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Transfer Talk: Spurs' Wilfried Zaha chase shut down by Palace's eye-watering wage offer

The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.

Palace offer Zaha huge deal amid Spurs interest

Crystal Palace will offer attacker Wilfried Zaha a lucrative new deal to fend off interest from Tottenham, the Mirror reports.

Spurs have long been keen on Zaha, but Palace will shell out more than £120,000 a week to persuade him to stay in South London -- "believed to be more than their London rivals would be willing to pay him."

Ivory Coast international Zaha starred as Palace avoided relegation from the Premier League and, although he signed a £100,000-a-week deal last year, the Eagles are poised to improve his terms again.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have also been linked with potential moves for him.


23.00 BST: That'll do it for our Transfer Talk Live blog today but remember to follow all of our World Cup coverage and check back in a few hours for more transfer rumours, links and done deals from around the global game. Take care!

22.57 BST: One final one before we sign off for the evening. The front page of Italian paper Corriere dello Sport claim that Barcelona and Chelsea are trying to pry Miralem Pjanic away from Juventus. 

The 28-year-old Bosnian has been fantastic since arriving in Turin two season ago, scoring 10 goals and providing 16 assists while helping Juve to back-to-back Serie A titles.

Juventus also have said they will only sell "The Little Prince" for upwards of £70 million, a hefty price for the playmaker and free kick artist.

Barcelona believe Pjanic could slide in and replace recently departed club legend Andres Iniesta while Chelsea would see the diminutive playmaker as an upgrade on a slowing Cesc Fabregas. 

Barcelona and Chelsea are no strangers to doing battle on the pitch but this battle will be won in the boardroom. 

22.48 BST: Here's an interesting one. Sources in Germany are Tottenham that Tottenham could make a surprise move for Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic.

Sport Bild claim that Spurs are "showing interest" in the Croatian attacker, whom they attempted to sign from RNK Split back in 2013.

The 24-year-old Rebic scored nine goals this season in all competitions, including a two-goal performance in the DFB-Pokal final win over Bayern Munich. 

Rebic looked a world beater against the German champions on the day, showcasing tremendous speed and finishing ability and has parlayed that into a surprise starting spot for Croatia at the World Cup.

Tottenham have been linked with a series of wide players including Malcolm, Anthony Martial and Wilfried Zaha but Rebic is a new name, at least as far as this summer is concerned.

22.36 BST: With Leicester City set to sell Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City, the Foxes have identified a potential replacement for the Algerian.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Basel winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is a player that Leicester fancy and view as a potential Mahrez replacement.

The 23-year-old is coming off an impressive season in Switzerland, where he bagged 13 goals and produced 17 assists over all competitions.

A Moroccan-born Norway international, Elyounoussi,  also shone the Champions League stage, impressing against Man United and scoring a goal and winning man of the match in a win over Man City.

22.10 BST: PSV could be eyeing a double swoop for Chelsea loanees Marco van Ginkel and Mason Mount.

According to Dutch publication De Telegraaf, PSV are keen on buying Van Ginkel -- who has spent the past three seasons at PSV on loan --outright and also bringing Mount in on loan for a season.

Both players have gotten lost in the fray a bit at Chelsea despite productive seasons in Holland. Van Ginkel scored 14 league goals for the Dutch champions last season on loan while the 19-year-old Mount bagged 14 in all competitions for Vitesse.

Chelsea seem to have 40-50 loanees every season, could they be willing to part with Van Ginkel permanently and Mount for another season?

21.48 BST: Aston Villa have officially said goodbye to 37-year-old defender John Terry but could another ageing Premier League defender be his replacement?

A report from Daily Record Sport claims that Villa's director of football Mark Allen has reached out to the representatives of 38-year-old Gareth McAuley's representatives. 

McAuley, who was relegated last season with West Brom, has recently become a free agent and could be attractive to cash-strapped Villa both for his experience and cheap price.

So much for Villa getting younger!

