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Live Football Transfer News and Rumours: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe - 19th July

Follow all the transfer news and rumours LIVE!
Updated: 19 July 2017 20:09 IST - Published: 19 July 2017 19:54 IST
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Ryan Giggs on Manchester City: "They have Jesus, Sane, Aguero, Silva, De Bruyne. That front five is scary & not including Sterling!"
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Phil Neville on Paul Pogba: "The price tag was a massive burden on him. I think United will be getting a fresher Pogba this season."
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Eliseu has signed a new contract with Benfica until 2018.
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Vincenzo Montella on AC Milan: "Bonucci's arrival could see me favour a three-man defence, but it's difficult to know for sure right now."
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Jacob Murphy has joined Newcastle from Norwich for a reported £12m fee.
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According to Sky in Italy, Inter Milan remain interested in Anthony Martial but Manchester United don't want to sell.
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Jurgen Klopp on Jordan Henderson: "He is an outstanding and important player for us. He’s getting in better and better physical shape."
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Eden Hazard on Didier Drogba: "I grew up watching Didier Drogba play and he was a huge idol of mine."

Eden Hazard on Didier Drogba: "I’m so happy I can tell my kids that I played with him, even if it was just one season."
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Ryan Giggs on The Premier League: "I can see Manchester United and City definitely contending for the league next season."

