Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants immediate Man United exit’ plus Frenkie De Jong latest

Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘wants immediate Man United exit’ plus Frenkie De Jong latest

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United with his agent Jorge Mendes for showdown talks on his future, as speculation continues on whether he will leave Old Trafford this summer. The Portuguese has confirmed his desire for a move, but United’s stance is he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Mendes looked across Europe for interest could also see the marriage extended for a further season.

Now, the 37-year-old is expected to sit down with new United manager Erik ten Hag after arriving at the club’s Carrington training base this morning. Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United’s international players on 4 July but remained in Portugal, citing a "family issue". Sir Alex Ferguson has also arrived at United’s training ground this morning, and could be set to take part in talks on Ronaldo’s future.

Elsewhere, Chelsea have encountered more difficulty getting a target over the line after a late intervention from Barcelona in the race to sign defender Jules Kounde. The Sevilla star will cost in excess of £50m with Barcelona poised to trump the Blues again after landing former Leeds star Raphinha. The Mail reports Leicester have rejected a £15m bid from Monaco for Boubakary Soumare. And Leicester are willing to consider big-money offers for James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho in order to raise funds to strengthen the squad, the Telegraph claims. Follow all the latest transfer news with our live blog below:

Transfer News and Rumours

Man City have Cucurella back-up plan

Tuesday 26 July 2022 21:45 , Karl Matchett

Man City still want Marc Cucurella from Brighton, though their opening bid was rejected last week.

The expectation is that the Seagulls want around £50m for the left-back - and City have options in place, say German media, who name Borna Sosa of Stuttgart as one such name.

He could be around half the price.

Juventus to chase Timo Werner or Anthony Martial

Tuesday 26 July 2022 21:30 , Karl Matchett

Juventus are trying to sort their forward line for the new season and while they want Alvaro Morata back from Atletico Madrid, there’s every chance he doesn’t do so - Atleti are said to want a permanent deal.

If he doesn’t return, it’s off to the Premier League Juve will go, with Anthony Martial or Timo Werner in their sights.

Sky Sports say the United man might be their primary target, with Werner’s contract at Stamford Bridge a potential sticking point.

Sesko also on Man United’s radar

Tuesday 26 July 2022 21:10 , Karl Matchett

Another player Man United apparently like the look of is Benjamin Sesko, but if the RB Salzburg admin has anything to do with it, it’ll be a world record fee to get the deal done!

Man United chasing Badiashile again

Tuesday 26 July 2022 21:00 , Karl Matchett

Benoit Badiashile was on Manchester United’s radar a couple of summers back but remained at Monaco in the end.

Now though, L’Equipe say they are putting him right back to the top of their wanted list this year, having secured Lisandro Martinez.

£42m is the reported price tag and Chelsea and Sevilla are also among the sides keeping tabs on the defender.

Leeds may turn to Ben Foster as cover

Tuesday 26 July 2022 20:40 , Karl Matchett

Leeds United have been busy this window already but a backup option for Ilan Meslier could be the next port of call.

Thankfully for them they won’t have to look very hard or far, as Ben Foster is ready and willing to do the job, according to HITC, with the former Watford stopper available on a free transfer.

Kristoffer Klaesson is Leeds’ alternative keeper, but Jesse Marsch reportedly wants more experience to call upon if needed.

Nottingham Forest ready for 12th summer signing

Tuesday 26 July 2022 20:20 , Karl Matchett

More than a whole new team - quite incredible work from Nottingham Forest heading towards August.

Sky report they are set to seal the deal with Orel Mangala, a midfielder with Stuttgart who is set to become Forest’s 12th new addition since being promoted back to the Premier League.

The deal is worth £12.7m and takes their total spending to over £73m, if and when it goes through.

Alex Moreno, the Real Betis left-back, is also still in their sights, says Dharmesh Sheth.

Chelsea could block Alonso exit to Barcelona

Tuesday 26 July 2022 20:00 , Karl Matchett

The Guardian carry a line on a possible Chelsea non-transfer, with Thomas Tuchel so unhappy that Barcelona might snare Jules Kounde from under their noses that he may opt to intervene and stop Marcos Alonso from joining the Camp Nou club.

They are reportedly keen to land him for €10m, but Chelsea were supposedly also hoping to land Lewandowski this summer, who also went to Barca.

No more playing nicely if Kounde doesn’t join, then.

England vs Sweden: Euro 2022 semi-final LIVE coverage

Tuesday 26 July 2022 19:40 , Karl Matchett

Worth checking in to Euro 2022 at this point - the semi-final between England and Sweden is less than 20 minutes away. Teams are here and our live blog is below - join us there!

