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Marco Asensio set for €500m Real buyout clause; City firm on Evans

Marco Asensio.
Real Madrid are to reward Marco Asensio with a new contract.

The football world is awash with gossip. Transfer Talk is monitoring the whispers ahead of all the summer moves. Check out the latest deals and potential deals here.

TOP STORY: Asensio set for €500m buyout clause

With Marco Asensio's star rising, Real Madrid are set to offer the 21-year-old a lucrative new contract in order to ward off potential suitors, according to Marca.

Madrid hope to insert a huge buyout clause in Asensio's new deal to ensure they won't be in danger of losing him.

The Spain international is under contract until 2022, with a buyout clause of €350 million, but Madrid want to up that clause to €500m -- a similar amount to key players such as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Only Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have higher buyout clauses at the Bernabeu, with release fees of €1 billion.

The European champions are also set to raise Asensio's salary from €3.5m-a-year to €4.5m, extending his terms until 2023.

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23.10 BST: That will do it for our Saturday edition of live Transfer Talk. Check back in a few hours for the latest transfer rumours and links plucked right from the Sunday papers. Have a good night !

23.06 BST: One more big one before we sign off. Manchester City are not giving up on signing Alexis Sanchez. Pep Guardiola is keen on the Arsenal man and reports suggest City are lining up a £70 million offer for the Chilean. The title contenders have already spent over £200 million this summer and are after Sanchez as well as a central defender like Jonny Evans or Ben Gibson.

23.00 BST: Newcastle are pondering bringing back Andy Carroll on loan. Rafa Benitez is desperate to sign a striker and reports out of England claim the former Geordie Carroll is on his radar. Carroll would give Newcastle a serious aerial threat and may be available after West Ham's acquisition of Javier Hernandez earlier this summer.

22.50 BST: Here is a new one for ya... Everton are being linked with wantaway Chelsea hitman Diego Costa. Ronaldo Koeman has stated his desire to add another striker to his team and the Mirror report that one option is Costa.

The Spain international was told he was no longer part of the plan by manager Antonio Conte earlier this summer but recently was just brought back into training. Costa has been linked with AC Milan and a return to Atletico Madrid but the latter would require him to wait until January when Atleti's transfer ban ends.

22.35 BST: Italian outlet Premium Sport are reporting that Ivan Perisic is close to snubbing Manchester United and finalising a contract extension to stay at Inter Milan. The Croatian has been linked with United all summer but now it appears Luciano Spalletti has convinced the winger to stay in Italy.

22.20 BST: PSG castoff Serge Aurier may have dropped a hint on social media of what his next club will be. The Ivorian liked a picture with six players (including himself) linked to Tottenham, sending the internet buzzing. Stay Tuned.

Who will be next in joining Sanchez at Tottenham? #COYS #THFC #TOTTENHAM #SPURS @spursofficial

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22.05 BST: Reports out of France claim that Lille is set to bid £9.2 million for Middlesbrough's Adama Traore. Traore, now 21, was a top prospect out of the Barcelona youth set-up and is keen to leave relegated Middlesbrough.

21.30 BST: Speaking after Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Stoke, Arsene Wenger hinted that there is still transfer business to be done.

"I expect players to go because we have too many players, it's not manageable and many clubs are in this situation that's why the transfer market is quiet.

"We have 33 players at the moment and that's too many", said Wenger. 

Lucas Perez, Mathieu Debuchy and Kieran Gibbs are three players expected to be sold before the deadline shuts.

21.15 BST: Amid rumours with Robert Snodgrass, Sunderland boss Simon Grayson has publically stated that they will not be signing the player. Grayson went on to say:"The only way we'll get him is a loan deal. There won't be too many clubs able to afford him in the Championship, if they can they have serious money.

"But he's a player I like and will ask the question about his availability, like a lot of other managers."

Snodgrass seems almost certain to leave West Ham before the summer window closes.

21.05 BST: Hull City's Sam Clucas sat out the Tigers contest with QPR amid transfer rumours linking him with a Premier League move. Hull manager Leonid Slutsky confirmed that Clucas is on the way out saying, "Clucas is preparing to play for another club. I think a deal has been agreed.

"It was his decision not to play, but in the next days I think a deal will be announced. It is a Premier League club. I think it is a decision made all together but it was his as well."

Swansea seems the likeliest destination as the Welsh club seek a replacement for do-everything midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.

20.52 BST: Despite interest from West Brom, the Times claim that Mamadou Sakho would prefer a return Crystal Palace or move to West Ham. The exiled defender spent last season on loan at Palace but Liverpool have stated they will not loan the player out again and will only permanently sell.

Palace are also interested in RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke, confirmed manager Frank de Boer. The Scottish talent only moved to Germany last season but is reportedly interested in moving back closer to home.

