With just one week to go until the summer transfer window closes, a number of big-money deals are still in the pipeline.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has set his sights on a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, yet the French club's £54million asking price is proving a stumbling block in negotiations.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Timo Werner and Thiago Alcantara have already joined the Premier League this summer and plenty more could follow them.
Will Manchester United get their deal for Jadon Sancho over the line? Are Manchester City going to sign the centre-back they are so desperate for? Could Liverpool even dive back into the market themselves?
Stick with us throughout the day for all the latest news as and when it happens right here on Daily Star Sport...
Thiago and Jota’s adaptations
Jurgen Klopp is confident Liverpool's new boys won't take too long to figure out how the Reds roll.
As the Kop boss puts it, it's not exactly rocket science to work out the all-action style of play the German favours.
Liverpool have brought in Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota as well as left-back cover in Kostas Tsimikas this summer.
Thiago has already made his debut, impressing in 45 minutes against Chelsea last weekend while Jota and Tsimikas are still waiting for Premier League appearances in red.
“You are right that is a challenge - but that is the situation,” Klopp said when asked about how difficult it will be to integrate them into his side with so many games coming up and less time on the training pitch.
“You cannot train a lot of intense stuff in between the games, but you can work on tactics. That is possible.
“Not for very long but working on tactics is possible.
“Work on positioning and things like this you do a lot in meetings and in talks and then on the pitch as well.”
Rice staying at West Ham?
West Ham assistant manager Alan Irvine has hinted that Declan Rice will be staying with the Hammers.
Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea this summer.
Irvine said: “Oh absolutely, Declan is extremely happy at the club, he’s obviously been captain today in Mark’s absence.
“And you see the way the lad’s playing that he’s certainly not someone who has other things on his mind. He trains brilliantly every day.”
Sturridge back to Prem?
Sheffield United are reportedly considering signing former Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge on a free transfer.
Sturridge, 31, has been a free agent since his release from Turkish club Trabszonspor back in March.
The striker has also been attracting interest from Aston Villa, but the Mail claim Chris Wilder’s Blades could pounce if they fail to land Reds youngster Rhian Brewster.
More on Aouar
Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar previously admitted he likes playing on the left, potentially impacting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Lyon star Aouar has been linked with a switch to the Emirates with the Gunners having had one bid for the creative midfielder rejected already.
Aubameyang generally starts on the left for Mikel Arteta’s side and has an impressive goalscoring record from the position.
And though Aouar appears to be open to playing anywhere in the middle of the park, he has suggested that the left is his favourite.
"The coach allows me a lot of freedom on the pitch," Aouar said in an interview last year.
"Playing on the left allows me to make more of a difference individually. I can also change the game by playing in the middle. I like having this freedom a lot.
"I have a lot of fun on the wing."
Aubameyang Auoar approval
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has given his approval of Arsenal’s interest in Lyon star Houssem Aouar.
Mikel Arteta has set his sights on the creative midfielder and Aubameyang, who recently extended his stay at the Emirates, is eager for Aouar to put pen to paper in north London.
He told Canal+: “Of course we are in favour [of signing him], I will not hide it! Even if he is at Lyon!"
Kalidou Koulibaly update
Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked with moves for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly.
But the Serie A side’s sporting director says the centre-back will stay at the club.
"Our squad is complete, so will now try to release players who won't have much time on the pitch," Cristiano Giuntoli told Sky in Italy before Napoli's clash with Genoa on Sunday.
"I think Koulibaly is staying, we are very happy and so is he. He has three years on his current deal, I believe he is staying."
Man City to sign Ruben Dias
Manchester City are expected to complete the £50m signing of Ruben Dias from Benfica in the next 48 hours.
Pep Guardiola has turned to the Portugal international after conceding defeat in his attempt to land No.1 target Kalibou Koulibaly from Napoli.
The Italian club have held out for £80m for Koulibaly, leaving Guardiola with no choice but to target Dias instead after Etihad bosses refused to meet Napoli's valuation.
Dias, 23, was made captain of Benfica for last weekend's 2-0 win over Moreirense and afterwards his boss Jorge Jesus admitted it had probably been his last game for the club.
Etihad chiefs have held extensive talks with Dias and agreed personal terms with the centre back on a five-year deal.
