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TOP STORY: Tottenham ready £80m move for Dybala
Tottenham are leading the race for Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, with The Times reporting that they are ready to lay down £80m to make the deal happen.
Dybala, 25, looks set to depart the club this summer, while Spurs are starting to splash the cash in a bid to improve their hopes of winning the Premier League title. They have just announced a shirt sponsorship deal which is the joint second-biggest in the Premier League and will add £45m-a-year to their finances.
Tottenham have already spent £55m on Tanguy Ndombele and are also reportedly closing in on Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso for a similar fee.
Dybala wants out of Turin after falling behind Cristiano Ronaldo in the pecking order, but would he find himself in the same situation when it comes to striker Harry Kane?
22.30 BST: That’s it for another fun-filled day of our live Transfer Talk blog, but check back in shortly for the latest paper round and we’ll be back to do the whole thing all over again tomorrow.
22.05 BST: More MLS news as ESPN FC sources have confirmed that Ron Jans has been tabbed to be the next manager of FC Cincinnati.
The Athletic was the first to report Jans’ hiring. One source added that only the “last details” are still to be worked out, and that a formal announcement is expected next week, after which the Dutch coach will take over for interim manager Yoann Damet.
21.25 BST: David Beckham’s Inter Miami revealed some exciting news on Friday with the announcement that the MLS expansion club has signed its first two players in Argentine duo Matias Pellegrini and Julian Carranza.
Matías Pellegrini, Julián Carranza Revealed as First Players in Club Historyhttps://t.co/W5xXm0hVU7 pic.twitter.com/WoOip3qtKa— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) July 26, 2019
Pellegrini joins from Estudiantes and Carranza from Club Atletico Banfield, both in Argentina’s top flight. The 19-year-old pair will stay on loan at their current clubs until joining Inter Miami next year ahead of the club’s maiden campaign.
20.44 BST: The next whisper is back in MLS as Sporting Kansas City are closing in on a move for Portugese left-back Luis Martins. The KC Star has more info on how the move would work as it’s complicated.
20.07 BST: Here’s a move in the Premier League next as Fulham confirm the season-long loan of last summer’s signing Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa to Villarreal. The Spanish club can execute a buy option next summer should they wish, too.
Said the club in a very, very brief statement: “Everyone at Fulham would like to wish André-Frank all the best for the coming season.” Cool!
19.26 BST: Here’s a big move in MLS as LAFC are close to finalizing a third designated player. ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle confirms that the target is Penarol’s goalscoring midfielder Brian Rodriguez and that a move could be announced as early as next week.
Read Jeff’s report here.
18.44 BST: A couple of smaller signings happening below the Premier League as Middlesbrough announced midfielder Marcus Browne and Birmingham City confirm the transfer of Croatia U21 captain Ivan Sunjic.
18.06 BST: Are West Ham chasing an American defender to help shore up their back four? Sky Sports sources report that they’re trying to grab New York Red Bulls and U.S. centre-back Aaron Long but are being frustrated by his inability to secure a work permit.
Long, 26, won MLS Defender of the Year honours in 2018 for his stellar performances and is on the transfer target list for Marseille, Fiorentina, Rennes and Lyon given his low release clause (£4m). The Red Bulls have said in the past that they’re not open to selling their star defender but there could still be a twist in this tale yet.
17.31 BST: Some news out of Major League Soccer up next as the Washington Post’s Steven Goff reports an end to the Zoltan Stieber era at D.C. United. According to Goff, the team is working on finalizing a mutual termination of his contract after an underwhelming two-year stint in the USA.
Stieber managed six goals and eight assists in 44 appearances for D.C., not deemed sufficient for a Hungarian international making over $750,000 this season. Stieber will now return to Europe, per Goff, and seek a new club somewhere on the continent. Fair play to him.
16.46 BST: Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is back on the radar of Manchester United as they contemplate life without Romelu Lukaku, say Sky Sports.
The former Celtic and Fulham man was linked with United a few years ago but, now 23, has matured and is ready to make the step up.
16.02 BST: Corriere dello Sport says that Roma want Gonzalo Higuain or nobody … which is quite the statement.
Juventus have played him a few times in preseason but it seems his future lies elsewhere and that’s not with Chelsea. Roma, meanwhile, have to find a replacemen
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