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Transfer news LIVE!

The Harry Kane saga rumbles on with the striker not involved in Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Manchester City... and the England captain is reportedly hoping that the champions step up their bid to sign him this week. But on Tuesday, he did rejoin the first-team squad for training for the first time this season.

In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window - and any transfer window, come to think of it - Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There is also mounting speculation that Paul Pogba could be headed to join him - but one megastar who won’t be on the move, it seems, is Cristiano Ronaldo - Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a Real Madrid return for the Juventus star.

In another huge deal, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m, with Tammy Abraham joining AS Roma. As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.

Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with an agreement for the Real Madrid playmaker close. They continue to be linked with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as well as Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, though Manuel Locatelli is heading to Juventus.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been offered Barcelona’s Ilaix Moriba as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as well as Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic and Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez, while new reports say they are rivalling West Ham for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.

Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!

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Transfers LIVE! Kane latest; Lukaku unveiled; £30m Odegaard to Arsenal

Arsenal ‘pushing’ to sign Ramsdale as ‘transfer talks resume’

Pictured: Lukaku hits the Chelsea training pitch before Arsenal derby

Transfer news highlights

  • Kane rejoins Spurs training

  • Arsenal close to sealing Odegaard return

  • Angry Ronaldo breaks silence amid Real Madrid links

  • Tottenham rival West Ham for Zouma

  • Arsenal back in Ramsdale talks

  • Done deal! Abraham joins AS Roma

  • Juventus agree Locatelli deal

Lukaku unveiling

08:01 , Alex Young

Chelsea will unveil Romelu Lukaku with a press conference at 1pm BST today.

He will be joined by manager Thomas Tuchel. You will be able to follow along here.

Kane latest

07:55 , Alex Young

A recap from last night’s Telegraph line on Harry Kane then.

  • Kane was promised at a meeting last summer that he could leave Spurs should the club fail to win a trophy and finish in top four.

  • Man City have made a bid worth £125m, with Kane believes is enough to trigger his exit, but Daniel Levy is not picking up the phone.

  • Kane thought he could have an extra week off, but a miscommunication with the club saw confusion over his supposed return date.

  • Kane is in the squad for the Uefa Europa Conference League play-off fixture against Pacos de Ferreira but is not expected to play.

Nuno Espirito Santo is talking to the media at his pre-match press conference at 6pm BST.

 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Juve snap up Jorge

07:11 , Alex Young

Juventus have completed the signing of Brazilian striker Kaio Jorge from Santos.

Kaio Jorge signed a deal until 2026 with the Turin club on Tuesday, two weeks after Santos said Juventus had agreed terms to sign the 19-year-old.

"I am very happy to be here ... It's a big club, one of the biggest in Europe, and it's always been my dream to play for Juve," he said.

Italian media reported Juventus would pay up to €4 million for the player.

Kaio Jorge broke into the Santos first team aged 16, becoming their sixth-youngest league debutant when he made his professional bow in September 2018.

Good morning

07:08 , Alex Young

Ready for some more?

Harry Kane latest updates

00:00 , George Flood

A fresh batch of Harry Kane stories doing the rounds tonight.

According to the Daily Mail, the England captain feels chairman Daniel Levy has broken a promise by not allowing him to leave Tottenham for Manchester City this summer after Spurs failed to win a trophy or finish in the top four last season.

Kane is reportedly concerned that Levy isn’t engaging in City’s latest attempts to start talks over what would be a British record transfer, with the reigning champions believed to have offered £125m with the August 31 deadline edging closer.

It is now being said that Kane is unlikely to travel to Portugal for Thursday’s Uefa Europa Conference League play-off fixture against Pacos de Ferreira.

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Odegaard to Arsenal

22:28 , George Flood

Some more detail now on Martin Odegaard’s proposed permanent return to Arsenal.

The Athletic report that the fee is set to be around €35m (£29.8m).

And while there is still apparently “a fair amount of work” to go before the deal is complete, David Ornstein suggests that Odegaard could be in line for a second Gunners debut in the Premier League London derby against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Happy with this, Arsenal fans?

Arsenal close to permanent Odegaard deal

21:28 , George Flood

You’re going to like this, Arsenal fans.

The Athletic are reporting tonight that the Gunners are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid over Martin Odegaard.

It would be a permanent return to north London for the Norwegian playmaker, who impressed during his loan stint under Mikel Arteta in the second half of last season.

Odegaard did not train with Madrid on Tuesday as those transfer negotiations continue.

 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Angry Ronaldo breaks silence amid Real Madrid return links

20:20 , George Flood

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence amid constant speculation over a move away from Juventus with a strong statement on Instagram.

It had been publicly confirmed earlier by Carlo Ancelotti anyway, but he insists there will be no return to Real Madrid...

“Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career. However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position,” Ronaldo wrote.

“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.

“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines. It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club.

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(Getty Images)

“And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for “merengue afición”, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish. I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.

“As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.

“I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name. I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face. Everything else? Everything else is just talk.”

Liverpool, Arsenal eye Barca starlet Moriba

19:22 , George Flood

Barcelona’s well-documented financial difficulties could lead to an opportunity for Liverpool it seems.

Reports from Spain suggest that the Reds have been offered the chance to sign exciting La Masia graduate Ilaix Moriba.

However, it has since been claimed that there are 12 teams actively trying to sign the 18-year-old Guinea-born Spanish midfielder, who has made several appearances for Barca’s first team.

Arsenal are among the other clubs to be mentioned in connection with Moriba.

Juventus agree Locatelli deal

18:34 , George Flood

Arsenal’s hopes of signing Euro 2020 winner Manuel Locatelli now look to be firmly over.

According to Goal, Juventus have reached an agreement with Serie A rivals Sassuolo to take the highly-rated Italy midfielder to Turin.

Juve will reportedly sign Locatelli on an initial €5m loan deal that includes an obligation to buy for a fee of €30m next summer.

Stellar business by the Bianconeri as they look to regain their place at the summit of Serie A.

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(Getty Images)

Tottenham enter Zouma race

18:04 , George Flood

Earlier today we brought you the news that West Ham were not giving up on their pursuit of Kurt Zouma with Chelsea willing to sell the defender for around £25m, but that his wage demands in excess of £100,000-a-week were proving a stumbling block.

Now Sky Sports claim that Tottenham are also interested in Zouma as they seek further defensive reinforcements following the arrival of Cristian Romero from Atalanta.

Spurs have been linked with a whole host of centre-backs over recent weeks and days, including the likes of Fiorentina’s Nikola Milenkovic, Pau Torres of Villarreal and Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu, among countless others.

Chelsea could reportedly yet use Zouma as part of their bid to land Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, meanwhile...

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(Getty Images)

Ramsdale to Arsenal latest

17:39 , George Flood

Asked if Ramsdale wanted to stay at Bramall Lane, Jokanovic said: “Naturally he wants to be a Premier League player.

“I am talking with him, he believes it can be a good move for himself, but it is not a bad thing for him if he stays with us.

“He is a talented English player and I understand Arsenal are interested, but this is the business. If he is one of the best players in the league, his price is really high and in the end the decision can be with Arsenal if they want him or not. If they want him they need to spend a lot of money.

