Join us throughout the day for all the latest breaking transfer news as Tottenham continue their pursuit of Milan Skriniar and Sead Kolasinac looks to be leaving Arsenal.
- Premier League done deals: All the summer transfer window ins and outs
- Dier caught short, Bale excited, that Carabao really is something - The Warm-Up
- Dortmund to reject Man Utd bid, Sancho willing to wait until 2021 - Paper Round
19:25 - Goodnight
Opinion: Ramsey and Bale combine to suggest 2016 heroics can be repeated
That's all for today, join us again tomorrow as the end of the transfer window draws closer. There's plenty of live action to follow tonight with Man City Man Utd and Real Madrid in action.
19:00 - City eye Tagliafico
Manchester City are interested in Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico, according to Sky Sports. Pep Guardiola's side could be in need of a left-back if they sell Oleksandr Zinchenko.
18:30 - Paqueta joins Lyon
Lyon have also signed attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan, which could pave the way for Houssem Aouar to depart.
18:05 - Lyon say three clubs want Aouar
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and sporting director Juninho have been asked about Arsenal's pursuit of Houssem Aouar.
17:35 - Coady commits to Wolves
Wolves captain Conor Coady has signed a new five-year deal until 2025.
17:17 - Everton make Godfrey bid
Everton have reportedly made a £26m bid for Norwich defender Ben Godfrey.
The Toffees have been linked with a loan move for Chelsea's Fikayo Tomori, but the Telegraph say they could move for Godfrey instead.
16:42 - Jorginho's agent denies PSG offer
16:07 - Latest on Pereira, Smalling
15:45 - Dortmund 'convinced Sancho will stay'
15:30 - Could we hear more about Aouar to Arsenal?
15:05 - Mourinho positive about striker search
Tottenham are hopeful that they can sign a striker as a backup for Harry Kane before the transfer window closes on October 5, manager Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday.
"I'm optimistic (of signing a new striker) but more than that I like the feeling that we're trying everything to do it," Mourinho told reporters before Thursday's Europa League playoff against Israel's Maccabi Haifa.
"My club and structure is trying everything to do it. If we succeed, great, I believe so and if we don't, that's football."
Gareth Bale's return to his former club from Real Madrid has cast doubts on the future of midfielder Dele Alli, who has lost his place in Mourinho's side.
"I cannot confirm if Dele is playing or not. The only thing I can say is that he's being very professional," Mourinho added.
"I have respect for him. Even yesterday he trained well and hard. He has the respect of his team mates."
14:50 - Spurs set for Rudiger swoop
Tottenham are ready to turn to one of their fiercest rivals in an attempt to improve their defence. According to the Mail, Spurs are "seriously considering" a late move for Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger.
The German has been frozen out by Blues boss Frank Lampard and has caught the attention of the north London club. Negotiations have stalled between Tottenham and Inter Milan for Jose Mourinho's number one target Milan Skriniar, leading to the possibility of Spurs swooping for Rudiger.
The Mail state that Chelsea would only allow the German international to join their London rivals if "the deal suited them". Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham United are also interested in signing Rudiger.
Paper Round's view: Chelsea are in a bit of a pickle here. Rudiger is yet to feature for the Blues this season, having not played a single minute in any competition... but could Chelsea sell to a direct rival? Such a bitter rival too. It would be a bad look - especially considering Tottenham knocked the west London side out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
However, if Rudiger stayed at Stamford Bridge, his value would decrease and Chelsea would miss out on a chunk of cash. Obviously a transfer to PSG would be ideal. The Blues better hope the French champions step up their interest before an agreement with Tottenham is even considered.
14:30 - Schalke have a new head coach
14:10 - Lookman joins Fulham on loan
Ademola Lookman has joined Fulham from RB Leipzig on a season-long loan.
The 22-year-old forward, who has represented England up to U21 level, told the club's official website: "I’m glad to have it over the line and done now. I'm glad I can be here to help the team.
"After the conversations I had with Scott Parker, I got a great feeling, that's the working relationship I want to have.
He’s young and hungry and I’m young and hungry as well so it’s a good match.
Lookman becomes Fulham's seventh signing of the transfer window.
14:02 - Marseille looking at Guendouzi
13:35 - Koeman also confirms Dest medical
Koeman also confirmed that United States fullback Sergino Dest was undergoing a medical with the club on Wednesday ahead of a move from Ajax which Spanish media reports said was worth €20m plus €5m in variables.
