Transfer Talk: Arsenal eye move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida
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TOP STORY: Arsenal eye move for Croatia star Vida
Unai Emery's reshaping of Arsenal could continue with the addition of Croatia international Domagoj Vida, the Sun reports.
Besiktas defender Vida would be likely to cost the Gunners around £25 million, with either Shkodran Mustafi or Danny Welbeck being sold to generate the necessary funds.
Emery is continuing to focus on improving a defence that proved vulnerable last season, and sees former Dynamo Kiev player Vida as a player who could help achieve that aim.
And with reports suggesting that Vida would be interested in a move to the Premier League, he could be arriving in North London before the window closes next week.
22.23 BST: That's going to bring Saturday's live edition of Transfer Talk to a close. Thanks very much for joining us, and be sure to check back in a few short hours when we return with the latest gossip pulled from Sunday's back pages.
21.46 BST: La Sexta's Manchester correspondent Jose Alvarez Haya reports that both Manchester City and Manchester United were offered Barcelona-bound Arturo Vidal, but both turned him down, citing his age and knee injuries.
Arturo Vidal was offered one month ago to Manchester City and Manchester United by his agents but both clubs discard the signement. His age and his knee (two surgeries) were the reason of the refuse even the price was reasonable. @elchiringuitotv— Jose Alvarez Haya (@10JoseAlvarez) August 4, 2018
21.09 BST: Bournemouth have agreed a club-record £25m deal for 23-year-old Colombia international midfielder Jefferson Lerma of Levante, the Mail reports.
20.32 BST: Sporting have agreed a €5m fee with Arsenal for out-of-favour forward Lucas Perez, Portuguese outlet A Bola reports, but the deal will go nowhere fast unless the 29-year-old lowers his wage demands from his current €7m a year net to €4m.
19.55 BST: Newcastle and West Brom have a verbal agreement that will see Dwight Gayle move to West Brom and Salomon Rondon to Newcastle, both on loan, for the 2018-19 season, according to Sky Sports.
19.18 BST: Italian outlet Tuttosport reports that Juventus centre-back Daniele Rugani has no intention of leaving the Bianconeri for Chelsea, and in fact, has rejected a €20m contract offer from the Blues.
18.41 BST: Another from Mundo Deportivo, who reports that Barcelona will make every effort to sign Paul Pogba this summer. The Catalan outlet writes that it's Pogba's dream to play alongside Lionel Messi for Barcelona, and the Liga champions recognise there is a crack forming between the France international and Jose Mourinho, which could make this summer the time for such a purchase. Manchester United paid €120m for the midfielder two summers ago, and would want all of that money back, and Pogba's influential role in France's World Cup win should only drive that price up further.
18.04 BST: Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo reports that Manchester United and Yerry Mina have agreed personal terms on a five-year contract worth €8.5m a season, with the English club waiting for Barcelona to accept their offer of €39m, although the Liga champions are said to want €45m before parting with the Colombian centre-back.
17.27 BST: After failing to bring in Matteo Darmian on loan back in January, Benfica are now looking to sign the Manchester United full-back on a permanent deal, according to the Mirror. The report states that United's £15m asking price has put off both Napoli and AC Milan, and while Darmian is said to prefer a return to his native Italy, he'd consider moving to Lisbon should Benfica be able to match his £70,000-a-week wages.
17.00 BST: Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that midfielder Ronaldo Vieira's move to Sampdoria was necessary because the club "cannot buy players and never sell any players."
16.30 BST: West Brom could make a move for midfielder Gary Gardner, who plays for Midlands rivals Aston Villa, the Birmingham Mail reports.
15.55 BST: Newcastle are closing in on a deal for West Brom's Venezuela international striker Salomon Rondon and could wrap up his signing by the end of the weekend, says the BBC. Rondon was not named in the West Brom squad for the game at home to Bolton on Saturday.
15.00 BST: Borussia Dortmund want to keep Christian Pulisic as time runs out for them to find a replacement for the United States international playmaker. The Mail reports that, amid interest from clubs including Bayern Munich and Chelsea, Dortmund "had shown a willingness to listen to offers" -- but that has changed.
14.00 BST: Something else from Aston Villa now -- reports say they remain hopeful of securing another season-long loan deal for West Ham winger Robert Snodgrass.
13.15 BST: Steve Bruce has confirmed that Spurs are in talks with Aston Villa over a move for midfielder Jack Grealish
12.40 BST: Bolton could make a loan move for young Leicester defender Callum Elder, says the Leicester Mercury.
12.00 BST: Sunderland get their League One season under way against Charlton, and the Hull Daily Mail reports that Hull City want to take their midfielder Lee Cattermole on loan.
11.30 BST: Australia defender Trent Sainsbury has left Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning after his contract was terminated following mediation involving Professional Footballers Australia (PFA).
11.15 BST: West Bromwich Albion are considering a loan move for Chelsea defender Ola Aina, according to the Birmingham Mail.
