6pm transfer news LIVE: Man City agree fee to sign Ruben Dias in Otamendi swap, Barcelona ‘give up’ on Martinez – The Sun

LUIS SUAREZ has joined Atletico Madrid following six glorious years at Barcelona.

Meanwhile Man City are set to sign Benfica's Ruben Dias with Nicolas Otamendi moving in the other direction.

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  • CHEW ARE MY HERO

    Diego Costa has teased new Atletico Madrid strikepartner Luis Suarez by joking: “I'll do the fighting, he can do the biting.”

    Barcelona discard Suarez netted twice on his Atletico debut after coming on for ex-Chelsea bad-boy Costa in Sunday's 6-1 LaLiga win over Granada.

    Costa said: “We are very lucky to have Luis, I don't understand how Barca could have let him leave.

    “He is very good, one of us can do the fighting and the other can do the biting.

    “He's going to help us with lots of goals as well as his warrior spirit and his hunger to win trophies.”

  • BOAT TRIP

    Kevin-Prince Boateng is reportedly set to join Serie B side Monza from Fiorentina which will see him re-unite with his old AC Milan chiefs.

    Boateng, 33, is on the verge of completing a move to Monza, according to Goal.com.

    Despite the deal being close to completion, the details of the transfer are not yet known.

    Further evidence of the transfer comes from Football Italia who report that Boateng has arrived at the club to have his medical.

    The move to Monzo will see Boateng link back up with the club's chairmen Adriano Galliani, Paolo Berlusconi, and manager Cristian Brocchi.

    The pair were also chairmen at Milan when Boateng was a player there in 2013, and Brocchi was manager during his second stint in 2016.

  • KARI ON

    Liverpool flop Loris Karius has signed for Union Berlin on a season-long loan.

    The German stopper has been searching for a new club following his return from a two-year stint at Besiktas.

    Karius, 27, has not played for the Reds since his Champions League final horror show in 2018.

    He was then shipped to Turkey for two seasons where he made 67 first team starts.

    Karius now heads back to his homeland with Liverpool struggling to flog him permanently.

    He still has two years left on his deal at Anfield and is valued at around £3m.

  • GUNNING FOR ANGUS – EXCLUSIVE

    Angus Gunn has emerged as a loan target for Stoke – if Jack Butland leaves.

    Stopper Gunn, 24, is hungry for game-time after falling down the pecking order at Southampton.

    He was replaced as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first-choice by Alex McCarthy after shipping nine goals against Leicester last October.

    And with the return from loan of Fraser Forster, Saints are looking to offload one of their back-up keepers.

    That looks most likely to be former England Under-21 star Gunn, who is attracting interest from both home and abroad.

    Stoke are keen but may have to offload Butland first who has 12 years left on his current deal.

  • SOUGHT-FOR SALTER

    Chelsea starlet Jake Clarke-Salter is reportedly wanted by Trabzonspor and Club Brugge with Championship clubs also interested in his signature.

    Both clubs would like to take him on loan and a decision on his future will be made soon, according to Goal.com journalist Nizaar Kinsella.

    He also said that while an overseas loan deal is possible, there are also some Championship clubs interested in Clarke-Salter too.

    Fans are divided about who he should go to, with one saying: “Club Brugge are in the European competition, he should go there and gain more experience.”

    Another fan disagreed and replied: “No buddy! he must come to Trabzonspor, where Baker is.”

    Clarke Salter, 22, has also been a target for Championship sides Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.

    Despite their interest, it seemed that a deal for the English starlet had been agreed with Ligue 1 side Brest, according to Football Insider.

  • YOU BREWTY

    Sheffield United are offering a stunning £17 million for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster AND will let him go back to the Kop.

    Boss Chris Wilder came up with a new improved bid for the Anfield hit man yesterday (Monday) after his blunt Blades went for three games without a goal.

    And the United chiefs are even willing to agree to Liverpool’s request for a buy back clause – set around £40 million – for the young forward.

