Arsenal close in on Deportivo striker Lucas Perez; Barcelona sign Cillessen

Might Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez be the answer to Arsenal’s problems up front?

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Top Story: Arsenal close in on striker signing

Arsenal may finally be about to sign a striker, with the north London club heavily linked with a move for Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez.

The Spanish forward — known as Lucas — has also been a target for Everton this summer, but Arsenal have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue for his signature after deciding to trigger the player’s £17 million release clause.

Lucas was a graduate of the Atletico Madrid academy but was forced to leave Spain to kick-start his career after failing to break into first-team football in La Liga. The forward returned to Spain in a permanent switch to Deportivo last summer and went on to score 17 league goals.

The news comes after a summer of disappointment in Arsene Wenger’s search for a striker, with the Gunners priced out of transfer tussles for Gonzalo Higuain and Alexandre Lacazette.

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15.54 BST: Alberto Aquilani is close to completing a move to newly-promoted Serie A side Pescara after reportedly terminating his contract at Sporting.

15.41 BST: Paco Alcacer has asked Valencia to allow him to join Barcelona before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, according to multiple reports in Spain.

15.20 BST: Bravo is not City’s only transfer activity of the day. They’ve also loaned out youngster Bersant Celina to FC Twente.

15.04 BST: In one of the least surprising transfer announcements of the window, Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Claudio Bravo from Barcelona.

14.54 BST: Plenty of media outlets are reporting that Arsenal have representatives in Spain as we speak/type to wrap up their deal for Deportivo forward Lucas Perez.

14.30 BST: Reports in Italy suggest that Chelsea have had a bid rejected for AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli. The Blues were reported to have already lodged a bid, with this second effort tabled at £34m.

14.08 BST: Everton have “no interest” in signing Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, according to the club’s manager Ronald Koeman.

13.50 BST: Southampton have reportedly agreed to sign Lille striker Sofiane Boufal for what would be a club record fee of £21m. The Saints are in need of strengthening up top after Graziano Pelle’s move to China.

13.39 BST: Tottenham are being linked with a move for Crystal Palace wide man Wilfried Zaha. The 23-year-old’s departure from Selhurst Park would reportedly cost Spurs £15m.

13.14 BST: The transfer window is really hotting up today, and Millwall have added to the frenzy with a deal for Burton’s Calum Butcher.

12.51 BST: Spanish publication Sport are reporting that Barcelona’s young midfielder Sergi Samper is set to join Granada on loan to get some much-needed match time.

12.41 BST: Joe Bennett will not be leaving Aston Villa… and the club’s chairman has explained why. 

Thanks 4 getting 2 the point, Dr. Tony.

12.23 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the news that Nabil Bentaleb is heading to Schalke on loan. The midfielder made a big impression in Mauricio Pochettino’s first season at Spurs, but looks to be on his way out… a decision that ESPN FC’s Tottenham correspondent Dan Kilpatrick thinks the club may live to regret.

11.53 BST: Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Levin Oztunali has joined Mainz on a five-year deal after spending last season out on loan at Werder Bremen.

11.36 BST: Barcelona have confirmed that deal for Japer Cillessen as the goalkeeping transfer merry-go-round kicks off.

11.12 BST: Dutch goalkeeper Japer Cillessen has tweeted a picture of himself in a Barcelona shirt, suggesting that he has completed his protracted move to the Nou Camp from Ajax to replace the City-bound Claudio Bravo.

11.04 BST: Sunderland have brought in some much-needed defensive reinforcements, in the shape of Javier Manquillo.

10.56 BST: Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are locked in a transfer tug-of-war over France midfielder Blaise Mutuidi. The player wants to move to Italy, according to L’Equipe, but PSG have offered the player a new contract in an attempt to persuade him to stay.

10.45 BST: Toulouse midfielder Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro is wanted by Championship club Brighton, according to L’Equipe. Nottingham Forest are also interested.

10.32 BST: Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Benjamin Stambouli arrived in Germany on Wednesday to finalise a €10 million switch to Schalke.

The 26-year-old former Tottenham player, who had also been linked with AC Milan and Real Betis, will sign a four-year contract after failing to cement a spot at Paris Saint-Germain.

10.24 BST: Bristol City have made a move for the exceptionally talented (and impressively tanned) England youngster Taylor Moore.

NEWS: #BristolCity announce the signing of Lens and England U19 defender Taylor Moore. https://t.co/GqqdPMbcLV pic.twitter.com/sywvNOObKz

10.10 BST: Schalke have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Tottenham to bring midfielder Nabil Bentaleb to the Bundesliga on loan.

09.52 BST: Hertha are set to sign winger Alexander Esswein from FC Augsburg on a four-year deal after the player underwent a medical.

