Friday 13 August, 8.00pm
Welcome to our rolling blog where you'll find the latest news and odds for all the major transfers in the Premier League and across Europe before the window closes on 31 August...
"The 36-year-old went from 5/1 to join United earlier in the day to 1/18 at the time of the Sportsbook market being suspended. And at just before 5pm today it was announced that Manchester United had reached an agreement to re-sign Ronaldo pending him agreeing personal terms."
Key dates and odds
We're three games into the Premier League season and clubs have just one day to seal their final transfers before the window closes today. We'll update the blog with odds movements and big stories as they come in.
Arsenal sign Takehiro Tomiyasu, whilst Bellerin heads to Betis
Arsenal have brought in Bologna's defenderTakehiro Tomiyasu for £19.8m, which has allowed Hector Bellerin to potentially move to Real Betis. The Spaniard is close to a year long loan with an option to buy next season.
Arsenal's new Japanese international signing can operate as both a centre and right back. Arsenal turned their attention to Tomiyasu after Barcelona's Emerson Royal chose to sign for Spurs instead.
Chelsea back in for Saul and James signs for Leeds
Chelsea are 3/10 to sign Saul Niguez amid reports that the deal to take the player from Atletico Madrid to west London is back on.
Earlier it had looked like the highly-rated midfielder would stay with the La Liga winners but now he appears to be Bridge-bound.
Daniel James, meanwhile, has signed a contract with Leeds United which will see him move to Elland Road from Old Trafford for around £25m.
Emerson Royal is having his medical at Tottenham and should be confirmed imminently.
The agent for Nuno Mendes, the highly-rated Sporting Lisbon left-back, has been in touch with PSG and Man City today about a potential deadline day move for the 19-year-old.
Kean leaves Everton and Palace set to sign Edouard
Moise Kean's miserable spell at Everton has come to an end after the striker went back to Juventus on a two year loan that will become permanent if certain conditions are met.
He spent last season on loan at PSG where he enjoyed a successful spell for the French giants.
Odsonne Édouard will sign for Crystal Palace from Celtic as long as he passes his medical. Patrick Vieira hopes the striker will add firepower to a team that have mustered just two goals in three matches so far. Palace are 2.526/4 for relegation from the Premier League this season.
Jules Kounde may be staying at Seville as Chelsea have so far refused to meet the release clause in his contract. The Spanish club said they have no intention of negotiating with the London club about the defender.
Another young French defender, Eduardo Camavinga, has been on Manchester United's radar but he has reportedly agreed to join Real Madrid from Rennes.
Chelsea unlikely to call Saul
Saul Niguez to Chelsea is out to 5/1 as the Atletico Madrid midfielder looks set to stay with the Spanish champions.
The Blues remain hopeful of signing Jules Kounde from Seville but it is going to be a race against time to agree a deal.
Keiran Trippier is staying with Atletico after rumours that Manchester United would launch a deadline day bid for the England defender.
Kylian Mbappe is odds on to stay at Paris Saint-Germain but reports are circulating that Real Madrid will make a final bid to bring the World Cup winner to the Bernabeu. It's 11/5 that Madrid get Mbappe.
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna. The Japanese defender will cost the Gunners €20m plus €3m add-ons:
Takehiro Tomiyasu to Arsenal, agreement reached and here we go! Personal terms agreed and Bologna will receive €20m plus €3m add ons. #AFC #DeadlineDay? Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
Medical during the afternoon and then official announcement. Here-we-go.
It's official, Ronaldo returns!
Official and confirmed. Manchester United announce Cristiano Ronaldo's contract details. #MUFC? Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2021
"Manchester United is delighted to confirm the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo on a two-year contract with the option to extend for a further year". #DeadlineDay
United are 7.413/2 to win the Premier League.
Man United's chances of winning the Premier League
Latest transfer odds from the moves we're likely to see...
Renato Sanches to Wolves 1/5
Ademola Lookman to Leicester - 1/4
Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Everton - 1/2
Saul Niguez to Chelsea - 2/1
Adama Traore to Tottenham - 5/2
Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid - 3/1
Jesse Lingard to West Ham - 7/2
Trio of star names to watch out for
As Transfer Deadline Day looms it may seem that all the star names have now had their immediate futures decided - Kane is staying at Spurs, Lukaku is at Chelsea, and Ronaldo is returning to United in a move that has excited our ambassador Dimitar Berbatov - but there are still three names that continue to be mentioned regarding a last minute move.
Kylian Mbappe is the most likely star name to get a move in the next 48 hours or so with the PSG man available to back at 17/10 to be a Real Madrid player on Wednesday morning.
