Paris Saint-Germain closing in on £128m deal for Kylian Mbappe
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TOP STORY: PSG close in on deal for Mbappe
Is the saga of whether Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe joins Paris Saint-Germain finally heading toward a conclusion?
Sky Sports reports that PSG are "close to agreeing a £128 million move, with Lucas Moura going to Monaco as part of the deal." Mbappe would join on a season-long loan before the transfer is made permanent next summer.
Not only that, PSG also remain interested in Monaco midfielder Fabinho and a move could take their spending on two of the French champions' biggest names to more than £200m.
Earlier this month, reports suggested Mbappe remained undecided about his future amid ongoing interest from PSG, Real Madrid and Manchester City.
But sources told ESPN FC the France international was keen to move to Paris, despite no agreement having been reached at that point.
22.53 BST: That's going to do it for Tuesday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few hours when we return with the best gossip plucked from Wednesday's back pages.
22.35 BST: Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are tracking Aston Villa's 19-year-old attacker Andre Green, who has also been scouted by Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, according to the Mirror.
22.13 BST: According to ESPN Deportes commentator Fernando Palomo, Ousmane Dembele is set to join Barcelona in a deal that could reach €150m.
Lo que sé: Dembelé, según alguien cercano al tema, se hará. No en las condiciones que quiere el BVB, pero más de lo que quiere el Barcelona.— Fernando Palomo (@Palomo_ESPN) August 22, 2017
Por Dembelé, pueden llegar hasta €150 millones si juntan las variables. Quizás antes trascendió, lo digo ahora que lo sé de buena fuente.— Fernando Palomo (@Palomo_ESPN) August 22, 2017
21.50 BST: Earlier in the day, Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi had been linked with a £36m move to Ligue 1 side Lille, but the London Evening Standard reports that the Belgian international has no desire to leave Stamford Bridge.
21.34 BST: Liverpool have yet to decide whether attacker Ryan Kent will remain on the fringes of the first team or go out on loan, writes the Liverpool Echo, with a host of Championship clubs and Bundesliga side Hannover 96 keen to take the 20-year-old for the season.
21.18 BST: Aston Villa are favourites for the signature of Robert Snodgrass, according to the Mail, and have offered to take the 29-year-old on a season-long loan just seven months after he joined West Ham from Hull for £10m.
21.02 BST: Julian Green faces an uncertain future with German club Stuttgart, sources close to the player confirmed, following a report that said the U.S. international is for sale. Full story.
20.45 BST: TalkSport cites Italian outlet Tuttosport as reporting that Andre Gomes is not content with his bit-part role at Barcelona last season, and Juventus are interested in taking the 24-year-old Portugal international on loan.
20.29 BST: As rumours swirl of Chelsea making a £15m bid for Southampton's Cedric Soares, the 25-year-old Portugal international right-back has posted a photo on his Instagram feed from London. Is a move to Stamford Bride in the works?
20.13 BST: Southampton have confirmed the signing of Dutch international centre-back Wesley Hoedt from Lazio, signing the 23-year-old to a five-year contract.
19.56 BST: Crystal Palace are expected to make an offer for RB Leipzig midfielder and Scotland international Oliver Burke, who is expected to cost around £15m, reports the Guardian.
19.40 BST: Contract negotiations between Tottenham and Toby Alderweireld reportedly have stalled, and TalkSport cites Corriere dello Sport as reporting that Inter Milan are now monitoring the situation with a view of making a last-minute swoop for the centre-back before the transfer window closes.
19.24 BST: According to the Independent, David Luiz's impressive work in midfield in Chelsea's win at Tottenham over the weekend could reshape their transfer plans. With Leicester holding firm in their £40m valuation of Danny Drinkwater, Luiz could make the move to midfield permanent, with the Blues instead opting to add another centre-back, like Virgil van Dijk.
19.08 BST: Lionel Messi will not sign his already-agreed new contract at Barcelona until he sees how the club navigate the remainder of the transfer window, Madrid-based Marca reports. And while the Catalan giants appear in disarray following the sale of Neymar, the report states that the Argentina international is not considering leaving the club.
18.51 BST: Having already declined a new contract worth in excess of £100,000 a week, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to extend his deal at Arsenal with Chelsea and Liverpool waiting to land the 24-year-old England international, who has less than a year left on his contract, writes the Telegraph.
18.35 BST: On the back of Juventus giving up in their quest for Lazio striker Keita Balde, who has one year remaining on his contract, AC Milan have offered €15m, Gabriel Paletta and M'Baye Niang for the 22-year-old, Football Italia cites Il Messaggero as reporting.
18.19 BST: Serie A side Hellas Verona are in talks with Tottenham over a loan deal for Georges-Kevin N'Koudou, who moved to White Hart Lane from Marseille just 12 months ago, TalkSport cites Sky Sport Italia as reporting.
18.03 BST: DONE DEAL Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo has joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer next summer. Full story.
17.46 BST: With Chelsea seemingly unwilling to spend the entire £40m the received for Nemanja Matic on a replacement in Danny Drinkwater, the Mail writes that the Premier League champions have identified Everton's Idrissa Gueye as a backup plan.
