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: Ox edges closer to Chelsea switch
Reigning champions Chelsea are closing in on a deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after the midfielder rejected a new £180,000-a-week contract at Arsenal, according to the Sun.
Considering he’s only ever been a squad player at the Emirates Stadium, starting just 16 Premier League matches last season, it perhaps seems strange that the Gunners are putting up such a fight to keep the 24-year-old. But the report claims that the club’s tactics have failed, with Oxlade-Chamberlain telling Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis that he wants to leave.
Chelsea are prepared to pay £35 million for the England international who, like Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, is in the final year of his contract.
The Blues have also lined up bids for Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater, according to several reports in Britain, as Antonio Conte looks to build a new English core at Stamford Bridge.
18.50 BST: Asked about reported Liverpool and Chelsea target Virgil van Dijk following Southampton’s Premier League game against Huddersfield, Mauricio Pellegrino said he expects the Netherlands international to stay where he is when the transfer window shuts on Thursday.
18.27 BST: Good news for Tottenham fans. Club-record signing Davinson Sanchez is available to face Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.
Work permit ✅
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 26, 2017
17.54 BST: Alex Neil insists Preston have no intention of selling in-demand striker Jordan Hugill, who is a target for Reading.
“Our side is not going to get broken up,” he said. “We want to keep these players and have a right go this season. We are not in the market of selling our best players.
“They are our players and we don’t want to sell them. It’s not like anybody has a gun to our head. If anything, we’d like to bring some players in. Hopefully we can get one or two over the line.”
17.04 BST: Sport reckons Philippe Coutinho‘s representatives will meet with Liverpool today in an effort to thrash out a transfer to Barcelona.
Liverpool have been firm in their refusal to sell the Brazil international so far.
16.20 BST: It seems unlikely at this point, but the Telegraph reports that Monaco would prefer to sell Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid over PSG.
The same story adds that PSG are likely to sell Angel di Maria if they sign Mbappe.
15.46 BST: Sources have told ESPN FC that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is no closer to leaving Arsenal, despite interest from Liverpool and Chelsea.
15.27 BST: Midfielder Matty James has signed a new contract with Leicester that will keep him at the club until 2021.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 26, 2017
15.00 BST: Wales boss Chris Coleman says Gareth Bale is best served staying at Real Madrid, amid reported interest from Manchester United.
“Being selfish, he’s better off at Real Madrid. You work all your life to get to the top, you don’t want to give that up.”Being selfish, he’s better off at Real Madrid. You work all your life to get to the top, you don’t want to give that up. Full story.
14.37 BST: DONE DEAL They’re supposed to be kicking off against Birmingham in the Championship shortly, but somehow Reading have found time to announce the signing of Dave Edwards from Wolves.
— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) August 26, 2017
14.20 BST: New Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that Renato Sanches has asked not to travel to their game against Werder Bremen this weekend in order to sort a transfer.
Roma are now favourites to sign the midfielder, who has also been linked with AC Milan and Manchester United.
13.54 BST: Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will join Juventus on a free transfer next summer when he becomes a free agent.
La Gazzetta dello Sport says the Germany international has already given his word to the Italian champions.
13.30 BST: Sky Italia claims Shkodran Mustafi has agreed a deal to join Inter Milan from Arsenal but the two clubs are yet to iron out the finer details of the move.
13.09 BST: The Telegraph says Arsenal could sell Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez before the end of the transfer window.
The biggest name among them is Oxlade-Chamberlain, who may not play against Liverpool on Sunday amid a possible departure.
12.53 BST: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he will not get involved in potential talks over a new contract for Cristiano Ronaldo and maintains that he is happy with his current squad and wants no more ins or outs this summer.
He said: “I am happy with the team I have and the squad I have at the moment,” he said. “I do not want anybody. We are ready.” Full story.
12.21 BST: Crystal Palace’s need for defensive reinforcements is no secret after defeats in their opening two Premier League games of the season.
