Nice have finalised the loan signing of Adam Ounas from Napoli.

The agreement includes an option for the Ligue 1 outfit to buy the 22-year-old.

Attacking midfielder Ounas follows Alexis Claude-Maurice and Kasper Dolberg to Nice amid a flurry of activity since the club was purchased by petrochemicals company INEOS.

The Algeria international has experience in France, having spent two seasons in Bordeaux's first team before his 2017 switch to Napoli.

Ounas found opportunities limited at Stadio San Paolo, making six Serie A starts in two years.

His arrival at Nice will help soften the blow of Allan Saint-Maximin's departure for Newcastle United.

Nice won their opening two Ligue 1 matches before losing 2-1 at home to Marseille, a match marred by the presence of homophobic banners in the stands.

Patrick Vieira's men next travel to Rennes on Sunday.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed Chris Smalling is set to join Roma on loan with Matteo Darmian likely to follow him to Italy.

After falling out of favour at international and now club level, England centre-back Smalling will seek to rebuild his career in Serie A.

Roma head coach Paulo Fonseca has been on the hunt for a new defender since selling Kostas Manolas to Napoli.

Confirmation of the impending move comes a day after Alexis Sanchez joined Inter but, unlike the Chile international, Smalling could still have a future at Old Trafford.

"It just came up in the last couple of days," Solskjaer said ahead of Saturday's match against Southampton.

"We sat down and discussed it. At the moment we have six fit centre-backs and I couldn't guarantee regular football for Chris. He's on the plane over there.

"There haven't been a lot of English players in Italy. I think he'll enjoy the experience and I'm sure he'll come back stronger and better for it."

Another little-used defender, full-back Darmian, appears poised for a return to his homeland, but Solskjaer ruled out a possible departure for Marcos Rojo.

Neither player has made an appearance in the Premier League this season.

"I can see maybe Matteo [leaving]," the United manager said.

"There has been some interest in Matteo over in Italy.

"Marcos is staying, definitely. We have a squad now less in numbers but certainly big enough and strong enough."

Maybe, just maybe, the Neymar transfer saga is coming to an end.

The Brazilian's future has dominated the headlines over recent weeks as Barcelona try to re-sign the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

With the September 2 deadline looming, Barca may have struck a deal…

 

TOP STORY – BARCA AND PSG REACH NEYMAR AGREEMENT

According to BBC Sport, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed terms on the value of Neymar.

The two clubs have reportedly settled on a figure of €200million for a player who left Camp Nou in a world-record €222m deal in 2017.

The LaLiga champions are also willing to offer Jean-Clair Todibo, Ivan Rakitic and Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan, though all three players still have to agree terms.

 

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- According to Gianluca di Marzio, Atletico Madrid have made an enquiry for Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. However, the race seems to be between Napoli and Monaco, who are both reportedly prepared to pay €65million for the former Inter captain.

- A swap deal involving Keylor Navas and Alphonse Areola is close to completion. RMC says Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Areola has reached an agreement with Real Madrid. Marca, meanwhile, says Navas will sign a three-year deal with PSG.

Parma are confident of signing Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian, says Alfredo Pedulla. Former Torino defender Darmian has been virtually non-existent at Old Trafford in recent months.

- Radio Marte reporter Dario Sarnataro claims Chelsea have offered Michy Batshuayi to Napoli. The 25-year-old striker has recently spent time on loan at Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace.

- Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is on the verge of moving to Roma on loan, according to widespread reports in Italy and England.

- Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is set to join Besiktas on a season-long loan, says Goal.com. The Egypt international only made 17 appearances last season. Il Messaggero, meanwhile, claims the Gunners and Tottenham are both monitoring Roma star Cengiz Under.

Borussia Dortmund and Inter are relishing taking on Barcelona in this season's Champions League group stage following Thursday's draw.

The three clubs were paired alongside Czech champions Slavia Prague in Group F, with the action set to get under way in mid-September.

Dortmund captain Reus said he and his team-mates had been hoping to draw LaLiga holders Barca, who have not reached the final in any of the past four years.

"A few of us from the team were stood together at breakfast this morning and we all agreed that we'd love to draw Barcelona," Reus said on UEFA's official website.

"Buzzing that it's actually happened! Obviously the group is extremely difficult; we're coming up against teams who we've not tested ourselves against in recent years.

"The games against Barcelona will have a party atmosphere for us and our fans! We believe in our quality and our aim is to go through."

Serie A side Inter have been drawn in the same group as Barcelona for the second successive season.

Inter finished third behind group winners Barca last term, but Nerazzurri vice-president Javier Zanetti feels they can thrive under new head coach Antonio Conte.

"Barcelona have been protagonists in the Champions League for a very long time, they have players of extraordinary value but there are also two other strong opponents in the group," Zanetti told Inter's official website.

