The summer transfer window is into its final days for the major European leagues, which means the biggest clubs are looking to make a splash in the market while they still can. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Pjanic willing to take pay cut for Juve move
Juventus are still looking to strengthen their midfield, with AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni and Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel among their favoured options. However, Miralem Pjanic, who Barcelona are desperate to get off their books, is also being linked with a return to Juve.
Calciomercato reports that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international is willing to take a pay cut to head back to Turin. The 31-year-old played for Juve between 2016 and 2020, before heading to the Camp Nou as part of a swap deal involving Arthur Melo.
Pjanic has an €8m-a-season contract, but is willing to cut that by €3m to change clubs and Calciomercato suggests that could sway it for Juve.
Pjanic has only made the bench in one of Barca’s three LaLiga games this season, while he managed just 13 starts in all competitions last term. Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso and Lyon‘s Houssem Aouar are outside options to join the Bianconeri.
20.27 BST: Amid earlier news that Barcelona have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur that will see Emerson Royal move to North London in a €30m deal, the Blaugrana are in need of cover on the right side of defence, and Mundo Deportivo reports that one name on the Catalan club’s radar is 26-year-old Arsenal man Hector Bellerin. The former La Masia attendee has yet to feature for the Gunners this term, and could be available on loan with an option to make the move permanent.
20.04 BST: After agreeing to terminate his contract at Arsenal, just one year into a three-year agreement, 33-year-old winger Willian will fly to Brazil on Tuesday to sign a two-year contract with Corinthians on a free transfer, Fabrizio Romano writes.
19.41 BST: Lazio are in the market for a wide attacking player to replace Joaquin Correa, who moved to Internazionale last week, and the top two names on their list are Filip Kostic of Eintrach Frankfurt and Hellas Verona’s Mattia Zaccagni, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. However, if the Roman side miss out on both targets, their fall-back option is quite intriguing: free agent Franck Ribery, who’s been without a club since his contract at Fiorentina expired in July.
19.18 BST: Another disappointment at Stamford Bridge, where it’s now “extremely unlikely” that Chelsea will sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul, the Guardian reports. The Blues were said to be interested in taking the 26-year-old Spain international on loan with an option to make the move permanent, as Thomas Tuchel sought experienced depth behind his preferred trio of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.
18.55 BST: Fabrizio Romano writes that Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a €30m transfer with Barcelona for 22-year-old right-back Emerson Royal. The Brazil international reportedly has agreed to move to North London, although negotiations over personal terms are ongoing.
18.32 BST: AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on a two-year loan with an option to make the move permanent, which becomes an obligation under certain conditions. The 27-year-old once-capped France international the past three seasons on short-term spells away from Stamford Bridge, including with Milan in 2018-19.
— AC Milan (@acmilan) August 30, 2021
18.09 BST: RB Leipzig have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign midfielder Ilaix Moriba for a fee that could reach €20m, sources have confirmed to ESPN’s Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens. The 18-year-old will fly to Germany to complete a medical ahead of signing a five-year contract with the Bundesliga side before Tuesday’s transfer deadline. Read the full story.
17.57 BST: Manchester United are in talks with Leeds United over a deal for Daniel James, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson. There have been discussions about both a loan or permanent move for the Wales winger, who has spent the past two seasons at Old Trafford after arriving from Swansea City in 2019. Read the full story.
17.46 BST: Chelsea are “unlikely” to complete their move for Sevilla FC centre-back Jules Kounde, according to the Athletic. The Blues are said to have thought they’d reached a verbal agreement with the Andalusian side, only for their counterparts in LaLiga to raise the demanded transfer fee by €15m. Chelsea won’t improve their offer, and are prepared to begin the season with their existing centre-back options, and potentially return to the negotiating table in January.
