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Transfer news LIVE!

Welcome to the most dramatic summer transfer window in history, with both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the move as speculation surrounds more of the top players in world football.

Messi leaving Barcelona for PSG looked like the story of the summer... but Ronaldo is rejoining Manchester United in a sensational deal.

Man City had looked favourites to sign Ronaldo from Juventus after Tottenham refused to entertain selling Harry Kane, but United have now confirmed a deal for their former No7 to return to Old Trafford.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, as another superstar - Kylian Mbappe - could also be on the move from PSG. Real Madrid have lodged a second bid, worth €170m, after the Parisians accused Real of an “illegal” approach... but if Real get their man, that could also see PSG turn to Erling Haaland, Richarlison or Gabriel Jesus. What a summer!

Chelsea have sold Kurt Zouma to West Ham and now want to move for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde but the Spanish club are standing firm on their valuation, while Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez could join on loan - though United are also reportedly interested. Tottenham, meanwhile, have signed Metz wonderkid Pape Sarr and are talking to Wolves about signing Adama Traore as they also target Barcelona’s Emerson Royal.

Arsenal have spent more than any other top European team, with the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, while Liverpool have made a quiet transfer window and look to miss out on former targets Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah, with a move for Brighton’s Yves Bissouma seemingly not in the offing.

West Ham, meanwhile, are closing in on another signing in the shape of CSKA Moscow and Croatia star Nikola Vlasic, while Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi could join Dortmund on loan.

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

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Latest transfer news and rumours

  • Mbappe won’t budge on new deal

  • Sevilla standing firm over Kounde

  • Ronaldo passes Man Utd medical

  • Dan James off to Leeds

  • Loan bid for Saul Niguez rejected

  • Adama Traore wants Tottenham move

  • West Ham close to Vlasic deal

Deadline day - LIVE!

07:38 , George Flood

What was predicted to be one of the dullest and slowest summer transfer windows on record as clubs feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be anything but, with some huge deals completed and the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the move.

So what drama will deadline day have in store?

Stay with Standard Sport as we guide you through all of the news, rumours and last-minute deals ahead of the window slamming shut in England at 11pm BST...

Deadline day - LIVE!

07:38 , George Flood

What was predicted to be one of the dullest and slowest summer transfer windows on record as clubs feel the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic has turned out to be anything but, with some huge deals completed and the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo on the move.

So what drama will deadline day have in store?

Stay with Standard Sport as we guide you through all of the news, rumours and last-minute deals ahead of the window slamming shut in England at 11pm BST...

Renato Sanches set to join Wolves on season long loan

22:12 , Daniel Gallan

The box-to-box midfielder from Portugal, who currently plays for Ligue 1 champions Lille, is set to join Wolves on a season long loan.

According to reports, the 24-year-old who also attracted the interests of Arsenal and Liverpool, could make a surprise move to the West-Midlands.

Sanches previously failed to impress during a loan spell at Swansea from Bayern Munich back in 2017/18.

However he has since revitalised his career at Lille and looked a different man when featuring for Portugal at the Euros in the summer.

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Crystal Palace close to signing Odsonne Edouard from Celtic

22:01 , Daniel Gallan

New Eagles boss Patrick Vieira is reportedly keen on the 23-year-old Frenchman and has willing to part with around £17.5 million to get him.

The Celtic forward who is a product of PSG’s youth academy.

According to Fabrizio Romano there will be a medical tomorrow as the deal is almost done.

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(PA)

Troy Deeny leaves Watford after 11 years at Vicarage Road

20:18 , Daniel Gallan

He provided one of the most memorable moments in English football when he hammered home the winner against Leicester in the Championship play-off semi-final, capping off a remarkable minute that ended with Watford going to Wembley.

Now, after 11 years and more than 400 games with the Hornets, Troy Deeny is moving on. The 33-year-old forward will be joining Birmingham as a free agent ona two year deal. He shared an emotional message for his supporters:

Maitland-Niles told he’s not going anywhere

19:34 , Daniel Gallan

Despite sending out a public plea on Instagram, Arsenal have told 24-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles that he’s staying put.

The England international, capped five times by Gareth Southgate, posted an audacious statement on his Instagram page:

““All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,” he wrote accompanied with three crying emojis.”

But Mikel Arteta has ignored Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ impassioned personal plea to resurrect his career away from north London.

As news of a potential switch to Everton gathered pace on Monday morning, Gunners supporters took to social media to express their disappointment at the prospect of their academy graduate leaving the club ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

But just a few hours later, having already indicated privately that Maitland-Niles could leave the Emirates, the versatile midfielder was told in an hastily-arranged face-to-face meeting that he was no longer allowed to go.

Daniel James is going to Leeds

18:52 , Daniel Gallan

That’s confirmed then. The 23-year-old Welsh winger is off to Yorkshire as he swaps the red of Manchester United for the white of Leeds.

The fee, subject to a medical tomorrow, is said to be around £24 million with add ons.

Bakayoko back to Milan on loan from Chelsea

18:03 , Daniel Gallan

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko is back with Italian giants AC Milan on a two-year long loan deal.

The Blues have offered their best wishes to the 27-year-old, who has one France cap, for the season.

Milan announced Bakayoko’s arrival with a video on Instagram.

Daniel James close to permanent Leeds move

16:39 , Daniel Gallan

There was always going to be some reshuffling of the pack once Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford. Add in the form of Mason Greenwood and the additional signing of Jadon Sancho and there doesn’t seem to be much room for young Daniel James.

As such, the Welsh winger is in talks with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, the same club he almost joined two years ago when he was still with Swansea, in the hope of more first team action.

The 23-year-old started in the 1-0 win over Wolves on Sunday but has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He has three years left to run on his deal in Manchester and the expectation is that they will ask for a fee in the region of £20m.

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Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Nilespleads for a move on Instagram

15:46 , Daniel Gallan

As far as ‘come-and-get-me’ pleas go, this is certainly a memorable one.

