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TOP STORY: PSG close on Icardi, land Navas

After announcing they are keeping Neymar earlier in the week, PSG are poised to bolster their attack even further with talented but troubled Mauro Icardi, sources have told ESPN FC. The French champions are expected to sign Icardi on loan from Inter Milan, who have made it clear that Icardi has no future at the Italian club. Icardi, 26, has scored 124 Serie A goals in 219 games with Inter and would join a PSG attack that already boasts Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

Regardless of the negotiations, sources have told ESPN FC that Icardi is expected in Paris later on Monday to undergo his medical ahead of his switch to Parc des Princes and is set to join Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas as the Ligue 1 giants’ main deadline day business.

Earlier in the day, PSG completed the signing of goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid. The Costa Rican becomes the the No. 1 in Paris with Alphonse Areola going the other way to Madrid on loan to back up Thibaut Courtois. PSG will be hoping Navas, a three-time Champions League winner, is the final piece to help Qatar Sports Investments finally make good on their Champions League promise.

Busy times in Paris!

Transfer deadlines in Europe’s top leagues

Germany: 12 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. BST


Italy: 4 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. BST


Spain: 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. BST


France: 6 p.m. ET / 11 p.m. BST


Scotland: 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. BST

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21.17 BST: Portuguese outlet A Bola, via Sport Witness, reports that Man United had scouts in Portugal this past weekend to scout two potential targets.

United’s scouts attended Benfica vs. Braga, with an eye on two specific players: Ruben Dias and Florentino Luis. Dias, 22, was linked with United this summer and is considered on of the top centre-back talents in world football, while Luis, a defensive midfielder is quickly garnering attention after breaking into Benfica’s first team last season.

Man United will face stiff competition for the Portuguese starlets, as both are being tracked by some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

21.08 BST: Celtic have announced they have signed left-back Greg Taylor from Kilmarnock.

— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 2, 2019

The Scotland international replaces Kieran Tierney who moved to Arsenal for £25 million on Premier League deadline day.

20.49 BST: Southampton have loaned out midfielder Mario Lemina to Galatasaray and centre-back Wesley Hoedt to Belgian side Royal Antwerp

Lemina, who joined from Juventus in 2017, will play Champions League football for the Turkish giants this season;

Meanwhile, Hoedt, a Netherlands international, has made 45 appearances to date for the Saints.

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” width=”40″>20.36 BST: David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF begin play next season and could be set to announce themselves with a big splash.

Inter Miami CF is in talks to acquire River Plate midfielder Exequiel Palacios, multiple sources have told ESPN FC, but one source with knowledge of the deal cautioned that there is “a long way” to go to get a deal done. The 20-year-old Argentina international was linked with a move to Real Madrid last January and is considered one of Argentina’s most promising talents.

Miami’s interest in Palacios was first reported by Argentine outlet TyC Sports.

20.20 BST: Chelsea have announced they have loaned Brazilian midfielder Kenedy to Getafe of La Liga.

Kenedy, 23, spent the last season and a half on loan at Newcastle and is way down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.

19.48 BST: AC Milan have a new forward in Croatia international Ante Rebic.

Rebic, 25, is the latest attacking departure from Eintracht Frankfurt following Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller, and joins Milan on an initial two-year loan deal. Going the other way is striker Andre Silva, who joins Frankfurt after spending last season on loan at Sevilla.

Official Statement: Ante Rebić ➡️ https://t.co/p28fFPFDQI pic.twitter.com/HU1WOXBUrW

— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 2, 2019

Silva, 23, has only scored two league goals for Milan since joining from Porto in 2017 and will looking to reignite a once very promising career.

19.23 BST: United States striker Andrija Novakovich has completed a permanent move from Reading to Italian side Frosinone.

Novakovich, 22, made only three first-team appearances for the Royals after graduating from Reading’s academy in 2014 and spent the last two seasons on loan in Holland, first with Telstar and last year with Fortuna Sittard. The Serie B side will be getting a capable goalscorer, as Novakovich bagged an impressive 33 goals in 68 games over the past two seasons.

19.00 BST: Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan has completed a £1.8m permanent move to Fiorentina on a three-year deal.

