LIVE Transfer Talk: Cristiano Ronaldo open to Sporting CP return after Real Madrid rejection

The summer transfer window is racing toward the Sept. 1 deadline, and there's plenty of gossip swirling about who's moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Ronaldo warms to returning to Sporting, where his career began

Cristiano Ronaldo is edging closer to returning to his boyhood club, Sporting CP in Portugal, according to Marca.

While the 37-year-old Manchester United striker's preferred option was understood to be Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti's side weren't interested in taking him back to the Bernabeu.

The Spanish outlet says that Ronaldo has decided that his best option is to return to the Lisbon-based side, who might not be able to compete financially with other offers but their relationship with the Portugal international could be enough to persuade him to finish his career where it began.

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Last year, Ronaldo's mother told Sporting supporters she would try to convince him to return to the club. Instead, however, he joined United, where the team has underperformed and missed out on the Champions League this season.

Ronaldo has recently been linked with Marseille and AC Milan but a return to Portugal now seems most likely.


22.05 BST: Paris Saint-Germain have loaned Ander Herrera to Athletic Club on a season-long loan deal with an option for a permanent transfer for the 2022-2023 season, the French club announced on Saturday.

Herrera came through the youth ranks at Real Zaragoza before signing as a professional in 2008. After three full seasons, he returned to hometown Bilbao and signed for Athletic Club. In 2014, the Basque-born player joined Manchester United. In five years with the Red Devils, Ander made 189 appearances and scored 20 goals. In the summer of 2019, the midfielder joined PSG.

21.30 BST: Was there any update from either Chelsea or Leicester City on the ongoing Wesley Fofana transfer saga?

Not really, but here is what the coaches for the respective clubs involved said about the top-rated 21-year-old defender.

"We shall see," Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said after his team's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday. "No doubt when the window shuts everything will calm down. "Very difficult, challenging window, no doubt."

As for Chelsea's Thomas Tuchel, he said: "I can't tell you anything about that."

As noted previously in the blog, Fofana is subject to a Chelsea move the club agreed with Leicester City on a fee in the region of £75m.

20.30 BST: The good news for Barcelona fans? The club have finally registered Jules Kounde with LaLiga, a month after signing the defender from Sevilla, meaning he will be available to play against Real Valladolid on Sunday.

The not-so-good news? The club are still looking ]looking to free up further space on their wage bill, working on deals to secure the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay, while defender Samuel Umtiti joined Lecce on loan on Thursday.

The club is also trying to transfer another striker, Martin Braithwaite, with Marca reporting it would save the team up to €8m.

19.30 BST: Among the strikers available include Edinson Cavani, but where will the ex-Manchester United and PSG playmaker end up?

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Uruguay star continues to prioritize a LaLiga move with Valencia and Real Sociedad trying to convince him both.

18.45 BST: Who could Real Sociedad replace at striker after transferring Alexander Isak to Newcastle United for a shocking €70m?

Well, it likely won't be Memphis Depay despite the Netherlands star being in an uncertain position at Barcelona.

According to Sport, Depay is looking for an exit from LaLiga altogether. He had been heavily linked with a move to Juventus, but that has seemingly collapsed. The report notes that the ex-Manchester United frontman could have options back in the Premier League

18.05 BST: Atletico Madrid look to transfer Renan Lodi to Nottingham Forest and will replace him with Tottenham's Sergio Reguilon, according to various reports.

Marca details how Lodi will join Forest for a reported fee of €40 million, which will allow the Brazil defender to improve his chances at a World Cup squad spot.

Meanwhile, the Evening Standard notes that Diego Simeone's side will replace Lodi with Reguilon, who has been deemed surplus from Antonio Conte's side.

17.04 BST: Rennes midfielder Lovro Majer would like to move to Atletico Madrid, AS reports, but club owners the Pinault family are not willing to let him go.

Croatia international Majer, 24, joined Rennes from Dinamo Zagreb a year ago as a replacement for Eduardo Camavinga.

According to AS, the Ligue 1 club have no need to sanction the move and although Majer is keen to play Champions League football he is "aware of the difficulties of the operation."

16.15 BST: Carlo Ancelotti has said Real Madrid won't move to bring in a player in the last week of the transfer window, even if forward Marco Asensio leaves the club.

Manager Ancelotti said on Thursday that Asensio was considering a move in search of increased playing time.

LaLiga champions Madrid have brought in defender Antonio Rudiger and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni this summer, while Casemiro, Isco, Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic have all left from last year's first-team squad.

"I don't know anything new. He's evaluating his position, and we're waiting," Ancelotti said in a news conference on Saturday when asked for an update on Asensio's situation.

"By Sept. 2 everything will be clear. If Asensio stays, he'll be an important player in our squad ... If he wants to go, if there are good options for him and the club, we can look at it. But if he stays, we'll be delighted. He gave us a lot last year and can give us a lot this year."

15.34 BST: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has said in the postmatch press conference following his side's 1-0 win over Southampton that there might be more to come before the transfer window closes.

"The transfer window ... you don't know what to expect," Ten Hag said. "We will see. As Manchester United you always have to try do better so we can see if we can strengthen the squad, if not we will do with what we have got."

United are considering whether to make an improved bid for Antony after seeing a €90m offer rejected by Ajax on Friday, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.

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14.51 BST: Sources have now confirmed to ESPN's James Olley that Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Wesley Fofana after agreeing a fee with Leicester City in the region of £75m.

Fofana was left out of Saturday's clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers suggesting the 21-year-centre-back was not in the right state of mind to play.

