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Transfer news LIVE!

The Harry Kane saga rumbles on at Tottenham with Manchester City still hoping for a British record deal before the August 31 deadline despite fresh links to Robert Lewandowski, but we saw the England captain back in Spurs action at Wolves on Sunday.

Chelsea have had a busy summer, having already re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m - and he is off the mark with a goal in a 2-0 win over Arsenal. The Blues also want to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, are weighing up a swoop for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and have been linked with Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba as well.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have completed the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid, with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale following, while Manchester United have made blockbuster moves to bring in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane - and have reportedly set their sights on Kylian Mbappe for next summer.

It still seems slightly unreal, but Lionel Messi is officially a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract - and now Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly weighs up his options, with Juventus denying that the forward asked to be left out against Udinese on Sunday night.

Liverpool have also been linked with the likes of Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah, while Tottenham are now reportedly targeting Metz wonderkid Pape Matar Sarr as well as Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic and West Ham may have fresh hope as they pursue the permanent return of Jesse Lingard.

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

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Latest transfer headlines today

  • Allegri on Ronaldo/Juve rift rumours

  • City £50m short on Kane valuation

  • Sarr set for Spurs medical

  • Rice frustrated with price-tag

  • Man United plot Mbappe move

  • Chelsea eye Barca starlet Moriba

Liverpool and Spurs made Coutinho bids

07:44 , Alex Young

Tottenham and Liverpool both made moves to bring Philippe Coutinho back to the Premier League, according to Mundo Deportivo,

However, Barcelona ruled out an exit following Lionel Messi’s move to PSG as Ronaldo Koeman looks to keep the Brazilian’s creative talents.

In fact, Coutinho has reportedly been given Messi’s no10 shirt.

Arsenal still keen on Aouar

07:39 , Alex Young

Arsenal are still interested in Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, claims Fabrizio Romano.

The club were unable to agree a deal with the midfielder last summer, but Aouar is now available on a cut-price deal in the region of £20m.

“It is a complicated situation on agent’s side, and that’s why I would keep an eye on Aouar till the last day of the window because now still some rumours we have with Tottenham and with Arsenal,” he said on Don Robbie‘s Youtube channel.

“These two clubs are really interested in Aouar. Arsenal as you know so well they wanted him and they are still keeping an eye on his situation. But it is now important for Arsenal to sell players.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Pogba talks with Man Utd continue

07:36 , Alex Young

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed talks with Paul Pogba over a new Manchester United contract continue.

The midfielder was keen to leave this summer, with just a year left on his current deal, but no suitable offer was forthcoming.

“That’s going to be the question every week now until he does,” Solskjaer said.

“As I’ve said all the time, Paul is a top player and the talks between the club and his representatives, which I am not involved in, continue. But he knows how much I care about him and we want him to play well.”

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Chelsea step up Kounde and Saul interest

07:33 , Alex Young

Chelsea are ready to step up their interest in Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde and Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez.

Kounde would cost around £68m, with Saul around half that - and Chelsea have been busy shifting deadwood to fund the moves.

Davide Zappacosta is joining Atalanta, with striker Ike Ugbo heading to Genk. Tiemoue Bakayoko will move to AC Milan on another loan.

West Ham and Tottenham are keen on Kurt Zouma and Malang Sarr is in talks with Bologna over a loan.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Haaland release clause active in January

07:29 , Alex Young

A surprise this morning regarding Erling Haaland’s release clause.

It has long been thought that the striker’s £64m contract trigger becomes active at the end of the current season, two and a half years after he joined Borussia Dortmund.

However, Marca say clubs will be able to activate it from January 2022 - six month earlier than expected.

The report adds that former Tottenham player Donyell Mallen - now at PSV - would be the likely replacement at Dortmund.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Man City plot final Kane bid

07:25 , Alex Young

Manchester City will make a final push to sign Harry Kane this week, according to the Telegraph.

City have been chasing Kane all summer but yet to come close to match Tottenham's asking price, which is £150million.

An opening offer worth around £100m was rejected during the Euros and another worth closer to £125m was reportedly sett to be lodged.

If City are due to go closer to Daniel Levy's asking price remains to be seen.

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Ronaldo to... Tottenham?!

07:22 , Alex Young

According to Sport Italia's Michele Criscitiello, Tottenham are among the possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Since he came back we have said it, there is a clear will on the part of [Max] Allegri not wanting to start [the job] again with Ronaldo and vice-versa," he said.

"The cycle of Ronaldo in black and white is over, confirmation has arrived [with the team] in Udine.

"Even Tottenham [is a] possible destination."


Now, that could mean that Spurs are an option or such is the desire for Juventus and Ronaldo to part ways that even Spurs are an option.

One to watch!

No Ronaldo rift, insists Allegri

21:18 , Tom Doyle

Cristiano Ronaldo was ready to play for Juventus against Udinese, according to Massimiliano Allegri, amid reports in Italy that the forward asked to be left out.

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"Ronaldo is feeling well; I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench," Allegri told DAZN.

"He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch."

Tuchel happy with Chelsea squad

21:08 , Tom Doyle

Thomas Tuchel insists he is satisfied with his Chelsea squad as the transfer window draws to a close.

The Blues’ manager still wants to bring in a centre-back and will consider adding a midfielder, dependent on who becomes available between now and the end of the month.

But Tuchel says he will be happy to continue with no more additions after the club-record £97.5million signing of Romelu Lukaku.

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After seeing his side continue their 100 per cent start to the season with Lukaku scoring in a 2-0 win against Arsenal, Tuchel claimed his squad was strong enough to cope if there are no more in-comings.

