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Transfer News LIVE updates: Fekir to Liverpool HIJACK, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea gossip

Transfer News LIVE updates: Fekir to Liverpool HIJACK, Arsenal, Man Utd, Chelsea gossip
21 Jun

Transfer news LIVE updates: All the latest from Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and more including every Premier League done deal.

Wednesday, June 20 

2.40pm: Cristiano Ronaldo has held talks with new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui over his future at the club.

The Portuguese plunged his future into doubt after referring to Los Blancos in the past tense following the Champions League final win over Liverpool.

And that alerted the likes of Manchester United and Paris St-Germain to his availability.

Ronaldo was once again in superb form last season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions.

Now Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their bold transfer claims, say Lopetegui has reached out to the 33-year-old.

2.05pm: Arsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks Jack Wilshere will join West Ham.

“Jack has done brilliantly for Arsenal,” he told talkSPORT.

“I know he’s had his injury problems, but I’m sorry to see Jack leave because I love seeing homegrown players come through the ranks.

“He knows what it’s like to play for Arsenal and it’s a big decision he’d made to leave the club.

“After I left the club there were two players I always saw who stood out as youngsters and I thought they would go on and have unbelievable careers – one of them was Cesc Fabregas and the other was Jack Wilshere. He wasn’t fazed by anything but his injures have just taken their toll.

“Jack needs to play football – he’s 26 years old, there’s no good him sitting on the bench or in the stand.

“Nice would be an interesting move, but he’s got two young children so staying in London might be ideal him.

“Crystal Palace and West Ham have been talked about and I think his dad is a West Ham fan, so that might be the place he ends up.

“There will be so many clubs in for Jack and whoever gets him will be getting a very, very good player.”

12.20pm: Eden Hazard has been told to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid this summer.

Former Belgium coach Vital Borkelmans has urged the former Lille forward to exit the Premier League.

“I think now is the moment that Hazard has to move, which will most likely be to Spain,” he told bwin.

“He has played a lot of years in the Premier League, but I think it’s time for him to move on.”

11.05am: Cristiano Ronaldo is undecided on his future and has handed Real Madrid an ultimatum.

That’s according to reports in Spain that say the 33-year-old has spoken with bigwigs at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo plunged his future into doubt after referring to Real in the past tense after their Champions League final win over Liverpool.

That alerted the likes of Manchester United to his availability who would be keen on a reunion.

Now Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their outlandish transfer claims, say the Portugal star has given his demands if he is to stay.

Ronaldo wants a better salary to be in line with Lionel Messi and Neymar.

9.10am: Nabil Fekir was on the brink of moving to Liverpool until the transfer collapsed and now Real Madrid could make a raid.

That’s according to shock reports in Spain that claim Los Blancos are considering a swoop for the France international as an alternative to Mohamed Salah.

New Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is keen to overhaul his squad this summer to close the gap on Barcelona in La Liga.

And Spanish outlet Diario Gol, known for their outlandish transfer claims, say Fekir is one player on his wish list.

The report also says Kylian Mbappe, Eden Hazard and Sadio Mane are all names being considered.

8.30am: Liverpool are now the frontrunners for Roma goalkeeper Alisson after Real Madrid pulled the plug on any deal.

The Brazilian is highly-rated after an impressive season in Italy last time out.

Liverpool are looking for a new goalkeeper this summer after Loris Karius made two howlers in the Champions League final.

Alisson is currently with Brazil at the World Cup and has god the nod for his country over Manchester City ace Ederson.

Roma’s valuation of Alisson is a problem though, according to Calciomercato.

Owner James Pallotta said: “Alisson has a high market value, around €78m (£70m).”

7.35am: Anthony Martial has reportedly been told he will be granted his wish of leaving for Manchester United – but only for the right price.

The French winger has told the Red Devils he wants this leave this summer as he looks to secure first-team football.

