Cristiano Ronaldo 'AGREES Man City transfer', Sterling 'offered to Juventus in exchange', PSG ACCEPT Real Mbappe bid

CRISTIANO RONALDO has reportedly AGREED a transfer to Man City.

It is claimed that the Portugal captain could arrive in Manchester in hours, if the clubs can agree which player will join Juventus in exchange.

City are reported to have offered Raheem Sterling while Juventus have asked for Gabriel Jesus.

One man City will not be signing is Harry Kane, who has declared his loyalty to Tottenham and is now said to be hoping for a new £400,000-a-week deal.

Should he stay at Spurs for the long haul, one man who will be joining him is Pape Sarr, who has completed a medical with the North London club but will remain at Metz on loan this season.

And Chelsea are set to come in with a new bid of around £51m for Sevilla defender Jules Kounde.

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  • Etienne Fermie

    TRANSFER ROUND-UP

    Kylian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo have booted Harry Kane's two-goal return for Tottenham out of the main spotlight.

    Real Madrid hope to announce the signing of PSG striker Mbappe for £145million THIS MORNING – if you believe reports in Spain.

    And a shock switch for legend Ronaldo from Juventus to Manchester City took a TRIPLE JUMP closer.

    All poor old Kane could do to rival this was 'celebrate' confirming he will NOT leave for City with a classy first-half double in Spurs 3-0 win over Paços de Ferreira.

    The England skipper's first start of the season led Tottenham's 3-1 aggregate route to the mighty Europa Conference League group stage.

    But Mbappe and Ronaldo are neon-lit on a two-man gossip centre stage – with just four days left before the transfer window shuts.

    It's understood PSG could sanction France superstar Mbappe's exit today – if he confirms he wants to go.

    Real's opening offer of £137m was rejected but the 22-year-old's contract runs out next summer.

    Meanwhile, there are three big reasons why many feel £25m-rated Ronaldo might join City.

    It's suggested: he has already agreed personal terms, Juventus want the 36-year-old off their pay-bill, and PSG insist they will NOT bid for him.

    Elsewhere, Chelsea misfit Tiemoue Bakayoko might move to his former loan club AC Milan.

    And Crystal Palace are still in talks over recruiting Gunners' striker Eddie Nketiah, 22.

  • Ian Tuckey

    STILL DALOT TO TALK ABOUT

    Manchester United are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over allowing defender Diogo Dalot to leave on a loan transfer.

    The 22-year-old right-back signed from Porto for £19million three years ago, but has only featured 35 times in that period.

    And according to Sky Sports, the Red Devils are open to allowing Dalot to leave on a loan deal before the window shuts on August 31.

    This is despite the Portuguese international being the only obvious back-up right-back to Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Old Trafford.

    That is because youngsters Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe have already been farmed out on loan to Norwich and Aston Villa.

    Dalot spent last season on loan with AC Milan but returned to the club at the end of the campaign.

    And he seemed to be working his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s thoughts with some impressive pre-season displays.

    He was then on the bench for Man Utd’s draw with Southampton on Sunday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JACK'S LYRICAL ABOUT RONALDO

    Jack Grealish's tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo have resurfaced amid rumours linking the Juventus forward with a transfer to Manchester City.

    The 36-year-old superstar could be set to link up with Grealish at the Etihad as he eyes a move away from Italy before the window shuts next Tuesday.

    And a series of tweets from Man City's new £100million man appears to indicate Grealish would be well on-board with Ronaldo joining him at the Premier League champions.

    One tweet by the ex-Aston Villa man from 2013 says: "What a shock! The man himself CRISTIANO RONALDO, WORLDS BEST PLAYER DOES IT AGAIN!!"

    And another from one year earlier reads: "I actually don't get Ronaldo ? He's just scored again ?! He's to good!! #TeamRonaldo"

    There are numerous more referencing Ronaldo, including: "Onto El Classico now! Absolutley buzzing for it!! WATCH boss it #TeamRonaldo"

    And another says: "Just found its El Classico next saturday… BOOM !!! Watch Ronaldo RIP up big time!! #TeamRonaldo."

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    WATFORD 'IN TALKS TO LAND SPURS ACE SISSOKO'

    Promoted Watford are reportedly talking to Spurs over signing France midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

    The 32-year-old has been with Tottenham five years.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    TOTTENHAM 3 PACOS 0: KANE DOUBLE PUTS SPURS THROUGH

    Harry Kane's opening-half double in his first start since confirming he is not joining Manchester City put Spurs in the Europa Conference League group stage.

