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Transfer Talk: Chelsea to thwart Manchester City's Jorginho hopes?

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

Chelsea to thwart City's Jorginho hopes?

Chelsea could scupper Manchester City's plans to sign Napoli midfielder Jorginho, says the Manchester Evening News.

City have yet to agree a deal for the Italy international, who "is known to have his heart set on joining the Blues after agreeing personal terms with them weeks ago."

A gulf remains between the clubs over the player's valuation, with City believing he should cost £35 million but Napoli rating him at nearer £50m.

The Evening News says "that could lead to a wrangle between Jorginho's agent and the Serie A club" -- and it has brought about reports that Chelsea "are trying to hijack the deal."


23.00 BST: That will do it for one of our wildest non-deadline days ever here with the Transfer Talk Live blog.

We have seen Cristiano Ronaldo trade Real Madrid for Juventus, Riyad Mahrez at last sign for Man City and Arsenal sign Uruguay international Lucas Torreira.

What's in store for tomorrow? Check back in a few hours as we pull the latest rumours, links and completed deals from around the world of football. Goodnight!

22.55 BST: Still without a clear manager, Chelsea's summer has been a muddled one to say the least.

With Antonio Conte -- oddly -- still acting as manager at present, the club have yet to make a signing but one could be on the way.

With rumours Maurizio Sarri is soon set to take over as boss, Juventus defender Daniele Rugani has been linked with a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old defender has an admirer in Sarri, who has seen plenty of the player up close and personal the last few years in Serie A.

In fact, Rugani played 81 games while on loan at Empoli under Sarri between 2013-15.

Could a reunion be on the cards? Don't rule it out as with Juve signing Cristiano Ronaldo, ex-Sarri charges Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho have also been linked heavily with a move to London.

22.42 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Bolton have signed Poland international right-back Pawel Olkowski from Cologne on a two-year contract.

22.25 BST: With Maurizio Sarri gone and a plethora of top players rumoured to follow, Napoli and new manager Carlo Ancelotti have some work to do.

The Mirror claim that Ancelotti has identified Chelsea's David Luiz and West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna as two potential recruits.

The versatile Luiz, now 31, just missed Ancelotti during his first stint at Chelsea.

22.00 BST: According to, Everton are closing in on signing Colombia World Cup star Yerry Mina for £21 million. 

The 23-year-old centre-back scored three goals at the World Cup for Los Cafeteros but is already unhappy at Barcelona after just arriving in January.

Everton could use a new centre-back as well with Ashley Williams nearly 34 and Ramiro Funes Mori having left the club earlier this window. 

21.24 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Minnesota United have signed their second-ever Designated Player in Colombian forward Angelo Rodriguez.

The 29-year-old comes to MLS from Colombian side Deportes Tolima, where he has scored 28 goals in 64 appearances.

Rodriguez joins fellow Colombian Darwin Quintero as Minnesota's only DPs. Minnesota currently sit seven points out of a Western Conference playoff spot.

20.56 BST: -- DONE DEAL --  And after two years of will he or won't he? Riyad Mahrez is officially a Manchester City player.

Man City have announced they have signed the winger from Leicester for a reported club-record £60 million. Mahrez scored 48 goals and assisted on 38 others during his four-and-a-half year spell at the King Power Stadium.

The rich get even richer! Full story.

20.20 BST: Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport are suggesting that Inter Milan are interested in Man United full-back Matteo Darmian.

The Italy international has been linked with a move to Juventus, but with Juve moving for Joao Cancelo, Darmian will be looking for a new club to free him from a lack of playing time at United.

19.34 BST: Portuguese newspaper Record is claiming that Villarreal have signed Mexico international Miguel Layun from FC Porto.

The 30-year-old Layun played the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla and is coming off an impressive World Cup with Mexico.

19.03 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Steven Gerrard's Rangers have made their NINTH signing of the summer.

The Glasgow club have signed highly-rated Roma forward Umar Sadiq on loan from Roma.

The 21-year-old Nigerian scored five times last season on loan for NAC Breda in Holland and has scored two times in six appearances for the Roma first team.

18.31 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Updating one from earlier, Southampton have officially announced the signing of England Under-21 international goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Man City.