    It could be a crucial move as major signing rivals Crystal Palace will not agree to the arrangement that would see Liverpool having a chance to take the player back in the future.

    Palace are prepared to OUTBID Sheffield United right now and know that Brewster is keen on a move to London.

    However the Eagles are unhappy with the idea of grooming Brewster for the top and then losing him.

    Palace may now switch their striker hunt to Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard who was a target earlier in the year but was out of their price range. That fee may now be reducing.

  • DUN DEAL

    Bobby Duncan is ready to use 18 months of pent-up frustration to fuel his push for a first team place at Derby County.

    The 19-year-old England youth international joined the Rams on a three-year-deal from Fiorentina yesterday and will look to make a speedy step-up from Derby’s Under-23 squad to Phillip Cocu’s first team after growing impatient in Italy.

    The Covid-crisis limited Duncan’s playing time with the Serie A club and, despite the striker scoring four goals in a dozen games for Fiorentina’s Primavera team, the door to the first team remained closed for him.

    Now the former Manchester City and Liverpool kid hopes to kick-start his career with the Championship Rams after originally quitting Liverpool because he wanted first team football.

    Duncan told Rams TV:  “I’ve been crawling the walls for the last few months, due to the restrictions in place (for Covid-19), as I have just wanted to play football. 

    “I’m ready to go and can’t wait to get started now. The last few years have been a rollercoaster, but I am here now and ready to get my head down.

    “The experiences I’ve had over the last 18 months or so at Liverpool and Fiorentina are ones I believe I can learn from. I am passionate to score goals.”

  • WAITING GAME

    Leeds will land Daniel James on loan from Manchester United – but only if the Red Devils sign Jadon Sancho.

    Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been in regular contact with their Premier League rivals over a potential move for the winger, as SunSport revealed two weeks ago.

    James almost joined Leeds on transfer deadline day back in January 2019, only for Swansea to pull the plug on the deal at the last-minute after he had already passed a medical.

    Despite renewed interest from the Yorkshire outfit that summer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer swooped to bring him to United.

    The 22-year-old Welsh star started United’s 3-1 home defeat against Crystal Palace last week but was left out of the squad for Saturday’s 3-2 win at Brighton.

    Now he could finally be about to head across the Pennines to Elland Road with his Norwegian boss willing to let him leave temporarily for the campaign.

  • MUST LEAVE

    Lazio are reportedly in deep negotiations with Shkodran Mustafi over a deal to bring the Arsenal defender to Italy.

    The 28-year-old is not in the plans of Mikel Arteta, who has preferred options Gabriel Magalhaes, David Luiz, Rob Holding and William Saliba to count on.

    And with Mustafi having just one year left to run on his deal at the Emirates, the North Londoners are keen to cash in on him.

    SunSport reported last week how the World Cup winner was attracting interest from both Lazio and Roma.

    And it looks as though Simone Inzaghi's side have won the race to bring the ex-Valencia star to the Stadio Olimpico.

    According to Lazio Press, Mustafi's agent and father have held talks with the Eagles.

    It has been said that final details of the move are all that is needed for the centre-back to link up with Lazio.

  • JOHN TOP

    Wigan are signing centre half Darnell Johnson from Leicester City – the godson of Latics legend Emile Heskey. 

    Johnson will be allowed to join John Sheridan on loan time give him first team experience and he will go straight into their side. 

    The Foxes defender’s godfather is Heskey who was a record buy and a star at Wigan in their Premier League heyday. 

  • WORK OF ART

    Arsenal reportedly remain desperate to bring in Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey before the window slams shut next week.

    The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Lyon playmaker Aouar, with the club ready to bid £45million for the 22-year-old.

    And Mikel Arteta is known to be a huge admirer of Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, but they will have to pay his £45m release clause in order to sign him.

    Arsenal fans are fearful they could be priced out of moves for both players.

    But The Athletic claim the North Londoners are confident they will be able to get at least one of those deals done.

