Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the summer transfer window.

Nicolas Pepe appears to be closing in on that move to Arsenal with the Ivorian reportedly undergoing a medical at London Colney today ahead of a £72million deal. 

Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid president Florentino Perez pulled the plug on his move to China over concerns about the long-term future of Zinedine Zidane

The Wales international will not feature in this evening pre-season friendly against his former club Tottenham.

Elsewhere, Juventus have admitted that Tottenham target Paulo Dybala could be sold this month.

While the Sun reports that Harry Maguire wants Leicester to push through his dream Manchester United move.

Live Updates


Pepe due for Arsenal medical


We’ll start with the big transfer that probably looks closest to happening over the next few days – Lille forward Nicolas Pepe’s move to Arsenal. 


The Ivory Coast international is expected to have a medical today, according to various reports, ahead of completing a £72million transfer. 





Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s transfer news LIVE blog. 


We’ll be bringing you all the latest gossip and deals as they happen throughout the day. There’s just over a week left until the window closes, so strap in for another busy day. 


Juve confirm Dybala interest


Juventus have confirmed they have received proposals for Paulo Dybala with Tottenham among the clubs interested in signing the Argentine this summer.

The Serie A champions are thought to be prepared to listen to offers for Dybala this summer and while such a move remains hugely ambitious, Tottenham believe a deal is a real possibility with less than two weeks of the summer transfer window remaining.

Spurs would have to break their transfer record for the second time this summer to sign the Argentina international, who is valued at £80m by the Italian club.

And Pavel Nedved, now serving as Juventus vice-president, has confirmed interest in the player. 

“There are some proposals, there is some interest, but we wait for concrete action so we can then decide calmly,” Nedved said at the announcement of Serie A fixtures for the new season. 

Dybala’s contract runs with Juve until 2022 and he is thought to earn around £120,000-a-week, which should not pose a significant problem for Spurs, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli currently earning more. 

Mauricio Pochettino is a huge admirer of the 25-year-old, describing him as among ‘the best in the world’ before Dybala dumped Spurs out of the Champions League in the last-16 two years ago.


Inter won’t bid higher for Lukaku


Inter Milan are not prepared to increase their offer for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku has missed all four of United’s pre-season matches to date and has been left out of United’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Kristiansund in Norway.

United are understood to have rejected a £54m bid for the Belgian from Inter with the Old Trafford’s hierarchy adamant they will at least get back the whole £75m they paid Everton for his services back in 2017.

But Inter chief chief executive Beppe Marotta believes their offer is a fair one that represents Lukaku’s current value.

“We made a strong offer, one that is valid and suited to the transfer value of the player and we were unable to conclude a deal,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
Marotta went onto suggest the club could explore alternative options. 

“The club is strong, but we need to stay within certain parameters. The club has made big investments and we believe that we’re already at a good stage in the process.

“We are ready to pounce on opportunities, but prices are nowadays very high indeed. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and anything can happen on the market.”


Everton make second bid for Zaha


Everton have improved their offer for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after making a second bid for the Ivorian.


The Toffees had an initial bid of £50m flatly rejected by the south London outfit but Everton were unlikely to give up on their top target that easily.


Now the Merseysiders have returned with a players-plus-cash bid, offering £55m with Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy included in the deal.


The Eagles may be interested in taking Tosun, 28, having searched the entire summer for a striker. However, the Turkish frontman scored just three times in 25 league appearances. McCarthy, meanwhile, has fallen down the pecking order after being plagued by injury over the last 18 months. 


Juve consider Eriksen swoop


Tottenham may face a fight on their hands to keep Christian Eriksen after Juventus joined the hunt to sign the playmaker.


Photo: Getty/Tottenham Hotspur FC


According to Corriele dello Sport, Maurizio Sarri wants to take the Denmark international to Turin, despite having a wealth of midfield options to choose from. 


Eriksen has only a year left to run on his current deal and has also been linked with Real Madrid. But with Spurs interested in signing Paulo Dybala, the Bianconeri may be able to persuade Spurs into agreeing to a cut-price deal.


City make Semedo enquiry


According to reports in Spain, Manchester City have approached Barcelona about the availability of full-back Nelson Semedo.


The Portuguese right-back has endured a mixed spell at the Camp Nou, failing to nail down a regular spot in the Barca backline since arriving in a £30m deal from Benfica in 2017.


