All the latest news and gossip as Chelsea reportedly ready a £30m move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
POCH: UNREALISTIC TO SIGN BALE
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off suggestions his side wanted to re-sign Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
“It’s not realistic,” said a smiling Pochettino after Saturday night’s International Champions Cup clash with Barcelona.
MOURINHO IRKED BY TRANSFER INACTIVITY
Jose Mourinho has voiced his frustration at Manchester United’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
Mourinho has signed Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant during the transfer window, which closes on August 9, and confirmed his desire to recruit two more acquisitions but only expects one at best.
“I would like to have two more players,” Mourinho said, after his side were beaten 4-1 by Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.
“I think I am not going to have two. I think it’s possible I am going to have one. It’s possible.
“I gave a list to the club of five names a few months ago and I wait to see if it is possible to have one of these players.
“If it is possible it is possible, if it is not possible it is not possible. If it is possible, good, if it is not possible we keep fighting, working and believing in the players that we have.”
SARRI: I’M CONFIDENT IN MORATA
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has given his backing to striker Alvaro Morata.
“I’m still waiting for the best Morata,” he said after Chelsea beat Inter Milan on penalties on Saturday night.
“In the first match [against Perth Glory] Morata did not play very well, in Australia.
“But tonight, especially in the first 30 minutes, he improved a lot. I am satisfied and I am very confident in him for the future.”
IS MAGUIRE THE ANSWER FOR UNITED?
Manchester United are interested in signing Harry Maguire from Leicester, according to Sky Sports News.
The England centre back shone at the World Cup, but is he the answer to United’s defensive problems?
DORTMUND START PULISIC BIDDING WAR
Borussia Dortmund have decided to cash in on winger Christian Pulisic, sparking a bidding war involving Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, reports the Mail on Sunday.
The US international, 19, is contracted to the Bundesliga club until the summer of 2020.
UNITED TARGET MINA SWOOP
Man Utd will offer Barcelona £35m for defender Yerry Mina, who is keen on a move to the Premier League, says the Sun on Sunday.
The Colombian only joined the Catalans in January, before going on to star for his country at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
CHELSEA READY £30M RAMSEY MOVE
Chelsea are ready to make a £30m deadline-beating move for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
New Arsenal boss Unai Emery had previously said that he believed the Wales international was going to stay at the Emirates.
Right, let’s kick things off this morning with a quick roundup of some of the biggest stories making today’s back pages…
- Juventus have told Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola they want the Man Utd midfielder back less than two years after selling him for £89m (Mirror)
- Chelsea are ready to make a £30m deadline-beating move forArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey (Mail)
- Man Utd will offer Barcelona £35m for Colombia defender Yerry Mina, who is keen on a move to the Premier League (Sun)
- Man Utd will have to offer £70m-rated Robert Lewandowski a weekly wage of £500,000 to tempt him into leaving Bayern for the Premier League (Star)
- Eden Hazard’s hopes of a move to Real appear to be over with the Spanish giants unwilling to pay £200m for the Chelseaforward (Express)
Hi everyone and welcome to today’s Transfer Centre as we bring you all the news, updates and gossip from around the world, so strap in tight and make sure you do not go anywhere…!
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!
That’s all we have time for in the Transfer Centre this evening, but we’ll be right back here from 7am tomorrow with the latest transfer news, rumours and done deals.
See you then!
ZAHA WANTS MORE GOALS
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha put on a superb display in a friendly against Reading earlier today – scoring two and assisting another – and says he is targeting more goals this season despite transfer speculation around him intensifying.
“It was good and we are getting back into shape so hopefully we can start the new season how we ended the last one,” he told the club’s official website.
“This season I am trying to score a lot more goals and I am just happy that all the hard work I am putting in is showing on the pitch. I always try and stay ready so if there was a game tomorrow I would make sure I am ready.”
Brighton youth goalkeeper Tom McGill has completed his season-long loan switch to Worthing.
PUEL WANTS DUO TO STAY
Claude Puel is confident that Harry Maguire and Kasper Schmeichelwill still be at Leicester when the transfer window closes.