England XI: Earps; Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Daly; Walsh, Stanway, Kirby; Mead, White, Hemp.

Sweden XI: Lindahl; Ilestedt, Sembrant, Eriksson, Glas; Björn, Angeldahl, Asllani; Jakobsson, Blackstenius, Rolfö.

England v Sweden LIVE: Euro 2022 semi-final team news and updates

Leicester keeper Schmeichel wanted by Nice

Tuesday 26 July 2022 19:20 , Karl Matchett

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is considering whether to try a new adventure after being targeted by Ligue 1 side Lille.

The Times report that he is open to a departure, but equally has not ruled out staying - while the Foxes want a replacement first before having to part ways with their long-term No1.

He only has a year left on his contract and the 35-year-old has played nearly 500 games for Leicester.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United with agent Jorge Mendes for future talks

Tuesday 26 July 2022 19:00 , Karl Matchett

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United with his agent Jorge Mendes ahead of talks over his future.

The 37-year-old is expected to sit down with manager Erik ten Hag for the first time since informing United of his intention to leave this summer.

Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United’s international players on 4 July but remained in Portugal, citing a “family issue”.

United accepted Ronaldo’s explanation for his absence and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not travel with the rest of the squad on the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

Ronaldo is understood to want to join a club with a realistic chance to win the Champions League and compete for major honours but arrived at United’s Carrington training base with agent Mendes.

Sir Alex Ferguson was also pictured arriving at Carrington on Tuesday morning, though was attending a football board meeting alongside chief executive Richard Arnold and former chief executive David Gill.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United with agent Jorge Mendes

Gianluca Scamacca: Italy striker undergoes West Ham medical ahead of £30m move

Tuesday 26 July 2022 18:40 , Karl Matchett

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca is undergoing a medical ahead of his switch from Sassuolo to West Ham.

The PA news agency understands Scamacca has agreed terms on a five-year deal with the Hammers, ending manager David Moyes’ long search for a recognised frontman.

The 23-year-old will complete a two-part medical on Tuesday afternoon before sealing a move understood to be worth around £30million.

The transfer appears to be a real coup for Moyes with Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in 36 matches in Serie A last season, also linked with Paris St Germain and Juventus.

Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio to lead his attack since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year.

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca undergoes West Ham medical ahead of £30m move

Chelsea ‘offer Timo Werner to RB Leipzig’ as Jule Kounde talks rumble on

Tuesday 26 July 2022 18:20 , Karl Matchett

The Guardian, meanwhile, writes Chelsea’s move for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is in “danger of collapsing”. The paper says Barcelona are refusing to end their pursuit of the 23-year-old defender and are “increasingly optimistic” they can land the France international.

In more Blues news, Metro reports via Foot Mercato that the club have offered Germany striker Timo Werner, 26, to RB Leipzig.

More rumours from the papers here:

Chelsea ‘offer Timo Werner to RB Leipzig’ as Jule Kounde talks rumble on

Man Utd left-back Fernandez joins Preston on loan

Tuesday 26 July 2022 18:00 , Rich Jolly

Manchester United have allowed their Under-23s Player of the Year Alvaro Fernandez to join Preston on loan for the season.

The Spain Under-19 international left-back, who United signed from Real Madrid in 2020, will get his first taste of senior football with the Championship club.

Fernandez has played for United in the EFL Trophy and was on the bench for Ralf Rangnick’s side against Chelsea in April but, with new manager Erik ten Hag signing Tyrell Malacia, United have chosen to let the 19-year-old spend the season at North End.

He was at Deepdale on Saturday to watch Preston lose 2-1 to Leicester in a pre-season friendly. Ryan Lowe’s side start their Championship campaign against Wigan on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg and Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer enjoyed successful loan spells at Preston last season as North End are gaining a reputation for improving Premier League youngsters.

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(Manchester United via Getty Imag)

Brighton’s Reda Khadra joins Sheffield United on loan

Tuesday 26 July 2022 17:50 , Karl Matchett

Sheffield United have signed Brighton midfielder Reda Khadra on a season-long loan deal.

Khadra spent the 2021-22 campaign with the Blades’ Sky Bet Championship rivals Blackburn, where he scored four goals in 26 league appearances.

The 21-year-old is United’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of defenders Ciaran Clark and Anel Ahmedhodzic and midfielder Tommy Doyle.

Brighton’s Reda Khadra joins Sheffield United on loan

Aaron Ramsey: Juventus terminate Welsh midfielder’s contract

Tuesday 26 July 2022 17:41 , Karl Matchett

More on that latest news:

Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus after having his contract officially terminated, the Italian club have announced.

