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Today's transfer headlines, featuring Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and more!
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Today’s top stories:
Anthony Modeste has signed a two year deal as a new Al Ahly player — he was still available as free agent after leaving Borussia Dortmund.
As pictured below, Marco Verratti has signed in today as new Al Arabi player, plan confirmed. PSG to receive €45m from the midfielder’s sale.
Jorginho has been linked with Fenerbahce - more on that here.
Ousmane Diomande is admired by Arsenal - full info here.
Joao Felix: “I’m surprised as Barça fans welcomed me in fantastic way, maybe because they know that Barça was my dream since I was a kid. I’m ready to play on the left, I feel it’s where Xavi wants to use me. Champions League? It’s a real target for us.”
Joao Cancelo wants to stay at Barcelona longer than his one-year loan - more info on that here.
Ferran Torres has now scored four goals in 85 minutes with Barcelona and Spanish national team this season. He hadn’t been called up to national team since World Cup, came on in the 61st minute... scored twice in 22 minutes. “In the mental issue, I’m a bull,” he said in July.
Bayern’s Uli Hoeness confirms the club would be open to releasing Julian Nagelsmann to the DFB for German national team job - “Deal would certainly not fall through because of FC Bayern,” he said.
How close was this Chelsea defender to joining Bayern? More info here.
Several senior Chelsea players were ‘desperate’ for Mason Mount to stay at the club this summer - more from Ben Jacobs here.
Eden Hazard latest - any truth to those Chelsea return links? More from Ben Jacobs here.
Cole Palmer on his Chelsea move: “Chelsea explained the project, I liked the project. I feel like I can have an impact there.”
Chelsea signing Kendry Paez has made his senior debut for Ecuador. He has become the youngest-ever South American to play for the senior national team after Diego Armando Maradona. …and he provided an assist.
Leonardo Bonucci will initiate legal action against Juventus for an alleged “lack of adequate training conditions available to him, damage of image and professional nature”. Any gainings will be donated by Bonucci to Neuroland charity, supporting families of children hospitalised in Turin.
Liverpool have been linked again with Johan Bakayoko, but what’s the truth? More info here.
Olympique Lyon president John Textor will decide new head coach soon after the decision to sack Laurent Blanc was made on Monday. Gennaro Gattuso had positive conversations with Lyon but more candidates will speak to Textor soon - then it will bee time for a final decision.
Manchester United now consider Facundo Pellistri’s new deal one of the priorities as talks already took place in April and during the summer. Pellistri is under contract until June 2025; talks over new long term deal are set to advance soon - full story here.
Jadon Sancho has deleted comments made in response to Erik ten Hag - latest details on this saga here.
Could Donny van de Beek seal a late move to Turkey? Latest info here.
Man Utd have been linked with a surprise move for this free agent - more here.
Gareth Southgate on Harry Maguire: “There has been ridiculous treatment of him for a long period of time — it’s a joke. I’ve never known a player treated way he is by our own pundits. It’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen.”
See the clip above for Maguire’s own goal in the England-Scotland game (Pictures courtesy of Channel 4)
Official: Manchester United confirm Snapdragon as their new front-of-shirt sponsor for 24/25. Snapdragon is a brand of Qualcomm Technologies. Snapdragon will feature on the home, away and third kits of the men’s and women’s teams.
Mike Phelan on Cristiano Ronaldo: “The second time around, he came in a lot older and a lot more opinionated, strong-willed. He still had massively high standards and was terrific to work with. But I’d probably say a tougher mindset. He had been at United, he had been Portugal’s ever-present, he had been at Madrid. I liked it because he didn’t want his standards to drop, he wanted other people’s standards to come up. And sometimes you lose a few people along the way when that happens. I remember certain times when he pushed and pushed hard, and he didn’t get much reaction or much response. And there was frustration.”
Bruno Guimaraes is in advanced talks over a new contract - full details here.
Could Bruno’s new deal include a release clause? More info from Ben Jacobs here.
Emmanuel Dennis has now decided to play in Turkey — he’s close to leaving Nottingham Forest. Adana Demirspor and Istanbul Basaksehir presented loan bids with 100% salary covered, Dennis will make final decision soon. CSKA Moscow proposal, no chance.
Rangers FC have announced that Bailey Rice has signed a contract extension at the club until May 2026. Many clubs showed an interest but the highly rated 16 year old decided to stay.
Real Madrid’s future striker Endrick: “I hate going out, I hate going to parties. I hate going to clubs. I just want to play football and be with my family. Mbappe? I'm a Madrid fan, so the more good players come, the better. It would be fantastic!”
Dani Carvajal: “I love Real Madrid. I think when it’s time to leave, it must be one of most difficult things ever. It’s not just what Madrid is, it’s the dimension that it has. Going to stadiums it’s full, in hotel hundreds of fans receive us.”
Ange Postecoglou on James Maddison: “When you talk about the support I've had since I came into the role, we signed James pretty early on which was pretty great for me. There was competition from other clubs for him but the club backed me early on to bring him in.”
Postecoglou on Cuti Romero: “I wouldn’t like to play against Cuti. Also most of the boys don’t like to train against him. He’s a real competitor. I love that about him. Whether it’s training or a game, what you see is what you get with Romero.”
Postecoglou on Yves Bissouma: “I grabbed him and said: the way you've trained in the first three or four sessions, you can be a leader in this group. Then he was late the next morning and I said being a leader means being on time, and he’s been good since then.”