TRANSFER NEWS LIVE
– Manchester United make Harry Maguire decision after being quoted £90m by Leicester City
– Arsenal launch £42m bid for Real Madrid star
– Tottenham secure agreement for their next signing
– Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk eyed by Barcelona
Longstaff wants Man Utd chat
Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff wants the chance to speak to Manchester United to discuss a potential move, according to Sky Sports.
Should St James’ Park bigwigs be unwilling to open that door though, Longstaff will respect their decision.
United would subsequently have to accept that they will fail in luring him away if this proves to be the case.
He is understood to be fully committed to Newcastle, and is not expected to force a move at this stage.
Haller in West Ham talks
Sebastien Haller is reportedly in contract talks with West Ham ahead of a proposed £35m switch from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Hopes of luring the former Auxerre hitman to the London Stadium looked bleak at the beginning of the week.
However, Haller has since changed his stance and is now open to playing for West Ham, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.
It is said agent Willie McKay has helped persuade Haller to talk terms with the Premier League side.
An agreement is claimed to have been reached between the two clubs for £35m, and Haller is willing to join.
L’Equipe add contract discussions have already begun and will continue today.
Frankfurt are said to be already in the process of recruiting a new No.9 to replace Haller.
A potential departure has been in the pipeline for some time, though, as Starsport understands West Ham’s first contact with Frankfurt was made weeks ago.
Klopp makes Liverpool prediction
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not have “the biggest transfer window of all time” as it looks set to be a quiet summer at Anfield.
The Kop boss is only in the market for reinforcements in this window and it is highly unlikely the Reds will splash big money on a top-level star.
The emergence of Rhian Brewster as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge following his long-term ankle injury and the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to full fitness means Klopp already feels like he has two new signings in his squad.
“The transfer market is open. We will see what we do, but I don’t think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time,” said Klopp.
“Rhian Brewster and Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t play last year. All the young boys didn’t play for us last year.”
Saliba to Tottenham?
Tottenham have hijacked Arsenal’s bid to sign William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.
Spurs have launched an offer worth in excess of €27m (£26.5m) plus bonuses for the 18-year-old defender, who was thought to be close to heading to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have an agreement with Saliba but a transfer deal with Saint-Etienne is not yet in place.
According to RMC Sport, Tottenham are set to hold a meeting with the Ligue 1 outfit on Saturday to conclude the switch.
Arsenal must reportedly accelerate their own talks with Saint-Etienne or risk missing out on Saliba.
Longstaff to Man Utd?
Sean Longstaff wanted a deal to join Manchester United wrapped up last week.
Solskjaer had hoped to bring in a number of signings ahead of next season, with a need for added depth in defence and midfield.
Longstaff is being targeted after a promising campaign with Newcastle last term.
The 21-year-old is reportedly keen on a move and according to the Evening Standard, he had hoped to join United ahead of their pre-season tour to Australia.
The Red Devils flew out last weekend and they’re taking on Perth Glory tomorrow.
Arsenal youngster Ben Sheaf has joined Doncaster Rovers on a six-month loan deal.
The 21-year-old utility man becomes Darren Moore’s first signing at the League One club.
Sheaf said: “I’ve played at centre-back in the past couple of seasons but I was in midfield prior to that – but I enjoy either and will do my best.
“I like to get on the ball and make things happen, I’m really excited and looking forward to getting going now.”
Kovacic speaks out
Chelsea’s only summer signing Mateo Kovacic has revealed he hopes to improve his scoring rate under Frank Lampard.
“I’m looking forward to working with him a lot,” the £40m signing told the club’s website.
“He was an amazing player and he showed last season that he is a good coach as well.
“I’m looking forward to learning how to score from him because he scored quite a lot and me not so much last season!
“I’m maybe not exactly the same type of midfielder as he was but he had some strong abilities, especially scoring goals.
“He was a hard worker so I’m looking forward to being better in this aspect, in working hard, fighting on the pitch and scoring goals.”
Costa to Man Utd?
Manchester United have been urged to sign Diego Costa as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku.
“I think he’d be a fit for United if they got rid of Lukaku,” Alan Brazil said of Costa.
“Lukaku by all accounts this morning, representatives of Inter Milan are talking to Manchester United.
“If you were manager of Manchester United, you would not sell him?”
Sam Allardyce replied: “Lukaku? No.
“Not unless I was getting Costa.
“I might say yes to that.”
Engels to Aston Villa?
Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Bjorn Engels from Reims.
According to Sky Sports, a deal has been agreed to sign the Belgian centre-back.
He is on his way to the UK to complete the transfer.
Engels will become Dean Smith’s eighth summer signing.
Maguire to Man Utd?
Manchester United have decided to postpone their swoop for Leicester City star Harry Maguire.
According to the Standard, Old Trafford are refusing to pay the £90m fee quoted by Foxes bosses.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the hunt for a new defender but will need Leicester to compromise.
Maguire is understood to be Solskjaer’s leading target to strengthen his backline.
Ceballos to Arsenal?
Arsenal will launch a bid for Real Madrid fringe man Dani Ceballos.
According to Eldes Marque, the Gunners’ opening gambit will total £42m (€48m).
It is claimed Real Madrid bigwig Florentino Perez is likely to accept.
Arsenal’s total transfer budget before player sales is understood to be just £45m.
Lo Celso to Tottenham?
Tottenham have agreed personal terms with Real Betis ace Giovani Lo Celso.
According to Estadio Deportivo, Spurs have settled on a £150,000-a-week deal with the Argentina international.
All that reportedly remains is to reach an agreement on the transfer fee with Real Betis.
Despite having differing valuations, there is a mutual desire to settle on a fee.
Van Dijk to Barcelona?
Virgil van Dijk laughed off interest from Barcelona, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Nou Camp club reportedly enquired about the Liverpool star’s availability to his representatives.
They were told, however, that Van Dijk was staying at Anfield.
Liverpool signed the Dutchman from Southampton for £75m in January 2018.