The Wales midfielder had struggled to carve out a regular role for himself in the Serie A side’s line-up since switching from Arsenal on a free transfer in 2019, playing fewer than 50 games in the Italian top flight across three years.

His 23 league appearances in his debut campaign were ultimately the best tally he managed, while last term he featured only three times in the opening weeks of the season before injury issues saw him sidelined until the new year.

Ramsey spent the final three months of the season on loan at Rangers in Scotland, but his fortunes did not improve there either as he played only a handful of times and, despite reaching the Europa League final with the Gers, he ultimately missed the decisive penalty in the shootout against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Aaron Ramsey: Juventus terminate Welsh midfielder’s contract

Tuesday 26 July 2022 17:20 , Karl Matchett

Aaron Ramsey has left Juventus! That was sudden and unexpected - mostly because it’s not to a new club. It has long been suggested that the Welshman would leave, but his wages have been a massive problem for teams considering him.

A loan at Rangers last season wasn’t a resounding success, but now he’ll be free to sign elsewhere and negotiate a new deal after terminating his contract with the Turin club.

Barcelona won’t stop with Jules Kounde signing

Tuesday 26 July 2022 17:10 , Karl Matchett

Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez is continuing to push for senior additions this summer - even though they haven’t been able to register those they have already brought in, and even before Jules Kounde comes in.

They are fighting Chelsea for him and are confident of sealing the deal, but even if he arrives, Xavi wants Inigo Martinez in as well in a new-look defensive line, report Sport.

Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski are among their other deals this summer but Barca need to offload players, with Frenkie de Jong still yet to decide his future amid a debate with Barcelona over unpaid fees.

Nordi Mukiele signs for PSG

Tuesday 26 July 2022 16:46 , Karl Matchett

PSG have completed the signing of RB Leipzig’s Nordi Mukiele, a versatile performer who can feature in defence or midfield or at wing-back too.

The squad continues to take shape under the eye of Luis Campos, in charge of transfers, and new head coach Cristophe Gaultier.

Luis Suarez negotiating over MLS move

Tuesday 26 July 2022 16:30 , Karl Matchett

Former Liverpool forward Luis Suarez has left Atletico Madrid this summer and his next move looks set to be in the Americas...but it’s not yet certain which one.

Uruguayan journalist Rodrigo Romano reports that a Western Conference side in MLS want him to sign now, to see out the remainder of this season and all of next two on a contract running until winter 2024, as they try to fight their way into the play-offs.

However, Suarez is only keen at present to make the switch after the World Cup in Qatar this winter - and in the meantime he wants to return home and play for Nacional, the team he made his senior breakthrough with. Negotiations are ongoing, Romano says.

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(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea want a defender, any defender...no, not Thilo Kehrer

Tuesday 26 July 2022 16:15 , Karl Matchett

Chelsea have been anxiously waiting to see if their move for Jules Kounde goes through or not, with Barcelona hoping he sticks around for a little while longer at joins them, instead.

As a result, the Blues have been linked with or have enquired over a range of others: Gvardiol, Kimpembe, Upamecano and plenty of others have all been linked.

And, apparently, PSG’s Thilo Kehrer was offered to Thomas Tuchel - but he wasn’t interested at all, says German journalist Christian Falk.

Leicester owner: No offers yet for Youri Tielemans

Tuesday 26 July 2022 16:00 , Jack Rathborn

Leicester City owner Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha maintains there are no offers for Youri Tielemans.

Linked with a move to Arsenal throughout the summer, the Belgian midfielder has one year remaining on his contract at the King Power Stadium.

But for now it seems likely he will remain a key part to Brendan Rodgers’ side for the upcoming season.

“It’s nothing,” said Srivaddhanaprabha. “There haven’t been any offers yet. There hasn’t been anything concrete or a proposition yet.”

Youri Tielemans remains at the club despite interest from Arsenal (Getty Images)
Youri Tielemans remains at the club despite interest from Arsenal (Getty Images)

Lewis Dunk committed to Brighton for rest of career

Tuesday 26 July 2022 15:45 , Jack Rathborn

Lewis Dunk is keen to remain at Brighton for the rest of his career.

The Seagulls captain has told Sky Sports News that he hopes to be a “one-club man” after starting his career coming through the academy on the south coast.

The 30-year-old has three more years on his contract at the Amex.

Napoli set to beat Everton to sign Korean defender Kim Min-Jae

Tuesday 26 July 2022 15:30 , Jack Rathborn

Fenerbahce defender Kim Min-Jae is set to complete a move to Napoli.

The South Korea international represents a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly and has been pictured by Gianluca Di Marzio arriving for his medical at the Villa Stuart clinic in Rome.

