Transfer Talk: Liverpool return for Lyon's Nabil Fekir after failed first move

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TOP STORY: Fekir to Liverpool back on

Liverpool's move for Nabil Fekir appears to be back on after talks with Lyon resumed.

The Mirror claims the previously agreed £53 million deal could be resurrected after the Reds backed out of the original deal due to concerns over the France international's previous medical issues.

The 24-year-old had put pen to paper on a deal and even completed a welcome interview for LFC TV.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed Manchester United have emerged as an alternative destination for the playmaker, who is away on international duty with France, though a compromise with Liverpool may now be possible despite hostility between the clubs.


22.21 BST: That's going to bring Sunday'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 Monday's back pages.

21.34 BST: Marca reports that Gabi will leave Atletico Madrid for Qatar this summer, but Los Rojiblancos will not look to replace their captain, having significant depth in central midfield. Instead, the report states that funds will be earmarked for a winger, with the Madrid club short on width.

20.47 BST Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is keen on a move to Real Madrid, according to Sport. There's just one problem: With Roma holding out for €75 million, Los Blancos have turned their attention to Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois. That development has the Blues interested in Brazil's No. 1, but there's a problem with that, too: Alisson isn't interested in moving to West London.

20.00 BST: Wolves are interested in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson, who has also been linked with West Ham, according to the Birmingham Mail.

19.15 BST: Sky Sports reports that a quartet of Premier League clubs -- West Ham, Newcastle, Fulham and Tottenham -- are battling to sign Nice forward Alassane Plea, who would cost around £25 million.

19.00 BST: And staying on the subject of potential stars of the future, the Manchester Evening News says "French wonderkid Claudio Gomes has bid farewell to Paris Saint-Germain after being heavily linked with Manchester City."

18.45 BST: Arsenal could make a move for teenage Sunderland striker Sam Greenwood, a 16-year-old who has yet to make his first-team debut for the Black Cats and is an England under-16 international, the Chronicle reports.

18.30 BST: Leeds are closing in on an £11 million move for Derby's Czech Republic forward Matej Vydra, says the Telegraph, which reports that he has been left out of Derby's preseason training camp in Spain.

18.15 BST: Winger Andros Townsend could return to Newcastle from Crystal Palace if the Magpies sell Matt Ritchie to Stoke, the Telegraph reports. It says Townsend "has been of interest to Newcastle ever since they sold him to Palace following relegation to the Championship two years ago."

17.20 BST: Everton will have to sell players before they bring any more in, the Liverpool Echo report.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been linked with a move to Goodison Park.

16.50 BST: Le Parisien report that Paris Saint-Germain could rival Manchester United for Milan defender Leonardo Bonucci.

16.30 BST: After leaving Nice, Mario Balotelli could return to Serie A.

Calciomercato reckon Napoli have the best chance of signing him, though he could also be an option for Inter or Lazio.

16.15 BST: Could Dries Mertens swap Napoli for Roma? Football Italia carry a report from La Repubblica that it could be on the cards.

16.00 BST: AS say that Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti wants Bayern Munich pair Jerome Boateng and Arturo Vidal to join up with him again.

15.45 BST: Here is one that slipped under the radar in recent days.

Milan midfielder Suso has been offered to Real Madrid, according to Marca.

Theoretically, he could replace Lucas Vazquez, who has been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool.

15.30 BST: Silly season or genuine story? Tuttosport say Juventus are looking into the possibility of signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

15.15 BST: Kieran Tierney is the subject of interest from a number of clubs, including Everton and Tottenham, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Celtic defender is considered one of the hottest properties north of the border.

14.55 BST: The Mirror write that Luke Shaw will report for preseason at Manchester United determined to secure a long-term deal at Old Trafford.

His current contract expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.

14.25 BST: Poor Jordan Hugill. After securing a big move to West Ham in January, Football.London write that his transfer was merely a precaution in case West Ham got relegated.

They add that QPR could sign the striker on loan.

14.15 BST: Reports in Morocco say Hakim Ziyceh will join Roma from Ajax on Monday...

13.40 BST: Today is Stephan Lichtsteiner's first day as an Arsenal player after his free transfer from Juventus.

13.25 BST: Two big scoops from Estadio Deportivo, who believe Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi has asked to leave, while city rivals Real Betis are ready to make an offer for Gelson Martins.

13.00 BST: Football Italia write that Real Madrid could beat Napoli to the signing of Real Betis midfielder Fabian Ruiz.

12.45 BST: We wrote earlier about Gazzetta dello Sport's report that Milan setting a €35 million price tag on Leonardo Bonucci. This is because Milan need to raise funds in order to avoid further Financial Fair Play sanctions after they were banned from European competition for next season.

La Gazzetta believe Andre Silva is another player that could be sold, with Monaco and Wolves interested.

12.30 BST: The Daily Express, per the Manchester Evening News, write that Manchester United and Barcelona are facing a bidding war for Chelsea's Willian.