“If you ask me if I will sell for £100m I would say no. I have no interest in selling the guy but I understand the business side of the club and understand Aaron, too.

“But Aaron understands very well what I want. I explain to him a few times I am not a guy who wants to push him out of the club. If Arsenal want to spend £100m and my word is last I would still say no.

“This is it, but I must be prudent and show some responsibility about club business, too.”

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(Getty Images)

The Serbian added: “I will be disappointed if he leaves the club but it’s part of the realistic situation.

“Arsenal is pushing from one side and I am pulling from a different side.

“This is part of the game. They have more tools than me right now. I cannot pay his contract with this transfer and I am always in a little bit of trouble with this kind of thing.

“Actually right now I am thinking about him as a Sheffield United player because he is a Sheffield United player and we need to recognise that interest exists. That’s it, we will see what happens.

“I will be more satisfied if this guy stays and be part of my team but if it doesn’t happen, I will wish him all the best. Everything will be in the future, but right now he is still our player.”

Jokanovic: Arsenal ‘pushing’ to sign Ramsdale

17:32 , George Flood

Speaking of Aaron Ramsdale, Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic fielded further questions over the goalkeeper’s future earlier this afternoon as he faced the media ahead of tomorrow night’s Championship trip to face West Brom at The Hawthorns.

Asked if the player would be leaving his boyhood club once again before the deadline, Jokanovic replied: “I don’t know.

“If you ask me if I want him to leave, then no. I am the Sheffield United coach, he’s a Sheffield United player now and it will depend on the club, it will depend on our club and it will depend also Arsenal, too.

“They are the principal club pushing for him. In this moment there does not exist any change, we will see what happens in the future.”

Arsenal back in Ramsdale talks

16:46 , George Flood

Arsenal have re-entered negotiations with Sheffield United over a deal for Aaron Ramsdale, according to the latest reports on Tuesday.

The Gunners had supposedly seen two bids rejected for the England goalkeeper earlier this summer before talks reached a stalemate with the two clubs miles apart in their respective valuations.

However, The Athletic now report that discussions are back on, with Sheffield United said to be willing to accept a lower-priced deal starting at around £24m.

Arsenal are searching for competition, cover and a potential future successor to current undisputed no1 Bernd Leno, who is out of contract in the summer of 2023.

Estonian teenager Karl Jakob Hein was on the bench for Friday’s Premier League opener at Brentford, with former loanee Mat Ryan now at Real Sociedad and Alex Runarsson not up to standard.


Batshuayi gets a great reception in Istanbul

14:55 , Marco Giacomelli

Michy Batshuayi was greeted by a large crowd of Besiktas fans at Istanbul Airport today as he begins a season’s loan from Chelsea.

It is the fifth time that the 27-year-old Belgian striker has left Chelsea on a temporary deal.

Huddlestone back in the game after a year out

14:03 , Marco Giacomelli

Tom Huddlestone, who left Tottenham for Hull in 2013, has rejoined the Championship club as a free agent.

The 34-year-old midfielder has been training with Hull, having been without a club since being released by Derby County last summer.

Martial backs ‘big-time’ Varane

13:57 , Tom Doyle

Anthony Martial has backed “big-time” Raphael Varane to take Manchester United to the next level.

Speaking about Varane and fellow new signing Jadon Sancho, Martial told United’s website: "Varane, I know already, of course.

“And the skillset he has, I know he will bring a lot to our team, in addition to his long experience, so we are all really delighted with these two new players we have."

"Varane is a big-time player. I don't think he will need too much time to adapt to his new environment, but I'm there for him for whatever little help or advice he may need.

"He has all his experience, - he's a player who has won a lot during the time of his career at Real Madrid and also in the French national team, so I am sure he will bring all his powers, as he really is a top player and I know things are going to go well for him here at United."

Abraham can take inspiration from Lukaku, De Bruyne and Salah, says Morris

13:49 , Marco Giacomelli

Jody Morris says Tammy Abraham only need look at other talents who have been sold by Chelsea to see that his move to Roma could be the start of something special.

Ancelotti: I love Ronaldo but I’m not going to sign him

13:33 , Marco Giacomelli

Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions he wants to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Real Madrid.

The 36-year-old Portugal forward moved to Juventus in 2018 for £99m and has just 10 months left on his contract in Turin.

Real boss Ancelotti, who managed Ronaldo in his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu, wrote on Twitter: “Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward.”

WATCH: Lukaku’s first Chelsea interview

13:09 , Malik Ouzia

Kane finally returns to full training with Spurs

12:22 , Marco Giacomelli

Harry Kane’s future is no nearer being resolved but he did this morning train with the Tottenham first-team squad for the first time this season.

The striker’s return has been delayed by him having to quarantine after his holiday but all the talk has been whether he will still be at Tottenham or at Manchester City once the transfer window closes.

Rejoining the squad has opened up the possibility he could feature in Thursday’s Europa Conference League play-off first leg against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira or in Sunday’s visit to Wolves in the Premier League.

Kane rejoins Tottenham training as transfer saga rumbles on

Abraham targeting trophies at Roma

11:30 , Tom Doyle

Tammy Abraham will wear the number nine shirt at AS Roma.

He told the Italian club’s website: “You can sense when a club really wants you - and Roma made their interest clear immediately.

“Roma are a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again - so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.

“It’s a massive honour to be the number nine at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.”

Done deal! Chelsea sell Abraham to Roma

11:12 , Tom Doyle

It’s official... AS Roma have signed Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

Atletico closing in on £60m Vlahovic

10:38 , Marco Giacomelli

Chances of Tottenham or Arsenal landing Dusan Vlahovic look slimmer this morning after Atletico Madrid offered Fiorentina £60m for the Serbia striker.

Il Corriere dello Sport have revealed the bid and say that it just needs the approval of Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso for Vlahovic to move to La Liga.

The paper claims Atletico have reached an agreement with the player’s agent.

Vlahovic hit 21 goals in Serie A last season, prompting interest from the north London rivals with the 21-year-old a possible replacement for Harry Kane at Spurs.

Time is right for Kane to go, says Zabaleta

10:07 , Marco Giacomelli

Harry Kane has done enough for Tottenham and should join Manchester City, says Pablo Zabaleta.

Given Zabaleta had nearly a decade at the Etihad, it’s no surprise he wants the move but the former right-back believes the time is right for Kane to leave his boyhood club.

Zabaleta told the PA news agency: "We’ll see if the money is there and will splash the money for Harry Kane but will be nice to see him playing for City.

"He’s in the right moment for him to go to a different club and have different experience, when you look at all the top teams they are looking for players who can score 25 goals a season, you always need players like that.

"Obviously Sergio (Aguero) left the club and they only have Gabriel Jesus as a proper striker but we all know the quality of Kane if you want to win trophies and (he) knows he’s done enough for Spurs and wants to move, maybe City are one of those clubs."

Zabaleta holds off Kane in 2015 (Getty Images)
Zabaleta holds off Kane in 2015 (Getty Images)

PSG priority is to keep Mbappe, not get Ronaldo

09:43 , Marco Giacomelli

Cristiano Ronaldo linking up with Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain? It’s not going to happen, says Fabrizio Romano.

