United’s pursuit of Yerry Mina may be cooling but Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to add to his squad after watching his side suffer defeat by Bayern Munich in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday night.
One player not heading to Manchester is Barcelona’s Yerry who is set to join Everton instead.
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The race for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot is hotting up with AC MIlan the latest to show an interest.
He was all set to join Barcelona – before they swooped for Arturo Vidal.
Now Italian newspaper ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ says new AC Milan sports director Leonardo would have the young Frenchman as his midfield priority.
The Brazilian knows him and would be willing to present an offer for the promising footballer.
Bournemouth will be hoping to wrap up the signing of Colombian defensive midfielder Jefferson Lerma for a club-record fee.
The Cherries have agreed a fee understood to be £25million with Spanish club Levante for the 23-year-old.
All that remains is for confirmation that Lerma has agreed personal terms, passed a medical and obtained a work permit.
Leicester announced on Sunday evening that they have struck a deal to sign winger Rachid Ghezzal from Monaco on a four-year deal.
Ghezzal will link up with his new team-mates this week ahead of the Premier League season opener at Manchester United on Friday night.
The decision to bring the deadline forward so that no new signings can be added before the Premier League season begins, plus the World Cup, means the final days of the window could be frantic.
Eden Hazard is due to return to training with Chelsea today as speculation persists that the Belgian could be on his way to Real Madrid this summer.
The 27-year-old asked new Blues boss Maurizio Sarri for the extra time off following his World Cup exertions with Belgium, who he helped to a third-place finish at the finals in Russia.
Hazard has been linked with a move to Spain, with his contract at Stamford Bridge expiring in the summer of 2020.
Hazard’s team-mate, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, could also be targeted by Real Madrid and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is waiting to hear from him on Monday.
Agent Christophe Henrotay has publicly pleaded with Chelsea to allow Courtois to leave for Madrid this summer, but Sarri said after Sunday’s Community Shield that he wants to speak to the player before deciding if he should remain in his plans.
English clubs only have until 5pm on Thursday to add to their squads, but could still lose players after that with the deadline in the big European leagues still set at August 31. Full Story
Willian has rejected Manchester United and Barcelona and will instead stay at Chelsea.
United had been set to launch a last-ditch bid to land Jose Mourinho’s top target.
Mourinho was set on beating Barcelona to the punch for the Brazilian attacker before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
But the 29-year-old is now set to stay at Stamford Bridge after talks with new boss Maurizio Sarri.
After Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield, the Brazilian broke his silence over talk he could leave the club this summer.
“This is just the beginning,” he told football.london. “I’ve been only in three training sessions. We have a new season with a new philosophy, everything is new for everyone. But this team has everything to improve in all aspects”
Fulham’s new signing Alfie Mawson will miss the start of the new Premier League season as the centre back recovers from a knee injury.
The highly-rated Mawson joined Fulham from Swansea City this month in a £20m deal.
The 24-year-old has been ruled out of at least three league matches as he battles for fitness after having surgery in May.
“He won’t be ready. We will be waiting between two and three weeks for him to start working with us,” SlavisaJokanovic told the London Standard. “I don’t expect he can help us before September.”
Two Premier League clubs are said to be battling for Brentford centre-half Chris Mepham.
According to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth and Leicester are competing to sign him, but the Championship club have rejected a £12m from Eddie Howe’s side.
Leicester are believed to have seen a £10m offer for rejected too, but he would be behind Johnny Evans and Harry Maguire in the pecking order at the KingPower.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen on Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka.
The Spurs boss, yet to make a signing with just four days of the transfer window remaining, has been assessing his options with Mousa Dembele keen to leave before Thursday’s deadline.
Lobotka, 23, is a Slovakia international who only signed a new deal in February which runs until June 2023.
However, he has a £31m release clause in his contract, however, and his club revealed last month that he wants to move on.
Napoli are also interested in his services.
Arturo Vidal is relishing the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi after jetting in to seal his move to Barcelona.
The midfielder will be presented by the club on Monday after he completes the formalities of his surprise £27million switch from Bayern Munich.
