For completed deals, check our transfers page. Transfer news Chelsea are holding out for £44m for Atletico Madrid target Diego Costa, 28, after agreeing a deal to sign his fellow striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from Real Madrid. (Independent) Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has played down talk of an imminent move for Spain international Costa. (Mirror) Liverpool are ready to bid £70m for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, having had a £66m offer rejected for the 22-year-old Guinea international. (Mirror) West Ham are set to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 29, from Bayer Leverkusen. (Sky Sports) Manchester United are being linked with Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti,
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior was bought by Barcelona from Santos in his native Brazil in the summer of 2013 as the project to eventually usurp Lionel Messi. Sure, Neymar has always been quite different from Messi. Neymar, Messi and Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan central fork of a South American trident at Camp Nou, have formed one of the most fearsome attacks in European football history.
News around the new stadium at Stamford Bridge has gone a bit quiet in recent months after the planning application was approved by both the Hammersmith & Fulham council in January and the Mayor of London a couple months later. It is hardly surprising for a massive construction project like this to move slowly and with the latest estimates putting it at least five years away, concerns about it were put on the back burner and football itself (Champions!) and then the transfer market took center stage. As spotted by the irascible Dan Levene, the stadium’s approval by the Mayor was challenged by an unnamed objector who sought a Judicial Review of the process in High Court, “largely based on alleged shortcomings in the treatment of air quality” in the planning application.