Kim will cost £16.9m, the price of his release clause, with the Azzurri fending off competition from Rennes and Everton.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Liverpool Women goalkeeper Laws signs new deal

Tuesday 26 July 2022 15:15 , Jack Rathborn

Rachael Laws has signed a new contract with Liverpool Women.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper picked up the Golden Glove last season after a club-record 13 clean sheets, helping the Reds to win the FA Women’s Championship.

Laws said: “It was such an easy decision when Matt spoke to me and said he wanted me to stay on. The philosophy we have, to build on that and see where we can go especially in the WSL now we’re there.

“I just said ‘When do you want me to sign?’ because I’m ready and willing to push this club on. The staff, the men’s side, the new girls who’ve come in have all been absolutely fantastic and we are like a family and I’ve never been in a culture like it.

“I’d like to think I’m still in the prime of my career. Goalkeepers do tend to go that little bit longer and get better as they go! I feel like I’m bang on form and last season was probably one of the best, if not the best, of my career.”

Yaya Toure to take on coaching role in Tottenham’s academy

Tuesday 26 July 2022 15:00 , Jack Rathborn

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been given a full-time role in Tottenham’s academy, the PA news agency understands.

The three-time Premier League winner has spent time with the club since December in an unofficial capacity while he worked towards his UEFA A Licence.

Toure completed his coaching course with the Football Association of Wales earlier this summer and will now have his own age group to coach at Spurs.

The 39-year-old has not played professionally since a stint with Chinese club Qingdao Huanghai in 2019 but did train with League Two club Leyton Orient briefly ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

While Toure, the younger brother of ex-Arsenal defender and current Leicester first-team coach Kolo, has never announced his retirement, he has long held ambitions to move into coaching like his sibling.

Yaya Toure to take on coaching role in Tottenham’s academy

AC Milan eye Hakim Ziyech as alternative to Leeds and Everton target Charles De Ketelaere

Tuesday 26 July 2022 14:45 , Jack Rathborn

AC Milan are still looking to beat Leeds and Everton for Charles De Ketelaere but have lined up Hakim Ziyech should a fee not be agreed with Club Brugge for the Belgian midfielder.

The Chelsea star could move to the San Siro for just €10 million, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

But De Ketelaere, 21, is still an option, despite Premier League sides Leeds United and Everton seemingly willing to pay a higher fee.

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Dries Mertens could stay at Napoli despite exit announced

Tuesday 26 July 2022 14:30 , Jack Rathborn

Dries Mertens could still stay with Napoli, despite the club announcing his departure on social media on Sunday.

The Belgian, the club’s all-time top scorer, failed to agree on terms for an extension.

But Tuttosport report tha the free agent, linked with Lazio, should a club abroad not come in for him and agree terms.

Mertens is looking for around €4 million per year, but should he be unable to find that salary, then he could accept €2.4 million from Napoli.

Juventus eye Alvaro Morata loan return

Tuesday 26 July 2022 14:15 , Jack Rathborn

Juventus are keen to bring back Alvaro Morata, with a new loan offer submitted to Atletico Madrid.

Tuttosport report that the offer was immediately rejected and will only discuss a permanent transfer with the Old Lady.

After two years on loan, Morata has scored 32 goals in 92 games for the Bianconeri, although last season he scored just 12 in all competitions.

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea target Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries

Tuesday 26 July 2022 14:00 , Jack Rathborn

Chelsea are targeting Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries with Jules Kounde now set to join Barcelona.

Milan Skriniar, thought to be worth £59m, is another target for the Blues at the San Siro, according to the Standard.

Dumfries’ arrival would allow Tuchel to shift Reece James back to right centre-back and mor flexibility at wing-back.

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(Getty Images)

Bayern Munich sign French wonderkid Mathys Tel

Tuesday 26 July 2022 13:45 , Jack Rathborn

Bayern Munich have signed Mathys Tel from Rennes.

The 17-year-old forward scored six goals in six games for Renne B last term, while also making 10 senior appearances without a goal.

Tel also has five goals in six caps for France Under-18s and five goals in nine caps for France Under-17s.

Done deal! Man City sign Netherlands international Casparij

Tuesday 26 July 2022 13:32 , Jamie Braidwood

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of the Netherlands international Kerstin Casparij, who is set to be a replacement for the departing Lucy Bronze.

Casparij, a wing-back, was part of the Netherlands squad at Euro 2022 and has signed a three-year deal with the Women’s Super League side. She joins from Eredivisie team FC Twente.

