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LIVE Transfer Blog: All the latest from the Transfer Window (Aug 1)

All the latest news, rumours and updates from Europe and Rest of the World LIVE!
Updated: 02 August 2018 06:07 IST - Published: 01 August 2018 17:14 IST
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Man Utd target Mertens

Dries Mertens is the latest name to emerge on the Manchester United wishlist as Jose Mourinho's desperate search for a new right sided winger drags on. The Napoli man has been viewed as an alternative to Ivan Perisic as talks for the Croatian have reached a standstill while Mertens is bound to attract a fee of no less than €40 million.

Mertens has been a prolific goalscorer for Napoli in the last two years
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Chelsea make Butland primary target

Chelsea's hunt for a new starting goalkeeper carries on with Thibaut Courtois' departure from Stamford Bridge looking imminent. After their cooling their interest for Jordan Pickford, Stoke City's Jack Butland has emerged the next main target for the Blues.

Maurizio Sarri's side must find a replacement for Courtois before his deal finalizes with Real or might risk losing him for free next year. However, Stoke are reluctant to let go off Butland this window as they seek an immediate return to the Premier League.

But, if the Potters were to cash in, the Englishman may cost Chelsea a fee of £30 million. Kasper Schmeichel is also on the radar and has been eyed as an alternative if the move for Butland fails. 

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RB Leipzig are willing to break their own imposed transfer rules to land Bayern Munich midfielder Sebastian Rudy this month. The German made just 16 starts in the league last term and could be tempted by the opportunity to play consistent first team football at Leipzig.
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Tottenham enter Grealish talks

Tottenham Hotspur have stepped up their chase for Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish. There has been a progress in negotiations with Villa but the 22 year old wishes to talk with Spurs alone.

Tottenham are looking to seal to strike the deal at £20 million but Villa value Grealish at £35-40 million. Mauricio Pochettino's side are yet to make a signing this summer and are in the hunt for Crystal Palace Star Wilfred Zaha also.

Aston Villa are restricted by Financial Fair Play rules and are likely to raise their demands for Grealish as they look to cut the losses in order to re-build the club.

Spurs might have to overpay to acquire the services of Jack Grealish
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Everton and Stoke City have held talks about a possible deal. The proposed offer has Badou N'Diaye heading to Goodison Park whereas Ashley Williams would be loaned out to Stoke for the 2018/19 campaign. 
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Lyon have captured Tottenham Hotspur prodigy Reo Griffiths on a four year deal. The teenager scored 33 goals last campaign for the Spurs U18 team and is the latest high profile English talent to make a switch abroad after Jadon Sancho signed for Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.
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BREAKING!!!

Bayern Munich Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has warned suitors that Robert Lewandowski will not be sold at any price this window.

The striker has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid as Lewandowski is keen on quitting the club this summer and wants to explore a new challenge in an another country despite being contract until 2021 with Bayern.

Rummenigge added,"Our door remains closed, the top quality we have at Bayern Munich will stay here. We are completely satisfied with him, and in his position there are only a few players who are comparable. So it's not in our interest to hand him over - no matter if someone puts 100 or 150 million (euros) on the table."
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Liverpool considering Karius sale

Loris Karius' future at Anfield appears to be in jeopardy as Jurgen Klopp has welcomed the idea of offloading the German. The 25 year old keeper has been under the scanner ever since his disastrous performance in the Champions League final that has carried over to the pre-season.

Meanwhile, Simon Mignolet is also destined for a exit as Barcelona and Besiktas review their options. Following the arrival of Alisson, the Belgian was the favourite to be sold but Klopp is now open to selling both Karius and Mignolet as rookie Liverpool goalkeepers have impressed the German boss in the friendlies thus far.

Karius has emerged as a target for Bayer Leverkusen as they continue their search for a new number 1 after the departure of Bernd Leno to Arsenal last month.

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Chelsea are at the risk of losing Thibaut Courtois for free next year if they fail to find his replacement this window. The Belgian shot-stopper has declared his intentions and will not be signing a new deal at Stamford Bridge with a move to Real Madrid fast approaching.

Courtois is keen on returning to Madrid this year
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Aleix Vidal is edging closer on his return to Sevilla after an €8 million fee was agreed by Barcelona after multiple days of negotiations between both the clubs.
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