In one of the biggest stories of the summer transfer window – and any transfer window, come to think of it – Lionel Messi been officially unveiled as a PSG player after Barcelona were unable to afford a new contract. There is also mounting speculation that Paul Pogba could be headed to join him – but one megastar who won’t be on the move, it seems, is Cristiano Ronaldo – Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a Real Madrid return for the Juventus star.
In another huge deal, Chelsea have re-signed Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan for £97.5m, with Tammy Abraham joining AS Roma. As for Manchester United, they unveiled Raphael Varane before Saturday’s 5-1 rout of Leeds, while £73m Jadon Sancho made his debut off the bench. Next on their list could be Erling Haaland, but they may have to wait until next summer to sign the Dortmund sensation.
Arsenal have made one big move in £50m Ben White, and want another in the former of Martin Odegaard, with the Gunners now having entered into early talks with Real Madrid. They continue to be linked with Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as well as Inter Milan frontman Lautaro Martinez, while Barcelona want to swap Philippe Coutinho for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Liverpool, meanwhile, want to sign Belgian forward Jeremy Doku from Rennes as they also eye Atletico Madrid stalwart Saul Niguez, while Tottenham are being linked with a double swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, as well as Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic and Cagliari’s Nahitan Nandez.
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Batshuayi gets a great reception in Istanbul
Michy Batshuayi was greeted by a large crowd of Besiktas fans at Istanbul Airport today as he begins a season’s loan from Chelsea.
It is the fifth time that the 27-year-old Belgian striker has left Chelsea on a temporary deal.
Huddlestone back in the game after a year out
Tom Huddlestone, who left Tottenham for Hull in 2013, has rejoined the Championship club as a free agent.
The 34-year-old midfielder has been training with Hull, having been without a club since being released by Derby County last summer.
Martial backs ‘big-time’ Varane
Anthony Martial has backed “big-time” Raphael Varane to take Manchester United to the next level.
Speaking about Varane and fellow new signing Jadon Sancho, Martial told United’s website: “Varane, I know already, of course.
“And the skillset he has, I know he will bring a lot to our team, in addition to his long experience, so we are all really delighted with these two new players we have.”
“Varane is a big-time player. I don’t think he will need too much time to adapt to his new environment, but I’m there for him for whatever little help or advice he may need.
“He has all his experience, – he’s a player who has won a lot during the time of his career at Real Madrid and also in the French national team, so I am sure he will bring all his powers, as he really is a top player and I know things are going to go well for him here at United.”
Abraham can take inspiration from Lukaku, De Bruyne and Salah, says Morris
Jody Morris says Tammy Abraham only need look at other talents who have been sold by Chelsea to see that his move to Roma could be the start of something special.
Ancelotti: I love Ronaldo but I’m not going to sign him
Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed suggestions he wants to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Real Madrid.
The 36-year-old Portugal forward moved to Juventus in 2018 for £99m and has just 10 months left on his contract in Turin.
Real boss Ancelotti, who managed Ronaldo in his first spell in charge at the Bernabeu, wrote on Twitter: “Cristiano is a Real Madrid legend and he has all my love and respect. I have never considered signing him. We look forward.”
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Kane finally returns to full training with Spurs
Harry Kane’s future is no nearer being resolved but he did this morning train with the Tottenham first-team squad for the first time this season.
The striker’s return has been delayed by him having to quarantine after his holiday but all the talk has been whether he will still be at Tottenham or at Manchester City once the transfer window closes.
Rejoining the squad has opened up the possibility he could feature in Thursday’s Europa Conference League play-off first leg against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira or in Sunday’s visit to Wolves in the Premier League.
Abraham targeting trophies at Roma
Tammy Abraham will wear the number nine shirt at AS Roma.
He told the Italian club’s website: “You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately.
“Roma are a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies. I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.
“It’s a massive honour to be the number nine at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.”
Done deal! Chelsea sell Abraham to Roma
It’s official… AS Roma have signed Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.
Atletico closing in on £60m Vlahovic
Chances of Tottenham or Arsenal landing Dusan Vlahovic look slimmer this morning after Atletico Madrid offered Fiorentina £60m for the Serbia striker.
Il Corriere dello Sport have revealed the bid and say that it just needs the approval of Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso for Vlahovic to move to La Liga.
The paper claims Atletico have reached an agreement with the player’s agent.
Vlahovic hit 21 goals in Serie A last season, prompting interest from the north London rivals with the 21-year-old a possible replacement for Harry Kane at Spurs.