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SIMON JONES: Bolton have reached an agreement to sign free agent defender Francesco Pisano.

The former Cagliari right back had his arrival delayed while Bolton awaited Tim Ream’s departure to Fulham.

Manager Neil Lennon said: ‘Fulham upped the bid from QPR and Tim made it clear he wanted to go there. Now we think we can get another attacking player in by Tuesday and it’s been well documented that we’re after Pisano the right-back. That’s the plan.’

SIMON JONES: Besiktas are the latest club to show interest in Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva.

Juventus, AC Milan and Inter have all discussed potential moves for the 28-year-old as have West Ham.

Lucas was left out of Liverpool’s squad which defeated Stoke City 1-0.  

Liverpool are keen on signing Lucas Leiva (right)

SIMON JONES: Lorik Cana is eyeing a return to the Premier League.

The former Sunderland captain, now 32, is available on a fee transfer after Lazio agreed to let him go.

Cana left Sunderland in 2010 after an impressive season under Steve Bruce’s management. The Albania international was offered the chance to play Champions League football with Galatasaray and the offer was too good to refuse.

Lorik Cana wants to move back to England

SIMON JONES: Southampton and Napoli are holding further talks over an £8.5million deal for defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

Sportsmail revealed last week that Southampton had made enquiries for the 24-year-old who can play at centre back and centre midfield.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly has been linked with Southampton

SIMON JONES: Everton have revived interest in Andriy Yarmolenko from Dinamo Kiev.

The Ukraine attacking midfielder has been on the radar of Roberto Martinez since last season and was a former target for neighbours Liverpool.

He dominated Everton in their Europa League defeat in Kiev earlier this year and Martinez is considering a bid of around £10.5million, which is understood to be the player’s buy-out clause.

Andriy Yarmolenko in action for DInamo Kiev

SIMON JONES: Newcastle have offered Remy Cabella on loan to Marseille as part of their bid to sign Florian Thauvin.

Marseille say they have received a £12million offer for Thauvin, with the cash to be paid up front, and the 22-year-old attacking midfielder is considering the move.

Newcastle, aware that Marseille want a suitable replacement, have also offered Cabella on loan with view to a permanent deal.

Marseille midfielder Florian Thauvin (right) could move to St James’ Park

SIMON JONES: Chelsea’s £21.7million left back Baba Rahman has been forced to delay his arrival in the UK as he awaits the necessary work permit and visa applications to be processed.

The 21-year-old signing from Augsburg has already passed medicals and agreed personal terms with Chelsea in a transfer that will initially cost £14m but rise on appearances. the deal was formally announced yesterday and he will wear the No 17 shirt.

Chelsea are expected to make another offer for Everton’s John Stones this week while Juventus meanwhile are pushing to sign Juan Cuadrado on an initial loan.

Baba Rahman will wear the No 17 shirt

SIMON JONES: Manchester City will not allow Eliaquim Mangala to leave as part of any deal for Nicolas Otamendi.

The 24-year-old had a difficult first season in the Premier League following his big money arrival from Porto and the signs in pre-season were that may continue.

However, the £31.8m signing has performed well in the opening Premier League games, so far keeping two clean sheets alongside Vincent Kompany in City’s two victories.

Eliaquim Mangala is staying put

JOHN DOWNES: Tuttosport’s headline reads, ‘Expert Analysis: Juve favourites (for the Serie A title) but… Yes, they need Draxler.’

The paper suggests that 21-year-old striker Paulo Dybala is a great acquisition from Palermo and retaining Paul Pogba is a great piece of business but the club’s director general Giuseppe Marotta is focused on landing a playmaker and Schalke’s young attacker Julian Draxler is a perfect fit.

It goes on to say that Juve are in pole position to sign the 21-year-old German but keep an eye on Roma and AC Milan.

Juventus urged to sign Julian Draxler

SIMON JONES: Bradford City have signed former Liverpool goalkeper Brad Jones.

The League One club had been talking to Jussi Jaaskelainen and Chris Kirkland before their moves to Wigan and Preston respectively.

Jones was a free agent after being released by Liverpool at the end of last season.

The capture of the 33-year-old Australian international ends a long search for another senior keeper to compete with Ben Williams.

Jones, who previously played for Middlesbrough, goes straight into the squad for tomorrow’s home game with Gillingham.