He has grown frustrated since the signing of Alexis Sanchez, which has relegated the ex-Monaco star to the bench – at best.

According to The Sun, United chiefs have slapped a £100m price-tag as Chelsea and Tottenham hover.

The Old Trafford outfit would prefer not to sell to a Premier League rival as they still believe he can become of the best in the world.

5.15am: Tottenham are interested in Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, according to Sky sources.

However, Spurs have not made contact with the Ligue 1 club, contrary to reports in France on Monday.

Lyon do not want to sell the 21-year-old this summer, having just signed him permanently from Amiens after a successful season-long loan.

4.05am: Maurizio Sarri wants to make Dries Mertens his first signing as Chelsea manager, according to the Mirror.

The former Napoli boss is closing in on a move to take over the Blues, and wants the 31-year-old to come to London along with him.

Mertens scored 22 goals under Sarri last season, as Napoli finished runners-up to Juventus in Serie A.

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Transfer news LIVE updates: Nabil Fekir has been linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool

2.30am: Former Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain in the next few days, according to Sky in Italy.

The 40-year-old Italy legend left Juventus at the end of last season after 17 years with the Serie A champions.

Buffon captained Juve to a seventh straight Serie A title and fourth consecutive Italian Cup triumph in his final season in Turin.

He will join Neymar and new manager Thomas Tuchel at the Pard des Princes.

1.00am: Crystal Palace have offered Wilfried Zaha a bumper new deal believed to be worth more than £120,000-a-week.

The Eagles have made their move to extend Zaha’s Selhurst Park stay by opening contract talks.

Tottenham have been heavily linked with a move for the Ivorian winger and Palace have moved to fend off their interest.

Zaha signed a ­five-year, £100,000-a-week deal last summer, but Palace are ready to improve his terms again after a highly-impressive 2017/18 campaign.

Tuesday, June 19

10.15pm: Arsenal have released a statement about Jack Wilshere’s exit.

“Everyone at Arsenal would like to wish Jack Wilshere a successful future following his decision to seek new opportunities,” it read

“Since joining our Academy more than 17 years ago aged just nine, Jack has been a tremendous player for the club and a much-loved member of the Arsenal family.”

9.40pm: Jack Wilshere has confirmed he is leaving Arsenal at the end of the month.

The 26-year-old decided to call it quits following talks with new head coach Unai Emery.

He said: “As has widely been reported I, along with my representative, have been in talks with the club for a number of months with the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.

“My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player. I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club. Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.

“However, following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.”

8.20pm: Bernd Leno said: “I enjoyed the time in Leverkusen from the first to the last day.

“The fact that the club gave me the number one status as a 19-year-old makes me very grateful.

“After a fantastic seven years, I will now continue my way in another, very exciting league.

“But I am sure that we will see each other more often on the international stage.”

8pm: Speaking about Bernd Leno, Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said: “We are very pleased that Bernd Leno will be joining us.

“Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience.

“He has been a top performer and regular number one goalkeeper with Leverkusen in the Bundesliga for the past seven years.

“We are all excited that Bernd has chosen Arsenal Football Club and look forward to start working with him in pre-season.”

7.45pm: Arsenal have completed the signing of Bernd Leno, Bayer Leverkusen have revealed.

Leno, 26, is understood have agreed a five-year contract after Arsenal struck a £19.2m deal with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Bundesliga club tweeted: “@Bernd_Leno changes from Bayer04 to FC Arsenal.

“We thank you for seven unforgettable years. Take care, Bernd!”

7pm: Aleksandr Golovin fancies a move to England, according to his father.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with the Russia international.

“I know that Sasha has already started learning English,” Gloving Senior said.

5.45pm: Sokratis Papastathopoulos has been cleared to join Arsenal with Borussia Dortmund closing in on his replacement.

The Bundesliga giants are finalising a swoop for Mainz prospect Abdou Diallo.