And is it possible that Borussia Dortmund will try to sell Erling Haaland knowing that they'll get a bigger fee for him now than they will when his release clause kicks in at the end of the season. The Norwegian striker is 7/4 to join Chelsea, 3/1 to join Manchester City, 5/1 to join Real Madrid, and 6/1 to join PSG, though expect that latter price to shorten should the French outfit sell MBappe.
Having said that he wants a new challenge in the next few years could Robert Lewandowski be tempted to move in this window, possibly to Manchester City should Bayern Munich drop their asking price. He's 11/2 to join the Citizens by the end of Tuesday night.
Sensational return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo
Well that's been a whirlwind 24 hours, a whirlwind week in fact. It started with Harry Kane the name on everyone's lips, will he, won't he join Manchester City. He didn't, and instead it seems the Citizens had turned their attentions to Cristiano Ronaldo.
But as the earlier updates show Ronaldo to City soon turned into Ronaldo to United. The 36-year-old went from 5/1 to join United earlier in the day to 1/18 at the time of the Sportsbook market being suspended. And at just before 5pm today it was announced that Manchester United had reached an agreement to re-sign Ronaldo pending him agreeing personal terms.
So it's basically a done deal, Ronaldo will be playing his football at Old Trafford this season, and the Betfair Sportsbook have been quick off the mark with some #OddsOnThat - Cristiano Ronaldo Specials 2021/22
- To score 22 or more Premier League goals - 17/20
- To score 24 or more Premier League goals - 13/8
- To score 26 or more Premier League goals - 10/3
- To announce his retirement on last day of this season - 7/2
- To score in both Premier League matches v Man City - 6/1
- To score 28 or more Premier League goals - 13/2
- To score 30 or more Premier League goals - 12/1
- To score a hat-trick v Newcastle (11 September) - 18/1
- To be sent off v Liverpool this season - 25/1
- To score 32 or more Premier League goals - 28/1
- To score an own goal in the Premier League this season - 33/1
Do any of those odds appeal? Starting his second career at Old Trafford with a hat-trick against Newcastle would be some story wouldn't it? And 18/1 about him doing so doesn't seem the daftest bet in the world.
Ronaldo odds-on for Untied return
Manchester United are the favourites on the Betfair Exchange to sign Cristiano Ronaldo after another sensational couple of hours in the race to sign the Portuguese legend.
This followed the Friday Premier League press conferences in which United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was looking forward to United's match against Wolves on Sunday, indicated that he would be open to bringing the player back to Old Trafford:
OGS on Ronaldo: "CR is probably the greatest player of all time with Messi. I didn't think CR would leave Juventus. There has been speculation. We have always had a good communication. He knows what we feel about him. If he is going to move he knows we are here."? Simon Stone (@sistoney67) August 27, 2021
Talking ahead of City's match against Arsenal tomorrow, Guardiola said: "Cristiano will decide where he wants to play, not Manchester City."
United 5/4 to gazump City and re-sign Ronaldo
Hold the back pages - as they used to say - because Manchester United are 5/4 to sign Cristiano Ronaldo amid mounting speculation that they could gazump Man City with a bid to sign the Portuguese star.
City are still the favourites to land Ronaldo at 8/13 but, based on the money coming in for a Red Devils reunion this morning, United are in the race.
Ronaldo bid farewell to his Juventus team-mates in Turin this morning so he is going somewhere in this transfer window. Manchester appears to be the destination but on which side of the red/blue divide will he land?
He is a United legend, having played for them under Sir Alex Ferguson from 2003 to 2009, winning three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and the Champions League in 2008.
The movement in the betting sets up a thrilling conclusion to the race for his signature and we will keep you posted.
Ronaldo on verge of joining City
Manchester City have reportedly agreed a deal with Juventus that will see Cristiano Ronaldo join the Premier League champions before Tuesday's transfer window deadline.
The news has seen City shorten to 2.226/5 to retain their title and overtake PSG as favourites to win the Champions League this season.
As the news broke rumours went round that Bernardo Silva and Raheem Sterling could both leave City.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have tabled another bid for Kylian Mbappe this time of £145m after their earlier offer of £137m was rejected by PSG.
The World Cup winner is 1/9 to move to Madrid in the current window.
Manchester United and Chelsea could compete for the signature of Saul Niguez in the final days of the window but any deal for the Atletico Madrid midfielder is likely to be a loan.
Kurt Zouma is due to undergo a medical at West Ham before completing his move from Chelsea.
Guardiola to leave City in 2023
Pep Guardiola is 2/1 to go back to Barcelona for his next managerial job even though he said he would like to manage an international side when he steps down as Manchester City boss in 2023.
Guardiola said: "I think I'm going to have a stop. I'm going to have to take a break, see what we've done. Next step will be a national team, if there is a possibility."
Guardiola has won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four successive League Cups with City. They are 2.3811/8 to retain the Premier League title this season and 5.24/1 to win their first Champions League.
Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are both 5/2 to succeed Guardiola at City.
Kylian Mbappe is 4/11 to sign for Real Madrid before the transfer window closes but they will need to up their offer to Paris Saint-Germain.
The French club turned down a bid of £137m and reportedly want £188m for the forward. They admitted that Mbappe wants to leave, although they would like to keep him. Mbappe's contract runs out next year.
Cristiano Ronaldo's agent confirmed the player wants to leave Juventus amid continuing speculation about his future.
Real Madrid make Mbappe bid
Kylian Mbappe is 4/9 to join Real Madrid after the Spanish club bid £137m for the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
PSG are yet to respond to the offer and the player is 6/4 to stay with them.
Liverpool are rumoured to be interested although a move to Anfield for Mbappe this month is 14/1.
If the Madrid deal goes ahead - and PSG may be minded to sell with the player's contract expiring next year - it could trigger other moves.
The French club may try to sign Brazilian attacker Richarlison from Everton.
It would also increase the possibility of PSG moving for Cristiano Ronaldo.
There are persistent rumours that the Portuguese is unhappy at Juventus. He was only on the bench for their opening Serie A match at the weekend, although a move to PSG is 5/1, with Manchester City 23/10.
Madrid have debts of around £1bn and have had a fairly quiet summer, so far only signing defender David Alaba on a free transfer from Bayern Munich, while Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane both left the Bernabeu.
Kieran Trippier could also be on his way out of the Spanish capital. Arsenal have been in contact with Atletico Madrid about signing the England defender but he would prefer to move to Manchester United.
Auba and out?
With just a week to go until the transfer window closes, it's being reported that Arsenal will listen to offers for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The 32-year-old striker looks out of sorts and the club will not stand in his way if he asks to leave.
Willian could also leave in this window, with a move to Corinthians on a free transfer mooted by several outlets.
The Gunners are said to be interested in bringing Kieran Trippier back to the Premier League. Manchester United failed with a bid earlier in the summer but Arsenal may test Atletico Madrid's resolve and try to land the former-Tottenham full-back.
Crystal Palace want to sign Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, 22, but the deal will only happen if the Gunners reduce their asking price from £20m to around £10m.
Chelsea's summer of spending may not be over. The European champions are weighing up a bid for Saul Niguez and are 3/1 to sign the midfielder from Atletico.
Tottenham bid's to loan Adama Traore has been rejected by Wolves and the club will only listen to offers for a permanent move.
Kane odds-on to stay at Spurs
With eight days of the transfer window remaining, Harry Kane is odds-on to stay at Tottenham after making his first appearance of the season for the club.
The England captain came off the bench in Spurs' 1-0 win away at Wolves and is 4/7 to stay with the north London club.
Reports say, however, that Manchester City will make another bid this week.
Kane is even odds to join the Premier League champions in this window but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy insists he has no intention of selling the player.
Spurs will make their own bid of £40m for the Wolves forward Adama Traore, according to reports.
Cristiano Ronaldo is 1/5 to stay at Juventus even though he started the club's 2-2 draw with Udinese yesterday.
Several papers today link the Portuguese star with Spurs but that move is 25/1 on the Sportsbook.
Erling Haaland is unlikely to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer but he may do so in January.
Haaland has a release clause of £64m which clubs believed could be activated next summer at the earliest. However, reports today say it may be possible to activate the clause in January.
If so, Manchester United will try to sign Haaland as they seek a centre-forward to replace Edinson Cavani who will leave next summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would love to make his fellow Norwegian the focal point of United's attack.
Boost for Arteta as Arsenal sign Odegaard
Arsenal have completed the £34m signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid and manager Mikel Arteta says they are not done with their summer spending.
The Gunners are in desperate need of strengthening and Arteta is under pressure as the even odds favourite in the betting on the first Premier League manager to leave this season.
Odegaard will not be available for Sunday's match against Chelsea at the Emirates.
Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale underwent a medical with Arsenal yesterday and is set to sign for around £30m. He will provide competition for Bernd Leno between the sticks.
City prepared to bid £150m with Levy likely to accept
Manchester City are willing to bid £150m for Harry Kane - the fee that is thought to be enough to satisfy Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and see the England captain move to the Premier League champions.
Kane is 4/6 to join City but, with the transfer window closing on 31 August, it has looked possible that he would stay at Spurs. Reports today say City will raise their offer to £150m and Levy will take it.
Tottenham will be in for Spain forward Adama Traore as they seek to strengthen their attack. The 25-year-old played under new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves.
City are still weighing up alternatives to Kane, though, and remain interested in Dusan Vlahovic, the 21-year-old striker who plays for Fiorentina.
Robert Lewandowski sparked a flurry of rumours by saying he wants to leave Bayern Munich for another top club - before he's 35.
