Cristiano Ronaldo is on the verge of a sensational move from Juventus to Manchester City, with the forward having agreed personal terms with the Premier League champions – per our own Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney.
Former Man United winger Ronaldo, 36, has already spoken to Pep Guardiola about his role at Man City, and it is understood the Portugal captain would be paid over £250,000 a week should the deal be completed. His agent Jorge Mendes flew into Turin this week to try and negotiate Ronaldo’s exit from Juventus, who are in principle open to a sale as they want the forward off the wage bill in order to rebuild. There is still a significant way to go, though, as City do not want to pay the desired £25million fee but Juventus are adamant Ronaldo does not go for free next summer.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid’s pursuit of Kylian Mbappe appears to have stalled following Paris Saint-Germain’s rejection of an improved £145m bid for the France international. The 22-year-old is keen on leaving the Ligue 1 club, while PSG reportedly want closer to £190m. If they are unable to get that sum, however, they risk losing Mbappe for free next summer – and so they are planning on potentially spending money from a sale on Everton striker Richarlison.
Meanwhile, Scott McTominay’s groin surgery might see Manchester United ramp up their late pursuit of another central midfielder, though top target Declan Rice is unlikely to leave West Ham this summer. Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, 18, is an alternative for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, however.
You can follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip as Premier League clubs make moves to strengthen ahead of transfer deadline day.
Transfer news LIVE: Spurs in advanced talks with Barca over Moriba deal
“Moriba, one of the most highly regarded La Masia graduates in recent years, is into the last year of his contract with Barcelona and has reached an impasse over renewing terms at the Nou Camp. As a result, the teenager has been excluded from Ronald Koeman’s first team and the head coach publicly implied last week that Moriba was prioritising money over his career prospects.
“Moriba has been offered to and attracted widespread interest from clubs across Europe and Barcelona are thought to want a fee of around £13m. Spurs have accelerated their interest over the last fortnight and are now considered frontrunners, however, negotiations remain complicated due to salary demands and other fees involved in completing the deal.
“RB Leipzig are also interested in signing Moriba, but the midfielder prefers a move to London.”
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:42
Transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo bids farewell to Juventus teammates
Per Sky Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus’ training centre after saying goodbye to his teammates.
The Portugal captain’s agreement with Manchester City remains a verbal one, however, meaning his farewell might be premature…
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:25
Transfer news LIVE: West Ham near completion of Zouma deal
West Ham’s move for Kurt Zouma could be confirmed very soon, per BBC Sport.
The Chelsea defender is reported to have undergone a medical in France yesterday ahead of a potential £25m move to the Hammers, and personal terms with the centre-back are now said to have been agreed.
West Ham’s fine start to the season has seen them beat Newcastle 4-2 and Leicester City 4-1 to top the Premier League table, but their involvement in the Europa League this season means they need greater squad depth – something they haven’t exactly achieved so far in this window.
The arrival of France international Zouma would certainly help them out.
West Ham learn their Europa League group-stage opponents in an hour. You can follow all the build-up to the draw with us here:
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:05
Transfer news LIVE: PSG reject improved Real bid for Mbappe
Real Madrid have had a second bid for Kylian Mbappe turned down by Paris Saint-Germain, according to Sky Sports.
Following their first, rejected bid of £137m, Real have since seen an offer of £145m refused by the French club.
PSG are believed to want in the region of £190m for France forward Mbappe, who has a year left on his contract.
But the Ligue 1 side might just budge before this summer window closes, with Sky also reporting that PSG are in fact planning how they might use the money from an Mbappe sale…
The French club may look to sign Everton striker Richarlison if they offload Mbappe, 22.
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:52
Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea a clash of team-building ideologies
Tomorrow’s late Premier League kick-off sees Liverpool take on Chelsea as two potential title contenders meet at Anfield. The clubs are emblematic of very different team-building processes, as Miguel Delaney writes:
“Chelsea have almost been crafted from the top down, with an elite coach brought in to impose an ideology on an expensive collection of talent. While there is obvious design to the club’s recruitment, it is not like the squad has been built to a defined tactical approach. It is – in the plainest terms – just the super-stacked squad of a super-club.
“That isn’t the case with Liverpool. That is a squad largely built from the bottom up, with Klopp first putting in place his vision and making signings to suit it. It has been a gradual process, with the right players being brought in when possible. They had to be more selective and patient.”
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:27
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid’s Mbappe pursuit stalls after PSG reject bid
Paris Saint-Germain this week rejected Real Madrid’s £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe.
The Ligue 1 club reportedly want closer to £190m for the superstar forward, who could leave on a free transfer next summer when his contract expires.
Mbappe, 22, is keen on leaving PSG, according to club director Leonardo, but it seems things have stalled on Real’s end.
Could it be that they were simply signalling to Mbappe their interest in signing him, before waiting to secure the France international for free at the end of the season?
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:15
Transfer news LIVE: Man United want midfielder but Rice may elude them
Another update from our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, who has the latest on Manchester United’s plans as the window nears its closure.
Declan Rice remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target, but United may have to wait until next summer to pry the England international from West Ham.
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:59
Transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo close to sensational Man City move
Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed personal terms with Manchester City – per our own Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney – meaning he is on the verge of a move that would almost rival Lionel Messi’s seismic transfer from Barcelona to PSG this summer.
Miguel reports: “The Portuguese has already spoken to Pep Guardiola about his role in the team, and it is understood personal terms have been agreed in principle.
“Ronaldo will be paid over £250,000 a week should the deal be completed.
“His agent Jorge Mendes flew into Turin on Wednesday night to try and negotiate his exit, and Juventus are in principle open to a sale as they want Ronaldo off the wage bill in order to rebuild. There is still a significant distance way to go, though, as City do not want to pay a fee but Juventus are adamant he does not go for free. That may yet scupper the deal, but the principal personal terms have been agreed.”
Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:51
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Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:47