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Transfer news LIVE | Express Sport is on hand to bring you all the latest rumours and gossip

Tuesday, July 23

  • Dani Ceballos & William Saliba will have their Arsenal medicals today
  • Bruno Fernandes has reiterated his desire to play Premier League football
  • Gareth Bale would be a “perfect fit” for Liverpool instead of Spurs
  • Goalkeeper David de Gea is on the verge of agreeing a new £375k deal

10:00 UPDATE: Loris Karius snub

Loris Karius says he’s rejected five offers to cut short his two-year loan spell at Besiktas.

The German goalkeeper joined Besiktas rom Liverpool in 2018 and is contracted to stay until June 2020.

He’s put the Champions League nightmare behind him and earned interest from two British clubs.

“This season, through my agent, two clubs in the UK, three clubs from Germany, made offers,” Karius told Sporx. “I turned them down. Besiktas is very special for me.”

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09:45 UPDATE: No disrespect – Zidane

Zinedine Zidane says he didn’t “disrespected” Gareth Bale and it was the club who wanted to sell the Welsh forward, not him personally.

Bale did not play for Real in their defeat to Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup, with Zidane revealing his absence was due to the club “working on his departure”.

“At times my Spanish is very suspect,” Zidane told reporters. “I want to be very clear about this. Firstly, I have not disrespected anybody and least of all the player.

“I have always said the same, the players are the most important and every time I am with a player here I will be with them always.

“Second thing, I said the club is trying to sell him. Third point, I think it is very important and crucial to say that the other day Gareth did not change (play) because he did not want to.”

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09:30 UPDATE: Nicolas Pepe deal almost done

Lille president Gerard Lopez says sought-after winger Nicolas Pepe’s future has ‘almost’ been decided.

Pepe, 24, has been strongly linked with Manchester United over the past week with Ed Woodward claimed to have advanced negotiations.

Asked about Pepe’s future, Lille president Lopez told La Voix du Nord: “In terms of departures and arrivals, if a player leaves, we will go and get what we need.

“For Nico, it is almost done and he could have left last summer. It is true that there are big offers and big clubs in for him, so I think [he will leave].”

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09:00 UPDATE: Nicolas Pepe latest

Manchester United have advanced their pursuit of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe.

That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are still in talks with the Ligue 1 side.

Arsenal and Everton have been linked with the 24-year-old but Castles suggests the Red Devils are in pole-position.

Speaking on the latest episode of the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles said: “Manchester United I told you back in May had made their first enquiry direct to the club about Pepe to ask what his salary would be, what kind of money Lille would want for the player.

“They [Manchester United] have advanced that interest in the last week and been involved in further discussions with Lille over a transfer.”

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08:30 UPDATE: New target for Arsenal

Arsenal have added Juventus defender Daniele Rugani to their transfer wish list, according to reports in Italy.

And according to Tutto Mercato Web, Arsenal could move for Rugani, who Juve are willing to let go.

The report states that Rugani will probably leave the Turin club anyway, due to the purchase of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax.

Rugani also faces stiff competition from the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

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08:15 UPDATE: Everton Soares latest

Arsenal are closing in on the Brazilian star Everton Soares as the club’s new technical director Edu works to secure the Gunners’ transfer target.

It has been reported a fee of £36million has been offered by the Gunners to Gremio, which is expected to come in the form of £25m up front and a further £11m in add-ons.

Arsenal have already brought in a Brazilian this summer as Edu returned to the club where he won two league titles to become the club’s first technical director.

And when he was recently asked about Everton making the move to north London by a Gunners fan, he said: “Let’s see.”

According to Brazilian publication GloboEsporte, although no agreement has been reached between the two teams, talks are ongoing between the Brazilian side and an unnamed English side.

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08:00 UPDATE: Man Utd agree £375k deal

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is on the verge of agreeing a lucrative contract extension.

De Gea, 28, has frequently been linked with a departure but is set to sign a new six-year deal at Old Trafford worth £375,000-a-week.

United’s previous captain Antonio Valencia left at the end of last season and De Gea is one of several players in the frame to replace him along with Ashley Young, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling and Paul Pogba.

“I’ve been captain for some games. Of course it is amazing to be captain of a club like Manchester United and defend this badge,” De Gea said. “It’s amazing, so of course I’ll be really, really happy to captain.”

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07:45 UPDATE: Arsenal double medical

Arsenal are close to completing a double deal.

That’s according to the BBC, who claim the Gunners have reached agreements for Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos and Saint-Etienne centre-back William Saliba.

Saliba, 18, will undergo a medical today ahead of his proposed £27million transfer – before returning to Saint-Etienne for the 2019/2020 campaign.

Spanish newspaper AS claim Ceballos, 22, will also have a medical today before joining on a season-long loan with no option to buy.

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07:30 UPDATE: Bruno Fernandes plea

Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes has reiterated his desire to play Premier League football next season.

The Portuguese international has been tipped to join Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seeks to bolster his midfield options.

But Ed Woodward and Co. will have to spend big with Sporting president Frederico Varandas demanding more than £55million for his signature.

“The president decides that, not me,” Fernandes said. “The only thing I can do now is that I need to catch the plane so I don’t miss it.

“Will this be the last match for Sporting? I don’t know, it’s the coach who decides. I told you I liked to play in England, but that’s not what interests me. It may be when the club decides.”

07:15 UPDATE: Gareth Bale to Liverpool?!

Gareth Bale would be a “perfect fit” for Liverpool instead of former club Tottenham as the Spanish giants explore transfer options for the winger, says BBC pundit Paul Ince.

Bale left Tottenham to join Real in 2013 for a then world-record fee of £86m and despite winning four Champions Leagues with the club, he has fallen out of favour with many of its fans.

But Ince feels a return to Spurs and playing under Mauricio Pochettino wouldn’t be the best option for him and instead prefers Liverpool, as he thinks they can offer him the chance to win more trophies.

“My opinion is if Liverpool can afford him, he should go there,” Ince told BBC Sport. “Liverpool’s front three haven’t had much rest before the season – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have played all over the summer.

“Bale can play right, left or central. If I was looking at a team if they could afford him, it would be Liverpool.





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