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TRANSFER NEWS is picking up with the domestic football season on the verge of reaching its conclusion.

The window is now OPEN and will close in October, following the restart of the new campaign on September 12.

Follow all the latest gossip and rumours below…

CALL THE MOBILE

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti has demanded a move for Ciro Immobile, according to reports.

90min report the Italian boss has asked for substantial backing in the transfer market from club execs.

And one of his No1 targets is Lazio striker Immobile who has bagged 34 goals in Serie A with two games still to play.

The Italian striker has almost averaged a goal a game, with seven assists also coming in his 35 appearances so far this campaign.

Immobile could finish the season with 40 goals in all competitions for the second time in the last three years.

The 30-year-old has outshone and outscored Cristiano Ronaldo in the Italian league with the Juventus man trailing behind on 31 goals in 32 appearances.

FLOR BLIMEY

Leeds are reportedly in talks with Benfica over a deal for Florentino Luis.

Tancredi Palmeri claims Marcelo Bielsa wants to sign the 20-year-old defensive midfielder this summer and pair him with Kalvin Phillips.

Luis only made his senior debut last year but has quickly emerged as one of Portugal’s top prospects.

AC Milan and Real Betis are said to be very keen on snapping him up.

But it looks like Leeds are in pole position after they sealed their Premier League return by winning the Championship title.

AUBA-SEAS

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “happy” at Arsenal – but could ditch the Gunners for a move abroad, according to reports.

Speculation over the 31-year-old’s future is rife, with the Gabon international having entered the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract.

The North Londoners are desperate to renew their skipper’s contract, with boss Mikel Arteta having urged the club to get a deal done on more than one occasion in recent weeks.

Aubameyang himself will make the final decision, however, as he weighs up key factors.

The Athletic report that although he has an “excellent relationship” with Arteta and his team-mates, Aubameyang recognises that Arsenal are at the start of a rebuild and that as a player in his thirties, he may not be around long enough to enjoy the fruits of his new boss’ labour.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi is currently the man tasked with trying to convince Arsenal’s No14 that the Emirates is the best place to spend the final years of his prime.

Aubameyang will head to France on holiday after Saturday’s FA Cup final with all this on his mind, unless he can come to a decision in the next few days.

INTER THE DRAGON

Inter Milan owners appear to have hinted at a summer move for Lionel Messi by using his picture to advertise a Serie A game in China.

Both Inter and Chinese streaming service PPTV are owned by the Suning group.

And they have projected a picture of Messi on Milan’s Duomo cathedral to advertise tonight’s Serie A game between Inter and Napoli for their Far East audience.

Messi, 33, has been strongly linked with a move to Inter after a rift emerged between him and Barcelona.

Despite breaking 11 records this season, Messi saw his side lose their LaLiga title to Real Madrid.

The Argentina forward criticised Barca’s style of play and mentality after a poor run of results during the restart.

And it’s reckoned Inter are keen to sign Messi after his dad, who is his agent, also splashed out on a pad in Milan.

OB MAN OUT

Jan Oblak will remain at Atletico Madrid despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, Enrique Cerezo has maintained.

The Atletico club president believes his No1 is the “best in the world” and a deal will not be discussed with either side.

SunSport reported on United’s interest in the Slovenian last week amid David De Gea’s struggles in goal.

However it is Chelsea who are more desperate for a new shot-stopper with Kepa Arrizabalaga expected to be replaced in the summer market.

But Cerezo is adamant that Oblak will remain at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

The Atleti chief told Marca: “For me, Oblak, and I speak as a fan, is the best goalkeeper in the world. [Thibaut] Courtois is another great goalkeeper and, fortunately, both have worn our badge and with both we won many trophies.

“I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atletico and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from great teams other than Atletico.”

AUBA EXCITED

Arsenal fans think Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is close to signing a new deal after video crews were spotted filming next to Thierry Henry’s statue.