And the Chilean has already set his sights on a trophy-laden three years at the Nou Camp.
“To be honest I am very happy,” he said. “I am looking forward to starting training with my teammates, to wearing such a famous shirt, and to doing important things here.
“It is a dream. I hope to achieve my objectives. I am here to win all the trophies available and I will give everything on the pitch to achieve this.”
Manchester United will reportedly face competition from Arsenal for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign a centre-back before Thursday afternoon’s transfer deadline.
And according to reports in Germany, United have opened discussions with the German giants for the former Manchester City defender.
United, who lost to Bayern in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday night, have also been linked with moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld.
But Boateng appears to have jumped to the front of Mourinho’s wanted queue.
According to German publication Kicker however, Arsenal – and Paris Saint-Germain – could emerge as rivals for his signature. Read More Here
Manchester United are reportedly preparing a late move for Harry Maguire ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Jose Mourinho is determined to strengthen at the back before the window slams shut and the Leicester star is seen as a priority.
The Red Devils are aware that it will take a world record fee for a defender, claim Sky Sports, currently set at £75m by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.
Their interest in Toby Alderweireld could be reignited if the Foxes rebuff their efforts, though Maguire is seen as the priority.
Leicester will be able to command a monster fee if they do decide to sell after Maguire’s excellent World Cup in Russia.
The 25-year-old also has four years remaining on his contract, with Leicester also banking £60m from the sale of Riyad Mahrez, meaning United will have to table an offer they simply cannot refuse.
Liverpool could make one final attempt to land France star Nabil Fekir amid reports Lyon are ready to sell.
The Anfield club have long been linked with a move for the midfielder and have until Thursday afternoon to complete a deal.
Liverpool came within hours of announcing the transfer before this summer’s World Cup but pulled out of the switch due to concerns about Fekir’s medical.
He went on to win the World Cup with France but appeared set to remain in his homeland.
But according to daily newspaper L’Equipe, Lyon would allow Fekir to depart if they receive an appropriate offer- believed to be upwards of £60million.
Arsenal are reportedly considering a late move for AC Milan left back Ricardo Rodriguez.
Gunners boss Unai Emery has a problem at left back with Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac injured ahead of the club’s Premier League opener against Manchester City on Sunday.
Monreal returned from the World Cup with a knock and has not featured in pre-season while Kolasinac will be out for at least two months with a knee injury.
According to the Daily Mail , Arsenal have earmarked Rodriguez as a potential signing before the transfer deadline on Thursday.
But Milan would hold out for £30million for the 25-year-old who only joined the Serie A club last summer from Wolfsburg.
Former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda has signed with Melbourne Victory for the upcoming season.
The former AC Milan player bowed out of international football after Japan’s exit from the last 16 at the World Cup in Russia.
His goal against Senegal made him his nation’s only player to have scored at three of the global showpieces.
Victory’s signing is a coup for the champions after the departure of striker Besart Berisha and a bonus for the Australian league which has struggled to lure world class talent.
“We’re honoured that he’s chosen to join our club this season,” Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro said.
Waghorn to join Boro
Ipswich striker Martyn Waghorn will complete a £7million move to Middlesbrough.
Boro have pipped Championship rivals Derby to the 28-year-old who netted 16 times last season following a bargain £200,000 move from Rangers.
The Tractor Boys will waste no time in spending a large chunk of the cash to bring in at least four new faces before Thursday’s deadline.
New boss Paul Hurst is returning to former club Shrewsbury to splash almost £2 million on defender Aristote Nsiala and midfielder Jon Nolan, both 26.
Hurst, who has already added six new faces to his squad, is also looking to push through an £850,000 move for Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt, who was 27
Hurst’s other target is Cardiff striker Omar Bogle, 25, who is wanted on a season-long loan after Accrington refused to budge over their £2.5 million asking price for striker Kayden Jackson, 24.
Jefferson Lerma has been warned not to expect to walk straight into the Bournemouth team just because he is their record signing.
