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TOP STORY: Chelsea set for frantic window finale
It's going to be a hectic few days at Chelsea as Maurizio Sarri looks to put his stamp on the squad before the window closes, with Robert Lewandowski among his targets.
The Star reports that Poland striker Lewandowski is the Blues' main focus, but they face a race to convince Bayern Munich to sell and must beat Real Madrid to his signature.
Meanwhile, the London Evening Standard says Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino and Juventus defender Mattia Caldara but seem unlikely to sign his fellow Juve centre-back, Daniele Rugani, long a mooted target.
The Londoners have opened negotiations over midfielder Vecino, valued at around £30 million, and have made a £35.5m bid for Caldara.
The Standard adds that Vecino "is one of the players Sarri has asked for to help fast-track his style of play," having worked with the coach during his days at Empoli.
As far as potential departures are concerned, Willian could yet be sold, while Tiemoue Bakayoko's future also appears uncertain.
23.00 BST: That will do it for tonight's Transfer Talk LIVE blog. Remember to check back in a few hours for more of the latest rumours, links and completed deals from around the globe. Goodnight!
22.54 BST: PSG are reportedly not giving up on signing "Energiser Bunny" N'Golo Kante from Chelsea this summer.
Kante, according to the Mirror, remains new manager Thomas Tuchel's primary transfer target despite the German refusing to comment on signing the player publically.
The 27-year-old Kante is fresh off winning the World Cup with France and has established himself as the best ball-retrieving midfielder on the planet.
With Jorginho now at Stamford Bridge and Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek also competing for minutes in midfield, would Chelsea and new boss Maurizio Sarri entertain selling Kante for a massive fee?
Seeing Kante move this deadline would be very surprising but then again, this is football.
22.38 BST: In search of a new striker, Valencia are still hoping to lure Michy Batshuayi away from Chelsea, writes the Mirror.
Batshuayi thrived on loan last season at Borussia Dortmund scoring nine goals in 14 games and remains behind Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
With the Blues linked with a move for Gonzalo Higuain or Robert Lewandowski, Batshuayi might be better off finding a new home.
22.19 BST: -- DONE DEAL (s) -- Inter Milan have signed Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
The 26-year-old lost his spot last season at Atletico Madrid but recently played well at the World Cup with Croatia.
As a replacement, Atletico Madrid have sealed a move for PSV and Colombia right-back Santiago Arias.
Also 26, Arias joins Atletico on a five-year deal after spending five years in Holland with the reigning Dutch champions.
22.03 BST: Everton are reportedly eyeing a move for World Cup star Denis Cheryshev, according to Spanish outlet Marca.
The 27-year-old, former Real Madrid product scored four times this summer for Russia to put his name firmly in the shop window.
Cheryshev is not thought to be part of Villarreal's long-terms plans and Everton could be keen to move for the World Cup star, who is fresh of the best football of his career.
21.42 BST: The latest on the Luke Shaw and Jose Mourinho saga.
The Daily Mail writes that Bundesliga club Wolfsburg are interested in the full-back. Shaw has been Mourinho's doghouse at Man United the last couple of seasons but is still just 23 years of age.
The left-back's future remains up in the air, as Man United's lack of healthy full-back options could yet open up a starting position for Shaw this season.
Shaw is in the last year of his contract and has been free to talk to European clubs since January.
21.11 BST: According to Goal.com, Sevilla are making a serious push for Porto striker Vincent Aboubakar.
The Cameroon international is expected to cost €20 million and Goal report that the two sides have had positive talks. The 26-year-old Aboubakar scored 24 goals in 33 games last year for Porto.
Sevilla have also targeted Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi at striker.
20.49 BST: The Daily Mail report that Chelsea have enquired about Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatia international has been blocked for playing time at Real Madrid by Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro and has been adamant he wants a move away from the Bernabeu this summer.
Kovacic could be viewed as an alternative to Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey who Chelsea are also monitoring closely.
20.26 BST: The Yorkshire Evening Post indicates that Sampdoria are poised to sign Ronaldo Vieira from Leeds after agreeing to a five-year contract with the player.
The England Under-21 international started 28 games last season at Leed in central midfield.
