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Arsenal to turn their attentions from Alexandre Lacazette to Mauro Icardi?

With the summer transfer window upon us, rumours are picking up steam. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest gossip. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Arsenal planning Inter raid?

Arsenal are looking to bring Mauro Icardi to the Emirates if they fail to sign Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, according to the Star.

The Gunners have been knocked back by OL so far and could now turn to the Inter star to give Olivier Giroud competition.

After falling short once again last season, Arsene Wenger is determined to add attacking quality to ensure they last the distance, and Icardi's ruthless streak in front of goal could fit the bill.


LIVE BLOG:

That's going to do it for this live edition of Transfer Talk. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in just a few short hours when we return with the biggest rumours plucked from Monday's papers!

22:25 BST: The Mirror is reporting that West Brom have agreed a £16m fee with West Ham for the transfer of Diafra Sakho, making Saido Berahino's departure that much more likely. 

West Brom hope to finish the deal before allowing Berahino to depart. The club are said to be in advanced negotiations with Stoke City and Crystal Palace for the forward's services. 

22:12 BST: Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan is the most recent football icon to weigh in on Paul Pogba's imminent move to Old Trafford. 

Writing as a part of his blog for UAE publication The National, Forlan said: "Pogba's a good player, I like him ... He could well go on to become the best midfielder of his generation.

When asked if Pogba is worth the transfer record figures being linked to his move, Forlan responded: "He's worth whatever any club is willing to pay for him."

21:52 BST: Crystal Palace assistant manager Keith Millen has insisted that Wilfried Zaha is "more than happy" at Selhurst Park amid rumours that he could leave the Eagles, according to the Mirror. Reports suggest that Zaha was expecting a new contract, and with no fresh terms in sight, a move to Watford was in the works. 

Millen said: "It's paper talk. Wilf is more than happy here. There is no response from the club because there is no need for one. It is just a story."

21:25 BST: In an interview with beIN Sports, Arsene Wenger was once again incredibly coy about his club's transfer dealings.

When asked if he's been keeping an eye on Arsenal target Riyad Mahrez, the manager said: "Yes, of course we watch all the players."

In response to whether or not he'd like to see Mahrez at the Emirates, Wenger responded: "I cannot give you a yes or no because we do not publicize our transfer interests."

21:06 BST: Bordeaux have reached an agreement with AC Milan for the transfer of striker Jeremy Menez, subject to a medical.

Menez, 29, is on the verge of returning to Ligue 1 after starting his career with Sochaux in 2004.

20:44 BST: Napoli have renewed their efforts to sign Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski, according to Gazzetta dello Sport

Zielinski, 22, has been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, including Liverpool and AC Milan. Reports suggest that Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo will assess an €18m offer for the young player, who is said to be valued around €20m.

20:25 BST: Norwich are closing in on a £12m deal to sign Ross McCormack from Fulham, according to the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old Scot came close to joining Middlesbrough in January, but will now leave Craven Cottage after two seasons and 42 goals.

20:02 BST: Axel Witsel has been linked with Everton, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli this summer but the Belgium international midfielder's future looks no closer to being resolved yet.

GazzaMercato in Italy quote Zenit Saint Petersburg boss Mirceu Lucescu as saying: "Axel asked to leave. I, at one point, had to add that I needed his experience, but I repeat, Witsel wants to leave."

19:36 BST: One Liverpool player who is unlikely to end up in Turkey is Mario Balotelli. Quotes attributed to Besiktas coach Senol Gunes have dismissed links between the club and the player. 

"There were also rumours about Aleksandar Kolarov but he wasn't in my plans," Gunes is quoted by FourFourTwo as saying.

"Balotelli isn't in my plans either. I don't have a favourable view of Mario Balotelli. I have never expressed a positive insight on him." 

19:15 BST: Galatasaray are close to agreeing a £2.3m move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, Sky Sports claims. The Brazilian midfielder has long been linked with a move away from Anfield and is in the final year of his contract.

18:47 BST: The Mail on Sunday claims that Adnan Januzaj, who is said to be a target for Sunderland, has told Manchester United he would like a permanent move away rather than a loan switch.

18:26 BST: Pablo Zabaleta has the choice of another season with Manchester City or a move to Italy with Roma, the Manchester Evening News reports after Pep Guardiola told the 31-year-old defender he wants him to stay.

18:02 BST: Reacting to reported interest in Manchester United defender Paddy McNair, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said: "I can't say yes or no to that. There have been so many players who have been linked with Celtic I can't comment on everyone."

17.18 BST: In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka has spoken about interest from Liverpool and why he chose to join the Gunners.