The striker’s contract is set to expire next summer and he has not yet reached an agreement with the club to extend his stay.

ut fans went wild after an image from outside of the Emirates did the rounds on Twitter.

It showed a film crew recording footage next to the statue of Gunners legend Henry.

As Aubameyang, 31, now wears Henry’s iconic No14 jersey, supporters think an announcement video is on the way.

One said: “Production crew at the Emirates today doing a video which includes Thierry Henry’s statue. We all know who the current number 14 is.”

Another supporter replied: “Epic spot. Why would FA Cup promo use smoke machines? Generally they just do fancy light work.”

One Twitter user added: “The only reason they might use the Henry statue is the transition of the No14 jersey.

“Auba sign that thing. It can’t be a FA Cup promo video, the final is less than week, the video would have been done immediately after the victory over the Citizens.”

Production crew at the emirates today. Doing a video which includes Thierry Henry’s statue. We all know who the current number 14 is 👀👀 pic.twitter.com/jfxBwHDagg

— 𝐉𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐚𝐧 🦆 (@JHobbsyy) July 27, 2020

PUT A SOK IN IT

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly told Sokratis Papastathopoulos he no longer has a future at the club.

Football London claims that the Spaniard has bluntly told the 32-year-old that he will not be required next season.

The report adds that Arteta believes Sokratis does not fit his tactical plan and he will not play significant games under him.

Yet his stance has not prompted the Greek defender to consider leaving Arsenal and he hopes he can change his head coach’s mind.

Sokratis still has a year left on his contract and his attitude in training means that he won’t be frozen out of the squad like Matteo Guendouzi.

CAUGHT NAP-ING

Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow with Arkadiusz Milik reportedly agreeing to team up with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.

The Napoli striker, 26, was linked with a move to Old Trafford to provide another option up front for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Naples club, who are seventh in the league but beat Juventus in the Coppa Italia final, are reportedly willing to accept offers of £45million for their frontman.

And Juventus have seemingly beaten off the competition and are closing in on Milik, one of their primary transfer targets.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, a deal between the player and the Old Lady is in place.

However, Juventus are yet to finalise anything with their Serie A rivals just yet – with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis determined not to sell to the champions.

PARTEY POOPERS

Arsenal have reportedly had an offer of £22.7million plus Matteo Guendouzi for Thomas Partey rejected by Atletico Madrid.

According to the Guardian, Arsenal’s first offer of £22.7m plus a player was turned down by Atletico earlier this month.

The report adds that the Gunners have since returned with a new bid of £22.7m plus Guendouzi but that has also been rejected.

Arsenal’s finances mean that they will struggle to pay Partey’s full release clause of £44m.

RUN OF THE MIL

Manchester United have reportedly reignited their interest in Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the 25-year-old to team up with Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the midfield.

According to FootMercato, the Red Devils are plotting a summer swoop for the Serbian.

United will face competition from the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Juventus and Real Madrid.

Paris-Saint Germain are also interested, but their first bid of £54million was rejected.

Last season Lazio demanded a fee in the region of £90m for the Serbia international but it is believed that £63m will be enough to secure his signature this summer.

WILL GUNNER GO

Chelsea expect Willian to join Arsenal on a free transfer… with the two teams meeting in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

The Brazilian winger, 31, is set to leave the Blues after seven years at the club.

According to The Guardian, Chelsea now anticipate him joining their North London rivals after they could not agree a deal.

Arsenal, however, would need to stump up some hefty wages and be prepared to offer him a lengthy contract.

FAMOUS FIVE

Chelsea star Willian has FIVE offers on the table, his agent has revealed.

The Brazilian’s contract at Stamford Bridge is set to expire after Saturday’s FA Cup final.

And amid links with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, the 31-year-old’s representative Kia Joorabchian has revealed that there are so far five offers to choose from – including two from the Premier League.

He told talkSPORT: “I don’t think he’s done a U-turn or any kind of turn, he’s always been very much the same mode.

