Chelsea make Saul Niguez loan-to-buy bid and close in on Kounde, Cristiano Ronaldo to Tottenham – transfer news live

CRISTIANO RONALDO has "demanded" a blockbuster transfer away from Juventus, according to reports.

And one of the teams surprisingly rumoured to be interested is Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs are also said to be in talks to sign Franck Kessie of AC Milan and Adama Traore of Wolves.

And Chelsea are desperate to complete a deal for Sevilla's Jules Kounde in the final days of the transfer window.

Meanwhile there's concrete interest from the Blues in another Spain-based player in the shape of a loan-to-buy bid for Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez.

Follow ALL of the latest news and updates below…

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    Andrew Robertson has signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool.

    The left-back has starred for Jurgen Klopp's side since joining in 2017, playing an instrumental role in winning the Champions League and the Premier League.

    Upon penning his extension, Robertson told Liverpool's official website: "Obviously when the negotiations started and it looked as if my future was going to be here longer term than what it was, then I think it’s no secret that I’m happy at this club.

    “I want to stay at this club for as long as possible and to extend my stay, it’s always a happy time for me, for my family. We’re settled here, we love everything about this football club and I’m glad that the journey is continuing.”

    Andy Robertson has committed his future at Anfield until 2026Credit: The Times
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    Saul Niguez is set to leave Atletico Madrid, according to reports.

    And the Spanish international could be headed to the Premier League.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims that Chelsea opened talks 'days ago' to sign the midfielder – with an initial loan bid with an option to buy on the table.

    He also claims that Manchester United sensationally re-entered the mix in the last 24 hours, and that Saul is being targeted by the Red Devils as a potential alternative to Eduardo Camavinga.

    Saul Niguez is on the verge of waving Atletico goodbyeCredit: Rex
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    Liverpool could battle Merseyside rivals Everton in the bidding for Rangers and Scotland starlet Nathan Patterson.

    SunSport understands Jurgen Klopp’s side have been tracking right-back Patterson since the start of the year.

    And while it isn’t a priority position for the Reds, who already have England ace Trent Alexander-Arnold and Welsh international Neco Williams, they are keeping a keen interest in the 19-year-old’s development.

    Gers boss and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has branded Everton ‘jokers’ after tabling a £5million bid for the twice-capped academy graduate.

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    West Ham are preparing to turn to Nikola Vlasic as a Jesse Lingard alternative, according to reports.

    David Moyes is eager to bring Man United star Lingard back to London Stadium, after the 28-year-old's fantastic loan spell.

    But having so far failed to agree a deal, the Hammers are looking at other options.

    According to the Telegraph, West Ham are 'lining up' a move for CSKA Moscow star Vlasic – who was on Everton's books between 2017 and 2019.

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    Donny van de Beek is so determined to make it at Manchester United that his agents don’t bother telling him of transfer interest.

    The 24-year-old Dutch midfielder, who joined from Ajax for £39million, remains on the fringes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s starting XI.

    He has failed to see any pitch-time in United’s opening two games – a 5-1 thrashing of Leeds and a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

    But according to The Times, Van de Beek is refusing to call time on his United future.

    The newspaper claims that ‘his representatives received offers in the close season’.

    But these were not sent on to the player as ‘he made it clear earlier in the summer that he wanted to stay’.

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    Tottenham are NOT currently in negotiations with Juventus over a move for Weston McKennie, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The American midfielder, 22, has been linked with the Lilywhites this summer.

    Suggestions of a swap deal involving Moussa Sissoko have circulated.

    But Romano claims there is no truth in such rumours, and that Juve will only sell McKennie for more than £20-25million.

    Weston McKennie has been linked with Tottenham
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    Paris Saint-Germain have accepted that Kylian Mbappe could leave the club this summer.

    The wantaway 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and has been strongly linked with a move away from the Parc des Princes.

    And if Mbappe does get his move the Paris club have lined up Everton's Richarlison as a replacement.

    That's according to French outlet RMC sport and journalist Hadrien Grenier, who report that PSG have made contact with Richarlison's representatives regarding a possible transfer.

    The 24-year-old Everton forward is a close friend of Neymar and has been targeted as a replacement for Mbappe should he leave before the end of the transfer window.