The 22-year-old has arrived in Dortmund to put pen to paper on a long-term contract.

He will reportedly cost around £22m (€25m).

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Transfer News LIVE updates: Arsenal done deal, Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea gossip

4.50pm: Arsenal have handed Bernd Leno a five-year contract.

Leno is set to undergo a medical after Arsenal agreed a £19.2m transfer fee with Bayer Leverkusen.

The 26-year-old has been in London since yesterday, according to SportBILD journalist Christian Falk, to complete the final stages of the switch.

3.45pm: Manchester United have been handed a huge boost in their bid to keep David De Gea at the club, according to Don Balon.

Neymar – Real Madrid’s top target – has reportedly demanded the club sign Alisson from Roma.

The superstar is believed to want a strong Brazilian contingent at the club to make him feel more at home.

2pm: Manchester City midfiedler Ilkay Gundogan has played down reports linking him with a move to Barcelona.

In response to the speculation, he told Arab News: “I have plenty of time on my current contract, two years to go.

“But it also depends on the club if they want me to stay. Everyone can see and feel I am really happy here.

1pm: Manchester United have been hotly tipped to snap up Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

A Spokesman for bookmakers Paddy Power said: “There are a couple of certainties in life. Death, taxes, and Ronaldo being linked with a return to Man United.

“But our punters have wagered big amounts that this summer it will finally happen, and at this rate, they could have the World Cup’s top goalscorer on their hands.”

10.55am: Bayer Leverkusen and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno is closing in on a move to Arsenal.

BBC reporter David Ornstein claims a fee worth £19.2m has been agreed for the 26-year-old, with a medical to follow before the deal is finalised.

He wrote on Twitter this morning: “Fee agreed between Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen – Leno still needs to undergo a medical before #AFC can complete the signing, for a reported €22m (£19.2m).”

10.35am: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is attracting interest from abroad, according to a report in The Times.

The former England international, who spent last season on loan at West Brom, is said to be a target for Fenerbahce and Sevilla.

10.10am: Liverpool’s hopes of signing Lyon forward Nabil Fekir are still on, according to his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes.

The Reds have been in talks with the Ligue 1 outfit for the last few weeks but are yet to agree on a fee.

Bernes told La Chaine Info: “He didn’t sign because uh, it is not over! This is not the end of the story.”

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Transfer News: Jack Wilshere is leaving Arsenal

9.30am: Unai Emery has made it clear to the Arsenal hierarchy that he wants to be reunited with Ever Banega.

The central midfielder played under Emery between 2014 and 2016 while the new Gunners chief was at Sevilla.

According to Gazza Mercato, the former PSG manager has identified Banega as a transfer target.

Banega’s agent Marcelo Simonian is now due to travel from Rome to London to hold talks with Arsenal over a potential deal for Banega.

Bayer Leverkusen and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno is closing in on a move to Arsenal.

BBC reporter David Ornstein claims a fee worth £19.2m has been agreed for the 26-year-old, with a medical to follow before the deal is finalised.

He wrote on Twitter this morning: “Fee agreed between Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen – Leno still needs to undergo a medical before #AFC can complete the signing, for a reported €22m (£19.2m).”

9am: Maurizio Sarri is on the brink of being appointed Chelsea manager.

Reports in Italy suggest Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is thrashing out an agreement with Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis for Sarri’s services.

According to CalcioNapoli24, an agreement between the two clubs is expected in the next few hours.

Chelsea will reportedly pay Napoli around £4.4m (€5m) for his services.

8.30am: The bookies make Danny Rose 7-4 to join Manchester United this summer with the Red Devils clear favourites to land the Tottenham defender.

Rose is expected to leave Spurs and United are currently leading the likes of Everton and Chelsea for his signature.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead told Starsport: “Danny Rose looks likely to move on this summer and Manchester United look the likely candidates at the moment.

“We think it’s looking increasingly likely that Rose is running out at Old Trafford next season.”


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