Romelu Lukaku described Antonio Conte as the best coach in the world and revealed the Italian played a big part in his decision to join Inter.

The San Siro side saw off competition from Serie A rivals Juventus to sign Lukaku from Manchester United on Thursday in a deal reported to be worth €80million (£73m).

Conte first tried to sign the Belgium international for Chelsea two years ago, only to miss out to Man United, but the pair now have the opportunity to work alongside each other at Inter.

And Lukaku is relishing the chance to develop his game under Conte, who won three successive Serie A titles at Juventus before lifting the Premier League and FA Cup at Chelsea.

"The coach was a key factor. He’s the best coach in the world - he manages to improve his players, while his career speaks for itself," Lukaku told his new side's official website. 

"I would like to thank president Steven Zhang and CEO Giuseppe Marotta for the faith they’ve shown in me. I'm delighted to be here at Inter."

Lukaku has been handed the coveted number nine shirt that was previously warn by Mauro Icardi, who remains at the club but is not part of Conte's plans.

Inter finished fourth under Luciano Spalletti in Serie A last season and have not won the Scudetto since 2009-10, but their club-record signing was hopeful of a return to the glory days.

"I chose Inter because of the club’s project," he said. "I think Inter are heading in the right direction and I needed a new challenge.

"Here, the foundations are there to do well. Through my commitment and my desire to perform, I want to help this team achieve big things. 

"I won't get ahead of myself, but I hope we’ll have achieved great results come the end of the season."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Alexis Sanchez to stay at Manchester United and grasp the "opportunity" created by Romelu Lukaku's departure.

Lukaku left for Serie A side Inter in a deadline day move understood to be worth €80million (£73m).

United did not replace the striker, increasing the expectation for goals on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and teenager Mason Greenwood.

Help could come from Sanchez if the Chile forward finds the form that has eluded since him swapping Arsenal for Old Trafford in January 2018.

The 30-year-old has scored three goals in 33 Premier League appearances for United and requires further time to regain fitness after injuring his knee at the Copa America in July.

"Alexis has come in and trained well," Solskjaer said.

"Of course he's four or five weeks behind the boys and he has not played apart from the one behind closed doors here.

"I think he'll see this as an opportunity as well to make his mark.

"I do expect him to stay, there's a striker there we think is going to be able to score some goals."

Star midfielder Paul Pogba is one player who is fit and available to feature in the club's season opener against Chelsea on Sunday.

The World Cup winner was prominent during pre-season despite being at the centre of transfer speculation.

Real Madrid have reportedly moved on to other targets and Solskjaer insists there are no concerns over Pogba's level of commitment.

"He's been great," the United manager said.

"I've always said, every time I've been asked about Paul, when he comes in, when he plays, when he trains he's absolutely fantastic."

Manchester United did not bring in a replacement for the departed Romelu Lukaku because there was concern such a move would block Mason Greenwood's pathway, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lukaku left United on the Premier League's transfer deadline day in a deal Omnisport understands to be worth £73million, bringing an end to a protracted saga.

The Belgium international had seemed close to joining Inter and Juventus at various times over the close season, before eventually the Nerazzurri got the deal done on Thursday, subsequently handing him Mauro Icardi's number nine jersey despite the Argentina striker still being at the club.

Lukaku found himself replaced in the United starting XI last term after Solskjaer succeeded Jose Mourinho, and a departure had long looked likely.

United failed to secure a replacement for him despite links with Wissam Ben Yedder, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic – Solskjaer puts the club's reticence down to their trust in 17-year-old Greenwood, who impressed in pre-season after a sterling campaign in the youth team and second string.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Sunday's Premier League opener with Chelsea, Solskjaer said: "It was time now for Rom [Lukaku] to go, because I think we got a good deal, he's happy, so I think both parties ended that deal as it should be.

"Rom was injured for a while this pre-season, didn't participate, so I just hope for him he'll get a good start at Inter.

"Of course, Rom has a good record and stats. He's one of the top number nines around when you want to play with that kind of striker, a target man.

"For me, I'm very confident that we'll get goals from [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford, [Daniel] James will create, I'm sure Jesse Lingard will get more. We have a different attacking set-up this month.

"Towards the end of last season we didn't score a lot of goals and you do think players will have [more of] an impact.