He says PSG are more concerned about keeping Kylian Mbappe, who is in the final year of his contract.

Real Madrid has been touted as potential destination for Mbappe were he to leave PSG where he has scored a remarkable 133 goals in 173 games since joining from Monaco in 2017.

Pogba part of Solskjaer’s’s five-star push

09:22 , Marco Giacomelli

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to give new contracts to five of his stars — including Paul Pogba, reports The Sun.

The France World Cup winner is in the final season of his agreement and Solskjaer is keen to stop the 28-year-old leaving Old Trafford for a second time.

Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw are also deserving of new deals, says Solskjaer.

Fernandes, who hit a hat-trick in the 5-1 rout of Leeds on Saturday, is on £100,000 a week but fresh terms could take that up to £300,000.

Premier eyes on QPR’s Dickie

09:10 , Marco Giacomelli

QPR defender Rob Dickie has already made a big impression this season, scoring in all three of his club’s games.

And the 25-year-old seems to have caught the eye of Premier League clubs with Burnley and Wolves said to be looking at him.

Dickie joined Rangers only a year ago from Oxford but shone in his debut season in the Championship, with both his team-mates and supporters giving him their Player of the Year titles.

Wages holding up West Ham’s move for Zouma

08:39 , Marco Giacomelli

There is work to be done if West Ham are to get Kurt Zouma with the Chelsea centre-back seeking more than £100,000 a week.

The Hammers were impressive in their 4-2 win at Newcastle on Sunday but had to come from behind twice and David Moyes is keen to strengthen his defence with at least one addition before the window closes.

He would like Zouma to be that player but the £25m deal but is only likely to happen if the wage demands come down.

Here’s the full story from Jack Rosser:

West Ham continue push for Chelsea’s Zouma but wages proving a problem

Odegaard move ‘one step closer’

07:59 , Malik Ouzia

The Mirror are reporting that Arsenal’s hopes of signing Martin Odegaard are on track, with the player’s representatives having arrived in London for talks.

The report claims that a one-year loan deal is to be discussed after which the Gunners would have a £30m option to make the transfer permanent next summer.

Arsenal have ramped up their interest in Odegaard, who spent the latter part of last season at the Emirates, after selling Joe Willock to Newcastle last week.

Good morning!

07:46 , Malik Ouzia

Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this summer’s transfer window.

We’ll have a round-up of all the day’s lastest news and rumours coming right up...

Ferdinand backs Saul or Rice for Man United switch

Monday 16 August 2021 22:54 , George Flood

Rio Ferdinand has backed Manchester United to sign either Saul Niguez or Declan Rice this summer...

“I think if the right player becomes available for the right price, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will go and get him,” the Old Trafford legend recently told his FIVE YouTube channel.

“The problem is who is out there and who could be a good fit? Saul Niguez would be a perfect fit and he’s asking price was £160m a couple of years ago, now it’s more like £40-50m.

“In today’s game that’s a decent price for someone like him who has Champions League experience. I’m a big fan of his. If you can get him in this window, I think you do it.

“I think Declan Rice would be a massive addition to this squad. I’m a massive fan of his. I would love to see him keep progressing.

“He was brilliant for England in the summer. I think if West Ham keep him they’ve done unbelievably well. I think he does well staying at West Ham or if he goes.”

 (PA Wire)
(PA Wire)

Barcelona eye Coutinho for Aubameyang swap

Monday 16 August 2021 22:43 , George Flood

The Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona rumours are circulating again tonight.

Sky Sports claim that the LaLiga giants - whose president Joan Laporta confirmed earlier on Monday that the club’s debt levels had risen to a whopping £1.15bn - are interested in the Gunners skipper and are willing to offer Philippe Coutinho in a swap deal, having missed out on Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham.

Aubameyang only signed a lucrative new three-year contract at Arsenal last summer, but he has flattered to deceive since then and The Times suggested last week that the club are now willing to listen to offers for their captain.

The Gabon star did not feature in Friday’s Premier League curtain-raiser at Brentford due to illness.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham make Nandez approach

Monday 16 August 2021 22:36 , George Flood

Some late Tottenham transfer news to bring you on this Monday night.

According to Sky Sports’ Lyall Thomas, Tottenham have made an approach to sign Cagliari midfielder Nahitan Nandez.

The versatile Uruguayan international, 25, has also been linked with West Ham and Leeds this summer after a proposed move to Inter Milan collapsed.

Lyon make contact over Chelsea’s Emerson

Monday 16 August 2021 21:56 , George Flood

Chelsea’s need to trim an enormous squad is obvious and they are evidently working towards that end as the August 31 transfer deadline gets closer.

The likes of Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi and Ike Ugbo are all on the way out this week, while Emerson Palmieri is expected to follow.

According to French publication L’Equipe, Ligue 1 outfit Lyon have made contact with Chelsea over the Italian international as they seek to add a new left-back to Peter Bosz’s squad.

Despite winning Euro 2020 with the Azzurri this summer, Emerson has long since been restricted to a bit-part role at Chelsea.

Agent: Arsenal and Spurs target Lautaro going nowhere

Monday 16 August 2021 20:34 , George Flood

Any hopes either Arsenal or Tottenham had of luring Lautaro Martinez away from Inter Milan before this month’s transfer deadline appear to be over.

The Argentine has been linked with both north London rivals as Mikel Arteta looks to increase his options up top and Spurs under Nuno Espirito Santo attempt to sign either a suitable partner or replacement for Harry Kane.

Inter’s owners have been hit particularly hard during the Covid-19 pandemic, but the chances of Lautaro being allowed to depart in the same window as ex-San Siro strike partner Romelu Lukaku always looked highly questionable, especially with the likes of Achraf Hakimi having also departed.

Now the 23-year-old’s agent has also reiterated that his client will be remaining in Milan as he looks to agree an extension to a contract that is due to expire in the summer of 2023.

“Lautaro wants to stay at Inter, he trusts the project and wants to win,” Alejandro Camano told FC Inter News.

“I’ll meet with Inter board on Wednesday to talk about his contract situation.

“Premier League clubs wanted him but he’s ready to stay.”

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(Getty Images)

Done deal! Blades loan Liverpool’s Davies

Monday 16 August 2021 19:56 , George Flood

Promotion-chasing Sheffield United have clinched the signing of Ben Davies from Liverpool.

The former Preston defender will return to the Championship on a season-long loan deal, becoming manager Slavisa Jokanovic’s first signing at Bramall Lane.

Davies joined Liverpool in a shock £1.6m deal in January as Liverpool battled a defensive injury crisis, but has yet to make a senior appearance under Jurgen Klopp, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez all now back fit.

West Ham still hopeful over ‘special’ Lingard

Monday 16 August 2021 19:41 , George Flood

In case you missed it earlier, West Ham assistant Stuart Pearce appeared on talkSPORT reiterating the club’s desire to seal a return to east London for Jesse Lingard.

The Manchester United and England midfielder rejuvenated his career with a wonderful loan spell with the Hammers in the second half of last term, helping to seal a top-six finish and place in the Europa League.

