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TOP STORY: Liverpool eye Dybala if Juve land Ronaldo
While Cristiano Ronaldo-to-Juventus dominates the rumour mill, Liverpool are reportedly plotting an audacious move for Juve’s Paulo Dybala. That’s according to Tuttomercatoweb, who reports the Reds have already made an enquiry for the Argentinian.
Dybala was used just once at the World Cup as Argentina crashed out at the last-16 stage, but he dazzled for Juve on their way to another domestic double, hitting 27 goals in all competitions.
A move by the Old Lady for Ronaldo would not necessarily come at the expense of Dybala, though a hypothetical sale likely would generate a fee similar to the roughly £140 million Liverpool received for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, and thus in excess of what Juve are rumoured to have bid for Ronaldo.
11.30 BST: A supporter club representing Nice has said Mario Balotelli has betrayed the club for failing to report for preseason training.
Balotelli has been linked with French south-coast rivals Marseille.
11.25 BST: Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld has encouraged Daley Blind to return to Ajax, and hinted he could return to the Amsterdam club too one day, De Telegraaf write.
11.10 BST: A deal in principle has been agreed for Cardiff to re-sign Liverpool’s Marko Grujic on loan. The player has told Cardiff he wants to go back there too, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.
11.00 BST: Marseille’s Dimitri Payet has reportedly been offered back to West Ham…
West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille. No, it’s not 2015. Player’s reps have contacted club. Manuel Pellegrini mulling it over and has sought advice from senior players #whufc
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) July 6, 2018
10.55 BST: Southampton are in talks to sign highly-rated Real Madrid teenager Pedro Lubamba, sources close to the clubs have told ESPN FC. 15-year-old Lubamba has been training with the club this week.
Now there is the chance for a great chant to La Bamba.
10.50 BST: Are Wolves on the verge of signing Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko?
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) July 5, 2018
— Tim Nash (@TimNash_1) July 5, 2018
10.45 BST: Tuttosport rate Chelsea’s chances of signing Gonzalo Higuain this summer at 90 percent.
10.35 BST: Today’s front cover of Gazzetta dello Sport leads with Juventus getting the green light to buy Cristiano Ronaldo…
— LaGazzettadelloSport (@Gazzetta_it) July 6, 2018
10.30 BST: Real Betis vice-president Lorenzo Serra Ferrer has confirmed his club is in talks with Sporting Lisbon to sign Portugal international William Carvalho.
“It’s true that we are negotiating for William Carvalho,” Serra Ferrer said as reported in Marca. “It’s difficult because he is a very good footballer but we have hope we can complete the deal. It would be very positive for us to have an international player of his quality at our club. We are hopeful but he has big offers. We must be cautious.”
10.15 BST: Barcelona hope to announce the arrival of Arthur Melo in the coming days, Sport write. Barca agreed a purchase option to acquire the talented midfielder from Gremio this July in a deal which could cost up to €39 million.
The original plan was to bring him in January bu the club have finally decided to advance his arrival following Andres Iniesta’s departure to Japan
10.00 BST: La Liga side Huesca completed the loan signing of Inter forward Samuel Longo late last night…
🗣 Benvenuto, @SamueleLongo_9💥
— SD Huesca (@SDHuesca) July 5, 2018
09.45 BST: Diario AS report that Real Sociedad will pay £10m to acquire Newcastle midfielder Mikel Merino. Asked about his club’s negotiations to sign Merino, Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay told Onda Cero radio: “It’s known that Merino is close.”
09.22 BST: Bild says that PSG and Thomas Tuchel want Dortmund left-back Raphael Guerreiro. The Portugal international impressed in his season under Tuchel, and not so much last term. Dortmund are reportedly willing to consider bids in excess of €30m.
09.10 BST: Everton have made an approach for Colombia and Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, Mundo Deportivo report.
08.50 BST: Calciomercato are running quotes from the agent of Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, via Sky Italia.
He says that, contrary to reports, Tottenham have not made a bid for his client.
08.40 BST: Paulinho has already given the “okay” to a move away from Barcelona, who could sell him next week for €50 million, Sport say.
08.30 BST: Atletico Madrid are set to sign Gelson Martins from Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer, AS write.
08.20 BST: L’Equipe say that Borussia Monchengladbach look set to beat Tottenham and Newcastle to Nice forward Alassane Plea.
08.10 BST: Once Maurizio Sarri is confirmed as Chelsea manager, Roman Abramovich intends to close deals for Aleksandr Golovin, Daniele Rugani and Alisson, Marca write.
08.00 BST: The Daily Mail report that Tottenham lead the race for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish.
PAPER TALK (By Jack Rathborn)
West Ham close in on £15m move for Wilshere
West Ham are close to signing free agent Jack Wilshere, having offered the 26-year-old midfielder a three-year deal worth £15m, reports The Sun.
Wilshere decided last month to leave Arsenal, ending a 17-year stint at his boyhood club after being told he wouldn’t be a prominent part of new manager Unai Emery’s rebuilding process.
Everton reject Lookman bid
Everton have rejected a £12m offer from RB Leipzig for Ademola Lookman after the 20-year-old’s exciting loan spell in the second half of last season, claims the Mirror.
The winger scored five goals and assisted on four in 11 Bundesliga appearances to convince Leipzig to pursue a permanent move.
Everton manager Marco Silva is keen to work with Lookman, though the Toffees might find it difficult to pass up the opportunity to take the money from a sale and put it toward perhaps multiple new signings.
Barca ponder benefit of selling Paulinho
Barcelona are reviewing an offer for Paulinho just a year after signing the Brazilian midfielder from Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande for €40m.
The motivation to sell the 29-year-old is not purely to claim a profit. The Brazil international’s sale also would free up a non-EU spot in the squad, reports Sport.
What’s more, a sale at that price could enable Barcelona to reinvest the money in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with whom they’ve been linked.
– AC Milan and Atletico Madrid are deep in talks over Nikola Kalinic, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The Spanish club have proposed a loan deal with an obligation to buy. (Bayer Leverkusen also put in an offer, to buy outright.) The Croatian striker cost Milan €25m after a season on loan and was recently sent home from the World Cup for refusing to come on as a substitute after claiming to have a back injury.
– Liverpool hope to complete a deal for Ajax’s 16-year-old right-back Ki-Jana Hoever. The Liverpool Echo claims the Netherlands youth international will be the latest academy signing after Manchester City’s Bobby Duncan and Chelsea’s Isaac Christie-Davies arrived.
– Wolves have agreed a initial £12m fee with Manchester City for Oleksandr Zinchenko. The Express and Star says the fee could rise to £16m with add-ons. The 21-year-old midfielder impressed last season out of position at left-back in Benjamin Mendy’s absence.