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LIVE Transfer Talk: Man United join Chelsea, Bayern in chase for Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt

The summer transfer window is here, and there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings and goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: De Ligt on Man Utd's radar

Manchester United have made contact with Matthijs de Ligt's representatives as they look to orchestrate a move for the Juventus centre-back, reports BILD.

Having worked with the 22-year-old Netherlands international during his time at Ajax Amsterdam, United manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful of being able to persuade de Ligt to Old Trafford, though the player has also been linked with Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga side have recently stepped up their pursuit of him, having been aware of his desire to go in search of a new challenge this summer, but they are still yet to reach an agreement over a fee with the Bianconeri, who are reported to have set a €70 million valuation.

The Red Devils would be able to present an official contract offer to De Ligt if they meet those demands, but whether he accepts terms at Old Trafford would depend on whether Bayern decide to match their offer.

De Ligt joined Juventus from Ajax in 2019 for an initial €75m fee, and has two years left on his current deal.

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21.56 BST: Following speculation continuing to link Matthijs De Ligt away from Juventus, Kalidou Koulibaly has been identified as his replacement, writes Sky Sports Germany.

The Serie A side are reported to have made him the top candidate should De Ligt complete a move away from the club, and it looks as though they could be looking to take advantage of the 31-year-old centre-back's contract situation, with his deal at Napoli set to expire in the summer of 2023.

He has also been linked with Chelsea.

21.34 BST: Tottenham Hotspur defender Japhet Tanganga is attracting interest from AC Milan and Bournemouth, reports the Daily Mail.

While the 23-year-old defender made 16 appearances for the north London side last season, it is reported that they are now willing to allow him to leave on loan following Antonio Conte's move for Clement Lenglet.

21.00 BST: Despite talks with Crystal Palace, Junior Sambia is understood to be close to a move to Salernitana, according to Le 10 Sport.

The 25-year-old wing-back became a free transfer this summer after his contract with Montpellier expired, and the latest indicates that he is favouring a move to Serie A. Sambia made 30 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, but he looks set to turn down proposals which would see him stay in France's top flight.

20.34 BST: Internazionale are in talks with the representatives of Dan-Axel Zagadou, reveals Calciomercato.

The 23-year-old centre-back has recently become a free agent having seen his contract expire with Borussia Dortmund, and it looks as though the Nerazzurri are keen to land him on a free transfer. He made 20 appearances across all competitions for BVB last season, and he was also recently linked with Manchester United.

20.00 BST: Chelsea have reached full agreement with Nathan Ake over personal terms, reveals Fabrizio Romano.

Thomas Tuchel's side are keen to acquire the 27-year-old back who came through the Blues' youth academy, and it is understood that Manchester City value him at around £40 million. Ake made just 10 starts in the Premier League last season, where he was also deployed in his lesser preferred position at left-back.

19.12 BST: Bayern Munich are preparing their first offer for Matthijs De Ligt, according to Sky Sports Germany.

The Bundesliga club are understood to be hopeful of taking advantage of Juventus's need to move on players this summer, and they have already reached a verbal agreement over personal terms with the 22-year-old centre-back.

De Ligt has also been on the radar of Manchester United and Chelsea, but he has his eyes on a move to the Allianz Arena if both clubs can reach an agreement over a fee.

18.39 BST: FC Porto have made a proposal to Barcelona to sign Riqui Puig, according to Sport.

While the LaLiga club were keen to renew the 22-year-old midfielder's contract, it is reported that he is keen to play regular minutes which can not be guaranteed at the Camp Nou. He has recently received offers from Spain, but he has indicated his desire to wait for a team in Europe with Champions League football.

Xavi Hernandez's side want his future to be resolved before they begin their summer tour in the US.

18.02 BST: Manchester United are looking to move on Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer, writes Manchester Evening News.

With Erik ten Hag believed to prefer Diogo Dalot as his number one option at right-back, it is reported that the Red Devils have offered the 24-year-old to clubs. Wan-Bissaka arrived at Old Trafford from Crystal Palace in 2019, and he made 20 appearances in the 21/22 Premier League campaign.

It is understood that the Premier League side are in the market to acquire a centre-back and a right-back before the season begins.

