Transfer news LIVE: Bale linked with Spurs, Watkins to Aston Villa, Barcelona ‘final offer’ for Martinez, Messi LATEST – The Sun

LIONEL MESSI is staying at Barcelona – and the Catalan giants are trying to partner him with Lautaro Martinez.

Meanwhile we've the very latest on Gareth Bale and potential interest from Spurs, while Aston Villa are on the cusp of signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford.

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  • WAT ON EARTH

    Aston Villa are reportedly close to be signing striker Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa.

    Telegraph journalist Sam Dean tweeted: “Agreement reached between Aston Villa and Brentford over Ollie Watkins.

    “£28m fee, rising to £33m. Not signed yet — Watkins trained with Brentford today.”

  • BAT MAN

    Crystal Palace have won the race to sign Michy Batshuayi on loan for the season.

    West Brom and Aston Villa had both enquired about whether they could take the Belgium international striker for the entire campaign.

    But the 26-year-old is now heading for a return to Selhurst Park having enjoyed a successful loan spell with the club two years ago.

    Chelsea have protected themselves from losing Batshuayi on a free transfer next year by extending his current deal by a further 12 months.

    He scored seven goals in 13 appearances for the Eagles having arrived in the January transfer window in 2019 and boss Roy Hodgson is hoping he can provide a similar cutting edge to his new-look team this season.

    Palace have been actively looking to bring in younger talent this summer with Eberichi Eze arriving from QPR and Nathan Ferguson signed from West Brom.

  • BLADES OF GLORY

    Sheffield United are giving Oliver Burke a chance to kick start his career in a surprise swap deal. 

    Scotland striker Burke is joining the Blades from West Brom where he was left in the shadows after his big money signing from Red Bull Leipzig. 

    Burke jumped at the chance of joining Chris Wilder’s club and sorted out terms and a medical on his return from international duty. 

    United are sending attacker Callum Robinson to Albion as part of the deal. The Republic of Ireland forward helped Slaven Bilic’s club win promotion in a loan spell. 

    Robinson was signed by Blades from Preston for £8 million a year ago but was moved out in the next window and has now gone permanently. 

    Wilder now wants to land a striker and is in the race for Rhian Brewster at Liverpool. However his opening bid is well below the Kop’s valuation. 

  • TOFF LUCK

    Everton flop Cenk Tosun has been thrown a career lifeline by Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

    The £27million buy from Besiktas in 2018 has since struggled to establish himself at Goodison Park.

    He has not played for new Toffees boss Carlo Ancelotti, and was loaned out to Crystal Palace in January.

    Reports in Istanbul  now claim Fenerbahce officials have contacted their Everton opposite numbers about a potential deal for the 42-cap Turkey international.

    The Istanbul outfit want Tosun, 29, to replace star striker Vedat Muriqi, with the Kosovo international poised to join Lazio.

    Sporting director Emre Belozoglu, the one-time Newcastle midfielder, has led the Super Lig club's negotiations with the Toffees.

    The Turks are seeking to sign Tosun on a season-long loan, but would also consider a permanent move.

  • I'M LEVING

    Man Utd youngster Dylan Levitt has signed for Charlton on a season-long loan.

    United legend Ryan Giggs gave Levitt his full Wales debut last week and the midfielder's impressive performance has caught the eye of the Addicks.

    The teenager played the full 90 minutes in his country's 1-0 win in Finland.

    And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has faith in the holding midfielder having given him his first team bow against Astana in the Europa League last year.

    Charlton boss Lee Bowyer wanted to add energy to his midfield and has managed to secure a deal.

    The Addicks had promising West Ham star Josh Cullen on loan last season in midfield but the 24-year-old has returned to the London Stadium.

  • KOL ON ME

    Former Man City left-back Aleksander Kolarov's switch from Roma to Inter Milan is reportedly done.

    According to Nicola Schira, the Serbian defender will pen an initial one-year deal, with Inter paying Roma £1.3million.

    He will earn £2.7m-a-year at the San Siro.

    Schira tweeted: “Aleksandar kolarov to inter from asroma for €1,5M (bonuses included). He has signed a contract until 2021 (€3M + add-ons) with a option for another season.

    “Deal completed by the agent Alessandro Lucci. Official announce is coming…”

  • TO DARE IS TO DOU

    Everton have reportedly completed the signing of Adboulaye Doucoure from Watford for £25million.

    According to Nicolo Schira, the midfielder has penned a four-year deal at Goodison Park.

    He tweeted: “Done deal! Abdoulaye doucoure to everton from watford for €28M. 4-year contract. toffees on fire…”

  • ANGEL DELIGHT

    Manchester City left-back Angelino is set to rejoin RB Leipzig on loan.

    According to the Leipziger Volkszeitung, the German side have an obligation to buy him for £18milliom.

    Angelino has featured just three times for the Citizens in all competetitions.

