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When do the European transfer windows close? Paul Pogba, Neymar and many more could move this month

The Premier League transfer window may well be shut but that doesn’t mean some major deals won’t be done before the end of August.

The top-flight clubs agreed for the domestic market to shut before the 2019/20 campaign got under way, meaning it was a short summer of spending in England.

Paul Pogba could leave Manchester United this month
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But there remain a number of transfers that could go through before September begins with European window open until later.

The market in China has already shut so no players will be completing mega-money moves to the Far East but clubs across the continent can still buy.

The Scottish transfer window remains open as well.

PSG superstar Neymar is being heavily linked with a move back to Spain
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Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez are being heavily linked with leaving Manchester United, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Davide Zappacosta could depart Chelsea and there are question marks over the likes of Dejan Lovren, Mohamed Elneny and Mario Lemina.

There are also set to be some huge deal within Europe, the headline being Neymar’s much-discussed exit from Paris Saint-Germain.

So when does the major transfer window close around the world and we can the Premier League sides finally rest easy?


China: July 1, 2019 – July 31, 2019

France: June 16, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Germany: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Italy: July 2, 2019 – August 23, 2019

Scotland: June 11, 2019 – September 2, 2019

Spain: July 1, 2019 – September 2, 2019

The winter transfer window in the Premier League will open on 1 January, 2020 and run until 31 January, 2020.

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Philippe Coutinho: The three reasons why Liverpool opted against re-signing Bayern Munich star from Barcelona

Liverpool rejected the chance to re-sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this summer, with the Brazilian instead joining Bayern Munich on loan.

And if all goes to plan, that’s where he’ll stay, as the German champions have an option to buy him for £109.8million.

Philippe Coutinho has completed a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich
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The 27-year-old playmaker could not replicate his Anfield success at the Nou Camp following a mega-money move in January 2018, and there were rumours of a potential return.

Earlier in the summer, talkSPORT revealed Coutinho would have considered going back to Liverpool on loan, after rejecting a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham.

But the Reds remained unmoved, and here’s why, according to James Pearce, writing for The Athletic.


Finances

Bayern agreed to pay £7.78m to take the forward on loan, as well as covering all of his wages for the season.

That amounts to a total outlay of more than £21m, which Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards believed to be excessive.

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Selection issues

The last thing Liverpool need is another elite forward, given the form of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino.

Coutinho would struggle to displace the current front three, who start every Premier League game when fit.

The Brazilian was deployed in a deeper ‘no. 8’ role towards the end of his Reds career, but Klopp reportedly chose to keep faith with Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Philosophy

Finally, the philosophy has changed since Coutinho left the club.

Liverpool prioritise work-rate and energy in their midfield engine, while pace is crucial in attack to suit their direct style of play.

In this system, Coutinho could be seen as a luxury player who doesn’t really fit the model.

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Islam Slimani: Leicester forward joins Monaco on season-long loan having not played for Foxes since January 2018

Monaco have completed the signing of Leicester forward Islam Slimani on loan for the 2019/20 season.

The 31-year-old, who became the Foxes‘ record signing when he arrived for a reported £29million from Sporting CP in summer 2016, scored just 13 times in 46 appearances for the club.

He spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at Newcastle, where he played four times without scoring, before another unproductive loan last term at Turkish side Fenerbahce.

Slimani has had some joy on the international front, however, helping Algeria win the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this summer.


He will now link up with Monaco and could make his debut for the Ligue 1 side at home to Nimes on Sunday.

The principality club have begun their campaign poorly, losing each of their two league matches so far 3-0. They have also had a player sent off in both games and sit bottom of the embryonic table on goal difference.

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Liverpool winger Ryan Kent reportedly trying to push through Rangers transfer

Liverpool outcast Ryan Kent is attempting to push through a move to Rangers, according to reports.

The 22-year-old was named PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year after scoring six goals throughout an impressive Ibrox loan spell last season.

