TRANSFER NEWS LIVE – Saturday, July 20
– Man Utd target Harry Maguire tells his Leicester team-mates he wants out
– Arsenal face competition from Everton for £80m-rated Wilfried Zaha
– Liverpool are in talks over a move for Augsburg left-back Philipp Max
Villa set for another two signings
Aston Villa are set to confirm the signings of Trezeguet and Douglas Luiz imminently.
Deals have been agreed with Kasimpasa and Manchester City for the two players and they will collectively cost close to £24m.
Winger Trezeguet, 24, is having a medical at Villa’s training ground this weekend, according to The Telegraph.
The deal struck with Kasimpasa is said to include significant add-ons as well based on how successful the attacker proves to be.
Much is also expected of City ace Luiz, who is set to get more first-team game time at Villa Park than at the Etihad.
His transfer is set to be completed by the middle of the week.
Silva gives Zouma update
Everton boss Marco Silva says he won’t keep waiting so sign Kurt Zouma.
“You are right, you are right,” Silva replied when asked if there would be a cut off point for his interest in Zouma.
“Of course, one of the most important things for me, since we finished the season, is to keep our level.
“It is very, very good for us that we could do that with Andre [Gomes] and our most important players until now, because it was not just Andre and Kurt.
“The most important players in our squad are still here at our club, the 15 or 16 players who played the most are still here until this moment, other than Kurt. Let’s see what we can do in this situation.”
Pulisic rejects Hazard notion
Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic has denied the notion he has arrived at Stamford Bridge to replace Real Madrid summer signing Eden Hazard.
Despite Hazard’s departure – and the fact they play in similar positions – Pulisic told Sky Sports News: “I’m not here to compare or anything.
“Obviously Eden was amazing and he did so well for this club, as you could see last season and the whole time he’s been here. He was an incredible player.
“For me, it’s coming in as my own player, proving myself and doing the best I can to help this team.
“Right now it’s going in and helping the team whatever way I can. It’s just bringing an intensity into the training first of all and earning respect in the beginning.
“Then I want to make an impact as much as I can on the pitch.”
Man Utd reject straight cash Inter bid
Manchester United have turned down a £54m offer from Inter Milan for Romelu Lukaku.
The Serie A giants put forward a straight cash bid for the Belgian, rather than a two-year loan deal with an obligation to buy.
But United have snubbed the offer, according to Sky Sports, as they are holding out for at least £79m.
Zidane talks Pogba
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he’ll keep pushing for Manchester United ace Paul Pogba throughout August.
“We have to respect things,” he told Spanish daily AS. “With the club we know what we want and what can happen until August 31 we can make changes, departures and also that they can come.
“I will not go into that. You have to respect some things.”
When asked if a player with Pogba’s qualities is high on his agenda, Zidane offered a cryptic reply.
“I seem silly because I always answer the same,” he added.
“The important thing is that with the club we know what we want to do and we are in it…”
Everton ready to start Kean talks
Everton are ready to open discussions with Juventus over an ambitious swoop for Moise Kean.
As well as Marco Silva’s Toffees, the likes of Arsenal, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are all admirers.
Juventus are prepared to sell the striker, though, as they look to balance their books following the £67.5m arrival of Matthijs De Ligt from Ajax.
Recruitment chief Marcel Brands will lead any talks with Juventus, and according to Football Insider, Brands is ready for ‘intense negotiations’ with the Serie A champions.
The Merseysiders have money to spend still and Juventus will only be demanding a fee of up to £27m.
However, Juventus will insist on a buy-back clause being included as part of the deal.
Spurs confident of Sessegnon transfer next week
Tottenham are confident they will complete a deal for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon next week.
Tottenham have already made two signings this summer with Tanguy Ndombele arriving in a £55m transfer and Jack Clarke joining from Leeds before being loaned back for the season.
And Spurs again look to be ready to raid the Championship with Sessegnon on Mauricio Pochettino’s radar.
The north London outfit have been locked in talks with the Cottagers for some time over the £25m-rated winger.
But Football Insider claim a recent breakthrough in negotiations has left Spurs feeling confident of finally getting their man.
The club are now hopeful of reaching an agreement with Fulham after extensive talks over the structure of a deal that should see his transfer finalised next week.
Two new Newcastle strikers
Newcastle could be set to follow up their purchase of Joelinton with Southampton outcast Charlie Austin.
The Magpies are expected to wrap up a deal for £36m Hoffenheim striker Joelinton in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has decided Austin is no longer needed at St. Mary’s, and Newcastle could be about to bolster their attacking line further with a cut-price deal.
Austin was close to signing for the Toon earlier in his career before he swapped west London for the South Coast.
The Mirror claim a deal could be struck, with Bruce eyeing the experienced forward this summer.
Man Utd target Maguire talks to Leicester team-mates
Harry Maguire has told his Leicester team-mates he wants to leave the club amid interest from Manchester United and Manchester City this summer.
Starsport understand United expect to wrap up a deal before the window closes on August 8.
And ESPN journalist Mark Ogden claims Maguire has told his Leicester team-mates he’s keen on making a switch.
He told the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast: “Leicester want at least £80m for him, potentially rising to £90m depending if and when they sell him, and United have initially offered £40m for him, so half of what Leicester value him at.
“I’ve been told United will go higher and believe they’ll get him because Maguire has been telling Leicester and his team-mates he wants to leave.
“But the window shuts on August 8, and I think that is going to run and run.”
Arsenal face Zaha rivalry
Everton have joined Arsenal in the hunt to sign £80m-rated Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, identifying him as a target.
And the Toffees will be ready to negotiate with stubborn Palace once they officially sell young winger Ademola Lookman.
A £22.5m deal has been agreed with RB Leipzig following his successful loan to the Bundesliga club last year.
That sale would raise more money to help fund a deal for Zaha, with Palace sticking to their £80m valuation.
Should Everton leapfrog Arsenal in the race to sign him, Zaha would ultimately face a big decision if he gets the chance to join the Merseysiders.
The London Evening Standard add it remains to be seen whether a switch to European-chasing Everton would appeal to Zaha.
Liverpool identify left-back solution
Liverpool want to sign Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
The Reds see the 25-year-old as ideal competition for Andy Robertson.
Alberto Moreno’s departure following the expiration of his contract means Liverpool need a new left-back.
The Bundesliga talent would apparently cost £17.5m with Liverpool in talks with the player’s representatives.
Barcelona, though, are also keen on the defender.