"We will have to play our cards and see what happens on the field. We are a well-built team, we have purchased experienced players and we must aim to make a good group to win the round of 16. There are the conditions to do well, we face great teams but we are Inter.

"Against Lecce [a 4-0 win] I saw a team that will always try to make the match and this. It is an important point: the coach is very happy with the work of the boys, he knows that a demanding season is waiting for us, but he has brought the right mentality.

"You know how football lives, he transmitted to the team all his enthusiasm and his desire to win."

Bologna have announced the signing of Chile international Gary Medel, who joins the club from Besiktas.

The midfielder secures a return to Serie A two years after he ended a spell with Inter to move to Turkey.

Medel trained for the first time with Bologna on Thursday, with coach Sinisa Mihajlovic taking the session despite his ongoing treatment for leukaemia.

He goes straight into the Bologna squad for Friday's home game with SPAL after the club announced his signing with an amusing social media video referencing his 'Pitbull' nickname.

Medel, 32, was sent off during the Copa America after a clash with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi.

He has twice won the Copa America with Chile, who claimed glory in the tournament in both 2015 and 2016.

Alexis Sanchez's Manchester United nightmare has come to a temporary end after he joined Serie A side Inter on loan.

Neither club confirmed if there is a purchase option included in the deal, which was announced on Thursday.

Inter were keen to land Roma striker Edin Dzeko before he extended his contract with the capital club and the Nerazzurri then turned to Sanchez, who returns to Italy after leaving Udinese for Barcelona in 2011.

There were high hopes for Sanchez at United following his arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018 – a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Gunners.

However, Chile international forward Sanchez failed to make an impact at Old Trafford, where injuries and poor form contributed to a miserable spell.

Sanchez only managed five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions, with three of those strikes coming in the Premier League.

The 30-year-old, who featured at the Copa America, did not make an appearance for United in 2019-20, having not taken part in any pre-season fixtures following his international commitments with Chile.

Sanchez will become the fifth Chilean to play for Inter, following in the footsteps of Ivan Zamorano, David Pizarro, Luis Jimenez and Gary Medel.

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo thinks Lionel Messi has pushed him to become a better player and says he enjoys a "good relationship" with the Barcelona star.

The pair dominated the Ballon d'Or voting for a decade, winning it five times apiece before Luka Modric broke their stranglehold last year.

Messi and Ronaldo were second and third respectively for the UEFA Men's Player of the Year award for 2019, which was won by Virgil van Dijk.

Ronaldo swapped Real Madrid for Juventus in 2018 and Messi recently confessed he has missed having the Portugal international in LaLiga.

Speaking at UEFA's award ceremony ahead of Thursday's Champions League draw, Ronaldo thanked Messi for helping to raise his game and vowed to maintain his high performance levels.

"We have shared the stage [for] 15 years. I don't know if that's happened before - the same two guys, all the time," he said.

"We had that battle in Spain, I pushed him, and he pushed me. So, it's good to be part of the history of football.

"Of course, we have a good relationship. We haven't had dinner together yet, but maybe in the future!

"Leo is two years younger than me but I look good for my age. I hope to be here next year, and in two or three. People who don't like me will continue to see me here."

Messi, sitting alongside Ronaldo at the glitzy ceremony in Monaco, pipped Ronaldo to be named the Forward of the Season for the 2018-19 Champions League.

"With Cristiano, it was a beautiful rivalry," he said.

"It's nice to score goals. The goal is always to try to do things to win, before scoring. But if you can win and score, then [it's] better."

Alexis Sanchez has wished Manchester United good luck for the 2019-20 season ahead of completing an expected move to Inter.

Sanchez flew to Milan this week for a medical and an announcement for his season-long loan deal is thought to be imminent.

Inter are reportedly not paying a loan fee to United, though the Nerazzurri will contribute towards the forward's wages.

"Good luck boys for the rest of the season," Sanchez posted on Instagram alongside two photographs of him with United team-mates.

Sanchez struggled to make an impact at United after joining from Arsenal in January 2018 and fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

He only scored three Premier League goals for the club and has been allowed to depart despite United's lack of attacking options.

Solskjaer will only have Marcus Rashford and teenager Mason Greenwood available to face Southampton at the weekend as Anthony Martial is injured.

Sanchez will reunite with another former United forward Romelu Lukaku at Inter, who scored on his Serie A debut for against Lecce in a 4-0 win.

Cristiano Biraghi has re-signed for Inter from Fiorentina, the Serie A giants have confirmed.

A product of Inter's youth system, the left-back has joined on an initial loan deal with an option to buy at the end of this season.

Brazilian defender Dalbert has moved in the opposite direction, also on loan.

Biraghi, 26, will hope it is a case of third time lucky for him at San Siro, having left to join Cittadella and Pescara in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

He penned a four-year deal on his return to Inter from Cittadella, on the other side of a loan to Catania, in 2014 but was handed temporary spells at Chievo and Granada before being moved on again.

