The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds.
Chelsea close in on Kovacic loan deal
Chelsea are on the verge of signing Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic on loan, with the London Evening Standard reporting that the Croatia international will undergo a medical on Wednesday.
It says the deal to bring Kovacic to Stamford Bridge will include the option to make the move permanent next summer.
Reports suggested Kovacic had told Madrid he wanted to move after struggling for a regular starting place, and the Standard says his arrival in London means the end of the road at Chelsea for Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Bakayoko has struggled to establish himself since arriving from Monaco for £40 million last summer, and is now set to join AC Milan on a season-long loan.
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Jack Grealish is said to be “disappointed and disillusioned” after Aston Villa rejected Tottenham’s £25m bid for the player, according to Sky Sports, with the Villans reportedly telling the 22-year-old earlier this summer he’d be allowed to leave the club.
Sport journalist Andrew Gaffney has cited Eldesmarque as reporting that Valencia have moved ahead of Sevilla and have all but sealed the deal to take Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi on loan in 2018-19. The Batsman joining the bats would be quite fitting.
Apparently Batshuayi is ‘very close’ to joining Valencia on loan. Deal expected to be finalised tomorrow. Interesting. #CFCLa Grada @lagrada914
– El Valencia CF tiene casi cerrada la cesión de Batshuayi.
– El jugador ya le ha transmitido al resto de pretendientes que ha elegido al Valencia CF.
– El jueves, día clave para cerrar el acuerdo definitivamente.
DONE DEAL: Middlesbrough have signed West Ham striker Jordan Hugill on a season-long loan deal.
It appears likely that Liverpool striker Danny Ings will be on the move before the deadline, with reports suggesting that his most likely destination is either Southampton or Crystal Palace.
Barcelona vice president Jordi Mestre sat down with ESPN to mull over the club’s tour of the United States and this summer’s activity in the transfer market. Read what he had to say here.
Another hour, another player linked with Wolves. This time it’s Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker with the Mirror reporting that Wolves “are hoping to push through a deadline day move” and would pay around £12 million.
DONE DEAL: Watford goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann has moved to Scotland for the season, joining Kilmarnock on loan.
Brighton are set to see off competition from both West Ham and Burnley to sign Le Havre defender Harold Moukoudi, sources have said.
Crystal Palace’s under-23s coach Richard Shaw has indicated that some members of his squad could go out on loan in order to gain first-team experience, Football London reports.
DONE DEAL: Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty, a Scotland under-21 international, has moved to League One side Shrewsbury on a season-long loan.
Aston Villa could move for Watford’s Isaac Success as manager Steve Bruce looks to beef up his attacking options.
DONE DEAL: Bordeaux have signed midfielder Toma Basicfrom Hajduk Split, with the midfielder agreeing a deal that will keep him at the club until 2022.
West Bromwich Albion have turned down an offer from Watford to take defender Craig Dawson on loan, according to Sky Sports.
Aston Villa are close to signing midfielder John McGinn from Scottish club Hibernian after agreeing a fee, the BBC reports.
Leicester could re-sign midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Chelsea only a year after he left them to move to Stamford Bridge for £35 million, the Independent reports.
Wolves continue their preparations for life back in the Premier League apace: the Mail reports that they are in negotiations over a £16 million move for Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Sky Sports reports that Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacicwill have medical at Chelsea before arriving at Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan deal.
DONE DEAL: Defender Lisandro Lopez has completed his return to Serie A by signing for Genoa from Benfica.
Hertha Berlin’s Germany left-back Marvin Plattenhardtremains linked with a move to the Premier League, with sourcesn saying that Everton and Huddersfield could still be interested.
Everton will demand £30 million from RB Leipzig for attacker Ademola Lookman, who played for the Bundesliga club on loan last season, the Mirror reports.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will hold talks with the club about extending his contract after turning down the chance to move to Marseille, the London Evening Standard reports.
Arsenal are open to offers for Danny Welbeck, David Ospina and Mohamed Elneny before the window closes, sources close to the club have said.
DONE DEAL: To Italy, where Napoli have wrapped up the signing of Lille full-back Kevin Malcuit.
Watford are in advanced talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for Paco Alcacer, sources close to the Premier League club have SAID.
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed the payment of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga‘s release clause — so it looks as though he is on his way to Stamford Bridge very soon.
DONE DEALS: Ipswich manager Paul Hurst has returned to his old club Shrewsbury to sign defender Toto Nsiala and attacker Jon Nolan for undisclosed fees.
Allow Burnley, Alan Partridge and a table to update you on the Ben Mee situation, because why wouldn’t you?
