Transfer Talk: Arsenal eyeing N'Zonzi?


Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson shares his thoughts on how Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira would fit in at the Emirates.

The transfer window is open and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.

TOP STORY: Arsenal weigh N’Zonzi move; Torreira imminent

Arsenal have a pair of moves in the works with the club hoping to complete the signing of Lucas Torreira from Sampdoria next week after the midfielder’s World Cup campaign came to an end on Friday. And the Gunners are also keen to move for a player who helped bounce Torreira’s side from the tournament in Russia with Sky Sports reporting that Sevilla and France midfielder Steven N’Zonzi is also on the summer wishlist.

Uruguay lost 2-0 to France in the quarterfinals, finally freeing up Torreira to undergo a medical with the Gunners. According to BBC Sport, the exact timing will depend on whether he chooses to fly straight from Russia to London to conclude the transfer or whether he returns home to Uruguay for some post-tournament R&R first.

N’Zonzi has featured regularly for France in Russia and new Arsenal boss Unai Emery will know what he’s in for with the 29-year-old having established a relationship with him after managing him during his time in charge at Sevilla.

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23.00 BST: That will do it for Transfer Talk for tonight. Hope you have enjoyed the World Cup quarterfinals and remember to check back in a few hours for more of the latest rumours, links and completed deals from around the world of football. Goodnight!

22.50 BST: One big one to wrap up the day. As Cristiano Ronaldo moves closer to a potential transfer to Juventus, Real Madrid are set to have a big hole to fill and money to spend.

While Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have been linked to the club, a much more likely acquisition would be Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The highly-rated Serbian midfielder is one of the hottest names on the transfer market and has been most linked with Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United.

Italian site Corriere dello Sport claim that Milinkovic-Savic’s agent, former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid striker Mateja Kezman, recently met with Lazio officials about selling his client.

He has claimed that Madrid has told him that they would spend €155 million for his client after they sell Ronaldo.

Milinkovic-Savic at 23 is a top talent but €155m seems like an awful lot of cash. Then again, football transfers are completely out of control these days.

Milinkovic-Savic is likely on the move will it be Madrid? We will have to wait and see.

22.20 BST: Are Birmingham be close to identifying their next No. 1 goalkeeper? 

BirminghamLive understands that Ipswich Town’s Bartosz Bialkowski is now a target for Birmingham.

Garry Monk and Co. are in search of a new No.1 and the 31-year-old Pole would be seen as an upgrade on David Stockdale and Tomasz Kuszczak, who have both given the go ahead to leave the club.

21.43 BST: West Ham have been one of the busiest Premier League teams this summer, as the club tries to rebuild in the image of new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

With three signings completed and others reportedly close, West Ham, according to reports in Paraguay, are close to finalising a deal for Paraguayan defender Fabian Balbuena.

The 26-year-old centre-back currently plays for Corinthians in Brazil and according to the reports from Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color just needs to agree to personal terms with the Hammers.

21.15 BST: With recent rumours linking Chelsea’s David Luiz with a move back to Portugal, the Brazilian has adamantly ruled out one club.

Luiz via his Instagram story had the following to say about FC Porto.

“The history of FC Porto is more of a newspaper lie, the same ones that ask for interviews many times !! Haha. BENFICA always in the heart !!!”

Seems like it safe to say Luiz will not be joining his former club’s rivals anytime soon.

20.49 BST: According to the Stoke Sentinel, the Potters are moving closer to signing West Brom and Republic of Ireland winger James McClean

The 29-year-old has played in England since 2011 with Sunderland, Wigan and West Brom and has become a key member of the Irish national team under Martin O’Neill.

West Brom were reportedly originally asking for £6 million for the player but according to the Sentinel, the two sides are now close to agreeing on a price.

20.16 BST: — DONE DEAL — Torino goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu has signed a new contract with the club that will see him stay in Turin through 2022.

the 31-year-old Italy international has bounced around in recent years since leaving PSG but now has a place to call home for the foreseeable future.

19.42 BST: — DONE DEAL — Here’s one for our United States followers. Man City and USMNT centre-back Erik Palmer-Brown has sealed a loan move to NAC Breda for next season.

The 21-year-old Ohio native spent last season on loan at Belgian side K.V. Kortrijk after joining City.

19.08 BST: Would Chelsea really sell midfielder N’Golo Kante?

PSG have been linked with the human energiser bunny and according to Goal.com are preparing a £100 million bid for the former PFA Player of the Year.

PSG have been persistent in their approaches for the France star but any sale of the midfielder this summer would come as a huge surprise.

If Chelsea did sell Kante, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is a player Chelsea could be interested in. 

The underage France international plays a similar role to Kante and at just 21, is a player already attracting interest from Premier League rivals like Arsenal, Man City and Tottenham.

18.39 BST: If Real Madrid sell Cristiano Ronaldo, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has been mentioned as one potential incoming player for Los Blancos.

The Senegal international has remained coy on those links, telling reporters in his hometown…

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