Transfer Talk: PSG plan shock £100m move for Zaha
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TOP STORY: PSG line up Zaha as shock Neymar replacement
Paris Saint-Germain are set to launch a shock bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, with the French side identifying the 26-year-old as a potential replacement for unsettled Brazil star Neymar, according to the Mirror.
With the European transfer window shutting in just eight days' time, the Parisians are preparing to send a team of delegates to London to discuss a deal with Palace, with a £100 million package set to be offered to the Eagles.
Although they acknowledge Neymar is virtually irreplaceable, Thomas Tuchel's side believe Zaha is the ideal candidate to provide the style and flair that would be lost if Neymar is to leave the French capital, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid both vying for the 27-year-old.
In addition to a move for Zaha, the Ligue 1 champions remain interested in Juventus forward Paulo Dybala.
22.33 BST: We'll close Sunday's live edition of Transfer Talk with another update from Italy. While Sampdoria are in advanced negotiations with Roma to add Gregoire Defrel, Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Sassuolo are preparing to hijack the move in an effort to bring the 28-year-old forward back to the club where he spent two seasons before moving to the Italian capital.
21.06 BST: Bologna are closing in on a deal for Gary Medel, writes Gianluca Di Marzio, which would see the 32-year-old return to Italy after two seasons in Istanbul with Besiktas.
19.39 BST: After Mattia Perin failed a medical at Benfica, foiling his transfer to the Lisbon club, Calciomercato reports that Juventus will hold on to their now-third-choice goalkeeper until January.
18.12 BST: After watching their first-choice centre-back be linked with moves to Roma and Manchester United in recent months as his contract entered its final 12 months, Tottenham are increasingly confident of signing Toby Alderweireld to a new deal, the Sun reports.
16.45 BST: After Manchester United demanded they pay a larger share of Alexis Sanchez's wages in order to facilitate a season-long loan with a £15m option to buy, Inter are returning to the negotiating table in hopes of wrapping up a deal in the next 72 hours, according to the Mirror.
15.28 BST: Yesterday we brought you news that Lionel Messi (not him) had signed for a Norwegian third-tier club.
Now Messi (again, not him) is set for the Indian Super League and Kerala Blasters FC.
This time it's Cameroon forward Raphael Eric Messi Bouli, who played at the 2018 African Nations Championship.
14.26 BST: Signing 15-year-olds is the new thing and both Chelsea and Liverpool are keen to land midfielder Ben Chrisene from Exeter, according to the Sun.
Chrisene became the club's youngest ever player earlier this month when he made his debut against Coventry in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea are still under a transfer ban, but it's a well trodden path as former Exeter midfielder Ethan Ampadu joined the Blues back in 2017. He's currently on loan at RB Leipzig.
13.50 BST: RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, but he has signed a new long-term contract at the club until 2023
The deal is reported to have a release clause of €30m by kicker, so transfer talk might not be done yet, but Leipzig CEO Oliver MIntzlaff said: "We are pleased we now have clarity and Timo will continue to remain an important part of our squad."
Werner added: "Sure, the process took a lot of time, but I had to make sure I could make the next step at this club."
13.41 BST: Juan Miranda and Oriol Busquets have both been left of the Barcelona B squad for Sunday's curtain-raiser against Badalona as they finalise loan moves away from the club.
Left-back Miranda, who was Jordi Alba's only understudy before the signing of Junior Firpo, is set to join Schalke 04 on a two-year loan deal. Sources close to the deal have told ESPN FC the German side will not have an option to buy at the end of the loan.
Miranda, 19, made four appearances for Ernesto Valverde's first-team last season and the Catalan club were keen to send him out on loan this year in order to play regular football at a high level. He's outgrown the B team, who play in the third tier of Spanish football.
Busquets, meanwhile, is close to joining Dutch side FC Twente on a season-long loan. The 20-year-old midfielder made his full debut for Barca in 2017 but a long-term injury halted his progress at the club last season.
12.52 BST: Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici has played down speculation the club could sign Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.