Kent returned to Liverpool at the end of last season and featured throughout pre-season
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Gers boss Steven Gerrard is keen to bring Kent back north of the border on a second loan deal, but Liverpool want to permanently sell their academy graduate.

Kent’s only senior Liverpool appearance came in a 2-2 FA Cup draw with Exeter in January 2016 and he is not in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans.

With the Scottish transfer window open until September 2, the Daily Record claim the £7million-rated winger will plead with Reds chiefs to allow him to join Rangers on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal – and it has been claimed he’ll even ‘down tools’ to force a transfer.

A source told the Scottish outlet: “When the English window closed without Ryan moving on, Rangers realised they may still have a chance of doing a deal but that they would have to be creative in order to make it happen.

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“Klopp has ruled out another straightforward loan but Rangers hope the additional clause, which would turn it into a permanent move at a future date, might help swing the deal in their favour.

“Ryan knows he’ll have to do everything he can to help make it happen and it seems that’s exactly what he is trying to do. The current situation suits no one.

“It’s going down to the wire now but there is still time to push it through.”

Kent, who is fully fit, was left out of Liverpool’s Under-23 squad for their 3-0 defeat by Chelsea on Monday.

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Last month, Gerrard admitted Rangers had been priced out of a move for Kent.

“I haven’t asked that question (to the board) but I think the answer would probably be yes,” said Gerrard, who revealed the figures required to sign Kent would be too much for his side.

“Jurgen has come out and given the answer that will come out of my mouth anyway. It has been addressed and we move on.

“The end of it? Where we are right now, yes. We respect Liverpool’s stance and we thank them very much for allowing us to work with Ryan for a year.


“We have obviously got a Liverpool player at the moment in Sheyi Ojo who has started very well.

“I had a good conversation on the phone with Jurgen a few days ago and we totally respect Liverpool’s position on it.”

Kent has had loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and Rangers in recent years.

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How Inter Milan could line up this season with Manchester United man Alexis Sanchez and new signing Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan somewhat lost their way after winning Serie A, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League in 2009/10 in an astonishing treble under Jose Mourinho.

They’ve failed to win a league title since with Juventus bossing things over the last eight seasons and success elsewhere has been a struggle for them in recent times.

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The Inter side in 2009/10 under Jose Mourinho were near unstoppable
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In fact, the last time Inter lifted a trophy was the Coppa Italia in 2011.

But their fortunes could be about to change ten years on from their magical 2009/10 campaign.

It’s been a busy summer at the club as they prepare for another season competing for the spots high in the Serie A table and in the Champions League.

They’ve hired former manager of Chelsea, Juventus and the Italy national team Antonio Conte as their new boss.

Conte will be looking to lead Inter’s fightback to glory
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Inter have also shown plenty of ambition in the transfer market with their standout signing coming in the form of striker Romelu Lukaku, a player Conte has always rated, whom they bought from Manchester United for a fee believed to be in the region of £72million.

United forward Alexis Sanchez has also been linked with a loan move to the San Siro before the European transfer window closes on September 2.

If they can get Sanchez in and the Chilean rediscovers his form from before he moved to Old Trafford then Inter will surely be competing at a very high level in 2019/20.

So talkSPORT.com has taken a look at how Inter could line up with Lukaku and Sanchez as well as with some of their other summer signings including midfielder Nicolo Barrella.


Option 1 (3-5-1-1)

How Inter could line up if they get Sanchez
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Conte loves to play three centre-backs with wing-backs so Inter should line up like that in the season coming.

There’s competition at the left wing-back slot between Dalbert and Kwadwo Asamoah, however, we’ve gone for Dalbert to begin with as he’s had a run of games in pre-season and is a more natural option in that position because Asamoah sometimes plays in midfield.

In midfield, Croatia international Marcelo Brozovic could play alongside Barella, who has moved to the San Siro on a season-long loan with an option to buy next year.