He said: “I am absolutely happy with our squad and the alternatives we have. It's not too big a squad, we were missing Christian Pulisic today and that meant everybody else was in the squad.

"That means we maybe don't have the biggest squad, but that we have a very competitive squad in all positions."

Ronaldo lives for the narrative

19:50 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench for Juventus and was denied a stoppage-time winner by VAR as Udinese came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw in their thrilling Serie A season opener earlier.

Reports in the Italian media suggested Ronaldo had asked to be named as a substitute in order to remain fit for a move away from the club, something Juve denied.

But after coming off the bench, the 36-year-old Portuguese forward thought he had headed his side to victory right at the death, only for VAR to rule Ronaldo to be offside.

Liverpool agree to sell Shaqiri to Lyon

19:39 , Alex Young

Liverpool and Lyon have agreed a fee worth £9.5m for Xherdan Shaqiri, according to the Times.

Abraham starts for Roma

18:47 , Alex Young

A new adventure begins for Tammy Abraham.

Chelsea plot Kounde bid

18:43 , Alex Young

Chelsea have not given up on signing Jules Kounde, reports Fabrizio Romano.

Having made progress in selling some of their deadwood, and hope to still shift Kurt Zouma, the Blues are preparing an improved offer.

Lukaku back with a bang

18:38 , Alex Young

Romelu Luakku made his second Chelsea debut a short while ago.

He did quite well. Here are our player ratings.

Pogba talks continue

18:05 , Alex Young

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed talks with Paul Pogba over a new Manchester United contract continue.

“That’s going to be the question every week now until he does,” Solskjaer said.

“As I’ve said all the time, Paul is a top player and the talks between the club and his representatives, which I am not involved in, continue. But he knows how much I care about him and we want him to play well.”

...or is he?

17:31 , Alex Young

According to Juventus vice-chairman Pavel Nedved, Cristiano Ronaldo is not starting due to a lack of fitness after Euro 2020.

Nedved told DAZN: "We must not look for things where there are none, it was a choice shared with the player.

"Not everyone is at the top at the start of the season. Giorginio] Chiellini is European champion and has remained on the bench, we want to be competitive tonight.

Does Cristiano stay? Absolutely yes."

Ronaldo looking to leave Juve

16:59 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo has requested to be on the bench for Juventus’ Serie A opener at Udinese tonight, reports Sky Sports, amid uncertainty over his future.

The 36-year-old is willing to listen to offers from elsewhere, despite manager Max Allegri insisting the player is committed.

Allegri told reporters: "He has never wanted to leave. He told me that he's staying and he will be in Udine."

According to Fabrizio Romano, Juve will ask for around £25m for the player.

Sancho and Varane on bench

13:45 , Malik Ouzia

Raphael Varane is involved in a Man United squad for the first time today as he takes his place on the bench for the trip to Southampton, where he is joined by Jadon Sancho.

“Both of them are getting there, they’re still lacking a bit of fitness,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said ahead of kick-off. “If they’re needed they’ll come on.”

Kane to play?

13:14 , Alex Young

Tottenham have named Harry Kane is on the bench for today’s clash at Wolves.

He was greeted with boos by the home fans, of course.

Bakayoko heading back to Milan

12:25 , Alex Young

Tiemoue Bakayoko has agreed a return to AC Milan on loan, according to reports in Italy.

The long-forgotten Chelsea midfielder has agreed a salary cut to complete the move, which is expected to be finalised over the next few days.

PSV want £40m for Madueke

11:43 , Malik Ouzia

PSV have reportedly put a £40m price-tag on the head of Noni Madueke, the England U21 international.

Madueke is said to have attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, whose academy he left to join the Dutch side two years ago.

Inter desperate to keep Martinez

11:09 , Malik Ouzia

Inter Milan chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says star forward Lautaro Martinez has been given “lucrative offers” to stay at the club this summer.

Martinez has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs, including Tottenham and Arsenal, but Inter are desperate to keep him at the San Siro having already sold Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea.

Palace close on Hughes

10:26 , Malik Ouzia

The Sun are today reporting that Crystal Palace are poised to wrap up the signing of Will Hughes from Watford after beating off competition from Burnley.

The report suggests the Eagles, who picked up their first point of the season thanks to a 0-0 draw with Brentford yesterday, will seal a £10m deal.

City ‘£50m short’ on Kane valuation

09:35 , Malik Ouzia

The Mirror say that Manchester City remain a full £50million short of Tottenham’s valutation of striker Harry Kane.

The report claims Spurs are holding out for £150m for the wantaway forward, with time running out as the window nears its end.

Kane has travelled to Molineux with the Spurs squad for this afternoon’s meeting with Wolves and could make his first appearance of the season if named among the substitutes.

Rice frustrated with price-tag

08:50 , Malik Ouzia

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is reportedly growing frustrated with what he feels is an unreasonable price tag placed on his head.

A report in the Telegraph claims that the Hammers’ £100m valuation is putting off potential suitors, with Manchester United and Chelsea both long-time admirers of the England midfielder.

The 22-year-old still has three years to run on his contract but his frustration raises the possibility that he could look to run that down rather than sign an extension when the time comes.

Chelsea eye Moriba

08:11 , Malik Ouzia

Chelsea have become the latest European club to be linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba.

The 18-year-old has turned down a new contract at the Nou Camp and Barca are reportedly willing to sell up for as little as £17m this summer as they look to ease their financial troubles.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, that has proved enough to peak Chelsea’s interest, with the publication claiming they have already made an approach.

