Man City to bump Sanchez offer up to £70m, Barca to up Coutinho bid
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TOP STORY: City to push Arsenal over Alexis stance
Manchester City will make a late move in a bid to pry Alexis Sanchez away from Arsenal, offering £70 million for the Chilean, reports the Mirror.
Pep Guardiola is determined to link up with Sanchez once again, having worked together at Barcelona. Guardiola has spent relentlessly this summer overhauling his squad and a move for Sanchez would send their total spending to almost £250m.
Arsene Wenger is adamant the Gunners are prepared to risk losing Sanchez for free in a year and have offered him £300,000 per week to extend his stay at the Emirates.
In addition to Sanchez, City remain in the market for a centre-back and will bid £20m for Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson.
The Mirror claims City have shifted targets after seeing their £18m offer for Jonny Evans knocked back, with West Brom demanding an eye-watering £30m.
22.48 BST: Full-time on the latest installment of our live Transfer Talk blog. But never fear transfer fans, we'll be back to do the whole thing all over again starting with the latest news from Monday's UK papers in just a few hours. Thanks as always for tuning in...
22.38 BST: There are just over 10 days left in the transfer window, but if Pep Guardiola had his way, it would have been slammed shut by now. That despite the fact that the Man City boss isn't done spending on the heels of the club's £200m summer spending spree.
22.09 BST: PSG's big summer signing has opened his account at the Parc des Princes. He's pretty good...
21.51 BST: Speaking to Premium Sport, Inter Milan's sporting director has said the team are expecting to secure the transfer of Patrik Schick this week. Inter have been linked with the Sampdoria striker for some time now and contend that a long-awaited deal is imminent.
21.23 BST: Antonio Conte is keen to block Newcastle's attempt to secure a loan move for Michy Batshuayi, according to the Mail. The Belgium international is still not a regular fixture in Chelsea's lineup, but Conte is not ready to let him go for the season with his options in attack limited due to the ongoing Diego Costa transfer saga.
21.01 BST: Watford striker Stefano Okaka could be forced to consider his future at the club if he is not playing regularly this season, sources have told ESPN FC.
Okaka was surprisingly dropped to the bench for Saturday's win at Bournemouth despite his starring role against Liverpool on the opening weekend of the season.
20.34 BST: Swansea City are poised to secure the signing of Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story.
20.10 BST: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti has said the club are braced for a Chelsea bid for Antonio Candreva, with reports earlier in the weekend suggesting a £30m move could happen soon.
19.30 BST: The Birmingham Mail says Birmingham City have now denied reports that they failed with a £6m bid for Tianjin Teda striker Malick Evouna.
19.20 BST: Antonio Conte was pretty happy with what Chelsea did on the pitch at Wembley this afternoon, but this is how he sees things off it: "I think the club is trying to do its best in the transfer market to try to improve our team."
18.45 BST: Deportivo La Coruna striker Florin Andone has said an offer to join Burnley for £13m is "tempting personally," but AS reported that Andone stressed he was happy in La Liga.
18.30 BST: Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who has endured a frustrating summer in the transfer market, said there was "no news" after watching his team suffer their second straight defeat of the new season at Huddersfield Town.
"There is nothing to say about transfers at the moment," he told reporters. "I haven't seen the latest names -- we will have to wait. Obviously, we are working behind the scenes trying to do things, but I do not know what our position is at the moment."
18.15 BST: Championship side Birmingham City failed with a £6m bid for Tianjin Teda striker Malick Evouna, who has since joined Konyaspor on loan, the Birmingham Mail reports.
17.44 BST: We mentioned earlier that sources have told ESPN FC that Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week... Well, Ibrahimovic, who has been recovering from a knee injury, has just posted this... What knee injury?
17.26 BST: There's been plenty of talk lately about Chelsea making a move for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, but TEAMtalk is reporting that they have now dropped their interest in him due to his £40 million price tag and will attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain's Gzegorz Krychowiak instead, who is reportedly available on loan.
17.09 BST: West Brom boss Tony Pulis is still in the market for more signings, but only if they can better his squad. "We have to bring in players that are going to improve us and give us competition; that's what we need," Pulis said. "They have to be better than what we've got -- that's the most important thing."
16.49 BST: Barcelona's chances of signing Ousmane Dembele this month are less than 50 percent, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. "If they meet our demands in a timely fashion, the transfer will happen. If they don't, it won't," Watzke added. Full story.
16.32 BST: Chelsea and Tottenham, who are currently facing off at Wembley, are reportedly said to be interested in signing PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias, though The Sun claims that Swansea are hoping to beat them to it and wrap up a £12 million deal.
16.07 BST: Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week, sources have told ESPN FC. The new contract will be announced earlier than anticipated due to the striker's speedy recovery from a knee ligament injury. Full story.
15.35 BST: Manchester City's Samir Nasri has arrived in Turkey ahead of his seemingly impending switch to Antalyaspor, according to reports.
15.00 BST: Sky Sports reports that West Bromwich Albion "have sanctioned the purchase of Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer for £15m, with manager Tony Pulis set to decide whether the deal goes ahead.
14.45 BST: Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri is waiting "to see what happens" with his future amid reports that he is set for a €40 million move to Barcelona.
14.10 BST: DONE DEAL Tianjin Teda striker Malick Evouna has joined Turkish side Konyaspor on a season-long loan deal.
13.40 BST: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said he cannot understand how some football clubs are adhering to financial fair play (FFP) rules given the number of large transfer deals.
