Liverpool worried Coutinho will take Barca transfer plight to papers
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TOP STORY: Coutinho to speak out over Liverpool exit
With rumours abounding that Barcelona are readying a fourth bid for Philippe Coutinho of £138 million, there are fears inside Liverpool that the playmaker is prepared to go public in his efforts to leave.
It was assumed Barcelona would attempt to persuade the Liverpool delegation to sell Coutinho at Thursday's Champions League draw, and they believe the Brazilian's absence from the Reds lineup is helping their cause.
And the Daily Mail says Liverpool had hoped that securing a place in the Champions League group stage might convince Coutinho to change his mind but the 25-year-old is still adamant he wants to go.
The concern now for Liverpool is that if they reject Barcelona's latest offer, Coutinho will take the nuclear option of talking to the press about his frustrations.
23.01 BST: That'll do it for Friday's live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with all the best gossip pulled from Saturday's back pages.
22.38 BST: Arsene Wenger thinks Alexis Sanchez's contract situation can work in Arsenal's favour by motivating him to show his quality -- and insists that the Chile forward "loves to be here." Full story.
22.16 BST: Newcastle and Watford are considering late moves for Leicester striker Islam Slimani, the Mirror reports, though the Foxes will demand most of the £29m they spent on the Algerian international 12 months ago.
21.57 BST: Arsenal have agreed a fee with Watford for the transfer of defender Kieran Gibbs, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.
21.35 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have a deal for Monaco pair Kylian Mbappe and Fabinho, according to the Daily Record's Duncan Castles, who reports that the latter will set back the Parisian club €55m.
21.13 BST: Cagliari have confirmed the signing of former Paris Saint-Germain full-back Gregory van der Wiel on a three-year contract.
20.50 BST: Chelsea are "increasingly confident" of signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £35m, according to the Guardian, and could well add another pair of Englishmen to their ranks as well. The Blues will open up discussions with Everton for Ross Barkley at the weekend, and although their valuation of Leicester's £30m-rated Danny Drinkwater, "a compromise is likely to be reached."
20.34 BTS: Monaco are preparing an €18m bid for Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto, CalcioMercato cites unnamed French outlets as reporting.
20.18 BST: Is unfancied Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic destined for the exit this summer?
Sky sources suggest that Rafa Benitez is willing to sell the Serbia international but not before an adequate replacement has been brought in. If the latter doesn't happen, the 22-year-old forward might remain at St. James's Park at least until January.
20.03 BST: Reports suggest that Man City's transfer window business isn't finished as they hope to find a new home for out-of-favour defender Eliaquim Mangala before the end of August. Inter Milan reportedly lead the line of clubs interested in the 26-year-old France international, with Stoke City not far behind.
19.56 BST: Some updates involving Swansea City, as Sky reports they're interested in getting Wilfried Bony back from Man City -- presumably for less than the £28m that City paid for the Ivory Coast international in 2015.
Paul Clement's side are also reportedly in the hunt for PSV and Colombia defender Santiago Arias in a bid to strengthen their rearguard ahead of the long season to come.
19.33 BST: News from the Premier League as Brighton & Hove Albion announce on their website that they've cancelled a move for Ghana and FC Zurich striker Raphael Dwamena after the 21-year-old failed his medical.
Their statement was brief: "The club would like to wish Raphael the very best for the future, as he returns to FC Zurich."
19.08 BST: We had reports earlier of Sheffield United edging closer to a loan move for Watford forward Jerome Sinclair. Sky has a little more detail.
18.53 BST: Are Manchester United about to raid Celtic for their "top target" of the summer? John Hartson definitely thinks so.
Former striker turned pundit Hartson said on a recent BBC podcast that he has heard of Jose Mourinho's interest in full-back Kieran Tierney. Really?
18.31 BST: Reports of a DONE DEAL in Australia as the Perth Glory announce they've reached a deal with Sporting Gijon midfielder Xavi Torres
Torres, 30, still needs to pass a medical but has reportedly already secured a visa to play in the A-League, according to The West Australian.