Good morning!

07:34 , Malik Ouzia

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

We’ll start the day with a fresh round-up of all the latest news and gossip...

Pobga staying put

Saturday 21 August 2021 22:43 , Alex Young

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba will still be a Manchester United player when the transfer window closes.

Solskjaer said: “Yes, I expect Paul to be here when the first of September comes.

"If you've got a five-year contract or a one-year contract, when you sign for Man United you have to rise to the challenge of performing on a consistent level.

“I'm not worried whatsoever that the length of any player's contract is changing the level of their motivation and inspiration.

“You want to play well for your team, your team-mates, yourself, your family, every time you play. What I expect is that the attitude and the approach to every game is the right one.

“That we have the same focus, the right focus, the right professionalism and. With that, I have no worries about Paul whatsoever.”

Noble heading upstairs?

Saturday 21 August 2021 22:32 , Alex Young

Mark Noble could be set for a role as sporting director at West Ham once he hangs up his boots.

The 34-year-old midfielder is in his final season as a Hammers player after 17 years at the club.

It was widely assumed Noble would move into coaching when his playing career came to an end.

But manager David Moyes revealed: "I think Mark has other ideas, maybe a role as a sporting director or a technical director rather than on the footballing side.

"We're already starting to use Mark in other roles behind the scenes."

Fiorentina rule out Vlahovic sale

Saturday 21 August 2021 22:16 , Alex Young

Atletico Madrid looked to be closing in on the signing of Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who has been linked with Tottenham.

However, reports in Italy suggest Fiorentina have rejected a bid worth €60m and Atleti will now turn their attentions to Matheus Cunha of Hertha Berlin.

Salah in new contract talks

Saturday 21 August 2021 21:40 , Alex Young

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are in talks with Mo Salah over a new contract.

“There are talks and when there is a decision we will tell you,” he said.

“Until then it is only important how the parties work together. With two years left you can imagine there are talks and that is it.”


Sarr set for Spurs medical

Saturday 21 August 2021 21:05 , Alex Young

Pape Matar Sarr will undergo a medical in France to complete a move to Tottenham, Football Insider reports.

The 18-year-old wonderkid has agreed a six-year deal with Spurs, but will spend the first season of that back on loan at Metz.

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Kane travels with Spurs squad

Saturday 21 August 2021 20:28 , Alex Young

Another twist in the Harry Kane tale.

Sky Sports reporting that Harry Kane has travelled with the Tottenham squad for their Premier League trip to Wolves.

Will he play?

Inter close in on Thuram

Saturday 21 August 2021 19:52 , Alex Young

Inter Milan have started their defence of Serie A with a win and are now closing in on new attacking talent.

Sky in Italy report Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram has been lined up for a move to the San Siro, though Inter are currently €5m short of the €25m price tag.

Lazio's Joaquin Correa is also a target at €40m.

Rice frustrated at West Ham

Saturday 21 August 2021 19:09 , Alex Young

Declan Rice is unhappy with West Ham’s £100m price tag for him and is prepared to run down his contract to force a move if necessary, reports the Telegraph.

Rice feels he has been priced him out of a move to a Champions League club and will not sign any extension to his contract, which still has three years to run.

Jesus out wide ahead of Kane arrival?

Saturday 21 August 2021 18:19 , Alex Young

Pep Guardiola says striker Gabriel Jesus is enjoying playing "wider" as Manchester City continue their pursuit of Harry Kane.

Gabriel, a no9, notched two assists and was unlucky not to get more, as Norwich City were thrashed 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

"He is a player who likes to play wider than central positions," said Guardiola. "One of the reasons why I am a manager in the best moments of my career is because you can work with people like Gabriel. He never complains. If he plays five minutes, he plays the best five minutes he can do. Play right he is happy, play central he is happy play left he is happy.

"The combination with Kyle [Walker] was exceptional. An incredibly important performance for us. I am so happy for Gabriel. In life he deserves the best because he is so generous.

“We have an exceptional squad and I never complain about that. We have the same team last season and we lost the absolute legend Sergio and in came Jack and I am more than pleased with the squad we have.”

Martinez not leaving Inter

Saturday 21 August 2021 17:44 , Alex Young

Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta has confirmed Lautaro Martinez will sign a new contract and ignore interest from the likes of Tottenham.

Marotta said: "He is one of those players who explicitly wanted to stay with us, despite having had offers from other clubs.

“We are proud and confident."

Bolonga keen on Sarr loan

Saturday 21 August 2021 17:35 , Alex Young

Bologna and Chelsea are due to meet on Monday to discuss a loan move for Malang Sarr.

The 22-year-old impressed on loan at Porto last season after joining Chelsea on a free.

Eintracht Frankfurt and Everton are also interested.

Ronaldo staying at Juve

Saturday 21 August 2021 17:29 , Alex Young

That’s that sorted, then.

Klopp eager for Mo

Saturday 21 August 2021 12:13 , Daniel Gallan

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed this morning that talks are in progress over a new deal for his talismanic Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah.

The 29-year-old has scored 98 goals and provided 36 assists from 159 appearances for the Reds.


Bayern offer Ndombele for Tolisso swap

Saturday 21 August 2021 11:07 , George Flood

An intriguing Tanguy Ndombele update now courtesy of Sky Germany.

They claim that Bayern Munich are interested in Tottenham’s wantaway record signing.

More than that, the reigning Bundesliga champions are said to have already offered a deal worth £17.2m plus French midfielder Corentin Tolisso, which has been rejected by Spurs.

