Transfer Talk: Chelsea and Milan in Alvaro Morata, Gianluigi Donnarumma swap
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: Donnarumma-Morata swap?
Chelsea could trade Alvaro Morata for Gianluigi Donnarumma, Tuttosport claims.
New Blues boss Maurizio Sarri faces the possibility of No. 1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid while his first-choice replacement, Alisson, is on the verge of signing for Liverpool.
Milan targeted Morata last season when it appeared certain he would leave Real Madrid and are in the market for a new striker. With strict FFP requirements to meet, they would be happy to cash in on Donnarumma having already signed Pepe Reina on a free.
Meanwhile, Gazzetta dello Sport says Milan directors Marco Fassone and Massimiliano Mirabelli were in London, where they had dinner with Morata.
23.00 BST: That will wrap up our latest Transfer Talk blog. Remember to check back in for the latest rumours, links and completed deals from around the globe. Goodnight!
22.51 BST: Tottenham continue to chase Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
Spurs have been persistent in their pursuit of the Ivorian but to this point have been unwilling to meet Palace's £60 million evaluation.
Spurs now are hoping to throw Moussa Sissoko into the deal as a makeweight but that seems hopeful at best.
Everton also are in on Zaha and could try and use ex-Eagle Yannick Bolasie in any deal to for the tricky winger.
22.43 BST: Premier League big boys Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham look as if they will have to wait at least another year to sign Roma youngster Cengiz Under.
Roma tell Turkish-Football that they have no intention of selling the 21-year-old and that those clubs will have to come back next summer if they want the Turkish star.
The winger was a hit during his first season in Italy, scoring eight goals over all competitions and looks to have an extremely bright future.
22.31 BST: Staying between the sticks, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC that Fulham have made an official offer for Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri.
The newly-promoted side have been active in the transfer window and are looking to upgrade the position after letting David Button go.
The Turkish giants have yet to accept any bid for the 30-year-old Spaniard but have reportedly started making preparations in case Fabri does depart.
Arsenal's David Ospina is one goalkeeper that Besiktas could target according to the report.
22.19 BST: Young USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen could be on his way to England.
According to MLS, the Columbus Crew have received an offer of $3.9 million from Bristol City for the 23-year-old keeper.
Steffen is enjoying a breakout season both for club and country and has become the favourite to become the new United States No.1.
UPDATE: Columbus has rejected Bristol City's bid for Steffen.
22.07 BST -- DONE DEAL -- We told you this one was close but Alisson is officially a Red.
The Brazilian keeper's move from Roma should solidify a position that has been a real problem area for Liverpool in recent years.
21.51 BST: With Maurizio Sarri now confirmed as manager and Jorginho already on board, Chelsea are set to make another splash in the transfer market by signing a pair of Sarri's ex-charges.
Football.london claim that Roman Abramovich is in Italy to help facilitate a move for Juventus duo Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani for a reported £89 million.
Higuain starred under Sarri back in 2015-16 scoring 36 goals in 35 games while the 23-year-old defender Rugani played two seasons under the Italian boss at Empoli.
It may have taken a while but Chelsea are starting to ramp up their transfer business ahead of the 2018-19 season.
21.27 BST: Leicester City now know how much they will need to fork over if they want to sign Hertha Berlin and Germany defender Marvin Plattenhardt.
Hamburg are looking for €25 million for the 26-year-old left-back according to Germany outlet Bild.
Leicester do have so money to spend after offloading Riyad Mahrez to Man City for £60m.
21.08 BST: After agreeing to a record transfer from Roma yesterday, Alisson, according to multiple sources, has passed his medical at Liverpool.
It should only be a matter of time now before the player is "officially" unveiled as a Red.
20.48 BST: With the addition of Riyad Mahrez, Man City have an embarrassment riches in attack. But are there too many cooks in the kitchen?
The Mirror claims that Raheem Sterling could be the odd man out longterm with contract extension talks between Sterling and City not progressing.
Sterling won't be sold this summer but could this be his last season at the Etihad? We'll have to wait and see.
20.26 BST: Everton have been handed bad news in terms of their pursuit of highly rated Bordeaux attacker Malcolm.
The player's agent Fernando Garcia told Tele Radio Stereo that Malcolm "would like to come to Italy and Roma are very interested."
Inter Milan are another Italian side interested in acquiring the talented Brazilian either on loan or permanently .
20.02 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Updating one from earlier, Sheffield United have signed centre-back John Egan from Brentford.