The move for 26-year-old Esswein means that Hertha are unlikely to sign Serge Gnabry from Arsenal, whose Bundesliga options are now limited to FSV Mainz.

09.38 BST: Danny Drinkwater has signed a new five-year contract with Leicester City, the Premier League champions have announced.

The deal ties the 26-year-old England international to the Foxes until 2021 and sees him join the likes of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel in committing his future to the club this summer.

09.18 BST: Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are expected to reach an agreement over the transfer of Blaise Matuidi when representatives of both clubs meet in Monaco on Friday, according to reports in Italy and France.

09.02 BST: Manchester City teenager Bersant Celina is set to join FC Twente on loan, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

08.43 BST: Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu is expected in Spain today to sign a loan deal with Sevilla. The French champions will continue to pay over half of his salary of over €3 million, according to L’Equipe.

08.20 BST: France Football reports that Nantes were interested in bringing Mario Balotelli to the club. Already well stocked in attack, however, they have finally decided not to proceed with a move for the former Italian international.

07.56 BST: Samir Nasri could join Besiktas on loan from Manchester City, according to L’Equipe. The attacking midfielder is open to the move and is now waiting on the two clubs to come to an agreement over how much of his current salary the Turkish club will have to pay.

07.35 BST: Good morning. A week today the transfer window will be closed. For now, let’s start in Germany where Wolfsburg remain keen on signing Borussia Dortmund centre-back Matthias Ginter, having had an €18 million bid turned down. Wolfsburg’s sporting executive Klaus Allofs said: “Ginter could imagine joining us, but Dortmund have so far not agreed. We respect that.”

Saints edge closer to landing Boufal

Southampton, no matter how many of their stars are poached, just keep on rolling and they are now on the verge of bringing in another highly rated young player.

The Mail says Saints lead the race for Lille’s Sofiane Boufal, with a £16m offer likely to be struck imminently, though the Mirror reports the final figure could be as much as £20m.

Claude Puel knows the Moroccan international from his time in Ligue 1 and was already rebuffed with a £12.85m offer, but talks are ongoing and the winger appears to be heading to St Mary’s despite interest from Watford.

Napoli denied on Kane bid

Tottenham are not interested in selling their star striker, despite interest from Napoli.

Napoli have been stung this summer as their superstar striker Gonzalo Higuain joined bitter rivals Juventus and despite the £75.3 million fee, Partenopei followers are hurting.

Aurelio De Laurentiis is good for a splash in the market though and it appears the enigmatic owner has made an audacious move for Harry Kane.

Napoli, after seeing their efforts to sign Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi ended, asked Tottenham about their Premier League top goalscorer, according to Sky Sport Italia, but received a flat no.

With only Arkadiusz Milik through the door to replace the Argentina superstar, Napoli are struggling to find a top-class replacement.

Matuidi to land in Turin

The rumours about Blaise Matuidi moving from PSG to Juventus persist.

Juventus continue to dominate the transfer window despite losing Paul Pogba to Manchester United.

The Bianconeri have made a plethora of shrewd moves and are ready to make one more in PSG’s athletic midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports the fee could be £25.5m with the French international slotting into an all-star midfield alongside Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Claudio Marchisio.

A meeting in Monte Carlo on Thursday should finalise the details and send the 29-year-old to Turin.

Fiorentina to save Jovetic?

It’s been a sad story since Stevan Jovetic moved from Fiorentina to Manchester City, where injuries curtailed his impact despite flashes of his class.

A predictable move back to Italy occurred, but the madness at Inter meant the Montenegrin failed to flourish there too.

Now though, Jojo could make his way back to Florence, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, in one of the more romantic moves of the window.

Viola fans were bitter when Jovetic ditched them, though if he brings goals with him it will likely ease the transition back to the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

ESPN FC’s Ross Dyer and Brian McBride break down the latest transfer rumours with just over a week to go in the window.

Tap-ins

– West Ham continue to be busy at the back end of the transfer window. ESPN FC sources say the Hammers have had a £5.5m deal ratified for Sion’s Swiss under-21 international midfielder Edimilson Fernandes.

– Sunderland will hope to lessen the gloom at the Stadium of Light after a dismal start by bringing in Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan.

The Sunderland Echo report that the Black Cats have already brought the former Liverpool defender in and a medical is scheduled later in the week.

– Chelsea have farmed out Croatian starlet Mario Pasalic to AC Milan on a season-long loan after last year’s similar deal with Monaco.

After suffering from back problems, a medical is all that is missing from the Rossoneri landing the 21-year-old midfielder, with the Blues hoping it will help the Italian giants open up to the prospect of selling Alessio Romagnoli.

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