The summer transfer window is into its final month for the major European leagues, which means the biggest clubs are looking to make a splash in the market before the new season begins. Check out the latest gossip below, and see all official deals here.
TOP STORY: Auba's Arsenal days numbered?
The Times writes that the club could offload their highest-earning player, with Mikel Arteta unsatisfied with the striker's scoring form.
The Gabon international has already missed a number of chances during pre-season, and after scoring just ten goals in 29 Premier League appearances during the last campaign, Arsenal are becoming concerned with the forward's return.
The 32-year-old currently earns a £250,000 base salary per week on a deal worth £13 million per year, making it difficult to find a potential suitor for the former Borussia Dortmund player.
Aubameyang didn't travel with the squad for the Gunners opening-day 2-0 defeat against Brentford due to illness.
22.30 BST: That will do it for the latest edition of our LIVE Transfer Talk blog. We hoped you enjoyed following along with us and remind you to check back shortly for the latest transfer rumours, reports and completed deals. Goodnight!
22.11 BST: Another DONE DEAL for Inter!
The club announced on Sunday that they have signed right-back Denzel Dumfries from PSV. The 25-year-old, who starred this summer for the Netherlands at Euro 2020, will join the Scudetto winners after three seasons with PSV.
Dumfries will be tasked with replacing Achraf Hakimi, who factored in on 18 goals last season for Inter but recently left to join PSV.
21.39 BST: After selling Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea on Thursday, Inter Milan have signed a replacement in Edin Dzeko.
The Bosnian, 35, joins the Nerazzurri after six seasons with Roma, during which he scored 119 goals in 260 games. Dzeko, who scored 13 goals in 38 appearances last season for Roma joins on a two-year contract. The veteran striker has led both Seria A and the Bundesliga in scoring during his career, and also won two Premier League titles with Manchester City, and a Bundesliga crown with Wolfsburg.
Dzeko is already off to a good start with his new club, having scored on Sunday in a friendly. Inter are still expected to sign another striker with Atalanta's Duvan Zapata reportedly their top target.
20.58 BST: Man City remain hopeful of landing Tottenham striker Harry Kane, the Telegraph claims.
The paper adds that Man City believe they can land the England man for £120 million, and that they are confident that negotiations will pick up following tomorrow's game between the two sides. Kane, 28, has scored 221 goals in 336 games for Spurs but is pushing for a move to join the Premier League champions.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is reportedly holding out for a British record £160 million for his prized striker.
20.11 BST: Chelsea have accepted a £34 million (€40m) bid from Roma for striker Tammy Abraham, Fabrizio Romano reports.
AS Roma have an agreement in place with Chelsea for Tammy Abraham: €40m plus add ons on a permanent deal. Chelsea want a buy-back clause included. 🔵 #CFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 14, 2021
...but Tammy has not accepted yet - Roma are pushing, José Mourinho called him. Arsenal still in the race. #AFC @SkySport
Despite the clubs agreeing to a fee, the deal is not done as Abraham has yet to accept personal terms. Jose Mourinho and Co. are thought to be pushing hard for the England international, who has factored in on 42 goals in 82 appearances for the Blues.
The 23-year-old Abraham scored 12 goals last season in 32 appearances last season for Chelsea.
19.34 BST: Barcelona are willing to pay half of Philippe Coutinho's wages if someone takes the Brazilian on loan this season, La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The former Liverpool man, who has flopped since arriving at the Camp Nou for £105 million, has been offered to various Premier League sides as well as Lazio. Barcelona are looking for some debt relief and the 29-year-old is thought to be one of the primary figures the club are attempting to move on from.
18.56 BST: AC Milan are still gunning to sign Chelsea attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech, Gazzetta dello Sport has learned.
With Chelsea possessing Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi as options out wide, the Morocco international could be excess to requirements after just one year at Stamford Bridge. The 28-year-old scored six goals and added four assists last season in 39 games for the Blues in his debut season in England.
Ziyech, who scored in the UEFA Super Cup this past week against Villarreal, would replace Hakan Calhanoglu at Milan.
