Sports Transfer News LIVE updates : Morata to Chelsea medical, Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal gossip

Alvaro Morata GETTYAlvaro Morata is close to joining Chelsea from Real Madrid
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00:00am: Liverpool are prepared to return with a £70m offer for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.

Jurgen Klopp wants the 22-year-old at Anfield next year and has already had a £66m offer rejected.

But the Mirror now claim the Reds are ready to up their bid to £70m.

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Wednesday, July 1910.30pm: Everton are reportedly hopeful they can nab Arsenal ace Olivier Giroud if Borussia Dortmund don’t come calling.The France international has blown hot and cold since moving to the Emirates in 2012 but has still managed to plunder 98 goals in 226 appearances.

His chances of spearheading Arsene Wenger’s attack from the off next season have taken a significant blow following the capture of Alexandre Lacazette though.

Giroud has admitted this summer that he could leave Arsenal, with a host of clubs said to be interested in securing his services.

And reports suggest Ronald Koeman could get his man with another of the 30-year-old’s potential options hinting they won’t need frontline additions.

9.50pm: Alvaro Morata has spoken on joining Chelsea from Real Madrid.He told Marca: “I am very happy, God willing, tomorrow I will be at Chelsea, a club that has always loved me.“I’m not disappointed, for nothing, I’ve won four titles here, but now I only think of putting on the Chelsea shirt.”

Morata also sent a message to Real fans and is thankful for all of their support during his time at the Bernabeu.

He added: “Thank you very much to all the Madridistas who have supported me once more, I will always wish the best to Madrid.

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“I am happy to have shared team with these team-mates, the last time I wore this shirt was in Cibeles.”

9.10pm: Graeme Souness wants to see Virgil van Dijk in a Liverpool shirt before the start of the new season.

“I would have liked to have seen a bit more action. I think Liverpool are still a bit off challenging for the title,” he said on talkSPORT.

“With the demands of the Champions League next year, if two or three players get knocks and aren’t playing all the time that could badly damage them.

“I don’t think they’ve got enough strength in depth to make a real impression in the two big trophies.

“A new centre-half, that would have been the main one for me. If I was manager of Liverpool at this time I would have pushed the boat out and done whatever you had to do to get the boy Van Dijk.

“It looks like Southampton are digging their heels in, but Southampton do sell players, they have done consistently over the last few years.

“I’m an enormous fan of Van Dijk, I would love for him to go to Liverpool.”

Graeme Souness has urged Liverpool to sign Virgil van DijkGETTYGraeme Souness has urged Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk
8.30pm: Everton have had a bid accepted for young Newcastle defender Lewis Gibson.The 17-year-old is also wanted by Tottenham, but the Toffees are confident of convincing the starlet to move to Goodison Park.The Liverpool Echo claim the deal agreed would be worth in excess of £6m.

If Gibson joins Everton he would link up with their Under-23 setup to continue his development.

Transfer supremo Steve Walsh has made the teenager a priority signing for David Unsworth’s team this summer.

7.40pm: Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted the club could let Renato Sanches leave the club this simmer.

“He won’t get enough minutes at Bayern, so we’re willing to negotiate a loan deal and maybe beyond that,” he said.

“I’m not the coach, but I think Renato needs regular football. I can confirm Milan’s interest, but talks didn’t progress last week.

“If a club are interested in a Bayern player, they must be ready to deal with significant economic figures and I don’t feel that Milan are ready to meet our demands.

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“We’ll say that it wouldn’t be bad if a €48m offer came in for him”

6.25pm: Alvaro Morata will arrive in London tomorrow morning ahead of his proposed move to Chelsea.The Real Madrid striker will undergo a medical before sealing his switch to Stamford Bridge.Both clubs have confirmed the deal which is worth £75m.

5.55pm: Cristiano Ronaldo wants Real Madrid to swoop for Manchester United star David de Gea.

De Gea and Ronaldo are both represented by Jorge Mendes.

And Spanish news outlet Don Balon say Ronaldo is keen for the influential fixer to bring the goalkeeper to the Bernabeu.

De Gea, 26, is a long-term target for the La Liga champions.

The Spain international was on the cusp of a big-money move back to his homeland in 2015.

But the transfer controversially collapsed due to administrative issues.

Alvaro Morata nets with two brilliant strikes for Real Madrid

5.15pm: Fraser Forster has signed a new five-year contract at Southampton.The goalkeeper penned a deal until 2021 last summer but his new contract extends that by another season, taking his commitment to 2022.Forster said: “I’m delighted. I have absolutely loved my time here at Southampton so far and when the opportunity came along to extend it I didn’t think twice about it.

“I think it’s a fantastic club to be at, with a really bright future, and the ambition shown at the club is one where they want to move it forward, so for me it was a no-brainer.”

5pm: Manchester City have reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign Danilo.

Sky Sports claim they will pay £26.5m for the defender, with potential add-ons taking the fee over £30m.

Danilo was heavily linked with Chelsea but it appears City – despite the signing of Kyle Walker from Tottenham – have won the race.

4.30pm: Chelsea are close to finalising a deal for Alvaro Morata.Morata is top of the Blues’ wanted list after they lost out to Manchester United for Romelu Lukaku.And reports from Italy claim a deal is now on the brink for the Real Madrid man.

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Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio wrote on Twitter: “#Morata is close to @ChelseaFC now. @SkySport @SkySportsNews @realmadrid”

He says Morata talks between Madrid and Chelsea are now at an advanced stage.

4pm: Ross Barkley is being tracked by the Premier League’s top sides this summer.

The Everton ace is in the final year of his contact at Goodison Park and will not pen a new deal.

The Daily Mail claim United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all monitoring the England international’s situation.

They say there could be a bidding war at the end of the current transfer window for the 23-year-old.

Barkley is currently sidelined with a groin injury and didn’t travel on Everton’s pre-season tour.

3.30pm: Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has flown home from the club’s pre-season trip to Hong Kong to complete a move to Hull.Stewart has gone back to the UK to put the finishing touches on a deal which could top £8m.The 23-year-old left the squad, who are in Hong Kong to play in the Premier League Asia Trophy.

PA report Championship outfit Hull have agreed a deal with Liverpool which could rise to £8m if add-ons are triggered.

But it’s claimed the deal for Stewart is not related to the Reds’ chase for Tigers left-back Andrew Robertson.

3pm: Mohamed Elneny has snubbed a move to Leicester despite Arsenal accepting a £10m bid from the Foxes.

The Sun claim Leicester are keen to sign the 25-year-old this summer and the Gunners have agreed to the sale.

But it is said that Elneny has rejected the chance to move to the King Power Stadium.

The reports say that Egyptian held talks with the Foxes but turned them down as he loves life in London.

Despite his limited Premier League playing time, Elneny is reportedly happy to remain in his bit-part role at Arsenal.

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