Transfer news LIVE: Manchester United confirm agreement for Cristiano Ronaldo deal

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Alex Pattle
Friday 27 August 2021 19:32

Manchester United have confirmed an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Former United winger Ronaldo had spoken to Pep Guardiola about his role at Man City, and it is understood the Portugal captain would have been paid over £250,000 a week at the Etihad. However, they backed away from any deal leaving United as the clear frontrunners for his signature - and a quick move appears to be on the cards with the Red Devils confirming the switch is imminent.

Juventus manager Max Allegri earlier revealed today that the 36-year-old has “no intention” of staying at the Serie A club with United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer going public with his desire for him to return to Old Trafford, where he spent six hugely-successful years.

You can follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip as Premier League clubs make moves to strengthen ahead of transfer deadline day.


Transfer news LIVE: Harry Kane scores twice in first Spurs game since statement

This week, Harry Kane released a statement in which he committed to staying at Tottenham Hotspur “this summer”, and it was back to business as usual in his first game since that announcement.

Kane scored twice last night as Spurs overturned a 1-0 first-leg defeat by Pacos with a 3-0 home victory, ensuring Nuno Espirito Santo’s side a place in this season’s inaugural Europa Conference League.

Harry Kane begins rebuilding Tottenham bridges with brace in victory over Pacos

Spurs secured their place in the group stage of the Europa Conference League with a 3-1 aggregate win

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 11:00

Transfer news LIVE: Spurs in advanced talks with Barca over Moriba deal

Our own Tom Kershaw reports: “Tottenham Hotspur are in advanced negotiations to sign Barcelona midfielder Iliax Moriba and have held repeated rounds of talks with the 18-year-old’s representatives.

“Moriba, one of the most highly regarded La Masia graduates in recent years, is into the last year of his contract with Barcelona and has reached an impasse over renewing terms at the Nou Camp. As a result, the teenager has been excluded from Ronald Koeman’s first team and the head coach publicly implied last week that Moriba was prioritising money over his career prospects.

“Moriba has been offered to and attracted widespread interest from clubs across Europe and Barcelona are thought to want a fee of around £13m. Spurs have accelerated their interest over the last fortnight and are now considered frontrunners, however, negotiations remain complicated due to salary demands and other fees involved in completing the deal.

“RB Leipzig are also interested in signing Moriba, but the midfielder prefers a move to London.”

More here:

Tottenham in advanced talks to sign Barcelona teenager Iliax Moriba

RB Leipzig are also in negotiations for the 18-year-old but Spurs are now frontrunners

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:42

Transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo bids farewell to Juventus teammates

Per Sky Italy, Cristiano Ronaldo has left Juventus’ training centre after saying goodbye to his teammates.

The Portugal captain’s agreement with Manchester City remains a verbal one, however, meaning his farewell might be premature...

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:25

Transfer news LIVE: West Ham near completion of Zouma deal

West Ham’s move for Kurt Zouma could be confirmed very soon, per BBC Sport.

The Chelsea defender is reported to have undergone a medical in France yesterday ahead of a potential £25m move to the Hammers, and personal terms with the centre-back are now said to have been agreed.

West Ham’s fine start to the season has seen them beat Newcastle 4-2 and Leicester City 4-1 to top the Premier League table, but their involvement in the Europa League this season means they need greater squad depth – something they haven’t exactly achieved so far in this window.

The arrival of France international Zouma would certainly help them out.

West Ham learn their Europa League group-stage opponents in an hour. You can follow all the build-up to the draw with us here:

Europa League group-stage draw - follow live

Follow live as two Premier League clubs and the Old Firm learn their opponents for the group stage of this year’s tournament

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 10:05

Transfer news LIVE: PSG reject improved Real bid for Mbappe

Real Madrid have had a second bid for Kylian Mbappe turned down by Paris Saint-Germain, according to Sky Sports.

Following their first, rejected bid of £137m, Real have since seen an offer of £145m refused by the French club.

PSG are believed to want in the region of £190m for France forward Mbappe, who has a year left on his contract.

But the Ligue 1 side might just budge before this summer window closes, with Sky also reporting that PSG are in fact planning how they might use the money from an Mbappe sale...

The French club may look to sign Everton striker Richarlison if they offload Mbappe, 22.

France and PSG forward Kylian Mbappe

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:52

Transfer news LIVE: Liverpool vs Chelsea a clash of team-building ideologies

Tomorrow’s late Premier League kick-off sees Liverpool take on Chelsea as two potential title contenders meet at Anfield. The clubs are emblematic of very different team-building processes, as Miguel Delaney writes:

“Chelsea have almost been crafted from the top down, with an elite coach brought in to impose an ideology on an expensive collection of talent. While there is obvious design to the club’s recruitment, it is not like the squad has been built to a defined tactical approach. It is - in the plainest terms - just the super-stacked squad of a super-club.

“That isn’t the case with Liverpool. That is a squad largely built from the bottom up, with Klopp first putting in place his vision and making signings to suit it. It has been a gradual process, with the right players being brought in when possible. They had to be more selective and patient.”

Full article here:

Liverpool vs Chelsea brings early clash of team-building ideologies and title hopes

Two recent champions of Europe who have constructed their silverware-winning squads in very different ways

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:27

Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid’s Mbappe pursuit stalls after PSG reject bid

Paris Saint-Germain this week rejected Real Madrid’s £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe.

The Ligue 1 club reportedly want closer to £190m for the superstar forward, who could leave on a free transfer next summer when his contract expires.

Mbappe, 22, is keen on leaving PSG, according to club director Leonardo, but it seems things have stalled on Real’s end.

Could it be that they were simply signalling to Mbappe their interest in signing him, before waiting to secure the France international for free at the end of the season?

Real Madrid make €160m bid for Kylian Mbappe

Mbappe only has a year left on his contract and has rejected three new contract offers from PSG

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 09:15

Transfer news LIVE: Man United want midfielder but Rice may elude them

Another update from our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, who has the latest on Manchester United’s plans as the window nears its closure.

The Red Devils were already keen on a late push for a central midfielder, with their desire to secure such a player surely only fuelled by Scott McTominay’s impending absence due to groin surgery.

Declan Rice remains Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target, but United may have to wait until next summer to pry the England international from West Ham.

Here is the full story:

Manchester United targeting central midfielder before transfer deadline

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Yves Bissouma is another who United have looked at and may return to

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:59

Transfer news LIVE: Ronaldo close to sensational Man City move

Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed personal terms with Manchester City – per our own Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney – meaning he is on the verge of a move that would almost rival Lionel Messi’s seismic transfer from Barcelona to PSG this summer.

Miguel reports: “The Portuguese has already spoken to Pep Guardiola about his role in the team, and it is understood personal terms have been agreed in principle.

“Ronaldo will be paid over £250,000 a week should the deal be completed.

“His agent Jorge Mendes flew into Turin on Wednesday night to try and negotiate his exit, and Juventus are in principle open to a sale as they want Ronaldo off the wage bill in order to rebuild. There is still a significant distance way to go, though, as City do not want to pay a fee but Juventus are adamant he does not go for free. That may yet scupper the deal, but the principal personal terms have been agreed.”

Full story here:

Man City agree personal terms with Cristiano Ronaldo

The Portuguese has already spoken to Pep Guardiola about his role in the team ahead of what would be a sensational move by the Premier League champions

Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:51

Transfer news LIVE: Welcome!

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Alex Pattle27 August 2021 08:47

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