Transfer news LIVE: Leeds ramp up Draxler bid, Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid pay-off, Depay to Barcelona gets closer

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GARETH BALE is being pursued by former club Tottenham, according to reports.

As well as that potentially mega deal, we’ve got the very latest on Leeds’ interest in Julian Draxler as Marcelo Bielsa’s side look to bring in the PSG midfielder.

Get all the latest transfer news, updates and gossip here…

SHAAR THING

Arsenal have joined the race for Stephan El Shaarawy.

Di Marzio claims the Italian forward is desperate to quit Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua after just one year.

And he has his sights set on a return to old side Roma.

However, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also keen.

And all three have apparently made contact with El Shaarawy’s agent.

NO TO MATTEO

Thomas Tuchel has sensationally ruled out making a £30million move for Matteo Guendouzi.

Paris Saint-Germain were reported to be frontrunners for the unwanted Arsenal midfielder.

But Tuchel insists he is not interested as the French side close in on versatile Roma ace Alessandro Florenzi.

Tuchel said: “I’m confident over the Alessandro Florenzi signing from AS Roma.

“We’re also in talks to keep Eric Choupo-Moting here. Matteo Guendouzi from Arsenal? No.”

MOR PLEASE

Ravel Morrison is reportedly in talks with Vitesse Arnhem and FC Utrecht after being released from Sheffield United.

The former Man United youngster looks set for a move to the Netherlands following one season at Bramall Lane.

The Mail claims Morrison is ready to move abroad once again for the sake of his career following spells in Italy, Mexico and Sweden.

The midfielder also spent time on loan at Middlesbrough last term.

KNOCK ON WOOD

Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn is set to join Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam on a season-long loan deal.

The Standard claims that upon the recommendation of Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Pepijn Lijnders, Woodburn will head to Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam in a bid to gain form and confidence.

Woodburn, 20, played just 24 times in the last two seasons during loan spells at Sheffield United and Oxford United – having suffered a fractured foot during his campaign with the latter.

And Klopp will be hoping the Wales international can get some serious game time under his belt.

NO MESSING ABOUT

Brazil icon Rivaldo has tipped Man City target Lionel Messi to sign a new deal and STAY at Barcelona.

He told Betfair: “Messi has his life in the city, his family enjoy living there and the fans have great affection for him.

“These are reasons to stay and perhaps with a new president, who understands Messi’s needs and can persuade him that the club is heading in the right direction, can persuade him to extend his contract.

“He loves Barcelona, and nowadays players are fit enough to prolong their careers at the highest level, so I can see Messi playing for them until he’s 38-years-old.”

SMALL FRY

Chris Smalling is on the verge of a permanent move to Roma.

The Telegraph claims he is training away from Man United’s squad at the moment.

And Smalling is now close to returning to the Italian capital on a long-term contract after spending last season at Roma on loan.

GONZ WITH THE WIND

Chelsea flop Gonzalo Higuain is ready to rubber stamp a move to David Beckham’s Inter Miami.

The Argentina international is due in the United States imminently and will have to quarantine before being able to join up with Beckham’s squad.

The former Real Madrid striker isn’t needed by new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo, who wants Barcelona’s Luis Suarez up-front for the Serie A champs.

And with Beckham’s team in desperate need of a world-class frontman to boost a shot shy side who’ve won just twice in their debut MLS season, Higuain’s arrival is a massive boost.

Following hot on the heels of former Juve team-mate Blaise Matuidi, Higuain will take up one of the club’s designated player spots in South Florida.

ENTER SANMAN

Jadon Sancho has told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to play for Man Utd.

Dagbladet claims the Borussia Dortmund star is eager to move to Old Trafford this summer.

United are believed to have agreed personal terms with Sancho, while there has been a breakthrough in negotiations with his agent.

But the Red Devils are yet to settle on a transfer fee with Dortmund, who have quoted upwards of £110million.

KANTE BELIEVE IT

Chelsea have rejected a player-plus-cash bid from Inter Milan for N’Golo Kante.

The Telegraph claims ex-Blues boss Antonio Conte offered cash plus Marcelo Brozovic for the two-time Premier League winner.

