Transfer Talk: Utd, Arsenal eye Dembele

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TOP STORY: Man United, Arsenal eye €100m move for Dembele

Manchester United and Arsenal are prepared to send a warning shot to their Premier League rivals by spending more than €100 million to sign Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona before the transfer deadline on Thursday.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are not convinced that Dembele, who they signed from Borussia Dortmund for €105m last summer, fits into their future plans — and they may offload him to one of the Premier League clubs to recoup some of that outlay.

Arsenal are reportedly more keen to sign Dembele, 21, preferably paying €10m to take him on loan this season before paying €90m next summer to make the deal permanent.

And with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already having moved from Dortmund to Arsenal last summer, officials believe the two players could reform their successful partnership and help the club chase the Premier League title.


22.15 BST: That’s going to bring Tuesday’s live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Wednesday’s back pages.

21.58 BST: It’s a DONE DEAL! Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra has joined Burnley from Championship side Derby County as Sean Dyche continues to strengthen his squad ahead of the Premier League season. Read the full story.

21.41 BST: Jordan Ayew is edging closer to leaving Swansea after refusing to train with the team, according to the BBC. Crystal Palace and Fulham have been linked with the 26-year-old forward, and the Cottagers having an £8m bid rejected earlier this summer, with the Welsh club reportedly holding out for double that amount.

21.24 BST: It’s a DONE DEAL! Croatia winger Marko Pjaca has left Serie A champions Juventus to join rivals Fiorentina on a one-year loan for a fee of €2 million, the clubs said on Tuesday. Read the full story.

20.57 BST: Gianluca Di Marzio cites Sky Sports Italia as reporting that despite Arsenal’s interest, Swiss international left-back Ricardo Rodriguez would prefer to remain with AC Milan amid the change in club ownership and arrival of Leonardo and Paolo Maldini.

20.40 BST: It’s a DONE DEAL! Fulham have confirmed the signing of Arsenal centre-back Calum Chambers on a season-long loan. Read the full story.

20.23 BST: With Chelsea seemingly set to sign Mateo Kovacic on loan from Real Madrid, the Blues are in talks with AC Milan over a loan for Tiemoue Bakayoko — who joined from Monaco just 12 months ago — that would include an option to buy, Sky Sports cites Sky Sports Italia as reporting.

19.56 BST: Brighton & Hove Albion lead Aston Villa and Middlesbrough in the chase to secure Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan, the Mail writes.

19.29 BST: Circling back to that Juan Mata-to-Inter rumour from a few moments ago, Calciomercato reports that Antonio Candreva is prepared to leave the Nerazzurri, with Monaco a potential destination, which is convenient considering Inter reportedly would prefer the principality’s Keita Balde to Mata.

19.02 BST: Chelsea and Lyon meet in a friendly at Stamford Bridge that’s scheduled to kick off an hour from now, and the Express writes that the two clubs will hold talks at the game over the potential transfer of France international playmaker Nabil Fekir.

18.45 BST: With a bloated midfield, Manchester United are attempting to sell Juan Mata to Inter Milan, the Metro cites Sky Sport Italia as reporting.

18.28 BST: Paris Saint-Germain want to strengthen their club in defence and in central midfield with more than three weeks until the French transfer window closes, but they have accepted that they are unlikely to sign N’Golo Kante from Chelsea, a source close to the club has told ESPN FC. Read the full story.

18.11 BST: Manchester United have an agreement in place with Tottenham for the transfer of centre-back Toby Alderweireld, Goal reports, but it’s dependent on the North London club finding a suitable replacement for the 29-year-old Belgian international before the transfer window shuts on Thursday.

17.54 BST: Chelsea have informed Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga that they are prepared to pay his €80m buyout clause with the player set to make a decision about his future in the coming hours, sources have told ESPN FC. Read the full story.

17.37 BST: The Express cites Roman outlet Il Messaggero as reporting that Manchester United are preparing for life without Paul Pogba, writing that should the recent World Cup winner push through a move to Barcelona or Juventus, Jose Mourinho has instructed super-agent Jorge Mendes to rush through a deal for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who the Roman club are said to value at more than €100m.

17:10 BST: Burnley are closing in on a deal for Derby’s Matej Vydra, the leading scorer in the Championship last season, with the Lancashire Telegraph reporting that he is undergoing a medical.

17:00 BST: Championship side Millwall were outstanding in the second half of last season, pushing hard for the playoffs following promotion from League One. But reports suggest they could face a battle to keep midfielder George Saville, one of their driving forces, amid interest from Leeds and Aston Villa.


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