20.52 BST: Chelsea could have a new rival in their pursuit of Napolo and Napoli defender Raul Albiol.

AS Sport write that Villarreal are now in on the 32-year-old full-back who has an affordable buyout clause of "just" £5.2 million.

Albiol has previously played in Spain with Real Madrid, Valencia and Getafe.

20.26 BST: Russia star Aleksandr Golovin could be ready to make the move to a bigger club and his father has dropped a big hint.

Golovin, who has been linked with Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal, has had a standout tournament for the hosts and is being tabbed for a big-money move abroad.

Golovin's father may have dropped a hint to Russian outlet Komsomolskaya Pravda saying: "Sasha [Aleksandr] has already started learning English."

Sounds like Premier League to me.

20.02 BST: Staying in Scotland, new Rangers Steven Gerrard looks to be putting his Liverpool connections to good use.

After already grabbing Reds youngster Ovie Ejaria on loan, Gerrard is looking at another playing with Liverpool connections.

Rangers, according to Sky Sports News are close to signing ex-Red and free agent Jon Flanagan.

Flanagan was dropped by Liverpool this summer and comes with baggage, after pleading guilty to assaulting his girlfriend last December.

19.40 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Scottish side Motherwell have made their fifth signing of the summer with Spaniard Alex Rodriguez Gorrin from Romanian side Sepsi OSK.

The 24-year-old came through the Sunderland youth system and also had spells in Portugal and Australia as a professional.

19.10 BST: Man City are reportedly in talks to sign Sporting Lisbon wonderkid Rafael Leao.

The 19-year-old forward played most of last season with Sporting's developmental side but comes from Sporting's highly-rated youth system. In three senior games, the Portugal Under-21 international, even managed to score a senior goal late in the season against Porto.

Leao, like a handful of his teammates, has requested for the termination of his contract due to the turmoil and controversy surrounding the club.

One to keep an eye on for the future.

18.42 BST: Bordeaux's Malcolm is one of the more coveted names on the transfer window and now Inter Milan are the club being tabbed to sign the winger.

Malcolm, who has been closely linked with Tottenham, Man United and others, is now being tipped to Inter by the Italian press.

 Sky Italia, claim the San Siro club are set to make a loan offer for the 21-year-old star.

Inter would pay £7 million to sign Malcom for the year -- before paying a further £28m to make the move permanent next summer.

The club had been hoping to just buy the Bordeaux winger outright now, but now no longer have the funds..

18.08 BST: Newcastle are expected to be busy after an impressive first season back in the top flight under Rafa Benitez. After inking goalkeeper Martin Dubravka last week, the latest reports are linking them with Stoke midfielders Giannelli Imbula and Badou Ndiaye.

The recently relegated duo would fit nicely into Newcastle's midfield. Imbula was a big-money signing by the Potters in 2016 but struggled in England before playing last season on loan at Toulouse. A report in France from SFR Sport claim United have scouted the defensive midfielder and have begun to engage in preliminary talks.

Ndiaye, on the other hand, is at the World Cup with Senegal and has been linked to St James' Park by reports in Turkey.

17:15 BST -- DONE DEAL: Millwall have made their first signing of the summer, bringing in defender Murray Wallace from Scunthorpe on a long-term deal for an undisclosed fee.

17:00 BST -- DONE DEAL: Confirmation of a deal from a little earlier -- midfielder Oliver Bozanic has joined Hearts after the expiry of his contract with A-League Melbourne City.

16:45 BST: Fulham are in talks over a move for Brighton goalkeeper Tim Krul, Sky Sports reports, although it adds that "things are moving slowly."

16:30 BST: New Derby manager Frank Lampard wants to sign his former Chelsea teammate Salomon Kalou, now at Hertha Berlin, Sport Bild reports.

15:48 BST: According to Sport, one of former Chelsea forward and ex-Iceland international Eider Gudjohnsen's sons is set to leave the Barcelona academy to join Real Madrid, who have broken a pact between the clubs to not sign players from the other's academy.

