Football transfer rumours: Liverpool eye Lucas Ocampos deal?

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Lucas Ocampos got a taste of English football in a friendly against Coventry this summer. Photograph: Jose Breton/NurPhoto/REX/Shutterstock

Liverpool need more attackers, it would seem. The latest man to be linked with a move to Anfield is the Sevilla winger Lucas Ocampos, who has also caught the eye of Wolves . One man not leaving Andalucia is Jules Koundé after Sevilla shook their head at all of Chelsea’s offers for the defender.

Wolves might have better luck with Lille’s Sven Botman – previously linked with Liverpool. The 21-year-old centre-back helped Lille to win the Ligue 1 title last season and has been scouted by every man and his dog in recent years, so would be a coup for Bruno Lage if the club could snap him up.

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West Ham are closing in on a deal for Kurt Zouma after a surprisingly drawn-out process of trying to sign the defender from Chelsea this summer. The Hammers are, supposedly, boosted by the news that Manchester United could finally relent and permit Jesse Lingard to return to east London.

The rest of the window will mainly involve back and forth between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain as they try to work out what astronomical fee is suitable to allow Kylian Mbappé to move from the French to the Spanish capital. Madrid low-balled with their first offer of £137m, which was laughed off, despite the forward having only a year left on his contract. Supposedly, a fee in the region of £180m would secure Mbappé’s signature. At least it will be fun to see Madrid bemoan their poverty.

After years of neglecting Chelsea academy graduates, José Mourinho is finally taking an interest in signing them up. Following the arrival of Tammy Abraham for £34m at Roma , the Portuguese is hoping to reunite him with Ruben Loftus-Cheek. A fee of £13.5m is being mooted for the midfielder who spent last season helping Fulham to get relegated from the Premier League.

As Manchester City and Cristiano Ronaldo continue to be mentioned in the same sentence, the club might lose a Portuguese player, too. Bernardo Silva could be off to paupers Barcelona or the more financially stable Atlético Madrid , according to reports.

Barcelona could lose one of their emerging stars in Ilaix Moriba. The teenage midfielder has thus far rejected attempts from the club to get him to commit to a long-term deal at the Camp Nou. RB Leipzig and Chelsea are lurking in the background if the Guinean sticks to his guns and refuses to put pen to paper.

Harry Kane could sign a new deal at Tottenham after they refused to let him depart for Manchester City. The England striker’s potential new wage would be in the region of £400,000 a week if he does fancy sticking around.

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