Juventus eye Javier Mascherano as midfield replacement for Paul Pogba
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TOP STORY: Juve wants Mascherano if Pogba goes
Paul Pogba has been the dominant figure in the summer's transfer speculation whirl so far -- but those weary of his name will be happy to know today's lead for Transfer Talk isn't completely about him.
It's to do with who might replace the France international at Juventus if he goes to Manchester United or Real Madrid -- and the main name in the frame is Javier Mascherano, according to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport.
The Serie A champions want the Barcelona man to fill the large gap that would be left in their midfield by a £100 million or so Pogba move.
Corriere dello Sport says Argentina international Mascherano, once of West Ham and Liverpool, could be tempted to Juve despite having voiced a desire to stay at Barcelona.
But just in case he isn't, other names in the frame include Chelsea's Nemanja Matic, Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid and Inter's Marcelo Brozovic.
18.00 BST: That'll do it for Transfer Talk tonight, but we'll be back shortly with a look at tomorrow's papers!
17.55 BST: Dom Dwyer won't be leaving Sporting Kansas City this summer despite a reported $3 million bid from Olympiakos.
Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes confirmed the offer had been rejected, though Dwyer was always unlikely to depart for Greece this summer with his USWNT star wife Sydney Leroux pregnant. Full story.
17.40 BST: It's going to be a busy summer at Molyneux as Wolverhampton Wanderers new owners, the Fosun Group, are ready to augment their new club.
They couldn't have made it clearer on the club website: "[Fosun Group and manager Kenny Jackett] both understand that the squad needs some investment and I think we need between five to eight players," said Jeff Shi, spokesperson for the new owners.
"I like the players here but I think the squad is too small, we need left-sided players, a striker.. we share all the same opinions about the team."
17.14 BST: Sorry, Napoli fans, but it looks like defender Kalidou Koulibaly is readying to lead the club despire the Partenopei's best efforts.
His agent spoke out to the media earlier on Monday with a clear overview of what his client is seeking. Read more here.
17.01 BST: Sky Sports sources believe that Watford are stepping up their pursuit of Lille wide attacker Sofiane Boufal.
The 22-year-old Morocco international is reportedly valued at £15m or higher having scored 12 goals in 35 appearances for LOSC last season and right now, the Hornets are apparently the front-runners.
21.43 BST: Here's a deal that's close to being of the done variety, as AC Milan have reportedly agreed terms with Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa.
Marca writes that the club's vice president, Adriano Galliani, and Arbeloa's agent have agreed a deal but it now needs to be put in front of the Rossoneri's new ownership for final ratification.
Arbeloa, 33, is most comfortable at right-back but is expected to help Alessio Romagnoli improve his skills at centre-back as he is indeed the future of the club.
21.24 BST: It would appear that is on holiday with his agent, Mino Raiola. It doesn't mean they're discussing an imminent transfer, but they might be! Check it out here.
21.08 BST: Sad news out of Major League Soccer if you're a Portland Timbers fan...
Stalwart defender Nat Borchers will be out indefinitely with a serious knee injury. The MLS Secondary Transfer Window ois open until August 3; can the Timbers find depth? Will they even need it?
20.47 BST: Quick update involving sought-after striker Gabriel Jesus. Via Sky Sports, the Manchester Evening News report that Real Madrid have more or less admitted defeat and withdrawn their interest in the prodigious Brazilian teenager, paving the way for Manchester City to try and complete a deal.
Marca also add that Pep Guardiola's side has agreed to a deal with the 19-year-old Palmeiras forward for a fee of £26.7m.
20.25 BST: And now, a DONE DEAL in the Premier League.
That's Joe Allen completing his move from Liverpool to Stoke City. The 26-year-old has signed a five-year contract for a fee understood to be £13m as Stoke's second signing of the summer. Read more here.
20.04 BST: Here's some news involving Newcastle United.
Marseille continue to be interested in Florian Thauvin, who hasn't quite made an impact since joining the Magpies in August of 2015, but Rafa Benitex is reportedly willing to give the 23-year-old a second chance at St. James's Park.
Thauvin would reportedly only be offloaded if a club matches the £12m they paid for him a year ago or they can arrange a loan-to-buy deal similar to the one they managed with Remy Cabella, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
19.46 BST: I know that TT is keeping close tabs on Man United's interest in Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci but had we seen this buried note about a player possibly leaving Old Trafford this summer?
The Daily Express reports that Turkish side Besiktas have inquired about signing Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer. According to the paper, Jose Mourinho is interested in offloading the 31-year-old German midfielder, who was beset with injuries last season and only managed one goal in 18 Premier League appearances.
19.28 BST: In the Championship, Burton Albion now have three new players to help them navigate the English second tier.
Ryan Delaney, Lloyd Dyer (formerly of Leicester City and Burnley) and Lee Williamson have all signed up. Delaney, a young Irish winger, committed to two years with an option for year three while Dyer, 33, and Williamson, 34, penned a one-year deal.
