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Will Real Madrid land PSG star Mbappe?

Will Real Madrid land PSG star Mbappe?

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The summer transfer window is into Deadline Day for the major European leagues, which means the biggest clubs are looking to make a splash in the market while they still can. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

When does the window close? (BST/ET)
Bundesliga:
5 p.m. / 12 p.m. | EPL: 11 p.m. / 6 p.m. | LaLiga: 11 p.m. / 6 p.m. | Serie A: 11.59 p.m. / 5.59 p.m. | Ligue 1: 11.59 p.m. / 5.59 p.m.

TOP STORY: Will Real Madrid land PSG star Mbappe?

It’s transfer deadline day, which means clubs have only a few hours to get their deals done before January. PSG forward Kylian Mbappe is the one attracting all the attention as Real Madrid press on with their attempts to land him.

So far, Real Madrid have made two bids of €160m and €180m for the France international but PSG have not responded to the latest offer and won’t let him leave for that amount. If there is not a third bid, then Mbappe will remain at PSG this season, especially if PSG can’t sign a replacement during this transfer window.

RMC Sport says that Real Madrid have withdrawn from the negotiations but that seems a bit premature as AS claims that Mbappe has asked PSG to consider Madrid’s offer and is keen to leave.

Sources told ESPN that there is concern in Madrid that if a deal does not go through now, the forward could eventually succumb to pressure from PSG — and from his teammates there — and agree to an extension.

Real Madrid are also on the verge of signing 18-year old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes for €30m, sources have told ESPN.

Real Madrid close on €30m Camavinga move
Man United sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus
RB Leipzig to sign Barcelona Ilaix Moriba
Willian leaves Arsenal for Corinthians
Chelsea eye late move for Sevilla’s Kounde

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13.15 BST: The Athletic reports that Chelsea have blocked Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

Hudson-Odoi, 20, has not yet played a single minute of the first three Premier League games for Chelsea and Dortmund are looking for a replacement for Jadon Sancho, who left for Man United.

However, the Blues want him to stay a part of Thomas Tuchel’s squad and won’t let him go.

13.02 BST: RB Leipzig have lost a few star players this window, but Iliax Moriba is a super signing for the future.

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Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens discuss Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba’s proposed move from Barcelona to RB Leipzig.

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12.35 BST: Houssem Aouar is set to stay at Lyon despite interest from Tottenham and Arsenal, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

Spurs had sounded out Lyon in July over a possible swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele but that approach was dismissed, with the Ligue 1 club preferring a straight cash deal worth in the region of €25m.

Arsenal were also monitoring the situation as they explored alternatives to Martin Odegaard in the belief Real Madrid would not sanction a transfer this summer. However, Real appointed Carlo Ancelotti as head coach and with Odegaard not considered a first-team prospect, they eventually dropped their asking price allowing the Gunners to revive their interest, securing a deal worth up to €40m.

Aouar was keen on a move to the Premier League but barring late, unexpected interest, sources claim the midfielder is now expected to remain in France. He had two years remaining on his contract, meaning Lyon could still command a fee for Aouar in January or next summer.

12.30 BST: Sevilla sporting director Monchi is giving a news conference today about transfer business, including Chelsea’s move for defender Jules Kounde.

It’s really refreshing to see a club be so open about transfer business…

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“The only written, formal offer from Chelsea came last Wednesday, around 5pm,” he said. “We weren’t satisfied with the offer, and it was linked to Chelsea selling a player. It was a decent fee but it didn’t meet our criteria.

“We haven’t spoken with Chelsea since Friday night. We all decided that it was best Jules didn’t travel to Elche. It’s normal for players to be affected by news of any kind. Last year he had the interest from City and now Chelsea this year. Kounde’s clause never went up to €90m. It has always been €80m.

12.20 BST: LaLiga side Mallorca is in talks with Schalke 04 to acquire United States men’s international forward Matthew Hoppe on a permanent transfer, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.

Diario de Mallorca was the first to report the news of the Spanish club’s pursuit of Hoppe, The potential transfer fee could reach €3m ($3.5m).

Hoppe, 20, burst on the scene last year, scoring six goals in 22 Bundesliga appearances even as Schalke was relegated from the German top flight. In a match against Hoffenheim, Hoppe notched a hat trick — the first by an American in the Bundesliga.

12.11 BST: Former Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is in demand, reports Fabrizio Romano.

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Boateng, 32, left the club on a free transfer this summer and Lyon are in talks to sign the Germany international, while Sevilla and Hertha Berlin have reportedly pulled out.