But Frank Lampard has no interest in losing Kante, despite also being told Christian Eriksen is available too.

RIF RAF

Barcelona outcast Rafinha is reportedly being eyed by Arsenal and Leeds.

The midfielder has returned to the Nou Camp after a loan at Celta Vigo.

But Sin Concesiones claims Ronald Koeman has no room for Rafinha in his squad.

The academy product is now available for just under £13million.

And both Arsenal and Leeds are keen on taking Rafinha to England.

DONE DEAL

Fulham have signed Kenny Tete from Lyon.

The Dutchman will provide Scott Parker with a new option at right-back.

Tete will soon be joined by Ola Aina, who is set to arrive on loan from Torino.

Have another! 🇳🇱

Kenny Tete: done!#TETERRIFIC

— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) September 10, 2020

NEW RED DEVIL

John Barnes reckons Gareth Bale should join Man United this summer despite links with Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs.

Barnes told BonusCodeBets: “If Gareth Bale was to come to the Premier League, I couldn’t imagine Liverpool or Chelsea wanting to sign him, especially from a financial point of view. 

“In terms of the way he plays, Manchester City would be best suited for him, but they aren’t going to want to sign him.

‘Tottenham Hotspur is a club who he has played for before but is he the type of player that Jose Mourinho wants, I don’t think so.

“Manchester United is probably the best club for him, but it is whether they want him despite considering his age and the salary he comes with.”

THIA-GO

Manchester United target Thiago Alcantara has reportedly agreed terms with Liverpool.

Sport Bild claims the Bayern Munich has struck a deal for a three-year Anfield contract.

Liverpool finally look to have beaten United to Thiago’s coveted signature.

But talks remain ongoing with Bayern over a transfer fee, with the Germans looking for £27.5million.

MOR PLEASE

Atletico Madrid have rejected a £48million bid from Juventus for Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata.

The Mail claims Andrea Pirlo is keen on bringing the Spanish striker back to Turin this summer.

However, Atletico have only just made his loan from the Blues permanent for a whopping £58m.

And Juventus will have to offer at least that to get their hands on Morata.

BRAN BACK

Branislav Ivanovic is in talks with West Brom over a stunning Premier League return.

The Chelsea icon has left Zenit St Petersburg and is now a free agent.

The Telegraph claims he is in talks with West Brom over a one-year deal.

It comes after Ivanovic revealed last month he was close to joining Everton, but the move appears to have collapsed.

Ivanovic said: “I will probably continue my career at Everton. I received a good offer from them.

“I will see how things will turn out.”

BALE OUT

Rivaldo has also warned Man Utd target Gareth Bale to sort out his Real Madrid future.

He told Betfair: “The Gareth Bale situation continues without a solution.

“The player even mentioned that is ready to play again for the club but I don’t see Zidane forgetting recent internal problems that Bale raised, so perhaps that chance will never come.

“It’s important for the player to get back on track as a part of the squad because he is a great player.

“If that’s not possible then both parties should make an effort to find a solution that allows Bale to leave for another club where he can get back to the pitch.”

FATI CHANCE

Brazil legend Rivaldo has urged Barcelona to be patient with young starlet Ansu Fati following interest from Man Utd.

He told Betfair: “The youngster Ansu Fati impressed while playing very well and scoring for Spain this week, so the press is already saying he can become a regular starter at Barcelona.

“Koeman will give him chances to shine this season, but Fati is only 17 and it’s important the club don’t put too much pressure on him.

“Fati needs time and space to keep improving. He has a bright future ahead.

“But things have to go slowly without trying to rush his breakthrough. Barça has to be careful with him.”

BATS AWAY

Michy Batshuayi has rejoined Crystal Palace on loan after signing a one-year extension to his Chelsea deal.

The Belgium international spent the second half of the 2018/19 campaign at Selhurst Park, scoring seven times in just 13 games.

Batshuayi became Chelsea’s FOURTH striker in Frank Lampard’s pecking order this summer following the big-money arrival of Timo Werner.

And the Blues can now cash in on Batshuayi next summer after his deal was extended to 2022.

