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Transfer News LIVE updates: Barca launch Coutinho bid, Man Utd want Bale, Chelsea, Arsenal

August 9, 2017 9:06 PM
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Transfer News LIVE updates: Barca launch Coutinho bid, Man Utd want Bale, Chelsea, Arsenal

TRANSFER NEWS is in full flow as the new season nears - Express Sport brings you all the latest.

21.44: Barcelona have made a second bid of £90.3m for Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona have made Coutinho their number one target as they look to replace Neymar.

And they have returned with another bid for the Anfield star totalling €100m (£93.3m).

Coutinho is understood to be keen on a move to the Nou Camp but does not want to rock the boat and will not request a transfer.

Barcelona are hopeful of having him in place this weekend and reports this weekend have suggested a deal has been agreed.

However the emergence of this latest shows those reports have been prematures although it is thought a deal between Coutinho’s people and Barca has been agreed in principle.

21:15: Antonio Conte has requested Chelsea's to board make a move for Barcelona star Sergi Roberto.

Spanish publication Sport claim it is Conte who is pushing hard to sign the midfielder and has asked Chelsea's hierarchy to make contact with Barca over Roberto's availability.

Roberto has a €40million (£36m) release clause in his Barca contract that currently runs until 2019.

The Blues have the funds available to activate his buy-out clause but are being cautious with their need to splash the cash, having already signed midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco for £40m.

Chelsea could even wait until the season has started before deciding whether to actively pursue Roberto.

19:30: Willian has confirmed he did hold talks with Manchester United over a potential reunion with Jose Mourinho but insists he is happy at Chelsea.

"There were a few conversations with my agent. I worked with Mourinho and I became his friend as well," he told Goal.

"He likes me a lot and I like him a lot as a coach and as a person. He has put his trust in me and in my work, and I was very grateful to him.

"Manchester came to me, they talked with my agent, but nothing happened, because Chelsea would not negotiate me in any way and I'm very happy at Chelsea."

18.36: John Aldridge insists Liverpool need more additions to take them to the next level.

The Reds secures a return to the Champions League last season by finishing fourth in the Premier League.

But former Liverpool striker Aldridge thinks one or two more deals could make them title challengers.

“All Liverpool fans would have liked to have seen a few more faces added to the Liverpool squad with the Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim now just over a week away, but there is still the best part of a month of the transfer window to go and I’m sure lots of business will be done between now and deadline day,” he wrote for Sunday World.

“If Klopp and the Anfield board can pull a few rabbits out of the transfer hat and sign some top performers, maybe I can upgrade may ambitions beyond just a top-four finish for Liverpool this season.

“Yet, as we saw last season, this talented squad that can blow any team away on their day also has some flaws in it and Klopp will need plenty of luck with injuries if he is to have any chance of making a push to win the Premier League or Champions League.”

1810: Jose Mourinho remains keen on bringing Real Madrid star Gareth Bale to Manchester United despite the Portuguese boss stating publicly the chase is over.

Spanish publication Diario Gol claim behind closed doors Mourinho is still hopeful of signing the former Tottenham star.

However, the report states Mourinho does not believe he is worth the €100million (£90.4m) Madrid value him at.

And Mourinho has made it clear he will not pay more than 80m (£72m) for his services.

16:45: Watford have confirmed the signing of Andre Gray from Burnley for a club record transfer fee, thought to be in around £18.5m.

Gray found the net 33 times during two seasons with the Clarets, including nine goals in 26 top-flight starts during 2016/17.

15:55: Manchester United have delayed plans to extend David De Gea's contract with Real Madrid cooling their interest.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has now ruled out making a move for him this summer and The Sun claim they will now renew their interest next summer.

The report claims the Frenchman is happy with current No 1 Keylor Navas and does not need to pursue De Gea again this time around.

De Gea still has two years remaining on his current deal and United have the option to extend for a further year.

But Mourinho and United's hierarchy have decided to wait before trying to extend De Gea's deal.

1535: Antonio Conte insists Chelsea need more signings to cope with the added demands of playing in the Champions League and warned his players they will have to work even harder than they did during last season's title-winning campaign.

Chelsea, who were not in Europe but won the domestic title by seven points in Conte's first season in charge, have signed four players so far this summer, including striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

Goalkeeper Willy Caballero joined on a free transfer from Manchester City, with defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko and centre-back Antonio Rudiger the other additions.

"I think these are good signings for us," Conte told Sky Sports on Wednesday. "We solved a lot in this summer, and for this reason it's very important to try to improve our squad because we have one more competition.

"We have to play Champions League. It's not easy. It's very important to try to find the right solution, to try to improve the squad, to improve the quality before (we) start the season."

14:38: Watford are close to agreeing an £18.5m deal to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray.

Gray scored nine goals as the Clarets avoided relegation under Sean Dyche last season.

But the 26-year-old appears to have fallen out of favour at Turf Moor with the MailOnline claiming Dyche stopped Gray's girlfriend - Little mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock - from sitting in the directors' box despite being invited on more than one occasion.

But Pinnock was forced to sit with the rest of the team's wives and girlfriends because Dyche didn't want her to receive preferential treatment for being famous.

14:20: Alexis Sanchez could still sign a new deal at Arsenal, according to Arsene Wenger.

The Chile international now has less than 12 months left on his deal, with his future clouded in uncertainty.

On whether Sanchez will be signing a new contract, Wenger said: "All is possible you know.

"When a player goes into the final year of their contract we will try to extend the contract because there is no reason we shouldn’t do it.

14:10: Thierry Henry is backing Alvaro Morata to emulate his Juventus form at Chelsea under Antonio Conte following his £70m arrival from Real Madrid.

"He is the type of striker that Antonio Conte likes," Henry told Sky Sports.

"He's generous in the way he plays, he knows what he needs to do at all times. He asks for the ball in behind, he holds the ball up and he can score goals too.

"Conte will make him work exactly the way he wants. Morata will have a good idea of what to expect because, although he didn't play under Conte, it was the same kind of vibe at Juventus. He will know about that.

"He will need to get used to the Premier League but then he will perform. I'm very excited about him."

On replacing the outgoing Costa, Henry added: "It's a heavy task to come after Diego Costa but someone has to do it."

14:00: Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has revealed he spoke to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger about bringing Lucas Perez to St James' Park.

When asked if Newcastle were going to sign Perez, Benitez told BT Sport: “I was talking with Arsene yesterday, because we had the managers meeting.

“Obviously, we like good players, but it’s too soon to talk about that.”

13:17: Liverpool have been linked with a move for West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini should they lose Philippe Coutinho the Barcelona.

But Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol insists the Reds are yet to make contact with the Hammers about a potential deal.

"Now if [Coutinho] was to go, one name mentioned is Manuel Lanzini at West Ham," Solhekol added.

"He had a very impressive season as a No 10 after Dimitri Payet left in January.

"Liverpool have been linked with him, but at the moment there has been no contact with West Ham.

"And the message from West Ham is loud and clear - Lanzini is not for sale."

12:39: Barcelona have sent an e-mail to a BT Sport journalist to prepare for the unveiling of Philippe Coutinho.

The Spanish giants have flown in representatives to seal a £120 million deal for the Liverpool star - despite the club refusing to sell.


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