SIMON JONES: Falkirk striker Botti Biabi, 19, will have a medical at Swansea City today ahead of completing his £150,000 move to the Liberty Stadium 

SIMON JONES: Wolfsburg have offered Kevin De Bruyne a new contract worth around £150,000 a week to stay with the Bundesliga club. 

Manchester City are weighing up whether to make an improved bid up to £50million for the Belgian.

De Bruyne was named Lower Saxony’s Footballer of the Year and speaking at the awards ceremony, Wolfsburg head coach Dieter Hecking said: ‘It will be a difficult two weeks until the end of the August. If he should leave, I will wish him well for the future.’

Wolfsburg are hoping to keep the Belgium international

Derby County have made an enquiry for Huddersfield midfielder Jacob Butterfield.

Paul Clement is looking for midfielders after losing Will Hughes and Craig Bryson to injury.

Butterfield joined Huddersfield last summer as part of the deal which saw Adam Clayton seal a move to Middlesbrough.  

Jacob Butterfield is attracting interest from Derby

SIMON JONES: Bournemouth are continuing to push for a deal for Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray.

The 32-year-old former Brighton man was an unused substitute against Arsenal at the weekend.

Murray has moved down the pecking order at Selhurst Park following the arrivals of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford. 

Bournemouth are still interested in Glenn Murray

SAMI MOKBEL: Joleon Lescott is set to hand West Brom a huge boost by signing a new contract.

The former Manchester City defender’s future has been unclear in recent weeks after Aston Villa launched a bid to sign the Baggies star.

But the former England international is set to commit his future to The Hawthorns club by penning fresh terms.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is hopeful the deal will be concluded within the next 48 hours.

Joleon Lescott will commit his future to West Brom

RORY KEANE: Inter boss Mancini explained that the Italian side were forced to offload the 21-year-old playmaker due to Financial Fair Play Restrictions.

‘Am I disappointed about Kovacic? It’s a shame, but unfortunately there are rules that must be respected,’ Mancini told Sport Mediaset Premium following his side’s draw with AEK Athens on Sunday. 

‘I don’t think any of us didn’t want him here, but to respect the Financial Fair Play parameters we had to do something.

‘That doesn’t mean we won’t make a squad capable of challenging. We are all disappointed, from the president to the players, but faced with rules we have to make sacrifices. It’s a pity some don’t understand that.’ 

‘Kovacic and Xherdan Shaqiri left for the same reason, so now perhaps we can do other things. We hope to sign suitable players soon, even if the transfer market goes on for the rest of August.

‘Having sacrificed two important players will allow us to take other elements in roles where we are lacking. Full back and midfielder? We’ll see.’

Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reflect on Kovacic’s move

Madrid-based publication Marca also have their say

SAM CUNNINGHAM: Milton Keynes Dons want to take Norwich full back Harry Toffolo on loan for the season.

The 19-year-old — who has represented England at Under 18, 19 and 20 level — enjoyed a successful loan spell at Swindon last season, where he helped them reach the League One play-off final.

His initial loan lasted only half the season, but he became so popular at the club the Swindon Town Supporters’ Club raised £12,000 to help fund a second spell for the remainder of the season there when the club were initially unable to agree a fee with Norwich.

Harry Toffolo could drop down to the Championship

SIMON JONES and SUNNI UPAL: Liverpool have rejected a loan offer from Roma for Mamadou Sakho.

The French centre back was overlooked by Brendan Rodgers for Liverpool’s opening game against Stoke on Sunday.

Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren was the preferred defensive partnership at the Britannia Stadium, and that has thrown Sakho’s future into doubt.

Mamadou Sakho is being targeted by Roma

SIMON JONES: Bournemouth are taking River Plate midfielder Tomas Andrade on trial.

The 19-year-old playmaker was poised to sign for Everton on loan last week but manager Roberto Martinez changed his mind.

Andrade was voted player of the tournament at the World U17 Championships 18 months ago and the outstanding player at this summer’s U19 Dallas Cup.

Eddie Howe is on the lookout for fresh blood

SAMI MOKBEL: Queens Park Rangers have had a £1.5million move for Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies accepted.

Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has targeted Smithies following the departure of Alex McCarthy to Crystal Palace earlier this summer.