20.08 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Schalke have announced that 2014 World Cup winner Benedikt Howedes has signed a four-year contract with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.
Howedes played briefly on loan last season at Juventus but has played the rest of his senior career with childhood club Schalke.
Now 30, the centre-back and Germany international joins a Lokomotiv side that won the Russian Premier League last season for the first time since 2004.
19.42 BST: According to the Daily Mail, RB Leipzig are preparing an improved £18 million bid for winger Ademola Lookman.
The 20-year-old has played sparingly at Everton since arriving from Charlton in Jan. 2017 but excelled last season during a loan spell with Leipzig, scoring 5 goals in 11 games.
Leipzig have previously had offers of £12m plus add-ons and £14m plus add-ons rejected this summer as Everton are thought to be holding out for £20m for the player.
19.21 BST: Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom -- yes, he's still on the books at Arsenal -- is reportedly close to a move to Greek side PAOK.
Akpom has spent the last five seasons on various loan spells but is somewhat amazingly, still just 22 years of age!
The forward has only made 12 first-team appearances for Arsenal and scored six goals last season on loan in Belgium at Sint-Truiden.
18.59 BST: -- DONE DEAL (s) -- Swansea have sealed a couple of attacking signings.
The Swans have signed Kosovo international Bersant Celina on a four-year-deal from Man City and winger Barrie McKay from Nottingham Forest on a three-year contract.
New boss Graham Potter and the Swans making some exciting signings as they seek a speedy return to the top flight.
18.38 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Man City have made a signing but it is not the big name you might have been anticipating.
Pep Guardiola and Co. have signed 21-year-old Dutch defender Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle. The centre-back is likely viewed as one for the future and will probably spend this season away from the Etihad on loan.
18.16 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- FC Dallas have made a signing to boost its defense. The Hoops have brought back a familiar face in Guatemala international Moises Hernandez.
The 26-year-old defender has played the last two seasons in Guatemala with Comunicaciones but originally came through the FC Dallas pipeline, becoming the club's third-ever Homegrown player back in 2010.
Dallas currently hold top spot in the Western Conference with 42 points.
17.49 BST: Here's one I never thought I'd type: Barcelona interested in Simon Mignolet.
Sky Sports News reports that the Spanish champions have emerged as another potential landing spot for the out-of-favour Liverpool goalkeeper.
Mignolet is behind new signing Alisson and Loris Karius in the Liverpool pecking order and has also been linked with Turkish giants Besiktas, who recently sold their No. 1 Fabri to Fulham.
17.23 BST: According to Talksport, Bayer Leverkusen have told Chelsea Leon Bailey is not for sale.
The 20-year-old winger scored nine goals and added six assists last campaign and is considered one of the most exciting young talents in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea are looking at wingers with a potential sale of Willian in mind.
17.00 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- We told you about this one yesterday but Leeds have officially signed Patrick Bamford from Middlesbrough for a reported £7 million.
✍ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Patrick Bamford on a four-year deal— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 31, 2018
Bamford scored 10 Championship goals last season but has never quite lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he was a youngster at Chelsea.
Leeds will be the seventh club the 24-year-old has appeared for since landing at Chelsea in 2012.
15.46 BST: Borussia Dortmund are preparing for drawn-out negotiations with Tianjin Quanjian for the transfer of Belgium international Axel Witsel, according to Ruhr Nachrichten.
Multiple reports have indicated that Witsel was set to undergo a medical today, but the midfielder, in his second season in China after five at Zenit St. Petersburg, is some time away from completing the move.
15.14 BST: Brighton have made an £8m bid for Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC's Peter O'Rourke.
14.59 BST: Chelsea are not concerned about Willian's failure to report for preseason training on time, with sources telling ESPN FC's Liam Twomey that his return was delayed because of a passport issue.Willian, who has been linked to a move to Barcelona, informed Chelsea ahead of time that he would have issues, and sources told ESPN Brasil that he is due to fly back to London on Tuesday as Chelsea travel to Dublin, Ireland, ahead of their second International Champions Cup game against Arsenal.
14.52 BST: Arsenal have signed Emile Smith Rowe, who scored in the International Champions Cup game against Atletico Madrid, to a new contract.