City are on the lookout for more depth in defence and failed in their pursuit of Joao Cancelo, with Juventus refusing to go below £54m in their valuation.


Now Pep Guardiola has turned his attention to his international team-mate, but according to Sport, Barca asked for his release clause to be paid in full


Foxes snap up Villa youngster


Leicester have signed Wales youth international Mitchell Clark on a three-year deal.

The 20-year-old was a free agent having left Aston Villa after they did not renew his contract.

Clark, who made his first-team debut for Villa in 2017, made 45 appearances for League Two Port Vale last season.


Rose included in Tottenham squad for Audi Cup

Danny Rose has returned to the Tottenham squad for the Audi Cup in Munich this week, having failed to secure a move away from the club.

Rose did not join his teammates for the International Champions Cup matches in Singapore and Shanghai this month in order to be given time to arrange a transfer but no move has materialised, and he was part of the group which flew to Germany on Monday evening.

With fellow left-back Ben Davies still sidelined following groin surgery last month, Rose is in contention to start against Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night.

It is understood there have been enquiries about the England defender from overseas clubs, with Juventus and Paris St-Germain believed to be among the interested parties, but Spurs are yet to receive a firm bid and manager Mauricio Pochettino has made it clear he would reintegrate Rose into the squad if he cannot find a new employer.

Rose, who has previously expressed a desire to return to the north of England, is understood to be determined not to be forced out of Tottenham and he will only accept a club on his terms. 

Transfer-listed winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has also joined the travelling party, while club captain Hugo Lloris has recovered from a bout of tonsillitis which forced him to return home from Singapore w


Verratti: PSG should sell Neymar


PSG midfielder Marco Verratti believes the club must look to sell Neymar if the winger wants to leave.


The Brazilian star has informed the Ligue 1 giants of his desire to leave just two years after his world record €222m move from Barcelona.


The Catalans have been linked with a move to re-sign the 28-year-old, and Verratti says the French club have no option but to sell if the players demands a move.


“Neymar? When a player really wants to be sold, the club should let him go, by mutual agreement with the conditions imposed by the company, of course. You can’t keep a player who wants to leave,” he told Radio Montecarlo.
“I certainly would hate to see him leave. I’ve never heard him say he wants to leave the club, but at the same time, I don’t know what he has told the club.


“Personally, I would prefer if he stays at the club.


Cherries confirm Billing signing


Bournemouth have completed the signing of Philip Billing from Huddersfield on a long-term contract.


The 23-year-old arrives for an undisclosed fee – thought to be in the region of £15 million – becomes the third player to join Bournemouth this summer following the arrivals of Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey.


“I’m delighted to become an AFC Bournemouth player,” said Billing. As soon as I heard of the club’s interest, there was never any doubt in my mind.


“It was an easy decision to make to come into a squad which is full of talented, international players and working with a manager of Eddie Howe’s quality.


“This is an exciting step forward for me and I can’t wait to get started.”

Villa agree £11m Nakamba deal


Aston Villa are set to continue their shopping spree in the transfer market with the signing of Marvelous Nakamba from Club Brugge.


The clubs have agreed an £11m fee for the 25-year-old, who made 14 appearances in the Jupiler Pro league last season.


The Zimbabwe international is set to have a medical despite not yet agreeing personal terms, and there are complications over whether he will receive a work permit.


But if all goes to plan, Nakamba will become Villa’s 11th signing of the summer as manager Dean Smith splashes the cash.


Marvelous, if you’re a Villa fan!


Real block James exit


He’s been linked with a move to Napoli and even arch rivals Atletico Madrid, but James Rodriguez has reportedly been told he will not leave Real Madrid this summer.


The Colombian playmaker spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich but returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after an unsuccessful spell in Germany.


Napoli have tried to sign the 28-year-old on a permanent deal this summer, with coach Carlo Ancelotti confiriming his interest, but president Aurelio De Laurentiis refused to meet Real’s asking price.


But after Marco Asensio suffered a serious knee injury in pre-season, AS say the La Liga giants have now told the midfielder he will be staying at the club.


Rodriguez was pictured returning to training with his Real Madrid team-mates earlier today, although it remains to be seen what role he will have in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.


Toffees target Tomori loan


Everton are keeping tabs on Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori after failing with a bid for his team-mate Kurt Zouma, according to Sky Sports News.