Meanwhile, another loan signing in Stefano Sensi could be given a spot in midfield as he’s featured in some of Inter’s pre-season matches.

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Up top is where big changes could be happening with Mauro Icardi’s future at the club still looking very unclear, while Ivan Perisic has joined Bayern Munich on loan.



If Icardi leaves, Lukaku will probably lead the line and this could give Sanchez an opening to play just off the Belgian in a No.10 role.

Inter do have other attacking options including 17-year-old striker Sebastiano Esposito, who could do with some more experience.

Striker Lautaro Martinez made 27 appearances for Inter last season but only scored six goals, while winger Matteo Politano, who signed on a permanent deal this summer, had a return of five goals in 36 appearances in 2018/19.

Option 2 (3-4-1-2)

Inter have the potential to create a dynamic strike force if they get Sanchez in

However, despite all the talk that Icardi has no future at the Nerazzuri, he still is an Inter player, and you can never say never in football.

An Icardi/Lukaku partnership up front has the potential to be a huge threat to opponents, especially with the prospect of Sanchez playing just behind him.

If the Argentine works his way back into the team this might come at the expense of Sensi.

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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah rubbishes Gary Neville’s exit claims: ‘I am happy at Anfield’

Mohamed Salah insists he is happy at Liverpool despite Gary Neville’s prediction that the Egypt star will leave Anfield in the near future.

Neville, the former Manchester United defender, told Sky Sports the Reds should start to prepare for life without their star winger.

Salah has been linked with Real Madrid and Juventus in the past
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But Salah has rubbished these claims, emphasising his special connection with the Liverpool faithful.

Speaking to CNN, he said: “I’m happy at Liverpool.

“I’m happy in the city – I love the fans and they love me.

“I’m happy at the club.”


Neville also predicted that his former side, the Red Devils, will win the title again before Liverpool claim their first Premier League triumph.

The Red Devils missed out on Champions League football last season with a sixth-place finish, while Jurgen Klopp’s men ended up just one point behind champions Manchester City, losing only once in 2018/19 and achieving a club-record 97 points.

Neville expects United to overtake Liverpool soon
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Neville said: “I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool.”

This caused former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher to interject, saying United will not win a Champions League before Liverpool.

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Neville swiftly replied: “Maybe not, but I think they’ll win a league before Liverpool. They’re more ripe, they’re closer than you think and it’s not as bad as you think. That’s always the way it is.

“And Liverpool, Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already. He [Carragher] knows, he won’t say it. I can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it.”


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Christian Pulisic rejected Manchester United transfer because his father ‘could not stand’ Jose Mourinho

Christian Pulisic rejected a move to Manchester United because his father ‘could not stand’ Jose Mourinho.

The United States international joined Chelsea in the January window for £57.6million (€64million) and was instantly loaned back to Borussia Dortmund.

Christian Pulisic rejected a chance to move to Manchester United
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However, it transpires the 20-year-old could well have made the move to Old Trafford had it not been for Mourinho.

According to a report in The Telegraph, Pulisic turned down an offer from the Red Devils.

His old Brackley Town coach and former Chelsea winger, Robin Walker, confirmed United were interested in signing the wonderkid, but a move was always unlikely.

“He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho. His father couldn’t stand Mourinho because he didn’t promote young players,” Walker said.

The Portuguese was sacked by United in December 2018 after leading the club to their worst ever Premier League start.

Meanwhile Pulisic has made an encouraging start to life at Stamford Bridge, impressing in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool in Istanbul last week.

New boss Frank Lampard is yet to win a game since replacing Maurizio Sarri as manager in the summer, but faces Norwich City on Saturday at Carrow Road.

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Liverpool urged to sign ‘outstanding’ James Maddison as Philippe Coutinho alternative by Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to splash the cash and bring James Maddison to Anfield as soon as possible.