“I think we can keep both players. It is crucial for us,” he told reporters after a 2-1 friendly loss to Udinese in Austria. “We cannot lose players just a few days before the beginning of the season. We would not be able to find a solution and we cannot be behind.
“Kasper and Maguire are so valuable for us. It is important to maintain our structure, our squad and all our valuable players for the team.”
MITROVIC FEE LATEST
Sky sources understand that the fee Newcastle have agreed with Fulham is £22m, in a deal which could rise to £27m with potential add-ons.
Head here to read the full story.
Napoli are not interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to the club, according to president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
“[Dries] Mertens will not leave, [Angel] Di Maria will not come and as for Balotelli I’ve been saying no for years. It’s very false that he will come to Napoli,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
CHADLI TO TURKEY?
West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli could be moving Turkish side Besiktas on loan, according to Turkish-Football.com.
Chadli missed the majority of last season for the Baggies through injury, but impressed for Belgium at the World Cup.
ROWETT WANTS QUICK BUSINESS
Gary Rowett hopes to speed up transfer business to get more players in before Stoke begin their Sky Bet Championship campaign next weekend.
“We hope to [bring in players this week],” he told the Stoke Sentinel. “It’s ongoing and of course we want to do things as quickly as we can. That’s not always possible for different reasons.
“I know the importance of getting your group together quickly and I’ve said that right from day one. You want the group together as quickly as you possibly can and unfortunately we haven’t quite been able to do that.”
CLOUGH TARGETS LOANS
Nigel Clough hopes to bolster his squad with a loan signing before Burton start the Sky Bet League One season.
Speaking after their last pre-season game against Cardiff, he told the club’s official website: “Hopefully we can get a loan player or two in over the next seven days before the season starts – we are going to try very hard.”
WALTERS TO LEAGUE ONE
Not confirmed where yet though! Keep those eyes peeled…
We can confirm that a deal has been agreed in principle for Dexter Walters to join an @EFL League One club. More to follow.Dexjr@waltersdex7
Just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved with tamworth fc, I’ve loved every minute of past year n half I’ve spent with the club, sad that I have to leave! But looking forward to the future & seeing what happens….. #newjourneybegins @tamworthfc
INCOMINGS AT CHARLTON?
Charlton Athletic caretaker manager Lee Bowyer says more players will be coming in rather than leaving the club although Josh Magennis is set to leave The Valley.
“We might lose one more, probably not anyone that anyone is thinking but I think we’ll be bringing in a lot more than we’ll be losing,” he told the club’s official website.
“We have to bring a ‘keeper in to have competition for Dill [Dillon Phillips]. You have to have healthy competition in every position and goalkeeping is no different.
“We need a centre-half, a right-sided centre half, we’ve only got Pat (Bauer) in the building. Maybe another midfielder and maybe another striker.
“We knew that Bolton were interested in Josh [Magennis] in January, so I thought they would come back in. I’m pleased for him because he’s a good pro and he gives everything. If it has gone through I wish him all the best and thank him for the services he’s given us.”
WATCH: LAMPARD WANTS VYDRA CLARITY
Derby are “in limbo” over Matej Vydra with manager Frank Lamparddetermined to sort the striker’s future before the start of the season.
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STAGS END CAMERON INTEREST
WAGHORN ON THE MOVE?
Ipswich manager Paul Hurst said he left Martyn Waghorn on the bench for their friendly against West Ham in the best interests of all concerned. The striker didn’t feature for the second successive game amid speculation over his future.
“There is no getting away from the fact that there is a lot of talk about Waggy,” he told iFollow Ipswich. “I just think it was the best decision for everyone concerned that he didn’t play today.
“We will see what the next week or so brings. Will he be here for the Blackburn game next week? Honestly I’m not sure.”
NEWCASTLE ACCEPT MITROVIC BID
Sky sources understand Newcastle have accepted a bid from Fulham for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serb has left their Portuguese training camp to finalise his move to Craven Cottage. We understand the fee to be in the region of £20m.
LEEDS AGREE BAMFORD FEE
Sky sources understand Leeds United have agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for striker Patrick Bamford.
