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Follow all the day’s transfer news, rumours and gossip as Lionel Messi‘s uncertain Barcelona future takes centre stage once again. Yesterday, La Liga backed Barca in the dispute over the Argentine’s €700m release clause, with a lengthy legal battle now looming after Messi failed to attend the club’s mandatory pre-season coronavirus testing.

Manchester United are set to confirm the signing of playmaker Donny van de Beek after agreeing a £40m deal with Ajax last night. Personal terms will be put to paper over the coming days, with the Dutch international set to sign a five-year contract and snub interest from Tottenham and Real Madrid.

Arsenal have U-turned on the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Emiliano Martinez, with both players seemingly earning their place in Mikel Arteta’s immediate plans. The Gunners are set to announce the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s contract extension imminently. Meanwhile, Chelsea are nearing a club-record deal to sign Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz. Follow the live updates below:

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James Rodriguez’s rumoured move to Everton seems to be very close to completion.

SKYCHURP are reporting that a deal could be struck in the next 48 hours, one that would see James rejoin Carlo Ancelotti, under whom he played at Real Madrid a few years ago.

Alex Pattle31 August 2020 13:23

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte is keen on a reunion with N’Golo Kante, according to Football Italia.

Conte managed the midfielder at Chelsea and is looking to keep building his squad after they finished as runners-up in both Serie A and the Europa League last season.

Alex Pattle31 August 2020 13:01

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Barcelona’s Arturo Vidal has hit out at his own club amid the Lionel Messi exit saga.

Vidal accused Barca of only having “13 professional players” who don’t give Messi enough support…

Alex Pattle31 August 2020 12:31

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Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz has admitted that Kai Havertz is unlikely to ever play for the club again, with Chelsea set to announce the signing of the 21-year-old this week. 

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 12:01

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James Rodriguez is no longer training with Real Madrid as Everton close in on a loan deal for the Colombian playmaker, reports Fabrizio Romano. 

Talks have continued this week with Carlo Ancelotti keen to reunite with the 29-year-old, in what will be a new-look midfield for the Toffees with the arrival of defensive midfielder Allan from Napoli.

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 11:42

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Meanwhile, at AC Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed he will extend his contract by one year and will wear the No 11 shirt next season.

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 11:36

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Lazio’s Ciro Immobile has signed a new five-year contract with the Serie A side. 

Immobile, who turned 30 this year, scored a record-equalling 36 goals last season, making him Europe’s Golden Shoe winner. He had been linked with interest from several European clubs.

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 11:33

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Neymar has confirmed that he will be staying at PSG in an interview on the club’s official website.

I am staying at PSG next season! And with the ambition to return to the Champions’ League final, this time to win it. I like this idea of doing everything to leave my name in the history books of my club. If people were doubting the presence of PSG as a great European club, those doubts died in Lisbon. We left this city with the feeling of being renewed and confidence in our capacity to win it one day to write an even greater history. 

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 11:02

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that midfielder Allan is set to join Everton in a £25m deal.

Allan is joining Everton. The deal will be announced soon.  

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 10:56

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Manchester United are now prioritising the signing of a centre-back, with a deal for Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek now virtually complete. 

ESPN report that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preferred target is RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, although the defender only recently signed a new contract. 

Tom Kershaw31 August 2020 10:40

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