Tottenham line up Isco loan after Real Madrid block James Rodriguez sale

Isco looks to be the odd man out in Real Madrid’s crowded midfield, with Tottenham reportedly snatching up the Spaniard on a yearlong loan.

The summer transfer window is beginning to swing shut. Transfer Talk has its finger on the pulse for the latest gossip ahead of deadline day. Follow our live blog below, and see the latest deals here.

TOP STORY: Spurs line up Isco loan

Tottenham are set to sign Real Madrid star Isco on a seasonlong loan, with an option for a permanent deal next summer, according to the Sunday Mirror. Although the Spanish international has attracted interest from Chelsea, it’s Spurs — who can offer Champions League football — are favourites to secure the 24-year-old’s services.

The report suggests that the former Malaga playmaker has been made available for transfer after Real president Florentino Perez blocked attempts to sign James Rodriguez, who has been the subject of interest from Chelsea and Juventus. An initial loan deal for Isco is likely to suit Tottenham, whose bid for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha was knocked back last week.


18.52 BST: West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis was bemoaning his side’s lack of movement in the transfer market only an hour or two ago.

Now it is reported the Baggies could be set to break their transfer record for Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli

18.37 BST:   DONE DEAL And a bit of a shock one too! Out of nowhere Red Bull Leipzig have stolen in and signed the highly rated Nottingham Forest youngster Oliver Burke.

This is an impressive move by the Bundesliga side. Burke has been linked with the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Manchester United.

18.21 BST: Could Samir Nasri be handed a second chance at Manchester City?

18.04 BST: Crystal Palace are favourites to sign Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports.

Since moving to Stamford Bridge two years ago the French striker has only made nine starts but he would be boosted by a reunion with Alan Pardew — a manager he scored 14 goals in 26 Premier League games for at Newcastle during the 2013/14 season.

17.37 BST: Red Bull Leipzig have entered the race to sign Oliver Burke from Nottingham, according to ESPN FC contributor Peter O’Rourke.

It has already been reported that Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Barcelona have scouted the Scotland international.

17.10 BST: Nikola Maksimovic, a reported target for Napoli and Chelsea, looks set to move on before deadline day after Torino manager Sinisa Mihajlovic claimed the defender to have gone AWOL.

“I haven’t heard from him,” Mihajlovic said. “As far as I am concerned, Maksimovic is dead to me.”

16.52 BST: Chelsea are closing in on the €25m signing of Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina, Marca claims. The 25-year-old would help Antonio Conte out in a number of positions although they would remain in the market for a central defender.

16.31 BST: Lyon are looking to sign Juan Iturbe from Roma before the end of the transfer window, L’Equipe reports.

Malaga and Villarreal are also in the hunt for the 23-year-old Paraguayan, but Lyon are hopeful of an initial loan deal being concluded.

16.12 BST: Sky Sports in Germany claims Arsenal won’t complete the signing of Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia until Tuesday because of the Bank Holiday weekend in England.

15.57 BST: Leicester are aiming to break their transfer record for a second time before the transfer window shuts by completing the signing of Islam Slimani from Sporting Lisbon.

Ahmed Musa is the Foxes’ current record signing, joining from CSKA Moscow for around £16m, but a deal for Algeria international Slimani could cost close to double. The Guardian reckons a bid of £25m has been rejected with the Portuguese side looking to do business for a fee in the region of £34m.

15.34 BST: Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is not concerned about speculation linking Joe Hart with a move to Anfield.

The Belgium international told Sky Sports: “There is no point looking over my shoulder, I have to look in the mirror and look at myself. If I keep performing then there is nothing to worry about. I think speculation is part of being at a big club like Liverpool. I think every day another player gets linked and that’s not going to change, so I’m used to that.”

15.18 BST: Sporting Lisbon have signed Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost.

The 27-year-old Dutchman scored 36 goals in 80 games for the German side and has made six appearances for Netherlands.

14.55 BST: Speculation linking Edinson Cavani with a return to Napoli will not amount to anything, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has said.