He has since returned to parent club Manchester United, where he is out of contract next summer and did not make the matchday squad on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side thrashed rivals Leeds 5-1 at Old Trafford.

“We would like him to come and join us,” Pearce said of Lingard on Monday. “That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year.

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(Getty Images)

“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.

“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players – the players really like him.

“His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad. You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”

Tottenham await Vlahovic decision

Monday 16 August 2021 19:27 , George Flood

Tottenham are reportedly awaiting Fiorentina’s decision on the future of striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The Serbian international has been strongly linked with Spurs, who are said to have entered into a bidding war with LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid amid the ongoing Harry Kane saga.

Now Alfredo Pedulla reports that a bid of between €60m-€65m could be enough to land Vlahovic, with seemingly no progress regarding contract talks between the forward and Fiorentina.

Tottenham are also claimed to be trying to seal the signing of Vlahovic’s team-mate and compatriot Nikola Milenkovic, a defender also wanted by London rivals West Ham.

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(Getty Images)

Bayern struggling to find new players, says Nagelsmann

Monday 16 August 2021 18:58 , George Flood

Much has been made recently in Germany of Bayern Munich’s inability to conduct major transfer business this summer, with new boss Julian Nagelsmann admitting that the reigning Bundesliga champions are struggling to sign players in such a tough, slow-moving market heavily impacted by Covid-19.

Only Dayot Upamecano, Omar Richards and Sven Ulreich have joined Bayern so far in this current window, with the latter two deals free transfers.

The Bavarians were held to a 1-1 draw by Borussia Monchengladbach in their 2021/22 Bundesliga opener on Friday night and next face Borussia Dortmund - who thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 - in the German Supercup tomorrow evening.

“We could not spend all the money we would like to spend. In the end, we have a good squad, but it’s always about injuries,” Nagelsmann said ahead of that eagerly-anticipated clash.

He added: “If you see the last two seasons, we lose a lot of players. It’s not that easy to try to find, always try to find good players.

“The transfer market is hard. We could not spend a lot of money.”

Batshuayi to seal latest Chelsea exit

Monday 16 August 2021 18:21 , George Flood

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is closing in on a move to Besiktas, reports claim.

According to Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, the Belgian international is due in Istanbul this evening to wrap up his season-long loan switch to the Turkish capital and undergo a medical.

Batshuayi has long seemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea, being dispatched for loan spells at Crystal Palace, Valencia and Borussia Dortmund over recent seasons.

We are still waiting for official confirmation of Tammy Abraham’s £34m switch to Roma, while Romano also reports that a third Chelsea forward, Ike Ugbo, will leave Stamford Bridge for Belgian side Genk on a permanent transfer this week.

Debut delight: Michy Batshuayi took just five minutes to make an impact from the bench. (Getty Images)
Debut delight: Michy Batshuayi took just five minutes to make an impact from the bench. (Getty Images)

Lukaku on Drogba role in Chelsea return

Monday 16 August 2021 17:10 , George Flood

Circling back to Lukaku, he has also revealed the role close friend and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba played in his return to Stamford Bridge.

“Our relationship means the world to me,” he said. “It’s not like we talk once a month, I talk to the guy every few days!

“We have a group chat so we’re constantly communicating and I’ve been on the phone with him a bit more in the past two weeks.

“I had a lot of questions to ask and he still knows a lot of people here so he really prepared me well with the last details.

“Now I just need to get to know the players and the manager a bit better and just be available as quickly as possible for the team.”

Laird and Clarkson make Championship loan moves

Monday 16 August 2021 16:56 , George Flood

A couple of loan deals have been struck and officially signed off this afternoon.

Manchester United have loaned highly-rated young full-back Ethan Laird to Swansea.

20-year-old Laird - who has made two senior United appearances to date - will once again play under Russell Martin, having spent time at MK Dons last season.

Meanwhile, staying in the Championship, Liverpool have allowed Leighton Clarkson to move to Blackburn.

The 19-year-old midfielder has three first-team outings to his name under Jurgen Klopp, who will hope he can make a similar impact at Ewood Park to that of fellow teenager Harvey Elliott in 2020/21.

Monday 16 August 2021 16:17 , George Flood

Here’s more from Lukaku on what he is bringing to Chelsea...

“I’m a leader but I’m also more of a gel person, making sure that everybody feels comfortable and confident.

“That’s the way I lead. When I was at Inter and when I’ve been captain of the national team, I make sure that everybody is confident and knows what they have to do.

“When there’s a difficult moment in the game, they can lean on me and I’ll always be encouraging my team-mates, never being down on them or barking at them.

“I try to stay positive and make sure that we win the game because that’s always the most important thing.”

Lukaku: I’m a more complete striker... Chelsea can lean on me

Monday 16 August 2021 15:47 , George Flood

Romelu Lukaku has given his first official interview to Chelsea’s official website after completing that club-record £97.5m return to Stamford Bridge last week.

One of the questions asked of the prolific Belgian international was the key differences between the player that departed west London back in 2014 to the one arriving now...

“I just feel more complete,” Lukaku said.

“I’ve tried to master all the facets that a striker needs and I just want to keep improving on the small details all the time and keep improving on my strengths as well.

“I just want to try to help the team win and be available for the manager as well as for my team-mates. I want to make sure that they feel comfortable and they can lean on me in whatever situation we’re in.”

 (ES Composite)
(ES Composite)

Chelsea among clubs tracking Sarr

Monday 16 August 2021 14:41 , Malik Ouzia

The Mail say that a host of top Premier League clubs are among those tracking Metz teenager Pape Matar Sarr.

The 18-year-old has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea, having broken into the first team at the French club midway through last season.

Leeds move to keep Bamford amid Spurs interest

Monday 16 August 2021 13:51 , Marco Giacomelli

Patrick Bamford is in the final year of his contract, and that has Leeds pushing to secure his future with Tottenham looking on, report The Telegraph.

Spurs are said to be interested in the 27-year-old forward, who scored 17 Premier League goals last season, as attacking support for Harry Kane.

But Leeds have been in talks with Bamford and want to tie him to a first new deal since he joined from Middlesbrough in 2018.

Courtois signs new deal

Monday 16 August 2021 12:58 , Malik Ouzia

Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2026.

Pearce: Hammers still want Lingard

Monday 16 August 2021 12:27 , Malik Ouzia

West Ham coach Stuart Pearce says the club are still hoping to sign Jesse Lingard this summer, despite what we heard earlier on about the Englishman being part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans at Man United.

“We would like him to come and join us. That has been an open secret. He was wonderful last year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.

“The ball is in Manchester United’s court. He is contracted to them. We would like him with us, there is no doubt about that.

“He’s a special lad and was very good around the players, the players really like him. His ability shone out last year and gave us a great option in our squad.

“You never know, but at this moment in time it looks like he is fighting for a place in the United line-up.”

Bellerin pushing for Arsenal exit

Monday 16 August 2021 11:44 , Malik Ouzia

The Athletic say that Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is unhappy at the club and is pushing to leave before the end of the transfer window.

Bellerin was expected to leave the club this summer but, like midfielder Granit Xhaka, so far no move has materialised.