Duncan’s representative, Saif Rubie, released an explosive statement on Twitter last week accusing Liverpool and their sporting director Michael Edwards of “mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man” after the club rejected loan offers from Fiorentina and FC Nordsjaelland.

Liverpool responded that they were “disappointed by the unattributed comments and unfounded allegations that have been made in the media regarding one of our players.”

It is understood that Rubie was cut out of negotiations, which were handled by the striker’s former agent Rob Segal, who is still registered as his intermediary.

Duncan, cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, joined the Anfield side in August 2018 from Manchester City, where he had been since the age of 11 for a compensation fee of £200,000.

18.55 BST: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi is set to sign for PSG, but is it a step too far for the French champions? ESPN FC’s Julien Laurens weighs in.

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ESPN FC’s Alexis Nunes and Julien Laurens discuss the transfer rumours linking Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain FC.

18.30 BST: IT’S OFFICIAL! Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Roma on a season-long loan, the club have announced.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Roma have not secured an option to buy at the end of the season, but Mkhitaryan is likely to be made available for sale once the loan expires.

The Armenia international joined the Gunners in 2018, scoring nine goals in 59 appearances in all competitions.

All the best in Italy, @HenrikhMkh 🇮🇹

— Arsenal (@Arsenal) September 2, 2019

18.16 BST: Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka has joined Shakhtar Donetsk on a three-year contract from Schalke, the club have announced.

17.56 BST: Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has joined Celta Vigo on loan until the end of the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday.

Celta, who will take on Rafinha’s wages, will pay Barca up to €1.5m in variables based on appearances. They do not have an option to sign the player permanently.

Rafinha, 26, penned a one-year contract extension at Camp Nou before leaving, tying him to the club until 2021, which means he won’t be able to leave for free when the loan deal ends.

This will be his third spell at Celta. He previously played for the club’s academy before joining Barcelona in 2006 and also spent the 2013-14 season at Balaidos on loan.

Ernesto Valverde has used Rafinha in all three of Barca’s league games to date this season, but the Brazilian international’s desire for guaranteed minutes saw him push for the move.

17:52 BST: More done deals…

Paris Saint-Germain have completed the signing of goalkeeper Keylor Navas from Real Madrid on a permanent basis with Alphonse Areola moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan move.

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 2, 2019

Former Swansea striker Fernando Llorente has signed for Napoli on a free transfer, the club have announced.

Former Brazil international Luiz Gustavo has joined Fenerbahce from Marseille on a four-year deal.

L U I Z G U S T A V O. 🤜🏾🤛🏾 pic.twitter.com/QwWHKwcew9

— Fenerbahçe SK (@Fenerbahce) September 2, 2019

Striker Nikola Kalinic returns to Serie A after just one season in La Liga, with Atletico Madrid confirming the forward will play on loan at Roma this season.

The Croatian international only joined Atletico last summer from Fiorentina. He scored four goals in 24 appearances for the Rojiblancos.

Kalinic, 31, still has two years remaining on his contract at Atletico.

Roma forward Patrick Schick has joined RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, the club have announced.

17.00 BST: The transfer window in Germany has CLOSED!

16.40 BST: A few done deals just in….

Former Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel has mutually terminated his contract with Serie A side Atlanta having made just one appearance for the club since arriving on a free transfer on Aug. 9, the club have announced.

Brighton striker Florin Andone has completed has completed his moved to Turkish champions Galatasaray on a season-long loan.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Azerbaijan champions Qarabag on a season-long loan.

16.17 BST: Fulham winger Floyd Ayite has joined Turkish side Genclerbirligi on a two-year deal, ending his three-year stay at the Craven Cottage, the club have announced.

15.32 BST: Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi could be set to stay in London as he appears have ruled out a move to Anderlecht on loan after replying to a social media post that reported that he will sign for the Belgian side.

https://t.co/Og7rd2qmJk pic.twitter.com/XMInnUC8uz

— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) September 2, 2019

15.30 BST: Could PSG’s loan deal for Mauro Icardi be close to completion?

👀 pic.twitter.com/6aAc9DY3es

— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) September 2, 2019

15.21 BST: And another one…Sevilla have completed their summer transfer window with the signing of Girona goalkeeper Bono on loan for the 2019-20 campaign.