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West Ham eye Sevilla’s De Jong

Saturday 21 August 2021 09:13 , George Flood

West Ham are in the market for new signings before the August 31 deadline, with only goalkeeper Alphonse Areola having arrived on loan from PSG so far this summer.

A new striker to help support and take some of the workload off Michail Antonio is a priority, with the latter left to carry the burden alone since the sale of record signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.

David Moyes has offered no guarantees that more business will be concluded, though he remains hopeful of getting deals over the line in the next 10 days.

According to, West Ham are interested in former Newcastle frontman Luuk de Jong, who is likely to be allowed to depart Sevilla following their deal for Wolves forward Rafa Mir.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Man City willing to sell Laporte for £60m

Saturday 21 August 2021 08:39 , George Flood

Is Aymeric Laporte set to leave Manchester City?

According to the Daily Mail, both Juventus and Real Madrid are interested in the Spanish international centre-back.

It is reported that City agreed with Laporte - who is third behind Ruben Dias and John Stones in Pep Guardiola’s defensive pecking order - before the summer that he would be allowed to depart if a bid worth £60m was made.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

ICYMI - Tottenham close in on Sarr deal

Saturday 21 August 2021 08:10 , George Flood

In happier news for Tottenham, they are reportedly closing in on the signing of a new midfielder in Pape Sarr.

According to various outlets including ESPN, Spurs have beaten the likes of Manchester City, RB Leipzig, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund to the punch by agreeing an initial €10m fee with Metz for the Senegal international, 18, with the deal including an additional €5m in add-ons.

Tottenham will now look to agree personal terms with Sarr, who is likely to be loaned back to Metz for the rest of the 2021/22 season.

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Ndombele to leave Tottenham?

Saturday 21 August 2021 07:39 , George Flood

Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested it is not his job to convince players to play for Tottenham amid serious doubts over Tanguy Ndombele’s future at the club.

Spurs’ record signing has yet to feature under the new manager and reports suggest he has asked to leave before the August 31 transfer deadline.

“What happened in the past I can’t even think about and I don’t mention it out of respect,” Nuno said after confirming that Ndombele would not be involved in Sunday’s visit to Wolves in the Premier League.

“What I can tell you is that Tanguy is with us, he works but we have to speak honestly. And to take the best out of Tanguy, it has to come from himself. It has to come from himself. I don’t want to go much farther than that but it has to come from himself.”

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Nuno added: “First of all I must speak to Tanguy before even addressing you.

“We already had a chance to talk but it must come from himself. I said it before: my job here is not to convince players to play for Tottenham Hotspur, it is to prepare players to play for Tottenham Hotspur.”

ICYMI - Man United target Mbappe

Saturday 21 August 2021 07:20 , George Flood

A reminder now of one of the biggest transfer stories that broke yesterday.

According to ESPN, Manchester United are eyeing Kylian Mbappe as one of their high-profile striker targets for next summer.

Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez are also said to make up a shortlist of star names, with one desired to fill the void created by the expected departure of Edinson Cavani at the end of the season.

Mbappe has entered the final 12 months of his deal at Paris Saint-Germain and is yet to agree an extension, though a season playing with the newly-signed Lionel Messi may well change his mind!

Liverpool have also been linked with the French superstar, 22, who has long been a target for Real Madrid.


Juve and Dybala discuss new deal

Friday 20 August 2021 23:14 , Alex Young

Juventus are nearing an agreement with Paulo Dybala over a new contract.

Salah in new contract talks

Friday 20 August 2021 22:43 , Alex Young

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are in talks with Mo Salah over a new contract.

"There are talks and when there is a decision we will tell you," he said.

"Until then it is only important how the parties work together. With two years left you can imagine there are talks and that is it."

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal still keen on Aouar

Friday 20 August 2021 21:20 , Alex Young

Arsenal still interested in Houssem Aouar, claims Fabrizio Romano.

"It is a complicated situation on agent’s side, and that’s why I would keep an eye on Aouar till the last day of the window because now still some rumours we have with Tottenham and with Arsenal," he said on Don Robbie‘s Youtube channel.

“These two clubs are really interested in Aouar. Arsenal as you know so well they wanted him and they are still keeping an eye on his situation. But it is now important for Arsenal to sell players.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Spurs to sign Sarr and loan him back

Friday 20 August 2021 21:16 , Alex Young

Tottenham are closing in on a deal to sign Pape Mate Sarr from Metz, reports Sky Sports.

The 18-year-old will sign a six-year contract and spend the season back at the Ligue 1 side.

The deal was agreed on Monday when Metz president Bernard Serin met with Spurs counterpart Daniel Levy.

Done deal! Pereira joins Flamengo on loan

Friday 20 August 2021 21:12 , Alex Young

Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has joined Flamengo on loan for one year.

Pep ‘more than happy’ with current squad

Friday 20 August 2021 20:25 , Alex Young

Here’s the Manchester City manager, slightly more coy on the transfer market than recently.

He said: “I’m not going to to talk about 11 days left, about the transfer market. I don’t know what’s going to happen, nobody knows.

“So tomorrow we have a game. We will prepare for the game, the Arsenal game (on August 28), and when it is finished, when we come back from the international break, we’ll have all the squad to fight for every game in the season.”

Asked if he was happy with his current crop, Pep added: “Absolutely. More than happy.

Done deal! Fulham sign Muniz

Friday 20 August 2021 19:39 , Alex Young

Fulham have signed striker Rodrigo Muniz from Brazilian club Flamengo for an undisclosed fee.

