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LIVE Transfer Blog: Latest Transfer News, Done Deals, Rumours and more (Aug 20)

All the stories, developments and updates from Europe and Rest of the World LIVE!
Updated: 21 August 2018 02:36 IST - Published: 20 August 2018 16:43 IST
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Free agent Claudio Marchisio is headed for France. The 32 year old is expected to sign a deal with AS Monaco in the coming days. 

Marchisio won 15 trophies during his time at Juventus
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In an unlikely turn of events, Nice have announced that Mario Balotelli will remain at the club for the 2018/19 season.
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Jese Rodriguez is edging closer to sealing a one-year loan switch to La Liga newboys Huesca from Paris Saint-Germain.

Jese has struggled to break into the PSG lineup and has been loaned out twice in the last two years
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A host of European heavyweights have circled their interest in free agent Claudio Marchisio. The 32 year old terminated his contract with Juventus on Friday and has stated his next destination will not be an Italian club as he does not wish to face Juventus. 
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Real Betis are the favourites to land Oleksandr Zinchenko on a season-long loan. The Ukranian rejected a £16 million switch to Wolves a couple of weeks ago but Manchester City are keen on loaning out Zinchenko in order to gain some first-team experience.

Zinchenko played 14 games in all competitions for City last campaign
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Celta Vigo want to sell Turkish international Emre Mor after just one year when he arrived for €13 million. Mor's attitude has caused multiple issues for Celta as the 21 year old has failed to adapt to life in Spain despite all the efforts put in by the entire staff and club to help him settle. 

Mor scored just one goal in 24 La Liga appearances last term
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Borussia Dortmund are in contention to land Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer. New Dortmund manager Lucien Favre has asked for another striker while Barcelona are keen on getting rid of Alcacer before the close of the transfer window

Alcacer was left out of Barcelona's La Liga squad for this season


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Nantes are one of several Ligue 1 clubs interested in acquiring Watford defender Younes Kaboul. The 32 year old's contract expires next year and was also left out of Watford's 25 man Premier League squad.
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Thierry Henry has been linked with the Bordeaux job and former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that the 41 year old wishes to take charge. Current Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet has been suspended for one week by the club following his outbust against the owners.

Wenger told Corse Matin,
"Yes, he wants to do it. He is intelligent and he has the qualities. The existential question that we always ask ourselves is whether we are ready to sacrifice our life for the coaching profession."

Henry was also linked with the Aston Villa job last month
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Valencia President has declared that Real Madrid target Rodrigo will be allowed to leave the Mestalla if the Los Blancos meet his €120 million release clause.

Rodrigo scored 19 goals in all competitions last campaign for Valencia
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Sevilla have completed the signing of AS Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons on a season-long loan. 
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Luka Modric denied claims that he contacted Inter Milan regarding a possible move to Italy this summer. The Croatian playmaker took to social media and replied,"This is the biggest load of rubbish in history."
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Adrien Rabiot has entered the final 12 months of his contract and is yet to sign an extension. As per latest reports, the French midfielder has demanded a salary package of €5 million per year to stay at PSG. 

Rabiot's ongoing situation has alerted the likes of Liverpool, AC Milan, Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan lately. The 23 year old will be available for talks with other clubs in January when he will enter the final six months of his deal in Paris. 

Rabiot has been an instrumental part of the PSG setup in the recent years
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PSG target Barcelona duo

Paris Saint-Germain have been on the lookout for a new midfielder all season long. After missing out on the likes of N'Golo Kante and Miralem Pjanic and Paul Pogba, the Parisiens have now turned their attention to Barcelona midfield pair Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets.

It is highly unlikely that Barcelona would be willing to part ways with one of the midfielders let alone two. The Catalan giants will renew Busquets' contract in September while Rakitic has three years remaining on his deal with a termination clause of €125 million.

In short, PSG will have to break the bank once again in order to push through a move for either Busquets or Rakitic. 
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Paris Saint-Germain's search for a new left-back has taken a new route. The French Champions are interested in Filipe Luis of Atletico Madrid and German club Augsburg's Philipp Max.

Max tabled 13 assists in the Bundesliga last term



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Maxime Gonalons has passed his medical in Spain ahead of a season-long loan switch to Sevilla. 
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Loris Karius is in advanced talks Besiktas over a possible move this month. Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp has sanctioned the move and is ready to let Karius depart Anfield on a season-long loan deal that could be made permanent next summer. 

With Karius likely to leave, Klopp will keep hold off Simon Mignolet, who will serve as the second-choice and backup goalkeeper to Alisson Becker. 

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RB Leipzig have launched an improved £22 million bid for Everton winger Ademola Lookman. Lookman has slipped down the pecking in the Everton first team following the arrivals of Richarlison and Bernard.

Similarly, Leipzig have identified the 20 year old as a priority signing this window and the German club will refuse to give up on acquiring Lookman.

Lookman spent a successful six month loan spell at Leipzig last season.
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Talks of a new contract between Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal have collapsed. The Welshman has entered the final year of his contract and has demanded a massive hike on his current wages of £110,000 per week.

Ramsey's unresolved contract negotiations at Arsenal has alerted Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United. The 27 year old will be open to talks of signing a pre-contractual agreement from other clubs when he enters the final six months of his deal at the Emirates.

Arsenal are keen on tying down Ramsey to a new contract
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