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Football Live Transfer News and Rumours: EPL, La Liga and Rest of Europe - 9th July

All the biggest transfer news and rumours from around Europe LIVE!
Updated: 09 July 2017 19:25 IST - Published: 09 July 2017 18:00 IST
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With that, Sportskeeda wishes Wayne Rooney the best of luck at his boyhood club... and bid you all a very happy Sunday evening! Until Tomorrow... ta!
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Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo are saying that Paulinho is expecting that he will be able to join Barcelona by the end of this week. Currently plying his trade in Guangzhou Evergrande, the Brazilian midfield enforcer has been heavily linked with Barca over the past few weeks but price differences (Barca are willing to spend 20 mil while Guangzhou want 40) have delayed the transfer.

Do you think he'll be a good signing for Barcelona?
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IT'S OFFICAL - WAYNE ROONEY HAS JOINED EVERTON! For Manchester United fans of a certain age, it is certifiably the end of an era
Wayne Rooney signs for Everton. Again.
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Chelsea are desperate now! With Romelu Lukaku headed to Manchester and Diego Costa still very much able to read that text Antonio Conte sent him, the defending Champions of England are desperate to bring a striker of some note to the Bridge.... and they;ve set their eyes on AC Milan's numero uno target Pierre Emerick Aubameyang

Read more about what could be one of the most sensational moves of the summer, right here
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Barcelona favourites ahead of Bayern Munich and Arsenal to complete move for German midfielder Leon Goretzka

Leon Goretzka captured the attention of the world with his excellent performances in the Confederations Cup. The 22-year-old has not renewed his contract with Schalke and is very much on the market.

Bayern Munich and Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Goretzka but now latest reports from Mundo Deportivo claim that the Blaugrana are favourites to complete a stunning move for the talented youngster.

Barcelona's midfield needs some freshening up and Goretzka will prove to be an excellent addition for Valverde's men.

Kimmich and Goretzka posing with the Confederations Cup
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Lukaku explains Mourinho, Pogba influence in Man Utd switch

"[Mourinho is] a guy who I wanted to play for since I was 10 years old, so now to have the opportunity to work under him again is great," Lukaku told ESPN.

"We've been in contact. He explained to me how the club was like, what he expects from me. You know, we were together under different circumstances. Obviously, the first time when I met him, I was still a young kid, and I was eager to play. And he understood my decision why I left at the time. I returned on the pitch."

"I've been talking to [Pogba] for about seven or eight years. And now he's living in Manchester," Lukaku said. "I live in Manchester. He lives like down the road from where I live, so we're together on a daily basis."He was explaining to me how it went at the club, and it triggered something in my head. When the opportunity came, I didn't have to think twice. I'm really excited."

Romelu Lukaku
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James Rodriguez offered to Jurgen Klopp

James Rodriguez has spent a lot of time in and out of Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side without a proper run-in and was not even in the matchday squad for the Champions League final. This has made the player disillusioned at his role in the club. And now, as per the Metro yesterday, Liverpool have been offered a chance to sign the Colombian.

It will be interesting to see if Liverpool do indeed cough up the £60 million asking fee for the talented playmaker. You can read more Liverpool related rumours and the full story HERE
Will James be playing for the Merseyside giants next season?
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Arsenal set to break club transfer record once again

Arsenal might have just broken their transfer record for French striker Alexandre Lacazette but now various reports from around United kIngdom state that the North London side are willing to break it once again for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

Lemar has been heavily linked with a move to The Emirates and a renewed bid of £47 million should be enough to land the highly coveted French winger.

Are Arsenal building a squad capable of winning the Premier League?
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Wayne Rooney close to signing for boyhood club Everton

Wayne Rooney arrived at Everton's Finch Farm training ground on Saturday as he closed in on a return to his boyhood club. Rooney joined United from Everton for £27m on the back of stunning displays at Euro 2004 and went on to win five Premier League titles, four League Cups and the 2015-16 FA Cup on his way to a personal tally of 253 goals.

Manchester United's all-time top scorer is on the verge of ending a decorated 13-year stay at Old Trafford, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku set to move in the opposite direction for £75million.

If talks proceed smoothly, Rooney will be Ronald Koeman's sixth signing of a busy close season at Everton, following Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, Davy Klassen, Sandro Ramirez and Henry Onyekuru to Goodison Park.


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'Who would say no?' - Lukaku thrilled with Man Utd move

Romelu Lukaku hopes to kick-start a period of returning dominance at Manchester United, after the Red Devils agreed an estimated £75million fee with Everton for the striker.

"Who would say no to the biggest club in the world? Best stadium in England, the best fans, I mean it's a perfect opportunity.

"I always said I wanted to play for a team that's challenging, for every trophy that there is there so I think Manchester United at the minute wants to be that dominant team, that dominant force and if you look at their history, it says enough."

UPDATE: Lukaku has completed a medical!

Picture courtesy: Lukaku's Instagram


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Manchester United set to beat Chelsea in the transfer market again... this time for Bakayoko!

Manchester United have all but confirmed the signing of Chelsea’s primary transfer target Romelu Lukaku and it now looks like the Premier League champions will be thwarted by Red Devils once again in the transfer market; this time for Monaco’s defensive midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko.

You can read the full report HERE 

Where will Bakayoko play next season? Manchester United or Chelsea?
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ICYMI: Promising Liverpool youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold signed a new long-term contract with the Merseyside giants
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OFFICIAL: Sevilla seal deal for Colombia star Luis Muriel

Sevilla have struck a deal to sign Sampdoria striker Luis Muriel on a five-year contract, subject to the successful completion of a medical.LaLiga side Sevilla, who announced the agreement on Saturday, will reportedly pay a club-record €20million initial fee plus add-ons to Samp, who retain a sell-on clause allowing them to profit if the Colombia international moves in the future.

The 26-year-old had also been linked with Inter, Lazio and Roma, but is now set to end up in Spain.Sevilla have been busy in recent days, with Muriel, Jordan Amavi and Guido Pizarro all set to join Ever Banega in moving to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Luis Muriel
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Neymar wants Paulinho at Barcelona!

Barcelona star Neymar would love to see Brazil team-mate Paulinho join him at the LaLiga giants.Paulinho, 28, is linked with a switch to the Camp Nou, but his club Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao recently rejected a bid from Barca.

A 41-time Brazil international, Paulinho headed to China in 2015 after two seasons at Tottenham.Neymar wants to see his international team-mate alongside him at Barca, saying he had showcased his quality consistently for Brazil.

"I hope Paulinho signs for Barca," he told SPORT on Saturday.

"He is a friend and a great player, everyone would receive him with open arms."He's got great quality, everyone has seen what he can do when he plays for the national team."

Will they be united at Barcelona?


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Hello and hope you are enjoying your Sunday! A lot of huge developments are underway as top clubs all across Europe are scrambling to get the deals done as soon as possible. Stay tuned.