Muniz, 20, has signed a five-year deal at Craven Cottage, with the Sky Bet Championship club holding an option to extend by a further year.

"I am pleased about this new challenge," Muniz told the official Fulham website. "I've always dreamed of playing in Europe, in a league like the Championship, and I'm very motivated to do a great job.

"Fulham is a very important club in England with much history. They presented me with an excellent proposal and a career project that was fundamental in my decision.

"Fulham is a traditional club in England, over 140 years old, and had great players who made their careers in different teams worldwide. It has a sensational structure and a passionate crowd.

"Marco Silva is a great coach, young and with great potential. He likes to work with young athletes, and I know that I will evolve a lot with him daily, together with my team-mates."

No Messi debut tonight

Friday 20 August 2021 19:13 , Alex Young

It had been reported but confirmation tonight that Lionel Messi will not be making his PSG debut tonight.

Sarr to Spurs

Friday 20 August 2021 19:07 , Alex Young

Now Fabrizio Romano is reporting Tottenham’s interest in Pape Matar Sarr, having ended negotiations with Cagliari over Nahitan Nandez.

Ramsdale debut?

Friday 20 August 2021 19:04 , Alex Young

Aaron Ramsdale is in contention to make his debut for Arsenal against Chelsea.

He will wear the no32 shirt.

Speaking on Friday before the signing was confirmed, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said of Ramsdale: "I think they (the fans) are going to love his personality, his character, the quality that he has as a goalkeeper and what he's going to offer.

"I think he's a young goalkeeper, but he's got huge, huge potential.

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(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

"Aaron is a really, really talented young goalkeeper with already huge experience and an international for England, and he's going to bring competition, which is what we want, to create healthy competition, quality competition in every position.

"We needed a goalkeeper there and he's the ideal option. It's what we want (having two good goalkeepers) and it's always been the case at this football club, it's nothing new."

Arsenal sign Ramsdale

Friday 20 August 2021 18:57 , Alex Young

Arsenal have completed the signing of Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in a deal worth up to £30million.

The 23-year-old impressed in the Premier League with Bournemouth during the 2019/20 season and was signed by the Blades after the Cherries were relegated last summer.

However, despite a decent season that saw him named the club’s player of the year, Ramsdale was relegated for the second year in succession as Sheffield United finished bottom - the third relegation of the young goalkeeper’s career.

DONE DEAL! Arsenal sign Ramsdale

Friday 20 August 2021 18:43 , Alex Young

It’s official!

More on Sarr

Friday 20 August 2021 18:42 , Alex Young

Metz teenager Pape Matar Sarr has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United, Man City and now Tottenham.

But who is the Ligue 1 wonderkid? We take a look.

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Spurs to sign Sarr

Friday 20 August 2021 17:52 , Alex Young

More Tottenham news!

Spurs have won the race to sign Pape Matar Sarr from Metz, according to RMC Sport.

The highly rated 18-year-old midfielder was linked with both Manchester United and City but Spurs have swooped in to complete a €15m deal.

The Senegal talent is considered one of the brightest in France.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Kane to Man City ‘imminent'

Friday 20 August 2021 17:43 , Alex Young

Tottenham wantaway star Harry Kane's move to Manchester City could be "imminent", according to former Spurs player Michael Brown.

Speaking on Sky Sports after Kane was not involved against Pacos de Ferreira, Brown said: "He's not travelled again. So ultimately, is there a deal on the table?

"I’d have expected him to travel with the squad and get at least a few minutes. But he hasn’t and that tells me that there’s a deal imminent.

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"Everyone needs to resolve this. It’s been a long drama now. I got on with Daniel Levy well when I’ve worked with him. He drives a hard bargain but he’s got his football club as his concern.

"The player wants to go. We want to all see Harry Kane and wish him well. And I’m sure if the deal does go through, Spurs fans will wish him that as well."

Ndombele asks to leave

Friday 20 August 2021 17:16 , Alex Young

More on Tanguy Ndombele’s future from Sky Sports, who confirm The Athletic’s line that the player has told Tottenham he wishes to leave the club this season.

But having cost close to £60m and taking home £200,000-a-week - second only to Harry Kane and reportedly on par with Heung-min Son - is there a market for him?

Locatelli: I deserve Juve move

Friday 20 August 2021 17:00 , Alex Young

New Juventus signing Manuel Locatelli has said that he deserved his move from Sassuolo to the Turin giants, adding it had always been his dream to play for the club.

"This has always been the dream I had as a child, we have a Juventus family," he told a news conference on Friday ahead of Juve's opening game of the season against Udinese.

"I have to get into the role right away, if I'm here it's because I deserve it and can't wait to start.

"Juve has always been my priority, luckily I'm here, the negotiation wasn't easy. There was a moment when I was worried but luckily my family and my girlfriend were close to me and now I'm here."

Moyes hopeful over West Ham deals... but offers no guarantees

Friday 20 August 2021 16:00 , George Flood

A loan deal for Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola is still the only incoming transfer business conducted by West Ham so far this summer.

Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser notes that negotiations continue over Kurt Zouma, but that the Chelsea defender’s £125,000-a-week wage demands are proving problematic.

Does David Moyes plan to make any further signings before the deadline?

“I hope to do some more business,” he said this afternoon. “We have been trying hard and we are trying to add to a good group of players. We have a challenging season ahead of us and I am hoping we can do something but we have no guarantees.”