Casparij told the City website: “I’m overjoyed - I have no words to describe how happy I am to be a Manchester City player and I can’t wait to play for this beautiful club.

“I felt like the whole club is a family and the perfect fit for me - I immediately got such a good feeling about the place and it was a no brainer for me.

“Having players feeling at home at a club is a huge strength for a team and if you want to be competing and winning titles, you have to have that unity, so that was very important to me.

“I’m a modern right wing-back and I feel as though I’ll fit into the Manchester City style very well, which makes this move the perfect one.”

Sir Alex set to take part in Ronaldo’s United talks

Tuesday 26 July 2022 13:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Sir Alex Ferguson was also photographed at Manchester United’s Carrington training base this morning, just moments before Cristiano Ronaldo arrived with agent Jorge Mendes.

Ferguson spoke to Ronaldo prior to the forward choosing to return to Old Trafford last summer, when Manchester City looked to be a potential destination, and the former Unitd boss could be involved in further discussions today.

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(PA Archive)

Nottingham Forest set for another addition

Tuesday 26 July 2022 13:10 , Jamie Braidwood

Nottingham Forest are closing in on their 12th signing of the summer, as the Premier League side move closer to signing Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala.

The PA news agency is reporting that Mangala, who has won two international caps for Belgium, is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed transfer.

Mangala will join Jesse Lingard through the door, while Forest have also broken their transfer record on Nigeria international Taiwo Awoniyi and brought in Wales international Neco Williams from Liverpool.

Everton should sign Billy Gilmour and Conor Gallagher, says Pat Nevin

Tuesday 26 July 2022 13:00 , Jack Rathborn

“I think Everton should use the loan market. They should ask Frank to speak to some of his old colleagues at Chelsea and see if there are any young players left to bring in,” Pat Nevin has told Bonus Code Bets.

“They should try to sign Billy Gilmour and Connor Gallagher if they are available. They would make a massive difference to Everton, but they also need a goalscorer. They have DCL but they can’t depend on him. Richarlison is a gigantic miss, a huge miss for them.

“I reckon Everton need to sign 5 quality players. As you can probably tell, I’m quite concerned as lots of Everton fans are. They should use the loan market because you can get some really good players in the market.

“Frank also needs funds and backing for his squad. All the top players won’t want to go to Everton though as they don’t want to go to a team near the bottom of the league last season.”

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(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Newcastle interested in Timo Werner?

Tuesday 26 July 2022 12:40 , Jack Rathborn

Newcastle are keen on Timo Werner, report Sport Bild.

The Chelsea striker has failed to live up to expectations since a move from RB Leipzig, with a return to his former club rumoured in recent weeks, while Juventus have also been linked.

But now Eddie Howe may look to swoop in for the German forward.

Declan Rice would make ‘massive difference’ if Chelsea can sign West Ham star

Tuesday 26 July 2022 12:20 , Jack Rathborn

“I think Chelsea will finish between 3rd and 6th. It might sound negative but Liverpool and Man City did phenomenal business and did it so far ahead. There is no embarrassment in finishing behind them though as they are two of the greatest teams ever in Premier League history,” Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has told Bonus Code Bets.

“It depends on whether good enough centre-backs come in, if Thiago Silva can stay fit and play as many games as possible that will definitely help.

“If Chelsea could get Declan Rice, it would make a massive difference. Chelsea also need someone to score goals but not someone like Lukaku. I would have liked Lewandowski or Haaland but they’ve gone elsewhere.”

 (PA)
(PA)

Valencia in talks for former Arsenal target Arthur Melo

Tuesday 26 July 2022 12:10 , Jack Rathborn

Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo could be heading back to Spain, with Valencia keen on the Brazilian, according to Sky Sport in Italy.

Previously linked with Arsenal, Valencia boss Gennaro Gattuso could bring the former Barcelona star back to La Liga.

Los Che could also pursue deals for Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira, with the Uruguyan on the pre-season tour of the United States last week.

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(Getty Images)

Fulham eye £8m deal with Arsenal for Bernd Leno

Tuesday 26 July 2022 12:00 , Jack Rathborn

Fulham and Arsenal continue discussions for German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, with the newly-promoted Premier League side eyeing an £8m deal.

Progress has been made, despite alternatives for Fulham including Sergio Rico from PSG and Barcelona’s Neto.

But Leno is the priority it seems, report Sky Sports, and the Gunners are willing to sell after acquiring USA international goalkeeper Matt Turner this summer and just one year left on the former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper.

Gavi ‘excited by new Barcelona signings’

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:50 , Jack Rathborn

Barcelona starlet Gavi is “excited” by the club’s new signings.

The 17-year-old midfielder said: “I am very happy to be on this tour with the team.