However, while Xhaka started Friday’s season-opener against Brentford, Mikel Arteta stuck with Calum Chambers at right-back.

Torres rejects Spurs switch

Monday 16 August 2021 11:12 , Malik Ouzia

Spanish outlet Marca claim that Villarreal defender Pau Torres has turned down a move to Tottenham because they are unable to provide Champions League football.

Torres, who was part of the Spain side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2020, helped his hometown club win last season’s Europa League, subsequently qualifying for this year’s Champions League.

Spurs, meanwhile, are playing in the new third-tier European competion, Uefa’s Europa Conference League.

Chelsea eye up Bellingham move

Monday 16 August 2021 10:32 , Malik Ouzia

This would throw the cat amongst the pigeons in the final few weeks of the transfer window.

Eurosport are reporting that Chelsea are considering a move for Jude Bellingham before the month is out, if they cannot prize Declan Rice away from West Ham.

Bellingham enjoyed a breakout season in his first campaign at Borussia Dortmund, breaking into the England squad for the European Championships.

Nuno: We must be ready to act if Kane goes

Monday 16 August 2021 09:54 , Malik Ouzia

Nuno Espirito Santo says Tottenham do not expect Harry Kane to leave the club before the end of the month but must be “ready to act” in the event he does.

The England captain was left out of the squad as Spurs got the Nuno era off to a perfect start with a 1-0 win over Kane’s suitors Manchester City.

Kane is hoping City up their interest this week with a bid that would persuade Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to come to the table, although the London club have maintained throughout the summer that he will not be sold before the August 31 transfer deadline.

“The decision [to leave out Harry] was made on Saturday, the day we prepared for the match,” Nuno said. “We have to make decisions, it’s our job.

“Harry is [training] with us, he worked on Sunday morning and he’s getting ready to help the team. We don’t expect [something to happen before the transfer deadline but] we have to be ready to act if necessary because until the 31st anything can happen in football.”

Read more from Dan Kilpatrick here...

Lingard to play ‘big part’ for Man United

Monday 16 August 2021 09:22 , Malik Ouzia

West Ham’s hopes of signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal this summer look to be fading, with Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting the Englishman has a “big part” to play at Old Trafford this season.

Lingard missed United’s 5-1 thrashing of Leeds as he works back to fitness after testing positive for Covid-19, but afterwards Solskjaer warned: “Don’t forget Jesse Lingard who has re-invented himself and has come back the man that we know he is with the quality. He is going to play a big part as well.

“Of course there could be more rotation. We will be fresher. We will have to have a big and strong squad to be competitive in this league. It’s the best league in the world and we also have to be lucky with injuries, but I am looking forward to working with all these players.

“We have to work hard and see who is fit and available. There will be a few fit and available definitely [against Southampton next Sunday].”

Mbappe turns down PSG deal

Monday 16 August 2021 09:01 , Malik Ouzia

Kylian Mbappe is reportedly set to meet the PSG hierachy today after rejecting a new six-year contract at the club.

Marca claim that the Frenchman is still hopeful of sealing a move to Real Madrid this summer, though given he is now into the final year of his deal, the Spanish giants would surely prefer to wait until next summer to nab him on a free.

PSG’s summer transfer activity has been the envy of Europe, but it looks as if they still have a very key issue to iron out before the window closes.

Gunners still keen on Martinez

Monday 16 August 2021 08:33 , Malik Ouzia

One transfer rumour from earlier in the window that has resurfaced today is Arsenal’s supposed interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Argentine, who is also said to be wanted by Tottenham as a potential Harry Kane replacement.

Tuttomercato say Arsenal are still hoping to seal a deal before the transfer window closes, though how easy that will be given Inter have already sold one star striker in Romelu Lukaku remains to be seen.

Henderson ‘agrees new Liverpool deal'

Monday 16 August 2021 08:08 , Malik Ouzia

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has agreed a deal in principal to sign a new contract at the club, according to The Athletic.

Henderson is into the final year of his deal and having seen Gini Wijnaldum walk away for nothing this summer, the Merseyside club were understood to be desperate to avoid a repeat.

The report claims Henderson has now agreed to sign a three-year deal that has an option for a fourth year depending on the number of appearances he makes.

Harry Kane latest

Monday 16 August 2021 07:40 , Malik Ouzia

Well, there’s only one place to start this morning - as I suspect will be the case every day between now and the end of the transfer window - and that’s with the latest on the future of Tottenham star Harry Kane.

The England captain missed yesterday’s win over Man City, deemed not yet fit enough to be involved after an extended summer break, but he was understood to be in the stadium, where the home fans broke into several renditions of “Are you watching Harry Kane?” as they celebrated the 1-0 victory.

Reports in The Times and The Telegraph yesterday claimed it is increasingly likely that Kane will stay at Spurs this season, with chairman Daniel Levy refusing to budge in sanctioning a sale to City.

Good morning!

Monday 16 August 2021 07:23 , Malik Ouzia

Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this summer’s transfer window.

With the first weekend of Premier League action out of the way, managers have had chance to look at what they have - and haven’t - got within their squads. It could be a busy week or two...

Nuno on Kane absence, Spurs fans’ chants

Sunday 15 August 2021 22:00 , Tom Doyle

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane will join the squad when he is ready after missing today's 1-0 win over Man City.

Kane trained on Sunday morning and Nuno said: "Harry, like (new signings) Bryan (Gil), Cristian Romero, they joined us later.

"For Cristian and Bryan it was very important to be here today. To feel the atmosphere and be in the stadium and be in the hotel, attending the meeting, but knowing they don't have too many sessions with us.

"Harry worked this morning, he is preparing himself and when he is ready he will join the group and help the team."

When asked about the Spurs fans chanting "are you watching Harry Kane?", Nuno added: "Look, Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly.

"We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team. We still have to go to Portugal (to play Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League play-offs) then we think about Wolves."

Barca start life without Messi with a win

Sunday 15 August 2021 21:56 , Tom Doyle

Barcelona began the post-Lionel Messi era with an entertaining 4-2 home win over Real Sociedad in their first game of the LaLiga season tonight.

A header from Gerard Pique gave the Catalans the lead in the 19th minute to the delight of 20,000 fans who returned to the Camp Nou for the first time in 17 months, and Martin Braithwaite struck either side of halftime to extend their lead.

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(Getty Images)

Sociedad looked to be out of the game but substitute Julen Lobete pulled them back into contention in the 82nd minute and forward Mikel Oyarzabal scored a stunning free kick moments later to set Barcelona nerves jangling.

Sergi Roberto struck in added time for the hosts, however, to make sure of the points in Barca’s first match without all-time top scorer Messi, who joined Paris St Germain last week after 21 years with the Spanish club.

Spurs set to keep Kane for one more season

Sunday 15 August 2021 17:32 , Giuseppe Muro

The Times are reporting that Harry Kane is increasingly likely to stay at Tottenham and that Daniel Levy is digging in keep him.

Kane was not in the Spurs squad to face Manchester City today but the report claims Tottenham chairman Levy remains determined to keep the England captain despite his desire to leave.

