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Transfer news live – Neves drops Man Utd hint, Arsenal suffer Abraham setback

Man City target Harry Kane missed Tottenham training for a second straight day as his transfer saga draws on whilst Manchester United want to add a midfielder and Ruben Neves is among those linked as Arsenal are dealt a blow in their Tammy Abraham chase

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Grealish ‘to have spells on bench’ at Man City

Harry Kane’s skipped Tottenham training for a second day meaning one of the summer’s biggest possible transfers could be on.

Manchester City have been heavily linked with the striker, who himself has expressed a desire to leave, but the player believes his absence has been blow out of proportion.

Chelsea have also been linked but could now ramp up their efforts to secure a return for Romelu Lukaku.

Manchester United are still hoping to complete a deal for Raphael Varane whilst a midfielder also remains on their wishlist.

Ruben Neves is among those linked but he has addressed his Wolves future.

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal, despite landing £50m man Ben White, are still looking to make moves with Tammy Abraham among them, but competition for the Blues forward is mounting.

Liverpool meanwhile have yet to flex their financial muscles since signing Ibrahima Konate.

Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you the latest transfer rumours.

17:38Ben Husband

Man Utd facing transfer issueManchester United are reportedly struggling to generate any interest in some of their squad players, as they desperately look to bolster their transfer funds.

United have already agreed a deal to sign Jadon Sancho, while a move for Raphael Varane is close to confirmation.

It is expected they will need to sell before they recruit any players after that, but the MEN claim they are struggling to trim their bloated squad.

Phil Jones in particular, who hasn’t played for 12 months is deemed as effectively unsellable.

17:07Ben Husband

Liverpool confirm new Fabinho dealFabinho has agreed to new terms on a new long-term Liverpool contract, the club have revealed.

“I’m delighted to have signed a new contract with the club,” Fabinho told Liverpoolfc.com. “Since the beginning of the conversation, I was really positive about it because it’s what I wanted – staying in this club, keep playing for Liverpool. Now this is official and I’m really happy.”

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TWITTER@liverpool fc)16:45Ben Husband

Arsenal’s role in Lukaku transferArsenal could yet play a key role in Chelsea’s pursuit of Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.

Chelsea are reading a huge bid for their former striker, with Inter Milan needing to sell one of their stars in order to stave off any financial concerns.

The Nerazzurri will demand £100m for Lukaku and the Telegraph report that they would rather sell Lautaro Martinez.

Martinez is believed to be a target for the Gunners, but as of yet, the Italian champions have yet to receive an offer for the Argentinian.

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AFP via Getty Images)16:17Ben Husband

Celtic confirm double deal— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) August 3, 2021 15:55Nathan Ridley

Romero on the verge of Spurs Cristian Romero is close to being a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Fabirizo Romano has given the transfer the ‘here we go’ and says Atalanta have accepted Spurs’s official bid for €50million (£42.6m), plus €5m (£4.2m) add-ons.

The Serie A side are said to be closing in on Merih Demiral from Juventus as a replacment in a loan-to-buy deal.

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NurPhoto/PA Images)15:26Nathan Ridley

Hudson-Odoi given potential route out of ChelseaCallum Hudson-Odoi could be offered a way out of Chelsea this summer through former manager Maurizio Sarri.

According to Il Messaggero, Sarri’s new club, Lazio, have the Chelsea winger on their shortlist this summer.

The Rome club could reportedly pursue a transfer if they fail in their attempts to sign Eintracht Frankfurt wide man Filip Kostic.

Sarri gave the 20-year-old 24 appearances during their single season together, in which he netted four goals.

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UEFA via Getty Images)14:59Nathan Ridley

Brozovic switch to Premier League ‘unlikely’Marcelo Brozovic leaving Inter Milan this summer is reportedly ‘unlikely.’

La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, claim the Crotia international’s potential new deal will now be discussed at the end of the transfer window due to the midfielder’s current contract expiring next summer.

