LIVE Liverpool consider €60m club-record bid for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar

Despite reports linking Thomas Lemar with a move to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger says Monaco have “closed the door.”

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TOP STORY: Liverpool line up move for Lemar

It’s been a very good day for Liverpool, whose hammering of Arsenal at Anfield could soon be followed by another positive development, according to the Telegraph.

Citing sources in France, the paper reports that the Merseysiders “have made an inquiry to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar for a club-record fee of up to €60 million,” with the move not tied to the future of Philippe Coutinho, who remains heavily linked with Barcelona.

Although Liverpool have been adamant that Brazil international Coutinho will not be sold, the Telegraph says “it remains to be seen whether Barcelona make a final offer before the window closes.”

Meanwhile, Monaco “are fighting to keep star striker Kylian Mbappe amid increasing reports that a deal to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain is close to being struck,” the Telegraph adds.

But it says “senior sources at both Monaco and PSG have denied claims that a deal has been agreed for Mbappe and that the 18-year-old is due to have a medical on Monday.”

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22.51 BST: Arsenal have offered right-back Mathieu Debuchy to newly promoted Bright, writes the Mirror, and the Gunners have reportedly told the Frenchman they’ll allow him to leave on a free should any club be willing to take on his wages.

22.33 BST: The latest update on Liverpool’s pursuit of Thomas Lemar comes from Sky Sports’ Bryan Swansea, who tweeted that Monaco have rejected to bids from the Reds, the biggest of which amounting to €70m, and intend to hold on to the 21-year-old midfielder.

22.11 BST: Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison is in Guadalajara and is set to sign for Liga MX team Atlas in a shock move, sources have told ESPN Mexico. Full story.

21.48 BST: Chelsea are attempting to rush through their £35m deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in order to fend off interest from Liverpool, according to the Mirror, and the Premier League champions are hopeful of completing the transfer in the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Jim White has tweeted that Oxlade-Chamberlain would prefer a move to Anfield, which could drag this deal out to Thursday’s deadline.

21.26 BST: DONE DEAL Patrick Roberts has completed his anticipated return to Celtic after signing a loan deal until the end of the season. Full story.

21.04 BST: With Paris Saint-Germain’s signing of Kylian Mbappe imminent, Valencia will immediately follow with loan deals for PSG’s Goncalo Guedes and Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira, whose move to the Mestalla has already been green lit by Jose Mourinho, reports Valencian outlet Superdeporte.

20.41 BST: A myriad of update from the Telegraph surrounding Chelsea and Liverpool. We’ll start in London, where the report states that the Blues and Atletico Madrid are close to agreeing a deal around £40m with significant add-ons for the transfer of Diego Costa. The Spanish international striker would then need to find a home for a six-month loan during Atletico’s transfer ban, with Everton, Monaco and Marseille interested.

On Merseyside, the Reds could use Divock Origi as a makeweight in their €70m bid for Thomas Lemar. Monaco are one of 11 clubs — including Marseille, Tottenham, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Inter, Juventus, Sampdoria, Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen — who are interested in the 22-year-old Belgium international, who’s been told he can leave Liverpool should the club make suitable signings before the close of the window on Thursday.

And should Monaco show any willingness to sell Lemar to Liverpool, expect Chelsea to come up with a counteroffer.

20.19 BST: Details are emerging from Liverpool’s deal with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita. According to Bild, the Reds will pay €75m should the German club qualify for next season’s Champions League, €70m if they’re in the Europa League or €65m if they fail to make any European competition.

19.56 BST: Patrick Schick has arrived in Rome ahead of his move from Sampdoria to Roma.

19.34 BST: French outlet Le 10 Sport is reporting that Liverpool are closing in on their deal for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar, with the Ligue 1 champions about to say yes to the Reds’ €72m offer. However, Tottenham could threaten to hijack the deal.

19.12 BST: DONE DEAL Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong has completed a permanent move back to Ajax as manager Rafael Benitez continues to clear the decks in the hope of making further signings. Full story.

18.49 BST: Monaco have had a €70m bid for Torino forward Andrea Belotti rejected, CalcioMercato reports, and the report states that Chelsea have been given hope in adding the 23-year-old Italian international to their ranks.

18.27 BST: Patrick Roberts‘ long-running transfer saga looks to be over after the forward was pictured leaving Celtic Park. The 20-year-old looks set to rejoin Celtic on a season-long loan from Manchester City. Full story.

18.05 BST: France coach Didier Deschamps on Monday suggested Kylian Mbappe‘s move to Paris Saint-Germain had “gone his way,” and said the teenage prodigy had joined up with Les Bleus with a smile on his face.

“Of course he’s fine,” Deschamps said. “I don’t think he’s had news that can sadden him.

“He knows he’s here for the French national team. He’s in good spirits. What has happened has gone his way, I think. He’s had six extraordinary months at Monaco.”

17.42 BST: England international Ross Barkley is expected to leave Everton before the transfer window closes on Thursday night as talks with Chelsea and Tottenham intensify, according to the Mail.

