Transfer Buzz: Ramsey’s contract talks stall, Buffon wants Marchisio at PSG

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20 August

Ramsey’s contract talks stall

The Sun reports that Arsenal have not made any progress over a new contract for midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Welsh international, whose contract expires at the end of the current season, has been in talks with the London club since the start of last season.

27-year-old Ramsey, who was benched by the Gunners for their 3-2 loss to Chelsea on Saturday, is being tracked by EPL duo Manchester United and Chelsea.

Buffon wants Marchisio at PSG

According to Le10Sport, Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon wants former Juventus teammate Claudio Marchisio to join him at the Parc des Princes.

The Italian international is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with the Serie A champions by mutual consent.

32-year-old Marchisio, who scored 37 goals in 389 appearances with Juventus, is a seven-time Serie A league title winner.

Klopp backs Karius’ Besiktas move

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to let troubled goalkeeper Loris Karius leave the club with talks ongoing with Besiktas states the Mirror.

The Turkish giants are looking to secure an initial season-long loan move with an option to sign the German U-21 player.

If Karius does move, Klopp will then block any move for Simon Mignolet – who will become Alisson’s backup.

Loftus-Cheek to hold Chelsea talks

Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to hold showdown talks with Chelsea this week over his playing future writes the Sun.

The England international did not even make the squad for Saturday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal and will push for a loan if he does not feature in new manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans.

The Blues want to keep the 22-year-old Loftus-Cheek, who excelled while on loan at Crystal Palace last season.

Dortmund keeping tabs on Origi

Borussia Dortmund have tabled their interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi, but have yet to table a bid according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Belgian international endured a difficult time on loan at Wolfsburg last season; netting just six times in 34 appearances.

The Reds are demanding £27million for 23-year-old Origi, who has two years left on his contract.

19 August

Filipe to join PSG from Atletico?

Former Chelsea full-back Filipe Luis wants to leave Atletico Madrid and has a French option in waiting.

Felipe’s contract will expire in June 2019 and the Brazilian defender has rejected the club’s renewal offer on numerous occassions, according to El Mundo.

Should he decide to walk away for good, Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain are said to have already put forward their interest to sign him.

Diego Simeone will need to dip into the transfer market for Filipe’s replacement and Bayern Munich’s Bernat is seen as a potential signing.

David Moyes to take United States role

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes is in line to be named as the next coach of the United States national team.

The United States are without a coach after the sacking of Bruce Arena for failing to help them qualify for the World Cup.

David Sarachan has been named as the interim coach but Moyes may land the job on a permanent basis.

Moyes, 55, is currently out of job after being let go by West Ham United despite keeping them in the Premier League last season.

Anyone keen on Carl Jenkinson?

Arsenal are still looking for takers to sign defender Carl Jenkinson.

The England international is not part of Unai Emery’s plans and will be allowed to leave Arsenal if the right offer comes along.

However, with the short duration left in the transfer window, a loan move seems the most likely way out for the full-back.

Arsenal may have to absorb part of Jenkinson’s £35,000-a-week wages if a Championship side comes in for the player.

Madrid can sign Rodrigo for 120 million

Valencia coach Marcelino has made it clear that the only way for Real Madrid to sign his star man Rodrigo is to pay his buyout clause.

Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui has been looking for options to boost his squad following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Valencia ace Rodrigo is understood to be Lopetegui’s preferred signing but the Los Blancos will need to sort out his buyout clause, according to AS EN.

“That’s a question for Lopetegui. But I think Rodrigo will be staying with us. He looks very focused, motivated and committed. If Real Madrid want the player, there is a buy-out clause (120 million euros). Anyway, that’s the situation, we’ll see.” Marcelino said.

Bolasie must decide on Boro loan move

Everton are keen to offload Yannick Bolasie and the winger will need to decide quickly if he wants to join Middlesborough on a season-long loan.

Bolasie is deemed surplus to requirements by new coach Marco Silva and has already seen a move to Burnley on transfer deadline day scuffed.

With the Championship transfer window closing on August 31, Bolasie must sort his future out quickly unless he is ready to gain little playing time under Silva this season.

18 August

Klavan to leave Liverpool for Serie A club

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan is in Italy for a medical and to negotiate terms for a £2 million move to Serie A club Cagliari.

The Estonian centre-back has failed to nail down a place in Jurgen Klopp’s plans and has had limited playing time since joining from Augsburg two years ago.

The 32-year-old only managed to make 53 appearances for the English giants and has two goals to his name.

Klopp’s options in defence pushed Klavan even further down the pecking order and the defender is now set to revive his career in the Serie A.

Arsenal are Gunner keep Ramsey away from Barca

Arsenal are confident that Aaron Ramsey will sign a new deal beyond this season to keep him at the club for years to come.