He is expected to travel to Manchester and undergo a medical before becoming Guardiola's second summer signing after Ferran Torres.
Dan James talks
Dan James has reportedly told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he wants to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place.
James has been linked with a move to Leeds having previously been close to joining the Elland Road outfit.
James started United's Premier League opener against Crystal Palace last week but was left out of the matchday squad in Saturday's 3-2 win at Brighton.
And Sky Sports claim the Welsh winger has held talks with Solskjaer regarding his future and is adamant he wants to stay at Old Trafford.
Aouar breaks silence
Houssem Aouar took to social media for the first time since reports suggested he has agreed personal terms with Arsenal.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Lyon star this summer with Mikel Arteta eager to strengthen his squad.
Arsenal had an offer rejected earlier this week though are believed to be lining up a second bid with Aouar now a priority signing.
He wants to join the club but still appears to be focused on Lyon having brought up his 100th Ligue 1 appearance with the club.
And the 22-year-old took to social media to post a picture of his shirt with the number ‘100’ on the back.
Villa eye Loftus-Cheek
Aston Villa are reportedly pushing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, on loan from Chelsea.
Southampton and West Ham are also keen with Loftus-Cheek having been left left out of Frank Lampard's squad for their game against Liverpool on Sunday and again against West Brom.
The Daily Mail claim that Villa are now said to be prioritising the midfielder this summer with the transfer deadline on October 5.
Man Utd make contact with Kante
Manchester United have reportedly made contact with N’Golo Kante’s advisors with the Red Devils keen to make more signings this summer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen just one new face arrive at Old Trafford with Donny van de Beek signing from Ajax.
The transfer deadline is just over one week away and Solskjaer hopes to be busy in the final few days of the market.
And The Mirror claim that United are interested in Chelsea star Kante with the Blues potentially prepared to allow the midfielder to leave for the right offer.
It’s reported that Solskjaer wants to add extra muscle to his midfield and is a long-time admirer of the World Cup winner.
Contact has reportedly been made with Kante's advisors, though it is claimed that any deal is dependent on the 29-year-old taking a big cut on his £300,000-a-week wages.
Man Utd's Bruno Fernandes payment
Manchester United reportedly need to pay Sporting Lisbon another €5m after Bruno Fernandes played his 25th game for the Red Devils.
Fernandes headed to Old Trafford from the Portuguese giants in January and has impressed for the Premier League outfit.
He scored the winner from the penalty spot as United beat Brighton in a dramatic encounter at the Amex on Saturday.
And Portuguese outlet Record suggest Fernandes’s appearance on the south coast means United need to send more money to Sporting Lisbon.
It’s claimed that the midfielder’s 25th match for the Red Devils triggers another €5m for Sporting, taking the total up to €63m (£57.5m).
Arteta ready to forget Jorginho snub
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has already overseen a number of additions this summer.
However, the Gunners are not done there with Arteta keen to strengthen in midfield - and Chelsea ace Jorginho has emerged as a shock target.
Arteta was Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City when they missed out on signing Jorginho to Chelsea back in 2018, a deal which has soured negotiations between City and Napoli.
City have been attempting to negotiate a deal to sign defender Kalidou Koulibaly from the Serie A outfit via intermediaries, with Napoli chief Aurelio de Laurentiis admitting City are wary about doing business with them because of the Jorginho saga.
He said: "How can we have a normal and calm negotiation with Manchester City to sell Koulibaly? They won’t talk directly with us because of the Jorginho deal two years ago."
Now, with Benfica defender Ruben Dias nearing a £50m switch to the Etihad, it appears as though the Koulibaly deal is dead and Jorginho's failed move has had a lot to do with it.
While City clearly still hold a grudge, Arteta seems to have moved on and could welcome Italian international to the Emirates.
United urged to replace Woodward
Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Manchester United to replace Ed Woodward with a "director of football who knows exactly what he's doing".
Speaking on the Kelly & Wrighty Show, Wright said: "For me, and it's blatantly obvious to me, you've got someone like Michael Emenalo who was at Chelsea.
"He won three Premier Leagues under three different managers, he's won the Champions League, he's helped oversee the loan system and the academy system at Chelsea.
"We're talking about a director of football who knows exactly what he's doing.
"That's what Man United need and that is what they haven't got and that is the elephant in the room."
