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Transfer rumors: Bale will not be loaned; Justin to Villa, Leicester; RSL winger to PL

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The transfer window is officially open again and that means one thing: transfer reports are going to start kicking up a few notches.

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Here’s a look at some of the latest gossip from around the PL and Europe…

Gareth Bale‘s agent has said his client is not going out on loan, after reports linked him with a temporary move to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 campaign.

Speaking to Sky Sports News from Royal Ascot as he took in the horse racing, Jonathan Barnett had the following to say when asked if Bale, 29, would leave Real on loan this summer.

“There’s more chance of me winning at Ascot than him going out on loan. A loan move is not going to happen,” Barnett said. “I don’t think he wants to go out on loan. He’s got a lovely life and home in Spain. I think it would take something exceptional for him to leave and loans are not on the menu. Obviously, Gareth’s situation at Real hasn’t improved.”

Barnett added that Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Bale around but didn’t rule out the possibility of him staying at Real beyond this summer and although he didn’t shut down talk of a move to Man United when asked, it doesn’t seem likely to happen given United’s new transfer policy of buying young talent.

“He could fit in there. I think he could do very well – he is still one of the best players in the world. But it is very unlikely,” Barnett added.

Back to the drawing board for Barnett and Bale as they try and figure out a good solution for him for next season, as the player who has won four UEFA Champions League titles with Real in his six seasons in the Spanish capital is far from a fans favorite at the Santiago Bernabeu. With Eden Hazard and others arriving this summer, Bale is being nudged towards the exit door at Real.

Having three years left on his $700,000 per week contract is the major sticking point in any move, as Bale is in no hurry to be forced away to take a huge pay cut.

Aston Villa and Leicester City are battling to sign Luton Town’s James Justin, according to the Daily Star.

The 19-year-old right back was sensational in Luton’s 2018-19 campaign as the won the English third-tier title and promotion to the Championship. Per the report, Villa and Leicester are willing to pay $13 million for Justin with Villa saying he would be challenging for a starting spot right away but the Foxes see him as a player for the future.

A versatile attacking full back who can play across midfield and defense, Justin came through Luton’s academy and made his debut in an EFL Cup win against Aston Villa back in 2016. There are plenty of gems across the lower leagues of English soccer, as the likes of Jamie Vardy, Dele Alli and Harry Maguire have proven in recent years.

Taking a punt on an exciting full back for $13 million is the way to go for teams like Villa and Leicester who have smaller squads and are more than willing to take the time to develop young talent.

A report from our partners at Sky Sports says that West Ham and Newcastle United are interested in signing Real Salt Lake star Jefferson Savarino.

Savarino, 22, is currently on Copa America duty with Venezuela and the report states that he could be available for as little as $8 million. Per the report, both the Hammers and Magpies have sent scouts to watch him play against Brazil at the Copa America on Tuesday.

Savarino has had a decent start to this season with RSL, scoring three times and adding an assist in 13 appearances. He scored for Venezuela against the USMNT in their 3-0 friendly win in Cincinnati on June 9 and given the relative success of Miguel Almiron after his move from MLS to Newcastle, North America’s top-flight is being looked at more regularly by PL clubs.

Is Savarino ready for that step up? He has steadily improved since joining RSL from Zulia in 2017 and has scored six and seven goals in his two previous MLS campaigns. With a transfer fee so low, if he plays well for a dangerous Venezuelan side at the Copa America he could edge close to a move to Europe and it would be tough for RSL to stand in his way.

Report: Villa beat rivals to $28M Brazilian striker

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Aston Villa’s bid to quickly reassert themselves in the Premier League has taken a good step on Thursday.

Reports out of Belgium say that the Villans have pipped Newcastle and Lazio to the signing of Club Brugge striker Wesley Moraes for $28 million.

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The Brazilian striker, 22, posted 17 goals and 10 assists in all competitions last season, scoring twice in the Champions League against Monaco and once in the Europa League versus Red Bull Salzburg.

It’s a good sign for the Villans, along with keeping a hold of captain Jack Grealish.

While it’s silly to think Moraes will instantly slot into the Premier League side as a dynamic and prolific scorer, he’s well thought of and will hopefully develop chemistry with Grealish, Anwar El Ghazi, and Jonathan Kodija in a hurry.

Aston Villa seal permanent transfer for playoff hero El Ghazi

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Aston Villa have signed Netherlands international Anwat El Ghazi on a permanent transfer after he dazzled during a loan spell in their promotion push last season.

El Ghazi, 24, spent last season on loan from French side Lille and the winger scored in the Championship playoff final as Villa beat Derby County 2-1 at Wembley and were promoted back to the Premier League after a three-season absence.

It is believed the transfer fee for El Ghazi is round $10 million and before a permanent deal had been done, El Ghazi professed his love for Villa: “I love the club and I love the fans. This club is amazing.”

His mixture of pace, trickery and superb crosses made El Ghazi an instant fans favorite at Villa Park and along with Albert Adomah and Jack Grealish he provided plenty of service for on-loan striker and top goalscorer Tammy Abraham.

“Anwar proved to everybody at Wembley how good a player he can be for Aston Villa,” Villa boss Dean Smith said. “He’s ready for the step up to the Premier League and he’s a young player who has an awful lot of potential. It’s now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that he undoubtedly has. He’ll be a great addition to the squad for next season.”

El Ghazi came through Ajax’s famed academy but has been a little bit of a late bloomer in his career. He now has the platform to kick on and become a regular in the PL with Villa and his flowing style of play suits Smith’s philosophy, and the players around him, perfectly.

Villa will now be working hard to sign their other loan stars from last season, Abraham, Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause and Axel Tuanzebe on permanent deals as they aim to keep their exciting young squad together in the top-flight.

Report: Grealish will resist Spurs overtures to stay at Villa

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Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish rejected transfer offers last summer and it appears he’ll do so again after leading his boyhood club back into the Premier League.

Sky Sports says Grealish is prepared to resist the temptation to join a Champions League club and help Villa cement its status back in the top flight.

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Grealish, 23, helped Dean Smith’s Villa run up the table into the playoff places, where the Villans knocked off West Bromwich Albion and Derby County to seal a place in the Premier League after three years in the Championship.

Spurs bid nearly $32 million for Grealish last summer and were expected to be one of a handful of teams hoping to pry the English playmaker from Villa Park.

Grealish posted six goals and eight assists this season, including a pair of assists in the playoffs. His Twitter account certainly reads of a man who is happy in his shoes:

The 2 Robbies: Chelsea Win Europa League; Welcome Back, Aston Villa

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle recap Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the Europa League final and what the future holds for both clubs moving forward (0:30). Plus, Aston Villa is back in the Premier League after their win over Derby County (31:30) and Sunderland suffer another disappointment as they go down to Charlton Athletic in the League One Play-off (42:55). Finally, the chaps preview the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur (46:00), and review some of the other headlines circling around the football world (1:02:05).

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