The Polish striker turns 33 this weekend but is still in top form. If anyone is to sign him this summer City are the favourites at 3/1.
Rafael Benitez is interested in raiding his old club Newcastle for midfielder Sean Longstaff. The Magpies would want £10m.
Kane set to play for Spurs on Thursday
Harry Kane could make his return to the Spurs team in their Europa Conference League tie against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira on Thursday, according to reports.
The England captain is 4/6 to sign for Man City before the end of the transfer window and 11/10 to stay at Spurs.
He was absent when the teams met at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Kane is reportedly furious at chairman Daniel Levy for breaking a gentlemen's agreement that would have seen Spurs accept £125m from the Premier League champions for the player.
Cristiano Ronaldo has played down yesterday's reports that he will leave Juventus in this window but rumours persist, including one that says the Portuguese is of interest to City if they don't make progress with Kane soon.
You can back that unlikely move at 14/1.
Arsenal are back in for Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale with the news that the Blade will drop their asking price from the initial £35m.
Liverpool may make a late move for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr. The 23-year-old is open to the move and has told Hornets chiefs that he would like to leave.
Madrid, PSG and Utd on alert amid Ronaldo reports
Newspapers in Italy, as well as Sky Sports, are reporting that Cristiano Ronaldo may yet leave Juventus in this window.
Real Madrid are 11/4 to re-sign the player they sold to the Italian giants in 2018.
Paris Saint-Germain are 7/2 - a deal that would see Ronaldo in the same team as Lionel Messi - but there have been rumours that Manchester United 11/1 would be interested in bringing the Portuguese back to Old Trafford if he quits the Serie A title favourites.
Kane hopes City will make new bid this week
With two weeks to go until the transfer window closes Harry Kane is 4/7 to join Man City and 6/5 to stay at Spurs.
Those odds illustrate the uncertainty around the player's immediate future and the sense that neither outcome would be a surprise.
City have drifted to 2.265/4 to win the Premier League after their defeat to Tottenham on Sunday.
They are determined to press ahead and land the England captain but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has given little indication so far that he will sell.
Mbappe rejects news PSG deal
Europe's top clubs are on alert after Kylian Mbappe turned down a new six year contract from Paris Saint-Germain prompting reports he will leave the French giants in this transfer window.
Plenty of people said Manchester City needed to sign a striker after their 1-0 defeat to Tottenham yesterday but the champions are 25/1 longshots for Mbappe and Harry Kane remains their prime target.
Mbappe is said to be determined to leave PSG for Madrid ahead of a crunch meeting with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi today.
Chelsea are looking into signing Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund before the window closes. Thomas Tuchel reportedly sees the England midfielder as an alternative to his international teammate Declan Rice who looks likely to stay at West Ham.
Arsenal will redouble their efforts to sign Inter Milan's striker Lautaro Martinez following the Gunners' opening weekend defeat to Brentford.
Fans of the north London club went into meltdown on social media and manager Mikel Arteta is the favourite to win this year's Premier League sack race.
If Arteta is dismissed then Arsenal may try to appoint Antonio Conte who is 9/2 to get the job.
City prepare new Kane bid
Harry Kane is 4/9 to join Man City and 7/5 to stay at Tottenham amid reports that the Premier League champions will make a new bid of around £127m today.
The Spurs striker wants to join City but their offer is likely to be rejected. It is believed Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would only consider selling Kane for £150m.
The clubs play each other in their opening Premier League match on Sunday.
Tammy Abraham looks set to reject the chance to join Jose Mourinho's Roma and hopes instead to join Arsenal.
The Gunners have not given up hope of signing Martin Odegaard, who on loan with the Gunners, from Real Madrid.
A sensational rumour in a Spanish newspaper says PSG will sell Kylian Mbappe to Madrid next summer and sign Cristiano Ronaldo as his replacement.
Mourinho keen to sign Abraham
Tammy Abraham could be on his way to Roma if Jose Mourinho can convince the Chelsea striker to swap the English capital for the Italian. Chelsea, who last beat Villarreal on penalties to win the UEFA Super Cup, have reportedly accepted a bid of £34m and Mourinho will speak with Abraham today.
First team opportunities are likely to be limited for Abraham this season with the Blues set to complete the signing of Romelu Lukaku. Mourinho thinks Abraham could thrive in Serie A and, if the deal goes ahead, it may include a buy back option for Chelsea.
Arsenal are still interested though and Abraham may find a move across London preferable. That could pave the way for Alexander Lacazette to join Roma from the Gunners.
Tottenham will battle Aston Villa to sign James Ward-Prowse from Southampton. Both clubs are preparing offers for the England midfielder.
Spurs may also move for Fiorentina's £60m-rated Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic. The 21-year-old would be a potential replacement for Harry Kane if he gets his move to Manchester City.
