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Luis Alberto back to Sevilla?

According to reports from the Corriere Sello Sport, Sevilla have presented an offer of €30m to Lazio for the services of Luis Alberto. The Biancocelesti have asked for time to evaluate the offer, while also focusing on the renewal of the player, should they decided to reject the offer from the Spanish side.

-source: Calciomercato

Praet after Tielemans

Leicester City have reportedly offered to double Dennis Praet’s wages in order to beat AC Milan to the midfielder’s signing. Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX say Sampdoria are ready to sell the Belgium international, who was left out of a training game on Monday.

-source: Leicester Mercury

Leicester City are in talks to sell Papy Mendy to French side Saint-Etienne, according to reports. The 27-year-old was last week touted as a possible target of the Ligue 1 side, but now L’Equipe say the clubs are in negotiations over a deal.

-source: Leicester Mercury

Not even close

Arsenal have not yet come close to Palace’s £80m valuation and they have tried to include a loan for teenage attacker Reiss Nelson in the deal. Their opening offer of £40m was knocked back by Palace, who feel in a strong position with Zaha contracted to the south London club until 2023. The 26-year-old has made no secret of wanting to leave Selhurst Park to play at a higher level. Arsenal have not yet had competition from other clubs for Zaha.

-source: Daily Mail

Correa to Milan

Atletico Madrid forward Angel Correa is close to joining Milan in a €50m deal this summer, according to reports in the Spanish press. Marca say that a deal looks set to go through despite the Argentine joining Los Rojiblancos on their pre-season tour of the United States.

-source: Football Espana


Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has arrived in London ahead of completing a season-long loan switch to Arsenal, say Cadena Cope. BBC Sport, following on from reports in Diario AS, claim the deal will be completed imminently with no transfer fee involved and no option to buy included in the move.

-source: Football Espana

Back to Italy

After an experience at West Ham, Pedro Obiang is ready to return to Serie A. The former Sampdoria midfielder just arrived in Italy to start the next chapter of his career playing for De Zerbi at Sassuolo.

-source: Gianluca Di Marzio




Offer made


Burnley and the Bundesliga

Here comes the Lookman

No Bakayoko then

Good striker





Fresh leash of life for Lucas Silva

Genoa are close to signing Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva on a permanent basis, claim Sky Sport Italia. The 26-year-old Brazilian is only under contract until June 2020 and has no room in Zinedine Zidane’s squad.

-source: Football Italia

Elmas is here

Eljif Elmas has arrived at the Napoli pre-season training camp to complete his transfer from Fenerbahce. The Macedonian midfielder turns 20 next month and was snapped up for a reported €15m plus bonuses.

-source: Football Italia


La Repubblica claims Manchester United are on the verge of signing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for €75m plus bonuses. It’s significantly lower than the €120m President Claudio Lotito claims to have rejected last season, but by his own admission, there were fewer resources to keep the Serbian this time around.

-source: Football Italia

Delayed start

Ismael Bennacer has all-but-completed his transfer to Milan but is not expected to start work with his new club until August 10. Bennacer has spent the day at Milan’s offices finishing his medical and signing his contract after agreeing to a €16m move from Empoli. However, Radio Rossonera reports the midfielder will be given an extended break by the Diavolo after recently helping Algeria win the Africa Cup of Nations.

-source: Football Italia

Switched targets

Benfica have reportedly switched their attentions to Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen after passing up Juventus’ Mattia Perin. Benfica are no longer expected to sign Perin after giving a different assessment of his shoulder injury. With that in mind, A Bola writes they are now targeting Olsen.

-source: Football Italia

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