Burton manager Nigel Clough talked about the signings on the club's official website.
[Dyer] is 33 years old and I think his experience will be vital for us this season. We are a little bit short in wide areas and Lloyd will provide that outlet especially if we are under the cosh. His pace is also going to be an asset. Lee [Williamson] is a vastly experienced midfielder in the Championship and is the second international who's joined us in the last 10 days... quite something for Burton Albion.
"[Delaney] can play left-back or left centre-half. He's only 19 and hasn't yet played at a decent level but he does a lot of things naturally."
19.09 BST: And now, a DONE DEAL in Germany as Hamburg confirm the signing of Filip Kostic to a five-year deal, fee undisclosed.
Kostic, 23, is a talented winger who will add some much needed potency on the flank for HSV.
18.43 BST: Ligue 2 side FC Metz have agreed to a new two-year deal with midfielder Georges Mandjeck. The Cameroon international appeared in 28 games last season and will remain at the club until 2019.
18.24 BST: It's time for an update from the English Championship.
Norwich City and Aston Villa are both chasing Fulham striker Ross McCormack, but he won't be cheap: the Cottagers are holding out for somewhere in the region of £14-15m.
The Canaries are, at present, the favourites for the 29-year-old forward, who scored 21 league goals last season.
18.06 BST: Inter aren't selling Mauro Icardi, or at least that's what they're saying.
"There is no agreement. Inter will be keeping Icardi, as well as other players," said sporting director Piero Ausilio. "Our ambition is to reinforce the squad and the club by keeping our top players."
Napoli have made known their interest in the talented young striker, who would come in handy if Gonzalo Higuain did actually depart the Partenopei.
17.44 BST: Barcelona have added a Swiss prospect as part of a new youth football cooperation. Servette FC striker Jeremy Guilleminot, 18, will join the Camp Nou club on a year-long deal. Read more here.
17:20 BST: Tottenham's Clinton Njie is expected to join Marseille this week despite Mauricio Pochettino saying that the forward remains in his plans.
#thfc To be honest, I still expect Njie to leave for Marseille but Poch clearly not keen to group him with the other three. Better attitude?- Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 25, 2016
17:05 BST: Nolito has revealed that he turned down Barcelona to work with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
16:53 BST: Manchester United are attempting to sign Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Italian is one of the most highly rated defenders in Europe and Jose Mourinho is keen on strengthening his back-line before the new season.
16:29 BST: Villarreal have strengthened their squad with a double loan move.
16:06 BST: Atletico Madrid and Barcelona are reportedly locked in a transfer tussle after the Madrid club bid a huge €35m plus Luciano Vietto for Kevin Gameiro.
15:50 BST: Alaves have strengthened their squad ahead of a return to La Liga, bringing in international Serbian Nena Krsticic on a two-year deal. The midfielder was released by Sampdoria this summer after eight years in Italy.
15:38 BST: Don't know much about Stoke City signing Ramadan Sobhi? Well, according to the former Ajax and Tottenham striker Mido this is quite the signing for the Potters.
15:25 BST: Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly wants to leave the club, according to his agent.
"The desire of the player is to leave the club, not renew," the agent said. "We are told by the club that he is a great player, but from the renewal on offer we don't see this."
15:10 BST: Manchester United will be paying too much if they meet Paul Pogba's reported £100 million transfer value, according to Paul Scholes.
"Okay, he has gone on to great things and there was a massive improvement in him," Scholes said. "But for that money you would need a player who scores 50-plus goals a season, like Ronaldo or Messi.
"Pogba is not there yet. I just don't think he is a player worth £100m right now."
14:50 BST: Kolo Toure is absolutely thrilled to be reunited with Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.
Kolo Toure at Celtic is the new Aaron Lennon at Everton, but 100 times better. pic.twitter.com/tdso7B95rh- Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 25, 2016
14:35 BST: Theo Walcott is top of our "Ten players who need a move" list.
14.25 BST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has cooled talks of a move to Real Madrid this summer... although does say that he would like to play at the Bernabeu later in his career -- reports Eurosport.
"The only club to leave Borussia Dortmund for is Real Madrid. But not now.
"Sometime I want to play for Real Madrid, which is one of my big goals in my career. But at the moment everything is great."
13.54 BST: Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis is reportedly close to completing a loan move to Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The two clubs have agreed a deal, with the player now in talks with the French club.
13.25 BST: Reading have been linked with a sensational move for former Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart.
The Dutch playmaker has been told he has no future at Real Betis and local publication getreading is reporting that initial talks have taken place between the player and Reading's manager -- former Netherlands international Jaap Stam.
Van der Vaart still has a year remaining on his Betis contract.
