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Transfer news live: Arsenal set to sign Thomas Lemar, Barcelona step up Phil Coutinho chase, City want Kylian Mbappe

The transfer window is in full swing and clubs are spending money like it’s going out of fashion.

Kylian Mbappe could make a world record move to Real Madrid while Neymar could break that record again should he complete his own switch to Paris St-Germain.

On these shores the future of Alexis Sanchez remains the biggest talking point in north London and Manchester as Pep Guardiola weighs up continuing his lavish spending this summer, having already exceeded the £200m mark.

With just one year left on his contract, Sanchez is keen to leave Arsenal and The Independent revealed on Monday that he will accept a lower salary from City as opposed to Bayern Munich or Juventus in order to force through a move.

Arsenal are determined not to sell though, with Arsene Wenger holding firm on his intention to keep the Chilean.

Liverpool meanwhile are yet to submit a third bid for RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita while United are pondering moves for at least two more players before the window closes with Ivan Perisic, Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic all being considered by Jose Mourinho.

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Manchester United will go back in for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic, and believe they can yet persuade the Premier League champions to sell, but are aware it will likely be for a price of beyond £40m.

Manager Jose Mourinho sees bringing in a new defensive midfielder as the main priority left for the summer, although still wants to sign a wide player and a full-back, and the 28-year-old Serbian has long been one of his top targets for the position having played with him at Stamford Bridge.

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 While Liverpool fans wait eagerly for news on a potential third bid for Naby Keita, some of his teammates at RB Leipzig have had their say on his shocking tackle in training on club captain Diego Demme. It’s fair to say they’re not impressed…

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Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti does not expect to make any additional signings this pre-season and the Italian is hoping to make a successful defence of their Bundesliga title with the current squad.

The Italian has added a number of players in the last two months, including France defender Corentin Tolisso and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, and he admitted he was delighted with the balance of his squad ahead of the new campaign.

“I am happy with the squad and satisfied with the players we have. We can have a fantastic season,” he said.

“I am happy with how we played against Chelsea, especially the performances of Tolisso and James as it seemed like they had played with us for a long time,” he added.

“They have improved really quickly and already know our style of play and are doing a good job.”

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Lazar Markovic has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for friendlies in Germany after holding talks with Fiorentina.

The Serbia forward is surplus to requirements at Anfield and has spent the last two seasons out on loan, first at Fenerbahce and then Sporting Lisbon.

Markovic was recalled from his stint in Portugal to join Hull in January where he enjoyed some success.

He played 45 minutes in Liverpool’s first friendly of the summer at Tranmere but has not featured since and was left behind for the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

The Press Association report the 23-year-old has met Fiorentina to discuss a move but Liverpool are holding out for £16million, having paid Benfica £20m for his services back in 2014.

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Thought Gerard Pique’s Sunday night social media session meant the biggest-ever transfer in world football was off?
Think again… 

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Manchester United have been given encouragement in their chase for Ivan Perisic with Inter Milan conceding the winger is for sale for the right price.

Jose Mourinho has been busy this summer as he looks to assemble a squad capable of challenging both in the Premier League and in Europe and has already added Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku for a combined fee of over £100m.

He remains in the market for more reinforcements, however, and has identifed Perisic as the man he wants with Inter hitherto proving tough negotiators.

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Jose Mourinho has seen a fair few players come and go over the years, but by his own admission his goodbye to Wayne Rooney was one of the more “emotional” ones that he has had to deal with. The former Manchester United captain sealed a free transfer back to his boyhood club Everton, and Mourinho offered his thoughts on why the England skipper is in decline as well as a behind-the-scenes insight into his exit. 

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Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City’s summer spending despite an overall outlay of over £200 million that looks to rise further before the window closes.

City are preparing to go head-to-head with Real Madrid in a friendly in Los Angeles and Guardiola repeated his assertion since joining City last summer that his and the club’s long-term project “needs time” to consistently reach the heights of Real and former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich on the European stage.

Yet, he defended City’s splurge with £130 million spent on full-backs alone in recruiting Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo in recent weeks as the result of City’s lack of investment in that position in recent years.

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Pep Guardiola has hinted Manchester City remain in the hunt forKylian Mbappe despite Real Madrid appearing to have clinched a deal for the player.

Spanish reports on Tuesday suggested Real had agreed a fee with Monaco believed to be in the region of £160m, a new world record high.

City face the European champions on Thursday and speaking ahead of the game in Los Angeles Guardiola refused to rule out a move for the 18-year-old Frenchman as he looks for further improvements to his squad.

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Jose Mourinho has labelled the spiralling costs in the transfer market as “dangerous” but defended his own purchases of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.

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Danilo joined Manchester City in a £26.5m deal, but the defender has revealed how Zinedine Zidane tried to keep him at Real Madrid with a last-gasp attempt to block his Bernabeu exit. 

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Swansea have rejected a second bid worth in the region of £45million from Everton for star man Gylfi Sigurdsson.

The Welsh club turned down an offer for the Iceland international believed to be worth £40m from the Toffees earlier this month.

It is now understood Everton have tabled a new bid of around £40million with potential add-ons that could take a final package closer to £45m.

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Jose Mourinho has insisted Manchester United do not need Javier Hernandez and he didn’t try and re-sign him prior to the Mexican’s move to West Ham United on Monday.

‘Chicharito’ completed a £16m return to the Premier League to become the highest-ever paid player at the Hammers two years after being sold to Bayer Leverkusen by Louis van Gaal for a mere £7.3m.

That is a decision that Mourinho has previously claimed he never would have made in allowing Hernandez’s exit if he had been in charge then but even so did not feel he needed to step in and bring the 29-year-old back to Old Trafford.

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So, in a summer where so many of the major Premier League clubs are talking about spending well over £200m, the world transfer record is inevitably set to be demolished… just not by any of them.
Here’s Miguel Delaney on why Real remain the kings of the transfer market.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has confirmed that he wants to stay at Real Madrid for the forthcoming season, adding that he is eager to win more trophies with the club.

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Let’s take a look around the morning newspapers, shall we?

Liverpool insist Brazilian playmaker PHILIPPE COUTINHO is not for sale at any price but the Daily Star reports that Barcelona are preparing an £80million bid. The Reds have already rejected a £72million offer from the Catalan giants, who do not appear keen to take no for an answer.

Manchester City are hoping to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Monaco’s teenage sensation KYLIAN MBAPPE, according to the Daily Mirror. The Blues have already splashed out £217million this summer and the £143million capture of Mbappe would carry their spending spree beyond £350million.

Staying with Monaco, winger THOMAS LEMAR is set to complete a £45million move to Arsenal as the exodus from the club continues, writes The Sun. Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy, Valere Germain have already left the club and it appears that 21-year-old Lemar will get his wish to move to north London despite the French club initially holding out for £80million.

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