Mbappe 'makes decision' on future
Liverpool are interested in signing Kylian Mbappe next summer, but the Paris St-Germain superstar has already decided to join Real Madrid.
That’s according to former Los Blancos goalkeeper Paco Buyo, who has questioned whether Mbappe will be able to handle the pressure at the Bernabeu.
“It looks like Liverpool are also interested, but I believe Mbappe has already made his decision [to join Madrid],” Buyo told El Chiringuito.
“Will it be next summer? We will see if he expects to end the contract.
“I do not know if he can handle the pressure or if he will accept any millionaire proposal that PSG will present to him.”
Leeds table Cantwell bid
Leeds United have reportedly launched a £15million bid for Norwich City midfielder Todd Cantwell.
Marcelo Bielsa is still in the market for another midfielder, with the publicised chase of Rodrigo de Paul hitting a stumbling block.
Cantwell is on Bielsa’s radar and Football Insider report that Leeds have firmed up their interest by lodging an official bid.
Brewster 'stunned' by Reds stance
Rhian Brewster is 'stunned' that Liverpool are considering selling him having envisaged a long-term future at Anfield, according to The Sun.
The Reds look set to sell Brewster before the transfer window closes next month, with the striker on the radars of Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Swansea City.
Brewster spent the latter half of last season on loan with the Swans, banging in 10 goals in 20 appearances and helping them reach the Championship play-offs.
Swansea are keen to bring Brewster back to the Liberty Stadium - but Premier League side Crystal Palace have now joined the race to sign the 20-year-old.
Smith under Villa pressure
Dean Smith is on rocky ground at Aston Villa, says Darren Bent.
Villa narrowly escaped the drop last season, finishing just one point above the relegation zone.
However, Smith has strengthened his squad and spent big during the summer.
He snapped up Ollie Watkins from Brentford, Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal and Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for a combined £64m.
Retired striker Bent - who scored 25 goals in 72 games for Villa - reckons the pressure is now on for the 49-year-old chief.
"It was difficult for Smith in his first Premier League season," he said. “But ultimately, he did exactly what he needed to do - which was keep them up.
"Now it's about building on that because he got a bit fortunate at times and they were conceding goals for fun.
"He knows Villa can't be as close to the edge as they were last season.”
Blues ready Rice bid
Chelsea are not giving up on Declan Rice and will reportedly make an official bid of more than £40million for the West Ham midfielder next week.
Rice - who captained the Hammers against Arsenal last weekend - has been linked with Chelsea throughout the transfer window as Frank Lampard bids to turn his side into Premier League title contenders.
The Blues have already spent more than £200m signing the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech ahead of this season.
And as the clock ticks down to transfer deadline day on October 5, Chelsea are preparing a formal bid for 21-year-old Rice.
That's according to a report from The Sun, which claims the Stamford Bridge side are banking on West Ham's need to sell players this summer.
Mourinho 'cannot believe' Spurs business
Jose Mourinho has reportedly told friends that he ‘cannot believe’ Tottenham are yet to sign a back-up striker for Harry Kane this summer.
Spurs paid the price for relying solely on Kane upfront last season, with the England captain’s serious hamstring injury in January leaving Mourinho without a recognised centre-forward for eight matches.
And with just over a week to go in the summer transfer window, the north London club are set to embark on another campaign without an understudy to Kane.
According to The Sun, Mourinho has told friends he is in disbelief over Spurs chief Daniel Levy’s failure to land another striker.
Aouar personal terms 'not an issue'
Arsenal are still yet to agree a transfer fee with Lyon for Houssem Aouar - but the player’s personal terms are “not an issue”.
The Gunners are keen to sign Aouar before next week’s transfer deadline, with reports suggesting they have tabled an opening £32million offer.
That falls way below Lyon’s asking price, nevertheless, as the French club are looking to receive £54million for their star midfielder this summer.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano insists Arsenal are no closer to striking an agreement with Lyon, however Aouar has set his sights on joining them.
“Today’s sentences by president Aulas confirm the situation about Aouar... nothing has changed now or yesterday.
“He’s the first target - Aouar would like to join #AFC, personal terms not an issue.
“NO agreement with OL at the moment - Deal still on but Aulas wants €60m [£54m]”.
Hammers target Rudiger loan
West Ham are eyeing up a shock loan swoop for Chelsea outcast Antonio Rudiger.