17.20 BST: Norwich have been leaking like a sieve of late, conceding four goals in successive games at Aston Villa and Millwall, and the Mail reports that they could make a move for Bristol City central defender Aden Flint, who was strongly linked with Birmingham earlier in the window.

17.10 BST: More on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea — the 24-year-old will provide Chelsea with depth at wing-back and in the central and attacking midfield positions if a transfer is completed before the window closes on Thursday.

The England international is in the final year of his contract, but manager Arsene Wenger had been reluctant to allow him to leave this summer.

17.05 BST: Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer is closing in on a move to Stoke City after passing a medical at the club, according to reports.

16.55 BST: DONE DEAL Another done deal for you: Chelsea midfielder Jeremie Boga has joined Championship side Birmingham City on loan for the season, just as sources told ESPN FC he would.

16.50 BST: Chelsea have agreed a fee to sign England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from London rivals Arsenal, a source has told ESPN FC, confirming Sky Sports reports.

The attacker, who was also linked with Liverpool earlier this summer, is reported to be likely to cost around £35m.

16.35 BST: DONE DEAL And another one! Reading have signed Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards, a Wales international, for an undisclosed fee.

16.30 BST: DONE DEAL Newcastle have sold attacker Siem De Jong to Ajax, the side he used to captain, for an undisclosed fee, with reports in the Netherlands suggesting the Netherlands club paid around £4m.

16.25 BST: Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez is reported to have opted to stay in Spain this season despite Brighton’s interest in signing him. Lopez spent last season on loan at Tottenham.

16.15 BST: DONE DEAL To Germany, where Schalke have announced that defender Luke Hemmerich has signed a new deal before heading to Bochum on a season-long loan.

15.50 BST: Liga MX club Atlas hope to bring former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison to Mexico, according to Marca Claro.

It reports that the 24-year-old is in Guadalajara and could sign for the relegation-threatened club shortly, having spent last season at QPR.

15.35 BST: Italy international Leonardo Spinazzola has expressed his desire to leave Atalanta and return to Juventus.

The 24-year-old wing-back moved to the Bergamo outfit from Juve on a two-year loan deal last summer.

15.25 BST: DONE DEAL Fiorentina have announced the loan signing of Empoli defender Vincent Laurini.

15.10 BST: Juan Foyth has said he is signing for Tottenham Hotspur, telling Argentine newspaper El Dia that manager Mauricio Pochettino had convinced him to join.

Argentina under-20 defender Foyth is poised to move to Spurs from Estudiantes this week in a deal reported to be worth £8-10 million.

15.00 BST: Liverpool have agreed a club-record deal to sign Naby Keita from RB Leipzig on July 1, 2018, according to multiple reports.

Liverpool had been tracking the Guinea midfielder all summer and had two bids rejected by the Bundesliga runners-up — the second of which was worth €75 million, according to owner Dietrich Mateschitz.

14.50 BST: Neither Monaco nor Inter Milan are close to matching Lazio’s valuation of Keita Balde, sporting director Igli Tare has said.

Balde, 22, has been linked strongly linked with a move this summer, with Juventus having had an offer rejected.

14.30 BST: Paul Joyce, the Northern Football Correspondent for the Times, has some interesting news from Liverpool:

Joyce adds that Keita will officially join on July 1, 2018, and Liverpool “paid premium now on top of next summer’s £48m release clause.”

14.10 BST: Reports suggest that Liverpool lead the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches on loan, but could yet be beaten to a deal by either Chelsea or Monaco.

14.00 BST: Liverpool have a firm interest in Monaco forward Thomas Lemar but are yet to make formal bid for the 21-year-old, sources have told ESPN FC.

Reports in France have suggested that Liverpool have lodged a club record £55.5 million offer for the France international, who has been a long-standing target for Arsenal this summer.

13.55 BST: So, Ousmane Dembele has become the most expensive player in Barcelona’s history after signing a five-year deal on Monday.

On Friday, Barca announced that they had reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign the France international for an initial €105 million.

But that could rise to €145m with add-ons, which would nearly double the club’s previous record transfer, the €80m paid to Liverpool for Luis Suarez in 2014.

13.50 BST: Paris Saint-Germain will sign Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe on an initial loan with the move made permanent next summer to comply with financial fair play (FFP) regulations, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

13.45 BST: DONE DEAL And here’s the big one — Ousmane Dembele has put pen to paper on his contract and is now a Barcelona player.

13.43 BST: A few more details/some reaction to the Yarmolenko move — he has signed a contract until 2021, and Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said: “He is a player we have been pursuing for a long time, and who is at the top both at club level and in the service of the Ukrainian national team.”

13.38 BST: DONE DEAL Hot on the heels of reports that Borussia Dortmund were set to sign Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko for around €25m, the Ukraine international is unveiled.

13.30 BST: Monaco have been strongly linked with a move for Leicester’s record signing Islam Slimani, but the Leicester Mercury reports that the French champions have yet to make contact about a potential move.

13.15 BST: Bureaucratic issues are said to be holding up Barcelona’s move for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele.

12.50 BST: Defender Serge Aurier could wrap up his move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur imminently if his work permit application succeeds, a source close to PSG has told ESPN FC.