Ryan Giggs on Manchester United: "Last season they had the best squad and I think this year they’ve got the best squad again."
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Wojciech Szczęsny will wear the no.23 jersey at Juventus.
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Juventus have signed Wojciech Szczęsny from Arsenal for around £8m + £2m add-ons.
Wojciech Szczęsny on Juventus: "I'm delighted to be at Juventus. I've spoken to Gianluigi Buffon - a true legend of the game."
Wojciech Szczęsny: "When you join Juve, it's because you've been chosen. I didn't hesitate one moment before coming here."
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Alessandro Del Piero on Juventus: "I expect a very big signing from Juve, the purchase of a player who hasn’t been talked about yet."
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Keylor Navas on Real Madrid: "We have talent, confidence, a good team spirit and that can help us win another Champions League title."
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Hull City defender Andrew Robertson is set to have a medical at Liverpool tomorrow
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Matthew Pennington has signed for Leeds United from Everton on a season-long loan deal.
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Francis Coquelin on Alexandre Lacazette: "He’s someone who likes to score goals. He doesn’t need many chances to put them away."
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Manchester City close to seal Danilo
According to Fabrizio Romano, Danilo is close to Manchester City. Agreement with Real Madrid for €30M + €5M add ons has been reached. The Right-back will sign a 5 years contract
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Alvaro Morata close to signing for Chelsea, Real Madrid ready to revive Mbappe pursuit
According to Gianluca DiMarzio, the Spanish international is on the verge of completing his move to Stamford Bridge. Backed by the amount of money that the Morata deal will bring to Los Blancos, they can now make an offer for AS Monaco's Kylian Mbappe who had earlier expressed that he is not certain of his future at AS Monaco. The 18-year-old is valued at £123m by the Ligue 1 champions.
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Chicharito to West Ham close
Sky sources report that that West Ham are closer than ever in securing the services of Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen. The Hammers reportedly had second thoughts about matching the Mexican international's wage demands but now that situation seems to be sorted out and the deal could be finalized anytime now.
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Ivan Persic lands in China to join Inter for pre-season
The Croat, who had been staying back in hopes of sealing a move to Manchester United has finally joined the squad in China. Inter Milan has been reportedly holding out for the inclusion of Anthony Martial in the deal. Inter's technical director Walter Sabatini has said, '“We hope Perisic will stay. If Perisic will leave, we want money and a player and we expect Perisic over these next days will show good behaviour.”
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Arsenal handed boost in Mahrez situation
Football London is reporting that Arsenal have been afforded major encouragement in the Mahrez situation after Craig Shakespeare said he could not guarantee whether or not the Algerian will stay at Leicester city. The Gunners are also in pursuit of Thomas Lemar but with AS Monaco holding out and demanding a figure in the ballpark of £70m, Arsene Wenger will want to explore other options. With Sanchez wanting a move away from the Emirates, Arsenal are looking to sign a quality winger soon.
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Liverpool enter race for Thomas Muller
According to SportBild, the Merseysiders have now expressed their interest in signing Thomas Muller from Bayern Munich. The German international who has had a rather disappointing 2016/17 campaign will find opportunities being scarce at the Allianz Arena following the arrival of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid. Manchester United are long-standing admirers of Muller and are rumoured to be interested in bringing him to Old Trafford. Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus have also been linked with the 27-year-old.
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Kovacic tells Zidane he wants to leave Real Madrid
According to the Daily Express, the 23-year-old midfielder wants to force a move out of Santiago Bernabeu in a bid to get more first-team time elsewhere. Arsenal and Tottenham are reportedly interested in the Croat with recent reports suggesting that Spurs have even had one of their bids for Kovacic rejected by Los Blancos. United were also reported to have been interested in the youngster but with the relationship between the clubs hitting a new low following the Morata fiasco, the rumors have died down.
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Real Madrid slap a price tag of £88m for the two Chelsea targets Danilo and Alvaro Morata
The Daily Metro reports that Real Madrid have named their price for Danilo and Alvaro Morata and it stands at a staggering £88m. Chelsea are keen on securing the services of both the Brazilian and the Spaniard who have been deemed to be surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Stamford Bridge outfit is desperately in the hunt for a striker after Conte had fallen out with Diego Costa and asked him to pack his bags. Chelsea almost had their crisis sorted when they were edging closer to signing Romelu Lukaku but were left disgruntled after United swooped in and hijacked the deal for the Belgian.
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Kevin Stewart flies home from Liverpool's pre-season tour to move to Hull City
TalkSport reports that Liverpool's 23-year-old midfielder is moving to Hull City and has flown home from the pre-season tour. In the wake of Lucas Leiva's departure, it was speculated that Stewart might get more opportunities. The Englishman had joined Liverpool back in 2014 on a free transfer from Tottenham. 
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Mattea De Sciglio to undergo medical at Juventus today
According to Football Italia, the Italian wingback will have his medical at Juventus ahead of a £12m deal. Sciglio has only one year left in his contract at AC Milan.
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Carlo Ancelotti rules out Alexis Sanchez move
In a recent press conference, Ancelotti has said that there was no opportunity available to them to sign the Chilean international and that they are not in pursuit of him despite the rumours.
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RB Leipzig reject Liverpool's £66m bid for Naby Keita
The Independent has reported that Liverpool have faced yet another setback in their pursuit of Naby Keita. As Jurgen Klopp seems to be getting increasingly desperate to land the Guinean international, RB Leipzig insist that they are not selling him.
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West Ham set to sign Keita Balde Diao
According to Goal, The Hammers have agreed a €27.5m deal with Lazio for the Senegalese 22-year-old forward. Keita had earlier been linked with Inter as a replacement for Perisic but the deal seems to be off now with United and the Serie A side finding it difficult to come to an agreement. Keita picked up 16 goals and 3 assists for Lazio in the 2016-17 campaign.
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Neymar insists he is happy amid PSG interest
PSG are reportedly ready to break the bank and then some for the Brazilian genius, but Neymar has insisted that he doesn't see himself moving away from Nou Camp in the foreseeable future.
Speaking to Goal, Neymar said,
“I am very adapted to the city, the club and I am happy here.'
The last one was my best season in Barcelona. It was the season where I felt most comfortable.'
“We played great games and lived incredible moments – even though we didn’t win the titles we wanted. Now, we need to work for the new season and it will be even more positive, individually and as a group.”
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Ross Barkley transfer hits stumbling block as Tottenham is put off by his wage demands
According to Mirror, Spurs are balking at the Everton playmaker's demand for wages at £150,000 a week. On top of that, Everton and Spurs are miles apart in their valuation of the England international. The Toffees have slapped a price tag of £50m whereas Spurs are not willing to pay more than £30m for the 23-year-old.
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With less than a month to go before top flight footballing action returns, the clubs are going all in to secure their signings. 
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