Join us for LIVE coverage and updates as the European transfer window nears its deadline, with a number of huge deals still in the pipeline.
Real Madrid officials are said to be in Paris to negotiate a fee with PSG for wantaway forward Neymar. And World Cup 2018 star Mario Mandzukic is currently in talks with Paris Saint-Germain.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are reportedly on the verge of concluding a deal with the out-of-contract striker Fernando Llorente, who was released by Tottenham this summer. Follow all the latest news, rumours and done deals below:
Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the latest transfer news from around Europe.
Manchester United are reportedly close to signing Fernando Llorente on a free transfer.
Llorente is without a club, having been released by Tottenham this summer, and the 34-year-old is therefore free to sign with United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to sign a new striker to help fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku’s departure, and Llorente certainly would offer something different to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Nacho Monreal is determined to leave Arsenal this week.
Mundo Deportivo have reported that the defender has personally informed Unai Emery that he wants to quit the Gunners, having agreed personal terms with Real Sociedad.
Monreal, 33, moved to Arsenal from Malaga in 2013 and has been a first-team regular ever since.
Celtic have signed right-back Moritz Bauer on a season-long loan deal from Stoke.
The 27-year-old Austria international joined the Potters in 2018 and made 21 Sky Bet Championship starts, the last of those coming on the last day of the 2018/19 campaign.
Hoops boss Neil Lennon has been looking for cover at right-back, having brought in Hatem Abd Elhamed but allowed Mikael Lustig and Christian Gamboa to leave.
Bauer told the club’s website: “I’m really, really looking forward to it. I know about the stadium, the historical Celtic Park, and I hope that I can win trophies here and have a very successful season.
“It’s a massive club with a big history and when you see the stadium from the outside and the players there who have already worn the jersey – they are big names.
“I love being here and having the target of being first as I like that pressure. There are players here who have already won titles, and it’s a big opportunity for me to learn from them and grow as a player as I hope to be part of a successful team.”
Italian side Sassuolo want to sign Chelsea misfit Kenedy, according to reports.
Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio claims Sassulo believe the 23-year-old – who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Newcastle Untied – will make an able replacement for compatriot Rogerio, who has been ruled out with a long-term injury.
A report in Marca says Real Madrid officials are in Paris to try and conclude a deal for the Brazilian star.
What a seismic move that would be. L’Equipe have claimed Real want to send Gareth Bale the other way in a complicated swap deal, but Marca says those rumours are untrue.
Nice began life under new owners Ineos with their first defeat of the season, a narrow 2-1 Ligue 1 loss at home to Marseille.
Summer signing Dario Benedetto opened his Marseille account as he picked out the bottom corner just after the half-hour mark.
Midfielder Wylan Cyprien equalised with a penalty for Nice after 66 minutes, conceded following a foul by Ignatius Ganago.
France international Dimitri Payet restored the visitors’ lead seven minutes later with a spot-kick of his own to seal maximum points for Marseille for the first time this campaign as they moved up to 13th.
Earlier, Lille returned to winning ways as Victor Osimhen netted in each half in a comfortable 3-0 home victory over St Etienne.
Osimhen slotted Domagoj Bradaric’s cross into the bottom corner to open the scoring eight minutes before the break and Jonathan Bamba doubled their lead with a second-half penalty – conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.
Ligue 1 top scorer Osimhen completed his brace with his fourth goal from the opening three matches this season with 15 minutes remaining as Lille moved up to fourth.
Rangers are pursuing Liverpool’s talented winger Ryan Kent, who spent last year on loan at Ibrox.
The 22-year-old wants to push through a move to Rangers in order to get game time, according to the Evening Times, and he was left out of Liverpool’s most recent U-23 game as a result.
A new contract is looming for Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, who will be carrying the hopes of a second straight league win for Bayern Munich when the champions host Mainz 05 on Saturday.
The Bavarians have sprung to action in recent weeks on the transfer market, signing Croatian World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic, Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho and France youth international Mickael Cuisance.
But it has been 31-year-sold Lewandowski – at Bayern since 2014 – who has scored all five of their league goals, a brace in their 2-2 season opener against Hertha Berlin and a hat-trick to beat Schalke 04 last week.
With his contract running out in 2021, the striker hinted a new deal was close to being finalised.
“There is a lot in favour of an extension,” he told Sport Bild magazine this week.
“From my side it is only about finalising some details. I feel good in Munich, the club has the same goals as me. To win titles, including the Champions League.”
Lucas Moura has expressed his delight at David Luiz’s move to Arsenal – and not just because of the points he could cost the Gunners this season.
The pair grew close at Paris Saint-Germain before going their separate ways, with Luiz rejoining Chelsea in 2015 and Lucas heading to Tottenham two years later. But the Brazilians retained their bond and Lucas has revealed how Luiz’s move to north London will help their friendship grow even closer – despite the obvious north London rivalry.
“David is a very experienced player and knows how to go through this situation. He will be stronger very soon,” Lucas told the Evening Standard. “I am happy for him because it was a good transfer for him to make. I am also happy because he is closer to me now. He can come visit me at my home easier because when he was at Chelsea, he was so far away!”
Breaking news in Italy claims that Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could be on his way to Roma.
According to Sky Italia reporter Fabrizio Romani, Roma have agreed a fee with United to take the England centre-back on loan for the rest of the season, though there will be no obligation to buy come next summer. It’s claimed that Smalling has already agreed the move, which could see a potential departure go through in the coming hours.
Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri, still recovering from a bout of pneumonia, could yet be passed fit to make his debut for the Turin side when they face his former club Napoli in Serie A on Saturday.