    Pacheco Antunes's 70th minute own goal clinched a 3-0 defeat of Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira for a 3-1 aggregate win.

    England skipper Kane slot home neat goals on nine and 34 minutes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL TO 'ANNOUNCE KYLIAN DEAL ON FRIDAY'

    Real Madrid are to announce Kylian Mbappe's £154million arrival on Friday morning.

    Marca say PSG will sanction the sale once they have confirmed France striker Mbappe wants to leave.

    The 22-year-old has continued to train with PSG but he is reportedly not expected to be included in the squad for Sunday's Ligue 1 game against Reims.

    Los Blancos had a bid of £137m rejected by PSG on Wednesday, with sporting director Leonardo stating the offer was 'very far' from the club's valuation of the forward.

    Real have now improved their offer – but the sum is still short of the £162m PSG paid Monaco for Mbappe in 2017.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CANARIES IN FOR CARVALHO

    Norwich have made a move for Portuguese star William Carvalho.

    But the newly-promoted side look set to fail in their bid to land the Real Betis midfielder.

    The ace has previously been a target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

    Carvalho, 29, would only cost about £6million.

    However, his wages at the Seville-based club are £82,000-a-week after tax.

    And Norwich would not be able to afford such a massive deal.

    Carrow Road boss Daniel Farke, whose side faces Leicester on Saturday, is desperate for a holding midfielder.

    He has not given up on Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PSG CHIEF DENIES THEY'LL SIGN RONALDO

    PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi has left Manchester City as clear frontrunners to sign Cristiano Ronaldo – if he leaves Juventus before the transfer window.

    Asked on Thursday night if the French giants could recruit Ron, al-Khelaifi ruled it out.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    KANE'S GR-EIGHT RETURN FOR SPURS

    Harry Kane scored just eight minutes into his Tottenham return after being denied a Manchester City transfer.

    The England man started his first game of the season – Spurs' Europa Conference League clash against Pacos de Ferreira.

    And he wasted no time in showing why City wanted him so much – converting Bryan Gil's cross to make it 1-1 on aggregate against the Portuguese side.

    The £150m-rated star ended months of speculation regarding a potential move to the Etihad when he confirmed he was staying at Spurs in a tweet sent out on Wednesday.

    And just 24 hours later he was named as captain for the Conference League Play-Off second leg clash.

    Kane missed the opening day victory over Man City, who had an offer rejected for him over the summer, but came off the bench last weekend to help Spurs defeat Wolves.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ON THE PARIS RON-WAY?

    Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly been spotted landing in Paris amid transfer links with Manchester City.

    The Express claims Mendes spent Thursday morning locked in crunch talks with Juventus chiefs over a possible Etihad switch for Ronaldo.

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    It’s said the former Manchester United and Real Madrid superstar has already agreed personal terms with Pep Guardiola’s champions.

    But while City want to sign Ronaldo on a free transfer, Juventus are reportedly holding out for a fee of around £25million.

    However, following his talks in Turin, Mendes was then apparently seen arriving in Paris.

    Ronaldo has also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain this summer, despite their high-profile capture of Lionel Messi from Barcelona.

    PSG’s star man Kylian Mbappe is wanted by Real Madrid this summer.

    And the forward himself has made no secret of his desire to swap France for Spain.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BAKAYOKO 'AGREES AC DEAL'

    Chelsea misfit Tiemoue Bakayoko has reportedly agreed to join AC Milan.

    International transfer guru Gianluca Di Marzio says the one-cap France midfielder will be in Milan to tie up the deal on Friday night or Saturday morning.

    Bakayoko, 27, has had loan spells with Milan and twice Napoli since joining Chelsea from Monaco four years ago.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VARDY HAPPY TO STAY A FOX

    Jamie Vardy insists he would reject Manchester United, Arsenal or any other Premier League giant as he wants to stay at Leicester "until the end".

    The former Gunners' target, 34, who won 26 England caps, has won the Prem and FA Cup in nine years with the Foxes.

    And comedian Jimmy Carr asked the striker on Sky panel show A League Of Their Own if he would like to play for one of the traditional giants.

    But former Halifax and Fleetwood star Vardy replied: "No. I'd stay there [at Leicester until the end."