The Leicester City midfielder enjoyed a terrific debut season in the Premier League last term and has continued his good vein of form with an assist against Chelsea on Sunday.

In fact, since Maddison moved to the King Power from Norwich in 2018, no player has created more chances than him in the English top flight from set-pieces (50).

James Maddison has settled into life in the Premier League with consummate ease
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His dead ball prowess is not his only exceptional attribute as the 22-year-old has shown the versatility and awareness to play in a multitude of attacking positions under Brendan Rodgers to devastating effect.

And Carragher believes his former club should be doing all they can to bring the midfielder to Merseyside in the not-so distant future.

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at,” the ex-England defender said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“People have been talking about [Philippe] Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he’s gone to Bayern Munich.

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“But if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you’re going to that next step up.”

Manchester United legend Gary Neville echoed these sentiments: “He is a genuine creative player. I think he is outstanding.

“I think he will be playing for England a lot of times.

“He will be in the European Championship squad. I think he’s fantastic.”

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Jadon Sancho handed new Borussia Dortmund contract in order to fend off transfer interest from Manchester United

Borussia Dortmund have rewarded Jadon Sancho with a lucrative new deal in a bid to fend off interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

The 19-year-old moved to the Signal Iduna Park in 2017 after Manchester City were unable to guarantee him first-team opportunities.

Jadon Sancho has signed a new deal, but not extended his contract at Dortmund
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Since then, he has gone from strength to strength and earned his first international cap for England earlier this year.

Dortmund have doubled Sancho’s current wages, but the starlet has not extended his current deal beyond the current 2022 expiration date.

According to Bild, Dortmund are planning crunch talks with the teen ahead of the European Championships next summer to keep him out of the clutches of Europe’s elite.

Manchester United were credited with an interest throughout the summer, although it seemed to depend on Paul Pogba leaving for a suitable fee.

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Sancho only inked a new contract last October, worth £40,000-a-week, with sporting director Michael Zorc labelling him “without doubt one of the most exciting players in Europe”.

Now Sancho will take home £80,000-a-week, as Dortmund continue their fight to keep him as long as possible, with Europe’s biggest clubs continuing to circle.

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Wilfried Zaha’s attitude has been ‘first class’ since failed Arsenal and Everton transfers, says new Crystal Palace signing Gary Cahill

New Crystal Palace defender Gary Cahill has praised Wilfried Zaha’s ‘first-class’ attitude and has told talkSPORT he is ‘selfishly glad’ the forward stayed at Selhurst Park this summer.

Zaha told the Eagles he wanted to leave in the transfer window to take his career to the next level, and was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal.

The Ivorian was reportedly keen to make the deal happen but Palace’s valuation of £80m-£100m proved too much for the Gunners and they signed Nicolas Pepe from Lille instead.

Wilfried Zaha did not get his desired move away from Crystal Palace this summer
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He was then targeted by Everton but that move also failed due to Zaha’s price tag and the Merseysiders eventually signed Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi.

Although the wider European transfer window remains open until September 2, it appears Zaha is staying at Selhurst Park until at least January.


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But Cahill, who arrived at the London club this summer in a free transfer from Chelsea, says the Ivorian has got over his disappointment and has been ‘no issue whatsoever’ for the Eagles.

“Zaha has been first class to be honest,” the centre-back told talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday.


“I know how difficult it can be when things like that are circulating in your head and you have to go through these emotions so close to the start of the season.

“I knew it would be tough for him, but once that move didn’t materialise his attitude to training and the way he’s been around the place has been first class.

“For me, there is no issue whatsoever.

Gary Cahill left Chelsea after seven-and-a-half-years at the end of last season and eventually joined Crystal Palace
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“He is obviously a top, top player hence why clubs want him and selfishly I’m glad he’s stayed because he could be the difference between three or four places in the league.

“He’s been great, his attitude has been very, very good and I’m sure you’ll see that in the coming weeks.”

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