Daniel Gudjohnsen was playing for Barcelona's under-12 side, and he will join 16-year-old brother Andry, who had been at Espanyol, in Madrid.

15:36 BST: DONE DEAL -- Leicester City have finally completed the transfer of James Maddison from Norwich City on a five-year deal, the club announced.

Maddison, the England under-21 international, moves to the Premier League for a reported £22m.

14:52 BST: DONE DEAL -- Huddersfield Town announced they have signed Netherlands under-21 international Juninho Bacuna from Groningen on a three-year deal.

The club also hold a fourth-year option on the midfielder, who has made more than 80 appearances in the Eredivisie.

14:28 BST: Swansea City are close to an agreement with Sevilla on a permanent deal for Roque Mesa, the BBC has reported.

The midfielder, sent to Sevilla on loan in January, never adjusted to the Wales club and made only nine Premier League starts after joining from Las Palmas last summer.

Although he arrived in an £11m move, Swansea are willing to let him leave for only £8m.

14:11 BST: Following on an earlier report linking 19-year-old Zorya Luhansk goalkeeper Andriy Lunin to Real Madrid, the player's father has told Calciomercato that they are still weighing offers.

"There is interest in Andriy from other clubs including Napoli," Aleksiy Lunin said. "We are happy as this means he is a kid of great value, but we have not made any decision."

14:04 BST: Inter Milan are trying to convince Chelsea to part ways with Davide Zappacosta, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The newspaper reported that Zappacosta's agent, Alessandro Lucci, met with Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio to negotiate a new contract for Matias Vecino and also floated the Chelsea winger as a possibility -- perhaps even on a loan deal.

13:50 BST: According to Sky Sports, Manchester United will announce they have completed the signing of Brazil international Fred on Thursday.

United announced earlier this month they had reached an agreement with the former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder but have not finalised terms.

13:26 BST: Shakhtar Donetsk have announced that Bernard will not return to the club with the midfielder out of contract this summer.

Bernard, who has been linked to Liverpool and Arsenal, thanked the club and supporters on the website and said he wants "to give everyone a hug."

13:17 BST: Newly appointed Italy coach Roberto Mancini told Sky Sport Italia he believes Juventus are right to pursue Aleksandr Golovin, who has scored a goal and set up two others for Russia in the World Cup.

Golovin, the CSKA Moscow midfielder, ended an interview after Russia defeated Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the World Cup opener last week when he was routinely asked about joining Juventus.

"He's a quality player," Mancini said. "He's very good and I wanted to take him to Zenit [St. Petersburg] last year but he was from CSKA and it was quite difficult."

13:10 BST: Leicester City defender Elliott Moore has signed a new two-year contract and will join Belgian side OH Leuven on loan next season after also playing for them last time around.

12:55 BST: It could be a very busy summer at Leeds United following the arrival of new boss Marcelo Bielsa, with potential targets including Hull forward Abel Hernandez, Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn and Derby striker Matej Vydra, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

12:45 BST: News from the Championship, where Millwall defender Sid Nelson, who came through the London club's ranks, has signed a new one-year deal at The Den.

12:30 BST: Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet is attracting plenty of attention in this transfer window, and Sport reports that Barcelona are ready to make a concrete bid for the Frenchman.

The Spanish sport daily says that Barca will meet the centre-back's €35m release clause when it kicks in on July 1. 

12:10 BST: Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has confirmed that midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to join Arsenal in a €30 million deal.

Arsenal have been in talks to sign the Uruguay international, although the deal is dragging out with the player competing at the World Cup in Russia. But Ferrero said live on Sportitalia on Tuesday that Sampdoria have accepted an offer for the holding midfielder.

"Torreira's gone for €30m," Ferrero said. "I bought him from Pescara when nobody believed in him. We gambled on him and we won, paying just €3m. The money we're earning is necessary to increase our club's capital."

Torreira had a release clause of €25m but Arsenal reportedly bid more in order to pay the fee in instalments.