"Sergino is doing his medical at the moment, he still needs to sign contracts but it seems almost certain that he will sign," Koeman said of the 19-year-old, who has made three appearances for the United States.
Dest, who broke into Ajax's first team from the academy last year to make 27 appearances in all competitions, will compete with Sergi Roberto for Barca's right back spot after Nelson Semedo left for Wolverhampton Wanderers last week.
13:25 - Koeman: I'm counting on Dembele
Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman says he is "counting on" Ousmane Dembele as the forward continues to be linked to Manchester United.
Dembele only came on as a 70th-minute substitute in Barca's 4-0 La Liga win over Villarreal on Sunday and was, according to Deportes Cuatro, late for training on Monday.
Koeman hints there is interest in the 23-year-old with Sky Sports reporting United are in talks with the Catalan club over a loan deal for the wideman, but the 57-year-old would like to see him remain at the Nou Camp.
"Dembele’s situation? I’m counting on him," the Dutchman told reporters ahead of Barcelona's La Liga clash at Celta Vigo on Thursday night.
"He was very good in the first weeks [of pre-season] but he had a downturn last week.
He trained well today and I’m counting on him. But these are decisions for the club and the player.
Dembele has been included in Barca's squad to face Celta.
13:01 - Interest in Lemar intensifies
12:30 - No Braithwaite-type deal ever again
The much-maligned rule which allowed Barcelona to sign Martin Braithwaite outside of a transfer window last February has been removed by the Spanish football federation, bringing Spain into line with all other European nations.
The rule, article 124.3 in the federation's regulations, allowed clubs to sign a player from another team after the window had shut if a player in their squad in the same position had been declared injured for a minimum of five months.
But the rule was removed from the new set of statutes published by the federation on Tuesday, and now only players who are out of contract or unemployed may join clubs outside of a transfer window.
The rule, which only existed in Spain, came under global scrutiny when Barcelona signed Denmark striker Braithwaite from fellow La Liga side Leganes in February, after Ousmane Dembele was ruled out for six months due to rupturing his hamstring.
Leganes, who vented their anger at the continued existence of the rule, were helpless to prevent the transfer after Barca triggered Braithwaite's release clause of €18m and were unable to sign a replacement forward.
The Madrid side were eventually relegated from La Liga on the final day of the season.
Braithwaite's signing led to condemnation from FIFA while federation president Luis Rubiales conceded at the time that the rule was unfair and pledged to end it.
12:20 - Cryptic Koeman
Is Ousmane Dembele on the move to Manchester United?
12:07 - Cuisance 'deal done'
The 21-year-old French midfielder is closing in on a move to Leeds from Bayern Munich.
Cuisance has featured ten times for the Bundesliga champions since the start of the 2019/20 domestic campaign.
11:44 - VDB's agent hits out at Man Utd
Donny Van de Beek's agent Sjaak Swart has criticised Manchester United for the way they have utilised their £39m summer signing from Ajax.
The Netherlands international has played just 24 minutes in two Premier League games this season against Crystal Palace and Brighton. He scored against Palace and earnt United a penalty for their winner against the Seagulls. He also started in United's 3-0 win against Luton in the Carabao Cup third last Tuesday.
But Swart is far from pleased with the time the 23-year-old is spending on the substitutes bench and has criticised how the Premier League club are performing generally.
"A substitute; I don't like it at all," he told Voetbalprimeur.
"I couldn't do it, coming on with four minutes left. You'd have to leave me on the bench.
"But, I have to say, he still did three good things. And the penalty, where the winning goal came from, came from him. He did well in those couple of minutes.
"But normally they should have lost 7-1. Brighton hit the post and the bar five times. They (Brighton) have a nice team, but that shouldn't happen to Manchester United."
11:05 - Sergino Dest is in Barca
The 19-year-old right-back will complete his move from Ajax to Barcelona imminently and is expetedc to sign a five-year deal.
He is likely to be the club's first-choice right-back following the departure of Nelson Semedo to Wolves.
10:30 - Barkley joins Aston Villa
Ross Barkley has joined Aston Villa on loan until the end of the season.
Villa boss Dean Smith said: “Capturing a player of Ross’s quality is a real coup for our club and I am certain he will thrive here and improve our team.”
The 26-year-old England international joins from Chelsea having made 52 appearances at the southwest London club since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2018.