    They state that Aouar looks to be the more likely signing as Lyon need to raise funds after being hit badly by the coronavirus crisis.

  • KANTE BE GOING

    Frank Lampard insisted N’Golo Kante is part of his plans despite reported interest from Manchester United.

    United have reached out to Kante's advisors to see if a deal can be made, according to The Mirror.

    Despite United's links, Lampard has expressed his desire for Kante to stay.

    He said: “He is an incredible player, I keep saying it and I mean it, he is huge for this club.”

  • TAKING THE MICH

    Leedsare reportedly closing in on the signing of French midfielder Michael Cuisance from Bayern Munich.

    The 21-year-old has been deemed surplus to requirements, and after being left out of the squad that lost 4-1 to Hoffenheim, he looks set to be on his way out.

    According to L'Equipe, the Whites are looking to bring the ex-Borussia Monchengladbach star to Elland Road this week.

    It has been said that the two clubs are in negotiations, with Leeds offering the German side £18million for Cuisanace's services.

    They state that personal terms will not be an issue, with Leeds firmly in pole position in the race to sign the player.

    The lure of Marcelo Bielsa looks to have proven too strong for Cuisance, who is also being chased by Newcastle, Marseille and Nice.

  • IN OLE'S HANDS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly been in constant contact with other managers as he looks to salvage the club’s transfer window.

    Despite being linked with quite a few players – including Dortmund's Jadon Sancho – United have signed just Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

    Fans and former players have taken aim at the club’s transfer activity, with Patrice Evra launching an astonishing rant on Instagram last week.

  • HOT PURSUIT

    Man Utd will reportedly not give up on their pursuit to sign Jadon Sancho.

    Borussia Dortmund have so far insisted the winger is not for sale, as United are unwilling to meet their £109m price tag.

    But according to ESPN, United hope an agreement can still be reached before the October 5 deadline.

    Old Trafford chiefs have agreed personal terms with Sancho but have not struck terms with Dortmund.

    United are ready to take talks all the way to deadline day.

  • WRIGHT MAN FOR IT

    Man Utdhave been told to replace Ed Woodward with former Chelsea transfer guru Michael Emenalo.

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright says the Old Trafford club should make the call to ramp up their pursuit of new players.

    He said on the Kelly and Wrighty show: “For me, and it's blatantly obvious to me, you've got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea.

    “He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he's won the Champions League, he's helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea.

    “We're talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he's doing.

    “We're talking about under [Roman] Abramovich with three different managers and he still managed, because he's a football man, to get the job done.

    “What happened with Chelsea was that when we say 'another manager's come in', but they're still winning trophies.”

  • PHIL YA BOOTS

    Man City will QUINTUPLE Phil Foden's salary to £150,000 a week despite his Iceland hotel shame, according to reports.

    The 20-year-old England international was sent home in disgrace by Gareth Southgate, alongside Manchester United's Mason Greenwood, for breaking Covid-19 rules by hooking up with local girls in their hotel.

    While on Nations League duty, Foden 'left the hotel bedroom VERY happy' according to Icelandic stunner Lara Clausen and now he will have more to smile about thanks to a huge pay rise.

    90min.com reports Foden will collect FIVE times his current £30,000 a week wages thanks to a bumper new contract.

    He signed his last deal in 2018 and it runs until 2024.

    But he is set to be rewarded for his on-field excellence having progressed from the Citizens' academy.

  • LU BEAUTY

    Luis Suarez stole the Spanish headlines after he scored twice on his Atletico Madrid debut.

    The striker – who signed from Barcelona – helped Atletico beat Granada 6-1.

    Marca's headline read: “Suarez and Joao unleash the Atletico.”

  • ALL OR NOTHING

    Man Utd are preparing a £90million bid for Jadon Sancho with £65m of it be paid upfront, according to reports.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has so far failed in every attempt to land his No1 transfer target – and the window shuts next Monday.