11:37 BST: Paris Saint-Germain defender Thomas Meunier said he has not been given any indication of how he fits into new coach Thomas Tuchel's plans but will consider an exit if he is not in them.

Meunier, who signed a four-year contract with PSG after leaving Brugge in 2016, told Sport/Foot that he would be disappointed if he has to leave after two seasons. He spent last season as the backup to Dani Alves after he joined the club from Juventus.

11:22 BST: AC Milan are expecting to receive some degree of financial fair play sanctions from UEFA this summer and, as a result, their transfer business will be vastly different from what they pulled off a year ago.

As such, they have identified Schalke midfielder Max Meyer, who is out of contract, as a potential addition, according to Sportitalia. Meyer was repeatedly offered a new contract by Schalke but decided not to re-sign over concerns about the club's direction.

11:06 BST: With Jack Wilshere needing to find a new home this summer, leave it to former Arsenal teammate Santi Cazorla to find a solution.

Cazorla responded to Wilshere's Instagram post announcing his departure with a recruiting pitch of sorts, hoping Wilshere will join him at Villarreal.

"Come with me, please," Cazorla wrote. "I wish you all the best. You are [a] great player and top man."

10:49 BST: Leicester City are open to letting Nigeria international Ahmed Musa leave the club again this summer, perhaps even on a permanent move.

Musa's agent, William D'Avila, said he has spoken to Galatasaray on a loan deal with an option to buy.

The forward finished last season on loan at CSKA Moscow, who sold him to Leicester in July 2016 for a then-club record £16.6 million.

10:32 BST: Fiorentina are lining up a second bid for West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang after their first offer was rejected, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC's Peter O'Rourke.

A knee injury sidelined Obiang in January, though he made his return as an 85th-minute substitute in the final game of the season -- a 3-1 win against Everton.

10:18 BST: After losing his place in the Croatia starting XI, Mateo Kovacic is exploring a move away from Real Madrid this summer in order to secure additional playing time, according to Cadena Cope.

Kovacic's agent has been told that Madrid will not grant that request, but the 24-year-old midfielder is insisting on becoming a starter to prepare him for future opportunities with his national team.

10:01 BST: DONE DEAL -- West Ham United have completed the signing of Swansea City goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski on a three-year deal and announced the arrival of the Poland international with a sticker album-themed video.

Fabianski, 33, moved for a reported £7 million transfer fee. He joined Swansea in 2014 after seven seasons at Arsenal and was keen to remain in the Premier League after Swansea were relegated.

09:50 BST: Liverpool's desire to find competition for Loris Karius this summer has led them back to Germany, where Jurgen Klopp has been keeping his eye on Borussia Monchengladbach's Yann Sommer and Werder Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, according to Sport Bild.

Sommer, 29, is Switzerland's No. 1 at the World Cup, and Pavlenka, 26, joined Bremen for €3 million last year after leaving Slavia Prague. Both could be options if Liverpool's pursuits of Roma's Alisson and Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak fall through.

09:39 BST: Antonio Conte twice failed to convince Dries Mertens to leave Napoli for Chelsea but perhaps Maurizio Sarri will have better luck.

Sarri, lined up to replace Conte at Stamford Bridge this summer, would like to bring the Belgium international with him from Italy, according to the Telegraph, but could still find resistance among the club hierarchy with Mertens, 31, being deemed too old and thus inconsistent with their transfer policy.

What might work in Sarri's favour is that Mertens' £24.5 million release clause expired last week, and that may allow Chelsea to prise him from Napoli for a lesser amount.

09:33 BST: Barcelona have had to refocus their summer plans after Antoine Griezmann turned them down to remain with Atletico Madrid, and it seems they will have to shell out quite a steep transfer fee for one of their other targets.

According to Tuttosport, Barca will need to offer at least €80m to prise Miralem Pjanic away from Juventus, as the Serie A champions are in no need to sell the Bosnia and Herzegovina international this summer.