Full story here.

18.09 BST: Chelsea midfielder Kenedy looks set for a second season on loan at Newcastle.

According to reports, the 22-year-old Brazilian has just completed his medical at Tyneside and would be Toon's third signing of the summer.

Despite repeated attempts by Newcastle, there appears to be no buy clause in the loan deal, as Chelsea seem unwilling to part with the player permanently.

17.40 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Liverpool have signed promising young forward Harry Wilson to a contract extension.

The 21-year-old starred last season on loan at Hull scoring seven goals in 13 appearances and recently scored twice in Liverpool's preseason opener against Chester FC.

16.55 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- WOW! JUST WOW! It is actually happening.

Cristiano Ronaldo is indeed leaving Real Madrid for Juventus. Real Madrid have announced that at the player's wish they have agreed to let him leave the club and he has agreed to a deal with the seven-time defending Serie A champions.

More to come but 5x Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo is set to become a Juventus player. Incredible.

UPDATE: And Juve have confirmed it. For a fee of €100 million, they have bought Cristiano Ronaldo and signed him on a four-year contract.

16.25 BST: News from Manchester, where Riyad Mahrez's move from Leicester to Man City appears to be on the brink of happening:

16.20 BST: Atletico Madrid have signed Antonio Adan from Real Betis to serve as backup for Jan Oblak.

16.10 BST: And while on the topic of West Ham, manager Manuel Pellegrini is pretty happy with the arrival of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, telling the club's official website: "At 26, he still has many years of football in front of him and I believe he will be a great asset for us.

"Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at international level. Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham, and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past."

15.55 BST: Young West Ham midfielder Marcus Browne could be on his way to League One side Oxford on loan, according to reports.

15.25 BST -- DONE DEAL: Arsenal have confirmed the signing of Uruguay international midfielder Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria:

15:20 BST -- DONE DEAL: Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes has joined Championship rivals Norwich on a season-long loan.

15:05 BST -- DONE DEAL: Reading right-back Tennai Watson has joined League One AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan.

14:54 BST: Atletico Madrid are close to agreeing a deal to sign Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon for €15m, with Luciano Vietto and Andre Moreira also moving to the Portuguese capital, according to A Bola.

14:36 BST: Fiorentina have presented new goalkeeper Alban Lafont, 19, who they signed from Toulouse.

14:15 BST: AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli insists he will never sell Suso to Inter Milan. However, he cannot guarantee he will not be sold abroad -- although he also hopes he does not have to sell any of their key players.

13:52 BST: Kwadwo Asamoah was officially presented as an Inter Milan player after completing his free transfer from Juventus. He revealed he could have could have stayed in Turin but was convinced to make the move by Luciano Spalletti.

"I feel at home, I'm happy to be here," Asamoah told reporters. "There was the chance to remain there [at Juve], but I chose this shirt along with my family. I'm happy to have this new experience and do important things.

"My decision to leave Juventus was difficult but the directors and the coach [Luciano Spalletti] convinced me.

13.35 BST: Wahbi Khazri is expected to become Saint-Etienne's first summer signing, RMC reports. The Tunisia international, currently under contract with Sunderland, spent last season on loan at Rennes.

13.25 BST -- DONE DEAL: And another one -- Hull City have signed defender Reece Burke from West Ham United.

13.15 BST -- DONE DEAL: Valencia have signed midfielder Daniel Wass from Celta Vigo, and he has signed a contract until 2022.

13.00 BST: To Italy, where Gianluca Di Marzio reports that sought-after Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri "will not be heading for Serie A because he is ready to become a new Fulham player."

It says Seri will cost the newly-promoted Londoners €20 million and "is ready for his new adventure at Fulham."

12.30 BST: There's a new destination for teenage Sunderland prospect Sam Greenwood, says ESPN FC's Peter O'Rourke:

12.00 BST: Barcelona are considering a move for Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, strongly linked with Manchester United, to fill the gap left by the recent departure of Paulinho, Mundo Deportivo reports.

11.45 BST: West Ham have had a £20 million bid for Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles turned down by the Magpies, Sky Sports reports.

11.30 BST: Huddersfield Town forward Rekeil Pyke has joined Wrexham, where he previously played on loan, on a season-long deal.

