is a deal in place for the youngster to join Neymar in the capital.

Not so fast though, as conflicting reports in France deny Marca's claim and state that not only has a deal not been agreed upon but that Monaco have not even received a bid from PSG for the French striker. 

If we have learned anything this summer it is to never assume, so for now Mbappe remains a Monaco player. The question is will that still be the case on Sept.1? 

17.43 BST: Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport are reporting that Juventus remain keen on Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij but would like to wait a year so that they can get the Dutch defender on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. De Vrij has been heavily linked to Liverpool this summer and it has been suggested that Lazio would want around €35 million for him.

17.26 BST: Garry Monk says Middlesbrough are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker on loan.

"He's a target and one of many that we've had throughout the summer months," Monk said. "We'll see where that will get to within the coming days.

17.12 BST: Swansea are already planning to spend the proceeds from Gylfi Sigurdsson's sale.

The Telegraph reckons Wilfried Bony and Joe Allen will be brought back to the club, and West Brom's Nacer Chadli is another name on Paul Clement's wanted list.

16.55 BST: Sampdoria have released their squad numbers for the coming season without assigning one to Patrik Schick. Seems like his move to Inter Milan is pending, then.

16.35 BST: Borussia Dortmund have now suspended Ousmane Dembele for their German Cup game against sixth-tier Rielasingenat the weekend. The plot thickens.

"Dembele has been suspended from training and matches until after the cup match on Saturday. His misconduct has been sanctioned," Dortmund said in a statement.

16.16 BST: DONE DEAL Crystal Palace have signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a season-long loan from Manchester United.

The defender told Palace's official website: "The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away. I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club. Full story.

16.02 BST: Gylfi Sigurdsson's proposed transfer to Everton remains deadlocked, with Swansea boss Paul Clement calling for "compromise" on both sides.

Clement told his prematch news conference: "We are at a critical stage of this situation and hope it's going to be resolved very quickly." Full story.

15.44 BST: Everton midfielder Ross Barkley could yet end up staying at Goodison Park, according to Ronald Koeman.

"There is no offer on the table for Ross, and that means he will stay at Everton," he said. "If somebody wants to buy Ross it's a big deal. If there's no interest, he will be part of team." Full story.

15.18 BST: The Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona situation is developing by the second. Guardian reporter Ed Aarons says the player is in Paris awaiting permission to transfer.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have confirmed in a statement they have held talks with Barca and rejected an offer that they feel did not match the player's value. Full story.

14.49 BST: On the subject of Neymar's £222 million world-record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, former Spain and Real Madrid coach Vicente del Bosque has told Cadena Ser he would be a loss but Barcelona could be a better team without him.

"It is a big loss to Barcelona," he said. "But sometimes dealing with the whims of a player is dangerous. Maybe when this player goes the team is better, you never know.

"But I must say that they have lost, and [La Liga] has lost, a great player. He is not up with Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi, but he was one of their successors for sure."

14.26 BST: DONE DEAL Marseille have announced the signing of Jordan Amavi from Aston Villa.

14.00 BST: A fuller quote from Bosz goes like this: "Dembele didn't show up for training today. We don't know where he is. We couldn't reach him today."

Could this one turn into less of a drawn-out saga than some have been predicting?

13.45 BST: After multiple reports in Germany that Borussia Dortmund are willing to enter negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Ousmane Dembele, Ruhr Nachrichten reports that the winger was not at training on Thursday and quotes boss Peter Bosz as saying he did not know where he was.

13.40 BST: The will he, won't he saga of Gylfi Sigurdsson's potential move from Swansea to Everton rumbles on, with Swans boss Paul Clement telling reporters no deal has been struck and adding: "Talks are ongoing and I am speaking to our chairman and owners every day for updates, but there is no current conclusion." Clement added that he felt there "needs to be a compromise on both sides."

13.25 BST: Sevilla are considering re-signing Carlos Bacca and bringing in Stevan Jovetic to strengthen their attack.

Colombia international Bacca joined AC Milan from Sevilla in a €30 million transfer two years ago, while Jovetic scored six goals for Sevilla last season on loan from Inter Milan.

13.15 BST: Southampton want to sign Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto on loan for the season, according to reports in Spain.

12.45 BST: Barnsley defender Andy Yiadom is close to joining Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town and will undergo a medical later on Thursday, according to reports.

12.20 BST: Burnley have funds to spend after the reported £18.5m received from Watford for striker Andre Gray -- but they have seen a £5m offer for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas rejected, the Mail reports.

12.15 BST: DONE DEAL Brentford B midfielder Reece Cole has joined League Two Newport County on loan until January.

12.00 BST: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has said he wants to make more signings, and reports say Leicester City's Demarai Gray is among his targets.

11.40 BST: Brighton boss Chris Hughton is pretty pleased about the impending deal, telling the club's official website: "Jose is someone we have been aware of for some time, and he has been one of the standout players in the Belgian league over the past three years.

"Jose has good experience with almost 250 senior games in both Colombia and Belgium and has played in the Europa League, Champions League and international football, having made his debut for his national team this summer."

