LIVE Transfer Talk: Real Madrid eye late move for Bruno Fernandes
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TOP STORY: Real Madrid set sights on Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes was a target for several English clubs this summer, chiefly Manchester United, but it would appear as though the sought-after midfielder is closing in on a move to Real Madrid.
This is according to Fiorentina sporting director Daniele Prade in a report on AS, after he was quizzed about his club's interest in Fernandes' Sporting teammate Raphinha. At the presentation for new signing Dalbert, Prade said his target was out of reach because of Sporting's impending windfall of €70 million from Real.
Fernandes was heavily linked with a move to either Manchester United or Tottenham, but neither club made a bid that met Sporting's valuation before the end of the English transfer window.
And now, agent Jorge Mendes would appear to have secured his client a bumper move to the Spanish capital instead. Fernandes scored 32 goals in 53 games last season.
18:00 BST: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!
21.45 BST: Chelsea have announced that they have loaned Tiemoue Bakayoko back to his former club AS Monaco.
The Frenchman, 25, flopped at Stamford Bridge following a £40 million move from Monaco in July 2017, and last spent time on loan at AC Milan. Bakayoko has made 43 appearances to date for the Blues but was a massive disappointment in his lone season at the Bridge in 2017-18.
Monaco, where Bakyoko played from 2014-17, reportedly have the option to buy the central midfielder outright at the end of the season for £38m.
20.27 BST: We ruled out Paul Pogba moving this window and now we can rule out Paulo Dybala going anywhere before the Sept. 2 deadline.
Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici is the source, after he came out and said Dybala would not be moved before Monday's deadline. "We can absolutely rule out Dybala leaving this summer. We can exclude that as a possibility," he told Sky Italy.
So after all the drama this summer Pogba, Dybala, Bale and Neymar may all stay put with the current clubs!
19.10 BST: Paul Pogba is officially staying at Old Trafford, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Following United's 1-1 draw with Southampton, the Norwegian manager answered a question about Pogba's future by saying: "Paul Pogba will be playing for us." Pogba has been rumoured with a move to Real Madrid at various points this summer but with the deadline just days away, this should finally put all doubt to bed.
Pogba is staying put... at least until January.
18.03 BST: With just a few days remaining the European transfer window, Gianlucadimarzio.com suggests there is a striker chain reaction still to come.
The site claims that Roma are set to sign Nikola Kalinic from Atletico Madrid, which would allow the Italian club to sell fellow striker Patrik Schick to RB Leipzig. Finally, Leipzig would no longer need Jean-Kevin Augustin and so they would sell him on to Monaco. There are a lot of moving parts here but this surely would liven up the last few days of the window!
17.14 BST: Celtic are closing in on signing a replacement for Kieran Tierney at left-back.
The BBC reports that the Scottish giants are set to complete the signing of Kilmarnock and Scotland left-back Greg Taylor in the "next 24 hours." Celtic had a bid for the talented 21-year-old rejected during the week but are near reaching Kilmarnock's evaluation of the player. Celtic have already brought in eight new players this window, including Moritz Bauer, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Fraser Forster on loan in recent days.
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The Sardinian club, whom seem prepared to make a push for Italy's European places, have had a very impressive summer previously highlighted by moves for Radja Nainggolan, Nahitan Nandez, Alberto Cerri and Marko Rog. Simeone, the 24-year-old son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego, has scored 20 goals over the last two seasons with La Viola and will join Cagliari on a permanent basis following his initial season-long loan. Meanwhile, Olsen, the Sweden No.1, joins after being replaced by Pau Lopez after one season at Roma.
I Rossoblu making moves!
15.49 BST: Fiorentina have announced they have signed veteran defender Martin Caceres to help shore up their defence.
The rugged Uruguayan arrives from Lazio, although he finished up last season on loan at Juventus. Now 32, Caceres has played for some very accomplished clubs during his career, having spent time at Barcelona, Sevilla, Juventus, Lazio and now Fiorentina.
15.13 BST: WOW. Mauro Icardi is suing his own club, Inter Milan, for discrimination, claiming €1.5m in damages and to be allowed back into the first-team fold.
In published extracts from the legal document Icardi alleges the club took "clearly discriminatory" action against him.
14.32 BST: Zinedine Zidane is furious at Real Madrid's failure to sign Man United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer, says Sport.
Zidane's relationship with president Florentino Perez has been under the spotlight, though the manager batted away followup questions in his news conference earlier.
Real have spent over €300m on players, but have not managed to agree a deal with United over Pogba. Though after his poor performance against Southampton, his price may drop.
13.46 BST: Diario de Sevilla reports that West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez could be on his way to La Liga.