Colombia World Cup ace Lerma, 23, arrived on the south coast to undergo a medical after the Cherries agreed to pay Levante £25m to land the midfielder.
But new teammate Steve Cook said: “There is a lot of competition for placed. The gaffer has got a very difficult job picking a team for the weekend.
“I think the squad itself at the moment is looking really strong, David Brooks and Diego Rico have come in and done really well.
“Every player in the changing room works really hard to improve and that’s why we are unique. We will continually do well with the players we have got and with the players who come in to add to that.
“I am sure Lerma will bring a lot of experience and quality to the team. But for me, it is all about the team continuing to grow and having a good season.”
Bournemouth wrapped up their pre-season preparations with a 5-1 defeat of last season’s Europa League finalists Marseille on Saturday and host Cardiff in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
Mark Hughes says Southampton’s summer spending splurge is over after failing to land Lille defender Kevin Malcuit (below).
Boss Hughes was willing to fork out £18million, but the full-back is joining Italian club Napoli instead.
Hughes, who has already lavished £51m on four new signings, said: “We are probably at a point where we are not likely to do any more business.”
Saints are still looking to offload £65,000-a-week England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who is now third choice behind Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy.
Hughes said: “Fraser is looking at options really.
“From his point of view he needs to get back playing.”
Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui will not allow Luka Modric to leave the club this summer.The Croatian has been linked with a move to Inter Milan following an impressive World Cup.But Lopetegui expects to have Modric at his disposal for the Spanish Super Cup clash against Atletico next week.
He said: “Modric’s an extraordinary player, we await him with open arms. I talked to him after his excellent World Cup and we’ll see if he can play on August 15.
“I told him he was a player I’m passionate about, I love him and he knows it. He’ll be happy with the proposal he receives here. He’ll be happy to play football, like he already was, at Real Madrid. Luka is a Madrid player and will continue to be, I have no doubt. We’ve enjoyed having him and we’ll continue to do so.” Full Story here
Maurizio Sarri insists he expects “more good” news than bad when he meets Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard on Monday.
The new Chelsea boss had brief discussions with the Belgium internationals over the phone last week amid intense speculation over their futures and potential moves to Real Madrid.
Hazard is thought to have long dreamed of swapping Stamford Bridge for the Bernabeu in order to rival Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the ultimate individual recognition.
Meanwhile Courtois, who spent three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, would eventually like to return to the Spanish capital in order to live closer to his two young children.
Hibernian head coach Neil Lennon is similarly surprised more suitors have not emerged for .
Only Celtic have bid so far for McGinn, who set up Hibs’ second goal in a 3-0 win over Motherwell on Sunday, but the Edinburgh club have rejected three offers.
Brighton and Blackburn have also been linked with interest in the 23-year-old Scotland midfielder, who is in the final season of a four-year deal, and Lennon is braced for movement before the English transfer deadline at 5pm on Thursday, hours before his side’s Europa League clash with Molde.
“The only concrete bid we have had is from Celtic and that hasn’t met our valuation,” said Lennon after praising his side’s “marvellous” performance in their Premiership opener.
“I would be amazed if we didn’t get more offers in for him. He is outstanding, he is at the peak of his powers, and he has handled the situation brilliantly. That speaks volumes, not only of the player he is, but the personality as well because it can’t be easy for him. He was outstanding again.
“But he has a value. It’s a bit like Van Dijk’s situation, I couldn’t understand why no-one took a punt on him earlier.
“He is one of the best I have worked with in terms of what he brings to the team and his influence. If he does go, he will leave a huge hole. But whether he is here on Thursday or not, it’s going to be a fraught couple of days.”
Maldini back at Milan
Paolo Maldini has been named AC Milan’s Sporting Strategy & Development Director.
The club legend made his debut in 1985 and went on to win 26 trophies over a stunningly successful 25 year career.
Milan’s executive Paolo Scaroni said: “There are few words to describe what Paolo Maldini represents for AC Milan. It was a privilege watching him as a player, winning countless trophies on the pitch, and I am excited and honoured to be working with him today in this new role.