"I personally never had contact with [Jurgen] Klopp or Liverpool," Xhaka said. "A while ago, I spoke to Arsene Wenger. But this club fits to me and I fit to it. Arsenal play attractive football and I enjoy that. I think you could see against the MLS side that this team has a lot of quality and we'll give our all to show that on the pitch."

16.57 BST: Middlesbrough would like to take Enzo Zidane, the son of Zinedine, on loan from Real Madrid this coming season, according to AS. Enzo is currently on Real's preseason tour of the U.S. where he made his debut for the senior side in the game against PSG. Given Karanka's links with Los Blancos and their ambitious moves in the transfer market since earning a return to the Premier League this is one to watch.

16.32 BST: Claudio Ranieri spoke about speculation surrounding Riyad Mahrez following Leicester's 4-0 defeat in a preseason game against Paris Saint-Germain.

"Maybe Riyad is distracted a bit by all of these rumours and speculation," Ranieri said at a news conference. "But that is also an experience for my players. It is important that he understands that he should stay with us. He has to improve his fitness and play for the team as well last season."

16.01 BST: Former Feyenoord winger Liandro Martis has said he has attracted interest from both Manchester United and Leicester City.

"I went into Leicester for a day and felt comfortable and got an offer," Martis told ESPN FC. "Then I went into Manchester United for a week and received good feedback from [reserves coach] Warren Joyce and could have earned a deal had I waited, but I just want to get my career started."

Martis, 20, is a free agent and he caught the eye of scouts in a trialist game for League One side Oldham Athletic earlier this month.

15.42 BST: Juventus are not even willing to talk to Barcelona regarding their interest in signing Mario Mandzukic, according to Gazzetta. With Alvaro Morata already having left Juve and Paul Pogba potentially departing they are not keen to lose another important player.

15.15 BST: Schalke  have announced they are close to signing Sevilla captain Coke.

14.55 BST: He might have left PSG but that doesn't mean the French obsession with Zlatan Ibrahimovic has ended. He dominates L'Equipe's front page with the headline reading that the Swede is already at home with Manchester United after scoring four minutes into his debut.

14.33 BST: La Corriere dello Sport reckon Napoli can nab Icardi for slightly cheaper with €60m mooted. There is also a story claiming new AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella has asked for Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea. The Colombian spent last season on loan at Juventus and played under Montella at Fiorentina.

14.15 BST: Let's take a look at the transfer gossip from around Europe. La Gazzetta dello Sport lead with a story that Napoli have raised their offer for Mauro Icardi to €70m but for now Inter are resisting.

13.53 BST: West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph has committed his future to the club by signing a new long-term deal.

Randolph told the club's official website: "I've had a good first year at West Ham and this is another positive thing to happen to me at the end of a good first season and a good summer with Ireland. 

"It has gone better than I could have ever expected at West Ham since I joined last summer, playing as many games as I did and then starting for Ireland in the Play-off and at Euro 2016."

13.31 BST: The Manchester Evening News reports that AC Milan and Inter Milan have expressed an interest in Bastian Schweinsteiger after Manchester United decided to listen to offers for the German midfielder. However, Schweinsteiger would have to take a pay cut to move to Serie A.

13.15 BST: Jurgen Klopp is unsure whether Sheyi Ojo will leave Liverpool on loan again this season or be kept at Anfield as part of the first team squad.

"I don't know. We will have to see," Klopp said. "Sheyi is a wonderful player that's for sure and his future is 100 percent at Liverpool. We don't have to make decisions so early.

"We have time and we have to use the time. We have had some injuries. We need to make the boys as fit as possible. Ojo has only been with us for five days after coming from the tournament with England Under-19s."

The 19-year-old winger has previously been on loan with Wigan and Wolves.

12.59 BST: As mentioned earlier Baba Rahman's move from Chelsea to Schalke looks to be gathering pace.

BREAKING: Sky Sources: @ChelseaFC defender Baba Rahman having medical at @s04 for season-long loan: https://t.co/4lDXweWiBP #SSNHQ

12.33 BST: Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a move to Chelsea from Everton. But wherever he starts the new season it looks likely he can be relied upon to score goals and lots of them!

12.09 BST: Reading are interested in signing Liam Moore from Leicester, according to Get Reading.

Royals boss Jaap Stam said: "We're interested in him. The club are in talks with him. We're just waiting to see if it can go through. We want to have him at the club so we're just waiting on Leicester.

"I've seen him play, I think his style of play suits us -- but it's about Leicester as well and what they want to do."

11.54 BST: Antonio Conte has spoken about the chances of Diego Costa leaving Chelsea this summer amid reported interest from Atletico Madrid, and what he said won't be massively reassuring to Blues fans. Full story here.