"And Mason Greenwood's pathway would have been a lot more different if we had another forward there, and I believe Mason is going to be playing and involved a lot, and when he is, he's going to score goals."

Speculation throughout the close season hinted at issues between United and Lukaku, particularly around his leaking of confidential training data on social media and reportedly refusing to return to the club after training with Anderlecht this week.

But Solskjaer insists his relationship with Lukaku never turned sour.

"I have always had a good relationship with Rom, open and honest," Solskjaer added.

"We've spoken to each other openly and frankly and have no issue between me and Rom, but we are now obviously very happy with who's here [at the club]."

United host Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Romelu Lukaku has been handed the number nine shirt by Inter in a move that further suggests Mauro Icardi is on his way out of San Siro.

The Belgium striker completed a protracted club-record transfer to Inter from Manchester United on Thursday for a fee understood to be €80million (£73m).

He is considered a direct replacement for Icardi, who mutually agreed to withdraw from Inter's recent pre-season tour of Asia as he continues to seek a new club.

Icardi, linked with Juventus and Napoli, had played with the number nine on his back since arriving at the Serie A side in 2013.

Diego Forlan, Samuel Eto'o, Julio Cruz, Hernan Crespo, Ronaldo and Ivan Zamorano have also had the same shirt number over the past two decades.

Lukaku could make his Inter debut in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Valencia.

Samuel Eto'o backed Romelu Lukaku to continue to shine at Inter following his club-record move to the Serie A side.

Lukaku ended his two-year spell at Manchester United, joining Antonio Conte's Inter in a reported €80million deal before the Premier League's transfer window closed on Thursday.

The 26-year-old Belgium striker had been linked to Inter since United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made clear his preference to play Marcus Rashford up front in Manchester.

Former Inter striker Eto'o – who was part of the club's treble-winning season under Jose Mourinho in 2009-10 – played alongside Lukaku during the pair's time with Chelsea and he tipped the Belgian to succeed at San Siro.

"Welcome to the Inter Milan Romeo. More than a team, it's a family you join," Eto'o wrote via Instagram.

"There, you will rub yourself with stars, so there is no doubt that you will continue to shine.

"Good luck in this new adventure that I hope [will be] filled with goals. Make us proud little brother!"

Lukaku spent two years at Old Trafford after arriving from Premier League rivals Everton for a fee in the region of £75m in 2017, despite Conte's best efforts to bring him to Chelsea during the Italian's time in London.

He scored 12 Premier League goals in 2018-19 and 15 across all competitions as United finished sixth and lost to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals last season.

Belgium's all-time leading scorer finished with 42 goals for United in 96 appearances, 16 more than nearest rival Rashford over the past two seasons.

Romelu Lukaku said Inter were the only club he "wanted" as the Belgian striker thanked Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a farewell message.

Lukaku was finally granted his United exit on Thursday, joining Inter in a club-record deal reported to be €80million before the Premier League's transfer window slammed shut.

Initially linked to Antonio Conte's Inter, Serie A champions Juventus emerged as the frontrunners for Lukaku after discussing a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala, however United failed to reach an agreement with the latter.

Inter eventually negotiated a deal with United on deadline day in England and lured Lukaku to Milan on a contract until June 2024.

"Inter were the only club I wanted, because Inter is Not For Everyone. I'm here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top," Lukaku said.

Lukaku added via Instagram: "I'm really happy to be here! Thank you for the support. Forza Inter."

The 26-year-old spent two years at Old Trafford after arriving from Premier League rivals Everton for a fee in the region of £75m in 2017, despite Conte's best efforts to bring him to Chelsea during the Italian's time in London.

Lukaku scored 12 Premier League goals in 2018-19 and 15 across all competitions as United finished sixth and lost to Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals last season.

Despite scoring 42 goals for United in all competitions, United were willing to part with Lukaku as manager Solskjaer preferred Marcus Rashford up front.

"To everyone involved with Manchester United - from the board to the manager and his staff, the players, and the fans. Thank you and good luck for the future @manchesterunited," Lukaku wrote on social media.

Inter – who finished fourth last season and have not won the Scudetto since 2009-10 – face Valencia in a friendly on Saturday before opening their Serie A campaign at home to Lecce on August 26.

