With just a few weeks left in the summer transfer window and the domestic league campaigns around Europe on the verge of starting up again, clubs are desperately scrambling to complete their final signings in a bid to be ready for the upcoming season.
FootballTransfers has compiled all of the big transfer stories around world football on August 9 in one handy piece.
* Chelsea have made a last-ditch bid to snatch Southampton midfielder Romeo Lavia from under the noses of Liverpool. The Blues have offered £48m including add-ons - the closest bid yet to matching the Saints' £50m valuation. Liverpool have offered £46m (The Mirror).
* Jurgen Klopp will consider moving on from Liverpool at the end of this season unless the Reds enjoy a successful season and his targets are met in the transfer window. We are told that the German coach has privately admitted that he thinks he’s taken the squad as far as he can, while he has become frustrated at the lack of investment from FSG this summer (FootballTransfers Exclusive).
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* Romelu Lukaku has been publicly mocked by Juventus’ Ultras, who made it clear he is not welcome at the club. The prospect of Lukaku moving to Juventus has not gone down well with most Bianconeri fans. And Juve’s Ultras took matters a step further by making an anti-Lukaku banner which they held outside Juventus Stadium. The banner read: “Lukaku stay in Milano. We already have a second goalkeeper.”
* Napoli could be raided by Saudi Arabia shortly before Serie A kicks off, according to Italian media. With just 10 days to go until the new Italian league season commences, two of Napoli's biggest stars are being courted by Saudi clubs. Having already rejected two offers from Al-Hilal for Victor Osimhen, while demanding €200 million for the striker, it appears that the reigning champions are now actually faced with the threat of losing the Nigerian. According to Corriere dello Sport (via Footmercato), Al-Hilal have improved their offer for Osimhen to the desired €200m, but they didn't stop there. They added another €30m on top to also get midfielder Piotr Zielinski, claims the report.