Transfer Talk: Manchester United and Real Madrid in Gareth Bale talks
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Manchester United and Real Madrid in Gareth Bale talks
Manchester United and Real Madrid have reached an advanced stage of talks regarding Gareth Bale, according to the Manchester Evening News.
They report that Jose Mourinho has prioritised a moved for the Wales international over Cristiano Ronaldo, who completed a transfer to Juventus this week.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Eden Hazard are all reportedly being touted as replacements, and Bale's agent told ESPN FC that Ronaldo's departure will have no bearing on his future.
Bale, like Ronaldo, threw his future at the Santiago Bernabeu into doubt immediately after beating Liverpool in May's Champions League final.
23.05 BST: That will do it for today's live Transfer Talk blog. Hope you enjoyed our company today and remember to check back in a few hours for more rumours, links and done deals from around the football world. Goodnight!
22.51 BST: Barcelona have made a few moves in the past few days signing midfielder Arthur from Gremio and defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla.
Spanish outlet SPORT claims they have already agreed to personal terms with another player: PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The €40 million-rated midfielder has been untouchable in previous seasons for PSG but according to Le Parisien, new manager Thomas Tuchel is willing to sell the player -- who is entering the final year of his contract -- for the right price.
The 23-year-old is one of the top young French talents but drew the ire of many earlier this summer when he rejected a reserve role with France after failing to make Les Bleus' 23-man World Cup squad.
22.23 BST: It takes a special type of player to be committed enough to play for Tony Pulis.
The Middlesbrough boss is known as a tough manager to play for but is also a loyal one, who has a tendency to sign players he knows and trusts wherever he goes.
It is is no surprise then that Pulis is looking to old club West Brom for help. One player Pulis is reportedly keen on reuniting with is Matt Phillips.
The winger played for Pulis for parts of two seasons at West Brom and could be set for a move after scoring just two goals in 30 appearances for the Baggies last season in the Premier League.
21.51 BST: Updating one from earlier. It sounds as if West Ham are close to getting their man in Lazio's Felipe Anderson.
Football.london claim that West Ham and Lazio have agreed to a deal of £40 million plus add ons and that the player is set to be unveiled in the next couple of days.
West Ham continue to be awful busy as they rebuild under new manager Mauricio Pellegrini.
21.22 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Staying in MLS, LAFC have agreed to transfer defender Omar Gaber to Egyptian side Pyramids FC.
Gaber just joined LAFC on loan from Basel in January but requested a move home to Egypt due to what LAFC called a "family matter".
20.59 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- The Chicago Fire have signed 22-year-old Argentine Nicolas Del Grecco from Honduran side Club Deportivo Olimpia.
20.32 BST: According to French outlet RMC Sports, Watford have rejected a £30 million bid from Everton for midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.
The 25-year-old scored seven goals and added three assists in 37 games last season for the Hornets.
19.56 BST: Recent developments in the transfer market hint that Lyon could again be open to selling Nabil Fekir.
With the Mirror claiming that Lyon have opened up talks with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech, rumours are swirling that Fekir to Liverpool could be back on.
Ziyech, who impressed for Morocco during the World Cup, would be seen as a direct replacement for Fekir, leading many to believe Lyon have changed their mind and are now willing to sell the France midfielder after all.
The 25-year-old has also been linked with Liverpool in the past. Ziyech scored nine goals and delivered 17 assists last season for Ajax.
19.24 BST: Everton have yet to make any headway in their attempts to sign Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney.
If Celtic refuse to budge on the young Scotland international, the Liverpool Echo suggests the Toffees could move for Man United's Luke Shaw or Augsburg's Philipp Max.
The uber talented Shaw has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Man United while Max, who just missed out on Germany's World Cup squad, is one of the best young full-backs in the Bundesliga.
Marco Silva is still looking for recruits but time is ticking at Goodison Park.
19.06 BST: Here's a big one. Man United have been given good news in their pursuit of Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld.
Yahoo Sport UK have confirmed that Tottenham are willing to sell the Belgian defender "if the price is right." The 29-year-old Alderweireld has been linked with a move away from Spurs off and on for about a year now and is thought to be valued at around £75 million.
18.33 BST: -- DONE DEAL -- Turkish giants Galatasaray have signed talented youngster Henry Onyekuru from Everton on loan.
The 21-year-old Nigerian scored 10 times on loan last season at Anderlecht and is highly regarded by the Toffees.
18.02 BST: HAVE A BLOODY DAY FULHAM!
After completing a double swoop for Maxime le Marchand and Jean Michael Seri, Fulham may not be done yet.
The London club have reportedly now entered the bidding for Man City starlet Oleksandr Zinchenko.
The 21-year-old Ukrainian defender had been heavily linked with a move to Wolves for an expected £16 million but now Fulham and Wolves appear to be going toe-to-toe for the highly rated youngster.
Fulham have also been linked today with a move for Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri.
17.37 BST: Nottingham Forest are closing in on out-of-favour Newcastle midfielder Jack Colback, according to reports in England.