18.03 BST: Renato Sanches to Liverpool?
Speculation regarding a move to Anfield continues to rise after the Portuguese was left out of Lille's matchday squad to play Nice. The former Golden Boy winner has refound form in France following a trying few seasons at Bayern Munich.
Still just 23, Sanches has been linked with a move to Liverpool, who lost Georginio Wijnaldum on a free earlier this summer.
17.15 BST: With Lionel Messi arriving at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, there has been a lot of speculation around the future of PSG striker Kylian Mbappe. Is the French capital big enough for both of them?
16.42 BST: Chelsea are in talks with Alaves over a loan move to the Spanish club for United States international Matt Miazga, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Miazga, 26, joined Chelsea in a £3.5m transfer from New York Red Bulls in 2016, but has only made two appearances for the Blues. However, the centre-back has made 125 league appearances in European football over a series of loans at Vitesse, Nantes, Reading and most recently at Anderlecht.
Miazga's next stop is set to be LaLiga at Alaves, with Romano reporting that talks over a season-long loan are progressing well.
Alaves host Real Madrid in their season opener on Saturday (stream LIVE at 4.p.m. ET on ESPN+ in the U.S.).
15.59 BST: Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been linked with interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston villa this summer, but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl expects him to remain at St Mary's.
Villa reportedly had a £25m bid for Saints' club captain rejected last month, while Spurs have been credited with monitoring the England international.
"It is normal that Prowsey is a guy that everyone wants to have but I don't see a scenario for him not to be with us for the next years," Hasenhuttl said. "He knows he is the captain here, he knows how important he is for our club. He feels good here and we feel good with him.
"He has a four-year contract here so the situation with him is a different one."
15.22 BST: Paris Saint-Germain's summer business may not be finished yet, with Gazzetta Dello Sport reporting that Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly could be in their sights.
Koulibaly is reportedly being considered for a €50m transfer by PSG as veteran centre-back Sergio Ramos has arrived in the French capital carrying an injury. Some reports claim that Ramos, signed on a free transfer after his Real Madrid contract expired, could still be as much as two months away from his PSG debut.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Koulibaly could be brought in to add further strength to the PSG defence, and the report adds that the Italian club have lready identified Feyenoord's Marcos Senesi as the Senegal international's replacement.
14.38 BST: There have been some huge transfers confirmed this week: Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea, Raphael Varane to Manchester United.
We are giving grades for all the major summer deals involving Europe's top clubs to the team that the player has left and joined for their part in the deal.
14.16 BST: Diego Simeone has praised Saul Niguez for his "versatility" as the midfielder continues to be linked with a move away from Atletico Madrid.
The coach has been using Saul, 26, at left-back in training this week ahead of the new LaLiga season, after the player saw his playing time reduced last campaign. ESPN has previously reported that Atletico were open to letting Saul go this summer if the club received a suitable offer.
"I see him in the same way as I have for the last eight years," Simeone said in a news conference on Saturday. "His greatest virtue is his versatility for the team, and the variety he gives us with his play."
Atletico's top signing this summer has been the Argentina international Rodrigo de Paul, and Simeone refused to rule out further arrivals, with a striker to provide competition for Luis Suarez reportedly top of the club's wish list.
"It looks like the market in general, except in England, is very difficult and complicated for everyone," he said. "Obviously each club will do what's best for the club, and for the team. We spoke with [sporting director] Andrea [Berta] and [chief executive] Miguel [Angel Gil] when the season ended, we know the situations that the team is looking for."
13.28 BST: Barcelona have finally been able to register summer signings Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia -- as well as forward Rey Manaj -- ahead of the new LaLiga season thanks to Gerard Pique accepting a "substantial" pay cut, the club announced on Saturday.
LaLiga's strict spending limits, based on an analysis of a club's income and outgoings, had left Barca struggling to have the players available for their first game of the new campaign, even after the departure of Lionel Messi.
"FC Barcelona is able to register Memphis, Eric Garcia and Rey Manaj to play in the Spanish Liga de Futbol Profesional," the club said in a statement. "This has been made possible thanks to an agreement with Gerard Pique whereby the Barça second captain's salary has been substantially reduced."
