LIVE Transfer Talk: Man City, Man United join Liverpool in race to sign Bellingham
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September 17, 2021
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The summer transfer window is closed for the top leagues in Europe! After a summer full of international football, countless clubs waited until the last minute to pull off their transfers. See all the major deals here and check out how we graded the biggest signings. But just because the window is shut until January, that doesn't mean the rumours won't keep coming.

TOP STORY: Premier League giants target Bellingham

Premier League rivals Manchester City and Manchester United have joined Liverpool in setting their sights set on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, The Sun reports.

Bellingham, 18, has emerged as one of Europe's most exciting young talents since moving to the Bundesliga last year. The England international was named Player of the Match for his side's 2-1 win at Besiktas in the Champions League in midweek after scoring one goal and setting up the other.

Last week, Fabrizio Romano reported that Liverpool were targeting the former Birmingham City player, and now The Sun claims that City and United are also keen to sign him.

However, they may have to be patient: Bellingham still has four years left on his contract with no release clause involved, allowing the Bundesliga club to potentially stand strong on their stance of not losing the midfielder.

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21.56 BST: Bruno Fernandes is in line for a mammoth six-year contract that will see him remain at Old Trafford until 2027, writes Ekrem Konur. Negotiations will take place shortly with Manchester United looking to tie down the 27-year-old to new terms as a priority, with reports suggesting wages of £250,000 a week have been agreed.

21.37 BST: Transfer guru Nicolo Schira reports that former Juventus starlet, Italy international and Toronto FC great Sebastian Giovinco is set to return to the Canadian club nearly three years after leaving for Saudi side Al Hilal. The now-34-year-old attacker was named MLS MVP in 2015, the same year he won the league's Golden Boot, is a four-time All-Star and lifted MLS Cup in 2017.

21.19 BST: Simon Kjaer is close to penning a new deal with AC Milan will see the Denmark international extend his stay at the San Siro until 2024, according to Pedro Almeida. The 32-year-old centre-back is a key part of Stefano Pioli's side and is keen to continue his career at the club he joined permanently from Sevilla in the summer of 2020 after a successful loan spell.

20.42 BST: Ousmane Dembele will meet with Barcelona next week for talks over a new contract at Camp Nou, Mundo Deportivo writes. The Blaugrana are keen to keep hold of the 24-year-old, who has a year remaining on his deal, and negotiations have been ongoing for the past few weeks but now look set to advance with the LaLiga side intent on offering the France international at least two further years.

20.05 BST: Real Madrid forward Luka Jovic could be set to go out on loan to Juventus with an obligation to make the move permanent, according to Calciomercato.

The Serbia international is the latest name to be linked as the Serie A side continue to be in the market for a striker to help fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo. The 23-year-old joined Los Blancos in 2019 but has failed to become a regular starter at the Santiago Bernabeu, featuring in just 10 minutes so far this season.

19.28 BST: Sport reports that Barcelona failed in their attempt to replace manager Ronald Koeman with sporting advisor, Jordi Cruyff. With some members of the Camp Nou hierarchy reported to have lost faith in the head coach, the Spanish outlet writes that the son of Blaugrana legend Johan Cruyff turned down the opportunity to replace Koeman out of respect for their long-standing friendship.

18.51 BST: AS Roma midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini is set to be rewarded with a new five-year contract, according to Fabrizio Romano. The Serie A star was the subject of interest over the summer, but the 25-year-old's new terms could see the ¬30m release clause that exists in the Italy international's current contract removed. Pellegrini is enjoying a rich vein of form, having contributed to six goals in as many games for the Giallorossi.

18.14 BST: Super-agent Mino Raiola has revealed that Paul Pogba's heart is in Turin, with the midfielder open to a move back to Juventus if the Serie A club make a move for the France international.

In an interview with Italian broadcaster RAI Sport, as quoted by the Mirror, the 28-year-old's agent said: "Juventus? Paul still loves Turin. The possibility of him coming back is there, but it also depends on Juve."

Speculation over the future of the Manchester United midfielder is continuing to evolve with clubs across Europe able to discuss a pre-contract agreement with Pogba in January, with Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain also mooted as potential destinations.

17.37 BST: The next club of Dani Alves could be Flamengo, with Brazilian outlet Torcedores reporting that the player's representatives have held a meeting with the Brasileiro Serie A side over a potential deal. The initial talks are reported to have been promising for the 38-year-old right-back, who is open to joining Mengao after leaving Sao Paulo over a wage dispute last week.

17.00 BST: Alexandre Lacazette is without a contract offer despite having just 10 months remaining on his deal at Arsenal, sources have told ESPN's James Olley. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta claimed in April that the 30-year-old's future would be resolved over the summer, but it now looks like the former Ligue 1 star has been left in the dark in regards to whether his career will continue at the Emirates.

A number of clubs have been alerted to the uncertainty in North London, with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Sevilla all keen on acquiring the forward on a free transfer next summer, while Juventus were reported to be considering a January move to manoeuvre into the front of the queue for the former Lyon striker. Read the full story.

16.17 BST: Brighton & Hove Albion's Yves Bissouma, who has been targeted by some of England's biggest clubs, believes he is the best midfielder in the Premier League.

Bissouma, 25, has impressed in the Premier League over recent seasons and has seen Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United all linked with interest in him.

The Mali international clearly thinks he is ready to step up a level, telling the BBC's "Football Focus": "I don't want to be arrogant, but it's me because in my head I am working to be the best.

"So I cannot say another name, I know in the Premier League there are so many good midfielders, but for me, it's me because that gives me the...
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