Liverpool have made a late move to sign Brighton midfielder Abdou Bissouma. The Reds are understood to be offering around £20 million for the 25-year-old, who has scored seven goals in 36 appearances this season.
Liverpool FC have made a late move for Brighton midfielder Bissouma. The Reds are looking to replace Jordan Henderson who is expected to leave the club this summer.
For the main European leagues, the summer transfer season is in its last week, which means the top teams are trying to make an impact in the market while they still can. Check out the newest rumors below, then go here to view all of the official agreements.
Liverpool makes a late bid for Bissouma.
According to The Daily Express, Liverpool are hoping to sign Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma before the transfer market closes next week.
Bissouma, 24, has made an impression in the Premier League in recent seasons, prompting interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
Liverpool are seeking to bolster their midfield after the free transfer of Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and Bissouma is said to be their primary priority.
Sources informed ESPN in December that Jurgen Klopp’s side were interested in the Mali international, who joined Brighton for £15 million from Lille in 2018.
Brighton now wants approximately £40 million to let Bissouma leave, but they aren’t under any financial pressure since they previously let defender Ben White join Arsenal for £50 million.
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11.28 BST: According to ESPN’s James Olley, Tottenham has joined the race for Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba.
The 18-year-old has refused to sign a new contract with the Catalan giants, prompting a bidding war for his services, with RB Leipzig and Chelsea among the clubs keeping a close eye on the issue as his contract expires in 2022.
Spurs have now entered the race after meeting with the midfielder’s agents and been encouraged.
If he continues to refuse to commit his future to the club, Barcelona is expected to demand a price of about €20 million.
Leipzig are now the front-runners, but Chelsea are still interested in signing the midfielder, despite the fact that they are also in negotiations to acquire Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez, and insiders say the Blues will not pursue both players.
11.00 BST: Alanna Kennedy, an Australian international defender, has signed a two-year contract with Manchester City.
Kennedy, 26, joins the club following a spell with Tottenham Hotspur in the Women’s Super League.
“It’s a thrilling prospect. City is a great club, and I’m honored to be a part of it “According to the club’s website, she said. “I believe the squad is capable of winning trophies, so I’m thrilled to be a part of such an incredible group, and I believe that winning will be a major part of our season this year. City’s style of play is a joy to watch. I believe it will be a good fit for me, and I hope I can contribute to the squad.”
10.45 a.m. BST: How would Cristiano Ronaldo fit into Man City’s front three?
Frank Leboeuf has doubts about Pep Guardiola’s ability to integrate Cristiano Ronaldo into Manchester City’s team.
10.35 BST: According to ESPN sources, Cristiano Ronaldo has skipped Juventus training as his potential transfer to Manchester City approaches.
After meeting with manager Pep Guardiola, sources informed ESPN on Thursday that Ronaldo was close to finalizing a deal with City.
Ronaldo missed Juve training earlier this week with a suspected arm injury, and sources close to the club confirmed to ESPN that he did not practice on Friday.
10.12 BST: Wayne Rooney has questioned if Cristiano Ronaldo should complete a possible shock transfer to Manchester City this summer because of his Manchester United background.
According to ESPN, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is close to agreeing to a deal with Premier League winners Manchester City before the transfer season ends.
“I don’t know what to make of it, to be honest,” the former United striker, who is now Derby County manager, said at a press conference when questioned about the prospect of the move.
“Whether you’re asking if I believe it’s feasible, I have serious reservations. Cristiano Ronaldo had a long and illustrious career at Manchester United. I don’t believe he’ll relocate due to financial constraints. That’s something I’m not convinced will happen. If he leaves Juventus, I believe it is more likely that he will join Paris Saint-Germain.
“On the other hand, it’s football; anything can happen, and it has in the past. Big players and legends from Manchester United, including as Peter Schmeichel, Andy Cole, and Mark Hughes, all moved to City. It has occurred before, but I don’t believe it will happen to someone of Cristiano’s stature.”
09.59 BST: According to Marca’s frontpage article on Friday, Real Madrid is now “poised” to sign Kylian Mbappe, with a contract to sign the striker being “extremely near.”
On Thursday, sources informed ESPN that Madrid had made a second, revised offer to Paris Saint-Germain, at €170 million plus €10 million in incentives.
According to the Spanish publication, a deal is “imminent” and could be finalized in “a matter of hours,” with PSG preferring to accept the inevitability of Mbappe’s departure rather risking losing him for free next summer.
Diario AS believes that a deal may be reached this weekend, claiming that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has been instructed to negotiate by Qatar’s Emir.
Real Madrid is reportedly setting up the No. 5 jersey for Mbappe, which previously belonged to Mbappe’s hero Zinedine Zidane.
09.41 BST: With just a few days remaining in the transfer window and no movement on a potential loan move to Chelsea or Manchester United, Saul Niguez’s future is “up in the air,” according to Marca.