Earlier this week, Hammers assistant Stuart Pearce went on national radio and talked up a potential return to east London for popular ex-loanee Jesse Lingard.

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“Pearcey is a great spokesperson, don’t worry about that,” Moyes said on Friday. “Of course we enjoyed having Jesse [on loan] but he is a Manchester United player.

“The questions are not for me but for Manchester United. If the opportunity arose for us to get Jesse, we’d be interested.”

Ndombele open to leaving Spurs

Friday 20 August 2021 15:34 , George Flood

It’s not looking good for Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham.

Nuno has confirmed that the Frenchman will not play any part once again when Spurs visit Wolves on Sunday.

“He was not part of the squad in the Conference League because he was not part of the list,” Nuno said.

“I can be completely honest with you, Tanguy is not going to be involved in the squad on Sunday.”

The Athletic now report that Ndombele - Tottenham’s record signing - has informed the club he is open to leaving N17 before the August 31 transfer deadline.

Bruno Lage on Neves rumours: ‘Every player has a price'

Friday 20 August 2021 15:12 , George Flood

Right then, time for a bit of a round-up on Premier League transfer updates gleaned from this afternoon’s latest batch of manager press conferences.

We start at Wolves, where Bruno Lage insists that he does not want to sell in-demand midfielder Ruben Neves, but admits that every player has his price.

“All the top players we have are linked with all the clubs in the world,” he said before Sunday’s visit of predecessor Nuno Espirito Santo and Tottenham.

“If you go to Portugal, the top players at Benfica are all linked with moves to Wolves.

“Ruben is happy here and we are happy with him. We are not thinking to let anyone leave, but every player has a price.

“You never know, if Messi changes to PSG then anyone can go.”

Asked if there had been any bids for Neves, Lage replied: “Real proposals? Not yet.”

On incomings at Molineux, the Portuguese added: “We are working 24 hours every day. We have 11 or 12 days to bring the players we want to be more competitive.

“The most important thing is our chairman knows what we need - the profile, the positions - and we are working hard to bring the players we want for the squad.

“Top players, to be more competitive.”

Guardiola dismisses Lewandowski to Man City links

Friday 20 August 2021 14:22 , George Flood

Pep Guardiola has given short shrift to those Robert Lewandowski to Manchester City transfer rumours!

“Next question,” he said when asked about the prolific Bayern Munich star at his pre-Norwich press conference this afternoon.

“Lewy is such an important player for Bayern Munich and he will stay at Bayern Munich.

“I’m not going to talk with 11 days left about the transfer market. I don’t know what’s going to happen, nobody knows.”

Guardiola also insisted that he would be happy with his squad if the window were to close with no further signings amid City’s ongoing struggles to convince Tottenham to part with Harry Kane.

“Absolutely - more than happy,” he said. “It’s the same team we had last season except for Sergio (Aguero) and for Jack (Grealish).”

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New Real contract for Benzema

Friday 20 August 2021 13:41 , Tom Doyle

Karim Benzema has put pen to paper on a new Real Madrid contract until 2023.

An interesting caveat - Fabrizio Romano reports that Benzema’s release clause is.... one billion euros.

Yep. One. Billion. Euros.

Benitez casts doubt over James future at Everton

Friday 20 August 2021 13:40 , George Flood

Rafael Benitez has faced more questions over the future of Everton duo James Rodriguez and Moise Kean ahead of tomorrow’s trip to face Leeds at Elland Road...

“A lot of speculation. We have to work with the players that are here. Until Aug. 31, yes, he’s [James] in my plans,” said the Spaniard, who also confirmed that former Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has signed for the club.

“Hopefully he’ll be fine for next week and he can carry on with training sessions, and we can see what happens until the end of the transfer window.

“Still we have some issues. It’s not just two to three days. Kean for example was coming back so we have some new faces but still some problems.”

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Sessegnon has no loan plans

Friday 20 August 2021 13:12 , Tom Doyle

Ryan Sessegnon says competition for places at Tottenham is pushing him "to the limit", but revealed he has no plans to go back out on loan.

"There's competition everywhere in the team but three good players in one position at left-back and it's good for everyone involved," Sessegnon said.

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"It pushes everyone to their limit. Everyone wants to be playing but only one can play at a time. Everyone is ready for the challenge and that's what's in front of us at the moment.

"It's for me now to get on the pitch and try to play as many games as I can and try to stay injury-free. Last season I played a lot of games for Hoffenheim and I enjoyed my time there but I'm here now and I focused here on playing as many games as I can and the gaffer is giving me opportunities to play.

"I don't have any plans to go back out on loan at the moment, I don't think. I'm just really focused on doing my job here at Tottenham."

Nuno backs Romero to adapt quickly

Friday 20 August 2021 12:43 , Tom Doyle

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says summer signing Cristian Romero will take no time to adapt to English football, despite the defender's rough debut in Portugal on Thursday night.

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"We need to be patient with all the players because this is the Premier League," Nuno said. "When a player changes country we need to realise that we need to support him. But honestly I think with the quality and talent that Romero has, his adaptation will be very fast.

"He played a good game [on Thursday night]. He was intense and this is what we want from our defenders, to be strong in duels."

Asked if Romero could make his first Premier League start on Sunday when Nuno returns to his former club, the head coach said: "First we have return to London, prepare for the next game, work with all the group and then on Saturday we'll make a decision."

Tuchel forced into Chalobah loan rethink

Friday 20 August 2021 11:03 , George Flood

Those sustained links to Jules Kounde come despite a change of heart from Chelsea with regards to Trevoh Chalobah, as Standard Sport’s James Robson explains...