  • LIP SERVICE

    Felipe Anderson is one of three West Ham players the club are desperately trying to axe.

    The Irons are looking to offload their ‘dead wood’ and ‘luxury items’ in order to fund some transfer spending.

    But the Hammers will have to almost double their £27million bid for Burnley’s James Tarkowski, after it emerged the centre-back has a £50m release clause in his contract.

    West Ham – beaten 5-3 by Bournemouth in pre-season – are yet to receive a single offer for playmakers Manuel Lanzini and Anderson, even though both are up for grabs.

    Perennial crock Jack Wilshere can also leave if anyone shows an interest in the midfielder, 28.

  • A BRIDGE TOO FAR

    Willian jokingly told Thiago Silva he would have stayed at Chelsea had he known the defender was joining Frank Lampard's side, according to reports.

    The Brazilian veteran, 35, quit Paris Saint-Germain for the Premier League this summer on a one-year deal with the option of an extra season.

    His transfer came after international compatriot Willian quit Chelsea for London rivals Arsenal.

    Silva had a wealth of options this summer including contracts from former club AC Milan and Fiorentina.

    But a call to Willian helped convinced Silva that the latest challenge of his illustrious career belonged in the Premier League.

    According to the Telegraph, Willian had jokingly responded: “If I'd known you were moving to Chelsea, I would have stayed there after all.”

  • SPUR HIM ON

    Gareth Bale will today report for Real Madrid pre-season training with Manchester United and Tottenham mulling over a bid for the wantway winger.

    After seven years in Spain, the Wales international is yet again linked with a move away from Madrid after a tumultuous campaign under Zinedine Zidane.

    The pair are set for face to face talks this week after Bale shows up for Real training, following his time away with Wales.

    Spanish outlet Marca report on all parties believing his time in the Spanish capital is up, but finding a new club is not without difficulties.

    The Bernabeu bosses still believe they can make money back on the £85million signing.

    There is said to be interest from Manchester United and Tottenham.

  • HEC OF AN INVESTMENT

    Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin has invested in League Two side Forest Green Rovers to help support and develop their environmental and ethical innovations.

    The 25-year-old told The Athletic that he has been impressed with how the club has been run under chairman Dale Vince.

    He said: “Dale has revolutionised that football club — they’re vegan, they’re eco-friendly, they have a neutral carbon footprint.

    “They’re a clear example of how to run a football club in our times so I wanted to be a part of it and offer my help to them in whichever way I could.

    Before adding: “I just felt it was the right thing to start a relationship. I'm going to help bring awareness to what they’re doing — helping marketing, helping PR, and helping create a network.

    “I wanted to help in any way I could — they’re a massive example and they’re in League Two. They’re getting bigger and bigger every day. Imagine if they get to the Championship or something.

    “It feels good to feel part of their family.”

  • GO GET HIM

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has stated Barcelona, Liverpool and Man Utd are all keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, though Chelsea are not interested in him.

    He tweeted: “Thiago will NOT be present @ Bayern training center for medical tests. Key days are coming.

    “Liverpool are still pushing to get him but Bayern want €30m (£27m)… and Koeman insists to have Wijnaldum as new Barça signing more than Thiago (appreciated by part of the board).

    “Chelsea have not made any contact for Thiago Alcantara – just to be clear.

    “Manchester United had a contact with his agent days ago but have not started any official talk with Bayern Münich. So quiet atm.

    “And Jurgen Klopp would love to have Thiago as new lfc signing.”

  • MORNING, FOOTBALL FANS

    Everton last night completed arguably the coup of the summer, when they signed Colombian superstar James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

    The transfer reunites the attacking midfielder, 29, with Carlo Ancelotti – the manager that brought him to the Bernabeu in 2014.

    Upon joining the Toffees, Rodriguez said: “I’ve come here to try to improve, to get better. I’ve also come here to help the team to win, to play good football – entertaining football.

    “I’m convinced, with Carlo and his technical staff, we can achieve big things and one of the big reasons [I signed] was the presence of Carlo Ancelotti.

    “I have enjoyed some great times with him previously at two different clubs. That was a massive reason to come here.”

    Elsewhere in the Premier League, Newcastle United had a busy day – sealing a £20million swoop for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson… before then signing former Cherry Ryan Fraser on a free transfer.

    The Magpies are also believed to be close to completing a £15m deal for Norwich City left-back Jamal Lewis.

    Over in Spain, the Lionel Messi saga rumbled on – as the Argentine finally reported for pre-season training with Barcelona.

    The 33-year-old had already been tested for Covid prior to his arrival, and joined up a week late for his first session with new boss Ronald Koeman.

  • BALE OUT

    Real Madrid will let Gareth Bale leave the club this summer which will open the door for a potential return to the Premier League.

    Manchester United and Tottenham are both interested in signing Bale but Madrid won’t let him leave on a free.

