THE new season is finally here – but there's still plenty of time left for clubs to wheel and deal in the transfer window.
Gareth Bale could be returning to Tottenham in a blockbuster loan move, and his agent has CONFIRMED the talks.
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'HE'LL FIND IT HARD'
Jose Mourinhohas held talks with Gareth Bale about a move to Tottenham but has reportedly been warned the Welshman may stuggle.
Spurs are leading the race to sign the winger on loan from Real Madrid.
And a deal is nearing completion, amid rival interest from Manchester United.
And his former colleagues at Real Madrid have warned him against signing the 31-year-old, according to ESPN.
The Spurs boss was reportedly told Bale would struggle to meet the demands of the Premier League.
AMAD MADE IN HEAVEN
Atalanta winger Amad Traore is being eyed as a shock alternative to Jadon Sancho by Manchester United, reports claim.
A deal for the Dortmund winger has stalled and has left the Premier League club looking elsewhere.
18-year-old Traore is seen as a big prospect and was a part of the Champions League squad for Atalanta's quarter-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
The Manchester Evening News report that the Red Devils have contacted the Italians as other clubs become interested in the teen.
But MEN suggest he is not seen by club sources as an immediate Sancho substitute.
Sami Khedira could land join United on a free transfer, according to reports.
The midfielder, 33, is set to have his contract terminated at Juventus a year early.
According to Goal, he is not part of new boss Andrea Pirlo's plans at the Allianz Stadium this season.
Khedira endured an injury-hit season last term with knee surgery in December and a torn abductor later on.
That limited him to just 18 appearances across all competitions.
United have been linked in the past and did make a deadline-day attempt to land him during his Bernabeu days before Carlo Ancelotti convinced the German to stay.
KOL ME MAYBE
Bayer Leverkusen are reportedly interested in bringing Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac back to the Bundesliga.
The 27-year-old has lost his place in the starting XI under Mikel Arteta with Kieran Tierney and Ainsley Maitland-Niles preferred instead.
With the Gunners looking to offload players in order to raise funds to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, Kolasinac has been put up for sale by the club.
West Ham have been linked with a move for the ex-Schalke defender, but Leverkusen are said to be leading the race to secure his services.
According to Sport Bild via Sport Witness, the German outfit are 'seriously' thinking about signing the Bosnia international.
They claim that the club are looking to spend the cash they received from selling Kai Havertz to Chelsea, and want to bring in a top defender.
NO WAY JOSE
Manchester City are considering Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez as an alternative to Kalidou Koulibaly, according to The Guardian.
Tim Vickery told Sky Sports: “I’ve heard that if Man City haven’t made a bid, they’re certainly contemplating one.
“It’s going to cost a lot of money with the Uruguayan press speculating it will be in the region of €80m (£73m) to get this centre-back from Atletico to City but it’s an area of the team that really does need strengthening.
“It’s been the Achilles heel for Manchester City that they should’ve reinforced already. Gimenez is one of the best young centre-backs around. He’s a baby-faced assassin. He’s only 25 but looks younger, but he’s already played in two World Cups. He’s as hard as nails and he can play as well.
“He’s perhaps never operated in a team that is as attack-minded as City both with Uruguay and at Atletico, he has played at more reactive teams so this will be a challenge for him but there aren’t many better young centre-backs in the world.
“It would be a costly piece of business for Manchester City but it would be a very good one.”
CHU ARE YA?
Former Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom is reportedly set to return to England to join Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough.
The 24-year-old has been in impressive form since joining Greek giants PAOK from the Gunners in 2018.
Former England Under-21s forward Akpom starred last night as his side defeated Benfica in the Champions League qualifying stages.
But despite just needing to overcome Russian club Krasnodar to seal a place in the group stages, PAOK are believed to be willing to let him go.
And reports in Greece claim a deal has already been agreed between them and the Championship side.
ROAD TO RICO-VERY
SunSport's Duncan Wright has revealed that Aston Villa are tracking Rico Henry as boss Dean Smith weighs up whether to make a late bid to sign the Brentford defender.
Henry, 23, emerged as one of the best full-backs outside of the top flight last season with a series of impressive displays before Brentford ultimately fell just short of promotion from the Championship.
A number of Premier League clubs have shown interest in the left-back over the summer but found the Bees reluctant to do a deal for the player.
But Smith, who worked with Henry while he was Walsall manager, is considering making an attempt to persuade Brentford to sell the defender before the window closes next month.
West Ham had also been tracking the player as they search for a new left-back but have been forced to put their interest on hold while they try to prioritise bringing a new centre-back in with finances tight.
