Transfer news LIVE | Friday, July 26
- Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward he wants Harry Maguire signed now
- Chelsea could sign Arsenal and Everton target Wilfried Zaha
- Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not be signing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale
- Man Utd are not in for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, despite reports claiming otherwise
11:15 UPDATE: Newcastle boost
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is set to make his second signing of the transfer window after target Allan Saint-Maximin reportedly told his Nice team-mates that he’s leaving for Tyneside.
Newcastle are close to agreeing a deal for Nice winger Saint-Maximin, according to the Daily Star.
Bruce has already had a £14m bid for the 22-year-old rejected by Patrick Vieira’s Nice, but Newcastle are confident of landing the forward after he told his team-mates that he’ll be leaving this summer.
Saint-Maximin is largely a right-sided attacking forward, but has also been known to play on the left, or down the middle as a centre-forward.
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona reckon only three clubs can afford to sign Philippe Coutinho
10:40 UPDATE: Coutinho to Man Utd?
Barcelona reckon only three clubs can afford to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer.
Barcelona have been tipped to sell the playmaker this summer as the Spanish giants look to create funds for a move for Neymar.
And according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona want £107m (€120m) for Coutinho this summer.
However, Barcelona feel there’s a limited amount of clubs who could afford the transfer fee and Coutinho’s wages.
The Spanish giants believe Manchester United, Manchester City and PSG could sign Coutinho this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd are eyeing a midfielder
10:05 UPDATE: Man Utd make Pepe decision
Man Utd are focused on securing deal for Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff with the club not putting an offer in for Nicolas Pepe.
United were reportedly interested in Lille star Pepe, though the Ligue 1 club set an asking price of €80million (£71.6m).
And the Evening Standard claim that United will put their full attention on securing deals for Maguire and Longstaff.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep spending this summer.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd won’t land Pepe
09:40 UPDATE: Koscielny on Arsenal saga
Laurent Koscielny has told Arsenal team-mates that his ongoing dispute with the club would have never happened if Arsene Wenger was still in charge.
Koscielny has been trying to force a move away from the Gunners following a contract disagreement and even refused to join the team for their pre-season tour in the USA.
According to the Daily Mirror, the France international has been telling people around Colney training ground that his standoff with the club would have never happened if Wenger was still at the helm.
The centre-back has one year left on his £100,000-a-week contract and had hoped for an extension but the defender couldn’t reach an agreement with the north London club and went on strike.
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham are keen to spend
09:20 UPDATE: Chelsea agreement
Willian has agreed a new one-year addition to his Chelsea contract.
The Brazil winger is still yet to return to training with the club after helping his country win the Copa America three weeks ago.
The 30-year-old has been in talks with the club for several months, but has also had interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
The Brazil star, who has been at Chelsea since 2013 and had one year left on his current contract, has been handed a new deal with Chelsea taking the decision having been handed a transfer ban by Fifa for the next two windows.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd want Maguire
09:05 UPDATE: Arsenal talks
Arsenal have reopened Kieran Tierney talks with Celtic.
The Scottish Sun say Arsenal are desperate to sign Tierney this summer, and believe the cubs aren’t far away from reaching a deal.
The Gunners have already had two bids rejected for Tierney, despite matching Celtic’s valuation.
Their offer was, though, largely made up of installments, and the Hoops are only interested in dealing with cash upfront.
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal want to spend big
08:55 UPDATE: Everton open Zaha talks
Everton have opened talks to sign Wilfried Zaha.
The Toffees and Arsenal are hoping to sign the Crystal Palace winger this summer.
And Sky Sports claim Everton will make a bid worth £60m, which also includes a player heading to Selhurst Park.
Zaha is keen to leave Palace this summer, however, his preference is to stay in London.
Transfer news LIVE: Fernandes could join Man Utd
08:40 UPDATE: Coutinho to Liverpool backed
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher still wants Jurgen Klopp to make a move for Barcelona ace Philippe Coutinho.
“I still think they could add a creative player,” Carragher told Pundit Arena.
“They tried to sign one last season in (Nabil) Fekir, he’s actually gone this summer for a lot cheaper (joining Real Betis for €19.7m).
“I said it before, I’d love to see Liverpool bring Coutinho back if that was possible in any way.
“Obviously, it hasn’t worked out for him at Barcelona. I just think that would be a great addition.
“You’ve got [Adam] Lallana and [Xherdan] Shaqiri in those positions, but they’re not Coutinho.
“He would give Liverpool something that they don’t have compared to City.”
Transfer news LIVE: Where will Dybala go?
08:20 UPDATE: Solskjaer demands Maguire signing
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward he wants Harry Maguire signed as quickly as possible.
Sky Sports claim the Man Utd boss feels Maguire is the man to turn their fortunes around.
United are set to up their interest in signing a centre-half after Eric Bailly was taken off on a stretcher during their pre-season win against Tottenham.
In the wake of the injury, Solskjaer has told Woodward that he deems Maguire as a vital signing.
Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd are keen to spend
07:55 UPDATE: Chelsea to ruin Arsenal plan?
Chelsea could sign Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha, the Daily Telegraph say.
Arsenal are desperate to land the Crystal Palace winger, however, the Gunners’ lowball offers have been rejected.
And the Telegraph reckon Chelsea could beat Arsenal – and Everton – to Zaha.
The Blues are debating a bid for Zaha that would see him head to Stamford Bridge when their transfer ban is up next summer.
Chelsea are currently serving their two-window ban.
Transfer news LIVE: Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not be signing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale
07:30 UPDATE: Klopp on Liverpool signing Bale
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will not be signing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale this summer.
Klopp said: “These fantastic football players have some strange ideas.
“I respect them all so much, but they probably only say these things because somebody asked them.
“Bale is a Real Madrid player and if he leaves it will be outstandingly expensive and big wages.
“He is an outstanding player, I like him a lot but it is not about him. You have to create a team.
“A team is not a collection of the best individual players, they have to work together.
“Liverpool is a long-term project. The team is really good. Will there be difficult situations? Probably.
“There would be if we bring in a new player, or two or three.
“I didn’t say we won’t do anything, it is going to be a big window for sure but people don’t think about the people who are already in.
“Sometimes you have to calm the situation down, pay your bills, have a normal life and live in the house before you build a new one.”
Transfer news LIVE: Solskjaer wants Maguire at Man Utd
07:05 UPDATE: Man Utd exclusive
Man Utd are not in for Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Express Sport can confirm.
United have been heavily linked with a move for Lazio star Milinkovic-Savic this transfer window.
However, Express Sport can reveal that United are not pushing to sign the Lazio star this summer.
United are still expected to bolster their ranks in midfield but Milinkovic-Savic is not in their sights.