Arsenal’s wantaway fullback is desperate for some regular first team action and has posted his intentions to his 455 thousand Instagram followers as well as his current employers (whom he tagged).

The 24-year-old is a product of the Arsenal youth system but has recently returned from a loan spell with Ipswich. Now back in North London, the five-times capped England international is keen on another move.

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Everton try to seal Maitland-Niles switch

13:56 , Marco Giacomelli

Ainsley Maitland-Niles made his first Premier League appearance of the season on Saturday in the 5-0 rout by Manchester City, but could now be about to leave Arsenal.

Everton are trying to tie up a deal for the 24-year-old midfielder, which could be an initial loan with an option to buy.

Maitland-Niles, who came through the Arsenal academy, won the last of his five England caps in November 2020 and spent part of last season on loan at West Brom.

Mbappe repeats that he won’t extend PSG deal

12:14 , Marco Giacomelli

Kylian Mbappe has reiterated to Paris Saint-Germain that he plans to leave on a free next summer if he does not join Real Madrid in this window, reports Marca.

Real have bid 180m euros for the forward and although Mbappe wants the move he will not try to force it through this month.

Should he stay, PSG hope to persuade him to sign a new contract but Marca says that will not work as the World Cup winner will run down the final year of that deal.

Mbappe is due to meet up with the France squad later today ahead of their World Cup qualifiers, and Real fear it will be difficult to do a deal once that happens.

Despite the tug-of-war over his future, the 22-year-old played for PSG last night, scoring both goals in their 2-0 win over Reims.

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Dias extends City deal until 2027

11:09 , Marco Giacomelli

Ruben Dias has signed a new deal with Manchester City until the summer of 2027, just a year after arriving at the Etihad.

The 25-year-old defender shone following his £50million move from Benfica last summer, helping City win the Premier League.

He has his sights set on more glory and said: "The club want to be the best and that is an ambition I love and want to be a part of.”

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Sevilla playing hardball with Chelsea over Kounde

10:28 , Marco Giacomelli

The closing stages of the transfer window are set to be a battle of wills between Sevilla and Chelsea with the Spanish side reportedly sticking to their guns over Jules Kounde.

The France centre-half has a £68million release clause and although Sevilla accept the Blues may not meet that, they expect something close to it.

Chelsea have been looking for a deal at around £43m but, according to Mundo Deportivo, that is a non-starter.

And with the Blues having brought in £29.8m by selling Kurt Zouma to West Ham, it further strengthens Sevilla’s belief they will not sell the 22-year-old at a cut price.

Fulham’s Zambo Anguissa having Napoli medical

09:45 , Marco Giacomelli

Fulham’s Andre Zambo Anguissa is undergoing a medical today at Napoli, according to Sky Sport Italia.

It reports that the agreement is for the 25-year-old defensive midfielder to join on loan with an option to buy for £8.5m.

Zambo Anguissa moved to Fulham in 2018 and although he has played three Championship games this season he was an unused substitute in the 3-0 win over Stoke on Saturday.

Tammy’s first strike for Roma

07:29 , Marco Giacomelli

Tammy Abraham got off the mark for Roma in just his second Serie A game since joining from Chelsea for £34m.

The striker finished emphatically from the edge of the box as Jose Mourinho’s side cruised to a 4-0 win at Salernitana last night.

Messi’s calming influence

07:21 , Marco Giacomelli

Just two days left of a stunning transfer window.

After all the frenzy surrounding Lionel Messi’s move to Paris Saint-Germain, he finally made his debut last night…and brought an air of calmness to the side, said boss Mauricio Pochettino.

PSG won 2-0 at Reims and they had already scored both those goals by the time the Argentina superstar was brought on in the 66th minute.

But Pochettino believes Messi’s presence had an impact, and said: "I felt it as soon as he came on to the field and his first touches of the ball.

"He brought a calmness to the team. It’s very important to get off to a good start, even for him.

"He was happy and he is well integrated into the group. It was a question of common sense to give him his debut."

Both goals came from Kylian Mbappe although whether he will still be a PSG player by the time the window shuts is debatable with Real Madrid hot on his tail . . .

Ronaldo passes Man Utd medical

Sunday 29 August 2021 23:04 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo completed his Manchester United medical over the weekend, according to Sky Sports.

The 36-year-old still needs to finalise a visa and agree personal terms to complete his return to Old Trafford, neither of which are expected to be a problem.

All must be sorted before Tuesday's 11pm transfer window deadline.

Adama Traore desperate for Spurs switch

Sunday 29 August 2021 22:35 , Alex Young

Adama Traore is desperate to complete a move to Tottenham in the next two days, according to Cadena SER.

Spurs are equally keen, but Wolves are holding out for around £40m - which may be out of reach.

Traore has told agent Jorge Mendes to work on a reunion with former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Chelsea’s Saul loan bid rejected

Sunday 29 August 2021 22:15 , Alex Young

Are Chelsea running out of time to sign Saul Niguez?

Sky Italy report that an opening bid to take the midfielder on loan has been rejected by Atletico Madrid.

Saul wants to leave and has been offered to a number of club.

Messi makes PSG debut

Sunday 29 August 2021 21:52 , Alex Young

Lionel Messi replaced Neymar earlier for a decent run out as he made his PSG debut. No goals but some minutes under his belt.

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Chelsea to step up Kounde bid

Sunday 29 August 2021 21:44 , Alex Young

Chelsea will make another push to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after Kurt Zouma completed his move to West Ham.

However, the Stamford Bridge club have been warned by Sevilla president Jose Castro that “days are running out” for them to strike a deal for Kounde.

The 22-year-old centre-back has a £68million release clause but, after spending £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea hope to negotiate the fee down to about £43m.

