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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United turn down Maguire offer, Bayern Munich Kane talks postponed, Brighton reject Chelsea bid for Caicedo, Mahrez joins Al Ahli

Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United turn down Maguire offer, Bayern Munich Kane talks postponed, Brighton reject Chelsea bid for Caicedo, Mahrez joins Al Ahli

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Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United turn down Maguire offer, Bayern Munich Kane talks postponed, Brighton reject Chelsea bid for Caicedo, Mahrez joins Al Ahli

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  • Former Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi is reportedly set to join Leicester from Montpellier.

    The 25-year-old was in the Gunners’ academy, before he joined Juventus in 2018.

    After just one senior appearance for the Old Lady, he linked up with French side Montpellier in 2020, where he has scored 21 goals in 96 games in all competitions.

    And according to Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano, he is now on the verge of joining Championship outfit Leicester for £6.4million plus add-ons.

    It has been said that Mavididi will undergo his medical on Saturday.

  • Fulham have announced the signing of defender Calvin Bassey from Ajax.

    The ex-Rangers centre-back only joined the Dutch side last summer, but has made the decision to return to the United Kingdom.

    It is believed that the Cottagers have spent around £19million on the 23-year-old, who has penned a deal until 2027.

    Speaking to Fulham’s website, the Nigerian international said: “I know how big of a club Fulham is.

    “They always have quality players, they’re playing in the Premier League, the best league in the world, so I didn’t have to think much about it.

    “It’s a London club as well, so it’s always a plus to go home! I’m happy it’s all done now and I can just focus on the football and help the team build on last season, when they did amazing.”

  • Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly closing in on the signing of Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele.

    That is according to ESPN, who have stated the 26-year-old has agreed a five-year deal with Les Parisiens.

    It has been said that PSG are poised to activate his £43million release clause.

    That will expire on July 31, with Dembele’s buy-out clause to then be £86m.

    Barcelona have offered Dembele a new deal to remain at the Nou Camp, but it is alleged that PSG are confident at securing his services.

  • Mauricio Pochettino insists young Dutch ace Ian Maatsen is in his plans for the new season.

    Maatsen enjoyed a successful loan in the Championship with Burnley last term and has again impressed during pre-season.

    Pochettino said: “I am so happy with him.

    “He is a player that can play in different positions. He has quality, he understands the game, and he is such a clever player.

    “So far, he is in my plan, yes. I am so pleased with him, as I’ve said, because of his attitude, commitment and his understanding of the game.

    “He is a player that you can use in different positions and that is a good thing for the team and the coaching staff. It is always good to have this type of player.”

  • West Ham have had a £20million bid rejected for Manchester United defender Harry Maguire.

    The Hammers made their move just one week after he lost the captaincy to Bruno Fernandes at Old Trafford.

    A 57-cap England international, Maguire’s future is increasingly uncertain under Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag.

    Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez arrived in recent campaigns and even Luke Shaw has played minutes for Man United at centre-back ahead of him.

    But it’s unclear if West Ham will make a second bid for Maguire who is currently contracted until 2025.

  • Chelsea appear to be very happy with their goalkeeping situation.

    New manager Mauricio Pochettino has praised Kepa Arrizabalaga as the Spaniard looks to nail down the no.1 spot this season.

    He said: “We are so happy with him.

    “He is showing great commitment in adapting to new demands from Toni [Jimenez], from the coaching staff, and the goalkeeping coach, him and Hilario are working.

    “We are so happy with him and he is a fantastic keeper.”

  • Tom Heaton is set to stay at Manchester United for another season.

    Luton Town had been interested in the goalkeeper but manager Erik ten Hag was keen to keep him at the club.

    The 37-year-old could start the season as Andre Onana’s back-up with David de Gea leaving on a free transfer and Dean Henderson also likely to leave.

    The Hatters currently have James Shea and Matt Macey as their shot-stoppers ahead of their return to the top-flight.

  • Nottinham Forest have rejected a club-record bid for Brennan Johnson from Brentford.

    The Tricky Trees’ starlet was an effervescent presence in their side last season as they managed to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

    His stock has risen sharply resulting in two offers from the Bees.