It added: "The club is also continuing to work with two of the other captains, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba, to adapt their salaries to the club's current situation. It must be noted that both players are totally and utterly willing to cooperate."
The move means coach Ronald Koeman will have a full squad to choose from as Barca host Real Sociedad on Sunday.
12.55 BST: Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling believes the club's £100m record signing Jack Grealish will reinvigorate his own career at the club as Pep Guardiola's team aim to retain their Premier League title this season.
Sterling scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, 17 fewer than he did in the 2019-20 campaign, as City won the title and reached the final of the Champions League. The England international has two years remaining on his contract, but at present there are no talks over an extension and there has been speculation that he could leave the club to make way for Grealish.
Sterling, 26, backed Grealish to thrive at City after the former Aston Villa captain moved to the Etihad Stadium last week, becoming the most expensive player in Premier League history.
"He [Grealish] is a player that always wants the ball, he gets in good pockets of space and he is creative," Sterling said. "It adds another creative player to this team which I am really excited about so hopefully he can add a few more goals to my tally.
"When you add good players to your team it is always a good thing. He is a player I believe can truly have a great career here."
12.26 BST: Manchester United have completed a deal with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane, with the France international presented to fans on the Old Trafford pitch before Saturday's Premier League opener against Leeds.
United announced on July 27 that a deal for Varane had been agreed but a medical and personal terms had yet be finalised. Sources told ESPN a deal worth approximately €41m had been agreed.
The 28-year-old is United's third signing of the summer after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also brought in Jadon Sancho and Tom Heaton.
Varane was in the final year of his contract at Madrid and the club opted to sell him this summer rather than lose him on a free transfer later down the line.
12.03 BST: A most unexpected bit of transfer news here -- former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who retired from Mixed Martial Arts in last October, has signed for third-tier Russian side FC Legion Dynamo.
Nurmagomedov announced his retirement following his submission victory over American Justin Gaethje on Oct. 24, his first fight following the death of his father, Abdulmanap, from complications caused by COVID-19.
Fulfilling a promise made to his mother, the 32-year-old left the cage after a stunning run of 13 wins in eight years and a professional record featuring eight knockouts and 11 submission wins in his 29 victories.
In January, Nurmagomedov revealed his intentions to transition to football, tweeting that he was preparing for his debut in the sport and "ready to accept offers".
Legion Dynamo, who play in the third-tier Russian Professional Football League and are third in the competition this season, announced the signing on Instagram with a photo of Nurmagomedov shaking the hand of a club official.
11.34 BST: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has denied that Martin Odegaard's omission from his squad ahead of the new LaLiga season is confirmation that the midfielder will be leaving the club.
However, Ancelotti, who did not register Odegaard, Dani Ceballos or defender Jesus Vallejo for Madrid's first match of the campaign at Alaves, did admit that the 22-year-old playmaker has competition for his spot.
Odegaard has been linked with a return to Arsenal, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, and sources have told ESPN's James Olley that Madrid would be willing to accept a €45m transfer fee for the Norway international.
"The issue with Odegaard not being registered -- like Vallejo -- isn't a technical decision," Ancelotti said in a prematch news conference on Friday. "It's a circumstance of the moment. We can't register everyone in this period. Tomorrow it could change. The deadline is Sept. 2."
He added: "Odegaard has done well, I've spoken to him. I've told him that in central midfield there's a lot of competition, we have eight very important players there. That's all.
"It isn't discarding Ceballos, Vallejo and Odegaard definitively. We had to register two players for the game and I chose [Gareth] Bale and [Luka] Jovic. It's temporary."
10.40 BST: Tottenham Hotspur have made a €50m offer for Villarreal's Pau Torres, Cadena SER reports -- but the centre-back has turned down the move because he wants to play in the Champions League for his hometown club.
Torres, 24, has a €65m release clause, but Villarreal were willing to consider Spurs' bid, according to the radio station. The Times also reported on Friday that the Premier League club were hopeful a deal could be done.
