Liverpool will wait until the final week of the transfer window before making an official move for Thiago Alcantara.

Despite interest from Manchester United, the Reds are believed to be in pole position to sign the Bayern Munich midfielder.

But talkSPORT claim the Premier League champions are determined to play hard ball to land the 29-year-old Spain international (pictured above) for the best possible price.

Barcelona have reportedly agreed a £28million deal to take Lyon forward Memphis Depay to the Camp Nou.

According to the Mail Online, Depay, 26, is set to travel to Spain to complete a medical and Barca hope to unveil him later this week.

Gareth Bale is open to the possibility of joining Manchester United on loan.

The Welshman, 31, appears to be on borrowed time at Real Madrid due to his strained relationship with boss Zinedine Zidane.

While Bale’s high wages may ultimately put them off, The Times report United are looking at more experienced options having grown frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

The Daily Telegraph claim Aston Villa will take their summer spending to £75m by signing Arsenal keeper Emiliano Martinez and Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.

Martinez, 28, has agreed a four-year deal while former Chelsea man Traore, 25, is set to finalise his move in the coming days.

West Brom are close to signing Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher on a season-long loan.

Sky Sports report that Gallagher, 20, will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge before joining Slaven Bilic’s side in the hope of regular football.

He had appeared destined for Crystal Palace but Roy Hodgson opted to take Blues striker Michy Batshuayi on loan instead, with Premier League rules stating only one loanee can be signed from a fellow top-flight club.

Gallagher, who has yet to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea, scored six goals in 25 league outings for Charlton during the first half of last season. After being recalled, he saw out the campaign on loan at Swansea.

The Baggies are also still working on a deal to add free agent Branislav Ivanovic to Bilic’s squad.

Ivanovic, 36, who can play at right-back or centre-back, left Russian side Zenit St Petersburg earlier this summer.

Sky also claim Torino want to take Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira on loan.

The Serie A side are keen on a season-long deal with an option to buy next summer.

Torreira, 24, joined the Gunners from Sampdoria in July 2018 for £26m but has struggled to establish himself under Mikel Arteta after recovering from a knee injury.


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