Rudiger, 27, has been left out in the cold by Frank Lampard so far this season, failing to make it into the Blues manager’s last three matchday squads.
It is believed Lampard is prepared to sell the Germany centre-back this summer, which could help raise funds for their pursuit of Hammers youngster Declan Rice.
Paris St-Germain are reportedly interested in signing him, but only on a season-long loan deal that includes an option-to-buy clause.
And according to The Sun, West Ham are also keen to secure a loan deal for Rudiger before next week’s transfer deadline.
United 'confident' over Telles
Manchester United are still in the chase for Porto left-back Alex Telles - and are reportedly confident a deal will soon be agreed.
That's according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who says talks are progressing slowly but productively.
The Italian journalist tweeted: "Talks still on for Alex Telles with Porto. Slow deal but #MUFC working on it.
"Remember: he’s not the only option as LB but Man United are convinced they can find an agreement with Porto soon."
Brewster to Palace?
Rhian Brewster is reportedly keen to talk to Crystal Palace over a £20million transfer from Liverpool - but there is a potential obstacle to the deal.
Swansea are believed to be keen on having Brewster back at the Liberty Stadium after his impressive loan stint in the second half of last season.
However, Premier League side Palace have now joined the race to sign the 20-year-old.
And the England under-21 international wants to talk to Roy Hodgson's side, according to The Sun.
The potential move is expected to cost the Selhurst Park side around £20m plus add-ons, yet it could be scuppered by Liverpool's insistence on a buy-back clause for the highly-rated young marksman.
The Sun reports that Palace would be unlikely to accept such a condition, but would consider a deal whereby the Reds earn a percentage of the profit should Brewster be sold on.
Jose Mourinho frustration
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly growing frustrated at the lack of business done at the club.
The Portuguese manager is believed to be eager to sign a new striker to partner Harry Kane.
And, despite the signing of Gareth Bale, The Sun claim that Mourinho has told friends he 'cannot believe' that Spurs only have one recognised striker.
Man Utd Lindelof plan
Manchester United fear Victor Lindelof is in danger of burn out - just two weeks into the new campaign, Daily Star Sport understand.
The Swedish central defender had a difficult time in last weekend’s shock home defeat to Crystal Palace - and did not feature in the midweek League Cup tie at Luton.
And while he returned for the Premier League trip to Brighton, there are serious concerns inside Old Trafford that Lindelof is struggling to overcome fatigue after an exhausting extended 2019-20 campaign.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like Lindelof to be given a proper rest next month during the international break.
Arsenal line up fresh Aouar bid
Arsenal are reportedly lining up a second bid for Lyon star Houssem Aouar after their first offer was turned down.
The Gunners have been linked with the midfielder in recent days with Mikel Arteta still eager to strengthen his squad.
He needs to move quick though with the transfer deadline a week on Monday and plenty of bosses still scrambling for moves.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has indicated that an offer of £32m (€35m) had been rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.
Though Arsenal are not being put off with football.london claiming the Premier League outfit are ready to increase their offer to £36.5m (€40m) with a further £9m in potential add-ons.
Aubameyang had exit thoughts
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has admitted he considered leaving Arsenal this summer before putting pen to paper on a contract extension.
“I was thinking about it [leaving], to tell you the truth, because I had good opportunities,” Aubameyang told Sky Sports.
“But this feeling to be here – the love from the fans and all the club – I’m not sure that by leaving I will receive the same love, so that’s why I’m staying.”
Fulham near Lookman loan
Premier League new boys Fulham are reportedly in advanced negotiations with RB Leipzig winger Ademola Lookman.
The 22-year-old is said to be close to completing a loan move after being left out of Leipzig's squad for their clash with Bayer Leverkusen.
Leipzig confirmed that he was unavailable for selection "due to ongoing transfer discussions".
Lyon reject Arsenal bid for Aouar
Lyon have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar and told the Gunners they must offer €50m, according to RMC Sport.
The outlet's chief football reporter Mohamed Bouhafsi wrote on Twitter: "#Arsenal’s €36m bid for Houssem #Aouar has been rejected, Arsenal’s new offer of €38m, which they’ll make imminently, will also be turned down.
"OL want €50m. Aouar has also not agreed terms with Arsenal."