    Madrid are aware that they will not recover the £86million transfer fee they paid for Bale, but are prepared to listen to offers of around £22million for the Welsh ace according to MundoDeportivo.

  • ICYMI – RY ON TIME

    Ryan Fraser became Newcastle’s second signing of the day after joining former Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson through the door.

    Fraser arrives on a free transfer after his Cherries contract expired in June.

    The Scottish winger, 26, said: “I'm absolutely buzzing for it – I came down to see the place the other day and it was all just good things; the manager, the place, the fans, the messages I've been getting.

    “It was just a no-brainer, really, to play in such a big stadium with such passionate fans, and being back up in the north again is big as well.

    “So I'm really looking forward to it and I just can’t wait to show everyone what I can do, help the team and help us get back to where we belong.”

  • INTER ART

    Inter Milan are “confident” of sealing a deal for Arturo Vidal this week – reuniting the Chilean with manager Antonio Conte.

    The pair had a successful spell together at Juventus, before Conte departed to take charge of the Italian national team.

    Vidal, 33, has reportedly been made to train by himself by new boss Ronald Koeman as Barcelona returned to training.

    But according to Fabrizio Romano, his Barca hell will soon be over.

  • SHAW AND TELL

    Manchester United have stepped up their hunt for Porto's £26milion-rated Alex Telles – to fight Luke Show for the left-back spot.

    Telles' advisors have flown to Manchester for talks with Old Trafford officials, according to reports in Portugal.

    Chelsea were also linked with the one-cap Brazil star, 27, before signing Leicester's England defender Ben Chilwell for £50m.

    PSG were keen too – but only at half the asking price.

    That leaves United favourites for the former Inter Milan loanee, despite Sevilla also being interested and 20-year-old Brandon Williams regularly featuring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side last term.

  • AMP IT UP

    Sheffield United have completed the signing of Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.

    Upon sealing the deal, Blades boss Chris Wilder said: “Ethan is an outstanding young player for Chelsea, and we've worked really hard to get his signature for the season.

    “We need to thank Frank Lampard and the people at Chelsea for helping making this happen. We've got a good relationship with them and they know we're going to take good care of him.

    “It's an important season for Ethan and playing in the Premier League for us is a good move for everyone. He brings a lot of qualities to the group and he's someone we've tracked for two or three seasons.”

  • THE BRUNT OF IT

    Bristol City have completed the signing of Chris Brunt on a one-year deal.

    The Northern Irishman arrives at Ashton Gate after 13 years at West Bromwich Albion.

    On signing the 35-year-old, head coach Dean Holden said: “It’s brilliant to have secured Chris’ services because he is a player who is going to be very useful to us on and off the field.

    “He’s technically very good, with an accurate pass, and a leader with a strong voice who will be a great teacher to the younger players. That is important to the development of this squad and I’m really looking forward to working with Chris in the season ahead.”

  • LITTLE SHEFF

    Sheffield United have made a £15million double swoop for Derby full-backs Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe.

    The duo both penned four-year deals at Bramall Lane and will compete with Blades wing-backs George Baldock and Enda Stevens.

    Right-back Bogle, 20, broke into the Rams team under Frank Lampard in 2018/19, with Lowe, 23, establishing his place in Phillip Cocu’s side last season.

    United boss Chris Wilder said: “The Championship has been a great recruitment area for us and I wanted to bring some young players in who will provide competition for places.

    “Jayden and Max will put huge pressure on George (Baldock) and Enda (Stevens). It was important we got the right characters, the right type of players, ones who are athletic and technically very good, both are modern day wing backs.

    “We're not just signing players because other people are in for them, we're signing these players because they fit into what we are about.

    “It's game on for everyone, it's not a warning, it's a fact.”

  • HOT ROD

    Everton have officially announced the signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.

    The Colombian joins Allan at Goodison Park as boss Carlo Ancelotti continues his revolution at the club.

  • COUT ME OUT

    Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho WILL be given a chance at Barcelona next season in a blow to Arsenal, reports claim.

    The Brazilian had been expected to depart Camp Nou, having spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich.

    But according to Marca, the 28-year-old will now only be sold if the club receive a “substantial” offer for his services.

    Coutinho is expected to be played in central midfield by Ronald Koeman.

  • ON THE MEND

    Arsenal are interested in signing Portuguese wonderkid Nuno Mendes, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old made his breakthrough at Sporting Lisbon last season, appearing nine times for the Primeira Liga giants.

    And according to O Jogo, the Gunners are hoping to pounce to sign the highly-rated full-back.

  • FLASH BUY

    Manchester United want to make THREE more signings before the transfer window shuts.

    Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's No1 target.

    And the Manchester Evening News says Bournemouth and Wales attacker David Brooks has been “under consideration” for more than a year.

    The MEN also report how Old Trafford chiefs have been mightily impressed by 21-year-old Dynamo Kiev and Ukraine star Vitaliy Mykolenko.

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