The Morocco international joins on a season-long loan, with Sevilla holding a buy-out option on the 28-year-old.

Bono is Sevilla’s 13th summer signing and he arrives to the Sanchez Pizjuan as a replacement for Sergio Rico, who joined Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan on Sunday.

15.00 BST: Sevilla have loaned centre-back Simon Kjaer to Atalanta for the 2019-20 campaign, the Spanish club have announced.

Kjaer joined Sevilla in the summer of 2017 from Fenerbahce and played 37 games for Sevilla last season.

The move to Bergamo will allow the Denmark captain to play in the Champions League this campaign.

Atalanta were drawn in Group C along with Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb.

14.54 BST: Barcelona midfielder Rafinha is set to join Celta Vigo on a season-long loan move and is expected to join later today… and striker Iago Aspas can’t quite hide his excitement!

The Brazil international has featured in all three of Barcelona’s games so far this season but has found playing time hard to come by at Barcelona in an injury hit career at the club.

Announce 🙏😋 @RCCelta

— Iago Aspas Juncal (@aspas10) September 2, 2019

14.33 BST: Chelsea left back Baba Rahman has signed a one-year extension at the London club before joining Mallorca on a season-long loan, the club have announced.

14.00 BST: Almeria have signed 18-year-old Nottingham Forrest forward Arvin Appiah on a permanent deal, the club have announced.

Sorry @ManUtd Arvin Appiah is red and white 🔴⚪🔴🔥 #UDAlmeria #F5DAY pic.twitter.com/qVdFxmveM2

— UD Almeria (@UDAlmeria_Eng) September 2, 2019

Meanwhile, Liverpool forward Bobby Duncan has arrived in Florence ahead of a move to Fiorentina, according to Sky in Italy.

13.15 BST: Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has joined Azerbaijan champions Qarabag, sources have told ESPN FC.

12.31 BST: As expected by ESPN FC, Rangers have made their move with an offer in the region of £7m for Liverpool’s Ryan Kent following interest from Club Brugge.

12.15 BST: Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been unveiled as a Sevilla player, having signed a three-year deal with the club.

“Few times have I spoken to a player and he has transmitted the enthusiasm in our project as Chicharito has done when I first spoke to him,” Sevilla sporting director Monchi said in a news conference on Monday.

“I’ve never seen a player cut his wages the way he has done in order to come here. That’s a sign. He has made an important financial sacrifice to come here and when I think about that, I realise it can only be down to his true desire to play for Sevilla.

“I think he is among the best strikers in the world. Javier has goals, has quality, he is fast and he is a good finisher.”

📸 Here he is! @CH14_ ❤ 🇲🇽#vamosmiSevilla #WeareSevilla #ChicharitoSevillista pic.twitter.com/VGjNCtPfoc

— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) September 2, 2019

Monchi confirmed that defender Simone Kjaer is undergoing a medical with a view to joining Atalanta from Sevilla but the deal is not completed.

Sevilla’s sporting director also announced that Girona goalkeeper Bono will be Sevilla’s 13th and final signing this summer.

The Morocco international is undergoing a medical with a view to joining the club on a season-long loan, with an option to buy included in the deal. Bono arrives to replace Sergio Rico, who joined PSG on Sunday on loan.

12.00 BST: It has been a long summer for Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, who looked certain to leave the club earlier in the window, but the Wales international now looks to set to stay in the Spanish capital and prove manager Zinedine Zidane wrong say the ESPN FC panel.

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Paul Mariner and Craig Burley assess Gareth Bale’s start to the season after he helped Real Madrid salvage a draw with his two goals at Villarreal.

11.50 BST: More on Ryan Kent….

Club Brugge’s enquiry over Liverpool winger Kent, who are understood to be putting together a proposal to buy the player outright, is likely to force Rangers into action, sources have told ESPN FC.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard privately held out hope that a loan could still be secured for the player, but with the Belgian side willing to make a permanent commitment, Rangers have to match it or miss out on the 22-year-old.

Kent scored six goals in 43 appearances in all competitions while on a loan at the Scottish club last season.

