Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo keen on Man City move as Real Madrid bid for Kylian Mbappe


Messi trains with PSG whilst Kane’s future at Spurs remains uncertain

Following Lionel Messi’s seismic move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the Argentina captain’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo could also be set for a career refresh.

The Juventus forward is reportedly keen on leaving the Serie A club, with Manchester City the ideal destination as things stand. However, City – who spent £100million on Jack Grealish in this window – are reluctant to pay a transfer fee for the 26-year-old Ronaldo. That said, with City’s top target Harry Kane having confirmed that he will not leave Tottenham this summer, the Premier League champions might just be tempted to pursue the Portugal winger.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid have made waves by making a £137m bid for Kylian Mbappe. PSG have rejected the offer, but the French club’s sporting director Leonardo appeared to confirm that the France international wishes to fulfil a childhood dream by moving to the La Liga side. Mbappe, 22, will see his contract expire next summer, so PSG might just decide to take the money instead of letting the superstar leave for free next year.

Meanwhile, Manchester United continue to rival PSG for Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga, with the 18-year-old one year away from a free transfer and a likely candidate to make a late move in the window as his club salvage some value. And in yet more French transfer news, West Ham have been linked with Lille midfielder Jonathan Bamba, with the 25-year-old now seen as an alternative to Jesse Lingard, who has returned to Old Trafford following his incredible loan spell at the London Stadium. Elsewhere, Chelsea are exploring a potential loan move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

You can follow all the latest transfer news, rumours and gossip as Premier League clubs make moves to strengthen ahead of transfer deadline day.

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Transfer news live: Ronaldo, Kane, and a shrinking football world

Our Chief Football Writer, Miguel Delaney, has written about what Ronaldo’s potential move to Man City – and Kane’s failed one – means for the world of football. Here is an excerpt, with the full article below:

“Jorge Mendes is actively looking at options for Cristiano Ronaldo, and Man City is now seen as ‘at least possible’. The Portuguese would prefer an English club in the Champions League.

“It would be a complicated deal to do in the space of a week, because of the nature of Ronaldo’s contract and so many commercial attachments.

“That still wouldn’t be anywhere near as complicated as his Manchester United legacy. Such a move would affect the meaning of his time at Old Trafford.

“That might sound like an airy intangible, but it has substantial importance, as well as a commercial importance too. It is what attaches people to clubs and creates legacies, as well as – forgive the term – “brands”.

“That is one of the deeper concerns about this window, and what is so relevant about the Harry Kane situation.”

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:50

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Transfer news live: Harry Kane commits to Tottenham… for now

The England captain had made known his desire to leave Spurs at the end of last season and missed the north London club’s first few training sessions of this campaign.

But Man City were reluctant to bid the £150m that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was reportedly after, and Kane took to social media yesterday to clear up the situation.

“It was incredible to see the reception from the Spurs fans on Sunday and to read some of the messages of support I’ve had in the last few weeks,” he wrote, referring to his appearance off the bench against Wolves in the Premier League.

“I will be staying at Tottenham this summer and will be 100% focused on helping the team achieve success.”

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:24

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Transfer news live: PSG reject Real Madrid bid for Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain have rejected the offer, but the French club’s sporting director Leonardo appeared to confirm yesterday that Mbappe wishes to fulfil a childhood dream by moving to the La Liga side.

France forward Mbappe, 22, will see his contract expire next summer, so PSG might just decide to take the money instead of letting the superstar leave for free next year.

Kylian Mbappe is a target for Real Madrid (Martin Rickett/PA)

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Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:13

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Transfer news live: Ronaldo keen on Man City move

Following Lionel Messi’s seismic move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain this summer, the Argentina captain’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo could also be set for a career refresh.

However, City – who spent £100million on Jack Grealish in this window – are reluctant to pay a transfer fee for the 26-year-old Ronaldo. That said, with City’s top target Harry Kane having confirmed that he will not leave Tottenham this summer, the Premier League champions might just be tempted to pursue the Portugal winger.

Ronaldo spent six years with City’s rivals, Man United, between 2003 and 2009, before joining Real Madrid for a then world-record transfer fee of £80m.

The five-time Ballon D’Or winner left Real for Juventus in 2018.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus future is unclear

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Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:09

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Transfer news live: Welcome!

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of all of today’s transfer news!

We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the latest from the Premier League, the rest of Europe and beyond.

Alex Pattle26 August 2021 09:01



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