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  • Ian Tuckey

    GINHO TONIC WITH TOP GONG

    Champions League League winners Jorginho has been named UEFA men's player of the year, with Chelsea team-mates Edouard Mendy AND N'Golo Kante also scooping awards.

    Mendy won the goalkeeper gong for the 2020/21 Champions League, with Kante named midfielder of the year.

    Blues' chief Thomas Tuchel was the men's coach of the year despite not being in charge during the group stages.

    But Italy's Euro 2020 hero Jorginho took the main prize, ahead of Kante and Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PIERS IS RON TO A LOSER

    It could be the end of the Piers glow if Cristiano Ronaldo swaps Juventus for Manchester City by tomorrow..

    TV celebrity Piers Morgan joked his friendship with Ron would be "truly awks" should the Manchester United legend make the move and bag an instant debut hat-trick against Arsenal at the Etihad on Saturday.

    City are said to be in with a serious shot of signing Portugal frontman Ronaldo, 36, despite potential interest from PSG.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAD DRAW FOR REDS

    Liverpool have been handed an incredibly tough Champions League draw after being placed in Group B alongside Atletico Madrid, Porto and AC Milan.

    Jurgen Klopp's side will go in search of the club's seventh European title this season as they look to reclaim the trophy they lifted in 2019.

    But they will have to do it the hard way following an extremely difficult group draw.

    Liverpool were put in pot 2 and as a result were always going to be placed in with a big European name.

    But they would not have wanted to see Diego Simeone's Atletico side, who knocked them out in the 2019-20 competition.

    And things got even more challenging for those on Merseyside when last year's quarter-finalists Porto were added to their group.

    Runners-up in the Portuguese league last season, Porto met Liverpool back in the last eight of the 2018-19 tournament as the Reds came out 6-1 victors over two legs.

    They then went on to lift the trophy following wins over Barcelona and Tottenham.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KANE STARTS TONIGHT

    Harry Kane is starting his first game of the season for Tottenham after committing his future to the club.

    Credit: Getty

    The £150m-rated star ended months of speculation regarding a potential move to Manchester City when he confirmed he was staying at Spurs in a tweet sent out on Wednesday.

    Now just 24 hours later he has been named as captain for the Uefa Europa Conference League Play-Off second leg clash at home to Pacos de Ferreira.

    Kane missed the opening day victory over City, who had an offer rejected for him over the summer, but came off the bench last weekend to help Spurs defeat Wolves.

    Now he will be tasked with inspiring a comeback at the Tottenham Stadium this evening as the North London side look to turn around a 1-0 deficit after the first leg.

    Meanwhile, Gareth Southgate is delighted that the England captain has resolved his club future.

    The Three Lions boss, preparing for next Thursday’s World Cup qualifier in Hungary, now knows there will be no chance of a deadline day drama involving the striker and Man City.

    And his national boss could not be happier, saying: “The good thing from our point-of-view is that it looks as though everything is resolved and settled now club-wise so he has a clear focus.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ARTETA: I’M STILL LOOKING

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he will keep pushing to strengthening his squad before the deadline shuts on August 31.

    Under fire after two straight Prem losses, Arteta said: “We’ve already done a lot of things – ins and outs – I think it is 16 or 17 deals in total, with some renewals, which is a lot of things.

    “There are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some questions marks and deals that can happen, but we will see.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE GOT THE BLUES

    Chelsea will face Juventus, Zenit Saint-Petersburg and Malmo in the 2021-22 Champions League group stage.

    The Blues are out to defend their title after downing Manchester City in last season's final.

    Thursday's draw in Istanbul saw Thomas Tuchel's side become the last team drawn out of Pot 1, placing them in Group H.

    UEFA Champions League 2021-22 group stage draw featuring Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool

    And while Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain were avoided out of the Pot 2 sides, Serie A giants Juve will pose a tough test.

    The two sides have only met four times, each sharing a win alongside two draws.

    Didier Drogba scored twice in a 3-2 aggregate victory for Chelsea in the 2008-09 last-16 before Juve claimed a 3-0 win in the 2012-13 groups, their last meeting.

    The draw gives the Blues a chance to continue their long streak of denying Cristiano Ronaldo, who has only scored once and won five of his 15 encounters with Chelsea throughout his storied career.

