Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Liverpool leading Alisson chase

Liverpool leading Alisson chase

Liverpool are in pole position to sign Alisson from Roma, Gazzetta dello Sport claims, but have not yet met the Serie A side’s valuation of the goalkeeper.

The report suggests the Reds have made a bid of €70 million (£62m/$82m) but have seen that rejected as the Giallorossi hold out for somewhere in the region of €75m (£66m/$88m) and €80m (£70m/$93m).

And in a further development, Alisson’s agent Ze Maria Neis ‘liked’ a photo post on Instagram that shows the goalkeeper in a half Roma, half Liverpool shirt, suggesting that a transfer could well be happening.

Blind completes £14m Ajax return

Ajax have completed the £14 million ($19m) signing of Daley Blind from Manchester United, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Netherlands international moved to Old Trafford from the Dutch side in 2014 and went on to make 141 appearances for the Red Devils, winning the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

He has now returned to his homeland and will be hoping to add to the four Eredivisie titles he won during his initial stay at the club.

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Neymar and Mbappe to stay at PSG

Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both set to stay at Paris Saint-Germain, according to the sporting director of the club’s training centre, Luis Fernandez.

Both players have been heavily linked with Real Madrid, with the Spanish club keen to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has joined Juventus.

However, Mbappe, who won the World Cup with France and shone in Russia this summer, and Neymar are ready to shun their advances, Fernandez says.

“Neymar has decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain,” he said, adding later that “he will also stay” when asked about Mbappe.

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Pickford urged to ignore Bayern

Jordan Pickford has been told to ignore reported interest from German giants Bayern Munich and stay at Everton.

The England goalkeeper enjoyed an excellent World Cup, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals, and making a number of key stops, including saving a penalty in his side’s first shootout victory at the tournament.

Pickford has subsequently been linked with a number of elite clubs, but David Moyes, formerly Toffees manager, told The Sun: “I think Everton is the right club for Jordan.”

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City won’t meet Madrid’s Kovacic price

Manchester City are not willing to meet Real Madrid’s valuation of midfielder Mateo Kovacic, reports Sky Sports News.

City are in the market for a central midfielder after their expected move for Napoli’s Jorginho fell through, with the Italy international joining Chelsea instead. 

But City will not pay the £80 million (€90m/$106m) that Madrid are reportedly demanding for the 24-year-old. 

Courtois to decide future in coming days

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, currently on holiday in Tenerife, is set to announce his future in the coming days, OndaCero reports.

The Belgium number one has long been linked with a return to Spain to be with his family and has only one year left on his Stamford Bridge contract.

The report claims that everything points to Courtois making a summer move to Real Madrid.

Barca prefer Kante to Willian

Barcelona have been linked with bids for Chelsea players N’Golo Kante and Willian, but the former is much higher up their wishlist, according to Sky Sports’ Graham Hunter .

Despite the Blaugrana bringing in young Brazilian midfielder Arthur, Hunter believes that the Liga champions want the World Cup winner to add extra depth to their squad.

Signing any Blues player will be difficult, however, with Maurizio Sarri starting a new era at Stamford Bridge as manager and he will be reluctant to lose any big names as his rebuild begins.

Hart expects to be on Man City’s pre-season tour

Joe Hart expects to be on Man City’s pre-season tour of America, the Daily Mail reports.

Hart, frozen out of City’s squad by Pep Guardiola shortly after the coach’s arrival, has been loaned out to Torino and West Ham as his contract with the Premier League champions continues to roll on.

The 31-year-old is actively looking for a new club but is likely to have to take a pay cut to seal a move.

All the same, the former England number one is convinced that he will be part of the travelling party headed for Chicago.

Welbeck & Ospina’s Arsenal futures in doubt

Arsenal are set to trim their squad after completing their summer transfer business and two high-profile names are set to be sold, the Telegraph reports.

Danny Welbeck and David Ospina are the biggest names set for the chopping block, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette set to be the preferred striker options.

In goal, Bernd Leno looks likely to take the number one spot, with Petr Cech looking likely to be kept on rather than Ospina.

Sarri to plead with Chelsea stars to stay

Maurizio Sarri is set to go on the charm offensive this week in a bid to convince Chelsea’s big stars to stay at the club, The Sun reports.

The likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Thibaut Courtois and N’Golo Kante have all been linked with big moves elsewhere across the summer.

Sarri, having recently taken over from Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, will put in calls to the holidaying stars as he solidifies his squad for the upcoming season.

