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Thursday August 24
Pogba: We don’t fear anyone
14:00: Manchester United don’t need to fear any of their Premier League rivals, according to Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman, who’s netted twice in the opening two weeks, believes Jose Mourinho’s side are capable of lifting the Premier League crown.
“I’m pleased and happy that we have started really well, but it is not finished yet,” Pogba told ESPN FC.
“The biggest challengers? We are our own rivals and we think about ourselves first. But we don’t have to be scared of anyone in the league because we know we are a strong team as well. We know we can do great this season.”
13:40: Premier League spending in the current transfer window is already at an all-time record level, with a week remaining.
Figures released by Deloitte’s Sports Business Group showed top-flight clubs had spent £1.17billion on players this summer by 9am on Thursday, breaking the record of £1.165m set last year.
That was already a 34 per cent rise on the previous record for a single window – and with time remaining this time around the numbers could rise to even more breathtaking levels.
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Campbell: No more loan deals
13:15: Arsenal outcast Joel Campbell insists he WON’T accept another loan deal away from the Emirates.
The Costa Rica striker joined Arsenal in 2011, and subsequently spent spells with five different European clubs.
But, according to the Guardian, Campbell has told officials within the club that won’t agree to another temporary move.
The 25-year-old has started training at Arsenal’s London Colney base after a serious knee injury, but he could find himself seeing very little first-team action unless he’s sold on a permanent basis.
Matip was close to joining Ajax
13:00: Liverpool could easily have missed out on centre-back Joel Matip.
The Reds snapped up the 26-year-old defender on a free transfer in July 2016 after his contract expired at Schalke.
But his career path could have taken a very different turn.
Ronald de Boer has revealed that Ajax were offered Matip but didn’t think he was good enough to succeed.
“Look at Joel Matip now. Ajax did not think he was good enough, but at Liverpool he plays every time. Jürgen Klopp sets him up for every match.
“He is not going backwards either, so that makes sense,” De Boer told Metro.
Done Deal: Hull sign Arsenal’s Toral
12:50: Hull have completed the signing of Arsenal midfielder Jon Toral.
The 22-year-old playmaker has signed a three-year contract with the Tigers for an undisclosed fee.
Speaking after signing for the Tigers, Toral said: “This is a massive move for me, the biggest so far in my career, and I can’t wait to get started.
“I’m really happy to be here. I have experienced playing in the Championship before and it is a league that I enjoyed playing in. I want to use that experience now and to help this team achieve its aims.”
Parlour: Swap Sakho for VVD
12:40: Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour reckons Liverpool should offer Mamadou Sakho to Southampton as part of a deal to sign Virgil van Dijk.
“You look at the situation, Sakho went to Crystal Palace last year. He’s a defender who you could maybe throw in (to a deal),” Parlour said on talkSPORT.
“You could say ‘Saints we could have a swap deal’, Sakho for Van Dijk with a bit of money on top.
“This week there will be so may deals go through because people start panicking.
“Plenty of clubs want their Business done early but others do it at the last minute. People give in. Selling players and bidding for players.”
Liverpool Transfer News: Ray Parlour thinks Liverpool should swap Sakho for VVD
Done Deal: Huddersfield sign Hadergjonaj
12:20: Huddersfield have strengthened their squad with the signing of right-back Florent Hadergjonaj from Ingolstadt.
The 23-year-old Switzerland international signs on a season-long loan from the Bundesliga 2 side, although the Premier League newcomers have the option to buy him at the end of the season.
Huddersfield boss David Wagner told his club’s official Website: “It was important in this window that we found a real competitor for the right-back position and in Florent we have exactly the right player.”
‘Van Dijk in talks with Arsenal’ claim
12.09: Arsenal have met Virgil van Dijk to discuss a switch to the Emirates, it’s been claimed today.
James Dodd, a journalist from Fox Sports News, says conversations have been held between Arsenal, Van Dijk and his representatives over a possible move.
Dodd, who follows Arsenal, tweeted: “#AFC have met with Van Dijk & his reps but I’m fairly sure all the big PL clubs have. I guess Saints would rather sell to us than Liverpool.”
