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  • Diego Costa is embroiled in a legal battle with Chelsea as the Premier League club remains in the dark over when he will return to England.
  • Chelsea fear Diego Costa is growing fat during his exile from the Chelsea first team.
  • Philippe Coutinho’s bid to move to Barcelona has broken into open warfare with Liverpool.
  • If Barca cannot seal a move for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, they will set their sights on Christian Eriksen and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic.

  • However, Barcelona’s moves to replace Neymar continue to take a hit, with Tottenham telling the Spanish side that Christian Eriksen is not for sale.
  • Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona’s first target to replace Neymar this summer is hoping Borussia Dortmund will allow him to join the Spanish giants.
  • He has been removed from the squad for the weekend’s DFB Pokal fixture, but the player remains optimistic he will be able to sign for the Catalan club.
  • Dembele is now refusing to pick up his phone and speak to anyone at the German club.
  • Barcelona’s desire to sign Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain is real. The Argentine winger has been pushed down the pecking order in Paris with the signing of Neymar and could look to move on. He would be a cut-price replacement for the Brazil international.
  • Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants the club to invest the money from Neymar’s sale on Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio, reports claim.
  • In order to ward off any future interest from other clubs, Real Madrid have slapped a €700m (£634m) release clause on playmaker Isco after he signed a new five-year-deal.
  • After talks between Zinedine Zidane and the club, Real Madrid won’t sign a new striker this summer. They will depend on the BBC and keep the squad as is. This would rule out a move for Kylian Mbappe, leaving them to hope he is still available next summer.
  • Real Madrid have given up their pursuit of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and his Manchester United counterpart David De Gea.
  • Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a ‘Plan B’ target for Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane if he is unable to beat Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of Kylian Mbappe.
  • For the first time this summer, Monaco have opened up to discussions regarding the transfer of Mbappe. The player has forced his will and now the two clubs will discuss the possibility of a move.
  • Rennes have made a €10m (£9.1m) offer to Lille for Burnley transfer target Nicolas De Preville.

  • Manchester United will not go above £90 million in a bid to bring Gareth Bale back to the Premier League.
  • United are in talks to re-sign striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the second half of the season, says manager Jose Mourinho.
  • Eliaquim Mangala could get a shock lifeline at Manchester City – as Pep Guardiola struggles to find the new centre-back he wants.
  • Manchester United are set to sign teenage Oliveirense striker Bruno Amorim, according to quotes attributed to the Portuguese club’s director Antonio Jose Leite.
  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to sign Ajax central defender Davinson Sanchez.
  • Adrian has been offered a new West Ham contract despite Joe Hart’s arrival on loan as the new number one.
  • Tony Pulis is confident he will have five new signings to help celebrate his own new deal, with Ben Gibson, Gareth Barry and Joel Ward all high on his wanted list.
  • Leicester are reportedly ready to rival Stoke in a move to try and sign Andros Townsend before the transfer window shuts.
  • Riyad Mahrez’s move to Roma remains in limbo, with the Italian club not willing to make an improved offer for the Leicester star.
  • Roma want €45m for Juventus target Kevin Strootman.
  • Juventus are prepared to make a £23 million offer to Liverpool in hopes of landing Emre Can.
  • Marcelo Simonian, Javier Pastore’s agent, has travelled to Madrid with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss a deal to swap the Argentina international for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
  • Inter Milan’s transfer window could be about to catch fire, with Ezequiel Garay, Joao Cancelo and former Juventus target Patrik Schick all linked with completing moves before the summer is out.
  • It’s not just German and English clubs suffering from player power, now it spreads to Italy with Chelsea transfer target Geoffrey Kondogbia failing to train with Inter Milan.
  • Also Leonardo Spinazzola, a Juventus transfer target, will travel with Atalanta this weekend, hoping to force a move to Turin.
  • Chelsea are set to land right-back target Joao Cancelo after Tottenham refused to meet Valencia’s £25m asking price.
  • Tottenham have made an approach for 20-year-old Celta Vigo midfielder Pape Cheikh Diop, but face competition from French side Lyon.
  • Chelsea have yet to return with an improved bid for Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, after the Foxes rejected a £15m offer earlier this summer.
  • Everton and Southampton are battling it out for the signature of highly-prized Club Brugge youngster Noah Fadiga.
  • Celtic star Stuart Armstrong has become the subject of interest from Southampton, who are set to make a £3 million bid for him.
  • West Ham have reached a verbal agreement with Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, over a proposed move.
  • Burnley will submit a £15m bid to sign Leeds and New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 25, to replace Andre Gray, who left for Watford this week.
  • Leeds have rejected a £12m offer – believed to be from Burnley- for Wood.
  • Leeds have lined up Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, 25, as a possible replacement for Wood.
  • Swansea will offer £20m for former midfielder Joe Allen, 27, despite Stoke saying the Wales international is not for sale.
  • Brighton are set to beat Middlesbrough and Sunderland to the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Ezequiel Schelotto.
  • Jack Colback, 27, is set to leave Newcastle after a training ground row with boss Rafael Benitez.
  • Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he cannot compete financially with the top Premier League clubs so cannot give manager Rafael Benitez enough money to spend in the transfer window.
  • French side Nantes, managed by former Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, want to take 19-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide on loan.
  • The Moroccan Football Federation has announced it will bid to host the 2026 World Cup.
  • Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier has posted a photo of himself with fellow right-back Serge Aurier – who is reportedly set to leave the French club – with the caption ‘se queda’ (‘he stays’) in a parody of Gerard Pique’s photo with Neymar before the latter left Barcelona for PSG.
  • WWE wrestler Triple H has sent West Haman inspirational video message before their Premier League opener against Manchester United.
  • Star Trek and X-Men actor Sir Patrick Stewart says he turns up to filming in his Huddersfield shirt when the club are playing and also gets sent a recording of the side’s matches by the Premier League newcomers.