In the report, the Times also claim “there have been no recent discussions between the clubs regarding Kane” and that Spurs are “set to keep Kane for one more season”.

Coutinho stripped of Barcelona shirt number

Sunday 15 August 2021 16:28 , Giuseppe Muro

Philippe Coutinho has been stripped of his Barcelona shirt number as they bid to offload the Brazilian this month.

Lazio have emerged as surprised contenders to sign Coutinho and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Barca are willing to pay half of his £200,000 a week wages to allow him to leave.

Barcelona are eager to get Coutinho off their books and have given his No14 shirt to Rey Manaj, who has been promoted from their B team.

Kane not involved for Spurs against Man City

Sunday 15 August 2021 16:19 , Giuseppe Muro

Harry Kane has been left out of the Tottenham squad for their first game of the season against Manchester City today.

Kane wants to join City and only had two training sessions with the first team following his late return from holiday this week.

Explaining his decision to leave out Kane, Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: "He needs to work [on his fitness]. He needs to keep on working until he's ready to help the team.

"He doesn't need too many sessions. He needs to be fit."

Asked whether Kane would be at the game, Nuno added: "He worked in the morning, I don't know what he's going to do [now]."

Warm reception for Abraham in Rome

Sunday 15 August 2021 14:20 , Giuseppe Muro

Here’s a video of Tammy Abraham arriving in Rome earlier this afternoon ahead of his move to Roma.

PSG to assess Messi fitness this week

Sunday 15 August 2021 14:03 , Giuseppe Muro

Mauricio Pochettino says PSG will assess Lionel Messi’s fitness this week before deciding whether to hand him his debut against Brest on Friday.

“We are assessing day-by-day,” said Pochettino when asked whether any of his new signings could play this week. “All have arrived in different levels, we do not want to put the players at risk. We will see.

“We are going to assess them day-by-day and then we will decide on Thursday whether they will be involved in the game on Friday against Brest.”

Lukaku: Chelsea switch ‘chance of a lifetime’

Sunday 15 August 2021 13:07 , Malik Ouzia

Chelsea new boy Romelu Lukaku has penned a letter to Inter Milan fans thanking them for their support and explaining his decision to move to Stamford Bridge.

“Thank you for loving me as one of your own,” he wrote. “Thank you for making me and my family feel at home in Milano. Thank you for the unconditional support and love on a daily basis.

“I made it my mission to never let you down every time I wore the Inter shire.

“I hope you guys understand my decision to move on to Chelsea. It’s the chance of a lifetime for me and I think at this time of my career, it is a chance that I always dreamed of.

“One thing is for sure and that is that I will always remain and Interista, because without you, I wouldn’t be the player or man I am today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Abraham arrives in Rome

Sunday 15 August 2021 12:23 , Malik Ouzia

We have an update on Tammy Abraham’s transfer - the Chelsea striker has arrived in Italy to undergo a medical ahead of his move to AS Roma.

Willock to be presented ahead of kick-off

Sunday 15 August 2021 11:49 , Malik Ouzia

ICYMI: PSG unveil summer signings

Sunday 15 August 2021 11:31 , Malik Ouzia

Messi. Ramos. Wijnaldum. Hakimi. Donnarumma. Not bad.

Coutinho shopped around

Sunday 15 August 2021 10:59 , Malik Ouzia

Philippe Coutinho is, somehow, still a Barcelona player, despite the Catalan giants seemingly trying to get shot of him for pretty much the last two years.

According to The Sun, a trio of Italian clubs - AC Milan, Roma and Lazio - have been offered the chance to sign the Brazilian, with suggestions that Barca would pay half of his wages.

ICYMI: Dzeko and Dumfries join Inter

Sunday 15 August 2021 10:32 , Malik Ouzia

It’s been a busy 24 hours for Italian champions Inter Milan who have, followingthe departure of Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, confirmed the signing of former Man City striker Edin Dzeko.

They have also sealed a deal for PSV full-back Denzel Dumfries, who was so impressive for the Netherlands during the Euros.

Pogba to run down contract?

Sunday 15 August 2021 09:56 , Malik Ouzia

Paul Pogba was in sensational form yesterday, racking up four assists as Manchester United got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a 5-1 thumping of Leeds at Old Trafford.

That has not, however, stopped speculation over the Frenchman’s future.

This morning, The Star are reporting that the midfielder is expected to run down the final year of his contract before leaving on a free next summer.

Kane ‘increasingly likely’ to stay at Spurs

Sunday 15 August 2021 09:08 , Malik Ouzia

Speaking of England stikers, all eye will of course be on the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium this afternoon, where Harry Kane could be involved against Premier League champions Manchester City - the team he could well join before this window is out.

The Times claim that Kane is, however, increasingly likely to stay Tottenham this summer as Daniel Levy stands firm in his desire to keep his talisman.

You feel like either way, things will get moving once today’s game is done...

Abraham agrees Roma switch

Sunday 15 August 2021 08:47 , Malik Ouzia

We’ll start with reports overnight which claim that Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has now agreed terms on his proposed move to Roma.

The England international’s exit follows Romelu Lukaku’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham had been linked with both West Ham and Arsenal across the course of the summer but it looks like he’s heading to Italy, with the reports suggesting he will sign a five-year contract to play under Jose Mourinho.

Good morning!

Sunday 15 August 2021 08:33 , Malik Ouzia

Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this summer’s transfer window.

We’ll start the morning with a round-up of all the latest news and rumours...

Haaland sends timely reminder

Saturday 14 August 2021 21:37 , Tom Doyle

During a transfer window in which some of the world's top forwards have been changing clubs, it has been something of a quiet summer for Erling Haaland.

A scramble for the Norway striker's signature had been expected between the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Man City, but Haaland now looks set to stay at Borussia Dortmund for another year - and that certainly suits BVB.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

With his family among the 25,000 fans in the Westfalenstadion stands for Dortmund's opening game of the 2021/22 season against Eintracht Frankfurt, Haaland was in lethal - and generous - form.

The young forward was involved in all five of Dortmund's goals in a 5-2 victory, scoring twice and bagging three more assists to underline his star quality to take his tally to 62 goals in 61 competitive games for BVB.

PSG unveil Messi, summer signings

Saturday 14 August 2021 19:46 , Tom Doyle

Now THAT’S a transfer unveiling.

PSG have introduced summer arrivals Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi and Gini Wijnaldum to fans at Parc des Princes ahead of tonight’s Ligue 1 clash vs Strasbourg.

Has any club ever had a better transfer window?

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Varane unveiled at Old Trafford

Saturday 14 August 2021 16:50 , Tom Doyle

Raphael Varane received an outstanding reception as Manchester United’s new signing was paraded in front of a packed Old Trafford before their Premier League opener against rivals Leeds.

Having announced a deal had been struck to sign the France international on July 27, the completion of the 28-year-old’s signing has been delayed by the need for a visa, isolation and medical.

Such delays meant Varane missed Saturday’s clash with rivals Leeds, but United announced just before kick-off that he had signed a four-year deal for a reported £34million fee, rising to £42million with add-ons.

The France international was introduced to the crowd nine minutes before kick-off and met by a wall of noise when he emerged from the tunnel holding his United shirt with the number 19 on the back.