DONE DEAL

Neil Warnock has boosted his Middlesbrough promotion charge with a swoop for Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.

The 28-year-old passed a medical this week and will now spend the season on-loan at The Riverside after the shock arrival of Alphonse Areola from Paris Saint-Germain at Craven Cottage.

And his signing solves a major dilemma for the Boro boss, who wanted more experience between the sticks.

Bettinelli, who was called up to the England squad two years ago, has played over 100 games for Fulham since coming through their academy.

But after failing out of favour under Scott Parker last season he is heading north for regular action in the Championship following the Cottagers promotion to the Premier League.

He is expected to go straight into the starting XI for Boro’s league opener at Watford on Friday.

BIELSA HERE TO STAY

Marcelo Bielsa confirmed that he will stay as Leeds manager next season – after a Leeds artist painted a mural on the side of a house to honour him.

The Argentine was yet to commit to a new deal after securing Leeds’ promotion back to the Premier League after a 16-year exile.

But worried Whites fans can breathe a sigh of relief after Bielsa committed – to the tune of some £8million – for the upcoming season.

He said: “I will be working next season at Leeds United. Everything has been sorted and it is definite I will be here next season.”

On why it took until now to sort, he added: “Like in every negotiation, nothing is done until it is done.

“There was nothing of importance. I have been working 100 per cent since the celebrations were finished.”

WE DIDN’T BLOOK TOON TAKEOVER

The Premier League have DENIED blocking a consortium’s bid to buy Newcastle, saying in a statement:

The Premier League was disappointed and surprised by the Newcastle United Football Club statement regarding its potential takeover by PCP Capital Partners, the Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF).

The club’s assertion that the Premier League has rejected the takeover is incorrect.

The Premier League Board has, on a number of occasions, given its opinion about which entities it believes would have control over the club should the consortium proceed with the acquisition. That opinion is based on legal advice.

This means the potential takeover could proceed to the next stage should the relevant entities provide all appropriate information.

OMAR TOO FAR?

Celtic could make a move for Sampdoria defender Omar Colley IF they sell Kristoffer Ajer.

Parkhead chiefs have slapped a £15million price tag on the Norwegian defender’s head but are already lining up replacements.

Now the Daily Mail claim Colley is high on boss Neil Lennon’s wishlist if Ajer is moved on in this transfer window.

READ MORE RANGERS AND CELTIC NEWS HERE

DELIGHTED

Frank Lampard is still pleased as punch to have Kai Havertz on board.

The Blues boss told Chelseafc.com: “He is a player I have been aware of for a long time and as a fellow attacking midfield player, I have paid particular attention to those type of players for some time.

“I was aware of his talent and in conjunction with the club.

“We know how we want to go forward and look to improve in the right areas, and for players who are going to be here hopefully to improve and mature, but are already at a very high level.

“He absolutely fitted the bill for us, so I am delighted to have him.”

ROD OF LIGHTNING

New signing James Rodriguez believes Everton “mean business” and is confident they can end their long wait for a trophy.

The Toffees’ high-profile signing arrived on Monday from Real Madrid to be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti for a third time, having previously worked with him at the Bernabeu and Bayern Munich.

Rodriguez arrives with huge expectations on his shoulders, despite a career which has failed to live up to his reputation over the last few years, and thinks they should be in a position where they can win silverware for the first time since the 1995 FA Cup.

The Colombia international said: “Why not? It is a club that means business.

“There are a lot of serious-minded people at the club at all levels who mean to achieve and that means winning trophies.

“That won’t happen overnight but I have seen real positive signs we can make progress and I think trophies are more than a possibility.”

KANTE BELIEVE IT

Manchester United are plotting a shock transfer swoop for N’Golo Kante, according to sensational reports.

The French midfielder’s future is still unclear with the Blues thought to be open to the idea of moving him on to raise funds.

Roman Abramovich has splashed out £230million this summer to bring in Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz and Ben Chilwell.

And the sale of Kante would help reduce the deficit.

Now according to Tuttosport in Italy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to make an ambitious bid to land the star.

United already have Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred at their disposal in midfield – plus summer-signing Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

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