11.40 BST: Borussia Dortmund have signed defender Marin Pongracic from VfL Wolfsburg on a season-long loan.

Dortmund had been in negotiations with Manchester United for the loan of Diogo Dalot but talks have stalled. Manager Marco Rose knows the 23-year-old Pongracic from their time together at FC Salzburg and the central defender can also cover at right-back.

11.36 BST: Brighton have announced the signing of former Barcelona left-back Marc Cucurella from Getafe.

Cucurella, 23, was part of the Spain U23 side that won the silver medal at the 2020 Olympics and moves for a reported fee of around €18m.

11.30 BST: Phil Jones will remain part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United squad during the first half of the season, after sources told ESPN’s Mark Ogden that the injury-hit defender will not leave Old Trafford on deadline day.

The 29-year-old has not made a first-team appearance for United since the FA Cup fourth round victory at Tranmere Rovers in January 2020. A long-term knee injury forced Jones to miss the whole of last season, but he has returned to full training this month and Solskjaer is keen to give the former England international the chance to resurrect his United career.

Although opportunities for Jones are likely to be limited due to the number of senior defenders at Old Trafford, he is under contract until the end of the 2022-23 season and Solskjaer believes that the £16.5m signing from Blackburn in 2011 has earned the right to be given the opportunity to regain form and fitness after such a lengthy lay-off.

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Having endured an even longer battle to overcome a knee injury during his own playing career, Solskjaer wants Jones to be rewarded for his longevity at the club with the chance to prove his ability to return to the first-team squad.

11.20 BST: Arsenal can’t keep losing if manager Mikel Arteta is to keep his job.

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Don Hutchison predicts that Mikel Arteta will remain with Arsenal for only one more match before he makes his departure from the club.

11.04 BST: Manchester City would still like to sign another striker but they will probably run out of time, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

Not many players who fit their profile are available, particularly when there are just hours to go before the deadline, and the expectation is that they will wait until next summer before targeting Tottenham’s Harry Kane (again) and Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who is available for a €75m release clause in 2022.

Not much movement is expected at the Etihad Stadium today other than possibly a few going out on loan.

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Bernardo Silva is set to stay. He wanted to move to Spain but no club has been able to meet the club’s asking price of more than €60m.

Following an announcement on Monday that defender Ruben Dias has signed a new contract, sources have told ESPN that goalkeeper Ederson is ready to also agree a new deal.

10.45 BST: Sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson it is “very unlikely” there will be any incomings today at Manchester United, but the club have now got the best part of £30m spare.

After signing Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for over £100m the message privately was that there would have to be outgoings before any more new signings could come in. Now winger Dan James is on the verge of joining Leeds United for £25m plus add-ons, while United had to find money from outside the transfer budget to sign Cristiano Ronaldo as it was an exceptional circumstance.

A new midfielder is more of a priority than a right-back and conversations have been held with representatives of Wolves’ Ruben Neves and Atletico’s Saul Niguez over the course of the summer. There has also been interest in Rennes’ star Eduardo Camavinga but United always believed he would rather go to Spain and now looks set to sign for Real Madrid.

Interest in England full-back Kieran Trippier hit a brick wall very early in the summer because of Atletico Madrid’s demand for more than £30m.

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United expect fringe players Diogo Dalot and Jesse Lingard to stay and, while realistic offers would always be considered, their exits are not something United are planning for.

10.26 BST: Sky Sports says that midfielder Tanguy Ndombele will remain at Tottenham after the transfer deadline.

Ndombele, 24, had been keen to move on after becoming the club’s record transfer when signed for €62m from Lyon in 2019.

Nuno Espirito Santo hasn’t played him at all this season but now it appears the France international will stay.

10.22 BST: The Athletic reports that “Arsenal working on deal to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna” and sources have confirmed to ESPN that the Gunners are in talks.

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Tomiyasu, 22, can play both centre-back and right-back but has been linked with rivals Tottenham all summer.

The Japan international is thought to be available for around €20m – a fee that Tottenham were close to agreeing before negotiations collapsed.

Arsenal have already spent more than £130m this summer and need to trim down their squad in the final hours of the window.

10.20 BST: Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is in talks to join Real Betis on loan, sources have told ESPN’s James Olley.

ESPN revealed on Feb. 26 that the Spaniard had a verbal agreement to leave the club this summer and Bellerin is keen to secure a move before the deadline.