“I hold Edinson Cavani in high esteem,” De Laurentiis told Napoli’s official website after it was reported the striker could make a return. “We had a lot of fun during his time in Naples. He scored some beautiful goals, 104 of them! But bringing a player back to Napoli who has been here before is difficult. Not so much because it seems like reheating an old soup, but because Napoli evolve from season to season, assuming different systems and styles of play.”

14.39 BST: Remember Asamoah Gyan? The former Sunderland striker is said to be in England ahead of completing a move to Reading.

14.20 BST: Mino Raiola said Jose Mourinho tried to sign Paul Pogba for Chelsea last summer and claimed “four or five” clubs including Real Madrid were in for the France international this summer.

Raiola told Telefoot: “Last year already, Jose Mourinho tried to recruit him to Chelsea. But it was not the right time for Paul to leave. Regarding the interest of Real Madrid, I think Zinedine Zidane wanted [him too]. He was also not the only one. There were four or five other clubs who wanted my client.”

14.02 BST: Reported Stoke target Saido Berahino has been left on the bench for West Bromwich Albion’s Premier League game against Middlesbrough, and Tony Pulis has been happy to explain his thinking behind the move.

“It was to clear his mind, he has three days for another window to pass and then hopefully his mind will clear,” Pulis told Sky Sports.

13.40 BST: John Stones has no regrets about missing out on a move to Chelsea in 2015 because he has ended up working with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City who he says is “the best manager in the world.”

Stones said: “I suppose what happened turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I stated last year what I wanted to do. It didn’t happen and so I just got on with it, kept going, set out to win games and improve as a player.

“For me personally, I am now working with the best manager in the world. I’m over the moon to be at City and learning from a manager like Pep Guardiola.

13.18 BST: Reported Manchester United target Fabinho expects to stay with Monaco.

He told L’Equipe: “With the Champions League, it’s not bad staying at Monaco. I’m not certain of staying, but at the same time, there’s more of a chance of me staying than leaving.”

13.00 BST: Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan has told Joe Hart to go abroad to hone his skills and retain his England place.

Corrigan told BBC 5 Live’s Sportsweek show: “The way the situation looks, he’s going to be going out on loan somewhere. “I think he might be better off actually going abroad and trying to find somewhere where he can use his ability as a goalkeeper and learn the backpass situation.

“He’s got to have first-team football. You can’t expect Sam to keep on picking him if he’s sat on the bench — or not even sat on the bench, as has been suggested. It will be very, very interesting in the next few days to see what develops.”

12.39 BST: Burnley boss Sean Dyche is confident of signing Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan.

Following the Clarets’ 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Dyche said: “Patrick is close. It’s just a few I’s getting dotted and T’s getting crossed.”

And Bamford may not be Burnley’s only new arrival before deadline day. Dyche added: “There are a number of other things closer too, but we still have to get them over the line, so we’ll wait and see.”

12.20 BST: Some more on West Ham’s signing of Simone Zaza. Hammers’ co-chairman David Gold confirmed on Twitter that a £5m loan fee has been paid and it will cost a further £20m to sign the striker permanently next summer.

12.04 BST: Moussa Sissoko‘s future remains undecided but Juventus could be set to enter the race for his signature, the Mirror claims.

The France international is expected to move on from Newcastle, but Italian champions Juve are only willing to take him if they can negotiate a fee of £15m. That’s in stark contrast to the £35m the Magpies hope to recoup.

11.40 BST: Bayer Leverkusen defender Omer Toprak made a €20m bid to Borussia Dortmund although the move didn’t materialise.

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has explained that was because Dortmund were not willing to meet their valuation of the Turkey international.

“Omer understood immediately that it was not down to us that the deal didn’t work out, but Borussia Dortmund have every right to say they are not going to match our valuation,” Voller told Sport1 television.

“It happens and nobody is angry about it. You’ve got to agree with the other club, and we simply couldn’t agree with Dortmund. We owed it to him that we would listen to any offer, and he had this offer from Dortmund, but it didn’t work out.”

11.28 BST: Oliver Burke has been earning rave reviews for Nottingham Forest this season leading Manchester United to take an interest in him, according to The Sun.