"He (Burke) is a very young, promising Scottish player. He's from Great Britain so it's always interesting to see those kind of players. He's still very young, maybe, but we are also focusing on other players", said the Dutch manager.

20.28 BST: Goncalo Guedes has been dropped from the Paris Saint-Germain squad to face Toulouse on Sunday, amid speculation that he could be offered to Monaco as a makeweight in any potential move for Kylian Mbappe. Serge Aurier, Hatem Ben Arfa, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Lucas Moura are all missing once again for PSG, with their futures also currently uncertain. Full story.

20.10 BST: It's not been a very good evening for Arsenal fans following their side's defeat to Stoke, but The Sun is at least reporting that the club are leading the race to sign Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic. Negotiations could talk place over the next few days with Inter looking to offload him.

19.53 BST: AC Milan have spent a load of cash this summer and, according to coach Vincenzo Montella, they still want to spend a bit more... "We are all working very hard, day and night," he said. "Before the transfer window closes, something could happen. It will depend on the opportunities the transfer market could offer us."

19.29 BST: AS is also reporting that Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri has a €40 million buyout clause in his contract, which Barcelona are set to pay next week.

18.48 BST: AS is claiming that Chelsea have agreed a £50 million fee with Atletico Madrid for wantaway striker Diego Costa. Atletico will apparently pay £41m up front, with another £9m in potential add-on fees to follow.

18.18 BST: Fresh from his goal-scoring cameo appearance in the win against Swansea today, Anthony Martial has posted a picture of himself pointing at the Manchester United badge -- which puts those reports from earlier this summer of his Old Trafford departure to bed.

@manchesterunited 🔴🔴🔴

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18.01 BST: Rafa Benitez's frustration in the transfer market this summer is no secret, but the Newcastle boss could be set to bring in Sampdoria's Dennis Praet. The Sun claims that the Magpies have made a £12.8 million bid for the midfielder.

17.36 BST: DONE DEAL Serie A side SPAL have completed the signings of Marco Borriello and Bartosz Salamon from Cagliari, with the former joining permanently and the latter on loan...

17.04 BST: Amid talk of a move to Burnley, Chris Wood has announced he will not be playing for Leeds this evening against Sunderland...

16.04 BST: West Ham are currently 2-1 down to Southampton, but Le 10 Sport claims they are hoping to bolster their attack after submitting a bid to Celtic for striker Moussa Dembele.

15.33 BST: Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has stressed that Ousmane Dembele will only be allowed to join Barcelona if they meet his asking price despite the forward's exile. "We have a certain asking price. If [Barcelona] matches that, there will be a transfer. If not, then no," he said. Full story.

15.09 BST: Arsenal are in the hunt to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente, according to The Sun, but face competition from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla for his signature. Madrid are said to be happy to let the 22-year-old go out on loan for the season again after his spell at Alaves last term.

14.43 BST: We mentioned earlier that Antonio Candreva is reportedly on his way to Chelsea... Well, not if Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti has anything to do with it.

14.23 BST: Sky Sports News is reporting that Leeds forward Chris Wood will have his medical with Burnley on Sunday ahead of completing a £15 million move to Turf Moor.

14.10 BST: Jonny Evans has been left out of West Brom's squad to face Burnley this afternoon... He has been carrying an injury -- but then perhaps he's been left out to discuss a move to Manchester City?

14.03 BST: Despite having failed with all three of their bids to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, Barcelona are not giving up the fight... Mundo Deportivo states that Barca will battle for the Brazilian's signature until the final day of the transfer window.

13.46 BST: Mateo Kovacic was the subject of a €75 million bid from Juventus, AS reports, though sadly for the Serie A champions, Real Madrid rejected the offer. With Kovacic having impressed in both legs of the Spanish Super Cup victory over Barcelona, Madrid have no intention of selling him and Juve have subsequently appeared to drop their interest.

13.26 BST: Plenty of talk today about Marco Asensio with Real Madrid reportedly set to offer him a new deal... Well, here's the lowdown on how the 21-year-old became the first player ever to score on his debut for a club in five different competitions. Read.

13.12 BST: Talking of Paulo Gazzaniga, this local Southampton barbers has wished him all the best at his new club... Looks like he's on his way to Tottenham then.

12.56 BST: After making their first signing of the summer in Davinson Sanchez from Ajax, Tottenham want three more before the transfer window closes, the Daily Mirror claims. Lazio midfielder Keita Balde, Celta Vigo's Cheikh Diop, Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, Serge Aurier of Paris Saint-Germain and Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga are said to be their top targets.

12.40 BST: Barcelona aren't having it their way currently in their bid to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele. Should they fail to lure either to the Camp Nou, Sport claims their backup plan is to bring in Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain and Nice's Jean Michael Seri instead.