No Liverpool bids for Saul Niguez... yet

Saturday 14 August 2021 10:22 , George Flood

Saul Niguez has just about been linked with every major Premier League power over the course of another window in which he has been a regular fixture in transfer dispatches.

The connection with Liverpool appears strongest, but AS now report that Atletico Madrid have yet to receive any formal bids for the Spain international with just two weeks to go before the deadline.

Are the Reds merely biding their time, or do they have someone else in mind to replace Georginio Wijnaldum?

Or perhaps Jurgen Klopp really is content to roll with what he has...

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(AFP via Getty Images)

ICYMI - Arsenal in talks over Odegaard return

Saturday 14 August 2021 08:23 , George Flood

Something that might cheer up Arsenal fans, though, is the news that the club are actively now trying to seal the return to north London of popular former loanee Martin Odegaard.

In case you missed it yesterday, here is Standard Sport’s Simon Collings with the latest....

Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of striking a deal for Martin Odegaard, holding preliminary talks with Real Madrid.

Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal and impressed during his time in north London.

The attacking midfielder returned to Madrid this summer after his temporary spell at Emirates Stadium expired.

Odegaard had been expected to fight for his place under new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, but his chances look limited.

Click here to read the full story

Arsenal to entertain Aubameyang offers

Saturday 14 August 2021 08:18 , George Flood

Arsenal made a woeful start to the new season last night as they were beaten 2-0 by newly-promoted Brentford in the 2021/22 Premier League opener.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - along with fellow striker Alexandre Lacazette - missed that London derby due to illness, and The Times report that the Gunners are ready to listen to offers for their captain.

The Gabon star only signed a lucrative new £55m, three-year contract last summer, but has flattered to deceive ever since.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Harry Kane latest

Saturday 14 August 2021 08:04 , George Flood

Sticking with Spurs for now, there is more on the Harry Kane front this morning.

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo said yesterday that he would wait until after today’s final pre-match training session to decide on the England captain’s potential availability to face transfer suitors Manchester City tomorrow.

According to the Daily Mail, Kane WILL make himself available to face the club he desperately wants to join before the deadline despite the possible risks involved in terms of injury, but obviously the final decision rests with Nuno.

The Manchester Evening News adds that City could submit another bid for the 28-year-old in the aftermath of the match.


Spurs to beat West Ham to Milenkovic?

Saturday 14 August 2021 07:58 , George Flood

Tottenham’s defensive weaknesses were plain for all to see during their struggles last term and they appear to be intent on an overhaul.

As well as the Pau Torres links, Sky Sports now report that Spurs are in talks with Fiorentina over a deal for Nikola Milenkovic.

West Ham had been trying to strike a deal for the Serbian international, but have reportedly stepped away from talks for now, while Wolves have also been linked.

But it is Spurs that seem to have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals as they attempt to negotiate a deal with Fiorentina, having also supposedly bid for Milenkovic’s team-mate and compatriot Dusan Vlahovic.

Watch this space!

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Tottenham plot Pau Torres move

Saturday 14 August 2021 07:53 , George Flood

Tottenham are ready to move for Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres, according to the latest reports.

Spurs remain in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer, having already signed Argentine international Cristian Romero from Atalanta.

They have been strongly linked with the likes of Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu.

However, The Times now report that Spurs are ready to move for Torres, who has also been watched by Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool and played in the Uefa Super Cup against Chelsea in Belfast on Wednesday night.

The Spaniard’s initial £46.8m release clause is now said to have risen to £55.4m due to the player reaching a certain number of senior international caps, but it is reported that Spurs are hoping Villarreal will accept a lower bid.

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Arsenal could benefit from Willock sell-on clause

Friday 13 August 2021 18:17 , Tom Doyle

Simon Collings reports that Arsenal have included a sell-on clause in Joe Willock’s Newcastle transfer, ensuring they will be due a cut in case the midfielder makes a big move after this one - that’s good planning.

Done deal!

Friday 13 August 2021 17:51 , Tom Doyle

Joe Willock has joined Newcastle on a permanent deal, and is confident he made “the right move to the right club at the right time” to leave Arsenal.

The 21-year-old, who scored in each of his last seven Premier League appearances for the Magpies during a hugely successful loan spell last season, has signed a long-term deal.

Head coach Steve Bruce revealed on Friday morning he would be at the club for six years - for an undisclosed fee which it is understood could eventually amount to £25million.

Willock, who will wear the number 28 shirt, said: “I’m buzzing to be here. I loved my time here last season and I’m really happy to be back and to be a Newcastle United player.

“Leaving Arsenal is obviously a big step, and I’d like to thank everyone involved with the club for all their support over the years, but this is the right move to the right club at the right time for me.

“I only got one chance to play in front of a smaller number of Newcastle fans as a home player last season, so I can’t wait to step out in front of a packed St. James’ Park and experience that atmosphere.”

Solskjaer: Varane deal will be completed ‘soon'

Friday 13 August 2021 15:04 , George Flood

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed before Manchester United’s Premier League opener against fierce rivals Leeds tomorrow that the deal to take Raphael Varane from Real Madrid to Old Trafford is yet to be officially completed.

However. the Norwegian is confident of the transfer being wrapped up very soon.

“He’s not trained with us and all the dots over the i’s and we haven’t crossed the t’s yet,” United manager Solskjaer said.

“Things happen and things take time and unfortunately with the isolation that delayed these things.

“It’s not 100 per cent done yet... I can’t say that he will be involved tomorrow, I can probably say he won’t be (involved) because he’s not trained with us.”

Asked what the hold up has been and if there is any concern it will not be completed, he added: “It always happens that there’s little things in there.

“But the big hold up was the isolation and the quarantine, of course. He’s been in Manchester now. It’ll be done soon.”


Arsenal in talks over Odegaard return

Friday 13 August 2021 12:44 , George Flood

Arsenal have been alerted to the possibility of striking a deal for Martin Odegaard, holding preliminary talks with Real Madrid, writes Simon Collings.

Odegaard spent the second half of last season on loan at Arsenal and impressed during his time in north London.

The attacking midfielder returned to Madrid this summer after his temporary spell at Emirates Stadium expired.

Odegaard had been expected to fight for his place under new Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, but his chances look limited.

The Norwegian is now ready to consider other options and Madrid have confirmed they are open to selling.

Click here to read the full story

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Willock undergoing Newcastle medical

Friday 13 August 2021 12:01 , George Flood

An update from Newcastle boss Steve Bruce now on Joe Willock’s move back to the north east from Arsenal...

“He’s having a medical as we speak, so we hope that comes through OK and he’ll be able to train with us this afternoon,” Bruce said at a press conference held before Sunday’s visit of West Ham on opening weekend.

“We knew that we’d have to be patient. From the very last game of the season, we’d made it pretty obvious that if Joe was going to become available, then we would try to secure him.

“To start with, I knew Mikel would want to have a look at him in pre-season - that’s only normal, to have a look at your young players - so we knew we had to be patient.

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“Obviously we explored the loan situation to begin with - because I think that would have suited certainly Joe and it certainly suited us - but when that wasn’t possible with Arsenal, then we’ve had to go and buy him, which is great for us.