There still might be some complications as to his arrival date: the midfielder's wife is expecting and requires medical clearance before she can make the long flight.
18.06 BST: Potentially big news in the Premier League as West Ham have announced they're ending their pursuit of Portugal and Sporting CP midfielder William Carvalho.
According to quotes on Sky Sports from a club source, "[Carvalho] just got too expensive and you have to say no sometimes. Also, he's not trained for three weeks. He has done no preseason training so he might have needed 4-6 weeks to be ready to play for us."
Carvalho was valued at £40 million by his current club and refused to budge from their desired price.
17.52 BST: Big DONE DEAL in Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City confirmed they have signed 15-year-old Gianluca Bosio to a homegrown contract on Friday.
Bosio becomes the second-youngest player ever in MLS behind Freddy Adu (remember him?) having impressed since joining the club's academy a year ago. Read more here.
17.20 BST: DONE DEAL And another deal for you -- Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince has joined League One Bury, again on a season-long loan.
17.15 BST: DONE DEAL Chelsea defender Kenneth Omeruo has joined Turkish club Kasimpasa on a season-long loan after signing a new Stamford Bridge deal until 2020.
17.10 BST: West Brom manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that Nacer Chadli is a target for Swansea, saying they are "interested in him."
17.00 BST: Norwich City coach Daniel Farke has said it is unlikely that the club will make late moves in the transfer window, telling a news conference: "Right now, sitting here, I expect that we will do nothing. I am really relaxed. We have a good squad, I am happy with it, but I have mentioned many times we won't fall asleep if there is a special option."
16.27 BST: DONE DEAL West Ham United midfielder Robert Snodgrass has, as was increasingly expected, moved to Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal.
16.20 BST: And so back to the big news of the day: Barcelona have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele.
France international Dembele, 20, fills the void left by Neymar's world-record €222 million departure to Paris Saint-Germain and has cost an initial €105m, with further potential add-ons. He will have a release clause of €400m.
Dortmund suspended Dembele indefinitely earlier this month after he missed training amid interest from Barcelona, but the Bundesliga club continued to insist that he would only be allowed to leave if the La Liga club met their demands. The final breakthrough was made in talks on Thursday.
16.14 BST: DONE DEAL Young West Brom forward Tyler Roberts has moved to Midlands near-neighbours Walsall on loan until January.
16.06 BST: DONE DEAL It's the one we've been waiting for -- the second-biggest done deal of the summer. Allow Barcelona to inform you:
16.05 BST: As speculation that Diego Costa could end up at Everton continues to swirl, here's what Ronald Koeman has had to say about it: "I said there is always a warm welcome for every good player, and he's a good player. We need more competition up front."
15.50 BST: DONE DEAL Cardiff striker Ibrahim Meite, who joined them from non-league Harrow, has joined Crawley Town on loan until January.
15.45 BST: Sheffield United have already signed Cameron Carter-Vickers on loan and reports suggest they are poised to make another temporary addition in the shape of Watford forward Jerome Sinclair.
15.40 BST: Wolves' Wales international midfielder Dave Edwards could soon be on his way to Championship rivals Reading, according to reports.
15.35 BST: Ronald Koeman and Everton have spent plenty of money on plenty of new faces this summer, but the manager still wants to add another. He told a news conference: "We're still looking to bring a striker in. We need more competition. We have a lot of tough fixtures coming up."
15.15 BST: Mauricio Pochettino is targeting three more signings in the final week of the transfer window after Tottenham completed deals for Davinson Sanchez and Paulo Gazzaniga.
The Tottenham manager also said that fringe players would be allowed to leave the club before next Thursday's transfer deadline.
14.40 BST: Arsenal and Liverpool may want to be on alert as The Sun is reporting that Barcelona are prepared to let Arda Turan leave the club for free.
Barca are apparently so keen to get Turan off their books that they are willing to let the 30-year-old move on to a new team for no cost.
14.30 BST: Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says that "the best players in the world should be the best paid," reacting to a report that Cristiano Ronaldo has asked the club for another pay rise. Full story.
14.15 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are close to completing the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for around €150 million plus a player, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.