Gareth Bale's move back to Tottenham has been described as “close” – with bookies suspending betting on the stunning switch.
The Welshman is in talks with his old side over a loan move that would see him link up with Jose Mourinho.
Jonathan Barnett, the player's agent, insists there are vital details still to be hammered out in talks between the three parties.
But a deal is nearing completion, amid rival interest from Manchester United.
Barnett told AFP: “It's close but not done.
“It's a complicated deal.”
Ronald Koeman wanted Romelu Lukaku to be Barcelona's new No9 but the club reportedly blocked the move.
Mundo Deportivo reports the Catalan giants' new boss fancied reuniting with the 27-year-old after a spell at Everton together.
But the Barca hierarchy pulled the plug on a move for the Inter Milan striker due to a lack of funds.
Ronald Koeman has confirmed that no deal for Memphis Depay has been agreed – and that he expects skint Barcelona to start the season with no more transfers.
The coach told Fox Sports Netherlands: “We're working towards the new season and I think we will go into it with the same group of players that we have now for pre-season.”
On the bright side for Barcelona, Ronald Koeman has said Lionel Messi has settled back in just fine after his public attempt to leave did not materialise.
He added: “That all went over my head. That was a dispute between Messi and the club.
“I have spoken to Messi since then and we are back to normal and continue to work with each other.”
Barcelona are willing to pay off part of Luis Suarez's contract to get him out of the door, according to reports.
Suarez, 33, has one year left on his current deal at the Nou Camp but is not wanted by new boss Ronald Koeman.
The club are keen to get him out to free up space – and cash – for the likes of Memphis Depay to come in.
Suarez is reportedly demanding to be paid the full £15million he is due to earn this season in order to be bought out of the contract.
Barcelona were initially unwilling and wanted Juventus to buy him out instead but the Old Lady were also not keen.
Now, though, according to Sport in Spain, Barca have relaxed their stance and would be open to stumping up part of the £15m – with Juventus paying what they want and the Spaniards making up the rest.
SunSport's Duncan Wright has revealed that Tottenham fans are unlikely to see Gareth Bale in their shirt for a month – even if he completes a move back to the club in the next 48 hours.
There are complicated issues to thrash out in a contract that would see Real stump up a large chunk of his £650,000-a-week salary just to get him off their wage bill.
Until they are ironed out, Bale will remain in Madrid reporting for pre-season training with Zinedine Zidane’s squad.
Even if they are sorted by the weekend and Bale returns to the UK, he would then have to go into quarantine for 14 days under government rules to control Covid-19.
That would leave him unable to link up with Jose Mourinho’s squad until October 2, with Spurs facing a trip to Manchester United the following day.
It seems impossible for him to be considered for the match at Old Trafford, and then the Premier League season goes on the back burners for another international break.
Given his involvement with Wales, it would mean Bale would not be able to take part in full training with Mourinho and Spurs until the couple of days leading up to the home game against the Hammers on October 17.
Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost is reportedly being eyed up by Tottenham.
Boss Jose Mourinho complained about his side’s laziness during their opening day defeat to Everton.
He is desperate to bring in extra competition for the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
And The Mail claims Dost is the man who has been identified by Mourinho.
Frankfurt only bought the forward from Sporting Lisbon 12 months ago for £6.5m.
Macclesfield Town have been slapped with a winding-up order at the High Court over their £500,000 debt.
Judge Sebastian Prentis revealed the club owed £190,000 in tax during an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing
A former solicitor for ex-club boss John Askey and a financial lender were also told they were owed £173,000 apiece.
Sadly for the Silkmen, that took the club's debt to over half a million pounds as Covid-19 crippled the club.
All-in-all, Macclesfield are now £536,000 in debt.
Aston Villa have finally confirmed the £20m arrival of Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal.
The goalkeeper, 28, has penned a four-year contract with Dean Smith's side after he was told Bernd Leno would be No1 at the Emirates.
Smith said: “We are really pleased with the signing of our new goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning top side.
“We moved for Emi when we saw the opportunity, as it is rare to be able to buy a top class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age and who can therefore be a key player for our club for the long term.”
COOKING ON GAZ
Tottenham are aiming to pull off a sensational double swoop from Real Madrid as they look to arrest their slide under Jose Mourinho.
Here's how Jose Mourinho's side could look with Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon…
TARK-ING THE MICK
Sean Dyche insisted James Tarkowski is going nowhere, despite West Ham plotting a second bid for the England defender, according to reports.
The Clarets have already turned down a £30million bid from the Hammers amid speculation Dyche is lining up Watford central defender Craig Dawson to replace him.