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Real Madrid to wait on Mbappe

Sunday 29 August 2021 21:34 , Alex Young

Real Madrid could be about to exercise some patience in their high-profile pursuit of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

According to Sky Sports, there have been positive talks between the two clubs following a second bid from the LaLiga giants worth £145.6m.

However, it is now suggested that Madrid could now wait until January to talk to Mbappe, when the French forward would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement as his current deal at PSG expires next summer.

Either way, the speculation surrounding him doesn’t seem to have affected Mbappe - who has tonight scored for PSG.

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Hudson-Odoi in talks over Dortmund loan switch

Sunday 29 August 2021 15:43 , George Flood

Talks are progressing over a move that would see Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi join Borussia Dortmund before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Standard Sport understands that discussions are moving well regarding a deal for the Blues winger to head to the Bundesliga on a season-long loan.

The clubs remain in dialogue over what percentage of Hudson-Odoi’s wages will be paid by Dortmund and the size of the fee paid to Chelsea.

The 20-year-old initially wanted to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this summer, but has seen first-team opportunities notably limited, with Hudson-Odoi having only featured in the Uefa Super Cup win over Villarreal in Belfast so far this term.

Click here to read the full story

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West Ham close to Vlasic deal

Sunday 29 August 2021 15:37 , George Flood

West Ham are close to completing the £25.7million signing of Croatia international Nikola Vlasic, writes Jack Rosser.

David Moyes is keen to add to his attacking options before Tuesday's transfer deadline having bolstered at the back with the £29.8m signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

The Hammers have agreed a fee of €30m with CSKA Moscow for the transfer of attacking midfielder Vlasic, who has scored 33 goals and supplied 21 assists since joining the Russian club from Everton in 2018.

A deal to bring the 23-year-old back to the Premier League is now dependent on personal terms being agreed and a medical being completed.

Click here to read the full story

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Callum Hudson-Odoi could be going to Dortmund

Sunday 29 August 2021 12:15 , Daniel Gallan

Chelsea’s forward might be on the move to German club Borussia Dortmund. According to Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser, the 2012 Bundesliga champions are negotiating a season-long loan for the 20-year-old.

Discussions are currently ongoing over what percentage of his wages Dortmund will pay as well as the size of the fee that would be paid to Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, a former manager at Dortmund, has publicly state he wants to see Hudson-Odoi remain in London.

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Messi and Mbappe in PSG squad for Reims clash

Sunday 29 August 2021 11:11 , George Flood

Lionel Messi is set to make his eagerly awaited Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday night.

The Argentine superstar has been named in compatriot Mauricio Pochettino’s 22-man matchday squad for the Ligue 1 clash away against Reims at the Stade Auguste-Delaune (7:45pm BST kick-off) after building up his match fitness over recent weeks.

Kylian Mbappe is also in the squad for Sunday’s contest, despite being the subject of a second huge offer from long-term suitors Real Madrid ahead of the looming transfer deadline.

Click here to read the full story

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Real Madrid’s Mbappe deadline today

Sunday 29 August 2021 10:39 , George Flood

Today is crucial to Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe.

After seeing an initial bid worth £137m for the PSG superstar - who is out of contract in Paris next summer - rejected, Los Blancos have since returned with a second, improved offer in the region of £163m.

According to French publication Le Parisien, Madrid have handed the Ligue 1 giants a deadline of today to decide whether or not that final approach will be accepted.

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Tottenham in Emerson Royal talks

Sunday 29 August 2021 10:34 , George Flood

Tottenham have begun talks over a deal for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal, according to the latest reports.

Sky Sports claim that Spurs are pushing to sign the Brazilian right-back, who has spent the last couple of years with Real Betis but returned to Barca this summer.

It is said that Tottenham have discussed both a straight-cash deal for Emerson as well as a potential part-exchange agreement that would see Serge Aurier move in the opposite direction.

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Kounde to Chelsea latest

Sunday 29 August 2021 08:50 , George Flood

So, will confirmation of Kurt Zouma’s exit to West Ham trigger Jules Kounde’s proposed move to Chelsea?

The Blues are still said to be in negotiations over the French international, but The Telegraph report that their hopes of securing a deal before Tuesday night’s transfer deadline have been damaged by a raise in his valuation.

Sevilla now reportedly want to bank £68.5m for a player still under contract at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan for another three years.

Will Chelsea be willing to go that high?

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Done deal! West Ham sign Zouma

Saturday 28 August 2021 20:33 , Tom Doyle

West Ham have confirmed the arrival of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

The centre-back joins in a £25m move from Stamford Bridge in a real boost to David Moyes’ defence.

No Liverpool move for Bissouma

Saturday 28 August 2021 11:13 , George Flood

Any Liverpool fans still holding out hope over a late summer deal for Yves Bissouma look set to be disappointed.

There had been reports that the Reds could yet swoop for the £40m-rated Brighton midfielder before Tuesday night’s transfer deadline.

However, the Liverpool Echo now report that Liverpool do not consider the highly-rated Bissouma - also linked with Arsenal and Manchester United - as a transfer possibility at this stage.

Will Ibrahima Konate be Liverpool’s only new recruit in this window?

Juventus target Hazard as Ronaldo replacement

Saturday 28 August 2021 08:49 , George Flood

Could Eden Hazard be the next big name to move during this remarkable end to what was generally expected to be a quiet post-Covid transfer window?

According to Spanish publication Marca, Juventus are interested in signing the former Chelsea favourite on loan as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe set to limit his playing time further in LaLiga.

Meanwhile, Goal report that Madrid will look to offload one of Hazard, Marco Asensio or Rodrygo in order to make room for Mbappe.

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(AP)

PSG eye Richarlison swoop if Mbappe exits

Saturday 28 August 2021 08:03 , George Flood

Sky also report that PSG will move for Everton star Richarlison in the event that they do sell Mbappe to Real Madrid before the deadline.

Discussing the Brazilian on Friday, Toffees boss Rafael Benitez said: “We are not considering selling him.

