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LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea in talks to sign Russia star Aleksandr Golovin

LIVE Transfer Talk: Chelsea in talks to sign Russia star Aleksandr Golovin
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Chelsea have moved ahead in the race to sign CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, the Telegraph say.

Golovin has been one of the stars of the World Cup, helping Russia progress to the knockout stages for the first time as a separate nation.

The report says that Chelsea are not looking to loan him out should they complete a deal, as they look to beat several top European clubs to his signature.

Potential future Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was rumoured to be after the player during his time as Napoli manager.

The Blues are supposedly open to selling midfielder Danny Drinkwater, though they want to keep Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.

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14:05 BST: Maroaune Fellaini has signed a two-year deal to remain with Manchester United until 2020.

remain with Manchester United until 2020

14:00 BST: Fernando Torres‘ next destination will be decided next week, with Marca reporting MLS side Chicago Fire and Japanese outfit Sagan Tosu are the most likely candidates for his signature.

Today marks exactly ten years since he scored the winner for Spain against Germany in the Euro 2008 final to earn La Roja their first major trophy in 44 years. They’ve done OK since…

13:44 BST: Ajax coach Erik ten Hag confirms Hakim Ziyech will leave the club, following the arrival of Dusan Tadic from Southampton.

“I know he already has another deal elsewhere,” he revealed. “He’s a big loss. If you love football, you’ll love Hakim Ziyech. Aside from his technical qualities, it’s his footballing intelligence that makes him so strong. He also has the ability to run a lot: all this makes him a special player.

“It’s clear that I would’ve liked to keep him at Ajax, I think I could’ve still taught him something. He’s a complete player, but if I have to mention a characteristic in particular, it’s his ability in one-on-ones.

“Often you can’t get past him. He has raw power. “Will he maintain his performances abroad? If you’re the best in the Netherlands, I don’t think he’ll have any problems.”

13:27 BST: James Rodriguez could leave Bayern Munich once Nico Kovac arrives. He was one of the stand-out players in the Bundesliga last season and is currently 12 months into a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. Bayern have the option to make it a permanent transfer next summer.

12.45 BST: CalcioMercato say that Juventus are yet to receive any acceptable offers for midfielder Miralem Pjanic, with the club holding out for €80 million.

The Bosnia international has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester City.

12.40 BST: Inter Milan could finalise a deal for Bordeaux forward Malcolm, but they would have to sell Antonio Candreva or Yann Karamoh first, Gazzetta dello Sport write.

12.25 BST: Middlesbrough look set to lose out in the race to sign Chelsea’s Lewis Baker, with the Teeside Gazette reporting that he will join Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United revolution.

12.10 BST: Southampton love a fancy signing announcement.

Here is how they revealed the transfer of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel on a five-year deal…

12.05 BST: Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are monitoring the situation of Mexico international Miguel Layun ahead of making a summer move to sign him from Porto.

The news originally came from Portuguese publication Record but sources from Arsenal refused to deny the interest to ESPN Mexico.

11.58 BST: David Ornstein of BBC Sport has an update over the future of Arsenal’s Calum Chambers

11.55 BST: Gazzetta dello Sport say that Newcastle in pole position to sign Juevntus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Italy international Sturaro could replace Mikel Merino, who continues to be linked with a move back to Spain.

11.45 BST: Tottenham are unwilling to sell any players until after the World Cup, a source has told ESPN FC.

11.40 BST: After announcing he will leave Arsenal on a free transfer this summer, Jack Wilshere has been heavily linked with a move to Fenerbache by the Turkish press…

11.28 BST: While Tottenham and West Ham have been linked with Andre Gomes in the past, they do not appear to be among the front-runners for his signature this summer.

The Barcelona midfielder could return to Valencia on loan, report SuperDeporte. Lazio, Monaco and Fenerbache have also been mentioned as potential destinations.

11.17 BST: Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has been talking to Le Parisien about the potential incoming of Gianluigi Buffon.

“I have not yet spoken with Gianluigi Buffon. What can I tell you about him, though? He did everything with Italy — he is an international star. We will be really happy, if it happens, because he can add something extra.”

11.09 BST: In terms of players moving to Barcelona, Mundo Deportivo say that  the club face a big decision over the potential signing of Frenkie De Jong in the coming days.

The Ajax midfielder was expected to agree a deal to join Barca next summer, but he is the subject of other offers and is putting pressure on the club to make any transfer an immediate one.

11.05 BST: West Ham are expected to tie up a deal for Barcelona defender Marlon Santos shortly, Sport understand.

11.00 BST: Oh look, another player is generating hype to announce their future. Exactly what this transfer window needs.

The agent of Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet has told Estadio Deportivo that his client will reveal his decision over whether to stay at the club or leave for Barcelona this Saturday.

10.55 BST: A look at Gazzetta dello Sport’s front page, as Inter Milan look set to continue their summer spending…

10.45 BST: Athletic Bilbao and Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement worth around €25 million including add-ons for the transfer of former Tottenham defender Yuri Berchiche, ESPN sources understand.

Atletico Madrid were also interested, but Berchiche has opted instead to join Athletic Bilbao by putting pen to paper on a 4-year-deal.

10.29 BST: Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is considering leaving Barcelona during the summer transfer window in order to secure more regular time, according to Sport.

