LIVE Transfer Talk Man United Chelsea vie for Eriksen as Real drop interest

The transfer window for Europe’s biggest clubs is open again. Transfer Talk has been scouring the world’s media and setting our correspondents loose to see who could be heading to/out of your club this month.

TOP STORY: Man United, Chelsea vie for Eriksen as Real drop interest

Tottenham star Christian Eriksen is wanted man. With his contract running out in June 2020 and still only 26 years old, Eriksen has attracted the attention of virtually every major club in Europe.

However, it was generally assumed that Real Madrid (as they usually do when it comes to Tottenham players) would get their man. Not so, say the Daily Express who assert that Manchester United and Chelsea are keen to keep the Denmark midfielder in the Premier League and have “been boosted” by reports that Real have dropped their interest.

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are still in the running but the Premier League pair will feel confident of beating off competition if Eriksen does choose to leave Tottenham. This summer certainly looks like it will be an interesting time in the transfer market.

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12.03 GMT: Antonio Valencia is evidently going to be allowed to depart the club this month, say the Daily Mail, with Newcastle and Fulham interested in taking the veteran right-back on loan.

11.30 GMT: Alvaro Morata is close to becoming an Atletico Madrid player. He’s reportedly now passed his medical and told AS last night: “I’m very happy to be starting this new stage in my career, I’ve been waiting days for this to happen.”

Morata was also asked about his Real Madrid past: “It’s normal that other people will have their own thoughts about it but I know what I have to do. I started out playing for Atleti and the people who know my background and where I come from know my history and what this means to me. The past is the past and we can’t change it.”

10.55 GMT: Callum Hudson-Odoi has handed in a transfer request at Chelsea and now he’s posting inspirational updates on social media.

10.50 GMT: Arsenal have Sokratis, Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin out injured and are in need a defender or two to fill the void. Chelsea’s Gary Cahill has been a target for some time but The Mirror report that Unai Emery is set to ramp up talks to land the centre-back next week before the window slams shut.

10.42 GMT: The Sun also claim that Stoke are targeting Burnley striker Sam Vokes and Southampton’s Charlie Austin — probably one or the other to be honest.

10.07 GMT: Manchester City have been told they will need to pay £35m if they want to sign Schalke midfielder Sebastian Rudy, according to The Sun.

City are keen to find a long-term replacement for Fernandinho, but £35m might be a bit much for a player who was on the fringes of Schalke squad until recently.

09.34 GMT: West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic has signed a contract extension with the Premier League club, ending speculation that the Austrian was set for a big-money move to China.

The 29-year-old told the club’s website he was focused and ready to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday.

“At the end of the day, I sat down with my family, I sat down with the people around me and I said stop all this talking, stop all this waiting, I’m going to go the coach and tell him ‘I’m ready to play,'” he said. “I’m back and I can focus now completely on West Ham because I have committed to stay and I’m going to give everything.”

Arnautovic, who joined West Ham from Stoke City in 2017, said it had been a difficult time with speculation about his future swirling around: “I said yesterday on my Instagram page that obviously it was a big offer, an interesting offer and me and my family took some time and thought about this because I think any human being would think about this.”

09.09 GMT: Manchester United are playing pretty well under their new manager so reinforcements aren’t really needed at the moment, but Gazetta dello Sport claim they are keen on Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella.

The 20-year-old is also of interest to Inter Milan but United are ready to pay £50m to secure their midfield for the next decade.

08.30 GMT: Callum Hudson-Odoi has handed in a transfer request at Chelsea with Bayern Munich’s £35 million offer still on the table, sources have told ESPN FC.

Hudson-Odoi, 18, has been the subject of four bids from Bayern Munich, but Chelsea have been reluctant to let their young star leave and offered him a new contract believed to be in the region of £85,000 a week.

But despite the offer Hudson-Odoi remains keen to leave Chelsea and head to the Bundesliga, with sources saying that Bayern’s bid is the only one on the table, despite reported interest from RB Leipzig and Liverpool.

PAPER TALK (by Danny Lee, Football Whispers)

Hazard is Real’s top target

Real Madrid have made Eden Hazard their No. 1 priority as they look to rebuild their squad ahead of next season, according to a report by AS

It has been a disappointing season by Real’s standards this time around, and they will look to put this right by signing a new star as they continue to acclimatise to a world without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Chelsea attacking midfielder Hazard has long been in their sights, and the player has maintained over and over in recent months that he is keeping his options open with 18 months remaining on his deal at Stamford Bridge.

It now appears the move will finally be completed — if not this month, then by this summer at the latest.

Morata medical as Atleti move nears

Alvaro Morata is due to have a medical in Madrid on Sunday ahead of his move from Chelsea to Atletico, according to reporting by Sky Sports, after the Spaniard landed in the capital on Saturday. 

Some Atleti fans are not keen on their club signing a former Real Madrid player, but it’s thought the move will still be completed next week, according to the reports.

The La Liga side needed to offload a player to help raise some funds for the deal, and the sale of Jonny to Wolves — which had previously been a loan — will do that.

The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea has left the door open for Morata to leave, but he had signalled his intent to look for a new club even before the transfer window had opened.

He’ll be looking to revive his career back in La Liga, after a spell in Italy with Juventus before returning to Real and then moving to London in 2017.

Malcom loan to tempt Arsenal

Arsenal can only loan players … yes, we know …  so yesterday they were being linked with Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. But do they have a backup plan? Yes, say the Sun on Sunday and it’s Barcelona winger Malcom who is pretty unhappy at Camp Nou and keen to move on this month.

Already in (failed) talks over Denis Suarez, the Gunners have an open line of communication with Barcelona and have reportedly asked them about the Brazilian winger instead.

AC Milan are also keen though, so Arsenal will have to move quickly if they are to get their man.

Football Whispers‘ transfer algorithm gives the likelihood of rumours happening a score out of 5.

Maxi Gomez to West Ham — 3.5

This deal is getting close to completion, according to reporting by Sky Sports, after the London side agreed to pay Real Betis the £43m release clause for the Uruguayan forward.

Callum Hudson-Odoi to Bayern Munich — 3.5

The Chelsea winger has put in a transfer request, and Bayern are said to be interested in the young Englishman.

Ivan Perisic to Arsenal — 2.5

Arsenal want the Inter winger on loan with the possibility of an option to buy at £35m at the end of the season, reports the BBC.

Nicolo Barella to Manchester United — 1.5

Chelsea have been linked with Cagliari’s Italian midfielder all summer, but Gazzetta Dello Sport reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will make a bid of £50m in an attempt to beat their top-four rivals to his signature.

Philippe Coutinho to Manchester United — 0.5

Barcelona would prefer to sell Coutinho to Manchester United rather than Paris Saint-Germain, according to reporting by the Mirror, which means he’ll probably be staying at Barcelona.