And QPR hope to complete a swoop for the 25-year-old, who has represented England Under 19s, this week.

Alex Smithies is expected to join QPR this week

MARTIN DOMIN: Christian Eriksen’s agent has refused to rule out a move away from Tottenham for his client.

The Danish midfielder has been touted as a replacement for Arturo Vidal at Juventus with the Italian giants ready to splash out £16.5million.

Eriksen has three years left on the contract he signed when he arrived at White Hart Lane from Ajax for £9.5m in 2013 and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has no intention of selling.

Christian Eriksen could leave Tottenham

Former Manchester United playmaker Angel di Maria was unveiled to the Parc des Princes crowd on Sunday following his £44million summer move to the Ligue 1 giants. 

Di Maria was presented to the home fans before kick-off, but was not included in the matchday squad as he continues to build up his fitness following his big-money.

The Argentina international proved to be a good omen for PSG as they beat Ajaccio 2-0. 

Angel di Maria gestures before the Ligue 1 match

DAVID KENT: Manchester City are set to end their interest in Saido Berahino, leaving Tottenham a clear run at the striker.

The West Bromwich striker’s future will become a pertinent issue during the closing stages of the transfer window.

And Tottenham’s pursuit of the England international has been boosted by the news that City have cooled their interest in the forward.

Tottenham have free run to sign Saido Berahino

SIMON JONES and CHRIS WHEELER: Manchester City are ready to raise their offer for Kevin De Bruyne to £50m to persuade Wolfsburg to sell the Belgium winger.

De Bruyne has been one of City’s main transfer targets throughout the summer but Wolfsburg have stood firm over their valuation.

However the club’s sporting director Klaus Allofs accepts that they have an obligation to consider De Bruyne’s future with City said to be offering him personal terms in excess of £200,000-a-week.

Kevin De Bruyne walks off the pitch after Bundesliga clash

PETE JENSON: Real Madrid are poised to complete the signing of 21-year-old midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan, raising questions about who might be about to leave the club to make way for the new arrival.

The Croatia international was pulled out of a friendly with AEK Athens on Sunday and is expected to move to Spain for £25million.

If the Inter No 10 is used as an attacking midfielder then it will create a surplus of players who want to play the same position and with Arsenal and Manchester City interested in Karim Benzema and Isco respectively, both clubs will be encouraged by Real Madrid’s latest acquisition.

Mateo Kovacic competes for the ball with Gary Medel

Chelsea announced the signing of Augsburg left Baba Rahman shortly after their 3-0 win over Premier League rivals Manchester City. 

The Blues will pay an initial fee of £14million but could eventually fork out up to £21m on the Ghana international. 

Rahman is expected to deputise for Cesar Azpilicueta following the sale of Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid. 

 

As well as missing out on Sergio Ramos, Louis van Gaal is also set to lose out in the race to sign Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia. 

And to make matters worse, it looks like local rivals Manchester City could conclude a deal to sign the Argentina international over the course of the next few days. 

SIMON JONES and CHRIS WHEELER report: Manchester City are understood to be in advanced talks with Valencia over a £28.5million deal for centre back Nicolas Otamendi.

Negotiations have been complicated because Valencia still owe City a significant portion of the £24m it cost them to take striker Alvaro Negredo to the Mestalla this summer, and the Spanish club have proposed selling prize asset Otamendi as part of an overall settlement.

Nicolas Otamendi looks set to join Manchester City

ADAM SHERGOLD: Manchester United target Sergio Ramos will sign a contract extension on Monday afternoon to keep him at Real Madrid until 2020.

An announcement on the Spanish club’s official website says the centre half and captain will commit to the Bernabeu club for the next five seasons.

A ‘ceremony’ to sign his new deal will take place in the Royal Box at the stadium at 1.30pm on Monday afternoon, with president Florentino Perez present.

Sergio Ramos has decided to commit his future to Real Madrid

I will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer talk from across the Premier League and Europe with the help of Sportsmail’s reporters. 

Chelsea have completed a deal to sign a left back, while one of Manchester United’s primary targets has decided to stay at his current club rather than join the Old Trafford outfit.  

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The Premier League is well and truly under way but there is still plenty of activity in the transfer window as managers attempt to put the finishing touches to their squads before this summer’s deadline.

Here, Sportsmail brings you all the latest transfer stories on Monday, August 17.


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