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Transfer Talk: Liverpool might swoop for Paulo Dybala if Juventus get Cristiano Ronaldo

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

TOP STORY: Liverpool eye Dybala if Juve land Ronaldo

While Cristiano Ronaldo-to-Juventus dominates the rumour mill, Liverpool are reportedly plotting an audacious move for Juve's Paulo Dybala. That's according to Tuttomercatoweb, who reports the Reds have already made an enquiry for the Argentinian.

Dybala was used just once at the World Cup as Argentina crashed out at the last-16 stage, but he dazzled for Juve on their way to another domestic double, hitting 27 goals in all competitions.

A move by the Old Lady for Ronaldo would not necessarily come at the expense of Dybala, though a hypothetical sale likely would generate a fee similar to the roughly £140 million Liverpool received for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, and thus in excess of what Juve are rumoured to have bid for Ronaldo.


21.00 BST: That'll do it for tonight's Transfer Talk live blog. Check back in a few hours for all of the latest links, rumours and done deals from around the world of football. Looking for something to do until then? We have all our World Cup coverage here.

20.43 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Sampdoria have signed 22-year-old Czech midfielder Jakub Jankto from Udinese.

This one might not seem like a big one on the surface but when looking closer could have some major implications.

Signing Jankto likely means Sampdoria are ready to sell Arsenal target Lucas Torreira as Jankto is seen as a replacement for the Uruguay international. 

Is Torreira to Arsenal next? We shall see.

20.19 BST: Here's an interesting one for our American fans. 

Former Man United and Fiorentina man Giuseppe Rossi has been spotted training with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

The New Jersey-born forward played last season with Genoa but has been linked with moves to MLS in the past. 

The former Italy international is just 31 but has been hampered by a series of serious injuries during his career.

19.56 BST: An update on the Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool links...

According to the Mirror, any deal for the Swiss star might now hinge on a player being loaned back to Stoke in return.

Stoke are in desperate need of a winger and will need a replacement if they let the 26-year-old Shaqiri leave the bet365 Stadium this summer.

19.31 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Fulham have locked up club Player of the Season Tim Ream on a new two-year contract through 2020.

The U.S. international had a breakout campaign for the newly-promoted club, starting 44 of 46 games for the division's sixth-best defence.

18.58 BST: Despite the January addition of Virgil van Dijk -- and Liverpool's much-improved defence afterwards -- many think the club are still one central defender short of really competing for a Premier League title.

One of those is former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson. While speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Thompson suggested the Reds make a move for Leicester City and England centre-back Harry Maguire

"Harry has been one of the best defenders in the World Cup and he certainly fits Liverpool's philosophy. I can't speak more highly of him", he said.

"No disrespect to Leicester but I can't see him being there come the end of the transfer window. I think he would have been £50 million before the World Cup and probably a bit more now. But I think he would be worth it." 

Liverpool have also been mentioned with out-of-favour Barcelona centre-back and fellow World Cup standout Yerry Mina.

18.30 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- We have a done deal and it is a big one!

PSG have signed longtime Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon!

This deal was all but finalised in the last few days but the club have now made if official, signing the 40-year-old legend in hopes  of finally achieving their mutual goal of winning the Champions League.

PSG also unveiled Buffon in trademark Gigi fashion. Classy

18.08 BST: Updating our earlier line about Oleksandr Zinchenko and Wolves. Sky Sports News are reporting that Wolves have now offered a club-record £16 million for the 21-year-old Ukrainian.

Zinchenko made 14 appearances last season for Man City and is widely considered one of the side's brightest young talents.

17.42 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- U.S. international Terrence Boyd has signed a one-year extension with 2.Bundesliga side Darmstadt.

Boyd has 14 caps for the USMNT but has dealt with a couple of severe knee injuries over the past three years. Last season the striker scored four goals as Darmstadt narrowly avoided relegation.

17:18 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Nottingham Forest have completed a deal to sign Lewis Grabban from Bournemouth.

Grabban scored 20 goals in the Championship last season while on loan at first Sunderland and then Aston Villa.

17:04 BST: Asked about the possibility of signing Michy Batshuayi, Sevilla director Joaquin Caparros replied: "We cannot rule out the arrival of anyone."

16:38 BST: Cadena Cope are reporting that Valencia want to sign Kevin Gameiro from Atletico Madrid.