    Borussia Dortmund have appeared unwilling to budge on their £108m valuation for the England winger.

    And the Daily Mail say United will try to persuade them to sell with a move totalling £90m once 'achievable add-ons' are accounted for.

    But Dortmund's head of football Sebastian Kehl is adamant Sancho will stay in Germany – no matter what is offered.

    He told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He [Jadon Sancho] is our player, and he will stay.

    “It was an important statement from the club because we have a certain responsibility. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”

  • RUBE AWAKENING

    Ruben Dias is expected to complete a £64million move to Manchester City today.

    Benfica have confirmed the Portuguese international defender, 23, will join the Etihad outfit in a deal worth an initial £62million.

    In a statement, the Portuguese club also confirmed Nicolas Otamendi is moving in the opposite direction for a separate fee of around £13.7 million.

    The arrival of Dias will end Pep Guardiola’s long search for a right-sided centre half and his arrival comes as a huge boost in the wake of Sunday’s 5-2 hammering at home to Leicester.

    He has also looked at Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Jules Kounde of Seville and Atletico Madrid’s Jose Giminez.

    However they have settled on Dias – a player they have monitored for well over a year – and his arrival cannot come soon enough.

  • TOTT TARGETS

    Tottenhamare eyeing late transfers for Bourmouth's Josh King and Swiss star Haris Seferovic, according to reports.

    Jose Mourinho desperately wants to add another striker to his squad before the window closes.

    As revealed by SunSport, he is becoming increasingly frustrated with Tottenham for failing to land him a back-up forward for Harry Kane.

    Ollie Watkins was a target before joining Aston Villa and Mourinho fears the worst.

    A pal said: “Tottenham is the only club in the world with one striker.

    “It is the same as last season. Do fans really think Jose wants four left-backs, six wingers and one striker? It is incredible.”

  • LAZ BE HAVING TWO

    Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira could be the targets of a Lazio double swoop ahead of transfer deadline day.

    The Italian giants are looking to strengthen their attacking options after their move for David Silva fell through last month.

    The Red Devils are thought to have opened talks with Lazio officials over a deal that would see Pereira, 24, make a move to Serie A this term.

    It is thought the out-of-favour midfielder could be joined by Juan Mata.

    The Spain international, 32, has heavily linked with a move in recent months having fallen down Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s pecking order following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes.

    And Pereira is facing a battle to hold down a starting place in United’s midfield following the club’s £39million acquisition of Ajax ace Donny van de Beek.

    Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims discussions have already commenced between United and Lazio, with the Serie A side thought to be considering the Brazilian as an option for their midfield ranks.

  • LAUTAR-NO

    Barcelona have given up on their pursuit of transfer target Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.

    The LaLiga giants were tracking the Inter Milan striker for much of the summer.

    But Calciomercato believe they have decided to stop their chase.

    That is despite selling striker Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid last week.

    The transfer fell through because Barcelona's dire financial position meant stumping up the asking price was impossible

    Martinez, 23, did have a £101million release clause in his contract but that expired in July.

    It was understood Inter wanted at least £73m for their striker and refused any offer from Barcelona to include any players as part of a deal.

  • KEPA BLUES

    Chelsea's keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly seeking a move back to Spain.

    A source, presumably close to the player, is quoted as saying: “His problem is not Chelsea, it’s England,” according to AS.

    AS also claim that there’ll be interest in Kepa, no specific clubs are named and his agents have a big job on to seal the move.

  • JOR THE ONE

    PSG want to sign Chelsea midfielder Jorginho on loan, according to reports.

    The Italian, 28, has been linked with a departure away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

    Now Telefoot report the French champions have 'established a connection' with Chelsea over a potential switch.

    PSG boss Thomas Tuchel is understood to be keen to bring in another midfielder before the transfer window closes next week.

    However, his side may still have competition from Arsenal, who have also been linked with the £57million former Napoli man.

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly a big fan of Jorginho, who could be seen as an alternative to fellow target Thomas Partey.

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