“He’s our player, we’re really pleased with him, really happy, and hopefully he can score a lot of goals this year for us.”

Transfer specialist Nicolo Schira has claimed Everton would demand at least £85m for Richarlison, who has previously attracted bids from Barcelona.

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Real Madrid to wait on Mbappe?

Saturday 28 August 2021 07:26 , George Flood

Real Madrid could be about to exercise some patience in their high-profile pursuit of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

According to Sky Sports, there have been positive talks between the two clubs following a second bid from the LaLiga giants worth £145.6m.

However, it is now suggested that Madrid could now wait until January to talk to Mbappe, when the French forward would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement as his current deal at PSG expires next summer.

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Haaland does it again

Friday 27 August 2021 21:53 , Tom Doyle

Most people seem to have forgotten about Erling Haaland this summer, but he's still doing what he does best - scoring goals.

Haaland fired a stoppage-time winner to give Dortmund a thrilling 3-2 win over Hoffenheim tonight to send BVB top of the Bundesliga standings.

Dortmund withstood a barrage of crosses early in the second half before mounting an attack down the left that ended with Gio Reyna firing home the opening goal with a bouncing shot to Baumann's left.

Hoffenheim kept up the pressure and drew level in the 61st minute through Christoph Baumgartner, though Dortmund went ahead again eight minutes later as Jude Bellingham controlled a loose clearance on his thigh just inside the box before lashing the ball into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 2-1.

Munas Dabbur thought he had snatched a point for Hoffenheim with a goal in the final minute of normal time, but Haaland smashed a loose ball into the top corner a minute later to send the home crowd into raptures.

Neville hails ‘fantastic’ Ronaldo deal

Friday 27 August 2021 20:44 , Tom Doyle

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gary Neville says of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United return: “It’s fantastic news. A little bit nostalgic and nostalgia doesn’t always work in football, it kicks you sometimes when you don’t expect it.

“The idea of him going to City was torture for United fans. If there is a big player available United have to be in the market for that player.

“What they’ve done is bolster the squad with a proven goalscorer, a club legend. He will score goals and give them brilliant moments.

“It will give the club an incredible 12 months and United fans are going to be absolutely rocking to see one of their own come back and play.”

He added: “This could give them a temporary shot in the arm that would potentially get them right up there this year.

“This news gives me more hope that United could have a great season because this is one of the most special players who has ever played the game of football.

Rio: Sir Alex key to Ronaldo return

Friday 27 August 2021 19:41 , Tom Doyle

Rio Ferdinand says he spoke to Cristiano Ronaldo at length on Thursday, and revealed former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had played a "massive part" in the Portuguese's return to Old Trafford.

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"Cristiano and Sir Alex Ferguson have got a bond," Ferdinand said as he celebrated his former team-mate's return on his YouTube channel with a glass of champagne.

"Very few players get to have that in their career with a manager. Sir Alex played a massive part.

"There was no way Cristiano was coming to Man United without speaking to Sir Alex. Simple as that."

Done deal! Moussa Sissoko to Watford

Friday 27 August 2021 19:32 , Tom Doyle

Tottenham have confirmed that Moussa Sissoko is joining Watford on a permanent deal.

Sissoko, 32, joined Tottenham from Newcastle United in 2016 and has made 202 appearances for Spurs across all competitions.

He played 44 times in the 2018-19 season, helping Tottenham reach the Champions League final.

Sissoko joins Watford on a two-year deal for around £5m, and will be available to face Spurs for the Hornets on Sunday.

What does Ronaldo deal mean for Mbappe/Haaland?

Friday 27 August 2021 19:03 , Tom Doyle

So, what does that Cristiano Ronaldo news mean for other big transfer stories elsewhere?

Manchester United have been linked with moves for both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe next summer, but Ronaldo’s return could well see the Red Devils pull out of those races.

Real Madrid remain the overwhelming favourites to land Mbappe - either this summer for a huge fee, or next year on a free - while PSG are reportedly sounding out Haaland about replacing Mbappe in Paris.

There could be plenty of drama left in this transfer window yet, and we’re ready for it.

Fernandes’ emotional Ronaldo post

Friday 27 August 2021 19:00 , Tom Doyle

Bruno Fernandes has welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United with open arms.

Fernandes has previously described Ronaldo as his “favourite player” growing up, recalling watching as a nine-year-old as Ronaldo and Portugal reached the Euro 2004 final on home soil, with a young Ronaldo’s tears following that defeat to Greece sticking in the memory.

The pair have played together at national level for Portugal, but they will now be team-mates at club level as well - and Fernandes seems delighted by the prospect of regularly featuring alongside one of his childhood heroes.

Fernandes posted a drawing of what appears to be a young version of himself wearing a Manchester United shirt with ‘Ronaldo 7’ on the back, watching a TV set on which Ronaldo takes his trademark stance for a free-kick.

A poster of Ronaldo adorns the wall, with the badges of Boavista - the club where he came through as a young player - and Portugal stuck to a dresser, along with a Boavista shirt on a chair nearby.

Fernandes’ accompanying caption reads: “Never stop dreaming. Welcome back home Cristiano” - and the midfielder has also thrown in a goat emoji to let the world know where his loyalties lie in the GOAT debate between Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo’s Juventus farewell

Friday 27 August 2021 18:21 , Tom Doyle

Cristiano Ronaldo has bid farewell to Juventus on Instagram.

He wrote: “Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.

“The ‘tiffosi bianconeri’ always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.

“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”

Ronaldo to Man Utd reaction

Friday 27 August 2021 18:16 , Tom Doyle

David de Gea has no words for the news - just a surprised emoji.

As for former United keeper Edwin van der Sar, who won the Champions League with Ronaldo while at Old Trafford, he is delighted by the deal.

Revealed: Reasons why Ronaldo convinced Man Utd

Friday 27 August 2021 17:58 , Tom Doyle

There are question marks over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United, not least his age - at 36, what sort of impact can he have?