PSG exodus and Martial set to stay at United
Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Spain midfielder Ander Herrera and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi are among the 10 players PSG will reportedly try to sell in a bid to balance their books.
The French club unveiled Lionel Messi today and his hefty wages mean they need to cut their costs elsewhere.
They will, however, try to sign Paul Pogba next summer on a free transfer, according to reports.
Manchester United appear to have heeded Dimitar Berbatov's warning and will keep Anthony Martial at the club. In his latest exclusive for Betting.Betfair the ex-United striker said of Martial:
"I would like him to stay at United and challenge himself. If he can show what he can do in training and then in games then I think he will be fine and he is another great option for United to have."
Tottenham are still trying to sign Lautaro Martinez even though Inter are reluctant to let him go following Romelu Lukaku's move to Chelsea.
Rob Holding's move to Newcastle may not come off as Arsenal are keen to retain the defender. Leicester are also interested.
Chelsea hope to have Lukaku in time for Saturday
Romelu Lukaku has had part of his medical at Chelsea and could feature in the club's first match of the Premier League season against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Second favourites Chelsea's title odds have shortened to 6.05/1 following the news that the Belgian will join the Blues, barring any unexpected hiccups.
Tammy Abraham's departure looks likelier than ever but his destination remains uncertain with Arsenal, Roma and Atalanta all interested.
Manchester United will confirm the signing of Raphael Varane on Wednesday and hope to have available to play against Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Reports today linked United with a last minute swoop for Lionel Messi but it's a 25/1 shot on the Sportsbook with the Argentinian destined for PSG 1/18.
A more likely target for United in the next few weeks is Kieran Trippier who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to bring in from Atletico Madrid.
Paul Pogba is not going to PSG, contrary to earlier rumours, and is staying at United.
Lyon want to sign Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool.
Kane set for talks with Spurs and PSG Champions League favourites before Messi move
Tottenham are reportedly among the clubs interested in signing Lionel Messi who left Barcelona as a free agent last week. That sounds far-fetched, though, when you look at the market on Messi's next club and see Spurs are 40/1 and PSG 1/25.
With that in mind, PSG are the new favourites to win the Champions League in 2021/22:
PSG are the new favourites to win this season's Champions League. They're currently 100/30 on @BetfairExchange.? Sam Rosbottom (@SamRoscoe) August 9, 2021
Man City, who had been the previous favourites for some time, are now out to 7/2.
Pochettino's side were backed at 7/1 when the market first opened.
Arsenal may hijack Manchester United's move for Kieran Trippier after the Old Trafford club failed to agree a fee with Atletico Madrid. Former-Spurs full-back Trippier would be a useful addition to Mikel Arteta's squad.
United could let Anthony Martial leave before the end of the window if they received the right bid for the French forward. Reports say the Red Devils would accept an offer of £50m from Inter. That bid is dependent on the Serie A champions selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea - a deal which is inching closer.
PSG favourites to sign Messi
Paris Saint-Germain are the favourites to sign Lionel Messi after Barcelona announced the player would not sign a new contract with the club, due to financial fair play rules that made it impossible.
PSG are 1.584/7 to sign the Argentinian while Manchester City are deemed his next most likely destination at 6.611/2.
Pep Guardiola managed Messi at Barcelona a decade ago and was crucial to his development. The City manager tried to lure him to the club last summer.
Messi is 30.029/1 to forego the big leagues and join an MLS club.
City completed the signing yesterday of Jack Grealish for £100m - smashing the record for a British player - and they are still in the hunt for Harry Kane who is 8/11 to move to the Premier League champions.
Betfair ambassador Dimitar Berbatov gave a frank assessment of the situation facing Kane and Spurs.
Manchester United still want to sign Kieran Trippier but are unwilling to pay the £34m that Atletico Madrid are demanding for the England defender.
Kane return delayed, Villa sign Ings and injury anguish for Fofana
Harry Kane is in Florida and will not report to Tottenham Hotspur until Saturday at the earliest.
Last night, following Spurs' 2-2 preseason friendly draw against Chelsea, new manager Nuno Espirito Santo admitted he hadn't spoken to Kane since taking over.
If Kane does end up staying then he will have bridges to build with the club's hierarchy and fans.
Kane's return is complicated Covid-19 rules as the US is on England's amber list, so he would have to quarantine for five days once back in the UK. It's now unlikely that he will play in Spurs' match against Manchester City on Sunday 15 August.
Aston Villa have signed Danny Ings from Southampton. He scored 46 goals in 100 appearances for Saints and should be a good signing for Villa as they reinforce their attack ahead of Jack Grealish's proposed move to City.
Leicester's plans took a huge blow after Wesley Fofana suffered a fractured fibula during the second half of Wednesday's pre-season friendly against Villarreal.