According to photographs published by Italian media on Wednesday, the 60-year-old is both back on the training ground and, possibly, smoking cigarettes again as he recovers from the illness which sidelined him earlier this month.
Sarri, who missed last week’s opening match at Parma but has been in constant touch with his players throughout, was widely reported to have watched a practice on the touchline on Wednesday.
The Corriere della Sera also published a selfie taken by a young fan standing next to Sarri who was holding a packet of cigarettes in his hand. According to the Italian news agency ANSA, this left the club’s leadership “disappointed”.
Juventus announced on Aug. 21 that Sarri was suffering from a bout of pneumonia and would miss the first two games of the season including the Napoli match.
Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic has turned down a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano has claimed that the Croatia international is happy in Turin and has little interest in moving to France.
PSG are eager to bolster their attacking options with both Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe out injured.
The 37-year-old soccer star nailed a 55-yard field goal during a joint practice between the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens last week. And on Wednesday she was peppered with questions about a possible NFL future.
“It’s gone from just having fun kicking to, ‘Will she play in the NFL?’ At first I was just laughing about it but the more that I spoke with my husband, he’s all for it and my friends and family, they’re really encouraging me to potentially take up this opportunity,” said Lloyd, who is in Philadelphia with the national team for a victory tour match against Portugal on Thursday night.
It’s not the first time she’s hit a long field goal. During the World Cup qualifying tournament last fall, she got a 45-yarder at the Cowboys’ practice facility in Texas.
Lloyd is well known for her kicking ability. In the World Cup title match in 2015, Lloyd scored three goals including a blast from midfield to give the United States a 5-2 victory over Japan.
But she acknowledged that kicking in the NFL is very, very different from scoring from 50-yards out — like wearing pads and facing 300-pound opponents.
“You can’t really touch a kicker, but it happens. I’m not naive to that. But there is that part of it, no doubt. And there’s challenges as far as being with all males and the locker room and there’s a whole range of things, and I get that,” she said. “But I’m not afraid to step up in front of the whole world and actually do it.”
The Neymar transfer saga is moving closer and closer to a conclusion, with PSG and Barcelona representatives engaging in discussions in Paris yesterday, according to reports in Spain.
Former and potential future colleague Gerard Pique has revealed that he has discussed a return to Spain with the Brazilian:
Bolton captain Jason Lowe says he is looking forward to focusing on football again after the Sky Bet League One club was saved from liquidation.
Football Ventures (Whites) Limited took over Bolton on Wednesday after the English Football League gave administrator Paul Appleton 14 days to either sell them or prove they could be funded for the rest of the season.
“It’s a huge relief – excitement again, optimism, rebuilding, a fresh start,” Lowe told Sky Sports News.
“All the emotions have been lifted and I’m so happy it’s finally done.
“It’s been a hell of a roller coaster ride for everyone – the media, the fans, the staff, the players. Everybody who’s worked behind the scenes, local communities that rely on the football club.
“Yesterday was a good day and hopefully we can start the rebuilding process to see where we go.”
Everton boss Marco Silva feels his summer signings need more time to settle but praised their performance against Lincoln.
Moise Kean was one of four players to make their full debut in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. The striker, signed from Juventus this month, was one of five changes to the team as fellow new recruits Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi and Djibril Sidibe also made their first starts for the Blues.
Iwobi was on the score sheet along with Lucas Digne, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison as Everton won 4-2 at Sincil Bank and progressed to the third round, where they will travel to Sheffield Wednesday.
“The players making their first starts did well. We are talking about quality players,” said Silva.
“They need time, more time to reach best physical condition, also. But they did well and for sure in the future we will see more from them.”
“Fabian did really, really well. It’s no surprise to me, he has the capacity to do that. Of course Alex as well did really good, Moise Kean in some moments did well also. I know Sidibe when he’s more settled in our team will help also.”
“The attitude was good. But we don’t talk about just one or two players, I think we as a team did well too.”
So, Neymar back to Barcelona looks to be very close indeed.
Sky Sport Italia claim a deal has been agreed, but how will Valverde fit them all in?
Luis Suarez appears most vulnerable, with Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi also essential to this side.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery insists Mesut Ozil will still be at the club after the European transfer window shuts.
Ozil has yet to feature for the Gunners this season due to safety concerns and then an illness, which kept him out of last week’s defeat at Liverpool, and there has been speculation over his future.
But Emery insists the German, who has been declared available for Sunday’s north London derby, will still be an Arsenal player after Monday night’s continental deadline.
“We are not speaking about the possibility for Mesut to leave,” he said.
“We finished here our transfer window and in Europe it is going to finish on Monday.
“We cannot sign another player but we have some players who have a possibility to leave in the four days before the transfer window closes.
“The club is working, some players know the situation and my focus and the team’s focus is to prepare for the match on Sunday and exclusively on Sunday.”
The French club says the 21-year-old Dolberg “embodies both the future and the present.”
Ajax says it will get 20.5 million euros for Dolberg, who was under contract for three more seasons.
Dolberg missed Ajax’s Champions League playoff win on Wednesday to pass his medical in Nice.
Nice, coached by France great Patrick Vieira, missed out on European soccer by placing seventh in the French league last season.
Ratcliffe’s chemical company Ineos completed a takeover of Nice this week. Ineos also owns the cycling team of Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and has tried to buy English club Chelsea.
Transfer window deadlines:
The transfer window for Premier League and Championship clubs has closed. For teams in League One and Two, as well as the German Bundesliga, the window is open until 5pm on Monday 2 September.
For teams in Serie A, it closes at 7pm. And for teams in La Liga and Ligue 1, it closes at 11pm. And for teams in Scottish football, it closes at midnight.