But James Robson reports that United feel convinced Ronaldo still has years at the top - and there are more reasons why they are confident over his comeback.

Read his full story here.

West Ham in talks to prevent Zouma deal collapsing

Friday 27 August 2021 17:56 , Tom Doyle

West Ham are in talks to ensure Kurt Zouma's £25million move from Chelsea does not fall through, writes Jack Rosser.

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The deal has suffered another setback after an issue with the defender's knee was identified during the final stages of his medical, though there is hope a compromise will be found with club sources now saying discussions have resumed in order to iron out the late issues following rigorous medical checks.

Read the full story here.

Done deal! Spurs sign Sarr

Friday 27 August 2021 17:18 , Tom Doyle

Tottenham have signed highly-rated teenager Pape Matar Sarr from Metz.

The 18-year-old, who has already won two international caps for Senegal, will remain with the French Ligue 1 club for the rest of the season.

The defensive midfielder played 25 times for Metz last season, scoring four times, and has played all three of their games this term.

Billed as a signing for the future, he will see out the remainder of the campaign in France before joining up with his new club next season.

Sarr is the fourth summer signing for Spurs, who also brought in 20-year-old Bryan Gil, 23-year-old Cristian Romero and 26-year-old goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini as they build for the future.

Ronaldo to rejoin Man Utd after medical

Friday 27 August 2021 16:57 , Tom Doyle

A club statement reads: “Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.

“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.

“In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.

“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”

DONE DEAL! CRISTIANO RONALDO TO MANCHESTER UNITED

Friday 27 August 2021 16:56 , Tom Doyle

Here we go! Manchester United have confirmed a deal to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo!

‘Ronaldo offered record Man Utd wages’

Friday 27 August 2021 16:48 , Tom Doyle

So, what are the figures involved in Manchester United’s bid to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo?

According to Sky Italia, Juventus have received a 25 million euro (£21.4m) bid from United for Ronaldo, with a two-year contract, worth £480,000 a week.

That would comfortably make Ronaldo United’s highest earner, and seemingly the best-paid player in the Premier League.

‘Agent Rio’ confirms Ronaldo talks

Friday 27 August 2021 16:29 , Tom Doyle

So, Rio Ferdinand appeared to be very smug on Twitter earlier this morning before reports surfaced that Manchester United had moved ahead of Man City in the race for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Now it appears as though that smugness was well-founded, as Rio has confirmed he spoke to Ronaldo on the phone in a bid to stop him from joining City! Just call him ‘Agent Rio’...

'Ronaldo set for United medical in Lisbon’

Friday 27 August 2021 15:25 , Tom Doyle

This story is gathering pace... the MEN now reports that Manchester United are planning a medical for Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon.

Klopp sends warning over Ronaldo deal

Friday 27 August 2021 15:23 , Tom Doyle

It seems as though Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo being signed by either Manchester United or Man City, warning a deal for a such a player is “not a business of the future”.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea on Saturday, Klopp said: “I watched that (the Ronaldo transfer) like a football supporter and it is not about me to judge that.

“If other clubs can do this, it is not a business of the future. It is for now and immediately.

“That is how some clubs are working and that is fine. There must be different ways, a team - two or three years later and you need success... You need to make sure you develop as a team and club, and that is what we did.”

Rio in dreamland

Friday 27 August 2021 14:52 , Alex Young

Rio Ferdinand is loving life.

Ronaldo to Man City is OFF

Friday 27 August 2021 14:29 , Alex Young

Manchester City have called off their interest in Cristiano Ronaldo, the BBC report.

All roads lead back to Old Trafford, then. Remarkable.

Moyes confirms Zouma bid

Friday 27 August 2021 14:25 , Alex Young

West Ham boss David Moyes has confirmed Kurt Zouma is on the verge of joining the club from Chelsea.

The centre-half is currently undergoing a medical in France after the clubs agreed a deal reportedly worth £25million.

"We lost Fabian Balbuena last season and three centre-backs is not enough," said Moyes.

"We have had an offer accepted from Chelsea for Kurt but I could not tell you if the medical has been completed yet."

Ronaldo to Man Utd is on

Friday 27 August 2021 14:24 , Alex Young

The Telegraph back up the Guardian’s claims that Manchester United are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

It’s happening.

What a summer

Friday 27 August 2021 14:14 , Alex Young

This transfer window is an all-timer.

Man Utd hijack City’s Ronaldo bid

Friday 27 August 2021 14:09 , Alex Young

Oh, wow!

Manchester United are ready to hijack Manchester City’s bid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, reports the Guardian.

Ronaldo is currently on a private jet, having informed Juventus that he is leaving.

The 36-year-old is now odd-ons to join United across many betting markets.

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(ES Composite)

Man Utd in for Ronaldo?

Friday 27 August 2021 13:53 , Alex Young

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Ronaldo "knows that we're here".

Asked why his reported destination was not Old Trafford, Solskjaer told his pre-match press conference: "I didn't think Cristiano was going to turn out leaving Juventus. It's been speculation this morning, speculation the last few days, of course.

"We've always had a good communication - I know Bruno has been talking to him as well. He knows what we feel about him and if he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows that we're here."

Pep tight-lipped on Ronaldo interest

Friday 27 August 2021 13:45 , Alex Young

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claimed he could say little about the rumours linking the Premier League champions with Ronaldo.

He said: "I cannot say much. Harry Kane announced he is continuing with his club, an exceptional club like Tottenham.

"Cristiano is a Juventus player, I cannot add anything else.

"In these three or four days left until the transfer window shuts anything can happen but, in my view, there are few players - Cristiano Ronaldo included, Messi is another - they decide where they are going to play.

"Right now, my feeling is I am more than delighted with the squad we have and we will stay the same."

Ronaldo is flying out of Turin

Friday 27 August 2021 13:28 , Alex Young

That’s it. He will never play for Juventus again.

