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Transfer news LIVE! Kane to stay; Arsenal want Martinez; Chelsea eye Bellingham; Man Utd, Liverpool rumours – Evening Standard

The Harry Kane saga rumbles on with the striker not involved in Tottenham’s Premier League opener against Manchester City… the very club he is trying to join. However, The Times reports that Spurs are set to keep Kane for another season with Daniel Levy intent on resisting City’s +£100million bids.

In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window – and any transfer window, come to think of it – Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There could be trouble on the horizon though, with reports from France suggesting Kylian Mbappe still wants to leave Paris, and will either be sold to Real Madrid this summer or leave for free in 2022.

In another huge deal, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m and want to add Sevilla defender Jules Kounde to their ranks. As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.

Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with the Gunners now having entered into early talks with Real Madrid. They are also reportedly willing to listen to offers for captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Liverpool, meanwhile, want to sign Belgian forward Jeremy Doku from Rennes as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with a double swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who has been chased by West Ham.

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

Live updates1629100891Mbappe turns down PSG deal Kylian Mbappe is reportedly set to meet the PSG hierachy today after rejecting a new six-year contract at the club.

Marca claim that the Frenchman is still hopeful of sealing a move to Real Madrid this summer, though given he is now into the final year of his deal, the Spanish giants would surely prefer to wait until next summer to nab him on a free.

PSG’s summer transfer activity has been the envy of Europe, but it looks as if they still have a very key issue to iron out before the window closes.

1629099209Gunners still keen on Martinez One transfer rumour from earlier in the window that has resurfaced today is Arsenal’s supposed interest in Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Argentine, who is also said to be wanted by Tottenham as a potential Harry Kane replacement.

Tuttomercato say Arsenal are still hoping to seal a deal before the transfer window closes, though how easy that will be given Inter have already sold one star striker in Romelu Lukaku remains to be seen.

1629097701Henderson ‘agrees new Liverpool deal’ Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has agreed a deal in principal to sign a new contract at the club, according to The Athletic.

Henderson is into the final year of his deal and having seen Gini Wijnaldum walk away for nothing this summer, the Merseyside club were understood to be desperate to avoid a repeat.

The report claims Henderson has now agreed to sign a three-year deal that has an option for a fourth year depending on the number of appearances he makes.

1629096030Harry Kane latest Well, there’s only one place to start this morning – as I suspect will be the case every day between now and the end of the transfer window – and that’s with the latest on the future of Tottenham star Harry Kane.

The England captain missed yesterday’s win over Man City, deemed not yet fit enough to be involved after an extended summer break, but he was understood to be in the stadium, where the home fans broke into several renditions of “Are you watching Harry Kane?” as they celebrated the 1-0 victory.

Reports in The Times and The Telegraph yesterday claimed it is increasingly likely that Kane will stay at Spurs this season, with chairman Daniel Levy refusing to budge in sanctioning a sale to City.

1629095012Good morning!Hello and welcome back to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of this summer’s transfer window.

With the first weekend of Premier League action out of the way, managers have had chance to look at what they have – and haven’t – got within their squads. It could be a busy week or two…

1629061248Nuno on Kane absence, Spurs fans’ chantsTottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo says Harry Kane will join the squad when he is ready after missing today’s 1-0 win over Man City.

Kane trained on Sunday morning and Nuno said: “Harry, like (new signings) Bryan (Gil), Cristian Romero, they joined us later.

“For Cristian and Bryan it was very important to be here today. To feel the atmosphere and be in the stadium and be in the hotel, attending the meeting, but knowing they don’t have too many sessions with us.

“Harry worked this morning, he is preparing himself and when he is ready he will join the group and help the team.”

When asked about the Spurs fans chanting “are you watching Harry Kane?”, Nuno added: “Look, Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly.

“We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team. We still have to go to Portugal (to play Pacos de Ferreira in the Europa Conference League play-offs) then we think about Wolves.”

1629060994Barca start life without Messi with a winBarcelona began the post-Lionel Messi era with an entertaining 4-2 home win over Real Sociedad in their first game of the LaLiga season tonight.

A header from Gerard Pique gave the Catalans the lead in the 19th minute to the delight of 20,000 fans who returned to the Camp Nou for the first time in 17 months, and Martin Braithwaite struck either side of halftime to extend their lead.

Getty ImagesSociedad looked to be out of the game but substitute Julen Lobete pulled them back into contention in the 82nd minute and forward Mikel Oyarzabal scored a stunning free kick moments later to set Barcelona nerves jangling.

Sergi Roberto struck in added time for the hosts, however, to make sure of the points in Barca’s first match without all-time top scorer Messi, who joined Paris St Germain last week after 21 years with the Spanish club.

1629045174Spurs set to keep Kane for one more seasonThe Times are reporting that Harry Kane is increasingly likely to stay at Tottenham and that Daniel Levy is digging in keep him.

Kane was not in the Spurs squad to face Manchester City today but the report claims Tottenham chairman Levy remains determined to keep the England captain despite his desire to leave.

In the report, the Times also claim “there have been no recent discussions between the clubs regarding Kane” and that Spurs are “set to keep Kane for one more season”.

1629041293Coutinho stripped of Barcelona shirt numberPhilippe Coutinho has been stripped of his Barcelona shirt number as they bid to offload the Brazilian this month.

Lazio have emerged as surprised contenders to sign Coutinho and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Barca are willing to pay half of his £200,000 a week wages to allow him to leave.

Barcelona are eager to get Coutinho off their books and have given his No14 shirt to Rey Manaj, who has been promoted from their B team.

1629040792Kane not involved for Spurs against Man CityHarry Kane has been left out of the Tottenham squad for their first game of the season against Manchester City today.

Kane wants to join City and only had two training sessions with the first team following his late return from holiday this week.

Explaining his decision to leave out Kane, Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo said: “He needs to work [on his fitness]. He needs to keep on working until he’s ready to help the team.

“He doesn’t need too many sessions. He needs to be fit.”

Asked whether Kane would be at the game, Nuno added: “He worked in the morning, I don’t know what he’s going to do [now].”

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