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AC Milan still want Hakim Ziyech but Chelsea consider permanent clause

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The summer transfer window is here, and there’s a lot of gossip swirling about who’s going where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumors, whereabouts and, of course, deals!

TOP STORY LIVE: Milan still keen on Ziyech

AC Milan haven’t given up hope of signing Chelsea winger hakim ziyech but still prefer a loan with the option of making the move permanent, according to Calciomercato.

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The Serie A champions’ current priority is to bring in a centre-back and midfielder, but Ziyech would be seen as the icing on the cake for their transfer window.

Charles De Ketelaere has completed his move from Club Brugge to Rossoneriand while that won’t stop Milan from wanting to bring in Ziyech, it will determine how they go about it.

Ziyech is very open to joining Milan and would even be willing to lower his current salary, which is worth more than €6m a year.

Both clubs remain at loggerheads as Milan want an option clause but Chelsea prefer the obligation to sign the Moroccan permanently after the loan spell.

All of this has resulted in a wait for Ziyech to leave Stamford Bridge, which could even leave the former Ajax Amsterdam man looking for options elsewhere.

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10.09 BST: Serbian winger Philippe Kostic arrived in Turin to undergo a medical with Juventus ahead of his €17million move from Eintracht Frankfurt.

The 29-year-old has been left out of Eintracht’s squad for Wednesday’s European Super Cup loss to Real Madrid, with the Bundesliga outfit confirming the player’s imminent departure. Kostic, who has scored 33 goals and set up a further 64 in 171 games for Eintracht, is set to sign a three-year contract with Juve.

Juve signed free agents Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria this summer as well as Gleison Bremer from Turin.

09:25 BST: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the club won’t be making any more signings in this transfer window.

Madrid wrapped up most of their summer transfer business early, bringing in Aurelien Tchouameni and Antonio Rudiger while offloading several unwanted players.

β€œThe only thing I can say is that we are starting a new season on Sunday with great enthusiasm and we are not looking to bring anyone else in at the moment,” perez said after Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 to lift the UEFA Super Cup in Helsinki”[Carlo] Ancelotti is managing the team very well and that’s part of a successful season.

“I’m not worried if [Karim] Benzema’s goals are drying up because we have so many strikers that we won’t notice. I think he deserved the Ballon d’Or last year and it’s already indisputable this year. No one doubts that now.”

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08:42 BST: Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliot is in line for a new contract at Anfield, reports the Times.

Elliott, 19, signed just a five-year contract last summer but will be offered improved terms to reflect his growing status at the club.

The England U21 international made four appearances at the start of last season before suffering a dislocated ankle against Leeds which ruled him out until February after which he played a handful of games from February as Liverpool were managing their recovery.

However, after a full pre-season, Elliott came on as a substitute in both the Community Shield and in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at former club Fulham. With injuries to Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will rely on him a lot more in the coming weeks.

08:00 BST: Frenkie de JongManchester United agents have arrived in Barcelona amid continued uncertainty over the midfielder’s future at the club, with Manchester United and Chelsea still pursuing his signing.

Ali Dursun and Hasan Cetinkaya, who also represent Barcelona striker Martin Braithwaite, flew to the city on Wednesday and are expected to speak with the Catalan club in the coming days about their two clients.

De Jong’s future has been the subject of a lot of attention throughout the summer. ESPN revealed in July that Barca have agreed a fee of around €85m with United, including add-ons, while Chelsea are also interested. However, the player has so far preferred to stay at Camp Nou.

Barca, meanwhile, have told De Jong that if he wants to stay he needs to cut his salary, although sources have told ESPN he is hesitant to do so at this stage. Sources confirmed to ESPN earlier this week that Barca sent a letter to De Jong’s camp in July warning that the contract renewal he signed in 2020 under the former board contained alleged irregularities.

Sources close to the player say the contract is legal and claim the letter sent by Barca was aimed at pressuring De Jong to accept a departure or take a pay cut.

PAPER GOSSIP (by Danny Lewis)

– Newcastle United could consider a move for Chelsea and the American winger Christian Pulisic, according to The Athletic. It comes with the Magpies also monitoring the situations of the Blues duo Callum Hudson-Odoi and Conor Gallagher before a possible loan.

– Chelsea are ready to sign Frankie de Jong and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang whether Barcelona allow the couple to leave, Sky Sports report. The Blues are ready to match the Β£72m Manchester United had offered Barcelona for De Jong’s transfer. The Dutchman’s agents arrived in Barcelona earlier on Wednesday amid continued uncertainty over his future.

– Internazionale see Nice central defender Jean-Clair Todibo in replacement of Milan Skriniar if the Slovak international leaves, according to Foot Mercato. They could also watch Borussia Dortmund Manuel Akanjiof Atalanta Merih Demiral and Fiorentina Nikola Milenkovic.

– Manchester City are keen to sign the left-back from Borussia Dortmund Raphael Guerreiroreports Sky Sports, who add that City also own VfB Stuttgart Borna Sosa on the list of players they are watching. fabrice romano adds that City are close to an agreement for Anderlecht Sergio Gomezwho could then be loaned to Girona in La Liga.

– Everton turn their attention to FC Salzburg midfielder Mohammad Camara after being unable to bring Idrissa Gueye back from Paris Saint-Germain, reports The Daily Mail. Camara have also been tracked by Leeds United and Newcastle in recent months, but Salzburg have resisted all offers so far.

Hector Bellerin are still working on a way to leave Arsenal for Real Betis after enjoying a loan spell with the Spanish side last season, AS report. However, it might prove difficult to complete the move as Betis are already struggling to register players due to financial issues.

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