We understand that to be £7m rising to £10m with add-ons. Leeds also today completed the signing of Wolves left-back Barry Douglas.
Richarlison has started for Everton in their pre-season friendly against Rennes and has scored his first goal! Reaping back that £40m fee already…
‘WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE PLAYERS’
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says his main target for the remainder of the transfer window is to keep his best players, with speculation surrounding the futures of Jack Grealish, James Chester and Jonathan Kodjia.
He told the club’s official website: “We don’t want to lose our best players. We all know in football that unfortunately these things happen.
“But we will now be doing our utmost to make sure these things do not happen and not let them go anywhere.”
SCHURRLE MAKES DEBUT
Andre Schurrle is currently making his Fulham debut as they take on Fiorentina in a pre-season friendly tournament, and he looks to be doing well…
LEEDS CONFIRM DOUGLAS
Leeds United have confirmed the signing of Barry Douglasfrom Wolves, joining the club for an undisclosed fee and has signed a three year contract.
Douglas joined Wolves last summer and made 42 appearances in all competitions, providing 14 assists in the Sky Bet Championship – no other player in the league provided more.
He also netted five goals during the campaign, including a spectacular free-kick against the Whites in Wolves’ 4-1 victory at Molineux last November.
Douglas becomes Leeds United’s first permanent transfer of the summer, following the loan arrivals of Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker and will wear the number three shirt.
WARNOCK LEAVES…..MATCH EARLY
Cardiff City assistant manager Kevin Blackwell took on the club’s post-match media duties as Neil Warnock had to leave the win over Burton Albion early to meet a transfer target.
However, Blackwell wouldn’t reveal the player Warnock is chasing.
“I’m talking to you because Neil has had to catch a flight to see a player,” said Blackwell.
“We’re still looking at possible signings but in terms of preparation, the lads showed how much fitter they were second half and that’s what we’ve been looking at.
“I can’t tell you who he’s gone to talk to as I think there will be other clubs looking at him as well.”
LEEDS GO FOR BAMFORD
Leeds United are in talks to sign Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, according to Sky sources.
It is understood that the fee being discussed by the clubs is £7m.
The 24-year-old joined Boro from Chelsea on a permanent deal in January 2017 after having previously enjoyed a successful loan spell at the club during the 2014-15 season.
MORE IN FOR MILLWALL?
Boss Neil Harris, speaking after a 1-0 pre-season win over Bochum, says the club are working “tirelessly” on new recruits.
OSORIO STEPS DOWN
Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio has stepped down from his role after three years in charge.
The 56-year-old led the country to the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia where they were knocked out after losing 2-0 to Brazil.
The Colombian won 33 of his 52 games in charge of Mexico but has rejected offers from the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to extend his contract.
Bradford have signed former Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Wilson, subject to EFL and FA clearance.
The 25-year-old, who started his career at Sunderland, moves to Valley Parade after a four-year spell in south Wales, which featured four loan deals, came to an end.
“I was absolutely delighted when I got the call from such a big club like Bradford,” Wilson said.
“I cannot wait to get started and am really looking forward to the season ahead.”
TOWNSEND JOINS BAGGIES
West Brom have signed Scunthorpe full-back Conor Townsend for an undisclosed fee.
The 25-year-old, who has also been linked with his former club Hull and Ipswich this summer, has signed a three-year contract at the Hawthorns.
He told WBA TV: “As soon as I knew the club was interested in me it was always the place I wanted to go.”
Townsend follows goalkeepers Sam Johnstone and Jonathan Bond, centre-back Kyle Bartley and midfielder Harvey Barnes as new arrivals at West Brom this summer.
MUNIR HAS BARCA FUTURE
Barcelona have informed Munir El Haddadi that he will form part of their first-team squad this season, reports Mundo Deportivo.
Munir, who spent the past two seasons on loan at Valencia and Alaves respectively, was informed by Barca’s sporting director Eric Abidal that he will have playing opportunities as part of Ernesto Valverde’s squad in 2018/19.
In addition, Barca are considering extending his contract, which expires next June, by a further five years.
THEO NEARING REAL EXIT
Theo Hernandez is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid to join Real Sociedad on loan, reports AS.