Colback played the second half of last season on loan at Forest but his high wages at Newcastle could make it a difficult deal to swing for Aitor Karanka and Co.
17.13 BST: Championship new boys West Brom are looking to build a squad that is prepared to fight for instant promotion back to the top flight.
According to Football Insider, one player the Baggies are targeting is Leeds forward Kemar Roofe.
The 25-year-old Roofe was Leeds' top scorer last season with 14 goals and came through West Brom's youth system -- never making an appearance for the first team.
16.20 BST: Turkish outlet Aspor believe Fulham are interested in signing Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri.
16.10 BST: Crystal Palace are keen on West Ham's Michail Antonio, Sky Sports News report.
It is believed a fee of more than £15 million would need to be agreed in order to take Antonio away from the London Stadium.
16.00 BST: An update from Unai Emery on Arsenal's transfer plans...
Unai Emery says he considers Arsenal's squad "complete" but is open to more signings if a "great opportunity" comes up.— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) July 12, 2018
15.50 BST: Leicester were offered Patrick Roberts as a makeweight in a deal for Riyad Mahrez by Manchester City, according to the Leicester Mercury.
15.40 BST: Sky Sports News say that Barcelona have made a second bid for Chelsea's Willian.
15.30 BST: Chelsea have taken a firm stance on their valuation of Real Madrid target Thibaut Courtois, according to El Confidencial -- pay €50 million or there will be no deal.
15.20 BST: Benfica goalkeeper Bruno Varela could be the latest player to join Nottingham Forest, according to Portuguese outlet Noticias ao Minuto.
14.55 BST: Are we about to see the start of a transfer merry-go-round?
14.45 BST: The agent of Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina has said that his client has not agreed a deal with Everton, as reported by Sky Sports News.
14.35 BST: One in one out at Newcastle today -- Kenedy joined on loan today, but the Magpies wave goodbye to Mikel Merino, who joins Real Sociedad...
14.30 BST: Danish outlet BT say that Jannik Vestergaard will complete his move from Borussia Monchengladbach to Southampton shortly, once his current club sort out some paperwork issues.
14.25 BST: Le Progres write that West Ham have made a lucrative offer for Lyon defender Marcelo Guedes, and he could be persuaded to join the Premier League club if a fee is agreed.
14.15 BST: Staying with Barcelona, and they have just announced the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla...
14.10 BST: Barcelona are remaining tight-lipped in their pursuit of Eden Hazard.
Asked about the links with Hazard and whether the fact that he has flirted with Real Madrid could affect the move, director of football Eric Abidal said: "You have to ask the player. We do not talk about players that are not ours. If we sign a player we will communicate it.
14.00 BST: Fair to say the Italian press are excited about Cristiano Ronaldo's unveiling, anyway...
This is the best time to be alive for Tuttosport. They've been waiting for something like this for years. Just the 12 pages today on Ronaldo. pic.twitter.com/yLpcrsH3gA— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) July 12, 2018
13.50 BST: Here is Joao Cancelo at his Juventus unveiling, looking a lot like the original bust of Cristiano Ronaldo at Madeira airport.
13.40 BST: In an interview with CalcioNapoli24, Jorginho has said goodbye to the Serie A club and to manager Maurizio Sarri.
We imagine he will be saying hello to him again soon.
13.30 BST: An update to a story from this morning; Newcastle are set to lose out on the signing of Nice forward Alassane Plea to Borussia Monchengladbach, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
They write that the Bundesliga outfit held their nerve in negotiations, whereas Newcastle simply did not offer enough money.
13.20 BST: Sky Sports believe that Liverpool will not bid for Roma goalkeeper Alisson this summer.
13.10 BST: Chelsea have joined Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Leonardo Bonucci, Corriere dello Sport say.
13.00 BST: Wolves are unconcerned about Sporting Lisbon's demands over Rui Patricio.
The Portugal goalkeeper joined Wolves on a free transfer after his Sporting contract was rescinded, but the club have filed a 63-page dossier to FIFA demanding the Premier League side pay £48.5 million, according to Sky Sports.
12.50 BST: TuttoMercatoWeb believe a poll was set up at Everton over whether they should sign Joao Mario from Inter Milan.
12.40 BST: Signed, sealed, delivered -- Arthur Melo is a Barcelona player.
12.30 BST: Valencia have confirmed that Nani has left to rejoin Sporting Lisbon.
12.20 BST: Chelsea must first sell Alvaro Morata if they are to sign Gonzalo Higuain, as per Corriere dello Sport via Calciomercato.
12.05 BST: Talks are advancing between Manchester United and Real Madrid regarding Gareth Bale, the Manchester Evening News report.
11.55 BST: Jorginho has had his medical ahead of a move to Chelsea, according to the Evening Standard.
11.45 BST: Barcelona will make an approach for Eden Hazard and he is now their main focus of the transfer window, Sport write.