Jamie Redknapp: Give Manchester United the trophy now, if they sign Gareth Bale; Ryan Giggs: Bale to United, not on this transfer window

Manchester United will be ‘guaranteed’ to win the Premier League title if they sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, claims Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

United boss Jose Mourinho expressed his interest in signing Bale from Real Madrid on Monday, and having already brought in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic this summer, Redknapp believes the Welshman would make them an unstoppable force were he to sign.

“If it did [happen] I think you should just give Manchester United the trophy now,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“It won’t be to do with anyone else because Gareth Bale is that good. “He would rip the Premier League apart if he came here.

“I think the way that he plays – in that team – he would be sensational. There are only a few players that can do what he can. “He is sensational. He is made for the Premier League.”

Bale’s possible capture at Manchester United has also been discussed by Ryan Giggs– but the United legend doesn’t think a move to Old Trafford will happen for his fellow Welshman yet.

“I don’t think it will happen in this transfer window but you can see it happening one day,” he said.

“If Bale ever comes back to England there are very few clubs who would be able to afford him or he would want to play for. After Real Madrid only a couple of clubs can really compete for prestige or history.

“That’s why the speculation happens every year but I maintain what I’ve always said, I think he’s happy at Madrid.

It’s not impossible but he’s playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world and if he’s enjoying himself and playing regularly I don’t see it happening.”

Manchester United target storms out of Monaco training

Monaco midfielder Fabinho appeared to storm out of training on Monday as he seeks a summer move away from the club.

The Brazilian has already seen some of his team-mates quit France for the Premier League and is keen to follow suit as the clock counts down to the end of the transfer window.

Fabinho played the full 90 minutes as Monaco began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday night, but a video has appeared of the 23-year-old throwing his bib to the ground and walking off after an alleged bust-up with team-mate Kylian Mbappe on Monday.

Despite the French media not making a big deal of the issue, the video has gone viral and rumours persist that the player is trying to force his way out of the club.

Although United no longer have an immediate need for a holding midfielder, following the arrival of Nemanja Matic, the fact that Fabinho can also fill in at the back is a huge plus point for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

PSG have also shown an interest in the versatile star but Monaco are not keen on selling to a direct rival so United remain in pole position for the player, should Monaco decide to sell.

Manchester United manager confirms interest in Gareth Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will pursue Gareth Bale in the remaining weeks of the transfer window if the Welshman is not Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid next season.

Bale has travelled to Skopje with the European champions ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against United on Tuesday.

He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe to fill his role.

And Mourinho, who has targeted another attacking player this summer, said Zidane’s teamsheet for the game at the Philip II Arena on Tuesday night will hint at his plans for Bale next season, and whether the 28-year-old could become available.

Mourinho told a news conference:

“Well if [Bale is] playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think of that, it’s because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.

So I haven’t even thought about the possibility. “If he is not in the club’s plans, that — with the arrival of another player — would mean he was on his way out.

I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.

“But if he plays, that is the best confirmation that he is wanted by the team.”