17.30 BST: Everton and Monaco are interested in Benfica's Mexico international forward Raul Jimenez, although his €50m price tag is proving to be a stumbling block, reports Portuguese outlet Record. On Monday, ESPN's John Sutcliffe reported that Jimenez's agent was exploring interest from Anderlecht in Belgium as well.
17.14 BST: After admitting defeat in their chase for Liverpool talisman Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona are now turning their attention to the Merseysiders' No. 1 target: Naby Keita. That's according to the Mirror, who reports that the Catalans are also interest in recruiting 22-year-old Schalke midfielder and Bayern Munich target Leon Goretzka.
16.57 BST: With minutes already hard to come by in Juventus' midfield, and the Bianconeri still looking to add another central midfielder, 31-year-old Claudio Marchisio is considering leaving the Italian champions, with Chelsea interested, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
16.41 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are interested in taking Real Madrid midfield starlet Marcos Llorente on loan this season, reports CalcioMercato. The Parisians reportedly want to replace 35-year-old Thiago Motta and the outgoing Grzegorz Krychowiak, and as they find it difficult to persuade Monaco to part with Fabinho in their negotiations for Kylian Mbappe, PSG could turn to Llorente.
16.25 BST: Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool to do everything they can to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. "For me, if you want to compete in the league and in the Champions League [Van Dijk is needed]," he said. Full story.
16.12 BST: Bordeaux and Lazio are in the running to sign Diafra Sakho if he decides to leave West Ham, France Football claims. The Senegal international, who left Metz to move to England three years ago, has dropped down the Hammers' pecking order following the summer arrivals of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic.
15.58 BST: Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas could make a move for Paris Saint-Germain's Grzegorz Krychowiak as they seek to bolster their midfield. "That could be an option. There are others, but that could be one," Aulas said. Full story.
15.39 BST: Barcelona have announced that they will sue Neymar for €8.5 million for allegedly breaching his contract when moving to Paris Saint-Germain... Full story.
Comunicado del FC Barcelona pic.twitter.com/opVIIJ4mh6— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 22, 2017
15.30 BST: Monaco fans are losing patience with Kylian Mbappe and have told their club that the teenage forward is not worth the money he is demanding for a new contract. "We feel that no player is worth so many million euros," a supporters' group said. Full story.
15.03 BST: A source has confirmed to ESPN FC that Ajax centre-back Davinson Sanchez is to undergo his Tottenham medical today ahead of his move to White Hart Lane. Full story.
14.44 BST: Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says he remains worried the club will receive "acceptable" bids for Riyad Mahrez and Danny Drinkwater in the final days of the window, with Mahrez having been a target for Roma and Chelsea widely reported to be interested in Drinkwater. Full story.
14.26 BST: According to Mundo Deportivo, Crystal Palace have shown an interest in signing Barcelona forward Munir El Haddadi, though they face competition from Sampdoria, Deportivo La Coruna and Alaves for the 21-year-old's signature.
14.19 BST: Could Jamie Vardy be on his way to Chelsea? That's what the Daily Mirror are suggesting could happen in a report that states the Blues are interested in bringing the Leicester striker to Stamford Bridge alongside Foxes teammate Danny Drinkwater.
13.47 BST: Davinson Sanchez is currently having his medical with Tottenham, according to Sky Sports, after Spurs announced a club-record deal for the defender last week.
13.25 BST: Danny Rose is set for decisive talks with Tottenham this week after a breakdown in his relationship with manager Mauricio Pochettino, sources have told ESPN FC, with Manchester United interested in the defender. Full story.
13.05 BST: Manchester City are preparing an improved bid for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC. City saw an £18 million bid for Evans rejected last week but are increasingly confident of landing him. Full story.
12.47 BST: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is standing firm in his stance not to sell Alexis Sanchez, says the Daily Mirror. Manchester City remain interested in the Chile international, who has less than a year left on his contract, and would have to pay at least £70 million to tempt the Gunners into selling.
12.38 BST: The Sun is reporting that Philippe Coutinho is ready to make peace with Liverpool following the club's decision to reject a third bid for him from Barcelona. Coutinho had handed in a transfer request earlier this summer in order to force through a move to Barca.
12.21 BST: Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere was at the Parc des Princes on Sunday to see Paris Saint-Germain beat Toulouse and start talks with the capital club over a move for Hatem Ben Arfa, RMC reports. Ben Arfa spent a successful 2015-16 season with Nice before joining PSG a year ago.
12.06 BST: Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony is closing in on a return to Swansea, sources close to the Welsh club have told ESPN FC. Full story.
11.51 BST: DONE DEAL Yet another signing at AC Milan... The Serie A club have brought in Nikola Kalinic on loan from Fiorentina with an obligation to buy... Full story.
11.45 BST: Pep Guardiola says a club could activate Barcelona star Lionel Messi's €300 million buyout clause -- but sources have told ESPN FC that it will not be Manchester City. Full story.
11.27 BST: And we've another DONE DEAL from the Championship... This time it's Fulham who have signed left-back Rafa Soares on a season-long loan deal from Porto...