The Times reports that Frank de Boer is confident of signing defender Mamadou Sakho for less than Liverpool’s £30m valuation.
11.59 BST: Chelsea face Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, but there will be action off the pitch as well as on it, according to the Sun.
They reckon Chelsea will hold talks with Everton about a £30m move for Ross Barkley.
11.32 BST: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will not be drawn into a war of words over the future of Philippe Coutinho as Barcelona continue to try and force through a move. He insisted: “I don’t judge what other clubs are doing.”
11.09 BST: Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos says that he and his teammates don’t know anything about the potential signing of Kylian Mbappe. “We are waiting for something official,” Marquinhos said.
10.46 BST: DONE DEAL Juventus have loaned midfielder Luca Marrone to Serie B side Bari for the season, having spent last season at Zulte Waregem.
— FC Bari 1908 (@fcb1908) August 26, 2017
10.21 BST: Attention Liverpool fans! Sky Sport Italia and La Gazzetta dello Sport are both reporting that Schalke are not prepared to accept Juventus’ offer of a loan with obligation to buy for Benedikt Howedes. The Germany international wants to go to Juve, but Liverpool could solve their defensive woes by gazumping the Serie A champions by doubling that offer up to €20 million.
— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) August 25, 2017
09.58 BST: Reports in Italy continue to link Shkodran Mustafi from Arsenal to Inter Milan after just one season in the Premier League. with Sky Italia’s Gianluca Di Marzio saying a deal has been agreed in principle.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) August 25, 2017
09.33 BST: Lionel Messi to Real Madrid? Don’t worry, Barca fans! Real Madrid’s official Twitter account has been hacked, after a post welcoming Messi to the club appeared on their feed.
09.15 BST: The clock is ticking! Just six full days left for clubs to do their business. Will we get any big deals today? Keep it right here!
Liverpool lead Sanches race
Liverpool face a testing final week of the window as Barcelona step up their interest in Philippe Coutinho, but, if they hold on to the Brazilian and complete a move for Renato Sanches, their midfield could look a lot stronger by the start of September.
According to the Daily Mirror, Sanches is keen to quit Bayern in search of first-team football after starting only eight games in all competitions last season. The 20-year-old has slipped further down the pecking order this summer following the arrival of Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez.
A loan deal appears most likely, with Sanches emerging as a late alternative to Jurgen Klopp’s failed pursuit of Naby Keita. If Liverpool can help the Portugal international reignite his form from Euro 2016, they will have a serious player on their hands.
Serge in activity at Spurs
Paris Saint-Germain full-back Serge Aurier could soon be a Tottenham player if all goes to plan in the club’s enquiry with the Home Office.
Spurs have a £23.1m deal in place for Aurier, but the Telegraph reports that they are waiting for the green light on his visa following the 24-year-old’s arrest last year for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The incident saw Aurier banned from entering the country for a Champions League clash against Arsenal in November 2016 after his visa application was rejected.
Spurs are confident they can cut the remaining red tape, however, and finalise a move for the Ivory Coast international before the end of the window.
– Divock Origi‘s days appear numbered at Liverpool after he was left out of the squad for Wednesday’s win over Hoffenheim. The Belgian striker has made just one appearance so far this season in the draw at Watford and the Telegraph claims he is being tracked by Marseille and Anderlecht.
– Another player expected to leave Anfield is Mamadou Sakho, with West Brom eyeing a £30m move for the centre-back. Sakho impressed on loan at Crystal Palace last season and could join the Baggies as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Jonny Evans, claims the Telegraph.
– Islam Slimani is a target for Watford and Newcastle after struggling to command a starting spot at Leicester. The striker joined the Foxes for £29m a year ago, but the Daily Mirror reports that he could be on the move after alerting potential suitors with a midweek brace against Sheffield United in the League Cup.
– One transfer that doesn’t appear to be happening is West Ham’s bid for William Carvalho. Sky Sports claims the Hammers have ended their interest in the midfielder after Sporting Lisbon refused to budge in their £40m valuation.