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    Manchester United have reportedly made West Ham midfielder Declan Rice their ‘dream transfer target’ but will have to cough up £100million to seal the deal.

    The 22-year-old England international still has three years left on is current contract at the London Stadium, with the club also holding the option of extending it for another 12 months.

    But according to Manchester Evening News that is not fazing the Red Devils, who are keen to add a central midfielder to their squad.

    Rice has been ever-present for the Hammers since breaking through into their first team in 2017.

    He has featured 144 times over the past four seasons for his boyhood club and earned himself the tag of ‘England regular’ as a result of his consistent performances.

    Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been alerted to Rice’s impressive form and is keen to sign him, with Chelsea also said to be interested.

    But United will be forced to break the club’s record transfer fee if he wants to acquire the West Ham man’s services as the East London outfit have placed a £100m price tag on his head.

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    Paris Saint-Germain are 'increasing likely' to sell Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid this summer, according to reports.

    The Frenchman, 22, remains a long-term target for Los Blancos as the successor to Karim Benzema up front.

    He is into the final year of his contract at the Parc des Princes.

    And according to RMC, the Paris giants have seen yet another contract offer turned down by the World Cup winner.

    This one was reportedly for five years with the option of a sixth and a significant pay rise – but still left him third in the salary ranks behind both Lionel Messi and Neymar.

    And with the prospect of losing him for free next summer, PSG are thought to be seriously considering allowing Mbappe to go this year – and get a fee for him.

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    Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn has joined Hearts in a season-long loan move.

    Speaking on his Scottish switch, the 21-year-old said: "I’m delighted to be here and get the deal done.

    "It’s been a couple of weeks now that I’ve known Hearts were interested and now I’m here I just can't wait to get started.

    "It just looks like a massive club. I can’t wait to play in front of the fans and see the atmosphere.

    "I’m buzzing to be here and hopefully I can prove to them (the fans) that I can be a great player for you."

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    Lucas Torreira is closing in on a loan transfer to Fiorentina, according to reports.

    The Uruguayan midfielder, 25, has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta and his future appears set to be away from the Emirates.

    According to Football London, a £1million loan fee will be agreed with the Serie A club to take him for the 2021-22 campaign, covering all of his wages.

    And it is understood a £13m option to buy may well be included in the deal for next summer.

    Arsenal have given the green light for the switch to go through.

    It is now dependent on Torreira completing a medical after he opted for Fiorentina over German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.

    His transfer should be confirmed and announced in the coming days.

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    Chelsea are interested in signing Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez, according to reports.

    According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea are considering signing a new midfielder before the transfer window closes.

    It's believed Saul, 26, is one of their potential targets as he's been linked with a move away from Atletico throughout the summer.

    The Blues are considering a loan move for the player – as per a report in the Telegraph – who has five years left on his existing deal.

    Rumours suggest the LaLiga champions want the 19-cap Spain international to stay in the Spanish capital but are yet to make a decision on his future.

    The Blues are reportedly interested in signing Saul Niguez
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    Manchester United ‘still want to sign’ Eduardo Camavinga, according to reports.

    But according to ESPN, the Rennes midfielder is unlikely to join the Red Devils.

    United are keen on the 18-year-old.

    Although reports in France suggest that he would rather join PSG or move to Spain.

    Eduardo Camavinga may have played his final game for Rennes
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    Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira is in Italy today to seal a deal with Fiorentina.

    The midfielder, 25, hasn’t been training with the Gunners, as they tried to find him a new club.

    Torreira rejected a transfer to Eintracht Frankfurt.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, he will join Fiorentina on loan today, with Arsenal receiving a £1.3m loan fee.

    Lucas Torreira spent last season on loan at Atletico Madrid
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    Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Man United target Kieran Trippier – but need Atletico Madrid to slash their asking price.

    The Gunners were told last month that Three Lions full-back Trippier, 30, was keen to return to England after two successful seasons in LaLiga.

    They were shocked when Atletico demanded the full £34million release clause within the former Tottenham defender’s contract.

    But with less than a year still to run on his deal – and with Trippier failing to make Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for their opening two games – Arsenal hope that the Spanish champions will be open to negotiation.