The Welshman is entering his final year of contract and can leave the club on a free transfer next summer with Barcelona and Lazio already expressing interest in the midfielder.

Despite Barca’s advances, the London giants are already putting together a deal that will hopefully satisfy Ramsey’s desire to get a higher salary, according to The Mirror.

With Mesut Ozil signing a new deal worth £350,000 last January, Ramsey is expecting to receive an improved contract that is close to the German’s salary.

Milan make double swoop for Laxalt and Castillejo

AC Milan have moved swiftly before the close of the Serie A transfer window on Friday to sign two players for the new season.

Villarreal winger Samu Castillejo has moved to the Rossoneri with Carlos Bacca moving in the opposite direction.

Castillejo has already established himself as one of the upcoming attackers of Spanish football with nine goals in 91 appearances since 2015.

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Also joining him will be Uruguayan left-back Diego Laxalt. The 25-year-old was signed from Genoa.

Tuchel willing to let Draxler leave PSG

Thomas Tuchel seems to have decided that German midfielder Julien Draxler is surplus to requirements at Paris Saint-German (PSG).

The stylish playmaker has struggled to win a starting berth since joining PSG from Wolfsburg two years ago and Le 10 Sport reported that Tuchel will consider selling the German following the arrival of Thilo Kehrer from Schalke.

Draxler is only 24 this year and should PSG really decide to cash in on the midfielder, Borussia Dortmund, RB Leipzig and Schalke are said to be ready to offer him a way back to the Bundesliga.

Hazard to stay blue after Sarri intervention

With Eden Hazard’s future in doubt for much of the pre-season, new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri seems to have persuaded the Belgian star to stay.

Hazard’s Real Madrid courtship was an obvious one but the Los Blancos never once made an official bid for the talented attacker.

Since taking over from Antonio Conte, Sarri has had to contend with speculation over his top players and has already lost Thibaut Courtois to Madrid.

Things have started looking positive though, as the Italian tactician revealed before the weekend’s London derby against Arsenal that he has spoken to Hazard over the last ten days, and that the player never once mentioned wanting out.

17 August

Bayern Munich possibility for Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham contract rebel Toby Alderwereld could be on his way to Germany as champions Bayern Munich are considering a bid to sign the Belgian defender before the transfer deadline closes.

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The German outfit will have to fork out around £40 million to land the talented centre-back whose contract ends in 2019.

The Mirror reported that Bayern see Alderweireld as a potential replacement for defender Jerome Boateng who is angling for a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

The Bundesliga transfer window is open till the end of the month and any move for Alderweireld will depend on whether Boateng leaves the German champions.

Chelsea’s Alonso wanted by Los Blancos

Real Madrid are said to be looking at the possibility of bringing in Chelea defender Marcos Alonso to provide Marcelo some healthy competition down the left wing.

According to the Daily Star, Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui wants to put some pressure on his Brazilian started and sees Alonso as a good investment because of his versatility that allows him to play at centre-back, left-back or even left midfield.

Should a deal go through, this will be the second Chelsea player to join the ranks of Madrid after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’s transfer to the Los Merengues earlier this month.

Ex-Gunner Alex Song signs for Swiss club Sion

Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has made a free transfer move to join Swiss Super League club FC Sion.

Song has been without a club since leaving Rubin Kazan in January and has now penned a two-year deal with the Swiss team.

The 30-year-old began his career at Bastia in Ligue 1 before joining Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in 2005 where he went on to make over 200 appearances for the London giants.

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N’Koudou joins Mainz on season-long loan

Another piece of news concerning Spurs as French winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou has agreed to join Mainz on a season-long loan.

The 23-year-old winger cost the North Londoners £11 million from Marseille in 2016 and has never quite been able to nail down a spot in Mauricio Pochettino’s team.

N’Koudou was loaned out to Burnley for the second part of the 2017/18 campaign and played eight times for the club.

He has featured in 23 games for Spurs and scored one goal. The former France U-21 international has three years left on his contract.

Real Madrid’s Hernandez seals Sociedad loan move

Real Sociedad have captured Theo Hernandez on a season-long loan from La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old full-back joined Madrid from Atletico Madrid last year but did not get much game time, only making 13 La Liga, three UEFA Champions League and six Copa del Rey appearances.

Hernandez is seen as the long-term successor to Marcelo for the left-back role and was on the radar of Fulham and Juventus in recent weeks.

16 August

Ospina Gunner move to Napoli in Serie A

Arsenal’s Colombian goalkeeper Davis Ospina has opened talks with Napoli over a permanent move to the Serie A.

Ospina is behind Petr Cech and new recruit Bernd Leno in the pecking order at Arsenal and The Mirror reported that the stopper is already negotiating for a way out.