A Paris-based source said that, after significant reflection, PSG have decided it is now or never to land a player they believe to be a generational talent.
14.00 BST: Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has confirmed he hopes to sign a backup striker to support Christian Benteke before the transfer window closes on Thursday.
Palace have yet to score this season, having lost 3-0 at home to Huddersfield Town in their opening match and 1-0 at Liverpool last week.
13.36 BST: DONE DEAL Well, that didn't take long -- Tottenham centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers has completed his season-long loan switch to Sheffield United.
13.30 BST: Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has said that the future of Renato Sanches is still undecided.
Sanches, 20, winner of the 2016 Golden Boy award and voted best young player at Euro 2016, has struggled to meet expectations since his move last summer from Benfica, when Bayern successfully beat off competition from Manchester United for his signature.
13.05 BST: DONE DEAL Teenage Millwall defender James Brown has moved to Carlisle United on loan until January.
12.45 BST: Championship newcomers Sheffield United are on the verge of striking a loan deal for Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, according to reports.
12.30 BST: DONE DEAL Newcastle forward Emmanuel Riviere has joined Ligue 1 side Metz, having spent last season on loan at Spanish side Osasuna.
12.25 BST: DONE DEAL League Two Chesterfield have signed defender Andy Kellett from League One Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.
12.20 BST: To France, where L'Equipe reports that although Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a €25 million fee with Paris Saint-Germain for Serge Aurier, the full-back is still waiting for a work permit to be granted before the deal can be completed.
12.10 BST: Atletico Madrid director Clemente Villaverde has said there is nothing to speculation that PSG were considering triggering goalkeeper Jan Oblak's €100 million release clause. "Nobody has asked us about Oblak," he said. "We expect him to be our player for a long time."
11.50 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, the player's agent has said. "I can tell you simply that PSG's interest is real," he said. "Only the two clubs will be able to confirm if there is an offer or not." Full story.
11.36 BST: Francesco Totti has said Roma hope to convince Sampdoria forward Patrik Schick to join them instead of Inter Milan. "We are evaluating Schick and we'll see if he becomes a Roma player -- he is suited to the club and we want him," the Roma director said. Full story.
11.22 BST: Wahbi Khazri has told SFR Sport that he wants to leave Sunderland, saying: "I'm ready to listen to offers and sporting projects. I'm looking to start over."
11.13 BST: Atletico Madrid are closing in on the signing of Argentina under-20 striker Lautaro Martinez from Racing Club, his agent has said. Racing have accepted an €11 million offer for the 20-year-old from Atletico -- €2m higher than his buyout clause. Full story.
11.06 BST: Ousmane Dembele's move to Barcelona looks to be edging ever closer, with Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke having had this to say today... Full story.
10.45 BST: Chelsea are back in for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, says the Daily Telegraph. Having failed to sign Llorente back in January, the Premier League champions are set to offer Swansea £15 million for him ahead of next week's transfer deadline.
10.35 BST: AC Milan general manager Marco Fassone has played down speculation linking his club with a move for Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. "We're being linked with some really good players, but there's not been any contact with Barcelona for him," he said. Full story.
10.20 BST: Could we soon be seeing a Liverpool midfield with Philippe Coutinho and Renato Sanches in it? Well, if the Reds can keep hold of Coutinho, and kicker is correct with its report that Jurgen Klopp wants to bring the Bayern Munich man to Anfield on loan for the season, then we might be... Liverpool have apparently turned to Sanches after missing out on RB Leipzig's Naby Keita.
10.03 BST: Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho wants to join Tottenham but the club have decided against pursuing a deal for him this month, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story.
#thfc Told Spurs will not be signing Jadon Sancho from Man City this month. Player keen but Spurs decided against pursuing it last night.— Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) August 25, 2017
09.51 BST: Manchester City are no longer in the hunt for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, according to their director of football Txiki Begiristain. "We are out of the race," he said. "It is impossible to do it with the timing remaining." That leaves Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid to fight it out then...
09.43 BST: Just in case you somehow managed to miss Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to Manchester United yesterday, the striker has just posted a video on his Twitter account reminding us all that he's back "to finish what he started" at Old Trafford...