19.38 BST: According to multiple sources, Stoke have made a move for Huddersfield winger Tom Ince.
Ince played 33 times last season in the Premier League for Huddersfield but scored just twice from 20 shots on goal.
A move to the Championship could suit the son of the former England stalwart, as Ince scored 14 times in that division in 2016-17 while playing for Derby County.
19.11 BST: Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has warned off big clubs from top talents Frenkie de Jong, Donnie van de Beek and Matthijs de Ligt.
Overmars adamantly told De Telegraaf that De Jong is "Not for sale. And that is what I have communicated to all parties. "
He said the same about De Ligt, adding "Come back next year."
This is big news, as De Jong has been closely linked with a move to Barcelona while De Ligt has also been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
18.37 BST: Swansea are set for a move for Man City youngster Bersant Celina, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The 21-year-old Kosovo international has made four career appearances for City but has spent the last two seasons away on loan at Twente and Ipswich Town.
Celina scored seven times last season for Ipswich while playing on the wing and would cost the Swans a reported £4 million.
18.09 BST: Is Vincent Janssen done at Spurs?
The Dutch striker's future is in limbo at the moment after returning to Tottenham for preseason after a year on loan at Turkish giants Fenerbahce.
According to Turkish newspaper Askam, Fenerbahce are hoping to bring the player back for another season with talks with Tottenham ongoing.
17.45 BST: Sheffield United have made a £5 million bid for Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn.
The English striker scored 16 goals and added 11 assists last season for the Tractor Boys.
17:20 BST: Mundo Deportivo claim Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot will reject any new contract offer from PSG because he wants a move to the Nou Camp.
17:05 BST: Willian is desperate to quit Chelsea despite the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, according to The Sun. Barcelona are interested in signing him.
16:51 BST: New Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac confirmed James Rodriguez would be staying amid reports over a return to Real Madrid.
16:37 BST: Nottingham Forest have agreed to sign Jack Colback on another season long loan from Newcastle, according to the Daily Mail.
16:18 BST: Ed Aarons claims Newcastle and West Ham are interested in Miguel Almiron -- but Atalanta won't let the Paraguay prodigy leave on the cheap.
15:58 BST: Leonardo Bonucci could follow his former Italy and Juventus teammate to PSG, if reports in Corriere dello Sport are to be believed.
15:39 BST: Juventus show off their trophy museum to new signing Leonardo Spinazzola. It is believed he wanted the No. 7 shirt -- but it was already taken.
15.20 BST: Huddersfield are set to sign striker Adama Diakhaby from Monaco, according to reports in France.
15.15 BST: Petr Cech's agent has said the goalkeeper remains fully focused on playing for Arsenal this season amid reports of a return to Chelsea, adding that no offers are on the table.
14.55 BST: Celtic's Belgium international defender Dedryck Boyata is interesting Serie A side Lazio as well as a number of clubs in both France and England, La Derniere Heure reports.
14:35 BST: Fiorentina are on the verge of signing Gerson from Roma on a loan deal with an obligation to buy, Gazzetta dello Sport claims.
14:20 BST: Real Madrid target Neymar is no longer considered "untransferrable" by PSG, according to El Transistor.
14.00 BST: Stoke City have been heavily linked with a move for Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie but, with little progress having been made could turn their attentions to Huddersfield's Tom Ince instead, according to the Mail.
13.30 BST -- DONE DEAL: Arsenal have announced that 20-year-old midfielder Kelechi Nwakali will spend next season on loan at Porto.
Good luck, Kelechi 👊https://t.co/86C7u4BW5j— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 19, 2018
13.15 BST: Leicester City have made an offer for Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur, also a target for Tottenham, according to talkSPORT.
12.30 BST: And in related news, Leicester City are in talks with Liverpool about a potential transfer for goalkeeper Danny Ward, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC.
12.25 BST: Roma sporting director Monchi has said the club allowed goalkeeper Alisson to speak to Liverpool after receiving "a significant offer," with the player undergoing a medical on Merseyside.
Speaking at the official unveiling of Justin Kluivert at Roma, Monchi said the club had reached agreement with Liverpool after evaluating the bid.
12.10 BST -- DONE DEAL: Everton forward Shani Tarashaj has returned to his first Grasshoppers on a season-long loan deal.
11.45 BST: Chelsea are poised to wrap up the signing of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, according to the London Evening Standard, which reports that the Blues will give him "a five-year contract worth £77,000-a-week when he moves for a fee of around £44.2m."