Chelsea are ready to keep hold of Trevoh Chalobah after the 22-year-old convinced Thomas Tuchel he has a role to play this season.

The Champions League winners are set to open contract talks with the defender, who has less than two years remaining on his deal.

Chalobah was expected to go out on loan this season – but his performances during the summer and in the opening game of the campaign against Crystal Palace have prompted Tuchel into a rethink.

He was particularly impressive in Chelsea’s Super Cup victory against Villarreal last week – and then scored on his Premier League debut in the 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.

Lille and Valencia had been interested in taking Chalobah on loan, as well as a number of Premier League clubs.

Click here to read the full article

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Kounde and Saul Niguez to Chelsea?

Friday 20 August 2021 10:53 , George Flood

Chelsea have made quite a splash in the transfer market already this summer, with Romelu Lukaku’s club-record £97.5m return from Inter Milan one of the most high-profile deals of the window so far.

But they don’t appear to be finished strengthening their Champions League-winning squad for a Premier League title challenge just yet.

Per Italian transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano, the Blues are still working on a deal to sign Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde, while they are also now said to be weighing up a potential swoop for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez before the deadline.

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Man United eye Mbappe move

Friday 20 August 2021 10:37 , George Flood

One big transfer rumour is attracting perhaps more attention than any other this morning.

According to ESPN, Manchester United have added a certain Kylian Mbappe to their list of ambitious striker targets for next summer’s transfer window.

The French superstar has entered the final 12 months of his deal at Paris Saint-Germain - where he will form a truly formidable front three this season with Lionel Messi and Neymar - and is yet to agree an extension.

He has reportedly been added to a stellar list of United targets for 2022 that also includes Erling Haaland, Harry Kane and Lautaro Martinez.

Liverpool and Real Madrid have also been heavily linked with Mbappe, who many still expect to agree fresh terms in Paris.

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Cahill joins Bournemouth

Friday 20 August 2021 09:08 , Tom Doyle

Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has joined Championship side Bournemouth after his contract at Crystal Palace had come to an end.

Cahill spent two years at Selhurst Park under Roy Hodgson but, due to his high wages, did not reach an agreement for a third in the Premier League.

The former England international joins Scott Parker’s side on a one-year deal.

Cahill joins Bournemouth

Friday 20 August 2021 09:08 , Tom Doyle

Former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has joined Championship side Bournemouth after his contract at Crystal Palace had come to an end.

Cahill spent two years at Selhurst Park under Roy Hodgson but, due to his high wages, did not reach an agreement for a third in the Premier League.

The former England international joins Scott Parker’s side on a one-year deal.

Ramsdale to Arsenal deal close - Arteta

Friday 20 August 2021 08:56 , Tom Doyle

Mikel Arteta has confirmed Arsenal are close to completing another deal, with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale having completed a medical.

“There is still some paperwork but his medical is done, still a few things to sort with Sheffield,” Arteta added.

Arteta warns unwanted Arsenal players

Friday 20 August 2021 08:49 , Tom Doyle

Mikel Arteta is speaking to the press this morning and has appeared to warn some of his unwanted squad players that there are “things to be done” in the transfer market, and that they aren’t likely to see much game time.

Odegaard shirt number confirmed

Friday 20 August 2021 08:27 , Tom Doyle

More on the details of Odegaard’s move now...

Done deal! Odegaard to Arsenal

Friday 20 August 2021 08:12 , Tom Doyle

Arsenal have confirmed that Martin Odegaard has returned to the Emirates on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid.

Friday 20 August 2021 08:11 , Tom Doyle

There’s already been one big deal this morning...

Friday 20 August 2021 08:10 , Tom Doyle

Good morning and welcome back to our LIVE coverage of all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!

Salah set for huge deal?

Thursday 19 August 2021 22:23 , Tom Doyle

Mo Salah seems happy at Liverpool, but it’s no secret that the Egyptian has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

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Salah is 29 now, so that ship may have sailed - but he could earn big money by staying at Anfield, with The Athletic reporting that Liverpool are preparing their biggest ever contract offer which will increase his current salary beyond the £200,000-a-week he currently earns.

Lingard hope for West Ham?

Thursday 19 August 2021 22:20 , Tom Doyle

Jesse Lingard is back at Manchester United and looks set to be a valuable squad option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - but is that enough to keep him?

The Times reports that Lingard is ready to leave United unless he thinks he's going to get regular game time - and that's something Solskjaer may be unlikely to guarantee with so many forward options.

If that is the case and Lingard pushes for a move, West Ham will surely be back in for him after such a successful loan spell last season.

Nine minutes of Lukaku

Thursday 19 August 2021 20:58 , Tom Doyle

Chelsea fans - do you fancy nine minutes of Romelu Lukaku?

Of course you do...

Done deal! Chelsea loan Emerson

Thursday 19 August 2021 19:35 , Tom Doyle

Chelsea have confirmed that Emerson Palmieri will spend the rest of the season on loan at Lyon.

That’s not a huge surprise given Thomas Tuchel has both Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso at left-back already.

Done deal! New Leeds contract for Bamford

Thursday 19 August 2021 17:16 , Tom Doyle

Great news for Leeds fans... Patrick Bamford has signed a new long-term contract at the club until 2026!

Thursday 19 August 2021 17:15 , Tom Doyle

Behind the scenes of Raphael Varane’s transfer to Manchester United...

Blades eye Diallo loan

Thursday 19 August 2021 15:08 , Malik Ouzia

Sky Sports say that Sheffield United are interested in signing Manchester United winger Amad Diallo on loan.

