Transfer news LIVE: Saturday August 24
- Barcelona and Real Madrid have been told to make their final offers for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar
- Manchester United have opted to cool their interest in free agent veteran striker Fernando Llorente
- Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told two Gunners aces they will be allowed to leave before the window shuts
- Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has provided an update on what he plans to do with Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke
00:25 UPDATE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is surprised Christian Eriksen contract situation is not resloved
Christian Eriksen has one year left on his contract and according to reports isn’t interested in signing a new deal with Tottenham.
Spurs still have the opportunity to sell the player before the European transfer window closes on September 2 but Pochettino admits that while he always tells players “not to be affected by rumours” the current uncertainty is “not the best situation for him, for everyone.”
Real Madrid, along with several major European clubs, are monitoring the midfielder’s situation at the north London club, although no club has yet to make a firm offer.
Eriksen has scored 49 goals and provided 60 assists in 208 Premier League appearances during his time with Spurs.
22:35 UPDATE: Warning on new Tottenham signing
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted new boy Giovani Lo Celso is going to take some time to settle in.
“I think Lo Celso is a situation that is not going to be easy,” Pochettino said on Friday.
“He was in extended holidays after the Copa America, he didn’t have a proper pre-season and didn’t train too much, then signed for us after a week without training.
“He’s training well but is still so far away from what we expect from him. We need to give him time.”
Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan from Real Betis earlier this month and the north Londoners have the option to buy him.
Transfer news LIVE: Tottenham have loaned Giovani Lo Celso in from Real Betis
21:30 UPDATE: Man Utd move talked up
Manchester United flop Wilfried Zaha only had warm words about life at Old Trafford when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was looking to move north.
“It started with [Zaha],” Wan-Bissaka said of his former Crystal Palace team-mate. “If you see him in training, he goes past players for fun, so when I played against him, a lot of people were shocked; firstly because I wasn’t a right-back, but also because they hadn’t seen anyone keep up with him before, so I kind of gave him that challenge, which helped both of us.
“It prepared me for the kind of player I’d be up against when I made my debut. I learnt a lot from him. I’m still in touch with a few people at the club.
“When I signed for United, Wilf gave me advice too. He told me: ‘When you come in, don’t go in your shell. You came here for a reason. Play without fear. Do what you did last season and keep consistent’. He was very positive about United.”
Transfer news LIVE: Wilfried Zaha told Aaron Wan-Bissaka to take his chance at Manchester United
20:45 UPDATE: Neymar issues pay demand
Neymar is demanding a massive £32m a season after tax if he is to call time on his stay at Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona and Real Madrid are in the hunt for the maverick Brazilian’s signature as he attempts to leave the Parc des Princes.
However, he is not willing to take a financial hit in order to start afresh back in Spain, where he shone for four years at Barca.
Munro Deportivo claim he is after a whopping five-year deal which would see him net £32m (€35m) a season after tax.
Transfer news LIVE: Neymar wants a mega-money deal at Barcelona or Real Madrid
20:00 UPDATE: Man Utd signings hailed
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signed three stars this summer who will easily win fans over.
That is the verdict former Manchester City star Richard Dunne, who has hailed Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire and Daniel James.
“Whereas they see Wan-Bissaka running up and down the wing, they see Maguire winning headers, they see effort from James and that’s the effort that fans will appreciate,” Dunne said, when comparing the trio to Alexis Sanchez and former United striker Romelu Lukaku.
“Solskjaer has bought players who suit the club, players he knows the fans will support and he knows with those three, he has players who the supporters will back.”
Transfer news LIVE: Aaron Wan-Bissaka joined Manchester United from Crystal Palace this summer
19:05 UPDATE: Gareth Bale decision
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has had a total change of heart with Gareth Bale now looking certain to stay at the Bernabeu.
“What has changed is that the player is going to stay, nothing else,” Zidane said. “The important thing is that the player wants to stay, and we will count on him.
“He has shown he is a big player, and he must show again the player that he is. The other day he played a good game. But not just in what he is good at.
“He worked hard defensively. We have to stay on that path. Gareth, all of them. We know we need to improve, to achieve important things. And they all will.”
Transfer news LIVE: Gareth Bale almost left Real Madrid for the Chinese Super League this summer
18:30 UPDATE: Ryan Kent wants Rangers return
Rangers target Ryan Kent is eager to rejoin the Ibrox giants before the Scottish Premiership transfer window closes.
Kent is currently playing in the reserves at Liverpool and looks unlikely to get much of a chance under Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool gaffer has admitted the Reds would prefer to find a permanent home for the winger rather than loan him again.
Football Insider, though, claim Kent has told friends he is dead set on another loan move to Rangers, having thrived there last season.
Transfer news LIVE: Ryan Kent wants to be reunited with Steven Gerrard at Rangers
18:05 UPDATE: Celtic deal in question
Celtic target Jordon Ibe is in the dark about speculation linking him with a late summer loan move to Glasgow.
Ibe needs a fresh start having failed to make his mark since joining Bournemouth from Liverpool back in 2016.
Neil Lennon is interested in luring the winger to Celtic as the Hoops attempt to keep rivals Rangers at bay.
However, when asked about his future, Ibe said: “That Celtic thing, I don’t know about that. Any speculation stuff I don’t get involved with.”
Transfer news LIVE: Celtic want to loan in Jordon Ibe from Bournemouth
17:40 UPDATE: Why Chelsea to Arsenal move happened
Arsenal and Chelsea’s shock deal for David Luiz was precipitated by a dressing room incident after the Blues’ pre-season win over RB Leipzig.
According to the Independent, Frank Lampard tore into the new Arsenal signing after that 5-3 victory.
