The summer transfer window is here, and there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!
TOP STORY: Chelsea near deals for Sterling and Ake
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, and Fabrizio Romano has reported that City have provided the final approval for the move to go through.
Acccording to ESPN sources, the England international is expected to move for a figure in the region of £45 million, plus add-ons, and will become the Blues' highest-paid player.
Since joining Man City from Liverpool for £49m in July 2015, Sterling has represented the club 337 times, scoring 131 goals and assisting a further 94, but hasn't always been a starter in recent times.
Chelsea aren't ending their business with Man City just yet, as the clubs will also negotiate a transfer for defender Nathan Ake after the Sterling deal is completed, Romano adds.
Sources had previously told ESPN that the 27-year-old Netherlands international is keen for a return to Chelsea after joining the club as a 15-year-old from Feyenoord. One source suggested City are seeking around £50m for Ake's transfer.
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21.54 BST: With Paris Saint-Germain closing in on a deal for Milan Skriniar, Inter Milan are prepared to move quickly in the market to replace the 27-year-old centre-back, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. The Nerazzurri have already agreed personal terms with 25-year-old Torino defender Bremer, and have begun formal negotiations with Il Toro, however Inter have no intention of meeting Torino's demand for a €50m transfer fee.
21.11 BST: It was Sergio Reguilon's form at Sevilla, while on loan from Real Madrid, that earned him his transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, and Mundo Deportivo writes that he could be set to return to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. With Aston Villa closing in on a deal for Sevilla left-back Ludwig Augustinsson, the Andalusian outfit are interested in bringing the 25-year-old back to LaLiga after a two-year spell in north London.
20.28 BST: As momentum builds being the idea of Matthijs de Ligt leaving the club for Bayern Munich or Chelsea, Juventus are already planning for what to do with the €90m (bonuses included) they'd receive in a transfer fee, Tuttosport reports. The Bianconeri intend to replace the Netherlands centre-back with 31-year-old Napoli stalwart Kalidou Koulibaly, and use the remaining funds to help finance a deal for 23-year-old Italy attacker Nicolo Zaniolo of AS Roma.
19.45 BST: As Robert Lewandowski continues to insist on a move to Barcelona this summer, Bayern Munich are beginning to evaluate potential replacements, should they relent and grant their striker's wish to move to LaLiga. One name on the Bavarians' list, according to Kicker, is Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane.
Kane was part of one of last summer's most dramatic transfer sagas, when Spurs denied the England star's desire to join Manchester City. Twelve months later, the 28-year-old Kane has just two years left on his contract, with this transfer window presenting the north London club their last chance to command a significant transfer fee for their academy graduate.
19.02 BST: Fabrizio Romano writes that Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets by multiple MLS clubs about a transfer to North America next summer. The 33-year-old's contract at the Camp Nou expires at the end of the 2022-23 season and it would appear as though he is entertaining the possibility of leaving the club he's been with since 2005, when he joined the famed La Masia academy.
18.16 BST: Despite their financial constraints, Barcelona remain one of the most active clubs in this summer's transfer market, credited with interest in the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Jules Kounde, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, as well as Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva. Mundo Deportivo reports that the English club will demand a transfer fee of €80m if they're to sanction the departure of the 27-year-old Portugal international.
How the Catalan club would be able to pay such a fee, on top of the signings they're already pursuing, is a question without an easy explanation. ESPN's Sid Lowe has broken down the Blaugrana's economic emergency, and how they can afford to keep spending bid: read the full story.
17.33 BST: There is no agreement yet to send Nicolo Zaniolo to Juventus, but AS Roma are already preparing for life after the 23-year-old attacker and have identified three potential replacements, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The first is 29-year-old Paulo Dybala, who could join on a free transfer after his contract with Juve expired last month. The second is Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, also 29, who would require a transfer fee of €15m and a player moving in the opposite direction to secure his move to the Italian capital. The last option is Goncalo Ramos of Benfica, who would command a €30m transfer fee and, at the age of 21, would be more of a long-term option than the other two options.
16.50 BST: Barcelona forward Memphis Depay wants to stay at the club until the end of his contract, says Mundo Deportivo.
Depay, 28, is reportedly surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and has a contract until 2023.
Barca are looking to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha, while Ousmane Dembele could sign a new contract, but Depay wants to fight for his place in the first XI.
16.07 BST: Manchester City are presenting their new signings to the fans today, including Erling Haaland.
However, midfielder Kalvin Phillips couldn't make it due to illness.
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15.34 BST: Calciomercato claims that Manchester United are interested signing AC Milan centre-back Fikayo Tomori.
Tomori, 24, moved permanently from Chelsea to Milan for €30m last summer, after spending time at the club on loan, and helped them to the Serie A title.
The England international has impressed in Italy since his move and that has caught the eye of new Man United manager Erik ten Hag.
14.15 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are closing in on Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar, says Gazzetta dello Sport.
Skriniar, 27, is close to a move worth up to €70m and the Slovakia international is keen to depart, with his contract expiring in 2023.