According to the publication, the Atletico Madrid midfielder has had “the longest summer,” with his future “unknown since the end of May.”
According to Marca, a loan is most probable, but “it remains to be seen” if Chelsea’s desire becomes real.
09.21 BST: According to The Athletic, Harry Kane “rejected a lucrative new contract offer from Tottenham earlier this month.”
Kane announced his decision to remain at Tottenham earlier this week, putting a stop to Manchester City’s long-running chase of the England captain. In May, the 28-year-old told Spurs of his intention to depart, and despite City manager Pep Guardiola admitting the Premier League champions’ interest in Kane, the two clubs were unable to strike a deal.
Spurs valued Kane at more than £150 million and were hesitant to engage into talks since the striker has three years remaining on his £200,000-a-week deal and is a vital part of the squad.
According to reports, the new contract offer is no longer on the table, and Kane has no desire to sign one anyhow, since his current deal expires in 2024. However, other sources claim that any new agreement might include a release clause.
09.03 BST: Chelsea are hoping to complete a deal worth about €50 million for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde, while defender Kurt Zouma is close to leaving Stamford Bridge for West Ham United, according to ESPN’s James Olley.
Sevilla has been in talks with Chelsea about signing Kounde for some time, but Chelsea wanted to unload a centre-back first.
Zouma joined West Ham for €29.2 million (£25 million) earlier this month, but personal conditions were a sticking point for the 26-year-old, who was hesitant to leave Stamford Bridge.
Kounde, 22, wants to join the European champions, but Sevilla is said to be asking that the bulk of any transfer money be paid up front. The precise price and payment arrangement have yet to be officially agreed upon, but sources tell ESPN that the two teams are close to reaching a deal worth about €50 million.
08.34 BST: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has said that striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be sold this summer.
After spending more than £130 million on new players, the north London club is looking to sell many members of its team, according to ESPN sources. There had been talk that the club might listen to bids for their top scorer.
On the same day that Manchester City’s pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane failed, Aubameyang scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat West Brom 6-0 in their Carabao Cup second-round game at the Hawthorns.
According to ESPN, City are still looking for a striker, but when asked whether he was worried about a move for Aubameyang during a press conference on Thursday, Arteta responded, “I don’t know.” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a key player for us, and he will continue to play for us.
08.00 BST: According to ESPN’s Rodrigo Faez and Gabriele Marcotti, Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo are close to striking an agreement on a stunning transfer to the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola and Ronaldo talked over the phone on Thursday morning, according to sources, ahead of his potential exit from Juventus.
Although obstacles must be addressed before the move can be completed, including Juventus’ demand for a price, insiders say there is cautious hope that a deal may be struck.
Before allowing Ronaldo to go, Juventus would want approximately €28 million, although the club is eager to have the 36-year-old off the payroll.
Ronaldo and his team have informed Juve authorities that he wants to quit the club immediately and will not be in the squad for the match against Empoli on Saturday.
Frank Leboeuf has expressed his desire for Kylian Mbappe to remain with Paris Saint-Germain and play with Lionel Messi.
GOSSIP ON PAPER (Danny Lewis)
– With Kylian Mbappe’s possible move from Paris Saint-Germain to Real Madrid looming, L’Equipe claims that the Parisians are considering other alternatives if Mbappe leaves. According to ESPN, the clubs are close to reaching an agreement after Madrid made a €180 million offer to PSG for Mbappe’s move. If that happens, according to L’Equipe, PSG would consider Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund, Paul Pogba of Manchester United, and Eduardo Camavinga of Stade Rennes.
– Manchester City are reportedly working on a deal to sign Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo, according to ESPN. If that happens, City may lose a number of high-profile players, with Fabrizio Romano speculating that Raheem Sterling may go if a big enough offer comes in. Gabriel Jesus, on the other hand, will not be going since Pep Guardiola wants to retain him.
– According to Sky Sports, Borussia Dortmund is interested in loaning Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot with the possibility of making the move permanent. AC Milan, where the 22-year-old played last season on loan, and Bayern Munich are also interested in signing him.
– There has been a lot of discussion about Willian leaving Arsenal, and Calciomercato is now reporting that AC Milan is interested in signing the Brazilian. The Italian giants are also reportedly interested in FC Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira, according to their report.
– According to Sky Sports, Everton manager Rafael Benitez is interested in Brighton & Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay and Burnley winger Dwight McNeil. However, owing to Financial Fair Play regulations, the Toffees may have difficulty bringing in either of the duo. They are now attempting to sell James Rodriguez, Fabian Delph, Cenk Tosun, and Moise Kean before the deadline.
– Gaetan Laborde of Montpellier has been a target for Lyon. Le10Sport, on the other hand, claims that they are interested in Clermont Foot forward Mohamed Bayo. The 23-year-old had previously excelled in Ligue 2 and has continued to do so since Clermont’s promotion to Ligue 1, with Bordeaux and PSV Eindhoven taking notice of his play.