“I am the first to be excited about this team. I’m looking forward to a nice, happy season.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Gianluca Scamacca: Italy striker undergoes West Ham medical ahead of £30m move

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:40 , Jack Rathborn

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca is undergoing a medical ahead of his switch from Sassuolo to West Ham.

The PA news agency understands Scamacca has agreed terms on a five-year deal with the Hammers, ending manager David Moyes’ long search for a recognised frontman.

The 23-year-old will complete a two-part medical on Tuesday afternoon before sealing a move understood to be worth around £30million.

The transfer appears to be a real coup for Moyes with Scamacca, who scored 16 goals in 36 matches in Serie A last season, also linked with Paris St Germain and Juventus.

Moyes has had to rely on Michail Antonio to lead his attack since the Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January last year.

Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca undergoes West Ham medical ahead of £30m move

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United with agent Jorge Mendes for future talks

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:30 , Jack Rathborn

Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United with his agent Jorge Mendes ahead of talks over his future.

The 37-year-old is expected to sit down with manager Erik ten Hag for the first time since informing United of his intention to leave this summer.

Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United’s international players on 4 July but remained in Portugal, citing a “family issue”.

United accepted Ronaldo’s explanation for his absence and the five-time Ballon d’Or winner did not travel with the rest of the squad on the pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia.

Ronaldo is understood to want to join a club with a realistic chance to win the Champions League and compete for major honours but arrived at United’s Carrington training base with agent Mendes on Tuesday morning.

Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United with agent Jorge Mendes

Robert Lewandowski emphasises longevity after Barcelona move

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:20 , Jack Rathborn

Robert Lewandowski insists he still has “a few years” left at the highest level after joining Barcelona.

The 33-year-old left Bayern Munich after a staggering eight-year spell, which saw him score 344 goals in 375 games.

“The tests I have undergone say that my body is younger than my age,” said the Pole.

“I don’t know how many years I will play at the highest level, but it will certainly be a few.

“If you look at our potential, I think we can have a chance to win everything. We have great potential.

“Now I’m part of Barça and it’s a new chapter and a place to do new things. It’s not time to look back.”

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(Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsey absent from Juventus pre-season tour amid uncertainty over future

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:10 , Jack Rathborn

Uncertainty over Aaron Ramsey’s future continues to grow after being left out of Juventus’ squad for the Serie A club’s pre-season tour to the United States.

The 31-year-old Wales midfielder, who spent the second half of the 2021-22 campaign on loan at cinch Premiership Rangers, has been omitted from Massimiliano Allegri’s travelling party along with Federico Chiesa, Mattia De Sciglio, Kaio Jorge, Arthur Melo, Marko Pjaca and Adrien Rabiot.

Ramsey is in the final year of his lucrative contract at Juve, for whom he made just five appearances last season, and has been linked with a return to former club Cardiff.

The ex-Arsenal player’s career has been blighted by injury, but he remains a key member of the national team as they prepare for their first World Cup since 1958 later this year.

It appears his future lies away from Turin, although his situation is complicated by a reported £400,000-a-week pay packet.

Rob Page will surely like for Ramsey to get regular games under his belt in the final weeks before Qatar 2022.

Arsenal technical director Edu criticises older players for ‘killing’ the club

Tuesday 26 July 2022 11:00 , Jack Rathborn

Arsenal technical director Edu says the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil were “killing” the club before they managed to offload their big-money contracts.

The duo are among a number of players to be shown the exit door at the Emirates in recent years as manager Mikel Arteta looks to reshape his playing squad.

The Gunners have targeted much younger players in that time with players in the older age bracket - such as Aubameyang and Ozil - ushered out.

Edu, who also agreed deals for Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis to leave, has explained the thinking behind the new philosophy.

“When a player is 26 or older, has a big salary and is not performing, he’s killing you,” he said.

Arsenal technical director Edu criticises older players for ‘killing’ the club

Aston Villa striker Wesley joins Levante on season-long loan

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:50 , Jack Rathborn

Aston Villa striker Wesley has joined relegated Spanish side Levante on a season-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old, a £22million signing from Club Brugge in June 2019, spent last season at Internacional in his native Brazil and will play in Spain’s Segunda Division for the 2022-23 campaign.

A statement on Villa’s official website read: “Aston Villa can confirm Wesley has joined Levante UD on loan until the end of the season.

“The striker had previously been on loan at Internacional in his native Brazil, but will now spend the 2022/23 campaign with the Spanish side.

“Wesley joined Villa in the summer of 2019, scoring five Premier League goals before his season was cut short through injury.