16:15 BST: Inter Milan midfielder Borja Valero could leave San Siro this summer to rejoin Villarreal, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Spaniard spent the 2010-11 campaign at El Madrigal, on loan from West Brom.

15:42 BST: Fernando Llorente's brother-agent Chus has ruled out the possibility of signing a new deal with Tottenham -- and says he is "honoured" at links with Napoli.

"We know nothing about any interest from Napoli," he told "We know nothing about any interest from Napoli," he told CalcioNapoli24.

"Until now no one has contacted us from Napoli or Tottenham, so I don't have much to say about it. Of course, we'd be honoured to deal with the Italians because we're talking about one of the top clubs in Italy.

"We're talking about a top club, so it would really be a great honour if it was true that Napoli wanted him. We absolutely won't renew with Tottenham."

15:19 BST: Boca Juniors have confirmed the controversial signing of Mauro Zarate. He had previously stated he would never play for any Argentinian side other than Velez Sarsfield. Even his own brother claimed he had been stabbed in the back.

15:00 BST: Sparta Rotterdam have completed the signing of former Real Madrid man Royston Drenthe.

14:44 BST: Rodrigo Palacio has signed a new contract at Bologna, which will keep him at the club until 2019.

14:27 BST: Gianluigi Buffon filmed arriving at PSG before his move from Juventus is made official.

14:00 BST: Former CSKA Moscow boss Valeri Gazzaev claims Aleksandr Golovin has already "signed a contract" with Chelsea.

"Golovin will decide where the best place for him is," he was quoted as saying by Sport . As far as I know, he's already signed a contract with Chelsea. I think they're a good option for him.

"It's a big responsibility for him, but one that he's prepared for."

13:43 BST: Monaco have secured the signing of Chelsea youth prospect Jonathan Panzo.

13:19 BST: Jack Wilshere has undergone a medical at West Ham ahead of a move from Arsenal, according to the Evening Standard .

12.55 BST: Sportbuzzer in Germany suggest that Wolfsburg are chasing Juan Bernat's signature, but he is not their top target, with Aaron Martin of Espanyol their main priority.

12.45 BST: The Evening Standard are now reporting that Tottenham want Jack Grealish, and Jack Grealish wants Tottenham.

12.35 BST: Former CSKA boss Valeri Gazzaev says Aleksandr Golovin has "already signed an agreement with Chelsea," as quoted by Marca.

12.30 BST: Everton have made an enquiry for Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, Sport say.

Barca want to recoup the €30 million they paid Valencia for the Spain international two years ago.

12.25 BST: Marca write that Real Madrid are likely to test Paris Saint-Germain's resolve for Neymar should Cristiano Ronaldo join Juventus, though the French champions are reluctant to let him go without having delivered them a Champions League title.

12.20 BST: Meanwhile, on Roma's official Twitter account...

12.15 BST: Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho is closing in on a return to Guangzhou Evergrande, Mundo Deportivo report.

12.10 BST: Sources have told ESPN FC that West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Jack Wilshere after his contract at Arsenal expired.

12.00 BST: While reports in France say that Borussia Monchengladbach are set to sign Nice forward Alassane Plea, the Telegraph write that it is in fact Tottenham who lead the way in the race for his signature.

11.55 BST: Newcastle are holding firm on their valuation of Matt Ritchie after Stoke made an initial £15 million offer for the winger, who has returned for preseason training today, the Newcastle Chronicle write.

11.45 BST: One player not going anywhere this summer is Callum Wilson, who has just signed a new contract at Bournemouth...

11.40 BST: Sky Sports are reporting that Fulham have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri.

11.30 BST: A supporter club representing Nice has said Mario Balotelli has betrayed the club for failing to report for preseason training.

Balotelli has been linked with French south-coast rivals Marseille.

11.25 BST: Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has encouraged Daley Blind to return to Ajax, and hinted he could return to the Amsterdam club too one day, De Telegraaf write.

11.10 BST: A deal in principle has been agreed for Cardiff to re-sign Liverpool's Marko Grujic on loan. The player has told Cardiff he wants to go back there too, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

11.00 BST: Marseille's Dimitri Payet has reportedly been offered back to West Ham...

10.55 BST: Southampton are in talks to sign highly-rated Real Madrid teenager Pedro Lubamba, sources close to the clubs have told ESPN FC. 15-year-old Lubamba has been training with the club this week.

Now there is the chance for a great chant to La Bamba.