Romelu Lukaku's move to Inter ended weeks of speculation over the striker's future to an end and brought the curtain down on a Premier League goal-scoring masterclass.

After failing to break through at Stamford Bridge, a loan move to West Brom in 2012-13 gave Lukaku the chance to prove himself.

He also impressed in a temporary stint at Everton too, joining them permanently in July 2014. The Belgium international reached double figures for league goals in each of his four seasons at Goodison Park.

The same can be said for his two years at Manchester United, yet the frontman never quite hit the expected heights. Still, as the Opta numbers show, he was productive during his time in England.

100 - Romelu Lukaku was the fifth-youngest player to reach a century of goals in the Premier League, achieving the feat when aged 24 years and 322 days.

42 - Lukaku tallied 42 goals for Manchester United in 96 appearances. The next player on the list is Marcus Rashford, who managed 26 over the past two seasons.

27 - The 2017-18 season was the 26-year-old's best in English football, as he netted 27 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils.

25 - The most fruitful Premier League campaign of Lukaku's career came in 2016-17, when he scored 25 for Everton - the most in a single season by a Toffees player since Gary Lineker hit 30 in 1985-86.

10 - In the last seven top-flight seasons, Lukaku and Sergio Aguero are the only players to have scored at least 10 goals in each campaign.

4 - Ruud van Nistelrooy (36 in 2001-02), Robin van Persie (30 in 2012-13), Dwight Yorke (29 in 1998-99) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (28 in 2016-17) are the only United players to have scored more in all competitions in their debut seasons than the Belgian (27 in 2017-18).

3 - Aguero (162) and Harry Kane (125) are the only other players to have scored more than 100 Premier League goals since Lukaku made his first appearance in the competition.

1 - Lukaku scored 68 Premier League goals at Everton and remains the club's top scorer in the competition, ahead of Duncan Ferguson (60), Tim Cahill (56), Kevin Campbell (45) and Leon Osman (44).

New Inter signing Romelu Lukaku has the quality to adjust his game and conquer the defensive prowess in Serie A, according to his former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Belgium striker Lukaku ended his two-year stay with Manchester United on Thursday by linking up with Antonio Conte's Nerazzurri in a club-record deal reported to be €80million.

The move ended a protracted saga that has dominated the rumour mill throughout much of the window, with United clearly keen to move him out of Old Trafford.

United beat Conte's Chelsea to Lukaku's signature from Everton in 2017 for a fee reported to be in the region of £75m.

He was first choice under Jose Mourinho and scored 16 Premier League goals in his debut campaign, but was often overlooked in favour of the more mobile Marcus Rashford once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assumed the reins.

The move to Inter reflects another challenge for Lukaku to overcome, but Villas-Boas backed his former striker to impress in Serie A.

"He was an extremely powerful player. I was a little obsessed with my 4-3-3 in Chelsea. I positioned him on the wing and he was not very happy about it," Marseille boss Villas-Boas said. 

"At the end of the year he left on loan to West Brom and Everton and later signed for Manchester United. He became one of the greatest strikers in the world. 

"He had a great pace using the spaces. You may not have many spaces in Italy. Italians have great defensive skills. It may be a little difficult for him, but he has a great technical touch.

"His challenges in the air are amazing. I do not know how Conte will play and exploit the best of Lukaku.

"He's obviously a good player. He's a very good person, humble. I knew good times with him."

Romelu Lukaku has at last secured his move to Inter from Manchester United, having signed a five-year contract.

The Belgium international said the Nerazzurri were the only club he wanted to join after United accepted an €80million (£73m) deal.

Arsenal have finally managed to bolster their defence - and twice, too. Kieran Tierney moved from Celtic with around 11 minutes of the window to go, while David Luiz's transfer from Chelsea for a reported £8m was announced later.

Tottenham have completed the signing of Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham in a package that saw them pay around £25m and send Josh Onomah to the Championship club.

Spurs also managed to get Giovani Lo Celso over the line on a season-long loan with the option to buy, although talks for Paulo Dybala ended in frustration, the Argentina star instead staying at Juventus.

Watford broke their transfer record for Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr after landing Danny Welbeck on a free and tried to get Danny Rose in at left-back, but they were unable to get it done.