Manchester City, it seems, awaits

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ICYMI: Chelsea race to sign Kounde

Friday 27 August 2021 13:24 , Alex Young

Chelsea will make another push to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after Kurt Zouma completed his West Ham medical ahead of a £25million move, writes Jack Rosser.

However, the Stamford Bridge club have been warned by Sevilla president Jose Castro that “days are running out” for them to strike a deal for Kounde.

The 22-year-old centre-back has a £68million release clause but, after spending £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea hope to negotiate the fee down to about £43m.

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(Getty Images)

PSG make contact over Haaland

Friday 27 August 2021 13:00 , Alex Young

Paris Saint-Germain have launched a stunning late bid to sign Kylian Mbappe, reports the Telegraph.

Haaland’s agent Mino Raiola has been contacted over the possibility of the striker leaving Borussia Dortmund before Tuesday's deadline.

What an incredible transfer window this has already been, and looks to get even wilder.

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(DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Deeney and Watford in showdown talks

Friday 27 August 2021 12:53 , Alex Young

Watford and Troy Deeney are having showdown talks over the captain's future.

The captain has barely featured this season and was left out of the Carabao Cup squad on Tuesday.

In a statement Watford said: "Troy Deeney and senior Watford FC officials are currently discussing the best options for both parties for the season ahead.

"The striker has one year left on his current Hornets’ deal, and has featured twice from the bench so far this year during this, his 12th season at Vicarage Road.

"Given the significant mutual respect between the club captain and the Board, these discussions shall remain private and confidential.

"Neither the Board nor Head Coach Xisco Muñoz will offer further comment on this matter until a final decision has been reached."

Spurs want Moriba

Friday 27 August 2021 12:44 , Alex Young

Tottenham feel the opportunity to sign Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona is too good an opportunity to turn down, reports Football.London.

Barca’s financial struggles mean Moriba has failed to agree a new contract and the club will now cash in despite Ronald Koeman’s disappointment.

Moriba will compete with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Oliver Skipp and Harry Winks for first-team appearances.

Juventus confirm Ronaldo wants out

Friday 27 August 2021 12:34 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit looks like a matter of time now.

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told reporters: “Cristiano Ronaldo told me yesterday that he wants to leave Juventus immediately.

“It’s true and confirmed. This is why he wasn’t training today and he’s not available for tomorrow match against Genoa.

“I’m not disappointed. He wants to leave Juventus and he made a choice, he is going to look for a new club after three years here. It’s life.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Man Utd revive Trippier interest

Friday 27 August 2021 12:31 , Alex Young

Manchester United have reignited their interest in Kieran Trippier, reports the Athletic.

Reports in Italy earlier said the right-back was staying put, but with Diogo Dalot heading out on loan to either Dortmud or AC Milan then United have gone back in for him.

Atletico Madrid want £28 million, while Dalot could command a £3m loan fee.

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(The FA via Getty Images)

Recap: Mbappe to join Real Madrid today?

Friday 27 August 2021 12:26 , Alex Young

Confirmation of Kylian Mbappe’s £150m move to Real Madrid could come today, according to Marca.

In a remarkable acceleration of negotiations, PSG are resigned to selling the French star after Madrid lodged a second bid.

Mbappe is out of contract next summer and will not sign new terms, so PSG feel they must accept the second-biggest transfer offer of all time.

Now, will PSG have enough time to sign Haaland?

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(Getty Images)

PSG to replace Mbappe with Haaland

Friday 27 August 2021 12:13 , Alex Young

PSG have plenty of plans for their Kylian Mbappe windfall, report L’Equipe.

A bid for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is available for around £50m, could be launched after the club decided against a bid earlier in the window.

But, up front, Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland is the most obvious target. He is available for £64m next summer due to a release clause, but would cost at least twice that to sign this month.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Recap: Man City close in on Ronaldo

Friday 27 August 2021 12:02 , Alex Young

Manchester City are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus according to various reports.

The 36-year-old, via his agent Jorge Mendes, has informed Juventus of his decision to leave and will now not be part of the weekend Serie A game against Empoli.

City have turned to Ronaldo after missing out on Harry Kane, who has decided to stay at Tottenham, and are expected to lodge a bid of around £25m the former Manchester United forward.

Personal terms have already been agreed, reportedly to the tune of £280,000 a week.

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(Getty Images)

Spurs in advanced talks for Moriba

Friday 27 August 2021 11:30 , Alex Young

Tottenham are in advanced talks with Barcelona to sign Ilaix Moriba, reports the Independent.

Moriba is one of the most highly rated graduated from Barca's famed La Masia academy but talks over a new contract has reached an impasse.

As such, Barca are prepared to cash in for around £13m.

Chelsea race to sign Kounde

Friday 27 August 2021 11:17 , Alex Young

Chelsea will make another push to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after Kurt Zouma completed his West Ham medical ahead of a £25million move, writes Jack Rosser.

However, the Stamford Bridge club have been warned by Sevilla president Jose Castro that "days are running out" for them to strike a deal for Kounde.

The 22-year-old centre-back has a £68million release clause but, after spending £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea hope to negotiate the fee down to about £43m.

Read more here.

Mbappe set for Zidane’s Real shirt number

Friday 27 August 2021 11:06 , Alex Young

Kylian Mbappe will be given Zinedine Zidane’s no5 shirt at Real Madrid, according to L’Equipe.

One French legend to a legend-in-waiting, but no5 for a striker? Not for me.

Ronaldo to take HUGE pay cut at Man City

Friday 27 August 2021 10:51 , Alex Young

Manchester City are willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo a two-year contract worth around £12m-a-season after tax, reports Sky Italy.

That is less than half the £25m-a-year salary he current takes home at Juventus.

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(REUTERS)

Spurs lead Liverpool in Doku race

Friday 27 August 2021 10:41 , Alex Young

Tottenham are ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Jeremy Doku, according to reports in France.