10.55 BST: Brighton are set to sign midfielder Percy Tau from South African club Mamelodi Sundowns subject to a work permit, according to reports.

10.45 BST: More on Eden Hazard for you now -- he has said he still dreams of playing for Real Madrid despite Zinedine Zidane having left his position as coach but added that "for the moment nobody has made me an offer."

10.30 BST: Reading have confirmed that striker Yann Kermorgant will be leaving:

10.05 BST -- DONE DEAL: Perth Glory have announced the arrival of former Sydney FC attacker Fabio Ferreira on a one-year contract.

09.50 BST: Southampton are set to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who impressed on loan at Norwich last season, in a £13.5 million deal, Sky Sports reports.

09.40 BST: West Bromwich Albion's Belgium international midfielder Nacer Chadli is interesting Turkish club Besiktas, the Birmingham Mail reports.

09.30 BST: A recap of some news from earlier: Robert Lewandowski has had a change of heart and now wants to stay at Bayern Munich next season, according to German newspaper Bild.

09.00 BST -- DONE DEAL: Wellington Phoenix have signed former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor, who said: "I know that I am joining an exciting project under Mark Rudan, as well as playing in one of the best leagues in the world in the A-League."

09.00 BST: Fernando Torres has announced his next destination -- and it has left Major League Soccer and A-League clubs disappointed. Torres, 34, called time on his career with Atletico Madrid at the end of last season and will join J-League club Sagan Tosu.

08.55 BST: Bad news for Chelsea fans, potentially -- Barcelona are ready to make playmaker Eden Hazard their marquee signing of the summer, Sport reports. It says Hazard wants to leave Stamford Bridge to play Champions League football.

08.45 BST: The Sheffield Star reports that Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes could yet complete a season-long loan to Championship rivals Norwich City after a deal fell through last week.

08.30 BST -- DONE DEAL: Monaco midfielder Soualiho Meite is joining Torino, with the Italian club's Antonio Barreca moving the other way.

08.15 BST: Former Netherlands midfielder Nigel de Jong will join Qatari top-flight side Al Ahly, the club has said.

De Jong, who has played for AC Milan, Ajax and Manchester City, most recently played for Bundesliga side Mainz where he made 11 league appearances after joining them in January.

08.00 BST: Marco Asensio will not be leaving Real Madrid in the summer despite links with Liverpool, his agent has said.

"Marco won't move -- he'll stay with Real Madrid," Calciomercato quoted Horacio Gaggioli as saying.

PAPER TALK: Everton join chase for Eagles star Zaha

Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool have all been linked with Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha -- and now Everton are in the frame, according to the Mirror.

It reports that boss Marco Silva "is desperate to land Zaha" but faces a struggle to convince him to leave London for the North of England after his unhappy spell at Manchester United.

Silva is looking to revamp his attack and sees Ivory Coast international Zaha, who sparkled as Palace staved off relegation, as an ideal fit.

But the Mirror adds that the Eagles "are battling to keep their prized asset on a new £125,000-a-week deal, and are reluctant to sell him."

Meanwhile, Sky Sports says Fenerbahce are interested in Everton winger Yannick Bolasie and could soon table an offer.

Hammers set to add more new faces

With the deal to sign Jack Wilshere done, is that the end of West Ham's summer business?

Not at all, says the London Evening Standard, which reports that they "are poised to sign Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko from Borussia Dortmund for £17.5m."

Yarmolenko, who moved to Dortmund from Dynamo Kiev last year, could be joined by Corinthians central defender Fabian Balbuena, with the Standard reporting that West Ham have agreed a fee of around £3m.

And the Mirror says the Londoners "are edging closer" to signing Felipe Anderson from Lazio.

Talks are at an advanced stage as the clubs attempt to agree a fee for the midfielder -- also linked with Manchester United and Chelsea -- which would likely break the West Ham record.


- Fernando Torres has confirmed on Twitter that his playing future has been decided, with both clubs in both the MLS and the A-League awaiting an announcement on Tuesday.

- Turkish club Galatasaray could sign Everton winger Henry Onyekuru on loan, with talks over a move ongoing, sources have told ESPN FC.


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