11.16 BST: A DONE DEAL in the Championship, where Nottingham Forest have signed midfielder Liam Bridcutt from Leeds for an undisclosed fee...
11.04 BST: Manchester United fans are getting very excited over the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic... That is after Adidas' U.S. store listed Ibrahimovic's name among those available for shirt printing on United's new home shirt.
10.51 BST: Boca Juniors president Daniel Angelici has met with Carlos Tevez in Buenos Aires but said that the Shanghai Shenhua forward will not be returning to the club anytime soon. "He is not coming back for now but I trust that one day he will wear the Boca Juniors jersey again," he said. Full story.
Hoy estuve compartiendo una tarde con Carlitos y su familia después de varios meses. Conversamos sobre su presente en China y su futuro. pic.twitter.com/7O8rU6bBvH— Daniel Angelici (@TanoAngelici) August 21, 2017
10.31 BST: An interesting update on the Diego Costa saga, with The Sun claiming that Atletico Madrid have told him to make peace with Chelsea if he wants to return to the Spanish club. Costa is currently at home in Brazil after refusing to return to training with Chelsea in an attempt to force through an exit.
10.14 BST: Andreas Pereira is keen to stay at Manchester United amid interest from Valencia but is set to seek assurances from Jose Mourinho about the opportunities on offer at Old Trafford, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story.
09.54 BST: DONE DEAL Wolfsburg have signed Marcel Tisserand on a season-long loan from Ingolstadt, with the centre-back joining as a replacement for injured United States international John Brooks.
09.30 BST: Contrary to that Sky Sports report on Kylian Mbappe mentioned above, SFR Sport's "Breaking Foot" programme claimed on Monday evening that Monaco, despite telephone contact between the two clubs, had not received a bid from Paris Saint-Germain for the forward, who was born and grew up in the Paris suburbs.
09.16 BST: Lille are considering making a €40 million bid for Michy Batshuayi, France Football reports, with the Belgium international likely to be on the fringes of the Chelsea squad again this season following Alvaro Morata's arrival.
08.58 BST: Mundo Deportivo's front page this morning speaks of Barcelona's "final stretch," in reference to their pursuits of Ousmane Dembele and Jean Michael Seri, who they are hoping to tie up deals for this week.
08.36 BST: Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon was attracting plenty of interest from Tottenham earlier this summer, and now he's caught the eye of Manchester United. Sky Sports reports that United would be willing to loan back the 17-year-old to Fulham this season if a deal can be struck.
08.21 BST: So with Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho seemingly set for Paris Saint-Germain, Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Italia are claiming that Monaco will look to bring in Torino striker Andrea Belotti to help plug the gap. Belotti has a €100 million release clause for foreign clubs, and Monaco are apparently seriously considering meeting it.
08.05 BST: Good morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk... First up, we start with Manchester City, who are debating moving on from attempting to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans, according to The Independent. Having so far failed to strike a deal with the Baggies, City may ditch their interest in Evans and look to sign Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson for £20 million instead.
Barca 'admit defeat' in Coutinho pursuit
Rejoice, Liverpool fans -- Barcelona have thrown in the towel in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Barca have failed in three bids for the Brazil international, with the Merseysiders refusing to budge from their stance that he would not be sold at any price.
The most recent offer, worth £118m, followed two of £72m and then £90m, with Coutinho handing in a transfer request and missing Liverpool's first two Premier League games of the season.
The Echo says the Sunday deadline Barcelona set Liverpool to agree their newest offer "went unanswered by sporting director Michael Edwards."
It adds that "the Catalan giants have belatedly accepted what Liverpool have been telling them all summer: Coutinho is going nowhere" but warns that Jurgen Klopp faces a challenge to reintegrate a player who "has blotted his copybook with the Kop."
Spurs and Chelsea to battle for Barkley
Prepare yourselves for a transfer scrap: Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea will go head-to-head for the signature of Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, reports the Telegraph.
It reports that Spurs are preparing to table an offer for the 23-year-old England international, with Chelsea set to follow suit with one of their own.
Spurs are ready to offer £20m up front with a possible £8m more in add-ons, but the Telegraph says they "do not have a clear run at Barkley."
Premier League champions Chelsea believe he would be a good long-term acquisition and their interest is not linked to whether or not Danny Drinkwater arrives from Leicester.
The Leicester Mercury reports that Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare is prepared for uncertainty over Drinkwater's situation to go on right to the end of the window.
- Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has said he believes signing former loan star Mamadou Sakho from Liverpool will turn out to be too expensive, but the Mirror reports that he has an alternative lined up.
It says Palace are monitoring AEK Athens defender Ognjen Vranjes, a 27-year-old Bosnia and Herzegovina international who has a £4.5m release clause in his contract. However, Palace value the player at closer to £2m.
- Hull City could bring in Watford forward Isaac Success on loan as coach Leonid Slutsky looks to bolster his squad, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
It reports that former Tigers coach Marco Silva, now in charge at Watford, could allow Success to play for his old club for the remainder of the season after bringing in attacking reinforcements.