Press "Enter" to skip to content

Transfer news LIVE: Bale linked with Spurs, £28m Watkins to Villa, Barcelona ‘final offer’ for Martinez, Messi LATEST

LIONEL MESSI is staying at Barcelona – and the Catalan giants are trying to partner him with Lautaro Martinez.

Meanwhile we’ve the very latest on Gareth Bale and potential interest from Spurs, while Aston Villa are on the cusp of signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

Get all the latest transfer news, updates and gossip here…

GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS,

SunSport can reveal that Wolves are ready to open talks over a new contract with boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Molineux chiefs have shown that they mean business by splashing out a club-record £35million on whizkid Fabio Silva, 18, last weekend.

And now SunSport understands executive chairman Jeff Shi wants to tie his inspirational head coach to a new, three-year deal worth around £4million.

Wolves are set to sign Porto midfielder Vitor Ferreira, 20, on a season loan this week.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa have reportedly agreed a club-record £33million deal to sign Ollie Watkins.

The striker proved his potential for Brentford in the Championship last season as he scored 26 times.

According to journalist Sam Dean, the two clubs have reached an agreement over the deal.

Villa are set to pay £28m up-front plus a further £5million in add-ons for Watkins.

The £33m fee is a club-record for Aston Villa – topping the £22m paid for Wesley Moraes.

Dean Smith signed Watkins from Exeter in 2017 while he was in charge of Brentford.

And Leeds United are reportedly plotting an audacious move for German star Julian Draxler.

The 26-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

The French side’s sporting director is believed to be keen on getting the attacker of the wage bill.

Now RMC are claiming that Leeds have contacted PSG and the players representatives over a shock transfer move.

DANNY NO MOUR

Danny Rose is on his way out of Tottenham after being frozen out of Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The England left-back, 30, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Newcastle, has been training away from the first team although he is coming back from a minor injury.

Rose, who has only a year left on his £65,000-a-week contract, is likely to leave for a modest fee and favours a move abroad.

He is featured on Spurs’ new fly-on-the-wall Amazon documentary having a heated chat with Mourinho back in January over his lack of game time.

And in fact he was sent to the Toon after he branded team-mates “s***” and accused Mourinho of picking his favourites.

Rose’s days at Tottenham were numbered when he was axed again for a 0-0 draw at Watford on January 18.

CROWN JULE

Arsenal starlet Tyreece John-Jules has joined Doncaster Rovers on loan.

The 19-year-old enjoyed a seven-game stint in League one last season with Lincoln City.

Now the forward will be hoping to score more than the one goal he did for the Imps after heading back to the third tier for the upcoming campaign.

John-Jules is highly-rated by the Gunners after joining their youth set-up aged eight.

The ace is already an England Under-18 international and he has featured for Arsenal’s first-team during friendly matches.

CON-PETITION

Chelsea ace Conor Gallagher is being chased by newly-promoted pair Leeds and West Brom as they weigh up loan moves.

The 20-year-old midfielder is attracting attention from across the Premier League – but Crystal Palace’s interest appears to have waned.

The Eagles were leading the chase for him but are now prioritising his Blues team-mate Michy Batshuayi, according to the Mail Online.

Premier League rules state a club cannot have two loans from the same club, leaving Gallagher’s potential move to Selhurst Park scuppered.

That leaves West Brom and Leeds in a tug of war for the England U-21 international whose profile continues to rise.

Chelsea intend to tie him down to a new contract when he returns from international duty before giving him another year on loan.

NEW TOON

Jamal Lewis became Newcastle’s third signing in two days after completing a £15million move from Norwich.

The left-back passed his medical today and penned a five-year deal at St. James’ Park.

And Toon boss Bruce will put him straight into the squad alongside fellow new boys Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser for Saturday’s trip to West Ham.

The Northern Ireland international, 22, said: “It was a little bit unexpected but it was something that I was obviously looking forward to when I heard that there was serious interest.

“Newcastle’s such a great club with such history.

“I knew it was an opportunity I would love to take with both hands.”

DOU-COUP-E

Everton have confirmed the £20million signing of Abdoulaye Doucoure from Watford.

The French midfielder has put pen to paper on a three-year deal at Goodison Park, with the option of a fourth.

Doucoure, 27, is the Toffees’ third summer signing following the purchases of James Rodriguez and fellow midfielder Allan.

SAN-TASTIC OFFER

Exclusive by Graeme Bryce: Wolves are ready to open talks over a new contract with boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Molineux chiefs have shown that they mean business by splashing out a club-record £35million on whizkid Fabio Silva, 18, last weekend.