Talks are ongoing over the specifics of a deal but sources claim Arsenal are now reluctant to sanction a permanent transfer. Bellerin is believed to have lowered his wage demands in an effort to secure a loan back to Spain but the two clubs are yet to agree a loan fee. It is also unclear as of Tuesday morning whether any agreement will include an option to sign him permanently.

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Arsenal had been in talks with Barcelona over a swap deal for Emerson Royal but negotiations collapsed.

Arsenal are likely to pursue other options at right-back if Bellerin departs and are currently blocking Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ proposed move to Everton as they see the England international as cover for the position.

10.11 BST: Tottenham are closing in on a €30m move for Barcelona right-back Emerson Royal, says The Guardian.

Emerson, 22, only joined Barcelona in June as the club activated a clause to recall him from Real Betis for a fee of €9m.

Barca agreed an initial deal to sign him in 2019 in collaboration with Betis, with each club paying €6m and Barca reserving an option to pay Betis €9m this summer to end the loan and take the player to Camp Nou. Betis are also due 20% of any future transfer, which will be €6m if he moves to Tottenham.

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The Brazilian will replace defender Serge Aurier, who is set to leave, and provide competition for Japhet Tanganga and Matt Doherty,

10.02 BST: The Daily Mirror reports that Ainsley Maitland-Niles “has been told he won’t be training with the Arsenal first team.”

Maitland-Niles, 24, posted on Instagram yesterday “All I wanna do is go where I’m wanted and where I’m gonna play,” but a move to Everton was reportedly rejected.

The Athletic reports that the defender is happy to play at right-back and has no demands to play as a central midfielder. He spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom but is now clearly unhappy and keen to leave on a permanent deal.

09.42 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo has officially signed for Manchester United for a second time, it was confirmed on Tuesday, after joining from Juventus. The deal is a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year, subject to international clearance.

Ronaldo said: “Manchester United is a club that has always had a special place in my heart, and I have been overwhelmed by all the messages I have received since the announcement on Friday. I cannot wait to play at Old Trafford in front of a full stadium and see all the fans again.

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“I’m looking forward to joining up with the team after the international games, and I hope we have a very successful season ahead.”

Earlier on transfer deadline day, the Serie A side outlined the financial details surrounding the deal — a maximum €23m, payable over five years.

Ronaldo will be 41 by the time the final installment from Manchester United is due.

09.30 BST: Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has signed a new contract with the club.

Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m obviously very honoured and proud to continue the journey I’ve already been on here. It’s amazing to finally get it done and just concentrate on looking forward and what the future may hold. I’m in a different place of course, as a player and as a person, from when I first walked in. I’ve learned and grown a lot over my time here, and I’ve got to thank a lot of people for that.

“I’ve loved every minute of it, even when I look back at the tough times, I was still enjoying being a part of this football club. The longer I can do that, the better for me really. I want to be here as long as possible, I’ve always said that. To continue this journey is incredible for me and my family, and I hope the fans and the club feel the same way.”

09.27 BST: Miralem Pjanic wants to leave Barcelona; Barcelona want to move on Pjanic to lower their wage bill. But it will be tough.

ESPN’s Barcelona correspondent Sam Marsden says: “Pjanic camp pessimistic about chances of a move away from Barcelona materialising today. Save any late twists, looks set to stay at Camp Nou for now, where he knows he won’t get much (any) playing time.”

09.14 BST: Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona are in the market for a new No. 9 and could move for Man United’s Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, 34, may be forced to give up the No. 7 shirt for Cristiano Ronaldo and his place in the side will also be under threat.

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The Uruguay international’s possible move to Camp Nou would be “complicated” but nothing is ruled out.

09.06 BST: West Ham have signed Nikola Vlasic from CSKA Moscow for around £25m on a contract until June 2026.

09.00 BST: They missed out on Harry Kane, so do Man City need a striker before the deadline ends?

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08.50 BST: Atletico Madrid are working on a last-minute deal to sign winger Pablo Sarabia from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Diario AS.

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The newspaper says that Diego Simeone is a big fan of the Spain international — who shone at Euro 2020 this summer but isn’t part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans at PSG.

A loan with an option to sign him permanently could be the most likely solution, AS claims, and Saul Niguez is still the most likely departure, with Chelsea still keen on the midfielder.

08.38 BST: Premier League side Burnley are interested in a loan deal for Bayern Munich and United States youth international Taylor Booth, sources have told ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.