Earlier on Monday, Bale was named in Madrid’s 24-man squad for the game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, newly returned to training after missing the club’s preseason tour.

United have also been linked with Croatian winger Ivan Perisic but the speculation has cooled with Inter Milan holding firm in their £48.5 million valuation.

Mourinho also confirmed he will be without Phil Jones in Skopje after UEFA upheld the defender’s two-match ban for verbally abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final.

Eric Bailly is also suspended.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled with sources saying the Dutchman is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace on loan for a season.

Mourinho added:

“With Phil Jones I was expecting that the appeal would be negative. The only thing I hope is that, the team that wins, if some player wants to celebrate, I hope the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room.

“No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly. No Timo Fosu-Mensah because in this moment he is probably going on loan to another club so we make a decision that he doesn’t travel.”

Cristiano Ronaldo named in Real Madrid squad to face Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Real Madrid’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with his former team Manchester United in Skopje, despite only resuming training at the weekend.

Ronaldo, 32, began preseason training with Madrid on Saturday, having missed their entire International Champions Cup programme in the United States due to an extended summer break following his Confederations Cup campaign with Portugal in Russia, and his appearance in a Madrid court to answer tax fraud charges on July 31.

However, he has been included in Zinedine Zidane’s travelling party for the game, in an extended 24-man squad that also includes senior stars Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos, as well teenage right-back Achraf Hakimi and the coach’s son Luca as third-choice goalkeeper.

On their return, Madrid also face rivals Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup games at the Camp Nou on Sunday Aug. 13 and the Bernabeu on Wednesday Aug. 16, ahead of their La Liga opening fixture at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday Aug. 20.

Manchester United bus pranked en route to Aviva stadium

A mischievous car clamper had fans fearing Manchester United might be late for their last pre-season friendly game.

When a picture appeared on social media of the team coach with a clamp stuck on the back wheel some worried if the players might have to walk to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the match against Sampdoria.

The incident however proved to be a prank. It appears one of the city’s clampers seized the chance for a great photo opportunity.

He attached the clamp momentarily on the luxury bus, which was correctly parked, to secure a picture that delivered his 15 minutes of fame on social media.

The Man Utd team bus was clamped in Dublin!

In true Mourinho fashion, there’s a goal just behind it.

And so United did not have to add a parking fine to the £150million they have already splashed out in the transfer market ahead of the new Premier League season.

A club spokeswoman told the Press Association: “It was just a prank. Some guy pretended to clamp the bus and took a picture.”

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku reject comparison with Drogba, Lewandowski and Ronaldo – “i want to create my own history”

Romelu Lukaku insists his best is yet to come after the Manchester United new boy played down comparisons between himself and some of Europe’s elite goalscorers.

The forward has now been working with his new club in the United States for two weeks, opening his account against Real Salt Lake before scoring a superb goal in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City in Houston.

It was a goal any of Europe’s elite would have been proud of, but Lukaku knows he is a way off being considered in the same bracket as the likes of Robert Lewandowksi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Yeah, of course (I want to reach that level) but winning trophies at the end of the day (is key),” Lukaku said.

“At the end of the day you want to win trophies. “I’m a goalscorer, I’ve always scored goals throughout my career. Also in Europe, when I played in the Europa League, my record is really good.

“Now I think the Champions League is the next stage where I have to prove myself and the club wants to do well in it as well.”

Asked if he was at the level of Lewandowski and Ronaldo right now, he quickly replied: “No, no, no – I’m far from that level. “But it’s the level I want to aim for. But it’s all about the team. I want the team to win trophies and I’ll do everything that I can in my powers to make sure the team wins.

“Keep improving – there is always room for improvement. I just want to become the best player that I can be. “I will never say it’s good enough. I will always say that I can improve. “I’m 24 years of age. I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime. “There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am now.”

Lukaku on Drogba comparisons

Lukaku may not yet be at his peak, but Mourinho has been pleased by what he has seen, praising the new boy at nearly every public appearance.

The United boss speaks about Lukaku with similar excitement to how he once did about Didier Drogba – a player Lukaku idolised and worked with at Chelsea.

“Not really, I’m different,” the Belgium international said when comparisons to the job Drogba did for Mourinho were brought up.

“Drogba is more of a hold-up player, a target-man. I prefer to have ball to feet and run in behind.

“It’s something we’re totally different at. We might have physical similarities but I think we’re totally different players.

“And I’m Romelu Lukaku – at the end of the day I want to create my own history. I’m at Manchester United, he was at Chelsea.”