13.05 BST: Stoke City have agreed a deal for Egypt international Ramadan Sobhi. The winger joins from Al Ahly, where he won two league titles in three seasons.
��WARNING!�� This is us announcing an announcement...- Stoke City FC (@stokecity) July 25, 2016
13.04 BST: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that the club are looking to offload Nabil Bentaleb, Federico Fazio and Alex Pritchard this summer -- reports ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick.
Reporting from Melbourne, where he is following Spurs on tour, Dan Kilpatrick received confirmation from Pochettino that the trio have been asked to find new clubs. But the Spurs boss also revealed that Clinton Njie remains in his plans, despite links with a switch back to Ligue 1 for the young forward.
#thfc Pochettino says Bentaleb, Fazio & Pritch are not in his plans but Njie is! Says Cameroonian has a small injury so was left in London.- Dan Kilpatrick (@Dan_KP) July 25, 2016
12.48 BST: Bordeaux would like to re-sign Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal, Sky Sports are reporting. The 30-year-old Frenchman spent the second half of last season on loan with Les Girondins and with Hector Bellerin currently first choice for the Gunners it seems a likely switch.
12.27 BST: Arsene Wenger still hopes to hold on to David Ospina as his No. 2 goalkeeper, a source has told ESPN FC, after the Colombia international joined the Gunners on their preseason tour to the United States. Read the full story here.
12.15 BST: Liverpool new boy Georginio Wijnaldum chose a move to Anfield over local rivals Everton, and has said Jurgen Klopp was a major factor in the move but Rafa Benitez also gave him a nudge in the Reds' direction.
"Rafa just said that Liverpool is a big club," Wijnaldum said. "The biggest thing he said was that he wanted to keep me for Newcastle. "He didn't want to sell me but he said that if a great offer came in they would think about it. He wanted to keep me there."
11.57 BST: Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett is being linked with a loan move to Championship side Reading. If it happened the 22-year-old, who spent last season with Celtic, would link up with former United defender Jaap Stam, who is in charge of the Royals.
11.38 BST: Napoli have a big decision on their hands replacing Gonzalo Higuain if he leaves for Juventus.
11.31 BST: Cagliari could be the next destination for former Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The newly promoted Serie A side are interested in the 32-year-old free agent, according to Calciomercato.
11.17 BST: Bad news for any clubs hoping to sign Mauro Icardi. Inter Milan president Erick Thohir insists the striker is not for sale.
Thohir said: "There has also been a lot of talk about Mauro Icardi and I'd like to reiterate what our sporting director Piero Ausilio said just a few days ago: Mauro is a major asset for Inter, he's our captain and he is not for sale."
11.02 BST: Kieran Trippier rejected the chance to join Southampton last summer in order to move to Tottenham, but a year on the Saints are back in for the right-back, the Star reports.
Trippier made only six Premier League appearances for Spurs last season and Southampton are confident of landing the player for around £5m.
10.40 BST: Eager to find out what Brendan Rodgers thinks about Riyad Mahrez's potential move to Arsenal? Of course you are.
The Celtic boss had his say on Mahrez's future following their International Champions Cup game against Leicester on Saturday and backed the Algeria international to stay put.
Rodgers said: "He looks happy. If he is playing well and working well, I wouldn't say there is a need for him to move."
10.18 BST: Swansea look likely to miss out on Joe Allen to Stoke but have their eye on Tottenham's Alex Pritchard as an alternative.
The Mirror reckons £8m-rated Pritchard has been told he can leave Spurs after being left out of their preseason tour squad for the International Champions Cup. Although he didn't make much of an impact while on loan at West Brom last season the campaign before he was outstanding for Mark Warburton's Brentford side that reached the Championship play-offs.
It is said several Championship sides are again keen to sign the 23-year-old on loan, with Newcastle, Norwich and Leeds among them, but Swansea are keen on a permanent deal.
10.02 BST: Chelsea could target Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata and then sell Diego Costa back to his former club Atletico Madrid.
09.48 BST: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says the club are "doing very well" with their summer transfer business but again refused to answer questions on the future of Manchester United target Paul Pogba or the potential arrival of Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.
09.27 BST: Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport leads with Napoli's reported interest in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.
09.10 BST: A-League big-spenders Melbourne City are on the verge of signing 26-year-old midfielder Fernando Brandan. The former Temperley man is expected to sign for John van 't Schip's side ahead of next week's FFA Cup match against Floreat Athena.
08.52 BST: Rumours linking Mauro Icardi to Serie A rivals Napoli continue to swirl after the Inter Milan captain was absent during the side's preseason defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday. Inter coach Roberto Mancini remained coy when asked of Icardi's potential trade following the Italian club's 3-1 loss to PSG in the International Champions Cup.