17.35 BST: Lazio look to have won the race to sign Alessio Romagnoli, reveals Gianluca Di Marzio.

The 27-year-old centre-back became a free agent this summer after his contract with AC Milan expired, and despite interest from the Premier League, he has decided to remain in Italy's top flight, with reports indicating that he will sign a five-year deal at the Estadio Olimpico.

Romagnoli made 21 appearances across all competitions for the Rossoneri last season.

17.08 BST: Joe Aribo looks set to complete a move to Southampton after he completed his medical today, reports Fabrizio Romano.

The 25-year-old Rangers versatile attacking midfielder will make the switch to St. Mary's Stadium for a total fee of £10 million. It is reported that the deal has now been completed, with Aribo signing terms officially on Friday afternoon.

16.31 BST: Roma are seriously considering a move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, according to Tuttomercato.

Jose Mourinho is said to admire Zaha's attacking versatility, and the Roma boss may look to swoop for the 29-year-old.

Zaha has been a talismanic figure for Palace, scoring 83 goals in 430 appearances across two spells at the south London club.

The Ivory Coast international struggled when he left Palace for Manchester United from 2013-15, but he has tried several times since then to leave Palace for a club playing in European competition without success.

15.49 BST: Paris Saint-Germain are targeting Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca as an understudy for Kylian Mbappe, according to Foot Mercato.

Scamacca, 23, enjoyed a fine season with Sassuolo last term, scoring 16 goals in 36 appearances in Serie A. PSG will reportedly have to pay €50m to sign Scamacca, a fee that Le Parisien said the club from the French capital were willing to pay at the start of this week.

But Gazzetta dello Sport says that the two clubs have yet to reach an agreement for Scamacca. They say the two clubs will meet at the beginning of next week to discuss a deal with Scamacca's agent.

15.16 BST: United States international Luca de la Torre has completed a move to LaLiga side Celta Vigo, it was announced on Friday.

ESPN reported on Thursday that the 24-year-old was set to join Celta from Heracles in a deal worth around $2m. The midfielder has signed a contract at the Spanish side until 2026 and becomes the club's third signing of the summer transfer window.

Heracles' relegation, combined with the fact that the USMNT is headed to the World Cup in November, made the move necessary for De la Torre, who is eager to cement his spot with the national team in Qatar.

Since the start of 2022, De la Torre has made seven international appearances -- three of the starts -- while recording two assists. In that time, he has impressed U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter with his technical ability in the center of midfield. He has 11 appearances total with the U.S.

14.58 BST: Barcelona have made a final offer worth €55m for Leeds United forward Raphinha but may have to choose between the Brazilian and Ousmane Dembele in the end, according to different reports in Spain.

Diario Sport claims Barca have presented what will be their last bid to Leeds as they attempt to get close to the €60m fee Chelsea have already agreed with their Premier League rivals. Barca's latest offer is around €55m in total, but that includes add-ons and is heavily installment based.

The report adds that Raphinha's desire to move to Camp Nou could see Leeds willing to accept Barca's lower bid. Leeds want the situation resolved as soon as possible.

Mundo Deportivo, meanwhile, reports that Barca may now only sign one of Raphinha or Dembele, who became a free agent last week when his contract with the Catalan club expired.

Previous reports have claimed Barca wanted both, but they have apparently changed their minds. They already have Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres and Memphis Depay at the club, with Robert Lewandowski a target to compete with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang through the middle, and there may not be room for Raphinha and Dembele.

Leeds may leave Raphinha out of their preseason trip to Australia due to situation around his future, The Athletic reports, and the club will decide if he makes the trip in the next 48 hours.

"There's urgency from his end, I think, to come up with a solution," Leeds manager Jesse Marsch said. "We have to, in the next couple of days, see how things stand and see how we go."

14.26 BST: Newcastle are the latest club to express an interest in Marco Asensio, Diario AS reports, with Sport claiming that Liverpool are also keen on the Real Madrid forward.

Asensio, 26, has a year left on his contract but has not been offered an extension at the Bernabeu and recently switched agents to be represented by Jorge Mendes in what was interpreted as laying the groundwork for a move.

According to AS, Newcastle want the forward to be "the corner stone" of their new project.