11.00 BST: More on Thibaut Courtois now -- he has told Chelsea that he wants to join Real Madrid this summer for family reasons, agent Christophe Henrotay has said. Chelsea are reluctant to sell Belgium international goalkeeper Courtois, who is in the final year of his contract, without first securing a replacement, but their top target Alisson was signed for £65 million by Liverpool last month.
10.45 BST: Brazil international Bernard is "taking his time before deciding on a potential move to the Premier League," says Football London, with West Ham reported to be in the frame for the winger.
10.30 BST: Ernesto Valverde has hit back at criticism of Barcelona's signing of Arturo Vidal, saying it is important for the club to have different types of midfielders in the squad.
10.15 BST: Everton have announced that winger Kevin Mirallas will join Italian side Fiorentina on a season-long loan deal if he passes a medical.
09.45 BST: To lovely East Anglia now, where the East Anglian Daily Times reports that Bolton want to sign striker Joe Garner from Championship rivals Ipswich Town.
09.30 BST: To Chelsea now, where the London Evening Standard reports that goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois' agent has said the Belgium international wants to move back to Madrid for family reasons. Courtois, who spent time at Atletico Madrid on loan, is reported to be Real Madrid's main target as they look for another keeper.
09.00 BST: Wolves hope to wrap up a deal for Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore in the next few days, says the Birmingham Mail, which reports that they will table an improved offer after having a £12 million bid turned down. Traore is reported to have an £18 million release clause in his contract.
Modric set for decisive meeting with Real
The rumours surrounding a possible move from Real Madrid to Inter Milan for Luka Modric are gaining steam, with Gianluca di Marzio reporting that the 32-year-old will meet with club president Florentino Perez early next week without his agent in an attempt to clarify his future.
Perez said on Friday that Real have no intention of letting Modric, who has two years left on his deal in Madrid, go and that the only way he could possibly leave the Bernabeu is if a team was willing to pay his €750 million release clause in full.
But the Di Marzio report suggests Modric is undeterred and wants to follow former Galactico teammate Cristiano Ronaldo to Serie A, believing that if he "holds his ground, Inter can [help him] realize his dream because there is a gentleman's agreement between the Croatian and the Real Madrid president."
The report also suggests that Inter have the "upper hand" if negotiations begin between the Serie A club and Real if Perez did indeed promise Modric he could go, with the Milan club ready to meet any of the World Cup Golden Ball winner's salary demands.
Kovacic coveted by AC Milan
See if you can pick up on a theme here. The Mirror says that Mateo Kovacic (also a Croatia international) could leave Real Madrid for AC Milan in search of a regular starting spot at a club.
Kovacic played an important, albeit not regular, role for Zinedine Zidane as Real marched to a third-successive Champions League trophy last season and his impact was not lost on those watching in the Rossoneri camp.
With Gonzalo Higuain added to their attack and Mattia Caldara added to the defensive ranks in exchange for Leonardo Bonucci, Kovacic, who has to compete with Modric Toni Kroos and Casemiro for a look in at Real, may also be tempted to follow his Croatia teammate in a move to Serie A.
Arzani to Parkhead via Man City
Teenage sensation Daniel Arzani looks set for a loan to Celtic from Manchester City after he completes his move from sister club Melbourne City in the A-League, according to the Express.
The 19-year-old was one of the few bright spots for Australia at the World Cup and now looks set to light up the U.K. in a deal that would see him spend two years on loan in the Scottish Premiership.
And the Glasgow Evening Times reports that "Arzani is expected to complete the paperwork over the deal over the weekend and could be paraded at Celtic at some point in the coming week." Arzani, who was the youngest player at the World Cup in Russia, could also benefit by playing alongside his Socceroos teammate Tom Rogic at Celtic.
The Times says Arzani won't be the last to sign at Parkhead this summer, either, as "Brendan Rodgers believes there will be further new arrivals to come before the closure of the transfer window at the end of the month."
- Alvaro Morata is adamant he won't be leaving Chelsea this summer after the striker struggled during his debut season at Stamford Bridge. The Spain international, who didn't make his country's World Cup squad for Russia, told the Mirror he spoke to both manager Maurizio Sarri and the club's director and was assured they have faith in him despite his wanting goals return of just 11 for Chelsea in the Premier League last campaign.
- LAFC has acquired Brazilian defender Danilo Silva on a five-month loan from Internacional. LAFC acquired the MLS rights to the 31-year-old Silva on Friday by sending a fourth-round pick in next year's draft to the New York Red Bulls.
- Barcelona have completed the signing of defender Moussa Wague, who starred for Senegal at this summer's World Cup. Wague, 19, joins Barca from Belgian side KAS Eupen for an undisclosed fee and will sign his contract in the coming days after passing a medical on Friday.
- Columbus Crew SC reacquired winger Justin Meram from Orlando City on Friday, the MLS clubs confirmed. Meram had spent seven years in Columbus but asked for a trade last year when talks over a new contract stalled, and now will return after an unproductive half-season in Orlando.