However, Luiz opted not to respond to the criticism, leaving his relationship with the new Chelsea boss on a knife edge.
When Arsenal came calling late in the window, Chelsea decided to let go of the defender rather than let the bond deteriorate further.
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leeds updates
Transfer news LIVE: David Luiz joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea on deadline day
17:30 UPDATE: Real Madrid boss reacts to Neymar questions
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is sick of being asked about Los Blancos potentially signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
“We have a game tomorrow, I am just thinking about that,” Zidane said on Friday, ahead of the showdown with Real Valladolid.
“That’s the only thing we should think of, players, coach, staff, nothing else. I want Sep 2 to come as soon as possible. So these questions will end.”
Asked again, Zidane said: “I am just concerned about tomorrow’s game, nothing else.”
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is tired of being asked about Neymar
17:20 UPDATE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man Utd scapegoat claims
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reluctant to say too much when asked about Romelu Lukaku claiming he was made a scapegoat at Old Trafford.
“I’m not going to dive into that one,” Solskjaer said. “I think that interview was made before the summer when he was a Man United player so I think I’d rather not.”
Lukaku reckons he, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were wrongly made to bear the brunt of criticism during their shared stint at United.
United offloaded the Belgian to Inter Milan earlier this month and would ideally like to do the same with misfit forward Sanchez.
Transfer news LIVE: Romelu Lukaku left Manchester United for Inter Milan this summer
17:15 UPDATE: Jurgen Klopp fumes over transfer window
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not too happy about the Premier League transfer window shutting three weeks earlier than those across Europe.
“I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time. That was the idea in the first place,” Klopp said.
“They spoke about finishing it before the season starts, good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. Can somebody explain what is the benefit for the Premier League?
“We don’t really have a problem but for other teams, their key players are still on the market and everything can happen.
“You want a team together and focused on the future, but that cannot happen when there is a door open.
“I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jurgen Klopp is less than impressed by the range of transfer deadline days
17:10 UPDATE: Chelsea ace targeted for shock move
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be handed the chance to leave his bench-warming duties behind – to do the same job at Real Madrid.
Caballero is back-up to Kepa Arrizabalaga at Stamford Bridge but should see some game time in the cup competitions this season.
Real, meanwhile, have Keylor Navas in the same role but could soon lose Thibaut Courtois’ deputy to Paris Saint-Germain.
Mundo Deportivo reckon Real are weighing up how to replace Navas should he leave, with Caballero and AC Milan’s Pepe Reina decent options.
Transfer news LIVE: Willy Caballero could swap the Chelsea bench for Real Madrid’s
17:05 UPDATE: Real Madrid plan Neymar presentation
Real Madrid want to unveil Neymar as their latest blockbuster signing next week as they look to beat Barcelona to the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
Neymar is desperate to call time on his stint at the Parc des Princes having failed to hit the heights he imagined in France.
Real are going toe-to-toe with Barcelona as they former Santos star looks to return to La Liga, where he enjoyed four successful seasons.
Sport reckon Real are already planning to present the Brazilian in front of their adoring fans, with an event at the Bernabeu lined up for next week.
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid are gearing up to present Neymar at the Bernabeu
17:00 UPDATE: Leeds stance on Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa insists Jack Clarke is still in his plans despite the winger enduring a tough return from Tottenham.
Clarke was immediately loaned back to Leeds after signing for Spurs but is yet to be included in their squad in the Championship.
Bielsa said: “For me he’s an important player who has very good individual skills, one v one.
“There are reasons enough to say nothing is special about why he was not in the 18 players in the last two games.
“We have a lot of matches in the month of August. Very probably the next game on Tuesday a lot of players who didn’t play before will be in the squad.
“In this moment I am focusing on three wingers. They are putting in good performances, but Clarke will be in or be a substitute of one of them.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jack Clarke has only featured in the Carabao Cup for Leeds this season
16:35 UPDATE: Arsenal to axe duo
Arsenal gaffer Unai Emery has opened the door for Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to move on before the transfer window slams shut.
Emery said: “We now have some players who know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and I really want the players to be happy here, I want them to be protagonists.
“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy. I spoke with them a lot of times last year and in pre-season, and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists, be happy and continue their careers.
“They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
“But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them – and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and get another challenge with another team. We respect them, and they are training with us, but they know their situation.”
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny
16:05 UPDATE: Man Utd decision on Fernando Llorente
Manchester United are not going to make their interest in free agent Fernando Llorente concrete with an offer no longer on the cards.
Llorente has been touted as an option for United after they waved goodbye to fellow hefty hitman Romelu Lukaku earlier this month.
The Spaniard is available at no cost having left Tottenham when his contract expired at the end of last season.
However, the Daily Mail report United are not going to table a proposal to the hitman, who shot to fame with Athletic Bilbao in his homeland.
Transfer news LIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be taking Fernando Llorente to Manchester United
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona and Real Madrid have been told to slap in final bids for Neymar
15:35 UPDATE: Barcelona and Real Madrid get Neymar order
Barcelona and Real Madrid were this week handed an ultimatum over the future of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, claims Guillem Balague.
“Barcelona AND Real Madrid have been asked to put a final offer before midday [on Friday]. Juventus also in the equation,” Balague tweeted.
“The latest twist: in the last few days the relationship between #Neymar, his father/representative and #PSG has improved dramatically (in a VERY positive way).
“Real willing to offer Bale (but he doesn’t want to go) and Jovic, but PSG only want Vinicius (and Real don’t want to let him go).
“Real saying they are not talking to PSG… But they are big time! Barcelona pushing hard as they feel Neymar getting away.”