Spurs have allowed Cameron Carter-Vickers to leave, though, with the 21-year-old heading to Stoke City on loan.

Danny Drinkwater should get the chance for some first-team football - at least until January 6 - after Chelsea sent him to Burnley on a half-season loan.

Leicester City did not manage to replace Harry Maguire, but they did strike a late deal for Sampdoria midfielder Dennis Praet.

Manchester City could not resist signing one more full-back before the window closed - they splashed out a reported £11m (€12m) on Pedro Porro of Girona, who is expected to spend the season on loan with Real Valladolid.

The Premier League champions also brought in goalkeeper Scott Carson on loan from Derby County for the season.

One player who did not move was Wilfried Zaha, with Crystal Palace refusing to sanction a sale to Everton. It marked a positive day for Roy Hodgson's side, who signed James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa to bolster the midfield.

Instead, the Toffees turned to Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and are believed to have got the formalities of a deal concluded before the deadline - although they have not yet announced his arrival - while they have loaned Muhamed Besic to Sheffield United.

Aaron Mooy joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan from Huddersfield Town, who got Trevoh Chalobah from Chelsea for 2019-20. West Brom secured Charlie Austin on a two-year deal and Grady Diangana on loan, and Leeds United snapped up Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal to boost their promotion push.

There was also a notable homecoming at Newcastle United, as free agent Andy Carroll finalised terms before the deadline, while Jacob Murphy left St James' Park for a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

Romelu Lukaku has completed his record-breaking transfer from Manchester United to Inter, the Serie A club confirmed.

The Belgium international has moved for a fee understood to be €80million (£73m), making him Inter's most expensive signing.

Lukaku signed a five-year contract with the Nerazzuri after a two-season stay at Old Trafford, as Antonio Conte landed the striker he has long hoped to acquire.

"Inter were the only club I wanted, because Inter is 'Not For Everyone'. I'm here to bring the Nerazzurri back to the top," said the striker.

Lukaku's move brings to a close a protracted saga that has rumbled on for much of the close season, with it becoming clear early on United wanted him out.

The 26-year-old joined United from Everton in 2017 for a fee in the region of £75m, the Red Devils beating Conte's Chelsea to him on that occasion.

He was first-choice striker for the best part of 18 months under Jose Mourinho, scoring 16 Premier League goals in his first campaign, but the Portuguese coach's successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferred the more mobile and agile Marcus Rashford to lead the line.

Lukaku still managed to make an impact, scoring twice in United's famous Champions League turnaround away to Paris Saint-Germain in March, but those goals proved to be his last for the club.

Transfer rumours swirled right from the start of United's pre-season, with Lukaku often training apart from the rest of the squad due to an apparent injury, but behind the scenes Solskjaer is said to have been irritated by his attitude.

Solskjaer was reported to have given Lukaku a dressing down after the Belgian leaked confidential data about the United squad's top running speeds during pre-season on social media earlier this month.

In doing so, Lukaku attempted to disprove criticism about his perceived lack of pace, as the data showed him to be the second quickest United player behind Diogo Dalot, but his post also exposed Juan Mata and Luke Shaw – both among the slowest – to ridicule.

Lukaku is not thought to have returned to United since, having spent time training with his former club Anderlecht this week, despite the Red Devils' apparent demand for him to return on Tuesday.

Despite previously appearing close to joining Juventus in a swap deal involving Paulo Dybala, Lukaku arrived in Milan during the early hours of Thursday to finalise his switch.

The deal sees Inter break their long-standing transfer record of €49m, paid to Lazio for Christian Vieri in 1999.

Romelu Lukaku is having a medical at Inter ahead of a deadline day move from Manchester United.

Omnisport understands Inter and United have agreed an €80million (£73m) move to Serie A, ending a protracted transfer saga.

Ahead of confirmation of the deal, Lukaku waved to fans and the media from a window of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) offices in Milan, where the Italian Sports Medicine Federation (FMSI) is based.

The Belgium international was going through the second stage of his medical at the facility.

Tottenham look set to have a slightly less busy day than supporters may have hoped for, as a move for Paulo Dybala is reportedly off, while their chase of Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon is also said to have hit an obstacle.

There do not seem to be any such issues with their pursuit of Real Betis' Giovani Lo Celso, however.