The 21-year-old, who played for England at the Under-21 European Championship this summer, has been welcomed into the first-team fold by Frank Lampard after impressing on loan at Derby County last season.


The Toffees wanted to re-sign Zouma on loan after featuring regularly in Marco Silva’s side last season but the Blues look set to keep him due to the restrictions of their transfer ban.


Tomori could move out on loan with Zouma, David Luiz, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger ahead of him in the pecking order, and a temporary switch to Merseyside may appeal.


Pepe to have Arsenal medical ‘within days’


Arsenal are moving closer to finalising a club-record deal for Nicolas Pepe with the Lille forward set to undergo a medical “within days”.


The Gunners have agreed a £72m deal with the Ligue 1 outfit which will surpass the £55m they paid to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.


According to Sky Sports News, he 23-year-old will have a medical ahead of completing his transfer after Arsenal staved off competition from Bayern Munich and Everton to sign the forward.


Sako heads for Turkey


Former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako has joined Turkish outfit Denizlispor on a free transfer.


The 31-year-old was released by the Eagles at the end of the last season after returning from a loan spell at West Brom in January.


The Mali international has signed a one-year deal with the newly-promoted Super Lig side.


Masuaku commits future to West Ham


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Arthur Masuaku has put pen to paper on a long-term contract extension at West Ham.


The DR Congo left-back is now committed to West Ham until the summer of 2024, with the club retaining the right to extend the deal by a further two years.


Masuaku joined the Hammers from Olympiacos in 2016 and has gone on to make 75 appearances, including 23 in the Premier League last term.

“I am very happy and very proud,” Masuaku said. “For me it was an easy decision.

“The club wanted me to stay and so I didn’t even need to think about it – it was just a matter of time.

“Now I am looking forward to the Premier League season and giving my all for this club I love.

“It hasn’t been an easy road for me since I first arrived at the club but I have always been positive and I hope and I think that the future is bright for West Ham, and hopefully for me and the team.

“I am very excited, and happy to be a part of things here. The manager has been very good to me and I hope now I can repay his faith.”


Sturridge in talks over Turkey move


Trabzonspor have reportedly made an audacious offer to sign Daniel Sturridge on a free transfer.


Photo: Getty/Liverpool FC


Sturridge is a free agent after leaving Liverpool following the expiry of his contract and there are several Premier League clubs reportedly keeping tabs on the 29-year-old.


But the Turkish club have moved to the front queue after offering Sturridge a two-year contract, having already signed his former Chelsea team-mate John Obi Mikel for the forthcoming season.

Bale pictured in new Real kit


Gareth Bale has been included in the promotional pictures for Real Madrid’s new third kit, but the Welsh winger does not appear in the video published by Los Blancos on Monday.


Madrid launched their deep green strip, which they say is “inspired by technology and the evolution of the future, with the new Santiago Bernabeu stadium as the main reference”.


Bale features in one of the images on the club’s official website, along with Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Odriozola and Nacho.


But there no sign of the 30-year-old in the video, which includes the above players plus Marco Asensio, Dan Carvajal, Eden Hazard, Fede Valverde and Raphael Varane.


“You own the future is the concept that has been chosen to represent this jersey, which reminds us that successes achieved in the past never interfere in the future,” Real Madrd go on to add.


The kit, which uses “Climachill technology to absorb sweat”, is available in Adidas and Real Madrid outlets, as well as the club’s official website.

Skipper Sergio Ramos is missing from the pictures and the video altogether, along with Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and summer signings Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic and Eder Militao.


Monaco target Real star


Gareth Bale might not be the only Real Madrid attacker to leave in the summer transfer window.


Spanish newspaper AS claim Monaco are interested in signing striker Mariano Diaz to bolster their frontline, with Radamel Falcao linked with a move to Turkey.


Following the arrivals of Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard, the striker has fallen down the pecking order and Real coach Zinedine Zidane doesn’t see the 25-year-old as part of his plans. 


A return to playing in France could appeal to Mariano, after he scored 21 goals for Lyon in the 2017-18 campaign.

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When does the window open and shut for the rest of Europe?


Transfer deadline day is on Thursday, August 8, 2019, and the window slams shut at 5pm BST.


The Ligue 1 window opens on June 16 and closes on September 2.


The Liga window opens on July 1 and closes on September 2.


The Bundesliga window opens on July 1 and closes on September 2.


The Serie A window opens on July 1 and closes on August 23.

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