    However, it’s been reported by The Telegraph that both were swiftly turned away.

    The first is believed to have been worth £30million and the second increase to around £40m.

    It’s suggested Forest’s valuation is over £50m given his Premier League impact.

  • Riyad Mahrez has officially signed for Al Ahli in a deal worth £30million.

    The Algerian winger leaves Man City after five seasons having won four Premier League titles and the Champions League.

    The 32-year-old also won two FA Cups and three League Cups during his spell at the Etihad.

    He joined Pep Guardiola’s side in 2018 and netted 78 goals in 236 games in total and was key in their treble win last season.

    Mahrez will link up with former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and ex-Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino at the Saudi Pro League club.

  • Erik ten Hag has extended Jonny Evans’ short-term return to Manchester United.

    A free agent after his release from Leicester, he opted to join the club where he spent nine years to help them with their pre-season.

    The Northern Irish centre-back was only expected to be with the Red Devils for friendlies with Lyon and Wrexham.

    But with outgoings at Old Trafford he will be kept on further than his initial short-term deal.

    The Dutchman said: “We need the numbers in the coming days in training.

    “As you see, Fred is not here and also [Anthony] Elanga went back [to join Nottingham Forest].

    “We need the numbers for proper training to hit our targets and that’s the reason they are here.”

  • Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham has revealed covert talks over Lionel Messi’s MLS transfer started in 2019.

    The World Cup winner joined the club this summer and has already scored three times in two Leagues Cup victories.

    He could yet take the team to the play-offs in MLS in his first season and it would be rich reward for a deal four years in the making.

    “We got on a plane and flew to Barcelona from London secretly,” Beckham told The Athletic.

    “We snuck into a hotel, met Jorge Messi (Lionel’s father and also his agent) and started the conversation. It purely went, ‘We would love your son to play for our team one day. We know he can’t come yet, but one day we would love to have Leo in Miami’.

    “Then obviously Jorge (Mas) did an incredible job creating a narrative around what he could do for the sport in this country, what he could do for MLS and what he could do for Inter Miami.”

  • Tottenham star Harry Kane’s potential transfer to Bayern Munich has taken another twist.

    Chiefs from the Bavarian side were due to meet Spurs chairman Daniel Levy today but this has no been postponed.

    Levy is now set to talk with the German side’s CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen and technical director Marco Neppe on Monday about the England captain.

    Bayern Munich have already seen two bids rejected for Tottenham’s all-time top scorer but are readying a third offer for their top target.

  • West Ham forward Michail Antonio’s Al Ettifaq transfer looks to be off the table.

    The Jamaican star was linked with a switch to the Saudi Pro League club managed by Steven Gerrard.

    It’s believed talks took place earlier this week over a potential move away from east London.

    However, according to the Daily Mail, this is transfer is now off.

  • Harry Kane isn’t the only top transfer target for Bayern Munich as they are also in the hunt for David de Gea and David Raya.

    The Bavarian behemoths may well be without Manuel Neuer for the early stages of the new Bundesliga campaign.

    The 37-year-old broke his leg last December on a skiing trip and was replaced by Yann Sommer last season.

    Swiss star Sommer is now set to joing Inter Milan, leading to Bayern looking at fresh options with the two Spaniards on their wishlist, according to The Times.

    De Gea is a free agent after leaving Manchester United, ending a 12-year career at Old Trafford and is an attractive proposition for the Germans.

    Meanwhile, Raya was priced out of a transfer to Tottenham in the summer leaving him on the market and available if the offer is right for Brentford.

  • Fulham are trying to agree a fee with Chelsea for Callum Hudson-Odoi, talkSPORT understands.

    Hudson-Odoi is pushing for a move to Craven Cottage after being told he is not part of Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

    The winger spent last season on loan at Bayer Leverkusen.

  • Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is set to hold face-to-face talks with Bayern Munich executives over the future of Harry Kane today, talkSPORT understands. 

    Bayern had a £70m offer for Kane rejected earlier this month but are readying an improved bid.

    Kane’s advisers have indicated he is open to the move to Bavaria.

  • West Ham are preparing a second bid for Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse, talkSPORT understands.

