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Transfer news LIVE: Mbappe ‘ready to take PAY CUT to join Real Madrid’, Barcelona want Depay, De Paul to Leeds LATEST

KYLIAN MBAPPE has told PSG he ‘wants to leave’, and is eyeing a spectacular move to Real Madrid.

And some reports in Spain even claim the France World Cup winner is willing to take a pay cut in order to push the move through.

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

TA-RA

Chelsea do not have the option to buy back youngster Tariq Lamptey after Blues fans revelled in his performance on Monday.

Frank Lampard sold the 19-year-old to the Seagulls for £4million in January as he approached the final six months of his contract.

He only featured three times for Chelsea and a further eight for Brighton last season.

But the right-back came of age in Brighton’s 3-1 defeat, assisting Leandro Trossard while troubling the visitor’s defence throughout with his blistering pace.

It left supporters flooding social media questioning whether Chelsea had the option to bring Lamptey back to the club in the future.

KYL-LER BLOW

Manchester United and Liverpool could get Kylian Mbappe for just £111million next summer – but Real Madrid are favourites for his signature.

It emerged at the weekend that the 21-year-old striker has told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave at the end of the season.

Mbappe has less than two years remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes.

And despite being valued at £400m currently, AS claims that could force PSG to sell him for the reduced price of £111m once he enters the final 12 months of his deal.

And that price would certainly enable the Premier League teams interested in the hotshot to mount a move.

However, it has also been claimed last night the star only has his heart set on joining one club.

NO DE-PAYBACK

Manchester United have no intention of using their buy-back option on Memphis Depay, according to reports.

The ex-Old Trafford winger, who endured a miserable two-year spell at the club from 2015, looks set to join Barcelona from Lyon.

Former Holland manager Ronald Koeman looks set to be reunited with the Dutch star after a £28million fee was reportedly agreed.

Depay, 26, was the Nou Camp club’s priority target, it has been claimed, and will travel for his medical in the coming days.

If all goes well then he should be available for Barca’s opening game of the LaLiga season against Villarreal on September 27.

But it appears United have shown no interest in activating the buy-back clause they inserted into Depay’s deal when he joined Lyon in 2017, talkSPORT say.

SALES RAC

Manchester United have made enquiries with the agent of Valencia midfielder Uros Racic, 22.

The Serbia international plays central and defensive midfield and has been valued by La Liga side Valencia at £27.7million.

Racic was signed for the Spanish club from Red Star in 2018 and has had loan spells at Tenerife and Portuguese club Famalicao.

Spanish journalist Hector Gomez said: “Let’s see if there really is a final offer or if it only remains in interest.”

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RESTING PITCH FACE

Former Arsenal, Sunderland and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been let go by Livingston – because he struggled to adapt to the plastic pitch!

The SPL club have announced the mutual termination of the 32-year-old’s contract after not playing a single game.

Livi head of football operations David Martindale said: “In all honesty, it’s not quite worked out in terms of the on-field ball work and intense training schedule we had put in place.

“He is struggling to adapt to training 2-3 hours per day on the Astro Turf surface – we all know it doesn’t and won’t suit everyone.

“Of course, Anthony knew the surface we had in place but each player adapts to that differently and you can’t know how your body will feel adapting to it until you’ve been out there and played or trained on it frequently.

“We know it isn’t for everyone and sadly, that’s been the case for Anthony.”

TESTING LATEST

The Premier League has confirmed four new positive coronavirus tests this week from the latest round of testing.

The top-flight returned this weekend for its first round of games with only Manchester City and neighbours United missing due to their European exploits last month.

A total of 2,131 players and club staff members were tested for coronavirus between Monday, September 7 and Sunday, September 13.

Four people have now returned positive results and will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.

A league statement read: “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.”

‘REALLY DISAPPOINTING’

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher tore into Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s performance against Brighton – and warned the midfielder he is missing his big chance at Chelsea.

Neville said on Monday Night Football: “I thought, Loftus-Cheek, he’s been given his chance.

“I thought he was really disappointing. I don’t think Loftus-Cheek can complain. He’s been given games.

“I don’t think he’s ever grasped his chance yet. There’s going to come a point when they’re going to cash in and get £25million for him.”

Carragher added: “When he was at Crystal Palace you thought ‘what a player.’

