In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window – and any transfer window, come to think of it – Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There is also mounting speculation that Paul Pogba could be headed to join him – but one megastar who won’t be on the move, it seems, is Cristiano Ronaldo – Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a Real Madrid return for the Juventus star.
As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.
Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with an agreement for the Real Madrid playmaker close. They continue to be linked with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as well as Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, though Manuel Locatelli is heading to Juventus.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have been offered Barcelona’s Ilaix Moriba as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as well as Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic and Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez, while new reports say they are rivalling West Ham for Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma.
Keep up to date with all of today’s latest transfer news, rumours and gossip!
Chelsea will unveil Romelu Lukaku with a press conference at 1pm BST today.
He will be joined by manager Thomas Tuchel. You will be able to follow along here.
A recap from last night’s Telegraph line on Harry Kane then.
- Kane was promised at a meeting last summer that he could leave Spurs should the club fail to win a trophy and finish in top four.
- Man City have made a bid worth £125m, with Kane believes is enough to trigger his exit, but Daniel Levy is not picking up the phone.
- Kane thought he could have an extra week off, but a miscommunication with the club saw confusion over his supposed return date.
- Kane is in the squad for the Uefa Europa Conference League play-off fixture against Pacos de Ferreira but is not expected to play.
Nuno Espirito Santo is talking to the media at his pre-match press conference at 6pm BST.
Juve snap up Jorge
Juventus have completed the signing of Brazilian striker Kaio Jorge from Santos.
Kaio Jorge signed a deal until 2026 with the Turin club on Tuesday, two weeks after Santos said Juventus had agreed terms to sign the 19-year-old.
“I am very happy to be here … It’s a big club, one of the biggest in Europe, and it’s always been my dream to play for Juve,” he said.
Italian media reported Juventus would pay up to €4 million for the player.
Kaio Jorge broke into the Santos first team aged 16, becoming their sixth-youngest league debutant when he made his professional bow in September 2018.
Harry Kane latest updates
A fresh batch of Harry Kane stories doing the rounds tonight.
According to the Daily Mail, the England captain feels chairman Daniel Levy has broken a promise by not allowing him to leave Tottenham for Manchester City this summer after Spurs failed to win a trophy or finish in the top four last season.
Kane is reportedly concerned that Levy isn’t engaging in City’s latest attempts to start talks over what would be a British record transfer, with the reigning champions believed to have offered £125m with the August 31 deadline edging closer.
It is now being said that Kane is unlikely to travel to Portugal for Thursday’s Uefa Europa Conference League play-off fixture against Pacos de Ferreira.
Odegaard to Arsenal
Some more detail now on Martin Odegaard’s proposed permanent return to Arsenal.
The Athletic report that the fee is set to be around €35m (£29.8m).
And while there is still apparently “a fair amount of work” to go before the deal is complete, David Ornstein suggests that Odegaard could be in line for a second Gunners debut in the Premier League London derby against Chelsea at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
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Arsenal close to permanent Odegaard deal
You’re going to like this, Arsenal fans.
The Athletic are reporting tonight that the Gunners are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid over Martin Odegaard.
It would be a permanent return to north London for the Norwegian playmaker, who impressed during his loan stint under Mikel Arteta in the second half of last season.
Odegaard did not train with Madrid on Tuesday as those transfer negotiations continue.
Angry Ronaldo breaks silence amid Real Madrid return links
Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his silence amid constant speculation over a move away from Juventus with a strong statement on Instagram.
It had been publicly confirmed earlier by Carlo Ancelotti anyway, but he insists there will be no return to Real Madrid…
“Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work. Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career. However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position,” Ronaldo wrote.
“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.
“My story at Real Madrid has been written. It’s been recorded. In words and numbers, in trophies and titles, in records and in headlines. It’s in the Museum at the Bernabeu Stadium and it’s also in the minds of every fan of the club.
“And beyond what I achieved, I remember that in those nine years I had a relationship of deep affection and respect for “merengue afición”, an affection and respect that I retain to this day, and that I will always cherish. I know that the true Real Madrid fans will continue to have me in their hearts, and I will have them in mine.
“As well as this most recent episode in Spain, there have been frequent news and stories associating me with a number of clubs in many different Leagues, with nobody ever being concerned about trying to find out the actual truth.
“I’m breaking my silence now to say that I can’t allow people to keep playing around with my name. I remain focused on my career and in my work, committed and prepared for all the challenges that I have to face. Everything else? Everything else is just talk.”
Liverpool, Arsenal eye Barca starlet Moriba
Barcelona’s well-documented financial difficulties could lead to an opportunity for Liverpool it seems.
Reports from Spain suggest that the Reds have been offered the chance to sign exciting La Masia graduate Ilaix Moriba.
However, it has since been claimed that there are 12 teams actively trying to sign the 18-year-old Guinea-born Spanish midfielder, who has made several appearances for Barca’s first team.
Arsenal are among the other clubs to be mentioned in connection with Moriba.
Juventus agree Locatelli deal
Arsenal’s hopes of signing Euro 2020 winner Manuel Locatelli now look to be firmly over.
According to Goal, Juventus have reached an agreement with Serie A rivals Sassuolo to take the highly-rated Italy midfielder to Turin.
Juve will reportedly sign Locatelli on an initial €5m loan deal that includes an obligation to buy for a fee of €30m next summer.
Stellar business by the Bianconeri as they look to regain their place at the summit of Serie A.