Numerous Premier League clubs have broken their transfer records this summer, with fees regularly surpassing £20 million.
13.25 BST: Burnley are in the market for a new defender following the departure of Michael Keane to Everton and are set to move for Celtic's Jozo Simunovic, according to reports in Scotland.
13.15 BST: West Ham United could do with a boost after two defeats from their first two lague games, and the Mirror reports that they have reopened talks with Sporting Lisbon over the signing of midfielder William Carvalho.
It says the Hammers could strike a £30m deal for the Portugal international, having earlier seen a £22m offer rejected.
13.00 BST: Reports in Spain, then, are claiming that Diego Costa is set for an Atletico Madrid return after a fee was agreed with Chelsea, but he could have been heading to China instead. The Sun says that Shanghai SIPG gave Costa the chance to join them on loan until November, but despite the offer of a £3 million signing-on fee, £285,000-a-week wages and a £10m bonus if the club won the Chinese Super League, he opted against the move.
12.42 BST: So Paris Saint-Germain have told Julian Draxler he's free to leave this summer... That news has alerted Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror, which claims all three will battle it out to sign the Germany international for around £32 million.
12.09 BST: AC Milan have invested heavily in bolstering their squad this summer and they still have further plans to improve it... Corriere dello Sport states that Milan have asked Paris Saint-Germain to take midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak on loan for the season, without an option to buy.
11.32 BST: Talking of Samir Nasri, he has posted a picture of himself boarding a flight this morning -- presumably to Turkey ahead of pushing through his move to Antalyaspor...
11.19 BST: Samir Nasri, remember him? Manchester City's forgotten man, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, could be on his way to Antalyaspor. BBC Sport claims the midfielder is in talks with the Turkish club and is set to sign a two-year deal after completing a medical.
10.45 BST: Kylian Mbappe's future has been the subject of plenty of speculation this summer but it could finally be about to be resolved, according to Mundo Deportivo, which says Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign the forward for €200 million. The report adds that the 18-year-old could be presented as a new signing by PSG next week.
10.25 BST: Ahead of today's Premier League clash between Tottenham and Chelsea at Wembley, the Sunday Times is reporting that the Blues are looking to swipe one of their rivals' key players by making a move for Toby Alderweireld, who is said to be "unsettled" in North London.
10.03 BST: Burnley are edging ever closer to completing the signing of Chris Wood from Leeds, with the Lancashire Telegraph reporting that the £15 million deal for the forward is due to be finalised on Monday.
09.36 BST: Fenerbahce's 18-year-old midfielder Oguz Kagan Guctekin seems to have won more than a few admirers in the Premier League, with The Sun reporting that Arsenal and Tottenham have joined in the race to sign the youngster alongside Manchester City, though Pep Guardiola's side have apparently had a £4.5 million offer rejected by the Turkish club.
09.19 BST: It could be a busy end to the transfer window for Chelsea, according to the Daily Express, which claims the club could spend up to £200 million on five new players. Antonio Conte has apparently got his eye on Southampton defensive trio Virgil van Dijk, Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand, as well as Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
09.05 BST: Good morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk... It's with Barcelona target Ousmane Dembele we start first, with his club Borussia Dortmund saying that they must take a stance against his behaviour to set an example for the rest of the Bundesliga. Dembele is currently serving an indefinite suspension at Dortmund after skipping training last week in an attempt to force a move to Barca. Full story.
Barca to up Coutinho bid to £130m
After three failed bids, Barcelona could be forgiven for walking away from their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho. They appear to be trapped though, battling to save face after having Neymar snatched from them by Paris Saint-German.
Liverpool deemed £119m insufficient and maintain that no price will force them to sell the Brazilian, at least this summer, but the Express believes a fourth offer worth £130m is coming.
The report believes there is a price at which the Reds would part ways with Coutinho -- £140m.
Liverpool are thought to have been angered by the Spanish side's persistence after the Blaugrana only offered £80m up front, spread over five years.
Chelsea strike Costa deal with Atletico
Diego Costa's desperation to move to Atletico Madrid is clear, but the La Liga club have so far failed to offer enough to tempt Chelsea into selling their controversial striker. However, Spanish radio station Onda Cero believes an agreement has now been made.
The Blues will even turn a profit, banking £41m up front and potentially receive a further £9m in performance-related add-ons.
Atleti will wait for Chelsea to resolve their dispute with Costa -- who has been fined £300,000 for failing to show up for training -- but a deal now seems imminent, with all parties happy and Chelsea securing a £6.4m profit three years after signing the Spain international.
Given that Atletico cannot register Costa until January and the 28-year-old wants to maintain form ahead of the World Cup, the Mirror believes Everton could emerge as an unlikely landing spot for a short-term loan.
- AC Milan will add Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic before the deadline and then move for Lazio star Keita Balde, reports Corriere dello Sport.
- Another exciting young forward in Serie A that could move before the deadline is Sampdoria's Patrik Schick.
Juventus appeared set to sign the Czech talent before an issue with his medical report, which has allowed rivals Roma to move in.
- Andy Carroll could be set for a sensational return to Newcastle with West Ham desperate to cut their losses, reports the Sun.
The Geordie striker joined the Hammers in 2013 for £15m but has failed to bring value after a number of injuries have limited his availability.
- Finally, Barcelona will pay the buy-out clause for Nice star Jean Seri, according to Mundo Deportivo.
The Ivorian midfielder will cost €40m and the move could be finalised after the French side's Champions League playoff second leg against Napoli next week.
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