“He’s got to say he wants to play every single week. He’s not grabbed his chance tonight. If you get your chance you have to grab it. He’s had his chances now.”

‘GIO GET HIM

Talks “are progressing” between Manchester United and Real Madrid and the agents involved in any transfer of Sergio Reguilon to Old Trafford.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is moving forward, but United are not 100 per cent agreed over a fee yet.

Real Madrid want around £23million for the left back and a sticking point appears to be the fact that the Spanish club are demanding a buyback clause.

SAMBA SWINDLE

Former Chelsea star Oscar says pals Willian and David Luiz want him to join them at Arsenal.

The Brazilian trio starred together at Stamford Bridge before going their separate ways.

Oscar is now in China with Shanghai SIPG, while Luiz and Willian have both moved across London to the Gunners.

But Oscar, 29, admits he has his heart set on a return to Chelsea.

The two-time Premier League winner spent five years with the Blues after joining from Internacional for around £20million in 2012.

POKER FACE

Liverpool are reportedly set to wait until the eleventh hour of the transfer window before making their move for Thiago Alcantara.

TalkSPORT claim they are “planning to delay making their move until the eleventh hour of the summer window as they try to get the best deal” for the ex-Barcelona ace.

Their transfer guru Alex Crook said: “We’ve spoken a lot about this one, and it’s going to go right to the wire, I think.

“If [Georginio] Wijnaldum goes I think Liverpool will accelerate their interest.

“I know Manchester United have spoken to Thiago’s agent but midfield is not a priority for them at the moment.

“Liverpool are still the front-runners, but they’re trying to force Bayern Munich to lower that €30m asking price.

“I’m not expecting a bid to come in probably until the final week of the window.”

ROMA HAS IT

Highly-rated Verona defender Marash Kumbulla is about to join AS Roma.

The 20-year-old was born in Italy but represents Albania at international level.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Inter Milan and Lazio were also interested in signing him.

But with no agreement for Chris Smalling in place, Roma are ready to go for Kumbulla, who they see as a long-term investment.

IN FOR THE KYL

Real Madrid are leading Liverpool in the race for Kylian Mbappe according to reports in Spain.

The Times reported over the weekend that the World Cup-winning superstar has told PSG he wants out at the end of the coming season.

And El Chiringuito even state that Mbappe is willing to take a pay cut in order to play for the LaLiga champions.

🚨🚨EXCLUSIVA de @jpedrerol🚨🚨

“MBAPPÉ quiere ir al Real MADRID y está DISPUESTO a PERDONAR DINERO”. #ChiringuitoMbappé pic.twitter.com/pkd6aWxWhz

— El Chiringuito TV (@elchiringuitotv) September 14, 2020

TRANSFER NEWS

The news United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal has left Jadon Sancho sweating.

Sancho was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

United had agreed personal terms with the England international. They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

After losing patience over Sancho, they want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it. Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

GRABBING HOLD

West Ham are ready to offer Arsenal a stunning £5million rental deal for centre-back Rob Holding.

Boss David Moyes wants a new defender and co-owner David Sullivan is willing to pay the cash for a season-long loan.

Holding was in the Arsenal side for the opening game at Fulham but he could still be allowed out once the full squad is available.

Newcastle United tried for Holding before talks broke down but the Hammers plan to put money on the table that will top their proposal.

The offer would cover Holding’s wages and add a premium to make it a lucrative offer to their London rivals.

MILIKING IT

Roma have reached an agreement with Napoli to sign striker Arkadiusz Milik.

According to FabrizioRomano, the Serie A side will pay £23m plus add ons included.

But Roma are yet to agree personal terms with Milik.

If he decides to join, Edin Dzeko will be sold to Juventus.

It is claimed Dzeko has always been Juve’s No1 target as they look to bring in a forward this window.

AS Roma have reached an agreement with Napoli to sign Arkadiusz Milik [€25m add ons included]. Now it’s up to the player: if Milik will accept to join Roma, Edin Dzeko will be sold to Juventus. Dzeko has always been the #1 choice as Juve striker 🚨 @DiMarzio @SkySport #transfers

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 14, 2020

HOT ROD

Rodrigo de Paul is ready to sign for Leeds United – and confirmed it in a deleted tweet.

The Premier League newbies are negating with Udinese, who want around £35m.