The defender, who will be out for several months, was excellent for the Foxes last season. Brendan Rodgers will now have to decide if he's going to try to bring in an alternative.
Leicester are preparing for Saturday's Community Shield against Manchester City.
Arsenal in for Maddison and City confident they'll land Kane
Arsenal want James Maddison and the Leicester midfielder is open to the move, according to reports.
The stumbling block could be the fee, with the Foxes valuing the 24-year-old at £60m.
The Gunners have proposed a player-plus-cash deal but Leicester may not want that. They are under no pressure to sell and have shown in the past, when forcing Manchester United to pay £75m for Harry Maguire, that they won't let their best players leave cheaply.
Granit Xhaka, meanwhile, is staying at Arsenal in the current window after signing a new contract until 2025. He had been the subject of interest from Roma.
Harry Kane didn't report to Spurs again yesterday and Manchester City are ready to increase their offer to £130m for the England captain. Spurs are said to want £160m.
The player's future is on a knife-edge - he's 8/11 to join the Premier League champions and even odds to stay at Spurs beyond this window.
Inter have set the asking price for Romelu Lukaku at £120m. They turned down a bid from Chelsea for £85m plus Marcos Alonso but look prepared to accept an improved offer, after it the Belgian made it clear he wanted the move.
Lukaku's goals were key to Inter's Serie A title success last season but getting £120m for a player they signed for £74m two years ago would be a coup.
Chelsea bid for Lukaku rejected
Chelsea have had a bid of £85m rejected by Inter Milan. The Belgian striker, who previously played 15 times for the Stamford Bridge club when he was there from 2011-2014, is Thomas Tuchel's top target after Borussia Dortmund said they would not sell Erling Braut Haaland this summer.
Tuchel steered Chelsea to Champions League glory in May but is keen to sharpen his forward line with an out and out striker. Tammy Abraham has failed to make an impression on the manager and is likely to leave in the current transfer window.
Inter are trying to cut costs but they are still reluctant to sell Lukaku whose goals were a major factor in them winning Serie A last season.
Newcastle are also trying to bring a player back from Serie A to the Premier League as they weigh a bid for Juventus's Aaron Ramsey.
Meanwhile, Southampton have signed highly-rated right-back Tino Livramento from Chelsea for £5m.
Aston Villa have made a second bid for Saints' James Ward-Prowse. Villa are reportedly preparing for life without Jack Grealish who is 4/6 to join Man City in this window.
Harry Kane is being backed to join Man City after reportedly failing to return to training at Tottenham this morning following his post Euros holiday.
Harry Kane is absent from training this morning with reports suggesting it isn't COVID related.? Betfair (@Betfair) August 2, 2021
Will he get the move he's pushing for? He's odds on to join Man City. pic.twitter.com/L1kGG6Evmt
Grealish heavy-odds on for City move
The Aston Villa captain has become Pep Guardiola's top target as he tries to freshen up his attack this summer. City want Harry Kane too but it's likely to be easier to bring in Grealish - following a reported £100m bid - than to prise Kane from Spurs.
Arsenal want to sign Lautaro Martinez from Inter Milan, according to reports. The striker won't come cheaply, though, and the Serie A champions are said to value him at around £77m. Italian newspapers say Inter turned down a bid that included Hector Bellerin or Alexandre Lacazette moving the other way.
The Gunners face competition from Atletico Madrid as they bid to bolster their frontline and retain the La Liga title this season.
Tottenham are also looking to strengthen and are interested in Argentina defender Cristian Romero of Atalanta and Wolves winger Adama Traore. The latter knows new Spurs boss Nuno Espirito Santo well as he was coached by him at the Molineux club.
Manchester United's big summer of signings could continue after they were linked with Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka. New Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is confident, however, that the player will sign a new contract with the Bundesliga champions.
City want Grealish in time for Wembley
Jack Grealish is 8/13 to sign for Manchester City in the current transfer window amid reports Pep Guardiola wants the player in his squad in time for the Community Shield on 7 August.
League champions City take on FA Cup winners Leicester in the traditional season curtain-raiser a week on Saturday and it could be the first chance fans get to see Grealish in blue.
The England playmaker, who impressed with his ability to make an impact at Euro 2020, is high on Guardiola's list of priorities as he tries to freshen up his attack. City are 1.774/5 to retain their title in 2020/21.
Villa will offer the player a new contract and he is 5/4 to remain there beyond this window.
Arsenal want Maddison but he won't be cheap
Arsenal are interested in signing James Maddison but the midfielder is under contract until 2024 and Leicester won't let him leave cheaply.
The Foxes value the player at over £70m and are prepared to play hard-ball, just as they did two years ago when they made Manchester United pay £75m for Harry Maguire.