Diallo arrived at Old Trafford in January, after a £37million deal had been agreed with Atalanta at the end of the previous summer’s transfer window, but with Jadon Sancho having arrived from Borussia Dortmund his first-team chances are likely to be harder to come by.

Pochettino tight-lipped on chances of Messi debut this week

Thursday 19 August 2021 14:42 , Malik Ouzia

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled Lionel Messi out of making his debut for the club against Brest on Friday night.

Messi has been working back to fitness after joining the club on a free transfer earlier this month but is yet to make his debut.

“We haven’t decided the squad yet and we will assess whether Messi can be a part of it,” Pochettino told a news conference when asked if his Argentine compatriot would be involved in the match against Brest.

“Everything is positive. There is a good atmosphere in the squad and he has settled in well and quickly. There is a very good feeling.”

Liverpool target Sanches out for six weeks

Thursday 19 August 2021 14:04 , Malik Ouzia

Lille midfielder Renato Sanches seems increasingly likely to stay at the club this summer after being ruled out for six weeks.

The Portuguese had been a rumoured target for Liverpool, who are yet to bring in a like-for-like replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.

Pedro swaps Mourinho for Sarri

Thursday 19 August 2021 12:47 , Marco Giacomelli

It’s only a year since Pedro left Chelsea for Roma but he has switched clubs again...moving to city rivals Lazio.

In doing so, the 34-year-old forward has swapped one former manager Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, for another in Maurizio Sarri.

New Roma boss Mourinho made it clear to Pedro he was not part of plans but Sarri is delighted to be reunited with him at Lazio.

Chelsea have money to spare as they win in the numbers game

Thursday 19 August 2021 11:50 , Marco Giacomelli

Chelsea splashed out £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku and still have money to go after France defender Jules Kounde.

And it’s thanks to the Stamford Bridge fire sale with £90m of fringe players having already left the building and more to follow in the final days of the transfer window.

Read more about the revolving door at Chelsea here

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Donnarumma living the dream with Messi

Thursday 19 August 2021 11:13 , Marco Giacomelli

Gianluigi Donnarumma still can’t quite believe he is team-mates with Lionel Messi.

The Italy goalkeeper joined Paris Saint-Germain from AC Milan last month as part of a massive summer recruitment drive, but the biggest deal was still to come with the arrival of the Argentina great.

Donnarumma told Il Corriere dello Sport: “It’s a theatrical coup, I couldn’t imagine that I would find him here. This is a dream team.”

Barnes: New deal was a no-brainer

Thursday 19 August 2021 11:00 , Marco Giacomelli

Harvey Barnes, who has been attracting interest from Liverpool, has signed a new four-year deal with Leicester.

The 23-year-old winger shone for the Foxes last season and made his England debut last October but a knee injury in February ended his campaign.

Barnes, who joined the club aged nine, said: “I’ve been here for so many years now, it feels like home. For me, it was a no-brainer.”

Done deal: Turkey midfielder Ozan Tufan joins Watford

Thursday 19 August 2021 10:22 , Marco Giacomelli

Watford have snapped up Turkey midfielder Ozan Tufan on a season’s loan from Fenerbahce, with an option to buy him for £6m next summer.

The 26-year-old arrives with nearly 10 years of top-flight experience in his home country as well as 63 Turkey caps.

Odegaard and Ramsdale in race to face Chelsea

Thursday 19 August 2021 09:28 , Marco Giacomelli

Time is ticking for Arsenal as they look to get Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale through the door in time for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.

With fees agreed, it is a case of completing medicals and personal terms and although no issues are expected, the players need to be registered by midday on Friday to be in the mix for the derby at the Emirates.

Odegaard, who was on loan at Arsenal last season, will cost £30m, while Ramsdale is an initial £24m.

Read the full story here.

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£100m+ valuation to stop Lewandowski leaving Bayern

Thursday 19 August 2021 09:16 , Marco Giacomelli

Would you be happy if your club paid more than £100m for a player about to turn 33? Suppose that player was Robert Lewandowski?

Well, Sky Sports News is reporting today that the Bayern Munich striker wants to move to another top European side before he is 35.

He has two years left on his contract but the club’s £100m-plus valuation will make any move incredibly difficult.

Although Lewandowski is said to be frustrated by Bayern’s stance, Sky says he is unlikely to rock the boat at a club where he has spent seven years, scoring 297 goals in 331 games.

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Spurs target Tomiyasu ‘staying at Bologna'

Thursday 19 August 2021 08:45 , Marco Giacomelli

Bologna’s sporting director has suggested that Tottenham target Takehiro Tomiyasu will not be leaving this summer.

Spurs have held talks with the Italian club over a deal for the 22-year-old Japan defender, while West Ham have also long tracked his progress.

However, speaking to Fanta Calcio, Bologna director, Walter Sabatini said: “I think Tomiyasu will stay at Bologna. We have never been willing to sell him.”

The differences between Levy and Kane

Thursday 19 August 2021 08:12 , Marco Giacomelli

The Telegraph report on why Daniel Levy and Harry Kane are disagreeing over their gentleman’s agreement regarding a potential move.

The striker believes he was promised he could go this summer if Tottenham finished outside the top-four or did not win a trophy last season.

However, the Telegraph understand that Levy believes the agreement was that Kane would be sold only to a foreign side, unless a Premier League rival made an “amazing offer”.

Kane, it is said, believes that proposal was raised in meetings far more recently, and that he never agreed to it, but Levy is digging in.

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