"I am pleased with Emile's contribution so far this preseason," head coach Unai Emery said in a statement. "He is working very hard and has lots of potential. I look forward to working with him and the other young players and helping them to develop as Arsenal players."
14.40 BST: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims Juventus signing Cristiano Ronaldo for €100 million was a gamble he was not prepared to take.
14.15 BST: Despite a summer of huge changes at Real Madrid and the loss of influential figures Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, new boss Julen Lopetegui says he is "happy" even if the club don't make any additions .
13.55 BST: Ben Woodburn is set to join Sheffield United on a season-long loan, sources have told ESPN FC's Glenn Price.
The 18-year-old forward was on Liverpool's tour to the U.S., but didn't travel out with the team to the training camp in France on Monday as a loan move was in the works.
13.38 BST: Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel confirmed that Max Meyer was on his way to Crystal Palace.
"It's normal the club contact us, it's about the academy training," he told Sky Germany. "We will get a compensation fee for that then.
"I believe Max is currently doing his medical. I mean it when I say: I am delighted that Max has found a club. "He's a top footballer. Now plays in Premier League, and needs to prevail there."
#Schalke - #Heidel „ich meine es wirklich ehrlich: ich freue mich für Max, dass er einen Klub gefunden hat! Er ist ein Top-Fußballer, spielt jetzt in der Champions-League, da muss er sich durchsetzen!" #S04 #SSNHD pic.twitter.com/t4zcf9Uvw7— Dirk g. Schlarmann (@Sky_Dirk) July 31, 2018
13.17 BST: Barcelona's Rafinha says he would like to make a return to Inter Milan, where he spent the second half of last season on loan; but adds that the decision is not down to him.
"If you knew my future, I swear I would tell you," he told reporters ahead of Barcelona's preseason clash with Roma. "Many things have come out on my account and for this I leave these things in the hands of people I trust.
"I spent some great months at Inter and I would have liked to carry on playing there. I would like to go back but right now I am a Barcelona player.
"My aim is to play, every player wants to play. I don't know if [that will be] here or somewhere ese, but I want to play."
13.00 BST: Napoli's iconic midfielder Marek Hamsik contacted Barcelona over the possibility of making the move, according to Diario Sport, as he aims to win the Champions League.
12.39 BST: The Guardian are reporting that Max Meyer has held positive talks with Crystal Palace and the club and a medical has been scheduled for Tuesday.
12.18 BST: Derby sign George Evans from Reading:
11.59 BST: Fulham and Besiktas are interested in signing Gianluca Lapadula from Genoa, according to TuttoMercato Web. Genoa value the striker at €15m.
11.40 BST: Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's failure to turn up for the first day at training at Lazio led to suggestions he was leaving. However, the midfielder's agent, Mateja Kezman, confirmed he had simply missed his flight due to bad traffic in Belgrade.
And Lazio today tweeted a video of the Serb in the gym.
11.20 BST: Sources have told ESPN FC that reported Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot is ready to sign a new deal at PSG.
11.00 BST: Boca Juniors confirm the signing of Lucas Olaza from Talleres de Cordoba.
10.41 BST: Milan will sign Gonzalo Higuain on a season-long loan with the obligation to buy for €36 million in the summer, according to Sky Sport Italia.
10.22 BST: Rennes midfielder James Lea Siliki is a wanted man with Borussia Dortmund and Benfica both chasing him, L'Equipe reports.
10.05 BST: "I don't even know who he is, " Roma defender Kostas Manolas said, when asked about how he will treat Malcom when Roma face Barcelona in a friendly tomorrow. "There's no reason to say hi to him -- it's not my job to take care of new signings. If he didn't want to come to Roma, then it's better that he went to Barcelona."
09.47 BST: The Sun claimed Gareth Bale is now happy he will be "the main man" at Real Madrid and is "open to fresh contract talks next summer."
09.32 BST: Inter Milan's negotiations with Bayern Munich over the sale of Arturo Vidal "took a positive turn," La Gazetta dello Sport reports, with the midfielder set to return to Serie A on an initial loan before a permanent move.
Vidal will move for a fee of around €20m -- nearly €10m less than Bayern had originally demanded. The midfielder must finalise a new contract with Bayern before his departure, however, as his deal expires in June and Inter would then be able to acquire him on a free transfer.
