Grealish £100m to Man City latest, Chelsea still trying to push through Kounde deal, Kroos to Juventus – transfer news

CHELSEA have reportedly agreed a five-year deal for Seville star Jules Kounde.

The Blues look to have moved ahead of Man Utd in the race for the Frenchman, with Kurt Zouma heading the other way.

We've also got an update on Romelu Lukaku, with Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta saying he is staying at the club.

Lionel Messi's new Barcelona contract is set to be revealed within the next week, while Cristiano Ronaldo is set to stay at Juventus.


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    Tottenham are looking to hire a new first team strength and conditioning coach.

    According to Football London, new Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo needs someone to help work on the players' fitness and health.

    This comes as no surprise as Nuno was known to have a very large backroom staff at Wolves.

    The Portuguese manager is known for his teams' high level of fitness and the double sessions he puts on most days throughout pre-season

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    Ben White is determined to help Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League.

    White said: “Arsenal speaks for itself and I spoke to the gaffer a number of times during the summer.

    “I got good vibes and the way the gaffer wants to play.

    “I think I can produce quality in this team and hopefully get Arsenal back.”

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    Raphael Varane has confirmed he is leaving the Spanish capital ahead of his imminent transfer to Manchester United with the following farewell message to Real Madrid fans.

    Varane posted the following on his Instagram: “These last few days have been charged with many emotions, feelings that I now want to share with all of you.

    “After 10 incredible and wonderful years at Real Madrid, a club that I will always carry in my heart, the day has come to say goodbye.

    “Since I arrived in 2011, together we have exceeded all expectations and achieved things that I could never have dreamed of. I would like to thank all the coaches and all the people who work or have worked at the club for everything they have done for me.

    “Many thanks also to all the Madridistas who always gave me a lot of affection and with their great demand they pushed me to give my best and fight for every success.

    “I have had the honour of sharing a dressing room with the best players in the world. Countless victories that I will never forget, especially ‘La Décima’. I realise that it has been a great privilege to have been able to experience such special moments.

    “Finally, I want to thank all Spaniards and especially to the city of Madrid, where my two children were born. This country will always be special to me. It has been an incredible journey in every way. I leave with the feeling of having given everything and I will not change a single thing in this story of ours.

    “A new chapter begins…”

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    Recent reports have stated that Paul Pogba rejected a new deal from Manchester United.

    But Sky Sports suggest that Pogba can see a long-term future at United after all.

    The midfielder is reportedly excited with the direction the club is going in, following Jadon Sancho’s arrival and Raphael Varane’s imminent transfer.

    But the France international understands his next contract could be the last big one of his career

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    Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez will be available for a transfer ONLY if Inter Milan receive his release clause of £77million, according to transfer expert Peter O’Rourke.

    O’Rourke told The Football Terrace: “It seems really serious interest from Arsenal in the Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez.

    “Arsenal really seem to be trying to push for this deal to see if there’s any way to make it happen.

    “His price tag is pretty steep. You’re talking around £77m that Inter would want to sell the South American.

    “That hasn’t really deterred Arsenal so far, they’re just trying to come up with inventive ways they could come to an agreement with Inter Milan and they think the ace up their sleeve is Hector Bellerin”

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    Aston Villa are expected to accept Manchester City's £100million bid for Jack Grealish.

    According to Sky Sports, Villa have yet to formally respond to City's offer, which was made on Friday, but are set to give the green light.

    It means Grealish could become the biggest transfer in English football history after Paul Pogba's £89m move to Manchester United in 2016.

    Villa did offer the forward a new and improved contract earlier this summer, despite him only signing a five-year deal last September

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    Arsenal signing Ben White revealed he had to keep his deal with the Gunners under wraps.

    White said: “Obviously I’ve known for quite a while and it’s taken longer than I thought it would, but I’m buzzing to be here.

    “It’s been hard to not tell anyone to be fair. I told my family to keep it quiet.

    “Even when I was on holiday I was getting asked whether I am or not. It was tough but I managed to keep it”

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    Atletico Madrid are not keen on letting Kieran Trippier go and thus won’t be doing Manchester United any favours regarding his asking price.

    That is according to Sport, who claim Atletico are determined to hold on to Trippier.

    But the England international’s ‘enthusiasm’ to return to the Premier League could ‘tip the balance’ and persuade the La Liga champions to sell him.

    Nevertheless, if the full-back does indeed move he won’t be joining the Red Devils until the closing stages of the transfer window

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    Inter Milan CEO Beppe Marotta has said that Romelu Lukaku is not for sale this summer.

    However, that hasn't stopped Chelsea in their bid to re-sign their former striker.

