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Transfer news live: Alvaro Morata agent talks up Manchester United as summer deal draws close

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Monday 12 June 2017 15:01
Summer transfer window: Likely deals and biggest rumours

It's transfer season once again!

Manchester United have money to spend too - and have already signed Victor Lindelof - but may be forced to shell out as much as £70m for both Alvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti as they chase a new No.9 while Chelsea's main man, Diego Costa, looks to be on his way after being told he is surplus to requirements by manager Antonio Conte.

Manchester City already have two players with Monaco's Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson in through the door, while Arsenal have snapped up Schalke's Sead Kolasinac on a free.

Liverpool are closing in on a deal for Mohamed Salah as they continue to negotiate with Roma over a fee but won't be adding Virgil van Dijk after being forced to apologise to Southampton for an illegal approach.

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our live coverage of the summer transfer window.

It's been a busy few weeks already at the transfer coalface - and the window isn't even open yet.

But never fear The Independent will provide the strong and stable leadership you need throughout and guide you through every piece of news, tidbit of gossip and those all important done deals all day so stick with us here.

Without further ado, off we go.

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 07:24

Manchester United are hopeful of doing a double striker deal for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata and Torino’s Andrea Belotti in the next two weeks, after agreeing terms with the Spanish striker and submitting a bid of around £70m for Belotti.

Manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to completely upgrade his forward line, especially with the anticipated departures of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney, and The Independent understands that the Portuguese has decided to press away with trying to sign two forwards - as well as three other players.

United in the end agreed personal terms with Morata “very quickly”, and are now hopeful that they can secure the signing of the player for a fee of around £60m.

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 07:36

As well as Morata, United have at the same time made a bid of £70m for Belotti, despite Torino also having insisted on a figure that matches the 23-year-old’s buy-out clause of £84m.

The Old Trafford hierarchy however an idea of what they think the Serie A club will accept.

Progress has also been made with defensive midfielder Fabinho of Monaco, while the Portuguese also plans to bring in Ivan Perisic of Internazionale, although there a difference of over £15m between United’s offering price and the £50m the Milanese club are asking.

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 07:42

Joe Hart does not think Manchester City will hamper his chances of winning a move away from the Premier League club by putting a massive price tag on his head.

"I certainly don't think they are going to try and price me out of a move," he said ahead of England's friendly against France on Tuesday.

"I think there's enough respect between the player and club.

"We're going to work together, there's no point in working against each other. There is no animosity between the two. They are going in their direction and I need to go in mine."

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 07:45

Let's take a look around the back pages this morning then shall we.

Morata might not be the only striker joining United imminently, or in this case, re-joining.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, released, will sign a short-term deal if his rehabilitation continues to go well, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Joe Hart admits he has had no interest ahead of a likely Manchester City exit this summer, but the Sun claim West Ham will make an offer for the goalkeeper.

Despite having their fingers burned in their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, the Sun is also reporting that Liverpool will return to Southampton to try and sign Dusan Tadic in a £13million deal.

The Reds will also try and bring bring Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the club, writes the Express.

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 08:10

Arsenal academy product Serge Gnabry has joined Bayern Munich, paving the way for in-demand winger Douglas Costa to leave the club.

Gnabry left the Gunners last summer in search of first-team football, and found it with Werder Bremen where he shone for the Weserstadion club.

But those performances alerted Bayern to the 21-year-old winger's undoubtable talent and the Munich giants have not delayed in activating a clause in the youngster's contract.

Gnabry's arrival in Bavaria should smooth the path for Douglas Costa's departure.

The Brazilian wideman is being monitored by Juventus, Barcelona and Liverpool this summer and is expected to leave the Allianz Arena.

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 08:40

Monaco midfielder-cum-fullback Fabinho has been linked with a number of European clubs over the past few weeks and months – but could Manchester United now be in pole position to sign the 23-year-old?

United fans have been getting very excited because Fabinho’s wife, Rebeca Tavares, this weekend liked a comment on Instagram pleading with the player to quit the Stade Louis II for Old Trafford.

Not long afterwards, Rebeca’s like quickly disappeared. The plot thickens...

Juventus had previously been linked with the Brazilian but their interest is thought to have cooled, leaving the way open for Premier League clubs to test Monaco’s resolve by making a bid over £50m.

TL;DR = Fabinho's wife has either confirmed her man is joining Manchester United or has poor  thumb control when browsing Instagram comments. 

Vithushan Ehantharajah12 June 2017 08:48

Diego Costa has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Atletico Madrid as he plots his future away from Chelsea.

Antonio Conte has told Costa he is no longer in his plans despite being a key figure as the Blues swept all before them to win the Premier League title.

Former club Atletico are Costa's favoured next club but their transfer ban for the illegal signing of underage players complicates matters somewhat with any signing made this summer unable to be registered to play until January.

But Costa appears undeterred and seems open to moving elsewhere for six months to facilitate a switch back to Spain.

"I have a contract of two years with Chelsea, they have to decide. If they sell me, I will look for the best choice," he said.

"Atletico is among them, it would not mean not playing, they can loan me out to some team in Spain, Brazil or wherever, but I have to play.

"Everyone knows that I have a lot of affection for them. Of course I rule out China, I have to think about the World Cup. Atletico is a club that I have a lot of affection for, independently of whether I go there or not, I will continue to love them."

Ben Burrows12 June 2017 09:47

Andre Silva has plumped for a move to AC Milan over Arsenal and is having a medical at the Serie A club this afternoon.

Arsenal have been repeatedly linked with the Porto forward but the 21-year-old has instead decided on a £33.5m move to Italy.

Silva was on fire for Porto last season, scoring 21 goals in 44 appearances, with Portugal teammate Cristiano Ronaldo even urging Real Madrid to make a move for the young striker.

But he will instead be turning out for Milan next season and is likely to be unveiled by the club this week, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Vithushan Ehantharajah12 June 2017 09:54

Some more news on the future of Alvaro Morata, who has been linked with both Manchester United and Chelsea over the past couple of weeks.

And the striker's Real Madrid and Spain captain has admitted that the striker could be making a move imminently. 


Vithushan Ehantharajah12 June 2017 10:33

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