Asensio scored 10 goals in 31 LaLiga appearances last season -- his best ever return -- but was eclipsed by Rodrygo and Fede Valverde as the campaign went on, with manager Carlo Ancelotti preferring both in the right-wing spot.

13.44 BST: Manchester United are pushing to agree a fee with Ajax for Lisandro Martinez as fears grow that they are facing an uphill task to close a deal for Frenkie de Jong, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.

United have told Ajax they are willing to pay €50m for the 24-year-old, although they are holding out for more amid further interest from Arsenal.

Negotiations with the Dutch side are being played out against a backdrop of uncertainty over the move for De Jong. Sources have told ESPN that dialogue remains ongoing despite public claims from Barcelona that the midfielder is not available for a transfer but there remains uncertainty at Old Trafford about whether a deal is possible.

United have agreed to an initial fee of around €65m for De Jong but sources have told ESPN that are still significant hurdles to overcome.

13.09 BST: Former Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman says Frenkie de Jong wants to stay at Camp Nou and urged the Catalan club to think twice before getting rid of their best players.

Barca and Manchester United have been negotiating a deal for De Jong all summer, while Chelsea also maintain an interest in the Dutch midfielder.

"I have a lot of contact with Frenkie and I know his situation," Koeman told reporters. "He has said it himself. He wants to stay, it's his intention to remain at Barca, nothing else. That's all I know.

"From my point of view, there are a lot of rumours, but I think Barca should always keep and sign the best players. To improve, you can't sell players like Frenkie de Jong."

New United coach Erik ten Hag has been pushing for the arrival of De Jong as he looks to strengthen in midfield.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are also monitoring the former Ajax player's situation. The English club's new co-owner, Todd Boehly, was in Barcelona on Thursday, where he met with Barca president Joan Laporta and other members of the Catalan club's hierarchy (see 10.53 BST).

Sources at Barca described the meeting as "an institutional visit," although it is likely to have served to discuss the futures of De Jong, Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, among others. ESPN have previously revealed that Barca are keen to sign Spain internationals Azpilicueta and Alonso from Chelsea this summer.

12.34 BST: Chelsea are pursuing a deal to re-sign Nathan Ake as head coach Thomas Tuchel looks to reshape his defence, sources have told ESPN's James Olley.

Chelsea are in the market for at least two centre-backs having lost Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger on free transfers to Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively. The Stamford Bridge club hold an interest in Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt and Sevilla's Jules Kounde but are furthest advanced in negotiations with Manchester City over Ake.

Sources have told ESPN that the 27-year-old is open to returning to Chelsea, where he came through the ranks after joining the club as a 15-year-old from Feyenoord. Ake only made 17 appearances for Chelsea after temporary spells at Reading and Watford before a third loan at Bournemouth ended in a permanent move to the south coast in 2017. The Netherlands international started just 19 matches in all competitions for City last season and is thought to be seeking more regular first-team action.

Ake is under contract until 2025 and the two clubs are yet to agree a fee but sources have told ESPN that talks are progressing with City ready to let the player leave. One source suggested City are seeking around £50m for Ake.

12.02 BST: Atletico Madrid have plenty of work to do as they begin preparations for next season, Marca reports, with recruiting a back-up goalkeeper, signing a right-back and resolving the futures of Mario Hermoso, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar and Alvaro Morata all on the agenda of sporting director Andrea Berta.

According to the newspaper, current number two Ivo Grbic doesn't want to spend another season on the bench behind Jan Oblak, so Atletico may need to look to bring in another keeper.

A right-back is the club's number one priority in the transfer market, with Udinese's Nahuel Molina their preferred option.

Offers were expected for centre-back Hermoso -- Atletico need to bring in €40m to meet their LaLiga salary cap and be able to register new players -- but have not been forthcoming, while the next steps for Saul, back from his loan at Chelsea, and Lemar, who has one year left on his deal, also need to be clarified.

There's more uncertainty over Alvaro Morata, who will join up with Atletico for pre-season after Juventus decided not to exercise their option to make his loan permanent, despite not having initially been in Diego Simeone's plans for this season.