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, though, Lukaku has snubbed a move back to the Blues.

    The Belgium international is not keen on leaving Inter, who are also determined to hold on to him despite the need to raise funds after the coronavirus pandemic's financial impact

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    Lionel Messi is back in Spain after agreeing to extend his stay at Barcelona.

    According to SPORT, Messi is going to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with Barca by next week.

    The legendary forward has agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut, which means he will be receiving £250,000 per week.

    But the Blaugrana will have to make some cuts to balance their books and meet LaLiga's strict salary cap

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    Chelsea are locked in negotiations with Sevilla for star defender Jules Kounde.

    Kounde has been viewed as one of the most talented young centre-backs of his era having performed consistently at a high level in Spain and in European competitions.

    Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham were in the hunt for the 22-year-old's signature but now it is the Blues who are keen to bring him to Stamford Brdige.

    The only problem is Sevilla's high asking price of €70million (£59.5m).

    According to the Athletic, however, the west Londoners are willing to not only throw Kurt Zouma in the deal but also forgotten man Emerson Palmieri

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    Arsenal have enquired about Inter Milan star striker Lautaro Martinez while speaking to the Italian champions regarding Hector Bellerin.

    Bellerin has been linked with a move away from the Emirates and Inter see him as a probable replacement for Achraf Hakimi.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners also mentioned Alexandre Lacazette but the Serie A giants need cash in order to help them maintain Romelu Lukaku.

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    Real Madrid star Toni Kroos will not be going to Juventus.

    That is according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, who claims there is "no chance" of Kroos joining Juve.

    Meanwhile, former Bianconeri star Miralem Pjanic is leaving Barcelona.

    However, Juventus are only focused on sighing Sassuolo's Manuel Locatelli.

    Unlike Pjanic, Sergino Dest will stay at Barca, who have yet to receive an offer from West Ham for Martin Braithwaite

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    Conor Gallagher has joined Crystal Palace on loan.

    The Chelsea midfielder, 21, signed on the dotted line on Friday amid interest from Leeds and Newcastle.

    SunSport understands he rejected the rival interest to head to Selhurst Park as he wanted to be part of Patrick Vieira's revolution.

    It continues the rejuvenation of the Eagles squad under the new boss this summer with older stars such as Andros Townsend and Scott Dann departing and replaced by younger players.

    Palace have already boosted their ranks with the signings of Joachim Andersen, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and back-up keeper Remi Matthews.

    Gallagher is a further boost to add some much-needed energy in midfield.

    He said: "I’m buzzing to be here. I can’t wait to get started, I’m happy to get the deal over the line.

    "I spoke to the manager, I liked what he said, I liked how he wants to play, how he wants me to play and how he wants the team to play.

    "I feel like I can learn from him and the players around me."

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    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford faces shoulder surgery next week after persuading boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an operation would be the best solution.

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    The England star, 23, could then be out until the end of October.

    Rashford, 23, decided after the Euros he wanted an op to to go as his shoulder problem has persisted since November.

    It’s thought boss Solskjaer was keen to see if rest would resolve the problem.

    A United statement said: “Following consultation between Marcus, the manager, club medical staff and specialists, Marcus will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury.

    “He will now focus on his rehabilitation in order to return as soon as  possible.”

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    Alan Brazil believes this season will be Steven Gerrard’s last at Rangers.

    Scotland legend Brazil reckons defending the title will be enough for the Gers gaffer and he will be off at the end of this campaign.

    The talkSPORT host riled Jamie O’Hara too by saying the only thing Celtic have to play for this year is getting CLOSER to Gers.

    O’Hara hinted that the Hoops now had nothing to play for this year after Tuesday’s Champions League dumping and not being able to challenge the Light Blues.

    Brazil agreed with Gerrard’s former England team-mate Michael Dawson that success at Ibrox will bring interest from other clubs.

    And he reckons that will tempt him away next summer.

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    Tottenham have reportedly told Celtic that they can land Joe Hart for £1million.

    The Hoops are locked in talks with the Premier League side over a deal for the former England No1.

    Parkhead chiefs hoped to land the 34-year-old on a free transfer but the Daily Record reports that Spurs have told them that's a non-starter.

    Instead, Celts will have to fork out a seven figure sum for a player they could have signed for nothing last summer – but opted to splash out £5m on Greek flop Vasilis Barkas.

    Man City legend Hart is understood to be earning around £50,000-a-week at Tottenham, despite slipping to third-choice keeper.

    He would have to accept a significant pay cut if a deal to Celtic Park is to materalise.

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    Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus will renew their European Super League plans after a court threw out disciplinary action against the 12 founding clubs.