Before moving to Chelsea, Barkley made 179 appearances for Everton, scoring 27 goals, after breaking through their academy as a 17-year-old.
Barkley is Villa's fifth signing this window. He follows Ollie Watkins, Bertrand Traore, Emiliano Martinez and Matty Cash through the door.
10:15 - Man City 'desperate' for new defenders
Manchester City are hoping to bring in a new left-back before the transfer window closes, according to the Times.
The report states that the Premier League club's plan to sign a new full-back is dependent on the exit of Oleksandr Zinchenko. Pep Guardiola wants to sell the Ukraine international before bringing in a new defender, with Barcelona reportedly interested in signing Zinchenko as back-up to Jordi Alba.
Bayern Munich's David Alaba is at the top of Manchester City's wishlist and the versatile Austrian could be available for a cut-price fee due to his contract expiring next June.
Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico is also a potential target, but the Dutch side are unlikely to allow the 28-year-old to depart this summer.
Paper Round's view: What do you do if you lose 5-2 in your second match of the Premier League season? Whip out the chequebook and sign some new defenders. Ruben Dias' move to Manchester was confirmed on Tuesday evening and now it looks like a new left-back could be joining too. Left-back is a position that Pep Guardiola has really struggled with at City. Benjamin Mendy was meant to be a long-term solution, but he has become more of problem.
Whenever he isn't injured, the £52 million Frenchman has made too many mistakes for the Premier League side. Zinchenko, originally an attacking midfielder, has filled in at left-back but Alaba could be a genuine world-class signing. The 28-year-old has won it all in Munich, so now maybe his former boss could convince him to move to England.
10:00 - Leverkusen in Kolasinac talks
Plenty going on at Arsenal at the moment as the north London club look to quickly raise transfer funds.
The Greece international has fallen down the pecking order at the Gunners with Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka seemingly ahead of the 27-year-old.
09:45 - Skriniar latest
09:30 - Messi: Let's move on
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi has said he wishes to move on from his recent bid to walk out of the club and his recent attacks on the board of directors, calling for everyone to pull together to help the team have a successful season.
Messi handed Barca an official notice in August of his desire to terminate his contract before eventually deciding to stay for the coming season, the last on his current deal, because he did not want to face a legal battle with the club.
After rowing back on his decision to leave, Messi continued to attack club president Josep Maria Bartomeu in a September interview and also criticised the club for their treatment of Luis Suarez, who left Barca for Atletico Madrid.
Yet in an interview with Barcelona-based newspaper Sport published late on Tuesday, he said he no longer wanted any fights with the club.
"After so many arguments, I would like to bring an end to everything. We all have to be united and assume that the best is yet to come. We must always be united and pull in the same direction," Messi said.
I take responsibility for my errors and if they existed, it was only to make Barcelona better and stronger.
Barca's all-time top scorer also said he regretted hurting the club's supporters but stressed that he believed at the time that leaving the team where he has spent the last 20 years would have been good for the club.
He added: "If at any moment, any of them were annoyed by something that I said or did, let there be no doubts that anything I did was always with the club's best interests in mind."
09:15 - The Sancho saga continues
Borussia Dortmund are set to reject an incoming bid for Jadon Sancho from Manchester United worth €90 million, according to the Guardian.
The Red Devils' interest in their 'number one transfer target' has been made public all summer, but the German club have told United "there is no point bidding" unless the offer meets their €120 million asking-price. The Premier League side had hoped that Dortmund would "soften" as the closure of transfer window approached.
United could shift their interest to a season-long loan bid for Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele, but a move could prove "very difficult" with the World Cup winner uninterested in leaving the Camp Nou.
Paper Round's view: Why have Manchester United waited until the last week of the transfer window to make their bid? The Sancho saga has been going on for months. It makes no sense. Dortmund set a public deadline to get a Sancho move complete and it was in August! Surely there was no way that United actually thought they would sign the England international this week... especially with a bid that was significantly lower than the price Dortmund had demanded all summer long.
So who will United sign instead? Dembele doesn't want to leave Barcelona, Gareth Bale re-joined Tottenham Hotspur... who else is left? Ed Woodward better prepare for a busy weekend.
09:00 - Cuisance having Leeds medical
19:45 - Goodnight
OK, that's all for today. Join us again tomorrow for more transfer news and gossip. In the meantime you can follow Spurs v Chelsea in the Carabao Cup here.