Daniel Drinkwater's dismal time at Chelsea could be coming to an end, with the England international midfielder potentially joining Burnley.

Sean Dyche confirmed Burnley's interest in the former Leicester City star on Thursday, and although he suggested it was by no means a done deal, he is hopeful of securing a loan.

Brighton and Hove Albion have concluded a move for 19-year-old Romaric Yapi, who joins on a one-year deal – with the option for a second – from Paris Saint-Germain.

Swiss striker Albian Ajeti has joined West Ham as back-up to Sebastien Haller, while in the Championship Sheffield Wednesday have pulled off something of a coup in landing Australia international Massimo Luongo from QPR.

Newcastle United signed Swedish right-back Emil Krafth for a reported £5m fee, while they are also rumoured to be closing in on their former striker Andy Carroll, who is available on a free transfer.

Romelu Lukaku and David Luiz are on the move with a busy deadline day seemingly in prospect for Premier League clubs.

Inter and Manchester United have agreed an €80million (£73m) fee for Belgium striker Lukaku, who is in Milan to undergo a medical before being confirmed as the Serie A giants' record signing.

While that deal has been long mooted, talk of David Luiz moving across London to Arsenal from Chelsea only began to emerge on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old will sign a two-year contract with the Gunners and cost £8m, with Unai Emery moving swiftly to secure a replacement for Laurent Koscielny – the club captain who joined Bordeaux this week.

Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney is expected to join David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium for a fee reported to be in the region of £25m, although the biggest spending on deadline day could yet come from their north London rivals.

Tottenham are rumoured to be closing in on Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, while Argentina internationals Paulo Dybala and Giovani Lo Celso could see their outlay for the day surpass £100m.

Premier League champions Manchester City are seemingly bringing in Derby County goalkeeper Scott Carson on a season-long loan deal to provide cover for Ederson and Claudio Bravo.

West Ham and Crystal Palace completed some business early on deadline day.

Switzerland forward Albian Ajeti signed a four-year contract at London Stadium, with the option of a further two, after West Ham and Basel agreed an undisclosed fee reported to be in the region of £8m.

Crystal Palace's undisclosed outlay for Everton midfielder James McCarthy will be dwarfed if star winger Wilfried Zaha moves in the other direction.

Two players not looking to change their situation are Nathan Redmond and John McGinn, who have signed four and five-year contract extensions at Southampton and Aston Villa, respectively.

 

Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Inter has moved closer after the Serie A club agreed a fee with Manchester United.

Omnisport understands Inter will pay €80million (£73m) to make the Belgium striker their record signing.

Lukaku arrived at Milan Malpensa Airport during the early hours of Thursday morning and was enthusiastically greeted by around 500 Inter fans.

Inter boss Antonio Conte tried to sign Lukaku during his time in charge of Chelsea, only for United to get their man as they paid Everton £75m in July 2017.

Lukaku scored 16 Premier League goals in his first season at Old Trafford but his form dwindled as Jose Mourinho's troubled reign came to an end last time around.

The frontman was unable to sustain a resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – a double as United stunned Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League in March was his third brace in as many matches, but he did not score again for the rest of the campaign.

Injury ruled Lukaku out of United's pre-season tour of Australia and East Asia, with Solskjaer omitting him from the subsequent friendlies against Kristiansund and AC Milan.

The deal will see Inter break their long-standing transfer record of €49m, paid to Lazio for Christian Vieri in 1999.

United are expected to seek a replacement before the 17:00 BST transfer deadline for Premier League clubs, with Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams both rumoured targets.

The Premier League transfer window closes at 17:00 BST on Thursday – and there could yet be some major deals involving England's elite.

Harry Maguire's £80m switch from Leicester City to Manchester United – making him the world's most expensive defender – is the biggest deal on English shores of this window so far.

However, there remains a chance even that figure could be surpassed on Thursday with some of the biggest names both in the Premier League and overseas still the subject of interest.

We look at five potential transfers on Premier League deadline day.

 

David Luiz (Chelsea)

Arsenal could yet make a surprise swoop for Chelsea's Brazil defender after selling Laurent Koscielny to Bordeaux.

David Luiz sat out training with Chelsea on Wednesday and is believed to be keen for a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Blues are believed to be open to a deal with their London neighbours but will want in the region of £20m.

Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) 

While the prospect of a return to Liverpool is off the cards for the Brazil international, a return to English shores is not completely out of the question.

Barcelona are understood to be ready to allow the midfielder, who joined them from Anfield 18 months ago, out on loan.

Tottenham halted their interest after reaching an agreement with Real Betis to sign Giovani Lo Celso, while Manchester United have also been linked.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

The departure of Eriksen on deadline day would be a devastating blow for Tottenham, but the Denmark international is believed to be keen on a new challenge.

There was interest from Manchester United, however, they halted talks on Wednesday after being left under the impression the ex-Ajax midfielder fancies a move overseas.

Should he depart, a move to Madrid appears Eriksen's most likely destination, with Real Madrid and neighbours Atletico both believed to be keen – and those sides can still make moves after Thursday's deadline.

The same applies to United's transfer rebel Romelu Lukaku, who was fined on Tuesday after missing training but could now be on his way to Inter after they submitted an improved offer.

Paulo Dybala (Juventus)

This one is starting to look a long shot but far stranger things have happened on deadline day.

Juventus are ready to cash in on their Argentine forward, yet his wage demands proved too high for Manchester United, who pulled the plug on a move.

Dybala has, however, set social media alight by liking a post from ex-United player Patrice Evra, a former team-mate at Juve, stressing what it means to play for the Old Trafford club. Tottenham should not be entirely ruled out of the running yet either given Eriksen's situation.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)

Crystal Palace have played hardball over selling their star forward thus far yet his decision to hand in a transfer request amid interest from big-spending Everton could yet force the London club's hand.

The Toffees now appear very much in the driving seat for the Ivory Coast international following Arsenal's move for Nicolas Pepe and they are expected to launch one final push to get their man. 

Any deal would almost certainly be in excess of the biggest deal of the British window to date – Maguire's £80m switch to Old Trafford.

The transfer window slams shut in England on Thursday and Romelu Lukaku is finally set to get his move.

Linked to Inter and Juventus throughout the off-season, Manchester United striker Lukaku is poised to swap Old Trafford for San Siro in Milan.

Lukaku's exit could trigger United to make a late dash for his replacement.

 

TOP STORY – LUKAKU TO SWAP UNITED FOR INTER

After months of speculation, Lukaku will swap Manchester United for Serie A side Inter according to widespread reports.

Lukaku landed in Milan in the early hours of Thursday morning ahead of his €75million (£70m) move to Inter.

Inter will reportedly pay a €65m fixed fee and €10m in add-ons, with the deal also including a five per cent cut of any future sale.

 

ROUND-UP

- With Lukaku leaving Old Trafford, United are willing to pay the £81m (€88m) release clause to lure Inaki Williams from Athletic Bilbao, reports El Chiringuito TV. The Red Devils are also continuing to be linked to Juventus' Mario Mandzukic and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, who is a free agent.

Tottenham are set to complete deadline-day deals for Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, reports the Telegraph. Spurs are hopeful of clinching a transfer for Lo Celso at £55m (€59.7m), while Sessegnon could cost £20m.

- According to Sport, Real Madrid have offered €120m plus Luka Modric for wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar. Barcelona have been linked with their former forward but the LaLiga champions must raise funds before trying to re-sign the Brazil international. Barca could free up space by selling Philippe Coutinho, who has reportedly attracted interest from Premier League trio United, Tottenham and Arsenal.

Arsenal are set for a busy deadline day. The Sun reports the Gunners could land Chelsea defender David Luiz in a £12m deal, while Unai Emery's side have agreed a Scottish transfer record fee of £25m for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, according to the BBC.

- Tottenham have agreed to sign Juventus star Paulo Dybala but the player's image rights are holding up the deal, says the Independent. Dybala has also been linked to Paris Saint-Germain after turning down a move to Manchester United.

- Sportitalia says Wolves have agreed a £23m (€25m) fee to sign AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who reportedly wants a wage increase. Wolves have already signed Patrick Cutrone from Milan.

- According to Sky Sports, Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has handed in a transfer request as Everton look to sign the former Manchester United forward.

Mario Balotelli is on the verge of joining Brazilian side Flamengo until December 2021. That is according to La Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia. Balotelli is a free agent following his Marseille exit.

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