There were talks of the Colombian moving to Turkey to join Besiktas but Arsenal’s asking price of £6 million seems to have put the Turkish giants off.

Valencia add Cheryshev to their ranks

La Liga outfit Valencia continue their busy summer by adding Russian star Denis Cheryshev to their ranks.

The 27-year-old midfielder will join Valencia on a season-long loan from rivals Villarreal.

Cheryshev played a vital role for his nation’s World Cup campaign, scoring four goals in five appearances for the Russians.

He will join new recruits Michy Batshuayi and Kevin Gameiro at Valencia.

Juan Mata set for emotional return to Mestalla?

Manchester United creator Juan Mata is in line for an emotional return to his former club Valencia when his contract comes to an end at Manchester United next summer.

The Sun reported that Valencia are keen to bring their former playmaker back to the club where he made 174 appearances in all competitions.

Mata’s deal expires at the end of this season and Valencia are looking at taking him back on a free transfer with a £130,000-a-week wage package.

The Spanish midfielder has had an inconsistent time in United colours but is still widely regarded as one of the most creative players at Old Trafford.

Ruthless Sarri wants Drinkwater loaned overseas

Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea plans are beginning to take shape and the former Napoli manager has wasted little time in getting rid of players he deems surplus to requirements.

With Mateo Kovacic joining the Blues, the Daily Star claimed that Sarri wants Danny Drinkwater to be sent out on loan to an overseas club, in order to trim his squad down.

Drinkwater was not part of the matchday squad against Huddersfield at the weekend and with the Premier League transfer window closed, a move abroad is the only way out for the English midfielder.

His compatriot Ruben Loftus-cheek is understood to be another player may still leave Stamford Bridge as Bundesliga outfit Schalke are keen on taking him to Germany for a season-long loan.

QPR sign Swansea defender Angel Rangel

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Angel Rangel on a loan deal from Swansea.

Rangel will join Steve McClaren’s charges in the battle for promotion and the deal will take him through till January 13.

The former Girona defender has been with Swansea since 2007 and had made 328 appearances for the club.

At the age of 35, Rangel is no longer considered a certain start but is determined to use his vast experience to help Rangers in the Championship.

15 August

Samuel Eto’o joins 13th club of his career at 37

Former Cameroon and Barcelona ace Samuel Eto’o has prolonged his career with a one-year deal to play for Qatar SC in the Qatar Star League.

The 37-year-old striker left Turkish side Konyaspor a few days back and hinted that he was slated for a move to play for a French club in Ligue 1.

Eto’o then surprised his fans by announcing that he has penned a contract with Qatar SC and completed his medical on Monday.

The four-time African player of the year will meet ex-Barcelona teammate Xavi who plays for Al Sadd and also Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder as well.

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Darmian to choose between Milan, Juventus and Napoli

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to leave Old Trafford and make his way back to the Serie A with a slew of clubs keen on his signature.

The Italian full-back was involved in United’s 2-1 win over Leicester City over the weekend but is considering his options, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Napoli, Inter Milan and Juventus have all signaled their intent on bring Darmian back to Italy and United will look to recoup the £13 million they paid for him in 2015 when he joined from Torino.

It will be interesting to see if Jose Mourinho allows Darmian to leave with first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia out injured and new recruit Diogo Dalot yet to prove himself in the English top flight.

Vieira vows to help Super Mario find new club

Manager Patrick Vieira has vowed to do everything in his power to help Italian striker Mario Balotelli find a new club after the latter confirmed that he did not want to stay at Nice anymore.

Vieira has been installed as the new manager of Nice but has failed to convince Balotelli to stay at the club.

Balotelli was set to join Ligue 1 rivals Marseille a few weeks ago but the move collapsed and left the former Manchester City forward struggling to find a new home.

“It’s going to be very complicated, very difficult, as the player wants to leave,” Vieira told Canal+.

“What’s important, for me and for the club, is to keep players who want to help the club improve.

“And from the moment Mario decided he wants to leave, the club has to do what’s necessary to let him leave.”

N’Zonzi completes blockbuster move to Roma

French midfielder Steven N’Zonzi has arrived in Roma for his medical before signing on the dotted line to complete a £28.5m move from Sevilla.

The World Cup winner wanted a new challenge and the Giallorossi triggered his release clause to make the move possible.

The former Blackburn Rovers star signed a four-year deal to help Roma in their challenge for the Serie A title this season.

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Leeds and Villa eye audacious swoop for Negredo

Birmingham are hoping to land former City striker Alvaro Negredo from Turkish giants Besiktas.

Negredo scored seven times in 31 matches in the Turkish Super Lig last season but is said to want out.