Aurier — who has had a summer exit agreed since the start of last month — has negotiated a five-year contract with Spurs.

12.25 BST: That PSG announcement…

12.15 BST: Some thoughts from Monaco star Radamel Falcao on the future of Kylian Mbappe: “It is a complicated situation for him. Nobody would want to be in his position. He is a young player, at just 18 years of age, and we must also think of him.

“We must remain calm. I hope that everything will be resolved for him quickly and that there will be no other players leaving Monaco. It is a personal decision, which every player is entitled to. I respect his choice and I have not tried to persuade him to stay.”

11.45 BST: A Jonny Evans update for your delectation:West Bromwich Albion want £30 million for the Manchester City and Leicester target and have identified Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho as a replacement, sources have told ESPN FC.

11.30 BST: DONE DEAL West Bromwich Albion’s England under-19 winger Jonathan Leko has joined Championship club Bristol City on loan for the season.

11.15 BST: Could we be getting news on Kylian Mbappe‘s move to PSG soon? Stay tuned…

10.45 BST: Pepe Reina bade an emotional farewell to Napoli fans on Sunday amid reports he is set to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Goalkeeper Reina had tears in his eyes as he saluted supporters following Sunday’s 3-1 win over Atalanta.

10.30 BST: Inter Milan are poised to sign Lazio midfielder Keita Balde on a two-year loan deal with a £27m option for a permanent move, according to reports.

10.15 BST: Everton and Brighton are battling for the signature of Cardiff City striker Kenneth Zohore, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

Zohore, 23, finished last season as Cardiff’s top scorer with 12 goals and has flourished since the arrival of Neil Warnock as manager.

10.00 BST: Leicester City have had a £21m offer for defender Jonny Evans turned down by West Bromwich Albion, the Telegraph reports.

It says Leicester “have launched a late bid to hijack Manchester City’s pursuit of Evans” but their offer has been rejected as “derisory.”

09.30 BST: To Germany, where kicker reports that Borussia Dortmund are set to sign Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 27, for around €25m. The Ukraine international is reported to have arrived in Dortmund for a medical.

09.25 BST: West Ham United defender Jose Fonte is being lined up for a return to his former club Crystal Palace, sources close to West Ham have told ESPN FC.

Fonte joined the Hammers from Southampton in January, but they are ready to let him move on.

09.12 BST: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has said seeing former teammate Diego Costa back in the club’s colours is highly unlikely.

The Chelsea striker is keen to return but Koke told Cadena Ser after his team’s 5-1 win over Las Palmas: “We all want Diego Costa to come but the situation is complicated. We know that, if he arrives, he will help us.”

09.02 BST: Le Parisien claims Borussia Dortmund would like to bring former Schalke man Julian Draxler back to the Bundesliga, but that the Paris Saint-Germain winger is not ready to return to Germany. Draxler reportedly met Dortmund officials in the French capital on Saturday.

08.51 BST: PSG right-back Serge Aurier will learn on Tuesday whether his visa for entry into the UK has been approved in order for him to complete his move to Spurs. The Ivory Coast international has already agreed terms with the Premier League side, who will pay €25 million plus a further €2m in bonuses, L’Equipe reports.

08.31 BST: With Kylian Mbappe set to join PSG, Monaco will replace the France international striker with Stevan Jovetic, L’Equipe reports. The Montenegro international was in the principality to see the Ligue 1 champions defeat Marseille 6-1 on Sunday evening.

08.18 BST: Schalke have suggested that they have rejected Juventus’ opening bid for defender Benedikt Howedes. Story here.

Chelsea set to table Llorente offer

Antonio Conte has repeatedly said he wants to add more new faces to his Chelsea squad before the window closes, and Swansea striker Fernando Llorente could be one of them, the Independent reports.

It says Conte “has a long-standing interest in the Spanish striker, having signed him for Juventus, and feels he is an ideal backup and mentor to compatriot Alvaro Morata, with whom he has also worked.”

The key to the move going through could be Swansea’s efforts to bring their former striker Wilfried Bony back to the Liberty Stadium from Manchester City.

The Independent reports that “Swansea are likelier to do business once that deal is complete, although there will have to be some compromise,” with Chelsea willing to pay around £20m for Llorente but Swansea’s valuation nearer to £30m.”

Meanwhile, the Premier League champions remain strongly linked with moves for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Arsenal, with Southampton defender Cedric Soares another potential target.

Tap-ins

– Tottenham’s hopes of signing promising midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop from Celta Vigo are about to be thwarted, according to the Mail.

It reports that although Spurs submitted an offer of around £10m for the Spain under-19 international earlier this month, Ligue 1 club Lyon “have jumped ahead and are closing in on securing his signature” after bidding £13.8m plus a further £9m in add-ons. Lyon “expect to wrap up the signing over the next 24 hours.”

– Brighton manager Chris Hughton is desperate to add to his attacking options before the window closes, the Telegraph reports, saying Hughton “knows he must act if his club are to have a chance of remaining in the Premier League.”

The Seagulls have been frustrated in attempts to boost their firepower, with FC Zurich striker Raphael Dwamena having failed a medical and Swansea winning the race to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea.

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