Pjanic, 28, joined Juventus from Roma in 2016 and is viewed by Barca as a capable replacement for Andres Iniesta.

09:23 BST: A £12 million bid by Burnley for West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez has been turned down, the Daily Mail has reported.

Rodriguez is open to returning to his boyhood club, who he left in 2012 for Southampton. The forward, who joined West Brom last summer, is open to remaining with the relegated club but would prefer remaining in the Premier League.

08:58 BST: According to Marca, Real Madrid have gone a bit off the radar to sign 19-year-old Zorya Luhansk goalkeeper Andriy Lunin for about €8.5 million plus €4m in add-ons.

Lunin, capped twice by Ukraine, caught Madrid's attention during a Europa League game at Athletic Bilbao last season. The goalkeeper, also tracked by Liverpool, Roma and Real Sociedad, could join the club for preseason before continuing his development out on loan.

08:38 BST: Defender Jerome Boateng will be able to leave Bayern Munich this summer for a transfer fee of between €50-60 million, according to Sport Bild.

Boateng still dreams of a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, and Manchester United, who tried to sign him last summer, will pursue him again, as well as Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

If Boateng does leave, Ajax 18-year-old Matthijs de Ligt could replace him at the Allianz Arena.

08:23 BST: The long-rumoured move of Emre Can from Liverpool to Juventus seems to be nearing completion as Sky Sport Italia have reported that Can is set to undergo a medical with the Serie A champions.

Can, who is out of contract this summer, is due to arrive in Turin on Thursday and the move could be announced shortly thereafter.

08:08 BST: After 17 years at the club, Jack Wilshere announced Tuesday night that he will not be returning to Arsenal when his contract expires this summer.

Wilshere wrote on Instagram that he was left with "no option but to pursue other opportunities" after new manager Unai Emery said he would not be in the plans.

Where could Wilshere end up? A number of clubs have been linked to a move for the midfielder, including Crystal Palace, West Ham United and newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers.

PAPER TALK: City closing in on Jorginho switch

Manchester City hope to wrap up a £46.5 million move for Napoli midfielder Jorginho by the end of the week, according to Sky Sports.

Earlier this month, the switch appeared in danger of falling through -- with City looking to Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic or Southampton's Mario Lemina instead -- amid deadlock over a fee.

Sources told ESPN FC that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was "holding out for around £60m," which the Premier League champions believed was too steep.

But now Sky says "the final details are being sorted," although it warns that sell-on payments to Jorginho's old club Verona are "a sticking point."

Meanwhile, Leicester will demand a straight cash bid from City for playmaker Riyad Mahrez after agreeing a deal for Norwich's James Maddison, the Mirror reports.

It had previously been thought that Leicester would ask for City forward Patrick Roberts as part of a Mahrez move but, after committing to pay up to £25m for England under-21 international Maddison, that has changed.

The Mirror says the Foxes "are splashing out now in expectation of Mahrez completing a big-money move to City, and Roberts is no longer part of the equation."

Cech future in doubt as Arsenal's Emery must sell

With goalkeeper Bernd Leno and midfielder Lucas Torreira on the verge of joining Arsenal, coach Unai Emery will have to sell before making any more additions, the London Evening Standard reports.

It says Emery "has been told he has a restricted budget and will need to offload players to boost the funds available to him."

The arrival of Leno from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen could mean the end of the road at the Emirates for Petr Cech or David Ospina, with the Standard reporting that Napoli "are interested in taking Cech to Serie A."


- Newcastle have been offered Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge but are unlikely to sign him after he turned down a loan move last season, according to the Chronicle.

The Merseysiders want £15m for Sturridge, but the report says Rafa Benitez "has other priorities" and the loan falling through "hasn't been forgotten."

- Huddersfield have offered Brugge £13m for winger Anthony Limbombe, the Mail reports.

Limbombe, 23, had interested Southampton and Newcastle, along with Bundesliga club RB Leipzig, and was a target for Leeds last season.

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