08.35 BST: Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has said of Manchester United target Paul Pogba: 'I am not going to talk about the transfer market news we are just here to get ready. The club is going to talk about the transfer market and they are doing very well so I am happy in that regard.'
08.19 BST: Gonzalo Higuain's transfer from Napoli to Juventus is expected to be confirmed today, after he underwent a medical at the weekend. The striker is expected to arrive in Napoli's training camp today.
08.02 BST: Not exactly transfer news, but it's breaking news nonetheless: Manchester United have announced Monday's International Champions Cup game against Manchester City has been cancelled "due to recent weather events."
07.46 BST: L'Equipe reports that Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte agreed to continue his development in Spain after almost doubling his salary in mid-June. Manchester City were reportedly willing to pay his €50 million release clause but the 22-year-old French defender instead signed a new contract to make him one of the 25 best paid players in La Liga.
07.30 BST: Good morning, and welcome to Monday's live transfer blog. Pour yourself a coffee and get settled in for another day of done deals and rumours. As we rustle the European newspapers, your first transfer-related offering is just moments away. Perhaps we'll start in France.
Moyes hopes for Januzaj reunion
Remember when Adnan Januzaj was going to become the next big thing?
New Sunderland manager David Moyes, who gave Januzaj his debut at Manchester United, does -- and he wants to bring the winger to the Stadium of Light on loan.
Januzaj, 21, returned to the sidelines at United after a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season was cut short.
The Belgian made only six appearances during his time in Germany, and the Mail reports that Moyes hopes to rekindle his spark at Sunderland.
And where did Januzaj make that full debut in the manager's United days? At Sunderland, that's where, scoring twice in a victory for the visitors.
Moyes hopes Januzaj can help achieve his ambitions for "a big club we need to take forward."
Former Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia, training with the squad with a view to a move, could also join.
There's a Chil in the air at Liverpool
Liverpool haven't given up hope of signing Leicester defender Ben Chilwell and are going to make another offer for him, the Sun says.
It reports that England under-21 international Chilwell could come in as Brad Smith heads out to Bournemouth, with Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp set to offer around £8 million for him.
Chilwell, who has also interested Arsenal, has been offered a new five-year deal at Leicester -- but Liverpool are confident they can persuade him to leave the Premier League champions.
The left-back played for Championship side Huddersfield on loan last season, and featured in the Foxes' friendly against Scottish champions Celtic at the weekend.
Varane going nowhere
Real Madrid star Raphael Varane is one of Europe's hottest young prospects and has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in in the past.
The defender has stressed, however, that he has no intention of leaving the Bernabeu this summer.
Chase for super Mario goes on
His Sporting Lisbon president might have said he's going nowhere this summer -- but the Sun reports that Joao Mario might not be staying after all.
The Portugal international, who helped his country to glory at the European Championship in France, is wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan.
Joao Mario was conspicuous by his absence as Sporting lost to Lyon in a friendly on Saturday -- and the Sun reckons that means transfer business could be afoot.
Earlier this month, reports suggested that a move to Inter for the 23-year-old was drawing closer. And neither United nor Chelsea have given up, despite Sporting president Bruno De Carvalho telling O Jogo that his club "do not sell our best players."
He added that "it may be that clubs are interested in Joao Mario, but that does not concern us." But if the Sun's hunch is right, it might be concerning him a bit more before the window closes.
Stoke and Palace battle for Berahino
The battle for Saido Berahino goes on (and on), with Stoke and Crystal Palace ready to "take it to the wire" for the West Brom striker, says a breathless Mirror.
Stoke had seemed favourites to sign Berahino (who, lest we forget, had seemed destined for Tottenham Hotspur last summer) before the Eagles, er, swooped with a £20 million offer.
But Potters boss Mark Hughes "is set to launch a counter-bid," according to the report, meaning Stoke will up their previous offer of £17 million.
If that succeeds then Berahino could be one of three new faces, with deals for Welsh Xavi Joe Allen -- a title bestowed upon him by his former Swansea and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers -- and Ramadan Sobhi close to completion.
The Mirror says Stoke are about to tie up the Allen move after having a bid worth some £13 million accepted by Liverpool.
Sobhi, who had also reportedly interested Arsenal and Fiorentina, is set to complete his switch from Al Ahly after a £3.5 million offer was approved.
- Could roving striker Emmanuel Adebayor be bound for Serie A side Cagliari? Yes he could, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
It reports that Adebayor, a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace when his short-term deal expired at the end of last season, is one of two players interesting the newly-promoted club.
The other is Sulley Muntari, also available on a free after his departure from Al-Ittihad.
- Although reports in Italy have said Roma defender Kostas Manolas could be on his way to the Premier League -- the latest, in Gazzetta dello Sport, links him with Manchester United -- his club president expects him to stay.
James Pallotta told Sky Sport Italia: "He is happy here. He has a contract. Why shouldn't he stay?