Impressive displays in Pescara's ultimately failed battle against Serie A relegation in 2016-17 caught the eye of Fiorentina and Biraghi has chalked up 70 top-flight appearances over the past two seasons.

Last September, he earned a call-up to Roberto Mancini's national team and has five Italy caps – scoring a maiden goal to secure a 1-0 stoppage-time win over Poland in the Nations League.

Inter won their first competitive game under Antonio Conte 4-0 against Leece on Monday, with record signing Romelu Lukaku and fellow new arrival Stefano Sensi on target.

Biraghi's arrival continues a busy transfer window for the Nerazzurri, with the club expected to add Alexis Sanchez on loan from Manchester United.

The clock continues to wind down on the transfer window and Barcelona are no closer to reaching an agreement for Neymar.

Neymar wants to leave Paris Saint-Germain and Barca want to re-sign the world's most expensive player.

But meeting PSG's needs prior to Monday's deadline is proving difficult for the LaLiga champions.

 

TOP STORY – PSG SAY NO TO BARCA… AGAIN

Paris Saint-Germain have rejected Barcelona's latest offer for wantaway superstar Neymar, according to RMC.

Barca reportedly offered PSG €150million in instalments plus Ousmane Dembele and Ivan Rakitic.

However, PSG turned down the proposal and only want cash, not an exchange.

 

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Manchester United are holding off on signing a striker as they eye Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, reports the Evening Standard. With Alexis Sanchez set to join Romelu Lukaku at Inter, free agent Fernando Llorente has emerged as a possible solution to improve United's forward options. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be holding out for Sancho.

- AS claims Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are negotiating a swap deal involving Keylor Navas and Alphonse Areola. Navas wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu and the Costa Rica goalkeeper has reportedly agreed terms with Ligue 1 champions PSG.

Napoli are putting their move for Llorente on ice as they wait on Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. Llorente has been linked to Napoli, however, Sky Sport Italia and Sportitalia report Carlo Ancelotti's side will hold on until Friday for Icardi to accept an exit from Inter.

- Goal.com says Mario Mandzukic has turned down the chance to join Paris Saint-Germain from Juventus. The Croatia international, who was linked to Manchester United, wants to fight it out in Turin until January.

Angel Correa's proposed move to AC Milan is stalling over a transfer fee, according to Marca. The Atletico Madrid attacker is valued at €40m but Milan have only offered €25m.

- According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Serie A side Sassuolo are interested in signing Chelsea's Kenedy, who spent last season on loan at Newcastle United.

- Valencia have asked for Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj on loan with the option to buy, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. It comes after Cristiano Piccini suffered a knee injury.

- Monaco striker Radamel Falcao is close to joining Turkish giants Galatasaray on a three-year deal, says L'Equipe.

Francesco Totti believes Roma can only hope to fight for fourth place in Serie A as he raised concerns over the state of the team.

Roma opened their league campaign with a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Genoa after surrendering leads in the Italian capital last week.

It was a busy off-season for Roma, who hired head coach Paulo Fonseca and signed Leonardo Spinazzola, Amadou Diawara, Pau Lopez, Jordan Veretout and Gianluca Mancini following last season's sixth-place finish.

Roma, meanwhile, lost star defender Kostas Manolas, Luca Pellegrini, Daniele De Rossi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Steven Nzonzi.

Club great Totti – who left his role as Roma director in June after a 30-year association with the Giallorossi – said Fonseca's side have a battle on their hands to qualify for the Champions League.

"Simone Inzaghi has put together an excellent Lazio, even if Roma are stronger on paper. They are to be feared," Totti told Radio Radio ahead of the Derby della Capitale on Sunday.

"This is certainly a different type of season for me, as watching Roma play on television on Sunday made me think. It's my decision and I continue to stand by it, but as a fan I hope the club can do something more in the final few days of the transfer window to ensure Roma can at least compete for a place in the Champions League.

"I hope that I'm wrong, but when you've been in football for 30 years, you have a good eye. I think many fans like me hope to see a great Roma that can get back into the Champions League and hope the club is working in that direction.

"I still maintain Juventus are the team to beat this season, as they are strong both as a team and a club, but this year Inter and Napoli reinforced and I see a different type of campaign.

"I think the top three are already decided, then anything can happen after that. Unfortunately, Roma can only hope to fight for fourth place. That is the reality of the situation, seeing what happened in pre-season.

"Napoli and Inter can trouble Juve to the end, but we all know that when they need to step on the gas, Juve do it all the way."

Atalanta have announced the arrival of Guilherme Arana on loan, with the Brazilian becoming the 17th player to leave Sevilla this transfer window.

Arana will spend the 2019-20 campaign with the Serie A side, who will find out their opponents in the Champions League group stage on Friday.

