Transfer round-up: Witsel nearing Premier League move

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On the move: Witsel.

Just two weeks now remain until the big kick-off and Europe’s leading clubs are still scrambling around to complete their squads ahead of the season’s opening day.

Everton are one of those who have been slow off the mark following a change in both management and ownership, but the Toffees are now linked with a big money move for Belgium star Axel Witsel.

Sport360 rounds-up the day’s leading transfer stories:

Axel Witsel, Zenit to Everton, €30 million (In Talks)

The chase for the 27-year-old Belgium hardman looks to be drawing to a close after The Sun reported that Everton have agreed a fee for him.

This puts them ahead of rival sides such as Chelsea and Juventus in the race for his signature.

Brad Smith, Liverpool to Bournemouth, €7.2 million (In Talks)

Widespread reports in England state the Reds have accepted an approach to take the Australia defender to the south coast.

The 22-year-old has made 11 appearances for Liverpool and now looks certain to follow ex-team-mate Jordon Ibe’s summer path.

Mauro Icardi, Inter to Napoli, €55 million (In Talks)

Napoli are looking to a fellow Argentine to fill the huge void up front about to be left by Gonzalo Higuain.

Icardi’s wife and agent has confirmed on Twitter a meeting regarding the switch south from Milan for the 23-year-old, who scored 52 times in 101 games for Inter.

Aleksandar Kolarov, Manchester City to Galatasaray, loan (Reported)

Turkish delight: Kolarov.

Turkish delight: Kolarov.

The Serbia left-back looks set to vacate Pep Guardiola’s Blue revolution, with Turkish newspaper Hurriyet stating a €1 million (Dh4m) loan bid has been made.

If the 30-year-old accepts, he will pick up €2m (Dh8m) in wages for a year playing in Turkey’s Super Lig.

Nabil Bentaleb, Tottenham to Benfica, loan (Reported)

The writing appears on the wall for the Algeria defensive midfielder’s Tottneham career, after he was left out of the squad which travelled to Australia.

Portuguese paper Record has reported a season-long loan bid has been made by Benfica.

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Step aside Giroud: Lukaku to join Arsenal?

The season is fast approaching and the transfer market is hotting up as teams are gearing up for the new campaign on tours to far-flung destinations.

Sunday’s transfer round-up sees two completed loan deals and possible departures for a player from either Merseyside Premier League outfit.

What else is still to come?

Aaron Leya Iseka, Anderlecht to Marseille, Loan (Done Deal)

What do you do when you lose Michy Batshuayi to Chelsea? Sign his younger brother of course. A one-year loan deal has been agreed for the 18-year-old, a player who follows his brother from Belgium to the south of France.

Guillermo Varela, Manchester United to Eintracht Frankfurt, Loan (Done Deal)

The right-back, 23, will spend the season on loan in Germany. He made 10 starts for the Red Devils last season and played in a pre-season friendly against Wigan, but crucially did not fly out with Jose Mourinho’s squad for their tour of Asia.

Kolo Toure, Liverpool to Celtic, Free (In Talks)

Celtic will complete the signing of the ex Liverpool defender today after he completed a medical yesterday. The 35-year-old worked with Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers during their time at Anfield and was released by the Reds this summer.

Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Arsenal, £65 million (Reports)

Arsenal have joined Chelsea in the race for the big Belgian, according to the Liverpool Echo. They say the asking price, however, will scare both of them off the Everton striker, who scored 25 goals in 46 games for the Toffees last season.

Bartosz Kapustka, Cracovia to Leicester City, £6.25 million (Reports)

The Premier League champions could be about to make their sixth summer acquisition, with the Daily Mail reporting the Foxes have made a bid for the teenage Poland midfielder, who impressed for his country at Euro 2016.

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Transfer round-up - 21 July: Negredo seals Boro switch

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Boro-bound: Alvaro Negredo.

The season is fast approaching and the transfer market is hotting up as teams begin to finalise plans and tours to far-flung destinations get underway.

Thursday’s transfer round-up sees two completed deals in the Premier League and a big-money addition arrive in Seville.

What else is still to come?

Alvaro Negredo, Valencia to Middlesbrough, loan (Done Deal)

The Beast is back and it’s another coup for Boro after signing Victor Valdes and Viktor Fischer.

Aitor Karanka will be hoping Negredo can recapture the form that saw him score 23 goals in 48 games as Manchester City won the 2013/14 Premier League title.

Ragnar Klavan, Augsburg to Liverpool, £4.2 million (Done Deal)

The Estonia captain is the Reds’ fifth summer signing and arrives after long-serving Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel departed for Fenerbahce.

Klavan, 30, has 112 caps for his country and said he has realised a 22-year-old dream by signing at Anfield.

Franco Vazquez, Palermo to Sevilla, €15 million (Done Deal)

Courted by AC Milan and Spurs but it is three-time defending Europa League winners Sevilla who have bagged the highly-rated 27-year-old playmaker.

The Argentine-born Italy international will reportedly sign a five-year deal.

Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli to Everton, €55 million (Reports)

Already the subject of a monstrous bid from Everton, according to SportItalia. The Lazio rock, 25, has become one of Serie A’s best defenders since a 2014 move from Genk.

The Toffees have money these days and will be wary of losing John Stones.

Mario Gomez, Besiktas to Atletico Madrid, €7 million (Reports)

The Germany international on Wednesday revealed he would not return to Besiktas due to the unrest in Turkey.

Gomez scored 26 goals in 33 Super Lig appearances on loan last season and the 31-year-old has expressed an interest in going to La Liga.

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