11.30 BST: Henrikh Mkhitaryan is close to sealing a move away from Arsenal, with Roma in talks with the London club over a season long loan deal for the Armenia midfielder, sources have told ESPN FC.

Mkhitaryan, 30, came off the bench during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham at the Emirates, but it could turn out to be his final contribution in an Arsenal shirt if he completes the move to Roma.

As one Arsenal departure looks increasingly likely, another appears to be off. Defender Shkodran Mustafi, who is surplus to requirement at the London club, is unlikely to sign for Juventus as the the Italian champions continue to search for a centre-back to replace captain Giorgio Chiellini who suffered a serious knee injury in training, according to Sky in Italy.

Juve are reportedly unsure as to whether they can get a deal done ahead of the Serie A window closing on Monday at 9 p.m.

Club Brugge, who recruited Simon Mignolet from Liverpool this summer, are one of the clubs to register late interest in Ryan Kent, sources have told ESPN FC.

As is the case with Rangers, Liverpool want a permanent offer rather than a loan deal to let the winger leave.

11.07 BST: DONE DEAL! Mexico international Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has signed for Sevilla, ending his two-year spell at West Ham, the Premier League club have announced.

Good luck, @CH14_!https://t.co/OWOZajBVHE

— West Ham United (@WestHam) September 2, 2019

10.49 BST: Bobby Duncan‘s £1.8m move to Fiorentina is expected to be Liverpool’s only headline-worthy transfer business ahead of Monday’s deadline unless there is a late shift.

Dejan Lovren, now Liverpool’s fourth-choice centre-back, has wanted to depart the club in search of regular game time but there have been no suitable offers. Talks with Roma were called off as the Serie A outfit reneged on agreements and tried to negotiate a cheap loan deal through intermediaries.

Rangers remain keen on Ryan Kent, but Liverpool are averse to sanctioning another temporary move for the 22-year-old as they want him to have stability. He has been valued at £7m, but the Scottish giants do not want to commit to such an outlay.

“Nothing has changed on the Ryan Kent situation,” Rangers manager and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard said late last week. “We’d love to have him here but Liverpool’s stance hasn’t changed. So we move on and move forward. Unless we were to get a phone call on that one, it’s as it was.

“But everyone knows what we think of Ryan and how much we’d love to have him here.”

10.32 BST: Matteo Darmian has left Manchester United permanently after signing for Serie A club Parma.

Darmian, 29, joined United from Torino for £12.7m in 2015, and was initially a first-team regular at Old Trafford as he made 39 appearances in his debut season.

However, the Italy international fell out of favour, and he returns to his homeland having played a total of 92 matches for the club in four years.

10.12 BST: Liverpool teenager Bobby Duncan is due to complete a £1.8m move to Fiorentina, sources have told ESPN FC.

The forward, who is set to sign a three-year deal with the Italian side, joined the Anfield club in August last year for a compensation fee of £200,000 from Manchester City, where he had been since the age of 11.

The player, cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, scored 32 goals for the under-18s in his debut campaign.

The deal includes a 20% sell-on clause for the European champions, sources said.

09.59 BST: Juventus have failed in their bid to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, according to Sky.

The German arm of the broadcaster reports that the move for the veteran defender, who was being lined up to cover for Giorgio Chiellini’s long-term absence with a knee injury, broke down after the player failed to agree terms with the Italian champions.

09.40 BST: Real Madrid are working to sign French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola on a season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain, with no buy-out option included in the deal. Areola is set to join Los Blancos as part of the agreement that will see Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas join PSG on a permanent basis on a reported €15m transfer.

Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez is set to complete his transfer to Sevilla from West Ham. Sevilla have agreed to pay West Ham €8m to land the 31-year-old striker. The Mexico international will sign a three-year deal and will return to La Liga, where he played for Real Madrid on loan from Manchester United in the 2014-15 campaign.

Sevilla will also announce the signing of Girona goalkeeper Bono on loan for the 2019-20 campaign. The Morocco international arrives as Sergio Rico’s replacement. Rico joined Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday from Sevilla.

Atletico Madrid are hopeful of strengthening their attack before the transfer deadline. Valencia forward Rodrigo came close to signing for Atletico earlier this month but the deal did not materalise. However, the Rojiblancos have not given up hope to land the Spain international but have to offload Angel Correa to make space for Rodrigo.