“Paolo’s leadership and experience will benefit the club greatly, as will his passion and energy. Today’s appointment is yet another sign of Elliott’s commitment to build a strong foundation for long-term success.
“It will not be easy and it will take time, but we have ambitious objectives, and Paolo’s appointment is an important step toward returning AC Milan to where it belongs.”
Mullen wants chance to prove himself
St Mirren striker Danny Mullen is ready to welcome added competition in Paisley after insisting he belongs in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Buddies boss Alan Stubbs is set to step up his pursuit of fresh attacking options this week.
But Mullen wants the chance to prove he can lead the line for the Championship winners in the top flight.
He opened his Premiership account on Saturday as his double fired Stubbs’ newly-promoted side to a 2-1 opening day win over Dundee.
Mullen has no problem with his manager looking for fresh faces – but will not be handing over his jersey without a fight.
The former Livingston frontman said: “I feel myself that we need another striker in.
“There is a bit of speculation about Ross Stewart leaving but for me, it’s all about healthy competition for the team.
“Hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in the starting line-up.
“I feel I’ve got a point to prove. I’ve always felt I belonged in this league and that I can do it at this level. “I’ve worked my way up, I’m here now and I just hoping I can kick on from these first two goals.”
Fulham are reportedly confident of completing a loan move for Real Madrid defender Theo Hernandez.
The Premier League club are believed to have made a £2million offer to take the Frenchman to Craven Cottage.
He only joined Real from city rivals Atletico last summer but has been unable to break into the first team.
According to reports, Hernandez would rather join Real Sociedad.
Everton want to take Joao Mario on loan next season – but the Portugal midfielder is ‘unconvinced’ by a move to the club, it’s claimed.
Toffees boss Marco Silva wants to add a central midfielder to his ranks before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
He’s an admirer of Mario, 25, who impressed on loan for West Ham last season before representing his country at the World Cup.
But while the Inter Milan player is interested in returning to the Premier League, he’s not so sure about Everton, reports Calcio Mercato.
He’s said to be waiting for further offers from England, according to the claims.
West Brom could land Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo in a £12million deal – but the player is holding out for a Premier League club.
The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Fulham, was expected to go out in a temporary basis again.
However, the Sun report that the Anfield club are willing to sanction a permanent £12m move to the Baggies, relegated to the Championship last term.
The player, though, is apparently holding out for a move to a Premier League club, with Watford said to be keen.
Burnley have clinched the £15million signing of Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.
The Teessiders confirmed the centre-back, 25, had joined the Premier League side on Sunday.
A product of Boro’s academy, he joined as a 12-year-old and made his first team debut against Coventry City in 2011.
That was the first of his 203 appearances for his hometown club, the last which came at Ipswich on the final day of last season when he made his 250th appearance of a career that also included loan spells with Plymouth, Tranmere, and York City.
He was an integral part of the record-breaking backline on which Boro built the promotion success in the 2015/16 season and was one of only three top-flight players not miss a minute in the Premier League in 2016/17.
Gibson, who played 50 times for Boro in the Championship last season, will now link up with Sean Dyche’s side ahead of their Premier League opener against Southampton on Sunday.
West Ham are battling Arsenal for the transfer of Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes – and may have an ace up their sleeve.
The Irons are prepared to offer 18-year-old wonderkid Domingos Quina as a sweetener in any deal for the Portuguese playmaker, 25.
Barcelona hold a longstanding interest in Quina, considered one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe, reports football.london.
And according to Mundo Deportivo , Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini could offer the Portuguese youngster – who previously spent time in the academies of Benfica and Chelsea – as a makeweight in a deal for Gomes.
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AC Milan are plotting a £107m transfer package for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
The Serie A club appear to have moved ahead in the race to sign the Serbia midfielder, also linked to Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus.
Reports in Italy suggest the Rossoneri are willing to offer Lazio an initial £35.6m loan fee, with an option to sign the 23-year-old permanently later on for a top-up fee of £71.2m.
If the proposal is accepted, it would come as a blow to United and Chelsea, both of whom were said to be interested in adding Milinkovic-Savic to their ranks.
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