The Brazil Under-20 midfielder signed for Sevilla from Corinthians in 2017 but started only 10 LaLiga games for the club.

He has now been given the green light to depart as returning sporting director Monchi continues to reshape the Sevilla squad.

Atalanta also have an option to buy Arana, 22, who could make his Serie A debut for the club at home to Torino on Sunday.

The Bergamo-based outfit also confirmed on Wednesday that Arkadiusz Reca has been allowed to join SPAL on loan.

Alexis Sanchez landed in Milan on Wednesday and is expected to complete a loan move from Manchester United to Inter.

Sanchez has yet to feature for United this term, having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Inter have already signed one forward from Old Trafford in August, landing Romelu Lukaku for a club-record fee of €80million (£74m).

Chile international Sanchez has endured a miserable time in Manchester since his arrival in January 2018, scoring three Premier League goals in 32 appearances.

The former Arsenal attacker looks set for a return to Serie A, having represented Udinese between 2008 and 2011, and a reunion with Lukaku under new Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte.

Sanchez was snapped in Milan after flying into Italy, with the 30-year-old expected to undergo a medical imminently.

Alexis Sanchez and his horror spell at Manchester United looks set to be coming to an end.

Sanchez, who left Udinese for Barcelona in 2011, is reportedly poised to return to Serie A.

And his Italy comeback will see him reunite with a former Manchester United team-mate in Milan.

 

TOP STORY – SANCHEZ SET TO END UNITED NIGHTMARE

Inter have agreed a deal to sign Manchester United misfit Alexis Sanchez, according to widespread reports.

Sky Sport Italia, BBC Sport and Sportitalia report a season-long loan deal has been agreed, which does not include an option to buy.

Sanchez has endured a miserable spell at Old Trafford, where injuries and form issues have limited the Chilean to just five goals since arriving from Arsenal in January 2018, and he is set to reunite with Romelu Lukaku at Inter.

 

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- Barcelona are optimistic Paris Saint-Germain will accept a proposal for wantaway superstar Neymar, according to Mundo Deportivo and reports in Spain. Barca and PSG held meetings in Paris on Tuesday. Le Parisien reports Barca offered €170million which would be paid in two instalments. Ousmane Dembele's name was also believed to be included in discussions.

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane only wants Manchester United star Paul Pogba. That is according to Marca, as Ajax's Donny van de Beek and Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen wait in the wings.

- According to Tuttosport, Juventus have not given up on signing Inter outcast Mauro Icardi. The former Inter captain is not wanted by Antonio Conte or the club and while the Nerazzurri are reluctant to sell to Juve, the Serie A champions are waiting.

- AC Milan remain in pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Angel Correa, reports Gianluca Di Marzio. Correa wants to move to San Siro, however, a deal is yet to be reached. If Milan are unable to sign the attacker, they are reportedly set to turn to Gremio star Everton.

- According to FCInter1908, Inter are expected to sell Gabriel Barbosa to Brazilian side Flamengo. Gianluca Di Marzio says Gabigol will join Flamengo permanently in an €18m deal. The 22-year-old forward moved to Inter in 2016 but struggled to settle before spending time on loan at Benfica and former club Santos.

PSG are interested in signing Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, claims Gianluca Di Marzio. The Croatia international has been linked to Manchester United in the past.

- Roma's Patrik Schick is close to accepting a move to RB Leipzig on loan. Goal.com reports the Bundesliga side have an option to purchase the forward for a fee in the region of €28m at the end of the loan deal. With Schick poised to depart, Roma have now been linked to Atletico Madrid veteran Nikola Kalinic.

- Napoli winger Adam Ounas has agreed to join Ligue 1 outfit Nice on loan. Gianluca Di Marzio's website says Nice have a €25m option to buy the 22-year-old, who left Bordeaux for Napoli in 2017.

Lokomotiv Moscow have announced the signing of Joao Mario from Inter on an initial season-long loan deal.

The Russian Premier League club have the option to buy the 26-year-old at the end of the campaign.

Joao Mario joined Inter ahead of the 2016-17 season and made 32 appearances across all competitions in his debut season.

He fell out of favour in the early months of the following campaign and was loaned out to Premier League side West Ham in January 2018, where he made 14 appearances.

The Portugal international made 22 appearances for Inter last season and was not selected for the club's matchday squad for their Serie A opener against Lecce on Monday.

"I'm very happy to join Lokomotiv," he told the club's official website. "I know this is a big club. The team has a lot of experienced players.

"I asked [Manuel] Fernandes and Eder about the team when we played for the Portuguese national team. I spoke to Eder before this transfer. He told me Lokomotiv is a good team with a wonderful atmosphere.

"Playing in the Champions League is also an important factor."

Joao Mario could make his debut on Saturday when Lokomotiv host Rostock at the RZD Arena.

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