11.20 BST -- DONE DEAL: Huddersfield Town winger Sean Scannell has joined League One Bradford for an undisclosed fee.
✍️ We are delighted to welcome Sean Scannell to #BCAFC— Bradford City AFC (@officialbantams) July 19, 2018
The winger joins on an initial two-year deal from @htafcdotcom for an undisclosed fee.
Read the full story 👉 https://t.co/HkTLKAnZxC pic.twitter.com/u6mvdqjTPj
11.00 BST: La Liga president Javier Tebas has said he believes Spain's high tax rate contributed to Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Real Madrid and is preventing the league from growing.
10.15 BST: More Brentford-related news: the Sheffield Star says Sheffield United "are confident of signing Bees defender John Egan following a fresh round of talks between the two clubs."
10.00 BST: Leeds United have had a £2.75 million bid for winger Florian Jozefzoon accepted by Championship rivals Brentford, according to reports.
09.45 BST: Dijon want Yoann Gourcuff to join them, Bien Public reports. The 32-year-old former France international is out of contract after leaving Rennes.
09.20 BST -- DONE DEAL: To Australia now (if only) -- Perth Glory have signed Juande, a former Spain under-21 international, on a two-year contract.
09.00 BST: Andre-Pierre Gignac has said he wants to end his career with Mexican club Tigres despite receiving offers to move elsewhere.
France international forward Gignac said he had rejected more lucrative options to stay with the club he joined from Marseille in 2015.
08.45 BST: Diario AS says Espanyol have turned down an offer from Fulham for centre-back David Lopez, who is also interesting Real Betis, and would only negotiate if they receive an offer of €30m.
08.30 BST: You know how, a moment ago, we were talking about Everton's lack of signings so far? Well... L'Equipe reports that Bordeaux forward Malcom is set to join them in a deal that could be worth €40 million.
08.15 BST: And in Spain, Superdeporte reports that Valencia owner Peter Lim, president Anil Murthy and Vgeneral director Mateu Alemany have begun talks with PSG about signing Goncalo Guedes.
08.00 BST: To Merseyside first, where Everton boss Marco Silva has said it is just a question of time before he makes his first signings. Everton have yet to add anyone to their squad this summer.
PAPER TALK: Man United eye Bayern pair
Manchester United plan to step up their transfer business with a double swoop on Bayern Munich, reports the Independent.
The Red Devils are targeting Robert Lewandowski and Thiago Alcantara as Jose Mourinho aims to rein in Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
It's thought that Bayern are open to negotiations for the duo, but they could encourage a bidding war for Lewandowski, as the striker continues to attract interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.
Meanwhile, Spanish outlet AS claims Thiago would prefer a return to Barcelona after previously rejecting a move to Old Trafford in 2013.
Toby Alderweireld also remains on Mourinho's wish list, but Spurs have thus far refused to budge on their valuation of the defender.
Spurs close in on Grealish
It has been a quiet transfer window at Tottenham so far, but Mauricio Pochettino could be set to seal his first signing of the summer.
According to Sky Sports, a bid for Jack Grealish is edging closer, with the Aston Villa playmaker valued between £30 and £40 million.
With Villa currently battling financial difficulties, Spurs might hope to pay significantly less for the 22-year-old and could throw in a couple loanees to sweeten the deal.
Pochettino sent Josh Onomah to Villa Park for the 2017-18 campaign and might agree to a similar switch if it secures Grealish's signature.
Everton want Januzaj
Everton want to bring former Man United youngster Adnan Januzaj back to the Premier League, claims The Sun.
The 23-year-old enjoyed a successful season in Spain with Real Sociedad, earning a place in Belgium's World Cup squad.
He scored the winner against England in the group stage to remind Premier League scouts of the quality he first demonstrated during his breakthrough at Old Trafford.
Januzaj would cost considerably more than the £8 million Real Sociedad paid for his services in 2017, but he has emerged as an alternative to Everton's leading target, Malcom.
-- Fulham are set to sign Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for £20 million, says the Evening Standard. The Serbia international spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage, scoring 12 goals in 20 matches.
-- Burnley are plotting a bid for Swansea duo Alfie Mawson and Sam Clucas, reports the Daily Mail. The Clarets are yet to make a signing this summer and kick off their campaign against Aberdeen in the Europa League in a week's time.
-- Matteo Darmian is on the verge of securing a return to Serie A with Juventus, says Football Italia. The €20 million-rated full-back has been allowed to leave Man United after sliding down the pecking order at Old Trafford.