The summer transfer window is into its final month for the major European leagues, which means the biggest clubs are looking to make a splash in the market before the new season begins. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: PSG’s Ronaldo-Messi plot must wait
While Paris Saint-Germain now boast a potent attacking trio of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi, a report by Calciomercato suggests that PSG are eyeing Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo to eventually replace Mbappe.
The 22-year-old Mbappe has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, although PSG don’t have plans to transfer Mbappe this summer. However, his current deal runs only through to 2022 and could see him leave on a free.
But while he won’t be an option this summer, PSG see the 36-year-old Ronaldo as the player who can come in and fill the Frenchman’s void, especially as his own contract also ends next year too.
PSG will face some competition for his signature as Spain’s El Chiringuito claims that Carlo Ancelotti would be keen to bring the Portugal forward back to Real Madrid, while Italy’s Corriere dello Sport reports that he has been offered to Manchester City.
Alongside Messi, the Parisians have already signed Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Georginio Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos this summer. While that makes up an incredible transfer season, Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the hierarchy at the Parc des Princes seem to still be dreaming of new names they can bring into the club in the future.
11.49 BST: Norwich are in advanced talks with Manchester United for the loan signing of defender Brandon Williams, says Sky Sports.
Williams, 20, made 36 appearances in 2019-20 but only 14 last season as he slipped out of favour. Newcastle had been linked with a move for him, but it appears Norwich are set to beat them to the punch.
11.38 BST: Real Madrid are planning to build “A premium Madrid at low cost” according to Diario AS on Tuesday, claiming the club “have Paul Pogba, Antonio Rudiger, Kylian Mbappe and Leon Goretzka on the agenda” for next summer.
All four players’ contracts are due to expire in 2022.
The newspaper claims that the club are looking to repeat their successful signing of David Alaba — whose arrival was confirmed in May after his contract ran out at Bayern Munich — and land top-quality players without having to pay a transfer fee.
Madrid are short of cash and Alaba’s free transfer has been the club’s only deal this summer, with any funds they do have being reserved for a possible bid for Mbappe.
11.04 BST: Tammy Abraham has completed a reported €40m move to Roma from Chelsea.
The striker has fallen down the pecking order after Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku for €115m from Inter Milan.
Chelsea will receive the fee in installments, plus €5m add-ons, and reportedly have a clause to re-sign Abraham for €80m which is valid from June 2023.
10.44 BST: Barcelona are in serious financial trouble.
Craig Burley addresses Barcelona’s mounting debt after Gerard Pique took a pay cut to get two players registered for LaLiga.
10.10 BST: Andreas Pereira has held talks with Manchester United over his future amid interest from Brazilian side Flamengo, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
Pereira, who was an unused substitute for the 5-1 win over Leeds United on Saturday, is keen to secure regular first-team football and is open to a move away from Old Trafford before the transfer deadline.
United would prefer to move the midfielder on permanently or negotiate a loan deal with an obligation to sign him, but sources have ESPN they believe they may have to settle for a straight loan.
Pereira, 25, was expecting to hear on Monday whether a decision had been made on his future after talks involving manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, director of football negotiations Matt Judge and the Brazilian’s representatives. He still has two years left on the contract he signed in 2019.
Everton are also reported to be interested, but sources have told ESPN that the Premier League side have other priorities.
09.34 BST: The Guardian reports that “Lyon are in talks with Chelsea over a deal to sign Emerson Palmieri after missing out on Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa.”
PSG left-back Kurzawa was set to join the Ligue 1 club but negotiations collapsed and now they could make a €17m move for Palmieri, who won Euro 2020 with Italy this summer but hasn’t been able to cement his place in the Chelsea first team.
09.03 BST: Liverpool defender Ben Davies has joined Championship club Sheffield United on a season-long loan, the Blades announced on Monday evening.
Davies, 26, was signed from Preston North End in February to alleviate Liverpool’s defensive injury crisis, but is yet to make a first-team appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The deal does not include an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
“I’m really happy to be here,” said Davies. “I always liked playing against Sheffield United and the atmosphere.”
He added: “Hopefully I can fit into the manager’s plans well,” he said. “I’ve missed match days and the buzz of having fans in grounds. That’s part of the excitement of coming here and hopefully having a successful year.”
Slaviša Jokanović has secured his first signing as Sheffield United boss with the acquisition of a vastly experienced and versatile Championship defender.
Liverpool’s Ben Davies arrives at Bramall Lane on a season-long deal. #SUFC 🔴
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) August 16, 2021
A new deal for Courtois was one of the club’s top priorities, sources told ESPN’s Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez, with both parties displaying a “fantastic” attitude during negotiations. The Belgium international is happy at Madrid and his intention was always to prolong his previous contract. On a personal level, the goalkeeper and his family are also comfortable living in the city.
Courtois, 29, began his third season at the club on Saturday with a 4-1 win at Alaves (stream the replay on ESPN+ in the U.S.), his 100th competitive game for Los Blancos. He joined the club for €35m from Chelsea in the summer of 2018, having previously spent three years in LaLiga on loan at Atletico Madrid from 2011 to 2014.
08.00 BST: Manchester City are pushing ahead with their bid to sign Harry Kane despite continued denials from Tottenham that they are prepared to listen to offers for the striker, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.
City have just over two weeks to complete the deal before the transfer window shuts on Aug. 31, and there are plans to test Spurs’ resolve to keep the England captain.
Tottenham value Kane, who has three years left on his contract, at more than £150m. Although privately City have suggested they will not meet the asking price for his rights, sources have told ESPN they would be willing to break the British transfer record for a second time this summer after having already paid £100m to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.
They could go as high as £120m plus add-ons for Kane, but there has so far been little encouragement from Spurs that an offer in that region would be accepted.
City believe they can raise more than £50m through the departures of fringe players, including 19-year-old winger Morgan Rogers, and still expect one established first-team squad member to depart.
Gab Marcotti and Julien Laurens discuss Tammy Abraham’s proposed transfer from Chelsea to Jose Mourinho’s Roma.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
– Fabrizio Romano has reported that Cagliari‘s Nahitan Nandez is among the list of midfielders Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to sign. There are other options and while there haven’t been any official bids yet, initial contact has been made. Spurs sporting director Fabio Paratici is also keen to bring in a centre-back — despite Cristian Romero having already made his move to North London on loan from Atalanta.
– Napoli are working to improve their defence, with Calciomercato stating that they are making contact with Villarreal regarding a move for left-back Pervis Estupinan. La Gazzetta dello Sport have suggested that the Serie A side aren’t stopping there, as they are also looking at Juan Jesus, who is a free agent after leaving AS Roma.
– Kicker have reported that Union Berlin midfielder Robert Andrich will sign for Bayer Leverkusen. The 26-year-old’s deal comes to its culmination in June 2022, so he will join them for free next summer if the two clubs can’t strike a deal. However, they’re working on making the change happen this summer.
– Manchester United‘s Amad Diallo will likely find game time hard to come by following the €85m arrival of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. TalkSPORT have suggested that Sheffield United are offering the 19-year-old a chance to get minutes, as they pursue a loan deal.
– Lazio have been unable to complete any signings so far this summer, with some players even training with them while not having a contract. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, this could lead them to offload Joaquin Correa in order to facilitate incoming signings.