The news will be a hammer blow to Liverpool who have been chasing the Dutchman all summer.
AC confident of Costa capture
11:50: AC Milan are confident of signing Diego Costa this summer because the Chelsea striker needs to leave Stamford Bridge to earn a place at the 2018 World Cup.
Costa has already snubbed interest from Milan in a bid to force a move to Atletico Madrid.
But Atletico cannot field any new signings until January because of a FIFA-imposed transfer ban.
And Corriere dello Sport claim Milan believe Atletico’s embargo puts them in the hot seat to land Costa before deadline day.
Barca president plots talks
11:30: Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is planning to speak to his Liverpool counterparts over a deal for Philippe Coutinho when they meet for the Champions League draw in Monaco today.
Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate to book their place in today’s 5pm group stage draw.
Delegates from all 24 Champions League clubs will descend on the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and Bartomeu hopes he will be able to speak to officials from Liverpool as Barcelona wait to discover their opponents.
That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim Bartomeu will also seek out Borussia Dortmund’s chiefs to discuss a deal for Ousmane Dembele.
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Done Deal: Leeds sign Jay-Roy Grot
11:25: Leeds United have signed striker Jay-Roy Grot.
Grot, 19, has signed a four-year deal at the Championship side.
“I am very happy, this is such a big club and this is a big step in my career, I am delighted to signed for Leeds United,” he told the club’s official Website.
“It was been my dream to play in England and so to do that at a club like Leeds is really exciting.”
Messi to Man City?
11:00: Lionel Messi’s father is reportedly in talks with Manchester City over a STUNNING move away from Barcelona.
In recent days, reports have said Messi could even be about to turn his back on Barcelona.
The 30-year-old wants Galactic names and a guarantee they will rival Real Madrid for the world’s biggest honours – something he has not yet been given.
And The Sun say Messi’s dad is in talks with Manchester City over a move to the Etihad next summer.
Jorge Messi supposedly met City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain and discussed the prospect of his son reuniting with Pep Guardiola in England.
Everton searching for a striker
10:45: Everton manager Ronald Koeman says the club are still searching for a new striker.
Koeman has made no secret of his desire to sign a left-sided centre-back and forward to replace Romelu Lukaku.
“We are working on that,” he said.
“We know we have ten days to go but there is no more update on that today.”
Wenger: Lemar deal is dead
10:30: Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal’s bid to sign Thomas Lemar is over.
Lemar was Arsenal’s top summer target following the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal made three bids for Lemar but wouldn’t go as high as Monaco’s £50m asking price.
And now Wenger admits the deal is dead due to Monaco’s position.
“It’s dead because Monaco has closed the door definitely,” he said.
“They’re still on cases like Mbappe and Fabinho.”
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Zaha will NOT be rushed back
10:15: Crystal Palace will not rush injured winger Wilfried Zaha back into action, according to Frank de Boer.
The 24-year-old, who scored seven league goals and provided 11 assists to win Palace’s Player of the Year last season, sustained a knee injury during their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield in the opening league game of the season.
De Boer said: “Wilf is a very robust player, the first couple of days are very important to have a rest and, from now on, I think he’s going to start rehab.
“We don’t know how long it will take. The risk is that you start too early, that he can have a setback, so we are going to see and don’t put a time on it right now.”
Januzaj takes aim at LVG
09:45: Adnan Januzaj has taken a swipe at former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
Januzaj, 22, struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford during the Dutchman’s tenure before being sold to Real Sociedad earlier this summer.
Asked about Van Gaal, he told AS: “I do not want to talk about him, because everyone knows there were difficulties with him.
“We did not have the best relationship, everyone knows. It was not easy, it’s very frustrating and difficult when you find something like that.”
Sanchez available for Liverpool clash
09:00: Alexis Sanchez could feature against Liverpool on Sunday, according to Arsene Wenger.
The Chilean international has missed Arsenal’s opening two fixtures with Leicester and Stoke, but Wenger insists the contract rebel is available for selection.
He told reporters: “Sanchez has worked very hard to be back and he is available.
