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Soccer transfers: 19 July summary

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - MAY 22: Saul Niguez of Atletico de Madrid celebrates winning the La Liga Santander title after victory the La Liga Santander match between Real Valladolid CF and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Municipal Jose Zorrilla on May 22, 2021 in

Transfer updates live | Monday 19 July 2021

Soccer transfers live | Monday 19 July 2021


- Real Madrid's Vinicius offered to Man United in Varane negotiations (full story)

- Lokonga joins Arsenal

- Atlético reluctant to sell Trippier (full story)

- United favourites to sign Saúl as Griezmann swap stalls

- "Only paperwork, small little details" between United and Sancho announcement, says Solskjaer

Take a look at our related news stories:

Real Madrid: Brahim Díaz rejoins AC Milan on two-year loan

Real Madrid

Real Madrid: Brahim Díaz rejoins AC Milan on two-year loan

AC Milan have re-signed forward Brahim Díaz on a two-year loan deal from Real Madrid. The Rossoneri announced on Monday the 21-year-old Spaniard will be tied to the Serie A club until 30 June 2023 and will wear the number 10 shirt.

Read the full story here:

Carlos Queiroz to take Iraq coaching post

Carlos Queiroz will coach the Iraq national team, journalist Mark Lomas reports. The new coach will be announced imminently. It has been 35 years since Iraq last qualified for the World Cup finals.


Official: Stojkovic joins Torino

Torino have signed Dennis Stojkovic. The 18-year-old Serbian midfielder spent last season in Belgrade with Partizan.


Rennes president quizzed about Camavinga's future

Eduardo Camavinga, who has just one year to run on his contract, will probablly leave Rennes this summer. Back in May, RMC Sport reported that the players has requested to leave after talking it through with coaching staff. Several top European clubs, such as PSG and Real Madrid, have been following the situation, poised to put in a bid if an opportunity arises.

"Reducing our squad is one of our priorities. We have eight or nine players who could leave," Rennes president Nicolas Holveck told RMC Football Show today. "Eduardo's situation still needs to be resolved. Everything remains open, he could possibly either leave or continue his adventure here. He won't leave for nothing. We have had a lot of conversations".

Holveck admitted that Rennes are unlikely to get anywhere near the 100 million euros which Camavinga was valued at before the pandemic: "Putting a fixed price in an atypical market like this one would be presumptuous," he said.

Barcelona rule out Griezmann-Saúl swap deal


Barcelona rule out Griezmann-Saúl swap deal

The Griezmann-Saúl swap deal is off. Negotiations have broken down according to Ara and Mundo Deportivo and as far as Barcelona are concerned, there is no possibility of getting the operation back on track. Barça need to sell Griezmann to be able to register Leo Messi for the new season. But their demands received a frosty reaction from Atleti.

Read the full story here:

Solberg to Juventus with Haaland dreams

Juventus have secured teenage Norwegian talent Elias Solberg after it’s reported they told him he could follow in the footsteps of Erling-Braut Haaland.

Solberg plays on the right side of midfield and is a product of the Ullensaker/Kisa academy.

“We will get on the plane on Thursday, then there will be a medical,” his father Espen Solberg told vg.no.

“He is 100 per cent ready for this. It will be very exciting and he’ll be allowed to mature in peace and quiet, so it suits him perfectly.”

Get more on this story from Susy Campanale for Football Italia.

Mbappé wants PSG exit as club remains adamant on convincing star to stay


Mbappé wants PSG exit as club remains adamant on convincing star to stay

In case you've not been following, it seems increasingly likely that the future of Kylian Mbappé will not be in Paris.

The French star has already communicated to PSG his intention is not to renew his contract, which ends in June 2022, and the club is running out of maneuvers to convince him to stay.

Andrés Onrubia brings you more on this.


Bayern set a price for Tolisso

The Bavarian club are asking for €20 million for French international Corentin Tolisso.

Napoli and Juventus are two teams who have shown interest in the player, according to L'Équipe. Numerous injuries and acclimatisation difficulties have made Italy appear to be his next destination, and for that price it could work out well if he finds his undoubted form at a new club.

Varane for Koundé?

We asked Real Madrid fans if the almost-certain move of Raphael Varane to Manchester United would be a good one, as long as Sevilla's star defender filled the space left.

What do you think?

Barcelona weigh up pros and cons of signing Renato Sanches


Barcelona weigh up pros and cons of signing Renato Sanches

Yesterday AS reported that Barça were looking into the possibility of signing Lille midfielder Renato Sanches, after attempts to arrange a swap deal with Atlético for Saúl took a turn in the wrong direction.

The following day, the club confirmed AS' reports to Mundo Deportivo - adding that signing the Portugal international was not being viewed as a priority, just a possibility.

Read more


Spurs' double Atalanta swoop

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly in talks with Atalanta for a double transfer: targeting both Romero and Gollini.

According to London Football, Spurs are speeding up their pursuit of the Serie A defender and goalkeeper, with Paratici looking to offer them up to Nuno with Romero able to play a part of plans to change the system of play three centre-backs in defence.

Brahim Díaz swaps Madrid for Milan

The player has signed a contract with the Rossoneri Club

AC Milan is delighted to announce the signing of Brahim Abdelkader Díaz from Real Madrid CF on a temporary basis for two years. The contract ties the football player to the Rossoneri Club until 30 June 2023.

Brahim, after scoring 7 goals in 39 appearances with AC Milan last season, will continue to be a Rossoneri player, wearing the number 10 jersey.

Arsenal sign Lokonga from Anderlecht


Arsenal sign Lokonga from Anderlecht

"It's a big move because I've been playing for Anderlecht for 10 years," Belgium Under-21 midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga told Arsenal's official website.