    Zenit Saint-Petersburg, the joint lowest-ranked of the Pot 3 teams based on Uefa coefficient, ar also in Group H.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JONES DEAL IS NO SIN

    Trevor Sinclair has slammed Rio Ferdinand’s claim that Phil Jones signing a new Manchester United deal is a “waste of time”.

    Centre-back Jones, capped 29 times by the Three Lions, extended his contract in February 2019 by four years – before a knee injury ruled him out for 18 months.

    United and England legend Ferdinand told his FIVE YouTube channel: “He’s taking up a youth team player’s position in that squad right now. He’s had too many injuries now.

    “I am baffled at how he’s still been given a new deal given his past few years at the club. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    “I remember back in the day you’d have to do some absolute graft to get a new deal. You’d have to be putting in performances, you’d have to be a vital member of the team. Phil Jones isn’t that.”

    But ex-West Ham and Manchester City wideman Sinclair said: “Of course he (Jones) is going to accept (the new contract). He probably has aspirations of getting into the first team.

    “I look at Phil Jones I see a player that has been crippled with injuries over the years, all different kind of injuries as well. 

    “I don’t see a bad egg, I look at him, I think he looks like a good pro… he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he needs to try and maximise the amount of finance he earns in his career.

    “Why would he turn down a contract of Mancheter United? I think the only people that need to be criticised are the people that offered him the contract because it has not worked out again.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOSE: MAYBE ONLY POCHETTINO HAPPY

    Jose Mourinho claimed PSG chief Mauricio Pochettino might be the only manager happy with his squad.

    The new Roma boss, 58, was questioned about whether he is happy with the players he has at his disposal.

    And in typical Mourinho fashion he gave a dry, matter of fact response to the journalist.

    Mourinho said: "Do you know a coach who is satisfied with their squad? Maybe Pochettino, nobody else."

    Mourinho took charge at Roma this summer but there has been a lot of change at the club in his short tenure.

    Veteran striker Edin Dzeko has departed for Inter Milan after five years in the Italian capital. And Roma have spent big on his replacement, splashing out £34million to land Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.

    As well as raiding his former club, Mourinho has made a further five signings.

    Wolves' Portugal international Rui Patricio joined for around £10m, along with Atalanta central-defender, plus full-backs Matías Viña and Bryan Reynold

    In attack, Abraham will be partnered by fellow newcomer Eldor Shomurodov, recruited from Genoa.

  • Ian Tuckey

    HAMMERS CAN’T LINGER FOR LINGARD

    Any hopes West Ham held of nabbing Jesse Lingard back from Manchester United have reportedly all but ended.

    The England midfielder was outstanding on loan for the Hammers during the second half of last season.

    But it seems more likely he will stay at United after Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted the 28-year-old could have an important role to play this season.

    Credit: Getty
  • Ian Tuckey

    PALACE PUMPED UP FOR TIAH

    Crystal Palace are still in discussions with Arsenal over signing striker Eddie Nketiah.

    But it's thought the Eagles have yet to meet the Gunners' valuation of the former England Under-21 star.

    And other clubs, including from the continent are also keen on the 22-year-old, whose Emirates' contract runs out next summer.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    WOLVES EYE SVEN

    Lille's Holland Under-21 centre-back Sven Botman is on Wolves' radar, reports say.

    But Sky Sports say Sevilla are also keen on the 21-year-old.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    WIGAN WOULD 'WELCOME' WILSHERE

    Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad has tweeted to say Jack Wilshere is "most welcome" to join the League One side.

    Former England, Arsenal and West Ham star Wilshere, 29, is club-less after Championship side Bournemouth chose not to offer him a new contract.

    But Wilshere has suggested a move abroad would be his best option after he  even considered retirement.

    In a revealing interview with The Athletic, he explained: "I’ve said before that I’m open to going abroad. In fact, I probably want to go abroad.

    "I want to try something different. I think it’ll be good for me, for my life, for my family.

    "Have a fresh start somewhere where people, clubs, fans don’t think, ‘Oh, that’s Jack Wilshere. He’s going to get injured today’, or, ‘He’ll play five games and that’s it… waste of an investment."

  • Ian Tuckey

    WHOLE NEW BULL GAME

    Norwich have confirmed German defensive midfielder Tom Trybull has had his contract cancelled by "mutual agreement".

    The 28-year-old joined the Canaries from Dutch club Den Haag four years ago and spent last season on loan with Blackburn.

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