Booth, 20, recently made his first team debut for Bayern in a 12-0 win over Bremer SV in the DFB Pokal, and Bayern have been impressed with Booth’s play in preseason. However, with Booth’s contract expiring in 10 months, he could sign a pre-contract with another club in four months.

Sources told ESPN in July that Bayern was interested in extending his contract, but a deal hasn’t yet been completed.

08.21 BST: Atletico Madrid have turned down a loan deal from Barcelona for Joao Felix, according to multiple reports in Spain on Monday night.

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Catalan radio station RAC1 first claimed that Barca were keen to sign the 21-year-old forward on loan, “with no money involved.”

Reports suggest that agent Jorge Mendes was tasked with contacting Atletico and enquiring about a possible move — only to be told that the Madrid club would not entertain it.

Barca have been keen on the Portugal international in the past, with ESPN reporting that a swap deal involving Antoine Griezmann had been discussed.

08.03 BST: Juventus have completed the signing of Everton forward Moise Kean.

Kean, 21, signs on a two-year loan deal for €7m, with an obligation to make the deal permanent for €28m, plus €3m in add-ons.

07.46 BST: Juventus said goodbye to Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday, ahead of official confirmation from Manchester United of his return to Old Trafford.

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The Serie A side also confirmed that the fee for Ronaldo would be a maximum €23m, payable over five years. Ronaldo will be 41 by the time the final installment from Manchester United is due.

The Serie A side penned an emotional tribute to the Portugal international on their website, which read: “On 10 July 2018, two icons of the European and football world came together – Cristiano Ronaldo became a Juventus player. Today, after three years together and 133 appearances, 101 goals scored and five trophies won, that chapter has come to an end…. The paths of CR7 and Juventus have gone their separate ways.

“On that day in July, when Cristiano arrived in Turin, the electric feeling of those great days could be felt through the air. The Juventus fans welcomed CR7 like a king, eager to see him on the pitch and cheer with him. It was a great story.

“The unforgettable moments experienced together were many. We could recite them and relive them, but it would not help, because everyone has their own special memory linked to CR7. Everyone has a shared emotion that does not need to be dusted off, because everyone will always remember what they felt in walking this stretch of road together.

“Today that bond born on July 10, three years ago, has been dissolved, but what has been written will forever remain. It has been an incredible journey.”

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07.30 BST: Manchester United are in talks with Leeds United over a deal for Daniel James, sources have told ESPN.

There have been discussions about both a loan or permanent move for the Wales winger, who has spent the last two seasons at Old Trafford after arriving from Swansea City in 2019.

James has started two of United’s first three games of the season and was set to stay at the club.

Sources have told ESPN that the 23-year-old is concerned about his prospects under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan all hold a strong interest in Sampdoria winger Mikkel Damsgaard, as has been reported by the Daily Star. The 21-year-old had an incredibly impressive tournament while representing Denmark at Euro 2020 — with his free-kick against England likely helping to capture the aforementioned Premier League clubs’ attention. Despite it being late in the window, Liverpool could still make a move for him after Xherdan Shaqiri joined Lyon, while there is still a possibility that Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino could also depart.

Marc Cucurella is in England and has completed his move from Getafe to Brighton & Hove Albion, reports Fabrizio Romano. It is stated that the Premier League side activated the Spaniard’s €18 million release clause and that a medical has already been completed.

– Barcelona are hoping to offload Brazilian goalkeeper Neto to Villarreal, as has been reported by Diario Sport. The 32-year-old is keen to depart in search of more regular first-team minutes, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen currently blocking his path. Barcelona have said they want €8m or the stopper will be staying.

– The Daily Mail reports that Everton boss Rafa Benitez is keen to be reunited with Salomon Rondon, whom he worked with at Newcastle United and Dalian Yifang. However, a deal could prove complicated, as the striker would need to surrender the money he is owed by the Chinese outfit to make the transfer happen.

Marseille and Lille are among the clubs showing an interest in AS Roma midfielder Steven N’Zonzi, reports Foot Mercato. Roma manager Jose Mourinho is keen to get the Frenchman off the wage bill, so the move is probable. N’Zonzi now needs to decide who he would prefer to join.

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— Lyon have cooled their interest in the Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun and have turned their attention to Montpellier‘s Gaetan Laborde, as has been reported by Foot Mercato. West Ham United, Stade Rennes, Sevilla FC, Villarreal and even Zenit have all looked at the 27-year-old Laborde without making an offer. It is suggested that Lyon will need to exceed a €20m bid to sign the forward.



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