    Atletico are desperately trying to offload players as they count the cost of the Covid pandemic.

    But they are not in the mood to do Arsenal any favours after falling out over Thomas Partey’s £45m move last year.

    Kieran Trippier has failed to start Atletico's opening two games
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    Manchester United legend Gary Neville has urged the club to rival City in the race to prise Harry Kane away from Tottenham.

    Kane, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to join the Etihad this summer in a huge transfer.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, you are talking about potentially offloading a lot of wages there, potentially getting some transfer fees in.

    "Why are they not going for Harry Kane this week? Because I believe that if Harry Kane entered Manchester United you could get up to 90 to 95 points.

    "Without him, they are still going to have to replace Edinson Cavani and Martial next summer. Martial is not going to do it, Cavani has only got one year left.

    "They are going to have to get a centre-forward at some point, why not get the man now to give them that impetus to get towards that 95 points? Because I don't think they can just with Sancho and Varane."

    Harry Kane made his first appearance of the season for Spurs on Sunday
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    Tottenham are confident of keeping Harry Kane this summer – while Real Madrid are optimistic of signing Paul Pogba NEXT year.

    Spurs reportedly rate Manchester City's chances of luring England skipper Kane "virtually impossible" – as Daniel Levy sticks to his £150million valuation of the Premier League's most reliable striker.

    It's understood City initially bid £75m plus £25m add-ons for Kane.

    But having nabbed Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish for the same £100m price, Etihad chief Pep Guardiola might be reluctant to completely obliterate that English club-record fee in the same transfer window.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Real have begun clearing the way to land Manchester United midfielder Pogba on a free transfer at the end of the season.

    The first big step in reducing the Bernabeu wage bill was letting Martin Odegaard join Arsenal for £30m.

    Arsenal are reportedly now open to offers for TEN PLAYERS this month – including captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    But the Gunners also hope Atletico Madrid reduce their £34m asking price for Kieran Trippier because boss Mikel Arteta is desperate for a new right-back.

    And Brazilian giants Corinthians are said to be preparing a bid for Arsenal wideman Willian, 33.

    Elsewhere, speculation over Real and Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo has spiralled since he was DROPPED for Udinese's 2-2 draw with Udinese on Sunday.

    Lastly, Manchester United full-back Brandon Williams has joined Premier League new boys Norwich on loan for the rest of the campaign.

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    Arsenal are ready to revive their interest in Kieran Trippier – but need Atletico Madrid to slash their asking price.

    The Gunners were told last month that Three Lions full-back Trippier, 30, was keen to return to England after two successful seasons in LaLiga.

    They were shocked when Atletico demanded the full £34million release clause within the former Tottenham defender’s contract.

    But with less than a year still to run on his deal – and with Trippier failing to make Diego Simeone’s starting line-up for their opening two games – Arsenal hope that the Spanish champions will be open to negotiation.

    Atletico are desperately trying to offload players as they count the cost of the Covid pandemic.

    But they are not in the mood to do Arsenal any favours after falling out over Thomas Partey’s £45m move last year.

    And they know Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is desperate for a right-back before the transfer window closes next Tuesday.

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    Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville rowed over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s spending at Manchester United.

    The dynamic duo returned to Sky Sports screens for the first time this season ahead of West Ham’s 4-1 win over Leicester.

    And what ensued was a hilarious clash over United’s spending record under boss Solskjaer, which saw Carragher declare that any one of Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola could win the title for the Red Devils.

    That’s after Neville compared Solskjaer and Klopp’s first 99 games at their respective clubs, with both managers having a near-equal points record and win percentage.

    But Solskjaer achieved his with a net spend of £341million, having spent £421m, while Liverpool chief Klopp had a profit of £30m after spending just £247m.

    Neville started by questioning United’s business in the current window, with winger Jadon Sancho and defender Raphael Varane arriving for big fees.

    He went on to claim United needed to make MORE signings in order to challenge for top spot.

    Neville said: “I’m struggling to understand why United aren’t going that extra step in this transfer window.”

    But Carra argued: “United finished above them last season, they bough Varane and Sancho, I don’t get this feeling of ‘United can’t compete’.”