PSG interested in Rose

Paris Saint-Germain are interested in Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, according to Le10Sport

The Ligue 1 champions are looking for reinforcements at left-back after the departure of Yuri Berchiche and the sub-par season of Layvin Kurzawa.

PSG have targeted Rose in the past and are now set to reignite their interest in the England international. 

Bale holds positive Madrid talks

Gareth Bale appears likely to stay at Real Madrid after holding positive talks with manager Julen Lopetegui on Monday, reports The Telegraph. 

Bale has made no secret of his desire for more playing time after failing to consistently crack the XI at Madrid last season. 

But new Madrid boss Lopetegui is understood to have expressed his admiration for Bale, and underlined his desire to work with him this season.

Everton launch £50m Richarlison & Doucoure bid

Everton have launched a £50 million ($66m) bid for Watford duo Richarlison and Abdoulaye Doucoure, claim TEAMtalk

New Everton boss Marco Silva coached the pair during his time in charge at Watford, and is hoping to be reunited with the Brazilian and Frenchman. 

Watford will likely resist any bids for the pair, especially from Everton, who the Hornets feel illegally approached Silva last season while he was still their manager. 

Gomes wants Tottenham move

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes wants to join Tottenham this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The 24-year-old is set to depart Camp Nou this summer after two disappointing seasons with Barca. 

Gomes changed to Paul Martin as his agent last season, due to Martin’s extensive work with clubs in England. 

Boga nears £3.5m Sassuolo move 

Chelsea and Sassuolo have agreed a £3.5 million fee for midfielder Jeremie Boga, Goal understands.

The 21-year-old has spent the past three seasons on loan with Championship side Birmingham City, Rennes of Ligue 1 and Granada of La Liga.

Though he wants to stay with Chelsea, Boga believes a permanent move away will be best for his future if he can’t lock down a first-team role at Stamford Bridge. 

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Newcastle close in on Rondon

Newcastle are nearing a deal for West Brom striker Solomon Rondon, according to TEAMtalk

The 28-year-old Venezuelan has been expected to leave the Baggies after they were relegated to the Championship for next season. 

Newcastle will offer £4 million ($5.3m) for an initial loan for Rondon, with a £15m ($20m) fee added on next summer to make the move permanent. 

Derby near Mount loan deal

Derby County are closing in on a one-year loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, reports The Telegraph.

The 19-year-old impressed on loan with Vitesse Arnhem of the Eredivisie last season, and had interest from PSV and Ajax.

But Mount looks set to instead spend the upcoming season in the Championship under new Derby manager Frank Lampard. 

Marseille to land €20m Caleta-Car

Marseille are nearing the €20 million (£18m/$23m) signing of defender Duje Caleta-Car from Red Bull Salzburg, according to  Kronen Zeitung.

The 21-year-old was a member of Croatia’s World Cup squad and is considered a big part of the nation’s future. 

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Latest Transfer Odds: Alisson now Even money to sign for Liverpool after reports from Italy

Alisson has been cut to evens (2.0) to sign for Liverpool after reports in Italy suggest the Reds have made a €70 million (£62m) bid for the Roma star.

Gazzetta dello Sport have claimed that the Reds are the highest bidders for the goalkeeper, although they have not yet met Roma’s valuation, meaning Chelsea and Real Madrid remain in the hunt.

On Monday, the Brazil stopper was 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to complete a move to Anfield this summer, but the change in price suggests the deal may be completed sooner than later.

Loris Karius

Although Jurgen Klopp seemed insistent on Loris Karius being Liverpool’s number one for the upcoming Premier League season, the reported bid for Alisson suggests otherwise.

Karius made two mistakes in the Champions League loss to Real Madrid which both directly led to goals, but it has since been confirmed he was suffering from concussion in the match and looked set to keep his place.

However, the German made another error against Tranmere in a 3-2 friendly win and the odds suggest Klopp now wants to replace the 25-year-old.

Club after Summer Transfer Window (1st Sept 18) Price
Liverpool evens  (2.0)
Chelsea 7 / 4  (2.75)
To stay at Roma 3 /1 (4.0)
Real Madrid 6 /1 (7.0)
Napoli 33 /1 (26.0)

Only two days ago, Chelsea were 8/11 (1.73) favourites to sign Alisson but a higher bid from the Reds put them in the driving seat and now the Blues are out at 7/4 (2.75) .

