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Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo keen on Man City move as Real Madrid bid for Kylian Mbappe

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Messi trains with PSG whilst Kane’s future at Spurs remains uncertain

Following Lionel Messi’s seismic move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the Argentina captain’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo could also be set for a career refresh.

The Juventus forward is reportedly keen on leaving the Serie A club, with Manchester City the ideal destination as things stand. However, City – who spent £100million on Jack Grealish in this window – are reluctant to pay a transfer fee for the 26-year-old Ronaldo. That said, with City’s top target Harry Kane having confirmed that he will not leave Tottenham this summer, the Premier League champions might just be tempted to pursue the Portugal winger.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid have made waves by making a £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe. PSG have rejected the offer, but the French club’s sporting director Leonardo appeared to confirm that the France international wishes to fulfil a childhood dream by moving to the La Liga side. Mbappe, 22, will see his contract expire next summer, so PSG might just decide to take the money instead of letting the superstar leave for free next year.

Meanwhile, Manchester United continue to rival PSG for Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, with the 18-year-old one year away from a free transfer and a likely candidate to make a late move in the window as his club salvage some value. And in yet more French transfer news, West Ham have been linked with Lille midfielder Jonathan Bamba, with the 25-year-old now seen as an alternative to Jesse Lingard, who has returned to Old Trafford following his incredible loan spell at the London Stadium. Elsewhere, Chelsea are exploring a potential loan move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

You can follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip as Premier League clubs make moves to strengthen ahead of transfer deadline day.

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Transfer news LIVE: Guardiola reveals when he will leave Man City

Pep Guardiola has said he intends to leave Manchester City when his current contract expires in 2023.

The Spaniard, who joined City in 2016 and has won three Premier League titles with the club, has said he feels he will need a rest by the time his contract runs out, which will be after seven years in charge.

“Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility. A national team is the next step,” the 50-year-old said, as reported by ESPN.

“After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop. I’m going to have to take a break, see what we’ve done.

“And in the process, I would like to train a South American [team], European, playing a Copa America, I want to have that experience.”

Full story here:

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 10:56

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Transfer news LIVE: Man United target midfielder but may have to wait for Rice

More news from our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, who has the latest on Manchester United’s transfer plans as regards signing a midfielder:

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign a central midfielder in this window, as he sees it as the final missing piece in his team, although there is an increasing acceptance that Manchester United may have to wait a year for Declan Rice.

“The West Ham United midfielder currently best fits Solskjaer’s requirements, which is a holding midfielder who can sit and control play. The issue is similar to Harry Kane in that Rice still has three years left on his contract, and his club have inevitably set a high price.

“Brighton and Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma is one player who United have looked at, and may return to in future, but he is seen as more of a box-to-box player rather than the type of passer Solskjaer wants now.”

Full story here:

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 10:47

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Transfer news LIVE: Spurs talk to Juventus over McKennie transfer

Our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, reports:

“Tottenham Hotspur have spoken to Juventus about the signing of Weston McKennie, and repeated sources now feel a move may be possible for under £40m.

“The Spurs hierarchy are keen to bring in a central midfielder, and the highly-rated American’s situation may allow a deal to be done as Juventus continue to rearrange their squad.

“The relationship with Spurs’ Fabio Paritici, who used to work at Juventus, naturally helps. It was Paritici who brought the 22-year-old to Turin in the first place.”

Full story here:

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 10:29

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Transfer news live: PSG want £190m for Mbappe amid Real approach

In Spain, AS is reporting that PSG won’t let go of Kylian Mbappe for less than £190m.

Given Real Madrid’s known financial struggles at the moment, many were surprised that they bid £137m for the France forward this week.

That said, £190m seems very unlikely to be manageable for Real, who would surely instead elect to wait until next summer to land the 22-year-old, whose contract with PSG expires at the end of this season.

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 10:26

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Transfer news live: Will Kane try to add release clause to Spurs contract?

According to The Telegraph, Harry Kane could look to renegotiate his Tottenham contract, with the intention of including a release clause.

The striker desired a move to Manchester City this summer, but the Premier League champions did not put in a bid for the England captain, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wanting at least £150m for his star man.

Kane, 28, signed a six-year contract with the north London club in 2018.

There is no release clause in Kane’s current deal, something he could look to alter to improve his chances of leaving Tottenham in January or next summer.

Yesterday, the striker said he would not be leaving Spurs “this summer”, insisting he is focused on helping Nuno Espirito Santo’s side.

Harry Kane is staying at Tottenham “this summer” (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

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Harry Kane is staying at Tottenham “this summer” (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

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Alex Pattle26 August 2021 10:13

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Transfer news live: Ronaldo, Kane, and a shrinking football world

Our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, has written about what Ronaldo’s potential move to Man City – and Kane’s failed one – means for the world of football. Here is an excerpt, with the full article below:

“Jorge Mendes is actively looking at options for Cristiano Ronaldo, and Man City is now seen as ‘at least possible’. The Portuguese would prefer an English club in the Champions League.

“It would be a complicated deal to do in the space of a week, because of the nature of Ronaldo’s contract and so many commercial attachments.

“That still wouldn’t be anywhere near as complicated as his Manchester United legacy. Such a move would affect the meaning of his time at Old Trafford.

“That might sound like an airy intangible, but it has substantial importance, as well as a commercial importance too. It is what attaches people to clubs and creates legacies, as well as – forgive the term – “brands”.

“That is one of the deeper concerns about this window, and what is so relevant about the Harry Kane situation.”

More here:

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:50

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Transfer news live: Harry Kane commits to Tottenham… for now

The England captain had made known his desire to leave Spurs at the end of last season and missed the north London club’s first few training sessions of this campaign.

But Man City were reluctant to bid the £150m that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was reportedly after, and Kane took to social media yesterday to clear up the situation.

“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” he wrote, referring to his appearance off the bench against Wolves in the Premier League.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:24

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Transfer news live: PSG reject Real Madrid bid for Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain have rejected the offer, but the French club’s sporting director Leonardo appeared to confirm yesterday that Mbappe wishes to fulfil a childhood dream by moving to the La Liga side.

France forward Mbappe, 22, will see his contract expire next summer, so PSG might just decide to take the money instead of letting the superstar leave for free next year.

Kylian Mbappe is a target for Real Madrid (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:13

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Transfer news live: Ronaldo keen on Man City move

Following Lionel Messi’s seismic move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the Argentina captain’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo could also be set for a career refresh.

However, City – who spent £100million on Jack Grealish in this window – are reluctant to pay a transfer fee for the 26-year-old Ronaldo. That said, with City’s top target Harry Kane having confirmed that he will not leave Tottenham this summer, the Premier League champions might just be tempted to pursue the Portugal winger.

Ronaldo spent six years with City’s rivals, Man United, between 2003 and 2009, before joining Real Madrid for a then world-record transfer fee of £80m.

The five-time Ballon D’Or winner left Real for Juventus in 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus future is unclear

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Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:09

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Transfer news live: Welcome!

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of all of today’s transfer news!

We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest from the Premier League, the rest of Europe and beyond.

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