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Transfer news LIVE! Mbappe to Real Madrid; Chelsea step up Kounde bid

Man City had looked favourites to sign Ronaldo from Juventus after Tottenham refused to entertain selling Harry Kane, but United have now confirmed a deal for their former No7 to return to Old Trafford.

The fun doesn’t stop there though, as another superstar – Kylian Mbappe – could also be on the move from PSG. Real Madrid have lodged a second bid, worth €170m, after the Parisians accused Real of an “illegal” approach… but if Real get their man, that could also see PSG turn to Erling Haaland, Richarlison or Gabriel Jesus. What a summer!

Arsenal have spent more than any other top European team, with the signings of Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale, while Liverpool have made a quiet transfer window and look to miss out on former targets Saul and Mbappe amid new contract plans for Mohamed Salah, with a move for Brighton’s Yves Bissouma seemingly not in the offing.

Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!

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Chelsea’s Saul loan bid rejected

Are Chelsea running out of time to sign Saul Niguez?

Sky Italy report that an opening bid to take the midfielder on loan has been rejected by Atletico Madrid.

Saul wants to leave and has been offered to a number of club.

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Messi makes PSG debut

Lionel Messi replaced Neymar earlier for a decent run out as he made his PSG debut. No goals but some minutes under his belt.

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Chelsea to step up Kounde bid

Chelsea will make another push to sign Sevilla defender Jules Kounde after Kurt Zouma completed his move to West Ham.

However, the Stamford Bridge club have been warned by Sevilla president Jose Castro that “days are running out” for them to strike a deal for Kounde.

The 22-year-old centre-back has a £68million release clause but, after spending £97.5m on Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea hope to negotiate the fee down to about £43m.

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Real Madrid to wait on Mbappe

Real Madrid could be about to exercise some patience in their high-profile pursuit of PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe.

According to Sky Sports, there have been positive talks between the two clubs following a second bid from the LaLiga giants worth £145.6m.

However, it is now suggested that Madrid could now wait until January to talk to Mbappe, when the French forward would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement as his current deal at PSG expires next summer.

Either way, the speculation surrounding him doesn’t seem to have affected Mbappe – who has tonight scored for PSG.

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Hudson-Odoi in talks over Dortmund loan switch

Talks are progressing over a move that would see Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi join Borussia Dortmund before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

Standard Sport understands that discussions are moving well regarding a deal for the Blues winger to head to the Bundesliga on a season-long loan.

The clubs remain in dialogue over what percentage of Hudson-Odoi’s wages will be paid by Dortmund and the size of the fee paid to Chelsea.

The 20-year-old initially wanted to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge this summer, but has seen first-team opportunities notably limited, with Hudson-Odoi having only featured in the Uefa Super Cup win over Villarreal in Belfast so far this term.

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West Ham close to Vlasic deal

West Ham are close to completing the £25.7million signing of Croatia international Nikola Vlasic, writes Jack Rosser.

David Moyes is keen to add to his attacking options before Tuesday’s transfer deadline having bolstered at the back with the £29.8m signing of Kurt Zouma from Chelsea.

The Hammers have agreed a fee of €30m with CSKA Moscow for the transfer of attacking midfielder Vlasic, who has scored 33 goals and supplied 21 assists since joining the Russian club from Everton in 2018.

A deal to bring the 23-year-old back to the Premier League is now dependent on personal terms being agreed and a medical being completed.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi could be going to Dortmund

Chelsea’s forward might be on the move to German club Borussia Dortmund. According to Standard Sport’s Jack Rosser, the 2012 Bundesliga champions are negotiating a season-long loan for the 20-year-old.

Discussions are currently ongoing over what percentage of his wages Dortmund will pay as well as the size of the fee that would be paid to Chelsea.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, a former manager at Dortmund, has publicly state he wants to see Hudson-Odoi remain in London.

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Messi and Mbappe in PSG squad for Reims clash

Lionel Messi is set to make his eagerly awaited Paris Saint-Germain debut on Sunday night.

The Argentine superstar has been named in compatriot Mauricio Pochettino’s 22-man matchday squad for the Ligue 1 clash away against Reims at the Stade Auguste-Delaune (7:45pm BST kick-off) after building up his match fitness over recent weeks.

Kylian Mbappe is also in the squad for Sunday’s contest, despite being the subject of a second huge offer from long-term suitors Real Madrid ahead of the looming transfer deadline.

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Real Madrid’s Mbappe deadline today

Today is crucial to Real Madrid’s hopes of signing Kylian Mbappe.

After seeing an initial bid worth £137m for the PSG superstar – who is out of contract in Paris next summer – rejected, Los Blancos have since returned with a second, improved offer in the region of £163m.

According to French publication Le Parisien, Madrid have handed the Ligue 1 giants a deadline of today to decide whether or not that final approach will be accepted.

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Tottenham in Emerson Royal talks

Tottenham have begun talks over a deal for Barcelona’s Emerson Royal, according to the latest reports.

Sky Sports claim that Spurs are pushing to sign the Brazilian right-back, who has spent the last couple of years with Real Betis but returned to Barca this summer.

It is said that Tottenham have discussed both a straight-cash deal for Emerson as well as a potential part-exchange agreement that would see Serge Aurier move in the opposite direction.

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