LIVE: Barcelona lodge fourth bid, now worth £138m for Philippe Coutinho

Paul Mariner says Liverpool’s rejection of Barca’s bid for Coutinho sends a message to fans about the club’s intentions.

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TOP STORY: Barca ready fourth Coutinho bid

Barcelona are preparing a staggering fourth offer worth £138 million for Philippe Coutinho, according to Sky Sports, despite Jurgen Klopp reiterating the situation has “100 percent not changed.”

The Blaugrana’s desperation could finally outweigh the Reds’ stubbornness, and it would be a considerable show of strength after what has been a horrendous fortnight for Ernesto Valverde’s side.

The third bid from the La Liga giants was criticised for the lack of money up front and while Liverpool maintain no offer will be accepted, should a guarantee reach close to £100m, it’s understood that their stance may begin to shift.


21.13 BST: Stoke City are closing in on Arsenal target Bjorn Engels, according to reports from the Sun. The 6’4″ Brugge centre-back has been linked with Arsenal this summer but now is close to signing a deal with the Potters. The 22-year-old has featured for Belgium at the underage levels and would be the third centre-back along with Kurt Zouma and Bruno Martins-Indi that Mark Hughes covets for his three centre-back system.

20.48 BST: DONE DEAL The done deals keep rolling in as Championship side Hull have announced the signing of 23-year-old defender Stephen Kingsley from Swansea City. The Scot has been with Swansea since 2014 and made 12 appearances last campaign for the Swans. Full Story.

20.33 BST: DONE DEAL Rangers have bolstered their ranks with a loan deal for Manchester City youngster Aaron Nemane. The 19-year-old was a prolific youth player for City and will be pushing for his first first-team football this season with Rangers.

With Man City having already loaned starlets Patrick Roberts and Olivier Ntcham to Celtic, it is fair to say City will be have some added interest in this year’s Old Firm matchups between the Glasgow sides.

20.20 BST: DONE DEAL Hearts have agreed to a deal with Scottish goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin. McLaughlin spent the last three years as the No.1 keeper at Championship side Burton Albion.

19.45 BST: League One Shrewsbury Town are set to sign midfielder Ben Godfrey on loan from Norwich City, according to the Eastern Daily Press.

19.30 BST: DONE DEAL Scottish giants Rangers have confirmed the signing of Manchester City youngster Aaron Nemane on loan until January.

18.55 BST: DONE DEAL Tottenham Hotspur have announced that Ajax defender Davinson Sanchez has completed his move to London. The club-record signing will wear the No. 6 shirt and joins on a five-year deal, subject to a work permit. Last week, Ajax said the fee would be €40m, potentially rising to €42m with add-ons.

18.45 BST: DONE DEAL Malaga winger Adnane Tighadouini has joined Dutch side FC Twente on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

18.35 BST: Middlesbrough have seen an offer for Brentford playmaker Jota rejected by the London club, the Northern Echo reports. It says Boro offered their championship rivals £4.5m, but the Bees rate Jota at closer to the £8m mark bid for in-demand midfielder Jota.

18.05 BST: Watford boss Marco Silva has identified a problem — he only has one senior left-back, Jose Holebas, who will be suspended for the match against Brighton on Saturday. Cue a late transfer window arrival in that position? Silva made it sound that way, telling a news conference: “I’ve said since the first match that it’s impossible to prepare for a season with only one left-back.”

17.50 BST: DONE DEAL Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas for an undisclosed fee. Clucas has signed a four-year deal and could make his debut in the weekend clash at Crystal Palace.

17.30 BST: Swansea City boss Paul Clement is keen to get some incoming transfer business going soon – and reports suggest negotiations over a move for PSV defender Santiago Arias are ongoing.

17.20 BST: Striker Padraig Amond has joined League Two Newport County from non-league Hartlepool United.

17.05 BST: Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has said he believes the club’s search for a striker will be easier after qualification for the Champions League group stages, indicating that Inter Milan’s Stevan Jovetic fits the profile of the type of player he wants.

16.55 BST: Hull City are keen to sign midfielder Barry Bannan from Sheffield Wednesday but have seen their opening offer turned down, according to reports.

16.50 BST: Leeds have terminated the contract of forward Souleymane Doukara, who has been strongly linked with a move to Glasgow Rangers and has not played so far this season.

16.40 BST: DONE DEAL Glasgow Rangers midfielder Harry Forrester has joined League One club AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan.

16.25 BST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is desperate for a move to Real Madrid, Don Balon claims — so desperate that the Borussia Dortmund man has been in regular contact with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane in an attempt to force through a transfer.