Barca have reportedly had a £50 million bid rejected.

12.10 BST: The mother of Adrien Rabiot has been making her way around Europe trying to offer her son to Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus and Barcelona, Paris United report.

12.00 BST: Calciomercato have picked up on La Repubblica's reports that Barcelona have moved ahead of Manchester United and Juventus in the race to sign Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

11.45 BST: Everton are considering using Davy Klaassen as a makeweight in an offer for Besiktas and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, according to Fanatik.

11.30 BST: Manchester United's pursuit of a centre-back has taken them to Leonardo Bonucci in recent days, if reports in Italy are to be believed.

Calciomercato are quoting Gazzetta dello Sport's report on Milan setting his valuation at €35 million.

11.20 BST: Thibaut Courtois wants to move to Real Madrid, the Mirror say.

The Chelsea and Belgium goalkeeper revealed he had a "preferred destination" regarding a transfer, which is believed to be the Bernabeu.

11.10 BST: Mundo Deportivo, echoing reports from Diario de Sevilla, believe Clement Lenglet could join Barcelona as early as today.

Manchester United had previously been linked with the defender.

11.00 BST: Here is today's edition of Gazzetta dello Sport, who say Inter continue their pursuit of Tottenham's Mousa Dembele, while city rivals Milan chase Lazio's Ciro Immobile.

10.50 BST: The Argus report that Brighton have upped their bid for Reading defender Liam Moore.

10.40 BST: Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has turned down a move to Napoli to stay and fight for his place under Unai Emery, the Evening Standard write.

The Gunners recently signed Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen, which could potentially knock Cech down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

09.40 BST: A done deal! Bournemouth have announced the signing of David Brooks from Sheffield United.

09.30 BST: Turkish outlet AMK Spor believe Marco van Ginkel may finally leave Chelsea for good this summer, with Fenerbache interested.

They also report that Jack Wilshere remains in talks with the club.

09.20 BST: Fulham are preparing a club-record bid for Wolves winger Ivan Cavaleiro after their opening offer of £12 million was knocked back, the Birmingham Mail say.

09.10 BST: Press Association, via Football.London, report that Arsenal are closing in on deals for Borussia Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira.

09.00 BST: Monday will be the day that Jorginho finally completes his move to Manchester City, TuttoMercatoWeb write.


Chelsea on verge of announcing Sarri

Chelsea will begin their player recruitment drive next week once they have announced Maurizio Sarri as their new manager.

The Guardian claims the Blues will officially replace Antonio Conte with the former Napoli boss at the start of next week, which will allow them to begin reshuffling their squad.

One condition Napoli will insist on, claims the Mirror, is that Sarri does not attempt to sign any of his previous players.

Alvaro Morata and non-World Cup players will return next week and the striker will hold showdown talks over his future, though the £58m-rated Spaniard could leave if suitable offers arrive.

Aleksandr Golovin could be the first signing under Sarri, costing around £27m, while Daniele Rugani and Alisson Becker could soon follow.

The Mail also includes Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic on the Blues' wish list, with the American previously linked with Liverpool.

Arsenal to finalise Torreira deal next week

Arsenal will finalise negotiations for Lucas Torreira next week with the Gunners ready to pay up his £25m release clause.

The Sampdoria star helped Uruguay advance to the World Cup quarterfinals after a 2-1 victory over Portugal on Saturday night.

The Mail claims the 22-year-old will be joined by Sokratis Papastathopoulos, who will arrive in a £17m deal.

The finer details are being ironed out with the Italian club for Torreira, with an official announcement coming once Uruguay's campaign in Russia is concluded.


- Fiorentina are on the verge of signing highly rated French goalkeeper Alban Lafont for €8.5m (£7.5m).

Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Toulouse star will move to Florence on a five-year deal, with a generous sell-on clause included.

- Sevilla have already been informed that Clement Lenglet will join Barcelona, reports Diario de Sevilla.

All that is left is for the Catalan club to make it official, with the €35m (£31m) release clause set to be triggered for the French defender.

The Andalusians will also move for Lille captain Ibrahim Amadou, who can play as a defensive midfielder or centre-back, and L'Equipe claims he will cost €15-17m (£13.3-15.1m).

- Fenerbahce are the latest club to show an interest in Jack Wilshere with his Arsenal contract set to expire.

The 26-year-old has confirmed to Sky Sports that he is willing to move abroad, though Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Everton and Wolves have also been linked with a move.

- Burnley want James Collins on a free transfer after his release from West Ham, says the Sun.

Sean Dyche believes the 34-year-old centre-back is an ideal short-term replacement for Ben Mee, who could leave after failing to agree a new deal with just a year left on his current contract.

- Fulham are ready to bid £14m for Wolves star Ivan Cavaleiro, reports the Mirror.

The Premier League newcomers have joined the race for the Portuguese winger after Huddersfield saw a bid knocked back this month.