11.10 BST: Back to Brighton yet again -- the BBC reports that a £13.5m deal has been agreed for Brugge winger Jose Izquierdo, whose potential move we mentioned earlier in the day -- and that would see the Seagulls break their transfer record for the third time this summer.

10.45 BST: Marseille coach Rudi Garcia has told L'Equipe he does not believe Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud wants to join the club, adding: "That's the problem. You can understand that, when you're a striker in the France team, when you play at Arsenal and you're perhaps going to change club, you might have other centres of interest than OM."

10.30 BST: DONE DEAL Stuttgart defender Jean Zimmer has joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the season.

10.15 BST: Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has said defender Ben Gibson, linked with both Southampton and West Bromwich Albion, is not for sale, adding that Boro have no need to sell.

09.55 BST: Back to Brighton again -- both the Seagulls and Stoke City are reported to be considering a bid for QPR captain Nedum Onuoha, according to reports.

09.45 BST: The agent of Shanghai Shenhua striker Carlos Tevez has denied reports that his client could leave the club, with the news coming as the pressure on coach Gus Poyet increased.

Tevez is due to travel back to his native Argentina, with reports suggesting he could seal a return to former club Boca Juniors.

09.40 BST: Chelsea's Willian has told he spoke about the possibility of a reunion with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, adding that there had been "a few conversations with my agent."

09.20 BST: RB Leipzig could lose midfielder Naby Keita, a target for Liverpool this year, in next summer's transfer window.

Leipzig rejected a reported €83 million approach from Liverpool, but Guinea international Keita can trigger a reported €55m release clause next year.

09.10 BST: To France, where RMC reports that PSG's Jean-Christophe Bahebeck is set to head to the Netherlands and join Utrecht for the season.

09.00 BST: Middlesbrough midfielder Marten De Roon appears to be on his way to Italy, with Sky Spotrts reporting that Atalanta have had a bid of around £13m accepted.

08.45 BST: Newly-promoted Brighton are continuing to add new faces ahead of their season opener against Manchester City, and Sky Sports reports that they are close to signing winger Jose Izquierdo from Club Brugge.

08.30 BST: Sheffield United have made a bid for Wolves midfielder Conor Coady, manager Chris Wilder said after their Carabao Cup victory over Walsall on Wednesday.

08.20 BST: Young Chelsea midfielder Lewis Baker could be set to make a loan move to the Championship, according to reports, with playoff finalists Reading and Harry Redknapp's Birmingham City among his potential destinations.

08.10 BST: Sunderland manager Simon Grayson is keen to freshen up his squad as they attempt to challenge for promotion back to the Premier League - and one of the players he wants to help them do that is Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter, the Northern Echo reports.

08.00 BST: Ripples at Tottenham, where Danny Rose has said he would consider offers to leave and added that the club need to add a few "well-known players" before the summer window closes.

Rose, who has been out with a knee injury for six months, has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea this summer and said the Yorkshire-born defender said he would like to play "up North" before the end of his career.

Blues aim to hijack Spurs' move for Barkley

The Telegraph claims Chelsea will compete with Tottenham for the signature of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

Everton have failed to attract strong interest at their initial price of £50m, but are set to drop their demand -- and now Chelsea could snatch the 23-year-old from under Spurs' noses.

Progress towards a move to North London has been slow, with Barkley's wages reportedly an issue, but Chelsea look to be better prepared to meet the player's demands and, should the price tag drop to £25m, could seal a move.

Reds knock back another offer for Coutinho

The latest transfer saga of the summer has taken another twist, with Liverpool rejecting a €100m offer -- €85m and €15m in add-ons -- from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho appears keen to move but is reluctant to rock the boat, but the Blaugrana have again asked the question despite Liverpool's insistence that the player is not for sale.

The 25-year-old currently has a back problem and will miss the Premier League opener against Watford this weekend.

Barca are desperate to replace Neymar and look set to push the issue.

Hammers make ambitious Carvalho move

West Ham are set to launch a £25m move for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho,according to the Mirror.

The Portugal international has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal often tipped as a likely destination.

Sporting want £39.5m for the 25-year-old, whose agent is the brother of Pep Guardiola. That led to rumours he could join Manchester City, while West Brom are also thought to be keen.


- Inter Milan star Geoffrey Kondogbia is eager to join Valencia, according to Gianluca Di Marzio, with the midfielder having failed to impress new manager Luciano Spalletti.

An own goal against Chelsea in preseason could be one of his final acts for Inter, with the 24-year-old set to move on two years after his €40m switch from Monaco.

- The Nerazzurri also aim to pick up Sampdoria starlet Patrik Schick after his move to Juventus broke down because of a failed medical.

Corriere dello Sport claims the problem has been resolved and a deal is close, with Samp set to receive £27.6m for the Czech striker.

- Newcastle have secured Chelsea's Kenedy on a season-long loan, says the Mirror.

The 21-year-old caused outrage after an offensive social media post while on tour with the Blues in China, which led to an early flight home, but Rafa Benitez is keen to offer him a fresh chance.

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