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The window is hotting up with clubs in pre-season action – and the new campaign just weeks away.

The big name in the mix is Neymar, who has reportedly agreed a stunning move to PSG.

It appears unthinkable that Barcelona would let one of their star men go but a bid in excess of £200m is said to have been made.

And the French giants won't stop there either – they have also been linked with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.

Mesut Ozil, however, is edging closer to a new deal with Arsenal, who feel they have made a breakthrough with the German.

In Manchester, United remain keen on Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic but as usual Jose Mourinho is remaining tight-lipped.

We still have six weeks remaining, so be sure to keep checking the blog for the latest deals to drop.

Key Events

  • Van Dijk training alone after bid to force Liverpool move
  • Liverpool sign Robertson
  • Stoke sign Zouma
  • Newcastle sign Manquillo
  • Arsenal and Mesut Ozil closing in on a new contract


Valverde: We 'absolutely' want Neymar stay

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says the Catalans ‘absolutely’ want Neymar to stay at the Nou Camp amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Parisians continue to be linked with a big-money swoop for the Brazilian after confirming their interest in his services earlier this week.

Neymar, 25, is reportedly unsettled at Barca and the Ligue 1 side would obliterate the world record to land him in a deal worth almost £200million.

But, ahead of Barca’s friendly against Juventus in the USA on Saturday, Valverde has attempted to play down his desire to depart Spain.


Saturday's paper round-up

Chelsea are ready to move for Arsenal flier Alex Oxlade-Chaberlain after the England winger told Arsene Wenger he would not be signing a new contract at the Emirates.

That is according to Sky Sports, who say the 23-year-old is yet to receive an offer to tempt him to stay in north London.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has struggled to establish himself as a regular starter since moving from Southampton six years ago.

He was deployed as a wing-back last season and has also been used as a central midfielder.

Here are the rest of Saturday’s stories…


Dortmund insist there's been no contact over Aubameyang

Borussia Dortmund have insisted there has been no contact over star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Gabonese forward has been linked with a big-money move to China in the January window in the German press.

But Dortmund say they have not received any offers.


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Swansea put £7.5m price tag on Bartley

Swansea have put a £7.5m price tag on central defender Kyle Bartley after he was targeted by Championship sides Middlesbrough and Leeds.

Bartley, 26, was on-loan at the latter last season, where he played for new Boro boss Garry Monk.

Leeds want him back, but Monk is keen on a reunion at the Riverside Stadium.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Kyle Bartley of Leeds United gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
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Stuani leaves Boro

Relegated Middlesbrough’s Cristhian Stuani has joined La Liga club Girona for an undisclosed fee.

The midfielder, 30, a Uruguay international, had scored 16 goals in 66 appearances since arriving in 2015.

Stuani, who links up with former team-mate Bernardo in Spain, played a big part in Boro’s promotion to the Premier League in 2016.


Gomez insists he wants Anfield stay

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has insisted he wants to stay at Anfield and fight for his place instead of leave the club on loan.

“My main aim is to play here for Liverpool and under this manager,” Gomez told the Liverpool Echo.

“My target is to get regular football and I want to play at the top level and that’s what I am focused on at the moment.

“I feel 100%. I know that this pre-season is a big opportunity for me to hit the ground running again.”

Joe Gomez
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Boro agree Randolph deal

Middlesbrough have agreed a deal with West Ham to sign goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

The 30-year-old will travel to Teesside on Saturday to undergo a medical and thrash out personal terms.

Ireland international Randolph played 22 times for the Hammers in the Premier League last term.


Liverpool 'to make final £75m Keita bid'

Liverpool will make a ‘final’ bid of £75million to try and prise Naby Keita away from RB Leipzig.

That is according to the Independent, who say the Reds will chance their arm with one last approach for the midfielder.

The Bundesliga side have so far stood firm as they look to keep hold of the 22-year-old Guinea international.


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Mascherano: Neymar is happy at Barca

Neymar’s Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano has insisted the Brazilian is happy at the Nou Camp despite speculation linking him with a world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

“There’s always going to be rumours and news around him,” the Argentine told ESPN.

“It’s really difficult to give advice. Firstly, I’m not anyone to be giving advice and secondly, I see him really happy here, really happy.

“He is a really important player for the club. Because of his age, he’s the future of the club and we hope we can keep on counting on him.”


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Schmeichel reiterates commitment to Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel has reiterated his commitment to Leicester amid speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.

“I am a Leicester player until someone tells me otherwise and until then I am fully committed to this club,” said Schmeichel.

“There has always been a lot of competition for places. We have got Ben Hamer as well and he is a top class keeper and Ron-Robert Zieler was a World Cup winner.

“Competition has always been there and has to be there otherwise or we could start becoming complacent throughout the whole squad if there isn’t competition for places.

“Yes [I welcome the challenge]. What else am I going to do?”


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Stokes departs Blackburn

Blackburn have terminated the contract of striker Anthony Stokes.

He scored three times for Rovers, who were relegated to League One last term.

Stokes joined the club from Celtic where he plundered 77 goals in 192 appearances.

Blackburn Rovers' Anthony Stokes celebrates scoring his side's first goal
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Forest sign Daryl Murphy

Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of striker Daryl Murphy from Newcastle.

Murphy helped fire the Magpies to the Premier League last term, scoring five times in 14 outings.

He joins on a three-year deal.


Chelsea confirm Morata deal

Chelsea have confirmed they have signed Alvaro Morata in a blockbuster £67million deal.

“I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club,” said the Spaniard.

“I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.”

Read more here.


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Robertson insists he's joined Liverpool for first-team football

Liverpool’s new signing Andy Robertson has already got his eye on winning major silverware with the Reds and has vowed to become a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp.

Robertson is full of confidence after securing a dream £10million move to Anfield from Hull and hopes to regain the form which saw him become one of the best full-backs in the top flight last season.

Robertson, speaking to LFCTV, said: “I want to compete at the top of the league. I know the Champions League is priority and we want to get into the group stages, but we want to compete for the title.

“Liverpool fans wants trophies here. Hopefully we can start getting into finals and winning them and make the fans proud.”

Read more here.


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Blackpool sign Toon youngster on loan

Blackpool have signed Newcastle youngster Sean Longstaff on loan until January 6.

The 19-year-old midfielder moves to Bloomfield Road after spending the second half of last season with Kilmarnock.

He scored three goals in 17 games north of the border.

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Van Dijk training alone after bid to force Liverpool move

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk is training alone as he bids to force through an exit from St Mary’s.

Liverpool continue to be linked with the Dutchman despite the Reds being forced to curb their interest after Saints lodged a complaint.

“He is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100%,” Pellegrino told the BBC.

“When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave.

“I need to work with a player that works at 100% to defend Southampton.

“This is the decision. I had to say: ‘OK, if you don’t want to be involved because you don’t feel OK, you have to train alone until this period of time.”

Full story.


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Gomez does not want to leave on loan

Joe Gomez insists he does not want to be loaned out by Liverpool this season.

The young defender had an offer from Birghton but is keen to stay and fight fir his place.

“My main aim is to play here for Liverpool and under this manager,” Gomez told the Liverpool Echo.

“My target is to get regular football and I want to play at the top level and that’s what I am focused on at the moment.

“I feel 100%. I know that this pre-season is a big opportunity for me to hit the ground running again.

“I feel like I just have to keep pushing and try to take every opportunity that I can to progress and keep learning.”

Dominic Solanke, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joe Gomez
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Guardiola on Kolarov's move to Roma

“Kolarov is one step to go to Roma,” said Guardiola, in Houston after watching his side lose 2-0 to rivals United . “That’s why we don’t have any other options [at left back].

“I don’t like to work with people who don’t want to stay. Kola helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things. But he had a big chance to go back to Rome where he was before and he spoke to me, the club and asked me to leave.

“I don’t like to stay with players who don’t want to stay. That’s why its the best option for everybody. I wish him all the best because he’s a really nice guy. We had an excellent relationship. I was very pleased to train him and I wish him and his family the best.”

Aleksandar Kolarov looks dejected after scoring an own goal
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Hull sign Stewart

Hull have confirmed the signing of Kevin Stewart from Liverpool.

The Reds academy graduate has signed a three-year deal with the Tigers.

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Liverpool sign Robertson

Liverpool have completed the signing of Andrew Robertson for £10million.

The Scotland international, 23, has signed a long-term deal at the club.

“It feels a wee bit surreal just now. Obviously I’m delighted. There’s been a lot of speculation over the last couple of weeks but I’m glad that the deal’s finally been done and I’m a Liverpool player.

“My family are proud of what I’ve achieved so far and they’re all over the moon with the move, as well as me of course. We’re all just looking forward to being part of the Liverpool family now.

“There’s not many, if any, more special clubs than Liverpool. When you grow up as a kid you dream of playing with big clubs such as Liverpool and to make that a reality is a dream come true for me.

“I just want to prove to people that I can do it at this level, and hopefully I manage to do that this season and go on to do good things for this club.”

Full story.


Klopp admits he had no idea who his new signing was

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that new signing Dominic Solanke was such an unknown quantity before they signed him that he struggled to find DVD of him in action.

But the Liverpool boss has his recruitment staff to thank after they alerted him to the availability of the England Under-21 striker, report the Liverpool Echo.

