The transfer window is open, and Transfer Talk has the latest rumours making the rounds. Follow along with our daily blog throughout the summer.
Gunners set for double deal, Saints want Wilshere
Unai Emery is wasting little time in putting his stamp on the Arsenal squad, with the London Evening Standard reporting that two more players will arrive imminently.
The Gunners “are confident of securing Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno” and will pay around £46 million to do just that.
On Monday, sources told ESPN FC that a Leno deal had been agreed, and his switch is likely to move swiftly after he missed out on a place in Germany’s final squad.
However, Arsenal “are reluctant to unduly disrupt Torreira’s preparation for Uruguay’s remaining group fixtures,” even though he is reported to have agreed personal terms before the World Cup.
The Standard adds that “should Arsenal get both deals across the line, the focus will shift to trimming the squad,” and the Mirror says Southampton are among those interested in midfielder Jack Wilshere.
With Wilshere yet to make a decision on whether to stay after his contract runs out, Saints boss Mark Hughes “has joined the queue” along with West Ham, Wolves and AC Milan.
09.45 BST: Nabil Fekir‘s agent has told French TV the Lyon midfielder’s transfer to Liverpool “is not finished.”
Earlier this month, a Liverpool source told ESPN FC the club were confident of sealing a €60 million deal for the France midfielder, but talks were then called off.
09.30 BST: Javier Pastore is in talks with Roma and could join them as soon as Friday, L’Equipe reports. It says he will leave Paris Saint-Germain after seven years in a €20 million deal.
09.15 BST: To Germany, where Wolfsburg are close to signing 30-year-old LASK Linz keeper Pavao Pervan and are also keen on Stuttgart attacker Daniel Ginczek, according to reports.
09.00 BST: Liverpool’s search for a new goalkeeper goes on, with the Mirror reporting that they have “stepped up their interest in Nick Pope.” It says Burnley and England keeper Pope, who would cost around £18 million, “is the latest stopper under consideration by the Anfield side in their search for a new No.1.”
08.30 BST: Bad news for Chelsea, potentially — Cadena Ser reports that Real Madrid are turning their focus back to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois because they believe they could sign him for around €40 million, half what Roma want for Allisson.
08.15 BST: Valencia have turned down an €18m offer from Napoli for Spanish striker Santi Mina, according to Superdeporte. Mina scored 15 goals and set up four more in 38 appearances in all competitions for Valencia last season, and this is the second offer Valencia have rejected from Napoli for the 22-year-old.
Liverpool to ask £15 million for Sturridge amid Sevilla interest
Sevilla are back in for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge — but the Champions League finalists won’t let him go on the cheap, the Telegraph reports.
It says Liverpool “want £15m for Sturridge,” who is also interesting Turkish side Fenerbahce, and the 28-year-old “will return to preseason training under no illusions as to where he stands in the pecking order behind the established front three.”
He spent an injury-hit second half of last season on loan at West Brom, where he was unable to help the Baggies avoid relegation, and Liverpool “are open to offers.”
Spurs to make Villa sweat over Grealish
Tottenham will keep an anxious Aston Villa waiting over their move for midfielder Jack Grealish, according to the Mirror.
Spurs are “set to keep Villa sweating as they bid to exploit their cash woes,” with the Midlanders needing to raise money and keen to rake in £40m for Grealish.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino “wants Grealish to compete with Dele Alli,” but the Londoners are ready to play a long game for the 22-year-old.
The Mirror says Spurs “are not rushing to bid big and may wait to see how Villa cope at the end of the month, when they are due to pay all their staff.”
— Everton are not in the running for Hannover striker Niclas Fullkrug despite reports in Germany claiming a £19m offer has been tabled, the Liverpool Echo reports.
It says that, despite a widespread search for new faces, no bid for 25-year-old Fullkrug has been tabled, “and there is no interest at this stage.”
— Brighton are set to abandon attempts to sign Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair after Championship side Middlesbrough had a bid of more than £5m accepted, the Chronicle reports.
It says Brighton do not want to become involved in an “auction,” and although they had been expected to table another offer, they now appear unlikely to do so.