The Gunners may baulk at the price for Maddison so they are also monitoring Martin Odegaard's situation at Real Madrid following reports in Spain that they may allow him to leave this summer.
Lautaro Martinez is another Gunners target, according to reports, as Mikel Arteta looks at bolstering his attack with the Inter Milan man.
Brighton defender Ben White's move to Arsenal could be completed in the next few days.
Manchester United are having a busy summer, signing Jadon Sancho and finalising a deal for Raphael Varane, but there are more rumours about Paul Pogba leaving Old Trafford.
Paris Saint-Germain are interested in bringing the World Cup winner home to the French capital and reportedly speaking to the player's representatives. United may accept a bid of around £45m.
United confirm Varane and City prepare Grealish offer
Manchester United have said the signing of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid will be completed "subject to a medical and to player terms being finalised". As reported yesterday (see below), the deal is thought to be worth an initial fee of £34m.
Chelsea are also trying to bring in a highly-rated French defender from a Spanish club.
The Champions League winners have have opened talks with Sevilla about 22-year-old France international Jules Kounde, who has a £68.4m release clause
Manchester City are preparing to bid for Jack Grealish, according to several reports this morning.
City are said to be about to offer £75m plus add-ons for the player who is 1/2 to move to the Premier League champions this summer.
Villa value the player at £100m so may reject City's initial offer in the hope they return with a bigger bid. Grealish, who was impressive for Villa last season and made an impact coming off the bench for England at Euro 2020, is 6/5 to stay at the Midlands club.
City are 1.784/5 to retain their Premier League title in 2021/22. They won it by 12 points last season but Pep Guardiola is keen to refresh his squad, particularly in attack where they are also pursuing Tottenham's Harry Kane.
He's 4/11 to move to the Etihad in the current transfer window.
United agree fee for Varane and Spurs seal Gil deal
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane is close to joining Manchester United after the clubs agreed an initial fee of £34m.
The France defender is set to become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's second major signing of the summer - after Jadon Sancho's arrival was confirmed last week - and should strengthen United significantly at the back.
The Red Devils are 9.617/2 in the Premier League title outright betting on the Exchange.
Tottenham are also bringing in a player from Spain after the signing of Bryan Gil from Sevilla was confirmed.
The 20-year-old winger is currently representing Spain at the Tokyo Olympics and will join up with his new club at conclusion of the tournament.
Spurs paid £21.4m for the player and Erik Lamela moved the other way, bringing to an end his eight years in north London.
In management news, John Terry has left his assistant's role at Aston Villa to "pursue his objective of becoming a manager."
United close in on Varane and may call Saul
Manchester United are close to signing Raphael Varane, according to reports in English and Spanish newspapers. The Red Devils have been pursuing the France international and are set to lodge an official bid of around £50m in the next few days.
United have already signed winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now wants to strengthen his defence. Varane would be an impressive addition to the squad and, alongside Harry Maguire, could give United the platform to challenge for major trophies in 2021/22.
Solskjaer signed a new contract last week and, after finishing second last season, United are 9.89/1 in the Premier League outright winner betting.
United could also move for Varane's international teammate Jules Kounde. The 22-year-old defender currently plays for Sevilla.
Speculation continues around the future of Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez. He's 8/11 to join Barcelona but they may struggle to raise the funds and United are believed to be interested.
The Red Devils are 10/3 to sign Saul while Liverpool 4/1 could also swoop if the midfielder's move to Nou Camp fails to come off.
Elsewhere, Manchester City are ready to step up their pursuit of Jack Grealish.
Crystal Palace are in talks with Schalke over a fee for Ozan Kabak - the 21-year-old centre-back who spent part of last season on loan at Liverpool - although they could face competition from clubs in Germany and Spain.
Reports in Italy say Paris Saint Germain are talking with Kalidou Koulibaly's agent as they consider a move for the 30-year-old Napoli defender.
Shock defeat for Red Devils but West Ham impress
A number of Premier League clubs were in friendly action on Saturday with a mixed bag of results.
Manchester United, Leicester and Aston Villa all suffered defeats to EFL teams with perhaps the biggest surprise coming at Loftus Road where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men went down 4-2 to Championship outfit QPR.
It was by no means a strong United line-up with many of their big names who featured at Euro 2020 still on holiday, though the likes of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James and Mason Greenwood did feature.
A relatively strong Leicester side drew 0-0 at League One side Burton before losing on penalties, while Aston Villa went down 2-0 at Stoke. West Ham put up the best friendly performance on Saturday, winning 6-2 at Celtic with Michail Antonio starring with a brace of goals.
