Two huge stories are gathering steam in the final week of the summer window as both Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo look to leave PSG and Juventus, respectively.
Real Madrid saw their opening €160m bid for the PSG star rejected – after the Parisians accused Real of an “illegal” approach – while Ronaldo is reportedly attempting to engineer a move to Manchester City.
Chelsea are not done either as lodge a bid for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, while Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez could join on loan – though Manchester United are also reportedly interested in the latter. The Blues are hoping Kurt Zouma joins West Ham to boose their coffers.
Arsenal have spent more than any other top European team, with the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, and are now focussing on getting rid of deadwood with Willian heading for the exit door… could captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang be next?
Liverpool have also been linked with the likes of Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Live updates1629981125Man City told to pay for RonaldoManchester City have been told that must pay €28m for Cristiano Ronaldo, Sky Italy report.
The Premier League champions have not ruled out giving Juventus a transfer fee – but the Italian side must find a replacement in the final days of the window.
Getty Images1629979467Recap: Mbappe wants to join Real MadridReal Madrid are plotting a second bid for Kylian Mbappe after seeing their €160m opening offer rejected by PSG.
Sporting director Leonardo spoke to RMC Sport yesterday.
“Kylian Mbappe wants to leave, that seems clear… If he wants to leave, we will not stop him, but on our terms,” he said.
“The deadline is August 31 at midnight. This is how the transfer window is, for us we are clear: we keep him and we extend.
“But we’re not going to let him go for less than what we paid when we still owe Monaco money.
Getty Images1629977516‘A surprise City didn’t go for Messi’Rivaldo is surprised Manchester City did not make a move for Lionel Messi, who is preparing to make his PSG debut this weekend.
Asked if he thought PSG was the right move for Messi, former Brazil international Rivaldo said: “Yes it is, especially in this moment of PSG.
“Great players and the enormous challenge of a Champions League for a club that has never conquered it, although I also think that a great club in England could have been an excellent decision too because of the challenge that the Premier League represents.”
He added: “It is a surprise (they did not try to sign him) because of the potential that the club has, which, like PSG, brings together great stars and lives a great moment. Also because of what Messi represents for Guardiola in his career as a coach, and reciprocally as well.
“But I do not know the main reasons for this decision, although I know that having hired a great player like (Jack) Grealish moments before could have been equally decisive.”
AFP via Getty Images1629975820Man Utd may wait to sign RiceManchester United are looking into signing Declan Rice, but next summer is a more likely transfer date, reports the Independent.
Rice wants to leave West Ham, though will not force an exit, and a move to Old Trafford appeals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considers a central midfielder the final piece of his United puzzle – but is prepared to wait for a player who best fits his requirements: a holding midfielder who can sit and control play.
Getty Images1629974712Chelsea hopeful over Saul loanPlenty going on in the final few days.
The Telegraph report that Chelsea are hopeful of agreeing on a loan deal with Atletico for Saul Niguez with the option – not an obligation – to make the move permanent.
1629973685Spurs in talks over McKennieTottenham are ready to launch a £40m bid to sign Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie, according to the Independent.
Everton and Aston Villa have also been linked with interest, but Spurs have contacted the Serie A giants over a summer move.
Juve are reportedly keen to get sell and bring in a replacement better suited to Max Allegri’s new approach.
1629972603Spurs to play hardball with KaneHarry Kane is ready to sign a new contract with Tottenham, but is unlikely to get his own way once again.
The striker wants parity with the league’s highest-earners on close to £400,000-a-week.
REUTERS1629971564Chelsea ready Kounde bidChelsea are preparing an offer of around €60m (£51.4m) to sign Jules Kounde, reports Sportitalia.
The Blues have been talking through agents until now but with Kurt Zouma set to join West Ham they are ready to make contact with Sevilla.
This one should escalate quickly with personal terms expected to be a formality.
AFP via Getty Images1629970863Levy wins the warFor Daniel Levy, the Harry Kane saga has unquestionably ended in victory.
The prize? A season to prove the Tottenham still mean business.
Action Images via Reuters1629970472Zouma set for West Ham medicalKurt Zouma is set to undergo his West Ham medical in Paris today ahead of a £25million move from Chelsea, writes Jack Rosser.
The defender has been in the French capital for the last few days and is close to becoming David Moyes’s first permanent signing of the summer.
The Hammers had initially baulked at the 26-year-old’s £125,000-a-week wage demands and there was concern on Wednesday night as talks hit a snag with one of Zouma’s French representatives, though all sides now expect the move to go through.
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