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Man City's £38 Million Bid, Morata Signs For Madrid And All The Transfer Happenings

Man City's £38 Million Bid, Morata Signs For Madrid And All The Transfer Happenings

It looks like Leonardo Bonucci's heroics at the Euro 2016 championship haven't gone unnoticed, with Manchester City's opening bid of £38 million having today been rejected by Juventus.

With the uncertainty surrounding injury plagued captain Vincent Kompany, coupled with the dubious form of other options at the club - it looks like new boss Pep Guardiola is keen to add experience to the heart of City's defence.

It's an area where the two-time Premier League champions struggled last season, with Mangala and Otamendi failing to form the type of partnership that would fill anyone with confidence.

Guardiola is already putting his own stamp on the squad, with 3 signings already. Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito and Oleksandr Zinchenko have already joined this summer, and it looks like the signings will continue to flow at the Etihad.

Transfer Rumours:

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Manchester United still keen on Pogba: Jose Mourinho told reporters at his press conference yesterday that the club has secured 3 of its 4 transfer targets, but it now appears that Paul Pogba is the fourth target.

With Wayne Rooney's future seemingly not a deep-lying midfield role, United will turn try to convince Pogba to rejoin the side he left in 2012. It's been suggested that will take a transfer fee upwards of £80 million for Juventus to relinquish their superstar - The Guardian 

Juan Cuadrado set to permanently sign for Juventus: After a failed spell at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, Cuadrado appeared to have rediscovered his form after spending last season on loan at Juventus.

It was widely reported that incoming Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte, who held the hotseat at Juve' last season would bring the Colombian back to Stamford Bridge upon his arrival. However that doesn't seem to be the case, with Sky Italia reporting he will make the loan move permanent. Sky Sports Italia

Robson-Kanu to get his Premier League move? What a few weeks it's been for Welsh forward, Hal Robson-Kanu. Reading choose not to renew his contract which expired at the end of the season just finished, but his inclusion the Wales' Euro 2016 squad seems to have done his chances of finding a new club no harm.

His stunning Cruyff-like turn, and cool finish to match, played a significant role in Wales' 3-1 quarter-final victory over Belgium at Euro 2016. Premier League clubs are reportedly lining up for his signature, with Leicester, Everton and Swansea leading the chase.

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Arsenal and West Ham to move for big name strikers? It seems to be as position that both London clubs seem desperate to fill, particularly West Ham - who've had a number of big money bids rejected for forwards already this summer.

Arsenal will reportedly move for Frenchman, Alexandre Lacazette - a player West Ham already tried to sign this summer. With Danny Welbeck set for a spell on the sidelines, and Oliver Giroud their only first team option - the Gunners will look to add goals to their squad. The Telegraph

ESPN are reporting that West Ham are extremely confident of securing the signature of AC Milan striker, Carlos Bacca. The 29-year-old striker is open to a move away from the San Siro due to the lack of European football, but he could yet be swayed by the money of the Premier League.

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West Brom sign Matt Phillips: West Brom have announced their first singing of the summer, securing the signature of Matt Phillips from Queens Park Rangers.

The 25-year-old winger signed a 4-year-deal with the clubs, with a transfer fee of around £5.5 million reported.

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Alvaro Morata returns to Madrid: Juventus have confirmed that Real Madrid have triggered a buy-back clause in Alvaro Morata's contract, that will see the Spanish striker return to Madrid.

It's understood that Real have little interest in keeping Morata in Madrid, with the idea being that they will be able to resell him at a higher fee.

Swansea busy in the market: Swansea City have announced their second signing of the season, after completing a deal to sign Ajax player, Mike Van Der Hoorn.

The 23-year-old will join his Dutch compatriot, Leroy Fer, who signed for the premier league club yesterday. Van Der Hoorn penned a 3-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

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