    A Madrid court decided Uefa must scrap proceedings – until the European Court of Justice makes a ruling.

    Nine clubs were penalised – Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and AC Milan.

    Uefa fined them each about £7m and five per cent of their prize money.

    The Super League plans collapsed within days after a huge outcry from fans, other clubs, politicians and football bodies.

    Now, though, the nine clubs have had their penalties removed – at least for now.

    And action against the ESL’s remaining supporters – Barca, Juve and Madrid – must also be halted.

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    Paul Pogba could still sign a long-term Manchester United contract – even if he waits until next year.

    That’s the claims from Sky Sports tonight, despite PSG hovering for the France midfielder.

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    The 28-year-old reportedly gets on well with Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and has been buoyed by the major summer signings of Jadon Sancho and Rapahel Varane.

    But Pogba also knows there’s no reason for him to rush as he approaches what could be the last deal of his career – wherever it might be.

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    Aston Villa may have hinted that they will accept Manchester City’s £100million bid for Jack Grealish.

    That’s after leaving their star man and captain OUT of Friday’s launch for their new away kit.

    Villa revealed their latest second jersey today using pictures of Ollie Watkins and John McGinn.

    The Manchester Evening News claims the snaps were taken BEFORE Villa’s players went their separate ways for summer, at the end of last season.

    And Grealish was apparently part of the photoshoot, as he featured in the launch of the new home kit too.

    The MEN adds that mannequins bearing Grealish’s shirt have also been REMOVED from Villa’s club store.

    And an old tweet declaring his support for City’s rivals Manchester United has reportedly been deleted by Grealish’s social media team.

    Pep Guardiola is desperate to land the playmaker this summer after leading his side to the Premier League title. Grealish would become the most expensive player in British transfer history should he join City for £100m.

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    Ben White vowed to help Arsenal restore their Big Six reputation after completing his £50million move from Brighton.

    The twice-capped England defender, 23, said: “Arsenal speaks for itself and I spoke to the gaffer a number of times during the summer.

    “I got good vibes and the way the gaffer wants to play.

    “I think I can produce quality in this team and hopefully get Arsenal back.”  

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    Daniel Sturridge enjoyed a Liverpool reunion with former Anfield pal Jordan Henderson while he tries to win a contract in Spain.

    The striker, 31, is on trial with Real Mallorca in his bid to return to the game after 17 months without a team.

    And dropping by on his holidays after playing for England at Euro 2020 was Liverpool captain Henderson.

    The 31-year-old posed with his old pal in the Mallorca capital of Palma for a picture posted on Sturridge's Instagram.

    He captioned the snap: "Mallorca vibes with bro. Banter was flying as per 😂.

    "I genuinely miss these vibes right here. Nothing but love and respect for the skipper. Bro for life, truss."

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    David Alaba's Real Madrid contract has been leaked.

    And the latest Blancos defender is raking in £376,000-a-week at the Bernabeu while his agent and family are also said to have pocketed nearly £10million between them off the back of the move.

    Reputable German outlet Der Spiegel have revealed alleged details of the transfer and his subsequent contract.

    The deal is said to be worth £98m to ex-Bayern Munich star Alaba over a five-year period. with a weekly wage of £376,000.

    The Austrian international reportedly picked up a £15.1m signing on fee. And the 29-year-old's agent Pini Zahavi is also said to have earned £4.4m in commission.

    An unspecified £5.4m payment is said to have gone to 'Alaba's family'.

    It is worth noting that a lot of these negotiations were taking place at the same time Real president Florentino Perez was imploring the football world to green light the Super League as the big clubs were struggling so much.

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    The huge signing Arsenal have seemingly been on the brink of for weeks finally came true this afternoon.

    And the Gunners have welcomed “our third summer arrival” in the shape of Brighton’s England centre-back Ben White, 23.

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    Manchester United academy midfielder Charlie McCann has officially completed a permanent transfer to Rangers.

    The 19-year-old has never made his senior debut for the Red Devils but was a regular in their under-23 side before sealing a switch to Scotland.

    The Manchester Evening News claim the deal is reportedly worth around £750,000 and will see the player link up with Rangers’ B team first.

    Speaking to Rangers’ official website, McCann admitted he made the decision to leave Old Trafford in search of first-team football.

    He said: “I’m delighted to get the move over the line, I was obviously really excited when I heard the news and I knew that it was a no brainer.

    “It’s just unreal [Ibrox] it’s such a great experience and I can’t wait to see what it will be like when there is a full house of fans!

    “I feel like I’ve gotten to the point where I need the next step and this is the best option for me to make that and hopefully push myself to get nearer the first team.”

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