Dyche said: “With James Tarkowski, I’m not planning on anything else other than him staying here.
“There’s been nothing relevant in terms of new offers at the moment, and we’re hoping there won’t be.
“I want to keep my best players in house, that’s for sure, and he’s a very good player who has delivered for us on a consistent basis.
“And I don’t see why he would want to leave here at this moment in time, although I would imagine the numbers involved are considerable for it to be even considered.
“We’ve got a good group here. Although it's low on numbers, we’ve still got some very good players.”
RISE AND FOL
Sheffield United have been left stunned by Arsenal's £15million demands for teenage striker Folarin Balogun, reports claim.
Balogun, 19, is seen as the perfect young option to come and challenge for first-team football under Chris Wilder's tutelage.
But according to the Mail, United have seen a £3m bid knocked back – because the Gunners want FIVE times that amount.
This despite the fact that Balogun has never played a first-team game, and has entered the final year of his contract.
The England youth international will be free to speak to foreign clubs in January, with the Gunners only due a small compensation fee if he decides to move on then.
Tottenham have reportedly beaten Manchester United in the race to sign full-back Sergio Reguilon after agreeing to include a buy-back clause in the deal with Real Madrid.
GREAL TOUGH DECISION
Jack Grealish admits it was “50-50” whether he would stay at Aston Villa amid Manchester United’s interest.
The 25-year-old committed his future to his boyhood club by signing a new five-year contract just days after making his England debut.
When asked if it was 50-50 if he would remain at Villa, he said: “Yes, I suppose so.
“I had a good season last season, and there was interest in myself from other clubs.
“But I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and I’ve just signed a new contract for Aston Villa and I’ve got the biggest smile on my face.”
GOOD MORNING FOOTY FANS
Tottenham are close to re-signing Gareth Bale in an incredible £20million loan deal.
Jose Mourinho’s side are on the brink of bringing Bale back to the Premier League, with the 31-year-old preferring a Tottenham return over interest from Manchester United.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed it was on when he said last night: “Gareth still loves Spurs. We are talking. It’s where he wants to be.”
In other news, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly the highest-paid player in the Premier League after penning a new deal at Arsenal.
The 31-year-old has ended speculation over his future by signing a three-year deal at the Emirates.
Aubameyang was previously on around £200k-a-week in North London, but his contract will see him pocket more than £350,000-a-week.
Meanwhile, West Brom have announced the signing of veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic on a one-year deal.
The 36-year-old has joined the Baggies on a free transfer after his contract at Russian side Zenit St Petersburg expired.
SunSport reported last week how the former Chelsea star was set to make the move to the Hawthorns.
ONE IN A MIL
Manchester United have been dealt a transfer blow with target Arkadiusz Milik reportedly on the verge of a £23million move to Roma.
Fabrizio Romano claims the Poland international, 26, is heading to Italy’s capital as a replacement for Edin Dzeko.
Manchester City’s former striker, 34, is apparently set to join champions Juventus.
And that means United will miss out on Milik after identifying him as a possible option up front.
Wilfried Zaha hopes to break free from Crystal Palace and return to a so-called big club — and taste European football for the first time.
Yet one of the Premier League’s great entertainers is heading for a crushing disappointment and looks increasingly likely he will remain at Selhurst Park.
This is terrific news for Palace fans. Eagles boss Roy Hodgson will also be delighted.
But this will not be the case for Zaha who has always felt a sense of unfinished business at a major side because his spell at Manchester United in 2013-15 — Palace’s opponents on Saturday — was a total disaster.
THE REAL DEAL
Tottenham are on the brink of re-signing Gareth Bale in a stunning £20million loan deal.
Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett confirmed it was on when he said last night: “Gareth still loves Spurs. We are talking. It’s where he wants to be.”
Bale sent a plea to Premier League clubs to end his Madrid hell less than a fortnight ago after he was frozen out by Zinedine Zidane.
He even accused the Spanish giants of blocking a move to China at the 11th hour last summer.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is desperate to make the deal happen — and SunSport understands an agreement was close last night for Bale to make his comeback.
'HARD ROAD FOR ME'
Emiliano Martinez has sent a farewell message to Arsenal and their fans ahead of his proposed move to Aston Villa.
Speaking on Instagram, he said: “With my family we decided, 11 years at Arsenal and you work 10 years so hard, you leave through the front door today.
“For me I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fan base supporting me and the club.
“I'm very grateful for the 11 years at Arsenal, even if it was a hard road for me and I suffer through my time here.
“But today I'm happy, and I try to show young goalkeepers that hard work pays off.”
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