Burke, 19, has been targeted by Jose Mourinho, who is willing to loan him back to Forest in order to ensure he continues to play regularly and develop.

It is reported Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Arsenal are also keen on the Scotland international, while West Bromwich Albion had a £6m offer rejected earlier this summer.

11.12 BST: Just in case this one passed you by overnight… Portugal international Joao Mario has joined Internazionale from Sporting CP in a €45 million deal.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who was part of the Portugal side that won the 2016 European Championship, passed his medical on Friday before agreeing personal terms.

10.30 BST:  And another DONE DEAL This time it is West Ham. They have announced the loan signing of Simone Zaza from Juventus. The Italy international striker becomes the Hammers 11th signing of the summer.

Zaza told West Ham’s official website: “I want to thank everyone for welcoming me including the fans and everyone at the Club. I wanted to start a new experience and I feel this is the right choice for me.

“I have been fortunate enough to have already played at the new Stadium with a different shirt. It is a beautiful stadium and I felt the warmth of the fans and this was a big reason why I wanted to join the Club.

“I want to become a better player and I know I can do that at West Ham. Unfortunately we could not qualify for the Europa League, but I am hoping I can help the Club do that next season.” 

10.05 BST:  DONE DEAL We have ourselves a completed transfer on this Sunday morning…

09.30 BST: New Jersey-born Italy international Giuseppe Rossi has joined Celta Vigo from Fiorentina. The injury-plagued forward made 33 appearances for the Viola, scoring 16 goals, since joining the Serie A side in January 2013.

Premier League clubs queue up for Balotelli

An unlikely bidding war for the services of Mario Balotelli could ensue before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

ESPN FC’s Alison Bender and Janusz Michallik assess the latest transfer rumours, including Wolves’ interest in Mario Balotelli.

It has been made clear the former Italy international is no longer required at Liverpool, but clubs have not exactly been beating a path to Anfield in an effort to sign him — until now, at least.

Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are all keen, reportedly, as are Serie A side Palermo. However, with a reported €6-million-per-season salary to stump up, it remains to be seen what kind of deal can be struck to acquire the mercurial striker.

Griezmann, Lewandowski shot down Gunners moves

On the day Arsene Wenger announced that Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi both passed medicals, the Sun claims Arsenal attempted to sign Antoine Griezmann and Robert Lewandowski this summer — only to be knocked back by both.

Wenger apparently held talks with Griezmann during Euro 2016 about a move to the Premier League but was told by the Atletico Madrid and France striker that he is settled in the Spanish capital. However, it is said the Gunners remain interested and are hopeful of resurrecting a deal in the future.

An offer for Bayern Munich’s Lewandowski was also tabled, but Arsenal were unable to match the Polish striker’s wage demands.

Arsenal reportedly tabled a bid for Robert Lewandowski over the summer but couldn’t match the Bayern Munich man’s wage demands.


– AC Milan and Torino have contacted Manchester City to enquire about Joe Hart‘s availability, the Sunday Express reports. Hart reportedly held talks with City director of football Txiki Begiristain on Saturday in an effort to determine what his next move should be, and a Serie A switch could be on the cards.

– Liverpool will not sign Borussia Dortmund prodigy Christian Pulisic this summer, but a move to sign the U.S. international midfielder is not dead, with the Reds willing to wait in order to secure his services at a future date, the Liverpool Echo reports. It is said Jurgen Klopp rates the 17-year-old highly, “and will continue to monitor his progress.”

– Reported Stoke target Mamadou Sakho is facing a race against time to secure a move away from Liverpool. According to the Daily Mail, the France international defender is considering fighting for his place under Klopp, but if he is still at Anfield after the transfer deadline passes, he will continue to be frozen out and is unlikely to see any game time.

– Southampton will break their transfer record to sign Lille forward Sofiane Boufal, according to the Mirror. The report claims the 22-year-old Moroccan is due to have a medical after a £17m fee was agreed, but only £15.3m will be paid up front. Although Boufal is currently unfit because of a knee injury, he arrives having scored 11 goals and assisted on four more in Ligue 1 last season.

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