LIVE Transfer Talk: Arsenal eye move for Palace defender Wan-Bissaka
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TOP STORY: Arsenal eye move for Wan-Bissaka
Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka has had quite an impressive rise of late. Nobody had heard too much of the 21-year-old a year ago, but now he's a mainstay in the Palace team, worth a reported £40m and has top clubs clamouring for his services.
Despite Unai Emery having to sign loan players in January and with a reported budget of £40m for the summer, the paper insists says the fee for Wan-Bissaka would not be a deterrent.
It adds that Everton, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also in the race for the defender, while "Palace are checking on Chelsea prospect Reece James, 19, as a potential replacement. He is on loan at Wigan."
23.10 GMT: That will do it for tonight's edition of Transfer Talk LIVE. We hope you enjoyed it and remind you to check back in a few hours for the latest transfer rumours and reports from around the globe. Have a good night all!
22.26 GMT: Has Denis Suarez hinted he would like to make his move to Arsenal permanent?
Speaking on the club's YouTube channel, the Barcelona loanee said "My aim is to be a success here, perform well and feel important.
"I'd like to become an important player at the club."
Those don't exactly sound like words a player eager to return to his parent club would say. Sources have told ESPN FC that Arsenal have a buy option of around €20 million for the Spanish midfielder, who struggled for playing time at the Camp Nou before his loan move.
21.40 GMT: -- DONE DEAL: Sampdoria have signed goalkeeper Emil Audero, currently on loan from Juventus, to a permanent deal, with Juventus confirming the agreement.
I Blucerchiati will pay €20 million to Juventus for the 22-year-old, who would have been blocked to first-team football in Turin by Wojciech Szczesny for the immediate future. Audero has been excellent for Sampdoria this season while on loan, the Italian youth international having started all 25 league games and registered nine clean sheets, the third-most in Serie A.
20.50 GMT: Chelsea to lose a loan star?
The Sun claims that Ola Aina, currently on loan at Torino and formerly on loan at Hull City, could be set to make his move to Italy permanent.
The source states that a £9 million move to Turin for Aina is a "real possibility"
20.07 GMT: New Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is being linked with a move for one of his old charges: Jean-Kevin Augustin.
The Daily Mail writes that the Saints are keen on the RB Leipzig forward, who is being valued at around £35 million. A France Under-21 international, Augustin has scored eight goals in 28 appearances this season, on the heels of a 12-goal campaign a season ago.
Leipzig blocked approaches from Premier League clubs for the former PSG man last summer but Leipzig's -- and Augustin's -- relationship with Hasenhuttl could prove an important factor if the two sides were to engage in negotiations.
Southampton currently sit in the relegation zone so securing Premier League safety is the first step if they want to have a chance at a player of the ilk of Augustin.
19.15 GMT: And there it is... Brendan Rodgers has been confirmed as Leicester City's new manager following the sacking of Claude Puel.
Leicester City Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as its new First Team Manager 📝#WelcomeBrendan— Leicester City (@LCFC) February 26, 2019
Rodgers, who has been at Celtic since the 2016-17 season has won seven trophies for the "Hoops" and has previous managerial experience in the Premier League with Swansea and Liverpool.
Celtic on the other hand have announced that Neil Lennon, who managed the club between 2000-07 and won 11 trophies while in charge, will take over for Rodgers through the end of the season.
Neil Lennon has been named #CelticFC manager until the end of the season. Neil will be joined by John Kennedy as assistant manager and Damien Duff as first team coach.— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) February 26, 2019
Welcome home, Neil 🍀
➡️ https://t.co/zO4nUAJ6JB pic.twitter.com/CjBHAy1G3F
18.45 GMT: Portugal international Nani's recent move to MLS has sparked rumours one of his international teammates, Ricardo Quaresma, could follow him to the league.
Toronto FC, who have lost Giovinco and Victor Vazquez in the current transfer window, are the club being linked with the talented but enigmatic character. Unfortunately for us, our Jeff Carlisle has been told that Toronto FC are no longer interested in Quaresma, as the Besiktas winger is asking for about $3 million after taxes, a fee TFC are unwilling to meet.
Quaresma, now 35, has played with Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea among others and has represented Portugal 80 times at international level, including playing a pivotal role in the country's run to winning Euro 2016.
Sadly it looks as if there will be no trivelas next season in Toronto...
18.03 GMT: Young U.S. international Josh Sargent has signed a long-term contract extension with Werder Bremen.
The youngster, who turned 19 last week, has scored two goals in nine Bundesliga appearances from Bremen after dominating for the club in a brief stint at the Under-23 level.
Sargent, who looks to be the future No. 9 for the USMNT, has scored two goals in six caps at international level.
17.28 GMT: Some potentially big news out of MLS as the Athletic's Kristian Dyer is reporting that LA Galaxy striker Ola Kamara could soon be on the move.
Hearing, per source, that #LAGalaxy forward Ola Kamara could be on the move. One possible landing spot is a transfer to China. Had also heard an Eastern Conference team had interest via a trade.— Kristian Dyer (@KristianRDyer) February 26, 2019
The 29-year-old Norway international scored 14 goals last season for the Galaxy but according to MLS.com's Sam Stejskal, the Galaxy are "close" to selling Kamara to an unnamed Chinese club.
The Galaxy face a well-publicised dilemma with four Designated Players at present and while selling Kamara would free up money, it would NOT resolve the four DP issue that is shrouding the future of Mexico international Gio dos Santos.
UPDATE 19.12 GMT: The LA Galaxy have now released a statement regarding the Kamara situation.