Birmingham Mail reported that Leeds United and Aston Villa are monitoring the situation and are keen to add the hitman to their roster.

Despite the English clubs’ interest, Negredo is said to favour a move back to Spain to play for boyhood club Rayo Vallecano.

Negredo fuelled speculation after he followed Vallecano on his Instagram account.

14 August

Tuchel reveals Rabiot unlikely to stay at PSG

Thomas Tuchel admitted that he may have to let French midfielder Adrian Rabiot leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) even after a goalscoring performance in their Ligue 1 opener against Caen.

The 23-year-old scored in the game but has still not confirmed his long-term future at the club and Tuchel knows his star man may still leave for greener pastures, most notably Barcelona who are said to be interested.

“I’m not certain he will stay. I want him to stay but it’s up to him,” Tuchel told Canal Plus.

“He has great potential and can improve even further. He can become a top player but has to stay with us.”

Rabiot’s contract expires next summer and he has already rejected a new contract and that may force the club to sell their prized asset.

Bakayoko completes AC Milan medical

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has completed his medical with Serie A giants AC Milan on the back of a season-long loan move.

The midfielder only joined Chelsea at the start of last season from Monaco but has been deemed surplus to requirements under new manager Maurizio Sarri.

Milan have the option to make it a permanent transfer at the end of the season with a price tag of £35.5m.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek set for Schalke loan

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is set to go on loan to Bundesliga outfit Schalke.

The English midfielder did not feature in Chelsea’s opening fixture against Huddersfield and it remains to be seen if Maurizio Sarri will give him more playing time.

Mateo Kovacic’s arrival from Real Madrid has already forced the exit of Bakayoko and Loftus-Cheek could follow suit, although Chelsea are not keen to lose the rising star on a permanent basis.

The German transfer window only closes at the end of August and a move seems likely for Loftus-Cheek to make the move and fulfil his potential.

Inter sign Monaco’s Keita Balde on loan

Inter Milan have brought in winger Keita Balde for a season-long loan worth £5.4 million with an option for a permanent transfer at the end of the term.

The 23-year-old winger joins Inter’s other new recruits like Radja Nainggolan, Sime Vrsaljko and Stefan de Vrij.

Should Balde impress his new employers, Inter could make it a permanent move for €42m (£37m) plus a percentage of any future transfer.

Willian stays at Chelsea due to Conte exit

Brazilian star Willian admitted that he stayed at Chelsea despite interests from other clubs because of Antonio Conte’s exit.

The midfielder endured a difficult time under Conte last season and was rumoured to be on his way out with Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United all vying for his signature.

With Sarri’s arrival, Willian decided to stay and fight for his place, something he wasn’t prepared to do under Conte.

“Would I be here if Conte stayed? No chance. No,” said Willian. “I’m here because I want to play for Chelsea. I will only leave if Chelsea want me to go.”

13 August

Ronaldo urges Milinkovic-Savic move

Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has urged the club to sign Lazio’s in-demand midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic according to Don Balon.

Ahead of his Serie A debut, the Portugal international, who moved from Real Madrid for €100 million this summer, has identified players for the Serie A champions’ Champions League campaign.

Serbia international Milinkovic-Savic, who was a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, bagged 14 goals and eight assists in the league last season.

Rabiot rejects PSG extension

Marca reports that Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot has rejected the offer to extend his contract.

The French international midfielder, who runs the risk of being snubbed from the first team, has just a year left on his existing deal with the Parisians.

23-year-old Rabiot, who is being tracked by Barcelona, is a four-time Ligue 1 title winner.

Besiktas target Karius loan

Loris Karius could be offered a way out of his Liverpool nightmare with Besiktas keen on a season-long loan states the Sun.

The German goalkeeper has lost the No. 1 jersey to new arrival Brazilian Alisson and faced a barrage of criticism over his mistakes in last season’s Champions League final.

25-year-old Karius, who is contracted till 2021, made 33 appearances in goal for the Reds last season.

Fenerbahce in Rojo talks with United

Defender Marcos Rojo could still be on the move from Old Trafford this summer with Fenerbahce allegedly holding talks with Manchester United over a season-long loan writes the Mirror.

The Argentine international has fallen down the pecking order under Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho and made just 12 appearances last season.

28-year-old Rojo, who is Mourinho’s fifth-choice defender, was not in the United squad against Leicester last Friday.

Kehrer set for £33m PSG switch

Schalke’s Thilo Kehrer is scheduled for a medical to seal his transfer to Ligue 1 champions PSG according to the Guardian.

The German defender, who won the European Under-21 Championships last year with his country, will cost the French giants a cool £33 million.

21-year-old Kehrer, who scored three goals, made 32 appearances last season for the Bundesliga club.
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