11.28 BST: Manchester United are set to sign Arsenal's Nikita Parris after reaching an agreement for the England women's forward, according to The Athletic.

Parris, 28, signed for Arsenal from Lyon for €80,000 last year but didn't have the expected impact for the north London side last season, scoring one goal in 18 Women's Super League appearances.

The winger, who played for Manchester City from 2016 to 2019 and who is part of England's Euro 2022 squad, is said to have agreed personal terms with United.

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Chiellini would be 'very happy' to see Pulisic at Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini is excited by the idea of Christian Pulisic joining his former team Juventus.

11.02 BST: Los Angeles FC centre-back Giorgio Chiellini has said his old team Juventus need a winger like Chelsea's Christian Pulisic.

In an interview with ESPN's Futbol Americas show Chiellini, 37, said that Pulisic, 23, could be a "fantastic third winger" for Juventus along with Federico Chiesa and Angel Di Maria, who is widely expected to join the Italian club from Paris Saint-Germain.

Chiesa, 24, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January, and Chiellini said that the United States' Pulisic could provide the perfect solution for Juventus while the Italy winger gets back to full fitness.

"Honestly, it's the first time I heard it, but I think Juventus needs some winger as Pulisic," Chiellini said. "Pulisic is very good, I think, when he starts from the side and comes inside, and with the injury of Chiesa -- he [will] surely still return, but not before September... in the first months, surely he can play every game.

"With the [arrival] of Angel Di Maria, Pulisic could be the fantastic third winger for Juventus."

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10.53 BST: Chelsea's new co-owner Todd Boehly has been spotted in Barcelona as Chelsea look to sign United States full-back Sergino Dest and Netherlands winger Memphis Depay, the Daily Mail has reported.

The report states that the two players could be included as part of a swap deal for the Chelsea pair of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, who are both wanted by Barcelona. Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, owner of private equity firm Clearlake Capital, are said to have met with Barca director Mateu Alemany, consultant Jordi Cruyff and president Joan Laporta to discuss the deals on Thursday.

According to Sport, however, Barca midfielder Frenkie de Jong is Chelsea's main target. Manchester United have been strongly linked with De Jong, but sources told ESPN this week that their €85m deal for the Holland international had stalled over personal terms and his desire to move.

Sport say that Chelsea could take advantage of that by making a €60m offer for De Jong, with Azpilicueta and Alonso included in the deal. Barca are said to prefer a cash deal for the midfielder, who has made 140 appearances for the club since signing from Ajax for an initial €75m in 2019.

10.32 BST: Manchester City have announced the arrival of Julian Alvarez from River Plate.

Alvarez signed for City on a five-a-half-year deal in January for a fee of €17m, but remained with River Plate until the summer.

10.17 BST: Real Madrid need to trim their 27-man first team squad as they begin preseason training, Diario AS reports, with imminent departures expected for returning loanees Reinier Jesus and Takefusa Kubo.

Of four players who spent last year out on loan -- Alvaro Odriozola, Borja Mayoral, Reinier and Kubo -- only right-back Odriozola and forward Mayoral have a place in Carlo Ancelotti's plans this season as back-ups to the first team.

Kubo, 21, has been linked with Real Sociedad, and Reinier, 20, is likely to join Benfica, with both unable to form a part of Madrid's squad as the club's quota of non-EU players is currently filled by Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao and Rodrygo.

09.45 BST: Chelsea are set to open talks with Reece James over a new contract in the coming weeks, the i reports.

James, 22, still has three years left to run on a five-and-a-half-year deal he signed in January 2020. However, the club's new co-owner and interim sporting director, Todd Boehly, is keen to secure the England right-back's long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

The Chelsea youth product was still a teenager when he signed that contract, worth £80,000 a week, and since then he has become a first-team regular and helped them win the Champions League in 2020-21.

The I reports that Manchester City and Real Madrid are both monitoring James' contract situation.

09.07 BST: Ajax have completed the signing of winger Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham Hotspur, it was announced on Friday.

The 24-year-old completed a medical at the Dutch champions on Wednesday before completing the deal, which sources have told ESPN is worth around €30m.

The move marks a return to the Eredivise for Bergwijn, who lifted the Dutch title three times with PSV Eindhoven before making a €35m switch to Spurs in January 2019.