12.12 BST: So Real Madrid are apparently back in for long-time target David De Gea... Well, according to The Sun, Manchester United will allow the goalkeeper to leave for the Bernabeu next summer -- if they can bring in Gianluigi Donnarumma from AC Milan first.

11.34 BST: According to The Sun, Manchester City have had a £4.5m bid for Fenerbahce's Oguz Kagan Guctekin rejected. City's Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are also being linked with a move for the 18-year-old. 

11.09 BST: Real Madrid's Marco Asensio has been catching the eye for the European champions of late, particularly with his outstanding record of scoring in his first match in five separate competitions. Marca reports that the Real want to increase the 21-year-old's buyout clause to a monster €500m, to ward off any potential suitors.

10.48 BST: If, like many others, you're wondering just who this Davinson Sanchez character is, then Tim Vickery has the inside track on a the centre-back who has gone from reserve in Colombia to the Premier League with Tottenham in two short years.

10.25 BST: The Daily Mirror reckons it has the inside track of Barcelona's latest bid for Philippe Coutinho, which was rejected yesterday by Liverpool. Although the headline figure of Barca's thrid bid is reported to be £119m, that is heavily contingent on lots of add-ons, with the cash Liverpool would have been guaranteed to receive only totting up to £80m.

10.03 BST: Leicester City have been spending big pretty much ever since they won the Premier League. Their latest new signing could be defender Yohan Benalouane who, according to L'Equipe, could be moving to the King Power stadium from Turkish club Osmanlispor.

09.46 BST: Tottenham finally made their first signing of the summer window on Friday, in the shape of Colombian defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax. The Guardian now says that Spurs could add another defender, claiming they are in "advanced talks" over signing Juan Foyth from Estudiantes, who has appeared to be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain.

09.15 BST: West Ham are the latest Premier League club to be linked with a move for transfer window stalwart William Carvalho. However, the Daily Telegraph reports that the Hammers and Carvalho's current club, Sporting Lisbon, are still more than £5m apart in their respective valuations of the Portugal midfielder.

Don Hutchison joins Layla Anna-Lee to explain why a move for Jonny Evans would be 'no bad thing' for Manchester City.

City won't be 'held to ransom' over Evans

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has said it will take "a big, big offer" for the club to consider selling defender Jonny Evans, with Manchester City keen to sign the ex-United man.

But the Guardian reports that City "will not be held to ransom over Evans" with coach Pep Guardiola having "identified other options at centre-back" if West Brom's valuation remains too far ahead of theirs.

It says City "are set to make a renewed bid for Evans after having one in the region of £18 million rejected" but are aware that the 29-year-old "will have little or no sell-on value" and will turn their attentions elsewhere if they believe the Baggies want an "unrealistic" fee.

Although an offer of around £25m with add-ons may lead West Brom to sell their captain, Guardiola has said he is happy with his squad whether new signings arrive or not.

Chelsea close in on Inter's Candreva

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, whose Premier League champions were stunned at home by Burnley on Saturday, has been told he can bring in midfielder Antonio Candreva from Inter Milan, according to the Mirror.

It reports that Inter are ready to let Candreva move for £25m, with the Italy international "keen on a switch to team up with Conte."

He could move to Stamford Bridge ahead of Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, with Chelsea having seen a £15m offer for the England international rebuffed.

The Mirror says Drinkwater -- valued at £40m by the Foxes -- "is desperate to move to Chelsea," with Conte having "been given reassurances that the club are pushing hard as they close in on several targets."

Burnley succeed in chase for Leeds star

Persistence has paid off for Burnley, says the Mirror, reporting that the Clarets "have finally landed striker Chris Wood from Leeds."

Burnley were reported to have had two offers for the New Zealand international turned down but have "reached agreement with the Championship side at the third attempt and will pay £15m plus add-ons."

Manager Sean Dyche had made Wood -- who scored 30 goals for Leeds last season -- his top target following the sale of Andre Gray to Watford.

And although Leeds offered the player a three-year contract extension, the Mirror says "he was desperate to move once he knew of Burnley's interest."

Steve Nicol and Sid Lowe discuss Barcelona's transfer needs as the club continue to pursue Coutinho and Dembele.

Tap-ins

- All is not happy at Newcastle, the Telegraph reports, saying "underlying tensions have resurfaced after manager Rafa Benitez revealed he has lowered his expectations for the club's transfer dealings."

Benitez has voiced frustration at the Magpies' progress in the transfer market this summer, but said he still hoped things "can be better" before the window closes.

-- Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce is sizing up the possibility of a loan move for Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass, who has been told he can leave West Ham only a matter of months after joining them.

Bruce signed Snodgrass during his time at Hull City "and would jump at the chance of working with him again," the Birmingham Mail says. Although Villa "cannot afford a permanent deal," they would be keen on a temporary switch.

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