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Live Football Transfer News and Rumours: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe - 23rd August

All the transfer news and rumours - LIVE!
Updated: 23 August 2017 21:38 IST - Published: 23 August 2017 15:01 IST
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Manchester City to launch a bid for Jonny Evans
Pep Guardiola is interested in signing former Manchester United centreback from West Bromwich Albion.
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Middlesbrough reject Lille's £9m bid Adama Traore
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Snodgrass to Aston Villa close
Aston Villa and West Ham are in talks over a possible loan move for Robert Snodgrass. Snodgrass was signed from Hull in January for £7.5m but has been told by the club that he is surplus to requirements.
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Chelsea still interested in Antonio Candreva
Antonio Conte remains keen on signing Candreva from Inter Milan. Chelsea are looking to enhance the depth of their squad and being a utility player, Conte believes, Candreva will fit right in. Conte has managed Candreva during his stint as the coach of the Italian international team.
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Barcelona to make shock move for West Ham's Manuel Lanzini
As their Dembele and Coutinho pursuits seem destined for failure, Barca are now eyeing up a swoop for Manuel Lanzini of West Ham. Ernesto Valverde has shifted his focus to Argentines Di Maria and Lanzini. Lanzini's versatility in attack is something Barcelona could benefit from. A move to Nou Camp will be a huge step up for the 24-year-old.
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Wayne Rooney announces retirement from International Football
Rooney, in a statement, revealed that he is retiring from international football.

"It was great that Gareth Southgate called me this week to tell me he wanted me back in the England squad for the upcoming matches. I really appreciated that. However, having already thought long and hard, I told Gareth that I had now decided to retire for good from international football."
"It is a really tough decision and one I have discussed with my family, my manager at Everton and those closest to me. Playing for England has always been special to me. Every time I was selected as a player or captain was a real privilege and I thank everyone who helped me. But I believe now is the time to bow out.”
"Leaving Manchester United was a tough call but I know I made the right decision in coming home to Everton. Now I want to focus all my energies on helping them be successful."
"I will always remain a passionate England fan. One of my very few regrets is not to have been part of a successful England tournament side."
"Hopefully the exciting players Gareth is bringing through can take that ambition further and I hope everyone will get behind the team. One day the dream will come true and I look forward to being there as a fan - or in any capacity."
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PSG snub Barcelona's approach for Di Maria
Barcelona are becoming increasingly desperate in their pursuit of a winger following the departure of Neymar. According to French publication Le Parisien, PSG are not willing to let go of the former Real Madrid and Manchester United winger.
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Arsenal will try to sign Benzema if Sanchez leaves
According to The Daily Express, Arsenal will try to lure the French striker away from Santiago Bernabeu if Sanchez decides to leave. The Sanchez saga remains without a resolution and Arsene Wenger is looking for alternatives to lead the attacking line.
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Mbappe to Real Madrid

Real Madrid are set to bid more than £200 million for AS Monaco superstar Mbappe. There were reports that the teenager will join PSG on a year-long loan deal with the option to buy. However, Madrid are keen to add a striker to their side and have targeted Mbappe.
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Liverpool set eyes on Howedes


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is weighing up a move for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes. The Reds' confidence in signing Virgin van Dijk from Southampton appears to be wavering, forcing Klopp to look at other options to reinforce his defensive line.

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Manchester United one of the clubs interested in Garay


Manchester United are among a host of clubs interested in Valencia centre-back Ezequiel Garay. The Red Devils reportedly sent their chief scout to Spain last weekend to watch the 30-year-old, who is also being monitored by Tottenham, Juventus and Benfica.
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Arsenal agree Perez sale


Arsenal will agree a £14 million deal with Deportivo La Coruna for Lucas Perez to rejoin his former club before the transfer window closes. Everton could make a later offer for Perez, but a move back to Depor seems most likely for the striker after Arsenal blocked a loan departure.

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Barcelona hold Bergwijn talks


Barcelona have held talks with PSV Eindhoven regarding a potential deal for teenage winger Steven Bergwijn. Bergwijn recently extended his contract with PSV until 2021, and Barcelona are exploring the possibility of signing the 19-year-old either now or in the January transfer window.

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Craig Dawson has signed a new 3-year contract with West Brom keeping him at the club until 2020


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Real Madrid set to announce 5 new deal

Real Madrid are set to announce contract renewals for five players in the coming days, reports Marca. Madrid have already agreed new deals with Isco, Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Raphael Varane and plan to officially announce them imminently.
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Inter targeting Mustafi

Inter Milan have made a bid to sign Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi. The report suggests the Serie A club want to take the Germany international on a season-long loan with a view to a permeant £20m-plus deal. Juventus are also thought to be interested in the 25-year-old.

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Andreas Pereira to stay

Jose Mourinho doesn't want to let Valencia transfer target Andreas Pereira leave Old Trafford as he sees the 21-year-old as part of his squad.
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Tottenham bid for Keita Balde

Tottenham Hotspur are prepared to meet Lazio's €30m (£27m) asking price for Keita Balde Diao. The Juventus transfer target will be out of contract at the end of the season and has boycotted training sessions to try and force a move to the Italian champions. But Juventus have only offered €15m, while AC Milan, West Ham United and Napoli have been rejected by the Senegal international.
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AC Milan keen on Rafinha

AC Milan are keen on Barcelona midfielder Rafinha. The Brazil midfielder, who has suffered several injuries over the past few seasons, is likely to face a battle to nail down a regular first-team berth at Barca. Milan are interested in snapping him up on loan and have already made an enquiry.
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West Ham preparing double swoop

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is ready to pull off a £30m double swoop for Tottenham pair Kevin Wimmer and Vincent Janssen, according to The Sun.
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Barcelona have surprisingly pulled the plug on their interest in Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
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Neymar Update

FIFA are investigating Neymar's complaint over unpaid loyalty bonus at Barcelona. A FIFA spokesperson has told Sky Sport News: "The matter is pending and being investigated. As a result, we are not in a position to comment on it."

This is a separate complaint following yesterday's announcement by Barcelona that they are to sue their former player for £7.8m over an alleged breach of contract in the wake of his £198m move to Paris Saint-Germain