19:00 - Dortmund hold firm on Sancho price
Still Manchester United have not given up on Jadon Sancho it seems...
18:25 - Leicester to sign Fofana
17:55 - Depay to join United?
Ousmane Dembele is reportedly close to a move to Manchester United.
AS say Dembele will cost between 50-60m euros and will allow Barcelona to sign Memphis Depay as his replacement.
17:25 - Arsenal to make new Aouar bid
Some more news about Houssem Aouar, who seems very popular.
French outlet RMC are reporting that Arsenal are expected to make a new €38m bid for Aouar tonight – which will be rejected by Lyon. Apparently a phone call has taken place between Mikel Arteta and Aouar, but Lyon want €50m.
17:00 - Reus: Sancho staying at Dortmund
"For us players that was great news,” Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has told Sky Germany when asked about Manchester United transfer target Jadon Sancho.
“We all were happy that he will be with us for the season. Also because he delivers scorer points for the team. Goals, assists - in the end that translates to a lot of points.
"He is an essential player for us. If he will be as great of a player as Ronaldo and time will tell. He needs a little bit of time, many experiences.
"There will surely be phases in his career where things will not go as smoothly as now, and we will see how he is going to deal with something like that. But I believe that he has the confidence and of course the quality to do that."
16:45 - Fofana bid accepted
According to Get French Football News, this is a record fee for the sale of a Ligue 1 central defender.
16:30 - Torreira in Atletico talks
Should the Uruguay international move to Atletico Madrid on a permanent deal, that could well free up the necessary funds for Arsenal to land Houssem Aouar with an improved bid.
16:11 - No Juventus offer for Aouar... yet
16:05 - Telles to Man Utd edging closer
15:50 - Bayern looking at Lamptey
Bayern Munich are reportedly interested in signing highly-rated 19-year-old right-back Tariq Lamptey from Brighton, according to Sport1.
15:37 - Man Utd in Jovic, Cavani talks
15:30 - Zidane: We don't need new players
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has no interest in bringing in any more players before the transfer window closes next week, he said on Tuesday.
"We already have a lot of players, why would we want to add any more?," Zidane told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's home game against Real Valladolid.
"It is already very difficult to pick a team, because all the players are very good, so why add more. The market is open until Oct. 5 but I'm very happy with what I have. This squad is mine and for me they are the best."
15:07 - Juventus now in the Aouar race?
14:40 - Unlikely this will happen
... but never say never!
14:17 - Tagliafico to Man City on the cards?
13:53 - Today's Euro Papers
Houssem Aouar will reluctantly join Arsenal – Euro Papers
13:28 - Telles talks progressing
13:00 - Man Utd interested in Sarr
Manchester United are interested in signing Ismaila Sarr as an alternative to Jadon Sancho, according to the Watford Observer.
The 22-year-old Senegal international has four years left on his existing contract and he could cost United around £40m should they sign the highly-rated winger.
Speaking to Senegalese publication Sans Limite ahead of the 20/21 campaign, he said: "I still have years of contract with Watford, another 4 years. If Watford wants me to stay, I'll play in the Championship; my departure also depends on them.
"I really don't know what to say. We are going to play in the Championship since there is no transfer yet."
Sarr made his first start for Watford this season in their 1-0 win against Luton on Saturday.
12:46 - Aouar latest
12:43 - Exciting times at Atletico
12:18 - Ozil loses squad number
The Mirror notes that Mesut Ozil trained while wearing the number 9 shirt, as opposed to his traditional 10.
The player has been linked with a move away though he is reluctant to leave North London, but the squad number change has been met with speculation that the club are making room for the arrival of a new playmaker, Lyon’s Houssem Aouar, who is wanted by Mikel Arteta.
Paper Round’s view: Transfer theories have been built on less, but there is unlikely to be too much in something like that until the transfer is confirmed by Arsenal - if it ever is. However Aouar does seem to be moving towards a move to Arsenal if they can come up with enough cash to convince Lyon to sell.
12:03 - Thiago to miss two games
Liverpool's new midfield signing Thiago Alcantara will miss their next two games, manager Jurgen Klopp said on Monday.
The Spaniard was signed from Bayern Munich earlier this month and made his debut against Chelsea last week but was not in the squad for their 3-1 win against Arsenal at Anfield.
"After the international break he will be fine, for sure,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the Premier League match. "That’s the situation in the moment. He is not fit enough to be involved today, but that’s it."