Aston Villa striker Wesley joins Levante on season-long loan

Southampton sign Sekou Mara from Bordeaux on four-year deal

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:40 , Jack Rathborn

Teenage striker Sekou Mara has signalled his intention to become “one of the best” after signing a four-year deal with Southampton.

The Paris-born 19-year-old, a France Under-21 international, has completed his move from Bordeaux, subject to international clearance, after the two clubs agreed terms in principle last week.

Mara told the club’s official website: “I’m really happy to sign for Southampton and to be a Saint for the next years. Southampton have given me a good opportunity to progress.

“I’m a young player and I have to work. I think Southampton is the best club for me to develop myself and progress to be one of the best. I’m impatient to begin with this team and score goals.”

Southampton sign Sekou Mara from Bordeaux on four-year deal

Tottenham agree deal with Yaya Toure to become academy coach

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:30 , Jack Rathborn

Tottenham have struck a deal with Yaya Toure to become an academy coach. Jermain Defoe is another target to assume a similar role.

The former Manchester City star has been working with the club to earn his coaching badges.

Spurs look to revamp their youth production line despite Antonio Conte's track record likely to see him prioritise experienced players in the immediate future.

Atletico Madrid must sell players before Cristiano Ronaldo deal possible

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:20 , Jack Rathborn

If Cristiano Ronaldo can convince Manchester United to sanction his sale, then Atlético Madrid might be his best option.

Diego Simeone’s side must raise €40M in player sales before they can sign anyone.

But once they manage that, there could be genuine interest, with Ronaldo attracted by the prospect of Champions League football, although it is not clear whether joining the rivals of his former club Real Madrid would be an issue.

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(AP)

James Garner hoping for Manchester United chance under Erik ten Hag

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:10 , Jack Rathborn

James Garner is ready to make another loan switch if the homegrown Manchester United midfielder fails in his bid to become a regular under Erik ten Hag.

The 21-year-old returned to Old Trafford this summer after an unforgettable season with Nottingham Forest, where he became a fan favourite as they won promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Injury prevented Garner making the impact he would have liked on United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, but the England Under-21 international’s drive to impress Ten Hag remains undimmed.

“I had a really good season last season – full of confidence, full of experience,” the academy graduate told the PA news agency. “The experience I didn’t have, I feel that now I do have.

James Garner hoping for Manchester United chance under Erik ten Hag

Nordi Mukiele announces Leipzig departure, move to PSG expected

Tuesday 26 July 2022 10:00 , Jack Rathborn

Defender Nordi Mukiele will leave RB Leipzig after four years, he said on Tuesday, with a move to French powerhouse Paris St Germain widely expected to be completed soon.

Mukiele joined Leipzig in 2018 and helped them reach the 2020 Champions League semi-finals while also winning the German Cup this year, the club’s first major trophy.

“I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me,” Mukiele said on social media.

“You made me feel home since the very first day I arrived and it is with heavy heart that I leave today. I want to thank everyone involved at the club that help us reach our goals on a daily basis.”

The 24-year-old France international is reportedly close to signing a multi-year deal with PSG despite interest from other clubs, including Chelsea.

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West Ham agree fee with Sassuolo for Gianluca Scamacca transfer

Tuesday 26 July 2022 09:50 , Jack Rathborn

West Ham United have agreed a deal to sign Italy striker Gianluca Scamacca from Serie A side Sassuolo for £30.5 million ($36.6m), several British media outlets reported on Saturday.

Scamacca, 23, netted 16 goals in 36 Serie A matches last season. He made his senior debut for Italy in 2021, and has earned seven caps without scoring a goal.

West Ham have signed Nayef Aguerd, Alphonse Areola and Flynn Downes during the close season.

West Ham agree fee with Sassuolo for Gianluca Scamacca transfer

Newcastle turn attention to Burnley’s Dwight McNeil

Tuesday 26 July 2022 09:40 , Jack Rathborn

Newcastle will make a move for Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.

The 22-year-old is considered an alternative to the Magpies, according to the Sun, given Leeds are adamant winger Jack Harrison is not leaving.

The West Yorkshire club previously rejected a Newcastle bid for Harrison, 25, and want £35million.

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Manchester United ‘eager to keep Anthony Martial amid Juventus interest’

Tuesday 26 July 2022 09:30 , Jack Rathborn

Juventus are reportedly targeting Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial as a summer transfer target.

But his club have signalled they have no intention of selling him, the Daily Mirror reports.

The 26-year-old has been impressing during pre-season, solidifying his value to new boss Erik ten Hag.

