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Transfer news LIVE: Bale’s Real Madrid pay-off LATEST, Leeds ramp up Draxler bid, Depay to Barcelona gets closer

GARETH BALE is being pursued by former club Tottenham, according to reports.

As well as that potential mega deal, we’ve got the very latest on Leeds’ interest in Julian Draxler as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to bring in the PSG midfielder.

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

GIANTS ARRIVAL

Chelsea have reportedly had a transfer bid accepted by Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Frank Lampard has been desperate to bring in a new shot-stopper having grown impatient with Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, following a number of mistakes.

Senegal international Mendy has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month.

Now according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Blues moved a step closer to signing of the 28-year-old after improving their latest offer.

The new bid from Chelsea for Edouard Mendy has been accepted by Rennes: here we go! Deal to be completed on next days, the goalkeeper is ready to fly to London and he’ll have medicals soon. Personal terms agreed days ago. Lampard will have his new GK. 🔵 @DiMarzio #CFC #Chelsea https://t.co/iPXVcUm2ij

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 11, 2020

WILDER CALM

Sheffield boss Chris Wilder has said the club has not received any offers for midfielder John Lundstram.

The 26-year-old appeared to be on his way out the door last month, but with no offers he may run down his contract which expires next summer.

Wilder remains cal about the situation: “There is no issue. I have spoken with John at length in pre-season and I have a fully-committed player who pulls a shirt on and wants to give his best for himself and his team-mates and football club.

“Things change quickly and there’s obviously an offer on the table for John. I think John just wants to get on and play his football and see what happens and I am OK with that.”

NOT IMPRESSED

Chelsea are reportedly considering letting Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave the club on loan.

90min claim the Blues have informed the England winger has been informed that he could be sent out to secure game time after the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

The report adds that Frank Lampard has been left unimpressed by Hudson Odoi’s attitude and performances in training this summer.

GIROUD SET TO STAY

Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud is set to remain at Chelsea for this season as he enters into the final year of his contract.

According to reports, the forward was in contact with Italian champions Juventus, but he has since admitted he was surprised to see him linked with the move.

Giroud, 33, has been at Chelsea since January 2018 scoring 28 times in 88 appearances for the club.

With the Frenchmen’s contract set to expire in 2021, he would prove to be an asset for any team, a super sub off the bench.

BALE OUT

According to reports, Manchester United could be set to Bail out Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

The Red Devils have reportedly admitted defeat in the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and England star Jadon Sancho and they’re looking for alternatives.

Bale is on the list of possible target alternatives, alongside Juventus’ Douglas Costa and Atletico Madrid’s wonderkid Joao Felix.

Costa and Bale’s injury records will no doubt be a cause for concern in the United camp, both players have had their fair share.

Felix would also be very pricey, with the Portuguese youngster joining the Madrid based club for £116million in 2019.

VILLAINS NUMBER ONE

According to reports, Arsenal FA Cup hero Emiliano Martinez is set to join fellow Premier League club Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old will reportedly triple his money, with the deal set to be worth £20million plus add ons.

Villa will reportedly hike his wages up to £75,000-per-week, with Martinez set to go straight into first team action with keeper Tom Heaton returning from a knee injury.

Arsenal fans will be sad to see him go.

ODS-ONNE EDUOARD

According to reports, Arsenal have increased their offer for Celtic forward Odsonne Eduoard.

Arsenal have already had a bid of £15million rejected, but they have since increased the offer to £20million plus £2.5million in add ons.

Eduoard, a product of PSG’s academy, set the Scottish league on fire last season scoring 22 times in the league.

The Frenchmen hasn’t featured much since the start to the 2020-21 Scottish Premiership, with Scottish champions Celtic also signing West Ham forward Albian Ajeti for an undisclosed fee.

LIVERPOOL EYE SARR

According to reports, Liverpool are readying a move for Watford’s Ismalia Sarr.

Watford are reportedly holding out for a whopping £40million for their record signing, but it may be difficult to command such a high fee following their relegation last season.

Watford’s Troy Deeney has also drawn interest from Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, what a shock move that would be!

FAMILIAR FACE

Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, has reportedly undergone a medical at newly promoted West Brom.

The Serbian made a massive 337 appearances for the Blues, before leaving for Zenit where he is captain.

Chelsea fans will no doubt be welcoming to the defender, and it’ll be a massive defensive boost for West Brom.

OLLIE OLLIE OLLIE

According to reports, Hull City are readying a six figure deal to sign Rochdale’s Ollie Rathbone.

Hull have already had a bid rejected for the 23-year-old midfielder this summer, but they are set to bid again for the former Manchester United player.

Grant McCann has made the midfielder one of his top transfer targets this summer following the club’s relegation to League One last season.

KANTE TO GO

According to reports, Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante is a shock target for Manchester United who are plotting a move.