"It's a big step but I feel confident because in the football world you have to feel confident about yourself.

"I'm looking forward to playing in this league and I can't wait to start.

Read more on Arsenal's latest signing.

Arsenal welcome 'Albert' Sambi Lokonga

The Gunners announced that they have signed 21-year-old Belgian midfielder from Anderlecht on a long-term contract for 17.5 million euros plus 4M in add-ons.

Official: Berghuis joins Ajax from Feyenoord

Ajax have completed the signing of Steven Berghuis. The winger joins on a four-year deal from Feyenoord, until 30 June 2025.

Leeds and Palace linked to Celta's Okay Yokuslu

Okay Yokuslu looks set to remain in the Premier League with Leeds United and Crystal Palace reportedly battling it out for the Turkey international's signature. Celta Vigo are hoping to sign a left-back, centre-back, striker - and a midfielder but first they must offload three member of the first team squad, including Yokuslu. The Galicians hope to recoup the 6 million euros they paid Transonspor for Yokuslu three years ago. He spend the second half of last season in England, on loan at West Brom.


Roma join race for Pedraza

Roma have joined the race to sign Villarreal's 25-year-old winger Alfonso Pedraza, according to Calciomercato. Chelsea, Milan and Barcelona are also keen on the Europa League winner, who can play at left-back.

Luka to Lazio

The 16-year-old who made his LaLiga debut with RCD Mallorca is poised to swap the Balearic island for the Italian capital where he has just completed his medical with the Serie A side.


Malen edging towards BVB

Dutch international Donyell Malen is close to a PSV exit with Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund having made a 30 million euro offer for his signature.

Krovinovic heading to Hajduk Split

The Croatian giants paid €1.5m to Benfica for Croatian player Filip Krovinovic after the 25-year-old was made aware that he didn't fit in with Jorge Jesus' plans.

Arsenal confirm Lokonga acquisition

Lokonga moves from Anderlecht to Arsenal on a permanent deal for €17.5m with a deal running through to  June 2026.


Chelsea and Bayern to explore swap deal?

L'Equipe reports Chelsea have offered Bayern Munich a player swap deal with Callum Hudson-Odoi in exchange for Kingsley Coman.


Juve ramp up Locatelli interest

Juventus are ready to usurp Arsenal in the hunt for Sassuolo's Italy international Locatelli, according to The Guardian.

Sassuolo want €40 million (£34.3 million) for the midfielder but Juventus offered €30m as a loan for the 2021-22 season with an option to buy, which Sassuolo declined, insisting they want an outright transfer.

Arsenal were previously understood to be in the box seat to sign Locatelli, given they are prepared to pay their asking price, but Juve's interest may have changed that situation.

Lenglet to stay "barring a big turnaround" - ESPN's Marsden

ESPN reporter Samuel Marsden says defender Clément Lenglet, who has been linked with a move to Premier League club Everton, is unlikely to depart Barcelona this summer. The France international, 26, "has no intention of leaving" Barça, Marsden says.

Depay arrives in Barcelona

Summer signing Memphis Depay has arrived in Catalonia to join up with Barcelona's pre-season preparations. Depay, who was a part of the Netherlands' Euro 2020 campaign, joined Barça on a free transfer in June, penning a two-year contract.

City interested in left-back Mendes

Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester City are eyeing Sporting CP left-back Nuno Mendes, who was part of the Portugal squad at Euro 2020. However, City are not keen to pay Sporting's 50m-euro asking price, Romano says.

Atlético cannot sign a striker unless Saúl leaves


Atlético cannot sign a striker unless Saúl leaves

Atlético Madrid's hopes of bringing players in are linked to whether or not Saúl Ñíguez, who is being tipped for a switch to LaLiga rivals Barcelona or to the Premier League, is sold over the summer.

Full story

Guedes Sevilla

Sevilla eye Guedes

Sevilla are keen to sign Valencia winger Gonçalo Guedes, Diario AS’ Conrado Valle and José A. Espina report. Sevilla sporting director Monchi and the club’s head coach, Julen Lopetegui, are both firm admirers of the Portugal international, 24, who has been at Mestalla since 2017, having joined Los Che, initially on loan, from Paris Saint-Germain.

(Photo: Alberto Iranzo/Diario AS)

Gray nears Everton switch

Everton are close to completing a deal to sign forward Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen, Fabrizio Romano has reported. Gray, 25, joined Bundesliga club Leverkusen from Leicester City in January.

Real Madrid offer Vinicius to Manchester United


Real Madrid offer Vinicius to Manchester United

During negotiations with Manchester United for Raphaël Varane, Real Madrid also offered Vinicius to the Premier League club, as Los Blancos aim to raise funds to buy Kylian Mbappé from Paris Saint-Germain.

Full story

"Small little details" between United and Sancho confirmation, says Solskjaer

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said “only paperwork, small little details” now stand between the Red Devils and the official announcement of Jadon Sancho’s signing from Borussia Dortmund.

United said at the start of July that they had "reached agreement in principle" with Dortmund over the transfer of the England international.

Mbappé wants PSG exit as club remains adamant on convincing star to stay


Mbappé wants PSG exit as club remains adamant on convincing star to stay

According to L'Equipe, Kylian Mbappé still intends to leave Paris Saint-Germain despite the Ligue 1 club's investment in new players this summer, including Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos.

Full story

Atlético don't want to lose Trippier - in spite of his desire to leave


Atlético don't want to lose Trippier - in spite of his desire to leave

The right-back is not for sale and will only leave if he hands in a transfer request and Atleti receive a suitable offer. He's been linked to Manchester United.

Full details

Transfer window live updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live transfers blog for Monday 19 July 2021. We'll make sure to keep you updated with all the major deals and rumours as they emerge throughout another day in summer-window wonderland.