10.50 BST: Are Wolves on the verge of signing Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko?

10.45 BST: Tuttosport rate Chelsea's chances of signing Gonzalo Higuain this summer at 90 percent.

10.35 BST: Today's front cover of Gazzetta dello Sport leads with Juventus getting the green light to buy Cristiano Ronaldo...

10.30 BST: Real Betis vice-president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has confirmed his club is in talks with Sporting Lisbon to sign Portugal international William Carvalho.

"It's true that we are negotiating for William Carvalho," Serra Ferrer said as reported in Marca. "It's difficult because he is a very good footballer but we have hope we can complete the deal. It would be very positive for us to have an international player of his quality at our club. We are hopeful but he has big offers. We must be cautious."

10.15 BST: Barcelona hope to announce the arrival of Arthur Melo in the coming days, Sport write. Barca agreed a purchase option to acquire the talented midfielder from Gremio this July in a deal which could cost up to €39 million.

The original plan was to bring him in January bu the club have finally decided to advance his arrival following Andres Iniesta's departure to Japan

10.00 BST: La Liga side Huesca completed the loan signing of Inter forward Samuel Longo late last night...

09.45 BST: Diario AS report that Real Sociedad will pay £10m to acquire Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino. Asked about his club's negotiations to sign Merino, Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay told Onda Cero radio: "It's known that Merino is close."

09.22 BST: Bild says that PSG and Thomas Tuchel want Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro. The Portugal international impressed in his season under Tuchel, and not so much last term. Dortmund are reportedly willing to consider bids in excess of €30m.

09.10 BST: Everton have made an approach for Colombia and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, Mundo Deportivo report.

08.50 BST: Calciomercato are running quotes from the agent of Milan's Ricardo Rodriguez, via Sky Italia.

He says that, contrary to reports, Tottenham have not made a bid for his client.

08.40 BST: Paulinho has already given the "okay" to a move away from Barcelona, who could sell him next week for €50 million, Sport say.

08.30 BST: Atletico Madrid are set to sign Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer, AS write.

08.20 BST: L'Equipe say that Borussia Monchengladbach look set to beat Tottenham and Newcastle to Nice forward Alassane Plea.

08.10 BST: Once Maurizio Sarri is confirmed as Chelsea manager, Roman Abramovich intends to close deals for Aleksandr Golovin, Daniele Rugani and Alisson, Marca write.

08.00 BST: The Daily Mail report that Tottenham lead the race for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.

PAPER TALK (By Jack Rathborn)

West Ham close in on £15m move for Wilshere

West Ham are close to signing free agent Jack Wilshere, having offered the 26-year-old midfielder a three-year deal worth £15m, reports The Sun.

Wilshere decided last month to leave Arsenal, ending a 17-year stint at his boyhood club after being told he wouldn't be a prominent part of new manager Unai Emery's rebuilding process.

Everton reject Lookman bid

Everton have rejected a £12m offer from RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman after the 20-year-old's exciting loan spell in the second half of last season, claims the Mirror.

The winger scored five goals and assisted on four in 11 Bundesliga appearances to convince Leipzig to pursue a permanent move.

Everton manager Marco Silva is keen to work with Lookman, though the Toffees might find it difficult to pass up the opportunity to take the money from a sale and put it toward perhaps multiple new signings.

Barca ponder benefit of selling Paulinho

Barcelona are reviewing an offer for Paulinho just a year after signing the Brazilian midfielder from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for €40m.

The motivation to sell the 29-year-old is not purely to claim a profit. The Brazil international's sale also would free up a non-EU spot in the squad, reports Sport.

What's more, a sale at that price could enable Barcelona to reinvest the money in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with whom they've been linked.


- AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are deep in talks over Nikola Kalinic, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Spanish club have proposed a loan deal with an obligation to buy. (Bayer Leverkusen also put in an offer, to buy outright.) The Croatian striker cost Milan €25m after a season on loan and was recently sent home from the World Cup for refusing to come on as a substitute after claiming to have a back injury.

- Liverpool hope to complete a deal for Ajax's 16-year-old right-back Ki-Jana Hoever. The Liverpool Echo claims the Netherlands youth international will be the latest academy signing after Manchester City's Bobby Duncan and Chelsea's Isaac Christie-Davies arrived.

- Wolves have agreed a initial £12m fee with Manchester City for Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Express and Star says the fee could rise to £16m with add-ons. The 21-year-old midfielder impressed last season out of position at left-back in Benjamin Mendy's absence.


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