And now SunSport understands executive chairman Jeff Shi wants to tie his inspirational head coach to a new, three-year deal worth around £4million.

Wolves are set to sign Porto midfielder Vitor Ferreira, 20, on a season loan this week.

That deal would seal a hat-trick of summer signings after the stunning swoop for Porto striker Silva — and a £1.8million deal for Lyon’s experienced left-back Fernando Marcal, 31.

HIGH BAR

Manchester City allegedly offered Barcelona £181million for Lionel Messi, according to a leaked document in Swiss magazine L’Illustre.

City and Pep Guardiola were established as favourites for the Argentine’s signature when it looked as though he would be leaving the Nou Camp this summer.

According to the image shared by L’Illustre, City would have paid Barcelona an eye-watering £181million over 12 months, plus an extra £18million if Messi helped City win the Champions League.

Sent on August 26 and signed by City director of football Txiki Begiristain, the alleged offer included £90.5million this summer and a further £90.5million in August 2021.

The report also states City had lined up a three-year deal for Messi, 33, worth £40million per season.

L’Illustre says the bid was “bluntly declined” by the Barca hierarchy.

STONE THROW AWAY

John Stones plans to stay at Manchester City and fight for his place next season despite interest from several Premier League clubs.

He had been linked with a move away from the Etihad, with both Arsenal and Chelsea interested in his signature.

The Blues reportedly bid £20million for the defender this summer, but opted for Thiago Silva, Ben Chilwell and Malanga Sarr instead.

Arsenal were also linked with a move for Stones, who would have been reunited with former City coach, Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners made no official bid for him, and instead signed Gabriel Maghalaes from Lille.

But according to The Telegraph, Stones has no intention of leaving City and believes he can win back the trust of boss Pep Guardiola.

DRAX THE JOB

Leeds United are reportedly plotting an audacious move for German star Julian Draxler.

The 26-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract at Paris Saint-Germain.

The French side’s sporting director is believed to be keen on getting the attacker of the wage bill.

Now RMC are claiming that Leeds have contacted PSG and the players representatives over a shock transfer move.

However, despite the prospect of playing for the highly-esteemed Marcelo Bielsa, Draxler has not responded positively to the Elland Road club’s approach.

It is claimed he has no intention of giving up his Parisian lifestyle at present with both he and his family settled.

DONE DEAL

Czech Republic international Patrik Schick has joined Bayer Leverkusen from Roma for around £24million.

Patrik Schick has completed a permanent move to Bayer Leverkusen.

Good luck for the future, Patrik!

— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) September 8, 2020

RHI-TURN

Liverpool will insert a buy-back clause into any deal to sign Rhian Brewster, according to reports.

SunSport told you how Aston Villa want to buy the Liverpool striker for £20million.

Game time looks difficult to come by for the 20-year-old, who has to compete with Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

And Jurgen Klopp could look to raise funds for a late window purchase through the sale of Brewster.

But the Reds clearly value him a lot and do not want to cut ties completely, with the buy-back clause opening the door to a return in the future, say Sky Sports.

UNREAL DEAL

Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Sergio Reguilon with Real Madrid reportedly demanding a buy-back clause.

El Partidazo de COPE claims United are interested in striking a £27million deal for the left-back, 23.

But Real have apparently made it clear they want an option to bring Reguilon back to the Bernabeu for the same price.

And that demand looks set to end United’s move for the Spain international.

CHERRY PICKING

SunSport can reveal that Bournemouth have had a £2million bid rejected by Ipswich for Kayden Jackson.

The Cherries are in the market for a new forward following the £20m sale of Callum Wilson to Newcastle.

Jackson, 26, hit 11 goals for the Tractor Boys last term.

AR YOU JOKING

Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on loan.

But the Gunners reportedly face competition from Fulham in the race to sign the French shot-stopper.

The Evening Standard’s Simon Collings tweeted: “Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign PSG keeper Alphonse Areola on loan.

“Player keen on move to PL and Fulham favourites. Arsenal been offered him as possible short-term replacement for Emi Martinez, who Aston Villa want.”

WAT ON EARTH

Aston Villa are reportedly close to be signing striker Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa.

Telegraph journalist Sam Dean tweeted: “Agreement reached between Aston Villa and Brentford over Ollie Watkins.

“£28m fee, rising to £33m. Not signed yet — Watkins trained with Brentford today.”

BAT MAN

Crystal Palace have won the race to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan for the season.

West Brom and Aston Villa had both enquired about whether they could take the Belgium international striker for the entire campaign.

But the 26-year-old is now heading for a return to Selhurst Park having enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club two years ago.