"Ola has expressed to us his intention to pursue opportunities elsewhere and we have identified an option that would greatly benefit our club financially. We believe that this decision was needed to improve and balance our roster while granting Ola's request. The transfer would allow us to achieve the best solution for addressing our needs both now and in the future."
16.55 GMT: According to a report in the Daily Mail, Watford have joined a growing list for talented Boavista centre-back Goncalo Cardoso.
The English club joins Inter Milan and Lazio as clubs being linked with the highly-rated 18-year-old. A Portugal Under-19 international, Cardoso has become a regular starter for Boavista this campaign and is tipped to be a full Portugal international in the future.
16.03 GMT: Italian TV channel RAI Sports reports that Juventus are interested in Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele but unlikely to be willing to meet an asking price not far short of £80m.
15.37 GMT: Defender Diogo Dalot has said he wants to be a Manchester United player for a long time to come, telling Sky Sports: "I have good players in my position, and I can learn a lot from them. I think I can have the opportunity to play many, many years here."
15.12 GMT: AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is likely to be a wanted man in the summer, with reports in Italy suggesting Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in signing him.
14.49 GMT: Sky Sports reports that things are moving apace as far as Brendan Rodgers' move from Celtic to Leicester is concerned. It says former Liverpool manager Rodgers "is currently in Leicester finalising the details of his contract," and a deal could even be struck by tonight.
14.27 GMT: Portuguese paper Jornal de Noticias says Manchester City are set to renew Bernardo Silva's contract.
Surprise, surprise, Jorge Mendes is handling the negotiations, but it's evidently an attempt to keep Real Madrid away from the Portugal international even though his contract doesn't expire until 2022.
Onana, 22, is a former La Masia graduate who left in 2015, but it's unlikely the Cameroon international -- who would reportedly cost around €20m -- would be too happy to sit on the bench behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
14.02 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Celtic midfielder Kundai Benyu has joined Swedish side Helsingborgs on a loan deal that runs until January.
13.30 GMT: Young Liverpool defender Rhys Williams, a graduate of the club's academy, has put pen to paper on his first professional contract.
13.00 GMT: Football London suggests there could be a benefit to Arsenal from Brendan Rodgers' seemingly impending move from Celtic to Leicester, arguing that it could boost their chances of signing left-back Kieran Tierney.
12.47 GMT: The rumblings at Chelsea continue, with the London Evening Standard reporting that "some players believe coach Maurizio Sarri could be sacked if they lose to Tottenham on Wednesday."
12.30 GMT: Advance news now -- Valencia have announced that Tenerife defender Jorge Saenz will be joining them in the summer.
11.15 GMT: Borussia Dortmund defender Oscar Wendt is staying put after extending his contract with the Bundesliga side for another year.
10.30 GMT -- DONE DEAL: Reading forward Sone Aluko has joined Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe on loan for the rest of the year.
10.00 GMT: To Australia, where goalkeeper Glen Moss has signed a deal with Newcastle Jets that will take him to the end of the 2019-20 season.
09.15 GMT: It's time for a spin on the managerial merry-go-round now, and it seems all those reports that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was Leicester's top target to replace the sacked Claude Puel have come to pass pretty fast.
The Herald reports that ex-Liverpool boss Rodgers "has left the club to succeed Puel," with former Celtic (and Leicester) player Neil Lennon set to take over at the Scottish champions until the end of the season.
08.30 GMT: AC Milan captain Alessio Romagnoli has attracted the interest of both Manchester United and Chelsea, but Juventus are also aiming to rebuild their defence and will look to the 24-year-old, according to Calciomercato.
PAPER TALK (by Richard Edwards)
Arsenal on verge of landing Monchi
Il Messaggero (via The Mirror) reports that Arsenal are one step closer to bringing Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo -- Monchi to you and Transfer Talk -- to the club from Roma as sporting director.
It says the Gunners have "presented their offer" to Monchi, who likes the look of it, and are ready to pay the £2 million needed activate the buy-out clause in his Roma contract.
Monchi has been linked with a move to Arsenal since Sven Mislintat left as head of recruitment earlier this month.
He's a man in demand, with Sevilla -- Arsenal boss Emery's old club -- also reported to be interested, but Il Messaggero says he has agreed to Arsenal's terms.
Tagliafico's agent hints at Real Madrid interest
Ajax's Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico is a target for Real Madrid, his agent has said, indicating that Marcelo is on his way out.
"Tagliafico is on Real Madrid's list because Marcelo will go to Juventus," Ricardo Schlieper told Radio Rivadavia, Calciomercato reports.
Schlieper claimed several clubs were interested in his client and said it was "time for Tagliafico to take a leap in quality."
Marcelo has seen his playing time reduced under Santiago Solari this season and has been linked with a move to Juventus and a reunion with old teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chelsea young gun set to take flight with Robins
There's all sorts going on at Stamford Bridge, and one player who could be on his way out soon is young star Kasey Palmer.
The Sun reports that the 22-year-old is set for a summer switch to Bristol City in a deal worth £4m.
Palmer began the season on loan at Blackburn, scoring three times in 17 matches, before heading to Bristol to aid a promotion charge that stalled at the weekend when the Robins had their wings clipped by title-chasing Norwich.
Now the Robins are keen to do permanent business when the season is done, and it is unlikely that Palmer will be the last out of the door.
- Jose Mourinho has said one of his primary ambitions is to find a club where there is no "internal conflict," according to an exclusive interview with The Telegraph. That suggests we can tick Chelsea off the list of potential future destinations.