"It is difficult to improve our squad, but we believe we have succeeded in this transfer window," Paratici told Sky Sport Italia. "We've strengthened in the positions that we needed to.
"In attack, Gonzalo Higuain has returned, a great striker. And let's not forget that we have Cristiano Ronaldo.
"We are very happy with the strikers we have. We have an international-level striker, we have players where, if you count the goals they have scored in their careers, the figures are really impressive. I think this is more than enough."
12.11 BST: Liverpool's 18-year-old striker Bobby Duncan, cousin of Steven Gerrard, is attracting a lot of attention and Serie A side Fiorentina are the latest to join the race to sign him on loan, says the Daily Mail.
11.31 BST: QPR have an exciting young prospect on their books, 21-year-old forward Eberechi Eze.
The Sun claims that Tottenham and Southampton are already showing interest and have scouted him this season, with a January move a possibility.
10.50 BST: Former Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis says he had offers on the table from Manchester City, PSG and Dortmund among others, before he moved to Flamengo this summer.
"From January until March I had an offer from Manchester City, but it didn't work out," the 34-year-old told Globo Esporte. "There was a call from Juninho Pernambucano to go to Lyon, but I said I could only give an answer after the Copa America and they ended up signing someone else...
"I had a contract with Atletico and an absurd offer came in [from PSG], one that I couldn't refuse ... But they said no, it was impossible for me to leave because they would have to sign another left-back and there wasn't enough time for that ...
"In the end I had three or four proposals to consider, and then you have to choose. But I see that one club calls me, then the director of another one... it's a long list. There's this club but it can't afford my wages, then another one but it doesn't want to be champion, so bye! So, a lot of things were happening and in the end I closed some important doors, like Borussia. It was a very good offer, but I didn't feel it in my heart."
10.17 BST: Arsenal fans were feeling confident after their club's summer transfer spending. One man isn't so happy with some of the new arrivals.
09.32 BST: England goalkeeper Jack Butland could make a move to Norwich if Stoke drop their £25m asking price, says the Sun.
Butland, 26, was dropped by Stoke for the 3-0 defeat to Leeds after a poor performance against Preston in midweek. Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace were all interested in the goalkeeper over the summer but a January move to Norwich could be in the offing for around £15m.
Though the club's No. 1 Tim Krul has made a stellar start to the season already.
09.00 BST: Keylor Navas looks likely to leave Real Madrid this summer and the club need a replacement. They have been linked with Chelsea veteran Willy Caballero and now Everton's 36-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is a target, says Football Insider.
PAPER TALK (by James Capps)
Man United to move for Maddison
Reports claim United will make initial enquiries for the 22-year-old midfielder in January, although it is unlikely that Leicester will enter serious negotiations until the summer, with their asking price similar to that received for Maguire.
Any move is likely to represent a big profit on Maddison, who only signed for Brendan Rodgers' side a year ago in a deal worth £20m from Norwich City.
Maddison's value is set to rise further in the next few weeks, with Gareth Southgate reportedly set to name the playmaker in his next England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.
Napoli set to beat competition to Llorente capture
The Spaniard has been available on a free transfer since his contract expired at Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, and the past few days have seen him heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.
However, it is now believed that Llorente is edging closer to a move to Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli -- who completed the signing of PSV winger Hirving Lozano on Friday.
Llorente, 34, has previous Serie A experience thanks to a successful two-year spell at Juventus, where he won two league titles and scored 23 times in 66 domestic appearances.
- Turkish giants Galatasaray are set to make a last-ditch attempt to sign Arsenal outcast Mohamed Elneny. The Egypt international has been told by Gunners boss Unai Emery that he is free to leave, but the Mirror claims talks have stalled with interested parties thus far due to the 27-year-old's wage demands.
- League One duo Ipswich Town and Sunderland are set to go head-to-head for the signing of highly-rated Aberdeen forward Scott Wright. Ipswich had previously had a bid for the 22-year-old rejected, with the Dons reportedly looking for a fee in the region of £500,000, according to the Sun.