The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
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.
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The Portugal goalkeeper joined Wolves on a free transfer after his Sporting contract was rescinded, but the club have filed a 63-page dossier to FIFA demanding the Premier League side pay £48.5 million, according to Sky Sports.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.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 12, 2018
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…
🖊️ One more for you…
Welcome to #FFC, Maxime Le Marchand!
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 12, 2018
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…
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) July 12, 2018
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…
HE’S BACK! 🤩
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 12, 2018
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:
⚽ “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
— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) July 12, 2018
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.