AC Milan are the club most interested in signing Argentine forward Correa but despite weeks of negotiations, the deal has not been completed.

Argentina forward Mauro Icardi is also in Atletico’s radar. Icardi is widely expected to leave the San Siro following the arrival of Alexis Sanchez to Inter.

09.25 BST: Barcelona’s deadline day business is more likely to feature outgoings than incomings now that the Neymar deal is off, for the time being at least.

Rafinha is expected to join Celta Vigo on loan, but not before signing a new contract. That way, Barca protect their asset and will look to sell him next summer.

Elsewhere, sources at the club have told ESPN there’s a “40 percent chance” of Ivan Rakitic leaving, with negotiations are ongoing with Juventus.

With no Neymar, Barca aren’t actively looking for any other new signings. However, sources add they are “open to any late opportunities” which may pop up, especially in the attacking positions.

09.13 BST: Some big names in Germany are set for a move on Bundesliga deadline day. All incoming transfers must be completed by 5 p.m. BST, while players can still be sold to leagues with a longer deadline.

Bayern Munich’s legendary defender Jerome Boateng, who turns 31 on Tuesday, looked set to stay at the Allianz Arena for another season. However, following Giorgio Chiellini’s major knee injury, Juventus turned their attention to the 2014 World Cup winner. Kicker reported early on Monday that negotiations were still ongoing, but all sides have agreed on an initial one-year loan.

Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig, meanwhile, are closing in on AS Roma attacker Patrik Schick, who could replace Jean-Kevin Augustin, 22, who joined Monaco on loan yesterday.

While Dortmund have said they expect Raphael Guerreiro to stay, full-back Marius Wolf could move on after just one season and join Hertha Berlin following their horrendous start to the campaign.

At Frankfurt, Ante Rebic will become the latest star to leave Die Adler. His former teammates, Luka Jovic and Sebastian Haller, joined Real Madrid and West Ham respectively and the Croatia international is set to join AC Milan, Eintracht confirmed on Sunday. Portugal international Andre Silva, 23, will move in the opposite direction.

09.02 BST: As we enter the final 48 hours of the Italian transfer window, there are still plenty of potential deals to get excited about.

Mauro Icardi has been told he has no future at Inter and has even sued the club due to a lack of playing time — but he is still at the club, despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Napoli.

Meanwhile, Juve forward Paulo Dybala has been told he will not be leaving this summer, despite talks with Manchester United and Tottenham, but would their stance change with another big money bid?

Giorgio Chiellini’s torn ACL could force the reigning champions to sign a defender, despite having already brought in three this summer, with Jerome Boateng among the most liketly arrivals.

Napoli’s business appears to be done following the arrival of Fernando Llorente, though it remains to be seen if they will reignite their interest in Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez.

Roma are set to add Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who is in the Italian capital to finalise a loan move from Arsenal, while Milan will likely confirm the signing of Ante Rebic, with Andre Silva moving to Eintracht Frankfurt.

08.49 BST: Paris Saint-Germain could be busy on deadline day with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas expected to arrive on a permanent deal and Alphonse Areola set to move the other way on loan.

On top of Navas, the French champions brought Sergio Rico in on loan on Sunday. That potentially pushes summer signing Marcin Bulka, who debuted away at Metz in Ligue 1 last Friday, down to No. 3 in the pecking order.

PSG have also been offered unwanted Inter Milan man Mauro Icardi and a potential loan deal is being worked towards by all parties.

Although it is expected to be too late to move Leandro Paredes on and secure a replacement, the Ligue 1 giants are still in the market for a right-back as they look to complete their squad after sources told ESPN that Neymar is staying after negotiations over his return to Barcelona ended at the weekend.

08.38 BST: Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has travelled to Italy to complete a loan move to Roma, according to Sky.

The Armenia international’s appearance as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s north London derby is set to be his last for the club he joined in January 2018 as part of the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United. Sanchez joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan last week.

08.23 BST: Napoli have signed Fernando Llorente as a free agent after the Spanish striker’s contract with Tottenham expired.