Chelsea have protected themselves from losing Batshuayi on a free transfer next year by extending his current deal by a further 12 months.

He scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Eagles having arrived in the January transfer window in 2019 and boss Roy Hodgson is hoping he can provide a similar cutting edge to his new-look team this season.

Palace have been actively looking to bring in younger talent this summer with Eberichi Eze arriving from QPR and Nathan Ferguson signed from West Brom.

BLADES OF GLORY

Sheffield United are giving Oliver Burke a chance to kick start his career in a surprise swap deal. 

Scotland striker Burke is joining the Blades from West Brom where he was left in the shadows after his big money signing from Red Bull Leipzig. 

Burke jumped at the chance of joining Chris Wilder’s club and sorted out terms and a medical on his return from international duty. 

United are sending attacker Callum Robinson to Albion as part of the deal. The Republic of Ireland forward helped Slaven Bilic’s club win promotion in a loan spell. 

Robinson was signed by Blades from Preston for £8 million a year ago but was moved out in the next window and has now gone permanently. 

Wilder now wants to land a striker and is in the race for Rhian Brewster at Liverpool. However his opening bid is well below the Kop’s valuation. 

TOFF LUCK

Everton flop Cenk Tosun has been thrown a career lifeline by Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The £27million buy from Besiktas in 2018 has since struggled to establish himself at Goodison Park.

He has not played for new Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti, and was loaned out to Crystal Palace in January.

Reports in Istanbul  now claim Fenerbahce officials have contacted their Everton opposite numbers about a potential deal for the 42-cap Turkey international.

The Istanbul outfit want Tosun, 29, to replace star striker Vedat Muriqi, with the Kosovo international poised to join Lazio.

Sporting director Emre Belozoglu, the one-time Newcastle midfielder, has led the Super Lig club’s negotiations with the Toffees.

The Turks are seeking to sign Tosun on a season-long loan, but would also consider a permanent move.

I’M LEVING

Man Utd youngster Dylan Levitt has signed for Charlton on a season-long loan.

United legend Ryan Giggs gave Levitt his full Wales debut last week and the midfielder’s impressive performance has caught the eye of the Addicks.

The teenager played the full 90 minutes in his country’s 1-0 win in Finland.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has faith in the holding midfielder having given him his first team bow against Astana in the Europa League last year.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer wanted to add energy to his midfield and has managed to secure a deal.

The Addicks had promising West Ham star Josh Cullen on loan last season in midfield but the 24-year-old has returned to the London Stadium.

KOL ON ME

Former Man City left-back Aleksander Kolarov’s switch from Roma to Inter Milan is reportedly done.

According to Nicola Schira, the Serbian defender will pen an initial one-year deal, with Inter paying Roma £1.3million.

He will earn £2.7m-a-year at the San Siro.

Schira tweeted: “Aleksandar kolarov to inter from asroma for €1,5M (bonuses included). He has signed a contract until 2021 (€3M + add-ons) with a option for another season.

“Deal completed by the agent Alessandro Lucci. Official announce is coming…”

TO DARE IS TO DOU

Everton have reportedly completed the signing of Adboulaye Doucoure from Watford for £25million.

According to Nicolo Schira, the midfielder has penned a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

He tweeted: “Done deal! Abdoulaye doucoure to everton from watford for €28M. 4-year contract. toffees on fire…”

ANGEL DELIGHT

Manchester City left-back Angelino is set to rejoin RB Leipzig on loan.

According to the Leipziger Volkszeitung, the German side have an obligation to buy him for £18milliom.

Angelino has featured just three times for the Citizens in all competetitions.

LIP SERVICE

Felipe Anderson is one of three West Ham players the club are desperately trying to axe.

The Irons are looking to offload their ‘dead wood’ and ‘luxury items’ in order to fund some transfer spending.

But the Hammers will have to almost double their £27million bid for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, after it emerged the centre-back has a £50m release clause in his contract.

West Ham – beaten 5-3 by Bournemouth in pre-season – are yet to receive a single offer for playmakers Manuel Lanzini and Anderson, even though both are up for grabs.

Perennial crock Jack Wilshere can also leave if anyone shows an interest in the midfielder, 28.

A BRIDGE TOO FAR

Willian jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea had he known the defender was joining Frank Lampard’s side, according to reports.

The Brazilian veteran, 35, quit Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League this summer on a one-year deal with the option of an extra season.

His transfer came after international compatriot Willian quit Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal.

Silva had a wealth of options this summer including contracts from former club AC Milan and Fiorentina.

But a call to Willian helped convinced Silva that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in the Premier League.

According to the Telegraph, Willian had jokingly responded: “If I’d known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all.”

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *