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Saturday, July 31, 2021

Transfer Talk: PSG, Atletico keeping tabs on Liverpool’s Henderson

Euro 2020 and the Copa America are over and the summer transfer window is open, leaving Europe’s biggest clubs clear to make a splash in the market. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.

TOP STORY: PSG, Atleti eye Henderson talks

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Jordan Henderson is reportedly facing an uncertain future with Liverpool amid stalled contract talks, which could prompt a move for the midfielder from Atletico Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.

The Times, Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail all report that contract talks between the two parties have broken down for the time being, leaving the club captain’s future up in the air with two years left on his deal.

The situation could see a move for the 31-year-old from both Atletico and PSG, who are both reported to be monitoring the situation. Jurgen Klopp and the Anfield hierarchy are cautious of another player leaving in similar fashion to Georginio Wijnaldum, who departed for PSG on a free transfer this summer following failed talks over a contract extension.

PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly an admirer of Henderson’s and likes his aggressive style on the pitch. A move from Les Parisiens would sum up their own aggressive recruitment this summer, potentially adding the midfielder to the likes of Sergio Ramos, Achraf Hakimi, Gianluigi Donnarumma and former Liverpool teammate Wijnaldum.

For Atletico Madrid, the England international’s qualities would fit well with Diego Simeone’s system. It would also see a potential reunion with ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in the stadium in which Henderson lifted the Champions League with the Reds back in 2019.

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12.50 BST: Do Manchester United need more in the transfer window to compete next season?

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Craig Burley and Jan Aage Fjortoft predict Manchester United will drop to fourth in the Premier League unless they make significant additions to the roster.

12.11 BST: ICYMI – Real Salt Lake star Rubio Rubin has committed his long-term future to the MLS club after putting pen to paper on a new deal until 2024, with an option to extend it one more season.

The 25-year-old forward has scored four goals and provided two assists in 12 games since joining Salt Lake from San Diego Loyal in January.

“I’m thankful to Real Salt Lake for this opportunity. It has been a long time since I can say a place has been my home and I look forward to continue doing the things I’ve been doing – scoring goals for this club and for the fans,” Rubin said in Monday’s announcement. “Ultimately, I want to help the team win and be successful and hopefully one day winning MLS Cup. We have those ambitions as a team and I’m excited to have a place that I can work for an extended amount where I can enjoy the process of getting better every day to reach for those goals.”

11.55 BST: Lucas Pratto has become a free agent after terminating his contract with River Plate.

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The 33-year-old forward moved to Feyenoord on loan during the January transfer window but did not play a game after suffering a serious ankle injury during the 3-0 defeat to Ajax on May 9.

transfers11.34 BST: Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic has completed a permanent transfer to FC Porto, having spent last season on loan at the club.

However, Porto say it’s another loan. Who do we believe?

11.20 BST: Rennes president Nicolas Holveck has said the club are “open” to discussing a deal to offload Manchester United target Eduardo Camavinga this summer.

Sources have told ESPN that United monitoring the 18-year-old’s situation at Rennes and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also keen to add a midfielder to his squad.

Camavinga has one year left on his Rennes contract and the club president said they are willing to let the midfielder leave for the right price.

“One of the priorities is to reduce the squad,” Holveck told French radio station RMC. “We still have eight or nine players who need to leave. There also remains the situation with Eduardo.

“Discussions are still ongoing, everything is open, either for a departure during this transfer window — if an offer satisfies everyone — or to extend [Camavinga’s deal]. He won’t leave for cheap, we’ve had a lot of discussions but nothing is complete one way or another.”

transfers11.07 BST: Former Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has joined Burnley on a free transfer.

transfers11.05 BST: Manchester United have signed Norway international midfielder Vilde Boe Risa on a two-year deal, the club have confirmed.

The 26-year-old was first linked to United in February after Norwegian media outlet 2 Sporten suggested she was in talks with the club but no deal was finalised.

Boe Risa has spent the majority of her playing career in Noway and Sweden, with stints at Arna-Bjornar, Goteborg FC and Sandviken since her senior debut in 2012. This will be her first time playing in the WSL.

transfers11.03 BST: Frank Onyeka has completed his move to Brentford from Danish club FC Midtylland for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.

Onyeka, 23, has received his work permit after agreeing a move last month and the Nigeria international can now join his new club.

“I am looking forward to getting Frank in the building,” Brentford boss Thomas Frank told the club website. “We think he is a strong addition to the squad, and we are looking forward to working with him. He is a very dynamic player.

“Frank plays as an eight in our system, he is very good at getting from box to box and will be valuable to us when we don’t have the ball. He has come from the Danish league and was one of the best midfield players in that league. We think he has the potential to develop further. All the coaches here are looking forward to working with Frank and pushing him to a higher level.”

11.01 BST: Argentine wonderkid Luka Romero underwent a medical in Rome on Monday ahead of completing a move from Mallorca to Lazio.

The 16-year-old made headlines in Spain in June 2020 after becoming the youngest player to make his debut in La Liga at the age of 15 years and seven months, but Mallorca were relegated at the end of that season.

Since then Romero has failed to establish himself in the starting XI last season as Mallorca secured promotion back to La Liga and has decided to try a new experience abroad.

Meanwhile, AS Roma are in advanced negotiations to sign Palmeiras defender Matias Vina in a deal worth around €13m, according to ESPN Brasil.

The Serie A side are looking to bolster their options at left-back after Italy star Leonardo Spinazzola suffered a serious injury during Euro 2020.

ESPN Brasil added that Palmeiras are also exploring the market for a new left-back as they are already preparing for life without Vina.