Sources told ESPN last week that Llorente, 34, had agreed a two-year with the Serie A side Clubs from Russia and Mexico expressed an interest as well as Brazilian side Flamengo, Argentina’s Boca Juniors, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven, Schalke from the Bundesliga and Napoli’s Serie A rivals Fiorentina.

However, he has opted for a move to Napoli because of his desire to continue playing Champions League football, having helped Spurs reach the final last season.

08.00 BST: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he is confident that Christian Eriksen will remain at the club beyond today’s European deadlines.

Denmark international playmaker Eriksen said earlier in the summer that he was looking for a new challenge, and even name-checked Real Madrid as a potential destination. however, Pochettino believes he will keep hold of one of his most important players.

“His mind was clear that he wanted to play,” Pochettino said after Eriksen started only his second game of the season in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal. “It’s nearly impossible for something to happen [with a transfer], that’s why it was clear.

Pochettino added: “I was a little bit worried about the situation, because we knew very well what was going on. I am optimistic, happy. What is most important is to all be on the same page, with the club.

“That players have a clear idea where we want to arrive and how we want to move, clear minds like today, Christian and different players. (On Monday) they’re only going to be focused on Tottenham, not on thinking about different things that make management so difficult.”

PAPER TALK (by Nick Judd): Juventus to land Rakitic?

Juventus still harbour hopes of landing a big signing before transfer windows across Europe’s major leagues close on Monday, and Calciomercato suggest that Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic could be swapping Spain for Italy.

The Croatia international doesn’t appear to be in Ernesto Valerde’s immediate plans after the disappointment of losing out at the semifinal stage of the Champions League last season, and despite making 269 appearances for the club, Juve could offer him a fresh start.

Juventus are keen to strengthen their midfield and the Bianconeri‘s sporting director has already admitted that the club considers him a good fit.

Despite already bringing in Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot on free transfers this summer, could Juve add yet another top-class midfielder?

Barcelona sources have told ESPN that there is a “40 percent chance” of Rakitic leaving, with negotiations ongoing.

Mandzukic eyes Qatar move

Meanwhile, Rakitic’s fellow countryman Mario Mandzukic is still waiting to see where his future lies, and Calciomercato is suggesting the Juventus striker could be off to Qatar.

Mandzukic has been the focus of intense transfer speculation all summer and it would appear as though he doesn’t figure in Maurizio Sarri’s plans. However, while the 33-year-old has been linked with a move back to Bayern Munich, among others, he is still yet to secure his future either in Turin or away from the club.

The report states that Mandzukic is prepared to wait and see if he’ll be included as part of Sarri’s Champions League squad, which is announced on Tuesday, the day after the transfer window closes. Which means, if he decides to leave, Mandzukic will have to consider offers from transfer windows still open, including Qatar.

Mandzukic hasn’t appeared in the last three Juve line-ups and his four-year stay in Turin would appear to be coming to an end.

Man City rebuff Roma, Rangers bids for Foden

Manchester City heard proposals from Roma and Rangers for Phil Foden but ultimately decided to keep the youngster, the Sun reports.

After a breakout season in City’s Premier League title-winning campaign, Foden has yet to start for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Despite advances from the Italian and Scottish sides to take in the England U21 star on a season-long loan, it appears though Foden will commit his near future at the Etihad.

Guardiola remains a big fan of Foden, praising him as one the most talented players he has worked with. Pretty high remarks from the ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss.

Tap-ins

– Roma are looking to sign Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mikhitaryan on loan, according to the Daily Mirror. The Italian giants have enquired about taking the Gunners misfit on a season-long loan, with the Armenian unable to nail down a place in the starting XI. Mikhitaryan was on the bench for the London derby and Arsenal are keen to trim their wage bill, with Mikhitaryan on £200,000 a week. Nacho Monreal and Mohammed Elneny have already left the club this weekend to Real Sociedad and Besiktas, respectively.

– Galatasaray are negotiating a loan deal to send Mbaye Diagne to Belgian side Club Brugge, the Turkish club announced on Sunday. The news comes on the heels of the Super Lig side announcing the arrival of Colombia star Radamel Falcao, who greeted by 25,000 fans in Istanbul on Sunday.

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