16.13 BST: Another player that Arsenal are looking to loan out before the transfer window closes is Joel Campbell… However, The Guardian reports that the forward is reluctant to be shipped off temporarily for a sixth time, having previously had spells at Lorient, Real Betis, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Sporting Lisbon.

16.01 BST: There could be two more outgoings at Arsenal, with Goal claiming that both Jon Toral and Krystian Bielik are set for exits before the transfer window closes. Tor is being lined up for a £3 million move to Hull, while Bielik may be joining Leeds or Nottingham Forest on loan.

15.42 BST: Lille are set to make a £36 million bid to Chelsea for Michy Batshuayi, the Daily Star reports, though the Belgium international will snub the offer to stay and fight for his place at Stamford Bridge.

15.23 BST: Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay is hot property across Europe, so it seems, with The Sun reporting that Manchester United, Tottenham, Juventus and Benfica are all interested in signing him. The reports adds that United sent their scouts to Spain to watch him play last weekend. 

14.53 BST: Neymar is to fight a claim by Barcelona for compensation following his move to Paris Saint-Germain and has also promised to battle his old club for part of his 2016 contract renewal premium which he claims has not be paid. Full story.

14.27 BST: Paris Saint-Germain’s Serge Aurier is close to joining Tottenham and the Premier League club are also set to beat the French side to the signing of Estudiantes’ Juan Foyth, a source close to the Ligue 1 outfit has told ESPN FC. Full story.

14.08 BST: DONE DEAL It’s like waiting for a bus with Tottenham, who have announced their second signing of the summer in goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga from Southampton… Spurs announced their first summer signing last week in Davinson Sanchez. Full story.

13.55 BST: DONE DEAL Some exciting news coming out of the Indian Super League with Kerala Blasters having just announced the signing of former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov

13.39 BST: Real Madrid have apparently got a big contract announcement coming at some point, with Marca reporting that the European champions are offering fresh terms to five players in Isco, Marco Asensio, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane.

13.28 BST: Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero says Roma are leading the chase for Patrik Schick, whose proposed move to Juventus fell through earlier this summer after he failed a medical. “Roma are much further ahead than the other suitors for Schick,” Ferrero said. Full story.

13.05 BST: Could Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes become the fourth signing of the summer that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho craves? Well, according to the Manchester Evening News, Gomes has told Barca he wants to leave the club amid reports linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

12.46 BST: Another possible outgoing at Arsenal next, with the Evening Standard stating that Lucas Perez is expected to agree a £14 million move back to former club Deportivo La Coruna before the end of the transfer window.

12.37 BST: The Daily Mirror is reporting that Inter Milan have made an offer to take Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi on loan for the season with a view to a permanent £20 million-plus deal.

12.22 BST: While we’re on the subject of Kylian Mbappe, a source has told ESPN FC that Paris Saint-Germain are yet to make a concrete offer for the Monaco forward and may delay plans to sign him until next summer, despite both parties being interested in a move. Full story.

12.14 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are offering Kylian Mbappe €15 million a year in wages to lure him from Monaco, claims Marca, which is apparently more than double what Real Madrid had offered the France international earlier this summer.

11.59 BST: DONE DEAL Burton Albion have completed the signing of striker Joe Mason on loan from Wolves…

11.36 BST: Craig Dawson has signed a new contract with West Brom to keep him at the club until 2020…

11.15 BST: We’ve a DONE DEAL in the Premier League, where Huddersfield have signed midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri from Nurnberg… Full story.

11.01 BST: Manchester United are still in the hunt for Ryan Sessegnon but there is a growing feeling at Old Trafford that the teenager would prefer to stay in London if he decides to leave Fulham, sources have told ESPN FC. United are long-term admirers of the 17-year-old, who can play at left-back, left midfield and left wing, along with a host of other Premier League clubs including Liverpool and Tottenham. Full story.

10.43 BST: Liverpool’s defence has long been a problem for Jurgen Klopp, who, according to the Daily Express, is looking at bringing Schalke centre-back Benedikt Howedes to Anfield to partner ex-teammate Joel Matip. The newspaper claims that Liverpool will offer £18 million for the Germany international.

10.22 BST: Cedric Soares has posted a picture on Instagram of himself in West London as speculation of a move to Chelsea grows… The Sun claims the Blues have offered Southampton £15 million for the right-back.

Big City Life 🎶

A post shared by Cédric Soares (@cedricsoares41) on Aug 21, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT

09.59 BST: Bournemouth are to return with an improved offer for Leicester winger Demarai Gray, according to The Sun. The Cherries had a £20 million bid for the England under-21 international rejected last month but are hoping a club-record £25m will be enough to get their man.

09.40 BST: Tottenham have rewarded Kyle Walker-Peters with a new contract, with the right-back having delivered a man-of-the-match display against Newcastle earlier this month… Full story.