As if that wasn’t enough, the Roma stopper has now removed all mention of the club from his Instagram bio. Although this is far from confirmation, social media can be a key indicator about a player’s intentions in this digital age, ever since Eden Hazard revealed he was signing for Chelsea on Twitter six years ago.

Real Madrid reportedly do not want to go above €60 million (£53m) for Alisson and are out at 6/1 (7.0) , whilst him staying at Roma can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill.

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Moroccan forward Moestafa El Kabir joins Ankaragucu

Moroccan forward Moestafa El Kabir has joined newly promoted Turkish Super Lig side Ankaragucu on a one-year deal from Hacken.

The striker teamed up with the Swedish outfit in March 2018 from Antalyaspor on loan and in May, he was acquired permanently.

The former Genclerbirligi player will be expected to add bite to the Yellow-Navy’s attack as they hope for a good campaign in the top-flight.

Reacting to the move, El Kabir expressed his pleasure to return to Turkey while thanking the club’s president Mehmet Yiginer for making the deal come to light.

“I am very happy to have returned to Turkey, I thank the president for giving me the opportunity,” El Kabir told club website.

“We are a club with really great fans. I want to join my teammates and start training as soon as possible.”

El Kabir would be looking to make his debut when Ankaragucu trade tackles with Galatasaray on August 11.

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‘Pogba has become a leader’ – Man Utd star hailed as France’s World Cup hero by Rami

Paul Pogba has “become a leader”, according to Adil Rami, with the Manchester United midfielder proving to be a driving force behind France’s World Cup triumph.

Having faced plenty of criticism for club and country heading into the showpiece event in Russia, the 25-year-old had much to prove under the brightest of spotlights.

He has always been comfortable operating in such surroundings and was able to raise his game to the levels expected of him as he controlled the French engine room alongside N’Golo Kante.

A fine goal in a 4-2 final victory over Croatia topped off an impressive tournament for Pogba, as Les Bleus conquered the world for a second time, and he is now considered to have matured into a player capable of producing talismanic displays when those around him need them most.

Marseille defender Rami told L’Equipe after seeing Pogba star in Moscow: “I can tell you that Paul Pogba, I don’t know how and I don’t know from where, has become a leader. He proved it to us, he showed it.

“He’s a technical player, he has a lot of talent. He was able to battle defensively. Everyone loves players who do tricks, nutmegs, flicks. I can tell you that Paul became a leader. He’s the one that showed the way.”

He added: “Everyone expects nutmegs and stepovers, but football isn’t that. You sweat, you give your body to the cause. There are matches where you have to roll your sleeves up. Some people have understood that and him especially.

“He was the strong man of the France team. Defensively he helped the team. I could talk about everyone, but Paul showed maturity. Technique is good, but it’s the attitude that is the most important.”

Pogba will be granted an extended break by United on the back of his World Cup-winning efforts, but they will be hoping to see him replicate his international form in 2018-19.

The Red Devils, who are currently in America preparing for International Champions Cup duty, are due to open their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester on August 10.

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Blind completes £14m return to Ajax from Man Utd

Ajax have completed the £14 million ($19m) signing of Daley Blind from Manchester United, the Premier League club have confirmed.

The Netherlands international moved to Old Trafford from the Dutch side in 2014 and went on to make 141 appearances for the Red Devils, winning the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the Europa League.

He has now returned to his homeland and will be hoping to add to the four Eredivisie titles he won during his initial stay at the club.

An agreement between Ajax and United was initially announced on Monday, with it expected that Blind will be signing a deal through to 2022 with the Amsterdam-based outfit.

At 28 years of age, he should be at the peak of his powers and will be hoping to deliver his best on a consistent basis back in the Netherlands.

He has been unable to do that in recent seasons, with Jose Mourinho having often favoured other options since taking the managerial reins at Old Trafford in 2016.

Blind was, however, to prove a useful asset for United throughout his time at the club, with his versatility allowing him to cover a number of different positions.

He figured at centre-half, left-back and holding midfield for the Red Devils, with his most productive season in England proving to be the 2015-16 campaign under Louis van Gaal in which he made 35 Premier League starts.

There were just 12 months left to run on his contract at Old Trafford heading into this summer and a move to pastures new had been mooted for some time.

Ajax have now got their man, with Blind ready to open a new chapter in his career after four enjoyable seasons in the English top-flight.

Ajax finished the 2017-18 campaign four points adrift of Eredivisie champions PSV and will be desperate to recapture the crown this season.

They also have another European campaign to look forward to, with their Champions League efforts set to open at the second qualifying round.

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