The 19-year-old was out of contract at Chelsea and therefore allowed to talk to other clubs in May and it soon became clear that Anfield was his preferred destination

Klopp then began to look further into the player and saw enough of him to see what he could add to the squad.

“The only thing I can say is the first time I heard that Dominic wants to come, I was really happy about that,” Klopp said.

“But it was difficult to find footage about him. It was a long time since he played so it was hard.

“The only thing we could get was a little bit of him playing in Holland (on loan for Vitesse Arnhem) and a bit of under-20s or under-19s. That’s not the best footage.

“Everyone in England knew him but I had no idea about him. I started to learn more and more and I trust the guys around us, the scouts, so I said: ‘Let’s do it.’”


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Manquillo takes aim at former club Sunderland as he joins Newcastle

Newcastle new boy Javier Manquillo has taken a swipe at former club Sunderland by claiming “some things are better in black and white”.

Spanish right back Manquillo joined the Magpies for an undisclosed fee from Atletico Madrid as he signed a three-year contract.

He spent last season on loan at the Black Cats, as he played 20 times in their relegation to the Championship, and has moved across the north east with a parting shot.

On his unveiling on the Newcastle Twitter the caption said: “Some things are just better in black and white.”

Some things are just better in black and white. #WelcomeJavier #NUFC pic.twitter.com/uG3GBAkuCl

— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 21, 2017


Zidane hails Mbappe

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has increased the European champions’ charm offensive towards Monaco phenom Kylian Mbappe.

Los Blancos want the 18-year-old sensation, who scored 26 times in his breakthrough season with the French champions, to join their ranks this summer.

But Monaco don’t want to part with Mbappe yet, despite knowing that they stand to land in excess of £100million for the teenager.

The Principality club are keen on keeping Mbappe at the Stade Louis II for one more year and on Thursday declared they will consider making a complaint to FIFA after “multiple” illegal approaches for the player.

His exploits have sparked a scramble for his signature and it’s is understood that it is the approaches of Manchester City and French rivals PSG that have angered Monaco.

Mirror Sport understands the French champions believe they can prove that both City and PSG have met the player.

Read on here…


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Stoke sign Zouma

Stoke City have completed the signing of Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan.

Zouma also signed a new six-year deal with Chelsea before he complted his loan move.


Zidane on Morata departure

Zinedine Zidane has sent Alvaro Morata “all the luck in the world” ahead of his £67million move to Chelsea.

“We wish him all the luck in the world, but less against Madrid,” Zidane said.

“In the end, we know that Madrid is his home, it has always been Madrid, he has been here all his life.

“Then you have to make decisions and he has made the decision to go to another club.”


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Chelsea eye Llorente or Benteke

Chelsea have almost completed the signing of Alvaro Morata for a club-record £67m with Diego Costa heading out the door.

Now Antonio Conte will search for another striker as backup, it’s unclear if Michy Batshuayi will remain to compete with Morata or be the immediate second choice, but the Independent believe the Blues have two Premier League targets.

Either Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke or Swansea’s Fernando Llorente, who worked with Conte during their time together at Juventus.

SWANSEA, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 21: Fernando Llorente of Swansea celebrates at the final whistle during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion at the Liberty Stadium on May 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
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Lazio land Di Gennaro

Lazio have completed the signing of Davide Di Gennaro from Cagliari.

The 29-year-old, who scored two goals and made five more for the Isolani last term, boosts Simone Inzaghi’s side in midfield.

Di Gennaro is the fourth signing of the summer for the Biancocelesti after Adam Marusic, Lucas Leiva and Simone Palombi.


Juve 'agree' Bernardeschi deal

This one could be huge! Juventus have bounced back from selling their best centre-back Leonardo Bonucci to AC Milan.

Fiorentina winger Federico Bernardeschi will move to Turin for €40m (£35.8m) plus 10 percent in add-ons.

A five-year deal with an annual wage of €4m-per-year is also in place.

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Newcastle sign Manquillo

Newcastle have announced the signing of Javier Manquillo.

The former Liverpool right-back joins up with Rafael Benitez from Atletico Madrid after a loan move to Sunderland.

The deal is a permanent one, for an undisclosed fee, bringing an end to an unstable spell in the Spaniard’s career.

The 23-year-old has also featured for Marseille on loan and becomes the Magpies’ fourth signing of the summer.


Kolarov set for Roma

Aleksandar Kolarov is set to join Roma after Manchester City agreed a £5.8m fee for the Serbian.

Pep Guardiola utilised the former Lazio star at centre-back last term, though Kolarov has predominantly been used as a left-back.

It will bring to a close seven years at the Etihad with City in desperate need of a left-back after Gael Clichy left on a free.

From The Mirror