De Paul has just deleted it… transfers news are not for social media 😏👀 #LUFC #transfers pic.twitter.com/U0LZcStZfi

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 14, 2020

RUN WITH IT

Arsenal are in talks to sign Icelandic keeper Runar Alex Runarsson, according to reports.

Boss Mikel Arteta wants the £1.5million-rated stopper as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez.

The Argentine has joined league rivals Aston Villa.

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal have opened talks with Ligue 1 side Dijon where Runarsson has spent the last two seasons.

The 25-year-old has five caps for Iceland and was also part of their 2018 World Cup squad.

Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach, Inaki Cana, knows Runarsson well having worked with him at his previous club Nordsjaelland.

RAC CITY

Man Utd are weighing up a move for Valencia’s Uros Racic.

The Serbian central midfielder has a £92million release clause in his contract.

But with Valencia struggling with a financial crisis, a fee of around £28m might be enough to secure Racic’s services.

Racic is a box-to-box player – around 6ft 4ins and powerfully built.

He is renowned for his workrate and defensive power but also has good footwork and can shoot with either foot.

Aged just 22, he has failed to settle in Valencia after joining the La Liga outfit from Red Star.

WIL-ING BUYERS

Genoa are reportedly plotting a free transfer swoop for injury plagued West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The ex-Arsenal star has played just 18 times for the Hammers since his 2018 arrival and the East Londoners are said to be considering ripping up his contract.

Despite featuring during pre-season, Wilshere, 28, did not even make the bench for the Irons’ woeful opening day home defeat to Newcastle.

Ankle and groin problems have seen the Englishman ruled out for more than 350 days since his arrival at London Stadium.

But this has not put Genoa off, according to Corriere dello Sport.

SWEAT OUT

The news Man Utd are looking at bringing in Gareth Bale on loan has left Sancho sweating.

Sancho was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

United had agreed personal terms with the England international.

They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

United believe that is way too high for a 20-year-old in the current financial climate with all football clubs hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown.

FRESH RAN WATER

Danny Drinkwater could land a shock reunion with Claudio Ranieri at Sampdoria.

The midfielder’s career has fallen apart amid personal problems since joining Chelsea in 2017, a year after winning the Premier League under Ranieri at Leicester.

And Italy’s Il Secolo XIX newspaper suggest an intermediary has asked Sampdoria if they want to consider the three-cap ex-England ace, 30.

Meanwhile, Drinkwater has opened up on his incredible saga of the past two years, including headbutting a team-mate, being attacked in a club and drink-driving.

A sports psychologist is helping the Chelsea outcast as he battles back from playing just six times on loan for Burnley and Aston Villa last season.

BALE FORCE

Man Utd are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho.

United want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it.

Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

But United are now seriously looking into all options.

HAV-ING IT LARGE

Chelsea made good use of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Bayer Leverkusen chief Rudi Voller.

He told Bild: “Chelsea simply made good use of the coronavirus period.

“Next year it would have been much harder for Chelsea to get Kai.

“Other interested teams preferred to hold back because of the high transfer fee in this special and uncertain time.

“We also have significant revenue losses in times of the coronavirus.

“And we will, of course, take that into account and certainly not completely reinvest the transfer fee we got for Kai.

“Although we still have to do something to maintain the level or to improve.”

REG-ULAR ORDER

Man Utd are ‘very close’ to making their first formal bid for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.

According to thepeoplesperson, talks between the two clubs have intensified over the last day.

Real loaned the 23-year-old to Sevilla last season, but he is not returning there this season.

Los Blancos have quoted £23million for United to land the left-back.

PLANTING THE SEAD

Sead Kolasinac has become a transfer target for West Ham as David Moyes attempts to land a new left-back.

The Bosnian has fallen out of favour at the Emirates and could be moving across London if the Hammers boss gets his way, according to the Athletic.

Kolasinac has fallen down the pecking order after the signing of Kieran Tierney and chances of first team football appear limited with the Gunners out of Europe.

The left-back signed for Arsenal on a free in 2017 but has failed to stake a regular claim in the first XI.

David Moyes is believed to be keen on new signings after a quiet transfer window for the club.

They have so far only signed Tomas Soucek on a permanent deal after his loan move last season impressed club bosses enough to commit £19.1million to retain his signature.

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