Sevilla sporting director Monchi and manager Julen Lopetegui are reported to be after a new striking addition and the Mexico international is top of the list. Sources have told ESPN that he will move for €8m, with €1.5m in add-ons, and talks are very advanced. He could be set to undergo a medical this weekend.
12.57 BST: Wilfried Zaha didn't get a move to either Arsenal or Everton, despite both clubs reported to have put in bids of around £70m this summer. But Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has told the Daily Mail that the winger will leave the club if his valuation is met.
"Aaron Wan-Bissaka went to Manchester United, so if top clubs come in for our players with the right money, then it's a timing issue," he said. "We have to make a plan for the evolution of our squad. Wilfried won't be here forever, and we must be ready for him to go, if he does go. The last day of the transfer window, however, is not going to be it."
12.00 BST: Arsenal's media team have been busy this Saturday as the club have announced that midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined Turkish side Besiktas on loan.
11.55 BST: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is speaking in his news conference. He was asked about Keylor Navas' move to PSG, with Alphonse Areola coming the other way.
"Tomorrow, Keylor will be with us for the game," he said. "And then, until the 2nd, anything can happen. But tomorrow he is with us, for an important game. I just focus on that. Nothing else."
11.44 BST: The FC TV team give their thoughts on Mauro Icardi's situation at Inter Milan.
11.08 BST: Update on the Bruno Fernandes yarn from above. The midfielder has told GQ Portugal he was set to join Spurs this summer but Sporting wanted too much for him.
"As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me. Everything was right with me -- or practically should be," the 24-year-old said. "I never made any big demands, my manager was always dealing with the financials. It was and is my goal to play in England, Sporting you know that, everyone knows that, and there were conditions for things to be done.
"But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision."
10.45 BST: ICYMI - Atletico Madrid are negotiating a deal to sign Mauro Icardi on loan from Inter Milan with the option to buy for €70m, sources have told ESPN FC.
The Argentina forward has been placed on the transfer market by Inter and saw his No. 9 shirt taken by new signing Romelu Lukaku.
10.17 BST: Lille have announced the signing of PSG defender Stanley Nsoki.
09.56 BST: The race for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is still on with just a few days left in the window. Spurs are ready to accept bids now, rather than lose him for free in the summer and it's PSG who are circling.
Sources have told ESPN that Eriksen favours Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus, so news of PSG's interest from Le Parisien throws a spanner in the works.
Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, is also on their list to replace Neymar if the Brazilian does eventually depart this summer.
09.15 BST: Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has left the club to sign for Real Sociedad on a two-year deal.
The left-back had been knocked down the pecking order after the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic this summer.
09.00 BST: Matteo Darmian is set to leave Man United, but the likes of Juventus and Inter Milan aren't keen anymore and it's down to Parma to save his career. Sky Sports reports it's a £1.4m move for the Italy full-back.
PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd)
Not so fast, Neymar
Neymar's move to Barca looked to have moved a step closer when one of his sponsors -- watch brand Gaga Milano -- posted a picture of the Brazilian star posing in a Barca shirt on its Instagram account.
The wantaway PSG star is an ambassador for the company and, as you'll know unless you've been living under a rock all summer, has been desperate to return to Camp Nou from PSG. The image was swiftly deleted, but the post had done enough to set tongues wagging.
However, following PSG's 2-0 win over Metz on Friday -- a match in which Neymar predictably did not feature -- sporting director Leonardo poured more cold water on any progress in negotiations with Barcelona.
"We have not reached an agreement according to our conditions," the Brazilian said. "The negotiations aren't over but there is no agreement because our demands haven't been accepted.
"We are open to talking about players but there is no agreement. PSG's position and of Neymar has always been clear: If a satisfactory proposal comes in then it could happen but that's not the case."
Sounds like this one is going down to the wire, folks.
Navas to swap Real for PSG
Marca is reporting that the recently rumoured move of Keylor Navas to PSG will happen first thing next week, with a deal already agreed with the goalkeeper ahead of a move to the French capital.
The French champions will pay Los Blancos €15m and loan World Cup-winning goalkeeper Alphonse Areola back to Madrid in a deal that sees Navas join the Parisians for three years.
Navas is expected to feature in the Madrid squad to face Villarreal on Sunday night after the two clubs missed the registration deadline for him to face Metz on Friday.
The Costa Rican keeper has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu all summer, and he could now face his former teammates when the two clubs go head-to-head in the Champions League.
Navas made 162 appearances for Madrid and was a key part of the side that won three consecutive Champions League trophies.
- Fernando Llorente is on the verge of a move to Napoli, according to pictures released by Gianluca di Marzio. The Italian journalist reveals that the current Tottenham striker has already undergone a medical, and that the transfer will be confirmed over the weekend. Llorente is pictured adorned by a Napoli scarf and is expected to join up with the club to watch their match against Juventus tomorrow.