11.31 BST: West Ham's Diafra Sakho could be on his way to West Brom, Sky Sports are reporting, after the two clubs agreed a fee for the 26-year-old striker.

Sakho, also a reported target for Sunderland, has spent two seasons with the Hammers and scored 15 goals in 43 Premier League games.

11.12 BST: Christian Heidel, Schalke's sporting director, has said Manchester United were desperate to sign 19-year-old Switzerland international striker Breel Embolo from Basel before he completed a move to the Bundesliga.

"There are a number of reasons why we signed Embolo," he said. "First and foremost, there are sporting reasons. It's nothing new that he is a great player. There is a reason why Mourinho desperately wanted to sign him for Manchester United but we also see him as a player the Schalke fans can identify with, a bit like Benedikt Howedes, Leroy Sane and someone like Ralf Fahrmann."

10.57 BST: Jamie Vardy has explained why he decided to remain with Leicester and reject a move to Arsenal.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the striker said: "I've always said the brotherhood at Leicester is unbelievable. Personally I feel I have a lot of unfinished business here. It wasn't that big a decision, it was quite easy, this is where I wanted to be."

10.35 BST: The Sun reckons West Ham are interested in signing Manchester United's Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on loan as cover for the injured Aaron Cresswell but the Red Devils want a guarantee the teenager will be given regular playing time.

10.12 BST: Speaking on Tottenham's preseason tour of Australia, Erik Lamela has said he is committed to the club and has never thought about leaving.

He said: "I have never wanted to leave or thought about leaving. I enjoy playing for the club and get on well with all the players, the staff and supporters. I feel a big connection with the club and especially the fans who have always supported me so much."

09.40 BST: Any players yet to feature for Manchester United this preseason should be worried, according to Jose Mourinho.

The United boss said: "Well, if they were not in my plans, I would not give them one single minute. I wouldn't keep them in my squad."

09.22 BST: Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are in the market for a new central defender with Per Mertesacker expected to be sidelined until 2017, but he attempted to play down reported interest in Riyad Mahrez and Alexandre Lacazette.

Wenger said: "The best way to conclude transfers is not to talk about them, which is very difficult in the press conference. We are on the market but I don't want to talk specifically about any player because that makes it more difficult for me -- and it's difficult enough.

09.04 BST: Chelsea left-back Baba Rahman will join Schalke on a season-long loan the London Evening Standard reports.

Rahman only moved to the Premier League from Augsburg last summer but has quickly been identified as expendable by Antonio Conte.

08.44 BST: We kick off today's Transfer Talk with news from the Real Madrid camp.

Zinedine Zidane was being very candid after Real's 3-2 win over Chelsea in the International Champions Cup on Saturday, confirming that Alvaro Morata would NOT be leaving the club this summer, but Jese Rodriguez IS weighing up a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal line up shock Evans move

It would surely go down as one of the most surprising moves of the summer, but Arsenal are seriously lining up Jonny Evans, it would appear.

The People says that the Gunners, in the midst of a defensive crisis, will make a £15 million bid for the former Manchester United centre-back.

With Per Mertesacker out injured, Wenger is now desperate for reinforcements, even if they're not shiny, elegant replacements, it would seem.

West Ham to sign Ayew?

West Ham are searched far and wide for a top striker this summer and come up embarrassingly short time and again.

Now though the Mail says the Hammers could be in luck after searching a little closer to home and are ready to bid £20 million for Swansea striker Andre Ayew.

The Ghanaian enjoyed a successful debut season in the Premier League after joining the Swans from Marseille, scoring 12 goals and could now move to the Capital.

Chelsea's move for Lukaku gathers pace

More on Saturday's news that Chelsea want to bring Romelu Lukaku back to the club.

The Express reports that Antonio Conte will sanction an improved bid of £60 million bid "to break Everton's stubborn resistance."


Inter rival Juventus for Gabigol?

Inter Milan could be ready to splash the cash this summer with Gazzetta reporting the Nerazzurri will table a €30 million bid for Santos starlet Gabigol.

Juventus and even Chelsea were thought to be at the front of the queue but despite trouble surrounding Roberto Mancini's future, Inter are ready to make a statement.

Gabriel Barbosa has scored five times in 10 games this year and is seen as one of the brightest prospects in South America.

Tap-ins

- It's been doing the rounds for a while, but Leroy Sane to Manchester City might just be about to gather some pace.

The People reports that City are close to pulling off a £42 million move to sign the Schalke starlet.

- It seems that Jon Flanagan's time and Liverpool is coming to an end, at least for the time being, as the Scouse Cafu is on the verge of joining Burnley.

The Mirror reports Flanagan will sign a one-year loan with the Clarets in a bid to prove himself in the Premier League.

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