The highly rated Rennes striker has struggled in Ligue 1 but remains as attractive prospect for the Premier League pair due to being just 19 years old.

Jurgen Klopp has long been an admirer, report Jeunes Footeux, but it is Nuno Espirito Santo who Doku would prefer to play for.

Rennes would want around £40m for the teenager.

ICYMI: Chelsea hopeful over Saul loan

Friday 27 August 2021 10:23 , Alex Young

Amid all the Ronaldo and Mbappe madness, Chelsea could be making a very smart signing.

The Telegraph report that Chelsea are hopeful of agreeing on a loan deal with Atletico for Saul Niguez with the option - not an obligation - to make the move permanent.

Manchester United have also been linked.

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(ES Composite)

Leeds reject Winks loan offer

Friday 27 August 2021 10:07 , Alex Young

Leeds United have turned down an offer to take Harry Winks on loan from Tottenham, reports the Athletic.

The midfielder is considered a bit-part player under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Ronaldo says goodbye at Juve

Friday 27 August 2021 09:47 , Alex Young

Cristiano Ronaldo has this morning arrived at the Juventus training ground to bid farewell to his team-mates, report Sky Italy.

Manchester City will today lodge a bid around £23m for the player to take him to the Etihad Stadium in a stunning move.

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Mbappe to join Real Madrid TODAY!

Friday 27 August 2021 09:36 , Alex Young

Kylian Mbappe's move to Real Madrid could be confirmed today, according to Marca.

In a remarkable acceleration of negotiations, PSG are resigned to selling the French star after Madrid lodged a bid worth €170m.

Mbappe is out of contract next summer so PSG feel they must accept the second-biggest transfer offer of all time.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Trippier staying at Atletico

Friday 27 August 2021 09:25 , Alex Young

Kieran Trippier is set to stay at Atletico Madrid this summer, according to Sky Italy.

The right-back is happy to stay, with no Premier League club ready to match Atleti's €40m asking price.

Arsenal have been linked.

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(AP)

Chalobah also on the move?

Friday 27 August 2021 09:07 , Alex Young

Watford forward Isaac Success has moved to Udinese and midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah is attracting interest from a number of Championship clubs, writes Simon Collings.

The 26-year-old is into the final year of his current contract at Vicarage Road and he is yet to agree an extension with the club.

One in, one out at Watford

Friday 27 August 2021 08:43 , Alex Young

Watford are close to agreeing a deal to sign Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham as Will Hughes heads to Crystal Palace.

Hughes is set to undergo a medical today for a deal worth up to £10m, while Spurs are expected to agree to Sissoko’s departure.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Zouma completes West Ham medical

Friday 27 August 2021 08:29 , Alex Young

West Ham have finally wrapped up the signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea, according to various reports.

The defender has completed a medical and will join for around £25m. An official announcement could be made today.

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Kane ‘committed’ to Spurs

Friday 27 August 2021 08:13 , Alex Young

Harry Kane has nothing to prove after announcing he will stay at the club this summer, says Tottenham manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

The striker last night scored twice and was well received by the 30,000 fans.

"I see Harry every day since he joined us, and he doesn’t have to prove [anything] to anyone," said Nuno.

"He’s committed - you can see. Everything that’s happened is part of the past, let’s move forward… I saw him today, at the end of the game, now it’s time to recover. He’s one more that will help us."

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

Aubameyang not going anywhere

Friday 27 August 2021 07:57 , Alex Young

Mikel Arteta has ruled out an exit for Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Manchester City’s failed pursuit of Tottenham striker Harry Kane has led to speculation Pep Guardiola’s side will look elsewhere for a new striker and Aubameyang, along with Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, has been mentioned as a possible target.

But asked if he was concerned City could come in for Aubameyang before the transfer window shuts next week, Arteta said: “I don’t know. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is our player and he will remain here.”

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Friday 27 August 2021 07:42 , Alex Young

Tottenham are set to beat Chelsea to the £13m signing of Barcelona's Ilaix Moriba, according to reports in Italy.

The 18-year-old midfielder is considered one of Barca's brightest talents but has turned down multiple new contract offers ahead of becoming a free agent nex summer.

Spurs have stepped in to take advantage with Fabio Paratici currently in talks over a cut-price move, with claims that there is confidence an agreement with club and player could be reached.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea to sign £42m Kounde

Friday 27 August 2021 07:35 , Alex Young

Chelsea are closing in on a £42m deal to sign Jules Kounde, according to various reports.

With Kurt Zouma set to join West Ham, having passed a medical on Thursday, made contact with Sevilla.

This one should escalate quickly with personal terms expected to be a formality.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Who could replace Mbappe?

Friday 27 August 2021 07:31 , Alex Young

Well, PSG have plenty of plans - report L’Equipe.

A bid for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is available for around £50m, could be launched after the club decided against a bid earlier in the window.

But, up front, Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland is the most obvious target. He is available for £64m next summer due to a release clause, but would cost at least twice that to sign this month.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Latest on Mbappe to Real Madrid

Friday 27 August 2021 07:27 , Alex Young

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are stepping up their interest in Kylian Mbappe.

A €170m bid has been lodged with PSG - who are yet to accept or reject the offer. The previous bid, which was €10m less, was dismissed straight away meaning PSG could be tempted to negotiate.

Mbappe wants to join Madrid and is out of contract next summer, so PSG are likely to be tempted to sell for the second-biggest transfer fee in history rather than lose the player for nothing in less than a year’s time.

Either way, do not expect Mbappe to line up with Lionel Messi in the latter’s debut on Sunday.

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Man City close in on Ronaldo

Friday 27 August 2021 07:24 , Alex Young

So, Manchester City are in talks to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus according to various reports.

The 36-year-old, via his agent Jorge Mendes, has informed Juventus of his decision to leave and will now not be part of the weekend Serie A game against Empoli.

