Transfer Talk: Spurs seal Bale return after agreeing loan with Real Madrid

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Updated: September 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made the transfer market uncertain — and you can find out when the windows open and close here — but here are the rumours floating around Europe’s big leagues and beyond. Plus, check out all the latest major completed transfers across Europe.

TOP STORY: Man United eye Khedira on a free transfer

Sami Khedira‘s contract looks set to be terminated at Juventus and Manchester United are interested in signing him, according to The Sun.

Khedira, 33, joined on a free transfer in 2015 after leaving Real Madrid but made just 18 appearances for the Bianconeri last term after struggling with injury.

After the signings of Weston McKennie from Schalke and Arthur from Barcelona, the German is set to drop down the pecking order in Turin and the club could save a reported €6m in salary per season by letting him go.

United are keen to bolster their midfield and have been linked with a number of players, including Valencia‘s Uros Racic.

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11.53 BST: Looks like Barcelona’s future is in safe hands…

Ronald Koeman says he was especially impressed with United States youth international Konrad de la Fuente as Barca continued their preparations for the new season by beating Girona 3-1 on Wednesday.

“We know we have really good young players here,” Koeman told a news conference after the match. “The important thing is being involved in training at a good level and then taking that into these friendly games. If I had to highlight one of the youngsters, I would say Konrad, I am really happy with him. But we also have Pedri, Riqui. We have great a future ahead of us.”

11.12 BST: RB Leipzig are looking to complete the €24m signing of Alexander Sorloth from Crystal Palace before their Bundesliga season opener against Mainz on Sunday, according to Bild.

Sorloth, 24, joined Trabzonspor on loan in 2019 and scored 33 goals in 49 games for the Turkish side. But after being linked with a move to Tottenham, the Norway international will replace Timo Werner, who joined Chelsea earlier this summer.

10.40 BST: Well Thiago to Liverpool escalated quickly…

The 29-year-old, whose contract with the Champions League winners was due to expire next summer, has agreed a four-year deal at Anfield, where he will wear the No. 6 shirt for Jurgen Klopp’s team.

Sources have told Sportsplay that the fee for Thiago could rise to £25m, based on Liverpool winning the Premier League or Champions League during his time at Anfield. The Spain international will complete a move to Merseyside once he has successfully completed a medical.

10.25 BST: Real Madrid’s Sergio Reguilon is having a medical at Tottenham ahead of a €30m deal, which should be announced tomorrow. But is he the right player for Jose Mourinho?

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Mark Ogden details Sergio Reguilon’s proposed transfer to Tottenham and what it means for Manchester United.

10.08 BST: Sportsplay correspondent Rob Dawson gives us his thoughts on how Manchester United’s summer has gone.

The swift, smooth arrival of Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek for £40 million from Ajax represents a good deal in a difficult market; executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge deserve credit for getting it done. But ahead of a crucial campaign, there is a familiar frustration running through the club — transfer negotiations dragging on, fringe players hanging around and the clock ticking down towards the deadline on Oct. 5.

09.45 BST: Liverpool are ready to fend off rival interest from Manchester United by stepping up their efforts to sign Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara after contacting the Champions League winners over a move for the midfielder, sources have told Sportsplay’s Mark Ogden.

Jurgen Klopp has been determined to add the former Barcelona player to his squad this summer, but financial restrictions at the club in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic had left the Liverpool hierarchy reluctant to sanction an expensive move for a 29-year-old.

Klopp had been told that a first-team player would have to leave the Premier League champions in order to create space on the wage bill for Thiago.

But sources have told Sportsplay that Klopp has now been given the green light to make a move for Thiago without the need to sell a squad player first.

09.15 BST: Burnley have turned down a £31m offer from West Ham for James Tarkowski, says Sky Sports.

The report says “Around £25m was offered up front 00 an improvement on the second bid, which included around £10m in add-ons.

“Burnley have told West Ham their bid is still significantly lower than their valuation for the player, who has a £50m release clause in his present contract.”

