Once again in the summer transfer market, clubs around Europe are cranking up their efforts to find those perceived missing pieces of their footballing jigsaw puzzles. Join AS English for live transfer news throughout the day as we keep you up to date on all the movements happening in European leagues and beyond. Rumours, talks, expected deals, completed signings, contract extensions - it'll all be covered right here.
Transfer market live: Monday 7 August 2017
Brighton set a club transfer fee record back in June and have just smashed it again with the signing of Dutch midfielder Davy Propper. More details on that signing here.
Leganés still have plenty of work to do in the market, according to manager Asier Garitano, and are close to adding Genoa's Ezequiel Muñoz while trying to hammer out a loan deal for Sporting's Bruno César.
PSG are planning to increase their summer spending with a move for Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé, but will have to clear out the Parc des Princes cupboard first.
In Catalunya, the general mood is that Liverpool's Philippe Coutino will be a Barcelona player by the end of the week. Sport report that Barça's offer will be less than 100 million euros but would include performance-related add-ons. The Blaugranas will hold a meeting with Liverpool in the forthcoming days. Mundo Deportivo say that Liverpool are willing to negotiate but only if Barça's offer is over 100 million euros. While it may be true that Liverpool's top brass would be open to hearing Barcelona's offer for Coutinho, Jürgen Klopp is adamant that the Brazilian is staying where he is.
Former Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush feels that Gareth Bale will be better off staying where he is, in spite of rumours placing the Real Madrid forward in Manchester United's orbit: "If he’s happy then Gareth should stay in Spain, 100 per cent. He has improved as a player" Rushie told the Irish Mirror. "He’s got great players like Cristiano Ronaldo to keep learning from. There are not many better clubs in the world than Real Madrid. I know that if he decided to come to England he would have the choice of all the top clubs here. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool would all want him. There’s always a time and a place to come back but I don’t think it should be now. He is still relatively young".