“We had big offers – one from MLS which required him to move on July 1 – but he’s always wanted to finish the season at Chelsea and the day after the season has finished he would decide.

“He has two concrete offers from Premier League clubs on the table, an offer from an MLS club, and two other offers from Europe. He is going to make his decision after the last game of the season.”

BIG COU

Philippe Coutinho wants a returns to the Premier League, according to his agent.

Kia Joorabchian confirmed the news that the former Liverpool star is eyeing up a return to England.

He told TalkSPORT: “It’s no secret he wants to come back to the Premier League.

“It’s still very much open. There is a lot of genuine interest.”

The Brazilian was previously linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

However they are understood to favour getting him off their payroll faced with a financial downturn caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Respected France Football magazine has now claimed Al-Gharafa have made enquiries about the World Cup-winning midfielder.

The Qataris are managed by Slavisa Jokanovic, the ex-Chelsea midfielder and former Watford and Fulham boss.

Their squad includes former Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia and ex-Wolves, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura.

FAB NEWS

Cesc Fabregas has been offered an epic payday to end his career with Qatari club Al-Gharafa.

The former Arsenal and Chelsea star quit Stamford Bridge to join Monaco last year.

Spain international Fabregas has since struggled to justify his £5.7million-a-year salary from the Ligue 1 club.

He made 22 appearances without scoring as Monaco ended the season ninth in the 20-team league.

Fabregas, 33, has two years left on his contract with the Monte Carlo club…

PAIN IN THE ARTH

Furious Barcelona star Arthur is refusing to return to the club ahead of their resumed Champions League campaign next month.

The Brazilian has already signed for Juventus ahead of next season – although remains a Barca player until September.

But such is his anger at being “forced out” of the club by Quique Setien, that he is determined to never pull on the blue and red of Barcelona ever again.

Sport report that Arthur did not want to leave Camp Nou, before sealing his upcoming £65million switch to Juve last month.

Having been given a week off after the final league fixture, Barcelona players were due to report to training for coronavirus testing yesterday but Arthur did not turn up.

It has emerged that the 20-cap international holidayed in Ibiza, before returning to Brazil – with no intentions of coming back to Barcelona.

UNITED WE SAND

Manchester United are reportedly refusing to meet Dortmund’s £110million asking price for Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils had an £89m offer rejected for the 20-year-old England international yesterday.

The Bundesliga side are holding out for £21m more – a figure that far exceeds United’s valuation.

And The Telegraph report the Premier League club will refuse to pay that much but remain confident that an agreement will be reached.

Dortmund return to pre-season training on August 10 and hope to have Sancho’s situation sorted by then.

However, United “will not be forced into meeting some arbitrary deadline” by the German outfit.

THE GRASPED WINGER

Crystal Palace will “listen” to offers for wantaway winger Wilfried Zaha this summer, according to reports.

But amid strong interest from Everton and Arsenal last year, the homegrown hero handed in a transfer request at Selhurst Park.

And while the Toffees baulked at Palace’s staggering £100million price-tag last summer, Zaha appears likely to finally be granted his move this time around.

According to the Mirror, Zaha is now available at the “right price” – which naturally will have taken a hit at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite having upgraded Marco Silva for Carlo Ancelotti since last year’s interest the Toffees remain keen – with the Italian a big fan of the Ivory Coast international.

HOJ ABOUT THAT

Tottenham are close to signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton, according to reports.

The Dane has been the subject of interest from North London, as well as Everton, for a number of weeks – with the latter having even lodged a £19million bid for his services.

But it has emerged that Hojbjerg, 24, wants to join Spurs.

And according to Sky Sports, the Lilywhites have opened their bidding at £15m.

The Saints, however, are thought to be holding out for £25m for their former captain – who has just one year remaining on his contract.

Tottenham could sweeten the deal by including full-back Kyle Walker-Peters, with Southampton hoping to make the 23-year-old’s loan move permanent “for the right price”.

CAM RAID

Manchester City are making a shock swoop to sign Cameron Coxe after he was released by Cardiff City.