Real Madrid will travel to the USA today (Saturday) for the start of their pre-season tour and there is a strong possibility that Theo will not be joining them.
The 20–year-old is closing in on a loan move to Real Sociedad, who will pay part of the young defender’s salary.
The loan deal, which does not include a purchase option, is expected to be made official soon.
Swindon manager Phil Brown is keen to tie up a deal for striker Marc-Antoine Fortune.
The former West Brom and Celtic frontman, who played under Brown at Southend, has been training with Town and played as a trialist in Friday night’s 4-1 friendly win at Swindon Supermarine, where he won a penalty.
Asked whether he would like to make Fortune’s signing permanent, Brown told the club website: “I would. The chairman isn’t here but he’s well impressed with the pedigree of the player, but we just wanted to have a look at the fitness levels.
“He hasn’t been working with anybody, he was promised a deal at Southend that didn’t happen so he’s an angry man at the moment.
“He is such a professional. He conducts himself impeccably off the field and a lot of the young lads can learn from him, whether he is playing or not. He did fantastic for me at Southend and I would like to get him on board.”
Fresh from completing the signing of Jack Baldwin, Sunderlandmanager Jack Ross told the club’s official website said: “Everybody knew we were looking to strengthen again in this area of the pitch and now we’re comfortable with where we’re at in terms of central defensive options.
“Jack is proven in this league and he’s at a good age with his best years ahead of him, and he has a hunger to improve and do well.
“He sees this as a big opportunity and has the core attributes we have been looking for.”
Sunderland sign Peterborough captain Jack Baldwin on two-year deal, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.
Another one… #SAFC have completed the signing of @theposhofficial captain Jack Baldwin for an undisclosed fee.
Read the full story here… https://www.safc.com/news/team-news/2018/july/baldwin-puts-pen-to-paper …
Baldwin puts pen to paper
Sunderland AFC have completed the signing of Jack Baldwin for an undisclosed fee.
VRSALJKO FIRST IN AT INTER
Inter Milan are closing in on the signing of Sime Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid, reports Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 26-year-old full-back, who impressed during Croatia’s run to this summer’s World Cup final, will initially move to the San Siro on loan with a permanent deal set for next summer.
Once the Vrsaljko deal it tied up, Inter will turn their attention to signing either Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal or Tiemoue Bakayokofrom Chelsea.
PJANIC DISMISSES JUVE EXIT TALK
Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic insists the speculation over his future this summer is untrue.
Pjanic has reportedly been the subject of strong interest from Manchester City and Barcelona, while other reports have suggested that Juve will cash in on him following the big-money arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
But the Bosnia international has dismissed most conjecture as false and says he is happy in Turin.
“I listen to a lot of things that are not true,” he told ESPN. “I’m cool. I’m preparing my new season. That’s what’s the most important.
“What I did the last two seasons for Juventus was really great, and I am happy what I’m doing here.
“I am cool – and I don’t care about what they are writing because I listen and I read a lot of things, and a lot of things are not true.”
MOURA SETTLED AT SPURS
Lucas Moura says he has fully settled into life as a Tottenham player and is raring to go for the new season.
PSG PULL PLUG ON BOATENG
Paris Saint-Germain have dropped their interest in Bayern Munichdefender Jerome Boateng, reports Inside Futbol.
The Germany international’s wage demands, coupled with a potential transfer fee of between £45m and £53m, is understood to have deterred the Ligue 1 champions.
WOLVES WANT PEPE IN PL
Wolves are weighing up a move for former Real Madrid defender Pepe, reports Fanatik.
The newly-promoted Premier League side would be willing to offer Besiktas a fee of nearly €7m to land the Portugal international.
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BORTHWICK-JACKSON LOANED TO SCUNTHORPE
Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has joined Scunthorpe on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old made 14 appearances for United in the 2015/16 season but has not played for the first team during Jose Mourinho’s Old Trafford reign, and has had loan spells with Wolves and Leeds.
Borthwick-Jackson now takes a step down into League One but said of his new challenge: “I’m buzzing to be here and can’t wait to get started.”