Brozovic has been linked to Manchester United and other Premier League clubs in the last few weeks but due to Inter seeming set on either seeing him leave on a free next year or renewing terms due to new manager Simeone Inzaghi seeing him as pivotal to the Italian champions.

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Inter via Getty Images)14:38Nathan Ridley

Lukaku’s agent ‘pushing’ for Chelsea moveThe agent who represents Romelu Lukaku, Federico Pastorello, is said to be ‘pushing’ for his client to return to Chelsea.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla says Pastorello has said ‘yes’ to a potential transfer but Inter Milan will only sanction a departure if Lukaku himself wants to leave.

Chelsea’s second offer of £85million plus Marcos Alonso was rejected over the past 24 hours.

Ball in your court, Rom.

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Inter via Getty Images)13:16KEY EVENT

Gunners propose Maddison offerArsenal have proposed a cash-plus-player offer to Leicester for James Maddison, who is open to a north London switch.

The cash aspect is dependent on who the Gunners include in the deal with the likes of Joe Willock and Reiss Nelson both possibilities.

Negotiations are slow as the Foxes aim to keep the playmaker, reports football.london.

Leicester demands are in excess of £60m.

12:50KEY EVENT

Neves drops future hintMan Utd target Ruben Neves does not appear to be a man considering pastures new.

The Wolves midfielder had been linked with a move away and the Red Devils are seeking recruits in the middle of the pitch.

But Neves has spoken highly of life at Molineux as he begins life under a new boss.

“I’m completely focused here, to be fit for the start of the Premier League. It’s about pre-season and hard work – getting fit for the Premier League. That’s the main thing.

“We are getting the ideas of the new coach and I think we are doing well. We have a lot to improve but I think we are doing a great job. We still have two weeks – it’s a good time to train and improve. Let’s go for it!”

12:29KEY EVENT

Villa deal Arsenal Abraham blowAston Villa are now trying to lure Tammy Abraham back to Villa Park as his Chelsea days look numbered.

Arsenal have been linked with the striker, but no deal is yet complete and the Midlands outfit want to pounce, reports the Telegraph.

Abraham previously enjoyed a loan spell at Aston Villa, who have recently signed Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen.

Much may depend on Jack Grealish’s future, but if he leaves Villa will have the funds to sign the Blues forward.

12:23Samuel Meade

Redknapp ‘surprised’ by KaneHarry Redknapp has admitted he was “surprised” by Harry Kane’s failure to turn up to pre-season training at Tottenham on Monday.

Kane reportedly wants to leave the club and this summer but with no move imminent, has taken it upon himself to try and force a move away.

Redknapp admitted the England’s captain behaviour was “not the best,” revealing his thoughts on the situation to talkSPORT.

Read the full story here.

11:42Samuel Meade

Liverpool salesLiverpool are still trying to offload six players before the transfer window slams shut.

Jurgen Klopp is looking to tweak his squad as he aims to wrestle back the Premier League title.

Thus far the Reds have made very few moves in the window, but are looking to offload several players.

Read the full story here.

11:01KEY EVENT

Kane skips training againHarry Kane has again failed to report for Tottenham training.

Thr striker is seeking a move away and didn’t turn up on Monday and has done so again on Tuesday.

Read the full story here.

10:29Samuel Meade

Hart closes on Celtic switchJoe Hart is set to undergo a medical ahead of a move to Celtic, reports the Daily Mail.

The goalkeeper signed for Tottenham last summer but struggled for minutes and could now move north of the border.

The former England No 1 will reportedly finalise a £1m move to Parkhead and sign a three-year deal.

09:56Samuel Meade

PSG eye Koulibaly as Ramos’ partnerPSG are looking to make moves for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, reports Le 10 Sport.

Club sporting director Leonardo wants the centre-half to partner new boy Sergio Ramos at the heart of defence.

Koulibaly has long been linked with a move away from Naples and could finally seek pastures new.

09:22KEY EVENT

Barca lead Saul raceBarcelona appear to be leading the race for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, reports AS.