The 21-year-old full-back was deemed surplus to requirements by the Championship side’s boss Neil Harris.

Now he is set to earn himself a dream move to the Etihad with Pep Guardiola keen to add him to his squad, according to Wales Online.

City have watched Coxe several times over the past season and Guardiola is a big admirer.

The star, born in Merthyr, had been frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities under Harris.

He had been searching for another club for some time as he ran down his contract.

GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS

Kai Havertz, Willian and the “new Cristiano Ronaldo” spearhead the latest transfer talk.

Germany’s hottest prospect, Havertz, 21, is reportedly pushing Bayer Leverkusen to tie up a deal before their Europa League clash with Rangers.

And Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, could yet stay at Chelsea, despite their refusal to give him a three-year deal.

Boss Frank Lampard is urging Stamford Bridge chiefs to find a compromise, amid interest from Arsenal, Spurs and, previously, Barcelona.

The Gunners, though, could be hours away from celebrating the signing of Sporting Lisbon’s 17-year-old Joelson Fernandes.

The Portuguese striker has been compared to Juventus superstar Ronaldo.

And Arsenal are reportedly willing to pay his £40million release clause – although not the £46m Atletico Madrid are demanding for Thomas Partey.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have denied bidding £89million for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho – but still hope to land the England attacker, 20.

Leicester missing out on the Champions League has boosted United and Chelsea in their pursuit of England left-back Ben Chilwell.

And Brentford’s £30m-rated winger Said Benrahma is reportedly being monitored by Lampard’s Blues, Arsenal, Leeds and Leicester.

Finally, Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain has admitted: “We have to bring in players who can improve our squad, but also it means that maybe someone can leave.

“We have the Champions League, so we have to wait to move forward. We might have less time than ever — but enough to make changes.”

FOXES FEAR CHIL OUT

Leicester’s failure to secure Champions League football is set to cost them the chance to persuade Ben Chilwell his future remains at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the England star.

The Foxes had hoped to be able to offer top-level European football as a carrot to convince him to stay at the King Power.

But their late-season collapse saw a top-four finish slip through their fingers with 23-year-old Chilwell’s two suitors making the cut instead.

There would be more money on offer if Chilwell did push for a move but that is not the only factor in making his mind up.

He also wants to cement his place as England’s first-choice left-back with the Euros looming — and Champions League football helps his cause.

FOXES FEAR CHIL OUT

Leicester’s failure to secure Champions League football is set to cost them the chance to persuadeBen Chilwell his future remains at the club.

Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the England star.

The Foxes had hoped to be able to offer top-level European football as a carrot to convince him to stay at the King Power.

But their late-season collapse saw a top-four finish slip through their fingers with 23-year-old Chilwell’s two suitors making the cut instead.

There would be more money on offer if Chilwell did push for a move but that is not the only factor in making his mind up.

He also wants to cement his place as England’s first-choice left-back with the Euros looming — and Champions League football helps his cause.

CITY MUST SPEND QUICKLY

Man City director of football Txiki Begiristain believes they will have to move quickly to secure their targets for a summer rebuild, writes MARTIN BLACKBURN.

Valencia’s £39million-rated winger Ferran Torres , 20, and Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake, 25, valued at £35m, are among the players boss Pep Guardiola has identified.

The transfer window is now open but City’s plans are up in the air due to their involvement in the  Champions League next month.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi’s Etihad futures are in doubt — and Begiristain admits some players may have to make way for new arrivals.

He said: “We have to bring in players who can improve our squad, but also it means that maybe someone can leave.

“We have the Champions League, so we have to wait to move forward.  We might have less time than ever — but enough  to make changes.”

KAI IN A RUSH FOR BRIDGE

Kai Havertz wants Chelsea to tie up a deal with Bayer Leverkusen before his German side face Rangers in the Europa League next month.

That’s the claim from Sky Sports over the Blues’ main remaining transfer target this summer.

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