09.20 BST: Paris Saint-Germain Thomas Tuchel told reporters that there is no truth to reports that he is looking to reunite with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.
"There have been rumours since I arrived in Paris because I had him with me in Dortmund and he has improved a lot," Tuchel said. "He's a player who would do a lot of good to a lot of teams. But as of now, there's nothing."
09. 05 BST: Inter Milan are nearing the completion of their move for Atletico Madrid's Sime Vrsaljko as he is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday, according to La Gazetta dello Sport.
Vrsaljko will return to Serie A in a €24m move, with Inter paying a €6.5m loan fee for the first year before having the option to make the move permanent for €17.5m next summer.
08.59 BST: Former Germany international Benedikt Howedes is set to sign a contract at Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke chief Christian Heidel has said.
08.46 BST: Chinese sensation Wu Lei is reportedly of interest to Wolves, say the Express and Star. The China international winger is Shanghai SIPG's record goalscorer with 155 goals in 328 appearances and, at 26, is young enough to have a bright future.
08.34 BST: German side Mainz have turned down an offer from an English club for Jean-Philippe Gbamin, according to the Daily Mirror. Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder but it's unclear whether they were the ones who made the reported £31m bid.
The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international won't be going anywhere though. Sporting director Rouven Schroeder told Bild: "The good thing is we already received an extraordinary offer, but we turned it down. Jean-Philippe will stay."
08.10 BST: Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United will be able to sign one more player before the transfer window closes on Aug. 9.
"I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get which is not a drama," Mourinho told beIN SPORTS. " ... If I get one player until the end of the market, that's fine."
Everton set to sign Rojo as United continue defender hunt
Everton are stepping up their efforts to sign Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo as United maintain their search for defensive reinforcements, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Manchester Evening News says United "have identified Rojo, 28, as the expendable centre-back while they work on a possible deal for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld or Leicester's Harry Maguire."
Rojo could cost Everton around £30 million, with Goodison Park boss Marco Silva keen to work with him again after managing him at Sporting Lisbon.
United's search for a new central defender continues to focus on Belgium international Alderweireld, but the Evening News reports that they "have struggled to make a breakthrough during negotiations with Spurs."
And the Mirror says their hopes of signing Maguire are hanging in the balance, with Leicester poised to offer vastly improved terms following his outstanding World Cup for England.
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Liverpool ready to give Mane new deal
It has been quite a summer for Liverpool, and the Telegraph reports that more good news is on the horizon as talks to tie Sadio Mane to a new deal begin.
The Champions League finalists, who have already seen Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sign new contracts, are keen to reward Senegal international Mane for his fine form.
The former Southampton player, who scored 20 goals last season, has three years left on his current terms but Liverpool "have initiated dialogue with his representative, and agreeing a deal should be a formality."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks set to leave Anfield in the near future, says the Mirror, which reports that he is not part of the preseason trip to France.
Mignolet has fallen to third in the Anfield goalkeeping order behind new signing Alisson and Loris Karius and has been linked with Besiktas.
Fulham close in on Mawson
Swansea defender Alfie Mawson is on the brink of becoming a Fulham player, with the Guardian reporting that he will cost the Londoners around £20 million.
Mawson, widely expected to leave Swansea following their relegation, could undergo a medical as soon as Tuesday, with Burnley's hopes of signing him now seemingly over.
The 24-year-old centre-back had also interested West Ham, who had a bid rejected last month.
Meanwhile, the Swans are targeting Manchester City midfielder Bersant Celina and Nottingham Forest winger Barrie McKay.
-- Marseille, having tried and failed to sign Mario Balotelli from Nice, "have reignited their interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud," according to the Mirror.
It reports that Giroud, who rejected Marseille last season in order to join Chelsea, could end up there soon, with the Ligue 1 club ready to pay the Blues £13 million and hand him a lucrative contract.
-- Wolves have suffered a setback in their attempts to bring in winger Adama Traore from Middlesbrough, with the Express and Star reporting that they have had a bid rejected.
It said Traore "is believed to have an £18 million release clause, but Wolves don't believe that figure represents his value" and could lose out to Huddersfield in a race for his signature.