11:25 - Alli not in Tottenham squad
Dele Alli has only featured twice for Tottenham this season despite being fully fit. Is the 24-year-old England international on the move this window after all?
10:55 - Newcastle consider Indalecio transfer
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce could make a surprising signing this transfer window, reports the Sun.
The club have taken Florent Indalecio on trial after the 23-year-old midfielder left St Etienne on a free contract. The player has attracted interest from League One but may have his time in the North East extended after impressing in the early stages of his trial.
Paper Round’s view: Newcastle have made some adroit signings this transfer window already. Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser have arrived from Bournemouth for a small total fee, and Jeff Hendrick from Burnley is, like Fraser, another free transfer. They probably have enough to stay up for another year and owner Mike Ashley is clearly unwilling to invest for the long term, so a bargain like Indalecio will obviously appeal.
10:27 - Exclusive: Madrid to move for Mbappe in 2021
Real Madrid will make a blockbuster move for Kylian Mbappe in 2021, with the Frenchman already giving the green light to the Spanish giants, club sources have told Eurosport Spain.
The Frenchman’s contract at PSG ends in 2022, and with the 21-year old having already signalled his intention not to renew, the club will likely seek to recoup some of the €180m they spent on signing him from AS Monaco.
10:05 - West Brom re-sign Krovinovic
09:55 - United make Telles bid
The Guardian reports that Manchester United have made a bid for Porto defender Alex Telles.
The 27-year-old Brazilian left-back is in the last year of his contract in Portugal and United note they can sign him on a pre-contract for nothing in January. They have offered £12 million, below Porto’s asking price of £18 million. They are yet to make an offer for Jadon Sancho.
Paper Round’s view: United are dawdling over transfers yet again and the cynic would suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will need to lose his next game in order to put the pressure on Ed Woodward to spend. Luke Shaw is out of his depth at the club and signing a defender who can actually attack while being reliable at the back would be a huge improvement.
09:38 - Fulham owner promises signings
Fulham director Tony Khan has apologised to supporters following Monday's 3-0 Premier League defeat by Aston Villa and vowed to bring in new players to boost their chances of staying up.
Fulham, who were promoted after winning the Championship playoff final against Brentford at Wembley last season, are rooted to the bottom of the table after losing their first three games and conceding 10 goals.
"I apologise to supporters for our performance. We've looked to add centre backs since Wembley, I'm sorry we haven't yet as two got Covid, we lost a free we thought was close and had another issue with a fourth centre back," Khan tweeted.
"I promise players in and better efforts from this squad ... We all need to do a better job. Everyone at the club for the past year worked really hard to get the team up and now we need to work significantly harder to stay up."
09:24 - Andreas Pereira to Lazio is ON
And it's not the only potential Manchester United departure which could be happening this transfer window.
Chris Smalling and Diogo Dalot also appear to be heading to Italy according to the transfer expert himself Fabrizio Romano.
09:15 - Lampard: Loan spell would benefit RLC
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard holds Ruben Loftus-Cheek "in high regard" but says the 24-year-old midfielder may have to go on loan given the competition for places at the club.
Aston Villa and West Ham United have been linked with a move for Loftus-Cheek and Lampard said it was important for the Englishman to get regular game time.
"I am very open with Ruben. We have had a couple of conversations in the last week. He is fit as a fiddle so he could play week in, week out, but he needs to play," Lampard said.
"He has done a lot of work and would have been playing a lot of games earlier if it wasn't for lockdown. There is a possibility Ruben might go out to play games because I think that would be great for him."
"We hold him in high regard. He wants to play and the reality is I have a lot of competition in those areas."
09:00 - Will Arsenal get Aouar?
Less than a week to go until the transfer window shuts. Will the Gunners, fresh off a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, land the French midfielder? Tick tock...
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18:30 - Pereyra leaves Watford
Roberto Pereyra has left Watford to re-sign for Udinese on a three-year deal - the fee is undisclosed.
17:35 - Blades in for Brewster?
Sheffield United have bid £17m for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, The Sun reports, with the Blades accepting a £40m buy-back clause as part of the deal.
Crystal Palace are also said to be keen on the 20-year-old with Liverpool willing to sell him this window.
16:55 - Lampard: Kepa has future at Chelsea
With new signing Edouard Mendy ready to make his debut, Frank Lampard launched an impassioned defence of under-fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, saying the Spaniard still has a future at Chelsea.