“There were times when I didn’t think it was going to happen, but fair play to (managing director) Lee (Charnley) and everybody concerned, we’ve managed to get it over the line.

“The key to it, of course, is Joe himself wanting to come back, so we’ve had to be patient, but it’s been worth the wait.”

Kane hoping for Man City transfer breakthrough

Friday 13 August 2021 11:08 , George Flood

Harry Kane is hoping his future will become clearer after Tottenham's clash with Manchester City on Sunday, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Kane is expected to rejoin his team-mates in training on Friday morning after returning a negative PCR test on Thursday, releasing him from quarantine.

There is thought to have been contact between Spurs and City in the past week over the England captain, although Spurs were surprised at overnight reports that the Premier League champions value Kane in the region of £120million.

Spurs have no interest in selling their talisman but Daniel Levy, the chairman, would be pressed to consider a bid of £150m-160m.

There was never any likelihood of a deal before Spurs host City but Kane is hoping for a breakthrough in talks after the fixture.

Click here to read the full article


Van Dijk signs new Liverpool deal

Friday 13 August 2021 10:13 , George Flood

Virgil van Dijk has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract at Anfield.

The influential and fit-again Liverpool star, who will return to competitive action in tomorrow’s Premier League opener against Norwich after missing most of last season with a serious knee injury, will remain on Merseyside until at least the summer of 2025.

“Amazing. It is something to be very proud of, that I am very proud of, that my wife and my kids are very proud of and obviously my agency,” Van Dijk said.

“All the hard work we’ve put in so far continues and I am looking forward to what the future brings together with Liverpool. I’m delighted, very happy and proud.”

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(Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham in Vlahovic bidding war

Friday 13 August 2021 09:01 , George Flood

Tottenham are battling Atletico Madrid for the signing of Dusan Vlahovic, reports suggest.

Spurs are on the hunt for a new striker to pair with Harry Kane as they bid to keep the England captain in north London.

They have been strongly linked with Inter Milan star Lautaro Martinez, but the Argentine’s agent insists he is going nowhere.

Now the focus is reportedly on Fiorentina frontman Vlahovic, with Sky Sport Italia suggesting that Tottenham have offered €60m for the Serbian international.

Reigning LaLiga champions Atletico were previously reported to have bid €50m plus bonuses.

Arsenal have also been mentioned in connection with a move for Vlahovic, meanwhile.

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Chelsea handed Kounde boost

Friday 13 August 2021 08:32 , George Flood

Chelsea have been handed encouragement in their pursuit of Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

The Blues are targeting the addition of a new centre-back to further boost their Premier League title charge after sealing a club-record £97.5m swoop for Romelu Lukaku yesterday.

And while no offers have yet been tabled for Kounde, Sevilla sporting director Monchi insists the LaLiga club would be willing to sell for the right price.

“Many clubs have asked for Kounde,” he said.

“Of course there’s interest but no official bid is on the table.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. We will sell if an important bid arrives, this is our policy to improve the team.”

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Doku to Liverpool latest

Friday 13 August 2021 08:05 , George Flood

Liverpool are chasing the signing of Jeremy Doku.

That is according to Belgian outlet Voetbal24, who claim that Ligue 1 outfit Rennes would be looking to bank a fee of around £38m for the highly-rated teenage forward.

However, speaking this week, Jurgen Klopp seemed to claim that he did not necessarily need any further signings and was happy with the talent at his disposal on Merseyside as Liverpool hope to regain their Premier League crown in 2021/22.

“If you want to buy such players, you have to spend a lot of money. We do not have to do that, because the players are already here,” he said.

“You have to make changes from time to time, but then there must be room to do it. We do not want more players.

“If something happens somewhere, something can happen somewhere else, but it makes no sense to add more players.”

Arsenal want Odegaard over Maddison

Friday 13 August 2021 07:50 , George Flood

Speaking of Mr Romano - he also has an update on Arsenal’s search for a new playmaker.

Ex-loanee Martin Odegaard now appears to have come back into the picture, alongside long-term target James Maddison of Leicester.

According to Romano, Odegaard has always been the priority target ahead of Maddison, with Arsenal now waiting on an answer from Real Madrid as to whether or not they will be willing to let him go this summer after all.

If they are, then the Gunners seemingly stand ready to swoop for the Norwegian international.

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Man City preparing huge new Kane bid

Friday 13 August 2021 07:41 , George Flood

Staying with Kane for a second, Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano does indeed report that Man City are now preparing a bid of €150m for Kane.

It is said that the reigning Premier League champions are willing to include unspecified add-ons into the deal in order to convince Tottenham to part with their prize asset.

Will it be enough? Seems unlikely...

ICYMI - Man City willing to pay £127m for Kane

Friday 13 August 2021 07:33 , George Flood

In case you missed this yesterday, the pressure seems to be increasing somewhat on Tottenham in the Harry Kane saga.

According to The Guardian, Man City are willing to pay a British record €150m (£127m) for the England captain if they get the green light from Spurs, who have thus far been unwilling to entertain the idea of selling their key talisman.

However, that figure is still below the £150m many believe it will take for Tottenham to even consider a deal.

Spurs and City do battle on the opening weekend of the Premier League season of course, but it remains to be seen if Kane will play on Sunday afternoon.

He can rejoin group training at Tottenham today, provided a PCR test he took yesterday returns a negative result.

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Messi trains with PSG for first time

Thursday 12 August 2021 20:41 , Tom Doyle

Fresh from his emotional goodbye at Barcelona on Sunday, Lionel Messi was all smiles as he trained with his new club PSG today.

It was the first time Messi, who won 10 LaLiga and four Champions League titles with Barcelona, set foot on the pitch since leading Argentina to the Copa America title with a 1-0 win over Brazil.

L’Equipe reports that Messi’s maiden training session with PSG consisted mainly of individual running and physical recovery exercises after meeting his new team mates at the club’s training ground, while Twitter pictures from PSG’s account show him going up against Angel Di Maria and Marquinhos.

Rodgers hoping for speedy Vestergaard deal

Thursday 12 August 2021 20:37 , Tom Doyle

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers hopes the club can complete a deal to bring in defender Jannik Vestergaard ahead of their Premier League opener against Wolves.

The Foxes have moved for Denmark international Vestergaard, 29, after Wesley Fofana suffered a fractured fibula during a friendly against Villarreal.

A £15million deal is reported to have been agreed, with Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl confirming the remaining medical details were being finalised.

Vestergaard would need to be registered by noon on Friday to feature against Wolves for the FA Community Shield winners.

“Clearly there has been contact by the clubs. There has been nothing finalised but hopefully we will be able to confirm that,” Rodgers said at a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

“We have permission from them for him to be here. Hopefully everything can be organised, then we will see if he is available for the weekend.

“Without going into detail before Jannik is confirmed as a signing, it was pretty clear we needed a centre-half. That’s probably what sparked the interest, we were very light in the area.

“It’s a great tribute to the club that we could get our work done very quickly and see if we could sign a player of quality. Once we have that done, I can speak more on it.”

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