Man Utd gaffer Jose Mourinho would like to sign Gareth Bale if the Welshman does not feature in Real Madrid’s plans.
Speaking at his UEFA Super Cup press conference, he said:
“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 be waiting for him on the other side and fight with the other coaches that would want him on their team.
“But if he plays tomorrow, that is the best confirmation that he is still wanted by the team.”
Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has denied suggestions he laughed at team-mate Alvaro Morata, who missed a spot-kick, during the Blues’ penalty shootout defeat by Arsenal in the Community Shield.
Liverpool are set to resurrect their £60m move for Virgil van Dijk after the Southampton defender, 26, handed in a transfer request.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has answered questions regarding how the Neymar fund will be utilized. He did so on Monday at the World Congress of Barcelona Supporters’ Clubs.
He said: “It’s the question everyone is asking.
“We’ll administer the money with sense, rigour and calmness. We will act responsibly, knowing that we have the money to invest in the team, buying new players and expanding our assets.
“This year we will no longer be talking about the trident (Neymar, Messi and Suarez), we will be talking about team. We will bring in players. The first has been Semedo but evidently more will come.”
Liverpool legend and football expert Jamie Carragher says he’ll be surprised if Antonio Conte is still at Chelsea in a year’s time. He reckons that Conte is not happy with having major transfer decisions taken out of his hands by the club’s hierarchy.
Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is ready to accept Arsenal’s refusal to sell him and will see out the final year of his contract before leaving on a free transfer next year.
Liverpool are making a mistake refusing to bring French defender Mamadou Sakho, 27, back into the first-team squad – according to former midfielder Momo Sissoko.
Chelsea and Man United are both set to make bids for PSG right-back Serge Aurier, 24,
French club Nice have confirmed the signing of Dutch international midfielder Wesley Sneijder who passed a medical earier on Monday having left Galatasaray.
Brazil international Coutinho has “got to go” to Barca, according to ex-England striker Ian Wright.
Monaco have confirmed the signing of Rachid Ghezzal on a free transfer. The former Lyon winger has agreed a deal until 2021. It comes amid speculation Arsenal and Barcelona transfer target Thomas Lemar could leave the defending Ligue 1 champions this summer.
Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu has said the Catalan giants were in a win-win situation whether Neymar ended up staying or leaving the Nou Camp this summer and insisted “no player is bigger than the club“.
“When doubts about him staying began, we were all calm because whatever his decision, it was good for Barca,” he said.
“If he remained, we kept an exceptional player. And if he left then the whole of his buyout clause would have to be paid, which gives us the money to guarantee that we can sign new and competitive players.
“Neymar has formed part of our club and of our success over the past four years, but he is now history.
“It’s been his decision. We did everything in our hands to try and get him to stay – the directors, the players and the coaches.
“Everything has a limit and no player is bigger than Barca.”
Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, would like to move to Barcelona if a deal can be done amicably with his club. However, Barcelona will face competition from PSG for the Brazil international’s signature with the Ligue 1 club ready to bid £100m for the player.
Man United have had a £36m bid for Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto rejected and Chelsea could soon join the race for the 25-year-old right-back.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will refuse to sanction any deal allowing attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho to move to Barcelona. Meanwhile, The Reds will not be able to hold on to 25-year-old Coutinho this summer, says club legend Graeme Souness.
Arsenal should have signed Van Dijk as well as midfielder Nemanja Matic, who moved from Chelsea to Man United for £40m, because the club lacks leadership on the pitch, opines former Gunners striker Ian Wright.
Man United and Inter Milan have reignited their interest in Tottenham’s England left-back Danny Rose, 27.
Stoke City hope to announce the £7m signing of Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi before Saturday’s Premier League opener at Everton. The 25-year-old Netherlands international spent last season on loan at the Potters. Meanwhile, record signing Giannelli Imbula, who struggled to make an impact following his £18.3m move from Porto in January, has agreed terms with Champions League semi-finalist Monaco.
Leicester City are set to announce the signing of Coventry City’s Leicester-born forward George Thomas, 20, for £450,000 plus add-ons.
Valencia are preparing a deal to tempt Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel, 26, to Spain.
Turkish side Trabzonspor want to sign Tottenham’s France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27, on loan.
Celtic and Nice want to sign Man City’s former Fulham midfielder Patrick Roberts, 20.
Theo Walcott says Arsenal’s new signing Sead Kolasinac is “an absolute animal” and believes the defender could become one of the best in the Premier League.
Former Arsenal and England defender is leading a consortium which has struck an agreement to buy for £200m.
Leicester City’s former Man United midfielder Matty James, 26, is set to play for the Foxes for the first time in 825 days.