However, Cadena SER claimed later that day that Villarreal academy product Torres -- who helped Unai Emery's team win the Europa League last season -- would prefer to take the next step with them in the Champions League.
Sources have told ESPN that the defender has been tracked by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City over the last year.
09.53 BST: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he is puzzled by Manchester United's transfer business this summer but not surprised by the spending power of Manchester City, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.
When asked about the spending of the club's rivals in a news conference ahead of Liverpool's Premier League opener against Norwich City on Saturday, Klopp replied: "We all know the situation of Chelsea and City and PSG.
"What United are doing, I don't know how they did it. We have our own way to do it. We are allowed to spend the money we earn, that we always did. This year we spent before we earned money with [Ibrahima] Konate because after last season, just to be clear, we cannot take any risk in this position at all.
"I'm never surprised about the financial power of Chelsea, City or United, I've been here long enough to know they always find a solution to these things."
09.00 BST: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Anthony Martial to still have a future at the club by saying he expects that forward to get back to his best this season.
Martial scored 17 goals in the Premier League during the 2019-20 campaign but managed just four last season. The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer but fit again after five months out with a knee injury, Solskjaer believes he is ready to play a key role up front.
"As I've said before we really rate Anthony," said Solskjaer. "Last season was disappointing, he had injuries, he lost some form, the season before he was our top scorer.
"I'm very confident and I like what I see from Anthony when I see him in training now and when I see him in the gym he has that little bit of grit between his teeth again."
Only champions Manchester City scored more goals than United last season but ahead of the first game of the new campaign against Leeds United, Solskjaer has called on his strikers, including Martial, to challenge midfielder Bruno Fernandes as the club's top scorer.
"Anthony will score more goals than he did last season and I think Mason [Greenwood] will only develop," he said. "Edinson [Cavani] started late in the season, I think he'll score more goals and Jadon [Sancho] will come in and chip in with goals so I feel confident that the burden is not just on Bruno to score goals.
"Of course he was fantastic, his return with goals and assists have been unbelievable since he came into the club. Marcus [Rashford] of course will lose out on the first couple of months of the season which is not great for him but when he comes back he'll be fresh again so to be able to spread the goals with the forwards with more goals that will be important for us. An attacking midfielder shouldn't be the only one scoring 15-20 goals."
PAPER GOSSIP (by Adam Brown)
- Tottenham Hotspur could move ahead of West Ham United for the signature of Nikola Milenkovic with the North London side entering talks for the Fiorentina defender. That's according to Sky Sports, who claim that Spurs believe the 23-year-old would add versatility to their side with his ability to play both centrally or as a fullback. The Serbia star has just one year left on his deal which means Fiorentina may be forced to offload him to avoid losing their player on a free transfer.
- Michy Batshuayi could be set to swap the Premier League for Turkey with Besiktas keen to land the forward. Fabrizio Romano writes that the Turkish Super Lig side have already entered talks for the star who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, scoring just two goals in the league.
- Calciomercato reports that Internazionale see Joaquin Correa as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku. The Italian Serie A club are keen to further strengthen their side after losing two key players this summer, and talks are reported to have started with Lazio. A fee of around €40m is rumoured to be required to acquire the forward who contributed to 11 goals in 25 starts last season.
- Juventus are looking to make an approach to Manuel Locatelli, which would see the Italian midfielder join the Old Lady on an initial loan with an obligation to make the deal permanent. Le 10 Sport writes that the future fee would be €35m for the Sassuolo star who Juventus have prioritised this summer. The 23-year-old has been attracting interest from around Europe since his performances at Euro 2020 caught the eye of football's elite clubs.
- Arsenal's interest in Aaron Ramsdale looks to be cooling with the Mirror reporting that Newcastle United's Freddie Woodman is now a prime target for the Gunners. The London side was unable to agree on a fee as Sheffield United demanded £30m for their starting goalkeeper, but it now looks as though sporting director Edu has identified the Newcastle goalkeeper as viable competition for Bernd Leno.