11.35 BST: The Evening Standard believe West Ham will pay £40 million for Lazio's Felipe Anderson.
11.25 BST: Tuttosport write that Gonzalo Higuain could join Chelsea once Maurizio Sarri is appointed as manager.
11.15 BST: One more signing from Fulham, as Maxime Le Marchand also signs from Nice...
11.05 BST: Parma, fresh from their quickfire return to Serie A, have announced the signing of Bruno Alves from Rangers.
10.55 BST: Sport believe Clement Lenglet is already a Barcelona player, and that confirmation of his transfer from Sevilla will come shortly.
10.45 BST: One of the shocks of the summer -- Fulham have beaten off competition from Chelsea and Arsenal to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri...
10.40 BST: Le Parisien believe Adrien Rabiot will join Barcelona after Paris Saint-Germain sanctioned his departure.
10.30 BST: A done deal on Tyneside! Newcastle have re-signed Kenedy on loan from Chelsea...
10.25 BST: West Ham have made an official approach to Sevilla for midfielder Franco Vazquez, according to Marca.
10.20 BST: The Daily Mirror have an update on Liverpool's reported pursuit of Alisson...
Widespread reports in Italy on €65m Liverpool bid for Alisson...completely wrong (unfortunately). NO bid from @LFC, no contact at all with player or club. No plans to bid at this stage either. Was some interest earlier in window, but cooled and not revived. #LFC— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) July 12, 2018
10.10 BST: De Telegraaf write that Ajax are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester United for Daley Blind.
10.00 BST: Leicester will reward Harry Maguire with a new contract following his impressive World Cup campaign with England, according to the Leicester Mercury.
09.50 BST: Back with one of the longest running sagas this window, and West Ham are still working towards the record signing of Felipe Anderson from Lazio, Sky Sports News report.
09.40 BST: Paul Joyce of The Times believes Liverpool are closing in on Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri...
Liverpool closing in on deal for Shaqiri— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 11, 2018
09.30 BST: Sky Sports, via Calciomercato, believe Wolves are close to signing Juventus forward Andrea Favilli.
09.20 BST: Fulham are in advanced talks with Nice over the double signing of Jean-Michael Seri and Maxime Le Marchand, Sky Sports News report.
09.10 BST: The Leicester Mercury are running with reports from Italy that the Foxes could replace Riyad Mahrez with former Tottenham midfielder Iago Falque.
09.00 BST: Lucas Digne has asked Barcelona to let him leave should a good offer come in for him, as per Sport.
08.50 BST: A source from Barcelona has told AS that they will not move for N'Golo Kante, as the club believe he is off to Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain instead.
Instead, Barca will turn their attentions to Adrien Rabiot and Frenkie De Jong.
08.40 BST: Tuttosport report that Juventus are looking to sign Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin, as Daniele Rugani looks set to join Chelsea.
08.30 BST: Despite being interested in working with Rafa Benitez, Nice forward Alassane Plea is likely to snub Newcastle in favour of Borussia Monchengladbach, the Newcastle Chronicle report.
08.20 BST: Everton are working on a £21 million deal for Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina, the Daily Mirror write.
08.10 BST: SportBild report that Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Napoli are all interested in Croatia forward Ante Rebic.
08.00 BST: Over in Italy, they are still going crazy over Cristiano Ronaldo and his move to Juventus.
The front cover of Gazzetta dello Sport states he will be unveiled on Monday.
Sulla #Gazzetta in edicola oggi:— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) July 12, 2018
⚽ "Ci vediamo lunedì". Firmato CR7. Fissato il Ronaldo-Day allo Stadium ⚽ Croazia da sballo, storica finale #WorldCup ⚽ Milan, oggi finisce l'era di Mr. Li ⚽ Inter, De Vrij parla già da leader 🎾 Wimbledon, Federer out. E molto altro! pic.twitter.com/BKLLlA6l7H
Higuain on the market
Chelsea are in line to bring in Gonzalo Higuain this summer, according to Calciomercato.
The Juventus forward's position is under threat following Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival from Real Madrid, with the Serie A club apparently encouraging offers of around €55 million.
Calciomercato reports that Higuain "is no longer untouchable with the Old Lady," as Chelsea lead the race for his signature.
The Argentine scored 23 goals in 53 appearances last season and could replace the want-away Alvaro Morata at Stamford Bridge.
Fekir deal still open
Liverpool could still secure a deal for Nabil Fekir once the World Cup is over, reports the Daily Mirror.
Despite concerns over the playmaker's medical results, the Reds remain keen on the 24-year-old as they weigh up another offer.
Fekir has apparently secured an agreement with Jean-Michel Aulas that the Lyon president will reopen talks with Liverpool to resurrect his "dream" move.
It's thought Fekir remains available for around £53m, but his immediate priority is preparing for France's World Cup final against Croatia.
- Matteo Darmian is set to leave Manchester United this summer, says TalkSport. The 28-year-old had been linked with a move to Juventus, but Inter Milan now seems a more likely destination.
- Everton are in pole position to sign Colombia World Cup star Yerry Mina, reports the Daily Mirror. The 23-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place at Barcelona, and could leave the Nou Camp for around £21m.