A swap deal for Antoine Griezmann is not being entertained, but the Catalans are still in pole position despite their financial problems.

The Spanish midfielder has been linked with a Premier League switch amid interest from the likes of Man Utd and Liverpool

08:44Samuel Meade

Chiellini extends Juve stayGiorgio Chiellini has signed a two-year deal at Juventus.

The centre-back had become a free agent this summer when his contract expired in Turin.

But the Italian giants have confirmed that the centre-half will still be part of the squad next season, signing a deal that runs until 2023.

08:12Samuel Meade

Arsenal miss Martinez chanceArsenal had the chance to secure Lautaro Martinez without having to negotiate with Inter Milan, but appear to have missed it.

According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, the Inter Milan striker had a €111m (£95m) release clause inserted in his contract – but it expired last month.

Arsenal would have had to match that fee in the opening two weeks of July to bypass negotiations with the recently crowned Serie A champions and meet with Martinez himself.

07:36Samuel Meade

Napoli track Liverpool’s TsimikasNapoli have reportedly made Kostas Tsimikas one of their top two potential signings this summer.

Tsimikas signed for the Reds last summer but struggled for regular minutes thanks to the brilliant form of Andy Robertson.

Corrie dello Sport claim that Napoli have already made an approach for the left-back, one which was quickly rejected by Reds bosses.

It is reported that the initial offer was to sign him on loan and although their first bid was rejected they could yet return.

07:10Samuel Meade

City could land Barca youngsterMan City have been handed a transfer boost by Barcelona president Joan Laporta indicating they are willing to sell teenage midfielder Ilaix Moriba.

The 18-year-old only made his Blaugrana debut in January but made 18 appearances for the club and featured prominently in the season run-in.

The Guinean-born player’s contract expires next summer and there has been a standstill in negotiations, with Barca willing to cash-in on him this summer rather than risk losing the teenage as a free agent.

06:49KEY EVENT

Blues committed to Lukaku moveChelsea have had two bids rejected for Lukaku, but they are prepared to come back in with a third imminently.

According to The Athletic, Tuchel is desperate to sign the Belgian but has been turned down by Inter so far this summer.

But they are not stopping there and the Blues intend on revisiting a transfer.

06:44Samuel Meade

David on Reds’ radarAccording to reports in Canada, Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Lille forward Jonathan David and could make a bid should the French champions make him available for sale.

The 21-year-old scored 13 times last term as Lille shocked PSG to win Ligue 1 for the first time in a decade.

David joined Lille last year, but could be on the move again with his club desperate for funds to counter their own financial issues.

06:30Samuel Meade

Gunners still keen on MaddisonArsenal are rumoured to still be keen on a move for Leicester City star James Maddison, though they have discovered it will take at least £70m to pry him away from the King Power Stadium.

Given Maddison is contracted to the Foxes until 2024, they are not in a position where they will have to sell on the cheap anytime soon.

The Gunners recently tied down Emile Smith Rowe to a fresh deal but a still eyeing more reinforcements in the No 10 area.

06:28Samuel Meade

Neves prepared to stay putManchester United target Ruben Neves has hinted that he is happy to stay at Wolves and work under new boss Bruno Lage.

Lage has replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in the Molineux hotseat, with Neves expected to depart as the Midlands club raise funds for their own summer business.

One potential destination is Old Trafford but the Portugal international has now hinted that he would instead be happy to stay.

“He [Lage] is a very good coach. I am really happy to work with him,” he told Wolves TV.

“I spoke with a few friends when he signed for Wolves – that were players in Benfica and are good friends of mine – and they said a lot of good things about him.”

06:26KEY EVENT

Kane’s no showHarry Kane was expected to report to Tottenham’s Enfield training ground on Monday morning – but was a notable absentee.

The striker has enjoyed an extended break following Euro 2020 but is linked with pastures new.

Tottenham are set to fine the Englishman, who has made it clear he wants to leave.

Man City remain his most likely destination.

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