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They’ve remained steadfast on their position all summer and just in case anyone was doubting Borussia Dortmund’s resolve when it comes to Manchester United target Jadon Sancho, sporting director Michael Zorc has made things clear with a few days remaining.

“Obviously we have talked to [United] in the past,” he confirmed. “But everything that needs to be said about this has already been said by me and others at the club. That will not change in the next three days.”

Inter remain keen on a move for Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso but Goal report that the Blues have made it clear they will only accept a permanent transfer, although the same outlet do say they are closing in on Parma’s Matteo Darmian.

Sport Bild report that Bayern Munich have reopened initial discussions with Chelsea over a potential deal for winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, a long-time target.

Arsenal’s Lucas Torreira has arrived in Spain, say AS, ahead of completing a season-long loan to Atlético Madrid, which includes an option to make the move permanent.

Sky Sport Italia report that Roma attacker Diego Perotti is on the verge of departing to join Turkish side Fenerbahçe.

West Ham’s centre-back search, which included considering Craig Dawson (The Athletic) has now resulted in them prioritising a move for Duje Caleta-Car of Marseille.

The continued speculation that Manchester United are in talks to sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembélé on loan this season have been flatly denied by the Catalan club.

“There are no negotiations with Man United at the moment,” said sporting director Ramon Planes. “We completely deny that.”

José Mourinho has now backtracked on his position on Dele Alli, who played and scored on Thursday night, and has opted against green-lighting a potential move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Bayern Munich’s record signing Lucas Hernández has also been forced to publicly deny rumours that he spoke to Kylian Mbappé about joining him in the French capital.

“We spoke about my situation,” he told Onze Mondial. “But Mbappé didn’t try to convince me to join him. We didn’t speak seriously about Paris.”

Finally, L’Equipe say that Real Madrid have joined the race for Lyon starlet Houssem Aouar – while it is not strictly ‘fake news’, it does come with a major caveat – they’ll only do so next summer if he doesn’t leave the club before then.

“I don’t appreciate, understand or like them,” was the response of PSG sporting director Leonardo when he heard coach Thomas Tuchel had made a public demand for more signings.

The German told reporters that if no arrivals come to the Parc des Princes then he can’t be expected to achieve similar results.

You have to smile at internal war over one of the most expensively-assembled squads of all time.

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