Kepa was dropped from the starting lineup in Chelsea's last two matches after his error cost the Blues in their 2-0 Premier League defeat by Liverpool last week, with Willy Caballero starting in goal.
Chelsea also signed goalkeeper Edouard Mendy from Rennes last week to provide competition, but Lampard said it did not mean Kepa would be leaving now or in the January transfer window.
I certainly won't go to the point of saying Kepa has played his last game for Chelsea," Lampard said. "We have to also understand Kepa is a young man. A lot of the spotlight on him has become unfair.
16:40 - Hearts announce Halliday deal
16:27 - James and Sessegnon Brighton targets
Brighton are looking to add at least one loan signing before the transfer window shuts, with Daniel James and Ryan Sessegnon both on their radar, according to the Daily Star.
Seagulls boss Graham Potter wants more pace and width in his team and is a long-term admirer of Manchester United winger James. The 22-year-old was left out of the squad for Saturday’s win at Brighton amid talk of a potential move to Leeds.
But Potter gave him his league debut when the pair were together at Swansea and is interested in a reunion.
16:14 - Karius completes loan switch away from Reds
16:01 - Kent still of interest to Leeds
Leeds will make a move for Rangers winger Ryan Kent, if they fail to sign Manchester United star Daniel James, according to reports.
Former Liverpool attacker Kent has been the subject of transfer speculation all summer, with reports linking him with a move to Elland Road.
Despite the interest, Kent has come out in previous weeks and told how he is happy at Ibrox and expressed how much he is loving working under Steven Gerrard.
Leeds have had a bid knocked back for the 23-year-old, but according to The Scottish Sun, Marcelo Bielsa's side could still launch another swoop.
15:47 - Another early season sacking!
15:34 - Foyth on Valencia radar
Valencia are set to make a double defensive swoop to sign Tottenham defender Juan Foyth alongside Daniele Rugani of Juventus, report Cadena Cope.
Foyth, 22, joined Spurs in 2017 from Estudiantes and featured 17 times in the 2018/19 campaign, including starting the Champions League home knockout games against Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.
Yet last season he was frozen out and has started just one league game but was substituted off at half-time in last December’s draw at Norwich City for Spurs.
15:20 - If I pray enough, can I get a PL move?
Thiago Silva revealed he got some divine intervention when deciding whether to join Chelsea, who the Brazilian believes are the "best in England".
The veteran centre-back completed a free transfer to Chelsea earlier this month after eight trophy-laden years at Paris Saint-Germain, and was immediately given the captain's armband for his Premier League debut against West Brom at the weekend.
It is very difficult to bounce back when you are past the age of 33 or 34. But I wanted to be believe, I prayed to God to find me a project that matched my ambitions. God listened to me because Chelsea are the best in England.
15:06 - King future could be one to watch
14:53 - Euro Papers!
Could Ajax star spark Barcelona transfer spree – Euro Papers
14:39 - Lampard leaps to Kepa defence
14:26 - Gray next on Leeds hitlist
Leeds are interested in signing Leicester attacker Demarai Gray, according to the Daily Mail.
Gray made his football league debut for Birmingham City in October 2013 aged just 17. He soon became a regular for the Blues in the Championship. He made 72 league appearances for Birmingham, scoring eight goals before signing for Leicester City in January 2016.
Leeds are keen to sign him this summer. Gray is in the final year of his contract, so a deal may be easy to make.
14:12 - Analysis: Kante exactly what United need, deal makes financial sense to Chelsea
At 29, Kante's days as a sellable asset are running out. Clubs will only be willing to pay big money for the high octane midfielder for another year or so, so if United are willing to pay upwards of £40m for Kante, a deal could make sense, financially, for Chelsea, especially given the difficult market at the moment.
United are reasonably well stocked in midfield, but they need to start addressing just how vulnerable they are looking defensively. Central defensive additions this transfer window are a must, but someone with the defensive stats that Kante brings, who can offer so much protection in front of the back four, should also at least be considered.
He would go against what the club are trying to do at the moment - look at more long-term additions - but the chaos on the south coast against Brighton on Saturday shows just how desperate United are for defensive improvement.
Selling to a rival is not normally good practice but in this current climate, if United are the only option, selling a 29-year-old for good money on the back of Chelsea's outlay this summer, could turn out to be very sensible indeed.
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