08.30 BST: Spanish left-back Sergio Reguilon will join Tottenham from Real Madrid in a €30m transfer, according Onda Cero.

A deal is imminent with Reguilon having already undergone a medical ahead of signing a five-year contract with Spurs. Real Madrid will have an option to buy back the player in the next two seasons for €40m, while sources told Sportsplay that Manchester United were interested.

Reguilon, 23, is tied to Los Blancos until June 2023. He spent last season on loan at Sevilla, making 31 league appearances, and helped the Andalusian club win the Europa League.

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Mark Ogden explains what Gareth Bale could bring to Tottenham and why Man United won’t be concerned.

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Bale’s Spurs return from Real finalised

Gareth Bale will return to Tottenham Hotspur after the north London club secured a season-long loan deal for the Real Madrid star worth £13 million, according to the Daily Mail.

As reported by Sportsplay on Tuesday, Tottenham moved ahead of Manchester United in the race to secure Bale’s services for the 2020-21 Premier League campaign. The Mail’s report now claims that Tottenham have agreed to cover half of the Welshman’s whopping £500,000-a-week salary.

Bale’s agent told the BBC that talks are “slowly progressing,” but added that “Gareth is closer to leaving Madrid than at any time in the last seven years.

“We are still negotiating. We shall see how it goes.”

It would seem Manchester United’s pursuit of highly-rated Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has aided Spurs’ efforts to return Bale to his former club. The report claims that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never made a move for Bale because of his stance regarding Sancho.

Therefore, Jose Mourinho appears to have wasted little time in signing Bale after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reached an agreement with the La Liga giants.

Leicester closing on Under deal

Leicester City will succeed in their efforts to sign winger Cengiz Under away from AS Roma before the window closes, according to The Leicester Mercury.

The speedy Turkey international was the subject of interest from both Manchester City and Arsenal in the not-so-distant past, but a move away from Roma and Serie A never materialised.

The 23-year-old has struggled with injuries and a revolving door of managers in Rome, but when fit his combination of direct play and pinpoint crossing were likely two of the traits that caught the eye of City boss Pep Guardiola.

With Roma in need of funds, Leicester have seen an opportunity to add Under to an already talented squad, with the report suggesting a loan with an option to buy the most likely scenario to bring him to the Premier League.

Man City to focus on La Liga duo over Koulibaly

Napoli‘s valuation of Manchester City target Kalidou Koulibaly has led Pep Guardiola to consider alternative players to fill his defensive void, says the Guardian.

Koulibaly has been on City’s radar for some time and a €60m offer for the 29-year-old was rejected earlier this month. It has since been reported that Napoli will accept an offer in the region of €80m — a fee considered too high by Guardiola.

Consequently, Sevilla FC‘s Diego Carlos and Atletico Madrid‘s Jose Gimenez have caught Guardiola’s attention. The Guardian’s report states that should Napoli fail to lower their demand for Koulibaly, then City will instead bid for either Carlos or Gimenez.

There is one snag though, both players come with hefty release clauses. Gimenez’s is said to be £109.8m while Carlos’ is reported as £68.7m.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants to add two more players to his squad before the transfer window closes on October 5. The claim comes from The Athletic, who today reported that Klopp has asked for one or two more signings to be completed despite financial restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Among Klopp’s targets are Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Watford striker Ismaila Sarr.

– Manchester United and Leicester City have halted their efforts to sign AFC Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks after learning of Cherries’ pricey valuation. Bournemouth are understandably keen to sell the 23-year-old following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season. According to the Sun, the £50m valuation of Brooks appears to have put off both United and the Foxes for now.

– Scottish Premier League champions Celtic are on the verge of capturing Charlton Athletic defender Alfie Doughty for £800,000, according to Football Insider. Determination appears to be paying off for the Hoops after two previous bids for the 20-year-old left back were rejected. But Celtic’s latest offer will be too good to refuse for League One outfit Charlton, who were relegated from the Championship last term.

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