Bergwijn scored eight goals in 83 games for Spurs in all competitions, playing under three managers -- Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and Antonio Conte.

The Netherlands international joins Ajax amid a turnover at the club. Striker Sebastien Haller has joined Borussia Dortmund in a €36m deal, while midfielder Ryan Gravenberch left the club for Bayern Munich. Head coach Erik ten Hag also left this summer to join Manchester United and has been replaced by Alfred Schreuder.

08.38 BST: Manchester City are yet to make a bid for Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurella, according to the club's owner.

Cucurella impressed in his debut season with the Seagulls, helping Graham Potter's side finish ninth in the Premier League, their highest-ever league finish.

"Marc is a tremendous player, a tremendous person," Bloom said. "He's brilliant for the dressing room. The players love him, Graham and the coaches, love him, I love him, the fans love him.

"He was unbelievably good last season, his first season in the Premier League. We're hoping for more to come and we haven't had a bid for him."

The 23-year-old, who came through Barcelona's academy, has a contract with Brighton that runs until 2026 following his £15m move from Getafe last summer.

"The fact that there is speculation and there is interest in our players, I always view that as a positive. It hasn't always been like that," Bloom added. "There's less than three or four clubs where some of the players are not for sale.

"We've got to be realistic if a certain bid comes in and the player wants to move, the player will move, but we are not anticipating, we're not looking for our best players to move on.

"If it happens and we get a bid then we have to consider it, but until that point, we carry on."

08.00 BST: Cristiano Ronaldo will not be part of the Manchester United squad which travels to Thailand on Friday to begin their preseason tour, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.

The Portugal forward has been granted more time to deal with a "family issue" and will not be on the flight to Bangkok, scheduled to leave Manchester at 4.30 p.m. U.K. time on Friday. Sources have told ESPN there is no timeframe for Ronaldo to rejoin the squad.

After playing Liverpool in Thailand on July 12, United head to Australia for games against Melbourne Victory, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. They are due to return to Manchester on July 25.

Ronaldo wants to leave Old Trafford this summer to join a club playing Champions League football next season. United, however, insist the 37-year-old, who has a year left on his contract, is not for sale.

Ronaldo was due to return to Carrington on Monday but was given permission by the club to take an extended break for personal reasons. He was still missing from training on Thursday and will not fly to Bangkok on Friday.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)

- Chelsea have contacted the representatives of Robert Lewandowski as their new owners continue to look for a marquee signing this summer, writes TalkSport. The Blues are keen to sign a striker, but aware of the 33-year-old forward's desire to join Barcelona, they are also considering Napoli star Victor Osimhen as an option. Osimhen, 23, scored 18 goals across all competitions last season, and reports have suggested that a fee of around €100m would be required to persuade Napoli to part ways with him.

- Manchester City are plotting talks over a new contract for Riyad Mahrez, reveals Fabrizio Romano. As Raheem Sterling nears a move to Chelsea, it looks as though Pep Guardiola is looking to secure Mahrez to a new long-term deal. The 31-year-old winger was a key player for the Premier League champions last season, contributing to 16 goals in 28 games.

- Chelsea are interested in joining the race for Frenkie de Jong, understands Sport. The 25-year-old midfielder has been heavily linked with an exit away from the Camp Nou this summer as Manchester United continue to try to work towards reaching an agreement with Barcelona, though the latest indicates that they could now face competition from Thomas Tuchel's side, who are also looking to add to their midfield depth. De Jong is reported to be available for a total fee of around £73m.

- Internazionale have met with Torino as they try to conclude a deal to bring Bremer to the San Siro, according to Gianluca Di Marzio. The 25-year-old centre-back is reported to be prioritising a move to the Nerazzurri despite interest from England, and the Serie A sides have been discussing the possibility of including Inter midfielder Cesare Casadei as part of a player exchange deal.

- Newcastle United are interested in landing Marco Asensio, reports Sport. With Real Madrid looking to move the 26-year-old Spain international winger this summer, the Magpies have emerged as the latest candidates open to acquiring him on a permanent transfer. Asensio has previously been reported to be keen to get a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu as he looks to earn regular minutes before the start of the World Cup later this year.