“We have to make that decision. Overall he looks in a good shape, he has worked very hard. I don’t think he is too much disturbed by all the noises. Players at that level are used to it.
“He is very focused. He is happy. We just want to focus as a team and not look too much at the individual contracts of the team.”
Chelsea favourites for Llorente
08:30: Chelsea are leading the race to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.
TribalFootball claim the coveted playmaker is considering his options with potential first-team opportunities at a premium.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are reported to have received 35 offers from across Europe for Llorente, but have resisted the urge to sell.
Pundit Miguel Angel Diaz revealed the interest on Spanish radio show El Partidazo, he said: “Marcos Llorente, who is one of the pearls of Real Madrid and who played on loan at Alaves last year, has had around 35 teams that have been interested in him, including Atlético de Madrid and Barcelona.
“All Primera teams, except Athletic (Bilbao), have been interested in him. There have been offers from several countries, he is a very coveted player.”
Manchester City Transfer Manchester City are interested in Lionel Messi
Messi to Man City
07:45: The Sun say Lionel Messi’s dad is in talks with Manchester City over a move away from Barcelona.
Jorge Messi supposedly met with Txiki Begiristain and discussed a move to England.
Messi Jnr is considering his options with Barcelona struggling.
The Catalan giants have so far been thwarted in their bids to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
Klopp hints at more deals
07.30: Jurgen Klopp has hinted Liverpool could do more transfer Business having secured their place in the Champions League group stages.
Liverpool overcame Hoffenheim last night and are in this evening’s draw.
And Klopp hinted he could be back in the transfer market.
“It’s [Champions League qualification] a big influence on the transfer market, especially if we do it more often,” he said.
“I said I think before the game, if you talk to a player, they really often [mention it]… especially players we talk to. We don’t have to talk to players which are not better than our players because it’s difficult to find.
“I know a few people think differently, but we do a lot of work and it’s not that easy to find 20 players in this position that are better, 20 players in that position that are better. But if you talk to them, they say if you would play in the Champions League, it would be really interesting because the club is great, the manager is not too bad and all that stuff.”
Messi promised Dybala
07.15: Lionel Messi has reportedly been told the club will sign Juventus hitman Paulo Dybala if Joan Laporta succeeds Josep Maria Bartomeu as president.
Barcelona are aiming to wrap up signings with moves for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele in the works.
However, the Catalan giants are struggling to lure names to the Nou Camp.
The money is there – they pocketed £198million from Neymar’s departure to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain – but the La Liga giants have struggled to get their Business over the line.
Lionel Messi looks visibly frustrated on the pitch, and reports in Spain have suggested the Argentina international may even quit if Barcelona fail to sign a Galactic name.
And Diario Gol say that the 29-year-old has been promised the signing of Dybala by Laporta if he becomes president again.
Philippe Coutinho wants to join Barcelona this summer
Chelsea make Ox bid
07.00: Chelsea have made a bid for Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The winger is set to hold talks with Arsene Wenger today over his future.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, has one year left on his contract and is wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool.
And the Blues want three English players for a combined total of £100m, according to the Telegraph.
Chelsea have offered £35m for Oxlade-Chamberlain and are also hoping to sign Ross Barkley and Danny Drinkwater before deadline day.
Coutinho to make public message
6.45: Philippe Coutinho is weighing up a public statement in a bid to force an exit from Liverpool.
Barcelona are set to make a fourth bid of £138m for the playmaker and Coutinho is desperate to seal his dream move before the window shuts.
However Liverpool are adamant he will not be sold and have already rejected three bids.
And Liverpool plan to reject the fourth and will refuse to sell so close to the end of the transfer window.
Rose to United
06.30: Danny Rose is set to hold talks with Tottenham with Manchester United and Chelsea interested in a deal for the left-back.
Rose gave an explosive interview earlier this month when he complained about Tottenham’s salary structure and transfer policy.
And he will sit down with the club to discuss his future.
He was forced to apologise for the timing of his comments and was fined by the club, and Chelsea and United are waiting to see the outcome of the talks before making a move.
Source : EXPRESS