Saturday's friendly results
Arseanl 4-1 Millwall
Burton 0-0 Leicester (Burton win on penalties)
Celtic 2-6 West Ham
Ipswich 0-1 Crystal Palace
QPR 4-2 Manchester United
Stoke 2-0 Aston Villa
Watford 0-0 West Brom
Real Betis 0-1 Wolves
United confirm signing of Jadon Sancho
Jadon Sancho is officially a Manchester United player. The club confirmed the £73m signing of the England winger from Borussia Dortmund.
United are 9.89/1 to win the Premier League title in 2021/22 and the arrival of Sancho should strengthen their attack significantly.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who tried and failed to sign Sancho last summer, predicted the player would be a key man in his squad.
Sancho agreed a five year deal at Old Trafford to become the second most expensive English player of all time behind his new United team-mate Harry Maguire.
Kane odds-on to join Man City amid reports of Spurs u-turn
Harry Kane is 1.51/2 on the Betfair Exchange to join Manchester City after it was reported that Tottenham had decided to let him sign for the Premier League champions.
City are said to have made a bid worth £160m for Kane and he is now out to 2.1411/10 to stay at Spurs.
The Sun has reported that Daniel Levy has given the go ahead for Kane to join City who want to sign a world class replacement for Sergio Aguero. Kane fits the bill after scoring 33 goals and providing 17 assists in all competitions last season.
Kane, 27, said towards the end of last season that he wanted to leave Spurs. He was disappointed by Spurs chaotic campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho sacked as manager in April, and wants to play for a club that's challenging for silverware.
One player who is staying at Spurs is Son Heung-min. The South Korean forward has signed a new contract that will keep him with the club until 2025.
Reporters speculated that this may have been announced to soften the blow of Kane's departure as Levy prepares to accept City's bid.
Richarlison scores historic hat-trick at the Olympics
Everton's Richarlison became the first Premier League player to score a hat-trick at the Olympics when he struck three first-half goals for Brazil against Germany.
The Toffees forward made it 3-0 to his team inside 30 minutes. Germany pulled two back in the second-half before Paulinho scored for Brazil to give them a 4-2 win.
Richarlison has already appeared for his country this summer at the Copa America where Brazil were runners-up to Argentina.
After their strong start, Brazil are the favourites at 2.77/4 to win gold in the men's football at the Tokyo Olympics.
New Everton manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping Richarlison can channel his international form into his displays for the Premier League club in 2021/22.
You can get tips for the Tokyo Olympics on our dedicated blog.
Lewandowski to Chelsea rumours and PSG weighing Pogba move
Chelsea are interested in signing Robert Lewandowski and have contacted his agent about the player's availability, according to reports.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to sign a striker to spearhead his attack this summer and the 32-year-old, who scored 41 goals in the Bundesliga last season, is an appealing option.
Tammy Abraham looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer with Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham all said to be interested in taking the 23-year-old forward.
It remains to be seen whether Bayern would be prepared to sell Lewandowski. He turns 33 next month and new manager Julian Nagelsmann has said he's unhappy about having to discuss the striker's future.
Manchester City were rumoured to be weighing up a move as they seek a replacement for Sergio Aguero.
Manchester United, meanwhile, look set for a busy few weeks in the transfer market. They are still interested in signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, with some sources saying the player had agreed terms, but the defender's France team-mate Paul Pogba could be on his way out of Old Trafford.
Pogba's future is once again the subject of speculation with PSG reportedly planning to bid for him if they can free up some cash by off-loading players first. Pogba was in imperious form for his country at Euro 2020, prompting further questions about whether he will ever perform to the same level for United.
Everton sign Townsend and Spurs close in on Gil
Everton have signed Andros Townsend on a free transfer from Crystal Palace. The 30-year-old's deal with Crystal Palace expired at the end of the season and new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez was keen to snap him up.
Townsend previously played under Benitez at Newcastle and the ex-England player said joining up with him at Goodison Park was "a no-brainer".
Tottenham are said to be close to signing 20-year-old Spanish winger Bryan Gil from Sevilla. Spurs are reportedly in final negotiations for a deal that would see them pay around £22m plus Erik Lamela.
Gil is highly-rated and is currently in Japan with the Spain squad at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Premier League club also look set to sign the Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini on an initial loan and an option to by for £13m.
Gollini has represented his country but was not part of the squad that won Euro 2020.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane is 4/7 to stay at Tottenham this summer as new boss Nuno Espirito Santo tries to convince the England striker his future lies in north London.
Vieira and Xisco sack race favourites
Pre-season should be a time of optimism but the Premier League sack race market will worry fans of Crystal Palace and Watford. Their respective managers - Patrick Vieira and Xisco - are joint-favourites at 6/1.
Palace won their opening pre-season friendly 1-0 against Walsall last Saturday while Watford overcame Colchester 2-1.
Newcastle's Steve Bruce and Southampton's Ralph Hasenhuttl come next in the betting but check out the full story on the market to find out who else is in contention and why.
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