His release clause is set at €60 million, but the Catalan club would be willing to lower their asking price to €30m. Liverpool and Chelsea have been linked with his services but both are yet to make a move.

10.24 BST: Real Madrid and Morocco full-back Achraf Hakimi is the subject of interest from Borussia Dortmund, AS say quoting Kicker.

10.16 BST: 2018 seems to be the year everyone becomes a Willian fan.

The Daily Mail believe that Chelsea have rejected a £50 million bid from Barcelona for the Brazil winger.

09.57 BST: Southampton and Wolves look set to battle for Atalanta forward Andrea Petagna, TuttoMercatoWeb write.

A deal for the Italy international would cost between €10-12 million.

09.36 BST: France Football believe that Paris Saint-Germain are preparing an offer for N’Golo Kante.

Chelsea would then turn their attentions to Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele, Napoli’s Amadou Diawara and Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri.

09.27 BST: Alen Halilovic set to join AC Milan after undergoing a medical yesterday, Sky Sport Italia report. The 22-year-old will arrive from Hamburg, who were relegated from the Bundesliga last season, having spent the last season on loan at Las Palmas, who were also relegated.

Milan heading for Serie B then.

09.15 BST: Valencia have asked Manchester United about the loan availability of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, according to Marca.

The Netherlands international spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, making 24 appearances in all competitions.

09.05 BST: Over in France, L’Equipe are reporting that Nice have rejected a second offer from Borussia Monchengladbach for Alassane Plea.

The forward, who scored 16 goals in 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season, is also the subject of interest from Tottenham.

08.56 BST: He starred for Russia in the World Cup group stages and now could be heading to Chelsea. That’s right, Aleksandr Golovin looks to be moving to Stamford Bridge in a cheap-as-chips €23million, according to Mundo Deportivo. The report says Arsenal are also monitoring the CSKA Moscow star’s situation.

08.38 BST: A DONE DEAL to kick things off and it’s a bit of a surprise: The A-League has lost perhaps its greatest striker after Besart Berisha secured a lucrative move to Japan. Here’s more on that in our report. 

08.36 BST: Welcome, one and all, to another action-packed day on Transfer Talk LIVE. There’s no World Cup football today so it’s full speed ahead with the latest gossip from the rumour mill. Strap yourselves in!

TOP STORY (By Matt Stanger)

Spurs priced out of Martial move

After Tottenham demanded more than £55 million for Toby Alderweireld, Manchester United responded in kind by quoting the North London club “silly prices” for Anthony Martial.

According to the Manchester Evenings News, Spurs have made initial enquiries over the want-away forward, but are now embroiled in a standoff as United wait for progress in their pursuit of Alderweireld.

Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, confirmed that the Frenchman wants to leave Old Trafford earlier in June, with Jose Mourinho eyeing Willian and Gareth Bale as potential replacements.

Martial has been linked with a move to Juventus, but Spurs could tie up a deal for the 22-year-old if they relax their asking price for Alderweireld before August’s transfer deadline.

Mourinho is known to be a keen admirer of the Belgian defender, and will be even more desperate to sign him after one of United’s alternative options, Milan Skriniar, insisted he’s staying at Inter Milan, as the Daily Star reports.

Chelsea in pole position for Alisson

Despite strong interest from Real Madrid and Liverpool, Chelsea have muscled their way to the front of the queue for Roma goalkeeper Alisson.

The Metro reports the Blues are close to agreeing a €70m fee for the 25-year-old, who is currently on World Cup duty with Brazil.

With Thibaut Courtois dragging his heels over a new deal at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea have been forced into the market this summer to find a replacement. Once Alisson is on board, they will look to sell the Belgium No. 1, who is a target for Real Madrid ahead of his contract expiring next summer.

Arsenal close to double swoop

Arsenal have enjoyed a busy start to the transfer window as they close in on the signings of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira to complete Unai Emery’s rebuilding plans.

After the Gunners snapped up Stephan Lichtsteiner and Bernd Leno earlier in June, the Daily Star reports that Sokratis will fly in next week to put pen to paper on a £17m switch from Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile, a £26m move for Torreira is also progressing, despite the midfielder’s involvement in Uruguay’s World Cup campaign.

Along with their pursuit of new recruits, the Gunners have confirmed contract extensions for Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny, with Aaron Ramsey expected to follow suit.

There was no new contract for Jack Wilshere, of course, but Talksport says the England man has found a new club. After rejecting West Ham’s overtures, Wilshere is expected to be unveiled at Fenerbahce on Monday.


– Everton set their sights on Celtic’s Kieran Tierney as a long-term replacement for Leighton Baines, reports the Daily Mirror. Tierney is also a target for Man United and Spurs as Brendan Rodgers faces a battle to hold on to the 21-year-old.

Alvaro Morata is planning to quit Chelsea after a difficult first year that saw him score only one Premier League goal in 2018 and miss out on a place in Spain’s World Cup squad. According to The Sun, the Blues will demand £70m for the striker after shelling out a club-record £58m fee last summer.

– The Sun also says that Watford have angered West Brom by offering just £1m for goalkeeper Ben Foster. The Baggies are holding out for closer to £10m for their No. 1, who is keen for a fresh challenge.

– Australia’s A-League appears set to lose perhaps its greatest striker to Japan, with Besart Berisha set to leave Melbourne Victory to join Sanfrecce Hiroshima, according to the AAP.

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