09.17 BST: In case you missed it, Barcelona announced the signing of Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain last night… Though before you get too excited, the tweet sent out confirming the news turned out to be the work of hackers. And so Di Maria remains a PSG player. 

09.00 BST: Interesting one here, with Bild in Germany claiming that Chelsea are lining up former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel to replace Antonio Conte… Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has apparently sought out Tuchel and believes he is the right man to take the club forward.

08.46 BST: Las Palmas are on the verge of announcing the signing of Barcelona midfielder Sergi Samper on a season-long loan. According to La Provincia, the two clubs have reached an agreement for the 22-year-old’s transfer and the player is expected to arrive in the Canary Islands on Wednesday.

08.30 BST: Chelsea remain confident of signing Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, the Daily Mirror reports. While the Foxes were holding out for £40 million, Chelsea are hopeful of signing Drinkwater for £30m given his desire to make the move to Stamford Bridge.

08.15 BST: With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only having a year remaining on his Arsenal contract, and with Chelsea and Liverpool said to be circling, the Gunners are starting to get a little worried. Sky Sports states they are set to hold talks with the midfielder in the hope of securing his future this week, though the Daily Telegraph claims he is unlikely to sign a new deal.

08.04 BST: Good morning all and welcome back to another day of Transfer Talk. To kick us off we have Barcelona target Jean Michael Seri, who says he hasn’t played his last match for Nice following their Champions League exit to Napoli last night. “I don’t believe this was my last game for Nice. If it happens with Barcelona, that’s good, otherwise I am happy in Nice,” he said. Full story.

Chelsea eye shock move for Vardy

Antonio Conte is likely to have secured a late flurry of spending in the market by masterminding Chelsea’s Wembley win over Tottenham and the Mirror believes Jamie Vardy is set to be one of his targets in the final days of the window.

The England striker has started the season strongly for Leicester and while speculations surrounding departures has centred around Riyad Mahrez or Danny Drinkwater, who is also wanted by the Blues, Vardy could be on his way if a suitable offer arrives.

Linked with Arsenal last summer before snubbing a move to the Emirates to sign a new deal, Vardy may be running out of opportunities to play in the Champions League again.

While Alvaro Morata should replace Diego Costa, Conte wants depth and appears unsure on Michy Batshuayi’s ability to meet his requirements.

Mustafi emerges as Juventus target

Shkodran Mustafi is now a target for Juventus, claims Turin-based Tuttosport, as they finally prepare to replace Leonardo Bonucci after his shock move to AC Milan.

The Old Lady could move for the Arsenal star to strengthen their back line, which appears to be lacking a top centre-back in their prime.

Arsene Wenger would surely be unwilling to sanction a move for the German international this late in the window, unless the Gunners received another piece in return.

A talented young defender such as Daniele Rugani would fall into this category but the Bianconeri rate the 23-year-old highly and Massimiliano Allegri started him in the Serie A opener against Cagliari last weekend.

Tottenham front runners for Keita

Keita Balde is seemingly heading for London and Tottenham as a €30 million bid is being prepared, according to Corriere Dello Sport.

The Lazio forward has been frozen out after refusing to sign a new deal with the Biancocelesti, while moves to Inter and Juventus have failed to materialise.

Strained relations have hurt the Senegalese international’s hopes of moving to Turin, which now puts Spurs in a strong position to take advantage and add much-needed pace in the wide areas and a potential back-up for Harry Kane.

Following their defeat at the weekend, the ESPN FC crew wonder if they’ve set the bar too high for Tottenham this season.

Burnley close in on £9m Waris

Sean Dyche is set to splash the cash to build upon a solid start to the season for Burnley with the Mail claiming the Clarets will spend £9m on Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

After selling Andre Gray for £18m, Burnley have reacted quickly by bringing in Chris Wood from Leeds for £15m, but Dyche is keen to bring more depth to his attack.

West Ham, West Brom and Brighton were all keen but Waris is now set to move to Turf Moor after catching the eye last term with nine goals and four assists in Ligue 1.


– Bournemouth and Crystal Palace are competing for Aston Villa starlet Andre Green and the Mirror reports that the clubs watched him in action against Reading last week.

Villa could sell the 19-year-old, who has also been watched recently by Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham, due to there being just two years left on his contract.

– Marseille and Monaco have emerged as surprise contenders to land Diego Costa if Chelsea and Atletico Madrid can secure a deal first, reports the Telegraph.

The Ligue 1 giants may be willing to take the Spain international on loan, due to Atletico’s transfer ban, with the 28-year-old’s future still up in the air entering the final week of the window.

– Roma continue to search for attacking reinforcements and Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Giallorossi have picked up talks with Barcelona for Munir.

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