    The Hammers’ initial offer of £20m falls well below Southampton’s £40m valuation of the England international.

    Ward-Prowse was relegated with Southampton at the end of last season.

  • RB Leipzig have set Man City a deadline of the start of the Premier League season to complete a deal for Josko Gvardiol.

    City hold long standing interest in the centre-back, but the German club will not budge on their £86million valuation.

    Reports suggest that City will launch another bid to try and land the defender this summer.

  • Bayern Munich are ramping up their efforts to sign Harry Kane as they reportedly jetted into London for talks with Tottenham.

    The Telegraph report that Bayern chief executive Jan-Christian Dreesen and technical director Marco Neppe will hold talks with Daniel Levy.

    The German club remain confident they can land the striker this summer and have already seen multiple bids turned down.

    Kane has one year left on his contract at the club and seemingly has no intention to renew his deal.

  • That’s all for the talkSPORT.com football blog today!

    It’s been a busy Thursday which has seen Jordan Henderson join Al Ettifaq and Chelsea having another bid rejected by Brighton for Moises Caicedo.

    Make sure to follow our blog on Friday in what promises to be another hectic day.

  • Bayern Munich reportedly remain desperate to bring Harry Kane to the Allianz Arena.

    Thomas Tuchel has made landing the Tottenham striker his top priority.

    According to the Telegraph, Bayern chiefs have flown into London to hold talks with Spurs regarding a deal to sign Kane.

    It has been said that the Bundesliga champions are prepared to pay as much as £86million for the England skipper.

    Tottenham are keen to keep hold of the centre-forward, but know they will lose him for nothing next season with Kane having just a year left on his contract.

  • Chelsea have had an £80million bid rejected by Brighton for midfielder Moises Caicedo.

    The Blues have made it their mission in bringing the Ecuador international to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    According to Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano, the Blues’ latest offer has come in at £80m.

    But that was instantly knocked back as the Seagulls continue to hold out for £100m.

    Chelsea’s previous bid was £70m.

  • More on Danny Rose on Harry Kane’s future.

    He told talkSPORT Drive: “If you said Bayern, I wouldn’t have put them as my top three teams.

    “But as I said, Harry going anywhere in England, it’s going to be really, really difficult.

    “Definitely I can’t see the Chelsea one because the two clubs don’t do business historically, and I don’t know if Harry’s legacy at Spurs would get a bit tarnished.

    “I know the fans definitely know if he was to leave you could never, ever blame him, but try not to go to Chelsea with all respect.

    “Tottenham to [Manchester] United, it’s only been [Dimitar] Berbatov from my time at Spurs.”

  • Former Tottenham left-back Danny Rose has told Harry Kane a move to Bayern Munich wouldn’t be in his top three options.

    Speaking on talkSPORT Drive, the defender said of Kane’s potential switch to the Allianz Arena: “If you was going to ask me the teams I would think of that Harry would join leaving Spurs, I wouldn’t have said Bayern is one of the first ones I’d choose from.

    “But saying that, you fully expect Bayern to be in the quarters or semis of a Champions League each year. You expect them to win the league, so I don’t see why not.

    “You [Darren Bent] know coming from Spurs, that Spurs doing business with the top teams in England is very rare.

    “From my time there, I can only remember [Dimitar] Berbatov going to United which was 2008.

    “And obviously Kyle Walker going to [Manchester] City [in 2017], they’re the only two off the top of my head.

    “Tottenham to Chelsea is just never going to happen, so after that, you have to look abroad and if I’m Harry, yeah I don’t think Bayern is a bad one.”

  • Liverpool duo Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic have not travelled with the squad to Singapore in order to work on their recovery from long-standing injuries.

    Fellow midfielder Fabinho’s absence from the party was expected as he is awaiting confirmation of a £40million move to Saudi Pro-League club Al-Ittihad.

    However, it is understood Thiago and Bajcetic, who did travel to the camp in Germany when Fabinho did not, have been given more time to complete their rehabilitation from hip and adductor problems.

    With captain Jordan Henderson having already completed his £12m transfer to Al-Ettifaq, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp short of options in midfield for matches against Leicester and Bayern Munich.

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