Transfer news live: Chelsea 'seriously interested' in Sergio Aguero as Liverpool are told Naby Keita is not for sale


Chelsea have a “strong and serious interest” in signing Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to Sky Sports.

 

However, the Manchester club are understood to have no interest in selling their star striker, who has contract at the Etihad until 2020.  

 

Wojciech Szczesny is closing in on a move to Italian champions Juventus after they agreed a deal in principle of around £10m with Arsenal, according to The Guardian.

 

The 27-year-old spent last season on loan at Roma, and it looks increasingly likely that he will continue his career in Italy as a future replacement for Gianluigi Buffon.

Sanches on the move

 

AC Milan are looking to continue their impressive rebuilding job this summer with the signing of one-time Manchester United target Renato Sanches, according to Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Milan have already signed a host of stars including Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Lucas Biglia, Hakan Calhanoglu and Ricardo Rodriguez, backed by their new billionaire Chinese investors.

 

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino could be set for a move back to Spain, according to AS, with Athletic Bilbao preparing a €10m offer for the player.

 

The 21-year-old, who was part of Spain’s squad for the U21 Euros this summer, joined the German club from Osasuna last summer, but played just seven games for the side managed at the time by Thomas Tuchel.

RB Leipzig have rejected a €68m (£57m) offer from Liverpool for midfielder Naby Keita, and have told the Merseyside club that he is not for sale at any price.

 

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl believes that the Guinean “feels comfortable” at the German club, but Jurgen Klopp’s side are expected to return with another bid for the midfielder, whose contract at Leipzig runs until 2020.

Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is set for a move to Leicester City, with the Hull Daily Mail stating that the 32-year-old is to arrive in Hong Kong tomorrow to have a medical.

 

Leicester have taken a 24-man squad to Hong Kong for pre-season, and expect Jakupovic to join that squad after completing his medical.

 

Jakupovic will replace Ron-Robert Zieler, who joined German side VFB Stuttgart on a three-year deal last week after just one season in English football.

Sport in Catalonia state that Barcelona will make their final offer to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande today for Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.

 

The Catalan giants hope that the offer, believed to be slightly above €30m, will convince the Chinese side to sell due to the new variables included in the offer, according to the report.

 

Alvaro Morata is pushing for a move to AC Milan, which would see him snub Antonio Conte’s Chelsea, according to Gazzeta dello Sport.

 

The striker was linked with a move to Manchester United, but is now looking to return to Italy, having already represented Juventus in his career.

 

A fee of €70m has been mentioned by the publication.

Arsenal could be set to miss out on top target Thomas Lemar, according to the BBC.

 

The 21-year-old is Arsene Wenger’s preferred option, having already secured the signatures of Sead Kolasinac and record signing Alexandre Lacazette earlier in the window.

 

However, the report states that a move to Arsenal for Lemar has become less likely due to Tiemoue Bakayoko’s transfer to Chelsea and Benjamin Mendy’s expected arrival at Manchester City.

Roma winning Mahrez race

 

Roma is beginning to look like Riyad Mahrez’s most likely destination with the Italian club prepared to make an offer to Leicester City. The Serie A giants are looking for a replacement for Mohamed Salah this summer, after the Egyptian winger left to join Liverpool in a club-record deal.

 

West Ham want Arnautovic

 

West Ham believe they will complete the signing of Austrian international Marko Arnautovic this week, and hope to be successful with a third bid of £22m.  Arnautovic has made no secret of his desire to leave the Potteries and, with Bojan returning from loan and the emergence of Egyptian starlet Ramadan Sobhi, the funds raised from Arnautovic’s sale will be used to strengthen Mark Hughes’ defence. 

 

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Stoke still hope

 

Stoke remain hopeful that Bruno Martins Indi will return to the club amid interest from Crystal Palace and Everton.  The Dutch international spent last year on loan with Mark Hughes’ side, but the Potters inexplicably refused to take up the option to buy him before July 1.

 

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Mission Impossible

 

Jose Mourinho has ruled out bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United this summer, saying a move for the Portuguese star is “mission impossible”. Last month Ronaldo gave United hope he would consider a return, when news leaked that he wanted to quit Real Madrid over a tax evasion row with the Spanish authorities. But that stance seems to have softened and talk of a summer return to United – the club where he made his name – has dissipated.

 

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Lucas leaves Liverpool

 

Lucas Leiva appears to be closing in on a move from Liverpool to Lazio after the Italian club posted a picture of the Brazilian on their official Twitter account.

The Brazilian, who had been the subject of a £5million bid, was pictured holding a Lazio scarf at an airport.

Lucas is Liverpool’s current longest-serving player after a decade on Merseyside, but was left out of the squad for a friendly against Wigan last week as he considers his future.

The 30-year-old, who made 19 starts in all competitions last season and 346 for the club in total, had recently entered the final year of his contract.

 

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Costa  partying in Atletico shirt

 

Diego Costa has been pictured partying in an Atletico Madrid shirt as his exit from Chelsea appears closer than ever. Costa has been allowed to miss the beginning of the Premier League champions’ pre-season and isn’t part of the squad that is jetting out to the Far East following a falling out with manager Antonio Conte.

 

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Sanchez wants Arsenal exit

 

Alexis Sanchez has reiterated his desire to play in the Champions League as he made his latest plea to Arsenal to let him leave the club. The 28-year-old forward was the Gunners’ shining star in a disappointing campaign last season where they finished fifth and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in Arsene Wenger’s reign.

 

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Aubameyang deadline

 

Pierre-Emerick Aubamyang’s potential suitors have only “a few more days” to submit offers for the Borussia Dortmund striker, according to the Bundesliga club’s chief executive.

 

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City lining up big double signing

 

Manchester City are closing in on a deal for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy.

After signing Kyle Walker from Tottenham on Friday, City are now targeting a similar player on the other flank and France international Mendy is the man that they want.

 

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