10.45 BST: Is Barcelona’s offer of a new contract for Lionel Messi sensible?

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Luis Garcia reacts to the reports that Lionel Messi has agreed to a multi-year contract with Barcelona.

transfers10.12 BST: Borussia Dortmund have signed 16-year-old Frenchman Abdoulaye Kamara from Paris Saint-Germain.

Kamara is the third player that Borussia Dortmund have signed from PSG’s academy, after Dan Axel Zagadou and Soumaila Coulibaly.

10.01 BST: Barcelona have all but ruled out a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see Antoine Griezmann return to the Rojiblancos and Saul Niguez arrive at Camp Nou, according to El Larguero.

Barca are not convinced by the conditions presented by Atletico for the deal to be completed and are looking at other alternatives.

Atletico do not want to pay Griezmann’s high wages, while there is also the issue of the difference in transfer value between the French forward and Saul. Barca want certain players to be included as part of the swap deal that Atletico are not willing to place on the negotiating table.

09.44 BST: Real Madrid right-back Alvaro Odriozola is considering joining AC Milan on loan, according to El Transistor.

Odriozola made 13 league appearances for Madrid last season and has been told he will not get much playing time under Carlo Ancelotti next season.

AC Milan are willing to take Odriozola on loan with a purchase option included in the deal, an offer that Real Madrid would be open to accepting.

Odriozola joined Madrid from Real Sociedad in 2018 and had a brief spell on loan at Bayern Munich before returning to Los Blancos in August 2020. He has a contract with Real Madrid until June 2024.

09.25 BST: Tottenham are closing on a deal for Atalanta keeper Pierluigi Gollini, says the BBC.

Gollini, 26, has impressed for Atalanta over recent years, having been on the books with Aston Villa in the Championship in 2016, and helped them to third place in Serie A last season.

The Italy international missed out on Euro 2020 but could be the first signing under new Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo and it is reported to be a loan with an option to make it permanent for €15m at the end of next season.

09.02 BST: Bayer Leverkusen winger Demarai Gray could be set for a return to the Premier League with Everton, Sky reports.

Gray left Leicester to move to Germany in January, but after just five Bundesliga starts and one goal in the second half of last season, he is close to a return to England.

The former England U21 international is expected to undergo a medical on Tuesday. With just a year left on his Leverkusen contract, he could be available for a transfer fee of £1.5m.

08.35 BST: Leicester City are hopeful that midfielder Youri Tielemans signs a new contract at the club amid reports of interest from Liverpool, the Daily Mail reports.

Tielemans has become a key player for the Foxes since he joined from Monaco in 2019, initially on loan and then on a £40m permanent transfer.

The 24-year-old cemented his place in the club’s history last season by scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup final victory over Chelsea.

Tielemans started four of Belgium’s five matches at Euro 2020, including the round-of-16 win over Portugal.

App Icon Android 708.00 BST: Manchester United are set to seek a solution to their interest in Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane before turning their attention to other targets to ensure they stay within their budget for the summer transfer window, sources have told ESPN’s Rob Dawson.

United have been encouraged that a deal for Varane is possible after entering into negotiations with the Frenchman’s representatives over personal terms. Once an agreement is in place, they will look to begin talks with Madrid over a fee but sources have told ESPN that funds are limited after committing £72.9m on a deal for Jadon Sancho.

Reports in Spain have suggested Madrid would accept around €50m for the 28-year-old, who has entered the last year of his contract, but there have been suggestions at Old Trafford that even that would be too high and a compromise would have to be found.

Because of the financial constraints, United will first assess what it will take to bring in Varane — the top target for Solskjaer and the recruitment team — before deciding whether it is possible to pursue other targets.

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Julien Laurens explores the possibility of Robert Lewandowski going to Manchester City.

PAPER GOSSIP

Manchester City are interested in signing promising left-back Nuno Mendes, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano. The 19-year-old impressed for Sporting CP this season, earning his Portugal debut in March and a call-up to the Euro 2020 squad. Sporting have reportedly set a €50m valuation to sign the full-back, which City are not willing to match — with their valuation closer to the €30m mark.

Everton have made winger Dwight McNeil their top transfer target this summer, reports the Mirror. The 21-year-old joins a number of wide targets for new Toffees boss Rafa Benitez, who is looking for players to supply Dominic Calvert-Lewin up front. McNeil still has three years left on his deal, meaning Burnley could demand more than £30m for the England Under-21 international’s services. McNeil has nearly registered 100 league appearances, despite his age, with 23 goal involvements in that time.

Barcelona are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Donny Van de Beek on loan, according to Mundo Deportivo. Ronald Koeman’s side are reportedly in the market for a midfielder with links to Wijnaldum, Saul and Renato Sanches over the past few months. The 24-year-old has seen little action in a United shirt since joining for €40m in September last year but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suggested the midfielder won’t leave permanently, making a loan deal more likely.

Napoli have set a €30m valuation for clubs to sign winger Lorenzo Insigne should he reject a new contract this summer. Corriere dello Sport reports that Napoli are set to offer a new deal to the 30-year-old, who has one year left on his deal, but they have a backup plan to move him on should the offer be turned down. The Napoli captain helped Italy to success at Euro 2020 this summer, scoring twice in six appearances. However, he is a long-time Napoli fan, coming through the youth ranks all the way to captaincy, so may not want to go.

– Atletico Madrid are eyeing a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Rafa Mir, according to the Daily Mail. The 24-year-old only has a year left on his deal in the Midlands and his impressive form on loan at Huesca has attracted the Spanish champions, who are looking for a backup forward. Mir scored 13 goals with Huesca last season but hasn’t made a league appearance for Wolves in nearly three years. New Wolves boss Bruno Lage would be willing to let the player go and views Barcelona’s Martin Braithwaite as an potential replacement.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by WCT staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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