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Juventus close in on PSG's Matuidi; Bale set for pay rise from Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Brian McBride break down the latest transfer rumours with just over a week to go in the window.

The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse for the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Juventus close in on Blaise Matuidi

Several reports in France are claiming that Juventus have stepped up their interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi with the intention of him replacing Paul Pogba who departed for Manchester United in a world-record transfer deal.


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Mario Mandzukic tops Chelsea's list after Romelu Lukaku interest ends

The ESPN FC crew discuss Riyad Mahrez signing a four-year deal with the reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.
Mario Mandzukic
Is Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic heading to Stamford Bridge?

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Chelsea lining up Juventus hitman

Romelu Lukaku has opted to stay with Everton, so Chelsea will move on to the next target it seems with less than two weeks left to get business done.

Their winning start to the Premier League season has come with a common theme: Two strikers paired...

 By Mina Rzouki

Kwadwo Asamoah, Sami Khedira boss the midfield as Juve beat Fiorentina

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses Gonzalo Higuain's dream debut for Juventus.
Kwadwo Asamoah
Kwadwo Asamoah was Juventus' man of the match. Can the Ghana international fill the gap left by Paul Pogba?

A superior team with superior individuals, Juventus barely needed to break a sweat to defeat arch-rivals Fiorentina 2-1 on the opening day of the new Serie A season.

Juventus started the match with dynamism and clear intent, they were determined to get a result. Squandering a few chances on goal in a half that was dominated by their collective and individual strength, Max Allegri's men scored the opening goal before their opponent had registered a single shot on target.

The second half witnessed...

 By Mina Rzouki

Massimiliano Allegri seeks tactical fluidity as Juventus go for the treble

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains if any team in Serie A can prevent Juventus from winning a sixth straight league title.

With Juventus capturing the world's attention with their recent purchases in the transfer market, many wonder how Massimiliano Allegri will line up his men as they attempt to challenge for the treble once again.

When Antonio Conte arrived at Juve, he soon realised the 3-5-2 formation would offer his side defensive solidity as well as giving them attacking impetus. It was a shape that few believed in but Juventus executed to perfection, largely due to the players' sacrificial nature.

When Allegri...

Season preview: Juventus favoured, but Roma and Napoli will contend

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains if any team in Serie A can prevent Juventus from winning a sixth straight league title.

The upcoming season in Serie A feels an awful lot like the Giro d'Italia in 1930. Back then, La Gazzetta dello Sport editor Emilio Colombo feared other riders, cycling fans and readers of his paper were losing interest after the dominant Alfredo Binda had won the race four years running. So Colombo decided to make him an offer. He wrote a cheque for what he might expect to earn in exchange for Binda's withdrawal from that year's race. Binda accepted.

Following the signings of Mehdi Benatia, Dani...

 By David Amoyal

Rumours rated: Claudio Bravo to Man City, Cesc Fabregas to Juventus

The ESPN FC crew discuss the transfer rumour surrounding Barca goalkeeper Claudio Bravo replacing Joe Hart at Man City.
ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Craig Burley break down the latest rumours, including West Brom's Salomon Rondon heading to Barcelona.
Claudio Bravo would be great for Pep Guardiola at Man City and they're reportedly close on a deal.

There's a lot of talk and speculation, but when it comes to transfers, how do you separate fact from fiction? David Amoyal looks at some of the current rumours and predicts how likely it is that the proposed moves actually happen.

Claudio Bravo to Manchester City: 70 percent

Reports say that an agreement has been made between the two clubs for a fee around £17 million. Sky Sports writes that a deal could be delayed due to Marc-Andre ter-Stegen's injury, but nevertheless, a deal should...