Transfer news LIVE: Friday August 23
- Barcelona and Real Madrid have been told to make their final offers for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar
- Manchester United have opted to cool their interest in free agent veteran striker Fernando Llorente
- Arsenal boss Unai Emery has told two Gunners aces they will be allowed to leave before the window shuts
- Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa has provided an update on what he plans to do with Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke
18:05 UPDATE: Celtic deal in question
Celtic target Jordon Ibe is in the dark about speculation linking him with a late summer loan move to Glasgow.
Ibe needs a fresh start having failed to make his mark since joining Bournemouth from Liverpool back in 2016.
Neil Lennon is interested in luring the winger to Celtic as the Hoops attempt to keep rivals Rangers at bay.
However, when asked about his future, Ibe said: “That Celtic thing, I don’t know about that. Any speculation stuff I don’t get involved with.”
Transfer news LIVE: Celtic want to loan in Jordon Ibe from Bournemouth
17:40 UPDATE: Why Chelsea to Arsenal move happened
Arsenal and Chelsea’s shock deal for David Luiz was precipitated by a dressing room incident after the Blues’ pre-season win over RB Leipzig.
According to the Independent, Frank Lampard tore into the new Arsenal signing after that 5-3 victory.
However, Luiz opted not to respond to the criticism, leaving his relationship with the new Chelsea boss on a knife edge.
When Arsenal came calling late in the window, Chelsea decided to let go of the defender rather than let the bond deteriorate further.
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leeds updates
Transfer news LIVE: David Luiz joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea on deadline day
17:30 UPDATE: Real Madrid boss reacts to Neymar questions
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is sick of being asked about Los Blancos potentially signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.
“We have a game tomorrow, I am just thinking about that,” Zidane said on Friday, ahead of the showdown with Real Valladolid.
“That’s the only thing we should think of, players, coach, staff, nothing else. I want Sep 2 to come as soon as possible. So these questions will end.”
Asked again, Zidane said: “I am just concerned about tomorrow’s game, nothing else.”
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is tired of being asked about Neymar
17:20 UPDATE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Man Utd scapegoat claims
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was reluctant to say too much when asked about Romelu Lukaku claiming he was made a scapegoat at Old Trafford.
“I’m not going to dive into that one,” Solskjaer said. “I think that interview was made before the summer when he was a Man United player so I think I’d rather not.”
Lukaku reckons he, Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba were wrongly made to bear the brunt of criticism during their shared stint at United.
United offloaded the Belgian to Inter Milan earlier this month and would ideally like to do the same with misfit forward Sanchez.
Transfer news LIVE: Romelu Lukaku left Manchester United for Inter Milan this summer
17:15 UPDATE: Jurgen Klopp fumes over transfer window
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not too happy about the Premier League transfer window shutting three weeks earlier than those across Europe.
“I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time. That was the idea in the first place,” Klopp said.
“They spoke about finishing it before the season starts, good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. Can somebody explain what is the benefit for the Premier League?
“We don’t really have a problem but for other teams, their key players are still on the market and everything can happen.
“You want a team together and focused on the future, but that cannot happen when there is a door open.
“I don’t understand why this decision is not already reviewed at least. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jurgen Klopp is less than impressed by the range of transfer deadline days
17:10 UPDATE: Chelsea ace targeted for shock move
Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero could be handed the chance to leave his bench-warming duties behind – to do the same job at Real Madrid.
Caballero is back-up to Kepa Arrizabalaga at Stamford Bridge but should see some game time in the cup competitions this season.
Real, meanwhile, have Keylor Navas in the same role but could soon lose Thibaut Courtois’ deputy to Paris Saint-Germain.
Mundo Deportivo reckon Real are weighing up how to replace Navas should he leave, with Caballero and AC Milan’s Pepe Reina decent options.
Transfer news LIVE: Willy Caballero could swap the Chelsea bench for Real Madrid’s
17:05 UPDATE: Real Madrid plan Neymar presentation
Real Madrid want to unveil Neymar as their latest blockbuster signing next week as they look to beat Barcelona to the Paris Saint-Germain forward.
Neymar is desperate to call time on his stint at the Parc des Princes having failed to hit the heights he imagined in France.
Real are going toe-to-toe with Barcelona as they former Santos star looks to return to La Liga, where he enjoyed four successful seasons.
Sport reckon Real are already planning to present the Brazilian in front of their adoring fans, with an event at the Bernabeu lined up for next week.
Transfer news LIVE: Real Madrid are gearing up to present Neymar at the Bernabeu
17:00 UPDATE: Leeds stance on Tottenham loanee Jack Clarke
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa insists Jack Clarke is still in his plans despite the winger enduring a tough return from Tottenham.
Clarke was immediately loaned back to Leeds after signing for Spurs but is yet to be included in their squad in the Championship.
Bielsa said: “For me he’s an important player who has very good individual skills, one v one.
“There are reasons enough to say nothing is special about why he was not in the 18 players in the last two games.
“We have a lot of matches in the month of August. Very probably the next game on Tuesday a lot of players who didn’t play before will be in the squad.
“In this moment I am focusing on three wingers. They are putting in good performances, but Clarke will be in or be a substitute of one of them.”
Transfer news LIVE: Jack Clarke has only featured in the Carabao Cup for Leeds this season
16:35 UPDATE: Arsenal to axe duo
Arsenal gaffer Unai Emery has opened the door for Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to move on before the transfer window slams shut.
Emery said: “We now have some players who know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and I really want the players to be happy here, I want them to be protagonists.
“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy. I spoke with them a lot of times last year and in pre-season, and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists, be happy and continue their careers.
“They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.
“But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them – and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and get another challenge with another team. We respect them, and they are training with us, but they know their situation.”
Transfer news LIVE: Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants rid of Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny
16:05 UPDATE: Man Utd decision on Fernando Llorente
Manchester United are not going to make their interest in free agent Fernando Llorente concrete with an offer no longer on the cards.
Llorente has been touted as an option for United after they waved goodbye to fellow hefty hitman Romelu Lukaku earlier this month.
The Spaniard is available at no cost having left Tottenham when his contract expired at the end of last season.
However, the Daily Mail report United are not going to table a proposal to the hitman, who shot to fame with Athletic Bilbao in his homeland.
Transfer news LIVE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be taking Fernando Llorente to Manchester United
Transfer news LIVE: Barcelona and Real Madrid have been told to slap in final bids for Neymar
15:35 UPDATE: Barcelona and Real Madrid get Neymar order
Barcelona and Real Madrid were this week handed an ultimatum over the future of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, claims Guillem Balague.
“Barcelona AND Real Madrid have been asked to put a final offer before midday [on Friday]. Juventus also in the equation,” Balague tweeted.
“The latest twist: in the last few days the relationship between #Neymar, his father/representative and #PSG has improved dramatically (in a VERY positive way).
“Real willing to offer Bale (but he doesn’t want to go) and Jovic, but PSG only want Vinicius (and Real don’t want to let him go).
“Real saying they are not talking to PSG… But they are big time! Barcelona pushing hard as they feel Neymar getting away.”