City have turned to Ronaldo after missing out on Harry Kane, who has decided to stay at Tottenham, and are expected to lodge a bid of around £25m the former Manchester United forward.

Personal terms have already been agreed, reportedly to the tune of £280,000 a week.

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(Getty Images)

Here we go

Friday 27 August 2021 07:14 , Alex Young

Today could be crucial in the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe.

Bissouma to Liverpool?

Thursday 26 August 2021 22:55 , Tom Doyle

Yves Bissouma has been scouted by Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Express reports that Liverpool could be closing on a deal for the Brighton midfielder.

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(Getty Images)

The Seagulls aren’t under an pressure to sell having made £50m by selling Ben White to Arsenal, but Liverpool are said to have opened talks regarding a deal for Bissouma.

Whether that forces United or Arsenal into action late in the window, we shall see...

Ronaldo to Man City latest

Thursday 26 August 2021 22:45 , Tom Doyle

According to Fabrizio Romano, "Juventus are waiting for Manchester City official bid to arrive in the next hours to reach an agreement as soon as possible. Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave and he won’t be available for next match.

"Mendes is now discussing Ronaldo’s contract with Manchester City."

It seems as though this move could be done pretty sharpish...

Nuno: 'Kane has nothing to prove’

Thursday 26 August 2021 22:43 , Tom Doyle

Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane has nothing to prove after the Spurs striker scored two goals on his first appearance since announcing he will stay at the club this summer.

Kane made the announcement after the realisation that his desired move to Manchester City would not materialise this summer, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy unwilling to negotiate with the Premier League champions.

Just over 24 hours after confirming he would stay, Kane made his first start of the season against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League play-offs.

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(Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I)

The England captain scored twice and was well received by the 30,000 fans as Spurs overturned a first-leg deficit to move into the group stage.

After Kane showed he is prepared to continue fighting for Spurs, his manager was keen to draw a line under the saga and move on.

"I see Harry every day since he joined us, and he doesn’t have to prove [anything] to anyone," said Nuno.

"He’s committed - you can see. Everything that’s happened is part of the past, let’s move forward… I saw him today, at the end of the game, now it’s time to recover. He’s one more that will help us."

‘Real increase Mbappe bid'

Thursday 26 August 2021 19:22 , Tom Doyle

Another twist in the Kylian Mbappe saga now - Sky Sports reports that Real Madrid have increased their offer to 170 million euros after having an initial 160m bid rejected by PSG.

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(Getty Images)

Spanish and French media reported on Tuesday that Real Madrid had made a bid for the 22-year-old World Cup winner, who scored 42 goals in all competitions for PSG last season and has reportedly said he wants to move to Spain.

Thursday 26 August 2021 17:37 , Tom Doyle

The future of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the news as his Juventus side prepare for their weekend Serie A clash at home to Empoli.

Ronaldo was linked by Italian media on Thursday with a sensational move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with widespread reports claiming his agent, Jorge Mendes, has met Juve officials to try engineer the transfer.

The reports claim no agreement was made, with the Turin side wanting a fee for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo surprisingly started on the bench for Juve’s opening weekend clash with Udinese last Sunday, Italian media saying the Portuguese had asked not to be in the team to preserve his fitness for a move away from the club.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri denied those reports.

“Ronaldo is feeling well,” Allegri told DAZN after the match. “I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench. He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch.”

Thursday 26 August 2021 17:21 , Tom Doyle

We will keep you up to date with all the latest transfer news this evening - but right now, it’s the Champions League group-stage draw!

Thursday 26 August 2021 17:15 , Tom Doyle

The future of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the news as his Juventus side prepare for their weekend Serie A clash at home to Empoli.

Ronaldo was linked by Italian media on Thursday with a sensational move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with widespread reports claiming his agent, Jorge Mendes, has met Juve officials to try engineer the transfer.

The reports claim no agreement was made, with the Turin side wanting a fee for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo surprisingly started on the bench for Juve’s opening weekend clash with Udinese last Sunday, Italian media saying the Portuguese had asked not to be in the team to preserve his fitness for a move away from the club.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri denied those reports.

“Ronaldo is feeling well,” Allegri told DAZN after the match. “I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench. He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch.”

Never one to go about things quietly, Ronaldo came on and headed what appeared to be a stoppage-time winner in Udine, only for VAR to rule the veteran forward to be offside, so Juve had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Ronaldo dominates agenda

Thursday 26 August 2021 17:11 , Tom Doyle

The future of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the news as his Juventus side prepare for their weekend Serie A clash at home to Empoli.

Ronaldo was linked by Italian media on Thursday with a sensational move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with widespread reports claiming his agent, Jorge Mendes, has met Juve officials to try engineer the transfer.

The reports claim no agreement was made, with the Turin side wanting a fee for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo surprisingly started on the bench for Juve’s opening weekend clash with Udinese last Sunday, Italian media saying the Portuguese had asked not to be in the team to preserve his fitness for a move away from the club.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri denied those reports.

“Ronaldo is feeling well,” Allegri told DAZN after the match. “I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench. He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch.”

Ronaldo dominates the agenda

Thursday 26 August 2021 17:11 , Tom Doyle

The future of Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the news as his Juventus side prepare for their weekend Serie A clash at home to Empoli.

Ronaldo has today been linked with a sensational move to Premier League champions Manchester City, with widespread reports claiming his agent, Jorge Mendes, has met Juve officials to try engineer the transfer.

The reports claim no agreement was made, with the Turin side wanting a fee for the 36-year-old.

Ronaldo surprisingly started on the bench for Juve’s opening weekend clash with Udinese last Sunday, Italian media saying the Portuguese had asked not to be in the team to preserve his fitness for a move away from the club.

Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri denied those reports.

“Ronaldo is feeling well,” Allegri told DAZN after the match. “I had talked to him before the game, telling him he would start on the bench. He made himself available, he did well when he entered the pitch.”

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