Man United ‘eager to keep Anthony Martial amid Juventus interest’

Alexis Sanchez considering Marseille move

Tuesday 26 July 2022 09:20 , Jack Rathborn

Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez, 33, is considering a move to Marseille.

The former Arsenal and Manchester United star is out of contract at the end of the season with Inter keen to get his wages off their books.

And Corriere dello Sport believe OM would appeal to Sanchez, who could play Champions League football, but his £100,000 per week wages may prove a stumbling block.

Barcelona push Memphis Depay towards exit and Premier League

Tuesday 26 July 2022 09:10 , Jack Rathborn

Memphis Depay is the latest Barcelona player to be told to leave, with Xavi urging the Dutch forward to find a new club, report AS.

After the arrival of Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 33, and Brazil winger Raphinha, 25, the report states Memphis could spend the entire season on the Barcelona bench.

Barcelona will listen to offers worth €20 million for the 28-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract, with the club hopeful a market develops in the Premier League.

Fulham bid for Issa Diop rejected by West Ham

Tuesday 26 July 2022 08:58 , Jack Rathborn

West Ham have knocked back a bid from Fulham thought to be worth €17.5m (£14.8m) for Issa Diop.

L’Equipe believe the Whites will finally break through and land the 25-year-old centre-back.

David Moyes initially suspended talks after Nayef Aguerd’s injury, but it appears as though that stance has now softened and Diop could move across London.

Sadio Mane ‘can play until 39’ as Jurgen Klopp reveals candid talk before Liverpool exit

Tuesday 26 July 2022 08:45 , Jack Rathborn

Jurgen Klopp believes Sadio Mane is in such crazily good shape that he could play into the 2030s after predicting the former Liverpool forward can carry on until he is almost 40.

The German also praised Bayern Munich’s new signing for the way he handled his departure from Anfield by saying it is a model for how transfers should be conducted and insisting he retains complete respect for the Senegalese.

Mane, who turned 30 in April, joined Bayern for £35 million last month, ending a six-year stay at Liverpool in which he scored 120 goals.

Klopp felt it was key Mane gave him enough notice of his plans, saying to Viaplay: “Sadio told me that he wants and the agent told me he wants a new challenge.

Mane ‘can play until 39’ as Klopp reveals candid talk before Liverpool exit

Barcelona ask Jules Kounde to help them hijack Chelsea transfer

Tuesday 26 July 2022 08:30 , Jack Rathborn

Barcelona have pleaded for patience from Sevilla’s Jules Kounde, as they attempt to hijack his move to Chelsea.

While the London club have agreed a £50m-plus fee with Sevilla and have the principles of a deal done, Barcelona have not yet made a formal bid, due to the need now to sell players.

The centre-half has been willing to go to Chelsea, but his preferred option is Camp Nou. Barcelona are attempting to play on this, as they accelerate their moves to try and sell players.

It has again been pressed upon Frenkie de Jong that the club “needs” him to go. The Dutch midfielder has remained obstinate in his stance, especially as he is owed €17m in deferred wages.

Barcelona ask Jules Kounde to help them hijack Chelsea transfer

Chelsea ‘offer Timo Werner to RB Leipzig’ as Jule Kounde talks rumble on

Tuesday 26 July 2022 08:15 , Jack Rathborn

In Chelsea news, Metro reports via Foot Mercato that the club have offered Germany striker Timo Werner, 26, to RB Leipzig in order to beat Paris St Germain to the signing of France defender Nordi Mukiele, 24, from the Bundesliga club.

While the Guardian writes Chelsea’s move for Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is in “danger of collapsing”. The paper says Barcelona are refusing to end their pursuit of the 23-year-old defender and are “increasingly optimistic” they can land the France international.

Cristiano Ronaldo to demand Manchester United exit ‘immediately'

Tuesday 26 July 2022 08:01 , Jack Rathborn

Elsewhere, reports suggest Cristiano Ronaldo will demand to leave “immediately”.

That’s according to the Sun who claim the 37-year-old will have “showdown” talks with the Red Devils now that the squad is back from its pre-season tour to Thailand and Australia, which he missed due to “family reasons”.

United host Brighton 7 August to kick off their Premier League campaign.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘set for talks’ over Man United future

Tuesday 26 July 2022 07:46 , Jack Rathborn

Cristiano Ronaldo is set for talks over Man United future, that’s according to the Guardian, who claim the Portuguese has been back in the UK since Monday evening after missing United’s pre-season trip to Thailand and Australia due to a family issue.

The 37-year-old will then meet Erik ten Hag, who is keen to use Ronaldo this season, but the player is keen to play in the Champions League this season.

Atlético Madrid are keen, but must sell first, with Bayern and Chelsea now seemingly cooling their interest.