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    Tottenham are reportedly confident of keeping Harry Kane as they believe a potential move to Manchester City is ‘virtually impossible’.

    The Mail claims Daniel Levy believes he will win the tug-of-war for Spurs’ star striker following a £100million bid from the champions.

    It’s thought Pep Guardiola’s side offered an initial £75m for England captain Kane.

    And that fee would rise to £100m with add-ons and bonuses.

    However, that offer was snubbed outright for Spurs, who have always maintained it will take at least £150m for them to sanction Kane’s exit.

    City, who have already shattered the £100m mark by landing Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish, remain eager to wrap up a deal for Kane before deadline day.

    However, with just over a week remaining, Tottenham believe they are in the driving seat over Kane’s future.

    And one man who believes the forward needs to get used to the idea of staying is Peter Crouch, who had a similar tough encounter with Levy when being forced out of Spurs in 2011.

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    Real Madrid sold Martin Odegaard to Arsenal to lay the track to land long-term target Paul Pogba on a free next summer.

    Pogba’s deal with Manchester United is due to end in 11 months and Spanish newspaper ABC are reporting that will be the best time for the France star to finally realise his “dream” of playing for Los Blancos.

    The report says the wheels for Pogba’s trip to Madrid have also been oiled by the Gunners completing the £30million signing of Odegaard, 22, this summer.

    The Norway midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan from Real Madrid but has now signed on a permanent basis.

    In addition to easing pressure on Real’s wage bill, ABC say the Odegaard switch has helped clear the way for Pogba, 28, to become the natural successor to Croatia captain Luka Modric, 35, in Madrid’s midfield.

    ABC say Real have not been prepared to pay the sky-high transfer fee United would have slapped on Pogba in the middle of his contract.

    But if he becomes a free agent next summer that will be the “definitive opportunity” to finally land their man.

    The report adds the Spanish giants will adopt a similar approach to swoop for Pogba’s fellow French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, 22, who is in the final year of his deal at PSG and has just seen the Ligue 1 champions bring in Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.

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    Norwich’s new Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams could line up for the Canaries in Tuesday night’s EFL Cup clash with Bournemouth.

    Norwich boss Daniel Farke revealed the 20-year-old full-back should be “available for tomorrow” after training today.

    Farke will then make a “late decision” on whether to field the former England Under-21 star, who’s been chased by several other clubs for a loan move over the past 12 months.

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    Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde on a deal until 2026.

    It was claimed on Sunday how the Blues were preparing a bid for the 22-year-old who boasts a £68million release clause in his contract.

    German gaffer Thomas Tuchel has made bringing in a defender a priority this summer, but knows he must offload a centre-half in order to sign one.

    And it is understood that Kurt Zouma could be heading out of Stamford Bridge to join West Ham after they met his £26million asking price.

    Commenting on the potential deals, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed Chelsea just need to now agree a fee with Sevilla over Kounde.

    He tweeted: "Jules Kounde has an agreement on personal terms with Chelsea until June 2026 since weeks.

    "He’s ready to join if the two clubs reach an agreement but he’ll be respectful with Sevilla, not forcing his move.

    "Zouma to West Ham, key to proceed. Talks ongoing on personal terms."

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    Willian’s first club Corinthians have been linked with an “official bid” for the 33-year-old Arsenal wideman.

    The former Brazil star left the home country club in 2007 but has struggled after leaving Chelsea for the Emirates 12 months ago.

    And journalist Fabrizio Romano says William is “keen” to move on, but would prefer to stay in Europe.

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    Gary Neville believes little short of signing Harry Kane will make Manchester United serious contenders to dethrone neighbours City in the Premier League.

    Pep Guardiola’s Prem kings are overwhelming favourites to land England skipper Kane, despite an anticipated second bid of £120million for the striker still falling well below Tottenham’s £150m-plus valuation.

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    But Old Trafford legend Neville doubts United’s huge summer buys Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane will be enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to upgrade from finishing runners-up last term.

    Ex-England defender Nev told Sky Sports: “My gut feeling is no.

    “They won’t have the same impact on Manchester United as [Virgil] van Dijk and Allison [did at Liverpool] to get them up to 95 points that you need to win the league. I think they’ll still be short.”

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