Football Transfer Bulletin: Today's rumours, gossip & odds including Liverpool news

Last Updated July 17 2017, 20:36Football
Naby Keita
Naby Keita

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2140: Big done deal in the Sky Bet Championship as Middlesbrough complete the signing of Britt Assombalonga from Nottingham Forest for a club-record fee. 

1915: Goodbye to a legend as Francesco Totti confirms his retirement as a player by accepting a directorship role with Roma. 

In an interview published on Roma's official website on Monday evening, Totti admitted his illustrious on-pitch career was a thing of the past and that a new life in football management awaited him.

He said: "The end of my playing career was May 28, 2017. That for me was an historic day."I'll carry it with me forever. It will be hard to explain to people the feelings and emotions I felt that day.

"The first part of my life, as a player, has ended but now I'm heading into an equally important part as a manager, hoping to do as well as I did on the field." 

1805: Interesting line in from Press Association Sport as they understand Newcastle have had an increased bid for Norwich winger Jacob Murphy accepted.

1800: Some Cuco Martina quotes are in from Everton's official website about his move to Goodison Park.

"Everton is a big club with big ambitions and I'm really looking forward to joining this group of players and the manager as we try to step forward next season," the defender told evertonfc.com.

"Obviously, I know the manager from my time at Southampton, so I know what he wants and he knows what I can do.

"Everton supporters are really passionate about their club and everyone's excited about where the club is aiming. You can see this is a club that wants to achieve something and the players we are bringing certainly show this."

1745: Exciting times as we can bring you four done deals.

Everton have added former Southampton defender Cuco Martina to their squad.

Swansea have swooped for young Coventry defender Cian Harries.

Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong has penned a loan deal with Bolton until January.

Mukhtar Ali is the latest Chelsea player to sign for Vitesse Arnhem.

1715: Liverpool seem to be doing a tremendous job of ignoring their actual issues this summer to compensate for one that will not reoccur this season.

The Reds were left short when Sadio Mane was on international duty at the African Cup of Nations last season, but will not have to worry about that this season due to the competition not taking place.

Now injuries obviously happen, with Mane subject to one last season, so they've sensibly added fellow winger Mohamed Salah this summer.

However, despite their only prolific striker being immensely injury-prone, their only natural left-back can’t defend and is unfancied and that they don’t have a top-class goalkeeper, holding midfielder or centre-back, they continue to focus on signing another winger.

Naby Keita is the target and RB Leipzig have already reportedly rejected an offer of around £57m, with head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl saying: "It's a huge compliment for us that we awoke such desires, but it's not the general idea of our path to allow players a transfer following the first available offer."

What does it all mean? Well not much other than Liverpool continue to be really bad at signing players under Jurgen Klopp, but he’s a fun guy so it’s all okay.

1655: Newcastle are closing in on Norwich and England Under-21 winger Jacob Murphy, with Sky Sports reporting that a fee in the region of £12m has been reached.

The 22-year-old score nine goals and assisted another six in the Sky Bet Championship last season before making a solitary start and three substitute appearances during England's semi-final run at the European Under-21 Championships.

1457: Kieran Gibbs anyone? Anyone?!

Well, they may not really 'do' full-backs, but West Brom are expected to secure the services for the available Arsenal left-back.

Gibbs has been slashed to just 1/5 to land the irregular England international, who has started just 25 games over the last two season due to injuries and Nacho Monreal.

Now, with Sead Kolasinac also on the scene, Gibbs is 4/1 to still be at the Emirates come the close on the transfer window, with Southampton (5/1) and Newcastle (8/1) thought to be mildly interested.

1350: Robert Lewandowski, Andrea Belotti, Alvaro Morata, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gonzalo Higuain and now Sergio Aguero.

Not for the first time, Chelsea are behaving like they've been taken over on Football Manager, showing interest in the world's most sought after strikers with little regard for reality.

With Diego Costa set to leave they need to sign somebody, but which deal is actually likely to go through?

Well, the closest we can get to reality is a look at where the money is going on Sky Bet's Transfer Specials, with the most convincing £££ currently only Aubameyang.

The Dortmund forward is 8/11 to head to Stamford Bridge, followed by Aguero (2/1), Higuain (11/4), Belotti (7/2), Morata (5/1) and then Lewandowski (10/1).

I think it's safe to say this is a case of a seller's market and whoever decides to cash is will do so for a tidy profit.

1330: And here it is, the transfer rumour machine clicking into a new gear of ridiculousness - Chelsea are supposedly interested in Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero, the striker with the best goals-per-minute ratio over the last three years. 

Sergio Aguero, the striker who is one of the key parts of a Manchester City side considered the champions' main contenders for the title. 

Sergio Aguero, the striker who is owned by the richest club in the Premier League. 

Come on Chelsea/rumour makes, Sergio Aguero is going nowhere.  

1230: Bayern Munich have just confirmed they have ended their interest in Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean forward was 5/1 to head to the Allianz Arena, with Manchester City favourites to secure his services at 13/8, while remaining at Arsenal is deemed most likely at 11/10.

1155: Next stop on the Premier League legends tour: the Midlands...

John Terry has already touched down at Aston Villa and we're expecting Ashley Cole to arrive next, with growing suggestions that the left-back in interested in a move to Birmingham.

Robbie Keane has also been linked with move from LA Galaxy to St Andrew's, while Stewart Downing is just 1/10 to join the Blues.

Gareth Barry and Peter Crouch are 3/1 and 8/11 respectively to head to Villa Park in Sky Bet's Transfer Specials.

Over to you Derby, preferably taking Steve McManaman and Michael Owen off our TVs for the new season.

0905: Talking of strikers with long surnames starting with 'A' (I promise my tedious links will improve as the coffee kicks in), it looks increasingly like Britt Assombalonga will be heading to Middlesbrough.

Sky Bet have just suspended betting on the deal happening after seeing some significant bets at short odds.

Burnley and Watford have also been with the 24-year-old but Boro are reportedly ready to break their club transfer record to win the race, with a bid of around £14m, including adds-on, suggested by their local paper, the Gazzette.

After an injury ravaged 2015/16, Assombalonga bagged 14 goals from 20 starts and 12 substitute appearances last season for Forest, who splashed out £5.5m to sign him from Peterborough three summers ago.

0835:  Jose Mourinho is also understood to be keen to bring Real Madrid's Toni Kroos to Old Trafford, according to The Sun.

The Manchester United boss wants Kroos included as part of any deal for David De Gea if the Spanish champions up their interest in signing the goalkeeper.

0810:  The main early news is that Chelsea have reportedly earmarked Borussia Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Augbameyang as their their top target to replace Diego Costa. 

Sky Bet make the striker a 5/6 shot to make the move to Stamford Bridge with AC Milan 7/2 second favourites.

Also, it looks like Liverpool's Lucas Leiva is heading to Lazio after he was pictured on the Italian club's official Twitter account holding a Lazio scarf. 

0800: Good morning and welcome to a new week in The Transfer Bulletin.

A couple of early tit-bits from today's Paper Talk suggest Arsenal want Virgil van Dijk and Moussa Dembele, while Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is poised to complete a move Juventus. 

It seems a good idea to start by getting you up to date with a few stories that you may have missed from the weekend.

Mertesacker: Leave Sanchez alone

Bale: No clue on Ronaldo future


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