13.33 BST: Manchester United are interested in signing Leandro Paredes from Paris Saint-Germain, claims L'Equipe.
Paredes, 28, is a versatile midfielder but PSG value his services at €35m, which is too high for United as they seek to land Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong for €85m, Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez for €50m and Christian Eriksen on a free transfer as well.
12.44 BST: USMNT midfielder Luca de la Torre has signed for Celta Vigo from Heracles, but is it a wise move?
11.38 BST: Chelsea have been linked with Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, but The Daily Mail claims manager Thomas Tuchel is not keen.
Ronaldo, 37, scored 24 goals in 38 games last season but United missed out on the Champions League and sources told ESPN that the Portugal international wants to leave the club. He has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2023, with an option to extend it for a further year, but has now asked to be transferred.
However, Chelsea boss Tuchel doesn't want to upset the balance of his team by bringing in Ronaldo.
11.07 BST: Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic is of interest to Sporting CP, says AS.
Pjanic, 31, spent last season on loan at Besiktas, having moved to Camp Nou from Juventus in a €72m swap deal with Arthur where he was valued at €60m.
Barca want to offload the Bosnia and Herzegovina international this summer, with Sporting CP reportedly willing to pay €10m for 50% of the player's rights.
10.28 BST: Wayne Rooney would be open to the possibility of returning to D.C. United to manage the MLS team, sources have told ESPN, with the club still looking to hire a permanent replacement for Hernan Losada, who was fired in April.
Rooney, who spent 14 months with the Washington, D.C.-based team between 2018 and 2019, resigned as Derby County manager last month after being unable to help the club overcome financial problems and avoid relegation from the EFL Championship last season.
Sources have told ESPN that the former Manchester United and England captain is now enjoying time with family before deciding his next career move.
But sources have also said that the 36-year-old is considering options, including a return to D.C., who are second bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference after winning just five of 17 games this season.
10.02 BST: Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of left-back Omar Richards from Bayern Munich.
Richards, 24, joins for a reported €10m transfer fee and has signed a four-year contract, having only moved to Bayern last summer on a free transfer from Reading.
"I'm thrilled to return to England by joining Nottingham Forest at such an exciting time," Richards said. "The club has enjoyed an incredible last few months and there's great ambitions for the Premier League return.
"I've played against Forest in the past and they get such great backing from their fans, whilst the City Ground is an amazing place that I can now call home. I can't wait to join up with the squad this week and begin preparations for the new season."
09.28 BST: TalkSPORT reports that Manchester United are closing in on a deal for former Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
Strakosha, 27, left the Italian club on a free transfer this summer and is ready to become backup to United's No. 1 David de Gea after Dean Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan.
The Albania international has also been linked with Fulham, Forest, Leicester and Chelsea.
09.00 BST: Manchester United remain convinced Christian Eriksen will move to Old Trafford despite suggestions from Brentford that he could still choose them, sources have told ESPN.
Eriksen has verbally agreed a three-year contract with United but was not part of the squad which left for their tour of Thailand and Australia on Friday.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank also suggested he has not given up hope of the midfielder re-signing with them after a successful spell there last season but sources have told ESPN that Eriksen's mind is made up. The Denmark international is set to undergo his medical shortly and could yet join United's tour in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, United's interest in striker Brian Brobbey is not a signal that their stance on Cristiano Ronaldo has softened, sources have told ESPN.
Erik ten Hag is an admirer of Brobbey after he scored seven goals in 13 games on loan at Ajax last season and although Ten Hag would like to bring him to United, there is a growing feeling at Old Trafford he is set to make a permanent move to the Dutch side from RB Leipzig.
Sources have told ESPN that even if the move for Brobbey is successful the club will remain firm in their stance that Ronaldo is not available for a transfer.
PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)
- Arsenal are considering a shock attempt to sign Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and are hopeful that it could work, according to The Daily Star. This is because the Frenchman only has one year left on his Blues contract, is one of Chelsea's top earners and suffered injury setbacks last term.
- Paris Saint-Germain's admiration for Stade de Reims striker Hugo Ekitike is unanimous as they hope to sign the 20-year-old, reports Foot Mercato. On the other hand, they are not willing to match Newcastle United's €40m offer.
- Marseille are hoping to sign Lens right-back Jonathan Clauss and have started negotiations, as reported by L'Equipe. However, the two clubs' valuations are very far apart, and Marseille are currently facing financial limitations that could make the deal difficult to complete.
- Newcastle United are weighing up a bid for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison, according to The Daily Mail, who add that the Englishman is seen as a cheaper alternative to Bayer Leverkusen's €70m-rated winger Moussa Diaby. Leeds have already added Luis Sinisterra but are expected to lose Raphinha, and are also looking at Club Brugge's Charles de Ketelaere, PSV Eindhoven's Cody Gakpo and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Adama Traore.
- Torino want Internazionale to include Cesare Casadei in the deal that will see defender Bremer join the Nerazzurri, according to Calciomercato. Inter want the midfielder's inclusion to be worth between €7m-€8m, and while Torino want it to be less there is scope for negotiation. Inter also want to include a clause that would allow them to re-sign the 19-year-old for around €18m.