He was also omitted from last weekend's home defeat to Southampton for the same reason. Fofana is keen on joining Chelsea and personal terms are not expected to be an issue, sources have told ESPN.

14.07 BST: Manchester United have been linked with a €100m move for Napoli's Victor Osimhen in a deal which would take Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposite direction, but it seems unlikely.

Osimhen's agent Roberto Calenda has denied there have been any discussions with United over the Nigeria international, effectively rubbishing the transfer rumour.

"No negotiations in progress, no exchange," Calenda told TMW. "Victor Osimhen is a Napoli player and wants to play the Champions League with Napoli after winning the place on the pitch with pride along with the coach and teammates."

On Saturday, a report in Corriere della Sera continued to insist that a deal could be done which would see Osimhen switch clubs with Ronaldo (with United still paying 85% of Ronaldo's salary).

13.20 BST: Barcelona continue to work on further signings, despite issues registering Jules Kounde with less than one week until the transfer window closes.

Coach Xavi Hernandez has confirmed he still wants Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, although he conceded a deal is looking increasingly unlikely, while the Catalan club are also targeting a new right-back.

"You can never lose hope," Xavi said in a news conference on Saturday when asked if he had given up on the arrival of Silva this month. "But, honestly, it is going to be difficult. It is not an easy situation. There must be exits on our part. It's really difficult, really difficult."

12.34 BST: AC Milan are hopeful of completing a loan move for Trevoh Chalobah once Chelsea seal the signing of Wesley Fofana from Leicester City.

Chalobah, 23, will be pushed down the pecking order by the arrival of Fofana in a deal reported to be worth a total of £75m.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Milan hope to add Chalobah to their defensive options with another former Chelsea player, Fikayo Tomori, a key member of the team that won the Scudetto last season.

Milan are looking to structure a loan with the to option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

Schalke centre back Malick Thiaw is seen as another option if Milan cannot sign Chalobah.

11.50 BST: Barcelona are concerned about what might happen with Antoine Griezmann next summer, sources have told ESPN's Moises Llorens and Rodrigo Faez, with the LaLiga club believing Atletico Madrid will seek to avoid paying the agreed €40 million to make the forward's move permanent.

Griezmann returned to Atletico last year on a two-year loan deal, with a clause stating that they would be obliged to pay Barca €40m if the France international played at least 45 minutes in 50% of the games for which he is available over the two seasons. Last year, Griezmann did so in 30 of the 37 games for which he was available, fit and not subject to suspension -- but in Atletico's two league games so far this campaign, he has played just 28 minutes against Getafe and another 28 minutes against Villarreal.

11.06 BST: Roma are interested in Saul Niguez as cover for the injured Georginio Wijnaldum, Diario AS reports, but the player is focused on staying at Atletico Madrid after winning back a place in their starting XI.

Saul, 27, disappointed last season on loan at Chelsea -- starting just five Premier League games -- and still has four years left on his contract at Atletico.

He played at left wing-back in Atletico's first game of the LaLiga season away at Getafe and is expected to feature again at Valencia on Monday.

According to AS, Saul is "only thinking in red and white" despite competition from Yannick Carrasco and Renan Lodi for a place in the team.

Fofana will sign a six-year deal through to 2028.

09.42 BST: The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea want to sign Arsen Zakharyan from Dynamo Moscow.

Zakharyan, 19, reportedly has a release clause of £12.6m which the Blues are ready to trigger. The midfielder has four caps for the senior Russian side.

However, it is not yet clear if Chelsea will be able to sign a player from a Russian club due to financial sanctions on the country.

09.00 BST: Manchester United are considering whether to make an improved bid for Antony after seeing a €90 million offer rejected by Ajax on Friday, sources have told ESPN's Rob Dawson.

United had increased their offer after €80m was turned down earlier this month, but it has not been enough to get Ajax to agree a deal. Sources have told ESPN that United are weighing whether to make another bid or to turn their attention to other targets.

On Friday evening, the player made public his desire to be allowed to move to Old Trafford.

"Today, in a meeting with the club, I expressed my old interest in leaving, only this time with a considerable offer on the table," he told Fabrizio Romano. "Others had already arrived! Ajax refused with the argument that they only have five days to replace me.

"I'm not asking to release me, I'm asking Ajax to sell me at the highest bid received by a player who played in the Eredivisie. I've been insisting on this theme since February so that the club could rebuild the team with peace of mind."


- Manchester United have made an approach for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. The 33-year-old forward is continuing to be linked with an exit away from Barcelona this summer, and he has also been linked with Chelsea, who are yet to reach an agreement with the Blaugrana. The Red Devils are keen to acquire a striker before the Premier League's transfer window closes on Thursday.

- Marcelo has been out of contract since his deal expired with Real Madrid this summer, but he has now received an official offer from Bayer Leverkusen, writes Foot Mercato. The 34-year-old left-back is yet to decide on his next destination, though he is understood to also be on the radar of Ligue 1's Nice and Serie A side Monza. Marcelo made just 12 appearances in LaLiga for Carlo Ancelotti's side last season.

- Premier League side Brighton Hove Albion have made a $4m approach for Facundo Buonanotte, according to Cesar Luis Merlo. The Seagulls are understood to be keen on the 17-year-old Rosario Central attacking midfielder, but the Argentine side would like to see the offer improved if they are to part ways with him.

- Internazionale have decided to ward off any further offers for centre-back Milan Skriniar. Speaking of the 27-year-old Slovakia international, CEO Giuseppe Marotta, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano, said: "He will stay with us for sure, the owners have decided not to be tempted by Paris Saint-Germain bids and approaches, he is a key player for us and he will stay."