Transfer news LIVE: Thursday, July 18
- Celtic have been told to accept £25m from Arsenal for Kieran Tierney
- Liverpool have been urged to sign Ousmane Dembele to replace Roberto Firmino
- Kieran Trippier has completed a move from Tottenham to Atletico Madrid
De Ligt done deal
Juventus have completed the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax for £67.5m.
The defender enjoyed a remarkable campaign last term, captaining the Dutch side to the Eredivisie title and the Champions League semi-final.
De Ligt has signed a five-year deal at the Italian giants after passing his medical yesterday.
And Ajax posted an emotional video in tribute to De Ligt’s departure – WATCH HERE.
£200m Man Utd plot
Real Madrid are reportedly plotting a sensational transfer plan to land Manchester United star Paul Pogba.
According to Spanish publication Marca, Zidane is planning to offload no fewer than five stars in order to raise the £200m it may take to land Pogba.
Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio and Isco, as well as Bale and Rodriguez are on the transfer list, according to the report.
Both Isco and Asensio have been put on the market at £72m apiece, and there is likely to be no shortage of takers for both.
Arsenal are interested in signing Ceballos, but other clubs could come in for him as the window draws to a close.
Rodriguez is back in Madrid after his two-year loan deal at Bayern Munich and may be more difficult to ship out.
But Real may struggle to convince somebody to take Bale off their hands unless he lowers his wage demands.
£25m Arsenal warning
Celtic have got to sell Kieran Tierney to Arsenal and accept that £25m is fair money, according to former Rangers striker Kris Boyd.
“When the numbers are getting to the stage that they’re getting to, I know that Celtic will look at the English market and say ‘the players are going for…’, well I think they already said ‘Wan-Bissaka for £50m’,” he told Sky Sports News.
“But we all know the English market is inflated right now. Whether it continues is a different story.
“When you see Kieran Tierney there is no doubt there is a talented footballer there. “But I can’t see Celtic getting that type of money for him.
“I think if you’re getting towards the £20m-25m, then you’ve got to sell him. I think Celtic can be proud of what they’ve done, given him the opportunity to play at that level.”
Dembele to Liverpool?
Liverpool should sign Ousmane Dembele instead of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona – to replace Roberto Firmino.
That’s the verdict of former Reds midfielder Danny Murphy, who said: “Dembele would be a fantastic signing for Liverpool.
He’s not had the best time at Barcelona, but clearly has an abundance of talent and the ability to win games by himself.
“If he can recapture his belief in his ability, then Liverpool would have a formidable front three with him, Mane and Salah.
“He’s not had the best time at Barcelona, but clearly has an abundance of talent and the ability to win games by himself.
“He’ll fight for his place week in week out and if you’re not giving your all on the pitch, then Firmino will be right there to take it.”