17.23 BST: Amid continued speculation that Juventus will recruit one of Miralem Pjanic or Axel Witsel to bolster their midfield, Corriere dello Sport reports that the Bianconeri will need to clear space in their squad to do so, and the most likely candidate to move on is United States midfielder Weston McKennie. Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen and pressing to agree a deal for the 23-year-old FC Dallas academy graduate, but will need to negotiate a transfer fee that Juve are said to be expecting to reach €30m.
17.00 BST: AC Milan are not interested in signing James Rodriguez from Everton, according to sources at the club.
The Colombia international is expected to leave Goodison Park before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, having yet to feature this season under manager Rafa Benitez. Reports in his home country had suggested he had agreed a deal to join the Rossoneri. But sources at Milan have confirmed to ESPN he is not a transfer target.
16.20 BST: Marca reports that Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told Riqui Puig he has no future at the club.
Puig, 22, played just 600 minutes last season and has been told he will have to leave if he wants to play.
“We have four or five players injured and when they’re back, others are going to be in a very difficult situation,” Koeman said.
The central midfielder must now decide if he is to accept a new challenge before Tuesday’s deadline.
15.42 BST: Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Austria international Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig.
Sabitzer, 27, has signed a four-year contract at Bayern and will wear No. 18.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to play for FC Bayern,” Sabitzer said. “As a child my Bayern kit was my pride and joy — I got a new one at Christmas every year.
“I’ll give everything for this club, I want to win as many matches as possible and of course collect lots of titles.”
He began his career at Admira Wacker and played for Rapid Vienna before earning a move to RB Leipzig.
Neuzugang beim #FCBayern! 🔴⚪
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 30, 2021
15.05 BST: Remember Shkodran Mustafi? The 29-year-old is a free agent after leaving Schalke at the end of last season, when the club were relegated from the Bundesliga. The former Arsenal central defender is now set to move to Serie A and sign for Torino. He played in Italy at Sampdoria for two years between 2012-14.
Mustafi will arrive as the replacement for Lyanco, who was sold to Southampton last week.
14.33 BST: Juventus are still hopeful of signing Mauro Icardi, with Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Paris Saint-Germain are open to a transfer. But it could all hinge on the future of Kylian Mbappe. The report says that if Mbappe is sold to Real Madrid, then Icardi will stay in Paris. But if there is no deal to take Mbappe to Spain, Icardi will be available as PSG look to balance the books after signing Lionel Messi.
Gazzetta cautions that there might not be enough time for PSG to get the Icardi deal over the line in any event, and the transfer could be shelved until next year.
14.00 BST: Jose Mourinho is desperate to add to his midfield at AS Roma, with Calciomercato reporting that Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) and Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich) are on his shortlist of names — but he can only sign one player.
Mourinho will also need to move a player on to create space in his squad, with Gonzalo Villar and Amadou Diawara both being made available for transfer. The club have tried to move on Javier Pastore and Steven Nzonzi all summer, but they remain at the club despite not even having squad numbers and they are a heavy drain on the wage bill.
Luiz, 23, is reported to be Roma’s No. 1 target and could be available for €30m, but it will be difficult to get the necessary deals done before the transfer window closes. Loftus-Cheek and Tolisso, in the final year of their contracts, could be more achievable.
13.27 BST: Gab Marcotti wonders why Real Madrid would move for Kylian Mbappe now when he could join for free next season.
Gab Marcotti wonders why Real Madrid would move for Kylian Mbappe now when he could join for free next season.
13.01 BST: Juventus are set to sign Mohamed Ihattaren from PSV Eindhoven, according to Calciomercato. The report says that the Netherlands youth international is out of contract at the end of the season and could be available for as little as €5m.
Juve are also on the brink of re-signing Moise Kean from Everton, and they are now set to turn their attentions to the 19-year-old midfielder. However, Ihattaren will be immediately loaned to Sampdoria for the season to get experience of Italian football.
12.34 BST: Ademola Lookman has been linked with Leicester City for the past few months, and reports suggest he is now on the verge of completing a loan move from RB Leipzig.