The midfielders future is unclear with the Blues thought to be open to the idea of shifting him on to make funds available.

Chelsea are reportedly willing to accept an offer of around £55million for the midfielder, the funds would no doubt go on a bid for West Ham’s Declan Rice.

GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

Barcelona are set for a huge fire sale under new manager Ronald Koeman – with 12 players reportedly up for grabs.

Big names like Luis Suarez and Samuel Umtiti are facing the chop as the Spanish club looks to rebuild following their 8-2 Champions League humiliation and the prolonged Lionel Messi transfer saga.

The Catalan giants are also believed to be on the hunt for new names in their dramatic squad overhaul.

But with Lionel Messi set to stay, the inflated wage bill must first come down to accommodate expensive signings, according to Spanish sports site Mundo Deportivo.

Back at home, Steve Bruce has admitted that Newcastle’s Saudi takeover is ‘dead in the water’.

Owner Mike Ashley fumed over the failed £300million bid on Wednesday, pinning the blame on Premier League chief Richard Masters.

Having feared the chop had it gone through, Newcastle boss Bruce said: “The takeover looks dead in the water.

“It’s as if now it has eventually gone away.

“It was a unique situation which everybody looked at and thought, ‘If this happens, does it lift Newcastle straight away into the realms of a Manchester City, or a Chelsea?’.

“That’s why Mike is probably disappointed, that it could have taken Newcastle to where everybody would love to see them – competing like they did 20 years ago.

“But he is still interested and only wants the best for the club.”

And US Women’s star Alex Morgan has reportedly signed for Tottenham on a short-term loan.

The Athletic reports Orlando Pride forward Morgan has penned a deal to play in the Women’s Super League until the end of the year.

Morgan, 31, becomes the fifth high-profile US star to make the move across the pond.

Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle joined Manchester City and Christen Press and Tobin Heath joined Manchester United.

WIL HE GO?

Roy Hodgson admits wantaway Wilfried Zaha has had his head turned going into the new season.

Crystal Palace forward Zaha, 27, is being linked with moves to Spurs and Everton.

Boss Hodgson, preparing for today’s Premier League opener against Southampton, said: “There are a lot of things being said and a lot of people putting ideas into his head.

“So it’s not the easiest thing for him to come to terms with.

“The external influences are quite great and he has to battle a few demons there.

“But I must say I’m basing my opinion on what he is doing at the moment.

“His training and the matches he has played for us, there has been no problem at all.

“You’d have to speak to Wilf to find out the exact state of his psyche — but I’m not concerned.”

DAN AND OUT

Jose Mourinho fired a prospective parting shot at Danny Rose — claiming he is not up to playing in a team where his place is under threat.

Tottenham left-back Rose will miss their Prem opener at home to Everton on Sunday as he mulls over a move to Genoa.

Mourinho said yesterday: “If Genoa get Danny Rose, they get a good player.

“If they get a good player in the last year of his contract, they’re in a privileged position to do a good deal.

“If Danny Rose goes there, I wish him all the best.

“It’s one of the things that was very clear from one of the Amazon bits is that Danny is the kind of guy who wants to play all the time.

“Some players are more adapted to belong to a squad with quality where competition is higher. Other players are only happy if they’re in a club where they play all the time.”

NO WALKOVER

Exclusive by Tom Barclay: Kyle Walker-Peters may not be playing for Jose Mourinho — but he still plans on being the kind of b*****d the Special One loves.

Clips from Amazon’s Spurs documentary of Mourinho telling his players they were too nice and needed to be “b*****ds” on the pitch have gone viral.

He told SunSport: “Sometimes you need to be a bit of a b*****d and you need to upset the person who is trying to dominate you.

“It’s something I’ve really developed in my game. In the last seven games of last season I was thinking of ways to be nastier on the pitch.

“Not nasty in terms of going into stupid tackles, but putting my opponent off, or irritating him.

“The way I like to irritate them is I know they don’t like to chase me.

“So in possession, I’m always running, moving.

“If I’m on the ball, I’m dribbling.

“I know wingers hate tracking the full-back. I’m very fit and I can run.

“It doesn’t have to be with a tackle, it can be a b*****d in terms of, ‘I’m going to make you run and have a horrible game’.”

OD DECISION

Chelsea are reportedly considering letting Callum Hudson-Odoi could leave the club on loan.

90min claim the Blues have informed the England winger has been informed that he could be sent out to secure game time after the arrival of Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen.

The report adds that Frank Lampard has been left unimpressed by Hudson Odoi’s attitude and performances in training this summer.

MOR TO COME

US Women’s star Alex Morgan has reportedly signed for Tottenham on a short-term loan.

The Athletic reports Orlando Pride forward Morgan has penned a deal to play in the Women’s Super League until the end of the year.

Morgan, 31, becomes the fifth high-profile US star to make the move across the pond.

Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle joined Manchester City and Christen Press and Tobin Heath joined Manchester United.

As the USA struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, players have looked abroad for some guaranteed gametime.

World Cup winner Morgan has not played a game since August 2019.

She announced her pregnancy in October last year before giving birth to daughter Charlie on May 7.

BARKING UP THE RIGHT TREE

Chelsea are reportedly ready to ramp up their pursuit of West Ham star Declan Rice.

Football Insider claim that the Blues owner Roman Abramovich has given the green light for a deal that is set to include England compatriot Ross Barkley in part-exchange.

Barkley previously played under Hammers chief David Moyes at Everton and the Scot is said to be keen on a reunion with the £30million midfielder.

WHAT THE HEC

Barcelona are reportedly ready to ramp up their pursuit of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the LaLiga giansts are working on a very restricted budget and are prepared to include a player in a cash-plus-swap deal.

Barca’s preferred option is to sign the 25-year-old on loan with an obligation to buy him permanently next summer.

Yet Arsenal are chasing a big fee now so they can invest in the transfer market themselves.

NEED MOUR HELP

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, like most supporters, is hopeful of recruiting a new striker in a bid to cope with the fixture congestion.

He said: “After the gift we had from the EFL and Uefa, that gives me after 20 years of football a unique experience of playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday for two consecutive weeks, we realise that more than ever we need [a new forward].”

JUST WAITING FOR A MAIT

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is reportedly yet to decide his Arsenal future with Wolves waiting in the wings.

The newly-capped England international wants to prioritise regular first-team football as he weighs up his options, according to The Daily Mail.

The 23-year-old was brought off the bench for the Three Lions against Denmark in the Nations League on Tuesday by Gareth Southgate.

But the versatile ace knows he needs regular Premier League minutes to maintain a place in Southgate’s squad ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 tournament.

Wolves had a £15million bid rejected for Maitland-Niles last month.

BARC IN BUSINESS

Lionel Messi’s Argentina suspension has been reversed after a successful appeal.

The Barcelona star had been set to miss out on a World Cup qualifier with Ecuador next month, following explosive comments in which he accused governing body CONMEBOL of corruption.

But Argentine FA chief Claudio Tapia launched an appeal, claiming that the statute of limitations on the ban had expired.

And pleasingly for boss Lionel Scaloni, formerly of West Ham, it has been successful – meaning that Messi WILL be available after all.

The punishment had been handed out following a fiery third-place play-off clash between Chile and Argentina at last year’s Copa America.

After Messi, 33, had been shown a red card, he fumed that the competition had been “set up for Brazil” to win.

OL BE BACK

Olivier Giroud is reportedly ready to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place having NOT held talks with Juventus.

The Frenchman, 33, will compete with new signing Timo Werner, 24, and Tammy Abraham, 22, at Stamford Bridge next season.

It led to reports in Italy suggesting he had agreed a two-year deal with Juventus, who have stalled in negotiations to sign Luis Suarez, 33, from Barcelona.

But according to The Athletic, Giroud wants to remain a Blue and has not been in contact with the Serie A champions.

It is claimed the World Cup winner understands his role as a senior leader at the club and wants to stay and challenge for the Premier League title this season.

TALK OF THE TOON

Steve Bruce is out to end Newcastle’s wait for a top-half finish – after admitting the Saudi takeover is ‘dead in the water’.

Owner Mike Ashley fumed over the failed £300million bid on Wednesday, pinning the blame on Premier League chief Richard Masters.

Having feared the chop had it gone through, Newcastle boss Bruce said: “The takeover looks dead in the water.

“It’s as if now it has eventually gone away.

“It was a unique situation which everybody looked at and thought, ‘If this happens, does it lift Newcastle straight away into the realms of a Manchester City, or a Chelsea?’.

“That’s why Mike is probably disappointed, that it could have taken Newcastle to where everybody would love to see them – competing like they did 20 years ago.

“But he is still interested and only wants the best for the club.

“Now we have to get on with our business and try and finish above where we did last year.

“Certainly there’s a far healthier look to the squad than it had 12 months ago.

“We gave ourselves a chance of the top 10 last season, so that’s got to be the aim.”

ED TURNER

Chelsea have reportedly had a transfer bid accepted by Rennes for goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Frank Lampard has been desperate to bring in a new shot-stopper having grown impatient with Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, following a number of mistakes.

Senegal international Mendy has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge this month.

And now according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Blues moved a step closer to signing of the 28-year-old after improving their latest offer.

He tweeted: “The new bid from Chelsea for Edouard Mendy has been accepted by Rennes: here we go!

“Deal to be completed on next days, the goalkeeper is ready to fly to London and he’ll have medicals soon.

“Personal terms agreed days ago. Lampard will have his new GK.

“Personal terms already agreed. He’s pushing to leave and join cfc… and he’s getting closer.”

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