09.27 BST: Juventus have agreed personal terms with Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes, according to the Germany international's agent. "Juve want it, Benedikt Howedes wants it, we have an agreement in principle. Schalke now also must want it," he said. Full story.
09.09 BST: We've our first DONE DEAL of the day, with West Brom having just announced the signing of Scotland international Oliver Burke from RB Leipzig... The Baggies are reported to be paying up to £15 million for the winger.
09.02 BST: Will it be third time lucky for Manchester City with Jonny Evans? City will certainly be hoping so, with The Times claiming that they are returning to West Brom with a third bid of more than £25 million for the former Manchester United defender, having so far seen two offers knocked back by the Baggies.
08.45 BST: While Serge Aurier looks set to depart Paris Saint-Germain, Fabinho could be due to arrive at the club, with L'Equipe stating that they remain interested in the Monaco man, who is also still keen to make the move. Monaco, however, are reluctant to sell the 23-year-old, who could cost PSG up to €60 million.
08.31 BST: Having already added Davinson Sanchez to their ranks, Tottenham are close to securing another defender, with the The Sun claiming that Paris Saint-Germain's Serge Aurier has undergone his medical ahead of his £23 million move to White Hart Lane.
08.20 BST: Arsenal have offered Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new contract of £180,000-a-week in order to secure his future, the Daily Telegraph reports, though Chelsea are apparently growing increasingly optimistic of signing the England international for £35 million.
08.05 BST: Good morning all and welcome back to Transfer Talk. First up, it's United States youth international Cameron Carter-Vickers, who is set to join Championship club Sheffield United on a season-long loan from Tottenham, sources have told ESPN FC. Full story.
Juventus eye Cahill
Juventus are lining up Gary Cahill as a replacement for the departed Leonardo Bonucci, with doubts looming over his starting place at Chelsea this season.
The 31-year-old was appointed club captain in the summer, but saw red just 14 minutes into the opening day defeat to Burnley and subsequently missed the win at Tottenham through suspension.
In a development that would cap off a miserable start to the season for Cahill, the Sun reports that he could now lose his place in Antonio Conte's first XI to Antonio Rudiger, who has made an impressive adjustment to the pace of the Premier League.
That may open the door for a shock move to Juventus, who rebuffed Chelsea's advances last summer when Bonucci was Conte's No. 1 target. It remains to be seen whether the Blues will be amenable to this mooted move.
Ibrahimovic takes pay cut
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to Manchester United dominates Friday's back pages after the announcement of his new contract with a bizarre Twitter graphic of him shaking hands with the red devil.
Ibrahimovic has revealed that he received several enticing offers before committing to another year at Old Trafford, where he says he intends to "finish what I started."
But the Sun reveals one interesting detail from the deal. Ibrahimovic has reportedly taken an enormous 50 percent pay cut. The 35-year-old was on £367,000-a-week last season, but will earn around half that amount over the next 12 months.
He will still be in line to pick up several lucrative bonuses, however, should he hit the ground running when he returns from his knee injury.
- Meanwhile, City haven't given up on Alexis Sanchez, despite the clock ticking on a potential transfer. According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola is still hopeful Arsenal will soften their stance, but is prepared to wait until next summer to sign the Chilean on a free transfer when his contract expires.
- With Chelsea reportedly snubbing Atletico Madrid officials at the Champions League draw, AC Milan have emerged as leading contenders for Diego Costa's signature. The Express claims the Serie A giants, who have already spent close to £200m, would need to stump up another £40m or so to meet Chelsea's asking price.
- West Brom are preparing to splash the cash as they look set to beat Crystal Palace to the £15m signing of RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke, according to Sky Sports. Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer is another target, while the Baggies are also believed to be in talks with Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs.
- Apparently Manchester City aren't sure if they've signed enough full-backs this summer as Espanyol's Aaron Martin is linked with an £18m move, says the Sun. The Spanish side are thought to want closer to £35m for the 20-year-old, who would provide competition for Benjamin Mendy on the left flank.