Lookman, 23, moved to RB Leipzig permanently in 2011 but struggled to make an impression and spent last season back in the Premier League with Fulham. The former Everton winger has not featured for Leipzig so far this season.
12.10 BST: Everton are hoping to sign Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan from Arsenal, with an option to buy. The Daily Mirror reports that the 24-year-old is desperate for first-team football after failing to force himself into Mikel Arteta’s first-team plans over the past year. Burnley, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are also said to be interested, but Everton are in pole position.
The right-back spent the second half of last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion.
Maitland-Niles made his views clear on Instagram…..
🚨 Ainsley Maitland-Niles on Instagram 🚨 pic.twitter.com/MkGHcEUGUV
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) August 30, 2021
11.28 BST: Dan James started Manchester United‘s 1-0 win at Southampton on Sunday, but Sky Sports is reporting that he could be heading out of the club before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
James, 23, joined United from Swansea City two years ago but he could now become one of the casualties of Cristiano Ronaldo’s impending return to the club.
Leeds United are reportedly open to a loan deal, or a permanent switch. Brighton, Crystal Palace and Everton are also said to be interested.
Amad Diallo‘s proposed loan moan to Feyenoord appears to be off after he suffered a thigh injury in training and will be out for around six weeks.
10.45 BST: Ruben Dias has signed a new long-term contact at Manchester City, the club announced on Monday. The 24-year-old has signed an extension until 2027, just 12 months after arriving from Benfica.
Dias has been rewarded for an impressive first season at the Etihad Stadium, during which he helped Pep Guardiola’s team to the Premier League title and Champions League final.
He was also named the Premier League’s Player of the Year and UEFA’s Defender of the Year.
We are delighted to announce that @rubendias has signed a new six-year contract! ✍️
Having joined from Benfica last September, Dias’ new deal will keep him at the Club through until the summer of 2027.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) August 30, 2021
10.02 BST: Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards is set to leave the club at the end of the season, ESPN sources have revealed. Edwards was part of the club’s transfer committee that signed Alisson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum. He also sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £142m deal.
09.16 BST: The Daily Mail is reporting that Chelsea have a decision to make over the future of Callum Hudson-Odoi. The winger, who was previously wanted by Bayern Munich, is a loan target for Borussia Dortmund.
The 20-year-old has not played for Chelsea yet this season, and appears to be well down the pecking order for coach Thomas Tuchel.
08.30 BST: Barcelona have rejected an opening bid from Tottenham for right-back Emerson Royal worth €20m plus Serge Aurier, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Barca expect Tottenham to return with another offer before Tuesday’s transfer deadline but sources have told ESPN it would have to be a “huge” bid for the club to consider selling.
Emerson, 22, re-joined Barca for €9m this summer after spending the last two years at Real Betis, who would be due a percentage of any future transfer fee.
– Gianluca Scamacca has previously had interest from Inter Milan and Juventus, but the Sassuolo man is set to join Cagliari, reports Calciomercato. The striker, who impressed on loan at Genoa last season, will command an initial €1m loan fee, with an option to make the transfer permanent for around €26m.
– Filip Kostic may have tried to force a move from Eintracht Frankfurt to Lazio, but the Bundesliga outfit aren’t budging yet. According to Sky Sport Germany, they rejected an initial offer of €10m but the Serie A side expected to make an improved bid. Frankfurt want clarity on the situation, though, as they will need to sign a replacement if the Serbia international departs before the deadline.
– Crystal Palace are doing all they can to add extra firepower to their frontline in the final days of the transfer window, according to The Sun. With midfielder Conor Gallagher the only player to score so far this campaign, they are looking to sign Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah for £12m and Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard for £15m. This isn’t a case of it being one or the other, as the Eagles want both to join.
– According to Le10Sport, Lille are already making plans to replace right-back Zeki Celik, who is expected to join Atletico Madrid. It is reported that the Ligue 1 champions are looking at Montpellier’s Junior Sambia and Clermont Foot’s Akim Zedadka.