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has said he and Eden Hazard spoke to Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir about a possible move to Stamford Bridge during the World Cup, adding that he would “happily welcome” him to the club.
A Manchester United recap for you now: Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has rejected a move to Old Trafford, according to several German outlets, which report that he called Jose Mourinho to inform him of the decision.
With just a few days left in the English transfer window, and the others closing soon after, David Amoyal rates the latest rumours.
DONE DEAL: Another deal for your delectation – Derby, or ‘Frank Lampard’s Derby,’ have signed forward Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
The Guardian reports that Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalagais on his way to London to finalise a £71.6 million move to Chelsea, in what would become a new world-record fee for a goalkeeper. It says Chelsea, who triggered his buyout clause this morning, will also take Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic on a season-long loan deal.
1Manchester City are set to confirm the signing of Melbourne City’s Daniel Arzani in the next 24 hours and will loan him to Scottish champions Celtic, sources have SAID.
DONE DEAL: Wolves have announced the signing of Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore for an undisclosed fee, with the 22-year-old signing a five-year deal.
Fulham have made a £14 million for Southampton defender Matt Targett, who helped them win promotion to the Premier League as a loan player last season, sources have told ESPN FC.
Sheffield United are after striker Lee Gregory from Championship rivals Millwall, the Sheffield Star reports.
AC Milan are closing in on a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, according to Sky Sport Italia.
Sport reports that Barcelona will make a new attempt to sign Frenkie De Jong from Dutch club Ajax, but does not believe they will be able to land Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has said he will talk about the Mario Balotelli situation once the window has closed. Balotelli had been expected to join Marseille but, after missing the first two weeks of preseason training, has resumed preparations for the new campaign.
“Does the uncertainty over Mario Balotelli make the end of the transfer window more difficult? A bit,” Rivere told Nice’s website. “But we’re doing our work, it’s not holding anything up. Regarding Mario, I’ll talk when the transfer window is closed.”
Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could join MLS side Atlanta United from Benevento Calcio, Footmercato reports.
Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, now at MLS club DC United, has said he believes Jose Mourinho needs “maybe another signing or two” to launch a Premier league title challenge.
Bayern Munich will not be signing Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt, coach Niko Kovac has told Sport Bild.
“Accrington Stanley? Who are they?” a vintage advertisement once said. Well, Ipswich Town fans will be finding out after the Lancashire Telegraph reported that the Championship side “have won the race for Stanley striker Kayden Jackson,” who will cost them around £1.5 million.
TRANSFER PAPER TALK: Pogba tells teammates he wants out at United
Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United teammates he wants to leave and has come to an agreement with Barcelona over a £350,000-a-week deal, according to the Mail.
World Cup-winner Pogba is said to have grown disillusioned with life under Jose Mourinho, sparking interest from the La Liga champions — though time is likely to save United’s blushes, with less than 48 hours to go until the end of the window.
The Mail reports that Pogba has sent United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward a message to inform him of his decision.
United are loath to lose Pogba just two years after bringing him in for £89 million and, with Mourinho already dissatisfied, it would likely take an astonishing offer for United to sell.
Boateng snubs Old Trafford
United appear set to sign one centre-back before Thursday’s deadline — but that will seemingly not be Jerome Boateng, despite talks between the club and Bayern Munich during this week’s friendly in Munich.
According to Bild, the Germany international is said to have called Mourinho to inform him of his decision after Niko Kovac’s plea for the centre-back to remain with the German champions.
The snub leaves Mourinho scrapping around for an alternative, something that is likely to strengthen Tottenham’s hand in negotiations over Toby Alderweireld.
But United could rekindle their hopes of signing £65m World Cup star Harry Maguire, with Leicester closing in on two centre-backs late in the window to safeguard themselves against losing the England international.
The Mirror claims the Foxes are set to announce the signing of Croatia under-21 international Filip Benkovic from Dinamo Zagreb in a £13.5m move following a medical on Monday, while a swoop for Freiburg’s Caglar Soyuncuappears to be gathering pace, with the clubs coming to an agreement at £22.5m.
– Tottenham have made a £25m offer for midfielder Jack Grealish and are waiting to hear back from Aston Villa, says the Telegraph.
– Everton look set to sign Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on loan, the Mirror reports, with Marco Silva desperate for defensive reinforcements.
– The Mirror also says Fulham and Crystal Palace are monitoring the situation of Jordan Ayew at Swansea. The Ghanaian has gone AWOL since the club’s relegation, but a move may not be likely given the Welsh club are demanding £12m to sell.